Some Trump apologists are putting forward the notion his motives are entirely Machiavellian in his efforts to promote peace like the ‘peace’ achieved by being duped by Kim Jong Un of DPRK, Netanyahu of Israel, Mohammad Bin Salman Al Saud of Saudi Arabia and Assad of Syria.
Some, recalling the living, waking terror of nuclear holocaust lurking in the childhood of those who grew up through the Cold War, suggest Trump’s actions are cleverer than we think since the extension of the Cold War clearly benefited the Military-Industrial complex nowadays personified in the shape of the so-called ‘Deep State’ of Democratic bureaucrats in Washington.
But all of this precludes the living evidence of Russia’s commercial and industrial wealth developed since the break up of the Soviet states, an oligarchical sub-frame with vast resources and global impact controlled by an autocratic state mechanism and ruled by a despot.
Russia’s primary interest has always been Russia. Ask Napoleon. Ask Hitler. Ask Ukraine. They’ve just found even more effective weapons than the Russian winter.
Now whether that means aggressive annexation like Crimea, murdering their own former citizens on foreign soil or manipulating elections and sowing discord through cyber counter-espionage, the end clearly justifies the means as enemies fall and others squabble.
The Cuban missile crisis happened in my childhood and, as a six year old living in a rural backwater in the north west corner of an island on the periphery of Europe, I was almost willing to believe President John F Kennedy of the United States was prepared to risk a nuclear holocaust to save the democratic freedoms of Catholic Ireland because he was one of us and the Russians were a bunch of God denying, heathen, pagan Communists.
Almost. It couldn’t be that simple, I figured and within four years of that global crisis, I was conducting my own research into Mao Tse Tung’s Cultural Revolution in China in an effort to find out why more than half the world’s population thought there was some way to run the world that was better than the global military industrial complex that was conducting wars and supporting despots in the name of freedom…