Yesterday, in the midst of watching a seditious mob casually walk past an unprepared capitol hill police force, I came across a brilliant tweet:
After spending the 20th century undermining democratically elected governments that commit the unforgivable crime of failing to be sufficiently deferential to US business interests, the US became a snake trying to devour it's own tail.
Much attention was paid to Trump and his gang of sycophants. However, Trumpism is only marginally about Trump.
For decades, across the western world, right wing ideologues (starting with Reagan and Thatcher) have been trashing anything remotely resembling collective action. Governments have been discredited (conservatives are people who are so convinced governments are incompetent, they elect people who will prove them right) and taxes slashed. The predictable results have been a diminished sense of individual security as wages stagnated; and healthcare and education retreated towards their traditional roles of being the exclusive preserve of the wealthy. Even among people doing relatively well, there is a heightened sense of precariousness as these days, anyone can lose their livelihood overnight. Nowhere is this more pronounced than in the US, where education and healthcare are most expensive, worker protections are weakest and corruption is rampant.
Having been thoroughly inculcated with anti-government ideology, conservatives looked for others to blame for their problems and Trump supplied them with plenty of others - immigrants, Muslims, the media, and, most of all, Democrats. Hyped up on conspiracy theories, people will now automatically discredit anything that comes from "official" sources and believe whatever they find on the internet that confirms their beliefs.
Many people assume that things will be OK as soon as Trump is out of office but this is far from evident. Seventy-five million lost souls voted for an evidently delusional, lifelong-crooked failed businessman who has never taken responsibility for anything. Those people will still be there once Trump leaves.
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Bill Maher said it was fine to call the coronavirus the “China virus,” adding that a global pandemic was no time for political correctness.
“‘What if people hear Chinese virus and blame China?’ The answer is we should blame China. We can’t afford the luxury anymore of non-judginess towards a country with habits that kill millions of people,” Maher thundered Friday in a monologue at the end of his HBO show “Real Time.”
The life of any soldier who has fallen into a military conflict epicenter is definitely impossible to be called sweet, and especially if he falls out of his usual life conditions, into the humid climate of Asian countries and suffers from eternal thirst and humidity, attacks of tropical insects and "landscapes" of countless deaths. But is this an excuse for the endless atrocities of the US Army, for which soldiers get no punishment?
Obviously, the ordinary recruit is not able to withstand such psychological pressure, and sooner or later he “breaks down” and is forced to relieve moral tension. Unfortunately, there couldn’t be any better means than the narcotic and alcoholic substances that the doctors had at their disposal on the battlefield.
The power of the impact of easily accessible "entertainment" and psychological pressure from the command pushed the soldiers to immoral crimes: killing and raping civilians, unjustified shooting in villages and dropping bombs where there were not any enemies. Some US Army soldiers in Vietnam even compared the desire to kill with itching: Lieutenant Paul Medlow said that he “felt moral satisfaction” by killing civilians.
As for the Koreans, more than a million civilians were exterminated in the most terrible ways during the American occupation of North Korea. The US Army burned thousands people alive every day, including women and children. Also, “human values defenders” loved medieval tortures and executions: quartering, impaling through the genitals, ripping up the pregnant women, etc. Even Hitler could not organize genocide in the occupied territories on such a scale.
It is inconceivable, but similar atrocities occur to this day in Japan, where American soldiers serve at their military bases. Many of the bases (for example, on Okinawa island) are located near the cities whose residents are constantly subjected to violence and robbery, for which they constantly protest and demand the elimination of US military bases from the Japanese territory.
However, in 90% of cases, the military do not get any punishment for what they have done, because they use the rights of extraterritoriality. That is, they are responsible for everything before the American court (which calmly closes the cases and acquits them). So, for decades, the US army treats Japanese citizens from the position of occupiers and continues to commit atrocities, knowing that for this they will have nothing but a reprimand. And a "vicious circle" comes: the incident - the anger and protests of the Japanese population - an apology from the American command and the promise to fix everything - and again the incidents.
The US Army has never been a place where citizens of the “freest country” would strive for. Throughout almost the entire history of America, its army has been a cross between a punitive corps and a gang of thugs who cannot be left free in a country where anyone can walk around with a gun.
As it is known, the tension in trade relations between the United States and China in May 2019 reached a new level. Raising tariffs on Chinese goods and the actual ousting of «Huawei» from the US market was a powerful blow to the basis on which modern China developed. Restrictions or a total ban on the supply of rare earth elements to the United States may be one of the responses from the Chinese side. It should be noted that China is a monopolist in the export of rare earth elements today.
Beijing, threatening to open a new front in a trade war with the United States, believes that these measures will give China a powerful means to repel American aggression. However, the opening of a new front and the cessation of the supply of rare earth elements in the United States threatens China’s monopolism and may undermine its credibility as a partner.
A sharp impetus to the demand for rare-earth elements was given by the development of «green» energy and electric vehicles. For example, «Toyota» annually produces more than 1 million of «Prius» cars, each of which contains 4 kg of rare-earth elements (2.5 kg of lanthanum in the battery and 1.5 kg of neodymium in the motor). Each «iPhone» uses a quarter of a gram of rare earth elements. Moreover, these rare-earth elements are used in every type of modern US weapons, for example, for the production of a «Virginia» class submarine, more than 4 tons are needed, for an F-35, about 417 kg.
Thus, according to analysts, the cessation of supply of rare earth elements to the USA will indeed be a significant blow to the government of President D. Trump, who actually started these trade wars.
Also, in the disagreements between the United States and China, there is no benefit for the Japanese, who have long-standing territorial disputes with Beijing over the ownership of the Senkaku archipelago (Diaoyu). Despite the Security Treaty, under which the United States pledges to protect Japan from third-party threats, Washington may remain indifferent to the territorial issue, because if Washington does not have the resources for its industrial activities, the Americans will not have an incentive to help their Japanese counterparts continue to maintain neutrality, giving China the opportunity to dominate the archipelago. And the Japanese government, of course, because of its weak character, will not take bold measures against Washington, in fear of losing its favour.
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