As Russia expands to Ukraine, the United States shrinks from the world stage

Vladimir Putin and President Biden.

Vladimir Putin and President Biden. Illustrated | Getty Images, iStock

Vladimir Putin and Russia have ended Pax Americana by calling what turned out to be an American bluff.

Evidence of? Russian tanks are moving deep into Ukraine..

With the end of the Cold War, the United States promised everything to everyone and extended its protection east to the little Lithuania. Indeed, if a little buddy, that bully Russia, pulled himself out of the canvas, we have your back … But the United States has reached out too far and promised too much, and now Bluff is called: the embers of the empire’s ambitions cannot protect the poor and friendly Ukraine.

Once considered the center and breadbasket of the Soviet Union-at least by the Russians-Ukraine has certainly played a shy man for years. Sometimes it leans west. At other times, heading to Moscow.Recently, it’s looking for a little more democracy (and certainly greater wealth) that comes from being cozy in Western Europe and the United States... Kiev has not officially requested accession to NATO and NATO does not offer it, but even if it is not a formal alliance, amicable alliances and full integration into Europe are certainly at the table. was. And Ukraine knows that the United States and NATO are protecting their friends — or at least the aura of their determination.

But now the glow is fading and, as Winston Churchill said, the lights are off. A major land war has once again sunk Europe into the throat.

For over 70 years, the United States has helped keep the world relatively peaceful and the boundaries of the map nearly constant through the power of its ideals and ideas, and the threat of overwhelming power. Unfortunately, when talking about relative peace, we need to compare the years since World War II with the history of all humankind before that.People are still murders Much less They are more than ever. The Minister of War has become the Minister of Defense around the world. Euphemism? To some extent, it is also a demonstration of a change in attitude about the normality of war.

We believe that peace is the norm and war is the infringement of that peace. On the other hand, our recent ancestors regarded war as an unfortunate norm and peace as a wonderful break. This fundamental change was triggered by World War II, the most bloody war in the world to date. In World War II, the Germans and the Soviets killed each other at an unimaginable rate. Not figurative tens of millions: Literally tens of millions.. Tens of millions of civilians have died worldwide, including the intricately organized massacre of the Holocaust, which killed two-thirds of European Jews. I said everything 3% of the world died In that one war, the threat of complete oblivion that became a reality in the clouds of Hiroshima and Nagasaki culminated.

Winner Europe divided by Yalta Set World economic blueprint King gold and US dollars at Bretton Woods. There are new rules for conducting war and peace, guaranteed primarily by the United States and its allies, and the Soviet Union has set up its own mirror system. The rules were bent over and over again, and horrific proxy wars broke out in South Korea, Vietnam, Africa and Latin America. Even genocide — Prewar languageless concept — Continued in Cambodia, China and Myanmar.

But the Cold War was so labeled because the world remembered what a hot war was like, and this wasn’t the case.

The United States wanted to impose imperfect democracy and McDonald’s around the world, and by doing so became rich. The Soviet changed humanity and said, “New Soviet“But the Soviet Union eventually became full of corruption and could no longer bear it, and in 1989 the United States was there to collect all the fragments.

By the time the Soviet Union officially disbanded in 1991, the United States was isolated by reaching an empire of influence from the gateway to Russia to its home in China. The empire offers incredible rewards, including cheap gas and other imports, improved living standards, and defense boundaries that literally span thousands of miles from home. It also brings a sense of arrogance and absolute power.

Discord at home, indifference to the world abroad, and fatigue from unwinnable wars changed that. Americans seem to feel that the empire is already lost and need to shrink. The world is fed up with American deeds. And sometimes all that is needed to start a war is a lack of determination on the part of the defender.

American bluffs are called. Now, all that is certain is a world that is more volatile than it was nearly 80 years ago, and the inevitable genocide that follows.

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