Devil’s Advocate: Common sense all too uncommon in global affairs
Posted on October 31, 2023 | By John Risley | 0 Comments
“Much of the current debate among Republican presidential hopefuls and other party members suggests the United States should stop supporting the Ukrainians in the war against Russia. Frankly, people who hold these views are idiots.”
My initial working title for this column was “Have We Gone Crazy?”, but I worried my editor would see that as too extreme. Still, ‘extremes’ are where we seem to be headed everywhere these days, something which is (and should be) deeply troubling. Some examples…
Much of the current debate among Republican presidential hopefuls and other party members suggests the United States should stop supporting the Ukrainians in the war against Russia. Frankly, people who hold these views are idiots. Either that or they have no sense of history and/or no idea about what’s going on in the world. Did we learn nothing from the lessons of WWII? Allowing a dictator to run roughshod over neighbouring states under a ridiculous head-in-the-sand belief the conflict is far away and therefore has nothing to do with us guarantees further belligerent behaviour and an even more ultimately explosive conflict. President Xi in China is closely watching American attitudes towards the Ukraine conflict and any sign of weakening resolve will only serve to strengthen his ambitions to invade Taiwan. If that happens, China would have a stranglehold on semiconductor manufacturing, especially at the high end, forcing us into a war with a much stronger adversary than Russia. WAKE UP, I say, to the reality of the situation.
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