THE WEST IS INCAPABLE OF ESCAPING ITS OWN CATCH-22
The West wants too many things to go its way to allow anything much to go the way the world requires for its future safety.
It has in its sights nothing less than that no other forms of government exist than those seen in western nations.
Yet it is faced with what are fairly clearly insurmountable problems in achieving this goal.
In recent years it has used violence to disturb the existing status quo of a number of nations.
This may be seen by some western elites as moving them a step or two toward the goal envisaged above. But how satisfied can they really be when the results are yet so very, very far from the dream scenarios (indeed their delusional scenarios) of societies that mirror their own in political terms?
Yet the goal remains:
No other forms of governments on the planet except those seen in western nations.
This goal appears sacrosanct. Why do I say this?
Because though there is obvious intent to do SOMETHING about other issues which trouble us as a species they are clearly unwilling to fully engage with those whom they intend to destroy.
The decade-long war In Syria was made immensely worse by the apparently sacrosanct goal to dislodge Assad and the entire superstructure of the Ba’athist Party from power (as was done in Iraq and Libya). This goal remains today in spite of all evidence showing the elites of the West and its allies in the region lost the campaign to achieve it. It must surely be known that the Syrian people cannot in all conscience be left to die in devastation, denied any ability to rebuild. The sanctions imposed on Syria make its rebuilding impossible except at a snail’s pace.
The emotional commitment to undermining Assad and the security apparatus of Syria is so strong and so little thought is given to the subsequent collapse of all order (as seen in Libya and to some degree in Iraq) that the policy is untenable in any direction other than to allow a system of governance that does not mirror those of the West.
This determination to attain the goal described above is so strong that it if nothing changes it will massively hinder any forward progress of the world in facing the immense threats that loom on the horizon and which quite clearly hinder that progress currently in regard to Covid-19.
The resistance against Sputnik-V is a case in point. Because it is perceived in the West that Russia does not sufficiently meet the criteria above regarding democracy many who would be positively affected by it and whose lives could well be saved by it are denied the Russian vaccine.
In regard to the issue of human-caused climate change the case is of course much stronger.
By holding fast to the goal of transforming all nations into political mirror-images of those in the West no matter what it takes and maintaining that as a sacrosanct dogma western elites are playing with the lives of millions.
Achieving unity of purpose across the world in the face of a common threat such as climate change and much else would clearly and obviously make a significant contribution to understanding generally. But this is denied the world due to the West’s ultimate goal. It dare not improve relations as this puts off it perceived necessity to maintain an aggressive position towards these nations in the hope of succeeding in the primary goal.
No doubt western elites see the need for urgent action in the face of a time for humanity when multiple dangers of enormous power threaten us. yet they cannot square the circle required to accept nations as they are and move forward in cooperation with them. In this way they increase the likelihood that no adequate solutions will be found or agreed upon, that the world will remain divided and most likely become more so. Resources such as water will be fought over rather than shared through agreements made if the intransigent and divisive western mode of operation wins the day.
I see few signs that the U.S. is willing to countenance allowing the present diversity of national governance to exist without a constant effort to undermine any form not reflecting so-called ‘western values’... no matter what disasters may befall us as a species.
It’s all or nothing and a one-way track in most cases.
In Afghanistan, after twenty years trying to buck reality, the U.S. has finally accepted it. There was no way it could significantly alter the reality of Afghanistan and transform it into anything resembling a western democracy. Does it really have to reach this stage in every case? For it will, eventually. Yes the U.S. and its allies such as the United Kingdom can attack and undermine even more nations in the Middle East. They are relatively easy meat. But others are proving more resilient, Venezuela, Cuba, Bolivia and Nicaragua for instance and certainly Russia and China.
Until the USA, the UK and their allies give up on their massively destructive and unattainable goal of transforming all nations in the world to mirror images of their political systems we will remain in this impasse where threats grow larger and humanity weaker.
It’s a Catch-22 the West simply seems incapable of escaping from. It will clearly go right down to the wire to levels for others of totally unlivable chaos, division and discord where populations suffer immense and continuing deprivation before it even considers trying.
By then it could all be far, far too late for humanity to recover.