WESTERN SECURITY NEEDS VS. THOSE IN THE EAST WILL LEAD INEVITABLY TO GLOBAL DESPERATION
We are all between a rock and a hard place now. Far above our heads the “giants” of our world are at war. Down here it is certain we will all be “collateral damage” to one degree or another.
What happened to our world? Why has this catastrophe befallen us? When will it end… and how?
Ambition plays a large part in the relentless battles we will all now live through to the end of our lives. Ambitions of various kinds but all based on national self-interest. Security is one of the primary motivators. The security of status, of borders, of an assured future, of hopes and dreams.
On this relatively small world it seems there is not enough space or resources for all nations to feel secure and due to ever rising demand for more and better there is no consensus on sharing, the abiding rule being only to compete. This competition for security in terms of resources, for power, dominance and assurance of a future has been long predicted as a primary cause of future wars. Especially as resources dwindle and resource security becomes less and less assured.
The lack of security also concerns borders as in Russia’s case. Enemies have arrived at the gates waving their “spears” claiming Russia is a threat to them. A threat to those who have in recent times waged war on several Middle Eastern nations devastating every one of them in turn. In spite of this they claim they are a purely defensive grouping. The security of Russian borders requires a little more assurance than words this time. The last time such assurances were heard at the end of the Nineties they were seen to count for precisely nothing.
Where can security be found in a world where one primary power circumvents the organisation set up to ensure war is avoided through gathering all nations together to agree better options, the United Nations. That nation being of course the USA. With the help of its primary ally, the United Kingdom of course… and the bevy of nations that generally do their bidding. The USA creates insecurity generally by opting out of the United Nations consensus and striking out at others in its own national interests. How can nations targeted by the USA and no longer protected by the consensus required within the UN possibly feel secure?
The USA felt relatively secure in its status until two momentous events proceeded to occur almost simultaneously, 9/11 and the precipitous rise of the Chinese economy. Before this point there appeared, for the USA, to be no great enemies of note. All those registered by the U.S. before 9/11 as belligerent were deemed eminently containable. Not so after 9/11 and it was determined that none of them could now stand. And in addition, a comprehensive, global surveillance system must be brought into being to detect threats, eliminate them and so insure U.S. security in perpetuity.
Understanding that the security of nations in a world skewed to the interests of a single power or group of powers provides no security for any others than they.
And so we have what we have now. The competing needs for security of all nations, but in particular the greatest of these, driving every last one of us to desperation.