this is the best analysis of the situation i have red up to now. Good job! 🙂
also: keep up the talks with RUSSIA, CHINA, IRAN, INDIA (because you can).
First things first: “the world” does not hate the people living in Israel or America.
People all over the world hate: Injustice.
Injustice is if one country is allowed to do this and that, but at the same time forbids the rest of the world to do the same.
Maybe every single one of the United Nations 193 member states, , should have ONE nuclear weapon – only ONE – and allow all 193 countries to inspect them on a yearly basis and think about how secure from mad people/saboteurs and hackers.
It seems mankind only “works” that way?
Just recently i wrote about “the real reason Washington quits INF treaty with Russia is China” – if it wants to regain trust – EVERYBODY needs to stop lying about it’s foreign policy aims.
Also Washington demonstrates almost NEVER ENDING(?) imperialism and colonization – sorry i mean “export of democracy” to places like Venezuela – which increases distrust – especially in those countries that used to be (British) colonies (China).
NOBODY in the world believes that the interest of Washington in Venezuela is for democracy and it’s POOR population suffering severely from the corruption of it’s regime but also from the regime change by sanctions approach.
The US game was: kick out the old colonial ruler / regime change and install yourself under some pretext (= “lie”) of democracy and progress – or install an US friendly dictator – get all resources cheap – maybe do some secret contracts here and there.
I claim that SouthAmerica is poor and massive amounts of refugees are fleeing north via Mexico to USA exactly because of this foreign policy of reckless exploitation – it is “home made” you could say.
“European and US strategic interests have been diverging at least since the end of the Cold War.
America rescued a hapless Europe in the Balkan Wars of the 1990s.
But by the time of the Kosovo War at the end of that decade, Europeans had begun to wake up to their responsibilities.
In the 2008 Russo-Georgian War, and in the conflict in Ukraine since 2014, it was Europeans, not Americans, who led the diplomatic response and imposed the strongest sanctions on Russia.
Moreover, Europe is the only party ever to have mobilized in the name of collective defense under Article 5 of the NATO treaty.
Following the terror attacks of September 11, 2001, Europeans sent forces to distant wars in the Middle East, over which they had little control.
In hindsight, it is clear that those wars destabilized Europe’s neighborhood and, eventually, Europe itself.
America’s exclusive focus on counterterrorism left war-torn Middle Eastern countries with fragile governments, or none at all. And in recent years, Europeans have increasingly borne the costs in the form of terrorism and influxes of refugees.
As for the US, many of its 320 million citizens no longer understand why they should have to protect 500 million Europeans, who live, after all, on a relatively peaceful and prosperous continent.
They know that their country is in an escalating competition with China in the Indo-Pacific, and are thus shocked that Europeans would join the Chinese-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank.
Ultimately, Europeans are left between a rock and a hard place.
They, too, want to push China harder on trade and investment issues.
But the best way to do that is through the World Trade Organization, which the Trump administration is actively undermining.
The divergence in values is no less pronounced. For their part, Europeans support international institutions, rules-based arrangements, and multilateralism generally. But America has always been ambivalent about treaties and institutions that might constrain its sovereignty or defy its objectives.
While Trump and Pence crudely state what today’s America wants, Biden is selling a vision of America that it no longer obtains. The US government does not have the American people’s consent to act on the world stage as it once did. While Americans still recognize the importance of sustaining US economic and military primacy vis-à-vis China, they appear to have rejected the elite consensus on trade, defense spending, and diplomacy.
The transatlantic partnership will always be Europe’s most important relationship. But it can last only if both sides take responsibility for their own affairs. The alliance would be immeasurably stronger if it were based on an honest assessment of each side’s interests and values, rather than on quaint illusions of fellow feeling.
Pence’s blunt speech in Munich may have been painful to hear; but one hopes that it will bring an end to European complacency and point the way to a renewal of transatlantic relations on realistic terms. If that turns out to be the case, Pence will have won the title of transatlantic hero – whether he wants it or not.
This article appeared originally on 25 February in Project Syndicate.
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Merkel Speech 2019 MSC English:
Merkel Rede 2019 MSC German/Deutsch:
excerpts from Merkel MSC2019 speech:
- NATO still very attractive
- (i hope not X-D because it is not independent)
- 2010: New-START Lavrov Clinton treaty
- annexation of Crimean against international law
- the answer can not unlimited military buildup
- Merkel says (not sure if she really thinks this) INF was violated by Russia (f***** up advisors, read: Russia follows USA follows China military buildup out of fear)
- Merkel defense spending 1.5% by 2024
- if we all fall into economic recession … well this ain’t working well.
- “we are also outside of NATO active in Mali a big step for Germany”
- this will be in-vane if we can not build up economic outlook of Africa
- Security of Europe/Germany is defended at the Hindukush (Afghanistan)
- (a sentence i newer quiet understood…)
- 2012: “National defense stands for the Bundeswehr ” no longer in the first place”:” the security of Germany is also defended on the Hindu Kush”, stressed Defense Minister Peter Struck (SPD). He also wants to rewrite the defence policy guidelines (VPR). “When such thinking makes school, the world ends up in Chaos for a short or long time. With the same right, Pakistan, India, China or any other country in their military doctrines could determine that their defense would take place on the Rhine,” the peace movement warned.” (src: translated from heise.de)
- wants common weapons industry and export rules with France
- fight against Terrorism big challenge
- well if you have no secret service that can compete on international levels… this will continue
- 2015: massive refugee problem – driven by civil war in Syria
- it was the right answer for Germany to broker a deal with Turkey
- if we not now bolster UNHCR and Co this refugee crisis will multiply
- Sub Sahara Africa, Algeria, Marocco: we need to build up economic perspectives in these countries as China did
- Germany will continue to buy LNG from whoever provides it
- Iran: i did a speech at the Knesset and the existence of Israel belongs to state reasoning of Germany
- i see the ballistic rocket program
- Iran in Yemen and Iran in Syria
- the only question is: do we help our common goal – if we give up the only last treaty?
- China: we have to engage in reciprocal fair trade.
- hopes for a good deal between USA and China
- German car exports to US:
- South Carolina is the biggest BWM factory – bigger than in Bavaria
- is this a threat to national security of USA?
- hope talks continue
- South Carolina is the biggest BWM factory – bigger than in Bavaria
- do we fall apart into puzzle pieces or try to solve the program together
- the US Dollar is so much more powerful than the Euro
- China is of course economically way more powerful than Germany
- Multilateral is complicated but can we get win-win situations
- who will pick up the pieces?