The world's nostalgia for a gendarme

For many reasons, the world would like to see, as ironic as it sounds, a strong America again. Hillary does not fill the bill.

Alexander Maistrovoy ,

A. Maistrovoy
A. Maistrovoy
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It is difficult to say who will be elected by American people, but the world (except for sterile Western Europe) has made its choice. And this choice, in spite of formal logic, is the "racist," "sexist," "imperialist", "islamophobic" Donald Trump

In New York, the President of Egypt el-Sisi has met with Trump and characterized him as a "strong leader." The presidents of the Czech Republic and Hungary, Milos Zeman and Viktor Orban, urged Americans to elect Trump. According to Orban, Trump would be a better leader than Obama, and Zeman compared him with Reagan. Russia, Israel and the Arab monarchies would also like to see Trump in the White house. In India nationalists sing mantras devoted to Trump, in Serbia they called "Vote for Trump!".

It’s not surprising. During the eight years of Obama, Clinton and Kerry's rule, America has become a pariah. It is in isolation, and this is not the "brilliant isolation" of Victorian England. It is a miserable and shameful isolation. You can hardly find a regime now that hesitates to humiliate the leaders of that once great country and all of its people.

In July, 2012 protesters in Egypt, with the connivance of the authorities, threw tomatoes and shoes at Hillary Clinton's motorcade, accompanying this action with the shouts "Monica, Monica". The paradox arises from the fact that Clinton was going to meet with Morsi, whomshe supported. Kerry allowed the Egyptians to search him twice before the meetings with al-Sisi, as if he was a second-rate journalist – the first time in Cairo in July 2014 and the second time in China in September 2016. This humiliation seemed amusing to Kerry.

Erdogan blackmails the White House defiantly, threatening to break the strategic relationship with the US if it doesn’t extradite Fethullah Gülen. In response, Kerry and Biden bow to Erdogan.

Putin regularly humiliates his "American partners" making them wait for him. At the G20 summit in Mexico in 2012, he was 40 minutes late for the meeting with Obama. Obama and Clinton were given a slap in the face.

"Putin has made it clear that he was bored in these negotiations. He never apologized for being late," Clinton acknowledged. However, it was a sheer trifle compared to May 2013, when Kerry, who arrived in Moscow to discuss the conflict in Syria with Putin, had to wait for him ... for three hours. Kerry did not take offense.

In June, 2014 the Polish Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski said that "the Polish-US alliance isn't worth anything. It is downright harmful, because it creates a false sense of security" - he said. It was the lowest rating of trust towards the US.

In Saudi Arabia, Obama was met by the governor of Riyadh – it was a public slap to the president. The meeting wasn’t even broadcast on Saudi TV, it was as if he was the ambassador of Lichtenstein. The same thing happened in Cuba. Obama, who was so proud of his "historic breakthrough" in relations with Havana, was met not by Raoul Castro, but by the Minister for Foreign Affairs. However Obama only smiled and spoke about "new horizons."

The Iranians "thank" Obama for the lifting of sanctions by mocking the US: they arrange provocations in the Gulf regularly, demonstrate footages with kneeling American marines and make the US pay for the release of hostages.

In China, Obama was the only world leader at G20 summit who got off the plane through the emergency exit  and without a red carpet, as if he was the head of Somaliland. Obama appealed to make no reckoning of the incident.

The President of Philippines Rodrigo Duterte called the US president a "son of a whore" and promised "to curse him" - Obama described him as a "bright guy" and discussed bilateral relations between the two countries afterwards.

This is the resume of the modern history’s epic drama: the West in general, and its flagship - the US, have turned into a whipping boy, a punching bag, an object of ridicule, vilification and abuse. And they seem to be quite happy with this situation.

Over the last four thousand years mankind has not changed much and, as it was far back in the past, the politics of leading countries in Eurasia - from Eastern Europe to China and from Russia to the Arab world - are based on the time-honored traditions: historical memory, the feeling of uniqueness, ancient culture and of course national dignity - the last a sacred category, the absence of which makes geopolitics impossible.

A rejection of national dignity, from their point of view, defeats the purpose of the very existence of the nation, turns it into a mob, a herd, some amorphous mass. A state that abandons its national dignity is doomed.

For America and Western Europe - it is mere rhetoric. For the people of Eurasia and their leaders - it is the root of life giving the vitality that fills them with faith and hope.

They consider Western leaders, with their naivety, mantras about peace, tolerance and "human rights", political correctness and self-flagellation, as merely a miserable parody of state leaders: Pickwick Club members, aliens, creatures from an incubator - pathetic, cowardly, mercantile and pathologically ignorant. This encourages them to seek new allies at best or provokes aggression against the West at worst. For heirs of ancient civilizations America of “Obama-followers” Hilary and Kerry is not even a "paper tiger." It is a daffy tiger imagining itself a kitten that drinks milk, chases its tail and falls on its back at the sight of the Iranian hyenas.

This odd "creature" causes mixed feelings. Gloating - because no one there has ever felt sympathy for the Yankees with their wealth and prosperity, and those who did are disillusioned. Increased salivation - because a dying hippopotamus is always an excellent dish for predators, and the ocean is no longer a strong defense against missiles, terrorism and cyber-attacks. A sense of permissiveness - the "world policeman" has turned into a senile bumpkin with his super-modern weapons chasing Pokemons. And … confusion – because the sheriff's resignation means chaos, anarchy, a war of all against all.


The leader, who sends secret diplomatic correspondence from a private mailbox, raises concerns with regard to that leader's mental abilities.
All restrictions have been removed and the law defended by guns and batons doesn’t exist anymore. On The Island of Doctor Moreau all are free and therefore doomed, since no one possesses total supremacy, as the US does, but they do possess a deadly weapon.

That is why the world would like to see, as ironic as it sounds, a strong America again. Some - such as Eastern Europe, Egypt, Israel, Saudi Arabia and the Persian Gulf monarchies - would like to return to the generous patronage of the US. Others – like the Turks and the Greeks, Indians and Pakistanis - need a strong referee to avoid slipping into the abyss of all-out war. More powerful countries - like Russia and China - want to divide their spheres of influence and deal with a reliable partner.

In any case, this partner or referee shall be sane, strong and predictable.

The leader of the great power that wasn’t able to send helicopters to save its ambassador from the barbarian gang in a foreign country, is miserable.

The leader, who promises "reset" today, but intrudes your vital space tomorrow and moralizes about human rights, is unpredictable.

Leaders releasing the maniacs from prison can hardly be called sane.

The leader, who sends secret diplomatic correspondence from a private mailbox, raises concerns with regard to that leader's mental abilities.

Leaders who draw "red lines" and forget about them the next day; who refuse to deliver weapons to friends fighting against terrorists in Sinai, Gaza and Yemen; leaders that cannot call "Islamic terror" by its name – cause nothing but rage and contempt.

The world feels nostalgia for a "sheriff" and therefore prefers Trump, although they hardly like him. In any case he is more reliable than Bronies.

Alexander Maistrovoy is the author of “Agony of Hercules or a Farewell to Democracy (Notes of a Stranger”), published recently by Xlibris, Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.




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