Written By: - Date published: 10:19 am, May 9th, 2018 - 30 comments
Categories: class, class war, culture, Deep stuff, identity, International, Left, Politics, quality of life - Tags: freedom, nations, people, power
Iran, the UK, France, China, Russia and Germany, have committed to preserving the “Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPA) around Iran’s nuclear abilities. The US has bailed and is increasing sanctions against Iran and any country or entity it deems to be aiding Iran in its non-existent nuclear ambitions.
(Saudi Arabia and Israel have welcomed the US move – nice bed fellows)
Excepting the US, every country in the world has made some level of commitment to tackle global warming through agreements reached at Paris.
These are big deals and, I suspect, not the only examples of the US being out of step.
Any other country being so at variance with the world’s community of nations, would quite rightly be labeled a rogue state, and then probably treated as the pariah it chooses to be. Not the US. For now.
The reality is that money makes the world go round, and the US is the axis around which much of the world’s money orbits. So the US gets to act as it pleases. But like the last great world power before it, Great Britain, the US is on the wane, and power and influence is shifting east this time.
And just like as when elite intersts in Great Britain “threw their toys out of the cot” at the prospect of ceding their place in the world to US elites, so today China is subject to bullshit and opprobrium from those within the US’s ever weakening sphere of influence.
Meanwhile we, the ordinary men women and children of this world get to sit at a distance, invisible. Some of us might think we have shared interests with one, or some or other of these various powerful elites. Meanwhile, far too many of us are simply the sanctioned, bombed and maimed “collateral damage” of their carryings on. Maybe if we were to think about it, we would conclude that all of these centres of great political power are out of step with our wishes and our desires; that all the nations of the world are rogue.
And then, perhaps, we would seek to treat them as any pariah would be treated, and banish them from our lives. That might seem like quite an undertaking for us, ordinary people, to elevate ourselves above the US’s, China’s and EU’s of the world, but then, those things are mere constructs – just ideas that wither and vanish without the sustenance we afford them.
Is that too big a step for most of us to contemplate – to simply view people living in another part of the world as people living in another part of the world, and not “Iranians” , “Americans”, “Chinese” or “Europeans” and all the manipulated baggage that comes with the territory?