The extreme form of Biden’s “body bag” syndrome
Biden has made his country appear as a security partner from hell, unreliable and weak to an unprecedented extent.
Kinetic conflict should result in death. There will be those who do not come back alive from the battlefield, or indeed, who will not recover at all. Hence the raison d’Ãªtre of the many âTombs of the Unknown Warriorâ that dot battlefields across the world. Within the Atlantic Alliance, newly energized by President Joe Biden, the United States is characterized by a large number of deaths each year that are not caused by disease, but by the prevalence of firearms and their use. , or by accidents on highways. During the early days of the republic which was founded on July 4, 1776 by those who opposed the rule of London rather than by themselves, there was a reason for every citizen to bear arms. The aim was to ensure that the British efforts to impose their will on the inhabitants of the “New World” met with armed resistance, which proved sufficient to allow the United States to free itself from domination. British relatively quickly. Unlike the case of India, where it dragged on for centuries, which pissed off the country and reduced it to extreme poverty. Katherine Mayo wrote a less than flattering portrait of the situation in India in her 1927 book, âMother Indiaâ. The subtext was that the peoples of the subcontinent were unable to govern themselves and were to remain subordinate to British colonial rule. Given the scarcity and degradation caused by British rule for nearly two centuries before the publication of her controversial work, it is difficult to understand why Mrs Mayo considered such a rule anything but reprehensible. Mahatma Gandhi was not charitable to gutter inspectors when he compared the 1927 book to a âgutter inspector’s reportâ. After all, these people are looking to make sure the drains drain well and remove the waste, while Ms. Mayo was just letting the mud stay. Indeed, she considered such a state of stasis to be inevitable, given her views on Indian society. Viewing people of different cultures and ethnicities as âlower racesâ of homo sapiens has long been a common feature of some societies. In Germany, certainly in 1936, it was evident to the rest of the population that Jews, Gypsies and those who opposed Adolf Hitler’s NSDAP government risked losing their freedoms and subsequently their lives. Yet it was as if such atrocities were invisible. The reason was the perception that those belonging to certain groups were not human in the full sense of the word, and therefore did not deserve consideration. This is why an animal like Hitler could enjoy such wide support in a country that in the past boasted of an array of writers, philosophers, and musicians.
Ethnicity certainly plays a role in the politics of countries that nostalgically cling to the Atlantic era, but in Joe Biden’s case, it is not so much race as citizenship that guides his actions. Eager to ensure a comfortable majority for the Democratic Party in the mid-term of 2022 as well as a second term for himself in the White House in 2024, Joe Biden runs after every vote that seems available. Over the decades, a âBody Bagâ syndrome has gripped voters on both sides of the Atlantic. Politicians take it for granted that returning the body bags of fallen soldiers would be a voice killer. An extreme form of this syndrome appears to have been internalized by President Biden, leading him to take measures that appear poised to multiply the eventual body bag count that will befall the United States, once the consequences of what seems to be his panic policy. become obvious. Another US president who suffered from an extreme form of body bag phobia was Donald Trump, who initiated the sequence of events that led to the disaster in August 2021 of the Taliban once again becoming the governing party in Afghanistan. The haphazard flight from Afghanistan witnessed in the very first months of Biden’s presidency has damaging consequences beyond words, not only for American interests, but also for those in other countries who viewed the country as a security partner. Biden has made his country appear as a security partner from hell, unreliable and weak to an unprecedented extent. Biden occupies the White House because enough elements of the electorate saw him as the opposite of Donald Trump. Now they are witnesses that Biden is not reducing but accentuating the nefarious policies of his predecessor. Trump had no qualms about throwing longtime American allies to the wolves, as he did in the case of the Kurds in 2019 or the Afghans a year later. Biden has demonstrated in his actions a contempt for the Afghans which is perfectly in line with his strong supporter of the Clinton Line, namely that only both sides of the North Atlantic matter and no other place like the ‘Indo -Pacific. President Biden still sees (and in 2021) the G-7 as the backbone of the world. It would be closer to the truth, if he (or Boris Johnson) got the remaining members to agree to expand the club into a G-8. This time, adding not the Russian Federation but the Republic of India.
An obsessive-compulsive effort to avoid risk is often a risky path to take. Neither Biden nor any other G-7 leader seems to understand that the Taliban must be confronted, and that seeking to cajole them into good behavior (something they are incapable of) only adds to the problem. pride witnessed by its leaders. That the Northern Alliance needs to be helped, not left to fend for itself. That the events of 2001 must be replayed if the world is to become a safer place. What if the CCP’s effort to fan the flames of extremism as a diversion from its own depredations is doomed to failure. So far, neither Biden, nor Merkel, nor Johnson seem to understand this obviousness, unfortunately for the countries they lead and for the others that come closer to them.