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In the war in the Middle East Is Putin the anti-colonial prophet of liberation? In the war in Ukraine, he is the arrogant colonial aggressor. But in Russia, the prophet of liberation and the colonizer are two sides of the same coin: a totalitarian crusade against Western society with its liberal values and universal human rights. This is Putin’s logic, which is trying to justify the apparent schizophrenia.
Same diagnosis And it also affects Chinese President Xi Jinping a little bit along the way. China will also use the war in the Middle East to strengthen its anti-Western axis of authoritarian states, from Moscow, Tehran, and Pyongyang to Beijing. They want to bring as many countries from the Global South with them as possible. It is a project that many people would like to join. Russia has cheap oil, gas and food to sell. While China is the world’s second largest economy, it is ideal for many in the Global South. China is a country that has taken the step from abject poverty to challenging what many see as the hypocritical West economically, technologically and ideologically.
“The hypocritical West” It’s a perspective that’s not a hard sell. In the Middle East, the United States sent two aircraft carriers to show its support for Israel, and to deter Iran and its supporters, Hezbollah, in Lebanon and Syria. Support for Israel thus also becomes support for Israel’s illegal occupation and annexation of Palestinian lands, and what closely resembles apartheid. If we include the US wars against Afghanistan and Iraq, the US claim to represent a democratic, rules-based global order looks like a sick, insidious joke in large parts of the world.
Zazoula Schizophrenic warrior Putin and his ally Xi Jinping are in a position where they can use the war in the Middle East to challenge American hegemony, the authority of President Joe Biden, and to pressure the United States on several fronts at once. The most visible front is the Ukrainian front, where Ukraine is already fighting with Israel over American weapons and money, and where the European Union is holding a summit this weekend to rally itself and its citizens to continue supporting Ukraine, as they promised. So far, only Hungary and Slovakia have protested, demanding peace with Putin.
Joe Biden stands Thus facing a kind of war on two fronts. In addition, he has a war to fight at home, with the new Speaker of the House, the extreme Republican and Trump supporter, Mike Johnson, who wants to stop American support for Ukraine. But Taiwan remains the big challenge facing Biden. The question being debated in Washington is whether Xi Jinping will use a situation where the United States is under pressure on several fronts at the same time to attack Taiwan, which Biden has said he will defend.
And the only thing Biden knows, That both belligerent President Putin and Xi will do everything in their power to make Biden’s daily life as unpleasant as possible. They can do this in several ways. Iran is the key word. The Clerical Council has emerged from its isolation after it gained diplomatic recognition in China and after Russia became dependent on Iranian drones in its war in Ukraine.
Iran is Hamas A staunch supporter of Hezbollah, the country’s armed foreign policy arm in the Middle East, primarily targets Israel. But neither Moscow nor Tehran is interested in fighting another major war. Iran because they can put American missiles in their heads. Putin’s Russia, because a major war in the Middle East with Hezbollah more directly involved, will take Iranian drones from the war in Ukraine, to the war against Israel.
In addition to; All wars are unpredictable. In Ukraine, Putin’s army is naked in a way that no one could imagine. In the Middle East, Hamas’ attack on Israel was a “success” that no one could have imagined. This, in turn, means Israeli retaliation, a brutal retaliation for which no one can be prepared. In the same way, the strong use of Hezbollah could lead to an escalation of the war between Hamas and Israel, something neither Tehran nor Moscow is interested in.
But the war in the Middle East In any case, it is a gift to Putin and Xi. There is a narrative taking hold that US, and by extension the West’s, support for Israel is an extension of the racist and imperialist colonial policy that has kept the Global South stagnant for centuries. It is a story that will be reinforced by every Palestinian killed in today’s tense situation. While Biden bleeds politically, Putin’s schizophrenia will be covered up and become a subject for future history books.
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