What the Hell?
Since our Fearless Leader has gone to Europe for meetings especially with NATO countries……let us look at the Post War Order which gave birth to NATO.
Most people nowadays are too young to remember the term at all…..it is a term that originated after the end of World War Two.
I’ll stop beating around the bush….a simple easy to understand definition of Post War Order……well truth is there are several available definitions but since this is my blog we will use mine…..
An invention of the division of the world after the war…..setting up the 3 divisions of the world….the US and the West, Soviet Union and its allies and the rest of the world, or the Third World.
This division has lasted for the last 75 years….the populist resurrection has caused cracks in the walls of this “Post War Order”…..to the point that the old order is quickly disappearing……
The 75-year-old post-war order crafted by the United States after World War II is falling apart. Almost every major foreign-policy initiative of the last 16 years seems to have gone haywire.
Donald Trump’s presidency was a reflection, not a catalyst, of the demise of the foreign-policy status quo. Much of the world now already operates on premises that have little to do with official post-war institutions, customs, and traditions, which, however once successful, belong now to a bygone age.
Take the idea of a Western Turkey, “linchpin of NATO southeastern flank” — an idea about as enduring as the “indomitable” French Army of 1939. For over a decade Turkish strongman Recep Tayyip Erdogan has insidiously destroyed Turkey’s once pro-Western and largely secular traditions; he could not have done so without at least majority popular support.
Those days were a hot bed of democratic movements…..and now with the end in sight democracy is taking a backseat and the day of the strongman is at hand…..
That the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) is now the principal opposition party in the most powerful country of the European Union has produced remarkably little reaction in Britain. In September of last year the then German foreign minister and vice chancellor, Sigmar Gabriel, told Der Spiegel that if AfD made it into the Bundestag, Nazis would speak in the Reichstag for the first time in more than 70 years. The German political system was constructed after the end of the Second World War to make any such recurrence impossible. It has now happened, and yet liberals in this and other countries seem largely unmoved. Last year Angela Merkel was being celebrated as the leader of the Western world, and the dull stability over which she presided lauded as a model that Britain would do well to emulate. More than any other European country, we were assured, Germany had rid itself of the ugly nationalism that had disfigured the continent in the past.
Autocrats are becoming exciting…..look to the Arab countries, look to the Eastern European parties, look to Asia…..strongmen are coming out of the woodwork.
How long will this last?