Why I Am Glad When the Reps Take Over

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McCaine, McCaine…. tssskk… It amuses me how you fight for our rights. You want to send weapons and troops to Ukraine in order to chase the Russians away? Oh, my, did you forget your own CIA reports? Do you remember Iraq, Syria, Libya and even Afghanistan?

When the US left Iraq in 2011 they supplied the Iraqi army with weapons. As the terrorist militia then the cities of Tikrit and Mosul occupied, they conquered them with all the weapons depots full of modern American war machine. Mission failed.

In the case of Syria, the US has supported the moderate rebels in 2014 in the fight against President Bashar al-Assad. Meanwhile, parts of these rebel groups have migrated to Al-Qaeda offshoots or extremists have left their positions without a fight. So the real enemy in Syria now are in the possession of modern weapons. Mission failed.

Since 2011 America sent war equipment to Libyan rebels against Gaddafi. The recipients included the Islamic terrorist group Ansar al-Sharia that the attack on the US consulate in Benghazi committed in 2012 and the American ambassador and several diplomats killed. Mission failed.

In Afghanistan, the United States helped 1979 mujahedin rebels to fight the invasion of the USSR. The Palestinian theologian Abdullah Azzam played a central role in justifying the war against the Soviets. One of his followers was no less than Osama bin Laden. He opened a training camp for the rebels – supplied with weapons from America. Bin Laden’s al Qaeda network, which developed from the training camp and is now one of the biggest enemies of the United States. Mission failed. – at least you finally got your ‘ex-brother in arms’ Bin Laden.

So, Mr McCaine – you and your 47 Reps please: SHUT UP. Neither the German chancellor nor the border minister need your moronic advice. WE do live close to the battle-field, not you.

So finally -after being a true friend to America all my life – let me emphasize that I hope you and your stupid 47 idiots will win the next election. This really gives me the chance to renounce my political friendship to America’s leaders, because such friends like you nobody needs. And when America is busted, sick of war the people hopefully learned that you and your folks are nothing but a a senile gang of ignorant war makers.

Oh yes, the best of all: we will say good bye to TTIP and Germany will have the best economical relation to Russia and we will get lots of electricity generated by nuclear power from Iran. Thanks for nothing, Mr McCaine! Mission failed.

Sally Kirtomy

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Dictators or Anarchy?

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Democracy can only function in an environment where there is at least a minimum of stability. And it cannot necessarily establish this stability itself. In Iraq and Egypt, that process has failed, at least for the time being. In Afghanistan, the power of President Hamid Karzai, who made way for his successor at the end of September, never extended much beyond the city limits of the capital, Kabul, despite massive Western support. It is debatable whether the rudimentary rule of law established there after 13 years of Western involvement can survive ISAF’s departure at the end of this year.

In Iraq the fall of Saddam Hussein, which ended a brutal dictatorship of a dictator has shown that there is something worse than dictatorship, worse than the absence of freedom, worse than oppression: civil war and chaos. However, he most stupid president that America has ever had – Bush jr. – started the Iraq war with faked evidence.  He opened the Pandora’s box. Now the serpent’s head was cut off and many small snakes were spreading themselves. The same we see today in Libya and Tunisia. And the women? They are the real losers.

The “failing states” that currently stretch from Pakistan to Mali show that the alternative to dictatorship isn’t necessarily democracy — all too often, it is anarchy. In the coming years, global politics will not be defined by the polarity between democratic and autocratic states as much as it will by the contrast between functioning and non-functioning ones.

Rule is order. For Thomas Hobbes, the father of modern political science, the intrinsic function of the state was to impose legal order in order to subdue the “state of nature.” In “Leviathan,” which he wrote in the 17th century under the shadow of the English Civil War, he argued that the state’s monopoly on violence was legitimate when used to protect the lives and possessions of the state’s citizens. When the state was no longer able to guarantee order, the threat of “war of every man against every man” loomed. The latter was the state of nature that the state, symbolized by the Leviathan, was tasked with taming.

In his 1525 article “Against the Murderous, Thieving Hordes of Peasants,” Martin Luther also argued in favour of a severe sovereign putting a stop to the German Peasants’ War. Luther was largely sympathetic to the complaints of the peasants, but he was turned off by the rampant violence and anarchy of their rebellion. The rebels, Luther wrote, should be dealt with “just as one must kill a mad dog.”

Germany last experienced an extended period of anarchy almost 400 years ago during the Thirty Years’ War. In the long period of peace and stability that has followed World War II, we in the West have come to view political continuity as the norm. During the decades of the Cold War, the threat to Western Europe did not come from weak states, warlords and terrorist organizations but from Communism. The era was marked by the confrontation between Western democracy and socialist dictatorship: The opposite of dictatorship was democracy.

The peaceful revolutions in Eastern Europe in the 1990s confirmed this view. In those countries, the collapse of the socialist dictatorships led not to anarchy but to the installation of a new, democratic order. This created the illusion that one merely had to remove obstacles for democracy to appear, almost automatically.

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