Reopening the Cold War
What a mess in Ukraine! Is it reversible? That’s doubtful. From now on, it’s a long way back to normality in the international arena. Back in 1991, at a British university where I was studying I was asked by a professor if NATO should play a role in the post-communist era. Back then, I unreservedly answered yes. I believed that NATO should have the first say in the shaping of the new world. The Alliance, however, was only interested in its unlimited expansion and not in adapting its doctrine. The Alliance's indifference to the fight against Islamic terrorism the past thirty years is really inexplicable.
Why didn't the West in general and NATO in particular do what they had to do? Why didn't they fill the huge gaps left in the post-communist world? Why did everyone in the US and Western Europe remain trapped in the Cold War doctrines? Why did the West refuse to change? Why so much hostility to those, let’s call them traditionalists and patriots, who could have been approached on a different way? The return to the post-communist world of certain values that had been "buried" by Marxist tyranny, eg Christian faith, was an opportunity that was lost. The bombing of Serbia by NATO was not a wise choice. The West put before anything else the creation in Western Balkans of artificial states that operate today as bases for criminals and Islamist terrorists. This whole strategy will be soon considered by historians as a case study of failed geopolitical engineering.
Today Christianity is persecuted in the secularized West, where politicians kneel before woke culture. Our values are ostracized. Eastern Europe today defends the Christian faith. The bridges between the East and the West of Europe & USA, fell before they were even built. In the post-pandemic era the West comes divided. Unfortunately, the scary events in Ukraine are just the tip of the iceberg. The decision for a new Cold War of indefinite duration was made and it’s going to affect us all.
These are times of huge challenges; Islamists, along with leftists, are working to destroy our civilization. Right now, conflicts between Christian nations are a costly choice. This seems to have been realized by the Visegrad four. Poland, Hungary, Czechia and Slovakia, are not eager to lose their cultural identity and their independence. They consider the above threatened by interference from EU institutions. They want to keep out money from Qatar and the Gulf in general and the keep the door closed for the people of Muslim Brotherhood and their likes, which infiltrate in various ways Europe's political and academic circles. The Islamists have been trying for years to penetrate Christian countries and their institutions; they are now attacking Hinduism as well via the left academia in American universities and they won’t back down. Russia has effectively fought Islamic extremism on its territory and its cooperation with the West could bring great results. That will be impossible in the near future.
Will a republican victory in the mid-term elections in November change the course of events? Will the election of a Republican President (and definitely not a RINO) de-escalate tension? Russian invasion in Ukraine changed everything in a few hours. From now on, we will experience an escalation of tension all over the place, which will have huge consequences for the international economy and consequently for the quality of life of all of us in the West.