September 30, 2018 | Lodhi’s Speech at UN
September 29, 2018 | China rebuts US allegations
| Russian missiles challenge
September 28, 2018 | Iran defies America
| Britain and the EU
The bombshell was expected – and duly delivered: US President Donald Trump has opted out of the earlier deal struck with Iran.
The US’s closest allies in Europe, the United Kingdom, France and Germany, are at a loss to know what to make of it. Israel, Saudi Arabia and some of the Sunni Arab states are doing cartwheels.
The US is becoming more and more isolated with the war in Syria and now the Iran tangle.
Russia, China and most of Europe stand by Iran on the nuclear understanding reached earlier and, have shown no inclination to support America’s regime change prescriptions in either Syria or Iran.
In the light of his much maligned associations with Russia, it is generally read that it is the US administration which is factually behind America’s enmity with Russia, as well as the looming trade war with China – not Trump. But Trump will carry the blame: he loses if he doesn’t follow the script and he loses if he doesn’t.
Not at all understood is what the American administration stands to gain by following these historically antiquated procedures.
If the aim of the exercise is to have the two other great powers kowtow to the American will, as it appears North Korea has done on its nuclear capabilities, it’s a losing battle.
In the first place North Korea has not agreed to nuclear disarmament, in the second, Russia and China are not North Korea.
If then “America First” means the United States becoming insular with Trump’s “Wall” (simulated or corporeal), it was a campaign promise that might be fulfilled.
But if the object of this exercise is to put on a show of might, the only reading available is that when the US has not been able to contain a rag-tag bunch of bandits known as the Taliban in Afghanistan through contractors, the odds of America winning a World War III is a pipe dream that could lead to Armageddon.