Tuesday, March 1, 2022

The Two Elephants: America and Russia

“When two elephants fight, the grass gets trampled.” ~ ancient African saying. America and Russia are the two elephants engaged in a fight, and Ukraine is the grass that is getting trampled. 

The war that the two elephants, America and Russia, have started in Ukraine is already having a global fallout. There are signs that Germany is planning to remilitarize. On Sunday, Chancellor Olaf Scholz declared that Germany would boost its military spending from 1.4 percent to more than 2 percent of GDP. They probably want to lower their dependence on NATO which, they believe, caters primarily to the American and British interests. In Japan, the ex-prime minister Shinzo Abe has said in a TV interview that “it is time Japan considered nuclear weapons.” He wants Japan to revisit the debate on nuclear policy. The Russian giant Gazprom has signed a biggest-ever natural gas supply deal with China—this shows the growing closeness between Russia and China. It is most likely that there exists a secret military pact between the two nations. 

When empires stretch beyond their capacity, they break. For decades, the Western Empire (led by America and Britain) has been stretched beyond its capacity. When the Western Empire breaks, the elephants will run amok in several nations, trampling their grass.

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