Being friends with America is sometimes a lot of hard work. For instance, Saddam Hussein used to be America’s BFF and just look what happened to him. America also “friended” all those Jihadi freaks and warlords in Afghanistan—and Afghans are still paying the price.
Kissinger befriended a dictator in Chile but torches and pitchforks eventually nailed Pinochet. Kennedy befriended a dictator in Vietnam and we all know what happened to Diem. Reagan befriended Noriega in Panama—and then turned on him too. Obama befriended Al Qaeda “rebels” in Syria and Libya and also those gross neo-Nazis in Ukraine—and now even though Trump also tweets in their favor, bin Ladin’s next generation is still violently hated by Syrians, Libyans and Ukrainians. Various American presidents have also befriended Haiti, Yemen, Honduras and Palestine—and with friends like that, who needs enemies.
And now America is trying really hard to upgrade the European Union to its “close friend” status too. If I were Europe right now, I’d run like hell! And if I were the average American tourist right now, I’d be taking the traditional European grand tour ASAP. Go see Buckingham Palace, the Eiffel Tower, the Acropolis and the Colosseum—while you still can.
According to journalist Rostislav Ishchenko, America now has plans to thwart China’s big move to establish a New Silk Road trade route from China to Europe. But how, exactly, does America plan to hijack China’s new trade route? Apparently by eliminating Europe as an effective trade partner at the end of the Silk Road.
America’s recent attempts at “The chaosization of Europe” would just about do that, right?
For instance, all of America’s brutal unjust neo-colonial “wars” on the Middle East have sent millions of refugees out on various involuntary road trips. “Crap! America just bombed my home, murdered my wife and daughter and slaughtered my camel!” cry America’s victims. “What the freak should I do now!” Go to Germany of course. Or Sweden. Or Britain. Or Italy. Anywhere but Baghdad or Benghazi.
Then there was the recent destabilization of Eastern Europe after America armed almost anyone there who could shoot straight—and also lots of folks who clearly could not.
Next came Trump’s policy of getting Europe to pay for NATO. “Gotta buy guns! Gotta buy guns!” shout the Europeans. “No money left over to run to the dollar store!”
And don’t forget that America’s whacked policies in the Middle East have created all kinds of terrorism in the EU as well. Blowing up stuff in Belgium, France, Spain and England can be unsettling to say the least. And economic terrorism sucks eggs too. Just ask the Greeks.
But why should all this geopolitical weirdness on the other side of the globe of concern to you and me too? We live safely on the other side of the Atlantic, right? But it’s like I said. If you wanna float down the Danube to waltz tunes, lie on a beach in sunny Spain or see Stonehenge by moonlight, you had better do it now—before America gets any more friendly with Europe than it already is.
PS: Why does China have so many more friends on FaceBook than America has? Two reasons. First, when China sends out a “friend” request to other nations, it offers that recipient nation definite rewards and perks. However, when America sends out a “friend” request to other nations, it’s usually in the form of a missile attack or brutal economic sanctions or the CIA tampering with local elections.
Second, China also has a ten-year plan, a fifty-year plan and a hundred-year plan. Americans are lucky if our military-industrial complex looks ahead for even a week or two.
Jane Stillwater is a freelance writer who hates injustice and corruption in any form but especially injustice and corruption paid for by American taxpayers. Her latest book is “Road Trip to Damascus.”