Why Tyrants Worldwide Are Trying to Resurrect Old Empires

Tyrants are trying to grab power worldwide …

For example, Turkey’s Erdogan has repealed free speech and rights, instituted fundamentalist Islam, and – according to many – is trying to re-institute the Ottoman Empire.

Japan’s Abe has also jettisoned free speech, re-instituted its military, and – according to some commentators – “the land of the rising sun is rising again.”

Many other political leaders all over the world are asserting authoritarian powers and cracking down on freedoms and legal protections.

Why is fascism on the march?

Highly-regarded journalist John Pilger – the BBC’s world affairs editor John Simpson remarked, “a country that does not have a John Pilger in its journalism is a very feeble place indeed” – thinks that the liberal democracies of the West have become fascist.

The West is certainly largely dictating Japanese policy … and backing Japan as a counter-balance to China’s rising power.

Similarly, NATO – the western military alliance – backs Turkey as a counter-weight to Russia’s growing assertiveness.

So the West is enabling the rising authoritarianism in these two countries. Indeed, the U.S. has a history of kindling dreams of expansion among its proxies. For example, Jimmy Carter’s national security adviser Brzezinski told Al Qaeda’s forefathers – the Mujahadin:

We know of their deep belief in god – that they’re confident that their struggle will succeed. That land over – there is yours – and you’ll go back to it some day, because your fight will prevail, and you’ll have your homes, your mosques, back again, because your cause is right, and god is on your side.

In that way, the U.S. stirred up its proxy army to fight the Soviets.

Perhaps the West is doing something similar with Erdogan and Abe … stoking their lust for power to get them to fight Russia and China.

Another theory is that corruption starts at the top (a “fish rots from the head”).  When the world’s strongest country (America) committed the ultimate war crime – an aggressive war on Iraq – it amounted to a virtual declaration of open season on lawlessness for the rest of the world.

But is this really new?  After all, the U.S. and the West have long backed authoritarian regimes in Saudi Arabia and elsewhere because it is politically expedient (they’ve got lots of oil).

Indeed, we have frequently backed strongmen – such as Saddam Hussein, Manuel Noriega and Muammar Gaddafi – until they get too “uppity” … at which point we bump them off.

True, the brazenness of the Iraq war lies – along with the concomitant crimes of torture, etc. – maybe on a whole new level.

But I would argue that what’s really different now is that – for the first time since the end of WWII – U.S. imperial power is waning.

Wanna-be dictators such as Erdogan, Abe and others in the gallery of rogues are therefore jumping into the void and trying to enlarge their power …

These are the exact type of scoundrels who dream and scheme of resurrecting the glory of empires gone by … whether the Ottoman, imperial Japanese, or other.

What do you think?  Why are political leaders shredding civil liberties and grabbing for power worldwide?

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  • awb22

    Russia probably led the way. What does it tell you when the former head of the russian secret police is the authoritarian leader of russia? Therein lays the difficulty of the foreign policy of any nation. How far to you go to prevent the rise of an “evil empire”? China certainly falls into this category, yet no one is suggesting the US could overthrow the Maoists in China even if they wanted to. Quite the opposite, really, since the chicoms are in bed with US politicians anyway.

    What stake in the geopolitics is there in Iran? this seems to be the prize which both sides, east and west covet. The answer of course, is energy. Should the US be involved in the ME? Probably not. Should the sovereignty of Israel be upheld? Do treaties mean anything. How much history are we to revisit?

    If the US were to leave the ME, what would that mean to the region? It would have been better for all if the US had never entered into war in Iraq in the first place. To prevent anyone else from having control of the region’s oil supply is a poor reason, or losing one life in defense of the status of the dollar as the world’s reserve currency status. Yet, here we are. Not only is there no retreat, where do we go from here?

    It bespeaks of a much more sinister plot than the resurgence of regional strong men. After all, these have been shown to be puppets. It isn’t control over oil or natural gas supplies, or pipelines carrying these supplies, it’s control over all of the inputs of production, including human capital, and there is only one power capable of even imagining such a scenario, and that is Satan and the Devil.

    This enemy is not defeating by man’s wisdom, but only by the word of God almighty, maker of heaven and earth and all that is in them, rightly divided and fitly spoken. Doing good is often enough, but when it is not, it is the truth of god’s word which fills in the gap. Maybe it’s enough to know the truth, however, some action must be taken. It requires wisdom to know the difference, and without the truth, there is no wisdom, only useful idiots.

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