Europe must decide whether to stick with America, which is set to drop the war in Ukraine, or revert to China as continent faces social unrest and economic stagnation
Writing about the relationship between the European Union and the United States over the Ukraine war, I am reminded of a sexually suggestive hook from David Bowie’s “Suffragette City”: “Wham! Bam! Thank you, Ma’am!”
It appears Washington is about to do a David Bowie on Europe over Ukraine. Speaking of the late musical genius, there is also a memorable line from another song, “Diamond Dogs”, from the eponymous album: “This ain’t rock ‘n roll. This is genocide!” But I think I am going to take a break from writing depressing columns about Palestine today.
Lately, you may have noticed that mainstream Anglo-American media are suddenly all warning about an impending Russian victory in Ukraine. This is after two years of cheerleading by the same people who prophesied Ukraine would win totally and the Putin regime would collapse, any day now. Oh yes, and Beijing was gearing up for an invasion of Taiwan!
Here’s a useful learning moment: whenever you see a strong consensus forming that brooks no opposition by the Western media and their ruling elites, bet on the opposite. It’s not foolproof but you would have a much better shot at realising what’s really going on.
Some Western pundits and former officials now conjure up apocalyptic visions of the end of Europe or even Western civilisation itself.
“Putin’s Russia is closing in on a devastating victory.” “Europe’s foundations are trembling.” “US warns it’s running out of money for Ukraine war.” “The West wavers on Ukraine.”
The Washington Post, one of the most gung-ho pro-Ukraine news outlets in the US, admitted last week that “Ukraine has retaken only about 200 square miles of territory, at a cost of thousands of dead and wounded and billions in Western aid.”
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