I do have a problem with those other regimes Foota.You don't complain about them either.
But nobody around here is trying to defend, excuse or mitigate their behaviour.
So doesn't seem much point discussing them, does there?
And they are very much part of your "Rest of the World" you always speak about that you WANT to counter American hegemony.
The United States of America is the most powerful military entity in the World.
The United States of America believes, as a Nation, that its “Manifest Destiny” is to lead all other Nations of the World.
Successive U.S. Governments since the end of World War Two have (and continue to) unilaterally and illegally threatened, bombed, invaded and occupied many sovereign nations. Each time these U.S. Governments attack another Nation, they always claim that it is in the best interests of Humanity as a whole.
Yet it is transparently obvious to anyone not permanently hooked up to the U.S. Propaganda Drip, that these offensively violent assaults on other Nations, are only ever intended to serve U.S. interests.
Although despite possessing the most powerful Military in the World, the U.S. rarely manages to achieve its goals.
The U.S. started a war with North Korea in 1950, which is still on-going. The U.S. devastated South-East Asia in the 60’s and 70’s, killing four million people, and failed to defeat North Vietnam. The U.S. installed a vicious dictator in Iran in 1954, and used Iran as an off-shore filling station, until in 1979, the Iranian People booted out America’s Iranian Dictator.
In 1980, the U.S. Government ordered Saddam Hussein to attack Iran, and provided materiel, logistic and intelligence support to Iraq, even when it used chemical weapons against Iranians. More than a million died in that conflict, and 8 years after it began, it ended without an Iranian defeat.
In the 1990’s, the U.S. Government pushed for NATO intervention in the Balkans, because it wanted to neutralise Russia’s ally Serbia. That all got very messy.
Something or other happened in 2003, that I can’t fully remember… But I know it was a bit dodgy, and a *LOT* of people died…
2011, the U.S. destroyed Libya (no other NATO members gets to unilaterally decide who to attack, so no, it wasn’t an Anglo-French operation).
In the same year, the U.S. Government allied with Al Qaeda, to try and destroy the current Syrian Government.
2014, the U.S. Government fomented a coup in Ukraine.
Oh, and the “Greatest Military in the World”, from the richest Nation on the Planet, has been trying for 17 years to defeat and subdue the poorest Nation on the Planet, Afghanistan. And it can’t.
Now, the United States of America is still, nominally at least, a democracy.
And there are several members of this Forum who are eligible to vote in U.S. Elections, including your good self Foota.
Russia is a democracy, but there are no members of this Forum who are eligible to vote in Russian elections. Nor is there anyone else around here defending the actions of the President and Government of Russia (pointing out that there is no evidence to support all the anti-Russian propaganda we are relentlessly exposed to, is not the same as defending Putin/Russia).
China isn’t a democracy. It is a Single-Party state that has hybridised Capitalism and Communism. There are no members of the OP who can influence the policies of the Chinese Government. Nor does anyone try to defend China.
Same goes for Iran. (See where I’m going with all of this..?)
You defend the policies and actions of the United States of America, and its allies in Israel and Saudi Arabia. The only reason you don’t defend the policies and actions of the U.S.’s more palatable allies, the UK, France and Canada, is because you have to believe that we British, French and Canadian OP’rs, are as patriotic and loyal to our Nation and Government, as you are. (We’re not.)
Our World has many problems. All of them caused by human activity. And most of them caused by the policies of various and assorted National Governments.
We humans have to fix these problems, or Life will continue to get worse and worse for everyone.
Governments and politicians the World over try to convince us all that they are working in our best (national, usually…) interests.
But anyone with an ounce of intelligence fully understands that Humanity’s political systems are designed and operated to work in the best interests of politicians, governments, and the corporations who sponsor those politicians.
So our current politicians have to go.
Because their arrogance, pomposity, superciliousness, corruption, crimes and violence have made the Human World a dangerous place with a very uncertain future.
So here I am, trying to persuade an American voter to see how he has a wholly mistaken understanding of the way the Government of his country functions.
Because if I can persuade you that the U.S. Government causes far more problems in the World than it resolves…
I reckon I could persuade *ANY* American of the same!
So given all that…
What would be the point of me complaining about the actions and policies of other National Governments?