Realpolitik for the 21st Century

Time for Moscow and America to sit down behind closed doors and talk reality. The so-called national borders of the former Soviet Republics are purely fictional. There never were self-governing nation-states named
Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Kirghizistan, Uzbekistan etc and so on. These were constructions of the Russian Communist Party. The borders were designed to be unworkable outside of a Moscow- dominated USSR. For instance the: The Fergana Valley in Central Asia was divided with no regard to the ethnic populations and carved between Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan.
Throughout the course of the Czarist Empire and the USSR, Russians and Central Asians have spread and intermingled across the entire region. The post-USSR map with the newly sovereign nations was an aberration. For the USA to treat these entities as actual nation states is to attempt to freeze the region in the post-Communist nadir of Russian power. The assertion that Ukraine nationhood is as historically, geographically and culturally as real as that of Poland or the Baltic states is to weaken our moral (and Realpolitik) support for the latter two.
No longer is Russia seeking to be the center of a global Communist movement.  The ideologies of the 20th century are fading and by the end of the 21st century they will seem as remote as the motives of the religious wars are to us.  Putin is no liberal.  But neither is the King of Saudi Arabia, and we support him.
The American dominance of the Post-WW2 era was an aberration.  We had never been involved with the Indian Ocean until this period, now ending.  When the Portuguese penetrated that third ocean there had already been a complex trading system in place.  That five hundred year era of European rule over the entire Indian Ocean ended when the Japanese marched into Singapore, Bangkok, Batavia and Manila.  The rise of India, the Gulf States, Iran and even Kenya and other western African nations defines the new reality.  America inherited the Indian Ocean “problem” from the colonial powers.  But we did so only in the cause of containment of the USSR.  We must return to our interests.  The Indian Ocean does not wash upon any American beach.
The unquestioned power of America in the Atlantic and Pacific must supersede the Indian Ocean and it is simply ludicrous to maintain the fiction that the Black Sea can be navigated against Russian interests by the US Navy.  Reality is what is real.
We should recognize Moscow’s legitimate interests in its near abroad. And by the same token Russian meddling in the Caribbean and Central and South America must be ended. Russia should be an ally against Islam. And there will come a demographic tipping point very soon that will make Russia look to balance Chinese power with the West.

2 thoughts on “Realpolitik for the 21st Century

    • I do not believe anyone needs chaos and war. Yes, the Military Industrial Complex thrives on conflict, but an America well-armed with up-to-the-minute Air and Sea Power able to maintain some degree of world trade and national security would necessarily require a Military-Industrial Complex.
      If a National Policy were defined and the representatives of Lockheed-Martin and senators of General Dynamics were content with the technological development of stand off weapons then maybe they would not be seeking war with Syria, Russia etc. (McCain and Grahamnesty)

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