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As is common with preparation of and for disasters, the danger and evilness of the enemy is inflated, sometimes blown out of proportion in a near-paranoid fashion.

A war of aggression can thus be "legitimized" and rationalized as "self defense" and peace-makers accused of being irresponsible, immoral and unpatriotic.

For example, by the mid-1970s, then US Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld began to argue that the Soviet government would be ignoring bilateral treaties and "secretly building up weapons with the intention of attacking" the United States. False intelligence has been deliberately produced to demonize the alleged opponent in nearly every war of aggression.



Page nameDescription
China/EncirclementUSA and allies encirclement of China.
Russia/EncirclementA tactic by the United States, utilizing NATO, to place military capability (not necessarily through many soldiers or equipment) close to the territory of Russia.
US-China trade warSince 2018 the United States and China have been engaged in a trade war involving the mutual placement of tariffs.


Related Quotation

Russia/Encirclement“We have made it clear that Nato’s move to the east is unacceptable (...) The United States is standing with missiles on our doorstep. Is it an excessive requirement not to install shock systems at our house? How would the Americans react if missiles were placed at the border with Canada or Mexico”Vladimir Putin
The Guardian


Related Document

TitleTypePublication dateAuthor(s)Description
Document:Power and the Global Ruling Classpaper4 June 2014Bernd HammIn depth structural survey global power, who exercises it and how it is organised


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