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.
|China/Encirclement||USA and allies encirclement of China.|
|Russia/Encirclement||The increased placement of more military capability and sometimes soldiers, equipment through diplomatic or military channels of mainly NATO forces at mostly American request after the collapse of the Soviet Union in countries neighbouring Russia.|
|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||2021|
|Document:Power and the Global Ruling Class||paper||4 June 2014||Bernd Hamm||In depth structural survey global power, who exercises it and how it is organised|
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