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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/EncirclementThe 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.


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 Putin2021


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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