Current Topics
What Left?
by chunkstyle
02:22 AM
Justice is coming
by NW Ponderer
10:24 PM
Judge orders porn star Stormy Daniels to pay Trump $293,000 in attorneys' fees,
by pondering_it_all
09:51 PM
RoundTable for December 2018
by pondering_it_all
09:38 PM
Election Day
by NW Ponderer
03:42 PM
Another Solution
by NW Ponderer
12/11/18 10:20 PM
Archie Moore vs Yvon Durelle, December 10, 1958
by Golem
12/10/18 11:47 PM
The Passing Parade: Obituaries: 2018
by Golem
12/10/18 09:15 PM
Is it too soon to be talking 2020?
by chunkstyle
12/10/18 06:37 PM
Smart watches: Need Xmas Advice for Wifey
by rporter314
12/10/18 04:32 PM
None of the Above (NOTA)
by rporter314
12/09/18 06:03 PM
ICE - the new gestapo
by pondering_it_all
12/09/18 06:23 AM
Israel negotiating with Hungary on revisionist Holocaust museum
by pondering_it_all
12/07/18 11:22 PM
Brexit Eve
by NW Ponderer
12/04/18 04:26 PM
Miscellaneous humor thread
by Jeffery J. Haas
12/04/18 12:52 AM
Our political elders
by Greger
12/03/18 02:52 AM
Round table NOVEMBER 2018
by pondering_it_all
12/01/18 07:59 PM
Historic Corruption
by pondering_it_all
11/30/18 08:36 PM
Sleazy Slimeball or Slimy Sleazebag?
by Ujest Shurly
11/30/18 08:25 PM
2 million federal workers receive memo warning they can’t use the word ‘resist
by pondering_it_all
11/30/18 06:45 AM
Forum Stats
6248 Members
58 Forums
16430 Topics
283207 Posts

Max Online: 294 @ 12/06/17 12:57 AM
Google Adsense
Topic Options
#306061 - 03/19/18 03:48 PM The New Axis Powers
NW Ponderer Offline
Moderator
Carpal Tunnel

Registered: 09/09/11
Posts: 16363
In his 2002 State of the Union address, George W. Bush used the phrase "Axis of Evil" to describe Iran, Iraq, and North Korea as nations bent on acquiring weapons of mass destruction and sponsoring terrorism. While he was not entirely wrong, he was off-target, since these countries did not have any kind of alliance. The Axis reference, of course, was intended to evoke the "Axis" powers (initially Italy and Germany, then Japan) of World War II. The phrase was inept, but the concept is worth considering.

What brought the Axis powers together was a common ideology and goal:
Quote:
The Axis powers' primary goal was territorial expansion in expense of their neighbors.[32] In ideological terms, the Axis described their goals as breaking the hegemony of the plutocratic Western powers and defending civilization from communism. The Axis championed a number of variants on fascism, militarism, and autarky.[33]
(From Wikipedia) In surveying the current international landscape, one can easily discern the creation of a new, nascent "Axis" along those same lines. Russia, under Putin, is obviously an autocracy masquerading as a democracy, as is Turkey under Erdogan. China, similarly, has made the leap from Communism to Autocracy under Xi. Like their forebears, they are following the path of fascism (by other names), militarism and expansionism. Unlike the "Axis of Evil", however, they are emulating the original Axis powers by coordinating their efforts.

China has been aggressively pushing its hegemony over the Pacific by building artificial islands and asserting territorial claims over the entire South China Sea. Russia has acquiesced in these claims and participated with China in military exercises to show control and solidarity in contravention to Hague declarations over such claims. Similarly, China has run interference for Russia in Syria and Crimea. Turkey, while a member of NATO, has been abetted by Russia in its territorial adventurism in Syria (in part to foment friction within NATO). Erdogan, like Putin, has dictatorial aims, and wants to establish "external borders" within neighboring territory.

The rise of autocratic powers (and influence of right-wing parties in Europe) and expansionist aims of Russia, China, Turkey, North Korea and Iran closely parallel the groundwork that preceded the creation of the original Axis. Like the original Axis, as well, there are minor satellites that are also aligned with their aims, and influencers amidst their neighbors.

This danger is real, clear and present. The liberal democratic order that succeeded WWII is under its clearest threat since that conflict. Coordinated steps need to be undertaken to avoid a repeat of that conflagration.
_________________________
A well reasoned argument is like a diamond: impervious to corruption and crystal clear - and infinitely rarer.

Here, as elsewhere, people are outraged at what feels like a rigged game -- an economy that won't respond, a democracy that won't listen, and a financial sector that holds all the cards. - Robert Reich

Top
#306069 - 03/20/18 10:59 PM Re: The New Axis Powers [Re: NW Ponderer]
Jeffery J. Haas Online   sick


Pooh-Bah

Registered: 08/03/04
Posts: 13404
Loc: Whittier, California
Well said!
_________________________
"The Left ones think I'm Right, the Right ones think I'm wrong."
Leon Russell - Magic Mirror"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L-H1iQ5Y6Eg

Top

Who's Online
1 registered (Jeffery J. Haas), 57 Guests and 1 Spider online.
Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
Newest Members
TrentonP, Nosf50, erumonej, Jensen Breck, Albertapkr
6248 Registered Users
A2