American democracy in ruins. Illustration: Liu Rui / GT
The US plan to host a “Leaders’ Summit for Democracy” is another attempt to reduce the global community to a simplistic “democracy versus autocracy” dichotomy; a narcissistic facade doomed to failure because it only evokes rupture, division and even confrontation. As defined in the article by Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov “On law, rights and rules”, while “democracy-exporting countries” intend to reshape other societies “in the Western mold” and to interfere with the internal affairs of others under the pretext of promoting “democracy,” they recoil – in self-contradiction – from the prospect of a more democratic international society.
There is no shortage of examples of the West interfering in the internal affairs of other countries by manufacturing and exporting “standards of democracy”. The most recent drama pieces to be packaged to escalate the West’s confrontation with Russia must include the case of Alexei Navalny. Russia’s request to privately disclose the exact formula of the poison administered to Navalny was rejected by Germany. The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) has also rejected Russia’s offer to form a joint investigation into the chemical allegedly used to poison Navalny. With its whole set of strict rules for how physical evidence is to be handled during investigations, there is no reason why the OPCW should not act in a consistent and open manner if the agency serves the best interests. of humanity rather than a few selected countries.
Since Navalny and his Western supporters are clear about their improbability of transforming Russia’s political arena, the sole purpose of orchestrating such a drama is to facilitate sanctions from the United States and its allies under the pretext of abuse. human rights and disrespect for Western democratic principles. standards. In 2019, the Navalny fund received foreign “donations” worth more than one billion rubles.
Cuba has long been another major target. For nearly six decades, the United States imposed economic, trade and financial embargoes against the Caribbean country, severely limiting the flow of goods to the island and threatening the livelihoods of the Cuban people. Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel said the embargoes were “genocidal” and called such US measures “a policy of economic suffocation”.
If the brainwashing propaganda against Russia, Cuba, China, and other countries in the name of democracy and human rights is based on myths, what are the West’s reactions to dissent within? him ?
In the 1970s, Noam Chomsky, a linguist, philosopher and social activist, spent years in prison during the Vietnam War because of his opposition to the US government’s pro-war agenda.
Angela Davis, one of America’s best-known activists, feminists and academics of the 1960s and 1970s, was silenced, persecuted and criminalized by the US government for her political beliefs.
A more recent example is that of Brett Crozier, former commander of the USS Theodore Roosevelt, who was immediately relieved of his command after a letter he sent to Navy officials was leaked due to the coronavirus disease outbreak aboard his ship, signaling the unhesitating will of the US government to stifle all internal dissent.
One question will suffice to illustrate my point: Does the West offer the same level of protection and support to dissidents who demand “regime change” or “overthrow the entire political system” at home, as they do? In other countries ?
It seems that only American politicians have the right to declare who respects the principles of democracy and who does not. They see the dictatorial military regime of Batista as democratic and the government of Vladimir Putin as no. Franklin Roosevelt’s oft-quoted remarks about Nicaraguan dictator Anastasio Somoza García – “Somoza may be a son of a bitch, but he’s our son of a bitch” – betray America’s blatant double standard.
The US government vainly believes that it has an obligation to extend its political system – “the best that has ever existed” – to all corners of the world. Therefore, he spared no expense in repeatedly launching modern crusades against other “undemocratic” nations. Yet America’s democratic experiment ultimately came to naught: it proved unsuccessful in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Libya, among other nations. It is quite predictable that the “Leaders’ Summit for Democracy” will be yet another debacle.
Before American politics collapse into complete failure, its politicians must recognize that the interests of all other countries are as legitimate as those of the United States, that all countries can promote political, social and economic development in their own. spheres without American intervention, and finally, that the United States must treat each country as it is, and not as it wishes.
“Vodka is as honest a drink as ever, never pretending to be something it is not,” said Russian rock musician Andrey Makarevich. And that’s how. It is also a truth about Moutai from China, rum from Cuba and their equivalent in other countries.
The author is a commentator on international affairs, writing regularly for the Xinhua News Agency, Global Times, CGTN, etc. He can be contacted at [email protected]