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Jeff Thomas is British and resides in the Caribbean. The son of an economist and historian, he learned early to be distrustful of governments as a general principle. Although he spent his career creating and developing businesses, for eight years, he penned a weekly newspaper column on the theme ... more

A Voice In The Wilderness

Date: Wednesday, December 21, 2016 9:42 AM EST

In 2007, Vladimir Putin spoke at the 43rd Munich Conference on Security Policy. Far from being a diatribe, Mister Putin spoke eloquently and without the bluster that we tend to expect from political leaders.

He began by stressing the need for all countries to benefit within the global economy, overcoming poverty, maintaining economic security and developing an ongoing dialogue. He then addressed the increasing threat of warfare in the world, quoting American President Franklin Roosevelt as having said, “"When peace has been broken anywhere, the peace of all countries everywhere is in danger."

He warned against a “unipolar” world and aspirations of world supremacy by a single uber-government, saying, “However one might embellish this term, at the end of the day it refers to…one centre of authority, one centre of force, one centre of decision-making. And at the end of the day this is pernicious not only for all those within this system, but also for the sovereign itself because it destroys itself from within. And this certainly has nothing in common with democracy. Because, as you know, democracy is the power of the majority in light of the interests and opinions of the minority.”

“Incidentally, Russia - we - are constantly being taught about democracy. But for some reason those who teach us do not want to learn themselves. I consider that the unipolar model is not only unacceptable but also impossible in today's world...the model itself is flawed because at its basis there is and can be no moral foundations for modern civilisation. Unilateral and frequently illegitimate actions have not resolved any problems. Moreover, they have caused new human tragedies and created new centres of tension. Judge for yourselves: wars as well as local and regional conflicts have not diminished…even more are dying than before.”

He goes on to describe the growing US disdain for the basic principles of international law stating pointedly that, “One state and, of course, first and foremost the United States, has overstepped its national borders in every way. This is visible in the economic, political, cultural and educational policies it imposes on other nations. Well, who likes this? Who is happy about this?”

Of course, it’s true that, worldwide, there’s growing concern that the US sees itself as the world’s policeman - providing largesse to those governments that kowtow to US interests, whilst attacking those that don’t. It claims that it does so to make the world “safe for democracy” yet, in recent years, it has invaded more countries than ever before in its history, destroying well-functioning governments, replacing duly-elected leaders with puppet governments or, worse, with nothing at all.

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