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In this week's Australian Alert Service
18 July 2018
Enemies of peace erupt over Trump-Putin summit
The global chorus of mainstream media hysteria about
US President Donald Trump's meeting with Russian President
Vladimir Putin on 16 July is that of sore losers. The
Anglo-American establishment is losing against the majority
of humanity who want peace. A mere step in that direction
has sent them off the deep end. Despite a US President
elected on a program which included improving relations
with Russia, the permanent state machinery operating
within both major parties, the White House, the intelligence
community and military, was hellbent on cementing
in place the enmity which had developed between the
world's two biggest nuclear-armed states.
The investigation into alleged Trump collusion with Russia
to interfere in the 2016 election, which leads straight
back to London, was just the start of a campaign to stop
collaboration between the two countries. New US defence
and security doctrines issued at the turn of 2018, and paralleled
in the UK and Australia, named "great power rivalry"
as the greatest threat to the USA, with Russia and China
the major adversaries. The campaign escalated following
alleged "chemical attacks" by Russia in March, in the form
of the attempted Skripal poisoning in Salisbury, England,
and the now disproven chemical weapons attacks in Douma,
Syria, blamed on Russia's ally, Syrian President Bashar
al-Assad. Through press leaks in May, British officials signalled
their plan to use upcoming G7, EU, NATO and G20
summits to secure a stronger commitment from world leaders
to isolate and confront Russia. To this end they co-opted
the April Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting
and related Five Eyes intelligence confab.
But Trump has not come to the party. He disappointed
the G7, even proposing Russia rejoin, and left a trail of unsatisfied
"allies" following his European visit. In the wake
of the Helsinki meeting, aspersions are even being cast on
his ground-breaking June summit with North Korean leader
Trump and Putin agreed that it is vital the world's most
heavily armed nuclear powers cooperate. Declaring that a
productive US-Russia dialogue is good for the entire world,
during his press conference with Putin, Trump warned of the
dangers of abandoning diplomacy. "[O]ur relationship has
never been worse than it is now", he admitted. "However,
that changed as of about four hours ago. I really believe that."
According to countless media rants, in doing this Trump
has betrayed his own country and the entire Western world
in favour of Russia and its "dictator". Both sides of politics
have united in their condemnation of the President because
he dared to question the US intelligence community's unproven
allegations of Russian interference in the US election.
Former CIA Director John Brennan accused Trump of "treason"
and impeachable offences; Republican Senator John
McCain called the summit a "tragic mistake"; Senate Democratic
Leader Chuck Schumer called Trump "dangerous";
and Vice Chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee, Democratic
Sen. Mark Warner declared that "President Trump treated
our allies as our adversaries and an adversary as an ally".
Regardless of the rapid-fire reaction, and even Trump
walking back his assertion that Russia was not involved in
election meddling, the reality is that this was a major step
towards a working US-Russia relationship. This is what
makes the Anglo-American establishment so irate. If crises
in Syria and North Korea are solved, if Russia and the USA
collaborate, if the USA, Russia and China work together—
as Trump hinted when he indicated ahead of the meeting
that he and Putin might discuss "our mutual friend President
Xi"—we could indeed "solve many of the problems
facing our world", as the President said.
However imperfect, Trump's initiatives have opened the
door to a new peace order, which the leaders of both China
and India explicitly called for at recent Shanghai Cooperation
Organisation and Shangri-La summits (AAS 6 and
13 June), suggesting nations rise above their differences to
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