- In view of Obama's volte-face it seems America's Military Industrial Complex (which virtually runs the country) is still calling the shots; another Cold War is in the offing; and in the coming years, the world is going to be a more dangerous place than today; and durable and just peace will remain as elusive as ever.
- Special Project | US Wars and Covert Actions Around the World: Week Ending June 15, 2014
Taj Hashmi, Countercurrents.org
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June, 2014 | The celebration of the seventieth anniversary of the D-Day on Friday June 6 th at Normandy was very interesting and significant. Scores of World War II veterans from the US, Britain, Canada and elsewhere graced the solemn ceremony. We expect a fewer number of WWII veterans will show up at Normandy next June before the whole bunch of these brave heroes will leave this world for ever. The seventieth celebration of the “Longest Day” in modern history – which signalled the beginning of the end of Nazism by liberating France – was very interesting and significant this year because the world witnessed some dramatics performed by presidents Obama, Putin, Hollande and president-elect Petro Poroshenko of Ukraine. Although Putin's presence was embarrassing for many, including Putin himself, but he had to be there to represent Russia, which played a very important, if not the decisive, role in the defeat of Hitler.
I am not going to discuss here how embarrassing it could be for President Hollande to host some of his mutually estranged guests at the solemn ceremony of the D-Day celebration. Hollande made Obama and Putin sit at the same table, which eventually made the two estranged leaders informally talk to each other, mostly on Ukraine. The congregation also made Putin and Poroshenko exchange pleasantries to each other, which would possibly make some headway towards a meaningful dialogue between Russia and Ukraine to resolve their differences over Crimea and pro-Russian secessionist movements in southeastern Ukraine. One has, however, no reason to believe that the Obama-Putin chance meeting will lead to any rapprochement between Russia and America. In the backdrop of the growing Russophobia in America, or which could be a reflection of Washington's not-so-hidden desire to resuscitate the Cold War, Russia is not going to be re-admitted into the G-8 in the foreseeable future.
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Taj Hashmi teaches security studies at Austin Peay State University at Clarksville, Tennessee. Sage has published his latest book, Global Jihad and America: The Hundred-Year War beyond Iraq and Afghanistan.
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Special Project | US Wars and Covert Actions Around the World: Week Ending June 15, 2014, David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest
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