When The Liberal World Order Falls Apart
PNW- The liberal world order with America at the helm is rapidly crumbling, and authoritarian regimes such as Russia, China and Iran are riding high. Russia is amassing as many as 175,000 troops along the border with Ukraine, which has led most Western intelligence analysts to predict an invasion as early as 2022.
China has been busy constructing islands in the South China Sea, establishing military bases from Cambodia to the United Arab Emirates and even along the Atlantic Coast of Africa in the tiny island of Equatorial Guinea, which is of grave concern to U.S. officials.
All of this is a result of America's rapidly deteriorating posture within the community of nations, exhibited most flagrantly by the feckless and haphazard withdrawal from Afghanistan in August. The United States, hitherto now, was always the glue that held together the clamoring, disparate nations of the world and to whom they ultimately looked for respect and counsel.
Now, it seems as though the world is being guided by a rudderless ship, and many of the world's worst tyrants and despots are swooping in to fill the void.
It is Iran, however, that appears to be both the haughtiest and the greatest global menace. The world's greatest sponsor of terrorism is breathtakingly close to being a nuclear threshold state, meaning that it can decide to become fully nuclear at a time of its choosing. This state is run by President Ebrahim Raisi--known as "the butcher of Tehran" because of his merciless execution of thousands of political prisoners and dissidents.
The Iranians swaggered into the negotiations in Vienna dictating the terms of who even gets to be in the room, what it is that they are willing to negotiate and why they are there in the first place.
While U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken had promised he was going to negotiate "a longer stronger deal"--and most of the world's powers are present under the understanding that they are there to prevent Iran from crossing the nuclear threshold--Iranian chief negotiator Ali Bagheri Kani said that "the very term nuclear negotiations is rife with error." He felt the entire goal of negotiations is "to remove the unlawful and unhuman sanctions.
The Iranians are negotiating sanctions relief up front, as they have been in direct violation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, the 2015 nuclear deal. They have steadily been advancing their uranium enrichment to 60 percent, which is far above the 3.65 level of purity allowed under the deal and an easy glide to the 90 percent level of purity necessary for a nuclear bomb.
They have installed the new generations of advanced centrifuges, the IR-6, at the Fordow complex, deeply buried in the mountains, where it was prohibited from enriching uranium at all, as well as in Natanz. And they have cut off access to the U.N. nuclear watchdog, the.... READ MORE
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