Democreacy is rule by the people but who in the global digital world knows who the people are or what they want? Russia’s unwarranted and unlawful aggression against Ukraine has clarified the meaning of democracy in a global world.
Societies around the world have galloped toward development since the Second World War introduced the alternative of annihilation with the nuclear bomb. The United Nations and its multitude of bodies and agencies has played a major role in bettering life in now near-200 countries. This vast network takes on a human face in the novel entitled The Midas Maze. The plot centers on the pitfalls inherent in the juncture of people working in governments with the nessary evil of bureaucracy to keep it all in line.
Bureaucracy had its heyday in the Soviet period behind the Iron Curtain that shrouded Eastern and Centrall Europe from all contact with democracy. In that system, red tape and its use for terror were the ways to elevate the ego by oppressing those pushed lower down in the henhouse pecking order. The Light of a Destiny Dark is a novel based on a memoir that brings to life the grim bleakness of life under that system.
The mayhem of global red tape is captured in Mission Improbable: the world community on a UN compound in Somalia. The memoir is a tribute to communicating across cultures where success or failure depends on any person’a indivual personality. The book shows that Integrity and good will transcend cultural differences.
Russia’s current leader Vladimiir Putin was a beneficiary of the Soviet red tape form of government. Since the 1989 collapse of the Iron Curtain and the ensuing collapse of the Soviet Union due to a corruption economy, Putin has plotted to bring back the order he expected would spring him into even greater heights An opening came with Donald Trump, an opportunist of the world leading US democracy.
A writer’s view of this unholy union is presented in America Votes Obama to Biden Past Trump. The book of thought-piece essays suggests that America was not itself while under the double assault of an American huckster and a former Soviet intelligence agent. Yet when America survived and was coming out of its coma, Putin turned to his second choice as a useful country to entrap.
Ukraine was a former Soviet satellite that had suffered through the routine corruption that engulfed many former captives when newly liberated. But Ukraine had turned decidedly toward democratic ways since shedding its Soviet yoke. Putin invaded Ukraine to warn other neighbors that democracy was his enemy.
The world’s democracies rallied to support Ukraine as it fought off the brutal assault. The fierceness of Ukraine’s resolve to preserve its fledgling democracy brought world leaders to its aid. At the forefront was US Preisident Biden fighting to restore democracy in his own country. Unfortunately, the US was not alone in that crisis of democracy.
In much of the industrialized west, tyranical forces campaigned to gain an upper hand in governing. It seemed the prospect of a globalizing future scared many and they found comfort in the reassuring if faulty promises of autocrats, some of them allied with Putin.
Early in his attack on Ukraine, Putin threatened the use of nukes if anyone stood in his way. To avoid a direct conflict that could spark a new world war, western powers imposed economic sanctions. Russia responded by blackmailing Europeans dependent on its energy resources. The resultant hardships caused flickers in support for Ukraine but the democratic will held out in league with Ukraine’s aim, Even the United Nations came out of mothballs to negotiate solutions to cross-border standoffs. The only element missing from the robust effort was a full-throated cheer from the US public far removed from Ukraine.
Of course the US was exhausted. Like all the world, it had suffered through Covid. But the land of freedom, opportunity and free speech had also been mired in mired in a political whiplash it couldn’t shake off. Reality had been buried in layers of information ranging from alternate to fake. Ukraine was a reminder of the values that had founded the US. Perhaps that link between Ukraine and the fiercely independent US would draw US attention to other countries fighting for the same values that have one core element in common.
The attack on Ukraine by Russia is a clear-cut case of good in contrast to evil. Without provocation, sovereign Ukraine was attacked by Russia for the sole pupose of subjugating it. through destruction until it gave in. Similar forces at work in all countries including the US will do well to take note.
Good gains allies and gathers momentum by the evidence of its effect. Evil exhausts itself in unreliable allies who themselves need to be defended against. That’s a lot of work on top of the energy needed to build the walls keeping out the undeniably more alluring good.