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Cold War Part Deux: This Time It’s Jihad

To understand what is happening on the geopolitical global scene today, you have to understand what has been happening on that same scene for the last 100 years, because it hasn’t really changed much.
The US Empire has been the world’s only (and ‘greatest’) superpower since at least the end of the Second World War. Once the Empire had achieved that position, it was determined to keep it. Russia was supposed to have been destroyed as a result of the 1939-45 war, but Russian ingenuity and hardiness, and Stalin’s surprising independent streak, forced the Empire to accept a division of the world between ‘East’ and ‘West’. As soon as the lines were drawn, however, the Empire sent its agents out to continue and complete the process of global conquest.
Apart from the few overt US military forays (Korea, Vietnam, the odd turkey shoot in Latin America) the Empire relied primarily on covert operations to expand its control. In Western Europe – a prized piece on the ‘grand chessboard’ – the US Empire established ‘stay-behind’ networks made up of paramilitary groups from various backgrounds and espousing right-wing, fascistic ideologies. The rationale for ‘mining’ Europe with weapons caches and nutjobs trained in sabotage and bloody mayhem was that, in the event of a Soviet invasion and occupation of Europe, ‘resistance fighters’ would form the West’s front-line in the coming war with the Soviets.
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Not an empire though