Future confrontation and past alliance (E279)
It sometimes seems as if there are two Donald Trumps. The one whose election campaign portrayed him as the man to end America’s endless involvement in costly, ultimately failed, foreign intervention, invasion, war and occupation. Resetting relations with Russia, not to mention reviving the Rust Belt at home, was Trump’s mantra. And then there’s the other Donald Trump whose forces are mustering in South America, the South China Sea, the Black Sea and now the Persian Gulf. Some of these confrontations are obvious. Not many people expected though that for the first time since the Bay of Pigs nearly 60 years ago, the US would have a government that seems actually serious about regime change in Cuba. So we invited Rob Miller, director of the Cuba Solidarity campaign, to discuss this sea change.
On May 9 1945 Hitler’s fascism lay dead in the rubble in Berlin. The great wartime alliance of the United States, Great Britain and the Soviet Union had prevailed. Book-ended between Britain’s singular stand against Hitler in 1941 and the Red Army’s crushing military victories at enormous cost to its own people, the US’ belated intervention was nonetheless vital. You would think then that Theresa May and Donald Trump would’ve been at the Victory Day parade in Moscow. Not only were they absent; the anniversary passed virtually without comment in the Western media and most people in Britain imagined it to be just another rainy spring day. Given the defeat of Hitlerism, maybe the supreme achievement of the human race – endless genocide and barbarism would have been its alternative – it is remarkable how they don’t and mustn’t mention the war… So we asked the “history man” himself, director of Eurasia Future, Adam Garrie, into the Sputnik studio to talk more about what most Western media has remained silent on.