Destabilizing Borders is America’s Business

A key component of U.S. strategy is to destabilize the nations that border the ‘enemy’ nation, to create chaos, sometimes supporting extremist organizations, in order to inflict as much damage and weaken the target. Another method would be to apply maximum military pressure on these outskirts, like conducting some of the world’s largest military training exercises on the border of an ‘enemy’ nation. It’s a logical military strategy.

When you cannot directly attack your enemy it forces you to indirectly attack them: destroy supply routes so the enemy doesn’t receive necessary resources to maintain their own security, place economic sanctions to weaken a nation, disrupt relations with other nations, or destabilize their neighbors with the aim of debilitating the enemy nation. This is classic US foreign policy currently being carried out around the world.

A few examples of this strategy include the following:
☠ Destabilize Afghanistan to weaken the border of Iran and China, but also destabilizing the region to threaten Russia
☠ Destabilize Ukraine to weaken the border of Russia
☠ Destabilize Iraq to weaken the border of Iran
☠ Assist and strengthen rebels in Columbia to threaten Venezuela’s border
☠ Conduct military training exercises in Finland near Russia’s border
☠ Conduct military training exercises on the border of North Korea
☠ Deploy Missile ‘Defense’ systems in East Asia to threaten China’s border

Of course, the list could go on and on considering the history of U.S. foreign policy but the above list provides enough examples to show this strategy. Border stability matters to every nation and it is expensive to maintain that security, especially when the world’s most powerful military is targeting you.

Destabilizing borders, supporting extremist organizations, or conducting military training exercises aren’t the only reasons for US interventions in other nation’s affairs, but it’s a perspective often left unnoticed. In addition, the repercussions of these policies can create serious blowback. The attack on the World Trade Center on 9/11 is the prime example. The US supported extremist organizations in Afghanistan during the 1980’s with a goal of weakening the Soviet Union’s presence. Those extremist organizations, led by Osama bin Laden, ended up attacking the US and creating havoc wherever they traveled. Today, this US strategy is empowering fascist organizations around the globe allowing right-wing authoritarian regimes to take power, emboldening NATO countries to spend more on military capabilities, and spreading terrorism (whether indirectly or directly) to all corners of the planet. This is a simple recipe for disaster, not security or peace.

Destabilize Afghanistan to weaken the border of Iran and China, but also destabilizing the region to threaten Russia

US intervention in Afghanistan has almost always been related to Russia. The current US involvement in the country originates back in 1979, when the US strategy was to establish an Islamist insurgency against the Democratic government and the Soviet Union’s presence. The brain-child of this particular strategy was Zbigniew Brzezinski, national security advisor to President Jimmy Carter and long-time US foreign policy strategist who’s ideas killed civilians on a number too large to track.

The Soviet Union understood that bringing stability and development to Central Asia, particularly Afghanistan, was a way to secure itself. Brzezinski’s strategy involved funding and supporting the Mujahideen, which eventually evolved into al-Qaeda, led by Osama bin Laden, who then conducted the attacks in New York City on 9/11, giving the US an excuse to come back to Afghanistan but with a full-scale military force.

The US ‘war’ is still ongoing in Afghanistan. Looking back at US policies in this 17+ year war shows the lack of military planning and strategy with a goal of winning or creating a stable nation. Unlike the Soviet presence, the US has not built schools, hospitals, or developed literacy programs for the people of Afghanistan. This is a clear sign of how US strategy was and is to destabilize the entire country, which was a complete success because terrorism and extremist organizations are now all across the globe. When the US first invaded Afghanistan in 2001, the Taliban consisted of only 200-400 people worldwide. Today, we have many more extremist organizations, far more dangerous ideologies leading these organizations, and they are spread across Earth’s surface in several countries.

A destabilized Afghanistan threatens the borders of countries like Iran and China. Iran has been a major target of the US for decades now. And China, whose economy has been steadily rising for four decades and soon to became a larger economy than the US economy. Why would the US just allow another country to surpass them economically? Isn’t that what capitalism and imperialism is all about?… Obtaining resources, creating profit, and dominating the markets. In order to stay on top, you have to eliminate your opponent. This is a basic rule of capitalism.

Destabilize Ukraine to weaken the border of Russia

The US supported a coup in Ukraine back in 2014, assisting and training fascist organizations throughout the country in order to destabilize the border with Russia. Empowering and supporting a right-wing government in Ukraine which supports US intervention is a threat to Russia’s national security. Currently, fascists are waving Nazi flags openly and conducting paramilitary operations in residential areas and often killing innocent civilians. In addition, white-supremacists and racists from the US, and elsewhere, are traveling to Ukraine to “learn from the combat experience of their fascist brothers-in-arms” in order to bring those skills back to their homeland.

Assist and strengthen rebels in Columbia to threaten Venezuela’s border

In Latin America, the US has been attempting coup after coup to oust the Maduro government, supporting and strengthening “Colombian rebels on both sides of Venezuela’s border.” Colombia is a launching pad for US interventions in Latin America. In 2018, Colombia became NATO’s first Latin American global partner. In addition, with Brazil’s new right-wing leader Jair Bolsonaro who supports US imperialism, Venezuela’s border becomes even more dangerous and provocative.

Conduct military training exercises in Finland near Russia’s border

Finland is not officially a part of NATO but the US would like to convince them to join. Finland shares a large border with Russia within the Arctic Circle. One important aspect is when climate change melts the Arctic, new trade routes will be available and oil/gas deposits will be accessible. That’s big money to be made by the oil/gas industry, shipping companies, and more fuel for the US military.

Fiber Optic cables from Russia to Europe, going through the Baltic Sea and Finland.
(Photo: Slideshow from Dave Webb)

In addition, the fiber optic cables connecting Russia communication to Europe travels through the Baltic Sea, some of which go directly to Finland first. The US surveillance apparatus has already used Norway and Sweden to illegally tap into these fiber optic cables, Finland could contribute significantly to that process.

Conduct military training exercises on the border of North Korea
Deploy Missile ‘Defense’ systems in East Asia to threaten China’s border

Today. the US military build up in East Asia is primarily about China, secondary to North Korea. China is the number one threat to the US ruling class. Currently the US ruling class controls the most wealth in the world and China is steadily catching up. Competition on the global market is capitalism’s number one priority, anyone who gets in the way will become an enemy.

After WW2, the US controlled 50 percent of the world’s economy. China didn’t become what it is today until 1949, so right after WW2 China was one of the poorest countries on Earth with one of the largest populations on Earth. Today, the US controls 24 percent of the world’s economy while China is trailing in second place with 15 percent of the world’s economy. The US wealth of the world is declining, China’s wealth is rising.

There are many reasons why North Korea is a target of the US, but I will focus on just the idea of borders. A US strategy of weakening China, or at least slowing down its economic growth, is by separating other nations from China. This could explain why the US is negotiating with North Korea about a possible end to the Korean War and building economic relations with the DPRK. The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) was a proposed trade agreement to pull nations, primarily in East and Southeast Asia, away from China in order to weaken its economic power. It obviously failed but the US is still trying to do this, just in other ways due to the splits in the US ruling class. The Trump Administration clearly wants to do things differently than Obama, although I’d argue both were on the same level of imperialism.

The US has conducted large-scale, even the largest, military exercises on North Korea’s border to instill fear and provoke them into a war. This has become part of the DNA of the US on the Korean Peninsula. But the Korean War began when China was in its infancy. Now, US strategy is shifting primarily towards China and secondarily to North Korea.

The Korean Peninsula will still be used to pressure China, pull North Korea away from them, isolate them, with an overall goal of keeping the US on top of the world economy. Missile ‘Defense’ systems have been deployed to South Korea which have radars that have the ability to conduct surveillance in China and threatens their national security. Troops and large military bases will remain in South Korea with a new focus on China. The US will use more military might than economic might towards China but this is clearly failing.

We should secure our borders through development, not provocation.

The United States of America has been the empire of the world for the past 70 years or so. There is no such thing as a ‘good’ empire. Empires conduct illegal activity, oppress people within and without, drain an economy’s resources to keep expansion on the horizon, and provokes anyone on their path to enlarging themselves.

The patterns we can see from this particular form of imperialism occurs frequently and openly, but also hidden. The people of the US are bombarded with commercial advertisements, struggling for decent jobs and healthcare, and simply are forced to live under the current wretched circumstances while being exploited by their own government and the ruling class. While the people continue to ignore these dangerous trends, the more the US government and ruling class can get away with.

Despite the US not directly attacking major upcoming powers like Russia, China or beyond, the destabilization of borders, funding extremist organizations, and conducting large-scale military exercises on the doorsteps of their targets have been so common it is rarely recognized.

These strategies are fueling right-wing ideologies, spreading terrorism and fascism, and propping up a new wave of Nazi’s making our world a more dangerous one than before WW2. Ukraine is now the Mecca of fascism with the US military training and supporting various groups. Islamic extremism is growing like a virus with no antidote. Right-wing leaders are being elected more often and becoming stronger as time continues.

When these policies are not recognized by the people, it can only continue and expand. The antidote to these strategies are lifting the consciousness of the people and organizing them to build power to prevent the growth of militarism, imperialism, and fascism. If it becomes too late, we are looking at another great world war but this time no one knows how it will end.

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