The Opportunity of the Emergency

How the global COVID-19 pandemic began is incidental to how it has instantly transformed the entire political landscape of the planet. And whether this pandemic was planned or accidental in no way changes the manner in which it suits the agenda of two mega-adversaries. One searing example from history offers dramatic evidence of how these sorts of arrangements work.

In the summer of 1944, Nazi Germany was down but not out. In Eastern Europe, Russian forces were massed on the banks of the Vistula, prepared to liberate Warsaw. In anticipation of promised aid from the Russians, the Polish resistance struck hard against the German occupation forces. But the Russians stayed on the other side of the river as the battle raged. For over two months they went toe-to-toe with the Germans, as the Russians did nothing to prevent the Germans from reinforcing their troops and liquidating the rebels. Only once the Polish resistance was crushed did the Germans withdraw, and the Russians moved in.

In this case, the mega-adversaries were German Nazis, fighting a war of mutual annihilation against Russian communists. But neither of them were willing to allow a democratic government to take control of post-war Poland.

The mega-adversaries today have different labels and employ different tactics, but the same basic dynamic applies. On one side there are ruling elites, and on the other side there are populist insurgencies. The elites rule a pair of superpowers, the USA and its Western allies versus China, that are locked in […] Read More