Futuristic Joint Crisis Committee: Europe vs Russia
2016. The year it all began. The year we elected a madman to be the leader of the free world.
At first, nobody took him seriously. Tall tales of walls, trade wars, “Making America Great Again” as if we had ever lost our greatness found only ridicule and laughter across the political spectrum. The Democrats saw him as a clown. The Republicans saw him as a useful tool – never to be trusted or respected, always to be used for their own ends. Yet nobody saw him for who he really was...
Nobody except the silent majority.
And time and again, against all odds, that silent majority carried him to victory: First to the White House 2016. Then in 2020 to a second term in what could have been the biggest political upset in the history of the United States. There was no wall. There was no travel ban. There was merely a repressed populace, an out-of-touch elite who preferred to bask in the supposed glory of the 2018 elections instead of listening to the concerns of their constituents, and a slow but steady increase in isolationism.
At first, the president raised tariffs. Europe, Canada, China – they all responded in kind. Then came the critical blow to NATO: We never officially left it, of course. We merely stopped all financial assistance. Almost overnight, all the burden of a world-spanning defense force fell on the shoulders of an increasingly aging and stagnating Europe. It was around this time that Macron’s calls for a European army finally started to gain traction in Brussels and across the continent. The turmoil in Britain aside, Europeans from Sofia to Dublin knew that they could no longer depend on Trump’s America for protection. That their only path forward rested on unity. And so did the Russians. We never learned whether Russians managed to influence the 2016 elections in Trump’s favor: The explosion in DC which claimed Mueller’s life and the ensuing state of emergency ensured that. But they certainly benefitted from it as their sphere of influence expanded across Ukraine, Syria, Turkey and beyond.
It has been well over a decade since the beginning of the end. But the end of the road is still shrouded in a thick fog. What will it be? How will the age-old conflict between the East and the West be resolved? And in the end, will Einstein’s prediction of a fourth World War fought with sticks and stones turn into a grim, unsettling, yet very real truth?
Time will tell. Until then, we will stop worrying about the fourth World War and start bracing for the third.
Board Members: Doruk DÖRÜCÜ & Abdulrahman MHANNİ