Stop Being Brzezinski’s Emotional Tool

Westerners who want to go around saving people in non-Western countries from “evil dictators” are just well-meaning tools of far more cynical offensive realists like Zbigniev Brzezinski, who wrote the following in The Grand Chessboard (1997):

“The most immediate task is to make certain that no state or combination of states gains the capacity to expel the United States from Eurasia or even to diminish significantly its decisive arbitrating role [and to] prevent the emergence of a hostile coalition that could eventually seek to challenge America’s primacy”.

“The most dangerous scenario would be a grand coalition of China, Russia, and perhaps Iran, an ‘anti-hegemonic’ coalition united not by ideology but by complementary grievances, [which] would be reminiscent in scale and scope of the challenge once posed by the Sino-Soviet bloc, though this time China would likely be the leader and Russia the follower”.

Even if you are an amoral offensive realist, you have to contend with the fact that the ramping up of sanctions against Russia and other countries is actually strengthening this “anti-hegemonic coalition” feared by Brzezinski by forcing them to trade more with each other, meaning more inflation for the West.

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