Putin’s Chess Match

Will He Check off Another Victory Against the UK?

Putin’s meddling in foreign affairs is clearly at odds with the core values of democracy and the UK knows this. However, the ascendancy of Trump has created unanticipated political externalities: for one, Trump’s snugness, and non-condemnation of Russia’s shady involvement in the US Presidential Election, places the US in question as being a strong English ally, despite cultural and deeply financial ties. If anything, Trump’s praising of Putin isolates the UK to a certain extent, especially by limited its ability to engage in hostilities, covert or not with Russia.

Relations between Russia and the UK go back over a thousand years, but the post-WW II landscape presented particularly straining predicaments. With the rise of communism after the 1917 Bolshevik Revolution, the West, including the UK, presented a staunchly new World issue – could capitalism withstand the red tide proliferating across the globe? Remember, it’s not as if the UK was completely concerned with the impending threat of Nazism as Neville Chamberlain tried to formalize peace negotiations with the Fuhrer. It’s said, by some, that Neville’s plan would ensure a unified front against the forces of the Soviet Union.

This Western bloc did not come to fruition as envisioned by the West, however. In secret, Hitler was in discussions with the Nazis in order to create nonaggression plan between the two competing superpowers. Most important, this alliance afforded Hitler the necessary time to develop his war machine, with the intent – without Russian knowledge – of invading the Soviet Union in order to house future German generations. Once the summer of 1942 hit, this unspoken treaty fell to the wayside as Hitler invaded Russia.

This proved to be Hitler’s biggest blunder: the Russians were largely responsible for dismantling the Nazi war machine. Once the dust settled, and the Nazis were defeated, a new war started. A cold war to be more exact. The two competing players in this cold war her capitalism versus capitalism. This would be the first conflict in human history to be fought over economic theories, rather than resource or land derived confrontations. After the Russians reached Berlin, the dividing line was created between East and West.

Since 1945, the Russians provided an alternative way of living for the world by emphasizing class consciousness. And, the issues stemming from the cold war still exist because Russia’s new leader, Putin, has created a nationalistic, military-centric, Russia, something along the lines of the Soviet Union, with more permission for privatization being the key difference. The UK’s stance has been that of direct opposition.

The saviour of the UK is the EU, and, in the end, the United States. The EU, despite its problems, still holds together an alliance similar to the Western Bloc during the cold war. But most crucial is the interconnected financial and commercial sectors between the US and the UK. Why would American leaders shift focus away from the one of the strongest banking powers in the World? That being the UK no less. Finances tend to triumph over social or cultural issues in terms of overall importance. So, for the meantime at least, the English can hold their ground because the US economy is what ultimately dictates international relations.

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