Political and military powers each, U.S. and Russia relations weave through history into a future where the patterns could and should be cohesive. Uniting in policies of peace and economic growth could benefit each nation, and those benefits, if well executed, maintained and implemented would likely spread to all citizens. In the current loom of terrorism, digital signal collections, distrust and socio-economic inequality, it is paramount to not snag on the welts of history, but to shuttle forward.
To help end World War II the U.S. and the then Soviet Union were allies in defeating Hitler. But then there was the imposed isolation of eastern and western politics of the Iron Curtain as well as the Berlin Wall. Now those barriers are demoralized and demolished. Nevertheless, the diplomatic intricacies of trust, peace, unity and prosperity remain elusive.
Russia is a huge, vast landmass that is the home of a multitude of religions and cultures, including the three religions with the Earth wide greatest number of followers, Judaism, Christianity and Islam. These facts are the same for the U.S. Also a fact are that each of these three religions is monotheistic. Many of their tenets are universal. The arguments and problems against cohesiveness with these religions are those exhorted by righteous and extremist factions. These arguments and problems are as old as the religions. A beautiful ideal of democracy is resolving arguments and problems mutually and peacefully.
In 1997 Russia’s program for collecting signals intelligence was the most sophisticated in the world, generally unknown are its current capabilities. The U.S.’s current far-reaching spread of collecting signal intelligence on everyone everywhere was not likely to be generally known but tens of thousands of documents from the National Security Agency have been absconded. To date only a tiny percentage of those documents have been leaked through the media, but Edward Snowden, the absconder of those documents, is harbored in Russia, and that could, or at least in one translation, equate to Russia attempting to countermand the purpose of the U.S.’s NSA.
Presumable motivations of the U.S.’s NSA for collecting signal intelligence on everyone everywhere is to stop terrorism, become aware of weapons capabilities of other nations, and avert war. Russia’s motivations are hopefully the same, but with the recent absconding and harboring, the hope of mutual progression easily warps into the fabric of wariness. In that both the U.S. and Russia’s military forces have capabilities of mass destruction, and that the Earth in 2013 is a web of nearly instant communications, and Hyperloop, drone and sonic transportations, respective presidents have no excuse for not reaching sustainable accords for working toward global democracy, or name themselves as despots.
Russia’s massive economic power is oil and gas, and it is a power that some say is spun as a political tool. The U.S.’s gross domestic product is more than that of any other economy, and with all this wealth a favorite commodity to purchase is oil and gas, another politically spun tool. This supply and demand could be better woven as an opportunity to enrich socio-economic well being of both nations.
Politics rule the Earth, and power playing ruins the fabric of lives. Russia and the U.S. have opportunities to embrace similarities and diversities. Should respective presidents not mutually and tirelessly pursue patterns of cohesion then citizens should be wary.
Joan Brown ~ NEWSslinger.com