Like everything, the level of disinformation on the War in Vietnam has reached crisis proportions. As the US military are venerated like gods in the US so long as the war is against nationalists, when the war is with communists, suddenly they’re “baby killers.” Yet, name calling isn’t the end. The US lost the war due to deliberate incompetence, ideological myopia and an institutionalized lack of will.
While Western countries one by one are beginning to follow the decision first made in December 2017, by US President Trump, and step back from the UN Global compact for safe, orderly and regular migration, nothing like this has been heard from Russia.
The complete unwillingness to allow the basic human right of political representation and free speech to conservatives and nationalists has led the last ones to search for allies in the darkest places. And there are indeed those who are willing enough to offer some fake alternative. In spite of the temptation and soothing propaganda rightwingers should try to avoid a betrayal of part of their own civilization like the West did at Yalta and Potsdam after the 2nd World War.
The 1991 US intervention into Somalia was a failure. The reasons for this are not hard to find and are inherent in any escapade of this type. The UN-based military did not operate with a full, functional knowledge of local conditions since, outside of Africa, few people know anything about the country. Worse, strategic demands were just as important as humanitarian goals, believe it or not, especially given the immense strategic significance of the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden coastlines. This, and the inability to disarm “warlords” led to the withdrawal of the US and the eventual Ethiopian invasion.
A constitutional referendum took place on April 16 in Turkey. This was to approve 18 constitutional amendments. These would bring in a purely presidential system over the older English-style parliamentary system. The most important part was that the President would have great control over judicial and cabinet appointments that, up until today, have been approved by parliament. To calm claims of dictatorship, the new parliament was to be raised from 550 to 600 seats. Parliamentary approval or executive actions is gone.
Given the events in Ukraine, Crimeans, to a man, wanted off that sinking ship. Ukraine today has no functional economy. The state has no legitimacy since it took power through violence. The currency is propped up only by foreign aid.