Moiss Nam (ALN) .- Every time with more boldness and aggressiveness President Donald Trump is testing the Constitution and the rules on which American democracy depends. It is obvious that Trump does not feel greater reverence for laws or facts and that the United States will depend on its institutions and its leaders to preserve its democracy. Much is at stake.
International security experts often prepare lists of the most dangerous places in the world. Kashmir, for example, always appears in those classifications. It is a border territory disputed by India, Pakistn and China and that has been the cause of armed conflicts. India and Pakistn have nuclear weapons, which increases the danger of an armed confrontation of a smaller amount that grows until it becomes a serious threat to world peace. Syria, another of the dangerous places, also illustrates how local conflicts that get worse end up affecting an entire region and beyond. These days, we see how Turkey takes advantage of international circumstances to conquer new territories, alter borders and subdue the Kurds. The Arbiga peninsula, the Persian gulf, the northern passes of the Cucaso or the Korean peninsula are some of the places where local or binational conflicts have the potential to internationalize.
Trump has challenged Congress, denying deputies their constitutional right to obtain documents or to order the appearance of public officials or citizens who have relevant information. The president's grotesque attacks on opposition politicians, against people who worked with him and ended up repudiating him, against the media and his journalists, are constant and growing. These are not simple verbal excesses of a histrinical politician, they are dangerous antidemocrtic behaviors.RELATED
But this list of the most dangerous places in the world must be updated. Today, the epicenter from which serious threats to global stability are radiated is Washington. And, more precisely, the White House.
The president who presents himself to us as a teacher in the art of negotiating and as a perpetual winner has only lost and let the most infamous dictators of our time manipulate him. His new friend, the bloody dictator of North Korea, made him believe that he was willing to dismantle his nuclear arsenal in exchange for Washington to take away the sanctions. Meanwhile, the Korean tyrant has continued to test his nuclear bombs and the long-range missiles that carry them. The autocratic president of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, persuaded Donald Trump to withdraw US troops from Syria and let Turkish forces invade the north of that country and neutralize the Kurdish militias. Trump does not care about the decisive role the Kurds played in the fierce fight against the Islamic State. Trump's concession to his Turkish friend is costing him in and out of his country. In fact, having allowed Erdogan's bizarre adventure to achieve what had so far been impossible: for Republicans in Congress to vote overwhelmingly together with Democratic deputies criticizing a president's decision.
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It is also evident that President Trump feels more comfortable with his other best friend, Vladmir Putin, than with his country's Congress. The last evidence of this was his decision to veto a resolution proposed by the European Union condemning Turkey for its invasion of Syria. Another country that saw the resolution? Russia. Trump has also not been very successful in his trade war against China, with the decision to withdraw the US from the nuclear agreement with Irn, in its handling of the crisis between Saudi Arabia and its neighbors, in negotiations with the Taliban, in its relations with its European allies and of course in the attempt to put the US international policy at the service of their personal interests, both electoral and commercial. In general, the loss of power and influence of the United States in the world produced by Trump's actions go down in history as one of the most devastating geopolitical autogoles. But, despite the seriousness of the instability that Trump has caused in the world, the greatest danger emanating from the White House today is not international, it is domestic.
Each time with more boldness and aggressiveness the president is testing the Constitution and the rules on which American democracy depends. Trump has challenged Congress, denying deputies their constitutional right to obtain documents or to order the appearance of public officials or citizens who have relevant information. The president's grotesque attacks on opposition politicians, against people who worked with him and ended up repudiating him, against the media and his journalists, are constant and growing. These are not simple verbal excesses of a histrinical politician, they are dangerous antidemocrtic behaviors.
The threats facing democracies were pointed out by a young American politician in 1838. Abraham Lincoln, 28 years old, explained that, in order to counteract them, the democracy of his country must cultivate a political religion that would emphasize reverence for laws and dependence on reason, fra, dispassionate reason. It is obvious that Donald Trump does not feel much reverence for laws or facts and that the United States will depend on its institutions and its leaders to preserve its democracy. Much is at stake.
A strong American democracy not only benefits that country but also the rest of the world. That is why the attempts to undermine the democracy we see today in Washington make that city the most dangerous place in the world.