If 2020 will be remembered as the year of Corona, 2021 will be etched in history as the year when Donald Trump supporters finally exposed the Ugly American before the world.
The US of A has been touted as the great melting pot of cultures. Immigrants from across the world throng its shores hoping their “American Dream” will come true. For centuries WASPs, KKK and their ilk kept up the charade of the US being a land of equality even while exploiting, brutalising and maltreating the Blacks, Hispanics, East Europeans, Asians and women of all colours but the mask was brutally yanked off and the US became the laughing stock on January 6, 2021.
The Bidens, Kamalas and rest of Americans will try to cover it up as a one-off and blame one person, Donald Trump, but the fact remains that even in this election the difference in popular votes between Biden and Trump was just 4.45% and the latter got more votes than he did in 2016. This, in fact, should be a warning for vice president Pence and other Republicans who applauded and facilitated Trump’s bullying at home and abroad for the last four years and are now trying to save face by washing their hands of the assault on American “democracy”. They may end up irking Trump followers without gaining supporters from elsewhere for their “brave act of defying Trump”.
From the Vietnam War to Afghanistan, the US has wreaked havoc across the globe. It has destabilised elected governments, propped up dictators, groomed religious fanatics and turned a blind eye to human rights violations. The marauding US Army has been as destructive for the local population as the Mongols or Crusaders.
The enragement in the US has always been and remains selective. They will deny visa to a Narendra Modi for his alleged role in communal riots but welcome the same Modi with open arms when he can facilitate business for American companies. The US sided with Pakistan and tried to bully India in the 1971 Bangladesh liberation war. It remained a benefactor of Pakistan, propped up Taliban and could not reconcile to the fact that India deserves a seat at the global table. Even today India is just a market for its companies and a pawn to fight China. As the late President Pranab Mukherjee wrote in his memoirs, Modi may hype his relationship with foreign leaders and try to impress Trump with Howdy Modi and Namaste Trump but the outgoing US President always mistreated Modi whether it be while seeking HCQ medicine for COVID19 or revealing that the Indian Prime Minister had asked him to mediate on the Kashmir issue.
Today the Americans may be sparring with China but the fact remains that US has created a Frankenstein’s monster. The Americans have never shied away from compromising if it meant more profits for their companies or harming a country which was unimpressed with their wealth and military might and refused to be bullied by them. The Chinese have turned the table on the Americans. They feigned humility to get American business and technology and now have become a challenger. The Americans can cry hoarse but the fact remains that the Chinese bully is as much their creation as Donald Trump. The world has seen through the holier-than-thou American who either mistreats his own brethren just because of their skin colour and religion or remains a mute spectator to bullies at home and abroad. The Capitol Hill invasion has shown the mirror to the Americans and for a few days they will try to put on the gloss of impeaching Trump to make the Ugly American look attractive to the world again. The fact remains that much like the Putins and Jingpings, the Trumps of the world are beyond redemption.
The Americans have started putting up an act to “regain” respect but they fool only themselves. Twitter and Facebook, which allowed Trump to spread hate for years and still turn a blind eye to hatemongers in power in other countries, suddenly grew a conscience after Donald failed to short-circuit the system. The Dorseys and Zuckerbergs are just street smart businessmen who are trying to remain on the right side of the new Biden dispensation and using the opportunity for a PR exercise to hide their sins. The Bidens and Kamalas too will pay lip service to and espouse high-sounding liberal views and morals but the Ugly American will always be found wanting in practicing what he preaches.
Views expressed above are the author’s own.
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