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Trump-launched second Cold War would lead to fiasco for US
By Hossein Ziaee*

The widening gap between the world powers on the two sides of the Atlantic Ocean has, at present, become noticeable more than ever.

This claim was backed up by the sensational and rousing speech by French President Emmanuel Macron in the German federal parliament (the Bundestag), his reemphasis on forming a united European army and the necessity of standing against US unilateral policies and, more importantly, German Chancellor Angela Merkel voicing strong support for him and his remarks.

This came as addressing a trade conference in Paris last week, French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire warned that the world currently faced a new Cold War over trade triggered by tensions between China and the US, describing as perilous Washington’s trade policies toward Beijing.

“The real risk now is that we enter into a Cold War between China and the United States,” said Le Maire, “in which all countries, including Europe, come out losing. This open trade war will be economic suicide for the whole world. It is quite simply stupid.”

On the other hand, speaking at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit last week, Chinese President Xi Jinping harshly lambasted egocentric US economic policies, calling on the world to unite against it.

 

In addition, Moscow is on its toes to react duly in the face of Washington’s belligerent policies following the US’ threat of a unilateral withdrawal from the 1987 Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF) with Russia — dating from the Cold War, that has kept nuclear missiles out of Europe for three decades — and the plan by the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) to deploy more US nuclear weapons in Europe.

Apparently, the growing differences between Europe and the US on the one hand, and an increase in Washington’s hostilities toward Beijing and Moscow, on the other, are inevitably laying the groundwork for a second Cold War.

In fact, the international community is currently witnessing attempts by Donald Trump to shape his latest political behavior in the international arena: An ongoing effort to launch a second Cold War.

This new round of Cold War has already been started by the US with the Trump administration adopting the populistic and nationalistic “America First” policy, declaring a trade war on all its trade partners, resorting to sanctions towards countries that are against its strategies, deploying more nuclear weapons in Europe and pulling the US out of the INF.

There are, however, a number of differences between the first and second Cold Wars:

 

A report issued by the US National Defense Strategy Commission, whose board members are appointed by the House and Senate Armed Services committees, claimed Washington would be at risk of losing a major war with either key rivals, Russia and China.

The extent of the growing US unilateralism has led Europe to shift focus from Washington to the East.

Apparently, unlike the first one, the probable outcome of the second Cold War for the US would be nothing but a fiasco for the country.

* Hossein Ziaee is a freelance Iranian journalist.

 

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