THE RUSSIAN INTERFERENCE STORY

Here’s another entry in the ongoing saga of news that isn’t.

Some of my followers and even more of my readers live in the United States. Does that mean I’m trying to interfere in their upcoming presidential election? Well, I’m sure I’m not the least bit successful, but that’s certainly my intent. No doubt Russia and China and every other country that has an interest in American domestic and foreign policy does the same. As does the United States in every country in which it has an interest, which is, well, pretty much every country in the world.

The U.S. wanted to see regime change in Afghanistan in 2001 and Iraq in 2003, and took measures to see that those changes came about. If it’s no deep dark secret that the U.S. would like to see regime change in Iran and Venezuela today, then neither is it some deep dark secret that Canadians and their government would like to see the back of Donald Trump. By sharing their druthers via social media, are non-Americans participating in American democracy? Of course they are. Ought they to be doing so? Well, had they been able to, wouldn’t the Poles have been right to try to influence the elections in Germany in 1933?

All this whinging about Russian or Chinese (or my) interference in American democracy would be just silly were it not also so patently myopic. Americans deserve the governments they elect. The rest of the world doesn’t.

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