In this last election, numerous left-leaning voters said time and time again that electing Donald Trump as President would cause the world to deteriorate into World War III, a nuclear holocaust which none of us would survive. Now that the election is over, we will have to see if that will be the definitely the case, but there is someone who would have been intimately involved with that nuclear war who can tell us the truth about the potential for a coming nuclear winter:
Vyacheslav Volodin, an aide to Putin who said,
“Americans had two choices: WW3 or multilateral peace. Clinton was a symbol of war, and Trump has a chance to change this course.” (hat tip to here for the lead)
Think about that for a moment: the mass media in America and the Democratic Party pushed the idea hard that Trump was the dangerous one, but the Russians are saying the Hillary Clinton would have been the one who led to a nuclear war. Why? Volodin gives us a clue:
“[With] the end of the Obama administration there will be an end to the problems it caused between Kremlin and Washington, including the sanctions.
“Sanctions is the tool used by the weak. With sanctions you can’t have mutual respect,”
It appears that a fundamental part of the Russians thinking is that respect comes from straightforwardness, and, though Volodin doesn’t mention this, Trump gives the appearance to them of being strong, of being someone who will not allow himself to be run over. The Russians appear to respect someone who is straightforward and doesn’t give the impression of being weak. I suspect that, to the chagrin of political pacifists in America, many other countries feel the same way.
You need to think about this in your encounters with people, too, especially in a disaster situation. People who want to dominate other people, who want to use and control and steal from them are looking for easy targets. You need to give the impression that you are not an easy mark, that you can defend yourself.
And what is the best way to give that impression? To actually be able to do it.
This is the fundamental flaw in an appeasement foreign policy and an appeasement attitude with people: bullies are never appeased. They are intimidated, but never appeased.
Now, contrary to some people’s thinking, being able to defend yourself and not allowing yourself to be run over does not mean that you are evil, cruel, or power-hungry. It means that you are strong and capable of defending yourself. Nothing more. Don’t allow “nice guy” thinking to color your thinking about the concept of being strong. Kindness and weakness are not naturally connected. Kindness and strength, kindness and power can just as easily be connected in your thinking, and they should be.
Because bullies don’t want to attack the strong people. They typically don’t want a fight; they want to control easy targets.
Don’t be that easy target.
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