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Perhaps the elites of the West felt they were left with no choice. Perhaps they are fatalistic. Surely they are not conspiring to achieve this result?

Whatever the truth of the matter, the world is dividing into two.
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Trump is a quixotic figure. A bull in a china shop. A loose cannon...

Whatever words are used to describe him there can be no denying he is creating change. Most of those changes are negative.

One unintended change is not however. A multipolar world.
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Almost everything Trump does leads inexorably toward an ever more discernible divide between what can broadly be called West & East.

Rather than improve relations with Russia he has worsened them.

And on China the effect is obvious.
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Trump is also creating a split between the USA & Europe by his myopic dedication to ‘America First’.

Trump appears to believe the USA can exist quite happily alone, needing no one.

This runs contrary to the facts & in opposition to reality.
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Here we diverge from the geopolitical to the personal to tell our story.

The analogy we believe fits is that of personal relationships & how they are so often encumbered with false starts & faulty perceptions... & sadly, a minefield of treachery at times.
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The primary split is between the West & the East.

Some call it the new Cold War though the heat generated belies this description.

This is a long fractious divorce w/ one side destined to leave w/ the family jewels & the other to be left alone & bereft.
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Almost every move Trump makes exacerbates the situation & makes the final split more certain & ever more certain to be permanent.

Not that the other side ever wanted this divorce.

Both Russia & China were keen to better relations & keep talking.
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When Russia emerged from the Soviet Union & Vladimir Putin became president he floated the notion that Russia join both @NATO & the @EU.

The implications are obvious. Togetherness.

Romance was in the air. Perhaps not full-blown love... but an attraction.
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As we all know now, Putin’s overtures were snubbed.

The outstretched hand was not grasped but looked at with disdain.

The suitor was poor. The object of affection rich & haughty.

The match was not made. The object of affection had other plans.
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The unrequited love object, the West with an almighty disdain for this rather ragged suitor began laying plans to use the poor soul for its own purposes.

Its agent, @NATO began the softening up process.

A more suitable partner was required.
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Yeltsin had seemed the perfect partner. He appeared willing to let his opposite number assume control.

This happens in some relationships & sometimes it works well for both partners.

But Putin had a much more independent spirit & was looked at askance.
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The romance was stillborn...though there were moments initially when it appeared possible that a few initial sparks could fan the flames of a romance destined sadly never to be consummated.

Putin, for a few moments in history was almost seen as acceptable.
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It is hard on at least one side of the matrimonial experience to have a divorce without a marriage, to be manipulated & used when you were seeking true love & a happy life together.

Sometimes love is blind. Putin had a lot to learn.
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Putin had studied the ways of the West for years.

He surely knew how devious in depth his intended partner was.

Was he naive to think it would accept Russia into @NATO & the @EU?

These were family, his intended partner’s family. And they didn’t like him.
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Thus we have a divorce without a marriage.

There was a brief engagement but the family Putin asked to join began a long feud with other families just as things were looking up for the couple.

Putin saw clearly then the true intent of his love interest.
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Meanwhile, China stood looking on. How would this mix of tragedy, comedy & romance work out?

China at that time was largely focused on her own well being however.

She had a lot to do at home looking after her own large family.
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