Mark Collins – Obamaworld vs the Chinese and the Iranians

POTUS–amongst an historically bereft herd of modern formally well-educated people–seems congenitally incapable of grasping that there exist Weltanschauungen, firmly based on millenia of history whatever the ideology of a current regime, that underlie the self-perception and therefrom-derived goals of others.  For Iran see here.

One might then mention, since less historically successful overall, the Arab caliphates including the current one trying to resurrect past glory.  Whilst the Third Rome Russians continue to have a rather hard time living up to their ambitions or (unlike the Chinese or Persians) seriously impressing neighbouring cultures.

When soft and hard power with grand historical roots align in a country pay heed.  POTUS.

Mark Collins, a prolific Ottawa blogger, is a 
Fellow at the Canadian Global Affairs Institute; he tweets @Mark3Ds

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