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America's global authority disgrace as leaders condemn Trump

Independent Australia
12 Jan 2021, 16:52 GMT+10

The once-mighty United States of America is now being openly mocked by its rivals, its adversaries and even its friends. Alan Austin reports.

IT MAY WELL take a generation for the United States to recover its reputation as a secure, functioning democracy where the rule of law is honoured and verified election outcomes are respected.

It may take longer until U.S. presidents can lead global campaigns for the world's betterment - as most presidents since World War I have done.

Across the globe, enemies of democracy are jubilant at America's humiliation and openly gloating over last Wednesday's carnage in Washington. This may continue for some time.

Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei ridiculed the USA on Friday claiming the current chaos is a "fiasco" and "God's revenge" for America's meddling in the Middle East.

Turkish officials took delight in returning the stern lecture from President Obama five years ago. After an attempted coup in July 2016, the White House urged all parties to 'support the democratically-elected government of Turkey, show restraint and avoid any violence or bloodshed'.

On Friday, Turkey's President Erdogan said that the violence in "the so-called cradle of democracy" was "a disgrace for democracy". Ouch.

Venezuela's socialist regime led by President Nicolas Maduro revelled in trolling Trump - who in 2019 tried to install opposition leader Juan Guaido as president.

Foreign affairs Minister Jorge Arreaza said of Wednesday's violence:

Chairman of Russia's parliamentary international affairs committee, Konstantin Kosachev, scoffed that last week's riots in Washington

An open letter to President Donald Trump after inciting domestic terrorism

Dr Lee Duffield penned a message to the man responsible for the rioters who broke into Washington's Capitol building, President Donald Trump.

China's President Xi Jinping has said nothing publicly yet. For fear of laughing out loud, perhaps? But China's English-language newspaper, the Global Times, mocked America's humiliation:

China's Communist Youth League smirked on the Weibo social media platform that America's violence was a 'beautiful sight'.

Former Afghan government adviser Torek Farhadi also jeered at Trump:

Zimbabwe's President Mnangagwa took the chance to smack back at Trump, who in 2019 extended trade sanctions against his developing nation:

North Korea's Kim Jong-un is yet to comment directly, but the nation's daily newspaper ran a Moscow-sourced analysis which presented a Russian perspective - 'namely, vindication with a bit of gloating'.

It quoted Russia's foreign affairs spokeswoman Maria Zakharova asserting:

Even America's staunch allies expressed profound dismay. France's Foreign Affairs Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian tweeted:

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson tweeted:

Ireland's foreign minister Simon Coveney was blunt:

Morrison and the border closure distress opportunity

There is no doubt that the PM saw a political opportunity in the case of Caisip but this does not excuse blaming the victim.

Mexico's President Obrador pointedly refused to make political capital from Trump's disgrace, despite Trump having insulted Mexico countless times:

Germany's Foreign Minister Heiko Maas was not so restrained:

Last June, Norway Prime Minister Erna Solberg strongly condemned Trump's decision to leave the World Health Organization. She now attributes Wednesday's mayhem to him, claiming it was a "totally unacceptable attack on democracy" and asserting that:

Australia's Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese also openly condemned the U.S. President, tweeting that:

Scott Morrison's 'distress', not condemnation of U.S. Congress attack

If the PM does not make his allegiances clear, we must assume he supports the seditious actions of outgoing President Trump and his QAnon followers.

Even Pope Francis highlighted Trump's role in fomenting the turmoil:

America's ABC News listed comments from leaders in Canada, the Netherlands, Spain, Iceland, Greece, Italy, Chile, Belgium, Scotland, the European Parliament, NATO and elsewhere.

With the USA now sidelined in shame, which nation, or nations, will emerge with enhanced global authority and influence? China? Russia? India? Germany? Britain? France?

Will repressive regimes historically held in check by the threat of punitive U.S. action - Iran, Iraq, North Korea, Syria, Turkmenistan - now be emboldened to wreak havoc on their citizens and others?

These questions are now being anxiously considered worldwide after Trump's abject folly in urging his followers to "fight" in Washington last week.

Alan Austin's defamation matter is nearly over. You can read the latest update here and help out by contributing to the crowd-funding campaign HERE. Alan Austin is an Independent Australia columnist and freelance journalist. You can follow him on Twitter @AlanAustin001.

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