some of the world’s most populous states — India, Pakistan, Brazil, Indonesia, Bangladesh and Mexico among them — are also signaling a desire to maintain trade ties and other links with Russia while declaring impartiality on the war.
Perhaps economic interests trumps all.
Or could this be a third world commentary of similar actions done by the West in Iraq, Libya, Syria & Afghanistan. Perhaps they do not see a dime’s worth of difference between the world’s powerful nations.
From south of the border the perspective is quite different than from north of the border.
Conversation with colleagues at work, around 1960, “The choice is between Russian SOBs and American SOBs. I prefer the American SOBs.” Back in the '60s in American oil camps locals were not allowed to use the swimming pool based on racial discrimination. You don’t make friends that way.
I remember being disgusted by an American president ‘certifying’ Colombia. Who the hell gave you that authority?
Lately I listened to several Indian commentators and some of their grievances against America make sense from their perspective. I can’t comment on the specifics because it’s about American politics which affects them directly. It was about fuels, nukes, and sanctions.
Tj muses Or could this be a third world commentary of similar actions done by the West in Iraq, Libya, Syria & Afghanistan. Perhaps they do not see a dime’s worth of difference between the world’s powerful nations.
I know for a fact that Mexico / Mexicans remember the Texas Revolution against MX (whites STOLE TX, which area included New Mexico, Colorado, and Idaho), the Mexican-American War (Vera Cruz Child Heroes), and that theft of California.
Mexican schools teach a different POV than the USian (Gringo) spin I was taught in TX.
I also know there are Mexicans who do NOT trust the US. And, Mexican workers are routinely vilified by USians.
India is currently viewing a box office hit movie about the Kashmir Exodus in 1990. A Hindu friend said the Kashmir Genocide, along with the Bangladesh Bengali Genocide in 1970, are as memorably traumatic to Hindus as the Holocaust is to Jews. Yet, no “westerners” know about these atrocities (or care).
[His words, not mine.]
Modi is rather popular amongst Hindus for his anti-islam stance.
ralph has long thought that the US should work more diligently at creating a positive relationship with MX rather than what we’ve had for the last century.