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"Natural" Regime Change

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Submitted by Ludvikus (United States), Jan 28, 2022 at 21:32

"Regime Change" generally suggests the violent removal of the Head of State, or Head Government; or a Revolution which changes the whole system of the Constitution (not necessarily Written).

However, any Autocratic, Authoritarian, or Dictatorial state or country is inherently, potentially, unstable when it's "Leader," Dictator, King, Emperor, etc., dies. This I call "Natural Regime Change. I suggest here that Trump had the correct policy when he established good personal rapport with Xi of China and Putin of Russia (and even with the "Little Rocket Man" of North Korea; but he did no such thing with the 2nd Ayatollah of Iran.

Here is my view on why that was correct.

The Iranian Regime is the Only Theocracy (recognized) in the world. As such, it is Irrational, and fundamentally Dangerous; the End of the World does not scare it. And just as in the case of the Third Reich, the enforces of this Regime are the so-called (paramilitary) Revolutionary Guards, not unlike in their devotion of the Brown Shirts, SA, and SS, etc.

In the case of the Russian Federation, we have Putin who was a KGB agent in East Germany at the time of the Soviet Union. However, he is not a Communist, but a Nationalist and Russian Orthodox Church member by Religion. Therefore, his successor most likely will follow in his footsteps, but most likely will be less belligerent against his Western European Christian Nations; in fact, there should evolve the possibility (in the not too distant future) that Russia will join NATO, and or, the European Union - after his natural death.

The case of Xi is another story. Chinese Communism is unique, and only understandable with a knowledge of Confucianism. This is both a Philosophy, and a Religion. I will not discuss this, except by reference to the history og China since the 1950's. For one, Xi is the most powerful Paramount Leader of China since Mao.

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