The Russians have taken Crimea and show no signs of slowing down in the rest of Ukraine. They are controlling things in Syria, helping to support Iran, and otherwise heavily involved in the Middle East. They have exerted their strength in the Arctic and continue being a cyber and traditional espionage threat against the U.S. They are a major power in the world. They don’t despise being strong or engage in self-humiliation; they are proud of who they are and want to dominate the world and win.
Similarly, the Chinese are projecting their power everywhere they please. They are expanding their military capabilities, exerting their dominance in the Pacific and Asia, increasing their influence in Africa and elsewhere, and continue to be a massive cyber and traditional espionage threat to the U.S. They also are proud of who they are—their heritage and nation—and they want to be the global power.
Russia and China are on the rise. And the world needs to recognize that a large reason for this has to do with their pride of their heritages, of their nations, and even of their races. They want to win and will do anything to see that they do.
And those nations that act entirely differently than them—those that destroy their armed forces, hate their heritages, and engage in ritual self-humiliation—will lose.
Paul Hair is the author of Mortal Gods: Ignition. Buy it today. Mortal Gods: Ignition features three short stories of an American man who wants to do the right thing and win—who doesn’t hate his heritage and who doesn’t engage in ritual self-humiliation.