The Lunacy of a 'Global War on Autocracy'
According to Applebaum, the mere existence of authoritarian and illiberal governments in these countries somehow puts them “at war” with the U.S. and its allies.
Anne Applebaum has truly gone around the bend:
Unless democracies defend themselves together, the forces of autocracy will destroy them. I am using the word forces, in the plural, deliberately. Many American politicians would understandably prefer to focus on the long-term competition with China. But as long as Russia is ruled by Putin, then Russia is at war with us too. So are Belarus, North Korea, Venezuela, Iran, Nicaragua, Hungary, and potentially many others.
It would be easy to laugh this off as alarmist nonsense, but this is an exceptionally dangerous and fanatical argument that Applebaum is making. According to her, the mere existence of authoritarian and illiberal governments in these countries somehow puts them “at war” with the U.S. and its allies.