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Ponaučení z období pokroku

WASHINGTON – Představte si, že jste přesvědčený internacionalista v bouřlivém období v globální politice a právě se potýkáte s výsledkem amerických prezidentských voleb, jež byly nervy drásajícím způsobem vyrovnané. Vítězem je republikán, který zčásti stavěl kampaň na slibu omezení výdajů v zahraničněpolitické oblasti, oproti demokratovi, který představoval kontinuitu s dosluhující administrativou.

Dál si představte, že nastupující vláda spolupracuje s dalšími zeměmi ve snaze pomoci zachránit 25 milionů životů během příštích 15 let. Až na tuto poslední část naznačený scénář pravděpodobně řadě čtenářů, z nichž nejeden se stále vyrovnává s realitou působení Donalda Trumpa ve funkci prezidenta, připadá velice aktuální. Mnoho lidí se tak ale cítilo už v roce 2001, když Ala Gorea porazil George W. Bush, po mimořádném rozhodnutí Nejvyššího soudu, že ukončí přepočítávání hlasů na Floridě.

Srovnání tehdejší a současné doby mají jistě své meze, ale stojí za pozornost, že i zkraje nového tisíciletí se zdálo, že svět zabředl do chaosu. Mnoho regionů sužovala hospodářská krize a světové lídry provázely politické protesty všude, kde se sešli. Politika vlády Spojených států vůči Střednímu východu byla zřetelně v rozporu s politikou Organizace spojených národů a na vzestupu byl násilný extremizmus.

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