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The secret to any good magic trick is deception. The audience’s attention is diverted up into the air, while the trick is pulled off under the table. Politics is, in and of itself, a type of magic. How do governments and high-level officials pull off the corruption they do? Everyone else is looking away.
If you could find me an American who isn’t aware of either Coronavirus or Black Lives Matter, I would be shocked. The entire nation is held captive by these era-defining moments. Important as they are, it is imperative that we pay attention to the other events happening in the world around us that have just as much potential to play into future conflicts as Black Lives Matter does.
China is still moving forward with its One Belt One Road initiative. The Nine-Dash Line through the East and South China seas still encircles Taiwan and invites chaos at the behest of a communist superpower. The protests in Hong Kong (yes, remember those?) are still occurring and the methods being used to control those crowds are the same as are being used here. But of course, no one is offended by what’s happening in Hong Kong anymore. The Chinese ranking system and surveillance state has continued to expand. The Uighurs in Northwestern China are still being persecuted. Organs are still harvested from Falun Gong prisoners.
Iran still has its sights set on developing nuclear capabilities. They haven’t forgotten that we killed one of their top generals, Soleimani, this past January. Iranian boats continue to harass U.S. ships in the Persian Gulf, daring our military and challenging our authority in the Middle East. Iran still funds and supports global terrorist groups such as Hamas. And, they fund Iraqi militias in an effort to push the U.S. out of Iraq. Coronavirus cases spread amongst senior Iranian officials revealing the strength of ties between China and Iran in February of this year.
Iran and China are two topics with which I am both educated about and interested in. By no means is this a finite list of everything else going on in the world which we ought to pay attention to. Rather, it is a reminder that the world keeps turning. Our politicians have chosen to keep Black Lives Matter firmly at the center of the Overton window, giving other issues little airtime. The ability to pick and choose what is and isn’t important at any given time isn’t magic. It’s just politics.Published in