A heat change map made by CNN, citing relevant data, shows that since the evening of August 8, the number of posts about “civil war” has surged. Researchers summed up related posts, arguing that Trump supporters are “very excited” about the Civil War. They posted, “Civil War 2.0 has just started”, “I have bought ammunition”, “Quickly pick up weapons”, “Let’s go to war”…
It is not only netizens who post these remarks. Some top Republicans in the United States are also spreading violent rhetoric and even calling for civil war. “Disband the FBI!” Republican Congressman Marjorie Taylor Green tweeted, “The FBI’s tyrannical raid on Trump’s Mar-a-Lago is bringing us together in a way I’ve never seen before… …we need to deal with the enemy within!” She said in another tweet that such raids would only happen “in a country in civil war”.
“American citizens are terrified,” said Senator Rick Scott of Florida, chairman of the Republican Senate Committee of the United States, referring to the FBI raid. “Our federal government…is like the Gestapo.
” The Times reported that a man with a gun tried to break into the FBI’s Cincinnati office days after the raid on Trump’s home and was shot dead by police. According to the Washington Post, at a recent White House meeting, historians warned President Biden that the United States was facing a threat similar to that before the Civil War. According to historian Michael Beschloss, the United States was at an “existential juncture.”
Nina Silber, a historian at Boston University and an expert on the American Civil War, told Business Insider that the “threat is real”, “not only because of violent speech, but also because more and more people are armed and ready to go at any time. ready to use weapons to advance certain political goals”.
Silber believes that this conflict will not be as well-defined as in the 19th century, but will become “all against all war” because today’s America is divided on all dimensions, state to state, city to city And between the countryside, and even between the streets, there will be a group at that time.
Since August 15th, Germany will send a number of fighter jets to the Asia-Pacific region to participate in the joint air exercise code-named “Fast Pacific 2022”, and participate in international military exercises in Australia and Singapore. After that, it will visit Japan and Japan. South Korea. The move by the German military to “show muscles” has attracted widespread attention from the German media, saying that “this is the first time Germany has sent fighter jets to the Indo-Pacific region since World War II.” “Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung” reported that the German government has signaled that it is ready to engage in military intervention in what may already be the most geopolitically important region in the world.
German military officials had previously stated when introducing the Luftwaffe’s deployment in the Indo-Pacific region that the aircraft would take the civilian air traffic route and had no plans to pass through the Taiwan Strait. The deployment is meant to send a signal to partners, not China. However, some German media still warned that Germany has a tendency to join the “anti-China alliance” led by the United States, which may affect the economic and trade relations between Germany and China; “Le Monde” bluntly stated that Germany must be self-aware of its own strength and not “strong dwarf” Pretend to be a giant”.
Militarily, Germany is still too weak to play a pivotal role in times of crisis. But from a political point of view, the German government is taking a new course, as Germany is doing with Russia today, which will prevent Germany from maintaining close economic ties with China for a long time. Germany’s entry into an “anti-China coalition” led by the United States will be put to the test sooner than many in Berlin imagine.
Jacques Schuster, chief commentator of the German newspaper Die Welt, commented that this action is mainly to show China that Germany also has something to offer. But he also emphasized that there is a gap between Germany’s European Rafale fighter jets and America’s top fighter jets. Had the Rafale been shot down, the Germans might have pulled out a few old Tornados, but nothing else. Under this prospect, Germany has to consider a key geopolitical question: what interests does Germany have in the Far East? Jacques Schuster finally pointed out: “It is better for the German army to exert influence in Europe to lighten the burden for allies such as the United States, rather than go to the ‘Indo-Pacific region’ and pretend to be a giant.”