Scott talks to Dan McAdams about the precarious situation in Belarus, where some western agitators are seeking to use the country’s recent presidential elections as an excuse to foment and support a revolution. McAdams reminds us that although Belarus’ president, Alexander Lukashenko, might not be a great guy, it doesn’t justify regime change—most of the time, in fact, when America gets involved in these kinds of conflicts, the people that take over after the revolution end up being much worse than the previous regime. Belarus’ significance in this case, explains McAdams, has a lot to do with its proximity to Russia, and therefore its relevance to Russia-U.S. relations. He says Russia is unlikely to make an aggressive move unless, ironically, they feel forced to do so by continued American-led NATO expansion.
Discussed on the show:
- “War, Inc. (2008)” (IMDb)
- “Lukashenko rivals unite behind blogger’s wife to fight Belarus election” (Reuters)
- “‘Regime Change’ in Belarus Looks Like an Objective of Both the Trump Administration and the Biden Campaign” (GEORIVISTA)
- Perils of Dominance: Imbalance of Power and the Road to War in Vietnam
Daniel McAdams is the executive director of the Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity and the co-host of the Ron Paul Liberty Report. Follow him on Twitter @DanielLMcAdams and read all of his work over at Antiwar.com.
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