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    While former NATO Secretary General Rasmussen claimed that the US must be the world's policeman, he actually ignored the fact that most of the world does not accept Washington as the "enforcer of order."

    Claiming that the US must be "the world's policeman" former NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen have forgotten that it was Washington who unleashed devastating wars in Yugoslavia, Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Syria and other countries in the past 20 years, Rossiya Segonya International Information Agency's observer Alexander Khrolenko writes in his article for RIA Novosti.

    "Before 'reformatting' by the US Libya and Syria had been peaceful flourishing states. Today, hundreds of thousands of professional terrorists and millions of Middle Eastern refugees and victims have become the best illustration of the US' management efficiency," Khrolenko highlighted.

    In his opinion piece published by The Wall Street Journal Rasmussen insisted that the world desperately needs a "policeman" that will finally "restore order." 

    "The world needs such a policeman if freedom and prosperity are to prevail against the forces of oppression, and the only capable, reliable and desirable candidate for the position is the United States," the former NATO chief claimed.

    "Just as only America has the material greatness to stop the slide into chaos, only America has the moral greatness to do it-not for the sake of power, but for the sake of peace," he believes.

    At the same time Rasmussen is pointing the finger of blame at "resurgent" Russia and "muscle-flexing" China, which, according to the former NATO chief, pose a challenge to the world's stability.

    As for Western Europe, it is "weak, divided and leaderless," he argued.

    "The old powers of Britain and France are simply too small and exhausted to play the global role they once did," Rasmussen emphasized.

    Commenting on Rasmussen's op-ed, Khrolenko pointed out that the former NATO chief is demonstrating complete disdain and even hostility toward the world's powers — Russia, China and major European states.

    Rasmussen's servility to the US resembles nothing so much as a new religion, Khrolenko noted.

    "Perhaps, [he] should ask the world [powers] whether they agree that the US' is dominant in the first place. But if the question is not posed and other countries' opinions are worth nothing, does not it mean that Rasmussen's religion and the US' role are the very force aimed at 'oppressing' the world?" the journalist asked.   

    According to Rasmussen Russia is "challenging the US importance" on the world arena and seeking to "diminish American influence" in Europe.

    Such a stance bears no relation to reality, according to Khrolenko.

    "Russia is a self-sustaining state that has huge unexploited territories and infinite natural resources," the journalist emphasized, "Russia is not interested in the weakened US."

    However, Russia is determined to protect its sovereignty and integrity and secure its state borders against provocations and incursions, just like other global powers, such as China, India and Iran.

    Khrolenko highlighted that there are no objective preconditions for Washingon's sole hegemony in the world.

    The US' is interfering in foreign states' domestic affairs, branding other leaders as "dictators" and conducting regime change operations, the journalist noted, adding that such activities are only "generating chaos."

    Daniel Larison of the American Conservative echoes Khrolenko in his article entitled "Why the US Can't and Shouldn't Try to 'Police' the World."

    "The need for both 'policeman' and 'firefighter' is exaggerated to make it seem as if the world will fall into chaos unless the US acts as the author wants, but that isn't the case," Larison wrote.

    "No government has the right or authority to do these things, and there is no single government with either the resources or the competence to police the world," he continued.

    The American journalist pointed out that setting the US up as the "enforcer of order around the world" would have put Washington "above the rules" that all global powers are supposed to follow. Furthermore, it provides the "policeman" with an excuse "to trample on the sovereignty of other states."

    "Most of the world doesn't need and presumably doesn't want a 'policeman' that can do what it likes, shield its clients from punishment, and never has to answer to them, and most Americans don't want their government to act as one… Most of the world doesn't accept the US as its 'policeman,' and in quite a few places that role is vehemently denied," Larison concluded.


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