A New Era, with a Stormy Sea, but without a Captain

The tragic events at the Capitol on January 6, 2021 – events that none of us imagined could ever happen in the United States – gave our friends the opportunity to reflect, but it also prompted our enemies around the world to celebrate. Something similar to what happened on 9/11.

Most of all, however, they are concerned. And they wonder about the reasons that caused such a thing to happen.

From the beginning of Donald Trump's presidency, one of the key questions for many inside and outside the United States has been whether his election was an aberration, a temporary departure or a permanent shift in the country's political dynamic.

Fortunately, the latter turned out not to be the case. And it was proved in the best and most convincing way: through elections.

Yes, it is important to note that Trump received many votes, about 74 million. 

However, it is also very important that Joe Biden, his opponent and now president-elect, received about eight (8) million more votes. This is a huge number of votes – one of the largest margins of victory ever.

And this is extremely promising.

Nevertheless, the facts show that a lot of work will be needed to restore, as much as possible, the unity of the people.

It will take time, the right leadership, the right policies.

My morale was revived by watching Biden's communication with the people and the press conference that followed a few days ago.

My morale was revived because I saw, once again – it was probably one of his best performances – a calm, serious, sensible leader. A knowledgeable man ready to deal with the huge problems of the country, such as the Coronavirus, the economy and the image of the U.S. in the world. At the very least, he will behave as you expect a president to behave.

So I was encouraged that we will slowly return to political normalcy, which will be achieved when the people see the government solving its problems, instead of the President focusing only on his own problems.

As for America's image and role in the world, things are difficult, if not extremely difficult.

It will be a long time – but it will happen – before the outside world sees America with the same eyes as it saw her four years ago and as it did before last Wednesday.

It will be a while before the world will respect her, be inspired by her, fear her, learn to rely on her, rest its hope on her – the way it did just a short while ago.

And that's very negative, not just for the United States, but for the entire world.

Let there be no doubt that the world needs such a country. The world needs it very much. And woe to the world if America is ever replaced by China. That is when they will mourn her absence.

Until now many criticized the U.S. out of envy, ideology, etc., but now, after the recent events, they will criticize her as lacking the moral stature to preach to them about the superiority of democracy, respect for human rights, and the need for lawful conduct in relations between states.

As I noted in my last commentary, if a new era began after World War II, we are now at the dawn of another era.

If there was ever a danger that other demagogues, other nations, other states would copy what took place in the U.S., the time for those fears to become a reality has begun.

In this season, we find ourselves in unknown waters. In stormy seas. And without a leading force acting as the necessary, international captain.



Everything was reminiscent, with minor differences, of one of Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew's visits to America.

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