For those of you who have heard the word “Brexit” and wonder what it is, permit me to give you a brief précis. Brexit is a portmanteau for “British Exit,” the exit of Britain from the European Union. The European Union is a confederation of 28 nations devoted to a single market trade alliance between members. The European Union is therefore an economically advantageous and powerful entity that Britain would be, and apparently is, insane to want to leave.
But when it comes to feeding that irrational animal called bigotry, it would seem no price is too great to pay, as Americans know only too well thanks to their disastrous “president.” And bigotry, in this case xenophobia fuelled by Russian propaganda, is what drives Brexit, and Brexit was narrowly approved by a public vote — a vote that was covertly influenced by Russian hackers — in the summer of 2016.
It should therefore come as no surprise to you that Barack Obama was opposed to Brexit, and Donald Trump was and is in favor of it. At least, that’s what Trump’s puppet master, Vladimir Putin, told Trump to be. And like the willing clown that he is, Donald Trump was only too happy to oblige.
Why does Putin want Brexit? For the same reason he wants Trump. Putin understands what weakens an enemy and that understanding is as ancient as Philip II of Macedonia, father of Alexander the Great, who some 2300 years ago advanced the notion of “Divide and conquer.”
With America in turmoil thanks to Trump, and Europe significantly weakened thanks to Brexit, Putin’s grand plan of world domination is well in hand. Putin, a megalomaniacal torturer and murderer, thinks he will live forever, or a reasonable proximity of forever, as witness his carefully cultivated rough and tumble outdoorsy image. Long enough, in any case, to realize his dream of being the first human to truly own the world. And as insane as this may seem as an ambition, it is almost certainly Putin’s ambition.
Like it or not Putin is still a powerful influence in America. Putin will try to rig the outcome of the 2020 election for Trump, or whoever his next disposable puppet turns out to be. As he puts it in “Winter is Coming,” former world chess champion Garry Kasparov writes, “Putin’s Russia is clearly the biggest and most dangerous threat facing the world today.”
Robert Harrington is an American expat living in Britain. He is a portrait painter.