If the most urgent questions raised following the infamous Capitol Riots should have been “What kind of democracy do Americans live in?” and “What kind of democracy do we want to live in?” Certainly, the answer is clear – We don’t want to live in American model of democracy, where the electoral system is archaic, which does not meet modern democratic standards, creating opportunities for numerous violations, and where the American president is behaving ridiculously like Thanos – a ‘violence mongering super-villain fictional character of famous marvel comic series to set ablaze the entire order to create a ‘new one’ for the sake of freedom and peace.
Under headlines such as “Storm of the Capitol”, “Riots in Capitol Hill” and “Chaos in Washington”, the world trembly witnessed rolling images of mobs of Trump supporters breaking down barricades and swarming the Congress building, as security forces fired tear gas and police drew guns inside. The Washington Post described the insurrectionists who stormed the Capitol as “would-be saboteurs of a 244-year-old democracy.”
The Storms in Capitol Hill: Sabotage on US Democracy
The Capitol building of the United States was breached on January 6 by a mob seeking to overturn the results of the 2020 election at a sitting president’s behest. Waving Trump banners and Confederate flags, it forced the evacuation of the building and temporarily delayed the timely ceremonial counting of the electoral votes. The immediate catalyst for the assault on the Capitol was the president himself. After addressing thousands of his supporters who had come to protest the results of the election, Donald Trump called his defeat an “egregious assault on our democracy,” urging the crowd to “walk down to the Capitol. We are going to cheer on our brave senators and congressmen and -women, and we are probably not going to be cheering so much for some of them. Because you will never take back our country with weakness.”
As the insurrectionists stormed the Capitol, the president, who has a keen appreciation for the better part of valor, retreated to the White House to watch the events unfold on television. Trump delights in violence as a flattering tribute to his own greatness – in 2015, after several of his supporters assaulted a homeless Latino man in Boston, he praised them as “very passionate.” After watching the mob ransack the Capitol building from afar, Trump released a video half-heartedly urging his supporters to leave, while reassuring them that they were “very special”, reports the Atlantic magazine.
The chaotic scene in Washington was familiar to American history but foreign to many living Americans – an armed mob seeking to nullify an election in the name of freedom and democracy. The violence was a predictable consequence of the president’s talent for manipulating dark currents of American politics he does not fully comprehend. What transpired yesterday was not simply an assault on democracy, Trump-fueled violence also caused several fatal injuries, including death of five American citizens.
Captain America Should Oil its Own Machine
The United States of America, the self-proclaimed global policeman of global affairs, has always ‘imposed’ their superior ‘American model’ of democracy and human rights to the other nations across the globe. There is hardly any country in the world, which doesn’t get ‘free advices’ or ‘warnings’ on ‘fair elections, democracy, tolerance, countering-terrorism and human rights’ from the ‘harbinger of democracy’ – the United States.
Especially, the adversaries of Washington Moscow, Beijing, Ankara, Tehran, North Korea and so on have long bristled at US criticism of the current state of democracy and human rights conditions in the respective regimes. And, now the entire world is accusing Washington of hypocrisy and condescension. Not only the adversaries, Washington is accused of ‘poking its nose’ in the internal affairs of other ‘peaceful’ states to exert its global policeman role. For instance, let us take the example of showing their ‘concerns’ over the democratic and human rights conditions of Bangladesh, Nepal and Bhutan. Bangladesh, a peace-loving country in South Asia, which is generously sustaining millions of Rohingya refugees on humanitarian grounds. Some days ago, Dhaka has been alleged by Washington Senators over the ‘cross-fire issues of its elite security force -RAB’, which is void of any evidence. Also, the ‘banning of Facebook in Egypt, China or else’, was criticized vehemently by the US Administration and now the verified Facebook page, videos and twitter accounts of the US President Trump is banned across the globe for inciting violence.
Moreover, since the infamous 9/11 attacks, United States has spent around US$ 6.4 trillion for waging ‘war on terrorism’ which resulted in more than 800,000 deaths and left tens of millions displaced and injured on foreign lands. Washington’s propaganda character, Captain America – a cerebral and leading character of marvel comics and the first ‘Avenger’ of moral world, time and again, project the ‘global policeman’ role of United States to wage war against ‘terror and evil’. Now, after the Capitol Riots, US administration has called its special forces to resist the mob violence. So, it is time to call back Captain America from foreign lands to save its ‘own America’ from the evils of new Thanos – Donald John Trump.
Therefore, United States must start to ponder about its own ‘election system, democracy and human rights’ issues after the unprecedented pro-Trump mob violence on Capitol Hill. The Capitol riots is a blatant learning to US that it has certainly no right to point the finger at the flaws in other political systems, including in election legislation democracy and human rights conditions. Therefore, it is high time for Americans to learn about ‘oiling our own machine’ instead of ‘intervening’ in the ‘internal matters’ of other states; instead of questioning the democratic and human rights standards of other states. Needless to say, the entire world is in hopes and prays that like the marvel comics and movies, Captain America might save America again from Thanos!!!