The once-mighty United States of America is now being openly mocked by its rivals, its adversaries and even its friends. Alan Austin reports.
IT MAY WELL take a generation for the United States to recover its reputation as a secure, functioning democracy where the rule of law is honoured and verified election outcomes are respected.
It may take longer until U.S. presidents can lead global campaigns for the world's betterment - as most presidents since World War I have done.
Across the globe, enemies of democracy are jubilant at America's humiliation and openly gloating over last Wednesday's carnage in Washington. This may continue for some time.
Turkish officials took delight in returning the stern lecture from President Obama five years ago. After an attempted coup in July 2016, the White House urged all parties to 'support the democratically-elected government of Turkey, show restraint and avoid any violence or bloodshed'.
On Friday, Turkey's President Erdogan said that the violence in "the so-called cradle of democracy" was "a disgrace for democracy". Ouch.
China's Communist Youth League smirked on the Weibo social media platform that America's violence was a 'beautiful sight'.
North Korea's Kim Jong-un is yet to comment directly, but the nation's daily newspaper ran a Moscow-sourced analysis which presented a Russian perspective - 'namely, vindication with a bit of gloating'.
It quoted Russia's foreign affairs spokeswoman Maria Zakharova asserting:
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson tweeted:
Last June, Norway Prime Minister Erna Solberg strongly condemned Trump's decision to leave the World Health Organization. She now attributes Wednesday's mayhem to him, claiming it was a "totally unacceptable attack on democracy" and asserting that:
Even Pope Francis highlighted Trump's role in fomenting the turmoil:
America's ABC News listed comments from leaders in Canada, the Netherlands, Spain, Iceland, Greece, Italy, Chile, Belgium, Scotland, the European Parliament, NATO and elsewhere.
With the USA now sidelined in shame, which nation, or nations, will emerge with enhanced global authority and influence? China? Russia? India? Germany? Britain? France?
Will repressive regimes historically held in check by the threat of punitive U.S. action - Iran, Iraq, North Korea, Syria, Turkmenistan - now be emboldened to wreak havoc on their citizens and others?
These questions are now being anxiously considered worldwide after Trump's abject folly in urging his followers to "fight" in Washington last week.
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