The unprecedented manifestations of violence against the Capitol building in Washington added fuel to flames of the enemies of democracy around the world, from Russia to China, Iran, Venezuela and Turkey, as their leaders raced to score points against the US, ignoring their own countries’ violations of human rights and liberties.
A handout picture released by the official Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) on February 25, 2019 shows Syria's President Bashar al-Assad (L) during a meeting with his Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani in Tehran.
An image grab taken from Hezbollah's al-Manar TV on May 4, 2020, shows Hassan Nasrallah, the head of Lebanon's powerful Shiite Muslim movement Hezbollah, delivering a televised address from an undisclosed location in Lebanon. (AFP)
President of Turkey and leader of Justice and Development (AK) Party Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaks as he attends his party's group meeting in Ankara, Turkey on March 11, 2020. (AFP)
The “concern” of these leaders affects neither the outgoing president nor the incoming one who takes office on January 20. However, what happened on Wednesday should be a wake-up call for a superpower that, for many people, is still a dream country.
The events in Washington will reverberate for a long time in American politics. Not only will they be Trump's most significant legacy, but will also affect perceptions of the strength of American democracy around the world.
There is a broad consensus that the “invasion” of Congress is a disgrace to America and the final undoing of a president gone astray, but it is only the latest in a series of flaws in the long-standing American electoral tradition.
US President Donald Trump speaks during a Make America Great Again rally at Richard B. Russell Airport in Rome, Georgia. (AFP)
It is not surprising that Trump's term would end in such violent chaos. The last four years set many new precedents for the White House and for an American president who ran his election campaign on the slogan “Make America Great Again” only to end up humiliating the country and himself. However, what this end has revealed will certainly be worrying to real democracies around the world, while we can expect more false concern from the enemies and opponents of freedom.