Over the last 5 or so years it seems like the world went bonkers. Nationalism, fake news, fear-mongering etc for short lived personal gains are slowly adding up to a point where everyone is getting ready to slice each other throats. Not only on international arena but internally - many countries seem to be reaching boiling points with domestic issues. I feel like for last 5 years the world has been ruled by hatred, lying and fear-mongering that ever before. The mentality of US vs Them is created across all parts of our societies internally. On top of that we have same thing on international arena. US vs Them and our utter contempt and hatred for each other. There has been many cases but what recently ticked me was the Smollett case... The guy literally engaged in incitement of racial hatred and terrorism yet he is still filming on set of the show. Do you remember Roseanne?? How are the MAGA folks supposed to feel about this whole ordeal? It just furthers their beliefs. How are liberals supposed to feel about the amount of crap Hillary got about emails and yet Trump did just fine on major collusion allegations. Russians are sanctioned for getting involved in US politics and made out to be the demons of the world for doing so. Yet there is a long history of other countries influencing US elections such as Israel, Saudis, China and what not. How do regular Russians feel that their alleged involvement in US politics elevated them to worlds evil axis when Americans were boasting not so long ago about helping Yeltsin win against communists? I am not defending Russia one bit - they have blood on their hands on many things. What I am concerned about is that we are blaming them for absolutely Everything especially for things we ourselves have very crap record in. It pushes Putins narrative of that west is out to get them, again inciting hatred and the whole US vs them attitude. Saudis have free reign in Yemen and are utilizing children soldiers, absolutely horrifying atrocities being committed. The whole Khashoggi case... Some minor outrage that was short lived and business back to normal. Yet we turn around and blast Russians and Chinese on human rights issues. If anyone speaks out about it, labels such as putin bot and whataboutism end the conversation. The agreements struck on world stages to de-escalate tensions mean nothing at this point, Russians wiped their arses with Budapest Memorandum, Americans ripped up the Iran deal with no problem. I remember during the Ukraine revolution, a document was signed that would hold elections in 6 or so months (not sure how long) by EU and Russia as mediators. Shortly afterwards, the crowd stormed the government, banned communist party and passed first law to restrict/ban Russian language from Ukraine (later vetod). All this while there were literally ultra right nationalists right outside the building. Yet we recognized this move as legitimate and then refused to accept Crimean referendum partly citing the armed men being in vicinity of voting booths. How does this look to a Russian I wonder. I strongly believe that there is absolutely no excuse for what they did but I feel like our attitude allowed putin to get away with it. We wiped our arses, he thought he could do it too and he shipped that story to regular Russians. Our good friends who were responsible for 9/11 and now for genocides in Yemen aka Saudis not only have 0 sanctions for doing so but we actually sell them the bombs to make them bombing kids easier. Then we turn to Russia and justify sanctions on them being an ******** (which they are) but we have no intention on doing same to our good friend Saudis. Again, how does regular Russian feel about this whole ordeal? From what I understand, Russians and Ukranians were very close not till long ago. Just how much hatred did Putin ship to his people to actually justify rolling tanks into Ukraine country? Some people literally volunteered to kill Ukranians because they truly believed and believe they are doing the right thing. I just personally think that we contributed to this with our attitudes and coverage. We should have been working on neutralizing Putins hatred driven propaganda rather than on daily basis enforcing it. Why is there no outrage and calls for invasion of Saudi Arabia on toppling of its government? I mean the crown literally were found responsible for 9/11, the deadliest attack on US. All this constantly saws seeds of hatred between camps domestically and internationally. I worry that at one point we will literally be ready to kill each-other out of sheer hatred for one another that our politicians fuel on daily basis for their short sighted gains.