Opinion

Biden’s inauguration and the supreme US interests

January 21, 2021
Hailah Al-Mashouh



Joe Biden was sworn in on Wednesday as the new president of the United States after tumultuous events that ensued in the aftermath of the presidential election results.

These events triggered by the questioning of Biden’s victory by his processor Donald Trump culminated in storming of the Capitol Hill building, the most prestigious parliamentary institution in the US, on Jan. 6.

In the wake of the deadly violence, the inauguration of President Biden was held under tight and elaborate security measures with the US Army Staff deploying about 25,000 policemen and the National Guard throughout the capital city.

Any observer of American affairs — I mean a neutral observer and not a biased demagogue — knows well that the strength of the US lies in the strength of its political institutions, regardless of the differences of its political parties.

The recent presidential elections and the storming of the Congress building prompted some people to doubt about the strength and harmony of these institutions and their keenness on the entity of the state.

However, we can see that this was an unprecedented incident since the British stormed the Congress building in 1814.

The subsequent events and the measures taken as well as the smooth transfer of power on Jan. 20 have proved that the Jan. 6 incidents will absolutely not going to affect the course of America’s long-standing policy and its supreme interests, regardless of the intrigues of the small state (the deep state) as the American leftists call them.

Former President Trump and the Republican Party as a whole assumed a major national responsibility that obliged them and others to avoid any escalation and clashes that affect the interests of the supreme state. Also, the same is the case for the Democratic Party. Above all, the state is first and everything else is a just partisan skirmish that would disappear after the inauguration.

The conflict that occurred in the US — if I may say so — was not a power struggle, and it was not a struggle of dogmatic, nationalistic and extremist parties as much as it is a bet on democracy and the stability or setbacks that may result because of it, so that the balance between freedom and responsibility remains the basis upon which the state is based with all its parties and institutions.

America will not collapse, and the state institutions and freedoms will not disintegrate, and the events of Congress would be only a passing whirlwind proving to the world that the great American empire, even in its stormy and bloody events, is a stable and coherent. And that the president is part of its political establishment and his election is a political situation, during which everything is expected with all readiness and preparedness, as the stormy elections are neither the end of democracy nor the party bashing is the end of the state.

This was evident from the smooth conduct of the inauguration of Biden in a way serving the interests as well as the public responsibility entrusted on the shoulders of all Americans.


— The writer can be reached @hailahabdulah20


January 21, 2021
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