It’s not a secret to anyone — neither to politicians, nor to regular people — that America has lost its friendship with many nations. Some politicians have the naïve belief that the whole world wants to exist within their idea of freedom. It’s amazing that they don’t seem to understand that people living in other countries are truly different. This year a magazine has been launched to create a bridge between the US and Belarus, a country in Eastern Europe: the US-Belarus Observer.
For 20 years, Belarus has been on a difficult path to political and economic independence, after more than 70 years of slavery to the Soviet regime. Belarus, more than any other country in the world, suffered from its fight for nationalism. During World War II, every third person in Belarus was killed. Now, the country holds an important strategic position; it is a gateway between the West and the East. The US-Belarus Observer allows readers to explore this remarkable country, with a variety of topics ranging from politics and business to culture and sports.
Belarus can certainly be one of America’s most trusted friends. But America needs to be flexible and look past the shortcomings that Belarus can be said to have — shortcomings that can be found in many nations. America needs to show a real desire to make an important, needed, and true friend. Hand on heart, politics can’t get around compromise. This is why America ignores some situations in «friendly» countries where there is not only a lack of democracy, there is not even a whiff of it. Importantly, Belarus is a European power sincerely wanting to work closely with the U.S. In the US-Belarus Observer, readers will learn about current events that may also have important implications for Americans and American businesses.
On a political level, the U.S. President could plan a friendly visit to the wonderful city of Minsk (capital of Belarus). One such visit would certainly create a friendship that would last for many years. For example, in an interview in the US-Belarus Observer, the Belarusian President, Alexander Lukashenko, points out that a friendship between Belarus and America is one of his biggest priorities.
The Slavic people have an ironic saying, «The blind man said, we’ll see what happens!» But we are not blind; we can see the future. It’s not going to be easy, but in difficult situations, it’s especially important to have trusted friends.