Theologians agree that seven is the number of completion. Let’s hope this same number doesn’t spell the end of our country, for it was roughly seven years ago that events began that arguably got us where we are today: a kind of geo-political crossroads some have even labeled with those terrible three words, “World War III.”

How did we get here?

This is my version, and it reads somewhat like a Greek Tragedy.

Once upon a time, folks in Official Washington (or “The OW,” as I’ve decided to call them) were so desperate to hang on to power that when an outsider named Donald Trump ran for president, they did illegal things to stop him, such as framing him as a Russian agent and spying on his campaign. When these efforts failed, these same people, The OW, grew scared, doubling down on their efforts, for now, they were fighting not only to stay in power but also to stay out of prison.

They did things like unmasking political opponents and leaking to the press. When this didn’t work – because by now it was impossible to separate themselves from the lie of “Russian collusion” – they demanded an investigation by a special counsel who was supposed to prove once and for all that Donald Trump was an evil, traitorous actor, while those in the OW were still the good guys.

None of this worked.

The group went into overdrive with the 2020 elections. The outbreak of a virus called COVID-19 allowed the OW to impose lockdowns, effectively suspending the campaign activities so important in an election year. This was significant because President Trump’s public rallies were well attended, while Joe Biden’s were lackluster at best. It also opened up the possibility for more mail-in voting, which proved to be the deciding factor in the swing states that ultimately handed Biden the presidency.

Members of the OW claim there is no evidence that they had a hand in the Covid-19 outbreak. But at best this is only a half-truth since no official investigation has been performed yet. Further, the Department of Energy’s private investigation into COVID-19 was leaked, and going by this, we know that, at the very least, what the OW says of these events is untrue, for the investigation found not that the outbreak came from a food market (as the OW claimed), but likely from a lab, the mention of which the OW viciously dismissed as a conspiracy theory.

According to Webster’s Dictionary, the doctrine of cui bono states that the “probable responsibility for an act or event lies with one having something to gain.” Clearly, as mentioned above, the OW stood to gain from the COVID-19 outbreak, and as long as they continue attempting to hide or ignore what really happened, this doctrine seems like a valid application.

Now comes the tragic part. Amidst all this confusion, our opponents were watching. Leaders of nations are rational, and what they saw was a nation at war with itself. The watchman had abandoned the tower, and if they were going to make their move, now was the time.

Russia was the first to act. Its armies invaded Ukraine on Feb. 24, 2022, undoubtedly thinking that there would never be a more opportune time. Hamas was next, attacking Israel roughly 18 months later, arguably seeing, like Russia, a similar window of opportunity.

So here we are, approximately seven years later. Like a flailing and hubristic Greek king, our government is caught in a web of its own weaving. We’ve fired missiles into Syria, and China has battleships in the Middle East. What was once warned about Donald Trump — that he would start World War III — now seems close to being proven true of his own detractors.

OW, you’ve held on to power; you’ve managed to avoid prosecution for the crimes you committed against your political opponents. Now, the only question left to ask is: Was it worth it?  

Along with his father, Allen Keller runs a lumber business in Stevenson, Alabama. He has a Ph.D. in Creative Writing from Florida State University and an MBA from University of Virginia. He can be reached for comment at [email protected].

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