every story about 'russian hacking' or 'chinese spyware' is because they're afraid — afraid because the empire must imagine that all of its rivals — that is, everyone who could potentially rival it, if they wanted to — would also like to be the empire, given the chance. that russia and china's foreign policy is nothing like the us's & won't be is irrelevant
when you see the entire world as a game of domination, then another nation trying to assert the least bit of power over its sphere of influence seems like an existential threat
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