Vince Dhimos answered the question on Quora: Is China a bigger threat to Western democracy than Russia?
False question. There is no such thing as democracy in the West and there is therefore no way either Russia or China could threaten said democracy. (The US is ruled by state and non-state agents beyond the control of the US people).
Here is a list of agents (the Shadow Government) who rule the US, ignoring and defying the will of the people:
Saudi Arabia, working silently in the background to implement the petrodollar agreement, foisting disastrous foreign policies and wars on the US (as explained previously at Quora: https://www.quora.com/What-were-the-US-and-Wests-interests-for-the-removal-of-Mr-Bashar-al-Assad-and-the-funding-and-arming-of-the-groups-that-opposed-him)
Israel, via AIPAC lobby and ADL and media (AIPAC is an unregistered foreign lobby, operating unregistered in contravention of US law to induce lawmakers and presidents to support Israeli policy, including the shoot to kill policy against unarmed protesters— see Big Religion below)
The Corporate Media, which works overtime to foment anti-Russia hate that can lead to war and disastrous economic and financial policies that are bankrupting the country, creating economic bubbles and threatening the world economy.
The terminally gullible public that swallows the swill of said Corporate Media and tacitly accepts the interference of AIPAC in the government. You need to understand that the so-called "Deep State," or Corporate America, could not survive another day without the support of indoctrinated Americans.
The arms manufacturers, via their lobbies (breaking the national bank with runaway defence spending)
Big Business (which, together with Wall Street – see below – has blown a stock market bubble that seems to be collapsing at this very moment)
Wall Street (which, like Big Business, together with Wall Street – see below – has blown a stock market bubble that seems to be collapsing at this very moment)
The Federal Reserve Board (whose policies have led to an irresponsible unpayable debt, galloping inflation and dangerous bubbles, for example, in stocks and housing)
Opinion-shaping think tanks like the Atlantic Council (the propaganda arm of NATO), the CFR and many others, the vast majority of which have declared Russia a “threat” and condemn the announced pull-out from Syria, never mind that ISIS was on the verge of driving the Syrian army into the sea when the Russian air force arrived just in the nick of time in September 2015. Funny how ISIS had grown so strong despite the valiant efforts of the US Coalition’s War on Terror purportedly waged to eliminate it.
Big Religion (which has rammed “Christian” Zionism down the throats of most Evangelicals, who are considered heretics if they fail to embrace it, even though it is clearly non-scriptural. I explained previously at Quorum why this is so https://www.quora.com/Why-does-Israel-support-terrorists-in-Syria/answer/Vince-Dhimos)
The gullible followers of the above-mentioned Big Religion who, in the Evangelical community, instead of heeding what their Commander-in-Chief said in Matthew 23:39, send the modern secular Israel the message: you are the Chosen Ones and can do no wrong. We will send you lethal arms with which to kill your neighbours. Never mind the commandment in Leviticus, in your own scriptures, to love God with all your heart and all your mind and all your soul and to love your neighbour as yourself. We mega-church goers decide who goes to heaven and who does not.
So is the Catholic Church helpful in this regard? No. The pope has called the Putin-Assad alliance “dangerous” (without specifying why) but has never criticised the Saudi-US alliance. Assad is the most Christian-friendly Muslim leader in the world, while Christian worship (even in the private of one’s home!) is banned in Saudi. The pope is simply rubbr-stamping US foreign policy. Further discussion here.
The White House and its bully pulpit, which – via the msm – constantly supports disastrous warlike foreign policies and disastrous economic policies that widen the gap between rich and poor
The Congress and Senate, which likewise spread propaganda – via the msm – that have the same effect as the White House’s pronouncements, persuading voters to accept these bad policies by making them appear rational even though they are insane
The CIA, NSA and other agencies beyond the control of the elected officials, of the public, and of the law.
Hollywood. Generally, with few exceptions, when a popular US movie includes a scene involving the US armed forces, the bias is positive. For example, in the movie Bird Box, there is a scene of an Iraqi war vet who decribes how he and his men lovingly escorted an Iraqi man and his son to the local school every day to protect them from terrorist attacks. The vet never even hints at the extreme violence perpetrated by the US that bombed hundreds of thousands of civilians in that country. Sure, there were lots of good men among the US troops in Iraq, but the impression created by the movie is that the US military was only doing good in Iraq. There is a whole article dedicated to the close ties between Hollywood and the US military. https://www.theguardian.com/film/2009/jul/06/us-military-hollywood