reply to post by oozyism
Very interesting post oozyism, a large part I agree with, but not all.
There is a danger though that such posts could generate a feeling that the US and it's influence in the world is all that stands between the world
and anarchy, and create a belief that without the US's influence in the world, the world will plunge into anarchy and barbarity.
In fact, with the decline of the US as a superpower, and the rise of others, we are merely seeing power-shifts, and old and new rivalries emerge to
the fore, which were either continued under US influence, or stemmed depending on the level of US interest in the region.
We have see rivalries emerge and lead to conflict where US influence has been, but now that power is shifting away.
The decline of the US globally and regionally will have, as another poster pointed out, the effect that the decline and break-up of the USSR had,
mainly regional tensions and wars breaking out, new proxy wars between rivalries, and possible all-out wars.
The decline of the US as a superpower sees the decline of it's acolytes and satellites as well, we witness for example, that the UK has turned to
France, and France has turned to the UK for closer mutual defence. So the close allies of the US will try to club together.
As for the satellites, those places directly propped up by successive US administrations...their survival depends on whether they can find favour with
the new superpowers, or are in the interest of the superpowers.
Some will prosper........but some will crash and burn.
Of course the decline of the US as a global superpower does not mean the end of the US, it's just that what is happening to the US now is similar to
what happened in the 40's and 50's with the decline of The British Empire and making way for the new superpowers.
Many empires fall, and do so with their capital in flames, but the British Empire fell comparitvely gracefully, and Britain survived.
The question is, and this is the question, is with the decline of the US global superpower, will those in power accept that, accept that the US will
become dominant no more, or will those in power who have profited from such superpower status go kicking and screaming and go out with a bang, with
possible horrific consequences?