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Eight nations are on the endangered list By Zbigniew Brzezinsky

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posted on Jan, 7 2012 @ 12:08 AM
I'm not a big fan of Zbigniew Brzezinsky, but I thought it was interesting.

Eight nations are on the endangered list

With the decline of American global pre-eminence, weaker countries will be more susceptible to the assertive influence of major regional powers.

India and China are rising, Russia is increasingly imperially minded, and the Middle East is growing ever more unstable. The potential for regional conflict in the absence of an internationally active United States of America is real. Get ready for a global reality characterized by the survival of the strongest.

1. Georgia

American decline would leave this tiny Caucasian state vulnerable to Russian political intimidation and military aggression. The United States has provided Georgia with $3 billion in aid since 1991 — $1 billion of that since its 2008 war with Russia. American decline would put new limitations on U.S. capabilities, and could by itself stir Russian desires to reclaim its old sphere of influence. What's more, once-and-future Russian President Vladimir Putin harborrs an intense personal hatred toward Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili.

At stake: Russian domination of the southern energy corridor to Europe, possibly leading to more pressure on Europe to accommodate Moscow's political agenda; a domino effect on Azerbaijan.

2. Taiwan

Since 1972, the United States has formally accepted the mainland's “one China” formula while maintaining that neither side shall alter the status quo by force. Beijing, however, reserves the right to use force, which allows Washington to justify its continued arms sales to Taiwan. In recent years, Taiwan and China have been improving their relationship. America's decline, however, would increase Taiwan's vulnerability, leaving decision-makers in Taipei more susceptible to direct Chinese pressure and the sheer attraction of an economically successful China. That, at the least, could speed up the timetable for cross-strait reunification, but on unequal terms favouring the mainland.

At stake: Risk of a serious collision with China.

3. South Korea

The United States has been the guarantor of South Korea's security since it was attacked in 1950 by North Korea, with Soviet and Chinese collusion. Seoul's remarkable economic takeoff and democratic political system testify to the success of U.S. engagement. Over the years, however, North Korea has staged a number of provocations against South Korea, ranging from assassinations of its cabinet members to the 2010 sinking of the South Korean warship Cheonan. So American decline would confront South Korea with painful choices: either accept Chinese regional dominance and further reliance on China to rein in the nuclear-armed North, or seek a much stronger, though historically unpopular, relationship with Japan out of shared democratic values and fear of aggression from Pyongyang and Beijing.

At stake: Military and economic security on the Korean Peninsula; a general crisis of confidence in Japan and South Korea regarding the reliability of existing American commitments.

4. Belarus

Twenty years after the fall of the Soviet Union, Europe's last dictatorship remains politically and economically dependent on Russia. One-third of its exports go to Russia, on which it is almost entirely reliant for its energy needs. At the same time, President Aleksandr Lukashenko's 17-year dictatorship has stood in the way of any meaningful relations with the West. Consequently, a marked American decline would give Russia a virtually risk-free opportunity to reabsorb Belarus.

At stake: The security of neighbouring Baltic states, especially Latvia.

5. Ukraine

Kiev's relationship with Moscow has been as prone to tension as its relationship with the West has been prone to indecision. In 2005, 2007, and 2009, Russia either threatened to or did stop oil and natural gas from flowing to Ukraine. More recently, President Viktor Yanukovych was pressured to extend Russia's lease of a naval base at the Ukrainian Black Sea port of Sevastopol for another 25 years in exchange for preferential pricing of Russian energy deliveries to Ukraine. The Kremlin continues to press Ukraine to join a “common economic space” with Russia, while gradually stripping Ukraine of direct control over its major industrial assets through mergers and takeovers by Russian firms. With the U.S. in decline, Europe would be less willing and able to reach out and incorporate Ukraine into an expanding Western community, leaving Ukraine more vulnerable to Russian designs.

At stake: The renewal of Russian imperial ambitions.

6. Afghanistan

Devastated by nine years of brutal warfare waged by the Soviet Union, ignored by the West for a decade after the Soviet withdrawal, mismanaged by the medieval Taliban, and let down by 10 years of half-hearted U.S. and allied military operations and sporadic economic assistance, Afghanistan is in shambles. With 40 per cent unemployment and ranking 215th globally in per capita GDP, it has little economic output beyond its illegal narcotics trade. A rapid U.S. troop disengagement brought on by war fatigue or the early effects of American decline would most likely result in internal disintegration and an external power play among nearby states for influence in Afghanistan. In the absence of an effective, stable government in Kabul, the country would be dominated by rival warlords. Pakistan and India would more assertively compete for influence in Afghanistan — with Iran also probably involved.

At stake: The re-emergence of the Taliban; a proxy war between India and Pakistan; a haven for international terrorism.

7. Pakistan

Although Islamabad is armed with 21st-century nuclear weapons and held together by a professional late 20th-century army, the majority of Pakistan is still pre-modern, rural, and largely defined by regional and tribal identities. Conflict with India defines Pakistan's sense of national identity, while the forcible division of Kashmir sustains a shared and profound antipathy. Pakistan's political instability is its greatest vulnerability, and a decline in U.S. power would reduce American ability to aid Pakistan's consolidation and development. Pakistan could then transform into a state run by the military, a radical Islamic state, a state that combined both military and Islamic rule, or a “state” with no centralized government at all.

At stake: Nuclear warlordism; a militant Islamic, anti-Western, nuclear-armed government similar to Iran's; regional instability in Central Asia, with violence potentially spreading to China, India, and Russia.

8. Israel (and the greater Middle East)

American decline would set in motion tectonic shifts undermining the political stability of the entire Middle East. All states in the region remain vulnerable to varying degrees of internal populist pressures, social unrest, and religious fundamentalism, as seen by the events of early 2011. If American decline were to occur with the Israeli-Palestinian conflict still unresolved, the failure to implement a mutually acceptable two-state solution would further inflame the region's political atmosphere. Regional hostility to Israel would then intensify. Perceived American weakness would at some point tempt the more powerful states in the region, notably Iran or Israel, to pre-empt anticipated dangers. And jockeying for tactical advantage could precipitate eruptions by Hamas or Hezbollah, which could then escalate into wider and bloodier military encounters. Weak entities such as Lebanon and Palestine would pay an especially high price in civilian deaths. Even worse, such conflicts could rise to truly horrific levels through strikes and counterstrikes between Iran and Israel.

At stake: Direct Israeli or U.S. confrontation with Iran; a rising tide of Islamic radicalism and extremism; a worldwide energy crisis; vulnerability of America's Persian Gulf allies.

Eight nations are on the endangered list
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posted on Jan, 7 2012 @ 12:16 AM
Like Brzesinsky cares. The guy wants a world government and now he cares about nations? Is this a joke?

This is just more BS for warmongering against China, Russia and the middle-east. This guy loves war and he's pushing yet again for some more.

Can't he have a heart attack or something already? The faster these old sick bastards will be six feet under, the better.
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posted on Jan, 7 2012 @ 12:21 AM
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Well said - the guy is globalist scum.

posted on Jan, 7 2012 @ 12:21 AM
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Well said - the guy is globalist scum.

posted on Jan, 7 2012 @ 12:22 AM
reply to post by Vitchilo

Maybe he wants a World government and he sees these nations as a fly in his soup?

Upsetting the to speak.

posted on Jan, 7 2012 @ 12:36 AM
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All you need to know about Big Z right here...

posted on Jan, 7 2012 @ 01:19 AM
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Zbigniew Brzezinsky? Really? The guy has his head so far up the establishments arse that he cannot even see straight.
He should invest in a glass belly button, so that he can actually see what is going on in the real world!! No coincidence that his daughter is co-host of Morning Joe! BTW...invite me to your show for a debate. Or are you afraid?

posted on Jan, 7 2012 @ 01:59 AM
Someone already said it.
We would be far more productive and enlightened if this guy and a number of his cronies were to "not be here" any longer.
It shouldn't be underestimated just how much ZB has contributed to the sum total of misery on the planet.
Although it could also be said that he is merely advancing a legacy which is not his own.
Sadly if he was just "up the ass" of the establishment he would be far less harmful but he is very much more than that, he is one of the "establishment"'s foremost thinkers or "future earth" designers.

There is no question he is a very smart man, I just wish he was working for us instead of against us.

Reading between the lines as you always must - you can see some of what is likely to come to pass over the next 5-10 years if things continue as they are.
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posted on Jan, 7 2012 @ 02:03 AM
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posted on Jan, 7 2012 @ 02:13 AM
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Yep! When George H.W. Bush finally leaves......I willl have a BBQ at my home, like he had when JFK was murdered. That POS should never have lived this long And he should have worn a condom. The worst thing this man did was pro-create!

posted on Jan, 7 2012 @ 03:05 AM
Never heard of this guy but it sounds like he(Forgive the expression) has a hard-on for American Military interventionism.

However what he's saying couldn't be to far off, but apparently this guy doesn't realize their are other western powers in the world besides the U.S, and maybe we don't have to be the world police and stick our noses in everything.

posted on Jan, 7 2012 @ 01:39 PM
despite Zbig's obvious ties to the Elite Establishment what he says is both daring and TRUE! His book The Grand Chessboard, and many others, have come to fruition and truly showed things for what they are. Yes, Zbigniew thinks America will start faltering and there will be more Universal government and a short time of active fighting amongst the next strongest countries... seems right on to me (although not in America's best interest). America tends to see the world through America-colored-glasses... this guy is a wake-up call!

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