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Originally posted by GargIndia
reply to post by cavtrooper7
The right of free speech and right to own property are the basis of success of the Western world.
The all pervasive spying and beyond-law actions of Executive have taken away the right to free speech.
The control of people's lives by financial institutions and a myriad of financial jugglery has taken away the right to property.
What is left??
The US government is swimming in an ocean of liabilities. While Microsoft and Google may be very successful, it has been achieved at the cost of financial independence of an entire nation. This absurd and illusive belief that technology can deliver from all possible problems is a path to destruction.
The fall of USA will be brought by pure greed of some people, who want all power and resources cornered for themselves; and a population that simply refuses to see the truth.
I have deliberated on it for several years, and I realize that Western style democracy is a failure. It feeds too many work-shirkers and easily gets chained to wealthy and powerful people.
The multi-party elections are a waste of resources and money. The entire party system is a failure. The State must have stable political and financial structures, enshrined in its constitution. Elections should be between candidates, not parties, on the basis of individual merit of the candidates.
The government should be small. Veda has allowed one sixth part to the King. (King means Government). This one-sixth includes all taxes that a Government can levy. A Government that levies more than this much wastes money on bureaucracy (make un-needed laws and then hire people to enforce), military (fighting un-necessary wars), showmanship (building castles and other expensive buildings) etc.
A king used to have only a small regular army. The people were called for war in times of need from the peasants and workers. This system has been given up in favor of large "volunteer" forces. Why??
Today we have armies that are disconnected from general populace. These armies have become a tool of the leader's whims, rather than a means to protect the Nation.
The war on Iran will create the conditions of Unity in Muslims (give them a common cause) and force Saudis to yield to the extremists.
The Saudi elite did not like US military presence in Saudi Arabia and Iraq. They want their rule, not USA's. They do not trust USA.
The fight between Iran and Saudi is a fight of hegemony. If Iran's government is weakened by US/Israel's attack, it will be seen as increasing Saudi's hegemony in the Muslim world. It will not in any way reduce Muslim antagonism towards USA and Israel.
Americans often fail to understand the psychology of Asians. This is the problem.
The Zionism vision is to expand into neighboring States. This is well known to Saudis. Israel is the biggest worry to the Saudis, not Iran.
Saudi Arabia is spending billions of rupees to promote Wahabi ideas, where Wahabi lobby is consistently spreading fear amongst minority masses by indecent and brutal acts. The truth is out…..it is not a Sunni Shia war……it is a war between Wahhabis and Islam.”
The conflict which some claim exists today between Sunni and Shia Muslims is a product of very recent global events; blowback from the 1979 Iranian Revolution and the petro-dollar fuelled global rise of Wahhabi reactionaries. It is decidedly not the continuation of any "1,400 year war" between Sunnis and Shias but is driven instead by the very modern phenomena of identity politics. Factions on both sides have created false histories for their own political benefit and have manufactured symbols and rituals which draw upon ancient history but are in fact entirely modern creations. Furthermore, Western military powers have sought to amplify these divisions to generate internecine conflicts within Muslim societies and engineer a bloodbath which will be to their own benefit.
Paradoxically, Israel and Saudi Arabia are officially enemies. Yet they appear to be acting in lockstep - almost in a perfect symbiosis - when it comes to undermining and attacking Iran and painting it as a threat to regional and world peace. A sampling of the collective responses of both countries to matters related to Iran and other areas of mutual concern, such as the course of the uprisings in the Arab world, suggests that the Israeli-Saudi interface represents more than a temporary pact of convenience. Indeed, the convergence of their interests over Iran constitutes an unspoken strategic alliance that runs deeper than either side cares to admit.
Originally posted by cavtrooper7
Eastern armies operate on might makes right ALONE. I don't need to know their thinking at my level just where the next one is who wants me.
We no doubt HAVE someone from every culture out there in America. I don't reject them like they reject mine.I'm perfectly willing to understand as are most thinking Americans,that's why we don't kill off all the foreign people .It's rude. But it all goes away when bullets zing by your head.
And there still is no stronger conventional power who would succsessfully occupy even a divided US. Far too many guns. Few would run if they could fight,maybe the post Xers might not be into but I would care about surviving anyway just winning,that's SOP for us.
Originally posted by JoeP2247
World War III
It will most probably start in 2014
The death toll will be at least 10 times greater than World War II (600,000,000+)
It will be fought mainly in the China-Burma-India theater.
It will likely end in a nuclear exchange.
This is not a psychic prediction ( I have no abilities in that regard) . It is our historical pattern as a society though - and here is why I make these specific predictions.
The median time interval between a financial disaster and a major war is 6 years. It can be as short as 4 years (like the Panic of 1857 to American Civil War in 1861) or as long as 7 years (like the panic of 1907 led to the First World War in 1914). The pattern is always the same though - a financial debacle leads to war and it seems to take about 6 years for this to happen. I would speculate this time interval is related to how long it takes for the negative financial situation to fully filter down to society and erupt. I also observe that the monetary gains generated by the act of war ends the financial disaster most of the time. This pattern has been true for at least the past three hundred years of western history.
With each major war technology develops that increase our killing power by factors of about 10. For example, the introduction of the rifled musket in the 1850’s increased KIA to over 800,000 in the American Civil war - Machine guns led to 9,000,000 deaths in World War One - advances in air power killed at least 60 million people in World War II (I personally think it was over 80 million) - and so on.
Wars start where the last war was left unresolved. For example, World War Two was an almost inevitable product of the Versailles Treaty after the First World War. The theater of World War Two left most up in the air was the China-Burma-India theater which left many issues moldering.
Wars escalate to the extreme of the weaponry available to the parties. If one side is going to lose and the only weapon they have that might" escalate" to the point of winning is a nuclear weapon it will be eventually used. This is very much a Clausewitz theory of war and the United States and most modern powers do use Clausewitz as a model theorist. You could read “On War” - it is still required reading in military schools.
Mark Twain once said (paraphrasing) that if history doesn’t repeat itself, it sure rhymes.
I am curious what you guys think.