[FPSPACE] Yeltsin dead - Kremlin press service
agzak at optonline.net
Sat Apr 28 10:21:07 EDT 2007
On 4/28/07 6:46 AM, "Jens Kieffer-Olsen" <dstdba at post4.tele.dk> wrote:
> Who said that respect for world cooperation is a recognized
> objective these days?
Probably not. But what's the alternative in a crowded world with diminishing
> Back on August 13, 2003 in the Financial Times Christopher
> Layne wrote:
> History shows that, sooner or later, hegemons lose their
> hegemony - either because of the rising power of other
> countries, or because of imperial overstretch.
> Bush administration appears to believe that American
> hegemony is an unchallengeable fact of international life.
> It is not - if only because other states are bound to
> conclude that the US is too powerful and must be resisted.
President Putin these days repeats the idea of the "multi-polar world,"
adding that unchecked power is harmful even to the United States itself. I
hope he is not talking about a "multi-polar world" we had on the eve of
World War I, or the one which emerged at the end of the Roman Empire,
commonly known as Dark Ages :)
> If that happens, President George W. Bush will not be
> remembered for liberating Baghdad, but for galvanising
> international opposition to American power. Mr Bush's
> self-proclaimed "victory" over Iraq may prove to have
> shattered the pillars of the international security
> framework the US established after 1945; triggered
> a bitter transatlantic divorce; given the decisive
> boost to European political unity; and marked the
> beginning of the end of the era of US global preponderance.
I think the United States still can play a key role in world affairs. It
remains world's biggest economy, and a wonderful place to live, to do
business and generate innovations. As long as it preserves its democratic
institutions and a tolerant multicultural society, it will be an attractive
place for brightest minds of the world and it has everything it needs in
terms of geography, natural resources and climate to remain a superpower.
> Mind you, that was written almost 4 years ago, and very
> little has changed since then, for the political leaders
> of Britain, France, Russia, and even Denmark have remained
> in power throughout this period, and not dared to alter course.
Wait, we are back to a two-party system in the US! That would be something
Russians could use one day as well :)
> The wait-and-see game is soon over, however. France, Russia,
> Britain, and the USA are due for new leaders. Even if another
> GOP administration - headed by Rudy Giuliani - is elected, it
> is bound to pick up whatever loose ends remain of yesteryear's
> old-fashioned US hegemony, that based on carrot rather than
> Jens Kieffer-Olsen
> Slagelse, Denmark
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