Globalization is dead. The world has been divided into East and West. The desultory flailing of the American empire is doing what all fearful empires do – lashing out in anger at perceived rivals.
No enemy? No problem. Make one up, provoke them, then, when they are forced to respond, bomb the shit out of them – using proxies whenever possible. A few hundred thousand dead and maimed? Collateral damage. Possible nuclear war? Nothing ventured, nothing gained.
The problem with this particular piece of belligerence is that Russia is not Afghanistan, Syria, Libya, Iraq or Serbia etc. Russia has a superior military force backed by a functioning military/industrial complex that produces useful, battlefield weaponry – fast. The U.S. lacks both. If U.S. intelligence services had not been so busy with social media, ‘White Supremacists’, insurrections and the Russiagate hoax they might have twigged to that.
Nowhere is the feckless and corrupt nature of the U.S. political class more in evidence than in their tolerance of the misdeeds of the intelligence services.
The East has been admirably restrained, but for how much longer?
Assuming that the West retreats from its foolishness before bringing about nuclear Armageddon, what then?
It needs to be understood that this is not the end of the U.S., it is just the end of its hegemonic status. The world is, again, splitting into camps. The difference is that during the Cold War, no one doubted that the U.S. was the dominant entity. Back then, under very different circumstances, I supported and cheered that dominance. No sane person wanted to end up under the murderous socialists of the Soviet Union.
The U.S. is not going to disappear, but it is going to have to learn to pare back its military ambitions and belligerence. It’s one hundred years of world domination is over.
What we are witnessing at the moment is its refusal to recognize that fact with good grace. A saner U.S. administration is desperately needed. We do not live in a Democrat/bad, Republican/good world. Many of the political class, from both sides, are up to their necks in fantasies of times now past, and corruption.
The next few years are going to see changes of a magnitude that none of us alive have ever experienced.