Here’s a Canadian opinion on the decline of the American power — only a fringe theory? Is the possible Iraq war an end game? Is the US really turning into ‘another country’ like Portugal, Holland, Spain, France and England — formerly dominant countries, some centuries ago? Well, this is wishful thinking. America is the only super power, period. But in the long run I also think that this century is going to swing back to Europeans or Asians (China!). And I wonder: What’s going to happen to Canada, ‘another country’ already? Read on.
From The Globe and Mail — Canada’s Most Trusted News Source
All we seem to do these days is argue about the United States. And the arguments are awfully sparse, aren’t they? Either our neighbour is the most powerful nation on Earth, a menacing imperialist intruder that we must resist, or it’s the most powerful nation on Earth, a beneficial force of democracy and peace that we must join and support.
Let me offer you a new way of thinking about America: Over.
Under this school of thought, the United States stopped being the world’s dominant nation years ago, and has quietly collapsed into being Just Another Country. We haven’t really noticed this, the theory goes, because most other countries still act as if the United States has its old military and financial power, an assumption that could be stripped of its invisible clothes in the event of a protracted Iraq war.