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March 8, 2004

Too tired to write a post.

This captures my position why Australia went to war with Iraq.
Allan Moir

That's the past.

The present is a unipolar world. Coral Bell says that:

"US paramountcy rests on three main pillars. First, the intrinsic economic strength of the US and its willingness to spend enormous funds on military goods and services. Second, the geostrategic advantages of the US: wide oceans to east and west, non-threatening neighbours to north and south. Third, US capacity to induce bandwagoning by other powers: that is to recruit formal and informal alliances. All three of those pillars are solid, but subject to slow erosion over the decades. "

It gives rise to a world out of balance. A world out of balance gives rise to attempts to right the balance of power.

| Posted by Gary Sauer-Thompson at 8:48 PM | | Comments (1)


I'm not sure the world is so unipolar any more.

The fact is - russia, china and india together form a SIGNIFICANT threat to the US; both in population, military and technology.

Iraq only has 25 million ppls and afgan about the same. Then think about the 2billion people between russia and china. Not that population alone forms a world superpower, but the rapid advances of the chinese in technology adoption is evidence that this world is increasingly bipolar. I don't think any of us properly understand the current state of the chinese military, augement that with Russian and perhaps India.

Only american patriotism leads to the belief that the USA is the centre of the world.