As the world looks for the missing monks of Burma it is perhaps time to reflect upon the next stage of world history. Burma is reaching a critical point of change, even if, at present, it has stalled. Eventually, China will have to react, and it will do so alone.
What the result of that will be, I have no idea. Meanwhile, Zimbabwe slowly decays to a dictatorial nothingness. In not too many years, Mugabe will be surrounded by a population of skeletons, and he will still be ranting about his greatness.
But these are minor problems.
In Russia, Putin is increasingly flexing his muscles as his administration becomes more and more confident. And with his hands on the present ‘off switch’ of European power supplies, he will become more and more confident in his demands to the world.
Back in the 1990s, the world looked, for a while, on the point of transition. The collapse of Yugoslavia eventually caused a new mood of peace enforcement. Yes, there were mistakes, but the ideal was sound.
Then came 9/11.
Many believe that this was the real turning point in history. But I disagree. Al Qaeda is nothing but a blip, made worse by western governmental lack of ideology, requiring rule by fear.
Into this strode BushCo, with its personal vendetta against Islam, and its madness in Iraq. Yet as Burma and Zimbabwe face ruin, and Russia flexes its muscles, I fear that Bush’s great distraction is allowing these problems to become so fundamental that eventually the world will explode.
We still have time to do something. As long as we realize what is world history, and what is a mere blip.
© Anthony North, October 2007
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