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Thursday, August 31, 2006

4:23 PM - If America wasn't the Worlds Super Power


Here is an interesting article out of The Korea Herald, South Korea
'Anti-Americans' Ought to Ponder the Alternatives ...
It points out 5 thought experiments on what would the world be like if America wasn't the Worlds Super Power. With out reciting the entire article here are the 5 points it throws out, keep in mind though that this is from the mind set of South Korea, this is not an American newspaper.
First, imagine if the United States and allied powers had not won World War II.
-- For example, if imperial Japan had managed to stake its claim to the Asia-Pacific region and entered into a nonaggression pact with Nazi Germany, I think it quite obvious that Japan would continue to treat Korea as it did from 1910-45.


Second, imagine if Nazi Germany had won World War II, didn't sign a nonaggression pact with Japan, and later controlled the Korean Peninsula.
-- I think it's just as easy to surmise that they would treat Koreans not much differently than they treated the Jews and other races viewed as unequal to their own.


Third, imagine if China were the world superpower, hypothetically, following the 1950-53 Korean War.
-- In fact, China has also had expansionist tendencies, with colonies up and down the African coast, along with the Philippines (before the Spanish), Indonesia (before the Dutch), and Malacca.


Fourth, imagine if Korea (yes, Korea) were the world superpower today.
-- How would it treat Japan, China, and its European and American counterparts, if it had both the military and economic dominance to strike anywhere, anytime, with little or no repercussions?


Fifth, and finally, imagine if the same level of anti-American sentiment in Korea were matched with a wave of anti-Korean sentiment in the United States.
-- Keep in mind that in the 1980s, a wave of anti-Japanese sentiment erupted in the United States, leading to Japanese radios and cars being smashed in Washington as a sign of anti-Japanese hostility.


Like I said this is a really impressive article, atleast for me in the sense that even with this massive flood of Anti-Americanism if every country asked these questions, replacing the word Korea with such and such country, I think it would be beneficial to most, and at least a good thought experiment.

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