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9/20/05

The Rise of a loose Multi-Polar World Alliance

By Ray Salehi

 

The world of 20th century doubtless was most marked and influenced by America insofar as politics, technology, and culture. The downfall of the Soviet Union and its sphere of influence largely in Eastern Europe upset the bipolar balance of the global superpowers that had stood firm since shortly after the end of the Second World War. The New World Order was America's vision that it gleefully embarked upon as its dividend of bankrupting the Communist East. However, it did not take long before America squandered its unique position in the world.

 

America's vision of rapidly pulling ahead of the rest of the world and exercising its pervasive hegemony unencumbered began to falter for a myriad of reasons from neglect on one end to utter brashness on the other.

 

Reflecting its hardened position against the Palestinians, the early Bush administration in its conspicuous absence of engagement in the Middle East peace talks, its deep-freeze policy of sanction against Baghdad and its deprived populous, and its too cozy of relationship with Riyadh to keep the world awash in cheap oil, much to the chagrin of other producers, raised the ire of the "Arab Street," which the extremist Islamists indirectly exploited and continue still.

 

China

Undeniably convinced that it could repeat the Japanese economic magic but on a much grander and sustainable scale and under intricately controlled autocracy, China never felt the genuine and warm welcome of America to capitalism's mat of production and trade. The inexplicable China economic model was in the face of America, disproving a long-held belief that prosperity is the distinctive characteristic of only liberal democracies. By some estimates within 20 years, China will be the greatest maritime power, and by 2040 its GNP will overtake the U.S.

 

India

A powerhouse in its own right, India has been viewed with neglect and mostly in the context of its long conflict with Pakistan over Kashmir. America never rose to its rhetoric ideal of democracy and freedom to ally itself with India as the biggest democracy. In fact, the US policy in South Asia has been one of mutually unease alliance with the Islamic Republic of Pakistan bought mainly by way of the sale of advanced military equipment and foreign aid in exchange for Islamabad's compliance and cooperation in the war against al Quaeda. America's policy toward India has been disingenuous at best by offering to help New Delhi with civilian nuclear power generation only in exchange for weakening Iran's position, and outright hostile at worst by tacitly backing Pakistan in its conflict against India. India's young and vibrant work force is projected to steadily expand her economy at a 6.5% clip.

 

Russia

America has sounded nothing but irreverent rebuke against Russia especially since Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice took over from Colin Powell. Russia may presently be no USSR but it still commands huge arsenals of nuclear missiles and the largest deposits of hydrocarbon that dwarf the Saudi reserves by several folds.

 

No single point of commonality is the impetus for the rise of this loose multi-polar world alliance other than standing up to the hubris of an unrepentant, self-absorbed unilateralist. Missing in this juggernaut is the ever more uneasy Europe that still sees itself allied with America but ready to jump ship and go it alone if the cost of alliance becomes a burdensome liability.

 

 

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