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Sparta is winning, Athens is losing. Again.

In International Geo-Politics, Politics, Society on July 2, 2010 at 00:11

I wonder if in a 1000 years, USA will be seen in the same light as ancient Sparta is today – an aggressive, militarist state.

As the only state amongst its contemporaries where the politics and economy were so influenced by the armed forces, the gun lobby/NRA and the military-industrial complex.

A state remembered  more for its destruction of Communism as a politico-military force and the wars it waged against violent Islamists, than for its accomplishments in advancement of technology, arts & culture.

No, I do not intend to imply that Communism at its peak was akin to the greatness of Athens, nor am I comparing the Islamists to ancient Persians.

What I’m saying that the USA, with its vast entrepreneurial energies, its massive natural & human resources and its long lasting peace on the homeland could have easily surpassed ancient Athens as a symbol of advancement of civilisation. Instead, ever so often, it shows its ugly side which is more Sparta than Athens. And lately, Sparta seems to be winning over Athens.

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Economist on Pakistan

In International Geo-Politics, Nation, Politics, Quotes on March 17, 2009 at 04:08

Economist.com writes:

At least partly at his behest, on February 25th the Supreme Court disqualified Mr Sharif and his brother, Shahbaz, Punjab’s chief minister, from holding public office. Mr Zardari then dismissed the province’s legislature and declared president’s rule in Punjab. Given that he—an ethnic Sindhi, like most of his coterie of advisers—is especially unpopular in Punjab, this was always likely to cause unrest.

Good to see someone seeing the disturbances across the border with the same angle as me.
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A rebellion against change

In International Geo-Politics, Nation, Politics on March 15, 2009 at 21:42

All this time I thought current political disturbances in Pakistan were a conflict between two individuals and between two political parties. Guess I was wrong.

This seems to be a revolt against change. This seems to be a Punjab versus the rest-of-Pakistan battle, thought its largely being seen as a Punjab versus Sindh one.

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Why should 9/11 be connected to Serbia-Kosovo conflict?

In International Geo-Politics on June 2, 2007 at 08:34

Osama bombs WTC -> Kosovo may not get independence

9/11 happens -> US wages war in Afghanistan -> Bush Jr. gets an alibi to attack Saddam -> Civil war wages in Iraq -> Oil prices jump a little -> Post 9/11 reconstruction and US economy bouncing back from depths of 2000-2002 fuel growth in export oriented china -> Demand for china and war in middle east increase oil prices -> Problems in Venezuela and Bush’s ex-GF Katrina further cause oil spikes -> Gas gains further importance as fuel -> Russia’s Oil and Gas deposits grow many times in value -> Sensing opportunity in increased prices, Putin takes a hardline, gathers control over almost all gas and oil in Russia -> A resurgent Russia, asserts its newly discovered power by supporting old ally serbia and securing own future by threatening to veto the UN resolution on Kosovo’s Independence.