||Issue No. 247||19 November 2004|
In Defence of Jeff
Interview: The Reich Stuff
Economics: Crime and Punishment
Environment: Beyond The Wedge
International: The End Of The Lucky Country
Safety: Tests Fail Tests
Politics: Labo(u)r Day
Human Rights: Arabian Lights
History: Labour's Titan
Review: Foxy Fiasco
Poetry: Then I Saw The Light
The Locker Room
Shawly we’ve heard enough
Decline of The American Empire
Letters to the Editor
Decline of The American Empire
After an exchange of emails with my nephew, who is a student of ancient Roman history, I have drawn the following parallels between the fall of The Roman Empire and the current situation in America.
Marcus Aurelius was a good leader. He wanted his stepson to succeed him.
But it is widely agreed that his natural son Commodus murdered both his father and step brother. Commodus was an inept ruler, and the decline of the Roman
Empire can clearly be seen to begin under the Caesarship of Commodus.
So Commodus took the throne falsely and through his incompetence the RomanEmpire started to disintegrate.
Everybody except a few ignorant Republicans are quite sure that the voting in Florida was rigged (I have various email friends in the US of all political persuasions who give me their opinions.)
Hence, like Commodus, Bush most likely became leader illicitly.
Bush is the most incompetent leader in US history. Already he has ensured that no country in the world (with the exception of Australia for as long as
John Howard remains Prime Minister, and Britain as long as Tony Blair remains Prime Minister) will ever again trust or respect the USA.
Additionally the US is about to be tumbled from its current position as the most economically powerful country in the world, partly because of Bush's
incompetence, but also because China, because of its sheer numbers, is rapidly heading to the top. A trade alliance between China, India and a few
other countries would certainly topple America from its current position. China has the numbers, India has the skills.
Additionally the European countries are working towards becoming a much more unified and powerful economic bloc.
Bush achieved his post illicitly, and because of the factors mentioned above, I think the US has passed it peak and it will be downhill from here
Whilst America accounts for 50 per cent of the world‚s entire spending on the military and armaments, it has lost the trust and respect of the rest of the world, and in the not too distant future will also most likely be toppled from its position as the most economically powerful country in the
And responsibility for this lies fairly and squarely with George W. Bush.
God knows what further havoc he will create now that he has been re-elected.
So it will be a case of goodbye America, thanks for helping to save us from Hitler and Japan, but we don't trust your motives any more.
America, under the bumbling Bush, who of course is merely a puppet manipulated by the likes of Rumsfeld and Cheney, has lost probably irretrievably the status it enjoyed (or at least claimed) as leader of the
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