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    • Dino
    • 07.10.10 | 11:23 (IST)

    Did everyone expect U.S to be the sole superpower forever? Read some history books for a change of view. Empires come and go. Today, America seems to be at its twilight. It may be uncomfortable for some to hear this, but the signs are all there. When has America last won a war? Clear victory. WWII. Korea was a stalemate, one that haunts that peninsula to this day. Vietnam was a fiasco. Desert Storm would have the same result as the war in Iraq has today, if the troops had occupied that country at the time. And the wars of today, Afghanistan and Iraq, are not going well. All this has drained American economy, international debts are piling up, various undehanded tacticts have earned them the ire of the most of the world. While all this could be ignored when America was strong, because, then, everyone was kept in line. Today, there are countries, like China, which are growing economically. And in the context of America weakening, they want a piece of the pie. Despite all this, U.S. acts as if nothing has changed, and by extension Israel does so too. This leads to cooling relations with countries that would suffer such behaviour in the past, because they had to. There was no alternative. Well, today there is. And countries that are pushed away go away. Both Israel and America need to learn that to have good relations you need to respect your counterpart, not bully them, or humiliate them. That doesn't work anymore.

    from the article: Growing ties between Turkey, China, Iran worry Israel and U.S.
    First published 02:12 07.10.10 | Last updated 02:12 07.10.10
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