Sunday, March 22, 2009

From the Wall Street Journal:



MOSCOW -- For a decade, Russian academic Igor Panarin has been predicting the U.S. will fall apart in 2010. For most of that time, he admits, few took his argument -- that an economic and moral collapse will trigger a civil war and the eventual breakup of the U.S. -- very seriously. Now he's found an eager audience: Russian state media.



California will form the nucleus of what he calls "The Californian Republic," and will be part of China or under Chinese influence. Texas will be the heart of "The Texas Republic," a cluster of states that will go to Mexico or fall under Mexican influence. Washington, D.C., and New York will be part of an "Atlantic America" that may join the European Union. Canada will grab a group of Northern states Prof. Panarin calls "The Central North American Republic." Hawaii, he suggests, will be a protectorate of Japan or China, and Alaska will be subsumed into Russia.
"It would be reasonable for Russia to lay claim to Alaska; it was part of the Russian Empire for a long time." A framed satellite image of the Bering Strait that separates Alaska from Russia like a thread hangs from his office wall. "It's not there for no reason," he says with a sly grin.




Yeah, right. I guess I just have to laugh. I know I can't predict the future so I don't try very often. However, I simply can't imagine the governors of Texas and the other southern states, after some event that leaves the US government powerless, sitting down and deciding to ask Mexico to intervene on their behalf. Would Mexico invade Texas and Florida and Georgia? Would Arnold Schwarzenegger sit down with the governors of the other western states and say "Let's call China and see if they will act as our benevolent dictator."? Would China invade from across the Pacific? We may be in economic dire straits, but I don't see Professor Panarin's prediction coming true. What do you think?

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Back in 1978 or 79 I read a book called "The Nine Nations of North America". A group of newspaper editors re-drew the boundaries of all of North America based on how they saw news affecting various parts of the continent and how people's attitudes differed from place to place.

Los Angeles is the capitol of Mexamerica, an area that includes all of Central America, Mexico and most of the American Southwest with a dividing line just south of San Francisco. San Francisco is the capitol of what they call Ecotopia, a stretch of land that runs 200 miles inland from the coast all the way to Alaska. Denver is capitol of the Empty Quarter which extends all the way to the Arctic. I think Cleveland was the capitol of the Foundary and I can't remember the rest. I pretty much agree with their now 30 year old opinions about how things are shaking out...economically, not geo-politically. The whole arguement used to really piss off my mother who was a flag waving, red blooded, WASP American. I wonder what she would've thought of Barack?

Bill

Montana Barb said...

Well, if Montana goes to Canada, might not be too bad!

Montana Barb...

Anonymous said...

From the time I spent in Texas I would say it's more likely that Texas would INVADE Mexico before they would ever ask for an once of help!

Let's face it, the Russians have frequently had a "skewed" version of history!

I have faith in these United States (though the last few years have given me moments of doubt!).

All will be well...eventually...

Luke

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