Many of those on the Left can only dream of a world without America. Global government, collectives and UN-mandated rules are their political wet dream. Peter Brookes peeks into a World Without America. Would it truly a Liberal-Leftist Utopia?
The picture isn’t pretty. Absent U.S. leadership, diplomatic influence, military might, economic power and unprecedented generosity, life aboard planet earth would likely be pretty grim, indeed. Set aside the differences America made last century – just imagine a world where this country had vanished on Jan. 1, 2001.
On security, the United States is the global balance of power. While it’s not our preference, we are the world’s “cop on the beat,” providing critical stability in some of the planet’s toughest neighborhoods.
Without the U.S. “Globo-cop,” rivals India and Pakistan might well find cause to unleash the dogs of war in South Asia – undoubtedly leading to history’s first nuclear (weapons) exchange. Talk about Fourth of July fireworks . . .
In Afghanistan, al Qaeda would still be an honored guest, scheming over a global caliphate stretching from Spain to Indonesia. It wouldn’t be sending fighters to Iraq; instead, Osama’s gang would be fighting them tooth and nail from Saudi Arabia to “Eurabia.”
In Asia, China would be the “Middle Kingdom,” gobbling up democratic Taiwan and compelling pacifist Japan (reluctantly) to join the nuclear weapons club. The Koreas might fight another horrific war, resulting in millions of deaths.
A resurgent Russia, meanwhile, would be breathing down the neck of its “near abroad” neighbors. Forget the democratic revolutions in Ukraine and Georgia, Comrade! In Europe, they’d be taking orders from Paris or Berlin – if those rivals weren’t at each other’s throats again.
Weapons of mass destruction would be everywhere. North Korea would be brandishing a solid nuclear arsenal. Libya would not have given up its weapons, and Pakistan’s prodigious proliferator, A.Q. Khan, would still be going door to door, hawking his nuclear wares.
In 2005, Washington dispensed $28 billion in foreign aid, more than double the amount of the next highest donor (Japan), contributing nearly 26 percent of all official development assistance from the large industrialized countries.
Moreover, President Bush’s five-year $15 billion commitment under the Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief is the largest commitment by a single nation toward an international health initiative – ever – working in over 100 (mostly African) countries.
The fact is that no matter what anyone says: No country has given so much to so many so often – while asking for so little in return – for so little gratitude than this great country of ours. So Happy birthday, America! Stand tall and proud – you’ve earned it.
RELATED STORY – Blogger ally Fred (GayandRight) sends warm 4th wishes from our neighbor to the north. (We’ll be visiting beginning Thursday!)
Right now, the US is a major force for good. They have brought democracy to Afghanistan, and are trying to bring democracy to Iraq. While they have made many mistakes (and what country wouldn’t?), we must support what they are trying to do – put an end to terror.