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Posted by greiner3 in General Discussion
Wed Jan 26th 2011, 09:26 AM
I've noticed despotic and Totalitarian leaders, once their rule has ceased, leaves behind a legacy of anarchy. Most of the time another despot comes to power but this is not always the case. Look at Ethiopia, Yugoslavia, Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan and others in recent history. The power prior to anarchy held sway over the populace in such a way as to keep order. I am in no way in approval of this but it is a fact of human nature this seems to be so.

Radical Islam seems to be a driving force of unrest mostly in the Middle East but also in other locals. On the other hand, America is a player in fostering unrest but its reach seems overextended. This seems to be a result of several memes; the CIA and other intelligence gathering ineptness, too many wars fought at the same time and its inability to effectively remove leaders that harm our interest. America's war on our Constitution seems to be an end result of the CIA's need to keep world unrest from unseating the status quo.

Before now it was the US in South and Central America that kept the despots in power and assassinated leaders who were considered threats to the direction the US wanted. Russia was also a large player in keeping its sphere of influence intact. Before that it was the Colonial European nations and before that each central power held sway over its own region and fostered unrest amongst its rivals so that a concerted offense might not be brought against the ruling class; see ' The Art of War.

It has only been a few decades since one power has had the opportunity to put together this global view and be able to make worldwide trouble. This will only continue until the world becomes Totalitarian or World War III happens. Maybe the latter happens right before the former; or maybe the other way around.

Biology taught me the concept of continued evolution between prey and predator. Consider the concept of antibiotics vs. bacteria or of a plant called Leafy Red Spurge. This is an invasive weed to farmers and it's only natural predator is a certain species of beetle. The beetle's main if not only food source it the Spurge so if it was not able to eat the Spurge it would most likely go extinct.

The Spurge develops toxins that the beetle is able to break down the toxins and is not harmed. The plant produces more toxins in succeeding generations so that the beetles becomes poisoned. The beetles on the other hand develops the ability to process more toxic levels in response and so staves off evolution. This is an escalation of evolution and has been happening for a long time, not just with these two species but in so many similar scenarios around the world.

There will come a time where either organism reaches a point where it can no longer beat the other. If the Spurge produces more toxins than the beetles can metabolize then the Spurge will grow and take choke out more agricultural crops than it already does. If the beetles can ultimately metabolizes more toxins than the beetles can produce then it will decimate the Spurge and food production will increase.

So goes it with the race of world powers. Can America develop it's intelligence at a rate that keeps pace, or keeps ahead, of those who want it's destruction, or will it lose steam and fall to the wasteland of other failed nations of history.


Edited for font size. A 12 point font was WAY too much!


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