One of my Twitter friends shared this Wall Street Journal article about the predictions of a Russian academic Igor Panarin. This Russian-U.S. relations expert believes that sometime next year there will be such dissension in our country that it will disintegrate.The article stated,
Mr. Panarin posits, in brief, that mass immigration, economic decline, and moral degradation will trigger a civil war next fall and the collapse of the dollar. Around the end of June 2010, or early July, he says, the U.S. will break into six pieces — with Alaska reverting to Russian control.
Panarin provides a map of his concept of the future:
My questions and thoughts … now remember, I’m not a historian or political scientist … I’m a pragmatist with moderate views.
- Is there enough dissension in the U.S. to warrant such a disintegration of our country? I know that Northern California has been talking for years about becoming it’s own state. I also know that Texas seems to think of itself as it’s own country. BUT this is a small minority – we are tightly bonded as Americans in this country … even with the influx of immigrants that is a pervasive attitude … why does Panarin think they come to this country?
- Would those in ‘power’ ever allow this to happen? How would this type of change serve current money-makers? I think Panarin underestimates this culture – even the economic issues of the past few months have not swayed the rich in this country from their belief in the power of capitalism.
- How many wars would it take to fulfill Panarin’s shifts? I think back to SNL’s Sarah Palin comments about shooing Russians out of Alaska … Wouldn’t Alaskans fight to remain in the U.S.? How about the west coast? I can’t imagine them rolling over to become part of communist China. How would those of us in the North-Central make the adjustment to the Canadian system of government – in many ways, that might be the easiest transition. Texas has already fought Mexico for their independence, there is no way they are going to return to that government control. Last, can you imagine the Old South sitting by and allowing Panarin’s division?
I can go on and on …
The bottom line for me is that Panarin’s ideas are grounded in his world-view. Although he is a reputed expert in Russian-U.S. relations, he has little understanding of the pride of U.S. citizens and the dedication to the American way of life … even with all its warts, I don’t want to live in any other country!
What this article demands of us is critical thinking. So what are your thoughts?