HOW EMPIRES DIE
By Alan Caruba
It’s always a good idea to review one’s assumptions about the world in which one lives, such as the current politically correct view that Islam is “a religion of peace” and that the barbarity of Al-Qa'ida, the Taliban, and other Arab groups is an anomaly, the result of their incorrect interpretation of the Koran. Their interpretation, however, is quite accurate, and the Koran is a call to arms and battle plan for the conquest of the world.
From America’s earliest years, it has had to deal with marauding Arabs, and, in modern times, we have put our troops in harm’s way in the Middle East in Beirut in the 1980s and to drive Iraq out of Kuwait in August, 1990.
Following the 9-11 Islamist terror attack on the U.S.A., we returned to the Islamic Middle East in 2001 to drive Al-Qa'ida and the Taliban out of Afghanistan. Al-Qa'ida and the Taliban left Afghanistsn and took refuge in the frontier provinces of Pakistan and have since returned to the killing fields of our choosing, if killing one’s sworn enemies can be called a choice.
On March 20, 2003, the Second Gulf War was launched against Iraq, and we are now beginning to withdraw troops from Iraq’s cities. A large contingent of U.S. military will remain in Iraq. At the same time, there has been a buildup of troops in Afghanistan. Historically, no empire has ever successfully conquered or subdued the Afghani tribes, and, in modern times, the most recent effort brought about the collapse of the Soviet Union.
It is generally agreed that the real threat to Mideast stability is Iran and that the shakiest nation in the region is Pakistan.
History teaches us that the Emperors of the Roman Empire had to make choices about where they, too, would place their troops throughout the vast expanse under their control. That Empire surrounded the Mediterranean Sea, which the Romans called "Mare Nostrum" ("our sea").
At the end of his book, Kelly asks:
Kelly goes on to say: "These are issues of enduring importance."
When an empire gets too large for its military and financial resources to maintain, it becomes highly vulnerable. An empire, too, depends on its alliances. When they go bad, the empire — any empire — is in trouble.
The Roman Empire fell for many reasons, but chief among them was the relentless arithmetic of demography, the movement of populations of people.
The Romans regarded the Goths and Vandals as “barbarians,” but the Goth tribes were people who were just as challenged by the Huns as the Romans, and they were on the move to find more land for their growing population. In doing so, they crossed the Danube to trespass on Roman lands in France, in Spain, and down into Northern Africa.
“The Huns appear more brutal precisely because they had no known motive for their raids beyond the acquisition of booty and captives.”
Here’s where the similarities between America and the ancient Romans get really interesting. At the same time the American nation engages Islamic terrorism, our national sovereignty — the integrity of our borders — is being challenged as, not just thousands, but millions, of illegal aliens have invaded America to take up residence among us. This repeats the pattern that brought down the Roman Empire.
Having forsaken universal conscription, the U.S.A. depends on an all-voluntary military to project our power. The Romans, toward the end, often allied with the Goths to fight the Huns and, on occasion, allied with the Huns as well. With the exception of the British, Canadians and Australians, our military allies are mostly for show.
Not only is our financial stability at risk, but, since the 1960s, the level of decadence in our society has risen, reflected in popular culture and the media. Our primary and secondary educational system has become an abject failure.
Recently, while in Russia, U.S. President Barack Obama said, “The future does not belong to those who gather armies on a field of battle or bury missiles in the ground.”
This ignores the entire history of civilization. It is criminally naïve. The future, just as in the past, will belong to whoever has the greatest military with the financial power and the willingness to use it.
Ronald Reagan said:
And as John Adams warned,
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Alan Caruba is a veteran business, science and political writer, a Public Relations Counselor, and Founder of the National Anxiety Center, a clearinghouse for information about media-driven scare campaigns. Caruba writes a weekly commentary, "Warning Signs," posted on the Internet website of the National Anxiety Center, which is located at www.anxietycenter.com.
Caruba has a daily blog at http://factsnotfantasy.blogspot.com.
Caruba’s most recent book, Right Answers: Separating Fact from Fantasy, has been published by Merril Press. Books previously authored by Caruba include A Pocket Guide to Militant Islam, The United Nations Versus the United States: The UN's Plan to Control Planet Earth, and America: A Nation Without Borders -- A Pocket Guide to Immigration Issues.
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