The Fall of Giants
We have gone past a point in America where we can turn this clock back. Many experts believe that the American century is over, and the next century most certainly won’t be a repeat. I believe that the evidence backs this up, both historically and in terms of current events. This doesn’t mean we will fall into the sea. It does mean that things will be different. A look at history should shed light on what may be to come.
When the empires of Babylon, Persia, Greece, Rome, Britain, and The Soviet Union fell they left differing decrees of chaos in their wake. The latter empires left lesser degrees of chaos, but their empires were also dovetailed with another stabilizing empire (in both cases the United States). The Romans were unique in that there was no other competing empire to really challenge their existence, similar to the situation that the United States faces today, although certainly the European Union (itself a powder keg) Russia, and nations like Canada and Australia are stabilizing.
The Roman empire didn’t just end. It fractured, as its fringes sought their own independence and regional power. The competing states model that followed drained the regional competing countries of all internal resources, as they invested in war and outside competition. Far more resources were expended in competing for resources than were ever gained by those resources. The result was what we know call the “Dark Ages.”
During this time, the one rising competing empire was the Muslim Caliphate leading to the Ottoman Empire. The rapid expansion of the Muslims into the carcass of the Roman Empire was almost without challenge. When Europe finally realized that they needed to respond, it led to the Church controlled Middle Ages, and ridiculous Church corruption and pollution by the world. It was hundreds of years before the Roman norms of indoor plumbing, rights for middle class, and secure resources where even imagined again.
As America loses its stature in the world, this does not have to echo the fall of the Roman Empire. The European Union could provide stability in the absence of America’s influence. Most other countries would likely lack the resources to be capable of this. However, Europe has its own massive battles to fight. Europe is in sharp decline, at least as the Europe that has existed for modern history. They are facing another Muslim invasion, but this time it’s a more peaceful one. Within 10 years several European countries will be majority Muslim, and almost all of Europe’s non-Muslim population in irreversible decline.
The religious issue in this regard is almost secondary. The Muslim populations in these countries are not melding into society as other immigrants do. They bring their own ideas of governance, Sharia law, etc. This will certainly lead to serious conflict, as can be evidenced already beginning in France over the last 5 years. Non-Muslim Europeans will either allow themselves to accept Dhimmi status under Muslim controlled governments, or they will rise up. These conflicts will make it difficult for Europe to be much of a stabilizing force for the world. -Ryan