Monday, December 29, 2008
Igor Panarin is a dean of the Russian Foreign Ministry's academy for future diplomats, a former KGB analyst, and a fortune teller. His powers are predicting an economic and moral fallout that will lead into a civil war and the destruction of the U.S.
Sounds like a comic book storyline, but he's gave this idea a lot of thought. Igor begins with the notion that wealthier states (I guess NY and CA) will strangle funds from the federal government and break away from the union. The poor gets mad and a civil war will arise. Then we split along color lines, and foreign powers will move in. Interesting.
Then it gets fun...
California will form the nucleus of what he calls "The Californian Republic," and will be part of China or under Chinese influence. Texas will be the heart of "The Texas Republic," a cluster of states that will go to Mexico or fall under Mexican influence. Washington, D.C., and New York will be part of an "Atlantic America" that may join the European Union. Canada will grab a group of Northern states Prof. Panarin calls "The Central North American Republic." Hawaii, he suggests, will be a protectorate of Japan or China, and Alaska will be subsumed into Russia."It would be reasonable for Russia to lay claim to Alaska; it was part of the Russian Empire for a long time." A framed satellite image of the Bering Strait that separates Alaska from Russia like a thread hangs from his office wall.
I guess Sarah Palin was on to something. She could become the Duchess of mess. So does this have any merit? I hope not, but we need to get on track soon. I couldn't imagine the South to be all European. Then again, that could be an improvement.