So here goes! Ignore Libya and focus on Japan. When one of the world’s largest and wealthiest democracies is in trouble that is where the US needs to focus its foreign relations.
Japan is in deep trouble. It economy and culture are threatened by the current catastrophic events. The issues of the earthquake and tsunami damage are dramatic and overwhelming. The long term bet by Japan on nuclear power looks like a loser. And I firmly believe the nuclear power option may well save the world from choking to death of fossil fuels.
It now looks like two to five years for Japan to recover from the natural events. It looks like one or two decades to recover from the man-made events.
And Angela Merkel’s bet to extend the life of Germany’s nuclear power plants to 2036 has resulted in a huge defeat in Baden-Wurtenburg by-election and her long term political position. I am predicting that a huge shift in German politics is about to occur with a distinct rightwards shift. Perhaps in Japan also.
These two countries are potentially very dynamic in their policies and foreign relations but have labored under the inkstain of WWII for 75 years. That is about to change IMO.
And in this country it is clear that the forthcoming government shut down will be labeled a win for the right unless somehow it ends up with arousing the fury of those in the USA who understand the implications for the USA and the world of a totally incompetent political leadership in both major parties and a dynamic being set free that has not been seen before in the USA. It is my belief that authoritarian politicians are on the rise world wide as events seem to spin out of control.
We could see the first Flag Rank retired officer on either parties ticket in the USA for the first time since Eisenhower unless you count Ross Perot’s selection of an Admiral as running mate.
The people are looking for answers and distrust science and technology. The long battle between faith and reason looks to me like another round going to faith! A new dark age?