forwarded by a friend.
the decline of the us is a fact. i suspect the analogy with the boer war is a little strained. i am not surprised to hear that the british (the oh-so-civilized ones, according to their own propaganda) were into concentration camps and exceptional brutality in the boer war; they were so in other campaigns. right bloody-minded, they are (as also demonstrated by their national symbol, the football hooligan).
the casual equation of india-china with germany-united states as rising powers now and then is appealing. quite amazing that in the span of a couple of years, india-china hyphenation has become the norm, as opposed to the india-pakistan hyphenation. in all fairness, i suspect jaswant singh had a lot to do with it, and pv narasimha rao.
i have no problem with the india-china hyphenation, that is the right perspective for us, as our competition is only the us and china. as a fringe benefit, it vexes the chinese no end :-) as it deflates the 'south asia' playpen into which they want to corral india. (that reminds me of a stephen cohen gem: "india is trying to be the preeminent power in south asia". dear stephen, india already *is* the preeminent power in south asia, while you were no doubt sleeping off the effects of too much pakistani-supplied champagne. india should now be trying to be the preeminent power in the indian ocean, and later, in asia.)
india's national goal and obsession should be "beat china". like canon used to have the strategic intent of "beat xerox". india can do it, if india puts its mind to it. of course, india's 'leaders' are too busy with sycophancy and feathering their own nests.
why on earth has india been cursed with positively the very worst politicians in the world? the assholes in other countries are at least patriotic assholes who have the national interest in mind.