[R-G] (Pakistan) Foreign scholars say US hegemony to give way soon
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Foreign scholars say US hegemony to give way soon
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Two foreign scholars, who participated in a public talk given at the
Institute of Strategic Studies, on Tuesday, agreed with the
proposition that current US policies were no longer sustainable, and
bound to give way, soon.
The two scholars, American Robert Jensen and Canadian Professor Justin
Podur read out a long charge sheet against American hegemonic
tendencies, and the trappings of an empire it had taken in recent
years, especially after the 9/11 tragedy. In their view the present
American policy was to control world resources but raised several
Two more Pakistani participants, former Additional Secretary Khalid
Mahmood, president of the meeting, as well as ISS director general, Dr
Tanvir Ahmad, also held similar views.
While speaking on "Multiple Crises of Empire", Texas University
Professor Robert Jensen raised the question of whether the USA would
also take the planet with it? During the talk Jenson also turned to
Pakistan audience and asked "whether they would continue to
collaborate with the empire".
The four scholars were unanimous that the USA was on a destructive
course after it had adopted the policy of an American century, in
1997, and strategy of controlling politics and economics of other
countries. However, each of the four speakers came to the same
conclusion: that the USA was bound to give way, soon.
Dr Justin Podur, referring to the double standard in American
dealings, said it had militarily encircled the world with more than
700 air bases and had politicised international law in a selective
way. Arguing that technology would not solve the problems, the
Canadian scholar also contended that the US was bad samaritan, and its
multinational corporations had politicised nature.
These companies were engaged in a system of plunder, and destroying
the ecology of the world, the scholar said, and resources were getting
depleted. He also mentioned that the world was facing a deficit of
agriculture, through the degradation of soil capacity, as well as
food, water, and oil.
American scholar Robert Jensen's view about the USA was a more
iconoclastic one. Referring to the generally held opinion that the USA
had changed after the horrendous 9/11 tragedy, he said in fact nothing
"The USA was always a unilateral country, it attacked Vietnam in
violation of international law, and constitutional rights of citizen
had been curbed after 9/11 and there was a spurt of repression. One
could not be republican in character and rule an empire at the same
time, " he added.
Jenson agreed that the USA was an affluent country, but the affluence
has made American citizens "stupid". Holding the American media
responsible for a moral decay in the pursuit of public policies, the
media has given the American government unparalleled control over the
thinking of the people, through subtle methods such as advertising,
marketing and public relations.
Referring to the keyword of labour and consumerism, the present
hallmark of the American society, he remarked "you work to consume
more; that has become the reason for your living." This could not go
on for long, Jensen believed, and the solution is to return to
spirituality in the conduct of men, adding that "the nature always
However, the Institute's director general, Dr Tanvir Ahmad Khan,
believed in the infinite goodness of American citizens. He spoke of
insurgencies already afoot against the current America policies. "We
can see this in the rank anti-Americanism prevalent through out the
world although the country exercised influence over each one of them."
No country could think of concluding a long-term relationship with it.
"The countries were never sure when it would leave them in the lurch."
Dr Tanvir Ahmad was confident that a sentiment of multi-polar world is
emerging, and, that "ultimately the USA would see the wisdom of
ecology issues and also adopt the Tokyo treaty on climate change."
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