Bismillah Ar-Rahman Ar-Raheem
I wanted to share an article that a good friend of mine sent me. He is a future professional soccer player for the Pakistan national team and will enter the blogsphere soon as well (according to me at least).
With all of the chaos that is surrounding us in the international political scene, the future role as to whether the US will continue to act as the sole superpower on this planet remains to be seen. The NY Times journal/article Waving Goodbye to Hegemony goes into detail about the author’s insights as to what issues several nations will be facing in the near future. Many predict, including myself, that the current Bush administration’s international policies ruled by the laws of despotism, imperialism, and hegemony are in actuality setting the stage for a spiraling downfall of the US dominance in almost all global affairs it currently has its hands on. I think John Stewart of the Daily Show put it best by saying Bush is using the ‘retardative property’ to try to run the global show. We can already see the inklings of this decline through the dwindling value of the US dollar, major recession fears throughout the country, increasing opposition towards the US by those that were considered strong allies, even stronger opposition by those that weren’t allies in the first place, an obvious massive failure in Iraq and Afghanistan, and the list goes on and on.
Several other key players and emerging powers are capitalizing on the blunders and idiocies that are leading the US international policies. China, Brazil, the collective European Union, and India are the most notably recognized through their economic and geopolitical advances. These countries are also no doubt in the business of oil. We know how much oil plays a role in ‘liberating’ countries from the evils of…well I guess just having oil. The effects of oil control will obviously be inseparable from foreign ‘liberations’ and enhancements of ‘democratic values’ within the coming decades with oil supplies being a steadily decreasing non-renewable resource and increasingly difficult to steal…I mean locate. You know, kinda like wind power. I was at a standup comedy show by John Oliver (the British correspondent on the Daily Show) last week and he made a great point that we can’t think about alternative energy sources like wind power because if we create a plethora of wind farms, there won’t be any wind left in 40-50 years. Do we really want our children to live in a world without wind? How will they fly kites? The answer…use more oil of course! That’s exactly what our friends in the White House want, and who wouldn’t want to save our kids from windless afternoons to run around and have fun in?
Ok back to the subject. What I find the most interesting is predicting the role that several “Muslim” nations will play in the coming future. I would say the affairs of Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Pakistan, Iran, Palestine, Syria, and Malaysia are of the most interest to most of us right now. My personal interest goes much deeper than just the political, economic, military, and ‘radicalization’ of Muslim youth issues in these nations that are flying around the news. I want to know what the state of the Ummah will be. I want to know how many of us will be putting global unity and brotherhood as a priority. Will a larger percentage of Muslims be praying five times a day, or on the flip side, will we abandon the Quran and Sunnah? Will we have a generation of Imam Abu Hanifa’s, Imam Malik’s, Imam Shafi’s, and Imam Hanbali’s who were extremely successful in both deen and dunya, or will they be a bunch of ‘umm…yea…I can’t make Jummah this week cuz…well…my girlfriend is coming into town and…like we are gonna check out the new Ocean’s 17 movie’. (btw, I liked Ocean’s 11/12/13 so I’m not hating on the actual movie). The other externalities of the world that we are so concerned about will only be solved if we get this down first and the rest of the pieces will fall into place after.
The article mentioned how a sign of the US losing its grip on the power it so loves was Jay-Z drowning in 500 euro notes in a recent video instead of $100 Benjamin’s. I don’t blame Jay-Z, and think he has a lot of foresight to send that kind of message. In terms of the rest of the world and what they are thinking about as a response to the US international agenda, let me quote Jay-Z as to what they probably want to tell the guys in the White House:
I’m not a businessman,
I’m a business, Man
Let me handle my business, damn