Dartmouth Debate Institute – Serrano/StrangeSudarshan/Koneru
Heg – Brink Now
Hegemony is on the brink of collapse – unilateralism and ecological issues
Pakistan Daily 7-16-08
(Foreign scholars say US hegemony to give way soon,http://www.daily.pk/world/worldnews/84-worldnews/5722-foreign-scholars-say-us-hegemony-to-give-way-soon-.html)The four scholars were unanimous that the USA was on a destructive course after it had adopted the policy of an Americancentury, in 1997, and strategy of controlling politics and economics of other countries. However, each of the four speakers came tothe same conclusion: that the USA was bound to give way, soon. Dr Justin Podur, referring to the double standard in Americandealings, said it had militarily encircled the world with more than 700 air bases and had politicised international law in a selectiveway. 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 theecology of the world, the scholar said, and resources were getting depleted. He also mentioned that the world was facing a deficitof agriculture, through the degradation of soil capacity, as well as food, water, and oil. American scholar Robert Jensen's viewabout the USA was a more iconoclastic one. Referring to the generally held opinion that the USA had changed after the horrendous9/11 tragedy, he said in fact nothing had changed. "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, butthe 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 subtlemethods such as advertising, marketing and public relations. Referring to the keyword of labour and consumerism, the presenthallmark of the American society, he remarked "you work to consume more; that has become the reason for your living." Thiscould not go on for long, Jensen believed, and the solution is to return to spirituality in the conduct of men, adding that "the naturealways bats last." However, the Institute's director general, Dr Tanvir Ahmad Khan, believed in the infinite goodness of Americancitizens. 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 couldthink 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 thewisdom of ecology issues and also adopt the Tokyo treaty on climate change."
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