The other day as I entered the dog park I turned to a public radio interview with Professor Jacob Needleman. http://www.jacobneedleman.com/bio.htm
In this Independence Day interview on his book http://www.amazon.com/American-Soul-Red ... +needleman
, Needleman was asked: Does the world need the U.S.?,
to which he enthusiastically answered "yes". Unfortunately, the dogs then started to bark as they frolicked and I couldn't hear his reasons. I'll have to read the book. http://www.jacobneedleman.com/Books/americansoul.htm
Before you comment on the question consider: Assume that only the U.S. (all people and buildings) is completely destroyed by a nuclear explosion. Another nation becomes the world's only superpower.
What do you think?
Unfortunately, it was the US that taught all of humanity what it actually was to war as their "big bang, took and shook the world, shot down the rising sun," as "the pilot of 'Enola Gay' flying out of the shockwave on that august day, all the powers that be, and the course of history, would be changed forevermore..." such that the truth of mans waring, since the beginning of his time, finally came to be revealed for what it truly was. It finally could be seen as clear as day, what it was that was manifested in his psyche as the two super powers came head to head, they soon understood themselves at their very core through their realization of the possibility of their mutually assured destruction. And with this understanding was the fact that mans waring all along, had been a lesson in the futility of killing 'us' in the killing of 'them,' as his cowardice is revealed in the call for unilateral nuclear disarmament. I just wonder how much longer he shall continue to "limit" warring to conventional weapons, in the face of his cowardice, as he continually reveals his foolishness.
The point being that everyone is needed, as lessons in knowledge come from both failure and success. One just has to hope that the failures don't do us in before we can reap their reward.