Korea, crisis and why US is NOT like Rome…

Stellar Avenger successful ballistic missile defense intercept.

The US and South Korea have begun annual military drills amid high tensions with North Korea in the wake of a UN sanctions vote. The US-South Korea joint drills, which are known as “Key Resolve”, last two weeks and involve more than 13,000 troops. Another joint exercise, known as Foal Eagle, has been under way since the beginning of March. Both exercises take place every year, usually prompting strong rhetoric from the North. [1]

USA is the worlds superpower. As Rome once was. With some key differences: US does not wish to install a “Pax Americana” as Roman did. US is not trying to build relations with the nations it destroys, like Rome did. US just goes in a place, bombs the hell out of it and then – after some years – goes away. Rome on the other hand tried to develop the cities it conquered, tried to pass on their civilization to the barbarians. They tried to educate them. And that – even though right and proper – was their demise.

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Rome was based on might and civilization. US is based on might only. It seems that this is what the world needs. Your enemy will not understand you trying to make him better. He will attack you as soon as you lower your guard. This is what Rome did with Hadrian (Ανδριανός). And as soon as some legions were dispatched to deal with the Iran issue, German races almost immediately attacked the weakened spots in the borderline.

So a great dilemma arises…

Should the superpower try to dissipate knowledge to all other nations? Or should it keep secrets and technology to itself and rule with an iron fist?

The worst and – at the same time – the correct answer is the first…

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