Dec 29, 2008
Interesting, because I know a "scholar" that predicts Russia will be a failed state in 2010. :)
Wall Street Journal: For a decade, Russian academic Igor Panarin (above) has been predicting the U.S. will fall apart in 2010. For most of that time, he admits, few took his argument -- that an economic and moral collapse will trigger a civil war and the eventual breakup of the U.S. -- very seriously. Now he's found an eager audience: Russian state media.
A polite and cheerful man with a buzz cut, Mr. Panarin insists he does not dislike Americans. But he warns that the outlook for them is dire.
"There's a 55-45% chance right now that disintegration will occur," he says. "One could rejoice in that process," he adds, poker-faced. "But if we're talking reasonably, it's not the best scenario -- for Russia." Though Russia would become more powerful on the global stage, he says, its economy would suffer because it currently depends heavily on the dollar and on trade with the U.S.
Well, if Dr. Panarin is right, I'd say Obama has his work cut out for him and the world is counting on him. No pressure.
Edit: Sorry, forgot to mention. Panarin thinks the US will split in the following way...the West Coast, Idaho, Nevada and Arizona will go to China. Hawaii will either go to Japan or China. The south (including Mississippi and Alabama) will go to Mexico. The East Coast (above S. Carolina), Tennessee, Kentucky, W. Virginia, and Pennsylvania will join the EU, and the mid west will go to Canada. Oh and most importantly....
RUSSIA TAKES BACK ALASKA!