Keir A. Lieber and Daryl G. Press have published an interesting article in Foreign Affairs, The Rise of U.S. Nuclear Primacy. Basically they are arguing that since the demise of the Soviet Union the USA has gained nuclear primacy and will continue having it for some time to come as well. Nucear primacy describes the ability to strike at another country (China, Russia...) without having to fear destruction in retribution. The US does have that ability right now simply because they would be able to take out most (if not all) nuclear capabilities of these two possible antagonists. There is no country in the world right now that has a second strike option the way the Soviet Union did. The authors further argue, that the US is intentionally expanding their lead in this matter in order to preserve this primacy. I am not sure what to make of this, it definitly seems to make sense to me though, since the US does have to realize that it will not be possible for it to dominate world politics much longer on the basis of economic power or army forces since other countries (China!) will overtake them. Just some food for thought.
If your knowledge of the bible is somewhat lacking maybe you have a look at this site. Somebody seems to have had a lot of time on his/her hands.
The title of today's entry is in tribute to a video a group of German anarchists produced. Apparently Ten German Bombers is sung by British football fans a lot, but the FA (Football Association in Britain) is trying to stop them from doing so at the world cup here as well. I guess, as a kind of tribute to anti-fascist forces and the anti-German sentiments of left-wings, this group produced the song with a techno beat (the music is horrible I admit it). Brings me back to my days of hating on the German national team, I used to watch them and cheer for whoever they playing against, somehow that lost all of its fun since they actually do lose all the time. Rooting for a sucky team to lose just doesn't do much for one, kind of sad really. In this sense:
2 World Wars and 1 World Cup
Abschließend für alle meine deutschsprachigen Leser, versucht Euch mal an diesem Test. Ich hatte 39 von 41 (muß aber zugeben, daß die Zeitungen vorher einfach schon viel Informationen über den Test bereithielten und meine Daten dadurch nach oben verfälscht wurden), würde mich mal interessieren was Ihr da so kriegt. Keine Angst leite die Daten an niemanden weiter, Ihr werdet nicht ausgebürgert.