by Bodwyn Wook
NO One denies that the United States these days are not in the best of condition, neither as to morals or money, nor morale. Accordingly, Russian Professor Igor Panarin has been running around in the World now for ten years or so; predicting the imminent collapse of the federal union; and, waving a perfectly ridiculous map about, to prove it:
(Wall Street Journal copyright 2008 )
EX-KGB type Panarin is the ex-Soviet equivalent of a born-again post-modern Putinist Russian neo-conservative. He is a nationalistic hack like Mr. Cheney; but, he has a streak of pawky humour about it, too. This is evinced by the map Professor Panarin has produced out of the old witch Baba Yaga’s mortar, professing to demonstrate the pending break-up of the United States. Various chunks are going to devolve: to Mexico, to Canada; and, even possibly to China, climbing up onto the California foreshore. The symmetry of Professor Panarin’s thesis is re-inforced by the same map; which ultimately also reveals the clear element in it, of a send-up and a satire: it is probably as much as anything else, an in-joke on such characters as Professor Huntington, messrs Perle and Kristol and all the rest of our out-at-elbows neo-conservative Useful Idiots.
WELL. If these United States do fall to pieces, they most certainly are not going to fracture cleanly along the borders of the individual states! In a nutshell, it is (as well as the product of resentful Kremlin thinking, in some quarters at least) a practical joke: to squirm the Obamites; and, to reassure the discountenanced pro-Israeli NeoCons: “Da…we know what it is like!”
[Bodwyn Wook all rights reserved 1 January 2009]