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Where, now, is the great and mighty Pharonic kingdom of Egypt? An unstable republic with a junta fond of silent coups? That it is. Today’s China is, although still immensely powerful, very different from the ancient empire that held fast for thousands of years.
Indeed, the very countries that first took down that great empire now once again look pathetic and insignificant in the face of an entirely new China, enjoying, though in its infancy, the dawn of a golden age or – to use the Asimov term—cultural spurt.
Indeed, it is possible that such a brief revolution may happen to a Western nation. Even America, the world’s economic Titan, is beginning to show its cracks. The harsh “democracy” they (and many other Western countries, chiefly the UK) impose breeds resentment among many.
It seems at present that China deal with their problems in a rather mercantile way; they have so far preferred to buy huge stretches of land rather than send in an army to find the so-called “WMDs”. We shall see.
I do not for a moment expect that China will last for ever; again we shall have to see what happens. One nice trait of China is secularism. The USA is a very much religious-governed country and as it is a (generally) Christian government, military actions can sometimes be dangerously near holy sites.
Of course, when the USA was first created, it was meant to be a society where religion did not interfere with politics. The founding fathers were mostly deists (belief in a non-intervening god) and some possibly even atheists.
At any rate, someone will take over. Let us only hope that they take good care of us all.