Yesterday I wrote that the key divide in this country is between those who do not believe we are at war, or if they credit our enemies with waging war on us, do not believe that it is a war we can lose, versus those of us who do, indeed, think we are at war and have a non-trivial risk of losing. I thought it might be useful to suggest a possible future-history scenario in which we lose WWIV.
Before describing the scenario, however, it is necessary to define what it would mean to lose this war. I would define losing WWIV as the world turning away from open inquiry and individual freedoms, toward totalitarianism, with attendant stagnation of technological development, and the reversal of the trends toward liberal democracy and market economies. Included would be a diminution of the world's wealth and increases in impoverishment and all the other ills that mankind is heir to. With America removed from the role as world's policeman, more and more of the world will come to resemble the dysfunctional states of the Muslim world; failed states will become the rule rather than the exception, with large parts of the world returning to a Hobbesian condition, with brutal war lords and totalitarian Islamic fascists dividing the spoils. The chaotic resiliency of the West and the forward movement of history will reverse, as the West slides into decadence or worse. That is what losing this war means, even beyond the individual deaths from emboldened tyrants.
First, in the interest of clarity, I am not a proponent of multi-culturism; I believe that some cultures are better than others.