Yet Another Professor Predicts End of America
Running today in the WSJ is a story featuring the views of one Professor Igor Panarin, formerly of the Russian KGB, and now dean of the Russian Foreign Ministry's academy for future diplomats. He's been saying for 10-years now that in 2010 the U.S. will disintegrate into six regions. His predictions are based on classified KGB data.
As if Things Weren't Bad Enough, Russian Professor Predicts End of U.S.
In Moscow Igor Panarin's Forecasts Are All the Rage; America 'Disintegrates' in 2010
MOSCOW -- For a decade, Russian academic Igor Panarin 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.
In recent weeks, he's been interviewed as much as twice a day about his predictions. "It's a record," says Prof. Panarin. "But I think the attention is going to grow even stronger."
Prof. Panarin, 50 years old, is not a fringe figure. A former KGB analyst, he is dean of the Russian Foreign Ministry's academy for future diplomats. He is invited to Kremlin receptions, lectures students, publishes books, and appears in the media as an expert on U.S.-Russia relations.
But it's his bleak forecast for the U.S. that is music to the ears of the Kremlin, which in recent years has blamed Washington for everything from instability in the Middle East to the global financial crisis. Mr. Panarin's views also fit neatly with the Kremlin's narrative that Russia is returning to its rightful place on the world stage after the weakness of the 1990s, when many feared that the country would go economically and politically bankrupt and break into separate territories.
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.
Mr. Panarin posits, in brief, that mass immigration, economic decline, and moral degradation will trigger a civil war next fall and the collapse of the dollar. Around the end of June 2010, or early July, he says, the U.S. will break into six pieces -- with Alaska reverting to Russian control.
Prof. Panarin certainly has not been the first to make such dire predictions about the U.S. For example, Andrew Hacker, currently Professor Emeritus in the Department of Political Science at Queens College in New York published in 1968 a most insightful book entitled, The End of the American Era, which predicts the end of American world preemminence mainly because American culture had glorified the individual self to the point where community had been inevetably destroyed.
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