It was one thing to contain the Soviet Union in Europe because Britain, France, and Germany were all willing to join in. But will Japan and other Asian countries be willing to join in the containment of China?
Finally, in my critique of the immigration image of America, it is also important to know that we’re not only a nation of immigrants, but we are in some part a nation of emigrants, which often gets neglected.
Our relationship with Mexico in this regard is unique for us, and in many respects unique in the world.
And the big question for the West, of course, and to the Europeans is, what other countries, which were formerly part of the Soviet bloc, should be incorporated into western institutions?
They weren’t immigrating to some existing society; indeed, they often did whatever they could do to destroy whatever existed here in the way of Indian society.
We really only came around to accepting and integrating the propositional dimension of identity into a concept of ourselves at the time of the American Revolution.
It will take a long time, and certainly the West will remain the dominant civilization well into the next century, but the decline is occurring.
In 1920, the West ruled huge amounts of the world.
The great problem there is we have to have the cooperation of those other Asian countries.
We also thought of ourselves in racial and largely ethnic terms.