Well, it seems like we’ve covered a number of bases in the “Could the US invade the world”/“Could the world invade the US” threads. ButI think this one worthy of some discussion:
Consider for a moment that a year from now, the UN decides that the unilateral American military action in Iraq was a bad thing, and that GWB et al are power-mad despots rather than the last, best hope for world freedom.
So the UN passes Resolution 1999, which imposes econimic sanctions against the US until the US dismantles its weapons of mass destruction and/or pulls its troops out of Iraq, Afghanistan, the UK (at least north of Watford) and various other places.
Then what? I know that many here feel the UN to be a toothless old dog that should be put to sleep, while others still think that having the world leaders sit round a table talking rather than fighting is a good thing. And still others think that as the world’s one remaining superpower, the US can do what it wants.
What effect would economic sanctions have on the US?
Do you think that the people of the US would rise up to overthrow the aforementioned despotic government (or at least vote them out at the first opportunity – ballots are so much nicer than bullets)?
Or do you think the US would retreat into isolationism?
Or do you think that the US would use military might and/or strong diplomacy to set up a “new and improved United Nations”?
Or would everyone just ignore them?