How did we get here with Iran? The story goes back much further than many would believe but puts today’s events in a much more clear view. Iran knows that disliking America has been a sport since it became a superpower after WWII and keeps score through manipulation of perception, such as the recently downed passenger jetliner. From David and Goliath perceptions when the US beat the British Empire to the US’ becoming a Goliath, and from a secular Iran to an Islamist state the relationship between the two countries has evolved.
In Part I of this article, we covered a review of economic-related data for four centers of power for the past decade. In Part II, we cover changes to military power, political orientations, and backward progress for gender equality.
In the contest for global supremacy, China gains, western nations maintain with the US in the lead, Russia’s military-first strategy conceals decline, and disunited Islamic nations can’t compete. Part 1.