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The Times - United Kingdom | Thursday, August 15, 2013

There is no longer a global policeman

The crisis in Egypt is further proof that the US has lost its role as the world's policeman, John O'Sullivan comments in the conservative daily The Times: "In the 25 years since the fall of the Berlin Wall the world has gone from a duocracy to a monocracy to a nullocracy. The result is that states and non-state actors that have unsatisfied grievances and ambitions - some, I'm sorry to say, 'bad guys' - feel free to pursue them without taking Washington's likely response into account. Hence Iran's pursuit of its nuclear ambitions threatening instability and nuclear proliferation throughout the Middle East, Russia's and China's flouting of Washington's request for the extradition of Edward Snowden, Venezuela's support for narco-terrorists, and the Syrian civil war that has drawn in combatants from Iran to the Gulf."

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