At the end of WWII, the US emerged in a position to dominate the world. This was described at the time as the beginning of the "America Century." In the face of China’s peaceful rise and now the rise of the Global South, US domination of the globe is fading. In response the US is driving the world to a repeat of WWII – despite the risk of nuclear Armageddon. The goal is to leave all other major powers devastated, with the US once again emerging relatively unscathed and standing alone as global hegemon, the same as the outcome of WWII.
Hence, Walsh denoted the present period as "WWII Redux" in a prescient article for Asia Times written just days before the US proxy war against Russia in Ukraine intensified in February, 2022. Here he discusses that article and also events, some expected and some unexpected, since his article appeared.
John V. Walsh is a retired Professor of Physiology and Neuroscience at the University of Massachusetts Chan Medical School. He has written on issues of peace and health care for the San Francisco Chronicle, East BayTimes, San Jose Mercury News, Asia Times, LA Progressive, Antiwar.com, CounterPunch and others. He is a member of the VFP China Working Group.