US Army personnel sent by order of President George W. Bush to Los Angeles to quell a riot
Having defeated the USSR, America itself almost collapsed. The struggle came at a very high cost to the West. The United States was on the brink of collapse.
USA on fire
In 1992, a rehearsal of the Civil War was held in the United States, which becomes a reality in 2020-2021. Los Angeles was on fire. The city was covered with smoke of fires. Thousands of burnt buildings, structures and cars blazed and smoked. Shots rang out in the streets. Passenger planes did not dare to land in the huge metropolis because of the thick smoke and shots from the ground. The rioters, many of whom were drug addicts, fired in all directions. The looters staged pogroms and robbed supermarkets. Many exported goods by cars. They were slaughtered with household appliances and electronics, food and perfumery, spare parts, tools and weapons... Gangs of blacks and Latinos engaged in shootouts with shopkeepers who tried to protect their property.
The police retreated under the onslaught of huge gangs and practically did not intervene. There were calls in the streets for a colored uprising against white domination. This is not a fantasy novel, but the events of late April - early May 1992. In fact, the study of the 2020 scenario, but at the local level.
The riot began on April 29, when the court acquitted four police officers who beat a black man. Rodney King was driving while intoxicated, exceeded the speed limit and tried to hide from the police (drunk driving would have aggravated his situation, since he was recently released on parole for robbery), resisted arrest.
This provoked a spontaneous uprising. Thousands of African Americans and Hispanics poured into the streets. They began to hit shop windows and windows, and burn cars. Within a few hours, there was hell on the streets. The rebels set fire to government buildings. Stores followed. Negroes, Latin quarters of South and Central Los Angeles rebelled. The authorities kept the eastern part of the city. What was happening was like a civil war. Hundreds of rebels tried to storm the police headquarters. Most of the electricity in the city was cut off. Moreover, the events took place in one of the world's largest entertainment, cultural, scientific, economic and educational centers. In the "entertainment capital" of the United States, a stone's throw from Hollywood and the elite Beverly Hills. On April 30, riots broke out in San Francisco. About a hundred shops were ransacked in the center. The affluent Nob Hill area and some expensive hotels suffered. Huge traffic jams have formed on the largest roads.
Only on May 2 did the authorities decide on tough measures. US President George W. Bush ordered to send troops into the city. Thousands of mobilized police officers from various departments, about a thousand FBI officers, and about 10 thousand national guardsmen were brought into the city. They were supported by the army and marines with armored vehicles and helicopters. Punishers opened fire at any resistance. Dozens of people died, more than 2 thousand were injured, more than 12 thousand people were arrested (mostly blacks and Latinos). The total damage from the riots was estimated at over $ 1 billion.
The resonance from the Los Angeles uprising was great. But in America they tried to forget these events. After all, it happened right after the collapse of the USSR, when the United States was hailed as a superpower, and the American economy was hailed as the most efficient in the world. In fact, it turned out that America was struck by a severe systemic socio-economic crisis. And internal tension at any moment could lead to a bloody civil war. It turned out that in the United States there are millions of beggars and disadvantaged, disaffected and representatives of racial and national-religious minorities, ready for a large-scale rebellion. Having defeated the USSR, America itself almost collapsed. The struggle came at a very high cost to the West. The United States was on the brink of collapse.
Retreat of the West
It is worth remembering that the crisis in the United States did not begin in the late 1980s and early 1990s, but much earlier. In 1975, the Americans suffered a severe mental defeat in Vietnam, hitting the psyche. The US military has been plagued by depression, alcoholism and drug addiction. Discipline in the troops collapsed. The officers were afraid to enter the barracks.
The West was tormented by an energy crisis. In 1975, the West signed an agreement with the USSR in Helsinki, recognizing the USSR's victory in World War II and the Russian sphere of influence in Europe. This was the peak of the political power of the Soviet Union. In fact, Moscow took over in the classic phase of the Cold War (World War III). The arms race has given the West nothing. The Russians easily parried Western technology and advances with nuclear missile power and cheaper asymmetric responses. The USSR made weapons much cheaper than in the West, ruining the enemy. A split in NATO has emerged. Europeans began to disdain America, they were irritated by the dominance of the Americans.
From the point of view of morality and intellect, the Soviet man of the 60-70s was much higher than the Western one. The Soviet school was the best in the world. Schools, technical schools, institutes and universities provided excellent personnel. Science continued to create technologies and projects that could make the Union a space superpower, ahead of the whole world for decades (or even a century). The West quickly degraded on the wave of hippies, the sexual revolution and the rapid spread of drug addiction (sex, drugs, and rock and roll).
America was really losing ground. Her public mercilessly vilified the armed forces and special services during the Vietnam War. Society has split. Pacifists and hippies demanded peace and freedom. The dollar was subject to inflation. Analysts then believed that the "dollar bubble" would soon burst. The national debt grew rapidly. The economy was in decline. In 1975-1981. the Americans did not make a single manned flight against the background of the vigorous activity of the USSR in space. The American press and intellectuals talked about convergence: they say, America is increasingly copying the methods of the USSR, and vice versa. Washington released one country after another from its sphere of influence: Vietnam, Laos, Ethiopia, Iran. And this happened under the elderly Brezhnev, who did not even think about confrontation with the United States. The Americans feared that a change of leadership might take place in Moscow and that the young and determined Soviet leaders would lead a decisive offensive.
At meetings in Congress in early 1981, former NATO Supreme Commander in Europe, Alexander Haig, who claims to be the US Secretary of State (analogous to our foreign minister), noted that the Soviet Union was entering a new era of its expansion. They say that the Soviet military power is being transformed from a predominantly land-based into a global offensive. The USSR received an army, navy and air force capable of supporting Moscow's imperial foreign policy. The fight against Soviet imperialism, according to Haig, will be the greatest test for the United States. He also feared that young and energetic leaders would replace the decrepit Soviet leaders of the 1900s. The generation formed during the Cold War.
Every night I pray that Brezhnev will stay alive and well ... at least until we catch up with the Soviet Union. Because if he unexpectedly leaves his post, then someone young will come, waiting behind the scenes. They never knew war; for them Stalingrad is the name of a movie. They never knew the poverty that the world experienced during the Great Depression. They have a very expansionist attitude, and the longer they wait for their turn, the better for us.
America is on the brink of disaster
At the end of the 1970s, the American military-political leadership realized: either the United States would overthrow and plunder the USSR, or America and the West would fall into a new, severe crisis (the crisis of capitalism), from which one could never get out. In fact, the United States faced no less tough challenge and crisis than it did in the 30s. Then the United States stood on the verge of destruction and civil war and was saved by unleashing World War II and emerging victorious from it, dumping almost all competitors (defeat and occupation of Germany and Japan, control over western Europe, weakening of the British Empire).
A similar situation developed by the end of the 70s. However, the problem was that it was impossible to start a traditional war. Russia possessed nuclear missile power capable of crushing the United States and armed forces that could take control of Western Europe, North Africa, the Middle East, and the countries of Central and South Asia.
The US needed to win the arms race and remove the military burden (including NATO) from its economy. Solve the problem of a systemic crisis at the expense of the enemy. Extend the dollar system to the countries of Eastern Europe, to Soviet civilization and the entire socialist camp. Capture huge treasures of Russia's natural resources. Plunder the accumulated strategic resources of the Russians, gain access to their technologies, property and labor (including "brains"). Otherwise, the end of the dollar, and the United States and the entire West in its present form.
From this moment, Washington entered a new phase of the third world "cold" war. The US was able to carry out a new mobilization of the West and its allies (including the Arab monarchies led by the Saudis). The military-technical potential of the United States was strengthened by the technological, economic and financial power of the US protectorates: Japan and Germany. The West threw all the resources of the oil monarchies against Russia, created the project "Islam against the Russians" (the war in Afghanistan, etc.). Washington skillfully pits Moscow and Beijing against each other. In the States themselves, a new elite comes to power: a fusion of the southern and western parts of the American elite (the political class from the east Atlantic coast is losing its former influence), closely connected with the military-industrial complex (MIC), TNCs and TNBs, global financial capital and special services.
But the main stake was placed on the disintegration of the Soviet elite. Fortunately, the USSR at this time also entered an acute systemic crisis. The crisis caused by the inertia of the development of the Soviet civilization, which was still striving "for the stars", and the growing psychological lag of the nomenklatura, not ready to go into the future. After Stalin's death, the Soviet elite refused to create the civilization of the future. Stagnation began, followed by decay. As a result, part of the Soviet elite first recognized the convergence (rapprochement) with the West, and then turned out to be ready to betray the Union and the people, just to preserve power, personal and group consumption, to get their hands on property and capital. That is, to become part of the global (Western) elite.
At the same time, there was nothing irreparable in the situation of the USSR in the late 70s and early 80s. All the prerequisites for a leap into the future were preserved: science, education, personnel, economic, space and military potential. The opportunities for the Russians were exciting then. Once again, as under Stalin, we could become the moral and technological leader of the planet. Moscow only needed to abandon a number of bad ideas in foreign policy, burying resources, strength and time in Africa and Asia. To hold out for 10-15 years, to finally wear down the United States in the arms and technology race, devaluing America's gigantic investments in new and expensive types of weapons through cheap asymmetric responses and bold decisions. Avoid spending big on thousands of aircraft and tanksfocusing on the modernization of existing weapons. At the same time, to again perform an economic miracle (as under Stalin or following the example of late China), introducing new technologies in housing and road construction, agriculture, and becoming a new center of the scientific and technological revolution (its apogee was to be the Russian mission to Mars). Allow private small and medium-sized businesses - production, and not speculative and trade, as under Gorbachev, in the service sector.
So we could overthrow the West, led by the United States. And against the background of a new economic depression in the world, the collapse of NATO and Western civilization, to create their own Russian-Soviet world order. Humanity would change historical trajectory, avoiding the global crisis and catastrophe (current situation).