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The Threat to American Hegemony Is Real

In addition to its internal struggles, the Western alliance now faces an “axis of resistance” – centered around Russia and China – that might be tempted to threaten its hegemony with a simultaneous, coordinated challenge. Like sharks, they undoubtedly smell blood in the water.

VIENNA – Ukraine has about a month before it runs out of artillery shells, and the US Congress cannot agree to ship more. Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny is dead. The slaughter in Gaza continues with no end in sight. The Yemeni Houthis are attacking ships in the Red Sea. The North Koreans are testing intercontinental ballistic missiles. In normal times, pessimism can look like an intellectual fad. In times like these, it becomes a starker form of realism.