The world truly is a fucking mess. Like we've joked about before, you ALMOST have to miss the cold war. Sure we were always on the edge of destruction, but you have the US/NATO and you have the USSRF. Everyone else stayed the fuck out of their way.
Pure and simple, the two major players kept each other in check. Yes, there were proxy wars and actions on the periphery, but for the most part, the world was a fairly stable place. The US also did not need to have this policy of freedom export upon the level that we do today, knowing full well that we might find ourselves up against Ivan himself if we over stepped our bounds and threatened his interests. The cold war kind acted as it's own mediator in a civilized suburban neighborhood. There were rules of detente along with weapons inspectors (the good old Reagan doctrine of "Trust but Verify"). Of course, the clandestine game was probably at its best during that era which gave us some of the best books and movies of all time.
Unfortunately, as I analogized, the world has degraded into that of a proverbial trailer park.
Never one to be outdone, AK Fan makes the analogy even simpler:The world is really a big cluster fuck; since the fall of the wall, it has turned into one big trailer park. Unfortunately, I think that a trailer park could manage the world better than the numb-skulls running it. On the economy they'd just say "Fuck you, you didn't pay your loan, so we put your pick-em-up-truck on the record and toed yous ass down to the junk yards, now leamme alone so I can drink ma beer."
See, right now the world is a trailer park. The problem is the US is the cop who tries to keep order but, while he's there to enforce the law, he's also fucking half the wives in the park. Further, he's helping them pay their rent with $20's he prints up on his HP copier. At some point, it just can't continue.
Folks, this is the world in which we live...Welcome to the Trailerhood!