"Every morning in Africa, a Gazelle wakes up. It knows it must run faster than the fastest lion or it will be killed.
Every morning a Lion wakes up. It knows it must outrun the slowest Gazelle or it will starve to death.
It doesn't matter whether you are a Lion or a Gazelle... when the sun comes up, you'd better be running."
- African Proverb quoted by Thomas Friedman in his book - The World is FLAT ..
This is the crude reality of the present day world.
If a country is not agile enough, it runs the risk of being overrun by its competitors. Not only the mild and meek Gazelle has competitors, even the mighty Lion too has competitors. ie. if the gazelle is to survive it should run faster than the fastest lion to avoid being eaten by it.. For the Lion too, in order to prevent being starved it has to outrun the slowest gazelle.
US, the largest of these Lions is finding the competition tough with China and India following it making it work still harder for its prey and outrun the smaller countries like in Europe Africa etc..
The Indian and Chinese forays into Africa and Antartica to capture colonies to supply raw materials and demand to fuel its vast Industrial machinery back home is indeed just a repeat of the scenario when the European colonialists of the 18 th and 19 th century went around the world colonising countries.
The smaller Europen and African countries is also finding the going tough as it has to compete with these giants and outrun them to prevent being eaten by them.
The cruel reality and predicament of these countries.
Will the same fate befall India and China when in the next and third wave of revival, two to three hundred years from now, African countries will start colonising India, China, Europe and the Americas ??
Wishing every country the best in this race for survival ..