Take a look around the world & tell me the world and nearly ALL its peoples were not better off under their colonial masters than they are today. Egypt, India, Pakistan, Palestine Mandate – under Brit rule. Mesopotamia under the French. Somalia. Kenya. Libya. Etc. (Exception the brutal and atrocious colonialism of Belgium.) Spain gave up its colonial empire long ago – but Venezuela didn’t turn communist & poverty-stricken with billions of barrels of oil while under adult supervision.
So Putin is establishing a colonial empire in S Asia. So? Do YOU want to? If that puts a devolving, depopulating Europe at his mercy for oil & gas? Tough. They can always frack. Will Putin put up with sharia? Doubt it. And he’ll kill it where it needs to be killed.
China wants to expand? BFD. They’re already executing Islamists in Xinjiang. Good for them. S China sea? Are you using it? You think pirates will attack China-protected sea lanes?
The world was kinda peaceful for some decades after WW2 American hegemony. That is over. But it doesn’t mean these tiny, corrupt, violent countries don’t require imperial masters.
The vast majority of the world’s population has proven since de-colonialism began in 1945 that they – as Churchill warned – were, and are, not ready for it.
If you care about people’s lives and have a grasp of history you need to realize that large empires keep the peace. Other than the Anglosphere (and a neutered post-war Japan) – no one has proven an ability to live peacefully and with rising living standards since.
Europe? The ONLY 45-yr period since Westphalia in which Europeans weren’t killing each other was when sandwiched between NATO & the Warsaw Pact. When the Pact dissolved? They went back to war: remember Yugoslavia? Yeah – DNE.
If most of the world requires re-colonizing in order to stop fighting, so be it. Let the old world recolonize. Bring our military home to defend our borders.