wwjd, excellent piece; indeed the bigger picture is still that the human animal will continue on this path. History will tell you the tale what humans do. Some want advance, others want to destroy it . It is an never ending cycle.
However I expect that an country which claims to be "number one" in the world would know better.
If arrogance has taken over as is the case now, then forget common sense.
I've travelled and worked all over the world, but I've never seen an country like this which "isolates" itself from the rest of the world and does not want to learn from world history. It does not accept anything from others; they rather re-invent the wheel for themselves. Sorry this country is an "arrogant island" and knows everything better than anyone.
There is here no culture at all ; it shows. It is solely an continuing battle for survival and the one's who can "steal" the most wins. No Da Vinci's here. Amen