Aside from the huge number of deaths it is also wrecking economies and destroying businesses. The balance of power has always shifted over the centuries as empires come and go for a host of reasons. Could this be the collapse of the American empire and the rise of a new one? Will less effected countries flourish as those hard hit crumble? Or is it a case of the world will return to it's former state?
Lot of people pointing out America's military might. True but when times are tough history shows they're an easy target for spending cuts. A standing unused army is an expensive luxury.