Steve Rice wrote:
 > However, as Dana said, the power of English goes beyond the
 > historic Anglosphere at this point. It must be acknowledged.

It is unimportant in my opinion. In fact, it is unwise to couple your 
language with the destiny of English or any other natural language. The 
ups and downs of different international language are evident in here in 
Europe. We have seen the rise of English, we're close to the peak now, 
and the decline is inevitable.

But that's not the only reason why I think that the current, transient 
popularity of English is unimportant. The more important reason is that 
regardless of how many people are estimated to speak English,  billion 
or 1 billion, there are many many words that are more international 
than the corresponding English words. They are cognate words, loan words 
and coincidentally similar words. Those words are found by comparing 
vocabularies of different languages of the world. English has left its 
mark to many languages, so consequently there will be many English words 
in worldlang too.

An ideal worldlang is more international, more durable and more neutral 
than any narrowly based IAL. It's all there, it's only a matter of time 
before somebody manages to put it together.

Risto Kupsala