U.S. Fascist-Think about the UN

Chris Brady cdbrady at attglobal.net
Fri Mar 21 01:50:04 MST 2003


Wow!  I get dizzy trying to figger out who represents order
 in Perle's polemic.

I think this reaction against the UN is indicative of a current
in right-wing US capitalist circles that has been spinning around
for a long while.  If you have driven by Chehalis up I-5 north of
Vancouver, Washington, near Centralia where the Wobblies were
tortured, castrated and murdered, you may have noticed a big
billboard that's been tehre for years advocating the US pull out
of the UN.

Forbes magazine has recently published a similar diatribe by a
British historian.  It appeared in a column that was regularly
written by such rightist intellectuals as Caspar Weinberger, AND
two other shining lights of democratic decency noted at the end.

Here, have a glance (and ask yourself if you don't hear echoes
of the racist Rudyard's invocation to America in his famous ode,
The White Man's Burden, when you get to the "Anglosphere"):


Five Vital Lessons From Iraq
By Paul Johnson
Business - Forbes.com
Wed 19 Mar 2003, 2:26 PM ET

The Iraq crisis has already pointed up a number of
valuable lessons. So far I have identified five:

. Lesson I. We have been reminded that France is not to be trusted at
any
time, on any issue. The British have learned this over 1,000 years of
acrimonious history, but it still comes as a shock to see how badly the
French can behave, with their unique mixture of shortsighted
selfishness,
long-term irresponsibility, impudent humbug and sheer malice. Americans
are
still finding out--the hard way--that loyalty, gratitude, comradeship
and
respect for treaty obligations are qualities never exhibited by French
governments. All they recognize are interests, real or imaginary. French
support always has to be bought. What the Americans and British now have
to
decide is whether formal alliances that include France as a major
partner
are worth anything at all, or if they are an actual encumbrance in times
of
danger.

We also have to decide whether France should be allowed to remain as a
permanent member of the U.N. Security Council, with veto power, or
whether
it should be replaced by a more suitable power, such as India. Linked to
this is the question of whether France can be trusted as a nuclear
power.
The French have certainly sold nuclear technology to rogue states in the
past, Iraq among them. In view of France's attempts to sabotage
America's
vigorous campaign to halt the spread of weapons of mass destruction, we
need
to be sure that France is not planning to cover the cost of its flagging
nuclear weapons program by selling secrets to unruly states. Certainly
Anglo-American surveillance of French activities in this murky area must
be
intensified.

. Lesson II. Germany is a different case. The Germans are capable of
loyalty
and even gratitude. For many years Germany was one of the most
dependable
members of NATO (news - web sites). But the country is now very
depressed,
both psychologically and economically, with unemployment moving rapidly
toward the 5 million mark and no prospect of an early recovery. With a
weak,
unpopular and demoralized government, Germany has been lured by France
into
a posture of hostility toward the Anglosphere, a posture that
corresponds
neither to the instincts nor the interests of the German people. Germany
is
a brand to be snatched from the burning; we must make a positive and
urgent
effort to win it back to the fold.

. Lesson III. The assumption, in many minds, seems to be that whereas
individual powers act on the world stage according to the brutal rules
of
realpolitik, the U.N. represents legitimacy and projects an aura of
idealism. In fact, more than half a century of experience shows that the
U.N. is a theater of hypocrisy, a sink of corruption, a street market of
sordid bargains and a seminary of cynicism. It is a place where
mass-murdering heads of state can stand tall and sell their votes to the
highest bidder and where crimes against humanity are rewarded. For many
people the true nature of the U.N. was epitomized by the news that
Libya, a
blood-soaked military dictatorship of the crudest kind, is to chair the
U.N.
Commissionon Human Rights. It's people like Muammar Qaddafi who benefit
from
the U.N., who are legitimized by its spurious respectability.

Looking back on the last year, it is clear the U.S. should not have
accepted
Britain's argument that, on balance, the U.N. route was the safest road
to a
regime change in Iraq. In fact, going this way has done a lot of damage
to
U.S. (and British) interests and has given Russia, China and other
powers
the opportunity to drive hard bargains. President Bush (news - web
sites)
should soon make it clear that, where his country's vital interests are
concerned, the U.S. reserves the right to act independently, together
with
such friends as share those interests.

. Lesson IV. The split within NATO underscores the fact that in its
present
form and composition NATO is out of date. There is no longer a frontier
to
defend or to act as a trip wire; there is no longer a reason for the
U.S. to
keep large forces in fixed bases on the European continent--at great
cost to
the U.S.' balance of payments. These forces should be repatriated with
all
deliberate speed. There is obviously a need to have bases, which can be
activated in an emergency, in states the U.S. feels can be trusted to
honor
their obligations.

Britain, which is not so much an ally of America as it is a member of
the
same family, will continue to serve as the geographical center of the
Anglosphere and as America's offshore island to the Eurasian landmass.
Other
than that, the U.S. should put its trust in the seas and oceans, which
offer
a home and a friendly environment to its forces and do not change with
the
treacherous winds of opinion. The military lessons to be learned from
the
lead-up to the Iraq operation are profound, and all point in the same
direction: America should always have the means to act alone, in any
area of
the globe where danger threatens and with whatever force is necessary.

. Lesson V. This last lesson flows from the fourth. The U.S. must not
merely
possess the means to act alone if necessary; it must alsocultivate the
will.
Fate, or Divine Providence, has placed America at this time in the
position
of sole superpower, with the consequent duty to uphold global order and
to
punish, or prevent, the great crimes of the world. That is what America
did
in Afghanistan, is in the process of doing in Iraq and will have to do
elsewhere.
It must continue to engage the task imposed upon it, not in any spirit
of
hubris but in the full and certain knowledge that it is serving the best
and
widest interests of humanity.

Paul Johnson, eminent British historian and author, Lee Kuan Yew, senior
minister of Singapore, and Ernesto Zedillo, former president of Mexico,
in
addition to Forbes Chairman Caspar W. Weinberger, are now periodically
writing this column

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