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The Real New World Order (english)
03 Mar 2003
You don’t have to be a Ph.D. to realize that we are in a period of transition between the post-WWII era (including the international organizations created at that time) and today’s world, which boasts more democracies than have existed at any time since the founding of our own nation.
Emerging from the horror of WWII in which an estimated sixty million people perished, the world was divided between the two great powers, the United States and the Soviet Union. It was a world determined to avoid a third World War. Out of this emerged the United Nations, an institution that was largely the creation of Soviet agents in the US State Department and their counterparts in Russia. The North American Treaty Organization also came into being to defend Europe against the potential of aggression from the Soviet Union that had created a buffer of satellite states to include East Germany. A “Cold War” existed until the fall of the Soviet Union.

Now both international organizations have come to the end of their usefulness. The UN has a long history of being unable to avert war anywhere and NATO, whose purpose was to defend Europe against the Soviet Union is no longer needed. The dithering of both over the prospect of war with Iraq are examples of their death throes. The establishment of the European Union, composed of Socialist states, is already showing signs of strain as socialism contributes inexorably to that continent’s economic problems and sovereign European nations discover their independence is of greater value than this new, huge bureaucracy.

The New York Times columnist, Thomas Friedman, postulates that we now exist in a world divided between nations striving for order, i.e., the absence of war, and those for whom war is a necessity, i.e., dictatorships that require an external enemy to divert their populations from the fact they are enslaved. What Friedman overlooks, however, is that democracies do not go to war with one another, so it is vital that democracy be spread everywhere, that people be encouraged to overthrow despotic governments in favor of self-rule.

This, I would argue, is the purpose of the regime change in Iraq. It is not that Saddam Hussein is an evil man so much as there is a need to liberate the people of Iraq and others throughout the Middle East to bring about change that favors democratic self-rule. At present, in that region of the world, only Turkey and Israel represent democratic nations.

The history of the past half-century since WWII amply demonstrates that democracy can be achieved. The three nations who contested the power of free nations (Germany, Italy and Japan) were not only defeated, but thereafter started down the path to becoming democratic, free states. Following the United States’ determined containment of Soviet efforts to spread Communism, Poland freed itself of both Soviet domination and Communism. The fall of the Soviet Union freed its satellite nations. After Franco died, Spain became a democracy. Taiwan, freed of its oligarchy, became a thriving democracy.

In its annual report Freedom House, noted last December that “Freedom and democracy made significant worldwide program in 2002 despite threats posted by global terrorism.” The report noted that “29 countries demonstrated forward progress in freedom, a dramatic increased from one year ago,” cited Brazil, Lesotho, Senegal, and Yugoslavia, has having “entered the ranks of free countries.”

Even in Muslim and Arab nations, Freedom House found progress in Bahrain, calling it partly free, while noting “civic ferment in Iran and Kuwait” as well as progress in Qatar. Progress was noted in Afghanistan, Albania, Comoros, Tajikistan, and Turkey.

These days, Freedom House considers 89 countries to be well on the path to democracy and freedom, up from 43 in 1972. I cited this because I believe there is a worldwide undercurrent, a demand from ordinary people, for greater freedom. This is why 56 countries are now considered partly free, an increase from 38 in 1972.

There are, however, 47 countries that Freedom House designates as not free, a sharp decline from 69 in 1972. These are nations in which basic political rights and civil liberties. Not surprisingly, almost 60 percent of those denied such rights and liberties, 2.2 billion people, live in the People’s Republic of China.

As always, since its inception at the beginning of the last century, Communism remains the primary threat to democracy and freedom. The other area of the world that remains mired in despotism is the Middle East. And as the US sets about changing that, it is being opposed by the other hotbed of Socialism, the European Union. It is the EU that has been one of the major financial supporters of the Palestinians in their ceaseless efforts to destroy Israel. It comes as no surprise that most of the Eastern bloc nations of the EU have lined up to support the US agenda for Iraq because they have fresh memories of Soviet domination.

So, a new world order is emerging and it is not one envisioned by the One World advocates who would put the United Nations in charge of the planet. It is a world divided between democracy and despotism. As the UN and NATO slip into irrelevance and eventual dissolution, it has fallen to the United States to champion real freedom, real democracy. The spread of global communications, travel, and business will continue to enhance this effort.

If we remain determined to shape a new and better world of separate, sovereign nations, this new century will be a happier one.

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In 1990, Alan Caruba, a veteran science and business writer, created The National Anxiety Center as a clearinghouse for information about "scare campaigns" designed to influence public opinion and policy. He writes a weekly column, "Warning Signs," and is widely excerpted. An unabashed conservative, Caruba draws on four decades as a book reviewer, to bring to bear a wide knowledge of history, theology, science, and other interests when writing on diverse topics. He maintains Bookviews.Com, a monthly report on the latest in new fiction and non-fiction.

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