JUNE'S GLANCE

By William Markiewicz

ISRAEL

The war for Kosovo reinforced Israel's very uncomfortable situation in the world spotlight. After all Yugoslavia is bombed, Iraq checkmated, for the sake of a situation tolerated otherwise in Turkey and Israel. It's the eternal caricature of justice -- what counts is not what you do but who you are. In a world dominated by one single superpower, reality is reflected in a crazy mirror. This situation was sort of normal in autocratic imperial times ('the Senator is in grace, the Senator is out of grace' -- a dream sent to a Senator by the devil in an old Polish poem). Saddam has reached a quite comfortable status quo with the Kurds, Yugoslavia is ready for extended autonomy in Kosovo, but for the 'emperor' it's not enough ('Senator out of grace'). Who would believe that the millenium would send us back into archaic times! But if Turkey can rest comfortably for some time to come, Israel is as vulnerable as an acrobat on a thin wire. Nothing, but nothing, keeps Israel safe other than the USA's support ('Senator in grace'). It was a terrible mistake that the bombastic Likud stood so long in power, protected by the USA from Arabs as well as from Europe. Israel is not Yugoslavia or Iraq, once under fire it wont be able to resist for long. This is what the Likud and its voters refused to see. As time is not Israel's best card, Barak has to act fast and be at least as conciliatory as Rabin. But will he have enough internal power to do so? 'Let's land on both feet, and integrate into our geopolitical reality -- and fast!' This leitmotif should inspire Barak in steering the Israeli political boat.


HARRIS, OR BIG EFFICIENCY VERSUS SMALL JOYS

In the name of economy Ontario's Harris reduces in number and increases in size all the aspects of social life he can put a hand on. Reducing the number of schools and hospitals, converting neighbourhoods into mega municipalities, refusing subsidies to the public transport system, all this gives priority to inmediate profits at the expense of far reaching vision. That's what happens when a good manager becomes a less good politician. Psychology cannot be eliminated from the final accounts in politics as, after all, society is the final goal. Managers don't know that a cathedral doesn't replace a small church, that hatcheries don't replace kindergartens. Another example: ecological disasters all over the world caused by savage exploitation lead not only to the destruction of the quality of life, but also harm the very profitable tourist industry. In Spain, the largest expanse of pristine untouched nature in Europe has been invaded by farmers establishing giant strawberry plantations! The fertilisers and pesticides such plantations require are highly toxic for miles around. Politicians had to explain to the farmers that tourism will bring more money and for longer terms than strawberries. I'm not sure how convincing they were. In harsh times we may overlook what's beautiful for immediate profit. But in more clement economic times, let's give priority to how the money is invested and the joy and meaning it brings.


NATO'S AGENDAS

'In the beginning was power -- and then power -- and then even more power...' (Bible in NATO's version ).

Nature is based on equilibrium of power; nothing escapes this fundamental rule. One single superpower constantly inflates itself like a balloon, smashes everything around it and sooner or later ends in a self-destructive blast. It can take the whole planet with it.

Marxism says that economy triggers history -- not so in the presence of a total power which changes history on its own terms. Boredom, greed, pride and foggy philosophies trigger the actions of the powerful. Also, in contrast to the past, chivalry and bravery are no longer a virtue. Only the speed and painlessness of victory count now. Bombs and media are the tools for the present style of speedy, safe-distance wars. And, as ashes form the safest platform for conquest, the conqueror aims to convert desired territories into ashes. Genghis Khan is back. I remember an old French movie 'Faust' with Gerard Philippe and Michel Simon. The Devil (Michel Simon) shows a vision of the future to Faust (Gerard Philippe) who rides on horseback over ruins and ashes extending to the horizon. Faust asks the Devil; 'Is this what I will do?' The Devil: 'Yes, and for their own good!' Sound familiar? A prophetic movie!

History has never witnessed such limitless and overwhelming power. The war on Yugoslavia is only a rehearsal for other, more important conquests; previously NATO has proved its bellicosity by challenging Russia with its "Drang nach Osten" and with its eternal war on Iraq. NATO bombed the Chinese embassy then the US declared that China is its biggest threat because of spy activities -- interesting timing. For the NWO when a country is too big, it's challenging, when it's small it's a nuissance too. The rest of the world can only watch and tremble.

When the NWO and its NATO complete their objectives, what will remain to conquer? Overgrown power cannot rest on its laurels like those colonels in banana republics, but, like fermenting wine, it must find something new to digest, some other big job. And after the conquest of the planet what will be next -- the 'cleansing' of the planet?

Something more up to date: Milosevic indictment -- harvest of demonizing the Serbs. This indictment is just one more proof that NATO wants to smash Milosevic, not make peace. Milosevic is too small a fish to make peace with. He is also a tough cookie for a war. So, NATO tries to subjugate the civilian population by destroying hospitals, retirement homes, bridges, water and electricity systems. A few years ago I read in one European paper, that terrorizing civilians doesn't work -- they simply learn how to live dangerously getting used to hardship and death as well as an army does. Civilian rebellions throughout history have already demonstrated this. So NATO may get tired of the slaughter and look for other ways to experiment. Unless there's a miracle, the Yugoslav guinea pig may have more to endure.


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