By William Markiewicz
It seems that the world is in tune with the “theory of synchronicity” as we witness everywhere a sharp simultaneous gallop to the Right. In Canada, Harper and Ignatieff; then of course the all-powerful Bush and Blair; in Israel – Likud and Kadima; in Russia – Putin … This expresses itself in internal policy, as in the US “Patriot Act,” requiring society to be “more patriotic” and less free, and in foreign policy focused on bringing Western Values by force to the lesser brethren of other colour on other continents. Sound familiar?
It seems that the world has suddenly forgotten centuries of Enlightenment and Renaissance which, after all, formed those celebrated western values. The Crusaders started this policy of force in the service of higher ideals. Colonial policy presented the world as white man’s burden to the tribes in Africa and wherever it was possible. Napoleon, emperor that he was, was a child of the French Revolution and his conquering banners carried the motto, “Liberty, Equality, Fraternity” to the definitely oppressive countries he invaded. Still, in spite of the high flown slogans of all those conquests, the Western World slowly rejected them, precisely in the name of the Enlightenment and Renaissance that reject changing other nations by force. The enlightened world foresaw the hypocrisy of all that blah blah blah and perceived invaders’ wish for profit and power.
Nobody even considered invading South Africa to change its apartheid policies because it was white and Western. We saw, after all, that economic and political pressures were largely enough. All the authoritarian regimes are vulnerable to this kind of pressure and sooner or later the cracks appear. But the very powerful stamp of post Nazism, neo Nazism, lurking constantly, have painted a political ideological picture of today’s leading powers. People have become either indifferent or drunk with slogans, like the father who declares pride in his son who died for Western values in Afghanistan or Iraq. Nobody is sent to die for Western values in Saudi Arabia, for instance, because their oil is already available. Presently the great lesson that oil is cheaper bought than conquered completely escapes the vision of the suddenly semi mentally retarded Western World.
We could all be celebrating the future with wonderful wine. Now we are prepared to drink vinegar and for a long time to come.Back to the index of the Vagabond