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A U.S.-UK Export the World Doesn’t Want, Thank You Very Much

A U.S.-UK Export the World Doesn’t Want, Thank You Very Much

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JOEL HILLIKERCOLUMNIST
 
A U.S.-UK Export the World Doesn¶tWant, Thank You Very Much
December 1, 2010 | From theTrumpet.com
A sign that the world is about to get far more dangerous
 
L
ast month, David Cameron was in Beijing making himself a target for Chinese leaders¶ jokes.The British prime minister was lecturing them on the supposed benefits of democracy. He tried to sell
 
them on the joys and wonders of the political quarrels in parliament, of the schisms dividing theelectorate, of the condemnations he routinely receives via Britain¶s vociferously free press.
You should 
 
try it,
he told the Chinese. ³These are constraints on the government, and at times they can befrustrating,´ he said. ³But ultimately we believe they make our government better and our country
 
stronger.´ China¶s leaders had to be amused. The new head of a washed-up, shriveling country of 60 million²squeaking out advice on how to be ³great.´ To them he must sound like a clueless tour guide praisingthe Titanic as it sinks.They, meanwhile, are using authoritarian tactics to rocket their nation of 1.3 billion into thesuperpower stratosphere.This is reality of life on planet Earth today. The tenets of liberal Western governance are becomingpassé. The nations that most embody them²Mr. Cameron¶s Britain, and the United States, mostnotably²are losing relevance. Power is rapidly shifting toward regimes undemocratic, authoritarian,even repressive.Get ready²this theme is going to get louder. And the ramifications are scary.Perhaps one can view it as a natural response to anxious times. Economies teeter²trade wars loom²insurgencies threaten wobbly governments²ruinous weapons proliferate. In the face of such threats,fussiness over freedoms and rights apparently looks out of touch.
Such things might be nice in prosperous, peaceful times, perhaps, but tougher times demand tougher measures.
 Whatever their reasons, nations and bodies of nations are unquestionably redefining their priorities.They have tabled discussion about democratic reform in order to address more pressing matters.Cameron¶s recent comments aside, even the West has seriously backed off promoting democracy andbacking opposition movements. It has given up demanding populist reforms as a condition for
 
enjoying trade, receiving aid or arms, or joining multinational organizations or alliances.
 
In Egypt, the West has watched in near silence as the president hasrigged elections²including one
 
this past weekend²to remain in office. In Iraq, elections in March produced eight months of politicalgridlock; this ended last month in anarrangementthat kept the incumbent prime minister in power
 
despite his party winning fewer seats than its rival party. In Afghanistan, U.S. leaders are hoping tosee a stable government emerge froma dealbetween a corrupt president and Muslim extremists who,they hope, have renounced terrorism. In case after case, idealism is simply giving way to pragmatism. ³When we deal with Sudan or Libya or China today, it is to make deals or to guarantee militarysupport, not to demand elections in exchange for any of that,´ wrote Doug Saundersin the
lobe and 
 
Mail 
. ³The more important goal is not democracy but stability.´ It¶s a fascinating and ominous shift. Who really wants to be Britain, or America? Who wants the
 
hassles and inefficiencies that competing political parties bring? In today¶s world, the real successstories are autocracies. ³The economic boom of autocratic powers such as China and Russia hasreignited the competition of [political] systems,´ said the lead editorial in Germany¶s leading journalon global affairs,
InternationalePolitik  ,
this past summer. ³Have authoritarian systems refurbishedtheir gloss²because they are quicker at making decisions than portly democracies?´ Judging by the way European leaders are conducting themselves, it seems they certainly believe so.They are brushing aside public protest in order to ramrod their vision of a federal Europe into reality.They are contemplating the uninvited imposition of federal taxes and federal police powers. To resolve
 
the economic crisis, they are brutishly taking over formerly sovereign national economies. Last monththe EU president, Herman van Rompuy, condemned the perfectly sensible desire to prioritize national
 
interest over European federalism as ³egoism´ that leads to war. This is precisely the type of 
 
reasoning Eurocrats are using to justify their growing despotism.The vast majority of the British absolutely hate what is happening, and their place within Europe iscertain to reach acrisis point soon. (Just watchthis speech, delivered last week to Mr. Rompuy and
 
the rest of the European Parliament by
MEP
Nigel Farage of the UK Independence Party.) Nevertheless,the
Telegraph¶ 
sChristopher Bookernoted the irony of Prime Minister Cameron criticizing the Chinese,
 
when Britain itself is being swallowed by the unapologetically undemocratic European Union. Just howdemocratic is Britain, he asked, ³where almost everything our government does is either dictated orconstrained by decisions taken at a higher level by our new system of government centered inBrussels?´ Watch this trend! The discrediting of the pillars of governance espoused by Anglo-America is laying thepavement for nothing less than²pardon the expression²a new world order.The return of old empires²autocracies, dictatorships, tyrannies²is already occurring. The economic,political and social instability that is beginning to shake the nations today is presenting theopportunity²even creating the necessity²for strongmen to rise.Believe it or not, this state of affairs was specifically prophesied by Jesus Christ.He foretold of a period that would grip this world called ³the times of the Gentiles.´ This seismic shiftin geopolitical momentum²away from America and Britain and toward a clutch of non-Israelite, orGentile, powers²is actually one of the visible signs Jesus gave of His imminent return!

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