“When the tyrant has disposed of foreign enemies by conquest or treaty, and there is nothing to fear from them, then he is always stirring up some war or other, in order that the people may require a leader.” Plato,“The Republic”
“If I ruled the world…” No one knows who first uttered that ubiquitous, narcissistic statement. But we know that Alexander the Great harbored that sentiment within his breast. So did Genghis Khan, Julius Caesar, Cleopatra, Napoleon, Hitler, Lenin, Stalin, Mussolini and Chairman Mao. Now it’s Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s turn.
He told the Associated Press in an interview that he would much rather talk about his vision of what the “next” new world order might be, rather than his country’s progressing nuclear arms program or his support of the murderous Syrian president Assad.
“God willing, a new order will come and do away with….everything (particularly Israel) that distances us,” he said through a translator. “All of the animosity, all of the lack of sincerity will come to an end. It will institute fairness and justice.”
He went on to accuse the United States of following an international policy of bullying. “I do believe the system of empires has reached the end of the road. The world can no longer see an emperor commanding it.”
The United States would, naturally, play a much smaller role in this new world order and every country would enjoy equal standing . According to the Associated Press, he also proposed forming a new group of 10 or 11 countries to work to end the 18-month Syrian civil war. Representatives of nations in the Middle East and elsewhere would meet in New York “very soon,” he said.
Critics have accused Tehran of giving support to Syrian President Bashar Assad in carrying out massacres and other human rights violations in an attempt to crush the uprising against his rule. Activists say nearly 30,000 people have died.
"I will do everything in my power to create stability, peace and understanding in Syria," Ahmadinejad said, adding that he last spoke with Assad one year ago over the telephone.
Ahmadinejad denied Iranian involvement in plotting attacks on Israelis abroad, despite arrests and accusations by police in various countries. He also vehemently disputed the U.S. claim that Iranian agents played a role in a foiled plot to assassinate the Saudi ambassador to the United States last year.
Ahmadinejad will leave office next June after serving two four-year terms. He refuses to speak of the state of Israel by name and instead refers only to the “Zionists.” And when asked on Monday about author Salman Rushdie, he made no attempt to distance himself from recent renewed threats on the author's life emanating from an Iranian semi-official religious foundation.
“If he is in the U.S.,” said the president of Iran, “you should not broadcast it for his own safety.”
Just what is so “new” (and different) about this new world order of Ahmadinejad’s? The first item on his agenda is destroy the state of Israel, which in his considered opinion, has no right to exist. The second is to establish a global caliphate– Muslims will rule the world. They’ll rule it with the sword the way the Nazis sought to rule the world with the iron boot, the Communists with the hammer and sickle, Napoleon with the musket and ships of war, and the Romans with whips and chains.
No one was ever better off in the unified world these tyrants attempted to create. Conformity was the rule, and sacrifice of the individual for the collective good. We’re being sold that bill of goods again, pitting the have-nots in an envious rage against the “selfish” haves. Dissenters were imprisoned, tortured, and executed. Riots in the streets of the Middle East were blamed on a stupid cartoon video depiction of Mohammed, when the real purpose of the riots was the same as the riots in the streets in Caesar’s day: demagoguery. You can’t have peace unless you first have violence that you, the tyrant, can personally assuage.
What Ahmadinejad offers – and the Communist, Socialist, Progressives, and others offer– is not a “new” world order but the same old world order of oppression, intimidation, and deceit that has kept tyrants in power for centuries. The creation of America disrupted that old world order. America offered the world the real path to peace and world order – freedom. America gave individuals the choice to determine their own paths for themselves, their families, their communities, and their country. What America did not offer, initially, was a free ride.
America made no promise except that you’d have the same opportunity to succeed coming off the boat from Europe with nothing just like anyone else. America promised that you could speak your mind, practice your religion (yes, even Islam), defend your property, and not be thrown into jail without due process of law. America stood aloof from guarding her people against anything except the threat to their liberties. America looked to God and the God-worshipping to help the impoverished. America promised equality, not equity. She assumed her people would be honest enough and have enough integrity to understand the difference.
America raised a bright banner of red, white and blue, not a black flag threatening death, intimidation and despair. Iran looks upon America as a “bully” because America is not afraid to stand up for its allies, such as Israel. America has not been afraid to champion freedom, especially where potentates fear it, where real freedom threatens the schemes of demagogic political organizations with no authority and no power except that of mindless, ignorant followers.
America is still the greatest nation on Earth. But like a victim hypnotized by media saturation, brainwashing, and drugs, she plays the part of a second-rate nation, her leaders bowing obsequiously in a craven posture of humility in the shadow of a second-rate, craven world’s opinion.
The United States needs to snap out of it before it’s too late. The cause of freedom is just; it always has been and always will be. We need not take the word of a petty, violent dictator in a room full of his own kind that a new world order will be established in which freedom will be abolished. We need no one’s permission to be a free people, least of all his.
A one-world order means doing things only one way, one person’s way, with only one voice speaking. Any other voices will either be muted or a unison, obedient chorus. They who come from the oldest part of the world, from its most backward regions, honing to an intolerant religion are scarcely qualified to lead any world order, old or new.