Athens, where the word “demo-kratia” originated (“demos,” “the common people” electing “kratia",” “the power”), flourished in the 5th century B.C., while in the modern West, the word was revived in 1576, that is, about 20 centuries later.
Yet the West, including the United States, has not been standing still mentally. Take one field for example, dentistry — everyone living in the United States for at least 20 years has visited a dentist.
A 45-year-old friend of mine had his teeth examined by a first-class New York dentist who said that the man needed new dental implants, which would cost $55,000 including insurance. Well, the dentist had not been elected by the majority of the people. He had been pronounced to be a unique specialist by other dental specialists.
This applies to many fields of human endeavor in the U.S. in 2008.
Now, Athens flourished at a time (about 25 centuries ago) when many people could cope with many kinds of simple work, and those people elected their chiefs or organizers to supervise tasks such as ditch-digging or grass-cutting or any other such manual work.
However, a thinker (no, not in the West, but in the East, 551-479 B.C.) said that for the “majority of the people” (“demos”) to elect statesmen for “kratia” (as in Athens) is the same as for “the majority of people” to elect physicians or astronomers.
The Westernized name of this great thinker is Confucius. He was Chinese! “Just read what Navrozov writes!” some readers would say. “Yesterday he represented China as a giant Nazi Germany, and today he eulogizes a Chinese thinker!” Well, Nazism in 20th century Germany does not eliminate the great German culture of the 18th and 19th centuries. China had a brilliant culture in the 6th and 5th centuries B.C.
Recall also that China was ahead of Newton in calculus, was the first to invent the compass — or book printing, and was about 2,000 years ahead of Western Europe in the use of gas for lighting and heating. Let me say that no modern Westerner has recalled with admiration that skeptical remarks of Confucius — in the light of U.S. presidential elections in the 20th and 21st centuries; that is, about 25 centuries after that remark was made.
What did the U.S. electorate know about the ability of statesmen of today like George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and the presidential claimants of 2008 to understand the geostrategy and cope with it? Nothing! Those statesmen have been like a dentist who has never seen a sick tooth or like an astronomer who has not seen the difference between the moon and the sun.
Well, the United States has survived as of today. Because so far it has had no sufficiently powerful global enemy.
The history of the United States “kratia,” since George H.W. Bush assured Saddam Hussein as to the safety of his conquest of Kuwait, has been comprised of absurd self-inflicted American injuries. As I am writing this, “The Way of the World: A Story of truth and Hope in an Age of Extremism” by Ron Suskind is becoming a best seller. But perhaps a more thorough study was made by two nonprofit journalism organizations and posted on Jan. 23, 2008, on the Web site of the Center for Public Integrity.
According to the study, 935 false statements were made by the Bush White House in the two years preceding his invasion of Iraq. In their speeches, briefings, interviews, and other venues, George Bush and his officials stand unequivocally on at least 532 occasions that Iraq had “weapons of mass destruction” (as opposed to “weapons of individual destruction” like old one-bullet pistols?) or was trying to produce or obtain them and had links to al-Qaida, which McCain was trying to develop in the debates of 2008 presidential candidates into an inane tale about al-Qaida’s domination of Iraq, which McCain intended to eliminate, or the war in Iraq could indeed last for a hundred years.
And what was the purpose of piling up all those fantasies?
The population of Iraq is about 22 million, and a third of them are Sunnis, who were hostile to George W. Bush’s invasion. The population of the Islamic world is about 1 billion, and the Chinese totalitarian machine has 1.3 billion human parts.
For the sake of argument, suppose that Bush conquered Iraq within five days, not five years, and appropriated Iraqi oil for himself and his cronies. What would this have meant geostrategically? Nothing!
Another billionaire in this world as against the hostile Sunnis in Iraq, about 1 billion hostile Muslims, and the Chinese war machine exceeding that of Nazi Germany many times over in size and having in Russia not a deadly enemy but an ally, helping China scientifically and technologically.
So a president whose presidential rating is below any other president in the U.S. history could inflict so many injuries and damages on his own country for the sake of Iraqi oil, which he failed to get, and instead went to the Olympic Games in Beijing. Well, in the eight years of his “kratia,” George W. Bush has done nothing to decelerate the march of the dictatorship of China toward the ownership of the globe, possibly in the temporary alliance with Russia, and/or the Muslim world.
A dentist helps his patient who asks questions about his teeth. No questions were asked of Bush and his successors as to the safety and survival of the West. The “demos” does not know why and for what purpose they twice elected Bush — except for scolding, on his way the Beijing Olympic Games, the dictatorship of China for the first time in eight years and shortly before his second term is over.
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