Ram Narayanan, the renowned promoter of the U.S.–India alliance against the threat of China, has e-mailed me an article by Hillary Clinton; the article is from the November/December 2007 issue of Foreign Affairs magazine.
In her article, she views the world as it is today and as it will be when and if she becomes the president of the United States.
Her article is pleasant if you can imagine that you are age 5 and listening with other children of the same age, to Hillary Clinton’s fairy tales about how nice the world is today and how still nicer it is going to be when and if she becomes the Fairy (still called the president by grown-ups?) of the United States.
As for the world at large, “an America that rebuilds its strength and recovers its principles will be an America that can spread the blessings of security and opportunity around the world,” we read in the final three-paragraph section of her fairy tale, which is entitled “Security and Opportunity for the Twenty-first Century.”
So, her fairy tale has a happy fairy-tale end.
True, those of her listeners who are older than 5 may raise issues. “Mrs. Clinton,” one of them may say, “My dad has told me that not only did you vote for the invasion of Iraq, you also made a Senate speech to explain how necessary this pre-emptive victorious war was. Today you are saying in the ‘Summary’ of the first section of your Foreign Affairs article: ‘To build a world that is safe [!], prosperous [!], and just [!], we must get out of Iraq . . .’”
In the fifth section of her fairy tale, Hillary reveals her fairy magic: “As president, I will do everything in my power to ensure that nuclear, biological, and chemical weapons and the materials needed to make them are kept out of terrorists’ hands.”
Note that her use of the word “terrorists” she borrowed from Bush, today despised even by many of those who twice voted for him. Predictably, when he invaded Iraq, Sunni Muslims began a guerrilla war against the invaders, as did guerrillas on the territories occupied by Napoleon even in Russia, though Napoleon could bring about the emancipation of the Russian serfs. But the word “guerrilla” is positive or neutral. Hence Napoleon, Hitler, and later Bush called the guerrillas “terrorists.” However, it is not clear why “nuclear biological and chemical weapons” would be less dangerous in the possession of the dictatorship of China (population 1.3 billion) than in the possession of a handful of Sunni Muslims.
Hillary admits that the United States and China “disagree profoundly on issues” such as “human rights.” Indeed, the United States is a constitutional and democratic society of the beginning of the 21st century, while China is, socio-politically, thousands of years old. Sadly, this ancient absolutism, now called dictatorship, helps China, scientifically and technologically, to develop post-nuclear super weapons, able to annihilate the West unless it surrenders unconditionally.
Yet Hillary continues to spin her fairy tale. Though China and the U.S. “disagree profoundly on issues” like “human rights,” “there is much that the United States and China can and must accomplish together. China’s support was important in reaching a deal to disable North Korea’s nuclear facilities.”
But what about China’s nuclear- and super-nuclear facilities? Weapons such as nano super weapons are being developed that could convert Westerners into fertilizer, which will be necessary to provide life-space (Lebensraum) to the 1.3 billion Chinese when the United States, Canada, and Australia are depopulated.
Hillary does not seem to imagine that there can exist societies like Stalin’s Russia, or Hitler’s Germany, or Hu’s China.
In Section 7 of her tale, we read, “We must persuade China to join global institutions and support international rules by building on areas where our interests converge and working to narrow our differences. Although the United States must stand ready to challenge China when its conduct is at odds with U.S. vital interests, we should work for a cooperative future.”
So in this fairy tale, the United States is a friendly but strict mentor — “ready to challenge China when its conduct is at odds with U.S. vital interests,” while China is an obedient pupil, ready “to work for a cooperative future.”
Just as those who voted for her or for her husband, Hillary and Bill Clinton do not wish to think that China is developing post-nuclear super weapons. They do not wish to think that these weapons are superior to the nuclear weapons, which the United States had developed by 1945 on the advice in 1939 of the German-Jewish scientist Einstein, and which were superior to all weapons that Japan had.
In the last paragraph of the last section (eighth) of Hillary’s rhapsody we learn that “we can regain our authority with the world,” “the authority . . . of the American idea.”
China has existed for 4,000 or 5,000 years. If China and the U.S. “disagree profoundly” on “human rights,” why should China look up from the millennia of its history to the United States, with its history of about two centuries, as to “the authority . . . of the American idea”?
This last section of Hillary’s dream is entitled “Reviving American Idea.” That idea flourished, according to Hillary, in 1825, when “the great secretary of state Daniel Webster . . . gloried not in American power but rather in the power of the American idea.” What is that idea? “With wisdom and knowledge men may govern themselves.” And Webster “urged his audience, and all Americans, to maintain this example and take care that nothing may weaken its authority with the world.”
In reality, Daniel Webster, who died in 1852 at the age of 70, supported not “anti-slavery,” as did those who fought later in the Civil War against the enslavement of the blacks, but a “compromise” between “slavery” and “anti-slavery.” Outside the United States few would side with such an “American idea.” As for the “American idea” that Hillary ascribes to Daniel Webster, surely it came to a large degree from England, along with the English language.
Many members of every nation are inclined to regard their nation as the source of everything great. Do Hillary and Bill want to sell on the world market that cheapest commodity — self-adulating nationalism?
The “American idea”? What about the New Testament? The English Magna Carta of 1215? The Italian Renaissance? Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony?
The last words of Hillary’s article are, “We can make America great again.” As in 1825? And then all nations will revere the “American idea” of 1825. Under Hillary’s presidency, nothing is impossible! Especially with Bill Clinton, a world-famous Oval Office sex hero, at her side.
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