Or is it?
After the fall of the Berlin Wall and the collapse of the Soviet Union, the U.S. and our vassal states in Western Europe were triumphant. The great enemy of freedom, the hated USSR, was gone and we were entering a new stage that some called the end of history as in Francis Fukuyama’s book The End of History and the Last Man. It was a weird period of optimism but it was also very unsettled. For people my age we had only known the Cold War, the bi-polar world of good guys and bad guys with the U.S. wearing the white hat had ended and we didn’t really now what to expect. Who was the designated enemy we were supposed to hate?
We got our first glimpse in 1990 when I was a freshman at THE Ohio State University and a regional border dispute kicked off in the middle east when Iraq invaded Kuwait. Kuwait was a nation no one had heard of and most couldn’t find on a map but it suddenly became the top U.S. national security priority. Gee, that sounds familiar. In what was an eerie definitely-just-a-coincidence, arch-globalist President George H.W. Bush gave a speech addressing a joint session of Congress on September 11, 1990 that became known as the New World Order speech. The eponymous line is in bold:
A new partnership of nations has begun, and we stand today at a unique and extraordinary moment. The crisis in the Persian Gulf, as grave as it is, also offers a rare opportunity to move toward an historic period of cooperation. Out of these troubled times, our fifth objective — a new world order — can emerge: A new era — freer from the threat of terror, stronger in the pursuit of justice and more secure in the quest for peace. An era in which the nations of the world, east and west, north and south, can prosper and live in harmony.
I don’t know that many gave it much thought when he said it as war frenzy was running high in America but it was an ominous portent of things to come. American forces struck the Iraqi military like the wrath of God(s), slaughtering the outgunned Iraqi forces wholesale but stopping short of throwing Saddam Hussein out of power.
A decade later his imbecilic son George W. Bush finished what daddy Bush started by driving America to war in Iraq under utterly false pretenses, outright lies if I am being accurate. The invasion and subsequent occupation led to the deaths of hundreds of thousands, mostly Iraqi civilians and cost America hundreds of billions or trillions.
Looking back now it seems all the worse. The “New World Order” of freedom and liberal democracy triumphant has disappeared. America, once epitomizing those values, is slipping into despotism as censorship is rampant, the media is simply a propaganda organ for the ruling class, citizens are held as political prisoners in gulags and now the former President and current candidate for that office is being charged on what can charitably be called ridiculous charges.
Meanwhile our once presumed vanquished foes are ascendant. Russia is growing closer by the day to China, a nation already on the cusp of supplanting America for economic dominance. When you consider that our manufacturing base is almost entirely under the control of the ChiComs it seems that the commies have already won the economic war. The petrodollar is being supplanted and all around the globe deals are being brokered without so much as a by your leave requested from America.
We have not seen a reshuffling of the world order like this since the end of World War II. From a multi-polar world order of squabbling nations jockeying for colonies and territory in Europe to the post-war bi-polar world arrangement that ended with the collapse of the USSR leaving America unchallenged as the sole superpower, we are now in the early stages of seeing a new multi-polar world that is no longer restricted to Western Europe and the U.S.. The remainder of the 21st century promises to belong to powers like China, India and Russia while Europe and America degenerate into the national equivalent of Rust Belt inner cities, once magnificent but now places where you lock your car doors.
However it looks, it will be much different but one thing will remain the same. The power brokers behind the scenes will continue to control the world. We are getting a new world order after all but it won’t be the one we were promised.