December 8, 2006


What use the UN?: a review of The Parliament of Man by Paul Kennedy (Rosemary Righter, 7/19/06, Times of London)

Oscar Wilde once observed that a map of the world that did not contain Utopia was not worth looking at. No matter that he would not have cared to live there, or that the delusions of the twentieth century were to give politicians terrible cause to write “here be dragons” on those parts of the globe where the engineers of utopian ideologies were at work. The allure of a world made fresh and new lurks deep within us, if only as a compensating myth to shore against disorderly realities. [...]

Kennedy’s project, whose genesis lies in his co-chairmanship a decade ago of one of the innumerable reform panels of the great and the good, offers neither a definitive, nor a particularly up-to-date, account of the UN. As he comes close to conceding, this winsome essay is not really a history at all, but an engagingly written panegyric for the idea of “global governance”.

The UN that interests Kennedy is “a story of human beings groping towards a common end, a future of mutual dignity, prosperity and tolerance through shared control of international instruments”. The trouble with this heart-warming pastoral is that it is hard to square with what actually goes on in the UN’s many mansions.

Ultimately, the Long War boils down to nothing but the struggle between the Judeo-Christian (and, perhaps, eventually, Shi'a) community, which knows such man-made utopianism to be nonsense, and the forces of Enlightenment Rationalism.

Posted by Orrin Judd at December 8, 2006 9:17 AM

And where exactly does the US lie on this dialectic when it seeks to selectively and violently reform lesser powers into its own image?

Posted by: Macduff at December 8, 2006 1:39 PM

I've been promoting these themes on my show, arguing that our "Our Civilization IS Civilization."

A world run by Trazi/Un/EU ideology would look more like an "Anti-Civilization" than anything based upon the "10 Commandments and 10 Amendments." (Jerusalem/Athens Axis)

Visiting quaint and clean Europe may cause one to question my stark contrast, but I'd argue that Europe is in transition from "our" civilization to "theirs." (France's nightly burning).

Posted by: Bruno at December 8, 2006 1:41 PM

How many Shias have you known personally?.

Posted by: Bisaal at December 9, 2006 12:41 AM
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