Tuesday, October 12, 2004

 

The "Global Test", Part 1

I know it's been a few weeks since this idiotic phrase was uttered by a dim-witted internationalist, but let's talk about the "global test", who passes, who fails, and why.

First on the list of those who passed the "global test" is Benito Mussolini. The generalissimo took control of Italy in 1922 with nary a whimper of protest from the League of Nations (LoN). We can add to the list fascists like Francisco Franco, but not (yet) Adolf Hitler. You see Franco took over Spain by force and was not opposed by most of the world including the USA. The US at that time, of course, was being run by Jimmy Carter's hero, with the Carter-esque international results; disaster. Hitler took over Germany mostly by using the weaknesses of democracy against it. As an aside, If anyone thinks democracy is always the best and most robust form of government, I have two names to correct you with, Adolf Hitler and Ted Kennedy.

No, no, it took a while longer for Hitler to pass the "global test" at the LoN. It was in 1936 that Hitler remilitarized the Rhineland to little more than hems and haws from the world community. The annexations of Austria, the Sudetenland, and Czechoslovakia followed without "peace in our time". This was the first great failure of the "global test".

We all know that World War II followed and, surprise, America won by actually killing off its enemies and their civilian populations. Sounds tempting today, huh? But, no! A far more insidious enemy took over from the Nazis and led us to the "global test" we supposedly face today. The enemy is, naturally, the Bolshevik.

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