Monday, 6 June 2016

D-Day and the rise of anti-Americanism

The single most important fact about the world today is that seventy-two years ago it was conquered by a military alliance led by the United States and whose principle of battle (the Atlantic Charter) was the non-theistic adaptation of New England mainline Protestantism.

Of course, that was not the explanation given to the waves of men landing at Normandy on June 6. 1944. They fought against the German menace which, they were told, threatened to subjugate the entire European landmass. From there, who knows how far the menace would spread? Perhaps to the entire world? It had to be stopped and, beginning on those beaches, it was a few years later.

But as with art, it is important in both history and geopolitics to paint what one sees, not what one wishes to see. And the first thing to notice when reflecting on the brave D-Day landings is that the US invaded Europe in the 1940s, not the other way around. Secondly, it didn’t stop until it swallowed the entire planet inside the progressive parliamentarian version of democracy.

It is no coincidence the entire European ruling class, significant ratios of East Asian elites and a serious swathe of Middle Eastern elites today hold the same perspectives of those at Harvard University in 1945. The US Army did not shoot the professors in Europe or Asia and replace them with US thinkers, it inculcated them into the only form of democracy left standing – the victorious form.

This American model of democracy delivered to Europe on those beaches has no significant natural enemies today. The truth is, except for a tiny minority of grouches, all respectable Europeans agree on every significant political question and the European Union claims to be the culmination of democracy, despite being entirely free from politics. They have become more American than America. And as the US politically evolved but Europe entrenched further into progressivism, the phenomenon – or perhaps epiphenomenon – of “anti-Americanism” emerged.

When Europeans, New Zealanders and every country following these progressive ideals express anti-American sentiments, they are actually acting as devoted servants of the America that conquered them seven decades ago. The America that invaded Europe and corralled Japan was a one-party state that had no place for the political right. Once it was victorious in WWII it worked to recreate Europe, Asia and everywhere in its own image.

The political evolution inside the US since D-Day would require its own post, but in a nutshell the main power struggle today – the secret of anti-Americanism – is the conflict between two factions of Washington (broadly-speaking, the State Department versus the Pentagon) and between the client states of each. This squabbling broke out after the shooting stopped in 1945.

Since then, the world is divided into government with the Americans or the government of America’s enemies. And as time moves on, a new classes of nation state is developing. They can perhaps be defined as “post-anti-American” led by Russia and China, with the Islamic State riding the slipstream. The first two desire a return to the pre-20th century classical international Westphalian ideal of neutrality and actual self-determination.

They have a long way to go, they remain outliers, aren't noted for libertarianism, and, while they need not always agree with Washington, presently have no desire to offend it. As for the rest, the “international community” is what consists of the US government and its satellites.

In 2016 there are no truly international institutions, in fact the concept is a contradiction in terms. There are only American institutions pretending at equal partnership, just like the Warsaw Pact. Unlike the Warsaw Pact, however, the United Nations doesn’t serve US interests directly or report to its officials. UN personnel are sincerely international, yet all its ideas are American: in origin, in the flow of new thoughts and in the structure of status.

This is the Islamic State’s problem. The group is trying to escape from a planetary government structure (not direct government, a hegemonic government process) by moving somewhere else on the planet. But curiously while this isn’t a winning strategy, IS and al qaeda are weak enough to be crushed tomorrow. And yet they haven’t been. To understand why requires the final piece of the anti-Americanism puzzle.

Washington has two kinds of enemies: pretend enemies to its left and real enemies to its right. The intentions of modern Russia make it an enemy, and its politics makes it an enemy to the right (in 2016, any Westphalian ideals is considered a subset of conservativism). And towards its right enemies, Washington is incredibly deadly.

The pretend enemies (Cold War Communist countries, Third World thugs, revolutionary Islamists, etc) are best defined as partial clients. Unlike full clients such as the OECD democracies, partial clients are aligned with the left faction in Washington. If their “anti-Americanism” ever reaches the level of military combat, the clash is essentially a civil war and very limited – the half-hearted anti-IS war, for instance.

Right enemies include Nazis and other fascists, apartheid South Africa and Rhodesia, the Portuguese Estado Novo, Francisco Franco's Spain, the Greek colonels and Israel. All but one of those regimes no longer exist, starting with the D-Day landings. And while it is annoying to Washington, the “Israel lobby” is a pea-shooter compared with cannon of the Palestine lobby. The State Department’s policy is that the conflict will end when Israel gives money and land to the Palestinians, not the reverse.

To its left Washington uses proxy forces. To its right, it uses its own forces to fight. To its left, it finds excuses not to act. To its right, it creates excuses to attack. To its left, the olive branch is always extended. To its right, it crushes or isolates until the entity succumbs. Democracy and socialism are essentially synonymous, the latter being inevitable in any “for the people, by the people” structure.

This is how Washington ended up ruling the world – and “anti-Americanism” is a feature, not a bug. It is the lesson of D-Day: Washington’s empire keeps an eye on anyone wanting to escape from this framework. It watches those usurpers, until or unless they show some tendency to actually succeed. At that point, the fangs emerge. And it has been watching everything since before June 6, 1944.

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