For someone who doesn’t know squat about foreign policy, Bomb-Bomb McCain came up with a pretty good idea. His inspiration is to form a League of Democracies consisting of a group of “like minded” nations who could respond to “humanitarian” crisis without having to cope with a creaky and inefficient U.N. which has an anti-western bias to begin with.
The idea is brilliant. Bomb-Bomb is calling for a diplomatic old-boys club restricted to countries of an Angloeuromerican persuasion. (He’s willing to make an exception for India and Brazil since they’re western enough for his tastes. But let Japan go Zen on him and they’ll be out on their ear.)
To blatantly misquote one commentator out of context, the primary function of his league would be to act as “an echo chamber for an American diagnosis of global problems.” (The writer calls this a “fantasy,” but what the hell does he know. We must establish early on that anyone who disagrees with Bomb-Bomb doesn’t know what they’re talking about.)
And of course, a humanitarian crisis is defined as any threat to western interests. As always, the intensity of such a crisis increases in direct proportion to the amount of oil pooled beneath said crisis.
Such a league is necessary in the face of waning Western power and influence. The locus of power is shifting eastward and it must be reversed. This is especially crucial as the worldwide energy crises increases.
From the time the first well was drilled into the sands of the Middle East, the West has controlled its flow. Cheap oil was instrumental in making the West a beacon of corporate democracy. It is imperative that the world’s corporate democracies band together to keep foreigners in funny robes from increasing their control of this vital resource.
But, more is at stake than oil. All that really matters is maintaining western resolve and prestige. Neocons are in the forefront of this heroic effort to salvage the west’s honor. They wax nostalgic over the days when natives thrived under the benevolent rule of Brits in jodhpurs and both order and stability ruled the earth (if you factor out two world wars).
The bottom line is that although we may be a dying empire, we plan to make one hell of an exit. It will be an exit that will make the final act of Hamlet look like an Oprah love-in.
The Nigerian novelist Ben Okri put it very well when he said, “The end of the world begins not with the barbarians at the gate, but with the barbarians at the highest level of state.”
The world revolves around Western values. There are no others worth speaking of. We are the sole masters of the destructive progress that has lifted the world out of its muck and brought it into the flourescent light of enlightened self interest (if you factor out two world wars).
 Quoted in Morris Berman’s Dark Ages America.