| April 30, 1998 -- U.S. approves
another $1 billion in aid to Indonesia as part of the international
$40 billion economic bailout. President Suharto refuses to break up
the multibillion-dollar monopolies controlled by himself, his
family and friends. He says no political reforms until 2003, at
earliest. Police break up student protests.
May 1 -- Washington Times and A.P. say C.I.A. reports
China has nuclear missiles targeted at U.S.
May 3 -- President Clinton's June visit to China will
include welcome ceremonies at Tiananmen Square. Washington
preparing to allow U.S. companies to sell nuclear reactors to
May 4 -- Human rights workers report continued
oppression in China and Indonesia: more executions in China than in
all the rest of the world.
The U.S., its democratic allies and major
dictatorships are rapidly building a new world order -- not quite
finished yet but already a central part of international life and
Its ideology, powers, rewards and punishments are
supplanting those that prevailed internationally until 1994, when
President Clinton joined the new order. If it continues, it will be
the most important new international concept since the end of World
The order was created without formal parliamentary
approval by its sponsors, or any treaty. But every week, sometimes
every day, the underlying tenets are revealed, in action. See
The following description of objectives and goals of
the new order is so different from principles recently
assumed in the West, though not always followed, that it may
read as satire. It is not.
The fundamental change, demanded by the dictatorships
and agreed to in practice by the democracies, is that the rulers,
and rights of the governed, are not a primary moral or economic
consideration of the world.
The democracies, under these values, can protest some
internal acts of the dictatorships -- torture and such. But they
must do so quietly, not allowing these acts, or often even security
interests, to damage the new overriding value of the democratic
and we know.
That value is the trade and investment with the
dictatorships that the democracies believe important to their
national economies -- which are sometimes called jobs, but usually
interpreted as corporate profit.
In exchange, dictatorships allow democracies to
invest and trade in enterprises the capitalists consider profitable
to their corporate strength, although not necessarily to their own
employees or the national economic health of their countries.
If the dictatorships, or authoritarian governments as
some are known more pleasantly, find their economies collapsing
through the corruption
generic to such societies, the International
Monetary Fund and individual democracies rush to arrive with
The explanation given is that otherwise the
dictatorships' economies would disintegrate, bringing revolution.
Now, the people of the dictatorships may long for revolution.
Obviously that cannot be allowed to overcome saving the
dictatorship and thus rescuing the money invested by nationals of
Accepting these values, the events dated above become
understandable, and even neatly logical.
The Indonesian dictator, for instance, was installed
by the army 33 years ago and has been in power ever since. Now he
needs scores of billions with which to overcome his own ineptitude
and family corruption, and do the right thing by his foreign
investors. Who can deny him?
The U.S. gets to sell strategic material to China,
offering as an extra a visit by the U.S. President to honor
Communist leaders and expand their power and political life
Religious and political mavericks in the totalitarian
partners of the new world order get prison, or death, often
The press of democracies gets to write stories about
the growth of order in the new order. Other citizens of the
democracies get to say costs of imported goods are down, how
Americans and Europeans may come to object for
political or moral reasons, or because the new world order may
after all cost them their jobs. But they will never be able to say
they never knew; see above.