Tuesday, August 3, 2010

The west must start living up to its ideals

The Financial Times published an op-ed written by Dominique Moisi on August 3, 2010. In this article, Moisi argued that the West – and in particular America, France, and Italy – had failed to live up to their ideals.

“The time has come to realize that we live beyond our means in material terms, and well below our means both intellectually and spiritually,” said Moisi.

Like Delpech, Moisi (who is also French) basically admits that France is responsible for many of the atrocities that the world has had to suffer through, though he goes about it in a much more direct way and he also implicates Italy and America in the process. All I can say is…what about Britain? He also forgot to mention Germany in this article, but he didn’t forget to mention them in other articles.

On the other hand, he believes that Scandinavian countries do a better job of upholding the ideals of the West. He claims that power is “modest and honest” there. That statement seems pretty ironic given that Scandinavian countries support terrorist organizations like Ansar al-Islam and Jundullah (the founder of Ansar al-Islam, Mullah Krekar, lives in Norway while Sweden supports Jundullah). I guess by modest Moisi means that Scandinavia only supports a few terrorist organizations, instead of a lot like America, Britain, and France.

In this article, as in others, Moisi praises countries like China for having confidence.

“We must now ask ourselves what emerging powers can teach us,” said Moisi.

Here we see yet another reference to confidence. The western elite loves confidence, apparently. I took this to mean that Moisi wants the West to continue to lie about its past and its present, as telling the public about all the rotten things we have done would not, admittedly do wonders for increasing our confidence. Instead, it would probably do wonders for our ability to sit down and shut up, which would be almost the opposite of confidence. It would also do wonders for holding the people in charge accountable, though, and I think that is really what Moisi wants to avoid. Interestingly, Moisi argued that the West has lived beyond its means. This implies that he supports the efforts in the West to reduce government spending and roll back the welfare state. So while not supporting telling the world about all the problems and dipshit ideas people like him have foisted on everyone else, he does support making the common, everyday man suffer for the mistakes made by people like him. Great.

Moisi insisted that the West had an advantage in “the realm of ideas and ideals,” in particular the ideals of democracy, the rule of law, and human rights. The only thing unique about the West is the extent to which we have used those ideals to kill other people and keep them poor.

For example … let’s impose sanctions on that country because that country isn’t a democracy, doesn’t uphold the rule of law, etc. No, wait. Let’s support a democracy movement in that country. That will lead to a civil war and death and destruction and… Wait, did I just say that out loud?

Whoops.

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