Toward a ‘Multipolar World Order’
Vol: 28 Issue: 27 Tuesday, January 27, 2004
Jacques Chirac has a new best friend. Chinese president Hu Jintao arrived in France on January 27 for an ambitious official 4-day visit. Hu is to meet with Chirac to sign a new bilateral agreement, before visiting the Eiffel Tower and the Toulouse Airbus factories.
Also on the agenda is his planned address to the National Assembly of the French Parliament and meetings with French businessmen interested in investing in China.
Hu’s visit was timed to coincide with the anniversary of French recognition of Mao Tse Tung’s People’s Republic of China. Until the French broke the ice, Mao’s government was internationally isolated, and Chiang Kai Shek’s government-in-exile on the island of Tawian was internationally recognized as the only legal representative of the Chinese people.
The visit is another in a series of efforts by Chirac to develop a grouping of powerful nations that will counter-balance what Chirac views as the threat posed by US global supremacy.
Chirac has a pet name for the status quo. Chirac has been the chief critic of what he calls the ‘unipolar’ world since the collapse of the Soviet Union and the emergence of the United States as the only global super-power. Chirac envisions a multinational superpower, led by France, to restore ‘balance’ through his ‘multipolar’ global vision.
French Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman, Herv Ladsous, said that such a convergence of visions for a multipolar world is even stronger after the war in Iraq. France aims at strengthening its own economic investments in China, including investments in the television and DVD industries and nuclear plants.
On the other hand China is looking for support for its new investments, new technology, environmental protection, cooperation in defeating Sars, the fight against crime and illegal immigration. France is an important intermediary for China s relations with the European Union.
French foreign minister, Dominique de Villepin, met with other EU ministers to lift the arms embargo imposed on China as soon as possible. The embargo was set after the events of Tiananmen Square in 1989.
Last December, the European Parliament voted down Beijing s request by passing a resolution on the issue. In it the European Parliament decided to keep the embargo, due to insufficient guarantees in terms of China s human rights violations and threats made against Taiwan.
Germany also agreed with France to lift the embargo.
French authorities gave Hu Jintao a royal welcome , decorating the Eiffel Tower in red, criticizing Taiwan and keeping the special guest away from embarrassing situations concerning human rights issues. Figures considered unwelcome in Beijing were not present at the Year of China in France cultural event.
Figures like Francis Perrin, president of Amnesty International-France. He ’embarrassed’ China by criticizing China’s total disregard for human rights. He called for “consistency. . . between words and actions. French politicians often remind us that France is the home of human rights. The least they can do is face the issue of human rights of China.
That made Perrin an embarrassment to both the visiting Chinese premiere, and to Jacques Chirac, who prefers to revise his history on the fly.
Beijing routinely blocks web sights, employs capital punishment for political crimes, as well as other human rights violations, like the oppression of minorities, the country’s arrest and imprisonment of dissidents, and forced abortions and sterilizations as part of China’s ‘one child’ policy.
France’s dream of a French-led multi-polar world isn’t just a Gaullist pipe-dream. In an Aug. 25 speech, French Foreign Minister Dominique de Villepin called for a “new world organization” to replace the United Nations as it is currently structured.
At an annual conference in Paris bringing together 200 top French diplomats and Foreign Ministry officials, de Villepin reiterated his view that the United States must cede power to a new “collective-security” organization.
“[B]uilding a new world, founding a new order” was “urgent,” he insisted, “an immense task that is incumbent upon us.” It was France’s role to lead Europe to become “one of the founding pillars” of the new system, he said.
The new collective-security system should be “founded on collective responsibility and world democracy,” de Villepin said. In particular, he said that France was now looking favorably to the idea of enlarging membership of the U.N. Security Council and vesting it with expanded powers.
While he provided no specifics in his speech, aides later said that he believed Germany, Japan, India, Brazil and a major African power such as Nigeria all should be given permanent seats on the council, along with veto power over all Security Council resolutions, including those authorizing the use of force.
In a direct dig at the Bush administration, de Villepin insisted that no nation should be allowed to use force, even in the defense of its own interests, without specific approval from the Security Council.
“Using force is often tempting,” he said, but “can only be justified if collective security or urgent humanitarian needs require it.” Force must be “a last resort,” and “only when the international community, through the Security Council, decides.”
The French seldom ask for Security Council approval when it intervenes militarily in Africa, and in 1999 had no problem in joining a NATO coalition that bypassed the United Nations.
But when the United States assembled a “coalition of the willing” to oust Saddam Hussein, after France blocked U.S. efforts to win U.N. support that was “unacceptable.” That’s the French view of ‘multipolar’ — do as I say, not as I do.
It isn’t much different, really, than the US in this regard; with the exception that the French don’t have the military might to back it up. Hence the drive to create a little global ‘kingdom’ led by King Jacques the first, who can mobilize his ‘partners’ who now include the EU, the Russians and the Chinese.
Dominique de Villepin said that no country should take umbrage at the French insistence on a new “multipolar” world order.
Sweeping aside the record of his own diplomacy, de Villepin said, “[T]he French vision of multipolarity does not aim at organizing rivalry or competition, but responsibility, stability and initiative.” (Baloney, but it sounds good when he says it in French).
De Villepin hinted in recent speeches that France is gearing up for a new showdown with the United States and Britain over Iraq, this time disguised as an effort to transfer authority for the post-war military occupation from the United States to the United Nations.
“The new structures that eventually will be put in place cannot be simply an enlargement or adjustment of the current occupation forces. Instead, we must put in place a veritable international force under a U.N. Security Council mandate,” he said.
Last June, US National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice dismissed Chirac’s vision of ‘multipolarity’ saying, “Multipolarity was never a unifying idea or vision… it was a necessary evil that sustained the essence of war but did not promote peace. Multipolarity is a theory of rivalry, of competing interests and, at its very worst, of competing values. We tried it before… it led to the Great War, to the Second World War and to the Cold War. Why should we try to divide ourselves?” Rice asked. “Only the enemies of freedom would cheer these divisions.”
Why, indeed? For students of Bible prophecy, the answer is simple. Because that is the way God said things would develop as we get closer to the End of Days. The Russian newspaper, Pravda, dubbed the French vision a ‘Multipolar World Order’ — evidently since the ‘New World Order’ thing never fully panned out.
The partners enlisted by France to create this ‘Multipolar World Order’ are interesting, to say the least. Let’s look at an overview of the situation.
The French have pretty much taken over the core of the European superstate, exerting supremacy through the 10-nation Western European Alliance.
“In November 1988, a Protocol of Accession was signed by the WEU Member States with Portugal and Spain. The ratification process was completed in March 1990. Greece followed a similar process in 1992 and 1995 thus bringing the total WEU membership to 10. The transfer of the crisis management functions to the European Union has had no impact on WEU membership.” – from the WEU website, http://www.weu.int/WEU_today.htm
The prophet Daniel predicted in the last days that a revived form of the old Roman Empire would be restored. (Daniel 9:26) Daniel characterized it as ‘partly strong and partly week, like iron mixed with miry clay’. (Daniel 2:42-43).
The prophet Ezekiel predicted the rise of Gog and Magog (modern Russia) and says that, at some point during the ‘latter times’ it would ally itself with the Islamic nations of Persia (Iran) Libya, the North African Muslim states and Eastern Europe.
(“Gomer, and all his bands; the house of Togarmah of the north quarters, and all his bands: and many people with thee.” – Ezekiel 38:6)
Currently, Israel is embroiled in a legal battle with the European-led World Court at The Hague, as well as with the United Nations, Russia and the Muslim world over the construction of what they call “Israel’s apartheid wall.”
Ezekiel foretold a time when the Gog Magog alliance will think ‘an evil thought’ “And thou shalt say, I will go up to the land of unwalled villages; I will go to them that are at rest, that dwell safely, all of them dwelling without walls, and having neither bars nor gates.” (Ezekiel 38:10b, 11)
The target will be Israel. “And thou shalt come up against my people of Israel. . .” (Ezekiel 38:16) Israel is also embroiled in a war of words with the United Nations, the Muslim world, the WEU and Russia over an ever-increasing level of anti-Semitism.
The Apostle John recorded in the Book of the Revelation that, out of this grand alliance will rise a leader, “having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy.”
(Although now unoffically dubbed the ‘Group of Eight’ the G-7 only invited Russia as an ‘observer only’ to give Russian pride a boost following the USSR’s ignominious collapse. Russia’s economy is in shambles and it is the Group of Seven (plus one) that sets the global economic agenda — so both the ‘ten crowns’ and ‘seven heads’ are ALREADY in existence). (ref: http://www.factmonster.com/ce6/history/A0821954.html)
“And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name. (Revelation 13:16-17)
The Apostle John also references a powerful army of two hundred million men (approximately the population of the known world in his time) that will march westward under the banner of the ‘Kings of the East.’ (Revelation 9:16, 16:12)
Chirac’s vision of a ‘multipolar world’ mirrors the Bible’s overview of the last days. Indeed, the only obstacle in his path is the United States of America — the currently global superpower, but curiously, the only player in the current global drama not specifically mentioned in Bible prophecy.
It all began with the restoration of Israel (the ‘fig tree’) in 1948. 1948 was the year the Cold War officially began with Moscow’s Berlin Blockade that first pitted the US against the USSR in a forty-year conflict of competing ideologies. The embryonic Western European Alliance was born out of the 1948 Benelux Treaty.
China’s division into mainline China and the People’s Republic of Taiwan occurred after Communist control of Manchuria was realized with the capture of Shenyang (Mukden) in Nov. 1948. The division of the Koreas and the birth of the North Korean Stalinist state took place in 1948.
So too, did the majority of the documents that set the stage for the efforts to build a global government, including the UN Declaration of Human Rights (1948), the Venice Genocide Treaty (1948), the World Council of Churches (1948), the Venice Agreement on Treaties (1948) and the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (1948), which has since grown into the World Trade Organization.
The players are all now on stage, awaiting their cues.
Jesus said, “Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When her branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is near: So ye in like manner, when ye shall see these things come to pass, know that it is nigh, even at the doors. Verily I say unto you, that this generation shall NOT pass, till ALL these things be done.” (Mark 13:28-30)