Over the months that followed
the cartoon crisis, I paid very close attention to the Alliance
of Civilizations' web site. Daily search engine inquiries and AoC
web visits had become routine. July and August yielded more than
enough reading material. One such report, the OSCE
contribution to the Alliance of Civilizations initiative, was
released in June. The OSCE originated from the Helsinki Final Act
of 1975 (also known as the Helsinki Process) and changed its official
name to the Organization for Security and Co-operation of Europe
in 1994. To this day, the Helsinki
Process remains active working to implement a one world government.
What I found was that the OSCE had been particularly impressed with
how the EU's High Representative Javier Solana and the Alliance
of Civilizations had turned the cartoon
crisis into opportunity. Now they were on board and had written
of their unique position to contribute to the implementation of
the AoC initiative. Although I found aspects of the report somewhat
troublesome, it wasn't until I read the Alliance's July 17 Report
of the Hearing with the International Community and Civil Society
that I decided to give the OSCE a second in-depth look. The International
Hearings report contains the following:
"The Military Staff Committee, instead of
being abolished, should be revived so that meetings of military
leaders at different levels could be introduced for the international
practice." (page 26)
It appeared that the defunct Committee was about
to be revived! I also read: "On the national level, constitutional
democracy does not entail the existence of a police state or military
watchdog, but implies observation of the laws that have been worked
out by the elected representatives, as well as the adherence to
the value system." (page 26)
This reminded me of a statement in the OSCE report
that I found puzzling. They said that the OSCE is the world's largest
regional security organization, comprising of 56 participating states
and that "decisions are based on consensus and are politically
but not legally binding". What did that mean? I found my answer
in the Helsinki
Process Papers--Building Democracy From Manila to Doha: The Evolution
of the Movement of New or Restored Democracies as follows:
"Under its human dimension objectives, the
OSCE has adopted instruments, created norms and initiated activities
for the promotion of democracy and governance. The OSCE instruments
are "politically binding commitments" for the participating
states, and become effective upon adoption and implementable without
having to wait for subsequent domestic approval or ratification.
This process allows also the OSCE to react quickly to new needs."
Now I really had much more reason for concern
- The United States is one of those participating
states politically bound to OSCE decisions.
- The OSCE, which is connected to the
European Union, sets mandates in crisis management situations
(note that it was the OSCE that justified the relentless bombing
campaign against Kosovo).
But exactly who enforces OSCE's decisions? Before
answering that let's take a second look at NATO's
Working Together for Peace and Security chart.
The circles so accurately portray the words of
Summit Declaration of 1992. Page 5, section number 10 of the
declaration establishes the OSCE as a crisis management organization
which derives its power from:
· The Council of Europe
· The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO)
· The European Community (European Union)
· The Western European Union (WEU)
Isn't it interesting that's exactly the arrangement
of the circles? Also stipulated in the Helsinki document is that
a "peacekeeping operation, according to its mandate, will involve
civilian and/or military personnel
and may assume a variety
of forms including observer and monitor missions and large deployment
of forces". (See second section--Helsinki Decisions, page 19).
Notice how the Alliance of Civilizations is embedded
into each circle. The outermost circle, the United Nations, is the
administrator of the initiative. Moving inward, the OSCE has adopted
the Alliance and, by treaty, politically binds its member states
to the initiative.
The next circle, the Council of Europe, is administrator
of the social dimension of the Barcelona Process. The Barcelona
Process, established in 1995, set among its goals the responsibility
of straightening out the clash of civilizations as well as combating
religious fundamentalism worldwide. The Alliance of Civilizations
intends to start operations within the framework of the Barcelona
Process and then amplify the AoC initiative globally.
Next is NATO
and the AoC. NATO is also on board with the Alliance of Civilizations
and, unknown to most Americans, has split under the Berlin-Plus
Agreement. In the event of a crisis situation, NATO assets are
transferred to the European Union's Political and Security Committee
presently presided over by EU High Representative Javier Solana.
management drills have already been conducted to test the Berlin-Plus
Moving in we have the European Union which has
at its disposal the crisis management Battle
Groups which can simultaneously sustain multiple offensive operations.
These battle groups are intended for rapid deployment while awaiting
reinforcements from member states' militaries and NATO assets. The
European Security Strategy has committed to strengthening the
United Nations so that it may fulfill its role in global governance.
Anything that undermines global governance is considered by Solana
to be a threat. Statewatch's report, Arming
Big Brother, provides an excellent analysis of the EU's militarization.
The EU is fully committed to the Alliance of Civilizations as it
has appointed the Anna Lindh Foundation to oversee its implementation.
Finally, the innermost interesting circle, that
of the Western European Union (WEU). The WEU is the 10-nation military
alliance of the European Union. The Assembly of the WEU has in place
crisis management Recommendation
666 which provides that military authority be granted to EU
High Representative for Common Foreign and Security Policy in the
event of an emergency. As noted above, this position is presently
held by Javier Solana.
The Assembly of the WEU also adopted Recommendation
735, on a European initiative to strengthen the role of the
United Nations in promoting peace and security. This recommendation
is designed to strengthen the UN militarily in the event of a crisis
situation. The WEU, having recognized that:
"The only common structure envisaged to assist
the Security Council on military matters has never actually functioned:
this is the Military Staff Committee composed of the chiefs of staffs
of the permanent members of the Security Council."
has committed to changing that situation as such:
The proposed provisions on tasks outside
the European Union should state that the Union is ready to make
its military capabilities available to the United Nations for the
purpose of taking coercive action in the event of a threat to peace
Every organization represented by a circle on
this chart has committed to the implementation of the Alliance of
Civilizations initiative. That ought to debunk the myth that the
United Nations is "insignificant" in world affairs. Incidentally,
with all of these measures for crisis management in place, does
anyone else detect another crisis in the very near future?
Daniel 8:25 "And through his policy also
he shall cause craft to prosper in his hand; and he shall magnify
himself in his heart, and by peace shall destroy many: he shall
also stand up against the Prince of princes; but he shall be broken
1 Thessalonians 5:3 "For when they shall
say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them