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This could be the year

By Henry Lamb
web posted January 7, 2002

This may be the year from which there is no turning back. Global governance advocates have been relentlessly advancing their agenda for a generation. Since the collapse of the Berlin Wall, their progress has been astounding. Most of the recommendations of the Commission on Global Governance are nearing implementation. The events scheduled to occur this year may push the world beyond the point of no return.

The Euro became the coin-of-the-realm for 12 European countries on January 1. Ten years in the making, this event homogenizes the European economy - under the control of a central authority. The three European hold-outs, including the United Kingdom, are expected to be forced into the mix sooner or later. This event gives the European Union an economic foundation and justification for its existence. It is a major step toward the regionalization of global governance.

A similar structure is envisioned for the Western hemisphere. NAFTA was a start, and the Free Trade Agreement of the Americas is expected to finish the job. Economic zones are being established in Asia, and all will function under the auspices of the World Trade Organization, which, incidentally, is being consolidated into the direct administrative structure of the United Nations.

The U.N.'s High Level Panel of Financing Development will meet in Monterey, Mexico, March 18 - 22, 2002, to adopt the Panel's report. Among the recommendations are: a World Taxing Authority; global taxes on fossil fuel; global taxes on currency exchange; consolidation of all international finance and development agencies under U.N. authority; global regulation of multinational corporations, and much more.

The International Criminal Court is expected to enter into force this year, having been ratified by 47 of the required 60 nations. This is the first treaty in history to claim authority in nations that have not ratified the treaty. Americans should visit this web site to see that important information, such as the treaty, and a list of nations that have ratified the treaty, is reserved for people who pay to secure a password. The United Nations believes strongly in the control of information.

This new global institution brings implications too horrible to exaggerate. It is authorized to prosecute "crimes against humanity," which it defines. The court is not subject to veto by any other authority, and is unaccountable to any nation or authority. At U.N. meetings, the United States is regularly accused of such "crimes against humanity," as allowing the death penalty, and civilian gun ownership, and allowing citizens to drive gas-guzzling, carbon-spewing SUVs.

The Kyoto Protocol is also expected to enter into force this year, despite rejection by the United States. This international agreement was never about protecting the environment; it has always been an economic instrument through which an agency of the U.N. could regulate the use of fossil fuel energy to effect the transfer of wealth from developed, to developing countries.

There is virtually no chance that the unrealistic targets for emissions reductions can be met, and even if they were met, it would have no effect on global climate. The Protocol sets up intricate mechanisms for the allocation of economic "incentives" and "disincentives" for participants. This, of course, is U.N.-speak for taking from those who have, and giving it to those who have not.

The Earth Charter, first proposed at the 1992 U.N. Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED), was adopted by Maurice Strong's Earth Council, and Mikhail Gorbechev's Green Cross International.

After a decade of systematic promotion, the document is now ready for adoption as the "bible" of the new, evolving world religion.

This year is the 10th anniversary of the UNCED, the event through which the concept of "sustainable development" officially entered the world in the form of "Agenda 21." The celebration, labeled World Summit on Sustainable Development, is scheduled for August 26 through September 4, 2002, in Johannesburg, South Africa. Early estimates say more than 50,000 people will attend.

Preparatory Committees have been meeting for years, developing the agenda and planning for the huge celebration. The last three days are to be devoted to "world leaders," who will adopt the various documents presented at the meeting. Like the Millennium Summit held in New York in 2000, this body of world leaders has no official authority, but its actions are taken by the U.N. as moral authority to move the U.N. agenda forward.

The U.N. agenda is an action plan for the implementation of global governance. The events scheduled for this year are designed to give meaning, definition, and enforcement authority to a world wide system of governance which has no tolerance for the principles of freedom on which the United States was founded. This could well be the year history will record as the point in time when world government became a reality.

Henry Lamb is the executive vice president of the Environmental Conservation Organization, and chairman of Sovereignty International.

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