Guest Post: The Slow Death Of The Old Global Order

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Submitted by Robert Merry via The National Interest,

In the spring of 2012, The National Interest produced a special issue under the rubric of “The Crisis of the Old Order: The Crumbling Status Quo at Home and Abroad.” The thesis was that the old era of relative global stability, forged through the crucibles of the Great Depression and World War II, was coming unglued. In introducing the broad topic to readers, TNI editors wrote, “Only through a historical perspective can we fully understand the profound developments of our time and glean, perhaps only dimly, where they are taking us. One thing is clear: they are taking us into a new era. The only question is how much disruption, chaos and bloodshed will attend the transition from the Old Order to whatever emerges to replace it.”

Since publication of that special issue of the magazine, events have seemed to bolster the thesis that the current global situation and the American domestic political situation are inherently unstable, and stability will return only with the emergence of some kind of new order. Leaving aside the U.S. domestic scene for purposes of this digression, the gathering global crisis got a penetrating survey the other day from William Pfaff, the longtime geopolitical analyst for the International Herald Tribune (recently renamed the International New York Times).

Pfaff said the world faces an “international disorder unmatched since the interwar 1930s,” fostered by the ongoing Ukraine crisis, the “self-destructive forces” of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, growing instability within the world of Islam, and the “serious risk of collapse” of the European Union. Pfaff notes with a small measure of relief that the world isn’t beset these days by ideological dictatorships on the march or any new waves of totalitarianism. Today’s problems, he says, are merely “confusion, incompetence, and intellectual and moral disorder.” He adds: “But these are bad enough, in an over-armed world.”

What’s most troubling about all this is that today’s national leaders seem utterly lacking in any serious consciousness of just how dangerous the global situation is. The current Ukraine crisis , for example, is the product of a long-term Western tendency (the word “strategy" hardly qualifies here, given the lack of any coherent logic involved) to push eastward through what once were the buffer territories of Eastern Europe and press right up to the Russian border.

Though highly provocative, this didn’t generate any serious crisis when Russia remained weak after the Soviet collapse and the eastward push didn’t extend into territories that for centuries had been part of Russia’s traditional sphere of influence. But the United States, European Union and NATO remained blithely unmindful of the consequences when they kept pushing as Russia gained sufficient power to resist incursions into its areas of crucial national interest. What were the leaders of these Western entities thinking?

Pfaff puts that question a little differently: “Why Should Slavic and Orthodox-Uniate Ukraine, its history painfully intertwined with Russia’s, be made a member of what was and still essentially is Charlemagne’s post–Roman Europe?” With one sentence he places today’s sordid events surrounding Ukraine into a broad historical perspective of more than a millennium.

For that matter, adds Pfaff, “Why does Turkey belong in Christian Europe?" He wonders if President Obama, should he be asked such questions, could give a considered and historically grounded answer. “Or does the machinery of foreign-policy making grind relentlessly along behind Mr. Obama’s back, or beyond his attention?”

Good question. And it’s particularly intriguing given the machinations of that meddling bureaucrat, Victoria Nuland, Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs, who worked behind the scenes  to foment the uprising that eventually ousted the duly-elected Ukrainian president, Viktor Yanukovych. She even identified the man who should replace Yanukovych after his ouster and—presto!—he did indeed emerge as Ukraine’s interim leader. It turns out that the United States has spent some $5 billion in fostering “democratic institutions” in Ukraine designed to nudge the country away from Russian sway.

Saner heads would have understood just how dangerous this kind of activity can be. And so some questions intrude: Did anyone in the State Department inform President Obama that this was going on? If anyone had, would the president or his informant have understood the potentially incendiary nature of such diplomatic intrusiveness? Or was the president simply left in the dark, as Pfaff has suggested, while his minions engaged in activity destined to create an unnecessary crisis in U.S.-Russian relations and possibly unleash destabilizing ethnic tensions in a crucial corner of the world?

For historical perspective, it’s worth noting that we look back now with a certain disdain upon the heads of state grappling with events leading to World War I. Those events ended a century of relative stability and peace in Europe, and the men who let that grand epoch pass are seen in history as hapless, out of touch, even stupid. In fact, they weren’t stupid, but they were out of touch and that rendered them hapless in the face of events they didn’t understand.

President Obama and those around him aren’t stupid either, but they don’t seem to understand the nature of our time and the challenges posed by a fading era. They seem incapable of grappling with the kinds of broad historical questions posed by William Pfaff.

But the problem doesn’t reside only with the current administration. There seems to be a zeitgeist in play that retards the ability of our leaders and intellectuals to grasp the transformative nature of our time and hence the havoc besetting the globe. Pfaff is equally hard on George W. Bush and his father, George H. W. Bush, particularly regarding what he calls “the Muslim conflagration.” He writes: “Iraq, Syria, Egypt, Libya, Yemen, Lebanon, Afghanistan, Pakistan—in all of them, a President Bush, or President Obama, together with his accomplices, has passed their way, sowing annihilation."

He’s right, of course, and equally correct in dismissing the ongoing efforts by U.S. officials to find a solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict “in the face of the manifest unwillingness of Israel to allow the conflict to be solved on any terms that do not expel all the Palestinians from the Palestinian Occupied Territories, and award these to Israel (God’s lands, therefore Zionist Israel’s: Sheldon Adelson, sales agent)."

One could argue that it isn’t in America’s interest to push Israel on this matter, though that is eminently debatable. More to the point, though, is the haplessness of a nation continually going back to the well with high expectations of finding water, when in fact the well has been dry for decades. That kind of behavior by any nation denotes a clear lack of seriousness.

Seriousness is what the times call for. We are living through a crisis of the old order, and it demands new thinking, new cautions, new understandings of the profound challenges of this pregnant historical interregnum. If Western leaders continue along the course they’ve been on in the post-Cold War period, they are likely to go down in history in much the same light as those sadly obtuse leaders who presided over the onset of World War I.

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Crawdaddy's picture

Out with the old, in with the Novus Ordo Seclorum.

Newsboy's picture

Can we vote for euthanasia?

NoDebt's picture

You can vote for anything you like.  What comes from it won't change much, though.

Anusocracy's picture

"The only question is how much disruption, chaos and bloodshed will attend the transition from the Old Order to whatever emerges to replace it.”

Probably a lot because it's caused by the very existence of government.

“Chaos is found in greatest abundance wherever order is being sought. It always defeats order, because it is better organized.”
Terry Pratchett

Oh regional Indian's picture

2 things: National leaders are not clueless. They are puppets.

2: Novus Ordo Scrotum!


How they killing people, forget orders...

old naughty's picture

You want the resolution (to conflicts)...

You can't handle the resolution !

gdogus erectus's picture

Obtuse leaders? This is a bullshit meme making the reader think that these judgements are made in error by stupid leaders. Wrong. These actions are taken by stupid leaders who are being told to do EXACTLY what their handlers want them to do. Big difference.

strannick's picture

Tell Obama? Why should or would the Deep State bother mentioning any of its machinations to him? Likewise on the obtuse leaders schlock. Is the author really that naive? This isn't a case of well meaning leaders seeking peace and failing. Its power pushing itself to its limits and beyond, and inevitably bring on war.

Ying-Yang's picture

New 2014 Study - The United States of America is not a republic in substance but rather an oligarchy where the rich rule and the majority are irrelevant to policy decisions.

"The central point that emerges from our research is that economic elites and organized groups representing business interests have substantial independent impacts on U.S. government policy, while mass-based interest groups and average citizens have little or no independent influence."

Report PDF:

Totentänzerlied's picture

History and English lesson: Anything that is not a monarchy can be called a republic. It is a pretty meaningless term, just like "democracy," "capitalism," "rule of law," and so on.

More to the point, I'd like someone to name one nation-state on this planet which does not fit the description: "an oligarchy where the rich rule and the majority are irrelevant to policy decisions."

Lost Word's picture

Oligarchy is Monarchy by another name.

Crawdaddy's picture

We need to stop treating these people as though they are special.. They are scum.

weburke's picture

its the self called -royals-. they won the revolutionary war, but it took them almost a century. "love your enemies" is a disarming trick used by the wolves in sheeps clothing. putin is a royal also.

Lost Word's picture

Plenty of Russians who had royal ancestry, but Putin, I don't know, perhaps?

Putin certainly not in the high ranks, more likely a royal puppet.

gdogus erectus's picture

Sorry Ori, I missed your post and said the same thing you did. Spot on.

Oh regional Indian's picture

All good ge, truth bears repeating :-)

aleph0's picture

"National leaders are not clueless. They are puppets."

100% correct.

Nice piece of pseudo-intellectual propaganda to throw us off the scent of .. 100 years of Political & Bankster FRAUD.

Not once was the word FRAUD mentioned in the article .

Dick Buttkiss's picture

Which is to say that the country has no actual leaders at all and is instead being run into the ground by behind-the-scenes sociopaths who are as out of control as they are in control.  

Which is why the world is as likely to plunge into world war today as it was a hundred years ago. 

Milestones's picture

The most obvious is rarely ever mentioned by TPTB; case in point.                     Milestones

bunnyswanson's picture

Bob Carr: Diary of a Foreign Minister. Speaking to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Carr hit out at the “pro-Israel lobby in Melbourne,” saying it wielded “extraordinary influence” on Australia’s foreign policy during his time in Julia Gillard’s cabinet.  As The Guardian reported:


Following Carr’s comments The Jerusalem Post sourly noted that: “John Mearsheimer and Stephen Walt, who wrote a 2007 book alleging that the ‘Israel lobby’ has a stranglehold on US Foreign policy, have an Australian cousin: former foreign minister Bob Carr.”

Bonus - Morris makes observations on MH370 and more (5 min, worth a listen)



SamAdams's picture

We are still here, and we will educate the masses.. It is exponential, yet slow at first.  The gain is full, soon the effect..

Anusocracy's picture

"For that matter, adds Pfaff, Why does Turkey belong in Christian Europe?"

He may be close to asking the right question:

Why do people who have no desire to be under government control be forced to accept it?

SamAdams's picture

If you have been watching, you will have observed the young belong to us, the revolution.  Regardless of best efforts, the youth are more awake than ever.  It will grow, there is no other choice.

Herd Redirection Committee's picture

Russia, Turkey, Germany.  Not a bad alliance, in theory.

StandardDeviant's picture

Quite right.  Also: "Christian Europe"?  In my experience, European societies (at least in the North) are among the most secular on earth.

Herodotus's picture

The Turks need to be thrown out of Constantinople.

Crawdaddy's picture

As seen on the back of our money, freemasonry is every where but everyone wants to ignore it. It is thrown in our face with every Super Bowl, Olympics, and especially music award presentation. Identical obelisks erected in DC, London, the vatican, The seats of power. Almost every company logo illustrates they are in league with these secret soceties.

Choose wisely

roadhazard's picture

Sorry, can't listen to that rap/hiphop shit.

Cloud9.5's picture

Free Masonry introduced the vote and a secret ballot to a world of hereditary despots. In Masonry all Masons are equal, a novel concept for the 1700’s.  This idea spilled over into the Republic.  You have been persuaded by charlatans who profess secret knowledge in order to gain listeners and sell books.  Washington was the Grand Master of the Virginia Lodge.  Had it not been for the fact that a third of the Continental Army was made up of Masons that army would have deserted at Valley Forge.  You would have lost the revolution and the republic would never have been born.


Go to a Masonic meeting today and you will find a bunch of old men in their seventies and eighties talking about their sick a dying brothers and trying to organize the next fish fry or pancake breakfast.  The grand schemes and plots are fantasies of pretenders.  


D. Cloud, Past Master Poinciana Lodge  

GoldenTool's picture

Washington gets named all the time.  Hamilton his aide and first sec of treasury was he a mason?  Ya there is the whole hidden side of this isn't there.  Hamilton was probably just a early zionist because Washingtons right hand man wouldn't be a member.  What about Robert E. Lee? Where is his house now and who made that happen.  I would also like to ask how that republic thing is going?  Why isn't the brotherhood doing anything, I mean after the revolution one would think your group would be lining up to keep what they achieved.  Maybe 1812 had something to do about that and why not talk about it.  Silence, ooo is there more then one side to this?

Never judge a secret group by it's public front, actions, or lack of them, are louder.  

Usefull tools are always venerated.

No disrespect intended, but I do beg the question.  Are you speaking policy, because if not I'm don't hear the anger I would expect.


"sunt omnes unum"





Herd Redirection Committee's picture

My grandpa became President of a bank, way back in the day.  Doesn't mean he ran the bank, though, does it? 

Sometimes an organization needs a REALLY good front.  Regardless, the real work is done in the CFR, Bilderberg Group, and various other committees that have been assembled.

GoldenTool's picture

Yes, always the hidden hand with a harmless front.  Funny you bring banks into this.

Why did phillip run them out the first time.  They squeezed his wallet.  

The difference between this go around and last time is there is no royalty to stop it

Guess I get tired of listening to apologies and am waiting for someone to stand up and say for shame.

I know.  No politics no religion.  So lets talk money that's what zh is about right.

GoldenTool's picture

O and regarding the empathy stuff lower in thread.  Empathy is hog wash.  Masons do have this right.  It is about what you build and how you make it better.  Empathy got us into this.  EBT, TBTF, Loans which are all but impossible to fufill.  At some point you have to start thinking live and let die or a collapse will bring down everything.

acetinker's picture

My understanding is that the freemasons evolved from the knights templar. The knights became the money-changers by securing the wealth of the oligarchs of the day.  The oligarchs who once welcomed the services of the templars, eventually realized that the templars threatened their control of the medium of exchange.

Then came friday the 13th, 1307, when Jacques DeMolay (the last Grand Master of the the templars) and around 60 of his captains were liquidated by order of Pope Clement V.

The bottom line here is that there are no bad -vs- good guys on a partisan basis.  There are good masons and bad masons.  There are good christians and bad christians.

But, we can quite easily identify the enemies of humanity.  Ironically, they are humans, too.

Your enemy places himself above you, with no justification as to why he should be there.

Your enemy offers that you can vote on a machine that has already been programmed to ignore your vote.

Let me stop here, and defer to those who taught me;

I have posted this before, to no avail, but maybe GoldenTool can appreciate:


  • Poor, wretched, and stupid peoples, nations determined on your own misfortune and blind to your own good! You let yourselves be deprived before your own eyes of the best part of your revenues; your fields are plundered, your homes robbed, your family heirlooms taken away. You live in such a way that you cannot claim a single thing as your own; and it would seem that you consider yourselves lucky to be loaned your property, your families, and your very lives. All this havoc, this misfortune, this ruin, descends upon you not from alien foes, but from the one enemy whom you yourselves render as powerful as he is, for whom you go bravely to war, for whose greatness you do not refuse to offer your own bodies unto death. He who thus domineers over you has only two eyes, only two hands, only one body, no more than is possessed by the least man among the infinite numbers dwelling in your cities; he has indeed nothing more than the power that you confer upon him to destroy you. Where has he acquired enough eyes to spy upon you, if you do not provide them yourselves? How can he have so many arms to beat you with, if he does not borrow them from you? The feet that trample down your cities, where does he get them if they are not your own? How does he have any power over you except through you? How would he dare assail you if he had no cooperation from you? What could he do to you if you yourselves did not connive with the thief who plunders you, if you were not accomplices of the murderer who kills you, if you were not traitors to yourselves? You sow your crops in order that he may ravage them, you install and furnish your homes to give him goods to pillage; you rear your daughters that he may gratify his lust; you bring up your children in order that he may confer upon them the greatest privilege he knows — to be led into his battles, to be delivered to butchery, to be made the servants of his greed and the instruments of his vengeance; you yield your bodies unto hard labor in order that he may indulge in his delights and wallow in his filthy pleasures; you weaken yourselves in order to make him the stronger and the mightier to hold you in check. From all these indignities, such as the very beasts of the field would not endure, you can deliver yourselves if you try, not by taking action, but merely by willing to be free. Resolve to serve no more, and you are at once freed. I do not ask that you place hands upon the tyrant to topple him over, but simply that you support him no longer; then you will behold him, like a great Colossus whose pedestal has been pulled away, fall of his own weight and break in pieces.
Crawdaddy's picture

I've known many masons and the local yokels are just like you describe. Normal people. Those at the bottom of the pyramid are ignorant of what goes on at the top. My grandfather was a proud mason and he certainly wasn't part of an evil elite. But even he came to realize the guys at the top were a bunch of psychos.

In Christian countries, a Bible is on the altar inside the mason lodge. In muslim countries, a koran is there. The dominant religion is grafted into the lodge and used to fool initiates into thinking the masons are believers in their God. The same applies in India, Israel, etc. In Utah, Joseph Smith's book is the front man.

Read up on what goes on at the top of your former organization. The Grand Architect is a fallen angle named lucifer. Albert Pike said so in Morals and Dogma, aka the handbook of freemasons. The next time you are in DC go by and visit his tomb and see for yourself.

The guys at the top wield the power. They have the money and control the institutions. They are the ones that give the orders. The vast majority of low level masons (even some high level guys too) are kept in the dark and just follow orders.

What low level freemason can decide to make these two monuments (there are hundreds of others) and then have the tax payer fund them forever?

Fantasies of pretenders indeed.

Lost Word's picture

I read a long time ago Pike's "Morals and Dogma".

It is doubtful that very many low level so-called Christian Freemasons have read

"Morals and Dogma", because it appears to be Pagan New Age religion,

or as some people would describe it, Satanic religion.

Lost Word's picture

Low level Freemasons are pawns and Un-illuminated.

Freemasonry openly confesses that the low level degrees are deceptive, and hide the truth which is revealed by the higher degrees.

The higher degrees of Freemasonry are the degrees of conspiracy.

Lost Word's picture

Back in the time when George Washington was a Freemason,

there were only Three Degrees of Freemasonry,

and Freemasonry was somewhat Christian in appearance.

Later, as many more degrees, higher degrees were created,

some by Christians,

and some by a wide variety of charlatans,

many of the higher degrees became Pagan, or anti-Christian,

as consolidated by Confederate General Albert Pike, after the American Civil War,

an early leader of the Southern Jurisdiction of Freemasonry, or Scottish Rite Freemasonry, which eventually had 33 Degrees.

Northern Jurisdiction Freemasonry in the US was mostly English Rite Freemasonry, with only Three Degrees, although extra degrees were added later.

Scottish Rite Freemasonry became the most powerful form of Freemasonry in the United States, and eventually spread further throughout the world, by the influence and power of the United States.


Lost Word's picture

Freemasonry and its evil spawn, the Illuminati.

The Illuminati was founded May 1, 1776, by a Jewish Jesuit.

May Day. A Socialist-Communist Holiday.

Freemasonry and Illuminati, the predecessors of the Protocols of Zion

conspiracy to rule the world.

Crawdaddy's picture

I do not like the reappearance of the Jesuits.... Shall we not have regular swarms of them here, in as many disguises as only a king of the gipsies can assume, dressed as printers, publishers, writers and schoolmasters? If ever there was a body of men who merited damnation on earth and in Hell, it is this society of Loyola's. Nevertheless, we are compelled by our system of religious toleration to offer them an asylum.
-- John Adams, letter to Thomas Jefferson, May 5, 1816

UselessEater's picture

Ah but apparently a few days ago on ZH the problem was cause women voted....the stupidity rolls on but the slayers avoid getting into defend and protect mode.


ILLILLILLI's picture

"We've always been at war with Euthanasia..."

813kml's picture

Off topic, but since this Gestapo state is now starting to affect my wallet:  


FUCK YOU, NSA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 




Also, quit throttling my bandwidth, I'm trying to find a decent movie on Netflix to curb my rage.

PhysicalRealm's picture

813kml -- send 'em here -- it's better than a deserted island, and it's for sale!