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REPORTS 2002:   Aug 29    Sept 1    Sept 3     Sept 4    
 
The New Marxism: Green on the Outside and Red on the Inside
World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD)
Eagle Forum Correspondent Cathie Adams reporting from Johannesburg, South Africa.
Sept. 3, 2002
Why did the United Nations (UN) and even UK Prime Minister Tony Blair try to cajole President Bush to attend this meeting in Johannesburg, South Africa? The answer is on the familiar money trail, the very essence of every United Nations meeting I have attended since 1995.

During the 1992 Earth Summit, Secretary-General Maurice Strong devised a means of soaking the rich countries to pay the poor while ignoring the graft and corruption of Third World governments that are the main cause of their peoples sufferings: the environment. This meeting is a follow-up to the 1992 Rio de Janeiro Earth Summit.

Since the environment affects all peoples, everywhere, all the time, it became the zealous cause of the old line Marxists including former communist dictator Mikhail Gorbachev. Some call it the watermelon effect because it is green on the outside and red on the inside.

Gorbachev and Strong have been unrelenting in their long march to achieve the redistribution dreams for absolute equity for the masses in hopes of positioning themselves and their friends as the ruling elite. And they have had a lot of help from Steven Rockefeller who joined in writing and then pushing with evangelical zeal this redistribution agenda in a constitution-like document for a New World Order called the Earth Charter (www.earthcharter.org).

This over-arching plan is the reason why the muesli-munching, environmental wacko crowd will never be satisfied with the ideals of clean air and water. As a matter of fact, those essentials to good health that open vast opportunities for the general welfare of all peoples, are the carrot in the proverbial carrot and stick game; the stick is a series of UN treaties aiming to globally redistribute wealth.

America got caught in the game when former President Bush attended the Rio Earth Summit and signed the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) treaty that was then ratified by the U.S. Senate in 1992 before he was voted out of office. Reaching out to these zealots is a lose-lose proposition.

Even so, the U.S. is the largest donor of the 173 contributors to the Global Environment Facility, $107.5 million annually. President Bush has requested $70.3 million from Congress annually for the next three years to pay off U.S. "arrears."

The UNFCCC morphed into the infamous 1997 Kyoto Protocol that was binding only on developed nations with the aim of taxing them to produce energy by buying credits from Third World nations, thereby redistributing wealth from rich nations to poor ones.

President George W. Bush was prudent to decline attending this nine-ring circus in Johannesburg and astute to rebuff the Kyoto Protocol. While he is being criticized for his absence, he would come under greater criticism if he were here because it would give credibility to the very people who are out to do him in, just as they did his father's presidency.

Here are a few examples of the monotonous calls for wealth redistribution at this Earth Summit II:

  • Population, Environment and Development, UN Population Division, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, "The two defining characteristics of global economic growth in the latter half of the twentieth century have been its unprecedented pace and its unequal distribution between countries and regions…. Energy consumption is a function of economic growth and level of development and is therefore very unequally distributed in the world."

Response: Since three of the longest rivers in the world, the Nile, the Zambezi and the Congo, are on the African continent, it is not for a lack of resources that they cannot produce energy. It is also interesting to note that even though the Biblical record reveals that wells have been dug with primitive means for millennia, your tax dollars are being used to dig wells for their drinking water.

  • Summit Star, Farm Subsidies 'exact a tragic toll,' "Massive farm subsidies given to First World farmers were among the main reasons behind as many as 20,000 debt-ridden Indian peasant farmers committing suicide in recent years, delegates to the World Summit on sustainable Development were told yesterday…. In a world where the flowers of idealism are often crushed by the steel boots of realism and compromise, Dr. Vandana Shiva of India brings hope and inspiration. At a time when large, invisible hands seem to pick the pockets of the poor and cast a dark shadow over democracy and the environment, Shiva brings light and a voice of courage." (8-28-02)

Response: It is doubtful that 20,000 farmers have committed suicide, but facts do not prohibit such claims or the ridiculous assertion that wealthy nations are picking "the pockets of the poor."

  • The Earth Negotiations Bulletin, The EU energy initiative for poverty eradication and sustainable development, "Anders Fogh Rasmussen, Danish Prime Minister and President of the EU, advocated combating poverty through promoting sustainable economic growth…and increasing development assistance to reach the 0.7% GNP target."

Response: President Bush has asked Congress for an additional $5 billion for foreign aid, totaling about $15 billion annually. The 0.7% called for by Rasmussen would grow that amount to about $70 billion.

Nonetheless, a non-governmental organization called World Development Movement claimed this week "This Summit has failed to tackle the causes of poverty…the U.S. tried to sabotage the talks and the EU failed to deliver on previous promises to tackle world poverty."

These UN busybodies have another card up their sleeves, which is to create an enforcement arm in order to redistribute wealth by holding nations accountable to the various UN treaties. I plan to explain that perspective tomorrow.

 
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