Editor’s note: The following analysis by WND’s international
correspondent Anthony LoBaido of America’s allies and enemies is
excerpted from the June cover story in WorldNet magazine. Readers can
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By Anthony C. LoBaido
? 2000, WorldNetDaily.com, Inc.
“A comprehensive assessment of America’s allies — and enemies, or ‘Axis’ — is necessary. But we should remember that no nation has friends — only interests.” — Gen. Albion Knight, Jr.
Who are America’s major allies and enemies as it takes its first steps into a complex and unpredictable new millennium?
The threats facing America as a modern nation-state are legion. Many, in fact, most nations do not share America’s worldview and basic values, and play by different, sometimes malevolent, rules.
Threats used to be classified as those from “without” and those from “within.” But increasingly, in this wired, interconnected “village” of a world, it can be hard to tell the difference.
Threats from within
In today’s “mainstream” American culture, the dumbing down of public education continues unabated, enhanced darkly by a simultaneous epidemic of school violence. America’s churches have seen corruption, dilution or abandonment of traditional values and teachings, and have been met with increasing hostility from a secular culture shaped by the entertainment industry. Indeed, the increasing vilification of Christians, and its parallel phenomenon, the increasing acceptance and active promotion of homosexuality, are major social and legal trends.
The establishment press has been largely unwilling to investigate and effectively inform the public about the most corrupt presidency in American history. Fortunately, the New Media — the Internet and talk radio — have come a long way toward filling the news vacuum left by the old media.
Abortion up to the moment of birth — including even the barbarous partial-birth procedure — as well as rampant sexually transmitted diseases, are a fact of life. MTV morals are taking root in ever-younger children, as evidenced by today’s widely publicized epidemic of oral sex in America’s middle schools — courtesy of the example of Bill and Monica.
And that’s the mainstream culture. The criminal and deviant subcultures are, of course, a major scourge on society — organized crime, gangs, satanism and witchcraft, the drug trade, the burgeoning trade in sex slaves (officially estimated at 45,000 in the U.S.), and a long list of other sordid enterprises, each more unbelievable than the last.
Any one of the aforementioned items — and this list is, of course, woefully incomplete — constitutes a threat to America’s national security. When combined, it becomes clear that America is “at war” — 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year — with “the enemy within.”
Threats from without
When Ronald Reagan’s administration culminated in the much-heralded (but prematurely pronounced) “end of the Cold War,” politicians eagerly rushed to spend the “peace dividend” — funds formerly earmarked for defense — on new social programs. The world was said to be a safer place — and after the fall of the Berlin Wall and the breakup of the Soviet Union, few argued otherwise.
But today, after nearly two full terms of the Clinton administration, the world is considered by many to be a far more dangerous and unpredictable place than at any time during the last half century.
Terrorists, from high-profile foreign organizations like Osama bin Laden’s, to shadowy domestic groups — malcontents on the extremes of the political spectrum intent on lashing out at the evils of government — threaten, and occasionally strike, as they always have. Except that now the danger of a terror attack involving deadly biological or chemical weapons on American soil is considered a high risk by everyone from the Federal Bureau of Investigation to the Centers for Disease Control.
Another threat from without is the tremendous spread of radical Islam, which regards Americans as “infidels.” Couple that with the belief that he who dies killing an infidel goes directly to heaven, and it becomes obvious that America has a formidable adversary with a deeply engrained hostility to the West, fueled by a ferocious religious fervor.
Then there are the transnational business elite. Are they friends or enemies of the U.S.? And for that matter, are they “within” or “without”? Unquestionably, some corporations are more powerful than entire countries, and history proves that the quest for maximum profitability supersedes many companies’ resolve to act in America’s best interest. Whether it involves shipping jobs offshore to cheaper labor markets or selling U.S. technology to unfriendly powers like China, giant corporations increasingly regard themselves as “world citizens” — with all the freedom, and lack of loyalty to America, that their new paradigm confers.
Cyber-terrorism, the evil twin brother of the phantom Y2K, is not only a very real threat, it is anticipated to be a major weapon of the future. But again, is it from within or without? This extremely anonymous weapon makes it difficult to say.
Of course, many of America’s traditional adversaries pose major threats still. And the military danger from other world powers, especially in the current “multi-polar” age of easy access to weapons of mass destruction, is first and foremost on most people’s minds when they think about America’s national security.
Identifying the ‘Axis’: Russia
On the national scale, an analysis of America’s current “enemies” would have to include communist China and Russia — because of their size, nuclear power, historic antipathy toward the U.S., recent access of top American military technology and their multi-threats to launch nuclear weapons at U.S. cities.
|Gen. Albion Knight (Ret.)|
“Both Russia and China say that they are our enemies. We should believe them,” says retired U.S. Army Gen. Albion Knight. “Both have threatened America with nuclear war in recent months.”
The CIA and U.S. Department of Agriculture caught Russia attempting to wage biological warfare on American crops, according to the Associated Press, which also reported that Russia most likely tested a laser weapon off of Washington State, blinding a U.S. helicopter pilot. Russia’s Akula attack submarines carry warheads off the U.S. mainland, where they are reportedly mapping the continental shelf of the West Coast. The subs are believed to sail under the cover of giant Russian freighters so as to escape detection.
Russia, under new President Vladimir Putin’s leadership, is rapidly moving toward a robust new union with Belarus and Ukraine, reminiscent of the old U.S.S.R.
Indeed, Alexander Lukashenko, president of Belarus and an admirer of Josef Stalin, stated recently that the disintegration of the former Soviet Union was “the biggest mistake of the outgoing century,” and warned that the “sweet song of the West must not put us off guard.”
Putin said, “… it is clear that for people as close as the Russians, Ukrainians and Belarussians, there can be no obstacles in uniting their efforts.”
Russia’s elite forces, many of whom are built like NFL defensive linemen, were recently seen on Russian Armed Forces Day lying on a bed of spiked nails, while their comrades pounded their chests with sledge hammers. This, while America’s Special Forces and their commanders complain daily about a lack of funding, training and morale.
Identifying the ‘Axis’: China
There is no shortage of China-related issues that threaten the future of America’s national security.
In return for its brazen and undisputed purchase of influence from a compromised American president, China has procured many favors from the U.S. government and industry, including many critical military and nuclear secrets.
Seen as a strategic partner by the Clinton administration, China is, in reality, a nation that has openly threatened in recent months to nuke American cities.
The People’s Republic of China has now surpassed Japan as the largest holder of U.S. debt, giving China even more sway over American policies in regard to Tibet, North and South Korea, Taiwan and other international pressure points.
|WND reporter Anthony LoBaido in communist Laos|
China’s major client state of North Korea is also problematic in terms of American national security. North Korea is the world’s leading counterfeiter of $100 bills, it pumps heroin into the West, recruits computer hackers to attack America’s military industrial complex and has stockpiles of biological weapons.
North Korea also sells ballistic missiles to Middle Eastern Islamic states and has hundreds of thousands of Christians in gulags inside its famine-stricken nation. Worse, massive abortion of females in South Korea — called “Nok-tay” or gendercide — may eventually lead to a reunification with North Korea in order to save their race. …
The preceding is an excerpt from the in-depth cover story in June’s WorldNet Magazine. In the balance of the article, reporter Anthony LoBaido continues to identify America’s adversaries and allies worldwide, discusses the United Nations and the legacy of the Clinton administration, and confronts the betrayal by the U.S. government of some of America’s past allies. The report ends on a hopeful note by outlining ways in which the U.S. can come to the aid of its long-time friends and allies. Readers may
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Anthony C. LoBaido is an international correspondent for WorldNetDaily.