By Daniel Greenfield l January 19, 2012
Are Americans citizens of a nation or citizens of the world?
As citizens of a nation, Americans enjoy self-rule, exercising the franchise to vote for their own leaders and determine their own laws. As global citizens, however, laws are determined and leaders are chosen by a global collective of the mostly undemocratic member nations of the United Nations. The United States as a nation is a means of national self-rule and the United Nations as a global legislative system is a vehicle for subsuming that self-rule into global government. As American exceptionalism gives way to global integrationism, the freedoms of a citizen of the United States give way to the obligations and restrictions of a citizen of the world.
The subsumption of nations into empires is nothing new; neither is doing it through the educational system. Empires have traditionally brought the best and brightest from among the nations under their rule to be raised in their capitals and courts where they would be taught its laws and mores until the ways of the empire would come to seem more natural than their own. And the colonization of nations, invariably, also involved the colonization of their educational systems so that the captive peoples would be taught to think in the ways of their conquerors.
Never before though has a world power like the United States invited in a would-be empire to teach its children the virtues of world government and reject their own national institutions. Under its innocuous coloring, the Model UN program is a means of indoctrinating the best and the brightest teenagers into the values and laws of global government. The Model UN process promotes not only the moral equivalence of treating the United States as if it were only another nation, no better than Saudi Arabia, Cuba or Pakistan, but teaches the next generation of American leaders to think in terms of global rules, rather than national ones.
At Collin College, Political Science Professor Sonia Iwanek, a co-sponsor of the local Model United Nations, is rather open about the agenda of her program. “A lot of times, there is a U.S.-centered approach to everything. Students may not think about all of our policies on a global scale and how we live in a global community. Whatever country we represent, they have to take on that role, even if it’s anti-American… At the end, there’s an expansion of tolerance.”
A Model UN in Texas, however, does not seem like a dreadful threat to America. But the program and its agenda is everywhere penetrating into high schools and colleges across the country, from the great to the small. The United Nations Association of the United States of America (UNA-USA) boasts over 125 chapters and divisions in nearly every state in the country. Its Model UN’s are a gateway program to enlisting students into becoming participants in promoting global governance.
The UNA-USA’s National Council is chaired by former president Jimmy Carter. Its Council of Chapters and Divisions’ Steering Committee voted to promote an advocacy agenda that would include lobbying against transparency and accountability for the notoriously corrupt United Nations bureaucracy, in support of the Human Rights Council, which currently includes China, Russia and Saudi Arabia, and for pressuring the United States to sign on to accords that would undermine its Constitution.
Through such measures, the Model UN program integrates students and faculty into lobbying for an agenda that undermines the United States and props up the continuing corruption of the United Nations. The UNA-USA and the Better World Campaign has become the vehicle for lobbying the U.S. Congress to adopt the UN agenda.
Most ominous though is the American Coalition for the International Criminal Court (AMICC), which is a subset of UNA-USA. The goal of AMICC is to put the United States at the mercy of the International Criminal Court (ICC) and the Model UN’s own programs involve teaching American students to act out the indictment and prosecution of American leaders before the bar of the ICC.
At last year’s Hilton Model UN, George W. Bush was brought to trial by American students alongside Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe and Syria’s Bashar Assad. Next year’s Model UN ICC will feature Richard Nixon alongside Spain’s Francisco Franco. In 2010, the Model UN tried Vice President Cheney alongside Cambodia’s Pol Pot and Pope Benedict XVI.
That is not the only Model UN to put an American president on trial. Munch 2012 at UNC or the Model UN at Chapel Hill will be trying two American presidents in a single session, Harry Truman and Martin Van Buren. Truman will be charged under Article 7 of the ICC for crimes against humanity for his actions in bringing an end to World War II.
The idea of putting American presidents on trial before the International Criminal Court is more than an academic exercise. David Crane, the former prosecutor for the UN administered court in Sierra Leone, has said that Bush could be an ICC target. Francis Boyle, an American professor heavily involved in international law, has attempted to have Bush and other administration officials indicted by the International Criminal Court.
The framework for accomplishing this form of regime change is already in place. All that remains is for Americans to be trained to accept it, which is where the Model UN comes in. The passport to global citizenship is the abandonment of national sovereignty and it requires that Americans stop thinking of themselves as having discrete rights and privileges as citizens of a nation and instead commit themselves to obeying the laws of a global order.
Senator Barack Obama, candidate for president and presumptive Democratic Party nominee, addressed a massive youth audience in Berlin on July 24, 2008, equating being an American with being “a fellow citizen of the world.”
Yet, most adults remain resistant to the supremacy of international law over their nation’s laws, which is why the Model UN program targets the most vulnerable, young adults whose minds are still malleable and whose opinions are open to being shaped by the educators, whom they trust. A model is a scaled down version of the real thing. A practice run to simulate what it will look like and how it will work. When American teenagers are trained to put their own national leaders on trial, it is a practice run for the day when an American president is actually indicted for refusing to follow the dictates of the bodies of world government.
Empire does not begin with armies, it begins with laws. The armies are used to destroy indigenous institutions and replace them with imperial institutions. When nations accept the laws of empire, then no armies are needed to tear down courts or shatter legislatures. The empire of international law employs American armies to carry out its will, but its agenda is not limited only to those countries whose militaries can be overrun by American tanks, planes and infantry. It would like also to control those tanks, planes and infantry directly, and the vast reservoirs of wealth and industry that make them possible.
New laws begin with children. Adults can be intimidated into following new laws, but they never accept them with the natural openness of a child. But when children are indoctrinated into the laws of the empire, then they become the first true citizens of the empire.
The United Nations is an empire of laws and bureaucracies; it is an empire with its own culture and its own will to power. The children who pass through the Model UN are being taught to reject American exceptionalism in favor of the mandate of the international empire and to see that empire as the future of a stable world order; a future that depends on them. Their compliance, their obedience and their willingness to see themselves not as Americans, but as citizens of a world order.
Daniel Greenfield is a New York City-based writer and freelance commentator with a special focus on the War on Terror and the rising threat to Western Civilization. Mr. Greenfield is a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center. He maintains a blog and is a contributor to