In an address to the Institut d�Etudes Politiques-Sciences in Paris, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice reiterated the Bush administration�s strong support for the United Nations and other multilateral organizations. She also set out a sweeping vision of a global revolution intended to bring about what she called "democratic change."
"We want the United Nations to be strong and active and effective," Miss Rice stated during a question-and-answer session following her remarks. "And we have taken many issues to the United Nations�.. [T]he United Nations is both an important decision-making body and an important means for carrying out those decisions�.. [W]e have great respect for and want to use the United Nations and the Security Council."
In her prepared remarks, Rice also had effusive praise for the European Union, the continent-straddling socialist megastate designated the "new European Soviet" by former Soviet dictator Mikhail Gorbachev. After noting that "NATO and the European Union have � welcomed Europe�s new democracies into our ranks," Rice declared: "The agenda of U.S.-E.U. cooperation is wider than ever, and still growing, along with the European Union itself�. [T]he United States, above all, welcomes the growing unity of Europe."
The theme of Rice�s address was the Bush administration�s vision � outlined in Mr. Bush�s second inaugural address and recent State of the Union Address � of fostering a global democratic revolution. Calling for making "the pursuit of global freedom the organizing principle of the 21st century," Rice alluded to the need for coordinated multilateral action through the UN and its subsidiary bodies: "[A] global agenda requires a global partnership."
In an obvious effort to placate the sensibilities of the French, who were strident critics of the Bush administration�s invasion and occupation of Iraq, Rice�s remarks portrayed the U.S. and France as kindred nations sharing roots in the same democratic revolutionary ideals.
"I had the honor of accompanying President George Herbert Walker Bush to the bicentennial celebration of the French Revolution and the Declaration of the Rights of Man" in 1989, she recalled early in her speech. During the same year, the U.S. celebrated the bicentennial of our Constitution, which Rice insisted "was more than mere coincidence. The founders of both the French and American republics were inspired by the very same values, and by each other. They shared the universal values of freedom and democracy and human dignity that have inspired men and women across the globe for centuries."
Rice also insisted that the forces of international terrorism are united in a loathing of democracy. "The face of terrorism in Iraq, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, called democracy `an evil principle,�" she asserted. "To our enemies, Liberte, Egalite and Fraternite are also evil principles."
In fact, as even a cursory study of America�s founding documents reveals, America�s Founding Fathers explicitly rejected democracy, understanding that it is the midwife of tyranny. The French Revolution was based on radically different premises than those upon which America�s constitutional republic was built. The American Founders sought to create a system of liberty under law in which government�s powers were strictly limited to protecting the rights and property of citizens.
The French Revolution, by way of contrast, was based on the notion of government as the all-powerful agent of the "General Will." Rather than establishing ordered liberty, the French Revolution led to chaos, genocidal mass murder, war, and dictatorship. The term "terrorism," in fact, was coined during the French Revolution to describe official state policy toward those who opposed the new order � especially Christians who refused to worship the state.
The French Revolution�s murderous offspring include the modern totalitarian dictatorships who collectively murdered roughly 170,000,000 human beings during the 20th century. Every practitioner of political terrorism, as well, can trace his ideological pedigree to that Revolution.
Some critics of the Bush administration have compared it to the Jacobin radicals who were the architects of the Terror that claimed hundreds of thousands of lives during the French Revolution. Secretary Rice vindicated that description in every particular.