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Rising Nationalism Frightening the Global Elite
By Martin Mann
As summer turns into the first fall of 2000, the revival of Pat Buchanan's fortunes marks just the latest surge in the rising tide of populist and patriotic movements around the world.
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez is far and away the most acclaimed leader in Latin America. Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad is revered by vast multitudes of Asians as the standout statesman of their era. In Europe, fast-rising nationalist parties led by Joerg Haider in Austria and Christoph Blocher in Switzerland command the largest constituencies. And in Africa, Libyan strongman Muammar Qaddafi has not merely survived decades of venomous -- and occasionally violent -- Zionist attacks, he is making an unexpected comeback.
What these world leaders have in common is that they are all unbending and far-sighted populists, who have rebuffed the blandishments of the cosmopolitan fi nancial elite and fought to curb their scheming global enforcers, the Interna tional Monetary Fund (IMF), the World Bank, the World Trade Organization (WTO) and other invasive internationalist bureaucracies.
When Haider's Freedom Party emerged as the clear winner from Austria's presidential elections last fall, expressing the will of the majority to install a nationalist-populist administration, the frightened politicians in charge of the European Union (EU), a 14-nation amalgam of elitist and globalist governments, slapped diplomatic sanctions on the small, Germanic Central European country.
But the sanctions could claim, at best, only "dubious" legitimacy, and even worse, they were "counterproductive" and "unwarranted," reported a study group, known as the "three wise men" appointed by the EU to review the sanctions regime.
The new Austrian government, in which six members of Haider's Freedom Party held ministerial positions, was "scrupulously respectful" of minority rights and maintained a "spotless" hu man-rights record, the committee of "three wise men," headed by Martti Ahtisaari, Finland's former president, found.
Haider, who was brutally targeted by the Establishment media and Zionist agencies such as the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) for his refusal to render the required obeisance to Israel by condemning Germany's wartime leaders and fighting men, declined to accept the top position of Austrian chancellor (head of government) offered him by the electorate in order to "avoid further controversy."
Noting this "conciliatory" decision, the "three wise men" urged the lifting of all anti-Austrian sanctions -- a decision ac cepted and reluctantly announced in the evening of Sept. 14 by French President Jacques Chirac who currently occupies the rotating chair of the EU.
"It was the French politicians who forced these absurd sanctions on the rest of the EU, because they are frightened that the populist-nationalist movement in France led by Jean-Marie Le Pen is growing almost as fast as Haider's Free dom Party did in Austria," explained Alain Segonzac, the veteran dean of French foreign correspondents.
At the other end of the world, Maha thir, Malaysia's democratically-elected leader, found himself under even more savage siege than Haider after he confronted the mob of money-market marauders who raided -- and wrecked -- Southeast Asia's vulnerable payments systems and hard-working national eco nomies in the spring of 1997.
Denouncing the cosmopolitan currency speculators who have "destroyed in weeks what our people have struggled to build for decades," Mahathir identified them as a "criminal gang of international financiers."
Categorically rejecting the "aid" hypocritically offered by the IMF and the World Bank as "poison pills," Mahathir pledged to revive his nation's shattered economy by "our own efforts, resources, hard work and patriotic pride."
"Unlike Indonesia and South Korea, where the meddling of the IMF and the World Bank has prolonged economic disorder and civil unrest to this day, the populist policies enforced by the Mahathir administration have restored Malaysia's productive capacity and financial stability in a single year -- a miraculous recovery," said Dr. Mahfouz Bayan, the noted Philippine economist.
But the global financial elites now considered Mahathir a dangerous enemy and attempted to oust him by means of what has become known in Southeast Asia as the "Marcos treatment."
To make the anti-Marcos disturbances look like a genuine "popular revolt," the CIA staged -- and Wall Street financed -- violent street demonstrations by corrupt unions and by students incited by a campaign of disinformation spread by undercover U.S. agents.
Leading U.S. coup plotters, such as As sistant Secretary of State Paul Wolfowitz, directly linked to the back-room policy planners of the Bilderberg Society, promised the Philippine military commanders major promotions if they deserted Marcos -- and eventually most of the generals went along.
But when the global enforcers of Wall Street and the off-stage Bilderberger strategists attempted to overthrow Ma hathir by means of a similar strategy, they came a cropper.
The steely and street-smart Asian leader kept a tight a grip on the key supports of his regime -- the military, the markets and the masses -- and the internationalist attempts to oust him were firmly repulsed.
In Northern Africa, Libyan strongman Qaddafi has similarly kept his hold on power in the face of unremitting attacks by a global coalition of enemies led by Is raeli agents and their powerful U.S. lobby.
In the Netherlands, the special tribunal set up to try two Libyan intelligence agents accused of complicity in the downing of a PanAm flight over Lockerbie, Scotland, has so far turned up next to no hard evidence linking the Libyan government to this tragic terrorist crime.
As a result, the Clinton administration is now actively engaged in behind-the scenes negotiations with Qaddafi's top aides about a relaxation of the long-standing tensions between the two na tions and the lifting of the U.S.-im posed economic embargo.