The Disunited Nations

Written by Sam Vaknin

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Kofi Annan,repparttar U.N. General Secretary since 1997, is promotingrepparttar 126018 nation-building and humanitarian credentials of his reformed outfit forrepparttar 126019 postwar reconstruction of Iraq. American President George Bush is less than keen and Prime Minister Tony Blair of Britain has moderated his pro-multilateralist rhetoric following his meeting with Bush last week.

Even erstwhile keen supporters ofrepparttar 126020 United Nations, such as Japan, a surprising member ofrepparttar 126021 "coalition ofrepparttar 126022 willing", are hesitant. Japan contributes close to one fifth ofrepparttar 126023 international body's regular budget. Yet, disillusioned by its inability to gain permanent membership ofrepparttar 126024 Security Council despite its economic clout, Japan announced, in January, its intention to cut its participation by 5 percent.

The United States seems to wish to consignrepparttar 126025 organization torepparttar 126026 humanitarian aspects of Iraq's restoration. Last Friday,repparttar 126027 U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) granted $8 million torepparttar 126028 U.N.'s Children's Fund (UNICEF) to pay for sanitation, healthcare and potable water schemes in Iraq as well as for micronutrients, vitamins and medicines for its malnourished and disease-stricken populace.

Succumbing to its niche typecasting,repparttar 126029 United Nations has launched an unprecedented $2.2 billion "emergency appeal for immediate humanitarian assistance forrepparttar 126030 people of Iraq overrepparttar 126031 next six months, with $1.3 billion devoted to a massive food aid operation ... to helprepparttar 126032 displaced, refugees, children,repparttar 126033 elderly and other especially vulnerable groups". The donor funds will augmentrepparttar 126034 proceeds ofrepparttar 126035 revamped oil-for-food program, now entirely underrepparttar 126036 control ofrepparttar 126037 General Secretary.

So, isrepparttar 126038 United Nations really "just a farce" and its members mostly "petty despots" as Conrad Black, The Canadian media mogul, has it in recent interviews? Or, paradoxically, has this international body been strengthened by its faithful depiction of resistant world opinion inrepparttar 126039 face of perceived Anglo-Saxon bullying? The global assembly's future largely depends on an incensed and disenchanted United States.

Unable to rely onrepparttar 126040 kindness of strangers, Annan is reaching out to new constituencies.

Atrepparttar 126041 1999 World Economic Forum in Davos, he challengedrepparttar 126042 global business community to enter a "Global Compact" withrepparttar 126043 U.N. to uphold "human rights, labour standards and environmental practices." The International Chamber of Commerce, representing 7,000 business organizations in 137 countries, picked uprepparttar 126044 gauntlet and published a joint statement at a July 1999 meeting with United Nations bigwigs.

This uneasy partnership drew severe criticisms from non-governmental organizationsrepparttar 126045 world over. Corpwatch, a California-based NGO, observed acidly that "inrepparttar 126046 first 18 months ofrepparttar 126047 Global Compact, we have seen a growing but secret membership, heavy influence byrepparttar 126048 International Chamber of Commerce, and a failure to publish even a single case study of sustainable practices. The Global Compact logo has been used without attribution by DaimlerChrysler, even as Global Compact officials insist that use ofrepparttar 126049 general UN logo is strictly controlled. The Global Compact represents a smuggling of a business agenda intorepparttar 126050 United Nations. It should not be considered a contribution to or framework forrepparttar 126051 Johannesburg Summit."

The United Nations - like NATO and other Cold War critters - is an organization in search of a purpose. The demise ofrepparttar 126052 USSR constituted a tectonic shift in international affairs. The U.N.'s inability to accommodate its institutions torepparttar 126053 supremacy ofrepparttar 126054 United States,repparttar 126055 demography of China,repparttar 126056 decline of Britain and France andrepparttar 126057 economic clout of Germany and Japan are symptoms of denial and delusion that are detrimental torepparttar 126058 future of this otherwise benign and useful establishment. The war in Iraq is merely a rude wake-up call. And about time, too.

Sam Vaknin is the author of Malignant Self Love - Narcissism Revisited and After the Rain - How the West Lost the East. He is a columnist for Central Europe Review, PopMatters, and eBookWeb , a United Press International (UPI) Senior Business Correspondent, and the editor of mental health and Central East Europe categories in The Open Directory Bellaonline, and Suite101 .

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The Inverted Saint - Hitler

Written by Sam Vaknin

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But being a-human or super-human also means being a-sexual and a-moral. In this restricted sense, Hitler was a post-modernist and a moral relativist. He projected torepparttar masses an androgynous figure and enhanced it by fosteringrepparttar 126017 adoration of nudity and all things "natural". But what Nazism referred to as "nature" was not natural at all.

It was an aesthetic of decadence and evil (though it was not perceived this way byrepparttar 126018 Nazis), carefully orchestrated, and artificial. Nazism was about reproduced copies, not about originals. It was aboutrepparttar 126019 manipulation of symbols - not about veritable atavism.

In short: Nazism was about theatre, not about life. To enjoyrepparttar 126020 spectacle (and be subsumed by it), Nazism demandedrepparttar 126021 suspension of judgment, depersonalization, and de-realization. Catharsis was tantamount, in Nazi dramaturgy, to self-annulment. Nazism was nihilistic not only operationally, or ideologically. Its very language and narratives were nihilistic. Nazism was conspicuous nihilism - and Hitler served as a role model, annihilating Hitlerrepparttar 126022 Man, only to re-appear as Hitlerrepparttar 126023 stychia.

What wasrepparttar 126024 role ofrepparttar 126025 Jews in all this?

Nazism posed as a rebellion againstrepparttar 126026 "old ways" - againstrepparttar 126027 hegemonic culture,repparttar 126028 upper classes,repparttar 126029 established religions,repparttar 126030 superpowers,repparttar 126031 European order. The Nazis borrowedrepparttar 126032 Leninist vocabulary and assimilated it effectively. Hitler andrepparttar 126033 Nazis were an adolescent movement, a reaction to narcissistic injuries inflicted upon a narcissistic (and rather psychopathic) toddler nation-state. Hitler himself was a malignant narcissist, as Fromm correctly noted.

The Jews constituted a perfect, easily identifiable, embodiment of all that was "wrong" with Europe. They were an old nation, they were eerily disembodied (without a territory), they were cosmopolitan, they were part ofrepparttar 126034 establishment, they were "decadent", they were hated on religious and socio-economic grounds (see Goldhagen's "Hitler's Willing Executioners"), they were different, they were narcissistic (felt and acted as morally superior), they were everywhere, they were defenseless, they were credulous, they were adaptable (and thus could be co-opted to collaborate in their own destruction). They wererepparttar 126035 perfect hated father figure and parricide was in fashion.

This is preciselyrepparttar 126036 source ofrepparttar 126037 fascination with Hitler. He was an inverted human. His unconscious was his conscious. He acted out our most repressed drives, fantasies, and wishes. He provides us with a glimpse ofrepparttar 126038 horrors that lie beneathrepparttar 126039 veneer,repparttar 126040 barbarians at our personal gates, and what it was like before we invented civilization. Hitler forced us all through a time warp and many did not emerge. He was notrepparttar 126041 devil. He was one of us. He was what Arendt aptly calledrepparttar 126042 banality of evil. Just an ordinary, mentally disturbed, failure, a member of a mentally disturbed and failing nation, who lived through disturbed and failing times. He wasrepparttar 126043 perfect mirror, a channel, a voice, andrepparttar 126044 very depth of our souls.

Sam Vaknin is the author of Malignant Self Love - Narcissism Revisited and After the Rain - How the West Lost the East. He is a columnist for Central Europe Review, PopMatters, and eBookWeb , a United Press International (UPI) Senior Business Correspondent, and the editor of mental health and Central East Europe categories in The Open Directory Bellaonline, and Suite101 .

Visit Sam's Web site at

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