Jason Miko: In Defense of Macedonia
I’ve been writing for Macedonian newspapers and magazines since 2001 and this just happens to be my 600th column so I thought it proper to return to a theme I’ve written about again and again: the defense of Macedonia’s name and identity. As Macedonia gets a new government, it’s important to remember that Macedonia must be defended – oftentimes on a daily basis – so that all that is Macedonia can be handed down to future generations.
But to begin on the other side of the pond: If there ever was a doubt that the sovereignty of nations was under attack, then President Donald Trump’s decision to pull the United States out of the Paris Accord should dispel that doubt. The reaction from the elites of the world proved that they want nothing more than to eliminate the individual nation-states and replace them with global governance with them as the global governors looking down on the “deplorables” (Hillary Clinton) and the “bitter clingers” (Barack Obama). The reaction to the pull-out was swift and vociferous.
Mary Robinson, the former President of Ireland and UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and now part of a group of retired, and elderly diplomats, tweeted “The US reneging on its commitment to the Paris Agreement renders it a rogue state on the international stage.” Timothy Wirth, who was undersecretary of state under former US President Bill Clinton, said it amounted to “crimes against humanity.” Former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan said “Paris Agreement was born of multilateralism, no one country and undo it.” And the wailing and gnashing of teeth continued: Carl Bildt, the former Swedish prime minister and foreign minister (now on the payroll of the International Crisis Group which is funded, in part, by George Soros), tweeted out “The United States will now do whatever it wants, without taking the interests of the rest of the world into account.” Swedish Ambassador to Macedonia, Mats Staffansson retweeted Bildt’s tweet stating “The scariest part of Trump’s Paris accord speech wasn’t about climate. Very good (and indeed scary) by Carl Bildt” to which I replied “It was about American sovereignty. Something y'all seem to have a problem with.”
And it is about sovereignty: the sovereignty of the nation-state is, and has been, under attack for decades now. Mike Gonzalez of the conservative Heritage Foundation, writing in National Review last month, notes that we are witnessing a transformation in the world between two sides: the “Patriot Party” which consists of traditional conservatives and the “Transnational party” which consists of the newly emerging global order of elites. Gonzalez notes that we are witnessing “sustained attacks on national identity by cultural Marxists who have taken over our universities and arts. Most members of the knowledge elite who will form the Transnational party will have been taught to disdain the nation, the family (‘the patriarchy’), and the church. Their anthem is John Lennon’s ‘Imagine,’ and their flag is the rainbow one that proclaims that the family is whatever arrangement you want.” In Macedonia, you know who these people are.
And what do they want? First, they want Macedonians to be obedient little boys and girls and do what they’re told. They have promised the lesser elites in Macedonia (and you know who they are as well) that they will become the representatives of the global elites if they can force their will on Macedonia. Among other things, being obedient means changing Macedonia’s name and identity.
Writing at the end of May in the Wall Street Journal, H.R. McMaster, National Security Adviser to President Donald Trump, and Gary Cohn, Director of the National Economic Council in the White House, further explained the Trump Doctrine writing, “We engage with the world not to impose our way of life....The president embarked on his first foreign trip with a clear-eyed outlook that the world is not a ‘global community’ but an arena where nations, nongovernmental actors and businesses engage and compete for advantage.” On President Trump’s first foreign visit, he gave a major speech in Riyadh where he declared “America is a sovereign nation, and our first priority is always the safety and security of our citizens. We are not here to lecture. We are not here to tell other people how to live, what to do, who to be, or how to worship.” Just before he was inaugurated, President Trump told German newspaper Bild “Countries want their own identity.”
I am going to continue this theme in my column next week, but I want to leave you with some quotes; think about these and discuss them between friends and family in the coming week. George Orwell wrote “The most effective way to destroy people is to deny and obliterate their own understanding of their history.” Russian dissident Alexander Solzhenitsyn wrote “To destroy a people, you must first sever their roots.” And Milan Kundera, in his book, The Book of Laughter and Forgetting, writes “The first step in liquidating a people is to erase its memory. Destroy its books, its culture, its history…. Before long the nation will begin to forget what it is and what it was.” Now I ask you: is this happening in Macedonia and to Macedonia? Is Macedonia’s history under attack? Are Macedonia’s roots being severed? Are Macedonia’s books, culture and history under attack? The answer to all these questions is of course, yes. Next week we’ll talk more about sovereignty and the nation-state – and who, specifically, wants to destroy Macedonia’s name and identity.