From The World's Page End Of Nations, Beginning Of The World

Posted: June 08, 1999

This war is . . . the end of Europe, the end of the United States, the end of Serbia, and the end of Kosovo. But it is the beginning of the world.

Why? This illegal war (because it was taken on without the United Nations) confirms the existence of a right in principle to intervene in cases of serious violations of human rights in any country. It is a first step in a process that is leading to the creation of a global police. We are living through the first war of globalization.. . .

We are heading toward the end of countries and the suppression of borders. Technically, with the Internet and especially e-mail, portable telephones, the instantaneousness of financial flows, global satellites, and television, we are all Earthlings.. . .

In this global village, it is our duty to meddle in that which is not our business. It is not a question of utopia, but of reality. To face the future, we must accept being citizens of the world.. . . It is a matter of accepting that henceforth the Earth is one country.

Frederic Beigbeder

Le Monde (Paris), April 24

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