Here’s a challenge: Can you name one difference between what the media refer to as “world opinion” and left-wing opinion?
Take all the time you need. No matter how much time you take, you probably won’t come up with any examples.
Here are examples of major world issues and what is deemed “world opinion” on them. They happen to all be leftist views as well.
Hatred of Pres. George W. Bush and admiration of Pres. Barack Obama.
Man-made carbon emissions lead to global warming and devastation of the environment; therefore, the world’s nations must tax carbon-based energy.
The American invasion of Iraq was morally wrong and motivated by desire for oil.
Israel is bad, as exemplified most recently by the Turkish-flotilla incident.
The American free-enterprise system is inferior to Europe’s welfare-state systems.
The American health-care system is inferior to those of all other wealthy countries (see last week’s column).
This list in no way differs from a list of leftist positions. Nor would any other list of “world opinion” positions differ in any meaningful way from leftist positions.
Why is that?
The most obvious answer would be that much of the world is leftist in its views. Therefore, leftist positions and world opinion are the same.
In truth, for reasons to be explained, there is some validity to this explanation.
But there is a deeper and more accurate explanation: The world’s media and virtually all international organizations are leftist in their politics, and they define “world opinion” and in turn shape it.