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The Islamic world, Leftist media and the United Nations agree on virtually every international issue — on the villainy of Israel first and foremost, on support for the United Nations, on weakening American influence around the world, on opposition to the use of American force in Iraq and Afghanistan, on abolishing nuclear weapons, etc.
Another highly influential institution is the Roman Catholic Church.
But its differences from Leftist positions are only on personal moral matters such as same-sex marriage and abortion. It is not a strong voice against the Left, and like the Left, it is largely silent on moral problems within the Muslim world. When the current pope did make a statement critical of Islam, the world press — and therefore “world opinion” — were united in condemning him. The world media, in keeping with its Left-wing agenda, is incomparably more critical of the Catholic Church than of Islam.
To better understand how the Left, the United Nations and most international institutions determine “world opinion,” take the issue of manmade global warming. The United Nations declared global warming a closed issue, the world’s media uncritically echo the U.N. report, and that’s it.
According to a BBC World Service poll of 22,000 people in 21 countries (as reported by WorldPublicOpinion.org, in 2007), “Large majorities around the world believe that human activity causes global warming and that strong action must be taken, sooner rather than later, in developing as well as developed countries.” It is remarkable how similar “world opinion” on global warming sounds to the Left’s position on global warming. The Left believes it is the vital environmental issue of our time, the United Nations announces it is, the media around the world report it as such, and lo and behold, the “world” demands immediate and drastic action to combat something that may happen (if at all) sometime in the distant future.
The great exception to all this is the United States. A vigorous conservative part of the American population has contempt for “world opinion,” rightly regarding it as useless against real evil and as a mere reflection of Leftist views. Equally important, and almost unique to America, there is a vigorous conservative news and opinion media. Compared to the Leftist domination of virtually all mass news media — newspapers, magazines and television — the conservative media are almost tiny. But talk radio, the Internet, Ronald Reagan and his ideological heirs in the Republican Party, Fox News and the Wall Street Journal editorial page have made an impact that belies their numbers.
But they are only powerful in America. And even there, it is often difficult to overcome the United Nations, the Left, the universities, the media and “world opinion.”
And conservative influence in America and everywhere else is in direct proportion to the public coming to understand that “world opinion” is a creation of the Left, reported by the Left.
Dennis Prager hosts a nationally syndicated radio talk show and is a visiting fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University. He is the author of four books, most recently “Happiness Is a Serious Problem” (HarperCollins). His website is www.dennisprager.com.
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