April 30: The United States approves another $1 billion in aid to Indonesia as part of the international $40 billion economic bailout. President Su-har-to refuses to break up the multibillion-dollar monopolies controlled by himself, family and friends. He says no political reforms until 2003, at earliest. Police break up student protests.
May 1 - Washington Times and Associated Press say CIA reports China has nuclear missiles targeted at United States.May 3 - President Clinton's June visit to China will include welcoming ceremonies at Tiananmen Square. Washington is preparing to allow U.S. companies to sell nuclear reactors to China.
May 4 - Human rights workers report continued oppression in China and Indonesia, and more executions in China than in all the rest of the world.
The United States, its democratic allies and major dictatorships are rapidly building a new world order - not quite finished yet but already a central part of international life and values.
Its ideology, powers, rewards and punishments are supplanting those that prevailed internationally until 1994, when President Clinton joined the new order.
The order was created without formal parliamentary approval by its sponsors, or any treaty. But every week, sometimes every day, the underlying tenets are revealed, in action. See above.
The following description of objectives and goals of the new order is so different from principles recently assumed in the West, though not always followed, that it may read as satire. It is not.
The fundamental change, demanded by the dictatorships and agreed to in practice by the democracies, is that the internal policies of persecution by the rulers, and the rights of the governed, are not a primary moral or economic consideration of the world.
The democracies, under these values, can protest some internal acts of the dictatorships - torture and such. But they must do so quietly, not allowing these acts, or often even security interests, to damage the new overriding value of the democratic leaders.
That value is the trade and investment with the dictatorships that the democracies believe important to their national economies - which are sometimes called jobs but usually interpreted as corporate profit.
In exchange, dictatorships allow democracies to invest and trade in enterprises the capitalists consider profitable to their corporate strength, although not necessarily to their own employees or the national economic health of their countries.
If the dictatorships, or authoritarian governments, as some are known more pleasantly, find their economies collapsing through the corruption generic to such societies, the International Monetary Fund and individual democracies rush to arrive with bailout money.
The explanation given is that otherwise the dictatorships' economies would disintegrate, bringing revolution. Now, the people of the dictatorships may long for revolution. Obviously that cannot be allowed to overcome saving the dictatorships and thus rescuing the money invested by nationals of democracies.
If we accept these values, the events dated above become understandable, and even neatly logical.