Touchy Gardiner tries to remove all references to his connection with the Moonies

Gardiner - is he ashamed of his Moonie connections?

Nile Gardiner seems a little sensitive about his past. So much so, that he’s removed any reference of his connection to the Unification Church from his Wikipedia entry. He’s even managed to get the owners of this website to close the page of a book on which he is quoted as having cleaned up anti-Moon graffiti from the campus before Moon’s visit to Yale. No matter.  People like Gardiner leave trails on the Internet and he can’t close down all the sites that mention his connection to the Moonies.

I found this interesting article, from the ‘horse’s mouth’ so-to-speak, which I am going to quote for posterity.

One of the Unificationist graduate students in history at Yale, Nile Gardiner, and a Christian friend, took mops and buckets and proceeded to clean it all off. This of course started allegations concerning free speech, and many articles in the Yale newspapers covered this. They became quiet famous in the Yale conservative circles as “The Moppers.” Literally cleaning up Yale!

In spite of Gardiner’s attempts to expunge all Moonie references from the Internet, the above quote actually comes from the Unification Church. I’d like to see how long that stays on the Web before he orders it to be removed. At any rate, there is no way I’ll be taking it down – even if he tries to put pressure on me.

Without a sympathetic president in the White House, the Moonies – through Gardiner – have been fighting a rearguard action to smear Obama. There isn’t a week that goes by where Gardiner isn’t attacking Obama on his blog or in his columns. Sometimes the attacks on Obama look rather personal. This is from a conservative blog in the States called “The Last Tradition”. Here’s one of the more hackneyed distortions,

Barack Obama has made it clear that he doesn’t believe in American exceptionalism, and has made apologising for his country into an art form. In a speech to the United Nations last September he stated that “no one nation can or should try to dominate another nation. No world order that elevates one nation or group of people over another will succeed. No balance of power among nations will hold.” It is difficult to see how a US president who holds these views and does not even accept America’s greatness in history can actually lead the world’s only superpower with force and conviction.

Sometimes, when I look at stuff like this, it’s as if I’m reading something that was written in the 19th century. To be honest, I don’t even know if Gardiner is a US citizen. As far as I know, he’s still British. So why does he get so aeriated about the US and its standing as a world superpower? Is it because he’s nostalgic for empire and is vicariously living the experience of empire (and by extension, classical liberalism) by banging the drum for US imperialism and Pax Americana?

Gardiner’s silence on his connection with the Moonies is strange. In purely psychoanalytical terms, it is this silence that says everything.

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4 responses to “Touchy Gardiner tries to remove all references to his connection with the Moonies

  1. Ghost of Ollie

    Gardiner is a second generation Moon follower and propagandist. He was a big promoter for the invasion of Iraq.

    Time Magazine quoted Gardiner’s Messiah, Sun Myung Moon, as saying in 1976 that the “present U.N. must be annihilated by our power.” Moon went on to say his organization must “make a new UN.” http://tinyurl.com/m5f9ln

    Moon has a goal of theocratizing the United Nations – to have the UN add a theocratic mechanism to its deliberations. In his wet dream he wants the UN broken into two bodies, one theocratic which would be superior to the current body. All part of his ‘unified world under Moon and those who accept his influence’ plan. Moon has several front organizations and NGOs that promote a theocratic mechanism be included in the UN’s deliberations.

    The need for reform at the UN and who does it aside, Gardiner has pushed many times for the UN to be revamped. He wrote one article that made the front page of the National Review [December 13, 2004] calling for Kofi Annan’s head. Appears Nile pushes his Messiah’s goals without telling his readers. The current UN head, Ban Ki-Moon, attends Moon front group functions and sent greetings to the Washington Times anniversary bash.

    Anyone interested in what the Washington Times is really about should watch this video before google scrubs it at the end of the month.
    http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=9008719207533458404#

  2. Ghost of Ollie

    “Gardiner’s silence on his connection with the Moonies is strange.”

    Especially given that the new leader of the UC is on campaign telling followers they should no longer hide behind front group names and lie about who they are and what they want as this deceptive organization has done for decades.

    old habits…

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