By John-Henry Westen
 
  WASHINGTON, DC, January 7, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) - In a interview with CNBC Monday, former US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger said that President-Elect Barack Obama’s most important, or defining task would be the creation of "a new world order." 
 
"The president-elect is coming into office at a moment when there is upheaval in many parts of the world simultaneously," said Kissinger. "You have India, Pakistan; you have the jihadist movement. So he can’t really say there is one problem, that it’s the most important one. But he can give new impetus to American foreign policy partly because the reception of him is so extraordinary around the world. I think his task will be to develop an overall strategy for America in this period when, really, a new world order can be created. It’s a great opportunity, it isn’t just a crisis."
 
  Some commentators have suggested that the highly escalated conflicts in the Middle East and the world financial crisis have made the time ripe for a long-anticipated and foreshadowed “New World Order" to come to fruition.  Celebrated Canadian author Michael O’Brien, who has written extensively on the ‘new world order,’ spoke with LifeSiteNews.com about Kissinger’s statement. 
 
"Only in one sense is Kissinger’s analysis correct," said O’Brien.  "The current world situation is presently one of a multitude of crises and at the same time a moment of opportunity.  However, positing a leap towards what he calls a ‘new world order’ is fraught with difficulties. 

“What does the term mean? In all likelihood it can only mean an imposed top-down global social-political revolution.  In other words, solutions would then come from a reigning authority over all nations putting aside individual conscience and principles of national self-determination."
 
  O’Brien added: "A true and healthy order in the human community can only arise from an internal revolution of the moral order. It cannot be imposed without imposing greater ills.  In all likelihood, Kissinger and like-minded globalists, see the present world configuration as a creative disintegration which would usher in a new form of world government.  In such a situation, management by crisis overrides authentic exercise of human freedom and responsibility."
 
  For pro-life advocates, the proposal of a ‘new world order’ has been linked to the anti-life principles promoted at the United Nations.  Pope Benedict, while still a Cardinal, expounded on this matter in the introduction to a book published in 1997.  Then-Cardinal Ratzinger wrote the preface to a book by Michel Schooyans, entitled “The Gospel: Confronting World Disorder.”  (To read the preface see: http://www.lifesitenews.com/ldn/2009/jan/09010703.html)
 
  In the preface Ratzinger first denounces the "new world order" describing it as more or less a culmination of Marxism. He goes on to say that a Christian is "obliged to protest" against it.
 
"The typical character of this new anthropology, which is at the basis of the New World Order, is revealed above all in the image of woman, in the ideology of ‘Women’s empowerment,’ proposed at Beijing," wrote the Cardinal. "The goal is the self-realization of women for whom the principle obstacles are the family and maternity. Thus woman must be liberated above all from what characterizes her and very simply makes for her specificity: this must disappear before ‘Gender, fairness and equality,’ before an indistinct and uniform human being, in whose life sexuality had no other meaning than as a voluptuous drug that can be used in any manner conceivable."
 
  See the CNBC video on youtube here:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KD3BqK-9ZiU&e