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Christmas 2006

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As Christmas approaches, I watched again the BBC's
spectacular 1999 broadcast of a Westminster Abbey
Christmas musical celebration including the abbey's
always marvelous youth choir, soloists Bryn Terfel,
Andrea Bocelli, and Charlotte Church.

The Westminster celebration included an unusual public
reading from the Bible by Prince Philip, Duke of
Edinburgh, husband of Britain's Royal Highness Queen
Elizabeth II, whose reading from the King James
Version's Gospel of John was a concise statement of
Christian commitment:

"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with
God, and the Word was God. The same was in the
beginning with God. All things were made by him, and
without him was not any thing made that was made. In
him was life, and the life was the light of men. And
the light shineth in darkness, and the darkness
comprehended it not.

"There was a man sent from God, whose name was John.
The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the
Light, that all men through him might believe. He was
not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that
Light. That was the true Light, that lighteth every
man that cometh into the world. He was in the world,
and the world was made by him, and the world knew him
not. He came into his own, and his own received him
not.

"But as many as received him, to them gave he power to
become the sons of God, even to them that believe on
his name which were born not of blood, nor of the will
of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. And
the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, and we
beheld his glory -- the glory as of the only begotten
of the Father, full of grace and truth."

Prince Philip apparently purposely made a point for
the Queen and Prime Minister Tony Blair of the British
Labour Party that Christians were not going to stand
by anymore and be driven into the dust by
non-believers and enemies. Christ is our rudder,
Prince Philip said in his reading, because he gave his
life for us, went to heaven after being crucified, and
he will come again to earth to redeem us. That is our
Christian belief.

Queen Elizabeth II is the richest woman in the world,
and the British empire, while diminished, is still not
to be dismissed cavalierly by socialist tyrants who
dismiss the historic truth of Britain's contributions,
even in colonial days, to freedom and economic growth
for the world's mass of unprivileged people.

So why the resentment and lack of gratitude?

Arabs have taken over British horseracing farms and
studs in Newmarket and throughout England - a sure
craw in the Queen's throat, as she loves horses and
racing. But as in the aftermath of Princess Diana's
love relationship with Dodi Al Fayed and her tragic
death in Paris, the Queen and family have carried on.

After the Queen's son, Prince Charles, heir to the
throne, and Princess Diana split up, the Queen was
annoyed beyond belief by Diana's affair and engagement
to Al Fayed, a dilettante Muslim rich-boy beach-bum,
and what that marriage might have wrought regarding
her grandsons Princes William and Harry and Britain
generally if Arabs had moved into the royal British
household.

It was that simple. I am told by someone close to
Diana and her majesty the late Queen Mother that this
was the Queen's personal anguish and regret before
Diana's and Dodi's tragic demise together in the Paris
tunnel.

Just ask Church of England Father Frank Julian Gelli,
who was spiritual advisor to Lady Diana right up to
her death, and he will tell you what was going on in
the British royal family and among their worldwide
network of supporters.

When the car carrying Princess Diana was pranged in
the Paris tunnel, killing her and Al Fayed and their
driver, the royal family and their very large
Buckingham Palace establishment were in panic, but
while the horrible tragic car accident in the Paris
tunnel cemented the Queen's and Britain's quiet
antipathy for royal Arabs, it also forged a closer
U.S.-British relationship after 9/11.

And the toppling of Saddam Hussein in Iraq forged a
better, more determined and resilient Western
partnership than since the good vibes between
Britain's Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and
President Ronald Reagan, which Queen Elizabeth II also
fostered.

Queen Elizabeth II also championed the close
relationship between British Prime minister Tony Blair
and Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush. The
Queen is perhaps the one Western world leader of the
last more than half century who almost alone in the
Western alliance called the shots and made a
difference for world liberty and economic opportunity.
She works quietly in the shadows, but with
determination and solid effect for human liberty and
opportunity. We owe her great gratitude for being the
strong monarch she is, albeit mostly behind the
scenes.

Every time I hear the British national anthem and
people saying "God Save the Queen," I say amen. Queen
Elizabeth II is certainly the greatest pro-liberty
national monarch in our lifetime, and she stacks up
admirably as a much greater monarch than King Henry
VIII, Queen Elizabeth I, Queen Victoria, her
grandfather King George V, and her own father, King
George VI - or any other Western monarch or leader in
our lifetime.

Instead of being power-hungry or in the limelight, she
opted for constant daily effort, without credit,
behind the scenes, with help from Prince Philip and
Prince Charles, and Lady Diana while she was alive,
for individual liberty and human rights and
opportunity as a way to fuel creativity and economic
expansion everywhere.

Winston Churchill reported to Queen Elizabeth II at
the end of his political career, as have all other
British prime ministers since until Tony Blair.

Thank you, your majesty, for setting a reliable,
stable tone for more than a half-century, and telling
all your prime ministers what you wanted, and getting
it.

Our system in America is not so tidy, as political
people and leaders with help from meat-eating media
organizations on their 24/7 news cycle constantly
devour each other alive.

So even though we broke away from Britain in 1776 and
created the United States of America, there is still a
lot to say in favor of the old country and its values
and verities, especially under the magnificent
leadership of its monarch for the past half century,
Queen Elizabeth II, certainly one of the greatest
leaders of our lifetime.

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