Looking to the future, the new global Mandarins expect to include many Arab, African, and Asian members among their ranks. For generations now, the European bureaucrats have been cultivating international cadres - all those dependable votes at the UN. Particular issues - Israel and the Palestinians, interpretations of international law, and so on - may serve first as pretexts for advancement of the transnationalists' institutional interests, but the Europeans and their allies also justify their project as a long-term effort not so much to civilize the non-European world as to sterilize it - in the sense of rendering it safe. Imbued with ecologism, they see themselves as working not to improve but to save the globe. Once sufficiently trained in the arts of regulation and stultification, the new transglobal aristo-bureaucracy would tame or at least restrain technology and industrialization, elsewhere distributing aid especially when it reinforces dependency, and declaring, as needed, the occasional sacrifice or quarantine zone. Losses and setbacks are to be expected, if not quite encouraged, and are rarely to be actively opposed: For the tranzis, acts of terrorism - even so-called "mega-terror," or for that matter the occasional genocide - do not weigh terribly much in the grand balance. Anything short of global nuclear war - and possibly even that - can be discounted, and then administered.