(Or- what the media won’t tell you)
Since the world is hurtling towards an economic catastrophe of epic proportions with the prospect of either a grinding, decades-long deflationary depression or a hyperinflationary explosion, it seems the ruling classes across the world are preparing to ‘stimulate’ the global economy and to suppress the inevitable protest against falling living standards, through what economists call ’creative destruction’, and strategists call ‘hot kinetic military action’. Or what us common people call War.
With the waning of the USA’s economic power, and the subsequent devaluation of the dollar, China is now reaping the benefits of having become America’s ‘Most Favoured Trading Nation’ back in 1979 – and through holding billions of US Treasury bonds to backstop the US banking corporation’s debts. The irony here is that the US created China’s rapid burst of industrialisation when the greedy scum of corporate America decided to outsource their industry’s jobs abroad- seeking cheaper labour costs and demolishing the power of their domestic Trade Unions, and any collective power American industrial workers had.
China has become the world’s second most wealthy nation after the States, and naturally, its sole competitor for markets and natural resources. Where America has withdrawn, China has stepped in, with huge investments in South America, Africa, across Asia and throughout Europe. Where America hasn’t withdrawn, it is being replaced. Meanwhile America is shifting the bulk of its forces to the future Pacific ‘theater of operations’, with an increase of troops in Australia and an enhanced naval presence…(the real only force it has left is military of-course, as its cities are all bankrupt and its deficit goes ballistic)
The current civil war in Syria, the war in Afghanistan and Pakistan are merely proxy wars with the Chinese, where they are contesting the US for nations rich in agricultural, mineral and energy resources- It’s not for nothing that the Chinese have opened one of the world’s biggest copper mines in Afghanistan, that they are constructing an entire, purpose-built port on the coast of Brazil in Guanabara Bay (reputedly the world’s largest cargo plant ever built), or that they are offering billions in aid and investments to African nations, including paying for a new headquarters for the African Union in Ethiopia, and the funding of various rebel groups across the continent, with a view to exploiting the precious metals (Gold, Coltan, Cassiterite, Wolframite ),diamonds, oil and agricultural land there. America had been forced to project ‘hard power’ into the Middle East with its illegal invasion of Iraq, thanks to the global decline in oil production and discovery (peak oil)- only now the acceleration of industrial development in China, India and Brazil means that there is greater demand for oil globally, with those nations aiming for the same level of prosperity (at least) for their middle classes that the US has enjoyed for decades- at the expense of the rest of the world, (except for Europe).
The growing conflict with Iran, driven by the spurious claims of nuclear-armed Israel, that the Iranians are building a nuclear arsenal, is more to do with control of the Middle East’s and the Caspian Basin’s oil and gas supplies- China depends on Iran for 20% of its domestic oil consumption- and, in line with the same capitalist notion of infinite growth of production and consumption, held by the US, is seeking to maintain and capture as much oil for itself as it can. Syria, while not having great oil reserves itself is a conduit for oil supplies to the Mediterranean, (the refinery for which shares the same port as the Russian Navy’s only Med base at Tartus on the Syrian coast) with pipelines from Iraq and Iran. Afghanistan is also a future carrier of natural gas produced in the former soviet republics to its north, and the as-yet unexploited mineral reserves in its vast mountain ranges. The Russians are, while appearing to act as a power in their own right, siding with their one-time Cold War allies because their interests are also bound up with competition with the US for resources and they will happily side with the power that favours their geo-political position, bridging Europe and Asia as they do.
The Chinese People’s ‘Socialist’ Republic is also pushing for control of the resource rich Spratley and Paracel Islands in the South China Sea, off-shore oil deposits close to the coast of Vietnam, islands claimed by Japan as their own territory and for control the Malacca Strait between Indonesia and Malaysia, through which passes a quarter of the world’s oil output and the whole fleet of ‘Chinamax’ cargo ships- (again, the world’s largest container ships).
To extend their economic power militarily, China is currently building a ‘blue-water’ fleet, i.e. a fleet designed for the open Pacific ocean, as opposed to limiting its operations to coastal, territorial waters- in other words it is more offensive than defensive. The Chinese government is also investing heavily in new hi-tech weapons to counter the US’s advantage- drones, stealth planes, submarines and ships. Needless to say, both powers are equipped with huge arsenals of nuclear weapons…
China’s insatiable demand for resources to feed it’s expanding industrial base means America as an empire is dying -however, China’s Maoist- Capitalism is running up against those thorny contradictions inherent in Capitalism raised by Marx- over-production and the increasing rate of exploitation of labour (with an increase in strikes, riots and even mass-suicides by workers enticed away from agriculture into the factories sub-contracting to Western corporations). Coupled with a building-boom bubble and falling demand from the bankrupt west, china faces a growing risk of a mass popular outburst against the increased inequalities that industrialisation has brought and the total lack of democratic structures, far more serious than the Tiananmen Square protests in 1989, which it suppressed with the utmost brutality…
The Chinese leadership wants the same material rights for its people as the Americans- to drive enormous gas-guzzling SUVs, the same right to consume, own, the latest gadget that confers some kind of temporary hike in an individual’s status and self-image as a ‘valid’ person, more plastic polluting shit with which to crowd out any critical thought or social objection.
The trade and currency war has already begun, and there is talk of the Yuan supplanting the Dollar as the world’s Global Reserve Currency for all economic transactions across the planet.
Needless to say, both the US and China are quite desperate to hang onto what they have- after all, all bourgeois elites, all ruling classes are only concerned about their own well-being – their material acquisitions, their sensual pleasures, their sociopathic need for control, and ego- satisfaction and the social systems that support them are ever only considered with the former in mind, outside of running unsustainable, fatuous, consumer-driven, materialistic societies.
Without keeping ‘the game’ going, the rich across the world are staring into an abyss of proletarian revolt – their solution is war and dictatorship in one form or another- never mind that they are essentially the different sides of the same coin- Imperial America has created and nurtured Imperial China- The corporate suits, the chambermaid rapists, the Party-Comrade paedophiles and the bonused-up banker are all insane enough to push the whole planet into a war which threatens the very survival of our species.
When the war comes we will see a whole new host of ‘new generation’ weapons- fully autonomous killer robots, far surpassing the drones we see now; microwave and direct energy beam weapons (which can melt entire vehicles in seconds and cook people); Electro-Magnetic Pulse bombs to ‘zap’ all electronic systems; biological and cyber-weapons hitherto undreamed of. America hopes to put paid to the ‘Vietnam’ problem by automating its forces- less body-bags are supposed to ensure more public support- with US opinion happy to accept dead Muslims rather than dead Americans.
Violence to the upper classes is an abstraction- a ‘sacred obscenity’, to be unleashed upon the world if they do not get their way. (Word has it that bankers and such are investing in what is called ‘defensible land’- basically rural, self-sufficient retreats for them to ride-out what looks increasingly likely to be a near total collapse of ‘civilisation’ as they know it). They care little for the ‘Jarheads’ who will die or be mutilated or irradiated, nor the tiny children whose delicate bodies are shredded and obliterated by the ‘flechettes’ of cluster bombs (what kind of human being designs those things?).
No, you won’t hear any of this from the media , at least not until they are ready to tell us, and probably only as an attempt to distract us from the ongoing economic implosion- but not least because the media will never admit that wars are fought for base material, economic ,reasons- because that leads to all sorts of other questions- see how the facts of Iraq war, (the contracts won, the money made, the oil secured, the lies about ‘weapons of mass destruction’) have now become common knowledge- but with this understanding comes the question- who benefits- and the answer is invariably- The Rich, and no one else.
So here we are- With Us and Russian warships gathering in the Mediterranean and the Gulf, an attack on Syria (reputedly holding ‘weapons of mass destruction’-yawn), will lead to war with Iran, and the closure of the Strait of Hormuz in the Persian Gulf- effectively strangling the world’s oil supply- and then affecting the west’s economy-whether China and Russia become involved is anyone’s guess, but given the current state of the global economy, it seems safe to say that a great war is not far off. The butchery will be immense, the suffering terrible, the profits huge…In 1912 no-one ever really expected the First World War to be the war it became- the magnitude, the duration, or the horror…
THE RICH ARE OUR MISFORTUNE!