Elaine Meinel Supkis
As the increasingly violent US/UK/EU imperial project slams into more and more rocky shores, it is time to look at the news yet again from the perspective of the Goddess of History. No one can make sense of modern politics or international affairs without first understanding the nature of empires and their dependencies. The ability to use the Sword to rule diverse masses is very dependent upon the center of the empire staying solvent. The minute it ceases this, the whole system breaks down in a classic fashion. We see this clearly today with the continuing collapse of the US homelands. Readers have sent me articles that dispute my view of history. These articles are filled with not only bad analysis but outright lies. And as usual, the New York Times publishes outright lies. How typical for the chief newspaper of the heart of this empire.
President Hamid Karzai strongly criticized the British and American conduct of the war here on Friday, insisting in an interview that his government be given the lead in policy decisions.
Mr. Karzai said that he wanted American forces to stop arresting suspected Taliban and their sympathizers, and that the continued threat of arrest and past mistreatment were discouraging Taliban from coming forward to lay down their arms.
He criticized the American-led coalition as prosecuting the war on terrorism in Afghan villages, saying the real terrorist threat lay in sanctuaries of the Taliban and Al Qaeda in Pakistan.
Pakistan is pulling out of the War On Terror, aka, the Last Gasp of the US/UK/EU empires. The War on Terror is being pursued by assassin robot rockets, air force bombings of women and children, outright invasions by alien troops seeking natural resources and military domination of tribal groups. How different is this from the European invasion of all of Africa, Asia, North America, South America, Australia and all the world's islands? This latest episode is merely a continuation of the conquest of the planet by European powers after they figured out the dark arts of cannon warfare.
The Mongols and then the Turks used cannons to conquer even Constantinople. The final push was the sieges of Vienna in 1529 and then 1683. As soon as the Habsburgs won, the Austro-Hungarian empire began to grow in earnest. This was due to Europeans mastering the art of cannon warfare. The Turks tended to use bigger and bigger cannons. But the Europeans opted for mobility with the cannons. From 1500 onwards, using cannons on ever-bigger ships, they plied the Seven Seas and used these batteries to destroy shoreline defenses. Thus, the European global empire was born. All the many increasingly vicious battles between the various royal families over who gets to run things gave the impression that Europe was 'weak'. But these battles were like spoiled children in a super-rich family fighting over the spoils.
These interior battles within Europe itself ran alongside global conquests. Periodically, like when Portugal and Spain divided the entire planet between themselves, treaties are negotiated in order to have a more orderly division of the spoils of empire. I will note that not too soon after the Treaty of Tordesillas in 1494, by 1580, King Philip II, the king who tried to force Queen Elizabeth into marriage, invaded and took Portugal. Portugal regained its sovereignty only to see it all collapse in 1755 with the great earthquake/tsunami that utterly destroyed the capital city. As is true in any empire, when the capital is obliterated, the empire dies. Often, empires limp along for more than a century if other empires are anxious to prevent each other from benefitting by eating up the older empires.
Several examples: the Ottoman Empire, when it was nearly completely dead, in economic ruins, limped along for centuries as Britain, Russia and France feuded over who got what parts. The British were, in particular, very much against Russia and France getting anything. Then the Austro-Hungarian empire began to nibble away, too. This lead to bizarre and complex treaties concerning the destruction of Ottoman power. All of which limped along in unison until Germany suddenly reunited under the greatest German politician of them all: Bismark.
As is usual in all history, the empires with the strongest economic and manufacturing systems rule the roost. And so Germany, when it entered this tense game, threw all things out of whack which caused WWI and WWII. This story is the same in Asia: when Japan suddenly became an economic and industrial power, it destroyed the Concert of Nations in Asia.
Now, back to the news: Karzai is a puppet. He knew his position is tenuous at best. So he tried to show some slight independence from the English/French/German and American empire. His demands to rule his own nation fell on deaf ears, of course. This is because this is a very despotic empire that wants a series of strongmen to be our front men as we use our vast military power to do as we wish. And as usual, since the beginning of imperial power in ancient Egypt, our wish is for loot. We need loot or we go bankrupt.
Let's see what happened next, a mere day later after this attempt at sovereign power:
President Hamid Karzai survived an assassination attempt at a military parade in central Kabul on Sunday, when suspected Taliban insurgents fired mortars and bullets at the dignitaries assembled in the spectator stand.
One person was killed and 11 injured in the incident, Gen. Zaher Azimi, a military spokesman, confirmed soon afterward. Two parliamentarians in a section of the stands not far from the president were seen falling from their chairs on television footage as gunfire rang out. Loud explosions could be heard some distance from the parade ground.
The president was whisked out of the back of the stands and quickly left the scene in a convoy of black armored vehicles as spectators scrambled for cover and security guards opened fire in every direction, witnesses said. The American ambassador, William Wood, also left unharmed, a spokesman told news agencies. Afghan state television, which was showing the ceremony live, cut off its coverage as people fled the scene.
Being the top reporting source for the warmongering half of the US empire, the NYT has this nasty habit of lying all the time. They can't help it. Despite obvious proof to the contrary, they lie reflexively. This is because they are telling a tale as told by a fool. They must believe in the goodness of the empire. As Bush said, 'Why did they attack us? We are the good guys!'
This infantile view of the world is hard to maintain in the teeth of obvious objections. Just as the West has to desperately pretend we are the outposts of civilization and we invade and murder millions of people and make their lives significantly worse, this is all in the name of saving them! From themselves, of course. And who is better at being the judges of international politics than the very same nations that brought us the Napoleonic Wars, the many wars against China, India and the Ottoman Empires, the conquest of the planet and the enslavement of Africa? The nations that brought us WWI and WWII are the ones that will bring harmony and peace. The nations with half of the world's nuclear weapons and missiles are good. The other half that has these is evil and anyone who is not dominated by Europe and America and who wants what Europe and America have in the thousands, must be obliterated.
Isn't is funny that a small detail, how Karzai was in an armored vehicle throughout his military parade, had to be hidden? My contempt for the Times which is pretty high, can't get worse. But this sort of childishness is just like when they refused to publish pictures of say, Rachel Corrie being murdered. They had to pretend the IDF had no idea they were crushing her. Since pictures made it crystal clear, she was deliberately run over, they had to bury the pictures. I doubt more than a few thousand Americans ever saw the sequence of pictures from that one event just like the sequence of pictures from the sinking of the USS Liberty was also and still is concealed from view. If anyone sees them, they know the truth pretty fast.
All empires must lie in order to keep their moral high ground. The so-called 'liberal democracies' in the West are particularly good at this.
The exiled Tibetan spiritual leader said he has yet to receive detailed information about the offer but that talks would be good.
"We have to explore the causes of the problems and seek solution through talks," the Tibetan spiritual leader said a day after China said it would meet his envoy.
He talked to reporters after returning to his headquarters in the northern India town of Dharmsala from a two-week trip to the United States.
"We need to have serious talks about how to reduce the Tibetan resentment within Tibet," he said.
"But just mere meeting some of my men in order to show the world that they are having dialogue, then it is meaningless," the Dalai Lama said.
The Chinese dragon went berserk when rioters in Tibet ran out of control. This shows us that China, far from having oppressive troops all over Tibet were doing the opposite. It took time for them to react. This unnerved them just as it would unnerve any government. Imagine if rioters were able to take over Houston and burned businesses and beat up or murdered say, non-Hispanics? Indeed, when the millions of illegal aliens suddenly marched on several of our major cities last year, the government had to put into high gear, deportations and restrictions. These marchers were waving Mexican flags and yelling in Spanish, after all! And did China attack us for this? Did China demand we secede Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and California to Mexico? The dominance we hold over these places is no different from China's dominance of Tibet!
China doesn't want to crimp the long progression of Hu's many diplomatic initiatives due to the agitation in Tibet. This is also why our own President hosted and embraced the Pope and puts mostly Catholic radicals on the Supreme Court, radicals who are ripping up our Constitution. The GOP and the Democrats both recognize this ethnic and religious group to be very powerful just like the Jewish ethnic powers. The Tibetans, like many ethnic groups on earth, resent imperial controls. The only ethnic groups that love empires are the ones that control empires. As we can plainly see. This is why outsiders such as the populations out of Africa must contend. They have to riot just like the Tibetans. Note also, that rival empires will salute rioters if this benefits them. For ALL EMPIRES WISH TO BREAK UP ALL OTHER EMPIRES AND ETHNIC WARS ARE THE MAIN TOOL.
Now, let's look at a particularly stupid example of imperial creepiness from the usual crew of neo cons who have the full and adoring support of the owners of much of the US/UK/EU empire:
By Neo conman, Robert Kagman:
In recent years, as the great autocracies of Russia and China have risen and the radical Islamists have waged their struggle, the liberal world has been divided and distracted by issues both profound and petty. The great democracies have squabbled and jostled for the moral high ground, debated the fine points of international law, argued the relative merits of hard and soft power and commented endlessly on each other’s moral and ethical failings.
These arguments were affordable luxuries in an imagined era of international harmony, but not in the time of troubles that the world has actually entered. History has returned and the peoples of the liberal world need to choose to shape it or let others shape it for them.
The neo cons have fought long and hard to resurrect the Cold War. This was a wonderful time for them. Due to nuclear bombs and missiles, the entire planet had to live under the sword. No money was too much when it came to military spending. The bankers were delighted. No longer did they have to contend with a diminishment in debts. Red ink flows fast in Cold Wars without the downside of total destruction like we saw in WWI and WWII. The trick was to spread and strengthen the imperial powers without triggering a fatal WWIII. The EU, UK and Japan were all ecstatic that the US decided to pay for the New World Order all by ourselves. Very cheerfully, they lent us whatever money we wanted for this. This made them richer and more powerful and gave us the illusion, we were 'leading' them to prosperity.
As the US foolishly made one imperial mistake after another, all the cures chosen by our leaders made us weaker. This is why no one in power wants to stop the deindustrialization of the US. Certainly, Japan and Germany want ONLY their own industries in the US! This is why they are taking over many of our industrial systems. The losers of WWII have won the Cold War. Mr. Kagan, one of the stupider neo cons on this planet, can't figure out what is a liberal democracy. For example, Japan has been ruled by one party for as long as China. This party is in total control of the economy just like in China. And the voters in Japan are herded about by the LDP up until this year. I have noted how there is rising anger about the financial mess the LDP has created. Their refusal to use the Bank of Japan to deal with inflation and instead, using the populace to sop up all the inflation, is infuriating people there just as it is here.
Both Japan and the US are doing this. And note how our own 'democracy' operates! We are herded, like the Japanese, into only bad choice versus bad choice. Both of which belong to the same secret clubs and organizations and attend the same secret meetings and gatherings which use their powers to strip the US of our industrial base and put us into hock to the very nations we defeated so handily in WWII. As well as England, our old foes. All these empires owed us money or were run by us after WWII. Now they rule us! We owe THEM money! The Chinese were horrified by this as they figured things out [at my house long ago]. They swore they would not fall into this trap!
So any article that crows about the 'liberal democracies' while not talking about trade problems and debt is nothing but lies.
A majority of Russians seem content with autocratic rule. Unlike the tumultuous democracy of the 1990s, the present government has at least produced a rising standard of living. President Putin’s efforts to undo the humiliating postcold war settlement and restore the greatness of Russia is popular. His political advisers believe that “avenging the demise of the Soviet Union will keep us in power”.
The Chinese learnt from the Soviet experience, too. While the liberal world waited after Tiananmen Square for China to resume its inevitable course towards liberal democratic modernity, the Communist party leadership set about shoring up its dominance in the nation. Keen observers of the Chinese political system see a sufficient combination of competence and ruthlessness on the part of the Chinese leadership to handle problems as they arise and a populace prepared to accept autocratic government so long as economic growth continues.
In the long run, rising prosperity may well produce political liberalism, but how long is the long run? It may be too long to have any strategic or geopolitical relevance. As the old joke goes, Germany launched itself on a trajectory of economic modernisation in the late 19th century and within six decades became a fully fledged democracy. The only problem was what happened in the intervening years.
Hell's bells! Here we have a fake democracy that features things like the Supreme Court squelching vote counting in a Presidential election, gross financial corruption which means only billionaires or their servants can run for office, a Senate filled with ONLY millionaires and most of Congress feeding at the military/industrial trough, outright pirates of the Caribbean running for President, etc! And are our lives improving?
HAHAHA. There is a lot of bitterness out there! And this dying liberal democracy sees our corrupt, lying, evil media billionaire owners attacking Obama for mentioning this! We live in a Potemkin Liberal Democracy. Just watch these two Ron Paul videos showing what a sham our election process is:
Ron Paul delegates locked out of the building in Texas:
Mitt Romney, tax evading pirate, buys votes in Florida:
Several readers were anxious for me to read this article:
By: Clive Maund
Back in the late 20th century there were predictions that the 21st century would be characterized by “resource wars” where fighting breaks out between countries and aligned groups of countries, as they scramble to secure increasingly scarce commodities for themselves, principally oil and water. Barely had we entered the new century when a major resource war began, with the big surprise being that it was not some banana republic suddenly deciding to invade and loot its neighbor’s territory, but instead the most powerful country on earth muscling its way around an entire region on the other side of the planet in order to position itself to plunder its oil resources en masse for itself.
The very first paragraph betrays the total innocence and utter credulousness of this poor writer! The US has been plundering the world since when? How about 1800? And before that, as colonialists for European powers! Not to mention the pirates! I descend from these desperadoes. When my ancestors came to the New World, they were heavily armed with ships, cannons and guns and used them liberally. This is what 'liberal' means: lots of ammo. Just as the neo con couldn't understand the history of enslavement and looting launched by various empires including our present one, this writer can't understand the nature of the Beast, either. This is because we live in a sea of total lies and propaganda and shaking this off is difficult. The ruling elites must self-teach themselves to ignore reality. This is because they might slip up and say something dangerous that expose them as despots.
So they clothe this in fine garments of words and they refuse to broadcast images that clash with these lovely imperial purple. The rest of this article is barely worth mentioning. Of course, the ruling elites are reimposing the status quo! They must! If they fail, they die! But this is falling apart, fast. The Japanese are dying to get the carry trade to restart! Germany must continue to colonize the US industrial base while evading paying for wars or taxing their own workers for military adventures. England still wants to be the Global Empire without paying for it, either! Every one of these leeches are egging on the US and hoping we continue to misspend our money and let THEM invade OUR markets! And enslave us! And no one is stupider than anyone who allows this to happen.
The markets will rise only due to inflation. The only place where industrialization is growing is in the Third World and the only real successes in this regard when it comes to economic aggressive growth coupled with sovereign wealth and power is in communist nations! Why is that, we ask?
HAHAHA. That is the riddle! The communist nations are failed 'liberal' empires that have been reborn via the machinery of revolution. As the US and its empire bogs down in ethnic/religious battles with a quarter of the planet's people, we ignore this reality. We think, if we STRIP workers of wealth and power, the EMPIRE will be stronger! And this is KILLING THE DAMN EMPIRES. And Europe isn't doing this quite as much as the US but they are now, thanks to the strong euro, falling off the same cliff. I put up the picture of the stop sign because this is my emblem: I am the STOP sign. I tell my fellow global rulers, 'Stop it! You can't continue forwards. You must change direction. You can't be this way forever.'
There is no way we can inflate our way to global rule. Once an empire goes bankrupt, all it takes is one hurricane, one massive earthquake and it dies! And the chances of both happening to the US isn't 5% or 25% or 50%. It is 100%! There is NO DOUBT that we will have either or both or more. There is zero chance that we will have neither. And just like Katrina showed our weakness and the 9/11 attacks made hash of our boasts of imperial rule, the defeats in Iraq and Afghanistan show massive imperial overreach. And now that our entire banking system is collapsing, this is just another classic sign. Britain, when its banking system began to sink beneath the waves, ran to the US for loans. And as bigger and bigger wars engulfed this dying empire, they ran off to the US to be saved. Then puffed their chests afterwards and boasted about how they were STILL a global power.
England can't save us from bankruptcy, they are bankrupt, too. Germany and Japan can't save us, they are too small. Only China and Russia can save us from bankruptcy along with the oil pumping nations! And isn't this a joke and a half? Why don't these stupid writers talk about this?
So we can enjoy the last huzzah and splash around in our sea of red ink. But the writing is already on the wall.