MAKE THE PLANET GROW AGAIN

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL - By Wayne Kublals­ingh

For over two decades the US (Fi­nan­cial/Mil­i­tary Com­plex) has been try­ing to man­ners the Mid­dle East into free­ing up its mil­i­tary hands to pivot to China. They did so by vy­ing to liq­ui­date Mid­dle Eastern and North African lead­ers whom they re­garded as re­cal­ci­trant. They also at­tempted to achieve dé­tente with the Mid­dle Eastern su­per­power, Iran, by mak­ing a paci­fi­ca­tion treaty (the Iran Deal) with them. They have es­ca­lated arms sales to their al­lies in the re­gion, Saudi Ara­bia, Qatar. They have been build­ing up their ad­mi­ralty in the South China Sea. The logic of this is to quell China mil­i­tar­ily and fi­nan­cially; China poses the sin­gle most en­trenched threat to the Em­pire’s econ­omy.

This pivot to China tran­scends ad­min­is­tra­tions. There is an ob­jec­tive logic to it. When Em­pires fail in trade, if they pos­sess mil­i­tary WD-40, they pivot to war. Mash up the game, steal the mar­bles, start again. But now, en­ter Don­ald Trump! Does Trump, through the sheer will of his per­son, pos­sess the ca­pac­ity to defy ob­jec­tive his­tory, and avoid war with China? The fol­low­ing is a brief story of that his­tory.

There was a time, in the late 19th Cen­tury, af­ter the West was won and the Pa­cific was reached, that the US and her ‘ke­mosabe’ pard­ner, Great Bri­tain, be­gan to make de­mands upon China. The Chi­nese Em­peror did not want to trade much with the West. Why should he trade, he ques­tionedd, when China wants noth­ing from the rest of the world? So rich, he felt, that China was in the man­u­fac­tur­ing and mon­e­tary arts. Great Bri­tain and the US did not like. They be­gan to flood the ports of China with opium, Afghan opium, via Bri­tish In­dia. They bom­barded a cou­ple of Chi­nese ports. They cre­ated an opium de­pen­dency in China; that is, a de­mand for Bri­tish nar­cotic pro­duce, and fol­low­ing that, Bri­tish and Amer­i­can goods.

This led in­cre­men­tally to the fall of the Em­peror—the Boxer Re­bel­lion, in 1899, against West­ern goods—and the emer­gence in the mid-20th cen­tury of Com­mu­nist China. Now the US and its NATO al­lies had an­other bo­gey. China was op­pres­sive. Iso­la­tion­ist. She needed to open her doors to global trade. Trade. Be­come demo­cratic. Mao Tse Tung, break down those bar­ri­ers to trade, free ex­pres­sion! In 1972, Nixon took the bull by its Chi­nashop horn and went to China. Open up!

The 1980’s marked the ad­vent of Ron­ald Rea­gan. The ul­ti­mate bluffer, poker player, good­will sales­man. He man­aged to make Gor­bachev soil his prover­bial pants, drop the wall by bluff­ing that he had the ul­ti­mate Star Wars de­fence shield (Strate­gic De­fence Ini­tia­tive). He had noth­ing of the sort. He made the Amer­i­can dol­lar strong again. With Bret­ton Woods (1944), the re­stric­tive gold stan­dard, uni­lat­er­ally scrapped (1971), the US be­gan to print dol­lars; and backed it up, not with pre­cious metal, but with US global pres­tige; Rea­ganesque panache. Money could be made from thin air; pa­per could be backed up with the il­lu­sion of Amer­i­can great­ness! The gold stan­dard be­came the pres­tige and strength, mys­tique, of the US war ma­chine.

So, un­der Rea­gan, Amer­ica be­came great again! Wield­ing might (ter­ror) and eco­nomic power in Latin Amer­ica, the Mid­dle East, South East Asia, Africa. Ev­ery­one chased the US dol­lar. It be­came gold it­self: the ul­ti­mate unit of global wealth, personal, cor­po­rate and na­tional. You have US to change? That one green piece of gold could make eyes light up, make your day. It be­came the world’s choice re­serve cur­rency with a vengeance. There was, for the US, one prob­lem with this. It is okay to rule the world by the dol­lar, units of pres­tige. What hap­pens if your coun­ter­parts in global trade end up ware­hous­ing it? They cease to be­come your coun­ter­part; they be­came your op­po­nent, en­emy. For they could now buy into Amer­i­can great­ness: your fac­to­ries, jobs, banks, real es­tate, stock mar­kets, into the Belt­way po­lit­i­cal econ­omy, Wash­ing­ton DC it­self. And you own their debt. “Ahh! Come to mama,” the Chi­nese might be say­ing. Don­ald Trump does not like this. He has com­plained that since China joined the World Trade Or­ga­ni­za­tion in 2001, the US has lost 50,000 fac­to­ries. That China is steal­ing US jobs. That China is “ma­nip­u­lat­ing” its cur­rency. Yes, but you begged for it ke­mosabe. China wields a low wage econ­omy. Could pro­duce and sell goods at less than cost. Al­ters the value of its cur­rency. Floods your mar­ket. It has grabbed you by your prover­bial ba***; your green­backs; and now your hearts and minds must fol­low.

US me­dia hype tells us that Rus­sia is the real prob­lem for the US. Not at all. China is the boul­ders in the craw of the US’s global Mil­i­tary/Fi­nan­cial Com­plex. But they can­not over­come China. Nei­ther in trade, diplo­macy, tech­nol­ogy, satel­lite and in­ter­stel­lar space, nor war. China also ex­ports its pop­u­la­tion, its man­u­fac­to­ries; it uses its US dol­lars to wield po­lit­i­cal and tech­ni­cal in­flu­ence glob­ally. Will the US and Trump re­sort to war to re­solve what they can­not in trade?

Trump must quell US’s over­vault­ing am­bi­tion, not over­reach. He must end NATO and US geno­cide, and bring peace to the Mid­dle East. And for­get about bring­ing China to heel. He can­not. This op­tion, peace for the Mid­dle East, a mod­er­a­tion of An­gloSaxon/Ger­manic and Ro­man/ Latin preda­tory hubris, will make Amer­ica, the Mid­dle East and the planet grow again.

Ac­cord­ing to the au­thor, US Pres­i­dent Ron­ald Rea­gan made Amer­ica great with the use of ter­ror!

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