I think I’ve worked it out. It’s taken me nearly seventy years and so I’m quite pleased! I couldn’t for the life of me understand why a few hundred yahoos in the middle of Syria and Iraq could cause so much damage, despair and destruction. They could have been destroyed almost immediately had there been any real incentive to do so at that time. But there wasn’t. They were allowed to foster and grow as we all counted our money and analyzed the economic pros and cons of our rapidly changing world; as we selfishly contemplated the financial benefits of an ugly word called “Brinkmanship” and let thousands of innocent, peaceful people die.
This weekend the TV tells me that the Ukraine wants us (Canadians) to supply them with “lethal weapons for defense”. They are planning to start an all out war with Russia and want us to help them. Russia is driving tanks over the border into their country under the umbrella of the ceasefire brokered by France and Germany. Our new foreign minister also announced that it is “quite possible” that not only will we be extending the original six month engagement of our involvement in the battle against ISIL, but that it is also likely that we will be sending in more ground forces . We will be going in alongside of our “allies” from Jordan, Japan, The US of course and France and Germany. Assad the Syrian, has announced that he will support Russia and, in typical quid pro quo fashion, it is assumed that any incursion by allied ground forces into Syria will be met by opposition from his “ally” Putin. It sounds as if we are once more on the brink of all out war, on at least two separate fronts, for the next few weeks.
The key word here is “brink”; brinkmanship, push it to the edge, stir it all up, create a climate of fear, hate and deliberately generate a global scenario of chaos and uncertainty. Because the real aim here is not to start a global conflagration; that would be counterproductive. The real ambition is to kick start the floundering and failing ambition of global capitalism. Greece is tanking, the Euro is falling, the Ruble is worthless, China is forecasting an impending end to its monumental economic growth and the Ukraine owes Russia over two billion dollars in oil costs incurred and never paid before their change in alliance from the East to the West. The US is printing so much money that the commodity price of silicon ink is rising faster than gold! Every day trillions of nonexistent and hypothetical money, Yen, Dollars, Rubles and Drachmas, are being passed around the world’s banking houses in a Kafkaesque and rapid fire cabaret version of “musical chairs” because no one wants to be holding them when the music stops!
And so the orchestra keeps playing as the ship goes down. By stirring the pot with patriot trumpets and melodramatic strings, by creating a climate of fear and hate, the IMF, the World Bank and the global corporate mega billionaires, who now pragmatically rule our world, can generate new markets, rebuild bombed out infrastructures, splash out on more high interest loans and, most importantly, take control, power and autonomous economy away from our own troublesome and economically irritating “Nation States”.
It’s happened before several times, the Cuban missile crisis, the Cold war and the Falklands war to name a few. A couple of times it’s also gone very wrong. The global buyers and sellers of human misfortune miscalculated where the edge of the cliff into the abyss actually was. So this time, keep calm and don’t fall for the BS! If we are ever to evolve as a lasting and permanent species on this planet, we have to start putting the value of life before that of money…