US-EU Sanction Boomerangs
The Coming US-China Energy War
The Battle between Jesus and Satan
eastwind journals 100
By Bernie Lopez
US-EU SANCTION VS RUSSIA BOOMERANGS
The Emerging ‘New Silk Road’
After a decade of negotiations, Russia has finally inked one of the biggest energy deal of the century with China, a 30-year $400 billion gas supply agreement between Gazprom and CNPC. The US-EU sanction due to the Ukraine conflict has left Russia with no choice but to turn east, conceding gas prices lower than they expected. Britain warned of gas shortages in Europe. Aled Jones of Anglia Ruskin University reports that Britain’s North Sea gas will run out in three years, which will drive up prices in Europe. Russia supplies a third to a quarter of EU’s gas needs.
Branded by many as the ‘New Silk Road’, the 4,000–kilomerter Russo-Sino pipeline promises to be the longest in history, transporting 40 to 60 billion cubic meters of gas per year. Russia offered tax exemptions for gas exports. In return, China will help develop Siberian gas fields and offer cheap credit to Russia. The Russo-Sino economic alliance is being complemented by military cooperation, evident from recent joint military exercises in disputed islands with Japan. (Source. http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/may/21/russia-30-year-400bn-gas-deal-china)
THE COMING US-CHINA ENERGY WAR
China’s Despair for Oil
Japanese historians claimed that Japan entered World War II as a pre-emptive strike against Western colonization, the British in Malaysia-Singapore, the Americans in the Philippines, and the Dutch in Indonesia. The Shoguns argued that if they did not attack, they would be attacked soon. If war was inevitable, it was better they had the initiative.
China’s mindset today is similar. When two carriers shamed China in the Taiwan Straits decades ago, China knew that someday push would come to shove, that a future pre-emptive strike against the US was becoming more and more inevitable. China considers that shame as a blessing in disguise. Now, US carriers cannot just move around freely in the South China Sea. China has done its homework. It now has a vast underground Air Force, Mac-10 missiles that can take out US carriers, pro-type twin-hulled carriers that can refuel nuke subs, larger stealth bombers and drones, and thousands of submarine detectors in the entire length of the China Sea. It has been preparing for the same inevitable war in the logic of the Shoguns.
China has become increasingly aggressive in Senkaku and Spratleys in its despair for oil, otherwise its gigantic economy will crash. They unilaterally annexed these islands, as they did Tibet, based on their mere mention in old Chinese chronicles. Yet they refuse to go to court because they know they will lose. It is now a game for soldiers not lawyers.
China believes the US may rattle its saber but will not just go into an escalated confrontation, what with its shrinking economy. Thus, China has been casually ramming Philippine, Vietnamese and Indian vessels at will, with little or no American reaction.
China knows the US has its own pre-emptive strike plans, the Pentagon’s Air/Sea Battle (ASB) scenario. It is now a matter of who is quicker at the draw. Observers say either a Chinese energy crisis or a US economic crisis or both will catalyze a deadly US-China confrontation in the Asia Pacific. In that digital war, the Philippines and Vietnam are mere collateral damage. Japan may be forced to rewrite its Constitution banning nukes and troops abroad. Both China and the US know a failed pre-emptive strike is dangerous. So, for now, no one is reaching for his gun. But energy is the catalyst for war.
The Coming Battle Between Jesus and Satan
I will stir up Egyptian against Egyptian
brother will fight against brother
neighbor against neighbor
city against city
kingdom against kingdom
when the large heavy statue of st. michael the archangel
fell on a windless night at the healing center garden
sister raquel, cancer-healer for the Lord,
knew of the upcoming battle between Jesus and satan
they will grapple for the hearts of men as never before
she says the battle is both among nations and families
and within ourselves, each one of us
pope francis echoes this upcoming battle in his prayer –
weep not for what you have lost, fight for what you have
weep not for what is dead, fight for what was born in you
weep not for the one who abandoned you, fight for who is with you
weep not for those who hate you, fight for those who want you
weep not for your past, fight for your present struggle
weep not for your suffering, fight for your happiness
with things that are happening to us, we begin to learn
that nothing is impossible to solve, just move forward