Monday, July 14, 2014

Russia and China Outflank British Empire War Drive

The meeting of the BRICS nations this week will most certainly mark a transformation in world history, with the founding of the seed crystal for a new world financial system based on infrastructure and development, rather than speculation and imperial "conditionalities" under the IMF, World Bank and dollar hegemony. The following article from the current EIR presents the potential, which, if joined by the US restoring Glass Steagall (which will require the increasingly likely impeachment of Barack Obama), will spell the death knell of the British Empire, once and for all.
    Svetlana P. Glinkina, deputy director of the Institute of Economics, Russian Academy of Sciences, wrote the following today, July 14, in the China Daily: "The BRICS countries have set an ambitious goal: to prevent the International Monetary Fund from imposing political and other conditions on developing countries for granting them loans to build infrastructure and/or run businesses. "  All nations - the U.S. included - must join behind this effort. 
     Mike Billington
Russia and China Outflank
British Empire War Drive
by Jeffrey Steinberg
July 7—Russia and China have launched a deadly
flanking assault against the British Empire, without
firing a single shot. While London continues to press
for strategic confrontation with Vladimir Putin’s Russia
through its control over the Obama Presidency, and its
own direct long-running operations in Ukraine,
Moscow and Beijing are moving rapidly to create a new
economic and monetary order free from the shackles of
the British system of free-trade looting and radical
Malthusian genocide.
    Both China and Russia have made clear their desire
to have the United States and Europe join in the new
arrangements, but they are declaring their independence
from the system of usury, speculation, and war that has
dominated the planet for centuries.
    The coordination between Russia and China will be
on display next week, when both President Putin and
Chinese President Xi Jinping travel to South America
to participate in the 6th BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India,
China, and South Africa) summit July 15-17, in
Fortaleza, Brazil, and a series of bilateral meetings. At the
BRICS meeting, two new financial institutions are
expected to be established: a BRICS development bank
and a collective fund to beat back currency assaults on
the member states. The recent efforts by vulture funds,
in collusion with U.S. Federal courts, to loot Argentina,
and break up the bond restructuring arrangement
negotiated between Argentina and 93% of its bondholders,
have backfired and created accelerated momentum to
break the stranglehold of the so-called Washington
Consensus of the IMF, the World Bank, the Bank of
England, the U.S. Federal Reserve, and the U.S.
Treasury over global financial affairs.
    At the same time, China is spearheading the
creation of an Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank
(AIIB) before the end of the year. Beijing is seeking as
many as 30 initial members in the bank, which Wall
Street and London clearly see as an undesirable
alternative to the Asian Development Bank which has been
dominated by the Washington Consensus, through
slavish cooperation by Japan. The stated purpose of the
AIIB is to promote rapid construction of the Eurasian
Land-Bridge of transportation and development
corridors stretching from the Pacific Far East to the
western most shores of Europe. In announcing the AIIB,
Chinese officials also announced that they planned to
finance a high-speed rail link between China and Iraq.
The Eurasian Approach vs. London/Wall
    The idea of the rail line to Iraq underscores the qualitative
difference between the Asian approach being
aggressively promoted now by Beijing, and the bankrupt
policies of permanent war being peddled by London
and its Wall Street and Obama White House allies. Iraq
remains under siege by the barbarian forces of the
Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), which last week
proclaimed a Caliphate on the territory of the two coun
tries. Backed by Persian Gulf states and wealthy
individuals, ISIS has been conducting a lightning drive
toward Baghdad, defeating the Iraqi Army in a series of
engagements. ISIS is operating with Sunni tribes and
remnants of the Saddam Hussein-era Iraqi Army who
were purged during the U.S. occupation of the Bush-
Cheney era. The factions have maintained cohesion
through the Sunni tribes and the Army of the Men of
Naqshbandi, a Sufi network of Ba’athist military officers
and soldiers who have been shut out of power by
the U.S.-backed al-Maliki government in Baghdad.
Threat of Regional War
    The threat posed by ISIS to neighboring countries,
including Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, and Saudi Arabia,
has created the conditions for a new regional war. One
thousand American troops are now in Iraq as advisors,
trainers, and intelligence liaisons, as well as security for
the U.S. Embassy and an estimated 25,000 Americans
working in various parts of the country. Last week,
Russia sent SU-25 fighter planes and Russian trainers
to Iraq on short notice at the behest of the al-Maliki
government. Iran has an estimated 100 Al Quds Brigade
(IRGC) military advisors in the country as well,
mostly working with Shi’ite militias called upon to
fight against the Sunni insurgents.    
    Last week, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel and
Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) Chairman Gen. Martin
Dempsey gave a frank assessment of the situation on
the ground in Iraq. Dempsey told reporters at a special
Pentagon briefing that he believed the Iraqi Army could
hold back an ISIS assault on the capital, but that they
possessed no capacity to launch any counterattacks to
take back territory already lost to the rebels.
    At the request of President Obama, the JCS
delivered military options last week, suggesting that it would
take as many as 6,000 American troops—one entire
combat brigade and relevant air and communications
support personnel—to simply secure the U.S. Embassy,
the Baghdad International Airport, and the 15-km road
connecting them. Obama authorized the deployment of
an additional 300 U.S. troops, far less than the Pentagon’s
assessed requirements.
    Obama has already violated the Constitution by
dispatching American forces without Congressional
approval. There is a bipartisan revolt brewing against the
President’s latest Constitutional infringements. Rep.
Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) sent the President a letter signed
by 80 members of the House on July 3, warning him
against any military action without Congressional
authorization (see  Feature, in this issue).
    Moreover, Washington and London appear to be
doing everything possible to escalate the provocations
against Russia, using the Poroshenko government in
Ukraine as its instrument. After a series of meetings and
conference calls among Presidents Putin and
Poroshenko with German Chancellor Merkel and French
President Hollande, the seeds of a negotiating process to
end the violence in Ukraine were beginninbg to sprout,
until Poroshenko abruptly ended the ceasefire between
the Ukraine government and pro-Russian federalist
forces in the southeast of the country, and resumed
military operations.
    Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov blamed the
sudden shift on pressure from an unnamed outside
force—an implicit reference to London and Washington.
Putin has made clear his willingness to negotiate an
equitable agreement, and has taken concrete steps,
including asking the Federation Council, the upper house
of parliament, to rescind the law giving him authority to
intervene militarily in Ukraine, and pushing for OSCE
(Organization of Security and Cooperation in Europe)
observers to be deployed to the Ukraine-Russia border.
    Nevertheless, the crisis continues to grow.
It is in this context that the Russian and Chinese actions
to forge a new just economic system in Eurasia and
beyond represent a crucial flank against the power of the
British Empire. Were Congress to remove President
Obama from office, not only would the immediate war
danger be vastly reduced (the British, without the U.S.
on a leash, have no capability to fight a general war). The
prospects for the United States directly participating in
the new economic order would be vastly improved.
Lyndon LaRouche has repeatedly stated in recent
years that the advent of advanced thermonuclear
weapons has made modern warfare impossible. Any
general war would be a war of extinction. Since the
dwindling power of the British Empire system is the
only driving source of the war danger, defeating that
Empire system by forming a new economic and financial
system on traditional Hamiltonian American
System principles—with U.S. full participation—
would be the single-most deadly blow to the last vestiges
of the British Empire. Either the British will succeed
in provoking a general war, in which case
mankind is doomed, or the power of the British Empire
will be defeated, starting with the removal of British
pawn Barack Obama from the Presidency.

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