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Reshaping The World
Bombing Afghanistan AKA Infinite Justice/Enduring Freedom begins
'New World Order' is the name given to this current phase of
history where the world is governed in the interests of the corporations.
It's also know as 'neo-liberalism' and is the consequence of the
development of the same suppression rules used in colonialism, as
well as the now institutionalisd economic empirialism of the World
Bank/IMF/WTO. Stripping a country of its assets by privatisation
or squeezing a country financially is one ways of keeping control,
bombing it or having a war is another way of 'reshaping' the new
100 days after the US and UK began its military campaign against
Al-Qa'ida and Taliban targets in Afghanistan, the media adopted
the attitude that the war is over. No matter that at least 4,000
had been murdered or that some 400,000 were displaced - either made
refugees or their towns too dangerous to return to because of looters
etc - the media found it unworthy of being top of their news agenda.
However the US air force still continued a heavy, daily bombardment
in the area around Zawar. As happened in Iraq and Colombia, the
attack continues but the media attention has waned.
Demonstrating that the "war on terrorism" is a global
action, 650 US troops have recently been sent to the Philippines
to combat guerrillas, as well as intentions being aired of spreading
the 'war' to Somalia. Iraq, still suffering the embargo, appears
not to be so much of a military target, though there are movements
of troops there.
It's true: this is another world war, but one that has been waging
for long time. A war for capitalism, for hegemony. A multinationals'
war for control of markets and resources.
President Bush, whose family is well connected to oil and energy
companies, has called for an international crusade against terrorists
who, he says, hate Americans simply because they are "the brightest
beacon of freedom". Bush's rhetoric about fighting for justice
and democracy is masking a less noble struggle for control of an
estimated $5 trillion of oil and gas resources from the Caspian
One of the material results of the elder Bush's Desert Storm campaign
in 1991, as well as guaranteeing the control of Kuwait's oil, was
to secure access to the huge Rumaila oil field of southern Iraq.
This area came under U$ control by expanding the boundaries of Kuwait
after the war. American and British oil companies are heavily invested
in Kuwait since being a British protectorate. Kuwait doubled its
pre-war oil output as a result.
The Trepca mine complex in Kosovo, one of the richest mines in
Europe, was seized last year by front companies for George Soros
and Bernard Kouchner, two members of the New World Order gang who
devastated Serbia. A similar geopolitical strategy to control the
valuable mineral resources of the Caspian Basin underlies the planned
aggression against Afghanistan, a Central Asian nation that occupies
a strategic position sandwiched between the Middle East, Central
Asia and the Indian subcontinent.
Central Asia has enormous quantities of undeveloped oil resources
including vast amounts of natural gas, waiting to be exploited.
The former Soviet republics Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan are the
two major gas producers in Central Asia. A memorandum of understanding
has been signed to build a 900-mile natural gas pipeline from Turkmenistan
to Pakistan via Afghanistan, but the ongoing civil war and absence
of a stable government in Afghanistan have delayed the project.
India, Iran, Russia and lsrael also have interests in the project.
Afghanistan remains fundamental in the control of the area, as it
was in the past when Russia and England competed for control of
Amoco, British Petroleum, Chevron, Exxon, Mobil, UNOCAL and Enrol
before its collapse, are all engaged in a multi-billion dollar frenzy
to extract the reserves of Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, and Turkmenistan.
All these companies are based in the countries leading the 'war
for peace'. And an array of former cabinet members from the elder
Bush administration have been actively involved in negotiations
on behalf of the oil companies with these republics: James Baker,
Brent Scowcroft, John Sununu and... Dick Cheney, now vice president
of America. www.BRISTLE.org.uk
War: What Is It Good For? Business.
War may well be a waste of resources but it's a brilliant profit
maker for those who manufacture weapons and military equipment.
Taking in consideration that the US, the UK (See SchNEWS 357) and
all the other European governments that support wars are the main
arms dealers, and a war such as Afghanistan is the best way to display
their products. It's also a great way of getting rid of surplus
stock - better to use than dump eh.
The U$ is spending $589,000 every minute on military - during the
war and since (yes visit http://www.cdi.org/msc/clock.html). This
is $850 million a day. Most of those expenses will be covered in
a supplemental request that the Pentagon will forward to Congress
later this year.
Meanwhile, spending on systems that have actually proved useful
in Afghanistan is lagging far behind expenditures for costly pet
projects favoured by the White House, key members of Congress, military
bureaucrats and major weapons contractors.
Just when everybody thought that the militarist madness that had
been developed in the Cold War was over, Bush - with backing by
Blair - has come up with the idea that there were still enemies
out there that we needed protection from. September 11 is now being
used to justify this paranoia and so in December the Son of the
Star Wars ballistic missile program received a $2.5 billion increase
from the US Congress. BRISTLE