U.S. Policies Toward China, Russia, Iran, and Other Rising Powers Only Accelerate the West’s Decline

Al Jazeera has published another excellent Op Ed by our colleague, Seyed Mohammad Marandi, Dean of the University of Tehran’s Faculty of World Studies.  This one, titled “China, Russia and Iran:  Restructuring the Global Order,” is pegged to the Conference on Interaction and Confidence-Building Measures summit currently ongoing in Shanghai.  It offers a wittily insightful critique of the ways in which the colossal arrogance reflected not just in Western policies but also in Western elite rhetoric about rising non-Western powers is accelerating the West’s relative decline in international affairs.

To read the piece online, click here; we’ve also appended the text below.  As always, we encourage readers to offer comments both on this site and on Al Jazeera’s Web site.

China, Iran and Russia:  Restructuring the Global Order

by Seyed Mohammad Marandi

At the Fourth Summit of the Conference on Interaction and Confidence-Building Measures in Asia (CICA) that opens May 20 in Shanghai, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani will meet with both Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin.  Among other things, the summit will underscore how rising non-Western powers are playing ever more prominent roles on the global stage.  However, Western elites remain stuck in a time warp, wherein the United States and its European partners are the imperial masters of all they survey.

In this regard, it is an interesting coincidence how mainstream Western media outlets consistently produce narratives that are almost indistinguishable from official government statements regarding countries and leaders with dissimilar worldviews from their Western counterparts.  For instance, we repeatedly hear about the democratically elected “dictators” in Venezuela, yet we are assured that friendly dictators are “moderate reformers.”

Another fascinating coincidence is that Western human rights organisations pursue initiatives and policies closely aligned with those of their own governments.  When the US accused the Syrian government of using chemical weapons against its own people—notwithstanding noteworthy evidence to the contrary and despite the fact that it was fine as far as Washington was concerned when former Iraqi president Saddam Hossein attacked Iran with chemical weapons—some human rights advocates stood shoulder to shoulder with President Barack Obama in advocating “shock and awe” in Damascus for humanitarian purposes.

Contrary to what Saudi Princess Basmah Bint Saud states, Amnesty International’s soft spot for Saudi Arabia may be linked to more than just oil—for this renowned organisation is a true believer in promoting human rights through liberal imperialism.  Until recently, Amnesty USA was led by a former senior US government official who is a leading “humanitarian interventionist.”

On the side-lines of the 2012 NATO summit in Chicago, Amnesty International campaigned for NATO’s continued occupation of Afghanistan under the rubric, “keep the progress going”; Amnesty’s shadow summit for Afghan women was graced with the presence of none other than former US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright known for commenting that over half million dead Iraqi children as a result of sanctions “was worth it.”

Generous doses of hypocrisy

It is refreshing to see such consensus at all levels of public discourse in the “Free World.”  It seems that there is general agreement among European and North American elites that Western objectives are well-intentioned, even if highly generous doses of hypocrisy are administered on the way.  Hence, the British foreign secretary, speaking on behalf of the so called Friends of Syria, just days ago welcomed “the fact that preparations for the presidential elections on May 25 are proceeding well” in violence-stricken Ukraine where roughly half the country rejects the Kiev-based coup regime.

Then, literally a minute later (and with a straight face), he condemned the “Assad regime’s unilateral plan to hold illegitimate presidential elections on June 3.  We say in our communique that this mocks the innocent lives lost in the conflict.”  Apparently there has been no significant loss of innocent life as a result of illegal cross border support for extremists and al-Qaeda affiliates in Syria over the last three years.

It is also remarkable that any perceived rival to Western power can almost immediately be compared to Adolf Hitler without raising many eyebrows.  Benjamin Netanyahu and other Zionist advocates can repeatedly threaten the Iranian people with military strikes, yet simultaneously promote the false logic that the Islamic Republic wishes to create a holocaust by allegedly denying the Holocaust (whatever that means).

In recent weeks, we have once again returned to 1939 as the bizarre Hitler analogy is now being used to describe Putin.  The irony here is that the right wing neo-Nazi groups within the pro-Western Kiev regime consider themselves as the Russian president’s greatest foes.  Indeed, for some, al-Nusra Front, Islamic Front in Syria or Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant analogy would be somewhat more appropriate to describe the Ukrainian political party, Right Sector.

Former Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser was another one of many Hitlers in Western political discourse.  When in 1956, he nationalised the Suez Canal, then British Prime Minister Anthony Eden viewed his actions as an insult to the British Empire.  However, the “Suez moment” was a classic case of overreach for a rapidly declining empire that politicians in the US today should ponder.

Winner-take-all worldview

Their winner-take-all worldview, which has already resulted in widespread inequality and relative economic decline in the US, has also, since 2001, conditioned a series of “moments” whereby Washington’s arrogant zero-sum mentality has produced one strategic failure after another.

The US government is caught in a web of self-deception if it believes that its declining global influence has gone unnoticed among the world’s rising powers.  Obama’s pivot to Asia is viewed with scepticism, as the US already has more than it can handle in Ukraine, west Asia and North Africa.  The real Asia pivot is driven by rapidly rising economies, especially China, as countries with major oil and gas reserves such as Russia, Iran and Iraq are already turning eastward.

In a 2012 report that some consider to be too conservative in its prognostications, the US multinational investment banking firm Goldman Sachs projects that by 2050 the US will be the only Western power among the top five global economies, with an economy much smaller than China’s. In addition, the World Bank predicts that the US dollar will lose its current global dominance in roughly a decade.

Ironically, instead of attempting to build new bridges and forging new partnerships to stall their declining global status as the balance of power shifts away from Europe and North America, Western governments unwisely antagonise key powers.  Spying on the Brazilian president does not help, denying a visa to the next Indian prime minister can spell trouble ahead, giving strong warnings to China can raise tensions—but threatening Russia with economic warfare may prove to be a game changer.

Of course, the US and its allies have already engaged in inhuman economic warfare against ordinary citizens of the Islamic Republic of Iran.  The US has targeted the Iranian banking sector as well as the central bank and has threatened Iran’s trading partners with punitive sanctions if they do not abide by US laws.

Many countries have protested against these US imperial dictates, but have so far largely abided by US demands in order to avoid its aggressive behaviour.  However, with threats now being made against the Russian Federation, alarm bells have begun ringing, as powerful countries see themselves as potential future targets.  Economic warfare against another major power will force emerging economic powerhouses to seriously think about the future of global financial and communications systems as well as the immediate need to enhance cooperation and to restructure the global political and economic order.

During the CICA Summit in Shanghai, Presidents Xi Jinping, Rouhani and Putin definitely have a lot to talk about.

 

38 Responses to “U.S. Policies Toward China, Russia, Iran, and Other Rising Powers Only Accelerate the West’s Decline”

  1. fyi says:

    All

    Leave it to creative Western people to make money off Muslims:

    http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702303887804579503510074377986?mg=reno64-wsj

  2. masoud says:

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=hYgHZy8P2E8

    Koucheckzadeh vs Zibakalam

    I really don’t like koucheckzadeh’s style, which is all too common among conservatives, of quoting Imam Khomeini and making no further or independent arguments. But Zibakalam is such a petulant little shit, I was yelling at my tablet for Kouchekzadeh to punch him in the face by the end of this relatuvely short debate clip.

  3. masoud says:

    Apparently, that clip is not current. It’s from about a year ago. Point still stands.

  4. Empty says:

    Thank you for posting this very candid piece by Dr. Marandi.

    As the saying goes, موش به سوراخ نمی رفت، جارو به دمش می بست.” [The mouse couldn’t manage to squeeze itself through a hole, it tied a big broom to its tail.] The US couldn’t succeed in Afghanistan (a non-functioning non-state), it attacked Iraq (a destroyed nation but at least with some functioning entities). It could not succeed in Iraq, it aimed even higher and went for Libya. It couldn’t hold it together there, aimed even higher and attacked Syria. It could not succeed in Syria, it went for Russia (through Ukraine). All these are happening while it has to call the national guard in order to fail to kick a cowboy out of some prairie somewhere in middle America. عقل که نباشه جون در عذابه دیگه.

  5. Empty says:

    masoud,

    Re; the clip, I think it is a good thing that the likes of Zibakalam are speaking. It serves two very important purposes, 1) it gets their real character and thoughts known (they are in the best position to discredit themselves). 2) it challenges the other side to get more sophisticated, informed, and skilled in fact gathering, analysis, and argumentation. All Koucheckzadeh has to do is to study the very UN policies to which Zibakalam referring (and holds in such high esteem) in order to demonstrate how according to the UN’s guidelines itself, Israel must be dissolved and dismantled. Israel, without its McDaddy, the US in the security council, would have been wiped out of the pages of time and history very long time ago (funnily, not because Imam Khomeini said so but because the UN’s guidelines itself says so).

  6. Pirouz says:

    I had read this piece earlier today. Definitely one of his more interesting, recent perspectives.

    More and more I find myself wondering why such perspectives aren’t usually included in the Western MSM.

    Why, more and more, do we have to seek these perspectives from of all places CCTV, Al Jazeera and RT?

    The recent comments by Neil DeGrasse Tyson and Miles O’Brien regarding CNN started my thinking on this lamentable situation.

  7. nico says:

    Russia And China Finally Sign Historic $400 Billion “Holy Grail” Gas Deal

    http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2014-05-21/russia-and-china-finally-sign-400-billion-holy-grail-gas-deal

  8. Karl.. says:

    Any idea who this state may be?
    http://rt.com/usa/160240-wikileaks-greenwald-intercept-phones/

    I thought Iran instantly but I dont see that would be such a big deal exposing.

    Or is it Israel? Great Britain? Pakistan? But Pakistan is not spectacular either. This most be an important state..

  9. Jay says:

    Karl.. says:
    May 21, 2014 at 9:23 am

    From the spacing and the font, I would guess Venezuela or Pakistan. Assange has given Greenwald 72 hours to release the name or he will release it.

  10. Jay says:

    Libya: Why it’s all gone so badly wrong

    http://www.cnn.com/2014/05/21/world/africa/libya-six-questions-explainer/?hpt=hp_t2

    One can replace, in the title, the name Libya, with Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, ….

    The word “West” in “West’s Decline”, which is part of the title of this piece, does not mean much!

    West was defined by its standard of living – not its geography. Geography was an accident of nature. Others longed to “become” West because they saw opportunity for advancement and better living standards. For the vast majority in the West, an improving standard of living is no longer feasible – a declining standard is more likely. In this sense, the elite in the West is now the de facto “the West” – a militaristic, hegemonic force.

  11. Karl.. says:

    Jay

    Judging from the masks I dont think its pakistan nor venezuela, there seems to be, if the mask is “correct” and cover only the name of the state, a longer name.

    https://prod01-cdn00.cdn.firstlook.org/wp-uploads/sites/1/2014/05/3.jpg

    Could it be Afghanistan?
    Well we have to wait and see.

  12. BiBiJon says:

    Coercion ain’t soft power
    =======================

    “Ironically, instead of attempting to build new bridges and forging new partnerships to stall their declining global status as the balance of power shifts away from Europe and North America, Western governments unwisely antagonise key powers.”

    Indeed! And, 180 degrees from where your bellybutton (and your intentions) are pointing seems to be the actual direction of US ship of state. So the news today, h/t Nico, could not be a better case in point.

    What did all the simultaneous Putin demonization, and China bashing do for American interests? Answer, today’s daily double: http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2014/05/21/china-russia-gas-deal/9365155/

    That is right. Stated objective: isolate. Actual accomplishment: Everybody and their brothers coalesce against the US.

    If the motto is to needlessly manufacture enemies where none existed, and manufacture crisis with recently manufactured enemies, then the White House is doing a “heck of a good job.”

  13. nico says:

    BiBiJon says:
    May 21, 2014 at 12:03 pm

    Yes that is the moral western failure after cold war.
    You know the famous Fukuyama “end of History”.
    Truly pathetic times and failed leadership from Bush, B. Clinton, Obama, to Hollande, Sarkozy, Blair, Cameron ane Merkel…
    What is their world views, their grand project for their peoples and the world ?

    Some countries have true leader like Iran’s SL or Russia’s Putin. The west has puppets and sad clowns immersed in lies, deception, sophistry and hubris. Sigh.

  14. Smith says:

    The 55 dollar deal and its outlook as I had predicted months ago: http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2014/05/iran-official-discloses-intense-disagreements-iran-p51.html

    Basically Iran will have to give up all of its nuclear sciences, missile sciences and its military and obey western human rights laws etc etc and then wait for 10 years before the case for removal of sanctions can be heard in the court of the mad king.

    With such dire situation at hand, we have corrupt mofos in Iran who are interested in rent and making a quick buck from people’s pockets. No funding for R&D and knowledge based economy. No encouragement for innovation. No translation effort of books and not even a proper library, let alone labs. Cargo cults are in charge and the besaz befrosh and tarakom forosh economy has forced Iran to kneel: youtube.com/watch?v=kt5kagBlVV4

  15. James Canning says:

    Reliable polls show that even a majority of Ukrianians speaking Russian as their first language, support territorial integrity of Ukraine.

  16. James Canning says:

    Ivan Chernov has an interesting piece in The Nork Times today: “Immigrants face language test.” “A new law that will go into effect in January requires immigrants [to Russia] applying for work or residency permit to prove they know Russian language and culture.”

  17. Rd. says:

    Jay says:
    Karl.. says:

    “From the spacing and the font, I would guess Venezuela or Pakistan. Assange has given Greenwald 72 hours to release the name or he will release it.”

    Probably why greewald was in US (with safe passage) to cover/check the story and the propaganda against china to try and muddy the waters!!?? these guys are truly pathetic..

  18. James Canning says:

    New York Times (above piece today).

    The Sunaday Times (London) reported May 11th that 72 billionares (in British pounds) now live in London, compared to Moscow with 48. New York has 43.

  19. James Canning says:

    Britain and France would have overthrown Nasser in 1956 if they had not been blocked by txhe US. Morandi should have noted that fact in his piece.

  20. Rd. says:

    James Canning says:

    “Reliable polls show ”

    looks like you missed reading the article above. The quote below may of interest to you to read out loud!!!

    “It offers a wittily insightful critique of the ways in which the colossal arrogance reflected not just in Western policies but also in Western elite rhetoric about rising non-Western powers is accelerating the West’s relative decline in international affairs.”

  21. Karl.. says:

    Rd.
    1:58

    Just ignore this troll once and for all.

  22. Karl.. says:

    Rd.
    1:51

    Yeah, funny how greenwald now censor the leak himself! A hypocrite.

  23. nico says:

    Russia signs giant gas deal with China… meanwhile the rotten USG, adminstration and judiciary are harrasing everyone. From civil charity organization owning building in NYC to foreign banks…

    When do foreign country tell the US to go to hell ?

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/banksandfinance/10846112/BNP-Paribas-faces-5bn-fine-over-Iran-sanctions.html

    And you have the disgusting Hollande just saying he does not care a whit …

    Shame, shame, shame.

  24. James Canning says:

    Rd.,

    You appear to be claiming that most Ukrainians speaking Russian as their first language do not support the territorial integirty of Ukraine (leaving out Crimea). You are mistaken. Vladimir Putin apparently respects the Pew poll results.

  25. James Canning says:

    Karl..,

    I am curious: do you favour requiring women to cover their heads while in public?

  26. James Canning says:

    Rd..,

    I think Dmitry Medvedev made a sensible comment about immigrants to Russia: “Foreign citizens who come to work in such unskilled workplaces, they are necessary to us, but they have to be adapted for life in Russia. They have to speak Russian.”

    You agree with the Russian PM?

  27. nico says:

    James Canning says:
    May 21, 2014 at 2:23 pm

    “Karl..,I am curious: do you favour requiring women to cover their heads while in public?”

    I am curious… do you favor gay marriage and do you deem other countries should lecture UK for that… or impose sanction for moral abuse ?

  28. nico says:

    Smith says:
    May 21, 2014 at 1:38 pm

    Farcical position from the west.
    I am not sure to understand why we do not hear outrage from the Iran’s negotiting team.
    Do they hope for a change of heart from the west so far in the negatiation process ?
    Is that tactical ?
    Are they ready to satisfy western demands ? Not likely with the SL vetoing power.

    Well such position from the west is stunning by its sheer idiocy and insulting content.

    Besides I would be interested to know what would happen if BNP PARIBAS just stopped transaction in USD… what would the US and Europe gonna do ? Pathetic.

  29. nico says:

    http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/BNP_Paribas

    “Based on 2012 information BNP Paribas was ranked as the fourth largest bank in the world, as measured by total assets, by Bloomberg and Forbes.[4][5]”

    Yep what the US gonna do if that bank stop trading USD…

  30. Sammy says:

    Excellent piece by J.W.Dean

    http://www.presstv.com/detail/2014/05/21/363561/putins-pivot-to-asia/

    ..We’ve enjoyed our front row seat watching one of the biggest geopolitical scams in modern history crumble before our eyes. And as a freebie, we get see the West in total denial of their Frankenstein foreign policy which has morphed into a self-sanctioning dead-end that the next generation will pay for. But there is a silver lining to this act of the play.

    The crisis in Western leadership is now on full display, due in great degree to their contempt of public opinion. No longer do they try to hide it, but just put it right out there.

    What am I talking about?…The use of Western military power to advance its financial interests has openly become its primary mission, and a tremendous abuse of those serving in the military. Some would say treason.

    If that hijacking of our defense power by our financial elites was not bad enough, the worst part of it is that, it’s not working!! It’s actually speeding up our economic demise. We are watching the classic case of the inmates having taken over the asylum and fantasizing that they are the beneficent rulers of the universe. You just can’t make this stuff up.

    This morning’s example was perfect. While the White House wants us to be focused on another one of their never ending Ukraine diversions using false charges, they are demanding proof of the Russian pullback from the Ukrainian border. They think we are so stupid that we don’t know that once the order is given that the logistics of doing this takes several days, starting with one day to pack. So we get the cheap pitch that Putin is lying. “Prove it” demands the White House, only hours after Putin has announced the order. We caught you again White House staff..

  31. BiBiJon says:

    James Canning says:
    May 21, 2014 at 1:47 pm

    “Reliable polls show that even a majority of Ukrainians speaking Russian as their first language, support territorial integrity of Ukraine.”

    James, against Jay’s advice, and Karl’s admonitions, I have to …

    The fallacy, the myth, and with-us-or-against-us BS about “pro-Russia Ukranians” and a revanchist Russia, and Putin=Hitler MSM narrative is for idiots like you know who, if you know thyself.

    That the poll has now “revealed” what was always obvious, namely that so long as minority rights are respected through decentralization of power in a federal system, most Ukrainians would love to eat from the western and the eastern sides of trough.

    But the subservient MSM kept calling anti-Kiev protesters as being pro-Russia. But, that did not make it true.

    The article you are quoting wants to say that Russia (who never supported anyone other than Crimeans to secede) was lying about Ukrainians are pro-Russia. The original sin/lie was the western MSM’s meme of anybody protesting the legitimacy of a pusch regime in Kiev whose very first act in power was to ban the Russian language is pro-Russian.

    We get enough of this garbage from MSM, and even loblog. Can we please be spared here.
    http://www.lobelog.com/poll-soft-support-for-ukrainian-separatism-putin-has-strong-backing-at-home/

  32. Sammy says:

    Also this one :

    http://www.counterpunch.org/2014/05/21/showdown-in-ukraine/

    “”Putin vs. Comrade Wolf
    Showdown in Ukraine
    by MIKE WHITNEY
    “Comrade Wolf knows who to eat, and he eats without listening to anyone.”

    – Russian President Vladimir Putin referring to the United States

    …..

    ..Translation: The United States will police the world, dispatch troublemakers, and eliminate potential threats wherever it finds them. It will impose its neoliberal dogma (Austerity, privatization, structural adjustment, anti labor reforms, etc) across-the-board and on all participants. Also, minor partners–”Europe, China, Japan, a confederated Russia, and India”–will be expected to provide security for their own people at their own expense in order to “relieve America of some of its burdens.”

    “Failure to widen NATO…would shatter the concept of an expanding Europe… Worse, it could reignite dormant Russian political aspirations in Central Europe.”

    “Europe is America’s essential geopolitical bridgehead in Eurasia…A wider Europe and an enlarged NATO will serve the short-term and longer-term interests of U.S. policy… A politically defined Europe is also essential to Russia’s assimilation into a system of global cooperation.”

    “Bridgehead”? In other words, Europe is just a means to an end. But what would that “end” be?

    Global domination. Isn’t that what he’s talking about?

    Of course, it is.

    What makes the Ukrainian crisis so hard to understand, is that the media conceals the policy behind the impenetrable fog of daily events. Once the fog lifts though, it’s easy to see who’s causing all the trouble. It’s the party that’s calling the shots from abroad, the good old US of A.

    Putin doesn’t want this war and neither do most Ukrainians. The whole thing was conjured up by Uncle Sam and his minions to stop the flow of Russian gas to Europe, to push NATO further eastward, and to break the Russian Federation into little pieces. That’s what it’s really all about. And these madmen are willing to raze Ukraine to the ground and kill every living organism within a 3,000 mile radius of Kiev to get their way. After all, isn’t that what they did in Iraq? They sure did. And did I mention that, according to this week’s Wall Street Journal, “Iraq’s Oil Output Surged to Highest Level in Over 30 Years” with all the usual suspects raking in hefty profits.

    The point is, if they’d did it in Iraq, they’ll do it in Ukraine too. Because what Washington cares about is constituents not carnage. Carnage they can handle.

    Brzezinski is not the only one supporting the current policy either. There’s also fellow traveler, Hillary Clinton. In fact, it was Secretary of State Clinton who first used the term “pivot” in a 2011 article in Foreign Policy Magazine titled “America’s Pacific Century”. Clinton’s op-ed described a “rebalancing” plan that would open up new markets to US corporations and Wall Street, control the flow of vital resources, and “forge a broad-based military presence” across the continent. Here’s an excerpt from the text of Clinton’s seminal speech:

    “The future of politics will be decided in Asia, not Afghanistan or Iraq, and the United States will be right at the center of the action.

    As the war in Iraq winds down and America begins to withdraw its forces from Afghanistan, the United States stands at a pivot point. Over the last 10 years, we have allocated immense resources to those two theaters. In the next 10 years, we need to be smart and systematic about where we invest time and energy, so that we put ourselves in the best position to sustain our leadership, secure our interests, and advance our values. One of the most important tasks of American statecraft over the next decade will therefore be to lock in a substantially increased investment — diplomatic, economic, strategic, and otherwise — in the Asia-Pacific region…

    Harnessing Asia’s growth and dynamism is central to American economic and strategic interests and a key priority for President Obama. Open markets in Asia provide the United States with unprecedented opportunities for investment, trade, and access to cutting-edge technology…..American firms (need) to tap into the vast and growing consumer base of Asia…The region already generates more than half of global output and nearly half of global trade. As we strive to meet President Obama’s goal of doubling exports by 2015, we are looking for opportunities to do even more business in Asia…

    …as I talk with business leaders across our own nation, I hear how important it is for the United States to expand our exports and our investment opportunities in Asia’s dynamic markets.” (“America’s Pacific Century”, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton”, Foreign Policy Magazine, 2011)

    “Harnessing Asia’s growth and dynamism is central to American economic and strategic interests and a key priority for President Obama”?

    Does that sound like someone who wants to cultivate a mutually-beneficial relationship with their trading partners or someone who wants to move in, take over and run the show?

    Washington’s plan to shift its attention from the Middle East to Asia is all about money. Clinton even says so herself. She says, “The region generates more than half of global output and nearly half of global trade…Asia’s markets … provide the United States with unprecedented opportunities for investment, trade, and…a vast and growing consumer base.”

    Money, money, money. The upside-profit potential is limitless which is why Madame Clinton wants to plant Old Glory right in “the center of the action”, so US corporations can rake in the dough without fear of reprisal.

    Brzezinski says the same thing in his magnum opus “The Grand Chessboard” Here’s an excerpt:

    “A power that dominates Eurasia would control two of the world’s three most advanced and economically productive regions. A mere glance at the map also suggests that control over Eurasia would almost automatically entail Africa’s subordination, rendering the Western Hemisphere and Oceania (Australia) geopolitically peripheral to the world’s central continent. About 75 per cent of the world’s people live in Eurasia, and most of the world’s physical wealth is there as well, both in its enterprises and underneath its soil. Eurasia accounts for about three-fourths of the world’s known energy resources.” (Zbigniew Brzezinski, “The Grand Chessboard: American Primacy And It’s Geostrategic Imperatives”, page 31)

    Get the picture? It’s a gold rush! Having successfully looted every last farthing from the battered US middle class and left the economy in a ghastly shambles, Brzezinski, Clinton and Co. are headed for greener pastures in Central Asia, home of the world’s largest oil producing nation, boundless reserves in the Caspian Basin, and zillions of voracious consumers who’ll need everything from I Pads to leisure wear, all graciously provided by US-owned corporations. Cha-ching!

    So don’t get tripped up on the daily events in Ukraine. This isn’t a clash between pro-government forces and anti-government activists. This is the next big phase of Washington’s plan to conquer the world, a plan that will inevitably pit Moscow against the amassed military power of the United States of America. This is David vs. Goliath, Mother Russia vs. the Great Satan, Vladie Putin vs. Comrade Wolf.

    Ukraine is just Round 1.

  33. Smith says:

    nico says:
    May 21, 2014 at 3:06 pm

    The negotiation is only proving SL’s POV. From his POV the negotiations only utility is in proving wrong the internal fools who believe that Iran’s salvation is in submission to US. The likes of Mosavis, Rafsanjanis, Khatamis,… and their corrupt buddies.

    Paribas, is just a tiny component of western financial system. A drop in the ocean. Like it or not, the west over the past 5 centuries has been busy building a huge financial and scientific empire whose machination is much more powerful and resilient than a single bank or company. And do not be fooled by “dollar conspiracies”. The dollar is there because of military and scientific power of the west, not the other way around. Even a staunchly patriotic Iranian will offer the services of his koon and his mouth in exchange of a few dollars to pay the price of imported American medicine for his sickly son. It is not the power of dollar that is forcing him do the only thing he knows best to do, but the power of innovation, science and technology.

    Let’s not forget that even today, it is the west that is the driver of wealth creation through innovative knowledge (only in the arena of life sciences, US spends half of the world’s total R&D). As for Paribas, there is a price for doing business in the court of the mad king. As there is a price for an innovative entrepreneur trying to work in Iran’s hostile business environment. It is just how the world works. Paribas is being punished for the fact that they let Iran withdraw money from its accounts instead of “freezing” the accounts and giving Iran’s money to Pfizer and Sanofi as other banks had obeyed and have already spent Iran’s 120 billion dollars in order to advance west’s innovative economy. After the best form of expenditure from the point of view of humanity and economy is the spending on R&D and not besaz-befroshi.

  34. nico says:

    Smith says:
    May 21, 2014 at 4:04 pm

    My point was that BNP is a systemic bank TBTF.
    Should BNP collapse it would be 10, 100, 1000 times worse than Lehman in 2008.
    All the western banks will feel the fire and collapse as they are all linked as collateral.
    Thus this is empty threat from the US and totally BS policy.
    If BNP or Hollande say go shove up your threat the US can do zilch.
    But as they are morron and traitors they will just comply.

    That is truly Europe slavery and subverience to the US master and the proof of European leadership treason regarding their own interests and their people.

    That is a cabal and western NWO mafia that need to be wiped out by regime change.

    As for the Iranian tactic.
    It works.
    It is for everyone to see western total inptitude.

  35. Smith says:

    nico says:
    May 21, 2014 at 4:34 pm

    No such thing will happen. Rest assured of that. West can weather out the fall of banks and even the fall of Euro and even the dollar. Since the world does not have any substitute for the Western science and technology.

    Hollande is as sovereign in the context of his alliance with US as is the president of Chechnya is sovereign in the context of Russian federation. BNP will surely cough up the money as NIH projects need continuous funding.

    West is not inept. On the contrary its very smart. It is only the hubris and their desire for total domination that is taxing their abilities. Otherwise, compared to Iran a country that can not even manufacture faultless copies of 1990’s Kia pride out of imported components, West is superb. Iranian tactic will only work when the Iranian people and state realize that only science, technology and innovation is the key to Iran’s salvation. We will know that they have realized this, when we see that Iran has allocated 5% of its GDP to R&D. Right now, the Iranian state believes that through haggling, it can charm West and be allowed to sell x number of barrels of oil and be allowed to import airplanes and continue its besaz beforshi: http://www.philstar.com/world/2014/05/01/1318174/iran-wants-400-new-planes-2025-if-sanctions-end

    Now, that is what I call ineptitude.

  36. James Canning says:

    BiBiJon,

    You should know that Russian was not in fact “banned” in any area of Ukraine.

    I understand that Putin himself saw the Pew poll results as significant. You disagree?

    Do you favour the new law coming in next year in Russia, requiring immigrants to learn Russian? I can see the merits.

  37. James Canning says:

    Nico,

    I find “gay marriage” as rather preposterous. But I see many other issues as much more important.