Friday, March 28, 2008

Historical Overview

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Skulduggery has always been the order of business whenever money and power are at stake, so what people are doing today is not new. Power corrupts; Absolute power corrupts absolutely. (Lord Acton)

Starting current history with the victory in the Seven Years' War (1756-63) of Great Britain (so-named by James I at his coronation in 1603 at the beginning of the seventeenth century), we see this: the world war established, in the eighteenth century, Great Britain as the preeminent word power by removing France as a rival to the world-wide British Empire. The loss of the 13 Colonies twenty years later (1783) can be viewed as a mere branching of the Anglo-American empire. In the nineteenth century, these two houses of Anglo-America both increased in size and power. The twentieth century was mostly about shifting power from London to Washington, everything else — including two world wars and hundreds of millions killed — was incidental to that main outcome. This was by design. In world affairs, there are few accidents.[1] Canadians have a uniquely sanguine view of the British Empire because Canadians (outside Québec) were treated well enough by the British and they were protected by Imperial membership from the Americans. But the British Empire was not so kind to other peoples as an honest look at the record reveals starkly. The twentieth century was about the rise of the United States of America and the destruction of the Old Order: All TWELVE EMPIRES [2] were wiped away, including the British Empire. Only the American Empire (which has never thought of itself as an empire) was left in 1945. But, oddly enough, at the very moment the monster was supposed to become omnipotent, it became impotent. That was precisely when the U.S.A. dropped two (just to make sure) atom bombs on Japan. The Anglo-American empire (that's us) has not won a war in the sixty-three years since — despite having spent trillions of dollars on "defence" while lording supremacy over everyone else (in a benign and friendly way, of course). After 250 years, as the twenty-first century begins, Anglo-American hegemony appears to be over. Concentration of money and power has reversed as capital flows away from the United States toward the Third World, especially to China and India. But that is not all. State-level military power is worth less and less, even as the United States bankrupts itself with military spending and more fruitless wars. A new Age is dawning. It sure does look that way.

What will happen? Prediction is very difficult, especially if it involves the future. (Niels Bohr)

[1] The most clever people, who usually have at their command vast resources, are invariably engaged in international schemes, plots and, yes, conspiracies. They are always playing with fire and, as smart as they might be, they don't always know what is going to happen. Disasters they create cannot be called accidents — deliberate harm is intended through deliberate actions. Oops, sometimes unintended people are harmed. Oops, sometimes the schemers don't get what they expected. (Accident: an unfortunate incident that happens unexpectedly and unintentionally.)

[2] TWELVE EMPIRES were wiped away in the 20th century

1. British Empire
2. Chinese Empire
3. Empire of Japan
4. Russian Empire
5. German Empire
6. Austro-Hungarian Empire
7. Dutch Empire
8. Spanish Empire
9. Belgian Empire
10. Ottoman Empire and the Caliphate
11. French Empire
12. Portuguese Empire

The 1,000-year-old Holy Roman Empire had been destroyed by Napoleon and was reorganized as Imperial Germany (Hohenzollern dynasty) and Austria-Hungary (Habsburg dynasty). Belgium was created after the Napoleonic Wars. The Soviet Union proved to be a useful foil for the United States especially after 1945.

Friday, March 21, 2008

Nancy Pelosi on China on Tibet

Dear Nancy Pelosi,

Your statement on China and Tibet?

Talk about the kettle calling the pot black. China should certainly get out of Tibet. Of course. But are you unaware of the recent invasion and on-going destruction of Iraq by the United States and "its allies". Do you not know what the United States and Great Britain were doing throughout the 20th century? Here is a clue, they were not making the world safe for human rights and democracy. Are you unaware of the Anglo-American record in China? Do you not know about the British record in India? You should definitely urge the Chinese to get out of Tibet. The Chinese have an opportunity to set the world on a new course for the 21st century. They could do humanity a service. You could do humanity a service too. Get out of Iraq. Get out of Palestine. Get out of Afghanistan. Yankee Go Home. Remember that phrase?


Friday, March 14, 2008

Military Spending

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This handy table [1] shows military spending around the world. According to this table the U.S.A. spends more than everybody else combined. The U.S.A. spends ($623 billion) almost ten times as much as the next biggest spender, China ($65.0 billion). What the allies of the U.S. spend should be added to the U.S. total because they get foreign aid to buy matériel from U.S. contractors. That would include such countries as Egypt, Israel, Saudi Arabia, and Canada. The list is actually quite long because companies like Boeing and Lockheed-Martin need help to stay in business.

The Chinese currently have money to spend on their military because they are selling vast quantities of manufactured goods to Americans (and Europeans too, of course). American consumers are actually paying for the Red Chinese military. The Red Chinese are buying Washington's debt because they are not buying American products. They have to buy something American with those American dollars or they have to sell them to someone else who eventually will buy something American. That is how foreign exchange works.

The Japanese — who have for decades been one turn of a screwdriver away from having a large nuclear arsenal — have been buying American debt since 1945. The Japanese have a mountain of U.S. debt that is at least ten times as large as China's mountain of U.S. debt. After sixty-three years of one-way trade with Americans, the Japanese have a mountain range of U.S. debt and dollar bills.

The vicious communist régime in North Korea — which Washington uses to terrify the American people and justify the defence that the Pentagon provides — is spending $5.0 billion a year. That is 5/623 = 1/124.6 of U.S. spending or 0.80%.

Iran — which is such a serious threat to Americans that it may soon be bombed, invaded and destroyed in self defence — spends $4.3 billion. That is 4.3/623 = 1/145 of U.S. spending or 0.69%

Cuba — which has posed a mortal threat to the U.S.A since the wicked Castro took over 50 years ago — spends $694 million. That is 1/894 of U.S. spending or 0.11%

This is no laughing matter: The U.S.A. and it's allies have not won a war since 1945, despite having spent trillions to defend America and the Free World. Even more alarming, Israel spends $9.4 billion a year to defend Israelis from Palestinians — who have, themselves, only a few hundred bucks to spend annually on defence.

The forces that are defending civilization and freedom are clearly at a disadvantage. If nothing changes all the wealth of the world will soon be tossed into the furnace of military spending to ensure that the world survives AND WE WILL BE NO SAFER THAN WE ARE NOW. Can we allow this to go on any longer? How will we survive if it does???

"But, but, but, didn't we win the Cold War?"

"Remember all those wars that we didn't win? They were the Cold War."

Consider this: This has all been a colossal waste of time, money and lives that was worth ZERO.


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Sunday, March 9, 2008

Presidential Elections


Once I was mighty impressed with U.S. Presidential Elections. I was impressed with American politics in general. Things have changed. This year, Clinton, McCain and Obama look like three pigs under a blanket, fighting over an acorn.

My age of innocence is over. Sad, really. That darn Bush. Now the whole political edifice in the Land of the Free looks tawdry and cheap. Once lost, innocence can never be regained. Thanks for the education, George.

So long!