Who Wants a Third World War?

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From flickr.com/photos/47873224@N06/13756957204/: US President Barack Obama during a bilateral meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping
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From flickr.com/photos/47873224@N06/13756957204/: US President Barack Obama during a bilateral meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping
US President Barack Obama during a bilateral meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping
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What Washington really craves is some form of coercion that would lead Beijing to open its coveted financial market to the mega-speculative financial casino of the US Big Bank system. That is not happening — as the White House has absolutely no leverage on the matter.
Chinese President Xi Jinping surfs the USA in his first state visit almost simultaneously as Pope Francis. It will be fascinating to observe how the hyperpower’s decision centers will react to this double exposure to dialectical materialism — with Chinese characteristics — and the in thesis “under reconstruction” Catholic Church.

In a historic speech in Havana, Pope Francis — who broke the get-together between US President Barack Obama and Raul Castro — insisted he wants to deepen the relationship between Washington and Havana. He asked for Obama and Raul to give it all they’ve got as an example to the world, “a world that needs reconciliation amidst this Third World War.”

 

“Third World War” was never part of the original redaction of the Pope’s speech. Francis added it on his flight from Rome to Havana.
A pre-Socratic cynic would volunteer that Francis may now be in synch with “Apocalypse Now” Pentagon factions — for whom the Third World War is already on, and the crucial threats are Russia and China, with ISIS/ISIL/Daesh as a distant third.

It’s more like Francis may be aligned with Russian President Vladimir Putin, who’s going no holds barred to frame a genuine peace process in Syria. The real prime “threat” to the Middle East, Europe and even Eurasia is a jihadi blowback originating in “Syraq.”

Not for the Pentagon, of course, whose analysts are now obsessed with contingency plans for a war against…Russia.

The latest leak on the obsession comes via a notorious neo-con operative, Michele Flournoy, former undersecretary of Defense for policy and co-founder of yet another proverbially hawkish think tank, the Center for a New American Security.

It’s all about a Russian “potential aggression” against NATO, or “hypothetic” Russian aggression against the Baltics. The plans include possible Pentagon/NATO moves as well as Pentagon-only moves. The assumption is always an inevitable “Russian aggression.”

 
So now we have a military “pivot to Russia” to complement the by now notorious “pivot to Asia” — which Beijing has interpreted for what it is: a strategic containment policy — running from military encirclement (South China Sea, Indian Ocean, Western Pacific) to trade exclusion (the Trans-Pacific Partnership, TPP), plus the usual threat of sanctions.

Now compare the Pentagon pivoting — the China chapter — with what IT America wants; business, a lot of business, which implies, obviously, no sanctions.

And then there’s what the Masters of the Universe really crave; some form of coercion that would lead Beijing to open its coveted financial market to the mega-speculative financial casino of the US Big Bank system. That is not happening — as the White House has absolutely no leverage on the matter.

What Xi is up against

The first few days of Xi’s agenda in the US include a visit to a new Boeing assembly line in a Seattle suburb; a dinner with Bill Gates; and the two-day US-China Internet Industry Forum. From that, it’s easy to identify Beijing’s priorities.

With Obama, Xi will have to discuss notorious flashpoints; Taiwan; the South China Sea; cyber-security; and negotiations towards a possible adoption of a bilateral trade treaty.

As if the pivot-obsessed gang was not enough, Xi will be under a lot of pressure in the US on the human rights and cyber-security fronts. Yet there’s no evidence most of the hyperpower’s decision-making circles really know what he’s up against in China.
In roughly three years in power, Xi’s number one task has been to unleash a monster anti-graft campaign. That encompasses military and civilian spheres. The extremely feared Central Commission for Discipline Inspection is Xi’s weapon of choice. And no one escapes the Commission’s tentacles. Not even former security superstar Zhou Yongkang and former top presidential aide Ling Jihua.

So Xi is simultaneously cleaning up the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and the People’s Liberation Army (PLA). One can barely imagine the resistance factor — to the point that Chinese insiders stress Xi has made extremely powerful enemies across the board; retired political heavyweights; top military officers; influential government officials; state-owned enterprise (SOE) honchos; an array of “princelings” — the children of historic revolutionaries; and last but not least, a dodgy flotsam and jetsam that laundered their fortunes in Macau casinos and luxury Hong Kong malls.

Special Xi scalps include the so-called Shanxi gang — which totally controlled the politico-economic environment in this province abundant in coal — and the so-called petroleum gang, which controlled all things oil in China.

Premier Li Keqiang, at the World Economic Forum in Dalian, has been forced to stress the clean up is a question of “structural adjustment,” and does not affect China’s economy.

The facts are stark; China may have deregulated a lot. But capital, energy, raw materials and land still respond largely to the central government’s priorities. No US lobbying will change that.

This also means that if you are a perfectly placed and well connected — the supremacy of guanxi — Chinese official, you’re the King of Business. These functionaries, essentially, are at the root of so many “distortions” in the Chinese economy. And that’s what Xi is essentially trying to change.

Wishful thinking about China crashing is nonsense. Those days of the Cultural Revolution are long gone. China is slowly but surely shifting towards a spectacular new paradigm of integrating the whole of Eurasia into a booming industrial renaissance. Every change in China points towards this transition.

 

The transition also means a shift away from the massive export linkage to the US and EU and a more balanced economy across Eurasia, while keeping trade/commerce as much as possible with the West.

Does this feel like a state/civilization that craves a Third World War?

 

Pepe Escobar is the roving correspondent for Asia Times. His regular column, “The Roving Eye,” is widely read. He is an analyst for the online news channel Real News, the roving correspondent for Asia Times/Hong Kong, an analyst for RT and TomDispatch, and a frequent contributor to websites and radio shows ranging from the US to East Asia.  He argues that the world has become fragmented into “stans” — we are now living an intestinal war, an undeclared global civil war. He has published three books on geopolitics, including the spectacularly-titled “Globalistan: How the Globalised World Is Dissolving Into Liquid War”.
His latest book is “Obama Does Globalistan.”

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Who Wants a Third World War? Those days of the Cultural Revolution are long gone. China is slowly but surely shifting towards a spectacular new paradigm of integrating the whole of Eurasia into a booming industrial renaissance. Every change in China points towards this transition. Does this feel like a state/civilization that craves a Third World War?

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BRICS trample US in South America The long-term Big Picture remains inexorable; BRICS and South American nations — which converge in the Unasur (The Union of South American Nations) — are betting on a multipolar world order, and a continental process of independence. It’s easy to see how that is oceans away from a Monroe doctrine.

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Why the US is Finally Talking to Russia The US still retains PGS (Prompt Global Strike) capability. Ukraine is just a detail. The real game-changer will happen when Russia is able to seal its whole territory, via the S-500s, against PGS. That will happen sooner than anyone thinks. And that’s why the real Masters of the Universe — via their emissaries — feel compelled to talk.

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U.S. wakes up to New (Silk) World Order Once again, the real Masters of the Universe seem to have done the math. Can’t reduce Russia to ashes. Can’t win in the New (Silk) World Order. Might as well sit down and talk. But hold your (geopolitical) horses; they might still change their mind.

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Rejoice with the “new” House of Saud Whatever the scope of the shake-up, the “new” House of Saud — with the Obama administration “leading from behind” — will keep selling the fiction that it’s freeing Yemen from a bunch of terrorists, when it’s actually empowering al-Qaeda in the Arabic Peninsula (AQAP). It’s AQAP’s fierce enemies — the Houthis — which have been bombed under the orders of the Royal Youthful.

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Why NATO is terrified of Russia While the Pentagon was mired in the Afghanistan and Iraq quagmires, they completely missed Russia’s technological jump ahead. The same applies to China’s ability to hit US satellites and thus pulverize American ICBM satellite guidance systems. The current privileged scenario is Russia playing for time until it has totally sealed Russia’s air space to American ICBMs, stealth aircraft and cruise missiles via the S-500 system.

NATO Military Power -- Message to Russia, China, IranThursday, April 30, 2015 (11 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
The Pentagon’s “Long War” Pits NATO Against China, Russia and IranWashington’s Maidan adventure has yielded not only a crystallization of a new Iron Curtain deployed from the Baltics to the Black Sea. This is NATO’s visible game. What’s not so visible is that the target is not only Russia, but also Iran and China. The battlefield is now clearly drawn between NATO and Russia/China/Iran. So no wonder they are getting closer.

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Pakistan enters the New Silk Road It will be absolutely fascinating to watch how China and Pakistan, simultaneously, may be able to keep the peace in both Xinjiang and Balochistan to assure booming trade along the corridor. Shanghai is twice more distant from Urumqi than Karachi. So no wonder Beijing thinks of Pakistan as a sort of Hong Kong West.

Greece migrants drown as boat runs aground off the Greek island of RhodesThursday, April 23, 2015 (5 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
How NATO Kills Africans in the Club Med Humanitarian imperialism as applied to what the Pentagon loves to define as MENA (Middle East-Northern Africa) has led, according to Amnesty International, “to the largest refugee disaster since the Second World War.” Amnesty estimates that no less than 57 million people have been turned into refugees by 2014.

Gazprom_hq.jpg: Gazprom headquartersWednesday, April 22, 2015 (6 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
The EU-Gazprom war The argument that Gazprom is “dominant” and prevents competition is bogus; there’s no competition because there are no other viable energy sources for the European market. The Europeans should blame the US instead, for keeping a nasty package of sanctions on Iran for so long. But of course EU Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager would never do that.

USA - CHINA - RUSSIASaturday, April 18, 2015 (2 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Eurasia as we (and the U.S.) knew it is dead It will be fascinating to watch. How will Moscow and Beijing stare down the West — politically, commercially and ideologically — without risking a war? How will they cope with so much pressure? How will they sell their strategy to great swathes of the Global South, across multiple Asian latitudes?

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New Silk Road Meets Eurasian Union The always-evolving Russia-China strategic partnership is not only about energy — including the possibility of Chinese-controlled stakes in crucial Russian oil and gas projects — as well as the defense industry; it’s increasingly about investment, banking, finance and high technology.

Global Civil WarFriday, April 10, 2015 (4 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Civil war up, humanism down In our current pitiful condition the least we could do is to heed the lessons of Spinoza — for whom reason was sovereign; not “a cold, glacial reason, but a profoundly compassionate reason.” Spinoza was a spirit as independent as Montaigne — another one of our inspiring models.

A Saudi-led aerial bombing campaign has entered its second day in Yemen.Wednesday, April 8, 2015 (3 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Bomb Iran? Not now: bomb Yemen Royally paid Saudi lobby hagiographers are once again frantically spinning the Sunni versus Shi’ite sectarian narrative — which totally ignores the mind-boggling tribal/class complexity of Yemeni society. In a nutshell, this laughable Saudi defense of democracy is paving the way for a ground war; a long, bloody and horribly expensive ground war.

USA  Vs Russia and China SimulationMonday, April 6, 2015 (8 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Eurasian emporium or nuclear war? We’re back to the EU, Russia and China, and everyone in between, all joining the greatest trade emporium in history across the whole of Eurasia. That’s what Putin proposed in Germany a few years ago, and that’s what the Chinese are already doing. And what do the neo-cons propose? A nuclear war on European soil.

Intense Clashes In The Battle For DonetskWednesday, April 1, 2015 (14 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Pepe Escobar in eastern Ukraine: Howling in Donetsk I’ve just been to the struggling Donetsk People’s Republic. Now I’m back in the splendid arrogance and insolence of NATOstan. After all, they are Western “civilization”-enabled cowards who would never dare to show their manicured faces to the people of Donbass. So this is my gift to them. Just a howl of anger and unbounded contempt.

Cossack commanders - featured in the first part of the column.Tuesday, March 31, 2015 (6 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Donbass: “The war has not started yet” Neither side — Kiev or the Donbass armies — is about to launch a full offensive anytime soon. Meanwhile, the People’s Republic of Donetsk is turbo-charging the political front. Foreign Minister Alexander Kofman — who confirms he’s having political discussions with members of some EU countries — says there are plans for a wide-ranging meeting in May.

The New Silk RoadMonday, March 23, 2015 (2 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Westward ho on China’s Eurasia BRIC road China’s new drive may be interpreted as the stirrings of a new tributary system, ordered and centered in Beijing. At the same time, many in the U.S. are uncomfortable that the New Silk Road may be a geopolitical, “peaceful development,” “win-win” answer to the Obama administration’s Pentagon-driven pivoting to Asia.

Middle East OilWednesday, March 18, 2015 (3 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
The Middle East oil/nuclear puzzle The oil price war essentially unleashed by Saudi Arabia has hit Iran with a bang. The country may be down, but not out. The bottom line: the House of Saud does not trust the American nuclear umbrella anymore. They are making their own nuclear power play with the help of nuclear power Pakistan. The connection does exist, but remains extremely mysterious.

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Power Play Behind Regime Change in Russia The Empire of Chaos dream of regime change in Russia has always hinged on controlling large swathes of Eurasia. A puppet in Moscow — a carbon copy of the drunken stooge Yeltsin — would free up Russia’s immense natural resources for the West, with those from the contiguous Central Asian “stans” as a bonus.

Aleppo, SyriaThursday, March 12, 2015      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
How Iran and the US intersect in “Syraq” “Assad must go” will never completely vanish from the road map. A real detente with Iran depends on whether a nuclear deal is arrived at this summer — and Obama has been ratcheting up the pressure with demand after demand. The demonization of Russia is bound only to get more vociferous.

Hassan_Rouhani_in_Bishkek.jpg: Hassan RouhaniWednesday, March 4, 2015 (7 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
The Real Story on Iran, US, Russia and China What’s at stake at the highest level has been known to all major players for ages. Tehran won’t settle for anything less than a swift end to the current nasty, illegal package of sanctions. Yet Washington, under the cloud of the self-described “Don’t Do Stupid Stuff” Obama administration, keeps changing the goal posts as negotiations advance.

The last summit of UNASUR, which was also the BRICS blocSunday, March 1, 2015 (4 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
What the BRICS plus Germany are really up to? The BRICS New Development Bank (NDB) — a key alternative to the IMF enabling developing nations to get rid of the US dollar as a reserve currency — will be operative by the end of this year. The NDB will finance infrastructure and sustainable development projects not only in the BRICS nations but other developing nations.

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