" I say we had better look our nation searchingly in the face,
like a physician diagnosing some deep disease."

 --Walt Whitman, "Democratic Vistas"

"Governments arise either out of the people or over the people."
--Thomas Paine, "The Rights of Man", 1791
"Whatever games are played with us,
we must play no
games with ourselves."
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

End Game for the Industrial Era?

"There is a systematic plan to use the concepts of war to rearrange the chess pieces on the world playing board. It has to do with the New World Order, Globlism and the attack on national sovereignty we are seeing. Occasionally, the globalists who want One World Government have to turn to war to accelerate things."  - Joel Skousen
There is going to be One World Government, one way or the other.  One way (the way it's been going) is towards a totalitarian Orwellian nightmare of a surveillance society and police state with "lockstep freedom" to think and act only in highly prescribed ways -- virtually slavery "in the box" of politically correct guidelines delineated by government bureaucrats, self-righteous theocrats, subservient mediacrats, mindless educrats, disease-care medicrats, and self-serving corporate autocrats... all serving the power elite bankster plutocrats who value the LOVE OF POWER above all.
       The other way (of, by and for the people worldwide), is towards sovereignty of global Netizens in an Internetworked (Net-centric) organizational framework that optimizes Freedom and Opportunity through a higher standard of God governance -- the POWER OF LOVE -- that fulfills U.S. Founders intent... worldwide; The LOVE Model.
       This is the final choice, "judgment" and "Armageddon" facing mankind... to either champion the win/win victory virtues in the POWER OF LOVE at the heart of an economics of Abundance... or succumb to the victim values that go along like mindless sheople, suffering class warfare under the win/lose scarcity-based values of a highly centralized, top-down, command-and-control elite whose LOVE OF POWER would try to convince the 99.99% of humanity that "We the People" should not have the sovereign right to own our own lives in a highly decentralized, cooperative and win/win way that the global Internet now makes possible.

Enlightened Netizens worldwide understand that WHAT WE ARE SEEING NOW in the disintegration of civility and civilization today is a "healing crisis" -- the systemic dis-ease symptoms of a deeply entrenched economics of scarcity that has reached it's "end game" of ultimate scarcity in mindless fear-based divisions, endless war mania and the inversion of true spirituality -- abundant love - due to the materialistic "value of scarcity".

       Many are aware that the prevailing system of scarcity economics -- based on fiat currency with no gold backing -- is bankrupt:

- spiritually (the oxymoronic "value of scarcity"),
mentally (misinformation re: "the system"),
- emotionally (terror dialectic to compel compliance),
                              - fiscally (massive deficits).

       Understanding the history, signs and symptoms of the current disintegrating system manifesting ultimate scarcity is the first step in coming out of denial of the problem with intent to "take stock" in a wholly new model of integration along abundance-centric lines (God Government) envisioned by U.S. Founding Fathers.  That system, of course, would require:

spiritual abundance (universal Law Language of God Government),
                              - mental abundance (understanding of the Law and Language),

                              - emotional abundance (holy spirit of the Law-in-action),

                              - physical abundance (fulfillment of the Law).

       The BIG SHIFT is in process.  The spiritual capstone to the great material base of civilization is now in place. Powershift Chart at www.heartcom.org/powershift.htm . Blueprint coordinates at www.heartcom.org/blueprint.htm .

     In the spirit of personal and planetary sovereignty, it's time to finish what U.S. Founders began... worldwide.

       All Ways Victory When We LOVE Enough,


"You have to stand against the whole world although you may have to stand alone.
You have to stare in the face the whole world although the world may look at you
with blood-shot eyes. Do not fear. Trust the little voice residing within your heart."
-- Mahatma Gandhi

----------------- article follows:

The US and Eurasia:

End Game for the Industrial Era?
February 2003

"From society's point of view, geopolitics is a Darwinian collective struggle for increased carrying capacity;
but from the individual geostrategist's viewpoint, it is a game.
Indeed, geopolitics could be considered the ultimate human game
- one with immense consequences, and one that can only be played within a tiny club of elites."

"When the game is over, the king and the pawn go into the same box."
 - Italian proverb

by Richard Heinberg

Richard Heinberg, a journalist and educator, is a member of the core faculty of New College of California in Santa Rosa, where he teaches a program on Culture, Ecology, and Sustainable Community. He writes and publishes the monthly MuseLetter. This article is adapted from his book, The Party's Over: Oil, War, and the Fate of Industrial Societies .

With the dawn of the 21st century the world has entered a new stage of geopolitical struggle. The first half of the 20th century can be understood as one long war between Britain (and shifting allies) and Germany (and shifting allies) for European supremacy.

The second half of the century was dominated by a Cold War between the US, which emerged as the world's foremost industrial-military power following World War II, and the Soviet Union and its bloc of protectorates.

The US wars in Afghanistan (in 2001-2002) and Iraq (which, counting economic sanctions and periodic bombings, has continued from 1990 to the present) have ushered in the latest stage, which promises to be the final geopolitical struggle of the industrial period
- a struggle for the control of Eurasia and its energy resources.
NOTE:  That should read "a struggle for the control of Eurasia THROUGH control of its energy resources".  Enlightened Netizens worldwide know that there is new technology that could provide inexpensive clean energy that makes fossil fuels obsolete.  Water-fuel cell technology runs buses in German.  Cars run on compressed air in  South Africa.  I personally know several inventors who have run cars across the US on water-to-hydrogen conversion technologies.  Tom Beardon and others have developed scalar technologies for "free energy".  Solar panel breakthroughs are suppressed as are win-turbine breakthroughs. Oil and gas wells were long ago capped in the U.S. and Canada to create an artificial scarcity for control of geopolitics through the Middle East, as explained in this article. -CR
My purpose here is to sketch the general outlines of this culminating chapter of history as it is currently being played out.

First, it is necessary to discuss geopolitics in general, and from a historical perspective, in relation to resources, geography, military technology, national currencies, and the psychology of its practitioners.

The Ends and Means of Geopolitics

It is never enough to say that geopolitics is about "power," "control," or "hegemony" in the abstract. These words have usefulness only in relation to specific objectives and means: Power over what or whom, exerted by what methods? The answers will differ somewhat in each situation; however, most strategic objectives and means tend to have some characteristics in common.

Like other organisms, humans are subject to the perpetual ecological constraints of population pressure and resource depletion.
[Economics of Scarcity -CR] While it may be simplistic to say that all conflicts between societies are motivated by the desire to overcome ecological constraints, most certainly are. Wars are typically fought over resources - land, forests, waterways, minerals, and (during the past century) oil. People do occasionally fight over ideologies and religions. But even then resource rivalries are seldom far from the surface. Thus attempts to explain geopolitics without reference to resources (a recent example is Samuel Huntington's The Clash of Civilizations) are either misguided or deliberately misleading.

The industrial era differs from previous periods of human history in the large-scale harnessing of energy resources (coal, oil, natural gas, and uranium) for the purposes of production and transportation - and for the deeper purpose of expanding the human carrying capacity of our terrestrial environment. All of the scientific achievements, the political consolidations, and the immense population increases of the past two centuries are predictable effects of the growing, coordinated use of energy resources.

In the early decades of the 20th century, petroleum emerged as the most important energy resource because of its cheapness and convenience of use. The industrial world is now overwhelmingly
dependent on oil for agriculture and transportation.  [And the power elite's domination is based on maintaining a co-dependence on their power and control through creation and management of scarcity of these oil-power resources. -CR]

Modern global geopolitics, because it implies worldwide transportation and communication systems rooted in fossil energy resources, is therefore a phenomenon unique to the industrial era.

The control of resources is largely a matter of geography, and secondarily a matter of military technology and control over currencies of exchange. The US and Russia were both geographically blessed, being self-sufficient in energy resources during the first half of the century. Germany and Japan failed to attain regional hegemony largely because they lacked sufficient indigenous energy resources and because they failed to gain and keep access to resources elsewhere (via the USSR on one hand and the Dutch East Indies on the other).

Yet while both the US and Russia were well endowed by nature, both have passed their petroleum production peaks (which occurred in 1970 and 1987, respectively). Russia remains a net oil exporter because its consumption levels are low, but the US is increasingly dependent on imports of both oil and natural gas. 
[This "peak oil" myth is one of the politically correct lies that is constantly maintained by the oil-soaked monopoly press.  The power elite's intent for global hegemony would not work without maintaining the myth of this oxymoronic "value of scarcity".  -CR]

Both nations long ago began investing much of their energy-based wealth in the production of fuel-fed arms systems with which to expand and defend their resource interests globally. In other words, both decided decades ago to be geopolitical players, or contenders for global hegemony.

Roughly three-quarters of the world's crucial remaining petroleum reserves lie within the borders of predominantly Muslim nations of the Middle East and Central Asia - nations that, for historical, geographic, and political reasons, were unable to develop large-scale industrial-military economies of their own and that have, throughout the past century, mainly served as pawns of the Great Powers (Britain, the US, and the former USSR). In recent decades, these predominantly Muslim oil-rich nations have pooled their interests in a cartel, the Organization of Oil Exporting Countries (OPEC).
[Again, this is the BIG LIE that must be maintained in the public's mind if the "Great Powers" are going to be able to justify their making "pawns" of these Muslim nations and victims of all the allies who they get to fight and die in wars over these "scarce" resources".  -CR]
While resources, geography, and military technology are essential to geopolitics, they are not sufficient without a financial means to dominate the terms of international trade. Hegemony has had a financial as well as a military component ever since the adoption of money by Bronze Age agricultural empires; money, after all, is a claim upon resources, and the ability to control the currency of exchange can effect a subtle ongoing transfer of real wealth.

Whoever issues a currency - especially a fiat currency, i.e., one not backed by precious metals - has power over it: every transaction becomes a subsidy to the money coiner or printer.

During the colonial era, rivalries between the Spanish real, the French franc, and the British pound were as decisive as military battles in determining hegemonic power. For the past half-century, the US dollar has been the international currency of account for nearly all nations, and it is the currency with which all oil-importing nations must pay for their fuel. This is an arrangement that has worked to the advantage both of OPEC, which maintains a stable customer in the US (the world's largest petroleum consumer and a military power capable of defending the Arab oil kingdoms), and of the US itself, which receives a subtle financial tithe for every barrel of oil consumed by every other importing nation.

These are some of the essential facts to bear in mind when examining the current geopolitical landscape.
[In short, the "golden rule" of the power elite is "he who has the gold (oil as "black gold") makes the rules."  Power of the power elite is thus directly proportional to their ability to conceal, waste and outright destroy ABUNDANCE of every virtue of true value -- especially the Truth of this plot out of hell -- to maintain the "value of scarcity" that  keeps their prices, profits and CONTROL high.  Since the U.S. dollar is not backed by gold, control of the "black gold" as the core backing of the Federal Reserve's "fiat currency" is the only thing maintaining "value" in the U.S. dollar and our economy in general. -CR]

The Psychology and Sociology of Geopolitics

Geopolitical goals are pursued within specific environments, and they are pursued by specific actors - by particular human beings with identifiable social, cultural, and psychological characteristics.

These actors are, to a certain extent, embodiments of their society as a whole, seeking benefits for that society in competition
(win/lose gaming -CR] or cooperation [win/win gaming -CR] with other societies. However, such powerful individuals are inevitably drawn from a particular social class within their society - typically the wealthy, owning class - and tend to act in such a way as to benefit that class preferentially [they win], even if doing so means ignoring the interests of the rest of society [they lose].

Moreover, individual geopolitical actors are also unique human beings with insights, prejudices, and religious obsessions that may occasionally lead them to act at cross-purposes not only to their society, but their class as well.
[everyone loses; the environment is destroyed, economy is destroyed, Abundant Life is destroyed and endless war insanity prevails]
From society's point of view, geopolitics is a Darwinian collective struggle
for increased carrying capacity;
but from the individual geostrategist's viewpoint,
it is a game.
Indeed, geopolitics could be considered
the ultimate human game
- one with immense consequences, and one that can only be played within a tiny club of elites
As long as there have been civilizations and empires, kings and emperors have played some version of this game. The game attracts a particular kind of personality, and it fosters a certain way of thinking and feeling about the world and about other human beings. The act of playing the game confers feelings of immense superiority, aloofness, power, and importance. One can begin to appreciate the supremely addictive intoxication that flows from playing the geopolitical game by reading documents composed by prominent geostrategists - national security briefing papers by people like George Kennan and Richard Perle, or books by Henry Kissinger and Zbigniew Brzezinski. Take, for example, this passage from Kennan's US State Department Policy Planning Study #23 from 1948:
"We have 50 per cent of the world's wealth, but only 6.3 per cent of its population. In this situation, our real job in the coming period is to devise a pattern of relationships which permit us to maintain this position of disparity. To do so, we have to dispense with all sentimentality . . . we should cease thinking about human rights, the raising of living standards and democratization."
Such dry, functional prose is at home in a world of offices, telephones, and limousines, but that is a world utterly disengaged from the millions - perhaps hundreds of millions or billions - of people whose lives will be overwhelmingly impacted by a phrase here, a word there. At one level, the geostrategist is simply a man (after all, the club is overwhelmingly a men's club) doing his job, and trying to do it competently in the eyes of onlookers. But what a job it is! - determining the course of history, shaping the fates of nations.

The geostrategist is a Superman, an Olympian disguised as a mortal, a Titan in a business suit. Nice work if you can get it.

Eurasia - Grand Prize of the Great Game

Looking at their maps and model globes, British geostrategists of 18th and 19th centuries could not help but notice that Earth's landmasses are highly asymmetrical; Eurasia is by far the largest of the continents. Clearly, if they were themselves to build and maintain a truly globe-spanning empire, it would be essential for the British first to establish and defend strategic footholds throughout this mineral-rich, densely populated, and history-soaked continent.

But British geostrategists knew perfectly well that Britain itself is only an island off the northwest of Eurasia. Within this largest of continents, the most extensive nation was by far Russia, which geographically dominated Eurasia as Eurasia dominated the globe. Thus the British knew that their attempts to control Eurasia would inevitably confront the self-preservative instincts of the Russian Empire. Throughout the 19th century and into the early 20th, British/Russian conflicts repeatedly flared on the Indian frontier, notably in Afghanistan. An imperial functionary named Sir John Kaye called this the
"Great Game," a term immortalized by Kipling in Kim.

Two costly World Wars and a century of colonial uprisings largely cured Britain of her imperial obsessions, but Eurasia could not help but remain central to any serious plan for world domination.

Thus in 1997, in his book, The Grand Chessboard: American Primacy and its Geostrategic Imperatives, Zbigniew Brzezinski, former National Security Advisor to US President Jimmy Carter and geostrategist par excellence, would insist that Eurasia must be at the center of future efforts by the United States to project its own power globally. "For America," he wrote,
"The chief geopolitical prize is Eurasia. For half a millennium, world affairs were dominated by Eurasian powers and peoples who fought with one another for regional domination and reached out for global power. Now a non-Eurasian power is preeminent in Eurasia - and America's global primacy is directly dependent on how long and how effectively its preponderance on the Eurasian continent is sustained." 1>

Eurasia is pivotal, according to Brzezinski, because it "accounts for about 60 percent of the world's GNP and about three-fourths of the world's known energy resources." In addition, it contains three-quarters of the world's population, "all but one of the world's overt nuclear powers and all but one of the covert ones." 2

In Brzezinski's view, just as the US needs the rest of the world for markets and resources, Eurasia needs American dominance for stability. Unfortunately, however, the American people are not accustomed to imperial responsibilities: "[T]he pursuit of power is not a goal that commands popular passion, except in conditions of a sudden threat or challenge to the public's sense of domestic well-being." 3

Something fundamental shifted in the world of geopolitics with the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 - which clearly presented a "sudden threat . . . to the public's sense of domestic well-being." This shift was felt again with the new American administration's determination - voiced with increasing insistence through 2002 and the first weeks of 2003 - to invade Iraq.

These geostrategic shifts seemed centered in
a new American attitude toward Eurasia.

At the end of WWII, when the US and the USSR emerged as the word's dominant powers, the US had established permanent bases in Germany, Japan, and South Korea, all to hedge in the Soviet Union. America even waged a failed and extremely costly war in Southeast Asia to gain yet another vector of Eurasian containment.

When the USSR collapsed at the end of the 1980s, the US appeared free to dominate Eurasia, and thus the world, more completely than had any other nation in world history. The decade that followed was one characterized primarily by globalization - the consolidation of corporatized economic power centered largely in the US. It appeared that US hegemony would be maintained economically rather than militarily. Brzezinski's book conveys the spirit of those times, advocating the maintenance and consolidation of America's ties to long-time allies (Western Europe, Japan, and South Korea) and the coddling or co-opting of the new independent states of the former Soviet Union.

In contrast with this prescription, the new administration of George W. Bush appeared to be taking a more strident tack - one that took old allies for granted in its unabashed unilateralism. In his shredding of international environmental, human rights, and weapons-control agreements; in his pursuit of a doctrine of pre-emptive military action; and especially in his seemingly inexplicable obsession with the invasion of Iraq,
Bush was expending enormous political and diplomatic capital, needlessly creating enemies even among trusted allies. His rationale for war - the elimination of  weapons of mass destruction - was patently silly, since the US had supplied many of those weapons and Iraq posed no current threat to anyone; moreover, a new Gulf war risked destabilizing the entire Middle East. 4

What could possibly justify such a risk?
What was motivating this bizarre new change in strategy?

Again, some background discussion is necessary before we can answer this question.

The US: Colossus Astride the Globe

At the dawn of the new millennium the US had the world's most advanced military technology and the world's strongest currency. Throughout the twentieth century, America had patiently built its empire, first in Central and South America, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, and the Philippines, and then (following World War II) through alliances and protectorates in Europe, Japan, Korea, and the Middle East. Its army and intelligence agency were active in virtually every country in the world, while its immense powers seemed tempered by its ostensible advocacy of democracy and human rights.

In the 1980s, the US government came under the control of a group of neo-conservative strategists surrounding Ronald Reagan and George Herbert Walker Bush. For years, these strategists worked to destroy the USSR (which they succeeded in doing by undermining the Soviet economy) and to consolidate power in Central America and the Middle East. The latter project culminated in the first US-Iraq war of 1990-1991. Their publicly stated goal was nothing less than world domination.

While the Clinton-Gore administration emphasized multilateral cooperation, its push for corporate globalization - which ruthlessly transferred wealth from poor nations to rich ones - was essentially an extension of Reagan-Bush policies. However, the neo-conservatives fumed at their exclusion from the direct reins of power. They regarded themselves as the country's rightful leadership, and saw Clinton and his followers as usurpers. When the Supreme Court appointed George W. Bush as President in 2000, the neo-conservatives returned with a vengeance.

With the assistance of the fawning media, Bush - the pampered son of a wealthy and deeply politically connected East-coast family that had made its money from banking, weapons, and oil - managed to portray himself as a down-home Texan "man of the people." [Bush's Crawford Texas ranch was created virtually as a media prop to package him for "country folk". -CR] He immediately surrounded himself with the group of geopolitical strategists - Donald Rumsfeld, Dick Cheney, Paul Wolfowitz, and Richard Perle - who had developed international policy for the first Bush administration.

In his recent article "The Push for War," international affairs analyst Anatol Lieven traced the roots of the far-right strategic agenda to a lingering Cold War mentality, Christian fundamentalism, increasingly divisive domestic politics, and an unquestioning support for Israel. The basic goal of total military domination of the globe, Lieven wrote, was
"shared by Colin Powell and the rest of the security establishment. It was, after all, Powell who, as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, declared in 1992 that the US requires sufficient power "to deter any challenger from ever dreaming of challenging us on the world stage." However, the idea of pre-emptive defence, now official doctrine, takes this a leap further, much further than Powell would wish to go. In principle, it can be used to justify the destruction of any other state if it even seems that that state might in future be able to challenge the US. When these ideas were first aired by Paul Wolfowitz and others after the end of the Cold War, they met with general criticism, even from conservatives. Today, thanks to the ascendancy of the radical nationalists in the Administration and the effect of the 11 September attacks on the American psyche, they have a major influence on US policy. 5

Whether or not the administration in some way orchestrated the events of 9/11 - as has been suggested by several commentators including Gore Vidal - it was clearly poised to take advantage of them. 6 Bush immediately proclaimed to the world that "You are either with us, or you are with the terrorists."

With a bloated military budget, a cowed and obedient corporate media establishment, and a public frightened into willingly giving up basic constitutional protections, the neo-conservatives appeared to have won full control of the nation and to have become masters of its global empire. But even as their victory seemed complete, rumors of dissent began swirling.

Insubordination in the Ranks

Popular resistance to corporate globalization started to materialize in the late 1990s, first coalescing in the anti-WTO mass demonstration in Seattle in November 1999. Thenceforth, the anti-globalization movement appeared to grow with each passing year, morphing into a global anti-war movement in response to US plans to invade first Afghanistan and then Iraq.

But discontent with US domination of the globe was not confined to leftists in street demonstrations brandishing giant puppets. As American military bases sprang up in the Balkans in the 1990s, and in Central Asia in the aftermath of the Afghanistan campaign, geostrategists in Russia, China, Japan, and Western Europe began examining their options. Only Britain seemed steadfast in its alliance with the American colossus.

One seemingly inoffensive response to US global hegemony was the effort of eleven European nations to establish a common currency - the euro. When the euro debuted at the turn of the millennium, many predicted that it would be unable to compete with the dollar. Indeed, for months the euro's comparative value languished. However, it soon stabilized and began to rise.

A more worrying development, from Washington's perspective, was the increasing tendency of second- and third-tier nations to overtly abandon the neoliberal economic policies at the heart of the project of globalization, as new governments in Venezuela, Brazil, and Ecuador publicly broke with the World Bank and declared their desire for independence from American financial control.

Meanwhile, in Russia political theorist Alexander Dugin was gaining increasing influence with anti-American geostrategic writings. In 1997, the same year Brzezinski's The Grand Chessboard appeared, Dugin published his own manifesto, The Basics of Geopolitics, advocating a reconstituted Russian Empire composed of a continental bloc of states allied to cleanse the Eurasian land-mass of US influence. At the center of this bloc Dugin posited a "Eurasian axis" of Russia, Germany, Iran, and Japan.

While Dugin's ideas were banned during Soviet times for their echoes of Nazi pan-Eurasian fantasies, they gradually gained influence among post-Soviet Russian officials. For example, the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs recently decried the "strengthening tendency towards the formation of a unipolar world under financial and military domination by the United States" and called for a "multipolar world order," while emphasizing Russia's "geopolitical position as the largest Eurasian state." Russia's Communist party has adopted Dugin's ideas in its platform; Gennady Zyuganov, Communist Party chairman, even published his own primer on geopolitics, titled Geography of Victory. Though Dugin remains a marginal figure internationally, his ideas cannot help but resonate in a country and continent increasingly hemmed in and manipulated by a powerful and arrogant hegemonic nation on the other side of the globe.

Outwardly, Russia - like Germany, France, Japan, and China - still usually defers to the US. Even dissent from the Bush buildup to war on Iraq has remained fairly muted.

But in private, leaders in all of these countries are no doubt making new plans. Few would yet go so far as to agree with Alexander Dugin's view that Eurasia will come to dominate the US, not the other way around.
Yet in just three years, many Eurasian leaders' attitudes toward American hegemony have shifted from quiet acceptance to biting criticism to a serious examination of the alternatives.

The American Dilemma

Dugin and other Eurasian critics of US power begin from a premise that would seem ludicrous to most Americans. To Dugin, the US is acting not out of strength, but of weakness.

America has for many years sustained an overwhelmingly negative balance of trade - which it can afford only because of the strong dollar
, in turn enabled by the cooperation of OPEC in denominating oil exports in dollars. America's trade balance is negative partly because its indigenous production of oil and natural gas has peaked and the nation now relies increasingly on imports. Also, most US corporations have shifted their manufacturing operations overseas.

A further systemic weakness comes from widespread corporate corruption - revealed most glaringly in the collapse of Enron - and
the close ties between corporations and the US political establishment. [the definition of fascism - CR]

Bubble after bubble - high-tech, telecom, derivatives, real estate - has either already burst or is about to.

Next to the strong dollar, the other pillar of American geopolitical strength is its military. But even in this case there are cracks in the facade. No one doubts that the US possesses weapons of mass destruction sufficient to wipe out the world many times over. But America actually uses its weaponry increasingly for the purpose of what French historian Emmanuel Todd has called "theatrical militarism." ["Shock and Awe" dramas -CR]  In an essay titled "The US and Eurasia: Theatrical Militarism," journalist Pepe Escobar notes that this strategy implies that Washington
. . . should never come up with a definitive solution for any geopolitical problem, because instability is the only thing that would justify military action ad infinitum by the only superpower, anytime, anywhere. . . . Washington knows it is unable to confront the real players in the world - Europe, Russia, Japan, China. Thus it seeks to remain politically on top by bullying minor players like the Axis of Evil, or even more minor players like Cuba. 7
Thus American attacks on Afghanistan and Iraq simultaneously reveal both the sophistication of US military technology and the inherent frailties of the US geopolitical position.

Theatrical militarism has the dual purpose of projecting the image of American invincibility and might while maintaining or extending US military domination over resource-rich third-tier nations. This largely explains the recent Afghanistan invasion and the impending attack on Baghdad.
The strategy suggests that terrorist acts against the US should be covertly encouraged as a justification for more domestic repression and foreign military adventures.

Yet we have not fully answered the question posed earlier - why is the current administration willing to expend so much domestic and international political capital in order to pursue the impending Iraq war? Critics of the administration insist that this is a war for oil profits, but the situation is actually more complicated and can be understood only in the light of two crucial factors not widely acknowledged.

The first is that the continued strength of the dollar is in question. In November 2000, Iraq announced that it would cease to accept dollars for its oil, and would accept instead only euros. At the time, financial analysts suggested that Iraq would lose tens of millions of dollars in value because of this currency switch; in fact, over the following two years, Iraq made millions. Other oil-exporting nations, including Iran and Venezuela, have stated that they are contemplating a similar move. If OPEC as a whole were to switch from dollars to euros, the consequences to the US economy would be catastrophic. Investment money would flee the country, real estate values would plummet, and Americans would shortly find themselves living in Third-World conditions. 8

Currently, if any country wishes to obtain dollars with which to buy oil, it can do so only by selling its goods or resources to the US, taking out a loan from a US bank (or the World Bank - functionally the same thing), or trading its currency on the open market and thus devaluing it.
The US is in effect importing goods and services virtually for free,
its massive trade deficit representing a huge interest-free loan
from the rest of the world.

If the dollar were to cease being the world's reserve currency,
all of that would change overnight
A New York Times article dated 31 January, 2003, titled "For Flashier Russians, Euro Outshines the Dollar," noted that "Russians are believed to have hoarded as much as $50 billion in American dollars in coffee cans and under mattresses, the largest such stash of any nation on earth." But Russians are quietly exchanging their dollars for euros, and high-ticket items like cars now carry price tags in euros. Further, "Russia's central bank said today that it had increased its euro holdings in the last year to 10 percent of its foreign reserves, up from 5 percent, while the dollar's share had dropped from 90 percent to 75 percent, reflecting the low return on dollar investments." 9

Ironically, even the European Union is concerned about this trend, because if the dollar sinks too low then European firms will see their US investments lose value. Nevertheless, as the EU grows (it is slated to add ten new members in 2004), its economic clout is increasingly perceived as inevitably surpassing that of the US.

For US geostrategists, the prevention of an OPEC switch from dollars to euros must therefore seem paramount. An invasion and occupation of Iraq would effectively give the US a voting seat in OPEC while placing new American bases within hours' striking distance of Saudi Arabia, Iran, and several other key OPEC countries.

The second factor likely weighing on Bush's decision to invade Iraq is the depletion of US energy resources and the consequently increasing American dependency on oil imports.
[That's the myth this article and the oil-soaked monopoly press plus numerous Internet dis-info agents of the geostrategists -- including this author -- constantly try to maintain, for the obvious reasons explained in this article. -CR] The oil production of all non-OPEC countries, taken together, probably peaked in 2002. From now on, OPEC will have ever more economic power in the world. Moreover, global oil production will probably peak within a few years. As I have discussed elsewhere, alternatives to fossil fuels have not been developed [the BIG LIE] sufficiently to permit a coordinated process of substitution once oil and natural gas grow scarce. The implications - especially for major consumer nations such as the US - will eventually be ruinous. 10
[Control of the media -- suppressing the truth of cheap-clean energy breakthroughs -- is an integral function of CONTROL by the power elite geostrategist's game plan for global hegemony. -CR]
Both problems are of overwhelming urgency. Bush's Iraq strategy is apparently an offensive one designed to enlarge the US empire, but in reality it is primarily defensive in character since its deeper purpose is to forestall an economic cataclysm.

It is the two factors of dollar hegemony and [the perception of] oil depletion - even more than the hubris of the neo-conservative strategists in Washington - that are prompting an overall de-emphasis of long-standing alliances with Europe, Japan, and South Korea; and the increasing deployment of US troops in the Middle East and Central Asia.

While no one is talking about it openly, top echelons in the governments of Russia, China, Britain, Germany, France, Saudi Arabia and other countries are keenly aware of these factors - hence the shifting alliances, the veto threats, and the back-room negotiations leading up to the US invasion of Iraq.

But the war, though by now inevitable, remains
a highly risky gamble. Even if it ends in days or weeks with a decisive American victory, we will not know for some time whether that gamble has paid off.
[This was obviously written BEFORE the Shock and Awe drama of the Iraq attack and what is clearly now a Vietnam-like quagmire.  The Euro has been gaining far more strength against the dollar. And the BUSHwhacker neocon ZioNazis now, after clearly stealing this last election with monopoly media complicity are now "up against the wall" with Bush promising to spend his "capital" from his votefraud "election" to further his unabashed globalist agenda... which to these provocateur terrorists (if you realize how they think) can only mean another 9-11 type terror tactic to expand their war powers under "National Emergency" laws BEFORE December 31st when the Patriot Act expires -- a dangerous time in the months ahead. -CR]

Who Will Control Eurasia?

As I write this, the US is drawing up plans to bomb Baghdad, a city of five million people, and to pour in twice as many cruise missiles during the first two days of the assault as were used in the entirety of the first Gulf War. Depleted uranium shells and bullets will again be employed, leaving much of Iraq a radioactive wasteland and condemning future generations of Iraqis (and American soldiers and their families) to birth defects, sickness, and early deaths. It is difficult to imagine that the spectacle of so much unprovoked death and destruction could help but inspire thoughts of revenge in the hearts of millions of Arabs and Muslims.
[This creation of instability with greater war portents, as stated above, is actually the nefarious intent of the neocons... being used as an excuse for greater intervention and control machinations - classic Machievellian game tactics.  The other key thing to remember -- which you will never read in the Zionist-controlled press -- is that the Muslim nations throughout the Middle East believe religiously that ANY interest on loan (not just 20%+ usury) is worse than unethical - it's sacrilegious... the root of all bankster evil that makes merchandise of people and breeds godless materialism of all kinds.  There is a LOT of Truth in that!  But imagine how the international Zionist banksters look at that.  Here's all those Muslim nations sitting on all that black gold -- 3/4 of the "known" oil reserves -- that is their sovereign birthright.    Or in other words, the moral underpinnings of the Muslim faith is a direct challenge to the entire empire domination mindset that has proceeded on baseless fiat "currency" of the privately owned Federal Reserve Band - predominantly Zionists who represent "the dark side" of our Judeo-Christian heritage.   If that morality caught on or was otherwise leveraged by the rightful ownership of oil by those Muslim nation... it would be the end of the banksters "end game".  -CR]
American geopolitical strategists will call the effort a success if the war ends quickly, if production from Iraqi oil fields is soon ramped up, and if other OPEC nations are bullied into maintaining the dollar as their currency of account. But this operation (one cannot really call it a war), undertaken as an act of economic desperation, can only temporarily stem a rising tide.

What are the long-term consequences for the US and Eurasia? Many are unpredictable.
Forces are being unleashed now that may be difficult to contain.

The more reliably foreseeable long-term trends are not favorable. Resource depletion and population pressure have always been predictors of war. China, with a population of 1.2 billion, will soon be the world's largest consumer of resources. In times of plenty, this nation can be viewed as immense opening market: there are already more refrigerators, mobile phones, and televisions in China than in the US. China does not wish to challenge the US militarily and recently gained trade privileges by quietly backing American military operations in Central Asia. But as oil - the basis for the entire industrial system - grows scarcer and its reserves more hotly disputed, China cannot be expected to remain docile.

North Korea, a Chinese quasi-ally, was being quietly defanged through negotiations during the Clinton era, but is now chafing at being labeled by Bush as part of an "axis of evil" and at having crucial energy-resource imports embargoed by the US. Out of desperation, it is trying to get Washington's attention by reviving its nuclear weapons programs. Meanwhile, the new South Korean government is utterly opposed to US unilateralism and wants to negotiate with the North. The US is threatening to destroy North Korea's nuclear facilities with air strikes, but to do so would raise a deadly nuclear cloud over all of northeast Asia.

Meanwhile, India and Pakistan also have interests that will likely eventually diverge from those of the US. These neighbor nations are, of course, nuclear powers and sworn enemies with longstanding border disputes. Pakistan, currently a US ally, is also a significant supplier of nuclear materials to North Korea, and has offered aid to the Taliban and al Qaida -
facts that underscore just how convoluted and counterproductive Washington's strategy has lately become.

The Americans' worst nightmare would be a strategic and economic alliance among Europe, Russia, China, and OPEC. Such an alliance possesses an inherent logic from the viewpoint of each of the potential participants. If the US were to try to prevent such an alliance by playing the only strong card still in its hand - its weaponry of mass destruction - then the Great Game could end in ultimate tragedy. [That tragedy would be the victory of the "Armageddon Belief System" of Evangelical Christian's "holy war" mind-set that has bought into the neocon "greater Israel" gameplan for co-opting "true believer" votes this last election... in order to sanctify or otherwise "spiritualize" their sinister intent; indeed, there is no greater "evil" (energy veil) than the treachery of antichrist (anti-love) "in the name of the Christ".  Or as one of the wisest of U.S. Founding Fathers said so well...

"Religion is indeed a principal thing, but too much is worse than none at all.
The world abounds with knaves and villains, but of all knaves,
the religious knave is the worst; and villainies acted under
the cloak of religion are the most despicable."
-- Benjamin Franklin

Even in the best case, petroleum resources are limited [note how he keeps repeating this BIG LIE] and, as they gradually run out over the next few decades, will be unable to support the further industrialization of China or the maintenance of industrial infrastructure in Europe, Russia, Japan, Korea, or the US.

Who will rule Eurasia? In the end, no single power will be capable of doing so,
because the energy-resource base will be insufficient to support a continent-wide system of transportation, communication, and control. [the BIG LIE justification for police state control of transportation and communications]
Thus Russian geopolitical fantasies are as vain as those of the US. For the next half-century there will be just enough energy resources left to enable either a horrific and futile contest for the remaining spoils, or a heroic cooperative effort toward radical conservation and transition to a post-fossil-fuel energy regime.

[A revolution in higher consciousness through a global Net-centric VISION of VIRTUES for the VICTORY of win/win is the best hope for homeostasis (checks and balances) between the top-down win/lose LOVE OF POWER and the grassroots win/win POWER OF LOVE "of, by and for the people" worldwide.
The next century will see the end of global geopolitics, one way or another. If our descendants are fortunate, the ultimate outcome will be a world of modest, bioregionally organized communities living on received solar energy. Local rivalries will continue, as they have throughout human history, but never again will the hubris of geopolitical strategists threaten billions with extinction.

That's if all goes well and everyone acts

"Once a government resorts to terror against its own population to get what it wants,
it must keep using terror against its own population to get what it wants.
A government that terrorizes its own people can never stop.
 If such a government ever lets the fear subside
and rational thought return to the populace,
that government is finished."
--Michael Rivero



1. Zbigniew Brzezinski, The Grand Chessboard: American Primacy and its Geopolitical Imperatives (Basic Books, 1997), p. 30.
2. Ibid., p. 31.
3. Ibid., p. 36.
4. See Richard Heinberg, "Behold Caesar," MuseLetter #128, October 2002
5. Anatol Lieven, "The Push for War," London Review of Books, December 30, 2002
6. See Gore Vidal, "The Enemy Within," and the Center for Cooperative Research.
7. Pepe Escobar, "The US and Eurasia: Theatrical Militarism," Asia Times Online, December 4, 2002.
8. See: Behind the Invasion of Iraq" "Protest by switching oil trade from dollar to euro," Oil and Gas Journal,
    April 15, 2002 W. Clark, "The Real but Unspoken Reasons for the Upcoming Iraq War
9. See Michael Wines, "For Flashier Russians, Euro Outshines the Dollar," New York Times, January 31, 2003.
10. Richard Heinberg, The Party's Over: Oil, War and the Fate of Industrial Societies (New Society, 2003).

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FINAL NOTE:  The abject suppression of light-clean energy technologies in the U.S. has been in direct proportion to the power elite's game plan to leverage the perception of SCARCITY to maintain their justification for their end game of our co-dependence on their power and control over us.  That's because the power elite's real "currency" is their LOVE OF POWER; they have almost all the money, or at least promissory notes underlying our home loans, credit card debt and the mainstream materialistic values that make merchandise of people who "sell their souls" for "the good things" of life.  Indeed, the most difficult thing in the world is to remain non-attached to worldly things, maintaining a truly spiritual frame of reference that loves God - a God of love - at the heart of The Abundant Life.
     All the incessant terror-tyranny tactics of the power elite we see today is merely the end of their "end game" of totalitarian global empire.  The game is at the final stage.  The "fruit" of their 9-11 attack is now seen by enlightened Netizens worldwide.  As Bush said after 9-11, "You're either with us or with the terrorists".  So anyone who challenges these real terrorists -- wolves in sheep's clothing who have pulled the wool over the eyes of the sheople -- are now made enemies of the police state these BUSHwhackers would create.  Yet they have no more power than "We the People" give them.

 "Power is of two kinds. One is obtained by fear of punishment and the other by arts of love.
Power based on love is a thousand times more effective and permanent
than power derived from fear of punishment.

- Mahatma Gandhi

Fearless faith in POWER OF LOVE always trumps faithless fear in the LOVE OF POWER.

"When I despair, I remember that all through history the way of truth and love
has always won. There have been tyrants and murderers and for a time
they seem invincible, but in the end, they always fall -- think of it, ALWAYS."
- Gandhi



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constitutes an indivisible
(holy) whole.  You cannot divide social, economic, political and
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Mahatma Gandhi

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