From email@example.com Mon Feb 17 17:00:14 2003
Date: Sun, 16 Feb 2003 10:00:52 -0600 (CST)
Richard K. Moore <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Tensions between Europe and the USA?
I received an email from a Russian web-zine, The Polar
Star http://zvezda.ru. They sent me a list of questions and
explained that they are
gathering views and opinions among a wide
range of non-conformist European thinkers. Here is the Q&A:
1. How deep has the contradiction between the positions of US and Europe become? Does it now have a systemic nature, or is it only temporary friction bound to disappear simultaneously with the beginning of military operations in Iraq?
I don’t see any significant contradiction or conflict between
the US and European governments over Iraq. They agree on the major
fictions: that Saddam is a threat, that he must be
and that Iraq’s national sovereignty can be ignored. If there
were a contradiction, then Europe would be threatening sanctions
against the US in case of an invasion. Instead they are merely
debating whether or not to ally the UN and NATO with the aggression.
When the genocide is over, or at least the part CNN wants to show us,
then Europe will be happy to participate in whatever new oil regime is
established. And the
victors will write the story of what
happened in Iraq. They will, perhaps, be able to find five or six
surviving Iraqis willing to smile for the camera, and that will
prove that the Iraqis are thrilled to be rescued by Uncle Sam
and his cruise missiles.
The apparent opposition shown publicly by France and Germany probably
reflects two factors. First is indignation at Washington’s
eagerness to pursue unilateral action. However this response is
limited to indignation; it does not extend to any intention to
challenge Washington’s self-assumed prerogatives. The second
factor is the desire to cater to public opinion. Since public
opposition to war is overwhelming in France and Germany, it would be
political suicide for those leaders to support the war. Washington
has no need of French or German assistance, so the French and German
opposition costs the overall program nothing.
The real question is,
Why is the US bothering with seeking UN
approval? Why not just go ahead on its own as it has countless other
times since 1945?. I think we see a deeper game here, having to
do with discrediting the UN and redefining international
2. Do you think that the deepening of such conflict might damage some of the existing relations between Europe and the US, and if so, to what extent? In particular, to what extent will this be reflected in the already difficult economic relationship between Europe and the US?
I think that the economic relationship between Europe and the US, in
the sense you probably intend, is of only secondary importance. The
primary economic shift under globalization is the de-nationalization
of economics—the corporatization of economics. European and US
leaders publicly haggle with one another, and blame one
another, so as to detract attention from what is really destroying
economies and driving down quality of life in the West. These
leaders are all stooges for corporate elites, and their job is
to preside over the dismantlement of their national economies. They
are fully aligned in this treasonous activity, not in conflict.
3. What kind of position should Russia assume in the developing opposition between Europe and the US? What should be the best tactical behaviour for Russia to gain the highest political dividends?
That depends entirely on Russia’s goals and objectives. If you want greater access to the global oil markets, you might consider making a secret deal with Washington and supporting the imperialist invasion. If you want to encourage a split between the US and Europe, then you might use this opportunity to introduce new proposals for international cooperation that explicitly do not include the USA, due to its status as a rogue nation which makes first use of weapons of mass destruction on helpless populations.
But if I were Russia, I’d be thinking in terms of self defense. The massacre in Iraq will have nothing to do with any Iraq-related objectives. It will be primarily a field test of weapons designed for use against Russia and China. Iraq is to Bush & Blair what Spain was to Mussolini & Hitler. (In fact the US and Britain both supported Hitler and Mussolini in that earlier episode.) The US has indicated it may use nuclear weapons in Iraq, and in populated areas. This is drastic overkill in the Iraqi theater, but might make military sense against a more formidable adversary with large ports and military facilities. The US acceleration of its Space Command program and its missile defense systems are clearly not about North Korea. Those systems become cost-effective only in full-scale warfare against major powers.
Indeed, it may be that one reason the US wants to occupy and control the Middle East at this time is to ensure that adequate fuel is available for a planned future major war. They don’t want another boycott declared in the midst of hostilities. Best to control the flow tightly all the way from the well to the wing tank.
The positions of Russia and China are strategically parallel vis a vis
US plans for global domination on behalf of global capitalism. You
might want to look at my article,
China vs. Globalization—the
Final War and the Dark Millennium. You can find it at
Good luck with your work,