BRICS poised to pick up the pieces from the rubble of America’s collapsed empire

Por • 19 abr, 2011 • Sección: Internacionales

Wayne Madsen

The American empire is faltering from within and abroad. In an attempt to preserve its empire, the United States has adopted an aggressive military posture, starting a war in Libya and continuing its military occupation of Afghanistan and Iraq. Washington’s military planners are stepping up drone attacks in Pakistan and using NATO forces to extend America’s hegemony over resource-rich Africa, not only in Libya but also in Cote d’Ivoire. U.S. Special Operations forces are engaged in military adventures from Colombia and Honduras to Yemen and the Philippines. 

American military proconsuls, in the guise of regional combatant commands like Africa Command, Pacific Command, and Southern Command, are attempting to prop up American imperial borders at their periphery. But just as the Roman legions in the extremities of the Roman Empire discovered long ago, such attempts on behalf of a broken and corrupt society are doomed to failure.

Meanwhile, the United States has flooded the global economy with cheap dollars using a U.S. Federal Reserve Bank contrivance known as quantitative easing. The operation has resulted in high unemployment and inflation in nations around the world, resulting in draconian austerity measures and political and economic chaos.

Domestically, American states, counties, and cities are collapsing economically with massive demonstrations seen in state capitals and political discourse reduced to name-calling and extremist measures by Republican governors and state legislatures.

The alliance of Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa, also known as BRICS, has been watching the death throes of the American empire and is reacting by creating the groundwork for a post-American global construct.

Following the recent BRICS summit on Hainan island in China, Brazilian Finance Minister Guido Mantega told the International Monetary Fund in Washington that the United States and other western countries were attempting to “export their way out of difficult economic situations” by printing money and driving down interest rates – which is the core principle of quantitative easing. It was clear that Mantega was speaking for the other BRICS nations in warning Washington that business as usual is approaching an end.

Mantega let U.S. Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner and IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Khan know that nations like Brazil would not be dictated to by those who brought about the worst economic collapse of the world economy since the Great Depression of the 1930s. Such rhetoric will become more commonplace as the BRICS nations assert their power and peel other countries away from Washington’s economic and political orbit.

South African Trade Minister Rod Davies weighed into the debate, cautioning the IMF that its destructive controls on national economies around the world are harmful to not only the BRICS bloc, but other nations as well. The collusion between the financial gnomes of Washington and Brussels has seen drastic measures being taken by governments from Greece and Spain to Portugal and Ireland and Egypt to Tunisia. The result has been general strikes, rebellions, and general hatred by large sectors of the populace of banks, bankers, and capitalism in general.

BRICS understand that the post-World War II global diktats of the IMF and World Bank, located within blocks of the White House, are coming to and end – whether Washington likes it or not.Brazilhas also become a de facto leader of progressive Latin American nations that see U.S. dominance of the Western hemisphere, exercised through the Organization of American States, located across 17th Street from the White House, is also approaching its final days.

BRICS will also act as a counterweight to the IMF-linked G-8 and G-20, which have operated under the virtual tutelage of the Western central bankers and the governments of the United States, Canada, France, Britain, Germany, and Japan. The BRICS countries concluded an agreement that their respective development banks will provide credit to one another in BRICS currencies of yuan, rubles, rupees, reals, and rand and not in U.S. dollars. The decision drove another nail in the concept of the “almighty American dollar,” which has been driven into “bongo bucks” status by the greedy and secretive financial alchemists of Wall Street.

There was symbolism by China in holding the BRICS summit in Sanya on the southern island of Hainan. Hainan is not only the home to China’s major nuclear submarine base but it was also the center of U.S.-Chinese rivalry after an incident in 2001 between a U.S. Navy spy plane and a Chinese MiG fighter jet. Chinaquietly signaled that it is willing to back up BRICS’ economic might with military force.

It was from Hainan where the leaders of the BRICS nations, all rising economic powers, issued a stark challenge to the powerbrokers in Washington, London, Brussels, Paris, and Berlin. And in an added warning to the hegemonic proponents of the fanciful “New American Century” and neo-conservatives in the Bilderberg and Trilateral Commission world, Chinese President Hu Jintao addressed a meeting of the Boao Forum for Asia on Hainan. The Boao forum, patterned after the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, is a direct challenge to the ultra-wealthy corporate vultures and shysters who gather annually in Switzerland and devise plots to secure their control of the world financial system. The message from Boao: the era of an elite group of Western tycoons dictating international economic policy is going to soon be a thing of the past.

The BRICS nations, which, by 2015, will represent 43 percent of the world’s population and 23 percent of the world’s gross domestic product, are flexing their economic and political weight. BRICS called for the end to NATO’s attacks on Libya. In fact, BRICS will soon be in a position to disassemble NATO and decouple many of its members from Washington’s control.Germany’s abstention in the UN Security Council on a no-fly zone over Libya was the first sign that Germany may be the first nation to bolt from NATO. The rise of the German Green Party will drive a wedge between Berlin and Washington, a schism that may result in Germany’s demand for the withdrawal of American military bases from German soil and removal of U.S. nuclear weapons. A neutralist Germany would see an alignment with the BRICS bloc as an advantageous step for Germany’s economy, especially if the euro collapses and there is a return of the Deutsche mark

Turkeyis another emerging economic power that could align with BRICS.With a more independent foreign policy, Turkey has launched initiatives with partners that have not been to the liking of Washington. Turkey and BRIC member Brazil independently tried to negotiate a nuclear deal with Iran, much to the chagrin of the Obama administration and the Israeli government. Turkey’s opposition to America’s military attack on Libya and Israel’s inhumane siege of Gaza has also set it apart from NATO. Turkey’s close relationship with Turkic-speaking central Asian nations of the former Soviet Union makes it an emerging Eurasian power ripe for alignment with the BRICS alliance.

With the collapse of America’s imperial global empire, there will be a new “multi-polar” world order.The term “multi-polar” and “economic independence” was on the lips of every BRICS leader and their advisers in Sanya. And Chinese Deputy Foreign Minister Wu Hailong said in Sanya that many other countries have signaled an interest in joining BRICS. Nations around the world want to get as far away from the sinking United States lest they get pulled down by the drowning empire.

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