Assuming We’re Not All Incinerated: Eurasian Power in a Post-Western World
by James Holbrooks, Activist Post “Western Europe is undergoing a wave of Islamization, anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism. It is awash in this, and we would like to ensure that the State of Israel will have varied markets around the world.” Speaking ahead of a meeting with the prime minister of Japan on Sunday, Benjamin Netanyahu stressed Israel’s need to reduce its dependence on European trade. The arrival of the delegation marked the first time since 2006 that a Japanese prime minister has visited Israel, and highlights the extent to which ties have been strengthening between the two countries since Netanyahu was welcomed in Japan in May of last year. On the surface, this statement from the Israeli prime minister makes perfect sense. It immediately calls to mind the Charlie Hebdo insanity radiating out across the planet from Europe. I mean really, who would want to do business in such a hostile environment? Not this guy. But of course, as with anything spewing forth from a politician’s mouth, you’re only getting a piece of the truth—if any at all. As I explained in a previous article, the West is in trouble. Its banking system is failing and it can no longer con the awakening masses into the wars it needs to right the ship. The European Union in particular is flatlining. Juxtaposed to this is the emerging strength of the BRICS nations and their New Development Bank. If you see it as a competition, as you should, then the tide is clearly turning. The fact that Russia was able to persuade Ukrainian leaders to walk away from the EU is the most glaring evidence of this, but there’s no shortage of other events to cite. In June of 2014 Vladimir Putin signed an energy cooperation deal with the president of Argentina to build two nuclear power plants in the Latin American country. Argentina needed foreign investors so it could begin to seriously develop its vast shale fields, but few were willing due to the debt crisis the country was facing. Essentially, Russia stepped in where the West wouldn’t.
China, the other true powerhouse of BRICS, signed a $12 billion agreement with Nigeria last November to build a railway along its coast. The project promised 200,000 Nigerian jobs during the construction phase and 30,000 positions once the operation went live. This came four years after China inked a $23 billion oil contract with that country, part of a campaign to up the Chinese presence in resource-rich Africa.
The other BRICS nations and their allies are following suit. Deals, not bombs, seems to be the strategy. And it’s working. But the offers aren’t confined strictly to outlying nations.
Back in 2008, as NATO member Iceland was experiencing a crushing financial crisis, it was Russia that ponied up with a $5.4 billion bailout. The benefits for Russia were twofold. It was a boon to its reputation on the diplomatic stage, sure, but it also moved the energy powerhouse one step closer to laying claim to the Arctic shelf’s untapped energy resources. At the time, BRIC (South Africa didn’t sign on until 2010) was simply a loose association of nations with a hunger to be more. But the bailout of Iceland marked the beginning of a pattern.
Greece, who will hold elections on January 25 that will almost certainly see a new party come to power, is hurting, and hurting bad. The likely incoming Syriza Party has indicated a willingness to write off much of Greece’s gargantuan debt, which naturally has European Union leaders sweating bullets. After all, in the philosophy of the central banking scheme, debt is sacrosanct.
In the midst of this chaos, Russia tendered Greece a positively mind-blowing offer: leave the EU, pledge to work with the budding Eurasian Economic Union, and the Russian food embargo currently imposed upon Greece would be lifted.
Indeed, the BRICS message is impossible to misinterpret. They’re willing to work with any nation that is willing to work with them. Come one, come all, as it were.
But there are always exceptions. At the moment, for instance, it’s difficult to imagine any scenario, ever, in which Russia and the United States could productively collaborate. If we—as in the human race—are lucky, then cooler heads will prevail and the tensions escalating now will ease without incident. You’re welcome to hold your breath on that one if you’d like. I’ll pass.
And it’s at this point that Israel comes back into the picture. Because all the Islamization, anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism aside, Netanyahu sees the writing on the wall.