A different world order scares global oligarchs
A new disorder is booming. The world is on the brink of destruction. The powers that be no longer feel secure on the top of their ivory towers and the alarm is sounding loud to what the mainstream dinosaur media calls a global disorder.
The world is not on the brink of destruction and neither is it entering a general state of disorder. In reality, what the world is experiencing right now is a new realignment.
The planet has been under the rule of a unipolar system of governance, where the United States, at the behest of its owners, forced the adoption of policies and changes in governance on everyone else.
We are now picking into a new political era in which multipolar world powers (China, Russia and the US) compete for geopolitical influence, and that process is not finished yet.
The time when the United States used everyone else as vessel states seems to be getting to an end, as US President, Donald Trump, pulls his country from its current job as the world’s sheriff, and moves its attention and resources to the homeland.
The reality of a United States that gradually exercises less and less influence around the world caught world leaders by surprise. They did not expect it. European and some Asian politicians are running around looking for leadership guidance because they are not able to run their governments unless directly instructed by the US.
“We see that the architecture that underpins the world as we know it is a puzzle that has broken into small pieces,” explained German Chancellor, Angela Merkel.
“The structures we work with are the result of the horrors of the Second World War and are now under intense pressure because current challenges require us to reform them,” the Chancellor said.
Merkel was followed by US Vice President Mike Pence, who issued a harsh and threatening speech, which showed the transatlantic chasm that separates the allies.
Russia, Iran, Venezuela were the axes of an intervention in which he asked the European Union to share the enmities of Washington and bury the search for consensus.
“Many of our NATO allies need to do more,” he said, referring to the European contribution to the Atlantic Alliance. Pence’s message is the same that then-candidate Trump ran with when describing the fact that the US was being ripped off by NATO allies who did not pay their fair share to finance their own security.
“Standards and [international] institutions are increasingly under pressure. There is more unpredictability,” said Jens Stoltenberg, the secretary general of NATO.
The US announced earlier this month that it was withdrawing from the INF treaty while accusing Russia of violating it. For many years, both the US and Russia violated the terms of the treaty, but the US was the first of the two to announce its exit from the INF.
While Trump is baselessly accused of colluding with Russia to win the 2016 election, in fact, the Trump administration is one of the harshest Russian adversaries in recent history.
Former Swedish Prime Minister Carl Bildt compares current geopolitics to extreme weather events. Each time that there is a break in diplomatic relationships or that an ally abandons an existing paradigm, a new hole is open in international affairs and world leaders do not know how to deal with it.
Decades ago western governments built weapons systems and sold the world the idea that a balance or control of those systems was a sign that they wanted to create a multilateral world. That was a lie.
The post-WWII world was a unipolar one, with the United States as the sheriff and the rest of the world as its vessel, puppet states.
As nationalistic politicians wake up the dormant masses in Europe and America, the dream of continuous concentration of power by global oligarchs has gone into stand by mode.
This has been another of the major concerns of the nearly 600 leaders and security experts gathered since Friday in Munich.
“There is uncertainty about a new beginning. Nobody wants to go back to the fifties or sixties; that was the Wild West, without nuclear treaties, “Nicholas Burns, who was undersecretary of State for Political Affairs with George W. Bush, explained in the margins of the conference.
Burns believes that “the world order can be renewed, but it is difficult to do without the US and the problem is that Trump does not believe in NATO.”
Nord Stream 2, the project to bring gas directly from Russia to Germany and which has confronted Berlin with EU partners, as well as with the US, was another of the star themes of the event. Merkel, however, did not object to defending it.
“If during the Cold War we imported large quantities of Russian gas, I do not know why it is much worse now,” said the Chancellor.
Arms control, Nord Stream 2, Russia, China, and Iran have occupied much of the talks in the capital of Bavaria.
So-called intellectuals such as Ian Bremmer labels the new geopolitics as “the symptoms of the new geopolitical climate,” in which “almost everything falls apart.”
According to Bremmer, Russia exercises the greatest revisionist force of the global order, with its efforts to destabilize and delegitimize institutions from within, for example with the support of populist movements.
Bremmer’s thesis is the same presented by neocons in Washington DC, which of course serves them well to maintain the terrorist operations such as NATO and the military-security complex in power. There will always be a reason to buy billions of dollars in weapons of mass destruction, as long as Russia is portrayed as a great threat.
The magnitude of the current transformation was left in writing by Wolfgang Ischinger, host of the Munich meeting.
“The world not only attends a series of big and small crises. There is a major problem: the relocation of the key pieces of the international order. A new era of competition for power has opened between the US, China and Russia, accompanied by a certain vacuum of power.”
Ischinger also used an illustrative quote from the Sardinian thinker Antonio Gramsci to describe the current scenario:
“The crisis is that the old is dying and the new is not capable of being born. What results in the meantime is a huge variety of morbid symptoms.”
A similar explanation is given by the British Defense Minister Gavin Williamson: “The world is becoming a more dangerous and dark place and it is important that we stay together”.
Williamson’s description is that of a military man who, despite his tenure, does not know how to deal with a world where a big ‘daddy’ is absent. Under Donald Trump, the United States will slowly withdraw itself from international affairs as the sheriff it has been since the Bretton Woods, and world leaders do not know what they will do about it.