Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Middle East Turning to China

Someone noticed the Middle East is pivoting to Asia, with considerable focus on China. This is a fantastic piece about how everyone in the Middle East is figuring out how to deal with American disengagement. I have little to add, as it is pretty thorough, bouncing from nation to nation.

This will not stop in the Middle East. The formula is the same here though as elsewhere with Chinese involvement: trade and economic deals as the US bombs, invades or bullies the nations diplomatically. There is much praise for Chinese handling of the situation, and this all reinforces the message, "China will respect different forms of government". Did the US withhold help for the kidnapped girls in Nigeria due to treatment of gays? Sounds like it, but I doubt China would do the same. China's message: no progressive strings attached, just keep the natural resources and consumer purchases going.


If the Rothkopf name sounds familiar, it is because he is the star subject of this Mondoweiss essay that might as well mark the death of the blue state Jews standing in support of their red state Israeli cousins. Note the two pics used for the Israeli and the Jew who stayed in the US to enjoy the gravy train as the essay explains it. You can spot the traitor to his people. Whites have these contrasts too. That essay explained his declaration of love for the US universalism buffet over his people.


PA said...

I wonder how much is other countries' aversion to American proggism a factor. If you believe that the nationalist model (national elites will be protective of their people and land) is still in place when the heat gets turned up, then proggism must be something other governments are increasingly wary of.

In contrast, the globalist model argues that national elites have more in common with each other than with their co-ethnics. I am sceptical of this model operating long-term.

PA said...

Two instances of US hegemony in action stand out in my recollection immediately after the Cold War: news item about US media's displeasure with apartments in Norway advertising vacancies as white-only, which was legal there at the time. The second news item was about US pressure in the form of strong words about neely-independent Estonia discriminating against ethnic Russians.

Later, there were the Assange revelations about State Dept pressuring Finland to take in Somalians.

Anonymous said...

The end of blue state jews support for Israel means too the end of Israel in the long tem.

Well, less jobs for Orens, more jobs for Rothkpofs, since Palestine will need lots of NGOs.

peterike said...

This is off-topic, but I think of interest to this audience. Check out these color photos from the Russian Empire in the early 20th Century. Then follow the link for even more photos.

What an incredible world, right before it all went to hell.

Anonymous said...

Western oligarchs are also turning to China.

"I think this would be the time, because you really need to bring China into the creation of a new world order — financial world order. They are kind of reluctant members of the IMF. They play along, but they don’t make much of a contribution because it’s not their institution. Their share is not commeasurate — their voting rights are not commeasurate — to their weight. So I think you need a New World Order that China has to be part of the process of creating it, and they have to buy in. They have to own it the same way as I said the United States owns… the Washington consensus… the current order, and I think this would be a more stable one where you would have a coordinated policies."
- George Soros