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The West may undermine our economic freedom

The Cold War may have ended but the US has persisted on its destructive path to assert itself as a hegemonic power in the world. It has done so not only militarily but politically and economically as well.

The collapse of the Soviet Union in 1989 which ended a protracted period of bipolarity, with the Soviet Union in one corner and the US in the other, ushered in a disturbing era of unipolarity where the US survives as the sole economic and military bully. Absolute power corrupts absolutely.

In the period between 1945 and 1989 when the rest of the world were spectators in the global theatre of military adventurism between the US and the Soviet Union, no single powerful nation could bully everyone as the other equally powerful nation would come to their defence.

The gradual shifting of the centre of economic gravity from the West to the East has not been without every sinister attempt from Washington to halt it.

NATO, which emerged from the rubble of the devastation of World War II, continues to flex its military muscle and expand its reach and sphere of influence closer to the borders of its historical enemy, the Russian Federation, and moving closer to its rising economic opponent, China.

NATO belongs to the rubbish heap of history, as has been the case with the Warsaw Pact. It should have collapsed with the Soviet Union. But the expansionist agenda of the West towards the East in order to counter the meteoric rise of China's economic star and the increasingly assertive Russia, appears to agitate for the continuation of the Cold War-era adventurism.

The US, as the remaining superpower, imagines itself directing the course of humanity and maintaining absolute influence over other sovereign states for the realisation of its own national interests. But such fantasies are being undermined by the emergence of China as an economic superpower and the increasingly 'tjatjarag' Russian Federation.

NATO, as an international terrorist organisation, serves a particular purpose of realising geopolitical aims of the West, especially those of the US, and securing their economic interests. Nations that seeks to affirm their own sovereignty and pursue their political and economic programmes that do not accrue some benefit to the US and its European proxies suffer severe economic or military repercussions.

The overthrow of Saddam Hussein in Iraq was pursued under the false guise of saving humanity from a psychopathic tyrant in possession of weapons of mass destruction. Immediately when that lie failed to sustain itself, the sudden need to export democracy to Iraq emerged. The US, along with its band of NATO thugs, pretended to embark on a humanitarian mission to liberate the people of Iraq from the tyranny of Saddam. The consequence of such military escapades in Iraq has been widespread economic devastation for the people of Iraq, who have also been subjected to endless fear of death as persistent violence dominates their way of life.

We all know how that "democracy" has turned out for the people of Iraq. American oil companies are, however, profiteering from the miserable existence of the people of Iraq. Afghanistan and Libya have also experienced the wrath of western terror and thuggery in pursuit of their geopolitical and economic aims.

NATO today has 28 member states and intends to expand its reach towards former Soviet states in the south of Russia. There has been some flirting with and wooing of Moldova, Azerbaijan and Armenia by NATO. The West is salivating at those significant oil and gas fields in the Caspian Sea region.

Europe wishes to cut its reliance of gas from Russia, which currently supplies a third of their requirement. This cannot be achieved by simply respecting the territorial integrity and national sovereignty of states with huge oil and gas reserves. The western sponsorship of the war in Syria has not been coincidental. The discovery of massive oil and gas in the eastern Mediterranean necessitated the removal of Bashar al-Assad from power as he refused to cooperate with the West and their regional proxies like Qatar. Russia had already secured oil and gas concessions in Syria. Qatar wanted to build a gas pipeline that cut through Syria into Turkey going to Europe, but Assad rejected the proposal and preferred a deal with Iran. Qatar now is an active supplier of weapons to western-sponsored terrorists fighting in Syria to overthrow Assad.

Muammar Gaddafi was murdered for threatening to take full control of oil production from western oil companies that operated in Libya. NATO raised a false flag of an impending humanitarian catastrophe in Benghazi and bombarded the North African nation with Tomahawk missiles to dislodge Brother Leader from power.

Assad has been mounting a stiff resistance against all attempts to remove him from power. The support from Russia served to bolster his longevity in the war against western imperialist aggression. His refusal to surrender has been very frustrating to NATO.

Saudi Arabia tried to agitate for NATO military intervention in Syria by supplying terrorists with sarin gas for use against civilians. Their lousy plan was to blame it on the Assad forces. This sinister plan faltered.

Western pursuit of economic interests, by any means necessary, is relentless. Turkey, a NATO member state, has been recently exposed as having planned to attack itself from Syrian soil in order to invoke Article 5 of NATO which requires member states to come to the defence of another member state which is under attack.

Since the manufactured crisis in Ukraine emerged, NATO has increased its military presence in the Baltic states of Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia which have been made to believe that Vladimir Putin is coming for them after Crimea. With every state joining the NATO terrorist network, the US establishes a new military base on that foreign soil, effectively undermining the territorial integrity and national sovereignty of that state. The Russian naval base in Sevastopol, Crimea, appears to have been earmarked as the future naval base of the US once Ukraine, a former Soviet state and an immediate neighbour to Russia, had acceded to NATO and joined the EU as a member state. But Putin was swift to respond by securing Crimea, thus thwarting nefarious plans of the West.

The Crimean situation has been distorted by the West in order to demonise Russia and provide further false pretext for the expansion of NATO into former Soviet territories. Missiles are being placed in NATO member states around Russia again under the pretence of improving the security of Europe. But who is threatening Europe? The only threat that exists is the eastern threat of dislodging the US as the world economic superpower and perhaps the distant threat of an impending rise of the Russian-led Eurasian Economic Union which may in future undermine the EU as a powerful economic bloc.

History offers some instructive lessons on how democratically elected governments have been undermined and overthrown through covert means by the US over the years in pursuit of its economic thuggery. In 1970, Salvador Allende in Chile was democratically elected by his people. The US did not appreciate the emergence of a Marxist as president and sought to resolve its ideological dissatisfaction by undermining the will of Chileans, subsequently toppling Allende and replacing him with murderous ruffian Augusto Pinochet. Allende had proposed radical economic reforms that would have ended control of the economy by few families as well as ownership of the economy by foreigners. Pinochet's murderous reign, which lasted between 1973 and 1990, was amiable to US business interests which superseded universal principles of human rights and democracy.

The same thuggery by the US played out in Congo when Patrice Lumumba was liquidated with the assistance of the CIA, simply because he represented what offended imperial aspirations of the US to maintain control over a sovereign state. Lumumba was replaced by murderous ruffian Mobuto Sese Seko, whose government contributed little towards the economic development of Congo and upliftment of its people from poverty in spite of the country's extraordinary wealth in mineral resources.

There is a heavy price any nation must be prepared to pay when it seeks to assert itself and defend its own national sovereignty in the pursuit of radical economic transformation that threatens narrow western interests. NATO is ready to send tomahawk missiles to overthrow even democratically elected governments which have 'tjatjarag' posturing towards the West. The CIA is forever on the ground sowing the seeds of unrest by orchestrating what the propaganda news networks fervently carry as "popular uprisings".

If South Africa needs to unshackle itself from the clutches of exploitative monopoly capital, it must face the choice to endure some pain for the greater and common good of its people. We cannot continue to be dictated to by those who have less of our interests at heart but furtherance of their own economic aims. We may have deluded ourselves to be far removed from and unaffected by events unfolding in the rest of world simply because we have for the last 20 years elected to do nothing to radically transform our economic situation and upset the interests of economic imperialists. What we need as we progress forward is collective testicular fortitude and undying conviction to do what is best for ourselves. Amandla!

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