Monday :: Sep 27, 2004

Another Nightmare Reborn


by pessimist

One of the movies out right now which seems to have struck a chord, at least with the critics, is Shaun of the Dead - a romantic comedy involving zombies. With Halloween coming on, this wasn't such a bad move by the producers.

But out in the real world, another zombie has arisen from its grave and is stalking about - and it isn't romantic or funny in the slightest.

It's name is Biafra.

Biafra - a name which should resonate in the minds of those old enough to remember it, a theater of horror unsurpassed until the Rwanda-Burundi massacres, a news story so insistant for attention that it actually knocked Vietnam off the front pages on a regular basis.

There are signs that the resurrection of Biafra will, like most sequels, follow the script of the original all too closely.

Over the weekend, news stories began to drift out of Nigeria concerning unrest in the capita and surrounding areas. This unrest was attributed to various gangs which reside in the Niger river delta (the very area that was Biafra) taking action to disrupt oil production around Port Harcourt over disputes concerning the distribution of oil revenue and access to commercial petroleum activity.

But as it turns out, there is much more to the story than is being told to the American people. There is a very pertinent and timely reason for this: What is happening in Nigeria as I write this could be a template for the future of life for the Lower 99 in the United States. I will be covering this in some detail in the next few days once I process the voluminous data I downloaded from local African media sources. I will be including source links at that time.

But to sum it up for a preview - think Florida of 2000. An election stolen under the noses of observers, a government declaring itself the victor even though in some areas the ballots were never distributed. Numerous areas populated by opponents of the new 'government' enduring offical (and armed) harassment intended to discourage voting demands and post-(s)electoral protests over refusals to recount.

In addition, Nigeria suffers an unemployment rate of 70% in a nation awash in oil revenue. Shell Oil, in specific but not in solitary, participated in sham negotiations with a shell NGO (empty - like the promises which emerged from these 'negotiations') intended to establish guidelines by which local Nigerians could be trained as petroleum workers and as commercial haulers, but the requirements for qualification were so complex that no one could qualify. As recently as a few weeks ago, organized groups appealed to their government and to Shell to work with them on upgrading their training and facilities in order to qualify for contracts under these requirements - and were summarily refused. This led to organized street protests, which were ignored, and when every other avenue of peaceful expression of grievance was blocked, to armed revolt.

When Biafra first emerged, oil wasn't quite the casus belli it now is, for world supplies were then deemed plentiful and affordable. But after thirty-four years of profligate usage, petroleum is much more important to the strategic plans of many nations thirsty for that frothy draught of Texas Tea.

The current and growing conflict over oil and money in Nigeria bears watching, for with the US on a campaign to control the world's oil supplies, and with China extending its influence across Africa - especially where there are known and under-deveoped oil reserves - the seeds of a Cold-War-like confrontation between the surviving superpower and the upstart challenger have been sown.

The US has long had ties to the Nigerian government which has been dominated by the larger tribes, so it is reasonable to assume that the US will support that ruling clique.

But the oil is largely in the region claimed by the Biafrans, who will readily accept whatever aid China deigns to send their way. Even a Republican For Bu$h should be able to see where this will lead.

There is only one way that the United States can attempt to take on China everywhere we are challenged - Universal Conscription. It may soon become clear and evident why the multinational corporations have been so willing to outsource and offshore American jobs - it will create a ready pool of draftees who won't fuss so much about bearing arms under the Uncle Sam's Club banner in our effort to 'protect our (corporate) way of life'.

There have been recent comments made about how in Iraq alone it will take a period longer than World War II to finish stabilizing that country. Estimates approaching 300,000 troops have been tendered as necessary for this purpose. Now add in the troubles over North Korea's nuclear program, Iran's nuclear program, Brazil's nuclear program, ... control of oil in Sudan's Darfur region, control of oil in Ghana, control of Nigerian oil, ...

Has your brain gone googly yet?

Just where are all of these troops going to come from? From those who are tired of suffering hunger pangs living in stolen refrigerator boxes hidden away beneath the interstate highway bridges across the nation.

There is something to remember about this situation - something you can be sure the PNAC pinheads who pursue this insane policy blithely ignore. The United State population is approximately 290 million people, give or take 12 million Mexican nationals. Even including these 'guest' workers, that puts us just over 300 million people.

The People's Republic of China is well over 1.4 billion people, or almost 5:1 compared to us. That's almost 5 Chinese soldiers for every one US soldier. Almost five places where China can keep a pair of Wal-Mart boots on the ground at ease while one US GI gets to rush about trying to maintain surveillance on them.

And it gets worse, remember!

China is seeking to improve relations on many levels with India, whose technology improves daily with US government-supported efforts to send even more of our technological jobs to the Subcontinent. India's population is over 1.2 billion, and they are as oil-thirsty as China is. They won't take our side if China will make them an offer they'd be stupid to refuse. Add that one up, and you now get odds of approximately 8:1. We haven't yet gotten to Japan, Pakistan, ...

This 'opening statement' of mine on the erupting Biafran Crisis is getting to be longer than I started out intending, but there is one more image I must introduce before I close.

June 25, 1876. The Litle Bighorn River. The US Cavalry under George Armstrong Custer versus the Entire Sioux Nation with Cheyenne and Blackfoot allies in attendance.

George Cu$ter Bu$h. Need I say more?

Once again, thousands, if not millions, of the little people will be crushed to smithereens for the 'crime' of being in the wrong place at the wrong time atop the wrong object of competition. The shame of it all is - with just the small piece of the action that they asked for in the first place, none of this could ever come about. Without unrest, there could be no opportunity to 'step in' and 'quell the uprising'.

Greed Kills.

pessimist :: 7:08 PM :: Comments (4) :: Digg It!