by Jean-Paul Pougala, translated from French by Franclin Foping
In 1945, the United Nations was created in the aftermath of the Second World War. Today a new world order is being established in the wake of a heavy sacrifice of African lives – after the shock of thousands of deaths registered in Ivory Coast, with 1,200 inhabitants of Duékoué massacred, and dozens of thousands of casualties in Libya, despite the fact NATO is still insulting our intelligence by claiming that there were no casualties from their bombing campaign, which included 26,323 sorties, 9,658 air strikes, 7,700 bombs and missiles fired by NATO on the Libyan people, with the complicity of the United Nations that was meant to protect them.
The British anti-war organization Stop the War Coalition certified the use by NATO of weapons of mass destruction in Libya through bombs and missiles containing the infamous DU (depleted uranium) in order to kill as many people as possible. Daniele Cardetta in the Italian newspaper Articolo3 reported that up to 60,000 people were killed. Furthermore, the Italian newspaper Nibiru2012 concluded that 60,000 deaths out of the Libyan population of 6 million means 1 percent of the entire population was killed by NATO in Libya. That figure would be equal to almost 3 million American citizens killed by foreign powers using unconventional bombs.
Instead of opening an inquiry into these war crimes, the United Nations looked elsewhere towards Abidjan in search of a so-called evil leader, Ivory Coast President Gbagbo. Given all this, China decided to take action by setting up a new world order. This article will tell you how:
1) The Chinese yuan to replace the U.S. dollar
China cannot set up a new world order without being the most powerful country in the world. There have been several claims in the past suggesting that China was the greatest power in the world. It is true indeed, but what many do not realize is that as long as the USA is able to print its money, the dollar, to serve the whole planet, which is desperately waiting for it to trade, the USA has an unfair financial advantage over any potential challenger to its throne.
China cannot set up a new world order without being the most powerful country in the world.
And despite its true economic balance, the strategic position of its currency unconditionally seats the USA as the greatest power in the world. The potential perversity of the financial lever has been downplayed by many actors for many years.
But one turning point changed the game, and this was the two crises in Ivory Coast and Libya, where the USA and its European allies pressed the monetary lever to silence their current foes. By abusing international law, they went as far as first to freeze the assets of Ivory Coast and later Libya. They also decided to close down all private European banks operating in Ivory Coast without the agreement of the local government.
It was that new type of war initiated by the West and tested twice in Africa that alerted China, which thereby learned that it could not afford to wait any longer to create and drive the new world order and that in order to achieve that goal, it was necessary to put an end to the hegemony of the U.S. dollar as the reference currency worldwide.
It was during the war against Libya that China managed in June 2011 to convince Russia not to use dollars any more but the Chinese currency instead for their trades. It will be the same with African countries, where, for most, since the assassination of the Libyan leader and the delaying of the common African currency initially due to be released in 2016, the Chinese yuan, which is still not convertible, is gradually becoming the exchange currency with China, which is since 2010 the premiere trading partner of the African continent.
It was during the war against Libya that China managed in June 2011 to convince Russia not to use dollars any more but the Chinese currency instead for their trades. It will be the same with African countries.
In Latin America, the Chinese initiative is welcomed with open arms by countries that are fed up with the arrogance of their powerful northern neighbour. In Venezuela, for instance, President Hugo Chavez went so far as to claim back all its gold reserves from Western countries that had been stored there for decades.
But the most difficult is yet to come: convincing a country under a U.S. military occupation for more than 60 years to join the new world order that China has decided to set up. The breakthrough eventually happened on Christmas Day this year during the official visit of the Japanese Prime Minster to Beijing, when an agreement was found to bypass the dollar.
This means that the second and the third greatest economic powers, China and Japan, will use the Chinese yuan for their exchanges. Tokyo’s U-turn can be explained by the military weakness of the West highlighted by cacophony and obstacles, especially financial ones, encountered during the Libyan war to topple Muammar Qaddafi, which lasted seven months.
The direct consequence of this event was that Tokyo knew that in the event of a military conflict with China, the USA would not be in a position to help them – hence the need to seek peace now and stay under the umbrella of Beijing. South Korea and India will soon join Brazil as part of this new camp.
This means that the second and the third greatest economic powers, China and Japan, will use the Chinese yuan for their exchanges. South Korea and India will soon join Brazil as part of this new camp.
After the vote of South Africa and Nigeria in favor of a United Nations resolution to trigger a war against an African country, are these two countries trustworthy enough to join the new world order that is being formed around China?
2) The strategic alliance with Russia
One cannot lead the world without a strong military alliance. It has been ages since specialists mentioned a new world governance driven by the USA and China named G2. For the West, it was a trade-off that would have meant it would not miss the waves of change of the 21st century, as it was represented in the so-called G2 by one of its allies, the USA. And so forth.
Because of a stupid and unjust war against Libya, it is all finished. That war has begotten a new G2, but in a new form that nobody would have predicted, a military G2 between Russia and China. Indeed, these two countries, because of what they called unfair aggression against Libya, have decided to reinforce their collaboration in various strategic sectors with the ultimate goal to stop the wicked West.
The celebration of 10 years of friendship between the two countries in Moscow from June 16-18, 2011, was transformed in a war council to launch the new G2. The West, which was hoping to steal African oil reserves starting with the Libyans’ to attempt to enforce a change on Chinese economic policy, will have to review its strategy, as the new G2 has already found another playing ground.
Indeed, Russia will become the major energy supplier to China; this will allow Russia to optimize the risk and the impact of Africa in its supplies and for Russia to be able to overlook its main client, Europe, without which Russia was unable to secure significant financial reserves for its growth. Therefore, the war in Libya has become a bottleneck for Europe.
Indeed, Europe thought that it could use unfair means to control African oil and gas in the long term; however, Europe is now facing blackmail from Russia for its gas supplies, as the tap could be shut down at any moment, especially in the winter. The new agreements with China allow Moscow to sever its gas supplies with the West for months without risking any financial penalty. As the authorities are saying in Moscow, “With the Chinese, we will have enough to overlook the West.”
Furthermore, after the new agreement signed by the Chinese president during that visit, the premiere consumer of energy in the next 20-30 years will become a challenger to the West as it cannot negotiate the price of oil as before; rather, it will have to prepare itself to pay a premium rate for its gas. And after the recent agreements between Russia and Algeria to form a gas “warehouse,” one can expect a surge in the price of gas sent to Europe.
This completely changes the picture, as the West initially went to steal Libyan oil, they have now lost Russian gas, which is 100 times more important. Those Western leaders were very clever indeed! If our Western advisors have been giving the same type of advice to African leaders, one can quickly understand why after 50 years of independence, fed with advice like this, Africa is still lagging behind and so impoverished.
The West initially went to steal Libyan oil, they have now lost Russian gas, which is 100 times more important. Those Western leaders were very clever indeed!
The story kicked off on Nov. 18, 2009, when the Russian news agency Novotni triumphally came up with this headline: “NIET, NIET, NIET!” to describe “No” in Chinese to the American proposition brought forward by Mr. Obama during his first visit to the Middle Kingdom to form together with China the so-called G2 with the goal of collectively tackling governance challenges of the 21st century.
Back then, China noticed that its plan for the world contrasted with USA’s and that it could not see any similarity between the two countries on many hot topics, including the Iran crisis and the problem with North Korea. For Americans, bombs were the best solution to all world problems, whereas China felt that bombs were the evidence of the inability to find sustainable solutions to complex issues.
The Libyan war also gave a clear indication of the new shuffling of the world around the new world order. China and Russia have decided to consult each other regularly and to have a common voice on all important diplomatic matters by always giving the priority to dialogue. The Libyan war has put an end to the way things used to be done in the 20th century, the century of mutual wars of the West, the century of colonial war in Africa and in Asia and imperial wars in South America.
The Libyan war has put an end to the way things used to be done in the 20th century, the century of mutual wars of the West, the century of colonial war in Africa and in Asia and imperial wars in South America.
The double veto of China and Russia in the Security Council on the Syrian crisis is yet more proof of the new G2, as its goal is to counteract all Western suicidal plans. The whole world can only applaud this new G2.
3) The Libyan war has forced Russia to buy even more weapons
Just four days after the beginning of the bombing campaign against Libya, it was through Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin that the West was informed on March 23, 2011, of the end of the military agreements just recently signed by the USA and Russia. Indeed, Russia was concerned about what it described as a “medieval aggression” by concluding that it was beginning to be a landmark of U.S. foreign policy: Hundreds of bombs were fired in one night on an enemy who just happened to be identified.
The worst was announced by the same Russian prime minister, who said that the USA used aircraft designed for nuclear attacks – even if the weapons were not nuclear – such as the Northrop Grumman B-2 Spirit that struck civilian targets in Libya, a “friendly” country that abided by all international agreements wanted by Washington to abort all nuclear programs for civilian or military purposes.
This is true cowardice: One who makes sure that you do not have any means to defend yourself before attacking you. And Mr. Putin concluded by saying: “This is why Russia should increase its weapons.” The next day, the Russian defense ministry also announced the end of the military agreement with the USA signed a year ago.
Therefore, for the period 2011-2020, Russia will pump $665 billion into its weaponry to build the following infrastructure: five spacecraft, 21 missile defense systems, 35 bombardiers, 109 attack helicopters and three nuclear submarines that can launch nuclear missiles within 10,000 kilometers.
Therefore, from 2012, the Russian army will be equipped with new intercontinental missiles and will benefit from an investment of $2.6 billion to build advanced types of missiles by 2013. As the Italian journalist Manlio Dinucci confirmed, with the first airstrike on Tripoli launched on March 19, 2011, in the afternoon, the West put an end to the new era of the friendly agreements between Russia and the USA, symbolised on April 8, 2010, in Prague with the signing of the infamous START initiative.
With the first airstrike on Tripoli launched on March 19, 2011, in the afternoon, the West put an end to the new era of the friendly agreements between Russia and the USA.
Why is this terrible news for the West? Simply because the West is bankrupt. Any single dollar spent by Washington to buy weapons is actually costing them at least twice the price because it can only borrow from the markets, as there is no guarantee it will be paid back. Interest over the years will surge to the point that $1 will actually cost $4 or $5, whereas the $665 billion spent by Russia will come straight from the trading of gas or oil!
4) An even more isolated Europe
The most stupid decision made by European leaders over the last five years was to turn their back on Russia and force it to look for an alliance with China. Russia clearly showed its disagreement with the war on Libya – it even voiced its concern over the macabre project to assassinate the Libyan leader – but Europe overlooked it and instead decided to go forward with its plans to solve the Libyan crisis, thereby preferring to seal an alliance with its former friend, the USA, which also happens to be its enemy when it comes to financial matters.
From the moment that in order to bring peace in Europe, Russia cancelled the Warsaw Pact and did not veto any plan that would allow any of its strategic countries to join the European Union, the wiser decision made by European leaders would have been to ask the USA to dismiss NATO in order to build a true European army that would include Russia. Instead of doing that, they decided to humble Russia and force it to look to the East for an alliance, where it eventually found China.
This new alliance of these two powers is damaging Europe even more, as it is already a political dwarf. The mistakes of the Libyan war did the rest. Even the mere consolation by the Western media showing a small group of protesters in Moscow will not alter the new chapter of the history that is playing out without Europe.
This new alliance of these two powers is damaging Europe even more, as it is already a political dwarf. The mistakes of the Libyan war did the rest.
The other consolation of humiliating an African head of state, Laurent Gbagbo of Ivory Coast – and exposing him to a European circus called the International Criminal Court – will not offer anything to Europe, as it is still surrounded by its obsolete principles and outclassed by a new world whose center has shifted to Asia. It is not an accident that Russia is deploying an important strategy in its Eastern city of Vladivostok.
Should Africa rejoice over this new reshaping of the world? When you are already lying on the ground, you do not fear falling down any more. In the system that was set up at the end of the Second World War, Africa, which was already under European occupation, has never really been set free despite the various projects to cover it up – one of which was the independence granted to African countries after Second World War.
Africa has nothing to lose in this new configuration of the world. One can only hope that the biggest provider of funds to various projects of the African Union, Algeria, will soon join this new circle so that one of us can carry out the will of more than a billion Africans to finally achieve sovereignty and dignity for our continent.
According to our African ancestral beliefs, the dead are not gone. They all become gods. Our dead in Abidjan, Bouaké, Duékoué, Syrte, Tripoli, Bani Walid, Zliten and so forth are gods who will look after us. Their sacrifice is offering to the whole world a new model, a new governance.
According to our African ancestral beliefs, the dead are not gone. They all become gods. Our dead in Abidjan, Bouaké, Duékoué, Syrte, Tripoli, Bani Walid, Zliten and so forth are gods who will look after us.
The itinerary is still very long, but we have already started the journey. So much pain has accompanied our martyrs in 2011 towards their divinity seats, they give us the lucidity to question ourselves on our future partners and identify our true friends, who just happen to be the people who are building the new world order.
The question arises now as to whether we will be united enough to take part in this new era? Are African youth sufficiently trained and aware to claim a significant part in this new world that is gradually being defined? The year 2011 has come to an end and it has been a dramatic year for Africa, but on a positive note the hated events woke up many Africans who were still in bed and snoring after a long dogmatic rest, as the Western lies were as big as an elephant.
Jean-Paul Pougala is a Cameroonian author and director of the Institute of Geostrategic Studies and professor of sociology and geopolitics at the Geneva School of Diplomacy, Switzerland. He describes his most successful book, “In fuga dalle tenebre” (“Escaping from Darkness”), which is used by about 300 secondary schools in Italy, as “an autobiography of the life of an African on four continents, starting from my childhood in very deep poverty in Africa then breaking the invisible chains of modern slavery through knowledge hunting.” His email is firstname.lastname@example.org and website is www.pougala.org. Translator Franclin Foping is based in Douala, Cameroon.