"...it's not the training to be mean but the training to be kind that is used to keep us leashed best." ~ Black Dog Red

"In case you haven't recognized the trend: it proceeds action, dissent, speech." ~ davidly, on how wars get done

"...What sort of meager, unerotic existence must a man live to find himself moved to such ecstatic heights by the mundane sniping of a congressional budget fight. The fate of human existence does not hang in the balance. The gods are not arrayed on either side. Poseiden, earth-shaker, has regrettably set his sights on the poor fishermen of northern Japan and not on Washington, D.C. where his ire might do some good--I can think of no better spot for a little wetland reclamation project, if you know what I mean. The fight is neither revolution nor apocalypse; it is hardly even a fight. A lot of apparatchiks are moving a lot of phony numbers with more zeros than a century of soccer scores around, weaving a brittle chrysalis around a gross worm that, some time hence, will emerge, untransformed, still a worm." ~ IOZ

Mar 16, 2012

Faithless Mosquitoes Fail To Answer Prayer

Seems that a certain prayer to the Furies has come up short, and Georgio le Clooney is still using his acting talents to shill (perhaps inadvertently) for the eventual NATO militarization of the Sudan.

I won't dispute for a moment that Georgio is a fine actor with a repertoire of decent to good films behind him and to his credit. He may even mean well.

But.

And it's a big "but."

The whole damned point of the Darfur/Sudan Crisis/Humanitarian Problem narrative is to fuck up the Sudan, bad, in order to fuck up Chinese state oil concessions in that country. Like nearly every other "humanitarian" dog whistle currently piercing ear drums and agitating loyal puppies - and you should check out For Want of A Nail on a related issue - what's going down in the Sudan was (a) manufactured by England, Israel and the US for (b) the sake of destabilizing the government* in Khartoum.

Let's revisit the background, again:

"...With foreign exchange reserves exceeding $1.3 trillion in the Peoples' National Bank of China , Beijing has begun engaging in active petroleum geopolitics with Africa as its main target and the Sudan-Chad region as its highest priority region on the continent. There appeared the line "a new front in the cold war" for possession of the main oil reserves—a war begun between the United States and China right after the American invasion of Iraq in 2003. So far, Beijing has played its cards more effectively than Washington . It is possible that Darfur will soon become the main field of battle for oil between the two giants.

Over the past few months, China has made a series of initiatives aimed at retaining control of the oil fields, even those that will be developed in the distant future, in one of the richest "black gold" regions in the world—the African continent.

China currently imports 30% of its crude oil from Africa . This explains the jump in Chinese foreign policy initiatives, which cannot fail to displease Washington . China provides interest-free loans to African nations, including Sudan , and uses its own funds to build roads, schools and hospitals, while the United States attempts to control the African economy through the World Bank and the IMF by setting harsh economic and political conditions. Not surprisingly, the Africans prefer to cooperate with China . In addition, whereas any American project in the field of construction, mining or production involves a long preparatory stage for infrastructure development to build restaurants and bars, schools and hospitals, hair salons and fitness centers for American workers, specialists and their family members, the unpretentious Chinese put up tents when they arrive and set to work the next day while establishing everything they need concurrently—barracks with showers and canteens..."

'The Chinese got an oil concession from the degraded Sudanese state, which state desperately needed the dough after it was drawn to a standstill in a ten year religious-civil war with UK-US backed rebels ruled by a vicious dictator.

Then, new rebels based in Tchad, using (surprise, surprise) US-EU backing, kicked up a fight right in the heart of the territory in which Khartoum had recently granted concessions to Beijing.'

So, when Georgio gets himself arrested to draw attention to the so-called plight of the Sudan, he's not doing the Sudanese people any favors. And assuming that he means well, which he probably does so in the same way that all square jawed handsome hams do, with their eyes on a lady prize, he still went and said this following that arrest:

"The goal for today is the same goal its been all along and will continue to be and not be accomplished today or anytime in the near future, but it's a job that we have to continually do which is raise attention; protest the idea of a government attacking and killing its own innocent men, women and children and allowing aid to get in now because in the next few months it could be the greatest humanitarian crisis in the world and thats the important thing."

Which, if it is really his concern to point out, I mean - c'mon Georgio, there are hundreds of prisons in the US where a government eats its own for profit and fun.

That's the point of government, Georgie Boy - to fuck people up long and hard enough that they think twice about complaining or making trouble for the dudes who've got the lawyers, guns and money. Governments eat their own. Capitalist ones. Marxist ones. Fabian socialist states. Corporate boards. All hierarchies. They exists to facilitate the consumption of the raw material of human lives in order to produce from those expended existences the limited issue, artificially rare luxury and enjoyment of the wealthy and their staffers.

And you should know that by now, Georgio.  Really, you should.


* - as a rule, destabilized governments serve human liberty; in the particular, not when its the great powers doing it to small powers in order to get at their stuff with greater future ease...

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

"I won't dispute for a moment that Georgio is a fine actor with a repertoire of decent to good films behind him and to his credit."

you give him too much credit, he's a shit actor in boring mostly boring movies ... if only we had newcasters like edward murrow or it's so difficult figuring out how to divide your estate between your kids and shit, lol.

Jack Crow said...

What we should take away from this post is that Anonymous would rather focus on le Clooney's films than upon his decade long commitment to ginning up a war in the Sudan.

JM said...

Not that China's that much more saintly in thus situation.

Jack Crow said...

Jenny,

At some point you have to pick a course, and accept some contingency, error, human frailty and bad faith. Constantly doing "on the one hand, on the other hand" will leave you with neither perfection nor the capacity to see the beauty of an imperfect world.

Troville said...

At least he's not as insufferable as Bono.

ms_xeno said...

Only because we haven't heard him sing yet, Troville. (Well, I haven't anyway.)

Jack Crow said...

Fucking Bono, eh? Good call. That wanker.

kold_kadavr_ flatliner said...

The more you shall honor Me,
the more I shall bless you.
-the Infant Jesus of Prague
(<- Czech Republic, next to Russia)

trustNjesus ALWAYS, dear,
and wiseabove to Seventh-Heaven...
cuzz the only other realm aint too cool.
God bless your indelible soul.

kold_kadavr_ flatliner said...

The more you shall honor Me,
the more I shall bless you.
-the Infant Jesus of Prague
(<- Czech Republic, next to Russia)

trustNjesus ALWAYS, dear,
and wiseabove to Seventh-Heaven...
cuzz the only other realm aint too cool.
God bless your indelible soul.