We’ve lived so long under the spell of hierarchy—from god-kings to feudal lords to party bosses—that only recently have we awakened to see not only that “regular” citizens have the capacity for self-governance, but that without their engagement our huge global crises cannot be addressed. The changes needed for human society simply to survive, let alone thrive, are so profound that the only way we will move toward them is if we ourselves, regular citizens, feel meaningful ownership of solutions through direct engagement. Our problems are too big, interrelated, and pervasive to yield to directives from on high.
—Frances Moore Lapp√©, excerpt from Time for Progressives to Grow Up

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

NATO's War on Libya is Directed against China: AFRICOM and the Threat to China's National Energy Security

Click here to access article by F. William Engdahl from Global Research. 

The author makes a good case for his thesis about the real purpose of NATO's Libyan adventure. Libya, if NATO's puppet government succeeds in suppressing opposition, will provide a much needed NATO base in the African continent to thwart China's access to oil. The Empire can tolerate no rivals. 

Typical of the many contradictions of capitalism, NATO countries were easily seduced into taking advantage of access to China's cheap labor supply in order to enrich the capitalist class; but this in turn also created an increasingly powerful and independent competitor for the diminishing supplies of fossil fuels.
Today China is the world's second largest importer of oil after the United States and the gap is rapidly closing.