[PEN-L:17654] Britain/US split?

Mark Jones mark.jones at tiscali.co.uk
Wed Sep 26 01:19:28 MDT 2001

----- Original Message -----
From: "Henry C.K. Liu" <hliu at mindspring.com>
To: <marxism at lists.panix.com>
Sent: Tuesday, September 25, 2001 10:05 PM
Subject: Re: [PEN-L:17654] Britain/US split?

> Mark,
> This is the best post I have seen on the subject. Do you mind if I repost
it with
> attribution on other lists?
> Henry

Henry, there were a few typos (I'm practically blind and however much I try,
I always get some) so here is the cleaned up version, thanks for the kind
remark, hope all is well with you.

best as ever


At 25/09/2001 14:13, Néstor  wrote:

  En relación a Re: [PEN-L:17654] Britain/US split?,
  el 25 Sep 01, a las 12:39, Mark Jones dijo:

  >> The Atlantic Alliance is the keystone in the
  > >structure of US hegemony. If that falls, the US will be reduced at once
  > >to the status of a regional power.

      >You mean, they will retreat on Latin America?

Speculation is completely pointless, the future is completely unpredictable.
However it is clear that America cannot voluntarily cease to be a world
hegemon, if only because it has exhausted the raw material and energy
resources of the Americas. The truth is the the Bush regime now has a great
interest in social amnesia. They are fast learning that the best way to deal
with terrorism is to (a) make people forget their present anger and (b) make
a deal with the terrorists. Behind the posturing and flag-waving and the
carrier groups steaming south, that is the awful reality.

If British experience is any guide to what happens after terrorist attacks,
then not only will Bush's 'war on terrorism' vanish like morning mist in a
month or two, but 20 years from now Bin Laden will be received in the White
House as a distinguished guest. Oh, and some innocent people will be
persecuted and a few tents in the desert will be bombed, for PR purposes.

One of the reasons why the whole atmosphere of the British press is so
different from the US press is because the British have been here before and
they know the score. We've been there, done that. Bombs have killed and
maimed people in London, Birmingham, Belfast and many other cities, since
1970. We've known the anger, the shock, the horror, the ranting op-eds, the
grief-stricken candlelit midnight vigils, the caring crooners singing
patriotic songs on telethons. It all means almost nothing, in the end.

When the IRA blew up the Baltic Exchange, British finance capital said
'enough is enough' and not a decade later, lo and behold, former IRA Chief
of Staff Martin McGuinness is now Northern Ireland's education minister and
is received by both Downing Street and the White House. Why should the
Taleban (if it is they!) hope for less than the Irish patriots earnt from
their deeds? That would be racist, no?

The biggest losers from 9/11 will be Israel, because the NYSE (like the
City) does not want to swap its assets for the miserable buildings Israel
bombs in Palestine.

The bottom line is that the people who have most to lose from this war are
not the Taleban, but the bankers and brokers, and per contra the people who
have most to gain are the pauperised masses of the Middle East. Make no
mistake, as they say, the Bushies can froth and thunder as much as they like
about revenge, rooting out evil blah blah, but what they really hope for is
that nothing much more will happen at all.  Bulldozers will flatten the
debris in Manhattan and turn it into a Garden of Remembrance, even Chris
Hitchens will sober up in time, and life will go on. What the markets and
the Big Swinging Dicks definitely do NOT want is more war. So they took a
hit? Tough luck. Forget about it, as they say in gangster movies. The Big
Dicks will have to swallow their losses, bile and all. That is even what
they prefer to do, and pass on to next business. Included in next business
will be making Israel do a real deal with Arafat.

Terrorism pays, more than people understand and more than the panjandrums
want them to understand. What the bosses want is business as usual, and all
wars must be over by Christmas. Wars breed socialism, and worse.

Will they get what they want? That is the question. Make no mistake, the
strategic initiative is still with the silent enemy.

Mark Jones

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