F. William Engdahl

THE NEW SCRAMBLE FOR AFRICA!

In the very recent past, the western imperialists got hold of Sudan by dismembering it (taking away the oil deposits from the major part of the country), captured the Nigerian oilfields in accordance with the International Court of Justice rulings, annexed Libya through a direct military intervention, conquered Cote D’Ivoire… thanks to a small-scale military action conducted under the aegis of the United Nations. They go about recolonizing Africa through different modus operandi but the desired end is the same. Developments in the past 3 to 5 years indicate that the Agenda of recolonizing Africa is gaining momentum.

THE ARAB ‘SPRING’ AND THE MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD

In March last year I wrote in one of the web magazines that, contrary to the popularly held view about the spontaneity of the uprisings in Tunisia, Egypt and the Middle East, F. William Engdahl writes that there is nothing spontaneous about the mass protest movements in the Arab countries. They are a replay of the US-orchestrated colour revolutions that triggered regime change in post-Soviet countries. Local opposition leaders are coached by the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) and other US-funded organisations in staging these type of ‘uprisings’. This covert US strategy has been in place for quite a while. The question is whether it will work.

This view has recently been corroborated by geopolitical researcher Tony Cartalucci on 22 June 2012 who wrote that “were anyone to still believe the rhetoric of the so-called Arab Spring, one would be admittedly confused over the emerging political landscape in Egypt where the military establishment and the Muslim Brotherhood have suddenly emerged as front runners from what was supposedly a pro-democracy popular uprising. However, if anyone understood that the pro-democracy protesters were in fact US State Department-funded, trained, and equipped mobs providing cover for the attempted installation of the Muslim Brotherhood amongst many potentially Western proxies, the current political battle would make perfect sense”.

Washington Targeting China’s Achilles Heel

The Washington-led decision by NATO to bomb Gaddafi’s Libya into submission over recent months, at an estimated cost to US taxpayers of at least $1 billion, has little if anything to do with what the Obama Administration claims was a mission to “protect innocent civilians.” In reality it is part of a larger strategic assault by NATO and by the Pentagon in particular to entirely control China’s economic Achilles heel, namely China’s strategic dependence on large volumes of imported crude oil and gas. Today China is the world’s second largest imported of oil after the United States and the gap is rapidly closing.

If we take a careful look at a map of Africa and also look at the African organization of the new Pentagon Africa Command—AFRICOM—the pattern that emerges is a careful strategy of controlling one of China’s most strategically important oil and raw materials sources.

NATO’s Libya campaign was and is all about oil. But not about simply controlling Libyan high-grade crude because the USA is nervous about reliable foreign supplies. It rather is about controlling China’s free access to long-term oil imports from Africa and from the Middle East. In other words, it is about controlling China itself.

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