Increasingly Irrelevant, Ineffective & Incompetent: The G7, NATO & the OECD

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President Putin (L), Prime Minister Modi, Presidents' Rousseff, Xi and Zuma in Ufa, Republic of Bashkortostan, Russia. Courtesy: Open Source

By Ann-Marie de Veer
Saturday 25 July 2015

From 8-10 July 2015 in Ufa, Republic of Bashkortostan, Russia, President Putin hosted back-to-back summits of the Brazil, Russia, India, China & South Africa Forum (BRICS), the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) and the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU). The meetings, representing almost 3 billion people from 3 different continents, formally established the BRICS New Development Bank (NDB) and the newly founded Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) in addition to ratifying plans for further cooperation in energy, national and regional security and military exchanges. Both India and Pakistan, previously observers to the SCO, were also approved for membership and are expected to become full members in 2016.

One month earlier, on 8 June 2015, the G7 (Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, United Kingdom & United States), hosted by Merkel, the despotic head of the Fourth Reich, in Schloss Elmau, Bavaria, Germany, were busy trying to put a positive spin on an increasingly irrelevant organisation. The event was more notable for what it didn't achieve, in particular, the final G7 communiqué announced an ambitious plan on Climate Change to phase out the use of fossil fuels by 2100 but they failed to make any plans to reduce their own hydrocarbon consumption. The fact that the G7 produce more than twice the amount of carbon emissions per year than the whole of the African continent demonstrates how hopelessly out of touch the organisation truly are.

Of course, the issue of Climate Change was one of many issues where the group failed:

The Greek Financial Crisis

The G7 meeting did absolutely nothing to alleviate the financial crisis in Greece and the pain its people have endured for the last five years.

Both France and Germany, in particular, were more interested in supporting the Euro currency and maintaining the political integrity of the European Union itself rather than finding a solution to the Greek crisis: the G7 simply washed their hands of the Greek financial crisis and the suffering of its impoverished people leaving the bankers Troika, aka. the European Commission (EC), the European Central Bank (ECB) and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to enact their punitive and unsustainable policies. The fact that no serious discussions took place in attempting to resolve the issue and the perfunctory rhetorical statements that finally ensued clearly indicates a policy of inaction and appeasement of the bankers.

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL)

Barack Obama stated that the US Empire does not have a complete strategy for dealing with ISIL.

In other words, we, the US Empire, created ISIL and they are our current partners in our hegemonic aspirations for the Middle East. Our strategy is to provide appropriate material support to ISIL until such time as our objectives are met, i.e. the overthrow or complete subjugation of any regional government who does not succumb to our will: our current target is Syria, where almost half of the country is now a de facto ISIL Caliphate who are under our control, but Iran is also on the list regardless of any nuclear Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action deal. Thus the notion that US Empire has any intention whatsoever in addressing this issue in a meaningful or constructive way, given that the Middle East, in toto, is now within their grasp, is completely false.

The Civil War in Ukraine

The G7 announced they would extend the economic sanctions they had imposed on Russia for a further six months.

It has been proven beyond any doubt that the US and the UK, via their rogue security agencies, the CIA and MI6, are responsible for the subversive activities that led to the Euromaidan wave of demonstrations and civil unrest in Ukraine. The results of their activities are well known: President Yanukovych, a Russian Ukrainian elected by popular vote, was ousted in a coup d'état for failing to sign Merkel's EU Association Agreement on 29 November 2013 in Vilnius, Lithuania. Thereafter, civil war broke out between the ethnic Russian Ukrainians and Ukrainian nationals in the southeast of the country. The people of Russia have sought to protect and support the ethnic Russian Ukrainians in the region and when Crimea chose to secede from Ukraine in a referendum on 16 March 2014, the Republic of Crimea and the Russian Federation signed a treaty of accession. Thus, the US Empire, thwarted in their attempt at securing yet another NATO buffer state in their relentless expansion to the east, are simply engaging in economic warfare given the failure of their coup d'état in February 2014. However, the sanctions have had more of a debilitating effect on the West than the Russian Federation who are forging new alliances in the East.

In stark contrast to the machinations of these rabble rousers who are exceptionally inept, BRICS, the SCO and the EEU are moving forward: the New Development Bank is now open for business and, akin the newly formed Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, it will help to promote the development of not just the BRICS nations but many others who have been denied the financial support they need to develop or been subject to invasive and unrealistic conditions by the World Bank and the IMF. Similarly, the accession of both India and Pakistan to the SCO, an organisation that has a track record of diplomatically resolving border disputes rather than using unilateral military intervention, will not only foster better regional relations but also facilitate China's New Economic Silk Road: a high-speed rail infrastructure network that is already under construction throughout Eurasia. Moreover, Iran, a nation with the fourth largest declared reserves of oil and gas deposits in the Middle East is also likely to join the SCO in 2016 offering an alternative route for commerce and trade in the Middle East.

That the US Empire, an unholy alliance of countries who are members of the G7, NATO and the OECD, have proven they are ineffective and irrelevant is no longer in doubt.

What is in doubt is just how much longer the people will tolerate their incompetence.

Incompetence in high office is optional, not obligatory.
Ann-Marie de Veer