• "God invented war so Americans could learn geography" -- Mark Twain.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Rambo's Global Rampage

Germany has expelled the CIA bureau chief in Berlin after it was revealed that it had “turned” a second German security official into a U.S. spy.

The events in Germany follow upon last week's decision by the United States to punish France’s BNP Paribas with a $9 billion fine  and a one yearn ban on dollar-trades for helping counties like Iran, Sudan, and Cuba process $30 billion in transactions which are illegal under U.S. law. 

As if that were not draconian enough, President Vladimir Putin accused the U.S. of seeking to blackmail France into scrapping a contract to sell Mistral warships to Russia by offering to cut a record  fine against BNP.   Since France did not cancel the sale the fine was imposed.  [1]

French banks are not the only victims of Unilateral States justice. The U.S. is  also fining major European banks in Switzerland,  Germany and the UK for violating U.S. law, as if sovereign nations were mere ordinary schmucks under the U.S. boot.   [ 2 ]

This has led the French government to call for breaking the monopoly the dollar has on international transactions.   Michel Sapin, the French finance minister,  called for a “rebalancing” of the currencies used for global payments, saying the BNP Paribas case should “make us realize the necessity of using a variety of currencies.”  Sapin said,  "We [Europeans] are selling to ourselves in dollars, ... Is that necessary? I don’t think so."  [ 3 ]

It is hardly news that the United States is intoxicated with its own power.  How could it be otherwise since the assertion, a decade ago, of the unilateral right to preemptively attack anyone anywhere?  The almost daily reports of some domestic or international, military or economic excess has become monotonously tiresome.  What is surprising is that it has taken European nations so long to wake up and that they finally do appear to be waking up to the fact that the U.S. is insane.

"Dans un monde où la nouvelle économie américaine s’est construite sur le pillage, par les Etats-Unis, des droits incorporels et des données personnelles en Europe et où l’antienne n’était pas ennemie de pratiques corruptives, les Etats-Unis de la manifest destiny (« destinée manifeste » qui prête une mission civilisatrice à l’Amérique) et du puritanisme (cette version anglo-saxonne du protestantisme revu par les hommes de loi), prodiguent les sanctions aux entreprises européennes d’une façon de plus en plus effrénée."  [4]

Et je m’en fous si vous ne le comprenez pas.