Last month the UK Defense Secretary Gavin Williamson claimed that a Russian attack on the UK’s critical infrastructure could cause “thousands and thousands and thousands of deaths”. This comes on top of Prime Minister Theresa May accusing Moscow of military aggression and Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson saying there was evidence showing Russian meddling in Western elections. Then we have once respected newspapers like the Guardian, which in the aftermath of the Snowden revelations in 2013 has become a CIA tool pumping out childish propaganda. They’re like five-year-olds on LSD, and it’s all part of the wave of Russophobia that’s sweeping the western world, Russophobia that’s starting to make 1950s McCarthyism look like a boy scout’s outing. In a similar vein, this week there’s been yet another demolition job on Jeremy Corbyn, with the likes of the Sun and the Daily Mail accusing him of helping Czechoslovakia to spy on Britain during the Cold War:
These accusations were of course quickly debunked by numerous sources. Comrade Corbyn himself made quite a good job of rebuffing this latest smear campaign:
In the last few days The Sun, The Mail, The Telegraph and The Express have gone a little bit James Bond.
We've got news for the billionaire, tax exile press barons: Change is coming. pic.twitter.com/3ehSKfaAgZ
— Jeremy Corbyn (@jeremycorbyn) February 20, 2018
You have to go to the other side of the Pond to see all this madness in full bloom. There’s a joke doing the rounds at the moment about the Rachel Maddow Show, which goes: if you take a shot of vodka everytime Maddow mentions Russia you’ll be dead in 20 minutes. Then we have Robert Mueller’s investigation into Trump & Co’s supposed collusion with the Russians, the latest of which is so pathetic that I can’t even be bothered going into it here.
I’m trying to make light of this new McCarthyism but of course there’s a very serious and dangerous aspect to it all when a nation – or at least, a section of a nation – goes quite literally insane. As examples of this you could point to the Nazis in Germany, the Cultural Revolution in China or the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia. With regard to this new McCarthyism it’s amazing how intelligent, once rational people get swept-up in it (and I know quite a few in my own little orbit). Even the likes of Bernie Sanders are not immune. The hysteria, the madness is like an infection. The bottom line here is that you don’t know what these lunatics are going to do next. The NATO encroachment on Russia’s borders and the situation in Syria are bad enough, but in my humble opinion it’s China that’s the biggest worry. In a post last November I was banging on about the petro-yuan and the Shanghai International Energy Exchange, in which countries will be able to trade oil in the Chinese yuan currency. At the time it was thought that the Shanghai International Energy Exchange would open for business in December, but instead they carried out another dry run of the system. However, there’s now recently been an official announcement by the Chinese government saying that the petro-yuan will be up and running next month. This will mean the demise of the petro-dollar, and without the petro-dollar the US of A is effectively fucked (all of the world’s oil is currently traded in dollars, which gives the USA tremendous financial clout). Some experts say that it will take a long time for the petro-yuan to overtake the petrodollar. Such opinion might be propaganda. Who knows? It seems certain that the likes of Russia, Iran, and Venezuela – who are some of the world’s biggest oil producers – will switch to the petro-yuan. Also, many are predicting that the schitzo economic system in the West is on the verge of collapsing again. If that happens what effect will it have on whether producers trade oil in dollars or yuan?
The petro-yuan will mean the end of American hegemony and the psychos in Washington, all swept up in the new McCarthyism, will do anything to prevent it, including a full scale war with China. The Lunatic-in-Chief has already threatened to incinerate 23 million North Koreans. These McCarthyite people are all totally mad. The world can only hope that the USA undergoes a Soviet-style collapse and things will settle out relatively peacefully. The signs of such a collapse are already quite stark.
Sleep well tonight.