On Sunday - May 21, 2023 - the G7 countries comprising the US, Britain, France, Germany, Italy, Canada (All member states of NATO) plus Japan concluded their annual summit in Hiroshima Japan.
The group, all former colonial powers with the exception of Canada, at the end of their ‘summit’, came out swinging like cowboys in a ‘B’ Grade American movie of the US ‘Wild West’.
The G7 also took a swipe at Russia by inviting Ukraine’s leader to the summit.
As though they still ruled the waves and waived the rules, British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak claimed China posed the greatest challenge of our age, to global security and prosperity. He added China was “increasingly authoritarian at home and abroad”.
What exactly is the global security and prosperity Sunak is referring to? We cannot but remember the British and the French bombing Libya and their role in the toppling of Libyan ruler Muammar al-Ghaddafi.
At the time Libya was one of the Middle East’s most developed states. According to the Borgen Project, during the Ghaddafi era, education was compulsory but completely free of charge. The government-funded studying abroad if certain educational programmes could not be accessed within the country. Students in tertiary, or higher education programmes were widely accessible in Libya.
Libya’s citizens enjoyed unparalleled access to education and the literacy rate rose from 25% to 87%. Since the British and French intervention toppled the Libyan regime, the country has been turned into a failed State with no functioning government.
According to a CNN report, Libya’s oil sector is in disarray, with little clarity on who really is in control of the nation’s most valuable resource. The report adds Western States are trying to regain a foothold.
Similarly, in March 2003 the US invaded Iraq on a blatantly false charge that Iraq possessed Weapons of Mass Destruction, which were a threat to the US. In the aftermath of the US invasion, according to a ‘Brown University’ report, there have been between 280,771 and 315,190 Iraqi civilians killed by direct violence.
A report by the United Nations University reveals that Iraqi schools and universities were bombed and destroyed under occupation. The National Institute for Health estimated 12 health facilities were bombed, stormed, or attacked by American forces and suicide bombers. The US withdrew from Iraq in 2011. But Iraq is still in turmoil with numerous armed/religious groups fighting each other to control the country.
Is this the security Sunak wants to protect? The aforementioned CNN report gives the G7/NATO game away. The aim of the interventions was to ‘regain control of the resources of that country.
NATO’s plan to weaken Russia by drawing Ukraine into the NATO fold and sanctioning the sale of Russian oil and gas backfired badly. Russia’s sales of petroleum products have reached new heights. China has increased purchases. Even US allies, India and Saudi Arabia have increased purchases of the Russian resource.
The Russian economy has not only withstood sanctions, today Russia, China and India have stopped using the US dollar as a currency of exchange with each other.
In its report on May 22, BBC emphasized, for the G7 China will prove more difficult, as via trade their economies have become inextricably dependent on China. However, the G7 is attempting to use Taiwan as a pawn in their conflict with China, as Ukraine became the NATO cat’s-paw in its confrontation with Russia.
The present rulers of Japan seem to have forgotten the US used their country and people as guinea pigs to live test nuclear weapons during the final days of World War II. The G7 is pushing Japan into a confrontation with China over the status of Taiwan and numerous disputed islands in the Pacific.
The US also continues to attempt to draw India too into the imbroglio. Fortunately, India has opted for a nonaligned stance and has emphatically stated that China and India are capable of sorting out differences.
President Wickremesinghe put the issue in perspective in his dissertation at the anniversary celebration of the BMICH saying, “...we should continue to maintain the unity in Asia...”. He added “Only the countries of the Indian Ocean have not experienced disharmony in the global power struggle.
“With the ambition of becoming world powers, some groups have undermined the unity between the countries of the Pacific Ocean and dragged them into a state of war. We must work together to prevent this from happening to the Indian Ocean”.
Punchi Wednesday, 24 May 2023 08:01 AM
The majority Shia Iraqis are happy that the country Iraq was taken from the minority Sunnirulers and given majority Shia. In Libya there was mass killings by Gaddafi and the uprising to remove him was predominantly local. In fact I attended the same college in UK as Libyans and the lecturers said to me that they were not interested much in studying when compared to students from Brunei doing the same course. We Shingalese are also colonializers and destroyers of the North which was historically seperate and bequeathed to us in good faith by the British
L de Silva Wednesday, 24 May 2023 10:52 AM
@ Punchi, what an absolutely ignorant, frog in the well comment! Obviously alleged exposure to a university of the colonial masters have played havoc with your brain cells! Can't seem to see anything further than the end of your nose, when attempting to speak on behalf of civilizations destroyed by barbaric NEO COLONIAL Western Forces, gung-ho on destroying developed economies and populations of the South! Can go on but bet it'll be lost on one such as you, blinded by Slavish White Mentality!!
European Wednesday, 24 May 2023 10:41 AM
Two wrong does not make a right. And why don't you write about other wrongs for a change? For instance the warm welcomed return for Assad in the Arabic League or the Russian facilitation of chemical weapons on civilians in Syria, or the brutal interference in Yemen by Saudi Arabia, or the dictatorship in Iran, the Taliban, Uyghurs Genocide, Rohinya Genocide, etc.
L de Silva Wednesday, 24 May 2023 10:54 AM
Excellent Editorial by the Editor! Considering the failed policies of the West that are forced upon the nations of the South, with a gun pointed to the head! Hardly dissimilar to the policies followed by the Colonial Masters!
Brit Wednesday, 24 May 2023 11:29 AM
L. De Silva: still talking about the colonial masters? That was 80 years ago. Great Britain left Sri Lanka in good order. What happened in your own country since then?Grow up and move on. Don't blame others for your own mess.
Sokrates Wednesday, 24 May 2023 12:37 PM
Why isn't the truth about Russia and China reported here. It is true that Russia has sold far more oil since the sanctions. However, profits from oil sales have fallen by 43 percent as Russia has to sell its oil well below price. Saudi buys oil from Russia because it is cheaper than producing its own oil. The largest tanker fleets also belong to companies in Europe. These participate in the sanctions, so Russia also has big problems shipping its oil. That means the oil sanctions are working. The sanctions in other areas are also having a major impact. Russia already has to sell part of its gold reserves and cannot repair its military equipment, let alone manufacture new ones, since technical components can no longer be imported. Russia is waging a brutal war of aggression against Ukraine with 150,000 dead so far, 100,000 of which are attributable to Russian forces. China is responsible for the deaths of millions of people. From Tibet to Mao's purges to now the Uyghurs.
Punchi Wednesday, 24 May 2023 01:29 PM
According to migrationwatch.uk18% of those trying to get into Britain illegally by boat are Indians. They are among, Pakistanis, Afghans, Syrians, Somalis, Syrians, Iraqis, Iranians etc fleeing their failed paradises trying to get into Britain which supposedly treated their peoples badly
Punchi Wednesday, 24 May 2023 01:35 PM
Two senior commissioners in British colonial Singapore were Ceylon Tamils. Also I met a Ceylon Tamil in Malaysia who told me his cars were Mercedes Benz’s to the envy of his British managers. In our paradise we would have torched the car
Pukka Sahib Wednesday, 24 May 2023 04:14 PM
@ Punchi You seem to assume a lot and is filled with an inexplicable hatred for SL! Yet keep following the news in this country and commenting ad nauseam!! It's also apparent that you like to boast where you have been and whom you have met and where you have allegedly had some inglorious education which doesn't seem to reflect well in your ignorant comments here!! Pretentions can only get you so far, you see!! :D :D
Punchi Thursday, 25 May 2023 08:28 AM
@Pukka Sahib, you are applying the first tenet of attack ie vilification, dehumanisation and belittling. Look at where the application of this has got us after 70 years of independence, we are at the bottom in Asia dependent of handouts. Google BJP dignity Dr Vijay Jolly Muliyavaikal 2023 anniversary together. He is now working to dissuade Indian tourists visiting Lanka. We maybe loosing in the international arena without realising it.
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