Never Mind the Quality – Feel The Width! A British Sit-Com of Two Tailors. A Jew & An Irish Catholic.
Posted on September 7th, 2015
Prof. Hudson McLean
An apt parallel to analyse the politics in Sri Lanka in a Global Theatre. However, this is No Situation Comedy, but a Real Global Control Exercise by One Player.
Are the Global powerhouses trying to make the Mixed Pickle into a Sweet & Sour, or Spicy & Hot, or a Mango Chutney, or even a Mind-boggling Sinhala Achcharu? Such side dishes are meant to facilitate the appetite. Likewise, the current scenario is certainly creating Confusion & Control, whilst creating significant appetite and opportunity to a selected few.
In this vast Board Game of Politics, revolves primarily in Middle East & in Asia, where there are only Three Players of any Significance. ie: USA as the Key Player with China – Russia as Supporting Actors.
The next rung are Pawns of minor Significance, ie: India-Singapore.
The Main Reason.
The Expanded & Widened Suez Canal gives Strategic Prominence and potential Commercial Bucks to Asia in general and to Sri Lanka in particular! And India would like a piece of the pie, at the expense of China.
Commercial & Military (Offensive – Defensive) Sea Lanes of Suez through Malacca Straits to Oriental Asia, where Singapore is the King of the Road.
Sri Lanka has always been “The Strategic Sparkle” of the Indian Ocean, now with higher importance due to US$8,5bn Expanded Suez Canal, funds raised ‘independently’ through Investment Certificates issued by National Bank of Egypt, Banque Misr, Banque Du Caire, and Suez Canal Bank.
Financial Interests to Sri Lanka – Singapore – India.
With the widening of Suez Canal means, the current Suez Canal revenues of US$5 billion would rocket to US$13.5 billion by 2023, as forecast (Reuters).
That revenue stream follows the Tuna Belt, off the Coast of Sri Lanka.
The low-IQ Gang of Three, currently enjoying the Governance of Sri Lanka, sadly have not realised the potential political-economic Bonanza, which they have kicked-under-the-Indian rug, simply for their own short-term, short-sighted personal gain. Fools with No Horses!
Beneficiaries of the Dynamic Increase of Traffic.
An increase of US$8.5 bn in eight (8) years?
That’s a damn good Pie in any language!
The commercial sea-freight and strategic military flow will be a boon to the main geographical points, Sri Lanka & Singapore, where India has now entered by applying “brakes or breaks” on Sri Lankan-Chinese development & co-operatiion.
However, with the impending Indian entry, the loss of trade to Singapore is marginal with the super-efficiency and lack of corrupt practices of professional Singapore management talent.
Bunker Fuel sales will still keep Singapore as the Global Number One, for years to come. The current Sri Lankan government has already handed Indians, the Key to control of South Asia Maritime dominance, by thwarting the Chinese away from Colombo.
Uncle Sam is now in cosy comfort cuddling Aunty India in the South Asia region.
Furthermore, Singapore maintains its Balance tilted towards the West, through its strong connections with USA and a tacit friendly touch with China.
And Singapore Rules the Roost in the ASEAN pile.
Russian Move to Crimea & the Needling of BRICS.
The Russian Rapid Reaction to retake the absolute control of Crimea, in order to keep the Peninsular away from NATO-USA axis, was thwarted by the financial stock-market crash of China, during August 2015, which would weaken the Russian dreams of gaining Chinese markets to balance its losses caused by the Western markets Trade Embargo.
The formation of BRICS, the Union of Brazil-Russia-India-China-South Africa, as a Trade-Political centre-piece which added a Regional Financial Dimension as an option to the World Bank dominance, did upset the pride of USA. The Chinese stock-market hick-up may slow-down several economic considerations with Russian Far East, and as well as, might slow-down the Russian Natural Gas sales to China. This is a triple whammy on Russian budget recovery.
In any case Russia, still suffering from a post Soviet-USSR hangover, has never demonstrated a Grand Visionary Strategy to counter the American Global Creativity. The Oligarchs are continuously draining the Russian economy, and enjoy the Sun-Sea-Sail in their billion dollar mega-yachts.
Now the Buckle which held the Pants in the BRICS Belt is Unbuckled!
Control of Sri Lanka by India.
In one fell-swoop, somehow the Western strategy crippled China & Russia, giving a leg-up to India, in her dreams of gaining points over China. Thus any Regime Change in Sri Lanka, to upset the current balance, might create serious possibility with India taking control of the Island, with the blessing of USA, by creating Civil Unrest and with reasons to Protect Minority Tamils, parallel to Russian take-over of Crimea. The Sinhala electorate was “hood-winked” by the Indian RAW using the Gang of Three, as Pawns.
With China, temporarily disabled, and blocked-out-of-Sri Lanka, the only possible options for Sri Lanka is to gain political & military co-operation of Russia & Pakistan.
However, with the current Sri Lankan Regime well under the control of USA through its Indian-RAW, this is highly unlikely. Any moves by Russia, Pakistan, China to support opposing Sinhala factions might draw the Americans to move in their Naval Fleet to support India.
And the current ill-educated President of Sri Lanka, with a weak vertebral column, now being coached by the Indian RAW and heavily supported by USA-CIA, to continue to extend his Term, is the ideal Stooge, It is rumoured that Erik Solheim and Rudrakumar have held telephone discussions on potential strategy.
The dream of the Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesingha to “sleeve-into” the Presidential Seat, during the next five years, in a democratic manner, will remain a distant probability. The tables have changed, the Controllers are now being Controlled by an American-Indian Stooge.
The ex-President CBK is classified more as a redundant kitchen help, will be left to enjoy her sunset years with her grandchildren.
The “Will” of Indian RAW & USA shall Find-a “Way” to maintain the status quo.
With more Indian Tamils carving into the Sri Lanka Government VVIP Slots, and hordes of potential Tamil supporters moving into the Sri Lankan Tamil North and the North East, the take-over of Sri Lanka by India, may be compared with the Russian take-over of Crimea, in a passive gentle manner.
Dismantle the Chinese Hold on Africa – The China Syndrome.
USA has been getting stomach cramps due to the Chinese control of Africa, with Chinese investments in the natural resources, mineral and a vast potential market.
The recent visit of the First African-American President Barack Obama with his family, to his native Kenya, created immense goodwill between Africa & USA. However one trip by an outgoing Black President is no match for Permanent Missions grounded by the slinky Chinese industrial & financial might.
Hence an attempt by Invisible Powers exerted to weaken the Chinese financial clout, was a success, albeit, a short-term temporary one. The Chinese funding and lending trillions, depending on the trading currency and the TOC, might have differing effect on the borrowers.
European Union Control through Confusion.
The fighting of Cats & Dogs now Restrained.
Furthermore, in a carefully spun strategy, USA has brought the entire European Union (EU) under a blanket of Terrorism, created due to Regime Change in the oil exporting countries, of Iraq-Libya-Nigeria, and severe unrest in Syria and Horn of Africa, with a multiple hit of initiating million Migrant Refugees exodus stampeding into EU.
It is alleged that amongst the Migrant Refugees are serious contingents of ISIS trained terrorists, let loose into EU. Whilst keeping the EU governments under pressure with Humanitarian based publicity, ISIS terror-cells may create distractions by initiating their “lone-wolf” terrorist attacks in major capitals of Europe.
Hard hit by economic distress, surging unemployment, added to one million Migrant Refugees with a “Dollop of Terror”, would keep the Circus Rolling.
The economic recovery of UK-Germany-France may take a few decades, with a surging Muslim population overpowering the Christian Europe.
It is relevant to Note that, the EU reluctance to allow the entry of Turkey into EU membership, was largely to keep a Muslim Turkey out-of Christian EU.
Ironically, due the influx of Muslim Refugee Migrants into EU, without Travel Restrictions within 27 Schengen countries, may enter the affluent Baltics & Nordic countries and create a Muslim majority, with a possible introduction of Sharia Law, in the foreseeable future.
Under the guise of the Russian threat to the Baltic States Poland & Ukraine, the USA Defense has moved in some of their ground troops and fighter jets to the region.
Has USA by Default, facilitated the entry of ISIS Terror into EU in order to Rule the Roost?
Thus the control of UK-Germany-France is complete.
The rest of Europe is insignificant & redundant.
Russia is kept in-check with severe economic discomfort from Moscow to Vladivostok.
USA Moves into GCC by Default.
The sheer fright of ISIS Terror has brought the Co-operation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf (GCC), comprising of the dictatorial States of Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates, crawling on their knees, into the arms of USA.
Furthermore, most likely, under the influence of USA, the Entire Arab World, especially the GCC, have flatly refused to accommodate the Arab-Muslim-Islamic Migrant Refugees!
Thus increased pressure and control on both EU and GCC, under the auspices of the trigger-happy Uncle Sam!
With a Great Walls of Water, the Pacific & the Atlantic Oceans, a friendly stable Canada, a possible Donald Trump gaining the Presidency and building a Wall-on-Mexican border, USA will be a safer country, except for the trigger-happy Police.
The morning Diabetic Blood Glucose Test with LankaWeb.
One of the “Fasting Sugar Level” monitors is the Social Media such as FaceBook, Twitter, Google+ and the Heart-Rate Monitor – LankaWeb, and checks the Pulse in Sri Lanka.
LankaWeb has its main flow of excellent scribes, who give a reasonably accurate, yet slightly wire-balanced, view of the political ambiance of Sri Lanka.
The list published by LankaWeb on the right-hand column, gives the list of main Contributors, of which in my opinion, HLD Mahindapala ranks Number One, whose publications are Factual, Current, Reader friendly, although slightly in favour, and correctly biased, towards ex-President Mahinda Rajapaksa, whom I regard as the best Leader of Sri Lanka since Independence.
A high degree of Patriotism is generally visual in the content of Ms Shenali Waduge, with the odd prejudicial stab at the Christian-Catholic Sinhala.
Why LankaWeb? An Opinion!
During the past many years, LankaWeb has become an important medium to check the Pulse of Sri Lanka. The main contributors have chosen a Direct Drive into Patriotism, with some brickbats from the Tamil supported opposition.
The Gallery of Commentators are generally polite, driving their opinions in a civilised manner, whilst there are a few with a basic-to-low IQ (below 80), who do not comprehend what they read, and write off-course. In this day & age, with Auto Correct facility, spelling should not occur, however the grammatical errors might be acceptable.
How a Tiny Little Drop of an Island Enters the Global Power Politics.
Compared to the global giants in Power Politics, Sri Lanka may be compared to the “David” of Goliath fame.
As a “David”, Sri Lanka could have been a non-aligned, non-aggressive, independent, peaceful Asset to Global Power brokers, as a Services Provider.
An abundant enthusiastic educated low cost work force, strategic access to Middle East, Asia and Africa, is an ideal location.
The Island does not require any control from any major power, since the overall population is traditionally friendly, peaceful, non-violent and generally well educated. Therefore the current alignment towards India, driven by the Gang of Three, is an unwanted liability.
The earlier relationship with the Chinese was more of an economic necessity, than a political bond. Furthermore, the Chinese were not a threat in any way or form.
Therefore, whilst the intelligent younger generation ponders into the global repercussions, might consider serious options on a possible change of the tracks which are now being used to Drive the Sri Lankan Train, in the wrong direction. Should the political options offer little hope, Sri Lanka must have one potential leader within the twenty million population to lead a People’s Revolution to Stop the Rot.
Hopefully, Sri Lankan politics have hidden talent and political leadership material, to balance the loss of ex-President Mahinda Rajapaksa who ponders relaxed retirement. Ideally, “Heavens Forbid” this new leadership material should not be from the families of next-generations of ex-leaders, who plundered Sri Lanka.
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