by Pepe Escobar
May 06, 2019
veteran Brazilian journalist,
the correspondent-at-large for
latest book is "2030."
has conveniently forgotten
original, Ancient Silk Road
with the Roman
empire for centuries
– with no
interlopers outside of Eurasia,
Once upon a time, deep into the night in selected campfires across
the deserts of Southwest Asia, I used to tell
a fable about the eagle, the
bear and the dragon - much to the amusement of my Arab and
It was about how, in the young 21st century,
...had taken their
(furry) gloves off and engaged in what turned out to be Cold War
As we approach the end of the second decade of this already
incandescent century, perhaps it's fruitful to upgrade the fable.
With all due respect to
Jean de la Fontaine, excuse me
while I kiss the (desert) sky again.
Long gone are the days when a frustrated bear repeatedly offered to
cooperate with the eagle and its minions on a burning question:
The bear repeatedly
argued that the deployment of interceptor missiles and radars in
that land of the blind leading the blind -
Europe - was a threat.
The eagle repeatedly
argued that this is to protect us from those rogue Persians.
Now the eagle - claiming the dragon is getting an easy ride - has
torn down every treaty in sight and is bent on deploying nuclear
missiles in selected eastern parts of
the land of the blind leading the blind,
essentially targeting the bear.
Dragon bridge, Ljubljana.
Glitters is Silk
Roughly two decades after what top bear Putin defined as "the
greatest geopolitical catastrophe of the 20th century",
he proposed a form of USSR light:
body called the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU).
The idea was to have the
EAEU interact with the EU... the top institution of the motley crew
congregated as the blind leading the blind.
The eagle not only rejected the possible integration; it came up
with a modified color revolution scenario to unplug Ukraine from the
Even earlier than that, the eagle had wanted to set up a New Silk
Road under its total control. The eagle had conveniently
forgotten that the
original Ancient Silk Road, linked
the dragon with the Roman empire for centuries - with no interlopers
outside of Eurasia.
So one can imagine the eagle's stupor when the dragon irrupted on
the global stage with its own super-charged
New Silk Roads - upgrading the bear
original idea of a free trade area "from Lisbon to Vladivostok" to a
multi-connectivity corridor, terrestrial and maritime, from eastern
China to western Europe and everything in between, spanning the
whole of Eurasia.
Facing this new paradigm the blind, well, remained blind for as long
as anyone could remember... they simply could not get their act
The eagle, meanwhile, was incrementally raising the stakes. It
launched what amounted for all practical purposes to a progressively
weaponized encirclement of the dragon.
The eagle made a series of moves that amount to inciting nations
bordering the South China Sea to antagonize the dragon, while
repositioning an array of toys - nuclear submarines, aircraft
carriers, fighter jets - closer and closer to the dragon's
All the time, what the dragon saw - and continues to see - is a
battered eagle trying to muscle its way out of
an irreversible decline by
trying to intimidate, isolate and sabotage the dragon's
irreversible ascent back to where it has been for 18 of the
past 20 centuries; enthroned as the king of the jungle.
A key vector is that Eurasia-wide players know that under the new
laws of the jungle the dragon simply can't - and won't - be reduced
to the status of a supporting actor.
And Eurasia-wide players
are too smart to embark on a Cold War 2.0 that will undermine
The eagle's reaction to the dragon's New Silk strategy took
some time to swing from inaction to outright demonization -
complementing the joint description of both the dragon and the bear
as existential threats...
And yet, for all the spinning crossfire, Eurasia-wide players are
not exactly impressed anymore with an eagle empire armed to its
teeth. Especially after the eagle's crest was severely damaged by
failure upon hunting failure in,
Eagle aircraft carriers
patrolling the eastern part of
Mare Nostrum are not exactly
scaring the bear,
the Persians and
James Audubon and His Journal,
published in 1899 in the Public Domain.
A "reset" between the eagle and the bear was always a myth.
It took some time - and
much financial distress - for the bear to realize there won't be any
reset, while the dragon only saw a reset towards open confrontation.
After establishing itself, slowly but surely, as the most advanced
military power on the planet, with hypersonic know-how, the bear
came to a startling conclusion:
we don't care anymore
about what the eagle says - or does...
Meanwhile, the dragon kept expanding, inexorably, across all Asian
latitudes as well as Africa, Latin America and even across the
unemployment-infested pastures of the austerity-hit blind leading
The dragon is firmly assured that, if cornered to the point of
resorting to a nuclear option, it holds the power to make the
eagle's staggering deficit explode, degrade its credit rating to
junk, and wreak havoc in the global financial system.
No wonder the eagle, under an all-enveloping paranoid cloud of
cognitive dissonance, feeding state propaganda 24/7 to its subjects
and minions, keeps spewing out lava like a raging volcano,
sanctions to a great deal of the planet
regime change wet dreams
launching a total
energy embargo against the Persians
"war on terra"
punish like a Bat Out Of Intel Hell
any journalist, publisher or whistleblower
revealing its inner machinations...
It hurts, so bad, to
admit that the political/economic center of a new multipolar world
will be Asia - actually
As the eagle got more and more threatening, the bear and the dragon
got closer and closer in their strategic partnership.
Now both bear and dragon
have too many strategic links across the planet to be intimidated by
the eagle's massive Empire of Bases or those periodic
coalitions of the (somewhat reluctant) willing...
Friedrich Johann Justin Bertuch,
mythical creature dragon, 1806.
To match comprehensive, in-progress Eurasia integration, of which
the New Silk Roads are the graphic symbol, the eagle's fury,
unleashed, has nothing to offer - except rehashing a war against
Islam coupled with the weaponized cornering of both bear
Then there's Persia - those master chess players.
The eagle has been
gunning for the Persians ever since they got rid of the eagle's
proconsul, the Shah, in 1979 - and this after the eagle and
Albion had already smashed
democracy to place the Shah, who made Saddam look like
Gandhi, in power in 1953.
The eagle wants all that oil and natural gas back - not to mention a
new Shah as the new gendarme of the Persian Gulf. The difference is
now the bear and the dragon are saying 'No Way'...
What is the eagle to
Set up the false flag
to end all false flags?
This is where we stand
And once again, we reach
the end - though not the endgame. There's still no moral to
this revamped fable. We continue to suffer the slings and arrows of
Our only, slim hope is
that a bunch of Hollow Men obsessed by the 'Second
Coming' won't turn Cold War 2.0 into Armageddon...
PROPHESY TO THE BEAR, THE EAGLE AND THE DRAGON
Daughter prophesy to the Bear the Eagle and the Dragon,
to the Bear the shrewd warrior, you are prepared you
have aligned your friends, you have stepped to the front
placed your warriors in areas to best serve your
purpose, YOU are the STRONGEST, prophesy to the Eagle
YOU HAVE forgotten the lessons of past, you have not
locked your gates, your enemies will use this
opportunity to cause chaos inside your borders, you are
the WEAKEST, prophesy to the dragon, you have worked in
the night, you have friended the bear in secret, you are
the most DANGEROUS…, THE PEOPLES OF THE WORLD HAVE NO
IDEA WHAT YOU HAVE BEEN PLANNING FOR THEM, SO RIGHT NOW
your own people cry day and night, to me my VOICE WILL
ECHO LIKE THUNDER, MY FOOTSTEPS WILL BREAK THE LANDS
INTO PIECES, BEHOLD, A WAR IS COMING TO YOU, AND THE
BEAR, THE EAGLE AND THE DRAGON, WILL MARCH.
YOU HEAR THE DRUMS?