by Pepe Escobar
in the Strait of Hormuz on April 30, 2019.
There is concern about a blockade of the Strait
and the disastrous impact that could have
on the price of oil and world financial markets.
AFP / Atta Kenare
it could send the price of oil soaring
and cause a
As usual, at least
two-thirds were European decision-makers, with the rest coming from
...a lofty endeavor that
can be interpreted either as the making of a
New World Order or just a benign
effort by selfless elites to guide mankind to enlightenment.
Antisthenes would argue that
these items constitute precisely the nuts and bolts of the New World
It was Castries at the
Institut Montaigne who "invented" Macron - that
perfect lab experiment of a mergers and acquisitions banker serving
the establishment by posing as a progressive.
What matters, from
Bilderberg's perspective, is that the European Parliament will
continue to be run by a pseudo-Left that keeps defending the
destruction of the nation-state.
The derivatives clock
Blocking the Strait could cut off oil and gas from Iraq, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar and Iran - 20% of the world's oil.
There has been some
debate on whether this could occur - whether the US Fifth Fleet,
which is stationed nearby, could stop Tehran doing this and if Iran,
which has anti-ship missiles on its territory along the northern
border of the Persian Gulf, would go that far.
These showed that in the
case of the Strait of Hormuz being shut down, whatever the reason,
Iran has the power to hammer the world financial system, by causing
global trade in derivatives to be blown apart.
Others suggest it is $1.2
quadrillion or more...
An Iranian Navy warship
is seen in the Strait of Hormuz on April 30,
amid talk that Tehran may block the Strait
if relations with the US plunge further.
Photo: AFP / Atta Kenare
And yet General Qasem Soleimani, head of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps' Quds Force and a Pentagon bête noire, evoked it in internal Iranian discussions.
The information was duly
circulated to France, Britain and Germany, the
EU-3 members of the Iran nuclear deal (or Joint Comprehensive
Plan of Action -
JCPOA), also causing a panic.
Trump's former Goldman
Sachs Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin should know as much.
According to the American source:
And that brings us to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's long, non-scheduled stop in Switzerland, on the Bilderberg's fringes, just because he's a,
Yet any well-informed cuckoo clock would register he badly needed to assuage the fears of the trans-Atlantic elites, apart from his behind-closed-doors meetings with the Swiss, who are representing Iran in communications with Washington.
After weeks of ominous
threats to Iran, the US said "no preconditions" would be set on
talks with Tehran, and this was issued from Swiss soil.
China draws its lines
in the sand
Geo-poetic justice rules
that virtually at the same time, China was delivering a powerful
message - to East and West - at the
Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore.
As much as Bilderberg,
Shangri-La discusses "relevant security issues".
discusses the near future - when China may be actually
ruling the world.
By then everyone had
forgotten what Acting US Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan
had said the day before, accusing Huawei to be too close to Beijing
and posing a security risk to the "international community".
Shangri-La is at least transparent.
As for Bilderberg, there won't be any leaks on what the 'Masters' of the Universe told Western elites about,
At least the Pentagon has
made no secret, even before Shangri-La, that Russia and China must
be contained at all costs - and the European vassals
must toe the line.
Rumors that he spent all
his time breathlessly plugging his "reverse Nixon" - seduce Russia
to contain China - may be vastly overstated...