Can Britain Dodge Being Dragged Into N. Korean War?

Britain has been America’s principle ally and shared the role of global peacekeeper since the end of World War Two. With the major powers of east and west closer to open conflict than at any time since the 1960s as US provocation of Russia in the middle east and Ukraine and of China in South East Asia has raised tension to the point at which a small error could trigger some very big bangs, once more there is a strong possibility the USA will call on Britain to legitimize another regime change adventure.
Could Britain’s government formally refuse Donald Trump’s call for help in waging war against North Korea, so long as Kim Jong-un does not strike Hawaii or the US mainland. It is after all not our fight, we have recently responded to calls for support in Syria, Libya, Iraq and South Sudan, even though that support has often taken the form of deploying a token force.

Britain’s membership of NATO does not automatically oblige us to participate in a conflict between Trump’s America and Kim’s North Korea, even if the latter attacks US military bases in the Pacific. Although Article 5 of the North Atlantic Treaty states that an attack on one NATO member is an act of aggression against the entire military alliance, the application of this provision is limited only to attacks on member states’ territories in North America, Europe and the Atlantic.

Consequently, if Kim’s warheads strike US military bases in the Pacific, the US could ask for Britain’s assistance, but cannot formally compel the UK and other NATO allies to join the military efforts against North Korea.

There is a precedent of course. When asked to support the war in Vietnam, the then Prime Minister Harold Wilson refused, saying he had doubts about the legitimacy of the war because the North Vietnamese had not posed any threat to the USA and under the terms of the United Nations Charter the North Vietnamese had a right to self determination, even if that meant a communist regime taking power, an outcome that was anathema to Washington.

Britain itself suffered from the limited scope of Article 5 in the early 1980s, when the caveat prevented then-Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher from invoking NATO’s collective self-defense provision over the Argentinian invasion of the Falklands.

Article 5 has only been invoked on one occasion: after the terrorist attacks in New York and Washington on 9/11, 2001.

The US, however, may exercise informal pressure to ensure Britain’s support in the military confrontation with Kim’s regime.

The UK’s impending withdrawal from the EU will, according to some foreign policy pundits,  make Britan more dependent for on its transatlantic partner, as evidenced by British PM Theresa May’s plans for an extensive trade treaty with the US, which may mitigate the negative economic effects of Brexit. However, once unconstrained by suffocating EU bureaucracy, Britain will be free to negotiate trade deals with anybody and many nations including China and India are eager to trade with us. Bullying on trade might not give Washington as much leverage as they would like.

Consequently, Britain may be unwilling to permanently damage the so-called “special relationship” with the US by failing to back up its key ally in the war against North Korea, especially if the latter acts as an aggressor. We can only hope that as previously reported, the intervention of Russia and China may once again avert an escalation of the crisis into full scale conflict.

The Killer Joke

I hear that Cameroink is vacillating about joining the attack on ISIS in Syria, torn between his desire to keep his tongue up Obama’s arse and the growing feeling of heaviness in his lower bowel as he contemplates the likely consequences of pissing of Russia’s Vladimir Putin and China’s President Xi Jinping.

What Cameron needs is a weapon that will frighten ISIS so much they will surrender, without looking as if it is being used to bring down the Assad regime which is supported by Russia and China.

Something like this for example:

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World War Three For Dummies (and Dhimmis?)

If you have up to now been one of those people who shouts “CONSPIRACY THEORY” whn someone uses the phrase ‘New World Order’ reading this piece will have you begging the Conspiracy Theorists to save you arse.

World War Three For Dummies

Powerful elites and influential think tanks forecast a coming period of American aggression. Zbigniew Brzezinski speaks for the Globalist faction of the western PRC (Predatory Ruling Class) in ‘The Grand Chessboard’, a book in which he openly advocates for bolder American action in dominating the Eurasian land mass.

During this same period, the ‘neo-conservative’ faction of the PRC, represented by people like Robert Kagan, William Kristol, Paul Wolfowitz and Dick Cheney, begin agitating for America to overthrow any government in the Middle East that stands in the way of Israel’s domination of the region. To that end, Kagan and Kristol had founded a group called PNAC (Project for the New American Century).

The two overlapping factions are often ‘on the same page’, and yet often at odds too. Globalists are generally more focused on surrounding and subverting the Russia-China bloc, ultimately creating a ‘unipolar world’ (New World Order). The neo-con Zionists are generally in agreement, but their main emphasis is to help Israel to expand its territory and develop into the dominant regional power in that area of the world.

Think of these factions as competing ‘Mafia’ families. They are still part of the same overall power structure, but with competing interests at certain times and in certain areas.

Read all World War Three For Dummies at Red Ice Creations

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China State Paper Warns of War Unless US Backs Down

Well you can’t say I have not tried to warn you which nation posed the greatest threat to world peace (and no, Obama worshippers, it’s not China but the one lead by the failed aquatic pedestrian, peacemaker and joybringer with jug ears) …

from Information Clearing House

A Chinese state-owned newspaper, GMA News of BEIJING said on Monday that “war is inevitable” between China and the United States over the South China Sea unless Washington stops demanding Beijing halt the building of artificial islands in the disputed waterway.

The Global Times, an influential nationalist tabloid owned by the ruling Communist Party’s official newspaper the People’s Daily, said in an editorial that China was determined to finish its construction work, calling it the country’s “most important bottom line.”

The editorial comes amid rising tensions over China’s land reclamation in the Spratly archipelago of the South China Sea. China last week said it was “strongly dissatisfied” after a US spy plane flew over areas near the reefs, with both sides accusing each other of stoking instability.

China should “carefully prepare” for the possibility of a conflict with the United States, the newspaper said.

“If the United States’ bottomline is that China has to halt its activities, then a US-China war is inevitable in the South China Sea,” the newspaper said. “The intensity of the conflict will be higher than what people usually think of as ‘friction’.”

Such commentaries are not official policy statements, but are sometimes read as a reflection of government thinking. The Global Times is among China’s most nationalist newspapers.

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Time to start stockpiling porridge oats and dried beans in the cellar? A few tins of corned beef will not go amiss either. Any war would be of short duration but we might be stuck in the fallout shelters for quite a while.

This used to be a satirical blog but it’s impossible to satirize the bunch of clowns that make up the leadership of the western world.

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De – dollarization Moves Ahead – Once Again We Told You So,

by Phil T Looker

Forgive us a little self indulgent gloating, after all it was back in 2005, way ahead of the other contenders, we told you that moves were under way in the east to dump the US dollar as global reserve currency. That was when China, Russia and Iran abandoned the Petrodollar and started to trade in the currency of the vendor nation.

Our mate Ian had spotted the vulnerability of the US dollar and wrote about a move made by the old Iraqi tyrant Saddam Hussein in the 1990s, that showed the way.

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Since then, here and on Little Nicky Machiavelli as well as at The Daily Stirrer we have reported the gradual erosion of the US grip on world trade as American international bullying and worries about their debt saw support for the Petrodollar steadily eroded.

And now from The Australian Financial Review via Zero Hedge, we have this:

US Officially Loses Battle Over China-Led Investment Bank

Add the IMF to the (now long) list of those who apparently share the UK’s view that joining the China-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank is an “unrivaled opportunity,” as Christine Largarde says her institution not only sees a “massive” opportunity for cooperation with the AIIB but is also “delighted” to explore the possibilities.

International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde has said the IMF would be “delighted” to co-operate with the China-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank…

Mrs Lagarde said there was “massive” room for IMF co-operation with the AIIB on infrastructure financing.

Mrs Lagarde, speaking at the opening of the China Development Forum in Beijing, also said she believed that the World Bank would co-operate with the AIIB.

Meanwhile, Switzerland is now on board and India, Indonesia, and New Zealand are reportedly set to follow. As a reminder, the deadline for applications is the end of this month and it appears that the UK’s move to become a founding member has suddenly made the AIIB the coolest club on the block. Australia is expected to tender a “qualified yes” tomorrow.

We have reported the who saga of how Obama tried to bully the world on this, and how one by one, the nations of the world gave him the finger. It’s all in our Currency Wars paged and its related links.

Gotta have a grin at the ineptitude of politicians, haven’t you?

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China – UK dump the US dollar for bilateral trades

Another “told you so” post from Boggart Blog. It’s gets sooooooo booooooooring being right all the time but being endowed with the handicaps of independent minds and an abundance of common sense its a burden we Boggart Bloggers must bear.

flushing dollarsPicture source

From Zero Hedge
Following the initial de-dollarization meeting, there has been a slew of anti-dollar moves around the world (including Gazprom’s shift of 90% of its clients to non-dollar payments). However, on the heels of the “anti-dollar alliance” discussions yesterday, DW reports that China would start direct trade between the renminbi and the British pound on Thursday. China’s Foreign Exchange Trade System (CFETS) confirmed Sterling and yuan would be directly swapped without using the US dollar as an intermediary.

And from Boggart Blog back in March this year:

Not long ago members of our little team posting on Boggart Blog, Little Nicky Machiavelli and The Daily Stirrer warned you that the USA and EU had a lot more to lose than Russia if they got into an economic war with The Kremlin.

One proud, patriotic and utterly stupid American loftily informed me that the America had nothing to fear because the world trades in US dollars. That used to be right, unfortunately it is no longer so because China and the rest of the BRICS along with Iran and several other significant holders of vast natural resources have been dumping the dollar and making bilateral trade agrements for several years.

Well as usual, drawing on our vast pool of business and life experience we were right at this information that came to us via News Beacon Ireland shows.

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It’s only a phone FFS

from The Examiner:

open pit toiletA Chinese open pit toilet – source: shutterstock / NY Post

“A strange and tragic story comes to us from China where it is reported, two people were killed and several others were injured after a woman dropped her cell phone into a open-pit toilet. Fox 8 reported on June 8, 2014, that an unnamed woman in Xinxiang City, China, dropped her new smart phone into a sewer pit and those that tried to help her ended up perishing.

The woman’s husband attempted to retrieve the phone, worth an estimated $320, from the toilet, but was overcome by the stench and gasses in the toilet pit and lost consciousness and fell in.

At that point, the man’s mother dove into the pit to try and save her son, but she also passed out due to the fumes.

From here, the woman that dropped the phone tried to save both her husband and mother-in-law. She also lost consciousness and other people arrived and tried to help.

In the end a total of six people needed to be rescued from the open-pit toilet including the woman’s father-in-law and two friends. All fell unconscious after being lowered in on a rope.

The woman’s husband and his mother both had a pulse when they were pulled from the toilet, but after waiting more than an hour for medical assistance to arrive, they ending up passing away in the hospital.

OK for the safety of yourself and your loved ones; a) Never go in a public toilet in China, b) look at the picture below and repeat one hundred times,

“It’s only an effing phone.”

its only a phone