Konstantin PENZEV (Russia)
Now let’s take a look at some aspects of the current global financial crisis.
The reader may find this surprising, but some economists argue that the crisis must have begun not in 2008 or 2009, but much earlier–in 2001. The following may explain why they came to that conclusion. After the events of 1989-1991, the Second World countries and some from the Third World (i.e., those that traded with the USSR and the Eastern Bloc) joined the dollar zone. I should point out that this was simply a spiritual feast for the organization known by the nickname Fed. Still, all good things must come to an end, and by a certain point in time after 1991, the entire solvent population of the earth had to be backed by dollars “up to their eyeballs.” Obviously, that had come about by 2000. Since trade with extraterrestrials and the additional release of bucks that would entail were put off indefinitely, the Fed was then faced with the possibility of being transformed from a shop in a highly profitable enterprise into a simple shop for servicing the money supply.
So. If the United States produces T-shirts worth, say, $1 billion, then it needs to issue a corresponding amount of dollars. The ratio of dollars to products will be determined by the Newcomb-Fisher formula:
Р х Q = M x V
The effective mass of the means of payment M (the money supply) multiplied by the rate of turnover V (how many times each dollar is used for payment within, for example, one year) is always equal to the product of the price level P and the amount of goods and services consumed during the time period Q.
If somebody controls the world production of heroin, then we can assume that he can and even must put into circulation a certain amount of monetary units to support that trade. Before 1989, the Soviet Union prevented that money from being released (it had its own currency); afterwards, some strange Muslims who clearly did not trust the Western banking system stopped it. Now, nobody is. All addicts are supplied with heroin at affordable prices, and about one tonne of “junk” is stored in Afghan warehouses in case of crop failure or any other acts of God.
Control of Afghanistan is tantamount to control of the world heroin market, and that market is not affected by recessions. A heroin addict is a slave and he finds it almost impossible to break free from that slavery. When he has the shakes, he’s capable of killing anyone who tries to prevent him from getting another hit. Production costs in this market are ridiculous, and the illegal drug business doesn’t withhold social security taxes.
The current market of heroin users, which expanded when societies of the former Second World countries were added to the distribution network, has obviously reached its saturation threshold. Thus, the issue again arises of turning the Fed into a simple office for servicing the money supply.
We are safe in assuming that the North American drug market today is saturated. It would be an unqualified success for Anglo-Saxon drug dealers if they again managed to conquer the enormous Chinese market, which was lost after 1949. However, China’s Communist Party is standing firm and punishing drug traffickers in the spirit of a typical worker-peasant government, i.e., without the slightest “humanistic” self-consciousness. It’s hard to say whether the Party will hold the course, or whether the Chinese Communists will produce their own renegade Gorbachevs and Yeltsins. Here’s how things are shaping up right now.
According to Vladislav Shurygin1, “The problem is that Western European police forces noticed something strange when the first large heroin shipments from the 2002 harvest appeared. They came out of nowhere, as if they had bypassed all borders and gone straight to the center of Europe. Usually, such a large drug shipment is preceded by a rather long preparation period during which wholesalers are told what to expect. The police get the same information. Since dozens of people are usually involved in the delivery operation, leaks occur and gradually the approximate route becomes clear… However, the markets of the West were literally hit with an avalanche of Afghan heroin. It was as though it appeared from thin air… Analysis conducted in early November by the UN Office for Drug Control and Crime Prevention (UNODCCP) identified several centers of heroin appearance in Europe. They were the former Yugoslavia, especially Kosovo and Bosnia, the Fairford region in Great Britain, Ramstein in Germany, Morón in Spain… These areas coincide almost exactly with the locations of American Air Force bases. In addition, these are the bases that transfer cargoes and people to and from the American military contingent in Afghanistan.”
So… Who would think otherwise?
On September 6, 2009, a Russian-American agreement on transit of US military goods to Afghanistan through Russia took effect. The agreement had been signed in Moscow during early July by the Presidents of Russia and the United States—Dmitry Medvedev and Barack Obama. Under the terms of the agreement, US military transport aircraft would make 4.5 thousand trips per year through Russian airspace.
This won’t end well…
1 Vladislav Shurygin. Bush, Lies and Heroin. Internet site of the newspaper Zavtra [Tomorrow] (in Russian)
Source: New Eastern Outlook