Our very own global tyranny: Feed it or starve it?
Greer’s book is a powerful and compelling comment on our times. The plot is just one of many possibilities that could actually be played out.
Twilight’s Last Gleaming by John Michael Greer (2014), Karnac Books. Kindle Edition.
Author John Michael Greer takes us on a spellbinding trip to the near future beginning in the year 2024. We are just off the coast of East Africa on an off-shore drilling rig. Joe Matagne is the geologist in charge and he has just hit oil. The strike will bring great wealth to the state of Tanzania as it is entirely within its coastal waters. In a world that is desperate for oil an eleven billion barrel field is a major discovery and quickly attracts the attention of the world’s great predator nation-the USA.
China as Tanzania’s partner and has the rights to the oil but the US decides to make the oil available to themselves by initiating a regime change in Tanzania. When China learns of America’s intentions it is once again faced with the dilemma of whether to feed the tyranny or starve the tyranny. In other words, give into the Americans as they have done before, or put up a fight for the oil and take the risk that they know could escalate into nuclear war. Chinese officials decide enough is enough. The US has for too long stolen what is not theirs. They are going to fight for what is theirs and not feed the tyranny of endless American aggressions on the world.
As an American naval task force crosses the pacific to attack Tanzania it assumes it will once again prevail. They will quickly win the war, install another puppet regime and the oil will be theirs. The Chinese have plans of their own and on arrival the US invaders are in for a very big and devastating surprise.
The story goes on from there and I will not be so naughty as to reveal more and spoil what is a compelling read.
Though it is fiction the book smells strongly of the present world order as it is based on the here and now with all the global tensions and threats that haunt our existence. The events portrayed in the book are highly plausible as in the year 2017 the US bombs where ever and whenever it pleases- hits Syria with missiles, sends a task force to North Korea based on a specious threat, and drops it pants to explode MOAB-Mother Of All Bombs- it’s biggest non-nuclear bomb: So goes the childish exhibitionism.
Though it is fiction, this book points to just how dangerous our world is and how easily a small regional war can escalate, especially when two major powers are confronting each other.
Where as the Chinese were so bold as to confront the aggressor, starve the tyranny and take on necessary risk; our present day world feeds the tyranny. The bully empire feeds on weakness, indifference, fear and apathy and unchallenged propaganda. We-the global community-are providing a steady diet of what allows it to wreak havoc and sustain chaos. We are the willing hostages; it is the cancer- the tyranny-that consumes and destroys us.
War has a momentum of its own especially when nobody speaks out against it. Where there is no countervail, it will prevail. There is now an unaffordable silence which history shows is a ritualistic prelude to war-the stillness before the storm. Russia has been a steadfast bulkhead resisting the drift to war, but it cannot do it alone. The silence of Europe’s NATO vassal states, along with Canada and Australia is deplorable. China, as Russia’s chief ally, can no longer afford its passive roll.
Where is the world peace movement that has fallen silent since the 2003, US invasion if Iraq?
We acquiescently accept endless warfare and the constant threat of World War lll. That we do so is a consummate failure of the human spirit- especially so when it squanders resources, financial and human, better directed elsewhere.
Canada, its NATO partners and Australia, cower silently in the shadow of the empire feeding the tyranny making us accessories to America’s crimes against humanity as we fight its wars, subsidize its berserk militarism and help create the tsunamic waves of refugees fleeing this endless warfare. We are so absurd as to believe that welcoming them buys us absolution for our war crimes when all it does is confirm our scalding hypocrisy. The only real absolution for spineless NATO sycophants comes with speaking out against a tyranny that must be ended before it spins totally out of control.
History shows us that empires in decline are the most desperate and dangerous. The USA serves as one such example as it tries to maintain absolute power over the world refusing to accept the limitations of its power. It is financially and morally exhausted, having allowed itself over the last half-century to be consumed by militarism and the corruptions of war time profiteering. It is now exercising its last and most desperate gamble-war on the rest of the world. By our silent complicity we are a threat to ourselves. We can help ourselves and help America to end its compulsive addictions. To do anything less means continued chaos and anarchy.
Too many discombobulated world leaders somehow think their silence will buy them immunity from persecution, but their silence only deepens the crisis and assures the inevitability of greater wars and greater tyrannies. In the global village there are no safe havens; our fates have never been more interwoven than now.
Greer’s book is a powerful and compelling comment on our times. The plot is just one of many possibilities that could actually be played out. Even though it is about a future scenario, it speaks powerfully to the here and now. It implicitly asks: Are we so suicidal that we are going to allow the worst to happen; or, are we going to put on the brakes?