The answer to Dr Alf’s question is no because the power dynamics had changed long before the Syrian crisis both within the world and in the Security Council.
This is through the Chinese propping up the American dollar, through strategic investments in Western businesses, through helping the Afghan Government rebuild its infrastructure and through Hong Kong positioning itself within 3 years to become the World’s top financial center ahead of New York, London and Singapore which is due to rise to 2nd place within the same period.
China is about to build a Nicaraguan canal to rival Panama’s, is increasing military expenditure by 15% a year, developing “blue water ” naval capability, weaponizing space, buying up land in South America, investing in Africa, developing weather warfare capability in the Gobi Desert, creating armies of fighting and storming robots, increasing cyber warfare capability and breaking out of the containment plans of the Pentagon and Nato with nuclear submarines.
In terms of both soft and hard power, the Chinese are beginning to flex their muscles and whereas in the past the West was sanguine and complacent and could dominate the UN Security Council, we cannot get our way so easily any longer.
Matters came to a head in Libya when under the pretext of establishing a humanitarian corridor and saving the lives of 8000 Libyans from the wrath of Qaddafi, a man we used to support following Tony Blair,s visit to the Libyan leader’s tent, the West toppled that regime and saw Qaddafi murdered whilst his hands were tied by Islamist fanatics in the back of a pickup truck.
China and for that matter Russia know about the Kissinger and PNAC doctrines for “Full Spectrum Dominance”, the Saudi plans for a new Caliphate and worry about destabilization of their countries through the stirring up of their Muslim minorities. These plans cal l for regime change in Syria,Lebanon, Somalia, Yemen and Iran and the reconquering of Africa to secure mineral wealth for the West and deny it to China.
So when China calls for constructive dialogue what they mean is that we in the West will have to come to terms with the new realities of power and recognize that Globalization has been “gamed” by the Chinese in a way our leaders and those behind them did not foresee.
What is happening in the Security Council is the manifestation of that muscle flexing and the gnashing of teeth on the part of our leaders who have been out-thought by a China which as” the Donald” puts it is “Eating our lunch”.
To counter what is happening, we need new and much cleverer leaders with imagination,the ability to negotiate and greater understanding of what needs to be done to compete and win in a much changed world.
At present, those in real control seem to want stupid and controllable people to lead us and until that changes we will carry on losing.
- My thoughts “Putin Sees Syria as Fight Against Islamist Extremism” ex Spiegel – John Gelmini (dralfoldman.com)
- Austerity Economics Politics Riots and War: Aug 1914 Parallels for Summer 2013 – John Gelmini (dralfoldman.com)
- A Hard Look at UK Defense Spending – John Gelmini (dralfoldman.com)
- A Hard Look at Spying, Personal Freedom, and the Moral High Ground – John Gelmini (dralfoldman.com)
- Will China’s policy of bearing gifts to Afghanistan be more successful than both Russian and US policy? – John Gelmini (dralfoldman.com)
- The UK and the new geopolitical reality – John Gelmini (dralfoldman.com)
- Some thoughts on Putin’s op-ed article in the NYT – John Gelmini (dralfoldman.com)
- Reflections on “China is strategic partner to Russia: Putin” – John Gelmini (dralfoldman.com)
- Understanding context of Iran’s Rouhani posible meeting Obama at UN – John Gelmini (dralfoldman.com)
- I disagree with Senator McCain on US policy on Syria – John Gelmini (dralfoldman.com)