Here’s a case of life imitating art above. Besides the massive confrontation between the military and protestors (Red Shirts) in Bangkok yesterday that yielded the above photo, the aftermath of the destruction of the Red Shirts’ camp yielded even more destruction, as looters set fire to an upscale mall, the Thai Stock Exchange, the central bank along with other large commercial bank offices, and the Channel 3 television station. More than 36 buildings were set ablaze last night in Bangkok. Below you can see a video of the upscale mall, Central World, on fire, and a photo of it during happier times last Christmas. Today it has been reported that damage was so extensive that it may need to be completely razed. Central World, a 1.024M square meter complex, is the second largest mall in Bangkok.
To grant you an idea of the absolutely chaotic and dangerous situation that furiously ignited so quickly in Bangkok yesterday, the equivalent scenario in New York would be if rioters set Fifth Avenue, the NY branch of the Federal Reserve, Wall Street, JP Morgan, Goldman Sachs, and the CNN news station ablaze, all in a period of a few hours. Or in Los Angeles, the comparable scenario would be if the Beverly Center, Rodeo Drive, the Federal Reserve downtown, Bunker Hill, and ABC news station were all set ablaze.
While the Thailand conflict has been presented by the media as a war between the deposed and exiled former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra and his supporters and the current Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva and his supporters, the issue the mass media has not once addressed and will likely never address is an issue that even the majority of Red Shirts (the protestors) probably don’t even understand. No matter whose side you are on, random destruction of a public mall and threatening the livelihood of innocent victims is uncalled for and wrong under any circumstance, so what possibly could have instigated such an outpouring of rage? People rarely dig deeper to get to the root causes of the ill-guided manifestations of desperation, so that's what we're going to do here.
While the bad results of a massive conflict makes for good news, it's very easy to fall into the media trap of categorizing these events as black v. white, us v. them, and evil v. good. However, in almost every one of these situations, many nuances of grey exist, and it is NOT as simple as Darth Vader v. Luke Skywalker. Without getting into the politics of who’s right and who’s wrong in the Thailand conflict, let’s investigate an extremely important and underlying current of this conflict and every major economic conflict that is occurring in the world today - how a fraudulent global monetary system so significantly contributes to conditions of oppression and class division warfare.
US Congressman Ron Paul stated, “The Federal Reserve has been given the power, and the authority, to create money out of thin air. It’s fraudulent and it’s theft.” Since all Central Banks in the world all create money out of thin air and act in the same manner, they rob from all citizens of the world. However, the class that is always hurt the most by the actions of Central Banks is the poor, as the degradation and destruction of purchasing power hurts their very ability to survive. And when their ability to survive is threatened, this is when resistances form and revolutions occur. In the Western's leading nations, when situations such as those we are witnessing in Thailand and in Greece materialize, as seems inevitable now, the situations will likely be markedly worse. Why? Thoroughout history, revolutions have been sparked by two situations:
(1)When the poor have struggled for so long that they feel they have nothing to lose, even in death; or
(2) When the middle class of a country begins migrating into the ranks of the poor due to austere monetary policies imposed upon them by their bankers and governments.
In America, if this should happen, this will be a particularly dangerous situation, for the sinking of a particularly well-armed middle class into poverty would present a far more dangerous and complicated situation than one in which poorly armed protestors attempt to rise up against a well-armed opposition.
In 2008, world banks and western militaries acknowledged the very strong likelihood of civil unrest in the first world. Consider the following stories that were reported more than one-and-a-half years ago and by and large, laughed off by those that live in the Western world as Hollywood tall tales:
“Pentagon resources and U.S. troops may be used if needed to quell protests and bank runs during an economic crisis, the U.S. Army War College's Strategic Institute reported. ‘Widespread civil violence inside the United States would force the defense establishment to reorient priorities in extremis to defend basic domestic order and human security,’ the War College study states. Incidents of economic collapse, terrorism and disruption of legal order could require deployment of forces within the US, it said. A ‘strategic shock’ could require the nation to use ‘military force against hostile groups inside the United States.’”
“International Monetary Fund Managing Director Dominique Strauss-Kahn has warned that advanced nations could face civil unrest during distressful economic times. ‘[S]ocial unrest may happen in many countries – including advanced economies’ if the economic crises are not properly dealt with, Strauss-Kahn said. ‘He added that violent protests could break out in countries worldwide if the financial system was not restructured to benefit everyone rather than a small elite,’ London's Guardian reported."
What is particularly telling in the above stories is that the managing director of the IMF, a notoriously elitist banking organization, admitted that our current financial system only benefits a “small elite.” For those that believe that the US Army War College’s Strategic Institute’s report of future civil conflict inside the US is far-fetched, you must realize that the bankers already KNOW that their current plan of destroying monetary value in all major global currencies will cause the middle class of Western nations to migrate into the ranks of the poor. The bankers already know that massive civil unrest all around the world is inevitable given the course they have chosen for all of us. The bankers are ALREADY CLOSELY MONITORING the situations in Greece, Thailand, Portugal, Iceland, Ireland, and other countries to understand how they must react to it when it hits the shores of the Western world. And because the bankers already know that their policies ensure uprisings in Western nations in future years, they are planning for it right now, six or seven steps ahead of the sleeping masses of people. Will the people wake up, or will it be checkmate already by the time they do?
Central World, under happier times
Central World, on fire.
I leave you, for inspiration, with a video of man's best friend leading the Greek resistance.