Washington co-opted World War II winners and losers to defend Western dominance around the world
By Timur Fomenkopolitical analyst
The G7 nations summit was held in Hiroshima, Japan, last weekend.
Hiroshima is important for several reasons. First of all, it is known to the world as the place that the United States bombed, along with Nagasaki, at the end of World War II, which led to the surrender of the Empire of Japan and the transformation of that country into an American client state. .
Second, Japan is trying to remilitarize in line with the US dual containment effort against China and Russia. So, with Japan presiding over the G7 this year, the event was an automatic endorsement of US-centric geopolitical goals aimed at both countries.
But what about the G7 itself? Founded as a Cold War-era organization in 1975 and briefly incorporating Western aspirations for post-Soviet Russia, the group claims to represent the world’s “most advanced industrial countries”, but everyone everyone might tell you that this is an outdated category. Countries like China and India, whose economies are larger than most G7 members, are not part of the group. On the contrary, the character and the agenda of the G7 are clearly ideological, and its objective is to preserve at all costs a worldview dominated by the West.
It should not go unnoticed that the G7 is an effective aggregation of ancient empires that once ruled the world unchallenged, now under the wing and servitude of the United States. Remarkably, the three Axis powers of World War II, defeated by the Allies, fall into this group. Although the respective fascist regimes of Germany, Italy, and Japan were rightfully destroyed, these countries were all rebuilt as American client states after the war and their respective interests placed in the hands of Washington.
Likewise, the allied empires, which emerged victorious, including France, Great Britain and its imperial dominion, Canada, found that the war had severely depleted their national resources and strength to the point that they could not no longer continue as global superpowers that they had been. Consequently, they abandoned their leadership in the United States and have since intended to follow their example to protect their interests around the world.
In each case, all of these countries had occupied privileged positions since their imperial times. Having colonized most of the globe and Japan having militarily occupied much of Asia, these countries had grown enormously rich. Britain’s fabulous wealth, for its part, is directly suited to the exploitation of Africa and India. Colonial empires were strictly commercial in character, using ideology as a force justifying aggression, defending their economic interests through immense military might. This gave these countries a privilege, which thus formed the distinction between North and South.
Unable to advance their empires, whether through exhaustion or defeat, these respective countries seek to maintain the unjust economic privileges they have achieved by conforming to the United States, a “neo-empire” which is the heir of the international order they have created. Thus, the G7, the aggregation of all these countries into a single ideological grouping, is no accident. Their respective goal is to maintain their own economic privileges and attempt to suppress changes in the international order that threaten their position, which in this case is the rise of the Global South and China.
On that note, the G7 endorses U.S. goals to prevent China from making inroads into high-end technologies. He also wants to prevent other countries from adhering to Beijing’s development model and maintain the fundamental wealth gap between North and South. It wants to be the only group empowered to impose massive sanctions and embargoes on other countries and then denounce China’s defense of its interests as a “economic coercion”.
They also want to ensure that neither China nor Russia can challenge the West’s historic military dominance. The United States thus co-opted both the winners and losers of World War II (minus the USSR) into one group and used it to continue the same world it was invested in. However, one undeniable fact is that the world is changing in ways that are not favorable to the G7. They no longer have that degree of dominance and their share of global GDP will only decline. As the BRICS economies continue to grow and multipolarity emerges, their own exclusive little club is hardly able to try to dictate the flow of the global economy.
This little club wants to stay rich, while preventing everyone else from getting rich too. It won’t work.
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