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Silent Coup: UN Takes Over Africa?
UN Security Council urges Côte d'Ivoire to form all-inclusive government ... United Nations Security Council on Wednesday urged President of Côte d'Ivoire Alassane Ouattara to form an all-inclusive, broad-based Government to restore peace to the nation. Ambassador Néstor Osorio of Colombia, which holds the Council's rotating monthly presidency, called on all Ivoirians to abstain from any reprisals, revenge or provocation and to exercise maximum restraint. Following the surrender of former President Laurent Gbagbo, Ambassador Osorio urged the North African nation to unite in order to "promote national reconciliation and restore sustainable peace through dialogue and consultation." – News Wires
Dominant Social Theme: The removal of Laurent Gbagbo from the tiny Ivory Coast is a big victory for freedom everywhere.
Free-Market Analysis: In the modern age, with the power elite pressing hard for world government, it is sometimes difficult to note turning points, but the more we see of the tiny Ivory Coast affair the more we tend to believe this is another watershed moment. It is truly a big deal. Though we have covered this unfolding story with regular articles now, we believe it deserves additional coverage.
What is the underlying message? That the UN is evidently and obviously not just in charge of elections but of results as well. This presumably was necessary as Africa is about to be convulsed by no less than 30 top-level elections and the Western powers-that-be want to make sure that appropriate controls are in place so no unpleasant surprises (unexpected and anti-Western results) take place. No longer will the top powers refuse to act when one believes another is engaged in "abuses." Instead interference is the order of the day. We see in the results in the emergent agony of the Ivory Coast.
What has been engineered, in fact at the very least, is not merely a local coup but a pan-African one. The murderous results of the contented Ivory Coast election are a banner, a bloody flag that Western powers have planted in the tortured soil of sub-Saharan Africa. The UN and France have sent a message to all of Africa that the UN itself will not merely supervise elections but determine the winners. And if the winners are not amenable to Western interests, they will be thrown out, overthrown, forced to the sidelines. If they resist as Laurent Gbagbo did, they may be hauled into The Hague.
This is not idle speculation. The Western media ignores it, but a continental coup has just taken place. It is the direct result apparently of an "R2P" UN resolution that has changed the way the world's governments relate to one another. In 2005, while the West's confused populations concentrated mostly on buying and selling overpriced real estate, something of the utmost import took place: the UN's great powers engineered the overthrow of The Pact of Westphalia, a 400-year-old pact that had been the foundation of whatever peace was to had in this miserable world.
It is truly remarkable. People know the ins and outs of the scandalous behavior of their favorite movie stars and singers and the endless security measures implemented against imaginary terrorists, but they still do not know that one of several building blocks of Western civilizations has just been deliberately blasted away. While the Peace of Westphalia was never entirely effective – observed more in the breach than in fact – the results initially ended wars that had simmered in Europe for decades and presented the principal that the nation state itself was impregnable within its own boundaries. Not anymore.
Now we live with the results, a "new world order." In both the Ivory Coast and Libya, France has attacked with force using 2005's R2P as the rationale. If citizens are seen to be under threat by their governments, then those who run the UN (the Anglo-American elite and its Gallic ambit, to sure) have an affirmative obligation to respond in force. R2P is not merely a statement of modern civility and governmental responsibility – which is what it has been dressed up as – but a significant justification for violent, renewed neo-colonialism. It is truly another watershed moment for the world.
France under Nikolas Sarkozy has used R2P to great effect (if great effect is taken to mean the initiation of great violence). In Libya a war will simmer on infinitely as a result. In the Ivory Coast the results have been immediately horrific; millions are displaced and an elected government has been overthrown in what can only be described as a Western coup (not that the mainstream media would ever explain it that way).
Alassane Ouattara, a former International Monetary Fund official will do what the nationalist Gbagbo will not; He will bring the Ivory Coast into the technocratic embrace of the larger military and economic superstructure that is being erected for Africa – which is destined to be the next China, a continent whose underpaid workers will busy themselves constructing trinkets that will be sold to the West. (Money shall flow to Africa and then back to America, as cowed African leaders purchase the Treasuries that in turn fund continued US's military adventurism abroad.)
Yet sometimes it is not that neat. Now the UN panics and France's military slips away from the crime scene. Sarkozy has hastily announced France is cutting its military presence in the Ivory Coast by half, to 900 or so troops and airlifting out (or otherwise removing) heavy military equipment such as tanks, big guns, etc. The UN, meanwhile has moved beyond calling for the removal of the "tyrant" Laurent Gbagbo (he was likely no such thing in the strict meaning of the word) to openly advocating the astonishing position of a government of joint-political interests. This was what Gbagbo himself had advocated for the last four months without success. Irony is piled atop of bloodletting.
No doubt the sudden change of heart stems from (Muslim) revenge killings sweeping the Ivory Coast that include reports of cold-blooded street side executions, machete-wielding exterminations, rape, torture and general mayhem in pro-Gbagbo Christian strongholds. Could it be said that the Anglo-American elites in their hypocritical insistence that they must act in such instances to prevent "another Rwanda" have now given rise to one – writ small but occurring nonetheless? Here's something from a Christian Network that is borne out by other reports from the area:
An Associated Press reporter witnessed Ouattara's troops beating a man for not giving them the right answers. The man turned up dead a few minutes later. Another reporter also saw pro-Ouattara soldiers pull five men from a minibus and drag them into some thick brush at a road block. A woman at the cathedral who was too scared to give her name said her neighbor, the headmaster of the Catholic primary school, was killed Monday night at his home because he belonged the wrong tribe.
"We have a very toxic and explosive mix here of political, ethnic, religious, and land rivalry," the priest said. "The recent tumultuous events have brought long-simmering conflicts to a head. Who knows where this will end." No one knows how many people have been killed. A week ago when the United Nations was reporting more than 400 deaths throughout the country, the International Federation of the Red Cross Society said thousands had been killed and wounded. The U.N. is launching an investigation. (-CBN)
Gbagbo, who fought for a decade to remove the Ivory Coast from France's grasp was supposed to go quietly. But "the baker" – who rolls people in flour and then pops them in the oven before they know it – would not concede to the evident high-handedness of UN "electoral supervision." He objected to being displaced and eventually was driven out of office by the combined might of UN and French forces.
Gbagbo had demanded a joint government along the lines of what had emerged in Kenya after the electoral violence in that country in 2008. In Kenya, the two main tribes that spilled blood as a result of close elections agreed to share power and the electoral crisis was finally resolved. Today of course The Hague has interfered and threatens to undermine the fragile truce by putting various Kenyans on trial for "crimes against humanity."
But in the Ivory Coast, Gbagbo wanted to use the Kenyan resolution as an example. He wanted to remain as president and Ouattara could presumably serve as the country's Prime Minister. The facts are seemingly not in dispute and the reality of what has occurred in the Ivory Coast is being reported mostly by African publications, though only in a somewhat patchy presentation. Here is an excerpt from something we found yesterday in Ghana's Joy Online News entitled: "Gbagbo's 'girl' screams: Release Gbagbo, he's still the president:"
A proponent of the discredited Ivorian leader Laurent Gbagbo, claims peace could return to Ivory Coast only if the international community prevails on his captors to free him. Nathalie Nyamba, a top business executive from Ivory Coast, maintained that Mr Gbagbo's life was under threat due to the maltreatment being meted out to him after his capture, insisting that "Mr Gbagbo is still the President of Ivory Coast."
"The way forward for me would be, first of all, Mr Gbagbo must be freed; Mr Gbagbo is in danger, he was mutilated, he was beaten up, his wife was beaten up, it was shown on TV, this is the president of Cote d'Ivoire and he must be freed. "Then the French army must leave Cote d'Ivoire and then we shall sit down and have a dialogue ... It is not a civil war, it is an electoral crisis, so lets deal with it," she argued on Joy FM's Super Morning Show on Wednesday. Ms Nyamba described the circumstances under which Gbagbo was seized as a coup, contesting that the only way a president could be disposed would be through a constitutional means, insisting that it is the reason why his captors did not say he has been arrested.
The Joy article also sources a BBC report from Amnesty International that armed men in uniforms "were conducting house-to-house searches in Abidjan looking for Laurent Gbagbo's supporters." And Ms. Nyamba finally penetrates to the heart of the UN's electoral fraud when she "wondered why nobody raised an alarm when the [Ivory Coast] Constitutional Council announced a runoff after the general election failed to produce a winner, but, when this same body overturned the Electoral Commission's decision and declared Mr Gbagbo the winner of the runoff, the international community started crying foul."
According to Ms Nyamba, Gbagbo's determination to maintain power was "absolutely" right. Ouattara cannot hold himself out as the president because the Constitutional Council body has already declared Gbagbo as the president. The country's Electoral Commission that said Mr Ouattara won November's election – she pointed out – lacked credibility because it was fully packed with "90% supporters and men of Mr Ouattarra."
The results, illegitimate or not, surely haven't been pleasant for Gbagbo and his family. Gbagbo's wife was the subject just yesterday of a New Yorker article, which commented on the strangeness of a photograph that had been released of her. In the photo, no less than six armed, uniformed men surround her. Her eyes are wide. Some of the soldiers hold her hair and braids, tipping her head back. Her clothes are well ripped and do not entirely cover her nakedness. The New Yorker commentary uses its trademark sophisticated language to imply – sorrowfully but resignedly – that she has possibly just been raped. Presumably if she were a more popular person there would be more of an outcry. Her husband, meanwhile, is nowhere to be seen, but there are dark rumors about his health and safety.
An article posted by BNO news entitled "UN Security Council urges Côte d'Ivoire to form all-inclusive Government seems to recognize what is actually taking place. The illegitimacy of Gbagbo's overthrow remains, and the current UN position likely recognizes that fact. While barricaded in his presidential bunker, he remained cognizant of the law and as a history professor would not be pressured into signing a French-composed letter acknowledging that Ouattara was the legitimate president of the Ivory Coast. This was perhaps the incident that precipitated his removal by force. Here's more from the weird article featuring the UN's sudden reversal excerpted at the top of this analysis :
Critical challenges in Côte d'Ivoire following the surrender of recalcitrant former President Laurent Gbagbo, include restoration of order, prevention of further human rights abuses, national reconciliation and rebuilding and completion of the peace process," said Y. J. Choi, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General. Choi also remarked that despite all the challenges Ivoirians organized impressive elections, resolved the post-election crisis largely by themselves, and allowed the will of the people to prevail. The Special Representative called for national reconciliation and reconstruction as the ways for restoring peace and stability.
Choi, who is also the head of the UN Operation in Côte d'Ivoire (ONUCI), assured the support of the international community for this transition. "Reconciliation will not be accomplished without meaningful accountability, which has been lacking in Côte d'Ivoire over the past decade," said UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay. "To achieve peace and reconciliation, the cycle of impunity must be stopped, perpetrators must be brought to justice, and victims must be rehabilitated in their rights and dignity." UN aid officials have estimated that up to 1 million Ivorians have been displaced by the violence, with some internally displaced and others forced to flee into neighboring countries, particularly Liberia which is hosting 135,000 Ivorians.
It is the UN itself, with France's help, that has spawned this latest "genocide." Those who should be "brought to justice" surely are those who provided the fuel and lit the match. Instead, Gbagbo may face a Hague trial unless his nemesis Ouattara – who apparently while briefly in power a few years ago tortured him and his wife – is discouraged. Judging by the backpedaling the UN is doing now, various pressures will be brought on Ouattara to be at least a little less vengeful, at least cosmetically.
In the meantime, the larger message has been sent: The UN shall do as it pleases, ignore results that are not in line with Western interests and will even use overwhelming force when necessary to abrogate sovereign electoral results. We are no fans of regulatory democracy but what has taken place in the Ivory Coast is noteworthy. We highly doubt that Ouattara's "conciliation" will be effective. The results of this deliberate disaster will likely spawn yet another undeclared civil war between the Muslim North and the Christian South.
Was it necessary? The 21st century is not the 20th as we often point out and as France's hasty retreat from the Ivory Coast shows us. Given the prevalence of electronic communication and a rising knowledge of how Western powers actually operate, the new Pax-UN may not hold despite the passage of R2P. The warning has surely been sent to African leaders that they are to be obedient within the larger context. But the results are not clear cut; the UN overreached and may now regret at leisure. If Gbagbo is tried in an international court, he shall surely be gagged.
Conclusion: Gbagbo, reviled and beaten, his wife perhaps raped (both under UN protection not less), may yet emerge on the right side of history. The actions that have taken place in the little Ivory Coast may have big ramifications indeed, just not the ones the West expects.
Posted by Whosonfirst on 04/17/11 04:26 PM
Hello, This is getting real interesting. The French seem to be the lead recently in Nato aggression. The French are a disliked Colonial. As the Mideast becomes destablized probably by design, with State Dept admitted undertones of western instigation. The probability of a reaction by a large Islamic population in the EU or US becomes greater. If a backlash from anti-Islamic agression occurs. The west and defacto NATO must increase expensive resource intensive miltary operations. If this occurs oil and fuel will skyrocket, how will NATO pay for and actually aquire needed fuel for increased operations? Shortages and inflation ahead!
Posted by John on 04/16/11 06:33 PM
When will we all recongize that the UN ceases to exist without US military muscle. I am stating this with pride but simple as a fact of truth. Look at Lybia and the NATO command structure. Without the US military it is an empty shell. There are 3 world militaries with muscle. US, Russia and China. I am not denigrating any other country, but I a simply stating the obvious as to who is able to mount major, sustainable military operations.
Who we are, serves the needs of the new world order globalists and the financial elite. Can you imagine them entrusting their wealth and life aspirations to the Russians and Chinese. Not for a long time come. That's why we will be embroiled as the worlds police force for a long time to come. With our volunteer force most Americans have no skin in the game. Its not their sons or daughters that enforce western economic policy. Just keep waving the flag and tying yellow robbons. Thats all it takes these days to be a patriot.
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Some analysis! Proud to be manipulated by warmongering elites, eh? ...
Posted by Donald on 04/16/11 05:01 AM
The battle for world dominance has alwqays been there.Africa is not an exeption.the only thing is that we as Africans are so disorganized such that the west is given huge doors to do whatever they want to do with us.If Africans were united and diplomatic in the way we handle political religious and economic issues then we would be alittle bit safe.I pray for the day when africans wil wake up and be civilized enough to trust and support each other in success and in Click to view link is fighting and screeams from the nieighbour which attracts other neighbors .in the process secrets are exposed and dignity compromised.style up Africans and manage your business maturely.
Posted by Stephen on 04/15/11 05:03 PM
See now that's the problem, we never left the Neo-Colonialists agenda. Ever since those early Victorian days man has never progressively moved forward, not even an inch. this article witch in a nut shell speaks of the Globalist Africom agenda his a fine example. I wish it wasn't so but these are modern day facts, whether we like it or not.
Posted by Kawuki Mukasa on 04/15/11 12:28 PM
Your blame-it-all-on-neo-colonialists sounds a little out-dated to me. We need a new hermeneutic; a new paradigm for analysing contemporary global relations and developments
Reply from The Daily Bell
Why don't you write to President Sarkozy and ask him to stop removing African leaders from their basements and handing them over to the opposition where they are beaten while their wives are likely raped.
That might help probably stop all this nasty talk about "neo-colonialism."
Posted by Bionic Mosquito on 04/15/11 10:48 AM
Do with this story what you will:
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NATO confident of more planes soon
BERLIN (AP) – NATO failed for a second day to find new ground-attack aircraft for the fight against Moammar Gadhafi's forces in Libya but Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said Friday he expects the additional planes soon.
Posted by Bob on 04/14/11 11:57 PM
Both Russia and China have made a catastrophic error allowing the USA and NATO to intervene into internal Libyan events. This tell me a lot about both Russia and China political leadership.
The facts are simple: Russia and China leadership have prostituted their own strategic geopolitical and economic interests for NOTHING! They are looking like fools complaining that the other side is not playing fair. Consequently, there will be significant consequences for Putin/Medvedev regime and Chinese Communist Party leadership.
In 1950, The United Nations was considered Korean, North and South confrontation. The Soviet UN delegation walked away allowing the USA and its allies to path a resolution authorizing the US military intervention in Korea.
Stalin did not make any more such mistakes. Furthermore, he sent his air-force MIG units to North Korea. These MIG "grounded" the US air power and forced America to fight a ground war without a decisive air support. Stalin also persuaded Mao to sent Chinese army to Korea. America found itself in a no-win situation. After Stalin death, Nikita Khrushchev allowed America to save its ass.
Politically, Stalin was at least two heads above his Western enemies.
- Russia is in a deep political crisis without any leadership. Putin is just a "small-time" thief running a great country. He has no vision and no brains to run Russia. Well, the same is true for Obama in the USA.
- China is in a deep crisis. Its political and economic models is deeply flawed and its collective leadership is incapable of making fast and decisive decisions.
- I expect that both Russia and China will undergo a major political changes in a not to distant future since crises in both countries will make it inevitable, especially in China.
Reply from The Daily Bell
Excellent! You provide a realistic assessment that is sorely lacking in the mainstream media and you do it in just a few sentences.
We have made the same points.
Posted by Joe on 04/14/11 11:50 PM
Was there ever a historical time when the world was so encompassed by liars and brutes walking on two legs? The Soviet Union under Stalin certainly won the horror sweepstakes, but in a way, that was localized to the former Russia and its satellites. What is happening now is a world affair, wherein the wolves are slaughtering the would be sheep wherever it suits their hunger for blood. Certainly one cannot view what is happening as haphazard, but following a plan for world domination.
Regarding lies and liars, a major radio outlet in Vancouver B.C. prides itself, and boasts of being Vancouver's most trusted news source, while at the same time repeatedly spreading the filth of lies concerning Ivory Coast.
Posted by Rowan Smith on 04/14/11 11:16 PM
@DB: Cannot the world tolerate two trends at once? Devolution via the middle class, and centralization via the elites. And which will win out? Or both? And how would THAT look?
Posted by Marilynne L. Mellander on 04/14/11 10:23 PM
I have a friend who has a son currently enrolled at West Point.
The poor kid was just sent to Mali...what's NATO up to there – training more terrorists?
Posted by Bob on 04/14/11 08:54 PM
I am living in Massachusetts. Every other day, our news media reports of another military funeral for a person killed in Afghanistan. Furthermore, usually, there are 7-8 soldiers injured for each one killed.
Remember, Mass is just one of fifty states and its population is just ~2% of the entire US population.
In other words, the USA will have to introduce a military draft to be engaged in another mid-size local war. 10 years later, Russians are still fighting in Chechnya.
Reply from The Daily Bell
The US cannot impose a draft. It will blow up the entire military industrial complex as it did during the Vietnam war. And that war put an end to large scale military actions for two decades.
Posted by Amarillys Taylor on 04/14/11 08:00 PM
Does nobody know that Ouatara is a muslim ? we are going to see what happens.
Posted by 10hawks on 04/14/11 07:57 PM
Why not just call the UN what it is: lying, warmongering, murderous
elitist swines. The "Security Council" is a globalist scam. DB is
too often inclined to understate the straight dope, in your otherwise superlative articles.
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We have chosen a slightly different rhetoric in the hopes of engaging a wider audience ...
Posted by Dotti on 04/14/11 06:09 PM
@Greg Maybe it's like the cat that keeps the bird alive. They could ruin us via the USD, but they have other purposes for us. I read somewhere that Hillary went to China with an agreement that US real estate was backing the debt we owed them. Maybe they want to look the part of "playing nice" until later in the "game".
BTW, we're running at annual trade net deficit a half trillion a year. Where does that get accounted? Is that part of the national debt?
Posted by Greg on 04/14/11 05:30 PM
I don't think China and Russia will continue to sit idly be without using their Security Council veto power and stopping further Western domination of Africa. They both abstained from the Libya vote, with Putin saying he would have vetoed it. China is set to lose a lot of money in Libya, and I really don't know how or why they let both resolutions go ahead. Any ideas?
Posted by Turbomango on 04/14/11 05:04 PM
US House of Reps have Bill No. 1473 on floor today... Looks like it will pass Senate as well as it's 476 pages has DC School Vouchers and Free Money for schools only in DC area, plus some other Acts stuffed within... iel Made In America.
This is mainly Defense money appropriations and allocations. Tried adding up all the subtotals; I stopped at 2 Trillion Dollars!
These twits on capital hill cant bring themselves to cut 30 Billion but have no hard time getting consensus to spend over 2 trillion of our money! I do believe both parties WANT to bankrupt us.
There were more appropriations though, I believe they are going to soon announced Boots on the Ground in Lybia. OVER 2 Trillion on war but they want to cut programs already payed for by the people. Tha's stealing the same money TWICE! In my view.....
Posted by Cp on 04/14/11 04:25 PM
Yes, the nation state is over. It will now be the seven continent unions (like the EU--one continent) and ten leaders will oversee them as one government. Where was that written?
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Cannot the world tolerate two trends at once? Devolution via the middle class and centralization via the elites. And which will win out? Or both? And how would THAT look?
Posted by Dotti on 04/14/11 03:46 PM
I've always considered myself to be a patriot. Now I'm having to re-evaluate. Very sad. Very depressing. But it is far better to come out into the light than to live in darkness.
This Ivory Coast business is astonishingly awful. I don't watch MSM so I have no idea how it is being portrayed to the population.
Posted by Bob on 04/14/11 02:36 PM
News from Taliban sources.
The Taliban drove the French out of the two provinces.
Publication time: Today at 13:09 by Emirate
Sources from Afghanistan reported some details about the situation in Kapisa province, where fierce fighting are in progress.
According to sources, 31 March 2011 in the county in the Tagab Tatarhel mujahid named Abdurahman blew up his explosive-packed car among the French occupying troops armored vehicles, who are fighting in Afghanistan as part of NATO. As a result of this attack four armored units were destroyed killing at least 18 French and 10 puppets.
On the same day, in the same province, Anardzhuy another French armored car was was blown up on a mine, 4 Frenchmen destroyed.
April 6, 2011 in the town Shuhah Kapisa province another French armored personnel carrier struck a mine. Seven Frenchmen were killed.
April 8 in the Tagab province an armored personnel carrier hit a mine. Seven French b**tards and a French dog helping to detect mines were liquidated.
Meanwhile, the night on April 9 to April 13 in the Tagab and Alasay provinces continued fierce fighting, Taliban reported yesterday.
Today we have some additional details of these battles.
April 9, 2011 in the county in the village Alasay Sherakahel French special forces were ambushed by Taliban. During the battle five Frenchmen were killed.
In the second ambush, while trying to breakout, additional seven Frenchmen were killed and left on the battlefield for all day and night.
During the fighting, 13 April 2011 destroyed another 4 Frenchman.
On the night of April 14, infidels troops have fled from the territory of Alasay and Tagab provinces, suffering heavy losses.
We like to mention that neither NATO commanders nor the French occupation force command reported their losses in the province.
It appears that French are in a deep s**t in Afghanistan. Times for easy colonial victories and occupation are over. With their new activities, NATO might bleed to death.
In a past, I found this source to be highly reliable.
Reply from The Daily Bell
We find it hard to believe that the French could take so many casualties in so short of period of time without it becoming a major domestic issue. (Talib communiques are known to exaggerate.) But there is no doubt the French are now engaged in three military fronts and they may find it harder to disengage from the Ivory Coast than they currently think.
What happened in the Ivory Coast was fairly indefensible from our humble point of view. The UN, with French backing, substituted its own judgment for the sovereign decisions of the Ivorian state. Sure, we're told it happens all the time. But let's see if it as easy to make these regime changes in the 21st century as the 20th.
We currently don't even see currently how they put Gbagbo on trial. Which is something no doubt he knew. If he signs something now he can always retract it, saying it was extorted.
Posted by Stephen on 04/14/11 12:17 PM
This is not at all surprising considering the UN lead American Africom agenda started by George Bush, an agenda that Mau Mauchio Obama once at the helm of the nation as followed with stealth and obedience.
Humanitarian aid my ass, this as everything to do with sending a clear message to China, Africa his ours (Anglo-American Alliance). It seems that while the Anglo Alliance was busy with the Middle East,sending in troops to dismantle and/or combobulate version 2.0 of the American lead Terrorist cells, pushing forward all the way up to Russia/China borders, something to think about; China was busy grabbing/buying every natural resources Africa had to offer, this needless to say did not sit well with the alliance, since the agenda here his the inevitable 3rd WW.
Who so ever controls the resources wins the war.