Stages of War and Economic Occupation – (Part III)

We are following today the steps taken by aggressor State in its war against another countries, whether directly or by indirect means to follow the stages that cause difficulties which turn into an economic crisis to liberalize the markets of the targeted country and open them to foreign goods, even if this targeted country produces the same goods with the same quality.

Foreign goods are promoted in the media and socially, till they dominates the markets and people stop buying national goods. This is a simple method of measuring what will come next.

There are two things: (1) striking the national industry; (2) draining hard currency necessary to import foreign goods. It is very common around the world, and the example we saw in Syria was the opening of the Syrian markets for Turkish goods, such as “furniture” and clothes, which affected the industry in Syria and caused hundreds of millions of dollars in losses.

many factories and workshops were closed and thousands lost their professions and livelihood.

The liberalization of markets and trade started by the Syrian government and the lifting of subsidies in whole or in part, and by economic relations and wholesale agreements.

This was done on the basis of the recommendations of the annual IMF consultation mission. Article 4 of the Charter of Cooperation: 2008 and 2009 reports. These projects require loans from international banks and foreign expertise, which benefit those major countries.

Loans means dependency  and hocking national income to repay debts and interest. There may be defaults, and the economic situation and social conditions may worsen, besides, the government will have to be dispense a lot of development projects ..

It may also resort to sell its shares to the private market “privatization”, which at the end of the day returns to the  big state, or it will accumulate more debts which will increase dependency.

If the state was “outstanding” and able to repay and to carry out development projects and improve its economy, or if the state refused foreign loans and carried out the process of “self-sufficiency” with the assistance of friendly countries ..

The colonial state creates other problems to support the ethnic groups to claim “independency”, or it will incite religious or ethnic groups, and better; create problems within these countries, or with neighboring countries to ignite armed conflicts.

Here the big countries benefit from selling arms to one or both sides of the conflict.

Wars also result in destruction which also brings reconstruction , and of course foreign companies are ready.

Then it intervenes between the conflicting countries in the process of “interim” reconciliation. There are many examples: the civil war in the Central African Republic, the war between North and South Sudan, the conflict between Eritrea and Ethiopia, the Gulf States and Iran, past and present, Syria and Turkey, Iraq and Turkey, Libya, Yemen and Venezuela.

The main objective is economic and political dependence. In addition to the previous methods, the economies of borrowing countries are linked to the economy of large countries, which is known by linking the exchange rate of the local currency to the dollar.

As a result of dependence, economic distress, the suffering of the people or in the case of war, the conscience of the leaders of the major Powers is suddenly awakened and they send aid shipments so-called “humanitarian”.

It also provides periodic economic and military aid, often annual, such as US $ 2.1 billion in aid to Egypt after 1978 and Cairo’s signing of the peace agreement with Tel Aviv ,although this assistance does not account for more than 1.9% of Egypt’s national income, but Washington is always threatening to cut it if Egypt bypasses the drawn lines, which negatively affects the Egyptian economy.

The United States is providing similar assistance, some of which are of higher value, to dozens of countries around the world; Afghanistan, Poland, Israel, Colombia, Sudan, Iraq … What is required of these countries is “loyalty and obedience”.

  • Source: Firil Study Center , Dr. JamilShaheen, War and Economy


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