Title: The Coming Colonization of The West
Law I: The Law of Nature
First comes in the Merchants with their attractive business proposals, offers and seemingly unlimited wealth. After this, or closer and parallel, comes in the diplomats and politicians for those important discussions on mutual trading interests and assurances, and then, of course in time, only one thing remains to follow these two up and close, the huge swarms of armies from the air, sea and land, all coming to protect their vital security and economic interests as promised between these natural ”mutual trading partners” against internal and external threats.
Law II: The Flag Follows The Trade
In the Nineteenth Century the British referred to this phenomenon correctly perhaps as ”The Flag Follows The Trade”. In the Twentieth to the Present [Twenty-First] Century, the Flag continued to follow the Oil and Arms Trade. Can we, analysts and specialist on the field, discern a recognizable trend for the next century today?
Law III: East Colonize West
This quiet strategic analyst of Global Affairs [Politics & Security] believes there are some similarities of patterns taking place, though, and perhaps why we are all missing the pattern, as yet we are still in the very infancy stages of development in what might be termed as the coming Colonization of The West by the East.
The First Phase of Western Colonization: The Merchants
The Eastern Rising Powers, from Re-Engaging Russia to Middle Eastern Ambitious Sultanates, to the Inevitable and Unstoppable Rising Powers of Far East, China especially, we can all not fail to observe the ever growth of the trend of ”Merchant Development Phase” in the west. The bulk of money ”private individuals and parties” or businesses from the East ‘investing’ inside the western states and throughout our fashionable capital cities across, from London, to Geneva, Bern, Milan, Madrid, Nicosia, Berlin, Frankfurt, New York, Los Angeles, etc etc; all presented as our western capitalism victory, with absolute blindness and refusal to clear the eyes and look far ahead in the inherent dangers of the trend; the trend to which we, in the west, have practiced so well for so long throughout the world, as we sent in the merchants first, followed closely by the [gunboat] diplomats next and then the [real] big guns.
The trend has grown and accelerated tremendously within few decades, and curiously without an in-depth mention within our media mouthpieces and business or political communities on how most of these foreign investors as individuals and parties or businesses have, or have had, closer links with foreign governments and their secret security services/intelligence communities (as practitioners or agents or mere benefactors of their goodwill). Though few cases have come up, in the US and Huawei, in UK and Russians, and even the ”good Russian émigré defectors” appears more questionable than ”pure”.
Conclusion: Legally Occupied
In short, today, in this twenty-first century, large chunks of strategic western industries and sectors, as well as territories, are legally and contractually owned, co-owned or under consideration for some form of M & A (Merger & Acquisitions) or Further Enterprise Partnership of one kind or another with these Eastern Powers and their ever-growing wealth and representative investors in the west.
The Question is, as observable from past history from the Greco-Roman down to early Pre-Civilizational Era, will all these ‘Investments’ in time, as in the past, lead to one form or another in the colonization of western states? Will the Flag Follow The Trade (this time from the East to West)?
What do you, the readers, think? This author unequivocally believes it will, there is no other way around the ‘natural selection’ of these types in state-relations and growth. The West appears to be undergoing legal occupation in time to be turned into a full blown colonization.
Independent Strategic Analyst/Adviser in International Affairs and Security. I am based in UK. Bsc.Econ International Politics and Military History from Aberystwyth University, with a dissertation on Al-Qaeda. MA Terrorism, International Crime & Global Security from Coventry University, with a thesis in Geo-Strategic Behavioral Differences Between The West and East (via the examination of International Wars and security).