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Chaos Management: Pretext for Invasion

Summary

The US is demanding abolition of the executive presidency… here only

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e-Con e-News 15-21 May 2022

The US ambassador illegally met last week with Sri Lanka’s Army Commander General Shavendra Silva – without the permission of the President of Sri Lanka. So claims a ‘popularized’ vlogger (see ee Sovereignty, Shavi).

     For what, or why? The story could be more of the relentless media fog. To undermine the President and the Commander. This week the Wijeya Group’s Financial Times apologized for using a 2018 photograph of the former PM Mahinda in a plane to illustrate his return passage to parliament last week.

     Regardless of whether the commander met the envoy or not, the US government could be wishing to flag their own symbolic abolition of the power of the executive presidency. Maybe they wish to swagger about their capture and overthrow of another popularly elected head of state, and government? After all they’re only echoing the voice of the people… Ahem!

     The US and EU, etc., funnel so much unaccounted funds in and out of the country, under the guise of humanitarian donations, expertise, training, aid, NGOS, etc. They hear their own voice and mistake it for others. They also issue sermons on ‘protocols’ and the ‘rule of law’ at other times. They may feel, what’s the big deal about a big guy and a big gal getting together? It’s all very funny…

     This is why another settler-colonial envoy, from Canada, saw it fit to twitter (crack?) out loud that Sri Lankans could monetize political humour for export. The US ambassador is also being funny too (Random Notes).

‘The IMF is said to have read the riot act through intermediaries to the President…

The US & India, Sri Lanka’s principal banker & protector at the moment,

would have added their voices of support for Ranil Wickremesinghe and their veto against others…’

ee Politics, Saviour

• Going to the IMF is neither desirable nor was it inevitable (see ee Focus). This war on Sri Lanka is not a new war; no new comedy. Sri Lanka was long murunga-utherred as a ‘model English colony’, ‘oldest democracy’ (next to the largest version), ‘welfare state’, ‘highly literate’, etc. Sri Lanka now stands bound hand and foot flung onto the frontlines of the latest political, economic and military experiments. A test case in extending the new white world order into the 21st century. Sri Lanka is also being compared to a canary, guinea pig, etc. Though it’s not new. Recall ’77 JR is remembered as Thatcher before Thatcher, Regan before Reagan, Pinochet…

• Across the pond: A ‘woke’ US President is dispatching troops to Somalia. He will descend on US-occupied Japan and Korea, talking up and down about democracy. In Myanmar, the US is leading another war against another government, with their ‘social media’ declaring victory daily! Meanwhile, Australia declares war for election day:

     On the day of Australia’s general election (21 May), a Sri Lankan boat was serendipitously ‘intercepted’ on its way to Canberra. ‘In a major development, Australian PM Scott Morrison told reporters, after casting his vote in his local electorate of Cook, ‘I can confirm that there’s been an interception of a vessel en route to Australia… I’ve been here to stop this boat, but in order for me to be there to stop those that may come from here, you need to vote Liberal and Nationals today.’

     ‘It is understood about 15 people were on board the vessel that was intercepted by Australian authorities off the west coast of Christmas Island after almost making it to land.’ During the ruling National-Liberal Coalition government’s ‘khaki’ election campaign, Australia’s war minister Peter Dutton told the country to ‘prepare for war’ (against China).

     Morison was on the verge of losing. An agency of Morrison’s PR team must have have arranged for the  dispatch and ‘interception’ of the boat just as he was voting?! Corporate media has hijacked perceptions of public life and public actors:

‘We have successfully frozen their brand – ‘Rajapakse’ – into the public conversation and are steadily driving up negative perceptions. We will eventually turn it toxic, as we put all of the various cultural insanities under that brand category. The goal is to have the public read something crazy in the newspaper and immediately think ‘Rajapakse.’ We have decodified the term and will recodify it to annex the entire range of cultural constructions that are unpopular with Sri Lankans.’

The above quote is a satire on adspeak or image management jargon (see Random Notes, Critical Race Theory). But the media is indeed chock-a-block with such ‘branding’. Unilever or their League of Multinational Corporations in Sri Lanka (see LMNC, ee 28 February 2022) would never admit to creating such a PR campaign to undermine a leadership or government (or rather snatch it more firmly into the white man’s grip?).

     It makes sense that Unilever et al last year funded the start of the ‘farmer’ protests against the government’s organic policy. Unilever and other MNCs, through their innumerable local agents, are the largest importers of chemicals into the country, to concoct their pesticides & fertilizers, soaps, detergents, perfumes, etc.

• The moment the recent ‘protests’ started in Colombo, Unilever simultaneously pulled their advertising from the national television broadcasting network Rupavahini. That’s a lot of money. For Rupavahini, at least. It’s a tiny amount for multinational Unilever, which has kadays in almost 200 countries. Is it Unilever’s act of solidarity with the aragalaya, putting pressure on another government corporation, seeking to exact greater editorial control, and a better marketing contract? Unilever monopolizes SL media time through its agency Mindshare (ee Focus).

• Last ee reported on US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen urging the US to tighten control over supply chains, to prevent countries using their ‘market position in key raw materials, technologies or products to have the power to disrupt our economy or exercise unwanted geopolitical leverage’.

     Sri Lanka has perhaps been exercising unwanted geopolitical leverage over supply chains. Or could, potentially. So Sri Lanka needs to be cut down to size to prevent it from becoming the threat of a good example.

     This recalls many of the imposed facets of Sri Lanka’s trajectory towards this difficult pass, for the last 74 years & more:

Preventing investment in modern industrialization & economic sovereignty, at tremendous cost.

Promoting of super consumption.

Making the economy dependent on dollar loans, fuel, food, and imports.

Making the economy dependent on foreign whim (migrant workers, tourism, export markets)

Gaming the rupee.

Choking supply chains into and inside Sri Lanka.

Push Sri Lanka into chaos.

Blaming politicians, corruption and debt.

Declaring a lack of confidence.

Provoking citizens into disorganized melee.

Taunting the police and army into intervening.

Imposing IMF dictate and selling off national assets.

Crying human (minus economic) rights.

US and Indian armies invade…?

Resistance…

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