Opinion

IMF Machinations to Demobilize Sri Lanka’s Army

Summary

‘Why, by interweaving our destiny with that of any part of Europe, entangle our peace & prosperity in the toils of European ambition?’

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e-Con e-News 01-07 January 2023

Why, by interweaving our destiny with that of any part of Europe,

entangle our peace & prosperity in the toils of European ambition,

rivalship, interest, humor or caprice?

– George Washington, Farewell Address, 17 September 1796

Under no circumstances, from here to eternity,

will we ever let any critical sphere of our country

or our people’s lives depend on Western investment or technology.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, 4 June 2022


Some people are threatening action against

those who say we must go to the IMF,

but then what is the alternate plan?’

– SJB MP Harsha de Silva, 18 August 2022

We are grateful to India, which encouraged us to go to the IMF.

Finance Minister (Nirmala) Sitharaman & External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar

played a role in that. India was the only country, the only partner,

which stepped up without us having any kind of program.’

– Sri Lanka High Commissioner to India Milinda Moragoda, 3 Sept 2022

‘There is no sight of the said IMF package.

The Government has no plan or program with its creditors’

– SJB MP Harsha de Silva, 2 January 2023

‘The public must not fall victim to extremist elements & Marxist slogans

that have continuously worked towards the downfall of this country…

…No country has developed by heeding Marxist slogans,

there must instead be a proper vision & plan.’

– SJB National-list MP Imtiaz Bakeer Markar, 2 Jan 2023

ee does not know if it’s due to their Marxism, that the US & the IMF are demanding that the Sri Lankan government un-employ 10,000s of soldiers with ‘skills in wielding weapons’. However, if the military were to announce fresh recruitment drives instead, as this ee Focus records, 10,000s would rush to line up and join the forces – the author sees no irrationality in their options.

Between one man carrying a gun & another carrying a tool,

the more important of the two is the man with the tool.

We’ve taken up arms to defeat the Portuguese,

but the whole point of driving out the Portuguese

is to defend the man with the tool.

– Amilcar Cabral of Guinea-Bissau

 

ee Focus’ story on the IMF cutting the forces alternatively recommends redeployment in various vital military-civilian functions like drug-wars, disaster-management & peace-keeping, etc. ee finds a more resonant resolve, however, in continuing the story of The Humble Origins of Modern Japan’s Machine Industry. This history recalls the origins of Toyota and Suzuki, Nissan and Daihatsu, etc, in the artisans who learned from making weapons to promote development of machine-making workshops.

Machine tools have been described as the ‘machines nobody knows,’ and for good reason…

Lathes & milling, drilling, or grinding machines – all of which are machine tools –

are ungainly slabs of steel & iron that cut metal using brute force.

But they vary… ‘as much in power, size & complexity in the field of metal cutting

as do elephants & earthworms in the animal kingdom.

Machine tools are in fact the mother or master machines,

the machines that make all machines.

Every manufactured product is made either by a machine tool

or by a machine that was made by a machine tool.

(Max Holland, From Industry to Alchemy)

 

Focus recounts the role of weapons manufacture in the late Tokugawa period. Japan linked to the US, Dutch & French Navies, which were competing with the English colonialists of the time for ‘equal opportunity’ to rob Asia. Japan began using the first imported machine tools for metalwork and construction of dockyards. Those artisans with experience in weapons factories soon began to make or repair machine tools and machinery for new factories.

  By the late 1870s ironworks run by foreigners declined because the Ministry of Public Works‘ iron workshops trained craftsmen in new technologies. Japan set up night schools in 1887, where artisans learned to draw machine plans. Japan’s invasion of China 1894-5, and the Russo-Japanese war of 1904-5, increased their need for workers in the machine industry. Artisans also began to manufacture oil-engines and lathes with interchangeable parts.

  Artisan workshops also prepared markets for advanced modern factories. In the 1910s Japan began to manufacture broad power-looms and marine internal combustion engines with interchangeable parts. The main markets were weavers & fishers who bought machines made in artisan workshops (see ee Focus), The US-hijacked FAO this week trumpeted some small modifications to fishing boats. There was no mention of who & how they were made. Our brilliant media have no need to ask such questions.

• The present import-export colonial plantation oligarchy has to stage and win and endure an election. It also has to disrupt and divide the country to enable US and Indian destabilization and dictat. Only in this way can they impose the IMF plan to sell-off national assets to private corporations. It is their inability so far to further privatize national assets that has stalled the IMF ‘package’.

     The media instead is blaming Sri Lanka’s IMF-phobia on Communist (even, Marxist-Leninist) China. Apparently, it’s now somehow China that has turned Sri Lanka into an untenable crisis-prone import-export colonial plantation oligarchy, dominated by easy-money merchants & moneylenders!

     These private cabals, led by the top multinational banks and corporations in the world (Standard Chartered, Unilever, etc) have long monopolized much of the country’s resources. They also wish to retain Sri Lanka as a fortress of white power to control the ocean and our links with East Asia, to further diminish political and economic independence.

• Nobody epitomizes the import-export plantation oligarchy, and the failure to invest in modern industry, better than the Trade Finance Association of Bankers (TFAB). TFAB celebrated their 25th Anniversary in December with N Weerasinghe, Central Bank Governor, as Chief Guest, among ‘300 trade professionals’: top bankers & senior government officials connected to the import & export trade. The ‘guest of honor’ however was Matthieu Andrieu of Finastra – Chief Sponsors of the TFAB celebrations. Finastra of London is owned by US Vista Equity Partners. Vista’s CEO has been charged for tax evasion, listed in the Pandora Papers ‘scandal’, and is a patron funder of CIA-linked ISKCON–Hare Krishna organization.

     There is no mention of this financial technology & software that Vista excels in, and which our sponsored bankers will use, to no doubt give our Dollars the best valet parking (Random Notes). Then again, we`re under IMF manners, and it takes a thief to handle a thief’s portfolio. So it’s nothing to palpitate about. Though if you do, take comfort: ‘US convict billionaire Raj Rajaratnam is funding Jaffna Teaching Hospital Cardiology Unit’ (ee Sovereignty, Convict)

     Yes, yes, yes, don’t get too excited. ee is not joining in the great go-go ha-ho going-on-and-on about corruption, corruption & more corruption. After all, the great white father in Washington and his little white genocidal brothers and sisters settled around the world are also, all of sudden, piping up for human rights and grave ‘economic crimes’. They are now grappling to give a definite date to the genesis of corruption. And no, it’s not 1505, 1659, 1795. Not 1948. Guess?

     Let us momentarily concede that these pale papas and mamas are indeed unbiased lily-white arbiters of such worthy ideals. So tell us then:

‘If there is no corruption right now, would the economy be alright?’,

as SBD de Silva oft wondered aloud

The other daily whine now is taxation. But a few Aragala moons earlier, the removal of taxes (especially from corporations) was severely (& selectively) criticized. Taxation (not so much its disparities, avoidance or the sucking of dollars outside the country, with no mention of the quite-legal practices of Unilever and other multinationals via a variety of magical means, IPR, etc) are paraded as added woes.

     However, for ee, the greatest crime is the prevention of modern industrialization, which alone can truly undergird nidhahasa. And this entire last 75 years of Soulbury independence, if not 200 years of continuous Anglomania over the country, has been all about sabotaging and withholding investment in modern machine-making industrialization, which our English media appear to be dumbass illiterate about:

England’s Highest Commissioners – When the Hydroelectric Scheme ran into crisis in 1927,

the Subcommittee of the Legislative Council questioned the Consulting Engineers:

for neglecting their expected general advisory role;

and for earning huge commissions against the interests of the Ceylonese…

During 4 visits to the site during construction (1924-27), the Consulting Engineers

had given no indication that civil engineering work was not being carried out satisfactorily,

but extended consent to the deviations from Wimalasurendra’s original plans…

hence were ‘severely to blame for the present failure.`

(see, How British Petroleum Sabotaged Industrialization in Sri Lanka, ee 9-15 Aug 2020.

Also, Industrial Apartheid in Sri Lanka, ee 16-22 August 2020)

Contents:

A1. Reader Comments

• Hemas’ Trotskyists • Machines nobody knows • Why West allowed Japan to industrialize • Japan’s sinking • Why Buddhagosa? • Election Valves • Cameron at the Port • Reconciliation crap • JVP’s Somali Pirates

A2. Quotes of the Week

• Indian Tamils & Kandyan Vote • Bats in the Big House • 2022 in the Passive Voice • Carbon-dating Corruption • IMF Head Acts Coy • Unnatural Debts for Nature • USA’s Anti-State Austerity • Selling Shipping Agencies • Dollar: from Gold to Oil • NATO’s Diverse Liberals • US Torture’s Offshore Havens • Top 10 Global Monopolies • Selling Attention

A3. Random Notes –

• Holy Media Crusades • Buying US Supreme Court Justice • Trade Finance Bankers’ Christmas • Taxes on Betting Sheets & Hearses • Mexico Closer to US than China for Now • Brazil Withdraws Privatization of Oil, Media • Corruption Color-coded & GPS-ed

A4. Building Blocks

• Guaranteed Rice Price for Industrialization • Home Market means Peasant Market • Machines Not for Export • Smallholding & Science

B. ee Focus       

B1. To Please the IMF, Lanka is Cutting Troop Numbers – Rathindra Kuruwita

B2. The Transmission Belt for Steel Technology: Ideas Transfer from Sri Lanka towards Japan, Part 2 – Susantha Goonatilake

B3. The Humble Origins of Modern Japan’s Machine Industry, Part 2 – Jun Suzuki

C. News Index

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