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    Is an International Financial Conspiracy Driving World Events? by Richard C. Cook Global Research March 27, 2008 They make a desolation and call it peace.
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      Is an International Financial Conspiracy Driving World Events?
      by Richard C. Cook
      Global Research
      March 27, 2008


      "They make a desolation and call it peace." -Tacitus


      Was Alan Greenspan really as dumb as he looks in creating the late
      housing bubble that threatens to bring the entire Western debt-based
      economy crashing down?

      Was something as easy to foresee as this really the trigger for a
      meltdown that could destroy the world's financial system? Or was it
      done, perhaps, "accidentally on purpose"?

      And if so, why?

      Let's turn to the U.S. personage that conspiracy theorists most often
      mention as being at the epicenter of whatever elite plan is reputed to
      exist. This would be David Rockefeller, the 92-year-old
      multibillionaire godfather of the world's financial elite.



      The lengthy Wikipedia article on Rockefeller provides the following
      version of a celebrated statement he allegedly made in an opening
      speech at the Bilderberg conference in Baden-Baden, Germany, in June 1991:

      "We are grateful to the Washington Post, the New York Times, Time
      magazine, and other great publications whose directors have attended
      our meetings and respected their promises of discretion for almost
      forty years. It would have been impossible for us to develop our plan
      for the world if we had been subject to the bright lights of publicity
      during these years. But the world is now more sophisticated and
      prepared to march towards a world government which will never again
      know war, but only peace and prosperity for the whole of humanity. The
      supranational sovereignty of an intellectual elite and world bankers
      is surely preferable to the national auto-determination practiced in
      the past centuries."

      This speech was made 17 years ago. It came at the beginning in the
      U.S. of the Bill Clinton administration. Rockefeller speaks of an
      "us." This "us," he says, has been having meetings for almost 40
      years. If you add the 17 years since he gave the speech it was 57
      years ago—two full generations.

      Not only has "us" developed a "plan for the world," but the attempt to
      "develop" the plan has evidently been successful, at least in
      Rockefeller's mind. The ultimate goal of "us" is to create "the
      supranational sovereignty of an intellectual elite and world bankers."
      This will lead, he says, toward a "world government which will never
      again know war."

      Just as an intellectual exercise, let's assume that David Rockefeller
      is as important and powerful a person as he seems to think he is.
      Let's give the man some credit and assume that he and "us" have in
      fact succeeded to a degree. This would mean that the major decisions
      and events since Rockefeller gave the speech in 1991 have probably
      also been part of the plan or that they have at least represented its
      features and intent.


      David Rockefeller at Harvard in 2006

      Therefore by examining these decisions and events we can determine
      whether in fact Rockefeller is being truthful in his assessment that
      the Utopia he has in mind is on its way or has at least come closer to
      being realized. In no particular order, some of these decisions and
      events are as follows:

      The implementation of the North American Free Trade Agreement by the
      Bill Clinton and George W. Bush administrations has led to the
      elimination of millions of U.S. manufacturing jobs as well as the
      destruction of U.S. family farming in favor of global agribusiness.

      Similar free trade agreements, including those under the auspices of
      the World Trade Organization, have led to export of millions of
      additional manufacturing jobs to China and elsewhere.

      Average family income in the U.S. has steadily eroded while the share
      of the nation's wealth held by the richest income brackets has soared.
      Some Wall Street hedge fund managers are making $1 billion a year
      while the number of homeless, including war veterans, pushes a million.

      The housing bubble has led to a huge inflation of real estate prices
      in the U.S. Millions of homes are falling into the hands of the
      bankers through foreclosure. The cost of land and rentals has further
      decimated family agriculture as well as small business. Rising
      property taxes based on inflated land assessments have forced millions
      of lower-and middle-income people and elderly out of their homes.

      The fact that bankers now control national monetary systems in their
      entirety, under laws where money is introduced only through lending at
      interest, has resulted in a massive debt pyramid that is teetering on
      collapse. This "monetarist" system was pioneered by Rockefeller-family
      funded economists at the University of Chicago. The rub is that when
      the pyramid comes down and everyone goes bankrupt the banks which have
      been creating money "out of thin air" will then be able to seize
      valuable assets for pennies on the dollar, as J.P. Morgan Chase is
      preparing to do with the businesses owned by Carlyle Capital.
      Meaningful regulation of the financial industry has been abandoned by
      government, and any politician that stands in the way, such as Eliot
      Spitzer, is destroyed.

      The total tax burden on Americans from federal, state, and local
      governments now exceeds forty percent of income and is rising. Today,
      with a recession starting, the Democratic-controlled Congress, while
      supporting the minuscule "stimulus" rebate, is hypocritically raising
      taxes further, even for middle-income earners. Back taxes, along with
      student loans, can no longer be eliminated by bankruptcy protection.

      Gasoline prices are soaring even as companies like Exxon-Mobil are
      recording record profits. Other commodity prices are going up
      steadily, including food prices, with some countries starting to
      experience near-famine conditions. 40 million people in America are
      officially classified as "food insecure."

      Corporate control of water and mineral resources has removed much of
      what is available from the public commons, and the deregulation of
      energy production has led to huge increases in the costs of
      electricity in many areas.

      The destruction of family farming in the U.S. by NAFTA (along with
      family farming in Mexico and Canada) has been mirrored by policies
      toward other nations on the part of the International Monetary Fund
      and World Bank. Around the world, due to pressure from the "Washington
      consensus," local food self-sufficiency has been replaced by raising
      of crops primarily for export. Migration off the land has fed the
      population of huge slums around the cities of underdeveloped countries.

      Since the 1980s the U.S. has been fighting wars throughout the world
      either directly or by proxy. The former Yugoslavia was dismembered by
      NATO. Under cover of 9/11 and by utilizing off-the-shelf plans, the
      U.S. is now engaged in the military conquest and permanent military
      occupation of the Middle East. A worldwide encirclement of Russia and
      China by U.S. and NATO forces is underway, and a new push to
      militarize space has begun. The Western powers are clearly preparing
      for at least the possibility of another world war.

      The expansion of the U.S. military empire abroad is mirrored by the
      creation of a totalitarian system of surveillance at home, whereby the
      activities of private citizens are spied upon and tracked by
      technology and systems which have been put into place under the
      heading of the "War on Terror." Human microchip implants for tracking
      purposes are starting to be used. The military-industrial complex has
      become the nation's largest and most successful industry with tens of
      thousands of planners engaged in devising new and better ways, both
      overt and covert, to destroy both foreign and domestic "enemies."

      Meanwhile, the U.S. has the largest prison population of any country
      on earth. Plus everyday life for millions of people is a crushing
      burden of government, insurance, and financial fees, charges, and
      paperwork. And the simplest business transactions are burdened by
      rake-offs for legions of accountants, lawyers, bureaucrats, brokers,
      speculators, and middlemen.

      Finally, the deteriorating conditions of everyday life have given rise
      to an extraordinary level of stress-related disease, as well as
      epidemic alcohol and drug addiction. Governments themselves around the
      world engage in drug trafficking. Instead of working to lower stress
      levels, public policy is skewed in favor of an enormous prescription
      drug industry that grows rich off the declining level of health
      through treatment of symptoms rather than causes. Many of these
      heavily-advertised medications themselves have devastating side-effects.

      This list should at least give us enough to go on in order to ask a
      hard question. Assuming again that all these things are parts of the
      elitist plan which Mr. Rockefeller boasts to have been developing,
      isn't it a little strange that the means which have been selected to
      achieve "peace and prosperity for the whole of humanity" involve so
      much violence, deception, oppression, exploitation, graft, and theft?

      In fact it looks to me as though "our plan for the world" is one that
      is based on genocide, world war, police control of populations, and
      seizure of the world's resources by the financial elite and their
      puppet politicians and military forces.

      In particular, could there be a better way to accomplish all this than
      what appears to be a concentrated plan to remove from people
      everywhere in the world the ability to raise their own food? After
      all, genocide by starvation may be slow, but it is very effective.
      Especially when it can be blamed on "market forces."

      And can it be that the "us" which is doing all these things, including
      the great David Rockefeller himself, are just criminals who have
      somehow taken over the seats of power? If so, they are criminals who
      have done everything they can to watch their backs and cover their
      tracks, including a chokehold over the educational system and the
      monopolistic mainstream media.

      One thing is certain: The voters of America have never knowingly
      agreed to any of this.


      Richard C. Cook is a former U.S. federal government analyst, whose
      career included service with the U.S. Civil Service Commission, the
      Food and Drug Administration, the Carter White House, NASA, and the
      U.S. Treasury Department. His articles on economics, politics, and
      space policy have appeared on numerous websites. His book on monetary
      reform entitled We Hold These Truths: The Promise of Monetary Reform
      is in preparation. He is also the author of Challenger Revealed: An
      Insider's Account of How the Reagan Administration Caused the Greatest
      Tragedy of the Space Age, called by one reviewer, "the most important
      spaceflight book of the last twenty years." His website is at
      www.richardccook.com.


      Richard C. Cook is a frequent contributor to Global Research.

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