[ Source: CEC's Australian Alert Service Oct.03 2002 ]
According to the Sept.26 LondonTimes, in private retreats, top oligarchs are discussing a "hair raising" and "grim" future of non-stop wars in the Middle East, and global economic collapse -- or, How the Old Dark Age meets the New Dark Age.
In his regular Times column, Anatole Kaletsky writes a quite shocking article. He says he is reminded by a recent experience he had of the writings of Boccaccio's Decameron, written during the 14th century tribulations, where a form of "escapism" is described, whereby the characters "turn away from the plagues of the outside world and retreat to a refuge of beauty, luxury, and self indulgence. Although I am not very rich, I had the opportunity to do exactly this when I spent two days at a retreat for the rich and powerful, organized by NetJets, a company which provides private aircraft for the world's movers and shakers.
Schwarzenegger being Groomed for California's Governor
Warren Buffet, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Lord Jacob Rothschild at Waddesdon Manor
"Everything about this gathering made me think of Boccaccio. The setting was Waddesdon Manor, the magnificent baroque palace outside London, built by the Rothschild family, in the 1980s.... The hosts were Lord Rothschild,.... and Warren Buffet, the owner of NetJets, and the second richest man in the world." The themes were so unnerving, that "the conference agenda made me think of Boccacciossybarites, eating sweetmeats on their hilltop outside Florence, as the plague ravaged the world outside.."
He said that while everyone was drinking the best wines in the world, they were confronted with "three interconnected traumas" by those speaking: The Middle East, The collapse of shares, and the prospect of a global economic depression.
Kaletsky writes: "The apocalyptic tone was set by a hair raising discussion
of the Middle East. After hearing presentations from two well placed Washington
officials, it became clear that war was now inevitable -- and in a matter
of weeks, not months. Far more alarming, was that the war would not stop with
the removal of President Saddam Hussein, still less with the U.N.-sponsored
campaign to eliminate Iraq's weapons of mass destruction.
Within hours of September 11 2001, President Bush apparently made two irrevocable decisions. America was at war, and the war 'was not just against the authors of September 11, but against all those who air or support acts of this kind.' The war against terror, would therefore, 'get bigger and bigger all the time.'
"After dealing with Iraq, the pressure for 'regime change' would shift to Iran, then Saudi Arabia, Syria, and Pakistan. Most Middle Eastern countries, we were told, were not really 'nations'. They were personal fiefdoms. Iraq should really be called 'Saddam-land', Syria 'asad-land' -- and the name Saudi Arabia speaks for itself. Thus military action to remove Saddam will really be a war on Iraq, not against it. The White House seemed confident that Iraqis would see things this way and would welcome U.S. soldiers, if not American bombs.
"As if an ever expanding war were not bad enough, the economic outlook presented to the gathered plutocrats, was even grimmer since it was not overlaid with the blustering confidence of the Washington war party. In contrast to the geopolitical experts, who all seemed intoxicated by the omnipotence of the U.S.military machine, the economic experts -- including James Wolfensohn, President of the World Bank, Paul Volcker the former chairman of the Federal Reserve Board, and, of course Buffet himself -- all emphasized the impotence of monetary and fiscal policy after the collapse of one of the great speculative bubbles of all time.
"To make matters worse, the assembled company generally agreed that America and Britain, would soon be threatened by the new bubbles in the property markets........"