ISTANBUL, Turkey—Bilderberg celebrated President Bush’s “surrender” on two major issues while showing distress over continuing setbacks to its goal of establishing a world government under the United Nations.
Bush’s surrender came on two fronts: The environment and the sovereignty-surrendering Law of the Sea Treaty (LOST). As recently as May 25, Bush administration officials reiterated his long-standing opposition to European demands on the environment, especially the Kyoto Treaty, which would impose heavy economic burdens on the United States while exempting Mexico and other smoke-belching nations. His reversal on LOST is now under the radar of the mainstream media but will eventually have to emerge.
Bilderberg was among the first to discover the environment as an issue years ago. But these sons of smokestack millionaires were motivated by the potential for immense profits in cleaning up the environment, not by foul air and dirty water. Thus Bilderberg’s pressure on the European Union to require heavy taxpayer investments for clean-up and former President Bill Clinton, himself a Bilderberger, to advocate ratification of the Kyoto Treaty.
But in Washington on May 31, even as Bilderberg luminaries were arriving at the posh Ritz-Carlton for their annual secret meeting, Bush called for 15 major nations to agree on a goal for global emissions limits by the end of next year.
“The United States takes this seriously,” Bush said.
But while gloating over this “surrender,” Bilderberg members denounced his efforts as “too little and too late” because the Kyoto Treaty expires in 2012. The Europeans agreed that more must be demanded at the Group of 8 summit now taking place, but Bush must not be “embarrassed.” The new environmental buzzword is to be “sustainable growth.”
Among new climate related demands by Bilderberg is for the United State to increase gasoline taxes so the price will rise “significantly” to more than $6 a gallon. The argument is that this will reduce driving and thus emissions. They argued, with little or no dissent from Americans, that Europeans already pay that much or more. Unsaid was the fact that many more Americans have to drive long distances to work. Many Europeans live so close to their jobs they walk or ride bikes.
Lest this be shrugged off as politically impossible, with voters already outraged at record-high prices, there is a precedent. Years ago, during another period of record gas prices, Bilderberg’s junior varsity, the Trilateral Commission (TC), met in San Francisco. TC and Bilderberg have an interlocking leadership and common agenda. TC was founded by David Rockefeller. Henry Kissinger and Peter Sutherland sit on the boards of both groups. TC demanded that the federal government increase gas taxes by 10 cents a gallon.
The meeting ended on a Sunday and on the following Tuesday, The Washington Post called for a 10-cent tax hike. It passed. You paid. Bush’s about-face on the sea treaty is astounding. It will further alienate his base of conservatives, already angry over high taxes, high deficits and foolish spending.
Only Bilderberg, as its members boasted, could pressure Bush into such an irrational act. This demonstrates the raw power of Bilderberg.
President Ronald Reagan rejected LOST in 1982. President Bush the Elder let the issue lie fallow. Bilderberger Clinton signed the treaty and wanted to submit it to the Senate for ratification. He pulled back when a test vote showed a 95-0 opposition to the LOST.
For Bush to anger his already antagonized Republican base by this about-face is incredible.
Bilderberg participants said “pressure has been applied,” and Bush is expected to announce support of the LOST “soon.” Bush’s national security adviser, Stephen Hadley, has asked the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Joe Biden (D-Del.), to secure ratification “soon.”
The LOST took effect in 1994 and has been ratified by 153 countries. If ratified, the United States would yield sovereignty over all the world’s seas and oceans to a UN bureaucracy. Americans could be ordered by the UN to stop fishing or digging for clams on either coast. The LOST created the International Seabed Authority (ISA) with full jurisdiction over more than 70% of the world: the oceans and everything in them.
This includes the ocean floors and all the wealth they contain: “solid, liquid, or gaseous mineral resources” and the power to regulate them. The ISA, headquartered in Jamaica, has an assembly, a council and numerous commissions in a typically bloated bureaucracy, all paid tax-free salaries. If ratified, the United States would have one in 154 votes, and with envy and hatred of our country so widespread, this nation would lose every appeal of every decision.
These bureaucrats would have the power to levy international taxes, something Bilderberg has wanted for many years. Bilderberg prefers, as members have said many times at their meetings over many years, a UN tax on oil at the wellhead. Starting at perhaps 10 cents a barrel, Americans would be unaware they are paying a direct tax to the UN when buying gas. But, like the income tax, it would grow to usurious levels. But the principle is important to Bilderberg: a direct tax on people of the world would be a major step toward global government. Such a tax has been pending before the UN for years but unreported in the mainstream media.
The LOST taxes would be disguised as assessments, fees, permits or payments. But they will cost you money.
But the good news is, Bilderberg is upset that, as public knowledge and indignation rises, the plan for global government is years behind schedule. In the 1990s, Bilderberg was confident that, by 2000, the merging of Europe into a single superstate would be completed and the “American Union” would be well on the way to completion. But two nations failed to ratify the EU constitution, keeping it from taking effect. And outraged Americans have prevented NAFTA from evolving into the “American Union.”
Peter Sutherland, chairman of British Petroleum and Goldman Sachs International, among others, said it was a mistake for the Netherlands and France to kill the EU constitution by putting it to a popular vote so the public could reject it.
“You knew there was a rise in nationalism; you should have let your parliaments ratify the treaty, and it should be done with,” Sutherland fumed. His views were applauded with no apparent dissent.
The term “nationalism” is an obscenity to Bilderberg, being equated with patriotism.
A German said a new draft of the treaty will be shorter and more easily understood.
“Tell your people you fixed the treaty to meet their complaints, and let your parliaments ratify without a popular vote,” he said.
Then the problem of the failure of the “American Union” was addressed. “We must help the enlightened media, as opposed to small journals obsessed with national sovereignty, understand that it is the patriotic duty of the people to support the North American zone [U.S. Mexico and Canada] because it will bring prosperity to the poor and put food in the mouths of hungry babies,” Henry Kissinger said. “Then it can expand, as NAFTA was intended, to all the Western Hemisphere and evolve into the ‘American Union.’ ”
Yet, despite the pep talk, Bilderberg was gloomy, seeing the spectre of nationalism. Was not NAFTA expected to similarly succeed?
“Many congressmen who voted for NAFTA lost their seats and survivors are scared to death,” an American said. “We tried to explain that, ultimately, more and better jobs would be generated by NAFTA. But the man who lost a high-paying manufacturing job to Mexico and is now flipping burgers for minimum wage votes, too.”
There was some discussion about how to make Joe Sixpack understand. “He should have understood,” one said. “There was much in the newspapers and on TV and radio.”
Kissinger, arguing for Turkey’s immediate admission to the European Union, said European nations willingly “gave up their sovereignty, to a certain extent,” after World War II in exchange for security. Persisting loyalty to the “nation-state” creates structural barriers to the EU, he said. Turkey is of “extraordinary strategic and political importance” for the EU, Kissinger said, but stressed that membership would require European intervention in domestic affairs—an idea resented by many Turks.
A Turkish member said that many of his countrymen resent appearing to “beg” for EU membership, and many want to remain outside and retain their national sovereignty. France strongly opposes admitting Turkey to the EU. Officially, Turkey wants admission.
Despite screaming headlines and chilling newspaper stories, Turkish members denied there is a military buildup on the border with Iraq and said there would be no attack on Kurds living there. (Despite denials by the Turkish government, it has been reported that several thousand Turkish troops have now invaded Iraq.)
European members remain opposed to the U.S. invasion of Iraq but more friendly toward the attack on Afghanistan. Afghanistan is a “more logical target” resulting in “less dead.” At the time of these comments, on June 1, 3,473 Americans had been killed in Iraq and 390 in Afghanistan.
Bilderberg is troubled about Iran’s nuclear ambitions but more concerned about its oil. Any U.S. military action must be limited to strategic airstrikes and no attacks by land, or “boots on the ground,” several Europeans said. But Americans must remain in Iraq, Kissinger said.
(Issue #24 & 25, June 11 & 18, 2007)