This is a really interesting article to me for two reasons. But first, let me get the thank you out of the way. Ms. K.M., a regular reader and contributor of articles here, sent me this one with the warning that the "tone" of the article would be rather obvious. Well, indeed, that's the first interesting thing about the article, the tone, which you'll immediately encounter (if be unable to digest). The second interesting thing is the news story itself, and its implications, which seem to escape the globaloney rhetorical clouds of gas and steam in which the news is "reported":
So let's deal, briefly, with the odor emanating from the steam and gas with which the article was launched (doubtless in a fit of "international community and a 'spirit of cooperation'").
President Fernandez de Kirchner, you'll recall, gave an impassioned speech before the UN general assembly recently, in which her determination to defend her country's economic interests against rapacious American hedge funds (and for that matter, corrupt judges), was readily apparent. So note the rhetoric here: nationalism - which in President Kirchner's case I take to mean pride in one's national culture and achievements - is to be interpreted as some form of "machismo" and even as a disease, an infection, which President Kirchner is apparently launching into space. It is even a "circus" and inevitably a sign of that hated "s" word, "socialism". Granted, Argentina is up to its high rises in socialism. But once again one sees that for the modern western practitioner of globaloneyism, the only thing that matters is money and "international capitalism"; national pride, culture, achievement, count for nothing. Hence, the long litany of "non-Argentine" companies involved in the launch of the satellite. The pathetic (and bathetic) depths to which the commentator goes to paint Ms. Kirchner as some sort of neo-papal or neo-monarchist is truly mind-boggling; for besides pointing out that she uses "we", he might well have indicted numerous recent Amerikan presidents for the same purple-robed prose (and in their case, they probably really meant it as such). And lets not forget that according to the current incumbent, in a fit of non-internationalist rhetoric, the USA is "the indispensable nation." No group-think globaloney claptrap there.
Ok... I grant you, I'm nitpicking. He wasn't writing about Amerikan satellite launches on Russian rockets with components made in France, Japan, and Italy, but about Argentine ones.
Now on to the real story here. Argentina launched a communications satellite, the import of which the author manages to skate entirely by, as if he were dancing a gallop in the palaces of 19th century Vienna, oblivious to the rumblings of the collapse of the Glorious Great Polyglot Internationalist Experiment That Was Austria-Hungary(think of it as the First European Union, folks):
“Along with the president of 40 million Argentineans, the entire country participates in the historic launch of the ArSat-1 satellite that furthers the effort of satellite sovereignty,” the commentator announced as the broadcast began." (Emphasis added)
That is the real story here, and it's one I've been predicting for some time. If the BRICSA nations are to successfully challenge dollar-euro hegemony, they will need a system of international financial clearing. And to have their own system of international financial clearing, they must have space assets to make it possible, and that means satellites. Long ago I predicted that we would have to watch the BRICSA nations (and for that matter, the BRICSA-want-to-be nations, like Argentina), and for increases of their own independent satellite (and space defense) capability.
President Fernandez de Kirchner knows the game, and she is signalling yet again to London, Wall Street, and Washington, that she intends to play it. India, Brazil, and South Africa will not be far behind.
The next step to watch for? I suspect one must watch two things here: (1) BRICSA pressure to demilitarize space and prohibit its weaponization, amid a campaign for full disclosure by the West of any current space-based or ground based satellite defense systems. Of course, they won't get that, so the next thing to watch for would be (2) A BRICSA policy pronouncement about space defenses and cooperation in space defense.
And Argentina will probably be part of both discussions.
See you on the flip side...