The Boomerang Effect: Colonization, Globalization & the Inverse Flow, by Fernando Fuster-Fabra

As international trade develops and Internet brings closer together the distanced continents, the peoples of the world relive colonization with the Aquarius Era in full blast. One will rarely admit that globalization in effect is a colonization revival with the powerful imposing their might anew.

Having been born in Asia within the Baby Boomer Generation and not having to go through the dreadful experience of World War II, one would expect to have been freed from the horrors of wars forever. In over my six decades of intense experiences, the scenes of progress have been marred by tragedy, disaster, famine and death. How can we then dare to mention the word “peace”?

I often ask myself if ever there has been a serious intent to bring peace to this beleaguered planet. Do those that now govern think differently from those that did so when the New World was discovered and colonized?

My fascinating experiences from birth to date have been lived in no less than the very five continents, more so in three of these. Thus a global vision of different cultures has been possible and a better understanding of communications learnt. Though I have no regrets of all that I have experienced, good and bad, some experiences have left upon me bitter-sweet memories.

Born of Spanish parents, bred in the early years in the Philippines and in U.S. colleges, my perception of the developing world is that of a melting pot of cultures, traditions and habits. The head start one has with such a breeding is the very essence of tolerance and understanding.

For a young growing child, the head on cultural clashes filled my lips with the frequently asked questions of Why, Who & Where. In all these years I had the opportunity to listen and learn, to share and live, to feel emotions and express sentiments.

As a child and then a teenager, few could probably boast of having had the chance to shake hands with a couple of U.S. Presidents and such a renowned war hero as Gen. Douglas MacArthur. This man in a very simple speech with his usual solemn stance taught me the principles of love and war. Later, as a student in a U.S. campus in the ‘60s, with the echoes of the Vietnam bombing in the backdrop, I learned to understand what MacArthur called soldier’s honorability that was no more in the American scene.

Interested in History, a thorough study of events has pointed out the inevitable. The subsequent empires that have guided the destiny of nations ever since Columbus discovered America in the name of the Spanish Catholic Empire, inherited by the boot lust English Crown and helplessly ceded to the Dollar Empire at the turn of the 19th Century, marked a progressive relentless colonial process that handcuffed the weaker nations for life. As the global battlefields became meager, the wars were fought as skirmishes in other fronts, of which misery, hunger and illness brought about death to the adversaries.

It is in this scenario that the hopes of the impoverished citizens of the world drown in the mire of the hundreds of cultural skirmishes between rival tribes and neighbor enemies. Such is the life that has dragged millions of refugees fleeing from the land that shed upon them their first light. All over Africa, the Middle East, Asia, Latin & Central America, and even in the Old Continent - Central Europe and the extinct USSR – people are dying every day in the futile clash of cultures.

As colonialism apparently fades away and with the New Millennium at full blast, the hegemony of U.S. supremacy wavering, the New Power is firmly in the hands of the economic wizards that apply relentless globalization policies in search of a stronger grip on international financial, industrial, technological, and why not, political scenes.

Transnational empires set their global machinery to milk Mexicans in maquila manufactures at the border of two NAFTA States or Nike enslaves thousands of Indonesians for years for cheap production of their fashion footwear, and then junks them when there is a still cheaper labor. New York garbage is dragged on barges to underdeveloped nations of Central America and American gas emissions shamelessly clog international skies while American Presidents refuse to sign the Kyoto Agreement.

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