Last night I watched a main stream action film starring Clive Owen called ‘The International’ – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_International_(film). Wikipedia summarises the plot well:
“Interpol agent Louis Salinger (Clive Owen) and Manhattan Assistant District Attorney Eleanor Whitman (Naomi Watts) are determined to bring to justice one of the world’s most powerful banks, the International Bank of Business and Credit which funds terrorist activities. Uncovering illegal activities including money laundering, arms trading, and the destabilization of governments, Salinger’s and Whitman’s investigation takes them from Berlin to Milan, where the IBBC assassinates an Italian prime ministerial candidate (Calvini)”
There is one exchange of dialogue in this film that I found remarkable in its level of truth for a mainstream action movie. This occurs 33:20 minutes into the film when the two agents interview Calvini – who has amassed his fortune in arms dealings:
DA Whitman: Mr. Calvini, we’d like to know why the IBBC, a bank would be purchasing hundreds of millions of dollars worth of missile guidance and control systems from your company?
Calvini: The IBBC has purchased billions of dollars worth of Silkworm missiles from the People’s Republic of China which they have presold to clients in the Middle East. Contingent upon the missiles being equipped with VOLCON guidance systems. My company is one of only two in the world which produce the VOLCON.
DA: But why is the bank committing so much of its capital and resources to the sale of these missiles?
Calvini: It’s a test. Small arms are the only weapons used in 99% of the world’s conflicts and no one has the capacity to manufacture them faster and cheaper than China. What Skarssen (IBBC CEO) is attempting to do is to make the IBBC the exclusive broker of Chinese small arms to the Third World. And the missile deal is the gateway transaction.
Lou: Yeah, but billions of dollars invested simply to be a broker? There can’t be that much profit for them.
Calvini: No. This is not about making a profit from weapon sales. It’s about control.
DA: Control the flow of weapons, control the conflict.
Calvini: No, no. The IBBC is a bank. Their objective isn’t to control the conflict; it’s to control the debt that the conflict produces. You see, the real value of a conflict, the true value is in the debt that it creates. You control the debt, you control everything. You find this upsetting, yes? But this is the very essence of the banking industry, to make us all, whether we be nations or individuals slaves to debt.
You can watch the clip on youtube for the moment. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XDxNtpMEEZM&feature=PlayList&p=659CB4853D9ABCB7&index=2 (3:15 into this clip). Better be quick, before they remove it for copyright infringement.