Of course he would; don’t be ridiculous. While The Colonel is a Southern gentleman, he is a gentleman of the slaving variety. And recently his Chinese sweatshop workers have been getting uppity, demanding higher wages in order to buy food, of all things. Can you imagine? The Colonel would gladly run them over with tanks, but that doesn’t play well any more with consumers here in the Age of Facebook.
So, The Colonel has instructed his buyers to cancel their orders with Chinese factories while he secures a new pool of slaves. Vietnam looks promising, and maybe the Philippines, but if you are going to take the trouble to relocate your massive sweatshop empire why not move it closer to your end markets?
The Colonel ships a lot of product half way around the world from Asia to Europe, so why not set up shop somewhere in the region? Now, let’s think, where’s an ideal location for “investment”? Where can one find a very large number of people on the verge of starvation who could be put to work making sneakers for 14¢ an hour?
Egypt comes to mind, does it not? Look at the map, it’s a stone’s throw from the lucrative European market. Think of the savings in shipping costs alone.
Do the multinationals have designs on the Arab world? I don’t know, but the The Colonel’s appearance in so many main-stream media pictures from Cairo is a little alarming. Perhaps CNN is just supporting Obama’s plan for Egypt with propaganda designed to appeal to Americans. They cover-up the anti-Israel placards, and make sure that The Colonel is seen often enough for the subliminal message to stick in the brains of viewers: “See, those Egyptians are just like us! They just want to eat at KFC without being clubbed by Mubarak’s henchman.”
Of course, The Colonel’s visage does indeed appear all over the world. Yum! Brands is a very successful company – just look at their stock chart. So, it’s not surprising to see The Colonel, and I don’t consider Yum! Brands to be the least bit sinister itself.
However, the multinationals don’t have a battle flag of their own yet. So, there could, in fact, be a deliberate message being sent to us via The Colonel.
In my previous post, I gave some potential political and military reasons why Obama might want to punish Israel. But if the multinationals want to “develop” the Arab world, Israel will have even bigger problems. Nobody can stand up to the multinationals – not even the USA. If Israel had to be sacrificed to win over the Arabs, the multinationals would swat Israel like a fly trying to land on The Colonel’s biscuits.
In a worst-case scenario, Israel would suffer many years of political isolation. After all, it took a couple of decades for the multinationals to build up the economies of Mexico, China, and India.
Note: Here is a New York Times article about how the multinationals are canceling orders with Chinese factories.