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The Syrian Endgame, “A Lost War is Dangerous”. US-NATO, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, “Losers on The Rampage”

The Syrian Endgame: “A Lost War is Dangerous, or US-NATO, Saudi Arabia, Turkey: “Losers on The Rampage”

Prof. Tim Anderson
Global Research, February 14, 2016

Professor Tim Anderson’s work on Syria is immaculate. Most articles on Syria, even those coming from the Left or Global Research, are not completely true. They contain exaggerations or unproven assertions at the very least. In most cases, they are not knowingly lying like the Western media is, but still, caution is advised.

Tim Anderson is a very careful man. As far as I can tell, everything he writes about Syria is true. There are no moderate rebels. The only groups of consequences are the the Al-Nusra Front, the Army of Islam, and Ahrar al Sham. All three are in a very tight alliance and hardly differ ideologically. These three are molded together into the Army of Conquest, which is openly supported by the Saudis and Turks. The Army of Conquest, which is basically Al Qaeda, are the “moderate rebels” that the sociopath John Kerry is so desperate to save.

As you can see, Assad is not the enemy of the Syrian Kurds. In fact, they get most of their weapons openly from him! Assad gave the Kurds more rights than they have ever had since independence. It still does not amount to full rights Western-style, but it deserves to be repeated nonetheless.

The moderate Syrian opposition associated with the Damascus Statement is alive and well in Syria. They openly organize and meet in Damascus. Assad doesn’t do a thing to them here or anywhere else in Syria. These people believe Assad’s behavior is not sincere, since he has persecuted them in the past. They feel that Assad’s newfound support for a moderate opposition is a PR show to keep the regime from being condemned internationally. If so, it’s not working. And even if it is a show, it deserves to be mentioned.

The threat of Turkey and Saudi Arabia to invade Syria, apparently with US and NATO support, is one of the gravest dangers to world peace in some time. It is much worse than the Ukraine crisis.

If this happens, a showdown and open war between Turkey and Saudi Arabia on one side and Syria, Russia, Hezbollah, Iraq’s government-supported militias Iran is inevitable. Iran will probably respond with a serious escalation of their involvement. Once these parties start attacking Turkish forces, Turkey can claim it is being attacked and invoke Article 5 of the North American Terrorist Organization (NATO) Charter and ask for NATO backup. Now NATO would be in a hot war with Iraqi government backed militias, Hezbollah, Iran and most ominously of all, Russia.

It’s absolutely insane, and Russia has recently said that the US-NATO nutcases their vile pals Turkey and Saudi Arabia (two of the most evil countries on Earth) are risking World War 3. In fact, one Russian statesman said that WW3 is happening already, albeit in moderated form.

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How a war is lost is a serious and dangerous business. After Henry Kissinger helped sabotage the 1968 Paris peace talks, for domestic political reasons, the War in Vietnam raged for another seven years. In the end Washington’s loss was more humiliating, and millions more lives were destroyed.

The Geneva process over Syria is in many respects different, because it is a charade. The NATO and Gulf monarchy sponsors pretend to support Syrian ‘opposition’ groups and pretend to fight the same extremist groups they created.

Yet the dangers are very real because the Saudis and Turkey might react unpredictably, faced with the failure of their five year project to carve up Syria. Both countries have threatened to invade Syria, to defend their ‘assets’ from inevitable defeat from the powerful alliance Syria has forged with Russia, Iran, Iraq and the better party of Lebanon.

It should be clear by now that every single anti-government armed group in Syria has been created by Washington and its allies. Several senior US officials have admitted the fact. Regime change has always been the goal. Nevertheless, the charade of a ‘War on ISIS’ goes on, with a compliant western media unwilling to point out that ‘the emperor has no clothes’.

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Geneva 3 has actually brought some results. First, none of the NATO-backed ‘opposition’ groups managed to show a credible face. Second, and more importantly, the US and Russia kept talking and actually developed another de-escalation plan. It is not conclusive but it is encouraging.

The ‘moderate rebel’ masks are down, we now know who they are: the internationally proscribed terrorist group Jabhat al Nusra (al Qaeda in Syria) and its long term Salafist allies Jaysh al Islam (the Army of Islam) and Ahrar as Sham. The latter two are the remnants of the Syrian Salafist groups. In northern Syria they are also welded together by Turkey and the Saudis into the very non-moderate-sounding Jaysh al Fatah (the Army of Conquest).

These extremist groups represent very few in Syria, as MINT Press journalist Mnar Muhawesh pointed out in her editorial piece ‘The Syrian Opposition’s NATO Sponsored Apocalyptic Vision For Syria’: In ideology they are no different to ISIS.

(See: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bvq0JmzqR_8).

It may be stating the obvious to say that al Qaeda groups have poor negotiating skills. In any event, they proved it in Geneva. Losing on the battlefield they demanded capitulation in Geneva, then stormed out.

Foreign backed terrorists aside, who are the real Syrian opposition?

Firstly, they are the groups that created the 2005 Damascus Declaration but who sided with the state and the army in early 2011, when the Salafist insurrection hijacked the reform demonstrations.

Some of them like Haytham Manna and former minister Qadri Jamil appeared in Geneva. Others like the powerful Syrian Social National Party (SSNP) backed Bashar al Assad’s government, back in 2011.

Still others sat on the sidelines, frustrated at the Muslim Brotherhood’s violent hijacking of the reform movement. Sharmine Narwani’s piece at RT ‘Will Geneva Talks Lead Right Back to Assad’s 2011 Reforms?’ illustrates this very well. As the Damascus Declaration made plain, most of the Syrian opposition rejected both foreign sponsorship and violent attacks on the state.

Second are the Syrian Kurds, who were open to foreign assistance but rejected attacks on the Syrian Army and state. They have received most of their arms from Damascus. Preferring to side with the Syrian Army than the Salafists, their presence in Geneva was not tolerated by Erdogan or his clients.

That left Russia and the USA to discuss their supposed common goals (destroying terrorists) while Erdogan and the Saudis seethed. The aims of the two big powers are worlds apart. Hat difference is seen in the loss of Washington’s proxies in Syria in face of the rise of the 4+1 (Russia, Syria, Iran, Iraq and Hezbollah).

That shift, in turn, threatens to derail the Bush plan for a ‘New Middle East’. The US wanted to control the entire region, now it faces losing it all.

Russia for its part has pursued its own interests in the region, backing its allies in accordance with international law. Its use of air power in Syria followed the Syria-Iran-Iraq-Hezbollah accord on ground power forces. That is the force currently prevailing on Syrian soil.

The good news is that, despite these widely differing aims, Washington and Moscow have kept talking and managed a provisional agreement at Geneva, with three heads.

The first agreement is over humanitarian aid, which faces serious obstacles due to the series of sieges taking place. Some of these are al Qaeda groups’ sieges, such as that on Foua and Kafraya in the north; but increasingly they are becoming Syrian Army sieges on al Qaeda fighters who hole up in towns and cities, such as Madaya and Eastern Aleppo. Most ground aid is going in through the Government-supervised Syria Arab Red Crescent, but air drops are being organized for Deir eZorr, and some other places.

Second, there is a political process which (it has been agreed) must be exclusively between Syrians, unconditional and inclusive. Contrary to many outside reports, there is not yet any framework for this, nor plans for early elections. The Syrian position, backed by Russia, is that the Syrian constitution (and the legally mandated schedule of elections) prevails until the Syrian people vote to change it.

Finally the agreement on ‘cessation of hostilities’, due almost immediately, has a task force to oversee the details. This ceasefire does not apply to any group identified by the UN Security Council as a terrorist group. That immediately rules out ISIS or Jabhat al Nusra. The major obstacle here is that Russia wants Jaysh al Islam and Ahrar as Sham (which have both collaborated with al Nusra for many years) added to the UNSC list. If Washington agrees to this, they will virtually abandon their ‘moderate rebel’ option. There is no other force of substance on the ground. The Saudis and Erdogan would be furious.

How will the US manage these tensions? The Obama administration has always approached the Syrian conflict in an arms-length way, reminiscent of the CIA’s ‘plausible deniability’ over its death squads in Latin America. But credibility problems have grown and Washington does seem more concerned at finding a way out rather than risking a new desperate gambit. That would certainly lead to serious escalation, and without any guarantee of success.

Would Washington allow Erdogan and the Saudis to initiate a major escalation, without US approval? I think not. Obama resisted Saudi and Israeli provocations, when the Iran deal was imminent. Even Bush could not be provoked into a confrontation with Russia, when invited by Georgia’s Mikheil Saakashvili.

For its part, Russia is well prepared for a provocation across the Turkish border. Logic suggests that the losers must lose. But this is a dangerous time.

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Yes Virginia, There Is a Christian Catholicism

One of the most bizarre things about own homegrown rightwing Christian Protestant fundamentalists is that they subscribe to the belief that somehow the very first Christians of all, the Catholics, are not Christians. Whether the Papists are apostates or simply heretics is not clear, not that it matters since crazy is crazy. Some of these kooks even push philosophies that say that all evil today is coming out of Catholic Central in the Vatican.

Of course this is scriptural madness. There is no such thing as Catholics and Christians. Catholics are Christians, and I do not care how many times these schismatic born-again nuts insist that they are not.

In fact, they are the very first real Christians of all, ignoring the original Christians who were so Jewish that no Christian today in their right mind would practice their religion though many insist that they do. Yes, you ask one of these Protestant nutcases what sort of Christianity they practice and they all say that they practice “the original Christianity” of say 60 AD or so. Well they don’t practice Judaism, so no they don’t.

But in going back to what they see as the original pure untainted ideal from 2,000 years ago, these Protestant fruitcakes are the equivalent of Muslim Salafists, and when they excommunicate everyone else, they are as bad as Muslim Takfiris like ISIS. So our modern Protestant fundies are sort of a Christian ISIS without all the head-chopping. Wonderful.

Anyway, yes, Christianity and Catholicism were the same thing for 1,500 years until Martin Luther, ignoring a few heretical Catholic splits like the Cathars, who were my ancestors by the way).

The first actual church, the Syrian Orthodox Church founded in 60 AD, now being destroyed and genocided by the “Christian” United States, UK, and  EU, in addition to the jihadist Muslim Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar, was a Christian or Orthodox church. Catholicism and Orthodoxy are the same thing. One looks to Rome and the other to the east, formerly to Antioch but now to wherever the head of their local branch resides, as there is no Vatican of Orthodox since the Hagia Sofia was turned into a mosque by those lovely Muslims.

It’s all one church. The Western branch is headquartered in Rome, and the eastern branch is headquartered in various nations in Eastern Europe and the Near and Middle East. Even though love to slaughter each other in the modern era, it’s still all one big church. Cain and Abel if you will.

When these fruitcakes say that Catholics are not Christians, they are actually saying that there no Christianity for 1,500 years!

According to our modern evangelical loons, apparently there was some sort of primal Christianity in the Levant in the 1st Century (which was really just ultra-Reform Judaism). These incipient “Christians” kept kosher! Since when do Christians keep kosher? See how retarded these millenarian charismatic boneheads are?

Then apparently “Christianity” went away for 1,500 years. How likely is that?

I guess the real deal was crucified or something just like its prophet. Anyway in both cases, the Romans did it.

And then in re-run of the original, in imitation once again of its prophet, Christianity somehow rose from the dead, came back from extinction, shoved the Catholic Stone aside and strode out powerfully into the glaring sun of the brand new day. The man who resurrected the church and created Zombie Christianity or Protestantism is named named Martin Luther.

Nope. Catholicism in all of its baffling forms is the real deal – the original Christianity, and it doesn’t matter how many modern Protestant Flat Earthers say it’s not true. Historical facts are historical facts, and in this case, revisionism is just lying and some very stupid and transparent lying at that.

The first World Christian Church was headquarted in Rome in the 300’s with the conversion of the crumbling Roman Empire. Those who used to feed the heretics to the lions embraced the same heresy they once persecuted so savagely. That was the shot in the arm that the religion needed, and it was smooth sailing from then on. It mattered not that Christian Rome fell because soon enough the German pagans of Rome were automagically Christians themselves. Soon afterwards, a rival Catholic Church was established in Antioch in Christian Turkey and a rather restrained rivalry was on. All attempts to marry the two ends of the compass failed, but all in all it was an amicable divorce.

If anyone is a splitter or God forbid a heretic, it is the Protestants who frankly began their journey as blood-soaked Catholic heretic genocide victims. Tortured and murdered by the million for a century, the heretics became schismatics became a bona fide branch of Christianity not long after Luther died. The two branches of Western Christianity kept slaughtering each for a while, but familial homicide is actually one of the most common types, so the massacres go are not as counterintuitive as you would think.

Anyway if you have read this far, you can see that the point of this post that anyone who says, “No, I’m not Catholic. I’m Christian,” as you hear so often around my intellectually blighted environs, is a certified idiot and a delusional lunatic.

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Where To Get Information about Anti-ISIS Partisans Operating Behind ISIS Lines

Will Hyres, in reference to this interesting post on a variety of anti-ISIS partisan movements incredibly enough operating behind ISIS lines, writes:

Nice update. I see nothing about this in the news. Mind if I ask where you find such information?

Most of it is from the linked article from a Lebanese site. This is from Mercury Media, who I had never heard of before. They are aligned with the March 14 Movement associated with the assassinated Prime Minister Hariri. This movement is now headed by his son. They are extremely anti-Syrian government and they tend to be allied with Saudi Arabia. They also totally despise Hezbollah and Iran with a passion.

They are also strongly anti-Israel though and they strongly support the Palestinian struggle like most Lebanese. They have a lot of support among Lebanese Sunnis and some of the Lebanese Maronites, especially the more reactionary Phalangist types. But apparently they hate ISIS as much as they hate Syria.

The March 14 Movement is an interesting movement. Not sure if any of you are interested in Lebanese politics, which is some of the most insanely convoluted and confusing politics on Earth where there are really no good guys, only bad guys and worse guys. But that’s geopolitics anyway, so hey. But the cynicism, corruption, sleaze, ever shifting alliances and extreme hatred between groups is worse in Lebanon than in most places on Earth. I have no idea how that country even stays in one piece.

Mercury Media looks awfully well funded for a Lebanese press organ, plus it seems to have popped up out of nowhere. The March 14 Movement is very close to the Saudis, which is one of the more disgusting things about it. I would assume there is Saudi money behind this media outlet.

One very sad but little known fact about the Arab World is that most of the big leaders of Arab countries and the nations themselves are more or less on the Saudi payroll. The Saudis pay off most high-ranking figures in the Sunni Arab World and give lots of aid to the countries. Further, most media outlets in the Sunni Arab world are tied to Saudi money somehow.

Bottom line is the whole damn Sunni Arab world is pretty much on the Saudi payroll. It’s not that they wish to be, but they need the aid and they are poor and greedy and fresh cash is awfully hard to resist. The Saudis of course are using their money to buy sleazy influence all over the region and in fact they also bought off in some way or another many high ranking officials in the US and UK. You might say that the US and UK are both locked into a deep alliance with Saudi money, and the oil corporations are a deep piece of this sleazy game. It’s enough to make you sick.

The part about Syrian government allied militias staying behind in Raqqa was found on Joshua Landis’ Syria Comment site. They periodically list various armed groups that are fighting over there with detailed descriptions of who they are. I am acquainted with Landis, or at was several years ago when he and I were in email contact. Landis is a great guy and a fine scholar who walks the tightrope of Syrian politics very well. Syria Comment is flat out one of the, if not the finest websites out there on Syria in both wartime and peacetime. If you are into Syria, maybe you want to check out this seminal website.

I read a lot about ISIS. I read a lot about anti-ISIS activity in the website of the Assyrian Christians, aina.org. I think also the Iraqi media has been running some stories along those lines. I think I found the poisoning article in one of those – I am thinking an Iraqi media outlet. I read Iraqi media fairly regularly.

Aina.org is really cool, you might want to check them out if you are Christian or into Christianity. They are taking an extremely strong anti-ISIS stance now.

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Syrian and Iraqi Christians Are Taking up the Gun to Defend Their Religion

Aina.org is the website of the Assyrian Christians on the web, and it is ground zero for anti-ISIS reporting right now. If you are inspired by seeing Christians defend their religion and their lives by picking up a gun, then this is the website for you. It is interesting that many Middle Eastern Christians have taken up arms either against ISIS or in support of Assad’s regime in general. There are several Christian militias fighting on Assad’s side. Many of them are defending Christian towns.

The days when the Syrian Christians would not stand up and fight are no longer. This is very inspiring if you get a swell in your heart as I do when I see Christians take up the gun to defend their religion. Personally I tire of the wimpiness of many Christians. It seems like many Christians would rather run from a war than stand up and fight for their lives and religion.

Jesus’ pacifism only goes so far.

Christianity is not a suicide pact. If there are people out to annihilate your religion and its practitioners, it’s time for the way of the gun. You either sit back and wait for the enemy to come kill you, or you pick up a gun and at least stand a chance of fighting them off.

Look at this way: this situation over there is kill or be killed. If you are a Christian, there are people trying to kill you for your religion. Now when someone is trying to kill me, the way I see it is that somebody is going to die here. Either this guy who is trying to kill me is going to die, or I am going to die. I say he dies, not me. You know what I mean? It’s not much of a choice, is it?

This is how I see it.

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ISIS Comes Under Mystery Attacks in Syria and Iraq

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Whoever is doing this has balls of steel. Have you seen any of ISIS’ videos showing what they do to their enemies? Damn, I would never go up against them, or at least I would not want them to have the opportunity to catch me.

These attacks are not by Western intelligence or Mossad.

Western intelligence doesn’t have the balls to carry out ground attacks like this behind enemy lines in ISIS territory while staying behind in ISIS controlled lands to conduct more attacks.

Mossad hardly has the balls to do this behind ISIS lines either, but never underestimate one of the best intelligence agencies on Earth. Anyway, Israel does not want to hit ISIS because they are supporting ISIS against Assad. In recent days, high-ranking Israelis said that they would much rather deal with ISIS than with Assad. I would tell the Israelis to be careful what you wish for.

Plain and simple: Whoever is doing this is part of the population that is living in ISIS lands.

One group is the Free Syrian Army (FSA) White Shroud group. The thing is that this group must have cells behind ISIS lines to carry out these attacks because there is no way to do these lightning sabotage raids and then escape out of ISIS territory. These are being done by stay-behind cells who have been infiltrated somehow behind ISIS lines.

Other groups simply seem to be local citizens who have had it up to here with ISIS’ draconian laws.

The ban on smoking cigarettes particularly irks the locals as everyone in the Middle East without a sack on their head not only has at least three days of beard but also is an avid smoker. Yes, in the Middle East, all of the men smoke as a sort of a basic fuzzy rule. I am not sure if the women smoke. I think they are not supposed to, but some might do it anyway. You ban smoking, and you are going to make a lot of Arab Muslim men very mad no matter how religious they are.

ISIS is going too far with some of their rules, but they only know one way to exist, and it is like this. Take away the draconian rules and there is no more ISIS, literally.

It looks like some of these locals carrying out attacks on the religious police are heavily armed with at least RPG’s and automatic weapons. Unknown weapons were used in a similar attack on an ISIS courthouse where violators of their wild rules are punished. Many people died in that attack, so it looks like potent weaponry was used.

Other attacks are done by pro-Assad groups who have long been behind ISIS lines carrying out attacks. These groups even have names, and most probably have a cell structure. For instance, there has been a hardcore pro-Assad militia made up of former Syrian military operating in Raqqa ever since ISIS took over.

The media has barely said a word about it, but apparently there are serious attacks being carried out behind enemy lines by partisans even in Mosul. ISIS held a huge feast for many of its members in which ~500 ISIS members ate at a communal meal. However, the meal was somehow poisoned by ISIS’ enemies, and ~200 of the 500 diners died of poisoning, while many others were sickened. I cannot imagine the balls it takes to do something like that. However attacks like that show that ISIS is making a lot of people mad in the areas they rule.

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Victory in Aleppo – the Syrian Arab Army Is on the Offensive

Victory in Aleppo – the Syrian Arab Army Is on the Offensive

This is pretty much all true below. The threats of Saudi Arabia and Turkey to invade Syria, probably to seize Syrian territory for a “no-fly zone” are absolutely terrifying. The SAA is going to attack the Turks and Saudis if they invade Syria, and the Russians may help them by attacking the Turks and Saudis themselves.

All of this is utter madness, as the Turks could invoke Article 5 of NATO by claiming they are under attack and then NATO would be obliged to respond to Syrian and possibly Russian attacks on the Turks. Historically, any nation that attacks the Saudis gets the assistance of the Pentagon in one way or another, either with shipments of weaponry or with intelligence, command and control and logistics. The crazy British military tends to do the same whenever the Saudis decide to fight a war. In other words, whenever the Saudis are at war, historically the US and UK get involved militarily.

I cannot overemphasize the gravity of this situation.

Turkey is presently creating a fake humanitarian crisis by refusing to let 80,000 Syrian refugees into the country. Turkey has already let in 2.3 million Syrians and they could easily let these in too. By creating a fake humanitarian crisis in Aleppo, Turkey is creating the casus belli which it could use to invade Syria to set up a safe zone to “protect the refugee civilians.” In reality, these refugees are holed up along the border in tent camps far from the present fighting and are under no danger whatsoever.

I would like to point out that the phony and blatantly no-fly zone that the US, Turkey and Saudi Arabia keep threatening to set up is in territory that is presently held by Al-Nusra and the Islamic State. So this no-fly zone would simply turn into a huge base to protect these Western-supported proxies from the defeat that seems to loom ahead of them.

This Erdogan seems like a complete psycho. He’s one of the most dangerous men in the world today. I have never seen a Turkish leader as brazen and reckless as this man. He’s a loose cannon that is totally out of control and he’s basically a menace to the whole world at this point.

The Saudi leader Prince Salman has recently asserted himself as de facto leader and he is out of control too. I have never seen the Saudis so audacious, crazed, blind and menacing in my life.

Saudi Arabia and Turkey are two of the most evil countries on Earth and are presently a massive and terrifying threat to world peace. Of course, their best buddies the US and NATO are apparently backing these unpredictable menaces to the hilt as they have always done.

The article claims that the US Special Forces are going into Syria to help the rebel groups fighting Assad. I have no evidence that our forces in Syria are doing this at the moment.

However, I believe that it is true that the Saudis and the Turks both have military advisors embedded with the various rebel groups. And in all probability, Turkish military forces are indeed active in Syria fighting alongside the rebels. And certainly the fascist Grey Wolves and other Turkish militias are fighting with the rebels – this has been proven.

The article notes that the US bombed a Syrian army base in Deir Ezzor. I do not think this is correct. The Syrian army was defending a town which was under attack by a large ISIS force. In the midst of the battle, US jets dropped bombs on the Syrian forces defending the town, killing eight Syrian troops and destroying some artillery pieces.

They had to have done this on purpose. The US lied and said the Russians bombed the Syrian army in that town. The US said that instead of bombing that town, US jets had hit another target. However, that target was 25 miles away from where the jets bombed. So that means that the US carried out airstrikes in support of ISIS during a battle between ISIS and the Syrian army! Isn’t that outrageous? The US military is playing a very dirty game in Syria. This is a grave matter.

 

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The Syrian Arab Army Recently (SAA) achieved a major victory in Aleppo and is on the offensive all over Syria, liberating terrorist-occupied territories and preparing for an even wider offensive.

Meanwhile the Empire of Chaos (the US) and its allies the Axis of Chaos (the NATO-GCC-Israel forces) are so desperate that they are threatening open war. We can only hope that they are bluffing and do not plan to destroy the world in a childish temper tantrum over their inability to destroy Syria.

The Geneva Peace Talks collapsed, to the surprise of no one, as the so called “Opposition” (front men for terrorists) seemed unable to adjust to the reality that they are losing and continued to make demands. Obviously, the longer diplomacy is delayed, the better, although Russia and Syria had no plans to interrupt their offensive even if Geneva III had not collapsed.

The only way to restore peace to Syria is to drive the terrorists out of Syria once and for all and to cut off all their routes into the country. Thanks to the bravery of the SAA, this is exactly what is taking place.

Aleppo, which a year ago Erdogan bragged had become a new Turkish province and from which he looted whole factories to enrich his gangster friends and family, is on the verge of being liberated from the terrorists. Aleppo is not alone. Latakia is almost completely liberated, the terrorist stronghold of Daraa is under assault, the SAA are preparing an offensive in Idlib. Clearly the SAA’s offensive is only expanding in strength and momentum.

First I’ll discuss the threat of expanded imperialist intervention in Syria. Most outrageously, the US, against the wishes of the Syrian people and government, decided to illegally occupy Syrian territory and build a base on Syrian soil. The US also announced plan to send an ever-expanding force into Syria supposedly to fight ISIS but in reality to aid them and other terrorists. Their motives are so transparent. The more victories Syria and Iraq win against their terrorist proxies, the more desperate the US is to intervene in both countries.

Yet what are a few thousand troops going to accomplish when more than 100,000 proved unable to contain the Iraqi Resistance. They will be used to advise and support the terrorists, but they have been doing that all along.

In response to the Russian intervention, the Axis of Chaos began pouring weapons, troops and advisers into Syria, but aside from achieving some temporary successes early on, they now face utter defeat. Let’s hope this new scheme proves equally futile. Ironically the US is building the base in Kurdish territory but the Syrian Kurds are moving closer and closer to Russia and Syria.

Thus Russia was able to counter by building its own base in Kurdish territory. Currently the YPG are on the offensive, trying to seize the terrorist-held area separating the two halves of their autonomous zone.

This leads to the next danger – Turkey is threatening to invade Northern Syria. For Erdogan, YPG control of his precious terrorist highway is a red line. Yet such an invasion would lead him into a confrontation with Russian and Syrian airpower. It would probably end in disaster for Turkey. In reality of course, Turkey invaded long ago. Its troops pretend to be rebels and fight shoulder to shoulder with the terrorists.

The final threat is the most absurd of all. The Saudis are threatening to invade “to fight terrorism,” fooling only the most ignorant. The Saudis are the top ideological and financial source for terrorism in the world as even the New York Times admits. Of course they carry out all this out with the full cooperation of Western intelligence. Saudi Arabia is nothing more then the Islamic State in a more respectable (simply because it’s older) form as everyone knows. But what makes it truly absurd is that it is a hollow threat.

Saudi Arabia is already losing in Yemen, where despite overwhelming military superiority, they have completely failed to reconquer the country to reinstall their ousted puppet al-Hadi. Despite starving the populace, destroying schools, hospitals, and Yemen’s historical heritage, they are losing. Despite unleashing their terrorist proxies, they are losing. The Saudi Army reportedly doesn’t even dare fight, hiding in bases while foreign mercenaries, especially veterans of Colombian death squads, do the fighting and have suffered heavy losses.

The Saudis can’t even protect their own territories – the Houthis control parts of Saudi Arabia. In other words, I almost hope they do invade Syria where they have funded so much mayhem and destruction. This would allow the SAA to take a terrible revenge on the notoriously soft Saudis and would hopefully hasten the end of the treacherous Saudi Monarchy, those puppets of the UK, the US, and Israel.

Unfortunately the Saudis would invade with an entire alliance, but they also invaded Yemen with an alliance. We will have to see how far the Axis of Chaos is willing to go. They risk plunging the world into nuclear war as the Russians have not so subtly threatened to protect their forces in Syria by any means necessary, including nuclear.

Unfortunately, since the start of the war in Ukraine and the beginning of Cold War 2.0, the “new normal” apparently involves keeping the world permanently on the brink of nuclear war. Such is the perpetual state of madness we live in under the Empire of Chaos. Syria has been surrounded by enemies and under constant threat since it gained its independence. Whatever threats it faces, it will remain defiantly ready to fight to retain that independence.

As Walid al-Moallem Syria’s Foreign minister said:

“Any aggressor will be sent back to their country in a wooden box.”

All these threats, diplomatic schemes, and of course, a propaganda campaign absurd in its selective outrage are motivated by the Axis of Chaos’ current inability to do anything to stop the triumphant offensive of the SAA and its allies as they reclaim town after town and city after city.

The province of Latakia is almost completely liberated. The SAA recently captured the terrorist stronghold Salma which they had spent 2 1/2 years and lost many brave fighters trying to capture. Aleppo is on the verge of being the next liberated territory. The terrorists forces there began to collapse a month ago, and now the SAA has won a stunning strategic victory that will bring doom to all the various terrorist militias.

By capturing Ratyan and Mayer, the SAA have managed to cut off the Aleppo-Gaziantep Highway, the main terrorist supply route into the province and beyond. Cut off from food and ammunition, surrounded by the SAA, and with nowhere to hide as everywhere the locals are hungry for revenge for the horrors they suffered under terrorist occupation, they will be lucky if they escape alive, and thousands are already fleeing.

The SAA also broke the siege of Nubbul and al-Zahran, where the locals had been starved and terrorized for years. The SAA was greeted with tremendous joy. It was one of the most uplifting moments since the lifting of the siege of Kuweires Airbase last fall.

Far to the east in Deir Ezzor, the heroic defense continues, with the SAA forces and the local civilians resisting the attempts by ISIS to destroy this loyalist foothold in the midst of their territory. Luckily the defense of Deir Ezzor is being lead by the legendary General Issaam Zahraadeen who fights on the front lines with his men manning a machine gun. ISIS has been desperately trying to seize Deir Ezzor, and the Americans even helped them at one point by bombing the Syrian base and then blaming the Russians.

Yet Deir Ezzor is still standing, and ISIS’ many attacks have only led to repeated defeats. Remember the heroes of Deir Ezzor – their heroic resistance is symbolic of the whole Syrian War – surrounded by enemies and under constant attack, they have not only survived, they have triumphed. Elsewhere the SAA seem to be advancing or preparing to advance on almost every front. Even in Raqqah, the ISIS capital (or it was until the leaders fled due to Russian airstrikes), the Syrian forces delivered devastating strikes today.

Thanks to their Russian allies, the SAA has been rearming and retraining. Russia has clearly been subtly increasing its presence on the ground, and the first Russian adviser recently lost his life.

Unfortunately I can’t record his name here, as it is classified. He may have been from Chechnya, and Russia in one of its famous “non-denial” denials recently denied there were Chechen Special Forces in Syria, while basically just objecting to the term and pretty much admitting it.

Of course Russia has always had advisers in Syria, but clearly they are now openly waging a covert war in aid of their Syrian allies. In addition, their artillery advisers and supplies or new artillery batteries have helped the SAA offensive gain momentum and even Western experts are using the word “cauldron” to describe what is about to happen to the terrorists.

Whoever this unknown Russian soldier was, I salute the Russians’ willingness to risk their lives in defense of Syria. I also hope that Russia will increase its ground forces in Syria both to counter the American Special Forces and to guard against any reckless moves by the “Sultan of Chaos,” as Pepe Escobar calls Erdogan. And I’m thankful Ramzan Kadyrovhas sent in his feared Chechens to battle ISIS.

These are only some of the fronts in Syria’s war, yet on every front, Syria is either making dramatic advances or laying the groundwork for future advances. They are on the offensive against the terrorist stronghold of Daara. They are preparing an attack on Idlib Province.

We can only hope that the coming months will bring further victories from the SAA and its allies Hezbollah, Iran, Iraq and the Russians. They are aided by masses of volunteers from the Syrians public who have joined the NDF militias and who have the important job of securing the recaptured territories so that the SAA can move on to further offensives. Victory to Syria!

Before I end, I’d also like to remember the heroic people of Yemen who are battling the Axis of Chaos, and against all the odds managing not just to survive but to inflict terrible punishment on their invaders.

And sadly, I must warn of a grave danger to Libya where Western powers are planning to re-invade on the excuse of battling ISIS when they are the ones who installed ISIS to occupy the former Green Resistance stronghold of Sirte. We must oppose any second invasion of Libya under the phony excuse of battling the terrorists that NATO itself put in charge of the country.

And of course we must keep a close eye on Venezuela, where fascism threatens to seize control of the country and destroy the Bolivarian Socialist Revolution. Last month the fascists murdered prominent loyalist journalist Ricardo Durant, another in the seemingly endless list of victims of Operation Condor/Phoenix Program.

In Argentina, fascism is already on the rampage. Amidst such grim news, the continued victories of the SAA provide a beacon of hope for the world and an example of heroic struggle. No matter the odds against them, they have refused to surrender, and the people of the world must follow this example if we ever hope to end this Empire of Chaos before it decides to end the world.

Sources

I highly recommend the book, Assad: The Struggle for the Middle East, by Patrick Seale, on Syria’s heroic history. And Tim Anderson’s definitive book on the topic The Dirty War on Syria is now available in e-format at Global Research.

http://www.globalresearch.ca/the-dirty-war-on-syria-new-e-book-by-prof-tim-anderson/5506819

Subscribe to Eric Draitser’s Youtube channel. Every Sunday, he appears on Don Debar’s CPR Sunday as a guest with Mark Sleboda for an hour-long discussion, and Syria is usually the main topic – a must listen for those following the war. It usually appears a couple days later.

A wonderful site with news on Syria, Palestine and Yemen is Vanessa Beeley’s The Wall Will Fall.

https://thewallwillfall.wordpress.com

Eva Bartlett printed this great account from a Syrian on the Liberation of Salma.

https://ingaza.wordpress.com/2016/01/13/selma-village-finally-after-so-many-years-and-so-many-martyred-syrian-arab-army-soldiers-and-civilians-we-have-victory/

A must-read article on the strategic significance of the victory in Aleppo.

https://syria360.wordpress.com/2016/02/09/the-syria-war-will-not-be-a-quagmire-because-putin-and-assad-are-winning/

al-Moallem gives Syria’s defiant response to anyone threatening to invade.

https://syria360.wordpress.com/2016/02/06/al-moallem-any-intervention-is-an-act-of-aggression/

A mocking assessment of Saudi Arabia’s Syrian invasion plans in the context of their failures in Yemen.

https://syria360.wordpress.com/2016/02/08/saudis-poised-for-hazardous-intervention-in-syria/

Turkey’s fascist Gray Wolves are playing an increasing role in Syria.

https://syria360.wordpress.com/2016/02/07/turkeys-gray-wolves-in-syria/

The original source of this article is Anti- Imperialist U.

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Saudi Air Force Refuses to Bomb Al-Qaeda and ISIS in Southern Yemen

This is great. As you can see, the Saudis and their sickening Sunni allies have absolutely refused to bomb ISIS and Al Qaeda in Yemen! Instead, all of their targets of their bombs have been the Yemeni Army itself and the Houthis.

The Houthis are hated by the Saudis and the rest of their Sunni allies because they are nominally Shia, although this is not quite true and because they are allied with Iran. It is true that as a nominally Shia organization, the Houthis have a good relationship with Iran. Of course all Shia groups everywhere on Earth have a good relationship with Iran. Why would they not? It goes with the territory.

The Saudis allege that the Houthis are an Iranian pawn being used by Iran to conquer Arab land in Saudi Arabia’s backyard. The truth is that Iran has given the Houthis little more than moral support in this war as far as I can tell. The Houthis have their own ways of obtaining weaponry as they have much of the armory of the Yemeni Army available. As you can see, the vast majority of the Yemeni Army has gone over to the Houthis, so the Saudis and their disgusting pals are relentlessly bombing the official army of Yemen!In addition, the Houthi rebellion is all about internal Yemeni politics and has nothing to do with Iran and I imagine Iran could care less about internal Yemeni politics.

Further, the Houthis are only nominally Shia. Although most call themselves Shia, the Zaydi Shia of Yemen are so Sunnized that they differ on only one or two religious principles from the Sunnis. So the Houthis are “Shia” who are almost Sunnis. Most Houthis refer to themselves as Shia, but some say they are both Shia and Sunni and others say that they are Sunni.

The Sunni-Shia divide was never very important historically in Yemen until very recently when fresh wounds were torn by the Saudis and their buddies along with the sectarian Al Qaeda and ISIS. So Yemeni was never a sectarian place and the Sunni-Shia divide barely existed here until sectarianism was created by takfiris and outside Sunni states eager to stir up sectarian violence and hatred where none had existed before.

When asked why his air force had not bombed ISIS and Al Qaeda, a Saudi minister brushed the question aside and said Yemeni Al Qaeda was a Houthi ally and project! That’s insane! Al Qaeda and the Houthis absolutely hate each other and have been locked in mortal combat for some time now. The lies of the Saudis and Turks are outrageous in their preposterousness such that only an insane person could believe them. But the Western media has been repeating the idiotic lies of the both the Turks and the Saudis, two of the most evil regimes on Earth, verbatim. The Western media is despicable!

Saudi Air Force Refuses to Bomb Al-Qaeda and ISIS in Southern Yemen

By Leith Fadel

Global Research, February 07, 2016

Al-Masdar News 7 February 2016

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The Saudi Air Force has deliberately refused to bomb the Yemeni Al-Qaeda faction “Ansar Al-Shariah” and the so-called “Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham” (ISIS) in southern Yemen, despite their recent gains and exponential growth across the country.

Al-Masdar News has recently monitored the concentration of the Saudi-led Coalition airstrikes in Yemen and found that the Yemeni Army and the Houthis have been the only targets for these warplanes, which begs the question as to “why” they don’t target ISIS and Al-Qaeda.

In fact, if it wasn’t for the U.S. drone strike in Southern Yemen this week, Ansar Al-Shariah would have been relatively untouched this entire war.

Perhaps even more shocking than this revelation, the Saudi-led Coalition’s warplanes have been responsible for the death of 300+ Yemeni civilians in only a matter of 7 days.

The primary culprit behind these airstrikes is the Saudi Air Force, who has reduced the historical cities of Saada and Sanaa into rubble, while their ground forces fail to regain territory inside southern Saudi Arabia.

At this rate, the Saudi Air Force and their allies will not ease off of bombing Yemeni Army controlled cities; however, when can we expect them to bomb both Al-Qaeda and ISIS?

Leith Fadel

Editor-in-Chief Specializing in Near Eastern Affairs and Economics. Al-Masdar News

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The Dirty War on Syria: New E-Book by Prof. Tim Anderson

Everything in the article below is pretty much 100% true. And everything below is completely contradictory to the narrative laid out by the Western media. You’re being lied to. You’re being brainwashed. Almost everything you are reading about Syria is either biased, war propaganda or an out and out lie.

Key points:

The propaganda in the Western media uses some of the worst lying in recent memory.

The Western-backed moderate rebels are mostly Al Qaeda, allied with Al Qaeda or similar to Al Qaeda. There are some secular nationalist rebels, but their numbers are not large.

Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Turkey have been arming the Al Qaeda aligned rebels with incredible amounts of weaponry. They have also been training them. All of this is being done under US supervision. NATO is also deeply involved for some insane reason.

ISIS is mostly a pretext used by the US and other Western countries to stay involved militarily in the region, often for nefarious means. In other words, “war on ISIS” is used as a cover by the West to overthrow Assad. It’s all phony. Bottom line is that ISIS is a US asset. If you don’t know what that means, go look up the word asset when it comes to intelligence agencies and then get back to me. Briefly, an asset is an entity that while not controlled by the US and often scapegoated or even attacked by the US, is nevertheless used by the US (as an asset) when it is convenient. Many armed groups do not even know that they are US assets.

It is not just that almost all of the village massacres were done by the rebels, but instead that 100% of them were. The Assad regime simply does not operate that way. Yes, they can be very nasty and they do kill civilians, this is definitely true. Syrian use of barrel bombs on mostly civilian targets in cities controlled by the rebels was particularly deplorable. If the Assad regime doesn’t like you or wants you dead or gone, they simply arrest you and disappear you in some military prison somewhere. There you will be tortured, in many cases to death. You will be deprived of adequate nutrition and all medical care and you will be beaten regularly.

But going into a village, rounding up scores of civilians and massacring them, often in horrific ways including beheading and various forms of dismemberment and disembowelment? The Syrian regime doesn’t play like that. They simply do not do such things or at least have not in this recent war. As noted above, they have other ways of dealing with hostile civilians, such as the deplorable barrel bombs. But rounding up civilians in villages and slaughtering them is simply not Assad’s style. If they want you dead or gone, they have other preferred ways of doing so.

The Dirty War on Syria: New E-Book by Prof. Tim Anderson

By Global Research

Global Research Publishers has launched Professor Tim Anderson’s timely and important book on Syria

The E-book is available for purchase from Global Research 

Reviews:

Tim Anderson  has written the best systematic critique of western fabrications justifying the war against the Assad government. 

No other text brings together all the major accusations and their effective refutation.

This text is essential reading for all peace and justice activists.  -James Petras, Author and Bartle Professor (Emeritus) of Sociology at Binghamton University, New York, Research Associate of the Centre for Research on Globalization.

Tim Anderson’s important new book, titled “The Dirty War on Syria” discusses US naked aggression – “rely(ing) on a level of mass disinformation not seen in living memory,” he explains.

ISIS is the pretext for endless war without mercy, Assad the target, regime change the objective, wanting pro-Western puppet governance replacing Syrian sovereign independence.

There’s nothing civil about war in Syria, raped by US imperialism, partnered with rogue allies. Anderson’s book is essential reading to understand what’s going on. Stephen Lendman, Distinguished Author and Research Associate of the Centre for Research on Globalization (CRG), Host of the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network.

Professor Anderson demonstrates unequivocally through carefully documented research that America’s “moderate opposition” are bona fide Al Qaeda-affiliated terrorists created and protected by the US and its allies, recruited  and trained by Saudi Arabia, Turkey, in liaison with Washington and Brussels.

Through careful analysis, professor Anderson reveals the “unspoken truth”: the “war on terrorism” is fake, the United States is a “state sponsor of terrorism” involved in a criminal undertaking. Michel Chossudovsky, Director of the Centre for Research on Globalization, Professor of Economics (Emeritus), University of Ottawa.

Click here to purchase Tim Anderson’s Book (pdf) 

Synopsis:

The Dirty War on Syria has relied on a level of mass disinformation not seen in living memory. In seeking ‘regime change’ the big powers sought to hide their hand, using proxy armies of ‘Islamists’, demonizing the Syrian Government and constantly accusing it of atrocities. In this way Syrian President Bashar al Assad, a mild-mannered eye doctor, became the new evil in the world.

The popular myths of this dirty war – that it is a ‘civil war’, a ‘popular revolt’ or a sectarian conflict – hide a murderous spree of ‘regime change’ across the region. The attack on Syria was a necessary consequence of Washington’s ambition, stated openly in 2006, to create a ‘New Middle East’. After the destruction of Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya, Syria was next in line.

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Five years into this war the evidence is quite clear and must be set out in detail. The terrible massacres were mostly committed by the Western backed jihadists, then blamed on the Syrian Army. The Western media and many Western NGOs parroted the official line. Their sources were almost invariably those allied to the ‘jihadists’. Contrary to the myth that the big powers now have their own ‘war on terror’, those same powers have backed every single anti-government armed group in Syria, ‘terrorists’ in any other context, adding thousands of ‘jihadis’ from dozens of countries.

Yet in Syria this dirty war has confronted a disciplined national army which did not disintegrate along sectarian lines. Despite terrible destruction and loss of life, Syria has survived, deepening its alliance with Russia, Iran, the Lebanese Resistance, the secular Palestinians and, more recently, with Iraq. The tide has turned against Washington, and that will have implications beyond Syria.

As Western peoples we have been particularly deceived by this dirty war, reverting to our worst traditions of intervention, racial prejudice and poor reflection on our own histories. This book tries to tell its story while rescuing some of the better western traditions: the use of reason, ethical principle and the search for independent evidence.

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Understanding False Flag Operations In Our Time

Great piece. There is so much here that I do not have enough time to go into all of this.

I do not agree with some things below:

I do not agree that 9-11 was a false flag.
I am not sure if one of the 9-11 planes was shot down over Pennsylvania.
I do not agree that San Bernardino was a false flag.
I do not agree that Charlie Hebdo was a false flag.
I do not agree that the Paris Shootings was a false flag.
I do not agree that the Sony North Korean hack was a false flag.
I do not agree that the Boston Bombings was a false flag.
I do not agree that the Oklahoma City Bombing was a false flag.
I do not agree that the LAX shooting was a false flag.

However, there is a ton of good information below, and much of it is straight up true, and not only that, but you will never, ever, ever hear any of these things discussed in the corporate news media. Not once, not ever. Why? Because they are part of the very system that they would have to be uncovering!

If you want to know why things are as they seem in the world today, if you want to truly begin to understand how the world operates, start by reading this transcript. Just read the whole thing. Just do it. Then go discuss it in the comments below if you wish.

Understanding False Flag Operations In Our Time

By Bonnie Faulkner
Global Research, February 06, 2016
Guns and Butter 20 January 2016

We have 9/11 in which the hammer comes down and beats you over the head for the rest of your life with a big national security stick so that people learn to duck their head and not speak up, because … bad idea now. You know, we now have, I think 20% of the American population is 15 or younger. I think that’s the number. These are people who grew up – they don’t know anything other than post-9/11 America.

And actually, let’s say that anyone who’s under 25 doesn’t, really. They were kids. That’s probably, what, a third or more of the population. It’s all going away. The whole past of the United States, the whole idea of rule by the people, of privacy. We have an entire new generation who are growing up without any of that. It’s all gone.

I’m Bonnie Faulkner. Today on Guns and Butter, Richard Dolan. Today’s show: Understanding False Flag Operations in Our Time. Richard Dolan is an author and historian. He is nearing completion of a groundbreaking book, A History of False Flag Operations, which will explain one of the most pernicious developments of our time: how clandestine agencies secretly engage in violence and destruction in order to promote their agendas.

He has published four books and numerous articles on anomalous phenomena, suppressed science, secret space programs, breakaway civilizations, the intelligence community and similar subjects. He is best known as the author of two volumes of history, UFOs and The National Security State. He studied US Cold War strategy, Soviet history and international diplomacy. Today’s presentation, Understanding False Flag Operations In Our Time, is from the Architects of the New Paradigm Conference in San Rafael, California, January 16th, 2016.

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Richard Dolan: In addition to writing books, I’ve spent many, many years doing private consulting work. Basically I’m an independent writer, and I would meet with individuals one on one, thousands and thousands of them. It was a great experience with me just to sit down and talk with someone about their life, their career, their anxieties and everything else.

What I’ve always noticed is that when you start scratching the surface of someone’s worldview, you find very quickly that they just as you have an understanding that there’s something not right with the world around us. Not everyone has the motivation or the education or the background to  dive into this like a madman obsessed with getting to the truth, but they know. They feel it in their bones. There’s something wrong, desperately wrong, with the state of the world, and it involves a feeling that they’re not in control anymore.

In particular I think we can see this in the last 20 years in the United States where we’ve had severe economic dislocation. I live in the northeastern part of the United States, and I’ve gotten to see really the obliteration of a company that informed the town that I live in. That’s Eastman Kodak in Rochester, New York, and I just watched Kodak go poof over the past decade and a half. But I think you can see this story everywhere, in many places of the US.

It accompanies a kind of loss of hope, a loss of confidence, a feeling like is the future really going to be worth something? In addition to that, those people who try to learn about their world by turning on the television and watching CNN, inevitably what they find is that they’re totally confused about what is happening.

It just seems like one damn thing after another, one terrorist thing doing this, and one national security thing doing that, and these crazy people, why do they hate us…and there’s really no sense of understanding when you plug into the establishment news media. There doesn’t seem to be how do we solve any of this, how do we fix this, how do we really get to a better world, why can’t these people just like freedom and democracy like we do? This is the kind of nonsense that…there doesn’t seem to be a way out of it.

I would say that all of that confusion, all of that hopelessness is by design. I believe this now. I don’t believe, as I might have years past, that the people on top, they’re trying to do their best, but it’s a tough world out there. No. No. No. They want you to feel helpless. They want you to be confused. Let’s talk about why.

One reason why is that the whole planet is being stolen. You’ve got this many people who want to own every single thing that’s worth owning in this planet – all the water, all the genetically modified foods they want to shove down your throat, all the minerals in the ground. They want every single thing. And they’re getting it. They’ve got it, actually, and they just want more. That’s the way it’s happening.

It’s a transnational corporate financial theft of everything. It’s a war. When there’s a war, the people who are running that war really don’t want you to be able to react to it. They don’t want you to be cognizant of what is happening. And they want you to be quiet about it. They want you to obey and be compliant.

Therefore, they must rule by means of deception. Because if they were to out and out say to you, “Yeah, we’re going to steal all your stuff,” you might have a thing or two to say about it. So what must happen is a kind of ideological false flag or an ideological psych on you and me. This is exactly, I think, what we are seeing in the world.

Now, it’s certainly not true to say that this is a new development in a larger sense. Human history has always been informed by intense hierarchy. In that sense you could say mind control has always existed in the sense that elites have typically kind of created worldviews by which the great masses of humanity would look to the authority for guidance and for salvation.

I think the obvious example of this we could see is various religions of the world, but I would also include things like nationalism and other kinds of ideologies that let us say encourage and enforce compliance among the population.

I think we can agree that false problems have, since forever, since throughout human history, been kind of created in order to accommodate a pre-arranged solution to that problem, things that I would call an ideological false flag. What I mean by that is not an instance where a government or an intelligence agency in ancient times would kill people and blame it on another party and scare the heck out of people and enforce their rule. No, but by creating a mindset.

Think of something like the Inquisition. That’s a perfect example of an ideological false flag where back in, I think it was, 1487, a book called Malleus Maleficarum was published. This was a guidebook, really, on how to identify, prosecute and kill witches. That’s what that book really was. As a result of that, over the next century or so about 1 million European women were executed for witchcraft.

It did several things. One is it created a lot of fear among the population. “Oh, my God, witches. Get rid of those people!” It enforced the authority of the ecclesiastical Church at the time, at least for a certain while until there was a reaction against it. And it also got a lot of power and money for the Church.

Families of witches would actually pay through indulgences to minimize the amount of time in Purgatory or get them out of Hell. This actually happened. It also allowed for land grabs by the Church of the families of the witches, very much like the US government does today with people suspected – this is really the truth – of various crimes. They take your property. This is what the Church did. So that I call a false flag. The War on Terror is an ideological false flag.

That’s an old, old part of human history. I would say in our world today there is a manner in which they’re trying to get inside your head, and I call it a propaganda spectrum. There are all kind of forms of control, but they get progressively more pernicious as you go down the list.

The most fundamental method by which you are expected to conform to society would be what we might call cultural values. That’s when you go to school, and you learn to pledge allegiance with your hand over your heart, and you go through the educational system.

Even 100 years ago Bertrand Russell was talking about as a method of conformity. More recently we have really great visionaries like John Taylor Gatto who has talked very much along the same lines, of the educational system as a system of control over your head. Get inside your head and make you obey, make you an obedient worker.

So that’s the cultural values. Not all of it is necessarily evil. We can all recognize that a functioning society would require a kind of cultural consensus, but you can still see how the implementation of certain cultural values could at least provide a foundation of obedience.

Beyond that, though, I think what is a little bit more pernicious is what we might call cultural distractions. This is the phenomenon of the Kardashians and things like Dancing with the Stars or whatever they’ve got on this week or Monday Night Football or all the stupid, meaningless stuff that is poured into everyone’s head every single day – truly, literally meaningless information that just goes right in.

And we all like entertainment. I’m watching back episodes of The Sopranos, so I’m just as guilty as anyone else. Those are my people. I’m from the Northeast. “You know what I’m talking about? Yeah, I know what you’re talking about.”

But I think when you get into a level of distraction that is so mindless as what we obviously see around us, this is a signal. It’s a signal for you to look over here, don’t look over there. There’s something important going on over here, so look at this shiny little trinket. It goes on and on and on and on, and it never stops, and it never will stop as long as this system is in place as it is.

Beyond that though, there are still always people even in what we would call the ordinary, out-there society, all the other people in this country, who still want to feel like they’re being informed, and that’s when they turn on the TV, and they watch CNN or Fox or NPR. Hey, why not? Because look, NPR was run for years and years by a man who was running CIA propaganda, and that’s a fact, so NPR’s really no different. Yeah. It’s really true. People think, “Oh, I’m so educated. Fox sucks. I’m going to listen to NPR because they’re intelligent.

Well, you know, here’s the thing about that, I’ll just say as an aside. Our whole narrative these days, our whole discourse in politics seems to me to be on nothing more than cultural issues. Not that they don’t matter, but it’s like if you’re a liberal that means “I support transgender rights.” If you’re a conservative, “I don’t support transgender rights.” “I do support Black Lives Matter.” “I don’t support Black Lives Matter.” “I do support smoking weed in Colorado.” “I don’t support smoking” …

If this is what we’ve come down to in our politics, we’re done. It’s over – over, over. Stick a fork in us, we’re done because as I say, there’s a serious war happening. It is a war of corporate cultural control and imposition of a global police state over you and your children and grandchildren for all of time. That’s the war. If we’re not talking about that, then we’re just wasting our time. That’s my view.

Anyway, for that third level of control and spin there’s the news media, people who want to be informed, so they’ll turn on CNN and become confused forever because really, that’s a system that is all about censorship, spin, propaganda, and control. CNN…Why is it that CNN is on at every single gate at every single airport in the United States? Why? Is it like every airport manager in the country is like, “Oh, wow. I totally love CNN. I want to inform…” I don’t think so.

They’re a private company owned by Time Warner – clearly there’s a nice sweetheart deal – and because they are the propaganda voice of the US State Department and CIA. That’s the only reason they’re on. That’s the only reason you see them at every gate. So that’s the third level. I would say those first three levels of propaganda account for probably 95% of the control mechanisms in place to keep you in your place. Most probably.

But then, every now and then you need a little bit more something, and that’s when we’re talking about psy-ops, psychological operations, covert ops, color revolutions, regime change down to the “Shock Doctrine” type of events, if anyone’s read Naomi Klein. I’m a big fan of that book. And then down to false flags, which I think is the most pernicious of those. I’ll talk a little bit about these in a little more detail.

With psy-ops, psychological operations, the US military- this is in their playbook. This is an official thing that our military does, and other militaries do it, too. It’s not just us. It’s interesting that the Defense Department has in its own Psychological Operations Manual three different types of ops. They call them white, grey and black psy-ops.

White psy-ops is pretty straightforward. It’s not really even a psych job on the world. It’s basically an official or a virtually official statement of the United States government just getting their message out to the world. And you know it’s from the US government, and it’s relatively straightforward, even if you don’t agree with it.

Grey psy-ops is a little more interesting and very pervasive in our world today. If you’re familiar with something like Operation Mockingbird, that would be a grey psy-op. That would be something like using journalists or other voices that are not officially part of the US government but basically having them give the US government perspective, pretending it’s coming from some other voice. That’s a grey psy-op, and that’s a very, very widespread phenomenon.

The Pentagon, for example, which spends billions of dollars every single year managing their social image – they do – that includes things like not simply having close relationships with professional journalists who spin the news in their favor, but it also includes paid trolls, which I call sock puppets. This is true.

Let’s say you read news articles, and you look at all the comments below, and you see these real whackjobs out there. Some of them literally are sock puppets. That means you’d be a Pentagon employee, and you’d be in charge of X number of profiles on the social media and on the message boards. That’s what you would do. You would disrupt, persuade, cajole, but in fact, you’re a paid employee. That would be a grey psy-op as well.

Then there’s black psy-ops, and this is where we’re really getting into some serious stuff. This is according to the US Psychological Operations Manual: A black psy-op is something that comes from a US government source but “appears to emanate from a source hostile in nature. US government would deny responsibility.” That’s a false flag. I don’t know how else you can describe it. Something that the US government does but seems to come from one of the “bad guys.”

One of the things about black psy-ops in the manual is that – at least they state – this is not actually a function of the United States military but actually that black psy-ops are a function of the US intelligence community, and that kind of makes sense. I guess the point is that false flag black psy-ops are in the playbook of the United States. It’s just worth keeping in mind.

Something like regime change or the so-called color revolutions, these can include false flags, which I’m going to get into a false flag in just a moment in case you’re still wondering, “What the heck is a false flag?” Regime change is something that the United States has truly perfected to the extent possible over many decades.

They did it back in 1953 in Iran. Essentially what that was was a CIA operation to overthrow an elected government that had the temerity to nationalize its oil, and you can’t do that, so the CIA, Kermit Roosevelt, a grandson of T.R., ran an operation for the CIA to pay off people to pretend they were Communists to do horrible things to discredit that group and to organize crowds that pushed for regime change. And it was quite successful. This was a model that has been followed ever since.

Primarily now what you find is the US does this through NGOs, non-governmental organizations, and this has been a very, very major topic of study. So again, it’s all ruled by indirection.

There’s one group known as Avaaz – it’s called The Voice in many languages – and many others as well, but this one has been heavily involved in supporting efforts to destabilize and topple the governments of Libya. They were really gleeful about that one and calling for NATO intervention, which ended up essentially destroying that nation, which it is still to this day, and they’re trying to do the same in Syria today.

So in other words, the US works through these and many other NGOs to push for regime change where ordinary citizens, people around the world that don’t know any better think, “Oh, well they’re a non-governmental organization. They’re obviously detached, objective, etc.” No. They’re not. They’re working for the United States government and intelligence community. And this is very, very common. That’s an image of the color revolution in Ukraine back in ’04, and it’s a model that’s been done tried and true many times now.

Another aspect of the covert ops, getting toward false flag in cases we might call provocations, and this has happened everywhere, we’re talking about agents provocateur.

We probably are all familiar with the old COINTELPRO operations of the FBI from the ‘50s, ‘60s, and ‘70s in which the FBI would infiltrate organizations that were pushing for positive social change, I would say – Students for Democratic Society, the Black Panthers. What they would do then is have their guys inside the organization fomenting violence and doing things to discredit those organizations. That’s provocation.

This is, again, a highly effective tool used within the US, Canada, and the UK. It’s used all through Europe. It was used very much in Ukraine in 2014, and in Iraq after the invasion in ’03, through ’04, ’05, ’06. There are a lot of provocations that we know about – I’ll be writing about them in my new book – in Syria, elsewhere. And it happened in the Occupy movement, without a doubt.

So you have covert operatives infiltrating movements for progressive change with a view to discredit them. I suspect most of you may be familiar with this or on board with it, but if you doubt it, this is a great deal of research and really excellent journalism that has gone into this and has, I think proven – not suggested, not hinted, but has proven that provocations are standard operating procedure. Some of these guys get found out.

Another important means by which I think propaganda is used to dominate your mind and to kind of impose a corporate control kind of global revolution is what we might call the “Shock Doctrine” technique, and this was the contribution of Naomi Klein.

Really, what she argues is that neoliberalism, or let’s call it globalism, is a fundamentally anti-human process, her argument is that it can only be imposed via trauma, I guess we could say. She came up with the phrase “shock doctrine” through the US military’s phrase of “shock and awe.” The military goes into a nation, we’re going to “shock and awe” them. Think about, oh, wow… what a thing to say about another group of people. You pound them into submission and traumatize them, and that’s precisely US military doctrine.

What occurred to her was that this is actually how they rule, not just abroad but they rule at home through shock. She was thinking of Katrina; she was thinking of 9/11. When some horrible, terrible thing happens in which people are just bereft and no one’s thinking clearly…often after these horrific things happen, and that is exactly when, she says, contingency plans which had been in place since forever are rolled out and people just accept it because they’re looking for help – corporate control over New Orleans after Katrina or the whole national security apparatus rolled in after 9/11 and so on and so on.

What she suggests is that these catastrophes and the anxiety that comes about as a result of them that is played up by authorities results in what she calls learned helplessness. We’ve done science studies of rats, and you create so much anxiety and loss of control, they learn helplessness, and it’s the same with people. And her argument is that this is a key method by which global control is achieved. I would totally agree with that, and I would say, let’s go one step further. There are instances in which crises aren’t simply happening, and then groups opportunistically take advantage of it.

I would argue that there are a number of events in our contemporary world in which those catastrophes are intentionally created, and that is what we call a false flag.

It is an instance in which a group, an intelligence agency usually, does something truly horrible – killing people, blowing up buildings, some other kind of horrific act that is then blamed on another party by which to justify things that could never otherwise be justified, whether it’s dastardly pernicious laws of control over a population or wars that could never have otherwise be justified to justify theft of natural resources of other countries and so on. That’s a false flag. There’s a lot of that going on around in the world these days.

I think it’s probably the single most powerful form of propaganda. I can’t think of anything that has more emotional impact than a false flag. And I also think there’s not much more that I can think of that’s more risky or audacious or bold to undertake than a true false flag. It’s not something for everyone. I think it’s something that only a very few organizations truly have the wherewithal and the power to implement. I’ll get into that in a moment.

If you scroll through the Web on the phenomenon of false flags, you’ll find a lot of sites that will say that this is an ancient phenomenon going back. Some will site things like Nero burning down Rome and blaming it on the Christians to implement certain things. And when I started researching this about a year ago, I was certainly inclined to accept that line of reasoning, but my own research has told me otherwise.

Actually, I would argue that false flags are not an ancient phenomenon. Now, I talked about the ideological false flags, a kind of mind control system in place, like the Inquisition and other things, but that’s different. I mean false flags as a covert op. I don’t think that’s an ancient phenomenon at all. I think it’s a distinctively modern phenomenon and, in fact, I think that’s an important thing to understand about them so that we realize why they are happening today, and I will be talking about that now.

I think to have a false flag what you need, because a false flag is a big psych job on the population, so one thing that is necessary is you have to have a kind of ostensibly – and I say ostensibly – democratic type of system. It doesn’t have to be truly democratic.

The United States is not a truly democratic society. In fact, Yale university – I think it was Yale – did a study a couple of years ago that actually quantitatively I would say proved that what we have is an oligarchy.

What they did is they looked at public policy and legislation that was implemented and looking at public opinion and the like, and really, I think, proving beyond the shadow of a doubt that the wishes of the great masses of the population have zero impact on public policy, and that public policy is, on the contrary, put into place on the wishes of those who have power and money and influence. It’s no surprise. That’s an oligarchy, and that’s what we have.

But we also have an ostensive democratic system where people still believe and we still have the remnants, let’s say, of that kind of rule of the people. It’s not just the United States. It’s in much of the world now.

Kim Jong Un of North Korea doesn’t need to do false flags. Really, why? Because he’s got the people terrified. He just controls them through fear – and lies, yes, but a lie is not the same as a false flag. In fact, he can’t really do easily, in my view, a false flag against South Korea, either, because he doesn’t have control over major media globally.

That’s the next thing. For a false flag you need an ostensibly democratic system because you have to corral the people into a particular point of view, and then you need control over major media. You have to have the ability to effectively propagandize without competition from other narratives – at least significant competition of that. So you dominate the narrative.

On top of that, you need decent covert op teams, people who know what they’re doing. Again, this is not the type of thing that you would really find in the ancient world. You need a lot of money to do that, and there’s a few nations in the world today who have much more money and means than others to do this.

And you need motive and the capability, obviously, for what I would call geopolitical, financial or national political change. There’s got to be groups that are pushing to revolutionize their society in ways that they believe it should be. They realize they can’t do it along legal means, and so they use these other means.

The other one thing I would say why false flags are not a truly ancient phenomenon is in the ancient world – and I’m an avid student of ancient history, very much so. What you find in ancient history is lots of bloodshed. I mean massacres and horrific…We think it’s bad today, but in the ancient world armies would go in and just completely kill every single inhabitant in a town, my God. So there’s no shortage of bloodshed. There’s no shortage of lies that nations would tell each other, absolutely.

But the idea of doing something like a false flag in the ancient world, when you look at most of the cultural values that existed in most of the societies back then, it really would be pernicious to them. As bloody-minded as most of the ancient militaries were, there was a sort of code. Let’s call it a code among thieves or a code of honor, in which the deception really would be considered a pernicious and a horrible thing to do.

Also, I think it would be much more difficult to do a true false flag for those reasons and due to the lack of communication, just a harder thing to do. I think a false flag is, again, a distinctively modern phenomenon.

To do a false flag internationally or even domestically and have it fly internationally, you need power in the world today. You’ve got to be able, especially for something international, to dominate global media, at least sufficiently so that you can sort of push aside alternative narratives and explanations. You also have to have the ability to intimidate other nations into silence if you’re going to do this, and there are very few nations that have that ability in the world today.

I’m going to do a little bit, and there’s no way that I’m going to be able to go over every single thing that I think has been a false flag in the last 100 years – there’s a lot of things – but I do want to give a sense of how the phenomenon has evolved. False flags have evolved.

My own research at this point is telling me that the true phenomenon really takes off following the First World War. Again, there are isolated events possibly, maybe probably, from prior to World War I but not many.

Even talking about the sinking of the Maine, I’ve looked into that, and I’m not really sure that I would classify that as a true false flag. It can go either way. But we start seeing them now for sure in the 1930’s and, really, the main nations that were doing them, Japan, Germany, Soviet Union. They did some very prominent ones, and I think many of us are familiar with some of these.

Everyone’s heard of the Reichstag Fire. The German invasion of Poland is maybe one of the classic international false flags of all time. Essentially, Germans took a bunch of political prisoners who were rotting away in their prison system, dressed them in Polish military uniforms, took over a radio station at the border, shot all of the prisoners, posed one of them at a microphone and then went on the air and pretended that Poland had attacked Germany and was inciting Poles in Germany to resist Hitler. This was an absolute false flag.

The German people, as far as we can tell, more or less accepted it. International politicians were not particularly impressed by it, to say the least, but it worked enough for the Germans to justify to themselves that they invaded. False flag. That’s the Reichstag, by the way, burning. That’s their 9/11.

The thing that they all have in common, those false flags of that decade, is that those were nations with state control over the media. That’s a very important thing to keep in mind. And they also had very sophisticated military intelligence groups for their time, without a doubt.

So they had the control over the media, and they had the teams. They were militarized, and this is, I think, is why after World War I, we start seeing it. World War I militarized all of Europe and the United States, and really transformed those cultures to that extent so that there was a very strong militarization in the aftermath of that, and I think that was part of it.

What you find after the Cold War is that the United States wins the False Flag Olympics hands down, and it’s really been ever since. I would say that the US and its vassal states essentially run the false flag universe. It’s basically the US, Israel, and the UK, I would say are the big three. There are certainly other nations that have been involved in this, without a doubt. Particularly since 9/11 a lot of nations have jumped on board.

In the immediate aftermath of 9/11, a lot of them did it in order to get US terror funding. There was a case I think in ’02 that was found out, this one, the nation of Macedonia – found out that they had murdered seven illegal immigrants from Pakistan and said that these are al Qaeda terrorists. They were not al Qaeda terrorists. They were illegals, but they were innocent people. They were killed, and Macedonian authorities played it up as al Qaeda specifically in order to get US funding, and they aren’t the only example of that type of shenanigans, kind of a piling-on effect after 9/11.

But back to the Cold War, what you see is a transformation of the false flags in the sense that they start becoming domestic. There are still international incidents that are false flags, absolutely.

There was one that was found out by the Israelis in 1954 where Mossad was basically finding Egyptian Jews who were going to blow up certain buildings and blame it on the Muslim Brotherhood, and it was found out. It was called the Lavon Affair after the Israeli Defense Minister. The parties involved confessed and all that. That was an international type of false flag. They did that, incidentally, to encourage the British not to leave and abandon the Suez Canal.

But primarily what you see are domestic false flags specifically for political control. COINTELPRO in the US is maybe a classic example of that, the FBI doing what they call black-bag jobs and the like, to dirty tricks, smearing people, doing events and blaming it on other organizations and so on.

In Europe, probably the most pernicious was known as Operation Gladio, which was a NATO/CIA operation. Essentially, when World War II concluded, there was the fear among Allied nations that the Russians would roll over Europe, and so there were teams put in place in Europe to act as kind of a resistance if this were to happen. Well, the Russians did not roll over Western Europe, and these teams are still sitting there.

In Italy, they got the bright idea of killing people and blowing up buildings and train stations and blaming it on the Communists, which they did for years – years and years. This has been found out.

And in fact, one of the Gladio operatives, Vincenzo Vinciguerra, who is serving life in prison for his part in Gladio, in an interview was very specific. He said, “The point of what we were doing was to force these people” the Italian people in this case, “to turn to the state and ask for greater security.” They’re very up-front about it. These were NATO operatives, with the knowledge of the higher-up authorities, and they were just doing this and blamed their murders on the Red Brigades and other leftwing groups.

There’s a long proven history. This is another list of the ‘60s, and in the ‘70s and ‘80s and I’m not going to go over all of it. It includes the Gulf of Tonkin, it includes some really nasty Mossad operations, some of which looked exactly like Charlie Hebdo, one of which occurred in 1982, a bombing of a Jewish delicatessen in Paris. Sound familiar? But it was in 1982. When French intelligence investigated far enough, they kind of ran into a brick wall and everything stopped, and it did get some very good international analysis at the time.

One of the more pernicious ones would be during the ramp-up to the Persian Gulf War. Do you remember this? I bet some of you do. The Incubator Hoax. This woman was actually the daughter of the Kuwaiti ambassador to the United States, but she was pretending to be a nurse on TV and to Congress.

What she said was that the Iraqi troops, once they had gone into Kuwait – Remember that? – were looting incubators from a Kuwaiti hospital, leaving the premature babies to die on the floor. And it was such a horrific image, this went on all the news. Everyone promoted this from NPR to Fox and everyone in between. It was a total lie, and she was a total lie, but this is how it works. In fact, by the ‘80s and ‘90s, the United States military was officially hiring public relations firms in a very effective way. The Persian Gulf War was kind of a watershed in that effort.

Let’s keep going here. Through the ‘90s you’ve got quite a few of these. The Oklahoma City bombings probably the most prominent one there. I’ll talk about some of the problems of how to identify these types of false flags when I close.

As we get to the 21st century, I think we hit the era of true false flags. I’m not going to go into the specifics; there’s just too much. I want to talk about the geopolitics and help us understand why this is happening. I think one of the key things has to do with globalization. With globalization you get economic disruption and the loss of jobs. This is Seattle 1999. I think Seattle is a great indicator. These are the WTO riots, or protests, November 30th. This went for four days, into early December. This is significant.

Back in 1999 Americans still believed they had rights. I remember those days. The WTO, the World Trade organization, was convening in Seattle at that time, and for several months protesters planned this out, and when that convention happened these protesters, at minimum 40,000, probably much more – shut that city down.

They shut it down. They were so effective the delegates were not able to enter the premises for the longest time. Police teargas didn’t work; pepper spray didn’t work. The police were overwhelmed by an incredibly powerful public reaction, and this is what happens when the public feels empowered. The WTO was really initiating some very nasty decisions that, in fact, they ended up doing, that just accelerated the process of the deindustrialization of the United States.

This is when people were saying, “No. Were not going to put up with it.” Of course, 18 months later we have 9/11, in which the hammer comes down and beats you over your head for the rest of your life with a big national security stick, so that people learn to duck their head and not speak up because…bad idea now.

You know, we now have, I think, 20% of the American population is 15 or younger. I think that’s the number. These are people who grew up – they don’t know anything other than post-9/11 America. And actually, let’s say that anyone who’s under 25 really doesn’t. They were kids. So that’s, what, a third or more of the population. It’s all going away. The whole past of the United States, the whole idea of rule by the people, of privacy. We have an entire new generation who are growing up without any of that. It’s all gone.

For some of these young people, I hate to say it, but it almost seems meaningless. I have two brilliant young teenagers, 19 and 17, and I know a lot of their friends. They’re a little different; they’re kind of plugged in, but I know about a lot of young people, and they just live, post their stuff on Facebook…They don’t care about privacy. They don’t expect it. It’s a different world. I think this type of thing is a threat to the globalist process and is a trigger for false flags.

The other major geopolitical thing behind false flags, I would suggest to you, is the petrodollar system. I can’t go over the whole thing here but essentially, this is the deal worked out between Henry Kissinger and the king of Saudi Arabia in the early-‘70s to keep the dollar in place as the world reserve currency.

The dollar had just gone off the gold standard – whole story behind that – and now they wanted to hook the dollar to petroleum. And really, what Kissinger was able to agree was to have all the OPEC nations sell their oil only in dollars, and that’s the foundation of American policy to this day. All of the nations would get their oil pegged in dollars.

It’s great for the US because it allows that there’s a global demand for our currency, which allows for all kinds of things that the US can do printing up trillions of dollars and basically holding the world hostage as a result.

No other nation could afford to do what the US is doing, to prosecute all of its wars and the like, because of the petrodollar system. And it is a foundation of America’s empire. It’s really never discussed, never, ever discussed in mainstream media. But the petrodollar system forces, these geopolitics force US neoconservatives – which is simply another world for empire-builder – neoconservative to act the way that they do.

Think about that word. Old conservative. What would be an old conservative? Someone who I would think would want to conserve the traditional republican values and institutions of this country. That’s not the worst thing in the world.

A neoconservative is the new conservative. They’re preserving not the republic, my friends; they’re conserving the empire. That’s what a neoconservative is. They are building and conserving empire. You can be a Republican like Dick Cheney, and you can be a Democrat like Hillary Clinton, and you can be a neoconservative. They’re twins. They’re brother and sister twins, politically, in my opinion. They both are as equally intent on domination and preservation of the United States empire.

That forces the neocons, the whole petrodollar system, to demonize any of these people who are not on board with that system. This is why Saddam went away – because he started selling his oil in euros in 2000. And Qaddafi, with the gold-based dinar system he was about to introduce which was a threat to the dollar. And Putin, of course, who is simply…Well, long story about Vlad. We’ll have to skip that for another time. I’m fascinated by Russian politics, always have been.

It forces the United States to feel the need to physically control the sources of energy that exist, basically the hydrocarbons that go from Western Africa across the continent to the Middle East and to western Asia. That’s two-thirds of the world’s oil and natural gas right there, and the US wants it all. They want to control it physically.

These are the geopolitical reasons, I would argue, that are directly behind 9/11. To steal, say, $30 trillion worth of oil under the ground in Iraq, which they did and then sold off to multinationals, and to steal all the nice mineral wealth under the ground in Afghanistan as a nice little bonus. So theft, of course, is always important for this, and then to control the population.

I would suggest, too, that the petrodollar and all of this is all part of a hierarchical-based and scarcity-driven system. That is, energy scarcity – energy in our world today is based on physical control over a particular commodity, oil and natural gas primarily, and if you control those locations, you control the distribution, you have the power.

That’s a strength and a power of the system, but it’s also the weakness of the system because if we develop an alternative energy paradigm, this is very much in danger. And that’s a good thing. So this whole system is vulnerable to emerging technologies, and that means that the false flag phenomenon itself would be vulnerable to that.

I’m going to give you a quick profile. You know how we talk about racial profiling by the police; let’s talk about false flag profiling. There are certain things that by themselves or even collectively don’t prove that something is a false flag, but they give you an idea that you want to look carefully at it. The only way to prove one thing or another is through good investigative journalism, but nonetheless, let’s just take a quick look at some of these things.

One thing to look for is that it’s a sensational event that gets a lot of major media attention, boom, immediately. That’s pretty obvious. But what you really want to look for are changing narratives. In other words, particularly in the beginning, in the first day or two of an event, you will always find competing narratives of what exactly happened. You really want to look for that because after a few days, that goes away and the major media particularly are on board with, boom, this story, and this is the only story.

San Bernardino’s a great case. This happened not long ago, and there were several witnesses – several – who said, “I saw three big white guys come in with guns.” Now, I don’t know if that’s the case or not, but that’s a fact. These witnesses said this. That’s just one example.

With 9/11, there are all kinds of alternative narratives. You have the case of Rumsfeld talking about the plane that got shot down over Pennsylvania. Woops, maybe I didn’t mean to say that. And on and on and on. There are all of these competing different statements that get leaked out and then just go away. You want to look for that.

You also want to look for the fact that the case is quickly closed, that a patsy or the “evildoer” is quickly found and usually is either killed immediately, or if he’s not killed, he just disappears, and then the trial is always a kangaroo court, and you’ll never even hear what’s going on. Boston was a great example of that.

Another thing you want to look for is that these suspects are connected to intelligence groups whether US or non-US but frequently US. I would say this. If you are approached by the FBI ever in your life and your skin color’s maybe a shade or two darker than mine, you’d better run far and fast. I’m not kidding.

Because what they do, the FBI goes after foreign nationals who look foreign – that is, i.e., they’re a little darker – and they love to set these people up. More than half of all the terrorist arrests post-9/11 that have to do with federal terrorism charges – they’re FBI set-up jobs.

So the FBI will approach you, they’ll convince you, “Oh, yeah, the US government, they suck. Let’s go get them.” And in particular, if you’re not that bright, if you’re very easily impressionable…This happened in my town of Rochester just a couple weeks ago. They got another one there. They will bring you to the store to get your terrorist equipment, like a knife or a ski mask – I’m serious – and then they’ll arrest you, and you’ll never see daylight ever again.

These people on their own would almost never have committed any of these crimes, so this is provocation. This is what our government does to us. So if the FBI comes up to you, no matter what you look like, run. Go away from these people. What you find is that these suspects, there’s often a connection to intelligence organizations.

Typically the suspects that are promoted in the media have some kind of connection, sociologically, demographically, to whatever group is to be demonized. Back in the ‘90s it was typically rightwing militias, gun nuts, that type of thing. Timothy McVeigh comes to mind. In our century it’s more Muslims. They seem to be the group they’re going after, but there are others. The LAX shooting was a so-called rightwing conspiracy theorist. That’s how he was portrayed in the media. And so on and so on, so look for these.

One thing you really want to look for are unanswered questions and  problems associated with the official explanation of the event. There are often gaping holes in these things, that the media – the establishment media, that is – never ask, how did these guys get out of Charlie Hebdo shooting so easily? There’s a car, no one bothered them.

How is it they talked about a pristine passport being found after 9/11 and then also after the Paris murders just a few months ago? Really? A pristine passport? In the case of the Paris shooting, this perfect Syrian passport was left behind. What? Really? Then that story kind of went away and is not talked about…changing narratives. These are very suspicious things and whatever the truth is behind these – maybe we’ll never find the truth to some of these incidents because – who knows why? But we certainly ought to be asking the questions.

Multiple drills is important. This is a key thing. When the events happen you typically find there are multiple drills happening that portray the exact same thing. With 9/11, there was a drill going on that day to protect America against the attack by terrorists using airplanes to crash into us. I’m not kidding. And there are a number of these multiple drills with the shootings and other things.

Why would that be? Here’s why. In the intelligence community, when you’re planning this thing out, there are always people who are not in with the in crowd. They’re not on board. The idea of the multiple drills is to provide cover, so if someone sees that this is happening, the answer is, “Oh, no, no, no, no. We’re doing a drill. We’re doing a drill.” But then it happens. The other thing is that the existence of the drills also provides confusion during the day when the false flag occurs, and that is very helpful for the operation.

The other thing you just see is a media narrative that jumps right on top because there’s intimate collaboration. The discussions inevitably focus on do we need more police protection, greater police state measures? What about our privacy? Yeah, but we have to have security. That whole discussion just goes on and on, and so the public conversation inevitably creeps toward fascism, always does, and war – fascism and war.

Finally, you find the government taking action and doing things, again, that could never be justified, whether it’s invading Iraq or rolling out the naked-body scanners owned by Michael Chertoff’s company after the Underwear Bomber – Ooh…Underwear! Bomber! – and sweetheart deals that happened that would never have happened otherwise.

Now it’s true. Some of these events may not be always false flags. They might be devious, evil opportunism run amok. Would not rule that out, but a lot of these I think are indeed false flags absolutely, and we need to look at it.

Finally, in concluding, I would say that a lot of these false flags are not necessarily going to be military operations, especially moving forward.

I think we need to look for corporate and financial false flags.

In fact, there have been financial false flags in the past. I’ll write about the 1907 financial crisis that led to the establishment of the Federal Reserve, and I think that we have financial false flags that are going on in our own era.

We have corporate false flags, if everyone remembers the Sony North Korea hack – absolute corporate/intel false flag – the flu scares, the pharmaceutical scares. All of these I think are a big part of our world today.

Keep in mind, too, not every false flag – in fact, no false flag, likely, is going to be on the magnitude of something like 9/11. That’s the granddaddy, the big one. Most other false flags will have varying levels of impact on the world. Think of them as different types of different-sized weapons to target different types of things that they want to get done.

I just want to wrap up. I think there is a way out. What we’re seeing, the false flag phenomenon is important right now because you have groups that are trying right now to establish a global totalitarian system, and they are trying very, very hard using false flags as a way to psych us out, terrify us, make us feel helpless so that we run to the state for protection. You can see it happening. This is exactly what they’re moving towards, and they’re being very successful at it right now.

In that war, we have to expect all forms of propaganda to be ramped up and to be in place, including the false flags but not exclusively false flags. All the tricks of the trade are coming out.

The way out for us, obviously, is to educate ourselves. Be unafraid to be an activist. I keep thinking, find out what you’re willing to go to jail for. Think about this. What are the things that you personally are willing, would be willing, to be arrested for? Because we’re getting to that point, what will we support? Organizations like WikiLeaks, which technically do things that are illegal, but we need them because we’re not living in a democratic system. We’re living in an authoritarian system masking as a democratic system.

Fascism today is not going to look like Hitler. That was 80 years ago. This isn’t the world of the 1930’s. Fascism’s not going to look like Brownshirts raising their right hand. That’s not how it is.

Fascism’s going to look a lot sexier. It’ll look like Monday Night Football, and it’ll look like Dancing with the Stars, and it’ll look like all those nice things that people like to look at, the glitter. And it’ll call itself democracy. But it’s not going to call itself fascism. Of course it won’t. So we have to be aware.

The other thing that researchers should be doing, and they are doing this, we’re seeing this with the Web – is they’re calling out false flag opportunities now when they happen. This was not the case 20 years ago. It’s happening now. When any big event happens you see it. Now, sometimes people just jump on and say “False flag!” and maybe not always with evidence, but researchers are very, very aware now, and so it’s becoming a little more difficult.

The main thing I feel we need to do, though, is to break out of this hierarchical control system. I was talking about energy earlier. I think there are ways for us moving forward technologically, and in terms of our own thinking, to break ourselves out of this system of energy control. We’re talking about things like energy harvesting devices, free energy and the like. I think this is important.

The other thing, I do write about UFO’s, and let’s call it the ET phenomenon. I do consider that probably the greatest and most deep, dark secret that we have in our world today.

It represents an infrastructure that is so vastly beyond the infrastructure we’re looking at here, and I do think that the opening of that secret as well as other secrets would cause an effect for people to be peering into the structures of power and allow them to take or at least begin the process of taking back the power, taking back our own sovereignty so that we can live actually as we always wanted to – as free, independent citizens of a society that believes in rule by the people.

You’ve been listening to Richard Dolan. Today’s show has been: Understanding False Flag Operations In Our Time.

Richard Dolan is an author and historian. He is nearing completion of a groundbreaking book, A History of False Flag Operations, which will explain one of the most pernicious developments of our time: how clandestine agencies secretly engage in violence and destruction in order to promote their agendas.

He is best known as the author of two volumes of history, UFOs and the National Security State. He is widely regarded as a leading researcher and historian on the topic of the UFO cover-up. He studied US Cold War strategy, Soviet history and international diplomacy. Since 2012, he has hosted The Richard Dolan Show, airing on KGRA Radio every Monday evening, from 8-10 pm Eastern. In addition to his research, his company, Richard Dolan Press, actively publishes innovative books by authors from around the world. Visit his website at richarddolanpress.com.

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Peace Talks “Paused” after Putin’s Triumph in Aleppo

This is pretty much self-explanatory. However, the US, Turkey and Saudi Arabia are in full panic mode at the prospect of the rebels they support – Al Nusra or Al Qaeda – being surrounded and defeated in Aleppo. Turkey is massing troops on the border and Saudi Arabia has announced it may send troops to under the phony pretext of “fighting ISIS.”

If the Saudis sent troops to the area, they would attack the Syrian Army and intervene military to protect Al Qaeda from defeat. The Turks also would invade Syria to protect their Al Qaeda allies in Aleppo from defeat. The Turks are also very alarmed that much of the Turkish border in the Aleppo region is now controlled by the Syrian army. It was from this region that Turkey supplied Al Qaeda, ISIS and all of the other jihadi maniacs they were supporting.

Tens of thousands of Syrian refugees from the Aleppo region have fled the fighting and are massed on the Turkish border. However, the Turks are refusing to let them into the country in order to create a fake refugee crisis to spur the world into panic mode so the world will do something to stop the encirclement of Al Qaeda in Aleppo.

The US is in full panic mode over the looming encirclement of Al Qaeda in Aleppo. It is little-known, but the US has strongly supported Al Qaeda in this war. This is evident by the extreme panic the US is undergoing due to the defeats being inflicted on Al Qaeda.

The calls for cease-fire from Kerry are designed to prevent America’s Al Qaeda ally from defeat in Idlib. The US does not directly arm Al Qaeda in Syria, though there have been calls to do just that. In particular, the disgusting and vile David Petraeus has long been calling for the US to openly support Al Qaeda in Syria. And the US press, especially the Jew York Times, has been full of articles painting Al Nusra as some sort of “moderate Al Qaeda” or “nice Al Qaeda.” It’s all so repulsive. Instead the US simply gives weapons to the Saudis and Qataris who then immediately turn around and give them to Al Qaeda and the rest of the jihadis while we wink and look the other way.

Note that the US plan has always been to chop Syria up into a number of different pieces, all ruled by jihadi groups and warlords. In other words, the Libyan Option for Syria. The idea of chopping Syria into pieces is a Jewish project originally concocted in Israel under the title “The Yinon Plan” 35 years ago.

If you go back and read that document, you will see that the Yinon Plan is being implemented to the fullest. Either the US is controlled by Jews (I don’t buy that), or Israel and the US are such strong allies that they are more or less the same country (much more likely) or the US is in effect a “Jewish country” whose leaders and people see themselves as “Jewish” in spirit. Hence to protect Israel is to protect your own self as an American. This is probably the most likely scenario of them all.

Peace Talks “Paused” after Putin’s Triumph in Aleppo

by Mike Whitney
Global Research
Counterpunch

This is the beginning of the end of jihadi presence in Aleppo. After 4 years of war and terror, people can finally see the end in sight.”

— Edward Dark, Twitter, Moon of Alabama

A last ditch effort to stop a Russian-led military offensive in northern Syria ended in failure on Wednesday when the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) backed by the National Defense Forces (NDF) and heavy Russian air cover broke a 40-month siege on the villages of Nubl and al-Zahra in northwestern Aleppo province. The Obama administration had hoped that it could forestall the onslaught by cobbling together an eleventh-hour ceasefire agreement at the Geneva Peace Talks. But when the news hit that Syrian armored units had crashed through al Nusra’s defenses and forced the jihadists to retreat, UN envoy Staffan de Mistura suspended the negotiations, tacitly acknowledging that the mission had failed.

“I have indicated from the first day that I won’t talk for the sake of talking,” the envoy told reporters, saying he needed immediate help from international backers led by the United States and Russia, which are supporting opposite sides of a war that has also drawn in regional powers” (Reuters). De Mistura then announced a “temporary pause” in the stillborn negotiations which had only formally begun just hours earlier. Developments on the battlefield had convinced the Italian-Swedish diplomat that it was pointless to continue while government forces were effecting a solution through military means.

After months of grinding away at enemy positions across the country, the Russian strategy has begun to bear fruit. Loyalist ground forces have made great strides on the battlefield rolling back the war-weary insurgents on virtually all fronts. A broad swath of the Turkish border is now under SAA control, while the ubiquitous Russian bombers continue to inflict heavy losses on demoralized anti-regime militants.

Wednesday’s lightning attack on the strategic towns of Nubl and Zahraa was just the icing on the cake. The bold maneuver severed critical supply lines to Turkey while tightening the military noose around the country’s largest city, leaving hundreds of terrorists stranded in a battered cauldron with no way out.

For the last two weeks, the Obama team has been following developments on the ground with growing concern. This is why Secretary of State John Kerry hurriedly assembled a diplomatic mission to convene emergency peace talks in Geneva despite the fact that the various participants had not even agreed to attend. A sense of urgency bordering on panic was palpable from the onset.

The goal was never to achieve a negotiated settlement or an honorable peace, but (as Foreign Policy magazine noted) to implement “a broad ‘freeze’ over the whole province of Aleppo which would then be replicated in other regions later.” This was the real objective, to stop the bleeding any way possible and prevent the inevitable encirclement of Aleppo.

The recapturing of Nubl and Zahraa leaves the jihadists with just one route for transporting weapons, food and fuel to their urban stronghold. When loyalist forces break the blockade at Bab al Hawa to the northeast, the loop will be closed, the perimeter will tighten, the cauldron will be split into smaller enclaves within the city, and the terrorists will either surrender or face certain annihilation. Wednesday’s triumph by the Russian-led coalition is a sign that that day may be approaching sooner than anyone had anticipated.

It’s worth noting, that a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, Michael O’Hanlon – whose plan to “deconstruct Syria” by using “moderate elements”  to “produce autonomous zones” – advised Obama and Kerry “not to pursue the failed logic of the current Syria peace talks but to explore a confederal model and seek buy-in from as many key players and allies as possible.” In other words, the main architect of the US plan to break up Syria into smaller areas controlled by local militias, warlords and jihadists thought the peace talks were “doomed” from the very beginning.

According to O’Hanlon, the US needs to commit “20,000 combat troops” with “the right political model for maintaining occupation”. The Brookings analyst says that “Any ceasefire that Kerry could negotiate…would be built on a foundation of sand” for the mere fact that the “moderate” forces it would support would be much weaker than either the SAA or ISIS. That means there would be no way to enforce the final settlement, and no army strong enough to establish the authority of the new “unity” government.

O’Hanlon’s comments suggest western elites are deeply divided over Syria. The hawks are still pushing for more intervention, greater US, EU, and NATO involvement, and American and allied “boots on the ground” to occupy the country for an undetermined amount of time. In contrast, the Obama administration wants to minimize its commitment while trying desperately to placate its critics.

That means Syria’s troubles could resurface again in the future when Obama steps down and a new president pursues a more muscular strategy.  A number of  powerful people in the ruling establishment are as determined as ever to partition Syria and install a US puppet in Damascus. That’s not going to change. The Russian-led coalition has a small window for concluding its operations, eliminating the terrorists, and reestablishing security across the country. Ending the war as soon as possible while creating a safe environment for Syrian refugees to return home is the best way to reduce the threat of escalation and discourage future US adventurism. But Putin will have to move fast for the plan to work.

Excerpts from:  “Deconstructing Syria: A new strategy for America’s Most Hopeless War“, Michael O’Hanlon, Brookings Institute.

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