Over the last two days, myself and everyone who has a blog, a YouTube channel, a Twitter account, or any access whatsoever to comment on the mysterious public disappearance of Vladimir Putin has speculated wildly on the recent events.
Oddly enough the main stream media hasn’t touched the story with a 50 foot flag pole. The main stream media may have a good reason, but from the past, they have proven themselves untrustworthy, and agenda driven.
ISIS announced today they have named Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi as “the caliph” of their new state and the “leader for Muslims everywhere”. They also requested they should no longer be known as ISIS or ISIL, but simply as ‘The Islamic State’.
According to Russia Today:
This is the first time since the fall of the Ottoman Empire in 1923 that a Caliph – which means a political successor to Prophet Muhammad – has been declared. The decision was made following the group’s Shura Council meeting on Sunday, according to ISIS spokesman Abu Mohammed al-Adnani.
Gas! GAS! Quick, boys! – An ecstasy of fumbling,
Fitting the clumsy helmets just in time;
But someone still was yelling out and stumbling,
And flound’ring like a man in fire or lime …
Dim, through the misty panes and thick green light,
As under a green sea, I saw him drowning.
—Wilfred Owen, Dulce et Decorum est, 1917
On July 28th 1914 the first global war began, and ended on 11/11/18 at 11am. The war killed more than 9 million combatants. This is not counting the roughly 27 million wounded and missing, and those poor souls who were forever psychologically damaged, and unable to work in society. Let us not forget the roughly 10 million civilian casualties.
The belligerents in World War I were the Allied or Entente powers versus the Central Powers.
France led the Allied powers which included Great Britain, Russia, and the USA, while Germany led the Central Powers which included Austria-Hungary, and the Ottoman Empire.
The war introduced the world to new technologies that bridged the gap between the warfare of the 19th century to warfare of the 20th.
World War I introduced:
The flame thrower
Submarines (Submarines first appeared on the scene during the American Civil War, but WWI was on a scale never before seen)
Word War I also brought the world catastrophes and events as the:
Revolution in Russia (introducing the Bolshevik Party and the execution of Tsar Nicholas II and his family)
Sure there were many other reasons than just the assassination that led to the death of so many, but the assassination is the spark that exploded the powder keg. The world was walking towards the war with eyes wide open, and only need a spark to start the fire. (I didn’t mean to quote Billy Joel there!)
100 years later the focus has become the Ukraine, and the Ukraine is not the cause of the tension, but just the symptom of failed and misguided foreign policies. This time instead of the Allied and Central powers, we see east verse west.
Russia is leading this resistance to this West, and she is clearly supported by China, Iran, Syria, Venezuela, and anyone else who has become weary with America’s foreign policy for the last 15 years.
The USA is closest thing we have to a legitimate modern empire, but more and more they are organizing their efforts under the umbrella of NATO, which will one day become a world army if the “elites” have their way.
These two world powers have crossed the proverbial Rubicon, and there is no easy way they can back out from this new Cold War. Vladimir Putin is a serious as a heart attack about not stepping down to the West, and he absolutely does not want NATO on his doorstep. Kiev is about 531 miles from Moscow. I’m sure you can see how uncomfortable Washington would be if the Warsaw Pact wasn’t defunct, and incorporated Mexico into its alliance. Washington would be damn sure to find an excuse to invade Mexico just like Russia found and excuse to take Crimea and station its troops on the border with the Ukraine.
The propaganda coming out of CNN and the like are attempting to paint Putin as the next Hitler, and most casual and surface level TV viewers eat it up and swallow it hook line and sinker, because it’s safe. We’ve seen this type of agenda pushed in the past before with Hussein, Gaddafi, and most recently with Assad in Syria.
The West is amazingly hypocritical for criticizing Russia’s action in taking the Crimea and protecting a territory that has always been pro-Russian, when Washington has used very flimsy and clearly contrived excuses in the recent past to invade Iraq, support a revolution in Libya, as well as doing all it can to get boots on the ground in Syria, which would lead a clear path to turn the pressure up again on Iran.
The Russian government isn’t without fault, but NATO has an agenda to ostracize Russia from Europe, and irritate them enough so they will engage in a new Cold War. Isolating Russia from Europe, and making them feel this way is a very bad move, which has clearly led to a new Cold War between Russia and USA.
I fear this war, because I don’t think Russia can complete with military superiority of conventional forces in a war with the USA, and would resort to the use of Nuclear Weapons. This wouldn’t be your grandfather’s world war, but I don’t think anyone realizes the danger of this crisis spiraling out of control. Russia isn’t Iraq, Libya, or Syria.
The nuclear weapons stockpiled from the 80’s haven’t just disappeared.
We are once again walking into a world conflict with eyes wide open. A path is set. The war may not occur this year or the next, but only an awakening of the Earth’s population to the mass manipulation of the population will stop a march to the third world war.
I would be worried. In the 80’s we were on the brink of nuclear annihilation, or at least that’s what we were told. The fear that one day the USA and the Soviet Union might edge too close to direct conflict, and then bam!!! Nuclear war! The fear was always there, and we had plenty of movies, and even video games to remind us of the horrible reality. Continue reading Cold War Dreaming (or if this were the 80’s I would be worried!)→
Or are we just experiencing more saber rattling, and continued instability in our world due to the poor state of the world economy? This is a good question albeit a rhetorical one, and I honestly can’t even guess anymore! In the last 9 years, and specifically the last six we’ve experienced unrest and rumors of war each and every year. These aren’t your typical rumors of war either, these are your world ending, financial doom, twelve point on the Richter scale rumors.
Despite the abundance of rumors, the human world manages to spin along no matter the chaos. This is testament to the ingenuity of humans on one hand, but also reveals the movement of something dark, which is hard at work manipulating events, and spreading fear to subjugate and control and already over stimulated and jaded populace.
I don’t affiliate myself with religion, but I was brought up in a Catholic household, and then experienced a born again Christian step-father, and because of these influences I’m somewhat well versed in the bible and love reading prophecy. There are two verses in the book of Revelations (6:5, 6:6) that have always stood out to me, and perplexed me when I was young. I’ve heard many prophet scholars such as John Hogue refer to them as well. They read as follows…
When the Lamb opened the third seal, I heard the third living creature say, “Come!” I looked, and there before me was a black horse! Its rider was holding a pair of scales in his hand. Then I heard what sounded like a voice among the four living creatures, saying, “A quart of wheat for a day’s wages, and three quarts of barley for a day’s wages, and do not damage the oil and the wine!”
I don’t wish to turn this blog into a bible study class, so I’ll get to the point without getting into the details of what a day’s wage was circa the time of the written Revelations. The above passage indicates that it will cost and entire day’s wage just to feed yourself, and some bible commentators go as far to interpret that a day’s wage won’t be enough to even feed yourself.
Why do I bother to bring up a bible verse, and talk about the interesting subject of wheat you ask? Well before the unrest began in Egypt, and during the “Arab Spring”, wheat prices were at $8.93 a bushel. Three months ago they were at $6.00, and as of this morning (9/20) they have reached $9.39.
The increase in wheat prices makes it difficult to eat. The pain will first be felt in the third world and second world. Then eventually the pain will be felt in the so called first world. Your disposable income will disappear if it hasn’t already, and those credit card debts will continue to rise so you can make ends meet.
I guess it’s the stubborn Catholic in me, and the heavy influence of my extremely devout Catholic grandmother which makes it easy to conjure the bible verse. I don’t possess evidence, nor in my gut do I feel we’re approaching some sort of end of days, or final Apocalypse (which means “to uncover” by the way). Throughout time humanity has felt the sway of the approaching final bell, or heard the thunder of the galloping riders of Armageddon foretold in their respective books of faith, but the world has kept turning, and humans just kept on being human.
That being said, the stakes do get larger as we continue to sit at the dealers table. We continue to abuse the planet, and find ever more imaginative and fundamentally psychopathic ways to abuse each other.
The two world wars of the 20th century claimed a staggering amount of military and civilian lives. We have in our power today the ability to unleash a conflagration of global death equal to the first two world wars and more! So when the alternative news media (which I thank God for everyday), and their respective doom commentators start spouting off about the world being on the verge of a third world war, they spread unneeded fear and anxiety.
I know most of them are just fed up with the injustice, lies, and deceit we experience globally from the banking and financial institutions, not to mention the governments of the world whom bow to them. But solutions need to be proposed as well, and ways in which to organize and prepare for the off chance the riders of Revelations come a knocking.
The world is setting itself up like in the early days of World War I, and there are many factors and events that can set in motion a massive regional war, or even a third world war. These realites are what we face as we march into the 21st century, but always remember life will roll along no matter how many governments rise and fall, or if every country marches off to war.
I say to never lose sight of your goals and ways in which to better yourself. Most of all appreciate those you have in your life today, and this amazing universe we have yet to explore.
I’ve been promising a history lesson, and today I’m getting it done. I want to cover Putin’s counter to NATO’s voracious desire for war in Syria, and I’ll also explain how the strategy applied in Syria is well worn. It’s a strategy which has been deployed once too often by the USA in the 20th and 21st century.
In the past fews months we’ve seen the Syrian crisis continue to escalate. It has now escalated to the climax where NATO has just enough excuse to ask for a “no fly zone”. I’m of the personal belief that many of these atrocities can be blamed on the foreign “freedom fighters”, or the “Free Syrian Army” as they are now euphemistically called by CNN. I’m sure the Syrian military is guilty of killing their own people, but these recent atrocities seem out of place, and in this writer’s opinion, appear to be the work of foreign Sunni extremists.
Now because NATO has their justification almost fully in place, Putin has made an impressive chess move by supplying Syria with attack helicopters. Vlad has demonstrated that Russia will attempt to block further unimpeded expansion and control by NATO. The addition of attack helicopters will decisively change the tide of battle if used correctly. Thus far the rebels don’t show signs of being equipped with stingers or the Russian equivalent IGLA. The lack of these air defense weapons will give control of the skies, and close combat support to the Syrian army.
There are rumors that Putin has also ordered the activation of an infantry division, paratroop division, and Spetsnaz brigade. The Russian’s are looking out for their strategic naval port in Tartus, which allows them to maintain a military presence in the Mediterranean. Putin’s actions show he is determined to respond to a NATO attack. How he responds is the wildcard.
I would like to cover some history that ties in with the war in Libya, and the preparation for war in Syria. The United States government has an awfully bad record of supporting and supplying dictators, or funding and supplying rebels to eliminate or counter a common foe. They tend to operate with an enemy of my enemy is my friend mindset.
Let’s take a stroll down memory lane, military style. On Christmas Eve 1979, the Soviet 40th army rolled into Afghanistan on order from then President Leonid Brezhnev. Three days later the Soviets occupied Bagram Airbase and Kabul, and executed then Afghan President Hafizullah Amin on accusation he was working for the CIA. The Democratic Republic of Afghanistan was a long standing ally of the Soviet Union. The Russian’s weren’t about to lose control of Afghanistan to Western powers, so they effectively started their own Vietnam, which ended with Russian withdrawal from Afghanistan on February 15, 1989. The war saw the loss of roughly 15,000 Russian soldiers, and close to 90,000 Mujahideen. The people of Afghanistan suffered the most, with a rough estimate of 2 million dead. The Soviet Union collapsed on December 26, 1991.
One of the facets of US strategy for defeating the Soviets, was to supply the Mujahideen with the stinger missile. The stinger was a major game changer for the Mujahideen. The weapon allowed them to destroy Soviet aircraft in great numbers, and increase the pucker factor of those pilots that survived. The ground war was one of attrition, and one the Mujahideen could win because the Soviets were ill prepared to fight an asymmetrical war. The Soviet war machine at that time was designed for mass combined arms assault. A great tactic if this was WWII, and the opponent was Nazi Germany.
Another key ingredient to the Soviet defeat was the son of billionaire construction magnate Mohammed bin Awad bin Laden. The son we know as Osama bin Laden, and the CIA knew him by his code name “Tim Osman”. After Osama graduated from college in 1979 he went to Pakistan to join Abdullah Yusuf Azzam in his fight against the Soviets, and helped support the Mujahideen with construction equipment and cold hard cash.
We can see how the US secretly allied with the Mujahideen when they could be used as a tool against the Soviets. After the Soviet defeat, Afghanistan fell into a civil war which eventually saw the Taliban victorious. Afghanistan was a very western nation in appearance when they were the Democratic Republic of Afghanistan. You would be surprised if you sought out photographs, and saw exaclty how western they were. The country is drastically different today, as we well know. I’m not a supporter of Communism or the Soviet Empire, but you can clearly see how supporting the Mujahideen back fired for the United States.
It never backfires for the military industrial complex, because enemies are good for business.
The same tactic in Afghanistan was applied in Iraq with Saddam Hussein, and most recently was applied in Libya. With Libya we supported the rebels ouster of Muammar Gaddafi, through NATO’s “no fly zone”, and a persistent media campaign. Many of these rebels were affiliated with al-Qaeda, and have no love for America. We’re seeing the same tactic applied in Syria. The only difference this time is Vlad Putin.
There is a confrontation brewing in the Middle East.
Many believe we are heading for a second cold war, but I believe the signs are point to a future hot war between Russia and NATO.
On May 21st NATO’s secretary general Anders Fogh Rasmussen said NATO’s missile defense shield was operational in an interim capacity. I had to figure out what he meant by “interim” and apparently it’s defined as missile interceptors loaded on a U.S. ship in the Mediterranean, and a radar system based in Turkey.
This lone U.S. missile interceptor ship won’t be alone for long, as NATO anticipates to have a total of four in the Mediterranean. The strategy of employing a floating missile defense system is smart, because it makes them a harder target for potential enemies, especially if they are camouflaged to appear as a commercial ship. The NATO missile defense system doesn’t stop here, the ultimate stated goal is protection of NATO territories in the Euro/Atlantic location by 2022.
The missile defense system has angered the Bear (aka The Russian Federation), because the system upsets the balance of MAD. MAD for those of you that didn’t grow up in the 80′s stands for Mutually Assured Destruction. This concept is supposedly what kept the nukes sleeping in their silos during the cold war, because it made waging global thermonuclear war a game that can’t be won except for cockroaches or course. The computer program Joshua quickly learns this in the movie War-games when he says “the only winning move is not to play”.
This brings us to Russia’s main concern of an operational NATO missile defense system. Russia has said the system itself makes the prospect of a nuclear war shift from mutual destruction to be perceived as war that could be won. This is because in their view, the system will allow NATO (aka the USA) first strike capability. Which means in layman’s terms, we can take out your missiles when they launch, allowing Russia to be vulnerable, and leaving Europe and the United States with a lot less destruction. In a real exchange, nukes would get through no matter what, but the devastation Russia could receive would cease their existence as a political entity.
NATO has told Russia the missile defense system is being put in place for rogue nations, specifically in their view Iran and North Korea. Now since North Korea and Iran haven’t shown the capability to hit Europe or the USA for that matter with an ICBM, one can easily see how this makes Russia nervous. Combine the news with the fact that NATO is much larger than it was during the cold war (a promise NATO broke to Russia), and that the United States and NATO are right in Russia’s backyard in the former Soviet republics.
It may be better in the long run to discontinue the missile defense system, or assure Russia in some way the missile defense system is not aimed at them. I can’t see how that would be possible in the long run, because Russia will remain suspicious of NATO, just as NATO would be suspicious of Russia if they were working on a similar missile defense system. I believe the only solution is for Russia to immediately counter NATO’s move by building their own missile defense system, or complete nuclear disarmament.
Russia has stated they would consider using a first strike on the interceptor systems to prevent them from weakening their nuclear deterrent. In reality this proposed ABM system will lead to a new arms race. The technology being proposed in the final stage to complete the ABM system is not even in operational existence. More than likely Russia will target the land based interceptor systems once they are in place in Poland and the Czech Republic, and figure out ways to improve their nuclear deterrent to by pass the system.
NATO’s current path will ruin relations, and create a possible flash point for future armed conflict between NATO and Russia.
Where the monkey is free to flex his first amendment right…