The Chess Game Comes to France – A State of Play
Having concluded that this is yet another geo-political move, rather than the extra-curricular activity of disgruntled Muslims, just where do the players fit?
One thing is for certain, there’s been a lot of violence over the past week, and there’s guaranteed to be much more, with clueless civilians getting the worst of it. Lebanon saw a sudden surge in terrorist activity, as did places in Africa, and even Bosnia, all completely ignored as real issues, but serving to flesh out the story of a scary world that Paris seems to be the center of today. If this was a banquet, Beirut’s bombings would be the decorative lettuce under the servings of French creme brulee, and Nigeria’s bombings might be on the dessert menu, if you could get that far. The “Friday the 13th” timing could be taken as an inside joke amongst the planners, having little significance outside of the horror-movie loving, conspiracy minded folks in America. A subtle nudge to get them on board with the official story.
There is perhaps something else unusual, how well organized this “event” really is, and the breadth to it. The “terrorism” acts of late have been rather isolated, involving few actors, in a small area, easily contained, limiting the panic factor. In Australia (2014), the hostage taking in a cafe in Sydney, with a handy sign posted in the window, was a good example. Another would be the totally unbelievable machete wielding maniac in London (2013), the one who stopped to have a nice articulate chat with anyone with a camera phone. Yet with Paris, we see multiple locations, multiple forms of attack, multiple ethnicities, and perhaps crucially, a credible danger to the actual President, something so far avoided in all previous false-flags.
Despite what every crime-drama TV show or detective movie will teach you is proper procedure, surveillance camera videos have been released too soon from many locations. We could plausibly say that some small shop owners would enjoy the publicity (or sympathy) for having released their footage so quickly, purely for informational purposes, but then ask yourself, why would police allow these shop owners back in so soon? This is a crime scene isn’t it? Isn’t it? If the police, at least some of the rather copious amount of police deployed, bothered doing any “police” work, their first job would be to cordon the entire area. No one gets in or out. Pretty standard stuff in any organized society.
We only need to remember the behaviour of the U.S. security goons, they didn’t release any of recordings of the over 100 CCTV cameras at the Pentagon on 9/11, and they confiscated all the tape recordings made by any businesses within line of sight. Only after carefully scrutinizing each video source, under pressure to release something, they opted to release 3 frames from a low quality video, taken from a gas station, across the street. None of the high-quality footage captured by Pentagon security was made public, they had no intention of letting us really know what they saw. Even without a conspiracy to defraud the people, police forces very sparingly release any video, except when they need the public’s help to identify someone.
The holes in the official story become obvious, they always do, once the self-supporting drivel is muted.A Game of Thrones?
We now know with absolute certainty, that the “War on Terror” coined by George W. Bush after 9/11, was really a new phase in the war for global dominance. Sibel Edmonds, the FBI whistleblower, has extensively documented the transition of Operation Gladio, a tool for demonizing Soviet states, into a worldwide tool for destabilizing any nation, that refuses to submit to the Anglo-American empire. Much of what we call “Gladio B” is based in the Caucuses, and Turkey, the current darling of NATO, facilitator of nearly all oil and arms smuggling in the region.
There are many state-actors involved in Gladio B, nearly all of whom benefit directly for supporting the empire, while a few fall in line, trapped between their relationships and shared geography with other supporting nations. In this respect, Saudi Arabia has been America’s #2 ally in the region, trading oil for arms, supporting activities against hostile neighbours, and so on. Afghanistan, unruly and fragile, plays a minor role, due mainly to it’s proximity to Russia. Egypt has been a good counter-weight to the “unreliable” Lybia in North Africa, sometimes ally, sometimes less so. Oddly Washington never seems to fathom the tribal, and pragmatic, rather than merely corrupt, nature of most of the region.
Nevertheless, Turkey remains the most ideally situated of all the countries, a good staging point for expressing air superiority from Africa to Russia’s borders, a safe route from Europe to the Middle East, and remains at the core of the Gladio B program. Not obviously the best place to operate from politically though, with hundreds of political parties vying for representation, and a belligerent Kurdish population that has been hampering Erdogan’s plans for years. Turkey has openly been (illegally) cracking down on dissenting groups, outlawing various Kurdish parties from taking part in the elections. There is an unspoken admission of it’s importance even now, as the G20 summit was held there, after some convenient “terrorism” allowed Erdogan to achieve a majority in the last election.
Conversely, Afghanistan’s leaders are being pressured to create ethnic and sectarian rifts by outside nations. Both Pakistan and Iran have been actively undermining the Afghan government, each with their own agenda to keep Afghans divided, bribing the various media outlets to push anti-unity rhetoric. Perhaps more precisely, to keep Afghanistan from being able to operate as a unified puppet regime for Washington, which is why they can’t withdraw all the troops. Strictly speaking, the Taliban was the first political movement to have success in unifying Afghanistan, as they fully understood the hierarchical arrangement of power in a tribal society, irrespective of ethnicity, and they were crushed for it.
Iraq meanwhile has been under the thumb of American puppet-masters, but like Afghanistan, has many groups constantly battling for influence in the disjointed government, making it hard to build a real influence. It is with no small amount of irony, that Washington has had to bargain with their perennial Islamic devil, Iran, to help them maintain control over Iraq. Iran seems to have the most ability to influence the Iraqi government, and the various autonomous Shiite militias. This situation exists in no small part due to the overthrow of Hussein, and the de-Ba’athification of Iraq driving the majority of Sunni leaders out of power. The subsequent statements coming from the American spokespersons simultaneously deriding and complimenting Iran are clearly tortured, and provides some entertainment to masochists willing to listen to it verbatim.
All told, the fractious nature of the region means that regardless of their ultimate fealty to the Anglo-American empire, these states all have their own agendas, their own pressures, and they all push the limits of tolerance. As proven by the second Gulf War, and more recently Egypt with the “Arab Spring”, America’s has no moral qualms about overthrowing even their favourite dictators, especially when they get out of line, and foolishly start thinking they have the balance of power.
Thus, thrones in the Middle East are more like musical chairs, with plenty of treachery between allies.The NATO problem
NATO has no reason to exist. No good reason that is, not since the fall of the Soviet Union. Not that they probably ever did, considering the existence of the United Nations, and their Security Council. It was just a useful hammer when the empire couldn’t muscle the UN to comply, something that is becoming increasingly common.
A lot of NATO members will still insist NATO is vitally important, with vague arguments about security, and cooperation, but it really comes down to staying within a closer circle around the empire. They optimistically gain the full support of the western superpowers in their activities, like a child getting the support of their parent when a scuffle breaks out. Funny enough, these vassal states also behave like children in other ways, they throw tantrums when the State Dept. or Pentagon bosses them around, all in the hopes of winning “concessions” like money, or the latest weapons systems. Precious needs a treat sometimes.
Though the problem NATO has actually stems from it’s ambitions. The countries at the heart of NATO doesn’t really represent a large demographic of the world, nor does it represent a lot of actual territory. So for NATO to be useful and effective, it has to punch above it’s weight class, and has to stretch beyond it’s borders to achieve anything. This is a difficult proposition for the fairly liberal western societies to swallow, but it becomes a huge challenge militarily as well. You can’t fight a conventional war, if your tanks and bombers can’t penetrate deeply into enemy territory, which was the prevailing form of war in the last century, officially.
As the empire steadily increased it’s use of militant groups to stir populist uprisings in Latin America and Southeast Asia, NATO really stood by twiddling it’s collective thumbs, offering only verbal support or condemnation. NATO’s other imperialist members like Britain and France waged their own isolated battles, mostly over their waning influence in former colonies, or islands that have no real value. None of which really gave the entity much purpose. A situation only briefly improved with the first Gulf War, where most of the NATO countries contributed at least a pitiful amount of troops to the cause, and many of whom were involved in the cleanup of the burning oil fields afterwards. It was all downhill from there, with factions forming, and a subsequent inability to reach mutual agreements.
These days, for example, NATO is officially allied with the Kurdish groups in Afghanistan and Iraq in their fight against the terrorist groups, but virtually all the bombing missions Turkey carried out were against those same Kurds, acting with impunity. NATO also officially designated Islamic State and Al-Nusra Front in Syria as “terrorists”, yet until a few days ago, Turkey was the main conduit for multi-national companies to purchase oil from them. Once again, acting with impunity. Why wasn’t there a worldwide declaration that doing business with terrorist groups is a criminal offense? There are of course reasons why this is the case, hidden agendas of actually supporting the terrorist organizations with NATO military gear, benefiting from the discounted oil, but this behaviour still undermines NATO itself. Anyone who can’t see that is blinded by arrogance.
Where was NATO’s condemnation when their decapitation of pro-Russian democracy in Ukraine, for the sake of bringing the country into NATO, lead to ethnic cleansing of Russian families by right wing extremists (and foreign mercenaries)? Where were NATO’s conscientious objectors when Lybia was being destroyed by NATO’s other members, especially after the lessons of Iraq? How many times will the government controlled media outlets of NATO countries who lied to support war crimes get off scott-free? At what point does NATO itself become a rubber stamp, excusing it’s members of all heinous acts, no matter the ramifications for their legitimacy? Are these people all on drugs?
It’s no surprise that Putin makes a mockery of the whole lot, he only has to tell the truth: NATO is full of hypocrites.
In Part 3, we look at France’s role, past and present.