“Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence”.
Carl Sagan, an American astronomer
“A wise man … proportions his belief to the evidence”.
David Hume, a Scottish philosopher
by Eugenia for the Saker Blog
Britain accused Russia of poisoning a double agent Sergey Skripal and his daughter Yulia using a super-secret nerve agent with an easy to remember name “Novichok” (“a newbie” in Russian). The accusation came with a suspicious speed: the Skripals were poisoned on March 4, 2018, but on March 6 the Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson was already raving before the Parliament about Russia’s guilt: “We don’t know exactly what has taken place in Salisbury, but if it’s as bad as it looks, it is another crime in the litany of crimes that we can lay at Russia’s door”. British prime Minister Teresa May came out with her now famous “highly likely” before the Parliament on May 12, or 7 days after the event.
Let’s see how bad does it look from a purely scientific, factual standpoint? When one starts looking for the information about Novichok, it soon becomes evident that most of it originates from one source: Vil Mirzayanov, a former Russian scientist who used to work at the State Union Scientific Research Institute for Organic Chemistry and Technology. According to him, he was involved in the development of the fourth-generation chemical weapons before suddenly, in 1992, growing conscience and disclosing the existence of this program. Mirzayanov and his co-author Lev Feodorov, a chemist and environmental activist, published a paper in Russia and gave information to an American journalist Will Englund for the simultaneous publication in the US.
Mirzayanov claimed that the Soviet Union developed a binary nerve agent 8-10-times more potent that the American VX. A binary agent is a compound produced in a chemical reaction from two benign precursors right before use. Such agents offer obvious advantages: the production is much easier with no extraordinary safety precautions required, storage is also much simplified, no need to stockpile the actual chemical weapons agent (CWA), there is no problem with stability of the CWA, et cetera. The US spent significant resources on the binary CWA program of its own. Interestingly, in the original publications of 1992 the agent in question was simply referred to as binary agent. The name “Novichok” first surfaced in the 1994 report by Lev Feodorov about the chemical weapons in Russia. According to Vladimir Uglev, a chemist who worked at the same institute as Mirzayanov on the new series of CWA, the official name of the program was “Foliant”. Mirzayanov later confirmed that.
The believable part of the story is that the Soviet Union and later Russia would have a successful chemical weapons program similar to that in the US. Uglev specifically stated that the Foliant program was meant as the answer to the American VX agent. The quantities of the agents produced ranged from several milligrams to kilograms, and several hundreds compound were supposedly synthesized – all this points to the development stage of the program. There is no indication that any of the agents were ever weaponized, i.e. munitions for delivery of the CWA to the enemy were designed, except for the statements of Mirzayanov. However, by his own admission, he wasn’t involved in weaponization, and, thus, he is unlikely to have a firsthand knowledge about it. Remarkably, Uglev said that although his group developed several deadly substances, attempts to develop binary formulations failed, and no binary agents were ever produced.
Uglev’s statements regarding his work are much more specific than Mirzayanov’s and, thus, more believable. Besides, Uglev, unlike Mirzayanov, was involved in the actual development of the agents. Mirzayanov’s job, as the Head of the Counterintelligence Department, was to control the space around the institute, and he had no part in developing the technology. A suggestion by Mirzayanov in his many interviews to various Western media that Novichok was brought to the UK as a binary version (“It’s two ampules, small containers”) and then the poisonous agent was produced right before administration to the victims using some sort of a device (“put them together in a spray or something, and after that, some mechanism which is mixing them, a couple seconds and after that you’re shooting”) appears to be pure fantasy.
If we agree that highly poisonous agents (which we’ll continue calling Novichok for convenience regardless of their original name) were indeed developed in the USSR and inherited by Russia, whether in the binary form or not, two important questions need to be asked: (1) whether an agent of the Novichok series could be produced outside Russia and (2) whether the British could be on the solid ground scientifically attributing the agent used to poison the Skripals to Russia.
The answer to the first question is yes. If the technology is known, even partially, then any well-equipped university or government chemistry lab could do it. However, the general attitude is that the Novichok technology is so very top-secret that nothing is known about it. For example, a report in the journal Toxins stated as recently as in 2014 that “the principle of these substances (referring to A-230, A-232, and A-234 of the series) is, however, secret, and the admissible data are controversial”. This super-secrecy is strongly emphasized in the media, for it forms the basis for the accusation against Russia as the sole holder of this precious information. I consider this claim highly improbable. Having witnessed firsthand the condition of science in Russia in 1990s, and that of the society as a whole, I find it impossible to believe that any technology could have remained secret till this day. Interestingly, Mirzayanov himself in his interview to the Russian BBC on March 16th stated that Novichok could be synthesized in the US, where several of his colleagues from the Institute emigrated to, or in China. This is most likely perfectly true, for hundreds of thousands of Russians scientists of every variety emigrated to the West after 1991 bringing their expertise with them. Funny thing is that in the same interview Mirzayanov, without missing a beat, argues that only Russia could have been behind the Skripal affair, because “Russia is the country that invented it, has experience, weaponized it”. Well, weaponizing means adapting a poisonous agent to be used as a weapon of mass destruction. Why would one need weaponization, if the goal is to poison two people – or one? Unscientific sentiments aside, there is little doubt that if the technology to produce Novichok agents ever existed, the West knows about it and, thus, can use it.
And here we come to the question of the identification of Novichok as the culprit and the origin of this particular sample. The general story disseminated by the Western media is that chemical analysis can identify not only the poison but also the place of origin of that poison. Supposedly, such analysis was used to pin the Novichok poison on Russia. To use Boris Johnson’s terms, this is “overwhelmingly unlikely”. Yes, it is true that chemical analysis can identify a compound of known structure by name. If the physico-chemical characteristics of Novichok or, rather, several of Novichok compounds, are available to the British investigators, there is no doubt they could identify it. Generally speaking, the origin of a particular sample of the agent can also be identified by contaminants, for no chemical compound is 100% pure. If the synthesis technology had been developed de novo in the West based on available structure and/or recollections and lab notes of the Russian scientists, the contaminants would differ from the original. Furthermore, even when the same technology is used, every time a chemical reaction goes slightly differently resulting in a unique composition of the batch, or the footprint (the main product plus miniscule impurities). If chemists have a sample of the compound used and comparison samples, the match could be made with certainty. Uglev recalls that every batch of every compound produced in the lab was accompanied with the detailed physico-chemical “passport” that identified it.
There is a multitude of problems with the Skripals’ story as it is being told. First, when one finds two people collapsed on a bench in a park, Novichok is not the first thing that normally comes to mind. Therefore, the investigators need to identify an unknown poison, which is not an easy task. The symptoms of the victims could have suggested that a nerve agent was employed as opposed to other types of poison. However, if there is no information on that particular poison in the database, it takes time to work out the structure of the compound. But even when you do work it out, how do you know it is Novichok if you, presumably, know nothing about the agent? If the information about the poison was available enabling a speedy identification of the agent used, it can only mean one thing: someone in the West produced the agent, studied it and deposited its characteristics into the database. This also means that some entity in the West is or might be in the possession of the poison, and the whole argument “nobody but Russia” goes out of the window. It appears the British have successfully put themselves in the “catch-22” situation.
The ability of the British investigators to establish the origin of the compound beyond “highly likely” is doubtful. The British never recovered the agent used in the poisoning of the Skripals, which means there is nothing to analyze but the victims’ vital fluids. Figuring out the composition of the original sample down to minuscule impurities based exclusively on the analysis of the victim’s blood is problematic. As to the comparison sample, the American or British intelligence could have easily gotten their hands on the poisonous compound in the Soviet or Russian labs. The more likely this scenario is, the more it destroys the premise the British operate upon that Russia is in the unique position to produce and use the Novichok poison. If they never acquired the Russian samples, then no comparison and, consequently, identification is possible. Vladimir Uglev in his interview to the Guardian, when asked what were the chances that “British investigators might be able to tie the novichok to a specific country or lab”, said “probably close to zero”. He is sure right about that – for more reasons than one.
Interestingly, if Uglev and Mirzayanov agreed on anything, that would be the high toxicity of the Novichok compounds. Uglev said if the Skripals were poisoned with any of the 4 substances developed by his group, their chances of survival would be zero. The fact that no one died following “the use of a chemical weapon”, “a military grade nerve agent”, “a cold-blooded chemical attack”, et cetera, et cetera, is hard to explain, and so far the British for the most part have avoided giving explanations. Moreover, Yulia Skripal seems to be rapidly improving, regained conscience and is talking, and as far as we know, no member of the public has been harmed. This is inconsistent with what has been reported about Novichok properties. Not only is it supposed to be highly poisonous, the common antidotes for nerve agents do not seem to be efficacious against it, and, given its chemical nature, the newer therapy approaches based on reactivation of acetylcholinesterase (the critical enzyme the nerve agents inhibit) are unlikely to work. One explanation I have seen in the Western press is that the assassin “messed up”. Well, two naïve Asian girls who did not know what they were doing succeeded in assassinating Kim Jon Num with VX, whereas an assassination supposedly ordered by Putin himself was “messed up”. You be the judge of how highly likely that is.
There is much more that could be said about this affair. However, such discussion only makes sense if we believe that the British acted in good faith, and a genuine investigation is taking place. I am not so sure about that. Based on the action of the UK government, I am inclined to think that they know exactly what happened for the simple reason that they made it happen, and the rest is just a smokescreen.
- https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2018/mar/16/russian-spy-poisoning-attack-novichok-chemist ↑
- http://www.mdpi.com/2072-6651/6/6/1761 ↑
- https://www.bbc.com/russian/features-43429973 ↑
- https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2018/mar/23/nerve-agent-was-used-in-1995-claims-former-soviet-scientist ↑
- http://abcnews.go.com/International/novichok-agents-chemical-weapon-russian-spys-poisoning/story?id=53692050 ↑
- https://www.nbcnews.com/news/north-korea/u-s-sanctions-north-korea-over-vx-assassination-kim-jong-n854366 ↑
Well said Eugenia.
I see Mirzayanov was involved in a plot by the USA to push the ‘Independence’ of Tatarstan from Russia, heading a ‘Government of Tatarstan in exile’, along with two Germans and a Turk. Later the USA used Tatar jihadists in the unsuccessful attempt to foment rebellion in liberated Crimea. They were more successful in rigging the Eurovision Song Contest, however, delivering ‘victory’ to a ghastly, hate-crazed, dirge. Western Kultur at its finest.
An operation, … a job … a novel way to choke diplomacy and transition to cold war because Russia’s economy is flourishing, which was unexpected and alarming … and Russia is not for sale !
All very good analysis in this article but, unless I am mistaken, we still don’t have anything beyond the words of the various authorities, be they government or medical.
If we are to believe witnesses at the park bench and the Salsbury Hospital doctor, two people were in apparent medical distress and three people were treated at the hospital, none of them for nerve agent poison -according to the doctor.
We have various pictures at various places and dates/times that could or could not be the Skripals but no independent verification of them or pictures of them at the hospital.
So no confirmed victims, no confirmed weapon type, no confirmed means, no confirmed perpetrators and no confirmed motive. Suggested motives by the media and the UK are so weak as to be laughable.
And the only beneficiaries are the anti-Russia countries, and in particular the UK.
Did I miss anything?
You forgot one small (seemingly unimportant) detail – the Russian Consulate has NOT been giving acces to the Skripals! Remember, they are Russian Citizens, and the UK are REQUIRED (Vienna agreeents on international relations) to facilitate contact between the Embassy of Russia, and, further, MUST inform the Russians of the details and results of the investigation – none of that has happened! Why??
The conclusion one arrive at is the same as in the article – the UK did it (with or without help from their ‘murican friends).
Strangely, the French are being invited into the investigation – no french where harmed, no french interest are at stake! Raising many more questions!
Thanks for your reply -appreciated. The denial of access was covered by “no confirmed victims” but was not very obvious.
I would require not only visual confirmations but also DNA swabs to compare with each other and relatives in Russia.
The Skirpals did not even have consular representation when the UK government went to court to take away their rights to privacy. The UK government wanted to release the medical blood samples and medical records to outsiders, but they needed a judge to override the Skirpal’s rights to privacy. The UK government in this filing claimed the Skirpals were both under sedation and unable to speak for themselves.
Maybe I’m old fashioned, but isn’t that a time when one would expect one’s embassy or consular officials to defend one’s rights?
The court document I read had no sign of anyone representing the Skirpals having a voice in the proceedings.
Ivan, three totally Zionazi controlled stooge regimes. The commonality tells all.
You missed only one thing,Operation Gladio,this is a classic Gladio attack,if the ciminals can blow up Bologna Train Station killing over eighty people and launch a machine gun attack on a Belgien Supermarket they are more than capable of this stunt.
I just re-watched the Robert DeNiro, Dustin Hoffman movie “Wag the Dog” this weekend. Just as a reminder of how what we see on ‘the news’ can be complete bull droppings.
“There is no war with Albania.”
“Sure there is, I saw it on TV.”
Having nothing confirmed doesn’t seem to matter because ‘Highly likely’ appears to be all the proof they need. And they expect that if they repeat the lie often enough sooner or later it will become truth.
Eugenia, please take a look at the latest article on moonofalabama regarding the Skripal Hoax
Please also consider latest Skripal article on RI
Please also consider the UK has done this to force expatriate Russians to try and hinder or even attempt to assassinate Putin. At the same time take seriously the recent hysteria regarding Russian targeting of UK energy network and also communications links. Along these paths we may see the UK stage an attack on its own stock exchanges, insurance houses, metals markets, to force/coerce EU within the exegesis generated to rebind itself to the sanctity of UK fin/insurance,markets. In a way the UK is using the confrontation with Russia as its Brexit toolkit. It can shape much with this crisis it constantly fuels. The French are loathe to let Syria go for with it goes the Lebanon and Persia. Total would fall down a rung or two. We have a boy king in France believing himself to be Jupiter. Gaven Williamson has been hailed as the new Churchill. We have a US President likened to Cyrus on half shekel coins. Everywhere now one can see the shoots of militaristic personality cults growing. Real Men are being created as if by allergic reaction across the West in response to the flowering of Russia in the form of its son President Putin. Putiñ ‘s existence is the red rag to the demented bull.
Given there are quite a number of heads of former soviet mafia pyramids who make the UK their home it is conceivable that one of the aims of the UK is to use the Skripal driven ‘suspect monies” laws to mount a takeover of all the pyramids to produce thereby a super-mafia. Its merger and acquisition time in the OK Russian Mafia Corral. The UK has trapped hundreds of mafia bosses.
After the US House Intel. Cie. declared the Trump-Russia collusion finalised (no collusion was voted to be the result), the story of RussiaGate moved to the UK and gets even more hysterical. No evidence needed nearly always means “false flag”, so time to call an UNSC meeting about these baseless accusations that could lead to war (Nikki Haley does that all the time).
Russia is right to turn the tables and to say that they (UK secret services) did it.
Also, Skripal is close to both Christopher Steele and Pablo Miller (how lives in Salisbury): all three former MI6 agents in former Soviets and Russia.
excellent summary and opinion – thanks Eugenia. Very interesting and short and to the point.
I’m absolutely ashamed to be a Westerner now, before the eyes of Russia.
Also the fact that no one else was poisoned with that stuff on the doorknob. What was that ? Something that evaporated immediately ? Itr would have been nice to have heard that this agent becomes harmless 2 minutes after exposure to air – or something like that…otherwise the cat would have been a victim and the postman.
There never was anything on the door knob. It is a hoax. The facts are hoax. Speculating about purposely placed red herrings is not any good rather in fact all it dies is further the make believe narrative for the hoax.
“It was the door knob, the BMW, the cemetery, the restaurant, the suitcase, their clothes.”
The Brits, Liars that they are, have promoted all these sources for their poisoning.
They said 130 persons, then 30, then three, then two, now one is critical. Amazing lies by the wizards of mendacity, UK Russophobes thieving for Russian wealth stolen from RF and now to be stolen by the Brits.
It really is just thieves killing in order to steal the billions they gleefully invited and secured to save their corrupt city, London. Ironic karma for the oligarchs. But the game is not over.
Karma will come to the UK, too.
This was a False Flag, so don’t look so hard at the “poison or poisoning”.
Look at what the UK is really seeking.
They also want leverage against Russia over the security of the British troops in Syria. The intention is for the UK to have thousands there alongside the US troops, to fight Hezbollah, Assad and Shia forces as they deliver Syria 2.0, so designed by Israel against Iran.
Thus, more sanctions are leverage to influence Putin and his military in Syria.
What else could the UK do?
They are helpless as a military. They need Russian gas. They want to hold Russian wealth in their banks.
So, they invent this False Flag.
The bonus is to throw shit at Putin (it didn’t work in the election) and to throw shit at the World Cup (they will do some harm, yet to be seen how much).
The only guide in this matter is the Kivelidi affair – I don’t know if you are familiar with it. The Russian banker Ivan Kivelidi was poisoned in 1995 by a poison synthesized by Uglev’ group. The poison was sold in small amounts to various criminal enterprises by one of the chemists, Leonid Rink. A tiny amount was applied to the telephone handset. Kivelidi himself and his secretary died and a number of people were affected: policemen, witnesses, cleaners, etc. The estimate was that the poison remained active for 4-5 days.
The story was big news in Moscow at the time.
US and Russia making preparations for World War 3.
The US and Russia are drifting ever-more-rapidly into World War III – it’s essentially the same way England and Germany drifted into WWI: being sucked in by their entangling web of foreign alliances.
The anti-neoconservative Colonel Lawrence Wilkerson, who had been the chief aide to U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell and had opposed America’s invading Iraq, spoke on March 2nd explaining how the U.S. and Russia are drifting ever-more-rapidly into World War III. He said it’s essentially the same way that England and Germany drifted into WWI: being sucked in by their entangling web of foreign alliances.
However, as he sees it, the role that Sarajevo played to spark world-war in 1914, is being performed this time by Israel. Instead of the Bosnian Serb Gavrilo Princip igniting the war by assassinating in Sarajevo the Archduke Ferdinand of Austria, Benjamin Netanyahu is igniting this war throughout the Middle East, by escalating his campaign to conquer Shiites in Iran, Syria, and Lebanon — overthrowing and replacing the governments there (which would then become controlled by allies of the anti-Shiite Sunni regime in U.S.-Israel-allied Saudi Arabia), and also aiming ultimately to expand Israel itself, to take over Jordan so as to confirm biblical prophecy.
And, as Wilkerson sees it, Netanyahu is also fronting for the Saudi family: the Israel lobby is fronting not only for Israel’s aristocracy, but for Saudi Arabia’s. (Whereas Israel works both inside and outside the U.S. Government to control the U.S. Government, the Sauds, which are the world’s richest family, work only inside the U.S. Government, by outright buying it; so, unlike the Jewish billionaires who control Israel, they don’t need acceptance by the American people; and each time the Saudis try, they fail at it.)
However, since Wilkerson’s speech was being sponsored by organizations that oppose Israel’s lobbyists, most of it dealt with Israel’s side of the Israel-Saud alliance that controls U.S. foreign policies (especially in the Middle East). (The U.S. aristocracy’s hostility toward Russia is, however, its own; it is primary for America’s billionaires, but not for Israel’s aristocracy, and also not for the Sauds — both of which aristocracies are instead focused mainly against Iran and Shiites.)
Wilkerson thus criticized especially “where Israel is headed – toward a massive confrontation with the various powers arrayed against it, a confrontation that will suck America in and perhaps terminate the experiment that is Israel and do irreparable damage to the empire that America has become.” Here is how he described the likeliest “tripwire” for what would become global nuclear annihilation:
They want a Greater Israel for a number of reasons, security reasons, you know, the old biblical prophecies and so forth. So I think they’re going to try to keep this in the air to start with. You’re going to see some bombing. I think you’re going to see in the next six months, they’re going to take Lebanon on. They’re going to take Hezbollah on in Syria and Lebanon.
When that doesn’t work or when Hezbollah present to them, as they did in July 2006, with some new options in terms of what Hezbollah can do to them and maybe even the Lebanese Armed Forces do too, it might get tricky. Then there might be armored formations, ground units, infantry and so forth. That’s when the door opens for general conflict.
Paul Craig Roberts: “World War 3 Is Approaching”
There is a question asked, too, about the [U.S. military] base [recently placed in Israel]. Here’s why I think we put the base there. … We put the base there for the same reason we have tripwire forces in other places. We put the base there so that there can be no question in the minds of the American people when the president directs U.S. forces into Israel equipped to go into Syria because we will have been attacked. The disposition of that base is just sitting on an Israeli Air Base and we put the Stars and Stripes up and declared it a U.S. Air Base.
It’s for Patriot batteries as far as I know. But it’s there and it’s U.S. territory. So, when missiles start flying or — God forbid — the RGC [Iran’s Republican Guard Corps] actually tries to put guerillas into Israel proper, then we are being attacked, too. So, when we go to Congress, if Trump feels like he has to go to Congress — he isn’t going to have to probably — Congress is going to be demanding that the president take action. …
If so, then the U.S. Government will be at war against Russia, too, not merely against Iran and Hezbollah. …
So, the thing that ought to be happening right now is that the United States and Moscow, despite all this mess [Russiagate, Skripal, etc.] that’s been created between us, ought to be cooperating to bring the two parties that really need to talk — to talk, Riyadh and Tehran — and get them to deal with their problems diplomatically and then turn that diplomatic success on to the Syrian conflict which is being fueled principally by Saudi money with Prince Bandar in charge.
He’s saying that this isn’t at all an ‘Israel-versus-the-Arabs’ thing, nor even fundamentally a Russia-versus-America thing (at least not in the Middle East) but instead a Sunni-versus-Shiite thing, at root. And, he’s right. The fundamental Middle-Eastern conflict is intra-Islamic, not between religions.
But (and he never talks about this; almost nobody does), it’s really between blocs of aristocracies, not really between different nations’ publics. In terms of publics, the American people are victimized by the American aristocracy and by its allied Saud family, and by its allied Israeli aristocracy; but America’s media are controlled by America’s aristocracy; and, so, hide these facts, in order to make these invasions by the U.S. possible — politically acceptable to the duped public (like Iraq, Libya, Syria, Yemen, etc., were).
Bandar is the person who was paying, out of his and his wife’s own personal checking accounts, flight-training etc. for at least two of the 15 Saudis who were preparing to do the 9/11 attacks. In 2017, U.S. President Donald Trump personally sold, to the Saud family, $350 billion in U.S. weaponry and training.
That sale was the biggest part yet, of Trump’s plan to restore U.S. manufacturing. And basically, Trump is now owned by the Sauds, and this (in addition to his own billionaire Israel-backers) means that he needs to be gung-ho for invading Iran, and certainly not for overthrowing the Sauds. He needs to support aristocracies that are the chief enemies of the American public. This is realpolitik, in a world that’s controlled by psychopaths. It’s today’s world.
Wilkerson said, “We might have the stirrings of 1914 as utterly stupid as we now know those stirrings to have been.” But would this really be just “stupidity,” or, perhaps, something more — and worse? He evidently knows that it’s far more, and that it involves not only the Sauds and their agents, but also the Israelis and their agents:
This is Joseph Goebbels territory. Karl Rove [George W. Bush’s chief propagandist] is envious. The Foundation for Defense of Democracies as the heir to the Project for the New American Century, Bill Kristol’s Iraq-bound think tank, leaves that pack of wolves disguised as warmed over neocons lavishly funded by the likes of Paul Singer [one of Trump’s top financial backers]. It has even spawned the Institute for the Study of War. A fascinating Orwellian title if there ever was one [it’s run by former PNAC people]. It should be [called] the Institute for War.
I’ve been asked why is it that you ascribe to FDD and now the ISW such nefarious motives. I was asked this by the New York Times’ editorial staff when they published my op-ed on Iran a few days ago. My answer is simple. Because that is precisely what FDD is attempting to do. Just as Douglas Feith, undersecretary of Defense for Policy, Office of Special Plans, did in 2002 and 2003 for Richard Bruce Cheney to lead us in the war with Iraq.
If this is true, then the Skripal matter, and all of Russiagate’s pressures upon Trump to bring America to war against Russia and against Russia’s allies (such as Iran, Syria, and China), would fit also as being parts of that broader plan, which would fulfill the objectives both of the Saud family, and of Israel’s aristocracy — and, of course, of America’s aristocracy, which have long wanted to conquer Russia.
The NATO PR agency Atlantic Council announced on March 25th that, as the neoconservative Daily Star in London expressed the matter, “Defence experts at the Atlantic Council have now laid out the ‘significant threat’ from Russia on the edge of Europe.”
Russia vs. U.S. – who has the stronger military?
Now that NATO has expanded right up to Russia’s very borders, NATO wants its populations to know that Russia is threatening NATO by massing troops and weapons on NATO’s borders. (It’s as if Russia had taken Mexico and then blamed America for being ‘aggressive’ and ‘threatening’ by doing defensive military drills on our own territory.) The next day, the Daily Star headlined “Vladimir Putin orders WAR DRILLS as Russia tensions ready to snap with West”. Then, on March 29th, they headlined “‘This is very rare’ Russia warship ‘to fire missiles SIX MILES off Sweden coast’”.
The aristocracies of Israel and of Saudi Arabia will likely have the support of the aristocracies in the U.S. and UK, in their planned war against Russia and its allies. Like WWI, and WWII, this is a joint enterprise; but, this time, unlike in WWII, America will be out to conquer Russia, not to conquer Germany.
Russia is the nation that has, by far, the most natural resources; and aristocracies always value land more than they value the populations that are on it, for whatever they can exploit out of the conquered ones, especially because dealing with the natives can mean more trouble than it’s worth. For examples: native populations didn’t do too well in U.S., nor in Australia, nor in Africa, nor in Palestine. Russians aren’t the goal; Russia (the land) is.
But, as usual, the aristocracies have first been knocking off the leaders of the allies of the country that’s the main target — such as in Iraq, and in Libya, and in Syria, and in Ukraine. Now, the allied aristocracies are getting ready to go in for the kill.
As regards the view from the opposite side, it was well summarized by Joe Hargrave in his recent “What Putin Wants Is The Most Important Issue Of Our Time”, in which he accurately represented what Putin has been both saying and doing.
And as regards Wilkerson’s recommendation: it was for the U.S. to abandon Israel, so that Netanyahu won’t be able to start WWIII. (Wilkerson closed by saying: “The country that will have started it all, the relationship, unbalanced as it is that will make it possible, is Israel. That’s the danger we face.”) Of course, the Sauds won’t allow that, and they might even renege on their $350 billion U.S. weapons-purchase commitment if we did it.
Natoistan, the 19 Saudis, of course, were no more than patsies for the MOSSAD operation, accomplished with US sayanim and certain US allies’ co-operation. It was Israel’s greatest ever false-flag coup, but, unless Bibi is replaced by someone sane, along with the entire Israeli elite, it also marked the beginning of the end of Israel. It is simply impossible that the Talmudic, Zionazi ambition to control the planet through Western stooge regimes, with China vivisected and India and Japan submissive, and Russia rendered asunder and further pillaged under the rule of a ‘New Yeltsin’ stooge, can ever be realised. Yet on and on they plough, driven by supremacist and hate-filled delusion of universal superiority and eternal victimhood, leavened with a malignant group narcissism without parallel. Millions die to sate their Talmudic bloodlust for mitzvot to offer up to their psychotic God, and the Zionazi elite seem almost to be slavering to add Iran and Lebanon to the blood feast.
One ought to feel sympathy for those decent Jews who oppose this Evil madness, and even for those too frightened or brainwashed to oppose the rush to self-destruction. They are in the same position as decent Germans were between 1933 and 1945, as their country was dragged to destruction by hate-filled zealots.
David Hume and Carl Sagan are agents of the great Anglo scam on Truth, Science and History. Neither should be quoted in this context unless you wish to signal irony.
In addition to Hume and Sagan, outstanding theoreticians of ‘conspiracism’ in the post-Aristotelian era include Francis Bacon, whose inductive approach was an attempt to purge simple minds of the true scientific method of the Platonic dialogue, St. Thomas Aquinas, Martin Luther, Thomas Hobbes, John Locke, David Hume, Adam Smith, John Stuart Mill, John Dewey, Ernst Mach, T. S. Eliot, Karl Popper, Henry Kissinger and Noam Chomsky.
Quite the list eh? Now add almost every other post Platonic intellectual you’ve ever heard of and this will give you some idea of how deep the brainwashing goes and why the Theresa May’s and Boris Johnson’s of our Anglo-Bizzaro World are so confident their scam can continue forever.
Anything and everything is potentially mind control if you submit to it without applying your own reason and spirit. Personally, Carl Sagan’s books were part of what inculcated a spirit of wonder and inquiry for me. I can’t say I am well read in Western philosophy, but to say that all of it is a system of brainwashing appears ludicrous to me. There’s something to be said for being wary, but overestimating the danger or the problem is not helpful either. Often, that is also the intended effect of leaks and ‘conspiracy theories’.
No limits to BS here…
Citing names he’s heard about … like parrots usually do.
Like a bell: just peel, without stuffing.
This story I suppose can hardly bear a new angle or analysis, it is so unbelievable in its extent, that I cant compare it to anything else than 1 st of April Fools attempt.
Unfortunately the repercussions are real and could turn into something very nasty, megaton nasty that is.
My thought here on last day of Easter is we all live in this world, trying to live a life, prosper get by, have children, see them grow up ect, ect. Many of us are not fortunate enough to die of old age, but are cut down, all too prematurely or are never given a chance of a decent life, because of wealth gaps and inequality.
And all the while while we, the ants, the expendables, the collateral damage, try to make an existence, fools like May, Trump, Johnson and the other irresponsible politicians, they play stupid games, risking the survival of mankind.
Did we give them that right ? I did not. But I may pay the same price as those ignorant fools that did. Methinks we need a New 14 of July, not a celebration , but a cleaning up day, a day where all the old useless stuff is thrown out and the “house” is cleaned for pests.
Happy post Easter or whatever you fancy.
True, that is the only hope.
However, it is only possible with combination. The rulers understand this, and have got us exactly were they need us, in order to prevent combination, i.e. utterly atomised, thanks to our introverting devices.
It can only get worse, almost irreversibly, when 5G, IoT, blockchain based currencies, cashless society, universal basic income, driverless vehicles and implanted id have been rolled out (prediction: most of those astoundingly soon, 5 yr or so).
So, perhaps a forlorn hope.
”We don’t know exactly what has taken place in Salisbury, but if it’s as bad as it looks, it is another crime in the litany of crimes that we can lay at Russia’s door”
Small correction: /…/ but if it’s as bad as my hairstyle looks /…/ ”
Kudos to Boris J for knowing his line by heart, just like Tony A with his fabulous shirtfront. Still, it’s easy to miss the big lie here thanks to the anti-Russian bluster which concludes the pronunciamento. The Anglo swine know exactly what really happened in Salisbury, period. Eugenia’s verdict is excellent:
”There is much more that could be said about this affair. However, such discussion only makes sense if we believe that the British acted in good faith, and a genuine investigation is taking place. I am not so sure about that. Based on the action of the UK government, I am inclined to think that they know exactly what happened for the simple reason that they made it happen, and the rest is just a smokescreen.”
It is time to show openly support to Russia.
Russophobia is fascism.
Here my email to the Russian Ambasador in Paris.
02 04 18
To His Excellency the Ambassador of the Russian Federation in Paris.
As an Argentinian citizen residing in the South of France I wish to express my support and solidarity
with President Putin and the Russian people.
The United Kingdom and the United States have an historic tradition of creating ‘false flag’ events, more so in our times, where they have a complete control of the media and the news presentation, truth is irrelevant.
I am convinced that I am not alone in seeing that their false flags are lacking any sophistication and are a strong sign of their moral, political and economic decadence.
My father was freed from a German concentration camp by the glorious Soviet Army (he was an imprisoned Yugoslav partisan) and I, my daughters and my grandchildren would not be here today.
I am convinced that Russia will keep us safe from the deranged politicians which are pushing the world to new wars.
My support and solidarity.
Mario Medjeral, this is so kind and inspiring from you. Expressing support and solidarity will help to bear with constant barrage of attacks and provocations.
@moderators and Mario Medjeral
Don’t know but maybe it would be better to delete the telephone number in your comment.
done … mod-hs
There is no end to the lies of the Anglo and their puppets. Russia is there eternal enemy. Now they are working together with other global forces, Ultrazionsists, Neo Nazi in Ukraine and Balkans, Sunni Jihadists, most of all the Vatican (who believe in the forced conversion of Russia to Catholicism- via the Fatima ‘vision’) . We will see a Nuclear War within the next three years. Things like the petro-Yuan and new russian intercontinental missiles have frightened them.
Yulia while in Critical condition entered her VK account on March 7th
Those Russians must be tough guys….
Not only while in “critical condition”, but also while heavily sedated and unable to talk to anyone, according to UK court documents where they all agreed to take away her rights to privacy.
Some light relief
@ Izaates bar Monobazeus on April 02, 2018 · at 2:28 am UTC
I agree entirely. And these continued barking blogs are just playing into the ‘great’ game.
The only thing that makes sense to me as to “why?” etc is the UK (and others) have a need for mass distraction while Syria turns another strategic corner in its successful resurrection as a viable nation.
I read recently a comment on a certain moon-blog suggesting the surrender and cleaning out of East Ghouta had resulted in an embarrassment for UK special forces trapped there. Also see the end segment of RT’s “CrossTalk Bullhorns: Tit-for-tat (Extended version)” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yf1ejqkVLF4
for the various issues including terrorist chemical labs found abandoned there.
Add to this Trump’s latest distraction of tweeting “leaving Syria to others” (i.e. the French poodles no doubt) and we get get ZERO msm coverage of what should be a major set of Easter stories; along with Israeli murder and maiming of civilians in Gaza (which only Erdogan has criticized); and the ongoing humanitarian disaster in Yemen that the Saudi clown prince has orchestrated but not yet mentioned during his current ‘Disneyland’ USA tour (after all he is only the technical head of the current Saudi reps on the various UN agencies responsible for Human and Women’s rights); the mobbing of Jeremy Corbyn by war criminal Tony Blair and others; and the silencing of Julian Assange etc.
No, … we all need to focus on some bloody British door knob in an UK urban backwater where real forensic evidence about two Russian citizens falling ill on a park bench after a restaurant meal just down the road from a UK military chemical Lab (during some under reported war games) is about as relevant as scientific fact in Alice and Wonderland.
Please, spare us this simplistic ‘who done it’ stupidity and get back on focus.
Excellent report, Eugenia.
This report, posted earlier in a comment by JJ, provides some additional useful data:
Update to briefing note ‘Doubts about Novichoks’
“Uglev specifically stated that the Foliant program was meant as the answer to the American VX agent”.
I believe that VX was first created at Porton Down, so it is a British nerve agent – not American.
The US and UK both regularly claim that they have government/military labs synthesizing agents such as Novichuk.
Whenever challenged about why they have chem weapons labs in the first place, they respond that they have them for ‘defensive’ purposes to develope antidotes and countermeasures against such weapons. By definition, such labs would then be producing at least small amounts of any substances they feel an enemy might posses. After all, you can not test your antidote or countermeasures without something very, very close to the real thing to test it against.
It could have been much worse. Imagine if for example the Russians instead of Novichok used a nerve gas called Kazachok – a gas that would make the affected person(s) – dance uncontrollably – it could have been a horrible sight, especially if the targets have no dancing skills.
However, the general attitude is that the Novichok technology is so very top-secret that nothing is known about it. … I find it impossible to believe that any technology could have remained secret till this day …
Moon Of Alabama published some insightful article about this topic (http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/49116.htm; Hillary Clinton Ordered Diplomats To Suppress ‘Novichok’ Discussions). He points out that Mirzayanov himself published a book containing the formulas of the agents (https://www.amazon.com/State-Secrets-Insiders-Chronicle-Chemical/dp/1432725661).
The West spent years suppressing information on binary nerve agents and then decides to explode the technology into the public domain with what can only have been an entirely anticipated tsunami of uncontrolled and very detailed commentary on manufacturing requirements taking place from one end of the internet to the other. What sort of monster is May that she would give weapons of mass destruction manufacturing technology away to any tom dick and harry across the entire world.? What boomerangs has she let fly.? Does she plan to frame Russia for mass murder of Western citizens. Or is her aim for Russians.?
Even if it were truly the case that a fourth generation nerve agent had been deployed against a person on British soil and it could be reasonay proven Russia had had a hand in it it is staggering beyond belief that any responsible govervment , let alone that of the UK would under any circumstances allow the mass publication/informative commentary to be triggered into actuality by disclosure of the types of compounds in question.
It is simply staggering that the West has just handed the keys to doomsday technology to psychopaths across the entire globe. The UK with its Skripal hoax/provocation has created a whole new paradigm of threat for life on earth. Theresa May, you are a monster.
Mirzayanovs book was published 10 years ago. People with a technological background can reproduce many things if they’re able to get their hands on raw materials and equipment for the chemical process (manufacturing). Think of mustard gas. I’ve heard of it back in school when I learned about WW I. Probably you’ll find lots of books and instructions on the internet. I’m not worried about the accessibility of such kind of knowledge. Just think of mass events like Olympics or concerts. Each time such an event takes place there’s the risk of some terrorist attack. Now consider all the previous events and the (real and false flags) terrorist attacks that happened in the past. If you put it into relation you’ll realize that it’s way more dangerous to cross a street with lots of traffic than a going to a mass event. So, why would the bad guys (the real ones and the alleged ones) act any different with the knowledge of some chemical formulas? I’m far more worried about people in positions of power trying to instigate violence of any kind. Why do our Western politicians need institutions for chemical weapons research? For creating antitoxins? If you want to create antitoxins, you also need knowledge about the chemical substance you’re trying to neutralize, so you’ll first have to create (re-create) that substance.
Some addition to my previous comment: I’ve got to thank another Anonymous (Anonymous on April 02, 2018 · at 2:34 pm UTC) for the inspiration for my last sentence. I didn’t remember that I had read the line of reasoning on this web site.
Eugenia, perhaps Russia could project the Hillary State Department emails relating to suppression of information on “fourth generation nerve agents (now colloquially known as “novichok”) onto the walls of a significant structure/s in Moscow for all the world to see.?
The OPCW ‘Australia Group’ is a weakness in the Skripal/Novichok history. It is a weak spot because Australians would be drawn into research and commentary on the Hillary State Department emails discussing suppression strategies on fourth generation Soviet CW. If Australians were activated to discuss the implications of the emails their voices would penetrate the Anglosphere and thereby shatter consensus.
> However, if there is no information on that particular poison in the database, it takes time to work out the structure of the compound. But even when you do work it out, how do you know it is Novichok if you, presumably, know nothing about the agent?
You took the words right out of my mouth. This appears to be a fabrication. A false flag event to further justify stirring up bad relations with Russia. Let’s hope this does not progress to the final step.
Patrick Armstrong has some advice regarding the endless barrage of false flags.