[This column was written for the Unz Review]
Trump pulled the trigger, but instead of a “bang!” what the world heard was a demure “click”. Considering that we are talking about playing a most dangerous game of potentially nuclear
Russian AngloZionist roulette, the “click” is very good news indeed. But, to use the words of Nikki Haley, the US “gun” is still “locked and loaded”.
There are a number of versions out there about what really happened, but I think that the most likely explanation for that “click” is a combination of two events:
- The US did go out of its way to avoid even giving the appearance of attacking the Russian or Iranian forces in Syria. With these kinds of rules of engagement, the target list and flight trajectory of the US missiles was easy to predict for the Syrian air defenses.
- The Syrian air defenses, now integrated with the Russian C4ISR networks and probably upgraded, performed way better than most people had expected.
I honestly don’t know who in the US should get the credit for doing the right thing, but that person(s) deserves our collective gratitude. Rumors say that Mattis was the man, others point to Dunford and some even to Trump himself (I doubt that). Again, I don’t know who did it, but this action deserves a standing ovation. The fact that this (predictably) dismal performance was then covered up with silly statements about a “perfect strike” and “all missiles hit their target” is standard operating procedure, a basic exercise in face-saving and an attempt to appease the always bloodthirsty Neocons. The most important lesson from this latest development is that there are still some people in key positions in the US who did what had to be done to avoid a catastrophic escalation in Syria. The question now is how long can these “sane forces” (for lack of a better identifier) continue to resist the “crazies”?
Needless to say, the Israel Lobby and the Neocons are absolutely furious. And just to add insult to injury, the Russians are now saying that they will provide the Syrians with S-300 batteries (which would be able to track and engage Israeli aircraft practically from their take-off). I would argue that the Israelis did that one to themselves with their own missile strikes at the worst possible time, but the fact this is self-inflicted does not make it less painful for the Israelis.
But the biggest problem is that this outcome, while very positive by itself, really solves nothing. The key unresolved issues are
- Does anybody, especially the UNSC or/and Russia get to “veto” the AngloZionist Hegemony’s actions anywhere on the planet? The official US position is a categorical “no!”. The outcome in Syria, however, does strongly suggest a “yes”.
- Is the US willing to come to terms with the fact that the Hegemony has failed to overthrow the Syrian government and that the Syrians have won the war? The official US position on this has flip-flopped a number of times, but I would argue that the “no” camp is much stronger than the “yes” camp. The current US posture in Syria strongly suggests that the USA is not quite ready yet to “declare victory and leave”.
- Have the Skripal and Douma false flag chemical (pseudo-) attacks been sufficient to re-subordinate the post-Brexit EU to the Anglosphere and have the AngloZionists been successful in forging a united front for a “Crusade against Russia”? The majority of EU governments have been willing to endorse any nonsense or violation of international law under the pretext of “solidarity”, but there are still quite a few cracks in this apparent unity.
At this moment the situation is extremely fluid and there are too many potential variables which can determine the next developments in order to make a prediction better than a wild guess. The only thing which is certain that this confrontation between the AngloZionist Hegemony and Russia is far from over, both in Syria and elsewhere (the Ukraine).
Fundamentally, our entire planet has to make a choice between two mutually exclusive world orders.
|AngloZionist Hegemony||Multipolar world|
|Civilizational model||Single “western”||Diverse|
|International Relations||Regulated by the Hegemon||Regulated by International Law|
|Social and Cultural model||Postmodernist secularism||Traditional and local|
Right now the “collective West” is engaged in a truly titanic effort to preserve the Hegemony, but the writing is very much on the wall, hence the kind of silly histrionics we now see from the likes of Trump, May and Macron. In this context, the war in Syria is primarily a war over the right of the USA to do whatever the hell it wants irrespective of international law, facts, logic or even common sense. Nikki Haley’s message to the world has been beautifully simple, consistent and blunt: “we are the Hegemon, we are above everything and everybody, above you and above any of your laws or principles. We are even above facts or logic. Bow down and worship us or else!“.
The problem for the AngloZionists is that while most western leaders have agreed to these terms (this is what “solidarity” means nowadays), the rest of the planet is quietly but actively seeking ways to explore other options and even some relatively weak and/or small countries (Bolivia for example) are still willing to openly reject this AngloZionist diktat. As for Russia and China, they are already de-facto creating a new, alternative, multi-polar world order where the Anglosphere will be limited to be only “one amongst many” and not the kind of planetary master-race its leaders fancy themselves to be.
It is interesting that the main tactic chosen by the “collective West” to respond to these challenges has been to basically go into deep denial and worry about perceptions much more than about facts on the ground. Hence the “perfect strike”. Carl Rove put it best when he said “We’re an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality. And while you’re studying that reality—judiciously, as you will—we’ll act again, creating other new realities, which you can study too, and that’s how things will sort out. We’re history’s actors…and you, all of you, will be left to just study what we do”.
In the 1990s there used to be a popular, but unattributed, quote which said “you have not won until CNN says that you won”. Today, we are witnessing something similar, just reversed: you have not lost until CNN says that you lost. I felt an eerie sense of déjà vu when Trump tweeted “mission accomplished” repeating the exact same words Dubya spoke on his aircraft carrier just before all hell truly broke loose in Iraq (I can imagine how the folks at CENTCOM, who are reportedly really upset, must have cringed when they heard this!). I hope that Marx was right when he said that “History repeats itself, first as tragedy, second as farce”. The long-suffering Middle-East has surely gone through enough tragedies, but I am afraid that what we have just witnessed with the latest US strike in Syria was the farce, and that a very real tragedy still might be in the making.
The Neocons can roughly be separated into two types: first, those stupid enough to believe that the latest strikes were, indeed, a magnificent success, and those who are just smart enough to realize that it was a pathetic flop. The first type will be emboldened by the sense of total impunity (and the US did, in fact, get away with this grievous violation of all the norms of civilized behavior and international law) while the second type will continue to demand a much stronger attack. Combine the two and you have a perfect recipe for a very dangerous situation.
And now here is the really bad news: the US ground forces (Army) are pretty much useless, while the US Navy and Air Force are in big, big trouble: the USN surface fleet is now quasi obsolete due to the Russian Kinzhal missile, while the USAF doesn’t seem to be able to operate in an environment with modern Russian surface to air missiles. None of them appear to be able to get anything done other than wasting an immense amount of money and killing a lot of people, mostly civilians. Just like their Israeli and Saudi allies, the US armed forces are just not capable of taking on any meaningful enemy capable of defending itself. There is only one segment of the US armed forces which is still fully capable of accomplishing its mission: the US nuclear triad. Hence all the attempts by US force planners and strategists to find a doctrine not only for the use of nuclear forces as a deterrent, but to re-conceptualize them as a war-fighting capability (missile defense, micro-nukes, etc.). Think of it this way: the only credible (real world) means of aggression left to the Empire are nuclear weapons. Many (most?) people don’t realize that (yet), but with each failed conventional attack this reality will become harder and harder to hide.
Will the people who this time around succeeded in foiling the Neocon plans for a real, hard, strike on Syria, and possibly even on the Russian task force in Syria, succeed the next time? I don’t know. But I can’t ignore the fact that each “click” brings us one step closer to the “bang”. And that suggests to me that the only real solution to this extremely dangerous situation is to find a way to remove the finger pressing on the trigger or, better, take away the gun from the nutcase threatening us all with it.
Former CIA director James Woolsey has stated that World War 3 was actually the Cold War.
So in many ways, people who are wringing their hands about World War 3 have completely missed the boat.
World War 3 is yesterday’s news. It is over and done with–and has been over for decades.
We are now *inside* of World War 4.
Just because the nukes aren’t flying yet, doesn’t mean that the war is not going on.
World War 4 looks like World War 3 (aka the Cold War) in that it involves proxy wars with the potential to escalate into conventional wars and even nuclear wars.
World War 4 involves financial and economic war, which the United Snakes is currently waging against multiple nations (Russia, China, Iran).
Latvia Bank Killing–Washington Financial War on Russia
Trump China Trade War has Deeper Agenda
Washington Using Currency War to Destabilize Iran
World War 4 entails information war in which psyops and disinformation prevail–see false flag attacks like the supposed Douma chemical attack, the Skripal affair, or America’s “Russia meddled in our election!” hissy fit.
World War 4 also includes political warfare where America perpetuates coup d’etats (aka regime change) of sovereign nations or balkanization campaigns disguised as “promoting freedom and democracy.”
Moreover, it is difficult to ascertain an actual start date of World War 4.
Woolsey says that 9-11 and America’s (fake) War on Terror were the start of World War 4.
However, you could trace it back to the 1990s Balkans War and the 1999 NATO “humanitarian” bombing of Yugoslavia.
Or one could cite America’s 1990 Operation Desert Slaughter against Iraq as the start of World War 4–a war that George H.W. Bush used as an occasion to herald the birth of a New World Order, a world order based on American unipolar dominance of the entire planet.
Trump’s ‘America First’ strategy – The Wolfowitz Doctrine with a new name
However, perhaps it is best to call World War 4 as merely one more extension of George Orwell’s Perpetual War….
Fine analysis! How to take away the gun from the crazed, never bombed one holding it? One well placed atom bomb on the unbombed? Look at the response of America to an atom armed Russia.
First, a couple of generalities: I’ve recently read supposedly well researched opinion that a nuclear war is survivable – somewhat like Dr Strangelove’s “40 million civillian deaths – tops” thesis. Compare this with the earlier potential of Fukushima to make the northern hemisphere uninhabitable, something a rat amost achieved by chewing into a cable feeing cooling pumps there and I have to seriously doubt the credibility of such thoughts.
Second, we do not really know with any certainty what is going on. One report of the events around 14th April suggested that an aircraft had been shot down. Whose aircraft and it’s mission were not mentioned. More known unknowns.
Here comes the scary part. Allegedly, soon after the 14th April, Syria’s anti-aircraft defence systems were “spoofed” by some ‘unknown aircraft’ causing missiles to be launched. It might then be deduced that the real purpose of the 14th April attack was to gain as much data on the strengths and weaknesses of the Syrian Air Defences to move to a new generation of Electronic Warfare. I’d guess this is really bad news, shades of “Would you like to play a game?” but with someone somewhere thinking that their advantage in a pre-emptive strike might, just, succeed.
This is it folks, the west has finally found a super weapon against Russia. It looks as if Russia has no choice now but to lay down its entire advantage for the west to now move in.
A little sarcasm above. After they let them go through all the infrastructure costs of hosting the game so they can then poison not only the investment, but the return on investment they otherwise would be getting.
It would probably be a good thing in these unpredictable times as the West could use this event to infiltrate western special ops-come soccer fans by the thousands using just such and event. Because of their belligerent stance, Russia should boycott the US and EU nations first and change the name from World Cup to New World Cup or the like, representing countries allied “new order” in the world.
That would be a nice pin prick.
The Unitied States is a nation that believes its own lies. Its armed NEVER won a war against a fresh ,well equipped enemy one ,on one. It can beat small thirs world nation’s but NOT there insurgents . They “won ” the Spainish American War” ( stole remnnats of poor modern Spains Empire ), Germany /Central Powers in 1919,after those nations heavily commited against British ,French ,Russian Empires ,for four years , and defeated AXIS in WW2 ,with GREAT DIFFICULTY even till the same way. Korea, wasa loss, (Russian Chinese manned MIGS ), Vietnam a joke,and this Centurys ” Perpetual war for perpetual peace “, the same.
Of course US ” patriots’, who hate everyone the same governmant and media they “distrust ” tells them to will just shout ,”we must go into win “, wont believe until their dreams crash when Trumps 2 Trillion Dollar tax Cuts bill from Rothschilds ,and China comes due,and his 700.000 billion dollar “Defense (war ) bill “, comes due .
But all is well, films like SAVING PRIVATE RYAN , DIRTY ROTTEN BASTARDS, CHURCHILL, DUNKIRK , AMERICAN SNIPER from Neoconservative Hollywood, will make them fell good,and thirst for more blood ,and “victory “.
Here’s an idea. It seems to me that the missiles that struck the targets were allowed through. Clearly with such an effective rate at the airfields ,the sites that were hit, were either not defended (why bother) or , it occurs to me and I don’t know anything about electronic warfare abilities of the RAF that perhaps these were actually targets that the US did not aim at and the strikes we redirected to them……
That would certainly have the effect of damping the ardour to carry on with the other 200 planned(it seems) when nothing got through to the targets and maybe missiles being redirected .plus of course the Chinese posture by Taiwan .
A question to the Saker or others, is this Possible?
The ‘Nutcase, America, will blow everyone up rather than give up it’s guns.Peace is not in it’s real interests. It is in Trump’s real interests which is why most powerful US organisations, such as former US Presidents, the FBI, the CIA, NASA, NATO, Homeland, etc want Donald Trump dead. Just silencing him would not be enough as he has, to their embarrrassment, been in Presidential office for one whole year laughing at them. Not allowed. Now the 300 million US home citizens, never bombed and believing they are invincible, support atomic, genocidal, war believing Hitler like hysteria and propaganda. US corporate support got them facsinated by the corporate owners like Henry Ford. What a market the US would have if it owned the globe!
If there is a WW111, the US will not survive it. In fact probably no-one will. Not even bugs, worms.