As I write this, President Trump is announcing an illegal (under international law) joint U.S.-UK and French attack on Syria apparently on the basis of target information provided to him by Israeli intelligence. After the failed Skripal chemical-attack hoax in the UK, the claimed reason for the 50-minute 100+ cruise-missile attack are questionable allegations of a chlorine attack in Douma by the Syrian government.
Chlorine is NOT a banned chemical weapon under the Chemical Weapons Convention and OPCW rules. The chemical has many civilian uses, such as disinfecting water. In places where infrastructure has been destroyed, it is essential in preventing outbreaks of Cholera. “Humanitarian” destruction of infrastructure and chlorine stocks at water plants in Yemen by our Saudi ally, for instance, has resulted in just such an outbreak.
President Trump asserts the attacks on Syria will continue until “animal” Assad stops using chemical weapons. But what if he never used such weapons? That, I believe, is the point. There was no real desire for an independent investigation—Nikki Haley vetoed a U.N. resolution calling for OPCW (Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons)to actually visit Douma and confirm that any chemical attack actually took place. And the attack itself may have been launched to forestall a general investigation due to start in just two days by the OPCW. Especially as the Russia Ministry of Defense (MOD) had just revealed it had hard cintel that British intelligence had instructed the terrorists to shell Damascus—which they did indiscriminately in violation of international law, causing numerous casualties–and then stage a false-flag chemical attack when the Syrian Government responded.i
Picture a cop saying to a man—I’m going to beat you until you stop hitting your wife. “But I don’t beat my wife,” the man replies. “Prove it” says the cop, and keeps beating the man. It’s difficult to prove a negative—this is why “innocent until proven guilty” is enshrined in U.S. law! This is the key to the strategy now being used on Syria—one in the basic founding document of the Neocons.
In 1996, “A Clean Break: A New Strategy for Securing the Realm” was presented to Benjamin Netanyahu by Richard Perle and a group including Douglas Feith, Robert Loewenberg, and the Wurmsers. Aside from calling for the removal of Saddam Hussein (at the time, the “animal” de jour) from Iraq and the end of the Mid East peace process (land for peace) it also introduced a newly-discovered right of Israel: the right of hot pursuit. While the report advertised this treatment for Palestinians, Israel has now extended it to other parts of the Mid East, such as Syria. In simple terms, this doctrine means that Israel (or its proxies) can attack–without regard for any national border–people or facilities it considers an actual or potential threat, i.e., no actual overt aggression by the target is necessary to justify such an attack. And Israel (and its proxy states) don’t need a great deal of proof, as the Syrian response demonstrates.
I analyzed this doctrine in a piece entitled “Existential Enemies” in February 2004ii. In everyday terms, “hot pursuit” as it is used in the “Clean Break” doctrine means that if your neighbor has a double-barreled shotgun and loads his own ammo he might someday kill you. So by this Israeli logic, because of a remote potential danger you would be justified in burning your neighbor’s house to the ground and even killing him—as long as your neighbor is not Jewish!
The target of the latest attacks are Syrian research facilities. It brings to mind the alleged “mobile chemical weapons labs” in Iraq that the U.S. Government claimed were deadly threats prior to the 2003 invasion of that country. (An invasion I had correctly predicted would take place, at the behest of Israel, during the Jewish festival of Purim.)iii The deadly mobile labs turned out to be mobile food-safety testing labs. And there were no chemical weapons in Iraq. The invasion was a massive war crime and it destabilized the Middle East, causing a flood of refugees and bankrupting the U.S. as it became mired in an endless war.
For the above reason, Israel has not been bashful about using chemical and nuclear weapons hysteria as a weapon against neighboring states who feel threatened by it. Iraq was destroyed on the basis of such false allegations. Then came the CBW “axis of evil”–North Korea, Iran and Syria. This was used as a pretext to destroy Syria. And Russia’s helping to get Syria to destroy its chemical weapons did little to assuage the Neocon-Zionists from continuing with their plan to partition that devastated country. (The Israelis also had a long-standing beef with the Syrians for helping restore order in Lebanon after the Israeli defeat by Hezbollah during the last invasion of that country—more of its “hot pursuit.”)
Keep in mind that the incidents I’m now going to describe took place with (A) no overt actions by and (B) no threats or attacks by the victims or even their national employers. (North Korea is in a slightly different position. The U.S. is still technically at war with it as only an armistice or cessation of hostilities was signed.)
In the 1990s, a Russian general, Anatoly Kuntsevich, was reportedly in the lead on the development of chemical weapons and had been suspected by the Israelis of providing this knowledge to Syria (and possibly Iran) through a front company. By back channels, the Israelis demanded (i.e., made demarches) that the Russians rein him in. Yeltzin did not respond as Kuntsevich was a close advisor. On April 29th, 2002 Kuntsevich mysteriously died on a flight from Aleppo to Moscow. Syrian intelligence was convinced the Mossad had gotten to him—possibly with a chemical agent. His tombstone reportedly shows a death date prior to the flight he died on.iv
Another suspected Israeli attack on Syria and Iran took place in July 2007 at the al Safir complex in Aleppo, Syria, where Kuntsevich had provided assistance. The complex exploded killing and injuring over 600 people including a number of Iranian researchers. Syrian sources reportedly told Jane’s Defense Weekly that during a “test to weaponize a 500 km ‘Scud C’ with a mustard gas warhead, an explosion occurred in a laboratory adjacent to a chemical agent storage facility” at the most heavily guarded military camp in Syria.v However, an Israeli intelligence official told Israeli journalist Ronen Bergman, that the Syrians had privately determined the explosion was an act of sabotage and that it was “a wonderful accident.”vi
A mysterious blast in North Korea in 2004 near the Chinese border was another of many incidents in which key personnel have met violent ends cooperating with Syria (and Iran?) in developing weapons of mass destruction.
In early 2004, the U.S. NSA detected a curious, unusually high cluster of sustained electronic communications traffic between a remote location in the northeast Syrian Desert and Pyongyang. The NSA shared the information with Israel’s military signals intelligence and cypher department, Unit 8200, which designated the information as warranting priority monitoring. A few months later, on April 22, 2004, an explosion destroyed a train and decimated the small northwestern North Korean town of Ryongchon, in the heart of North Korea’s missile, chemical warfare, and nuclear weapons industrial production infrastructure, as the freight train headed to the coastal shipping port of Nampo with its highly secret cargo. The explosion (possibly caused by a tactical nuke) registered 3.8 on the Richter scale and the IRC reported 40% of the town had been flattened, more than 160 people killed and 1,300 injured, destroying thousands of buildings and leaving a crater 72-meters deep at the Ryongchon railway station.
Never acknowledged was that more than a dozen Syrian ballistic missile weapons scientists and technicians employed by the Syrian Scientific Studies and Research Center (SSRC), the agency in charge of Syria’s covert weapons of mass destruction development program, were killed in that mysterious blast..vii
Why would Iran (or Syria for that matter) want to even develop such weapons? Is it due to aggression as the Israelis would have us believe? Chemical weapons are instruments of denial of terrain, not conquest. (Buy a gas mask and try wearing it for 24-hours if you don’t believe me.) In other words, you don’t use chemical weapons on land you plan to immediately occupy—as the Syrians are now occupying Douma. But you do use chemical weapons, if you have them, to slow down an invading enemy.
Iran faced threats from the U.S., Israel and their proxy Arab states. At one point, the U.S. armed Iraq’s Saddam Hussein with chemical and other weapons and encouraged him to attack Iran. The resulting war caused a total of 1-million casualties and resulted in a stalemate. Israel, meanwhile, has assassinated dozens of Iranian Nuclear and other scientists and engaged in a program of sabotage across that country. This has included spreading the malware program Stuxnet that has infected utility and technical systems in Iran and now elsewhere.viii Syria had similar experiences. So did Iraq for that matter—it was invaded once it was confirmed it had really disposed of its chemical weapons stock. (Muammar Gaddafi of Libya went the atomic route, gave up the program in return for normalization and the assurances of the U.K., and was destroyed along with his country—opening the floodgates of Africa into Europe.)
What we are witnessing right now in the Mid East, I believe, is the bearing of fruit after decades of a monomaniacal effort to create a de facto Israeli super state—Eretz Israel–one unassailable and in complete control of the Mid East and, ultimately, the world. And, whether you’re a believer or not, I believe we will see this state manifest itself very much like the “Great City” described in the prophetic Book of Revelation of St. John the Divine. It’s worth remembering the identity of this future “Great City that rules over the kings of the Earth” and “over many peoples, nations and tongues”—the city recently recognized by President Trump as the capital of the Israeli state. This city is called other names by John: Mystery Babylon, Sodom, mother of harlots and abominations upon the Earth, scarlet woman, and whore of Babylon. John further explains it “made all the nations drunk” and that it would be “the city where our Lord also was killed,” i.e., Jerusalem.ix (Remember, when John wrote this in 96 A.D.x, Jerusalem was a deserted ruin.)
World Zionism now has its ducks lined up. It fully controls the leaders of the U.S., U.K., France and much of the EU, aided and abetted by armies of Freemasons who believe they’re about to rebuild Solomon’s Temple. And Arabs, terrorized by fears of a resurgent Persian Empire, therefore willing to collaborate with Israel and the U.S. and sell out their Palestinian brethren. And, for the time being, Mr. Putin and Russia covertly can be counted on to pull for Israel when the chips are down—as can the Chinese.
When the smoke clears we’ll see a very different situation—and not just in the Mid East—but in Asia as well. (Heck, MAGA Trump is already backtracking and today is toying with accepting the TPP and globalization after all!xi) Soon Trump droids will be welcoming all the Hillary Clinton policies and the war that Trump “saved” us from—because, after all, Q-anon said it’s so and it’s Trump draining the swamp and playing 4D chess! The philosophers among us will recognize this as the Hegelian dialectic: thesis, antithesis, synthesis.
I can’t guarantee that a few nasty exchanges won’t take place among the various parties—obviously the lower echelons aren’t privy to the fact that we’re witnessing a giant-scale “nice cop, bad cop” piece of play acting (the U.S. is the bad cop in this act BTW.) This is going to be a rerun of the Cuban Missile Crisis on steroids, I think. But it won’t end with the last great war—not just yet.
I have heard whispers that the watchword of the new program is “transcend.” Israel will transcend the current world situation by completely changing the parameters. A part of the Asian Infrastructure Development Bank, Israel will also be the final stop of the new Silk Road.
We won’t have the major world financial collapse until Israel feels totally secure, I think. And, after that collapse, Israel could well be the center of world commerce and economic revival. And all the technology “borrowed” from the West over these years—and finely tuned in high-tech Israel courtesy of U.S. taxpayers and with help from half a million Russian tech types living in Israel—will come back to us in the hands of the great benefactors of mankind. For a price, of course. (Hog traps work much the same way—put plenty of corn leading into the trap and the pigs will walk right into it. This is not an act of altruism on the part of the trapper.)
As for what’s in store for the Mid East, it all goes back to the Yinon Plan (“A Strategy for Israel in the 1980s”) which was published in February 1982 as an article in the Jewish quarterly Kivunim (“Directions”.) Yinon said Israel should aim to bring about the fragmentation of the Arab world into a mosaic of ethnic and religious groups and encourage every kind of inter-Arab confrontation. The immediate goal, he reasoned, should be destruction of the military capabilities of nearby Arab states…like Syria. This is what has been done and what is being done right now. Partition of Iraq and Syria and attrition of their military capabilities—at U.S. taxpayer expense.
Beyond this, in 2004 I sketched a picture of the future of the Mid East should Yinon’s proposals succeed. “Behold the Zone” appeared on The Vanguard in February 2004 and, since it is no longer in print, is reproduced in its entirety after this essay. Keep in mind this was written 14 years ago and some of the players have changed. But the plan has not.
29 February 2004
BEHOLD THE ZONE
by Tom Mysiewicz
One of the last great American fiction novels, Gravity’s Rainbow by Thomas Pynchon, recounts the madcap adventures of naive American Tyronne Slothrop as he traverses “The Zone”. This Zone (mirrored in the anarchic text of the book) exists in the post-war wreckage of Europe and is devoid of any real religion, culture or government, except that of the unipresent natural order of the Poisson or parabolic curve.
To borrow a phrase from neocon Pulitzer Prize winner Charles Krauthammer, America and its Israeli ally are well on the way to creating a real-life “Zone” in the “Islamic crescent stretching from Afghanistan to North Africa”. Whether this Zone will be stable and beneficial for all inhabitants or simply a prelude to render helpless the regional states for “Eretz” or greater Israel remains to be seen.
One can see the first showing of the Zone as it emerges in the Occupied Territories. Here, all Palestinian infrastructure, vital services and economic structures have either been severely damaged or destroyed, while a “security wall”–that provides little security–slices willy nilly through the territory. What little government there is cowers, and is bottled up, in a small area. Most recently, Israeli troops have even implemented a form of bank robbery, in which they present a bank with an arbitrary demand note based on some alleged intelligence, and proceed to clean out its vaults at gunpoint.
The more-humane Americans have created their own versions of the Zone in Afghanistan and Iraq. Here, the countries are broken up into occupation areas, with “democratic” activity strictly controlled, vital services often nonexistent and economic life at a near standstill, except for the infusion of money from the occupation. In some areas, war lords are virtually the only stable government. The Neocons propose to soon extend this Zone to other areas, such as Syria and Lebanon.
To go along with this so-called “suasion of the bayonet”, as so aptly put by Krauthammer, is a reported proposal by the Bush Administration–for a GMEI or “Greater Middle East initiative”–that has been leaked before its planned debut at the June summit of industrialized nations.
Among other things, GMEI calls for:
*Economic pressure to be brought to bear to encourage regional states to adopt prescribed forms of democracy;
*More ties to be established with nongovernmental groups in target countries to “bring about change”;
*Expansion of education in the region, particularly the teaching of feminism and “women’s’ rights; and,
*Establishment of trade and industrial ZONES.
I’ll get back to the Zones shortly.
As reported Feb. 26th in several Egyptian papers, President Hosni Mubarak commented that the GMEI plan “almost ignores the fact that regional states exist…as if they have no sovereignty over their land, no ownership.” (2)
“Whoever imagines that it is possible to impose solutions or reform from abroad on any society or region] is delusional,” Mubarak aptly adds. (Although, to be fair, the Neocons say they will try anyway.)
Which brings us back to the Zone.
The creation of the conditions of vacuum necessary for a good Zone can, of course, be created by military means. This has been done well by Ariel Sharon and even more-extreme compatriots. However, most sane Israelis must realize that there are limits to what military action can accomplish. Enter the moderates, such as Shimon Peres.
Peres’ chief proposal for stabilizing the region, not surprisingly, is the establishment of Zones along the lines of the Qualifying Industrial Zones (QIZ) program set up with Jordan between 1996 and 1998. Under QIZ, a Zone takes a set percentage of an Israeli product, applies cheap Middle Eastern labor to it, and gets duty-free access to the U.S. market. If sufficient Israeli product is used, the product can be stamped “Made in Israel”. (Presumably, Bush’s proposal would also open EU markets to such duty-free imports.)
There is a serious problem with this Zone approach as I see it. Primarily, it places overemphasis on exports and the utilization of cheap Arab and Middle Eastern labor as a natural resource. Americans, in recent years, have been losing jobs at an alarming rate due to free-trade agreements such as NAFTA. At the same time, a rapidly-aging population will put increasing demands on the system–a reality that has prompted Fed Chairman Alan Greenspan to call for major cuts in Social Security benefits. Both the American and European populations may eventually balk at subsidizing the output of free-trade zones–even if they happen to be in the Middle East–as living standards dramatically drop.
Thus, it seems, the creation of Zones may serve well in the short run, and may be advantageous for middle men wishing to make large profits, but it leaves the region even more vulnerable to trade disruptions. Further, in order to maintain the viability of such Zones, it’s not really possible for the wage rates of workers to get too high. We in the U.S. have seen this happen in Mexico, where it was promised by Bill Clinton in his 1990’s “NAFTA, WE HAFTA” campaign that Mexican wages would rise “…and Mexicans would no longer need to come to the U.S. to get jobs”. Just the opposite has happened. But the profits to some from NAFTA have been enormous, just as long as one doesn’t look too closely at the massive deficits caused, in part, by loss of tariffs.
Any economic solution to the regional problems in the Middle East should not, I feel, rely on the traditional Western debt-based monetary system and deficit spending, along with currency manipulations. Instead, traditional Islamic teachings on money should be incorporated and the long-term emphasis should be placed on building wealth within the region and broadly within the respective populations, creating stable demand and stable domestic economies.
Thomas Pynchon, Gravity’s Rainbow (New York: Penguin Books, 1995)
(2) Gamal Essam El-Din, “Asserting Home-Grown Reform,” Al-Ahram Weekly, 4-10 March 2004
iv An account can be found in a typical Israeli book “Rise and Kill First: The Secret History of Israel’s Targeted Assassinations,” by Ronen Bergman, Ph.D. Bergman cites a book “The Volunteer” by a claimed Canadian Hasbara-Mossad agent, Michael Ross, in which Ross asserts he was repeatedly dispatched to Moscow by the Israelis to deliver warnings about the late general.
vi Also see: “The Secret War with Iran: The 30-Year Clandestine Struggle Against the World’s Most Dangerous Terrorist Power,” by Ronen Bergman, Ph.D., Free Press (2011).
viii It has been speculated that Fukushima may have been caused by Stuxnet. None of the reactor cooling pumps was submerged and there was plenty of fuel. All the pumps started as programmed after the earthquake. But all except one then shut down for no apparent reason.
x Some speculate the book may have been written around 70 A.D. and been about the fall of Jerusalem. So why would John predict it would be a great power if he was chronicling its destruction?