On 28th September 2017, Renegade Inc published a piece of mine entitled “The psychopath, the puppet, & the princeling”:
In that piece I argued that the US was putting conditions in place for a war against Iran. I also made the point that there is nothing whatsoever unusual about this:
“Modern warfare doesn’t ‘just happen’ – it is premeditated and planned. Wars are pre-positioned in the minds of the population long before the first violent assault. Bush & Blair’s war on Iraq was a decision made independently of any responsibility for 9/11, and without any evidence of WMD – there wasn’t any of either”
Two weeks later on 13th October 2017 President Trump announced that he would not certify Iran’s compliance with the deal; compliance that was unequivocally confirmed by the inspectors, and accepted by the other parties to the agreement. He stopped short of terminating the deal at that stage; but gave us his usual ‘we’ll have to wait and see’ spiel. There then followed months of debate in the media as the ‘will he/won’t he’ farce played itself out.
On 4th April 2018 I wrote a follow-up piece for Renegade, entitled ‘Tick-Tock: Washington’s coming war on Iran’:
“I am writing this update now because a major piece of the jigsaw has just been put in place, and as a result of that, I suspect that events will accelerate and become more visible to the general public.
On 22nd March 2018, President Trump announced that his new National Security Advisor will be John Bolton, former Ambassador to the UN under George W. Bush, ex-Fox News Analyst, leading advocate of the wars in Iraq and Libya; a man who has consistently called for regime change in North Korea and Iran”
A month later on 8th May 2018, President Trump announced the United State’s withdrawal from the JCPOA. In November sanctions came back into effect. Over the five months they have been widened and deepened in an attempt to bring Iran to its knees.
If this is sounding like “I told you so”…there is a good reason for that - I did. Fortunately, I don’t need a medal so I won’t be disappointed when you don’t give me one. What I do want however, is to bang this idea again and again:
“Modern warfare doesn’t ‘just happen’ – it is premeditated and planned. Wars are pre-positioned in the minds of the population long before the first violent assault”
When you get that idea, which sits at the ‘macro’ level, it’s much easier to make sense of what is happening on the ‘micro’ level. Most of what you read in the media is ‘official narrative’ - what governments want you to believe. Any ‘analysis’ that is done is carried out on the basis of the following pre-supposition:
“What the government tells us, what the security services tell us…is true”
Do you really need me to tell you what utter bullshit that pre-supposition is? Do we really need to analyse where that type of thinking gets us…it got us into Iraq, Libya & Syria…and it has brought us to the verge of yet another US war in the Middle East.
Just over a week ago the US despatched the Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group to the Persian Gulf. On Friday 10th May, Washington sent the USS Arlington and a Patriot missile battery to the Middle East ‘in an effort to deter actions from Iran’. What actions from Iran you may ask?
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told CNBC that the move to deploy a U.S. military team in the Gulf comes in response to “intelligence reports about possible Iranian attacks”
“We've seen this reporting…It's real. It appears to be something that is current, that is things we're worried about today…In the event that Iran decided to come after an American interest - whether that be in Iraq or Afghanistan or Yemen or any place in the Middle East - we are prepared to respond in an appropriate way …our aim is not war.”
Your aim is not war Mr Secretary? Well I shall certainly take your word for that, since I know full well that if your aim were war, you’d be perfectly upfront about it.
At this stage I should probably show you a recent 20 second video of Pompeo in an unguarded moment, entertaining an audience with tales of how the CIA lies and cheats all the time…and how it reminds him of “the glory of the American experiment”
But I digress. Anyway…over the weekend…right on cue…we heard about four ships ‘sabotaged’ in the Persian Gulf. Then on Monday a ‘plan’ was revealed to send 120,000 US troops to the Middle East. From The Times:
“The Pentagon has drawn up a new war plan for Iran on the order of President Trump’s hawkish national security adviser, John Bolton.
The plan envisages 120,000 American troops being deployed to the Gulf in the event of an Iranian attack on US interests or Tehran’s resumption of a nuclear weapons programme, The New York Times reported”
There’s that phrase again “in the event of an Iranian attack”. Now either you believe that the Iranian Government is dumb enough to provide Washington with an excuse to do what it wants to do: ATTACK…or you have retained some semblance of free thought, despite all the brainwashing you’ve been subjected to.
This is the classic ‘false-flag’ set-up.
The ‘Uncle Sheldon’ referred to in that tweet is Sheldon Adelson: Billionaire owner of Las Vegas Casinos, Trump’s largest contributor, Netanyahu fan-boy, and a guy who seriously suggested that Obama should nuke Iran:
In summary, we are in a very dangerous place, and though I am not surprised one jot, I cannot predict precisely what happens next. There are a number of broad possibilities however:
“Iranians have been preparing for war with the Unites States ever since the Iraq invasion in 2003. After what they’ve seen in Libya, in Syria, Yemen, Venezuela, they know that the Americans and Europeans are utterly brutal. The whole shore of the Persian Gulf on the Iranian side and the Gulf of Oman is full of tunnels and underground high-tech missiles. The Persian Gulf is full of ships equipped with highly developed sea-to-sea missiles. If there is real war, all the oil and gas facilities in the region will be destroyed, all the tankers will be destroyed.”
And if that show comes to pass, Marandi regards the Strait of Hormuz as the “sideshow”:
“The Americans will be driven out of Iraq. Iraq exports 4 million barrels of oil a day; that would probably come to an end, through strikes and other means. It would be catastrophic for the Americans. It would be catastrophic for the world – and for Iran as well. But the Americans would simply not win”
Like I said, I suggest you read it:
Finally, I suggest you read the following article, by Whitney Webb. It covers the false-flag theme and the Adelson connection in more detail than I am able to cover here:
Postscript: I have just heard that the US State Department (Pompeo) have ordered the evacuation of all non-emergency personnel at the embassy in Baghdad.
I don’t know what this is about at this point. Whatever the significance, I don’t expect to learn the truth from the BBC or the Guardian. I, like you, will have to think for myself.