According to General (Ret.) Wesley Clark, that was the Neocon (and CIA) plan in the immediate aftermath of the September 11th 2001 attacks. After Iraq, the countries slated for being “taken out” were, Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Iran. But the best laid plans of mice and psychopaths often go awry, and Iraq was no cake-walk and the masses of humanity weren’t entirely as hoodwinkable as people like Cheney, Rumsfeld, Wolfowitz et al liked to believe. But what is interesting is the fact that we are currently seeing a major NATO i.e. (US) operation against Libya, and now the British, French and Italian oligarchies are urging “sanctions” against Syria, and there have been “anti-government protests” in Lebanon and Iran.
In the much- quoted 2004 New York Times Magazine article, journalist Ron Suskind described a 2002 conversation with a senior Bush advisor — widely assumed to be Karl Rove:
“The aide said that guys like me were ‘in what we call the reality-based community,’ which he defined as people who ‘believe that solutions emerge from your judicious study of discernible reality.’ I nodded and murmured something about enlightenment principles and empiricism. He cut me off. ‘That’s not the way the world really works anymore. 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.’ “
It’s probable that, given their belief that they “create their own reality”, the Neocons believed that they actually could orchestrate “regime change” in seven countries in five years with US troops on the ground. The actual reality, as we have seen, has been radically different. “Quagmire” just doesn’t get it and the truth of the matter is that all normal human beings will always recognise and resist occupation and corporate plunder and slavery, regardless of the extent or sophistication of the propaganda and lies.
Faced then with a problem with their reality-creation war machine, it seems that the Washington warmongers plan has been changed from direct military invasion and occupation to the manufacturing of “revolutions” in the targeted nations with the covert help of CIA and mercenary operations. The mainstream media is then employed to catapult the ‘humanitarian intervention’ propaganda (to help the poor rebels), which in turns leads to UN resolutions permitting NATO (i.e. US) military intervention. The latest UN resolution (Security Council Resolution 1973) mandating the enforcement of a “no fly” Zone over Libya has been largely ignored by NATO however.
The resolution called for the imposition of a no-fly zone on Libyan military aviation, and “the establishment of safe areas in places exposed to shelling as a precautionary measure that allows the protection of the Libyan people and foreign nationals residing in the Libyan Arab Jamahiriya. It specifically does not authorise violent regime change or the arming of rebel forces.
Despite this, the NATO bombardment, having killed perhaps hundreds of innocent civilians, is now targeting Gaddafi himself in a flagrant attempt at regime change.
As for the ‘rebels’, the supposed benefactors of this unlikely ‘humanitarian intervention’; their chief appears to be a long term CIA agent, and it has since been revealed that those stories of Gaddafi bombing his own people were a product of the US military’s department of propaganda.
So, it’s basically a microcosm of the illegal Iraq invasion and occupation all over again, without the ground invasion….yet, and quite frankly, I’m tired of it all. We’ve had ten years of overt war and aggression. That’s more than enough for all relatively sane human beings to understand what we are dealing with here. It seems to me that what we are witnessing on the planet right now is the last hurrah of the global power elite as they strip the world’s population of their wealth, and increasingly, their lives. These individuals, bankers and government and corporate big wigs, both seen and unseen, are acting like people with nothing left to lose; and that’s what really interests me. What exactly do they know that almost no one else does?
On August 17, 1999, the Knight Ridder Washington Bureau published an article by Robert S. Boyd entitled: Comets may have caused Earth’s great empires to fall which included the following: (emphases, mine)
“Recent scientific discoveries are shedding new light on why great empires such as Egypt, Babylon and Rome fell apart, giving way to the periodic “dark ages” that punctuate human history. At least five times during the last 6,000 years, major environmental calamities undermined civilizations around the world.
Some researchers say these disasters appear to be linked to collisions with comets or fragments of comets such as the one that broke apart and smashed spectacularly into Jupiter five years ago.
The impacts, yielding many megatons of explosive energy, produced vast clouds of smoke and dust that circled the globe for years, dimming the sun, driving down temperatures and sowing hunger, disease and death.
The last such global crisis occurred between AD 530 and 540– at the beginning of the Dark Ages in Europe — when Earth was pummeled by a swarm of cosmic debris.
In a forthcoming book, Catastrophe, the Day the Sun Went Out, British historian David Keys describes a 2-year-long winter that began in AD 535. Trees from California to Ireland to Siberia stopped growing. Crops failed. Plague and famine decimated Italy, China and the Middle East.
Keys quotes the writings of a 6th-century Syrian bishop, John of Ephesus:
‘The sun became dark. … Each day it shone for about four hours and still this light was only a feeble shadow.’
A contemporary Italian historian, Flavius Cassiodorus, wrote:
‘We marvel to see no shadows of our bodies at noon. We have summer without heat.’
And a contemporary Chinese chronicler reported, ‘Yellow dust rained like snow.'”
Dendrochronologist, Mike Baillie, has established that:
“Analysis of tree rings shows that at in 540 AD in different parts of the world the climate changed. Temperatures dropped enough to hinder the growth of trees as widely dispersed as northern Europe, Siberia, western North America, and southern South America.
A search of historical records and mythical stories pointed to a disastrous visitation from the sky during the same period, it is claimed. There was one reference to a “comet in Gaul so vast that the whole sky seemed on fire” in 540-41.
According to legend, King Arthur died around this time, and Celtic myths associated with Arthur hinted at bright sky Gods and bolts of fire. In the 530s, an unusual meteor shower was recorded by both Mediterranean and Chinese observers. Meteors are caused by the fine dust from comets burning up in the atmosphere. Furthermore, a team of astronomers from Armagh Observatory in Northern Ireland published research in 1990 which said the Earth would have been at risk from cometary bombardment between the years 400 and 600 AD.
[…] Famine followed the crop failures, and hard on its heels bubonic plague that swept across Europe in the mid-6th century. […]”
Now these are not the voices of evangelical, “the end of the world is nigh” types, but rather sober university professors who have spent many years in scientific research in their chosen fields. The conclusions they have come to are shocking for sure, but it behooves all of us to put aside our sacred cows for a moment and look at the facts. Over the past few years the incidence of meteorite sightings and impacts around the world has gone through the proverbial roof, as have several of the meteorites, although in the opposite direction.
Given the controlled nature of not only the media but also the academic world, if there was a threat to our planet from some sort of cyclical cometary bombardment as suggested by Ballie, Boyd and others, the chances of such information coming to general public awareness, against the wishes of the ruling elite, would be very slim. The likelihood is that our leaders would do everything within their power to conceal such information and distract those members of the public with a drive to know the Truth. As Astronomer Victor Clube wrote in his paper, The Hazard to Civilization from Fireballs and Comets:
…the Christian, Islamic and Judaic cultures have all moved since the European Renaissance to adopt an unreasoning anti-apocalyptic stance, apparently unaware of the burgeoning science of catastrophes. History, it now seems, is repeating itself: it has taken the Space Age to revive the Platonist voice of reason but it emerges this time within a modern anti-fundamentalist, anti-apocalyptic tradition over which governments may, as before, be unable to exercise control. … Cynics (or modern sophists), in other words, would say that we do not need the celestial threat to disguise Cold War intentions; rather we need the Cold War to disguise celestial intentions! (emphasis in the original)
If the rulers of our world know that, in the very near future, the demographics and power balance on the planet are likely to be radically and unpredictably restructured by major earth changes and meteorite impacts, they would surely seek to prepare for such an event. Having held power for so long, their preparations would most likely center around a strategy to ensure that, when the dust settles and they emerge from their bunkers, they are able to retake control of the planet. Practically, this would involve a process of conquering as much of the planet and its resources as possible, and we note that this is essentially what they have done and are doing, with successive US governments taking the lead over the past 50 years.
If there is one thing above all others that has led to the precipice upon which we currently sit as a species, it is knowledge, or the lack of it, and the fact that certain small groups of the so-called ‘elite’ have always sought to maintain a monopoly on it at the expense of the masses of humanity. Clearly, therefore, it is knowledge that is, and always has been, the most prized ‘commodity’ on this planet. Unfortunately, the catch 22 to beat them all is the fact that almost no one realises this.
Because the knowledge that knowledge is key has been deliberately and rigorously denied the masses by the propaganda of religion where “faith” and “blind belief” in the leader is the key to salvation. The salient point is that it is, and always has been, only in the darkness of ignorance of the true state of their reality that ordinary people can be merrily led down the path that leads, over and over again, to their own destruction.
So, allow me to offer some friendly advice: an understanding of what is happening on our planet is not to be found by watching movies like ‘The day after tomorrow’ or ‘2012’, but rather outside your own front door, as millions of people in Chile, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, and just yesterday, the SE USA, have been learning: