August 23, 2015 By Joseph P. Farrell

It was inevitable that the explosion in Tianjin, China, would call forth various conspiracy theories, and indeed, so many people are tracking this story that my email box was awash in various articles about it, to such an extent that I feel compelled to comment about it. I've selected this particular version from Natural News as it seems firstly to be fairly typical of most people's thoughts regarding conspiracy, and because it contains a fairly reasonable timeline of the events:

BOMBSHELL: China and America already at war: Tianjin explosion carried out by Pentagon space weapon in retaliation for Yuan currency devaluation... Military helicopters now patrolling Beijing

Let's start at the timeline, for this contains the basic seed of the arguments that all may not be entirely above-board with the Tianjin explosion:

August 11, 2015: China devalues the Yuan by 1.9%, sending "shockwaves" around the world and setting off a "devastating" impact to the U.S. economy.

August 12, 2015: Tianjin struck by Pentagon's secret "Rod of God" weapon, a space-based top-secret kinetic weapon that can be dropped from high orbit to strike almost any land-based target. The weapon instantly destroys six city blocks on the edge of the city of Tianjin, sending a message to China that's eerily similar to the message sent by the United States in the dropping of the world's first atomic weapons on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in World War II. (Yes, the USA is willing to drop weapons of mass destruction on civilian populations. It has already done it twice!)


August 16, 2015: Obama issues stern warning "...about the presence of Chinese government agents operating secretly in the United States," reports The New York Times. "And it comes at a time of growing tension between Washington and Beijing on a number of issues: from the computer theft of millions of government personnel files that American officials suspect was directed by China, to China's crackdown on civil liberties, to the devaluation of its currency."
Now, while I continue to have major doubts that this was anything more than an accidental explosion, the timeline, plus President Obama's warning, recalls the similar events of Fukushima almost to a "t": first a new Japanese government came to power. That government clearly indicated it wanted to improve relations with China, and also requested the USA close down and remove its Okinawa base. Then-US Secretary of Defense Robert Gates then issued a warning to Japan that was scarecly more than a disguised threat. Then came the earthquake, the tsunami, and the Fukushima disaster, ongoing to this day. And, for those not aware of it, former Assistant Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, Catherine Austin Fitts, has made similar observations about the Indonesian tsunami: first there were inexplicable sell-offs of Indonesian sovereign securities on the markets, followed a week later by a tsunami. One could go on and on (like those earthquakes that hit the Soviet Union (Georgia, home to then Soviet Foreign Minister Eduard Shervednadze) during the events running up to the German reunification), but I suspect one gets the basic idea: "accidents" in the context major economic and geopolitical events, such as the Chinese yuan devaluation, should be looked at carefully.
So was this a US strike using a covert space-based kinetic weapon, the so-called "rod of God"? Perhaps, but I very much doubt it, since no one, as far as I am aware, reported seeing any trails that such a weapon would probably leave in the atmosphere, nor, to my knowledge, did anyone report hearing anything strange or mysterious prior to the explosion, such as one would most likely hear with such a weapon. As one can see from the photos on the Natural News article, there does appear to be a substantial crater at the place of the explosion, which appears to have been subsurface, and this, they argue, is the reason one does not see the typical signatures of an air-burst nuclear weapon. But again, if a "rod of God" weapon, it seems that someone, somewhere, would have seen and/or heard an atmospheric signature of such a weapon. Again, to my knowledge, these are absent.
So, we come to my high octane speculation of the day, which is revealed by this statement in the article:
"This is all fully aligned with the government policies set in motion by President Obama in 2011. "Washington will to [sic] consider using conventional weaponry in response to a cyber-attack on the United States, according a new US strategy," reported The Telegraph:

The White House's strategy statement on cybersecurity said the United States "will respond to hostile acts in cyberspace as we would to any other threat to our country".

"We reserve the right to use all necessary means – diplomatic, informational, military, and economic – as appropriate and consistent with applicable international law, in order to defend our nation, our allies, our partners and our interests," the May 16 document said.

And then earlier, we have this:

Local police raids have already begun at the locations of bloggers and independent journalists who have attempted to report true stories on what really happened at Tianjin. The Chinese government is engaged in a total cover-up.

Natural News has learned that the Chinese government is now setting up roadside checkpoints near and around both Tianjin and Beijing. Additional security measures now in place to control the movement of people include:

• All hotels are reporting details of visitors to the government, including passport numbers, nationalities, names and phone calls made from the rooms.

• Tourists who don't stay in hotels are now required to register with local police or risk arrest. The Chinese government has mandated that it must know the location of every person at all times.

Assuming that the reportage here is accurate, this indicates that China's government suspects something very different than "rod of God" scenarios. Indeed, such measures are more typical of a government that, for whatever reason, has ascertained that it has been the victim of a covert operation, conducted by human, on-the-ground agents within its territory, than it suspects exotic or other types of weaponry, which would clearly point the finger at the USA and/or its allies. It's that covert operations possibility that appears to have the Chinese government reacting and, one may presumel, investigating thoroughly and quietly behind the scenes. And if such a large operation could be pulled off on Chinese soil, then that government has reason to be concerned, for the network could be almost anywhere.
If this scenario is true, what really remains to be seen is what the Chinese will publish, should they bring their investigations to a successful conclusion, and if they will identify who they think the culprits are. In any case, the only Chinese proverb - "may you live in interesting times" - appears to have returned to its homeland.
See you on the flip side...