September 21, 2015 By Joseph P. Farrell

If you've been following the story about those explosions in Chinese chemicals plants, this is one to add to the growing list, for now there's been a similar explosion in France, according to this account in RT, shared by Mr. G.B.:

France blasts: Foul play suspected as ‘electronic device’ found at the scene

2 blasts rock oil refinery in southern France 10km from Marseille Airport

There is so much that lends suspicion to this story that one has to stop to ponder the details carefully for our high octane speculation of the day. While a short article, consider some of those details, and their possible implications. first, notice the last article linked above, and these statements:

Criminal intent is suspected in the incident, a source close to the French government told Reuters.

"The simultaneous explosion of the tanks, which are spaced about 500 meters from each other, is not the result of a technical accident," the source said. "The theory of criminal intent is clearly being considered.”

Earlier attacks in France had been blamed on radical Islamicism:

Man beheaded, several injured in Islamist attack on French gas factory

But the first article linked above now confirms that the Marseilles attack was possibly the result of criminal intent and deliberation:

An electronic device has been discovered by investigators next to a petrochemical facility in southern France, where two tanks caught fire on Tuesday. Sources say it might confirm earlier suspicions that the blaze was started on purpose.

"The simultaneous explosion of the tanks, which are spaced about 500 meters from each other, is not the result of a technical accident. The thesis of criminal intent is clearly being considered," an anonymous source told Reuters.

The device is now being analyzed to find out if it could have started the fire, police officials told Liberation.

Assuming for the sake of argument here that this device will be confirmed to have been the cause of the French explosion, one now has to speculate: who, and why? In one sense, the previous attack mentioned by RT has already set the stage to blame the usual culprit: radical Islamic terrorism. And indeed, this may be the actual culprit, should the attack in Marseilles be concluded to have been the result of criminal action. But in the wider context of the explosions in China, one has to wonder. In both countries the explosions occurred at chemical plants, and in France's case, one cannot blame it on "Communist bureaucratic incompetence and command economies." In the French case, one is additionally dealing with an American company.

The real question is, are the events in China, then, subsequently at the explosion at an American base in Japan, and now in southern France, related? And if so, how? One thing that this question poses is that if that reading is true - and please note there is no evidence as yet to suggest it is - then it would seem suicidal for radical Islamic groups to be targeting China in addition to Western interests. And this in turn suggests that if these strange explosions are the result of coordinated action, that they are false flags of some sort, but to what end? Simultaneous attacks on Chinese, Japanese, American, and French soil suggest that s stage might be being set to blame an entire culture, to so ramp up world outrage against it, that under the combined weight of Western and Oriental outrage, it must reform, or yield...

And that's a frightening scenario to contemplate. These stories will have to be watched carefully, for evidence, or counter-evidence. So far, the Chinese government has been unusually quiet about those explosions in its country, as has Japan, and the USA about the American base explosion. Perhaps we'll all have to read about it on RT...

See you on the flip side...