There's an important article on Russia's military doctrine and its possible use in the Middle East over at The Saker, and it's this week's fuel for Joseph's commentary, which takes one point of slight disagreement with the renowned Russian affairs internet commentator:

Would Russia Use Nukes to Defend Khmeimim?

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Joseph P. Farrell

Joseph P. Farrell has a doctorate in patristics from the University of Oxford, and pursues research in physics, alternative history and science, and "strange stuff". His book The Giza DeathStar, for which the Giza Community is named, was published in the spring of 2002, and was his first venture into "alternative history and science".


  1. Nathan on March 1, 2016 at 8:55 pm

    I am 100% in agreement on the micro nukes, I think they’ve been around for awhile now , sounds like Erdogan is getting desperate as is Riyadh somethings gotta give here and I don’t think it will be Russia. I also am in complete agreement about the fascists, they have been causing the world a lot grief , I just wonder how big their gang really is?

  2. Neru on February 27, 2016 at 6:53 am

    As long “the people of the west” think the old cold world concept is returning everything is hunky dory for the neo con warhawkes. Few see any problem in Nazi’s return. A lot secretly want a returning of nazism in europe because they think it will clean out the invasion of muslims.

    Few know what nazism entails but strikt law and order which they long for in the moment. Who believes in the “dark side of magic on a world lage scale” except for hollywood!!

  3. Dag from Ringerike on February 25, 2016 at 6:06 pm

    I think, when the Russians launched those 20 pluss missiles from the Caspian Sea into Syria, the “players” on the other side of the game became or was checkmate. Because next time, if a launching is taking place, the targets could be outside Syria.

    Using nukes of different types from “the other side” could be the path to self destruction, maybe this is the path way for SA.

    Jim Willie had some thoughts about SA when he spoke with John B Wells on the latest realesed episode.

    The implications of the missile launch, my guess is that we are back to the old cold war concept of “terror balance” in the ME war theatre; the proxies and convential warfare will still be the tool, but lunatics can not excluded in this dangerous game we are seeing unfolding.

  4. basta on February 25, 2016 at 2:30 pm

    When this came up I thought immediately of the pocket nukes that were going off in Yemen last summer (and also reportedly in Syria) — we should remember those several smartphone videos of two separate attacks showing the electron bomardment and scintillation effects, proving that whose were tactical nukes being used. There was also the larger nuke that leveled the Chinese port of Tianjin and which left a massive crater about the area of a football field — destruction which requires immense overpressure, impossible to achieve with loose chemicals of any sort, period. You simply can’t gouge out a lake and level an entire neighborhood without serious, serious ordinance folks.

    So with all that in mind — with all those undeclared tactical nukes going off all over the place in 2015, anyone paying attention must have realized that a nuclear Rubicon had been crossed and that these were no longer your parent’s Dr. Stranglovian nukes we’re dealing with and that tactical nukes had now reached a dangerous level of miniaturization and sophistication, were remarkably “clean,” and also that their handlers had both lost all scruples about using them and any serious fear of exposure and retribution. (Nobody wants to expose this because to do so would freak out the public: imagaine authritative reports that there are dozens of advanced pocket nukes going off all over the world in any given year, and that they have been doing so for well over a decade.)

    So Russia certainly already knew long ago that the Saudis had aquired pocket nukes, most likely from their sub rosa allies the Israelis, who also had been caught bombing Yemen with their F-16s as was widely reported last summer, and who were also accused of dropping those same Yemeni nukes from those same F-16s, as the Saudis did not have F-16s fitted out and capable of carrying such ordinance.

    So, now there is a “leak” that Russia would not rule out tactical nukes after a Saudi “prince” lets slip that they possess them. As I see it, the translation from the Russian goes something like this: “Go ahead, make my day.” Does radioactive petroleum offer better gas mileage? We may find out if the Saudis double down on stupid.

    • goshawks on February 26, 2016 at 2:00 am

      My translation from the Russian goes like, “You’ve got to ask yourself one question. ‘Do I feel lucky?’ Well, do ya, punk?” (Dirty Harry reference.)

      I have been horrified with the accelerating ‘pocket nuke’ (I like your phrase) usage. Syria, definitely. Tianjin, definitely. Basement of WTC towers, highly likely. Others, unsure. In several cases, of alleged use, I cannot see where the ‘hit’ justified the use of a clandestine nuke. Unless, of course, it was just a Dr. Stranglovian urge to see how a new toy would work (i.e., a live ‘test’)…

      As far as I know, there has been no use of a ‘pocket nuke’ on Russian soil. The same cannot be said of Chinese soil (1-3, depending on surety). If I were the Chinese, I would be super p1ssed. The Chinese are deep thinkers and long-range planners. I wonder if they would have the courage to put a few on the doorsteps of the ‘architects’, rather in some poor slob’s neighborhood.

      I agree with you that “a nuclear Rubicon has been crossed,” both in a technology sense AND a policy sense. So dangerous. I suspect that ‘pocket nuke’ usage will continue, until a certain ME country has an experience or two on their home turf. (Or near/on their benefactors’ estates)…

  5. T.J. on February 25, 2016 at 2:11 pm

    As per (VT), the Saudis have had nukes since the early 1980s and semi-recently bought additional tactical nukes from Bibi/Israel — one of which the Saudis used in Yemen (May 2015).

    As per VT, with Erdogan’s help, Saudis recently tried to steal +/-80 tactical nukes from NATO’s Incirlik (for Syria+) — probably with NeoCon+ military help. After VT exposed this, US/NATO added another level of security.

    An aside: Not-necessarily-Saudi nukes also previously used in Ukraine & Syria.

    With a savvy Russia-U.S. declaration of a Cessation of Hostilities in Syria, Obama, Kerry & much/most of U.S. military & intel community are now explicitly working at least in parallel with the Russia-led coalition — together but independently. Being no match for that, Erdogan & the Saudi d-Ruler are toast.

  6. Guygrr on February 25, 2016 at 1:49 pm

    Never thought I’d say this, I’m actually hesitant to see Obama leave office. At least he’s on the tightrope. This election honestly terrifies me.

    • goshawks on February 26, 2016 at 2:11 am

      I agree. The neocons (and their closet backers) may have the Executive Office, the complete Congress, and the Judiciary after the ‘elections’. No ‘checks’ to the ‘checks & balances’. Look for major, swift ‘changes’, if that occurs. Truly terrifying. (I’m an Independent.)

  7. Aridzonan_13 on February 25, 2016 at 1:06 pm

    Our alliance with the House of Saud and the karma that comes with it are finally coming home to roost. The exposing of the Saudis for what they are; will give several US admins a black eye for supporting the likes of such a repressive and backwards group. Note, how the myth of Saudi’s Peak Oil has disappeared w/ their attack on US Fracking industry via their own production acceleration. This is only one item on a long laudry list of lies that have been foisted on the US poplulace about our “War w/o End Amen” foreing policy and why we never met a war we didn’t like.

    I smell B.C.C.I.(SPECTRE), Pakistani ISI and Corp mercenary forces in the mix. These shadowy players may be the Break-Away contingent’s fingerprint on the massive FUBAR that we are witnessing now. Where a very messy war would cover investigations into the MIA $T’s that funded their existence.

  8. Robert Barricklow on February 25, 2016 at 12:27 pm

    Wouldn’t put it past some unknown hand setting off a nuke and casting blame elsewhere.

    • Vader_Etro on February 25, 2016 at 7:57 pm

      Is a Boeing 777-2H6ER able/permitted to fly non-stop from Riyadh to Moscow?

  9. marcos toledo on February 25, 2016 at 10:48 am

    Barbarians unite bring on your wet dream Dark Age World. The Western European Elites the Germo-Vikings r Us along with their fellows from the Steppes and Arabian Desert the Ottomans & Saudis are on the march. What can go wrong other than these clowns can’t fight their way out of a wet paperbag. Except for the suffering, death, destruction their sowing in the World this could be a comedy skit for Monty Python or SNL.

  10. Andronicus on February 25, 2016 at 8:27 am

    I don’t think I posted this already…

    But, I noticed last week or so The Saker said that he had put work on his doctoral thesis on hold. Most interestingly to me was that his doctoral thesis topic is Patristic Theology.

    • Pellevoisin on February 26, 2016 at 2:48 pm

      I found that very interesting.

      If it were my doctoral thesis and I discovered that I lived in a city that was unlikely to survive hostilities … or if I found myself on the radar of unwanted attention from the minions of the shining darkness, I would decamp to a safer location … or nation.

      • Roger on February 26, 2016 at 7:24 pm

        A sail boat capable of circling the globe and big enough to live off decked out for long term survival might be a smart investment. Once the northern hemisphere becomes a toxic radioactive wasteland what’s left to fight for. Might be some nice looting on the elites southern hemisphere pocket paradises for a well equipped horde and fleet of us Oceander survivors though.

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