I'm old enough to remember the Cuban missile crisis. For those few days in 1962, the family dinner table was tense and the air - the attitude - in the country was surreal. People lived and went to work, as before, but hanging over every waking moment was the full conscious realization, of every second of every day during the crisis, of the possibility that civilization could go up in mushroom clouds of radioactivity. Years later, as the full story of the Cuban missile crisis was finally known and told, it became clear that the world had made it through the crisis largely because two men - Soviet premier Nikita Khrushchev and American President John F Kennedy - had stood down their countries' respective "war hawks." The real life scenario had come uncomfortably close to Stanley Kubrick's black comedy, Dr. Strangelove.

I remember those days, and the feeling in the air around our dinner tables, the smiling but tense faces as people tried to pretend everything was normal. And I have not experienced that feeling in all the years since, until last week's latest "Syria crisis" and the irresponsible tweets of Mr. Trump about the missiles flying soon. Funny, I seem to have missed that part about Twitter having been designed as a thermonuclear geopolitics platform.

As I pointed out in last Thursday's News and Views from the Nefarium, the problem with the whole Syria narrative was and is the same as that with the whole Skripal narrative: there's little to no proof that Syria's Assad regime used poison gas at all. And lost in the shuffle has been the fact that Russia brokered a deal a few years ago - remember that - whereby Syria would turn over all its chemical weapons in favor of a Western stand-down in that country. Also lost in the shuffle were all those stories from the Obama era that documented the West's, and in particular the USA's, training of the Syrian "rebels" in how to use - here it comes - chemical weapons.

Finally, perhaps, some sanity may be prevailing in Washington, District of Corruption:

The problem, as outlined by this New York Times article, is exactly what I said it was: Lack of proof:

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis sought on Thursday to slow down an imminent strike on Syria, reflecting mounting concerns at the Pentagon that a concerted bombing campaign could escalate into a wider conflict between Russia, Iran and the West.

During a closed-door White House meeting, officials said, Mr. Mattis pushed for more evidence of President Bashar al-Assad’s role in a suspected chemical attack last weekend that would assure the world that military action was necessary.

There's an element of make-believe here that also disturbs:

“It’s too bad that the world puts us in a position like that,” he said. “But you know, as I said this morning, we’ve done a great job with ISIS,” Mr. Trump added. “We have just absolutely decimated ISIS. But now we have to make some further decisions. So they’ll be made fairly soon.”

Wait a minute... would that be the same ISIS that America and its allies helped prop up in Syria to use as cats' paws against the Assad regime? The same ISIS that Russia's intervention helped rout and defeat? The same ISIS that western groups and advisors trained in the use of chemical weapons?

Something about this whole story still stinks, and it stinks like the Skripal case: there's no proof, and as I put it last Thursday, the real problem is to explain why Mr. Assad would resort to such an attack at the very moment of his emergent victory. Why resort to an attack that will only re-inflame the West's involvement in his country? Mattis has stated the obvious: there's no proof, and here's the rub: there's not likely to be.

For that is exactly what has happened, and it's for that reason I still think this event is being manipulated to keep the West involved... it has that distinctive Riyadh-Tel Aviv odor to it...

See you on the flip side...

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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. Nidster - on April 19, 2018 at 2:58 pm

    Lots of good observations are being made in this blog regarding the lack of any real evidence of a chemical attack on Douma. Thankfully some people close to POTUS, such as Sec Def Mattis, have stated the obvious: “There’s no proof.” Therefore, it appears he worked with POTUS to design the missile attack to be mostly limited to defunct Syrian chemical facilities, and there is some evidence a planned 3rd wave of missiles was abandoned. I differ with those who make the association of a Riyad-Tel Aviv element at play in a ‘fake’ chemical attack on Douma for the purpose of keeping American military power in Syria. I am not married to that position because there is no doubt in my mind that POTUS and Netanyahu are ‘best buddies’. Time and further evidence is needed for me to join those who believe that association because as stated above, “There’s no proof”. On the other hand has anyone put the finger on Hezbollah? Call me Pollyanna, but my belief is that POTOUS wants to help his ‘best buddy’ by ridding the main threat to stability in the ME by way of assisting the repressed citizens of Iran in overthrowing its current regime, but without using American military power. I’ve read somewhere about a lot of high-tech American military hardware being sold to Riyad.

  2. Jon on April 18, 2018 at 12:02 am

    And our attacks happened just a day before an international team was going in there to assess the situation and the evidence for the fake chemical attack. Gee, isn’t that convenient? I doubt any evidence of complicity was destroyed in the attacks . . . .

    One would need to be deaf, blind, and completely stupid to believe the idiotic stories these people are concocting. Are they doing it to prove just how powerful they really are – that they can do the most patently illegal, immoral, and unethical things and no one will stop them? Are they just thumbing their elite noses at the rest of the human race? What kind of deranged psychotic pervert can stand up in front of the human race and tell such obvious, sick , disgusting lies with a straight face? Sick, sick puppies.

    They are, as Robin Williams would say, “full goose bozo.” The rule of law now means absolutely nothing. These people can flaunt the most basic human laws with complete impunity. It is a sad time for the human race to be led by such a bizarre gaggle of total psychopaths on acid.

    They make Pol Pot look like Mother Teresa..

  3. BetelgeuseT-1 on April 17, 2018 at 5:23 pm

    Here’s one of the very few artists who dares to speak the truth.
    This is Roger Waters from Pink Floyd this week at one of his concerts in Spain.

  4. Hawkeye Lockhart on April 16, 2018 at 11:48 pm

    Seems most of the sane world has eyes to see this fiasco is a ploy… but to what ends? Many there on the ground say was NO chemical situation at all. There is the conundrum…. Cui bono?
    OPCW Investigators Arrive In Damascus As Moscow Insists “White Helmets” Staged Gas Attack

    • Hawkeye Lockhart on April 16, 2018 at 11:50 pm

      *OAN Investigation Finds No Evidence of Chemical Weapon Attack in Syria* One America’s Pearson Sharp visited the war-torn town of Douma outside the capital of Damascus, looking for evidence of a chemical attack. However, residents there deny the claims of an attack, and say it was staged to help the rebels escape.

    • Hawkeye Lockhart on April 16, 2018 at 11:53 pm

      THINK: If the Syria compound bombed by US missiles was a ‘chem weapons factory’, wouldn’t be expected a huge toxic-cloud & contaminated area remaining lethal / injuring for ppl around? OK, why is CBS journo, scientist & others not wearing masks? Why not the least affected?

    • Hawkeye Lockhart on April 16, 2018 at 11:59 pm

      First Western Journalist In Syrian Hospital Which Treated “Chemical Weapons” Victims Explains What REALLY Happened.
      In the following 1-minute clip, award-winning journalist Robert Fisk – writer for Britain’s Independent for almost 30 years – explains that the video of victims struggling to breathe are real, but that they have nothing to do with a chemical weapons attack:

    • Hawkeye Lockhart on April 17, 2018 at 12:13 am

      One last reality-check from the always-insightful Saker:
      The AngloZionist Hegemony demands that the entire planet bows down and worships it. Except for Russia and Iran, everybody meekly goes down on their knees or, at most, meekly looks away. In their own delusional reality, the ‘Mericans feel empowered to smack down Russia or Iran at anytime. There is nothing Iran can do to stop them, and while Russia can, she can only do that at the risk of the future of our entire planet.
      Now you tell me – do you really think this is over?

  5. BetelgeuseT-1 on April 16, 2018 at 9:19 pm

    Dr Farrell, glad to see you mention the “Riyadh-Tel Aviv odor”. At last.

    If there is a chemical toxicity involved in this whole thing, then it is coming from those two in particular, Tel Aviv being the main culprit (and driver) of the two.
    It is becoming increasingly clear – even out in the open now – that the Israeli Zionists and the House of Saud should be lumped into the same camp. I had come to that conclusion some time ago already. IMO, they have been in bed together since the founding of each of these rogue states, both created for the same purpose. With the difference being that when the Zionists no longer have a need for the Saudis, the House of the Saudi Barbarians will be thrown under the bus, “regime change” style. How easy that would be to do with these true dictators, no lying/deception required.

    All the weapons now being sold & shipped to the Saudis are going to serve one purpose only: The destruction of Hezbollah/Syria/Lebanon/Iran.
    “King” Mohammad bin Salman was put into power for that reason, and that reason only. The financial shenanigans associated with his rise was just theater, a Limited Hangout at best.

    Once again, the Zionists get their sock puppets to do the conquering for them, while they themselves can do no better than to murder innocent men, women and children in the Gaza strip.

    Sure, there are other foreign interests involved in the Syria conflict, but those are just the spoils to be had by whichever Zionist sock-puppet nation(s) help(s) to destroy and break up that country. Followed by the riches of Iran, of course.
    Meanwhile Israel finally gets its bloodied hands on the Lebanese territory and resources, something they’ve wanted for so long, but had been unable to acquire themselves, despite their much vaunted army.

    • Cara on April 16, 2018 at 11:09 pm

      Interesting that both the Saudi and Israeli states were “helped into being” by Britain.

      • BetelgeuseT-1 on April 17, 2018 at 2:12 am


      • Kahlypso on April 17, 2018 at 9:10 am

        Hey.. The World belonged to us, we can do whatever the hell we want!

    • BetelgeuseT-1 on April 17, 2018 at 2:25 am

      “Meanwhile Israel finally gets its bloodied hands on the Lebanese territory and resources”.
      Oh, and not to forget the Golan Heights, illegally occupied since 1967. There won’t be a Syria left to rightfully claim it as theirs.
      “Who benefits out of all of this” is like asking if the pope is catholic.

      • Kahlypso on April 17, 2018 at 9:10 am

        Golan Height is where Ogg is buried..

  6. Will Powers on April 16, 2018 at 6:52 pm

    First of all, I’m glad you are feeling better Joseph and hope that will continue. Second, I don’t think the Cuban Missile Crises was a big deal at the time. Only afterwards did we find out how close the world came to nuclear destruction. Apparently it came down to one vote on a Russian submarine that was about to launch an nuclear missile. Thirdly, I don’t think this “crises” comes even close to the Cuban Missile Crises. Trump’s tweets are extreme diplomacy, but that is the way he works: put fear into the minds of the enemy, make them think you’re capable of anything, then scale it back. He doesn’t hit as hard as he talks. I think that would be obvious by now. Lastly, I’m surprised you’re not making more of the fact the Donald Cook is being sent to the Mediterranean. The Donald Cook is the same destroyer that was involved in an incident with a Russian Su-24 bomber that flew in close proximity to the Donald Cook in the Black Sea in 2014. In that incident the USS Donald Cook may have been dead in the water while the ship’s electronics were disabled. Read more at:

  7. marcos toledo on April 16, 2018 at 6:41 pm

    I was twelve going on thirteen during the Cuban Missle Crisis if not thirteen at the time. Well our overlords have been educated barbarians well the ones who call the shots there a lot of civilized people in government but not at the helm of power. The Northmen seem to be the powers pushing this game of revolver roulette meets the game of chicken.

  8. Robert Barricklow on April 16, 2018 at 4:21 pm

    Apparently not only does might make right;
    it also makes evidence out of thin air –
    like it’s brother cartel, the international banksters.
    Alchemy at its finest.

    Trust enables small and large acts of cooperation.
    Too bad the U.S, is going bankrupt in Trust$.

    • Robert Barricklow on April 16, 2018 at 4:25 pm

      …and how does anyone trust Israel?

      Is the U.S. going for whose the most crazy of the two?

      • Robert Barricklow on April 16, 2018 at 4:26 pm

        How do the other countries manage sanity w/power?

  9. goshawks on April 16, 2018 at 3:54 pm

    Joseph, I was a young teen on an army base at the time of the Cuban Missile Crisis. The atmosphere was both sober and electric; the troops knew exactly what the stakes and consequences were. My most vivid memory was of two army jeeps stationed just outside the gates with mounted fifty-caliber machine guns (fully manned) in case of a sabotage run. I even had a few nightmares around that time…

    So, I am rather p!ssed that the PTB are playing either with real thermonuclear war or ‘keep the sheep huddled’ play thermonuclear war. The primary motivations for Russia (in the Skripal case) or Syria (in the Douma case) to do the alleged ‘deeds’ are soooo against their own interests that it decays from laughable into farce…

    So, it comes down to: What are the real objectives behind these last two moves? A further continuation of the Oded Yinon Plan after demonizing Russia and Syria? Impeaching Trump after the 2018 Congressional elections when the Dems take control (due to popular outrage around the strikes)? Imagine Dominionist and hard-core Neocon Pence as your Commander-in-Chief…

    Or, the banksters may want a true mini thermonuclear war to provide cover and justification for an epic dollar and ‘bubble’ crash…

  10. Neru on April 16, 2018 at 8:33 am

    Most of us are born as “humans” on this earth.
    The big question is, do we leave earth as “humans”?
    Seems the West of late chooses not stay human for very long during its lifetime and queuing and clogging other lanes of importance on exit eliminating choice while they are at it for the rest of us.

  11. Helden Spirit on April 16, 2018 at 7:43 am

    For the Love of Grammar! Please try not to fall off your chair while watching this one:

  12. anakephalaiosis on April 16, 2018 at 5:52 am

    Balfour state fiasco.
    Giza gas chamber lasso.
    Rottenchild necktie.

    • BetelgeuseT-1 on April 16, 2018 at 9:30 pm

      Yep, the necktie, it’s the symbol of the ball & chain. The ball being your head and the necktie the chain.
      Wear it, and it shows how your tied into “The Matrix of Control”.

  13. DanaThomas on April 16, 2018 at 5:31 am

    Abouuuuuut FACE! Leeeeeft FACE! Riiiiiiight FACE! Forwaaard MARCH! (Repeat 4 to 5 times).

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