During last Thursday's News and Views from the Nefarium, I read and reviewed a lengthy op-ed piece by Professor Karaganov that had appeared on RT's website. In the article, Professor Karaganov argued that Russia had to be willing to use nuclear weapons against the West, because the Ukrainian conflict is, for Russia, "existential," i.e., effecting its very national, cultural, economic, social, and political existence. In advocating this view, Professor Karaganov also indicated that, before such use against specified targets of value in the west, that Russia should issue warnings to the civilian populations near those targets before striking them.

As I interpreted this article, this was really the Russian government speaking through the mouthpiece of one of its academic advisors, to the Western leadership, and the message , in between all the radioactively glowing lines of nuclear escalation prose, was clear: the western political elite itself - not the people of the West - are now fair game for whatever measures Russia may think is the best method to pursue them and end them. As I've been warning ever since the "color revolution" and "Maidan coup" days, covert operations are a game that two or more can play, and thus far, it has been largely the West playing these games in the Ukraine. More recently, those games were expanded to bomb attacks on Alexandra Duginova, and even more recently than that, to drone attacks on the Kremlin itself and on dachas and apartments in the fashionable west side of Moscow, where even Mr. Putin is rumored to have a home.  It requires little thought to understand that such drone attacks would have had to have been carried out by teams or people on the ground, and that means covert warfare is being attempted against the Russians and their leadership class.

So my reading of the RT nuclear escalation article by Karaganov is relatively simple: if Russia is openly discussing the use of nuclear weapons, then this also means all other operations, including covert operations such as assassinations, drone strikes, asymmetrical warfare and so on, are on the table.

Today there is a bit of corroborative evidence of this interpretation. Consider firstly this article shared by V.T. (with our thanks):

Senior Russian Official: Putin Has Green Light To Sever Undersea Commo Cables

Note that the Deputy Chairman of Russia's security council, former Prime Minister and President Dmitri Medvedev, has himself come out with a clear statement that since the West has attacked the Nordstream pipeline, Russia is under no moral nor legal restraint from attacking similar infrastructure assets:

Following reports attributing the September destruction of Russia's Nord Stream gas pipelines to the Ukrainian or US government, the deputy chairman of the Russian Security Council has declared that President Vladimir Putin should feel free to sever undersea communication cables of the country's "enemies." 

"If we proceed from the proven complicity of Western countries in blowing up the Nord Streams, then we have no constraints - even moral - left to prevent us from destroying the ocean floor cable communications of our enemies," said Dmitry Medvedev on Telegram. Medvedev was Russia's president from 2008 to 2012 and is a close ally of Putin.

Notably, this view that the covert/asymmetrical warfare gloves may be coming off are echoed by western experts:

Last month, NATO intelligence chief David Cattler warned of a rising risk of just such a move. "There are heightened concerns that Russia may target undersea cables and other critical infrastructure in an effort to disrupt Western life, to gain leverage against those nations that are providing security to Ukraine," he told reporters. Naturally, the NATO intel officer's list of potential motivations omitted retaliation-in-kind in the wake of the severing of the Nord Stream pipelines.

"The Russians are more active than we have seen them in years in this domain," Cattler told reporters, noting a higher pace of Russian patrols all across the Atlantic and in the Baltic and North seas. "Russia is actively mapping allied critical infrastructure both on land and on the seabed."

The oceans are a target-rich environment. More than 400 undersea cables carry more than 95% of international internet traffic. "Altogether, they carry an estimated 10 trillion U.S. dollars worth of financial transactions every day, so these cables really are an economic linchpin," said Cattler.

Regular readers of this website will recall that in the wake of the coordinated attack on a California electrical substation at the southern tip of Silicon Valley some years ago, and then yet another series of coordinated attacks on internet cables in San Francisco and Arizona some time later, as well as my blogs about internet hacking of major banks and corporations, that I argued these attacks were types of reconnaissance in depth, being coordinated at a high and professional level, and probably either by state actors or by very powerful independent non-territorial actors. Now, finally, after some years and more provocations against Russia, others in the West's leadership are saying the same thing.

Consider also the following article shared by T.M.:

Sweeping global cyberattack strikes U.S. federal agencies

Notice that the dateline on this article is the same day that I recorded my News and Views reviewing Professor Kaganarov's article on nuclear escalation: June 15, 2023.  We'll return to this important point in a moment, but for now, note the following:

U.S. federal agencies are among the latest casualties of an extensive global cyberattack that exploits a flaw in commonly utilized software.

The U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) has been providing support to an undisclosed number of federal agencies experiencing intrusions through their MOVEit applications, a software impacted by this attack, CNN reported.

CISA is actively seeking to comprehend the extent of the damage and expedite remediation, according to Eric Goldstein, the agency's executive assistant director for cybersecurity.

Uncertainty looms over whether the Russian-speaking ransomware group, which has previously claimed responsibility for multiple victims of the ongoing hacking spree, orchestrated this breach. CISA has not revealed the identity of the attackers or the exact number of federal agencies affected.

This incident adds to an alarming surge of cyberattacks over the past fortnight that has affected state governments, as well as leading U.S. universities. These increasing instances of cybercrimes heighten pressure on federal officials who have committed to curtailing the wave of ransomware attacks crippling schools, hospitals, and local governments nationwide.

According to Google-owned cybersecurity firm Mandiant, the attacks appeared to be orchestrated by state-sponsored Chinese hackers who exploited a security loophole in the widely used email security app, Barracuda Networks’ Email Security Gateway.

While widespread, these attacks interestingly enough appear to be concentrated against American governmental and elite structures; they do not appear to be concerned with small businesses nor their websites.

And this intriguing factoid returns me once again to the article of Professor Kaganarov that was the focus of last Thursday's News and Views.  There were two very intriguing take-aways from his article as far as I was concerned, and these two articles seem to buttress my conclusions that the article was sending a message, and that the message was that the gloves are going to come off. The first take-away was that Professor Kaganarov explicitly mentioned that there were about two dozen discrete steps in escalation prior to a full nuclear response from Russia. I submit that with these two articles about direct attacks on western internet and other infrastructure cabling, inclusive of electronic financial clearing (how's that Central Bank Digital Currency idea looking now?) and actual cyber-hacking attacks, that we are indeed looking at two of the rungs on that ladder of escalation. If the US can "try and convict" people and sentence them to "sudden death by drone" for being international terrorists, then one may reasonably expect this action might comprise the next rung on Professor Karaganov's 'ladder of escalation", as Russia tries and convicts specific Western leaders of acts of international terrorism, and sentences them to "sudden death by drone," people like George Soros, for example, against whom Russia has already taken out an arrest warrant for his alleged role in the 2014 Maidan coup in the Ukraine.

And that brings us to the second take-away  from Professor Karaganov's article, and that was the strange statement of his that, prior to any Russian nuclear attack on vital Western targets, it should issue warnings to people near those targets to move away from the area: "Attention neighbors and employees of the Soros interests; you might want to consider distancing yourself..." What Karaganov was really saying, it appeared to me, was that Russia has no quarrel with the average population of the West, many of whom are just as disenchanted with their political class as are the Russian leaders. He was signaling, as clearly as possible, that Russia intended to start targeting the western leadership, and the centers of power and infrastructure that sustains it.  If western sponsored teams can drop drones on the Kremlin or on apartments in western Moscow, then don't be surprised - he seems to be saying - if a drone or two, or three, or however many are needed to get the job done, start crashing over the homes of Victoria Nuland or Chancellor Scholz.

In short, putting all these articles together, it seems that we're looking at a formal declaration of the factional infighting/Mafia wars that are now going to become, sadly, a common feature of geopolitical life.

Of one thing we may be certain, and that is that the Bai Den Dzho family is entirely safe, because the Russians will not attack the assets of their Chinese ally...

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".

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  1. Peter Sazonoff on June 20, 2023 at 1:21 pm

    Readers might want to visit Andrei Martanyov’s blog “Reminiscences of the Future”. Today he dismissed Professor Karaganov as a psuedo intellectual pretender with no actual experience with, nor knowledge of Russian military doctrine. Someone akin to a CNN or MSNBC or BBC ‘expert’ here at home. Just sayin’.

  2. DanaThomas on June 20, 2023 at 9:28 am

    Even with my sketchy knowledge about tactics, the use of “tactical” nukes does not seem militarily justified. There are now 9-ton “bunker buster” bombs that do what their name says, without any fallout. I read years ago that “tactical nukes” might be used against giant tank offensives, but no such offensives seem to be on the cards, and armoured vehicles are apparently being successfilly targeted by relatively cheap shells, missiles and “flying bombs”. And of course the battle zone would be polluted by radiation, something the Anglosphere has not been averse to doing. With few exceptions, such as the withdrawal from the Kiev area to allow the start-up of peace talks that were then scuttered by the US, Russian military action is based on military considerations and not in getting likes on social media.

  3. FiatLux on June 20, 2023 at 5:51 am

    One thing is for sure: If the West doesn’t stop stoking conflict in the Ukraine, the gloves have to come off at some point.

    My hunch is Putin isn’t in any hurry to resort to a nuclear option, but will take a tit-for-tat approach in terms of escalation (drone strikes in response to drone strikes, for example, as suggested in this blog post).

  4. marcos toledo on June 19, 2023 at 9:24 pm

    How low has the West fallen that its only saviors might be organized crime syndicates not even the top Mafia crime bosses are this stupid This is childish behavior by our ruling elites.

    • anakephalaiosis on June 20, 2023 at 12:19 am

      Judaism is in opposition, to both Christianity and the proto-Scythian narrative, which means, that Judaism doesn’t belong, and is today being exposed as a stolen identity.

      The ideological bankruptcy of the West is due to the inconsistency of Judaism, that now is being mentally expelled, because it is seen as a foreign element, by the immune system.

      The Russian position is Scythian, and that forebodes the greatest pogrom in history, which explains why Judaism is digging into bunkers these days, trying to outrun karma.

      Man, being a second sight bard, is born, to become a systematic target, by Judaism on thrones, and thus there are axes to grind, and antisemitism becomes a laughing matter.

      • naomi on July 10, 2023 at 5:56 pm

        Spot on.

  5. Robert Barricklow on June 19, 2023 at 7:27 pm

    There has been a continued escalation of the Western NATO power being pushed into the East. Despite the Western assurances it wouldn’t happen. The Great White Father has lied; again & again. He has destroyed some tribes in Russia. After many, many warnings; continually being ignored, the playing field is now going to become leveled. Imagine the outright indignation, of those who broke their worthless promises; when the tables become revered? How DARE “they” do what we did to them! Don’t they know who they’re dealing with!
    That’s the problem.
    The Russians, and the rest of the world knows.
    The “control” narrative is coming undone.

    • anakephalaiosis on June 20, 2023 at 12:57 am

      My experience, with Freemasonry in Norway, is that they break agreements, steal, and lie about it in courts, that they control.

      My response is to go full Scythian, head north through Darial Gorge, train martial arts, and then go south, to chop Assyrians.

      When encountering lost sheep of Stockholm syndrome, then I would produce Christianity, as a halfway house for deprogramming.

      Then I would drink Scythian toast, by skull cup.

  6. Mark Sean de Cantual on June 19, 2023 at 6:51 pm

    There may be several dots coming together on this one, Putin held up the draft agreement for neutrality and security agreed, in ront of the 24 nations who met with Putin yesterday. This draft agreement was achieved before Boris Johnson intervened. Swiftly followed by visits from dignatories of the EU and USA.

  7. Paolo on June 19, 2023 at 6:14 pm

    What kind of warnings from Russia?

    I ask this as a husband and father who lives in a potential Blast Zone. Right between New York City and the Sub Base at Groton CT.

    “Emergency, Emergency, EVERYONE is to get from street!”

    Oh, Mama Mia!

  8. Barbara on June 19, 2023 at 11:16 am

    Use of Russian tactical nuclear weapon on the collective West would unite current Russian allies against them. Including China.
    That includes complete and permanent ban on their exports. After that nobody would want to talk or deal with them. Russians know it and they won’t risk it. This would bring a complete economic collapse on them.

    Cutting the internet wires all over the world, that’s another story. Thats very plausible indeed.
    No wander E. Musk is throwing starlinks to space faster than anybody can think. There is almost a feel of something frantic and paranoid about it.

    • Terminal Tom on June 19, 2023 at 12:01 pm

      To me, Putin sounds like the only rational and intelligent player in the game.

      All I hear from western media is the same old maliciously provocative propaganda… as if the west is anxious to escalate out of control and Putin is ridiculing them.


    • Nidster - on June 20, 2023 at 4:56 am

      Feb, 2022 – Russia’s Gazprom agreed to a 30-year contract to supply China with 10 billion metric meters of natural gas from Russia’s Siberian pipelines connecting Russia’s Far East with China. Reason? China has lots and lots of low grade bituminous [dirty] coal, but no other viable source of energy, therefore China is hostage to Russia for the majority of its energy needs.

  9. ExternalObserver on June 19, 2023 at 10:12 am

    Who has that much power and is holding back the American war machine. Obviously, the current management wants “the total war”
    The only thing that comes to mind, the factions here at home are preparing for a civil war and are too busy to deal with foreign affairs.

  10. mirkogordan on June 19, 2023 at 10:08 am

    Place: St. Petersburg International Forum.
    Date: June 14th–17th, 2023.

    Vladimir Putin is being asked by a journalist about the possible use of nuclear weapons.

    Putin: „This use of nuclear weapons is certainly theoretically possible. It is possible for Russia if there is a threat to our territorial integrity, independence, and sovereignty and to the existence of the Russian state. Nuclear weapons are produced to ensure our security in the broadest sense of the word and the existence of the Russian state.

    But, first of all, there is no such need, and secondly, just thinking about this issue lowers the threshold for the use of the weapons. That is the first part.

    The second part is that we have more such weapons than the NATO countries. They know that, and they keep pushing us to start negotiations on a reduction. To hell with them, you know? (Laughter.) Because, to put it in economic terms, that’s our competitive advantage.
    I have already said that the use of extreme measures is possible if there is a threat to Russian statehood. And in this case, of course, we will use all the forces and means at the disposal of the Russian state; there is no doubt about that.

    But I remind you that the only country in the world that has used nuclear weapons against a non-nuclear state is the United States, which twice attacked the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. They felt they had the right to do so. This precedent was set by the US.“

    Translated with

    American citizens, and also all those of the so-called free western world, tend to forget that it was only (drum roll) the USA that killed innocent civilians with atomic bombs. Death, cancer, and birth defects in its wake. And of some, only shadows were left, as if they had never lived.

  11. Guy on June 19, 2023 at 8:19 am

    There was an interesting article today by Gilbert Doctorow, who is very knowledgeable about Russian affairs. In the Russian news there is talk of the use of tactical nuclear weapons targetting Ramstein air base where the F16s are to be delivered by Belgium and Denmark; apparently they are the F16 variant that can deliver nuclear weapons.

    • Terminal Tom on June 19, 2023 at 12:05 pm

      Such an attack on a member country would immediately trigger AR 5 NATO and the Mutual Defense Clause of the European Parliament, so Putin would not do such a thing until the last minute.

      In any war it is better to be on the just and non-aggressive side.

      Which is why the west is so determined to provoke Putin into doing something stupid… and why he will avoid that.

      You can bet he weighs every decision 3 or 4 times before he makes it

      And the west acts like a group of impulsive, immature teenagers, parroting each other.

      • FiatLux on June 20, 2023 at 5:38 am

        Terminal Tom – I think you summed it up best.

  12. anakephalaiosis on June 19, 2023 at 8:03 am

    2 Esdras 13:45
    “For through that country there was a great way to go, namely, of a year and a half: and the same region is called Arsareth.”

    According to my calculations, the proto-Scythians, after the deportation into land of Medes, south of the Caspian Sea, escaped north through the Darial gorge, and settled in Crimea region (Arsareth), north of the Black Sea, where they developed martial art (Ashtanga/Parthian shot), and became Scythian mounted archery, that returned through the Darial Gorge, and defeated the Assyrian empire.

    It means, that Russia historically is a strategic training camp for Scythians, who rode eight-legged horses, and solved rune riddles, on their way to Scandinavia.

    Thus Christianity is a Scythian toast of skull cup, at the Last Supper, that made Judas panicky.

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