Crisis en Ucrania / Situación Nacional
Adrián Salbuchi y Enrique Romero (PSR/Proyecto Segunda República) estrenan los nuevos estudios de TLV1.
Analizan qué pasa realmente en Ucrania y Crimea dónde Rusia nuevamente le gana la partida a los impulsores del Nuevo Orden Mundial.
También evalúan la crecientemente crítica Realidad Nacional Argentina.
Israel’s False Flagsover Argentina
The two worst terror attacks in Argentine history occurred in 1992 and 1994: the bombings of first Israel’s Embassy and then the AMIA Jewish Mutual building.
Two decades on, no one knows who was responsible forthese horrendous attacks that killed almost 200. Now, a former Israeli Ambassador’s explosive declarations shed new light on what were probably two Zionist-sponsored False Flag attacks.
Israel’s former ambassador to Argentina from 1993 to 2000, Itzhak Aviran revealed on 2nd January that Israeli agents had already sent most of the terrorists responsible for the 1994 attack against the AMIA building “to the other world”. The AMIA Mutual building also housed the powerful DAIA – Delegation of Israeli Associations in Argentina – pro-Israel lobby. In his own words:“those who perpetrated the terror attack against the AMIA building have been dispatched to the other world. We (Israel) did that!”.
The meaning is clear: the terrorists were all egedly executed by Israel although Mr Aviran gave no names; submitted no proofs. Not surprisingly, Israel’s government immediately issued a full denial:“the statements of former Ambassador Aviran, retired since fifteen years ago, are completely unconnected with reality. He made these statements without any authority or knowledge. They are pure fantasy andunder no circumstances reflect the truth behind the events he tried to describe. Israel continues to cooperate in a fully transparent manner with Argentina in investigating these attacks”.
Argentina’s foreign minister Héctor Timerman – himself a left-wingJew and son a journalist persecuted in the late seventies by the US-backed civilian-military regimethatusurped power in Argentina – stated that former ambassador Aviran’s statements reflected “Israeli revenge and clandestine executions”,and could be explained by Israel’s opposition to the “Memorandum of Understanding” which Argentina and Iran signed a year ago in order to clarify once and for all who really perpetrated the 1994 AMIA attack.
Mr. Timerman described ambassador Aviran’s declarations as “extremely grave” because they prove Israel “hides vital information from Argentina’s courts thus hindering new evidence that could clarify this case”.
The “truth” is what I say it is…
Argentine investigations into both terror attacks have beenriddled with two decades of corruption under successive “democratic” governments, beginning with Carlos Menem who was president when both attacks took place, through presidents Fernando De la Rua, Eduardo Duhalde and Nestor Kirchner; and up to Cristina Kirchner’s present Administration.
Ever since both bombs went off, weak Argentina has been no match for US and Israeli meddling and interference. They immediately imposed their own geopolitical interests – keen on creating casusbelli against their Middle Eastern enemies, notably Syria and Iran – through their powerful local embassies and clandestine agencies such as the FBI, CIA, NSA, Mossad, Shin Beth and others, under the guise of “helpingwith the investigations”.
Thus, inexistent car bombswere invented out of thin air; Syrian and Iranian “connections” were suitably falsified, as seven weak and corrupt Argentine judges heard these cases over the past two decades.
One judge on the AMIA case – Juan Galeano, since impeached – even allowed the then president of DAIA Ruben Beraja (later jailed for the fraudulent collapse of his bank, Banco Mayo) to bribe a shady car dealer named Carlos Telleldín to the tune of u$s 400,000 so he would falsely accuse a non-existent “Syrian Connection” that would in turn lead to an “Iranian connection…”
The AMIA attack’s car bomb theory was all based on a small scrap of metal carrying a van serial number that was found inthe ground zero rubble by…. a “lucky” Israeli intelligence officer!! (…it kind of reminds you of Mohamed Atta’s intact passport found on World TradeCentre’s ground zero by the “lucky” FBI, doesn’t it?)
Anyway, the years turned into decades and shifting US foreign policy in the Middle East – especially towards Iran – putArgentina’s successive weak and structurally corrupt governments under great pressure as the combined forces of the US State Department, CIA, Mossad, DAIA, AMIA, mainstream media, and Zionist lobbies shoved and pushed Argentina around like a cork on the high seas.
An example:when George W Bush’s NeoCons were desperately seeking a cassusbelli against Iran andArgentina’s then president Nestor Kirchner was in New York City in September 2006, they had himwhisked to a secret meeting inthe Waldorf-Astoria Hotel with eight powerful Zionist organizations that convinced him, his foreign minister Jorge Taiana and then first-lady, national senator, and soon-to-become president Cristina Kirchner that they MUST accuse Iran of masterminding the AMIA attack.
Clearly, the Kirchners were made an offer they couldn’t refuse as they immediately named local fanatical Zionist Alberto Nisman as Argentina’s federal prosecutor on the AMIA case. Heimmediately visitedWashington DC from where he returned with “proof” that former Iranian president Ali Rafsanjani and eight of his ministers masterminded, financed and organized the AMIA attack through Hezbollah.
That tremendously irresponsible accusation against a former president of Iran was tantamount to a declaration of war on the part of Argentina but, not to worry: Baby Bush was standing tall behind the Tiny Kirchners…
“Argentine” prosecutorNisman even gave a full briefing onhis case against Iran to the Supreme Court…. of Israel!!
That such an obscene and obvious fabrication was untenable, and Argentina would come undergreat heat was no surprise.
Obama rescues Cristina
Salvation for Cristina Kirchner, however, came when president Obama (or should we say the US Military Establishment?) decided to moderateAmerica’s Iran policy, to the present desperation and near nervous-breakdown of Benjamin Netanyahu and his Saudi pals.
Early last year, Obama subtly winked at Cristina giving her a green light to moderate Argentina’s gross accusations against Iran and seek “amicable dialogue” instead. She thusordered foreignminister Timerman to approach Iran, which led to the “Memorandum of Understanding” signed with Iran, in orderto find the real “whodunits” behind the AMIA bombing.
The wailing and howling of DAIA, AMIA, OSA (Argentine Zionist Organization), World Jewish Congress, Israel’s Embassy, AIPAC and the local Zionist-controlled media like “Clarin” and “La Nación” has since been deafening!!
The“Memorandum of Understanding”includes setting up a joint Argentine-Iranian “Truth Commission” withrepresentatives from five countries with themissionofgetting to the bottom of the terror attack: two countries will be named by Argentina; two by Iran; and a fifth umpire country, to be mutually agreed.
The obviously big, fat question however is:if Argentina’s Zionist federal prosecutor Alberto Nisman, JudgeRodolfo Canicoba Corral, and all those powerful local and international Zionist lobbies have “proof that Iran is to blame”, then why do we now need a “Truth Commission”?
If the enemies of Iran have all the “truth” in their handswhich they canuse as a further excuse to unilaterally attack and destroy Iran – as they did with Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya and Syria – then why don’t they just come out with that “truth, evidence and proof” showing it to the world?
The ugly truth – the Real Truth – is obviously otherwise. The 1994 AMIA bombinghas all the trimmings of an Israeli false flag attackagainst Argentina that came in the wake of extreme Israeli-Zionist in-fighting triggered byultra-right-wing Zionist racist fundamentalists then bent on ousting Israel’s Labour Party from power.
The authorexplains this in an October 2009 interview with Dr Jim Fetzer, co-founder of “Scholars for 9/11 Truth”, within the framework of Zionist false flag tactics:http://www.voltairenet.org/article162474.html
One need only look at the timeline ofmilestones taking place in Israel at the time of both terror attacks, especially afterIsraeliLabour Party’sYitzhak Rabin became prime minister in 1993andgenuinely tried to strike peace with the Palestinians.
On 1st July 1994 Rabin allowed Yasser Arafat to return to Palestine from exile, sendingultra-right-wing Zionists climbing up the walls. Two weeks later, on 18th July the pro-Labour AMIA building was bombed in Argentina. The climax of this Zionist internal mafia war came on 4th November 1995 when prime minister Rabin was assassinated in aTel-Aviv street.By a Muslim radical? No…By some Neo-Nazi? Nope…
By one Amir Ygal, member of the fanatical ultra-right-wing Zionist illegal settlers’ movement, connected to Shin Beth, Israel’s internal security department which Rabin was revamping as it was out-of-control.
Buenos Aires newspaper“La Nacion” reports that a high Argentine ministry of foreign affairs official said that the government of Israel insists that“Iran’s guilt has already been proven;why continue investigating?”
Proof? What proof? Mossad’s? the CIA’s? the State Department’s? DAIA’s and AMIA’s…??
Former ambassador Aviran’s shot-in-the-foot has hurt DAIA, AMIA, Israel, Nisman and the entire Zionist lobby who all continue to insist that Iranian officialsstill alive today are guilty for the AMIA bombing and should be captured and tried. But how’s that possible if Mr. Aviran now reveals that “Israel killed them all”?
Interesting also is that in March 2010 another former Israeli ambassador to Argentina, Daniel Gazit, made similar statementsto “Perfil” newspaper on the 1992 Embassy attack saying“we (Israel) know who was behind the 1992 attack against the Israeli embassy, who organized it, who received the order, who did it, names and all…”.
Experts later concluded that the Embassy imploded;thatthere was no car bomb; and that something inside the building (a clandestine Israeli arsenal in downtown Buenos Aires, maybe?) blew up with catastrophic consequences .
Like the proverbial six-year old brat who explodes into a screaming tantrum every time he can’t get his way, Ambassador Aviran went ballistic.
When experts from Argentina’s National Engineering Academy at Tucuman University concluded in their report to Argentina’s Supreme Court that the Embassy explosion came from inside, Ambassador Aviran branded the University as Anti-Semitic, the engineering surveyors as Anti-Semites, and the Supreme Court and its president Julio Nazareno as Anti-Semites… all on nationwide TV!
Not first time Israeldouble-crosses Argentina
Argentina has a sad history of being friendly towards Israel, and accommodating to its tiny (0.5% of Argentine population),albeit extremely powerful Jewish community. When in 1949 Juan Perón was president, Argentina was the first South American country to officially recognize the State of Israel.
And yet, such friendship was seldom reciprocated by Israel. When Argentina officially invited Israeli officials to attend the 150thIndependence Day celebrations in 1961, the El-Al Bristol Britannia airplane landing in Buenos Aires brought a clandestine Mossad/Shin Bethhit squad whichimmediately kidnapped oneGerman resident in Argentina by the name of RicardoKlement – aka, Adolf Eichmann – and illegally flewhim from Argentina to Israel where he was “tried” and executed.
Argentina filed a strong complaint at the UN whose Resolution 138 ratified breach of Argentine sovereignty but – as I say above – Argentina is too weak a country to be able to stand up to powerhouse countries’ Don Corleone tactics.
The case of Eichmann is very revealing. This SS officer – fluent in Yiddish and Hebrew – was intensely involved in negotiations during World War II between Germany’s SS – SchutzStaffeln – and key Zionist organizations, working together on one very specific common goal: getting as many Jews out of Europe as possible.
The Zionists wanted European Jews to be shipped to British-controlled Palestine, and the Germans too! Imagine: the SS and Zionists working together during World War Two!!
How embarrassing if Eichmann had decided to write his wartime memoires… Better for Mossad to kidnap him in weak Argentina, ship him off to Tel-Aviv, and have him legallylynched.
That’s how Zionism, Mossad, CIA, State Department, DAIA, AMIA, World Jewish Congress, AIPAC and other Zionist entities work in their global spider-web of power…
Why, even the very terror tactic of bombing public buildings in downtown urban areas can be traced back to the Zionist terror organization Irgun Zvai Leumi’s bombing of the Jerusalem King David Hotel housing British authorities in July 1946!
The leader of that attack which killed almost 100 was one terrorist by the name of Menachem Begin, who would later become Israel’sprime minister and a Nobel “Peace” Prize laureate…
Hey! Shouldn´t we be reviewing the World Trade Centerattack under this new light?
Adrian Salbuchi for RT
Adrian Salbuchi is a political analyst, author, speaker and radio/TV commentator in Argentina. www.asalbuchi.com.ar
FED up? Hundred years of manipulating the US dollar
Monday 23 December marks the 100th Anniversary of the creation of the Federal Reserve System – the Central Bank of the United States of America.
The mainstream media are keeping remarkably quiet about this key milestone.
No doubt, they know only too well that growing millions of workers inside and outside the US are realizing that a century of central banking monopoly in the hands of a private clique of usurer banksters is enough. More than enough!
‘Twas the night before Christmas…
…when all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse”. These words written by 19th Century American poet, Clement Clarke Moore, aptly describe the scene a hundred years ago when the Federal Reserve Act was discretely rubberstamped in the US Congress: true, hardly a mouse was stirring either in the House or in the Senate… But the big rats were definitely there to vote in their act!
1913: Woodrow Wilson was President of the United States; World War One was but eight months away; and three years earlier a very hush-hush meeting had taken place at mega-banker, John Pierpont Morgan’s, private estate on Jekyll Island off the coast of Georgia.
Bloomberg News described this in a February-15, 2012 article as “a secret meeting that launched the Federal Reserve Bank. In November 1910, a group of government and business leaders fashioned a powerful new financial system that has survived a century, two world wars, a Great Depression and many recessions.”
That’s the Bloomberg Version. The ugly truth is probably exactly the opposite: in November 1910 a group of government, banking and business leaders fashioned a powerful new financial system that triggered, promoted and imposed a century of conflict and genocide, including two world wars, a Great Depression, many recessions and systematic mega-banker bailouts using taxpayer’s money.
In 1995, American investigator and author, G. Edward Griffin, published what is clearly the most authoritative book on the “FED” – as it is colloquially called in banking circles and by the mainstream media – “The Creature from Jekyll Island”.Mark Wilson/Getty Images/AFP
Griffin’s book describes how a top secret conspiracy – sorry, can’t think of a better phrase – of very high-powered bankers, government officials and foreign agents met to plan the take-over of the American economy, finance and national currency, the US Dollar, to then wage global wars of conquest.
Bloomberg went on to describe how Rhode Island Senator, Nelson Aldrich, whose daughter married John D. Rockefeller Jr, “invited men he knew and trusted, or at least men of influence who he felt could work together: Abram Piatt Andrew, assistant secretary of the Treasury; Henry P. Davison, a business partner of JP Morgan’s; Charles D. Norton, president of the First National Bank of New York; Benjamin Strong, another Morgan friend and the head of the Bankers Trust; Frank A. Vanderlip, president of the National City Bank; and Paul M. Warburg, a partner in Kuhn, Loeb & Co. and a German citizen.”
Paul Warburg was the actual mastermind behind the FED. Interestingly, his main partner at Kühn, Loeb & Co, Jakob Shiff, had just financed the Japanese war against the Russian Tsar; he would later channel 20,000,000 US dollars via a Russian exile living in Brooklyn by the name of Lev Davidovich Bronstein (better known as Leon Trotsky) to ensure the 1917 victory of the Bolshevik Revolution.
Neither ‘Federal’, nor ‘Reserve’, nor a ‘Bank’
Actually, it’s a “system”. Officially, the “Federal Reserve System” wields full control over the US Dollar, not to serve the American people but on the contrary the interests of private bankers, who hold its very special type of stocks and shares.
In practice, the FED is over 95 percent privately-owned, is not integrated into the US Government, nor accountable to any branch of government. There is nothing “Federal” about it as it lies fully outside the government system of checks-and-balances.
Nor does it “Reserve” anything. Rather it arbitrarily prints all the money the mega-bankers and power elites need to keep the “globalized” world rolling in the direction that they wish and need. This includes such things as multi-trillion dollar “quantitative easings” to keep Goldman Sachs, Bank of America, CityCorp, Wachovia and JPMorgan Chase happy and “healthy”; financing clandestine and terror operations to overthrow the governments of Iran, Nicaragua, Argentina, Cuba, Chile, Syria, Libya, Vietnam and many others; waging decades-long wars against Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, Africa and Latin America; unflinchingly supporting “little Israel’s” genocide in Palestine and its “democratic” 400-bomb strong nuclear program; and keeping Wall Street on permanent life-support.
Finally, it is definitely no “Bank” in the sense of a financial institution promoting the credit needs of the real economy for the benefit of the vast majority of the working population’s needs.
Rather, the FED supports the financial needs of the global war system, covert operations, usury, drug dealers, and the global banksters.Reuters/Kevin Lamarque
The FED answers to no one. It clearly does not serve “We the People” of the US or anywhere else. Its purpose is to serve the global power elites, regularly meeting to plan world government through entities like the Council of Foreign Relations, Trilateral Commission, Bilderberg, World Economic Forum and others forming part of todays’ intricate planetary web of global money power.
Straight from the horse’s mouth
In a Public Broadcast System (PBS) interview on “News Hour” aired on September 18, 2007, US journalist Jim Lehrer had this Q&A session with former decades-long Fed Chairman (and JP Morgan bank officer) Alan Greenspan:
Jim Lehrer: “What is the proper relationship between a chairman of the Fed and a president of the United States?”
Alan Greenspan: “Well, first of all, the Federal Reserve is an independent agency, and that means, basically, that there is no other agency of government which can overrule actions that we take. So long as that is in place and there is no evidence that the administration or the Congress or anybody else is requesting that we do things other than what we think is the appropriate thing, then what the relationships are don’t frankly matter.”
Huh? If you’re a US citizen, you should re-read the above once or twice.
The FED System lies at the root of US “superpower” status. Allow me to explain how the FED scam really works from the point of view of someone living in Argentina – a very down-trodden country repeatedly made to bite the dust by the global power elites through their local agents imposed upon us through money-power “democracy”.
This means that every time Argentina needs to buy 100 dollars-worth of, say, oil, medicines or technological components, the Argentine people must work to earn those 100 dollars through exports and genuine work.
By comparison, every time the US Government needs to buy 100 dollars-worth of oil, medicines or whatever, all they need to do is tell the Fed to print 100 dollars and that’s that. Let’s just say that this makes it much easier to be a “superpower”.
OK, the mechanism’s not that simple, but this certainly explains schematically how the whole US-Dollar power system really works. It also explains why the elites won’t tolerate anybody challenging the dollar.
Oh, when the Fed… comes marchin’ in…
Look at the world’s oil market. It is a monopoly run by three global trading centers located in New York, London and Dubai. The idea is to ensure that “petro-dollars” flow around the world 24/7, and only incidental small amounts should flow back into the US financial system.
This explains why when in late 2002 Saddam Hussein decided he would do his UN-sanctions authorized “One Billion Dollars Iraqi Oil for Food” trade with the West in euros instead of dollars, he was quickly visited by the Fed’s military branch in March 2003.
Or take Muammar Kaddafi who in 2011 was about to launch a program to trade Libyan and North African oil using a new gold-backed currency – the gold dinar. He too got a little visit from Peace Prize Barack and Babylon Hillary. Do you begin to see the pattern?
But don’t think that the FED’s global financial enslavement system is simply aimed outside the US; it kicked off a century ago by first silently enslaving the very people of the United States it is supposed to serve.
Here’s how that works: every time the US Government decides to put money into circulation – those 1, 5, 10, 20, 50, 100 dollar bills we’re all so familiar with – instead of asking the government mint to print them at a penny’s cost in paper and ink, the government instead asks the private banksters at the Fed to print those bills for the Treasury, in exchange delivering to the Fed interest-bearing US Treasury Bills and Bonds, which translates into trillions of dollars’ in profits funneled to the private banking elite though the Fed.
It was all so well planned a hundred years ago, that just before the Federal Reserve Act was passed on December 23, 1913, they also maneuvered to close this parasitic circle, for if the US Government was to begin making gigantic interest payments to the Fed just for printing its own money, they first needed to have a revenue scheme in place to milk the American taxpayer: the Income Tax Act!Mark Wilson/Getty Images/AFP
Actually, it was the 16th Amendment to the US Constitution passed by Congress in July 1909, and enacted as law in February 1913. Thus international banksters have been ripping off Americans and getting America to fight their wars as proxies for a full century, whilst most of the population haven’t got a clue of what’s going on.
Clearly, the FED lies so far above the US White House, Congress and Supreme Court, that over the past five decades no one has been able to have a proper audit done on its books and numbers. Oh, you Homer Simpsons!
Not that you haven’t been warned. In 1923, Minnesota representative, Charles Lindbergh, father of the famous aviator, sent an early warning: “The financial system has been turned over to the Federal Reserve Board which administers the finance system by authority of a purely profiteering group. The system is private, conducted for the sole purpose of obtaining the greatest possible profits from the use of other people’s money.”
In the 60’s, republican senator and presidential candidate, Barry Goldwater, said “most Americans have no real understanding of the operation of international moneylenders; the accounts of the Federal Reserve system have never been audited; it operates outside the control of Congress and manipulates the credit of the United States.” Today, former representative, Ron Paul, has been sending the same message.
Even president John Kennedy understood this when he issued Executive Order No. 11110 on June 4, 1963, ordering the US Treasury to print zero-interest public money to the tune of 4.3 billion dollars, fully bypassing the Fed. But he too ran into some trouble in Dallas barely five months later on 22 November.
Epilogue: Fed Up?
One would have thought that something as important as whether to continue to allow a private FED to operate in its present format, or revamping it, or even doing away with it after a whole century, would be something that should be squarely on the American and global public agenda… big time!
And yet all we have is silence from the US Government, Congress and politicians; silence from world leaders; total silence from the mainstream media, and from the academic world.
And so you little parasitic mega-bankers running planet Earth: come Monday 23 December you can uncork all the champagne you like and celebrate your “One Hundredth Masters of the Universe Slave Drivers Anniversary”, partying on straight into Christmas Day.
Then, come Thursday 26th, just carry on crucifying the entire world. For you it will be business as usual.
The statements, views and opinions expressed in this column are solely those of the author and do not necessarily represent those of RT.
Salbuchi: “Si cae Siria, cae Irán y luego el ataque va directamente contra Rusia”“Lo que quiere EE.UU. es llegar a Irán, pero a través de Damasco. Primero, tienen que hacer caer a Damasco para concentrar luego todo el fuego contra Irán”, insiste Salbuchi. Las acusaciones contra el Gobierno de Al Assad sobre el uso de gas mortal son absurdas, opina. “En EE.UU. hay una actitud de tolerancia cero hacia los estados auténticamente soberanos que no se alinean a EE.UU. No hay puntos intermedios: o se está con EE.UU. o se está en contra de ellos”, comenta el analista. Al mismo tiempo, advierte de que una acción militar en Siria podría desembocar en unas consecuencias totalmente imprevisibles. “Siria es un aliado tradicional de Rusia. Si cae Siria, luego cae Irán y luego el ataque va directamente contra Rusia, con lo cual estamos viviendo momentos muy, muy peligrosos. Se está jugando con fuego y el descontrol de esta situación incluso podría derivar en una confrontación entre las potencias occidentales y Rusia y sus aliados de consecuencias absolutamente imprevisibles”, argumenta.
La retórica bélica de países como EE.UU., Reino Unido, Francia, Turquía y Alemania hacia Siria se incrementó en los últimos días. A pesar de que los investigadores de la ONU todavía no han confirmado los ataques químicos durante el conflicto sirio, dan por hecho el uso de gases mortales por parte de las tropas gubernamentales e insisten en la necesidad de emprender una acción militar en Siria sin la autorización de la ONU, ya que la iniciativa requeriría la aprobación por parte de Rusia y China en el Consejo de Seguridad, y ambos estados se oponen a la intervención internacional en el país árabe.
Israel: The Missing Link in the Syrian Puzzle
As the world holds its breath, wondering when the US and its allies will attack Syria, Western governments and its well-oiled mainstream media seem to be ignoring a key player that has kept strangely quiet during this crisis: Israel.
Today, US power rests heavily on its terrifying military, its industrial-financial complex, and its global media clout. But that power is fast eroding because, in the age of the Internet, power is increasingly much more about prestige, credibility and trust, an area where the US is falling to pieces.
US interventionism has become all too blatant over the past 20 years. The Balkans War in the late 1990s, with the bombing of Belgrade, triggered initial alarms especially amongst non-ally countries because, coupled with Bush Sr.’s 1991 Gulf War, it became clear that the American global hegemon was out to get the whole world, especially with the former Soviet Union out of the way.
But what got red lights blinking really strongly was Iraq. Baby Bush’s false accusations of “weapons of mass destruction” as an excuse to take out an entire country just so he could “smoke out” an uncomfortable former associate, Saddam Hussein, were blatantly obscene and proved to many that the American global hegemon was officially out of control.
Back then, America still had the excuse of the horrendous 9/11 terror attacks in New York and Washington to justify its mass war-mongering. But American credibility took a sharp fall when George W himself ended up admitting that: (a) there was no connection whatsoever between nasty Saddam and nasty Osama who allegedly did 9/11 (Alas! We’ll never know because Obama later threw Osama into the ocean…) and (b) there most definitely, assuredly and unequivocally were NO weapons of mass destruction in Iraq… Add to that the burden of growing proof that 9/11 may have been a false flag…
So, America had to design a new system of war or, rather a new system of getting itself into war against its selected “rogue state” targets. It’s no longer enough to go on TV and accuse such and such a country of being a “danger to world peace” or that it “does not have the kind of democracy that we want to see” as Hillary Clinton said when visiting Egypt only last year…
No. Something new had to be invented: “The Arab Spring”, which is the code for instigating, triggering and engineering civil strife in target countries which can then be escalated, as necessary, to veritable social war. And if the ongoing leadership still don’t get the message and insist on clinging to power, then US, UK, Israeli and other intel agencies can escalate the engineered nationwide mischief all the way up to fully–fledged civil war. Libya, Syria, Egypt, Afghanistan, Iraq… of the Islamist Syrian opposition group Ahrar al-Sham fires against a Engineering such wars throughout the Middle East basically requires:
(a) Identifying who the “freedom fighters” would be – mostly thugs, terrorists, guerrillas, soldiers of fortune and a wide assortment of violent mercenaries;
(b) Then arming them with lethal high (though not too “high”)-tech weaponry, financing them to ensure they can do as they please inside the target country, and
(c) Unleashing them onto the cities of Egypt, Libya, Syria and elsewhere, just as they did (and still do) inside Iraq.
And if all of that doesn’t work, then just order several NATO fighter squadrons to bomb the damn place to smithereens and provide satellite Intel to local “freedom fighters” so they can execute Hollywood-like operations such as the live-TV assassination of Muammar Gaddafi and his family, accompanied by Hillary Clinton’s chuckles on CBS TV.
But the case of Syria is different.
The world will no longer have America pulling the wool over its eyes. Growing sectors in the international community are coming to understand that those gangs of violent assassins, rapists and criminals – aka Syrian Freedom Fighters – have been armed, trained, financed and given the fullest media support by the US and its allies.
America’s dirty tricks department is raving full-blast right now trying to pin recent chemical weapons attacks on Bashar al-Assad’s government, but this is getting very low credibility ratings. Common sense dictates that it would be suicide for President Bashar Assad to kill his own civilians – including children – in a Damascus neighborhood, when his real enemies are the Western-backed terrorists and delinquents trying to take over his country.
Why would Assad give his enemies the “perfect excuse” for an armed attack against Syria? Common sense tells us that Assad is surely telling the truth when he accuses those very same terrorists for that “false flag” attack as a way of bringing NATO in on their side, with its jets, cluster bombs and napalm.
Every time we hear of such dreadful terror attacks we need to understand two fundamental issues: (1) who benefits from such attacks, and (2) follow the money trail…
Today, America’s credibility, trust and prestige have fallen so low that even the British Parliament finally disavowed any armed intervention by the UK, at least until such time as the UN or some truly trustworthy independent entity churns up irrefutable proof regarding who perpetrated those heinous chemical weapons atrocities in Syrian last week.
sh Prime Minister David Cameron (R) speaking at the dispatch box delivering his statement to the Houses of Parliament next to British Deputy So David Cameron cannot just yet go into “puppy poodle mode” behind Obama, as his predecessor Tony Blair did so obediently behind George W. a decade ago over Iraq.
But let’s look at three factors that are missing in the ongoing analysis of the Syrian crisis:
Ever since the two Gulf wars, America has been fighting Israelis’ wars for them. In the case of the 2003 invasion and destruction of Iraq, this was so obvious that the very same NeoCons who in 1996-7 planned war against Iraq in their “Project for a New American Century (PNAC)” think-tank – Paul Wolfowitz, Richard Perle, Dick Cheney, Condoleezza Rice, Bush, Douglas Feith, David Wormser and others – would later execute that war in 2003 as top officers in the George W. Bush regime. The prime reason: Saddam Hussein was then the greatest threat to “democratic and favored ally” Israel.
Several of those NeoCons – Douglas Feith, David Wormser, Richard Perle and other Bushites – had already gone so far as to prepare a strategy report for Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu in 1996 called “A Clean Break: A New Strategy for Securing the Realm” which, again, targeted Iraq as Israel’s key foe at the time.
So, the Iraq War was to a great extent a proxy war that only benefitted Israel, becoming a huge headache for America, which lost thousands of its sons.
As the former prime minister of Malaysia, Mahathir Bin Mohammed, once famously pointed out: “The Jews rule the world by proxy. They get others to fight and die for them.”
The excessive and overpowering role that Zionism plays in American politics, American finance, American universities, American mainstream media including it Hollywood “entertainment industry,” and over American foreign policy, has been all but proven. This vital issue today lies at the heart of an increasingly far-reaching debate among America’s intelligentsia, which is, of course, being hushed up by the mainstream media.
One of its milestones was played out by two of its prestigious academics – Stephen Walt, former Dean of the John F Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, and his colleague John Mearsheimer, professor of Political Science at Chicago University – who published their groundbreaking book: “The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy” in 2007.
In it, they show in a very convincing and well-documented manner the long reach and powerful clout that the “Israel First” lobby exercises over the US media, the banks, the Congress, the State Department and the Pentagon, whereby they are able to systematically tip the scales in favor of Israel, no matter what the cost. No matter if right or wrong.
And the cost to America has been extremely detrimental to its National Interest. Here lies one of the roots of much of the disrespect, mistrust and even hate that growing sections of global public opinion feel towards the US and its key allies.
President Barack Obama’s problem right now is that America’s military establishment is very much aware of the stakes involved in any “preventive attack” against Syria and, much more importantly, against Iran. Intervention against either or both countries will undoubtedly lead to massive war in the Middle East.
Look at a map: Syria and Iran lie squarely inside Russia’s vital geopolitical sphere of interest, which is already under heavy Western encroachment. Read their lips: Russia is saying, “not one step further!”
America would do very well to think twice or thrice before doing anything rash…
But here comes the problem: ever since Israel was kicked out of Southern Lebanon in July 2006 by the well-armed and trained (by Iran and Russia) forces of Hezbollah commanded by Nasrallah, Israel has been licking its wounds; dark furor and revenge burns in Zionism’s heart.
Since Bibi Netanyahu came back to power in 2011, Israel has gone into preventive war mode, using Iran’s inexistent nuclear program as a pretext. For that past four or five years, Israel has been threatening Iran with military attack almost every other day, with Washington, London and Paris nervously obliging…
in Netanyahu, Prime Minister of Israel, uses a diagram of a bomb to describe Iran’s nuclear program while delivering his address to the 67th United Nations
The American military, however, are painfully aware that there’s some truth to former Prime Minister Mahathir’s words. They don’t want to fight yet another Israeli war this time in Iran. So, they have been acting as a brake which is reflected in Obama’s increasing “caution” regarding Iran, going so far as to dispatching his military top brass to Israel to calm Netanyahu down, trying to make sure Israel does not launch a unilateral “preventive attack” on Iran that will drag the US into a massive conflict in the Middle East, the results of which are far from clear.
Actually a US-UK defeat in the Middle East could very well spell the beginning of the end of America as a global superpower. Russia (and China) are staring very sharply at the Middle East… They are not blinking…
The ongoing US military strategy says that if the White House must take on Iran, it should first take out Syria. At least that seems to be America’s promise of sorts to keep Netanyahu’s dogs of war at bay.
But the weeks have turned into months, the months into years and Zionists in Israel, the US, Britain , France and elsewhere are getting awfully impatient.
They want their D-Day now!
If the road to Tehran must go through Damascus, then, America: take out Damascus now!
For three years the US has been engineering “Arab Spring” civil war in Syria but Bashar Assad’s still there. Russia stands behind him.
A UN Security Council unanimous vote against Syria is no longer an option. Britain’s Parliament just said no to David Cameron, and French President Hollande’s support of the US lacks clout: sadly for the French it’s been many decades since France was last able to decide the outcome of any war, anywhere… Now, many in the US Congress are grumbling…
So, Mr. “CEO” of the United States of America Barack Obama: it’s your call now!
US President Barack Obama (AFP Photo / Saul Loeb)
You either strike against Syria now – today, even – to the unanimous applause of Zionists in Israel, Congress, the global banks and markets, the mainstream media and throughout the world, or you stand down and your prestige, “Mr. President,” goes down the drain.
Your bluff will have been called. And a bluffing president is no president at all.
Mr. Putin knows this only too well, which is why he maintains Russia’s powerful fleet roaming the waters of the Mediterranean off the coast of Syria…
Once again, it’s shame on you, America!
Another fine mess the Israeli Trojan Horse has gotten you into…!
Adrian Salbuchi for RT
The G20 summit’s gonna be tough for Obama…
For Barack Obama, the G20 summit in St. Petersburg will be a tough face-to-face encounter with Mr. Putin, the first since the chemical weapon attack in Damascus. One of these gentlemen blinked; the other one remains very focused. Guess who blinked?
Why didn’t you talk to me?
This will be the first meeting between Obama and Putin since their ongoing stand-off over Syria began after the chemical weapon attack in Damascus on August 21. Perhaps the Syria crisis could have been mitigated (even avoided altogether) had the presidents met, as long planned, in a one-on-one summit in Moscow last August. But Obama canceled it.
According to The Washington Post (August 7, 2013) that was “a rare, deliberate snub that reflects the fresh damage done by the Edward Snowden case [the young National Security Agency contractor given political asylum last month by Russia] to an important relationship already in decline…. With that announcement, Obama effectively wrote off more than a year of effort to build cooperation with Putin.”
At the time, White House press secretary Jay Carney explained: “Following a careful review begun in July, we have reached the conclusion that there is not enough recent progress in our bilateral agenda with Russia to hold a US-Russia summit in early September.”
Political hindsight now shows that there are either a) Very serious flaws in the White House’s decision-making process; b) The escalation process leading to (what they hoped would be) war on Syria was then already firmly on the US-UK agenda, so that Obama had better not get himself embarrassed by having a smiley-smiley meeting with Putin just days before a Syria strike; or c) Worse still, “somebody else” is calling the shots at the White House and in the State Department.
Whatever the reasons, last week was a bleak one indeed for the US, UK and Israel alliance’s endeavors to get themselves into war with Syria so that they could apply that old black magic learned so well in Iraq, Afghanistan, the Balkans and Libya.
After the Damascus chemical weapons attack, the White House and Downing Street began a threat escalation fury saying they were “ready to attack Syria.” US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel gave notice to the world that “the US military stands ready to heed Obama’s attack order at a moment’s notice,” and even President Francois Hollande made France join the saber-rattling party.
But then it all began falling apart. First, on August 29, Britain’s House of Commons said “No,” to David Cameron’s plea to authorize British bombing of Syria together with its US ally.
Then UN Secretary-General Ban-Ki-Moon said his inspectors had confirmed that the attacks took place, but it would be several weeks before we could know who the culprits were…
The always obliging mainstream media tried to whip up a war frenzy, going so far as to say that Saturday, August 31 would be “D-Day.” But Saturday came and all we got was an Obama speech saying something like “the US is ready to attack Syria, but we’re not quite sure when: it could be one day from now, or one week, or one month…” (How about two years from now?)
Even France’s Hollande had to backtrack when confronted with his countrymen’s overwhelming opposition to attacking Syria, a former French colony, demanding that at least France’s deputies have a say. After all, France too is supposed to be “democratic…”
But what really seems to have made all the difference were those common sense statements coming out of the Kremlin in Moscow, some of them quite personal from president Putin to president Obama…
Putin began by stating that the horrific Damascus chemical weapons attack was being used by the Western allies as a scapegoat to attack Bashar al-Assad, adding: “I am sure this was no more than a provocation by those looking to drag other countries into the conflict and obtain the support of powerful international players, particularly the United States.”
He also shrugged off the West’s accusations, pointing out that “claims that the proof exists but is classified and cannot be presented to anybody are beneath criticism,” whilst he challenged Mr. Obama to come clean once and for all: “If the US has proof that the al-Assad regime is responsible for that attack, then submit that evidence to the UN Security Council.” Which would then, no doubt, take a unanimous decision. Obama did not reply…
Common sense points to the perpetrators being that wide assortment of criminal fighters wreaking havoc inside Syria, which include the Al-Qaeda offshoot Al-Nusra, (aka “Syria Freedom Fighters” and Syrian National Council), armed, funded and trained by the US. Putin added: “In such conditions, to give a trump card to those who are calling for foreign military intervention is foolish nonsense.”
In addressing his comments to Obama, Putin said he was speaking to him not as the US president, but as a holder of the Nobel Peace Prize. “We need to remember what’s happened in the last decade, the number of times the United States has initiated armed conflicts in various parts of the world. Has it solved a single problem?” Afghanistan, Iraq … There is no peace there, no democracy, which our partners allegedly sought.”
Denying as “utter nonsense” the idea that Assad’s forces would use chemical weapons when they were winning the civil war, Putin looked steely and confident. After months of pressure to abandon Assad, Putin sent the West a strong message: he is ready to fight over Syria in the St. Petersburg G20 Summit.
He added that “of course, the G20 is not a formal legal authority. It’s not a substitute for the UN Security Council; it can’t take decisions on the use of force. But it’s a good platform to discuss the problem. Why not take advantage of this? Is it in the United States’ interests once again to destroy the international security system, the fundamentals of international law? Will it strengthen the United States’ international standing? Hardly.”
Putin said the attack may have been a provocation by rebels fighting Assad, intended to hasten US military intervention.
A senior US administration official in Washington said that Russian officials “and certainly the Russian media” (I wonder who?) are continuing to say that the United States has an agenda focused on regime change in Syria, and that “the United States is driving tumult in the Middle East for its own ends.”
It’s the Geopolitics, Stupid!
Twenty heads of state will be meeting for the two-day summit. President Putin’s official welcome says that “the forthcoming Leaders’ Summit in St. Petersburg will reaffirm the G20′s role as an efficient mechanism for coordinating the world’s leading economies’ policy approaches to global economy and finance.” Sure, why not?
But to really understand the world of the 21st century, we must begin by shedding many 20th century paradigms that still distort our world view. For instance, the one that insists that the economy reigns supreme over all Mankind, as explained by former US president Bill Clinton’s famous 1992 campaign slur against George Bush Sr. “It’s the economy, stupid!”, which by the way got Slick Willy into the White House for eight full years.
But that was in the 20th century. Not any more… The 21st century is no longer just about the economy. Actually, it’s much more about anything BUT the economy and, as Slick Willy would say, you’d have to be really stupid to think otherwise.
People are starting to realize that if you really want to tackle the economic problems of the G8, G20 or G179, then world leaders would be very well advised to first and foremost tackle one fundamental hideous problem: the global mega-bankers’ power to consistently rip off the entire planet by getting governments to bail them out every time their criminal shady business deals grow sour.
That’s when grabbing taxpayer money, the Fed’s hyperinflationary Quantitative Easing I, II and III come in: workers lose their jobs, countries go into debt defaults, and the specter of (hyper)-inflation starts to loom on the horizon.
If these summits do not address this key issue, then it’s like the proverbial Emperor with No Clothes. If you avoid addressing the obvious, all you get in the end is more business as usual. Some hollow end-of-global-summit statements; some wishful thinking statements, and it’s “Bye, see you at next year’s G8, G20 or G179 meeting…”
Why then are these issues never ever on any economic agenda? Because the mega-bankers are too damn powerful, too damn strong and too damn threatening to government leaders. Only a very few dare to take action to force them to behave properly, ethically, morally and peacefully. That’s what true sovereignty is all about…
Banksters need the war system; they thrive upon it. Ever since the days of bankster founding father Meyer Amschel Rothschild, they need a perpetual war system to survive. They always have…
You see, there is no such thing as a “bank too big to fail” – whether it’s Goldman Sachs, CitiCorp, Wells-Fargo, Bank of America or HSBC. What we see are banks that are too powerful to fail; which means that their power, leverage and control reach all the way up to the White House, 10 Downing Street and the Palais D’Elysee.
If any government or parliament does not bow to their demands, well… the banksters have the global mechanisms to make sure that government or parliament does not survive too long…
In short, the real agenda behind this week’s G20 Summit is how the ongoing Superpower Geopolitical tug-of-war plays out.
Meanwhile, let the blind lead the blind: let the other G20 presidents and ministers – Rouseff of Brazil, Kirchner of Argentina, Mexico’s Peña Nieto, Indonesia’s Bambang, Italy’s Letta, Australia’s Rudd, Canada’s Harper et al – talk about “the economy” and blah, blah, blah… Let the mainstream media put that on their headlines and news flashes…
Meanwhile, Vladimir Putin will continue to stare at Barack Obama who will continue to blink, whilst no doubt China’s Xi Jinping will join them with a typical enigmatic Chinese smile.
Adrian Salbuchi for RT
Can countries go bust? IMF created new form of modern mass slavery
One can only wonder how horrific debt crises caused by artificially created unsustainable debt burdens could ever be resolved by taking on/imposing ever higher, heavier, long-term debt.
When Argentina sank into its worst financial, economic and social crisis in late 2001/2002 forcing it to default on its unsustainable Sovereign Public Debt, Anne Krueger – at the time the International Monetary Fund’s (IMF) first deputy manager – was very straight-forward about the whole matter. She proposed introducing the concept of bankruptcy of entire countries as a means to, above all, afford international creditors fullest protection.
Chapter 11 Bankruptcy for Nation-States!
A Leading Case…
That revolutionary proposal ended up not being used on Argentina at the time, mainly because successive local caretaker governments ended up doing the global mega-bankers’ dirty work for them. Today, with a new crisis looming for Argentina, it appears that the ‘Chapter 11 for Nations’ concept is back on the agenda. Will Argentina become a leading case in macro-managing such a process?
Those were stormy times for Argentina and its creditors. But when President Néstor Kirchner took office in mid-2003, the global mega-bankers were able to quickly agree with him on a scheme whereby Argentina would come out of its debt default in an “orderly manner” (for the bankers, that is…). Since then, the money began flowing again to mega-banker coffers big time!
In June 2005 a hodgepodge of more than 127 public debt bonds was replaced with just three new bonds that rolled over Sovereign Debt as far as 42 years into the future; the key bond series being adjustable by Cost of Living, which in Argentina means inflation. This explains why the Kirchner government have tampered with official inflation statistics all but destroying the credibility of the local statistics office, INDEC.
At the time, however, around 20% of bondholders did not agree to play along. They clumped together as a strongly leveraged group of so-called “hold-outs” – mostly vulture hedge-funds like the Elliott Management Group – suing Argentina repeatedly so that their original bonds’ capital and interest yields are paid to them. Thanks to a series of Second District South Manhattan Court of Appeals sentences by Judge Thomas Griesa favouring Plaintiffs, these vulture funds now demand their pound of flesh.
AFP Photo / Alejandro Pagni
In recent years, Néstor Kirchner’s ill-fated June 2005 Debt Mega-Swap began backfiring on Argentina creating all sorts of trouble for the country, that included the attachment of public assets abroad. Notably, the high profile arrest for over two months of the Argentine Navy’s School Vessel – ironically named “Libertad”; Liberty – in a port in Ghana with its full crew on board, heeding one of the New York Court’s attachment orders.
A new showdown seems to be fast approaching as Argentina has been ordered to pay up or else. This is making key global players fidget uncomfortably in their chairs. Although the global banking elite would love to put Argentina up against the wall, they must however be cautious regarding the precedent this would create that could bring mischief to on-going debt restructures in other parts of the world, especially in the European Union.
That explains why President Obama who had said he would support Argentina, then decided not to do so. The IMF’s Christine Lagarde also said she would support Argentina, but then changed her mind… twice. The French government who were not expected to make any friendly gestures, now speaks in support of the troubled South American country…
So, what’s up? Basically, that Anne Krueger’s concept of setting up the international legal framework that would allow bankruptcy procedures to be imposed on whole nations is again in the forefront.
That would “legally” permit turning Argentina upside down so that it not only gives up every last Dollar but, more importantly, its immense natural resources, a most attractive prospect for the Global Power Elite, as long it does not wreak havoc or derails their long-term plan of the controlled deconstruction of sovereign nation-states – Arab and (coming) Latin American “Springs” included – as part of the coming World Government they are engineering.
What’s the idea?
In an article published in the CFR’s official journal “Foreign Affairs” over a decade ago (July/August 2002), former US government and Federal Reserve Bank officer Richard N. Cooper backed the country bankruptcy factor supporting Ms Krueger’s “bold suggestion” whereby “under certain conditions a government’s international debt repayments should be temporarily suspended while negotiations take place on restructuring that debt.” With her statement, the IMF officially endorsed the radical suggestion of introducing an international legal framework addressing country bankruptcy as a way of “improving the international financial architecture”.
In practice, as the IMF’s No. 2 officer, Krueger’s proposal was to introduce a sort of Chapter 11 mechanism permitting orderly management of the transition of countries defaulting on their sovereign debts, back into paying by steering their Nation-States into controlled national bankruptcy.
The implicit objective is to ensure that Sovereign Bond creditors – hedge funds, vulture funds, giant megabanks like Goldman Sachs, Bank of America, CitiCorp, JPMorganChase, HSBC, and the IMF itself – can exert huge leverage taking priority in cashing in on the monies sucked out of a Nation’s taxpayers’ (workers’), central banks, mineral, oil & gas wealth, and other resources and reserves.
AFP Photo / Justin Sullivan
This would transmute into a new edition of the IMF’s proverbial “recipes” to “help nations” totally and irretrievably in debt to once again “access international financial markets” so that they can re-program, roll-over, refinance, kick forwards defaulted, impossible-to-pay short-term debt, by mutating them into long-term, hugely profitable, high interest yield juicy performing debts.
That would look really nice on mega-banker financial sheets, and would ensure that gigantic amounts continue to flow out of troubled Nation-State public coffers and into mega banker private pockets!
As if horrific debt crises caused by artificially created unsustainable debt burdens could ever be resolved by taking on/imposing ever higher, heavier, long-term debt. One can almost hear the sucking sound in the dark recesses of the global financial system…
Modern mass slavery couldn’t have been better thought out…!
Argentina’s Pound of Flesh
Argentina pulled out of its 2001 default thanks to President Kirchner’s heeding of all global mega-banker demands, a fact eloquently symbolized when in January 2006 Mr Kirchner paid to the IMF the FULL amount allegedly owed to them by Argentina: almost U$S 10 billion in hard cash with no write-downs, in exchange for absolutely nothing! Sovereign debt indeed acts as a chronic infection that conditions everything in Argentina.
Alas! As with all chronic infections you can bring down the fever for a short while but as soon as you run out of addictive meds, or catch a new cold, you´re again running a full-fledged infectious fever.
Eight years later, this is Argentina’s sorry state: annual inflation topping 30%; growth slowing down dramatically; total government clampdown on the purchase of foreign currencies for imports, travel, tourism and other needs; government tampering with economic statistics; slumping popular support for Ms Kirchner’s… Add to that rampant corruption and public mismanagement…
A woman leaves a supermarket with a promotional poster outside in Buenos Aires (AFP Photo / Juan Mabromata)
But this was no accident, for Argentina’s chronic debt crises has made the country bite the dust under a Catch-22 trap for many decades. When in July 2000, a little over a year before the country’s collapse, a sector inside Argentina’s Catholic Church helped organize a “Jubilee Year” in Congress centering on the country’s ballooning public debt crisis. This prompted Cardinal Héctor Aguer, Archbishop of La Plata (Argentina), to say that continuing on its present path could only lead to Argentina’s demise as a sovereign nation, adding that “one can almost imagine the words that will be inscribed on Argentina’s tombstone: “She lived paying; she died owing”. This echoed Ralph Waldo Emerson’s words, “They say the world is close to bankruptcy; that the world owes more than what the world can pay…”
Solve et coagula
Now the Global Power Masters appear to be keen on refloating the whole “Chapter 11 for countries” idea. But they must do this with great caution lest they end up shooting themselves in the foot, because if Argentina is to be made an example of by a New York Court ordering Argentina to pay vulture funds who did not accept the 2005 Debt Mega-Swap, that example could spill over not only into countries like Greece, Portugal and Cyprus, which mega-bankers could macro-manage, but also Spain and Italy – even France – which is a totally different and more complex ball game that could even sound the untimely death-knell of the Euro earlier than what the global Elite want.
Remember: the Elites pushing all nations towards World Government need to engineer the CONTROLLED demise of Sovereign Nation-States; and the CONTROLLED demise of municipal governments like Detroit, Los Angeles, Washington DC and 120 other US cities earmarked for bankruptcy, where they propose applying constructive Chapter 9 public bankruptcy conditions rather than Chapter 11 designed to “orderly” tear apart and gobble up private companies.
The question is whether declaring nations, provinces, states and municipalities bankrupt and ripe for liquidation is the next Wave of Change that will erode traditional public structures, thus paving the way for that coming World Government. A long-term process echoing the adage of the alchemists of old: “Solve et Coagula” – Dissolve and Re-build – which, by the way, ties in with the British Fabian Society’s idea of doing things gradually and unnoticed rather than suddenly and painfully.
For one of history’s lessons from the failed Marxist revolutionary experiment of the 20th Century is that stable far-reaching change cannot be imposed overnight; better to drive change gradually, seducing people into accepting it. Just like the proverbial frog which if thrown into boiling water will jump off and survive, but if placed in lukewarm water slowly heated up, will cook to death without realizing it.
Finally, the obvious question is: why does just about every country’s public sector – Argentina, UK, Italy, Mexico, US, France, Brazil, Spain, Italy, Netherlands, Thailand, Nigeria… – owe so, so very much money to the same supranational private sector banks: Goldman Sachs, CitiCorp, Lazards, Bank of America, HSBC, JPMorgan Chase?
Gregg Easterbrook eloquently described the roots of the problem in an article published in Reuters on 7th July 2011: “Governments in Greece, Portugal, the United States and elsewhere are borrowing, and often wasting, money at a reckless pace. Why do banks and financial markets cooperate? Because there’s something in it for them. They keep a little slice of the public money being borrowed or wasted. This is the ‘Sliver Strategy’, and it underlies the ways many of the Western world’s wealthy institutions relate to government: Only a sliver. But the more that is borrowed, the larger the sliver becomes….”
This begs the question “why did big banks underwrite the liars’ loans that caused the housing bubble? Because they took origination fees and other payments, then passed the toxic debt along to taxpayers. The greater the loan volume the larger the sliver — and most of the slivers ended up in the pockets of the banks’ top management.”
So, ready or not, here comes the New Wave: Bankruptcy of “failed states…!”
See you in Court…
Adrian Salbuchi for RT
Mucho se viene escribiendo estos días sobre la 61ª Reunión del Grupo Bilderberg que este año se realiza en Londres. Pero, ¿qué es realmente el Grupo Bilderberg?
Oficialmente se trata de un grupo de personas muy influyentes que, año a año, se reúnen para mantener “discusiones informales sobre megatendencias y grandes temas mundiales… de naturaleza privada cuyos participantes… pueden tomarse el tiempo para escuchar, reflexionar y comprender. No existe agenda oficial; no se adoptan resoluciones; no hay votaciones, ni declaraciones…” (sitio oficial www.bilderbergmeetings.org).
Muchos, sin embargo, creen que Bilderberg es un oscuro grupo que “conspira” para dirigir los destinos de la humanidad.
La realidad es que se trata de gente muy rica, excepcionalmente poderosa e influyente que tiene claros objetivos e intereses en común, aunque nadie sabe a ciencia cierta sobre qué discuten detrás de puertas herméticamente cerradas. Claramente, Bilderberg viene despertando creciente interés y expectativa entre la opinión pública mundial.
La reunión de este año se lleva a cabo en el superexclusivo The Grove Hotel con su hermosa cancha de golf en Watford, Hertfordshire, a pocas millas del centro de Londres.
Desde que se iniciaron estas ‘Reuniones Bilderberg’ en 1954, siempre eligen hacerlas en exclusivos hoteles que brindan la necesaria seguridad, privacidad y tranquilidad para discutir su siempre secreta agenda.
Los amigos de las teorías conspirativas acusan a Bilderberg de todos los males del mundo moderno. En verdad, ello es un poco exagerado pues se tiende a abordar al Grupo Bilderberg como algo aislado cuando en verdad solo cobra revelador significado cuando se lo inserta dentro de la compleja y mucho más vasta trama de la estructura del Poder Real Global que rige nuestro mundo.
Esa red de poder está conformada por una multitud de nodos: las corporaciones multinacionales, los bancos transnacionales, los multimedios globales, gobernantes subordinados, entes multilaterales supranacionales como la ONU, el Banco Mundial, el FMI y un verdadero rompecabezas de ‘lobbies’ y agrupaciones públicas y privadas de la más variada índole y calibre: ONG, think-tanks, clubes, logias y sectas, e incluso –¿por qué no, si son parte del poder mundial?– mafias, grupos terroristas, traficantes y otras organizaciones criminales.
Todos se integran en mayor o menor grado y sutileza dentro de una nutrida Red de Poder Global. Sus promotores a menudo la describen como “el concierto de las naciones…”.
En verdad, lo que los une es la búsqueda por imponer a toda la humanidad un Gobierno Mundial formalmente ‘público‘ (para que sus decisiones tenga fuerza de ley ‘urbi et orbi’, y nadie pueda escapar a sus decisiones, imposiciones y órdenes), pero controlado desde el ámbito ‘privado’ (que es donde hoy reside el Poder Real: podríamos decir que la Privatización del Poder es uno de los fenómenos geopolíticos clave de las últimas décadas).
La trampa que nos preparan es terrible: un Gobierno Mundial formalmente público que contará con el aval ‘democrático’ del voto de los pueblos que lo ‘elegirán’; pero donde las ‘opciones’ que enfrentaremos serán cada vez más estrechas. Pues desde ese mismo poder privado manejado por el dinero, las ‘opciones democráticas’ son predeterminadas en sus alcances, predigeridas en su concepción y predecididas por poderosos operadores.
Esto ya rige en la mayoría de los países, donde los dueños del poder tienen la desfachatez de llamarlo “democracia”. Ahora pretenden imponerlo a nivel mundial…
Dentro de este esquema Bilderberg es una de las instancias decisorias, quizás la más relevante con perfil público, que conduce –mejor dicho, que nos empuja y arrastra– hacia ese sueño mesiánico de erigir un Gobierno Mundial.
Las 138 poderosas personalidades reunidas en el Grove Hotel no solo tienen objetivos e intereses en común; también los une el espanto ante cinco poderosos enemigos. Efectivamente, desde la óptica de Bilderberg y sus socios, existen cinco ‘Enemigos Públicos’, por así decirlo, a los que combaten despiadadamente:
Enemigo Público No. 1: el estado-nación soberano. ¿Por qué? Porque un estado realmente soberano cumple tres misiones indelegables:
1. Promover el Bien Común de la mayoría del pueblo;
2. Defender a ultranza su Interés Nacional
3. Identificar a amigos y enemigos, previendo amenazas (que debe conjurar) y oportunidades (que deben aprovecharse inteligentemente).
Enemigo Público No. 2: la moneda soberana no generadora de interés, que todo estado puede y debe utilizar, emitiendo la cantidad que necesita la economía real del trabajo y la producción. Hoy, casi todos los estados están subordinados a los dueños del poder global. Controlan sus bancos centrales haciendo que incumplan esta función primordial soberana. Así, despejan el camino para los megabancos privados que emiten su ‘moneda privada’ generadora de billones en intereses. Resultado: individuos, organizaciones y estados nacionales irremediablemente endeudados para siempre;
Enemigo Público No. 3: el rechazo masivo del sistema de deuda usuraria en todas sus formas;
Enemigo Público No. 4: Instituciones republicanas independientes del poder del dinero. Solo así podrá haber auténtica democracia, en lugar de la falsa y enferma democracia financiada por los millones y millones de dólares de bancos, empresas, narcos y corrupción que hoy sufrimos en casi todos los países del mundo;
Enemigo Público No. 5: los valores tradicionales de todos los pueblos, sean cristianos, musulmanes, budistas… Valores sanos y dignos como: honor, verdad, lealtad, disciplina, perseverancia, trabajo, libertad, valentía, solidaridad… Por algo esa usina de anticultura y decadencia que es Hollywood trabaja permanentemente para subvertir todo lo bueno, bello y profundo que hay en nuestra cultura y en la vida.
Por ejemplo, el vicepresidente de EE.UU., Joe Biden, acaba de señalar que gracias a las minorías que manejan Hollywood “el matrimonio gay es hoy una realidad”, no solo en su país sino también en Francia, Argentina y decenas de otras naciones. ¿Se imaginan las patologías psíquicas entre el creciente número de niños que tienen ‘dos mamás’ o ‘dos papás’? Los psicólogos freudianos llenarán sus bolsillos con estos futuros enfermos del Nuevo Orden Mundial… Amén que la militancia homosexual, junto con el aborto, promueve otra de las prioridades de las elites agrupadas en torno a Bilderberg: la despoblación del planeta.
Bilderberg: ¿Quiénes son realmente?
RT acaba de publicar la nómina completa, ‘Quien está invitado a la reunión Bilderberg 2013‘. No repetiremos esos datos aunque señalamos la manera en la que los participantes de Bilderberg se insertan en poderosísimas estructuras copadas por el Nuevo Orden Mundial: corporaciones, megabancos, gobiernos, think-tanks, multimedios…
En cierta manera, operan como una suerte de gran ‘orquesta’ en la que cada operador ejecuta su ‘instrumento’: megabanco, multinacional, multimedio, cátedra universitaria, funcionario de gobierno u otro puesto de alto poder. Como toda gran orquesta, para que ‘suene’ como se pretende necesita tener un ‘director’ cuya función es asegurar silenciosamente que todos ‘toquen’ su parte correctamente; no a su capricho, sino según una ‘partitura’ que, en el caso de una sinfonía clásica, pudo haber sido compuesta hace dos, tres o más siglos…
De manera similar operan Bilderberg y la Red de Poder Real Global: ellos son los ‘directores silenciosos’ del ‘concierto de las naciones’ y su ‘partitura’ les viene de larga –larquísima– data…
Algunos participantes ‘en red’:
Carl Bildt, ministro de Asuntos Exteriores y ex primer ministro sueco; director de la Trilateral Commission (TC), poderoso think-tank fundado por Rockefeller/Kissinger/Brzezinski;
Beatriz, reina renunciante de Holanda, hija del fundador de Bilderberg y principal accionista de Royal Dutch Shell;
Donald Graham, dueño y presidente del imperio ‘The Washington Post’; miembro de la TC y del think-tank Council on Foreign Relations (CFR);
Henry Kissinger, asesor permanente del Gobierno de EE.UU., ex secretario de Estado; Kissinger Associates; director del CFR, director vitalicio de la TC;
Christine Lagarde, jefa del FMI, ex presidenta del poderoso estudio jurídico Baker & McKenzie de Chicago, EE.UU.;
Mario Monti, director para Europa de la TC; primer ministro de Italia hasta abril 2013 (reemplazado por Enrico Letta, también miembro de la TC;
Richard Perle, subsecretario de estrategia global en el Pentágono bajo George W. Bush; uno de los culpables de la destrucción de Irak en 2003; sionista fanático; directivo del think-tank neoconservador AEI (American Enterprise Institute);
Robert Rubin, ex secretario del Tesoro de Clinton; junto a Lawrence Summers y Timothy Geithner (ambos CFR/TC) causó la debacle financiera del 2008 al anular la ley Glass-Steagal; directivo de CitiCorp; copresidente del CFR; miembro de la TC.
Peter Sutherland, presidente de Goldman Sachs International; presidente de la London School of Economics; ex presidente de BP; presidente honorario de la TC;
Robert Zoellick, ex presidente del Banco Mundial; miembro del CFR y TC.
La lista es extensa… Entre los participantes Bilderberg de este año hallamos a los máximos funcionarios de:
Bancos: Deutsche Bank, Barclays, Goldman Sachs, HSBC, Lazard Freres, Mediobanca Italia, James Wolfensohn, Austrian Control Bank, inversoras KKV, AB (Wallenberg);
Seguros: AXA (su presidente y CEO Henri de Castries preside Bilderberg), Zurich, Prudential;
Telecomunicaciones/Informática: Telecom Italia, Microsoft, Google, Amazon;
Gobiernos: Gobernantes y ministros de España, Finlandia, Francia, Reino Unido, Turquía, Dinamarca, Noruega, Canadá, EE.UU., Bélgica, Suiza, Unión Europea. Políticos del Reino Unido, Italia, Alemania, Turquía, Francia, Portugal, Unión Europea, EE.UU. Militares de EE.UU.: (el ex director de la CIA, el general David Petraeus) y Europa (el comandante del Eurocuerpo, Olivier de Bavinchove);
Universidades: Harvard, London Business School, Oxford, Leiden, Kings, Princeton, London School of Economics;
Think-Tanks: American Enterprise Institute, TC, Hoover, CFR, Hudson, Carnegie…
Medios: The Economist, Financial Times, Washington Post;
Industria: Alcoa, Techint, Siemens, British Aerospace, Airbus, Heineken, Michelin, Novartis, BP, Royal Dutch Shell.
Digamos que cuando estos señores y señoras se reúnen para intercambiar ideas y propuestas, evaluar, negociar, pactar y decidir, claramente su poder para imponer sus objetivos e intereses no es nada despreciable…
Bilderberg: ¿Cómo operan realmente?
Insistimos: es un error considerar a Bilderberg aisladamente. Digamos que Bilderberg es lo más alto de la pirámide del poder mundial que se ve públicamente; la más elevada instancia decisoria que podemos conocer.
Si miramos hacia abajo, vemos los entes que analizan, evalúan y planifican el Nuevo Orden Mundial en todas sus facetas: política, económica, financiera, monetaria, académica, mediática, militar, geopolítica, que incluso instalan nuevos paradigmas colectivos receptivos a los intereses del nuevo orden mundial.
Entre esos entes vemos al CFR, TC, AEI, CSIS, Chatham House, Rand, Tavistock, Hudson, Hoover, Montpelier…
En Latinoamérica, sus ‘vasos comunicantes’ incluyen a la Americas Society (siempre dirigida por Rockefeller, Kissinger y sus compañeros de viaje) y a ‘consejos’ locales como el CARI argentino y sus pares en Chile, Brasil, Colombia, México y otros países. Todos reconocen un alineamiento (y subordinación) hacia lo que denominan el ‘consejo de los consejos’: el neoyorquino Council on Foreign Relations…
Si miramos hacia arriba, poco o nada vemos, aunque algo podemos inferir: logias masónicas, quizás… El ápice de la pirámide del poder mundial seguramente está muy poco poblada.
Se puede inferir una pequeña ‘mesa redonda’ (¿o triangular?) que reúne a las máximas autoridades planetarias: jamás elegidas en democrática compulsa pues estos individuos se suceden generación tras generación por imperio del poder del dinero.
Si tuviéramos que aventurar algunos apellidos, diremos que en esa mesa de ‘doce apóstoles’ (les encanta esta clase de simbologías) seguramente habrá algún Rockefeller, Rothschild, Mountbatten, Schiff, Warburg, Agnelli, Borbón, Weill, Oranje-Nassau…
Más aún: si Arturo tuvo 12 caballeros y Jesús 12 apóstoles, en su demoníaca simbología invertida quizás pretendan que la venidera máxima autoridad planetaria –su satánico ‘rey del mundo’– presida sobre 21 apóstoles. Pero a esas alturas del poder mundial, nuestra visión se turba…
Lo que sí sabemos es que todo lo que emana de ese soberbio sitial es nocivo para los pueblos libres del mundo. La clave de nuestra salvación bien podría provenir de los cinco ‘enemigos públicos’ del poder mundial. ¿Habrán de servirnos entonces como Banderas de Liberación?
Hey, Cyprus… Let’s go back to basics!
Can we have a common-sense explanation of why eurozone finance gone mad threatens to kill the otherwise healthy real economies of European Nations?
Much is being said about the Euro crisis exploding today in Cyprus which – like its recent Greek, Irish, Spanish, Portuguese and Italian versions – continues to fester like a malignant tumor in the body politic and economy of the European Union.
Economics: an exact science or a branch of psychology?
When times are stable and predictable, economics is treated like a science by bankers, academics, journalists and politicians aligned to the money-power elite.
All economic and social woes are explained away as resulting from the “laws of the economy” and the “invisible hand of the market”. Economists’ theorizing mumbo-jumbo never tells you is that the “invisible hand” is moved by a muscular “arm” that is directed by a perverse brain…
They try to convince us that it’s “normal” for markets, sectors and entire countries to go up, down, sideways, even dive into mega-collapses.
Such economic nonsense is normally signed by Harvard, LSE or Chicago University eggheads, suitably prestiged with Economics Nobel Prizes, and lavishly promoted by the mainstream specialized media like the Wall Street Journal and Financial Times.
However, as soon as the economic weather turns foul and the waves of currency instability, winds of banking crises and tornados of panic start rocking the boats of national and regional economies, that’s when the “science of economics” takes a really bad turn and.. it’s every many for himself! Or… every banker gets “government” to bail them out…
In economics what counts is Confidence and Trust, either real or perceived. That’s why banks’ head offices tend to look like veritable fortresses or gigantic skyscrapers, often with imposing temple-like columns, giant staircases and forbidding iron-clad gates. The idea was clear: when you enter a bank, you enter the Temple of Mammon. Financial Olympuses like the FED, Bank of England, and most every central bank beckon you to “trust” them, just as you trust your God when you enter Church; to have “confidence” in them for, like the Almighty, bankers want to make you believe that they too reign for ever and ever…
But, alas, as Peter Young writing on RT Op-Edge on Cyprus clearly explains, “confidence remains a rather intangible item. Measuring trust is rather a black art. We can never be absolutely certain we have 100% trust”.
Indeed! Trust is like virginity: once it’s gone, IT’S GONE. So when trust turns sour regarding a particular bank, or rumors arise of impending monetary collapse, or some major corporation is about to be “AIG’ed” out of existence, then “trust and confidence” turn into bank-runs, panic and deadly collapse.Workers walk next to the historic wagons of La Brugeoise at the garage El Polvorin, in the neighborhood of Caballito, Buenos Aires.(AFP Photo / Alejandro Pagni)
What Cyprus 2013 shows is that, like Argentina 2001, “trust and confidence” have little or nothing to do with reality especially when passed through the mainstream media’s ‘Lies Machine’ for, like all perceptions, they can be manipulated to fool, confound, hide ugly truths and distort.
When things start going really bad, fraudulent lies are maintained for as long as possible to give those who DO know the truth, the chance to exit quietly and unscathed. Once they are at a safe distance then – yes: all hell can be let loose!
That happened during Argentina’s massive banking, financial and monetary collapse of 2001/2: social chaos, dozens killed in clashes with police, 50% of the population buried below the poverty line, 40% drop in GDP, and yet…. not one single private bank folded!
Deja vu “all over again”
Argentina’s then-president Fernando De la Rúa and his Rockefeller-Soros wizard Economy Minister Domingo Cavallo did everything the mega-bankers needed to weather the storm, but nothing to help “we the people” who lost life savings, jobs, homes, health benefits…
Not surprisingly, after more than a decade Argentina’s government ensures a “business as usual” banking atmosphere: politicians and megabankers always cozy up to each other (money-sloshing tends to do that…).
What about “we the people”…? Argentine workers continue biting the dust suffering all sorts of government-triggered abuse – inflation, a total foreign exchange lock-down, and ferocious tax collector persecution. Why? When President Kirchner of Argentina must choose between local workers and global megabankers, she systematically chooses the latter… with suitable media marketing of course.
Does this ring a bell? Spain? Italy? Greece? Ireland? Cyprus? Occupy Wall Streeters…?
A tip: don’t believe the mainstream media; don’t believe government liars; above all: don’t believe the megabankers!
What’s it really all about?
Example: If you’re having a drink at the pub and your mate knocks your pint of beer on your lap: Ooops! Sorry!! Acccident… If he does that again 5 minutes later: Gosh what bad luck!!! If he does that a third time: HE’S DOING IT ON PURPOSE! For some reason, it’s the guy’s behaviour pattern so best to keep away from him!
Now look at recurrent sovereign-debt banking crises: Argentina suffered four “debt crises” over the past forty years that were all so similar to what later happened in 2008 in the US; which was identical to the banking crises in the UK and Iceland, which were then repeated in Ireland, Portugal, Spain and Italy; which flared last year in Greece and today robs Cypriot workers down to their bones. Accident? Bad luck? No… It’s a System!
We are in fact dealing with major fraud perpetrated by the global megabanking establishment and done “legally” because they pay for, finance, position and control key government posts in the executive, legislative and judicial branches of governments in just about every country.
Whether Argentina or Brazil, the US or Britain, Spain or Italy, Greece or Cyprus. Same story; even the same players.
Because the global megabanking establishment have worked really hard through their media, universities and their own players to blind us to a key factor no one ever talks about: the difference between public money (issued by the State) and private money (created by private banks almost out of nothing).
Public money are the dollar, euro, peso and pound bills circulating in different parts of the world issued by public banking authorities, normally a national central bank having monopoly issuance rights. Any private citizen doing the same will, if caught, end up in jail. And rightly so because counterfeiting currency adds money to the system but no work is added to the Real Economy. The message to the people is clear: You want money? Work for it!
Private money, however, is created by the private banking system thanks to Fractional Lending which legally allows them to create loans for 10, 20 or 50 times the amount of deposits in their vaults and then charge interest for them! But private bank money is just a figure on your bank statement or a blip on your ATM screen. Like all screens it can go blank “in a moment, in a twinkling of an eye…” The message to the bankers is clear: You want money? Create it for nothing!AFP Photo / Patrick Baz
People instinctively understand this which is why millions of Argentinians cued at their ATM’s waiting to get some “real money” (even if Mr. Cavallo’s “corralito” limited that to 250 pesos per week). Fast forward eleven years to Cyprus: same picture of people trying to withdraw 100 euros before they’re all gone.
Sovereign Debt Death Trap
1) The private megabanker cabal uses their leverage/control over governments and politicians so legislation is passed ensuring that the central bank never provides the right amount of public money the real economy of goods, services and investment needs; i.e., no credit.
2) In come the private bankers, asking government: “You need money build highways, finance defense, education and health? No problem: we’ll lend you all you want!”
3) Government keeps borrowing and borrowing way beyond its means.
4) Bankers and politicians refinance debt again and again and again, until it balloons way beyond repayment possibilities of the victim-nation.
…Oh, the wonders of compound interest!!
Take the high road or the low road…?
Say you’re president of a country and you need to build a 100 mile road costing $ 120.000.000 over a one year period, at an investment rate of $ 10.000.000 per month to pay for steel, cement, constructors, architects, workers, etc. Everything is set to go; you have two options:
Option 1: Ask private bankers to loan you $ 120.000.000 at, say, 10% interest which means you are indebted by $ 132.000.000. The bankers funding you will, no doubt, impose certain conditions like you’re having to use such and such a construction company, insurer, consultant, cement, steel providers….
Final cost: probably closer to $ 140 to 150 million. Irresponsible modern politicians will of course just dump that debt into the federal deficit black hole. Let the next president or prime minister tackle it!
Meanwhile, compound interest makes the debt grow and grow and grow: music to mega bankers’ ears!
Even more stupid: for a country like Argentina the loan will be in Dollars even though everything they need to build the highway – cement, steel, architects, workers – is available locally and could be paid in local pesos.
Final Result: Public indebtedness in foreign currency in an amount 40 or 50% more than actually needed, that will continue to grow under compound interest…Employees of Cyprus’ Laiki (Popular) Bank protest outside the parliament building in the capital Nicosia on March 22, 2013.(AFP Photo / Yiannis Kourtoglou)
Option 2: You order your central bank to issue $ 10.000.000 per month for 12 months in local currency. This may have a temporary inflationary effect that is immediately offset because government recovers tranches of that money through taxes that cement, steel and service providers start paying to your tax office, plus labor dues paid by workers. You repeat this for the 2nd, 3rd, 4th months until the 12th month when the highway is finished. Final equation: a good part of the currency issued immediately flowed back to your tax office (who can take it out of circulation), and the rest that remained in circulation can be recovered longer-term through road tolls. In fact most of it will be absorbed by increased demand emanating from real economic growth generated by the new highway (gas stations, diners, new towns, etc.).
Benefits: you did it with your local currency at ZERO INTEREST. If you do your homework right, the temporary transitional inflationary effect can be duly neutralized. Final Public Debt: Zero.
Now, you be the judge: what’s better, financing with public currency issued under a sovereign model, or with private banking money that makes sovereign debt grow way beyond your means, leading to inevitable Sovereign Debt crises in country after country; not by mistake but by design.
That is what megabankers want in terms of money, and that is what the Global Power Elite seeks because public debt ensures full control of countries. To add insult to injury, when bankers really screw things up as in 2008, government and media tell that we must save those nice banks because they’re “too big to fail.” You put your money in a Cyprus bank? Sorry… you’ll have to chip in with 20, 50 or 100 percent of it to save the bankers…
Now do we understand what’s behind this whole diabolical, perverse, fraudulent and immoral Sovereign Debt Crisis system?
Adrian Salbuchi for RT
Francis: The ‘End of the World’ Pope
After the white-smoke “fumatta” signaled Argentina’s Archbishop of Buenos Aires Jorge Bergoglio now heads the Catholic Church, the attention turns to significant, if subtle, signs surrounding the naming of the new Pope.
As soon as Msgr. Bergoglio was chosen, in the privacy of the Vatican Cardinal Giovanni Battista’s first question to him was, “What name would you like to be known by?” to which he replied “I shall be called Francis”.
Moments later, when presented to the world from the Basilica overlooking St. Peter’s Square Pope Francis announced to the world, “You know that the duty of the conclave was to give a bishop to Rome. It seems that my brother cardinals went almost to the end of the world to get him. But here we are.”
An interesting and significant phrase filled with foreboding in these troubling times, many perceive of apocalyptic worldwide turmoil. Particularly to those lending credence to the prophesies of Irish Saint Malachy, a 12th century Archbishop of Armagh who had a vision when visiting Rome of 112 future popes that the Church would supposedly have from his days onwards.
Malachy wrote down short emblematic and symbolic descriptions for each which have been fulfilled with uncanny precision to this very day.
According to that vision, the 111th pope was Benedict XVI, whom he described as “The Glory of the Olive” which makes him the next-to-last pope.
Malachy could have very well been way off the mark by whole centuries when you consider that some popes like Pius IX in the 19th century reigned for a full 34 years, whilst others like last century’s John Paul I only reigned for 33 short days. And yet, as we enter 2013 – just months after 2012 with its symbolic End-of-Time aura – we suddenly have a new (the last?) pope being chosen.
A lightning strikes St Peter’s dome at the Vatican on February 11, 2013. Pope Benedict XVI announced today he will resign as leader of the world’s 1.1 billion Catholics on February 28 (AFP Photo / Filippo ntefore)
Even if Francis I is not the last pope, he certainly makes an interesting list of Catholic firsts: the first non-European pope in almost 1500 years; the first Jesuit; the first to choose Francis as his name; the first to succeed an abdicating pope in six centuries.
Why all the expectation? Because for the 112th pope on Malachy’s List he wrote these ominous words: “In the final persecution of the Holy Roman Church, there will sit Peter the Roman, who will pasture his sheep in many tribulations, and when these things are finished, the city of seven hills will be destroyed, and the dreadful judge will judge his people. The End.”
If Malachy’s List continues to hold in its uncanny precision to the very end, then Pope Francis I is the last pope of the Roman Catholic Church.
On the very same day that Benedict XVI shocked the world with his unprecedented and unexpected resignation, a bolt of lightning struck St. Peter Cathedral’s Dome, an image that went around the world. “The hand of God” many thought, only this time not alluding to an Argentine football player but rather a sign of the times to come for the Vatican: the coming of an Argentinian pope.
The monsignors are said to take this and other prophecies – notably the Vision of Fatima – quite seriously, which might help to explain why other possible papal candidates who either carried the name Peter or came from Rome were discretely left aside so as not to tempt Destiny.
Either way, Francis I is as he himself unwittingly said, an “end of the world” pope coming as he does from far off Argentina.
Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner (L) greets Argentine Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio at the Basilica of Lujan, December 22, 2008. (Reuters)
Opposition Cardinal in Argentina
As Archbishop of Buenos Aires, Bergoglio championed the plight of the poor in a very hands-on manner, which set him at loggerheads with the now ten-year-old, increasingly left-wing Nestor and Cristina Kirchner Regime.
His criticism of their government got stronger as the years went by, specifically targeting the Kirchner government’s corruption, political mismanagement and hypocrisy.
Since Msgr. Bergoglio would persistently lash out at the Kirchners during the solemnities of the Te Deum marking the anniversary of Argentina’s 25th May 1810 Revolution in Buenos Aires Cathedral which is traditionally attended by the President, his family and cabinet. Starting in 2005 the Kirchners decided to celebrate this anniversary elsewhere in the country to avoid Msgr. Bergoglio… In fact, President Cristina Kirchner has not met with him in almost three years now.
Though a moderate in many aspects – especially in his drive for Ecumenical inter-faith relations (he was just invited to visit Israel), and in his embracing of Second Vatican Council reforms – he has, however, systematically opposed same-sex marriage which became legal in Argentina in 2011, and strongly opposes abortion laws that are being promoted by both the left and the “liberal” right.
Msgr. Bergoglio is an ardent devotee of the Virgin Mary whose protection he invoked in his very first message urbi et orbi. The first place he went to pray as pope was the Chapel of the Blessed Virgin at Santa Maria Maggiore.
Then Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina offers a Holy Thursday mass in the Hogar de Cristo shelter for drug users, in the Parque Patricios neighborhood of Buenos Aires, March 20, 2008. (Reuters)
A House Cleaner in the Vatican?
As a sign of the times to come, Francis I is also the first pope in history to choose a name that honors one of Christendom’s most important saints: Saint Francis of Assisi, a 13th century reformer who preached by setting an example for all.
Although from a wealthy family, he chose to live in poverty and austerity telling his followers that a good Christian’s duty is to “Preach the Gospel always, if necessary use words”; meaning thereby that the best preachers are those setting the best examples, something the Church seems to have increasingly forgotten in modern times.
Saint Francis founded the Franciscan Order and its female counterpart founded by his spiritual sister St. Claire, both of which made vows of poverty. His preaching got him into trouble with local secular and Church authorities even landing him in jail.
As today, the Church of St. Francis’s time was very much in need of a major internal clean-up. Francis of Assisi reproached the pope in front of all his cardinals for their excessive attachment to luxury, and their banality and mundane ways. Later, Pope Innocent III would finally approve his predication and approved the founding of the Franciscan Order.
So, will Pope Francis I do as his spiritual predecessor and wage a veritable war for greater austerity inside the Church, requiring its highest authorities to set the example, both inside and outside the Church?
Will he really do something about prelates accused of improper sexual conduct, cutting them off fully and completely from the Church, and not just “transferring” them away to some quiet place hoping their immoralities and perversion will just go away, as if by magic?
Will Francis I also fully and thoroughly clean up the Vatican Bank (Institute of Religious Works) forcing it to cancel shady financial deals, reject usury-based financial income, and putting its monetary wealth to work for the poor?
Again, will he identify and weed out the truly guilty of such crimes and perversion, severing all Church ties with them?
In short, will Francis I do something none of his predecessors seems to have had the will to do over the past fifty years, which is not to sweep all this mess under the carpet, but rather cleaning the place up for real?
That all remains to be seen.
Hundreds of millions of honest Catholics the world over, including in his native Argentina, certainly hope that he will.
Others, much closer to him now, who reside inside the Vatican, however, tremble at the thought that he might actually do just that.
Clearly a grave danger for Pope Francis, when one remembers that another pope – John Paul I – had pledged when chosen that he would clean up the Vatican Bank after its Banco Ambrosiano/Freemasonry scandal. Alas! John Paul I appears as Pope No. 109 in Malachy’s List, carrying the phrase “De Medietate Lunae” (of the Half of the Moon”): when elected in late August 1978, there was a half-moon in the sky and he died at the next half-moon…
St. Francis of Assisi (Image from wikipedia.org)
But we’re not really sure whether Msgr. Bergoglio chose his papal name only because of the Saint from Assisi. It may have been to honor other Francis’s like St. Francis Javier, or even 16th century St. Francis de Borja both of whom were, like himself, Jesuits.
The Jesuits – The Society of Jesus – are a 16th Century order founded by Spaniard St. Ignace of Loyola, as a militia to defend the Church against the forces of reformation and other dangers to the faith.
The Jesuit’s strong-willed militancy got them expelled several times from the American colonies and also from Europe. Even the Church itself suppressed them. They have an autonomous leadership under its Superior General whom many refer to as the “Black Pope” alluding to the Order’s great leverage inside then Church. Jesuits are known for being shrewd and sharp intellectuals with a keen sense for political and social strategy, and a very strong will to promote and drive their goals and objectives.
Maybe Msgr. Bergoglio is honoring all of these Francis’s. But the one that has caught the Catholic world’s imagination is clearly St Francis of Assisi, in which case much will be expected of Pope Francis. No pope – until now – has ever chosen that name which many perceive as emblematic of a key enemy of certain castes of mischief-makers inside the Vatican.