Militant Rants

“The Middle East,” the crucible of conflict and the graveyard of empires: The balkanization of the Levant

by Rev. Richard Skaff

chessboard_2“War and conflict have been with us since the beginning of civilizations. But in the first part of the 20th century, the advance of modern weaponry led to death on a staggering scale. It was this killing that compelled the founders of this body to build an institution that was focused not just on ending one war, but on averting others; a union of sovereign states that would seek to prevent conflict, while also addressing its causes.
No American did more to pursue this objective than President Franklin Roosevelt. He knew that a victory in war was not enough. As he said at one of the very first meetings on the founding of the United Nations, “We have got to make, not merely peace, but a peace that will last.”
The men and women who built this institution understood that peace is more than just the absence of war. A lasting peace — for nations and for individuals — depends on a sense of justice and opportunity, of dignity and freedom. It depends on struggle and sacrifice, on compromise, and on a sense of common humanity.”” (President Barack Obama in address to the United nations General Assembly on September 21, 2011). [1]

Learning from history:
History is allegedly an important teacher that reveals our behavioral and cognitive errors and magnifies them to help expand our narrow vision, and as a result acquire more wisdom and be deterred by past mistakes. However, history is also written by the dominant forces that succeeded in butchering others. Therefore, butchers are portrayed as heroes and the blood they spilled is wiped clean by historians. As a result, history glorifies power, murder, and butchery. Do you ever wonder what would history look like if Germany won World War II?

A general supposition that historians tend to make would be that the intelligent leaders should know and listen to history, learn from past mistakes to avoid future errors and dodge predictable disasters. Unfortunately, the idea or the need to play God combined with narcissistic delusions of superiority and intoxication with power over people can cloud a leader’s judgment and induce him or her to repeat the same mistakes that history has allegedly warned us about. Assuming that this historical supposition is accurate, then, we must listen carefully and try to negate our destructive narcissistic urges and at least temporarily suspend our megalomaniacal illusions of greatness to reduce the risk of self-destruction and extinction.

Leading historians politically agree that the cradle of civilization (The Middle East) has been the crucible of conflict and the graveyard of empires. The examples they give are numerous to illustrate their concept. Thus, we are expected as rational intelligent beings to learn a lesson or two.

Consequently, we should ask questions like does a financially broke empire need to embed itself deeper in the Middle East in order to continue its uncontested domination of that region? Do we need to continue to please and fulfill the wishes of the global elite and money masters at the expense of our own self-destruction? What causes this obsession with the Middle East, is it the resources or the love to spread pseudo-democracy? Should we stay the course and pursue the same path of self-decimation? Should we proceed with the Yinon plan to remold, restructure, and destroy small, helpless countries (like Syria and Lebanon) to make them fit our geopolitical needs?

As I mentioned in previous articles, since World War II, The United States and its allies have been engaging in what Robert MacNamara (previous secretary of defense in the 60s) coined as “low intensity conflicts.” In reality, we haven’t engaged in true wars for decades, because most of the alleged enemies we’re killing today were our previous friends and puppets yesterday. In addition, these puppets, kings, and dictators are insignificant and have no true power to defend against the United States, so going to war against them would be like attacking your neighbor with a tank, a plane, and an automatic rifle when the neighbor is only equipped with a dagger or a kitchen knife (analogy from my previous article “The Obama Predicament and the Final Option”). Unfortunately, the masses like to win wars, because they act out their aggression vicariously and give them a sense of pseudo-power in their powerless lives over a made-up or fictitious enemy that their government has allegedly dismantled. At the same time, winning increases popularity of leaders and divert the public’s attention from actual domestic problems. Moreover, these military exercises or pseudo-wars will appease and feed the Military-Industrial Complex and our war-based economy which makes it more imperative to engender more preplanned wars in order to maintain our parasitic life style. It is parasitic, because historically emerging or existing powers had to drain the blood out of other nations in order to maintain their existence and supremacy. Parasitism is mandatory for humans to achieve wealth and power and to maintain it. As a matter of fact, parasitism and power have been the only true constants throughout human history.

Managing perception as a prelude for total control over the masses under the guise of war 

Propaganda requires a recipient, like the people who are willing to absorb it, crave it, and be willing to be propagandized. Hollywood, public relation firms and their propaganda machines have created every aspect of the American political socialization process, and have been impregnating, manipulating, and corrupting our society with pseudo-ideologies, education, and attitudes in order to perpetuate complete control over the people by the elites and the propaganda masters.

Selling perception and attitudes are key ingredients to train the masses like a Pavlovian dog in the laboratory. Successful propaganda corresponds exactly to a need of the masses. [5]

Bernays a Guru of propaganda who pioneered the technique of shaping and manipulating public opinion which he named “engineered consent stated in his book titled “propaganda”: “Only through the active energy of the intelligent few can the public at large become aware and act upon new ideas. He added that democracy is administered by the intelligent minority who know how to regiment and guide the masses. He also stated that a presidential candidate may be drafted in response to overwhelming popular demand, but it is well known that his name may be decided upon by half a dozen men sitting around a table in a hotel room.” [6]. Ironically, Bernays elucidated a totalitarian doctrine that aims at total control of the masses and of the world.

Another propaganda expert, Henry Kissinger once stated that “the one thing that man fears is the unknown. When presented with this scenario, individual rights will be willingly relinquished for the guarantee of their well-being granted to them by a world government, a New World Order.”

Furthermore, in revolutionary literature the tactic is known as pressure from above and pressure from below. It is the strategy that colonel house laid down in his book Philip Drew administrator. Deliberately create problems, and then offer only those solutions that result in the expansion of government. Create conditions so frightful at home and abroad that the abandonment of personal liberties and national sovereignty will appear as a reasonable price for a return to domestic tranquility and world peace. If those who seek world dominion can stimulate leftist mobs into violent confrontation with local law enforcement and also provide exhaustive news coverage so that the entire nation can see and tremble then, the peaceful and freedom loving majority can be programmed to accept the vast expansion of government powers, and even a national police force offered supposedly to end the violence.

If those who seek world dominion can raise the specter of an enemy armed to the teeth with superior atomic weapons on the verge on launching a nuclear holocaust, and also offer world government as the prevention then millions of Americans can be programmed to accept the loss of national sovereignty as our last hope for peace. [4].
This is the meaning of pressure from above and below.

Therefore, managing perception through distortions, pseudo-patriotism, false-flag operations, lies, fear mongering, pressure from above and below, and racism will groom the public to accept anything is bestowed upon them by their leaders who are self-proclaimed as brilliant and caring parent figures that will take care of their proles, protect them, and safely lull them to sleep. Meanwhile the people are encouraged to shop, eat, and be gratified by futile entertainment to keep the debt-based economy running.

The culture of racism and the theatrics of war
Conflict would be the next logical solution once the masses are sufficiently propagandized, and once the leaders’ message (lie) is reiterated over and over until it becomes a reality, then, the stage is set and a fictitious enemy is identified such as Al Qaeda, Syria, etc. As a result, career politicians gather together to show unity wearing flag lapel pins and making inflammatory speeches to engender fear and excitement in the masses while setting the stage for the next strike.

What is the T-formation? I believe that it is a football strategy for the team’s quarterback that takes place when the quarterback fakes right and goes to his left. This scheme is what politicians use when campaigning or making public speeches and promises. As a result, everything a politician pledges the opposite will ensue. Every president who talks about peace means war. We have to remember that a good leader is a good liar!

Regrettably, peace is not profitable and our larger than life defense and military budget can never be justified unless a lurking enemy among us or abroad is created. So when Mr. George W. Bush or his alter ego Mr. Obama, or any other president would talk about peace, they aren’t lying, because what they actually mean is the opposite which is war and conflict. In Orwellian term, “war is peace.”

Additionally, once a monster is manufactured, identified, and spruced up to be slayed, the politicians must rally the gullible voters behind them under the guise of preserving the rights and freedom that a nation claims to have, and of course God is always on their side.

The next powerful step that politicians utilize to manufacture the public’s consent is the use of racism as card to divide and conquer the proles. Racism has always been a key strategy used throughout the ages to regroup the masses behind their leaders and their clergy. People of different ethnicity, language, race, customs, might become targets of persecution and propaganda in order to distract the public from the actual issues, and redirect their anger and hatred from their government to the specific group that is politically targeted. As a result, the herds reunite behind their leaders, sing patriotic songs, and commit atrocities in the name of nationalism, God, race, ethnicity, culture, and patriotism.

Per example, every new group that historically entered the United States was targeted by the existing majority and stereotypes were politically engendered and fueled in order to create hatred, division, and distraction from the actual domestic issues. Because humans are insecure, insignificant, and naturally xenophobic beings, they often perceive newness or difference as an existential threat to their pitiful existence. It is a primitive state of being in which governments and leaders have exploited and condoned for centuries. As a result, public opinion becomes a malleable blob that is simple to manipulate and mold. Hatred and prejudice become enmeshed and cloaked with the existing culture. Ironically, the newly persecuted group learns to become racist itself in order to survive, therefore, racism is passed on from group to group keeping people hypervigilant, mistrustful of each other, and divided. Unfortunately, racism breeds only racism and more racism, and every culture that enters a new society will be discriminated against and persecuted until a new group comes along to take some of the burden of the previous group.

Sociologically, a problem unfolds if the persecuted group begins to self-identify with the dominant group and internalize the prejudice and the propaganda that is propagated by the dominant social group in which they are embedded in.

Where does the United States stand today in regards to racism? Are our invasions of countries is ethnically and racially motivated? Was the election of president Obama as the first black president historical as claimed by the corporate media pundits? Did it mean that the election of a black president should have ended racism in America? Definitely not! Then, how could Obama happen and be elected as president of the United States who resides in the “White House” (a house for whites-WASP) in the most racist country in the world? Does that mean that the elites have changed policy and wanted to prove that they can place in office anyone they desire to accomplish their political goals and temporarily humiliate the ruling white majority? Was the election of Obama a social experiment by these money-masters who finance elections? Did this social experiment spread abroad, like in the case of Sarkozy (a Hungarian-Jew) who was elected as a French president in one of the most Anti-Semitic countries in the world?

What is that all mean? Does it mean that racism can be sold and unsold by the same powerful people to the ignorant herds and the masses will chant whatever they are propagandized to regurgitate?

The tragic part of this process is that the persecuted sycophant always becomes an offender when given a chance to compensate for his or her believed inferiority. A clear example is the Zionists Jews who have been persecuting and whacking their Palestinians cousins for decades. They even employed the same methods that the Nazis used against them. Their identity crisis and their need to identify with their offenders (Germans and Europeans) have reshaped them into monsters instead of the kindly chosen people of God. That speaks very lowly of humanity and clearly defines it as lose-lose condition. [2].

Prolific low intensity conflicts in the Middle East leading to its balkanization.
“Civilization is a producing society with an instrument of expansion.” (Quigley 1979: 142) [3].The instrument of expansion in our case is weapons of mass killing.
Step by step, country by country, the maps of the Middle East, central Asia, and North Africa are being redrawn like lines in the sand. First it was Iraq and Afghanistan, then, the CIA’s choreographed Arab Spring transpired and swept through Egypt, Libya, Yemen, Tunisia, Morocco, Algeria, and now we have Syria, and next will be Lebanon and Iran. For instance, The Western powers installed their Muslim Brotherhood allies and agents in Egypt to take them down again and replace them with the military generals in their attempt to remap Egypt and reshape its political structure in the image of Turkey instead of another Sunni Islamic State. The oil Sheikdoms will probably be last to experience total chaos (pseudo-democracy) because of their complicity in the regional balkanization and their obedience to their masters who promised for now to keep them in power until they are no longer useful.

After the president’s address to the nation on 09-10-13 to make his case for intervention in Syria, our inept and corrupt congress will certainly support Mr. Obama on Wednesday 09-11-2013 as a commemoration of “911,” and will vote to strike against Syria as they craftily tap the emotional chord of the American public. They will all proclaim a moral obligation to free the Syrian people, and protect America from the Syrian chemical weapons that were sold to them by the U.S., and as a result a regime change will finally ensue in a country that will be divided and immersed in blood. Syria a previous Soviet client [8] and a current Russian friend will finally earn what it deserves. You can’t play with Mephistopheles and expect to go to heaven. For decades, Syrian leaders have sold their soul and played with the US and with Russia to keep them in power, and now it is time to pay their dues.
Meanwhile, Russia the weak Eurasian Nation, continues to play both sides of the coin. At times, Putin will use inflammatory remarks against the west, and at other times when it counts he remains silent. Simultaneously, while Putin claims to be an ally of Syria he continues to assume an overall neutral role regarding Western and American hegemony in the region, in order to guarantee himself some leftovers, carcasses, and resources that the West will throw his way, making Russia the chronic scavenger and the big Hyena of the East. Ironically, the Associated Press reported on Wednesday September 4, 2013 thatRussian President Vladimir Putin called U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry a “liar,” claiming he had denied that al-Qaida was fighting with the Syrian opposition in that country’s civil war [8]. Putin has surprisingly uttered the ultimate truth about the CIA’s mercenaries disguised as “Al Qaeda Jihadists” who have been used and brought into countries for decades for the sole purpose of destabilizing nations that don’t align with the Western geopolitical need. These mercenaries infect the receiving nations and sicken them as they enter the targeted countries’ bloodstream. Once again, the parasitic approach succeeds as the West continues its desperate quest to remain in power.

It appears that what we call advancement, supremacy, and intelligence is actually psychopathy, butchery, and treachery. The law of the jungle will always subsist because man has not evolved in thousands of years despite the advancements of his tools, as he remains the same conniving and ruthless animal he always was.

Ironically, primitive societies are the ones that love war and glorify warriors, as well as snipers, military, killing, and destruction. Unfortunately, the more primitive and brutal a culture becomes the more power and dominance it will accrue. As a result, a pseudo-history is written by the supreme power that glorifies its values of violence where butchers and psychopaths are depicted as heroes and demigods.

Finally, we have to ask ourselves the following questions. When will our involvement in the Middle East end? Should we continue to be embroiled in that region until their oil dries up? Will the U.S. be bogged down in the Middle East for decades to come, resulting in the breakdown of one of the greatest empires in history? Will our over-involvement in that region bankrupt us further, and lead our house of cards and fiat money to implode and collapse? Will our parasitism and obsession with power and money lead us into the abyss like every other superpower before us? Will the U.S. become another lesson in history muddled in the crucible of conflict and the graveyard of empires? Stay tuned for the next target, destination “Lebanon.”


2. R. Skaff (2007. “The Human Manifesto.” PA, Marilyn.


4. Mandell-House, Edward (1912). “Philip Dru Administrator.”

5. Ellul, Jacques (1965). “Propaganda: The formation of men’s attitudes.” Random House, New York.

6. Bernays, Edwad (1928). “Propaganda.”

7. CRG (2011), Global Warfare: Where will Obama Strike Next? “Preplanned Wars” will lead to preplanned results

8. Associated Press (2013). Vladimir Putin Calls John Kerry A Liar over Comments On Syrian opposition.