October monthly geopolitical
We delegate — in large part — responsibility this month by way of interspersed videos throughout the wrap that help paint the picture and put you in the loop. The mainstream media cannot cover enough of these details in their nightly bulletins.
1962 saw the Cuban Missile Crisis. Now, the shoe’s on the other foot. [What goes around comes around, hombre.] Because of their modifiability, NATO missiles in Europe violate the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty between Russia and the United States.
Wikipedia has a good overview of the 60’s crisis, which saw Russia place missiles at America’s doorstep:
In response to the failed Bay of Pigs Invasion of 1961, and the presence of American Jupiter ballistic missiles in Italy and Turkey, Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev decided to agree to Cuba’s request to place nuclear missiles in Cuba to deter future harassment of Cuba. An agreement was reached during a secret meeting between Khrushchev and Fidel Castro in July 1962 and construction of a number of missile launch facilities started later that summer.
That all ended well, thanks in large part to President John F Kennedy and Defense Minister Robert McNamara, in a triumph of sanity:
After a long period of tense negotiations, an agreement was reached between President John F. Kennedy and Khrushchev. Publicly, the Soviets would dismantle their offensive weapons in Cuba and return them to the Soviet Union, subject to United Nations verification, in exchange for a U.S. public declaration and agreement never to invade Cuba again without direct provocation. Secretly, the United States also agreed that it would dismantle all U.S.-built Jupiter MRBMs, which were deployed in Turkey and Italy against the Soviet Union but were not known to the public.
Today, Russia is increasingly confronted by NATO’s defence missiles, Aegis Ashore, in eastern Europe. Sounds harmless enough — missiles for defence. These missiles, however, are designed to be quickly modifiable and are positioned to nullify particularly any potentially-nuclear cruise or ballistic missile launches from Russia.
The NATO missile deployments are shown here (above) protecting Europe from Iranian-launched missiles, which they will do, but it’s hard to think that they are not primarily designed to negate a first-strike threat from Russia.
Following the 9/11 attacks, American military doctrine shifted pointedly (codified in the 2002 National Security Strategy), with respect to weapons of mass destruction (WMDs) from one of deterrence to one of anticipatory attack — either preemptive (based on the belief that the adversary is about to attack) or preventive (launched in response to less immediate threats).
Just the other day, a flotilla, with Russia’s lone aircraft carrier, was paraded through the English channel. On its way to Syria, it seems, if nothing else than to escalate tensions there another notch. There is also news that Russia now is flirting with idea of Cuban bases.
Syria and Iraq
A very good wrap of the Syrian crisis as it has unfolded over the last year, essentially since Russia’s involvement, is found in the video directly below.
ISIS gained hold of Mosul, rumbling their way to a self-declared caliphate in February 2014. Two years later, and they’re about to be forced out by a motley crew of coalition forces centred on the Shiite Iraqi national forces. The ongoing Battle for Mosul, recently underway, is seen as a critical juncture in the war against ISIS. It could, however, be a case of one war ending and another beginning. Everyone’s scrapping for a political win here, including Turkey.
There are, however, reports that ISIS forces are being offered a safe passage of escape out of Mosul, by the West, to then go and fight in Syria:
Iraq’s volunteer forces (Hashd al-Shaabi) complained that the warplanes of the US-led coalition are allowing ISIL military convoys flee Mosul in Iraq’s Nineveh province to Syria without being harmed.
Staying in the Middle East, UNESCO adopts controversial resolution on status of Jerusalem’s Old City. This is BAD, BAD news. It will almost certainly be used as pretext by the Vatican and others to convert Jerusalem into an international city, in the name of peace. This will only bring strife.
Venezuela — send in the clowns
To many Latin Americans, there is a well-worn theme of independent-minded South American nations being internally undermined by colour revolutions fomented by their big brother to the north. Others say it is the result of mismanagement. Either way, President Maduro may be the next in line to lose his job.
The Vatican, at the bequest of the Venezuelan political opposition, has called a “dialogue”. When the Vatican calls a dialogue, I can’t help but think that your number is up. Next thing, you wake up with your horse’s head in your bed*. You may as well call for Mr White (Reservoir Dogs). This is where Venezuela’s at. Syria’s President Assad called the Vatican hotline in 2012. Look how well that worked out for him.
[It’s hard to avoid the suspicion, at this juncture, that an admittedly mismanaged economy like Venezuela’s was sent under by a Saudi-American price-fixing arrangement that has seen the price of oil go from over USD100 a barrel to under USD50. This has hurt also the West’s other opponents, and Venezuelan allies, Russia and Iran.]
dreams & visions
There are murmurings of thoughts and visions and general trepidation that something might occur before the US Presidential election, some even going so far as to say that a state of martial law could be instituted before — and indefinitely delaying — the election. That is pure speculation at this stage. But in the times that we live, anything is possible.
*It might be a stretch to say that this is a deliberate approach by the Vatican, rather it’s likely that the anachronistic Vatican simply has a Sidam’s touch when it comes to external affairs — something about politics and religion not mixing well. But that’s never stopped them before. Indeed the Vatican gets its power by its ability to ordain or bring down governments at its choosing. And coy politicians know that. (We’re all a servant to something — the question is to what or whom?)
[Ed: By their very nature, not all views expressed in the videos above can, or do, reflect the thoughts of Pilgrim Bobby. We are not, for instance, critical of Israel — and certainly not of the lay Israeli — as the final video (of the main section) may be. When put together, however, the images and sounds and discourse help create a meaningful mental picture of the current state of affairs that would otherwise be inaccessible from the reading of a single article or listening to a single interview, or watching the MSM for that matter.]
- After Mosul Falls, ISIS will Flee to Syria. Then What?
- The big Mosul offensive is stuck, halted by ISIS – DEBKA File, October 19, 2016 [Ed: DEBKA File is an Israeli-based alternative news site.]
- Terrorists Protected by US? Coalition Warplanes Allow ISIS-Daesh Military Convoys to Flee Mosul into Syria – Global Research [Ed: in the interests of transparency, it should be noted that this story is from FARS News, an Iranian news agency]
- US-Saudi Plan: Let 9,000 ISIS Fighters Walk Free from Mosul – to Fight in Syria, Patrick Henningsen – 21st Century Wire, October 13, 2016
- The “Salafist Principality” – ISIS Paid Off To Leave Mosul, Take Deir Ezzor? – Moon of Alabama, October 12, 2016
- Poland ‘highly concerned’ after Russia moves nuclear-capable missiles into Kaliningrad, Alexandra Sims – Independent, October 9, 2016
- Vatican Now In Control of Jerusalem, Steven DeNoon – Israeli News Live, July 5, 2015
- Can Russia destroy US missile defenses in Europe? – Pravda, 17.05.2016 [Ed: Pravda is a Russian broadsheet, formerly official newspaper of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union]
- The Vatican Agenda: How Does The Vatican View The Legitimacy of Israel’s Claims To Jerusalem? – Red Moon Rising
- Russia Hints at Nuclear War After US Deploys Ballistic Missile Shield, Tyler Durden – Zero Hedge, May 12, 2016
- Striking First: Preemptive and Preventive Attack in U.S. National Security Policy – Project Air Force, Rand Corporation (2006)
- Patriot Missile launch – EurActiv