… Hardly anyone in the West realized at the time that much of what was occurring had been unleashed originally behind-the-scenes as a covert plot by their governments and western agencies to distract the world from the West’s worsening financial state and faltering economies. … the plan was to use ancient Middle Eastern national, cultural and religious differences and prejudices to disrupt, defuse and disintegrate the entire region pitting one sect against another … … but ultimately would lead to the long term unraveling of Western civilization. …
Once out of control of its original handler and instigators, the Middle Eastern conflicts quickly degenerated and spread resulting finally in one of the most devastating nuclear events ever unleashed on your world. Those first exchanges confined themselves for a time to the contested Muslim centers of conflict within regions of Syria, Iran, Iraq, Turkey and Lebanon, but the destruction they evoked marked a dramatic and immediate shift in world political power, structure and organization.
As western involvement in the conflict increased in pitch and actuality, it soon turned moderate Islamic nations as a whole and Muslims living worldwide. Before long even those less ideologically focused than the hardcore Islamic Fundamentalists, who were known for their ruthlessness, irrevocably turned against the western governments especially in the United States and Europe.
… the subsequent augmentation of nuclear use by Islamic state sponsored terrorist groups would bring the conflict to Europe’s doorstep in the form of limited nuclear occurrences in parts of Europe. … new destruction and devastation that occurred in some of the major centers of the North American continent, particularly the West and Southwestern US would not only bring the conflict squarely to American soil, it ensured that once safe havens would now hold a focus for the conflict’s continuation.
By the early to mid 2020’s it was clear that the dismantling of everyday life as previously known in North America was fully underway …
Timeline Collapse & Universal Ascension: The Future of Third Dimensional Earth and Fifth Dimensional by E. M. Nicolay (Author), H. L. Jang (Contributor); Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition, October 8, 2015.
E.M. Nicolay: “…changing Earth’s geophysical environment would require the slow process of creating a chemically altered, physically denser, warmer, drier and slightly more radioactive and methane-rich world.”
CHRIS HEDGES: War With Iran
“…AN ACT OF IMPERIAL SUICIDE.”
The assassination by the United States of Gen. Qassem Soleimani, the head of Iran’s elite Quds Force, near Baghdad’s airport will ignite widespread retaliatory attacks against U.S. targets from Shiites, who form the majority in Iraq. It will activate Iranian-backed militias and insurgents in Lebanon and Syria and throughout the Middle East. The existing mayhem, violence, failed states and war, the result of nearly two decades of U.S. blunders and miscalculations in the region, will become an even wider and more dangerous conflagration. The consequences are ominous. Not only will the U.S. swiftly find itself under siege in Iraq and perhaps driven out of the country—there is only a paltry force of 5,200 U.S. troops in Iraq, all U.S. citizens in Iraq have been told to leave the country “immediately” and the embassy and consular services have been closed—but the situation could also draw us into a war directly with Iran. The American Empire, it seems, will die not with a whimper but a bang.
… an act of imperial suicide by the United States. There can be no positive outcome. It opens up the possibility of an Armageddon-type scenario relished by the lunatic fringes of the Christian right.
A war with Iran would see it use its Chinese-supplied anti-ship missiles, mines and coastal artillery to shut down the Strait of Hormuz, which is the corridor for 20% of the world’s oil supply. Oil prices would double, perhaps triple, devastating the global economy. The retaliatory strikes by Iran on Israel, as well as on American military installations in Iraq, would leave hundreds, maybe thousands, of dead. The Shiites in the region, from Saudi Arabia to Pakistan, would see an attack on Iran as a religious war against Shiism. The 2 million Shiites in Saudi Arabia, concentrated in the oil-rich Eastern province, the Shiite majority in Iraq and the Shiite communities in Bahrain, Pakistan and Turkey would turn in fury on us and our dwindling allies. There would be an increase in terrorist attacks, including on American soil, and widespread sabotage of oil production in the Persian Gulf. Hezbollah in southern Lebanon would renew attacks on northern Israel. War with Iran would trigger a long and widening regional conflict that, by the time it was done, would terminate the American Empire and leave in its wake mounds of corpses and smoldering ruins. Let us hope for a miracle to pull us back from this Dr. Strangelove self-immolation.
… The generals and politicians who launched and prosecuted these wars are not about to take the blame for the quagmires they created. They need a scapegoat. It is Iran.
The hundreds of thousands of dead and maimed, including at least 200,000 civilians, and the millions driven from their homes into displacement and refugee camps cannot, they insist, be the result of our failed and misguided policies. The proliferation of radical jihadist groups and militias, many of which we initially trained and armed, along with the continued worldwide terrorist attacks, have to be someone else’s fault. The generals, the CIA, the private contractors and weapons manufacturers who have grown rich off these conflicts, the politicians such as George W. Bush, Barack Obama and Donald Trump, along with all the “experts” and celebrity pundits who serve as cheerleaders for endless war, have convinced themselves, and want to convince us, that Iran is responsible for our catastrophe.
The chaos and instability we unleashed in the Middle East, especially in Iraq and Afghanistan, left Iran as the dominant country in the region. Washington empowered its nemesis. It has no idea how to reverse its mistake other than to attack Iran.
… The United States, like Israel, has become a pariah that shreds, violates or absents itself from international law. We launch preemptive wars, which under international law is defined as a “crime of aggression,” based on fabricated evidence. We, as citizens, must hold our government accountable for these crimes. If we do not, we will be complicit in the codification of a new world order, one that would have terrifying consequences. It would be a world without treaties, statutes and laws. It would be a world where any nation, from a rogue nuclear state to a great imperial power, would be able to invoke its domestic laws to annul its obligations to others. Such a new order would undo five decades of international cooperation—largely put in place by the United States—and thrust us into a Hobbesian nightmare. Diplomacy, broad cooperation, treaties and law, all the mechanisms designed to civilize the global community, would be replaced by savagery.
Chris Hedges, an Arabic speaker, is a former Middle East bureau chief for The New York Times. He spent seven years covering the region, including Iran.
VSF: Chris Hedges mentions the term ‘Hobbesian nightmare’ in his article on war with Iran — and I was not aware of Hobbes’s theory. So…FYI.
Thomas Hobbes’s theory of fear  has two major implications for his political theory.
One implication is how men’s mutual fear is the source of a commonwealth by institution.
The second implication is that sovereign power is the source of fear, and that sovereign power also uses that fear to govern people.
These two implications have not been analyzed fully in past studies. In a way, a sovereign captures mutual fear reigning in a multitude and transforming it into a political tool designed for government of the subjects.
Possessing the right and power to cause death, a sovereign takes the place of God on earth.
A sovereign has certain expectations of citizens: they should obey and honour the sovereign as they obey and honour God.
Analyzing Hobbes’s concepts of mimesis, aisthesis and honouring reveals how Hobbes aimed to construct a political object, the State, that would effect the whole sense experience of the subject.
It shows that Hobbes’s political thought is not only a legal political thought, but is based also on a thoroughly new setting of esthetical, ontological and semiotic politics.
“Unknown to most, it became exceedingly clear by approximately 2025 that governments had in fact reengineered [geoengineered] Earth’s atmosphere, its oceans and the planet’s electromagnetic grid to facilitate the use of scalar and sonic technology in such a way as was harmful and in some cases detrimental globally.” — Timeline Collapse & Universal Ascension by E.M. Nicolay & H.L. Jang.