don't mention Gladio…

by Catte

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The alleged “terror attacks” are happening thick and fast in Europe right now. France has suspended its constitution for another several months as a response. Germany is in turmoil and may well follow suit. The media narrative is already set within a clearly defined paradigm that stipulates these attacks are being perpetrated by “radical Islam.” The debate centres solely on what this means. Is it “blowback” for the West’s policy of perpetual war in the Middle East, as the more liberal/left-inclined tend to say, or is it just Evil Extreme Islamics being Evil, as the more rightist-inclined aver?
There was a debate just like that on RT today. A Northern Irish white gentleman was looking severe and intolerant and claiming ISIS was basically Islam, (because – duh – they’re called “Islamic State”!), and an English non-white gentleman was looking embattled and pointing out (justifiably) that most of the ISIS terrorists identified were anything but devout Moslems and anyhow the history of colonial wars perpetrated by many of the countries currently suffering these attacks can’t simply be removed from the equation. He had a little pile of paper printed with the names of all the Moslem countries France had attacked in the last century – but neither the Irish gent nor the RT anchor seemed much interested.
More attention was given to interviews with frightened French people from the small town that just saw a priest allegedly knifed to death by ISIS, all demanding “these people” be locked up asap. Some other person appeared briefly to say the “war” against these terrorists was “spiritual” (he didn’t amplify much about this terrifyingly absolutist concept, but did he need to?), and there was a segment of Hollande saying the (spiritual?) fight would be a long one (in other words, don’t expect to get your “Liberté, Egalité, Fraternité back any time soon, people of France).
The message was clear: be afraid, and hand over your freedoms to the nice government employee who will be along to save you soon.
If this news item had been on the BBC or any of the Western media then it would be par and unremarkable. But this was RT, and therefore a bit more worthy of mention. RT, generally, questions the prevailing western narratives a little more, especially if that prevailing western narrative disadvantages Russia (which, let’s be honest, most of them do). In the past it’s even dared to openly accuse the BBC of faking the alleged “chemical attack” on the school in Syria that was the subject of a very questionable Panorama program. (RT was sanctioned by OfCom as a result of this brave piece, even though OfCom did not find that their allegations were false).
Yet currently, on this issue, RT is simply serving up a storyline that would get the stamp of approval from Langley or Downing Street. RT is, of course, a Russian state-sponsored outlet, and Russia clearly has its own reasons right now for playing along with Western attempts to promote the image of ISIS as bad guys du jour. The Russian government must also be entirely aware that “ISIS” is backed – and possibly even created – by the West, and that it functions at least in part as an agent of NATO in Syria.
It must know that ISIS will be used to foment discord and terror in the Russian homeland if allowed to do so. Unlike the West, it therefore has a real reason to fear ISIS and a real motive to destroy it. So, when the ISIS brand name is attached to European terror attacks, Russia likely sees a chance to mobilise domestic and international opinion behind its own struggle, and therefore will play along. They see no advantage to them, at the moment, in digging into the hidden realities of what ISIS might be.
But the result of this superficial merging of Russian and western interests is not good or wise. Russia wants to big up ISIS in order to get a consensus for destroying it, but the West wants to big up ISIS as fear porn. The US/European leaders may join with Russia in condemning the violence. They may – will – use it as a pretext to clamp down even more on civil liberties and criminalise dissent. But we all know they will not do the one thing Russia wants them to do – and that is actually combat ISIS.
RT might be better serving Russian interests – as well as the greater cause of truth – if it dared to mention the possibility these attacks may have little or nothing to do with Islam at all, but are being produced by an outfit similar to the one that brought you the Bologna Massacre. It could even point out the most inadmissible thing of all, which is that if ISIS really is behind the recent spate of Euro-terror, then there’s a live probability NATO – or NATO elements – are too.  And that of course would mean Gladio is alive and kicking and morphed into Gladio B, just as the “conspiracy theorists” have been saying for quite a long time.
This sudden surge of “terror attacks”, whatever their origins, could finally bring the reality of a police state to large portions of Europe and beyond and needs to be interrogated, analysed and questioned, beyond the admissible paradigm, beyond our comfort zones, because a great deal may be dependent on how these events are to be spun for popular consumption.
The growing unanimity across the spectrum of reportage on this issue threatens us all very deeply, and if we allow ourselves to be manipulated into sterile binary discussions of blowback versus “evil meanies”, if we just help disseminate the disaster-porn and invite people to be afraid sans any context, then we might as well quit and take up gardening or some other nice restful pursuit, because we are just doing the corporate media’s job for them.
Addendum:  It may or may not  be significant to note that the  terrorist outfit known as  the Baader-Meinhof gang, who were active in the 1970s and allegedly heavily infiltrated/manipulated by Gladio have suddenly (allegedly)  come out of retirement in their late middle-age to start doing heists in the Netherlands.  If nothing else, there’s a movie in this.

also see:

Operation Gladio (document collection)
Operation Northwoods (document collection)
The idiotic media version of ISIS: are we losing our critical thinking?
‘The race to save Peter Kassig’
ISIS Lessons in Terror Marketing: how to change the world by deception


OffG co-founding editor. Writer. Opinionated polemicist.

Filed under: ISIS, latest, NATO, Other Media, Russia, Syria, terrorism

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binra
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I hold there is a natural correspondence of co-creational synchronicity in shared purpose. Which may include conscious elements, including turning a blind eye to ‘let things happen’ or even take part in enabling them to occur through compartmentalised chain of plausible deniability- and of course opportunistically exploiting anything that occurs for a narrative control that can grow to ‘run itself’ once the story becomes accepted currency. Thus many who act out are set up and run for other’s agenda while believing their own. If the ‘darkness’ of fear and division is the only condition in which deceit can operate –… Read more »

Arrby
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Russia will play along? Whenever I find Putin or Russia playing along (lying, manipulating, etc.) , which sometimes make the difference between life and death for some people, I will point it out. I have no use for the US’s imperialism and bloodspilling not because I am anti-West, but because of my values and principles. The murderer’s ethnicity makes no difference to me.

PeaceFrog
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Bury the lead for NATO Reuters: Second French Church attacker, a jihadist, known to French intelligence, RELEASED ON BAIL: “His accomplice, Adel Kermiche, had already been identified by police. He was known to intelligence services after failed bids to reach Syria to wage jihad. Kermiche, also 19, wore an electronic bracelet and was awaiting trial for alleged membership of a terrorist organisation having been released on bail.” http://in.reuters.com/article/europe-attacks-france-idINKCN1080TB What reasonable person would believe, with all of the terrorist events in Europe, and with France being at war with Syria, they would release a Syrian terrorist priest killer out on bail?… Read more »

J Garbo
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J Garbo

Ditto the Nice truck killing. Police vans blocking the promenade were removed minutes before the truck drove through. Who was the man in white calmly walking away the truck? Why were the bullet holes in the windscreen mostly on the passenger side? Then the “authorities” demanded the footage be destroyed? An obvious, sloppy setup. Are the spooks using interns these days? Haven’t they heard of smartphone videos, which almost everyone carries? If this is Gladio B, they need better training from the veterans.

Eurasia News Online
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Reblogged this on Eurasia News Online.

Schlüter
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USA, France and Germany: „Staged „prevented“ Terror Attacks – Staged Terror?!“ https://wipokuli.wordpress.com/2016/07/27/staged-prevented-terror-attacks-staged-terror/
Andreas Schlüter
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Berlin, Germany

Mick McNulty
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Mick McNulty

We may see these acts become common in Britain if the powers-that-be cannot stop the rising grassroots support for Jeremy Corbin which will mean a resurgent left wing. Such attacks would all but confirm it’s a Gladio-style operation. The recent attempted kidnap of a serviceman from RAF Marham might not be what it seems. Why would you do a dry run of a kidnap which could be exposed, especially in the wilds of Norfolk a few miles from Sandringham Estate which must have heavy security? A Muslim would just kill a target, surely? And many Israelis look Middle Eastern. I… Read more »

Joe Staten
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Joe Staten

Since the article suggests the terrorist narrative “needs to be interrogated, analysed and questioned, beyond the admissible paradigm, beyond our comfort zones” should that include questioning how real each individual event might be? If some of the beheading videos were staged then could some of these events be staged, or partly staged? It would be cheaper and more humane after all, and would be easier to get people to sign up for a “drill” or some such than for actual murder. The idea is gaining ground. Even Paul Craig Roberts is flirting with it and has some good bits of… Read more »

Admin
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Admin

We have given space to authors who allege some of the various ISIS videos are fabricated. What is PCR alleging exactly?

flybow
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flybow

The whole concept of “terrorism” is false. All terrorism is state sponsored. Either directly planting bombs, shooting people etc, or infiltration of groups. British intelligence ran both the IRA and loyalist paramilitary groups. The red brigades, red army faction (baader meinhoff) were run by Italian and German intelligence. To me it is clear that ISIS was created by the west.
http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2015-05-23/secret-pentagon-report-reveals-us-created-isis-tool-overthrow-syrias-president-assad.
The fear has to be there. Always. From bogus shoe bombers to a man who was going to buy 70.000 smoke alarms to make a “dirty bomb” Even the concept of a “dirty bomb” is false.
Read Webster Tarpley. Synthetic terrorism.

tutisicecream
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Although the WMSM directs our attention to the Islamist terrorist refugee/ immigrant meme, there is a commonality which is not discussed about these recent atrocities. The criminals have often turned out to be not just migrants, but individuals with psychological problems. It is reported some had drinking and drug-related problems. All of the crimes committed in Southern Germany (Bavaria and Baden-Württemberg) for example, have witnessed the greatest influx of migrants over the past year as part of the Syrian refugee crisis. One thing is clear that these individuals have experienced high levels of isolation from their own native society and… Read more »

Jen
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Jen

The earliest records of the use of deception to fight an enemy may indeed go as far back as Achaemenid Persia but you only have to go as far back as the 1100s or 1200s to find Hasan i Sabah and his cult of Assassins using psychological techniques combined with marijuana use to persuade young male zealots into carrying out targeted assassinations and attacks in ways eerily reminiscent of what has been happening in France and Germany, and in other parts of the world. The CIA apparently drew on the methods of the Assassins in developing its own ideas and… Read more »

J Garbo
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J Garbo

I can’t imagine anyone becoming murderous or even violent on marijuana. On the contrary, all you’d want is relaxation and food. Massive doses of amphetamines, on the other hand, can drive you crazy, as will sensory deprivation.

Richard Le Sarcophage
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Richard Le Sarcophage

The Americans have spent tens of billions in programs like MKULTRA, since WW2, ‘researching’ how to create psychotic killers and expendable ‘assets’ like poor old Lee Harvey Oswald. They have raised numerous death-squads eg the Nicaraguan Contras, Operation Phoenix in Vietnam, Operation Condor in South America, UNITA in Angola, RENAMO in Mozambique, the graduates of the School of the Americas, and aided and abetted numerous allied others, like the Indonesia military, the South Vietnamese gangster regime etc. And they have been the principal sponsor of jihadist terror, in league with the Wahhabist terror state, Saudi Arabia and others, since the… Read more »

J Garbo
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J Garbo

I’d dispute that Lee Harvey Oswald was a “psychotic killer”, rather he was a naive patsy, positioned to take the blame for the CIA-Mafia assasination of JFK. As for drug-hypnosis induced “evil”, that may be so but I’ve seen plenty of ordinary, God-fearing boys turn into monsters on the battlefield. The “evil” is there in everryone, though it takes certain conditions (or conditioners) to bring it out.

falcemartello
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Just thought I might add something with reference to RT have noted the same thing but during the interview I think the lad /journo did challenge the l8unatic irish guy a bit. But they seem to be playing the western narrative game at the moment. My take is I think they smell something with Ukraine /the Donbass. It appears the Ukro/fascist r planning a summer assault on the Donbass. lots of Nato navyu around Odesssa at present .

falcemartello
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Catte great article as usual . Gladio has been well exposed. Francesco Cossiga senator for life in the Italian parliament has publicly said so on Italian national TV many years bak when the Italian political establishment was imploding and we all know what happened after that FORZA ITALIA Berlusconi’s dream cause the Italian socialist were dead and barried couldn’t help with his graft and corruption. Berlusconi was a major contributor Craxi’s Italian socialist party. Craxi then ran away to his Docia in Tunis where he later died.

james carless
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The Russians know very well who created,armed and trained these religeous fruitcakes,originally against the USSR and it’s allies, with Western MSM hailing the Islamic medievalists who skinned conscript soviet soldiers alive as the heroic modern,equivilent of Washington’s volunteer militia.
Surely one can’t begrudge RT a bit of shadenfreude reporting on the Frankenstein monster that the West fathered ?

J Garbo
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J Garbo

I find your “shadenfreude” a non-sequitur. RT defends Russia’s POV and often exposes Western hypocrisy, but I’ve seen no enjoyment expressed at the West’s troubles.

Catte
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Schadenfreude implies the attacks are not Gladio-style false flags. Everything suggests to me that they are, or could be, and Russian media should continue their project of highlighting this possibility, as they have in the past.

M.
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M.

I also noticed the change of narrative in RT and, as others have expressed already, I also believe that this change aims to make the people of Europe restless, to make them focus on the immigrants and the IS, rather than getting warmed up for a war with Russia that seems hard to avoid if Hitlery keeps her word (for once) and makes “Russia, Iran and China, pay a price”. It´s a real shame, and can end up backfiring: will the scared people go for more bombs, or will it turn against their governments or at least will keep their… Read more »

Wolfe tone
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In case some may have missed it; mi5 and other British state agencies have been carrying out black ops via proxy terror groups in Ireland in the not too recent past. The list of attacks is a long one and was all designed to manipulate public opinion home and abroad to suit their agenda.

Seamus Padraig
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Seamus Padraig

In general, RT is not all that radical or daring. What’s happened is that, as once stalwart leftist source in the west, such as The Guardian and The New York Times, have become ever more neoconservative, they have left a gap to be filled. RT is simply filling that gap. The Russians are smart enough to know that they have a significant following among conservatives in the west already; now they’re trying to go after the center-left. But they’re not after the far-left, which is too small for them to care about. And, as Catte correctly, in this case, the… Read more »

Catte
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Maybe also Russia playing along with the western ISIS narrative could be part of some deal being reached regarding Syria or something. Who knows, but something has shifted recently. And with RT now wholesale backing the western boogeyman narrative, and Sputnik also throwing out pretty disgraceful racist headlines about Europe succumbing to Islam, and with some of the larger alt news outlets doing the same, there’s very few voices offering more rational or questioning or less racist narratives on this. Very dangerous things are brewing.

falcemartello
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Nice is blatant Gladio . The prosecutor showed it to all when he requested the CCTV be destroyed.

falcemartello
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Try presstv if u want to get some salient facts on islamaphobia.

Willem
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Willem

Thanks for noticing this media bias on radical Islam from RT. I was not sure myself if this media bias was present in RT journalism, but started to note that things changed at RT at the time of the Orlando shooting. Since then, or maybe even earlier (but only since then that I started to notice), RT is much into the storyline of ISIS and radical Islam that wants to kill western citizens and to destroy western societies. Because of Blowback. Or because of even worse reporting, that is without even questioning the official narrative at all (see for example… Read more »

reinertorheit
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reinertorheit

Thank you for your thoughtful contribution, Willem. I can’t agree, however, that either Russia generally, or RT in particular, has a goal to talk up the ‘narrative of Islamofscists’. Russia has gigantic latent threats from within its borders – from groups in Chechnya, Ingushetia, and also from Tatar groups based in the Volga region and elsewhere. Russia manages to keep the lid on these terror groups only with great difficulty, and is certainly not going to undo that hard work itself. There is compelling evidence that many of these groups have had moral and financial support from the USA –… Read more »

Simon Fay
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Simon Fay

Of course the events on the continent could all be a fiendish attempt to unseat Corbyn and replace him with Trump by the usual suspects (eg former Head of Mossad, Margaret Thatcher)

tubularsock
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Tubularsock would support old dead Thatcher if she could unload Trump and Hillary onto “Merrie Olde England”!
Should Tubularsock burn incense or something?

OffG Editor
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Thatcher’s dead. Do you have a point?

Richard Le Sarcophage
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Richard Le Sarcophage

You only think she’s dead. She’s really just under deep cover. She’ll be back.

J Garbo
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J Garbo

Will she bring her mind this time?

joekano76
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Reblogged this on TheFlippinTruth.

Norman Pilon
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Reblogged this on Taking Sides.

reinertorheit
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reinertorheit

132 utterly innocent civilians were blown up today in a bomb attack in Syria. it’s not even a headline in the Graun – tucked away carefully in the Middle East section (and titled ‘dozens’ killed. I suppose 132 is eleven ‘dozens’) I wonder if our perception. of the the recent spate of Euro-terror means we simply can’t be bothered to look beyond the ends of our own noses? Priests, civilians, and pensioners are murdered by the Kiev junta and their Azov battalion every day. It suits everyone to just pretend it isn’t happening, and that Mr Poroshenko can just turn… Read more »

reinertorheit
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reinertorheit

The Graun’s Europe-section portal is leading today with a photo of the flowers outside the shopping centre in Munich, and a story that the assassin there ‘shared a birthday with Adolf Hitler”.
The story about the hundreds of people murdered in Syria has shuffled down the roster, and will soon bump out of view entirely.
Moral – European lives are worth more than Syrian lives by a ratio of 5:1.