Today�s ancient warfare: Facts vs. beliefs
By Jeff Gates
Journal Guest Writer
Nov 18, 2009, 00:19
In unconventional warfare, manipulated beliefs are used to
displace inconvenient facts. When waging war by way of deception, false beliefs
are an oft-deployed weapon.
Recall Iraqi weapons of mass destruction? Iraqi ties to Al
Qaeda? Iraqi mobile biological weapons laboratories? Iraqi meetings in Prague
with Al Qaeda? Iraqi purchases of yellowcake uranium from Niger?
All these claims were reported as true. All were later
proven false or, worse, fabricated. Yet all were widely believed. Only the yellowcake uranium was
conceded as bogus before the invasion of Iraq. As the U.S. crafted its response
to the provocation of a mass murder on U.S. soil, those widely shared beliefs
shaped a consensus to wage war on a nation that had no hand in it.
A similar deception -- traceable to the same source -- is
now working to expand this war to Iran. Based on fast-emerging events, the next
conflict could include Pakistan.
The modern battlefield has shifted. Ground warfare is now
secondary. Likewise air strikes, combat troops, naval support and even covert
operations. Those physical operations are all downstream of information
operations. Manipulated beliefs come first. Psyops precede bombs and bullets.
Hardware ranks a distant third.
First and foremost are the consensus shapers and thought
manipulators who target perceptions and opinions until a critical mass of
agreement is reached. Then comes war. Those skilled at such duplicity induced
coalition troops to war in Iraq. Knowledge was their target. Manipulate thought
and all else was downstream.
Unconventional warfare is waged �upstream� with the
assistance of those with the means, motive and opportunity to massage consensus
opinion. Where are modern day battles fought? Not on the ground nor in the air
nor on the seas.
The mindset is the primary theater of operations. The first
battlefield is the public�s shared field of consciousness. The death and
destruction come later.
Deceit is not new to warfare. What�s new is the reach of the
technologies -- including modern media technologies -- that now enable
deception on a global scale
Military action remains subordinate to politics. Politics,
in turn, are subordinate to those skilled at inducing consensus beliefs.
Regardless whether command is civilian or military, decision-making is no
better than the information on which decisions depend. That�s why the Israel
lobby has long targeted U.S. lawmakers as a strategic force-multiplier by the
Israel lobby. [See: �How
Israel Controls U.S.�]
With lawmaking dependent on information, those skilled at
the manipulation of knowledge can operate atop the chain of command. As a
system of law reliant on informed choice, democracy can be dislodged in plain
sight by those skilled at inducing a shared mindset -- a consensus -- by
manipulating thought, belief and emotion.
Thus the strategic motivation for media dominance by the
Masters of Deceit in the U.S., Canada, Australia, the U.K., Germany, India and
other key nations that comprise the �coalition of the willing� induced to
invade Iraq. Overlay media ownership with member states of this coalition and a
common undisclosed bias becomes apparent.
When coordinated across four key areas, such �Information
Operations� can displace informed decision-making with an undisclosed agenda.
In retrospect, that systemic duplicity explains how the U.S. was deceived to lead this coalition to war in the
Middle East. Here�s a brief look at each area: geopolitical, strategic,
operational and tactical.
Duplicity in plain sight
The geopolitical realm is where the
�framing� of future conflicts often first emerges. The Clash of
Civilizations appeared in 1993 as an article in Foreign
Affairs. When this premise was
published as a book in 1996, more than 100 non-governmental organizations were
prepared to promote its thematic conflict-of-opposites.
That agreed to consensus facilitated the seamless transition
from the Cold War to a perpetual Global War on Terrorism. Thus the fate of the
post-Cold War �peace dividend.�
This widely shared mindset emerged just as A Clean
Break appeared in print with its proposal for removing Saddam Hussein
as part of a Colonial Zionist strategy for �securing the realm� -- an expanded
Greater Israel. Richard Perle, then a member of the U.S. Defense Policy Board,
led the All-Ashkenazi team who prepared that 1996 report for Israeli Prime
Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
In 2001, Perle became chairman of the Pentagon�s policy
board. Strategically, that�s a good example of working �upstream� to frame U.S
national security issues around a preset agenda -- for a foreign nation. Perle
left the board in February 2004 after 17 years of wielding insider influence.
When your numbers are small but your ambitions large, what choice do you have
but to wage war by way of deception?
to evoke a new global war required a plausible Evil Doer linked to a credible
provocation. The branding of the Taliban did not emerge in the �field� until
March 2001 with their destruction of the ancient Buddhas at Bamiyan. Widely
portrayed in mainstream media as a �cultural Holocaust,� that high-profile deed
put Afghanistan�s previously obscure Taliban on a global top ten list as
The missing piece in marketing The Clash premise: the mass murder of September 11, 2001. Strongly
provoked emotions, as with 9-11, facilitate the displacement of facts with what
a targeted mindset can be induced to believe. That process was enhanced by the
presence of a pre-staged Evil Doer
and pre-staged intelligence that was
flawed, false or outright fixed -- but nevertheless widely reported as fact by
The capacity to succeed with such an operation is enhanced
by the combined presence of: (a) evocation (images of religious extremism), (b)
provocation (a mass murder), (c) association (a Doer of Evil), and (d)
manipulation -- as mainstream media parroted phony intelligence with virtually
no investigative journalism.
This psyops campaign was facilitated by plausibly credible
political leaders who dutifully read their lines from fear-evoking scripts
written by this same insider network of agenda-shapers. That emotional
manipulation included not only the �Axis of Evil� framing but also a widely
broadcast WMD sound bite: �We don�t want the smoking gun to be a mushroom
Mainstream media even reported as credible false accounts of
�high-level links� between the secular Iraqi government and the religious
fundamentalists of Al Qaeda. Yet anyone familiar with the region knew they
despised each other. Truth was not the point. Nor facts. Informed consent was
only an obstacle to overcome.
Deception on such a scale required a capacity to sustain a
veneer of plausibility and credibility � i.e., believability. Thus the critical role played by mainstream media.
The power of association
When waging war on the public�s shared mindset, the power of
association is one of the most effective weapons. Thus the potent imagery of
the peaceful Buddhas at Bamiyan when associated with destruction, violence and
Thus the ease with which evil doing Al Qaeda extremists were
associated in the American mindset with the Taliban -- and the evil of 9-11
with known Evil Doer Saddam Hussein even though the intelligence was proven
Thus, too, the associative impact of Secretary of State
Colin Powell�s February 2003 testimony before the U.N. Security Council. His
credibility as a globally recognizable military leader (the Powell �brand�) was
deployed -- as a weapon -- to lend the appearance of truth to lies about Iraq�s
possession of mobile biological weapons.
Akin to showcasing the celebrity endorsement of a consumer
product, this testimonial by a trusted military leader was broadcast worldwide
in the lead-up to war. Powell was not the only �mark� in this operation. So
were the U.N., the U.S. military and a global public. Both aggressor and
aggrieved became casualties of this duplicitous �field-based� warfare.
Meanwhile the source of this deception once again faded into the background.
by the time the U.S. was induced to invade Iraq, 100-plus Israeli Mossad agents
had been operating in Mosul for more than a decade. Soon after the invasion,
several moderate clerics were murdered. Their elimination enhanced the capacity
to provoke a conflict-of-opposites between long-warring Shi�a and Sunnis.
That conflict-within-a-conflict helped catalyze an
insurgency that converted a clash into a quagmire. That result was
mathematically modeled by an Israeli cadre of game theory war-planners. [See: �How
Israel Wages Game Theory Warfare.]
As Information Operations proceed at the geopolitical,
strategic and operational level, tactical deceit and
misdirection provide essential support akin to reserve forces deployed on an as
needed basis. Serial provocations are required to sustain the serial conflicts essential to maintain the faux
plausibility of the mega-theme: The
The recurring use of crises to catalyze and maintain instability
should be of immediate concern to Islamabad. A long-standing Indo-Israel
alliance may well be coordinating the frequency of violent incidents that
continue to strain relationships between nuclear-armed Pakistan and its
Reflecting similar tactics, the most recent Israeli assault
on Gaza was scheduled between Christmas 2008 and the January 2009 inauguration
of a new U.S. commander-in-chief elected on a platform of hope and a promise of
change. The timing of that murderous incursion minimized the capacity to
criticize. President-elect Obama said nothing.
Meanwhile this serial agent provocateur set the stage
with that assault for another delayed reaction from those brutalized by six
decades of occupation. And from those in the broader Muslim community outraged
at the U.S. for enabling this behavior.
When that reaction emerges -- as it will -- Tel Aviv will
again assert the moral high ground as a perennial victim living in a hostile
anti-Semitic neighborhood. By deploying U.S. weaponry, Israeli aggression will
again make Americans appear guilty by association -- endangering the U.S. while
enhancing the plausibility of the narrative: The Clash of Civilizations.
The uncomfortable truth is that the U.S. is guilty for continuing to condone this
treachery to its own detriment. Meanwhile, the only change is in the presidency
with no substantive change in U.S.-Israel policies. And no hope for those most
affected by this duplicity -- including both the U.S. military and those it was
induced to target.
As critics of Israeli policy in Gaza emerged in academia,
the Anti-Defamation League and its international network mounted an
intimidation campaign to silence a professor at the University of California at
Santa Barbara. By advertising that campaign widely, the ADL silenced thoughtful
academics worldwide. [See: �Treason in
Plain Sight?� and �Education:
The Ultimate Battlefield�]
By way of deception
To succeed, Information Operations require both deceit and denial
of access to the facts required for informed consent. How else can anyone
explain the enduring perception that Israel is a democracy? Even now, a
majority of Americans believe that
Israel is an ally despite more than six decades of nonstop deceit, spying,
treachery and ongoing treason.
Any observer of recent events in Pakistan should be
concerned at the duplicitous history of those who have an �existential� stake
in sustaining The Clash storyline.
With any semblance of stability, an investigation will confirm that the
intelligence fixed to induce the U.S. to war originated with a transnational
network of pro-Israeli operatives.
Democracy assumes that all of us collectively are smarter
than any of us individually. Thus the need for an educated electorate informed
by an unbiased media providing the facts required to reason together.
Thus, too, the strategic need to dominate mainstream media
by those with an undisclosed bias who are skilled at waging war by way of
deception. We now see portrayed in that opinion-shaping domain a world turned
inside out where the victim is cast as aggressor and the predator as prey.
The facts in the recent Goldstone Report confirm a need to
investigate dozens of Israeli war crimes in Gaza as well as crimes against
humanity. Instead of following the facts wherever they lead -- consistent with
the rule of law -- on November 3, the U.S. House of Representatives voted
334-36 in favor of a resolution describing the report as �irredeemably biased�
and opposing any further consideration.
That resolution was proposed by Howard Berman, Ashkenazim
chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, and Congresswoman Ileana
Ros-Lehtinen, senior Republican on the panel and also Ashkenazim. Meanwhile
Nita Lowey, the Ashkenazim chairwoman of the State and Foreign Operations Appropriations
Subcommittee warned, by implication, that her colleagues in the Congress would
jeopardize funding for their projects if �further consideration� was given to
the Goldstone Report.
The House vote came one day before the U.N. General Assembly
discussed the report. A day later, on November 5, a U.S. Army psychiatrist, a
Muslim, killed 13 and wounded 29 preparing for deployment to Afghanistan.
Within 24 hours, more than 250 media personnel appeared at Fort Hood, the
nation�s largest military base, to report on the event.
Many of them framed the event as confirming The Clash premise and even the on-base
presence of �Islamo-fascism.� Suggesting the act of a �home-grown terrorist,�
Jewish-Zionist Senator Joe Lieberman, chairman of the Homeland Security Committee,
called for congressional hearings into whether the U.S. military could have
Interviewed in Palestine, the grandfather of U.S.-born and
educated psychiatrist Nidal Hasan spoke of his grandson�s love of the U.S. and
said simply, �America made him what he is.� While that comment hardly excuses
this conduct, that poignant statement includes a point that Americans find
difficult to contemplate. Yet we also found it uncomfortable to consider that
the U.S.-Israel relationship was a key motivation behind 9-11 and other attacks
on Americans and American facilities.
The Goldstone Report called for an investigation of facts suggesting criminal conduct both
by Israelis and Palestinians. Written by an eminent South African Jewish
jurist, Richard Goldstone�s daughter conceded that her father�s findings would
have been far harsher had he not been a Zionist.
Yet even the possibility
that unfavorable facts could seep into the �field� required that the Israel
lobby unleash its compliant congressional forces in a litmus test of
legislative loyalty -- regardless of the facts. Or, indeed, because of the facts. It�s difficult to
imagine a vote more clearly indicative of how a pro-Israel bias has corrupted
the rule of law.
Other disturbing facts also posed a danger of gaining
traction, including a November 5 report that the International Atomic Energy
Agency found �nothing to be worried about� in Iran�s recently revealed uranium
enrichment site. That fact was preemptively displaced from the �field� the day before
with reports of a well-timed Israeli boarding of a ship in international waters
where weapons were found that were allegedly bound for Iran-supported
When waging field-based warfare, timing is everything.
That�s particularly the case when, as here, a belief-manipulating adversary is
faced with the greatest danger of its six-decade life: facts that conflict with
the narrative required to sustain The
Best story wins
With consensus beliefs the upstream target, democracy
becomes the downstream casualty. When manipulated beliefs displace facts, the
rule of law degenerates into a faith-based parody of self-governance. To
protect the informed consent essential to freedom requires that those waging
war on the public�s shared mindset become transparent so that those complicit
can be made apparent.
How old is this form or warfare? Answer: How long has
behavior been manipulated with beliefs? How long has faith been deployed to
displace facts? The form of warfare is ancient; only the means are modern.
Upstream warfare and strategic deceit are only
�unconventional� for the target. For Jewish extremists, such duplicity is
This analysis describes how
warfare is waged in plain sight in the Information Age. Without the complicity
of mainstream media, this deceit could not have succeeded on such a scale.
In the Information Age, duplicity is how treason can be taken to scale -- in plain view and, to date,
with legal impunity -- both in the U.S. and in the coalition member nations
whose citizens were also targeted by those chronicled in this account.
The common source of this deceit remains little known either
to the American public or the people in those nations the U.S. led to war. Here
in the U.S., the tattered remnants of our system of informed consent are held
hostage by this media-induced duplicity -- and by legislators more inclined to
protect their personal interests than the national interest.
There lies the strategic role for online media free of
conspiracy theories that obscure the analytical clarity required to wage this
battle with confidence. What�s described here is warfare being waged on
knowledge by an enemy within. Liberty faces no greater danger than those
targeting its foundation of informed consent.
What has been made of
the U.S. due to our �special relationship� with this extremist enclave is
not the form of governance to which our civilian and military leaders swore
their allegiance. With our civilian leadership compromised by the Israel lobby,
to whom do U.S. military leaders owe their allegiance -- to this latest in a
series of corrupted presidencies or to the people whose freedom they took an
oath to protect from all enemies,
both foreign and domestic?
Despite appearances, it is not America that is at war in the
Middle East but Americans loyal to this nation who were sent to war by a
foreign government imbedded inside what remains of �our� government.
With trans-generational premeditation, Ashkenazim elites and
extremists lured the U.S. into an entangled alliance in order to manipulate
Americans to wage their expansionist
wars and to secure their �realm.�
Only as the common source of this treason became transparent could those complicit
now be held accountable.
For Americans to restore the fact-based rule of law requires
sustained pressure from abroad. Our true allies will hold us accountable for
what we allowed these extremists to do in our name. As the how of this treason becomes transparent, we Americans will see as
our true enemies those who enabled this duplicity -- to our long-term
detriment. The best way to befriend us is to hold us true to the values we
Gates is author of �Guilt By Association, Democracy at Risk� and �The Ownership
Solution.� See www.criminalstate.com.
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