THE THIRTEENTH HOUR
MONOLOGUE WRITTEN BY CLYDE LEWIS
President Donald Trump announced tonight that he ordered the U.S. military to conduct precision missile strikes in conjunction with French and British allies against the Syrian government.
The order marked a dramatic reversal for Trump, who, as recently as last week, had been saying that he wanted the U.S. to withdraw its forces from Syria.
During his speech, Trump noted that the strike was underway and did not give further details of the targets or the military assets used.
Trump used the address to also directly call out Russia and Iran, which back the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad.
Reuters and the Associated Press reported that several explosions have already occurred in the Syrian capital of Damascus. Reuters, citing a witness, added that a scientific research facility was hit.
For the last six days, Trump has sharpened his rhetoric against Syria and its most powerful ally Russia and issued a threat via Twitter of a potential U.S. strike against the war-torn country.
The tweet came on the heels of an alleged chemical weapons attack believed to be carried out by forces aligned with the Assad regime in Douma, a town that was held by Syrian rebels.
The Assad regime has denied responsibility for the April 7 attack and has since repositioned a significant amount of air assets to Russian-controlled airfields in hopes that Washington would be reluctant to strike there.
A source, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, told CNBC that a Russian Navy ship was stalking the U.S. Navy guided-missile destroyer, the USS Donald Cook, which is the closest U.S. Navy vessel in the region.
There is an old saying that comes from Shakespeare that basically states that even the most docile of creatures when bothered will move or react. That saying is the worm has turned.
It mostly describes a reversal of attitude, or change of heart or quite possibly a change so drastic that we no longer recognize what we first knew.
Tonight is the night where we know that the world is about to get very difficult – and maybe it may get more terrifying.
President Barack Obama once announced he would bomb the Syrian government, only to change his mind at the last minute.
Here we are a few years later and we are bombing Syria weeks after the president made his speech to the American people once again changing his mind and telling us that an even greater monster exists in the region that has to be annihilated.
Deep State events are making our government leaders look like commanders of chaos and the fragmented political parties are becoming more fragmented.
You see when war is about to go down, words are very important and at times it is not what is said – it is what isn’t said and much of what is said by our leaders and war hawks are hidden in idiotic idioms.
One of those idioms is pre-emptive strike.
There is another thing that eerily happens the minute where the war words are thrown out into the ether – people start to change alchemically. It is like the mad wizard declares war and the apt pupils become adepts and somehow convince themselves that they have willed and executed the declaration of war themselves.
Then with the exception of a few pacifists, they proceed to allow themselves to be programmed and later coerced into believing dangerous and deranged ideas. It always changes the environment and what affects our lives. The country becomes a factory of sorts — a well oiled war machine. Each person who falls for the war declaration feels that they have an obligation to declare that destruction is a requirement for their freedom.
The average citizen throws off his contempt and indifference to government, and identifies himself with its objectives. The military then becomes the arbitrator of the state and there is a dominant and coerced form of patriotism. It is patriotism that is first written in a country song, written on a bumper sticker or emblazoned on a billboard.
Then comes the guilt and the fear that promotes the movement towards nationalism and over the top jingoism. This produces immediately that intense and hopeless confusion between the relations which the individual bears and should bear toward the society of which he is a part of.
The idioms of war remind the people that their real religion is the Religion of State. Their other religions place a distant second and later they are combined where the war and bloodletting is favored by a God in which we put our trust.
The whole country transforms and people start having some psychotic patriotic break.
However I am not so sure that all of the well known reactions are happening tonight – at least not all of them – I am sure there are some of us that are worried that our President has been compromised by the Deep State. Many of us are also worried that this strike will most certainly trigger a harsh response from Russia.
War presidents tend to be remembered better than presidents who had the misfortune to reign during peacetime, sometimes despite their best efforts. It’s understandable that a president who “led the nation into war” would stand out in the memory more than one who did not, but it’s no less a matter of concern to those who actually hate war and love peace rather than just say it.
The dangerous, ignorant, narcissistic, erratic, blowhard of yesterday becomes a beloved madman, not just any madman – but our madman.
This is a turning point – it is a whole new ball game the work has turned.
With chaos in our own government and chaos in the world, a World War would leave us vulnerable to worldwide action.
This could be what Orwell called the continuous war that would be sponsored by the globalist socialist power.
It has been well-known and documented for decades that the push for globalism is a deliberate and focused effort on the part of a select “elite;” international financiers, central bankers, political leaders and the numerous members of exclusive think tanks. They often openly admit their goals for total globalization in their own publications, perhaps believing that the uneducated people would never read them or that no one would expose their secret controlled demolition of sovereign nations.
They believe they are “chosen” either by fate, destiny or genetics to rule as philosopher kings over the rest of us. They believe they are the wisest and most capable that humanity has to offer, and that through evolutionary means, they can create chaos and order out of thin air and mold society at will.
The people behind the effort to enforce globalism are tied together by a particular ideology, perhaps even a cult-like religion that will go to any length to destabilize governments in order to show their flaws. The next phase would then be to erase borders homogenize differences and create a world bank and a world governing body.
This process of destabilizing economies and societies is not directed by the heads of the various central banks. Instead, it is directed by even more central global institutions, like the International Monetary Fund and the Bank for International Settlements.
We also find through the words of globalists that the campaign for a “New World Order” is not meant to be voluntary. We can’t have an empire and a republic at the same time. It is one or the other.
War is now the Health of the State.
As our liberties are chipped away at and destroyed, one by one, constant warfare acts like a corrosive, eating away at the vision of the Founders until there is nothing left.
We, Americans, truly are a strange lot. Our government in Washington – ostensibly representative of “We the People” – speaks of peace, but wages endless war, prattles on about “freedom,” but backs absolute monarchs and authoritarian strongmen the world over. A bipartisan array of politicians warns of the evils of radical Islamic (though Islamist is more accurate) terrorism; and yet, truthfully, the US once supported and/or funded those same extremists not too long ago. In some cases, and certain circumstances, it backs them still; until, that is, all those guns are turned on the US military, or those fighters threaten Washington’s (ever shifting) “interests.”
Perhaps, one imagines, there are lessons here: be careful who you arm; be careful where you meddle; today’s “friends” are, all too often, tomorrow’s enemies; and, in the turbulent Middle East, sometimes less is more.
But not today—not by a long shot.
Washington would do well to remember that before its next move – an even bigger move is being planned against them—against us – you and me.
Russia, it seems, is once again center stage in the Middle East. Congressmen and Senators – usually neocons or hawkish liberal interventionists – warnthat Russia is “running wild,” or will “win” Syria. In fact, they argue, the US military must stay put in Syria, Iraq, and elsewhere, indefinitely one presumes, to block potential Russian gains. US troops must also back assorted proxies, even some nefarious characters, in order to deter Russian efforts in the region.
The whole presumption, of course, is flawed and simplistic. We are led to believe geopolitics is a simple zero-sum game, whereby any “gain” for Russia (or Iran) is somehow a “loss” for the United States. Much evil, and plenty of mistakes, stem from such warped assumptions.
The thing is, the historian in me has seen this movie before, and knows it ends badly.