Posts Tagged ‘Grozny’

42 Failed Predictions from Alex Jones

June 4, 2018

This is another video from AlexJonesClips debunking Alex Jones’ weird conspiracy theories and fearmongering. This piece collects 42 predictions made by Jones and some of his equally paranoid guests, which never actually happened. The vast majority of them come from the three years from 2008 to 2010, but there’s one piece from 1999 where he talks about the carnage in Grozny, Chechnya, and Y2K chaos in his home state of Texas.

As with the video documenting and debunking 26 of Jones’ lies, there are too many of them to individually catalogue each one, but generally they’re variations on a theme. These are that the government is going to devalue the Dollar, either by 90 per cent, 50 per cent, or they’ll just wipe it out completely. 15 countries are also going to have their economies collapse. Barack Obama’s approval rating is plummeting, so he’s going to stage fake terror attacks in the US. There is going to be a nuclear attack staged by the government in one of the major US cities, like New York, Chicago, Denver and so on; Barack Obama is going to invade Russia; World War III is coming. The government is training early teenage kids to act their militarised police. The US government is going to stage a series of small scale biological warfare epidemics, which will be halted with the imposition of martial law in those areas in order to get the population to accept military rule. They are then going to release a germ weapon which will kill 50 per cent of the American population.

At times, the narrator says, Jones comes close to racism. Like when he says that in 15 years time about half of the present American population will have been wiped out and replaced by people from Latin America. Actually, that sounds like real racism to me, and a very literal approach to the Alt Right/ Nazi view that the multicultural elites – which sounds to me very much like code words for ‘the Jews’ – are going to wipe out the traditional White populations of Europe and America and replace them with coloured immigrants. In America, this racist theory says that the replacements will be Hispanics from South America. In Britain and Europe, the Nazis pushing this theory say that the new arrivals will be Blacks, Asians and Muslim Arabs. Oh yes, and one of his guests also predicts that Israel will be nuked, and that’ll form the pretext for Obama to intervene once again in the Middle East.

And then there’s the occultism thrown in. Hillary Clinton has been chosen by the Illuminati to be the next president of the United States. Well, I’m sure Hillary Clinton believed that she was divinely appointed to be the next president, but she was severely disappointed. He also goes on about how the elite are doing everything through ritual magic, and have to stage their attacks on a small scale in front of people in order for the big attacks to be successful. Oh yes, and the fake terror attacks, like he believes 7/7 over here in Britain was, take place on certain dates, which are numerically important to the Illuminati/One World Government Conspiracy responsible for carrying them out.

It’s all rubbish, though when he talks about the carnage in Chechnya, with 100,000 being killed, tanks hit and so on, I’m prepared to give him a bit of a pass. He’s almost certainly exaggerating, but the war there was terrible, and Putin’s forces were responsible for some truly horrific massacres, such as that of the people of Grozny. The invasion was launched under the pretext of combating Islamist terrorism, after some truly horrific Islamist terrorists had entered South Ossetia from Chechnya. However, the real reason to me simply seems to have been to punish the Chechens for having defeated the Russians in the war of independence a few years earlier. Oh yes, and give Putin himself the image of being a great military strongman.

As for the situation in Texas in 1999, Jones goes on about how the petrol stations have run out of fuel, the stores are running out of water and its all due to the Y2K bug. Or something like that. I don’t know if there were supply problems like that in Texas, but if so, they weren’t due to Y2K. Despite truly apocalyptic predictions of computers everywhere freezing up and breaking down, planes falling out of the sky, the global economy going belly up, in actual fact very little happened when the 20th century turned into the 21st.

It’s amazing to think that Jones has been making these completely bogus predictions on the airwaves for nearly ten years or more, and all of them have proven false. But his show goes on, and there are people still calling in to him, listening and believing the complete rubbish he utters. And as the narrator points out, when his predictions don’t come true, he never apologises, never remarks on them.

In fact, Jones isn’t unique in this, nor was he remotely alone in ascribing to Obama all kinds of nefarious schemes to kill off the American people. Secular Talk did a piece about a pair of extreme right-wing Christian pastors, who also ranted about how the country’s first Black president was going to be ‘worse than Mao’ and would set up camps to kill White Christians. Which is another of Jones’ predictions, along with ‘God’ being taken off America’s currency. And Kulinski, Secular Talk’s host, remarked about them that the extreme right-wing nutters, who make these bloodcurdling predictions aren’t bothered when their predictions don’t come true. They simply carry on, making more of them.

But this video does show how accurate Jones is when predicting the dire future he sees coming for America. It’s another excellent debunking of him and his weird conspiracy theories.

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Young Turks’ Item on Pentagon Censoring Internal Reports Showing War Not Working in Iraq & Syria

November 25, 2015

This is another video from The Young Turks, which is as relevant over this side of the Atlantic as it is in America. A group of intelligence analysts at the Pentagon have made a complaint to the Inspector General complaining that their superiors in CentCom – Central Command – are censoring and altering their reports. The analysts’ report make clear that there is no easy military solution in Iraq and Syria, due to the deep political and religious divisions in those nations’ societies. This, however, has been altered and edited out.

Other items, which have also been altered, have been rewritten to disguise what is obviously a military defeat, if not an utter debacle. Remember when the insurgents in Iraq routed the Iraqi army so thoroughly, that the troopers left the uniforms in the street as they fled for their lives? This was altered so that the Iraqi army didn’t retreat. It ‘redeployed’.

Other parts of the report that have also been altered include those on the effect of bombing in Iraq. Air strikes by the allied forces were supposed to weaken the insurgents’ resistance and allow us to take the cities more easily. But we lost them instead, and had to retake them using ground troops. Now we’re being told that a new bombing campaign will somehow allow us to defeat ISIS and the other Islamist butchers again.

This report is now being supported by the Republicans, as it appears to show the duplicity and tactical incompetence of the Obama administration. But the Turks comment on the Repugs’ hypocrisy on this matter. The analysts’ complaints today are very much like those they made a decade ago under George Dubya. They complained then that Dubya had made all these plans to invade Iraq with a small force, but had no idea of how to administer the country or keep the peace afterwards.

The Turks also warn that in a little while, the Republicans will start to go quiet on these reports of military failings and the falsification of intelligence on the orders of their paymasters in the American defence industry. War is good business for them, and they will tell their paid mouthpieces in Congress and the Senate to stop criticising the war and its conduct, and present a more upbeat, optimistic view of the West’s chances of winning.

Here’s the video:

Part of the reason I’m reblogging this, is that it actually bears out what Mike has been saying about Corbyn’s cautious approach to the war and the bombing of Iraq and Syria. Mike has written several article over at Vox Political stating that Corbyn’s entirely correct, and what is most important is to break the cycle of hate.

Of course, this has got right up the noses of the Conservatives and their media shills, who are all crying out that Corbyn is some kind of anti-British quisling traitor, and demanding that we bomb the people of Iraq and Syria back into the stone age. Our country’s own experience during the Second World War should tell us that bombing civilians will not make the Iraqi or Syrian people more inclined to support us, or weaken support for ISIS. Rather, it is likely to do the opposite.

Hitler thought that he would break British resistance during the Blitz, when the Luftwaffe deliberately targeted cities that had no military function or value. The opposite was true: the British people were outraged at the slaughter of civilians by the Nazis, and so became even more determined to resist the jackboot. And I don’t doubt for a second that it was the same in Germany when the RAF hit civilians, rather than military centres. Such attacks might have had far more effect in stiffening German resistance than Nazi propaganda. After all, one of the underground jokes told during the Third Reich was a rather Nerdish one likening Goebbels’ propaganda to a scientific unit: ‘The Goeb is the minimum amount of energy required to turn off 100,000 radio sets.’ So much for Nazi propaganda posters showing wholesome German families dutifully listening in raptures to the Fuehrer’s broadcasts. The opposite was no doubt true. Many of them were probably listening to the other side to the terrible decadent, corrupting music of ‘Negro’ jazz from the American networks.

Bombing also had the opposite effect on British morale during the IRA’s long campaign in Britain. Instead of weakening the British public’s resolve to hold on to Northern Ireland, the killing of unarmed civilians in bomb outrages and assassinations actually strengthened the determination of the British public not only to keep Ulster British, but to crush the IRA. In doing so they also marginalised those on the British Left that were sympathetic to the real plight of Roman Catholics in Ulster. I can remember talking to people in the 1980s, who despised ‘loony left’ Labour because so many of its politicians appeared to support the IRA or Sinn Fein. Part of Maggie’s popularity was that she projected a belligerent image than reassured the British public that she would crush the IRA and related terrorists, while secretly holding peace negotiations with them.

As for Putin and his bombing campaign, my guess is that this will also increase support amongst ordinary Syrians and Iraqis for the Islamists, and further alienate western Muslims. One of the reasons for the prolonged terrorist campaign in the Caucasus was the bitterness left over from Putin’s war in Chechnya. The country had gained its independence from Moscow had successfully fighting off Russian attempts to maintain absolute control over that former province of the Soviet Empire. Resentment at this defeat festered, and when Islamist terrorists led by ‘the Black Arab’, a Saudi, committed atrocities in neighbouring South Ossetia after crossing over the border from Chechnya, Putin seized the opportunity to use it as a pretext for a new invasion. The resulting war saw a series of extremely bloody massacres, such as that of the civilian population of the town of Grozny. There have also been reports of the horrendous torture and human rights violations of Chechen prisoners by Russian troops, including being sodomised with broom handles. One American journalist interviewing a Chechen Islamist leader was told flatly that the Chechens would continue fighting, especially after such extreme humiliation, as they could not live with themselves after being so raped.

The same author also interviewed Russian troopers and generals, some of whom had developed severe alcohol problems because of the pressures and horrors of the war. These included a senior Russian officer, who had done everything he could to make sure his son was posted away from the conflict. When questioned, he stated quite clearly that ‘Nobody wanted the war.’

Our media and the Tories are baying for renewed bombing in Iraq and Syria after the Paris atrocity. They’re right, in that ISIS deserves to be hit, and hit hard. They’re an offence to human, and specifically Islamic civilisation. But there is no easy military solution. So far the West has spent just about the last decade and a half fighting wars in the Middle East, and there seems to be no end in sight. It looks like the bombings the Tories are demanding, and which the French and Putin have already begun, will just prolong it even further.

Corbyn is right. We must break the cycle of hate, if we are to have peace.