A suicide bomber hit the Manchester (England) Ariana Grande concert overnight – and event that has claimed at least 22 lives with five dozen more injured.
UK prime minister Theresa May calls it another act of callous terrorist act, which obviously, it is.
As ISIS claims responsibility for the latest heinous affront to civilization, there’s a potential lesson to be learned about denial, obfuscation, media lies, and spin to be learned from how recent news events have strung together from the weekend forward…
Let’s start with the string of headlines sampled before the attack in Manchester and see if you can figure out what I’m talking about:
Daily Beast: “P.C. Trump Abandons ‘Radical Islamic Terror’.”
L.A. Times (OpEd): “Radical Islamic Terrorism: The dogma that didn’t bark in Trump’s speech.”
Washington Post: “Radical Islamic terrorism,’ Trump said over and over. But not in Saudi Arabia.”
You see, somewhere in all this is a thread of something interesting. Maybe even downright disturbing. Almost like a psychological operation on the public is taking place.
We heard, for example, as long ago as Saturday and long before the Manchester attack: “McMaster: Trump might not use the phrase ‘radical Islamic terror’ in Saudi address.”
To be sure, lots of people are dead. But there remains an odd – coincidentalism (if that’s a word we can use) – that appears in the data: Trump backs off the use of R.I.T. and as soon as it happens, the R.I.T’s are killing people en masse.
It gives a dash of support to the notion that Radical Islamic Terrorism is a manipulation tool of unseen factions that don’t wish to show their hand directly.
As I said: The body count is real enough, but the media fore-spin on Trump’s language change obviously didn’t work out since radical terrorism is back with a vengeance.
It all reminds this old reporter of how the Viet Cong almost magically disappeared at the conclusion of the Vietnam War. Too young to remember?
History teaches us the VC, as they were called, were mainly a North Vietnamese-invented and backed insurgency:
North Vietnam established the National Liberation Front on December 20, 1960, to foment insurgency in the South. Many of the Vi?t C?ng’s core members were volunteer “regroupees”, southern Viet Minh who had resettled in the North after the Geneva Accord (1954). Hanoi gave the regroupees military training and sent them back to the South along the Ho Chi Minh trail in the early 1960s. The NLF called for southern Vietnamese to “overthrow the camouflaged colonial regime of the American imperialists” and to make “efforts toward the peaceful unification”.
Given the superficial media’s complicity during the Vietnam War, which involved going along with the NVA-orchestrated charade that the Viet Cong were spontaneously arising South Vietnam nationalists and patriots, we might want to be asking similar questions today. The one the (then liberal press) of the earlier period couldn’t seem to ask, or if told, didn’t want to believe or report, for example.
Yet, it’s all there: Proof that an apparent ultranationalist group could, indeed, be the “action arm” of a state actor.
We know back then it was the Hanoi government of North Vietnam. So my question – to which there is a point today – is to ask “Which state (or non-state) actor(s) could today be both feeding media and at the same time encouraging senseless violence like Manchester?”
I can assure you, you won’t like the answer. Especially if the answer follows in the ruts of the Thirty-Six Stratagems, perhaps back up a Silk Road, east from Xi’an and to a country that will have a huge long-term requirement for Middle East resources (oil, especially( and thus, has an immense long-term strategic interest in manipulating the battle space early-on through minions as it has done before.
War run stealthy and slow is still war, nevertheless.
Thus, the proximity of events might lead to informed speculation that if the West is drawn into more direct conflict with Islam along the continuous front around the entire Mediterranean, from thence into Europe and indeed to unvetted resettlers in the U.S. a certain country with a penchant for Island building will, as we say in chess, be in much better position to dominate the board.
We can’t say this is the case, of course. But the data bubble on the front end and the attack on the back-end has us open to new ways of seeing the battlespace.
Updating the Long Wave Outlook
Assuming the market advance chills toward the end of this week,, which would be reasonable given next week is only four workdays due to the Memorial Day holiday, we presently expect the long rally of the market from March of 2009 to end in mid to late August at a significant new high.
Once we are there, the only question on the table will be the speed and depth of the ensuing decline.
A good bet is that in the September/October period, the US will light off an attack on North Korea. As our military affairs expert warhammer suggests, the US is revealing some of it’s new tools in the arsenal well in advance:
“Over the weekend, the media overfed consumers with news of President Trump signing a massive arms deal with Saudi Arabia. Key strategic and diplomatic reasons for doing so were left out of the headlines – chief among them are:
– Announcing to the ever-nuclear ambitious Iran that there’s a new POTUS in town, and he’s not willing to let Iran have the run of the roost in the Middle East
– Positioning Saudi Arabia, along with Israel, as viable deterrents to expanded Iranian influence in the region
– Providing the Saudi’s with enough modern conventional firepower that they do not pursue developing or buying their own nuclear arsenal
– Soothing fears in Israel that the Saudi’s might wish to attempt developing or acquiring their own nukes
– Allow the Saudis to keep the chaos from spreading across Yemen from filtering into their kingdom
I found it interesting that the Air Force announced a ‘baby MOAB’ prototype, something not usually touted in the open media.
By ‘outing’ this weapon, it opens the door for exporting it to certain trusted allies.”
And again, as in our first note of this morning, we see how at the tactical level there may be little functional difference between ultra religionists versus ultra nationalists. Different times, different battlespaces require different partisans, mainly.
As battlespaces stand to heat up in the September/October timeframe, it will leave us short-side players with lots of opportunities. So risk, reward, and force majeure is on tap for our Peoplenomics.com subscribers tomorrow.
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Enough of the deep thinking. Let’s go superficial like the SMS media:
Trump’s first budget has trillions in cuts . Wait…now the liberals are going to whine about being thrifty? OMG…what planet is this, again?
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