NEO – Teetering on the Edge of Nuclear War


by Gordon Duff, VT Sr. Editor   … with New Eastern Outlook, Moscow

Gordon is no stranger to knowing what it is like being inside a crazy war

[ Editor’s Note: A lot has happened since Gordon sent this to New Eastern Outlook magazine two days ago. Around 70,000 Ghouta civilians have come out through the escape corridors, and none are condemning the SAA or Assad for bombing and killing them for five years.

They blame the US-backed terrorists – imagine that. I can’t wait to see how the Trump spokespersons are going to spin this Monday morning. That could be a standup comedy event.

There is a big sigh of relief in Damascus today. One of the big jihadi groups in Ghouta is suing for peace. This means the Syrian army may not be tied down for months of street fighting in Ghouta.

That said, even if Ghouta is cleared, the Palestinian camp in Yarmouk is waiting for the SAA next, another one of those underground bastions and a tough nut to crack. But Damascus must be cleared of mortar and rocket fire to assume its roll of leading the peace process, and to eventually redeploy the army to Idilb.

The YPG left its ammo dumps behind – not a good sign. Or, maybe no one wanted to drive an ammo truck?

After that, Syria will be dealing with the Kurds who, with the Turks chewing on their tails, might be more open to reconciliation with Damascus. The US and Turkey’s presence will be wildcards in all this.

Anything can still happen. Monday will show how Trumpland will respond, at least for that day’s news cycle. Trump is ranting on about the Mueller investigation, looking like the Israelis with their spies have already passed along some bad predictions for the Donald.

Trump is making himself look like he is guilty, but of what we can’t be sure. It could end up not to be Russian collusion, but something entirely different. And it might even involve his family. It is apparent that Trump is looking more and more worried… Jim W. Dean ]

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The Israelis have been war-gaming for a bigger war in Syria with Russia

– First published … March 18, 2018

This isn’t the first time. As this is written, the US, according to the Russian Ministry of Defense, is bringing carrier battle groups into both the Red Sea and Mediterranean to attack both Syrian and Russian Forces inside Syria.

According to a March 16, 2018 article in Israel’s , Israel is preparing for Russia as well and expecting mass casualties.

Russia has warned the US and Israel that it will retaliate on any platform that launches attacks on Syrian Arab Army or Damascus government defense centers which are all shared with Russian personnel.

This simply means that American ships are subject to obliteration and Russia is more than capable of doing so. Why have we come to this point. From Israel’s Haaretz, dated March 16, 2018:

“The army conducted an exercise this week which simulated a multi-front war in which Russia intervened to prevent Israel from attacking Syria.

‘Throughout the exercise, we examined various implications of the Russian presence’ in Syria, a senior Israel Defense Forces officer said.

“We practiced everything that could be coordinated with the Russians and also what couldn’t be, how we would operate without harming their interests in the region, and on the flip side, scenarios in which the Russians made trouble’ for instance, by sending a message that Israel was undermining their regional interests”.

To understand, we can go to news stories from March16, 2018 and statements made by the Russian government. From Sputnik News:

“Jabhat al-Nusra militants along with the White Helmets are preparing a staged chemical attack in the Alghabit and Kalbb Lusa communities situated 25 km (15 miles) to the North-West of Idlib. There are 20 chlorine containers in their possession,” said the Russian General Staff.

The American and British press refused to carry this statement or any of the others though the general public has every right to know their lives are being played with.

Many of us who work in journalism or the intelligence and security sectors say it is “about time” that someone called out the White Helmets and their role in killing civilians on behalf of Western intelligence agencies. Then these statements came from Russia Today, same date:

We have had gas attacks in Syria, and also know now that the Jihadis were capable of it, but that has been hidden by the US coalition

“Russia’s Defense Ministry says “US instructors” are training militants to stage false flag chemical attacks in south Syria. The incidents are said to be a pretext for airstrikes on Syrian government troops and infrastructure.

‘We have reliable information at our disposal that US instructors have trained a number of militant groups in the vicinity of the town of At-Tanf, to stage provocations involving chemical warfare agents in southern Syria,’ Russian General Staff spokesman General Sergey Rudskoy said at a news briefing on Saturday.

‘Early in March, the saboteur groups were deployed to the southern de-escalation zone to the city of Deraa, where the units of the so-called Free Syrian Army are stationed’

‘They are preparing a series of chemical munitions explosions. This fact will be used to blame the government forces. The components to produce chemical munitions have been already delivered to the southern de-escalation zone under the guise of humanitarian convoys of a number of NGOs.’”

Russia has warned that the US media is part of this ploy, fully complicit and that media assets working with the CIA but mostly under control of the Israel lobby, which seems to be the driving force behind Trump’s foreign policy.

Further complicating the situation and showing the depth of what is clearly a plan to provoke war is the situation with Britain over the alleged killing, and there is no evidence presented of any kind, of a former Russia agent, that British Prime Minister Theresa May blames on Russia.

VT editor, Gene Khrushchev, a former Colonel in the Soviet and Russian military and Russian diplomat had the following to say on this in a May 16 article in VT, in particular tying Ukraine and a desire to fight Russia over Crimea to the situation in Syria:

“The revelation of UK-OUN unsavory liaison was helpfully revealed by British prime-minister during her harangue, when she connected the dots between perpetrators’ joint motives with oh-so-sincere concern about Crimea reunification, which had been, mind you, a deep cover deal in the works before 2014 to sell out the true-blue Russian peninsula – with 90% plus of deep-rooted Russian population – for NATO entrance ticket. Read my lips –no more and will never be at stake again, fat chance, the hell or high water!

If I may to paraphrase Theresa May, I’d say it’s “highly likely” that Mother of all poisonous provocations against Moscow, English style, has been upstaged this time by London in cahoots with Lvov extremists in Kiev:

• Age-old tradition of Perfidious Albion anti-Russian paranoia.

• Decades of clandestine partnership in crime, sealed by Waffen-SS genocide legacy and Cold War subversive collaboration against the USSR.”

Is Mueller going to finger Trump, and maybe even his family?

It is not unreasonable to see the Mueller investigation of alleged Russian interference in the US elections as part and parcel of a broader smear campaign against Russia and that, rather than being an attack on Trump, is actually an oblique attack on Russia by forces willing to push the US and Russia to war on behalf of a yet unnamed “third force.”

Will the East Ghouta offense in Syria lead to war? A major US built chemical weapons facility has already been discovered and filmed but those films are censored in the West and censored from the internet by Google Corporation and Facebook.

Similarly, evidence that the White Helmets and news agencies like Reuters, Fox and CNN fabricate reports of chemical attacks as well are censored.

Now Russia is offering evidence that US backed NGO’s using the pretext of “aid convoys” is smuggling chemical weapons to terrorists. Such evidence has existed since 2012 and has been offered to investigative agencies under UN control repeatedly to no avail.

It is known, however, that former US Secretary of State Kerry personally viewed evidence of US complicity in gas attacks on Syria and stopped a Pentagon attack, this was 2013.

This postulates that within the US there is a divergence of command, where rogue operators, allegedly under Israeli or “other” command, are able to stage provocations, even influence policy, outside of normal procedures.

Col. Jim Hanke as a Special Forces team leader in Vietnam

VT editor, Colonel James Hanke, former Military/Diplomatic liaison to Israel and former chief intelligence officer of the US nuclear command in Europe, has stated repeatedly that that US Army is largely infiltrated with “rogue operators”.

He also says that several top commanders have been “off the reservation” for years. Hanke has cited that the Pentagon has seized policy initiative from both the State Department and Presidency on several occasions.

This leaves us with some broader questions:

  • Is Israel provoking a war between the US and Russia?
  • Is the Kiev cabal working with them?
  • What is their agenda?
  • What roles to Saudi Arabia, India and other nations, such as Britain, nations with compromised governmental operations, play in this threat scenario?

Beyond this, does the public have the right to know what is really going on and that the term “fake news” in itself is a deception. We have been well beyond “fake” for some time and too many, it seems, even those capable of starting wars that can kill us all, no longer know what is real and what is not.

Gordon Duff is a Marine combat veteran of the Vietnam War that has worked on veterans and POW issues for decades and consulted with governments challenged by security issues. He’s a senior editor and chairman of the board of  VT, especially for the online magazine “New Eastern Outlook.”



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  1. MAOB; our children, 18 year olds, believe the TV mindset. They go to war with the best intentions. They fight , wake up, realize their behavior was reprehensible. Many commit suicide, many suffer PTSD. Oh well, how many still vote?

  2. The way I see it, there were two peoples that the British utterly failed to conquer – the Highland Scots and the Gurkhas, so in both cases we decided to sign em up, stick em in redcoats, give them muskets and send them off around the empire as our shock troops. The Jewish bankers of Amsterdam that took over Britain in the 17th century weren’t stupid, they recognised that Britain was uniquely well placed to build a powerbase for them as it was an island, making it easy to defend, it sat astride the northern European trades routes and best of all, the people were warlike and aggressive with a long history of kicking the holy living crap out of the French, Spanish and the rest of the continentals. Even the Romans noted how warlike and fierce the Britons were.

  3. Being of that genetic profile, as evidenced by my red hair and lifelong problem with authority, I can safely say Gordon is very correct – we are extremely apt to fight when we perceive we have been slighted or otherwise abused. This goes back a very long way, the Vikings never conquered us, the Romans never conquered us, the Normans struggled to deal with us, the Anglo-Saxons failed for a millenia until finally they managed to get the upper hand and had a clever idea – let’s put these troublesome chaps in red coats and send them off around the world to build us an empire. It was more the blood and steel of Irish, Scots and northern English – the truly British peoples, that carved out the empire, although the guiding hand was the Anglo-Saxon elite and their Jewish bankers. We did the work, they counted the profits. That divide still exists today as the southeast of England is far wealthier than the rest of the British Isles and there is a strong cultural divide that has weakened to some extent in the 20th century but still exists.

  4. God’s fallen angels in the masquerade of Christian Zionism is far advanced in their unceasing, unrelenting rabid agenda to advance nuclear war and human sacrifice. They have put aside God’s purpose, “Love, Peace, Charity” and have devoted their strength and effort into destroying God’s Kingdom. “Where Are You God’s People?”
    Philip F. Sweet……US Army RA 1954-1957

  5. The re election of Vladimir Putin for a 4th 6 year term has been buried by so many other propaganda media stories. Here are a few quotes from a NY Post article and we know who owns them:

    “Russia has faced fallout over its meddling in the 2016 presidential election in the United States and for using a military-grade nerve gas to poison a former Russian spy on British soil.

    Russia has also been criticized for its annexing of Crimea and its support for President Bashar al-Assad’s murderous regime in Syria.” They also referred to Putin as a former KGB agent and claimed the election was fraudulent due to ballot stuffing and fraud. They could have been describing one of our “elections”. Anyway, whatever one thinks, the fact is Putin has been operating in Syria totally legally while the U.S. has been their without permission. Putin who has indulged the criminals in Israel and the U.S. finally put his foot down the other day when declaring he would not tolerate any attacks on Damascus by these criminals. It may have prevented WWIII at least for the time being. While Putin may not be an angel, neither are Israel and the U.S. angels. Putin and Russia have honorably saved Syria from oblivion. I salute Putin. Shame on the dishonorable international criminals Israel and the U.S. who have violated every rule in the book.

  6. We have observed Putin for years with his almost obscene deferential attitude towards Israel and Netanyahu. This has cost Russia and the world plenty. Perhaps now Putin realizes the horrific consequences of sucking up to Israel, Netanyahu and people like Kissinger.

  7. Not much. They are covered under the chain of command. The outside contractors get cover under “national security, meaning that if you tried them they simple say they would have to tell all they know about everything at the trial. Anyone that is even thought to have that attitude is killed (pruned I think they call it) in advance, in a way that is blamed on bad guys so their families are honored, get their benefits, etc. The huge amount of outsourcing is the huge problem, and yet you never see a story about it, or a Congressional concern. The higher ups seem to view them as their secret gladiators that they get to play God with.

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