Book Review of David Icke’s Book: “The Trigger”


I’ll speak…though hell itself should gape and bid me hold my peace!” — Hamlet.

by Vaughn Klingenberg

Editor’s note: We typically distance ourselves from Icke, having recognized him as ‘controlled opposition’ long ago…

Before I get to my analysis of the book The Trigger by David Icke, I need to address some items right off the bat for those who are not interested in reading more than the initial paragraph of a book review.

First the good news: David Icke was able to get this book published. Now the bad news: the entrenched corruption and incestuous rot at the very top administrative levels of politics, government bureaucracy, intelligence agencies, the FBI, the military, the Media, finance and banking…etc. that he recounts is such that it appears that only a coup can drain the swamp and restore decency, honesty, and integrity to the ruling establishment.

I do not come to this opinion lightly. David Icke masterfully reveals the thorough-going corruption and conspiracies surrounding the events of 9/11, the illegal and immoral wars (e.g., Afghanistan and Iraq) and loss of political rights (e.g., the so-called “Patriot” [sic] Act) that followed in its wake. The inescapable conclusion is that only when the honest and decent lower-level employees, conscripts, agents, and citizens rebel against the largely self-appointed, and evil–yes, truly unimaginably and unabashedly evil–ruling class will redemption be possible.

We need a truly uncorrupted (and incorruptible), populist, reformist President elected–not one pre-vetted and pre-selected for us for ratification by the political establishment and the all-powerful hidden hand of the pernicious crypto-Establishment/Deep State. Failing that, the only other viable (though remote) possible remedy that I can reluctantly see would appear to be a benign military coup by good and upright soldiers and officers who pledge their allegiance, not to the President, but to the U.S. Constitution. In short, we seem to need a military/intelligence revolution and purge by those good souls who have been able to maintain their integrity in the face of rampant evil-doing by their truly criminal “leadership.”

[editor’s note…trust in the military and its bottom feeding culture is beyond ‘unwise’]

If anyone else can offer a viable solution to this conundrum, I am all ears! Unfortunately, the general public is docile and inured into supporting the status quo; they have neither the stomach nor the courage to recognize and address the inevitable and dire straits they are being led into. They are not real men and women but sheeple being led to slaughter, only they do not have the imagination to recognize their sorry condition nor the will to do anything about it. They are sleepwalkers leading themselves and their children to certain enslavement and extermination–and this is not hyperbole!

We are in the midst of a truly momentous undeclared civil war–perhaps the last war to be fought to rescue personal freedom from the ever-encroaching, relentlessly boa constricting, universal and authoritarian police state–and general public is too blind and ignorant to see this. Worse, they believe themselves to be civic-minded, public-spirited, individuals who are doing good by doing what they are told to do by the authorities, namely, for example (in this era of COVID scaremongering), wear a mask, get the “vaccine,” turn in your family members and neighbors who do not comply with the authorities, and, most important of alldo not question any of this–especially publicly–under threat of being treated as a pariah and ostracized, isolated, fined, or jailed. I am not optimistic.

There, I said it. I said what needs to be said, nay, what needs to be shouted from the rooftops. With this off my chest, I can now proceed to the book review, and a very disturbing, very good book it is.

Let us begin by getting my criticisms of The Trigger out of the way, and then we can concentrate on the virtues of his magnificent magnum opus. First of all, we have to address a general criticism of David Icke, especially with respect to his other writings. He is often dismissed as a serious author because of his belief in the existence of reptilian shape-shifters in human form who, in their positions of authority, are malevolently managing and controlling world events. To his credit, he barely makes any reference to reptilians at all in The Trigger.

I have substituted the idea of “cold-blooded narcissistic human sociopaths” in place of reptilians when I have read other books of his that address this topic and in that case there is in fact a ring of truth in this amended epithet that I substitute. As I mentioned Icke very rarely makes mention of reptilians in The Trigger but given the scorn directed at him for this belief of his I feel it necessary to at least mention this criticism.

Second, footnoting. I would have preferred footnoting in the body of the text of The Trigger. Granted, in a 900+ page book it would have been onerous to painstakingly document the numerous quotes and references he makes, and much of what he relates has been documented in books by other 9/11 trailblazing authors that have preceded him, and true he does include a bibliography and index, nevertheless I would have liked to see his citations referenced.

Third, the extent to which ordinary Jews support the Zionist program. Icke believes that the real evil-doers and culprits behind the events leading up to, during, and following 9/11 are a very small subsection of the Jewish Zionist community; he calls this culpable subset “ultra-Zionists” and “death cultists,” the “Hidden Hand”, and “[Jewish] Sabbatian-Frankists”. I believe he grossly minimizes support in the Jewish community for Zionism and the Jewish theology of Sabbatian-Frankists.

As a Jewish friend of mine, Ivy Garlitz, once told me, “The one thing that all Jews agree on is support for the existence of the Jewish state of Israel.”

True, there are some rare Jewish organizations that oppose Zionism, Neturei Karta, comes to mind, but by and large there is overwhelming support for a racially and theologically pure Jewish State of Israel among Jews of all stripes the world over. And let us not forget that some of the purported “anti-Zionist” Jewish groups are in fact Zionist front organizations employed to give the impression to the non-Jewish public of robust criticism and debate over the crimes of the Jewish state within the Jewish community; in other words, these alleged “dissident” [sic] groups are public relations inventions created by pro-Zionist Jewish benefactors.

No, Ultra-Zionists do in fact have the very broad support of regular Jews. (Please also see the book By Way of Deception by Victor Ostrovsky and the Mossad’s employment of Jewish “collaborators” [Hebrew, “sayanim“] to further Zionist goals to get a better sense of the broad and deep support for the Jewish State of Israel by run-of-the-mill international diaspora Jewish foot-soldiers.)

Much more needs to be said on extensive run-of-the-mill Jewish collaboration with the Sabbatian-Frankist crypto-Jewish elite. This point is extremely important if we wish to uncover the depth and culpability of those responsible for the ever-expanding, ever-encroaching, New World Order totalitarian and authoritarian police state, so I will need to spend some time educating those not “up-to-speed”, so to say, on this topic.

Icke claims, mistakenly, that only a tiny fraction of the global Jewish community, namely adherents of Sabbatian-Frankism, are culpable for employing absolute evil for the goal of absolute, universal, and complete totalitarian domination of planet Earth. Icke believes that most regular Jews do not recognize this programme and that they are themselves (i.e., ordinary Jews) victims and being used by the Sabbatian-Frankist ultra-Zionists; he believes that ordinary Jews are being used as pawns by the Dönmeh (i.e., hidden from the public Sabbatian crypto-Jews) to provide them cover by using ordinary Jews as red herring “human shields,” so to speak, to present to the non-Jewish public especially; this is done to deflect attention and criticism away from the breath-takingly wealthy, powerful, and well positioned Sabbatian-Frankist crypto-elite.

Instead, ordinary lower and middle class inoffensive and benign Jews are presented by the controlled Media to the public as the classic architypes of Jewdom. Ordinary Jews are presented as being relentlessly victimized by majoritarian culture, discriminated against, and historically scape-goated, and all those who question this archetype are slandered as being “anti-Semites,” “Holocaust-deniers”, “racists”, “Nazis”, “Hitler-lovers”, “conspiracy theorists”, and so on. Debating anyone who would question this archetype are shunned, ostracized, and not to be debated (because that would give them a platform and legitimacy). No, such revisionists are mentally ill (e.g., in Denial) and need to be vilified.

This strategy serves two purposes: one, it silences would-be free-thinkers from publicly voicing their misgivings about the Jew-as-relentless-innocent-victim archetype, and, two, it sends a message and reinforces to the guileless and cowardly public what the boundaries of Orwellian “Stop-think” are.

Still more needs to be said on this topic. Here it appears that Ecke is not especially familiar the history and traditional practices of Judaism. Obviously, I do not have time or space to cover that topic so I will just highlight a few points. To begin with, what is Sabbatian-Frankism? It is interesting to read the Wikipedia account because it reduces the Sabbatian-Frankism schism in Judaism to a dispute over “amulets” [sic]. It does not at all mention the tenets of Sabbatian-Frankism.

For this, I would refer you to the internet essay, “What’s Behind the Frankist-Sabbatean Movement and its Cult of the Evil?”, Antony Mueller, February 4, 2020 []. Briefly, Sabbatian-Frankists believe in a programme of relentless, iconoclastic, nihilistic, programmatic evil. Religious morality and all ethical belief systems need to be violated and destroyed. By doing evil one can redeem oneself and redeem humankind and “bring deliverance to the world.” [Mind you, I did not say that this makes any sense, but these are the core beliefs.]

Interestingly, promulgating evil is not limited to destroying those outside of Judaism but includes Judaism itself. Even all of the mitzvahs (i.e., commandments) of the Torah are to be violated. The more evil done, the better. Fathers want to have sex with their own daughters (even infant daughters), go right ahead. Want to engage in ritually sacrificing and murdering (especially non-Jewish) children at Passover (the so-called “Blood Libel” traditional accusation against Jews), have at it. Want to foment a war and them profit off of the bloodshed? Do so!

Finally, want to orchestrate 9/11 and be party to the deaths of 3,000 innocents that day (and the deaths of thousands more who will die later of lung poisoning and cancer from the polluted carcinogenic air generated that day)? Fantastic!!! As I mentioned, the greater the evil, the greater the Sabbatian-Frankist mitzvah, or “a good deed done from religious duty”). “Evil, be thou my good,” as Satan says in Paradise Lost.

Now, to tie this all back to ordinary Jewish culpability in facilitating the programme of global domination on behalf of the seemingly all-powerful Sabbatian-Frankist crypto-Jewish elite, while it is true (as Icke argues) that ordinary Jews are victims of Sabbatian-Frankists in the sense that they have been indoctrinated in a worldview that Jews have historically been relentless and universal innocent victims of non-Jewish culture and peoples and that for this reason they need to all stick together in ironclad unity for their own protection (and hence, for example, the constant repetition in the Media and in movies of pitiful and innocent Jewish suffering during the manufactured, and unquestionable, myth of the Holocaust), nevertheless, that does not absolve ordinary Jews of culpability when they either participate in, or acquiesce to, evil done in their name.

Even if it were true (which it is not) that Jews have universally suffered at the hands of non-Jews, that still does not absolve them of guilt when they perpetrate evil on others. One only needs to look at the open air Jewish-run concentration/death camp know of as The Gaza Strip to realize their embrace of evil. No, I would say the majority of Jews, Sabbatian-Frankists or not, are at least aware of the evil-doings of their co-religionists but, true to form, they keep silent.

Finally, to close with a few of the similarities between Sabbatian-Frankist crypto-Judaism and traditional Judaism: both embrace an ideology of victimization; no Jewish religious holiday celebrates the universal family of man; Jews embrace the belief that they are a Master Race, a Chosen People, and that non-Jews are sub-human cattle; Jews embrace the practice of Kol Nidre, or, as Wikipedia (a Sabbatian-Frankist platform) tells us, “[This] formula [or declaration] proactively annuls any personal or religious oaths or prohibitions made upon oneself to God for the next year, so as to preemptively avoid the sin of breaking vows made to God which cannot be or are not upheld.”

In other words, Jews at Yom Kippur–yes, the holiest day of the year in Judaism–when the Kol Nidre declaration is pronounced, swear that any promises they make over the next year can be broken without consequence. It would be hard to find a more pro-Sabbatian-Frankist declaration than this one which is announced in synagogues at Yom Kippur by Jews the world over. Last of all, it needs to be mentioned that, traditionally, Jews do not believe in an afterlife, and this pre-disposes them to the philosophy of nihilism, which in turn pre-disposes them to being death cultists who are fundamentally and solely interested in “success” in this life (and not in the non-existent next). Nihilistic Jewish atheism–yet another similarity between Orthodox Judaism and Sabbatian-Frankism.

Last of all, given that Icke emphasizes that Ultra-Zionists are also Death Cultists, it is surprising to learn that he does not mention the Israeli “Samson Option” in The Trigger. The Israeli Samson Option is the threat that Israel will unleash global nuclear annihilation if the Jewish state is threatened to be invaded, over-run, and conquered. Significantly, the Samson Option does not just target Arab states bordering Israel but also nation capitols in European states friendly to, and allies of, Israel including Rome, Paris, London, and Berlin, to name just a few. To quote the account of The Samson Option from Wikipedia:

Rosenbaum writes in his 2012 book How the End Begins: The Road to a Nuclear World War III that, in his opinion, in the “aftermath of a second Holocaust”, Israel could “bring down the pillars of the world (attack Moscow and European capitals for instance)” as well as the “holy places of Islam.” He writes that “abandonment of proportionality is the essence” of the Samson Option.[dubious – discuss][34]

In 2003, a military historian, Martin van Creveld, thought that the Al-Aqsa Intifada then in progress threatened Israel’s existence.[35] Van Creveld was quoted in David Hirst’s The Gun and the Olive Branch (2003) as saying:

We possess several hundred atomic warheads and rockets and can launch them at targets in all directions, perhaps even at Rome. Most European capitals are targets for our air force. Let me quote General Moshe Dayan: ‘Israel must be like a mad dog, too dangerous to bother.’ I consider it all hopeless at this point. We shall have to try to prevent things from coming to that, if at all possible. Our armed forces, however, are not the thirtieth strongest in the world, but rather the second or third. We have the capability to take the world down with us. And I can assure you that that will happen before Israel goes under.[36]

However, according to Brig. Gen. Yitzhak Yaakov, who was the mastermind behind the “Samson Option”, it was unlikely Israel could have even targeted Europe, as Israel did not yet have other measures like bombs or missiles to carry the nuclear payload.[37]

Of course, Brig. General Yitzhak Yaakov, the original author of the Samson Option doctrine, is being disingenuous. He does not contradict Rosenbaum’s or Van Creveld’s statements that European capitals are already pre-targeted for atomic bombing by the Israeli Air Force nor does he mention Israel’s nuclear submarines (Dolphin class) which carry nuclear missiles. On top of that, who but a fool really believes that Israel does not currently have intercontinental missiles (most likely supplied by the U.S. of course) capable of launching and delivering a nuclear strike?!!! This “mad dog” strategy of Israel is why I prefaced my book review with the quote: “Be afraid. Be very afraid!!!”

On that salubrious and cautionary note, and since knowledge is power (putting our ‘head in the sand’, so to speak, will not result in the problem going away), let us now turn to the many virtues of Icke’s book, The Trigger.

First of all, for the sake of seamless continuity, one virtue of David Icke’s expose is that it reminds me that not all Jews are evil or passively countenance and acquiesce to evil-doing in their community. While a minority, there are good Jews and anti-Zionist rabbinic activists (Neturei Karta comes to mind) who oppose the evil that is being done in their name. They do this in spite of the ridicule, scorn, and accusation of being turn-coats to the broader, pro-Zionist, Jewish community. Kudos to these brave Jewish souls who dare to rebel against suffocating, willfully morally blind, uncritical conformity. As Thoreau once noted, one man more right than the majority is–by himself and alone–a majority of one!

Next, why did David Icke choose to title his book The Trigger, The Lie that Changed the World–Who Really Did It and Why. He answers that question at the end of his preface titled Eyes Wide Shut:

“I am going to show that (a) the official story definitely didn’t happen, and (b) who and what was really behind what did happen. We only have to show that the official story cannot be true to prove the conspiracy and from that everything else will follow.”

Exposing and debunking the official orthodox narrative of 9/11 will trigger a re-evaluation of the events leading up to, and including, what happened on that fateful day and what happened subsequently. To the untrained mind it may all seem chaotic and disconnected, but there is a logic to all this, and Icke provides us with the blueprint to help us see the “connections” that others so desperately don’t want us to see.

Regarding (a), that ground has been well trodden by other 9/11 skeptics before Icke. For example, the impossibility of Towers One, Two, and Seven, all neatly collapsing into their own footprint at free-fall descent as only happens with controlled demolitions. The fact that no steel-girded building has ever, in the history of sky-scrapper or high-rise fires, collapsed to the ground as we saw with the Twin Towers and Building Seven. Significantly, regarding the free-fall collapse of Building Seven, a BBC reporter on live tv announced it had collapsed even though Building Seven could be seen in the background over her shoulder; in fact it did not collapse until about a half an hour later.

Moreover, Building Seven was not hit by any plane; there were only a handful of scattered office fires witnessed inside. Nevertheless, somehow it collapsed at free-fall speed into its own footprint (so as not to damage other, adjacent, buildings). Many in the public do not even know that, besides the two Towers, Building Seven also collapsed that day; but then again why should they? The Official 9/11 Commission Report, over 450 pages long, never mentions the collapse of Building Seven. (As an aside, why would those behind 9/11 want Building Seven “pulled,” the engineering term for a controlled demolition?

Probably because Mayor Rudolph Giuliani’s Office of Emergency Management (OEM) was housed on the 23rd floor of Building Seven and no doubt were it to remain intact people would want to know what information and evidence OEM could provide the public about 9/11, what would its video cameras and computer monitoring show?)

To continue, how is it that the so-called “plane” that hit the Pentagon did not leave as debris a fuselage, wings, or engine turbines on the grassy field where it collided with the building? Did they all somehow miraculously evaporate? And why has the FBI refused to release crash video of the Pentagon, surely one of the most video-monitored buildings in Washington DC? And how fortuitous that the section of the Pentagon that was destroyed was where the Department of Defense accounting office was located that was tasked with locating the missing 2 trillion (yes, trillion) dollars of unaccounted for and missing defense funding that, again fortuitously, Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld announced just the day before?

Lastly, regarding Flight 93 that crashed to the ground near Shanksville, Pennsylvania, this was the last plane destroyed. It was in the air for at least 30 minutes after the third plane that crashed, the one that hit the Pentagon; why were none of the four planes intercepted by Air Force fighters, especially Flight 93?

None of the fighters that were scrambled (and mis-directed) were authorized to travel at supersonic speed to intercept any of the wayward, hi-jacked, flights. Why is that?

And why did President Bush wait over 14 months to authorized an official inquiry into 9/11? (Bush formally created the commission on November 27th, 2002, and when he was called to testify before the committee both he and his Vice President, Dick Cheney, did so in private, off the record, and not under oath!!! Most curious.)

Of course, I am leaving out a lot, but hopefully this will spur you to purchase David Icke’s book and read it for yourself. Now let us turn to (b), who and what was really behind what did happen?

I won’t bore you now with providing a list of the names of the main culprits, manipulators, and beneficiaries behind the orchestrated tragedy of 9/11; instead, I will identify the guiding hand behind the events of that day. First of all, as Icke well shows, the most common denominator of the orchestrators of 9/11 was the marriage of Ultra-Zionists and Sabbatian-Frankist Jews.

The common goal of both is the total and complete tyrannical control over all the peoples of the Earth. 

This goal is advanced through a variety of increasingly accelerating Fabian stratagems. It is being accomplished by dividing societies and nations and pitting groups (Blacks vs Whites, Shi’ites vs Sunnis, Republicans vs Democrats, heterosexuals vs bi- and homo-sexuals, rich vs poor, anti-fascists [Antifa] and Progressives vs conservatives, illegal aliens vs native citizens…etc.) against one and other.

It is also being accomplished by directing the manufactured chaos of internecine warfare listed above towards global governance as the only solution; this is being done via the manufactured international threat of global warming which can only be solved through united global action; it is being done via the manufactured threat of COVID as a global pandemic which also can only be solved through universal global vaccinations; it is being done via so-called “free trade” agreements which do away with protecting middle class blue-collar jobs in developed countries and shipping those jobs to Third World countries with cheaper labor which in turn ship manufactured items back to developed countries for purchase by the ever-shrinking middle class–all of which leads to an economic “race to the bottom” whereas, over time, globalization ultimately results in the impoverishment of all workers, be they in the First or Third Worlds.

It is also being done via fiat currency and debt slavery in which the great mass of citizens are, in effect, indentured servants beholden to private banking syndicates. It is also being done via manufactured wars, be the opponent either a nation state or the bogyman of “international terrorism” [sic], in order to waste surplus capital, capital that could have been used to improve the lot of the common citizens (e.g., as with no-cost national health care or enhanced social security retirement benefits).

This list could go on, but the point is that the prostrate, exhausted, and gullible public is being led to believe that only through a globalist New World Order can peace and prosperity be accomplished for the mass of humankind. Little do they realize that the New World Order will be a global concentration camp in which, to paraphrase a line from Orwell’s 1984, the future can be imagined and pictured as a jackboot smashing a (Gentile) skull…forever–from victory to merciless unstoppable victory!

The wardens of this global concentration camp, Sabbatian-Frankist Ultra-Zionist Jews and their co-conspirators get sexual pleasure in exterminating innocents, in magnified evil, the more they murder the greater their pleasure; hence, Icke also terms them “Death Cultists,” which they most certainly are. Anyone still doubting that 9/11 could have been a conspiracy because no one or no group is that powerful, well positioned, or unashamedly evil?

Well I feel that my editor would want me to bring this to a close. It is only a book review after all and editorial space is limited. I would urge everyone to read this book and decide for yourself if there is merit in what Icke says–and in what he cautions us about regarding the direction the world is heading. After reading this you can no longer claim ignorance. Tag, you’re it!

With that said I would like to close with some fitting lyrics from the Nickelback song, Someday Somehow:

How the hell’d we wind up like this?
And why weren’t we able
To see the signs that we missed?
Try and turn the tables
I wish you’d unclench your fists
And unpack your suitcase
Lately there’s been too much of this
But don’t think it’s too late.

Well, I’d hope that since we’re here anyway
We could end up saying
Things we’ve always needed to say
So we could end up staying
Now the story’s played out like this
Just like a paperback novel
Let’s rewrite an ending that fits
Instead of a Hollywood horror.

Someday, somehow
I’m gonna make it alright but not right now
I know you’re wondering when
(You’re the only one who knows that)


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  1. Dear Mr. Klingenberg-
    Sir. Thank You so much for contributing to VT.
    I wonder if you would mind if I told other Disabled Veterans like myself about a Benefit available to them.
    The Library of Congress has a talking books program that was initially intended for the Blind but is also available to the Visually Impaired and the Disabled.
    Contact your local Library for more information about this wonderful program.
    Thank You,
    Your friend,

  2. very honest review however I could have done without the Nickelback reference even though the lyrics are fitting.Ian G. is certainly no fan of Icke especially pertaining to 5G and Duffs had some interesting quotes on David’s reptilian comments specifically pertaining to current world leaders that may or may not be human. David woke me up a decade ago oh, the only reason I’m aware of veterans today is through Kevin Barrett. First article of yours I have read definitely will be looking for anything you publish in the future!

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