… hing, hang, hog…
Hang hog is Latin for bacon, I warrant you.
(Merry Wives of Windsor, act 4, sc.1)
To the articulate speculations of many analysts on the failed coup in Turkey I will not add the vanity of my conjectures – for, clearly, everything and its opposite seem equally possible. I cannot guess the past, nor sound the bottom of the aftertimes (1) – hence just a few serendipitous observations.
Literarily speaking, and considering his massacres, Erdogan could be compared to Macbeth. However, Erdogan lacks Macbeth’s tragic persona, blinded and thrust forward by destiny and ambition – after having completely misunderstood the witches’ predictions.
Furthermore, there is something noble in Macbeth – and in moments of lucidity he even feels the pangs of conscience.
“Is this a dagger which I see before me,
… or art thou but
A dagger of the mind, a false creation
Proceeding from the heat-oppressed brain?” (2)
Even without allowing for the influence of Lady Macbeth, ambitious schemer from behind the curtains, who suggests,
“…look like the innocent flower,
But be the serpent under’t.” (3)
With Erdogan we know nothing of the influence of his wife (or wives?). And while endeavoring to add new strands to the fabric of his ambition, Erdogan remains a kind of Falstaff, somewhat thinner, but deprived of any ability to laugh at himself, at least at times.
“I do begin to perceive that I am made an ass” (4)
Erdogan looks like an ornery corner-store owner, angry because there isn’t enough ice in the refrigerator.
As an aside, that ‘g’ in Erdogan is neither a vowel nor a consonant; it’s a conso-vowel – a true piece of Levantine lexicography. Those in the know have mastered the correct pronunciation, but I side with the German songwriter, who ended up in court for his sacrilegious lyrics. Where the refrain in his sinful song ends with “Erdoui, Erdouo, Erdouan.” Here is the original https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL6e-X0PEeMneLR7xWaQ5PNOSzfUsBd9NZ
To return to the coup, out of these global sagas with multiple threads, often spring out characters, previously unknown to the world at large. In the instance, the “fetid mullah with the goulash,” which is my mnemonic trick to remember the very Turkish name of Fehtullah Gulen, with the umlaut on the ‘u’ of Gulen – the Turkish, not the more familiar German umlaut.
But how could anyone follow the million strands that pop in and out from the wool-ball-like-world of global politics? Beyond a certain limit we can’t and, even if we could, “memory, the warder of the brain, shall be a fume.” (5)
In the instance, Fehtullah, by just looking at him, is the embodiment of the quintessential godfather who makes you offers that you cannot refuse. In real life, he is a proven metaphorical milker of US cows – characters often found in the great morass of wild privatizations, undertaken in the exceptional nation. Here the udders are the ‘charter schools’, a proven venue to suck taxes from the taxpayers, in the name of (never proven and actually disproven) efficiency in pedagogy. The millionaires who caught the gale of fortune, thanks to the charter-school racket, make a pretty hefty number.
Apparently, Fehtullah has imported scores of Turkish instructors to teach English to Americans in his charter schools, thanks to the farcical H1B visa scheme (foreigners can be imported when no Americans can be found, able to do the same job).
But all makes sense, when considering the strong ties between the fetid mullah and the Clinton Foundation. Which, as demonstrated in the blog “The Clintons’ War on Women” should be more accurately renamed “The Oral and Anal Sex Foundation.” http://wp.me/p2e0kb-1Xk
Analysts agree that the fetid mullah is a CIA ‘asset’ – an interesting euphemism, suggesting a menacing innocence under a veneer of verbal neutrality. What kind of asset? an informer, schemer, killer, plotter, non-expendable terrorist or expendable patsy?
But the impressions of some find their opposites in others, who see in Fehtullah a harmless old man descended into the vale of years. (6)
Just a little research, however, yields a different picture. Apparently, Fehtullah is a galvanizing figure in the world of Turkish expatriates. Furthermore, maybe like Erdogan, Fehtullah dreams (or plans) a new Ottoman Empire carved out from the lands of neighboring nations and stretching from Instanbul to the remote Turkish province of Uyghur in Northwest China.
Fehtullah’s plan to gain power in Turkey, reads like a chapter extracted from the Pentagon’s manual on Fourth Generation Warfare. Here is an extract from a speech broadcast on Turkish television before Fehtullah fled to the US as a refugee.
You must move in the arteries of the system without anyone noticing your existence until you reach all the power centers … until the conditions are ripe, they [the followers] must continue like this. If they do something prematurely, the world will crush our heads, and Muslims will suffer everywhere, like in the tragedies in Algeria, like in 1982 [in] Syria … like in the yearly disasters and tragedies in Egypt. The time is not yet right. You must wait for the time when you are complete and conditions are ripe, until we can shoulder the entire world and carry it … You must wait until such time as you have gotten all the state power, until you have brought to your side all the power of the constitutional institutions in Turkey … Until that time, any step taken would be too early—like breaking an egg without waiting the full forty days for it to hatch. It would be like killing the chick inside. The work to be done is [in] confronting the world. Now, I have expressed my feelings and thoughts to you all—in confidence … trusting your loyalty and secrecy. I know that when you leave here—[just] as you discard your empty juice boxes, you must discard the thoughts and the feelings that I expressed here. – Fethullah Gülen Sermon broadcast on Turkish television
Back to the coup. The lightning-speed purge of thousands in Turkey, begun even before the last soldier was captured, suggests that the proscription list had been ready for a while, waiting for implementation. Leading to the concurrent nazification of the Turkish people, inflamed by religious fanaticism, helpless victim of carnage, or witness of carnage inflicted on neighbors.
Meanwhile the EU chancelleries bleat recommendations of caution and moderation, as the Turkish Falstaff giggles and (possibly) asks, “How about two or three more millions of undocumented migrants?” “Should I close your bases and become a Russian ally?” “Do you want me to stop from plotting to have Assad assassinated like Gheddafi or Saddam?” “And I warn you CIA & Associates. If you come after me I have hard evidence of so many skeletons in your cupboard, that if you move a finger against me I will tell the whole world.”
Still, these considerations do not answer the question as to which theory, about the sequence of recent horrible events, is correct. A massacre in Nice, a coup d’etat in Turkey with hundreds of victims, hundreds of civilian victims in Aleppo, thanks to bombing conducted by the US and France. The very France, victim in the same week of an attack, which, whether genuine or otherwise, traces its origins to France’s military aggression in North Africa and the Middle East.
In the circumstances, while seeking for truth, or at least plausibility, I adhere to two principles,
1) It comes directly from Oscar Wilde, “Believe anything, provided it is quite incredible”
2) It applies to America and its colonies, “Do not believe anything until it’s denied.”
Let’s apply a quick test.
Erdogan accuses the US of knowing about the coup, staged by the fetid mullah. The US denies it. (see principle 2).
A proscription list containing over 6000+ names of Turkish teachers, academics, judges, journalists, generals, colonels and others is ready within literally hours after the completion of the unsuccessful coup. That is incredible (see principle 1).
The US deny having any hand in the Turkish coup. (principle 2)
As for the massacre in Nice. Here is a drunkard, erotomaniac, bisexual, with a police record of violence, a thief who did not observed the Ramadan, ignored the Koran, did not attend mosques and ate pork. A perfect picture of the mentally unstable, manipulable, easily prey to illusions. And yet, as Italian journalist Fulvio Grimaldi points out, he is “radicalized” in the short space from one night to the next morning, before the rooster crows three times. Also, he did not shave for a week, prior to the massacre – no doubt, a flawless characterization of a polished and sophisticated planner of massacres. Who says so? French Security.
Applicable principles? Both one and two.
Talking of terrorism, it has evolved. I refer to a theme by the same Italian journalist. In his analysis, the classification begins with the terroristus rooseveltianus, driven to terrorism by provocation, believing to react to an imminent attack, as the Japanese at Pearl Harbor.
Next is the virtual terroristus johnsonianus, existing only in the Pentagon’s report about heavily armed North Vietnamese fishing boats attacking the US Navy in the golf of Tonkin.
I added the terroristus esperimentalis, embodied by Harvey Oswald, used as a test case to measure the acceptance at large of the fictional story (that he was the isolated killer of President Kennedy).
We then have the terroristus bushensis, disguised as a Saudi plane hijacker, a subway bomber, or a marathon watcher. Whose cover, however, is paper thin, and liable to be unmasked with consequences that would be catastrophic, without the iron-clad protection by the doctors of the image and by the industry of deceit, embodied in the domestic mainstream media.
Talking of which, given the noise raised by Turkish coups and French massacres, the corporate media did an excellent job of downplaying the latest revelations about the (until now officially secret) missing pages of the 9/11 official report. Whose conclusions, however, are that the Saudis did it. (apply principle #1).
Who writes here knows Saudi Arabia in person. Clearly, brilliance and intelligence can be found everywhere, but in Saudi Arabia even toothbrushes and toothpaste come from abroad. Assuming the Saudis capable of organizing 9/11 equates to having the King of Saudi Arabia discover the principles and the mathematics of quantum physics.
Even so, the matter did not go down well with Saudi Arabia. The Saudi Newspaper Al Hayat, reputed to reflect the views of the Saudi Monarchy, recently published an article from which I extract the following,
“September 11 is one of winning cards in the American archives, because all the wise people in the world who are experts on American policy and who analyze the images and the videos [of 9/11] agree unanimously that what happened in the [Twin] Towers was a purely American action, planned and carried out within the U.S. Proof of this is the sequence of continuous explosions that dramatically ripped through both buildings… Expert structural engineers demolished them with explosives, while the planes crashing [into them] only gave the green light for the detonation – they were not the reason for the collapse. But the U.S. still spreads blame in all directions. [This policy] can be dubbed ‘victory by means of archives.’
On September 11, the U.S. attained several victories at the same time, that [even] the hawks [who were at that time] in the White House could not have imagined. Some of them can be enumerated as follows:
1. The U.S. created, in public opinion, an obscure enemy – terrorism – which became what American presidents blamed for all their mistakes, and also became the sole motivation for any dirty operation that American politicians and military figures desire to carry out in any country. [The] terrorism [label] was applied to Muslims, and specifically to Saudi Arabia.
2. Utilizing this incident [9/11], the U.S. launched a new age of global armament. Everyone wanted to acquire all kinds of weapons to defend themselves and at the same time battle the obscure enemy, terrorism – [even though] up to this very moment we do not know the essence of this terrorism of which the U.S. speaks, except [to say that] that it is Islamic…
3. The U.S. made the American people choose from two bad options: either live peacefully [but] remain exposed to the danger of death [by terrorism] at any moment, or starve in safety, because [the country’s budget will be spent on sending] the Marines even as far as Mars to defend you.
Lo and behold, today, we see these archives revealed before us….we see a bill in Congress accusing Saudi Arabia of being behind it [sic]. This is after the previous Iraqi regime was accused of being behind it. Al-Qaeda and the Taliban were also blamed for it, and we do not know who [will be blamed] tomorrow! But [whoever it is], we will not be surprised at all, since this is the essence of how the Americans, that are civilized and respect freedoms and democracy, operate.
The nature of the U.S. is that it cannot exist without an enemy… [For example,] after a period during which it did not fight anyone [i.e. following World War II], the U.S. created a new kind of war – the Cold War… Then, when the Soviet era ended, after we Muslims helped the religions and fought Communism on their [the Americans’] behalf, they began to see Muslims as their new enemy! The U.S. saw a need for creating a new enemy – and planned, organized, and carried this out [i.e. blamed Muslims for terrorism]. This will never end until it [the U.S.] accomplishes the goals it has set for itself.”
Interestingly, the article prefers to point the finger at the USA, rather than Israel, acknowledged by many as the mastermind and producer of the event. Which is possibly a sign of the equivalence in thought and action between the Saudi elite and Israel – or that the Saudis are more afraid of Israel than of the US – a credible hypothesis, pregnant with meaning.
In this context, and apart from the puzzling Turkish coup, Erdogan reconciles with Israel, which, however, was already a practical ally in the effective protection of ISIS. ISIS being the ideal Orwellian friend-enemy of the US of A, target and source of enormous profits for the military-industrial-lobbying cabal – its members sunk into the bottomless gulf of insatiability.
The last specimen in the Darwinian evolution of terrorists is the terroristus Hollandiensis, the sacrificial calf, recruited among the disenfranchised, rejected, unstable and manipulable, living in the urban social underground and sent on stage to enact a play directed from behind the scenes. He may live next door and causes his neighbors to be distilled almost to jelly into the act of fear (7) – thus justifying all the chains wrapped around them to ensure their security.
In the US, the NSA (National Security Administration), considering the billions invested, has proven a disappointment, not to say a failure. But that is easily remedied through lexical tactics practiced in the comments by operators of the engines of propaganda – simply using the term “mass murder” rather than “terror”. Forgetting that terror, by any other name, remains diabolical and makes a mockery of the reasons for which the well-protected coprocracy (***) ensnares the ever more helpless and irrelevant citizens, for the latter’s own protection.
Through all this there is a kind of autism in the opinion of the people in the West, which prevents them from understanding what really moves beyond appearances, and therefore from controlling what their own coprocracy is plotting behind their back. Consequently they cannot discern whether the interests brought forth by the rulers are those the citizen takes for granted, or if citizens are considered but intimidatable and expendable pawns, a’ la 9/11.
In the end it is this kind of attitude that feeds a state of fear and impending doom – thus furthering the myth of a war of civilizations. With which Western leaders deprive their own citizens of the civilization that they conquered.
*** For a reading on ‘coprocracy’ refer to the blog, “Spectacle, Ornaments and Marionettes” http://wp.me/p2e0kb-1VA
** 1. King Henry IV, part 2
** 2.3.5. Macbeth
** 4. Merry Wives of Windsor
** 6. Othello
** 7. Hamlet
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