False Flags and Geopolitical Objectives


23 April 2018                                    

“The easiest way to gain control of a population is to carry out acts of terror.  [The public] will clamour for such laws if their personal security is threatened.” (Stalin)

 Stalin’s statement has been taken as a guiding principle by several governments in the past century. The objective is not just to “gain control” of their citizens, although that is certainly a by product, but an examination of history shows that the false flag attack is also designed to serve a wider geopolitical purpose.

Wikipedia defines a false flag as a “covert operation designed to deceive; the deception creates the appearance of a particular party, group or nation being responsible for some activity, disguising the actual source of responsibility.”

This article will examine some of the more notable false flags, but the focus needs to be on the underlying geopolitical objective. In other words, what was the false flag designed to achieve, Beyond Stalin’s adage of being a means to control one’s own population.

It is also necessary to broaden the scope of the definition to include as frequent corollary of a fictitious argument designed to serve the same geopolitical purposes. A third aspect is the blatant coup designed to effect ‘regime change’. Those three aspects are not necessarily discrete, but often shade into one another, with for example, lies about an alleged attack serving as a pretext to influence a change in an opposing government’s policy short of a coup.

As we shall see, Ukraine in 2014 was a blend of several different forms of the regime change paradigm whose actual target was a third country, in that case Russia.

One of the best-known false flag attacks of modern history was the Reichstag fire of 1933. At the Nuremberg war crimes trials in the late 1940s, Herman Goering admitted German government responsibility for the fire. The fire was used to blame the communists, thus demonizing a potential counterforce to Nazi rule. It was also used however, to enable the Nazis to pass a series of laws enabling them to arrest designated groups who were then try and executed after “trials” or held in concentration camps or used as slave labour.

Martin Niemoller wrote about the consequences in his famous poet in which he refers to “they” who came for the communists, then the trade unionists, then the Jews and finally for him, by which time there was no one left to speak for him. It is a salutary reminder of the perils of remaining silent.

Operation Gladio was a post-World War II program that incorporated many of the different elements of the broader false flag. Into what is established in the immediate postwar years is a plan to have “stay behind” resistance fighters in the event of a Soviet invasion of Western, Northern and Southern Europe.

The idea was there is a country was occupied, trained in resistance fighters could carry out acts of sabotage against the occupying forces, much as for example, French partisans had continued to fight German occupying forces 1940-1945.

Whatever the initial plans might have been they rapidly morphed into a program to carry out sabotage and murder that could be blamed on leftist or communist groups. The general public were thereby to be frightened into voting for conservative right wing parties who could be relied upon to follow the US’s geopolitical wishes.

The fear, largely imagined, of a Soviet takeover of the countries not allocated to it by the Yalta agreement, was part of the driving ideology. Hatred of the Soviet Union and its successor states was always uppermost in western political leader’s minds.

Operation Unthinkable was an actual plan devised by Churchill in 1945 that’s planned for an attack upon the Soviet Union immediately after the war had ended. You plan envisaged using recently defeated German troops as part of the spearhead.

Churchill’s hatred of the “Bolsheviks” had a long history. He was instrumental in sending British forces into Russia to fight in the civil war on the anti-Communist what so called “White Russians.”  And Australian warship was used in the Black Sea in 1918 to gather intelligence on behalf of the same operation.

Operation Gladio (that was the Italian version) carried out a series of terrorist attacks, of which the bombing of the Bologna railway station which killed scores of persons, is one of the better know. The bombings were blamed on the Red Brigades and was a powerful propaganda tool against Italy is Communist Party. The actual perpetrators were right wing fascist groups such as Ordine Nuovo, organized, financed and armed by the CIA.

That latter organisation had barely being formed when it organized the rigging of the 1948 Italian elections. In a genuine free election the communists would undoubtedly have emerged the largest and strongest party. Since then the CIA has accumulated a long and dishonourable history of interfering in foreign elections. It is a point always worth recalling in the current hysteria being generated over bleached Russian interference in the 2016 US presidential election.

The CIA and Britain’s MI6 were also organizers all the 1953 coup that overthrew the democratically elected government of Mohammad Mossadegh in Iran. Iran’s crime? It nationalized the Anglo Persian oil company (now BP). That a country should control its own resources was intolerable to those two imperial powers. In 2013 the CIA admitted it was behind the coup. In documents released that year, it was also clear that the British oppose any release or any documents disclosing its role in the Iranian coup. The British still refuse to acknowledge that they were the instigators of the coup, and that they needed American help in order to carry it off.

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