THE NEW TACTICS
OF GLOBAL WAR
By S. Douglas Woodward
I seem to have a knack for meeting talented and intriguing people. Because I write books and engage in the public arena, I come into contact with a lot of these folks. The two fellows I will introduce you to here are certainly perfect examples of such talented and intriguing people.
First, there is Benjamin Baruch. Ben reached out to me and engaged me concerning his books, which have been having quite an impact on selected audiences within the evangelical community. His initial book, The Day of the Lord is at Hand, demands a word of endorsement in its own right. After committing to exchange books so I could come to learn about him and experience his writing, I found many of Ben’s interviews out on the Internet (they were everywhere—as I was to learn Ben has been speaking and teaching for quite some time). What I quickly discovered was that his testimony and the story of how his first book came forth surpasses anyone else’s with whom I am personally familiar.
His testimony (which I listened to several times) as well as business resume impressed me more and more. We talked numerous times over the following months. Benjamin’s professional credentials are outstanding. He is both a Chartered Financial Analyst and a Certified Public Accountant and he acts as a financial advisor for several of the largest private real estate companies on the West Coast.
He is an expert in real estate taxation and investment analysis, and has also worked professionally as a stock picker or more specifically, an investment manager responsible for millions of dollars on Wall Street. Having myself been involved for over 12 years in fund raising for startup and emerging businesses (private equities as they are known), I have first-hand knowledge of the kind of talent it takes to manage investment funds in the public sector, whether they are mutual funds with which most of us are familiar, or funds garnered by private institutions or families.
Benjamin Baruch has such talent and having listened intently to him on many occasions (I should add that I have also done a few joint radio shows) I continue to grow in my appreciation for his acumen on global finance. Given what I already know about the sophistication required to succeed in the financial world, I can qualitatively affirm that listening to Ben discuss the world economic situation is like listening to a gifted operatic star in Puccini’s La bohe?me. His genius becomes instantly apparent. It will be apparent to the reader too as you navigate through the book before you. Concerning his writing: reading Ben’s work is like reading, well, a prophet and on more than one occasion I found myself thinking, I am listening to the Apostle John preach.
Not that he claims to be a prophet; in fact he often admonishes his readers to test all things according to scripture, including the teachings which the Lord has given him to share. Nevertheless, his writing style and unique content immediately convinced me that he was filled with the Spirit in a powerful way and his messages demanded prayerful consideration on my part. Throughout his conversational prose, he interlaces scriptural insights, one after another (and the reader should note he studied Hebrew while attending graduate school at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem). The citations and his interpretations are often stunning if not genuinely revelatory. There can be little doubt that Ben has spent years in the Word of God.
Benjamin is also unique in another regard, he holds no interest “in the theories of men regarding Bible prophecy,” rather he approaches Bible prophecy as a research analyst would, seeking to only identify the known facts and the truth of scripture and then allowing the scriptures to speak for themselves. His knowledge of Hebrew also allows him to research the prophetic writings within the original Hebrew text. Benjamin approaches the word of God with the same discipline he learned in his career advising billion-dollar funds. He has testified on many occasions, that if any man would stand up to teach in this hour, the scriptures declare “let him speak as an oracle of God” or remain silent. Thus Ben seeks to avoid speculation or make assumptions regarding the prophetic revelations; rather he looks to the scriptures only as the sole authority of truth. Therefore, I can confirm his “sources” check out too. In the book of Daniel we were told at the time of the end, men of insight would come and give understanding to the many. I believe Benjamin Baruch may be one of them.
So how then, did I learn about Jeffrey Nyquist? That too comprises a most fascinating story. If I was going to vouch for Benjamin, I decided it would be wise to do some transparent detective-like probing to verify his claims to having authentic prophetic dreams and visions, seeking some proof his claims were well-founded. So I asked Ben if he had experienced a predictive dream that someone could verify and he immediately replied, “Sure. I had a dream about 9/11 six weeks before the attack and I told a number of people about it including my friend Jeff Nyquist, who is an expert in military strategy.” Ben went on:
“I had called Jeff at 3 am after I awoke from the dream and told him, ‘Jeff, I just had a dream in which I witnessed the U.S. attacked using four commercial airplanes from United and American Airlines.’ After I saw the planes, I then witnessed the aftermath of a nuclear war on our soil. I saw the mushroom clouds cover the skies and then I began to catch the fallout in my hands which I described as white or grey chips of paint with colors, orange, yellow and brown, all contorted within the chips. I asked Jeff, ‘Could Russia could disguise their bombers to look like aircraft from United and American airlines.’ Jeff responded saying, ‘No, that can’t happen.’ I then said, ‘Well, I don’t understand it, but we are about to be attacked by United and American airlines, and this event is going to start the next war.’ Jeff responded, ‘That sounds crazy.’ ‘I know it does, but it is going to happen.’ Jeff then asked me, ‘Have you ever seen fallout before?’ ‘No, I have never attended an atomic test.’ ‘Well, you just described it perfectly.’ Jeff later told me he dismissed my dream until the morning of 9/11 and then he remembered I had told him, four planes, two from United and two from American airlines would be used to attack America. He could verify that for you.”
Nonplussed, I asked Jeff over email if Ben was being straight with me. That same day, Jeff responded and validated that Ben had phoned him six weeks ahead of the attack and that Ben had communicated the dream with those incredible details. He did not hesitate to confirm that Ben’s predictive dream was in fact true. Benjamin had been shown the events of 9/11 before they occurred. This verification was amazing to say the least. But it was not improbable given what I had already begun to believe about the work of the Holy Spirit in Ben’s life.
So who is Jeffrey Nyquist? It turns out he is a leading authority on Russian geopolitical and military strategy. In fact, he is trusted and respected in many international circles and Jeff’s work is published in several foreign countries. Ben acquainted me with Jeff’s website and pointed out an interview or two that Jeff had done from which I could learn more about his specialty, a seldom-matched acumen on these topics validated by his appearances on mainstream TV from time to time, and inclusion in more than one national conference with military and geopolitical leaders. Jeff has devoted his career to understanding the psychology of war using weapons of mass destruction, with a keen focus on what the Russians have been up to for the past fifty years. Jeff is much more than simply a talented research analyst, as Jeff has interviewed several of the key Russian defectors that have come to America. He also has high level contacts within Russia itself and on the ground in a number of former Warsaw Pact countries including Ukraine. Jeff’s depth of knowledge goes far beyond having read all the key books on the subject of the Soviet Union’s strategy to subvert and then destroy the United States. He has personally interviewed some of the men who spent their careers inside the Soviet armed forces and intelligence services developing these plans over many decades.
To a western observer, Russia can appear an enigma, but Jeff can articulate the history and the psychology behind the evolution of the communist threat against the West and despite the fact that the official ideology of Russia is no longer Marxist-Leninism, the essential tactics for achieving the Russian strategy of global domination (and destruction of the U.S.) have not changed. Likewise, Jeff is knowledgeable about the latest Russian weapons, both conventional and nuclear. It might seem too much to say that Jeff has “inside information,” but it is correct that Jeff has personal contacts that apprise him of pertinent developments, geopolitically and militarily, as they occur. You, the reader, will acknowledge this once you dig into the information in front of you.
So it turns out that Jeffrey Nyquist is a quintessential expert on the military planning of the enemies of America for World War III, and not coincidentally, Benjamin also has a background in military intelligence, as a military analyst trained in the U.S. Army to study, of course, the Russian military.
Now that I’ve acquainted you with the authors and their unique expertise to be able to write this book, permit me to provide a brief overview of the book from my perspective and provide a biblical context for this study on geopolitics and military tactics.
First off, the text will be presented in part in the form of a dialogue and as reflections of the authors on today’s changing world order. The format is intended to develop the subject matter from the perspective of a reader new to this subject, who lacks the real world knowledge of the true capabilities of the enemies of America, and how serious the threat of global war has now become. Most people in the West and in the United States cannot imagine a world war as being possible, but once you consider the facts, you will conclude as we have, that the threat of nuclear war between the U.S. and Russian is real—and it may happen very soon.
Secondly, the authors have focused the text to address an evangelical audience with a biblical orientation, and some level of knowledge of eschatology. This book, however, will not attempt any sort of prophetic exegesis. Yours truly recently published a separate title which begins an effort of this sort (see my “Quick Study” book, Is Russia Destined to Nuke the U.S.?). However, to do the topic justice requires a separate study since the topic—the so-called “Battle of Gog and Magog”—comprises a vast subject in its own right.
But to clarify, The New Tactics of Global War focuses on the subject of Russian geopolitical and military strategy. More specifically, the authors discuss the risks of a “first strike” on our country, and our vulnerability to such an attack. The book also discloses the new fifth generation weapons that Russia now possesses, and how the U.S. military may be unable to counter these weapons.
The book also unveils the Russian strategy of using disinformation as part of a psychological war, which has been waged by Russia against the West for years. Moreover, the authors reveal the operational plans for World War III, which will occur in stages, including the deception phase of the war, known as the “Overture” which is already underway.
The Overture period comprises a series of terrorist attacks on the U.S. through proxy forces unconnected to the Soviet Union, who would draw America’s attention away from Russia, and occupy the American military in fighting terrorist elements from the Islamic world, such as ISIS and Al Qaeda. Following the terror attack of 9/11, that is exactly what happened as the U.S. became preoccupied with the War on Terror and the invasion of Iraq and Afghanistan, while viewing Russia as an ally in these wars.
The Russian invasion of Crimea in Ukraine should be proof enough that Russia is not an ally of the West. Russia today uses the growing threat of conflict in Europe to set the political stage and prepare the Russian people for the coming conflict. The Russian news media fills the airways with reports of a supposed American threat against Russia, to justify a surprise first strike on the United States as a necessary act of self- defense.
Lastly, the authors believe, as I do, that the events of World War III are described in Bible prophecy as part of the Battle described in Ezekiel 38, which describes a war which occurs right before or at the beginning of the time of Jacob’s Trouble, also known as The Great Tribulation. The war’s outcome enables the Antichrist to rise in power, imposing his New World Order upon all of humanity.
This section of Ezekiel comprises one of the most detailed and crucial prophecies of the last days. The authors and I regard the future attack by Russia on the United States as a part of the fulfillment of this climatic battle. Many modern scholars question whether the U.S. is even mentioned in Bible prophecy, but it is our contention, that the Bible describes America as the “land of unwalled villages” foretold in Ezekiel 38:10-12.
Additionally, Jeremiah 50-51 describes the U.S. as the daughter of Babylon and as the hindermost nation. The prophecy of Jeremiah reveals, “As God overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah and the neighbor cities thereof, saith the LORD; so shall no man abide there, neither shall any son of man dwell therein.” (Jeremiah 50:40) When ancient Babylon fell to the Medes and the Persians, the city of Babylon was not burned nor did the people flee. But during the fall of the future empire (the daughter of Babylon), her cities burn, and the survivors leave the country after the Great War, such that “no man shall abide there anymore.”
First, the war of Ezekiel 38 describes an attack upon Israel in the last days: “After many days thou shalt be visited: in the latter years thou shalt come ... against the mountains of Israel.” Then in verse ten the scripture reveals, “it shall also come to pass, at the same time” Gog will attack another country simultaneously, whose citizens like Israelis, were gathered from out of the nations, and who dwell safely in a land without walls.
Ezekiel described this land as a desolate place, which would be inhabited in the last days by a people who would be gathered out of the nations. At the time of the writing of this prophecy, North America was scarcely populated—a desolate land. However, today America boasts a vast population of over 300 million persons. Like Israel, we too are nation of immigrants. America literally fulfills this prophecy—Israel does not. The great cities in the new world do not have walls built around them for protection. Jerusalem and Judea do.
Thus saith the Lord GOD; It shall also come to pass, that at the same time shall things come into thy mind, and thou shalt think an evil thought: And thou shalt say, I will go up to the land of unwalled villages; I will go to them that are at rest, that dwell safely, all of them dwelling without walls, and having neither bars nor gates, To take a spoil, and to take a prey; to turn thine hand upon the desolate places that are now inhabited, and upon the people that are gathered out of the nations, which have gotten cattle and goods, that dwell in the midst of the land. (Ezekiel 38:10-12)
The prophecies of Ezekiel reveal that the fate of both Gog/Magog and the United States are sealed while God preserves Israel. In other words, Ezekiel indicates a number of monumental outcomes: God saves Israel while Gog’s armies are destroyed. At the same time, the land of Magog and the nation described as a people who “dwell carelessly in the isles” will be decimated (if not altogether destroyed) in this war. Ezekiel clearly foretells this outcome:
And I will turn thee (Gog) back, and leave but the sixth part of thee, and will cause thee to come up from the north parts, and will bring thee upon the mountains of Israel... Thou shalt fall upon the mountains of Israel, thou, and all thy bands, and the people that is with thee... And I will send a fire on Magog (the Land of Gog), and among them that dwell carelessly in the isles: and they shall know that I am the LORD. (Ezekiel 39:2, 4,6)
This passage reveals that God’s judgment targets not just the land of Magog but also those that “dwell carelessly in the isles” (other versions translate this phrase “who inhabit the coastlands in safety,” but the Hebrew may suggest the people of the land are divided, a people living in contention). Both will be destroyed by fire. While expositors have almost always interpreted the “land of unwalled villages” to be Israel, the actual lands that the prophet may be citing, given this context, comprises the lands identified as “Sheba and Dedan, the Merchants of Tarshish and its young lions” which almost all conservative evangelical scholars associate with Saudi Arabia, Western Europe and the United States.
In other words, the scenario seems to be that Gog attacks all of these nations “at the same time” that his armies come like a cloud to cover the land of Israel. If this constitutes an accurate rendering of the Prophet’s warning, as the author’s contend, then the discourse you are about to read holds even more relevance to the warnings of Bible prophecy. The Battle of Gog and Magog will soon be revealed as the most consequential world war to ever occur in the history of the earth up to that point in time. The empires of the United States and the Russian Federation (along with its many Islamic allies) will meet a deleterious fate, virtually at the same time. Their destruction paves the way for rise of the Antichrist, the man of sin who will consummate the treaty of death, which the scriptures describe as an agreement made with hell (Isaiah 28:25) and which will establish the framework for human history’s final events.
Regardless of this scenario and whether it in fact fulfills the prophecies of Ezekiel, the contest of the Lord God of the Bible versus the forces of evil constitutes the real chess match. Psalm 2 calls these forces “the kings of the earth,” who are incarnated one way or another in humanity. Despite the fact that human agents play their part, the powers opposed to God’s Kingdom transcend human actors. “And it shall come to pass in that day, that the LORD shall punish the host of the high ones that are on high, and the kings of the earth upon the earth.” (Isaiah 24:21) As Paul taught the Colossians: “And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it.” (Colossians 2:15) John talks of this interplay when he says, “For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles, which go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty.” (i.e., Armageddon, Revelation 16:14)
The authors believe that such powers are behind the entities of Gog and Magog that will one day come against the people of God as described in Ezekiel 38-39. They are both supernatural as well as natural agencies. Ultimately, however, these entities are subject to the providence of God and are but tools for His use as He sees fit. As Douglas Berner declares about this war in his book (employing this phrase as his title), “The silence is broken”—the Lord declares to the nations He is the King of the Earth and the guardian of His people Israel.
We read in Ezekiel 38:4, “And I will turn thee back, and put hooks into thy jaws, and I will bring thee forth, and all thine army.” The armies of Gog and Magog shall meet with destruction (Ezekiel 39:4) all to the end that the Lord God and His Messiah, the Lord Jesus Christ, shall be glorified: “Thus will I magnify myself, and sanctify myself; and I will be known in the eyes of many nations, and they shall know that I am the LORD.” (Ezekiel 38:23; see also Ezekiel 39:7, 21-22, 27)
In conclusion, I entrust you to the minds and words of these two brilliant individuals and the matters they disclose, matters of which we all would do well to awaken and to make known to our friends and family. At this stage, there may be little that the remnant can do but to prepare itself for this event. Some will choose to flee Babylon. Others will pray earnestly to hasten the day of His coming, including the hope that the rapture of the Church may catch us away before the missiles fly. One word of warning, however: scripture doesn’t clearly promise the rapture occurs before judgment comes upon America and also the nations gathered into the armies of Gog. So sound the alarm now to those who will listen.
As Benjamin’s first book declares, The Day of the Lord is at Hand. Therefore, may we live a life that heeds the words of Peter: “Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness, looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat?” (2 Peter 3:11-12)
THE CRISIS IN UKRAINE: WAR OR RUMORS OF WAR?
Deception is a state of mind... and the mind of the state.
James J. Angleton
The present crisis in Ukraine began on 21 November 2013 when President Viktor Yanukovych refused to sign the European Union Association Agreement. This decision generated mass protests from the Euromaidan movement. In February 2014 unidentified snipers began shooting at both the police and the demonstrators. The resulting bloodshed and national outrage forced President Yanukovych into Russian exile. Following his departure, pro-Russian groups began demonstrations in southeastern Ukraine.
Beginning 26 February 2014, troops began to occupy the Crimean peninsula. Russian authorities initially denied any involvement, and described these troops as “little green men” who were acting only as “local self-defense forces.” On 28 February 2014, Russian forces wearing unmarked uniforms along with Ukrainian Police and civilian sympathizers began to orchestrate the invasion of Crimea. Russian Special Forces, also known as spetsnaz, had already infiltrated Crimea and were seizing key installations including the airport. Russian regular forces then arrived by air and Russia annexed Crimea within three weeks’ time.
On 19 March 2014, BBC correspondent John Simpson wrote: “The annexation of Crimea was the smoothest invasion of modern times. It was over before the outside world realized it had even started.” Simpson was on the ground in southern Ukraine when the invasion occurred and he encountered the first checkpoints which cut Crimea off from the rest of Ukraine on 28 February 2014.
The checkpoints were manned by soldiers wearing a variety of uniforms, alongside Ukrainian police. Any question of what was actually happening was resolved when they greeted Simpson, “Welcome to Russia!” As Simpson noted, “Their uniforms might be Ukrainian, but they were sealing off Crimea on behalf of Moscow. By the next day, it was all over. The outside world was still expecting Russian ships to arrive and capture Crimea. But it had already happened by stealth. The entire operation was very cleverly planned and carried out, but there is absolutely no doubt what it was - a remarkable, quick and mostly bloodless coup d’état.”
Western sanctions were immediately imposed on Russian and Crimean officials. In response to the sanctions, “the Russian Duma unanimously passed a resolution asking for all members of the Duma to be included on the sanctions list.” Putin would later joke regarding the soldiers without any national identity who manned the early checkpoints in Crimea, saying, “To be honest, they are those very same ‘polite people’ – the ones in camouflage gear, with semi-automatic rifles strapped to their waists. I think I’d be wise to keep my distance from them.”
Following the invasion numerous Western leaders condemned Russia’s actions in Crimea, comparing them with the policies of NAZI Germany immediately before the start of World War II. On 15 March 2014, the U.S. sponsored a resolution in the United Nations (UN) Security Council in support of Ukraine’s sovereignty. Thirteen members voted in favor of the resolution, China abstained while Russia vetoed the resolution declaring the “Crimean Referendum ... illegal.”
Between 22 and 25 August, Western media published reports that large numbers of Russian troops were crossing the border into eastern Ukraine in what the Russian government described as a “humanitarian convoy.” Russian media claimed an American led coup had toppled the democratically elected government, and that Russian nationals in the eastern part of the country were now under threat from the West. Russian propaganda spun the crisis as an attempt by America to further isolate Russia, and as the next step in the preparation for outright war in which America planned to destroy Russia. In the West, the media reported that Russia was attempting to stop Ukraine from developing closer ties to the Eurozone, and of trying to pull the country back under Moscow’s control.
The crisis in Ukraine is no longer receiving major coverage from the American media which would rather cover domestic events within the United States: removal of the Confederate flag; police shootings of ethnic minorities; or Donald Trump’s latest gaff. The American public has forgotten or has chosen to ignore the first invasion of a sovereign European state, and annexation of its territory to occur since the end of the Cold War. Policy makers are carefully monitoring this crisis which could escalate into an unexpected war. The last seven years have witnessed a gradual shift in the military balance of power as Russia has begun to deploy new missile weapons. Moscow’s rhetoric is far too alarming to assume this crisis will simply go away. Given Russia’s renewed military power, the risk of war should not be underestimated.
Washington Post columnist Anne Applebaum’s “War in Europe is not a Hysterical Idea,” published in August 2014, states, “Russian Parliament member Vladimir Zhirinovsky, a court jester who sometimes says things that those in power cannot, argued on Russian television that Putin should use nuclear weapons to bomb Poland and the Baltic countries, and show the West who really holds power in Europe.” As Applebaum noted, Russian President Vladimir Putin indulged Zhirinovsky’s comment, saying that he always “gets the party going.” As Applebaum also noted, Russian dissident Andrei Piontkovsky has recently argued that Putin “really is weighing the possibility of limited nuclear war.”
In the West, Piontkovsky’s thinking may appear to be alarmist, or a gross exaggeration of the crisis, but the reality on the ground presents a different picture. Russia has already made public threats against the Baltic States, Poland and Romania. On 11 August 2015, the Daily Mail reported, “Shockwaves reverberated through Eastern Europe after Vladimir Putin boasted he could invade five NATO capitals inside two days.” The article quotes Putin as saying, “If I wanted, Russian troops could not only be in Kiev in two days, but in Riga, Vilnius, Tallinn, Warsaw or Bucharest, too.”
The reality on the ground in Europe today closely resembles the Europe of 1938-1939 on the eve of World War II. On 10 August 2015 the UK based Telegraph newspaper reported, “A third of Russians fear a military attack by the United States while state television tells viewers that the U.S. is intent on surrounding and subjugating Russia, with NATO expansion as the key external threat to the country.”
The West views war with Russia as impossible and nuclear war as unthinkable. The West’s attitude today can best be described as complacent. Most Americans believe that the United States is the lone superpower of the world and our only real challenge is from terrorists. The average American thinks he is more likely to be hit by lightning than affected by a future war. The Cold War has long been over, and the West won. Most Americans still believe Russia is now an ally, and any thought of a possible military conflict with the former Soviet Union is viewed as absurd.
The Cold War officially ended in 1991 with the collapse of the Soviet Union. The experts in the West were convinced that America’s economic might had exhausted the Soviets, and the firm resolve of the Reagan administration had broken their will to continue the fight. Capitalism proved to the world that both freedom and prosperity could be delivered. America withstood the challenge of Communism and prevailed. The lights of the shinning City on a Hill never glowed brighter.
The West was exuberant in those days; capitalism and the American way of life triumphed, and the spoils of war would be divided among all in the form of the “Peace Dividend.” The media joined in the chorus, fanning the national celebration. It was the end of history, or so we were told, and the beginning of a new era of permanent prosperity. There were dissenting voices that warned, “all is not well”; but their warnings were marginalized by the mainstream media or simply ignored.
One of the dissenting voices was a KGB defector named Anatoliy Golitsyn who defected to the West in 1961. Chief of CIA Counterintelligence Staff James Angleton called Golitsyn, “the most valuable defector ever to reach the West.” Golitsyn wrote New Lies for Old in 1984, warning America that the Soviet Union was planning a massive campaign of deception. This would include fake reforms and a fake collapse of the Soviet Union, designed to fool the West into thinking the Cold War had ended.
Many now view Golitsyn’s 1984 warning as a conspiracy theory. Other voices echoed similar warnings, but they too received an indifferent response. Nobody seemed to care, for the Communists had given up their rotten empire, which was all the West needed to know. Any thought that the collapse of Russia was a clever chess move in a much larger strategic game seemed implausible, thus the idea was simply derided or completely ignored.
Educated opinion in the West accepted the collapse of the Soviet Union as spontaneous and authentic. The West embraced Russia’s new democracy and nothing could correct this misunderstanding. No criticism or warnings from abroad could break the fever of the West’s victory sickness. The greatest genius, the most passionate argument, even the most unanswerable logic could not sway them from their delusions, which would prove too deep-rooted and gratifying to ever be overcome. What was going to happen at the end of this chess game could not be prevented. America’s shopping mall regime never wanted conflict with Russia or anyone else. Anyone who wrote of a continuing Communist threat was out-of-bounds. The very concept of an “enemy” threatened the shopping paradigm of the regime, thereby negating its hedonistic assumptions. This dynamic become obvious to Kremlin strategists and sociologists who had studied American cultural changes during the 1960s and 70s. They worked covertly to promote, through active measures, many of the social crises which occurred in America during those years. They saw the weaknesses of America’s commercialized society as something to exploit to the fullest extent possible.
Nikolay Popov’s 1989 essay, “We Are All in the Same Boat,” was founded on this point: Russia’s new task was to consciously and intentionally eliminate Stalinism so that America would feel free to set aside her nuclear weapons. The Kremlin long ago understood America’s national psychology. The West preferred shopping and having fun, and this might well prove fatal, for the only thing holding the West’s defensive strata together was anti-communism (i.e., anti-Stalinism). Therefore, as Popov explained, “Our main task today, in addition to an honest analysis of our past and an elimination of the remnants of Stalinism ... is to divorce Stalinism from communism in the eyes of the world.”
The new Iron Curtain became a curtain of denial constructed by the West; the “peace dividend” meant more welfare pork and less defense spending, so the left was satisfied. It also translated into economic exuberance and a climbing stock market, so the right was triumphant and self-congratulatory. The deception was perfect. Everyone was bought off, emotionally and materially. The truth did not have one chance in a million. Over 25 years have passed since the fall of the Berlin Wall. The vacuum of power which was created by the collapse of Soviet Union has led the world, rather than to an era of permanent prosperity and the end of history, to the brink of actual war. Russia merely appeared to embrace democracy and a consumer based economy, but nothing of the sort ever really occurred. Instead, Russia has developed entirely new classes of weapons, which no other nation possesses and has armed itself to the teeth. The early reports of the demise of the Soviet Union and the end of the communist threat now appear at best, to have been greatly exaggerated, or at worst, an intentional deception. Although the intelligence service of the Soviet Era, the KGB, was renamed the Federal Security Service (FSB), it facilitated the rise of Vladimir Putin, a former KGB officer, proving the security service remains very much in power within the “new” Russia.
This book is about the truth of what happened in Russia, and it discusses the grand strategy of its leaders, taking you inside the mind of the men who play this chess game of lies and deception, revealing the mind of the beast.
And behold another beast, a second, like to a bear, and it raised up itself on one side, and it had three ribs in the mouth of it between the teeth of it: and they said thus unto it, Arise, devour much flesh. (Daniel 7:5)
WHAT NATION IS LIKE OUR GREAT NATION?
“And they cried when they saw the smoke of her burning, saying, what nation is like unto this great nation!
And they cast dust on their heads, and cried, weeping and wailing, saying, Alas, alas, that great nation,
wherein were made rich all that had ships in the sea by reason of her costliness!
Yet in one hour was she made desolate.” (Revelation 18:18-19)
The era of America’s unchallenged military dominance began with the first Gulf War in 1991. The U.S. military won a startling victory, defeating one of the largest armies in the world in only 100 hours. American forces systematically destroyed much of Saddam Hussein’s military machine and quickly routed Iraq. The world watched the war on their television screens, witnessing America’s military prowess from the cameras within the smart bombs which the U.S. delivered with GPS precision. Following the war, the whole world knew that the American eagle ruled the skies without a challenger in sight.
Twelve years later, in 2003, America introduced “Shock and Awe” to the world, in Gulf War II, as the United States invaded Iraq following the 9/11 attack, seeking out Saddam’s weapons of mass destruction, which the Hussein regime was believed to possess. The American military was unchallenged in those years and virtually everyone viewed the U.S. as the world’s sole remaining super power. Today the world has awakened to a very different reality, as Russian forces have invaded Ukraine, and China’s military continues two decades of rapid military buildup. North Korea now possesses missiles capable of hitting the U.S., while Iran has been given a green light to develop nuclear weapons. How did the world change so dramatically in such a short period of time?
But we begin with a more obvious question:
Benjamin Baruch: How could such a great empire as the United States ever be challenged by a third rate power such as Russia or China?
Jeffrey Nyquist: This question is based upon the assumption that Russia is a third rate power. And I would challenge that assumption, because everybody bases their view from the information that they have though much of it is obsolete, or it is erroneous. Let’s just look at the ways in which power is measured: in economic terms, Russia is nothing compared to the United States. It is a very weak country, one of the weakest countries that you could imagine. But I would remind you that Sparta was economically no match for Athens in the Peloponnesian war, yet Sparta defeated Athens. Likewise Rome defeated Carthage, yet Carthage was a great financial power. The greater economic or financial power does not always win its wars, and today this is all the more true, because people do not understand the impact of nuclear weapons.
Nuclear warfare is not a question of economic power because in one hour you can destroy and level the economic power of the greatest country in the world by launching nuclear missiles at it. In fact, one nuclear bomb detonated in the stratosphere could trigger an EMP reaction destroying our power grid and completely bring to a halt our economic system. Following such an attack, the United States would have no economy at all for a number of months. Therefore, we cannot measure our real strength solely by our financial or economic power, even if we assume that power is not compromised by indebtedness, which clearly is the case at the present hour in the United States.
Benjamin Baruch: Our great wealth in fact, was created by incurring great debt. Our national debt has doubled over the last eight years, and much of this money was spent on entitlements and transfer payments. Debt incurred to acquire long term capital assets can increase the wealth of a society, but debt incurred merely to finance consumption, ultimately leads to only one result, bankruptcy.
Jeffrey Nyquist: This raises the question of the great deindustrialization and the absurd trade practices of the United States which are basically practices that only an enemy within the country would recommend. Yet Republicans and Democrats alike embrace the suicide pact of today’s trade policy. In fact, we have engaged in a special kind of close economic relationship with an enemy who intends our destruction and who will use that relationship to destroy us.
The first rule of geopolitics, which we as Americans completely ignore is to “know who your enemies are, and know who your friends are.” I submit, in this country we do not have a clear idea of who our enemies are or who our friends are. In fact, it is not just foreign enemies that we are confused about, such as Russia or China, but we also have failed to identify our domestic enemies. We elect our domestic enemies to high office and no one dares challenge the treason of these men. Nobody dares call it treason because treason prospers here and our enemies prosper as well. The “enemy within” makes policy and now even dominates key institutions.
One of the problems with our bourgeois (middle class) society and the way it has evolved, with our focus on consumption and entertainment is we don’t like this word, enemy. This is a taboo word, because enemy means war and we want peace. If we don’t say the word enemy, then maybe peace will be automatic. If we never engage in the paranoid thinking that brings on wars, then perhaps war can be avoided. And there is some truth to that, but when a real enemy is out to destroy you, regardless of what you do, no matter how conciliatory you are, or whatever concessions you’re willing to make, then you have to wake up and you have to acknowledge the first rule of politics. Know who your friends are and know who your enemies are. And we don’t.
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Copyright 2015 Benjamin Baruch and J.R. Nyquist