By Michael Rivero
December 24, 1999
It's the oldest trick in the book, dating back to Roman times;
creating the enemies you need.
In 70 BC, an ambitious minor politician and extremely wealthy
man, Marcus Licineus Crassus, wanted to rule Rome. Just to give you an
idea of what sort of man Crassus really was, he is credited with invention
of the fire brigade. But in Crassus' version, his fire-fighting slaves
would race to the scene of a burning building whereupon Crassus would offer
to buy it on the spot for a tiny fraction of it's worth. If the owner sold,
Crassus' slaves would put out the fire. If the owner refused to sell, Crassus
allowed the building to burn to the ground. By means of this device, Crassus
eventually came to be the largest single private landholder in Rome, and
used some of his wealth to help back Julius Caesar against Cicero.
In 70 BC Rome was still a Republic, which placed very strict
limits on what Rulers could do, and more importantly NOT do. But Crassus
had no intentions of enduring such limits to his personal power, and contrived
Crassus seized upon the slave revolt led by Sparticus in order
to strike terror into the hearts of Rome, whose garrison Sparticus had
already defeated in battle. But Sparticus had no intention of marching
on Rome itself, a move he knew to be suicidal. Sparticus and his band wanted
nothing to do with the Roman empire and had planned from the start merely
to loot enough money from their former owners in the Italian countryside
to hire a mercenary fleet in which to sail to freedom.
Sailing away was the last thing Crassus wanted Sparticus to do.
He needed a convenient enemy with which to terrorize Rome itself for his
personal political gain. So Crassus bribed the mercenary fleet to sail
without Sparticus, then positioned two Roman legions in such a way that
Sparticus had no choice but to march on Rome.
Terrified of the impending arrival of the much-feared army of
gladiators, Rome declared Crassus Praetor. Crassus then crushed Sparticus'
army and even though Pompeii took the credit, Crassus was elected Consul
of Rome the following year.
With this maneuver, the Romans surrendered their Republican form
of government. Soon would follow the first Triumvirate, consisting of Crassus,
Pompeii, and Julius Caesar, followed by the reign of the god-like Emperors
The Romans were hoaxed into surrendering their Republic, and accepting
the rule of Emperors.
Julius Caesar's political opponent, Cicero, for all his literary
accomplishments, played the same games in his campaign against Julius Caesar,
claiming that Rome was falling victim to an internal "vast right wing"
conspiracy in which any expressed desire for legislative limits no government
was treated as suspicious behavior. Cicero, in order to demonstrate to
the Romans just how unsafe Rome has become hired thugs to cause as much
disturbance as possible, and campaigned on a promise to end the internal
strife if elected and granted extraordinary powers.
What Cicero only dreamed of, Adolph Hitler succeeded in doing.
Elected Chancellor of Germany, Hitler, like Crassus, had no intention of
living with the strict limits to his power imposed by German law. Unlike
Cicero, Hitler's thugs were easy to recognize; they all wore the same brown
shirts. But their actions were no different than those of their Roman predecessors.
They staged beatings, set fires, caused as much trouble as they could,
while Hitler made speeches promising that he could end the crime wave of
subversives and terrorism if he was granted extraordinary powers.
The Germans were hoaxed into surrendering their Republic, and
accepting the rule of Der Fuhrer.
The state-sponsored schools will never tell you this, but governments
routinely rely on hoaxes to sell their agendas to an otherwise reluctant
public. The Romans accepted the Emperors and the Germans accepted Hitler
not because they wanted to, but because the carefully crafted illusions
of threat appeared to leave no other choice.
Our government too uses hoaxes to create the illusion that We
The People have no choice but the direction the government wishes us to
In 1898, Joseph Pulitzer's New York World and William Randolph
Hearst's New York Journal were arguing for American intervention in Cuba.
Hearst is reported to have dispatched a photographer to Cuba to photograph
the coming war with Spain. When the photographer asked just what war that
might be, Hearst is reported to have replied, "You take the photographs,
and I will provide the war". Hearst was true to his word, as his newspaper
published stories of great atrocities being committed against the Cuban
people, most of which turned out to be complete fabrications.
On the night of February 15, 1898, the USS Main, lying in Havana
harbor in a show of US resolve to protect her interests, exploded violently.
Captain Sigsbee, the commander of the Maine, urged that no assumptions
of enemy attack be made until there was a full investigation of the cause
of the explosion. For this, Captain Sigsbee was excoriated in the press
for "refusing to see the obvious". The Atlantic Monthly declared flat out
that to suppose the explosion to be anything other than a deliberate act
by Spain was "completely at defiance of the laws of probability".
Under the slogan "Remember the Maine", Americans went to war
with Spain, wresting from that nation ownership of what is now much of
the American southwest.
In 1975, an investigation led by Admiral Hyman Rickover examined
the data recovered from a 1911 examination of the wreck and concluded that
there had been no evidence of an external explosion. The most likely cause
of the sinking was a coal dust explosion in a coal bunker imprudently located
next to the ship's magazines. Captain Sigsbee's caution had been well founded.
President Franklin Delano Roosevelt needed a war. He needed the
fever of a major war to mask the symptoms of a still deathly ill economy
struggling back from the Great Depression. Roosevelt wanted a war with
Germany to stop Hitler, but despite several provocations in the Atlantic,
the American people, still struggling with that troublesome economy, were
opposed to any wars.
Roosevelt needed an enemy, and if America would not willingly
attack that enemy, then one would have to be maneuvered into attacking
America, much as Marcus Licinius Crassus has maneuvered Sparticus into
The way open to war was created when Japan signed the tripartite
agreement with Italy and Germany, with all parties pledging mutual defense
to each other. Whereas Hitler would never declare war on the United States
no matter the provocation, the means to force Japan to do so were readily
The first step was to place oil and steel embargoes on Japan,
using Japan's wars on the Asian mainland as a reason. This forced Japan
to consider seizing the oil and mineral rich regions in Indonesia. With
the European powers militarily exhausted by the war in Europe, the United
States was the only power in the Pacific able to stop Japan from invading
the Dutch East Indies, and by moving the Pacific fleet from San Diego to
Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, Roosevelt made a pre-emptive strike on that fleet
the mandatory first step in any Japanese plan to extend it's empire into
the "southern resource area".
Roosevelt boxed in Japan just as completely as Crassus had boxed
in Sparticus. Japan needed oil. They had to invade Indonesia to get it,
and to do that they had to remove the threat of the American fleet at Pearl
Harbor. There never really was any other course open to them.
To enrage the American people as much as possible, Roosevelt
needed the first overt attack by Japan to be as bloody as possible, appearing
as a sneak attack much as the Japanese had done to the Russians. From that
moment up until the attack on Pearl Harbor itself, Roosevelt and his associates
made sure that the commanders in Hawaii, General Short and Admiral Kimmel,
were kept in the dark as much as possible about the location of the Japanese
fleet and it's intentions, then later scapegoated for the attack. (Congress
recently exonerated both Short and Kimmel, posthumously restoring them
to their former ranks).
But as the Army board had concluded at the time, and subsequent
de-classified documents confirmed, Washington DC knew the attack was coming,
knew exactly where the fleet was, and knew where it was headed.
On November 29th, Secretary of State Hull showed United Press
reporter Joe Leib a message with the time and place of the attack, and
the New York Times in it's special 12/8/41 Pearl Harbor edition, on page
13, reported that the time and place of the attack had been known in advance!
The much repeated claim that the Japanese fleet maintained radio
silence on it's way to Hawaii was a lie. Among other intercepts still held
in the Archives of the NSA is the UNCODED message sent by the Japanese
tanker Shirya stating, "proceeding to a position 30.00 N, 154.20 E. Expect
to arrive at that point on 3 December." (near HI)
President Lyndon Johnson wanted a war in Vietnam. He wanted it
to help his friends who owned defense companies to do a little business.
He needed it to get the Pentagon and CIA to quit trying to invade Cuba.
And most of all, he needed a provocation to convince the American people
that there was really "no other choice".
On August 5, 1964, newspapers across America reported "renewed
attacks" against American destroyers operating in Vietnamese waters, specifically
the Gulf of Tonkin. The official story was that North Vietnamese torpedo
boats launched an "unprovoked attack" on the USS Maddox while it was on
The truth is that USS Maddox was involved in aggressive intelligence
gathering in coordination with actual attacks by South Vietnam and the
Laotian Air Force against targets in North Vietnam. The truth is also that
there was no attack by torpedo boats against the USS Maddox. Captain John
J. Herrick, the task force commander in the Gulf, cabled Washington DC
that the report was the result of an "over-eager" sonarman who had picked
up the sounds of his own ship's screws and panicked. But even with this
knowledge that the report was false, Lyndon Johnson went on
national TV that night to announce the commencement of air strikes against
North Vietnam, "retaliation" for an attack that had never occurred.
President George Bush wanted a war in Iraq. Like Crassus, George
Bush is motivated by money. Specifically oil money. But with the OPEC alliance
failing to keep limits on oil production in the Mideast, the market was
being glutted with oil pumped from underneath Iraq, which sat over roughly
1/3 of the oil reserves of the entire region.
George wanted a war to stop that flow of oil, to keep prices
(and profits) from falling any further than they already had. But like
Roosevelt, he needed the "other side" to make the first move.
Iraq had long been trying to acquire greater access to the Persian
Gulf, and felt limited confined a narrow strip of land along Kuwait's northern
border, which placed Iraqi interests in close proximity with hostile Iran.
George Bush, who had been covertly arming Iraq during its war with Iran,
sent word via Jean Kirkpatrick that the United States would not intervene
if Saddam Hussein grabbed a larger part of Kuwait. Saddam fell for the
bait and invaded.
Of course, Americans were not about to send their sons and daughters
to risk their lives for petroleum products. So George Bush arranged a hoax,
using public relations firm Hill & Knowlton, which has grown rich on
taxpayer money by being most industrious and creative liars! Hill &
Knowlton concocted a monumental fraud in which the daughter of the Kuwaiti
Ambassador to the United States, went on TV pretending to be a nurse, and
related a horror story in which Iraqi troops looted the incubators from
a Kuwaiti hospital, leaving the premature babies on the cold floor to die.
The media, part of the swindle from the start, never bothered asking
why the "nurse" didn't just pick the babies up and wrap them in blankets
Enraged by the incubator story, Americans supported operation
Desert Storm, which never removed Saddam Hussein from power but which did
take Kuwait's oil off of the market for almost 2 years and limited Iraq's
oil exports to this very day. That our sons and daughters came home with
serious and lingering medical illnesses was apparently not too great a
price to pay for increased oil profits.
Following the victory in Iraq, yet another war appeared to be
in the offering in the mineral rich regions of Bosnia. Yet again, a hoax
was used to create support for military action.
The above photo of Fikret Alic, a Muslim, staring through a barbed
wire fence, was used to "prove" that the Bosnians were running modern day
"Concentration Camps". As the headline of "Belsen 92" indicates, all possible
associations with the Nazi horrors were made to sell the necessity of sending
yet more American troops into someone else's nation.
But when German Journalists went to Trnopolje, the site of the
supposed Bosnian Concentration Camp. to film a documentary, they discovered
that the photo was a fake! The camp at Trnopolje was not a concentration
camp but a refugee center. Nor was it surrounded by barbed wire. Careful
examination of the original photo revealed that the photographer had shot
the photo through a broken section of fence surrounding a tool shed. It
was the photographer who was on the inside, shooting out at the refugees.
Once again, Americans had been hoaxed into support of actions
they might otherwise not have agreed with.
While several American Presidents have willingly started wars
for personal purposes, perhaps no President has ever carried it to the
extreme that Bill Clinton has.
Coincident with the expected public statement of Monica Lewinsky
following her testimony, Bill Clinton ordered a cruise missile attack on
Sudan and Afghanistan, claiming to have had irrefutable proof that bogeyman
extraordinaire (and former Afghani ally) Osama Bin Ladin was creating terrorist
chemical weapons there.
Examination of the photos of the debris revealed none of the
expected structures one would find in a laboratory that handled lethal
weapons-grade materials. Assurances from the CIA that they had a positive
soil test for biological weapons fell on their face when it was revealed
that there had been no open soil anywhere near the pre-bombed facility.
Sudan requested that international observers come test the remains of the
factory for any signs of the nerve gas Clinton had insisted was there.
None was found. The Sudanese plant was a harmless aspirin factory, and
the owner has sued for damages.
Meanwhile, back in Kosovo, stories about genocide and atrocities
were flooding the media (in time to distract from the Sudanese embarrassments),
just as lurid and sensational and as it turns out often just as fictional
as most of William Randolph Hearst's stories of atrocities against the
Again, the government and the media were hoaxing Americans. The
above photo was shown on all the American networks, claiming to be one
of Slobodan Milosovic's Migs, shot down while attacking civilians. Closer
examination (click on the photo) shows it to be stenciled in English!
Like Germany under Chancellor Hitler, there have been events
in our nation which strike fear into the hearts of the citizens, such as
the New York World Trade Tower bombing, the OK City Federal Building, and
the Olympic Park bomb (nicely timed to divert the media from witnesses
to the TWA 800 shoot down). The media has been very quick to blame such
events on "radicals", "subversives", "vast right wing conspiracies", and
other "enemies in our midst", no different than the lies used by Cicero
But on closer examination, such "domestic terrorist" events do
not appear to be what they are made out to be. The FBI had an informant
inside the World Trade Tower bombers, Emad Salam, < http://www.accessone.com/~rivero/POLITICS/OK/wtcbomb.html
who offered to sabotage the bomb. The FBI told him "no". The so-called
"hot bed" of white separatism at Elohim City, occasional home to Tim McVeigh
in the weeks prior to the OK City bombing, was founded and is being run
by an FBI informant!
And nobody has ever really explained what this second Ryder truck
was doing in a secret camp half way from Elohim City to Oklahoma City two
weeks before the bombing.
So, here we are today. Like the Romans of Crassus' and Cicero's
time, or the Germans under a newly elected Hitler, we are being warned
that a dangerous enemy threatens us, implacable, invisible, omnipresent,
and invulnerable as long as our government is hamstrung by that silly old
Bill of Rights. Already there have appeared articles debating whether or
not "extraordinary measures" (i.e. torture) are not fully justified under
certain circumstances such as those we are purported to face.
As was the case in Rome and Germany, the government continues
to plead with the public for an expansion of its power and authority, to
"deal with the crisis".
However, as Casio watch timers are paraded before the cameras,
to thestentorian tones of the talking heads' constant dire warnings, it
is legitimate to question just how real the crises is, and how much is
the result of political
machinations by our own leaders.
Are the terrorists really a threat, or just hired actors with
bombs and Casio watches, paid for by Cicero and given brown shirts to wear
Is terrorism inside the United States really from outside, or
is it a stage managed production, designed to cause Americans to believe
they have no choice but to surrender the Republic and accept the totalitarian
rule of a new emperor, or a new Fuhrer?
Once lost, the Romans never got their Republic back. Once lost,
the Germans never got their Republic back. In both cases, the nation had
to totally collapse before freedom was restored to the people.
Remember that when Crassus tells you that Sparticus approaches.
Remember that when thugs in the streets act in a manner clearly
designed to provoke the public fear.
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How Iraq Was Allegedly Given Tacit US Approval
To Invade Kuwait
Note - This following transcript cannot be officially certified
but appears to
accurately reflect events as reported by a number of news sources:
From The Free Republic <http://188.8.131.52/forum/a3862ee83626f.htm#22
Posted on 12/24/1999 00:46:36 PST By Uncle Bill
Yes, remember April Glaspie and her amazing stint at Middle East
I cannot confirm the reliability of the source, a strange website
called which I found via a meta-search engine, but here's their scoop
on Glaspie and Saddam:
Transcript of Meeting Between Iraqi President, Saddam Hussein
and U.S. Ambassador to Iraq, April Glaspie. - July 25, 1990 (Eight
days before the August 2, 1990 Iraqi Invasion of Kuwait)
July 25, 1990 - Presidential Palace - Baghdad
U.S. Ambassador Glaspie - I have direct instructions from President
Bush to improve our relations with Iraq. We have considerable sympathy
for your quest for higher oil prices, the immediate cause of your confrontation
with Kuwait. (pause) As you know, I lived here for years and admire your
extraordinary efforts to rebuild your country. We know you need funds.
We understand that, and our opinion is that you should have the opportunity
to rebuild your country. (pause) We can see that you have deployed massive
numbers of troops in the south. Normally that would be none of our business,
but when this happens in the context of your threats against Kuwait, then
it would be reasonable for us to be concerned. For this reason, I have
received an instruction to ask you, in the spirit of friendship - not confrontation
- regarding your intentions: Why are your troops massed so very close to
Saddam Hussein - As you know, for years now I have made every
effort to reach a settlement on our dispute with Kuwait. There is to be
a meeting in two days; I am prepared to give negotiations only this one
more brief chance. (pause) When we (the Iraqis) meet (with the Kuwaitis)
and we see there is hope, then nothing will happen. But if we are unable
to find a solution, then it will be natural that Iraq will not accept death.
U.S. Ambassador Glaspie - What solutions would be acceptable?
Saddam Hussein - If we could keep the whole of the Shatt al Arab
- our strategic goal in our war with Iran - we will make concessions (to
the Kuwaitis). But, if we are forced to choose between keeping half of
the Shatt and the whole of Iraq (i.e., in Saddam s view, including Kuwait)
then we will give up all of the Shatt to defend our claims on Kuwait to
keep the whole of Iraq in the shape we wish it to be. (pause) What is the
United States' opinion on this?
U.S. Ambassador Glaspie - We have no opinion on your Arab - Arab
conflicts, such as your dispute with Kuwait. Secretary (of State James)
Baker has directed me to emphasize the instruction, first given to Iraq
in the 1960's, that the Kuwait issue is not associated with America. (Saddam
On August 2, 1990 four days later, Saddam's massed troops invade
and occupy Kuwait. _____
Baghdad, September 2, 1990, U.S. Embassy
One month later, British journalists obtain the the above tape
and transcript of the Saddam - Glaspie meeting of July 29, 1990. Astounded,
they confront Ms. Glaspie as she leaves the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad.
Journalist 1 - Are the transcripts (holding them up) correct,
Madam Ambassador?(Ambassador Glaspie does not respond)
Journalist 2 - You knew Saddam was going to invade (Kuwait) but
you didn't warn him not to. You didn't tell him America would defend Kuwait.
You told him the opposite - that America was not associated with Kuwait.
Journalist 1 - You encouraged this aggression - his invasion.
What were you thinking?
U.S. Ambassador Glaspie - Obviously, I didn't think, and nobody
else did, that the Iraqis were going to take all of Kuwait.
Journalist 1 - You thought he was just going to take some of
it? But, how could you? Saddam told you that, if negotiations failed, he
would give up his Iran (Shatt al Arab waterway) goal for the Whole of Iraq,
in the shape we wish it to be. You know that includes Kuwait, which the
Iraqis have always viewed as an historic part of their country!
Journalist 1 - American green-lighted the invasion. At a minimum,
you admit signaling Saddam that some aggression was okay - that the U.S.
would not oppose a grab of the al-Rumeilah oil field, the disputed border
strip and the Gulf Islands (including Bubiyan) - the territories claimed
(Ambassador Glaspie says nothing as a limousine door closed behind
her and the car drives off.)
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