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Clyde Lewis | April 22, 2020
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April they say is the cruelest of months. It is a month that has always been synonymous with increased death tools bloodshed and war.

From the Waco Siege, to the Oklahoma City Bombing to Columbine and even the Boston Bombing, we have seen just how cruel April can be.

However, on a world scale we see that April also is a time when secrets are kept about planned wars and we even see deaths of leaders and even assassinations at this time of year.

Shortly after the end of the American Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln was shot in the head by John Wilkes Booth while attending a play at Ford’s Theater in Washington, D.C. Lincoln was carried to a house across the street from the theater, where he died on April 15th, the day after he was shot. 

History has shown that war campaigns, terrorist attacks and many false flag appointments take place during this time of year. The Ides of March fall on the 15th, but the campaigns of war and turbulence begin after that date leading up to a crescendo that usually lands on April 29th through May 1st while our country is in the middle of our COVID-19 crisis we could not possibly think that anything that even resembles a war campaign or even a calamity that is connected to terrorism or any other chaos could not make matters worse but it could and there are some indications that beyond peak body counts of COVID-19 or even having he country open on May 1st — generals can be gathering in their masses to plot various attacks on a world already ravaged by pestilence and plague.

The 1918 Spanish Flu that killed millions of people worldwide came on the heels of World War 1 which left many places in the world ravaged with destruction, famine, and vastly reduced living standards.

The high use of chemical weapons, particularly those which affect the human immune system also played a part in the virulent spread of the Spanish Flu. Although many theories have been proposed regarding the source of the pandemic including the possibility that it was created on a military base in Kansas, it is without a doubt the living conditions of the world that provided a fertile ground for its spread and severity.

With this in mind, however, it is important to take a look at the conditions in which we find ourselves in the present day with respect to pandemics or, at the very least, the possibility of a war on the horizon.

There is, of course, precedent when it comes to world war and pandemic.

The United States and the world finds itself in an economic depression. For some countries, particularly the United States, living standards have been vastly reduced compared to those which previous generations have experienced. While technology may have advanced, the applications of that technology in most areas other than entertainment have been intentionally withheld from general society.

It is also an unfortunate fact that some parts of the world have never had high living standards to lose. Whenever the West catches a cold, Africa catches pneumonia. The Middle East is in the process of being destroyed and Asia remains a pit of slave labor, crowded living conditions, and inadequate infrastructure.

Regardless of what you might think of the COVID-19 hysteria and the responses to it, it is undeniable that the world is in complete turmoil, a situation in which war and disease are always ready to join hands.

It goes without saying that COVID-19 has succeeded in distracting us from what is going on with the planet on a geopolitical level.

Bad actors like ISIS, terrorist cells, and threats to the homeland are all but a memory now, but that does not mean that there are not various groups that are out there plotting their next move and the recent reports out of North Korea about their leader Kim Jong Un should also be of interest to the well-being of the world.

It’s was well-known to those that followed the word’s geopolitical health that the world was already in global conflict prior to the distraction of COVID-19. 

With the United States, NATO, Israel, EU, and the Gulf States loosely united against the “multi-polar” world of Russia, China, Iran and a growing host of “target” nations that prefer the carrot over the stick, the globe was and is still in a quiet world war, though the major powers have yet to publicly declare it on one another.

As it stands currently, the global conflict is more akin to the Cold War where color revolutions and proxy wars are the order of the day. However, the quiet war can only remain quiet for so long, until one side begins to see that it is the inevitable loser. Then the quiet war becomes loud.

For those who need an update as to what is happening worldwide, here now is a rundown.

Through mid-April a dozen Iranian speed boats brazenly swarmed U.S. warships in the Persian Gulf. A Russian fighter jet buzzed a U.S. Navy surveillance plane flying over the Mediterranean Sea, and North Korea fired a barrage of missiles launched from the air and ground. 

As coronavirus stalks the globe, sapping attention, budgets and government personnel at home and abroad, U.S. adversaries from Moscow to Pyongyang are flexing their muscles and testing U.S. resolve.

Today on Twitter, President Trump sent out a warning:

“I have instructed the United States Navy to shoot down and destroy any and all Iranian gunboats if they harass our ships at sea.” He offered no additional context. 

These clashes and potential clashes come in the context now of a global pandemic that is being used to justify the shutdown of entire nations and the world economy.

It seems that President Trump’s resolve is to remain vigilant as many of our usual enemies are now trying to exploit some vulnerability with the outbreak of COVID-19.

The timing is suspicious of course and the dynamics are yet another reason why Americans are going to have to wake up to the fact that social distancing and all of the other things they are ordered to do by the technocrats in the handwashing cult are not going stop the geopolitical health of the world, as those who wish to wage war are still waiting for their moment to attack.

A U.S. State Department report published this month said China might be secretly pushing ahead with low-level underground nuclear tests despite its claims that it strictly adheres to an international moratorium on all nuclear tests.

On April 15, when Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Navy boats darted past U.S. warships conducting exercises in international waters in the northern Persian Gulf it was the latest example of routine Iranian harassment toward U.S. vessels that has intensified since the Trump administration exited a nuclear deal with Tehran.

That same day, a Russian SU-35 fighter jet came within 25 feet of a U.S. Navy P-8A Poseidon surveillance plane flying in international airspace, putting the pilots and crew at risk, according to the U.S. Navy. Air Force Gen. Tod Wolters, NATO’s supreme allied commander in Europe, characterized the Russian pilot’s maneuver, including a pass in which he flew upside down, as unprofessional as opposed to incitement.

That, too, was just the most recent incident in a string of encounters between Russian and U.S. jets that raised concerns over the risk of midair collisions over European airspace. 

North Korea’s salvo of suspected cruise missiles toward the Sea of Japan on April 14th was among the most high-profile missile tests Pyongyang has conducted since nuclear negotiations with the Trump administration stalled.

The tests came on the eve of a North Korean state anniversary and parliamentary elections in neighboring South Korea. 

A Defense official characterized the Iranian and Russian incidents as “weird,” noting that the Russians haven’t made such a hazardous maneuver in some time and the exercises in the Persian Gulf had been underway for a week before the Iranians responded. Time will tell if the incidents are isolated or part of a pattern.

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced the Pentagon to shift its footing to remain ready to fight, and troop rotations and some routine logistical operations have been paused.

In North Korea, there are unconfirmed reports Kim Jong Un may be gravely ill after heart surgery. The North Korean leader’s health has long been a focus of speculation. Ther have been reports that Kim is brain dead and in a coma. However, we would not know of his health condition for days’ authorities have said.

But I would suspect that if were dead North Korea would probably take the opportunity to announce his death on May 1.

Kim last appeared in North Korean state media on April 11. April 15 – North Korea’s most important holiday, the anniversary of the birth of the country’s founding father, Kim Il Sung – came and went without any official mention of Kim Jong Un’s movements or explanation of his absence.

When his father, Kim Jong Il, died in 2011, outside intelligence officials did not know until the news was announced two days later on North Korean television.

North Korea’s media treats its top leaders like godlike figures and seldom mentions their health. But speculation about it has not always been unfounded.

In 2008, Kim Jong Il was absent from view for months. It was eventually confirmed that he had suffered a stroke. In his later years, Kim Jong Un’s grandfather, Kim Il Sung, developed a large cyst on the back of his head, but North Korean media never showed it in photos.

In 2014, Kim Jong Un disappeared for more than a month, prompting rumors that he might have been grounded by a severe hangover, gout or even a coup. North Korean state TV later showed him walking with a limp, saying that he was “not feeling well.” South Korean intelligence officials said Kim had a cyst removed from his ankle and that his ankle trouble could return.

The family history has fed speculation about health crises. Both Kim’s grandfather and father suffered various ailments, like diabetes, and died of heart failure.

The outside world saw Kim as an adult for the first time in 2010, when he debuted as his father’s heir at a party meeting. He was already portly by then, but he has since gained more girth. Kim is also a heavy smoker, and in recent years, his face has often assumed a puffy and tired complexion.

The current round of speculation started after South Korea said the North had launched short-range cruise missiles off its east coast April 14, as part of Kim Il Sung’s birthday celebration. Although Kim Jong Un has attended similar missile tests, state media this time did not report the launch. It also did not report whether there had been an annual national meeting of party officials in Pyongyang on the eve of the April 15 anniversary.

Both of those omissions were highly unusual.

Some analysts said North Korea may have skipped the national meeting this year because of the coronavirus pandemic. But its rubber-stamp parliament, the Supreme People’s Assembly, met April 12.

The rumors intensified after Daily NK quoted an anonymous source as saying that Kim had undergone a cardiovascular procedure at Hyangsan Hospital, a clinic dedicated to treating the Kim family, on April 12.

The website said Kim was recuperating at a villa near the hospital, which is in the foothills of Mount Mohyang, north of Pyongyang. But most of the doctors called in from Pyongyang returned to the capital a week later because Kim had recovered sufficiently, it said.

Daily NK, one of a slew of Internet-based news outlets in South Korea that specialize in covering the North, has ferreted out news about hunger, floods and unofficial market activities in the North, often by using defectors as reporters. But many stories by such outlets contradict each other and remain unconfirmed.

Rumors about Kim’s health carry serious overtones: What happens to a nuclear state when the leader who has executed or purged all potential challengers to his power, including his own uncle, is suddenly gone?

If he is dead or unable to continue leadership, it has been speculated that his little sister may be the new leader.

Sister and brother have been close for years. She has advised on key events in the North Korean capital of Pyongyang, encouraging construction of modern apartments, ski slopes, even an amusement park.

But does this qualify her to be the next leader and will there be tension over whether or not the dynasty should continue.

Lee Byong-chol, a North Korea expert at Kyungnam University’s Institute for Far Eastern Studies in Seoul, said the North’s deeply patriarchal elites would find it hard to accept a young, inexperienced female leader. Instead, Choe Ryong Hae, the current No. 2 in the government hierarchy, could fill a power vacuum created by Kim Jong Un’s death.

Either way, a new leadership in Pyongyang could presage a new bout of tensions on the Korean Peninsula. A change at the top has always unleashed military provocations like weapons tests or bloody purges of top generals and officials, as the leader struggled to establish his own totalitarian grip on power at home and show his mettle to external enemies.

Meanwhile COVID-19 has not quieted the clashes between Turkey, Syria, Israel , Iran, and the turmoil between the United States and Russia.

Syria managed to shoot down a number of Turkish drones but other airstrikes have since avoided hits from the Syrian air defenses.

Israel has also stepped up its attacks on Syria, claiming to be targeting “Iranian” assets but really attacking forces assisting Syria in the fight against terrorism. In fact, Israel recently announced that it has a plan to remove Iran from Syria in the next 12 months.

Thus, with Turkey attacking from the North and Israel attacking from the Southwest and, of course, the American troop presence in the Northeast, Syria is now facing a “multi-front war.”

All the possible scenarios and there are many more than I can count, focus around the possibility of American and Russian troops clashing and thus resulting in a wider, third world war. While both Trump and Putin have proven to have cooler heads than many may at first suspect, there are nonetheless instances of brinkmanship that could very well have resulted in a crossing over the line.

In the past several months, Syrian soldiers have turned back American patrols and refused to allow them to pass through Syrian military checkpoints. In response, US forces have turned back Russian patrols and Russians have done likewise. The situations have become increasingly tense, with some unconfirmed reports of a fist-fight breaking out between American and Russian forces. Ironically, this is the first direct clash of the two world powers if the reports are true.

The checkpoint tensions reached a tipping point when the US attempted to pass through a Syrian village and were met with Syrian protesters and rock throwers. American troops responded with gunfire resulting in the death of a Syrian teenager but also in the village engaging the troops in battle. Russian forces quickly intervened to end the fight.

Needless to say, we have to go back to that old saying that April is the cruelest of months and as history has shown pandemics do not stop wars, in fact wars seem to thrive in toxic environments.

With hunger and economic shutdowns, areas worst hit become vulnerable and those who think they have an upper hand usually move forward to exploit the weaknesses that exist in each area.

In these times where it seems that we have wars and rumors of war, we must understand that most of the truth is a casualty and that much of what we know should allowed to change and bend with the times.

Adapting to new information and uncomfortable anomalies is an imperative for today’s troubled and outrageous times. I know that many of us stick with our political views because we want to believe that those who are in charge have our best interests at heart.

Whether we like it or not, we will be coerced into becoming operatives for the same ideologies that existed nearly 100 years ago. The images will change but the embodiment of what it all is will be pervasive.

The encroachment will prove claustrophobic and rebellion will be reduced to attempts at negation. Negation will be seen as an attempt at destabilization and those who are confused as to who the good guys and bad guys are will be mired into confusion.

This is how the coercion begins. It is safe to say that unless you are aware of the transformation of the heart, and the elite’s thirst for war, you may find yourself joining the wrong team.

Written by Clyde Lewis

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