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If We Learn Our History, We’re NOT Doomed to Repeat It
Posted By Washingtons Blog On September 7, 2012 @ 1:30 am In Think Tank | Comments Disabled
“False flag terrorism” is defined as a government attacking its own people, then blaming others in order to justify going to war against the people it blames. Or as Wikipedia defines it :
False flag operations are covert operations conducted by governments, corporations, or other organizations, which are designed to appear as if they are being carried out by other entities. The name is derived from the military concept of flying false colors; that is, flying the flag of a country other than one’s own. False flag operations are not limited to war and counter-insurgency operations, and have been used in peace-time; for example, during Italy’s strategy of tension.
The term comes from the old days of wooden ships, when one ship would hang the flag of its enemy before attacking another ship in its own navy. Because the enemy’s flag, instead of the flag of the real country of the attacking ship, was hung, it was called a “false flag” attack.
Leaders throughout history have acknowledged the danger of false flags:
“This and no other is the root from which a tyrant springs; when he first appears he is a protector.”
“If Tyranny and Oppression come to this land, it will be in the guise of fighting a foreign enemy.”
- U.S. President James Madison
“Terrorism is the best political weapon for nothing drives people harder than a fear of sudden death”.
- Adolph Hitler
“Why of course the people don’t want war … But after all it is the leaders of the country who determine the policy, and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy, or a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship … Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is to tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same in any country.”
- Hermann Goering, Nazi leader.
“The easiest way to gain control of a population is to carry out acts of terror. [The public] will clamor for such laws if their personal security is threatened”.
- Josef Stalin
But don’t take our word for it.
Governments from around the world admit they carry out false flag terror:
U.S. intelligence officers are reporting that some of the insurgents in Iraq are using recent-model Beretta 92 pistols, but the pistols seem to have had their serial numbers erased. The numbers do not appear to have been physically removed; the pistols seem to have come off a production line without any serial numbers. Analysts suggest the lack of serial numbers indicates that the weapons were intended for intelligence operations or terrorist cells with substantial government backing. Analysts speculate that these guns are probably from either Mossad or the CIA. Analysts speculate that agent provocateurs may be using the untraceable weapons even as U.S. authorities use insurgent attacks against civilians as evidence of the illegitimacy of the resistance.
If we do not learn our history, we are doomed to repeat it. But if people learn about false flags, they will lose their effectiveness.
This is not “old news”.
False flags to start new wars are a current threat both in Syria  and in Iran:
It would be far more preferable if the United States could cite an Iranian provocation as justification for the airstrikes before launching them. Clearly, the more outrageous, the more deadly, and the more unprovoked the Iranian action, the better off the United States would be.Of course, it would be very difficult for the United States to goad Iran into such a provocation without the rest of the world recognizing this game, which would then undermine it. (One method that would have some possibility of success would be to ratchet up covert regime change efforts in the hope that Tehran would retaliate overtly, or even semi-overtly, which could then be portrayed as an unprovoked act of Iranian aggression.)
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URLs in this post:
 defines it: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/False_flag
 naval: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/False_flag#Naval_warfare
 air: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/False_flag#Air_warfare
 land: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/False_flag#Land_warfare
 admitted: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gleiwitz_incident
 admitted: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hermann_G%C3%B6ring#Possible_responsibility_for_the_Reichstag_fire
 admits: http://www.nytimes.com/library/world/mideast/041600iran-cia-index.html
 admits: http://www.ynetnews.com/Ext/Comp/ArticleLayout/CdaArticlePrintPreview/1,2506,L-3065838,00.html#n
 this: http://www.stanford.edu/group/SHR/5-1/text/beinin.html
 this: http://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jsource/History/lavon.html
 former head of Italian counterintelligence: http://www.guardian.co.uk/international/story/0,3604,462976,00.html
 NATO, with the help of the Pentagon and CIA, carried out terror bombings in Italy and other European countries in the 1950s and blamed the communists, in order to rally people’s support for their governments in Europe in their fight against communism: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Strategy_of_tension
 “You had to attack civilians, people, women, children, innocent people, unknown people far removed from any political game. The reason was quite simple. They were supposed to force these people, the Italian public, to turn to the state to ask for greater security”: http://web.archive.org/web/20051130003012/http://www.isn.ethz.ch/php/documents/collection_gladio/synopsis.htm
 this: http://www.globalresearch.ca/articles/GAN412A.html
 this BBC special: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7fB6nViwJcM
 ABC news report: http://abcnews.go.com/US/story?id=92662&page=1
 the official documents: http://www.gwu.edu/%7Ensarchiv/news/20010430/northwoods.pdf
 this interview : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IygchZRJVXM
 suggested: http://www.guardian.co.uk/theguardian/2012/aug/17/john-f-kennedy-fidel-castro
 discussed: http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2010/02/seven-months-before-operation.html
 found: http://www.justice.gov.za/trc/decisions%5C2001/ac21233.htm
 admit: http://www.encyclopedia.com/doc/1P1-68004301.html
 this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HVJgsb5TuTw&feature=player_embedded
 Washington Post: http://www.highbeam.com/doc/1P2-406202.html
 admits: http://www.smh.com.au/news/National/Possible-police-role-in-2002-Bali-attack/2005/10/12/1128796591857.html
 BBC: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/3674533.stm
 New York Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2004/05/17/international/europe/17mace.html?th=&pagewanted=all&position=
 Associated Press: http://www.highbeam.com/doc/1P1-94026683.html
 told to blame the Anthrax attacks on Al Qaeda by White House officials: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/us_world/2008/08/02/2008-08-02_fbi_was_told_to_blame_anthrax_scare_on_a.html
 looked like: http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_MnYI3_FRbbQ/SJLfMP7mkrI/AAAAAAAAA94/irML20mNYDA/s400/anthrax.jpg
 tried to link the anthrax to Iraq: http://www.nytimes.com/2001/12/22/national/22INQU.html?pagewanted=all
 suggested: http://www.aei.org/article/22833
 reported: http://www.upi.com/Business_News/Security-Industry/2005/06/03/UPI-hears/UPI-64911117829623/
 admitted: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gAfzUOx53Rg
 saw: http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2009/may/10/g20-policing-agent-provacateurs
 admitted: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-14149676
 admitted: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3NUDWQ0U7N8&feature=player_embedded
 Syria: http://m.guardian.co.uk/politics/2003/sep/27/uk.syria1?cat=politics&type=article
 helped to create Al Qaeda: http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2012/09/sleeping-with-the-devil-how-u-s-and-saudi-backing-of-al-qaeda-led-to-911.html
 a terrorist act might be carried out in the U.S. and falsely blamed on Iran to justify war against that nation: http://web.archive.org/web/20070206230803/http://www.senate.gov/%7Eforeign/testimony/2007/BrzezinskiTestimony070201.pdf
 “if there is another terror attack, “I believe the president will get what he wants”: http://web.archive.org/web/20060321163815/http://www.bergen.com/page.php?qstr=eXJpcnk3ZjczN2Y3dnFlZUVFeXk2MDYmZmdiZWw3Zjd2cWVlRUV5eTY4MTU5MjcmeXJpcnk3ZjcxN2Y3dnFlZUVFeXky
 Robert David Steele: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_David_Steele
 carry out a false flag operation and blame it on Iran: http://www.phibetaiota.net/2011/10/robert-steele-iranian-plot-or-false-flag-fraud/
 Israel or Saudi Arabia could be setting up Iran: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f4lHDqpVnYU
 warned: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6d8MIENVtKw
 building boats that look like Iranian boats, and then putting Navy Seals on them to “start a shoot-up”: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QMLFlOqt2nk
 Which Path to Persia?: http://www.brookings.edu/%7E/media/files/rc/papers/2009/06_iran_strategy/06_iran_strategy.pdf
 “there is a very real danger” that the American government will stage a false flag terror attack in order to justify war against Iran: http://prisonplanet.com/Pages/Sept05/130905Galloway.htm
 stated: http://www.consortiumnews.com/2010/080310c.html
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