Ian Greenhalgh is a photographer and historian with a particular interest in military history and the real causes of conflicts.

His studies in history and background in the media industry have given him a keen insight into the use of mass media as a creator of conflict in the modern world.

His favored areas of study include state sponsored terrorism, media manufactured reality and the role of intelligence services in manipulation of populations and the perception of events.


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Start of Third World War is a matter of perspective

If you're within a warzone, it has already started

by Ian Greenhalgh

Throughout Europe and America, politicians, commentators, journalists, public figures of all kinds can often be heard chattering about the need to use military force against some target or other, invariably in a far off country; usually with no more justification than trotting out the same old worn-out and thoroughly discredited rhetoric of ‘The War On Terror’ and with no clear vision of who the enemy really is beyond the usual spurious allusion to ‘Islamic State’  or even more obtusely ‘Terrorists’.

The current crop of European and American leaders have no experience of the realities of warfare; George Bush Jr dodged the war in Vietnam by serving in an all-gay Air National Guard unit; John McCain spent his Vietnam largely under comfortable ‘confinement’ in one of Hanoi’s more luxurious hotels making treasonous propaganda broadcasts. None of Europe’s leaders were alive when the last war to ravage the continent ended in 1945.

Today’s leaders simply have no conception of the realities, horrors and terrible human costs of modern warfare.

However, they are probably intimately familiar with the kind of receipts and balance sheets that can result from arms sales and provoking wars in far off places.

The conflicts in Syria, Iraq, Ukraine, Libya, South Sudan, Nigeria, Afghanistan and elsewhere are not separate entities, they are all part of the same war against an international criminal cabal. We have clearly seen from the fighting in Syria and Iraq that the motivation behind this war is not religious; that the goal is not to create an Islamic State – rather it is simply greed for money and power. When ‘IS’ or more likely the Barzani Kurdish faction dressed up as ‘Islamic State Terrorists’ seized Mosul and the northern oil fields of Iraq it was a cynical move all about the profits to be made from stealing the oil reserves. When a multinational assortment of mercenaries operating out of Turkey with Saudi financing invaded northern Syria under the guise of ‘ISIS’ the aim was to pillage the land of it’s wealth and if necessary, overthrow the only force capable of resistance – the legally elected Assad government in Damascus.

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The kid’s game Whack-a-mole is analogous to the current state of affairs where conflicts arise in different regions but rather than being random are being controlled by a hidden hand.

The human costs of these criminal enterprises – the hundreds of thousands of dead, the millions of displaced refugees, the entire generation of Syrians and Iraqis scarred by the violence; these figures did not enter into the equations of the warmongers – they count only the profits from the stolen oil, the looted goods, the exploitation of the refugees. If they enter anything at all into the debit column of their grim balance sheets it will be the cost of arming and equipping their mercenary forces; but what are millions of dollars in guns and bullets when weighed against billions in stolen oil revenue?

Many analysts and commentators have mused that the current state of affairs could and most likely will, lead to an eventual Third World War. Perhaps that is a far too blinkered viewpoint, one that is only possible from the safe distance from the actual fighting these people inhabit.

Maybe if we were to look at things from the viewpoint of a person within one of the conflict zones we would feel that the Third World War is already upon us.

Here is an article from December 2015 by a Russian commentator on the the situation in the Donbass region of Ukraine which has been a conflict zone for over two years and where the people have become very familiar with the terrible nature of modern warfare. Perhaps the leaders of the West can, if only for a brief moment, place themselves in the position of the poor, war-ravaged people of the Donbass, allow themselves to be nauseated by the smells of war and finally decide to act to prevent the spread of these conflicts into something that can only be seen as a Third World War.


The smell of war is in the air…

Original: Publizist.ru / Nikolai Yurenev
Translated by Gleb Bazov / Edited by @GBabeuf

The putrid smell of war draws near. It is still difficult to make out, and for many—altogether impossible, but war is coming for us. As for me, I have not been able to shake off the feeling that the Third World War has already begun. For now, we still deceive ourselves that these are only local conflicts and nothing more…

But the ranks of our friends are catastrophically dwindling, while enemies grow in number…

Today, Russia has already opened two fronts: the Ukrainian in the Donbass and the Syrian. The third one—Turkish—is on its way, and from there, God knows where else.

There is still no single battlefront in this war. It is localized in all the corners of the globe.

Historians will one day identify its starting point—the genesis of the Third World War. Perhaps this line has already been crossed… after all, the Second World War also began not on June 22, 1941, but in September of 1939.

If we take a look at Syria, this conflict has already drawn in NATO, Russia and fifty other states. How is it not a world war?

A Russian warplane was shot down by Turkey, a member of NATO. Our military has, in return, promised to shoot down Turkish planes. An S-400 missile complex has been installed… Just imagine if an American plane is brought down. In the place of Turks, this is exactly the kind of provocation I would arrange. And that’s when all hell will break loose…

No, I am not defeatist, nor am I a panic-monger. If it’s my duty, so be it. “And we all to the last man shall die fighting for this!”

It is just that many of today’s patriots from the so-called “sofa regiment” have not even the slightest idea of what war truly is.

They think that it’s the same as watching TV talk shows with Soloviev, Tolstoy and Babayan, enthralled by the languorous excitement of pride in “our boys”, and in themselves, so patriotic-minded… Pride in Satanovskiy and in Eskin, sons of Israel, who so sweetly incite our bellicosity…

But war is the sour smell of cordite, “smokeless gunpowder”, that refuses to leave your nostrils. The smell of blazing diesel fuel and rubber, the smell of metal melting from the unbearable heat.

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The first thing anyone who entered the trenches of World War 1 for the first time noticed was the terrible smell.

It is the cloying sugary smell of burning fat. Human fat.

It is the smell of footcloths that have not been washed in a week. The stench of shit and piss from a latrine, used shyly at first, hiding behind a piece of plywood or a scrap of camouflage scrim, and later without a care for any decency.

War is the smell of a corpse decomposing in the intense sun, with dark-green rot and with eyes pecked out by the birds. It is the sight of a corpse, left lying at the foot of an elevation exposed to enemy fire, about whom no one gives a damn.

War is the smell of cheap cigarettes mixed in with fumes from homebrewed gut-rot after a wake in memory of the guys who did not come back after yesterday’s failed attack.

The smell of war is the scent of baked apples hanging from a charred apple tree near the ruins of a home where no one will ever live again. War smells like burned-to-the-root ripe ears of grain.

The smell of war is the gangrenous stench of field hospitals, the smell of bloodied bandages for which the funny ginger boy from yesterday’s transfer no longer has any use. He died from a jagged piece of shrapnel to the stomach…

And wafting above all this—the aromas of expensive cologne and cigars in the office of a politician turning a profit “for the war”. The incomparable scent of ink on freshly-printed banknotes…

 

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13 Responses to "Start of Third World War is a matter of perspective"

  1. Edward Longshanks  March 30, 2016 at 1:55 pm

    @Poppadop
    clarification for the people was normal during the third Reich. Compare the speeches with those of current politicians, a simple contradiction.
    Everybody get the book “Mein Kampf” for free at his marriage, without comments of stupid historians as in our days. Today the government thinks that the people are to stupid to understand it without.

  2. Ramirez  March 30, 2016 at 12:09 pm

    Yes, reading about the true Horrors of Dresden( Hamburg also) is something everyone ought to know. I have the book ‘Hellstorm’ which shows how utterly savage the saturation bombing was. 🙁

  3. Poppadop  March 30, 2016 at 11:53 am

    Right, “For by enforcing a policy of financial blackmail, to squeeze the last ounce of substance out of its people, it is forced also to take their last rights away from them…” I was very surprised to find that in “Mein Kampf.”

  4. Edward Longshanks  March 30, 2016 at 2:12 am

    I will not deny your answers.
    The simple rules of propaganda are explained in “Mein Kampf”.
    The Nazis learned them from the Communists.
    But the main factor to move the elector’s mind is the economic ache.

  5. Arrow  March 29, 2016 at 6:31 pm

    Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.–Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government.
    – The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America

  6. Arrow  March 29, 2016 at 6:30 pm

    Well done Ian. The only part that is an issue for me is “Perhaps the leaders of the West can, if only for a brief moment, place themselves in the position of the poor, war-ravaged people of the Donbass, allow themselves to be nauseated by the smells of war and finally decide to act to prevent the spread of these conflicts into something that can only be seen as a Third World War.”

    You previously stated “Today’s leaders simply have no conception of the realities, horrors and terrible human costs of modern warfare.” Therein lies the problem. Most people today recognize those psychopaths as leaders and believe they are powerless to stop the insanity. The solution was written long ago and has been right in front of us all… see the next posting.

  7. Poppadop  March 29, 2016 at 4:12 pm

    It is not allowed to shoot at the own borders, but it is allowed to shoot somewhere else.

    As long as no one is shooting at the banksters and someone is shooting at the banksters’ enemies, do you really think they care?

    “… the people themselves have no original convictions of their own. Their convictions are formed, of course, just as everywhere else. The decisive question is who enlightens the people; who educates them? Capital actually rules in those countries; that is, nothing more than a clique of a few hundred men who possess untold wealth…”
    ~ Adolf Hitler, 1940

  8. Snoop Dough  March 29, 2016 at 11:22 am

    Psychopaths run this world, it is as is said, when good people do not resist this evil demeanor, the innocent and 99% will suffer at their behest!

  9. davor  March 29, 2016 at 9:44 am

    It’s highly unfortunate for world affairs that UNSC members are considered above international law in all matters. All the other nations have to be vary and focussed on all movements of these dinosaurs, regardless of their own language group, affiliation and allegiances. You can be 100% supporter of American domination which is a legitimate view, but you cannot allow your self as a statesman to be unaware of the movements of American government. If UNSC was not so much about pharaohs and dinosaurs then there would be more open space for more effective international agreements.

  10. captain obvious  March 29, 2016 at 6:47 am

    my own take a little different, WW3 started with 9-11-01 when they nuked us for shock value just so lucky larry wouldnt have to remove all that asbestos. since then the same terrorists have attacked all countries mentioned first with hired thug mercenaries, then directly while claiming to help get rid of their hired terrorist thugs. most “western” governments are complicit in this crap, as well as the big media telling all the lies exactly as told to from the scripts.
    since 9-11 they’ve lit off near half dozen nukes and the worthless “UN” says nothing.

    • Ramirez  March 29, 2016 at 6:56 am

      Yes I guess that was the point where the ‘Fuse’ was lit, as a ‘test’ to see if they could ‘get away with it’. I guess I was looking at it from my homeland, so yes good point. The cultural genocide of Europe is been ramped up. This Summer is going to be particularly testing. I just bathe in as much truth as I can this is all I can do for now.

    • Ramirez  March 29, 2016 at 6:57 am

      Yeah the UN, built on the site of an Abbotoir.

      Grim.

  11. Ramirez  March 29, 2016 at 6:40 am

    I agree for me this War started a while ago, the war for the minds of those outside the grimness of the literal battlefield.

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