Craig Murray: The Chances of a Regional War

As countries with influence over Israel actively encourage the slaughter, Murray considers what will happen internationally and what is happening in Western societies.

Protest in Tehran opposing Israeli assault on the Gaza Strip, Oct. 14. (Amin Ahouei, TasminNews, Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 4.0)

By Craig Murray

Oct. 23 saw possibly the most violent bombardment of Gaza until that point, notably concentrated on precisely the areas into which Israel ordered the population to evacuate. I find it almost impossible to believe that this genocide is under way with the active support of almost all Western governments.

I want to look at two questions — what will happen internationally, and what is happening in Western societies.

Israel plainly is on the course of further escalation and intends to kill many thousands more Palestinians. More than 2,000 Palestinian children alone have now been killed by Israeli aerial attacks in the last fortnight.

Gaza has no defence from bombs and missiles, and there is no military reason why Israel cannot keep this up for months and simply rely upon aerial massacre. We are perhaps within a week of thirst, starvation and disease killing even more people per day than bombardment.

The population of Gaza is simply defenceless. Only international intervention can stop Israel from doing whatever it wishes, and those countries which have influence with Israel are actively abetting and encouraging the genocide.

The question is, what is Israel’s aim? Do they intend to reduce the Gaza Strip still further, annexing half or more of it? Will starvation and horror enable the international community to force Egypt to accept the expulsion of the population of Gaza into the Sinai Desert as a “humanitarian” move?

That appears to be the end game: expulsion of population and territorial expansion into Gaza.

That would require a ground invasion, but probably not until after even more intense aerial bombardment to eliminate all resistance.

This territorial ambition of course accords with the violent expansion of illegal settlement in the West Bank which is currently under way, with the world paying almost no attention.  It is very hard indeed to comprehend the passivity of Fatah and its leader, Mahmoud Abbas, at the moment.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s political stock within Israel is so low, that the only way he can recover is by making a major step towards the complete genocide of the Palestinian people and the achievement of Greater Israel. 

Netanyahu now knows that there is no violence against Palestinians so extreme that the Western political elite will not support it under the mantra of “Israel’s right to self-defence.”

I do not see any salvation for Gaza coming from Hezbollah. If Hezbollah were to employ their vaunted missile strike capabilities, the moment to do it would be now when the Israeli armour is drawn up in massive parks outside Gaza, a perfect target even for longer range missiles of limited accuracy. Once dispersed into Gaza the armour would be far harder for Hezbollah to hit at range.

[Related: Hezbollah Defeated Israel in 2006 — Can It Again?]

Hezbollah is even better equipped now to fight a defensive war in Lebanon than it was when it defeated the Israeli advance in 2006. But it is not configured or equipped to fight an aggressive ground war into Israel, which would be a disaster.

It also has to worry about hostile militias at its rear. If Hezbollah can provoke an Israeli incursion into Southern Lebanon, that would enable it to inflict substantial casualties, but Israel is not going to do that in a way that detracts from its capabilities in Gaza.

Iran’s Limited Patience

Iran's Foreign MinisterHossein Amir Abdollahian in 2021. (By Tasnim News Agency, Wikimedia Commons, CC BY 4.0)

Iran’s Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian in 2021. (Tasnim News Agency, Wikimedia Commons, CC BY 4.0)

Iran has greatly improved its diplomatic position in the last year. The Chinese-brokered lessening of hostility with Saudi Arabia has potential to revolutionise Middle Eastern politics and the benefits of this will not lightly be laid aside by Tehran. Iran had also made real progress with the Biden administration in overcoming the blind hostility of the Trump years.

Iran has no desire to throw away these gains.  That is why it seems to me extremely improbable that Iran endorsed the Oct. 7  attacks by Hamas. Iran is now restraining Hezbollah.

But there are limits to the patience of Iran. The extraordinary truth is that Iran is probably the only state under discussion here with a genuine humanitarian concern for the lives of Palestinians. If the genocide unfolds as horribly as I anticipate, Iran can be pushed too far.

That said, I offer just a cautionary footnote that Saudi Arabia is not, under Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman Al Saud quite the reliable U.S./Israeli puppet it has historically been. I do not have much time for MBS, as readers know, but his high opinion of the importance of the House of Saud and its leadership role among Arabs, makes him a different proposition from his predecessor.

Saudi Arabia has leverage. The Biden administration has gone all in on regional domination, sending two aircraft carrier groups into a situation which, if it escalates, could send oil prices to highest-ever levels, with Russia blocked from the market. U.S. President Joe Biden is risking a huge gas price hike in an election year.

Biden’s calculation, or that of his security services, is that nobody can or will intervene to save the Palestinians. They judge the genocide as containable. That is an extraordinary gamble.

There has been an extraordinary amount of vitriol aimed at Qatar by pro-Israel commentators, for hosting the Hamas office and leadership. This is extraordinarily ignorant.

Qatar’s Diplomatic Venue

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken meeting with Qatari Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani in Doha, Oct.13. (State Department, Chuck Kennedy/Public domain)

Qatar hosts Hamas, just as Qatar hosted the Taliban Information Office, at the direct request of the United States. It provides a means of dialogue between the United States and Hamas (exactly as it did with the Taliban) both at deniable level, and through third parties, including of course the government of Qatar.

Thus when U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken arrived in Qatar one day and the Iranian foreign minister the next, these were in fact “proximity talks” involving Hamas.

How do I know? Well, at Julian Assange’s request, I visited Qatar about five years ago to discuss whether Julian, and WikiLeaks, might potentially relocate to Qatar, which Julian had described as “the new Switzerland” in terms of being a neutral diplomatic venue.

It was explained to me by the Qataris, at a very senior level, that Qatar hosted the Taliban Information Office and Hamas because the United States government had asked them to do so. Qatar hosted a major U.S. military base and depended on U.S. support against a Saudi takeover.

I was told that If I could generate a request from then U.S. President Donald Trump for Qatar to host WikiLeaks, then they would do so. Otherwise, no.

So I know what I am talking about.

One tiny but good result of this brokering in Qatar was the release of two American national hostages. British diplomats have told me that discussions in Qatar have so far held back the Israeli ground offensive, but I am not convinced that Israel really wished to do this yet. They are having sadistic fun shooting children in a barrel.

Qatar has also been the origin of deals allowing a tiny amount of aid into Gaza, but this is so small as to be almost irrelevant. It is performative humanitarianism by the West.

China & Russia

Vassily Nebenzia, center left, Russia’s U.N. ambassador, speaking with China’s U.N. Ambassador Zhang Jun ahead of the Security Council meeting on the Middle East on Oct. 18. (UN Photo/Manuel Elías)

I have frequently praised China for the fact that their economic dominance has been unaccompanied by any aggressive desire for world hegemony, but this also has its downside. China sees no benefit in assisting the Palestinians in practice.

Hopeful reports of China sending warships refer simply to pre-planned exercises, largely in the Gulf. That China is carrying out such joint exercises with Gulf states is indeed part of a long term increase of influence, but is not relevant to the immediate reality.

Russia of course has its hands full in Ukraine. It is allowing its Syrian bases to be used as a conduit following increased Israeli bombing of Syrian airports, but there is not a great deal more that it can do.

Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is genuinely furious at what is happening in Gaza, but is struggling to find any way to apply pressure, barring linkage to Ukraine shipping issues (which Erdogan is considering).

January 2009: Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Erdogan storms out of a World Economic Forum session on “Gaza, the Case for Middle East Peace” with, from left, The Washington Post‘s David Ignatius; Israel’s President Shimon Peres, U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and Amre Moussa, secretary-general of the League of Arab States. (World Economic Forum, Wikimedia Commons,CC BY-SA 2.0)

That is a very rough and ready tour d’horizon, but the net effect is that I see no current hope for averting the atrocity which is unfolding before our horrified eyes.

Leadership Gap in the West

Most of our eyes are indeed horrified. The gap between the western political and media elites and their people on this issue is simply enormous.

Western leaders have not only failed to restrain Israel, they have almost unanimously egged Netanyahu on, with the continued repetition of the phrase “Israel’s right to self-defence” as justification for the mass bombing, removal and starvation of an entire civilian population.

The Western leadership glee in vetoing every attempt at a ceasefire resolution at the U.N. is astonishing.

[Related: WATCH: UN Security Council Talks as Gazans Die; Israel Calls for SG’s Head and WATCH: US Vetoes UN Resolution for Ceasefire in Gaza]

Massive demonstrations have been taking place across Europe against this unspeakable massacre, and the knee-jerk reaction of politicians at their isolation from public opinion has been to try to make such shows of dissent illegal.

In the U.K. people have been arrested for displaying Palestinian flags. In Germany pro-Palestinian demonstrations have been entirely banned. Something similar has been attempted in France, with predictable failure.

I have myself attended pro-Palestinian demonstrations in three countries, and the most striking thing on each occasion was the strong support of passers-by, and the number of people spontaneously coming out to join the demo as it passed.

Anti-war demonstrations with Palestinian flags in Amsterdam on Oct. 15. (PersianDutchNetwork, Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 4.0)

A wave of racism has been unleashed in the U.K. and elsewhere. I am astonished by the Islamophobia and racial hatred released online, with no apparent comeback.

U.K. ministers claim to be alarmed at the “terrorist sympathies” of pro-Palestinian demonstrators, yet it is perfectly legal to call for Palestinians to be exterminated, to compare them to different types of animal and vermin, and suggest they should be driven into the sea. That does not horrify ministers at all.

It has also become dangerous to merely suggest that Palestinians too have a right to self-defence and may offer armed resistance to genocide — a right they enjoy beyond doubt in international law.

Remember, Israel has formally declared war. Is it the position in British law that the only belief it is legal to hold and express, is that in this war the Palestinians must simply line up quietly to be killed?

The step change in Western authoritarianism is likely to be met by blowback.

After 20 years, we had finally come through the vicious cycle of the “War on Terror,” where terrorism, repression and institutionalised Islamophobia all boosted each other across the Western world.

Outrage at the appalling genocide in Gaza is very likely to result in isolated incidences of, also appalling, Islamist-inspired violence in Western countries, including the U.K, particularly because of the U.K.’s military support of Israel.

Police in London’s Trafalgar Square on Oct. 14 during a mass demonstration against the Israel siege and bombing of Gaza. (Alisdaire Hickson, Flickr, CC BY-SA 2.0)

That consequential terrorism in itself will be cited by the political elite as justifying their stance. And so the vicious cycle will restart. This will of course be welcome to the agents of the security state, whose power, budgets and prestige will be boosted.

Once again we have to be on the lookout for radicalisation and real terrorism, but also for agent-provocateur-led terrorism and for false flag terrorism.

If we descend back into that nightmare again, the direct cause will be elite support for the genocide of the Palestinian people and the Islamophobic narrative. The major cause of terrorism here is Israel, the terrorist apartheid state.

My Own ‘Terrorism’ Investigation   

My phone is not being returned to me by police as, astonishingly, I am now formally under investigation for terrorism. Whether this relates to support for Palestine or for WikiLeaks was not made clear.

What follows is, unspun and unvarnished, my account of my interview under Schedule 7 of the Terrorism Act as given to my lawyers:

I arrived from Keflavik airport, Iceland to Glasgow airport at about 10 a.m. on Monday 16 October. After passport control I was stopped by three police officers, two male and one female, who asked me to accompany them to a detention room.

They seated me in the room and told me:

  • I was detained under Section 7 of the Terrorism Act
  • I was not arrested but detained, and therefore had no right to a lawyer.
  • I had no right to remain silent. I had to give full and accurate information in response to questions. It was a criminal offence to withhold any relevant information.
  • I had to give up any passwords to my devices. It was a criminal offence not to do this.

(Craig Murray)

They searched my baggage and my coat, going through my documents and taking my phone and laptop. They did not look at one document from Julian Assange’s lawyers that I told them was privileged.

They asked me about boarding cards for Brussels and Dublin they found and what I had been doing there. I replied I was at a debate at Trinity College in Dublin, while in Brussels I had attended a human rights meeting focused on the case of Julian Assange.

They asked me to identify individuals on some visiting cards I had from the Brussels meeting (one was a German member of Parliament).

They asked me the purpose of my visit to Iceland. I told them that I was attending a coordinating meeting of the campaign to free Julian Assange. I said I had also attended a pro-Palestinian rally outside the Icelandic Parliament, but that had not been a prior intention.

They asked how I earnt my living. I said from two sources: voluntary subscriptions to my blog and my civil-service pension.

They asked what organisations I am a member of. I said the Alba Party. I said I worked with WikiLeaks and the Don’t Extradite Assange campaign, but was not formally a “member” of either. I was a life member of the FDA union [for professionals in public service]. No other organisations.

They asked if I received any money from WikiLeaks, from Don’t Extradite Assange or from the Assange family (separate questions). I replied no, except occasional travel expenses from Don’t Extradite Assange. In December I had done a tour of Germany and received a fee from the Wau Holland Foundation, a German free speech charity.

They asked what other campaigns I had been involved in. I said many, from the Anti-Nazi League and Anti-Apartheid movement on. I had campaigned for Guantanamo inmates alongside Caged Prisoners.

They asked why I had attended the pro-Palestine demo in Iceland. I said one of the speakers had invited me, Ögmundur Jónasson. He was a former Icelandic interior minister. I said I did not know what the speeches said as they were all in Icelandic.

They asked whether I intended to attend any pro-Palestinian rallies in the U.K. I said I had no plans but probably would.

They asked how I judged whether to speak alongside others on the same platform. I replied I depended on organisers I trusted, like the Palestine Solidarity Committee or Stop the War. It was impossible to know who everyone was at a big rally.

They asked if anyone else posted to my twitter or blog. I replied no, it was all me.

They asked how considered my tweets were. I replied that those which were links to my blog posts were my considered writing. Others were more ephemeral and like everyone else I sometimes made mistakes and sometimes apologised. They asked if I deleted tweets and I said very seldom.

I volunteered that I thought I understood the tweet that worried them and agreed it could have been more nuanced. This was the limitation of Twitter, [now X]. It was intended to refer only to the current situation within Gaza and the Palestinian people’s right of self-defence from genocide.

That was more or less it. The interview was kept to exactly an hour and at one point one said to another “18 minutes left.” They did not tell me why. At one point they did mention protected journalistic material on my laptop but I was too dazed to take advantage of this and specify anything.

They took my bank account details and copies of all my bank cards.

This is an enormous abuse of human rights. The abuse of process in refusing both a lawyer and the right to remain silent, the inquiry into perfectly legal campaigning which is in no way terrorism-associated, the political questioning, the financial snooping and the seizure of material related to my private life, were all based on an utterly fake claim that I am associated with terrorism.

I have to date not been arrested and not charged. Contempt of court is therefore not in play and you are free to comment on the case (although in the current atmosphere any kind of free thought is liable to vicious state action). I am safe and currently in Dublin. I intend next to travel to Switzerland to take this up with the United Nations.

My legal team have already made a submission against this outrage to the United Nations Human Rights Committee and are looking at the possibility of judicial review in the U.K. We also have to prepare the defence against possible terrorism charges, ludicrous as that sounds.

I am afraid this all costs money. I am grateful for the unfailing generosity of people in what seems a continual history of persecution.

Craig Murray is an author, broadcaster and human rights activist. He was British ambassador to Uzbekistan from August 2002 to October 2004 and rector of the University of Dundee from 2007 to 2010. His coverage is entirely dependent on reader support. Subscriptions to keep this blog going are gratefully received.

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32 comments for “Craig Murray: The Chances of a Regional War

  1. Anon
    October 27, 2023 at 13:21

    Tnx Craig, CN… Truthtelling (US foreign affairs branch) a rare commodity these days!
    Far as PD “interview”… Post 9/11, so what else is new?
    Regardless of contrary evidence, our nation continues to shred our Bill of Rights, no surprise an Anti-Wikileaks ally (reminder: Post King George)… same corporate capture / $uppression… pulls same on Ex- public official!

  2. Vera Gottlieb
    October 27, 2023 at 10:20

    Where??? are all the backstabbing Arab/Muslim nations of that region? Why aren’t they intervening and defending Palestinians? Because they never cared for Palestinians!

  3. Barbara Mullin
    October 27, 2023 at 09:59

    Massive projection of the accusers faults onto the other going on big time. So many falling for all the lies. Guess this is all part of “Global Capitalism” and the new world order.

  4. ray Peterson
    October 27, 2023 at 08:18

    Craig, what’s to be astonished about? When Julian and WikiLeaks
    revealed U.S. and western militarism, Collateral War video, all
    independent thought is made criminal; a terrorist act, thanks
    to 9/11.
    Julian imprisoned for truthful journalism, you an ex-ambassador,
    treading on thin ice. Nothing shocking or surprising here, Winston, it’s 1984.

  5. Dr. Hujjathullah M.H.B. Sahib
    October 27, 2023 at 03:33

    Deep respects to Murray for bravely standing up to the Zionist-directed, establishment-led lunacy against the poor Palestinians, Assange and also the enforcement lunacy applied to even himself. His informal ordeal with these so-called “security” jurks is quite revealing !

  6. Rafael
    October 27, 2023 at 03:09

    “I find it almost impossible to believe that this genocide is under way with the active support of almost all Western governments.”

    Does it really surprise you Craig? Can you suggest what other behaviour one could have realistically expected?

  7. Eric
    October 27, 2023 at 01:36

    Not charged with anything, therefore:
    • no right to a lawyer.
    • no right to remain silent.
    • required to give full and accurate information in response to questions.
    • criminal offence to withhold any relevant information.
    • required to give up any passwords to my devices.
    • criminal offence to withhold passwords.

    What a model of democracy Britain is!

  8. WillD
    October 26, 2023 at 23:49

    If anyone in the non-West had any doubts about the lack of sincerity of the western nations in condemning any and all violence, apartheid, and discrimination – they must now have finally been buried once and for all. The west, in openly and actively supporting supporting the highly visible and irrefutable set of war crimes and genocide (ethnic cleansing) performed by Israel against the Palestinians (over so many years), has finally lost what little moral credibility it had left.

    It proves this every day with its support, sending money and military support, stopping all attempts to achieve a ceasefire, preventing humanitarian aid getting through, and actively and deliberately silencing support for Palestine. It is directly complicit in these hideous and vicious war crimes.

    International law, the UN, and all the other supposedly peace-keeping agencies are revealed as powerless to hold them to account. They should be lining them up at The Hague. The ICC should be booked solid with investigations and trials.

  9. Rafi Simonton
    October 26, 2023 at 19:19

    So a precedent that “free speech” = terrorism. Ipso facto we’re all guilty since any dissent is proof; no charges, no formal procedures needed. Thank you UK for making this obvious. I’m sure soon this will be done openly in the US given the successful application at Gitmo.

  10. bardamu
    October 26, 2023 at 19:14

    It’s getting dark fast here in the West.

  11. Beth
    October 26, 2023 at 17:27

    The Disunited Kingdom has been the source of the planet’s word for hundreds of years. They must be immensely disappointed that Amerikkka has superseded them in this respect.

  12. October 26, 2023 at 14:46

    “Never again” is apparantly an oxymoron, perhaps it always was.

  13. daniel
    October 26, 2023 at 12:46

    Thank you so much, Mr. Murray, for this insightful and concise recap of issues, including your own(!)

    It can no longer be denied that Western ‘leaders’ are either ignorant of the lawlessness of their actions or willfully creating, supporting and bringing to power totalitarian/fascistic structures to implement total control. These are the only two answers to the multiple anti-liberty positions and actions they are taking in their mad dash to total control.

    But ‘cuz terrorism’ is no longer cutting it, as 20 years of cognitive distortion and mass media hypnotism are finally beginning to fail. All who have the courage to see are being shown who the terrorists actually are (hint: it ain’t We The People,) and I suppose we have our ‘dear leaders’ to thank for making the battle lines so clear.

  14. BettyK
    October 26, 2023 at 12:42

    As I read your account of what happened to you in Iceland by the Scotland police, I sat here with my mouth literally hanging open at the injustice of it all. Even if it had been the Iceland police that had detained you that would have been horrific enough. But how on earth does the Scotland police justify detaining you at an Iceland airport. I believe that the past few years have only been the beginning of the extent to which persecution will be leveled on the people of so called “democratic” countries. Thank you for integrity.

    • Marika Czaja
      October 26, 2023 at 19:00

      Hallo, BettyK
      Craig Murray was detained by three police officers at Glasgow Airport – not in Iceland. Kind regards, Marika

    • Rafael
      October 27, 2023 at 02:21

      I was confused by that too, but I think he meant he was detained in Glasgow, on arrival from Iceland.

    • Gordon Hastie
      October 27, 2023 at 02:43

      This, after Murray has already served a prison term, having been fitted up by the Scottish Government in collaboration with the Crown Office and Poluce Scotland. Very dark days.

  15. ABruce
    October 26, 2023 at 11:16

    So, as a long-time financial supporter of Craig, can I expect the next time I fly back to Airstrip One, that I will be detained for my support of terrorism. Anything is now possible in this dystopian madhouse.

  16. Emma
    October 26, 2023 at 10:23

    Well, count on an arch-conservative like Orban to get it wrong.

    What western Europe is becoming is the Neo-Axis Powers. It was the USSR that stood up to them and defeated the Classic version of the Axis Powers.

    We are seeing Europe united, again. And its the old countries that had right-wing fascist movements in the 1930-40’s. Germany and Italy of course. Vichy France joining in. The UK as well. Adolf was always confused that he couldn’t get the English capitalists/arch-conservatives to attack the USSR with him. And of course, we have the Lucky Lindy for Fascism faction in America. Along with the old militarist friends in Japan hoping again for a new era of the Rising Sun in China.

    Europe is not becoming a ‘new USSR’ with an emphasis on education and health care and rising life expediencies. ‘Peace, Bread, Land’ is not the slogan of neo-Axis Europe. Europe is becoming the Axis powers ….again. And once again building big camps for the ‘sub-humans’ from the ‘jungle’ who threaten Europe’s ‘sacred garden’ while spending all the money on armaments and waging war from the Arctic Circle to the Holy Land.

    A new People’s Army is the cure, not the disease. And of course Europe will unite to fight such a thing should it arise, just like they’ve always done. Nothing offends the Europeans more than People Power.

    • Gordon Hastie
      October 27, 2023 at 02:46

      The disgusting US warmonger Victoria Nuland got one thing half right: eff the EU.

  17. Yossarian
    October 26, 2023 at 10:11

    Remember George C. Scott, in “Dr. Strangelove?”
    General “Buck” Turgidson : “Mr. President, I’m not saying we wouldn’t get our hair mussed. But I do say no more than ten to twenty million killed, tops. Uh, depending on the breaks.”

    Joe Biden just gave his big thumbs up for that policy. The War President came out and said that ‘innocent civilians’ dying is the ‘price to pay’ for wars. This is from the President that loves war. The President who has never met a war he didn’t love. The President who always wants higher ‘defense’ spending. The President who is currently fighting TWO wars, and still pouring gasoline on Taiwan. The President who has blocked peace negotiations in one of those wars, to make sure it continues. The President who currently backs Israeli genocide and says only ‘praise the Lord and pass the Ammunition.’ The President who sets unconditional surrender as the only ‘peace’ option in Palestine, just like with Russia.

    Joe Biden does not care if ‘innocent civilians’ in America die in his many wars.
    A vote for Joe Biden is a suicide mission.
    (D) is for Death.

    • J Anthony
      October 27, 2023 at 10:20

      You’re 100% right. But don’t assume an (R) vote is any better.

  18. susan
    October 26, 2023 at 08:31

    We should all be very, very afraid – the world is being run by lunatic oligarchs who care nothing about the rest of us and who are hell-bent on destroying not only large swaths of human beings but other species as well. The survival of our planet is precarious at best and the “powers at be” are determined to push us off the proverbial cliff – all in the name of avarice…

    • Lena
      October 26, 2023 at 13:04

      It’s faschism.
      Yes, it’s very scary.
      I have family there. In Gaza.

    • J Anthony
      October 27, 2023 at 10:20

      You’re right but we mustn’t let fear get the best of us. That’s what they want.

  19. Sam F
    October 26, 2023 at 06:32

    Thanks to Craig Murray for this insight into likely responses to the US/Israeli genocide.
    The government harassment of dissent reflects the extreme degradation of democracy and news media in the West.
    The degradation is due to gold, greed, and the resulting personal and institutional corruption.

  20. peter mcloughlin
    October 26, 2023 at 05:48

    History predicts that the war will escalate into a regional conflict, and so merge with wider disputes leading to WW III. The problem is no one that truly the lesson of history. And it comes down to a simple syllogism: every empire eventually faces the war it is trying to avoid: everyone, of course, wants to avoid nuclear Armageddon; therefore, that is the fate that awaits. Paradoxically, the only way to avoid that fate is to accept it.

  21. james
    October 26, 2023 at 04:57

    i read your article and would like to voice my support for you and consotium news stand up for and that which you stand against. if i were able i would gladly send financial support but alas i am not in a position financially to do so.

    as i have seen that which transpires over the decades i have been aware of what has been going on globally i find myself being disallusioned that the world will ever be able to right itself/change direction for the actual betterment of societies in general. it would seem we are beset and run asunder by so many driven by personal gain of wealth and power to the detriment of the vast majority of peoples worldwide.

    as a citizen of the usa i am even further saddened as it would be my assessment that my country is the biggest cause of all that has transpired over these many years, pretty much my entire life. as an american citizen i have been privy to interaction with many of my fellow americans and find them woefully ignorant at best and thoroughly supportive of what our country is responsible for at worst.

    to be sure there are many here who are aware and are supportive of positive change but it would seem they will never be strong enough to really provide an effective enough counter to what transpires. i see people who stand whole heartedly with the democrats here and just spend their time focusing on subjects such as trump and i see many who counter that with the republicans and focus on biden and his corrupt clan and colaborating miscreants. unfortunate as the truth is both are so perverse and pervasive. A Clown Show In High Def 3D.

    i would endeavor to suggest that many who are sucked into the Circus Of Lies/The Manipulation Of Public Perception/The Manufacture Of Global Consent For Atrocity have not a clue as to what they support in truth and if all is considered so many from opposing sides actually have the same aspirations and desires. that of a better life for themselves and their families/friends/communities, a future that allows them the peace and prosperity they desire in common and yet they will not see the truth until the destruction and mayhem is visited on their doorsteps. unfortunately that will be the point for most where they succumb to tragedy and will be unable to do anything about it.

    In Hopes Of A Better World.

    Peace Out/Peace Forever

    • graeme pedersen
      October 26, 2023 at 20:27

      Congratulations on making such an informative comment. I come away from my computer totally depressed at the so called “civilised’ world’s actions. I am 79 & have been diagnosed with cancer and sometimes feel I am one of the lucky ones who won’t be confronted with WW3 or Climate change. The so-called progress of the human race confuses me and many of my era. I believe N.Z. (where I live) is being drawn into the AUKUS group because our media and consequently, our politicians read & swallow the MSMgarbage emanating from the States.

  22. MrDMK
    October 26, 2023 at 01:25

    The Hungarian Prime Minister, Viktor Orbán put it best (paraphrased):

    “The European Union is doing its best to become the old USSR…”

    That would include jolly ole England.

    As far as Israel goes, bombing an entire society to bits or forcibly moving them to a different part of the world is the definition of genocide.

  23. Lois Gagnon
    October 25, 2023 at 19:24

    The US and its vassals along with Israel think they are above the law in persecuting people for exercising their rights. They are openly displaying their contempt for democracy and human rights through their draconian actions. May they reap everything they are sowing and then some. Give ‘em hell Mr. Murray!

  24. RomfordRob
    October 25, 2023 at 17:51

    Thank goodness for Craig Murray. Informed, intellectually and emotionally equipped to face the slings and arrows of Britain run lunatic. Gentleness, persistence, integrity, courage and honesty. Just reading this account gives me hope.

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