Craig Murray: What We’ve Learned in 2023

The author has no doubt we are in for a period of more propaganda, fake terrorist plots, false flag actual terrorism and agent provocateur-led terrorism.

A Palestinian man in wreckage of Israeli airstrike on El-Remal in Gaza City Oct. 9, 2023. (Palestinian News & Information Agency, or Wafa, for APAimages, Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 3.0)

By Craig Murray

We have learnt this year that there is no crime so startling, so obvious and so visible to the whole world, that the United States and Israel are not willing to commit brazenly and openly.

The massacre of 20,000 people includes the killing of babies and infants, the deliberate shooting of pregnant women and toddlers, the murder of old ladies in church and the execution of prisoners stripped naked.

This is all justified as “Israel’s right of self-defence”.

We have also seen the increasing rise of fascism as western governments crack down on their publics in order to curtail political resistance to the genocide. Activists Tony Greenstein, Mick Napier and I have all been harassed under the Terrorism Act.

I have left the country because I fear I am officially “under investigation” under the Terrorism Act and I fear I shall be arrested and placed in jail for two years awaiting trial. Numerous people have been arrested for expressing their horror at the massacre through placards, words or even songs that the police judge “offensive”.

Police action is often prompted by instruction from self-appointed Zionist vigilante organisations.

We are also seeing, exactly as I predicted, a replay of the “War on Terror” state Islamophobic propaganda. Do you remember the famous “ricin plot” where the ricin found was the trace level to be found in every kitchen?

The British government kept it Top Secret for two years that there was in fact no ricin. Or the non-existent Easter Bomb Plot where the “ingredient of improvised explosives” found turned out to be a bag of sugar?

In Germany they have a great deal of work to do to justify the world’s most extreme anti-Palestinian governmental racism, so they have invented a “Hamas terror plot” and arrested four young Muslims. No evidence at all that been produced to justify this.

Hamas has never, ever conducted any violent attack outside of Palestine and it has always been their policy not to do so – and it still is. The notion is ludicrous that at this time Hamas have decided to suddenly lose the propaganda war which they are winning worldwide, by attacking Germany.

Germany’s governments have form of course, not only for genocide, but also for enthusiastic creation of fake terrorism.

The German government was heavily implicated both in false flag terrorist attacks in Tashkent, which I was able to investigate and report to the U.K. government in real time, and in the creation of a whole fake terrorist organisation, “The Islamic Jihad Union of Uzbekistan”, which was entirely the work of the C.I.A. and the German security services.

The aim at that time was to justify the German military airbase at Termez in Uzbekistan, operating into Afghanistan. People forget German participation on the losing side in the last Afghan war.

I have no doubt we are in for a period of more propaganda, fake terrorist plots, false flag actual terrorism and agent provocateur led-terrorism. It is the only way the Establishment can hope to regain the propaganda narrative.

I have not quite got used yet to my new position as an itinerant terrorist, so I apologise that posting has been a bit scarce due to a lot of organisational bother and a general sense of discombobulation.

This is being dashed off at Milan airport. I am very happy on a personal note to say that my family are joining me at an exotic venue for Christmas and New Year, so you may not hear much from me till mid-January as I owe my children a great deal of my attention.

I do wish you a safe and very happy festive season wherever you are, and hope you can be together with those you love. For all those living in fear and danger, particularly but not only those in Gaza, my thoughts along with those of millions around the world are with you now and always.

Shortly before the first Iraq War, between the invasion of Kuwait and the outbreak of real hostilities, I sent a minute in reply to one from John Major. I was working in the Embargo Surveillance Centre, a Top Secret establishment operating from an underground NATO HQ in central London.

We were among the recipients of a Christmas message from the Prime Minister which combined Christian wishes with a bellicose message. I replied in a formal minute with this verse from the carol It Came Upon the Midnight Clear:

But with the woes of sin and strife
The world has suffered long;
Beneath the angel-strain have rolled
Two thousand years of wrong;
And man, at war with man, hears not
The love-song which they bring; –
Oh hush the noise, ye men of strife,
And hear the angels sing!

Whomever the angels are to you, I hope you hear them sing.

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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24 comments for “Craig Murray: What We’ve Learned in 2023

  1. SteveK9
    December 27, 2023 at 21:59

    A lot closer to Bolshevism than Fascism. Led by the same group.

  2. Drew Hunkins
    December 27, 2023 at 13:04

    What we’ve learned is that all the people who were ridiculed for saying our media are dominated by Zionists were right all along and deserve a big apology.

    The barbaric and sadistic pro-Israel zealots – who have a sick fetish over torturing and murdering thousands of Palestinian infants and toddlers – clearly control the American mainstream media. It’s not the “Chinese” or the “Saudis” but creepy millionaire and billionaire Zionists who have a lock on what the U.S. public hears regarding daily repugnant Zionist violence against innocent Palestinians. The U.S. media and also many establishment celebrities have now exposed themselves as little more than Israeli shills.

    The American media are standing by and allowing the Israeli government to commit a grotesque months long ethnic cleansing and they’re barely issuing any condemnation or mild criticisms. The media along with the U.S. Congress are bought and paid for and completely dominated by pro-Israel partisans who are insanely Islamophobic and polluted with irrational religious dogma.

    Recently Israeli officials discussed plans to have each nation of the world accept 15,000 “displaced” Palestinians. Either they emigrate to a foreign land or stay and be killed by the Israeli Defense [sic] Forces. That our dominant U.S. press has no words of admonishment for this blatant Israeli crime against humanity tells one all they need to know about who’s tyrannically dominating the communication channels.

    • LeoSun
      December 28, 2023 at 12:34

      W/o a doubt, Drew Hunkins,” you are, 100% on point!!! TY.

      “Keep it Lit!”

      • Drew Hunkins
        December 28, 2023 at 15:13

        Thank you.

        Stay strong.

  3. December 27, 2023 at 02:45

    Beautifully written, Mr. Murray.

    Your compassion is exemplary.

  4. LeoSun
    December 26, 2023 at 23:08

    ‘Whomever the angels are for you, I hope you you hear them sing.” Oh, Mr. Murray, I (We) hear you “singing” w/all of ‘em!!! TY.

    “What We’ve Learned” today, 12.26.23, is Craig Murray has left the country, is officially “under investigation;” and, is SAFE!!! i e., CRAIG MURRAY, “I am very happy on a personal note to say that my family are joining me at an exotic venue for Christmas and New Year, so you may not hear much from me till mid-January as I owe my children a great deal of my attention.” CHEERS! “Ring the Bell, that Still can Ring!!!”

    …….* “I can’t run no more w/that lawless crowd, while the killers in high places say their prayers out loud; BUT, they’ve summoned, they’ve summoned up a thundercloud, they’re gonna hear from me” …i.e., “mid-January,” Craig Murray.

    “What We’ve Learned in 2023, “Keep thy head on a swivel;”

    AND, “The wars, they will be fought again. The holy dove, she will be caught again. Bought and sold and bought, again. The dove is never free.” “Anthem,” listen @ hxxps://

    Onward & Upwards! Ciao

    • Valerie
      December 27, 2023 at 04:52

      Thankyou LeoSun for that beautiful song. The words “there’s a crack in everything, where the light gets in” reminded me of the Irish actor/comedian Spike Milligan, who wrote this one of many, poems:

      “There are holes in the sky where the rain gets in,
      But they’re ever so small, that’s why rain’s so thin.”

      (Mr. Murray will undoubtedly know Spike Milligan’s works/performances/radio shows etc)


      • LeoSun
        December 28, 2023 at 11:22

        Oh, Valerie, you’re very welcome! TY!!! “that beautiful song,” Anthem, written by Leonard Cohen, in 1992, for his album, “The Future.” Thirty-One (31) years later, “The Future, Anthem, et al., ”detail the f.u.b.a.r., compound fractures, in everything, being blown to smithereens, in 2023!

        “There is a crack in everything, that’s how the light gets in,” is the story of Leonard Cohen’s “Anthem.” The message, of hope in darkness, is particularly striking for many in the wake of the US election;” AND, imo, the deception, destruction, and death, executed by governments, the “Powers That Be.”

        Valerie, admittedly, Spike Milligan, was unfamiliar to me. Thank you, Valerie, for turning us on to Spike Milligan. I’m now gonna share his work w/everyone! I have little children whom are gonna Like/Love Spike Milligan’s poetry. For example:

        …… “A lion is fierce: His teeth can pierce the skin of a postman’s knee. It serves him right that, because of his bite, he gets no letters, you see.”

        …… “The Veggie Lion,” I used to be ferocious. I even tried to kill! But, the sight of all the blood made me feel quite ill. I once attacked an Elephant. I sprang at his head. I woke up three days later, in a jungle hospital bed. NOW, I just eat carrots. They’re easy to kill; cos, when I pounce upon them, They remain quite still.” Spike Milligan

        AND, Spike Milligan’s first serious poem, “written after burying the dead following a direct hit on his battery that left only two (2) survivors:”

        …….“The Soldiers At Lauro,” “Young are our dead. Like babies they lie. The wombs they blest once, not healed dry; and, yet, too soon, into each space, a cold earth falls on colder face. Quite still they lie. These fresh-cut reeds clutched in earth like winter seeds; but, they will not bloom when called in the Spring to burst w/leaf & blossoming. They sleep on in silent dust as crosses rot and helmets rust.”

        Hence, Valerie, calling, “for worldwide peace and the end of devastating wars and fighting,” is absolutely, the right call aka Spot On!!!

        TY, Valerie, for the enlightment, “Spike Milligan!!!” in these beyond dark times, “Keep It Lit!”

        • Valerie
          December 28, 2023 at 14:25

          So glad LeoSun you found Spike Milligan. He wrote many things for children. He was a very humourous man. I loved his late night TV shows in England when i was in my teens. Here’s an episode of Q5. Some of his sketches are Monty Pythonish:


  5. WillD
    December 26, 2023 at 21:38

    We are in a new Dark Age.

  6. Craig Baird
    December 26, 2023 at 18:07

    Hi Craig. It’s a topsy turvy world we live in when we have to hide from our own governments for speaking truth. I’m sorry to hear that you’re now “on the run” and I hope that one of your readers who has the means, is able to offer you sanctuary somewhere. A sanctuary where you can continue to be with your family and highlight the duplicitous dealings of world governments. If our honest journalist are silenced, we really have no hope. I wish you all the very best to you and your family and thank you for being an honest man of principle.

  7. Bobok
    December 26, 2023 at 17:01

    One thing I’ve learned this year is to admire more and more the writings of Craig Murray. He speaks so honestly, with not a trace of self-aggrandizement, that each finished piece is a gift, elegant in its simplicity and thoughtfulness. Thanks to you, Craig Murray, for your essential goodnes.

  8. Susan
    December 26, 2023 at 14:29

    Thank you Craig for continuing to shine the light on truth about the establishment abhorrence! It is so disgusting that the people continue to allow this brutal behavior from the so called leaders…

  9. leo bassi
    December 26, 2023 at 13:53

    Thank you Mr Murray! People like you are true humanist, upholding the values that were hard won in our Age of Enlightenment. The surprise is to find that, well into the 21st century, we still have to fight for them…
    What the heck! They are still worth fighting for.

  10. J. E. Henningsen
    December 26, 2023 at 13:36

    Very well said, Craig. For me your post reads as a testimony to the insanity in our world today. If there is any good news it is that I firmly believe there are more of us who continue with prayers and support for a lasting peace for those who have been and continue to suffer in Palestine and beyond.

  11. Lois Gagnon
    December 26, 2023 at 13:19

    Thank you Mr. Murray for being a speaker of truth in the face of increasing tyranny. Enjoy your much deserved time with your loved ones.

  12. Josephine
    December 26, 2023 at 12:52

    We’ve learned that The Emperor Has No Clothes.
    … and that the Emperor’s magic, invincible weapons were sold to him by the same confidence tricksters.

    It turns out that the inmates of the large Gaza open-air prison can defeat those weapons, as well as the poor nation of Yemen which has been under imperial siege for many years.

    And yet, the people of the west stay on their knees, as ugly old men and women march naked down the street before them proclaiming their superiority and their right to rule the world because they wear the beautiful clothes and carry the magic weapons.

  13. Vera Gottlieb
    December 26, 2023 at 10:08

    We haven’t learned a damn frigging thing…and we don’t want to either. Enriching ourselves off of other’s misery…this is where our ‘wisdom’ lies. We humans have to be the most despicable, destructive creatures on this planet. This ‘holier than thou’ crap just doesn’t do it any longer.

    • Josephine
      December 26, 2023 at 13:09

      Humans have learned to improve their technology for killing people who try to tell them to live in peace.

      2000 years ago, we nailed Jesus to a cross and left him in the sun begging for water.
      In these modern times, we fire a sniper bullet into Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s head.

      See how much humans have learned? We have new ways to kill. Same end result, but the Merchants of Death make more money from these new and improved ways of killing. So, they’ve learned too.

      But, in terms of learning that we can have paradise here and now if we would only learn to love each other and work together, instead of the constant fighting, killing and greed that creates Hell on Earth ….. nope … zero progress to report, and it appears there may have been regression.

  14. Valerie
    December 26, 2023 at 10:07

    From the article:

    “Whomever the angels are to you, I hope you hear them sing.”

    I hear them sing every day Mr. Murray; my little birds who come to feed on the seeds i offer. And amazingly if their dish is empty, they sit and squawk till i refill it.

    I hope for worldwide peace and the end of devastating wars and fighting.

    • LeoSun
      December 27, 2023 at 11:48

      *“The birds they sang @ the break of day. Start, again, I heard them say. Don’t dwell on what has passed away Or what is yet to be.”

      …..”my little birds who come to feed on the seeds i offer.“ Indeed, Valerie, “Ring the Bells, that Still can Ring!!!” CHEERS!

      “Anthem,” Leonard Cohen @ hxxps://

      Keep It Lit!”

  15. Elial
    December 26, 2023 at 07:39

    What a terribly sad post in the season of joy.
    Stay well, Mr. Murray. God bless and thank you for being a servant of the truth.

  16. Tim N
    December 26, 2023 at 07:27

    Well-said, Craig! I hope to hear from you often in the coming year.

    • Joseph Tracy
      December 26, 2023 at 22:48

      Merry Christmas Craig Murray. May you travel and live in safety.

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