World War III, by C.J. Hopkins - The Unz Review (One of the best articles I have ever read - combining sarcasm, satire and the truth of our present war against DaGlobalist Cabal. - CL)
So, 2020 is off to an exciting start. It’s
barely the middle of January, and we’ve already made it through World War III,
which was slightly less apocalyptic than expected. Forensic teams are still
sifting through the ashes, but preliminary reports suggest that the global
capitalist empire has emerged from the carnage largely intact.
started in the Middle East, of course, when Donald Trump (a “Russian-asset”)
ordered the murder of Iranian general Qasem Soleimani outside the Baghdad
Airport, presumably after clearing it with Putin, which, given Iran and
Russia’s relationship, doesn’t really make much sense.
whatever. According to the U.S. government and the corporate media, Soleimani
was a “terrorist,” who had been working with Assad (another “terrorist”) to
destroy ISIS (who are also “terrorists”) and elements of Al-Qaeda (who used to
be “terrorists”) with the support of the Russians (who are kind of
“terrorists”) and doing all sorts of other unspecified but allegedly imminent “terrorist” things.
Soleimani had flown to Baghdad on a secret commercial “terrorist” flight and
was on his way to some kind of covert “terrorist” diplomatic meeting to respond
to a de-escalation proposal from Saudi Arabia (who are definitely not
“terrorists”) when the U.S. military preventatively murdered him with a General
Atomics Aeronautical Systems MQ-9B Reaper drone.
(officially a “terrorist” country since January 1979, when they overthrew the
brutal Western puppet that the CIA and MI6 had installed as their “Shah” in
1953, after they regime-changed the Iranian prime minister, after he
nationalized the Anglo-Persian Oil Company, later to be known as British
Petroleum) reacted to the preventative murder of their “terrorist” general like
a bunch of “terrorists.”
Ayatollah Khamenei (you guessed it, a “terrorist”) issued a series of
“terrorist” threats against the 50,000 U.S. military personnel more or less
completely surrounding his country on bases all across the Middle East.
Millions of Iranians (currently “terrorists,” except for members of MeK), who,
according to the U.S. officials, hated Soleimani, took to the streets of Tehran
and other cities to mourn his death, burn American flags, and chant “death to
America” and other “terrorist” slogans.
empire went to DEFCON 1. The 82nd Airborne was activated. The State Department
advised Americans vacationing in Iraq to get the hell out of there. #worldwar3 started
trending on Twitter.
countries throughout the region stood by to be annihilated. Saudi Arabia
postponed its previously scheduled weekend edition of public head-chopping.
Israel dialed up its non-existent nukes. The Kuwaitis posted armed guards on
their incubators. The Qataris, Bahrainians, United Arab Emiratis, and other
loyal empire outposts did whatever those folks do when they’re facing nuclear
the U.S.A., it was mass hysteria. The corporate media starting pumping out
stories about Soleimani having “blood on his hands,” and being “the number one
terrorist in the world,” and having ruthlessly genocided hundreds of American
soldiers, who, back in 2003, had preventatively invaded and destroyed Iraq and
were preventatively slaughtering and torturing its people to keep them from
attacking America with their non-existent WMDs.
(most of whom had never even heard of Soleimani until their government murdered
him, and many of whom can’t find Iran on a map)
took to Twitter to call for the immediate
nuking of Iran from orbit. Mayor Bill de Blasio ordered a division
of heavily-armed anti-“terror”
forces to stand around in New York City with their rifles
in the classic “sling-ready” position to prevent the Iranians from swimming the
Atlantic (along with their communist killer dolphins),
crawling up onto East Hampton Beach, taking the LIRR into town, and committing
some devastating “terrorist” atrocity that would be commemorated throughout
eternity on key rings, T-shirts, and jumbo coffee mugs.
disciplined Russian agent that he is, held his nerve and maintained his cover,
performing his “total moron” act as only a seasoned Russian operative can.
While Iran was still mourning, he started publicly jabbering about Soleimani’s
dismembered corpse, bombing Iranian cultural sites, and otherwise
bombastically taunting Iranlike
an emotionally-challenged street-corner drunk. His strategy was clearly to
convince the Iranians (and the rest of the world) that he is a dangerous
imbecile who will murder the officials of any foreign government that Mike
Pompeo tells him to, and then incinerate their museums and mosques, and
presumably the rest of their “shithole” countries, if they even think about
retaliate the Iranians did. In a sadistic display of cold-hearted “terrorism,”
they launched a firestorm of ballistic “terror” missiles at two U.S. military
bases in Iraq, killing no one and injuring no one, but damaging the hell out of
some empty buildings, a helicopter, and a couple of tents. First,
though, in order to maximize the “terror,” they called the Swiss embassy in
Tehran and asked them to warn the U.S. military that they would be launching
missiles at their bases shortly. As the Moon of Alabama website
“The Swiss embassy in Tehran, which represents the U.S., was
warned at least one hour before the attack happened. Around 0:00 UTC the U.S.
Federal Aviation Administration issued a
Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) which prohibited civil U.S. flights over Iraq, Iran,
the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman.”
the wake of the Iranians’ devastating counter-strike, and the mass-non-casualties
resulting therefrom, anyone with an Internet connection or access to a
television descended into their anti-terror bunkers and held their breath in
anticipation of the nuclear hell Trump was sure to unleash. I confess, even I
tuned into his speech, which was one of the most disturbing public spectacles I
have ever witnessed.
burst through the doors of the White House Grand Foyer, dramatically backlit,
freshly “tanned,” scowling like a WWF wrestler, and announced that, as long as
he is president, “Iran will never be allowed to have nuclear weapons” … as if
any of the events of the preceding week had had anything to do with nuclear
weapons (which the Iranians don’t need and do not want, except in some
neoconservative fantasy wherein Iran intends to commit national suicide by
nuking Israel off the face of the Earth).
didn’t make it through his entire address, which he delivered in a breathless,
robotic staccato (possibly because Putin, or Mike Pompeo, was dictating it
word-for-word into his earpiece), but it was clear from the start that all-out,
toe-to-toe nuclear combat with the Axis of Resistance, or the Axis of Terror,
or the Axis of Evil, or the Axis of Whatever, had been averted.
seriously, all mass hysteria aside, despite whatever atrocities are still to
come, World War III is not going to happen. Why, you ask, is it not going to
happen? OK, I’ll tell you, but you’re not going to like it.
War III is not going to happen because World War III already happened … and the
global capitalist empire won. Take a look at these NATO maps (make
sure to explore all the various missions). Then take a look at this Smithsonian map of
where the U.S. military is “combating terrorism.” And there are plenty of other
maps you can google. What you will be looking at is the global capitalist
empire. Not the American empire, the global capitalist empire.
that sounds like a distinction without a difference … well, it kind of is, and
it kind of isn’t. What I mean by that is that it isn’t America (i.e., America
the nation-state, which most Americans still believe they live in) that is
militarily occupying much of the planet, making a mockery of international law,
bombing and invading other countries, and assassinating heads of state and
military officers with complete impunity. Or, rather, sure, it is America
… but America is not America.
is a simulation. It is the mask the global capitalist empire wears to conceal
the fact that there is no America … that there is only the global capitalist
whole idea of “World War III,” of powerful nation-states conquering other
powerful nation-states, is pure nostalgia. “America” does not want to conquer
Iran. The empire wants to restructure Iran, and
then absorb Iran into the empire. It doesn’t give a rat’s ass about democracy,
or whether Iranian women are allowed to wear mini-skirts, or any other “human
rights.” If it did, it would be restructuring Saudi Arabia and applying
“maximum pressure” to Israel.
the notion that “America” has been making a series of unfortunate “strategic
mistakes” in the Middle East is a convenient illusion. Granted, its foreign
policy makes no sense from the perspective of a nation-state, but it makes
perfect sense from the perspective of the empire. While “America” appears to be
mindlessly thrashing around like a bull in a china shop, the empire knows
exactly what it’s doing, what it has been doing since the end of the Cold War,
opening up formerly inaccessible markets, eliminating internal resistance,
aggressively restructuring any and all territories that are not playing ball
with global capitalism.
know it’s gratifying to wave the flag, or burn it, depending on your political
persuasion, whenever things flare up militarily, but at some point we (i.e., we
Americans, Brits, Western Europeans, et al.) are going to need to face the fact
that we are living in a global empire, which is actively pursuing its global
interests, and not in sovereign nation-states pursuing the interests of
nation-states. (The fact that the nation-state is defunct is why we’ve been
experiencing a resurgence of “nationalism.” It isn’t a return to the 1930s. It
is the death throes of the nation-state, nationalism, and national sovereignty
… the supernova of a dying star.)
War III was an ideological battle, between two aspiring hegemonic systems. It
is over. It’s a global capitalist world. As Mr. Jensen put it in the
“You are an old man who thinks
in terms of nations and peoples. There are no nations. There are no peoples.
There are no Russians. There are no Arabs. There are no third worlds. There is
no West. There is only one holistic system of systems, one vast and immane,
interwoven, interacting, multivariate, multinational dominion of dollars.
Petro-dollars, electro-dollars, multi-dollars, reichmarks, rins, rubles,
pounds, and shekels. It is the international system of currency which
determines the totality of life on this planet. That is the natural order of
That system of systems, that
multivariate, multinational dominion of dollars, has us all by the short hairs,
folks. All of us. And it won’t be satisfied until the world is transformed into
one big, valueless, neo-feudal, privatized market … so maybe we should forget
about World War III, and start focusing on World War IV.
You know the war I’m talking about,
don’t you? It’s the global capitalist empire versus the “terrorists.”#
C. J. Hopkins is an
award-winning American playwright, novelist and political satirist based in
Berlin. His plays are published by Bloomsbury Publishing and Broadway Play
Publishing, Inc. His dystopian novel, Zone 23, is published by Snoggsworthy, Swaine
& Cormorant. Volume I of his Consent Factory Essays is published
by Consent Factory Publishing, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Amalgamated
Content, Inc. He can be reached at cjhopkins.com or consentfactory.org.