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Notes on an Uncertain Future Predicting World War III Commentary of 20 January 2014 with corrections added in red after 8 February By J.R. Nyquist

A friend in Europe reminded me that on 24 March 2011 a group of well-known Russian astrologers, shamans and parapsychologists gathered to discuss forecasts for the near and distant future. Since almost nothing of importance in Russia occurs without the state or the FSB having a finger in the pie (so to speak) it is worth taking notice of Russian predictions whatever the source. Readers are directed to the 2011 Pravda.ru article titled Third World War to Begin during Winter Games in 2014. A wise man once said, Never make predictions, especially about the future. Indeed, the article contains predictions that obviously did not come true. Anyone who monitors major predictions about the future will find a very poor track record in 99 out of 100 cases. What is most curious, however, is that participants of the aforementioned 2011 meeting offered up a date for the beginning of World War III that already has some of us jittery. According to the article war supposedly begins in March 2014, during or shortly after the Olympic Games in Sochi. Since there have been bombings in Russia, and since Russia has threatened to take unspecified actions against Saudi Arabia if terrorists bomb the Sochi games, there may be reason to worry. We know that supposed Islamist terror bombings in Russia have, in the past, been carried out by the FSB along with other false flag operations. We know that Saudi Arabia is the key to the Wests oil lifeline. Is Russia setting up a pretext for war? In the case of the assembled astrologers and parapsychologists in Russia, how did they arrive at the March 2014 date for the start of World War III? The best predictions are often made by those who have sources on the inside. If an astrologer is trying to boost himself, wouldnt it be prudent to have friends in the special services or General Staff? After all, such predictions would greatly strengthen the livelihood of any self-respecting astrologer or parapsychologist. Therefore we may ask if the Russian astrologers are merely reflecting an open secret within Russias ruling circles. As it happens, an answer to this question is ready at hand. I received a note from a practicing non-Russian astrologer about the March 2014 time frame for World War III. Apparently, in the lore

of astrology, 2014 looks rather frightening. In the previous version of this present article I had mistakenly assumed the aforementioned astrologer was concerned about events in March, and I took that to mean there was nothing else behind the Russian astrological predictions except astrology. Silly me. The story is even more interesting insofar as there are no (I am told) astrologically justified reasons for the Russian astrological prediction. found nothing especially frightening about March 2014. And this leaves me wondering out loud: why were the Russian astrologers, who regularly serve the Russian General Staff and KGB, registering concerns for March 2014? Again, we may be looking at something that has more to do with inside knowledge of intentions which, in trying to look credible, must reflect what superiors already believe is set to happen. This is significant, and perhaps other experts can contact me and weigh in on the matter. It is not a question here of believing in astrology, by the way. It is a question of why Russian astrologers and shamans would underscore the Winter Olympics and March of 2014 as the beginning of World War III. So when is the next world war going to start? Let us turn to someone who made 148 falsifiable predictions in his 1984 book and got roughly 94 percent of them right. I am referring to KGB defector Anatoliy Golitsyn. His predictions were based on strategic insight, years of study, and personal knowledge. In a 1978 memorandum to the CIA Golitsyn warned that America and NATO were in grave danger because the Soviet Union had adopted a long range strategy that the West knew nothing about. According to Golitsyn, a trap is being laid by the Communist policymakers which will be exploited when the USSR carries out a deceptive liberalization of its regime. Written in 1978, more than a decade before the revolutions that swept through Eastern Europe, Golitsyns warning was scoffed at. With few exceptions, the editors of Golitsyns 1984 book affirmed, those Western officials who were aware of the views expressed in the manuscript [of Golitsyn], especially on the Sino-Soviet split, rejected them. In fact, over the years it became increasingly clear to the author that there was no reasonable hope of his analysis of communist affairs being seriously considered in Western official circles. While Nancy Reagan consulted astrologers, the White House and intelligence community werent touching Golitsyn with a ten foot pole. In fact, the poor man was defamed in publication after publication. The accuracy of his predictions was vociferously denied. And here we are, twenty years after the liberalization of the Soviet Bloc, with a KGB officer nominally in charge of Russia. If anyone cares to notice, the liberalization was false indeed if only because Russia has not been liberalized. Even the former satellite countries exist in a curious state between liberalization and ongoing control by hidden communist structures. What did this liberalization accomplish in the end? If anyone cares to notice, NATO has been gradually disarming while President Barack Obama is working to shrink the U.S. nuclear arsenal to a fraction of its current size. And why is this important? In a 1973 memorandum to the CIA Golitsyn wrote: One can also expect a concealed Communist offensive through their agents of influence in order further to undermine the establishment, especially the Pentagon, the so-called military-industrial complex and the American Special Services; and further to reduce the authority of the President in the military field and to reduce expenditure on defense. The further weakening of the United States, wrote Golitsyn,

will lead to Communist Bloc military superiority over the West through secret Sino Soviet cooperation. The result of such superiority is not hard to guess. According to Golitsyns 1973 memorandum, The Soviet and Chinese rocket strike units and strategic bombers will make a surprise raid on Pearl Harbor lines on the main government and military headquarters of the leading Western countries and on their missile sites. The main idea will be to knock out the primary Western sources of retaliation and to paralyze, at least for a short period, their physical ability to take a decision on retaliation. Golitsyn further wrote: Although, of course, this vision of a surprise attack on the West is speculation, it is [my] belief that it is definitely in the realm of possibility, given that it has been the subject of study by the KGB, and should in any case be prepared for. There are a number of factors that must be clarified before we continue our analysis of when World War III is likely to begin. First, we must reckon with the diversionary role played by Arab terrorism in advance of a nuclear attack on the United States. A pre-war diversionary phase, known within Soviet military circles as Grey Terror, was outlined by GRU defector Viktor Suvorov in Spetsnaz: The Inside Story of the Soviet Special Forces. On page 196 of the book, Suvorov defined Grey Terror as a series of large and small [terrorist] operations the purpose of which is, before actual military operations begin, to weaken the enemys morale, create an atmosphere of suspicion, fear and uncertainty, and divert attention of the enemys armies and police forces to a huge number of different targets. Suvorov further stated that Grey Terror is a kind of terror that is carried out in the name of already existing extremist groups not connected in any way with the Soviet Union, or in the name of fictitious organizations. If alarm bells are not ringing in your head at this point in our discourse, then you havent been reading with sufficient attention. For here we have a GRU defector describing a diversionary strategy that precedes World War III. The book in which this description takes place was written 13 years before the spectacular terrorist attack of 9/11, which KGB defector Alexander Litvinenko hinted was a KGB operation. (Before his poisoning with polonium-210, Litvinenko also said that leading figures in al Qaeda were KGB agents including Ayman al-Zawahri, the current chief of al Qaeda.) It is almost certainly not a coincidence that al Qaedas operations against the United States closely resemble Grey Terror. If we consider the Soviet role in creating and supporting international terrorism during the past half century, and the testimony of communist bloc defectors like Ion Pacepa, the purpose of the terror edifice comes sharply into focus. In essence, if we are reading the situation correctly, the first act of war has already happened. It was accomplished through a covert mechanism so that the victim of the attack could not properly identify the true source of the attack. The question of when all-out war begins, however, is still not answered. In November 1999, while conversing with GRU defector Stanislav Lunev, I admitted to being puzzled by the exact mechanism of a Soviet surprise nuclear strike. How would they pull it off? Lunev said, If you ever hear that Arab terrorists have attacked an American city with nuclear weapons, dont believe it. I asked Lunev why I should disbelieve such a thing. He replied: Because it will be my people. It will be Spetsnaz. I asked him what would happen after such a nuclear attack. He said that a period of weeks or months would

elapse. Then the rockets from Russia will arrive. This last statement puzzled me a great deal at the time, but does not puzzle me today. The United States government has sometimes (if not often) been manipulated by Russian agents of influence. Diana West has written a bestselling book to remind us of this fact. Time is always required for such agents to guide a nations policies toward national disadvantage. This would also be true for a country suffering a diversionary nuclear terror attack. Considering how easily we have been manipulated in the past, consider what a diversionary nuclear strike could accomplish if the right people were in the White House? This leads me to consider another communist bloc defector. His name was Jan Sejna, and in 1982 he wrote the following words about Russias long-range strategy: Soviet ambitions towards the United States were aimed at the extinction of Capitalism and the socialization of America. The main strategic goals on the road to their fulfillment were: the withdrawal of the U.S.A. from Europe and Asia; the removal of Latin America from the United States sphere of influence and its incorporation into the Socialist bloc; the destruction of United States influence in the developing world; the reduction of American military power to a state of inferiority; the advent to power in Washington of a transitional liberal and progressive government; and the collapse of the American economy. Before a missile can be launched the U.S. political system will be infiltrated (see the work of Trevor Loudon) and the U.S. economy will be sabotaged (see the work ofKevin Freeman). We can also see there is no reason to attack the United States with nuclear weapons until most or all of these goals have been reached. For once these goals are accomplished the United States will be ready for the oven. In essence, the country will be disarmed and isolated. It will only be a matter of time before the country wakes up and attempts to change course. This is when Russias nuclear weapons prove useful. That is when you should expect a war to start. All of this does not render an exact date. Instead, it gives us markers on the road ahead. Through these markers we can track our progress. We can see where we are, and where we can expect to be as events unfold. The strange thing, of course, is that Socialist bloc defectors have been describing our future for decades. The reason they were able to do this is simple. Strategy works when there is no counter-strategy. The Great Game follows a pattern set by the side that holds the initiative. In the West our leaders have denied there is an enemy or an opposing strategy. They are readily diverted into the dead end policies of the present day. The question that now cries out the for clarification has to do with domestic U.S. politics.

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Notes on an Uncertain Future Lions and Foxes Commentary of 27 January 2014 J.R. Nyquist

Continuing our analysis from last week, we now must look at the U.S. domestic situation. The best overview, which largely remains current, is that offered by James Burnham in The Suicide of the West, p. 249: During the current century the liberal ideology has gradually increased over the formation of public opinion within the United States, Britain, Italy and to a greater or less degree [in] nearly all the advanced Western nations; and at the same time liberals, or persons accepting the liberal ideas relating to the decisive issues of war and the social order, have come to occupy more and more of the key positions of government and social power. This has meant a basic shift in the governing 'mix' of Western civilization: the foxes have been getting rid of the lions; the lions, as one of them put it a few years ago, have been fading away.... Burnham is here referring to Vilfredo Pareto's sociological theory in which the balance between lions and foxes within the elite of society has been upset, with the foxes now taking complete control. This signals the society's decadence and decline. According to Burnham, liberalism is not only an ideology of decadence. It is the ideology of Western suicide. At the time of publishing the 1985 edition of his work, Burnham felt that the ruling politicians of both major U.S. political parties were foxes. They no longer have fixed beliefs or firm principles. They have cunning manuevers that require suppleness and flexibility. Burnham quoted V. Pareto about the debility which accrues when the "artistry and resourcefulness required for evolving ingenious expedients as substitutes for open resistance" prevail within an elite. When this occurs, said Pareto, the following may be observed: Policies of the governing class are not planned too far ahead in time. Predominance of the combination instincts and enfeeblement of the sentiments of group-persistence [i.e., patriotism] result in maknig the governing class more satisfied with the present and less thoughtful of the future.... Material interests and interests of the present or near future come to prevail over the ideal interests of community or nation and interests of the distant future.... Some of these phenomena become observable in international relations as well.... Efforts are made to avoid conflicts with the powerful and the sword is rattled only before the weak.... [The] country is often unwittingly edged toward war by nursings of [disputes] which, it is expected, will never get out of control and turn into armed conflicts. Not seldom, however, a war will be forced upon

[the] country by peoples who are not so far advanced in the evolution that leads to the predominance of [foxes].... If we want to know what has happened to the Republican Party, or to the conservatives, or to National Review magazine, we need only consult Pareto. It is not a question of treason. It is a question of the foxes becoming culturally dominant on the Right as well as the Left. What is most important, however, for the present analysis, is Pareto's observation that foxes cannot plan ahead. Their thinking is always short term thinking. In the very next chapter of his book, Burnham begins by observing that U.S. foreign policy "has seldom been deliberately directed for any length of time toward clearly defined Grand Strategic Goals." Foxes do not follow long-range plans. They do not believe such plans are effective or even possible. Their manipulations are short-term. Other countries, however, are not led by foxes. They are often led by lions. If we look at various great nations throughout history, or if we look at Russia and China today, we will find Grand Strategy at the center of what they do. The absence of Grand Strategy is a key fact which many "experts" have not fully appreciated about the United States. America is not a country with a coherent or consistent strategy. America remains domestically focussed, even now. There is no strategic plan for America. Americans do not even have a clear idea of who their enemies are. In fact, our political system has become penetrated by enemy agents of influence whose politics effectively sabotage or misdirect U.S. strategy. This is evident from the detailed work of New Zealand researcher Trevor Loudon, especially in his book The Enemies Within: Socialists and Progressives in the U.S. Congress. Loudon describes a complex array of Communist Front and fellow-traveling organizations which effectively support Communist subversion in the United States. Diana West's book,American Betrayal, shows how the Communists in fact subverted U.S. strategy during World War II. Therefore we can see that the politics of the fox, plus the politics of Communist subversion, has brought America to the crisis of today. The problem of U.S. domestic politics has everything to do with Communist strategy and Soviet planning. It is impossible to understand our present domestic crisis without understanding the Communist role. Many will wonder why Communism should be regarded as a threat since the Soviet threat has supposedly disappeared. After all, the remaining Communists are a small minority of the population. Why should we worry about them? The misunderstandings here are many, and cannot be dispelled without considerable effort. It must be understood that Communists are committed, organized, and all pervasive in the halls of power. Furthermore, Moscow remains -- along with China -- a chief strategic partner of the American Communists. We must not forget Moscow's support for Communist regimes and parties around the world. You may argue that Moscow is no longer oriented toward Communism, but you cannot argue that Moscow is not presently supporting the Communists in Africa, Latin America and Asia. It follows as the night follows the day that Moscow presently supports the Communists here in the United States. Readers can hardly grasp the extent to which the events of the past 25 years have been, in so many instances, predicted by Soviet Bloc defectors on the basis of knowledge they had regarding Soviet strategic plans. Anyone with knowledge of such plans from the 1960s, 70s and 80s was bound to produce remarkably prescient snapshots of the future

-- a future which is now our past. And this is exactly what we find in the defector literature. Even the collapse of the Soviet Union has been mentioned as part of the Soviet long-range strategy. In 1967 Gen. Jan Sejna, then chief of staff to Communist Czechoslovakia's Minister of Defense, was told of the Soviet long-range Strategic Plan. He wrote about it in a book titled We will Bury You, which I quoted in last week's installment. The Soviet Plan was comprehensive and involved all the important countries of the world. Sejna was told, for example, that Yugoslavia would be "broken up along ethnic lines" after Tito's death (which is exactly what happened). He was also told that the U.S. economy would somehow be "disrupted" by the Soviet Union. Soviet strategist Konstantin Katushev briefed the Czech leaders on the plan, saying that America was politically volatile. "It can move to either extreme." Katushev continued with the following clarifying remark. as we've seen in the McCarthy period and the Vietnam War. If we can impose on the U.S.A. the external restraints proposed in our Plan, and seriously disrupt the American economy, the working and lower middle classes will suffer the consequences and they will turn on the society that has failed them. They will be ready for revolution. This must be understood: The goal of the Communist is revolution, and his method is economic disruption. Again, I should ask readers to listen to my interview with Kevin Freeman if they think the crash of 2008 could not have been caused by a foreign power. See also Freeman's book, Secret Weapon: How Economic Terrorism Brought Down the U.S. Stock Market and Why It Can Happen Again. The Russians have long since studied the weaknesses of the U.S. economic and social systems. It is absurd to think that such a system, so ready of access, could not be disrupted by a creative enemy. The Russians also realized, back in the 1960s, that the United States might turn to the far right instead of to the left. With that possibilty in mind the Russians have infiltrated various American far right movements and organizations, going so far as sponsoring a kind of right wing Marxism. If you hear about Alex Jones or other pundits of a likemind getting funding through Soviet-allied sources (like Lyndon Larouche) then you should be on your guard. In fact, Cliff Kincaid has already discussed this connection with the host of Cross-Talk. The most likely scenario is, of course, a left wing takeover through the Democratic Party. This is the political party which the Communists sought to infiltrate and capture many decades ago. The extent of their success cannot be exactly measured. But there is plenty of reason to worry. We are only now asking ourselves what would happen if the Democrats turn out to be Bolsheviks who have crafted a way of using minority politics and illegal voting practices to build a one party state. In that event, a revolutionary situation might well be in the making; for if the middle class cannot find adequate representation for the redress of grievances, there is bound to be an internal upheaval. If the Communists successfully disarm the United States in advance, and if Russian and/or Chinese missiles and troops can be used to "support" today's "transitional liberal and progressive government" in an attempt to sweep aside the U.S. Constitution in favor of a Soviet type of system, then we have come to the true end of the Final Phase of the long-range strategy without the least occasion for an all-out nuclear war. The problem remains, of course, that millions of people within the United States would not accept this situation.

Some observers say that the Americans are finished and no longer capable of functioning as free citizens. Others believe a revolution most certainly will occur when the middle class "wakes up." In 1967 the Soviet strategists believed that America was "a volatile society." They currently suppose that civil war could break out in the United States. The trigger for civil war, of course, is economic collapse. We see, of course, the high levels of indebtedness. We see that the financial situation cannot continue to move along the same lines as today. The intelligent observer knows that something has to give way. Fundamental change is coming, one way or another. But as we have seen, the management of the system has fallen to foxes instead of lions; and foxes do not think very far ahead. They manipulate from month to month, holding the financial system together through a series of artful frauds. This brings us to the analysis of Ann Barnhardt, who in every respect presents the face of the outcast lion. She gives voice to everything that is out of fashion, yet obviously true. What she says is impossible, and what she proposes is outlandish in the eyes of all foxes. Yet there has never been another way out of our situation than that which is stated by the lion.

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Notes on an Uncertain Future Prodigies and Lionesses (The Counter-Revolutionary Trigger) Commentary of 3 February 2014 By J.R. Nyquist

There has not been a civil war in America since 1865. What could possibly cause Americans to turn against each other today? We have previously mentioned economic collapse as trigger for a civil war. A trigger, however, is not the real cause. The trigger is merely a mechanism for igniting a conflagration which has long been prepared.

The preparation is found in the class warfare rhetoric of today. It is found in the unbalanced racial politics, in the precise formulations of feminism. In many ways, these are carefully constructed instruments with which to divide the people of America; specifically, to divide women from men, blacks from whites, poor from rich, liberal from conservative, etc. To divide America into two or more hostile camps is one of the objectives of the Communists. The attempt at division is pro-forma. A good strategist always attempts to divide his enemys forces so he can defeat them in detail, or turn them against each other. By making Americans believe that there is a struggle for power ongoing between men and women, blacks and whites, rich and poor, and by focusing the energies and emotions of women, blacks and the poor toward a final victory over a supposed oppressive and ugly capitalist system, a useful power-base can be formed with which to take control of America. This power base excoriates the man, the white race, and the rich. Such becomes the enemy of all others. This is, to be sure, only a basic overview of the enemys strategic architecture with regard to American domestic politics. Firmly resting upon the fissures of sex, race and economic status, there are many additional nuances and complexities to be considered. The final objective of the strategy is to own the world. The means for achieving this objective is to defeat the United States. The intermediate objectives for achieving U.S. defeat may be enumerated as follows: Make the Americans stupid Disorient the people of the United States and other Western countries. Establish a set of myths useful from the standpoint of the long-range strategy. Examples of such myths: Josef Stalin is our Uncle Joe, a man we can trust; the Cold War was triggered by paranoid anti-Communists; Senator McCarthy blacklisted innocent people; President Kennedy was killed by Big Business and the CIA; the Vietnam War was fought on account of corporate greed; Russia and China are irreconcilable enemies who will not be able to combine their forces against the United States; the Soviet Union collapsed for economic reasons; Russia is Americas ally in the War on Terror. Infiltrate the U.S. financial system Financial control through organized crime and drug trafficking. To this end the Eastern Bloc began infiltrating organized crime in the 1950s and, in 1960, began a narcotics offensive against the West which would generate billions of dollars in illicit money which banks could not resist laundering. In this way, a portal was opened into the heart of the capitalist financial structures in order to facilitate future economic and financial sabotage. Promote bankruptcy and economic breakdown The promotion of a cradle-tograve welfare state as a means to bankrupt the United States Treasury (i.e., the Cloward-Piven Strategy). Welfare simultaneously demoralizes the workforce as it bankrupts the government. Elect a stealth Communist president As an organizer for the Communist Party explained during a meeting I attended more than thirty years ago, the stealth Communist president will one day exploit a future financial collapse to effect a

transition from the dictatorship of the bourgeoisie to the dictatorship of the proletariat. Exploit the counter-revolution Some strategists believe that a counterrevolutionary or right wing reaction is unavoidable. It is therefore necessary, from the standpoint of sound strategy, to send infiltrators into the right wing. Having a finger in every pie and an agent network in every organization, the Communists are not afraid of encouraging counter-revolution, secession, or civil war in the wake of financial collapse. After all, the reactionaries and right wing elements must be drawn out so that they can be purged or, if necessary, turned into puppet allies. Already Putin is posturing as a Christian who opposes feminism and homosexuality. This has fooled many conservatives in the West, and is an intentional ploy which further serves to disorient the West. Take away the nuclear button The strategists in Moscow do not forget that the neutralization of the U.S. nuclear deterrent is the most important of all intermediate objectives. This can be achieved in one of four ways: (1) cutting off nuclear forces funding by Congress; (2) administratively unplugging the weapons through executive orders issued by Obama, (3) it may be accomplished through a general financial collapse, or (4) a first strike. Marshal Sokolovskiys Soviet Military Strategy explained that the U.S. imperialists, should they unleash another world war, are destined to be smashed by Soviet rockets. Thus, reading between the lines, we find it is the counter-revolutionaries who start World War III by resisting the socialist takeover of Washington. This latter interpretation becomes obvious when we consider the long-range plan as described by Konstantin Katushev, Secretary of the Soviet Central Committee in 1967: Its more likely ... that a progressive regime will emerge [in the United States] because, in spite of their power, the governing bureaucratic and industrial elite, and the media, are fundamentally liberal in their outlook and ashamed of their failure to solve basic national problems. It was Soviet Marshal Zhakarov who came to the Czech Communists in late 1967 and added to this picture, saying that the Warsaw Pact countries must do everything possible to recruit high-level agents of influence in the American government. Such agents signify an attempt to take over United States from within. There is no question this has been part of their strategy for the last half century. Since Obama was elected President of the United States, some people feel this takeover has already occurred. Ann Barnhardt is one such person. She is a self-described counter-revolutionary who says the Republic no longer exists. She says that we are currently living under a tyranny which cannot be reformed. Instead of talking about the foxes pushing out the lions, Barnhardt says that the government has been taken over by psychopaths. She does not distinguish between good politicians and bad politicians. She does not distinguish between good voters and bad voters. If you are voting, you are automatically bad; that is to say, you are giving legitimacy to wickedness. As a counterrevolutionary Barnhardt does not see the complexities of people or situations. She does not diagnose the malady of the elite so as to discover some ground of innocence. She operates at a high level of generalization, dispensing with nuances. Such an approach

may lack intellectual precision, but from the standpoint of counter-revolution, it is flawless rhetoric. Her words have strategic virtue instead ofintellectual virtue. She is not simply observing phenomenon. She is attempting to become a phenomenon. Those who play the political game talk differently than those who observe it from afar. One of the virtues of Diana Wests book, American Betrayal, is the way in which she navigates the nuances of the American elite during World War II. She is describing, and seeking to understand, the failure of our elite. This failure was but a foretaste of the failures we see today. Something in the character of Western silver spooners made them ready victims of Communist subversion. It wasnt that they were psychopaths. A British writer recently made the following comments on this topic in an article titled The Slaughtering of Sacred Cows (American Betrayal Revisited): Roosevelt was not better than the silver spooners in the UK if anything, he was worse. A friend of the Presidents called George Earle III, who had at one time been governor of Pennsylvania, had a meeting with Roosevelt in 1944. He was warned beforehand by Joe Levy of the New York Times that Harry Hopkins had the Presidents ear, and the whole atmosphere over there is pink. Returning to Vilfredo Paretos work on the circulation of elites, the foxes (Class I elites) have replaced the lions (Class II elites) in Washington and the Pentagon. A pink tendency, therefore, is only natural. We know from experience that the foxes will go with the latest fashion and pink has been fashionable for many decades. To be pink is not to be condemned, for pink it is merely a color. Of course, to condemn the elite does not help us understand them. It may, however, help someone to defeat them (if that is the intention). The counter-revolutionary spirit seeks to condemn in advance of a policy of eradication. It is no accident that Barnhardt calls for a hard reset. Such language reveals something about the intention of the speaker. Machiavelli wrote that if princes expect to prosper they must be both lions and foxes. He said they must be lions to drive away the wolves and foxes to avoid traps. But it is rare to find the lion and fox combined in one person. In wealthy, successful societies the elite begins (over time) to consist almost exclusively of foxes. Lions are effectively sidelined as they are perceived as a disruptive influence. Peaceful negotiation becomes the imperative. Fighting and confrontation is seen as negative. The foxes believe their way is best, that all conflicts can be resolved by negotiation and cunning without the use of force. In World War II the lion character may be seen in the person of General Patton, who was temporarily sidelined after the Sicily campaign in 1943. I believe they would have permanently dispensed with Pattons services if they did not need him during the Battle of Normandy; for the lion is eccentric, bold, and irritating to the fox. The lion confronts issues and adversaries. It is useful to note that the composition of the enemy elite (i.e., the German elite) during World War II was heavily mixed with lions. Hitler was both lion and fox. Many of his generals possessed lion-like qualities. Germany differed from England and America in the following way: a significant portion of the elite manhood of Germany passed through the Studentenverbindung, a special form of fixed-stance fencing in which sharp blades were used. These often inflicted deep facial and/or cranial wounds. Such scars were honored, and showed the extent to which the lions character was valued in pre-war Germany. The more liberal elites of the West had, in

the meanwhile, drifted toward effeminacy as outlets for manly virtue were less and less in evidence. The brutal character of the lion is not fully compatible with the character of the liberal. It is no accident, therefore, that the rise of liberalism in the West signified the rise of the foxes and a rising hatred of the lion. This development, with all its fateful consequences, brought us to a situation in which the necessary admixture of lion and fox within the elite was no longer possible. England went to war against Germany because of Nazism, in part. But English liberalism was at war with Germany long before the appearance of Nazism. The fox must push out the lion. If the elite of America have pushed out the lions, then we will not find our lions in the elite. Our future lions will come from outside the elite; that is to say, from outside the existing power structures. It should also be admitted that these structures are, in the long run, doomed to fall. The elite of any country cannot be fully man without being partly lion. Anyone with sense can see that effeminacy has taken us by the throat. Effeminacy rules from the White House and the board room. The lower classes are free to maintain their manhood, and their brutal lion-like instincts. The elite are not so free. Those who aspire to money or office cannot be men in the full sense; for real men are excluded from the liberal club as they are non-liberal by nature. To further clarify the point, todays conservatives are themselves merely liberals who are slightly behindhand. They also avoid the masculine fault (so ascribed): They are in terror of being unmasked as bigots, bloody reactionaries, or homophobes. There is a psychological angle to all of this. The rising tide of elite effeminacy is like a disease carrying the entire system into dysfunction. As men cultivate their female side women have been cultivating their male side. While men become foxes, the women are free to become lions. This perversion of human nature accelerates the disintegration of family life and leads to pandemic narcissism a narcissism in which the projection of the shadow confronts the passive-aggressive man with the slogan, I am woman, hear me roar. This projection of the [sexual] shadow is not merely the result of revolutionary politics usurping the place of religion. It is, in its own right, an identity disorder (like feminism and homosexuality) in which the rejection of the true self leads to the passionate embrace of a false self. Here the male projects his anima (female side) and the female projects her animus (male side). This pathology draws the entire culture into a collective madness unequaled in world history. The upper and middle class manhood, so essential for the persistence of society, has been thoroughly undermined in the West. This coincides with the phenomenon of the political lioness who, as women, is allowed to say things that would end the career of any man who said the same. As an example, following 9/11, columnist Ann Coulter advocated a war to replace radical Islam with Christianity. When she was rebuked by the staff of National Review Online she replied that they were sissy boys. Here the sentiment of the Christian soldier is found on the lips of a woman, while the conservative knights of National Review shriveled at the prospect of a Holy Crusade. Likewise we find Ann Barnhardt, yet another lioness, advocating the use of thermonuclear weapons against Mecca and Medina. Like Coulter, Barnhardt is ready to make war on the Wests enemies. She famously burned a Koran by wrapping it in bacon. Afterwards, when a Muslim threatened to kill her, she gave the would-be assassin directions to her house, with advice on the best flights to take from London to Denver, and begged the assassin to wear body armor

because she had acquired new armor-piercing rifle ammunition that she wanted to try out. Few men of the upper-middle class today would prove so bold, or risk the consequences of saying or doing what Ann Coulter and Ann Barnhardt have said and done. A man who said the like would be unemployed, cast out, and unmanned by the resulting social ostracism. In his penury he would find neither mate nor career, nor recognition for bravery, nor congratulations for his wisdom. He would not be invited to speak before paying audiences. He would not be paid at all. He would be marginalized as a crazy person. This is because nobody presently trusts the judgment of the male lion, though the nation cries out for testosterone. Under the regime of reverse sexuality, only woman is allowed to roar. Barnhardt has earned a special distinction, and is unlike any of the other would-be counter-revolutionary lions of the day. In declaring a tax strike against the federal government she has made a personal sacrifice. She has lost a lucrative career, a home, and financial security. Our federal tax dollars, she says, are used to promote infanticide and contraception. Cooperating with the system is to violate God's law. We are, she adds, subsidizing our own destruction. Barnhardt also says: There is no authority you can appeal to [in order] to redress these grievances. Therefore we must liquidate everyone and everything in Washington D.C. Barnhardts declaration of war on the federal government is as guileless as it is genuine. There is nothing of the fox here, and everything of the lion. She is perfectly serious, being motivated by profound convictions. This peerless rectitude, unheard of in an era of venal self-promotion, gives her a special claim on the attention of her countrymen. Her spiritual and ethical approach allows her to see further into the future than the foxes who presently govern us. At one of her talks she was asked about the country splitting into two factions, with the red states breaking away from blue states on the East and West coasts. The questioner, in effect, wanted to know why civil war would be necessary. Why wouldnt the red states be content with the blue states staying separate? Because, said Barnhardt, we cannot allow the blue states to hold the Pacific ports through which Chinese troops will be brought in to smash the red states. (This answer is proof that Barnhardt is indeed a lion.) Barnhardts audiences cannot be expected to follow her into financial ruin. Their financial ruin is guaranteed through another, larger process. Naturally, people recoil at her harsh statements of fact. They do not want to hear of tax strikes and the liquidation of everyone and everything in Washington D.C. They want a fast and easy solution to the national mess. Here we see the ingenuity of the gradualist revolutionary program. The people are being destroyed slowly, and do not feel their destruction. It seems that Barnhardt has felt this destruction in her bones. She rises up against it. She opposes and would strike out against it. But nobody follows. One day, however, everyone will see what has happened. No words will then remain to perpetuate the deception. The bankruptcy of the foxes will herald the return of the lions. Counter-revolution will have its day. The war will come, and the world will be renewed in blood. This is the tragedy of our time. The counter-revolution will occur because counter-revolutionaries yet exist, and the revolution eventually calls them forth.

Regardless of the preparations made by the Communists, I do not know how the socialists will cope with the tomorrow's lions.

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Introduction and Organization of Material The previous week's essays are now to be found in the essay section listed in order, with links. To read in order, begin with Predicting World War III, the Lions and Foxes, the Prodigies and Lionesses, and so on.... Each new installment will appear below prior to being archived in the Essay Section.

Mobilizing for World War III Commentary of 3 March 2014

"The jealous and intolerant eye of the Kremlin can distinguish, in the end, only vassals and enemies, and the neighbors of Russia, if they do not wish to be one, must reconcile themselves to being the other." George F. Kennan I began this series of commentaries on 20 January with the title Predicting World War III. In that first piece, I related how a group of well-known Russian astrologers, shamans and parapsychologists had predicted the beginning of World War III for March 2014. And here we are, at the outset of a serious crisis that might easily escalate to world war. A reader of this blog recently noted, Either this thing has gotten away from Moscow, or Moscow has much bigger plans in store dead ahead." Yes, things have gotten away from Russia, and bigger plans are in store. This is obvious from the Russian military invasion of Crimea. At this point, why should the Kremlin worry about an open display of violence against innocent people? The military balance has already shifted in Russias favor, with China preparing for war against Japan in the Far East. In truth our military readiness is not what it should be. (See End of American Military Dominance: Hagel announces steep U.S. defense cuts in aircraft, ships, troops, weapons.) America has been fighting a war against terrorism for the last twelve years. We have been diverted and misdirected. Our military policy has shifted away from preparing against a major adversary and we are not ready. Furthermore, which European country

is prepared to fight Russia? Only Ukraine is preparing to fight, and Ukraine is hopelessly outgunned. The famous KGB defector, Anatoliy Golitsyn, warned of Moscows long range strategy in 1984 with the following paragraph: The dialectic of this [Kremlin] offensive consists of a calculated shift from the old, discredited Soviet practice to a new, liberalized model, with a social democratic faade, to realize the communist planners strategy for establishing a United Europe. At the beginning they introduced a variation of the 1968 Czechoslovakian democratization. At a later phase they will shift to a variation of the Czechoslovakian takeover of 1948. [p. 349,New Lies for Old] It appears we are nearing the later phase. The strategists in Moscow know that the revolt in Ukraine must be put down, despite what the world thinks. They believe the balance of power has shifted, and they can act with impunity. Of course, they are afraid that a great unraveling of their strategy might occur if they do not press hard against Kiev. Aside from Russian propaganda, those who say the West is behind the Ukrainian freedom movement do not know the West, and they do not know Ukraine. Such a misunderstanding, worst of all, belittles the courage and political work of Ukrainian patriots. The best of them understand that there cannot be full freedom in Ukraine without freedom in Russia. So the real fight is political. The real fight is for the heart of Russia. The criminals who rule Russia have survived by killing and murdering. They will lose power only when the Russian people fully awaken. Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn once said the path of murder is the path of the lie. And now we see the murderers at work, and we are going to be treated to a parade of lies. Watch and see if the Western media begins to identify the Ukrainian patriotic cause with anti-Semitism. Such is the rhetoric of a country that is preparing to smash Ukraine. And yes, the danger of war is growing. According to Ukrainian officials, Russian troops have occupied Crimea. The Fox News headline reads: Ukraine accuses Russia of military invasion as gunmen seize airports. Although Russian officials deny or make no comment when asked about this invasion, Ukrainian Interior Minister Arsen Avakov has publicly stated, I can only describe this as a military invasion and occupation. According to CNN, Ukraine mobilizes troops after Russias declaration of war with the following text: Kiev mobilized troops and called up military reservists in a rapidly escalating crisis that has raised fears of a conflict. Meanwhile, Russian 20th and 48th armies are making preparations to invade Eastern Ukraine. At the same time, Secretary of State John Kerry is headed to Kiev, and claims that several foreign powers are considering economic sanctions against Russia. All of them, said Kerry, every single one of them are prepared to go to the hilt in order to isolate Russia with respect to this invasion. Theyre prepared to put sanct ions in place, theyre prepared to isolate Russia economically. Lets not be too hasty, however. One must consider the many cards Russia has yet to play: U.S. troops depend on Russia for their supply line in Afghanistan. Germany depends on Russian natural gas for winter heating. Sanctions may not be practical. And then, there is the China Front. In January the Russian Deputy Defense Minister Pavel Popov warned that a US-China-Japan Pacific War was just weeks away.

One cannot rule out a massive and coordinated offensive by Russia and China, or an escalation of grey terror with a nuclear attack on New York. Any number of moves may be indicated. It is hard to say exactly how this will be played. I will end with a quote from KGB Major Golitsyn: Before long, the communist strategists might be persuaded that the balance [of power] had swung irreversibly in their favor. In that event they might well decide on a Sino-Soviet reconciliation. The scissors strategy would give way to the strategy of one clenched fist. At that point the shift in the political and military balance would be plain for all to see. [p. 346]

The Hidden USSR Commentary of 24 February 2014 Last week Tennent Pete Bagley passed away. He was an important person in CIA history, especially in terms of the unraveling of American intelligence which began in the 1960s an unraveling that brings us to the present crisis which is playing itself out in Kiev and Washington. As of today, a war has broken out in Eastern Europe between the hidden Soviet Union, as Boris Chykulay calls it, and the Ukrainian people. It is a war that has reached critical mass, with far-reaching ramifications. Here is a joke: What has happened in Kiev should have already happened in Washington; but then, Ukrainians have learned the secret of successful counterrevolution by living under Soviet rule for many decades. The United States has only been under Soviet rule a few years. Even if my joke (above) involves a slight exaggeration, American socialism (like Soviet socialism) is nonetheless a corrupt bureaucratic system where government leaders are unaccountable even as private property and personal freedoms are unprotected. In Russia the socialist system had an additional feature: It made use of an old Tsarist institution the secret police. The KGB of the Union of the Soviet Socialist Republics relied on Tsarist methods of controlled opposition and networks of secret agents, many of whom pretended to be enemies of the government. Because of the KGBs ability to infiltrate Moscow's opposition, all revolutions or political changes in former East Bloc countries are a puzzle. We can never be sure who has actually won until we see, after time has passed, whether power has really changed hands; that is, whether the old Communist elite remains in charge of the army and police, the media and economic system, and key government posts. The analysis here is simple to do, but nobody in the West tries doing it. There is no career advancement in such analysis, especially in Western countries where the powers-that-be hear what they want to hear, and blot out the rest. Bad news isnt really marketable under the shopping mall regime. The moneyed classes want to invest in the newly liberated countries of the former Soviet empire. The appeal to greed has already won them over end of discussion. Therefore, the Soviet Empire remains intact through the operation of hidden structures. KGB-controlled opposition was the story in 1989 and 1991. It has always been the untold story. It will continue to be untold until the hidden Soviet Union is

taken down, at long last. I have spoken to schoolmates of Vaclav Havel who described him as the perfect instrument of the Communist state as a fake dissident and a man who could be trusted by the KGB. In 1992 a Fighting Solidarity leader told me that Lech Walesa was a long-time stooge of the Polish secret police. Since that time Walesas secret police codename (BOLEK) has been published (See Interview with Historian Slawomir Cenckiewicz: Positive Proof Lech Walesa was a Communist Spy). So let us fast-forward to the present: What has been happening in Ukraine? Who is on Moscows team in Kiev? Most of the parliament, for starters; Yulia Tymoshenko in particular; the heads of the security services and military, excepting all those who are secretly working with the Ukrainian underground. (To know that there is a powerful underground movement, with its own tentacles burrowed into Moscow, is not mere optimism. It is the way of the world. The Ukrainians were Soviets, and as such they had access to the same game the Russians were playing on them. This must never be forgotten. One only has to think of Golitsyn's work, or the work of Viktor Suvorov. Ukrainians have experience, access, and a motivation for playing the Russians at their own game. Consequently, understanding what is actually happening in Ukraine is a delicate and difficult challenge, requiring careful analysis and detailed knowledge.) The Kremlin has many weapons, many agents, and many deceptions at its command. A former socialist country must, in itself, resemble a wilderness of mirrors. The Communists like to confuse the political process in every country. This also applies to Germany, part of which was also a Communist Country (i.e., the German Democratic Republic). If we hear that (the conservative) German Chancellor Angela Merkel is now eager to meet with former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, who has recently been let out of prison, we must first reckon with Merkels Communist past before we reckon with Tymoshenkos role as Moscows little helper; for both women have a peculiar relationship to Moscow which extends far back in time. A German journalist recently wrote to me about Merkel, saying that German intelligence attempted to warn the Christian Democrats that Merkel was a dangerous person. But the Christian Democrats didnt listen, and now Germany is more dependent on Russian natural gas than ever before. As for the situation in Ukraine today, with the dramatic and apparent collapse of the Yanukovych government, I had the chance to speak with Ukrainian activist Boris Chykulay , who explained the situation as follows: Instinctively people know that they fight against a hidden USSR. You can see this in all the cities now with the fall of so many Lenin monuments. Chykulay is proposing a lustration law which would prevent former Communists from holding public office in Ukraine. As the Wikipedia explains, Lustration is the government process regulating the participation of former communists, especially informants of the communist secret police, in successor political appointee positions or in civil service positions after the fall of the various European Communist states. Lustration would be an important tool in restricting Communist access to power in Ukraine, paving the way for a fresh start. As Chykulay explained, We need lustration law to limit the influence of the KGB [and all remaining Soviet structures]. To fix what is wrong with Ukraine, noted Chykulay, the Ukrainians need to wipe away the hidden Soviet Republic at work beneath the surface of Ukrainian politics.

The problem we now face, Chykulay said, is that Putin merely says goodbye to Mafiosi Yanukovych. Now he starts to work with normal agents. As another activist added, the politicians who are now coming forward to direct affairs are former SovietKomsomol leaders (now in parliament), the most committed Communists of the old system. These are not democrats by any stretch of the imagination. According to Chykulay, these normal Soviet agents are telling the Maidan protestors to go home. The revolution has been won. They are trying to keep the old system, without any result, without any changes, they want to close the case, he explained. Russia will try to control Ukraine through its old network; through Yulia Tymoshenko and others. She said, Dear Ukrainians, I wont let the government hurt you anymore. So you see, they already describe the Ukrainian government as something separate from the Ukrainian people. She doesnt say the Ukrainians have any part in the government. They want to save the hidden Soviet structures. The Ukrainians are therefore told, in all seriousness, you wont be attacked. Is there danger of Ukraine coming under direct attack? Could the Russians intervene with troops? Yes, Western Ukraine is a potential target, Chykulay replied. They will say the people in Lviv are fascists, and they will depict the Ukrainians as right wing extremists. The Kremlin has, indeed, threatened to invade any former Soviet country where the rights of the local Russian-speaking minority are not respected. The case of Georgia in 2008 is a prime example. The only problem with carrying out such a military strike has to do with the reliability of the Russian troops and the reaction of Europe. War is the last resort, of course. The Kremlin has many devices, and many tricks to play before things reach such an extremity. According to Chykulay, This organization [the KGB] always has everything under control. They first kill this guy, then the next. In this way they stop the progress of the opposition. Then they cut the forest in another direction. Of course, they have things under control. They feel in control, but they are losing control beneath the surface. The internet leaves them at a loss. There is a cautious optimism on the part of Ukrainian activists. Previous attempts at freedom have been thwarted, it is true, but Maidan has good tactics and refuses to be fooled by Kremlin stooges. A Ukrainian analyst explained it thus: As it happens, the people will not accept the leaders attempts to wiggle out. This morning Maidan had a massive meeting about Tymoshenko. They called it an action meeting which was held against the return of Tymoshenko to politics. If she comes back, they said, the gangster clan will take over and nothing will change. They are demanding a total reset. The anti-Communist counter-revolution in Ukraine grows in power. Moscow sends its puppets into the meat-grinder. One is chewed up after another. Which will emerge as the new leader? Perhaps the controlled opposition game has exhausted its possibilities in Ukraine. Time will tell.

The Lunatic and the Narcissist

Commentary of 18 February 2014 The Western world has gone mad. We find this madness in our political parties. We see it in the worker, in the CEO, in the teacher and the student. Madness has usurped the Constitution, submerged the U.S. federal budget, taken over the media and the corporations. This madness is reflected in a thing called socialism, and there is no easy cure, no pill or special therapy. The disease must work its way through the body politic, which will either perish or recover its health. Those not infected with socialism those who have noticed the raging epidemic around them are bewildered. Should they believe their eyes? Has the country become a madhouse? Year after year, new grievances are invented and new laws are passed. The conservative politicians resist, but resistance appears futile; for if socialist measures do not slip through at the beginning, they will slip through in the end. If they cannot bankrupt the government now, they will bankrupt it tomorrow. If they cannot strangle industry and choke of productivity during the current legislative session, they will scheme toward the next. The conservative politician (if any yet exists) cannot prevent these people from making headway; for they are busy making mischief at all times as champions of world peace, homosexual rights, abortion on demand, undocumented workers, feminism and diversity. Here the strategic method may be translated as follows: (1) in order to sabotage American military power, agitate for peace; (2) to demoralize society, sanctify abnormality; (3) to collapse the birthrate, promote infanticide; (4) to submerge national identity, flood the country with illegal aliens; (5) to destroy the family, degrade motherhood; (6) to divide and conquer, promote minority grievances. Has any of this been understood? Has one columnist, one analyst, one social scientist listed these items while asking the decisive question cui bono? That is to say, who benefits from these policies? And also, which side of the political spectrum originated all this? Could it be the Left, whose partisans once favored the Viet Cong and who opposed the Vietnam War not because they were pacifists, but because they wanted the Communists to win? I ask, again, cui bono? Let it suffice to say that America does not benefit from the six policies listed above. In plain truth, a rival foreign power benefits. And here is an objective truth which the strategist must affirm. Here is the decisive point of departure for national inquiry. Here is the main thing: Todays social policy has become a strategic battlefield upon which our enemy plays at sabotage. Yet we allow it. We grow fat and watch it unfold. We have allowed ourselves to be intimidated by errant nonsense. The conservative of today resists amnesty for illegal aliens, but knows that he is on the losing side of the proposition. To enforce the borders of the United States is said to be racism. From listening to the political discourse of the day, it is clearly untenable to suggest that a visa should be required to enter the United States. Anyone who thinks in this way is a reactionary bigot. If the State of Arizona wants to enforce its border with Mexico, the socialist elite of the United States will decry the Nazism of the Arizona citizenry who complain that their hospital emergency rooms are clogged with indigent foreigners. The madness of socialism must prevail. Equality means equality for all men, regardless of citizenship; regardless of whether they pay taxes or swear allegiance to the United States. Every foreigner is entitled to medical attention at the taxpayers expense. It does

not matter that other countries do not perform this charity. We must now perform it until bankruptcy swallows us. The United States is (or was) the richest country in the world and must be punished accordingly. But again, I must ask the reader cui bono? It is no accident that the socialist wants to amnesty the illegal aliens. He is sure they will vote for socialism, for the eradication of the U.S. Constitution, and for the redistribution of wealth. For the same reason it is no accident that the socialist prefers American nuclear disarmament, for he prefers Russian nuclear dominance to U.S. dominance. In all of this, as Le Bon said, socialism is indeed a mental state; but it is much more than a mental state, and much more than an ideology. As many thinkers have attested, socialism is a religion which imbues the soul with convictions about man and society. It everywhere uproots Christianity, establishing its supremacy either gradually or suddenly, by violent revolution or by subtle legislation, by education or entertainment. The socialist does not see any danger stemming from his beliefs. He does not recognize his ideology as the sociological malware of a hostile foreign empire. He does not see that socialism is slowly but surely destroying society. He only sees the tragic circumstances of human life down through the centuries, and believes he can do better. How does the socialist presume to eliminate sorrow and make heaven on earth? In the last analysis he believes this can be achieved through the power of the state. He does not see that socialism is a frightful system tending toward servitude, misery, and Caesarism. By harping on the tragedies in our midst, and the injustices, and the environmental calamities about to befall, the socialist empowers government at every level to break free from checks and balances. To save the planet we cannot afford liberty. To save the planet we must have a government powerful enough to trample down the rich. And if this government can trample the rich, it will trample all who disagree with its dictates especially (when their turn comes) the poor. Worse than all of this, however, is socialisms claim of being a scientific movement based on materialist philosophy. As Wikipedia tells us, the theory of materialism holds that all things are composed of material, and that all emergent phenomena (including consciousness) are the result of material properties and interactions. We should not be surprised, therefore, if Marxian socialism denies life after death and the existence of God. As a materialist philosophy, socialism does not merely seek to impose economic controls on the free market, or to save the planet from global warming. Socialism seeks to eradicate superstition. The socialists should not be considered as faithful partners of Islam or Buddhism, Christianity or Judaism. All religions are destined for the socialist chopping block, despite the religious noises currently heard from the socialist camp and from Russia. The materialism of the socialist may be seen in the raw cynicism of Vladimir Putin, who when asked whether he believed in God made the following reply: I believe in the power of man. Those who think Russia is promoting Christianity or a new and enlightened spirituality, have yet to reckon with the true motives of the socialist camp. Materialism signifies the negation of mans spirit, free will and responsibility. Socialism sees mans appearance on earth as evolutionary happenstance. There is no Providence, no divine plan, no built-in meaning for the socialist. Reality is a ferocious chaos which the socialist state mirrors. More than half a century ago Carl Jung wrote the following passage about socialism in his book Aion: Researches into the Phenomenology of Self,

the present tendency to destroy all [spiritual] tradition or render it unconscious could interrupt the normal process of development for several hundred years and substitute an interlude of barbarism. Wherever the Marxist utopia prevails, this has already happened. But a predominantly scientific and technological education, such as is the usual thing nowadays, can also bring about a spiritual regression and a considerable increase of psychic dissociation. With hygiene and prosperity alone a man is still far from health, otherwise the most enlightened and most comfortable off among us would be the healthiest. But in regard to neuroses that is not the case at all, quite the contrary. Loss of roots and lack of tradition neuroticize the masses and prepare them for collective hysteria. Collective hysteria calls for collective therapy, which consists in [the] abolition of liberty and terrorization. Where rationalistic materialism holds sway, states tend to develop less into prisons than into lunatic asylums. (Page 181) Being part of the socialist revolutionary matrix, materialism promotes a mass break with reality which can be readily observed. From the hysterical belief that man-made global warming has resulted in record-cold winters to the bizarre insistence that homosexuality is normal, the latter-day progressive stands convicted of lunacy. Yet the socialist is able to impose his delusions on the whole country, and to depress the economy. Yet the more significant depression is spiritual, deriving from despiritualization. As Jung explained, The early Christian prophecy concerning Antichrist omits to mention the corollary, the sinister reality of which is now being demonstrated before our eyes by the splitting of our world: the destruction of the Godimage is followed by the annulment of the human personality. (Page 109) Here lurks the cause of that malignant self-love which plagues us today. According to Sam Vaknin and Lidija Rangelovska, when the personality is rigid to the point of being unable to change in reaction to shifting circumstances we say that it is disordered. One has a personality disorder when ones habits substitute for ones identity. Such a person identifies with his environment, taking behavioral, emotional, and cognitive cues exclusively from it. His inner world is, in a manner of speaking, vacated, his True Self merely an apparition. (The Malignant Self, Kindle edition, Loc 818) Such a person, say Vaknin and Rangelovska, is incapable of loving and of living. He is also incapable of deep insight into people and events. Dependent on cues from the environment which feed into his fragile persona, the narcissist is vulnerable to manipulation by a psychologically sophisticated enemy. A neurotic of this type is obsessed with a false idea of life, being determined to follow a false path. If only superficial outward appearances conform to the accepted error, the narcissist will be unshakable in following this path to self-destruction. Here is a partial explanation as to why our leaders are unable to come to grips with the strategic realities of today. The question next occurs: Might socialism be a direct result of narcissistic personality disorder, along with feminism and the blessed transgendered condition? A powerful argument can be made in the case of feminism. The feminist as a woman trapped in a womans body is at war with the authentically feminine. Grasping the mantle of masculinity, the indoctrinated feminist would make every heterosexual marriage into a homosexual coupling. Here the misconstrued feminine compels the masculine to surrender its dominant role, and social calamity must be the result.

Under the spell of a narcissist delusion the feminist denies the true self and adopts an impressive though false self-image which insulates the subject from the possibility of love or close relationships. (The narcissist, by the way, demands the surrender of the more flexible personalities around her. As they are flexible, as she is crazy, they would seem to have little choice.) In short, the feminist is disoreinted. To disorient an instinctive being with regard to its true nature is to make derangement the foundation of all. For what purpose is this derangement accomplished? It is to advance the cause of socialist revolution; but even more, it advances the cause of an external enemy that uses socialist revolutionaries as a Fifth Column. The socialist conception of liberation requires a war against motherhood even more than it requires a war against the patriarchy; for the woman is more instinctual than the man. To break woman must be the first priority of the socialist revolution. The great advance of socialism in our society has therefore occurred by trampling down mom. Revolutionary feminism conceives woman as something disconnected from mother. Here the lesbian assumes the same role in the culture war as the panzer division assumed in the last world war. The sexual narcissist acquires an elevated status as embodying the denial and perversion of feminine nature as a force with which to overthrow manhood. The masculinization of woman simultaneously effects the denigration of man and the disintegration of human personality. This process advances steadily, feeding upon itself. The revolutionary finds that man and woman possess no nature, wrote Thomas Molnar. Such is the dogma taught at every university. It is crucial to every socialist policy. Human nature does not exist, and must not be affirmed. The counterrevolutionary, however, awakens to the truth of the opposite proposition. As Molnar pointed out, the counter-revolutionary finds a basically unchanging human nature because it is shaped once and for all by God, himself not an evolving force but eternally the same. This leads us back to a central point: The revolutionary creed denies God and metaphysics. It denies the soul, the afterlife, and spirituality. It denies what is eternal what Russell Kirk referred to as the permanent things. The revolutionary, on his side, is a believer in change, death, dissolution, impermanence. He seeks salvation in an imagined paradise on earth, with man transfigured into God. The vague and blurred horizon of the promised utopia lends grandeur and self-importance to the smallminded malevolence of a thwarted egotist who also happens to be a nihilist. (The latter condition accounting for the frustration of the former.) As Vaknin explains: Pathological narcissism is a life-long pattern of traits and behaviors which signify infatuation and obsession with ones self to the exclusion of all others and the egotistic and ruthless pursuit of ones gratification, dominance, and ambition. As distinct from healthy narcissism, which we all possess, pathological narcissism is maladaptive, rigid, persisting, and causes significant distress and functional impairment. (The Malignant Self, Loc 894) One might say that we live in the Age of the Narcissist under the Regime of the Lunatic, where the narcissist (through the exercise of power) becomes the lunatic.

The Time Traveler's Lesson Commentary of 10 February 2014 Imagine a time traveler from 2014, fallen from the sky in a space capsule, taken into custody by the FBI on February 10, 1964. The time traveler is brought to FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover for interrogation. But Hoover finds the time-travelers story to be the most egregious nonsense he has ever heard. From Hoovers perspective the time traveler is obviously perpetrating a hoax, and nobody in Washington would judge any differently; for according to the time traveler America (in the future) will be led by a black man with an Arabic name mentored (as a youth) by a suspected Communist subversive named Frank Marshall Davis, whose file Hoover would dig out and read with the certain knowledge that no such person could mentor an American president. When the time traveler explains that the leading social question of 2014 will be gay marriage, Hoover might readily ask, Does NASA think this is funny, to play a practical joke on the FBI? Neither would Hoover credit the time travelers claim that the national debt will be more than $17 trillion in 2014, or that Venezuela and Nicaragua will have been quietly taken over by Fidel Castros friends, that Zimbabwe, Angola, South Africa and the Congo will be in the hands of African Communists, that North Korea will possess nuclear weapons. None of this would be believable. None of it makes any sense to someone living in 1964. When the time traveler finally reports that the United States will be reduced to a state of manufacturing inferiority to Red China, there would be an end to the interview. What self-respecting American official (in 1964) would allow himself to be abused so insolently? Now let us imagine a time traveler from 2064 being taken into custody by the FBI today. Do you have any idea what kind of report would be given about our future? I can guarantee that a time travelers report from 2064 would so frighten and confound our current leadership in Washington that their reaction would be similar to Hoovers reaction. They would assume a hoax, without further investigation or thought. No proof could possibly alter their conclusion. The unfortunate time traveler would become a permanent prisoner, muzzled until his dying day. Not only would our officials disbelieve him, they would act as if they had never heard his warnings. What can we learn from this imaginative story of time travel? First, that truth is always inconvenient for men in power. It may also be said that truth and power, like love and power, do not mix well. It is a rare man, and a gifted man, who can hold power and credit an unpleasant truth at the same time. It is, in this context, a profound understatement to say that our leaders have no sense of history or foresight. They do not even possess, in themselves, the spiritual or intellectual prerequisites for higher wisdom of any kind. They are political foxes whose thinking is short-term, and whose wisdom is crudely flexible and oriented to the requirements of the day. The current dispensation is a madmans nightmare in which all the worst signs are already manifested. Most people in 1964 would have rejected the kind of decadence that is routinely accepted as normal in 2014. We are no longer capable of realizing our dreadful position. The degeneration which we see around us, which has overtaken the

United States in a few decades, may be viewed as the natural consequence of too much affluence. It may also be viewed as the product, in part, of the subversion of revolutionary intellectuals and change agents. Here we find weapons that are far more powerful than guns or howitzers, and far more effective than atomic bombs. The subversives and revolutionaries in our midst have succeeded in using legitimate issues as a front by which to smuggle revolution in the back way. Let us be honest. The domestic victory of socialism was always merely a matter of time. All conservative self-congratulations on the fall of Communism prove the point. Our anti-Communists, anti-revolutionaries, anti-subversives never understood their enemy. They never understood themselves. A party whose policies are founded on selfdeception and misunderstanding cannot hold onto power. The fact that the conservative Republican congress of 1999 was far more leftist than the Democratic Congress of 1980 demonstrates this fact in the most dramatic manner possible (See Tim Grosecloses book, Left Turn). If todays Republicans are more liberal than yesterdays Democrats, then what is a Democrat today? And what will a Republican be in the future. The revolutionary momentum points to the answer: Tomorrows Republicans will be Communists. As the socialist revolution in America nears its climax, the consequences will be felt by one and all, as described in Gustave Le Bons Psychology of Socialism: Modern socialism is far more a mental state than a doctrine. What makes it so threatening is not the very insignificant changes which it has so far produced in the popular mind, but the already very great changes which it has caused in the mind of the directing classes. The modern bourgeoisie are no longer sure of their rights. Or rather they are not sure of anything, and they do not know how to defend anything. They listen to everything and tremble before the most pitiable windbags. They are incapable of firm will and discipline, of the community of hereditary sentiments, which are the cement of society and without which no human association has hitherto been able to exist. Social upheavals always are begun from above, never from below. Was it the people who started our great [French] revolution? Not they indeed! They had never dreamed of such a thing. It was let loose by the nobility and the ruling class. According to Le Bon, Before the hour of its triumph, which will be quickly followed by that of its fall, socialism is destined to widen its influence, and no argument drawn from reason will be able to prevail against it. The immediate fate of the nation which shall first see the triumph of socialism may be traced in a few lines. The people will of course begin by despoiling and then shooting a few thousands of employers, capitalists and members of the wealthy class. Intelligence and ability will be replaced by mediocrity. The equality of servitude will be established everywhere. The socialists dream being accomplished, eternal felicity should reign on earth and paradise descend. Alas, no! It will be a hell, a terrible hell.

A man is not a socialist without hating some person or thing. Servitude, misery, and Caesarism are the fatal precipices to which all the roads of the socialists lead. Nevertheless, the frightful system would appear to be inevitable. Here we begin to glimpse the sociology of the counter-revolution. Socialism is defeated when the destructive work of the revolution is accomplished. When this happens, nobody will want to be associated with socialist slogans. Since this madness is not sustainable, it must collapse upon itself. The victory of counter-revolution, as unlikely and remote as it may seem at the present time, is inevitable. Whether that victory comes in ten years or fifty, it will come. Whether it is brought by persons now living or persons yet unborn, it will come. Whether it happens after an atomic war or prior to an atomic war, it will come. The revolutionary party is doomed because it bases itself upon false principles and the denial of human nature. That which has always been true, and will always be true, cannot be denied forever and cannot be ultimately defeated. Even if the Russians and Chinese plow the rubble and harvest their pillage, they cannot profit from it. The embodiment of annihilation does not gain by annihilating. It merely exhausts itself upon the destroyed object and passes away. Man returns to himself, despite what happens. Feminism will be discarded, homosexual marriage will no longer be an issue, multiculturalism will remembered as an absurd craze. The ruins of so many cities will remind future generations that there is no safety in thinking oneself a citizen of the world, and there is no future in denying the eternal law. Man may only build safely as he has built before.

The End or the Beginning? Special Note to Readers of My Columns at Financial Sense Online Some readers may have noticed that I'm no longer writing a regular column at Financial Sense Online. I was at Financial Sense for over 12 years after being at WorldNetDaily for little over two years. It is incredible that writing Origins of the Fourth World War led to over 14 years of column writing -- not counting my time at Newsmax. That is nearly 15 years of exploring important issues. To be honest, back in 1999 I didn't think the Republic would continue another 15 years. But here we are, with the old dispensationapparently in place. Of course, the grand strategy of the Communist Bloc always envisioned a "transitional progressive president" whose reign would fortuitously coincide with a severe economic crisis. The testimony of defector Jan Sejna speaks to this, and we should examine it more closely -- which is something I failed to do when I wrote my book. It must be admitted that our enemy has proved strong-willed enough to defer his immediate nuclear gratification. And I had not reckoned on Obama. Somebody like that cannot be imagined, especially in the wake of 9/11 which so clearly inaugurated the period of Grey Terror. Who is this man? What is he doing? Every question leads to another question, which I intend to explore. Such an exploration was not possible while I was writing for Financial Sense. Now comes the freedom to delve deeper into forbidden subjects.

This all relates to my past analysis which arguably remains valid. Russia and China continue to arm themselves. The United States continues to rot from within. Our economy grows weaker. Our military power is not what it was. Our society is increasing lax and narcissistic. The moral breakdown continues apace. But to return to the subject of the previous paragraph: There are some who say the last legally elected President of the United States was George W. Bush. That troubles me like nothing else because of a dream I had 30 years ago -- a vivid dream of the last president being the 43rd president. It was one of those uncanny dreams you never forget. At least two legal scholars of my acquaintance allege that Barack Obama is not a "natural born" citizen, even if he was born in Hawaii, because his father was a foreigner. Therefore, Obama cannot be president according to the Constitution (which requires that a president be "natural born"). I intend to explore this subject, and ask questions of these legal scholars. There is also another burning subject I'd like to cover. Ann Barnhardt says that the U.S. economy is going to collapse. For that matter, Barnhardt hints at an impending civil war if people do not place a check upon corrupt and unconstrained government power. Unlike anyone else out there today, Miss Barnhardt has put her money where her mouth is. She has sacrificed her business and her personal security to make her case. She warns that time is running out. Such thoughts have also crossed my own mind, and cry out for further exploration. Health permitting, I intend to use this Website to ask questions and explore the subjects listed above. Look for something new every Sunday night. As a brief postscript for those who haven't noticed, my commentaries have recently been posted on Diana West and Trevor Loudon's blogs.

Debating the Intelligence War Commentary of 5 January 2014 A friend in Switzerland suggested I look at the Boiling Frog Post where they interviewed a National Security Agency whistleblower, Russ Tice. It is a story for those who fear government power, and especially U.S. federal power. Several years ago Tice claimed personal knowledge of NSA spying on U.S. military commanders and an aspiring senator who now sits in the White House. According to U.S. law such spying would be illegal unless there was the national security equivalent of probable cause (and as far as we know, there may have been such in the case of Senator Obama). The problem here, of course, is the limited focus of the Tice testimony. The United States government isn't the only entity engaged in spying on Americans. You can be sure the Russians and Chinese are also spying on Americans, and they are doing it with efficiency. After all, they are not compelled to follow the law. Analyzing the sitution leads us to a rather peculiar and unsettling set of conclusions. Existing legal prohibitions against domestic spying may protect the privacy of millions of American citizens, but it simultaneously leaves them entirely unprotected from a worse threat; for they are wide open to spying by hostile foreign governments while the

agents of these governments, if they happen to be American citizens, are legally protected against counter-espionage from U.S. agencies. We think it is too dangerous for domestic organizations to look into our lives, since they will undoubtedly abuse the information obtained. But foreign intelligence services are obtaining this same information directly, from a variety of technical sources which we ourselves provide. It is safe to say, as well, that Americans are not really concerned about government spying. They are concerned about convenience, and they are bombarded by messages which prompt them to express shock and horror at NSA spying when in fact we know next to nothing about the secret war that is waged all around us. I doubt that intelligence whistleblowers are intelligent enough to grasp the significance of the problem we face in this country. In the case of Mr. Snowden, like the case of Mr. Tice, he can run to Russia and spill national secrets to his heart's content while claiming the moral highground. Only he hasn't thought long enough, or deeply enough, about the actual situation.

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BY: Bill Gertz February 25, 2014 5:00 am

President Barack Obama will sharply cut ships, aircraft, and troops as part of a major reduction of U.S. military forces that will face even steeper downsizing in 2016, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced on Monday.

The defense cuts, to be announced formally in the presidents budget proposal next month, would reduce U.S. ground forces to their lowest level since World War II at a time when world threats are increasing.

The defense secretary outlined the dramatic reductions in a briefing for reporters at the Pentagon. They include significant cuts in Navy shipbuilding and Air Force aircraft purchases, and a 20 percent reduction in Army ground forces.

Several new weapons systems will be slashed and older weapons retired.

The military cutbacks have been a central feature of Obamas policies since 2009. According to former Defense Secretary Robert Gates, in his recently published book Duty, since entering office, the president has worked to cut U.S. defenses in order to use the funds for domestic programs.

Hagel said the defense reductions will pose new national security risks for the United States in the future. They also have forced the Pentagon to face the prospect of losing Americas position as the most dominant military power in the world.

The force reductions when combined with the spread of advanced weapons around the world signal we are entering an era where American dominance on the seas, in the skies, and in space can no longer be taken for granted, the defense secretary said.

The announced cuts for the fiscal 2015 budget and future years follow an earlier cut of $487 billion in defense spending over 10 years and automatic spending cuts imposed on the Pentagon by the Budget Control Act. Those cuts, known as sequestration, included $37 billion last year and involve an additional $75 billion in cuts in 2014 and 2015.

After the recent budget agreement in Congress, additional sequestration cuts were put on hold until 2016, when new cuts amounting to $600 billion over a total of 10 years will be reimposed.

Congress must approve the new cuts.

Hagel said the spending cuts are forcing the Pentagon to adapt, innovate, and make difficult decisions to ensure that our military remains ready and capable, maintaining its technological edge over all potential adversaries.

However, as a consequence of large budget cuts, our future force will assume additional risk in certain areas, he said.

The military impact will include diminished training and maintenance and increased stress on forces. It also will result in diminishing our global readiness even as we sustain a heightened alert posture in regions like the Middle East and North Africa, Hagel said.

The cuts will also increase the risk of uncertainty in a dynamic and increasingly dangerous security environment, he added.

In particular, advanced weapons of other powers will make it more difficult for the military in dealing with those threats, including anti-air and anti-ship weapons, he said.

China confirmed last month that it conducted the first flight test of an ultra-high-speed maneuvering vehicle that can be used to deliver nuclear warheads and to defeat U.S. strategic missile defenses.

Hagel said the cuts also would reduce the ability of U.S. military forces to conduct more than one major military conflict in the world at the same time, something that could potentially trigger an outbreak of global conflict.

Still, Hagel said the Obama budget would give the U.S. military the ability to defeat any aggressor.

However, managing the risks will be more difficult after 2016, when further deep cuts are scheduled to take effect.

Hagel outlined the major cuts in forces for the fiscal 2015 budget, scheduled for release March 5.

The Army will be cut from its current level of 520,000 active duty troops to between 440,000 and 450,000 troops. That size is the smallest the service has been since 1940, prior to World War II. The Army at that time had 267,767 troops. In 2016, the troop level could be reduced further to 420,000 troops.

Hagel said the cuts would make the Army highly ready and capable and able to dominate any opponent across the full spectrum of operations.

The current force is larger than we can afford to modernize and keep ready, he said.

The defense secretary also announced he is killing the Armys Ground Combat Ve hicle program, a $28 billion program to replace armored vehicles currently in use.

While this smaller capacity entails some added risk if we execute extended or simultaneous ground operations our analysis showed that this force would be capable of decisively defeating aggression in one major combat theater, as it must be, while also defending the homeland and supporting air and naval forces engaged in another theater against an adversary, Hagel said in defending the Army drawdown.

Army National Guard and Reserve forces also will be cut from 560,000 troops to 530,000 troops.

The Air Force will reduce the number of tactical air squadrons, including the elimination of the tank-busting, close-air support A-10 jet. All U-2 reconnaissance aircraft will be retired in favor of the unmanned Global Hawk drone, and armed Predator unmanned drones will be cut from a planned force of 65 non-stop air patrols to a planned force of 55 combat patrols. The more advanced Reaper drone will be purchased and eventually replace the Predator.

However, should sequestration resume at projected levels in 2016, the Air Force will cut 80 additional aircraft, including the entire KC-10 aerial refueling tanker fleet, additional Global Hawks and scale back purchases of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, a jet plagued with cost overruns. Predator and Reaper purchases also will decline after 2016.

For the Navy, 11 aircraft carrier strike groups will be kept but the USS George Washington will be retired in 2016, leaving 10 carrier groups.

Eleven warshipshalf of the Navys cruiser fleetwill be taken offline or placed in a reduced operating status while they are upgraded.

Navy ships purchases will include two destroyers and two attack submarines per year along with one additional floating staging base.

Hagel said Navy plans for Littoral Combat Ships, designed for mine-sweeping and antisubmarine warfare near coasts, are being limited to 32 ships, amid concerns the warships would not survive against advanced Chinese weaponry.

The Navy will examine producing an alternative small warship similar to a frigate instead of more Littoral Combat ships.

Six warships would be mothballed in 2016 and the rate of building new destroyers would be slowed, he said.

Marine Corps cuts will include further planned reductions from the current level of 190,000 Marines to 182,000 Marines, with a further cut to 175,000 after 2016.

Hagel revealed that the defense cuts for the first time in decades will force the military to consider adopting asymmetric, high-technology weapons and capabilities in order to prevail in future conflicts against enemies in the future with advanced war fighting skills.

Ostensibly, the force reductions are being made as the war in Afghanistan winds down and the administration is seeking to reposition forces to the Asia Pacific to deal with Chinas growing military buildup and increasing assertiveness in making maritime claims over international waters.

The administrations defense focus for the future is on new technologies, new centers of power, and a world that is growing more volatile, more unpredictable, and in some instances more threatening to the United States, Hagel said, adding that current defense spending limits have forced the military to face significant readiness and modernization challenges next year.

To deal with the military readiness shortfalls, Obama has proposed adding $26 billion to defense for fiscal 2015 as part of what is called Opportunity Growth and Security initiative.

Still, Hagel said even with those additional funds, the U.S. military force will be too small to fully carry out the administrations defense strategy.

In a cost-saving measure likely to meet opposition from Congress, Hagel said the Pentagon plans a new round of base closures. Congress has fought in the past against the closures as a way of protecting jobs in home states.

The force cuts were based on an assumption that the military will no longer be set up to conduct long and large operations, like those in Iraq and Afghanistan, Hagel said.

Technology also will be emphasized to allow the U.S. military to maintain an edge over enemies, and U.S. forces must be structured to respond quickly to all contingencies and decisively defeat any opponent should deterrence fail, he said.

Accordingly, our recommendations favor a smaller and more capable force, putting a premium on rapidly deployable, self-sustaining platforms that can defeat more technologically advanced adversaries, Hagel said.

For strategic nuclear forces, Hagel said the Pentagon would keep the three-pronged force of land-based missiles, missile-firing submarines and strategic bombers.

Special operations commando forces will increase from 66,000 to 69,700.

Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said the budget proposal represents both sound national security and fiscal responsibility.

American Enterprise Institute scholar Mackenzie Eaglen said the latest defense cuts will continue to weaken the U.S. military and its technological edge.

President Obama is submitting another defense budget that essentially seeks to cash in a peace dividend in a world with little peace, she said. His own director of national intelligence recently told Congress that in over a half century, he has not experienced a time when the U.S. has been beset by more crises and threats around the globe.

Retired Air Force Lt. Gen. Thomas G. McInerney, said of the proposed cuts that they are continuing on its path of unilateral disarmament that was started by Defense Secretary Robert Gates in April 2009.

This action announced today will escalate the demise of our military unilaterally and we still have no strategy for defeating radical Islam after 9/11. This is very dangerous, he said.

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Armed forces were blocking the two main airports in the strategic peninsula of Crimea on Friday in what Ukraine's new government described as a takeover by Russian forces, as the country asked the U.N. Security Council to intervene in the escalating conflict.

No violence was reported, and flights continued to operate at the airport serving Simferopol, the regional capital. It was not immediately clear whether the airport in Sevastopol, owned by the Ukrainian defense ministry, was open but there are no scheduled services to the facility.

Russia's Black Sea fleet, which is based in the area, denied its forces were involved in seizing one of the airports, Interfax news agency reported, according to Reuters

The Russian foreign ministry refused a request for comment by The Associated Press while a spokesman for the Russian defense ministry also had no comment.

Ukraine's new Interior Minister Arsen Avakov wrote in a Facebook post that the Belbek international airport in Sevastopol was blocked by military units of the Russian navy.

"I can only describe this as a military invasion and occupation," Avakov said.

But Russia's Black Sea fleet issued a prompt denial of involvement in the activity, saying, "No Black Sea Fleet units have moved toward (the airport), let alone taking any part in blockading it,'' Interfax quoted a spokesman for the fleet as saying.

Early on Friday, dozens of armed men in military uniforms without markings were seen patrolling the airport in Simferopol, the capital of Crimea.

At Simferopol airport, an Associated Press photographer saw military men armed with assault rifles Friday morning patrolling the airport. The men were wearing uniforms without any insignia. Most refused to talk to journalists. One of them, who identified himself only as Vladimir, said they were part of a "self-defense unit" that was making sure that no "fascists" would arrive from Kiev or elsewhere.

A Reuters eyewitness at the scene said the men were dressed in full battle gear and carrying assault rifles and machine guns. They were reportedly moving freely in an out of a control tower.

On Thursday, masked gunmen with rocket-propelled grenades and sniper rifles seized the parliament and government offices in Simferopol and raised the Russian flag over the parliament building.

Ukrainian officials sharply denounced the move. Ukrainian police cordoned off the area, but didn't confront the gunmen.

In Kiev, Ukraine's parliament adopted a resolution demanding that Russia halt steps it says are aimed against Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity, and called for a U.N. Security Council meeting on the crisis.

The events in the Crimea region have heightened tensions with neighboring Russia. Moscow scrambled fighter jets on Thursday to patrol borders in the first stirrings of a potentially dangerous confrontation reminiscent of Cold War brinksmanship.

Russia also has granted shelter to Ukraine's fugitive president, Viktor Yanukovych, state media reported, after recent deadly protests in Kiev swept in a new government.

Yanukovych has a news conference scheduled Friday in Russia's south near the Ukrainian border. He has not been seen publicly since Saturday, and he declared Thursday in a statement that he remains Ukraine's legitimate president.

Ukraine's Prosecutor General said in a statement Friday it is preparing to seek extradition of Yanukovych, who is wanted on suspicion of mass murder in last week's violent clashes between protesters and police, in which more than 80 people were killed.

Ukraine's parliament on Thursday elected a new government led by a pro-Western technocrat who promptly pledged to prevent any national break-up.

Moscow has been sending mixed signals about Ukraine but pledged to respect its territorial integrity. Russian President Vladimir Putin has long dreamed of pulling Ukraine, a country of 46 million people considered the cradle of Russian civilization, closer into Moscow's orbit.

Ukraine's population is divided in loyalties between Russia and the West. Crimea, which was seized by Russian forces in the 18th century under Catherine the Great, was once the crown jewel in Russian and then Soviet empires.

It became part of Ukraine in 1954 when Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev transferred jurisdiction from Russia, a move that was a mere formality until the 1991 Soviet collapse meant Crimea landed in an independent Ukraine.

In a bid to shore up Ukraine's fledgling administration, the International Monetary Fund has said it is "ready to respond" to Ukraine's bid for financial assistance. The European Union is also considering emergency loans for a country that is the chief conduit of Russian natural gas to western Europe.

Ukraine's finance ministry has said it needs $35 billion over the next two years to avoid default.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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A sailor guards the Ukrainian Navy ship Slavutych in the Bay of Sevastopol on Wednesday, March 5. Ukrainian officials and Western diplomats accuse Russia of sending thousands of troops into the region in the past week -- a claim Russia has denied. The crisis in the former Soviet republic has revived concerns of a return to Cold War relationships. Follow the evolving story on <a href='http://cnnworldlive.cnn.com/Event/Crisis_in_Ukraine_2?hpt=hp_t1'>CNN's live blog</a>.A sailor guards the Ukrainian Navy ship Slavutych in the Bay of Sevastopol on Wednesday, March 5. Ukrainian officials and Western diplomats accuse Russia of sending thousands of troops into the region in the past week -- a claim Russia has denied. The crisis in the former Soviet republic has revived concerns of a return to Cold War relationships. Follow the evolving story on CNN's live blog. People wait in line for food distribution at Independence Square in Kiev on March 5.People wait in line for food distribution at Independence Square in Kiev on March 5. Ukrainian sailors carry meat to their vessel in the Sevastopol harbor on March 5.Ukrainian sailors carry meat to their vessel in the Sevastopol harbor on March 5. Riot police stand at the entrance of a regional administrative building during a rally in Donetsk, Ukraine, on March 5.Riot police stand at the entrance of a regional administrative building during a rally in Donetsk, Ukraine, on March 5. A Ukrainian police officer gives instructions to members of the media in front of the business class lounge of the airport in Simferopol, Ukraine, on March 5.A Ukrainian police officer gives instructions to members of the media in front of the business class lounge of the airport in Simferopol, Ukraine, on March 5. Pro-Russia demonstrators wave a Russian flag after storming a regional administrative building in Donetsk on March 5.Pro-Russia demonstrators wave a Russian flag after storming a regional administrative building in Donetsk on March 5. Demonstrators break a police barrier as they storm a regional administrative building in Donetsk on March 5.Demonstrators break a police barrier as they storm a regional administrative building in Donetsk on March 5. An armed man alleged to be with Russian forces stands guard in front of surface-to-air missiles in Sevastopol on March 5.An armed man alleged to be with Russian forces stands guard in front of surface-to-air missiles in Sevastopol on March 5.

Ukrainian military recruits line up to receive instructions in Kiev's Independence Square on Tuesday, March 4. Ukrainian military recruits line up to receive instructions in Kiev's Independence Square on Tuesday, March 4. People stand on the Ukrainian navy ship Slavutich while it's at harbor in Sevastopol on March 4. Mattresses were placed over the side of the ship to hinder any attempted assault.People stand on the Ukrainian navy ship Slavutich while it's at harbor in Sevastopol on March 4. Mattresses were placed over the side of the ship to hinder any attempted assault. Ukrainian troops watch as a Russian navy ship blocks the entrance of the Ukrainian navy base in Sevastopol on March 4.Ukrainian troops watch as a Russian navy ship blocks the entrance of the Ukrainian navy base in Sevastopol on March 4. A woman photographs pro-Russian soldiers guarding Ukraine's infantry base in Perevalnoye, Ukraine, on March 4.A woman photographs pro-Russian soldiers guarding Ukraine's infantry base in Perevalnoye, Ukraine, on March 4. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, wearing a blue scarf, visits a shrine March 4 for the people who were killed during anti-government protests in Kiev last month.U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, wearing a blue scarf, visits a shrine March 4 for the people who were killed during anti-government protests in Kiev last month. Yuli Mamchun, the commander of the Ukrainian military garrison at the Belbek air base near Sevastopol, salutes on March 4.Yuli Mamchun, the commander of the Ukrainian military garrison at the Belbek air base near Sevastopol, salutes on March 4. Russian soldiers stand guard at the Belbek air base on March 4.Russian soldiers stand guard at the Belbek air base on March 4. Ukrainian military members march at the Belbek air base on March 4.Ukrainian military members march at the Belbek air base on March 4. Russian soldiers fire warning shots to keep back Ukrainian military members at the Belbek air base on March 4.Russian soldiers fire warning shots to keep back Ukrainian military members at the Belbek air base on March 4. A Ukrainian airman puts the Ukrainian national flag over the gate of the Belbek air base as they guard what's left under their control on March 4.A Ukrainian airman puts the Ukrainian national flag over the gate of the Belbek air base as they guard what's left under their control on March 4. Russian soldiers aim a grenade launcher and machine gun as they guard positions at the Belbek air base on March 4.Russian soldiers aim a grenade launcher and machine gun as they guard positions at the Belbek air base on March 4. Ukrainian seamen stand guard on the Ukrainian navy ship Slavutich in the Sevastopol harbor on Monday, March 3.Ukrainian seamen stand guard on the Ukrainian navy ship Slavutich in the Sevastopol harbor on Monday, March 3. Oleg, a Ukrainian soldier, kisses his girlfriend Svetlana through the gates of the Belbek base entrance on March 3. Tensions are high at the base, where Ukrainian soldiers were

standing guard inside the building while alleged Russian gunmen were standing guard outside the gates.Oleg, a Ukrainian soldier, kisses his girlfriend Svetlana through the gates of the Belbek base entrance on March 3. Tensions are high at the base, where Ukrainian soldiers were standing guard inside the building while alleged Russian gunmen were standing guard outside the gates. Wives of Ukrainian soldiers walk past Russian soldiers to visit their husbands guarding a military base in Perevalnoye on March 3.Wives of Ukrainian soldiers walk past Russian soldiers to visit their husbands guarding a military base in Perevalnoye on March 3. A Russian soldier guards an area outside Ukraine's military base in the village of Perevalnoye on March 3.A Russian soldier guards an area outside Ukraine's military base in the village of Perevalnoye on March 3. A sailor looks out a window near the entrance to the Ukrainian navy headquarters in Sevastopol on March 3.A sailor looks out a window near the entrance to the Ukrainian navy headquarters in Sevastopol on March 3. Armed men in military uniform walk outside a Ukrainian military unit near Simferopol on Sunday, March 2. Hundreds of armed men in trucks and armored vehicles surrounded the Ukrainian base Sunday in Crimea, blocking its soldiers from leaving.Armed men in military uniform walk outside a Ukrainian military unit near Simferopol on Sunday, March 2. Hundreds of armed men in trucks and armored vehicles surrounded the Ukrainian base Sunday in Crimea, blocking its soldiers from leaving. Soldiers walk outside a Ukrainian military base in Perevalne, Ukraine, as a local resident waves a Russian flag March 2.Soldiers walk outside a Ukrainian military base in Perevalne, Ukraine, as a local resident waves a Russian flag March 2. Demonstrators shout during a rally in Kiev's Independence Square on March 2.Demonstrators shout during a rally in Kiev's Independence Square on March 2. Ukrainian soldiers, left, and unidentified gunmen, right, stand at the gate of an infantry base in Perevalnoye on March 2. Ukrainian soldiers, left, and unidentified gunmen, right, stand at the gate of an infantry base in Perevalnoye on March 2. Ukrainian soldiers guard a gate of an infantry base in Perevalnoye on March 2.Ukrainian soldiers guard a gate of an infantry base in Perevalnoye on March 2. A woman cries during a rally in Independence Square on March 2.A woman cries during a rally in Independence Square on March 2. Protesters hold flags of the United States, Germany and Italy during a rally in Independence Square on March 2.Protesters hold flags of the United States, Germany and Italy during a rally in Independence Square on March 2. People attend a morning prayer service at Independence Square on March 2. People attend a morning prayer service at Independence Square on March 2.

A soldier and a truck driver unload bread outside the Ukranian navy headquarters in Sevastopol, Ukraine, on March 2.A soldier and a truck driver unload bread outside the Ukranian navy headquarters in Sevastopol, Ukraine, on March 2. Heavily armed troops, displaying no identifying insignia and who were mingling with local pro-Russian militants, stand guard outside a local government building in Simferopol, Ukraine, on March 2. Heavily armed troops, displaying no identifying insignia and who were mingling with local pro-Russian militants, stand guard outside a local government building in Simferopol, Ukraine, on March 2. A woman waits in front of unidentified men in military fatigues who were blocking a base of the Ukrainian frontier guard unit in Balaklava, Ukraine, on Saturday, March 1.A woman waits in front of unidentified men in military fatigues who were blocking a base of the Ukrainian frontier guard unit in Balaklava, Ukraine, on Saturday, March 1. U.S. President Barack Obama, in the Oval Office of the White House, talks on the phone March 1 with Russian President Vladimir Putin.U.S. President Barack Obama, in the Oval Office of the White House, talks on the phone March 1 with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Troops stand guard in Balaklava on March 1. Troops stand guard in Balaklava on March 1. Heavily armed soldiers displaying no identifying insignia maintain watch in Simferopol, Ukraine, on March 1.Heavily armed soldiers displaying no identifying insignia maintain watch in Simferopol, Ukraine, on March 1. People gather around the coffin of a man who was killed during clashes with riot police in Independence Square.People gather around the coffin of a man who was killed during clashes with riot police in Independence Square. Pro-Russian activists hold Russian flags during a rally in the center of Donetsk, Ukraine, on March 1.Pro-Russian activists hold Russian flags during a rally in the center of Donetsk, Ukraine, on March 1. Pro-Russian activists clash with Maidan supporters as they storm the regional government building in Kharkiv, Ukraine, on March 1.Pro-Russian activists clash with Maidan supporters as they storm the regional government building in Kharkiv, Ukraine, on March 1. A protester stands at a memorial March 1 for the people killed in clashes at Independence Square.A protester stands at a memorial March 1 for the people killed in clashes at Independence Square. Armed men patrol outside the Simferopol International Airport in Ukraine's Crimea region on Friday, February 28. Simferopol is the regional capital.Armed men patrol outside the Simferopol International Airport in Ukraine's Crimea region on Friday, February 28. Simferopol is the regional capital. An image provided to CNN by a local resident shows Russian tanks on the move in Sevastopol, Ukraine. An image provided to CNN by a local resident shows Russian tanks on the move in Sevastopol, Ukraine.

Russian troops block a road February 28 toward the military airport in Sevastopol, Ukraine. The Russian Black Sea Fleet is based at the port city of Sevastopol.Russian troops block a road February 28 toward the military airport in Sevastopol, Ukraine. The Russian Black Sea Fleet is based at the port city of Sevastopol. Armed men stand guard in front of a building near the Simferopol airport on February 28. Armed men stand guard in front of a building near the Simferopol airport on February 28. An armed man wearing no identifying insignia patrols outside Simferopol International Airport on February 28. An armed man wearing no identifying insignia patrols outside Simferopol International Airport on February 28. Police stand guard outside the Crimea regional parliament building Thursday, February 27, in Simferopol. Armed men seized the regional government administration building and parliament in Crimea. Police stand guard outside the Crimea regional parliament building Thursday, February 27, in Simferopol. Armed men seized the regional government administration building and parliament in Crimea. Police intervene as Russian supporters gather in front of the parliament building in Simferopol on February 27.Police intervene as Russian supporters gather in front of the parliament building in Simferopol on February 27. A man adds fuel to a fire at a barricade in Independence Square on February 27. Dozens of people were killed last week during clashes between security forces and protesters.A man adds fuel to a fire at a barricade in Independence Square on February 27. Dozens of people were killed last week during clashes between security forces and protesters. Pro-Russia demonstrators wave Russian and Crimean flags in front of a local government building in Simferopol on February 27. Pro-Russia demonstrators wave Russian and Crimean flags in front of a local government building in Simferopol on February 27. Barricades in front of a government building in Simferopol on February 27 hold a banner that reads: "Crimea Russia." There's a broad divide between those who support the pro-Western developments in Kiev and those who back Russia's continued influence in Crimea and across Ukraine.Barricades in front of a government building in Simferopol on February 27 hold a banner that reads: "Crimea Russia." There's a broad divide between those who support the pro-Western developments in Kiev and those who back Russia's continued influence in Crimea and across Ukraine. Protesters stand in front of a government building in Simferopol on February 27. Tensions have simmered in the Crimea region since the Ukrainian president's ouster.Protesters stand in front of a government building in Simferopol on February 27. Tensions have simmered in the Crimea region since the Ukrainian president's ouster. Protesters in support of the president's ouster rally in Independence Square, which has been the center of opposition, on Wednesday, February 26.Protesters in support of the president's ouster rally in Independence Square, which has been the center of opposition, on Wednesday, February 26.

Security forces stand guard during clashes between opposing sides in front of Crimea's parliament building in Simferopol on February 26.Security forces stand guard during clashes between opposing sides in front of Crimea's parliament building in Simferopol on February 26. Pro-Russian demonstrators, right, clash with anti-Russian protesters in front of a government building in Simferopol on February 26. Pro-Russian demonstrators, right, clash with anti-Russian protesters in front of a government building in Simferopol on February 26. A police officer gets pulled into a crowd of Crimean Tatars in Simferopol on February 26. The Tatars, an ethnic minority group deported during the Stalin era, is rallying in support of Ukraine's interim government.A police officer gets pulled into a crowd of Crimean Tatars in Simferopol on February 26. The Tatars, an ethnic minority group deported during the Stalin era, is rallying in support of Ukraine's interim government. A man places flowers at a barricade near Independence Square on February 26.A man places flowers at a barricade near Independence Square on February 26. On February 26 in Kiev, A woman holds a photograph of a protester killed during the height of tensions.On February 26 in Kiev, A woman holds a photograph of a protester killed during the height of tensions. Police guard a government building in Donetsk on February 26.Police guard a government building in Donetsk on February 26. Protesters remove a fence that surrounds Ukraine's parliament in Kiev on February 26.Protesters remove a fence that surrounds Ukraine's parliament in Kiev on February 26. People sing the Ukrainian national anthem at Independence Square on Monday, February 24.People sing the Ukrainian national anthem at Independence Square on Monday, February 24. Gas masks used by protesters sit next to a barricade in Independence Square on February 24.Gas masks used by protesters sit next to a barricade in Independence Square on February 24. A woman cries February 24 near a memorial for the people killed in Kiev.A woman cries February 24 near a memorial for the people killed in Kiev. People wave a large Ukrainian flag in Independence Square on Sunday, February 23.People wave a large Ukrainian flag in Independence Square on Sunday, February 23. Two pro-government supporters are made to pray February 23 in front of a shrine to dead anti-government protesters.Two pro-government supporters are made to pray February 23 in front of a shrine to dead anti-government protesters. A man and his daughter lay flowers at a memorial for protesters killed in Independence Square. A man and his daughter lay flowers at a memorial for protesters killed in Independence Square.

Former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko speaks at Independence Square on Saturday, February 22, hours after being released from prison. Tymoshenko, considered a hero of a 2004 revolution against Yanukovych, was released after 2 years behind bars.Former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko speaks at Independence Square on Saturday, February 22, hours after being released from prison. Tymoshenko, considered a hero of a 2004 revolution against Yanukovych, was released after 2 years behind bars. Tymoshenko is greeted by supporters shortly after being freed from prison in Kharkiv on February 22.Tymoshenko is greeted by supporters shortly after being freed from prison in Kharkiv on February 22. A protester guards the entrance to Yanukovych's abandoned residence outside Kiev on February 22. A protester guards the entrance to Yanukovych's abandoned residence outside Kiev on February 22. Anti-government protesters guard the streets next to the presidential offices in Kiev on February 22. Anti-government protesters guard the streets next to the presidential offices in Kiev on February 22. Anti-government protesters drive a military vehicle in Independence Square on February 22. Many protesters said they wouldn't leave the square until Yanukovych resigned.Anti-government protesters drive a military vehicle in Independence Square on February 22. Many protesters said they wouldn't leave the square until Yanukovych resigned. Ukrainian lawmakers argue during a session of Parliament on Friday, February 21.Ukrainian lawmakers argue during a session of Parliament on Friday, February 21. Men in Kiev carry a casket containing the body of a protester killed in clashes with police.Men in Kiev carry a casket containing the body of a protester killed in clashes with police. Protesters cheer after news of an agreement between the opposing sides in Kiev on February 21.Protesters cheer after news of an agreement between the opposing sides in Kiev on February 21. Crisis in Ukraine

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STORY HIGHLIGHTS

Russian forces have "complete operational control" of Crimea, a U.S. official says U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will travel to Kiev Tuesday Ukrainian PM says Russian actions are "a declaration of war" G7 leaders condemn Russia's "clear violation" of Ukraine's sovereignty Have you witnessed the crisis in Ukraine, particularly in Crimea? Share your experiences, but please stay safe.

Kiev, Ukraine (CNN) -- As Ukraine's new leaders accused Russia of declaring war, Russia's Prime Minister warned Sunday that blood could be spilled amid growing instability in the neighboring nation.

Kiev mobilized troops and called up military reservists in a rapidly escalating crisis that has raised fears of a conflict. And world leaders pushed for a diplomatic solution.

In a post on his official Facebook page, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev called the recent ouster of Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych a "seizure of power."

"Such a state of order will be extremely unstable," Medvedev said. "It will end with the new revolution. With new blood."

Officials said signs of Russian military intervention in Ukraine's Crimean peninsula were clear.

Russian generals led their troops to three bases in the region Sunday, demanding Ukrainian forces surrender and hand over their weapons, Vladislav Seleznyov, spokesman for the Crimean Media Center of the Ukrainian Defense Ministry, told CNN.

By late Sunday, Russian forces had "complete operational control of the Crimean Peninsula," a senior U.S. administration official said. The United States estimates there are 6,000 Russian ground and naval forces in the region, the official said.

"There is no question that they are in an occupation position -- flying in reinforcements and settling in," another senior administration official said.

Speaking by phone, Seleznyov said Russian troops had blocked access to bases but added, "There is no open confrontation between Russian and Ukrainian military forces in Crimea" and said Ukrainian troops continue to protect and serve Ukraine.

"This is a red alert. This is not a threat. This is actually a declaration of war to my country," Ukrainian interim Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk said.

Speaking in a televised address from the parliament building in the capital, Kiev, he called on Russian President Vladimir Putin to "pull back his military and stick to the international obligations."

"We are on the brink of the disaster."

A strange scene, somewhat polite standoff in Crimea

Kerry heading to Kiev

Ukraine PM: 'This is a red alert'

On GPS: How will Ukraine respond? Ukraine opposition leader speaks out A sense of escalating crisis in Crimea -- an autonomous region of eastern Ukraine with strong loyalty to neighboring Russia -- swirled, with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry condemning what he called Russia's "incredible act of aggression."

Speaking on the CBS program "Face The Nation," Kerry -- who is set to arrive in Kiev on Tuesday -- said several foreign powers are looking at economic consequences if Russia does not withdraw its forces.

"All of them, every single one of them are prepared to go to the hilt in order to isolate Russia with respect to this invasion," he said. "They're prepared to put sanctions in place, they're prepared to isolate Russia economically."

Kerry rebukes Russia's 'incredible act of aggression'

But Ukraine's ambassador to the United Nations said his country needs more than diplomatic assistance.

"We are to demonstrate that we have our own capacity to protect ourselves ... and we are preparing to defend ourselves," Yuriy Sergeyev said on CNN's "State of the Union." "And nationally, if aggravation is going in that way, when the Russian troops ... are enlarging their quantity with every coming hour ... we will ask for military support and other kinds of support."

Pushing diplomatic possibilities

In Brussels, Belgium, NATO ambassadors held an emergency meeting on Ukraine.

"What Russia is doing now in Ukraine violates the principles of the U.N. charter," NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen told reporters. He later added that Russia's actions constituted a violation of international law.

He called upon Russia to honor its international commitments, to send it military forces back to Russian bases, and to refrain from any further interference in Ukraine.

Rasmussen also urged both sides to reach a peaceful resolution through diplomatic talks and suggested that international observers from the United Nations should be sent to Ukraine.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel's office said Putin had accepted a proposal to establish a "fact-finding mission" to Ukraine, possibly under the leadership of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, and to start a political dialogue.

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon dispatched a special envoy to Ukraine Sunday evening, a spokesman for his office said.

Lean to the West, or to Russia?

Ukraine, a nation of 45 million people sandwiched between Europe and Russia's southwestern border, has been plunged into chaos since the ouster of President Viktor Yanukovych on February 22 following bloody street protests that left dozens dead and hundreds wounded.

Russia OKs military force in Ukraine Kiev: Russia's move is direct aggression Anti-government protests started in late November when Yanukovych spurned a deal with the EU, favoring closer ties with Moscow instead.

Ukraine has faced a deepening split, with those in the west generally supporting the interim government and its European Union tilt, while many in the east prefer a Ukraine where Russia casts a long shadow.

Nowhere is that feeling more intense than in Crimea, the last big bastion of opposition to the new political leadership. Ukraine suspects Russia of fomenting tension in the autonomous region that might escalate into a bid for separation by its Russian majority.

Ukrainian leaders and commentators have compared events in Crimea to what happened in Georgia in 2008. Then, cross-border tensions with Russia exploded into a five-day conflict that saw Russian tanks and troops pour into the breakaway territories of South Ossetia and Abkhazia, as well as Georgian cities. Russia and Georgia each blamed the other for starting the conflict.

By Sunday night, electricity had been cut off at the headquarters of the Ukrainian Navy in Crimea, and officials feared there could soon be an attack, Seleznyov said.

CNN has not independently verified that claim, and Russian officials could not be immediately reached to respond.

Military maneuvering

Word of the power outage came hours after the newly named head of Ukraine's navy disavowed Ukraine's new leaders and declared his loyalty to the pro-Russian, autonomous Crimea government.

Rear Adm. Denis Berezovsky, who was appointed Saturday by interim Ukrainian President Oleksandr Turchynov, said from Sevastopol on the Black Sea that he will not submit to any orders from Kiev.

He was quickly suspended and replaced by another rear admiral, the Defense Ministry in Kiev said in a written statement.

These scenes come one day after Putin obtained permission from his parliament to use military force to protect Russian citizens in Ukraine, spurning Western pleas not to intervene.

Putin cited in his request a threat posed to Russian citizens and military personnel based in southern Crimea.

Ukrainian officials have vehemently denied Putin's claim.

Western governments worried

The crisis set off alarm bells in the West and fueled a stern rebuke from the leaders of the G7 nations of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States.

In a statement Sunday, they condemned Russia's "clear violation of the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine," saying they were temporarily suspending activities related to preparation for June's G8 Summit in Sochi, Russia.

Canada recalled its ambassador to Moscow.

Senior Obama administration officials Sunday portrayed Russia's intervention in Ukraine as weak, describing it in a conference call with reporters as a kind of desperate measure from a man who realizes he has lost support of the international community.

When asked what concrete measures the administration has taken to signal its strong opposition to Russian involvement in Ukraine, the officials noted that planning meetings about the upcoming G8 summit in Sochi had been canceled. In the long term, economic sanctions could be employed, they said. The officials declined to be more specific about what those sanctions might involve.

In discussions over the weekend with Putin, Obama "made clear that Russia's continued violation of Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity would negatively impact Russia's standing in the international community," according to a statement released by the White House.

During that call, one administration official said, Putin did not "slam the door" to the idea that international monitors could travel to Ukraine to make sure violence doesn't flare up, one official said.

According to the Kremlin, Putin told Obama that Russia reserves the right to defend its interests in the Crimea region and the Russian-speaking people who live there.

Obama met Sunday with his national security team and called U.S. allies afterward, White House spokesman Josh Earnest said.

British Prime Minister David Cameron said he and Obama were of the same mind when they spoke on Sunday.

"We agreed Russia's actions are unacceptable and there must be significant costs if they don't change course," Cameron posted on his verified Twitter account.

Cameron also planned to talk with Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite and Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk.

Britain's Foreign Minister William Hague arrived Sunday in Kiev, where he will meet with Ukraine leaders.

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CNN's Ben Wedeman, Victoria Eastwood and Diana Magnay reported from Simferopol, Ukraine; Ian Lee, Ingrid Formanek and Victoria Butenko from Kiev, while MarieLouise Gumuchian wrote from London and Steve Almasy and Catherine E. Shoichet wrote from Atlanta. CNN's Chelsea J. Carter, Bharati Naik, Richard Roth, Laura SmithSpark, Tom Watkins, Sara Mazloumsaki, Alla Eshchenko, Arkady Irshenko, Radina Gigova, Kevin Liptak, Karen Smith and Ashley Fantz and journalists Azad Safarov and Elena Sandryev contributed to this report.

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Russia Warns US-China-Japan Pacific War Just Weeks Away

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Barack-Obama-Xi-Jinping-Shinzo-AbeTEHRAN (FNA)- An urgent report issued to the General Staff from the highly secretive Russian Deputy Defense Minister General Pavel Popov warned that war can be expected to erupt between the Pacific Powers of the United States, China and Japan within weeks due to a power struggle currently exploding within the Communist Party of China (CPC).

According to this report, the recent decision by Chinese leader Xi Jinping to prosecute retired security tsar Zhou Yongkangs son Zhou Bin for corruption is the leading impetus that has led to a fracturing of loyalties in the Peoples Liberation Army (PLA) between those advocating immediate strikes against Japan and those cautioning a more strategic and diplomatic course of action in a number of territorial disputes between these two nations, Whatdoesitmean.com reported.

Zhou Yongkang, this report says, is a retired senior leader of the CPC and no small fish from the province of Sichuan where he was once the top official and headed the petroleum mafia, the once-impregnable fortresses of the big state-owned oil giants, which have deep military connections, and ruled the state security establishment under former Chinese leader Hu Jintao.

Since assuming power in November 2012, this report continues, President Xi Jinping began a largely secret war against Zhou Yongkang, but which broke into the open last year with the prosecution of Yongkangs protg and Central Politburo Member Bo Xilai who was sentenced to life imprisonment last September (2013) for corruption.

Because of President Xi Jinpings fears of Zhou Yongkang, Russian military analysts in this report state, this past month he promoted as the new commander of the strategically important Beijing Garrison General Pan Liangshi, a veteran military commander with expertise in anti-terror maneuvers, and yet another move to consolidate his grip of the armed forces.

General Popov, however, in his report warns the General Staff that President Xi Jinpings moves against Zhou Yongkang, and for his consolidation of control over the PLA, are too little and too late as Chinese military forces still loyal to the former Security Minister are even now planning deliberate and provocative actions against

Japan and threatening military force against the Philippines in order to start a Pacific War they believe will unseat the President Xi Jinping.

One such provocative action against the United States by PLA forces loyal to Zhou Yongkang cited by General Popov in this report lists a 5 December 2013 confrontation in the South China Sea between Chinese and US naval warships that nearly led to conflict and which President Xi Jinping was unaware of until protests against China were lodged by the US State Department.

Even worse, this report says, was the warning issued to Japan earlier by PLA factions loyal to Zhou Yongkang that a firm response could be expected if Japan attacks Chinese ships, should Tokyo decide to take provocative action on the Senkaku Islands issue.

As Japanese military drills and deployments into the South China Sea area increase, General Popov further notes in his report, the stern words issued by Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera (who was overseeing the drills, and who vowed to protect the territory around the islands, which Japan considers to be its own) should not go unheeded, and who said we can never overlook Chinas repeated entries into our territorial waters. In addition to diplomatic efforts, we will cooperate with the Coast Guard to securely defend our territory and waters around the Senkaku islands.

Even though China requires large food imports from the US, Brazil, Argentina and Australia to feed its growing middle class and urbanized elite, this report says, nevertheless a Chinese-Japanese war could break out over matters Westerners deem inconsequential.

And, according to this report, it would be a coalition war, and it could be big, bad, and long. The US-Japan alliance might appear solid in the early going, obscuring subterranean fractures within the alliance. Yet transpacific unity might dissipate should the struggle wear on and American resolve flag exposing these fissures, all matters worth clarifying, General Popov warns, in allied circles now, before things turn ugly.

With China saying to America that theyre so serious about this conflict that theyre prepared to take the risks of being provocative in order to persuade the Obama administration to take seriously that they want to change the current order, but with no one truly knowing who speaks for the PLA, this report warns that even though the United States military remains the worlds most fearsome fighting force, unbeatable on a one-on-one basis, it could very well find itself in a protracted war that could end in nuclear Armageddon.

China is keenly aware of that fact too, this report concludes, so rather than orienting itself towards a total war it cannot win, Chinas military strategy serves a smaller, but shrewder purpose pushing the United States out of Chinas backyard, a move that matches both President Xi Jinpings and Zhou Yongkangs goals too, no matter who wins out in this power struggle.

China Tightens Air Defense Zone, Warns Foreign Planes

China said in late January it had begun to issue warnings to foreign military planes entering its self-declared air defense zone over the East China Sea amid heightened tensions with its neighbors, especially Japan.

Bitter rhetoric between the neighbors has spiked since Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe made a late-December visit to a war shrine in Tokyo that outraged Beijing, AP reported.

Abe this week compared the tense relationship to the pre-World War I rivalry between Britain and Germany.

Japanese officials say the comment was meant as a warning to avoid war.

Chinese state media quoted Air Force Spokesperson Shen Jinke as saying several kinds of Chinese planes recently patrolled the sweeping zone that was declared in November.

Warnings issued

He said the planes identified several foreign military aircraft, flew alongside them and issued them warnings.

He didnt identify the planes or say when the patrol was conducted.

The zone is a purely defensive measure that conforms to international practice, Shen said.

The United States, Japan, the Philippines and other countries denounced the zones declaration in November as provocative, and said they would ignore Chinas demands that their military aircraft announce flight plans, identify themselves and follow Chinese instructions.

China has said it would take unspecified measures against aircraft that disobey.

In a policy speech on Friday in Tokyo, Abe reiterated Japans position, saying it would not tolerate any attempt to change the status quo by force.

He said Japan would beef up its defensive capabilities in order to defend the safety in the Southwestern region, as well as the vast sea and airspace around Japan.

China Ships Sail off Tokyo-Controlled Islands after Abes WWI Claim

Chinese ships sailed through disputed waters off Tokyo-controlled islands last Monday.

Around 9am (00:00 GMT), Chinese coastguard vessels entered the 12-nautical-mile territorial waters of one of the Senkakus, which China claims and calls the Diaoyus, according to Japans coastguard, AFP reported.

The move came days after Japans Prime Minister Shinzo Abe compared Sino -Japanese tense relations with the run-up to World War I.

Japan Revises Teaching Manuals, Claims Islands as Territory

Japan said last Tuesday it was revising teaching manuals to make clear that two sets of remote islands at the center of its disputes with China and South Korea are integral parts of its territory, prompting protests from an angry Seoul.

Japans ties with Seoul and Beijing are increasingly strained over a host of issues, including the territorial rows and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abes visit late last year to the Yasukuni Shrine, Reuters reported.

The conservative Abe has said he wants to revise Japanese history to have a less apologetic tone, a sensitive topic for Asian neighbors such as South Korea and China, where memories linger of Japanese aggression before and during World War Two.

Education Minister Hakubun Shimomura said the ministry was revising the manuals to teach properly about Japanese history and that it would make diplomatic efforts to explain the move to Japans neighbors.

It is extremely important that the children who will bear our future can properly understand our territory, he told a news conference.

He said the teaching manuals would be changed to make clear that the rocky islets controlled by South Korea but claimed by both nations, known as Takeshima in Japan and Tokdo in South Korea, were Japanese territory.

South Koreas Foreign Ministry promptly summoned the Japanese ambassador to protest.

Earlier, the Ministry called for Japan to repeal the changes, which it said were teaching children a false claim to the islets.

Our government strongly condemns this and asks Japan to immediately withdraw it, it said in a statement.

The manuals will also add reference to the Senkakus, which are at the center of a dispute with China and reiterate Tokyos stance that these are an integral part of Japanese territory and there is no dispute over their ownership.

They will affect classes in history, geography and civics in junior and senior high schools, but are not legally binding.

Asked about the territorial rows, Shimomura said he felt it was too bad that there were competing claims to the islands and repeated that historically, the islands were part of Japan.

We must make efforts to politely explain our position to both nations and seek their understanding, Shimomura said.

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