Dr. Fredrick Töben Reviews Grand Deceptions

Dr. Fredrick Töben Reviews Grand Deceptions

EDITOR’S NOTE: Dr. Fredrick Töben is a German-Australian scholar and philosopher known for his lucid investigations into World War II history and his superb contributions to revisionism. Fredrick’s findings sharply contradict the ‘official narrative’ of the Second World War, and for his commitment to historical accuracy he has been assailed, vilified and harassed by the enemies of truth. Like Fredrick, I have sought to find and expose the truth, regardless of how uncomfortable that truth may be.

 

F Toben March 2015
  Dr. Fredrick Töben

BRANDON MARTINEZ

Grand Deceptions: Zionist Intrigue in the 20th and 21st Centuries

A review by Fredrick Töben – 10 April 2015

Only yesterday a young enquiring student asked me to clarify the problem that emerges when someone asserts something to be a truth and the rejoinder is, ‘That’s only your opinion!’

I attempted to clarify this matter by pointing out that in a court case a witness or an accused person is solemnly sworn or affirmed to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth, which also activates the concept of “lying by omission”.

Then there is the legal sophistry that develops especially made transparent since Elizabeth Loftus has so clearly illustrated how “false memories” can be created. Holocaust Revisionists can fill books on this topic where so-called witnesses have literally lied through their teeth while recounting their horror stories. The classic currently doing the rounds is Herman Rosenblat’s who died on 5 February 2015: “It wasn’t a lie. It was my imagination, and in my mind, in my imagination I believed it …Yes, it’s not true, but in my imagination it was true!’ Of interest is that anyone asserting something to be a proven lie, which such Holocaust liars have openly propagated as a truth, will be legally prosecuted for defaming the memory of the dead or hurting someone’s feelings. The old adage comes to mind: The truth hurts!

The Scholastics attempted to explain this move from the physical to the mental world, from the particular to the universal, by postulating how many angels fit on a pinhead. I point to engineers who fiddle-the-books by cutting corners in, for example, bridge constructions. In time the material deficiency thus created will cause structures to collapse – and numerous examples can be found where such building constructions have collapses because theoretical scientific considerations have been neglected.

While no human made object in the world is perfect, the approximation to theoretical perfection is itself a wonder, and so the abstract concept of truth is more easily understood when we regard its negative aspect – falsehood, lies, deceptions. Accusing anyone of such is defamatory but it is not defamatory if you accuse someone of telling an un-truth!

If we cast our glance at current world politics, then the concept of “spin” looms large. Chomsky’s manufactured consent leads to the development of created over-arching narratives that have no connection to reality. I think of the official Report written up to explain why Building 7 collapsed in controlled demolition mode, asserting it was office-paper fires that generated enough heat to melt the steel structures, etc.

Such nonsense thinking is reminiscent of the current Climate Change debate that has been going on for over 30 years, beginning with the greenhouse effect-ozone hole premise, then moving into asserting global warming will have a catastrophic effect on low-lying countries. But such countries in the Pacific or Indian Ocean have always had a rough time whenever the seasonal weather responds to the Sun’s doings. And now it’s Climate Change, which is a fact because the climate on Earth changes all the time as governed by our Sun’s behaviour. What is not proven, and this makes up the Climate Change proponents’ argument, is that human activity causes climate change, the so-called anthropogenic climate change hypothesis. There are climate change sceptics, or as some would like to label them: Climate Change Deniers!

The theoretical framework that underpins the premises of anything asserted, is often constructed with the most honest intentions and universal concerns, and so evil or corrupt intentions do not always motivate those pushing a cause. Still, whenever anything is asserted, and especially when public funding is sought, then it is quite legitimate to ask the basic timeless question: Cui Bono – in whose interest is it to adopt a program?

The title of Brandon Martinez’s book, Grand Deceptions: Zionist Intrigue In The 20th and 21st Century, clearly implies that this question has been asked, that the facts have been investigated and that the conclusion drawn therefrom will be sustained. In other words, he has subjected his investigations to a process of verification/falsification.

Personally I have stated that the 9/11 tragedy was a controlled demolition job and not caused by planes flying into buildings and bringing them down. I have not gone beyond that point and apportioned blame to a specific group of individuals who rigged the towers for demolition because I do not have the information on who did it. I discount the official version of events, i.e. that a group of Arabic–speaking “terrorists” did the job. What speaks against that is the fact that after the Soviet Union’s economic collapse, the global dialectic that controlled political discourse needed to be re-set, and the new enemy was framed into an abstraction: “terrorism”.

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Now, first things first: the Form:

This 180-page paperback book has an attractive rather striking front cover, an image of the twin towers behind the title and a photo of Israel’s PM Netanyahu and Paul Wolfowitz in pensive mood beneath the title.

At the top of the back-cover is a summary of what the book is all about:

Grand Deception is a concise study exploring

* Israeli involvement in the 9/11 attacks, and the fraud of the “war on terror.”

* The Zionist role in dragging the US into wars on Iraq and other Muslim nations.

*Their role in fomenting World Wars I and II, in order to seize Palestine.

*Their extensive collusion with Nazis, and key role in Bolshevik bloodshed.

*How the victors distorted World War II history for their aims of reshaping Europe and the Middle East.

Then follows a picture background of the burning and exploding towers with highlighted quotations in the foreground from Jews who almost joyously celebrated the significance the 9/11 tragedy brought to Israel. It includes the well-known one from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu:

We are benefiting from one thing, and that is the attack on the Twin Towers and Pentagon …these events swung American public opinion in our favour.”

Both the illustrated front and back covers thus effectively focus and suggest that the story of 9/11 has been a Jewish-Zionist exercise.

On the back of the title page appear the technical details. The publisher is ProgRESSive Independent Mediawww.ProgressivePress.com San Diego, California, and the book is printed in the USA – ISBN 9781615778416.

And again there is another concise summary of what the book’s aim is:

Grand Deception is a short, concise study of Israeli involvement in the 9/11 attacks, Zionist influence over US foreign policy (particularly the central role of pro-Israel neoconservatives in dragging the US into the war in Iraq), the fraud of the post-9/11 “war on terror,” and other Zionist political intrigues in the 20th and 21st centuries. This book explores the role of Zionists in helping foment World Wars I and II as a means of establishing a Jewish state in Palestine, the extensive collusion between Nazis and Zionists, the hidden history of bloody Bolshevism, and the fabrications and distortions of official World War II historiography designed to advance the victors’ post-war agenda of re-shaping Europe and the Middle East.

The Contents page lists an Introduction, 11 Chapters, a Conclusion and End Notes – and there are 474 of them. The book has no INDEX, which seems to be a pattern followed in today’s publishing market. After all, speed readers skim through the Index to see whose name appears in the book and whose name has been left out. It is a short-cut to gaining a quick overview of where the author is going!

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And now I’ll begin with the CONTENT itself by reading these 50,000 words that came my way for US$13.95, and to find out whether Brandon Martinez’s reflections on this contentious and provocative topic fulfil my expectations.

Before I do, though, just a brief explanation where I am coming from in this topic. My basic premise on 9/11 is that the buildings were brought down by controlled demolition, which contradicts the official conspiracy theory that a group of Arabic-speaking “terrorists” did it with planes. Holding on to this basic premise has already caused me to experience social exclusion because many individuals in Australia, who have a vague notion of global politics and with whom a conversation about such matters is possible, always follow the party line as expressed by the government and disseminated in the major newspapers.

Canadian Brandon Martinez would be well aware of this kind of social pressure surrounding the topic that immediately impacts on relationships because he has, of course, a history of focusing on Zionist matters, and few readers would not have heard of his brilliant Zion Crime Factory website and how some religious fundamentalists caused him grief.

When such matters arise for a young man whose mind is active, perceptive and desirous of finding the truth of a matter, then alarm bells start to ring and the quest to make sense of such sabotage from within gives the impulse to distrust anyone and then to also expect deceptions from the “enemy within one’s own camp”.

William Blake teaches us that as individuals move from innocence to experience this process can indeed be a painful learning process, and little can be gained from embracing the “bitch-goddess of change”, that favourite saying of Ronald Conway who also pointed out how in today’s instant communications climate we do indeed need some obsessive quality, which help us to be heard.

Most western democracies run on the concept of “change”, which ties in nicely with the mindset of the western democratic ex-Marxists who, once the Soviet Union imploded in December 1991, developed attitudes and policies that we now term Political Correct democratic policies.

Few realize there is a massive deficiency thinking impulse embedded in this “change” concept. One of Marx‘s famous dictum was that philosophers have interpreted the world differently and that the task for Marxists was thus to change the world, i.e establish the dictatorship of the working class, etc. Any basic reflection on this point soon enables individuals to see through the deception because “changing the world” implies philosophical reflection, and as in the “freedom” cry, where it is never clarified: freedom from what?, and freedom for what? So, too, with the “change” concept – from and for what?

In Brandon Martinez’s book I shall be interested to see if he succeeds in establishing to what degree Zionist INTRIGUE has become a GRAND DECEPTION.

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Now to the Content

During the 1980s one of my academic colleagues was Dr George Zollschan, originally from Vienna, educated in the USA but who had not lost his heavy German accent. He would regularly advise his students: ‘I am an Amerikan Jew’. During one of our many conversations he came up with the observation, ‘any publicity is better than none’, which had me thinking about it for some time.

I note in the book at page 148 there is the Haaretz 30 October 2014 cartoon depicting Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu piloting the 9/11 plane into the Twin Tower. Such “controversial” item certainly is used by some as “proof”, or even as a “confession” of guilt.

I see this kind of propaganda exercise as something akin to lying not by omission but by “admission” – and then you move on, or as Gordon Duff would say: ‘Keep the ball rolling’, i.e. you tell the truth but then continue to deny a matter because you have the political power to move on and continue to distract and to deflect from any consequences of a moral, social and legal nature that may arise as a result of such admissions.

Martinez clearly illustrates this method of control by adopting the position that “the Israeli tail is wagging the American dog”, and he cites enough sources to prove his case, in particular citing James Petras and others who clearly trace the Israeli power structures operating within the USA through global financial, economic and cultural institutions that have made the USA a “Zionist stronghold”.

Likewise, Martinez traces the development of a powerful Zionist influence in George W Bush’s presidency that now somewhat legendary “Neocon” group, which engineered the Iraq wars as a result of their expressed agenda: militarism and war – and “noble lies” and “axis of evil”, and “Iraqi troops removing babies from incubators in Kuwait”, and “weapons of mass destruction”, etc.

That the Neocons’ “new Pearl Harbour” theoretical ground work had been done a year before 9/11 happened, is no surprise, and Martinez convincingly documents such in detail. Not surprisingly, it is not really possible to talk about a conspiracy as such because it certainly appears from the quoted sources that for those who informed themselves the information was out there for all to read. As soon as the 9/11 tragedy unfolded the world media was immediately saturated with the newly imposed dialectic that replaced the old one of western democracy versus Communism: the war on terrorism and the war on Islam.

The focus on Osama bin Laden backfired when on 28 September 2001 in a Pakistani newspaper he “vehemently denied any involvement”, and he was soon to die of kidney failure. But that didn’t stop the myth makers to pursue him and “kill” him at Abbottabad on 2 May 2011, and scattered his ashes in the North Arabian Sea, which is another one of those fanciful nonsense propaganda items of which Holocaust Revisionists are so painfully aware – the mythbusters rely on structures such as that of the “Donation of Constantine”, which inevitably are exposed as outright fabrications, deception and lies.

The Question that always yields good results is: Cui Bono – in whose interest? That is why there are pedagogical interests that attempt to impose a negative moral code on the asking of questions: you must ask the right question to get the right result! By uninhibited questioning it is possible to elicit “evidence of foreknowledge or proof of planning” of events.

I did not know that the US embassy building in Nairobi, Kenya, was built by Israel and had once been its embassy building. And so when it was bombed on 7 August 1998 reports in The Spotlight stated that Mossad succeeded in persuading the CIA and the White House to ignore their own reports, which four months before the event warned of such an attack.

Martinez flawlessly narrates the connections that exist between such terrible events and Israel’s interests in staging such false flags events. He quotes the following American Free Press video featuring Greg Felton whose book, Exploding Middle East Myth, asserts that Israel “has no moral, political or historical legitimacy. It exists soley because it terrorized the world into approving its existence – like a man riding a tiger – can’t get off because he will be killed…”. So Israel needs to continue to terrorise the world and kill and it cannot stop doing this because as soon as it does it will cease to exist –

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c5OpnnYQjww

[Uploaded on Jan 15, 2012. Canadian author Greg Felton of The Host & The Parasite fame, discusses his new book, Exploding Middle East Myths: 15 years of Fighting Zionist Propaganda. Felton has assembled a myth-smashing collection of essays targeting media cover-up and misinformation and misdirection about Israel and the problems of the Middle East and has laid bare the truth about the blunt political force, blackmail and intimidation that Israel and its network use to achieve their aims. In the interview, Felton explains that the only way to get America back on its feet is to “de-Zionize” it.]

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Chapter 6 The Grand Deception: Israel and 9/11, is the largest chapter in the book of 40 pages and five sub-sections: Framing Palestinians, Al-Qaeda Mythology, The 19 Hijackers: Villains or Patsies?, Zionist and the World Trade Centre, and Federal Stooges.

Martinez succeeds in clearly illustrating how the preparation for the 9/11 tragedy began by Mossad planting information in the media that pointed to an imminent terrorist threat and linking it to Osama bin Laden and to the Iraq government. With hindsight it almost becomes painfully clear the effect such “Zionist inversion of reality” has on ordinary citizens relying on conventional media outlets for their information.

The five Israelis briefly detained by police had foreknowledge of the event because they called it a “terrorist attack” while police were still regarding the matter as an accident.

This reminds me of the 24 March 2015 Germanwings Airbus A320, flying from Barcelona to Düsseldorf, and crashing in the French Alps where an immediate headline in the Huffington Post, quoting Reuters, read:White House: Germanwings Crash Doesn’t Appear To Be A Terror Attack Posted: 03/24/2015 12:53 pm EDT Updated: 03/24/2015 2:59 pm EDT.

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On 25 March 2015 The Sydney Morning Herald went further and quoted a French politician in its headline: Germanwings crash: Terrorism unlikely as cause of plane crash, says interior minister Bernard Cazeneuve.

This method of disseminating public disinformation, of sidetracking from the issue, is only possible where there is a massive bending to Jewish pressure, which itself is a barometer of a society’s healthy self-esteem. Most of the so-called western democracies have little or none at all, which suits those who wish to corporatize and internationalise all nation states, except the bolt-hole for the criminally active called Israel.

The new global dialectic set by the 9/11 operation fulfilled its dual purpose of setting the western democracies against Islam and securing Israeli freedom to continue the ethnic cleansing of Palestine.

Martinez illuminates the technique of closing down investigations surrounding the 9/11 tragedy by referencing incident after incident thus:

If the suspects apprehended with the truck bomb near the G.W. Bridge were in fact Arabs or Muslims, the mass media would have been jumping all over themselves to cover the story. Furthermore, it would have fit with the official fiction of an al-Qaeda-directed operation against America. The fact that the incident is not mentioned in any of the official 9/11 reports issued by the US government is proof of a cover-up. The only possible reason that this incident needs to be covered up is that the people involved were not al-Qaeda operatives, but were, in all likelihood, Israelis.

He goes on to quote sources that link the CIA with Mossad in “operation cyclone” that forced the Soviet Union out of Afghanistan, then relates how once this was achieved, the US turned against its former collaborators.

So the closing down of investigations and the setting of a new dialectic is the pattern of power used by the USA and Israel in order to “keep the global ball rolling”. Such a planting of narratives, of course, had its factual equivalent in the planted of evidence to prove the veracity of the overarching narrative that made up the official conspiracy of 9/11.

There is, of course, also the Mossad method of faking passports and murdering those deemed to be standing in the way of Jewish interests. This included the numerous Israeli art students who flooded the western world in an information gathering exercise.

I worried when Martinez quoted Gordon Thomas’s Gideon’s Spies: The Secret History of Mossad, because I find it a little odd that this author managed to spend a couple of years in Mossad’s archives to emerge with a book full of dirty Mossad secrets. I recall at an AFP conference how Thomas let himself be upset by my making a simple statement. When he gave his address, he went to great lengths to characterize the Mossad chief as a fearsome, frightening man. “You would be fearful of him”, to which I interjected, “I wouldn’t be”, and Thomas seemed to lose his composure and challenged me: “Do you want to take over?”

Back to the 9/11 event and the question asked by Martinez: “Why has the FBI relentlessly pursued bogus clues leading to Arabs, but consistently ignored legitimate inferences pointing to Israelis?”

Well – why?

The ADL’s own claim speaks for itself:

As the foremost non-governmental authority on domestic terrorism, extremism, organized hate groups and hate crimes, ADL has been the leading non-governmental organization training police. In 2010 alone, we trained more than 10,500 law enforcement officers from all over the country.

We may as well add the fact that it is mandatory for all trainees of FBI, US Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Washington, DC Police Department, Philadelphia Police Department, etc, to attend the “Lessons of the Holocaust”.

And therewith a large portion of international discourse is effectively controlled at the local and regional level. Add to that a blatant and open quest to control the discourse on the Internet, it does not surprise that Jews have set out to control what material is published on Wikipedia. There is no worry about global media outlets, such as Rupert Murdoch’s, not following the Jewish Israeli Zionist party line.

There is also the ideological weapon that combines the Holocaust dogma and Zionist militarism, and Martinez quotes Kevin Barrett:

The Israelis are fanatical extremists who feel that they are being persecuted everywhere they go and that they have to be extremely harsh, unyielding and aggressive, as well as deceptive and violent with the world. They have a terrible track record of extreme deception, lies and extreme violence… They’re ruthless, they’re psychopathic and they are the most likely country in the world to use nuclear weapons.

Martinez surmises:

The neocons, steeped in self-serving propaganda about Jewish victimhood, based their entire foreign policy advocacy not on what is good for the United States, but rather on what is good for the Israeli garrison state. The neocons are, in effect, opportunistically using the US as a geopolitical guardian to protect Israel from any possible threat to its continued dominance in the Middle East….

And he predicts:

The holocaust dogma in its present form cannot be sustained.

And, among other notable facts about matters Holocaust, he lists thirteen examples quoted in Don Heddesheimer’s The First Holocaust: Jewish Fund Raising Campaigns with Holocaust Claims During and After World War One, of six million suffering and persecuted Jews, concluding that the six million claim has become an effective marketing strategy.

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In Chapter 9: Nazi-Zionist Collusion, Martinez recounts the usually uncontested narrative surrounding the pre-war collaboration between the Zionists and the National Socialist – he erroneously still labels the Germans NAZIS – and he does stress the fanatical Jewish supremacism that fuelled the Zionist movement’s quest to settle in the Promised Land by quoting from Rabbi Harry Waton’s 1939 book: A Program for the Jews:

the Jews have a right to subordinate to themselves the rest of mankind and to be masters over the whole earth … this is the historic destiny of the Jews …The Jews should realize that Jehovah no longer dwells in heaven, but he dwells in us right here on earth; we must no longer look up to Jehovah as above us and outside of us, but we must see him right within us.

Still, it could have been mentioned ever so briefly that there is a massive gulf between the fundamentals of the Judaic and the Germanic world view/Weltanschauung; the former uses the Talmudic/Marxist death dialectic while the latter uses the Hegelian life-giving dialectic.

This, however is a topic too large to deal with in this volume, and so I did not expect Martinez to elaborate on it here.

That the Anglo-American-Soviet crimes of World War Two, especially, are effectively whitewashed by the “homicidal gas chambers” allegations against the German people, is a given fact which the Hollywood Holocaust “movie mayhem has cast a spell over the collective consciousness of the Western world.” Martinez points out that the phrase, The Final Solution, was used as early as the 1890s by Jews themselves who were then agitating for a homeland so as to solve the Jewish Question/Problem.

In contrast, the Jew Theodore Kaufman, writes Martinez:

authored and published a genocidal tome calling for the elimination of the whole German people through a forced sterilisation program and the dissolution of the German state. Scholar Kevin Barrett noted that Kaufman’s genocide manifesto, titled Germany Must Perish!, ‘makes Meine Kampf look like a Mother Theresa homily by comparison’. In the text Kaufman called for a “final solution” of German extinction, shamelessly articulating his desire to eliminate every last German man, woman and child from the earth.

He quotes Kaufman at length:

This dymanic volume outlines a comprehensive plan for the extinction of the German nation and the total eradication from the earth of all her people…Also contained herein is a map illustrating the possible territorial dissection of Germany and the apportionment of her lands…A final solution: Let Germany be policed forever by an international armed force? Even if such a huge undertaking were feasible life itself would not have it so. As war begets war, suppression begets rebellion. Undreamed horrors would unfold. Thus we find that there is no middle course; no act of mediation, no compromise to be compounded, no political or economic sharing to be considered. There is, in fine, no other solution except one: That Germany must perish forever from this earth!

Martinez cites historian Charles Lutton, who in turn cites from Nicolai Tolstoy’s Stalin’s Secret War:

Soviet cruelty far outstripped that of National Socialism…. Torture in the USSR was (and is) employed on a mass scale as an important punitive means of overawing a resentful population … confirmed the German view that Bolshevik Russia was irredeemably savage and backward.

Much of this is also confirmed in Mark Elliott’s book Pawns of Yalta, and such knowledge certainly upsets intellectuals such as Australian Peter Myers who still suffers mentally from his early embrace of the Communist ideology, and who cannot face such facts without bringing along, in a desperate attempt to balance the equation, the homicidal gas chamber allegation nonsense. Of course Myers would shy away from perhaps learning more of such degeneracy by reading Estonian author Juri Lina’s 1998 published book, Under the Sign of the Scorpion. The Rise and the Fall of the Soviet Empire.

If it is a fact that 80 per cent of the rank-and-file of Cheka officers in the Ukraine was Jewish, then this has implications in today’s Ukraine conflict. Many would recall their own 1932 Holodomor, or as Eric Margolis described the genocide as Ukraine’s “unknown holocaust”.

Martinez continues:

in 2009 the Ukraine security service drafted a list of Soviet officials responsible for the Holodomor, demanding they be prosecuted for genocide. The Jewish Telegraph Agency reported that Jewish groups vehemently opposed the motion to pursue a case against the listed communist culprits because “most of the names on the list were Jewish”. The Ukrainian Jewish Committee called on state officials to censor the list by removing the names of Jews involved in the genocide, so as to protect Ukraine’s Jewish community from “hatred”. In 2010, the Israeli politician Shimon Petres visited Ukraine and advanced a similar Orwellian plea, calling on Ukrainians to “forget history”.

Martinez concludes the chapter by quoting from Jewish author Sever Plocker who stated that Genrikh Yagoda, the founder of the NKVD was –

the greatest Jewish murderer of the 20th Century … many Jews sold their soul to the devil of the Communist revolution and have blood on their hands for eternity.

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As I completed reading the brief CONCLUSION of the book I am reminded how just on three weeks ago the US armed forces rumbled through Eastern Europe back to their base in Germany after completing a NATO drill in the Baltic states, as per following video clip:

U.S. tanks parade through Eastern Europe in bizarre PR stunt – Published on Mar 23, 2015

American troops are returning to their base in Germany after NATO military drills in the Baltics. The vehicles are usually transported by rail but U.S. commanders decided to drive the convoy all the way from training grounds in Estonia, Lithuania and Poland to a base in Germany. The ride kicked off on Saturday and will take more than a week. The troops are scheduled to make stops along the way, to boast their heavy metal to the locals. The drills themselves involved 750 US army tanks, helicopters and other military vehicles and around 3,000 US troops. But it’s Russian military drills within Russia’s own borders which raised more concern. Why? We asked Asia Times correspondent Pepe Escobar.

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In his final summing up of the Zionist problem Brandon Martinez expresses some lofty ideals that give hope to those who are tired of what they have experienced and of what possibly lies before them. He stresses the obvious danger of victimising Jews as a group and points out that there are individual Jews who do not share the secretive nature of Jewish Supremacism. Although the book has a heavy focus on what is happening and what has happened in the Middle East, the re-focus on the former Soviet Union and on Ukraine makes the material in this book refreshingly relevant to today’s global political scene. It gives an historical context to what we are currently witnessing in both the Middle East and in Europe and in the former Soviet Union.

His final words are warmly embraced by all those who care and who still dare to nurture an empathetic understanding of our common humanity:

We must speak the truth fearlessly and without reservation.