Number 11 January 6 1984
IN THIS ISSUE: S Perspective: The Future Is Now
Perspective: The Future Is Now
Jesse Jackson's "Wild Card" Mission to Syria
The surprise success of the Jackson trip to Syria in freeing captured flier Robert Goodman has temporarily halted the growing U„ S„ -Syria confrontation. But steps are already underway to renew the cycle of violence in Lebanon.
"Siberia Express" Weatherwar for a Frozen December
Shortly after a limited public admission of weather control capabilities by Russia in November, the U.S. National Weather Service predicted a warmer than normal winter. That prediction was immediately turned on its head by Soviet "Siberia Express" weather control that gave much of the United States the coldest December on record.
Another "Andropov" Charade in the Kremlin Transition
The impression of continued control by the late Andropov is being maintained for now, but watch Grigory Romanov.
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Perspective: The Future Is Now
Jesse Jackson's "Wild Card" Mission to Syria
Much has been made of the arrival of George Orwell's apocalyptic year, 1984. In his book Nineteen Eighty Four written shortly after World War II, Orwell described a world which is uncomfortably similar in many remarkable ways to that which we see today. It is a world of constant war. . . ever-shifting alliances, with former allies becoming enemies and vice versa . . . countless forms of surveillance and control over citizens. . . and most of all, constant twisting and suppression of the truth.
Many people find it more than a little spooky that Orwell's vision has proven accurate in so many ways. But Eric Arthur Blair (pseudonym: George Orwell) was not writing primarily about the future at all, but about the present which existed at that time. Writing in 1948, he merely transposed the final digits to 1984, creating a fictional time frame to express his ideas. He then described what he thought governments would do right then if they had the means to do it.
We Americans often tend to think that it is only other governments, not our own, that fit the Orwellian mold. Likewise when a former official Enemy is transformed into an official Friend (e. g. Red China, 1979), any negative image quickly is erased. . . as Orwell described. And consider the three slogans by which Orwell's tyrannical Big Brother ruled. War is peace: In a Rose Garden ceremony on Jan. 4, President Reagan said freed Navy flier Robert Goodman had been sent on a "mission of peace, " referring to the 28-plane bombing mission in which he was shot down. Freedom is slavery: Economic time bombs planted through "deregulation" are designed to help undermine faith in the U. S. Constitution and the freedoms which it confers (NewsALERT #5). Ignorance is strength: The Reagan Administration campaign to control what Americans know (NewsALERT #7) is explained away as being necessary to bolster national security.
Yes, 1984 is here all right. . . but in a way, it has been here all along. The future is now. And we don't have to fall for the twisting of words and suppression of truth that takes place, no matter how subtle it may be. As our Lord Jesus Christ said: "Have no fear of them; for nothing is covered that will not be revealed, or hidden that will not be known. "
Despite the ambition of the Bolshevized U. S. Government to achieve Orwellian omnipotence, we can take encouragement from the fact that they still can be, and often are, tripped up. Nothing illustrates this better than the success achieved this week by Rev. Jesse Jackson in obtaining the release of captured U. S. Navy flier, Robert Goodman.
In the U. S. - Israel "strategic cooperation" plan to partition Lebanon (NewsALERT #9), Syria is a key factor. For several months American strategy has been designed to maneuver Syria into a direct confrontation with the United States. This strategy went into high gear early last month, when coordinated action between the Israeli Air Force and U.S. Navy reconnaissance jets led to Syrian antiaircraft attacks on the U.S. planes. That provided the pretext for the first-ever U.S. air strike on Syrian positions of Dec. 4, in which Lt. Goodman was shot down and captured (NewsALERT #10).
The presence of an American airman in Syrian hands was made to order to help fuel an increasingly confrontational atmosphere. And had it been left to the Reagan Administration, Goodman would have been left right where he was, in order to serve as a continuing source of U. S. -Syria friction. Even when special Middle East envoy Donald Rumsfeld visited Syria last month, he deliberately made no effort to negotiate Goodman's release.
It was only a quirk of fate that transformed the situation. It happened that the captured flier, Goodman, was black. And it also happens that there is a black presidential candidate this year--Rev. Jesse Jackson--who has never been bashful about trying unorthodox things. While all the other Democrat presidential hopefuls sat on their hands, Jackson decided to make his trip to Syria.
If there was one thing the Reagan White House wanted less right now than for Goodman to be released, it was for him to be released at the initiative of someone else besides Reagan. In a mid-December news conference, Reagan called Goodman's release a high priority--but as Jackson planned his trip, Reagan refused even to accept Jackson's telephone calls about it.
As Jackson left for Syria on Dec. 29, he did so with the White House clearly opposing the whole idea.
When Jackson arrived in Syria he got to see President Assad, whose reassertion of control after his November heart attack has been much faster than the U. S. counted on. Had Jackson been forced to deal with Assad's lieutenants, nothing would have come of the trip--but Assad saw an opportunity and took it. By releasing Goodman as a "humanitarian" gesture, Syria took the wind out of the Pentagon's sails on the way to confrontation, at least for now. Now Syria is following that up by actively backing a proposed 11-point plan for new security arrangements in Lebanon, relaxing some conditions formerly insisted upon. By seizing the initiative in this way, Assad hopes to increase the likelihood of a pullout of the American and other multinational forces from Lebanon.
For the moment, the mood over Lebanon is uncharacteristically upbeat. But the U.S. -Israel partition plan continues. On the very day that Lt. Goodman was welcomed home by Reagan, the Israeli Air Force carried out a devastating air raid on Baalbek in Syrian-controlled eastern Lebanon. Supposedly it was aimed at terrorist training camps, but early reports estimate 100 killed and up to 400 wounded--many of them civilians and children. It was the biggest Israeli air attack on Lebanon since the 1982 invasion, and the timing was no accident.
For the moment, tensions seem reduced. The aircraft carrier USS Independence has even left the Lebanon coast to visit Naples, Italy. But the cycle of violence is starting again.
"Siberia Express" Weatherwar for a Frozen December
On Nov. 9, 1983, the Soviet Union publicly admitted for the first time that it modifies the weather for special occasions. Two days earlier, the big annual military parade through Red Square had looked like it would be held in a gray drizzle. Instead, by the time the parade started all the clouds were gone and Red Square was basking in sunshine. The newspaper Mos-kovskaya Pravda explained that Soviet weather specialists had caused this welcome "mistake" in the weather forecast, adding that the same thing had been done on some other occasions.
The article revealed only a hint of the actual weather-control capabilities now possessed by Russia, describing it as a somewhat conventional-sounding cloud-seeding process. But the announcement was far more significant than that. It reflects the fact that Soviet weather control techniques are now well enough developed to be highly predictable in their results. If they were not, the Russians would simply keep quiet about them, not wishing to risk embarassment over some future failure.
The precision control of weather which has been demonstrated repeatedly over the past few years cannot be attributed to normal cloud-seeding methods. Cloud-seeding is a long-established weather control technique worldwide, but it is notorious for its undependable results. By contrast, for example, the 1980 Olympic Games in Moscow benefited from a startling example of weather control. Up until the games opened, the weather in Moscow and much of Russia was miserable, with widespread drenching rains. On opening day, though, the sun punched a hole through the clouds over and around Moscow and skies remained sunny throughout the Olympics. The day after the games ended, the clouds promptly closed in again and it rained for nearly three weeks straight.
A quantum jump in weather control capabilities followed the deployment of Russia's hovering platforms called cosmospheres starting in late 1977 (AL#29). By early 1980 Soviet weather controllers had developed methods of generating huge artificial storms at sea and guiding them onto land (AL#54). And by the beginning of 1982, still another technique of mass weather modification--the "Siberia Express"--had been developed (AL#71).
The Siberia Express is a technique by which a very large air mass can be transplanted from one area of the earth to another region thousands of miles away. Its name derives from the fact that in practice, it is usually used to move supercold air from northern Siberia to North America--primarily the U. S.
The Siberia Express technique causes frigid air to dump all across large portions of the U.S. not only from the north, but also dropping downward from upper altitudes (AL#71). This downward-spilling air tends to create a widespread high-pressure area, often with unusually violent winds around the edges. It can also virtually block other, normal weather patterns.
On Nov. 28 the National Weather Service issued its long-range winter forecast, predicting a warmer-than-normal winter over most of the United States. Ironically, by the time that forecast was released, a Siberia Express weatherwar attack was already beginning. A huge snowstorm paralyzed everything from the northern Rockies to the Great Lakes--and that was only for starters. As December progressed, Siberia Express weather control dumped an ever-expanding, enormous mass of frigid, high-pressure air across the United States. By mid-December surprise snowstorms reached into the South from Texas to Alabama, while snow-covered northern states grew even colder.
By the time the Russian weather warriors were done, they had set up the heaviest high-pressure air mass ever recorded in the United States. The process caused the jet stream to be blocked for some time in a huge U-shaped pattern. Weather forecasters interviewed on television about it (e. g. ABC Night-line, Dec, 21) described what was happening but said they had no idea why.
By Christmas Day there was snow covering two-thirds of the United States, and huge areas of the north were setting daily records as they dropped farther and farther below zero. On Christmas Day at least 125 American cities set record lows, not just for that day, but for any December on record. The State of Montana, which was in the central bulls-eye zone for the downward-spilling Siberia Express air, set the most startling records of all. Miles City, Montana, registered a barometric reading of 31. 42 inches of mercury--the highest pressure reading ever recorded anywhere in the United States. And just two days earlier, there had been low temperatures of -52° at Butte and -64° at Elk Park in that supercooled State.
After Christmas the Siberia Express cold-air supply was shut off. From then through about New Year's Day, the huge cold air mass gradually moved eastward and dissipated as natural weather conditions re-established themselves.
As we have mentioned in connection with other instances of Soviet weather control (NewsALERT #2), the Russians believe in symbolism. It is no accident that this record-shattering episode of Soviet weatherwar was carried out as all arms control talks between the U.S. and Russia were collapsing. The New Kremlin considers itself under siege by the Bolshevized
Reagan Administration (NewsALERT #10), which in Russia's view is waging a new cold war. The Russians used the Siberia Express technique last month to show the White House just how cold this new "cold war" can really get if it is not abandoned.
Another "Andropov" Charade in the Kremlin Transition
Once again the New Kremlin has succeeded in finessing the dangerous problem created by the unexpected death on Nov. 5 of President Yuri Andropov (NewsALERT #8). As we reported in NewsALERT #9, the most difficult hurdles looming immediately for the Kremlin were the annual winter sessions of the Soviet Central Committee and the Supreme Soviet. Andropov would be expected to attend both meetings without fail. At least one ceremonial double for the late Andropov is available, but those tend to fool only the public: they run a high risk of detection by intelligence operatives. Therefore, as we reported ahead of time, the Kremlin's transitional leaders did not like the idea of using a double at the meetings, for fear it would send exactly the wrong signal of vulnerability to Washington. They sought another strategem instead to maintain the fiction of Andropov's continued authority. And they found one.
Kremlin-watchers always watch for shifts in personnel as a key indication of who is calling the shots. At the Central Committee Meeting on Dec. 26 Andropov was absent. . . but no less than four close Andropov aides and proteges received big promotions, two of them to full membership in the ruling Politburo. That lent credence to the idea that a speech read in Andropov's name had really been written by him. The next day the impression of Andropov's firm authority was further reinforced when the Central Committee enthusiastically endorsed Andropov's sweeping plan to begin remaking the Soviet economy.
The Kremlin transitional leaders are maneuvering adroitly both to explain the protracted Andropov absence from public view and to pave the way for changes to come. For public consumption, they still use the obviously ridiculous story that he has a cold. Through numerous private channels, though, they are letting Western diplomats and reporters in on the "secret" that Andropov is supposedly on dialysis for his ailing kidneys. That cover story is consistent with his known medical history.
It also neatly explains how he could be incapacitated as regards public functions, yet still be fully in command. And it enables them to say that Andropov probably won't live very long.
When we reported Andropov's unannounced death in NewsALERT #8, we also reported that the man now slated to become Russia's next titular leader is Grigory Romanov. Just today, Jan. 6, Romanov created a sudden stir in Western circles by appearing at the West German Communist Party Congress. Romanov spoke in Andropov-like terms with obvious authority.
As mentioned earlier, the Russians believe in symbolism. If Romanov is installed as planned when Andropov's death is belatedly announced, it will be a symbolic act due to his name.
When the Satanic Bolsheviks took over in Russia in 1917, they did their best to kill off the entire Christian Czarist family --the Romanov family. There are untold numbers of Russians who wish that the Bolshevik Revolution with its horrible aftermath had never happened. . . that it could somehow be undone.
Grigory Romanov may have no blood relationship to the Czarist Romanov family, but his name still rings a very loud bell. One day soon there may once again be a Romanov holding court in the Kremlin. That will be a symbolic way of saying to those Russians who long for the Bolshevik Revolution to be undone: it is being undone.
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