In November 2008 I went to Dubai for the inaugural International Conference on Ancient Studies (ICAS). It was an opportunity to reconnect with Disinformation authors and contributors like Michael Cremo, Robert Bauval and John Major Jenkins as well as to meet other luminaries in the world of ancient mysteries. It also enabled me to visit the Middle East and to see just how vibrant a city Dubai has become.
In February 2010 I’ll be returning for the second ICAS, which again features a stellar lineup including another Disinformation author, Graham Hancock. Needless to say, I’m greatly looking forward to it and this time I’ll actually have an official role as MC (but don’t let that put you off). I asked a friend of mine who lives there if the recent news about Dubai World would have any impact on ICAS and this was the somewhat surprising response I received, essentially assuring me that the Dubai World debt problem is a smokescreen for something far more serious:
“I doubt it. Not much has changed here and people here just wonder what all the trouble is about. The fuss is about one single company (called Dubai World) who simply said it would delay (not default) its first installment repayment to a couple of international banks by 6 months. The amount is about 4 billion dollars which is a drop in the ocean considering banks in the US and Europe will have to actually write off about 2.8 trillion by 2010. Does it make sense that this rather common occurrence sends world markets crashing down? I mean, in the US alone hundreds of banks and companies actually defaulted since 2007 and hundreds everyday are probably requesting to delay payments in their quest to remain afloat. Even the actual international banks who lent the money to Dubai World are not very worried and are also wondering what the fuss is all about. So why all the fuss? It is a diversion. Something darker is going on and the perpetrators were just waiting for an excuse like this one to play their cards once again. No one really cares if Dubai World delayed or not their installment, the story was used as a smoke screen and the press fell right into their trap as usual. If you read the news it sounds like suddenly it is not just the company but the city of Dubai and the whole United Arab Emirates that ran out of money, “oh poor world, we are bound for global bankruptcy now that they have run out of cash”. Bollocks. But unfortunately journalists are not expert economists… it is as if everyone forgot that the UAE is the third largest oil producer in the world, selling comfortably millions of barrels at 75 dollars each every single day. It is unlikely they will run out of money for the next 50 years and are sitting right now on hundreds of billions of hard cash. No no, this must be a diversion for something going on elsewhere, but for what?
A couple of sinister things are happening right next to your doorstep. One of them is the Swine Flu scam. [Note: H1N1 is a fast spreading but very low fatality virus, most probably genetically engineered in a lab. It has killed in 1 year 400% less people than most of the common influenzas we all catch at least once a year yet it is the only one on the red list of the World Health Organization… the recommended treatment and vaccine are both miraculously provided exclusively by Donald Rumsfeld’s own companies, one of these is Tamiflu. Another coincidence? Now Tamiflu is also known to reduce your lifespan and has a high chance of causing neurological problems. The probability of getting sick due to the Tamiflu treatment or the new vaccine is higher than actually even feeling the symptoms of H1N1.] The international press sure fell for that one… but does it need a smoke screen?
Another is the zero support of the new US administration to the peace process in the Middle East. Although Obama probably had good intentions when he gave his speech in Cairo, Hillary practically told the Israelis they could continue the Jerusalem evictions and building illegal settlements wherever they wanted with no fear of punishment. Basically they are evicting Palestinians, Christians and Muslims alike, from the family homes they have occupied for at least 150 years (some for several centuries) saying “sorry, your title deed is worthless now. This is ours. Bye bye.” Entire families left with no homes and if they dare complain, they get shot and called terrorists. That might require a smoke screen because Hillary was not able to negotiate with the current nutties in power right now in Tel Aviv. Extremists are all the same, no matter what religion they are from. A smoke screen for failure could be a good reason.
Another one is the other nut case in Iran who is brandishing his nuke card like a child with a new toy. That is turning into a major issue and if not dealt with properly could trigger a third world war… especially if the nutties in Israel decide to go for preemptive strikes. A very ugly scenario that very few people are currently aware of, which could drag the US, Europe, China and Russia into a very nasty conflict. This might need a smoke screen as well in order to gain some time. It seems the press hasn’t caught on to this one…
Then you have your usual conspiracies… for instance crashing Asian and European markets for a couple of days whilst your market is closed for Thanksgiving can in fact make a very quick buck for those who knew this in advance. Basically, you know the market will only crash for 2 days, you send it crashing with some bogus news, buy the shares cheap and let it recover before it really hurts at home. Bingo, you made a couple of billion.
There could be various other things that may require a smoke screen right now, I just don’t know them. But for sure, the real issue can’t be what you read in the papers because that just doesn’t make any sense.”
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