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Clash of Civilizations 2.0 Sponsored by Prince and Bannon

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Blackwater mercenary company founder Erik Prince and the self-appointed leader of Fascist International Steve Bannon have joined forces and dusted off the old discredited neo-conservative theory of
Blackwater mercenary company founder Erik Prince and the self-appointed leader of Fascist International Steve Bannon have joined forces and dusted off the old discredited neo-conservative theory of 'Clash of Civilizations' to threaten global stability wit
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Blackwater mercenary company founder Erik Prince and the self-appointed leader of Fascist International, Steve Bannon, have joined forces and dusted off the old discredited neo-conservative theory of "Clash of Civilizations," to threaten global stability with religious and ethnic nationalism.

One of the more important revelations in former Justice Department Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report on the 2016 election is the close working relationship Bannon established with Prince. Sensing fertile political ground for their far-right beliefs, Bannon and Prince have established, under the aegis of their professed Catholicism, a movement that threatens both the current pope and the European Union.

The Clash of Civilizations was the main tenet of Harvard University's Samuel P. Huntington. Huntington also defended the pro-fascist Mexican Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) of Mexico and the military dictatorship of Brazil. Huntington was also a champion of South Africa's apartheid state and advocated its "reform" rather than its abolishment. Huntington's approaches to Latin American immigration into the United States serves a basis for the draconian anti-immigration policies of Donald Trump and his "immigration czar," Stephen Miller. Huntington saw Europe and Western Europe, including Croatia and Slovenia, along with Australia and New Zealand as a "core civilization" against the rest of the world. Huntington made it a point to exclude from the core civilization the Christian Orthodox nations of the Balkans, including Greece, as well as Belarus, Russia, Ukraine, and Armenia.

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To advance political domination by far-right political parties and politicians, Bannon has been busy establishing a training academy for far-right wing Christian zealots at the Trisulti Charterhouse in Collepardo in central Italy. Bannon has admitted that he is following George Soros's global playbook. Instead of a neo-liberal global network, like that of Soros, Bannon is creating a far-right political movement in Europe that will extend its tentacles around the world, primarily in Huntington's "core civilization" countries plus Brazil, Chile, and Argentina. With his political group, called "The Movement" in operation in Brussels and targeting upcoming European Parliament elections, Bannon has taken advantage of a schism within the Roman Catholic Church to convincing those opposed to Pope Francis I to permit him to set up shop in the 13th century monastery in Collepardo.

Bannon is clearly setting the stage for a revised "clash of civilizations" between Judeo-Christianity and the rest of the world. Fascism is seen as the preferred political system for the Western "core."

Bannon's colleague in the 2016 Trump campaign, Michael Ledeen, the notorious neo-conservative, wrote a book in 1972 that promotes the fascist political philosophy. Titled "Universal Fascism: The Theory and Practice of the Fascist International, 19281936," Ledeen describes in glowing terms Mussolini's efforts to create an international Fascist movement in the late 1920s and early 1930s. According to an interview Ledeen gave to the neo-con "National Review" in 2002, the Ledeen Doctrine boils down to the following credo: "Every ten years or so, the United States needs to pick up some small crappy little country and throw it against the wall, just to show the world we mean business." Mussolini's template has largely been adopted by Bannon, who, still has, along with arch neo-con national security adviser John Bolton, still have Trump's ear on foreign policy.

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Bannon is attempting to purge the nexus of his Judeo-Christian core civilization of perceived enemies, who include Vatican loyalists of Pope Francis. Bannon in cooperation with the extremely conservative Cardinal Raymond Burke and former Pope Benedict XVI has been waging a political jihad against Pope Francis. Bannon believes the current pontiff to be a dangerous liberal and a "Cultural Marxist," who supported many of President Barack Obama's policies. Bannon and a right-wing Catholic group close to Burke, the Institute of Human Dignity, or Dignitatis Humana Institute, which runs Bannon's new headquarters at the Trisulti Abbey, opposes Francis's goal of avoiding a "clash of civilizations" between Christianity and Islam.

Bannon, in cooperation with Cardinal Raymond Burke and former Pope Benedict XVI, has been waging a war against Pope Francis I. Bannon sees Francis as a dangerous liberal and a "Cultural Marxist," who supported President Barack Obama's policies. Bannon and a right-wing Catholic group close to Burke, the Institute of Human Dignity, or "Dignitatis Humana Institute,' which owns Bannon's new headquarters at the Trisulti Abbey, opposes Francis's goal of avoiding a "clash of civilizations," particularly one between Christianity and Islam.

Bannon's financial firm, Bannon & Company, is investing in Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies, believed by many financial experts to be a giant scam. Cryptocurrencies are favored by neo-Nazis and fascists to fund their activities without the worry of financial surveillance from bank regulators and financial intelligence agencies. Bannon, as a former Goldman Sachs executive, understands how to avoid financial network roadblocks.

One of the mandatory studies at Bannon's academy for neo-Nazis will most certainly be on the works and thoughts of Julius Evola (1898-1974), a far-right Italian philosopher, who provided the inspiration for several fascist terrorist attacks in Italy during the 1960s, 70s, and 80s, including the deadly Bologna central rail station bombing in 1980. Bannon is a promoter of Evola's doctrine, which is known as Traditionalism. The followers of Evola are called the "Children of the Sun" and they include adherents of two leading neo-Nazi parties in Europe: Golden Dawn in Greece and Jobbik in Hungary. Other Traditionalist philosophers, all of whom dabbled in Indo-European Aryan occultism and, to varying degrees, embraced fascism in the interwar years, include Romanian Mircea Eliade (1907-1986), French/Egyptian Rene' Gue'non (1886-1951), and Ceylonese (Sri Lankan) Ananda Coomaraswamy (1887-1947).

US neo-Nazi leader and "alt-right" term creator, Richard Spencer, a college friend of Trump's anti-immigration czar, Stephen Miller, is also a follower of Evola. Evola's writings were an inspiration to Benito Mussolini Fascist movement and Heinrich Himmler's Schutzstaffel (SS). Evola even visited SS headquarters in Germany to proselytize his philosophy of fascism to the SS rank and file.

Bannon's and Prince's intertwined political finances were exposed during the 2016 presidential campaign. Prince donated some $150,000 to the pro-Trump PAC "Make America Number 1 in 2016." In turn, the PAC funneled hundreds of thousands of dollars to Cambridge Analytica and Glittering Steel, a video production company. Bannon co-founded both companies. Bannon was also buoyed by generous funding from hedge fund billionaire Robert Mercer. Currently, with a seemingly endless supply of funds, Bannon is waging a far-right insurgency in Europe involving neo-Nazi, fascist, and right-wing Catholic organizations close to Opus Dei.

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Erik Prince abandoned the conservative Calvinism of his auto parts-manufacturing wealthy father to embrace Catholicism, Opus Dei, the Sovereign Military Order of Malta based in Rome and a rival-laden headache for Pope Francis and the Legionnaires of Christ. Opus Dei was founded by Spanish priest Josemaría Escriva' in 1928 as a pro-fascist and pro-Francisco Franco answer to the more liberal-minded Jesuits. It is noteworthy that Pope Francis, the first Jesuit pontiff, is currently experiencing a virtual civil war within the catholic Church and Vatican hierarchy, spurred on by the likes of Bannon, Prince, former Pope Benedict, and other right-wing members of the College of Cardinals.

Bannon, Prince, and other far-rightists are now attempting to impose on their followers and fellow-travelers the same sort of "groupthink" Nazi Propaganda Minister Joseph Goebbels applied to Germany. In his seminal work, Yale University professor Irving Janis summed up "groupthink," particularly how groups can, conversely to bringing out the best in people, also bring out the worst. Janis's 1982 book, "Groupthink," describes the phenomenon by quoting 19thcentury German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche: "Madness is the exception in individuals but the rule in groups." Europe's current fascination and widespread support for political parties that were largely banned and shunned after the Nazi defeat in 1945 have created an environment where Bannon, Prince, and their collaborators find ready audiences for their extremism. In such climates, a strategy of tension permits a clash of civilizations, which is nirvana for the neo-cons and extreme right.

The recent deadly Christchurch mosque attacks appear to have been the first act in a strategy of tensions conflict being waged by the far-right. The Easter Sunday bombings of churches in Negombo, Batticaloa, and Colombo, Sri Lanka, as well as three five-star hotels in Colombo killing well over 300 people, were reportedly claimed by a hitherto unknown group called the National Thowheed Jamath or National Monotheism Organization. Sri Lanka's government alleged the attacks were in retaliation for the Christchurch mosque bombings. Some things are known about the group claiming it carried out the attacks in Sri Lanka. It is not connected operationally to either the Islamic State or Al Qaeda, although the Islamic State made unverifiable claims of responsibility. New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said that New Zealand's intelligence has no indication that the Sri Lanka attacks were in retaliation for the Sri Lanka attacks. It should be noted that New Zealand, as a member of the FIVE EYES signals intelligence alliance, has access to countless communications intercepts.

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#OperationGladio - a tangled web of covert operatives, billionaire Imams, drug running, prison breaks and terror strikes. Its goal: the destabilization of Central Asia and the Caucasus. #FSG.

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Which civilizations?

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The acquisitive pathology strikes again. That is, the use of war to make money, via war mongering, and war profiteering, both of which were declared, internationally, illegal by the Kellogg-Briand Act of 1928, which this country never signed. The mongers and profiteers had learned, and acquired the levers of, the means to generate more and more wealth through the emerging 'defense industry', as Eisenhower warned us in his Farewell Address, January, 1961, about "The Military - Industrial Complex". By that time, the MIC was in nearly full swing, having used Korea to refine its appeals, and approaches, which would sweep us on into Viet Nam, and nearly endless 'necessary' wars ever since, Panama, Grenada, Bosnia, Iraq, Afghanistan ... the whole of the Arab Spring, now Syria.

The mechanism is so simple. They now know, that the war doesn't have to be world-wide, though now it seems to be even more so than the so-called WWs. War anywhere is sufficient, so long as it calls for more and more hardware

War is the ultimate consumer. It gobbles up concrete, metal, and human bodies with equal indifference. It produces nothing but waste and destruction, from the environment to cityscapes, to small villages. The US Defense department is the single most environmentally destructive entity on the planet. Every time a jet bomber takes off on 'patrol', it spews more CO2 into the atmosphere than all the vehicles operated in a single day's LA rush hour.

But - DEFENSE DEFENSE DEFENSE - WE MUST BE READY FOR WAR! IT IS INEVITABLE, THEREFORE UNAVOIDABLE - THEREFORE - (are y' ready for this?) - NECESSARY!!

Do y' see the oxymoronic logic of that?

And war certainly has never produced peace. It did produce the inability to wage war any longer. But that did not produce peace. That only came from thoughtful negotiation, without which, peace still would not exist. Consider Korea - after 65 years, since cessation of hostilities in 1954, there has yet to be an actual declaration of peace between the two Koreas. Instead, billions upon billions of dollars have been spent on building ever more sophisticated military hardware, used to be 'ready' should hostilities break the 'Cease Fire'. No wonder Washington doesn't want to see the Koreas work out a peace treaty on their own, which they are showing signs of wanting to do. A real Peace Treaty would mean there'd be no need to maintain the 30,000-odd American troops stationed there, and no need for the several hundreds of millions it costs to keep them supplied, every year.

Tsk - think o' that - no need for more hardware, etc ... and no more dividends to be paid to the stock holders of all those defense industries, which the mongers and profiteers 'depend' on to increase their already obscene wealth.

Reminds me of something that went around a long while ago, now ...

"What if they gave a war, and no body came?"

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