April 13, 2018
False flag, which are covert operations designed to deceive the enemy by staging an attack which creates the appearance of a particular group or nation being responsible for it by disguising the actual source of responsibility, is an effective ruse in warfare.
Four cases where false flags have led to Major Wars include:
1. In 1914, a colonel in the intelligence Service of Serbia trained, armed, financed and directed seven Bosnian Serbs who were citizens of the Austro-Hungarian Empire and planned the execution of the heir to the Austro-Hungarian throne (Franz Ferdinand) using these Bosnian Serbs. Acting as a rogue element, Colonel Apis as he was called, did it without the knowledge or consent of the Serbian authority. France Ferdinand got killed by his boys on June 28, 1914, Austria accused Serbia, refused all apologies and claims of innocence from the Serbian king and government, then declared war on Serbia. Russia came to Serbia's defense, Germany backed Austria-Hungary and the other powers honored their alliances, leading to World War One where Serbia lost a quarter of its population and where 17 million people died. Colonel Apis's leading role in the assassination was later discovered by Serbia and he was executed by Serbia in 1917. He achieved his goal though---the demise of Austria-Hungary and the unification of the southern Slavs (yugo-Slavs---Serbs, Croats, Slovenes, Macedonians and Bosnians into Yugoslavia). But was the assassination of the Austrian heir to the throne by Austrian citizens(Bosnian Serbs), directed by a Serb from the Kingdom of Serbia justification for that disastrous war that affected all the continents of the world, became the precursor of the Second World War, and is still haunting us today, worth it?
2. The second is the case where the US was fed with wrong information on Iraq by an Iraqi and others, leading to the invasion of Iraq. Saddam was a dictator all right. But was the US-led war that ensued worth it? Much has been written about the story of the Iraq War that elaborating any further on it would be belittling the obvious.
3. In the Ukraine, Western-led forces opposed to the democratically-elected government of its president Viktor Yanukovych, which was sympathetic to Ukraine neighbor Russia that most Ukrainians at the time considered a brother nation, rallied against the corrupt Yanukovych regime in the capital city of Kiev's square---Maidan. He was advised not to use lethal force to disperse the protesters, but then some of the leaders of the protest movement set off a false flag attack by using snipers to fire on both the riot police and the protesters, and then blaming it on the government, forcing Yanukovych's hand into signing an agreement, which they failed to honor by going for him, causing Yanukovych to flee Kiev to the second city Kharkov, whence his opponents hijacked the parliament and ousted him, a coup that their backers in the West immediately backed by recognizing the vanguards of the pro-Western movement, and that Russia reacted to by stage-managing its democratic acquisition of Crimea, and then later backing the forces that opposed the coup in Yanukovych's native Donbas (Donetsk and Lugansk provinces). More than 10,000 Ukrainians are dead today from the fighting in Donbas sparked by the false flag attack in the Maidan. Was the sniper attack ruse worth it? Is the war in the Donbas worth it? Ukraine is even more corrupt today and its deindustralizing at an alarming rate.
4. In 1955, a seven-year old political party (UPC---Union of the Populations of the Cameroons that was founded by some of those who first rallied behind French legend General Charles De Gaulle and his Free French Forces after Nazi Germany's occupation of France in 1940, the Free French Forces that formed the cream of the French army that liberated Paris in 1944 and led the French contribution to the liberation of all of France) championing the reunification of the UN Trust Territories of British Cameroons and French Cameroun (territories of the former German Kamerun that Britain and France wrestled from Germany during the First World War and partitioned it among themselves) with a civic-nationalist outlook and commanding 80% of the popular support of French Camerounians, was banned by France under false flags that it orchestrated rioting, sparking off a clamp down that led to the exile and the incarceration of most of its leadership, and forcing it to pick up arms one year later, after France installed a puppet transition government in the territory before granting French-Cameroun independence in 1960. The UPC’s sister parties in British Southern Cameroons would realize reunification by voting to join the puppet “Republique du Cameroon” (the former French Cameroun) in 1961, and the war of liberation would continue against French troops and the new Cameroonian army it built. The result would be half a million deaths and Cameroon being a quasi-independent state and backyard of France where those who fought for its future have never ruled. Today, there is a 35-year old French-backed dictatorship of Paul Biya and a French-imposed system that is loathed by most Cameroonians, a system that has marginalized Anglophone Cameroonians to the point where some groups have picked up arms and are demanding the secession of Anglophone Cameroon, the former British Southern Cameroons. Was the false flag attack against the UPC necessary, especially as it has forced France and its Western allies that supported or are supporting it to back two unpopular dictatorships in Cameroon that have impoverished, oppressed and suppressed the Cameroonian people?
As Ehud Barak once said that:
"The most-complicated peace is better than the simplest war."
Nations and states should not go to war on so-called evidence that is hazy or false to almost everybody. False flag attacks exist, and we always need to make sure they don’t exist before engaging in a war. Those who use false flag attacks to achieve their goals always fail to take into account unintended consequences.
By Janvier T. Chando, author of THE CANARY IN A COAL MINE EFFECT: Recent Political Assassinations That Transformed Countries, Regions and the World