by Martin Sieff
'Bibi' and Bolton
"Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the
sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having
great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but
a short time."
King James Bible
St. John knew his politics and his psychology as well as his
Prophecy and Theology:
The worst thing
you can threaten 'Lovers of Power' with, is the prospect of
immediately taking it from them...
Such a dire nightmare
vision is guaranteed to provoke even otherwise sober men - but
especially reckless gamblers - to borrow against the second mortgage
on their house and bet on red when the roulette wheel spins...
regardless of the odds against them.
It is a recipe for
catastrophe and ruin every time.
Today, the political futures of,
fallen into the hands of three insecure political gamblers,
demagogues and risk-takers.
The danger this poses for
preserving world peace cannot be over-estimated.
Boris Johnson has become prime
minister of Britain, look for him to make common cause with US
National Security Adviser
John Bolton and Israeli Prime
Minister Benjamin "Bibi" Netanyahu in reckless
adventurism and gambles that will endanger the peace of the world.
The confirmation of Johnson as the - extremely likely last -
prime minister of the United Kingdom places the missing piece into
place of this trio of power-obsessed leaders.
In the United States, as I and other contributors to this platform
have repeatedly noted, National Security Adviser Bolton, after only
a year and a half in the highest office he has ever reached (the man
has never been actually elected to anything) has already worn
out his welcome with President
Donald Trump because of the
ludicrous bungling of his ambitiously-orchestrated master plan to
topple the democratically elected President of
Venezuela, Nicolas Maduro and replace him with a
farcical puppet, Juan Guaido...
Almost as soon as the failure of the Guaido Plot became clear
even to the far-from-bright light bulbs in the US media, as if by
magic US tensions
with Iran soared and they remain
high now, despite President Trump's very clearly expressed statement
that he wants no war with Tehran.
John Bolton knows his time is short but he still has great wrath -
and the determination to exercise it.
Now Boris Johnson has achieved the one great real goal that has
dominated his entire life - to become a heroic, all-powerful prime
minister of the United Kingdom.
The only problem is,
it is already blindingly clear he does not have a clue what to
do to actually run the country and rescue it.
Unlike his hero
Churchill - whose own strategic judgment veered between
brilliant and execrable - Johnson is not naturally cool headed and
He is emotionally highly
unstable, an out of control heavy drinker (Churchill could hold his
booze) and unlike Churchill or for that matter Trump and Netanyahu,
has no experience or executive record at running any government
There is no sign at all that Johnson has thought through for a
moment how to respond to the total collapse of the British economy
and the vast outflow - already far advanced - of Foreign Direct
Investment from Britain that are the inevitable results of a "hard"
Johnson and Netanyahu
Like Bolton, Johnson is a bully, a blusterer, a reckless gambler and
never thinks through or adequately plans his high-risk
misadventures. And like Bolton, his default position is always to
sneer at, hate and take cheap shots at Russia.
Netanyahu in Israel is in fact the most experienced and up to now by
far the most cautious and stable of the three.
He has been prime
minister of Israel for longer than anyone else in the history of the
state, even exceeding the time in office of founding father David
Ben Gurion himself.
He has repeatedly shown
himself sensible and responsible in seeking stable good relations
with Moscow and has never indulged in the insane and extremely
dangerous raving Russia-hating phobias of his neocon allies in the
However, Netanyahu finally may - or may not be - on the way out.
His longtime political
ally, whom he himself created as a viable political force, former
defense and foreign minister Avigdor Lieberman smashed
Netanyahu's 13-year-old basically stable grand free
market-religious-nationalists coalition by refusing to join it.
This triggered new
elections in September, the second in less than a year. And
Netanyahu is also still under investigation in an apparently
endless corruption probe drama...
Also, if Netanyahu sees his longtime friend and ally of many
decades, John Bolton, is on the way out as Trump's national security
adviser, he may very well panic and go along with some risky
provocation, escalation or unilateral action to try and provoke Iran
or some other major power into a confrontation with the United
Trump prides himself on his closeness to Netanyahu and has been
shameless in backing Johnson ever since he became US president.
So it would be a natural move for Bolton - master of cunning and
intrigue in presidential courts going back nearly 40 years - to
reach out to both his old buddy Netanyahu and his new one Johnson to
restore him to 'Trump's good graces'...
And what better way to do
provoke a crisis with
Iran or Turkey or China or Russia or
all of them...?
World wars over the past
century always broke out in August or September, my old Oxford
mentor Dr. Hans Schenk, Dean of Wolfson College liked to
Over the coming weeks,
world leaders and their governments should watch closely the travels
and actions of "The Three B's" - for as warned us about
their time is short
and their wrath is great...