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Why I Will Never Join The Army

by Mike Sygula

I want to take just a few minutes of your time because this  is really important. Please read this article, watch the videos and check out the documentaries linked below. If you’ve got any friends in the army or know anyone considering joining up please share it with them.

“Military men are dumb, stupid animals to be used as pawns for foreign policy.”
– Henry Kissinger, former U.S. National Security Advisor and Secretary of State.

War is part of human nature, we have always fought each other. Throughout history wars have usually been waged to take territories and resources. All major nations have won their power through blood and iron.  Not a lot has changed today. Big players still try to dominate the world by playing out a grand chess game. They conspire to deceive and manipulate the public through propaganda campaigns and false flag operations, they often invent non-existent threats to justify their actions. Soldiers are led to believe that they are fighting for a just cause to protect their countries but in many cases this is a travesty of the truth.

The Iraq war began in 2003 but it was merely one of a legion of conflicts involving the US in the last 200 years.  The pretext for invasion was the supposed threat to international security raised by Iraq allegedly possessing weapons of mass destruction. These were never found in the end. Initially, the American Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld claimed that military intervention would cost no more than $60 billion and predicted that the war would not last longer than 5 months. In fact, the American-led occupation lasted for 9 years and may well have to return following the rise of Islamic State. Brown University has estimated that it has cost the US more than $2 trillion, over 40 times the initial projections and it could go beyond a staggering figure of $6 trillion.  Some sources suggest the death toll has exceeded more than one million people.

 So what were the real reasons for this war?

Just take a moment and watch this testimony by General Wesley Clark:

Some of the countries he mentioned  experienced  American military intervention . Not everything happened according to plan, but let’s focus on Iraq in this instance . The US and its allies hoped to benefit from this war in several respects but the main prize was oil. Iraq has one of the largest oil reserves in the world and the US had already planned to take control of its supplies much earlier.

The following statement made by Dick Cheney in 1990 before the Senate Armed Services Committee can be seen to reveal the true purpose of the invasion: “Whoever controls the flow of Persian Gulf oil has a stranglehold not only on our economy but also on the other countries of the world as well.”

The Project For A New American Century

In September 2000 the policy paper entitled “Rebuilding America’s Defences: Strategies, Forces And Resources For A New Century” was composed by the neoconservative think tank Project For The New American Century (PNAC) of which Dick Cheney was a member.  Established in 1997 its main goal was “to promote American global leadership”.

The report explains:

‘The United States has for decades sought to play a more permanent role in Gulf regional security. While the unresolved conflict with Iraq provides the immediate justification, the need for a substantial American force presence in the Gulf transcends the issue of the regime of Saddam Hussein.’ The PNAC document supports a ‘blueprint for maintaining global US pre-eminence, precluding the rise of a great power rival, and shaping the international security order in line with American principles and interests’.

This ‘American grand strategy’ must be advanced for ‘as far into the future as possible’, the report says. It also calls for the US to ‘fight and decisively win multiple, simultaneous major theatre wars’ as a ‘core mission’.

The PNAC report also: refers to key allies such as the UK as ‘the most effective and efficient means of exercising American global leadership’;


Switching  from the dollar to the euro.

In late 2000 Saddam Husain switched oil trade from dollars to euros, which infuriated Washington. They decided to do so since they didn’t want to trade “in the currency of the enemy.”

The dollar is a fiat currency, it is not backed by anything, it can only maintain its position because it is used for trading worldwide. If more countries  chose to switch to another form of payment it could have catastrophic consequences for the American economy.

Other puppets played their part.

In this video from 2003, Stephen Harper, a Canadian politician who later became prime minister, and Australian Prime Minister John Howard delivered largely identical speeches urging their nations to join George W. Bush’s Coalition to invade Iraq.

The official explanation was that it was the speechwriter who was responsible for this imitation and that Stephen Harper was unaware of this “plagiarism”

Whatever the truth of this matter, when a political leader makes such a critical decision like sending their soldiers to war they should have the moral integrity to act in the interests of their own people independently.


Iraq’s Missing Billions and the Military Industrial Complex

On January 17th 1961 President Eisenhower, who had been Supreme Allied Commander in WW2.,made a famous farewell speech at the end of his term warning the nation about the looming danger of the military-industrial-complex

Since the date of this speech   American military industry has expanded on an unimaginable scale.


The US spends more  on defence every year than the next 10 highest spending countries in the world combined!
According to a recent study conducted by Morgan Stanley (cited in Barron’s, 6/9/14, p. 19) stocks in military-industries have risen 27,699 % versus 6,777 % for the overall market in the last 50 years. Eisenhower’s fears have turned out to be true. War is a business and there are many ways in which special interests and particular individuals can profit from it .

Shortly after the invasion of Iraq, the Development Fund for Iraq was formed  collecting over $20 billion of Iraqi money from  oil sales and assets  seized from Iraqi bank accounts and wealth funds. The US and the UK were given the authority to use these assets to build new roads, improve health services and rebuild Iraq. Many of the corporations which acquired contracts for the reconstruction were connected to the Bush administration and the largest recipient of Iraq’s resources was Halliburton, whose CEO had happened to be Vice-President Dick Cheney. The whole project ended up being a complete failure: the companies were stealing  money, overcharging, delivering substandard  work or doing no work at all. This documentary tells the story of what really took place.


Iraq war documents leak

On 22nd   October 2010, the whistleblower website Wikileaks released nearly 400,000 secret U.S. army reports gathered from between 2004 to 2009 during the war in Iraq. This leak revealed a rather different view to official reports. Some of the atrocities include civilians ruthlessly killed by  coalition forces, physical and mental abuse of prisoners by American troops and the authorities  deliberately ignoring torture by the Iraqi security forces .

Fortunately enough there were a few soldiers who decided to  tell the truth about what has been happening in the wars in Middle East. Please take a moment and listen to what they have to say:


What should be considered before joining the army.

“I feel guilt anytime I see a young girl, like the one I grabbed by the arm and dragged into the street.  We were told we were fighting terrorists.  The real terrorist was me, and the real terrorism is this occupation.”
-Mike Prysner, Iraq Veteran

In 2012 the US military suicide rate exceeded the number of deaths on the battlefield. We can not even imagine what horrific traumas these combatants had to suffer and how severely it affected them.  Recent reports in the UK, for example, show that more than 10% of the British Army are unfit for duty These veterans have been injured, are disabled or have serious psychological issues like post-traumatic stress disorder.

In the UK you can become a soldier as early as when you’re 16 and once you are 12 you can become a member of the Army Cadet Force. It isn’t a surprise that at such a young age people are not fully developed emotionally and often don’t realise the implications of joining the army. They will have been attracted by ads and slogans which offer the prospect of a fantastic adventure.  Having been brought up on a diet of violent video games and movies, these kids imagine that it will be great fun – the thrill of a lifetime. The fun ends when you lose your leg or your best friend dies.


War does not solve anything.

War creates terrible human suffering, causes appalling environmental devastation and also wastes enormous sums of money. In 2012 the military budget in the US had reached $737 billion when only 30 billion dollars would be enough to feed all the hungry people on the planet for the whole year.


Why would you want to kill anyone?

Soldiers follow orders, they go to war, they kill their opponents who are  just soldiers like them, they only fight because they are doing what they’re told or because  they have to defend themselves from being attacked. Meanwhile those who send people to wars rip off the profits and sit comfortably in their offices while others are dying for their greed.

How can we make a difference?

The example given above showing Iraq war crimes is not an isolated incident, the difference is that it took place in  times where it is much harder to control the information and it becomes easier to see the lies thanks to the internet and independent media. Although I have highlighted the US   war in Iraq  it doesn’t mean that other nations are any better.


We can stop this slaughter but only if we work together. You can play your part by sharing this material with your friends  and especially  anyone you might know who is thinking of joining the military.

There will be several thousand people who will read this article. If everyone could share it via social media or with their network of friends  this would massively multiply the numbers of people who  read it and potentially change many people’s minds. We do our job trying to find out and connect the dots so please do yours and share this material with as many people as possible. We all have to work together, people are dying, trillions of taxpayers’ money are being wasted profiting  the few. It has to end.

Click here to read more articles by Mike Sygula, or follow him on Facebook

I strongly recommend to watch those documentaries:

Iraq’s Secret War Files

What Happened to Iraq’s Missing Billions

Breaking The Silence: Truth And Lies In The War On Terror  

The War You Don’t See


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Havana Syndrome again? CIA officers are mowed down by a mysterious disease

A CIA officer in Moscow experienced symptoms of the so-called “Havana syndrome” in 2017. This became known to The New York Times with reference to sources in diplomatic circles.

CIA officer Mark Polimepulos, who helped lead covert operations in Russia and Europe, complained about the manifestation of mysterious symptoms. According to the newspaper, in December 2017, he felt severe dizziness, which later developed into a prolonged migraine, forcing him to retire. At that time, Polymerpoulos was 48 years old.

It is noted that such a case was not the only one. Similar symptoms were experienced by the staff of the American ambassadors in Cuba and China in 2016-2018. However, the exact number of cases and the place where this happened is not named. It is alleged that the US diplomats have tried to influence in a similar way around the world.

At the same time, the US State Department was unable to establish an unambiguous reason that caused the “Havana syndrome.” Among other things, it was assumed that the diplomats may have been exposed to an unidentified sound effect.

In 2017, it was reported that, beginning in late 2016, American diplomatic officials and their relatives in Cuba began to complain of symptoms such as hearing loss, nausea, headaches and balance disorder. 

The Associated Press received audio footage of the attack and described the harassing sounds as “the high-pitched sound of crickets combined with fingernails scratching on a board.” Then the American government suggested that Russia or China could be the culprit.

Many victims are still undergoing rehabilitation. Specialists from the University of Pennsylvania performed magnetic resonance imaging and revealed visible changes in the structure of the brain in the diplomatic missions.

Differences were found in 23 men and 17 women who complained of health problems while on diplomatic duties in Havana. Scientists have yet to figure out what causes the unusual symptoms.

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How Russia and the United States nearly started a nuclear war in 1995

The Norwegian meteorological rocket incident remains the only time in history that the Russian president has activated his nuclear briefcase.

On January 25, 1995, Doomsday could have come in the world: the Russian Federation was preparing to launch a nuclear strike on the United States. How did it come about that the states that left the confrontation of the Cold War in the past and had just normalized relations with each other found themselves on the verge of mutual destruction?

The beginning of the war?

The cause of the crisis was an ordinary Norwegian meteorological rocket. Its launch from the small island of Anneia at 7 am local time (10 am Moscow time) towards Spitsbergen caused a stir in Russia. 

Black Brant XII.

Black Brant XII. Legion Media / ZUMA Press

Equipped with scientific equipment to study the aurora borealis, the Black Brant XII was similar in size to the nuclear-powered American Trident D-5 ballistic missile, intended for launch from submarines. In addition, it flew along a trajectory along which, as the Russian Defense Ministry believed, American missiles would fly in the event of a nuclear war. 

In December 1994, Norway informed 28 states, including Russia, about the planned launch, but did not give a specific date, limiting itself to specifying the period: from January 15 to February 10 of the next year. Due to bureaucratic delays, this information did not reach the Russian Missile Warning System, which sounded the alarm.

Decisive minutes

An emergency meeting with the country’s top political and military leadership was convened in the Kremlin. Defense Minister Pavel Grachev, Chief of the General Staff Mikhail Kolesnikov and President of the Russian Federation (as Supreme Commander-in-Chief) Boris Yeltsin had three strategic missile forces control terminals activated – the so-called nuclear suitcases.

Vladimir Sayapin / TASS

The military believed the lone missile could have been fired to create an electromagnetic pulse that knocked out Russian radars and communications systems. Following it, a massive blow could be expected.

For several tense minutes, as leaders watched it flight, it was decided whether Russia would launch a nuclear strike against the United States. 

“Little is known today about what Yeltsin said at the time, given that it could have been some of the most dangerous moments in the entire history of the nuclear era,” The Washington Post journalist, David Hoffman wrote three years after the incident : “They make it clear that the Cold War nuclear readiness system continues to operate, and how catastrophic its consequences could be, despite the fact that the feud between the great powers is already over.”   

The situation was discharged only when it became clear that the rocket had gone towards Spitsbergen (not far from which it fell into the ocean). The nuclear cases have been deactivated. Russian President Boris Yeltsin (center) and Russian Defense Minister Pavel Grachev (right).

Russian President Boris Yeltsin (center) and Russian Defense Minister Pavel Grachev (right). Igor Mikhalev / Sputnik

The incident with bringing Russia’s Strategic Nuclear Forces to combat readiness, soon became the property of the world community. When, four years later, the Norwegians were about to repeat their launch of Black Brant XII and reported this to the Russian Foreign Ministry, the US additionally warned all key Russian military departments about it through their channels. As a result, this time there were no unpleasant surprises. 


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Germany conducted exercises in case of nuclear war

Bundeswehr / Birthe Brechters

The Bundeswehr with partners in the North Atlantic Alliance ( NATO) trained in operations in a nuclear war.

The German army, together with Italian, Belgian and Dutch colleagues, conducted exercises in the event of a conflict with the use of nuclear weapons.

The location of the exercise “Steadfest Noon” was chosen airbase “Nörfenich”, where the tactical squadron of the Luftwaffe 31 “Boelcke” is located. Together with the Luftwaffe of the Bundeswehr, the air forces of other NATO countries, in particular, Italy, the Netherlands and Belgium, took part in the exercises.

According to a report by Bild, the exercise scenario involved training procedures for safely removing nuclear weapons from storage, delivering ammunition and installing them on aircraft. The training flights took place without nuclear weapons, and in parallel with the aviation exercises at the Büchel airbase, where the tactical squadron of the Luftwaffe 51 Immelman is located, the Resilient Guard air defense systems were trained to protect the airfield from air attacks.

The training sites for the Luftwaffe of the Bundeswehr were not chosen by chance, since the Nörfenich airbase is a reserve storage site for the B61, a hydrogen bomb that forms the basis of nuclear weapons of the US strategic nuclear forces. 

Some of this ammunition is stationed at NATO bases in Europe. The exact number of hydrogen bombs that are stored at European sites and which ones are not reported. In Europe, the B61 is carried by Panavia Tornado fighter-bombers (pictured) and General Dynamics F-16 Fighting Falcon fighters.

Recall that the B61 thermonuclear bomb is the main weapon of the US strategic nuclear forces, although it entered service in 1968. Since 2012, a new guided version of the B61-12 has been under development, which will replace all B61 and B83 bombs that have been in service since 1983. It can be used both on strategic bombers and tactical aircraft. About two billion dollars were spent on the development of the 12th modification of the aerial bomb.

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