Of Reichstag Fires And Other Horrendous Provocations

Order of the Reich President for the Protection of People and State

On the basis of Article 48 paragraph 2 of the Constitution of the German Reich, the following is ordered in defense against Communist state-endangering acts of violence:

§ 1. Articles 114, 115, 117, 118, 123, 124 and 153 of the Constitution of the German Reich are suspended until further notice. It is therefore permissible to restrict the rights of personal freedom [habeas corpus], freedom of (opinion) expression, including the freedom of the press, the freedom to organize and assemble, the privacy of postal, telegraphic and telephonic communications. Warrants for House searches, orders for confiscations as well as restrictions on property, are also permissible beyond the legal limits otherwise prescribed.

On the night of February 27, 1933 a fire, the origins of which were reported to be arson,  broke out in the Reichstag, destroying the building.  Chancellor Adolf Hitler pressed Germany’s President Paul von Hindenburg to issue the above decree, which, as my readers can discern, pretty well snuffed out civil liberties for Germans – and gave Hitler absolute power.

What is noteworthy is that the Nazis blamed the communists for setting the fire.  That assertion remains unsubstantiated and the question as to who actually did set it is unanswered.  There was speculation that the Nazis actually lit the blaze and pinned the destruction on the communists for political traction.  That this event, accompanied by Hindenburg’s decree, was a landmark in World History is inarguable.  55 million people died in World War II.

We still don’t know who burned the Reichstag.

We are witnessing some rather serious retaliatory military operations, resulting from a reported Bashar al Assad-sanctioned Sarin gas attack against civilians in Syria.  The video images of convulsing human beings on the pavement are terribly disturbing.

The American press corps, the Congressional Democrats, and the RINO Republicans (led by the likes of John McCain and Lindsey Graham) have suddenly stopped their relentless criticism of the Trump Administration, reversed course by 180 degrees, and are now throwing their support behind the President’s decision to launch a missile strike on a Syrian airbase – from which we are to believe the Sarin gas attack originated.

A very few voices, including Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky, are strongly implying that such a military assault without Congressional approval is not within the President’s Constitutional powers – given that there was and is no imminent threat posed to the national security of the United States by Bashar al Assad’s military forces in Syria.

The Russians are backing Assad.  Mr. Trump, who was until recently strongly against going to war in Syria, has suddenly reversed field. He has chosen a Secretary of Defense in James Mattis, who co-authored the win-their-hearts-and-minds COIN Doctrine with General David Petraeus – the implementation of which has demonstrably cost thousands of American lives and limbs in Iraq and Afghanistan.

NEWS FLASH:  Muslims doing cruel and barbaric things to other Muslims is nothing new in the World of Islam.  They’ve been killing and maiming each other in the most horrible ways imaginable since the birth of Islam.  Bashar al Assad is not a good guy.  He is another despot.  There are no good guys in the Muslim Middle East.

I’m not in any way implying, as the American press corps and the Democrats have relentlessly done until yesterday, that Donald Trump is comparable to Adolf Hitler.  Interestingly, that idea has mysteriously and suddenly disappeared from the American political left’s rhetoric.

However, with things now heating up between Russia and the United States over Mr. Assad’s increasingly shaky tenure as Syria’s President, I would like to ask three questions:

  1.  How do we know that it was Bashar al Assad who gassed the Syrian people and that it was not agents provocateur of the revolutionary jihad (currently known as ISIS), coincidentally trying to overthrow Assad, who committed the gas attack?
  2. What and where is the supporting evidence to show that it was indeed Assad who ordered and implemented the gas attack?
  3. How does Bashar al Assad pose an imminent threat to the safety and security of the United States?

About John L. Work

John Lloyd Work has taken the detective thriller genre and woven an occasional political thread throughout his books, morphing what was once considered an arena reserved for pure fiction into believable, terrifying, futuristic, true-to-life “faction”. He traveled the uniformed patrolman’s path, answering brutal domestic violence calls, high speed chases, homicides, suicides, armed robberies, breaking up bar fights, and the accompanying sporadic unpredictable moments of terror - which eventually come to all police officers, sometimes when least expected. He gradually absorbed the hard fact that the greatest danger a cop faces comes in the form of day-to-day encounters with emotionally disturbed, highly intoxicated people. Those experiences can wear a cop down, grinding on his own emotions and psyche. Prolonged exposure to the worst of people and people at their worst can soon make him believe that the world is a sewer. That police officer’s reality is a common thread throughout Work’s crime fiction books. Following his graduation from high school, Work studied music and became a professional performer, conductor and teacher. Life made a sudden, unexpected turn when, one afternoon in 1976, his cousin, who eventually became the Chief of the Ontario, California, Police Department, talked him into riding along during a patrol shift. The musician was hooked into becoming a police officer. After working for two years as a reserve officer in Southern California and in Boulder, Colorado, he joined the Longmont, Colorado Police Department. Work served there for seven years, investigating crimes as a patrolman, detective and patrol sergeant. In 1989 he joined the Adams County, Colorado Sheriff’s Office, where he soon learned that locking a criminal up inside a jail or prison does not put him out of business. As a sheriff’s detective he investigated hundreds of crimes, including eleven contract murder conspiracies which originated “inside the walls”. While serving on the Adams County North Metro Gang Task Force and as a member of the Colorado Security Threat Intelligence Network Group (STING), Work designed a seminar on how a criminal’s mind formulates his victim selection strategy. Over a period of six years he taught that class in sheriff’s academies and colleges throughout Colorado. He saw the world of crime both inside the walls and out on the streets. His final experiences in the criminal law field were with the Colorado State Public Defender’s Office, where for nearly two years he investigated felonies from the defense side of the Courtroom. Twenty-two years of observing human nature at its worst, combined with watching some profound changes in America’s culture and political institutions, provided plenty of material for his first three books. A self-published author, he just finished writing his tenth thriller.
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2 Responses to Of Reichstag Fires And Other Horrendous Provocations

  1. larryzb says:

    As to World War II, if one reads carefully the remarks of Western diplomats and other key players of the time, war (in Europe) was decided upon in early 1939 – before Hitler invaded Poland. (And, FDR did everything he could to get Britain and France to go to war.) Just a caution to not always believe what the history texts tell us.

    The larger question is: Why is there never enough money for peace time, yet when wars are launched the bankers open their purse strings? Who benefits?

  2. I think this all has to do with the Syria-Iran-Iraq pipeline that Assad wants to involve Russia in.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iran-Iraq-Syria_pipeline

    My theory is that U.S.-Saudi-Turkish interests are trying to scuttle the pipeline by instigating all of this mess.

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