France is using last Friday's "terror attack" exactly as I predicted in my most recent two posts. Indeed, they seem to be almost exactly copying the script the U.S. followed after the 9/11 "terror attacks", except that they are more rabid and vehement and less interested in appearing to be "compassionate" conservatives. They intend to target "ISIS" in West Africa as well as Syria, Libya and Iraq. This should lead the serious student of world affairs to ask what natural resources, and especially mineral resources reside in the Sahel of West Africa. That will give students a clear idea as to why France decided that ISIS is a "threat" there. (Serious students can also look at Haiti's natural resources and the percentage of that country owned by foreign interests, and decide what the U.S. was really trying to "protect" when it sent thousands of troops there after the devastating earthquake in 2010.)
I have noticed that there are two audiences of this blog. The first consists of those who have studied the impact of resource depletion on industrial societies and the global economy. I am flattered by your readership, especially since many of you know much more than I do about these things. The second audience is more recent, and consists of those who have been interested in my analysis of the dysfunctional psychology of an empire in decline. Some in the second audience may be unfamiliar with terms familiar to the first group. One of those terms is "false flag operation."
For those of you who want to know what that means, and why it matters (especially why it matters whether the Paris attack was a false flag operation), here are a few links to help introduce you to the subject.
This Wikipedia article defines the term, and provides historical examples of false flag operations.
This article examines some disturbing characteristics of the Paris massacre. (Language warning.)
This article provides testimony from a retired member of the U.S. military concerning American uses of false flag operations.
This article provides background information on the origins of Al-Qaeda and ISIS.
Here and here are articles listing several admitted false flag operations that were either planned or planned and executed by various governments. See where the U.S. is in this list. Here is an article describing Turkey's role in false flag operations in Syria.
And lastly, here is an article describing Munchausen syndrome, a serious personality disorder. (Munchausen's by proxy is even worse.)
These sources should provide a few hours of riveting, yet macabre, reading.