Re-Blog: Ancient Spaceports In Iraq? Ya Don’t Say?!


(Originally posted 9/28/2017 on Read With The Gringa)

Well, the gringa’s at it again… de-bunking UFO conspiracies. Sorry to spoil everyone’s fun. But, I assure you that there is no ancient alien connection inspiring countries like the US to embark on military strategies in order to gain control of Iraq. A review of the “evidence” will prove this to be so.


We’ve all heard of the stories of how Iraq’s antiquities have been looted because of the long, on-going conflict in that country. The nation is a wealth of history and artifacts. Iraq was once the famed Babylon of old. It was the heart of education, art, religion and science. 


A diverse, cosmopolitan population was comprised of the brightest minds invited to come and enrich the academic world of ancient Babylon. Artists, composers, and every other creative mind once longed for those dreamy deserts and never-ending horizons of the Middle East. But the knowledge and the scientific and cultural advancements that accompanied higher thinking is not to be credited to space alien influence.


Ancient alien theorists and UFOlogists are attributing ancient spaceship launches to a speech recently delivered by Iraq’s Transport Minister. What, exactly, did this man say? Was there something misunderstood in translation? Was he speaking in satire rather than literally? Let’s examine the words of Minister Kadhem Finjan Al-Hamami when he spoke at the opening ceremony of a new airport in Dhi Qar of southern Iraq:

“It’s a long story, maybe you don’t know about it. Maybe even people from Dhi Qar don’t know – the first airports that were built on planet Earth were built in the 5th Millenium BC in Dhi Qar. There were Sumerians who launched spaceships and headed to other worlds.”

Al-Hamami’s remarks were met with confusion by the panel behind him as well as the people in the audience. It also turns out that he has a reputation for making outrageous statements. He once claimed that he was so old that he had also ridden on Noah’s Ark. Needless to say, the gringa doubts he really believes this Sumerian spaceship nonsense. What he more likely believes is political strategy.


What would be politically strategic about making such an outrageous claim? Why risk your political integrity and credibility? Well, one reason would be to normalize a fringe belief on behalf of a benefactor that has a vested interest in normalizing something otherwise considered crazy.


The theory that Sumerians were more than scientists, architects and astronomers as well as space travelers is the work of Russian professor Samuel Kramer. Russia has a desire to gain influence in Iraq in order to protect its big oil interests more effectively. And what better way to stroke the national ego of a country than to provide historical information that proves that country had once been superior to every other country on the planet?


But why the space alien angle? Because it can neither be proven or disproven, for one thing. But Russia has been working to normalize space alien theories for decades. Why? For Russia, it would mean opportunity. In fact, many opportunities. 


Who are the nations that represent the largest threat to Russian dominance? The US and allied western European nations. The discovery of space alien life would throw such nations into an existential crisis. For countries structured around Judeo-Christianity, their societies would suddenly be in cultural upheaval. Everything they believed would become falsehood. And in such chaos is opportunity to then re-form an entire society’s thinking.


And if those society’s learned that their governments had been keeping such a secret, those governments would no longer be trusted. There would be political revolution. And before that revolution stabilized into a new national version based on new knowledge, there would be years and years of factional division and chaos.


If this past year’s political chaos has not made a believer out of a person that Russia thrives when other nations are in chaos, then you have been sleeping straight through history being made. And Russia is wholly committed to the space alien angle as just one more way to keep everyone else knocked off balance and distracted from what Russia is really doing.


Over and over Russian operatives seed explosive space alien related stories. In 2010 they claimed to have discovered alien micro-organisms in comet space dust. 2014 brought an announcement from Russia’s International Space Station mission chief, Vladimir Solovyev, that space sea plankton had been found. NASA denied the reports but no such denial ever was issued from Rocosmos, Russia’s space agency. And about one month later, Germany’s space agency, The German Aerospace Center (DLR), called the material “bacterial DNA” rather than sea plankton.


So, when it comes to what may seem very credible reports because they link with what seems to be a legitimate organization, the gringa says, “Beware!” Although, so far, Americans have been lucky enough to have our own NASA unblemished by political agendas and ambitions, the same is not true for Rocosmos. That being said, trace back to the source any UFO or space alien claims. If they originate from Russia, consider the political motive. Then consider the scientific credibility as dubious.


The gringa does not deny the possibility that space aliens exist. I also don’t deny the possibility of ancient Earth civilizations that were highly advanced. But, thus far, I have yet to find any confirmation through credible evidence. I simply keep an open mind and I keep reading! And I always  READ SMART!

Sources:

Albawaba

Newsweek

The Hill

Image Credit: BECUO

Video Credit: MEMRI TV

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Re-Blog: Max & The Tag Along Moon


(Originally posted 9/28/2017 on Read With The Gringa)

Max learns something interesting about the Moon from his grandfather. But is it true?

Image Credit: Rhapsody In Books

Re-Blog: Autobiography of Malcolm X, Chpt 5, Pt 4


(Originally posted 9/27/2017 on Read With The Gringa)

Malcolm becomes intoxicated with Harlem.

Image Credit: Ernesto Ide

Re-Blog: Is Israel ISIS?


(Originally posted 9/26/2017 on Read With The Gringa)

Recently, a website published an article about an ISIS commander who was arrested in Libya only to have his identity confirmed as an Israeli Mossad agent. In the past, this website has published very questionable conspiracy theories. The site has even had to experience the humiliation of egg on the face when it made assertions that were widely believed by the public then proven to be false. The assertion was actually a hoax that was planted by another site to test their credibility. 


Once a site gets discredited in such a way, it gets labeled fake news. But does that mean everything such a site publishes is fake news? Many media sites enhance facts and details to pump up an otherwise boring story. They need fantastic headlines to generate traffic and make money. And, the sad news is that such desperate acts will inevitably lead to credibility issues. And, even sadder, there may be on staff some writers who are actually committed to journalistic integrity. 


Buried in the midst of many conspiracy theories and outright falsehoods, could be some very good journalism exposing important stories. And now those stories are lost to the public because of a few bad actors. The gringa’s solution is to continue to chase an interesting headline. Read the story and try to verify any claims. Hence, the interest in the ISIS-Mossad link story.


I had already heard rumors that ISIS was actually a joint US-Israeli operation designed to keep the Middle East destabilized for the benefit of US and Israel. But such a dark op would be practically impossible to verify with hard facts. Any government document that might offer proof would be classified. De-classification would probably never occur in the gringa’s lifetime. So, I ignored any follow-up on my suspicions until this story. Can this man’s identity really be confirmed as Israeli Mossad?


Well, the gringa has found no credible means to verify the man’s identity. The only other information offered by conspiracy theorists to prop up the “Israel is ISIS” claim is the fact that no ISIS attacks have occurred on Israeli soil. But the gringa’s not so sure if that really means anything. I mean, there are plenty of nations that have not experienced a terrorist attack by ISIS. So, lack of aggression on Israeli soil to justify accusing Israel of being ISIS would also require the same measuring stick be applied to countries like Peru, Monaco, Tahiti, etc. And the gringa’s pretty sure that none of those nations are creators of ISIS despite their lack of being victimized by ISIS.


So far, ISIS has also not declared war on Israel. The group has declared war on the United States, Western Europe, Egyptian Christians, Turkey and Taliban militants in Afghanistan. 


The only credible source that might contain evidence supporting the “Israel is ISIS” theory is a UN document. UN Secretary General published a 15 page report on the accounts of the UN Disengagement Observer Force that observed Israel’s role in the Syria-ISIS conflict. Did this report indicate any possibility that Israel was supporting ISIS or was, in fact, covertly operating as ISIS? Here are some of the facts:


– Israel has provided medical care to Syrian rebel groups based along the UN’s Syrian-Israeli 40-year cease-fire line.

– Israel has also provided these groups with unidentified supplies.

– Israel has possibly received intelligence on Syria from the rebel groups in exchange for the assistance.

– The Israeli government attests to its activities, stating that it provides medical aid to any in dire need, that they are not vetted as to belonging to any particular faction or whether they are civilians. Israel provides the humanitarian aid of medical service to any Syrian.

– As to supplies, the Israeli government states that they are humanitarian in nature, things like medicine, heaters, food, etc.


The gringa suspects that these facts have been “enhanced” by conspiracy theorists in order to craft a sensational headline and story to suggest that Israel is ISIS. But it just doesn’t make sense. 


The ultimate goal of ISIS is to build a caliphate that is strong enough to be a global power so that it can rule the world. 

Right now, it does not even hold sway over a single nation. Sooner or later, if it achieves its goals, it would get around to an attempt to wipe out Israel. So, no Israel is not ISIS.


But what about an Israeli Mossad proven to be the arrested ISIS commander? The gringa says, “So what? That doesn’t prove that Israel is ISIS.” The dear reader may ask, “Why not?”


Because that is the nature of the spy game. Becoming embedded on enemy turf as the enemy, with the hope of rising high up on the food chain, is every spy’s dream. US CIA agents do it. Russian KGB operatives do it. And so do Israeli Mossad agents. That is the spy game. When a spy gets busted, it doesn’t mean that the country represented is behind the group that spy was embedded with. It only means that one nation was infiltrated secretly by a foreign operative.


So, in the end, chase any exciting story that tickles your fancy. Keep reading. But always read smart!

Sources:

The Free Thought Project

Foreign Policy

CNN

Times Of India

Independent UK

The Atlantic

TECHarp

Image Credit: SOTT

Video Credit: Now This World

Re-Blog: Let’s Read “If You Give A Pig A Pancake”


(Originally posted 9/26/2017 on Read With The Gringa)

Wild adventures after inviting a pig to breakfast!

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Re-Blog: The Horse & His Boy, Chpt 7, Pt 3


(Originally posted 9/25/2017 on Read With The Gringa)

Aravis needs Lasaraleen’s help but Lasaraleen can be annoyingly silly about dresses and stuff.

Image Credit: Deviant Art