As The World Burns
--WHY the USA WILL FALL, and what the doomsday scenario will look like for you and your family.
By Michael C. Ruppert

There are non-violent economic ways to fight the Empire which are in fact precursors to military confrontations. At some point the Empire will resort to what it knows, maybe in the Ukraine, maybe in Africa, maybe in Latin America. At some point after that, unless something is done, the safeties will come off nuclear and biological weapons. The unthinkable will become a rational option. All of that may take less than a year. In the meantime the trick for the rest of the world is how to get out of the dollar before it plummets and thus protect foreign currency holdings. Rumors are again surfacing of the possible birth of an Islamic gold dinar. The dinar is a double whammy as globally the lid is being ripped off a decades-long conspiracy to suppress the price of gold. Gold has hit 16 year highs recently of over $700 per once. Central banks, including the Fed, may soon be forced to reveal how much gold they have, or don't have. They will do anything to avoid disclosing where it went and why it isn't there. When that happens, the world - especially the American people - might be in for a real shock as we learn the truth about where "our" gold isn't. The collapse deepens. Tens of millions of unemployed, especially the young, might face a choice between starvation and enlistment in the military.

Only the global elites, defined by money and power rather than nationality, stand to benefit in the short term. Indeed, given the nuclear threat involved, it is now debatable whether there will even be
much of a long term (twenty years hence) to prognosticate about.

An all-out run on the dollar is imminent and from the moment that begins we will be living in a whole new ruthless and unforgiving world.... The moment China starts selling dollars the rest of the world will crash down the doors of the bank to get rid of theirs as quickly as possible. The run on the dollar will be short, bloody and catastrophic [You think, Mike? I suspect it will be long, bloody and relentless -- and ultimately catastrophic, but taking a while to get there. But I could be wrong.
--AEL].... When the run on the dollar begins, it will be as if the rest of the world declared war on the United States of America by launching a missile, dropping a bomb, or landing an army at Bethany Beach, Delaware. That this will lead ultimately to widespread global warfare seems certain. This is exactly the way the administration is setting it up to appear to the American people. Think of 9/11 times fifty.

No longer can I or FTW invest long periods of time to write the detailed and lengthy analyses which have become our hallmark. The world is changing too fast for that. There is only time to make you aware of patterns and breaking news stories in a way that no other publication is doing. Raising our vision a little higher, and looking further down the road, the best service we can provide you is to focus more on breaking news and to integrate fast-breaking developments into what we hope is
the map we have successfully drawn for you over almost seven years.

Once major blackouts start hitting; once the US economy tanks and millions become unemployed; once banks and pension funds fail and the housing market collapses, a cycle will have begun which can only compound itself - thus preventing what would be the "ordinary" development of remaining fields. Human civilization may self-destruct before declining oil would have made it necessary. If the world is engulfed in war then neither the LNG tankers necessary to bring natural gas to the US nor the LNG terminals needed to receive it will be built. There won't be enough capital. [Very good point! Everything looks do-able NOW, while the dollar is still strong. --AEL] There won't be
enough remaining expertise. There won't be enough social order to complete even these stopgap measures. If Peak Oil does not destroy civilization, then our chosen course of waging war to get oil most certainly will both accelerate and worsen its impact. And that is why we - as a species - stand on the brink of a very real Armageddon.

IMMEDIATE ADVICE and some PREDICTIONS.

Take this to heart as if your welfare depended upon it. Do it as if the crisis was upon you today.

1. Curtail all unnecessary spending.

2. Reduce credit card balances.

3. Get to know and become friends with your neighbors on all sides.

4. Keep (at least) a week's worth of cash and food in your home. Maximum, a year's worth.

5. Look at your residence and ask yourself what you could do to LIVE.. if there were no heat and no electricity, no PC. Start preparing for that. Look at your insulation (if you own), your windows, curtains (a great source of heat loss) and roof. Get a Ben Franklin Stove, build a fireplace or two.
Buy Grates for drains as garbage disposal will die.

6. BUY PHYSICAL GOLD, NOT PAPER GOLD.  "Paper gold" = stocks, options, futures, all of which are very vulnerable, as are other paper investments. Posession is 90% of the law -- and it might be 90% of your chance of personal financial survival. --I am convinced that we will see gold reach at least $600 per ounce in 2005. ( IT DID!) It's a great way to hedge against a falling dollar.
Buy Silver coins.

Stories are now breaking so fast that I cannot begin to process them all. FTW attitudes are going to have to reorganize and grow because the coverage of breaking news is now more important to you and to us than the detailed analyses and "mapmaking" we have worked so hard at for seven years. The best I can do as I conclude this warning is list some of the other recent developments which have caught my eye and offer a few brief comments...

-- But when the run on the dollar begins, OPEC will inevitably at some point switch its pricing to the Euro, which the entire world is wrangling - much to Europe's chagrin - into not only a safe-haven currency, but a profitable one. The next house is being built before the old one is abandoned. When the run on the dollar begins, it will be as if the rest of the world declared war on the United States of America by launching a missile, dropping a bomb, or landing an army at Bethany Beach, Delaware. That this will lead ultimately to widespread global warfare seems certain. This is exactly the way the
administration is setting it up to appear to the American people. Think of 9/11 times fifty.

The rest of the world is merely defending itself with non-violent means - for the moment. But it will be portrayed as an attack upon the US. "Why?" George Bush will ask, rhetorically. "They hate us because of our freedom."

And, barring a miracle, the end results will be exactly the same as from a physical attack: devastation so complete and unthinkable - magnified by the brutal impacts of Peak Oil - that only a few will even try to prepare for it. That is sad because preparation will make all the difference (barring luck
or divine intervention) in who survives and to what extent they remain intact and functioning afterwards. GOOGLE THESE STORIES:

Run on the Dollar Imminent - The American People and Economy Will Be Among the First Casualties

Ukraine Possible Sarajevo for Global Conflict; Africa Ready to
Explode in Proxy Wars; Latin America Heats Up; More

US Strategic Abandonment of the Korean Peninsula Inevitable;

China lends USA So MUCH MONEY, that they snatch TAIWAN and we can
do nothing.

Permanent Blackouts in Industrialized Nations Possible by 2008
December 30, 2004 2100 PDT (FTW) - John Lennon wrote, "Life is
what happens while you're busy making other plans."

All this and we stupidly go for IRAN.! Signed Mike Ruppert
 

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