Stephanie Donaldson-Pressman and Robert Pressman call this the 'narcissistic family dynamic', and the problems it causes are directly relevant to the vast geopolitical problems the world currently faces.
Such children, like their parents, seek some source of comfort, some sense
of security, but not knowing where to look and what to look out for, they
often find it in all the wrong places: their own children, their lovers,
their work, some religious or political cause. As much as they may deny it,
they are motivated by the very fears they experienced as children - afraid
of being alone, not belonging, uncertain, unloved, confused, abandoned. They
find shelter from the pain in some literal or symbolic arms of embrace, yet
it is incomplete in some way, like the 'security' of a sinking ship or of a
castle built on foundations of sand. Not wanting to let go, and face that
pain again, they shore up their defenses - a rallying of troops to give 'the
people', their own fragmented personalities, a sense of security. But such a
cover-up is built upon and dependent on lies, things half-seen through the
lens of denied and distorted emotion. We may be denying that we are in a
relationship with a psychopath, someone who, despite the abuse and mental
torture they subject us to, offers us some sense of comfort and stability in
life. Or we may deny our own betrayal of our loved ones' emotional needs:
the child we criticize and deform according to our own twisted ideals or the
lover we demand to be someone they are not.
I find it fascinating how these dynamics of a single human soul mirror so
well the delusions of the many. Just as we rally our mental forces to hold
onto that equilibrium we desperately fear losing, we rally our military
forces to protect us from enemies that do not exist, covering up problems at
home that dwarf those projected 'out there'. How does this come to be? So
far in this series, I've described
psychopaths - individuals devoid of conscience, incapable of remorse,
and hungry for power - and their infiltration of
politics - two seats of power in the modern era.
Manipulating mass emotion, particularly fear, is their modus operandi.
It's commonly said that politicians exploit fear, but what is missing from
this truism is an understanding of exactly what motivates them to do so, why
they're so good at it, and the extent to which they go about doing so.
Psychopaths understand human behavior, often better than we understand
ourselves. In the last article I quoted a diagnosed psychopath,
Sam Vaknin, describing how he used emotional abuse and insults to break
down his victims. It was just one example of the special psychological
knowledge possessed by psychopaths, refined after a lifetime of observing
and interacting with 'others' whose foreign emotional reactions strike them
as so comical and ridiculous. When this special knowledge is translated onto
the global stage, you get geopolitics and all the propaganda and lies that
Yes, psychopaths crave power and will do anything they can to hold on to it,
but even that does not get to the heart of the matter. If a psychopath is
not born into a position of influence and power, where he has license to do
whatever he feels compelled to do without recourse, he feels like a slave in
a system he cannot quite understand. He is hindered by incomprehensible
laws, arbitrary social customs and interpersonal rules that make no sense to
him. He is not free to be himself. To a psychopath, true freedom is simply
license to use, abuse, and torture other people - physically, emotionally
and financially. Any hindrance on that bloated sense of entitlement is a
nuisance he dreams of removing by instituting a social system of his own
creation. This is the true definition of 'totalitarianism',
'fascism', or a 'new world order' - a system of government where the
psychopath is not arrested for beating his wife, killing his enemies, making
emotional wrecks of his family and close acquaintances, stalking those who
know his true nature and threaten to reveal it to more of those 'others' who
so persecute him. In our world, the 'war on terror' is the means to
this end. New terms like 'homegrown radicalization' and 'extraordinary
rendition' are created, while familiar terms are appropriated and special
meanings for those 'in the know' are instilled alongside the ordinary
meanings understood by the common people.
In an interview
in 1989 entitled "Recollections of 23 Years of Service to the US", Pentagon
insider Col. Fletcher Prouty described how the days of traditional warfare
were over. The new wars would be economic, and the new enemy would be
terrorism. This is exactly what has happened (see Naomi Klein's
The Shock Doctrine). But, as many have come to know, there is much
more to the 'War on Terror' than meets the eye. The long history of
COINTELPRO-type operations in the US, whereby groups deemed to be potential
'dissidents' are infiltrated and co-opted in a direction favorable to the
National Security State, along with
ECHELON surveillance of anyone deemed a potential 'threat' by the
political psychopaths in power, makes it absolutely certain that any
potential 'terrorist' group in the US has long since been identified,
observed, and infiltrated by US intelligence and law enforcement. In fact,
this has been the case the world over.
In the aftermath of WWII, and with the advent of a new 'Cold War', various
stay-behind operations were formed in the countries of Europe (see Daniele
NATO's Secret Armies). These groups formed the basis of national
resistance movements against the threat of Communist takeover. Unbeknownst
to many involved, they were sponsored largely by NATO and the CIA. When it
became clear that the threat of Communist invasion was minimal (these
movements were active in such countries as Italy, France, Belgium, and West
Germany), the focus shifted from external threats to potential internal
threats - local Communists and the 'threat' they posed to the then-current
power structures. The CIA funded and supported various extremist right-wing
groups in this cause. Neo-Nazi groups and other extremist groups were
infiltrated and controlled by the CIA and the secret services of the various
What was the result? A series of terror attacks struck the civilian
populations of these countries. Left-wing groups and individuals were blamed
by the governments, who then entrenched their power with the support of
terrified populations when they turned to them for 'support' and 'security'.
However, the attacks were actually carried out by the very groups that had
been infiltrated and controlled by the governments - groups who were then
protected by these governments, like in the Milan bombing of 1969 which
killed sixteen, or the Tuscany railroad bombings in the early '70s.
Similarly, as former BBC Middle East correspondent Alan Hart observes (see
Zionism: The Real Enemy of the Jews), Israel and its intelligence
service, Mossad, has long-since infiltrated every Arab government and
'terrorist' organization. In fact, Mossad had agents tailing several of the
alleged 9/11 hijackers in the months prior to the attacks (see Justin
The Terror Enigma). Not to mention the fact that Osama Bin Laden
had been a CIA asset until
the day before 9/11, as had many of his fellow
in their fight against the Soviets.
When you put these facts together, they paint a striking picture. Western
intelligence agencies have long had inside access to various 'terrorist'
groups and used them in a self-described 'strategy of tension'. And yet the
US and its allies are currently fighting an endless war against these
nebulous groups that are in fact CIA assets. Why? As Hermann Goering said to
his captors at Nuremberg, "It is always a simple matter to drag the people
along [to war] ... Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to
the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell
them they are being attacked, and denounce the peacemakers for lack of
patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same in any
country." More truthfully, attack them, tell them they have been
attacked by 'communists' or 'terrorists', then denounce the 'liberals',
'bleeding hearts', and 'peace-lovers' as 'terrorist sympathizers'.
If we look closely at any 'terrorist attack' in the last 10 years - even the
foiled attempts - we see a long list of connected
FBI agents acting as 'Al Qaeda recruiters',
patsies manipulated for the cause. In recent years,
Israel, and the United States have all been caught red-handed attempting
such deceptions. Put simply, political psychopaths are in control of the
governments of our world. Goaded on by a disdain for human morality, a drive
for power and influence, and a desire to create a world where they are the
ones calling the shots, they have created an enemy to strike fear into the
hearts of humanity and to exploit the fear that is already present.
Terrorism does not exist; at least not in the way governments and the media
present it. Terrorist groups have long been infiltrated, created, or
otherwise controlled by these political psychopaths. In essence, these men
and women have murdered their own civilians and blamed a fictitious enemy in
order to gain popular support for a cause that will never be won.
The 'War on Terror' is an endless one, because these people do not and
cannot see an end to their power. And while we denounce the 'evil
terrorists' and the 'homegrown radicalization' of our own citizens, the
political psychopaths merely see us as suckers, mindless actors in a play of
their own creation. They are like the con man who says, "Well if they were
so stupid as to believe me, they deserved it!"
If anything is to change, and if we are ever to end this ridiculous 'war'
against an abstract noun, two things are needed. First, we need to take
steps towards removing political psychopaths from office, making it
impossible for psychopaths to achieve any position of political, corporate,
or economic power. Giving psychopaths power and influence and expecting them
to be adequate leaders is like expecting a blind man to drive a bus.
Psychopaths are color blind when it comes to issues having to do with the
well being of humanity. Second, we must come to grips with our true history,
and what is really behind the spin of the current 'war on terror'. We are
arresting, torturing, and murdering innocent people along with patsies whose
controllers get away with everything because they operate behind the scenes.
Without ponerology, things will only get worse.