A Fake False Flag

Tuesday, July 25, 2017
Image credit: 
Poster Collection, US 7371, Hoover Institution Archives.

Image credit: 
Poster Collection, US 7371, Hoover Institution Archives.

An article this week in the British Daily Mail this week was entitled “Did the British plant a bomb at the 1940 World’s Fair to kill two NYPD officers and bring the U.S. into World War II?” It was one of those classic newspaper headlines to which the answer is “No,” but which helps sell papers anyhow. The bomb that went off on July 4, 1940 was originally planted in the British pavilion of the World’s Fair in New York, which also contained the Crown Jewels and an original copy of the Magna Carta, and a member of the pro-Nazi Bund organization was deported over the incident.

With no evidence presented whatsoever, the Mail suggested that the bomb had been a “False Flag” operation designed by British Intelligence to increase American enthusiasm for entering World War II on the British side. The circumstantial evidence given was merely that Winston Churchill had a few weeks earlier sent William Stephenson to New York, the man who later claimed to have directed all British Intelligence operations in America, codenamed “Intrepid,” and who was the boss of Ian Fleming, the creator of James Bond. This allowed the Mail to feature a photograph of Daniel Craig, the present James Bond, in the piece.

Would British Intelligence and their political masters really have endangered the Crown Jewels in a dodgy False Flag operation which killed two NYPD policemen and injured five others, and which had it gone wrong would have wrecked hopes for America to enter the war? Would Churchill genuinely have countenanced an attack on his mother’s homeland and his own would-be ally? Undoubtedly not.

Yet there have been such things as False Flag operations undertaken by agents provocateurs in history, and probably still are today. The burning of Rome by Nero, which he blamed on the Christians; the forging of the Zinoviev Letter in 1924 by elements connected to MI5 in order to discredit the Labour party during the 1924 British general election; the Mukden Incident in which Japanese saboteurs created a pretext for the invasion of China in 1931, and the Gleiwitz incident in which the SS faked an attack on Germany by Poland in September 1939. Unlike the World’s Fair, all these were genuine False Flag incidents.

In his trial, the Serb leader Radovan Karadžić tried to blame the Markale Market Massacre of February 1994 on a Bosnian False Flag operation, but it was proved that the shells had been fired from Serb-controlled territory. In 1999 four Russian apartment blocks were blown up, supposedly by Chechnyan terrorists, though doubts still remain about whether it might have been a FSB False Flag operation to give Vladimir Putin the excuse to attack Chechnya. The FSB refused to cooperate with the independent investigation commission, two members of which were subsequently assassinated. Nero would be proud.