Casus belli

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Casus belli is a Latin expression meaning the justification for acts of war. Casus is related to the English word "case," and can mean "case," "incident", or "rupture". Belli means bellic ("of war"). The phrase is often used on Wikispooks to describe a pretext for war.

Deep Events

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Full article: Rated 3/5 Deep event

In the case of resource wars, open declaration of the real cause (i.e. greed) is generally not politic to declare openly, so a casus belli must be manufactured. False Flag Attacks are standard fare in this case. Deep politics researcher, Peter Dale Scott argues that "as long as we have a war machine in Washington, and every time it needs a war, it gets its war by deep events... Since 1950, every single major US war has been preceded by one."[1]

"Gulf of Tonkin Incident"

Full article: Stub class article Gulf of Tonkin Incident

NSA documents declassified in 2005 and 2006 revealed this to be a fabrication used to mobilise support for the Vietnam War.

September 11, 2001

Full article: Rated 4/5 9-11
The Guardian, September 12, 2001 - Classic use of controlled media to try to make a case for war.

The commercially-controlled media was used repeatedly across North America and Western Europe - for weeks on end - to repeat footage of the 9-11 attacks, in an attempt to bolster support for the US government's official narrative about the 19 hijackers. Although the US government had already made plans for an invasion of Afghanistan, it was presented as a response to the attacks.[2]

9-11 is the classic pretext for war of the 21st century

"Iraq's WMDs"

On 6 September 2002, U.S. President George W. Bush claimed that the IAEA had published a “new report” about Saddam Hussein’s efforts to create "weapons of mass destruction". He was quoted by CNN (and others) as stating that “a report came out of the Atomic — the IAEA that they were six months away from developing a weapon. I don’t know what more evidence we need”. The IAEA issued a denial that there was any such report,[3] but US commercially-controlled media reported Bush's statement, but hid that it was a lie.[4] See also Nurse Nayirah, whose lies about babies in incubators were part of a multi-million dollar PR campaign to try to mobilize US public support for the 2003 Iraq War.



     Page name     TypeDateAuthor(s)Subject(s)Description
Gleiwitz Incident
Shelling of Mainila

Related Quotations

Patrick Clawson“One can combine other means of pressure with sanctions. I mentioned that explosion on August 17th. We could step up the pressure. I mean look people, Iranian submarines periodically go down, some day one of them might not come up, who would know why? We can do a variety of things if we wish to increase the pressure... We are in the game of using covert means against the Iranians. We could get nastier.”Patrick ClawsonSeptember 2012
Petrodollar“I am saddened that it is politically inconvenient to acknowledge what everyone knows: the Iraq war is largely about oil.”Alan Greenspan2007

Official examples

Gulf of Tonkin Incident
WW2/Attack on Pearl Harbor