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OKLAHOMA CITY – Just yesterday, while talking with a friend about the recent observance of the 100th anniversary of the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand by a Serb in Sarajevo, thoughts of war were percolating. The "Black Hand." Thoughts of "trigger events."

I told the friend how World War I did not start immediately. Things would percolate over the month of July and the war would kick off in August. Now, thoughts of WWIII are coming up nearly daily.

I couldn’t help but think back to that as I noted the shocking story this morning that a MALAYSIAN airliner – MH17 - was allegedly shot (at 33,000 feet) down over Ukrainian territory (the Donetsk hot zone) en route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lampur. Reportedly 295 people were on board. This is the second major tragedy involving Malaysia Airlines this year, so naturally, thoughts of the unsolved mystery involving the disappeared MH370 flight comes to mind. Hundreds of people are now dead and missing and linked to Malaysia Airlines - and only in a matter of months. 



There's the number 17. This is the 17th. Eighteen years to the day that TWA 800 was blown out of the sky (this story appeared three days ago). As for seventeen, it has been resonating with me for about a week. It was never a number that grabbed my attention before.

According to Russia’s RT, “Groups that are fighting Kiev’s forces in eastern Ukraine have rejected any involvement in the incident, as there are reports that the plane was shot down.”

Just a few days prior to this, a friend was talking to me about a flight he took from Thailand to the U.S. I was looking at my globe and staring at Russia’s (then Soviet Union) Sakhalin Island and dwelling on the fate of Korean Air Lines Flight 007 shot down by a Soviet jet on September 1, 1983. I remember the KAL 007 incident well.

And this, all in a matter of days of each other.

Already, people online are speculating as to whether this means World War III. As I read the reports on the downing of MH17, my son called for me to see a 1949 Bugs Bunny cartoon called “Bunker Hill Bunny,” involving an American Revolution theme (“Battle of Bagle Heights”) where Bugs Bunny (American Revolutionary) battles Yosemite Sam, a Hessian fighter. And just as I have been having some major Alice in Wonderland syncs, I can’t help but notice Bugs firing a cannon from the safety of his rabbit … errr … fox hole. This, just a few hours after cohort Louis Fowler talks of "The New Founding Fathers of America" in the new dystopian film The Purge:Anarchy, events that take place in the U.S. in 2023.

And note my other Bugs Bunny-linked Dust Devil Dream piece "A watery, surreal hare-brained scheme."

Down the rabbit hole we go …

This morning, before learning the tragic news of MH17, I was on KOKC’s “Mitchell in the Morning” show talking about plans by former Marxist leader Daniel Ortega and his alliance with the Communist Chinese to build a Nicaragua Canal. A feat not yet matched, even by the vastness of the shorter-yet-impressive Panama Canal.

I also noted how Russian President Vladimir Putin had met with the Castros in Cuba and how a Soviet-era spy base on Cuba is being “reactivated” by the Russians. Offhandedly, my cohort Louis Fowler noted that Putin seems to have “nostalgia” for the Cold War years, as do many Russian young people who never knew the power that the Soviet Union wielded. A big “Cold War sync” could be felt in the room. Undeniable.

This comes when the U.S. imposed more sanctions this week on Russia, all the while fascist atrocities mount as U.S.-backed Kiev continues its bloody assaults on eastern Ukraine.

On July 1, 2014, I wrote “The Ukraine-Russia stalemate shows no signs of improving and the West’s continued demonization of Russia is not helping matter. Portions of Africa are in chaos, while the Middle East is on the verge of exploding as the U.S. And Europe take a step back and seeming allow (as we did in WWI and WWII) circumstances reach critical mass. Who will Russia and China side with in the Middle East tinderbox?” (Editor's note: The first word in the headline for that story was "HELP!" a reference to the Beatles song and world events. A double meaning."Help!" by The Beatles was the first song I heard this morning.)

And with all that is happening in the world, what of MH17? Will this be the lit fuse?

On December 18, 2013, in a piece titled “Red Skies” (a reference to both The Fixx song and nuclear war) I featured a Drudge Report headline (“From Russia With Love”) linked to a picture of Rio’s “Christ the Redeemer” statue amidst a reddish-hued sky. Very eerie.

As I wrote then: “That ‘red sky’ imagery, again, gave me pause. And Russia? Wow! Another major sync for me, particularly when it comes to ‘nuclear errors.”

And where was Vladimir Putin this past week? In Rio, naturally, where Brazilian authorities “ceremoniously” handed over the World Cup to the Russian leader, who is preparing for the 2018 World Cup. 

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