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  Columnist: William B Stoecker

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Posted on Friday, 6 April, 2012 | 2 comments
Columnist: William B Stoecker

[!gad]At about eleven in the morning on 6/28/1914 the Austrian Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife Sophie, Duchess of Hohenberg, were riding in the Bosnian city of Sarajevo when a young Bosnian Serb, Gavrilo Princip shot and killed them both. This led to an Austrian ultimatum upon Serbia and then a declaration of war. Russia then came in on the side of Serbia, and Germany rushed to aid their ally, Austria. Fearing that France might attack while Germany was engaged in the fight against Russia, the German leaders invaded France, hoping to knock the French out of the war before the Russians could mobilize. They chose to invade by crossing Belgium, which brought Britain into the war. The massive carnage and waste of WWI led to communism (fascism) in Russia, and, later, to fascism in Germany and Italy, and, hence, to WWII, which in turn set the stage for all the horrors that would follow, right up to the present day. And yet there was one man who might have prevented all of it by preventing Russia from entering the war.

Most historical accounts tell us that the Russian Orthodox monk Rasputin was a depraved and even deranged individual with a sinister influence on the Czarina. But history is written by the servants of the power elite, and often lies or fails to tell the whole truth. Grigori Yefimovich Rasputin was probably born 1/22/1869, but the date is uncertain. We do know that he was born of a peasant family in Pokrovskoye, Siberia. Even as a child he had a reputation as a mystic, and supposedly once had a vision of the Virgin Mary, and, at age eighteen, spent three months in the Verkhoturye Monastery. He married Praskovia Fyodorovna Dubrovina in 1889, and the couple had three children. He also fathered a child with another woman, and the accusations that he was an adulterous womanizer and a drunk, while exaggerated by his enemies, are basically true. Like all of us, Rasputin was a morally flawed man. His enemies also accused him of taking bribes after his reputation and influence had expanded, but there is no hard proof of this. In 1903 he travelled to St. Petersburg, then the capital of Russia, and gained a reputation as a “starets,” or holy man. He was opposed to war, stood up for the rights of the peasants, and believed in seeking God within rather than through the established clergy. Prince Alexei was a hemophiliac, and there is no doubt that Rasputin, while unable to effect a complete cure, saved his life more than once by praying for him. The results, well documented, were miraculous. It is this that gave him influence over the Czarina, and, through her, over the Czar. Possibly he could have persuaded the Czar not to declare war on the Austro-Hungarian Empire, in which case the war would have been limited to Austria and Serbia. But we will never know.

On 6/29/1914, the day after the assassination of the Austrian Archduke, Rasputin was stabbed and severely injured by a woman named Khionia Guseva, who was a disciple of the monk Iliodor. Iliodor, whose true given name was Sergei Michailovich Trufanov, was a member of the Black Hundreds, an ultra-nationalist society that wanted, not increasing liberalization, but a return to more autocratic rule. The entire organization was rabidly anti-Semitic. There seems little doubt that Iliodor was behind the attack on Rasputin, although there is no hard proof that the stabbing was ordered by the leaders of the Black Hundreds. Yet this strange cult has much in common with other secret or semi-secret societies that have played such a sinister role in human history. Whatever the case, while Rasputin was hospitalized, the Czar made the fatal error of entering the war, setting the stage for his own downfall.

But the murder of the Austrian Archduke was itself a conspiracy, of which Gavrilo Princip was but one member. The little band of bomb throwers and gunmen had been sent into action by a mysterious secret society, the Black Hand, which existed within the Serbian Army, much as the Black Dragon Society would later infiltrate the Japanese military. It was based primarily within the Serbian intelligence service, and its leader was “Apis,” or “Bee,” whose real name was Col. Dragutin Dimitrijevic, the Chief of Military Intelligence. Serbian Crown Prince Alexander knew of the group, and supported them. Intelligence services the world over have often been infiltrated and taken over by mysterious secret societies; for example, the American CIA and its WWII predecessor, the OSS (Office of Special Services) was from the beginning heavily dominated by members of Yale University’s Skull and Bones Society. Skull and Bones is itself Chapter 322 of an older German society, apparently called the Order of Death, which is almost certainly the Bavarian Illuminati or a branch thereof. Yet there is no hard proof of any link between the Black Hand and the Black Hundreds, other than the word “Black” and the fact that they were both Slavic nationalist groups. Still, the war was set off by one secret society, and another, the very next day, wounded the one man who might have prevented its expansion. This is stretching coincidence rather thin.

And the Black Hundreds were not done with Rasputin. On 12/29/1916 in St. Petersburg Vladimir Purishkevich, Felix Yusupov, and Grand Duke Dimitri Pavlovich shot him several times and threw him into an icy river. Details are contradictory, but he may have been poisoned before being shot, and supposedly he was still alive when thrown into the river, as water was found in his lungs when the body was recovered, indicating a death by drowning. Yusupov was rumored to be a homosexual, since he sometimes dressed as a woman, and the Grand Duke was said to be bisexual, although he was also a notorious womanizer. All three were noblemen, and Purishkevich was definitely one of the leaders of the Black Hundreds. The others may also have been members, but there is no real evidence one way or the other. In addition, Rasputin was shot with a large caliber revolver not commonly found in Russia, but two officers from British Intelligence were in St. Petersburg at the time of his murder, and one of them, Lt. Oswald Rayner, had such a weapon…a .455 Webley revolver. Rayner, according to his chauffeur’s diary, had met with Yusupov just prior to the killing. At the very least this hints at a marriage of convenience between the Black Hundreds and British Intelligence. Russia was Britain’s ally in the war, and it would be against Britain’s interest for Rasputin to persuade the Czar to make a separate peace. Hard proof of an overall conspiracy is lacking, but the war was certainly brought about and widened into a greater conflict by two Slavic secret societies and British Intelligence.

And I have written elsewhere of the overall evidence that all the major wars of this final century were rigged, and the evidence that, historically speaking, the century really began in 1913 and will end in 2012. WWI then ended (in 1918) an even five years into the century, and the cease fire, November eleventh at eleven in the morning, adds up to the mystical Masonic number…thirty three.

Article Copyright© William B Stoecker - reproduced with permission.

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