This narrative begins with the Balkans. The genesis is the Balkan Wars of the 90s on which a lot has already been written. However, this prism offers a new light which could be riveting to even old-hand Balkan experts.
The first chapter looks at the personal accounts of sufferers; and narrators such as media, which made Serbia the most hated nation in the West, post-World War II. Six venues of Bosnia & Herzegovina, including Srebrenica, are revisited. As a reader begins to feel a surge of hatred and revulsion against the Serbs, the description takes a dramatic turn by the end of which the reader is completely overtaken in his or her sympathy for the Serbs. It’s a masterful account and the biggest gain for the reader is he would never again read a newspaper with the same naivety. It’s an important accomplishment for the mass media in its scope of damage and control of mind is worse than the global war machine.
The next few chapters only expand the theme. United States and its cohorts come early in the picture and their mechanism is painstakingly researched and documented. The 1973 oil crisis led to US wooing Saudi Arabia with all its military and technology cover and the world is never the same again. History’s curse led to a sequence of events—1979 Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, fall of Soviet Union, end of Cold War, the booty of Yugoslavia—which only drew United States and Saudi Arabia into a blood pact. Terrorists are recruited and branded as al-Qaeda or jihadis to cause disruption in Afghanistan and the Balkans, and subsequently everywhere in its many versions, including Islamic State (IS). The narrative doesn’t leave the Balkans thread as the Frankenstein of Greater Albania, Alija Izetbegovic in a historic perspective, the turning of Bosnia as a terrorists’ base camp is established. How West and terrorist networks must work in collusion and yet look for each other’s blood is a compelling account and offers an insight which perplexes even the experts.
The Balkans on its knees, the puppet regimes in place, the genie of monster criminal mafias is out of the bottle. Turkey, which historically controlled the Balkans for hundreds of years, can’t just be a spectator. Or so could be Bulgaria or Romania who were spared the turbulence of the Balkan Wars. The historic illegal drug-trade of Hindu Kush/Afghanistan is revived. Its dimensions are mind-boggling. In terms of revenues its second only to oil and gas trade. West needs the Balkan mafias as the drug-roads to Western Europe and elsewhere mostly pass through the Balkans. And these roads are controlled by sinister mafias the likes of which have few examples in history. Drugs, prostitution, car and cigarette trafficking are brought alive to readers.
The last two chapters, the ninth and tenth, bring the book to a heady climax. A historical perspective of United States since Second World War is offered. How its policy of control of Eurasia is vital to its hegemony. To what extent it could go to wreck Eurasia, and Africa, in order to leave China and Russia with only burning fields. To get its own people by its side, it uses media to obfuscate; create the fear of “evil” amidst its own citizens, fills up its prisoners and arms its homeland security with weapons which are only fit for wars.
And where does it leave Europe. In a bad state and torn apart by its rising Islamophobia, caused both by refugees at its door and the hatred which has been manipulated against West’s head-hunters called terrorists. With Balkans firmly rooted as terrorists’ base, the NATO gone berserk, the welfare-state in shreds and Germany, the engine of Europe, still firmly allied to United States in its self-serving outlook, the world has been brought to a brink. A nuclear holocaust looms. Europe could go up in smoke. Anytime.