‘Terror is theatre and theatre is illusion” is the theme of The Little Drummer Girl, the realistic novel about Israeli false-flag operations in Europe written by the late John Le Carré.  “On the old reality we impose the new fiction,” said Joseph, the Israeli agent in the book engaged in creating a false history for a Palestinian “terrorist” in the same way false histories were created for the 9-11 “hijackers”.  “Terror is theatre,” another character says. “We inspire, we frighten, we awaken indignation, anger…The guerrilla is the great actor of the world.”  Illusion is what theatre is all about, the main character, a British actress, says:  “Theatre’s a con trick. Do you know what that means? Con trick? You’ve been deceived.” 

‘Le Carré gave a “sincere thanks” to “certain past and serving officers” of Israeli intelligence in his forward to the book. He expressed “special gratitude” to General Shlomo Gazit, the former chief of Israeli military intelligence.  The Israeli characters in The Little Drummer Girl come through without a scratch while Palestinians and Europeans are blown to bits in engineered false-flag terrorism.’

– Christopher Bollyn, the Architecture of Terror, Terror as deception

This sketch of how terrorists work is important as showing their motivation, the ‘heroic’ terms in which they see themselves: ‘On the old reality we impose the new fiction.’ Ah, How true!

To Create Delusion

To help appreciate these words of Le  Carré, and how the theme of his story shapes the world we live in, here is a comment about modern warfare by US commentator Jeff Gates, July 2009, ‘Facts vs. Beliefs – Today’s Ancient Warfare’:

 Wars are won by those skilled at creating consensus opinions. Where is modern-day warfare waged? Not on the ground; nor in the air or on the seas. The shared mindset is this combatant’s theater of operations. Their battlefield is the shared field of consciousness. Deceit is not new to warfare. What’s new is the technology that enables psyops on a global scale. The military remains subordinate to politics. But politics are subordinate to those skilled at manipulating consensus beliefs.

Jeff Gates is a widely acclaimed author, attorney, investment banker, educator and consultant to government, corporate and union leaders worldwide. His latest book is Guilt By Association—How Deception and Self-Deceit Took America to War (2008).

The Little Drummer Girl by John Le Carré 1983