On November 28, 2015, Popcorn News recommended for persons about to go hitchhiking in Syria that they bring along The Hitchhikers Guide to Syria. (This was tongue-in-cheek: There is no such book. There is, however, A Hitchhiker’s Guide to Armageddon, by David Hatcher Childress.)
To my surprise, after imagining a Hitchhikers Guide to Syria on November 28th, news came on December 15th that a Russian company says it plans to begin sending tourists to Syria, including visits to the frontline of the battle against terrorism, next year. It has already applied for registration of the “Assad Tour” trademark. 
These and other matters are discussed in my 10-minute video, “Tourism In Syria”, hopefully viewable at the top of today’s blog entry.
The Russian bear is settling in now for a comfy stay in Syria. But won’t this ruffle the feathers of the American eagle, which has its own plans for Syria? And what if the Bear and the Eagle collide in Syria? They are nuclear powers and “little errors in judgment” can happen. Remember Murphy’s Law: If something can go wrong, it will. Then the “Hitchhiker’s Guide to Armageddon” might prove to have been prescient.
Behind all this Syrian drama is an overriding imperative to create another world war as a way to overcome deflation. The Federal Reserve has not succeeded in defeating the Great Recession so it is time for Phase Two: Production For Destruction. And if something goes far wrong and the nukes are flying? Well, at least the Federal Reserve failure will have been covered up.
Today, Janet Yellen will or will not announce that after seven years of near-zero interest rates the “Fed” will be raising rates up a tad. Either way, it is irrelevant because the Phase Two Production For Destruction is gaining momentum. It is like the Schlieffen Plan: Once the forces have been mobilized, it is almost impossible to apply the brakes.
“The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun.” (Ecclesiastes 1: 9)
Regarding the time leading up to World War II, Professor Carroll Quigley wrote that “Collective security was destroyed by the world economic depression more than by any other single cause.”  It was economic depression and the failure of the Federal Reserve to defeat it which led to Phase Two Production For Destruction. (Phase One is farmers dumping milk and letting crops go unharvested because prices are too low. Phase Two is making bombs which destroy themselves and thereby cause persistent bomb production.)
ITEM (August 30, 2015): “It will be a less profitable year for farmers as low grain, milk and hog prices cut into income, U.S. Department of Agriculture officials say.” The farm profits are to fall for the second consecutive year. 
ITEM (December 6, 2015): “The nation’s net farm income is the lowest since 2002, and with another year of low commodity prices, demand for agriculture loans is surging as farmers struggle to make ends meet.” 
ITEM: Look at the gasoline prices.
Despite seven years of ultra-low interest rates, deflated prices are upon us. How can it be that with all the new money created, farm produce prices, gas prices, and other commodities are low? Carroll Quigley provides a clue: In the time leading up to the 1929 stock market crash, “there was no reduction in money in the United States. This money, however, was going increasingly into stock-market speculation rather than into production of real wealth… In the United States credit was diverted from production to speculation, and increasing amounts of funds were being drained from the economic system into the stock market, where they circulated around and around, building up the prices of securities.” 
Another of the “nothing new under the sun” parallels is the Spanish Civil War of 1936 – 1939 and the current civil war in Syria. In both cases, foreign nations took an intense interest in a sovereign matter. Britain, for example, sided with the fascist forces in Spain and helped defeat the loyalists. Why did Britain favor the fascists? It boils down to the Cliveden set and the “three bloc world”: Germany to be expanded in power as a check against the Soviet Union, thereby leaving Britain secure from the communists. 
There are other parallels between then and now, but the subject is a bit complicated. Bottom line: Again, as in the 1930s, the Federal Reserve has failed to defeat the enemy and, if past is prologue, a new Phase Two enemy looms.
——- Sources ——-
 “Assad Tour: Russian company wants to start selling trips to Syrian warzone in 2016”, Russia Today, December 15, 2015. http://on.rt.com/6zho
 Tragedy and Hope, by Carroll Quigley. Unabridged Millenium Edition. Published by Macmillan. Part VII.
 “Farm profits to fall for second consecutive year”, Associated Press. Published in the Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette, August 30, 2015. Page E-6.
 “Demand for loans surges amid low prices”, by Roxana Hegeman. Associated Press. Published in the Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette, December 6, 2015. Page E-6.
 Tragedy and Hope, by Carroll Quigley. Unabridged Millenium Edition. Published by Macmillan. Part XII.