IS A NEW COLD WAR LOOMING BETWEEN THE U.S. AND RUSSIA?

WAR IS HOT, NOT COLD: A PERSPECTIVE ON THE NEW COLD WAR
BETWEEN THE US AND RUSSIA – BY AUTHOR, KENNETH EADE

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REMEMBER HOW IT BROUGHT ON DARKNESS, FEAR AND SORROW?

I began writing my latest political thriller, “Russian Holiday,” on a trip to Russia, during the most bizarre election campaign in history between two of the most unpopular candidates ever to win the nomination of a major political party in the United States.  At first, I thought I could make a choice between the two; select the lesser of the two evils; but then the propaganda wheels for the military industrial complex started spinning stories about Russia preparing for nuclear war.  It soon became clear to me that “We came, we saw, he died.”[1] Hilary Clinton’s Russia bashing was a prelude to the workup of a new cold war to justify billions in government contracts for arming Europe and possibly the Ukraine.  This essay is not to be interpreted as slanted “liberal” or “conservative.”  I am just noting what I observed.

After World War II, the United States economy had to shift from a wartime to peacetime economy.  However, that left the defense industry, which had been the driving force behind the wartime economy, out to dry.  They needed an enemy.  Thus, the “cold war” was begun with the Communists as the enemy.  Fast forward to the 21st Century.  No more Soviet Union, no more Communist threat.  Vacillating Donald Trump at first declared NATO obsolete, but then tried to tweet himself out of it.[2]  But Trump was not the first one to declare NATO obsolete.  Putin himself declared in 2014 that NATO was part of the old “bloc” system and had outlived itself.[3]

The real-life setting of this novel in civil war-torn Syria is a perfect example of how “Spy vs. Spy” can be a very dangerous game.  In 2016, the United States Treasury opened a terrorism finance inquiry into a large number of brand new Toyota trucks being used by ISIS.  The U.S. State Department and the British government had both provided the “Free Syrian Army” (FSA), a loose group of rebels who had expressed a desire to topple the al-Assad government, with the trucks, which were now being used by Islamic terrorists.[4]

In 2016, in the northern province of Aleppo, different groups fighting the Syrian civil war are vying for the same territory, among them the Free Syrian Army, the U.S.-armed Kurdish YPG, and ISIS.  Free Syrian Army officials have cited a “deepening divide” between themselves and the Kurds, with the Kurds stating they could probably eliminate the FSA in a war.  Many other groups fighting in the area include the Martyrs of Syria Brigade, the Northern Storm Brigade, an Islamist FSA unit, the Islamic Front, which welcomes jihadist fighters, and the Syrian Islamic Liberation Front.[5]  These are not “moderate” rebels and the United States claims.  They are not “friendly” to the United States or its interests.  They are mercenaries, and, in some cases, terrorists.  According to Putin, the very arming of these groups by the US is giving ISIS an economic advantage.[6]

U.S. Special Forces Officer Jack Murphy reported in September 2016 that the U.S. policy of aiding Syrian rebels had the Special Forces training and arming Syrian anti-ISIS forces, while the CIA was maintaining a parallel program to arm anti-Assad insurgents.  Murphy reported that distinguishing between former al-Qaeda affiliate al-Nusra and the Free Syrian Army (supported by the CIA) was impossible, and that, as early as 2013, FSA commanders were defecting to al-Nusra, while still retaining the FSA moniker to maintain access to CIA-provided weaponry.  He also reported among the rebels that U.S. Special Forces and Turkish Special Forces were training, at least 95% of them were either working in terrorist organizations or supporting them.  This would lead credence to Russia’s contentions that the Syrian rebels are no more than terrorists themselves.[7]

Witnesses describe Syrian rebels in Aleppo, including the FSA, al-Nusra, Ahrar al-Sham and Nour el din Zinki, as terrorists themselves.[8]  In July 2015, Syrian rebels blew up the western gate of the UNESCO protected heritage site, the Citadel of Aleppo with underground explosives.[9]  The U.S.-backed rebels, who are now fighting the Russians in Syria, have blown up the Carlton Hotel and the Palace of Justice in the same manner.  Aleppo itself is almost completely destroyed.[10]

So, it seems not only is the choice of who to support a mess, as it usually has been with interventions in  Afghanistan and Iraq, but the United States and Russia are fighting a proxy war against each other.  There are so many factions fighting for their own individual objectives in the Syrian civil war it is difficult to sort them all out.  What is sure, however, is that Russians were the only ones invited by the legitimate Syrian government.

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ARE WE REALLY GOING TO LIGHT THIS FIRE AGAIN?

I don’t condone or support genocide or terrorism.  However, I don’t think regime change is the proper paradigm to follow.  Even conservatives like Ted Cruz recognize the fact that putting Saddam Hussein and Muamar Gaddafi out of power has destabilized the region and led to an increase in terrorism.[11] Call Vladimir Putin a dictator if you may, but his idea of stabilizing the war and then calling for free, monitored elections seems saner to me than arming and training different factions of rebel groups and then having to fight the same groups you have armed with American lives.

About Kenneth Eade

Described by critics as “one of our strongest thriller writers on the scene,” author Kenneth Eade, best known for his legal and political thrillers, practiced law for 30 years before publishing his first novel, “An Involuntary Spy.” Eade, an award-winning, best-selling Top 100 thriller author, has been described by his peers as “one of the up-and-coming legal thriller writers of this generation.” He is the 2015 winner of Best Legal Thriller from Beverly Hills Book Awards and the 2016 winner of a bronze medal in the category of Fiction, Mystery and Murder from the Reader’s Favorite International Book Awards. His latest novel, “Paladine” is currently a quarter-finalist in Publisher’s Weekly’s BookLife Prize for Fiction. Eade has authored three fiction series: The “Brent Marks Legal Thriller Series”, the “Involuntary Spy Espionage Series” and the “Paladine Anti-Terrorism Series.” He has written fifteen novels which have been translated into French, Spanish, Italian and Portuguese.

“I’ve been writing all my life, but began publishing my work out of a passion for the environment. My wife, Valentina, is a professional photographer, who worked for two years on an environmental exhibition called, “Bee Cause I Care” which was exhibited by the Prince Albert II Foundation and is now touring cities in France to bring awareness to the importance of pollinators and the dangers facing them. I penned a few articles on the subject for the Los Angeles Daily Journal and turned my research into my first book, “Bless the Bees.” That passion continued with the publication of my novel, “An Involuntary Spy,” which is an action thriller that also points to the dangers of genetically engineered food. Then I began publishing the “Brent Marks Legal Thriller Series,” which, in part, is based on actual experiences during my long career in law.

“Now I divide most of my time between France, where I have resided for the better part of 10 years, and Russia. I try to put as much realism in my novels as possible, and they all revolve around important social issues. I treasure all of my readers and love to hear from them, whether it’s good or bad. Sometimes I make changes based on their suggestions and one reader has inspired a character that has appeared in my latest two novels. Everyone who signs up on my mailing list at http://www.kennetheade.com gets a free ebook and I give away a Kindle Fire every month to a lucky winner on the list. I love this new adventure and hope you enjoy taking it with me.”

[1] Clinton’s comments (on the air) upon hearing of Muamar Gaddafi’s brutal torture and murder.

[2] Jacobson, Louis, Donald Trump mischaracterizes NATO change and his role in it, Politifact, August 16, 2016

[3] Weiss, Michael, when Donald Trump was more anti-NATO than Vladimir Putin, The Daily Beast, November 4, 2016

[4] Cartalucci, Tony, The Mystery of ISIS’ Toyota Army Solved, New Eastern Outlook, 2016

[5] Mishgea, Syrian Madness: US Backed Rebels Fight US Special Forces, June 25, 2016, Mishtalk

[6] Putin Tells Everyone Who Created ISIS, Youtube, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OQuceU3x2Ww

[7] Crooke, Alistair, U.S. Special Forces Officer: How the CIA armed and trained jihadists for war in Syria, Consortium News, September 29, 2016

[8] Bartlett, Eva, The Villages in Aleppo Ravaged by America’s “Moderate” Rebels, Global Research, September 29, 2016

[9] Sputnik, Militants detonated a tunnel under the western gate of the citadel, July 7, 2015, Sputnik International

[10] Lamb, Christina, The Australian, Rebels resisting Russian backed troops in Syria

[11] CBS News, Reality Check, Ted Cruz right that Middle East was better off with Hussein and Gaddafi.

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IN KEN EADE’S NOVEL, THERE IS TRULY A “DECREE OF FINALITY.” MURDER!

COMPELLED TO TAKE ON BREAD-AND-BUTTER DIVORCE CASES, ATTORNEY BRENT MARKS CANNOT ESCAPE HIS FATE. SUSPENSE, DANGER AND INTRIGUE BECOME INTERTWINED WHEN HIS CLIENT’S WIFE IS MURDERED. SINCE SHE MAY NOT HAVE BEEN SUCH A NICE WOMAN, HAVING ACTUALLY ORDERED A HIT ON HER HUSBAND (ALTHOUGH SHE WITHDREW IT), BRENT’S CLIENT IS NOW A SUSPECT IN THE MURDER.  PERHAPS HE FELT A BIT INSECURE. 

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EXCERPT FROM DECREE OF FINALITY

“My husband and I never considered divorce… murder sometimes, but never divorce -Joyce Brothers

 “What troubles me is that you don’t have a prenuptial agreement.” “What can I say? I was in love.” “Falling in love can be like walking a tightrope – exhilarating but dangerous. A prenup is like a safety net.” Taylor fidgeted in his seat. “I know. It’s just not very romantic to shove a contract in front of your fiancé berfore you pop the question…

 “What about the house?” Taylor had a nice spread in Montecito with a hefty mortgage that was easy for him to handle with the income from his investments, but when half of them disappeared, it was going to be tough to hold onto. “That was purchased during the marriage as well, and you’re both on title. You can make her an offer to buy her out, or you’ll have to sell it and split the proceeds.”

“She says she’s never leaving it.” “Then, that’s another thing we have to contend with. But you’ll get through it. There is life after divorce. My mentor, Charles Stinson, used to say, ‘Now you can start paying for it with money instead of blood.’ Tell me a little about your wife. I like to know who I’m dealing with.” Taylor took a deep breath, thoughtfully. “She fooled me.” “What do you mean?” “What I mean is that she comes off to everyone as this nice, sweet, charming girl. But in reality that’s all a charade. She’s more like the witch with the poison apple.”

 Eade, Kenneth (2016-05-15). Legal Thriller: Decree of Finality: A Lawyer Brent Marks Legal Thriller (Brent Marks Legal Thriller Series Book 8) (Kindle Location 158-166). Times Square Publishing. Kindle Edition.

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KEN EADE EXPLORES A VERY GRIPPING CASE OF “ABSOLUTE INTOLERANCE”

‘SOME CASES CAN SKIRT THE EDGES OF CONFLICT OF INTEREST. IN THIS NOVEL, BRENT MARKS, AUTHOR KEN EADE’S PROTAGONIST I, TAKES ON THE CASE OF A SUSPECT ACCUSED OF MURDERING HIS FORMER CLIENTS, A GAY MARRIED COUPLE, MURDERED IN THEIR HOME.’

Sometimes a good lawyer must face potential conflicts in his work. After a gay couple had enlisted attorney, Brent Marks, who advocated successfully for their marriage, they were found murdered in their home. Apparently, the murderer was a homophobic serial killer who committed repugnant deeds in the name of spirituality. What should he do when a suspect in the murder case, a known religious extremist, comes to Brent for help? The only way Markscan justify his involvement is to actually solve the case himself.

EXCERPT FROM ABSOLUTE INTOLERANCE

FOLLOWING A POSTPONEMENT OF A COURT TO RENDER A DECISION ON A CASE INVOLVING THE LEGALITY OF GAY MARRIAGE, ATTORNEY BRENT MARKS ATTEMPTS TO LEAVE THE COURT BUILDING BUT, ON THE WAY OUT, ENCOUNTERS AN EAGER- AND LOUD- GROUP OF REPORTERS….

The judge went on to call her next case, and Brent packed up his briefcase and joined his clients as they left the courtroom, dejected. Brent waved off questions being shouted by a crowd of reporters who had congregated in the corridor outside the courtroom. Losers make lousy press conferences. Penner, however, eagerly jumped into the fray like he was falling off the stage into a mosh pit. As Brent and his clients trudged away, before he could even have the chance to console them, Joshua Banks, a bible-thumping, homophobic, religious fanatic, blocked their path. Brent had had run-ins with Banks several times, to the point where he had been forced to obtain a restraining order against him because of death threats. But he was mainly a zealot and a windbag who was always preaching

“Marriage should be honored by all, and the marriage bed kept pure!” Banks proclaimed, lifting his finger in front of them as if he was giving a sermon.

“Step aside, Mr. Banks. Do I have to get another restraining order against you?”

“Men committed acts with other men, and received in themselves due penalty for their perversion!”

“Who is this guy?”

“He’s just a nut job, James. I’ve dealt with him before.”

Banks stepped out of the way and the three proceeded down the escalator to the lobby of the courthouse.

“He’s a religious fanatic. Part of the group opposing gay marriage.”

As they descended, they could hear the echoes of Banks yelling verses from the Bible.

“These dreamers pollute their own bodies, reject authority and slander celestial beings!” “He’s really harmless. Just ignore him.”

“Sounds like he’s got a screw loose,” said Jim.

Brent nodded. “More than one screw, I think.”

The bellowing began to fade from their ears as they descended.

“Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders, nor thieves, nor the greedy or drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God!”

“I guess it’s official, Jim. We’re both going to hell.”

“At least we’ll be there together.”

Eade, Kenneth (2015-12-13). Absolute Intolerance: A Gripping Serial Killer Thriller: A Lawyer Brent Marks Legal Thriller (Brent Marks Legal Thriller Series Book 6) (Kindle Locations 196-227). Times Square Publishing. Kindle Edition.

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A VERY UNTIDY HOA MURDER NOVEL: EVERY RESIDENT A SUSPECT

BRENT MARKS NEVER THOUGHT THAT THE CLIENT HE WAS DEFENDING AGAINST FORECLOSURE WOULD BE
ACCUSED OF MURDER…. AGAINST THE PRESIDENT OF THE HOME OWNERS ASSOCIATION.”

But that’s what happens in this 3rd novel in the legal suspense thriller by novelist/attorney/human rights and environmental activist, Ken Eade.  As D. Donovan of the Midwest Book Review says:

“There is big a difference between crime and detective novels and courtroom dramas. In one, the action takes place on the streets; and in the other, the main story takes place in the courtroom.  HOA Wirerepresents the latter, and will appeal to fans of Grisham and any other writer who spins a solid yarn based on courtroom drama and realistic experiences.” (READ THE WHOLE REVIEW HERE)

 

EXCERPT FROM THE SUSPENSE THRILLER, HOA WIRE

“Homeowner’s Association: the means whereby people who own homes are able to transfer their rights to the neighborhood control freaks.” -Ron Brackin

The nightmare had begun with the color of their house. A year ago, Nancy and Burt received a notice requesting them to paint the exterior of their townhome, which included a detailed list of instructions. They just turned over the instructions to their painter, and asked him to paint the house the same color as the one down the street. It was a pleasant powder blue, and they had always loved it. The painter took a sample from the neighbor’s house and matched the color perfectly. The only problem was, unbeknownst to Burt and Nancy, they were not allowed to change the former color of their home. It messed with the “palette” and was a violation of the HOA rules. Nancy and Burt were happy until the HOA sent them a “Notice of Violation,” that began a series of legal battles with mounting costs and attorney’s fees. It didn’t take long for the HOA’s fees to pile up higher than a New York City high rise.

Nancy slumped onto the couch and Nelson jumped onto her lap as if he were spring-loaded, and started to play the “biting game.” It was his favorite. He charged at Nancy on the couch, and she pushed him away, over and over and over again, and each time, Nelson gently bit at her fingers and growled as he delighted in the attention.

After Nelson calmed down and curled into a tiny ball on the couch, Nancy’s mind kept going back to the HOA notice. She and Burt had exhausted all their savings fighting, litigating, and finally settling with them on the paint case after a lengthy mediation. The curiosity nagged at her until she couldn’t stand it anymore, although she knew what to expect. Because of the legal bills, mounting expenses, loss of Burt and the economy, the HOA assessments had piled up. Not only that, the Association had added “special assessments” for improvements to the common areas, as well as a ton of attorney’s fees. Nancy simply could not afford to pay for them all. She ripped open the envelope to reveal her greatest fear. It read, “Notice of Foreclosure Sale.”

Eade, Kenneth (2015-02-28). Legal Thriller: HOA Wire, A Crime Thriller: A Lawyer Brent Marks Legal Thriller (Brent Marks Legal Thriller Series Book 3) (Kindle Locations 28-30, 103-119). Times Square Publishing. Kindle Edition.

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