For the first time in over 40 years, since the spectre of the Cold War loomed across Europe, Sweden has called its entire Home Guard to begin immediate military drills, to bolster the country’s “defensive and operational capabilities”
But defense against WHAT? What are they planning? And wait until you see the book that was handed out to the citizens of Sweden this month – it may just give you pause that perhaps they know something we don’t know … or don’t want to deal with.
On June 6, 2018, the Kingdom of Sweden’s celebrated its National Day – much like July 1 in Canada or July 4 in the United States – by mobilizing all 40 Home Guard battalions in an unprecedented exercise, something they have not done in over 43 years – since 1975. That’s equivalent to over 22,000 reservists – only 12,000 fewer troops than currently serve in the standing Swedish Army!
The Supreme Commander of Swedish Armed Forces, Micael Byden, released a statement in Swedish and offered in English as well on their website, which stated:
“Our mission is to strengthen Sweden’s military defense and improve our operational capabilities. We are testing the chain of mobilization for around half our organization, something we have not done since 1975.”
The Supreme Commander never said in the brief statement, however, WHY exactly he felt this was necessary to do. He has been the head of the Swedish Armed Forces since 2015, and again, not to put too fine a point on it, but these military maneuvers have not been conducted since the mid-1970s. The Cold War seems to be long-since dead, and now Sweden wants to be prepared militarily?
Perhaps that’s because this isn’t about military readiness. Why do I say this? Because according to the English website of the Swedish Home Guard itself, their purpose is described in the following way:
“The service is on high alert, with mobilisation times measured in hours rather than days or weeks. It is required to support the entire range of defence activities – from civil support in peacetime to armed combat in war.
If Sweden was to be hit by a natural disaster, a major accident or other threat to society, the Home Guard is ready to support police, rescue services and others. The service also has CBRN platoons, traffic platoons and engineering units…
Home Guard units are contemporary military units, primarily tasked with protecting, monitoring, and supporting society at times of crisis, thereby providing a national and territorial bulwark for the defence and protection of Sweden.” (Emphasis mine)
It’s important to note that they aren’t the army. There is a separate Swedish Army, Navy and Air Force of about 34,000 soldiers that are tasked with the full-time responsibility of protecting the Scandinavian Kingdom against armed threats from hostile powers, either foreign or domestic. Again, reservists are only dispatched to deal with things like “natural disasters, major accidents or other threats to society”.
So do they know something we don’t know? Perhaps.
In addition to these new military training operations for reservists, Sweden is also sending an updated version of a Cold War-era advice booklet on how to cope with an outbreak of war…
…to around 4.8 million households.
The 20-page pamphlet, titled “If Crisis or War Comes,” released officially in English and in Swedish, contains advice about where to find bomb shelters and how to secure basic necessities such as food, clean water, and heat. It tells Swedes they have a duty to act if their country is threatened for “total defence,” and was first published during the Second World War and subsequently during the Cold War. “If Sweden is attacked by another country, we will never give up,” the booklet says. “All information to the effect that resistance is to cease is false.”
What on earth? Why the push to send this to millions of homes right now, while also calling up their entire military on maneuvers?
But Sweden isn’t the only country that’s actively preparing its citizens for potential disaster. According to the site The Local, Norway’s largest news site in English, the Norwegian government decided in August 2017 to give away free iodine tablets to anyone who wants them:
“We have seen an increasing number of nuclear submarines off Norway’s coast – both visiting allies and Russian submarines patrolling off the coast all the way to Great Britain,” Norwegian Radiation Protection Authority section manager Astrid Liland told NRK, a major source of news in the Norwegian language.
“Increased numbers of nuclear submarines along the coast of Norway increase the risk of radioactive accidents”, say authorities, “who have now decided to assess the viability of distributing iodine tablets to parts of the population.”
According to WebMD, iodine tablets are used for radiation emergencies, to protect the thyroid gland against radioactive iodides. Potassium iodide tablets for use in a radiation emergency are available as FDA-approved products (ThyroShield, Iosat) and on the Internet as food supplements. You can even buy them at Amazon.ca.
According to The Local article cited above, 43 crates containing a total of three million iodine tablets are already being stored at a depot in Oslo as one of Norway’s nuclear contingency precautions. At even a discounted rate of $1.00 a pill, that’s a lot of pills just sitting around waiting for what sounds like a nonsensical hypothetical situation. Especially when you learn that, according to the US Nuclear Regulatory Commision:
The shelf life of IOSAT 130 mg tablets is 7 years and the shelf life of ThyroSafe 65 mg tablets is 6 years. For States interested in extending the shelf life of KI, the FDA has published guidance on shelf life extension for the tablet form of potassium iodide.
So unless this nuclear accident is going to happen in about 6-7 years at the most, all that medication will just go to waste. Does this seem like a rational thing to be stockpiling, to prepare for an oddly-specific hypothetic nuclear submarine disaster?
To be sure, there have been 9 nuclear submarines sunk so far in history – 2 from the US, 5 from the former Soviet Union, and 2 from the modern Russian Navy, including the infamous Kursk, the massive 16,000-ton submarine destroyed in a major explosion on August 12, 2000, killing all 118 of its crew.
However, I think that perhaps another incident might be on the minds of these leaders across Western Europe. I’m reminded that in the Book of Revelation 8:11, it speaks about a great star that will fall from Heaven and hit the ocean:
The name of the star is called Wormwood; and a third of the waters became wormwood, and many men died from the waters, because they were made bitter.
Iodine pills are also useful for purifying water that is contaminated by virtually anything out there. Even if an asteriod hit the ocean and made the water “bitter”. It is especially intriguing to also note that the Russian word for “Wormwood” is CHERNOBYL, the devastated Russian nuclear power plant that melted down in 1986. What a bizarre possible tie-in, that the Apostle John couldn’t possibly have known about nearly 2,000 years ago.
Perhaps the Norwegians are simply preparing as they state. However, blaming a possible Russian submarine disaster for causing these preparations is even more interesting, when you consider that, on the other side of the former Cold War, the Russians also seem to be preparing for a major event as well.
In previous articles, I have shared how the Russians recently completed construction on 5,000 bunkers in the city of Moscow to house all 11 million citizens – then, if that was not over-the-top enough, they held 2 different emergency preparedness drills in the last decade.
One drill involved 40 million citizens over a 4 day period. The logistics alone of such an endeavour, including how they would be fed and watered, washroom and sleeping arrangements, would be mind-boggling. Remember, these weren’t soldiers they were sending out for training – these were the average Ivans and Ivankas of Russia.
They also had completed another with 60 million Russian citizens. So this is incredibly serious stuff. WHAT ON EARTH are they preparing for in such large numbers? And bunkers for every single citizen in Moscow? No other nation on Earth has done anything even remotely close to that. Imagine how much cement was used to create these 5,000 bunkers, each of which can hold 2,000 people or more in them. Imagine the enormous human resource and financial costs?
Putin used the excuse of escalating tensions between Russia and the US near the end of the Obama administration as his excuse for building these bunkers. What science fiction. You don’t plan for and build emergency underground nuclear bunker housing for 11 million people in 1 or 2… or even 5 years. That would likely take a decade or longer to complete. In fact, the project may have started before he was even President of the Russian Federation.
Most experts would tell you that we haven’t been in the Cold War for years. It is a distant memory that a high school student today would not even remember – most likely wouldn’t even know what it was about. Yet, for some reason, NOW is the time that everyone in Europe decides to wake up and spend millions, even billions of dollars to prepare against nuclear calamities? Hogwash.
To be sure, they are preparing for something. And its something that could be coming sooner than later – possibly within the decade. This is just speculation at the moment, but the enormously obvious signs seem to be just everywhere in Europe. And once these realities about European preparations begin to really sink in, the painfully obvious follow-up questions must be asked:
Why has North America seemingly done NOTHING to prepare our citizens for these future calamities? Are we just going to be told some major event is happening, 20 minutes before it does, to avoid panic, to avoid people quitting their jobs and stagnating the economy? Are our political leaders really that cynical, that cruel, that compelled to continue the capitalist march forward to nowhere.
Truly stop for a moment RIGHT NOW and think about the above, and honestly answer those questions in your head to the best of your abilities.
I can hear most of you now. This is just ridiculous nonsense. Fair enough. But to recap…
- 60 million Russian citizens DID take part in a massive drill
- Another 40 million Russians DID take part in a massive drill
- 11 million bunker spots WERE built for every single citizen of Moscow
- Disaster planning booklets WERE sent to 4.8 million Swedish homes
- 22,000 Swedish reservists DID begin maneuvers for the first time in 40 years
- 3 million Norwegian iodine tablets DO sit in the dark in 43 crates in a warehouse somewhere, just waiting for a calamity, and
- ALL of this DID happen within the last 3 years
Fear mongering folly, you say? Scare tactics? Click bait?
Sorry, NO, those would be FACTS.
Still not convinced? Ok, last attempt to wake you up: every one of those listed situations above took place in countries that are located directly beside each other on the map.
Awake now? Great. Now, you likely will want to review this. And thank the Swedish government for providing it – your government never bothered.