BFP Exclusive- Without Truth, Life is Worthless: On Sibel Edmonds’ The Lone Gladio

The Lone Gladio: The fight against evil requires a massive counter-force. It requires not one but an army of angels-demons.

Sibel Edmonds' first novel is more than a spy story or a geopolitical thriller. It is a work of fiction that makes us confront the dark structures of our contemporary existence. It makes us ask perennial philosophical questions about the meaning of justice and truth and the utility of individual and collective rebellion. It makes us come face to face with the reality of the world we live in, the reality which Edmonds describes as more monstrous than our worst nightmares because there appears to be no escape except death.

Weaving together the traumatic life stories of the FBI analyst Elsie Simon and the high-level CIA operative Gregory McPhearson, Edmonds depicts the world run by the shadow networks of the US-NATO Deep State. The individuals at the top of this infernal hierarchy, built on the interlinking of the war, energy, and financial industries are described as seeing themselves as visionaries and believing themselves to be gods. The lives of ordinary people mean nothing to them. They will use any and all means and methods at their disposal, no matter how brutal, to affirm and strengthen their grip on world domination. All aspects of global criminality operate under their supervision: narcotics trade, money laundering, terrorism, dictatorships, coup d’états, wars, revolutions, etc. Their absolute control over the US and European political representatives and the mass media allows them to manipulate the public into believing whatever they want them to believe. That day is night, that truth is falsehood, that those who resist and rebel are criminals or madmen or both.

But can anything be done about it? Can this vicious circle of sadism and violence be stopped before it is too late, before the whole wide world becomes one monolithic police state to which everyone must profess obedience or perish in the torturers' hands? In the novel, Edmonds provides an answer as to how the circle could be broken temporarily, how the world could get "a bit of peace, if only for a little while". But even that requires the appearance of an archetypal hero, an angel-demon, who takes the matters in his own hands.

The problem is that the US-NATO Deep State has already become so embedded in the existing political landscape, having been endowed with the unlimited money-printing powers via the Federal Reserve, that it is able to plan several worldwide power-grabbing operations at the same time. As Edmonds' main protagonist puts it, you cut off "two tiny heads of the beast, but the hydra's got hundreds more". The mythological metaphor is completely in order. The powers of the Deep State go beyond what the captive public thinks humanly possible.

This attitude on the part of the majority is nothing new. Ever since Plato's allegory of the cave, it is known that most people have been raised to feel content to live and die chained in the darkness taking the shadows of the artifacts on the wall for reality. The philosopher, the person who possesses knowledge of the truth, is supposed to be their liberator. But more often than not, he or she is their first victim. Their captors are more dear to them than truth and slavery more precious than freedom.

Still, in every age and every culture, there are those who have and will pursue the path of true knowledge and wisdom, no matter what. The motivation to pursue justice and truth is passed on to them from their elders like a torch and they will carry it forward into the next generation. It is a process both psychological and metaphysical. Yet until they organize, until they pull together their abilities and strengths, until they form their own unique community across their different nationalities, religions, and languages, their victories, if any, will remain provisional and short-lasting. They will not be able to break the chain, to dry out the river of pain, to turn the shock-and-awe Medusa into the stone.

This is why Edmonds does not and cannot end her novel conclusively. The fight against evil requires a massive counter-force. It requires not one but an army of angels-demons, in addition to the tremendous effort to create new educational models and new media content. This novel therefore must have a sequel. I am already impatiently waiting for it.

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Filip Kovacevic, Boiling Frogs Post contributing author and analyst, is a geopolitical author, university professor and the chairman of the Movement for Neutrality of Montenegro. He received his BA and PhD in political science in the US and was a visiting professor at St. Petersburg State University in Russia for two years. He is the author of seven books, dozens of academic articles. He has been invited to lecture throughout the EU, Balkans, ex-USSR and the US. He currently resides in San Francisco, and can be contacted at

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  1. So am I. Excellent write up. Count me in.

  2. until they form their own unique community across their different nationalities, religions, and languages, their victories, if any, will remain provisional and short-lasting. >>

    In essence, such a “unique community” wouldn’t be any different from the no less unique community of the “infernal hierarchy” it aspires to oppose. For the very idea of a unique community of the chosen few is based on a jaundices views of the “ordinary humanity,” “the sheeple” — an elitist ideology predictably produced by any class society, from the “democracy” of slaveholders to the “democracy” of the One Percent. We actually have before our eyes the latest and most sublime historical lesson of a “unique community across different nationalities.” It was called the Third International. Most middle-class Americans born after WW2 don’t have the slightest idea of what it was, even though this country as we know it has been defined by anti-Communism. History didn’t know an international community of men more idealistic and committed than hundreds of thousands of communists and labor activists, from English Chartists and French Communards to the Bolsheviks, Ho Chi Minh, and Che Guevara. Yet once this community imagined itself “unique” and separate from “the masses” and above them, as the learned separate themselves from the unlearned, they inevitably got caught by the logic of class society and ended up by surrendering those very “masses” they had promised to save to plunder, death, and the worst abuses of capitalist slavery they had aspired to abolish. I am talking, of course, about the Soviet Union and the rest of the “socialist camp.” And those, mind you, were the giants!
    So do not deceive yourself. There is no such thing as a middle-class “path of true knowledge and wisdom.” There is no salvation in joining a “unique community” whether it’s lodged in Langley or BFP. Any form of elitism, the slightest speck of inequality in your thinking make you an unwitting ally of the “infernal hierarchy” against ordinary men and women.

    As to the imagined omnipotence and superhuman qualities of Gladio men and similar organisms of Western imperialism, it is just that — a product of middle-class imagination and a reverse reflection of its feeling of impotence to change things, to make even the slightest dent in the invisible brick wall of the system. In reality–and those in power know this very well precisely because they know what it takes to have and preserve it–the system and its superhuman Gladio guardians are but “paper tigers,” as Chairman Mao called them, but only in relation to that mass of ordinary humanity from which Filip Kovacevich would like to flee into some rarefied community of knowledge and wisdom. For all those spooks lovingly described in Edmond’s book are nothing but parasites who will melt into thin air together with other parasites once ordinary men and women who produce everything material and spiritual, life itself, will take them off their life support. Imagine how silly would look that contrived superman Greg in a real world created and run by real people.

    • Ralph Davis says:

      Ah, netter, you so diligently made it, at the very end of your last sentence, to the nub of the gist. Congratulations are in order, given the odds of successful distillation, and however seemingly unconscious the implication thereof may in fact be.

      What we must seriously and, so difficult for we humans, quite humbly entertain is the simple acknowledgment of the metaphysical possibilities influencing this materialist quagmire reality in which we find ourselves so helplessly mired. Seems an appropriately muddy metaphor for a gathering of subversively warming amphibians.

      So, even, ‘in a real world created and run by real people’ we can see the inherent flaw in making that most all encompassing assumption. Only, however, if we can just step back from it in in all humility and in all honesty. It’s very taxing, but as essential to gaining the full measure of life’s possible distorting effects as that other unavoidable, final occurrence of troubled human existence.

      Here, try following this brave articulation of the possible problem and its implicitly humble solution:

      Cheers to all in the newish cycle.

      • This psycho stuff is too heady for me. We need simplicity and clarity. But I picked up there a link to Max Igan & Ken O’Keefe – False Flags & the American Interest and I loved what these “hot-blooded American patriots” had to say. Patriotism is a great and perhaps the only spiritual force of public nature which is still alive in the otherwise spiritual desert of this country. But genuine P. takes enlightenment. These two guys are passionate and enlightened about the true interests of the American people vs those of the “psychopaths” who lord over them. But they don’t know “what is to be done?” to change things. Where is the most vulnerable spot of the System? Nail it. Make out of it a single-issue mass political movement equally attractive for all genuine grassroots ideological tendencies to rally around it and hit the Psychopaths right where it hurts the most.

        • Ribbit-Mark says:

          But they don’t know “what is to be done?” to change things. Where is the most vulnerable spot of the System? Nail it. Make out of it a single-issue mass political movement equally attractive for all genuine grassroots ideological tendencies to rally around it and hit the Psychopaths right where it hurts the most.

          Now here is something I can agree with you on…
          all spearheaded by a ‘unique community’ capable of rallying the masses, of course. 🙂

        • Ralph Davis says:

          You seem well bright enough for a bit of contextual esotericism, netter. Don’t unnecessarily discount yourself from expanding perspective on essential understanding in critique of real influences. It may be helpful to imagine yourself in a version of ‘the Matrix’.

          I mentioned it being taxing insofar as diverging from more familiar and socially standard critical contexts. It’s both the rub and the charm in working a bit of refreshment to language of awareness. Analog to the blue/red pill choice, if you will. But will you must.

          What’s more relevant to understanding ‘truth’ than identifying in basic context the obscurity of drivers of the reality that fundamentally contains, frames and/or distorts one’s ability to recognize truth on its successive, derivative levels of shadow influence, ala Plato’s Cave?

          If successive realities of concern, be it on personal or political level, refracts a fundamentally distorted view, for example; all political narratives, then one just ends up chasing phantom goals. Like a dog chasing its tail because its all that’s seen moving.

          ‘Patriotism’ is anathema to the very notion of penetrating to truth of existentially foundational level. The most effective personal remedy for pandemic psychopathy is certifying yourself free of its secondary contagion effects.

          The only thing a true patriot does is defend truth and his/her loved ones. So, being a patriot means knowing beyond doubt what’s true. Otherwise, another’s fool.

          Hurting psychopaths means putting yourself well out of their toxic reach. No better example for argument’s sake than our stalwart hostess. Very difficult lessons for us all. Especially the one concerning our prospects for dislodging them from the pilot seat.

    • CuChulainn says:

      “the slightest speck of inequality in your thinking make you an unwitting ally of the “infernal hierarchy” against ordinary men and women.”

      interesting argument netter, gilad atzmon similarly argues that those who saw themselves as progressives often merely substituted one form of (ethno-religious) chosenness for another.

      Equality yes, even more true humility in service, all pride duly cauterized

      Problem is the sense of equality often seems a romantic indulgence of bourgeois left intellectuals; so many ordinary men and women dream of winning the lottery

      Céline, who professed a kind of communism in _les beaux draps_, cast a cold eye on the potential of working class consciousness–
      Céline voit beaucoup de communistes à Clichy, nous dit-il, et il constate que les membres du parti, en général, ne comprennent rien aux théories marxistes même si on les leur traduit par un: « La maison du riche est à toi, prends-la. » Ils ne se laissent mener que par leurs passions. A la mairie, livres de Marx jamais lus ; La Garçonne usée et noircie, au contraire.

  3. Ribbit-Mark says:

    This was a brilliant review of The Lone Gladio.
    It is concise and nails the most important messages
    the book conveys.
    Well done Mr. Kovacevic!

    As for netter…
    You are reading far too much into Mr. Kovacevic’s choice of
    words “their own unique community”.

    You take it to mean a community that is potentially just as nefarious as the Deep State
    I on the other hand, as a much more optimistic person, take it to mean a
    community that is able to be the first to join forces and break the Deep State
    by educating and mobilizing the general public.

  4. “Masses” is a myth of middle-class radicals. All “ordinary people” are always already organized and organized in a more meaningful way than their self-proclaimed shepherds. No, in the only meaningful way.

  5. Wow, nice, very good review Mr Kovacevic!

  6. Dave Short says:

    I will be posting this to my previous Amazon review of The Lone Gladio:

    I too am waiting for the next Lone Gladio thriller. However, I’m looking to it with some dread.

    When I was a teenager, I was addicted to H.P. Lovecraft stories and novels. Anyone who has read Lovecraft knows that his stories tend to revolve around other/worldly “Elder Gods” who are essentially making small cracks and inroads into the real world via various cults of worshipers who are extremely degraded, inbred, perverse and murderous. They practice child sacrifice and sick rituals of all kinds to pave the way for the Elder Gods to re-emerge and seize control of the world. His writings are all very dark and I recall being thankful that it was all horror-fantasy.

    Now, setting aside extra-dimensional ruler Gods from an alien space/time, what I see is that Lovecraft may well have been writing in a form of code about REAL self-described “Gods” ala the Gladio 10 types and using fantasy fiction to cloak his exposes.

    Enter Sibel Edmonds and The Lone Gladio.

    Sinister, immensely powerful, “Gods” controlling vast resources from behind the scenes through massive, degraded corporations with cult followers of investors who can’t see beyond their own personal bottom line, releasing terror and profit-generating poisons and wars into the world as a means of mass sacrifice and the attainment of ultimate power…

    Sibel, God bless you and all efforts.
    You scare the hell out of me.


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