Since I wrote The Time Has Arrived to Listen to the Prophets (full text below) some major changes influencing future geography of conflict have occurred. In China, the “red tsar” has been inaugurated. Mr. Xi Jinping is China’s most powerful leader since Mao Zedong.
Meanwhile, China’s attempt to dethrone the global hegemon is entering another stage: “The new strategy is to enlist the energy markets’ help: Beijing may introduce a new way to price oil in coming months — but unlike the contracts based on the U.S. dollar that currently dominate global markets, this benchmark would use China’s own currency. If there’s widespread adoption, as the Chinese hope, then that will mark a step toward challenging the greenback’s status as the world’s most powerful currency.” (Source)
In the United States, the current administration has proposed new recommendations in how to wage a global war (on terrorism):
“Defense Secretary James Mattis and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson laid out three conditions on Monday that they want Congress to follow should it pass a new war authorization, while maintaining [sic] the administration believes it already has sufficient legal authority to wage war.
Specifically, Tillerson and Mattis told the committee that a new war authorization should not have time constraints or geographic constraints. They also said the 2001 authorization for the use of military force (AUMF) should not be repealed until a replacement is in place.”
Wars do not begin overnight. From a geographic and operational standpoint, it takes time for the war machine to wrap up current engagements, further expand executive power, and open new fronts. This is, perhaps, how the prophets Milos and Mitar Tarabic have “seen” the development of the forthcoming conflict.
The Time Has Arrived to Listen to the Prophets
We live in a world of euphemisms. Career politicians have become “leaders,” illegal aliens are now “undocumented immigrants” and fake news outlets have transformed into a “mainstream media.” Everywhere we look, plain facts are wrapped in a cloudy camouflage (1). Considering where the world is going, the only thing left is to trust and believe the prophets, particularly the ones who were warning us about future conflicts all along. Prominent among them are the 19th century Serbian prophets, Milos and Mitar Tarabic.
Living in the village of Kremna, western Serbia, two illiterate peasants, uncle (Milos) and a nephew (Mitar), have reportedly said many things, including some words regarding the geography of conflict of our times. That caught my attention. None of the quotes below can be actually attributed to the Tarabics. Interesting, however, is that among the series of books written about them, these lines were written in the 1980s by the authors of Kremna’s Prophecy Malenkovic and Golubovic. If the Tarabics ever said this, or if it was just made up by the authors we do not know; it still warrants a moment of consideration.
Figure 1. A museum of sort dedicated to the Tarabics in Kremna, Serbia, their home village. Wood carved statues are of Mitar Tarabic and Zaharije Zaharic, the local priest who wrote down the Tarabic’s, mostly Mitar’s, prophecies. (Photograph by the author.)
The following passages are my own translation from old Serbian—which is not an easy task—and relate to, perhaps, our contemporary times and world affairs.
Before this war on the throne of a great empire of people who live across the endless water a person who is like a peasant [more like a common man]and a military messenger or entertainer on wedding [a double meaning in old Serbian colloquialism]
He won’t allow the red tsar to keep expanding territorially and in terms of riches, but will threaten and intimidate the red tsar.
Then it will a great turnaround [change in conditions] will happen and it won’t be any more like it was under the rule of the tsars who were in charge of this empire before his accent to the throne.
This new tsar will pick up a weapon, but will not fire at the red empire; rather, he will just intimidate.
The red tsar will act the same.
The dukes that the tsar of people who lived across the endless water give birth with his tsarina, will be of angry and mean face, with fire in their eyes, and they will be the ones to fire the weapons.
When this war breaks out, those militaries who will fly in the sky will suffer, but those soldiers who choose to fight on land and water will be successful.
In another instance Mitar Tarabic mentioned the highly intense war between the Russians and Italians. During a return from a trip to a city nearby, Mitar mentioned that the valley through which they were traveling would one day be full of burnt people in their flying vessels with guns falling from the sky [note that Mitar died in 1899].
In this war the Serbs will not fight; rather, the fight will take place above them [or, perhaps, better explanation would be above and around them, meaning that Serbia will not participate, but will be affected in some capacity].
People who fight this war will have their own scientists and experts who will create all kinds of ammunition for their artillery [more as in weapons altogether]. When they fire, then the ammunition, wherever it hits, will make people, military, and livestock hypnotized and fall asleep [become temporarily incapacitated] instead of killing them. Rather than to fight they will fall asleep, eventually to later on return to their normal mental condition.
Hoax or not, these and a number of prophecies attributed to the Tarabics about other events are rather interesting. We could argue that their rate of success in predicting the future was much better than that of never ending pool of overconfident Washington D.C.-based experts, analysts, and omnipresent talking heads who, in their own mind, seem to never make a mistake in predicting future events. And then we all suffer.
(1) Intro adapted from Rothbard (2009), Economic Depressions: Their Cause and Cure.