The Manchurian Incident

10 False Flags that Changed the World: #8


In 1931, Japan wanted to invade further into the Asian continent. So, in a brilliant display of false flag stategy, Japan blew up its own frickin’ railway and said, “Uh, well, hmmm…China did it! Yeah, that’s the ticket. It was China. Now, instead of going to the beach, we gotta go kick their butts out of Manchuria.”

The best false flag operation is just juvenile schoolboy behavior inflated large enough to accommodate a nation-state’s ego, and the Manchurian Incident is no exception. In fact, in this incident, there’s even a tinge of adolescent let’s-make-a-pile-of-fireworks-and-light-it-with-a-match mischievousness involved. But the story starts earlier than 1931…let’s go back to 1929. Does anybody remember what happened in 1929?


Grand Teton National Park was created…yeah, that’s right…

The first Academy Awards were presented in a 15-minute ceremony at a private dinner for 250 people at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel…yep, uh-huh…

The Amos and Andy radio program debuted…yeah, but think about money…money makes the world go round…what happened to everybody’s money in 1929?

That’s right! You got it. That was the year everybody’s money disappeared…

The Great Depression

The economic slump following 1929′s thorough and convincing near-obliteration of Wall Street was worldwide. It hit Japan especially hard: Exports fell, unemployment rose, Tokyo Disneyland shut down—well, it would have shut down, but it wasn’t around yet, Mickey Mouse only being a few months old and all.

Black Tuesday on Wall Street, 1929Japan, not being rich in natural resources if you don’t include wasabi, needed oil and coal.

The country needed this oil and coal to make power to run machines to produce goods to sell to other countries to make money to buy food to have enough energy to get up early on Monday and do it again. And Manchuria, a province of China, had its fair share of oil and coal.

Dynamite and a Make-Believe Bridge

After Japan decided it needed to invade Manchuria, they needed a pretext to justify the invasion. They chose to create a false flag attack on a railway close to Liutiao Lake…a big flat area that had no military value to either the Japanese or the Chinese.

The main reason the spot was chosen was for it’s proximity (about 800 meters distant) to Chinese troops stationed at Beidaying. The Japanese press labeled the no-name site of the blast Liutiaogou, which was Japanese for “Liutiao Bridge.” There was no bridge there, but the name helped convince some that the sabatoge was a strategic Chinese attack.

Colonel Itagaki Seishiro and Lieutenant Colonel Kanji Ishiwara ordered officers of the Shimamoto Regiment to place a bomb beneath the tracks. The original bomb failed to detonate, and a replacement had to be found. Then, at 10:20 PM, September 18, 1931, the tracks were blown.

Surprisingly, the explosion was minor. Only one side of the rail was damaged, and the damage was so light that a train headed for Shenyang passed by only a few minutes later. But it was a good enough excuse to invade…

Baby Steps Toward WWII

Japanese armyThe Japanese immediately charged the Chinese soldiers with the destruction, then invaded Manchuria. A puppet government known as Manchukuo, was installed.

The League of Nations did investigate, and in a 1932 report, denied that the invasion was an act of defense, as Japan had advertised.

Rather than vacate Manchuria, Japan decided to vacate the League of Nations. And soon there was WWII…

Go to the next article in this series:
Secrets of the Reichstag Fire

Go to the previous article in this series:
Remember the Maine, to Hell with Spain

Go to the original article in this series:
10 False Flags that Changed the World.

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