Before Las Vegas Police unveiled the latest “narrative change” during a Monday press conference, it was believed that Campos had been shot after the rampage, not before.
With this news, we have learned that the police investigation has descended into chaos. Or perhaps that it hasn’t even started. They seem not to have managed to even put together a timeline of recorded events, of who did what when. Isn’t doing that part of Law Enforcement 101? What’s going on?
One clue (and we’re now looking for clues about what’s gone wrong with the investigation) might be the presence of the FBI as well as the Las Vegas police chief at press conferences: there are multiple agencies involved. And since many of these agencies seem to be rivals, perhaps what we’re seeing is a power struggle going on within the investigation, with the police chief being overruled by the FBI, and the investigation has become log-jammed with countermanding instructions emanating from various sources.
In fact, it may also be a microcosm of what some people are saying is a civil war that has broken out inside the US government since the election of Donald Trump. That’s to say that the chaos in Las Vegas is a manifestation of the same chaos throughout the US government, as pro-Trump government agents (and politicians) battle with anti-Trump government agents (and politicians). Every time Trump tries to get something done, he gets thwarted by someone or other, somewhere or other.
It’s a civil war that’s also being conducted in the mainstream media with non-stop ferocious attacks being launched on Trump. There seem to be a lot of people who want to see the 2016 presidential election declared null and void, or Trump impeached, or maybe even assassinated. And it’s a civil war which has spilled onto the streets with Antifa.
But it’s not just in the USA that there is mounting chaos. There’s also mounting political chaos in Europe. It started with the Brexit vote, and now sees the UK and EU log-jammed in deadlocked negotiations. And we’re seeing it in Spain, with the Catalonian government in collision with the the Spanish government. And Hungary. And Poland.
In fact, the whole world seems to be becoming gradually more and more chaotic. The Middle East has been in chaos ever since the Iraq war in 2003. In some ways, Islamic migration and terrorism have simply been exporting that chaos to Europe. Maybe the current Korean crisis is simply another manifestation of mounting global chaos?
Perhaps this is how wars start? Not when rational leaders and governments make cool, clear-eyed decisions, but when chaotic forces are unleashed, pushing and pulling all concerned into head-on collision or close alliance. They are perhaps more like periodic volcanic eruptions than anything else: for decades, even centuries, the volcano sleeps, and the land around it is stable – but then one day, as a result of chaotic forces working deep beneath it, it erupts, and the landscape around it changes forever, as trees are blown away or covered in ash, rivers diverted, lakes filled or newly created.
In most histories of WW1, the major players are regarded as being the political leaders of the countries involved – Kaiser Wilhelm II, Franz Joseph, Tsar Nicholas, H. H. Asquith, Raymond Poincaré, Woodrow Wilson, Mehmed V, etc -. It’s believed that it’s the decisions made by these people that created and shaped the conflict. But weren’t all these people responding to unfolding events? And wasn’t one of those events the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand in Sarajevo by Gavrilo Princip on 28 June 1914? Didn’t this set off a chain reaction of subsequent events, like a row of falling dominoes colliding with one another? Weren’t the supposed ‘leaders’ as helplessly caught up in the unfolding events as anyone else? In fact, weren’t they far more deeply caught up in events than more or less everyone else? Weren’t the telegraph wires in all the seats of government running red hot as the crisis developed? Did any of these leaders get any sleep? Within exactly one month of 28 June 1914, WW1 had broken out, and the world had changed completely. Did any of the ‘leaders’ plan or agree or foresee any such thing? I very much doubt any of them did.
July 1914 was almost certainly a period of chaos during which all concerned were being pushed and pulled and tugged and threatened and pleaded with, all day every day. All concerned were probably getting one hundred different rival opinions every day, maybe every hour.
And we seem to be living through a similar time of chaos right now. Donald Trump is being assailed from all sides by very heated, rival opinions of every kind. And so is Theresa May. And so is Mariano Rajoy. And no doubt Jean-Claude Juncker, and Angela Merkel, and Vladimir Putin as well. There is nobody ‘in control’ of anything, except their own small sphere of influence. Events are simply unfolding, and all are helplessly caught up in it the eddy.
And now that we have learned that the shooting started inside the Mandalay Bay Hotel before bullets began to rain down on the concert outside, rather than after, as we had hitherto been led to believe, then might it not be that the mass slaughter was a consequence of the events unfolding inside the hotel.
Paddock fired more than 200 bullets into the hall and nearby rooms at the beginning of his deadly rampage on Oct. 1.
This sounds like gang warfare had broken out inside the hotel, with multiple rounds being fired along its corridors. There have also been reports of shooting taking place at other hotels – e.g. the Bellagio. Maybe the mass killings were simply the collateral damage of gang warfare? Maybe Stephen Paddock didn’t plan anything at all that night. Maybe he just got caught up in chaotic, rapidly unfolding events.