A few of us, notably influenced by the work of John Robb and Robert Bunker, have begun to suspect that there is in fact a sort of ‘global insurgency’ underway. It isn’t new; not necessarily. Nor is it necessarily monolithic.

So, first of all, what the global insurgency is not: It is not Hydra, Cobra, SPECTRE, or KAOS. It is not the Illuminati fomenting chaos so that they can finally rule the world. It is not an ISIS plot to spread the caliphate to the four corners of the world. It is far, far more complex than that. It is a case of converging methods and interests, fueled by the speed of global communications.

In his book, “The Devil’s Secret Name,” Jim Morris postulates what he calls the “Third-World War.” The idea was that, contrary to the popular picture of World War III being waged with massed formations of tanks in Central Europe, and eventually with nuclear weapons, the war was waged throughout the ’60s, ’70s, and ’80s via proxies and guerrillas in the Third World. He was not alone in his assessment; when he ran the idea past Major General Jack Singlaub, Singlaub’s response was, “Yes, of course. That’s quite correct.”

In the course of this Third-World War, there was much sharing of tactics, techniques, and strategies, as well as alliances that weren’t necessarily evident on the surface. Guerrillas and terrorists from all over the world gravitated to places like the Bekaa Valley in Lebanon for training. Even after the “end” of the Cold War, when the communist center effectively collapsed with the dismantling of the Soviet Union, a lot of the pseudo-infrastructure of the Third-World War remained, especially as the Russian mob started selling off weapons in the ’90s.