Craig Murray, "Lies, the Bethlehem Doctrine, and the Illegal Murder of Soleimani", CraigMurray.org.uk (04 January 2020)
OK, I know I keep flagging up articles by former UK ambassador Craig Murray, but it often seems to be Murray that has his finger on the pulse when it comes to matters of geopolitcal deception. So, forgive me, but yet again I have to recommend another of his pieces.
Before reading this, I had never heard of the "Bethlehem Doctrine", nor its developer Daniel Bethlehem, but as Murray explains this is key to understanding what people like Mike Pompeo mean when they use phrases like "imminent attack" or "imminent threat".
"What very few people, and almost no international lawyers, accept is the key to the Bethlehem Doctrine – that here “Imminent” – the word used so carefully by Pompeo – does not need to have its normal meanings of either “soon” or “about to happen”. An attack may be deemed “imminent”, according to the Bethlehem Doctrine, even if you know no details of it or when it might occur."—Craig Murray