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Sinister Forces - A Grimoire of American Political WitchcraftBook One: The NineINTRODUCTION:A STUDY IN SCARLETTheres the scarlet thread of murder running through the colourless skein of life, and our duty is to unravel it, and isolate it, and expose every inch of it. Sherlock Holmes in A Study in Scarlet, by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, 1887August 25, 2000 RomeIt is the centenary of the death of Friedrich Nietzsche, but I am in Rome. A week ago, I was in Turin, standing in the plaza where Nietzsche went insane in January, 1889. He saw a horse being whipped andout of all characterwas so moved to compassion that he threw his arms around the horses neck and suffered a nervous breakdown on the spot. Since then, psychiatrists have been of the opinion that this spontaneous gesture of compassion was so alien to Nietzsches own writings that it precipitated the breakdown.1 Compassion, that most un-Darwinian of emotions, went against everything Nietzsche thought he stood for.What blond beast, its hour come round at lastI am thinking of Nietzsche now, in the intense, unforgiving sun of St. Peters Square in a relentlessly hot August, escorting an American executive (my employer) and his ance on a tour of Rome. In a way I am coming full circle to my childhood from this moment in time, nearly fty years after my birth and, like Nietzsche, I am confronted with my antithesis. It is not a whipped horse I see before me, however, but as we descend in

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