THE ELITE'S EXPLANATION OF
WHAT'S HAPPENING IN CHECHNYA
MARCH 27, 1999
"... nation (ethnos) shall rise against nation (ethnos),
and kingdom against kingdom ..."
"And Caesar's spirit, ranging for revenge, With Hate by his side
come hot from hell, Shall in these confines with a monarch's voice
Cry 'Havoc' and let slip the dogs of war ..."
- Shakespeare, Julius Caesar
The war in the south Balkans is by now already far-advanced. Despite
the presence of NATO peacekeepers in Bosnia, it has now spread to Kosovo
where it is threatening to draw into the conflagration Greece, Macedonia,
Albania, and Turkey - and ultimately the entire Islamic and Orthodox
worlds. The American media, dominated as it is by a multicultural elite,
refuses to see the war in its religious dimension - i.e., as a clash
of civilizations. But this is exactly how the war is perceived on the
ground by those who are involved - a war which is pitting "Christian
Civilization" (specifically, the Orthodox world) against "Islamic Civilization,"
and the world's global elites [which the Orthodox world sees as being
allied with the Muslims (and that's a whole story in and of itself -
more about that in upcoming articles)].
One would think, of course, that if given the choice, most average
Americans (the great majority of whom consider themselves to be Christian)
would support the Serbs [who - while they are NOT NATO
members - are, nonetheless, Christian (Orthodox)] over and against the
Muslims. That, of course, isn't what's happening - largely because the
American elites have done everything they can to obfuscate the "Christian
vs. Muslim" aspect of the conflict and - in connection with this - to
demonize the Serbs (i.e., the Orthodox Christians) by "playing up" their
atrocities (and these atrocities are indeed real and quite widespread)
while at the same time "playing down" the atrocities the Muslims have
been involved in.
THE REAL REASON BEHIND
AMERICA'S KOSOVO INTERVENTION
why is this so? - the immediate reason is the elite establishment's
strategic "tilt" towards Muslim Turkey [which historically has infuriated
the Greeks (who are Orthodox Christians)]; the United States has an
extremely close military and intelligence relationship with Turkey,
a NATO ally, that lets U.S. pilots fly missions against Iraq from a
NATO base at Incirlik. That military post also serves as an electronic-eavesdropping
station for the U.S. intelligence community in the Middle East - a post
that the CIA considers more vital to U.S. hegemony over the area than
And then, of course, there's the matter of oil - and
not just Middle Eastern oil, [where American and British multinationals
(Exxon, Shell, Mobil, etc.) have billions and billions of dollars invested],
but also Caspian Sea oil (where the same multinationals are preparing
to spend billions more in pipelines which they plan to build across
Turkey and / or in countries close to Turkey - and all this to say nothing
of the additional billions these same multinationals are spending in
drilling rights and pumping operations in Azerbaijan, a country contiguous
to Turkey which is populated by "Turkik Muslims." The multinationals
could very well see all these billions go up in smoke if Turkey - which
has a growing problem with militantly anti-American Islamic fundamentalists
- were destabilized as a result of being drawn into the conflict in
the Balkans; hence America's "tilt" towards the Muslims and Turkey -
a "tilt" which, again, necessarily demands that the elite "play down"
the religious aspect of the war while at the same time "demonizing"
the Serbs (i.e., the Orthodox Christians). "Big Oil" must be able to
show the Muslims of the Middle East that they can "deliver" American
support in this kind of crisis.
Some Christians, of course, naively believe that "Big Oil" simply
doesn't have this kind of clout - the kind that can dictate U.S. foreign
policy. But they do! Take Exxon and Mobil, for instance. Exxon is the
largest oil company in the world; Mobil is the third largest. The two
are merging. Together they will have enormous financial and industrial
power, which translates, naturally, into political power. Only two dozen
nations in the world have Gross Domestic Products larger than the combined
annual sales of these two giants ($180 billion in 1997). Greece has
a Gross Domestic Product of only half that size, which is why Greece's
concerns in the Balkans don't count for much at the State Department
- and the same applies to all the other Orthodox states in the Balkans.
No, Mobil's and Exxon's interests lie with the Muslim nations of the
Middle East and the Caspian Sea; it's these nations that Mobil and Exxon
want to ingratiate themselves to - and to hell with the Orthodox world.
Of course, if the shoe were on the other foot, it's the Muslims that
"Big Oil" would hang out to dry. In the world of Mobil and Exxon (and,
ipso facto, the American elite's world), money rules!
Naturally, the State Department doesn't want its real reasons known
as to why the U.S. is intervening in Kosovo - after all, it's pretty
hard to justify sending American soldiers into battle for the sake of
Mobil's, Exxon's, Shell's, BP's, and Standard Oil's "bottom line." Other
reasons have to be given: hence America's sudden "humanitarian concerns"
for the Kosovar Muslims - a concern which, strangely enough, hasn't
manifested itself insofar as Africa (Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Liberia,
the Congo, Ethiopia, etc.) is concerned where many more human beings
have been killed over the past few years than have ever been killed
in the former Yugoslavia - and this is to say nothing about what's been
occurring in East Timor, certain parts of Indonesia, the Philippines,
etc. [And one shouldn't make the mistake that just because Africans
are "black" and Asians are "yellow" that "race" has had anything to
do with the elites' unconcern with regard to the humanitarian debacles
going on in Africa and Asia; if money were involved there, the elite
would be very concerned. But there is no money involved: hence the lack
of concern. To the elites, it's not race that matters, it's money!
"Race" and "religion" are of no concern to the elites; that may be
what drives the masses, but not the elites, except when "race" and "religion"
can be used to "tame" the masses' folly. It's precisely because of this
indifference towards "race" and "religion" that the elites seem on occasion
to be embracing the liberal left's concept of "multiculturalism;" when
one harbors no real thoughts for "race" and "religion," one can easily
adopt a "neutral" attitude towards them which, to those who are ignorant
of the elite's ways, seems to indicate "tolerance," but which in reality
is nothing more than indifference. And it's exactly here that minorities
like the Albanian Kosovars and the Bosnian Muslims are making a big
mistake, thinking that there is conviction behind America's "tilt" towards
them. But there is none, and should circumstances change, the elite
will shrug them off without even so much as a "fond goodby."
MONEY - THE FUEL THAT DRIVES THE ELITE
Money! - this is what the American elite is all about. Not
race! Not religion! Not "humanitarianism!" These people have no real
concern beyond money; indeed, the very real fact of the matter is, they
don't even have any real sense of "right" and "wrong." As we have indicated
previously, "right" to the elite is simply that which advances their
own selfish pecuniary ends; "wrong" is that which hinders them; these
words possess no other meaning beyond this - and it's for this reason
that, when their "money interests" are in jeopardy [as they are in the
Balkans (at least insofar as preventing Turkey from being drawn into
the fighting)], they have no real compunction about sending in the military;
after all, it's not their sons and daughters who are in danger, but
the sons and daughters of the working-class, and who cares about them?
Certainly not the elite!
Some people, of course, will say that we are being too harsh in our
condemnation of the American elite; that certainly they stand for some
"greater good" beyond their lust for wealth; that some kind of "greater
purpose" lies at the heart of what they're doing. But they're wrong!
As the late Professor C. Wright Mills of Columbia University writes,
"The pursuit of the moneyed-life is ... (the elite's) commanding
value, in relation to which the influence of other values has declined,
so ... (that they have) easily become morally ruthless in its
GREAT SWELLING WORDS OF VANITY
The sad truth is, when the elite speaks of "good," "purpose," "humanity,"
etc. there is nothing behind their speaking except a vacuum. Indeed,
there is a certain morose void to all the "purposes" of the elite -
a hollowness that resembles the emptiness of a body without a soul.
Their idealism is nothing more than a subterfuge, a contrivance, a masquerade
- an excuse for what really drives them, which is the actual process
of wealth accumulation - though they all too often possess an uncanny
and extraordinary way of hiding this fact behind a pretense of flattery
and charm. Indeed, Peter warned,
"For when they speak great swelling words of vanity, they allure
(people) ... through much wantonness ..." (2 Pet. 2:18)
"Whenever the standards of the moneyed life prevail, the man with
money, no matter how he got it, will eventually be respected.
(In America), it is not only that men want money; it is that their
very standards are pecuniary. In a society (i.e., the American
society) in which the money-maker has ... no serious rival for repute
and honor, the word 'practical' comes to mean 'useful for private
gain' and 'common sense', 'the sense to get ahead financially'."
And it's precisely these people who are behind America's intervention
in Kosovo. God help us all! - for these are the basest of all people;
they are vile, sinister, ungodly and wretched, and so much so that Jesus
said of them -
"... How hardly shall they that have riches enter into the kingdom
of God! "... how hard is it for them that trust in riches to enter
into the kingdom of God! "It is easier for a camel to go through the
eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of
God. (Mark 10:23-25)
No! - humanitarian matters have nothing to do with the elite's (and,
ipso facto, the State Department's) "concern" for the "Albanian
Kosovars." It's money that's driving the American intervention in Kosovo
- the lust for "black gold" (oil) which the Muslims have and the Serbs
EXPOSING THE ELITES LIES: THE MATTER
OF KURDISTAN AND ABDULLAH OCALAN
Nonetheless, the State Department continues on with its subterfuge
- i.e., that the American intervention in Kosovo relates to its "humanitarian
concerns" for the "Albanian Kosovars" and not to the American elite's
concern for Middle Eastern and Caspian Sea oil; but interventions in
the civil wars of a sovereign state are usually considered off limits
by the so-called "international community," and though the United States
is acting in concert with the NATO countries, the United Nations has
not authorized the strikes - if only because the Russians would have
vetoed such an intervention. Indeed, Ruth Wedgewood, a Yale Law School
professor who's now on leave at the Naval War College, has remarked
that insofar as the Kosovo intervention is concerned, the Russians are
probably right - that the Kosovo intervention is "... without easy precedent."
Still, the Administration - whipped up to a furor by the commercial
interests of "Big Oil" - plods on, preferring to believe that, as Robert
Turner, the associate director of the Center for National Security Law
at the University of Virginia, says - the principle of national sovereignty
can be "trumped" by pressing humanitarian demands. But if that were
the case, why hasn't the United States intervened in Turkey itself where
the Turks have been involved in an appallingly bloody war against the
Kurds. The Kurds, who number around twenty million people (more people
than in either Syria or Iraq, and more people in fact than the great
majority of nations at the end of the twentieth century), inhabit the
great mass of territory in eastern Turkey where they constitute, like
the Albanians in Kosovo, the overwhelming majority of the population.
But here - unlike the situation in Kosovo where the U.S. sides with
the rebels - the U.S. sides decisively with the central government (i.e.,
the Turks), and so much so that it has for years supplied the Turks
with the arms and intelligence necessary for the Turks to destroy the
Kurds. And just how deeply is the U.S. involved? - very deeply as the
recent case of Abdullah Ocalan demonstrates.
Ocalan is the leader of the Kurdish rebellion in eastern Turkey; he
is considered a folk hero and a "freedom fighter" by the great mass
of Kurds living in the area. He leads the Kurdistan Workers Party, which
has waged an intense and persistent campaign against Turkey for the
past 15 years, seeking - like the Albanians in Kosovo - autonomy for
the Kurdish people. About 37,000 people have died in this fight - mostly
Kurds. But the U.S. government considers Ocalan a terrorist. Since October
1998, largely as the result of U.S. diplomatic pressure, Ocalan had
been on the run - from Syria to Italy to Russia to Greece. Each time
Ocalan thought he had found refuge, the CIA was able to persuade the
host country to refuse him sanctuary, forcing him to take flight again
in an increasingly desperate search for asylum. He finally landed in
the Greek Embassy in Nairobi, Kenya, on February 2.
It was a poor choice of hideouts. More than 100 U.S. intelligence
officers and law enforcement agents, along with Kenyan security officials,
were in Nairobi investigating the terrorist bombing of the U.S. Embassy,
which took 213 lives in August. Members of that team quickly discovered
Ocalan had arrived in Nairobi. They immediately placed the Greek Embassy
under surveillance and monitored Ocalan's cell phone conversations,
while he placed calls to political contacts, seeking sanctuary. The
surveillance information gave Turkish commandos the chance to capture
Ocalan with the help of Kenyan security officers acting at the behest
of the CIA. The commandos captured Ocalan after he had agreed to be
driven to the Nairobi airport by a Kenyan security officer working with
The thing to be remarked upon in all this is the utter hypocrisy of
the U.S. government's stand with regard to the situation in Kurdistan
as compared to its stand with regard to the Albanians in Kosovo. There
is no real difference between the two situations - except oil! Oil
(and, ipso facto, money) is the difference. It seems that America's
humanitarianism is linked to money; those who have it are the recipients
of America's "humanitarian" concern; those who don't have it are
ignored, or - as in the case of Ocalan and the Kurds - are hunted down
THE BLINDNESS OF THE ELITES
The blindness of the elites in all this - their utter disregard of
the consequences of their action - is enough to take one's breath away.
In blindly pursuing their economic interests, they have allowed themselves
to be blinded to other forces which in the end have the potential to
destroy them. The fact is, in intervening in the Balkans (and specifically
Kosovo), they have "let slip the dogs of war" and unleashed
forces over which they have little understanding and no control.
The elites are not quite as omniscient and "all knowing" as they would
like people to believe. The great mistake of all elites is to underestimate
the passion of the masses, especially insofar as "religion" and "race"
are concerned, and in doing so igniting conflagrations which, as we
just indicated, have in the past devoured them. This may be exactly
what is in store for the elites in the Balkans. "Race" and "religion"
may not mean much to the American elites, but they certainly do to the
contestants on the ground in the Balkans.
Take the Serbs, for example: what follows is a description by the
Serbian press of what's happening in the south Balkans. The article
is permeated with Serbian nationalist fervor and religious hype; but
before one condemns it as nothing more than the blather of uneducated,
narrow-minded buffoons, one should remember that this is exactly the
kind of hype the Religious Right is engaged in here in the United States;
different players, a slightly different dialogue, but essentially the
same play - and not so much different from what was in vogue in this
country not more than a generation ago. This is the kind of hype
that is - in the end - prone to make devils out of one's opponents and
set them up for extinction - and all in the name of God. And
Christians in this country are making a big error in believing that
they are immune from these passions. The fact is, if the Serbs can fall
victim to this kind of pathology, Americans can too!!
For instance, consider what Senator Beveridge once said from the Senate
floor with regard to America's religious and political destiny - it
isn't so different from what appears below with regard to Serbia, and
not that much different from how the Religious Right would present its
case - again, different players, a slightly different dialogue, but
the same play:
"We will not repudiate our duty ... we will not renounce our part
in the mission of our ... (people) as the trustee under God, of the
civilization of the world ... We will move forward to our work ...
with gratitude ... and thanksgiving to Almighty God that He has marked
us as His Chosen People, henceforth to lead in the regeneration of
the world ..."
Beveridge's belief that America was, in its origins, institutions,
history, and international conduct, God's chosen nation is something
few in the Right - including today's Religious Right - doubt. As with
the Religious Right in this country, the Serbs believe that what's occurring
in the Balkans has little to do with anything else except religion
- and the extent to which this is true inosfar as the Serbs are concerned
is clearly demonstrated by a poster in the office of General Ratko Mladic,
commander of the Bosnian Serbs; it depicts green paint symbolizing "fundamentalist
Islam" spilling over the blue flag of the European Community. Mladic
and his fellow Serbs are convinced that what's going on in Bosnia and
Kosovo is part of a coordinated strategy they call the "green transversal"
- the effort by Islamic fundamentalists to regain their lost Balkan
possessions, possessions which at one time reached all the way to the
borders of Austria.
Mladic and his followers believe that they are the only ones standing
in the way of Islamic expansion northward into Europe, and that though
they are little understood now - mainy because of the "obfuscation"
of the elite press in the West - someday "Christian" Europe will thank
them for the sacrifices they have made to stop this expansion -
and there is a great deal of evidence to suggest that the Serb's fear
of Muslim expansion into Europe is being echoed by right-wingers throughout
Europe - especially in Germany, Austria, Hungary, France, Greece, and
RELIGION AND THE SERBS
The analysis is by Prof. Dusan Batakovic, considered by the Serbs
to be one of their most distinguished scholars. He is a professor at
the Historical Institute of the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts.
The article is entitled: "KOSOVO AND METOHIA: A CLASH OF CIVILIZATIONS."
Dr. Batakovic writes:
"Kosovo is the native and ancestral land of the Serbs. It
encompasses an area of some 10,800 square kilometers and is considered
to be the Serbian Jerusalem. Almost all of the great historical
Serbian monasteries, churches and fortresses are located in this province.
Kosovo is the scene of the famous battle fought on St. Vitas Day (June
28) in 1389, when Serbian Prince Lazar and the Turkish emir Murad
both lost their lives. The Ottoman's breakthrough into the heart of
Southeast Europe following Serbia's defeat at Kosovo marked the beginning
of the five centuries long clash between Christianity and the Islamic
World. This struggle continues to this day, and its most visible
manifestation is the struggle between the Serbs, mainly Orthodox Christians,
and the ethnic Albanians, mainly Muslims. The oath of Prince Lazar
- the great prince which led the Serbs at the Battle of Kosovo - is
derived from the New Testament tradition of martyrdom: that it is
better to obtain freedom in the celestial empire of Jesus Christ than
to live humiliated under the oppression of the earthly kingdom. Indeed,
during the long centuries of Turkish rule, this oath became the key
to Serbian national ideology - and so much so that the Kosovo oath,
woven into the national epic, became the basis upon which the Serbs
built the ideology of resisting Muslim oppression rather than accepting
injustice - even when the odds seem hopeless. The Kosovo pledge was
like a flag raising resistance against the tyrannical rule of the
Ottomans - a resistance which had as its final aim the restoration
of the Serbian national state. Countless generations of Serbian
children received their first notions of themselves and the world
by listening to folk poems describing the Kosovo sufferings, the apocalyptic
fall of the Serbian Empire, the heroic death of Prince Lazar,
the betrayal of Vuk Brankovic, the heroism of Milos Obilic who, sacrificed
himself to reach the tent of the emir during the Battle of Kosovo
and cut him down with his sword.
"Over the centuries, the Serbs were forced to withdraw to the west
and the north, and during this time, the only political tradition
the Serbs retained was the Kosovo pledge. When the first national
revolution directed against the Muslims in the Balkans broke out in
Serbia in 1804, its leaders dreamed of a new battle of Kosovo through
which they would reestablish their lost empire. The influence of the
Kosovo covenant continued throughout the entire 19 century. At last,
the centuries-dreamed-of fight with the Turks occurred in the fall
of 1912. The Serbian army liberated Kosovo in a few week, while the
forces of Montenegro, Serbia's sister state, marched triumphantly
into Metohia. Negotiations on the final unification of the two Serbian
states were interrupted by World War I.
"Kosovo was at the moment of liberation in 1912, a backward agricultural
community with a mixed Serbian and ethnic Albanian population - a
land devastated by the raging of tribal anarchy. Serbs, however, even
then made up almost half of the entire population in spite of the
huge waves of emigration in the previous period. The Pan-Islamic policy
of Abdulhamid II (1878-1909) had made Kosovo and Metohia, beside Armenia,
"the most unfortunate land in the world." The Muslims were crushing
the Christian Armenians in Asia Minor, and Muslim Albanians in the
European provinces (i.e., Turkey's holdings in the south Balkans)
were dealing in the same way with the unreliable Christian subjects
of the Sultan - i.e., the Serbs, the Greeks and the Bulgarians. The
three centuries long domination of the Islamized ethnic Albanians
in the Balkans, culminated at the beginning of the 20th century. Living
for centuries with gun in hand, the Albanians had discovered in
the plains of Kosovo and Metohia space for further expansion.
The Islamic authorities of the Sultan had granted their co-religionists,
the Albanians, the right to persecute Christians. In time, a strange
conviction settled itself among the Albanians that Islam was the religion
of the master race and Christianity that of slaves.
"In the interwar period (1918 - 1940), the Kingdom of Yugoslavia,
by colonizing the rich but uncultivated spaces of Kosovo and Metohia,
tried not only to return the Serbian character to these areas, but
also to establish modern European institutions, as it did in other
provinces of the Yugoslav state. The Muslim Albanian population of
Kosovo, however, found it very difficult to adjust to the new reality
where, instead of a status of absolute privilege which they had enjoyed
during the Ottoman rule, they received only civil and political equality
with the people they had only recently treated as serfs. During
World War II, the Muslims of Albania, taking advantage of their alliance
with Hitler, drove out much of the Serbian population of Kosovo and
burned their homes, set fires to and robbed the Serbian churches,
and desecrated the Christian cemeteries of the Serbs. The development
of political circumstances in communist Yugoslavia suited the further
ethnic Albanians' national emancipation. Exhausted by the war (1,200,000
dead in World War I in Serbia alone, and at least that many in World
War II), the Serbs became pawns in the hands of the new Communist
regime. Tearing apart what little political power remained to the
Serbs in Yugoslavia, the communists created several federal units
by dividing up the Serbian lands. The communist authorities in
1945 forbade with a special decree the return of the Serbian population
to Kosovo, while at the same time granting special status to the Muslims.
"Kosovo and Metohia were separated from Serbia and granted the attributes
of a state within the Yugoslav federation. The confederalization of
communist Yugoslavia excluded Kosovo from Serbian authority, turning
it into a state with an almost independent government. In order to
legalize formally the Albanization of the Province, the ethnic Albanian
communist leadership threw out the name "Metohia" (which means in
Greek "church-owned land") and encouraged hundreds of attacks on Orthodox
believers, priests, monks, nuns, churches and monasteries, and annexed
monastery property. These actions, of course, were merely manifestations
of a centuries deep religious and national intolerance towards Christians.
The restoration of religious life for the Muslims in Kosovo and Metohia
was conducted parallel with the Albanization. New mosques sprang up
(about 700 mosques were built in Yugoslavia under communist rule,
more than during the several centuries long Ottoman dominion); the
Muslim clergy's primary demand from the believers was for them to
have as many children as possible. The highest birthrate in Europe
derived also from the religious traditions of the ethnic Albanians.
The aim in all this was to push out the Serbs. The Serbs in Kosovo
and Metohia became, in their own state, a persecuted and unprotected
minority. From making up almost half the population of Kosovo after
World War II, the number of Serbs in Kosovo and Metohia dropped to
15-20% of the population. One year after Tito's death, in March
1981, the Muslims of Kosovo announced their rebellion against inclusion
in the Yugoslav state by setting a fire to the Pec Patriarchate, a
complex of medieval Christian churches, where the throne of the patriarch
of the Serbian Orthodox Church is formally located.
"It surfaced again that religious intolerance remained the deepest
layer of their obsession against the Serbs. Several days later the
Muslims came out into the streets demanding that the Province get
republic status and the right to self-determination - even the right
of secession. Attacks on Serbian churches and the demolishing of Orthodox
monuments became an everyday form of expressing Albanian (i.e., Muslim)
identity. The persecution of the Serbs in Kosovo and Metohia and their
innumerable appeals to the Serbian and Yugoslav public, finally managed
to shake the Serbs out of their comfortable Yugoslavism (i.e., their
multiculturalism). It appeared that Yugoslavism (i.e., multiculturalism)
was only an ideological framework which did nothing more than neutralize
the national potential of the Serbs. Evoking from the forbidden past
their Kosovo pledge, they began to once again discover the essence
of their national and religious identity - an awareness that vital
Serbian and Christian interests were being threatened. This kind of
thinking spread under the influence of certain Christian intellectuals
throughout all of Greater Serbia as more and more Serbs began to realize
that they were being threatened both as Christians and as Serbs. Realizing
that their nation and their religion were endangered, Serbs began
to return to their national traditions and their religion; realizing
that once again, like in the age of the Ottoman rule, their lands
would be the scene of the final phase of the centuries-long clash
between Islam and Christianity."
THIS IS RADICALIZATION, plain and simple! This kind of rhetoric
leaves the elite - especially the American elite - dumbfounded. They
simply do not understand it. To hear people like U.S. Secretary of State
Madeline Albright tell it, Slobodan Milosevic and his ilk can be brought
to heel by an appeal to the interest of their personal economic well-being;
that if once they can be brought to see that the Serbian economy is
being put into jeopardy, they will yield - and this is the problem with
all elites. They believe that the great mass of people react the way
they do: by a rational recourse to their wallets and the "bottom line."
But that simply isn't the case. What the elites fail to comprehend is
that there actually are people to whom things like "race" and "religion"
RADICALIZATION IN THE ORTHODOX WORLD
It's hardly surprising then that the elite media in the West keeps
missing important - and troubling - political trends throughout the
Slavic world as NATO and the West continue to press their attack against
the Serbs. The effect that all this is having throughout the Orthodox
world - in Greece, in Macedonia, in Bulgaria, in Romania, in the Ukraine,
in Belarus, etc. - is disturbing. In pressing home their attack against
the Serbs, the West is galvanizing Orthodoxy against themselves, as
the recent demonstrations in Skopje, Moscow, Sophia, Minsk, Athens,
etc. so clearly demonstrate. The West is erring greatly in thinking
that economic matters trump "religion" and "race" in the Orthodox world;
that in order to get IMF funding for their troubled economy, Moscow
is willing to see their brother Slavs in Serbia pounded into insensibility.
As Alexander Yanov tells it, such predominance of economics might
have been excused in the heady years of President Boris N. Yeltsin's
power, but not any more. Yanov writes:
"The trouble is that not just Yeltsin but an entire era is fading
from the picture. A new and dangerous one looms on the horizon while
we refuse to see its omens. One can't help but recall the Western
press of the early 1930s, still engrossed in the Weimar Republic's
financial agony, on the verge of the Nazi takeover of Germany.
"Some of the omens ignored by our media include, for instance,
the extraordinary visit to Russia of Vojislav Seselj, the vice premier
of Serbia, as well as his sensational appeal for a Slavic Union
of Russia, Yugoslavia (Serbia) and Belarus. Of course, Seselj
is habitually called the "mad dog" of Serbian nationalism, an "irreconcilable"
next to whom even Slobodan Milosevic looks like a peace-loving moderate.
What's really important, though, is that in the Russian city of Yaroslavl,
Seslej's appeal was met with a standing ovation ...
"The main thing missed, however, was that Seselj and Lukashenko are
politicians, not amateur travelers. Unlike our media, they must have
smelled change in Moscow's political air. Why otherwise would they
bother suddenly forging an alliance with Russia's own "irreconcilables,"
the anti-Western nationalists who worked hard for the last seven years
trying to provoke a confrontation with the West? It's a fact that,
for all their ravings about the Zionist conspiracy deliberately ruining
Russia, these gentlemen were until now of limited value to their Serb
and Belarus brethren. With Yeltsin in the Kremlin and lacking a credible
and popular leader, they had no chance to radically change Russia's
foreign policy. Not any more (especially now in light of the American
attack on Serbia) ...
"If so, their political program would seem to deserve some media
scrutiny. Especially the points that are of such concern to Seselj
and Lukashenko: (1) the immediate Anschluss of Belarus (which for
Russia would be the same as Austria's consolidation with Germany in
1938); (2) The return to Russia of the Ukrainian city of Sevastopol
(compare it to Hitler's demand for the return of the city of Danzig
on the eve of World War II); (3) the creation of a Slavic Union
of Russia-Belarus, Yugoslavia and the Ukraine, which Lukashenko
intends to lead. If the "treasonous" Ukrainian leadership [half
of the Ukraine is "Western Christian" (i.e., Catholic), and the other
half is Orthodox - though they are all Slavs] refuses to join the
ranks, Seselj and Lukashenko will threaten a civil war - 10 million
Russians, after all, live in Ukraine. "
A RUSSIAN-UKRANIAN-BELARUS-SERBIAN ALLIANCE
"So what happens if Lushkov indeed wins the presidential elections?
Given that he is one of the most fervent champions of incorporating
Belarus as well as of the return of Sevastopol, some kind of Russian-Ukranian
confrontation would certainly be in the cards. It's hard to imagine,
if that occurs, the U.S. not intervening on behalf of Ukraine. And
here we see clearly what Seselj and Belarus President Alexander G.
Lukashenko are up to - American intervention is all that the "irreconcilables"
need to turn Russia into a Serbia-in-the-making.
"There is no doubt in this case that Russia would be hopelessly
ruined economically, just as Serbia is. Yet, again like Serbia, Russia
would be fueled by an all-consuming "patriotic" fervor of imperial
restoration. It's easy to envisage what the emergence of such
a nuclear mega-Serbia would mean for us. Just imagine the mayhem that
Iraq in the Middle East or Serbia in the Balkans might create if allowed
to operate with impunity behind a Russian nuclear shield."
Yanov warns that what the West has been doing to Russia in the last
seven years is a carbon copy of what it did to Weimar Germany in the
1920s. Should we be surprised, then, if identical policies produce identical
results? And now with the American intervention in Kosovo, the Western
elite is pushing this process forward that much more rapidly.
Carol J. Williams of the Los Angeles Times writes concerning
the Western elites:
"Western politicians continue to speak of breaking Milosevic's unfathomable
power (over the Serbs) to turn isolation into honor and suffering
into patriotic virtue, but their hopes of bombing the mastermind of
Balkan violence into submission are likely pinned on the misguided
assumption that Milosevic (and the Serbian people) expects victory.
"Instead of capitulating to the Western powers ... Milosevic may
be more disposed to take his place among Serbian martyrs ... Defeat
at the hands of formidably larger forces is the conerstone of Serbian
national identity, and it has been Milosevic's keen sense of how to
make his people feel innobled by the role of underdog that has enhanced
RADICALIZATION IN THE "CHRISTIAN WEST"
And it's not just in the Slavic world that the elite's idiotic "globalization"
policies are pushing radicalization. Consider what's happening in our
own backyard in the West. To countless numbers of ordinary, "every-day"
Europeans, the thought of a Muslim state (Albanian, Bosnian or otherwise)
in the center of the Balkans strikes a certain terror in their hearts.
As we have already indicated, to the Austrians, Germans and other Western
Europeans - if not to Americans - it was not such a long time ago that
the "Muslim terror" stretched all the way up to the gates of Vienna
and threatened the heart of "Christian" Europe with destruction and
ruin. The disconnection here between the media and what ordinary people
are thinking screams out for recognition - and, more somberly, as a
warning to those who will listen.
Jeanne Kirkpatrick, former American Ambassador to the United Nations
under the Reagan Administration, writing for the Los Angles Times
News Syndicate, believes that
"... in France, Britain, (and) Germany (as well as in the) United
States, leaders have involved their countries more deeply ... in international
and multilateral relationships than voters desire, and have cared
less than voters have desired about their national interest."
She believes that this has occurred largely as a result of a growing
gap between the leadership elites in these countries and the people.
For example, Kirkpatrick cites the gap which has developed in France
between the French leadership and the people. She writes,
"The gap between the French political elite and rank-and-file
voters could be clearly seen in the referendum on the Maastricht Treaty.
It took an intense effort by the government and the elite press to rally
the barest majority to approve the proposal.
"That so much effort was required to produce so narrow a victory
was a reproach not only to the President, but to France's political
... (elite) ... The French news magazine L'Express described
the contest this way: 'On one side was the France of the elites:
of university graduates, property owners, residents of the great cities,
all those who see Europe as a single place. On the other side is the
France of the unemployed, the outsiders, peasants and workers - the
Europe of all the 'little people' who fear they will be abandoned,
who have in the back of their heads many unfulfilled promises, and
who, when finally asked their opinion, took great pleasure in saying
zut to the left, the right, the bosses, to the whole elite
all crowded on this occasion into the same boat'."
"Whatever happens, it seems clear that many European leaders have
seriously underestimated popular resistance to the pace of European
integration. More specifically, they have underestimated popular concerns
about the loss of sovereignty, identity and control to a remote bureaucracy
And when it comes to the matter of "race" and "religion," this is
especially true. The disconnection between the political elites in Europe
and what Kirkpatrick calls the "little people" makes this abundantly
clear. For example, take Austria where Jorge Haider, an increasingly
popular nationalist politician, recently railed against the growing
Moslem presence there. He charged that -
"... we didn't win the war against the Moslems 500 years ago at the
gates of Vienna to be told now that we can't wear crucifixes in our
He was reacting to pressure by the secular elites to ban the wearing
of crucifixes in public school as "inflammatory" against the Moslem
community. Kirkpatrick concludes ominously,
"In the United States, there is also evidence of popular discontent
with the government's level of international commitment (and its increasing
penchant for multiculturalism) ... Surveys show widespread criticism
of ... (the elite) as being too concerned about foreign affairs and
too little devoted to promoting American interests."
Daniel Yankelovich writes in Foreign Affairs magazine that
many Americans feel their political leaders have been shortsighted and
ineffective in the promotion of American interests. Yankelovicy believes
that the elite has gotten dangerously ahead of most Americans in their
enthusiasm for "globalism." It is easy to understand how this could
happen. Summits are enormously attractive to political leaders. They
like to talk things over with equals and share the responsibility for
decisions. Moreover, Yankelovich writes, the political culture encourages
multilateral consultation and decision-making as more "high-minded"
than national decision-making. Multinational organizations are more
likely than purely national ones to emphasize long-range, altruistic,
global goals. They also permit leaders to forget their dependence
on the people - and it is here that elites run the very great risk
of being swept from power.
ELITE POWER IS A VERY DELICATE AND FRAGILE THING
The fact is, despite the mythology which surrounds elite power,
it is in reality a very delicate and fragile thing. Indeed,
throughout history elites have been challenged and eventually destroyed
- and this is especially so in democracies or in democratically controlled
organizations, although it is also true in absolutist countries as the
outcome of the French Revolution and the recent collapse of communism
so adequately demonstrate.
Challenges to that control occur when the disconnection between the
elites and the "common man" become too great to sustain - and once such
challenges take hold, they have a way of expanding until they at
last gain "critical mass," at which time all bets are off and the elite
can easily become prey to the mob. THIS IS WHAT RADICALIZATION IS ALL
ABOUT, and the strange and ironic thing about all this is that the elites,
more than anyone else, are responsible for "letting slip the dogs of
war" insofar as ethnic radicalization is concerned.
It is already well advanced in the Islamic world, and now - as a result
of the American intervention in Kosovo - is gaining "critical mass"
in the Orthodox world. It's also beginning to take hold in the West
as radicalization in one civilization plays off the radicalization of
the other civilization.
DON'T GET CAUGHT
As we indicated in our last journal, the only way we can avoid being
caught up in these currents is to begin walking in the light of God's
Word, specifically that Christ's Kingdom has nothing to do with
this world ["... My kingdom is not of this world ..." (John
18:36)] - and that out political involvement in it will not make it
a nicer place in which to live; all it will likely accomplish is to
pollute us. Christ's Kingdom is a heavenly kingdom whose builder and
maker is God (Heb. 11:10) - and it is only there that the reality of
Galatians 3:28 can be truly lived out; it's only there where there is
"... neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there
is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.
In this world, such distinctions will remain, and there is nothing
we can do to alter that fact. Our job while we remain here on earth
(and it is, in the final analysis, a pretty short stay) is not to reform
the earth (it is fit now only for judgment), but to get as many people
out of it as we can. As the words of that old Baptist hymn of long ago
declare, our home now is with Christ in the heavens, it has NOTHING
to do with this present EVIL world:
"This world is not our home, we're just a passing through, Our treasures
are laid up somewhere beyond the blue, The angels beckon us from heaven's
open door, And we can't feel at home in this world anymore.
"Oh Lord you know, we have no friend like you, If heaven's not our
home, then, Lord, what will we do, The angels beckon us from heaven's
open door, And we can't feel at home in this world anymore."
The Bible says that we are "partakers of a heavenly calling" (Heb.
3:1) having nothing to do with the affairs of this earth. Paul declares
that all those who wish to serve God must consider the world as alien
territory, and they themselves as only "sojourners" in it - people who
are merely transiting through it on their way to another land - a heavenly
country whose "builder and maker is God" (Heb. 11:10); and that while
here on earth, there is a necessity laid upon them to continually remind
themselves of their "alien status" by -
"... confessing (both in word and in the way they live) that they
are strangers (foreigners) and pilgrims (travelers, wanderers, wayfarers)
on the earth ..." (Heb. 11:13)
DO NOT LOVE THE WORLD
The Bible says:
"Do not love the world, or anything in the world. If anyone loves
the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For everything
in the world ... comes not from the Father ..." (1 John 2:15-16)
"The whole world lieth in the evil one." (1 John 5:19)
As God's children, we have been called out of the world
for there is NOTHING that we can do to make it any better.
The church is a "calling out" from the world (John 15:19;
17:14-16; Gal. 6:14; James 4:4) - she is called out to witness that
she is not of this world, but of heaven; that she is united to a glorified
Christ in heaven (Eph. 1:18-23; Eph 2:6), and not of this world, even
as He is not of this world (John 18:36).
The world - including, as a simple extension of logic, the United
States - is like some great passenger ship which has struck an iceberg;
it is sinking; the damage is of such a nature that the ship is beyond
repair and doomed. As Christians, we have not been called to busy ourselves
in the hopeless effort of repairing the damage, but instead we have
been called to get as many people off the ship as is possible before
it sinks. The ship itself is doomed! We are to jump into the lifeboats
and get as far away from the sinking ship as is possible, lest we ourselves
get caught in its undertow as it sinks.
Thus, while it's true that God has anointed the church to be a shining
example of righteousness and holiness in the world, He has not called
upon it to participate in its political activities - which activities
are controlled by Satan. We are to be examples of righteousness
and holiness, and by doing so to contrast the light of the church with
the darkness of this world. It is this - and not the church's involvement
in the political process - which has acted as a preservative of righteousness
in the world.
The power and influence of a good and righteous example - humbly
portrayed - is far more effective than the force of any political
process. Men will never be convicted of their sin by the church taking
sides with the state and placing guns to the heads of those who refuse
to conform; but countless numbers of sinners have renounced their sin
and turned to Christ because of the living example of humble and holy
men and women of God. We are, therefore, commanded by God to abstain
from the affairs of this world; to not get involved with them. True,
we are to "occupy" until He comes (Luke 19:13); but this means only
that we are to vocationally sustain ourselves and not be a burden on
others while we pass through - and that's all it means. In no way can
this verse be construed to mean anything else. Moreover, not only are
we not to involve ourselves with the world, we are not even to be "friendly"
with it. The Bible says:
"You adulterous people, don't you know that friendship with the world
is hatred toward God? Anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world
becomes an enemy of God." (James 4:4)
God's advise, then, to His people - the church - is to stay clear of
the political currents that are being unleashed in the "Last Days."
If we don't, we will be surely swept away.
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