THE EVIL IN OUR MIDST

["We have met the enemy, and he is us."]

By: S.R. Shearer
April 12, 2009

"The wicked are wicked no doubt, and they go astray and they fall and they come to their own deserts; but who can tell the mischief the virtuous do?"

- William Thackery

DICK CHENEY AS THE "BLOODY MONK"

"Killing for the joy of it is wrong, but killing because it is necessary to fight against an anti-Christ system ... is not only right, but the duty of every Christian."

The words of one Death Squad Member in Honduras

INTRODUCTION

The great conceit of liberalism - of the Left - is its refusal to concede reality to powers that are greater than man. The effort by the Left to discount these powers is so absurd that it borders on the moronic. At best, it's innocence masquerading as "worldliness;" at worst, it's folly pretending to be wisdom (Romans 1:22). The fact of the matter is, however, powers far greater than man control his destiny - and though unseen and little suspected by the rulers of the earth, there are "principalities," "powers," and "world-rulers of darkness" who are really in charge of this world and who direct the affairs of man - and with whom, as Paul tells us, we have to wage a fearful warfare:

"For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high (i.e., heavenly) places." (Ephesians 6:12)

THE LEFT BATTLES AGAINST PHANTOMS
IT CANNOT BY ANY MEANS SEE

Ulpian was ultimately slain in the imperial palace beneath the light of day by the very unseen forces of evil he had denied in life.

The Left, which fails to recognize this fact, but which - nonetheless - fancies itself an exposer of the "flesh and blood" wickedness in others, wields little more than a wooden sword against what are really only shadows.

The Left can speak only of "good" and "evil," but not of the dragons beyond those comfortable conceits. It battles against phantoms it cannot by any means see, and exposes nothing more than the secondhand sins of its flesh and blood adversaries, while never coming to grips with the real powers which stand behind that flesh and blood.

The words, "JURIS PRAECEPTA SUNT HAEC: HONESTE VIVERE ALTERUM NON LAEDERE SUM CUIQUE TRIBURE" (These are the precepts of law: to live honestly, to harm no one, and to give each his due) are the watchwords by which these left-wing agnostics attempt to order their lives and the lives of other men. They were written by the third-century Roman jurist Ulpian - like them, an agnostic - and their presence above the entrances of countless court buildings throughout the Western World attests to the attempt by such men to believe that they are in charge - that they control their own destiny; that they rule over the forces of "good" and "evil" in this world.

But the fate of Ulpian, who gave these words to Rome, speaks more to the reality: Ulpian was ultimately slain in the imperial palace beneath the light of day by the very unseen forces of evil he had denied in life - forces which proved far more evil, far more malignant, far more powerful, and much more deeply set in stone than his words could ever be.

WHO CAN TELL THE MISCHIEF
THE VIRTUOUS DO

But while the Left holds to its conceits, the conceits of the Right are far more malignant and much more dangerous. Unlike the Left, the Right does not deny the reality of the supernatural; what it does is much worse: it believes that it can manipulate these forces - that they are on its side, like "little angels." Speaking of this monumental conceit, William Thackery said:

"The wicked [which the Right supposes is the Left] are wicked no doubt, and they go astray and they fall and they come to their own deserts; but who can tell the mischief the virtuous [i.e., those on the Right] do?"

And one should not think that the sentiment that America is God's "Chosen Nation" is dead - at least not among those who inhabit the precincts of the Right; for example, Glen Beck of FOX News: here Beck gives his account of America's "exceptionalism" as a speaker at one of the largest "freedom celebrations" in the country, America's Freedom Festival Patriotic Service 2008. Please click here to hear his polemic on America.

http://www.kbyutv.org/patrioticservice/

And nowhere is this more true than in America.

The American Right has a messianic image of itself and America, and the extent to which it portrays America's history to the world as a succession of righteous acts is a clear testimony to this fact. GOD AND AMERICA! CHURCH AND STATE! - these are the watchwords of the Right. Speaking concerning this supposed link between the Almighty and the United States, Senator Beveridge (1862 - 1927) once said,

"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 doubt; to which we would reply with Robert Burns,

"Would that some power the gift to give us, to see ourselves as others see us."

And how do others see us? Maybe Simon Bolivar, the great liberator of South America - reacting to the arrogance of the Monroe Doctrine - said it best when he wrote:

"The United States appears to be destined by Providence to PLAGUE us with misery In the name of liberty."

AMERICANS SEE PROOF OF THEIR "DIVINE"
CALLING IN THE MILITARY POWER THEY WIELD

Michael Parenti has written,

"A nation which has spent the better portion of its history captivated by its own Chosen People mythology will have little difficulty in believing it is preeminently qualified to uplift mankind. The salvation impulse is compounded when national virtue is wedded to national power, for Americans begin to see proof of their divine calling in the very power which enables them to thrust themselves upon others."

But what exactly is this "divine power" to which America and the Right feel themselves connected? Is it God's or does it belong to some other supernatural agency? That's the question - a question, however, that should not be all that difficult to answer in light of John 18:36:

"Jesus answered, My kingdom is NOT of this world ..."

The god of this world

But if Christ's kingdom is not of this world, then to whose supernatural kingdom and power is America (and the Religious Right) really attached? That's the question!

And, make no mistake about it! - It is a question full of import insofar as American Christians are concerned. Well did Jesus say of the this kind of people:

"Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,

"And changed the glory of the incorruptible God for the likeness of an image ... [they made themselves]

"Wherefore God has given them up ...

"For that they exchanged the truth of God for a lie ..." (Romans 1:22-25)

And that is exactly what American Christians have done: Made God over in their own image; made Him to appear as they in their titanic arrogance think He ought to appear.

EVERY TREE IS KNOWN
BY ITS OWN FRUIT

Jesus said:

"A good tree bringeth not forth corrupt fruit; NEITHER DOTH A CORRUPT TREE BRING FORTH GOOD FRUIT.

"Every tree is known by his own fruit. For of thorns men do not gather figs, nor of a bramble bush gather they grapes.

"A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and AN EVIL MAN OUT OF THE EVIL TREASURE OF HIS HEART BRINGETH FORTH THAT WHICH IS EVIL: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh." (Luke 6:43-45)

And again He said:

"By their fruits ye shall know them. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?

"Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but THE CORRUPT TREE BRINGETH FORTH EVIL FRUIT.

"A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, NEITHER CAN A CORRUPT TREE BRING FORTH GOOD FRUIT.

"Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.

"THEREFORE BY THEIR FRUITS YE SHALL KNOW THEM." (Matthew 7:16-20)

IF THAT'S THE CASE ...

If that's the case, then what Seymour Hersh discovered about the "goings-on" of Dick Cheney in the White House over the last eight years should send shivers down the spines of all those American Christians who have tied themselves to the machinations of those who are connected to America's right-wing - which is about every evangelical Christian in the country.

Hersh reports that Cheney had his own SS-style political assassination unit that reported directly to him - AND WHEN ONE LOOKS CLOSELY AT THIS PARTICULAR UNIT, ONE CANNOT HELP BUT BE SHOCKED BY THE PERVASIVE PRESENCE OF CHRISTIANS IN IT (and we speak here of Task Force 121 and General Boykin, which is precisely the unit Hersh pointed at in his report of March 11, 2009). And this is so much the case that Christians - if they are honest with themselves - are forced to admit with Pogo:

"WE HAVE MET THE ENEMY AND HE IS US!"

Hitler as a Christian knight

And isn't that true? Of course it is if one takes seriously the words of Christ (see above - Matthew 7:16-20 and Luke 6:43-45), unless one is prepared to say that God sanctions the BRUTALITY and BLOOD-LETTING in which Task Force 121 is involved. Yes, "A tree is known by its fruit.")

ONE IS REMINDED OF
THE WORDS OF HITLER

And make no mistake about it, the presence of so many Christians in this BLOODY business is shocking.

Sadly, however, it is not the first time that Christians have become involved in such activity; this is precisely what happened in Germany more than seventy years ago when Hitler seized power there - promising to "clean things up" in the interest of the "Prince of Peace." To that end, in a speech in Stuttgart on February 16, 1933, Hitler said:

"Today Christians ... stand at the head of Germany ... I pledge that I never will tie myself to parties who want to destroy Christianity ... We want to fill our culture again with the Christian spirit ... We want to burn out all the recent immoral developments in literature, in the theater, and in the press - in short, we want to burn out the poison of immorality which has entered into our whole life and culture as a result of liberal excess during the past ... [few] years."

Christianity is the very basis of our morality

Then - in his first radio address to the German people after coming to power - he promised:

"The national government ... will maintain and defend the foundations on which the power of our nation rests. It will offer strong protection to Christianity as the very basis of our collective morality."

CONCERNING THIS POLITICAL
ASSASSINATION UNIT ...

Speaking concerning America's new political assassination unit (Cheney's equivalent to Hitler's Gestapo), Hersh told a University of Minnesota audience last month,

"After 9/11, I haven't written about this yet, but the Central Intelligence Agency was very deeply involved in domestic activities against people they thought to be enemies of the state. Without any legal authority for it. They haven't been called on it yet."

The Joint Special Operations Command

Hersh then went on to describe how the Joint Special Operations Command was (is) America's "Murder Inc." charged with carrying out political assassinations. He went on to say:

Hersh

"It [i.e., the Joint Special Operations Command] is a special wing of our 'special operations community' that is set up independently. They do not report to anybody, except in the Bush-Cheney days, they reported directly to the Cheney office ... Congress has no oversight of it."

NOTE: Seymour (Sy) Myron Hersh (born April 8, 1937) is an American Pulitzer Prize winning investigative journalist and author based in Washington, D.C. He is a regular contributor to The New Yorker Magazine on military and security matters. His work first gained worldwide recognition in 1969 for exposing the My Lai Massacre and its cover-up during the Vietnam War, for which he received the 1970 Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting. His 2004 reports on the U.S. military's mistreatment of detainees at Abu Ghraib prison gained much attention.

The revelation that Cheney had his own private assassination unit - one that is not too far removed in kind from Hitler's notorious SA (Sturmabteilung), the much feared para-military wing of the Nazi party which was used to beat, torture and kill political opponents of the Nazis in 1930's Germany, and the Waffen SS (Schutzstaffel), which was later used in the war to carry out executions and war crimes - is shocking.

SWEEPING ASIDE ALL
LEGAL PROHIBITIONS

Tellingly, like America is doing today, German courts quickly swept aside centuries of legal prohibition against extra-judicial killings to demonstrate their loyalty to Hitler. The Waffen SS was deemed beyond prosecution despite the fact that it was blatantly involved in egregious and ongoing war crimes, as well as domestic assassinations. This is exactly the "legal territory" that the Joint Special Operations Command is described as "inhabiting." Hersh said:

"It's an executive assassination ring essentially, and it's been going on and on and on. Under President Bush's authority, they've been going into countries, not talking to the ambassador or the CIA station chief, and finding people on a list and executing them and leaving. That's been going on in the name of all of us."

THE "SPECIAL OPERATIONS COMMAND"
DID NOT APPEAR OUT OF THIN AIR

Assassination of JFK

The "Special Operation's Command," however, did not appear out of thin air.  There is a history that stands behind its "sudden appearance" - A HISTORY THAT DEEPLY INVOLVES THE AMERICAN CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY AND ITS FILTHY ENTANGLEMENT WITH AMERICA'S INTELLIGENCE AGENCIES and the ghastly deeds with which these agencies are entwined. [Please see our article, "The American Empire: The Corporate / Pentagon / CIA / Missionary Archipelago."]

We say "ghastly" because this relationship originated out of the same devilish milieu of squalid forces that swirled and spun around the assassination of President John F. Kennedy; the same aloof, clandestine forces from which the 1976 House and Senate Select Committee - after uncovering the fact that there had indeed been a "CONSPIRACY" surrounding the murder of JFK - drew back in fear, refusing to press the matter farther out of DREAD concerning what they might discover. [Please see our article, "The Men Who Gathered Themselves Together at Clint Murchison's Dallas Home Forty-Five Years Ago."]

Most members of the Committee suspected the CIA was responsible, as evidenced by the words of Democratic Representative Don Edwards of California - a man not much given to conspiracy theories and who actually chaired the 1976 House committee hearings on the veracity of the Warren Commission Report, and a former FBI agent himself - who said:

"There's not much question (anymore) that ... the CIA is somewhere behind this cover-up. I hate to think what it is they are covering up - or who they are covering up for."

The Warren Commission

J. Edgar Hoover

NOTE: And, as if to confirm everyone's worst fears, J. Edgar Hoover, the head of the FBI at the time of the assassination, was reported to have said many years later to a close colleague:

"If I told you what I really know [about the JFK assassination], it would be very dangerous to this country. Our whole political system could be disrupted."

As a result of all this, there was a growing fear by many committee members that the investigation, if left to find its own end, would lead to a very "bad" result: The committee members began to sense that should JFK's killers be revealed for whom they actually were and what they had really done, the rage that such revelations would produce against America's foreign policy, intelligence and political establishments among the "masses" would spell disaster for the American political (and even the American economic) system. [Please see our article, "Conspiracy Theories."]

"Our whole political system could be disrupted" - Hoover.
Pictures of JFK funeral and resulting riots in 1960s.

The truth was, the committee had begun to accumulate a good deal of evidence that seemed to suggest who the real ringleaders (the killers on the ground) had been; specifically, David Atlee Phillips and a cabal of "agents" consisting of some of the CIA's most lethal operatives whose careers were profoundly entwined with the history of agency assassination plots - from top echelon officers such as Richard Helms to E. Howard Hunt, and from Ted Schackley to the Agency's Mob liaison William Harvey. All these men - everyone of them - had ice in their veins for blood; and they were UTTERLY convinced of the righteousness of their cause.

From ghoules and ghosties and long-legged beasties and things that go "bump in the night" - GOOD LORD PRESERVE US!

The CIA's Special Operations Cabal that was probably responsible for the assassination of JFK: From left to right starting at the top: Richard Helms, E. Howard Hunt, William Harvey, Ted Schackley, David Atlee Phillips (AKA Maurice Bishop) Thomas Davis, Christian David and Lucian Sarti.

Please see the following video on
Phillips (AKA Bishop)

And not only that, evidence was beginning to surface which indicated to whom these ringleaders actually answered, and to whom they were connected in the larger society; specifically, to various high-ranking elements in right-wing political and industrial circles - ELEMENTS WHICH WERE DRAGGED OUT OF THE SHADOWS AND "EXPOSED" FOR THE FIRST TIME DURING THE IRAN / CONTRA HEARINGS (i.e., those business and political figures connected to Oliver North's efforts to circumvent Congressional restrictions on providing military assistance to the Contra War effort during the Reagan years - the same elements which supported out of their own not inconsiderable largesse the continuation of the war despite those restrictions).

Please see the following video on the shadowy forces behind the Iran / Contra

The IRAN / CONTRA hearings were important because they revealed for the first time the existence of a "government within a government"
in the United States.

Finally - and what is worst of all - the Iran / Contra hearings exposed the presence of two hitherto unknown entities that were attached to America's "government within a government" that no one had suspected prior to the hearings: The presence of -

  1. The Evangelical Christian Community and the conservative wing of the Catholic Church (together with the Moonies and the Mormon religious communities) and,

  2. The Conservative Jewish Community - both in the United States and Israel.

Joseph Coors

THE PRESENCE OF THE RELIGIOUS RIGHT IN
AMERICA'S GOVERNMENT WITHIN A GOVERNMENT

Regarding the American Christian community, what the Iran / Contra hearings did was to reveal for the first time the presence - on a truly MASSIVE scale - of the American Christian community in America's "government within a government." This revelation became clear when Joseph Coors was called as a witness at the hearing.

Coors was one of the founders of the CNP (the Council on National Policy), an elite coordinating agency put together by Tim LaHaye, Pat Robertson, Joseph Coors and Nelson Bunker Hunt as a means of synchronizing the activities of the Economic Right and the Religious Right with America's "government within a government."

PAT ROBERTSON AND
THE DEATH SQUADS

Some of the many religious-right leaders associated with the CNP.

From left to right beginning at the top:

Lou Sheldon, James Robison, Howard Ahmanson, R.J. Rushdoony, John Whitehead, Sarah Palin, Tim LaHaye, Phyllis Schafley, Pat Robertson, John Ankerberg, Bob Jones III, David Breese, Chuck Missler, Sam Moore.

Again I say, "We have met the enemy, and he is us"

Moreover, the extent to which the CNP managed to coordinate the activities of these three entities (see above) is revealed in the fact that this coordination reached far beyond the mundane and touched upon the Contra Wars and the death squads - death squads that were the precursors of Task Force 121. Take for example, how deeply the CNP managed to involve Pat Robertson in these bloody conflicts: In the Spring of 1984 Pat Robertson and CBN reporter Norm Mintle traveled to El Salvador where they met with the late Roberto D'Aubuisson. Following the trip, the "700 Club" aired four 20-30 minute segments on El Salvador, the major theme being that D'Aubuisson was a "very nice fellow" who was being maligned by the "biased liberalism" of Newsweek, Time and U.S. News and World Report.

D'Aubuisson - a very nice fellow? Hardly! D' Aubuisson was considered to be the most notorious torturer and Death Squad leader in El Salvador; he was described by Robert White, former U.S. Ambassador to El Salvador, as a "pathological killer," and was widely known as "Major Soplete" (i.e., "Major Blowtorch"). [Please see our article, "The Death Squads: Bringing in the Kingdom of God through Terror, Torture and Death."]

How is it possible that Robertson could have described him as "a very nice fellow?" - but that's the kind of "purposeful blindness" which has become altogether too much the hallmark of those evangelicals who have gotten mixed up in the kind of DECEIT that marks such partnerships. Sir Walter Scott said it best when he wrote:

"Oh what a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to DECEIVE!" (Marmion, Canto vi. Stanza 17).

Robertson and D'Aubuisson

When confronted with the facts concerning those with whom they have allied themselves, evangelical leaders such as Robertson don't bother confronting the plain truth of the matter, but with a wave of their hand they simply lie and dismiss the allegations outright. Truly it can be said of these Christians: "Having ears to hear, they hear not, and eyes to see, they see not!" (Mark 8:18)

NOTE: AND ONE SHOULD MAKE NO MISTAKE ABOUT IT, THE PEOPLE WITH WHOM THE EVANGELICAL COMMUNITY HAS MADE COMMON CAUSE IN THE CNP ARE PUTRID, SMALL-MINDED, SELFISH MEN. Take Richard Shoff, for example, owner of Lincoln Log Homes in North Carolina; Schoff is a former Ku Klux Klan leader in Indiana. Then there's Jay Parker and John McGoff, both involved in trying to prop up the extreme racial policies of the former South African government (again, belying any avowal that the CNP might make regarding God's love for all mankind, not just simply the white race.) [Please see our article, "Racism and Right-Wing Christianity."]

Then there's Reed Larson of the National Right to Work Committee (NRTWC) and Don McAlvany, a contributing editor to the John Birch Society's weekly, New American; McAlvany once made a statement suggesting that someone might want to kill Desmond Tutu; he quickly retracted the statement, but - (?)

That people who call themselves Christian can tolerate ties which so clearly connect them to fascists, anti-Semites and racists does not say much for the brand of Christianity they represent. Exchanging a situation in this country that is dominated by "secular humanists" for one that is dominated by anti-Semites, fascists and racists is akin to jumping from the frying pan into the fire. It is no accident that these are precisely the same three groups which have historically fostered a belief in conspiracism - specifically, the Illuminist Myth, each for its own reasons: the business community as a means of defense against unionism, the Religious Right as a defense against "atheistic socialism," and the Political Right against "one-world universalism." [Please see our article, "Pat Robertson, Illuminism and the New World Order."]

THE SAD PRESENCE OF ISRAEL AS A LACKEY IN
AMERICA'S "GOVERNMENT WITHIN A GOVERNMENT"

Also - as we indicated above - in addition to the presence of the conservative Christian community in America's "government within a government," a second hitherto little suspected entity surfaced during the Iran / Contra Hearings: the conservative Jewish community both in America and in Israel. The presence of this community manifested itself as the Committee's investigation began turning up evidence regarding Israel's secret involvement in the swap of money and guns that was being manipulated between America and Iran: Israel was exposed as a sleazy "go-between" insofar as Iran and the United States were concerned; NOT ONLY THAT, THEY WERE EXPOSED FOR BEING HEAVILY INVOLVED WITH ORGANIZATIONS INTIMATELY CONNECTED TO AMERICA'S BLOODY CONTRA WARS IN CENTRAL AMERICA. 

Reacting to Israel's exposure as a participant in these wars, Jewish writer Y. Karny asked the obvious question,

"What vital interest does Israel have in this area of the world? - She has NO vital interest there at all!"

Nonetheless, there Israel could be found - up to her neck in the blood of "innocents" in Central America. Writing concerning Israel's involvement in these shameful wars, Karny wrote in Yediot Aharonot with tears in his eyes (Jerusalem; October, 1984):

"Today, one would be hard pressed to find five countries in the world which support the [dictatorial, blood-thirsty] Salvadoran regime [in Central America]. The United States under Ronald Reagan is at the head of the list of supporters. In this 'honorable' company, one can find Guatemala, a huge concentration camp masquerading as a state [under the headship of Rios Montt (a devil masquerading as a Christian)]; and - sadly - ONE CAN ALSO FIND THE STATE OF ISRAEL." [Please see our article, "Mystery, Babylon the Great, the Mother of Harlots."]

It was plain to Karny: Israel had been reduced to the status of a household slave (a "bootlicker," a "puppet") in the service of the American New World Order System.

A "MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING"

Israel on a string.

And Karny wasn't the only one in Israel who took note of what was going on.  There was also Dr. Benjamin Beit-Hallahmi, an Israeli professor of psychology at Haifa University; he confirmed the fact that Israel's involvement in the Contra Wars was no "happen chance" coincidence. He traced the origins of Israel's involvement in these unjust and blood-drenched wars back to a "MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING" signed between the United States and Israel "under cover of darkness" in November, 1981. It was an agreement that bound Israel as an American proxy "OUTSIDE THE EAST MEDITERRANEAN ZONE;" one that made Israel a "full" partner (really, a puppet) in America's gruesome wars to extend its New World Order System into areas of the world where Israel had no real interests other than to ingratiate herself to her American masters; in the 1980s, that meant participation in the Contra Wars in Central America.

Beit-Hallahmi wrote in disgust:

"In Israel the United States has found a more than willing PROXY. Indeed, in some cases the initiative for Israeli involvement in third world 'troublespots' has come from Israel and not the United States. This was the case in April 1983, when the director-general of the Israeli Foreign Ministry, David Kimche, arrived in Washington with a grand plan for an Israeli 'assistance program' in Africa, Asia and Latin America, financed by the United States. From Israel's point of view such a plan makes much sense: it gains Israel contacts in the third world, and MAKES HER A MORE INDISPENSABLE ALLY FOR THE UNITED STATES."

Israel: The shame of it all

Beit-Hallahmi went on to elaborate:

"Israel's involvement in Central America has been a collaborative venture with the United States ... Part 1 of this memorandum [see above] deals with military cooperation between the United States and Israel in areas 'OUTSIDE THE EAST MEDITERRANEAN ZONE'; the 3rd part called for arms sales to 'third' parties." [Please see B. Bahbah, "Israelis and Central America," Chicago Tribune, June 21, 1983; see also . P. Taubman, "Israel Said To Aid Latin Aims of U.S.," The New York Times, July 21, 1983.]

Beit-Hallahmi continues:

General Vernon Walters (CIA)

"A meeting between the Israeli ambassador in Washington, Meir Rosenne, and then Ambassador-at-Large Vernon Walters is said to have taken place in early 1984. ["Israel and Latin America: The Second Lebanon War," Smol, June 1984.] Walters, former CIA deputy director and ... [then] U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, reportedly asked for greater Israeli involvement in 'defending the free world' on the Central American front, and Rosenne is said to have concurred. Israel's role in Central America ... [was] indeed crucial for the United States, which ... [could not] offer direct and open military aid to states like Guatemala, because of those countries' blatant human rights violations. BUT ISRAEL CAN AND DOES OFFER SUCH AID, AS IT DOES IN OTHER REGIONS OF THE WORLD WHERE THE UNITED STATES CANNOT OPERATE DIRECTLY, e.g., IN RHODESIA [now Zimbabwe] AND SOUTH AFRICA ..." [Please see our article, "The Catholic / Evangelical Rapprochement."]

That's pretty heavy involvement; indeed, it's what one calls "being a good toady" - someone who not only is willing to do America's dirty work for her, but is actually EAGER to do it - kind of like a groveling puppy panting to "fetch" for her master. The United States couldn't have been more delighted, and it soon followed up on the Israeli suggestion.

The reality of what Beit-Hallahmi and Karny were writing about in the early 1980s was made plain as time passed by the growing - and, eventually - ubiquitous presence of Israeli "agents" and "military advisors" in the death squad activity being carried on in Central America under the auspices of "Christian" organizations such as the Institution on Religion and Democracy (IRD) and its sister organizations, the "Committee for the Free World," "Prodemca" and the "Friends of the Democratic Center in Central America" - all of them, right-wing organizations that didn't blink an eye in involving themselves with the death squads associated with the CIA.

THE INVOLVEMENT OF THE
AMERICAN JEWISH COMMUNITY

And we speak here not only of the presence of Israeli "agents" and ""military advisors," but also of very prominent members of the American Jewish community. For example, take the presence of Jews in the Committee for the Free World (CFW); the CFW, ostensibly a "Christian" organization, was (is) saturated with Jewish members.  Indeed, its first executive director was an American Jew, Midge Decter. Decter is married to Norman Podhoretz, the "guiding light" behind the conservative Jewish magazine, Commentary. The CFW began with funding from individuals and ultra-conservative foundations, all deeply associated with the promotion of "Christian worldviews:" the Scaife Foundation, the John M. Olin Foundation, the Coors Foundation and the Smith Richardson Foundation. [Please see our article, "Richard Mellon Scaife: The Evil that Money Can Do;" please also see "The Rutherford Institute and R.J. Rushdoony."]

The CFW's leading members are: Michael Ledeen who was involved with Col. Oliver North in the Iran-Contra affair. Ledeen became an editor at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in the late 1970s. He later joined the Reagan administration where he served as an adviser to North on the National Security Council and was on the planning group that led to the creation of the State Department's Office of Public Diplomacy. Then there is Richard Perle who has been associated with the infamous Committee on the Present Danger (CPD). Perle went on to join the Reagan administration as Asst Sec of Defense for Intl Security Policy. There is also Richard V. Allen who was a National Security Adviser to President Reagan. Another important figure is Richard Pipes, also a member of the CPD. He too served on the National Security Council during the Reagan administration. There's also Elliott Abrams, the son-in-law of Midge Decter; he was deeply implicated in all aspects of the Iran-Contra Affair and was also DIRECTLY INVOLVED IN DEATH SQUAD ACTIVITY IN CENTRAL AMERICA IN THE 1980s. Finally, there are the following: Roy Godson who served as the U.S. representative to the Intl Youth Year conference, an event funded by the National Endowment for Democracy; Lewis Tambs who was a member of the ultra-right World Anti-Communist League (a Moonie "front" operation), he served as ambassador to Costa Rica until 1986; William Simon who was Secretary of the Treasury under President Richard Nixon; Ray Cline who was a deputy director of the CIA from 1964 through 1967; and Jeane Kirkpatrick who served as the U.S. permanent representative to the United Nations during the Reagan administration. [Please see our article, "The Neo-Conservatives."]

Of these thirteen members, eight were American Jews, which gives some idea of their pervasive presence in the right-wing matrix.

From left to right starting at top:
Eliot Abrams (J), Daniel Pipes (J), Richard Allen (C), Richard Perle (J), Lewis Tambs (C), Oliver North (C), Norman Podhoretz (J), Michael Ledeen (J), Midge Deckter (J), the late Jeane Kirkpatrick (C), Roy Godson (C), William Simon (J), Ray Cline (C)

Very obviously, and very SADLY - and we mean this with all our heart - the CFW was saturated with conservative Jews, the presence of whom could not help but add to the growing "INFAMY" in the so-called "Third World" not only of Israeli Jews, but American Jews as well. After all, only a blind man could miss their overwhelming presence in those American institutions that were most responsible for the misery of the poor throughout the length and breath of the American New World Order System.

A PRECURSOR TO ISRAEL'S
"AGREEMENT WITH HELL"

ALL THIS - OF COURSE - MUST BE VIEWED AS A PRECURSOR TO ISRAEL'S PEOPHESIED DEFENSE PACT WITH "BABYLON THE GREAT" (i.e., the United States):

"Wherefore, hear the word of the Lord, ye ... men that rule this people which is in Jerusalem.

"Because ye have said, We have made a COVENANT WITH DEATH, AND WITH HELL (Prophetic Babylon) are we at agreement; when the overflowing scourge shall pass through, it shall not come unto us ...

"(But) ... your COVENANT WITH DEATH shall be disannulled, and your AGREEMENT WITH HELL shall not stand; when the overflowing scourge shall pass through, then ye shall be trodden down by it." (Isaiah 28:14-15, 18) [Please see Part 6 of Chapter XV of the New Antipas Papers, "Israel's Agreement with Hell."] 

PRACTICING PHOENIX IN IRAQ

Getting back to the death squads with which all these groups were involved, investigative journalist David Cole writes that Lt. Col. David Kilcullen, the top counterinsurgency adviser to Gen. David Petraeus in Iraq, was reported to have said that the U.S. has been "practicing in Iraq the Phoenix Program it developed in Vietnam." He was alluding to the notorious Vietnam-era CIA operation that provoked a worldwide uproar because of the detention, torture and execution of thousands of Vietnamese.

Phoenix was a totally illegal program that violated the rules of war. It cost millions of dollars. The estimate of those killed as a result of the Phoenix Program is about 76,000.

From left to right: high-ranking civilian members of Phoenix (one of whom is David Morales - implicated in the JFK assassination). Phoenix members questioning a prisoner hanging upside down; afterwards, such prisoners were usually killed. Phoenix military member directing operations.

The mainstream media never reported on Kilcullen's statement, perhaps because Kilcullen's  explosive terminology has been scrubbed clean from all army statements since he first made mention of "Phoenix in Iraq."

NOTE: Cole says that Phoenix was first referred to in connection with Iraq in a forty-eight-page strategy paper, "Countering Global Insurgency" published in the obscure Small Wars Journal of September-November 2004. In his 2004 article, Kilcullen describes the Vietnam Phoenix program as "unfairly maligned" and "highly effective." Dismissing CIA sponsorship and torture allegations as "popular mythology," Kilcullen calls Phoenix a misunderstood "civilian aid and development program" that was supported by "pacification" operations to disrupt the Vietcong, whose infrastructure ruled vast swaths of rural South Vietnam.

Cole reports, however, that Phoenix was far from an "aid and development" program. To achieve deniability, the CIA trained and transferred operational authority to the South Vietnamese national police, who tortured suspects indiscriminately. CIA officer William Colby, founder of the program, told a Congressional committee in 1971 that the Phoenix operation had killed 20,587 Vietcong suspects in two year (most historians put the figure at around 76,000). An official Pentagon evaluation in 1968 found that "the truncheon and electric shock method of interrogation was in widespread use, with almost all [US] advisors admitting to have witnessed instances of the use of these methods ... [and] 'turned their backs on them'." A Naval Institute historian later found that "the large majority of South Vietnamese interrogators tortured some or all of the communist prisoners in their care" as well as Vietnamese suspected of collaboration with the Vietcong.

Westhusing - who committed suicide after leaving a note saying that he had been corrupted by his activities.

Cole states that evidence continues to mount that the same kind of torture that was practiced in Vietnam is now being practiced in Iraq. One of Petraeus's top associates, Col. Theodore Westhusing, committed suicide in June 2005, leaving a note saying, "I cannot support a mission that leads to corruption, human rights abuses and liars." The Jones Commission reported to Congress last year that the Iraqi national police are "highly sectarian," almost entirely Shi'a, and should be disbanded. The New York Times has reported that there are as many as ten secret prisons under the Interior Ministry in Baghdad. The Los Angeles Times has described the same ministry, funded and advised by Americans, as responsible for torture and ethnic cleansing. A BBC reporter in 2006 showed footage of tortured civilians and said "it's all happening under the eyes of US commanders who seem unwilling or unable to intervene." In a July 2007 report to Congress, even the Bush Administration acknowledged that "target lists," emanating from the highest levels of the Iraqi regime, contain the names of Iraqis that are suspected of sympathizing with the insurgency. Baghdad has been turned into an urban counterinsurgency theme park with blast walls, barricades, concertina wire, checkpoints, interrogation centers, retina scans and fingerprinting, door-to-door searches--the whole panorama of police controls. The Pentagon refers to these areas as "gated communities."

THE JOINT SERVICES SPECIAL OPERATIONS COMMAND

Kilcullen went on to advocate the use of a "Global Phoenix Program" by the United States, not only in Iraq but throughout the world; A "global Phoenix program," he wrote, would provide a starting point for dismantling the worldwide jihadist infrastructure today.

IT IS, OF COURSE, PRECISELY FOR THIS PURPOSE THAT CHENEY'S "JOINT SPECIAL OPERATIONS COMMAND" WAS ORGANIZED.

Cole went on to say that the U.S. has been using some of this country's "best and brightest" in this effort.

The "best and the brightest" - students flocking to join the CIA; not only men, but women as well. [The picture here is of Wellesley]

He says that the history of university-based counterinsurgency operatives stretches back to a Michigan State University Vietnam project in the 1960s, which involved covert CIA officers training and arming South Vietnamese police. Stanley Sheinbaum, for decades a respected progressive leader and fundraiser, coordinated the MSU project and later, in disgust, broke the story to Ramparts Magazine (April 1966).  And so it is that nearly fifty years later, Gen. Petraeus is still recruiting academic anthropologists and systems theorists. Among them are professors at Harvard's Carr Center, which formally collaborated with him in writing the current Army and Marines' war-fighting manuals. According to a 2005 New Yorker report, American psychologists and psychiatrists are enlisted in Behavioral Science Consultation Teams to design strategies to "exploit the physical and mental vulnerabilities of detainees." Anthropologists are recruited to study tribal cultural patterns in what Kilcullen calls "armed social science." All this kind of takes the "glow" off Petraeus.

Nazis in a holy cause

THE CONTINUING CHRISTIAN IMPRINT ON
THE JOINT SPECIAL OPERATIONS COMMAND

The great Soviet dissident Alexander Solzhenitsyn once wrote:

"To do evil a human being must first of all believe that what he's doing is good ... instead of bad in his own and others' eyes, so that he won't hear reproaches and curses but will receive praise and honors."

It's perhaps for this reason that one finds the imprint of "Christians" stamped so deeply into the fabric of Cheney's Joint Special Operations Command. Take, for example, the ubiquitous presence of "Christians" in "Task Force 121," the Joint Special Operations Command's "action arm" in Iraq.  Journalist Seymour Hersh (New Yorker, Dec. 15) reports that -

"Task Force 121 is a rapid-deployment assassination unit built out of elite Special Operations forces from the Army, Navy and Air Force. The death squads have CIA officers officially 'attached', and come with a large accompanying 'conventional force' to seal off areas while the killing goes down. Operations are already reported in Iraq and Syria. The unit is patterned on the notorious 'Operation Phoenix' where CIA death squads murdered and tortured tens of thousands of people to 'neutralize the infrastructure' of South Vietnam's National Liberation Front."

An angel comforting a Nazi soldier

NOTE: It's interesting to note here that Hersh also confirmed the presence of Israelis in "Task Force 121" - indicating the continuing toady-like relationship that Israel has with the United States; Hersh reported:

"According to American and Israeli military and intelligence officials, Israeli commandos and intelligence units have been working closely with their American counterparts. Moreover, Israeli commandos are expected to serve alongside the Americans when full-field operations begin. The U.S. high command denies Israeli involvement and an Israeli official told Hersh: 'Both governments have decided at the highest level that it is in their interest to keep a low profile on U.S.-Israeli cooperation'."

GOD'S WAR WARRIOR: LT. GEN. WILLIAM BOYKIN

Richard Cooper of the Los Angeles Times reports on the "Christian mindset" of the Joint Special Operations Command; he points out that it is plainly visible in its commander, Lt. Gen. William Boykin.

Boykin is a much-decorated and twice-wounded veteran of covert military operations. From the bloody 1993 clash with Muslim warlords in Somalia chronicled in "Black Hawk Down" and the hunt for Colombian drug czar Pablo Escobar to the ill-fated attempt to rescue American hostages in Iran in 1980, Boykin has been in the thick of things.

Boykin, a member of the super-secret "Delta Force" (a group that the intelligence agencies refuse to acknowledge one way or another) is an outspoken evangelical Christian who appeared in dress uniform and polished jump boots before a religious group in Oregon two years ago in June to declare that radical Islamists hated the United States -

"... because we're a Christian nation, because our foundation and our roots are Judeo-Christian ... and the enemy is a guy named Satan."

Discussing the battle against a Muslim warlord in Somalia, Boykin told another audience,

"I knew my God was bigger than his. I knew that my God was a real God and his was an idol."

He went on to say:

"We in the army of God, in the house of God, kingdom of God have been raised for such a time as this," Boykin said last year.

Boykin holy warrior

[Now you must understand something here; no doubt Boykin is a Christian, and no doubt he is sincere; but how does one square the kind of thinking and life-style that he has engaged in with God's command in Luke 6:27-29 "But I say unto you which hear, Love your enemies, do good to them which hate you, Bless them that curse you, and pray for them which despitefully use you. And unto him that smiteth thee on the one cheek offer also the other; and him that taketh away thy cloke forbid not to take thy coat also." It is, of course, IMPOSSIBLE!

THE "CHRISTIAN" ROOTS OF AMERICA'S
INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY

Boykin's mentor in the intelligence community was Colonel Joseph A. McChristian, a "holy figure" in the annals of American intelligence. Like Boykin, McChristian was a TRUE BELIEVER.

As special assistant to the Joint U.S. Military Advisory Group in Greece from 1949 to 1950 (which coincided with the end of the Greek Civil War), he had seen that Protestant Bibles were distributed to every Greek soldier fighting the communists. McChristian understood the value of religion in America's war against communism. McChristian believed that if soldiers could be made to think that they were "fighting for God," they would be that much more imbued with a "fighting spirit," and that much more confident in what they were doing when called upon to engage in the dirtier, more sordid side of counterinsurgency activity. After all, not everyone is a sadist and a pathological killer, especially insofar as conscript armies are concerned. It's difficult to kill, and if the killers can be convinced that what they are doing is "KILLING DEMONS" in the name of God rather than killing innocent human beings, it makes the job that much easier. It eases the conscience when one is alone at night.

A traveling revival

McChristian introduced this kind of thinking wherever he went. He believed in it! He wasn't just pretending for the sake of convenience. To McChristian, spreading the Gospel was synonymous with spreading the American "free enterprise" system and expanding the financial interests of people like the Rockefellers, the Milbanks, the Swifts and the Morgans. It's no accident or flight of fancy, therefore, when peasants - in describing the activities of death squads throughout Latin America - inevitably tell stories of death squad members praising God, singing hymns, and "speaking in tongues" as they go about their gruesome business of butchering people. This is what McChristian and people like him believe! - and this is precisely what makes it possible for death squad members to also be "members in good standing" in countless numbers of Protestant evangelical groups throughout Latin America. This is why - in following Oliver North and members of his entourage around the Contra-training camps in the 1980s - one reporter could describe it as if he had been following a traveling revival.

LIMONOCHA

When, in April 1962, McChristian arrived at Limonocha, Ecuador (the base camp for the Wycliffe Bible Translators), to fight the demons that were arrayed against the American imperial system, he arrived with the silver leaf of an American Green Beret Lieutenant Colonel. Actually, that was just a cover; he was in fact a major-general working in army intelligence as chief of the Western Hemisphere Division. His counterpart in the CIA was Colonel J.C. King who was intimately associated with the Wycliffe Bible Translators. King had gotten Wycliffe heavily involved in the overthrow of the Arbenz government in Guatemala, which - like Goulert's government in Brazil - had threatened to nationalize various American business enterprises there in the early 1950s, and which had cost the lives of thousands and thousands of peasants, many of whom had been converted to Protestant Christianity through the efforts of Wycliffe. [Please see our article on "The American Empire."] It seems that in instance after instance when "push came to shove" and the interests of the Gospel clashed with the interests of Wycliffe's business backers, the business backers won out.

 LIMONOCHA

WYCLIFFE BIBLE TRANSLATOR'S (SIL) BASE
CAMP IN ECUADOR USED BY THE CIA

McChristian was only forty-seven years old when he made Wycliffe's Limonocha jungle base the unofficial headquarters for his counterinsurgency activities in the Amazon basin; but there was no mistaking his mastery of the techniques of counterinsurgency. Moreover, he was well connected to conservative networks, being the son-in-law of General A. Van Fleet, who had recently violated military law by publicly challenging President Kennedy's handling of the Bay of Pigs. Van Fleet was then a top counterinsurgency consultant to Kennedy's army secretary on guerrilla warfare - and there are many who believe that Van Fleet was involved in some way in the Kennedy assassination.

BENDING THE RULES FOR CHRIST

So convinced of his own righteousness and the righteousness of the cause he served, and so sure that in battling for the "American free enterprise" system in Latin America, he was helping to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ, McChristian was not above helping things along for the "Lord's side" by bending the rules a little in its advancement. For example, when the government of President Carlos Julio Arosemena of Ecuador began making moves which McChristian believed would lead Arosemena down the same road Goulert had taken in Brazil and Arbenz had taken in Guatemala, he swung CIA assets in the country against Arosemena and provoked a rebellion at the CIA advised Cuenca garrison. When, in answer to this rebellion, a group of young intellectuals in Quito associated with the University of Ecuador began training to defend Arosemena, McChristian sought to link the students to the local Communist Party. He turned Quito upside down looking for evidence, and finding none, he doctored interrogation reports to the Ecuadorian military that falsely linked the students to the Communist Party.

Most of the students were shot, and Arosemena was so frightened by what had happened that he quickly caved. In doing so, Arosemena gave into a CIA demand that he launch a "civic action program" (utilizing death squads) - the first of its kind in America - which combined $1.5 million in U.S. military assistance with another $500,000 in AID funds for public works projects. McChristian took this concept to Vietnam later in the decade and turned it into the Phoenix Program. In 1969, Phoenix was re-introduced into Latin America as a fully developed counterinsurgency program - AND THIS IS PRECISELY THE LINK BETWEEN THE DEATH SQUADS IN LATIN AMERICA AND THE EVANGELICAL "CHRISTIAN" COMMUNITY!!

A STAGGERING THOUGHT

THINK ABOUT IT!! THE THOUGHT IS STAGGERING! THE CONCEPT OF THE DEATH SQUAD WAS DEVELOPED BY A MAN WHO OPENLY PROFESSED CHRISTIANITY THROUGHOUT HIS LIFE AND WAS CLOSELY LINKED TO THE WYCLIFFE BIBLE TRANSLATORS. And people call this Christianity? God help all of us, for if this is so, we have all surely lost our way.

Where is the moral equivalence between the death squads and the love of Jesus? - Jesus said, "Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy. But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you." (Matthew 5:43-44) What does killing have to do with the love of Christ?

The Wycliffe Bible Translators, however, thought otherwise. Wycliffe's Donald Johnson said that McChristian was "... one of the most impressive officers that I have ever met. If all of our top commanders and diplomats were of his caliber, we could be proud and there would not be any 'ugly Americans'."

McChristian's approach to counterinsurgency utilizing Wycliffe was enthusiastically embraced by everyone at Wycliffe. Wycliffe's Jerry Elder even sent Cam Townsend, the head of Wycliffe, a clipping from Lima's La Prensa that reported on a conference between Ecuadorian and Peruvian army commanders on the border. Writing from Limonocha, Elder wrote:

"The high point was the fact that they should unite to fight the common enemy, Communism ... I think this is particularly significant in light of the fact that one of the reasons that Commander Melger (CIA) went out there was to give a report to the military on the possibility of our (i.e., Wycliffe) doing espionage along the border."

THE IMPLICATIONS HERE ARE CLEAR ...

Chou En-lai

Lumumba

Che

Allende

The intimate, the long-lasting involvement of people like Boykin, McChristian and innumerable Christian missionaries in America's BLOODY effort to expand the limits of the American New World Order System stinks to high heaven. It connects America's Christian community to a long list of foreign "hits" or attempted "hits" over a very long period of time; for example:

  • Kim Koo, Korean opposition leader.

  • CIA/Neo-Nazi hit list of numerous political figures in West Germany.

  • Chou En-lai, Prime minister of China, several attempts on his life.

  • Sukarno, President of Indonesia.

  • Kim Il Sung, Premier of North Korea.

  • Claro M. Recto, Philippines opposition leader

  • Jawaharlal Nehru, Prime Minister of India

  • Gamal Abdul Nasser, President of Egypt

  • Norodom Sihanouk, leader of Cambodia

  • Brig. Gen. Abdul Karim Kassem, leader of Iraq

  • José Figueres, President of Costa Rica, two attempts on his life

  • Francois "Papa Doc" Duvalier, leader of Haiti

  • Patrice Lumumba, Prime Minister of the Congo (Zaire)

  • Gen. Rafael Trujillo, leader of Dominican Republic

  • Ngo Dinh Diem, President of South Vietnam

  • Fidel Castro, President of Cuba, many attempts on his life

  • Raúl Castro, high official in government of Cuba

  • Francisco Caamaño, Dominican Republic opposition leader

  • Charles de Gaulle, President of France

  • Che Guevara, Cuban leader

  • Salvador Allende, President of Chile

  • Gen. Rene Schneider, Commander-in-Chief of Army, Chile

  • General Omar Torrijos, leader of Panama

  • General Manuel Noriega, Chief of Panama Intelligence

  • Mobutu Sese Seko, President of Zaire

  • Michael Manley, Prime Minister of Jamaica

  • Muammar Qaddafi, leader of Libya, several attempts upon his life

  • Ayatollah Khomeini, leader of Iran

  • Gen. Ahmed Dlimi, Moroccan Army commander

  • Miguel d'Escoto, Foreign Minister of Nicaragua

  • The nine comandantes of the Sandinista National Directorate

  • Sheikh Mohammed Hussein Fadlallah, Lebanese Shiite leader (80 people killed in the attempt)

  • Saddam Hussein, leader of Iraq

[This list was compiled by William Blum of political leaders who over the years the U.S. has targeted for assassination (some successfully, some not successfully). This list does not include several assassinations in various parts of the world carried out by anti-Castro Cubans employed by the CIA and headquartered in the United States.]

VERY OBVIOUSLY ...

At the very least, the above list indicates the casual nature of America's resort to political assassination and murder to silence its opponents outside the borders of the United States - AND FOR AMERICANS TO BELIEVE THAT THIS WICKED PROCLIVITY TOWARDS ASSASSINATION DOES NOT EXTEND TO AMERICANS THEMSELVES IS NAÏVE IN THE EXTREME. The list of Americans who have been dealt with in this manner is endless: JFK, RFK, Martin Luther King, Jr., etc. [Please see our articles, "MK-Ultra and the Search for the Manchurian Candidate," "Conspiracy Theories" and "The Utility of Police Brutality in the Elite's War against the Poor."]

Wellstone

Webb

Brussels

Olson

Moreover, the list of "in-house" Americans who have been "killed off" by the agents of America's "government within a government" is not confined simply to these well-known cases. It extends well beyond them to men and women of much less prominence who died under very murky circumstances (alleged suicides, quick acting cancers, mysterious plane crashes, automobile accidents, etc.) - all people who opposed elite power in one way or another.

The enemy you see in the mirror is yourself!

THE HORROR OF WHAT'S BEEN GOING ON IN THIS COUNTRY - THE MURDERS, THE "DISAPPEARANCES," THE IMPRISONMENTS, ETC.  THAT NO ONE WANTS TO ADMIT EXIST, AND THE GREATER HORROR OF ADMITTING TO THE PARTICIPATION OF CHRISTIANS IN ALL OF THIS - IS BREATHTAKING.

IT'S FOR THIS REASON THAT WE DARE NOT LOOK IN A MIRROR, BECAUSE THE MONSTER WE SEE LOOKING BACK AT US IS OURSELVES.

In defense (so to speak) of those Christians who have involved themselves in these crimes, it must be admitted that the COMPULSION that propels these men to their evil deeds is exceedingly forceful. It has to be! Again, it isn't without reason that Solzhenitsyn wrote:

"To do evil a human being must first of all believe that what he's doing is good ... instead of bad in his own and others' eyes, so that he won't hear reproaches and curses but will receive praise and honors."

It, therefore, has to be concluded that the DECEPTION that is driving this COMPULSION and that has made these men and women mad (crazy) is a powerful one - AND THAT IS EXACTLY WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS.

SO YOU THINK YOU CANNOT BE DECEIVED?
MAYBE EVERYONE ELSE CAN, BUT NOT YOU!

Jesus said that in the "Last Days" a great deception will take hold of Christendom; specifically, he said:

"There shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall DECEIVE the very elect.

"Behold, I have told you before." (Matthew 24:23-25)

NOTE: The words, "if it were possible" are not in the original Greek.

In other words, there shall arise in the "end of days" many "false Christs" and "false prophets" all claiming to speak for Christ insofar as the Kingdom of God is concerned. "Follow me," they will say, "and together we will set up the Kingdom of God on earth."

That, of course, is exactly the message of today's American Church. That's what "Dominionism" is all about. [Please see our articles, "The God-Men of the American New World Order System" and "Luciferic Christianity;" please also see "The Superman Theology behind the International Feast of Tabernacles."]

Naturally enough, you say that you know better. That you can resist the COMPULSION that is driving these men and women. But, oh, I tell you, you have no idea how POWERFUL that COMPULSION is! How demanding; how insistent and unrelenting!

So you think you can resist this seduction, do you?
You're a FOOL if you think so!

The fact is, it is so seductive and compelling that Jesus warned us not to allow ourselves to be subjected its SIREN call. He warned us to get away from it! Specifically, He said:

"Come out of her [i.e., Babylon], my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues." (Revelation 18:4) [Please see our article, "The Kingdom of God Is at Hand."]

THAT'S GOD'S ANSWER insofar as this seduction is concerned! - Still, very few people take God's command seriously - EVEN MANY WHO HAVE FOR YEARS BEEN A PART OF THIS MINISTRY.

It's as if this command is for everyone but themselves - and their inaction applies not only to God's command insofar as Revelation 18:4 is concerned, but even to taking REALISTIC and MEANINGFUL steps to build a "BASIC CHURCH COMMUNITY" where they live as a refuge against that seduction, or to move somewhere where they can be a part of such a community.  They're waiting for someone else to do it for them, i.e., to do the work of creating a "basic church community" for them, or to make it possible for them to move somewhere where they can be a part of such a community; they're "WAITING FOR GODOT."  [Please see our book, WHAT TO DO AS THE END APPROACHES.]

WAITING FOR GODOT

Waiting for Godot is a play by Samuel Beckett, in which two characters wait for someone named Godot. Nothing can begin until Godot arrives; in the meantime, they must wait; it is their FATE to wait. To do anything else but wait is to disturb the "Plan of God."

Determining the will of God for our puny little lives is UTTERLY futile, at least insofar as it touches one's life in the "here and now."  We dare not disturb the "here and now" unless we hear from Godot. So we wait. When Godot gets here, everything will be revealed. We must have patience until then. We must not be rash; we must not take "unnecessary risks." We must not impose our will on God - AND SO WE WAIT.

AN EXCUSE FOR INACTION

This kind of thinking, however, is nothing more than an excuse for inaction, and while those who imbibe this kind of thinking would never admit it, what they have done is to surrender themselves to a kind of pseudo-spirituality that makes "fatalism" a virtue and "choice" a sin - hence to do nothing is "spiritual" (Christians call it "trusting in the Lord"), and "to act" betrays a "rashness" that is not only carnal, but "ungodly" and "untrusting."

Waiting for someone else to do what God has called them to do.

But this is pure nonsense! Fatalism is nothing more than AN EXCUSE FOR INACTION, a pathetic reason for Christians to avoid uncomfortable choices and to put off hard decisions which might inconveniently impact the way they live, and cause their friends and loved ones to disassociate themselves from them. Fatalism is a dissimulation - a hypocrisy that allows Christians to cheat insofar as their responsibility to God is concerned.

The sobering fact of the matter is, when Christians "buy into" this kind of mindset - purposefully or perhaps unconsciously and willy-nilly - they have submitted themselves to the "PROCESS" of a SLAUGHTERHOUSE, like -

"... natural brute beasts, made to be taken and DESTROYED ..." (2 Pet. 2:12)

YES! - WE LIVE IN AN "IN-BETWEEN TIME"

Yes, we are living in an "In-Between" time - a time that God IN HIS GREAT MERCY has bequeathed to us. I am afraid, however, that most people - people who should know better - are not taking advantage of this gift from God, and have instead fearfully drawn back from the choices before them. [Please see our article, "The In-Between Time" and "As the Days of Noah Were, so Shall also the Coming of the Son of Man Be."]

Of course, they say that they will become "active" again when circumstances change; but for now they have to take care of themselves. They've been living too long "on the edge." It's time to take a well-deserved rest. AND THERE ARE NOT A FEW OF THEM WHO BLAME ME FOR TURNING THEIR LIVES UPSIDE DOWN; for being too "narrow-minded" and doctrinaire; for having no concern for the weakness of others.

But these are those about whom the Lord said:

"Know this, that if the goodman of the house had known in what watch the thief would come, he would have watched, and would not have suffered his house to be broken up.

"Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh.

"Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his lord hath made ruler over his household, to give them meat in due season?

"Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing.

"Verily I say unto you, That he shall make him ruler over all his goods.

"But and if that evil servant shall say in his heart, MY LORD DELAYETH HIS COMING ...

 "The lord of that servant shall come in a day when he looketh not for him, and in an hour that he is not aware of,

"And ... appoint him his portion with the hypocrites: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth [at that time]." (Matthew 24:43-48 and 50-51)

I SOMBERLY WARN YOU ...

It's too risky to go on!
I deserve a break!

I somberly warn you, there is no standing still before God; either one is going forward, or he is going backward. It's in the light of this that I must tell you - with tears in my eyes - there are very few people who were with me at the "beginning" who are with me now; people who thought that they could rest for awhile; stop and "take a breather." THEY ARE GONE NOW, AND I DON'T REALLY EXPECT TO SEE THEM AGAIN. Jesus said:

"No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God." (Luke 9:62)

The Lord has left them.

I realize that in saying this, I will reinforce the thinking of those who say I am a "HARD MAN," having no compassion, But as Jesus said,

"Wisdom is justified of all her children." (Luke 7:35)

DISAPPEARING INTO A BLACK HOLE

A black hole - "outer darkness" (Matthew 35:30)

Listen to me, dear brothers and sisters; Jesus expects a return on His "investment" in you. If you find that harsh, blame Christ, not me!  Jesus said:

"For the kingdom of heaven is as a man travelling into a far country, who called his own servants, and delivered unto them his goods.

"And unto one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one; to every man according to his several ability; and straightway took his journey.

"Then he that had received the five talents went and traded with the same, and made them other five talents.

"And likewise he that had received two, he also gained other two.

"But he that had received one went and digged in the earth, and hid his lord's money.

"After a long time the lord of those servants cometh, and reckoneth with them.

"And so he that had received five talents came and brought other five talents, saying, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me five talents: behold, I have gained beside them five talents more.

"His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.

"He also that had received two talents came and said, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me two talents: behold, I have gained two other talents beside them.

"His lord said unto him, Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.

"Then he which had received the one talent came and said, Lord, I knew thee that thou art an hard man, reaping where thou hast not sown, and gathering where thou hast not strawed:

"And I was afraid, and went and hid thy talent in the earth: lo, there thou hast that is thine.

"His lord answered and said unto him, Thou wicked and slothful servant, thou knewest that I reap where I sowed not, and gather where I have not strawed:

"Thou oughtest therefore to have put my money to the exchangers, and then at my coming I should have received mine own with usury.

"Take therefore the talent from him, and give it unto him which hath ten talents.

"For unto every one that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance: but from him that hath not shall be taken away even that which he hath.

"And cast ye the unprofitable servant into OUTER DARKNESS: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth." (Matthew 25:14-30)

God bless you!

S.R. Shearer
Antipas Ministries

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