LIES AND DAMNED LIES:
NOT DISCERNING THE TRUTH
by: S.R. Shearer
is nothing left for us to do but to take them all, and to educate the
Filipinos, and uplift and civilize and Christianize them, and by God's
grace do the very best we can by them, as our fellow men for whom Christ
- President William McKinley
[And so in the very early part of the last century the Americans launched
an effort to "civilize" and "Christianize" the Filipinos
through the barrel of a gun - an effort that eventually cost the lives
of over 1,000,000 people. Is this what the Gospel of Jesus Christ is
all about - putting a gun to a person's head and telling him to "convert"
"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."
- Alexander Solzhenitsyn
Arundhati Roy, a tireless worker for the poor in India and throughout
the world, writes:
"The U.S. government's war ... (to secure its New World Order
System) has launched a two-pronged assault on the world. One is a
(U.S.) military assault on the Middle East that seeks to redraw the
map of that region ... (in order to) establish (its) hegemony over
oil. The other is an assault on the intelligence of the human race.
IT'S NOT THE LIES WE ARE BEING TOLD, BUT THE QUALITY OF THOSE LIES
THAT IS TRULY INSULTING."
And she is right. The lies - while staggering in the sheer quantity
of them - are so blatantly spurious that one wonders how anyone could
possible buy into them. Take, for example, the belief pushed by Bush's
evangelical Christian followers, that in making war on Iraq, Bush is
- in the words of Don Evans, the president's Commerce Secretary, and
John Ashcroft, the president's Attorney General - "doing the Lord's
DOING THE LORD'S WORK
Doing the Lord's work? Oh, really? Come on now, is it really that difficult
for Christians to pierce the facade of this kind of "Christian-speak?"
- the kind that enshrouds the Bush administration in a DECEPTIVE
aura of piety? Is it really that hard to take cognizance of the fact
that the Bush administration, together with its allies in the Economic
and Political Right, is engaging in a monstrous HOAX;
that these people have no real interest in the "things of Christ"
- and that while they are raining down bombs on the people of Iraq,
they are NOT in their "prayer closets" praying
on bended knees for the souls of their Iraqi "adversaries"
(or even for the souls of the poor American soldiers who are unwittingly
doing the fighting and dying for them), but in their "counting
houses" and board rooms signing contracts, securing drilling rights,
making plans to lay oil pipelines, and in general planning to loot the
Iraqi people of ALL they have?
THE BECHTEL CORPORATION
on, now! Be honest! How hard is it to see any of this? - to see, for
example, that the giant Bechtel Corporation - a company that lurks as
a malignant and ceaseless "presence" at the very heart of
the oil conglomerate that attends the Bush administration - just received
a prized $680 million deal over 18 months for the long-term reconstruction
of Iraq, a "reconstruction effort" that could eventually cost
over $100 billion? And one must remember here what "reconstruction"
means to the Bush administration: It means preparing Iraq's oil fields
to be plundered of their oil wealth for the benefit of the oil companies
that command the lofty heights of the American New World Order System.
[Please see our article, "The Coming War in Iraq: What It's Really
Bechtel has been banging the drums of war with Iraq for some time now
- as has Exxon-Mobil, Halliburton, British Petroleum, etc. - and it's
NOT for the sake of the Gospel of Jesus Christ that Bechtel
has been whacking these drums with all of its might and pushing innocent
young American men and women into the flames of war, but rather for
the sake of the BILLIONS and BILLIONS of
dollars that will ultimately pour into their corporate coffers as a
result of the war.
Huffington, a person I have come to deeply admire for her unflagging
courage to speak out even though it has meant ostracism from her "class"
(i.e., the ultra-rich), writes:
"Sneaking a peek through the blackout curtains the Bush administration
has used to cloak the awarding of contracts to rebuild Iraq is like
catching a glimpse of a very special incest episode of 'Elimi-Date':
a bunch of muscular, cash-drunk, hand-picked corporate Lotharios vying
for the affection of their governmental kissing cousins. The relationship
between those dolling out these fantastically valuable deals and those
receiving them is so intimate, taxpayers should demand that the participants
be checked for STDs (sexually transmitted diseases) before the first
mega-buck check is left on the dresser (i.e., as in a 'John' paying
off his 'hooker' after 'services' have been 'rendered')."
"Just imagine a flowchart like the ones the FBI uses to show
the inner workings of a Mafia crime family. But instead of illustrating
the interrelationships of the Soprano crew, this chart would lay out
the connections that guaranteed that the big winners in the post-Saddam
sweepstakes would be those two ultimate Washington insiders, Halliburton
and the Bechtel Group."
she isn't kidding around here: the relationship between the "corporate
insiders" and the political elite of the Republican Party is truly
fantastic. Everyone, of course, knows about the relationship between
Halliburton and Dick Cheney. But the relationship that Bechtel has with
the Republican elite is truly breath-taking, starting with George Schultz,
the very man most responsible for "anointing" Bush the Younger
President of the United States on behalf of Corporate America. In anointing
Bush president, however, it wasn't in the name of Christ that he did
so, but in the name of Mammon because that's the god Schultz has faithfully
served all his life. Schultz told Bush:
"I think you ought to be president. Twenty-five years ago Reagan
stood on the same spot, and I said the same thing to him. Now I am
saying it to you." [Please see our article, "George Bush,
the Promise Keepers, and the Principles of Messianic Leadership"
for a discussion of Schultz's work in "pushing" the candidacy
of Bush the Younger for President of the United States - all on behalf
of the oil companies and Corporate America.]
NONE OF THESE
MEN ARE CHRISTIANS
is a former Bechtel president, a former Reagan secretary of state, and
currently both a Bechtel-board member and - not surprisingly - chairman
of the Committee for the Liberation of Iraq. [Please see our article
on the evil, money-grubbing machinations of this committee and its venomous
and malevolent connection to the evangelical Christian community, "Making
Merchandise out of the People of God: Selling the Upcoming War in Iraq."]
Then there is Jack Sheehan, a senior VP at Bechtel and a member of
the Pentagon's influential Defense Policy Board, as well as the Chairman
and CEO of Bechtel, Riley Bechtel, who in February was appointed by
Bush to the President's Export Council, an organization strategically
positioned to play a critical role in Bush's globalization policies
and, ipso facto, the expansion of the American New World Order
System. The fact is, a list of the people associated with Bechtel reads
like a Who's Who in the government elite: former Secretary of
Defense and CIA Chief James Schlesinger, former National Security Adviser,
Robert McFarlane, former Attorney General Edwin Meese, ad nauseum.
Christians are making a big mistake in believing that any of these
men are really interested in the Gospel of Jesus Christ beyond "paying
lip service" to it. Christianity is nothing more than a convenient
cloak behind which the elites practice their evil, self-serving mischief.
William Greider, formerly of the Washington Post, summed up the
attitude of most of these men towards Christianity when he suggested
in his book, Rolling Back the 20th Century, that they aren't
really Christians at all; they're -
"Cosmopolitan corporate executives (who) hold their noses and
go along with Christian activists trying to stamp out 'decadent' liberal
culture (in order to secure the 'Christian vote' for their regressive
What these men (i.e., Schultz, Cheney, Sheehan, McFarlane, etc.) are
REALLY interested in is money - BIG MONEY.
And Iraq spells BIG MONEY to all of them. No wonder, then,
that Bechtel so feverishly banged the drums of war with Iraq.
IT'S NOT JUST THE OIL GIANTS
Moreover, it's not just the oil giants that stand to benefit from what's
going on in Iraq. The fact is, as Naomi Klein suggests, those who argue
that "it's too simplistic to say that the war in Iraq is only about
oil" are right. It's not just about oil, but water, roads, trains,
hotels, ports, phone systems, and on, and on, and on.
Take, for example, the U.S. company, Stevedoring Services of America
which just received a $4.9 million management contract for the port
in Umm Qasr; and then there is the contract that is about to be "put
out to bid" to build a CDMA cell-phone system that ONLY
U.S. companies will be allowed to bid on and that will benefit ONLY
U.S. patent holders.
All of this, of course, is driving the Europeans nuts. Chris Patten,
the European Union's Commissioner for External Affairs, whines that
"It's exceptionally maladroit" for the United States to keep
all the "juicy contracts" for itself. Patten snivels, "America
has to learn to share." But, then, one might say to the Europeans
that they should have thought about that before they "crossed"
the Americans over the war in Iraq.
whining just confirms in the minds of most Americans what they already
thought about the Europeans: that they are nothing more than a pack
of cringing jackals to the American lion - bloodsuckers feeding off
the "kill" once the Americans are through with it and have
walked away. [Please see our recent article, "America verses Europe."]
PRIVATIZATION: SELLING OFF IRAQ'S STRATEGIC ASSETS
TO AMERICAN COMPANIES AT "FIRE-SALE" PRICES
Then there is the plan to PRIVATIZE all of Iraq's industry
and infrastructure - which is a euphemism for "forcing the sale"
of all of Iraq's state-owned companies at "fire-sale" prices
(i.e., for pennies on the dollar) to American multinational corporations
- European multinationals need not apply. This is kind of like
what the Germans did to the French after they conquered France in 1940
and forced the sale of French property to German companies at only a
fraction of what it was really worth. This is GLOBALIZATION
as ONLY the Americans can practice it, which is, in the
words of Klein,
"... SEIZING NEW MARKETS ON THE BATTLEFIELD USING 'PREEMPTIVE
WAR' AS THE MECHANISM TO DO IT."
"It's far easier to just tear up a country, occupy it, then
rebuild it the way you want (using, of course, money or resources
that have been extracted from the conquered population). Bush hasn't
abandoned free trade, as some have claimed, he just has a new doctrine:
'Bomb before you buy'."
"And it goes further than one unlucky country (i.e., Iraq).
Investors are openly predicting that once the PRIVATIZATION
of Iraq takes root, Iran, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait will be forced to
compete by privatizing their oil. 'In Iran, it would just catch on
like wildfire', S. Robert Sobhani, an energy consultant, told the
Wall Street Journal. SOON, AMERICA MAY HAVE BOMBED ITS WAY
INTO A WHOLE NEW FREE-TRADE ZONE."
WHAT HAS THIS TO DO WITH
THE GOSPEL OF CHRIST?
But to say that all this has anything to do with the Gospel of Jesus
Christ is just plain nuts. It's nothing more than a flimsy subterfuge
behind which the Bush administration and its cronies in the Economic
Right are hiding - a subterfuge that's not that difficult to see through.
Obviously, what the war in Iraq is really about is "MONEY,"
"BOOTY," "PLUNDER" and
the "SPOILS OF WAR." A cursory reading of the
Wall Street Journal's listings of what American companies are
getting what contracts in Iraq - and for how much money; and what state
companies in Iraq are being "privatized" and bought up by
what American companies - and, again, for how much money, etc. will
make the game plain enough for anyone to see, lending a certain grim
reality to James 4:1-2:
"FROM WHENCE COME WARS ...? COME THEY NOT HENCE, EVEN
OF YOUR LUSTS ...?
"YE LUST, AND HAVE NOT; (THEREFORE) YE KILL ...?
CHRISTIAN BLINDNESS TO
WHAT'S REALLY HAPPENING
What is it about Christian evangelicals that can anger them over such
"PENNY-ante" Democratic Party calumnies as Whitewater
and Travelgate while at the same time rendering them blind to the MULTI-BILLION
DOLLAR scandals of their allies in the Republican Party?
it be that they are - in a very real way - being "paid off"
for their silence with such "goodies" as the "Faith-Based
Initiative" and corporate sponsorship of much of their "faith-based"
social and cultural agenda? Of course it is! [Please see our article,
"Creating a Common Partnership between the Moneyed Elites and the
There is a MINDSET that we are dealing with here. It's
a MINDSET that cannot be overcome by an appeal to reason,
or even an appeal to the Scriptures. It's a MINDSET that
predisposes Christians to ignore the evil that their allies in the Republican
Party are doing - and the bloodshed and war that all this evil is leading
to - while at the same time inclining Christians to believe that Bush
is "doing the Lord's work" in making war on Iraq; that he
is engaged in what Christian apologists like to call a "JUST
THE IDEA OF A "JUST WAR" IS PURE FICTION
Sadly, however, if there ever was such a thing as a "Just War,"
the war in Iraq certainly wouldn't qualify as such. The sight of the
CEOs of America's Fortune 500 companies bent greedily over the map of
Iraq, licking their lips and rubbing their hands together as they divvy
up the war booty among themselves (a picture that springs easily to
mind as one peruses the pages of the Wall Street Journal) does
not lend itself easily to the notion that America is engaged in a "Just
But more than that, the idea of a "Just War" is pure fiction.
It is nothing more than the depraved "invention" of the Medieval
Catholic Church. It's a fantasy, a myth, an illusion - AT LEAST INSOFAR
AS THE NEW TESTAMENT IS CONCERNED. And though it has been repeated
so often and in so many different venues that one hardly questions its
veracity anymore, it is, nonetheless, a lie made up out of "thin
air." Jesus said,
"... ALL they that take the sword shall perish
with the sword." (Matt. 26:52)
[And remember the context in which Jesus spoke these words: The disciples
were looking for Jesus to "seize the kingdom" and bring
it in by "force of arms," and when it looked to Peter and
the other disciples that Jesus was going to be taken captive, Peter
cut off the ear of the guard who had seized Christ, thinking that
in lifting up the sword in behalf of Christ, he was "doing service
But Jesus said,
"Thinkest thou that I cannot now pray to my Father, and he shall
presently give me more than twelve legions of ANGELS?"
When one can have angels, what does one need with man?
THE LORD DOES NOT NEED MAN TO
FIGHT HIS BATTLES FOR HIM
What Jesus was essentially saying here in disregarding Peter's feeble
effort to defend Him is that He doesn't need man to do His fighting
for Him - a rather "common sense" notion concerning "HIM
BY WHOM ALL THINGS WERE MADE" (John 1:3) - a notion, however,
that doesn't fit in with C. Peter Wagner's or Dr. Gregory A. Boyd's
asinine and moronic concept of "WARFARE THEOLOGY."
Theology?" Man fighting for God? The creature battling for the
Creator? The finite making war for the Infinite? - the very thought
of it is moronic, after all, it isn't God who needs to be saved by man,
but man who needs to be saved by God. [Again, please see our article,
"America verses Europe" for a discussion of this INSANE
and extremely ARROGANT doctrine, i.e., "Warfare Theology."]
FIGHTING FOR THE WRONG KINGDOM
Moreover - and this is important - it wasn't just that Christ
DIDN'T need Peter's help, BUT IN TAKING UP ARMS FOR
CHRIST, PETER FOUND HIMSELF UNWITTINGLY FIGHTING FOR THE WRONG KINGDOM.
"... My kingdom is NOT of this world: if my kingdom
were of this world, then would my servants fight ... but ... my kingdom
(comes) NOT from hence." (John 18:36)
The very real fact of the matter is, the foundation of the Kingdom
that Jesus preached is DIAMETRICALLY opposed to the foundation
which undergirds the kingdom of this world; for what Kingdom in this
world could long survive using Luke 6:27-29 as a "foundational"
"Love your enemies, do good to them which hate you,
"Bless them that curse you, and pray for them which despitefully
"And unto him that smiteth thee on the one cheek offer also the
other; and him that taketh away thy cloak forbid not to take thy coat
also." (Luke 6:27-29)
Certainly not any kingdom or nation in this world that I am aware of;
and that is most certainly true of the United States. Jesus wasn't kidding
around when He said, "... My kingdom is NOT of this
world ..." (John 18:36)
HIDING GREED AND AVARICE BEHIND THE
CATHOLIC CONCEPT OF A "JUST WAR"
The fact is, the concept of a "Just War" to be used by man
as a defense for God's purposes in this world is UTTER
nonsense. It is nothing more than a corrupt and evil stratagem designed
by very vulgar and profoundly worldly Christians who are unable to differentiate
between the "Kingdom of this World" and the "Kingdom
of God" - people like Paul Crouch, David and Justin Du Plessis,
Jack Hayford, Dr. Kevin Ranaghan, Ken Metz, Charles Stanley, D. James
Kennedy, Tim LaHaye, the late John Wimber, Juan Carlos Ortiz, C. Peter
Wagner, Beverley LaHaye, Ern Baxter, Kenneth Copeland, Kenneth Hagin,
Oral Roberts, Pat Robertson, Jerry Falwell, Chuck Colson, David Yonggi
Cho, Robert Stearns, Mike Bickle, Reuven Doron, Che Ahn, Frank Hammond,
Cindy Jacobs, Bill Hamon, John Eckhardt, Bobbie Byerly, Dutch Sheets,
Jim Goll, John Paul Jackson, James Ryle, Frank Damazio, Ed Silvoso,
Carlos Annacondia, Claudio Freidzon, Roger Mitchell, Ted Haggart, Paul
Cain, Chuck Pierce, Rick Joyner, Kingsley Fletcher, Jim Laffoon, Barbara
Wentroble, ad infinitum
The idea of a "Just War" as promulgated by these men is nothing
more than a mask to give "cover" to the greed, avarice, bloodshed
and murder of their "PAYMASTERS" in the political
and economic worlds - OR do you really believe that the Thirty
Years War (a "religious war" that killed off one-third of
the population of Europe), OR the Inquisition (which lifted torture
to a "sublime" art form in the "service of God"),
OR the "Christian" conquests of India and Africa to
"bring the Gospel to these continents" (and concomitantly
impoverished the people of India and enslaved half the population of
Africa to service the plantations and mines of their "Christian"
masters in the so-called "New World), etc. were really "Just
Wars" that advanced the Kingdom of God? If so, I have some swampland
I would like to sell you in Florida.
And it's the same today with regard to Iraq! - the fact is, the notion
that the United States is engaged in a "Just War" in Iraq
is nonsense. And it's more than that: it's a lie; it's a "DAMNED
LIE!" - and, as Arundhati Roy suggests, it's not a very
good one at that.
But one has to have a willingness as a Christian to see through this
"DAMNED LIE;" to - as Archibald MacLeish suggests
- "resign from the herd (mentality of most Christians today),
and think for himself;" one has to be willing to strip away
the thin veneer of altruism and benevolence (i.e., the "Christian-speak"
of Bush and his slavish devotees in the Religious Right) that hides
the AWFUL TRUTH of what's really happening not just in
Iraq, but all over the world.
And what is that? - THAT THE PEOPLES OF THE WORLD ARE BEING RAPED
AND PILLAGED for the benefit of a small group of "WORTHIES"
that sit atop the "American New World Order System" - a group
of "WORTHIES" that the apostate leadership of
today's evangelical Christian community has "made common cause
No! - greed and avarice are the motivating factors in war, and the
repulsive doctrine of a "JUST WAR" is the facade
behind which wars are fought. The truth is, the New Testament does NOT
endorse the idea of a "JUST WAR." "NOWHERE!"
To the contrary, as we have already pointed out, the New Testament
"From whence come wars ...? Come they not hence, even of your
"Ye lust, and have not: (therefore) ye kill ..." (James
A "JUST WAR" IN DEFENSE OF A WORLD THAT
THE BIBLE SAYS "LIETH IN THE EVIL ONE?"
Wars result from our LUST to possess things we can only
obtain through violence! That's what the New Testament says! But then,
what else should one expect from a war fought in defense of a world
the Bible says "... LIETH IN THE EVIL ONE (i.e., the devil)?"
(1 John 5:19)
And remember here, that's "... the WHOLE world"
(1 John 5:19), not just part of the world, "... the WHOLE
world" - or do you really think that these verses (i.e., James
4:1-2 and 1 John 5:19 above) do not apply insofar as America is concerned?
- that somehow or other the elites that govern America, people like
Ken Lay of Enron, Bernie Ebers of WorldCom (both of whom are crooks),
and companies like Boeing, Ford, General Motors, General Electric, etc.
(all of which have shipped off thousands and thousands of American jobs
to "slave-wage factories" in Mexico and China where laborers
there "toil" for pennies a day) are so chaste and "virginal"
that these verses are not relevant when applied to them? Do you really
No! - the idea of a "Just War" is a LIE.
THERE IS A "JUST WAR" COMING -
BUT NOT BY THE HAND OF MAN
OF COURSE, THERE WILL BE A "JUST WAR" - BUT IT WON'T
BE CONDUCTED BY THE "ARM OF THE FLESH," BUT BY THE "ARM
OF GOD." And it won't be man that does the fighting, as conceited
nincompoops like C. Peter Wagner and Dr. Gregory Boyd postulate in their
arrogant and hideous doctrine of "WARFARE THEOLOGY."
It will be God Himself when He judges the present "world system
Unfortunately, when that happens, American Christians may be found
on the wrong side of Judgment when it finally falls - after all, it's
not the United Nations, or the European Community, or the Japanese,
or the "Red Chinese," or any other nation or secret cabal
(i.e., the Illuminati, the "Learned Elders of Zion," etc.)
that are running roughshod all over the planet, recklessly imposing
their will on the earth and acting like SAVAGE ANIMALS
- it's the United States! AND IT IS PRECISELY WITH THIS SAVAGE
ANIMAL (I.E., THE AMERICAN NEW WORLD ORDER SYSTEM) THAT AMERICAN
EVANGELICALS HAVE MADE COMMON CAUSE. [Please see our article, "In
Search of Babylon" What Does the Bible Say?"]
AN "OVERFLOWING SCOURGE" THAT
RIPS THROUGH PEOPLE'S LIVES
SAVAGE ANIMAL! - that's what the Bible calls the AMERICAN
NEW WORLD ORDER SYSTEM; a wild, ferocious, untamed "BEAST"
that is "... DREADFUL and TERRIBLE
and STRONG EXCEEDINGLY with great iron teeth: that DEVOURS
and BRAKES IN PIECES, and stamps the residue (i.e., those
who remain) with its feet ..." (Daniel 7:7), and one that Isaiah
describes as an "OVERFLOWING SCOURGE" (Is. 28:18);
a system that Arundhati Roy says,
"... rips through ordinary people's lives, pushes them off their
lands and out of their jobs while all the time the elites journey
to their imaginary destinations somewhere near the top of the world."
[Please see our article, "Inside the American New World Order
If American Christians don't see what's happening - if they refuse
to come to grips with the awful centrality of the United States in the
unfolding drama of the "end of days" - it's because they don't
want to see it - so that,
"Having eyes (to see), (they) see ... not, and having ears (to
hear), (they) hear ... not ..." (Mark 8:18)
THE REST OF THE WORLD SEES
But the rest of the world certainly sees what's happening; they see
who's in charge of this "present evil world!" (Gal. 1:4) It's
no secret to them! It has not escaped their attention that AMERICAN
POWER NOW GIRDLES THE WORLD WITH A RING OF STEEL; that the new bases
the U.S. has built for itself in Central Asia, the Middle East, and
the Balkans mean that the U.S. military now encompasses the globe as
no other military has ever done before (not even the British), from
the frozen wastes of Greenland to the deserts of southern Afghanistan;
from Camp Bondsteel in Kosovo to the giant airbase at Bishkek in Kyrgyzstan
- a huge bastion of American power that effectively blocks the Chinese
from insinuating themselves into Central Asia and capturing some of
the oil wealth there for themselves (which is exactly what the enormous
American base at Manas in Uzbekistan does to the Russians).
Jonathan Schell, a "fellow" at the Nation Institute says
that the United States is creating for itself a "UNIVERSAL
EMPIRE," the foundation of which -
"... (is) NOT equality or consent of any kind,
BUT THE ABSOLUTE AND UNCHALLENGEABLE SUPERIORITY OF ONE POWER
(I.E., THE UNITED STATES) AND THE VASSALAGE OF ALL OTHERS
This is precisely what all the other nations of the earth think about
America too. The whole world thinks this. Indeed, Syrian President Bashar
"WE ARE ALL TARGETED, WE ARE ALL IN DANGER."
And again, whatever one might think of Assad, he's right here!
James Rosen writes:
"From increasingly fractured Europe to Asia and the Middle East,
the war (in Iraq) ... has rocked key relations between Washington
and other foreign capitals ... The quick, decisive U.S. military victory
is transforming how much of the rest of the world views American intentions
"Among international relations experts, there is widespread
agreement that the war has already caused a virtual revolution in
geo-political strategic thinking. 'The core of the Bush doctrine
at this point is that the sole superpower in the world is able to
act almost (entirely) on its own', said Helle Dale, a Danish-born
international studies expert ... 'Of course, you can question the
wisdom of doing that, but the show of force in Iraq and the performance
of the U.S. military now place the United States in an absolute and
obviously unique position in the world'."
This kind of thing - vassalage in the American New World Order System
- frightens the "pod-wods" out of the once proud and haughty
Europeans. Indeed, Paul Kennedy, a professor of history and the director
of International Security Studies at Yale University, relates how one
of his Dutch friends told him recently that many of his Dutch countrymen
were actually "SCARED" of America.
Regis Debray, a Frenchman, wonders:
"What role will Europe settle for in America's march across
... (the earth): Staffing a first aid post on the Afghan frontier?
Patrolling the Gulf in a paddleboat?"
FODDER FOR UNIVERSAL RESENTMENT
The French newspaper Le Monde says that this cannot help but
result in "imbalance and FODDER FOR UNIVERSAL RESENTMENT."
Le Monde, of course, is right. THIS IS THE KIND OF ILL-FELLING
THAT BREEDS WAR, AND MORE WAR STILL, AND YET EVEN MORE WAR - a whirling,
twisting maelstrom of hate that, once begun, spins ever downward towards
hell and what the Bible calls the "BEGINNING OF SORROWS:"
"And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars ...
"For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom
"All these are the BEGINNING OF SORROWS."
And it's already started! Take, for instance, the "UNIVERSAL
RESENTMENT," BITTERNESS and ANGER
towards the American New World Order System in Latin America - bitterness,
anger and resentment that the United States is going to have to spend
ever greater amounts of treasure - to say nothing of the lives of its
own sons and daughters - to contain. Everywhere in Latin America people
are angry with America! They are tired and weary of having their wealth
plundered by the Americans. That's what Angel Villagomes, a retired
state road inspector in Bolivia, thinks is happening; that's what he
told William Finnegan of Harpers Magazine:
"It's very sad. Here in Bolivia we are sitting on a chair of
gold - oil, gas, minerals - AND YET ALL THE WEALTH GOES TO FOREIGNERS
This perception of reality is ubiquitous in Latin America - a perception
that sees the United States pillaging and plundering ordinary people
in South and Central America on behalf of Wall Street. This is the "FODDER"
for "UNIVERSAL RESENTMENT" that Le Monde
is talking about - AND PEOPLE ARE REACTING TO IT.
For example, Ecuador has just voted in a left-wing president - Lucio
Gutierrez - in what by all accounts was a free and open election. Gutierrez
is a frank opponent of the American New World Order System and openly
opposes Ecuador's "client-state" status in that system. Duncan
Campbell, writing in Britain's Guardian newspaper, says that
Gutierrez looks like the antithesis of the kind of leader the United
States would like to see in the region - the kind of leader the American
multinationals can count on to do their bidding. Campbell writes:
"Gutierrez encapsulates the change of mood throughout Latin
America (against the American New World Order System)."
America's candidate for president of Ecuador was Alvaro Naboa, the
Bonita banana BILLIONAIRE and the head of the U.S. lackey-elite
in Ecuador. Campbell writes,
"The contrast (between Gutierrez and Noboa) could not have been
greater. While Gutierrez had the backing of the indigenous Indian
population (and) came from a humble background, Noboa was a chum of
Charlton Heston, a polo player and the owner of a home on New York's
Park Avenue who heavily outspent his rival. On the walls of the city
(i.e., Quito) over the past few weeks, a piece of graffiti captured
the national mood. It used Noboa's initials to spell out in Spanish
the slogan: "NOT ANOTHER ... (AMERICAN) OLIGARCH IN POWER.
"THE SUCCESS OF GUTIERREZ FITS INTO WHAT IS NOW A CLEAR PATTERN
IN LATIN AMERICAN POLITICS. It follows the landslide victory of
Lula da Silva in Brazil, which was also based on a platform of battling
inequality (and the oppressive brutality that is inherent in Brazil's
status as an American client-state)."
the unrest is spreading: Earlier this year, for example, demonstrators
rocked the government of America's lackey elite in Bolivia - the government
of President Gonsalo Sanchez de Losada - in an out pouring of rage against
the International Monetary Fund. [Please see our article which deals
with, among other things, the IMF, "Inside the American New World
Sanchez de Losada had decreed a 12.5 percent hike in the income tax.
When Bolivians learned that an IMF "adjustment" plan - which
in essence aimed at facilitating the further rape of their country's
infrastructure by American multinationals - lay behind the government's
decree, they targeted the national government in protest.
FIRING INTO THE CROWDS
As described by writer Tom Lewis, violent clashes left 33 dead and
170 wounded in the streets of La Paz, Cochabamba and other cities. The
conflict broke out following a day of fiery criticism of the government.
The next day the fighting accelerated when high school students from
the Colegio Fiscal Ayacucho de La Paz set in motion events that
brought tens of thousands of Bolivians into the streets. As the students
shouted outside the presidential palace in La Paz's Plaza Murillo, military
police inside the palace used tear gas against them.
the students refused to disperse and hurled rocks back at the soldiers.
As the fighting escalated, the soldiers began firing at the students.
Then the mass of people who had been sitting out the demonstration on
the sidelines jumped into the fray on the side of the students. Protesters
demanded Sanchez de Losada's resignation and those of his vice president
and cabinet. They set fire to at least three government buildings in
La Paz, as well as to the headquarters of the two political parties,
both of which represented the interests of the indigenous economic elite
the Americans had set up in Bolivia to represent the America's New World
Order System - like the Bechtel Group. [Yes! - the very same corporation
that is behind America's War in Iraq.]
Office buildings, banks, shopping centers, and local businesses were
either ransacked or occupied in the city center. In El Alto, the poorest
part of La Paz's greater metropolitan area, demonstrators torched city
hall, the customs office and the Coca-Cola plant. Two hundred arrests
occurred in Cochabamba, where roadblocks disrupted traffic between the
Andean city and the tropical capital of Santa Cruz. Armored vehicles,
carrying soldiers with painted faces and fixed bayonets (i.e., government
death squad functionaries), were mobilized across the country and sent
As the protests finally subsided, Oscar Olivera - head of Cochabamba's
Factory Worker's Union and chief spokesman for the Coalition in Defense
of Water and Life - explained that the tax rebellion represented -
"One of those absolutely blind measures taken by the government
in the belief that the people are submissive. But instead the population
rises up to say 'no', to say 'enough', and to take on as its own discussions
that used to happen only in the hallways of the palaces of the powerful."
tax rebellion in Bolivia builds on a series of struggles in that country
by Bolivia's courageous citizenry against the IMF, the World
Bank and the other instrumentalities of the American New World Order
System that date back to the victory against water privatization in
Cochabamba during the Spring of 2000. [Please see Part I, "Why
The World Hates America" in our article, "Today's Church:
Making Zombies out of Christians - the Prophets and Apostles Movement"
for a description of what happened in Cochabamba in 2000.]
THE SOCIALIST NIGHTMARE AGAIN
Campbell says that there is an "ill wind" blowing throughout
all of Latin America against the American New World Order System, and
nothing demonstrates this fact more than the gathering of nearly 100,000
people in Porto Alegre, Brazil for the World Socialist Forum.
Eeee gads! - SOCIALISM AGAIN - THAT HATED NEMESIS OF THE "RICHIE
RICHES" THROUGHOUT THE WORLD - A NEMESIS THAT THREATENS TO STRIP
THE ELITE OF THEIR WEALTH. That's no fair! Socialism is supposed
to be "dead and buried." Don't these people read the Wall
Street Journal? - the U.S. and capitalism won, the Soviet Union
and socialism lost.
Nonetheless, there it is. SOCIALISM, IT SEEMS, IS ALIVE AND WELL,
AND IN PORTO ALEGRE - along with such "hated" activists
(hated at least insofar as Wall Street, the Religious Right, and the
"richie-riches" are concerned) as Tom Hayden, Barbara Ehrenreich
(whose book, Nickled and Dimed should be MUST reading
for everyone), Arundhati Roy, Danny Glover (TransAfrica Forum), Noam
Chomsky, Kevin Danaher and Medea Benamin (Global Exchange), Dennis Brutus
(Jubilee South Africa), Rania Masri (Southern Peace Research and Education
Center), Rebecca Hanscom (Jobs with Justice), Lee Sustar (International
Socialist Review), etc. The list of attendees reads like a Who's
Who of the Left throughout the world.
Lee Sustar reports that the entire spectrum of the Left was present
- from moderate politicians and nongovernmental organizations to revolutionary
socialists. Sustar says that -
"The size of the crowd and numbers of workshops created an atmosphere
of one enormous, non-structured meeting."
And lest one think that this was simply a gathering of the powerless,
it should be noted that both Lula da Silva, the president of Brazil,
and Hugo Chavez, the president of Venezuela, were there too - and even
addressed the crowd.
THE "GREAT UNWASHED"
THESE ARE THE KIND OF PEOPLE THAT MAKE THE MONEYED ELITES OF THE
WORLD TREMBLE WITH RAGE. WHO DO THESE PEOPLE THINK THEY ARE? - THESE
UPSTARTS! THESE LEADERS OF THE "GREAT UNWASHED" who
don't know their place, who refuse to "bow and scrape" before
their "betters" and who actually attempt to install their
own people (i.e., Lulu, Chavez, Gutierrez, etc.) in power, thereby disturbing
the smooth functioning of the American New World Order System.
AND IT'S NOT JUST IN LATIN AMERICA
And it's not just in Latin America that the "GREAT
UNWASHED" is making its presence felt; it's happening
everywhere! - and it's easy enough to see in the BLATANT
anti-Americanism that purveys the demonstrations throughout the world
against the war in Iraq. These demonstrations are much more than demonstrations
against the war; they are in a very real sense demonstrations against
the American New World Order System: two million demonstrators in London;
2.5 million demonstrators in Rome; over a million in Barcelona; a million
more in Cairo; 200,000 in Damascus - and thousands and thousands elsewhere
around the globe.
The people are resisting! What have they got to lose? The fact is,
many of them have reckoned that it is better to die than live on under
the onerous, suffocating oppression of America's New World Order System.
That's the truth of the matter! BETTER TO DIE BEFORE A FIRING SQUAD
THAN ON BENDED KNEES LICKING THE BOOTS OF SOMEONE LIKE ALVARO NOBOA
IN THE END, OF COURSE, RESISTANCE IS FUTILE, GIVEN THE OVERWHELMING
MILITARY POWER OF THE UNITED STATES - A NEW AND REVOLUTIONARY KIND OF
POWER THAT JUNGLE HIDEAWAYS, MOUNTAIN FORTRESSES AND DESERT HIDEOUTS
CAN NO LONGER PROTECT PEOPLE FROM, ESPECIALLY WHEN THIS POWER IS WIELDED
WITH THE KIND OF BRUTALITY THE AMERICANS ARE PREPARED TO EMPLOY. And
one should make no mistake about it - the Americans possess that kind
of brutality! - the kind that only religion can arm one with, which,
in America's case, is the apostate kind of Christianity that C. Peter
Wagner and Dr. Gregory Boyd preach in their HATEFUL doctrine
of "Warfare Theology."
THE RE-EMERGENCE OF RADICAL
ACTIVISTS ON U.S. CAMPUSES
Nonetheless, despite the fact that the "deck is stacked against
them," the people are resisting, and that resistance is spreading
to America as well - AND IN ALL OF THIS, IT IS VERY DIFFICULT TO
MISS THE LEFTISH TINGE IN WHAT'S HAPPENING. Shades of Chicago
in 1968, and Shades of Vietnam too!
Moreover - as in Chicago in 1968 and in Vietnam throughout the 1960s
and early '70s - America's college campuses are at the center of what's
happening. For example, Eric Ruder reports that earlier this year more
than 300 students representing 100 campuses gathered at Loyola University
in Chicago for the first national conference of the Campus Antiwar Network
(CAN). Those who met in Chicago - while billing themselves as antiwar
activists - see themselves as the vanguard of something more: as the
framework for the formation of a network of campus activists dedicated
to battling the Bush administration's expansion of the American New
World Order System. Media critic Normon Solomon set the tone for the
meeting in his keynote address, saying that one day people will read
about this meeting in the history books.
The Chicago conference was the continuation of organizing work that
first got off the ground at simultaneous East and West Coast conferences
the day before the January 18th demonstrations against the war in Iraq
in Washington D.C. and San Francisco. Kathleen Brown, a delegate from
the University of Vermont and a member of CAN's national coordinating
"There's been a RADICALIZATION of the movement
... THIS SHOWS THAT PEOPLE (ESPECIALLY STUDENTS) ARE MOVING TO
THE LEFT ..."
this is the kind of "stuff" that drives the elites crazy.
It's not so much that CAN and movements like it are that big yet - they're
not; it's the fact that they are there AND THEY ARE GROWING.
[Please see our article on the anti-globalization movement, "The
WTO and the Masses."]
The elites have a long memory. They remember what happened in Vietnam
- that although they won the war there (i.e., in Vietnam), they ultimately
lost it in this country because they allowed the antiwar movement to
escape them and "infect" the general population - BEGINNING
FIRST WITH THE CAMPUSES, AND SPREADING OUTWARD FROM THERE INTO THE GENERAL
COGS IN A MACHINE
be sure, the elites have done a lot since then to insulate themselves
from the wrath of the masses: they've ended the draft (conscription)
which figured so prominently in stirring up the "masses" against
what was happening in Vietnam; they've bought up much of the "offending
media" that fed the flames of the antiwar movement in the late
'60s and early '70s (please see our article, "The Corporate State
and the Mass Media"), and they've created a new type of warfare
that has all but eliminated the mass Amercan casualties of the Vietnam
conflict (please see our article, "The Revolution in Military Affairs"),
the other hand, however, there are inequities that currently exist in
the United States that didn't exist thirty-five years ago during the
Vietnam War - largely economic inequities that are today as capable
of fueling resentment against the elites as the draft and the massive
casualties of the Vietnam War produced against them three and a half
decades ago. These inequities cannot help but be exacerbated by the
ENDLESS WAR that America has embarked upon to "make
the world safe for Christ and the church" as nincompoops like Jerry
Falwell, Charles Stanley, D. James Kennedy and C. Peter Wagner think.
And one should not underestimate the resentment of ordinary people
(if not ordinary Christians, most of whom have had the "wool pulled
over their eyes") in the United States towards the elites as a
result of their unjust and pernicious economic policies - essentially
the same ones that are devastating the so-called Third World. THE
ELITES REALLY DON'T DIFFERENTIATE BETWEEN "ORDINARY PEOPLE"
IN AMERICA AND THOSE WHO INHABIT THE POVERTY STRICKEN REALMS OF AMERICA'S
CLIENT-STATES. TO THE ELITES, THEY ARE ALL "COGS
IN THE SAME MACHINE." Christians don't seem to get this.
They don't see that in reality they are nothing more than pathetic objects
of ridicule to the elites; useful tools to be discarded when the elites
are finished with them - and someday they will finish with them, and
throw them away. But by then it will be too late! [Please see Chapter
8 of the Antipas Papers, "Midway Through the Tribulation:
The Abomination of Desolation."]
And make no mistake about it! - these inequalities are for real! For
example, among the most posh of the reigning corporate magnates in the
United States today, yearly compensation has accelerated from $1.3 million
three decades ago (i.e., during the Vietnam
conflict) to today's $37.5 million, rising from 29 times to 1,000 times
above the average pay of workers in this country. The wealthiest one
percent, who held 22 percent of the nation's wealth in 1975, now possesses
42 percent of it.
Even Warren Buffet, one of the richest of the very rich, admits that
this kind of wealth accumulation by the moneyed-elite has never before
been seen in all of recorded history. He calls it an "unwavering
and shameless effort to GET IT ALL" by the elites,
"it" meaning money. [We have in the past had much to say on
this subject: specifically, the callousness, indifference and hard-heartedness
of the elites towards "every-day" working people; please see
our articles on this subject, "Making Men Cogs in a Machine,"
and "The Deceitfulness of Riches and the Marxist Paradigm."]
as the American elites push their rapacious economic agenda, the polarization
between the "haves" and the "have nots" will only
increase - a gap that the Left in this country, especially the radical
Left - will find easier and easier to exploit.
The elites, however, can't stop themselves; they are simply unable
to reign their greed in; they are addicted to the incessant accumulation
of wealth - and EVENTUALLY IT SHOWS, even to the point
of appearing UNSEEMLY and even OBSCENE;
that's when cheerleading for "wars of conquest" and the "patriotic
highs" all this produces in average people can begin to wear a
little thin, especially in the face of unemployment and poverty, or
when both husband and wife must work 40-hour weeks at minimum wage (or
near minimum wage) jobs and then hold down a second part-time job on
the weekend just to make ends meet.
No time for the kids, no time for "rest and relaxation!"
- every minute of every day it's go, go, go! No! - this kind of economic
pressure is as capable of producing as much pressure on this generation
as the draft and the massive casualties of the Vietnam War produced
on the generation of the late 1960s and early 1970s.
M. Willhelm writes that because of all this, those who govern today's
American New World Order System know that they must prepare themselves
to deal with a world-wide "people's movement" - a movement
that can only be dealt with through the use of BRUTAL
repression - not only abroad (please see our articles, "Inside
the American New World Order System," and the "Versailles
Phenomenon") but in this country as well.
The Left must not be given a chance to mobilize itself the way it did
during the Vietnam War. Cut dissent off at the roots. Nail it down before
it gets started. That's what the so-called USA Patriot Act is all about.
PATRIOT ACT ALLOWS THE INSTITUTIONS OF GOVERNMENT TO DO LEGALLY AND
IN THE OPEN WHAT THEY COULD ONLY DO ILLEGALLY AND IN SECRET DURING
THE VIETNAM WAR: it allows the FBI to (1) intercept our mail and
email and use what it obtains in criminal investigations; (2) obtain
wiretaps more easily than ever before; (3) detain non-U.S. citizens
without charging them with a crime (or allowing them access to attorneys;
(4) detain U.S. citizens in the same manner by declaring them "enemy
combatants," a definition that - with each passing month - grows
broader and broader, even to the point of becoming a "catch-all;"
(5) get a search warrant from a court in any jurisdiction that will
be valid nationwide; and (6) get warrants to search our homes without
ever having to show us those warrants, or without ever having to tell
us its agents were even there.
THESE THINGS ARE GOING ON ALL THE TIME
At the time that the Patriot Act was first past, many people said the
government would never really use these powers. However, columnist Levi
Harris reports that those people were wrong. He writes:
"These things are going on every single day, and thousands of
people - citizens and non-citizens alike - have been jailed (under
the provisions of the Patriot Act)."
The fact that most people do not know what's happening, or know anything
about the massive amount of arrests that have been taking place as a
result of the Patriot Act, simply confirms what many people had been
afraid of all along - that the Patriot Act is doing EXACTLY
what it was designed to do: creating a shroud of secrecy behind which
the government can move against those it deems "enemies of the
state," which is to say, all those who disagree with its policies.
THESE ARE THE WORKINGS OF A POLICE STATE, NOT A DEMOCRACY, AND CHRISTIANS
ARE BLIND NOT TO RECOGNIZE THIS.
THERE IS A PATHOLOGY AT WORK
There is a pathology that is at work here - a pathology which leads
to ever higher levels of government control and regimentation of our
society; one step leading to the next, and then the next, and so on,
and on. Each step means little by itself; but when taken together, the
distance traveled is breath-taking, and the HORROR of
the final destination becomes plain enough. But by that time, the process
is irreversible and final. Nothing can be done.
Take, for example, the pathology that is at work at Camp Delta at Guantanamo
Bay, Cuba. Jonathan Turley, a law professor at George Washington Law
School, says that Camp Delta was originally justified as a holding area
for "EVIL DOERS" (President Bush's words) from
the Afghanistan conflict. Well, that's okay, one would think; after
all, these people aren't citizens; they're not even POWs because they
are not fighting for a particular state. They're just terrorists - LEGAL
NONENTITIES the government may hold, release or even execute
at its SOLE desecration.
But think about that for a minute: they're not POWs and they are not
criminals; they are LEGAL NONENTITIES. That means that
these prisoners have NO rights under the Geneva Convention,
and they have NO rights under the U.S. Constitution. Indeed,
according to Turley, "the Bush administration has argued that
the detainees at Camp Delta are not "people" under the Constitution
(or under the Geneva Convention)." The government may hold
these people without trial or judicial review of any kind.
THAT WAS THE FIRST STEP OF THE PATHOLOGY THAT IS AT WORK AT CAMP
DELTA IN GUANTANAMO BAY. NOW THE SECOND STEP: The
government has now broadened its definition of the word "EVIL
DOER" to include ANYONE whom it defines as
a terrorist suspect or a person suspected of aiding or abetting terrorists
by word (one wonders, does that include us here at Antipas?)
or by deed.
IT IS PRECISELY HERE THAT ATTORNEY GENERAL ASHCROFT HAS DEVISED
A WAY TO "LOCK UP" AMERICAN CITIZENS: Ashcroft has declared
that - based on the provisions of the U.S.A. Patriot Act - he has UNILATERAL
authority to declare U.S. citizens to be "enemy combatants"
AND TO STRIP THEM OF THEIR CITIZENSHIP. Once stripped of their
citizenship, they can be locked up at Camp Delta or some other similar
facility forever without benefit of trial or counsel.
"Camp Delta ... is one of many examples of a certain appetite
in the administration for the trappings of authoritarian power. While
the number of affected individuals remains relatively small, THE
TASTE FOR SUCH UNILATERAL POWER IS CLEARLY GROWING INTO A CRAVING.
It is tempting to dismiss these measures as mere indulgences on the
edges of society. But it is much more than that ... IN THIS KIND
OF SETTING, "SUSPICION" IS AS GOOD AS A "CONVICTION"
because the vast majority of these prisoners will never be submitted
to a tribunal, let alone a legitimate court of law."
Indeed, Turley reports that the Justice Department has no intention
of trying the vast majority of these prisoners.
Turley says that THERE IS A TERM FOR THAT TYPE OF PRISON: a
"GULAG!" - like the Russians had in the old
Soviet union. But, in fairness to the Soviets, it should be noted that
at least their prisoners got sham trials. THE ABSENCE OF SUCH SHAM
TRIALS INSOFAR AS THE AMERICAN GULAG IS CONCERNED MAKES CAMP DELTA AN
EVEN MORE EXTREME VERSION ON THE GULAG THEME THAT WAS EXTANT IN THE
OLD SOVIET UNION.
Come on now! - is it so hard to see that what the U.S. is doing at
Camp Delta is a precursor of what it is planning to do here in the United
States in the not too distant future? Come on now! Be honest!
NONE OF THIS TROUBLES "BROTHER" ASHCROFT
All this, of course, doesn't bother "brother" Ashcroft. He
testified before Congress last December that those who object to "phantoms
of lost liberty" only serve to "aid terrorists - for
they erode our national unity and diminish or national resolve."
According to Ashcroft, supposedly a "born-again" Christian
and a "lay minister" in the Assemblies of God, those who question
the Bush administration's policies "give ammunition to America's
enemies, and pause to America's friends."
Wow! - again, this doesn't bode well for us at Antipas - because we
certainly question those policies, and most especially we question the
participation of American evangelicals in their promulgation and in
their implementation. But, then, what does the Bible say? - speaking
SPECIFICALLY concerning the "end of the age,"
"But take heed to yourselves: for they shall deliver you up
to councils; and in the ... (churches) ye shall be beaten: and ye
shall be brought before rulers and kings for my sake, for a testimony
against them." (Mark 13:9)
"Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill
you ..." (Matt. 24:9)
BUILDING A POLICE STATE IN THE
NAME OF CHRIST AND THE CHURCH
My dear brothers and sisters in Christ - you must awake to what's happening
here: under the guise of building what appears to most Christians as
a CHRISTIAN New World Order under the "color"
of what C. Peter Wagner and Gregory Boyd call "WARFARE THEOLOGY,"
the Bush administration is fast constructing a POLICE STATE.
The fact is, the executive powers that the Bush administration has
arrogated unto itself is UNPRECEDENTED in U.S. history,
and while some of Bush's supporters cite prior suspensions of constitutional
rights during the Civil War and World War II, those eras lacked today's
technology to pry into the personal details of the lives of ordinary
people. Even in the late 1960s and early 1970s, President Nixon and
his allies were forced to adopt relatively crude means for invading
the privacy of Americans. Bugs were placed on phones; agents were infiltrated
into political organizations; and burglars were sent into homes and
offices searching for embarrassing or incriminating information.
Nat Parry notes that by contrast, today's modern technology can let
the government collect and analyze trillions of bytes of data on one's
personal transactions and communications - i.e., the "electronic
foot" prints left in the course of everyday life: books borrowed
from a library, fertilizer bought at a farm-supply outlet, movies rented
at a video store, prescriptions filled at a pharmacy, sites visited
on the Internet, tickets reserved for the theater, borders crossed while
traveling, rooms rented at a motel, and hundreds of other examples.
The government argues that its unrestricted access to this kind of
electronic data may help detect terrorists, BUT THE DATA COULD PROVE
EVEN MORE USEFUL IN BUILDING DOSSIERS ON ANTI-WAR ACTIVISTS OR BLACKMAILING
POLITICAL OPPONENTS. This is what the Defense Advanced Research
Projects Agency (DARPA), is all about - gathering "transactional
data" on "every-day" citizens. It's purpose is to track
EVERYONE in the country (and, indeed, the world) who is
a part of today's modern economy.
"Transactional data" will be gleaned from electronic data
on every kind of activity - "financial, education, travel, medical,
veterinary, country entry, place / event entry, transportation, housing,
critical resources, government, communications, etc." according
to the Web site for DARPA's Information Awareness Office. The program
will then cross-reference this data with the "biometric signature
of humans" - i.e., data collected on people's faces, fingerprints,
gaits, and irises. The project seeks what it calls "TOTAL
The Information Awareness Office even boasts a logo that looks like
some kind of clip art from George Orwell's 1984. The logo shows
a Masonic symbol of an all-seeing eye atop a pyramid peering over the
globe, with the slogan, "scientia est potentia," Latin
for "knowledge is power." DARPA's choice of a giant white
pyramid eerily recalls Orwell's Ministry of Truth, an enormous pyramidal
structure of glittering white concrete, soaring up, terrace after terrace,
300 meters into the air." The all-seeing Masonic eye could be read
as "Big Brother Is Watching."
would think that with all this obvious Masonic imagery, most Christians
would take note of what's happening - after all, the nightmare of a
world-wide Masonic conspiracy has haunted evangelical Christianity for
hundreds of years now (please see our articles, "Pat Robertson,
Illuminism, and the New World Order," "Conspiracy Theories,"
and "The Civilian Militia & The Mythology Of The Religious
most Christians don't see it - or refuse to acknowledge what's happening.
For example, it's absolutely amazing to me to see people like Pat Robertson
- who as recently as 1991 wrote a book, The Coming New World Order,
which ranted and raved endlessly about the Masons and Masonic imagery
- now totally (and very conveniently) oblivious to the Masonic imagery
being employed by DARPA.
While I myself have NEVER been one of those who subscribed
to such NONSENSE - and have, as a result, been mercilessly
pilloried by many of my Christian peers as a result - I would have at
least expected some consistency in the thinking of those who do subscribe
to that kind of notion. But there is none. It seems that when liberals
employ Masonic imagery, Christians can take their use of it as an indication
of their diabolical and infernal inclinations and intentions; but when
conservatives like Bush, Cheney, Poindexter, etc. use it, it indicates
HAVING EYES TO SEE, THEY SEE NOT
The REALITY of what we have been talking about here -
about what the U.S. is really up to in Iraq, what it's really doing
in the Middle East and Central Asia, what its real intentions are insofar
as DARPA is concerned, etc. - is so obvious and so totally transparent
that one wonders why Christians can't see it. THERE IS A DISCONNECT
BETWEEN REALITY AND PERCEPTION INSOFAR AS MOST CHRISTIANS ARE CONCERNED
TODAY. Everyone sees what's occurring - everyone, that is, except
Christians. For example, Saul Landau, who is not a Christian, but who
is a cynical observer of them, notes how totally incapable most Christians
are in grasping what's going on in this world, of comporting their lives
"in sync" with the Scriptures they purport to believe in.
"In my neighborhood of trimmed lawns and two or more car garages,
with one or two more vehicles parked outside the garage, I counted
15 American flags in less than five minutes of my slow trot, most
of them new since the U.S. invaded Iraq. One house had a sign with
a U.S. flag waving over a map of Iraq.
"... (I have discovered that most Christians) learn geography
through war, experience the traumas of battle - well, virtually -
and root for the good guys. They know they're good because God blesses
America and ... (destroys) America's enemies - with the help of the
missiles, bombs, tanks and other war technology with which He has
blessed America ... Their God does not like opposition ... (and) He
has told our leaders, all of whom remain in close contact with Him,
to punish ... (those who oppose Him) ...
"Their God teaches them that shopping and going to Disneyland
constitute the highest spiritual values - outside of attending church
once a week. Their God has singled them out among all peoples ...
as His chosen elite to reside in His promised land ... After all,
the Puritans of Massachusetts Bay believed in that very ethos as did
the first slave owners in the South. Since God had sent them to this
land without first providing them with knowledge of farming, He must
have meant for them to acquire slaves to do their work. How else could
they remain free to think noble thoughts ...
"Well-dressed people pour out of churches, get in SUVs and drive
to their $400,000-plus homes ... (They) feel righteous, if not downright
pious, in their support of the Bush administration's policy. (They)
... see no relationship between their comfortable lifestyles and the
devastation the U.S. military has inflicted in Iraq. 'Now we're even
for what they did to us', said a sales manager at a local hotel chain.
He referred to 9/11 as if Saddam Hussein and the Iraqis had actually
done those foul deeds. 'They're not going to try that one again',
he said smugly. Almost half of Americans polled blame Saddam for 9/11
- thanks to President Bush's constant references to 'his links' to
terrorists, reported without critical comment by the media ...
have also met the programmed 'born-agains', those who believe robot-like
that what they view on TV as current history is the working out of
Biblical prophecy. One woman mentioned the battles of Gog and Magog
that must precede the final reckoning (without ever realizing the
full implications of what she is saying). [Please see our article,
"Israel and the Renewed Struggle for the Holy Land."] She
identifies '100% with the president'. He, unlike the lascivious Bill
Clinton, 'is a true Christian'. Most of my Christian neighbors with
whom I spoke said that the bloodshed had upset them, but 'that's the
price we have to pay for security', one man said as he pruned his
"Nothing in the fundamentalist theology seems to inhibit consumption,
however. These God-fearing people buy gas-guzzling vehicles, pay Mexicans
to mow their lawns and drop chemicals into their swimming pools ...
In church, they listen to the pious sermons about what being a Christian
means in daily life. But their interpretation of the Bible does not
sensitize them to the pain of the Iraqis. I noticed a satisfied, almost
smug smile on the faces of the men and women as they announce their
support for the president and his policies."
No doubt, many Christians who read Landau's description of them will
be upset. Who is he - an unbeliever - to judge us? But Landau has a
point! - Christians really don't get it! There is a DISCONNECT
between their smug lifestyles in suburbia, and what's going on in the
world today; between a Biblical view of reality, and their view of reality.
And the reasons for that DISCONNECT is that their riches
have "chocked" them off to the Word of God, to the warnings
of Scripture. They have become comfortable in this life. They're at
home here. Life in the "here and now" is not a "fleeting"
or "momentary" thing to them. They don't think of themselves
as "sojourners" or as "pilgrims." They're here for
the "long run." Responsibility to them means responsibility
insofar AS THIS LIFE IS CONCERNED. Most of them hope it will
go on forever. They're not just "passing through," they've
sunk down roots and have become permanent residents of this present
evil world." There is an ABSOLUTE and TOTAL
detachment between what the Bible says concerning this life, and what
Nonetheless, that doesn't make what they think about this life in the
"here and now" true. It isn't. The Bible says - indeed, it
somberly warns us - that our lives are -
"... like grass which groweth up. In the morning it flourisheth,
and groweth up; in the evening it is cut down, and withereth. (Ps.
And that -
"Thou carriest them (i.e., the years of our lives) away as with
a flood; they are as a sleep ..."
That is the REALITY of life: It is IMPERMANENT,
TRANSITORY, and very, very BRIEF - AND
THAT IS AS TRUE FOR CHRISTIANS AS IT IS FOR THOSE WHO ARE NOT CHRISTIANS.
But our riches - i.e., our smug lifestyles as described by Landau -
make us incapable of grasping this reality; they "deceive"
us, and "choke" the word's efficacy in our lives, predisposing
us to believe a lie (2 Thess. 2:11) - specifically, that if we work
hard enough at life in this world, we can find continuity, durability
and stability in it. But that's not true - and all the work in the world,
all the honest effort, all the striving for stability and permanence
won't change this reality - even for a minute. Jesus said:
"... The ground of a certain rich man brought forth plentifully:
"And he thought within himself, saying, What shall I do, because
I have no room where to bestow my fruits?
"And he said, This will I do: I will pull down my barns, and
build greater; and there will I bestow all my fruits and my goods.
"And I will say to my soul, Soul, thou hast much goods laid up
for many years; take thine ease, eat, drink, and be merry.
"But God said unto him, THOU FOOL, this night thy
soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be,
which thou hast provided?" (Luke 12:16-20)
Wow! - one would think that these verses had been somehow or other
blotted out of the Bibles of most Christians today. But they haven't
been. The Bible says:
"... what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth
for a little time, and then vanisheth away." (James 4:14)
And those Christians who forget this will someday pay a big price!"
"... It shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom and Gomorrha
in the day of judgment, than for thee." (Matt. 10:15)
It is PRECISELY to this kind of person - this kind of
Christian - that Jesus said,
"But as the days of Noah were, so shall also the coming of the
Son of man be.
"For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating
and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that
Noah entered into the ark,
"And knew not until the flood came, AND TOOK THEM ALL AWAY;
so shall also the coming of the Son of man be." (Matt. 24:37-39)
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