. . . fire another round. I support their decision to repent for having ever fallen to the temptations of the devil. I support their decision to apply for conscientious objector status wherever they are in the military.
How duped are those troops? How can people join the military to fight, maim, be maimed, kill, and die, sacrificing others and themselves, for people who deceive them so badly? So much of the youth of the nation has been put into a stupor by the ROTC (Reserve Officers' Training Corps) on high school and college campuses and all the military public relations and advertising making the military out to be some great thing when it is really a deceptive monster.
Buffy Sainte-Marie wrote a song entitled Universal Soldier that sums it up perfectly. The lyrics are as follows:
He's five feet two,
And he's six feet four.
He fights with missiles and with spears.
He's all of 31,
And he's only 17.
He's been a soldier for a thousand years.
He's a Catholic, a Hindu, an atheist, a Jain,
A Buddhist and a Baptist and a Jew.
And he knows he shouldn't kill,
And he knows he always will
Kill you for me my friend and me for you.
And he's fighting for Canada.
He's fighting for France.
He's fighting for the USA.
And he's fighting for the Russians.
And he's fighting for Japan.
And he thinks we'll put an end to war this way.
And he's fighting for Democracy.
He's fighting for the Reds.
He says it's for the peace of all.
He's the one who must decide who's to live and who's to die,
And he never sees the writing on the walls.
But without him, how would Hitler have condemned him at Dachau?
Without him, Caesar would have stood alone.
He's the one who gives his body as a weapon to a war,
And without him all this killing can't go on.
He's the universal soldier,
And he really is to blame.
His orders come from far away no more.
They come from him and you and me;
And brothers can't you see,
This is not the way we put an end to war.
Many of the troops are turning into baby killers just as many did during the Vietnam War. Support that? Never! We stand foursquare against it.
Even if there are those who refuse orders to kill babies, there are still those behind the missiles, bombs, and artillery shells, etc., that still kill babies who are just out of sight so they are babies out of mind.
Some soldiers refuse indiscriminately to shoot at just anything approaching a checkpoint. They refuse to spray everything that moves on the street. They want to be sure they are targeting the guilty and not killing and injuring the innocent.
It isn't good enough! Read the Gospels!
We don't support anyone who chooses to go to war to destroy, and maim, and kill in the name of capitalism or anything else. When they repent and atone in earnest, God will forgive them. If they don't, even though they heard the word of God to turn the other cheek, who will know them when they are at the door asking to come in? If Jesus won't, neither will we.
The Pentagon buys souls with lies
The Pentagon spends about a billion and a half US dollars a year on luring, baiting, recruiting the poor, undereducated, unemployed, or underemployed, especially minorities. To get minions to do the savage work of the ultra-greedy, they make all sorts of promises that they never keep. They put a glossy faÃ§ade over the utter abomination that is militarism. They appeal to the baser spirit. They tempt the weak, violent spirited to fall. At the same time, the ultra-rich move to cut the pay of the lowest ranks in the military. They move to cut benefits, reduce hospitals, and raise drug costs for those currently in the military as well as the veterans. In other words, they lie to get people to join and then they take as much advantage as possible of those spiritually weak enough to join and serve the ultra-rich.
Now, a very bad thing happened when through the Vietnam veterans, military service was re-granted a noble status in the general public mind. That process was a sinister act. It was undertaken by the would-be war-profiteers. It was also pushed by many of the veterans from earlier times and afterwards to avoid their guilt in militarism. It is a selfish mentality that lauds caving into the failure to have the strength of moral character and the courage of that conviction to turn the other cheek as Christ. The universal soldier is always culpable. He or she is always measured against the divine standard of pacifism as exemplified by the real hero: Christ.
Without anyone to cave to the temptation, there would be no war. Everyone who caves in is guilty. He or she is responsible and accountable. It is not something about which to be proud. Pride itself is sin. Giving one's body over to the cause of war, no matter how much that act is wrapped in the notion of self-sacrifice, is inherently a selfish, evil act. Heaven will never be attainable until souls overcome falling to such temptations no matter how much evil is being dished out in any effort to tempt people to fall. This is why it takes the greatest strength there is not to retaliate even against those who torture and kill one's babies before one's very eyes. It is a supreme act of faith in God not to cave into evil to fight evil.
Iraq and Saddam Hussein had not sponsored al Qaeda. The neocons simply took advantage of the 9-11 circumstances to assert their empire-building plans under the Wolfowitz Doctrine. They wanted, and still want, to start numerous small to middling wars around the world to project US power to end states to replace regimes with US puppets. It's ego. It's lust in their members. Behind it all though is the money of those who pay for all the neocon think tanks and public-relations people to gain control over minds and markets.
The so-called long-range, unmanned, aerial vehicles were worse than a decent remote-control plane hobbyist could build out of a local hobby shop. The mobile labs were for conventional civilian purposes.
None of this is to say that Iraq had zero weapons. It is to say that George W. Bush had no evidence or even reasonable grounds for suspicions for going to war even under the usual, low, mundane historical standards America has used for going into certain wars. This is another extremely low, conservative point in American history.
The Office of Special Plans would reword things to make them sound certain. Where the CIA would categorize something as a lead, worthy of further investigation, the Office of Special Plans would represent the unsubstantiated as conclusive evidence or proof-positive. They took all of those leads, some over a decade old and relevant only to pre-weapons-inspected Iraq, and packaged them to win over public opinion. They manufactured a landslide of false leads so that concocted landslide would appear as the overwhelming preponderance of evidence. They hoped they'd find some incriminating hard evidence after the invasion, but they were willing to go ahead whether or not any such evidence would turn up. They believed, and still believe, that they are in a chess match that will last thirty to one hundred years or more. They were banking on their supporters not being willing to hold them to account for their deception, because it would prove embarrassing for those supporters. They were banking upon the deep, moral corruption of the willing. They weren't counting on any lasting indignation.
They cited as proof-positive the statements of known to be unreliable Iraqi exiles such as the Iraqi National Congress and Ahmed Chalabi.
Ahmed Chalabi had also been a student of Albert Wohlstetter, Richard Perle's neoconservative mentor. That's how Chalabi and Perle met. It was on account of that relationship that Chalabi's blatantly false intelligence information found its way directly into the president's speeches. Even though the CIA distrusted Chalabi's information, Newt Gingrich, former speaker of the United States House of Representatives and a member of the Pentagon's Defense Policy Board and the American Enterprise Institute, along with others stayed high on Chalabi since he was feeding them what they wanted to hear.
In January of 1997 while he was serving as Speaker, Newt Gingrich was reprimanded by the full House of Representatives for ethics violations. It was the most serious reprimand ever leveled against a Speaker. We of course believe in forgiveness; however, Mr. Gingrich, rather than repenting having seen the connection between his political philosophy and his ethics reprimand, continued, and still continues, to date to pursue the conservative, antichristian agenda.
The forgiveness afforded him is the forgiveness afforded the unrepentant. As a warning about consequences, we remind Newt, all others, and ourselves of the words of Jesus Christ:
Cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. (Matthew 25:30).
No one wishes this on anyone. Jesus didn't wish this on anyone. It is just the way of it. It is the consequence of evil. It is the truth. It doesn't come out of the spirit of coercive threats. We are all free to abide. Jesus wants us to be merciful so that we will be shown mercy. This is the golden rule. Jesus is not vengeful.
Newt Gingrich must become a profitable Christian. He must renounce the methods of the Office of Special Plans. He knows full well that that office was set up by Rumsfeld to be outside the official intelligence community so the US Congress would not have immediate oversight. He knows full well that there was no intelligence failure by the traditional intelligence community. There was a moral failure and a scapegoating of those who had been deliberately kept out of the loop, because they weren't willing to knowingly lie. The Office of Special Plans just flat out lied in order to build empire. He knows this. They all know this.
Mundane impunity only
What's the difference between the White House Plumbers (Special Investigations Unit of 1971) during the Richard Nixon administration and the Office of Special Plans under Rumsfeld and Bush-43?
Nixon's Plumbers were allegedly about national security. Nixon figured anything he was doing as president was a matter of national security. The Plumbers did some activities that were illegal, unless one buys into the argument that whatever the president deems is national security trumps all other considerations.
Nixon's people broke into the Watergate offices of the Democratic Party and they broke into Daniel Ellsberg's psychiatrist's office. Those break-ins were to protect national security according to Nixon's thinking.
Well, the Bush-43 people have stood on the same thin ice. If Bush lied about the reasons for going to war with Iraq, it was for national security. He's the president, and the president decides foreign policy and what is national security and what is classified, etc. His is the last word on the subject.
Well, the difference lies entirely in partisan politics. The Democrats controlled the Congress when Nixon was the president and the Republicans have controlled it under Bush-43. Constitutionally, no one can touch the president except the Congress. So, if the Republican-controlled Congress looks the other way while Bush lies to take the nation to war, the people get the leader they choose by following him. If the Congress doesn't care that the Office of Special Plans was the fabrication mill that it was, that's what living in a spiritually divided house wrought.
You don't imagine that you're going coercively to legislate and enforce morality do you? Jesus knew that that wasn't going to happen.
So long as the president and the Congress agree on it, there are no statutes, no matter how seemingly sacrosanct, that can check, per se, the president's power.
This comes down to a power struggle over caesar's legacy and just how daring people are willing to become.
It is among the highest of crimes to take nations into war by fabricating intelligence, having political appointees doctor intelligence reports, sending raw (unvetted) statements by discredited opportunists directly into speeches and talks to the American people given by the leaders in the Cabinet and others and by the vice president and president and to the entire planet via the United Nations.
If they don't repent and atone (pay the ransom), even if they aren't held to account by the human race in the here and now, they will reap in the hereafter what they sowed here.
They have made this world more hellish and dead of the Holy Spirit of truth.
The president knew that the reports coming out of the Office of Special Plans were generated in a false manner. He was right on board with getting any pretext to go to war. He was driving it. He was ordering people to come up with any pretext. He knew that career intelligence-experts were not the source for the intelligence, the information had not gone through the vetting process, and the CIA analysts were split over interpretation even before the Office of Special Plans doctored the information. His director of the CIA told Bush of that split. George Tenet testified to that.
The president also had his secretary of state, Colin Powell, deliver a report to the Security Council of the United Nations based upon all the fabrications, unsubstantiated statements, and mere suspicions.
They recklessly took nations to war. They have made the world worse. They have not recanted. They are still insisting that the whole process did not constitute lying. They have since denied that they said they were positive about the information they were passing off on the whole world. They used very old information. They left out the fact that it was old. They deliberately ignored newer information that showed the situation had changed and that the old information was an inappropriate basis for war. They knowingly and deliberately gave the American people and the world a misleading impression.
The lies about Iraq and Saddam Hussein are just as with hurricane Katrina where he claimed that no one had told him the levees could breach. Then, we all were shown on national TV the leaked proof that he had been lying bald-faced about that. His testimony to the people was impeached. He and others attempted to scapegoat the director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Michael D. Brown, who, unlike CIA director George Tenet had done, was unwilling to fall on his sword to cover caesar's inept game plan.
Michael D. Brown though hasn't come clean as to why he was chosen to head that agency with zero experience in emergency management. Follow the money. Who put him there and why?
George W. Bush wanted to go to war. He had always hoped that things would fall into place so he could gain and spend political capital that historically had been given to presidents in times of war. He said so to his biographer before the election of 2000. He also said after he was elected that now he's unaccountable to anyone. Does he or doesn't he believe in God?
He is sort of holding out for history to vindicate him, although he's not very worried about it since he'll be dead, as he's stated. History will not vindicate him though, because he doesn't care. It is the typical conservative reaction to this life. He doesn't care that he is creating an even more violent future in which other people, innocent children, will try to live. He isn't living the golden rule. There's no mercy in it. He'll be dead, but he doesn't take the time to understand what that means. He's being dead of the spirit of truth now. He's doing all of this in the name of Christianity. It's very cynical. He's read the scripture. He's studied it. How can it be?
He started with scripture looking for answers. He found the answers that served him. He could ride to power on the worldly evangelicals. His front was lip service. His heart has remained Machiavellian, whether he's bothered to look or not.
Now, the illegitimate government, and it is illegitimate, is spying on, infiltrating, and attempting to intimidate into silence, those who dissent whether they are violent or nonviolent. The system is being used by the deceptive to protect their selfish interest in the perpetuation of a system built upon deception. It is circular evil and the direct result of the same spirit that murdered Jesus Christ. The system is not being used to get to the root cause of evil. It is being used as the instrument of that root cause: Selfishness.
It is all diplomacy, statesmanship, noble lies (ignoble), white lies, the world as a chessboard, and the nations reduced to being no more than inanimate objects consisting of people reduced to being no more than beasts of burden or pieces of the equipment in the war machine. Yet, these self-styled statesman call each other brilliant. The system grants them degrees and titles and rank and prestige and honor and tribute and on and on. Have they no shame? There faces were hard and bold leading up to the war in Iraq. When will their heads be hung low? They must be stopped by conscience or continue freefalling into the bottomless pit. It is a conscious and subconscious conspiracy. They must wake up.
These characters are more sinister than others. They are conniving to lead people astray. They are rationalizing away their hypocrisy by appealing to people to accept hypocrisy as inevitable, as human nature, as something simply to use and check without the expectation of elimination.
These people get into the habit of conjuring up things to say which things are designed to help them win in the popularity contest within their given group's mindset rather than focusing upon the genuine questions and seeking the real answers, not just posturing. It is an affected mentality. It is a contrived emotional condition. Their behavior and speech is crafty, treacherous, and irresponsible.
We can understand though how people who really aren't good managers get into high places. What do the people deserve in the aggregate? The leaders are a satanic reflection of what the people have made of themselves collectively. If you want to be led correctly as a nation and as the human race, then as a whole nation and humanity, stand corrected by the truth.
The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the LORD, make straight in the desert a highway for our God. (Isaiah 40:3).
The Bush-43 administration via Colin Powell and Condi Rice had openly claimed before 9-11 that Saddam Hussein did not pose a threat, that he was contained, that his capacity for undertaking any programs for the development of weapons of mass destruction had been eliminated. It wasn't until after 9-11 that the story abruptly changed. Powell and Rice were ordered to bring all further statements into conformity with the written pre-9-11 neocon agendum of taking over Iraq at the first pretext salable to the brainwashed. Suddenly, Powell and Rice were lying about intelligence. They both knew it full well. The president's entire inner circle knew exactly that the intelligence was twisted with half-truths and wholesale lies to fit the neocon agendum of global militant capitalist revolution.
Remember, Donald Rumsfeld said immediately after 9-11 that there aren't any good targets in Afghanistan and that the US should attack Iraq, even though they had no proof Iraq had been involved with, or in any way responsible for, or would have wanted, or agreed with, 9-11.
President George W. Bush's directives and handling in all of this is simply indicting.
'Go back over everything, everything. See if Saddam did this. See if he's linked in any way...'
I was once again taken aback, incredulous, and it showed. 'But Mr. President, al Qaeda did this.'
'I know, I know, but ... see if Saddam was involved. Just look. I want to know any shred ...'
'Absolutely, we will look ... again.' I was trying to be more respectful, more responsive. 'But, you know, we have looked several times for ...continues... Click next page number below.