Hollywood’s Dangerous Afghan Illusion: “Charlie Wilson’s War”. Legacy of the late Robert Parry

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Robert Parry, editor and publisher of Consortiumnews.com, passed away on January 27th.

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Below is Robert Parry’s incisive and timely April 2013 article on Hollywood’s slanted interpretation of the Soviet Afghan war.  The US supported “Freedom Fighters” were Al Qaeda. The Afghan Mujahideen were jihadist mercenaries recruited by the CIA. It was all for a good cause: destabilize a progressive secular government, occupy and destroy Afghanistan, undermine the Soviet Union.

“Reagan’s pet “freedom fighters” in Afghanistan as in Nicaragua were tainted by the drug trade as well as by well-documented cases of torture, rape and murder.”

Robert Parry’s Legacy is Truth in Media!  

At this juncture in our history during which independent media is threatened, Robert Parry lives in our hearts and minds. 

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A newly discovered document undercuts a key storyline of the anti-Soviet Afghan war of the 1980s – that it was “Charlie Wilson’s War.” A note inside Ronald Reagan’s White House targeted the Texas Democrat as someone “to bring into circle as discrete Hill connection,” Robert Parry reports.

Official Washington’s conventional wisdom about Afghanistan derives to a dangerous degree from a Hollywood movie, “Charlie Wilson’s War,” which depicted the anti-Soviet war of the 1980s as a fight pitting good “freedom fighters” vs. evil “occupiers” and which blamed Afghanistan’s later descent into chaos on feckless U.S. politicians quitting as soon as Soviet troops left in 1989.

The Tom Hanks movie also pushed the theme that the war was really the pet project of a maverick Democratic congressman from Texas, Charlie Wilson, who fell in love with the Afghan mujahedeen after falling in love with a glamorous Texas oil woman, Joanne Herring, who was committed to their anti-communist cause.

However, “Charlie Wilson’s War” – like many Hollywood films – took extraordinary license with the facts, presenting many of the war’s core elements incorrectly. That in itself might not be a serious problem, except that key U.S. policymakers have cited these mythical “facts” as lessons to guide the current U.S. military occupation of Afghanistan.

The degree to which Ronald Reagan’s White House saw Wilson as more puppet than puppet-master is underscored by a newly discovered document at Reagan’s presidential library in Simi Valley, California. I found the document in the files of former CIA propaganda chief Walter Raymond Jr., who in the 1980s oversaw the selling of U.S. interventions in Central America and Afghanistan from his office at the National Security Council.

The handwritten note to Raymond appears to be initialed by then-National Security Adviser Robert McFarlane and instructs Raymond to recruit Wilson into the Reagan administration’s effort to drum up more Afghan war money for the fiscal 1985 budget. The note reads:

“Walt, Go see Charlie Wilson (D-TX). Seek to bring him into circle as discrete Hill connection. He can be very helpful in getting money. M.” (The notation may have used the wrong adjective, possibly intending ”discreet,” meaning circumspect and suggesting a secretive role, not “discrete,” meaning separate and distinct.)

Raymond appears to have followed up those instructions, as Wilson began to play a bigger and bigger role in unleashing the great Afghan spending spree of 1985 and as Raymond asserted himself behind the scenes on how the war should be sold to the American people.

Raymond, a 30-year veteran of CIA clandestine services, was a slight, soft-spoken New Yorker who reminded some of a character from a John le Carre spy novel, an intelligence officer who “easily fades into the woodwork,” according to one Raymond acquaintance. But his CIA career took a dramatic turn in 1982 when he was reassigned to the NSC.

At the time, the White House saw a need to step up its domestic propaganda operations in support of President Reagan’s desire to intervene more aggressively in Central America and Afghanistan. The American people – still stung by the agony of the Vietnam War – were not eager to engage in more foreign adventures.

So, Reagan’s team took aim at “kicking the Vietnam Syndrome” mostly by wildly exaggerating the Soviet threat. It became crucial to convince Americans that the Soviets were on the rise and on the march, though in reality the Soviets were on the decline and eager for accommodations with the West.

Yet, as deputy assistant secretary to the Air Force, J. Michael Kelly, put it, “the most critical special operations mission we have … is to persuade the American people that the communists are out to get us.”

The main focus of the administration’s domestic propaganda was on Central America where Reagan was arming right-wing military juntas engaged in anti-leftist extermination campaigns. Through the CIA, Reagan also was organizing a drug-tainted terrorist operation known as the Contras to overthrow Nicaragua’s leftist Sandinista government.

To hide the ugly realities and to overcome popular opposition to the policies, Reagan granted CIA Director William Casey extraordinary leeway to engage in CIA-style propaganda and disinformation aimed at the American people, the sort of project normally reserved for hostile countries. To oversee the operation – while skirting legal bans on the CIA operating domestically – Casey moved Raymond from the CIA to the NSC staff.

Raymond formally resigned from the CIA in April 1983 so, he said, “there would be no question whatsoever of any contamination of this.” But from the beginning, Raymond fretted about the legality of Casey’s involvement. Raymond confided in one memo that it was important “to get [Casey] out of the loop,” but Casey never backed off and Raymond continued to send progress reports to his old boss well into 1986.

It was “the kind of thing which [Casey] had a broad catholic interest in,” Raymond shrugged during a deposition given to congressional Iran-Contra investigators in 1987. Raymond offered the excuse that Casey undertook this apparently illegal interference in domestic politics “not so much in his CIA hat, but in his adviser to the president hat.”

Raymond also understood that the administration’s hand in the P.R. projects must stay hidden, because of other legal bans on executive-branch propaganda. “The work down within the administration has to, by definition, be at arms length,” Raymond noted in an Aug. 29, 1983, memo.

As one NSC official told me, the campaign was modeled after CIA covert operations abroad where a political goal is more important than the truth. “They were trying to manipulate [U.S.] public opinion … using the tools of Walt Raymond’s trade craft which he learned from his career in the CIA covert operation shop,” the official said.

From the NSC, Raymond organized inter-agency task forces to bombard the U.S. public with hyped-up propaganda about the Soviet threat in Central America and in Afghanistan. Raymond’s goal was to change the way Americans viewed these dangers, a process that the Reagan administration internally called “perception management.”

Scores of documents about this operation were released during the Iran-Contra scandal in 1987, but Washington-based journalists never paid much attention to the evidence about how they had been manipulated by these propaganda tactics, which included rewarding cooperative reporters with government-sponsored “leaks” and punishing those who wouldn’t parrot the lies with whispering campaigns in the ears of their editors and bureau chiefs. [See Robert Parry’s Lost History.]

Even after the Iran-Contra scandal was exposed in 1986 and Casey died of brain cancer in 1987, the Republicans fought to keep secret the remarkable story of this propaganda apparatus. As part of a deal to get three moderate Republican senators to join Democrats in signing the Iran-Contra report, Democratic leaders dropped a draft chapter on the CIA’s domestic propaganda role.

Thus, the American people were spared the chapter’s troubling conclusion: that a covert propaganda apparatus had existed, run by “one of the CIA’s most senior specialists, sent to the NSC by Bill Casey, to create and coordinate an inter-agency public-diplomacy mechanism [which] did what a covert CIA operation in a foreign country might do. [It] attempted to manipulate the media, the Congress and public opinion to support the Reagan administration’s policies.” [See Consortiumnews.com’s “Iran-Contra’s Lost Chapter.”]

Raping Russians

Hiding the unspeakable realities of the anti-Soviet jihad in Afghanistan was almost as high a priority as concealing the U.S.-backed slaughter in Central America. Reagan’s pet “freedom fighters” in Afghanistan as in Nicaragua were tainted by the drug trade as well as by well-documented cases of torture, rape and murder.

Yet, Raymond and his propagandists were always looking for new ways to “sell” the wars to the American people, leading to a clash with CIA officer Gust Avrakotos, who was overseeing the Afghan conflict and who had developed his own close ties to Rep. Charlie Wilson.

According to author George Crile, whose book Charlie Wilson’s War provided a loose framework for the movie of the same name, Avrakotos clashed with Raymond and other senior Reagan administration officials when they proposed unrealistic propaganda themes regarding Afghanistan.

One of Raymond’s ideas was to get some Russian soldiers to “defect” and then fly them from Afghanistan to Washington where they would renounce communism. The problem, as Avrakotos explained, was that the Afghan mujahedeen routinely tortured and then murdered any Soviet soldier who fell into their hands, except for a few who were kept around for anal rape.

“For Avrakotos, 1985 was a year of right-wing craziness,” Crile wrote. “A band of well-placed anti-Communist enthusiasts in the administration had come up with a plan they believed would bring down the Red Army, if the CIA would only be willing to implement it. The leading advocates of this plan included Richard Perle at the Pentagon. … [NSC aide] Oliver North also checked in briefly, but the man who set Avrakotos’s teeth on edge most was Walt Raymond, another NSC staffer who had spent twenty years with the CIA as a propagandist.

“Their idea was to encourage Soviet officers and soldiers to defect to the mujahideen. As Avrakotos derisively describes it, ‘The muj were supposed to set up loudspeakers in the mountains announcing such things as “Lay down your arms, there is a passage to the West and to freedom.”’ Once news of this program made its way through the Red Army, it was argued, there would be a flood of defectors. …

“Avrakotos thought North and Perle were ‘cuckoos of the Far Right,’ and he soon felt quite certain that Raymond, the man who seemed to be the intellectual ringleader, was truly detached from reality. ‘What Russian in his right mind would defect to those fuckers all armed to the teeth,’ Avrakotos said in frustration. ‘To begin with, anyone defecting to the Dushman would have to be a crook, a thief or someone who wanted to get cornholed every day, because nine out of ten prisoners were dead within twenty-four hours and they were always turned into concubines by the mujahideen. I felt so sorry for them I wanted to have them all shot.’

“The meeting [with Raymond’s team] went very badly indeed. Gust [Avrakotos] accused North and Perle of being idiots. … Avrakotos said to Walt Raymond, ‘You know, Walt, you’re just a fucking asshole, you’re irrelevant.’”

However, as Crile wrote, Avrakotos “greatly underestimated the political power and determination of the group, who went directly to [CIA Director] Bill Casey to angrily protest Avrakotos’s insulting manner. The director complained to [CIA operations official] Clair George, who responded by forbidding Avrakotos to attend any more interagency meetings without a CIA nanny present. …

“Avrakotos arrived for one of these White House sessions armed with five huge photographic blowups. … One of them showed two Russian sergeants being used as concubines. Another had a Russian hanging from the turret of a tank with a vital part of his anatomy removed. … ‘If you were a sane fucking Russian, would you defect to these people?’ he had demanded of Perle.

“But the issue wouldn’t go away. Perle, Raymond, and the others continued to insist that the Agency find and send back to the United States the many Russian defectors they seemed to believe, despite Avrakotos’s denials, the mujahideen were harboring. …

“It had been almost impossible to locate two prisoners, much less two defectors. The CIA found itself in the preposterous position of having to pony up $50,000 to bribe the Afghans to deliver two live ones. ‘These two guys were basket cases,’ says Avrakotos. ‘One had been fucked so many times he didn’t know what was going on.’”

Despite this knowledge about the true nature of the Afghan “freedom fighters,” the Reagan administration – and the “Charlie Wilson’s War” moviemakers – concealed from the American people the inhuman brutality of the jihadists who were receiving billions of dollars in U.S. and Saudi largesse. The movie depicted the Soviet soldiers as sadistic monsters and the mujahedeen as noble warriors, just as Ronald Reagan and Walter Raymond would have wanted. (Raymond died in 2003; Reagan in 2004; the movie appeared in 2007.)

But the Reagan administration did calculate correctly that Wilson from his key position on a House Appropriations defense subcommittee could open the spigot on funding for the Afghan muj.

Learning Wrong Lessons

While it’s not unusual for Hollywood to produce a Cold War propaganda film, what was different about “Charlie Wilson’s War” was how it was treated by Official Washington as something close to a documentary. That attitude was somewhat a tribute to the likeable Tom Hanks who portrayed the womanizing and hard-drinking Charlie Wilson.

Yet, perhaps the biggest danger in viewing the movie as truth was its treatment of why the anti-Soviet jihad led to Afghanistan becoming home to the Taliban and Osama bin Laden’s al-Qaeda terrorists in the 1990s. The movie pushed the myth that the United States abruptly abandoned Afghanistan as soon as the Soviet troops left on Feb. 15, 1989.

All across Official Washington, pundits and policymakers have embraced the lesson that the United States must not make that “mistake” again – and thus must leave behind a sizeable force of U.S. troops.

For instance, the New York Times’ lead editorial on May 1, 2012, criticized President Barack Obama for not explaining how he would prevent Afghanistan from imploding after the scheduled U.S. troop withdrawal in 2014, though the Times added that the plan’s “longer-term commitment [of aid] sends an important message to Afghans that Washington will not abandon them as it did after the Soviets were driven out.”

The abandonment myth also has been cited by senior Obama administration officials, including U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan Ryan Crocker and Defense Secretary Robert Gates, as they explained the rise of the Taliban in the mid-1990s and al-Qaeda’s use of Afghanistan for plotting the 9/11 attacks on the United States in 2001.

In late 2009, Defense Secretary Gates reprised this phony conventional wisdom, telling reporters: “We will not repeat the mistakes of 1989, when we abandoned the country only to see it descend into civil war and into Taliban hands.” However, that narrative was based on a faux reality drawn from a fictional movie.

Gates knew the real history. After all, in 1989, he was deputy national security adviser under President George H.W. Bush when the key decisions were made to continue covert U.S. aid to the mujahedeen, not cut it off.

The truth was that the end game in Afghanistan was messed up not because the United States cut the mujahedeen off but because Washington pressed for a clear-cut victory, rebuffing Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev’s proposals for a power-sharing arrangement. And we know that Gates knows this reality because he recounted it in his 1996 memoir, From the Shadows.

The Real History

Here’s what that history actually shows: In 1988, Gorbachev promised to remove Soviet troops from Afghanistan and sought a negotiated settlement. He hoped for a unity government that would include elements of Afghan President Najibullah’s Soviet-backed regime in Kabul and the CIA-backed Islamic fundamentalist rebels.

Gates, who in 1988 was deputy CIA director, opposed Gorbachev’s plan, disbelieving that the Soviets would really depart and insisting that – if they did – the CIA’s mujahedeen could quickly defeat Najibullah’s army.

Inside the Reagan administration, Gates’s judgment was opposed by State Department analysts who foresaw a drawn-out struggle. Deputy Secretary of State John Whitehead and the department’s intelligence chief Morton Abramowitz warned that Najibullah’s army might hold on longer than the CIA expected.

But Gates prevailed in the policy debates, pushing the CIA’s faith in its mujahedeen clients and expecting a rapid Najibullah collapse if the Soviets left. In the memoir, Gates recalled briefing Secretary of State George Shultz and his senior aides on the CIA’s predictions prior to Shultz flying to Moscow in February 1988.

“I told them that most [CIA] analysts did not believe Najibullah’s government could last without active Soviet military support,” wrote Gates.

After the Soviets did withdraw in February 1989 – proving Gates wrong on that point – some U.S. officials felt Washington’s geostrategic aims had been achieved and a move toward peace was in order. There also was mounting concern about the Afghan mujahedeen, especially their tendencies toward brutality, heroin trafficking and fundamentalist religious practices.

However, the new administration of George H.W. Bush – with Gates moving from the CIA to the White House as deputy national security adviser – rebuffed Gorbachev and chose to continue U.S. covert support for the mujahedeen, aid which was being funneled primarily through Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence agency, the ISI.

At the time, I was a Newsweek national security correspondent and asked my CIA contacts why the U.S. government didn’t just collect its winnings from the Soviet withdrawal and agree to some kind of national-unity government in Kabul that could end the war and bring some stability to the country. One of the CIA hardliners responded to my question with disgust. “We want to see Najibullah strung up by a light pole,” he snarled.

Back in Afghanistan, Najibullah’s regime defied the CIA’s expectation of a rapid collapse, using Soviet weapons and advisers to beat back a mujahedeen offensive in 1990. As Najibullah hung on, the war, the violence and the disorder continued.

Gates finally recognized that his CIA analysis had been wrong. In his memoir, he wrote: “As it turned out, Whitehead and Abramowitz were right” in their warning that Najibullah’s regime might not fall quickly. Gates’s memoir also acknowledged that the U.S. government did not abandon Afghanistan immediately after the Soviet departure.

“Najibullah would remain in power for another three years [after the Soviet pull-out], as the United States and the USSR continued to aid their respective sides,” Gates wrote. Indeed, Moscow’s and Washington’s supplies continued to flow until several months after the Soviet Union collapsed in summer 1991, according to Gates.

Crile’s Account

And other U.S. assistance continued even longer, according to Crile’s Charlie Wilson’s War. In the book, Crile described how Wilson kept the funding spigot open for the Afghan rebels not only after the Soviet departure in 1989 but even after the Soviet Union disintegrated in 1991.

Eventually, the mujahedeen did capture the strategic city of Khost, but turned it into a ghost town as civilians fled or faced the mujahedeen’s fundamentalist fury. Western aid workers found themselves “following the liberators in a desperate attempt to persuade them not to murder and pillage,” Crile wrote.

U.S. Ambassador to Pakistan Robert Oakley began to wonder who were the worse bad guys, the Soviet-backed communists or the U.S.-supported mujahedeen.

“It was the leaders of the Afghan puppet government who were saying all the right things, even paying lip service to democratic change,” Crile reported. “The mujahideen, on the other hand, were committing unspeakable atrocities and couldn’t even put aside their bickering and murderous thoughts long enough to capture Kabul.”

In 1991, as the Soviet Union careened toward its final crackup, the Senate Intelligence Committee approved nothing for Afghanistan, Crile wrote. “But no one could just turn off Charlie Wilson’s war like that,” Crile noted. “For Charlie Wilson, there was something fundamentally wrong with his war ending then and there. He didn’t like the idea of the United States going out with a whimper.”

Wilson made an impassioned appeal to the House Intelligence Committee and carried the day. The committee first considered a $100 million annual appropriation, but Wilson got them to boost it to $200 million, which – with the Saudi matching funds – totaled $400 million, Crile reported.

“And so, as the mujahideen were poised for their thirteenth year of war, instead of being cut off, it turned out to be a banner year,” Crile wrote. “They found themselves with not only a $400 million budget but also with a cornucopia of new weaponry sources that opened up when the United States decided to send the Iraqi weapons captured during the Gulf War to the mujahideen.”

But even then the Afghan rebels needed an external event to prevail on the battlefield, the stunning disintegration of the Soviet Union in the latter half of 1991. Only then did Moscow cut off its aid to Najibullah. His government finally fell in 1992. But its collapse didn’t stop the war – or the mujahedeen infighting.

The capital of Kabul came under the control of a relatively moderate rebel force led by Ahmad Shah Massoud, an Islamist but not a fanatic. However, Massoud, a Tajik, was not favored by Pakistan’s ISI, which backed more extreme Pashtun elements of the mujahedeen.

Rival Afghan warlords battled with each other for another four years destroying much of Kabul. Finally, a disgusted Washington began to turn away. Crile reported that the Cross Border Humanitarian Aid Program, which was the only sustained U.S. program aimed at rebuilding Afghanistan, was cut off at the end of 1993, almost five years after the Soviets left.

Rise of the Taliban

While chaos continued to reign across Afghanistan, the ISI readied its own army of Islamic extremists drawn from Pashtun refugee camps inside Pakistan. This group, known as the Taliban, entered Afghanistan with the promise of restoring order.

The Taliban seized the capital of Kabul in September 1996, driving Massoud into a northward retreat. The ousted communist leader Najibullah, who had stayed in Kabul, sought shelter in the United Nations compound, but was captured. The Taliban tortured, castrated and killed him, his mutilated body hung from a light pole – just as the CIA hardliner had wished seven years earlier.

The triumphant Taliban imposed harsh Islamic law on Afghanistan. Their rule was especially cruel to women who had made gains toward equal rights under the communists, but were forced by the Taliban to live under highly restrictive rules, to cover themselves when in public, and to forgo schooling.

The Taliban also granted refuge to Saudi exile Osama bin Laden, who had fought with the Afghan mujahedeen against the Soviets in the 1980s. Bin Laden then used Afghanistan as the base of operations for his terrorist organization, al-Qaeda, setting the stage for the next Afghan War in 2001.

So, the real history is quite different from the Hollywood version that Official Washington has absorbed as its short-hand understanding of the anti-Soviet Afghan war of the 1980s.

The newly discovered document about bringing Charlie Wilson into the White House “circle as discrete Hill connection” suggests that even the impression that it was “Charlie Wilson’s War” may have been more illusion than reality. Though Wilson surely became a true believer in the CIA’s largest covert action of the Cold War, Reagan’s White House team appears to have viewed him as a useful Democratic front man who would be “very helpful in getting money.”

Most significantly, the mythology – enshrined in the movie and embraced by the policymakers – obscured the key lessons of the 1980s: the dangerous futility of trying to impose a Western or military solution on Afghanistan as well as the need to explore negotiation and compromise even when dealing with unsavory foes. It wasn’t the mythical U.S. “abandonment” of Afghanistan in February 1989 that caused the devastation of the past two decades, but rather the uncompromising policies of the Reagan-Bush-41 administrations.

First, there was the ascendance of propaganda over truth. The U.S. government was well aware of the gross human rights crimes of the Afghan “muj” but still sold them as honorable “freedom fighters” to the American people. Second, there was the triumphalism of Gates and other war hawks, who insisted on rubbing Moscow’s nose in its Afghan defeat and thus blocked cooperation on a negotiated settlement which held out the promise of a less destructive outcome.

Those two factors – the deceit and the hubris – set the stage for the 9/11 attacks in 2001, a renewed Afghan War bogging down tens of thousands of U.S. troops, America’s disastrous detour into Iraq, and now a costly long-term U.S. commitment to Afghanistan that is expected to last at least until 2024. With a distorted account of “Charlie Wilson’s War,” Tom Hanks and Hollywood didn’t help.

[For a limited time, you can purchase Robert Parry’s trilogy on the Bush family for only $34. For details, click here.]

Investigative reporter Robert Parry broke many of the Iran-Contra stories for The Associated Press and Newsweek in the 1980s. You can buy his new book, America’s Stolen Narrative, either in print here or as an e-book (from Amazon and barnesandnoble.com).

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How Christian Zionists Got Their Man Into The White House

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By Morgan Strong’

A History Built On Fantasy

The Christian Zionists managed, through the positioning of Mike Pence and fellow believers in the White House, an incredible measure of influence over the most powerful nation on earth.

On 18 July, US Vice President Mike Pence delivered the keynote speech at the annual summit of Christians United for Israel (CUFI). Founded in 2006 by Pastor John Hagee, an evangelist from San Antonio, CUFI claims to be the largest pro-Israel group in the United States, with three million members. Hagee endorsed Donald Trump for president in May 2016.

Pence once again pledged that the Trump administration would move the US embassy to Jerusalem, this time to Christian supporters of Israel who have become increasingly restive at Trump’s failure to make good on his campaign promise for Israel – signalling what some analysts viewed as a new ideological shift for the White House.

White House’s ideological shift

“Pence’s speech marks a fundamental change in the language that the White House has historically employed to articulate the United States’ relationship with Israel,” Dan Hummel, a fellow at Harvard Kennedy School, wrote in the Washington Post.

That fundamental change is towards Christian Zionism, an ideology that bases its political support for Israel on the belief that the modern state of Israel is a manifestation of prophecies in the Bible – and that the very fate of the United States is prophetically linked with Israel.

Hummel describes Pence as an “ardent Christian Zionist” who expresses his support for Israel in explicitly prophetic terms. His appearance at the summit “signals a new era of Christian Zionist influence in the White House”.

Pence is not alone in his efforts to convince Trump to fulfill what the Christian Zionists regard as a biblical prophecy. Mike Huckabee, the former governor of Arkansas, his daughter Sara Huckabee Sanders, now the White House press secretary, and Sara Palin wield great influence in the Trump administration and are ardent Christian Zionists.

Roy Moore of Alabama, who Trump endorsed for the Senate election in Alabama, is numbered among the flock.

Christian Zionists’ Armageddon

Christian Zionists, who number about 20 million in the United States, have poured millions of dollars over the past decades seeking an expanded Israel. They have sponsored the migration of thousands of Jews from Russia, Ethiopia, and other countries.

They contribute millions toward the construction of new settlements in occupied Palestinian areas to accommodate the migrants. “Moving to Jerusalem proves that our president stands by his word,” Hagee said.

He also said some other things less lucid: “turning Jerusalem over to the Palestinian’s would be tantamount to turning it over to the Taliban”. He also said that the Jewish people are going to burn in Hell for all of eternity unless they abandon Judaism and convert to Christianity following the battle of Armageddon.

That is some of what John Hagee believes, and presumably what three million followers in the CUFI and inclusive of the wider 40-million strong Evangelical movement believe, or at least partially believe

There remains the most frightening speculation that some, or any, of what Hagee believes may also be believed by the president himself. Trump’s obsession with Islam might have been partially informed by former head of CUFI late pastor Jerry Falwell’s anti-Islam views.

Honest broker no more

On 6 December, Trump explicitly denied any lingering hope for a two-state solution. “After more than two decades of waivers, we are no closer to a lasting peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians. Therefore, I have determined that it is time to officially recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. It would be folly to assume that repeating the exact same formula would now produce a different or better result,” he said.

The recognition of Jerusalem as the sole capital of Israel is far more than symbolic. In effect it denies a most fundamental obligation of the peace process, a two-state solution.

President Mahmoud Abbas of the Palestinian Authority has acknowledged as much. The Palestinians are now convinced that the United States can never be an honest broker, or neutral moderator – although the United States has never been a truly dispassionate moderator.

The enormous political influence of Israel in the United States has made honest dealings impossible, and that duplicity is blatantly obvious now. Abbas told an international summit last month that the United States was unfit to mediate the Middle East conflict, marking a major policy shift after decades spent courting American goodwill. 

Abbas announced the shift, which came in response to Trump’s declaration on Jerusalem, at a summit of Muslim leaders that condemned the US move and called for world recognition of a Palestinian state with its capital in east Jerusalem.

On 21 December, the UN General Assembly voted to condemn Trump’s Jerusalem decision. Nearly all of the member states of the United Nations condemned it despite his threats to deny member states who objected further funding.

That brings us to an abrupt close the peace process through the successful effort of Jared Kushner, Trump’s son-in-law and senior advisor, to demand the Palestinians accept full capitulation to Israel’s demands. The Kushner family and he have contributed millions to Israel’s settlement efforts in the West Bank.

The outcome of his objective, to deny the Palestinian’s any remedy for their grievances, should never have been in doubt once he was given absolute authority by Trump.

The return of the Messiah

A critical issue for hardline Zionists and their Christian allies is the location of the ruins of the first and second Jewish Temples beneath the al-Aqsa mosque compound, the third most revered site of Islam. A fundamental tenet of the Christian Zionist theory is that a new temple be built upon those ancient ruins.

Palestinians believe that Israeli archaeological diggings underneath the al-Aqsa mosque compound to build a new temple constitute a threat to the mosque. The Christian Zionists are vehement that this be done to fulfill prophecy. They believe that once construction of the new Temple is complete the return of the Messiah will be inevitable.

The only hope for the Palestinians is a gradual inclusion of the Palestinian population of the West Bank and Gaza into what will become a single entity, Israel. A most unlikely outcome. The Israelis will never acquiesce to allow either Palestinian Muslims or Christians citizenship, and voting rights, in what is now proclaimed by Netanyahu as the Jewish State.

Netanyahu is of the unshakable, perhaps delusional, conviction that he has been chosen by God to lead the Jewish people. Eyal Arad, a former top political advisor, said: “The prime minister has a messianic notion of himself, as a person called to save the Jewish people from the new Holocaust.”

He had better hurry. He is now under his fourth investigation for corruption and malfeasance while in office.

Pence is equally convinced of God’s calling. His favourite biblical passage, which he quotes often is, “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

Pence is ambitious beyond his seeming lack of credentials and his political failures as the governor of Indiana. Pence “made it clear” to the Republican National Committee that he was willing to take Trump’s place as the GOP candidate for president in the aftermath of the Access Hollywood tape in October 2016.

A truly evangelical president?

Last summer, the New York Times reported that Pence appeared to be preparing for a presidential bid. Pence vehemently denied the story. Pence imagined the real possibility of the GOP turning on Trump after another major scandal ensuring Pence’s subsequent rise.

The United States could end up with a truly evangelical president. What is worrying is not that Pence believes in God, but that he seems certain God believes in him.

Mainstream Christian Biblical scholars regard the Bible text as allegorical. The Christian Zionists believe in a literal interpretation of the tediously, torturous text of the book of Revelations.

The Christian Zionist movement however is not a recent phenomenon. There have been more than a century of efforts to restore Israel to a largely illusory biblical glory. In the 1600s King James I suggested that “the End of Days” would take place in Palestine.

He believed, as the Christian Zionists do now, that the Hebrew tribes must be reunited and return from diaspora so the final battle between the forces of evil and the messiah could take place at Armageddon.

Another Balfour declaration

Lord Balfour, British foreign secretary, and his prime minister, David Lloyd George, were both sympathetic to Christian Zionism. In 1917, three years before the League of Nations gave Britain the mandate over Palestine, Balfour wrote to Lord Rothschild, of the immensely wealthy Jewish banking family, and an early proponent of Zionism, that “His Majesty’s Government view with favour the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people and will use their best endeavours to facilitate the achievement of this object.”

The State of Israel might not have come into being without the Balfour Declaration. When the United States recognised Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, we do so, at least in part, to summon the Messiah and begin preparation for the battle at Armageddon.

That is what the Christian Zionists believe, and have relentlessly demanded of the administration. The Bible tells us Jesus will be back to fix it all.

The Muslims, the Jews, the Buddhists, the Hindus, the Shintos, the Animists, the Voodooists, the Catholics, agnostics, and atheists, et al, will be converted to the Christian Zionists legions of the Lord. The Messiah, Jesus Christ, will prevail and undo all evil that now befalls us. He will annihilate the anti-Christ and his barbaric horde, that includes the Russians, and he, Jesus, will reign as king on earth for a thousand years of bliss and plenty.

But first they believe ancient Israel must be made whole and unencumbered by heretics of any religious persuasion, other than their own, in order to fulfill the biblical prophecy of Christ’s return to earth.

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That second coming however does not bode well for the Israelis according to the Christian Zionist liturgy. Israel will sadly be no more. Israel will be destroyed during this apocalypse.

According to their belief, Jesus, distressed that the Jews did not regard him as the Messiah, will kill all the Jews who refuse to convert to Christianity, or more precisely Christian Zionism. Jesus, it seems, is not one to turn the other cheek when slighted.

If you believe otherwise, if you believe that Biblical prophesies as interpreted by the Christian Zionists are lunacy, you are in the helpless majority. Because the Christian Zionists managed, through the positioning of Mike Pence, and fellow believers, in the White House an incredible measure of influence over perhaps the most powerful nation on earth.

They believe that only the apocalypse will purify the world and the United States shall be the instrument which brings forth God’s wrath. The great resources, the military might, of the United States is part of the divine plan to bring the Apocalypse upon us.

Trump will do all to encourage the blind loyalty of this inherited flock. The Republican Party leans heavily on the Christian Zionists for both cash, and votes. They have a profound effect on the direction of the party, even if the party now seems to be more Theocratic than political.

The Christian Zionists are most likely to vote; they number over twenty million, and are generous contributors. They are the base of this new Republican theocracy.

They do not want peace with the Palestinians. The Palestinians have no place in Biblical Israel. The Christian Zionists want them gone to purify the nascent Kingdom of Israel and allow their eternity of bliss in paradise.

Morgan Strong, a former professor of Middle Eastern History.

This article was originally published by MEE

Russia is a Threat to Western Societies?

Russia is a Threat to Western Societies?

 

The United States and its NATO allies are facing an existential threat. But the threat has nothing to do with Russia, China, or any other external “enemy” for that matter.

The West’s own worst enemy is itself. Or more precisely, the intellectual bankruptcy of its political and military leaders and their dominant public discourse.

This week Nobel literature laureate Mario Vargas Llosa reportedly condemned the US for descending into “political and intellectual poverty.” He said: “The consequences are predictable: China and Russia are taking the positions that the US is withdrawing from, gaining political and economic influence.”

Perhaps the clearest expression of Western intellectual impoverishment and dishonesty is the relentless Russophobia touted by American and European politicians, military leaders, think-tanks and mainstream corporate news media.

Hardly a week goes by without repetition of this tired old trope alleging that Russia is a threat to Western societies. Russian President Vladimir Putin is portrayed as some kind of “evil genius” hellbent on undermining the West – without a plausible explanation ever being given for why the Russian leader would harbor such alleged dastardly designs.

And if it’s not Russia, it is some other supposed malevolent foreign force, such as China, Iran or North Korea. Yes, the latter has a nuclear weapons program. But the Western public rarely hears that North Korea has embarked on developing these weapons due to decades of warmongering threats from Washington and its allies.

Arguably, though, it is Russophobia that most preoccupies official discourse in the US and Europe.

For the past year and more, Russia is accused of “interfering” in US and European elections, “subverting” democratic processes, and “sowing divisions” among allies with “fake news.”

Even President Donald Trump, who has at times dismissed claims of Russian meddling in the US elections, has at other times jumped on the Russophobia bandwagon. He signed off the US National Security Strategy last month in which it is asserted that “Russia aims to weaken US influence in the world and divide us from our allies… Through modernized forms of subversive tactics, Russia interferes in the domestic political affairs of countries around the world… The United States and Europe will work together to counter Russian subversion and aggression.”

The relentless Russophobia – an irrational, morbid fear of Russia – is now worse than at any time during the former Cold War, says Moscow’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.

British Prime Minister Theresa May glibly accuses Russia of “sowing division”; French President Emmanuel Macron alleges that Russian news media interfered in his country’s elections last year. The EU’s Commissioner on Security Sir Julian King last week casually smeared Russian news media outlets RT and Sputnik as “Kremlin-orchestrated disinformation.”

All these claims are never substantiated with hard evidence or credible analysis. They are simply asserted in the realm of speculation and fantasy.

Surely, if there were any standard of intellectual and journalistic integrity, the claims made against Russia should be tested for objective credibility. But they never are tested or challenged. They are simply mouthed, echoed and amplified by politicians, think-tanks and media.

Of course, that’s not to say the West is devoid of intelligent thinkers. Russian scholars like Stephen Cohen, media analysts like Ed Herman and journalists like John Pilger are indeed there and admirably outspoken in their dissent. But their voices of sanity are drowned out by the cacophony of nonsense that dominates public discourse.

US-based political analyst Randy Martin says that Washington’s political class is especially bankrupt in intelligence.

He says the American narrative of accusing Russia “has become exhausted” from lack of credibility. “It has become so tired from lack of facts and credibility, ordinary common-sense citizens have become weary of it. The official Washington description of the world has no longer any relevant application to international relations.”

Martin asks: “How can any country chart a viable direction when its strategic thinking is so fundamentally false and, in effect, based on paranoid delusion?” He adds: “It is inevitable that if a nation or group of nations construct policies and allocate resources based on a fundamentally erroneous assessment of the world then such a direction is bound to result in disastrous failure and collapse.”

 

We have already noted the US National Security Strategy signed off by Trump. Another example is seen with the latest US National Defense Strategy unveiled by Pentagon chief James Mattis last week.

The Pentagon is claiming that Russia (and China) is now a greater security threat to the US than non-state terror groups. To counter Russia, the US is planning to increase its annual military spending to even more astronomical levels – some $700 billion a year. Such expenditure will inevitably lead to fatally crippling national debt and decay of social conditions from the cutbacks necessary to pay for it.

Also, this week, the head of Britain’s armed forces General Sir Nick Carter made the same pitch as Mattis. In a telling repetition of narrative, Carter reportedly claimed too that Russia presents a greater threat to Britain’s national security than terrorism.

Again, the bottom line is for Britain, as with the US, to allocate more resources to military spending to “confront” the alleged Russian threat.

A core problem, says analyst Randy Martin, is that Western public discourse is dominated by think-tanks which are closely tied to the military-industrial complex and the US-led NATO alliance.

These think-tanks, such as the Atlantic Council, the American Enterprise Institute and Royal United Services Institute, set the parameters for public discussion, which is, in turn, adopted by politicians, military chiefs and news media.

However, because of the intellectual bankruptcy in official Western discourse, there is no rigorous interrogation of the false premises and claims.

“There is no intelligent self-reflection,” says Martin. “Without honest self-reflection the result is eventually a form of collective paranoid delusion.”

It is as blatant as this: Western capitalism is so dependent on military industry and financing, the ideology must be constructed to shore up this warped economy. That, in turn, requires casting a world of enemies and threats. For that purpose, countries like Russia must be demonized and slandered, otherwise, the whole charade would fall apart.

The function of think-tanks, politicians, military chiefs and the corporate media is to maintain the fiction of “enemies and threats” to justify what is otherwise an obscene waste of economic and social resources. This travesty of discourse can only be maintained because of intellectual dishonesty and bankruptcy in the US and its NATO allies.

Why is that deplorable? Because such systematic deception is endangering the entire world by fueling tensions and risking all-out war. It is also literally killing societies in the West from poverty and social deprivation. Just think of how much more humane and civilized this world would be if economies were directed away from militarism towards improving life for the mass of ordinary citizens.

The deception is so outrageous, it can only be achieved through massive intellectual corruption in the West. The enemy to these societies is not some foreign entity. Ironically, Western elites who claim to defend their nations from foreign threats are the ones who are actually inflicting the fatal damage.

Finian Cunningham has written extensively on international affairs, with articles published in several languages. He is a Master’s graduate in Agricultural Chemistry and worked as a scientific editor for the Royal Society of Chemistry, Cambridge, England, before pursuing a career in newspaper journalism. He is also a musician and songwriter. For nearly 20 years, he worked as an editor and writer in major news media organisations, including The Mirror, Irish Times and Independent.

This article was originally published by Sputnik

American Protestant Christianity as the enabler for Judaic world domination and quite possibly for the end of the world

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‘Most Jews do not like to admit it but our god is Lucifer and we are his chosen people. Lucifer is very much alive.’ – Harold Wallace Rosenthal, a wealthy influential Jew involved with the US government

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Dispensationalist evangelical Christians in America are the greatest friends Israel has in the world, and have been for a long time. In their very strange and science-fictionesque visualization of the soon-to-take-place ‘end of the world’ and the destruction of everything in it, they believe Israel plays a central role in ‘God’s plan’ viz the last chapter of human history and in what they call the ‘end-times’. And although the various individuals and groups making up this strange cult differ on a few particulars, one thing upon which they are all in agreement is that Jesus is scheduled to make a grand entrance at the end of it all and with all of them holding front row seats.



Although there are many different ‘species’ of Protestant evangelical Christianity in America, the one thing that universally connects virtually all various groups is what can only be termed an obsession with the ‘end times’. As if nothing else in the 2,000 years of Christian history existed except one obscure chapter in the very last book of the bible–Revelations–the consummation of the world seems to dominate all discussion and activity. Mega-churches hosting thousands and even football stadiums hosting tens of thousands and rented for special ‘end times’ events get nationwide TV coverage and with millions of eyes and ears glued to what is going on.

It is easy to understand then why a phenomenon such as this would be the target for manipulation on the political level. The fact that this particular group represents the single largest voting block in America with upwards of 90 million people, the notion that it would somehow escape being captured and manipulated by interested parties with a particular political agenda is not as much an unlikelihood as it is an impossibility. The truth is that American Protestant Evangelical Christianity has been immensely important as a fuel for vital political projects, including the creation of Israel in 1948 and every drop of political and monetary support that the Jewish state has vampired from both America and around the world since that time.

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The very erudite and eloquent  Patrick J. Buchanan maintains (correctly) that WWI and WWII were not two separate wars but one giant European civil war that resulted in the destruction of Europe. The British who turned Palestine over to the Jews in 1948 needed the support of the Americans during WWI. That was “the deal”.

This is an important fact to keep in mind, given that it was Great Britain who performed the necessary CPR in breathing ‘new life’ into the Frankenstein monster known as Judea, but it would then fall upon America and its millions of Apocalypse-addicted Evangelical Christians who would be tasked with feeding, coddling and protecting this new political creation known as JSIL–the Jewish state in the Levant.

And while some evangelicals condemned the activities of those Jewish terrorist groups made infamous for some of their bloody exploits, including major terrorist acts such as the bombing of the King David Hotel, at the same time however many cared only about the fact that the Jews must return to the holy land as part of the ‘divine script’.

Although of course the Zionist Jews have been the prime movers behind these events, mainline Protestants, WASP Freemasons (Gentiles dedicated to the rebuilding of the Temple destroyed by Titus in 70 AD) and of course radical evangelicals have been major players in this. They want to see the Al Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem blown to pieces like the aforementioned King David Hotel and the ‘3rd Temple’ rebuilt in its place. In the same manner as fans of Tolkien flocked to the movie theaters to see their favorite literary characters come to life on the big screen in living color, likewise evangelical Christians today want to see the consummation of the world in real time as it has been dramatically described by mega-church pastors such as John Hagee and others.

All three Abrahamic religions speak of an end times scenario. Many long for it and many even want to speed up the time table for the big finale. Understanding very well this MO on the part of American evangelical Christians, current Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu has been very adept at tapping into that particular vein and in drawing forth the necessary blood needed for the preservation of Israel in both monetary and political ways.


The popularity of the evangelical movement goes up and down in the US. In the aftermath of the infamous Scopes Trial it went down, whereas after the world witnessed the apocalyptic power of the newly developed atomic bomb during WWII, it went up.

Pastors signaling specific dates for the end of the world and/or the ‘rapture’ (that fantastic event that features prominently in virtually all neighborhoods of American Protestant Dispensationalist Christianity wherein the ‘true believers’ are suddenly vacuumed body and soul into the heavens above with no warning whatsoever) have proved to be problematic and at times have sown confusion amongst self-professed followers of Jesus Christ when the grand finale did not materialize. Nevertheless, despite some of the biggest names having had their date-sensitive predictions not materialize, nevertheless their flock seems to suffer from a certain degree of amnesia and thus continue to swallow whole-hog the next date-sensitive prediction that pops up, indicating the very emotional (and not necessarily rational) element that permeates much (all) of this.

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Many also seem to take delight in scenarios were their detractors are punished for their unbelief, a motley crew made up of liberals, Catholics, Democrats, Muslims, and atheists who are all pre-destined to ‘pay the piper’ when all hell breaks loose while the ‘true believers’ are vacuumed up away from all the ‘tribulations’.

At times one gets the image of a poorly educated person forking over what little money they have to help Israel.  One can just see Jewish porn star Ron Jeremy or some Israeli arms dealer laughing themselves silly at such a prospect.

Nothing even in the wildest fiction comes close to the odd dance between Jews and evangelicals. Evangelicals cry ‘we must save you!’ while at the same time, Jews laugh and take their cash.

Christians obsessed with end times philosophy adhere to a divine script that seems to be not quite agreed upon but quite horrifying indeed, and yet interestingly, they show no fear for themselves, secure in the knowledge that the big vacuum cleaner will save them just in time.

Many Protestants detest the Roman Catholic Church and the Vatican and see all Popes–past, present, and future–as the Anti-Christ described in the only book they seem to read–Revelations.

Yet for 500 years they have come up with  few skilled academicians who have justified in detail why they split from Rome.

Suffice it to say the ‘Reformation’ has had a huge affect as to why world Jewry is the preeminent power on earth to this day. Prior to this fit within Christendom, it was the unifying, solid as stone political power of the Roman Church that kept Jewry at a manageable level.

It must be noted the end times prophecy thinking spikes when bad or foreboding things happen. For instance, after 911 many even non-religious people developed “prophecy belief.” At times you may notice the media plays it up.  Remember the world will end in 2012? The  Y2k scare as well?

That Jewish voters are overwhelmingly liberal and adhere to and promote every issue that evangelicals oppose, including gay marriage, abortion on demand, etc. Despite their own conservative views they love the Jews.  The Jews and in particular the liberal Jews despise the evangelicals.

This is why super liberal Sen. Al Franken hates Mike Pence even more then he hates Trump. Franken detest the evangelicals. Could it be that he is familiar with their theology?

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Franken views Pence as worse the Trump, going so far as to refer to Pence as a Zealot, a very Jewish biblical term. He has stated the Pence would be worse for liberals on domestic issues.

It can be assumed that Franken is lying when he states Pence would be better on international relations and war. He knows the radical evangelicals will do anything to speed up the end times. Some even willfully. Others support Israel hardliners so firmly that this is yet another path to catastrophic war.

This is why as TUT pointed out Franken had to go he would get in the way of the plan to impeach Trump and replace him with the evangelical Pence.

This and the  election loss of pro-Trump Judge Roy Moore in Alabama might prove to be huge factors in the bid to impeach President Trump.

President Trump is more than capable of dealing with the 95 million plus evangelicals. For one thing they have been endlessly attacked by the media and the left they make up some of the core of the so-called ‘deplorables’.

It is an ongoing battle and of coarse plenty of media outlets and sell-outs are trying to portray the relationship between Trump and the evangelicals as strained.

Lets face it–a lot of Trump’s support is racial, i.e. rust belt whites.  Or as Steve Bannon  calls them “the forgotten man”

If the media itself–which is the real power in the United States–goes after Trump often there is not much even he can do.  The media control gives the advantage.

This is why the support of the evangelicals for Trump and Pence has been very important. Their numbers are huge and they don’t care for the mainstream media.

The 700 Club and similar programs watched by America’s evangelicals have gotten behind Trump and who appreciate his use of the term ‘fake news’ as they have bristled for decades under the assault on their faith by the JMSM.

The president has done well with his white support base, but not without problems as well, and especially from events such as the rally in  Charlottesville and it’s connection to white supremacist or alleged white supremacists who have not helped Trump at all.

The Protestant church has a lot of power in the United States. It is one of the driving forces that directs the United States. Many Protestants are fanatically pro-Israel and pro-greater Israel. That is just political reality.

If you’re Roman Catholic or Atheist or what have you might not know about the Protestant world. It is at its core very simple.  You accept Jesus Christ and you are ”saved.”

If you make a lot of money your ‘blessed”.

The Protestant evangelist sometimes come into conflict with Jewish liberals over Hollywood and the obvious moral degeneration of America. However, they see Jews as God’s Chosen people who will hopefully accept Jesus Christ during the end times. This is one among many reasons the US works for Israel.

The Protestant world is by no means monolithic. There are countless denominations and many will have nothing to do with one another. Ranging from the liberal protestants who fly the flag of LGBTQ and the banner of Black Lives Matter to the grotesque conman/conwoman team Jim and Tammy Faye Baker to megachurch Pastor John Charles Hagee who constantly invokes the wrath of God to fall upon whatever creature speaks unfavorably about Israel.

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In fact evangelicals seem to delight in the fact that according to their interpretation of the divine script anyone they don’t like will perish in hell fire.

According to Hagee a “Christian Zionist and Scofield Bible inspired dispensationalist if you defy Israel you’re going straight to hell.

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This is why Trump’s announcement viz Jerusalem being the capital of Israel was and is HUGE. He has the Israelis wedded to this issue without lifting a finger.  The Arab world is united against Israel. The evangelical support has gotten firmly behind Trump.  Yet Trump will continue to push for “peace” something no other US president has tried.

He has put Israel on the spot and he has the full support of the evangelical Christian movement in the United States behind him.  He has made a huge problem for Israel by “giving them what they want” so to speak. The expert negotiating skills of Trump fit into biblical prophecy. Indeed Trump’s Jerusalem decision is also a victory for “Evangelical politics”. A card that Trump holds that may come in handy for him later when it comes time to mobilize an army of angry, fed-up voters numbering somewhere in the area of about 95 million.

Many Protestants or of course good people on the street level. Lots of Pastors “minister” to people, help with drug and alcohol addiction, suicide prevention, and so forth.

Many evangelicals or Televangelists are frauds, madmen or both.  Despite endless proven frauds and scandals the mega TV holy roller preachers retain many followers and are fabulously wealthy.

“Benny” Hinn is an Israeli televangelist, best known for his regular “Miracle Crusades”—revival meeting or faith healing summits that are usually held in stadiums in major cities. He is among the richest and most popular of the Televangelists.  He is the quintessential fraud healer and holy-roller conman.

If you want to get saved or healed by Hinn bring cash.

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In March 1993 Inside Edition reported on Hinn’s $685,000 Orlando home and Mercedes-Benz, despite Hinn having previously claiming a “modest lifestyle”. An employee of Inside Edition also faked a healing from Cerebral palsy which was shown on Hinn’s regular broadcast.[20]

A controversial aspect of Hinn’s ministry is his teaching on, and demonstration of, a phenomenon he dubs “The Anointing”—the power purportedly given by God and transmitted through Hinn to carry out supernatural acts. At his Miracle Crusades, he has allegedly healed attendees of blindness, deafness, cancer, AIDS,[21] and severe physical injuries. However, investigative reports by the Los Angeles Times, NBC’s Dateline, the CBC’s The Fifth Estate, and the Nine Network’s 60 Minutes have called these claims into question.

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Hinn has also caused controversy for theological remarks and claims he has made during TV appearances. In 1999, Hinn appeared on the Trinity Broadcasting Network, claiming that God had given him a vision predicting the resurrection of thousands of dead people after watching the network—laying out a scenario of people placing their dead loved ones’ hands on TV screens tuned into the station—and suggesting that TBN would be ‘an extension of Heaven to Earth’.

Many still to this day hate Roman Catholics and refer to them as ‘Papists’. They hate Rome–the political empire that destroyed Judea 2,000 years ago just as Jesus Christ Himself predicted would happen for the Jews’ violence and disobedience. This is why many Protestant and Jews are eager to tell you that the Jesuit Order rules the world. Within the ‘conspiracy’ world, it is acknowledged that ‘the Zionists’ are bad, but an exception is made in that they somehow report to the ‘black pope’. The Vatican controls the world?  Many if not all cannot handle the idea that the idea of a ‘chosen people’ out of the Old Testament is the ultimate form of supremacy.

The Episcopalians are considered the elite of the WASP neighborhood and make up a large part of the upper ranks of Freemasonry. They gather in a ‘temple’ as do their counterparts whom they despise, the Mormons.  The seal of the State of Denver is literally the very same all-seeing eye that features in Masonic symbolism.  Many of the moneyed Protestants are themselves quasi-Jewish. They gather and worship in temples like Jews. They are all keen on rebuilding the Temple in Jerusalem, just as messianic Jews are.

Yet they sometimes tangle with the Jews.

Recall Secretary of State James Baker for Super Skull and Bones Yale WASP Bush.

‘F*** the Jews; they didn’t vote for us anyway.’

The eastern establishment Protestants or the saved have saved dentist saved doctors and telephone books that list saved places to shop for goods and services.

They know how to network.

There is nothing wrong with this however what I am pointing out is that they are more insular then one might think.  You got to be saved in order to participate in the game. The exclusivity of the WAPS or eastern installment Boston Brahmin types has diminished greatly.  Long gone are the days of the ‘No Jews allowed’ country clubs. This is due in no small part to Hollywood’s attack on WASP-Think of the countless movies where the good hearted funny Jews do battle with the mean, blond-haired WASP.

The Protestant work ethic is admirable. Since the installment of Lyndon B. Johnson’s ‘Great Society,’ it has diminished year after year. Some would say it is all but gone.

The so-called Robber Barons were WASPs. They were rich but they contributed greatly to building the  US into a major power.

Some even pushed back against Judaic power.

Henry Ford a giant among them attempted to warn American Gentiles about Jewish power. He hired Elizabeth Dilling (who would later be tried for sedition for her part in efforts to keep America out of a genocidal WWII) to write books explaining the dangers of Red Communists and Jews. He gave out copies of the Protocols of Zion with his cars.

He wrote ‘The International Jew’.

He lost in his struggle against the Jews.

The next big loss for the WASP–and this is key–was the failure of the America First Movement to keep America out of WWII.

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Sound familiar? It is no accident that Trump and Bannon pushed the use of the phrase ‘America First’.

Could it be they are thinking and using the ‘America First’ slogan in part because of a desperate attempt to keep the US out of WWIII?

Protestant power goes up and down within the US. When it goes down they try to pick it back up in the form of a revival.

The Protestant church has no ‘pope’ per say but a man named Dr. Harold John Ockenga was considered by many Protestants nationwide as a kind of ‘Pope of Protestantism’.

Ockenga and his good friend Billy Graham revitalized the Protestant world in 1950. They made it big again.

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Graham was warned by the ADL to not attempt evangelizing the Jews. A clue has to who was in the dominant position.

The relationship between key Evangelist players such as Graham, Ockenga  and the Jews has had at times been strained.

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Recall the infamous taped phone calls between Graham and President Nixon.

Ockenga himself was highly critical of ‘Jewish-run Hollywood’.  In In  many fundamentalists started to complain about worldwide Jewish conspiracy to take over the world

Hollywood propaganda would slowly eat away at WASP power but in a bizarre twist of fate the WASP evangelicals and the interest with end time prophecy say the subversive activities of the Jews fit into the ‘end times plan’.

Thus, much of the resistance to real Jewish power is a total wash out.

You may notice that a lot of the conspiracy movement is nothing more than hot air. Because a lot of it is just the anger and mistrust the Protestants have for the Roman Catholic Church.

A lot of their criticism is justified, but to say the Vatican controls the world including ‘Zionism’ and the Mossad is ridiculous.  The Jewish money power is so far ahead of the Church that it cannot even hide it. Wall Street and virtually all money-making sectors of life in the western world are Jewish.

How many of the richest men  in Forbes or other publications are Jewish?  The answer is a lot.

Yet people talk of ‘The Illuminati’  or ‘Vatican Satanic’ groups that rule over everyone. Yet they can’t name a single person.  Does the great great grandson of Adam Weishaupt run a Hedge Fund that one can name?

No. But you can point to a lot of evangelical preachers that give their complete support to the State of Israel and support the plan for a ‘Greater Israel’ encompassing the entire Middle East along with all the war necessary for realizing that endeavor.

And virtually no one can stomach criticisms of the Old Testament itself which is an exercise in ultra-violence and supremacy.

Again it cannot be stated enough that for the most  whatever the Jews do is fine with the evangelicals. For they are a key part of Biblical Prophecy. They needed to return home to Israel so that the world might end and Jesus return.

They are some well-meaning Christians who have seen though the War mongering of Sen. Ted Cruz and Sen. Marco Rubio.

This is a sign of great hope.

As witches in America publicaly curse President Trump the evangelicals pray for him. That is a positive thing. So there is hope.

Ockenga worked hard to oppose a JFK presidency. JFK who wanted better relations with Egypt and did not want Israel to obtain nukes.

Still as Alison Weir writes in ‘Against Our Better Judgment: The Hidden History of How the U.S. Was Used to Create Israel’, some well-meaning Christians  complained bitterly about the immorality associated with the theft of Palestinian land in creating the Jewish state as well is the great danger it would pose for world peace.

I would contend that many more evangelicals including US presidents were and are completely committed to the formation of the state of Israel and now the expansion of settlements and to a ‘Greater Israel’ and this is no Illuminati secret. This is out in the open.

The WASP establishment has lost a lot of power.  America was once much run by the Protestants. When we read underground blogs like this we talk about power. We talk about things the media would never talk about.

Jewish power.

When no one is listing sometimes people will whisper to you ‘You know the Jews run America don’t you?’

Still many gentiles do not even realize this to be the case.

This is in part because of the mindset of what might be called the 2nd most powerful group in America–the liberal Protestants and the evangelical movement.

A brief explanation of the ‘Protestant American Imperium’ will help shed some light as to some of the reasons why the good people of America and Great Britain so willfully and diligently supported and continue to support the formation of a Jewish State in 1948.

That is right we are also not even supposed to talk about what I will call ‘the second power’.

You can make fun of Christ and Christianity all the time and this is encouraged.  But if talk about how the Christian Zionist/dispensationalist/radical evangelical fundamentalist and to some extent even the liberal Protestants assist to make the Jews and the State of Israel the most powerful group in the world today, this idea cannot be discussed openly.

If you talk about the Jesuit Order or the Order of illuminati people might laugh at you but you’ll be ok. (This in itself is proof of who runs things.)

Like Jewish power, evangelical power ebbs and flows.

The Protestants are by no means monolithic in their worldview.

Conspiracy people will point out many US Presidents are Freemasons. Well many of them are evangelical Christians. Who I might have been very keen on the Jews returning to their homeland.

In fact, the American Evangelicals played a key role in helping the Jews return to the Holy land.

At the same time, they view America as a kind of ‘new Jerusalem’, that has been blessed by the God of Israel to be the city ‘shining’ on the  hill.

The radical evangelical fundamentals are driven and their will is impressive. Based on their interpretation of the bible, they crave the end of the world for it will bring the return of Christ and ‘salvation’.

The battle to win the hearts and minds of America’s 95 million + minds continues. So far Trump seems to holding his own. No question the Zionists would prefer Mike Pence over Trump.

Trump’s wealth and success and his fantastically beautiful wife would actually be considered part of the ‘being blessed’ circumstance that makes up the evangelical mindset and an indicator that Trump is “god’s arm’.

They were skeptical of him during the election but he won enough of them over.

However Trump’s recent “Jerusalem gambit’ which has rallied the evangelicals behind him is risky and cuts both ways. Recently the evangelical  Pence has delayed ‘indefinitely’ his planned trip to the holy land, a sign that Trump’s ‘chaos’ plan is working.  But it cuts both ways.  Trump’s Army of evangelicals could turn on him if something goes wrong.

But for now they are with him.

The scary part is they have Pence waiting as VP to take control. All should assume he is not faking and is the real deal.

Pence has toured eastern Europe and wants NATO to cause trouble for Russia. He is always there to assure supporters for Israel.

Pence has of course expressed all out support for the ‘Iran protests’, saying ‘as long as Donald Trump is POTUS and I am VP, the United States of America will not repeat the shameful mistake of our past when others stood by and ignored the heroic resistance of the Iranian people as they fought against their brutal regime…The bold and growing resistance of the Iranian people today gives hope and faith to all who struggle for freedom and against tyranny. We must not and we will not let them down.’

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Also on On Sunday, the Likud Central Committee voted unanimously for a resolution that calls upon Israel to impose sovereignty over illegal settlements in the occupied West Bank.

Things are heating up and Trump might find himself boxed in and out of  tricks. VP Pence is on his back ready to do the bidding of Israel.  It may be hard for the fast talking Trump

Trump has today 1/2/2018 suggested the US should halt aid to the Palestinian Authority, accusing the Palestinians of being ‘no longer willing to talk peace’ with Israel.

Pence and his Army of evangelicals are ready.  Ready to go to war to bring about the end times?  Very possible.

I would say to any Jew or Protestant.  Do whatever you can to contest this  push for end times/fanatical support for Israel, because chances are very good that it just might happen. In other words do what you can to stop the end of the world, which includes YOUR world.

Sutton, Matthew Avery. American Apocalypse: A History of Modern Evangelicalism . Harvard University Press.

Timothy P. Weber. On the Road to Armageddon: How Evangelicals Became Israel’s Best Friend

“The Enemy Within” The Role of The Pro-israel Lobby in US Politics

The Role of The Pro-Israel Lobby in US Politics

By Hans Stehling,

“Speaking Your Truth Is the Most Powerful Tool We All Have”, Oprah Winfrey. And we know that one such truth is that the pro-Israel lobby has corrupted American democracy, absolutely!

Oprah Winfrey in her powerful speech at the 2018 Golden Globes awards said that ‘Speaking your truth is the most powerful tool we all have’.

And the truth for America today is that our legislative assembly, the Congress of the United States of America and the US Presidency, have both been corrupted by the pro-Israel lobby to an extent that it impacts not only the life of every ordinary American citizen but also that of hundreds of thousands in states around the world.

The millions of dollars that are expended in ensuring that only those who profess allegiance to the Israel lobby will succeed in election to Congress is the defining practice that has corrupted American politics and successive White Houses ever since President Harry S Truman was persuaded by Bnai Brith to go against his natural instincts and to support a Zionist state in Palestine.

Now, however, it has reached a peak with millions of dollars from casino profits having been used to swing the last presidential election for Trump in exchange for a promise from him to declare Jerusalem as Israel’s capital city, in defiance of the will of the United Nations which has declared the Holy City to be an international metropolis with free access to all faiths, in perpetuity.

A lot of water, guns, planes, bombs, missiles and American money has flowed under the bridge since then, totalling well over 100 billion dollars – enough to build and operate a new hospital for every city in every one of the fifty states of the Union!

Image on the right is Oprah Winfrey at the 2018 Golden Globes Awards

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The Israel lobby has a far-reaching influence on foreign policy concerning countries throughout the Middle East, Africa, Europe and the Americas – notwithstanding that it is an unelected political pressure group that operates through agents in major capital cities worldwide, from London through Paris, Berlin, Nairobi, Lagos, Dubai and Toronto to Buenos Aires, Beijing, Delhi and Melbourne who infiltrate national governments in order to promote its own political agenda.

The impact on global affairs is enormous – but no one person is ever held to account. It is political corruption on an epidemic scale, perpetrated by powerful figures from the worlds of gambling, share dealing and international banking: all conducted without any official or public scrutiny or inquiry.

The first political act of any US President in recent times is not to appear before their electorate but to address a meeting of AIPAC,  a powerful, pro-Israel, unelected political pressure group. That one fact speaks volumes and says everything on how democracy in America has been subverted for the benefit of a single political entity acting for a foreign state.

When Theodor Herzl envisaged a Jewish Homeland to end centuries of antisemitism, it was an altruistic vision. Today’s reality of the Likud/US Zionist Movement is a sombre indictment of personal greed and ambition that has the reverse effect.

‘Mentally Unfit’ Trump Signals Palace Coup Option

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‘Mentally Unfit’ Trump Signals Palace Coup Option

Almost a year of “Russia-gate scandal” alleging collusion between President Trump and the Kremlin has produced nothing in the way of pressuring his resignation from the White House. No doubt, that’s simply because there is no substance to this “scandal”. However, the failure to bring Trump down through Russia-gate by his domestic political enemies, may have found a new lever in the form of salacious questions over the president’s mental state.Trump is due to take a medical examination later this week, and that appointment is fueling media speculation that the doctors may find evidence of the president’s alleged psychiatric deterioration.

The media speculation over Trump’s mental state has exploded after publication of the tell-all book, Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House, by Michael Wolff. Days after going on sale, the book has already become a best-seller. In it, Wolff quotes senior White House staff and aides, and even Trump family members, whom he says all attest that the president is suffering from mental ill-health.

The White House and senior members of the Trump administration have since come out in public interviews to denounce Wolff’s book as a “garbage work of fiction”. Trump himself has described the volume as a “fake book” and he says he was never interviewed by the author.

Michael Wolff, the author, claims that he interviewed some 200 White House people over a period of 18 months. One of his main sources was Stephen Bannon who was formerly Trump’s chief strategist. Bannon has since retracted his views cited by Wolff and claims that he was misquoted.

Nevertheless, in several media interviews, Wolff has categorically stated that all his interviewees – “100 per cent of people” – told him of their concerns about President Trump’s mental fitness. The president was described as “paranoid, unstable, impetuous, repetitive, infantile and semi-literate”.

Speaking at the weekend from his Camp David retreat outside Washington DC, Trump’s rebuttal of the claims about mental instability were far from convincing. He described himself as a “stable genius”.

“Throughout my life, my two greatest assets have been mental stability and being, like, really smart… I went from very successful businessman to top TV star to president of the United States… I think that would qualify me as not smart, but genius… and a very stable genius at that!”

This is by no means the first time that Trump’s mental health has raised questions of concern. Many psychiatric professionals at respected American universities have for months been publicly voicing warnings that the 45th president may not be fit to carry out his duties of office.

One of those experts, Bandy Lee, professor of psychiatry at Yale University, has even testified to members of Congress about “signs of instability” in Trump’s behavior and speech which “place our country and world at extreme risk of danger”.

Professor Lee points in particular to Trump’s unhinged verbal exchanges with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. Last week, Trump boasted that his nuclear button was bigger and more powerful that that of the North Korea leader after Kim had noted in a New Year address that his country had acquired a nuclear capability of striking the US mainland.

American political opponents of Trump among the Democrats, some Republicans, large sections of the news media, as well as key figures in the security-military apparatus of the “deep state”, have never accepted Donald Trump’s election as president back in November 2016. The Russia-gate scandal has been the mainstay for the campaign to discredit Trump and to coerce his impeachment.

The problem with the Russia-gate tactic for overturning the US election result is threefold: first, it lacks credibility owing to an objective lack of substance about alleged Russian collusion; secondly, the American public seem to discern this lack of credibility and are finding the whole Russia-gate saga a boring drag; thirdly, if an impeachment were to be mounted against Trump, which is increasingly unlikely given the Russia-gate scandal’s waning credibility, it would require a majority of Congress to support such a motion. Given the Congress’s Republican majority, a motion to impeach a Republican president has next to no chance.

So, that raises the option of a “palace coup”. The 25th Amendment to the US Constitution, which was signed into law in 1967 four years after the assassination of President John F Kennedy, gives power to the vice president and a majority of the 15-member White House Cabinet to remove a sitting president if he is deemed to be unfit to carry out his duties. The president’s unfitness for office could be due to physical or mental incapacity.

The 25th Amendment option would circumnavigate the messy political business of Congressionally approved impeachment proceedings. It would remove the president by executive power in what could be called a “palace coup” – if the case could be convincingly made that this president is mentally unwell.

Trump’s Vice President Mike Pence has at all times made public statements of effusive support for the president. There is no indication to date that Pence has ambitions to occupy the Oval Office in the White House. Even though Pence is often touted by the US establishment and media as the preferred option over Trump for the presidency. Pence is a mild-mannered conservative and staunchly pro-military which would make him a better figurehead.

Over the weekend, too, senior members of the Trump Cabinet including CIA director Mike Pompeo, US ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, all made strident statements of support for President Trump and they rubbished the speculation about his mental ill-health.

However, Fire and Fury author Michael Wolff maintains that during his research the “25th amendment option was talked about every day” by White House staff and aides.

Wolff quotes past and present senior Trump administration officials, Steve Bannon, Reince Priebus, Steve Mnuchin, Gary Cohn, HR McMaster, and Rex Tillerson, among others, as deploring the president for being mentally unfit, using derogatory comments like “idiot”, “dumb as shit”, or “moron”.

Trump’s Cabinet may be, for now, defending the president in the wake of Wolff’s muckraking book. But if there is any truth to the claims, then one can anticipate that the knives will be drawn at an opportune moment.

Unlike the Russia-gate tactic, the attack on Trump’s mental state may well have substance upon which to build a case for his defenestration.

Trump’s erratic and reckless utterances do betray someone who is undergoing some kind of chronic personality disorder.

Where Russia-gate failed, the palace coup against “crazy Trump” may prove to be the more efficacious option to get the right figurehead into the White House – eventually

America’s Dark History Of Lying To Go To War…

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From Vietnam to the first Gulf war; the more recent Iraq war, and then Libya and now Syria, the U.S. government has a long dark history of lying to justify invading other countries…

Please bear in mind that this just covers a few historical incidents of their methodology at work… the proverbial Rabbit Hole runs much MUCH deeper.

If you are interested in learning more about what’s really going on in the world today, please read my essay: https://anewkindofhuman.com/unadulter…

And to learn more about how media and governments around the world lie to us and manipulate us read my other essay here: https://anewkindofhuman.com/29-times-…

Song used at end of video: https://youtu.be/l_nyMMvQSQo

Testimony sources listed in video:

60 Minutes Documentary On Fake Testimony Of “Nayirah”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bhGl0…

60 Minutes Documentary on Gulf Of Tonkin Incident: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Uy5R…

The Fog Of War Documentary: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h8ZhI…

Sourced documents listed in video:

Hillary Clinton’s emails about Libyan lies:
https://wikileaks.org/clinton-emails/…

https://www.foreignpolicyjournal.com/…

British House of Commons report on Libyan war lies: https://www.publications.parliament.u…

LIFG listed as terrorist group during U.S. and NATO’s support of them:

UN:https://www.un.org/sc/suborg/en/sanct…
US: https://www.state.gov/j/ct/rls/other/…
UK: https://www.gov.uk/government/publica…

Declassified document of US government and allies supporting Al Qaeda and facilitating ISIS rise to power: http://www.judicialwatch.org/document…

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