WAR (Part 1)

 USS MAINE - Sunk accidentally, but popularly credited to the Spanish by newspaper men like William Randolph Hearst.

USS MAINE - Sunk accidentally, but popularly credited to the Spanish by newspaper men like William Randolph Hearst.

Matthew 24:5-7  “For many shall come in my name, saying, I am the Christ; and shall deceive many. And ye shall hear of wars and rumors of war; see that ye be not troubled; for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: And there shall be famines, and pestilence, and earthquakes, in diverse places…”

When I was 17, I enlisted in the New York Air National Guard (NYANG) and stayed in for eight years.  I worked in the armory, and was trained to fix and maintain the various weapons the United States used then. During that time, my curiosity got the better of me and I became suspicious of America’s involvement in the Korean War. Later I began to question our involvement in the Vietnamese war, otherwise known as America’s Un-Constitutional wars.

American Imperialism is a subject I have been reluctant to write about but find it necessary in light of what’s happening in and to America now. Many people might have a different opinion with regard to the American Empire and they are entitled to it, but for now we still have “limited” freedom of speech, and so I feel obligated to write down some of what I’ve learned.  It’s an historical narrative that’s rarely taught, and often ridiculed as “Conspiratorial” or somehow-or-other removed from reality, and yet the facts bear out the rise of the American Empire and the catastrophe it’s brought to our people and to the world.

In 1775, the English Redcoats stormed Bunker Hill in Massachusetts, the intent being to disarm the colonist so they could further subjugate them under the tyrant King George III. With that the colonists, protecting themselves from tyranny, fired on the Redcoats, their battle cry being, “No king but Jesus.” This instance is called the beginning of the American Revolution.  It was also the beginning of a defensive war, a just war, and the phrase, “No king but Jesus” exposes the Christian sentiments of the people.  But we have lost both the clarity to fight strictly just wars, and have lost all notion that Jesus is King.

To this point, Washington and Jefferson both said to America: Stay out of other people’s wars! Take sides and the enemies of your allies will become America’s enemies. This wise council held in America through most of the 19th century: But now?

Several changes have led us to the state in which we now find ourselves, but a major watershed moment was the Spanish/American War. 

In 1898 the Spanish/American war was brewing, which was simply a war for possession of Cuba between Spain and America. Spain had a legitimate claim to Cuba at the time, while America had no real claim other than proximity. There were negotiations concerning the sale of Cuba between America and Spain, but some of the powers that be in America were anxious for war and decided to hasten things along.  William Randolph Hearst, the newspaper magnate who wanted the war, contracted with the notable painter Frederick Remington to go to Cuba and “paint the battles.” When Remington got to Cuba he cabled back to Hearst, “There are no battles to paint” so he decided to come home. With that Hearst sent this immortal response to him via cable, “You furnish the paintings, and I’ll furnish the war.” 

 William Randolph Hearst

William Randolph Hearst

Lying to the people about the sinking of the battleship Maine further aided Hearst’s efforts.  But this was a watershed moment in America that saw a private media group using its considerable influence to gin up a war.  This episode exposes a scenario that will play out again and again in our recent history, albeit with far less of a “smoking gun” than Hearst left with his now notorious cable.  Now we usually have only the outcomes of events and the event’s benefactors to clue us into the underlying reason for a given national action.

The Curator of the Dept. of Cultural History at the National Museum of American History in Washington DC., while reflecting on American actions in Cuba, would later state that this “… was the beginning of America’s Imperialism.” 

The Spanish American War was an “offensive” war on the part of America plain and simple, which opened the floodgates for the “foreign entanglements” that last through today. However, many of us have been so desensitized to American imperialism that we can’t see it even when the imperialism is plain to see or hidden under soft terms like “Democracy” and “Freedom.”  In this guise, America now fights wars for “liberation” all over the world, but when the bombing stops the aftermath is worse than the conditions the empire ostensibly went into remedy.  Recall that whenever the Soviets invaded a neighbor they almost always did so under the flag of liberation.

This last statement leads me to another change that occurred, though this one world-wide, that has affected the pursuit of American Empire. Let’s call this change the war for the meaning of words.

The evil Communist dictator Vladimir Lenin stated it this way when he said, “People think in words and how they interpret words is WHO THEY ARE.” He instructed his generals to “invent words and change the meaning of words so that we can mold the people into the kind of people we want.”  Lenin was a University professor, and “molding” young Russian minds into his line of thinking was a major object of his life. 

The Russian revolution was not a defensive war but an offensive revolutionary war fought against legitimate government and morality in Russia, as well as a war against the meaning of words like “Liberation.”  And this war, the war against meaning, has been adopted by our imperial leaders as a way to influence the world.  When you couple aggressive wars with the redefinition of words and a government that holds the world’s reserve currency, you have the recipe for a nation of evil with apocalyptic implications.

(to be continued…)

For further reading see: “War is a Racket” by two time winner of the Congressional Medal of Honor, Major General Smedley Butler, USMC.