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    Americans and people around the world are accustomed to hearing stories in the news media about the crimes committed by individuals and nations. If one were to take those stories at face value it would be easy to conclude that there is a terrible amount of injustice in the world. However, if we are willing to shut our ears to the stories of conflict and trouble and ponder on the truth for awhile, we might observe an emerging picture of a world that is fair and just.

    The news media loves to portray things in a one dimensional manner. People who watch the news are accustomed to figuring out all the world's problems during a half hour newscast. Their conclusions are simple in most cases. There is a victim and a bad guy, and the bad guy needs to be punished. The media gets the masses all stirred up so they will call on their government to go bomb the bad guy. Few people stop to examine the complicated details of life and the complex history of other nations and people, even their own. Without realizing it, they become willing instruments of destruction in the hands of invisible, unscrupulous powers.

    The Middle East is the latest and clearest example of this cycle. American missiles have been falling on a small, backward country that poses no credible threat to the U.S. or its allies. If one were to read through the "letters to the editor" section of one's local paper, one would find that a majority of opinions regard this bombardment as insufficient. One might even read things like, "We should have finished Saddam Hussein off a long time ago." This is the extent to which the media has led a majority of society to support oppression and bloodshed.

    This is not to say that Iraq is without culpability. Let us examine the recent history of this region and see if we can detect the element of justice in all of this. In 1980 hostilities broke out between Iran and Iraq. The U.S. was in the middle of the Iranian hostage crisis, still flush with embarrassment over the aborted rescue attempt a few months earlier. Iraq begins to receive U.S. military and economic assistance to tip the balance of the war in their favor, and to counter the Iranian revolution. During the eight years of bloody fighting over one million soldiers die, many of whom are young Iranian boys hardly past puberty. Tehran is struck by Iraqi Scud missiles on numerous occasions, causing many casualties. An armistice is brokered in 1988 without victory for either side.

    U.S. aid for Iraq continued. In 1990 Kuwait disregarded OPEC quotas and began dumping oil on the market. This drove prices down and distressed Iraq's economy. Before British rule Kuwait was part of Iraq anyway, so Saddam decided to march in and take it back while his American friends had their backs turned. That would take care of the economic and colonial era inequities. It is at this time that Saddam learns that America's friends are those who are serving its interests. What he doesn't realize is that he will now serve the U.S. and its allies in a greater way.

    In the subsequent Gulf War between Iraq and the Western alliance, Saddam got to look down the business end of the guns he relied on in his war with Iran. Allied bombs and missiles fell on Baghdad like his fell on Tehran, and the Western alliance slaughtered his troops like he slaughtered the Iranian youths. The protracted state of want and deprivation, now being experienced as a result of U.N. sanctions against Iraq, is similar in nature to the suffering experienced in Iran during the Iran-Iraq war. Although this writer does not intend to examine every aspect of these conflicts, a pattern of fairness appears to emerge in the whole scenario.

    In light of Iraq's hostility against its neighbors, one might try to justify the actions of the allies in attacking Iraq. After all, the Iraqis are the bad guys and they started it. One of the great media deceptions of this day is that the Western concern for the Arab people was the motive for its intervention on behalf of Kuwait. The West's subjugation of the Middle East has been wrapped in a mantle of humanitarian concern, while it divides and conquers the Arabs in order to lay hold of the vast oil wealth in that region. Humanitarian crises in other regions and of much greater magnitude receive hardly a word of protest from the West. The war in Chechnya, for example, where tens of thousands of civilians have been slaughtered by the Russian military, has provoked little more response from the U.S. than a request to keep the noise down. The duplicity of U.S. policy is evident, even to the casual observer.

    While it is true that Iraq has participated in the world's cycle of destruction, those who have brought retribution on Iraq will also have their own price to pay down the road. This principle was described well by Jesus Christ when he said, "Woe unto the world because of offenses! for it must needs be that offenses come; but woe to that man (or nation) by whom the offense cometh." Matthew 18:7. In other words, retribution or "pay back" must come to those who wrong others, but woe unto them who bring that retribution. Jesus Christ said, "All they that take the sword shall perish with the sword." Matthew 26:52. Destruction will consume those participating in it.

    CNN Interactive posted the following comments in its reader response section called "You said it" on September 5, 1996. This person from the Philippines wrote, "America is a BIG BULLY!!! ...there should be a procedure that is followed in (Iraq's) situation, not send bombs right away. You are right when you say that you are HOME OF THE FREE because you are free to do anything you want and get away with it !!!" This person probably expressed the spoken or unspoken sentiment of most of the world. It is assumed by many that the U.S. will continue to enjoy its preeminent status as the world's only superpower and, therefore, remain unchallenged in its activities. It is at this point that we should look at what lies ahead for the U.S.

    It must be understood that the term "United States" is referring to the "United States Government", which represents the majority of the people living within its borders only in character. In policy it is carrying out the will of the international financial and political elite who guide the policy of the industrialized nations.

    The U.S. has not contained its "scorched earth" policy to the Middle East, but has resorted to practicing it at home as well. Proof that the U.S. government is indifferent to the interests of its own citizens may be seen in the methods used against the Branch Davidians near Waco, Texas. Most people have seen the news footage of U.S. Army M-1 Abrams tanks smashing against the home of the Davidians, resulting in the fiery deaths of over 80 men, women and children. This event was proof to many Americans that the U.S. government was interested only in preserving itself, and would not hesitate to destroy anyone who would challenge its authority.

    It was out of this tragedy that the militia movement in America got its start. In the course of a couple of years hundreds of militias were formed across the country for the sole purpose of resisting government authority. Instead of addressing the causes of this civil war in the making, Congress passed an assault weapon ban and is now debating "anti-terrorist" legislation.

    There is no country on earth that can challenge the supremacy of the United States militarily. It is unlikely to be challenged and overcome in war. The destruction of this nation will come from within. This has already begun with the Oklahoma City bombing. As America cracks down on internal dissent, it will create an even greater backlash that will guarantee national ruin. Bible prophecy speaks about this phenomenon. "...I will bring forth a fire from the midst of thee, it shall devour thee, and I will bring thee to ashes upon the earth in the sight of all them that behold thee." Ezekiel 28:18.

    On September 5, 1996 CNN Interactive ran two stories side by side on the home page. One was about a second U.S. missile attack on Iraq, the other was about hurricane Fran approaching the east coast of the U.S. Anyone looking at that page might have felt a sense of irony that as the U.S. was battering a defenseless nation, it was about to be battered by a force it could not stop, and that could potentially do more damage. It might occur to anyone reading those headlines that America might have more than "terrorists" to contend with in the future.

    The destruction of the Roman city of Pompeii could also be an example of natural forces bringing adjustment to the state of things. Pompeii was buried by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in the first century. Archeologists have excavated the ancient city and found evidence that Pompeii had a lot in common with the corrupt American cities of this age.

    President Bill Clinton called those who bombed the federal building in Oklahoma City "evil cowards." He also said, "we will not tolerate evil cowards", and promised to seek the death penalty for those convicted of the bombing. He had similar words for those who bombed the U.S. military barracks in Dahran, Saudi Arabia.

    What Mr. Clinton is doing, perhaps unknowingly, is pronouncing judgment on his own nation. Launching over 40 cruise missiles into a small, suffering nation from a far off vantage point is certainly cowardly, if anything is. Each of these missiles was armed with one or two thousand pounds of high explosives. This dual assault certainly was the cause of much terror and destruction in Iraq, and should meet the definition of a "cowardly, terrorist attack". Mr. Clinton may want to consider the punishment he has promised to seek for "evil cowards". "By your words shall ye be condemned."

    By whatever means that are used, the U.S. will suddenly be brought to its knees. It will then find out what it is like not to have any true friends in time of need. The scriptures say, "Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man (or nation) soeth, that shall he also reap." Galatians 6:7. "For they have sown the wind, and they shall reap the whirlwind." Hosea 8:7.

    The scriptures also have something to say about the Western powers' subjugation of the Middle East. "And he (the U.S. and its allies, the One-World-Money group) shall plant the tabernacles of his palace between the seas (people) in the glorious holy mountain (the Middle East); yet he shall come to his end, and none shall help him." Daniel 11:45.

Written 10/96


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