America And Her Enemies Imperialism To Meaningless Death & Destruction
By Al Cronkrite The Covenant News ~ January 13, 2006
More than five Centuries ago Europeans learned that a vast land mass existed in the far reaches of the West. At first it was thought to be Asia but soon it was recognized as a "New World". A variety of intrepid explorers began to determine the size and shape of the newly found entity. England, France, and Spain were primary claimants.
In 1507, a German cartographer named Martin Waldseemueller named the southern continent America after the Italian explorer Amerigo Vespucci. The name stuck and the two new continents became North and South America.
Several European nations began to colonize the new world creating conflicting interests that caused wars to break out between the claimants. In the beginning, American colonists had little to do with these wars. But as the avaricious contenders raided each other's settlements some of the colonists became victims.
Following the British victory over the French in a war that began in the mid-Eighteenth Century, France was banished as a colonial adversary and the colonies grew into cohesive units taking up an independent rapacity that eventually culminated in the Revolutionary War. It was a mostly imperialistic quest that birthed a new nation. The enemy was anyone or anything that stood in the path of independence and hegemony.
In 1819, Andrew Jackson invaded and took Florida from the Spanish. The Northern portion of Mexico which now includes the states of Texas, California, Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico and Utah was taken during the Mexican War in 1846-47.
In an interesting corollary to the current state in Israel, James Polk was elected President in 1845 and an ethic of "Manifest Destiny" gained prominence. American citizens and their president assumed a divine mandate to occupy the continent by force from sea to sea.
An advanced European civilization with superior weaponry overwhelmed the indigenous Indian population making them pawns in the scramble for ownership. Deprived of access to their historic land, the Indians, originally friendly, became enemies and ill-fated terrorists being defeated, pushed into ever-smaller living quarters, and by the beginning of the Twentieth Century either killed or forced to acquiesce.
Ownership to the nomadic Indians was not defined as it was by the colonists. To them ownership involved occupying and when the land was not occupied it was no longer owned. Nevertheless, they had inhabited the land for unknown centuries and it was a great injustice when they were killed and forced from their habitations. Even ardent Calvinists like Cotton Mather reportedly cheered their slaughter. The Biblical narrative on the Promised Land could not have escaped the minds of these settlers. They attributed a divine element to the founding of the nation. Even today, Christians were not immune to advocating the same pragmatic genocide. When God's chosen people conquered the Promised Land it was a unique event in history. Attempts to repeat it are bogus. Our Commandments are that we not covet and that we not steal. Americans have been regularly disobedient.
The genocide of the Indian tribes seemed to create a combative populace that allowed the new nation to support a foreign imperialism the Founders had specifically warned against.
With sizeable American financial interests in Cuba, future President Theodore Roosevelt's big stick and the rabble rousing of newspaper moguls Joseph Pulitzer and William Randolph Hearst, the freeing of Cuba from Spanish influence was a military certainty. In the mean time, the Philippines, following an initial skirmish, were purchased by treaty from Spain and American forces were in the process of putting down revolutionary elements. Former Indian fighters sent to the Philippines considered the inhabitants savages and slaughtered them as they had the Indians. The cruel Spaniards were replaced but in the process of wiping out most of the revolutionary resistance, American forces killed at least 200,000 Philippine civilians making them more barbaric than their predecessors. Philippine patriots were American enemies.
When the smoke cleared, America ended up with Cuba, the Philippines, Puerto Rico, and Guam. Cuba was eventually given independence but the United States got the now notorious Guantanamo.
Beginning with World War I the character of American wars made a significant change. The preceding conflicts were clearly hegemonic and the motive was easily discernable. The objective in succeeding conflicts was often inscrutable.
Embedded in the foundation of World War I was the League of Nations and the seeds of world government. The devised sinking of the Lusitania helped trigger American intervention and, according to reliable sources, a interests fostered the Balfour Agreement which began the Zionist movement. Hidden forces at work in this conflict were different than in any previous war.
Overt American imperialism was no longer the motive for war instead Americans were presented with a complex mixture of international altruism. There were important changes in the policies of England and America and in the remainder of the world. The beguiling new American Federal Reserve system had removed control of the money supply from its anchor in congress; a revolution was going on in Tsarist Russia; furtive forces were supporting the League of Nations; the Balfour Agreement was confirmed in a letter to Lord Rothschild; and at a time when Germany had won the war and offered Britain a peaceful settlement America was drawn into a foreign conflict that offered her no reward and was against the principles on which the nation had been founded. Germany became an enemy.
The world was changed in substantial ways by the end of the second decade of the new century. Tsarist Russia gave way to the Communist revolution, Germany was defeated and financially enslaved, the Ottoman and Austro-Hungarian empires were dissolved and the dynasties of Hapsburgs, Ottomans, Romanovs and Hohenzollerns fell. Canada, Australia, South Africa, New Zealand, and parts of the British Empire, gained a new independence. Czechoslovakia, Finland, Latvia, Lithuania, formed new European states.
American armed forces won the war and though they gained nothing of value, it was proclaimed a great victory.
Prior to the end of WW I United States joined with Great Britain, France, Italy, and Japan in sending troops into Russia to secure various facilities from the Bolsheviks. This era marked the beginning of the use of American troops as members of coalition forces involved in altruistic foreign conflicts that neither countered any threat to the nation nor brought any benefit to it. Enemies were now selected by the government.
In conjunction with these international quests, manipulation of the citizens of the world received serious attention at the pinnacles. Movies, literature, pamphlets, and radio broadcasts became instruments to gain support from the people for governmental initiatives that were often contrived.
Under the new Federal Reserve System, easy credit created the Roaring Twenties and a major reduction in moral standards resulting from the erstwhile war. The soldiers returned to bathtub gin, morally loosened female flappers, a constantly rising stock market, and a pandemic anything goes attitude.
In 1929, the same Federal Reserve that created the boom in the Twenties for reasons not explained began to restrict credit thereby reducing the supply of money in the economy causing the stock market to crash, an economic depression to ensue, and dollars to become scarce and valuable. At the peak of the recession, twenty-five percent of America's work force could not find employment.
The people elected Franklin D. Roosevelt to the Presidency. His administration assumed dictatorial powers and his "New Deal" turned the nation to Socialism. This turn of events brought him great devotion from those who did not realize they were debasing their future freedom by accepting help from a government that had no legal right to provide it. However, the government itself had created conditions that made the people appreciate its illegal activity and the people showed their gratitude by re-electing Roosevelt to an unprecedented four terms. Expanded and entrenched Socialist programs begun under the Roosevelt administration are still with us today.
Germany remained an enemy and when Adolph Hitler was appointed Chancellor, his intentions were suspect. In an event similar to the recent 9/11 disaster the Roosevelt Administration allowed the Japanese to devastate Pearl Harbor and our former ally become our enemy. On December 11, 1941, Adolph Hitler, hoping the Japanese might help in the war against Russia, declared war on the United States.
Germany, a former enemy once defeated, had been allowed to re-arm, fall into tyranny, and march against Europe for a second time. Though the designated enemy was a great distance from us and was of no immediate threat, again we were manipulated into a profitless war that lasted over three years and resulted in over a million American casualties (405,000 dead and 671,000 wounded). Wikipedia provides statistics numbering the overall death toll from this war at 62,000,000.
It may be blasphemous to point out that America gained nothing from this war, but that is the truth. A tyrant was foiled but he was a distant tyrant that was of no immediate threat.
Russia, our ally during World War II, became our next serious enemy and the Cold War, though sterile, provided a constant (though probably contrived) threat to the American people from 1945 to 1991.
Korea was taken from a defeated Japan at the end of the war and divided along the 38th parallel with Russia in control of the North and United States in control of the South. In 1950, North Korea began an invasion of the South and America sent troops to Korea.
United States never ratified President Woodrow Wilson's League of Nations but at the end of the Second World War America was one of the founders of the United Nations, a rebirth of the same agenda. Though it received little publicity, the Korean War was fought under a United Nations umbrella, which has been the case with all of America's subsequent hot wars.
Vietnam was the second Asian nation to be partitioned and the intent was that these nations would be re-united at a future date under the supervision of the United Nations. The Russians refused to cooperate with the plan and in both cases northern Communist forces threatened to take over the South. The enemy was Communism and Russia was its chief constituent.
The fight over control of these distant lands resulted in 350,000 American casualties. The Korean War accounted for 36,000 dead and 103,000 wounded and Vietnam War killed 58,000 and wounded 153,000. No discernable benefits derived from either conflict.
The latest American conflict is a patrilineal addendum to the stunted Gulf War, a throwback to the imperialism of earlier American conflicts. We have invaded a nation that was not a threat to us on false assertions and have built structures indicating an intention to continue to dominate the land. The area has some of the largest deposits of crude oil in the world. Gain is possible but at the cost of our reputation and the blessings God bestows on obedient nations.
When humanists mock God's Laws with a feigned astonishment at their potential cruelty they clearly show an inability to properly evaluate the facts of history. Secular governments were the largest mass murderers of the Twentieth Century and the reasons behind the carnage had nothing to do with law. Citizens were starved to death, tortured, incarcerated, shot, gassed, experimented upon, pushed into insanity, threatened, hung by the neck, and subject to other diabolical procedures from sadistic human minds with no regard for the law or justice. Some of these tortures have now been approved for use by the American armed forces.
Nothing, I repeat NOTHING, Christians have ever done compares to the record compiled by secular governments during the past Century. It would be impossible for any government restrained by God's Laws to compile such a record. Even with flagrant violations of justice, God's Laws would always provide better government than could be had under human law.
National repentance is urgent in America. Our actions have produced our government. We are a lawless society that has repeatedly voted into office a lawless government. The governments we have elected have shredded the Constitution, raped our markets, devastated our businesses, repressed Christianity, and betrayed the citizens who elected them. We have stubbornly continued to elect them over and over again. We deserve what we are getting and we will continue to get it if we fail to repent, face reality, and change our ways.
For those who take time to ponder the events of history it should be pointed out that wars are expensive and require financing. In every instance America's enemies required financial support to conduct their military operations. This money came from international bankers who regularly in secret finance both sides. Herein lies the power to control nations.