Monday, December 31, 2012

Jeff Jacoby: Kerry's 'realism' slips into callousness

Jeff Jacoby: Kerry's 'realism' slips into callousness

ewish World Review December 31, 2012/ 18 Teves 5773
Kerry's 'realism' slips into callousness
By Jeff Jacoby
Jeff Jacoby
John F. Kerry visits his "dear friend" Bashar al-Assad in Damascus in 2010 | When it comes to foreign policy, John F. Kerry is no John F. Kennedy.
In his 1961 inaugural address, the 35th president of the United States declared that Americans would "pay any price, bear any burden" in their ongoing defense of liberty and human rights "at home and around the world." Like other presidents before and since � Harry Truman, Ronald Reagan, George W. Bush � JFK believed that it was America's destiny to advance freedom and democratic self-government, and oppose the world's tyrants. This is the "idealist" approach to US foreign policy.
Kerry sees America's role differently. For nearly half a century, the man poised to become the 68th secretary of state has generally frowned on the belief that American muscle should be flexed in order to promote liberal democracy. As early as 1966, Kerry wanted America to lower its profile on the international stage.
"What was an excess of isolationism has become an excess of interventionism," he said in a speech at his Yale graduation. It was one thing to defeat Nazi Germany, but that didn't mean America had to try to win the Cold War too. "The United States must, I think, bring itself to understand that the policy of intervention that was right for Western Europe does not and cannot find the same application to the rest of the world."
There have been exceptions. Kerry originally supported the 2003 invasion of Iraq, and last year backed a no-fly zone in Libya to prevent Moammar Qaddafi from slaughtering the civilians rising against him.
But on the whole, Kerry prizes order and stability over liberty and human rights. He prefers to accommodate and engage America's foes than to deem them enemies who must be defeated. He thought the horrors of 9/11 justified not a military war on terror, but only better "intelligence gathering, law enforcement, public diplomacy." During his run for the White House in 2004, Kerry told The Washington Post that "as president he would play down the promotion of democracy" -- not because he denied the lack of freedom in places like Pakistan, China, and Russia, but because other issues "trumped human rights concerns in those nations."
Again and again, Kerry has shown a remarkable indulgence toward the world's thugs and totalitarians. Within months of becoming a senator in 1985, heflew to Nicaragua in a show of support for Marxist strongman Daniel Ortega, a Soviet/Cuban ally; he returned to Washington talking up the Sandinistas' "good faith." More recently Kerry earned a reputation as Bashar al-Assad's best friend in Congress. Against all evidence, Kerry described himself as "very, very encouraged" by the Syrian dictator's openness to reform; he repeatedly flew to Damascus to visit Assad, describing him afterward as "my dear friend" and assuring audiences that engagement was working: "Syria will move; Syria will change as it embraces a legitimate relationship with the United States." By the time Kerry finally changed his tune, thousands of Syrian protesters were dead or behind bars.
Kerry's foreign policy views � like those of President Obama � are typical of the so-called "realist" school, which regards considerations of human rights or democracy as a sentimental distraction from the ruthless business of power-balancing and national self-interest. President Nixon and the first President Bush were firmly in the "realist" camp, too. "I have enormous sympathy for the foreign policy of George H.W. Bush," Obama said as a candidate in 2008. And indeed, his reluctance to speak out when pro-democracy protesters were being bloodied in the streets of Iran in 2009 wasstrikingly reminiscent of Bush the elder's refusal to protest China's savage crackdown on democracy activists in Tiananmen Square 20 years earlier.
Both realism and idealism have a role to play in US statecraft, but the problem with the "realist" approach is that it too easily slips into callousness. Autocratic regimes may brush off mass murder or violent repression as other countries' "internal affairs," but such coldness is unworthy of the United States.
"I am very high on John Kerry," says Brent Scowcroft, who was national security advisor to Bush 41 and remains a prominent "realist" exponent. "He is not beset by illusions or campaigns on behalf of abstract principles. His instincts are solid."
If only they were. As Kerry's prolonged willingness to defend a monster like Assad suggests, however, his "realist" instincts are all too fallible. Of course idealists make mistakes too. But the next secretary of state might bear in mind what that other JFK understood: American foreign policy is most truly realistic when it is rooted in the ideals that have made America such a beacon.

U.S. turning blind eye to jihadists?

U.S. turning blind eye to jihadists?
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TEL AVIV – Turkey is facilitating the transport of thousands more Islamist militants into Syria for what the Turkish military believes is a final round of confrontations against Bashar Assad’s embattled regime, a senior Syrian official has charged.
The Syrian official, speaking to WND on condition his name be withheld, claimed the U.S. and NATO are fully aware of Turkey’s movement of more jihadists into Syria to fight for the so-called rebels under the banner of the Free Syrian Army.
The official further denied foreign media claims that Assad is thinking of stepping down, calling the reports “baseless.”
Reports of jihadists comprising the Syrian opposition, including the U.S.-supported Free Syrian Army, are not new. There have been scores of reports worldwide that al-Qaida and other jihad groups are among the Free Syrian Army ranks. It is well established that jihadists dominate the Syrian opposition and various Free Syrian Army branches.
Furthermore, WND reported last week how the lawyer now raising money in the U.S. to fund the Free Syrian Army previously served as director of Muslim outreach for President Obama’s 2008 campaign.
Mazen Asbahi, a Chicago lawyer, resigned from Obama’s first presidential campaign after the Wall Street Journal reported that he sat on the board of an Islamic investment group called the Allied Assets Advisors Fund. Also on the board was Jamal Said, an unindicted co-conspirator in the prosecution of the Holy Land Foundation, the Texas-based group that raised millions of dollars for the Hamas terrorist organization.
The Allied Assets Advisors Fund was itself a subsidiary of the North American Islamic Trust, which is directed by the Islamic Society of North America, or ISNA.
ISNA was established in 1981 by activists from the Muslim Brotherhood-affiliated Muslim Students Association. ISNA was also named as an unindicted co-conspirator in the Holy Land terrorism financing case and was the subject of a terrorism investigation in December 2003 by the Senate Finance Committee, which looked into possible links between nongovernmental organizations and terrorist financing networks.
Now Asbahi is back in the spotlight as the lawyer for the Syrian Support Group, which is raising money to fund the rebels attacking Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s regime.
Earlier this year, Asbahi applied to the U.S. government for a license to fund the Free Syrian Army.
Asbahi’s Syrian Support Group boasted on its website that it received “a license from the U.S. Department of Treasury Office of Foreign Asset Control that permits the organization to raise funds and provide certain services to the Free Syrian Army.”
The group says it is raising funds in the U.S. to provide “certain logistical, communications and other services to the [Free Syrian Army].” It defines the Army as “a coalition of affiliated armed rebel groups operating in Syria.”
Brian Sayers, director of government relations for the Syrian Support Group, admitted in an NPR interview that the money raised by his organization will go to weapons purchases as well.
“Yes,” he said when asked about weapons. “Weapons are going to be a part of the process, because if they’re going to set up safe zones for the Syrian citizens … those safe zones have to be defended.”
The Syrian Support Group addresses concerns on its website about whether some of the money it raises will go to al-Qaida organizations fighting with the Free Syrian Army: “SSG acknowledges reports of increasing al-Qaeda and other extremist activity within Syria. SSG hopes to serve as a counterweight to this development and will only provide financial support to military councils who have adopted the Free Syrian Army’s Proclamation of Principles.”
The proclamation outlines the FSA’s commitment to a democratic Syria and also to “fight if necessary to end the tyranny and dictatorship of the Assad regime.”
The Free Syrian Army received a major diplomatic boost last week when Obama recognized the affiliated leading Syrian opposition coalition as the legitimate representative of Syria in the place of Assad’s regime.

The Ignorant Fishermen Blog: What Will It Take For You To Believe?

The Ignorant Fishermen Blog: What Will It Take For You To Believe?


What Will It Take For You To Believe?

My fellow American conservatives and those of you of the moderate conservative persuasion... May I ask you this simple question.... How do you do it? How do you keep your sanity when 2012 was an absolute disaster and everything conservative is going off the cliff at EXPONENTIAL rates with absolutely NO human answers and applicable remedies in sight?

Well... we know that you "DON'T" do it and that you are totally consumed with fear, worry and pessimism. I read it every day on your faces at work, at family gatherings, on Free Republic, on the news and media outlets etc... You are scared to death and there is nowhere to hide your pessimism. Your hope balloon has popped in your face and you are left with ringing ears and consumed with fear for what is at hand. Oh my dear friends, America's demise is just the tip of the HORRIFIC godless iceberg that we see in front of us (Rev. 6-19). Will you now FINALLY wake up to the Divine realities and the prophetic warnings, which are found in Almighty God's INFALLIBLE Word? It is sad to say... but no you will not wake up and you will continue down your delusional road until that Day over takes you. I have seen it time and time again and it is VERY VERY rare that an individual will truly repent and turn to Almighty God in spirit and truth (John 4:24). The Bible is absolutely full of countless examples and in just my little life I can testify to the validity of the Bible's examples.

May I ask you this simple question... How do you do it? How do you keep your sanity when 2012 was a disaster and everything is going off the cliff at EXPONENTIAL rates with absolutely NO answers and applicable remedies in sight?
For five years (since 2008), we here at the IFB have been sounding forth political commentary from a biblical perspective with the end result that the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand! We have pointed out countless in-depth posts and analysis of our nation's absolute fractured estate, decadence, lawlessness, secularism, sex addiction, abortion, narcissism, drug addiction, socialistic ideals, delusional solutions, hypocritical remedies and godless estate. It was in 2006 when the Marxist Progressives won the House and Senate after a socialistic GWB sold out conservatism and our Founding Fathers that we knew it was over and we as a nation finally crossed the tipping point. It was from then on that we began to Preach to all Americans and to the world that the Day of the Lord is at hand (Rev. 6-19)! The 2008 election victory of Barack H.Obama, America's first hard core Marxist president proved our point even further and in the light of all the Tea Parties, rallies, conservative optimism and energy the Left has only gotten stronger. Oh how I hate to state that reality but my dear friends stand back and look and is it not so. When all the overwhelming evidence of Obama's disastrous four years of dealing with our economy, morality and global relationships it still didn't matter a hill of beans to the American people and after four years of this man's socialistic Marxist tyranny we as a nation reelected this Marxist for a second term, well... you might have to come to the conclusion that the jig is up by now... and it surely is. But yet clueless conservative "optimistic" scoffers abound (2 Peter 3:3) and conservative "optimistic" haters love to call us (IFB) quitters, sellouts, bigots, religious zealots, traitors, allies of the Lefts agenda, Bible thumpers and my personal favorite, "ignorant". The majority of these comments come from conservatives from the largest Conservative political website forum in America, Free Republic. For the past 5 years we have been feeling the spiritual temperature there and have found that moral relativism, Biblical ignorance, conservative optimism and Christian ecumenicalism dominate the forum. Thank God for Free Republic, they mean well and are a great group of people who truly love America as I do but that is not enough to aid us in this hour. Thank God that there is some God fearing, Bible believing, evangelical presence there who help point America's conservatives to the REALITY of the hour and Almighty God's Biblical perspective, but even these are usually scoffed at and laughed to scorn by American conservatives who are without a saving relationship to Jesus Christ the Messiah of Israel(Isa. 53, Matt. 7:21-32, Rom. 10:2-4). Tragically the dominant spirit there is one of unbelief, conservative optimism, spiritual delusion and ETERNAL blindness (Rom. 10:2-4). The temperature and climate of American conservatives who actually believe the Bible and its saving message is dead and ice cold and that is a heart breaking reality that God the Father has had to show me and with tears in my eyes I wish I could change it but I cannot choose for an individual to receive the Savior.

The temperature and climate of American conservatives who actually believe the Bible and its saving message is dead and ice cold and that is a heart breaking reality that God the Father has had to show me.

My dear friends, oh how we need Divine REALITY today and not delusion and worldly solutions for our EXPONENTIAL global crises. Almighty God cries out to you all day long but will YOU receive Him and His ETERNAL solutions for your life? That is the biggest question ALL must ask themselves in these last days. All these current events and crises of our global community are self induced by the lawless and godless works of fallen man (Rom. 1:18-32, Gal. 6:7). These products of evil men and their consequences are left in place to bring us to the brink of our delusions so that we may come out of our subjective selves and show us our desperate need for the Savior, His pardon, and His RIGHTEOUSNESS.

My dear friends, WHAT WILL YOU DO? Will you continue to look for worldly solutions and human saviors or will you finally come to the end of yourselfand receive the KING of kings and LORD of lords who is the WONDERFUL COUNSELOR and PRINCE of PEACE (Isa. 9:6-7, Rev. 19:11-16). All ETERNITY is before us and our brief existence in this fallen world is about gone. See the ETERNAL, see the Savior, see the REALITY and you will find the liberation and peace of Almighty God that will calm your hearts in America's last hours.

"Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved!" (Acts 16:29)!

The Kingdom of Heaven is at hand!


A Note:  This post was posted on Free Republic by a dear brother before the full editing process had taken place with no fault to him. He could have never known. It was my bad but if you spit out the few bones the message was there for you get if you didn't let the few grammar errors hinder you. This is the updated post.






For the past few years Apprising Ministries has been a leading online apologetics and discernment work covering the now upgraded sinfully ecumenical neo-liberal cult operating within the Emerging Church aka the Emergent Church. The EC 2.0 has now cobbled together its own postmodern form of Progressive Christian theology.
What we’re actually dealing with here is a Liberalism 2.0, which these apostates will often refer to as “big tent” Emergence Christianity. Tragically, this theological poison is, right now, seeping into the veins of the mainstream evangelical camp—particularly within its younger sectors.
In Biblical terms, it’s leaven introduced into the lump of visible Christendom (cf. Galatians 5:9) circa 2000 e.g. through Living Spiritual Teacher and EC guru Brian McLaren, universalist Emerging Church pastor Doug Pagitt, and his friend Dr. Tony Jones, the progressive “theologian in residence” at Solomon’s Porch (SP).
Such a loathsome legacy these spiritually repugnant rebels are leaving. Five years ago in Emerging Church Pastor Doug Pagitt: Post CNN Interview Comments Concerning Dr. John MacArthur I showed you Pagitt mocking MacArthur after their discussion about whether Christians should practice Yoga.
I’m not going to rehash all of that here; suffice to say that MacArthur took the proper Biblical position that Christians should have nothing to do with this practice of pagans. Little surprise, what Pagitt would specifically take issue with was when MacArthur said that if we wish to relieve stress we can turn to the Word of God.
For the interested reader, courtesy of my friend Lane Chaplin, there’s a video recap of all of this in my aforementioned article above. Sadly, from having carefully observed his sad slide, I can tell you that Doug Pagitt has now grown quite far away from anything even remotely resembling the Christian faith.
Below CARM gives us a synopsis as to why Christians should not practice Yoga:
The problem is that yoga is religious in nature.  The point of the practice of yoga is to unite oneself with God.  Take this quote from the Yoga Journal: “Connecting the mind, body, and breath helps us to direct our attention inward.
Through this process of inward attention, we learn to recognize our habitual thought patterns without labeling them, judging them, or trying to change them. We become more aware of our experiences from moment to moment.
The awareness that we cultivate is what makes yoga a practice, rather than a task or a goal to be completed. Your body will most likely become much more flexible by doing yoga, and so will your mind.”1 As one can see, Yoga is more than just a physical exercise.  We as Christians do not want to make our mind more flexible.  We do not want to leave our mind open to false teaching. (source)
Now that you have this proper perspective I point you to a tweet earlier today by Doug Pagitt:
Yes, you read that right; Pagitt is advertising a Yoga Sanctuary (YS), which apparently opened this past June:
To be clear, YS is in SP’s building2 and is actually a part of SP itself:
Yoga Sanctuary is a non-profit, holistic collective, offering a place of respite and integration for your body, mind and spirit owned and operated by Solomon’s Porch… Namaste, Shelley, Shirley, Danielle, Peter, Amanda, Pati and Greta (your instructors) (source, bold mine)
Aadil Palkhivala, who began studying yoga at the age of seven and is the Founder-Director of the Alive and Shine Center in Bellevue, Washington and The College of Purna Yoga,3 now explains to us what namaste means:
The gesture Namaste represents the belief that there is a Divine spark within each of usthat is located in the heart chakra. The gesture is an acknowledgment of the soul in one by the soul in another. Nama means bow, as means I, and te means you. Therefore,namaste literally means “bow me you” or “I bow to you.”…
The teacher initiates Namaste as a symbol of gratitude and respect toward her students and her own teachers and in return invites the students to connect with their lineage, thereby allowing the truth to flow—the truth that we are all one when we live from the heart. (source, emphasis mine)
The Chopra Center of guru of the New Spirituality Deepak Chopra4 then brings the meaning of namaste to its logical conclusion:
Namasté is both a spoken Indian expression and a symbolic gesture that people use when greeting each other or in parting. Pronounced “na-ma-stay,” the term derives from Sanskrit and literally means “I bow to you.”
It’s more commonly translated as “the divine light in me honors the divine light in you” or “the God within me greets the God within you.” Namasté is the recognition that we are all equal and share a common divinity. (source, bold mine)
Right here it seems we catch another glimpse at the universalism of Doug Pagitt and his gathering of apostates. His YS also has its own website where we see that the Shelley listed above is Shelley Pagitt, “Natural Health Coach and Curator of Yoga Sanctuary,”5 who happens to be Doug Pagitt’s wife:
As I get set to close this out, for now, I’ll tell you the link in Doug Pagitt’s tweet above takes us to Find Your Sanctuary at Yoga Sanctuary where we read:
The New Year is a time of reflection, a time of looking at the year past, and looking forward to the year to come… [W]hile we can resolve to take better care of ourselves at any point throughout the year, it is often at this time of year when most of us say we are going to do so.
So, if you are thinking that you want – or need – to take better care of yourself, then you should meet Shelley Pagitt, Natural Health Coach and Curator of Yoga Sanctuary… Solomon’s Porch, a Holistic Missional Christian Community, owns Yoga Sanctuary as well as the the quiet building in which it resides.
Yoga Sanctuary was started by one Community member and yoga instructor whose aim was to introduce the benefits of yoga to the Community and beyond.  It made sense for Shelley – and the Community – to step in as the Curator…
As a Natural Health coach, Shelley is a firm believer that yoga plays an important role in taking care of yourself, as she experienced when she discovered yoga after recovering from a major illness. She said that once she started doing yoga, “something opened up,”… (source)
Unfortunately, there’s a very real possibility spiritually that, once Pagitt began practicing Yoga, somethingentered in. Now, it’s bad enough for Solomon’s Porch to be infecting adults with their pagan practices, but tragically, we’re told that they’re targeting children as well:
Yoga Sanctuary even offers Kids Hoop Yoga for first through sixth graders. Shelley explains that kids seem to really grasp the yoga benefits of unifying mind, body and spirit, which leads to self-awareness and healthy interpersonal relationships. The kids utilize a hula hoop to learn poses and play yoga games… (source)
We also find out that SP’s YS is actually a hardcore Yoga endeavor offering ”the traditional yoga classes as well: Vinyasa, Ashtanga, Power Yoga and the like.”6 And, so it would seem, something Doug Pagitt wrote a few years ago now really seems to be coming true for him:
The idea that there is a necessary distinction of matter from spirit, or creation from creator, is being reconsidered.7
In other words, all of creation is thought to be divine by rebels against the Word of God like Doug Pagitt because they have come to believe that it’s literally part of God Himself. In the damnable mythology of such as these creation is within God just as He supposedly dwells within all things. Leave them, they are blind guides.
The truth is, apart from the Gospel of repentance and forgiveness of sins in Jesus’ Name, one is spiritually dead; and God Himself has clearly told us that He does not live within all of mankind:
Those who are in the flesh cannot please God. You, however, are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if in fact the Spirit of God dwells in you. Anyone who does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to him. But if Christ is in you, although the body is dead because of sin, the Spirit is life because of righteousness.
If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit who dwells in you. So then, brothers, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh. For if you live according to the flesh you will die, but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live.
For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!” The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him. (Romans 8:8-17)

Further reading


  1., accessed 12-30-12. 
  2., accessed 12-30-12. 
  3., accessed 12-30-12. 
  4., accessed 12-30-12. 
  5., accessed 12-30-12. 
  6. Ibid. 
  7. Robert Weber, ed., “The Emerging Church And Embodied Theology,” Listening to the Beliefs of Emerging Churches: Five Perspectives [Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2007], 142. 

Registration: The Nazi Paradigm - by Stephen P. Halbrook

Registration: The Nazi Paradigm - by Stephen P. Halbrook

Registration: The Nazi Paradigm (American Rifleman, Vol.149 No.6, June 2001, page 52.)
By Stephen P. Halbrook, Ph.D., J.D.
New research into Adolf Hitler's use of firearms registration lists to confiscate guns and the execution of their owners teaches a forceful lesson -- one that reveals why the American people and Congress have rejected registering honest firearm owners.

After invading, Nazis used pre-war lists of gun owners to confiscate firearms, and many gun owners simply disappeared. Following confiscation, the Nazis were free to wreak their evil on the disarmed populace, such as on these helpless Jews from the Warsaw Ghetto.
It would be instructive at this time to recall why the American citizenry and Congress have historically opposed the registration of firearms. The reason is plain. Registration makes it easy for a tyrannical government to confiscate firearms and to make prey of its subjects. Denying this historical fact is no more justified than denying that the Holocaust occurred or that the Nazis murdered millions of unarmed people.
I am writing a book on Nazi policies and practices which sought to repress civilian gun ownership and to eradicate gun owners in Germany and in occupied Europe. The following sampling of my findings should give pause to the suggestion that draconian punishment of citizens for keeping firearms necessarily is a social good.
The Night of the Broken Glass (Kristallnacht)--the infamous Nazi rampage against Germany's Jews--took place in November 1938. It was preceded by the confiscation of firearms from the Jewish victims. On Nov. 8, the New York Times reported from Berlin, "Berlin Police Head Announces 'Disarming' of Jews," explaining:
The Berlin Police President, Count Wolf Heinrich von Helldorf, announced that as a result of a police activity in the last few weeks the entire Jewish population of Berlin had been "disarmed" with the confiscation of 2,569 hand weapons, 1,702 firearms and 20,000 rounds of ammunition. Any Jews still found in possession of weapons without valid licenses are threatened with the severest punishment.1
On the evening of Nov. 9, Adolf Hitler, Propaganda Minister Joseph Goebbels, and other Nazi chiefs planned the attack. Orders went out to Nazi security forces: "All Jewish stores are to be destroyed immediately . . . . Jewish synagogues are to be set on fire . . . . The Führer wishes that the police does not intervene. . . . All Jews are to be disarmed. In the event of resistance they are to be shot immediately."2All hell broke loose on Nov. 10: "Nazis Smash, Loot and Burn Jewish Shops and Temples." "One of the first legal measures issued was an order by Heinrich Himmler, commander of all German police, forbidding Jews to possess any weapons whatever and imposing a penalty of twenty years confinement in a concentration camp upon every Jew found in possession of a weapon hereafter."3 Thousands of Jews were taken away.

Invading Nazi troops in Holland in 1940 immediately nailed up posters announcing a ban on all firearms. From Die Deutsche Wochenshau, May 15, 1940.
Searches of Jewish homes were calculated to seize firearms and assets and to arrest adult males. The American Consulate in Stuttgart was flooded with Jews begging for visas: "Men in whose homes old, rusty revolvers had been found during the last few days cried aloud that they did not dare ever again return to their places of residence or business. In fact, it was a mass of seething, panic-stricken humanity."4Himmler, head of the Nazi terror police, would become an architect of the Holocaust, which consumed six million Jews. It was self evident that the Jews must be disarmed before the extermination could begin.
Finding out which Jews had firearms was not too difficult. The liberal Weimar Republic passed a Firearm Law in 1928 requiring extensive police records on gun owners. Hitler signed a further gun control law in early 1938.
Other European countries also had laws requiring police records to be kept on persons who possessed firearms. When the Nazis took over Czechoslovakia and Poland in 1939, it was a simple matter to identify gun owners. Many of them disappeared in the middle of the night along with political opponents.
Imagine that you are sitting in a movie house in Germany in May 1940. The German Weekly Newsreel comes on to show you the attack on Holland, Belgium, and France.5 The minute Wehrmacht troops and tanks cross the Dutch border, the film shows German soldiers nailing up a poster about 2½ by 3 feet in size. It is entitled "Regulations on Arms Possession in the Occupied Zone" ("Verordnung über Waffenbesitz im besetzen Gebiet"). The camera scans the top of the double-columned poster, written in German on the left and Flemish on the right, with an eagle and swatiska in the middle. It commands that all firearms be surrendered to the German commander within 24 hours. The full text is not in view, but similar posters threatened the death penalty for violation.The film shows artillery and infantry rolling through the streets as happy citizens wave. It then switches to scenes of onslaughts against Dutch and Belgian soldiers, and Hitler's message that this great war would instate the 1000-year Reich. A patriotic song mixed with the images and music of artillery barrages, Luftwaffe bombings, and tank assaults compose the grand finale.
German poster from occupied France imposing the death penalty for not turning in all firearms and radio transmitters within 24 hours (click for closeup). For translation, see below. From Musée de l'Ordre de la Libération, Paris.
Ordinance Concerning the Possession of Arms and Radio Transmitters in the Occupied Territories
1) All firearms and all sorts of munitions, hand grenades, explosives and other war materials must be surrendered immediately.Delivery must take place within 24 hours to the closest "Kommandantur" [German commander's office] unless other arrangements have been made. Mayors will be held strictly responsible for the execution of this order. The [German] troop commanders may allow exceptions.
2) Anyone found in possession of firearms, munitions, hand grenades, or other war materials will be sentenced to death or forced labor or in lesser cases prison.
3) Anyone in possession of a radio or a radio transmitter must surrender it to the closest German military authority.
4) All those who would disobey this order or would commit any act of violence in the occupied lands against the German army or against any of its troops will be condemned to death.
The Commander in Chief
of the Army
France soon fell, and the same posters threatening the death penalty for possession of a firearm went up everywhere. You can see one today in Paris at the Museum of the Order of the Liberation (Musée de l'Ordre de la Libération). A photograph of the poster is reproduced here, including a translation in the sidebar.There was a fallacy to the threat. No blank existed on the poster to write in the time and date of posting, so one would know when the 24-hour "waiting period" began or ended. Perhaps the Nazis would shoot someone who was an hour late. Indeed, gun owners even without guns were dangerous because they knew how to use guns and tend to be resourceful, independent-minded persons. A Swiss manual on armed resistance stated with such experiences in mind:
Should you be so trusting and turn over your weapons you will be put on a "black list" in spite of everything. The enemy will always need hostages or forced laborers later on (read: "work slaves") and will gladly make use of the "black lists." You see once again that you cannot escape his net and had better die fighting. After the deadline, raids coupled with house searches and street checks will be conducted.6
Commented the New York Times about the interrelated rights which the Nazis destroyed wherever they went:
Military orders now forbid the French to do things which the German people have not been allowed to do since Hitler came to power. To own radio senders or to listen to foreign broadcasts, to organize public meetings and distribute pamphlets, to disseminate anti-German news in any form, to retain possession of firearms--all these things are prohibited for the subjugated people of France . . . .7
While the Nazis made good on the threat to execute persons in possession of firearms, the gun control decree was not entirely successful. Partisans launched armed attacks. But resistance was hampered by the lack of civilian arms possession.
In 1941, U.S. Attorney General Robert Jackson called on Congress to enact national registration of all firearms.8Given events in Europe, Congress recoiled, and legislation was introduced to protect the Second Amendment. Rep. Edwin Arthur Hall explained: "Before the advent of Hitler or Stalin, who took power from the German and Russian people, measures were thrust upon the free legislatures of those countries to deprive the people of the possession and use of firearms, so that they could not resist the encroachments of such diabolical and vitriolic state police organizations as the Gestapo, the Ogpu, and the Cheka."9
Rep. John W. Patman added: "The people have a right to keep arms; therefore, if we should have some Executive who attempted to set himself up as dictator or king, the people can organize themselves together and, with the arms and ammunition they have, they can properly protect themselves. . . ."10
Only two months before the Japanese sneak attack on Pearl Harbor, Congress enacted legislation to authorize the President to requisition broad categories of property with military uses from the private sector on payment of fair compensation, but also provided:
Nothing contained in this Act shall be construed--
(1) to authorize the requisitioning or require the registration of any firearms possessed by any individual for his personal protection or sport (and the possession of which is not prohibited or the registration of which is not required by existing law), [or]
(2) to impair or infringe in any manner the right of any individual to keep and bear arms . . . .11
Meanwhile Hilter unleashed killing squads called the Einsatzgruppen in Eastern Europe and Russia. As Raul Hilberg observes, "The killers were well armed . . . . The victims were unarmed."12 The Einsatzgruppen executed two million people between fall 1939 and summer 1942. Their tasks included arrest of the politically unreliable, confiscation of weapons, and extermination.13
Typical executions were that of a Jewish woman "for being found without a Jewish badge and for refusing to move into the ghetto" and another woman "for sniping." Persons found in possession of firearms were shot on the spot. Yet reports of sniping and partisan activity increased.14
Armed citizens were hurting the Nazis, who took the sternest measures. The Nazis imposed the death penalty on a Pole or Jew: "If he is in unlawful possession of firearms, . . . or if he has credible information that a Pole or a Jew is in unlawful possession of such objects, and fails to notify the authorities forthwith."15
Given the above facts, it is not difficult to understand why the National Rifle Association opposed gun registration at the time and still does. The American Riflemen for February 1942 reported:
From Berlin on January 6th the German official radio broadcast--"The German military commander for Belgium and Northern France announced yesterday that the population would be given a last opportunity to surrender firearms without penalty up to January 20th and after that date anyone found in possession of arms would be executed."
So the Nazi invaders set a deadline similar to that announced months ago in Czecho-Slovakia, in Poland, in Norway, in Romania, in Yugo-Slavia, in Greece.
How often have we read the familiar dispatches "Gestapo agents accompanied by Nazi troopers swooped down on shops and homes and confiscated all privately-owned firearms!"
What an aid and comfort to the invaders and to their Fifth Column cohorts have been the convenient registration lists of privately owned firearms--lists readily available for the copying or stealing at the Town Hall in most European cities.
What a constant worry and danger to the Hun and his Quislings have been the privately owned firearms in the homes of those few citizens who have "neglected" to register their guns!16
During the war years the Rifleman regularly included pleas for American sportsmen to "send a gun to defend a British home.17 British civilians, faced with the threat of invasion, desperately need arms for the defense of their homes." Indeed, the New York Times carried the same solicitations. After two decades of gun control, British citizens now desperately needed rifles and pistols in their homes, and they received the gifts with great appreciation. Organized into the Home Guard, armed citizens were now ready to resist the expected Nazi onslaught.
With so many men and guns sent abroad to fight the war, America still needed defending from expected invasions on the East and West coasts, domestic sabotage, and Fifth Column activity. Sportsmen and gun clubs responded by bringing their private arms and volunteering for the state protective forces.18
Switzerland was the only country in Europe, indeed in the world, where every man had a military rifle in his home. Nazi invasion plans acknowledged the dissuasive nature of this armed populace, as I have detailed in my book Target Switzerland: Swiss Armed Neutrality in World War II (Rockville Center, N.Y.: Sarpedon Publishers, 1998).

Resistance to Nazi oppression was hampered by the lack of civilian arms possession. One of the most notable exceptions was the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising in 1943, which began with a few incredibly brave Jews armed with handguns. They were able to temporarily stop deportations of Jews to Nazi extermination camps.
Out of all the acts of armed citizen resisters in the war, the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising of 1943 is difficult to surpass in its heroism. Beginning with just a few handguns, armed Jews put a temporary stop to the deportations to extermination camps, frightened the Nazis out of the ghetto, stood off assaults for days on end, and escaped to the forests to continue the struggle. What if there had been two, three, many Warsaw Ghetto Uprisings?The NRA trained hundreds of thousands of Americans in rifle marksmanship during the war. President Harry Truman wrote that NRA's firearms training programs "materially aided our war effort" and that he hopped "the splendid program which the National Rifle Association has followed during the past three-quarters of a century will be continued."20 By helping defeat the Nazi and Fascist terror regimes, the NRA helped end the Holocaust, slave labor, and the severest oppression.
Those tiny pacifist organizations of the era which called for gun registration and confiscation contributed nothing to winning the war or to stopping the genocide. Their counterparts today have nothing to offer that would enable citizens to resist genocide.
Individual criminals wreak their carnage on individuals or small numbers of people. As this century has shown, terrorist governments have the capacity to commit genocide against millions of people, provided that the people are unarmed. Schemes to confiscate firearms kept by peaceable citizens have historically been associated with some of the world's most insidious tyrannies. Given this reality, it is not surprising that law-abiding gun owners oppose being objects of registration.

1. New York Times, Nov. 9, 1938, 24.
2. Gerald Schawb, The Day the Holocaust Began (New York: Praeger, 1990), 22.
3. New York Times, Nov. 11, 1938, 1, 4.
4. The Holocaust, Vol. 3, The Crystal Night Pogrom, John Mendelsohn, ed. (New York: Garland, 1982), 183-84.
5. Die Deutsche Wochenschau, No. 506, 15 May 1940, UfA, Ton-Woche.
6. Major H. von Dach, Total Resistance (Boulder: Paladin Press, 1965), 169. Earlier published as Dach, Der Totale Widerstand (Biel: SUOV, 2nd ed., 1958).
7. New York Times, July 2, 1940, 20.
8. New York Times, Jan. 4, 1941, 7.
9. 87 CONG.REC., 77th Cong., 1st Sess., 6778 (Aug. 5, 1941).
10. Id. at 7102 (Aug. 13, 1941).
11. Property Requisition Act, P.L. 274, 77th Cong., 1st Sess., Ch. 445, 55 Stat., pt. 1, 742 (Oct. 16, 1941). See. Halbrook, "Congress Interprets the Second Amendment," 62Tennessee Law Review 597, 618-31 (Spring 1995).
12. Raul Hilberg, The Destruction of the European Jews (New York: Homes and Meir, 1985), 341, 318, 297.
13. Yitzhak Arad et al. eds., The Einsatzgruppen Reports (New York: Holocaust Library, 1989), ii.
14. Id. at 233, 306, 257-58, 352-53, 368.
15. Reichsgesetzblatt, I, 759 (4 Dec. 1941).
16. "The Nazi Deadline," American Rifleman, February 1942, at 7.
17. American Rifleman, Nov. 1940.
18. E.g.Report of the Adjutant General for 1945, at 23-24 (Richmond, Va., 1946); U.S. Home Defense Forces Study 58-59 (Office of Ass't Sec. of Defense 1981).
19. See Rotem (Kazik), Simha, Memoirs of a Warsaw Ghetto Fighter, (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1994), 118-19; David I. Caplan, "Weapons Control Laws: Gateways to Victim Oppression and Genocide," in To Be a Victim: Encounters with Crime and Injustice, eds. Diane Sank and David I. Caplan (New York: Plenum Press, 1991), 310.
20. Letter of Pres. Truman to C.B. Lister, NRA Sec.-Treas., Nov. 14, 1945.
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Huge victory for gun owners Illinois-ban-on-concealed-weapons-overturned

Huge victory for gun owners Illinois-ban-on-concealed-weapons-overturned
SPRINGFIELD-In a huge win for gun-rights groups, a federal appeals court in Chicago Tuesday tossed the state’s ban on carrying concealed weapons and gave Illinois’ Legislature 180 days to craft a law legalizing concealed carry.
“The debate is over. We won. And there will be a statewide carry law in 2013,” said Todd Vandermyde, a lobbyist for the National Rifle Association.
In a split opinion (see below), the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals reversed a lower court ruling in two cases downstate that upheld the state’s longstanding prohibition against carrying concealed weapons.
Illinois is the only state with an outright prohibition on concealed carry.
“We are disinclined to engage in another round of historical analysis to determine whether eighteenth-century America understood the Second Amendment to include a right to bear guns outside the home,” Judge Richard Posner wrote in the court’s majority opinion.
“The Supreme Court has decided that the amendment confers a right to bear arms for self-defense, which is as important outside the home as inside. The theoretical and empirical evidence (which overall is inconclusive) is consistent with concluding that a right to carry firearms in public may promote self-defense,” he continued.
“Illinois had to provide us with more than merely a rational basis for believing that its uniquely sweeping ban is justified by an increase in public safety. It has failed to meet this burden,” Posner wrote.
“The Supreme Court’s interpretation of the Second Amendment therefore compels us to reverse the decisions in the two cases before us and remand them to their respective district courts for the entry of declarations of unconstitutionality and permanent injunctions,” he continued.
“Nevertheless we order our mandate stayed for 180 days to allow the Illinois legislature to craft a new gun law that will impose reasonable limitations, consistent with the public safety and the Second Amendment as interpreted in this opinion, on the carrying of guns in public,” Posner said.
In a minority opinion, Judge Ann Williams wrote that Illinois is within its rights to ban weapons in “sensitive places” like government buildings, churches and universities in the name of safety.
“The Illinois legislature reasonably concluded that if people are allowed to carry guns in public, the number of guns carried in public will increase, and the risk of firearms-related injury or death in public will increase as well,” Williams said. “And it is also common sense that the danger is a great one; firearms are lethal.”
Attorney General Lisa Madigan, who was defending the state’s prohibition of concealed carry, remained silent on whether her office would appeal Tuesday’s ruling to the U.S. Supreme Court.

PressTV - NATO models Syria plot after Hitler’s rape of Czechoslovakia

PressTV - NATO models Syria plot after Hitler’s rape of Czechoslovakia

NATO models Syria plot after Hitler’s rape of Czechoslovakia
File photo shows a militant in Syria.
File photo shows a militant in Syria.
Mon Dec 31, 2012 9:27AM GMT
By Webster G. Tarpley
It has been less widely noted that the 2011-2012 destabilization of Syria by NATO and the reactionary Persian Gulf monarchies has been closely following the script of Hitler’s onslaught against Czechoslovakia in the summer of 1938."
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In the annals of international criminal aggression, the destabilization, dismemberment, and ultimate annihilation of independent Czechoslovakia in 1938 and 1939 by Hitler’s Nazi regime has come to occupy a place of particular infamy.

The eagerness of British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain and French premier Edouard Daladier, at the infamous Munich conference of September 1938 with Hitler and Mussolini, to sacrifice the national existence of Czechoslovakia in the service of their policy of appeasing and supporting Hitler’s eastward expansion is widely regarded as the event which placed Europe on track for the outbreak of World War II slightly less than a year later.

It has been less widely noted that the 2011-2012 destabilization of Syria by NATO and the reactionary Persian Gulf monarchies has been closely following the script of Hitler’s onslaught against Czechoslovakia in the summer of 1938.

Hitler was hostile to Czechoslovakia because it possessed a highly effective army of 30 modern divisions, a formidable system of border forts, was allied to France in the framework of the Little Entente, and also had a mutual defense treaty with the Soviet Union. After Hitler’s remilitarization of the Rhineland in 1936 and his absorption of Austria through the Anschluss of March 1938, he quickly turned his attention to smashing Czechoslovakia. William L. Shirer’s 1960 study The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich is readily available in libraries and will be cited to establish some important facts.

Hitler’s primary lever for breaking up the post Versailles Czechoslovak state was the German ethnic minority inside Czechoslovakia. These ethnic Germans were concentrated in the Sudetenland, which was a relatively narrow strip of land all along the borders of Bohemia and Moravia with Germany and the newly Germanized Austria.

In the case of Syria, NATO has used the Saudi-controlled Syrian Muslim Brotherhood, an organization which has been locked in deadly strife with the Syrian regime starting back in the time of Hafez Assad. NATO has also mobilized groups of Syrian émigrés and expatriates, including those calling themselves the Syrian National Council, now followed by a new company of puppets styling itself the Syrian National Coalition. Large numbers of foreign fighters have been shipped in. On the ground in Syria, NATO has deployed death squads on the Salvadoran model, apparently supervised by US Ambassador Robert Ford, a disciple of top US official John Negroponte, the leading expert in this field.

From Sir Neville Chamberlain to Julian Assange

The crisis leading to the destruction of Czechoslovakia was started by British Prime Minister Sir Neville Chamberlain, a thinly veiled supporter of Hitler, who invited American newspaper correspondents to have lunch with him at the pro-Nazi Lady Astor’s London mansion on May 14, 1938. The substance of Chamberlain’s briefing was that Czechoslovakia could not continue to exist in its current form, and that the Sudetenland had to be turned over to Germany. Chamberlain predicted that France would not honor its treaty obligation to help Czechoslovakia’s self-defense, and stated that Britain had no intention of intervening. This was followed by a bombastic editorial in the pro-Hitler
London Times
arguing that the Sudeten Germans had every right to secede from Czechoslovakia to escape their current oppressive status.

Syria is a victim of the wave of the destabilizations signaled by the massive autumn 2010 document dumps carried out by the CIA limited hangout operation known as Wikileaks. Here masses of scandalous and derogatory material were made available regarding the regimes of countries like Tunisia, Egypt, and Libya, as well as IMF and NATO target nations like Argentina, Russia, Italy, Iraq, Afghanistan, and others. No important British, American, or Israeli politician was damaged in any way by these revelations, which were eagerly published by the leading imperialist press organs. Like Czechoslovakia in 1938, Syria was not at the top of the list of states targeted for aggression, but came under pressure when the onslaught had gathered momentum.

The Sudeten German militia and the Syrian death squads: No to negotiated solutions

Hitler’s main spokesman in Czechoslovakia was the ethnic German fanatic Konrad Henlein, who had been subsidized by Berlin since the Nazi seizure of power in 1933. Henlein was briefed by Hitler, Foreign Minister Ribbentrop, and Rudolph Hess that he must always make demands which the Czech government would find unacceptable. As Henlein himself observed, “We must always demand so much that we can never be satisfied.” (Shirer 359) Henlein was killed in a bombing raid towards the end of the war.

This is a direct parallel to the intransigent stance of the Syrian National Council and Syrian National Coalition, which have always brusquely rejected any negotiations with the Assad government. These organizations have been given orders by NATO intelligence that they must never reach a negotiated or political solution with the Syrian government. Just as Hitler wanted the grievances of the Sudetens as a pretext for his attack, in the same way the NATO aggressors want to stoke the Syrian rebellion as a means of breaking up the country and reducing it to chaos - doubtless as part of a long-term strategy to isolate and weaken Iran and Hezbollah.

By September 1938, Hitler had assigned a military staff officer as liaison with Henlein, who set up his headquarters at the castle of Dondorf near Bayreuth in southern Germany. The current military headquarters of the Syrian rebels was long thought to be located near the NATO air base at Incirlik, Turkey, but the rebels claim that they have now moved it on to conquer the Syrian territory. The “Sudeten Free Corps” ( or, more accurately, “Sudeten Militia”) was created, armed with Austrian weapons, and ordered by Hitler to orchestrate a series of “disturbances and clashes” with the Czech police and army. Soon martial law had to be declared. From this point on, there was a series of bloody battles between Sudeten Nazis and Czechs. Each time one occurred, Hitler would blame it on the Prague government, and deliver hysterical radio speeches and public orations demanding freedom for the Germans subjected to the Czech yoke. This has been the attitude of Western governments and Western media for almost two years in the case of the Syrian fighting.

This is also an exact parallel to the Syrian death squads inspired by ambassadors Negroponte and Ford, which were in action in Syria starting from the very first pro-democracy demonstrations of February, 2011. The “Sudeten Militia” raised its profile by seizing the Czech towns of Asch and Eger, located near the German border - just as the Syrian death squads tried to take over Irbil near the Turkish border and Deraa near the Jordanian border very early in the conflict, and has now seized a strip of land along the Turkish border under the umbrella of NATO’s Patriot missiles.

During the destabilization of Syria, not one but two special United Nations envoys have done everything possible to convince the Assad government to capitulate to the terrorist death squads, while at the same time attempting to mislead world public opinion about the role of foreign fighters in the Syrian conflict. These envoys were former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan, followed by his current replacement, Lakhdar Brahimi.

The Runciman mediation, a model for Annan and Brahimi

In August 1938, the arch-appeaser Chamberlain announced that London would dispatch a special “mediator” to Prague for talks with the government and with representatives of the Sudeten minority. This was Lord Runciman (Viscount Lord Runciman of Doxford). Shirer writes that he “happened to be in Prague on the day of his arrival and after attending his press conference and talking with members of his party remarked in [his] diary that ‘Runciman’s whole mission smells’… The Czechs knew perfectly well that Runciman had been sent by Chamberlain to pave the way for the handing over of the Sudetenland to Hitler. It was a shabby diplomatic trick.’” (376-7)

By late September, Runciman was reporting to the British Cabinet that the Sudetenland should be transferred to Germany without even bothering to hold a referendum. He wanted public criticism of Germany muzzled by police repression. Even though the loss of the Sudetenland would leave Czechoslovakia practically defenseless, he also demanded assurances by Prague that it would not attack Germany in the future - a totally fantastic hypothesis. In many ways, Runciman was more aggressive against the Czechs than Hitler himself, (Shirer 388)

The Annan and Brahimi missions represent just the same kind of shabby diplomatic trick. Annan pretended for months that the only violence in Syria was that perpetrated by the government. Neither one has told the world that the vast majority of the death squads are foreign fighters, gathered from as far away as Europe, Chechenia, Pakistan, and Somalia, and financed by Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and the other reactionary Persian Gulf monarchies.

As in the previous cases of Iraq and Libya, it is only the countries that commit resources to destabilization and low intensity warfare who will share in the looting if the existing government falls. When Hungary requested a slice of Slovakia, Hitler told them: “He who wants to sit at the table must at least help in the kitchen.” Poland was also eager to seize control of the Teschen area. Poland was a country which would soon be a victim of the same process of aggression unleashed against Czechoslovakia. Today, countries like Turkey, Jordan, and Saudi Arabia may soon find themselves sucked into the maelstrom of terrorism and aggression which they have helped to unleash.

The Second World War did not start in the late summer of 1938. Chamberlain practiced his policy of appeasement towards Hitler in meetings at Berchtesgaden and Bad Godesberg, and finally at the Munich conference on September 29. At this conference chaired by the Italian Fascist dictator Mussolini, France and Britain accepted Hitler’s demand that the Sudetenland must be detached from Czechoslovakia. Czechoslovakia was not even represented, just as Syria has not been represented at the several “Friends of Syria” conferences orchestrated by NATO and its satellites. Chamberlain called this “peace in our time,” but world war was now less than a year in the future.

During these months, the French prime minister was Edouard Daladier who, like today’s President Hollande, had a slight leftist tinge. The foreign minister was the appeaser Georges Bonnet, an interesting comparison with today’s Foreign Minister Fabius. The British foreign minister was Lord Halifax, a member of the notorious pro-Nazi Cliveden set of Lord and Lady Astor. His successor today is William Hague.

Czechoslovakia wiped off the map; NATO wants the same for Syria

By seizing the Sudetenland, Hitler got control of the imposing fortifications often called the Czech Maginot line. He had promised to leave the rest of Czechoslovakia alone, but he was determined to destroy that country in the same way that NATO intends the breakup of Syria today. First, Goering orchestrated the secession of Slovakia from the Prague government in the fall of 1938. Slovakia soon became a clerical fascist Nazi puppet state under Monsignor Tiso, who was hanged by his countrymen in April 1947.

Prague now governed a rump state of just Bohemia and Moravia. Hitler called the Czech president Dr. H?cha to Berlin and bullied him mercilessly until he signed a statement approving the incorporation of what was left of Czechoslovakia into the German Reich. On March 15, 1939 German troops poured into Bohemia and Moravia, and Czechoslovakia ceased to exist. Nothing called Czechoslovakia remained on the map.

In the case of Syria, it is equally clear that the purpose of NATO strategy has been all along the total destruction of the Syrian state. In secret meetings in the United States Institute of Peace and other think tanks of aggression, plans have already been prepared for the thorough Balkanization and subdivision of Syria. If the rebels succeed, there may be an Alawite entity, a Druze entity, a Kurdish entity, perhaps a Christian entity, and so forth. There will be microstates, ministates, and rump states. Above all, there will be war lords, a colossal bloodbath, and chaos.

Nazis planned false flag against Prague; Now Damascus may be targeted

There is one further element in the Nazi destabilization plan for Czechoslovakia which deserves mention, since we may experience something similar in the near future. On August 24, 1938 Colonel Jodl of the supreme command of the Armed Forces (OKW) sent Hitler a memorandum stressing that “fixing the exact time for the ‘incident’ which will give Germany provocation for military intervention is most important.” In other words, the total German military attack on Czechoslovakia, if it had proved necessary, would have been set off by a false flag incident. In the case of Syria, NATO has spent several months laboriously preparing world public opinion for a massive attack based on the alleged use of Syrian chemical weapons. If this much heralded gas attack should occur, there is every reason to suspect that it will be a manufactured false flag provocation of the type Jodl had in mind. (Shirer 377)

Those who forget the past are condemned to repeat it. The stylish and cosmopolitan human rights lobbies in the various NATO capitals must be confronted with the fact that their Syria strategy is practically identical with the approach employed by Nazi Germany in dismembering Czechoslovakia and ushering Europe into the antechamber of a new world war.

Dr. Webster Griffin Tarpley was born in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, 1946. A philosopher of history, Tarpley seeks to provide the strategies needed to overcome the current world crisis. He first became widely known for his book George Bush: The Unauthorized Biography (1992), a masterpiece of research which is still a must read. During 2008, he warned of the dangers of an Obama presidency controlled by Wall Street withObama: The Postmodern Coup, The Making of a Manchurian Candidate and Barack H. Obama: The Unauthorized Biography. His interest in economics is reflected in Surviving the Cataclysm: Your Guide Through the Worst Financial Crisis in Human History Against Oligarchy. His books have appeared in Japanese, German, Italian, French, and Spanish. Tarpley holds a Ph.D. in early modern history from the Catholic University of America. More articles by Dr. Webster Griffin Tarpley
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