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A recent survey conducted by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) revealed a chilling discovery: a majority of Americans are apparently agreeable to preemptively nuking other nations, knowing that millions of civilians would die. The theoretical nation used in the survey was Iran. And the MIT survey found that 60% of the American people would be willing to preemptively nuke Iran, knowing that 2 million civilians would be killed. (How paradoxical that I am reporting on this unnerving news on the day that we remember when Japan preemptively attacked our naval installations at Pearl Harbor in 1941.)
This new survey is a reversal of decades of public opinion regarding the use of atomic or nuclear weapons following Harry Truman’s decision to drop atom bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan, in 1945, which resulted in the deaths of some 120,000 Japanese people—most of whom were civilians. Plus, those were immediate deaths; they do not count the thousands who died slow, agonizing deaths from radiation poisoning.
From 1945 to the early 2000s, virtually every survey confirmed that the American people saw the atomic bombings on Japan as morally wrong and did not want to see a repeat of the bombings. It seemed that the American citizenry had a renewed understanding and reverence for “Just War” principles that valued the innocent lives of foreigners following the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings. From the early 2000s to the present day, however, the American people seem to have lost their reverence for “Just War” and their respect for innocent lives in other countries.
It is not surprising to me that of the respondents who favored nuking and killing 2 million Iranians, most were Republicans (approximately 70%). I have said for years that conservatives and, especially, Christians (who comprise a large percentage of the Republican Party) have become rabid warmongers. I was not wrong.
See the MIT survey here:
Revisiting Hiroshima In Iran: What Americans Really Think About Using Nuclear Weapons And Killing Noncombatants
Because G.W. Bush was seen as a devout “born again” Christian and had the support of the entire Religious Right, I tried to warn people that when Bush introduced his preemptive war doctrine and invaded Iraq and Afghanistan—and simultaneously launched his “war on terror” (meaning war on Muslims, except for Muslims in Saudi Arabia, of course)—he was in the process of forever changing the fundamental philosophy and theology of America’s Christians. And, again, I was not wrong.
And now Donald Trump is taking the war fever implanted in conservatives and Christians by G.W. Bush to a whole new level.
Of course, Trump is not alone in beating the drums for nuclear war. For all intents and purposes, FOX News could accurately be labeled a “ministry of (war) propaganda.” FOX celebrities such as Sean Hannity and Mike Huckabee constantly beat the war drums. And they are not alone either. Republican pastors throughout America use a twisted interpretation of Scripture to work their Christian congregations into a war fever almost every Sunday. I’m talking about pastors such as John Hagee, Jerry Falwell, Jr., and Robert Jeffress. You know: the same ones who are Trump’s “spiritual advisors.”
After reading the MIT survey, international lawyer and journalist Darius Shahtahmasebi wrote, “One would have to wonder if most Americans are even aware that the Trump administration is spending billions of dollars developing its nuclear technology far beyond what America’s rivals can match. Recognizing the nuclear threat America poses to Russia and its interests, particularly by having NATO members surround Russia with its anti-missile defense system, Russian President Vladimir Putin issued a warning last year that Russia was modernizing its missile systems in preparation for what’s to come.
“Russia has also warned multiple times about attacking Iran and views Iran as a strategic ally. This is just one of the factors Americans should take into account when considering the use of nuclear weapons.”
Ask the 70% of Republicans who favor killing 2 million Iranian civilians in a preemptive nuclear attack to name exactly what Iran has done to merit such death and destruction, and it is doubtful that nary a one could come up with an answer. All they know is that Donald Trump and James Mattis and Sean Hannity and Mike Huckabee and John Hagee and Robert Jeffress and, oh yes, Benjamin Netanyahu say that Iran (and Syria) is “bad” and must be destroyed.
Donald Trump, Republican neocons, and evangelical Christians seem to be salivating for global war. The neocons in Washington, D.C., are working to achieve a Rothschild/Goldman Sachs economic hegemony over the world. And conservative Christians are working to give the Zionist State of Israel political and military hegemony over the Middle East and trying to help usher in the Second Coming of Jesus Christ (as if He needs their help).
I’ll say it plainly: modern evangelical Christianity has been co-opted by Talmudic Zionism. Dispensational prophecy teaching regarding the modern State of Israel has turned Christians—who ostensibly have dedicated themselves to following the Prince of Peace—into cold, callused purveyors of WAR.
Yes, all of this war fever is due to ONE thing: blind support for the Zionist State of Israel.
Christians have been misled into believing that the Rothschild Zionist State of Israel created in 1948 is Biblical Israel. IT IS NOT. Modern Israel is NOT Biblical Israel; modern Jerusalem is NOT Biblical Jerusalem. They are not remotely the same.
Now these misguided Christian Zionist zealots have convinced Donald Trump that he is on some kind of holy crusade in recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
Folks, the Biblical city of Jerusalem was completely and thoroughly destroyed by God in 70 AD and does not exist—not in any shape, manner, or form. Even the Western Wall (sometimes called the “Wailing Wall”) was not part of the Biblical city of Jerusalem. As I have noted before, the so-called Western Wall that is purported to be “the last standing wall of the Jewish Second Temple” was actually not part of the wall of Jerusalem at all.
The New Testament record and the Jewish historian Josephus are clear that there was NOTHING remaining of the Jewish temple, wall, or city after the siege of Titus in 70 AD.
“And Jesus said unto them, See ye not all these things [the city, walls, and temple of Jerusalem]? verily I say unto you, There shall not be left here one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down.” (Matthew 24:2 KJV)
Josephus wrote: Titus gave orders to “demolish the whole city and temple except three towers. . . . But for the rest of the wall, it was laid so completely even with the ground by those who dug it up from the foundation, that there was nothing left to make those believe who came hither that it had ever been inhabited.” (“Jewish Wars,” b. 6 chapter 4, section 5-7)
The so-called Western Wall is actually a wall from the Roman Fortress Antonia. It was NEVER part of the Jewish Second Temple.
The Roman emperor Hadrian constructed a new city (built in Roman style) over the ruins of the Biblical city of Jerusalem around 136 AD that was called Aelia (his family name in Rome) Capitolina (honoring the Roman gods of the Capitoline Triad: Jupiter, Juno, and Minerva). And let’s not forget that the many wars and invasions surrounding what was initially named Aelia Capitolina and is now again called Jerusalem includes “The Siege of Jerusalem” of 614 AD, when Jews slaughtered tens of thousands of Christians in the city and destroyed their monuments and churches, including the original Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Over the millennia, the city has been occupied by Romans, Persians, Byzantines, Arabs (including Christian Arabs), Muslims, Greeks, Bulgarians, Georgians, Armenians, Syrians, Egyptians, Maronites, Jacobites, Coptics (Egyptian Christians), Ottoman Turks, the British, and now Ashkenazi Jews or Zionists.
Again, the current city of Jerusalem is NOT Biblical Jerusalem. Therefore, all of the Biblical references made to it by modern Christians are sorely misapplied.
When the Apostle Paul looked at the Biblical city of Jerusalem around 60 AD (ten years before God used the Roman General—later the Roman Caesar—Titus to utterly destroy the city in fulfillment of the prophecy of Jesus in Matthew 24), he said, “Jerusalem which now is . . . is in bondage with her children. But Jerusalem which is above is free, which is the mother of us all.” (Galatians 4:25, 26 KJV)
The Biblical city of Jerusalem in Judea was under the bondage of the corruption and wickedness of the Pharisees and the Caesars and was destined for destruction by God. The Christians in Paul’s day had absolutely NO scriptural loyalty or duty to that doomed and damned city. And that was true BEFORE God destroyed the city. To think that Christians today have some kind of scriptural loyalty or duty to a Roman-built pagan city—a city that is a modern spiritual fraud and that is currently controlled by anti-Christ Talmudists and Zionists—is lunacy. The only Jerusalem that Christians have any loyalty and duty to is the “Jerusalem which is above,” also called “new Jerusalem” (Revelation 3:12; 21:2), “heavenly Jerusalem” (Hebrews 12:22), and “holy Jerusalem” (Revelation 21:10), the city not made with hands.
Moving the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem holds ZERO spiritual significance and ZERO political benefit. Instead, in the modern geopolitical environment, Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital is a deliberate incitement of war. It gives U.S. condonance and recognition to an illegal occupation force, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), and it condemns Palestinian Christians and Muslims to greater persecution and oppression.
It is obvious that TRUMP WANTS WAR—and apparently so do a majority of Christian Zionists in this country. Of course, the warmongering Christian Zionists think they are all going to be “raptured” to heaven before the nuclear Armageddon that they are helping to create incinerates THEM. They are in for a very rude awakening.
This new philosophy adopted by the American people—abandoning “Just War” principles—is the direct result of the combined indoctrination emanating from FOX News and, especially, from America’s evangelical pulpits.
Long gone are the Biblical principles of Natural Law—including the Law of Nations. Long gone are the principles and wisdom of America’s Founding Fathers. I tell you, folks: when 70% of conservatives and Christians in the Republican Party believe it is right to murder 2 million innocent people in a preemptive nuclear attack, it is VERY late in the day for our country.
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Unless someone or something is able to bring them to their senses, I fear that warmongering preachers and politicians in America are about to unleash a global catastrophe unlike the world has ever known. And if that happens, it would be the principles of liberty contained in THE FREEDOM DOCUMENTS that would, once again, save the world from perpetual darkness. And it is also the liberty principles contained in THE FREEDOM DOCUMENTS that could prevent such a catastrophe from ever taking place.
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