Windham Life and Times – October 2, 2015

World War I Rages in Europe

Wilson Keeps Us Out of War...Until After the Election.

Wilson Keeps Us Out of War…Until After the Election.

100 Years Ago in Windham – W.S. Harris

“WINDHAM, September 28, 1915. — “Some say patriotism is dead in America. It is time that patriotism was replaced by something immeasurably higher—the brotherhood of man—taught by the Prophet of Nazareth some two thousand years ago, but forgotten by most of his followers in this “progressive” age. It is patriotism that is causing this horrible war which is bringing the nations of Europe to the verge of irresponsible ruin, the crime of the ages, with no possible good results in sight after a year’s continuance. Let patriotism die if in its place could come some hope of the ages—peace of earth, good will toward all men.” Will Harris

World War One was the bloodiest of wars, that destroyed the best and brightest of Europe. It is so hard for people who are caught up in the moment to assess the potential gains and losses of a conflict, and whether they are truly worth the cost of life and property. In April of 1915, the Germans used poison gas for the first time at the second battle of Ypres. The French had used non-lethal tear gas earlier. The Germans release of chlorine gas in its first successful use caused over 6,000 French casualties. Its use constituted a war crime violating the 1899 Hague Declaration Concerning Asphyxiating Gases and the 1907 Hague Convention on Land Warfare, which prohibited the use of “poison or poisoned weapons” in warfare. Later more deadly mustard gas would be deployed. In August, the Battle of Loos saw over 59,000 British casualties. (Wikipedia) Let that sink in, that was in just one battle of the war. You can see why most people in America in 1915, like Will Harris, wanted nothing to do with the war. During the campaign of 1916 Wilson would run as a peace candidate who promised to keep America out of the war. Of course, he would break his promise in 1917. The total number of military and civilian casualties in World War I was over 38 million: over 17 million deaths and 20 million wounded, ranking it among the deadliest conflicts in human history. The total number of deaths includes about 11 million military personnel and about 7 million civilians. It also can be argued, that World War One was the proximate cause of the Second World War that followed.

The world today has many similarities to what was taking place prior to World War I. The British Empire controlled vast colonies across the globe which made it the most prosperous nation on earth, but one that was in decline. During the 19th century, Britain dominated a uni-polar world. Germany, Japan, America and other nations as well, had expansionist ambitions that threatened British domination. Fast forward to today. Since the fall of the Soviet Union, The American Empire has dominated global trade and dictated the direction and leadership of independent countries across the globe, feeling free to deploy troops, depose leaders, and to wage proxy wars, even as we are in decline. This uni-polar world was laid out in the Wolfowitz Doctrine, an unofficial name given to the initial version of the Defense Planning Guidance for the 1994–99 fiscal years, authored by Under Secretary of Defense for Policy Paul Wolfowitz and his deputy Scooter Libby. Not intended for public release, it was leaked to the New York Times on March 7, 1992, and sparked a public controversy about U.S. foreign and defense policy. The document was widely criticized as imperialist as the document outlined a policy of unilateralism and pre-emptive military action to suppress potential threats from other nations and prevent any other nation from rising to superpower status. This outlook puts us in the same familiar territory as Britain was in before World War I, only this time, the United States is facing the rising power of China and the reassertion of Russian might. The tinderbox is not the Balkans but rather the Middle East. China and Russia flexing their muscles in Syria can only be seen as a total foreign policy disaster for the United States, (even though we created much of the mess in the first place,) and this Sunni-Shia, Christian, Jewish religious conflict runs the risk of embroiling us all in a third world war. And all of this is happening as America’s might flails impotently across the globe like a rudderless juggernaut, all moral authority lost in a frenzy of self indulgence, pretense and sense of entitlement. Pray for peace, prepare for war; that was America 100 years Ago, are we also on the precipice?

Today, there are the Muslim, Christian and Jewish beliefs in a cataclysmic end time battle. The Christians prophecy speaks of the Battle of Armageddon, which is supposed to take place in a vast plain in the Middle East. “…and they go out to the kings of the whole world, to gather them for the battle on the great day of God Almighty.” “And the four angels who had been kept ready for this very hour and day and month and year were released to kill a third of mankind.  The number of the mounted troops was two hundred million…” Revelation 9 14-16. I remember the prophecy books of the sixties, which proclaimed that Russia, China, Iran (Persia) and their allies would fight against Israel. Revelation 16″12 says that in the end times “The sixth angel poured out his bowl on the great river Euphrates, and its water was dried up to prepare the way for the kings from the East.” Who are these kings of the East?

In Islamic eschatology as found in the Hadith, the area of Dabiq is mentioned as a place of some of the events of the Muslim Malahim (which would equate to the Christian apocalypse, or Armageddon). Abu Hurayrah, companion to the Prophet, reported in his Hadith that God’s Messenger, the Prophet, said: The Last Hour would not come until the Romans land at al-A’maq or in Dabiq. An army consisting of the best (soldiers) of the people of the earth at that time will come from Medina (to counteract them). Scholars and hadith commentators suggest that the words Romans refers to Christians. The Islamic State believes Dabiq (in Syria) is where an epic and decisive battle will take place where Muslims will defeat Christian forces of the west and usher in the end of the world. Dabiq is the official online magazine of the Islamic State. (Wikipedia)

Then there is that troubling End Time verse in Revelation about the destruction of the “Whore of Babylon.”  “Through whom all of the merchants of the earth have become fabulously enriched.” Now who could St John have been talking about? In an instant her destruction is come… with fire…time to go get the marshmallows!

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