Even though Jesus didn't give a "pass" to the people he encountered 2,000 years ago - for not realizing the prophetic signs were present - signs which indicated He was indeed walking the earth at that time (for evidence of this, see Luke 12:54-56, Luke 24:25-27 and Luke 28:44-48), it is easy to understand why folks are missing knowledge of this prophetic era, as they struggle to pay bills, keep a job and just attempt to survive in these days.
However, when such vast ignorance and political correctness comes from the media and government leaders - it can contribute significantly to our demise. Today we see several examples of this:
A Letter from a Fearfully Concerned Muslim: To an American-Jewish friend
I do believe in what Barbara Tuchman described so well in The March of Folly. Folly, it seems to me, is the most severe and unforgiving sin of politicians, especially politicians responsible for the security of societies in advanced cultures of relative freedom, such as ours at this time in history
It is on account of the circumstances in which we find ourselves since 9/11 that I fear the West is precariously tilting at the edge of terminal decline
Ten years after 9/11, we, the broad public of liberal democracies, still have not fully grasped the meaning of that horror-filled morning, or understood without any apologetics or polemics the evil nature and ideology of the men who planned and executed the deed
We remain more or less preoccupied with re-litigating the debate over the decision by the Bush administration to take the war declared upon the West into the heartland of the enemy and expunge them...we have contorted ourselves to find the right mix of appeasement.
Ten years after 9/11, the West has as leaders Obama and Cameron, Sarkozy, Berlusconi, and Merkel still clinging to the fantasy that Islamists are merely a Middle Eastern version of Milton and Locke, Tocqueville and Mill, leading the reform of the Islamic civilization that once gave us Alhambra and the Taj Mahal, Omar Khayyam and the tales from the Arabian Nights.
The fault, as Cassius reminds Brutus, is in ourselves, a decaying civilization that will be saved (if it will be) not by the snobs in Washington and New York, London and Paris, Rome and Berlin, but by our version of the unsophisticated children of truckers who are now waking up from the drug-induced stupor of their parents’ and grandparents’ generation.
I have hope, the eternal hope of a fearful heart, that the West will survive and yet again gather speed, but how sad are the losses and tears that have piled up - with more to come.
They could have been avoided if we, as a people, were not so irresponsible or unfaithful to our history as to place at the head of our societies leaders so unworthy and clueless as the one who so unfittingly occupies the seat of Washington and Lincoln, at the head of this great republic.rs that have piled up — with more to come.
Indeed. As stated yesterday, our demise is completely self-inflicted. We see more of the same in this article:
The Spooks' Black Thursday
Bad day for the “Intelligence Community” here in Washington. CIA chief Leon Panetta opined that Mubarak was very likely going to resign in a few hours, while DNI (Director of National Intelligence) General James Clapper declared the Muslim Brotherhood “largely secular” and has “eschewed violence."
I'm not sure if this statement from our "Intelligence Community" represents vast ignorance or political correctness in the extreme - but analysts, reporters and writers from around the world have recognized this and expressed disbelief about this statement - from both sides of the political aisle. The statement was that stunning.
These analyses from our mastodontic Intel establishment no doubt encouraged the president to gush about living through an historic moment in world history, and to proclaim that young people were primarily to praise for the epic events of the day.
Except that Mubarak didn’t resign, and the Brothers aren’t secular and have long embraced and practiced violence, and we don’t yet know exactly what history is being made, let alone who is making it.
Oh, well…tomorrow’s another day. Indeed this afternoon is another day, as Clapper’s spokespeople assured us that he really knows all about the Brotherhood, and is “well aware that the Muslim Brotherhood is not a secular organization.”
Pity he didn’t say that to Congress.
Not that it would have mattered. Really.
Not that I blame him personally. Not at all. He, like Panetta, just repeated what the experts in Spookland told them, and it’s invaluable for us to know that.
We have been reminded yet one more time that our “intelligence” experts are operating on the basis of some amazingly politically correct and demonstrably false stereotypes that have very little to do with the often ghastly realities of the real world.
Those stereotypes include the (false) conviction that Sunnis and Shi’ites can’t work together, that the root problem of the Middle East is Israeli intransigence, that even the most fanatical Muslims (i.e. the Iranian tyrants) are amenable to reason and “really” want to make a deal with us, and that Mubarak can be overthrown by the news media and demonstrators, especially young ones.
The Panetta statement is a form of wish-fulfillment, not serious intelligence. Serious intelligence officers were obliged to tell him, and he was obliged to tell Congress, that we did not know what Mubarak was going to say.
If only the above represented the first and only such absurdity. But unfortunately it is just one of many.
The men and women who are responsible for this latest intelligence failure come from the same bureaux and agencies that fed us the ridiculous National Intelligence Estimate that claimed Iran had stopped its quest for atomic bombs, after all. The latest nonsense is of a piece with the earlier stuff.
Clapper’s gaffe is considerably more worrisome, because it suggests that the analysts are trimming their sails to the winds of appeasement blowing out of the White House. Remember that President Obama lobbied to have the Brothers attend his Cairo speech in June, 2009.
But the Brothers have been preaching hatred of the West, and the mission of jihad in order to recreate the Caliphate, for more than eighty years.
Which brings us back to Black Thursday. If our intelligence is as bad as we saw today, can we believe that it’s better in Afghanistan?
Meanwhile, as I have been saying ever since 9/11, we need a thorough purge of the Intelligence Community. We need fewer analysts, tougher minded officials prepared to deliver accurate news even if their superiors don’t want to hear it, and a system that permits our top officials to identify talented underlings, instead of pushing forward intelligence-by-committee that has proven to be wrong so often.
Amen. Unfortunately, it is hard to envision that anything will change with regard to our denial and political correctness.
We also see this, on a related note:
Putin Makes Solzhenitsyn Required Reading
I keep trying to explain to my daughter, why these changing events in the world are SO important. Not only because we are directed by Jesus to watch the various "signs" that He has given us, but because of what is at stake.
“With the blessing of Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, the widow of Alexander Solzhenitsyn is unveiling an abridged version of his celebrated and once-banned “The Gulag Archipelago” as required reading for Russian high-school seniors about the crimes of the Soviet regime.” — Wall Street Journal, 10/28/10
Depending upon your perspective, it is the most or second-most horrific story ever told: the story of the multi-decade Soviet holocaust. It’s not banned in the United States, but it might as well be for all the attention it gets.
Although Solzhenitsyn’s masterwork runs well over 600 pages, densely footnoted, and unsparing in its detail of an attempted soul-murder of an entire people, its wry candor makes it droll at times. It is, nonetheless, a tall order for most students — presumably why it’s required in Russia.
Even if much of the detail is deleted, there’s no escaping the book’s central point: This death-camp system was the inevitable outgrowth not only of the rule of a bloodthirsty paranoiac like Stalin but of the Soviet system itself — and of Lenin, who set it up.
This book, along with Orwell's "1984" should be required reading in the U.S. schools, both private and public. They paint a realistic version of what students today see as utopia. They can't help it, our teachers and professors, for the most part cling to the unrealistic view of what socialism run amuck (as it always does) would really bring to the world. Below, we get to the critical questions involved:
But now that the Russians have apparently decided to face up to the legacy of Stalin and the system that produced him (and that massacred 22,000 Polish officers at Katyn, long denied but recently acknowledged by the Russian parliament), what about us?
When will we fully come to grips with the argument that Stalin was worse than Hitler and that the Soviet Union, that paradise of social justice, has never received the full “credit” it deserves in the annals of infamy?
Those who dismiss the idea that Stalin might be worse than Hitler almost certainly have not read The Gulag.
Of course, determining who was more evil, Stalin vs Hitler seems like splitting hairs. To conclude:
Those who have read it understand that, while Stalin’s genocide was not as focused or efficient as Hitler’s, and while it transpired in places never liberated by the U.S. Army and its photographers, it lasted far longer. And while Stalin didn’t focus his cult of death on particular groups, such as Jews and Gypsies, he cast a much wider net. He wanted to “liquidate” not only anyone who opposed him, but anyone who might think of opposing him.
When a decorated Red Army officer named Solzhenitsyn made the fatal mistake of putting some trenchant thoughts about Stalin into a letter to a friend, he found himself plucked from the front lines of the war against Hitler and thrown into the Gulag’s maw.
As a writer, he also felt bound to witness the reality of the Soviet system. His account brings readers face to face with truths so harrowing that they might induce despair. Yet if we can ask students to watch movies like Shoah and Schindler’s List, why can’t we require them to dig up this almost-forgotten book like the frozen remains of a long-ago age, break out its truths from beneath the ice of indifference and bias, and devour them?
Because the truths of where we are headed, as socialism takes over - are not publicized nor taught in our schools. Quite the opposite. The reality - as contained in these writings isn't consistent with what our students are currently being taught in schools today - that the ultimate utopia comes from a progressive, socialistic state. Nothing could be further from the truth.
Of course, that brings back one of the central issues of our day - the fact that lies and distortions rule, and the truth is buried deep. So deep that works such as the above mentioned texts are unknown and remain unread.
Its a shame. But its also prophetic. The train which is moving into the Tribulation, seemingly at light speed has too much momentum and too much energy to be diverted now. There will be no turning back to freedom because that is not a part of the plan in the last days. The world will see a dictator who gains more and more power and who, along with 10 Kings,will accomplish the following:
"The beast was given a mouth to utter proud words and blasphemies...He opened his mouth to blaspheme God, and to slander his name and his dwelling place and those who live in heaven. He was given power to make war against the saints and to conquer them. And he was given authority over every tribe, people, language and nation. All inhabitants of the earth will worship the beast - all whose names have not been written in the book of life belonging to the Lamb that was slain from the creation of the world.
He who has an ear, let him hear." (Revelation 13:5-9)
Indeed. We know what is coming - we have the prophetic scriptures which reveal the truth. Sadly, there are so many people who remain deceived by a pathological blend of political correctness, along with the perfunctory lies and distortions. As a result, they have no idea what they are on the verge of facing.
The road to the Tribulation is being paved and it requires a heaping of lies and distortions in order to make it a reality - a reality that is coming, and it is coming at unimaginable speed.