According to the Ministry of Truth aka MSM sources, the United States on the orders of President Donald Trump launched a military strike on a Syrian government airbase target in response to their chemical weapons attack that killed a number of civilians including children earlier this week.
The Magna Carta was signed in 1215. Since then, the Western legal tradition has held that everyone deserves some kind of judicial process before being invaded, punished or put in prison, and without checks and balances, history shows that any leader will be tempted to abuse power because power kills and absolute power kills absolutely.
That is why the Founder’s view on war was much different than what these warmongers have today. They had more sense than even some Christians when it came to espousing a policy of peace through non-intervention; in other words, not being a busybody in other men’s matters (see 1 Peter 4:15).
George Washington said, “The great rule of conduct for us in regard to foreign nations is, in extending our commercial relations to have with them as little political connection as possible.”
Thomas Jefferson said, “Peace, commerce, and honest friendship with all nations— entangling alliances with none.”
And John Quincy Adams said, “America…goes not abroad seeking monsters to destroy.”
James Madison said,
Of all the enemies to public liberty war is, perhaps, the most to be dreaded because it comprises and develops the germ of every other. War is the parent of armies; from these precede debts and taxes…known instruments for bringing the many under the domination of the few…. No nation could preserve its freedom in the midst of continual warfare.
John Quincy Adams predicted the consequences of America’s international military entanglements:
America has abstained from interference in the concerns of others, even when the conflict has been for principles to which she clings. Wherever the standard of freedom and independence has been or shall be unfurled, there will her heart, her benedictions, and her prayers be.
But she goes not abroad in search of monsters to destroy. She well knows that by once enlisting under other banners than her own, were they even the banners of foreign independence; she would involve herself beyond the power of extraction, in all the wars of interest and intrigue, of individual avarice, envy and ambition, which assume the colors, and usurp the standard of freedom.
The fundamental maxims of her policy would insensibly change from liberty to force; the frontlet on her brow would no longer beam with the ineffable splendor of freedom and independence; but in its head would soon be substituted an imperial diadem, flashing in false and tarnished luster, the murky radiance of dominion and power. She might become the dictatress of the world: she would be no longer the ruler of her own spirit.
The framers were so vague in defining the parameters of war and the conditions under which it could be declared. Section 8, Clause 11 of the United States Constitution is the only place of significance where warfare is mentioned. It states:
Congress shall have power to provide for calling forth the militia to execute the laws of the union suppress insurrections and repel invasions” (Section 8, Clause 15).
The Constitution provided something compatible with the Bible: a militia composed of able-bodied men for the defence of themselves, their families, their communities, and their nation.
The Founders described it as an autonomous militia, not a national standing army, national service, or military draft. Little wonder this power has been abused so much throughout history.
Study the Past~The People Don’t Want War
Those who have gone before us suggested that we study history because they did not want us to commit the same mistakes. During the Nuremberg Trials after World War II, Hermann Goring was visited by a German-speaking intelligence officer and psychologist known as Gustave Gilbert.
He was given the job of interviewing the defendants at Nuremberg. Taking notes, he wrote a book a few years later which came to be known as the Nuremberg Diary, in which he recorded his conversation with Hermann Goring. He asked Goring:
How did Hitler and the Nazis get the German people to go along with such absurd polices of war and aggression?
Herman Goering responded:
Why, of course, the people don’t want war. Why would some poor slob on a farm want to risk his life in a war when the best that he can get out of it is to come back to his farm in one piece?
Naturally, the common people don’t want war; neither in Russia, nor England, nor America, nor for that matter in Germany…. But after all, it is the leaders of the country who determine the policy, and it is always a simple matter to drag people along whether it is a democracy, a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship.
Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is to tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same way in every country.
If the common man or woman doesn’t want war, then why do we generally support wars?
The first answer given by Herman Goring was, “It works the same way in every country.” The second was the leaders are able to entice the people into war by scaring them so that they are in danger of being considered unpatriotic if they don’t go along with them.
This happened again in Nazi Germany when on the night of February 27, 1933, the Reichstag Parliament building was set on fire and Hitler blamed it on the communist “terrorists.”
Historians agree that the burning of the Reichstag was the event that signalled the beginning of Nazi dictatorship. That same year Hitler formed the Gestapo, justifying it to the German people as necessary to maintain “homeland security” in a speech in which he declared:
An evil exists that threatens every man, woman and child of this great nation, we must take steps to ensure our domestic security and protect our homeland.
Many researchers are of the opinion that the public was panicked into accepting war at all costs by the Nazi propaganda machine. Hermann Goering called it “something more sensational to stampede the German people.”
Another question would be, if people don’t want wars, who profits from these wars?
Who Profits From War?
The answer is multinational corporations. It is out of war and revolutions that opportunities to profit come. Conflict can be used by corporations to supply goods and services to the people involved in a conflict.
General Smedley Butler, an outspoken critic of U.S. military adventurism, agreed with this assessment in his book, War is Racket. He said:
Bankers, ship builders, manufacturers, meat packers, speculators…Yes, they are getting ready for another war. Why shouldn’t they? It pays high dividends. But what does it profit the men who are killed? What does it profit their mothers and sisters, their wives and their sweethearts? What does it profit their children? What does it profit anyone except the very few to whom war means huge profits?
Out of war, nations acquire additional territory, if they are victorious they take just take it this newly acquired territory is promptly exploited by the few—the self-same few who wrung dollars out of blood in the war.
The general public shoulders the bill. And what is this bill? This bill renders a horrible accounting:
- Newly placed gravestones
- Mangled bodies
- Shattered minds
- Broken hearts and homes
- Economic instability
- Depression and all its attendants’ miseries
- Back breaking taxation for generations and generations.
And the list goes on and on. This brings me to my next points. What if this Syrian chemical attack was a false flag as former Congressman Ron Paul is saying? And even if it was not a false flag, what about those innocent Arab children and civilians who are maimed and killed as a by-product of removing so called dictators?
What about the Christian brothers and sisters in many of these Middle Eastern countries who are being persecuted, imprisoned, tortured, and killed by the puppet regimes being put in power by Western governments?
As we’ve already pointed out, it is a verifiable fact that in many conflicts in the Middle East the West intervention has led to the persecution of Christians, and in some cases, decimated the indigenous Christian population in an entire region.
Worse still, most of this warfare is done with high-tech drone aircrafts which are operated with a press of a button, making the killing more complicated and anonymous than ever before.
One Final Word
War is justified only in cases of self-defence. Rand Paul is right by saying, “The United States was not attacked.” “History has tried to teach America, but she is not learning. Historian and economist Murray Rothbard (1926–1995) said that America has had only two just wars (those that took place in 1776 and 1861):
A just war exists when a people tries to ward off the threat of coercive domination by another people, or to overthrow an already existing domination. A war is unjust, on the other hand, when a people try to impose domination on another people, or try to retain an already existing coercive rule over them.
From 1945 to the present time, the United States has bombed twenty different countries under the guise of defending America’s sovereignty and promoting democracy. It’s estimated that America has more than 150 military bases around the world. What is the purpose for all these bases? The precise answer according to Robert G. Clouse is:
To ensure that the powers that be stay in power, that the structures of injustice that cause poverty not be changed. This rather than any concern for freedom or justice is the primary reason for the build-up of the American military presence around the world…. Cain’s sin of killing Abel has now reached its logical conclusion. We are prepared to destroy the whole world for our own selfish purposes.
We need to pray for Syria as it has one the oldest Christian communities in the world. I don’t believe this U.S interventionism will benefit the Syrian people, especially Christians who have been protected by Assad.
As Christians we are never sanctioned to go on any crusade or go to war or excuse the killing of anyone adherent to a false religion. Instead we are commanded to pray for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence.
For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus, who gave Himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time (1Timothy 2:1-6).