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MOVING TO CANADA IS A JOKE...The Economic, Military, and Social Integration of North America
By Doug Krieger
Eh? I can think of scores of reasons to move to Canada (or opt for the Mexican Riviera) . . . any place but Babylon the Great: The USA. The War in Iraq . . . or better yet: The entire Military-Industrial Complex sucking the life-blood out of Americana for starters (Witness the latest revelations on “Operation Able Danger”—see below). Or, how about the whole hedonistic culture of greed, avaricious appetites, and super sizing all things godly and ungodly—from Hollywood to Mega Churches; indeed, ours is a “city set on a hill which cannot be hid” but the closer you get to this glittering jewel, the more it resembles the “Little Shop of Horrors,” you know, that flesh-eating plant crying out: Feed me, Seymour! Conspicuous consumption of a nation which spends .8 Billion more each day than the whole earth combined and finds herself some Trillion in debt (National Debt + Balance of Payment/Trade Debts) is a bit too much, wouldn’t you say?—after all, she represents but 5% of the world’s population.
Come on, half the eagle is in a declared state of emergency and the overt identification by Big Brother of all things human is prepared and/or is itching to pounce upon American liberties once thought sacrosanct by both the ACLU and the NRA by euphemistic legislation called Patriotic Acts, and finally, a cashless society where all of us are implanted with chips awaiting true identity and debit through scanning devices at your local Safeway.
The clock is ticking. Peak oil, where American’s “zero sum game” is played out—for you to gain I must loose—refuses to share her bounty with the Asian tigers of China and India; and, of course, they are more than pleased with our indulgence. Like Rome, our legions amongst the world’s “provinces,” are stretched thin—and the draft can’t be all that far off if we’re to maintain our economic edge and SUV-lifestyle (latest stats for the past two years show that 58% of all vehicles purchased in the USA are SUVs, pickups, or plain old gas guzzlers). And, as if these outrageous consequences weren’t enough to abandon ship—toss in the worst natural disaster ever to afflict the homeland: Katrina; man, wait till we finance that one-let alone Rita’s upcoming cataclysm.
(Sorry—it only gets worse—now what appears as the Mother of All Coverups: Operation Able Freedom.)
“ABLE DANGER” – The Military’s Dirty Little Secret – Won’t Stop the North American Union!
Ultimately, the backdrop of this military integration of North America and the 9/11 trauma which ignited its on-going consolidation and coordination, stems from the US military’s exposure, refusal to deal with overwhelming evidence, denial and cover-up wrought by Operation Able Danger (OAD).
OAD’s now one of the hottest Senate Investigations going on in the midst of Hurricane Rita. Pennsylvania Congressman Curt Weldon has been leading the charge to expose one of what could be tabbed the most outlandish cover-up in American military history. This week (September 18-24) the Senate attempted to widen the probe and just why four military personnel were gagged by “higher ups” and just where is the military going with this—check out these incriminating highlights featured @ Double Toothpicks: (http://www.christnu.org/abledanger911/index.php) . . . here’s what we know so far:
”In 1999, the Pentagon established an intelligence unit called Able Danger, assigned to seek out and identify al-Qaeda cells and members for U.S. Special Operations Command. This group reportedly used data mining from open sources.
Approximately August or September 2000, Able Danger identified an al-Qaeda cell in Brooklyn. An intelligence official and Rep. Curt Weldon claim that the AD unit identified Mohammed Atta, Marwan al-Shehhi, Khalid al-Mihdar and Nawaf al-Hazmi, and included a photo of Atta. (Weldon claims that he has spoken to four persons involved with the program.) At least two of those men were pilots on the hijacked flights.
Able Danger analysts recommended the information be passed on to the FBI so that the cell could be rounded up. Accounts in Government Security News, the New York Times, and the Associated Press indicate that Pentagon lawyers decided that anyone holding a green card (as it was believed the cell members did) had to be granted essentially the same legal protections as any U.S. citizen. Thus, the information Able Danger had gathered could not be shared with the FBI, the lawyers concluded. This is in keeping with “the wall” philosophy and policy established in 1995 by Assistant Attorney General Jamie Gorelick, in which intelligence and law enforcement were directed to go beyond what the law requires to keep intelligence-gathering and criminal law enforcement separated.
The prohibition against sharing intelligence on Atta and the others should not have applied since they were in the country on visas. They did not have permanent resident status.
At least two 9/11 Commission staffers were told of Able Danger’s findings on at least two occasions by members of the military intelligence community. ( Double Toothpicks ).
Today (Sept. 21, 2005) on the “Savage Nation” (Radio Talk Show Host Michael Savage) questioned Rep. Weldon about this pending fiasco. Amazing—information amassed by the military on OAD was equivalent to one-quarter of all data compiled at the Library of Congress! Gone, disappeared (so we are told). The Double Toothpick piece implicates both political parties in this Category 5 Cover-up.
Where is all this going? America’s suffering from disaster to disaster—and how the military (though the jury on 9/11 appears to be reconvening) appears to have managed to conceal this information is beyond the pale—but, listen, this won’t stop the realignment and movement from “Confederacy” (where we are now) to total UNION. Our “security, economy, and ‘social order’” demand it. The political pundits (CFR), all three of the militaries (NorthCom), and the “social order” (the need for greater North American “security”) have converged: THE UNION OF FEDERATED REPUBLICS OF NORTH AMERICA is now on the radar.
So . . . isn’t it about time to flee to Canada or head for the Mexican Riviera? Eh? Canada’s a safe haven for pot-people and same-sex marriage is the rage. Crime’s relatively low compared to the lower 48 and the death penalty’s been outlawed for nearly thirty years. Finally, most of the 125,000 Viet-Nam Era draft dodgers who fled to Canada stuck around and now constitute the leading edge of all the above progressive life-style. Wow, we’re talkin’ about socialized medicine for all—a veritable paradise compared to the inflictions of them patriots down under. Cheap drugs (includes tons of cannabis), affordable housing, tiny military budget, etc., etc.—a little cold, but you’ll get used to it.
Finally, if Hollywood’s collective apoplexy over President Bush’s election can be believed—we’re outta here . . . a few of these righteous indignations (unfulfilled) are duly noted, if for nothing else, their entertainment value. Notwithstanding the Hollywood stars and directors who claimed exodus was their only option under Bush—Barbra Streisand, Alec Baldwin, Michael Moore, Robert Altman, Lynn Redgrave, Pierre Salinger (now deceased), and Cher—all found the allure of Babylon on the Hudson irresistible; so much for leftist vibratos. Misquoted or just plain fluff—they all abide within the walls of the crystal palace celebrating the party atmosphere, as they star in a movie sequel to the “Left Behind Series” entitled: Talk is Cheap, Follow Us.
ECONOMIC INTEGRATION VIA NAFTA, CAFTA, FTAA—Enter the “Three Amigos”
Patriots would exclaim we’re selling off and out America; globalists would see dollars galore; socialists would see an on-going rip off; and a whole bunch of people in the middle could care less (a.k.a. “victims anonymous”).
Meanwhile Deanna Spingola in “Building a North American Community” (July 15, 2005) keeps telling it like it is:
“While our sons, daughters, sisters, brothers, mothers and fathers having been spilling their blood in the sands of Iraq under the guise of restoring the country to the Iraqi citizens, our president is in the process of giving our country to the elite One World Order insiders. While our president is requiring protected borders in Iraq, he is obliterating, not only our southern, but our northern borders.”
Actually, Deanna (and you’ve got to read her entire article) is referring to the Bush/Fox/Martin meeting (USA/Mexico/Canada) held at Baylor University in Waco, Texas on 23 March 2005, where they were busy about establishing the “Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America” – to wit, the SPPNA’s troika:
“We, the elected leaders of Canada, Mexico, and the United States, have met in Texas to announce the establishment of the Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America.“Over the past decade, our three nations have taken important steps to expand economic opportunity for our people and to create the most vibrant and dynamic trade relationship in the world (i.e., NAFTA; my insert). Since September 11 2001, we have also taken significant new steps to address the threat of terrorism and to enhance the security of our people.
“But much still remains to be done. In a rapidly changing world, we must develop new avenues of cooperation that will make our open societies safer and more secure, our businesses more competitive, and our economies more resilient.
“Our Partnership will accomplish these objectives through a trilateral effort to increase the security, prosperity, and quality of life of our citizens. This work will be based on the principle that our security and prosperity are mutually dependent and complementary, and will reflect our shared belief in freedom, economic opportunity, and strong democratic values and institutions. It will also help consolidate our efforts within a North American framework, to meet security and economic challenges, and promote the full potential of our people, by reducing regional disparities and increasing opportunities for all.”
COUNCIL ON FOREIGN RELATIONS—They’re at it again!
Now don’t go conspiratorial on me . . . hee-hee . . . don’t need to . . . let the truth speak for itself:
It was on May 17, 2005 the CFR formalized its “Independent Task Force” to review at length the parameters of such a three-pact agreement among the USA, Canada, and Mexico. This 31-member force de jure was chaired by John F. Manley, Pedro Aspe, and William F. Weld and vice-chaired by: Robert A. Pastor, Thomas P. d’Aquino, Andrés Rozental. Cooperating with the CFR’s efforts were the Canadian Council of Chief Executives and the Consejo Mexicano de Asuntos Internacionales.
Indeed, the composite document released by the aforementioned is the very title of Spingola’s article . . .
No wonder that Spingola and other American patriots view this as the “Great American Give-a-way!”
Take a gander at their timid prognostications and guess why moving to Canada’s a joke . . .for what NAFTA (North American Free Trade Agreement) and CAFTA (Central American Free Trade Agreement) could not destroy, FTAA (Free Trade Area/Agreement of the Americas . . . a.k.a. “Building a North American Community”) fully intends:
"We are asking the leaders of the United States, Mexico, and Canada to be bold and adopt a vision of the future that is bigger than, and beyond, the immediate problems of the present . . . they could be the architects of a new community of North America, not mere custodians of the status quo." (Canadian co-chair, John P. Manley, Former Canadian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance).
CHRISTIANS ARE THE MOST VULNERABLE
Now, listen to Spingola’s assessment of all this—and, don’t think she’s some brainless Libertarian gone amok down in Texas somewhere . . .
“This basically means that Americans must give up their freedoms and hard won sovereignty along with all resources for the greater good of the ‘New Community.’ It is a socialistic equalization designed to make slaves of everyone in all three countries. This will occur as a result of the secret, subversive activities of our ruling elitist who have never sacrificed anything except their integrity. When it comes time to sell this socialistic venture, Bush will adopt his multipurpose ‘Christian’ stance and use every possible guilt maneuver to encourage this good hearted Christian country to open our hearts to the less fortunate. This is a ploy to make all of us less fortunate. There will be many who will fall for this scam under the pretext of Christianity. If we think Christians are media maligned now, just wait! We will be the most hated inmates in the camp!”
Wow! Powerful projections here, right? I’m sure we’ll somehow meet up with Spingola one day—if not in glory, then in some gulag cell contemplating how all of this got out of hand . . . I mean, if Shirley McClain went out on a limb, Spingola’s going out on a twig:
“All of this is done under the facade of protecting us – from terrorists? The worse terrorists we face are those who serve in our government. Another day that shall live in infamy, 9/11, has done much to serve the purposes of those whose main goal is to establish the One World Order. What an opportunistic event! It couldn’t have worked any better if they had planned it!"
O CANADA – VIVA MEXICO – Life is good!
Of course most Americans, Canadians, and Mexicans can’t stomach all of this unification at once; thus, the GREAT TRANSITION awaits us all:
Unified military command? Listen to what the CFR plans for your future:
1. Establish a common security perimeter by 2010.
2. Develop a North American Border Pass with biometric identifiers.
3. Develop a unified border action plan and expand border customs facilities.
The CFR web site is effusive in its sacrifice of sovereignty:
4. Create a single economic space:
5. Adopt a common external tariff.
6. Allow for the seamless movement of goods within North America.
7. Move to full labor mobility between Canada and the U.S.
8. Develop a North American energy strategy that gives greater emphasis to reducing emissions of greenhouse gases - a regional alternative to Kyoto.
Hey, and let’s shoot the gap – listen, we’re talkin’ INTEGRATION BIG TIME . . . and we’re not whistling Dixie (although we might permit that in the new North American Federation of United States as an expression of multiculturalism—harkening back to the good ole days when a different form of slavery abounded) . . . so, we might have to:
9. Review those sectors of NAFTA that were excluded.
10. Develop and implement a North American regulatory plan that would include "open skies and open roads" and a unified approach for protecting consumers on food, health, and the environment.
11. Expand temporary worker programs and create a "North American preference" for immigration for citizens of North America.
12. Spread benefits more evenly:
13. Establish a North American Investment Fund to build infrastructure to connect Mexico's poorer regions in the south to the market to the north.
14. Restructure and reform Mexico's public finances.
15. Fully develop Mexican energy resources to make greater use of international technology and capital.
16. Institutionalize the partnership:
17. Establish a permanent tribunal for trade and investment disputes.
18. Convene an annual North American summit meeting.
19. Establish a Tri-national Competition Commission to develop a common approach to trade remedies.
20. Expand scholarships to study in the three countries and develop a network of Centers for North American Studies.
CAESAR HAS CROSSED THE RUBICON—DOWN WITH THE REPUBLIC!
Now, that doesn’t sound so bad—in point of fact, we can sort of ease ourselves into this new North American “framework.” Especially enlightening are the PROGRESSIVE comments of people like William F. Weld (another co-chair) former Governor of Massachusetts and U.S. Assistant Attorney General:
"We are three liberal democracies; we are adjacent; we are already intertwined economically; we have a great deal in common historically; culturally, we have a lot to learn from one another."
Three democracies? Now, let’s not mince words like “Democracy” vs. “Republic” – we all know what we’re talking about here, right? “ . . . and to the Republic for which it stands.” Of course, that’s been turned into a prayer—so much for the Republic, and so much for allegiance! Oh well, we weren’t all cracked up to be much of a Republic anyway, right?
CFR’s been around since 1921 and Mexico/Canada duplicated these efforts in 1976 (Mexican Council on Foreign Relations and the Canadian Council of Chief Executives). CFR members frequently address House and Senate meetings who attempt to probe academia at the highest levels—and, of course, the CFR is right up there with the best (if not THE best) of them (you know, big bucks and all). Enter Dr. Robert A. Pastor, V-P, International Affairs Professor/Director, Center for North American Studies American University, speaking on the “Travel Initiative” within the Western Hemisphere.
THE TRAVELING PASTOR--ALL FOR ONE AND ONE FOR AL
Dr. Pastor (fourth Musketeer amongst the three) didn’t have to travel far . . . he simply sat there before the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere, Peace Corps and Narcotics Affairs on June 9, 2005 and quoted the CFR’s “Independent Task Force” (May 17, 2005) and their fine efforts to frame a new “Future of North America.”
In sum, Dr. Pastor accused the three nations of “small-mindedness” – and felt that in order to “secure the homeland” we shouldn’t zero in on U.S. interest; instead, let’s stop worrying about our borders with Mexico and Canada and let her rip! Let’s start thinking global here in North America.
First, let’s integrate the economies—we’re well on our way on that one; next, let’s get down socially, especially in light of 9/11 (terror, as in Nazi Germany, is a real catalyst for “positive change”); and, thirdly, let’s forge ahead and go beyond these petty terrorists to a create a massive North American Community—no-holds-bared thinking is needed around this bastion of isolationism! All for one and one for all . . . each benefiting from the other’s success, while avoiding our demise when we concentrate on our problems—that’s the ticket (whoops, travel-talk; no pun intended).
Pastor’s Center for North American Studies at American University is designed to think dynamically, think huge—let the tide rise and pick us all up! Feel the surge! As a CFR member, Pastor poured praise upon NAFTA—no big deal if a few jobs have gone south. In the totality of it all, we all benefit, for is not the dictum we hold these truths to be self-evident that all men are created equal, or is it that some are more equal than others, or that some benefit more than others? Oh, well, we can work out the details later, because the War on Terror trumps all.
Sure, we all might have to work for lower wages and benefits for starters; and we might, if we want to hold up the current social order, work longer hours—but just think: More of us will be working—Dads, Moms, daughters, brothers, etc. And, once in a great while, we’ll be allowed to vacation—not bad, right?
KEEP YOUR EYE ON THE PRIZE: OIL
During the latest round of Russian-American talks between Bush and Putin (this week, Sept. 11-17), the biggie was energy policy: How to secure Russian petroleum over the protestations of the Chinese and Indians? Energy—now that’s why the USA-Canada-Mexico deal is absolutely mandatory.
The lion’s share (58%) of our imported oil comes from Canada and Mexico anyway, right? So, isn’t it about time we awoke and smelled the roses? Economically, we’re integrated and America’s insatiable love with the automobile demands that we fully integrate the livin’ tar out of these economies. Canada is our biggest trading partner anyway—86% of all Canadian exports go to America, whereas 89% of Mexico’s go north—somehow we consume it all!
“Since the enactment of the North American Free Trade Agreement eight years ago, Mexico has surpassed Japan and has become the United States' second-largest trading partner—Canada is the biggest. Thanks to the open trading borders, companies in all three countries have been stretching their reach throughout North America.” (Forbes, 2002).
What a difference a little time makes! Yep, ole NAFTA keeps workin’ its wonders. Now, over 40% of U.S. trade with Canada is intra-firm, that is, trade occurring between parts of the same firm operating on both sides of the border—and, that trade totals over 0 billion annually between the two. Insofar as Mexico is concerned, both nations are on line for 0 Billion for 2005! Thus, our little North American Free Trade Agreement is pressing in around Trillion annually, import/export.
Pastor claims that 9/11 actually threatened to cripple “North American long-term integration.” Help me understand the problem, Dr. Pastor. For one little ditty, we went from 3 million illegals in the 1990s to 11 million today—we’re getting integrated in spite of your rhetoric!
So, the theory goes, Canada is rich in resources (and Mexico’s Gulf Oil too), and Mexico is rich in cheap labor—so can’t we all just get along? If we’re getting integrated economically, in any event, maybe we can all enjoy cheaper oil at the pumps—say, by the way, that bridge in Brooklyn is going for half off this weekend only! In conclusion—can’t we all just get along and drive off in our Hummers into Baja’s sunset or up through the Yukon’s wilderness?
“For nearly two years now, Ottawa has been quietly negotiating a far-reaching military cooperation agreement, which allows the US Military to cross the border and deploy troops anywhere in Canada, in our provinces, as well station American warships in Canadian territorial waters. This redesign of Canada's defense system is being discussed behind closed doors, not in Canada, but at the Peterson Air Force base in Colorado, at the headquarters of US Northern Command (NORTHCOM).
“The creation of NORTHCOM announced in April 2002, constitutes a blatant violation of both Canadian and Mexican territorial sovereignty. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld announced unilaterally that US Northern Command would have jurisdiction over the entire North American region. Canada and Mexico were presented with a fait accompli. US Northern Command's jurisdiction as outlined by the US DoD (Department of Defense) includes, in addition to the continental US, all of Canada, Mexico, as well as portions of the Caribbean, contiguous waters in the Atlantic and Pacific oceans up to 500 miles off the Mexican, US and Canadian coastlines as well as the Canadian Arctic.
“NorthCom's stated mandate is to ‘provide a necessary focus for [continental] aerospace, land and sea defenses, and critical support for [the] nation’s civil authorities in times of national need.’”
Surprise, surprise! You see, ever since FDR sprung his “attack on Canada is an attack on the USA,” and the Canadians reciprocated in 1938, this little military integration thing has really gotten serious. Maybe you thought NORTHCOM was just for the Canadians—apparently, the only guys squawking about it are them draft dodgers worried about Sam’s long reach. Don’t think we’re talking about a slight modification here for the Canadian Mounted Police and the Mexican Federales . . .
Donald Rumsfeld postured that North America’s geographic command center (smack dab in the Middle of the USA) “is part of the greatest transformation of the Unified Command Plan since its inception in 1947.”
Furthermore, as Army, Air, Naval, and Special Forces integrate, NATO and NORAD’s old frameworks are and will get a complete facelift—i.e., you ain’t seen nothin’ yet! To facilitate this shakeup (between the USA and Canada) a Binational Planning Group (BPG) now works in tandem with NORTHCOM (BPG is a mix of US and Canadian officers.). BPG has the following goals:
• to share maritime surveillance and intelligence
• to coordinate binational actions involving military and civil agencies
• to design and conduct joint training programs and exercises.
This means of naval and military integration came about in 2002 through the Canadian Department of National Defence (DND) who initiated the BPG. The BPG’s singular mission is to develop an “Enhanced Canada-US Security Cooperation with the US . . . starting with a simple two-year mandate, the BPG works alongside NorthCom and NORAD in Colorado Springs.”
It won’t be long before the militaries of these alleged sovereign states are fully integrated. In sum, here’s what Americans who’ve just moved to Canada have to look forward to:
“And ultimately what is at stake is that beneath the rhetoric, Canada will cease to function as a Nation:
(1) Its borders will be controlled by US officials and confidential information on Canadians will be shared with Homeland Security—(It’ll be easier to spot Americans living/hiding out in Canada if they’re not Canadians.)
(2) US troops and Special Forces will be able to enter Canada as a result of a binational arrangement.
(3) Canadian citizens can be arrested by US officials, acting on behalf of their Canadian counterparts and vice versa.
“Under an integrated North American Command, a North American national security doctrine would be formulated. Canada would be obliged to embrace Washington's pre-emptive military doctrine, including the use of nuclear warheads as a means of self defense, which was ratified by the US Senate in December 2003.”(See Michel Chossudovsky, The US Nuclear Option and the "War on Terrorism"
From NATO to NORAD to NORTHCOM—things have and are changing in a big way—much like the frog in the pan of water. As it gradually boils the frog is totally oblivious to what’s about to happen—once it realizes it, it’s too late—O Canada . . . O Canada!
Just what is the premiere agenda of the CFR for the next ten year? First two guesses don’t count: It is the total military, economic, and social integration of North America (with the “also rans” like Central America thrown in for good measure).
THINK “NORTH AMERICAN”
Yes, say it softly; say it loudly—over and over again: I’m North American; I’m North AMERICAN; I’m NORTH AMERICAN; I’M NORTH AMERICAN! Forget about America, Canada and Mexico too! Put on your North American T-Shirts and wear them proudly. Dr. Pastor’s parting shot was something about doing away with illegal immigration by creating more jobs in Mexico—I’m sure he’s got Bill Clinton and George Soros’ vote on that one; especially, since their Global Initiative (Sept. 15, 2005) speaks to the same.
But, to help us think, we’ll have the Travel Initiative (TI) proposed by, you guessed it: Dr. Pastor. He suggests TI be designed to allow for the legitimate flow of people but at the same time, stop smugglers and terrorists. A North American customs union with a common tariff would be in place (CET)—any products that are not NAFTA would be scrutinized and even kept out of the new North American Federation (so much for Wal-Mart and the Chinese). The new North American Federated Union (NAFU, which rhymes with SNAFU or “situation normal, all fouled up”) would be the norm (business as usual).
Where you travel, study, and what you “buy and sell” (sound familiar?) would all be regulated—all in the name of controlling terrorism.
After all, North Americans are vulnerable. Imagine the most frightful possibility of a dirty suitcase bomb imported from Mexico—that’ll do it for sure. The Department of Homeland Security would—as it already has—expands and includes both Mexico and Canada. Naturally, Canadian and Mexican personnel would be incorporated into the mix, much akin to Megiddo’s film we featured where Mexican flags are flying around Armageddon’s battle fields atop tanks under US-Canadian-Mexican joint command (of course headed up by the USA or by the new Imperium)—check out these flags at the battle scene:
What a difference a Katrina makes?
“In another development here in Texas, the Mexican army is crossing the border to bring help to New Orleans and its stranded citizens. This is the first time Mexican military troops have crossed into Texas since 1846, during the war between the United States and Mexico that resulted in Mexico losing the vast area now known as the American southwest. The Mexican soldiers will not be armed and the 35 trucks in the convoy will be loaded with blankets, water, food and mobile kitchens.”
Don’t you just love integration? And, don’t you think it’s about time to . . .
In light of the Anglo-American Axis (and the defacto integration of North American and Israeli counterparts, along with the Aussies), a formidable alliance has mobilized—spurred on in the name of the War on Terror. This is the eye of the hurricane—but the bands of rain extend out in all directions, rest assured.
They who suggest that we should “Flee Babylon” when Babylon is all around us, enveloping us on all sides, either preclude themselves from the truth of the matter, or simply refuse to face reality—ignorant pride in the face of overwhelming evidence to the contrary attests to man’s stupidity, arrogance, and even deceit. They share the naivety of those who “sheltered” in Gulfport, Mississippi, to “ride out the storm” in safety—only to be blown to smithereens by 145 mph winds!
Why do we highlight such an insidious delusion? Because scores of utopians “out there” maintain that the only way to survive in the “midst of Babylon” is to flee her environs—environs, unfortunately, which shortly shall encompass all of North America and virtually all the West and much of the world.
Jim Jones, Waco, Ruby Ridge, Heaven’s Gate, et al, represent the more bizarre attempts to escape Babylon—trying to leave their Babylonian captivity, they become prisoners to their own foolishness; resulting in death and despair. Normally, these aberrant practices of escapism are championed by a strong leader who demands blind adherence. Their Hitlerian mindset drives their faithful followers into a siege mentality and a fight to the finish—isolated, besieged, and driven by an uncontrollable, willful determination to prove their own Thousande Jahre Reich can free us from Babylon’s grip.
Thankfully, nevertheless tragically, their sphere of influence is normally inconsequential—family, friends, and a few idealists; yet in their wake, the residual of wreaked lives, broken friendships, family disintegration—and most in the name of fleeing the sins and plagues of Babylon, only to be victimized by the very thing they fear the most: Babylon the Great.
THE TALE OF TWO CITIES CONCLUDES
You see, there are but two cities on this earthly clod: Babylon the Great, and the Holy City, New Jerusalem. Our destiny and spiritual identity is tied to one or the other—we’re called to bear witness, as citizens of that Heavenly City, if you claim true Christianity; and, to testify against that Great City, Babylon, if you take your Christianity seriously—or for that matter, if you find yourself as “friend of the Bridegroom” . . . happy to have you on board in opposition to “they who destroy the earth.”
Sounds ultimate, absolutist, doesn’t it? Well, it is, because that’s the critical criteria—the final face off. The worst of Babylon is yet to come; yet, many of us are swirling within its confusion even now. Yes, the cry goes out: “Come out of her My people!” (Rev. 18:4), come out of her confusion, her sins, plagues, filthy fornications, and luxuries . . . for the earth is destroyed by her opulence, great disparity of wealth, famine, war, and death . . .
. . . “Thus, with violence the Great City Babylon shall be thrown down, and shall not be found any more . . . and after these things I heard a loud voice of a great multitude in heaven, saying, ‘Alleluia, Salvation and glory and honor and power belong to the Lord our God! For true and righteous are His judgements, because He has judged the Great Harlot who corrupted the earth with her fornication, and He has avenged on her the blood of His servants shed by her’ . . . then I, John, saw the Holy City, New Jersualem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adored for her husband . . . and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes, there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying . . . Behold, I make all things new” (Excerpts from the Revelation).
About the Author: Doug is a member of the "Last Days Network" . . . a group of evangelical pundits providing news and analysis on Religion in Politics. "Applied Biblical prophecy," apostasy and deception, the impact of the New American World Order System, and the influence of the Religious Right and Left upon American culture--are topics discussed by the group. He is an educator in the public schools (California) and an administrator.