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Do You Have A Good Map To Avoid Wrong Turns?

The Winners Stay On The Highway Of The Upright

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Proddatur: ‘The highway of the upright is to depart from evil: he that keepeth his way preserveth his soul. Proverbs 16:17’

Are you on the right road? Do you have a good map to avoid wrong turns? If you stay on the highway of the upright, you will save your life from much trouble. The Bible marks the road well, but there are many large and enticing turns to get you lost. The winners in the race of life, the redeemed of the Lord, stay on the highway of the upright (Is 35:8-10).

Solomon’s Proverbs are a goldmine of metaphors. The highway of the upright is the lifestyle of wise and godly men (Pr 2:20). They hate evil and avoid it as much as possible, like Job and David (Pr 13:6). They know where they are going, and they resist any temptation for a wrong turn (Pr 4:14-15).

There is more than one road in life. There is the way of the wicked, which you must avoid with all fear (Pr 1:15). If you wander out of the highway of the upright, you will live a painful life in the congregation of the dead (Pr 13:15).

You must wisely understand the road you choose each day (Pr 4:25-27). Men will invite you to their way (Pr 16:29). They will despise you for choosing the right way (Pr 29:27). Your heart will trick you into the wrong way (Pr 16:25).

Trust your map – the Bible (Pr 3:5-6). The farther you go on the highway of the upright, the clearer and easier the way (Pr 4:18). Train your children in the good and right way (Pr 22:6). Prepare to be an old man in the right way (Pr 16:31).

The Christian life is a race – a long distance race, not a sprint. It is run with patience, rather than a short burst of conviction. It requires removing every weight – worldly distractions – that might hinder you. It requires removing the sin that easily besets you. It is run patiently before many witnesses in heaven, while you look to Jesus (Heb 12:1-2).

The road race of the Christian life is on the highway of the upright – the strait and narrow way outlined by Jesus Christ, the son of Solomon (Matt 7:13-14). Only a few men find this road that leads to life – the abundant life now and eternal life later. The gate onto this highway is very strait, or restrictive; and the way is very narrow, not allowing deviations.

The Christian who runs his race well will receive a prize. The world lives temperate lives of self-denial to win a corruptible crown. The sons of God should eagerly live temperate lives to win an eternal crown (I Cor 9:24-27). The goal of pleasing Jesus Christ and obtaining His favor should cause a pressing drive toward the finish line (Phil 3:13-14).

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How It Really Is With Jerusalem

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Leon de Winter

Leon de Winter

What’s the deal with Jerusalem?

On 29 November 1947 Resolution 181 was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly and the British mandate of Palestine was to be divided into a Jewish and an Arab part, and Jerusalem was placed under international governance.

The Jewish leaders agreed. But all of the Arab leaders refused to accept Resolution 181 and promised a war if the Jews were to declare their own country.

So do not forget this: if the Arabs had accepted Resolution 181, there would have been a Jewish and a Palestinian state and Jerusalem would be a city under international governance. What has happened to the Palestinian Arabs, until today, is the direct consequence of that rejection.

In May 1948, four Arab armies, plus the so-called Arab Liberation Army rallied against 700,000 Jews, with the intention was to driving them into the sea.

The Arab Legion lead by King Abdullah of Jordan and British officers, was victorious. The old town was cleansed of Jews.

Israel buried 6,000 dead, the Arab armies counted 12-15,000 dead. Resolution 181 was also dead, as was the international governance of Jerusalem.

Jerusalem became a city divided by walls, fences, barbed wire, like Berlin After 1961. Israel had the West, Jordan annexed the neglected East, together with the old town and they banned Jews from entering.

Wars create facts. Borders are re-routed, people are driven out or fleeing. Like the so-called ‘ethnic Germans’, who were driven out of central and Eastern Europe after 1945, over 30 million people, of whom more than 2 million people died, were fleeing, like Pakistan’s secession from India, which caused 14 million refugees and over a million deaths.

In comparison, the Israeli revolutionary war was a small dispute with relatively few deaths on a relatively small slip of land. About 700,000 Arabs fled the Jewish country, about 800,000 Jews were forced out of the Arab countries.

But what other conflicts apply does not apply to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The Palestinians felt that they were perfect and were going to use popular left-Wing terms: Colonialism, Imperialism, Apartheid to describe their plight. The Palestinians succeeded in raising public awareness of their situation describing it as the ultimate tragedy of the Middle East.

Arabs in the region get the most aid in the world, complemented by money from Western aid organisations, and the sick tribal and religious Palestinian violence is excused in the western media with regular reference to what is described as “Jewish occupation”. The widespread Anti-Semitic propaganda is also concealed in the media; I believe that this conflict is religious in nature, not a conflict over land.

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Last weekend, the mainstream media reported that in Lebanon 450,000 Palestinian refugees live. The news said that they are descendants of refugees. The Palestinians have the right to inherit refugee status. The tens of millions of descendants of runaway ethnic Germans, Indian Hindus and ‘Arab’ Jews do not have that right, the more than 700,000 Arab refugees of 1948 who now have more than 5.2 million ‘recognised refugees’ as descendants.

During the six-day war of 1967 King Hussein, despite warnings from Israel, could not resist the temptation to interfere in the war. His Army was crushed by Israel. Jerusalem was reunited.

And now? The City has been renovated under Israel’s administration. The markets are lively, the restaurants are busy and full of delicious dishes, the infrastructure modern. Any faith can be practiced in freedom. But that’s not enough for the haters.

A few days ago, I heard on the radio how a critic was in charge of President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, with the formula: “the Jews have suffered very badly in the war, but that does not mean that…”

I hear that a lot. It has the following rancid meaning: the Jews have apparently learned nothing from the war and are now doing with others that they themselves have suffered. And at antizionisten, a demonizing comment on Israel.

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Why is Israel, the only successful nation-State in the violent jungle of the middle east, so demonised in the West? I am thinking of Western shame with regard to the extermination of European Jews. When Israel is made an evil state (‘Israel is a apartheidsstaat full of Nazis who kill children’) can solve the shame – so the fate of the Palestinians, partly by hundreds of foreign correspondents, is magnified to epic dimensions: the Palestinians are The eternal victims of evil Jews. It is the continuation of the demonization that Jews have endured for centuries in Europe. Antizionism is the new mask of ancient anti-Semitism.

The hysteria surrounding Jerusalem fits that phenomenon. It is an intense and thriving city in which no one is starving, no one’s freedoms and rights are affected, a unique place for middle eastern conditions. Never have so many have been so good in Jerusalem, including divided Arabs, as under the current Israeli administration.

These are the facts. The rest is commentary.

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Leon de Winter is a Dutch writer and columnist.

Some Ideas About North Korea

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North Korea

North Korea

A Dictator is a transient and temporary figure in the life of a Nation. When power passes from father to son to nephew, we can no longer speak of dictatorship. In such a case it is more correct to speak of monarchy and ruling dynasty to describe the situation in which the power over a people is administered by the same family, continuously, through the generations.

From this point of view, the current ruler of North Korea is king and not dictator. In fact, Kim Yong-Un inherited the power from his father Kim Jong-Il, who in turn had inherited it from his father, Kim Il-Sung. Kim is therefore a well-established dynasty in North Korea, a bloodline whose male members reign over the country until death and enjoy in the eyes of the common people even a form of deification, thanks to skillful political propaganda and perhaps to a certain inclination of the North Korean soul.

A monarchy needs an aristocratic class that supports it and aids control of the territory. If it is easy to identify the royal family, identifying the elements of the aristocracy can be more complicated. However, we can perhaps find the aristocracy in the managers of the large industrial plants, in state-owned farms; among those responsible for the maintenance of the roads, electric and telecommunications network, and the most prestigious university professors. Depending on the names and the frequency with which the managers are replaced in their assignments, we could deduce a scheme that helps us to understand something about the internal mechanisms of power and therefore about the structure of the North Korean aristocratic class.

Then there is the military apparatus that is always the instrument with which a government, even the most “democratic”, maintains control over the population and the territory, while at the same time parrying possible external attacks. North Korea is no difference from this point of view.

If someone asked me then what North Korea is, I would answer that it is a country with a communist economy, governed by a monarchy that is helped in its governance by a political council with representatives of both the armed forces and a noble class of apparatchiks.

The rule of the Kim family is justified by its resistance to the Americans. The end of hostilities on the battlefield in 1953 and the creation of the demilitarized zone in the 38th parallel did not lead to the end of the war but to its indefinite suspension thanks to the longest truce in human history: 64 years. The state of war between the two Koreas (and between North Korea and the Western coalition that attacked it) still remains today. Between the parties to the conflict, there is an armistice, not a peace treaty. However, it can be said that Washington did not win the Korean War while North Korea did, at least as long as it continues to exist as a sovereign nation.

North Korea suffered immense sufferings during the war. The amount of bombs that the Americans dropped on North Korea was larger than they dropped on the entire Eastern theater of World War II, by their own admission and boast. The Americans spared nothing and even scattered anthrax on the border between North Korea and China, to hit the herds and starve the populations. However, the Korean people resisted, and they still resist today.

The way to end the conflict and North Korea’s need for nuclear weapons is to sign a peace treaty and remove the sanctions and threats against North Korea. That Washington has followed a contrary policy for 64 years suggests that Washington intends to keep the conflict alive. North Korea is another “enemy” that the US military/security complex can use to terrify Americans into continued support of the large US military budget.

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Costantino Ceoldo provides insights into the nature of the North Korean government and explains Washington’s responsibility for North Korea’s determination to possess nuclear weapons. Washington has kept a state of war with North Korea open for 64 years and continues to overthrow governments that have policies independent of Washington.

Mistletoe Kiss Without Consent Is Rape

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Mistletoe Kiss

Mistletoe Kiss

Criminalizing a bit of Christmas fun has to make you wonder. Is there any aspect of our life left into which the police state does not intrude?

Parents are regulated as to how they discipline their children. Spankings that were the tool of choice in my day are now illegal. Spanking is considered child abuse and can result in state seizure of the child and prosecution of the parent.

The state prescribes the terms on which children can be transported in cars. The cars themselves can only be designed within safety and fuel economy parameters determined by the state.

The unsupervised children at play of my generation no longer exist outside of small towns. Not that long ago I reported on the arrest of a mother on the grounds that she permited an underage kid to play unsupervised in the front yard of the home on a cul-de-sac. The arrest was made on the false report of a neighbor. The police seized the opportunity to arrest a mother on the basis of “failure to supervise an underage child.” The family was traumatized. The mother was put in jail, the child in Child Protective Custody, and the father rushed home from work to see if he could rescue his family from the intrusion of the American Police State. It has happened to many, and Americans sit there sucking their thumbs, hoping the lion will choose another antelope.

The parents, grandparents, and aunts and uncles of my day would all have been locked up. My entire generation would have been raised in orphanages.

When the state substitutes its judgment for that of parents, it takes the job away from them. Even within the same family children differ. Parents have to find the best approach for each child. Moreover, children who are always supervised never grow up. They learn neither responsibility nor street smarts. Children are even regulated how they can play. No pointing the finger and saying “bang, bang.” Even words are policed, some words no longer being permissable.

Perhaps someone has studied the impact on culture of such intense state intrusion into private life. And there are other culture-changing factors. Consider Identity Politics. The other day I listened to a recording of Barbara Streisand singing “A Woman In Love” from 1980, and Celine Dion’s “The Power of Love” from years ago. Both of these performers are gifted with beautiful and powerful voices. I wondered if they have a counterpart today.

I haven’t time to listen to much music, so I do not know. But the thought occurred to me that these are songs about love between a woman and a man. Moreover, in the official videos, the man is white. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yhoie_4UQk0

Identity Politics is gradually delegitimizing heterosexual relationships, especially if the male is white, as Identiy Politics defines the white heterosexual male as the oppressor of all other races and genders.

Having heard that in “advanced circles” women are subjected to peer pressure not to have relationships with “white, sexist, racist males,” I was wondering if today Streisand would have to have a black lover in her video and whether Dion would have to pitch her song to a lesbian lover.

Otherwise, would they be the hits they were during their time? Indeed, could Dion survive using the politically incorrect word, “lady”? https://www.vevo.com/watch/celine-dion/the-power-of-love-(official-video)/CAC239500002

People are born into what exists. They have no experience of what previously existed. Therefore, they do not know what has been lost. This generational effect is the best ally of the police state.

People born into a country, in which unaccountable police can brutalize and murder and steal, born into a country, the government of which declares itself above both domestic and international law and the US Constitution, a country that ignores constitutional protections such as habeas corpus and due process of law, a country that based on a false claim that the country is indispensable and exceptional claims the right to destroy entire countries whose governments refuse to follow Washington’s orders, a country that claims the right to control explanations and that brands those who tell the truth to be conspiracy theorists, Russian agents, anti-semites, and enemies of the people, know no different. What to my generation is totalitarian horror is normal to them.

That country is the United States of America. It is the most shameful country on earth. The United States is a counry whose rulers regard their hegemony as more important than the wellbeing of people and the life of the planet.

If the world is to survive America and if America is to survive as a country in which citizens are permitted free thought, free speech, to make their own decisions, to raise their own children and otherwise to be a free people, Americans will have to get angry at those who are destroying them and reply to the everyday violence that they experience in many different forms with violence of their own.

There are two forces in history. One is ideas. The other is violence. Karl Marx said that ideas, although sometimes effective, such as his own, can become the control mechanism of the ruling class. In contrast, Marx said that violence is the effective force in history.

In Marx’s analysis violence serves the working class, but this is no more than Marx’s assumption. Violence serves those who use it most forcefully.

Today Washington’s violence has brought America up against Russia, China, Iran, and North Korea. Washington has outmatched itself.

US President Trump, by seeking protection from Israel against his own government, has re-ignited Arab hostility to Israel and to the US.

Today Israel is alone, defended only by Washington whose own stupidity has created powerful enemies.

Washington has proved itself incapable of leadership. Russia, China, and Iran have proven that they are capable of leadership, and they are also making it clearer by the day that they are fed up with Washington.

It is past time for Americans to get fed up with Washington, its lies and its abuse of power.

 

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Avoiding Nuclear War Is Our First Priority

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Paul Craig Roberts

Paul Craig Roberts

Michel Chossudovsky, a distinguished professor in Canada, directs the Centre for Research on Globalization and the website Global Research, a font of important information unavailable from the presstitute Western media. In this article he tells us that if we do not focus on peace instead of war, we are all going to die: https://www.globalresearch.ca/what-you-need-to-know-about-north-korea-and-the-dangers-of-nuclear-war/5615328

Professor Chossudovsky makes an important point, made to me some years ago by my colleague Zbigniew Brzezinski and recently by former Secretary of Defense William Perry (see: https://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2017/12/05/walking-into-armageddon). Professor Chossudovsky reminds us to “bear in mind that mistakes are often what determine the course of world history.” A US attack on North Korea would be a mistake that could precipate a nuclear war.

There is no doubt that Chossudovsky is correct.

Additionally, the continued demonization of Russia, China, and Iran could precipate a nuclear war. In other words, we are surrounded by very real threats created by Washington that receive no attention from Western governments and the presstitute media. As I wrote on December 5, we are “walking into Armageddon.” https://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2017/12/05/walking-into-armageddon

Professor Chossudovsky has amassed a huge amount of information that makes clear the vast difference between the level-headed era of JFK/Khrushchev and the insanity of the post-Reagan era of the re-start of hostilities for the sake of the power and profit of the US military/security complex and the neoconservatives’ ideology of US world hegemony.

I am unsure that the peoples of the Western world can without violence against their governments do anythng to prevent nuclear war, because the Western politicians are in the pay of the military/security complex and the financial and corporate interest groups that benefit from US hegemony. American hegemony produces profits, and for the sake of these profits Western leaders will risk the fate of the world.

As I have emphasized repeatedly, Americans as a result of their insouciance and patriotism live in a world in which the explanations they are given by government and the presstitutes are used to control what they think and believe. In this way, government and the interest groups that control government make their agendas independent of any control by the citizens. In the United States, and probably throughout the Western world, democracy simply does not exist. George Orwell predicted that this would be the case by 1984, but it took the Clinton, George W. Bush, and Obama regimes to achieve it. Today in 2017 Big Brother does indeed rule the Western World.

Trump’s election was like Reagan’s. He appealed to the people instead of to the ruling interest groups. As a high official in Reagan’s government who was aligned with Reagan’s goals to end stagflation and the Cold War, I experienced first hand the cost of going against the powerful interest groups that are accustomed to ruling. We took part of their rule away from them, but now they have taken it back. And they are now stronger than before. Essentially, Trump is powerless and is limited to expressing his frustrations on Twitter.

In my opinion, the lesson being dealt to Trump will teach any future presidential candidate not to challenge the ruling oligarchy by appealing to the American people.

This means that democracy in America is stone dead. I sometimes wonder if democracy can be revived without violent revolution, and of course revolutions can go wrong.

Are Americans capable of violent revolution? If they are not, will the greedy elites remain in control until they stumble into a nuclear war?

General Lemnitzer, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told President John F. Kennedy that the US could win a nuclear war with the Soviet Union if only JFK would give the go-ahead. General Lemnitzer also presented President Kennedy with the “Northwoods” plan that called for the US military to conduct false flag attacks on US citizens that could be blamed on Castro and serve as an excuse for a US invasion of Cuba. President Kennedy responded by removing Lemnitzer as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

A number of researchers have concluded that Lemnitzer’s removal convinced the military/security complex that Kennedy was soft on communism and a threat to American national security.

The Obama regime recreated the Russian scare. In his election campaign Trump revealed that he was out of step with the recreation of the Russian threat, for which he has been punished with “Russiagate.” Can a president concerned that he might be removed from office by a special prosecutor or possibly assassinated, resist the march toward war?

Trump is surrounded by a Secret Service that believes that protecting the President is protecting the United States. However, if the Secret Service is convinced by the Special Prosecutor, Congress, the military/security complex, and the presstitutes that Trump is in league with the Russians in a Russiagate conspiracy against the United States, the Secret Service could fail to protect Trump, just as they failed to protect President John F. Kennedy.

You can rescue yourself from the false report that Oswald assassinated President Kennedy by watching online the Secret Service agents, who protected President Kennedy in his open car from gunfire, being called away from the car so that the assassins could have a clear shot at Kennedy. You can see that the bullet hits Kennedy in the right front temple and blows off the back of his head. You can see his wife, Jackie, climb onto the trunk of the car to retrieve the back of the president’s head. So much for the fake story that Oswald shot JFK from behind. All evidence disproves the Oswald story. No evidence whatsoever supports it. This is the conclusion of many years of research by many authors.

Many researchers have concluded that the Warren Commission knew that JFK was assassinated by elements of the military/security complex, but that the commission knew that it could not tell the American people in the wake of the Cuban missile crisis that the US government had just murdered the US president. At a difficult time in the Cold War, Americans would loose confidence in their own military and security services. I can understand a decision to cover up what happened.

Nevertheless, those responsible should have been forced to resign on the grounds that they failed to protect the President of the United States, and under cover of preventing another such failure in the future, the black ops section of the CIA should have been closed down, as President Kennedy intended to do. The failure by the Johnson administration to remedy the situation has left the power in the hands of the security agencies to act against the president, as we are witnessing with the attack on Trump by CIA director John Brennan, and FBI directors Comey and Mueller.

Trump is portrayed by the presstitutes as an idiot. But he is not an idiot. Idiots don’t wind up being billionaires or married to the most beautiful woman on earth. Idiots don’t have the confidence to take on the interest groups that control the two political parties and win a presidential election.

Trump is anything but dumb, but he understands now that he is not really the president of the United States.

The United States is ruled by the militry/security complex, by the Federal Reserve in the interests of the big banks and Wall Street, by the extractive industries as evidenced by Trump handing over to them two national monuments in Utah to be ravaged, raped, and ruined for their profit, and by the Israel Lobby, which has kept Washington at war in the Middle East for 16 years. The Amerian people have no input into decisons. Americans are powerless and helpless, like Jews and everyone else in the Nazi camps and like the Palistinians in the Gaza ghetto. They have no voice and are irrelevant to the decisions made in Washington.

Once you understand this, you can understand why Trump would move the US embassy in Israel to Jerusalem. The Israel Lobby is one of the most powerful interest groups in Washington. Trump, under attack from so many quarters can do no better than to have the Israel Lobby and Mossad on his side.

Who else can Trump turn to? The people in flyover America who elected him are powerless. The Isreal Lobby isn’t.

Just look at the results of Trump’s announcement that the US embassy will be located in Jerusalem. The neoconservatives who were determined to get rid of Trump because he voiced peace with Russia and the Muslims instead of US hegemony, now praise him. Even John Podhoretz, a leader of death-to-Trump, is euphoric that Trump flaunted the UN and international law and declared, in effect, Jerusalem to be Israel’s. National Review, formerly a conservative magazine for which I was once a contributing editor, but now a vassal of the Israel Lobby, described Trump’s action as “a blow against international anti-Semitism.”

If you were alone in Washington’s hot seat under constant attack by the pressitute media and the military/security complex and under investigation by a Special Prosecutor appointed for the explicit purpose of indicting you and removing you from office, and you could turn to a powerful interest group before which all tremble, would you not seek the protection of the Israel Lobby and Mossad? Some fool you would be not to do so. As the CIA has known for decades, the agency is penetrated by Mossad. Trump can know in advance if the CIA is going to assassinate him.

So, dear readers, you have asked me why Trump has opened the way for Israel’s complete takeover of Palestine. Perhaps the answer is that Trump is hoping that the powerful Israel Lobby will protect him from Mueller and the military/security complex, who are out to get him.

Perhaps it is a hopeful development that Trump has taken refuge in the Israel Lobby’s protection. Mossad, of course, is more capable than the CIA. If the Israel Lobby will protect Trump, perhaps Trump can survive the assault on him by the military/security complex and actually restore trust between the two major nuclear powers. What does Israel have to lose by preserving life on earth? Israel has already gained, in the face of international law, UN resolutions, and a compliant America and Europe, all of Palestine. Israel has achieved what the American Empire achieved against the native Americans. And now Trump gives Israel the last prize–Jerusalem. Why should not the Israel Lobby protect Trump?

Americans can bitch about the Jews all they want (until it becomes illegal), but what is there to bitch about if the Israel Lobby can save the only politician in the Western world who wants to normalize relations and reduce the high level of tensions with Russia?

If the Israel Lobby will save us and the planet from nuclear destruction, more power to them. It is unfortunate for the long-suffering Palestinians that they are the sacrificial lamb, but is the fault Trump’s or the fault of the military/security complex, the DNC, and the presstitute media for putting Trump in a desperate situation?

Further reading:

“JFK vs. the Military,” https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2013/08/jfk-vs-the-military/309496

“Nuclear Winter and Global Starvation,” http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/48375.htm

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