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Current Events in the Light of Fatima

Current Events in the Light of Fatima

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Published by The Fatima Center
It is vital that we understand that if current events don’t appear to us to be in conformity with the Fatima Message, we should not reject Fatima. Rather, we must rethink the perceptions we have been fed by the media and politicians. Like St. Paul, the Christian must "demolish every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God" (2 Cor. 10:5).
It is vital that we understand that if current events don’t appear to us to be in conformity with the Fatima Message, we should not reject Fatima. Rather, we must rethink the perceptions we have been fed by the media and politicians. Like St. Paul, the Christian must "demolish every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God" (2 Cor. 10:5).

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Current Events in the Light of Fatima
It is vital that we understand that if current events don’t appear to us to be in
conformity with the Fatima Message, we should not reject Fatima. Rather, we must rethinkthe perceptions we have been fed by the media and politicians. Like St. Paul, the Christianmust "demolish every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God" (2 Cor.10:5).Our Lady came to Fatima, not for any benefit of Her own, but for us. God sent Her outof His great love for the people of our time. Our Lady told us that if Her requests were not
heeded, Russia’s errors would spread throughout the world, causing wars, famine, and
persecutions of the Church and the Holy Father. God directed Our Lady to give us thisMessage. Sister Lucy explained to Father Fuentes, "The Blessed Virgin told my cousins aswell as myself, that many nations will disappear from the face of the earth, that Russia willbe the instrument of chastisement chosen by Heaven to punish the whole world if we do notbeforehand obtain the con
version of that poor nation…." It may appear that Russia isn’t a
threat to us anymore, that it is a weak country. However, if we dig deep enough we will see
that Russia’s errors are being spread more and more, and that Russia is actually much
stronger than the United States.
The doctrine of Sun-Tsu
Anatoliy Golitsyn was a Russian KGB officer and a member of the KGB’s thirty
-yearplanning board in 1958, before defecting to the United States in 1961. In 1984 he wrote abook called
New Lies for Old 
, in which he made 148 predictions concerning Russia andcommunism. Within ten years of making his predictions, 139 of the 148 had been realized,including the fall of the Berlin Wall. That is a 94% success rate, better than any intelligenceagency in the world. Golitsyn is not a prophet; he merely knows the strategies and thestrengths of Russia. (See article"Communism Alive and Menacing, KGB Defector Claims"by Cornelia Ferriera, in the March 1996 issue of 
Catholic Family News
.)In his book, he explains that Russia bases its military doctrine on that of Sun-Tsu, aChinese military leader of 2,500 years ago. Sun-Tsu believed that all warfare is based ondeception: if you are weak, you must act as though you are strong; and if you are strong,you must act as though you are weak. However, if you choose the latter strategy, you mustbe very strong to pull it off.
The lessons of Troy and Carthage
Tsu’s doctrine has be
en proven successful throughout history. Troy was destroyedthrough the same tactic of deception. Greece had besieged Troy for ten years. Althoughthey were outnumbered, the people of Troy were very good at defending their city, and hadwithstood the ongoing attack. Finally, the armies of Greece declared their intention to ceasethe attack. They boarded their ships and sailed off into the distance, leaving behind for thepeople of Troy a large wooden horse on wheels. It was given as a gift to symbolize peacebetween Greece and Troy. The people of Troy were overjoyed. They pulled the Trojan horse,as it is known, inside the city gates. That night, after the gates were closed and the peoplewere asleep, the Greek armies that had sailed away returned to Troy. Twenty Greek soldiers
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who had been hiding within the hollow horse emerged, opened the gates and let the Greekarmies through the gates. Troy was destroyed that night.The Romans outdid the deception of the Greeks. Three wars, called the Punic Wars,were fought between Rome and Carthage. After the second war, Carthage went to Rome tomake peace. Rome expressed its distrust of Carthage, and asked that it dismantle itsstanding army, as a sign of good will. "After all," they asked, "if you want peace why do youhave an army?" Carthage therefore obliged Rome and dismantled its army. Then Rome
asked for a tribute of grain and gold, as another mark of Carthage’s good will. Carthage
agreed and gave Rome the requested tribute. Rome then reminded Carthage that thetribute was really not much of a sacrifice, since Carthage was a wealthy city, so Romerequested hostages
sons and daughters of the leading families of Carthage. If Carthagedid not attack, the hostages would be properly cared for. The leading families of Carthagetherefore sent their sons and daughters to Rome as hostages.Rome then expressed further distrust of Carthage. It argued that because Carthagewas a great economic power, it could rearm very quickly. Rome therefore demanded thatCarthage, which stood on the seacoast, move twenty miles inland. However, the seacoast
was the basis of Carthage’s wealth, and the Carthaginians realized that they would havenothing left if they moved their city. Therefore they refused Rome’s request.
 Rome therefore killed the hostages and annihilated Carthage, which had no standingarmy. Doubtless, Rome paid its soldiers with the gold and fed them with the grain acquiredfrom Carthage. That was the third and final Punic War.Do these lessons
from history suggest to you what’s going on in the United States
today? Think about it. In the treaties that the United States has made with Russia over thelast 15 years, more than 50 billion dollars have been given to Russia in "economic aid."What about disarmament? Many of the billions of dollars the U.S. spends on the military areactually used for disarmament, in fulfillment of their treaties with Russia, whereas theRussians use the billions of dollars the U.S. hands over to them to arm themselves.Also, the government of the United States is operating under a principle, which itdeveloped with Russia, called the MAD (Mutually Assured Destruction) doctrine. Accordingto this principle, since both the U.S. and Russia have the capability to destroy one another,each has agreed not to defend its civilian population from nuclear attack. The MAD doctrineis meant to serve as a guarantee against an unprovoked nuclear missile strike, because itinsures the destruction of both nations. The United States, living up to its end of theagreement, has no civilian defense for a nuclear assault. Russia, however, has developed acivilian defense that protects about 70% of its citizens.In addition, in accordance with the INF treaty signed on December 8, 1987 by
President Reagan and Soviet General Secretary Gorbachev, the United States’ Cruise and
Pershing missiles were removed from Europe. Since then, Russia has been protected fromthe threat of an American nuclear missile strike. Previously, their entire population was atrisk due to the accuracy and ability of these missiles based in Europe to enter through theentrances of their bomb shelters. But once the missiles were removed from Europe, theywere withdrawn out of their 1500 mile range and therefore useless in this balance of poweract.
Russia’s military
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In 2002 the Russian submarine
made international headlines when it sank with118 sailors on board. The British and Norwegian navies offered to rescue the men, butRussia refused the aid. Why did Russia refuse to allow 118 of its men to be rescued? Russiadid not want anyone to see what was on board the
. The submarine contained theTopol missile, which can travel six times faster than any torpedo the Unites States has, andfour times faster than any the British have. It travels faster than the speed of soundunderwater, which means that it will have impacted its target before the sonar has detected
that it has been launched. There’s no defense against it. (See"
Super Torpedo, a New Threat from China".)In mid-February 2004, Russia held its largest military exercises in 22 years. Theintended object of the simulated attacks carried out during the exercises was the UnitedStates of America. During the exercises, Russia tested new missiles that officials admittedwere impossible to defend against, even by an advanced missile shield.
Another example of Russia’s military prowess is a n
ew Russian submarine,
Oscar II 
,which is longer than a football field and can launch twenty nuclear missiles. One submarinealone is capable of destroying half of the United States. One of these submarines remainedsubmerged, undetected, for 30 days in Puget Sound, which is off the West Coast of Washington State. (See"Russia Heightens Nuclear Threat".) Russia, following Sun-
Tsu’s strategy of pretending to be weak when actually very
strong, wants us to believe that it is not a threat. For many years Russia has fooled theworld into thinking that it has a very weak military, which is no longer a threat to the West.As Golitsyn pointed out, they are acting like they are weak because they want the UnitedStates and the West to let their guard down. The United States would not win a war withRussia, and both the U.S. and Russian military realize this.In an interview with Professor William Thomas Walsh (see" 
Professor Walsh") on July 15, 1946, Sister Lucy said that Communism would take over theentire world, including the United States of America. The former Secretary General of theCommunist Party USA, Gus Hall, said that recruitment for the Party in the U.S. was higher
in the 1990’s than at any other time in its history. (See
 "The Great Soviet Deception"and"Mesmerized by the Bear: The Great Soviet Deception, Part II".) Nevertheless, despite the overwhelming evidence to the contrary, the American media today continue to portray theU.S.A. as both the sole superpower remaining in the world and the primary defender andpromoter of worldwide democracy.Therefore, it is important to understand that the news and information we receive isbiased and most often distorted. But the Message Our Lady gave at Fatima remains clear
and unchanged. Thus we must always keep Our Lady’s Message in our minds when we try
to understand and interpret the events currently taking place in the world around us.
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