Justice vs. Revenge There is now an unprecedented thirst for blood in this country.

The common people, the pundits all across the political spectrum, the politicians, the press generally - all are calling for "war" and "war now!" The question as to who is to be bombed into the 22nd century or what exactly will be accomplished by so doing is still, largely, irrelevant. Catholics used to use phrases and terms like "just war," "chivalry," "non-combatants," and the "Peace of God and the Truce of God." Of course, those were in the good old days - days really good, and so very, very old at this point that for most they are not even a distant memory. But in man's frantic search for the relics of antiquity (Dead Sea Scrolls, Atlantis, and a host of other questionably relevant "treasures" of the past), perhaps the medieval laws governing combat should be among the things "resurrected." "So many innocent lives lost!" goes the cry which supposedly justifies not just justice but revenge. "Nuke the bastards! Who cares if civilian lives are lost!" goes the response. Well, the point about innocent lives is at best an imprecision. Only God knows if they were innocent in the most Catholic sense of the term. Of course, the spin-masters do not use words in their Catholic sense. But it should be noted that Serbian civilian casualties are always that – “civilian casualties.” While American non-combatants are “innocents!” – and the more innocent they were, the more murderous the attacks and thus the more revenge is justified. If the WTC attacks were truly the result of anti-American terrorism (and not the Mossad or the U.S. Govt…it's possible!), then the angst-filled aggressor should have attacked a military target in an act of open, and honorable, warfare. That the attacks were not honorable nor open makes, to some extent, the WTC victims “innocent” – innocent of involvement in a military conflict. But we normally refer to that type of innocence and the innocence of a “non-combatant.” In this vein one could even argue that the attack on the Pentagon was an attack on a legitimate military target. This is not to undervalue the lives of the men and women who serve in the country's armed forces. But it is to say that those who maintain the American military machine, which has bombed - just to casually name the ones that come to mind immediately - Iraq, Serbia, and the Sudan in the last three years, must perhaps be prepared to make "the supreme sacrifice in defense of the Constitution" which they promised to make, even if bombing those and a host of other targets has NOTHING to do with defending the Constitution - and therefore our White House and State and Defense Dept. officials are guilty of CRIMINAL imprudence and negligence for placing American lives in harm's way to spread "American values" around the reluctant globe and force them upon unwilling populations. There can be no doubt that most of what SHOULD motivate the anger and sadness of American citizens over these attacks is the loss of civilian (vs. innocent) life in what may very well be the first skirmish in a far greater and more bloody war. But "let he who has not sinned cast the first stone" - or drop the first bomb. Loss of civilian life as a result of wartime operations is certainly not an area in which the U.S. has distinguished itself and we cannot act surprised, shocked, and horribly offended at the thought that non-combatants often perish in the battles of modern war. We might even be able to claim the distinct honor of having taught the world a lesson on that score, a lesson which evidently Tuesday's attackers took to heart. Sherman sure taught the South a lesson as he burned a wide swath through Georgia; Dresden, Hiroshima, Nagasaki, Belgrade, Baghdad, and countless other cities were unfortunate results of the style of warfare which this savage excuse for an honorable military man had ushered in at the end of America's Civil War. One might even remember the callous reaction to the death of Khadaffi's daughter as a result of the Lybia bombing - "them's the breaks," we may

remember the Americans saying. Not to mention Madeleine Albright's sensitive reaction (on May 12, 1996) to comments by Lesley Stahl of CBS that 500,000 Iraqi children were killed by US sanctions in an attempt to get Saddam: "We think the price is worth it." Well, that's easy to say if it's not our children. And if we've lost all civilized sense of what is and is not allowable in a conflict. Perhaps we as a people now have a better sense of how it might feel to loose relatives and friends...relatives and friends who are being asked to pay the ultimate price in a war which they didn't intend to fight, but which their government may well have provoked. The dismay over the attacker's audacity in transcending all moral limits in knocking down two buildings filled with civilians, dismay so cogently expressed by Tony Blair on 14 Sep - these "hideous and foul" events showed that there were no longer any moral limits on their methods of killing or the number of victims... - is a little hard to cope with in light of the West's conscious abandonment of the medieval "rules of war." The notion that war is a necessary and even honorable thing in defense of the rights of a nation (or even the rights of God!) and therefore MUST be waged honorably, is a notion that we have willingly, purposefully, and knowingly discarded. It shouldn't come as a surprise to us that - just like the poor family store which is forced to cut wages, stiff employees, and decrease quality and customer service in order to keep up with the economic imperialism practiced by the local WalMart - other nations or individuals resort to less-than-honorable means of combat when provoked thereto by a nation that has long since itself dispensed with those honorable means. Which brings to mind something else Americans would do well to contemplate in the wake of the WTC and the Pentagon With the exception of the Civil War, we haven't really ever been exposed to bloodshed on American soil, and certainly not at the hand of a foreign power - at least since 1812. We have never been "occupied" or had our country invaded by "peacekeepers." But for others it is a way of life. Macedonians, Serbians, Iraqis have; and that at the hands of the U.S. or its international front, NATO. Which is not to say that Macedonia, Serbia, or Iraq are flawless countries with populations that have a spotless track record. We can hear the response now "they deserve it!" Well, what's good for the goose is good for the gander, and if we're capable of sitting in judgment of just what kind of punishment these various populations may or may not deserve, it may then be a classic sign of American hubris that we cannot conceive of someone claiming the right to sit in judgment of us - whether they truly have that right or not. But ultimately the guilt or innocence of the victim populations - ours, or those that are victims of American military might - is not the point. The point is that the weeping and wailing that surrounds this event, justifiably called horrific and shocking, must ring just a bit hollow for those who live through warfare on a daily basis. Belgrade in June of 1999 looked a lot like Manhattan, and yet American sympathy for the war being waged on Belgrade against those attempting to defend themselves from Marxist and Muslim aggression in the form of the terrorist (though US-backed) KLA was non-existent. Not to mention the scenes from Palestine which are eerily similar to Washington D.C. But more on that later. If we lived in a sane country, then, we'd be shocked and appalled at the slaughter of non-combatants, and we'd live by the rules - the violation of which is the source of our anger - by ensuring, as best as reasonably possible, that our response avoided the very crime which provoked our ire. But, as we said in the last issue, this degree of introspection and logical consistence is not part of the American character today. The American mind prides itself on being anti-dogmatic, which is to say, that no Truth above the frail and fleeting world in which humans live and work exists or can be known with certainty to exist. Truth, for Americans, is made by circumstances and necessity. It's NOT true that we cannot bomb Serbia into oblivion "to weaken the Serbian spirit," as General Clark explained back in 1999, but it IS true that we will NOT accept the commission of an act of war against ourselves which claims civilian lives. This inconsistency - simply put, a "double standard" - is so characteristic of the American mentality as to be almost gut-wrenching should we stop to consider it too seriously and too intently. The "Amen Corner"

Lest some readers think that we are over doing our assessment of the blood lust which has taken over the American people and leadership, just a few samplings should serve to illustrate our point. We also should note that in a good many of these press samplings, there are the predictable references to all kinds of things that should give the discriminating reader pause. Some of these include: sentimental reference to WWII and the "Greatest Generation," comparisons of the "terrorist foe" to Hitler, and the association of these attacks on the WTC and the Pentagon with "attacks on America and the world's commitment to freedom." The comparisons get sillier, broader, and more meaningless as the days roll by. Which is something that should alert all of us that rational thought and clear and concise thinking is NOT the order of the day. Clearly, we are being subjected to a barrage of psycho babble designed to throw us into a full scale war with someone whom we can't even identify. The consistency of the message being broadcast by "folks" (as our President says) across the political spectrum is either amazing (what a coincidence!) or eminently predictable. Too much consistency by the puppets can mean only that there is someone pulling the strings.

Some thoughts on Duty. With the exception of Sam Francis' pithy comment, these issues will not be reflected upon by those in the mainstream. We as Catholics, therefore, should give serious thought to our obligation to proclaim the truth from the rooftops - and that more vigorously than ever. Despite the fact that 99 out of 100 people have closed their ears to sane speech due to the din of the war-mongering media and government, there is always that 1 out of 100 that is stirred to critical thought as a result of Tuesday's events...particularly when those events are put into perspective for him by a sane voice. And that 1 out of 100 can become 2 million out of 200 million. And when we have reached that many, then we'll be a force to be reckoned with. So network, dear Catholics, network like you've never networked before. DO NOT give in to the FALSE Patriotism, the "Now's not the time to criticize" silliness. If ever there was a time to think critically about where this country is heading and what it is doing, NOW IS THE TIME. Now is the time to assert that Truth and only Truth is the criteria by which things should be judged in this life, as in the next. Now is the time to demand that the government help to reform the people rather than corrupt them. Now is the time to demand that the government help to right the wrongs in the world rather than support and create them. Now is the time to address the fundamental contradiction at the root of American and all pluralist societies, which says that any truth is valid, even while we're being told that the truth of militant Islam is "a little too true" to fit nicely into a pluralist society, just as the Catholics were told that they didn't fit into pluralist society some 200 years ago. Now is the time to start the next Crusade! Do not be reduced to a bundle of nerves by the constant intrusive, inappropriate, inexcusable coverage by the media of the great sadness of victims' families! Turn off the box and clear your mind. Examine the problems in our society, so perfectly illustrated by the destruction of two symbols of American arrogance, and mankind's pride. Let us work together to articulate the answers, and to proclaim those answers to an unwilling world. If indeed the entire world is in the hands of our enemies, let us never forget that we have an entire world therefore to conquer! It's late, and Part III, IV, and V still need doing. But this is your dose for now. Next time, some thoughts on International Jewry, the Official Story, and "Islam vs. the West." Until then, pray, think, network, and keep your head down.

Cristus regnat! . God rest the souls of the victims, and God grant this nation the grace to examine its own behavior in the light of the Divine and Natural Law. Mr. John Sharp is the Editor of The Legion of St. Louis. Source:
by courtesy & © 2001 John Sharp

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