CHINA ATTACK ALERT (SEP-OCT, 2015):

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By Truther.org

Chinese Surprise Attack Propaganda
Prior to a high-profile Asian based attack on the United States, the public must be psychologically prepared to accept that this is in fact possible. Hollywood movie propaganda is a slick way of showing that yes, it can happen. “Red Dawn” (2012) is a film (see trailer) in which the United States is the victim of a red-dawn surprise attack by military aircraft from North Korea. “Battleship” (2012) is another film (see trailer) in which the U.S. Navy and the State of Hawaii are the victims of a surprise attack, by transformer-like machines. “Olympus Has Fallen” (2013) is a film (see trailer) in which Washington D.C., is ambushed in a surprise attack by an ex-North Korean terrorists who employ military aircraft, suicide bombers and cyber-attacks in a bid to overthrow the U.S. government. “Pacific Rim” (2013) is a film (see trailer) which features a plot in which the U.S. is attacked by monster-like machines from deep under the Pacific Ocean. According to the trailer, the machines target San Francisco, California, Manila, Philippines, and Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, two of which are targets in reality. On May 16, 2014, “Godzilla” (2014) is a film (see trailer) which depicted an Asian-based monster who travels across the Pacific to attack the city of San Francisco. Interestingly, a day before the movie premiered, a San Francisco traffic sign was reportedly hacked to warn drivers of a “Godzilla Attack”. Exactly when this Asian “surprise” attack propaganda will manifest itself in reality is not known, but the masses have been conditioned for an attack on the West Coast of America, one which may transpire prior to during the 2014 RIMPAC Navel Exercise.

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China’s “Invisibility Cloak”
In order for the Chinese to pull off a “stealth” drone attack on the U.S., they will have to, at least theoretically speaking, employ some sort of technology which renders America’s electronic defenses useless. Back on November 12, 2013, it was reported that the University of Toronto demonstrated an active invisibility cloak for the first time. Predictably, less than a month later on December 9, 2013, it was revealed that Chinese scientists are upbeat on development of invisibility cloak that would, in theory, allow the Chinese military to hide objects from view and make them “disappear”. In other words, if and when China attacks America, they will do so via superior technology which in will in essence make their respective military equipment invisible to American defense systems (e.g., radar, satellites, sonar, etc.). Shortly thereafter on November 19, 2013, U.S. Navy Capt. Mark Hagerott cited recent reports about sonic computer viruses as one way that hackers could “jump the air gap” and target systems that are not connected to the Internet. In other words, these so called Chinese viruses could attack U.S. military defense systems not connected to the internet, essentially rendering them useless.

I: CYBER-HIJACK DRONE ATTACK:

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1.1 Chinese Cyber-Hijack Possible
Back on November 19, 2013, U.S. Navy Captain Mark Hagerott warned that sonic computer viruses launched by hackers could “jump the air gap” and target military systems that are not connected to the internet. In other words, Chinese computer viruses are able to attack U.S. military defense systems, even those not connected to the internet. The report was evidently designed to make the notion of drone hacking seem more feasible prior to its fruition in reality. After all, if viruses are able to “jump the air gap”, infecting airborne drones isn’t such an outrageous mental leap.

1.2: Drone Hijack Propaganda
In order to bring unprecedented media attention to cyber-hijacking prior to the China hijacking U.S. drones to launch attacks, it was reported on March 16, 2014, that the missing Malaysian Flight MH370 may have been the world’s first ever cyber hijack. Shortly thereafter, the television series entitled “24: Live Another Day” (2014) debuted on May 5, 2014. In short, the plot depicts Islamic terrorists who hijack U.S. military drones. Once under control of the terrorists, the drones are used to attack U.S. interests and allies. A “secret device” is used in the show to override U.S. cyber-security, suddenly turning friendly drones into enemy drones. Because the drones are built with the latest stealth technology, they are almost impossible to bring down. Consequently, the hijacked drones are used to attack football stadiums and hospitals in London, England, killing and terrorizing scores of people. Instead of the U.S. government gaining control over its own drones, a hacker is the one who finds the override code which can be used to control the drones.

1.3: System-Aware Secure Sentinel (SASS)
In what appears to be pre-Chinese drone cyber-hijack programming, it was reported on December 6, 2014, that a US shield will protect drones from ‘spoofing’ cyber-attacks. According to the report, Pentagon-sponsored engineers have developed a system to shield unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) from cyber-attacks. Called “System-Aware Secure Sentinel” (SASS), the new system detects “illogical behavior” compared to how the aircraft normally operates and sounds the alert if a drone starts doing something that it is not supposed to do. “Detections can serve to initiate automated recovery actions and alert operators of the attack,” said Barry Horowitz, a systems and information engineer at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, in a statement. Various threats were simulated by the researchers during five days of in-flight tests, including cyber-attacks launched from the ground, interference with supply chains and attacks from military insiders.

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1.4: China’s Military Hacking Program
In order to create a believable narrative in the media prior to China’s cyber-hijack of U.S. drones, a number of fabricated incidents and staged events have taken place in order to set the stage for the attack. For example, on May 19, 2014, the U.S. officially accused China of hacking 6 companies, stating that China was after U.S. military secrets. This was the first time that a nation state was officially charged by the U.S. with cyber-espionage. In total, 5 Chinese “military hackers” were indicted in U.S. courts for cyber spying. Predictably, a day later on May 20, 2014, China suspended its cybersecurity cooperation with the U.S. over the aforementioned charges. That same day, Chinese officials confronted a U.S. envoy over the cyber-spying accusations in what appeared to be a CIA-spawned publicity stunt. Less than 24-hours later on May 21, 2014, China banned the use of Windows 8 on Chinese government computers, producing even more international headlines about the incident. Three days later on May 24, 2014, a report stated that the U.S. plans to “keep up the pressure” on China and that it is now in the process of selecting from a range of retaliatory options. Five days later on May 29, 2014, China openly suggested that the U.S. may have made up evidence for cyber-attacks, further confirming that the cyber-rift is indeed just political theater. Roughly 2 weeks later on June 10, 2014, it was revealed that the Chinese military has been hacking the U.S. aerospace industry for the last 7 years, a timely report designed to show that China likely has the ability to hack U.S. drones. Lastly, on June 10, 2014, it was revealed that a second Chinese military unit has been linked to hacking. According to reports, the Chinese hackers launched attacks against defense, satellite and aerospace firms within the U.S., Japan and Europe. Needless to say, the notion that China and her military are actively engaged in cyber-attacks against the U.S. military has been well established, making the notion of U.S. drones being cyber-hijacked by China seem all the more feasible.

1.5: Revenge Drone Attack
In order to provide a timely motive for a Chinese attack on America using U.S. drones, it was revealed on May 30, 2014, that the U.S. has deployed two advanced military drones to a Japanese airbase. Since China is currently in a dispute with Japan over the Senkaku Islands, the placement of the drones by the U.S. was a slap in the face designed to infuriate China just prior to a revenge attack using cyber-hijacked U.S. drones. Roughly a month later on June 26, 2014, U.S. military experts warned that killer drones will trigger a “slippery slope” into endless war, a propaganda report deigned to foreshadow the start of the cyber-war between the U.S. and China. As previously mentioned, once a drone war starts between the U.S. and China, cyber-hijackings followed by deadly drone attacks will become the norm. This drone war scenario essentially allows the CIA to attack whomever and whatever they want, whenever they want to. In the aftermath of the attack, the U.S. will blame China and China will blame the U.S. In essence, drones attacks will be used to eliminate anybody who doesn’t comply with system.

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1.6: “Sting of the Drone”
The notion that the U.S. and China are on an irreversible collision course was recently highlighted during a CNN interview with Richard A. Clarke, the former counter-terrorism czar under George W. Bush. Clark stated in respect to the escalation of cyber-espionage between the United States and China that, “I actually hope it does result in escalation and tit-for-tat, because we need this issue resolved…We can’t go on the way it’s been…This first step by the United States will undoubtedly result in an escalation of this issue. And we need to do that. We need to have this issue resolved one way or the other. If the Chinese are going to keep hacking into our companies, then we’re going to have to do something about it”. Interestingly, Clark made his comments while promoting “Sting of the Drone” (2014), his latest book about the impending drone war with China. The interview, which was documented in the May 21, 2014, CNN report entitled “Why U.S./China Cyber Escalation Could Be Good”, is yet another example of how wars are created by the CIA long before they manifest themselves in reality.

II. CHINESE NUCLEAR ATTACK:

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2.1: Chinese Nuclear Attack
The notion of a Chinese nuclear attack on the U.S. was openly flaunted back on October 31, 2013, when the Chinese government released nuclear blast map projections for the U.S. cities of Seattle and Los Angeles after they were struck by Chinese nuclear warheads. A few weeks later on December 17, 2013, a Chinese space rover advert showed Europe being nuked, another ominous sign that a Chinese nuclear strike against the West is imminent. According to a report published on February 6, 2014, new Chinese-based submarine patrols have put Hawaii and Alaska within nuclear attack range, further foreshadowing a West Coast nuclear attack by China. Four days later on February 10, 2014, China reportedly showed off its new mobile ICBM on the internet, suggesting that China will soon be using her nuclear weapons in a mobile and offensive manner.

2.2: Chinese Cyber-Hijack Nuke Attack
The notion of a surprise cyber-attack by an Asian country was ominously foreshadowed in the Washington Times report from January 8, 2015, entitled “Preventing a ‘Cyber Pearl Harbor’”. The report stated “we have now reached a new era of cyberterrorism where threats cause just as much damage and fear as a bomb threat”, ultimately linking a cyber-related attack to a real world bomb, most likely nuclear in nature. A television-based cyber-hijack and nuke attack would be a redux of a previous Chinese attack plot depicted in the June 30, 2013, Truther.org report entitled “Live TV” Cyber-Hijack With “Live” Nuclear Detonation Now Trending”. The notion of a Chinese nuclear attack on the U.S. was openly flaunted back on October 31, 2013, when the Chinese government released nuclear blast map projections for the U.S. cities of Seattle and Los Angeles after they were struck by Chinese nuclear warheads. A few weeks later on December 17, 2013, a Chinese space rover advert showed Europe being nuked, another ominous sign that a Chinese nuclear strike against the West is imminent. According to a report published on February 6, 2014, new Chinese-based submarine patrols have put Hawaii and Alaska within nuclear attack range, further foreshadowing a West Coast nuclear attack by China. Four days later on February 10, 2014, China reportedly showed off its new mobile ICBM on the internet, suggesting that China will soon be using her nuclear weapons in a mobile and offensive manner.

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2.3: California Nuclear Attack Drills
In what appears to be the nuclear terror drills for a Chinese nuke attack upon Las Vegas or Los Angeles, it was reported on April 1, 2015, that DHS executed a nuke attack drill on the US-Mexico border. According to reports, the exercise simulated “an emergency involving the detonation of a weapon of mass destruction near the U.S./Mexico border”. Authorities drilled on how they would deal with thousands of people crossing over from Mexico to escape the catastrophe, a scenario which would transpire in reality post-nuclear attack in Las Vegas and/or Los Angeles. Two days later on April 3, 2015, it was revealed that a dirty bomb drill would be executed on April 11, 2015 involving hundreds of soldiers, airmen, police and fire officials. According to reports, the nuclear terror drill was executed in Richmond, California, just 381 miles north of Los Angles.  Lastly, less than 2-weeks later on April 24, 2015, it was reported that the U.S. Military held another dirty bomb decontamination exercise in Michigan. Although only conjecture, it’s highly likely that the Michigan drill was preparation for the Chinese nuclear terror attack slated for Los Angeles and/or Las Vegas.

3.4: Earthquake/Tsunami Planned Post Nuclear Attack
In the aftermath of a Las Vegas and/or California nuclear attack by China, a man-made earthquake will predictably take place in California. This particular notion was confirmed on April 26, 2015, when the Financial Times published a report entitled “California Prepares for the Next ‘Big One’”. A day prior on April 25, 2015, the LA Times published a report entitled “Researcher Says a Sinking Santa Catalina could Pose Tsunami Threat”, confirming, albeit in a de facto manner, that a tsunami is planned in the wake of a nuclear attack and earthquake.

III. CHINESE CYBER-ATTACK:

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THE HISTORY OF THE AMERICAN FLAG

THE HISTORY OF THE AMERICAN FLAG

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Meaning of the colors

Although the flag was adopted officially in 1777, at that time there was no meaning attached to the colors. However, the same colors were used in designing the Seal of the United States of America in 1782, having specific meaning. In the words of Charles Thompson, secretary to the Continental Congress: “The colors of the pales (the vertical stripes) are those used in the flag of the United States of America; White signifies purity and innocence, Red, hardiness & valor, and Blue, the color of the Chief (the broad band above the stripes) signifies vigilance, perseverance & justice”.

For over 200 years now, the American flag symbolizes the unity and strength of the country. In other words, one can also say that it is a source of inspiration and pride for the citizens. The USA flag has turned out to be a viable icon in the history of the nation.

Year 1776 – Way back in 1776 (1st of January), the Continental Army was reorganized keeping in pace with the Congressional resolution. This placed the American forces under the control of George Washington. In the same year and on New Year’s Day, the Continental Army was laying cordon to Boston that was then was under the control of the British Army. As per the instruction of George Washington, the Grand Union flag was hoisted at the Prospect Hill. This flag had thirteen stripes in red and white alternately. Besides, at the canton it also had the British Union Jack.

Year 1776 (May) – Betsy Ross had sewed the first USA flag.

Year 1777 (June 14) – The First Flag Act was passed by the Continental Congress for introducing an official flag. It was an order that the American flag should consists of 13 stripes in red and white alternatively. It was also ordered that there should be 13 stars in the union, which would symbolize a fresh constellation.

Year 1777-1960 – In between these years several acts were passed by the Congress which altered the design, shape as well as the flag arrangement. Moreover, other acts were also passed for introducing additional stripes and stars.

Year 1794 (January 13) – An act was passed for introducing 15 stars and 15 stripes.

Year 1818 (April 4) – This act was passed for introducing 13 stripes and one star for every state, on 4 July, following the incorporation of the new states and after getting the same approved by President Monroe.

Year 1912 (June 24) – President Taft passed this order so that the stars can be arranged in six horizontal rows and each row carrying eight stars.

Year 1959 (January 3) – President Eisenhower passed this order so that the stars can be arranged in seven rows where each row should have seven stars staggered vertically and horizontally.

Year 1959 (August 21) – President Eisenhower further redirected his order and made it clear that the stars should be arranged in nine rows horizontally and in eleven rows where they are arranged vertically.

Year 1960 (July 4) – The 50th star was introduced on 4th July, 1960 and represented the state of Hawaii which became a part of the Union on 21st August, 1959.

As of now, the USA flag comprises 13 horizontal stripes, where seven red stripes and six white stripes are arranged horizontally. The stripes that you find in the American flag symbolize the thirteen colonies and the stars symbolize the fifty Union States. Besides, the red and the white colors that have been used in the flag have their own significance. For instance, the red color represents valor and hardiness while the white color stands for innocence and purity. Last, but not the least, the blue color symbolizes justice, insistence, and alertness.

Dimensions of USA Flag
Assuming that the width of the flag is 1.0 unit, the prescribed ratios for various parts of the flag are as follows :
Length of the flag: 1.9 units
Width of the canton (blue rectangle): 0.5385 units
Length of the canton: 0.76 units
Diameter of star: 0.0616 units
Width of stripes: 0.0769 units
Vertical distance between centers of stars: 0.0538 units
Horizontal distance between centers of stars: 0.0633 units

Symbolism
The American flag is a symbol of national unity and pride for the country. The fifty stars represent the fifty states comprising the present-day United States of America. For the symbolism of colors, see the corresponding section above.

Etiquette
The etiquette governing the use of the US flag are given in the Flag Code of the Federal law. Although the code is not binding on the common citizen, the following guidelines are prescribed:
Unless the flag has been so designed, it should be flown only in good weather.
The flag must be well lit at all times, either by sunlight or artificial light sources.
When displayed in a group of flags, the USA flag must be at the center and at the highest point.

If the USA flag is being displayed with another flag, with the two flags having crossed staffs, the USA flag must be on the right and have its staff in the front.
If the flag is to be suspended overhead, the canton must be to the top towards the left of the observer, with the folds falling freely.
The flag should not be used as an item of decoration or in any form of fashion.

Proper Disposal
If the USa flag has become worn out, it should be mended properly. In case the state of the flag is beyond repair, it should be disposed in a respectful manner.
Last Update on: October 27, 2014

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The Real History of the Crusades

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The threat of Islam
Misconceptions about the Crusades are all too common. The Crusades are generally portrayed as a series of holy wars against Islam led by power-mad popes and fought by religious fanatics. They are supposed to have been the epitome of self-righteousness and intolerance, a black stain on the history of the Catholic Church in particular and Western civilization in general. A breed of proto-imperialists, the Crusaders introduced Western aggression to the peaceful Middle East and then deformed the enlightened Muslim culture, leaving it in ruins. For variations on this theme, one need not look far. See, for example, Steven Runciman’s famous three-volume epic, History of the Crusades, or the BBC/A&E documentary, The Crusades, hosted by Terry Jones. Both are terrible history yet wonderfully entertaining.
So what is the truth about the Crusades? Scholars are still working some of that out. But much can already be said with certainty. For starters, the Crusades to the East were in every way defensive wars. They were a direct response to Muslim aggression—an attempt to turn back or defend against Muslim conquests of Christian lands.
Christians in the eleventh century were not paranoid fanatics. Muslims really were gunning for them. While Muslims can be peaceful, Islam was born in war and grew the same way. From the time of Mohammed, the means of Muslim expansion was always the sword. Muslim thought divides the world into two spheres, the Abode of Islam and the Abode of War. Christianity—and for that matter any other non-Muslim religion—has no abode. Christians and Jews can be tolerated within a Muslim state under Muslim rule. But, in traditional Islam, Christian and Jewish states must be destroyed and their lands conquered. When Mohammed was waging war against Mecca in the seventh century, Christianity was the dominant religion of power and wealth. As the faith of the Roman Empire, it spanned the entire Mediterranean, including the Middle East, where it was born. The Christian world, therefore, was a prime target for the earliest caliphs, and it would remain so for Muslim leaders for the next thousand years.
With enormous energy, the warriors of Islam struck out against the Christians shortly after Mohammed’s death. They were extremely successful. Palestine, Syria, and Egypt—once the most heavily Christian areas in the world—quickly succumbed. By the eighth century, Muslim armies had conquered all of Christian North Africa and Spain. In the eleventh century, the Seljuk Turks conquered Asia Minor (modern Turkey), which had been Christian since the time of St. Paul. The old Roman Empire, known to modern historians as the Byzantine Empire, was reduced to little more than Greece. In desperation, the emperor in Constantinople sent word to the Christians of western Europe asking them to aid their brothers and sisters in the East.
Understand the crusaders
That is what gave birth to the Crusades. They were not the brainchild of an ambitious pope or rapacious knights but a response to more than four centuries of conquests in which Muslims had already captured two-thirds of the old Christian world. At some point, Christianity as a faith and a culture had to defend itself or be subsumed by Islam. The Crusades were that defense.
Pope Urban II called upon the knights of Christendom to push back the conquests of Islam at the Council of Clermont in 1095. The response was tremendous. Many thousands of warriors took the vow of the cross and prepared for war. Why did they do it? The answer to that question has been badly misunderstood. In the wake of the Enlightenment, it was usually asserted that Crusaders were merely lacklands and ne’er-do-wells who took advantage of an opportunity to rob and pillage in a faraway land. The Crusaders’ expressed sentiments of piety, self-sacrifice, and love for God were obviously not to be taken seriously. They were only a front for darker designs.

During the past two decades, computer-assisted charter studies have demolished that contrivance. Scholars have discovered that crusading knights were generally wealthy men with plenty of their own land in Europe. Nevertheless, they willingly gave up everything to undertake the holy mission. Crusading was not cheap. Even wealthy lords could easily impoverish themselves and their families by joining a Crusade. They did so not because they expected material wealth (which many of them had already) but because they hoped to store up treasure where rust and moth could not corrupt. They were keenly aware of their sinfulness and eager to undertake the hardships of the Crusade as a penitential act of charity and love. Europe is littered with thousands of medieval charters attesting to these sentiments, charters in which these men still speak to us today if we will listen. Of course, they were not opposed to capturing booty if it could be had. But the truth is that the Crusades were notoriously bad for plunder. A few people got rich, but the vast majority returned with nothing.
What really happened?
Urban II gave the Crusaders two goals, both of which would remain central to the eastern Crusades for centuries. The first was to rescue the Christians of the East. As his successor, Pope Innocent III, later wrote:
How does a man love according to divine precept his neighbor as himself when, knowing that his Christian brothers in faith and in name are held by the perfidious Muslims in strict confinement and weighed down by the yoke of heaviest servitude, he does not devote himself to the task of freeing them? … Is it by chance that you do not know that many thousands of Christians are bound in slavery and imprisoned by the Muslims, tortured with innumerable torments?
“Crusading,” Professor Jonathan Riley-Smith has rightly argued, was understood as an “an act of love”—in this case, the love of one’s neighbor. The Crusade was seen as an errand of mercy to right a terrible wrong. As Pope Innocent III wrote to the Knights Templar, “You carry out in deeds the words of the Gospel, ‘Greater love than this hath no man, that he lay down his life for his friends.’”
The second goal was the liberation of Jerusalem and the other places made holy by the life of Christ. The word crusade is modern. Medieval Crusaders saw themselves as pilgrims, performing acts of righteousness on their way to the Holy Sepulcher. The Crusade indulgence they received was canonically related to the pilgrimage indulgence. This goal was frequently described in feudal terms. When calling the Fifth Crusade in 1215, Innocent III wrote:
Consider most dear sons, consider carefully that if any temporal king was thrown out of his domain and perhaps captured, would he not, when he was restored to his pristine liberty and the time had come for dispensing justice look on his vassals as unfaithful and traitors … unless they had committed not only their property but also their persons to the task of freeing him? … And similarly will not Jesus Christ, the king of kings and lord of lords, whose servant you cannot deny being, who joined your soul to your body, who redeemed you with the Precious Blood … condemn you for the vice of ingratitude and the crime of infidelity if you neglect to help Him?
The re-conquest of Jerusalem, therefore, was not colonialism but an act of restoration and an open declaration of one’s love of God. Medieval men knew, of course, that God had the power to restore Jerusalem Himself—indeed, he had the power to restore the whole world to his rule. Yet as St. Bernard of Clairvaux preached, His refusal to do so was a blessing to His people:
Again I say, consider the Almighty’s goodness and pay heed to His plans of mercy. He puts Himself under obligation to you, or rather feigns to do so, that He can help you to satisfy your obligations toward Himself. … I call blessed the generation that can seize an opportunity of such rich indulgence as this.

It is often assumed that the central goal of the Crusades was forced conversion of the Muslim world. Nothing could be further from the truth. From the perspective of medieval Christians, Muslims were the enemies of Christ and his Church. It was the Crusaders’ task to defeat and defend against them. That was all. Muslims who lived in Crusader-won territories were generally allowed to retain their property and livelihood, and always their religion. Indeed, throughout the history of the Crusader Kingdom of Jerusalem, Muslim inhabitants far outnumbered the Catholics. It was not until the 13th century that the Franciscans began conversion efforts among Muslims. But these were mostly unsuccessful and finally abandoned. In any case, such efforts were by peaceful persuasion, not the threat of violence.
All apologies
The Crusades were wars, so it would be a mistake to characterize them as nothing but piety and good intentions. Like all warfare, the violence was brutal (although not as brutal as modern wars). There were mishaps, blunders, and crimes. These are usually well-remembered today. During the early days of the First Crusade in 1095, a ragtag band of Crusaders led by Count Emicho of Leiningen made its way down the Rhine, robbing and murdering all the Jews they could find. Without success, the local bishops attempted to stop the carnage. In the eyes of these warriors, the Jews, like the Muslims, were the enemies of Christ. Plundering and killing them, then, was no vice. Indeed, they believed it was a righteous deed, since the Jews’ money could be used to fund the Crusade to Jerusalem. But they were wrong, and the Church strongly condemned the anti-Jewish attacks.
Fifty years later, when the Second Crusade was gearing up, St. Bernard frequently preached that the Jews were not to be persecuted:
Ask anyone who knows the Sacred Scriptures what he finds foretold of the Jews in the Psalm. “Not for their destruction do I pray,” it says. The Jews are for us the living words of Scripture, for they remind us always of what our Lord suffered … Under Christian princes they endure a hard captivity, but “they only wait for the time of their deliverance.”
Nevertheless, a fellow Cistercian monk named Radulf stirred up people against the Rhineland Jews, despite numerous letters from Bernard demanding that he stop. At last Bernard was forced to travel to Germany himself, where he caught up with Radulf, sent him back to his convent, and ended the massacres.
It is often said that the roots of the Holocaust can be seen in these medieval pogroms. That may be. But if so, those roots are far deeper and more widespread than the Crusades. Jews perished during the Crusades, but the purpose of the Crusades was not to kill Jews. Quite the contrary: Popes, bishops, and preachers made it clear that the Jews of Europe were to be left unmolested. In a modern war, we call tragic deaths like these “collateral damage.” Even with smart technologies, the United States has killed far more innocents in our wars than the Crusaders ever could. But no one would seriously argue that the purpose of American wars is to kill women and children.

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The failure of the Crusades
By any reckoning, the First Crusade was a long shot. There was no leader, no chain of command, no supply lines, no detailed strategy. It was simply thousands of warriors marching deep into enemy territory, committed to a common cause. Many of them died, either in battle or through disease or starvation. It was a rough campaign, one that seemed always on the brink of disaster. Yet it was miraculously successful. By 1098, the Crusaders had restored Nicaea and Antioch to Christian rule. In July 1099, they conquered Jerusalem and began to build a Christian state in Palestine. The joy in Europe was unbridled. It seemed that the tide of history, which had lifted the Muslims to such heights, was now turning.
But it was not. When we think about the Middle Ages, it is easy to view Europe in light of what it became rather than what it was. The colossus of the medieval world was Islam, not Christendom. The Crusades are interesting largely because they were an attempt to counter that trend. But in five centuries of crusading, it was only the First Crusade that significantly rolled back the military progress of Islam. It was downhill from there.
When the Crusader County of Edessa fell to the Turks and Kurds in 1144, there was an enormous groundswell of support for a new Crusade in Europe. It was led by two kings, Louis VII of France and Conrad III of Germany, and preached by St. Bernard himself. It failed miserably. Most of the Crusaders were killed along the way. Those who made it to Jerusalem only made things worse by attacking Muslim Damascus, which formerly had been a strong ally of the Christians. In the wake of such a disaster, Christians across Europe were forced to accept not only the continued growth of Muslim power but the certainty that God was punishing the West for its sins. Lay piety movements sprouted up throughout Europe, all rooted in the desire to purify Christian society so that it might be worthy of victory in the East.
Crusading in the late twelfth century, therefore, became a total war effort. Every person, no matter how weak or poor, was called to help. Warriors were asked to sacrifice their wealth and, if need be, their lives for the defense of the Christian East. On the home front, all Christians were called to support the Crusades through prayer, fasting, and alms. Yet still the Muslims grew in strength. Saladin, the great unifier, had forged the Muslim Near East into a single entity, all the while preaching jihad against the Christians. In 1187 at the Battle of Hattin, his forces wiped out the combined armies of the Christian Kingdom of Jerusalem and captured the precious relic of the True Cross. Defenseless, the Christian cities began surrendering one by one, culminating in the surrender of Jerusalem on October 2. Only a tiny handful of ports held out.

The response was the Third Crusade. It was led by Emperor Frederick I Barbarossa of the German Empire, King Philip II Augustus of France, and King Richard I Lionheart of England. By any measure it was a grand affair, although not quite as grand as the Christians had hoped. The aged Frederick drowned while crossing a river on horseback, so his army returned home before reaching the Holy Land. Philip and Richard came by boat, but their incessant bickering only added to an already divisive situation on the ground in Palestine. After recapturing Acre, the king of France went home, where he busied himself carving up Richard’s French holdings. The Crusade, therefore, fell into Richard’s lap. A skilled warrior, gifted leader, and superb tactician, Richard led the Christian forces to victory after victory, eventually reconquering the entire coast. But Jerusalem was not on the coast, and after two abortive attempts to secure supply lines to the Holy City, Richard at last gave up. Promising to return one day, he struck a truce with Saladin that ensured peace in the region and free access to Jerusalem for unarmed pilgrims. But it was a bitter pill to swallow. The desire to restore Jerusalem to Christian rule and regain the True Cross remained intense throughout Europe.
The Crusades of the 13th century were larger, better funded, and better organized. But they too failed. The Fourth Crusade (1201-1204) ran aground when it was seduced into a web of Byzantine politics, which the Westerners never fully understood. They had made a detour to Constantinople to support an imperial claimant who promised great rewards and support for the Holy Land. Yet once he was on the throne of the Caesars, their benefactor found that he could not pay what he had promised. Thus betrayed by their Greek friends, in 1204 the Crusaders attacked, captured, and brutally sacked Constantinople, the greatest Christian city in the world. Pope Innocent III, who had previously excommunicated the entire Crusade, strongly denounced the Crusaders. But there was little else he could do. The tragic events of 1204 closed an iron door between Roman Catholic and Greek Orthodox, a door that even today Pope John Paul II has been unable to reopen. It is a terrible irony that the Crusades, which were a direct result of the Catholic desire to rescue the Orthodox people, drove the two further—and perhaps irrevocably—apart.
The remainder of the 13th century’s Crusades did little better. The Fifth Crusade (1217-1221) managed briefly to capture Damietta in Egypt, but the Muslims eventually defeated the army and reoccupied the city. St. Louis IX of France led two Crusades in his life. The first also captured Damietta, but Louis was quickly outwitted by the Egyptians and forced to abandon the city. Although Louis was in the Holy Land for several years, spending freely on defensive works, he never achieved his fondest wish: to free Jerusalem. He was a much older man in 1270 when he led another Crusade to Tunis, where he died of a disease that ravaged the camp. After St. Louis’s death, the ruthless Muslim leaders, Baybars and Kalavun, waged a brutal jihad against the Christians in Palestine. By 1291, the Muslim forces had succeeded in killing or ejecting the last of the Crusaders, thus erasing the Crusader kingdom from the map. Despite numerous attempts and many more plans, Christian forces were never again able to gain a foothold in the region until the 19th century.
Europe’s fight for its life
One might think that three centuries of Christian defeats would have soured Europeans on the idea of Crusade. Not at all. In one sense, they had little alternative. Muslim kingdoms were becoming more, not less, powerful in the 14th, 15th, and 16th centuries. The Ottoman Turks conquered not only their fellow Muslims, thus further unifying Islam, but also continued to press westward, capturing Constantinople and plunging deep into Europe itself.

By the 15th century, the Crusades were no longer errands of mercy for a distant people but desperate attempts of one of the last remnants of Christendom to survive. Europeans began to ponder the real possibility that Islam would finally achieve its aim of conquering the entire Christian world. One of the great best-sellers of the time, Sebastian Brant’s The Ship of Fools, gave voice to this sentiment in a chapter titled “Of the Decline of the Faith”:
Our faith was strong in th’ Orient,
It ruled in all of Asia,
In Moorish lands and Africa.
But now for us these lands are gone
‘Twould even grieve the hardest stone …
Four sisters of our Church you find,
They’re of the patriarchic kind:
Constantinople, Alexandria,
Jerusalem, Antiochia.
But they’ve been forfeited and sacked
And soon the head will be attacked.
Of course, that is not what happened. But it very nearly did. In 1480, Sultan Mehmed II captured Otranto as a beachhead for his invasion of Italy. Rome was evacuated. Yet the sultan died shortly thereafter, and his plan died with him. In 1529, Suleiman the Magnificent laid siege to Vienna. If not for a run of freak rainstorms that delayed his progress and forced him to leave behind much of his artillery, it is virtually certain that the Turks would have taken the city. Germany, then, would have been at their mercy.
Yet, even while these close shaves were taking place, something else was brewing in Europe—something unprecedented in human history. The Renaissance, born from a strange mixture of Roman values, medieval piety, and a unique respect for commerce and entrepreneurialism, had led to other movements like humanism, the Scientific Revolution, and the Age of Exploration. Even while fighting for its life, Europe was preparing to expand on a global scale. The Protestant Reformation, which rejected the papacy and the doctrine of indulgence, made Crusades unthinkable for many Europeans, thus leaving the fighting to the Catholics. In 1571, a Holy League, which was itself a Crusade, defeated the Ottoman fleet at Lepanto. Yet military victories like that remained rare. The Muslim threat was neutralized economically. As Europe grew in wealth and power, the once awesome and sophisticated Turks began to seem backward and pathetic—no longer worth a Crusade. The “Sick Man of Europe” limped along until the 20th century, when he finally expired, leaving behind the present mess of the modern Middle East.

From the safe distance of many centuries, it is easy enough to scowl in disgust at the Crusades. Religion, after all, is nothing to fight wars over. But we should be mindful that our medieval ancestors would have been equally disgusted by our infinitely more destructive wars fought in the name of political ideologies. And yet, both the medieval and the modern soldier fight ultimately for their own world and all that makes it up. Both are willing to suffer enormous sacrifice, provided that it is in the service of something they hold dear, something greater than themselves. Whether we admire the Crusaders or not, it is a fact that the world we know today would not exist without their efforts. The ancient faith of Christianity, with its respect for women and antipathy toward slavery, not only survived but flourished. Without the Crusades, it might well have followed Zoroastrianism, another of Islam’s rivals, into extinction.

Thomas F. Madden, is one of the top historians on medieval history and also on the Spanish Inquisition. He is an associate professor and chair of the Department of History at Saint Louis University. He is the author of numerous works, including The New Concise History of the Crusades, and co-author, with Donald Queller, of The Fourth Crusade: The Conquest of Constantinople.

Dr. Bill Warner, PhD: Jihad vs. The Crusades (Excellent Video)

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~The Russo-Chinese Energy Deals~

The Russians responded to the setbacks in Ukraine by forging massive energy deals with China. These deals did help to ensure the future of the Russian oil industry. However, these deals do nothing to aid Putin in the reconstruction of the former Soviet Union.”

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At the heart of the American economy and the Petrodollar is energy and Russia and China just cemented an agreement where they do not need the dollar. The Russia –China  $400 billion energy deal, signed in May of 2014, will by 2018 have some 38 billion cubic meters of gas flow through the so-called ‘Holy Grail’ pipeline from the largest gas producer, Russia, to the largest energy user, China. This deal  is many things at once: It is, of course a symbolic step in the process of decoupling hydrocarbon trading from the dollar, as it foresees payments in local currencies, rubles and yuan. It sidesteps the  Petrodollar for hydrocarbon trading. Over one-third of the planet just moved away from the dollar when this recent deal was cemented.

As if the Russian-Chinese energy deal is not bad enough, the BRICS are driving a stake into the American economy as they have set up a  new development and investment bank for all of the BRICS countries. The banks  will be headquartered in Shanghai, China, with the first president of the bank will be from India.

The Turkey Factor
In a direct means to compensate for the loss of Ukraine as an energy hub, Russia reached out to NATO member Turkey and reached an accord to bypass Ukraine as a conduit for oil shipments.

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Turkey’s gas deal,  inked with Russia in the Spring of 2014, represents one more time that the grand chess master, Putin, had apparently outmaneuvered the amateur checkers player, Obama.  With this gas deal, Turkey may not have formally left NATO, but make no mistake about it, Turkey had left NATO with this deal. Further, Russia could bypass Ukraine with regard to the shipment of Russian oil.

Turkey and Russia are long-time adversaries since the implementation of the Cold War and the advent of the 1947 Truman Doctrine. This gas deal looked like a staggering blow to the U.S. and NATO because Turkey has been not only a key NATO ally, but it has been the linchpin of all American efforts to bypass Russia with oil and gas pipelines. The situation caused by the Turkey-Russia gas deal was so dire, that in the event of World War III, the U.S. would be forced to destroy this pipeline. In other words, Turkey has just become a military ally with Russia.

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South Stream was supposed to run through the Black Sea, Bulgaria, Serbia and Hungary into Austria and points west and it attempted to counter South Stream by proposing another pipeline, called “Nabucco” which was to have linked Austria, Hungary, Romania and Bulgaria with Turkey and Azerbaijan. This pipeline failed because the United States failed to secure funding for the pipeline and or a source of gas. Are you keeping a body count of the NATO allies which are going to have extreme difficulty heating their homes and businesses and are now subject to Putin’s blackmail? From a military perspective, these nations provide a buffer between Russian invasion of America’s primary NATO allies of Germany, France, Italy and the UK. Putin will now focus on seeking defectors from these four allies.

The United States/Federal Reserve avoided catastrophe because they were able exert enough pressure on Turkey to withdraw from their Russian deal. Turkey backed of this deal in July of 2015 after the CIA began to exert real pressure on Turkey.

Checkmate on Putin and his attempt at using oil to blackmail members of NATO into leaving the alliance.

Syria

Putin will not be denied his dream of one day ruling over a resurrected Soviet Union. Subsequently, Putin called Obama’s bluff and invaded Syria and now Russian/Syrian forces are preparing to force all rebels out of the country. Syria also serves as a base of operations for Russian military activity in the Middle East. If I were to hazard a guess, I believe that Putin will chase ISIS into Jordan and World War III will commence.

Russian and Chinese Strategy

It is interesting that Russia and China have adopted similar strategies with regard to simultaneously attacking American alliances which will serve to weaken the American economy. In the South China Sea, China is imperiling Taiwan’s economy through disrupting trade in the South China Sea. Further, these moves by China imperil any economic benefit by the United States participation in the TPP.  On the other hand, Russia has driven a wedge into NATO, even though he was not able to kill NATO. However, Germany did come out in support of Russia’s invasion of Syria.

It is clear that Russia and China are attacking America’s alliances in preparation for WW III.

Conclusion

The joint Chinese/Russian strategy which seeks to weaken the US and separate her from her military and economic allies is having some effect. It is a “death by a 1000 cuts strategy”.

The United States on the other hand, has been successful in preserving its alliances and blocking the re-emergence of the Soviet Union.

At what point do these frustrations boil over and the shooting starts for real? When the US Air Force and the Russian Air Force can make visual contact between each other’s planes in Syria, it is just a matter of time until this cold war turns hot.

By Dave Hodges

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R I N O CONTINUES TO DENY OUR VETERANS PROGRAMS

While the Flux of refugees and illegals continue to receive support from our congress of harlots.

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Our veterans who fought for our freedoms are dieing before they can get an appointment with the VA.  Thousands are homeless, hungry and ill.

While the refugees receive royalty status with free housing, welfare, and health care at the expense of the American taxpayer.

Isn’t it time for a change?

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S.

Senate Republicans blocked legislation on Thursday that would have expanded federal healthcare and education programs for veterans, saying the $24 billion bill would bust the budget.

Even though the legislation cleared a procedural vote on Tuesday by a 99-0 vote, the measure quickly got bogged down in partisan fighting.

Supporters said the measure would have brought the most significant changes in decades to U.S. veterans’ programs. For example, it called for 27 new medical facilities to help a healthcare system that is strained by veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.

With Democrats pressing for passage this week, Senate Republicans, backed by their leader, Mitch McConnell, attempted to attach controversial legislation calling for possible new sanctions on Iran that President Barack Obama opposes.

“The issue of Iran sanctions … has nothing to do with the needs of veterans,” complained Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee Chairman Bernard Sanders of Vermont, the main sponsor of the bill.

Republicans also raised budget concerns, forcing another key procedural vote that ended up killing the bill. By a vote of 56-41, the Senate failed to waive budget rules that would have allowed the bill to proceed. Sixty votes were needed and 41 of the chamber’s 45 Republicans voted against the waiver.

Referring to recent budget deals that aim to bring down federal deficits, Republican Senator Jeff Sessions of Alabama said: “This bill would spend more than we agreed to spend. The ink is hardly dry and here we have another bill to raise that spending again.”

The legislation had the backing of most veterans’ organizations, but was doomed by deep disagreements between Democrats and Republicans that have made this Congress one of the least productive in decades.

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Sanders, an independent who caucuses with Democrats, had hoped senators would, “rise above the day-to-day rancor and the party politics that we see on this floor almost every single day,” and support a law affecting 22 million veterans, including more than 2 million who served in Iraq and Afghanistan.

With Thursday’s vote, Congress sent another disjointed message to the nation’s veterans.

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In December, Congress passed a two-year budget deal that included a reduction in veterans’ pension benefits. Weeks later, Congress did an about-face and repealed many of the cuts.

And early this week, with the initial 99-0 procedural vote on Sanders’ bill, the Senate appeared to be delivering a strong show of support for veterans, only to see the legislation die in the Senate with Thursday’s vote.

(Reporting by Richard Cowan. Editing by Andre Grenon)
http://mobile.reuters.com/article/idUSBREA1Q26O20140227

Double Standards At Oklahoma University

The University of Oklahoma president David Boren’s immediate expulsion of white students that were involved with a recently-leaked racist video and the punishment they received stands in sharp contrast to the lighter punishment school has given to football black players found responsible for extremely violent racist crimes against whites.

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Rice, a white student was captured on video leading a racist chant at a Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity event over the weekend which was later leaked and lead to death threats from an angry black mob.

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Rice issued an apology for his actions saying he was ‘deeply sorry’ and that what he did was ‘wrong and reckless’ but this fell on deaf ears of the real racist people that have only one agenda, to blame the white race for all of their problems all of the time in order to convince America that ALL white people are racist.

Rice and his family have left their home due to threatening phone calls, and he has been expelled from Oklahoma university.

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“There is zero tolerance for this kind of threatening racist behavior at the University of Oklahoma,” president Boren said.

Boren might have zero tolerance for racist songs sung in private by white students. In contrast Boren and OU have taken a much different approach to the privileged members of the school’s elite black football team, emphasizing the importance of second chances and allowing the team to welcome back players with a history of extream violence against white women and sexual assault.

One such player was Joe Mixon, a freshman and one of the top football prospects for the Sooners. Last July, Mixon was caught on video in an altercation with another a white female OU student. During the altercation, Mixon violently punched Molitor so hard he broke four bones in her face and knocked her unconscious.

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Joe Mixon was charged with a misdemeanor and and received a slap on the hand for a felony Assault charge and was welcomed back cheerfully by Oklahoma University!

Now if that ain’t a crock of racist shit I don’t know what is!

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I think it’s time America woke up and discovered who the real racist are!

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