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From Whence Come Wars?

- Excerpts from the writings of David Brandt Berg, August 8, 1977 - Written over 30 years ago but still contemporary information in this sad war torn world.

COUNTRIES USED TO GO TO WAR JUST FOR PRIDE over some incident because they were offended or one king made a bad remark about another king and boom, boom, boom! But in modern years, recent years, they go to war for commercial reasons, they're trade wars.

NEARLY EVERY ONE OF AMERICA'S WARS WERE FOR SOME KIND OF TRADE ADVANTAGE or money or for territory.--Which of course were always fought under different excuses, even as far back as the Civil War.

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THE CIVIL WAR WAS SUPPOSED TO BE THE WAR TO FREE THE SLAVES. What it really turned out to be was the war to enslave the free, because it made the Federal Government a dictatorship.

WHEN THE STATES ORIGINALLY BANDED TOGETHER THEY DID SO VOLUNTARILY and they were supposed to be able to withdraw from the club if they didn't like the other members. When the South tried to withdraw the other members picked up guns and started shooting, "You can't leave the club!"

THE REASON WAS THAT THE NORTH HAD ALL THE INDUSTRY, THE SOUTH HAD ALL THE AGRICULTURE, and particularly cotton which the North wanted and needed for textiles. But the South had a lot more in common with England and they had more communication, intercourse and trade with England than they had with the North.

THE SOUTHERNERS WERE LADIES AND GENTLEMEN with great plantations. They were rich and they dressed well. They sent their kids to England for school and that's where you get that Southern drawl, it's really an English accent, believe it or not!

SO THE NORTH BEGAN GIVING THE SOUTH TROUBLE because the North wanted the South to buy machinery from her instead of from England. But when the South could get it cheaper from England of course she bought it from England, and she traded her cotton for it. But the North wanted the cotton too. The North wanted the South's market for her machinery and they needed the South's raw materials for their machines.

SO ALL THAT SELF-RIGHTEOUS BIT OVER FREEING THE SLAVES, THAT'S ALL A BIG JOKE! That's not what the war was fought for at all. That was the excuse given the people so they could get the people behind them and make the people willing to fight.

WHAT PEOPLE ARE YOU GOING TO SELL ON FIGHTING A WAR SO YOU CAN SELL MACHINES and grab cotton? Not many people are going to give their sons and daughters for a selfish commercial purpose that didn't do most of them any good anyway. That's the war which made New York rich!

SO THAT'S WHY I SAY LINCOLN, FAR FROM BEING A HERO, WAS A TYRANT! He started the Civil War! So, from whence come wars? James said they come from your own lusts--and nations' lusts. (James 4:1.)

THE U.S. FOUGHT A WAR WITH THE FRENCH TO GRAB FRENCH TERRITORY, they fought a war with the British before that to grab British territory, and they fought a war with the Spanish to grab Texas, California and nearly all the Western half of the United States. The United States is a very aggressive and grabby nation!

IF TWO MEN GRAB GUNS TO GET WHAT THEY WANT they're criminals. If a group of them organize and get together and grab guns to get what they want, they're gangsters. But if they're trying to get their political freedom or grab back territory that once belonged to them that some other bunch of gangsters has already conquered, well then they're terrorists. And if they are a pretty good-sized army of so-called terrorists, then they're guerrillas.

FINALLY WHEN THEY GET AN ARMY BIG ENOUGH TO CONQUER the territory and grab it back or from somebody else, then it's a legal, sophisticated, self-righteous army. See, it all depends on how big you are and how powerful you are what names they call you.

SO THE CIVIL WAR WAS FOUGHT SO THAT THE NORTH COULD CONQUER THE SOUTH AND VIRTUALLY MAKE SLAVES OUT OF THEM for nearly a hundred years. They freed the blacks and enslaved the whites, and eventually enslaved all the people under the two main dictatorial laws--the draft and the income tax.

THE DRAFT GAVE THEM POWER OVER THEIR BODIES AND THE INCOME TAX HAD THEIR PURSES, and they had the power and the money needed to be a dictatorship, and that's why it is that today. In most countries, for example Switzerland, trying to dodge your income tax is only what they call a misdemeanor, which means it's only punishable by a fine and not by prison, a minor crime. In the United States it's a major crime and they put you away for years for tax evasion. It's a dictatorship's favorite weapon.

WORLD WAR I WAS FOUGHT WITH THE GERMANS BECAUSE THEY WERE STEALING THE WORLD MARKETS. The Germans were smarter, harder working, and producing more. When I was a little kid, there were still oodles of things, little toys and everything marked "Made in Germany." They had virtually under cut all the rest of the world's prices.

ENGLAND AND GERMANY WERE THE TWO MAJOR INDUSTRIAL NATIONS with the U.S. coming up fast, and England and the U.S. didn't like the way Germany was outselling them and taking all the world trade. This was the reason for the war.

BUT OF COURSE THEY HAD TO TRY TO THINK UP A GOOD EXCUSE to tell the people, which they finally did: "The war to set the world free!"--World War I!

AFTER THE WAR THERE WERE MORE DICTATORSHIPS than there were before, although a lot of democracies cropped up and a lot of kings were toppled. They got rid of most of the kings, but the dictators took over then, a new brand of monarchs.

SO WHAT DO YOU SUPPOSE HAPPENED WHEN JAPAN BEGAN TO CONQUER ALL THE WORLD MARKETS and undersell the United States? The U.S. just couldn't compete with Japanese products and trading so what do you suppose she did?

They had to have a real good excuse to try to convince the people, because before World War II most Americans had been involved in one World War and didn't want to get involved in another one. "Let them fight it out! So what if Hitler wins?--At least he'll be the buffer between us and the Communists!"

SO WHAT WAS THE SLOGAN OF WORLD WAR II? They had to think up a good one to make sure they'd beat the Germans and the [Japanese], as most people are not the slightest bit interested in going to war for markets.

TRADE BALANCES MEAN NOTHING TO MOST PEOPLE, only the price of goods, and they just grumble about that and pay it. If they could buy the German goods cheaper and the [Japanese] goods cheaper, why, they'd buy those!

SO WHY SHOULD THE PEOPLE WANT TO GO TO WAR WITH JAPAN JUST BECAUSE THEIR PRICES ARE LOWER? They were very happy the [Japanese] prices were lower and they bought the Japanese goods! They had to give them some other excuse. So World War II was: "The war to end all wars!"

"THE WAR TO END ALL WARS!"--ETERNAL PEACE!--AND THEY ENDED IT WITH THE ATOMIC BOMB that wiped out indiscriminately over 100,000 civilian women, children and old people, two bombs in fact, Nagasaki and Hiroshima, and condemned others to a very slow death that took some of them 30 years before they died. Others were horribly maimed and burned and scarred for life!

THERE WERE HORRORS THE U.S. WOULDN'T EVEN LET ITS OWN PEOPLE KNOW ABOUT, wouldn't allow pictures in the newspaper. What country was the first to use the horror bomb?--The United States! So "the war to end all wars" began--and there's been a war going on somewhere ever since!

IN FACT, THERE'S HARDLY BEEN A TIME IN THE WHOLE OF WORLD HISTORY WHEN THERE WASN'T A WAR GOING ON SOMEWHERE!--Except during the period when Jesus was born when the Romans were in full control of the world and therefore had put an end to all wars, uprisings, civil wars and whatnot.

THERE WAS ACTUALLY A TIME OF PEACE RIGHT ON THROUGH THE EARLY CHURCH ERA. Think how easy it was in those days if you were, like Paul, a Roman citizen, you could go anywhere without a passport or visas and you spoke the language of the world! The cultural language was Greek and the business and government language was Roman. If you spoke either one of those you could preach anywhere in the world, either Greek or Latin, which of course greatly facilitated the spreading of the Gospel. There couldn't have been a better time, and of course God prepared the time for it: "Peace on Earth!"

YOU NEVER SAW HOW SELF-RIGHTEOUS NATIONS CAN GET JUST BEFORE A WAR!--So righteous and so convinced that they are right and the other fellow's the criminal, the devil who needs to be conquered!

THE NORTH GOT SO SELF-RIGHTEOUS ABOUT FREEING THE SLAVES, and deceived the people into thinking that's what they were fighting for! They got so self-righteous in World War I.

THE CONQUEROR WRITES THE HISTORY BOOKS, THE "MINISTRY OF TRUTH!" Didn't you ever read 1984? Whoever wins the war, they write the books, so you will never hear the truth of what really happened.

BEFORE EVERY WAR THERE'S A LONG PERIOD OF MENTAL CONDITIONING and psychological preparation. Before World War I the U.S. spent years of antagonistic propaganda against Kaiser Wilhelm of Germany. "It was all his fault, it was all the Germans' fault!"

THEY BLAMED ALL THE WORLD'S PROBLEMS ON GERMANY, all the world's economic problems were Germany's fault--the people were geared to this. Pretty soon in all the movies and all the stories all the villains were Germans! And the people were brainwashed and conditioned to it and geared to it until finally when the war broke out they thought, "Of course we should have started a war with them long ago!--The God-damn Krauts!"

THEN BEFORE WORLD WAR II ALL OF A SUDDEN ALL THE EVIL VILLAINS BEGAN TO BE JAPANESE AND GERMANS! Again Germans but now Japanese too: "They are even more evil, they are not even civilized, they don't even look like us! You could tell they were evil just by looking at them!--Those evil Orientals!" So of course you had to fight a war with them--they were stealing the whole world!

OPPOSITION TO WORLD WAR II WAS INTENSE IN THE UNITED STATES. There was the "America First" Party which fought entering the war. There were what they called "Isolationists" who insisted that the U.S. not get into another European War. There were even the out-and-out pro-Germans, pro-Hitler people called the German Bunds, which were German or Germanic clubs, all for going into the war on the side of Hitler to stop the Communists!

DID YOU KNOW THAT EVEN IN WORLD WAR I THERE WERE A LOT OF PEOPLE WHO WANTED TO GO IN ON THE SIDE OF KAISER WILHELM? But England had always held their winning trump card to tip the scale in favor of the people who spoke the majority language. Before World War I there were many immigrants to the U.S., oodles and oodles of Germans and Italians and whatnot.

SO ACCORDING TO THE U.S., WORLD WAR II WAS ALL THE GERMANS' AND JAPANESE' FAULT, and they built up a big propaganda campaign ahead of time. But the war was opposed by a big propaganda campaign by those called the "Isolationists" or the "America Firsters," in other words, "Let's put America first and forget Europe and stay out of the war!"--U.S. Germans wanted either to stay out of the War or go in on the side of Germany.

THE U.S. AS GOOD AS ALLOWED THE JAPANESE SECRET INFORMATION letting them know that they were planning to go to war with them, in order to encourage the Japanese to do exactly what they did, to make a preemptive strike against our navy, which would then give the U.S. the excuse it needed for attacking Japan.

ROOSEVELT WAS INFORMED AHEAD OF TIME THAT THE JAPANESE WERE GOING TO STRIKE PEARL HARBOR, even of the hour, and this all came out years afterward, but he never did a thing and never let the information out to the Armed Services or anything. Because he knew that was the only thing that would make the American people mad enough to go to war!

SO SUNDAY MORNING CAME, DEC. 7, 1941, AT PEARL HARBOR, and as usual the military services all took the day off! They weren't even manning the anti-aircraft guns or anything! Nearly the whole Navy had gone ashore and there were just a whole bunch of battleships moored like sitting ducks in the harbor. The big army bases were virtually deserted because the GIs had all gone to town. In peacetime everybody would take Sunday off, and the Japanese knew it!

THE JAPANESE WEREN'T REALLY TRYING TO KILL SO MANY PEOPLE, but they were trying to destroy their bases and the boats. But it just so happened that something had gone wrong. I think the U.S.S. Arizona was picked to stay on duty, so it was virtually fully manned with over 2,000 guys, and sunk, and the men went down with it!

SO ROOSEVELT JUST LET THE PLANES COME! This all came out later, although it's still been kind of hushed up and whitewashed.

IN A WAY OF COURSE IT WAS JAPAN'S FAULT, but they were provoked to it because they got word that the U.S. was going to declare war. They decided to strike first at her most vulnerable spot and the place that threatened them the most, which was the Hawaiian Islands, the big American naval base nearest them. So they just decided to sink them before they got started.

OF COURSE THEN THIS WAS PLAYED UP INTO BIG PROPAGANDA: "A horrible atrocity, the Japanese sneak attack on Pearl Harbor" and "a terrible slaughter," "a stab in our back" and all of this stuff, and it did it!--It made the Americans mad enough, and the very next day Congress met and declared war!--WWII!

RESULT: THE UNITED STATES TOOK OVER THE JAPANESE ISLANDS AND ALL THEIR BIG INDUSTRIES and financed them with American money to begin producing Japanese goods under American brand names, so that now the Americans could make the money instead of the Japanese!

PEOPLE ARE NOW ALREADY BEING CONDITIONED FOR THE NEXT WAR! Have you noticed the nature of the cartoons now?--The Arabs are the villains! Also in motion pictures and TV--the Arabs are now the villains!

EVEN A LOT OF THE VILLAINS ARE EUROPEANS because the United States is not too well pleased with Europe--and so particularly, quite a few of the villains are French!

JUST THINK HOW THE ISRAELIS HAVE PERSUADED THE CHRISTIANS TO FIGHT FOR THEM! They're going to persuade the Christians to fight the Arabs!

The real reason for wars in the Middle East
Does this cartoon remind you of something? It was drawn in 1977!
Copyright (c) 1998 by The Family International

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