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Weekly Update from Headquarters
2 December 2016
Although the news is almost a week old, the news of the
death of Fidel Castro certainly does mark an historic milestone in the lives
of millions. It is most notable in
the lives of tens of thousands who found survival
under the Castro police-state so risky and unbearable that they would
set out to sea on anything that would float in an effort to reach the United
States. Despite the
well-documented stories of horrors under Castro, of being cast into squalid
prisons for daring to be critical of the Castro regime or its policies, or
having to hide from firing squads rounding up people in the streets,
left-leaning personalities in the educational and political realm have seen fit
to eulogize the communist dictator as some kind of hero.
Public mourning in Cuba continued throughout the week, whether legitimate or
coerced, and some reporters from the area claim
that Fidel elicited a sense of national pride from all over the island nation
that is genuine.
the Canadian Prime Minister caught almost everyone's attention.
Justin Trudeau praised the communist dictator, expressing “deep sorrow” for his
passing. “Fidel Castro was a
larger than life leader who served his people for almost half a century...”
The statement went on from there,
making everyone wonder whether the young Canadian PM has any idea what he's
talking about. One of the
interesting points apparently discovered in documentation recovered after the
fall of the Soviet Union is
the fact that Fidel Castro actually urged Soviet Premier Khrushchev to fire
nuclear weapons at American cities at the height of the Cuban missile crisis,
and Khrushchev had to stand against Castro's wish to engage in a nuclear war
that would surely have affected all of us and much of the rest of the world from
the left seems to have an abiding respect for the communist dictator.
You may have seen
some of the interviews with college students who are firm in their opinion that
Castro was certainly a better leader than the new President-elect of the United
In the weeks since the election of Donald Trump, the mainstream media has
been stalwart in their position that the actual governance of the coming
administration will be a far cry from the campaign rhetoric.
Since early appointments and the actions of the incoming administration
look to be consistent with the oft repeated campaign promises,
charges of racism, misogyny and xenophobia are out front again.
To be kind, even the most vehemently angry and disappointed of analysts
and anchors has allowed for the possibility
that ALL Trump supporters aren't racist.
That's mighty big of them.
rage now is all about FAKE NEWS! Sure
there are examples of completely manufactured and false “news” stories
circulating on the Internet.
They have rarely, if ever, been reported in any format of mass media.
The irony is that
we've been subjected to all manner of bogus propaganda for years now that has
emanated from legitimate government sources and reported by the media,
mainstream and otherwise over recent years.
It is something of a hoot watching the purveyors of massive falsehoods
decrying “fake news.” At this point,
their outrage is just plain hilarious.
we hope for the kind of enthusiasm that propelled the United States into an era
of prosperity and global
respect under the leadership of Ronald Reagan?
Would it be wrong
to hope for the kind of confident representation that put the Soviet Union out
of business? Was something
inherently evil in the historic accomplishment that
freed tens of
millions from the dangerous police-state environment that existed behind the
Iron Curtain? The majority of us
lived through that milestone of recent history and
the revival of a nation that had been in economic decay and had projected
apologetic weakness around the world, notably toward the Middle East and
a lot has changed, other than the fact that
Iran has made tremendous strides toward military nuclear capability.
Iran now has a military alliance with Bashir Assad and the Syrian regime.
Russia is firmly ensconced in Syria with warplanes and military equipment.
Whether Russia will be a player in future U. S. relations with Iran is
Iranian leaders are warning of severe consequences if the United States should
violate the very nuclear agreement they were violating before during and after
the agreement was signed! It
should be interesting.
North Korea is another wild-card, boasting nuclear capabilities.
Kim Jong-un just concluded a week of simulated war games designed
to knock out South Korea's ability to respond in the event of hostilities.
EU leaders, and national leaders from Germany and France have reacted to the
recent election with the same foreboding
with which they greeted news of Britain pulling out of the European Union.
They're worried that
Europeans may also want out from under the heavy-handed mandates that have
transformed life, economically and socially, across Europe.
Whatever your perspective, we are living in exciting, historic times.
Hopefully, the cries of “racism”
fade to a level that is a little more consistent with reality.
Any honest broker knows that the vast majority of traditional patriotic
Americans are not consumed with hatred for those from other races or cultures.
But many in the media have not been honest brokers, and
it looks as though
people in the heartland of the United States have delivered a defeat, not
only to the status quo of big government, but to the legitimacy of the
mainstream media itself, whether its most prominent personalities notice or not.
From our perspective, laying out the principals of the Bible against the
practices promoted or “tolerated” by our modern culture represents a vast chasm.
It will not be addressed or healed by an incoming administration,
regardless of what are hopefully the best of intentions for the United States
and its position in the world.
Our commission is to
cry aloud to the remnant of the lost tribes of Israel and issue a call for
repentance and a return to respect and obedience toward the Creator God prior to
a time of coming tribulation, best intentions notwithstanding.
The new monthly letter is in the mail, and we should tell you that our
response and support has been strong.
A new issue of
Twenty-First Century WATCH is
well along, and we plan to have it wrapped up and ready to print next week.
We think you'll be happy to display it at home or show it to friends. Our
thanks go out to all of you. Have a wonderful Sabbath.