Posts Tagged ‘Holocaust’

WAR & CONFLICT BOOK ERA:  WORLD WAR II/WAR IN THE WEST/THE HOLOCAUSTThe Nazi Holocaust began in 1933 when Adolf Hitler came to power in Germany and ended in 1945 when the Nazis were defeated by the Allied powers. It is estimated that 11 million people were killed during the Holocaust. Six million of these were Jews.

Many people around the world were shocked and angered to find out that during World War II, a number of German physicians conducted painful and often deadly experiments on thousands of concentration camp prisoners without their consent. Typically, the experiments resulted in death, disfigurement or permanent disability.

“Be sober; be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.” (1 Peter 5:8)

From reports of the kidnapping, rape and slaughter of innocent women and children and the beheadings of western journalists by Islamic terrorists, it appears that the devil is still walking about like a roaring lion.

But have we been any less evil?
The devil and the demons seek to know our weaknesses so that they can attack our most vulnerable position. Just like Uncle Screwtape says in the book ‘The Screwtape Letters’ by C.S. Lewis: “The safest road to Hell is the gradual one. This is the road taken by quiet people, responsible citizens, religious people, our neighbors and even people participating in the Christian church.”

Japanese-internment 2The 1st American Holocaust
Following the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, President Franklin D. Roosevelt issued Executive Order 9066, which permitted the military to circumvent the constitutional safeguards of American citizens in the name of national defense. The order set into motion the evacuation and mass incarceration of over 120,000 people of Japanese ancestry, most of whom were U.S. citizens or legal permanent resident aliens.

These Japanese Americans, half of whom were children, were incarcerated for up to 4 years, without due process of law or any factual basis, in bleak, remote camps surrounded by barbed wire and armed guards. They were forced to evacuate their homes and leave their jobs and businesses. In some cases, family members were separated and put into different camps. President Roosevelt himself called the facilities “concentration camps.”

Some Japanese Americans died in these camps due to inadequate medical care and the emotional stresses they encountered. Several were killed by military guards for allegedly resisting orders.

At the time, Executive Order 9066 was justified as a “military necessity” to protect against domestic espionage and sabotage. However, it was later documented that “our government had in its possession proof that not one Japanese American, citizen or not, had engaged in espionage, not one had committed any act of sabotage.” (Michi Weglyn, 1976)

It took almost 50 years for Congress to pass the Civil Liberties Act of 1988 that acknowledged that “a grave injustice was done”. Even then, each victim of the internment was only paid $20,000 in reparations along with a signed apology from the President of the United States on behalf of the American people! The period for reparations ended in August of 1998.

ToxicThe 2nd American Holocaust
This year marks the 20th anniversary of the declassification of top-secret studies, the “Human Radiation Experiments,” done over a period of 30 years, in which the US conducted radiation experiments on as many as 20,000 vulnerable US citizens. Victims included civilians, prison inmates, federal workers, hospital patients, pregnant women, infants, developmentally disabled children and military personnel—most of them powerless, poor, sick, elderly or terminally ill.

Eileen Welsome’s 1999 exposé The Plutonium Files: America’s Secret Medical Experiments in the Cold War details “the unspeakable scientific trials that reduced thousands of men, women, and even children to nameless specimens.”

In 1950 an experiment to determine how susceptible an American city would be to biological attack, the U.S. Navy sprayed a cloud of bacteria from ships over San Francisco. Monitoring devices were situated throughout the city in order to test the extent of infection. Many residents become ill with pneumonia-like symptoms.

In 1994 Senator John D. Rockefeller issued a report revealing that for at least 50 years the Department of Defense has used hundreds of thousands of military personnel in human experiments and for intentional exposure to dangerous substances. Materials included mustard and nerve gas, ionizing radiation, psychochemicals, hallucinogens, and drugs used during the Gulf War. That same year, the U.S. Government admitted that it had offered salaries and immunity from prosecution to war criminals and scientists who had performed human medical experiments in exchange for data on biological warfare research.

baby_20_weeksThe 3rd American Holocaust
From the Nazi concentration camps to black slavery, to the human experiments in America—there was one common thread: A belief that there is a portion of society that are non-persons.

Forty-one years ago the infamous Roe v. Wade decision became law which legalized abortion-on-demand nationwide. The aftermath of this tragic ruling is the deaths of over 55 million innocent unborn babies!

Today it is the unborn child—tomorrow it may be the elderly or those who are incurably ill. Who knows if a little later down the road it may be anyone who has political or moral views that do not fit into the distorted reasoning of the day?

How many physicians, scientists, teachers, artists, musicians, pastors, missionaries, engineers, and other notable contributors to society have been murdered in the womb since abortion-on-demand was legalized in this country?

Today, Matthew 23:37 could be translated: “America, America, you who kill the prophets and those who are sent to you! How often I wanted to gather you together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing!”

It is Satan’s subtle devices that are the most dangerous. That is why in our society, which is so given over to materialism and hedonism, we need to be even more aware of his schemes so that we can better stand against him.

The holocaust had been reported to American and European officials as early as 1936. But the world didn’t really know what was occurring. That’s the way it works with a regime. Information doesn’t get in or out. The rest of the world simply knew that Nazi Germany was fighting other nations. When tales of the Holocaust did get out, it sounded so horrifying that people didn’t believe it could be possible. America thought it was just another European war and was none of our business. That’s why America stayed out of it for so long.

The same thing has been happening in Uganda for over 20 years now. It wasn’t until October of 2011 that President Obama authorized the deployment to Uganda of approximately 100 combat-equipped U.S. forces to help regional forces “remove from the battlefield” – meaning capture or kill – Lord’s Resistance Army leader Joseph Kony and senior leaders of the LRA.

The Lord’s Resistance Army preys on civilians – killing, raping, and mutilating the people of central Africa; stealing and brutalizing their children; and displacing hundreds of thousands of people.  Its leadership, indicted by the International Criminal Court for crimes against humanity, has no agenda and no purpose other than its own survival.  It fills its ranks of fighters with the young boys and girls it abducts.  By any measure, its actions are an affront to human dignity.  Even so, many Americans are still unaware of the atrocities committed by Joseph Kony and the LRA.

But not all remain unaware.  In the spring of 2003, three filmmakers, Jason Russell, Bobby Bailey, and Laren Poole, traveled to Africa to document the genocide that was occurring in Darfur. Instead, they stumbled upon a little-known war that originated in northern Uganda in 1987, making it Africa’s second longest-running war after the Eritrean Revolutionary War. They produced a documentary about the children being abducted and turned into child soldiers by Joseph Kony and the LRA.

In November 2011, a Foreign Affairs article reproached Invisible Children and some of its partner organizations for manipulating facts for strategic purposes and exaggerating the scale of LRA abductions and murders. And yet, Charity Navigator, a non-profit organization dedicated to intelligent giving gave Invisible Children three out of four stars and a rating of 51.52 out of a possible score of 70. Charity Navigator currently ranks Invisible Children two stars for accountability and transparency, and four stars financially.

If nothing else, Invisible Children has raised a loud voice against the injustice in Uganda. And its voice is spreading across the Internet. It has one goal in mind: Make Joseph Kony, the Ugandan leader of the violent Lord’s Resistance Army “famous” so he can be brought to justice.

The campaign may be working. #StopKony has been trending worldwide on Twitter since Tuesday, and as of this writing, the video “Kony2012” has almost two million views on YouTube.

On April 20, Invisible Children is calling on its supporters to stop Kony and the LRA’s campaign once and for all — by using the social media and viral tactics that have made “Kony2012” so widespread.

“This is the day when we will meet at sundown and blanket every street in every city until the sun comes up,” Jason Russell, who directed the film for Invisible Children, said in a statement. “The rest of the world will go to bed Friday night and wake up to hundreds of thousands of posters demanding justice.”

I encourage people of all faiths to let your voice be heard and to pray that God will bring and end to these atrocities.