The Law of Unintended Consequences: Political Jousting, Military Sabre-Rattling and “Denial-Phobia” Regarding Nuclear Brinkmanship
Submitted by Terence Blackett
“The world will not be destroyed by those who do evil but by those who watch them without doing nothing” – Albert Einstein
17th century French philosopher, mathematician and social theorist Blaise Pascal in ‘Pensees’ (Thoughts on Religion) given his understanding of time & space opined: “When I consider the short duration of life, swallowed up in the eternity before and after, the little space which I fill, and even can see, engulfed in the infinite immensity of spaces of which I am ignorant, and which know me not, I am frightened, and am astonished at being here rather than there; for there is no reason why here rather than there, why now rather than then.”
Sobering thoughts for those willing to face their own inevitable mortality!
Never before has it been possible, in the almost 6000 years of recorded human history, did mankind possess the wherewithal to completely annihilate both himself and the entire planetary epigenesis with the touch of a button. The existential morbidity of such fearful possibilities and seminal terror we currently face have now come full circle!
Arguably, apocalyptic literature runs throughout the gamut of human civilization with some believing that the time-dated 2800 BC Assyrian Tablet from Nineveh, N. Iraq, housed in the British Museum was inscribed with the first known recorded prophecy of the end of the world and most notably, the Mesopotamian account of the Flood found in the Epic of Gilgamesh (Tigay 1982:214-240).
The historiography is replete with an ancient Norse mythological doomsday apocalypse, Meso-American Mayan prophecies, Tetrad of the Blood Moons and a sleuth of end of days, mesmerizing, Hollywood Blockbusters, (including Tom Hanks’ latest movie as Professor Robert Langdon in the new release “Inferno”) that pivots and posits a Dantesque type blood-curdling, earth-scorching narrative which many believe is housed in “FEARMONGERING” – used as a tool for social control of the masses – coughed up from the bowels of Jesuits in the Vatican.
Kabbalists, astro-physicists, astro-biologists, cosmologists & astronomers all believe that metaphysical as well as the metaphorical teachings regarding astronomical cycles explain the antediluvian disaster (i.e. The Flood) given that in the 1920’s & 30’s, Milutin Milankovitch, a geophysicist, showed that the amount of heat received from the sun varied, and that this was related to cyclical changes in the Earth’s orbit. He further showed that this variation was linked to whether the Earth was in a glacial (colder) or interglacial (warmer) period – hence today, earth scientists believe we are entering another such cycle – creating the conditions for massive fluctuations in climate change. According to some, another Jesuit ploy of mass perception deception!
Creationists however, on a simpler praxis, believe emphatically what the Bible says regarding the antediluvian destruction of this world in (Gen 9:11) – “And I will establish My Covenant with you; neither shall all flesh be cut off any more by the waters of a Flood; neither shall there anymore be a Flood to destroy the earth…” (and the penultimate destruction): “for the Day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up…” (2 Pet 3:10)
The divide has never been clearer – one believes the evidence or one chooses to disbelieve – there is no middle ground!
Our world is on tenterhooks. Most human beings alive today believe we are facing down the barrel of a gun – both literally and metaphorically. The law of unintended consequences is at work across the board as purported by American sociologist Robert Merton. The belief that outcomes that are not the ones foreseen and intended by a purposeful action – Merton in his influential piece entitled “The Unanticipated Consequences of Purposive Social Action” believed that “IGNORANCE” and “ERROR” were at the heart of much of our human mindset and in his own words, he coined the term – “the imperious immediacy of interest.” Merton was alluding to periods in which the majority wants the intended consequence of an action so much that he purposefully chooses to ‘ignore’ any unintended effects – a classic example being the bloated military spending by most 1st world’s governments, on the “tools of death” – yet that type of wilful ignorance is very different from true ignorance.
We live in an increasing age of amnesia and paranoia – where those who have chosen blissful “IGNORANCE” will seek to even “UNREAD” this eye-opening discourse on our current reality or as expected, most will simply either “IGNORE” what’s written in plain view or be completely dismissive, choosing no-engagement because they lack the mental toughness & emotional rigidity to face their own reticent fears or are simply, in a state of spiritual paralysis due to a lack of living, active faith.
Most sceptical voyeurs reading this piece are already cognizant of the lessons of “The Cold War” – yet far too many are blissful unaware that those lessons have not funnelled down to our current brothers in Arab nations, where it seems the gates of hell have been unleashed. Since the (so-called) “Arab Spring”, we have witnessed the rise of militant, political Islam – geo-engineered by Western Elites as a ‘bogeyman’ in the same way that Soviet Russia was labelled during the ‘Cold War’ period and still remains so today.
We are witnessing in a supposed “Schengen-FREE” Europe (infiltrated by almost 3 million Arabs), the rise of ‘Cold War’ type metal walls & fences. NATO has just stationed 4000 troops in Poland and Lithuania as part of what is called the “European Reassurance Initiative” – a £4 billion program that seeks to assuage EU gov’ts that they will be protected given what has transpired in Ukraine and any/all future threats from infiltrated Islamic extremists. The USA GOV has also sent in a missile-class destroyer armoured carrier to be stationed about 50 miles from Kaliningrad – a Black Sea Russian port between Poland & Lithuania as an act of provocation to unnerve the Kremlin.
As more heavy weaponry makes its way into Europe, political scientists see harbingers of WW2 in the making – the difference being a multi-dimensional combative threat that hides in plain sight. The US continues to stockpile the latest generation of stealth bombers (F-22) to places like the Romanian Base on the Black Sea just 400 miles away from Sevastopol (in Crimean Peninsula) in the event of possible “FIRST STRIKE” options based on Russian aggression.
The US Airforce has also deployed F-15 jets to both Iceland & Holland and we are seeing where once peaceful Northern European nations like Finland (who recently called up 900,000 reservists) as well as the US sale of  Multiple Launch Rocket Systems worth some $150 million deepening the NATO stockpiles of heavy armoured vehicles in Norway (aptly called “pre-positioned gear” i.e. A1 Tanks, Amphibious Assault Vehicles & Logistic Support Technologies) and as Sweden ramp up military exercises in Estonia as a deterrent to Russian provocation with other EU actors such as Belgium, Spain and other non-EU participants – the US has also been practicing a nuclear attack on Russia in Norway using three B-52 bombers.
To further exasperate the Russian president given the 4000 cruise missiles pointed at Russia – all deliverable within an hour, plans have been formulated by the CIA at assassinating those closest to Mr Putin. Meantime, Obama has had Missile Defense Systems deployed in Poland and in other strategic locations around the world (Israel, Europe, South Korea etc.) to intercept North Korean, Chinese, Iranian & Russian missiles. So in response, Mr Putin has had as part of his “Invincible Shield” S-400 Systems put in place as a counter deterrent.
If these reverberations around the world are not “SIGNS” of an impending apocalypse – then we should look further down the rabbit-hole for more tell-tale perturbations.
According to the ACLU creeping #AmeriKKKan militarization have now hit the steps of the homes of every family in the United States of Amnesia & Paranoia – where the blurred lines between police & military are now almost gone. Stockpiles left over from the Iraq & Afghanistan theatres of war have also gone to state & federal agencies (i.e. the police & other agencies). In one report, the equipment cache involved some 435 Humvees, 45,000 night vision specs, 533 helicopters, 94,000 AR-15 Rifles & some 180, 718 weapon magazines while in Europe, Breitbart London reported that 600 members of various EU police & military forces have combined their training exercises in the event of mass population uprisings due to war protest. At the same time, Chinese police in concert with Italian police patrol Rome in the event of war, as China will protect Vatican City & Pope Francis from potential fallout.
Any enlightened student of military history will see that the political jousting that took place in WW2 is once again taking centre-stage, with virtually the same actors, just more clearly defined but with even greater angst and provocation.
The nefarious trade in the “SOULS” of men (Rev 18:13) using war as a pretext harps back to a time when there was “WAR IN HEAVEN” (Rev 12:7). The crucible of this looming “Inferno” before us should rattle the cages of all men but few are even “AWAKE” to the realization of what is before us, given that the tectonic denudations of war and strife in the last so-called “GREAT WAR” left in its wake 22 million Russians dead; 12 million Chinese, 8 million Germans, 7 million Poles, 2 million Japs, 2 million Slavs, 1 million Romanians & almost a million French… And the numbers do not end there!
Closer to home, according to the Memorial Gates Trust, in the British Commonwealth of the Caribbean of the time, with some “14 million souls during the war years, about 16,000 West Indians volunteered for service alongside the British during WW2. 100 women or more also volunteered. Some 6,000 West Indians served with both the Royal Air Force and the Royal Canadian Air Force, in roles from fighter pilots to bomb aimers, air gunners to ground staff and administration. Thousands of West Indian seamen made their contributions in one of WW2 most dangerous services, the Merchant Navy – one-third of all merchant seamen were to die during the war. One 1000 volunteers for army service were formed into the Caribbean Regiment. Upwards of 40,000 West Indians opted to join the various branches of the civilian war effort in the United States. 236 Caribbean volunteers were killed or reported missing during the war; 265 were wounded.”
Britain just recently unveiled a honorary statue in front of St Thomas’ Hospital, London of Jamaican–Brit Mary Seacole – for what some are calling the nemesis of Florence Nightingale given her work as a nurse during the Crimean War.
As the grandson of one those West Indians who were given military honours for bravery during WW2 – I saw “FIRST HAND” what the rigours of war did to my own grandfather who was a tall man of 6ft 8ins – a gentle giant with a “dark-side” caused in part if not the whole to what he saw on the battle fields of Europe.
If in 2016, the sabre-rattling we are witnessing between multiple nations, kindred, tongue & people are indicative of an approaching WW3, where clearly (WEST v EAST), ISLAM v CHRISTIANITY; WHITE v BLACK; RICH v POOR, HAVES v HAVENOTS will make both previous wars looks like a mud-fight given the cost in human suffering and the carnage that will ensue.
War on any major scale in Europe involving the rest of the world will be cataclysmic without “DIVINE INTERVENTION” – for we know that a nuclear holocaust would be inevitable. In Europe alone we have 185 nuclear power plants. America has within her arsenal, hypersonic weaponry capable of taking out satellites above the earth while Russia’s SATAN 2 intercontinental ballistic missile which can carry a payload of a dozen nuclear warheads and can travel in stealth mode bedevils the worst of provocateurs.
Cyberwar is another major tool in the arsenal of countries like Russia & China who can make X-BOX games look like an episode of Sesame Street. Just in May of this year Obama warned the citizens of the US that they must “Be Ready For EMP Attacks, Engineered Pandemics, Massive Earthquakes, and Martial Law…” Again, the question must be asked: is this FEARMONGERING* or what is it that this guy knows that the rest of us are oblivious to? Notwithstanding, the amount of stockpiles the Dept. of Homeland Security have allocated in recent years – enough to fight a 100 year war! Surely, something ominous is lurking on the horizon?
Warnings are coming thick and fast! The Scriptures also warns us: “Pride goeth before destruction and a haughty spirit before a fall.” (Proverbs 16:18) The house of cards that is this world economic system is nearing implosion and all the pundits & soothsayers are all saying the same thing. From billionaire Eric Sprott to Gerald Celente to Yanis Varoufakis et al are all saying that we have reached critical mass both politically, ideologically, militarily, economically – as a planet on the brink.
In Ernest Becker’s 1973 para-philosophical work, he cites from his book entitled – “The Denial of Death”, a eulogised concept called “Terror Management Theory” by stating some obvious truisms. For example, he opines that postmodern man walk around in this daze – a kind of distanciated stupor, almost in complete abject denial of his own mortality, with the added variant distractions of culture, entertainment and religion misgivings. For most to even conjure up the idea that their lives could be suddenly shattered out of all proportions would cause them (as the Bible puts it) to have their “hearts fail them for fear” but this is the “HANDWRITING” on the wall – regardless of obfuscation, denial-phobia or dismissiveness.
If truth is stranger than fiction, Hollywood’s portrayal of brinkmanship seems to write an ongoing apocalyptic script of intrigue and in one of its latest blockbusters “Amerigeddon” exposes the fault lines in the last remaining Empire on the earth. Anyone watching #POTUS2016 elections can see the Barnum & Bailey Circus of ‘Clowns’ (rich Elites who have gravitated to the lowest common denominator of ‘gutter politics’) know something truly evil is at work in our world. Daniel 11:45 reminds us that the “king of the North” will come to his end (suddenly) and they will be no one to help him.
May God help us in these end times!!!