Globalism And The New Babylon

By Garner Ted Armstrong

After the world had exhausted itself during World War II, with over 30 million dead and thousands of cities and towns in ruins, world leaders sought once again to build a new world order. The “United Nations” was the brainchild of US President Franklin D. Roosevelt, who first used the term in his “Declaration by United Nations” in January of 1942. At that time, the term meant the allies who were united against the axis powers. The leaders of twenty-six nations pledged, at that time, to continue fighting together against Germany, Italy and Japan.

World War II was inevitable following the implementation of the infamous “Treaty of Versailles” which had dismembered Germany, stripped away her Pacific Island possessions and her East African colonies, along with the Rhineland, and which had created the “Danzig Corridor.” The Treaty of Versailles was believed by some to be the perfect solution for centuries of European hostilities and frequent wars. But the seeds of failure were planted in the very charter of the treaty. It was Hitler’s railing against the reparations demanded of Germany by the allies, along with the intolerable stench of the armistice and the bitter failure of German arms to prevail which led to revanchism in Germany.

When all the horrors of the war had been assessed, it was obvious to the heads of state that mankind must now find some “greater and more equitable” solution to international conflicts, and attempt to forever abolish war. With the explosion of atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki which took hundreds of thousands of lives, it had become obvious that science had now equipped mankind with weapons which could render the planet void of life, and uninhabitable.

Therefore, the nations of the world must find some form of “World Government” which could seek to resolve differences and disputes without ever resorting to war again. With such a goal in mind, the representatives of 50 countries came together at the United Nations Conference on International Organization, which met at San Francisco from 25 April to 26 June 1945.

My Father, Herbert W. Armstrong, obtained press credentials, and attended those meetings, where he witnessed the attempts of world leaders to create the final hope for mankind, a kind of “new world order” wherein disputes between nations would henceforth be settled at the conference table.

The delegates in San Francisco deliberated on the basis of proposals worked out by the representatives of China, the Soviet Union, the United Kingdom and the United States at Dumbarton Oaks in August-October 1944. The charter was signed on 26 June 1945 by the representatives of 50 countries. Poland, which was not represented at the Conference, signed it later and became one of the original 51 Member States.

The United Nations officially came into existence on 24 October 1945, when the Charter had been ratified by China, France, the Soviet Union, the United Kingdom, the United States and by a majority of other signatories.

How quickly were hopes dashed! The Soviet Union delegation, led by Andrei Gromyko, happily joined the Security Council as a major player – possessing, along with the other major members, veto power. The UN was doomed from the beginning to become a mere sounding board for Communist propaganda. Time and time again during the “cold war” the Soviets proved to be far more than merely uncooperative – they became truculent, threatening. On occasion, they simply got up and walked out of UN deliberations.

From the time of its forming, this vaunted new world government witnessed dozens of wars, coups d’etat, violent revolutions, guerrilla wars, and growing terrorist activity. It turned a blind eye while millions died in ethnic and tribal brutality in Africa; it proved unable to prevent war, or halt a war once the combatants had begun battle. In all cases, the combatants included members of the UN, sometimes, the nation of the Secretary General, himself.

In an earlier commentary published on our web site, I outlined some, but by no means all, of the dozens of wars and insurrections which took place during the watch of each irrelevant, obscure “Secretary General” of the farcical UN. No Secretary General could ever be allowed to come from the US, the UK, Russia, or, for that matter, any of the major “aligned” countries, which meant none could come from NATO or from the Warsaw Pact nations. Over sixty-five wars were fought (and are being fought) while the UN proved to be a hollow sounding board, a forum for propaganda and dithering by powerless posturers.

In the runup to the war in Iraq, it proved to be completely irrelevant.

Now, in the aftermath, the chief beneficiaries of the “oil for food” program (General Franks called it the “oil for Palaces” program), France, Russia and Syria, insist on KEEPING THE UN SANCTIONS IN PLACE, and once again starting up the “Oil for Food” program!

Not only has the UN proved itself an empty shell; a hollow sounding board; it is also proving itself a nest of corruption and blatant greed. How many know, for example, that the UN received a 2.2 per cent COMMISSION for all the “oil for food”? When one is speaking of BILLIONS of dollars, 2.2 per cent can be a significant amount! Where did all that money go? What kind of a salary does Kofi Annan receive? How much is Hans Blix paid to bad mouth America?

Recently, a document found in the Iraqi intelligence building showed that a leading British anti-war proponent, one George Galloway, who is a member of the governing Labor Party in Britain, was receiving a piece of the action as well. The London Daily reported that Galloway received over half a million dollars per year as a cut from Iraq’s oil exports. Galloway vociferously denies it, of course.

Will the United States once again go meekly hat in hand to Kofi Annan? Will our government, for all its courage, determination, and willingness to go it alone with a “coalition of the willing” in the face of UN outrage now be coerced by France, Germany, Russia and China to crawl back to the “United Nations” and acquiesce to their demands? If America wants to halt its drift into globalism and the erosion of our freedoms and national sovereignty, we should order the UN out of our country; withdraw as a member!

Consider: Because Russia and France (as well as Syria – who operated a secret pipeline) were reaping billions in the “oil for peace” program, they now want the UN imposed sanctions against Iraq to CONTINUE! They want to immediately start up the old “oil for peace” program, wherein Elf Aquitaine, Total, (two large French oil companies) and “Lukoil,” the big Russian oil company, continue to develop Iraqi oil fields, and purchase oil under the program. Billions of dollars (or euros – another story!) are at stake.

But just how cynical is this toward the Iraqi people? The UN, after all, with the urging of these principal nations; France, Germany and Russia, continually wailed about the economic consequences of a war in Iraq; cried about the “plight of the Iraqi people – who are starving.”

While these nations looked the other way, Saddam used his oil revenues to build sumptuous palaces – many of them. This is now well known, and documented. Food, medicines, public services – all went begging, while Saddam and his sons raked in hundreds of millions; padded their Swiss and off-shore bank accounts, and built elaborate, gold-gilt playrooms equipped with pornography, elaborate wet bars, and mirrored bedrooms.

What makes sense is for the US to immediately insist upon removing all sanctions – get Iraqi oil flowing as never before – and fulfil their promise, oft-stated, that the oil “belongs to the Iraqi people.” In fairly short order, the Iraqi people themselves would begin to benefit! After all, the US and UK DID emerge victorious, did they not? And they are IN CONTROL OF THE OIL right now, are they not?

Now, it is up to the US to “win the peace.” How to do so? In the only logical, common sense fashion. The source of Iraqi wealth and prosperity is OIL! In order to write “finis” to the shrieks from the anti-war mongers and nay-sayers all over the world who have continually said “It’s all about oil” the US should immediately announce it is abolishing the sanctions, and that all revenues from Iraqi oil (which could begin to be purchased by all nations who were willing to bid) would go into the national treasury of Iraq, which would be duty bound to use that money for rebuilding the national economy; helping the poor and destitute; rebuilding and reequipping hospitals and schools, and repairing damaged infrastructure.

But watch! Though the above is only logical, the geopolitical considerations will prevail. It is quite possible our State Department, which seems all too ready to give in to globalism, and ready to relinquish US sovereignty to that hollow shell on the East River in New York, will acquiesce to the UN, and allow some kind of compromise wherein the “oil for food” program will continue for a time, while other sanctions are maintained! Why should they be, when Saddam is no longer in power? After all, the sanctions were imposed against SADDAM, were they not? And Saddam is no longer around – either dead or on the run! The machinations of the nations, and particularly those of the UN are as blatantly immoral, ungodly and selfish as the chicanery of a Mafia family! Who benefited when the “oil for Food” program was in place? Primarily France and Russia (along with Syria), but also THE UNITED NATIONS DID!

As ludicrous as is the history of this farcical organization, the US seems ready to continue to pretend it is a viable one. Consider again the actual performance of the world’s last attempt at globalization – the building of the New Babylon!

As I have mentioned many times, there have been about 65 wars since the UN was created to halt war. The major ones were the war in Korea and Vietnam for the US. But there was also the brutal suppression of Hungary by the Soviets in 1956; the many wars against Israel in the Mideast; in 1948, 1956, 1966, 1973, and ongoing assaults from the Bekaa Valley in Lebanon from the Hizbollah, along with constant terrorist bombings and rocket attacks.

When General Douglas MacArthur was fired by the late President Harry Truman, it was because MacArthur wanted to WIN the war in Korea – not see it drift into stalemate because of the lack of American will power. Many of his words before the congress must have infuriated Truman, for MacArthur excoriated the politicians who tied the hands of the military, and settled for a meaningless “status quo ante” instead of victory. It was under the aegis of the UN, which listed the Soviet Union as a key member of its Security Council, that MacArthur fought against the North Koreans and the Communist Chinese!

Much of what MacArthur said before the US congress, especially now, in the light of UN maneuvers to steal the US victory in Iraq, are poignantly relevant: “While I was not consulted prior to the President's decision to intervene in support of the Republic of Korea, that decision, from a military standpoint, proved a sound one. As I say, it proved a sound one, as we hurled back the invader and decimated his forces. Our victory was complete, and our objectives within reach, when Red China intervened with numerically superior ground forces.

“This created a new war and an entirely new situation, a situation not contemplated when our forces were committed against the North Korean invaders; a situation which called for new decisions in the diplomatic sphere to permit the realistic adjustment of military strategy. Such decisions have not been forthcoming.

“While no man in his right mind would advocate sending our ground forces into continental China, and such was never given a thought, the new situation did urgently demand a drastic revision of strategic planning if our political aim was to defeat this new enemy as we had defeated the old.

“Apart from the military need, as I saw it, to neutralize the sanctuary protection given the enemy north of the Yalu, I felt that military necessity in the conduct of the war made necessary – (1) The intensification of our economic blockade against China.

(2) The imposition of a naval blockade against the China coast.

(3) Removal of restrictions on air reconnaissance of China's coastal area and of Manchuria.

(4) Removal of restrictions on the forces of the Republic of China on Formosa, with logistical support to contribute to their effective operations against the Chinese mainland.

“For entertaining these views, all professionally designed to support our forces committed to Korea and to bring hostilities to an end with the least possible delay and at a saving of countless American and Allied lives, I have been severely criticized in lay circles, principally abroad, despite my understanding that from a military standpoint the above views have been fully shared in the past by practically every military leader concerned with the Korean campaign, including our own Joint Chiefs of Staff.

“I called for reinforcements, but was informed that reinforcements were not available. I made clear that if not permitted to destroy the enemy built-up bases north of the Yalu, if not permitted to utilize the friendly Chinese force of some six hundred thousand men on Formosa, if not permitted to blockade the China coast to prevent the Chinese Reds from getting succor from without, and if there were to be no hope of major reinforcements, the position of the command from the military standpoint forbade victory.

“We could hold in Korea by constant maneuver and at an approximate area where our supply-line advantages were in balance with the supply-line disadvantages of the enemy, but we could hope at best for only an indecisive campaign with its terrible and constant attrition upon our forces if the enemy utilized his full military potential.

“I have constantly called for the new political decisions essential to a solution.

“Efforts have been made to distort my position. It has been said in effect that I was a warmonger. Nothing could be further from the truth.”

For MacArthur, it was over. He knew this was his farewell address; that the politicians, blinded by the general fear of Communism, and fearing Soviet intervention and the beginning of a nuclear bomb World War III, would never permit him to win in Korea.

His tough, moving, challenging speech was uncompromising, profound, and perhaps prophetic as well.

He went on to say, “I know war as few other men now living know it, and nothing to me is more revolting. I have long advocated its complete abolition, as its very destructiveness on both friend and foe has rendered it useless as a means of settling international disputes.

“Indeed, on the second day of September, 1945, just following the surrender of the Japanese nation on the battleship Missouri, I formally cautioned as follows:

“Men since the beginning of time have sought peace. Various methods through the ages have been attempted to devise an international process to prevent or settle disputes between nations. From the very start workable methods were found in so far as individual citizens were concerned, but the mechanics of an instrumentality of larger international scope have never been successful.

“Military alliances, balances of power, leagues of nations, all in turn failed, leaving the only path to be by way of the crucible of war. The utter destructiveness of war now blocks out this alternative. We have had our last chance. If we will not devise some greater and more equitable system, our Armageddon will be at our door. The problem basically is theological and involves a spiritual recrudescence, an improvement of human character that will synchronize with our almost matchless advances in science, art, literature, and all material and cultural developments of the past two thousand years. It must be of the spirit if we are to save the flesh.”

In those moments, General Douglas MacArthur was, in my opinion, used of God to deliver a powerful witness and warning before the Congress of the United States – indeed, before the entire world.

The failed, irrelevant United Nations (who are DISunited) was the weak, insipid attempt of world leaders to “devise some greater and more equitable system.” Has it done so? Is there anything equitable about the UN? Does it prevent wars? No, it does not.

Truly just as General MacArthur said, Armageddon will soon be at our door!

The History Of Globalism

The first time mankind attempted to form a world government was at the site of America’s present attempt to “rebuild Iraq.” Just south of Baghdad lie the ruins of ancient Babylon, named of God because of the “babble of confusion” God Himself caused.

Artifacts recovered from the ruins of this ancient city were destroyed or looted from the Baghdad museum recently. Some have reportedly been recovered. Here is what the Bible says about that ancient time when mankind attempted to coalesce into one world order:

“And the whole earth was of one language, and of one speech.

“And it came to pass, as they journeyed from [“toward” in the original Hebrew] the east, that they found a plain in the land of Shinar [Mesopotamia, or the “land between the rivers;” modern-day Iraq]; and they dwelt there.

“And they said one to another, Go to, let us make brick, and burn them thoroughly. And they had brick for stone, and slime had they for mortar [thousands of those bricks survive today].

“And they said, Go to, let us build us a city and a tower, whose top may reach unto heaven; and let us make us a name, lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth.”

The tower was not like a “ladder” to “get to heaven” as some might have proposed. It was, instead, an ancient “skyscraper,” a huge symbol of pagan religion and fatherhood, as well as a national symbol. It was intended to be a landmark, visible from dozens of miles distant.

“And the LORD came down to see the city and the tower, which the children of men builded.

“And the LORD said, Behold, the people is one, and they have all one language; and this they begin to do: and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do.

“Go to, let us go down, and there confound their language, that they may not understand one another's speech.

“So the LORD scattered them abroad from thence upon the face of all the earth: and they left off to build the city.

“Therefore is the name of it called Babel; because the LORD did there confound the language of all the earth: and from thence did the LORD scatter them abroad upon the face of all the earth” (Genesis 11:1-9).

The children of Ham spread generally southward and southeastward. The children of Japheth spread eastward and northeastward. The children of Shem spread westward.

God knew that if mankind continued with one language, the rapid development of technology would lead toward the jet-space-nuclear age much, much sooner than actually occurred. Had God not divided the tongues and races, this world would have achieved the ability to produce weapons of mass destruction many generations earlier! Think of how rapidly technology has advanced since World War II.

In the beginning of the Second World War, the British still flew bi-wing “Swordfish” torpedo bombers from their aircraft carriers. The planes’ wings were covered with treated fabric!

From that time to this, thousands of incredible technological achievements have brought mankind to the brink of potential self-destruction. World War II saw the development of the world’s first jet aircraft, and Hitler’s scientists produced the V-1 and V-2 rockets. Werner von Braun, who is revered in Huntsville, Alabama to this day, developed Hitler’s V-2 rockets which rained death and destruction on London. He was brought to the US following the war, and became the head of America’s space program!

The beautiful civic center auditorium in Huntsville (where I have spoken several times) is named in his honor.

My own father was born in 1892 – years before the Wright Brothers flew at Kittyhawk.

He lived to fly around the world perhaps 40 times in a modern Grumman Gulfstream jet; lived to see men walking on the moon; to learn that the scientists of many nations have developed horrifying weapons such as huge multi-megaton nuclear bombs, neutron bombs, botulinum toxins, nerve gas, blister gases such as mustard gas, and a large array of methods of delivery.

All this has taken place in only about three short generations! From the time of “rag wing” aircraft to the potential of HUMAN ANNIHILATION has taken but little more than one long lifetime!

Today, we live in a world more DIVIDED than ever before! The potential for riot, governmental overthrow, the rise of dictatorships, massive terrorist strikes, and major WARS is ever present! Many nations are engaged in frantic attempts to amass weapons in order to intimidate and threaten their neighbors, or to threaten the United States. Among them are China, North Korea, Syria, Libya and Iran!

When the Europeans saw America’s stunningly swift victory in Iraq, it made them more convinced than ever that they need to UNITE in order to challenge the US for world leadership!

While France is perhaps the most ultra-nationalistic nation in the world, they are willing to use the UN in order to implement French economic and political agendas. Germany is also a keenly nationalistic country. So is Russia! So is China! In fact, EVERY country is to some extent nationalistic.

This world has traditionally been divided along racial, religious, cultural and political lines. For centuries, different peoples were divided by mountain ranges, major rivers, continental landmasses and topographical features. When people cannot understand one another, they are uncomfortable. When they appear of a different skin color, different physiognomy, and wear different garb, as well as pray to different gods, it causes suspicion, resentment, fear and hostility.

Tribalism is not dead in the world. It has been the cause of the mass murder of millions in Africa – bloody wars between people you and I could never tell apart. Group instinct, racism, xenophobia, nationalism and political and religious extremism are alive and well in the hearts and minds of much of the population of the world.

Elitists see this, and believe (falsely) that globalism – a kind of “global village” is the solution to man’s age-old conflicts.

Today, as we witness perhaps up to one million Iraqi Shia Muslims marching to a “holy shrine” and celebrating a formerly banned Muslim pilgrimage, we are witnessing the proof of WHY the dreams of a peaceful, “democratic” Iraq and Middle East will never be realized!

Remember, just as the old Iraqi regime under Saddam was a member of the UN, so will the new Iraqi regime be a member of the UN. Never forget that the basic cornerstone of the religion of Islam is that ONLY ISLAM is the “one true religion,” and that ALL OTHERS are “infidels,” who must be SLAIN, if they will not convert!

America and the coalition of the willing may have destroyed a regime. They may have dismantled an army. But they have not, and will not, “win the hearts and minds” of an Islamic people. Already, Imams in the mosques are inciting fever-pitch anti-Americanism; demanding that the US go home!

Mankind’s experiment with globalism – the vaunted “United Nations” has proved to be an abysmal failure! Yet, it seems the US administration is somehow willing, in spite of the obvious cynicism, hypocrisy and corruption which is inherent within the UN, to once again attempt to placate; to “kiss and make up” with foreign lovers.

To God in His high heaven, who demands that we depend upon HIM, and HIM ALONE for our physical and spiritual salvation, such moves are a kind of prostitution in reverse! He says of us, “Thou hast played the whore also with the Assyrians, because thou wast unsatiable; yea, thou hast played the harlot with them, and yet couldest not be satisfied.

“Thou hast moreover multiplied thy fornication in the land of Canaan unto Chaldea; and yet thou wast not satisfied herewith [the land from Israel to Iraq, today].

“How weak is thine heart, saith the Lord GOD, seeing thou doest all these things, the work of an imperious whorish woman;

“In that thou buildest thine eminent place in the head of every way, and makest thine high place in every street; and hast not been as an harlot, in that thou scornest hire;

“But as a wife that committeth adultery, which taketh strangers instead of her husband!

“They give gifts to all whores: but thou givest thy gifts to all thy lovers, and hirest them, that they may come unto thee on every side for thy whoredom.

“And the contrary is in thee from other women in thy whoredoms, whereas none followeth thee to commit whoredoms: and in that thou givest a reward, and no reward is given unto thee, therefore thou art contrary [we try to BUY friends and allies!].

“Wherefore, O harlot, hear the word of the LORD:

“Thus saith the Lord GOD; Because thy filthiness was poured out, and thy nakedness discovered through thy whoredoms with thy lovers, and with all the idols of thy abominations, and by the blood of thy children, which thou didst give unto them;

“Behold, therefore I will gather all thy lovers, with whom thou hast taken pleasure, and all them that thou hast loved, with all them that thou hast hated; I will even gather them round about against thee, and will discover thy nakedness unto them, that they may see all thy nakedness.

“And I will judge thee, as women that break wedlock and shed blood are judged; and I will give thee blood in fury and jealousy” (Ezekiel 34:28-38).

God characterized His relationship with His people as a “marriage.” He said, “I became an husband unto them.” When His people form alliances with other nations, He characterizes it as adultery! Many of God’s prophets delivered this stern warning! Jeremiah said, “They say, If a man put away his wife, and she go from him, and become another man's, shall he return unto her again? shall not that land be greatly polluted? but thou hast played the harlot with many lovers; yet return again to me, saith the LORD.

“Lift up thine eyes unto the high places, and see where thou hast not been lien with. In the ways hast thou sat for them, as the Arabian in the wilderness [how apropos, when we attempt to BUY friendship from a corrupt Muslim nation who hates us!]; and thou hast polluted the land with thy whoredoms and with thy wickedness.

“Therefore the showers have been withholden, and there hath been no latter rain; and thou hadst a whore's forehead, thou refusedst to be ashamed.

Wilt thou not from this time cry unto me, My father, thou art the guide of my youth?

“Will he reserve his anger for ever? will he keep it to the end? Behold, thou hast spoken and done evil things as thou couldest” (Jeremiah 3:1-5).

God calls upon America and Britain to return to the God of the Bible! To return to the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob! Will we again creep back to the harlot’s bed – this time to an orgy of harlotry, pretending that the hate-filled, heathen nations of the so-called “United Nations” are our salvation?

Do we believe we can aid in building a modern Babylon – continue to give away our God-given freedoms and sovereignty to a corrupt agglomeration of evil nations? Like Babylon of old, all such attempts are headed only for destruction!


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