Global Country Spotlight: Central America- El Salvador

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US Involvement in El Salvador’s Civil War – YouTube

Witness to War: An American Doctor in El Salvador Hardcover – June 1, 1984
by Charles Clements (Author)
amazon.com
“..An American doctor describes his experiences helping the sick and wounded in a rebel-held area of El Salvador and shares his impressions of the bitter civil war there..

Melissa S.
5.0 out of 5 starsInformative and Heartbreaking Book
February 7, 2017
Format: Mass Market Paperback
“Witness to War: An American Doctor in El Salvador” by Dr. Charles Clements is part memoir, part ethnography, part history text, part war memorial. This book is a triumph, one I recommend EVERYONE read.

“Witness to War” is a difficult book to absorb. The challenging content includes the subject matter of the civil war in El Salvador in the early 1980s (complete with many anecdotes of atrocities), the author’s adherence to Quaker principles of pacifism in the face of government brutality, and the involvement of the United States government in funding the death squads of El Salvador — as well as the United States funding of the relentless state-sanctioned massacres of civilians by the army of El Salvador — make this one of the most painful books I’ve ever set out to finish. In addition to the difficult content, “Witness to War” wasn’t penned to be a literary work. The prose is straightforward, and the story doesn’t use suspense as a plot device. Facts are told in a straightforward manner, details are delivered bluntly, and the result is a raw honesty on the page that is astonishing as well as heartbreaking.

I really love this book. I felt like I took an entire class on the history of El Salvador by reading “Witness to War.” The author took so many risks, and sacrificed so much of his personal life, in order to live among the guerrillas of El Salvador for an entire year, caring for the medical needs of civilians (and sometimes, the soldiers — both the guerrillas and the army POWs captured by the guerrillas) who were injured and killed during this conflict.

“Witness to War” is an amazing achievement. I’m so glad that Dr. Charles Clements journeyed to El Salvador on a personal humanitarian mission, wrote this book, and shared this story with the world. It’s a brutally important book to read, full of truths about imperialism, injustice, and resistance, as well as the specific civil war in El Salvador.

“Witness to War” had so much to teach me. I express my profound gratitude for the opportunity to read this great book. Thank you, Dr. Clements, for this truly significant memoir. “Witness to War” is a heartbreaking treasure, a beautiful testament to the goodness and perseverance of the people of El Salvador. I deeply appreciate getting to know this country and its people much better….”

Witness to War: Doctor Charlie Clements Interview

The Film Archives
Published on Jun 30, 2012

Charlie Clements currently serves as the Executive Director of the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. From 2003 to 2010, Dr. Clements served as President and CEO of the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee, and before that he was the President of Physicians for Human Rights.

Dr. Clements wrote Witness to War, which was published in 1983. This book chronicles experience as a distinguished graduate of the Air Force Academy who had flown more than 50 missions in the Vietnam War. He decided the war was immoral and refused to fly missions in support of the invasion of Cambodia. Later, as a newly trained physician, he chose to work in the midst of El Salvador’s civil war, where the villages he served were bombed, rocketed, or strafed by some of the same aircraft in which he had previously trained.”
*no “evidence” of arms smuggling from Soviet Union through Nicaragua!

A Century of U.S. Intervention Created the Immigration Crisis
Those seeking asylum today inherited a series of crises that drove them to the border
Mark Tseng-Putterman medium.com
“..The following timeline compiles numerous sources to lay out an incomplete history of U.S. military and economic intervention in El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala over the past century…”

The Violence Central American Migrants Are Fleeing Was Stoked by the US .vice.com
“..As courts, law enforcement, and the Trump administration continue to sort out what to do with the steady stream of migrants either crossing the southern border illegally or seeking asylum, the roots of the current misery are often forgotten. The desperate border-crossers often come from Central America’s “Northern Triangle”—El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras—and are fleeing high homicide rates and violence in those countries. But this instability did not arise in a vacuum. Many historians and policy experts are quick to point out that much of the troubles in Central America were created or at least helped by the US’s interference in those countries going back decades. In other words, the foreign policy of the past has profoundly shaped the present immigration crisis…”

United States calls situation in El Salvador a communist plot – HISTORY history.com
“..In both nations, Reagan officials were convinced that the Soviet Union was the catalyst for the troubles. To address the situation in Nicaragua, the Reagan administration began to covertly assist the so-called Contras-rebel forces that opposed the Sandinista regime and were based primarily in Honduras and Costa Rica. For El Salvador, the February 19 report was the first volley. The State Department memorandum indicated that the “political direction, organization and arming of the Salvadoran insurgency is coordinated and heavily influenced by Cuba with the active support of the Soviet Union, East Germany, Vietnam and other communist states.” It thereupon provided a “chronology” of the communist involvement in El Salvador…”

El Salvador’s brutal civil war: What we still don’t know by Mike Allison 1 Mar 2012 aljazeera.com
Twenty years after peace accords were signed, many aspects of El Salvador’s long civil war remain murky.

“…The FMLN was supported by the Nicaraguan, Cuban, and Soviet governments. Most people who have studied the conflict in El Salvador would argue that the Soviets did not provide much direct support to the guerrillas. I agree – but Nicaragua and Cuba would not have been able to provide support to the guerrillas had the Soviets not been supporting them. It’s also true that the FMLN did not get as much military and financial support from these two governments as the Salvadoran government received from the United States.

Most postwar discourse has been driven by elites who participated in the conflict either on the part of the guerrillas or the government. It’s not that these individuals’ perspectives are wrong; it is just healthier if they are challenged or supplemented by outside views. Those could come from more objective academics or from non-elite testimonies such as those provided by Lotti Silber in Everyday Revolutionaries: Gender, Violence and Disillusionment in Postwar El Salvador and by Carlos Enrique Consalvi and Jeffrey Gould in La Palabra en El Bosque. These two works let the people of Chalatenango and Morazán, the two departments most affected by the war, tell their own stories.
..”

Cold War – Nicaragua, El Salvador, Archbishop Romero – YouTube

El Salvador and the School of the Americas Part 1 – YouTube

Dirty Hands BENJAMIN SCHWARZ DECEMBER 1998 ISSUE theatlantic.com
“..In El Salvador the United States sought to transform the country while allied with the devil it had to subdue. Whether the geopolitical stakes demanded that involvement and whether letting events take their own course would have resulted in even more atrocities can be debated. What is indisputable is that for a decade American policymakers in Washington and American civilian and military personnel in El Salvador consorted with murderers and sadists.

As LeoGrande’s account — if not always his assessment — makes clear, this pact with the devil was made not by the Administration of the aggressively anti-Communist Republican Ronald Reagan but by that of the moderate Democrat Jimmy Carter — ironically, a President deeply committed to emphasizing human rights in his foreign policy. Simply put, after the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, and with Cuban and Soviet influence apparently growing throughout the Third World generally and in Nicaragua specifically, the Carter Administration believed that global containment required the United States to forestall a revolution in El Salvador led by the Farabundo Martí Front for National Liberation (FMLN), a loose alliance of Marxist guerrilla groups tied to Cuba and the Sandinistas of Nicaragua.

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El Salvador was ripe for revolution. Its society, in which a small landed elite dominated an exploited peasant labor force, was grossly inequitable even by Latin American standards. That elite ruled the country in partnership with its guardian, the military, which had a long tradition of bloody repression of dissenters and revolutionaries, whom it tended to view as one and the same. Although the Carter Administration was troubled by the abysmal human-rights record of El Salvador’s rightist regime, it feared “another Nicaragua.” So when in late 1980 a rebel victory appeared imminent unless the United States provided military and other forms of aid to the Salvadoran regime, Carter chose to assist the Salvadoran government, and thus hesitantly embarked on the policy that the Reagan Administration would later pursue with alacrity…

In the year leading up to Carter’s decision the Salvadoran armed forces and the right-wing death squads linked to them had killed more than 8,000 noncombatant civilians — among them four U.S. churchwomen….

With lavish brutality the military failed to distinguish between dissenters and revolutionaries; many of its victims were unconnected to the FMLN, but enough were connected that the guerrillas’ political infrastructure was destroyed. The guerrillas simply did not have enough allies left alive in San Salvador to organize a general strike…”

El Salvador War Documentaries – YouTube

US role in Salvador’s brutal war By Tom Gibb Sunday, 24 March, 2002, 18:28 GMT news.bbc.co.uk
“..BBC correspondent in El Salvador during the civil war in the 1980s

There is a tremendous irony that President George W Bush has chosen to visit El Salvador on the anniversary of the murder of the country’s Archbishop, Oscar Arnulfo Romero, 22 years ago.

A campaigner against the Salvadorean army’s death squad war, Monsignor Romero was shot through the heart while saying Mass, shortly after appealing to the US not to send military aid to El Salvador.

US officials are saying that President Bush’s visit is in part to celebrate a US success story in which his father was personally involved

The appeal fell on deaf ears and for the next 12 years, the US became involved in its largest counter-insurgency war against left-wing guerrillas since Vietnam…”

How U.S. Involvement In Central America Led To a Border Crisis| AJ+

AJ+
Published on Jul 8, 2018
Thousands of Central American refugees and migrants have been coming to the Mexico-U.S. border for almost 40 years – and in spring of 2018, the Trump administration enacted a “zero-tolerance” policy that led to the arrest of any and all refugees and migrants attempting to cross the border into the United States. The most controversial aspect of the policy’s enforcement was the forced separation of parents from their children. While much of the conversation has focused on Central Americans escaping violence, there hasn’t been much on why there’s so much violence in the region to begin with. The story? Almost 200 years of U.S. intervention.

EDIT: We messed up on certain map animations, excluding the nation of Belize – it was unintentional. Thanks to everyone who highlighted this to us.

Learn more here:

ProPublica. “Listen to Children Who’ve Just Been Separated From Their Parents at the Border.” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PoncX…

Mic. “How the U.S Screwed Up Latin America, in 7 Classic Historical Cartoons.” https://mic.com/articles/92581/how-th…

Migration Policy Institute. “Central American Immigrants in the United States.” https://www.migrationpolicy.org/artic…

*see Neutral Perspective: Does the U.S. “Need Stricter” Border Control or NOT? goodnewseverybodycom.wordpress.com

Economics

El Salvador’s Top 10 Exports August 1, 2018 by Daniel Workman .worldstopexports.com
“..El Salvador’s unemployment rate was projected to be 7.1% as of June 2018 according to Trading Economics.
El Salvador’s Top 10 Exports

The following export product groups represent the highest dollar value in Salvadoran global shipments during 2017 at the 2-digit Harmonized Tariff System (HTS) code level. Also shown is the percentage share each export category represents in terms of overall exports from El Salvador.

Drilling down to the more detailed 4-digit HTS codes, El Salvador’s most valuable exported goods are T-shirts, jerseys, overcoats, pantyhose, underwear and socks.

Knit or crochet clothing, accessories: US$1.9 billion (33% of total exports)
Plastics, plastic articles: $368.9 million (6.4%)
Electrical machinery, equipment: $309.3 million (5.4%)
Clothing, accessories (not knit or crochet): $283.9 million (4.9%)
Sugar, sugar confectionery: $283.7 million (4.9%)
Paper, paper items: $276 million (4.8%)
Mineral fuels including oil: $182.6 million (3.2%)
Knit or crochet fabric: $160.7 million (2.8%)
Pharmaceuticals: $139.7 million (2.4%)
Iron, steel: $136.7 million (2.4%)
..”

*see Now You Know: How did “we” get to this point of deportation of “illegal” -“legal” “immigrant”-“migrant” and their children (DACA) -being “separated” ? goodnewseverybodycom.wordpress.com

United States Immigrants

George to the Rescue – Padilla Family

George To The Rescue
Published on Sep 29, 2018
George spearheads exterior and basement transformations for first-time homeowners embodying the American Dream.

Notables

Cnel. José Arturo Castellanos geni.com
“..José Arturo Castellanos Contreras (San Vicente, El Salvador, December 23, 1893 — San Salvador, June 18, 1977) was a Salvadoran army colonel and diplomat who, while working as El Salvador’s Consul General for Geneva during World War II, and in conjunction with a Jewish-Hungarian businessman named György Mandl, helped save up to 40,000 Jews and Central Europeans from Nazi persecution by providing them with false papers of Salvadoran nationality…”

José Arturo Castellanos: The Rescue (2017 Documentary) – A Live Film-Concerto – Danzón no. 2

Castellanos Movie
Published on Sep 3, 2017
The story of Col. José Arturo Castellanos – the Salvadoran diplomat who defied the nazis and saved thousands of Jewish lives during the holocaust – as told by his Canadian grandchildren Alvaro and Boris Castellanos in the performative documentary: The Rescue – A Live Film-Concerto. Live performance filmed on June 14, 2017 in Toronto. http://www.castellanosmovie.com/

Travel

El Salvador Travel Video Guide – YouTube

The real beauty of El Salvador-El Salvador Travel – YouTube

El Salvador Impressive! – El Salvador Travel Video – YouTube

more…http://latino.goodnewseverybody.com/salvadoreno.html

Good News Spanish
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Neutral Perspective: ISIS was created by Global terrorists or Global State governments?

GLOBAL TERRORISTS

QUORA QUESTION: IS THE U.S. RESPONSIBLE FOR CREATING ISIS? BY QUORA CONTRIBUTOR ON 12/25/16 AT 4:10 PM europe.newsweek.com
We didn’t set out to create ISIS, but we screwed up so bad that the emergence of ISIS or something equally bad was inevitable.

ISIS trail of Terror | Is ISIS a Threat to the U.S.? – ABC News
abcnews.go.com
“…
Is ISIS Part of Al Qaeda? read our deep dive on ISIS and get answers to the most … ISIS can trace its history directly back to the Sunni terrorist organization al … The Iraqi government and much of its military officer corps are mostly made up of …

ISIS: The first terror group to build an Islamic state?

By Tim Lister, CNN

Updated 11:25 PM ET, Thu June 12, 2014 cnn.com
“…What are its origins?

In 2006, al Qaeda in Iraq — under the ruthless leadership of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi — embarked on seemingly arbitrary and brutal treatment of civilians as it tried to ignite a sectarian war against the majority Shia community.

It came close to succeeding, especially after the bombing of the Al-Askariya Mosque, an important Shia shrine in Samarra, which sparked retaliatory attacks.

But the killing of al-Zarqawi by American forces, the vicious treatment of civilians and the emergence of the Sahwa (Awakening) Fronts under moderate Sunni tribal leaders nearly destroyed the group.

Nearly, but not quite.

When U.S. forces left Iraq, they took much of their intelligence-gathering expertise with them.

Iraqi officials began to speak of a “third generation” of al Qaeda in Iraq. ..”
ISIS: A Short History:
The terrorist group’s evolution from fervid fantasy to death cult
Bobby Ghosh Aug 14, 2014 theatlantic.com
“..By 2004, Zarqawi’s campaign of suicide bombings across Iraq had made him a superstar of the international “jihadi” movement, and won the endorsement of bin Laden himself. Zarqawi now joined his group to bin Laden’s, rebranding it al-Qaeda in Iraq, or AQI. (It is also sometimes called al-Qaeda in Mesopotamia, but don’t confuse that with AQIM, which refers to the Algerian franchise, al-Qaeda in the Maghreb.)

Soon, however, Zarqawi’s targeting of civilians created misgivings among the core al-Qaeda leadership. In 2005, bin Laden’s right-hand man, Ayman al-Zawahiri, wrote a letter chiding the Jordanian for his tactics. Zarqawi paid it no heed. Last year Zawahiri likewise took ISIS’s new leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, to task for his excessive ferocity—and was again ignored….

ISI/ISIS: First Iraq, then Syria

By 2011, when the U.S. troop withdrawal was complete, AQI was being run by Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, and had morphed from a largely foreign to a largely Iraqi operation. Baghdadi himself, as his name suggests, is local. The absence of foreigners made it easier for the Sons of Iraq and their kin to ignore previous resentments against the group. There was also another rebranding: AQI was now better known as the Islamic State of Iraq, or ISI.

Baghdadi took Zarqawi’s tactics and supercharged them. The Shiites were still his main targets, but now he sent suicide bombers to attack police and military offices, checkpoints, and recruiting stations. (Civilian targets remained fair game.) ISI’s ranks were swelled by former Sons of Iraq, many of whom had previously been commanders and soldiers in Saddam’s military. This gave Baghdadi’s fighters the air of an army, rather than a rag-tag militant outfit…”

history channel documentary – ISIS: State of Terror – Islamic State

History Channel

Published on Oct 10, 2015

history channel documentary – ISIS: State of Terror – Islamic State..

In 2014, ISIS shocked the world with their brutality and the speed with which they took a large swath of Iraqi and Syrian territory. One year later, most countries, including the United States, are still trying to figure out what is driving this group and how best they can be defeated.

Enemies of ISIS?

-Al Tawhid

Living With ISIS – Documentary 2016


“Published on Jan 26, 2016

Do you know how to live Inside I-S-I-S Documentary

The Story of Al-Tawhid Brigade: Fighting for Sharia in Syria Author Sahib Anjarini Posted October 22, 2013 al-monitor.com

“.. The al-Tawhid Brigade was founded on July 18, 2012, through the merger of a number of armed groups in the countryside north of Aleppo, which is adjacent to the Turkish border. Tawhid later joined the “Revolutionary Military Council in Aleppo and its countryside,” which is led by Col. Abdul Jabbar al-Aqidi. It was a purely organizational council and didn’t have its own forces on the ground. Tawhid also played a key role in forming the Aleppo Sharia Council in an alliance with Jabhat al-Nusra and the Ahrar al-Sham Movement. But Jabhat al-Nusra later withdrew from that council.

Tawhid’s formation is mainly linked with a decision to make opposition gunmen enter Aleppo. Accurate accounts confirm that the decision was at the behest of Turkey directly. According to the accounts, Turkish intelligence coordinated with the head of the Military Security branch (then Mohammed Mefleh) to facilitate the entry of the gunmen to Aleppo and that Tawhid be the first organized armed faction to enter the city via the so-called al-Furqan battle on July 20, 2012.
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-Free Syrian Army

Syrian Opposition Factions in the Syrian Civil War Cody Roche Documenting the Syrian Revolution [م/د] Aug 10 medium.com
“..The Syrian rebellion began in early March 2011 as a protest movement demanding an end to corruption, political liberalization and economic reforms. Unlike similar uprisings throughout the Arab world, Syria’s government remained cohesive, focused and largely intransigent, launching a bloody crackdown that killed thousands of protesters and other civilians. The deployment of the Syrian Arab Army, in addition to various paramilitaries of significant local variation (generally called “shabiha” by the Opposition) intensified the crackdown, and caused the conflict to militarize. From around April 2011 to Summer 2012, the SAA experienced a massive wave of desertions and defections, losing approximately half its active personnel, as soldiers refused to fire on demonstrators and otherwise suppress their countrymen. These defectors, estimated to number between 30–40k, formed the nucleus of the armed Opposition, which emerged in June 2011 and became organized enough to declare the “Free Syrian Army” in August…”

->Al Assad

Why Syria’s Bashar al-Assad is still in power Middle EastNews4 October 2016 aljazeera.com
“…A new clique of business owners began forming under Assad’s neoliberal policies. Benefiting from the regime’s crony capitalism, these families often lived in major cities and held close family or social ties to the Assads.

They concentrated ownership of major telecommunications, energy and construction industries among a sliver of no more than 200 people, according to some estimates. In 2011, the Financial Times estimated that Assad’s cousin, Remi Makhlouf, owned up to 60 percent of the national economy.

Though media narratives often maintain that Assad’s support comes from his Alawite sect, today many of the regime’s core backers reside in this generation of technocrats – some of them Sunnis – who found economic prosperity under his regime.

Beyond this super elite is also a swath of medium-sized business owners and merchants. Many of them had also seen their livelihoods improve under Assad, and had no interest in changing the status quo when the uprising began…”

->Chemical Attacks

Syria: Witnesses Describe Alleged Chemical Attacks August 21, 2013 5:42PM EDT hrw.org
Government Should Give UN Investigators Immediate Access

GLOBAL GOVERNMENTS

ISIS was created by the CIA and Mossad


“Published on Feb 19, 2015

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*agenda for war?
Neutral Perspective: War is “evil” and “good”?

This is why the US created ISIS


RT America
“Published on Jan 7, 2015

The US has created a new overseas task force to deal with ISIS, called the Combined Joint Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve. It’s to be lead by Army Lieutenant General James Terry and has a logo – other than that, the Pentagon is releasing few details. The Resident discusses.

Here Is The Proof: “CIA Created ISIS” By conspiracyclub –
May 18, 2015 conspiracyclub.co
“…However, little was said about the identity or the ideological leanings of these Libyan rebels. Not surprising, considering the fact that the leader of the Libyan rebels later admitted that his fighters included Al-Qaeda linked jihadists who fought against allied troops in Iraq. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/africaandindianocean/libya/8407047/Libyan-rebel-commander-admits-his-fighters-have-al-Qaeda-links.html

These jihadist militants from Iraq were part of what national security analysts commonly referred to as Al-Qaeda in Iraq. Remember Al-Qaeda in Iraq was ISIS before it was rebranded.

With the assistance of U.S. and NATO intelligence and air support, the Libyan rebels captured Gaddafi and summarily executed him in the street, all the while enthusiastically chanting “Allah Akbar”. For many of those who had bought the official line about how these rebels were freedom fighters aiming to establish a liberal democracy in Libya, this was the beginning of the end of their illusions. Prior to the U.S. and NATO backed intervention, Libya had the highest standard of living of any country in Africa. This according to the U.N.’s Human Development Index rankings for 2010. ..”

ISIS : A CIA Creation to Justify War Abroad and Repression at Home 314
By VC on October 10, 2014 vigilantcitizen.com
“…Ever since the creation of democratic nations – where public opinion somewhat matters – the political class is faced with a dilemma: War is needed to gain power, riches, and control, but the general public has a tendency to be against it. What to do? The answer was found decades ago and is still used successfully today: Create an enemy so terrifying that the masses will beg their government to go to war.

This is why ISIS exists. This is why the beheading videos are so “well-produced” and publicized worldwide through mainstream media. This is why news sources regularly come up with alarmist headlines about ISIS. They are used to serve the best interests of the world elite. The current objectives are: Sway public opinion to favor the invasion of countries in the Middle East, provide a pretext for “coalition” intervention across the world, and manufacture a domestic threat that will be used to take away rights and increase surveillance. In short, ISIS is yet another instance of the age-old tactic of creating a terrifying enemy to scare the masses…”
Turkey and Israel Are Directly Supporting ISIS and Al Qaeda Terrorists In Syria
U.S. Allies Support the Terrorists We’re Supposedly “Fighting”

By WashingtonsBlog informationclearinghouse.info

Putin Tells Everyone Exactly Who Created ISIS from youtube.com
“Published on Oct 1, 2015

Here’s something you probably never saw or heard about in the west. This is Putin answering questions regarding ISIS from a US journalist at the Valdai International Discussion Club in late 2014. ”
US Company Hiring Mercenaries To Kill ISIS; Starting Pay $500K/yr – NRTV, from youtube.com

A U.S. company is hiring mercenaries to kill members of ISIS. Starting pay is five hundred thousand dollars a year. Stay tuned.

Phoenix, Arizona company Horner G6S Mercenary Incorporated, or simply G6S, which has known ties to the U.S. military, is now OPENLY hiring the general population for the specific purpose of killing those affiliated with the Islamic State. The company is offering a starting pay of half-million dollars per year regardless of your background or history. The only requirement is your desire to kill members of ISIS. Lots and lots of them. ”
*see Global Epidemic?: Greed for…

=>Mercenaries

Is A Mercenary Army The Answer To ISIS In Syria?
Ben Levin , Zach Toombs
6:17 PM, Oct 13, 2014 kshb.com
Taking the fight to ISIS: American mercenaries training to fight terrorists abroad , from youtube.com
RT America
Start at: Published on May 28, 2015

“American mercenary groups have been training and preparing to join the fight against the Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) abroad, looking to push back the extremists where they say that the US government has failed. Maria Finoshina reports from Homestead, Florida on a group of private mercenary fighters who are organizing to support people facing the threat of ISIS in the Philippines, and explores their motivations in depth.”
*note: guy said U.S. interest in war is the oil and not civilian interest
Blackwater Founder Pushing for Mercenaries In ISIS Fight! , from youtube.com
“Published on Oct 11, 2014

http://www.undergroundworldnews.com
Erik Prince, founder and former CEO of the notorious security contractor Blackwater, says the Pentagon should hire a mercenary corps to fight ISIL terrorists in Iraq and Syria.

-Events

“Friday the 13th Paris France Massacre” (November 2015)
9 Reasons the Terrorist Attacks in Paris Could Be a False Flag Event
Saturday, November 14, 2015 2:59
“…WOW! In the second video, adding fuel to the fire that Paris might have been a false flag, is the who’s who of the intelligence world that was just in Paris. CIA Director Brennan Met With French Secuity Chief Before Paris Attacks – Report | 13 Nov 2015 | The White House correspondent for French television network Canal+, Laura Haim, reported an interesting tidbit during a live report with MSNBC’s Brian Williams Friday evening. Haim stated that Central Intelligence Agency director, John O. Brennan, recently met with his counterpart, French intelligence (DGSE) director Bernard Bajolet. The French equivalent of MI6 and CIA is the Direction générale de la sécurité extérieure. [See: CIA-GW Intelligence Conference: Panel on The Shared 21st Century International Mission –GW Center for Cyber and Homeland Security 29 Oct 2015 Panel on “The Shared 21st Century International Mission” featuring CIA Director John Brennan, former UK MI6 Chief John Sawers, Director of the French Directorate for External Security Bernard Bajolet, and former Israeli National Security Advisor Yaacov Amidror. Held as part of the 2nd Annual Ethos and Profession of Intelligence Conference, co-hosted by the Central Intelligence Agency and the George Washington University. Held on October 27, 2015…
4.) Gunmen connected to ISIS, gunmen connected to Syria – Along with the very convenient and immediate statement by an allegedly arrested suspect that he was from ISIS, we also have screams of a shooter that “This is for Syria!” This gives us all the information that we need regarding the motivation of the alleged attackers. They are from ISIS. They hate the French because the French are “attacking” ISIS and because somewhere in France in a very darkened corner, under the sofa, there are freedoms. ISIS hates freedoms. This is quite coincidental considering the fact that a Russian airliner was recently bombed, allegedly by ISIS – at least according to the West.

5.) The timing of the event – Aside from the obvious connotations derived from the attacks occurring on Friday the 13th, the Paris massacre has taken place shortly before a major climate summit that was set to take place in France. The French government was expecting massive protests they alleged could potentially become violent, by activists opposed to globalization and energy austerity. Interestingly enough, France had already planned to impose border controls starting on November 30th in anticipation of the U.N. Conference on Climate Change in Paris “because of the terrorist threat or risk of public disorder.” Needless to say, there will be no massive protest now considering the fact that 2015 France resembles the 1943 version of itself more than anything else.”

Paris Terror Attacks: Blowback or False Flag? France Declares a State of Emergency
By Stephen Lendman
Global Research, November 14, 2015 globalresearch.ca

“…Friday Paris attacks were either blowback for Western wars on Islam or a state-sponsored false flag. Odds strongly favor the latter. Western history of false flags for subsequent planned events suggests it.

On September 20, 2001, George Bush lied to Congress and the public, claiming America was attacked because we are “a beacon of freedom.” The attackers were “evil. This is civilization’s fight.” He suppressed Washington’s direct responsibility for what happened, perhaps complicit with Israel’s Mossad.

The aftermath of 9/11 is clear – endless US-led imperial wars, a phony Global War on Terrorism (GWOT), an assault on fundamental human and civil rights, police state harshness replacing them, an America unfit to live in.

Will France and other European countries become more belligerent and repressive than already in response to Friday’s incident?

Were Washington and perhaps Israel’s dirty hands involved in what happened?

Daesh (ISIS/ISIL/IS) is such an easy target to blame. It’s simple getting most people to believe it unquestionably.

The Big Lie repeated often enough works the same way every time. ISIS is the new “Enemy Number One.” Its creation by Washington and use as proxy foot soldiers is suppressed.

Was Friday’s Paris incident prelude to something similar planned for New York, Washington, and/or other US cities?..”
Paris Attacks False Flag: Unbelievable Crisis Actor Saved By Cell Phone = BULLSHIT!


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RT Just Destroyed Fake News on Paris, ISIS and the NWO! Wow!
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Political author Gearoid O Colmain discusses the Paris attacks with RT International


*a “friend” this evening who is in the special forces of another country told me about the proxie war that is going on. As the guy on the video says, they are trying to “divide” and have us “fight against each other”->see Deep thought: This is how the “devil” is trying to divide us?

=>Which claims by ISIS are true and false?

What Does It Mean When ISIS Claims Responsibility For An Attack? May 24, 2017·7:00 AM ET npr.org
“…It’s a simple, frequently recurring phrase: “The Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the attack.” But it raises some questions: Is the claim credible or just an empty assertion, and if it’s true, what does “responsibility” actually entail?..

Joscelyn said he can’t think of an example of an outright false claim by ISIS in the U.S. and western Europe. There are plenty of exaggerations — on death tolls, for instance — and the statements shouldn’t be assumed to be true. (For instance, the ISIS claim for the attack on a concert in Manchester didn’t describe a suicide bomber, and had slightly inflated numbers of the dead and wounded.)…

What does it mean for a claim to be “unconfirmed”?

Needless to say, investigators won’t just take the Islamic State at its word when it claims responsibility. They’ll look for statements by the attacker, communication with ISIS online, evidence that the attacker consumed Islamic State propaganda — “real connective tissue,” Joscelyn said.

It can take weeks to get sense of ISIS’ involvement, and months for the full picture of what happened to be uncovered by authorities. That work is necessary not just to confirm an ISIS link, but to determine what kind of link it is.

That’s why early reporting will say that ISIS “claimed responsibility,” but stories published later might note that the group either “carried out” or “inspired” an attack.
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Does Isis really ‘claim every terror attack’? How do we know if a claim is true? Samuel Osborne |
@SamuelOsborne93 |
Thursday 4 May 2017 13:27 BST| independent.co.uk

FALSE

Trump wrongly labels Manila shooting a terror attack (philstar.com) | Updated June 2, 2017 – 10:05am philstar.com
“…MANILA, Philippines — US President Donald Trump incorrectly and prematurely labeled the attack on a hotel and casino complex in Manila as an act of terror.

“It is really very sad as to what’s going on throughout the world with terror,” Trump said at the White House before announcing that the US was leaving the Paris climate accord. “Our thoughts and our prayers and with all of those affected.”
..

The Philippine National Police said that there was no indication of terrorism and suggested that the motive could have been robbery.

According to the police, the English-speaking suspect was found dead with his rifle on the fifth floor of the Resorts World Manila complex. The gunman apparently killed himself.

The suspect took P113 million worth of gambling chips which were found in a bag he was carrying.

ISIS reveal identity of their ‘lone wolf’ gunman in Manila who killed 36 after police insisted he was just a ‘white gambler’ with a vendetta against casino By Rachel Burford and Julian Robinson for MailOnline

Published: 08:35 EDT, 2 June 2017 | Updated: 14:18 EDT, 2 June 2017 .dailymail.co.uk

“…ISIS fanatics have again claimed responsibility for an attack on a Manila casino that left dozens dead – despite police declaring almost immediately that it was a robbery gone wrong.

At least 36 people were killed last night after a ‘white, English-speaking’ masked gunman attacked a casino in Manila, stole £1.7million ($2.3million) worth of betting chips and set fire to tables before he ‘burned himself to death’.

It is understood many of the victims were women who suffocated due to smoke inhalation as crowds battled to get to the exits.

The Philippines is battling ISIS and the terror group claimed responsibility early on for the attack – but national police were quick to insist that the deadly raid was a robbery gone wrong.

However, ISIS has today insisted for a second time that the attack was carried out by one of its jihadists named Abul-Khayr al-Arkhabili.

..”

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Japanese tourists shot dead in Philippines, bodies cut into pieces and thrown into sea Ananya Roy,International Business Times 14 hours ago (6.5.17) yahoo.com

‘…Two Japanese tourists taking a boat ride around islands in southwestern Philippines were allegedly shot dead, and their bodies cut into pieces and thrown into the sea, local officials said.

The tourists were reported missing since 30 May and authorities initially suspected the role of Abu Sayyaf militants, who are known for abducting foreign tourists…”

-Proxy War?

Is US Setting Up a Proxy War Against Russia in Syria?
US Wants Russia ‘Fighting ISIS,’ But Only on Its Terms

by Jason Ditz, September 15, 2015 news.antiwar.com
“…
With that, the US opposition to Russia becomes more apparent, and sets the stage for a proxy battle by “US allies,” predominantly the al-Qaeda-led Islamist bloc, and the Russian-backed Syrian government, for the right to be the official internationally endorsed face of the war against ISIS, with Syria as the prize.”


Killed ISIS Commander’s Cell Phone Shows Direct Ties To Turkish Intelligence
, By Justin King @Justinkingnews | December 28, 2015 mintpressnews.com
“Baghdad, Iraq – An ISIS commander was killed in Salahuddin province and his body was searched. A cell phone retrieved from the corpse revealed messages from Turkish intelligence services proving the NATO country was providing security for ISIS militants when they traveled between Turkey and Iraq. This is the second NATO country implicated in assisting ISIS troops. The first was Canada.

Turkey and the ISIS share two enemies: President Assad of Syria and the Kurdish people. This incident comes on the heels of the Turkish Air Force shooting down a Russian plane engaged in operations against the Islamic State. Ten days ago, Turkey invaded Iraq briefly. It sent its troops to within a few hundred miles of where the phone was recovered. Turkish artillery has also rained shells down on the Kurdish community of Kobane….”

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Famous Phrases: There Are No Atheist in Foxholes

There Are No Atheists in Foxholes – Origin liquisearch.com
“The precise origin of the phrase is uncertain. Various sources credit Lieutenant Colonel William J. Clear, or Lieutenant Colonel William Casey, but the phrase is most often attributed to journalist Ernie Pyle. It has also been attributed to U.S. Military Chaplain William T. Cummings in a field sermon during the Battle of Bataan in 1942…”

Ted Cruz Explains No Atheists In Foxholes Origin

There Are No Atheists In Foxholes conservapedia.com
“Reverend William T. Cummings is famous for declaring There are no atheists in foxholes.[1]

Reverend William T. Cummings, who served at Bataan, is famous for declaring “There are no atheists in foxholes.”[1] In addition, Lieutenant Colonel Warren J. Clear, who also served at Bataan, used the expression in an interview printed in U.S. newspapers in the middle of April.[1]

Chaplain F.W. Lawson of the 302d Machine Gun Battalion, who was wounded twice in wartime, declared “I doubt if there is such a thing as an atheist. At least there isn’t in a front line trench.”[1] Hannah More wrote: “In agony or danger, no nature is atheist. The mind that knows not what to fly to, flies to God.”[2]

In recent years the organization Military Association of Atheists and Freethinkers has taken up use of the slogan “Atheists in Foxholes” as a list of those men and women who serve the country while lacking a belief in a god.[3]

President Dwight D. Eisenhower declared in remarks broadcast from the White House as part of a February 7, 1954 American Legion Program:
“ As a former soldier, I am delighted that our veterans are sponsoring a movement to increase our awareness of God in our daily lives. In battle, they learned a great truth-that there are no atheists in the foxholes. They know that in time of test and trial, we instinctively turn to God for new courage…Whatever our individual church, whatever our personal creed, our common faith in God is a common bond among us.[4]..

Speak Up!—The Deaf-Bed Atheist
Posted on March 17, 2014 harpandclay.wordpress.com
“Sources are uncertain as to the origin of the famous saying though most pin it to the WWII Battle of Bataan in 1942. Although the adage occasionally means that all soldiers in combat are “converted” under fire, it is most often used to express the belief of the speaker that all people seek a divine power when they are facing an extreme threat. The quote is also referenced when discussing the opposite effect — that warfare causes some soldiers to question their existing belief in God due to the death and violence around them.

Although not everyone goes to war and not all reach the same conclusion or faith in God, you can just about guarantee that all soldiers have thought about it at one time or another…”

There are No Atheists in Foxholes christianfighterpilot.com
12 February 2010
“The phrase “there are no atheists in foxholes” is not without controversy. (In fact, one Soldier even went so far as to file an official complaint because an officer used the “discriminatory” phrase.) The old saying, whose origin is unknown, isn’t meant as a moral conclusion or a statement of fitness. It simply characterizes the belief that in extreme situations and faced with mortal danger, many people are open to the concept of some form of higher power.

There are certainly examples of the opposite truth. A New Hampshire publication recounts the recent award of a medal to a World War II veteran. Milton “Chris” Christian, an 84-year old vet, was presented with a Bronze Star for his service 60 years ago. In the article, he says..”

The problem with the phrase “There are no atheists in foxholes”

*Note: Even though Ted might be considered “atheist”, he did call upon “God” during a “foxhole” event while he was a pilot in one of the missions he flew during the Korean War..

HBO: Legends and Legacies: Ted Williams


*start the 28:08-31:00 minute mark
“I got a mayday…big explosion in the plane, I didn’t have my brakes…no wheels down…fire in my A#@ ..saying to myself..when is this dirt… I never prayed in my life…G__ da&$…. Christ..this is where Teddy ballgame needs Ya..”-Ted Williams….a miracle!

Remembering Ted Williams: A Marine Fighter Pilot mca-marines.org
“…The midnight-blue F9F “Panther” jet was coming in “heavy” and very fast. Its sluggish movements, trailing smoke and streaming 30-foot ribbon of fire all indicated serious danger. The pilot obviously was having difficulty controlling his aircraft, but he was too low to eject. His only course, therefore, was to try to bring his crippled aircraft in.

An already tense situation became worse when an explosion rocked the undercarriage as the plane approached the airstrip. The stubby fighter plane made a wheels-up “belly” landing, skidding along the tarmac with sparks flying for almost a mile before coming to a stop. The nose promptly burst into flames that threatened the cockpit. The trapped aviator blew off the canopy, struggled out of the plane and limped away, hitting the ground in a less-than-perfect baseball slide…”

Former Atheists

-Homicide Detective, J. Warner Wallace

How I Became A Christian

Cold-Case Christianity with J. Warner Wallace
Published on May 9, 2016
J. Warner Wallace is interviewed by Pastor David Fleming of Champion Forest Baptist Church and describes how he became a Christian

Cold-Case Christianity by J. Warner Wallace
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Cold-Case Christianity: A Homicide Detective Investigates the Claims of the Gospels

Former Homicide Detective Investigates “God’s Crime Scene”

former #homicidedetective #testimony #atheist turned #believer

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Is There Any Evidence for Jesus Outside the Bible?

Christ Revealed Trailer: The #1 Christian Documentary of 2017

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Ex-Atheists who became Christians – YouTube

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From Atheist to Christian at Yale – Dr. Paul Lim – YouTube

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Wretched: An atheist professor converts to Christianity. – YouTube

Ph.D. Turns from Atheism to Christ – YouTube

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Atheist to Christian Testimony – Powerful! – YouTube

Former Atheist comes to faith in Jesus Christ – YouTube

On-going Questions in Life???

why-people-believe-god-atheists from yahoo.com
“..Being raised as a Christian, I personally dedicated my life to serve God at age 20, and was baptized to symbolize that decision.

At age 35, something triggered me to actually critically review the reasons I had for my specific set of beliefs.

What reasons do I have to believe any god exists at all?
What reasons do I have to believe the Biblical god Yahweh exists?
Could the same reasons be applied to support the existence of any other entity (e.g. aliens from a distant galaxy)?
What reasons do I have to believe the Bible has a divine source?
Could similar reasons be applied to other so called Holy Books that I do not accept as divine (e.g. Quran, Book of Mormon, etc.)?
What scientific evidence exists to support my beliefs (e.g. Adam and Eve created literally 6000 years ago, evolution does not happen, a global flood destroyed everything except whomever was in Noah’s ark)?
Do I have any personal experience that shows beyond doubt that God is my friend, that He answers my prayers one way or another?
After researching all those questions in-depth, I realized I have zero reasons to believe the god I worshiped really exists.
Quite the opposite, all evidence seems to indicate that the Biblical God does not exist.

I also researched very much in-depth the history, scandals, teachings and practices of my brand of Christianity to see if my religion could really be divinely appointed as the one true religion. Guess what, they’re not…”

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The Man Who Met The Devil – True Story , from youtube.com with Peter Hockley

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