As I write, am listening at the same time to a large chorus gloriously singing Handel’s Messiah on the radio – so energetic, dramatic, powerful,and yet so deeply pious – Handel was a genius. Over the years living stateside, your author remembers performing the Messiah during many Easters and Christmases.
During the American war in Vietnam, yours truly played that Trumpet Shall Sound aria broadcasted internationally live from the largest church temple hall in the US at that time. And at the time of this live broadcast so many years ago, the body counts of communist brothers or freedom-fighter brothers killed by the French, Americans, other Europeans and armed forces of other nations of European descent, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, were mentioned daily on the news. These bodies, being carefully counted to prove that everything was going well, were bodies of those who, some years earlier, had fought the Japanese-Vichy French occupation as US allies. Commentators on news programs were assuring us that their bodies were piling up at a comforting rate – (better them then our white boys was the feeling often spoken outright).
I remember thinking back then and am thinking the same now, ‘Are these men and women in the chorus, singing their Christmas hearts out for Jesus, daft? I mean we musicians in the orchestra are providing the background melodies and rhythm, but we can hear most of the text being sung in all seriousness about the Prince of Peace and how we wholeheartedly adore Him.
Every time an American shoots or bombs to death a citizen of Afghanistan, or Pakistan, or Yemen, or Somalia, Bang! Boom! there goes Jesus, shot down again at the same time as the man, women or child lying bleeding or already bled to death, or turned into what some jokingly refer to as a ‘bug splat.’
The Evangelist Matthew in 25:40 has Jesus teaching his followers:
‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’ [full passage found at article’s end]
By Jesus’ words of warning, to paraphrase, ‘you shoot him or her, and you shoot Me at the same time.’
Actually, Jesus teaching is bare boned simple, isn’t it. But if an American or military person of US allied colonial power caught up seeking to help protect and maintain his nation’s wealthy investors’ predatory interests, can’t recognize Jesus’ brother in the face of the Muslim, or in earlier times in the face of a Korean, Laotian, Cambodian, Lebanese, Iraqi, Dominican, Panamanian, Grenadian, about to be dispatched, well…?
Or if a guy is so bloody stupid to believe that the incalculable number of Muslims targeted for him to kill must be thought of as part of the same conspiracy of Saudi Arabians who killed themselves in the Twin Towers (whose country, by the way, has been the only Arab country to be inexplicably or understandable spared US vengeance), well…?
Or if the GI who pulls the trigger or presses the button on a brother or sister or child of Jesus, has forgotten what he was taught in church, mosque or synagogue, namely, that all men are brothers? But wait, the clergy, in tune with militarized North America, has for decades avoided mentioning Jesus regarding killing. On the contrary, twisting scripture to justify wars, organized clergy sanctified the killing.
Martin Luther King Jr.’s own Baptist churches do not support his condemnation of US wars for unjust overseas predatory investments, and have been deadly silent regarding war promoting mainstream media’s forty-four year blackout and taboo of any mention of his world shaking sermon “Beyond Vietnam – a Time to Break Silence” and “Why I am Against the War in Vietnam.”
Read on-line King’s publicly suppressed sermons and then read the sermons given during the past year from the Riverside Church pulpit from which King called his country “the greatest purveyor (not cause) of violence in the world,” in which, after dismissing his government, he went on in anguish to hold himself and all US citizens responsible for “atrocity wars and genocidal violence on three continents meant to maintain unjust predatory investments;” responsible for being perfectly capable of making them unacceptable and inoperable through non-participation, non-support, non-acquiescence and conscientious objection. Now read or listen on the Internet to the audio of the past year’s Riverside Church Sunday Sermons, mostly on the Old Testament or Jewish Bible, and wonder who is most guilty for the continuing genocide, the soldiers, or their clergy. There is no quote from these devastatingly blistering condemnations of US atrocity wars on the King Monument in Washington DC. and Rev. Dr. King’s closest friends, many of the cloth made not a single word mention of King’s broadening his search for justice to include the poor being slaughtered overseas during the last year he was allowed to live. Martin Luther King Jr. was shot to death, the war in Vietnam allowed to continue for another eight years by his nation’s betrayal of himself and the teaching of Jesus he reminded the world of.
Forsooth, add up the simultaneous double manslaughter of Jesus and the three million Vietnamese brothers of Jesus, two million Koreans brothers of Jesus, one and a half million Iraqi brothers, a half million Laotian brothers, half million Cambodians brothers, Yugoslav brothers, Afghani, Somali, Yemeni, Pakistani, Libyan brothers all slaughtered in their very own beloved small countries, in the streets of their towns, in the countryside, and often as not in their very own homes. And if one counts in Jesus’ brothers brought to die for the aftereffects of US wars for predatory investment maintenance and the covert homicide that made it impossible for defenseless governments have control over and disposition of their nation’s natural resources needed for sustenance and survival, the amount of brothers, their sisters and children that were made to starve to death, the matching toll of the number of times Jesus has been killed in matching death of his brothers as stated in Matthew 25:40, it runs into the tens of millions – with murderous economic policies and sanctions into the hundreds of millions during the last sixty-four years.
It is all so stupefying, inhuman, merciless, and yet all this genocide is written up by all the most knowledgeable progressive journalists and historians on the left, not as prosecutable crimes against humanity and crimes against peace, but as Realpolitik, abhorrent to be sure, but legal homicidal and normal ‘politics,’ dirty politics if you will, as usual, something as unchallengeable as the less than predictable weather patterns, nothing worth a useless intention to stop what has no way of stopping, the mind-boggling in intensity unfortunate suffering of our and Jesus’ brothers, sisters and children less interesting for it being impossible to halt. It is as if the informed tasked by the Bible to alert the uninformed, do not recognize the laws in the scriptures of all religions regarding murder, manslaughter, or killing by any other legal term – laws created over millenniums. But humanity’s laws of nature do not cease to exist for being calculatedly uninformed. The laws remain vibrant in the hearts of ordinary (read wonderful) men and women.
That overwhelming majority of US citizens, watching war-promoting CIA fed monopolized TV in America with learned indifference, will not be expected to know that the heavy weapons and cash the CIA and its branches in US allied nations are meant to be used to overthrow the Syrian government of elected President Assad supported by over 70% of its citizens. Most Americans will not know that this has been admitted in writing by NATO, which nevertheless backs Obama’s and Kerry’s often stated goal of seeing to Syria’s government overthrow. One hundred and twenty thousand Syrians have died since CNN first repeated, ad infinitum, its lie, exactly the same lie as was manufactured for Libya two years ago, “the government is killing its own people!”, while Syrian local TV showed film of provocateurs firing from roof tops into crowds.
Americans will not see these films, until they are shown at the eventual Nuremberg Principles Law trial of Americans for committing genocide in dozens of small nations. The trial will inevitably find that it was not the popular Syrian government that arranged for the mass murder of its own citizens but the international community of investors as led by Americans on Wall Street. [see “Syria: CIA, M16, French, Mossad, Saudi Involvement Unreported In Imperialist Media.” By Jay Janson. 27 June, 2011. Countercurrents.org. What is unfolding in …] http://www.countercurrents.org/janson270611.htm
That same Nuremberg Principles prosecution of Americans will have even less trouble proving that there was no peaceful demonstrations that CNN reported fired upon in wealthy and prosperous Libya as were indeed fired upon killing or wounding thousands in dirt poor and foreign banks exploited Egypt and Yemen.[see “There Was No Libyan Peaceful Protest, Just Murderous Gangs and CNN’s Nic Robertson”
Jun 16, 2011 – Nic Robertson and Anderson Cooper are surely aware of their achievement in promoting the human carnage of civil war and the destruction of http://www.countercurrents.org/janson270611.htm
And thereafter when war investor bankers will be forced to factor into calculations for capital gains the possibility of imprisonment, seizure of assets to compensate for wrongful death in the millions, injuries in the tens of millions, massive destruction of property and theft of natural resources, those present heavy investments in a third world war with China, Russia, Iran, etc. will come to be seen as dangerously unprofitable and the planet will be saved.
Now to close, back to the long commercialized birthday celebration of Jesus, a Jesus, who was adamant about the damnation price for intentional criminal homicide.
Jesus said, “you know the commandments: you must not kill…” Mark 10.18
Jesus said, “why do you call me, “Lord, Lord” and not do what I say?” Lk. 6.46
Jesus said, “What is written in the law? What do you read there? He replied, “You must love … your neighbor as yourself.” Lk 10.26-28
Jesus said, “This is my commandment: love one another, as I have loved you.” Jn. 14.22
Jesus said, “What I command you is to love one another.” Jn. 14.27
Jesus said, “You have learnt how it was said to our ancestors: ‘You must not kill; and anyone does kill he must answer for it before the court.’ But I say this to you: anyone who is angry with his brother will answer for it before the court.” Mt. 5.21-22
“Put your sword back in its place…for all who draw the sword will die by the sword”. (Matt. 26:52)
“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.” (Matt. 5:9)
P.S. Your servant historian is not naive enough not to realize the lack of interest in the USA for much of the above mentioned. The awakening of a demand for natural, scriptural and Nuremberg Principles law on genocide will come from the populations in victim nations. This is only to be expected.
Full passage from Matthew 25:31-43
“When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit upon his glorious throne, and all the nations will be assembled before him. And he will separate them one from another, as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. He will place the sheep on his right and the goats on his left.
Then the king will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father. Inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, a stranger and you welcomed me, naked and you clothed me, ill and you cared for me, in prison and you visited me.’
Then the righteous will answer him and say, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? When did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? When did we see you ill or in prison, and visit you?’
And the king will say to them in reply, ‘Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me.’
Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you accursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. For I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me no drink, A stranger and you gave me no welcome, naked and you gave me no clothing, ill and in prison, and you did not care for me.’
Jay Janson is an archival research people’s historian activist, musician and writer; has lived and worked on all continents; articles on media published in China, Italy, UK, India and the US; now resides in NYC; First effort was a series of articles on deadly cultural pollution endangering seven areas of life emanating from Western corporate owned commercial media published in Hong Kong’s Window Magazine 1993; Howard Zinn lent his name to various projects of his; Global Research; Information Clearing House; Counter Currents, Kerala, India; TurkishNews; Minority Perspective, UK; Dissident Voice, Uruknet; Voice of Detroit; Ethiopian Review; Black Agenda Report; Palestine Chronicle; India Times; Ta Kung Bao; China Daily; South China Morning Post;Malaysia Sun; CubaNews; SocialistNamibia; Come Home America; OpEdNews; HistoryNews Network; Vermont Citizen News have published his articles; 300 of which are available at: http://www.opednews.com/author/author1723.html ; Weekly column, South China Morning Post, 1986-87; reviews for Ta Kung Bao; article China Daily, 1989. Is coordinator of the King Condemned US Wars International Awareness Campaign: (King Condemned US Wars) and website historian of Prosecute US Crimes Against Humanity Now Campaign featuring a country by country history of US crimes and laws pertaining. Studied history at CCNY, Columbia U., U. Puerto Rico, Dolmetscher Institut München, Germany.