ONWARD CHRISTIAN SOLDIERS
By: Al Cronkrite
Did you know that the United States
government is spending billions of dollars hiring paramilitary troops being used in
clandestine operations as well as in the War in Iraq and even on our own soil?
It appears that the French Foreign Legion has had children as there are now several
organizations in the United States and overseas that provide both trained soldiers and
soldierly training. These private military companies (PMCs) offer support for governments
and armed forces and facilitate the conduct of a broad range of activities that are often
not public knowledge. The activities of PMCs can be conducted with or without the
cooperation of our armed forces and when secrecy and lack of accountability are desired
they are a convenient vehicle. There are no questions about the legitimacy of the
operation, no one is concerned about casualties, the Geneva Convention can be forgotten,
international problems are alleviated, and the source of the operation itself can be
article by Laura PetersonSince 1994, the U.S.
Defense Department has entered into 3,061 contracts with 12 of the 24 U.S.-based
PMCs . Pentagon records valued those contracts at more than $300 billion. More than
2,700 of those contracts were held by just two companies: Kellogg Brown & Root and
Booz Allen Hamilton. Because of the limited information the Pentagon provides and the
breadth of services offered by some of the larger companies, it was impossible to
determine what percentage of these contracts was for training, security or logistical
U. S. supported mercenaries have been involved in Africa, Bosnia, and South America.
They are being used in Iraq where 48,000 mercenaries working for 181 different firms are
currently deployed. They were surreptitiously used along with Mexican troops to confiscate
firearms in New Orleans after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina. Mercenaries have no
inhibitions about depriving citizens of their Constitutional rights and, armed with AK
47s, they can be used by tyrannical governments for any selected oppression.
Most people in the United States have never heard of these organizations and are not
aware that our government is conducting paramilitary activities that are not subject to
the rules of conduct for normal overt operations.
Of the dozens of organizations that provide military type training and support, this
article will concentrate on one that is of particular interest.
Blackwater USA is a multifaceted PMC with extensive training facilities in
Northeastern North Carolina. They advertise their services as the most
comprehensive professional military, law enforcement, security, peacekeeping, and
stability operations company in the world.
Their Website is here.
It was founded in 1996 by Erik Prince who is the wealthy son of Michigan auto parts
manufacturer Edgar Prince and a former Navy Seal with extensive personal contacts in
Washington. Edgar Prince helped Gary Bauer form the Family Research Council and his
daughter, Betsey, (Erics sister) is married to Dick DeVos the son of Amway founder
Richard DeVos. She is Chairperson of the Michigan Republican Party. The family is reported
to have extensive personal relationships with James Dobson, D. James Kennedy, Edwin Meese
III, Pat Roberson, Richard Viguerie, Paul Weyrich and others.
in The Nation, since June 2004 Blackwater USA has
received $320 million from the Bush Administration to provide security services around the
world. Blackwater flew mercenaries into New Orleans immediately after Hurricane Katrina
before contracts had been formalized. Ultimately, the Bush Administration paid them $30
Christian theology provides the platform for much of the tragedy that is involved when
followers of The Prince Of Peace involve themselves in aiding an imperialistic government
in illegal conquests.
Former New York Times Middle East Bureau Chief, Chris Hedges, has published a new book American
Fascists: The Christian Right and the War on America . He spent two years
traveling around the country seeking the tenor of Christendom. He quickly dredges upthe
demon of the theocratic state and expresses concern that the evils involved with the
hiring of mercenaries could result in the imposition of Christianity on the nation. He
goes on to describe Christian vigilantes that occupy high level positions in the Bush II
Administration, Army Generals who claim their Faith is their first priority and who
cherish the opportunity to evangelize men and women involved with our defense policy. I
think its a huge impact.... You have many men and women who are seeking Gods
counsel and wisdom as they advise the chairman [of the Joint Chiefs] and the secretary of
Of the many Evangelical churches he attended
Hedges writes, They painted the war in Iraq not as an occupation but as an
apocalyptic battle by Christians against Islam, a religion they regularly branded as
satanic. All this befits a movement whose final aesthetic is violence. It also
befits a movement that, in the end, would need the military and police forces to seize
power in American society.
Chris Hedges is a far left, anti-Christian, Liberal working for a newspaper that holds
the same sentiments. His motivations are horrid but some of his descriptions are both
accurate and deplorable.
Implicit in the zeal to evangelize is the erroneous assumption that conversion involves
making a decision for C
Arminian heresy has distorted the Christian ethic and created the impression that
Christians are something akin to eccentric used car salesmen
and must be avoided at all costs. All through the Biblical narrative God selected His
servants. God chooses whom He chooses; we do not choose God, that is humanism! Jesus
Himself said that no man would become a Christian unless the Father drew him. Evangelism
should never involve planting but only gently harvesting the fruit that God has planted
When the present nation of Israel was created by the
Balfour Agreement and sustained by the United Nations, the land occupied by Palestinian
Arabs for centuries was overrun by illegal aliens and expropriated by a secular government
that has established a nation taken from their ancestors by God as a result of an apostasy
that has never been forsaken. This huge injustice supported by theologically challenged
Christians is in direct opposition to the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, Who ordered
the Diaspora which removed the mantle from those that had broken His covenant and placed
it on those who accepted His Son as their Savior. Now, many of these Christians have
broken this precious Covenant by supporting what God has rejected.
Consider the strife and turmoil the creation of this illegitimate nation has created.
Prior to 1948, Jews and Arabs had been living peacefully in Palestine for centuries. When
Jewish immigrants began to arrive in the area in overwhelming numbers Arab resistance was
justly strident and has remained so. Terrorism was unheard of before this affront to God
and the clandestine partisanship that has divided Jewish loyalty to their present
domiciles was non existent. This was a crime against the established government of the
Middle East and against the Jewish people as well. Injustice can be forceably maintained
by coercion but it never brings lasting peace.
We now have Christians who worship a peaceful God engaged in overt military action
against over 200 million Arabs who instead of annihilation should be awarded the Justice
our Christian God represents. It is an anarchic, confusing, unjust situation that only
Satan could create
What a tragedy that highly placed military personnel are spreading this pernicious
heresy throughout the upper echelons of our government and that wealthy Christians have
fallen victim to this same killem all doctrine and are busy aiding it
and making money from it.
Much of this aberration can be traced to the blasphemy Dispensationalism has created.
It is not only a paralyzing doctrine but has succeeded in neutering Christianity by
channeling Christian zeal into supporting what God hates while failing to support what He
If United States Evangelical leaders would begin to understand the injustice Israel
represents and join with The Creator in bringing both Jew and Gentile under the
jurisdiction of Gods Laws hope could be returned to the world.