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Abandoned to the Taliban
Afghanistan is only the latest in a long line of American Allies betrayed. As recently as the 8th of July, U.S. President Biden was adamant that the Taliban would not be able to overrun Afghanistan because Kabul had a well-funded and well-trained military. “The Afghan troops of 300,000 are well equipped - as well equipped as any army in the world – And an Air Force -against something like 75,000 Taliban. It is not inevitable… I trust the capacity to the Afghan military, who is better trained, better equipped and more competent in terms of conducting war." It only took the Taliban five weeks to prove Biden wrong and to expose the hypocrisy of America's 20 years of "constructive engagement" in Afghanistan.
From Fighting Terrorism to Promoting Perversion
What began as a war against terrorism, targeting Al Qaeda and the Taliban in Afghanistan changed into “nation building” - promoting radical feminism, LGBTQ gay agenda and flying the rainbow flag from the US embassy in Kabul. Many Afghans who had welcomed the Americans as liberators in 2001 grew to resent the promotion of immorality and perversion.
Counting the Cost
How many Billions of dollars did the U.S. pour into Afghanistan? How many American soldiers and other Allied forces, were injured, crippled, or died, in that two-decade war? “For when they say, “Peace and safety!” then sudden destruction comes upon them…and they shall not escape.” I Thessalonians 5:3
Slandering Their Allies
Considering that the Afghan National Army (ANA) lost over 66,000 men in combat fighting against the Taliban, it is neither honest nor fair to claim that they were not willing to fight to defend their own country! With the US closing their Bagram air base and withdrawing their logistical support, the supply chain, communications and air support essential for the Afghan National Army was terminated and collapse became inevitable. The US left behind vast quantities of high-tech weapons which have now fallen into the hands of the Taliban.
Reliability, Dependability and Credibility at Stake
America’s credibility as a reliable ally has suffered yet another devastating blow. Who can trust a government that has such a long trail of treachery, betraying not only their allies, but their own citizens and troops into the hands of some of the most merciless Marxists and, in this case, Jihadists? “Should you help the wicked and love those who hate the Lord? Therefore, the wrath of the Lord is upon you.” 2 Chronicles 19:2
A Trail of Betrayal
Veteran Angolan Freedom Fighter, Jonas Savimbi, the leader of UNITA, observed: “It is better to be America’s enemy than America’s friend. If you are her enemy, you will probably be bought. If you are America’s friend you will certainly be sold.” I was a guest at Jonas Savimbi’s UNITA headquarters in Jamba in Free Angola. It was 1986. Jonas Savimbi was by no means anti-American. In fact, he loved American history and regularly would be quoting from George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and James Madison. He looked up to America as a city on a hill, an example of Faith and freedom that he hoped to emulate in Angola. However, he was referring to the US State Department and its trail of betrayal.
Jonas Savimbi leaned across the breakfast table and asked: “Do you know why there hasn’t been a revolution in America for over 200 years?” His guests were at loss to know how to answer the question. The UNITA leader answered his own question: “The is no America embassy in America!” Everyone laughed and some squirmed in their seats.
Coup D’état in Iran for Oil
The involvement of American embassies in inciting, fostering and even organising coup d’états and revolutions around the world are well documented. Examples include the CIA Operation AJAX which orchestrated the 1953 coup d’etat overthrowing the democratically elected Prime Minister Mohammad Mosaddegh in Iran. Oil companies were heavily involved in financing this street protests and buying of key leaders in Iran.
Coup in Guatemala for Multinational Company
In 1954, the CIA overthrew the President of Guatemala Jacobo Arbenz to establish a dictatorship which favoured the American multinational: American United Fruit Company.
Coup in Dominican Republic
The coup d’etat in the Dominican Republic in 1962 was also organised by the CIA. (This was confirmed by the Church Commission in 1975.)
Assassination and Coup in South Vietnam
The 1963 assassination of South Vietnamese leader Ngodinh Dien was orchestrated by South Vietnamese generals who requested CIA’s support to bring about the coup d’etat.
Coup in Brazil
The 1964 coup d’etat in Brazil, including the street protests which ousted President Joao Goulard and replaced him with Brazilian Chief of Staff Humberto Castello Branco, whose forces were supplied with non-American weapons. National Security archives declassified documents confirm that President Lyndon Johnson planned this Brazilian coup with his advisors. The dictatorship managed to survive in Brazil until 1985.
These and many other regime changes are documented in John Jacob Nuttar’s book The CIA’s Black Ops: Covert Action, Foreign Policy and Democracy published in 2000.
Subversion in South Africa
In 1977, South African journalist Aida Parker documented, in the Citizen newspaper, that the American Embassy Reading Room in Soweto was deliberately subversive, stocking books, pamphlets, magazines and films of Vladimir Lenin, Mao Tse Tung, Karl Marx, Che Guevare, Fidel Castro and other Marxist revolutionaries.
I met Captain Eugene (Red) McDaniel of the US Navy and read his book Scars and Stripes – The True Story of One Man’s Courage Facing Death as a POW in Vietnam. After surviving six years of torture in captivity in Hanoi, Vietnam, he became involved the Vietnam war POW/MIA campaign to account for the thousands of Missing In Action Americans abandoned by their government. As Founder and President of the American Defence Institute (ADI) he sought to document the trail of betrayal of American Prisoners Of War or Missing In Action’s abandoned, not just in Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos, but in North Korea and China after the Korean War and in the Soviet Union after both the First and Second World Wars. He also introduced me to the book Kiss the Boys Goodbye – How the United States Betrayed Its Own POWs.
Deliberate Policy to List Living POWs as Dead
Lt. Col. Philip Corso, who had once served on National Security Council staff under President Dwight Eisenhower, testified to the Senate Select Committee on POW/MIA affairs, in 1992, that it was “a deliberate policy” to list as dead many of those American GIs who were known to be captured alive by the North Koreans during the Korean Conflict. Altogether some 8,177 US servicemen were unaccounted for from the Korean War. In 1955 President Eisenhower decided that the unaccounted-for POWs be declared dead. Col. Corso also testified that there were journalists who accepted money from the CIA to report the party line and ignore the reports on American POWs shipped to the Soviet Union. “The fate of our prisoners fell through the cracks. It wasn’t an accident. It was policy.”
Americans Imprisoned in the Soviet Union
Col. Corso also testified that train loads of American prisoners were shipped to the Soviet Union. “None of those boys ever came back!”
A Pattern of Denial and Deceit
Senator Robert Smith (R-NH) concluded: “A large number of American servicemen at the end of the war…left behind were sent to communist China and to the Soviet Union. Internal documents and statements made at the time also show that our government believed that these men were still alive in captivity and until only a few months ago had kept that reality from the American people. It covered up what it knew through a pattern of denial, misleading statements and, in some cases, lies and by doing so with regard to the Korean conflict, it broke its commitment with the people who put on their uniform to fight for the freedoms and protection that we and our allies enjoy today.”
Declassified Soviet Documents Confirm US POWs Incarcerated and Executed in Russia
General Dmitri Volkogomov of the Soviet Red Army testified before the US Senate Select Committee in 1992 that American soldiers who had been POWs of Germany and found themselves on the territory of the USSR at the end of World War 2 were employed in Stalin’s GULAG labour camps and, on many cases, were summarily executed by the NKVD.
American POWs from Korea and Vietnam Sent to the USSR
They had also uncovered files of the interrogation of 49 American pilots who had been captured in North Korea and were held prisoner with 3,000 others near the Russian border. Also, US defectors from the Vietnam War were relocated for propaganda activity, with the agreement of the Peoples Republics of China and Vietnam.
Imprisoned and Executed by Their Allies
Many of the 22,000 American prisoners of war in camps “liberated” by the Soviets during World War 2 were made slaves in Soviet GULAG labour camps. He knew of 119 Americans who were believed to be either spies or collaborationists who were executed. At least six American prisoners from the Korean War were held at special camps in the Soviet Union where they were interrogated and held for eight years and then shot.
Many Records Missing of American POW’s and Executions in USSR
General Volkogomov said that his own father had been liquidated under Stalin and that he has still not found any record of the circumstances. He could not rule out the possibility that there had been even more mass transits of American Korean War and Vietnamese War servicemen to the USSR, but most of those records are still to be located.
American Civilian Enslaved in Stalin’s GULAG
John Noble wrote the book I Found God in Soviet Russia printed in 1959 and I was a Slave in Russia printed in 1961. American born US citizen John Noble was working in a camera factory in Dresden, 1945. He survived the 14 and 15 February 1945 fire-bombing by the RAF and USAAF and then, together with his father, was arrested by the Soviet Red Army occupation forces and incarcerated at the NKDV special camp number 2 located on the former Buchenwald concentration campsite. The Soviet COMESA appropriated the Noble family’s PRACTICA camera factory and stock of quality cameras. In 1950 John was sentenced to a further 15 years in the Soviet GULAG system in Siberia. As John was transferred across the Soviet Union, he saw a message written by American Major Frank Roberts (who was recorded as Missing In Action during WW 2). John Noble ended up at Vorkuta GULAG in the northernmost Urals, in Siberia. Noble managed to smuggle out a postcard which led to the intervention, in 1955, by President Eisenhower and brought about his release.
The GULAG Study Admits Policy of Suppressing POW Reports
The GULAG Study by the Pentagon concluded that American servicemen were imprisoned in the former Soviet Union. After ignoring volumes of documentation for over 50 years, the Pentagon finally admitted that it had been a matter of policy to suppress reports of U.S. POWs and MIAs incarcerated in the Soviet Union and Red China.
American POW’s Were Sent to the Soviet Union
Col. Simpson (USAF) revealed that while serving as an Air Force attaché at the US embassy in Hong Kong, he learned from Russian defectors that had personally witnessed hundreds of American servicemen from the Korean War being transferred by the Chinese to the Soviets at the Chinese/Russian border crossing point at Manchoulai. Simpson had filed a High Priority report to superiors and knew that it reached the hands of Secretary of State John Foster Dulles.
POW Reports Buried by Eisenhower
During the administration of President Ronald Reagan, Simpson's original report was retrieved from the dark hole it had been tossed into decades before. Col. Simpson said that he had been told by a senior member of the Eisenhower Administration that President Eisenhower had concluded that “nothing could be done” to retrieve the men from their captivity and so the reports were buried.
Betrayed by Their Own Government
Reports have also been unearthed of American soldiers, who had been fighting against the Bolsheviks at the conclusion of World War 1, as part of a secret U.S. military expedition to Archangel, who had fallen into the hands of the Red Army. The government of President Woodrow Wilson suppressed those facts and kept the plight of these American soldiers from the electorate. “Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap." Galatians 6:7
Commander Jeremiah Denton Tortured in Vietnam
Another person I had contact with was US Senator Jeremiah Denton, who wrote the book When Hell was in Session. In 1965 Commander Denton, piloting an A-6 Intruder jet, was shot down over North Vietnam and captured. Denton was held prisoner for almost eight years, severely tortured as a POW in Hanoi, Vietnam. During a televised press conference, in 1966, he used the opportunity to send a distress message by repeatedly blinking his eyes in Morse code spelling out T-O-R-T-U-R-E.
Resistance Despite Torture
When questioned about his support for the US war effort in Vietnam, he replied: "Whatever the position of my government is, I fully support it. Whatever the position of the government, I believe in it. Yes, sir. I am a member of that government and it is my job to support it and I will as long as I live." He was severely tortured for that resistance. As the senior member of the U.S. POWs, he was particularly targeted for special treatment by his tormentors.
Exposing the Communist Agenda
Senator Denton set up and chaired the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Security and Terrorism which exposed Soviet KGB communist control of the African National Congress terrorist group in South Africa.
Missing in Action in Vietnam
Films like Hanoi Hilton, Chuck Norris’s Missing In Action series and Uncommon Valour depict some of the tortures and abuse which U.S. POWs and MIAs suffered in communist Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos. The reality, as Red McDaniels and Jeremiah Denton revealed, was far worse.
Betrayal by Rulers
Through America’s Ambassador to Romania, I met Michel Sturdza, former Romanian Foreign Minister, who authored Betrayal by Rulers. Prince Sturdza documents the pattern of treachery that cannot be explained by folly, stupidity, or accident. He indicts U.S. Presidents Woodrow Wilson, Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Lyndon Johnson as treacherous, not only to their Allies, but to western Christian civilisation. FDR and Winston Churchill's betrayal of millions of Christians in Eastern Europe to Stalin's brutal Soviet Union at the Teheran conference, at the Yalta conference and at Potsdam were some of the greatest blows against freedom in the history of the world. “Who plan evil things in their hearts; they continually gather together for war.” Psalm 140:2
From 1945 to 1947 over three million Russians, Ukrainians and other East Europeans were forceable repatriated to the USSR by British and American forces in Western Europe. This betrayal of men, women and children into the hands of Stalin’s NKVD was agreed to by Winston Churchill and Franklin Delano Roosevelt at the Yalta conference, but was kept secret for 30 years. Many of those betrayed to the communists had been born in Western Europe, the children of refugees who fled the Red Terror of 1917 to 1923.
Ally Betrayed – China
I also have the book Ally Betrayed: the Republic of China by David Rowe. Dr. Rowe professor of political science of Yale University and a specialist on Far East History, Politics and International Relations. As the leading American authority on China, he documented how the U.S. government betrayed free, nationalist China into the hands of Mao’s brutal Red China. The betrayal of the Republic of China into the hands of the Chinese Communist Party continues to have disastrous consequences to this day. “In politics, nothing happens by accident. If it happens, you can bet it was planned that way.” Franklin D. Roosevelt
Ally Betrayed – Republic of Korea
Another book by Professor David Rowe on my shelf: Ally Betrayed… The Republic of Korea.
Ally Betrayed – Nicaragua
Another book on my shelf: Ally Betrayed – Nicaragua with the Foreword by U.S. Ambassador Beryl Smith and Postscript by U.S. Ambassador Turner Shelton. It quotes Lieutenant General Gordon Sumner "Nicaragua was subverted from within and attacked from without. The record is quite clear in this regard. The role of the Carter administration in this shabby affair…The Carter strategy of polarisation using ‘Human Rights’ as the operative principle has succeeded in destroying the strategic position of the United States and the Caribbean Basin as well as the Western Hemisphere.”
Politics of Deceit and Destabilisation
Nicaragua, a strategic country in Central America was lost as a member of the free world community of the nations and its democratically elected government overthrown by Marxist campaign of sabotage and terrorism which were supported by "the deliberate political destabilisation of this freely elected government by the U.S. Administration headed by President Carter in 1979. The politics of deceit adopted by the U.S. Department of State and the massive Cuban support given to the Sandinista Communist terrorists were largely ignored by the U.S. media. The triumph of the Sandinista terrorist movement in Nicaragua encouraged Fidel Castro and Soviets to assist further revolutionary upheavals in Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras.”
Wall Street and the Bankrolling of the Bolshevik Revolution
Professor Anthony Sutton, a research fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University, wrote: Wall Street and the Bolshevik Revolution which documents the shocking links between some New York bankers and many revolutionaries in what became the Soviet Union.
The Best Enemy Money Can Buy
Professor Sutton also wrote the book The Best Enemy Money Can Buy documenting how the Soviet Union and Red China were built up with Western Technology and aid.
Never Beaten by Our Enemies – Betrayed by Our Friends
Prime Minister Ian Smith of Rhodesia declared: "We were never beaten by our enemies, we were betrayed by our friends." The title of his biography is: The Great Betrayal. The betrayal of Rhodesia to Mugabe’s Marxist Zimbabwe continues to have disastrous repercussions to this day. “And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them.” Ephesians 5:11
President Herbert Hoover, America's 31st president, spent 20 years researching and writing a monumental documentation of U.S. State Department treachery. The title of his book: Freedom Betrayed: Herbert Hoover’s Secret History of the Second World War and its Aftermath. President Herbert Hoover documents the treacherous policies of Franklin D. Roosevelt's administration in betraying the Christians of Central and Eastern Europe into the hands of Stalin’s brutal Soviet Union. “…for with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you.” Luke 6:38
Uncomfortable Truths That Expose the Real Agenda of FDR
Hoover’s Freedom Betrayed is a 900-page encyclopaedia of uncomfortable truths that seriously challenge the traditional views of American President Franklin D. Roosevelt and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill. Herbert Hoover documents that F.D.R.’s foreign policies were not merely disastrous and catastrophic, but treacherous. His shocking exposé has proved to become one of the key historical documents of the mid-20th century, a searing indictment of F.D.R. and the politicians around whom who lied prodigiously to conceal their nefarious agenda. “The words of his mouth were smoother than butter, but war was in his heart; His words were softer than oil, yet they were drawn swords.” Psalm 55:21
The Betrayal of Iran
The Shah’s Story by Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, the last Shah of Iran, documents the treacherous role of the U.S. State Department under President Jimmy Carter which led to the Islamic Revolution of 11 February 1979 and the end of over 2,500 years of continuous Persian monarchy since the founding of the Persian Empire by Cyrus the Great. During the last Shah’s 38-year rule, Iran went through a series of economic, social and political reforms which transformed that country into a global power with its national income rising 423 times over. By 1977, Iran’s military had become the world's 5th strongest armed forces. Iran’s economic growth rate exceeded that of United States, Great Britain and France. The destabilising and betrayal of Iran in 1979 continues to have disastrous repercussions to this day.
No Win Wars
On my first visit to United States of America in January 1988, I heard Col. Oliver North describe how he had time and again been commanded to lead his Marines to take a position in Vietnam, only to then be ordered to withdraw from that position. To then be told to retake that position, which by then was far more effectively defended. They would succeed the second time at greater loss of life. Only to be ordered to withdraw from that position. And then the third time be instructed to retake that same position, which now was further entrenched, with concrete, barb wire and more devastating weaponry. At greater loss of life U.S. Marines would succeed in taking that position a third time, only to be ordered to withdraw from that position again. I remember the horror and shock I felt listening to this first-hand testimony of the criminal short-sightedness, or malicious treachery, of U.S. government officials towards their own armed forces.
Our Creator and Eternal Judge will Bring Injustice to Light
“Woe to her who is rebellious and polluted, to the oppressing city! She has not obeyed His voice, she has not received correction; she has not trusted in the Lord, she has not drawn near to her God. Her princes in her midst are roaring lions; her judges are evening wolves that leave not a bone till morning. Her prophets are insolent, treacherous people; her priests have polluted the sanctuary, they have done violence to the Law. The Lord is righteous in her midst, He will do no unrighteousness. Every morning He brings His justice to light; He never fails, but the unjust knows no shame.” Zephaniah 3:1-5
A View Within the Beltway of Washington D.C.
During my 1st visit to America in 1988, I met with a political leader who commented: "You must understand that there is some method in the madness. For every ally we betray we get a whole lot of new restaurants to choose from here in Washington, DC!" There standing on the street corner we looked over and we saw a Chinese restaurant, a Vietnamese restaurant and a Hungarian restaurant. I looked at him to see if this was some kind of sick joke. He gave me a bitterly frustrated look. He grieved that this was a truth spoken in jest. “But I say to you that for every idle word men may speak, they will give account of it in the day of judgment. For by your words you will be justified and by your words you will be condemned.” Matthew 12:36-37
A Policy of Appeasing Enemies and Betraying Friends
No wonder our friend Jonas Savimbi had declared many years ago in Angola: "It is better to be America’s enemy than America's friend. If you are her enemy, you will probably be bought. If you are America's friend you will certainly be sold." "So, I sought for a man among them who would make a wall, and stand in the gap before Me on behalf of the land, that I should not destroy it...” Ezekiel 22:30
The Treachery of Globalists Needs to be Exposed and Opposed
Many American people are good people, but they need to be aware that the Deep State, the Swamp, has the blood of many innocents on their hands. And those who will treacherously betray their friends and allies and others who trusted in them, who could even abandon their own military in Marxist hell holes and lie to cover it up, cannot be trusted. “Who will rise up for Me against the evildoers? Who will stand up for Me against the workers of iniquity?” Psalm 94:16
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The Most Destructive Rioting in South African History
Brazen looting and malicious destruction of property has devastated the South African economy. These riots since the 9th of July, which are still continuing in many areas, are being described as “the worst” and “most destructive” in the history of South Africa. 8 Factories, 11 warehouses, 200 shopping mall complexes, 161 liquor stores and 50 schools in KZN have been looted and torched.
The eThekwini municipality in KwaZulu/Natal calculates that the damage to infrastructure, property and equipment in their municipality alone exceeds 15 Billion Rand. They also noted that 150,000 jobs have been lost in their community and municipality alone. 40,000 businesses have been impacted, most of whom may never recover. Additionally 50,000 informal traders have lost their livelihoods and 1.5 million people have lost their potential to earn an income.
The South Africa Pharmacy Council reports that 90 pharmacies have been destroyed and looted beyond recovery which has led to the closing of all Clicks and Dis-Chem Pharmacies in KZN. Entire fridges full of insulin and other medicines were looted from these pharmacies as well. Not only have all the shelves in these pharmacies been looted, but even the pharmacy computers, with entire patient record databases lost as a result. Now tens of thousands of patients will need to make appointments with their doctors to have new prescriptions issued for their chronic medication requirements.
Communications Towers Put Out of Action
The Independent Communications Authority reports 113 cell phone towers vandalized.
The South African Canegrowers Association reports over 353,000 tonnes of sugar cane lost to arson. This amounts to more than R211 Million in lost revenue. This destruction in the middle of harvesting season has caused “irrecoverable losses to canegrowers and workers.”
The chief executive of the South African Property Owners Association (SAPOA) calculates that shopping malls and retail outlets in KZN and Gauteng have suffered in excess of 20 Billion Rands worth of damage in the last ten days.
Mob Intimidates Police and Fire Brigade
On Sunday, 18 July, at Hammarsdale in KZN, a Cold Storage facility was set on fire. Mobs then deterred the police from escorting the fire brigade engines responding to the fire. Stone throwers then forced the fire brigade to flee – while the Hammarsdale fire continued to rage.
Destroying Investor Confidence
Business Unity South Africa (BUSA) have stated that the economic damage caused by the anarchic actions will be long lasting and be felt across the board. “The result in the loss of jobs because of businesses not having the confidence to continue operating will exacerbate an already high unemployment rate. These events are being reported on globally … resulting in significant loss of confidence in our country as an investment destination, at a time when we are competing with more positive destinations in different parts of the world.” BUSA calculates that SASRIA, the state-owned insurance company, does not have the resources to compensate business owners for the over R12 Billion in claims. This will lead to massive shutdowns and increased unemployment.
More Destructive Than War
Economist Mike Schussler has noted that the financial losses for South Africa will be far more than the billions of rands of destroyed property and looted products. The looting of over 200 shopping malls and tens of thousands of businesses and the blocking of national highways will have a severe impact on distribution and will severely affect business and consumer confidence in South Africa, leading to further devaluation of the rand currency and massive, long-lasting harm to the country’s economy as a whole.
Loss of Life
Doctors Without Borders (MSF) reported that the prevention of the provision of essential healthcare delivery by blocking patients, medical staff and critical supplies from reaching medical facilities will cost even more lives.
Police Minister Bheki Cele claimed that South African law enforcement agencies intelligence gathering averted the burning of a hospital full of patients in Durban.
Ministry of Defence Caught Napping
The Minister of Defence, Mapisa-Nqakula, stated that these riots have been “a learning curve” and that they were caught with their pants down. The minister of defence claimed that “It never occurred to us that we should move to areas such as malls. When the deployment of soldiers started, it focused on national key points…oil refineries and at airports.” She said that the government had not expected people to attack malls and hence there were no soldiers in the shopping centres.
“Private Security Companies are Responsible to Protect Businesses - Not the State!”
The Minister of Defence stated that it was primarily the responsible of private security companies to protect businesses and shopping malls. She described the private security companies as “well armed and well organized and in the main responsible for security in securing private properties and businesses.” This is significant as the ANC government is trying to pass a firearm control act to disarm private citizens! The South African Police Service publicly expressed their appreciation for the role played by private security companies in protecting lives and property.
Military Mobilised to Counter Economic Sabotage and Terrorism
All South African National Defence Force reserves have been called up to deal with the widespread economic sabotage and domestic terrorism.
Murder and Marxist Mayhem
The official death toll has risen to over 200. At Ndofawa Mall in Meadowlands, Soweto, ten people died in a stampede of looting. Police in KwaZulu/Natal were investigating 91 cases, including 14 of murder. In Gauteng, police were investigating 19 murders and 26 inquests. The police stated that most of the inquest dockets were relating to people trampled to death in stampedes during the looting of shops and malls while other deaths and injuries were related to ATM bank machine explosions and shootings.
Looters Released from Police Custody
The Democratic Alliance in KZN has complained to the provincial SAPS commissioner concerning reports that suspected looters arrested in the province had been released without charge due to “shortage of food” at the Pinetown Police Station!
Community Radio Stations Attacked
Community radio stations have also been attacked and looted. Sipho Motau, operations manager for MamsFM in Mamelodi reported that all their offices were vandalized, including the broadcasting studios, the computers, microphones and laptops stolen. The transmitter was also damaged and broken to the ground.
Banks and Automatic Teller Machines Ransacked
Mike Brown, CEO of Nedbank, reported damage to 50 branches of Nedbank and 300 Nedbank ATMs attacked. Half of all Nedbank branches in the country have been closed. 1,400 Automatic Teller Machines were damaged by looters. 300 Banks and Post Offices were vandalised.
Catastrophic Collapse of Investor Confidence
Mr. Brown pointed out that the damage to investor confidence caused by such criminal destruction of property will be catastrophic. “The damage is much more on our ability to attract investment over the longer term, either externally or internally. If people do not have the security of the rule of law as a foundation, they simply will not take the risk and rightly so….The riots have come at a time when the country can least afford it.”
Xenophobic Attacks on Foreigners
The Minister of State Security, Ayanda Dlodlo, reported that her department was looking into the xenophobic attacks on foreigners whose businesses seemed to be a particular focus of rioters and looters. Anne Michaels from the Africa Diaspora Forum (ADF) said that migrants were a particular focus of the rioters in Hillbrow and Malvern. She reported that all she could do was advise them to protect themselves, since the police were unable to.
Orchestrated Domestic Terrorism
ADF spokesman, Amir Sheikh, described what they were facing as “This is domestic terrorism. I don’t believe this thing is sporadic because it is well executed and well-funded.”
Former Senior Members of State Security Alleged to be Involved
Independent Data Surveillance expert, Murray Hunter, has reported the involvement of senior ex-state security agents aligned to former president Jacob Zuma. State Security minister, Ayanda Dlodlo, confirmed to journalists that the agency is investigating information about the alleged involvement of senior ex-agents aligned to former president Jacob Zuma. Police minister, Bheki Cele, reported that several names of former intelligent operatives had come up as instigating the riots and looting. They were working to arrest those responsible for planning the wide spread “protest actions.”
Were the Riots Orchestrated?
Reportedly the riots have so far claimed over 200 lives and over 3,000 people have been arrested. Numerous investigators are claiming that there is evidence that the violence was part of the carefully orchestrated plan being executed by senior security operatives tied to former president Jacob Zuma. The Defend our Democracy Campaign claims that the beneficiaries of state capture corruption played their ultimate card by orchestrating the riots as a smokescreen to enable them to keep their ill-gotten Billions stolen from the taxpayers.
Electricity and water infrastructure had come under attack. Communication infrastructure had been damaged and life lines for distribution of goods and services, such as the N3 and N2 had been blocked.
NGOs Caring for the Poor Devastated
FoodForward SA has reported that their main warehouse in KwaZulu Natal had been looted and vandalized on Wednesday, forcing it to shut down operations. FoodForward SA supplies more than 4 million meals a month to the poor through over 1,200 NGOs. The ransacking and vandalizing of its main warehouse in KZN have left them with no stock and forced its closure. Managing director, Andy Du Plessis, reported that as it was the poorest of the poor who relied on meals from the NGOs that they supply, it is the poorest of the poor who will suffer. “Many rely on meals from us.” FoodForward SA has also suspended its operations in Johannesburg out of concern for the safety of their staff members.
Clearly Orchestrated Plan of Sabotage
Deputy Minister of State Security, Zizi Kodwa, says that the riots and looting have been a clear orchestrated plan of economic sabotage. “We have been following up in terms of domestic stability, the intelligence has been on a roll. The plot was big. Part of targeting malls is part of agitating for what is called popular revolt so that people at the end of the day abuse and exploit the socio-economic conditions which at the end of the day, those who loot do not understand the bigger plan.”
Failure of Government Leads to Local Initiatives
In the face of such wide spread failure of government and of the criminal justice system, numerous communities have organized to protect their lives and livelihoods. Others have mobilized volunteers to clean up the mess and help rebuild their devastated communities.
South Africans have had to be resilient and resourceful to operate under a bewildering array of BBBEE Affirmative Action race quota regulations, with regular scheduled power failures, interruption of plumbing services and erratic (and often irrational) lockdown lunacy regulations stifling and strangling businesses and industries.
Failed State Leads to Secession Movements
With South Africa becoming more of a failed state, secession movements, such as CapeXit, are growing in popularity and support. Respect for life and property and for the rule of law is absolutely essential for any society. Lawlessness is a recipe for the destruction of any economy. The first duty of government is to protect life and property and ensure respect for law and order.
Indoctrination and Entitlement Propaganda
The recent devastating riots and looting spree highlights the consequences of decades of secular humanist, situation ethics indoctrination in state schools, the results of officially promoted sense of entitlement and a highly irresponsible news media which has persistently described violent riots as “protests” along with glamourizing rioters and terrorists who targeted civilians with bombs and stoned motorists with rocks and concrete slabs. It also shows the inevitable consequences of the Marxist Critical Race Theory propaganda to incite a victim mentality that justifies blatant theft, brazen looting and malicious damage to property.
The Failure of Churches
Chaos ensues when the church becomes “non-essential.” It is long over-due for churches to recognize that no politicians have the right to describe their ministry as “non-essential.” The lockdown lunacy which deemed abortion clinics and casinos as essential but church services as non-essential cannot be accepted. The chaos and destruction hitting so much of South Africa today is not only a result of state policy and in the failure of the criminal justice system to punish lawbreakers. It is also an indictment on those thousands of churches that have accepted what corrupt politicians have told them – that they are “non-essential.”
True Churches are Essential
Any church which believes that fulfilling the Great Commission of the Lord Jesus Christ is non-essential, has probably become non-essential. It is absolutely essential that churches wake up, open up, stand up, step out in faith and speak up, fighting the good fight of Faith.
An Urgent Call to Prayer and Action
We need to seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness. The Great Commission must be out supreme ambition. We need to be salt and light in a dark and corrupt society. We need to love our neighbour and do to others as we would want to be done unto. Never has the message of our Lord Jesus Christ been more important and urgent than now.
Make a Difference
We need to have our minds renewed so that we will not be conformed to this world but be transformed by the renewing of our minds. Let us build dynamic congregations, home Bible study fellowships and Christian Action groups that can make a positive difference in each community. We are either part of the solution or we are part of the problem!
“Who will rise up for Me against the evildoers?
Who will stand up for Me against the workers of iniquity?” Psalm 94:16
Dr. Peter Hammond
P.O. Box 74 Newlands 7725
Cape Town South Africa
See also: God’s Law or Chaos
Responding to Revolution with Resistance and Reformation
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Fire on the Foothills
Cape Town has been hit by a devastating wildfire. On Sunday morning, 18 April, at 8:45 am, the City of Cape Town’s Fire and Rescue Services responded to a “vegetation fire” above the M3 motorway at Hospital Bend, opposite the famous Groote Schuur Hospital (where the world’s first heart transplant was performed).
Rhodes Memorial Engulfed in Flames
At first, it was windless and the fire looked containable. However, over the next three hours, the bush fire spread across the slopes of Devils Peak to Rhodes Memorial and from there towards the Rondebosch Upper Campus of University of Cape Town (UCT). The Rhodes Memorial Tea Garden and Restaurant went up in a fire ball as its gas canisters exploded.
The Oldest Windmill in the Southern Hemisphere Burned
The historic Mostert Mill, the oldest windmill in the Southern hemisphere, dating back to 1796, was burned when the fire jumped the M3 motorway. This historic windmill was repaired and donated to the people of the Cape over 120 years ago by Cecil John Rhodes. Two thatched house dwellings in Rosebank were also severely damaged as the fire spread from Mostert’s Mill to adjacent homes.
University Library and Buildings Go Up in Flames
Incredibly, six education buildings in the centre of the University of Cape Town were severely damaged by fire, even though these are stone buildings located in the middle of the campus and quite some distance from the veld fire.
Darkness at Midday
The midday sun was almost obliterated by the massive clouds of smoke. Great clouds of soot and ash fell throughout Rondebosch, including on our Mission grounds as people rushed to close windows and doors, to keep the smoke and ash out.
Helicopters Waterbomb the Fire
It was like a war zone with great clouds of smoke and the regular sounds of helicopters flying above. Huey helicopters from the Wildfire Services in Newlands Forest flew repeatedly overhead, each carrying buckets of a thousand litres of water at a time, to water bomb the inferno raging on the slopes of Devil’s Peak.
Fire Fighters Struggle to Contain the Inferno
By late on Sunday night, more than 250 fire fighters from the City of Cape Town, Table Mountain National Park (TMNP), Working on Fire and the Volunteer Wildfire Services were struggling to contain the inferno, which was described as: “out of control.”
At 8:10 pm, a suspected arsonist was apprehended by a man and his children walking their dogs. Of the three suspects seen starting a new blaze above Vredehoek, on the other side of the mountain, one 35-year-old man was taken into custody, but the two other suspects managed to evade arrest.
Homes Evacuated in the Middle of the Night
At 2 am, on Monday, 19 April, gale force winds picked up and Vredehoek residents in the line of the approaching fire were ordered to evacuate. Hundreds of residents began pouring out of their homes in the early hours of the morning, with children, pets and belongings, Disaster Risk Management staff and volunteers evacuated several streets in the suburb on the slopes of Devils Peak, including the Disa Park Towers and all nearby schools. Reportedly, eleven schools in the area were closed due to concerns for smoke inhalation. 255 Fire fighters worked through the night to restrain the raging wildfires. The Vredehoek fire was contained by 2:30 pm on Monday afternoon.
Nine civilians were hospitalised for smoke inhalation. Six fire fighters were injured in the line of duty. Approximately 600 hectares of wilderness were devastated by the wildfire.
Helicopters Grounded by High Winds
High winds on Monday prevented the helicopters from being mobilised in the area. By Monday afternoon, at 3:30 pm, the fire had wrapped around the North face of Devils Peak and was racing towards Tafelberg Road on the slopes of Table Mountain. Fire crews were mobilised to suppress this new fire threat.
As Winds Died Down the Helicopters were Mobilised Again
On day 3, Tuesday, 20 April, the winds had slowed, leaving the city of Cape Town shrouded in smoke. The sounds of helicopter engines and whirring blades overhead continued throughout Tuesday as the South African Air Force added more helicopters to assist the Wildfire Services Hueys in water bombing the blaze. By the end of Tuesday, the Fire Department announced the fires largely contained, but the danger of smouldering fires re-erupting still needed attention.
Jagger Library Gutted by Fire
The full cost of this devastating inferno is yet to be calculated. It includes the Jagger Library in the centre of the University of Cape Town. Jagger Library contained 1.2 million volumes, including priceless and irreplaceable collections, including the majority of Architect Herbert Baker’s archives. Fire doors did come down to protect sections of the library, but hundreds of thousands of books were lost in the inferno. This included the vast majority of the African Study Published Print Collection (approximately 70,000 items) and the entire Africa Study Film Collection on DVD (about 3,500 items). Questions of how the bushfire could have reached stone buildings in the middle of the campus are yet to be answered.
Environmentalists Reveal that Government Authorities Ignored Repeated Warnings
Nicky Schmidt of the Environmental Group Parkscape, has declared that the authorities were repeatedly warned about the fire risk in Cape Town. Parkscape has claimed that mismanagement of the Table Mountain National Park put lives and property in unwarranted danger. Parkscape, Table Mountain Watch, Friends of Table Mountain and other environmental groups have repeatedly warned of the danger of tolerating approximately 100 vagrants living in the National Park and the risks of the illegal fires on mountain slopes which were laden with alien vegetation. Nicky Schmidt observed: “The slopes where the fire started is littered with pine trunks and stumps, tinder dried just waiting to go up in flames.” Andre van Schalkwyk of Table Mountain Watch said: “We have alerted SAN Parks to incidents on countless occasions,” with very little action resulting. Andy Davies of Friends of Table Mountain reported that they: “Repeatedly complained about vagrant fires, but it appears no action is taken.”
Students Housed in Hotels Demand Holiday from Study and Trauma Counselling
4,000 students were evacuated from the UCT Upper Campus residences and free accommodation was arranged by the universities in hotels around the city. Incredibly, student activists at the University of Cape Town were, from the first day, demanding that all semester assignments, tests and lectures be suspended and that all students be provided with “trauma counselling.” UCT Vice Chancellor, Mamokgethi Phakeng, in a letter to students, confirmed: “No classes, tutorials, laboratory work or tests will take place throughout the week.”
Considering that the University of Cape Town appeared to have borne the brunt of fire damage to buildings, it seemed amazing that they were not being mobilised to protect the library, stop the fire, help repair the damage, clean up, fix what could be fixed and rebuild what needs to be rebuilt. It is a sad commentary on the selfish, helpless, self-centred mentality produced by an entertainment and entitlement culture that so many healthy young people did not feel a sense of duty to respond to the crisis by seeking to be part of the solution, instead of being part of the problem.
Irresponsible Incendiary Incitements to Arson
Incredibly, some irresponsible individuals made incendiary comments on social media, commenting on: “The Newlands Fire in Cape Town,” Mongameli Xhotyeni posted: “Every white man’s house is destroyed, it’s a pay back.” And “This fire hit the white people at last. Leave my country.”
“Let it Burn. Assist with Petrol and Paraffin to Make Sure”
Zanokuhle tweeted: “Rhodes Memorial must burn to the ground. This is not just a fire, but a cleansing process. Colonial rot has no place in society. Let it burn. Students must assist with petrol and paraffin to make sure.”
“UCT Students Must Assist the Fire by Adding Petrol. Rhodes Memorial Must Burn”
Zanokuhle also retweeted SRC Secretary General UWC: “Let it burn to the ground.” Shortly thereafter Zanokuhle tweeted: “UCT students must assist the fire by adding petrol. Rhodes Memorial must burn to the ground. Ashes to ashes.”
18 April Marxist Revolutionary Holiday in Zimbabwe
It may be relevant that 18 April is marked in Zimbabwe as a public holiday for what they call their Marxist Revolution. Dictator Robert Mugabe came to power, 18 April 1980.
By way of contrast, many Capetonians have responded valiantly by donating generous quantities of supplies to fire fighters and other emergency service personnel and the SPCA has mobilised rescues of wildlife whose habitat has been devastated. Every crisis includes both danger and opportunity. “…See how great a forest a little fire kindles!” James 3:5
Prayer and Action Needed
Please continue to pray for all in Cape Town affected by this devastating inferno. Practical projects are being planned and mobilised, including Friends of Rhodes Memorial who are planning to clean up the monument which was engulfed by the wildfire. “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, nor shall the flame scorch you.” Isaiah 43:2
Dr. Peter Hammond
P.O. Box 74 Newlands 7725
Cape Town South Africa
The Constitutional Court of Austria Recognised Mail-In Ballot Fraud
On 22 May 2016, Presidential elections were held in Austria, which resulted in the Freedom Party of Austria (FPO) bringing a 152-page Appeal to the Constitutional Court. The case claimed that over 500,000 ballots were invalid. Non-citizens and minors had been allowed to vote and irregularities, particularly with absentee ballots, significantly affected the outcome. Since the Freedom Party presidential candidate Norbert Hofer had lost to the Socialist Van der Bellen by a mere 30,863 votes, the court found that more than twice that number had been affected by breaches in the Electoral Code. The Constitutional Court of Austria ordered that the Presidential Election Second Round, be held again. The court statement declared: “It is completely clear to the Constitutional Court that laws regulating an Election must be rigorously applied… this must rule out abuse and manipulations.”
Voter Fraud in America
Voter fraud and election rigging is notoriously prevalent throughout Africa, but for some reason people in America often seem skeptical and naïve about fraud in their own elections. The Heritage Foundation found more than 1,000 instances of documented voter fraud in the United States over the last 20 years.
Vote Fraud Revelations by a Whistleblower
The New York Post published “Confessions of a Voter Fraud: I was a Master at Fixing Mail-in Ballots,” by John Levine, published 29 August 2020. The whistleblower described himself as a “political insider” and “A Bernie Sanders Democrat die-hard,” revealed, “There is no race in New Jersey - from City Council to United States Senate - that we haven’t worked on.” This operative declared that voter fraud, with mail-in ballots, is no myth, he knows this because he has been doing it, on a grand scale, for decades. The whistleblower, whose identity, rap sheet and long history working as a consultant to various campaigns were confirmed by The Post claimed that he not only changed ballots himself, but led teams of fraudsters and mentored at least 20 operatives in New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania.
Methods to Manipulate Mail-In Ballots
He and his operatives fanned out, going house-to-house, convincing voters to let them mail completed ballots on their behalf, as a public service. They would then take the sealed envelopes home, hold them over boiling water to loosen the glue, remove the real ballot, place the counterfeit ballot inside the signed certificate, then reseal the envelope. He reported that sometimes postal employees were in on the scam and filled-out ballots which came from Republican strongholds were just thrown into the garbage. In 2017 hundreds of mail-in ballots in New York City never arrived to the Board of Elections as these baskets of mail were put to one side at the Brooklyn processing facility, until the election was over.
Targeting Retirement Homes
Mail-in fraudsters particularly target assisted-living facilities, by “helping” the elderly fill out their absentee ballots. “Nursing homes are a gold mine for votes,” he declared, as are the inactive, or deceased, voter. Democrats would also routinely buy votes from homeless shelters, literally paying people to register and vote the way they dictated. Organisationally, the whistleblower said that their voter-fraud schemes resembled Mafia organizations, with the campaign manager controlling fraudsters to harvest voter details and stuff ballot boxes. He noted that normally the actual candidate would be kept in the dark, so that they could maintain “plausible deniability.” Various states sent out an unprecedented 80 million unsolicited ballots to voters in the mail in 2020.
Sabotaging the Elections in Nigeria
When it comes to unjustly influencing elections, the Barack Hussein Obama/Biden Administration sabotaged the re-election prospects of Nigerian President, Goodluck Jonathan, in 2015. Former US Congressman, Steve Stockman, a Member of the US Congressional Delegation sent to Nigeria, in the months after the kidnapping of hundreds of school girls by Boko Haram, confirmed, that a senior US General informed them that they had intelligence that could have aided the Nigerian military to crush the Boko Haram terrorist group, but were blocked from providing this information to the Nigerian authorities by the Obama Administration. The reason given for this refusal of critical intelligence that could have made all the difference in their war against terrorism, was Nigeria's pro-family stance, resisting the same sex "marriage" demands of the Obama Administration.
Perverted Agenda Destabilised Nigeria
As a result of the deteriorating security situation in Northern Nigeria and what voters saw as the failure of Goodluck Jonathan's presidency, the incumbent lost the presidential elections of 2015 and previous military dictator Muhammadu Buhari was elected, in a highly contested election. The voter turnout was a very low 43% and the election marked the first time an incumbent president had lost re-election in Nigeria. It was also the first time that a previous military dictator won an election after having been ousted!
Bring Back Our Girls or We Will Not Vote
Our friends in Nigeria informed us that most people who voted for Muhammadu Buhari did so because Jonathan's administration has failed to curb Boko Haram insurgency and millions of Christians chose not to vote as a protest against the Nigerian government’s failure to “bring back our girls!”
Far Reaching Effects of US Foreign Policy
Nigerians expressed their frustration that American interference and blind promotion of perversion sabotaged attempts to free the kidnapped girls from Boko Haram, undermined Nigerian military attempts to defeat the Jihadists and brought about a catastrophic return to rule by a Muslim, who used to be the military dictator of Nigeria. "While they promise them liberty, they themselves are slaves of corruption…" 2 Peter 2:19
Biden Admitted Obama Administration Armed and Funded ISIS
This would also be an opportune time to remind Americans that Vice President Joe Biden confirmed that the Obama White House armed and funded ISIS. (“Obamas ‘anti-ISIS’ Coalition-Built ISIS, Biden Admits,” by Alex Newman, published 7 October 2014 in The New American.)
Sponsoring International Terrorism
In The Herald, 7 October 2014, under the title: “Biden’s Admission: US Allies Armed ISIS.” Patrick Martin wrote: “ISIS is essentially the creation of the United States and its Allies who fomented civil war in Syria against the government of President Bashar al-Assad. Speaking to students at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy Forum, US Vice President Joseph Biden revealed some of the dirty secrets of the US led war against Syria that US Allies poured hundreds of millions of Dollars and tens of thousands of tonnes of weapons into anyone who would fight Assad.”
A Trail of Betrayal
The fact is that millions of Christians have suffered and died under communist dictatorships and radical Islamic Jihadist regimes and terrorist movements as a result of US foreign policy that has routinely betrayed pro-Western Allies and supported, funded and armed anti-Christian regimes.
Zimbabwe is a Legacy of Carter’s Foreign Policy
Over 40 years ago, the country I grew up in, Rhodesia, was betrayed into the hands of communist mass-murderer Robert Mugabe and his Marxist ZANU-PF terrorist organisation. While American voters got rid of Jimmy Carter over 40 years ago, the long-suffering people of Zimbabwe are still stuck with Carter’s foreign policy legacy. The bread basket of Rhodesia became the Zimbabwe basket case. While Rhodesia used to export food, Zimbabwe needs millions of tonnes of relief aid to survive. More than half of the total population of Zimbabwe have fled the country, a vote of “no confidence” in “liberation.” With over 90% of the population unemployed and with sky-rocketing inflation, everyone in Zimbabwe is suffering worse than ever before in history.
The Fruit of Voter Fraud
But, as Zimbabwean Election observers have noted, the British Foreign Office and American State Department taught Mugabe and other dictators an important lesson. It did not matter how much they lied, cheated, intimidated, terrorised, murdered and how many opposition candidates were beaten up, assassinated or their supporters blown up in busses and trucks enroute to the Electoral poles, as long as Mugabe could claim that he had won the election, he would be accepted and respected as a member of the United Nations and African Union and continue to receive foreign aid. Allowing voter fraud in 1980 has continued to have a catastrophic consequence with deadly results for millions of Zimbabweans ever since. “…Should you help the wicked and love those who hate the Lord? Therefore, the wrath of the Lord is upon you.” 2 Chronicles 19:2
Dr. Peter Hammond
P.O. Box 74 Newlands 7725
Cape Town South Africa
Perverted US Agenda Destabilises Nigeria
American Elections and Foreign Policy Affects the Persecuted Church
False Flag Operations
Dealing with Deceit
The Historic Rondebosch Fountain of 1891 has at last been restored to the community. The original ornamental Victorian Rondebosch Fountain/Horse and Dog Watering Trough, with lamppost, was the first electric street light in South Africa. It was donated to the community by surveyor and railway pioneer, George Pigot-Moodie, on 25 Sept 1891.
Refreshment Between Cape Town and Wynberg
It was made of cast iron and consisted of a circular drinking trough supported on horses’ legs, with the central post top hexagonal lantern. Four decorated brackets suspended metal cups on chains for people to drink from the sprouting water, while horses drank from the trough and dogs from smaller basins at ground level. The fountain was a popular halfway stop between Cape Town and Wynberg.
The First Electric Street Light in South Africa
The first electric street light in South Africa was turned on 25 April 1892. It was initially powered by George Pigot-Moodie’s private Power plant, until a municipal Power plant on the Liesbeck River was completed.
Damaged by Drunken Driver
The Rondebosch Fountain was badly damaged a drunken driver in 2015. For over 5 years, the municipality failed to repair, or restore, the iconic Rondebosch Fountain.
Private Initiative Restores Rondebosch Fountain
Just in time for Heritage Day, 24 September, Heritage Castings, assisted by the Simon van der Stel Foundation, managed to finally obtain official permission, to, at their own expense, restore the historic Rondebosch Fountain to the community. It was unveiled on Wednesday, 23 September, just in time for Heritage Day.
A Cherished Historic Landmark
It is as close to the specifications of the original fountain, in its original colours and details, as exact as it was when it reached the Cape from Scotland. This is a tribute to private initiative and enterprise. The iconic Rondebosch Fountain has great historic value and is cherished by all residents and visitors to Rondebosch. A very well done and heartfelt, Thank You to all involved in this initiative.
“Those from among you shall build the old waste places; you shall raise up the foundations of many generations; and you shall be called the Repairer of the Breach, the Restorer of Streets to Dwell In.” Isaiah 58:12
Dr. Peter Hammond
P.O. Box 74 Newlands 7725
Cape Town South Africa
Why Should I Care About Dates in History?
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Distractions enable criminals to steal and get away with it. When there is a big story in the mass media, look for the really important story which the lamestream media are ignoring.
Time for a New Distraction
On 27 August, Sihle Ngobesi @Big Daddy Liberty posted on Twitter: “Hmm… #ANC is getting a lot of flak from the public at the moment. You know what that means. We are due a race controversy story in our media… something that will be splashed all over newspapers and wall to wall coverage on 24-hour news shows. It’s coming… Thule Uzobona.”
Shampoo Can be Used as a Smokescreen
Last week, the media in South Africa exploded with excessive obsession over a TRESemmė hair product advert (the advert seems to have been scrubbed from the internet, so one cannot actually see what the offensive advert communicated in context). Apparently, the advert used an image of a black person’s hair as an example of “dry and damaged” and “frizzy and dull hair” and of a woman with long blonde hair as “fine and flat hair.”
The Race Card Again
The Everything For Free (EFF) Party, declared war on Clicks chain stores for stocking these hair products. The office of the Secretary General of the EFF erupted that the TRESemmė advert released on Clicks platforms “compared hair of black people and that of white people, suggested that white peoples hair is superior to black people’s hair” and declared “We will take the most robust action against TRESemmė with no further notice.”
EFF Declares War
Julius Malema tweeted “if they want war give it to them, including any landlord of any mall who refuse you entrance. No one must disrespect black people without consequences. If it means death, so be it. We are ready for the ultimate sacrifice in defense of black people. #EFFMUSTRISE…@CLICKSsaSEEYOUTOMORROW. FELLOWFIGHTERSandGROUNDFORCES; ATTACK!!!”
Threats, Assaults and Destruction
At least seven Clicks stores were damaged during “protest action” that took place at Clicks stores across the country. Shoppers and staff were barred entry. Numerous people reported being threatened and assaulted. Windows were smashed. Products were looted and damaged. Petrol bombing damaged a Clicks store. Over 400 Clicks stores were forced to close.
Facts Ruin the Racist Narrative
Despite the fact that Clicks is a BBEE company with an overwhelming majority of black staff and that the Marketing Manager of Clicks, Veli Mabena, is a black man and despite the fact that the advertising agency which produced the offending advert is also a BBBEE company, EFF was quick to declare that the advert proved that Clicks was a racist company and deserved to be targeted.
Strange Selective Outrage
If the Everything For Free (EFF) Party really were Economic Freedom Fighters, then you would expect them to be fighting for freedom from Lockdown curfews and against the corruption of the cANCer gangster state.
Ignoring the Real Issues
You would think that cANCer government corruption looting one third of our Gross Domestic Product (GDP), endemic corruption stealing from everyone, a gangster state looting public enterprises (State Operated Enterprises - SOE) such as SAA, Eskom, Telkom; regular scheduled black out power failures crippling industry, Lockdown economic murder of hundreds of thousands of small and family businesses, killing investment, chasing away investors and job creators, murdering farmers, threatening food supplies and economic growth of this country, endemic violent crime and a widespread failure of government on almost every level possible. Along with top-heavy, unnecessary, unworkable, unconstitutional Lockdown/Martial Law/Curfew oppression, these should be the concern of every citizen of this country.
Yet, conveniently, manufactured grievances regularly pop up to distract voters from the criminal failure, incompetence and theft of the political elite looting this country. Just how gullible can one be?
The Advertising Agenda
Advertising aims to sell products. Advertisers dare not alienate potential customers. It is therefore, frankly, unbelievable, that the TRESemmė company, Clicks chain store, or the advertising company commissioned to produce this advert intentionally and maliciously designed this advert to insult, or alienate, any of their potential customers.
The Dissatisfaction Industry
However, it is also notable that much of the advertising industry is aimed at making people dissatisfied with how they look and promoting products that pander to peoples’ desire to become something other than what they are.
The Obsession with Change
It always struck me as rather ironic that those with straight hair want their hair to be curly and those with curly hair want their hair to be straight. It is notable that pale people often want a tan, while tanned people often invest in skin lighteners, Michael Jackson being an extreme example. The multitude of hair straighteners and skin lighteners in the average shop testifies to this obsession of pandering to the innate dissatisfaction in many people as to how God made them.
Temper Tantrum Tactics Threaten Lives and Property
What cannot be tolerated is the temper tantrum tactics which are becoming all too common in disrupting daily life and essential business. The announced settlement where tens of thousands of products are to be made available free to recipients identified by the EFF, gives the impression that these manufactured crisis on demand, rent a mob riots are not only for the sake of publicity stunts, but for extortion.
Extortion Tactics Cannot be Tolerated
It is the duty of law enforcement to protect lives and property from terrorism, threats, violence, looting, damage and destruction and disruption of daily business activities.
Confusion and Chaos
There is a great danger in non-issues, such as gender fluidity, trans sports, males identifying as females demanding access to female’s bathrooms, males claiming to self-identify as females wanting to be qualified for women’s sports events and other patently fake issues, to distract, deviate and derail daily life. For political rabble rousers and extortionists to continually play the race card, to confuse, to divide, corrupt and create chaos, is massively destructive.
A Matter of Priorities
The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing. For a Christian, our highest priority is to love God with all of our heart, with all of our soul, with all of our mind and with all of our strength. To love our neighbour as ourselves. To do to others as we would want others to do unto us. To seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness.
Beware of Distractions
We dare not allow a secular humanist mass-media, far less professional political trouble makers who identify themselves as Marxist Revolutionaries, to set the agenda and distract us from our daily priorities.
The Need to Resist Revolution
There is nothing Communists respect more than strength. There is nothing they despise more than weakness. There is nothing to be gained for those who want to pander to temper tantrum tactics and bullying of those who want to intimidate us into bowing to their political agenda, repeating their rhetorical racist rants and mouthing their meaningless mantras.
Secession for Survival
The ongoing outrageous Lockdown regulations which are suffocating businesses and chasing away investors and tourists, provides the ideal example of why decentralisation, self-determination, secession and independence is increasingly essential for survival. The situation is desperate and the need for the Independence of the Cape of Good Hope is urgent.
Do Not Allow the Degenerate to Derail You
We need to fear God alone. We bow to God alone. Let us be wise in our daily duties and Biblical in the priorities we focus on. There is a great danger in allowing the degenerate to distract, deviate and derail us from our highest priorities. Live in the light of Eternity. Make your life count. The Great Commission of our Lord Jesus Christ must be our supreme ambition.
Dr. Peter Hammond
Africa Christian Action
PO Box 23632
Cape Town South Africa
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New Casualty in the War Against History
The war against historic monuments has now resulted in the decapitation of the bust of Cecil John Rhodes at Rhodes Memorial on the slopes of Devil’s Peak in the Cape Peninsula. Rhodes Memorial offers an unrivalled panoramic view of the Cape Peninsula and is often a site for wedding photographs and film shoots. The Matthew film utilised Rhodes Memorial for the Temple scenes.
Mandela Appreciated Rhodes
President Nelson Mandela publicly praised the vision and educational legacy of Cecil John Rhodes. At a speech at Rhodes University, Grahamstown, 16 April 2002, a century after the death of Cecil Rhodes, Nelson Mandela emphasized the need to: "…honour… and respect those who have worked to build and develop our country… South Africa belongs to all who live in it, united in our diversity… we have to harness all of the different strands of our history as we reconstruct and develop our country. We have to ensure that we live together in ways that make all South Africans confident that the country equally belongs to all who live in it."
In damaging this historic monument erected by the citizens of Cape Town, financed by individual donations, these vandals are guilty of a serious crime. They are also publicly demonstrating their ignorance of what Cecil Rhodes actually stood for and achieved and what Nelson Mandela advocated in respecting those who built the country and developed it for the benefit of all.
Honoured by the Matabele
Cecil Rhodes was greatly respected by the Matabele whose culture he respected. The sons of King Lobengula chose to devote themselves to Rhodes' service. The Matabele honoured Cecil Rhodes with a traditional king's burial in the Matopos, where, for over 80 years, they posted guards to protect his grave site on World View. When, in February 2012, ZANU-PF Marxists attempted to exhume Rhodes' remains, the local Chief Masuku forbade it. Godfrey Mahachi, one of Zimbabwe’s foremost archaeologists, strongly opposed this desecration of an historic monument and tourist attraction.
A Waste of Time and Energy
It is unlikely that the hysterical rioters and destroyers of historic monuments are aware of any of this. That they are merely pawns in a cheap political move, may be the furthest thing from their minds, but damaging historic monuments and tourist attractions are not only meaningless gestures that will do nothing to improve life or education for anyone, but are a terrible waste of time and energy. Such energy should rather be dedicated to furthering education, improving job prospects and encouraging investments in the country.
Unlike most modern politicians, Cecil Rhodes never took a salary when he was Prime Minister of the Cape (1890-1896). In fact, rather than have the state build him a house (as Jacob Zuma did), Cecil Rhodes built Groote Schuur (now Genadendal) with his own funds and he donated it to the Cape as a residence for future Prime Ministers and, with foresight, to be the residence of future Prime Ministers of a united South Africa.
Rhodes bought up and ensured the protection of the land on the slopes of Table Mountain, which he donated to the country, to become Newlands Forest, Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens and the Upper Campus of the University of Cape Town.
To Prevent Wars
Most significantly, he provided for the establishment of the famous Rhodes Scholarship, which he envisaged to "render wars impossible and promote the best interests of humanity." In fact, if his vision had been adhered to, the catastrophic First and Second World Wars would have been avoided. It was Rhodes' vision to unite the British, German, Dutch and American people through education and student exchange programmes, for the betterment of humanity and to ensure world peace.
Rhodes supported teaching Dutch, as well as English, in the public schools in the Cape Colony and donated money for this cause. As Prime Minister of the Cape Colony, he removed the legal discriminations that English speakers had imposed on the Dutch speaking Afrikaaners. He was a friend and supporter of Jan Hofmeyr, leader of the Afrikaner Bond.
Opposing British Aggression
Rhodes opposed the British annexation of the Transvaal in 1877 and supported the Boer cause in the First War of Independence (1880-1881). He also opposed the British invasion of Zululand in 1879.
Rhodes advocated greater self-government for the Cape Colony, for Australia, Canada and New Zealand and opposed interference from London in our local affairs. In this respect it is inaccurate to call Rhodes an imperialist in that he opposed centralised control and advocated autonomy, decentralisation and self-government throughout the British Empire. Rhodes was devoted to Queen Victoria but he scornfully disdained the politicians in Whitehall.
Devoted to World Peace
Rhodes greatly respected the Germans, admired the Kaiser and provided for German students to be included in the Rhodes Scholarship. He believed partnership between the United Kingdom, the USA and Germany would ensure world peace.
Great South African
In 2004, Cecil Rhodes was voted 56th in the SABC Television series, Great South Africans.
Some of Rhodes' quotations that seemed to have been forgotten are: "Equal rights for all civilised men" and "I could never accept the position that we should disqualify a human being on account of his colour."
Ignorance and Ingratitude
So, those hooligans who have attacked and campaigned against monuments of the man who donated the land and provided the money for the University of Cape Town and whose Legacy funds education worldwide, are not only demonstrating crass ingratitude but abject ignorance on the matters that they are demonstrating about.
It seems hypocritical to campaign against Cecil Rhodes, who never took a Pound out of the public treasury for himself, but who provided for the education of literally millions over the last century, while ignoring the ongoing atrocities and corruptions of Blood Diamond criminal dictators, like Mnangagwa, in Zimbabwe, today.
Perhaps a more meaningful demonstration against Cecil Rhodes would be, for those offended by him, to refuse to study on a campus that he provided for, or to benefit from any of the Educational Trusts that he set up and funded.
Those who live in Cape Town would do themselves a favour by visiting the humble Rhodes Cottage in Muizenberg where Cecil Rhodes died and acquainting themselves with some of the legacy of this farsighted and incredibly influential figure in our history. His last words were: “So little done. So much to do.”
A Battle for Historic Truth
Whether we like Rhodes, or not, we all benefit from his legacy. If mobs can damage, or remove one historic monument, then no monument is safe. This is not about Rhodes. This is a battle over history. It is a war against civilisation, the rule of law and education itself! “And you shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free.” John 8:32
Dr. Peter Hammond
P.O. Box 74 Newlands 7725
Cape Town South Africa
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“Destructive forces are at work in the city; threats and lies never leave its streets.”
Rioters Should Not Be Confused with Protestors
How can violent destructive riots be misrepresented as “protests”? One news headline: “Protestors hurled Rocks and Molotov Cocktails at Police in Philadelphia!” Protests by definition are peaceful. Violence and protests are mutually exclusive. Rioters throwing rocks and “Molotov cocktails” should not by any stretch of the imagination, be misconstrued as “protestors.”
Fuel Bombs are Weapons of War not Placards
Molotov cocktails (also known as petrol bombs, gasoline bombs, fire bombs, or the poor man’s grenade) were first designed and named by the Finnish defenders fighting the Soviet Red Army invasion in the 1939-1940 Winter War. The term “Molotov cocktail” was a pejorative reference to the Soviet foreign minister, Vyacheslav Molotov. The Finns named their napalm-like mixture of petrol, alcohol, with some motor oil added, ignited by a burning cloth/wick held in place by the narrow neck of a glass bottle after the communist deceiver Molotov. The wick was usually soaked in alcohol, or kerosene, then the bottle was hurled at a Soviet tank, or other Red Army vehicle. When the bottle smashed on impact the ensuing cloud of fuel droplets and vapour ignited by the attached burning wick, or rag, caused an immediate fireball followed by spreading flames of the remainder of the ignited fuel.
Mocking Molotov’s Marxist Propaganda
The origin of the name came from the Communist propaganda which Soviet minister Molotov espoused during the Winter War, when he declared that the Soviet bombing missions over Finland were actually “airborne humanitarian food deliveries” for their “starving neighbours!” Therefore, the Finns, sarcastically referred to Soviet cluster bombs as “Molotov bread baskets” and their hand-held bottle firebombs to attack Soviet tanks a “Molotov cocktail” as a drink to go with his “humanitarian food parcels.”
The Finnish Origin of the Weapon and Choice of Name should Expose the Hypocrisy
The historic origin of both the term Molotov cocktail and this napalm-like weapon of war, should shed some light on the disinformation being broadcast about “mostly peaceful protestors!”
Devastation Exposes Deceit
Reportedly, at least 145 cities across the United States of America have been ravaged by violent riots, looting and arson attacks. Literally thousands of businesses have been looted, damaged or destroyed by rioters, arsonists and looters. Fires were set in the historic St. John’s Episcopal Church on Lafayette Park in front of the White House. More than 50 secret service agents in Washington D.C. were injured trying to protect the White House from riotous mobs. Facts can really ruin a good media narrative.
Well Organised “Spontaneous” Riots
With literally thousands of businesses devastated and Billions of Dollars’ worth of damage and losses across the United States, the reported narrative of “spontaneous rage” at “police brutality” seems tenuous. Initial reports indicate that there is evidence of orchestration behind the scenes. The sinister Antifa Terrorist movement plainly played a pivotal role. Vladimir Lenin spoke of “constructive chaos” to advance Revolutionary goals. As the National Guard deployed in 23 States and curfews were declared in many cities, the question needs to be asked; What role has the mainstream mass media played in fanning the flames and pouring fuel on the fires of violent discontent?
The zoom lens of selective reporting ignores the wide-angle lens of context. Frequently the mainstream mass media misses the big picture. There seems to be a pattern of ignoring terrible atrocities by Marxist Revolutionaries and the ongoing persecution of Christians in Islamic lands. “Whoever says to the guilty, ‘You are innocent,’ will be cursed by peoples and denounced by nations.” Proverbs 24:24
Atrocities that Do Not Make the News
As a Missionary to persecuted churches for most of the last 40 years, I have walked and worked In the Killing Fields of Mozambique, documenting the burning of Bibles, destruction of churches and massacres of Christians by the Marxist FRELIMO dictatorship. I have served suffering Christians in MPLA controlled Marxist Angola, documenting the destruction of churches, burning of Bibles and murdering of ministers by communist Cuban troops and the Marxists MPLA forces. In Rwanda, I walked knee high and sometimes waist deep in corpses, in churches, interviewing the survivors of the Rwandan Genocide and documenting in my book, Holocaust in Rwanda, the disgraceful roles of the United Nations, the French and Clinton governments, liberal WCC affiliated church leaders and the manipulation of the news media.
Hidden Holocausts and Forgotten Wars
In Sudan, I was eyewitness to the scorched earth, Islamic Jihad genocidal war waged against Christians of South Sudan and the Nuba Mountains. This was documented in Faith Under Fire in Sudan book and in the Sudan: The Hidden Holocaust and Terrorism and Persecution films. Strangely, the secular mass media took little interest in the plight of millions of Christians persecuted in communist and Muslim lands in Africa and Asia. Apparently not all Black lives matter to CNN.
There are Positive Practical and Constructive Ways to Respond to Abuse
Although I have experience artillery, rocket and aerial bombardments at churches I was ministering in, as well as being arrested, abused and incarcerated in communist prisons, I never responded to the atrocities I witnessed, or to the abuse I endured, by advocating, or participating in, violence, or terrorism. No, that is not how Christians respond. I wrote books, helped produce films, gave presentations at churches and conferences, was interviewed on radio and TV programmes, testified at International Human Rights conventions and to members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in Washington D.C and to members of the British Foreign Office in London.
It is Better to Light a Candle than to Curse the Darkness
It is important to pray the Psalms, to take injustices directly to God and seek His intervention. To pray against evil. To shine the light of research and investigation on the dark dealings of the persecutors of the Church and those guilty of atrocities. To speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves. To be a voice for the voiceless. To do something positive and constructive to help build a better future, for families, for the Faith and for freedom.
Truth Does Not Fear Investigation
It is important that we do not rely on only one source of information for our news and views on the world. We need discernment to understand the times and to know what Gods people should do. We need to evaluate everything in the light of God’s Word and seek to be positive, practical and solution focussed.
A Shocking Contrast
How is it possible that so much police energy was focused on arresting surfers, joggers and people walking their dogs and yet when St. Pauls, Minnesota erupted in violence the police chief evacuated his personnel and allowed rioters to occupy, vandalise, loot and torch the central police station? So, we learned that if you attempt to open your business during a lockdown, you could be arrested. But if you looted a business last week, the police left you alone! People exercising, running, or surfing were arrested, but those throwing rocks and Molotov cocktails were unimpeded by police action at St. Paul’s, Minnesota.
A Culture of Compulsion and Coercion
The excessive state overreaction enforcing a culture of compulsion and coercion during the COVID-19 Lockdown provides a stark contrast to the hands-off and withdraw approach of police in all too many cities, torn by violence, arson and looting.
The Curse of Centralisation and Globalisation
All of this provides another vivid example of the dangers of centralisation and the advantages of decentralisation. The Swiss model of decentralisation is far better than the Towel of Babel, Egyptian pyramid, Nineveh, centralisation, top-down approach to government. Revelation 13 warns us of the anti-Christ goal of a one-world government, a one-world religious movement and a one-world economic system. Recent history demonstrates the dangers of the United Nations, World Health Organisation, European Union and other groups working for a New World Order. Globalism is such a threat that in a matter of weeks, 3.5 Billion people on the planet were in some form of government enforced lockdown.
Decentralisation is the Solution to the Chaos that Threatens Civilisation
Decentralisation is the answer. When local municipalities control their own local police force, whose members are drawn from that local municipality, the safeguards are far more effective. Local police, who are recruited from that community and answerable to the local municipality will not abuse their friends or neighbours, nor will they withdraw, or stand idly by, while their friends, family and neighbours’ businesses and properties are threatened, looted and burned.
Resist Globalisation and Centralisation
The global Lockdown and the riots devastating so many cities around the States, are just some of the results of globalism. Centralisation and the culture of compulsion and coercion were warned about in Revelation 13 and in George Orwell’s Animal Farm and 1984. “While they promise them liberty, they themselves are slaves of corruption; for by whom a person is overcome, by him also he is brought into bondage.” 2 Peter 2:19. We need to reject globalisation, centralisation, disinformation, the Revolution and their agenda and work for decentralisation, Reformation, praying for Revival.
Dr. Peter Hammond
P.O. Box 74 Newlands 7725
Cape Town South Africa
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The lockdown of the economy by government decree should end. The lasting and far-reaching damage caused by this authoritarian precedent far outweigh those caused by the COVID-19 virus. The people—individuals, families, local communities, congregations and businesses—must decide for themselves how and when to reopen and return to their daily lives. Whatever happened to Magna Carta and the Bill of Rights? Whatever happened to freedom of movement? Freedom of conscience? Freedom of religion? Freedom of worship? Is it wise to surrender essential liberties for promised relief from a disease? What can we learn from Singapore, South Korea and Sweden, concerning how they have dealt with the COVID-19 epidemic, without a lockdown undermining the economy and impoverishing millions?
Neither a president nor parliament has the legal authority to shut down daily life without due process. Business closures, restrictions on assembly, church services and movement and quarantines are not constitutionally permissible. These due process requirements may not be suspended. State officials may claim police powers to shut down communities and unilaterally imposing lengthy periods of virtual house arrest, but this is neither wise nor necessary. Indeed it is extremely dangerous to Liberty.
We do not know, and cannot yet know, how many will become sick or die from the virus. We do know that predictions regarding infection and death rates are frequently highly unreliable. Even actual deaths attributable to COVID-19 are not so easy to count, as Italy has discovered. Age, general health, and comorbidity are difficult variables to assess and people may die “with” the virus but not “from” it. It is also very difficult to assess the lethality of the virus relative to previously known types of flu and colds.
In 1850, French economist Frédéric Bastiat helped the world understand the “seen and unseen costs” of state policies. It is simple to see how quarantines and lockdowns may slow the spread of a pandemic. It is critical, but it is not so simple, to see the costs and unintended harm caused by an economic shutdown. Only then can anyone rationally understand the trade-offs involved. “To the Law and to the testimony! If they do not speak according to this Word, it is because there is no light in them.” Isaiah 8:20
To date, COVID-19 deaths are far fewer than deaths in ordinary flu seasons, or from past pandemics such as the H1N1 virus. This understanding is critically important to put the virus, and government response to it, in perspective. Even during past pandemics, depressions and world wars, people still went to work.
How many suffering from other illnesses cannot see a doctor now? How many will lose their jobs, their life savings, their retirement prospects and their incalculable feeling of self-worth? How many will succumb to depression, drug or alcohol abuse and suicide? How many will lose their homes, divorce their spouses, or suffer abuse? How many will never recover in their careers? How many small businesses, including the vital ones of doctors, dentists and veterinarians, will vanish from your community? How many young people will “fail to launch”?
Will grocery stores remain open and remain adequately stocked? Will crime increase? Will the social fabric, already thin from politics, tear apart?
These questions are not rhetorical. Millions will not be able to pay their rent or mortgages. Millions of small businesses will suffer, just as many large employers, airlines and hotels already have. Millions are unemployed already, but many millions more jobs will be lost. The disastrous effects will escalate.
There is no conflict between humanitarian and economic concerns; in fact, they are two sides of the same coin. A poorer country will be a much less healthy country, one more vulnerable to future illness and disease. Technology, modern medicine and market innovators can counteract a virus. Already we see entrepreneurs producing cheaper ventilators and doctors using cheap generic treatments with very promising results.
This local, decentralised, bottom-up approach is the only effective way to confront any crisis. Governments, as we see now and have seen in the past, are generally comically and tragically incapable of competence in times of crisis. Yet, Singapore, South Korea and Sweden have dealt responsibly with the COVID-19 epidemic, without a lockdown undermining the economy and impoverishing millions.
Freedom really is more important than security—or, in this case, an illusion of security. We all demonstrate this in our personal lives taking risks every day, from flying, to driving, to riding bicycles, to climbing mountains. Security has never been the sole or even primary goal for any people.
Governments cannot decide what aspects of our lives are essential or nonessential. Civil servants are not meant to rule our lives, but to serve the citizens and tax payers who elect them and pay their salaries. People cannot simply sit at home and wait for government checks written on funds that government does not have. Irresponsible, power hungry and corrupt politicians are mortgaging the futures of our children and grandchildren. In violation of our constitution and Bill of Rights.
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According to the situation dashboard on the World Health Organisation website, as of Thursday, 19 March, there were more than 209,839 confirmed cases of Coronavirus COVID-19 in 168 countries/territories, with just over 8,778 deaths. Wild speculations about Coronavirus (COVID-19) are being spread by fear-mongers and gullible people pass the panic along through their social networks. As Christians, we need to be balanced, wise and practical.
To put this into perspective, the World Health Organisation (WHO) website under Global Health Observatory (GHO)/Road Safety, reports that 1,315,000 die each year from road accidents.
On the who.int newsroom/fact sheets/details/tuberculosis, reports that each year, 10 million people fall ill with Tuberculosis (TB) and 1.5 million people die from TB each year.
According to WHO, there were 228 million cases of Malaria last year, with over 405,000 deaths from Malaria.
Alcohol consumption contributes to 3 million deaths each year globally, as well as to disabilities and poor health of millions more.
Each year more than 8 million people die from Tobacco use. Second hand Tobacco smoke contributes to heart disease, cancer and other diseases, causing an additional 1.2 million deaths in a year. The total economic cost (from Health expenditures and productivity losses) of smoking are calculated to be over US$1.4 Trillion per year.
For that matter, obesity causes over 4 million deaths each year.
WHO claims that there are 376 million new infections with sexually transmitted diseases each year. 37.9 million people are living with HIV (AIDS), according to WHO.
According to WHO, over 9.6 million deaths are caused each year by cancer (particularly lung, prostrate, stomach, liver, breast and cervical cancer).
Stampeded by Sensational Speculations
So, we should try to keep a balanced perspective and avoid being stampeded into panic by sensational reports in the media, or by questionable claims and responses by politicians and bureaucrats, who use medical crises to infringe on personal freedom of movement and initiate intrusive procedures, which impact economies and societies dramatically. It is likely that far more people and business will be ruined economically by the responses to the Coronavirus, than will actually be affected by the virus directly.
Some have pointed out that the word fear can be an acrostic: False Evidence Appearing Real. “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” 2 Tim. 1:7
Love and Compassion
It is always wise to be prudent and take reasonable measures to protect the health of ourselves and our loved ones. Particularly those who serve in healthcare, should balance prudence with compassion as they serve those who need their care. Our Lord Jesus and His followers have always given special attention to the sick, who were socially stigmatised and isolated, such as lepers.
A Medical Perspective
Doctor Dung Trinh, Chairman of the Board of Healthcare Christian Fellowship, USA, has produced a helpful article and video entitled: How Seniors Can Prepare for the New Coronavirus. He points out that the Coronavirus constitutes a huge community of viruses. First reported in Wuhan, China (where 5G was first rolled out), in December 2019, COVID-19 induces fever, difficulties in breathing, coughing and inflammation of the gastro-intestinal system. The CDC reports that the virus may have an incubation period of up to two weeks and signs may occur within as little as two days after one was exposed to the virus. Patients may be contagious during this silent incubation period. Clinical signs of infection of Coronavirus are very similar to those of influenza. It includes coughing, fever, shortness of breath and general feeling of being unwell. According to current data, around 80% of the infections are categorised as “mild”, which can be treated at home with fluids, rest and medication. Around 20% of infected patients require more advanced treatment, or even hospitalisation. The current rate of mortality, according to the CDC is around 3.4%. Far less serious than SARS, which had a death rate of 10%, or MERS (Middle East Respiratory Syndrome),which killed close to 35% of the infected population. Unfortunately, those at high risk for COVID-19 are older patients with chronic medical conditions and those who are immune compromised. The majority of deaths so far, are amongst the elderly. It does not seem, at this stage, to affect children nearly as much.
How the Coronavirus Spreads
“The virus spreads by respiratory droplets that come through coughs or sneezes of an infected person. The most common viral portal of entry is usually our nose, mouth and eyes. This means touching your own nose, eyes, or lips, may facilitate the virus transmission, especially after an individual has touched a surface that is contaminated with the Coronavirus.”
Therefore. Dr. Trinh recommends the following habits and precautions to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus and lower your risk for cold, or flu in general:
“Avoid contact with anyone who is sick.
Avoid touching your mouth, nose and eyes.
Stay at home if you are sick.
Cover your cough and sneeze using a tissue.
Throw away any used tissues in the trash.
Wash your hands regularly with soap and water, especially before eating, after just coughing, sneezing, or blowing your nose and after using the restroom.
When soap and water are not available, alcohol based hand sanitizers are a great option.
Clean and disinfect any objects and surfaces touched with a cleaning wipe or spray.
Facemasks should be worn by people who show symptoms, to prevent the spread of the disease, however, they are not recommended to people who are well.
Minimise hand shaking.
Use knuckles to touch public lights, like elevator buttons.
Gas stations – use glove or paper towel to lift gasoline dispenser.
Open doors with closed fists, or hips, especially public doors.
Use disinfectant wipes with grocery carts.
Wash hands with soap and water when returning home from any activity.
Keep a bottle of hand sanitizer available at home entrance and in the car. “
Practise Good Hygiene at All Times
These are all good hygiene habits, whether there is a pandemic panic or not. The Bible includes numerous hygiene laws and practices and while we should steadfastly refuse to be stampeded into panic by sensational speculations and professional fear-mongers, we need to be wise and prudent.
The doctor also recommends cutting back on public events and outings in regional areas where known cases or Coronavirus have been reported and large crowds where there is obviously a higher risk of infection. He also recommends cleaning bathroom facilities at work, several times a day with a particular focus on door handles and tap handles.
Be More Aware of Spiritual Diseases
We also need to use the opportunity to draw attention to spiritual diseases, which pose serious risks to us all. Click here to listen to the message: Spiritual Diseases and the Biblical Cure, or here to access an abbreviated PDF tract form: Spiritual Diseases that can be printed for distribution.
It would also be worthwhile to point out that while the Coronavirus from China has killed several thousand people, the communist ideology killed over 69 million people in China and well over 100 more million worldwide. It is not only physical diseases, but also ideological and spiritual diseases, which we should be concerned about. Click here for the video The Greatest Killer.
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct your paths. Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and depart from evil. It will be health to your flesh and strength to your bones.” Proverbs 3:5-8
Dr. Peter Hammond
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Cape Town South Africa
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