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A Study of Dispensationalism
by Arthur Pink

"But there is further reason, and a pressing one today, why we should write upon our present subject, and that is to expose the modern and pernicious error of Dispensationalism. This is a device of the Enemy, designed to rob the children of no small part of that bread which their heavenly Father has provided for their souls; a device wherein the wily serpent appears as an angel of light, feigning to "make the Bible a new book" by simplifying much in it which perplexes the spiritually unlearned. It is sad to see how widely successful the devil has been by means of this subtle innovation."

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A Vietnam veteran on war and terror
Colonel Ronald D. Ray | History as a weapon or shield?

God Bless America! God help me, I am an American. I am a combat veteran of Vietnam, (retired as a Marine Reserve Colonel in 1994), served as a Defense and National Security official in the Reagan and Bush administrations and have been a Constitutional attorney for 30 years, but I have a sense the Vietnam veterans, those with hair a little thinner and grayer, are now going the way of the WWII and Korean War veterans. The wars we fought are fading into a past fast compressing, as today’s troubles magnify in the Middle East. But, before we fade from view into a forgotten history, let us remind America of our Times and Wars in hopes that the lives spent and the lessons learned can be applied with all due diligence and care as we consider the Middle East.

On September 11, 2001, America experienced the greatest national security failure in its history and one year later no one has been held publicly accountable. Instead the government is asking Americans to forsake their liberty for a renewed promise of security as Clinton’s CIA director is still in place in the Bush administration and the “Homeland Security” program, prepared during the Clinton years, is being implemented.

How many of you remember the raw terror that gripped America during the 1962 Cuban missile crisis? Bomb drills were conducted in classrooms across America and nightly television news broadcasted repeatedly the threat of Communist Russian nuclear attacks to be launched from Cuba. In September 1960, Russian Premier Nikita Khrushchev had set the world stage by declaring to America, we will “bury you,” as he hammered the heel of his shoe on the table at the United Nations. In late July 1962, as Americans busied themselves building bomb shelters and stocked them with provisions as annihilation seemed eminent from nuclear attack, over sixty Soviet ships were en-route to Cuba with some of them carrying military material.

The “terror” then, much more so than now, was extremely tense, and the enemy with America in it’s crosshairs, truly formidable. Rather than make the “first strike” and begin what all knew meant World War III on our own land, President John F. Kennedy revealed to the world America’s vastly superior intelligence capability of the U-2 spy planes. Kennedy’s presidential duty was to prove to the world and all Americans why he was committing an “act of war” by blockading Cuba during the time now known as the 13 days of the “Missiles of October.” Revealing the evidence for the blockade, the president made to Americans the case for risking war:

Kennedy spoke to the US people (and the Soviet government) in a televised address on October 22. He announced the naval blockade as a quarantine zone of 500 miles around the Cuban coast, warned that the military was "prepare[d] for any eventualities", and condemned the Soviet "secrecy and deception".

After my combat service in South Vietnam, I was older than most other students at the University of Louisville Law School in 1969. Wearing a suit, tie and a silver star, when jeans, long hair and anti-war talk was the fashion, Kentucky Senator Thruston Morton, on a visit to the law school, picked me out of a group to spend a rare 4-5 minutes with.

Can you imagine my surprise and stunned sorrow as he confessed to me the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution that he voted on and which got us into the Vietnam War for eleven bloody years, was based on lies. Senator Morton told me the Johnson administration had made fools of the Congress, who were told to simply trust the administration. No proofs were made then to the American people for the need to go to war in Vietnam. I would learn later that Senator Fulbright declared in a “closed session” of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on March 7, 1968, that the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution, is “like any contract based on misrepresentation…null and void.”

On that day, March 7, 1968, 9000 miles away at the sharp end of the Tonkin Resolution, it was anything but “null and void.” The Tet Offensive, the turning point of the Vietnam War, was winding down. I was at Hue City, where the fighting was bitter, house to house, with little or no supporting arms, and many young American men died. Their deaths were not “null and void.”

Since Vietnam, books published reveal the media complicity in the lie, led by “the most trusted man in America,” CBS’s Walter Cronkite. From the safe side of the Perfume river in Vietnam, Cronkite deliberately reported our hard won victory at Hue as a strategic defeat for America. This “harsh military setback for Hanoi” many young Americans had secured with their lives was reported by a man who later confessed his intent on world government.

I took an oath at 17, “so help me God,” to “defend the Constitution against all enemies foreign and domestic.” History, from our Times and Wars, shows the “Best and the Brightest” in the government and media simply misled the People. My fellow Kentuckians, before we STRIKE in the Middle East, let’s be sure that what America does FIRST upholds the Constitution and that our way of life as free and independent people is not diminished.

Amid the current media clamor, listen closely for hard evidence. This veteran of battles from rice paddies to the paneled halls of power knows in war America must be sure about who our enemy is, where that enemy is located beyond any reasonable doubt, what the mission is and what is the expected victory to be won. As Americans, you are the government. As Reagan said, don’t simply trust, “trust and verify.” You are responsible to have the proofs before our sons, and now our daughters, are sent half a world away to die again for our way of life. As the man who led the effort to build the Kentucky Vietnam Veterans Memorial to remember the service and sacrifice of the Kentuckians numbered among the 58,000 who did not return home from Vietnam, I advise you to listen well to the lessons learned in the Wars and Terrors past, so Americans, that is you, never have to lament being fooled again.

1. http://www.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cuban_missile_crisis

2. Joe Golden, Truth is the First Casualty: The Gulf of Tonkin Affair – Illusion and Reality, Rand McNally & Company, 1969, p. 264.

3.Peter Braestrup, Big Story, Yale University Press, 1977, back cover.

 

 
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