Archive for the ‘War and Peace’ Category

France’s Vendee Genocide in the 1790s

Sunday, November 6th, 2016

Lenin studied how the French revolutionaries committed genocide in the western Vendee region of France in the 1790s, actually visited the region, applied what he learned in Ukraine and Russia after its own revolution, and the Soviets carried on similar crimes after him. The French Left still will not admit that the widespread, massive executions of noncombatant Catholic women and children in the 1790s happened in the Vendee with the approval of the Committee for Public Safety and the National Convention. According to Solzhenitsyn, the Vendee was the model for future genocides. The mass drownings at Nantes, but one of the outrages of the French Revolution, were imitated by the Soviet Union. Time for the French government to admit to their own internal genocide.

The book A French genocide: the Vendée / Reynald Secher ; translated by George Holoch, Notre Dame Press 2003, ISBN 0268028656 9780268028657, originally published in 1986 as Le genocide franco-francais: la Vendee-Venge by Reynald Secher, followed in 2011 by Vendee, du genocide au memoricide: mecanique d’un crime legal contre l’humanite? by Reynald Secher; Gilles-William Goldnadel; Helene Piralian; Stephane Courtois, with more information here.

Here’s a translation of the book blurb for Secher’s 2011 book:

“Twenty-five years after the publication of his book, A French Genocide: The Vendée, Reynald Secher, thanks to the discovery at the French National Archives of unreleased documents, demonstrates, with supporting evidence, that the genocide of the Vendée had been designed, voted upon and implemented personally by members of the Committee of Public Safety and the National Convention, and that the army and the administration had been carrying out orders. To escape their responsibilities and hide the ideological and political logic that inevitably led the Jacobin Republic to genocide, these criminals and their political heirs have denied facts, and imposed on the nation their self-amnesty and general impunity. They thus committed a second crime, that of memoricide which in a perverse reversal designated the Vendee victims as executioners and turned the Jacobin executioners into victims. This first scandal is added a second: these executioners benefited from all the favors and honors of the state, while the victims and their descendants were traumatized, silenced, and persecuted constantly, finding themselves thus excluded from citizenship that was rightfully theirs.”

I might add that some of the generals who committed the genocide are still memorialized on the Arc de Triomphe in Paris, and that the word “brigand” was used against the Vendee population.

A recent film by Daniel Rabourdin, The Hidden Rebellion: The Untold Story of the French Revolution, dramatizes the Vendee genocide.

Here’s the first trailer for the film. Here’s the second trailer.

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Aphorism CIV

Sunday, September 25th, 2016

The dramatic increase in public awareness of police excessive force and killings is due to the proliferation of Internet-linked cameras following technological advance and to new forms of association due to social media, not due to an increase in police excessive force and killings.

There have been police excessive force and killings with impunity for thousands of years. But the new integration of phone and camera technology has made these killings visible, and has made it possible for citizens to respond in coordinated ways to police excessive force and killings.

Now police excessive force and killings cannot occur with impunity. This change has been the dream of reformers for millennia.

Technology has brought us to a new point with the age-old question, Quis custodiet ipsos custodies? Who will guard these guardians?

There have always been police excessive force and killings. Now we can see more of them, and react in appropriate ways that protect the rights of citizens.

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Aphorism XCII

Monday, December 7th, 2015

Atheists argue that if religion were abolished, violence would be reduced.

Let’s assume for a moment that that atheists had their way, and that all religion were to instantly vanish from the earth.

Would the world then be peaceful?

No, because people would continue to kill each other for ideology, as they did after the French, Russian, Chinese, and Cambodian Revolutions.

But suppose then that we abolished ideology from the earth. Would fewer people kill each other?

No, because people would continue to kill each other for class, nation, and ethnicity.

But suppose all people belonged to one common ethnic group and one nation and there was total class equality? Would fewer people kill each other?

No, because there would be regional and personality conflicts.

But suppose every person in the human race were cloned to be exactly the same, and reduced to one gender?

No, because there would still be regional and other sources of jealousy.

But suppose there were only one person on earth?

No, because the unredeemed human person is at war with oneself.

Therefore, the atheist fantasy that atheism brings peace is simply that: a fantastic panacea. And none of the reductions in human culture imagined above could be accomplished without the establishment of a worldwide police state which would kill many more persons in the process of reduction.

Peace comes from conversion of mind and soul leading to kindness and mercy to others. This peace is related to Christ’s peace, the peace the world cannot give (John 14:27).

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The Folly of a Military Draft for Women

Saturday, December 5th, 2015

I predicted prior to his first election that Barack Obama, if elected president, would try to bring back the military draft late in his term, and try to add women to it, not for any military reason, but for the sake of social transformation. Please see this Wall Street Journal article on a possible military draft for women.

But for centuries, women have stood apart from war, protecting the survival of the human species against war’s deadly folly. Little did most voters know the danger that they would be forcing upon young women by their vote. For the sake of “ideological vanity” we have forgotten the lessons taught civilization by the great Euripides–

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Evacuate Christians and Other Minorities from Iraq and Syria Now to Avoid Complete Genocide

Thursday, July 2nd, 2015

Given that no world power is willing to step in to effectively defend the Christians and other minorities in Iraq and Syria facing genocide and slavery by ISIS, the only realistic alternative to genocide is to evacuate the minorities — NOW. The minorities must be sheltered by all countries of good will.

The lack of effective defense of these minorities will be seen by a future age as a great crime of neglect and cowardice. Personally, I am ashamed at the lack of action by our government.

As long as the Iran nuclear deal is the predominant Western concern with the Middle East, no Western power would arm or significantly aid any but Shiite factions in Iraq or Syria, lest the talks be disrupted. This geopolitical realpolitik has sadly made the Christian and other non-Shiite minorities in Iraq and Syria expendable and subject to the attacks of ISIS. The Western powers therefore have a moral obligation to evacuate the Christians if they are not going to defend them.

One charity that “supports the rescue, restoration, and return of Middle Eastern Christians and other ethno/religious people to a home where they can live and practice their faith free from fear” is the Cradle Fund. Please support the Cradle Fund.


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Iraqi Dominican Sister Diana Momeka, OP, barred by State Department from Entering US to Testify on ISIS; Then Visa Granted; Testifies on 5/13/15

Sunday, May 3rd, 2015

Iraqi Catholic nun Diana Momeka, OP, D. Min., a member of the Dominican Sisters of Saint Catherine of Siena of Mosul, which has ancient roots in her country,


has reportedly been recently denied a temporary visa by the US State Department preventing her testimony in the US about persecution of Christians by ISIS. Sr. Momeka earned a doctorate in ministry at Chicago’s Catholic Theological Union in 2012, where she gave the commencement address, as described by the Adrian Dominican sisters’ website.

Ironically, the news of this denial spread on the 4/29 feast of St. Catherine of Siena, patroness of Sr. Momeka’s order. Please see this Reuters story for more.

Here’s a 5/3/15 update on the State Department’s response from religious freedom advocate Nina Shea.

The public witness for peace, justice, and holiness in Christ’s name is a particular charism of Dominican sisters in the tradition of St. Catherine of Siena.

Perhaps the US Congress can hear Sr. Momeka’s testimony via Skype!

Update: on 5/9/15, reported that the temporary visa was granted.

On 5/13/15, Sr. Momeka testified at the US Congress.

Here’s the video of Sr. Momeka’s testimony on 5/13/15 before the House Foreign Affairs Committee–

Here’s the full text of Sr. Momeka’s testimony National Catholic Register.

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Dietrich von Hildebrand’s 1930s Anti-Nazi Essays

Thursday, January 1st, 2015

The 20th century philosopher Dietrich von Hildebrand (1889-1977), best known in the English-speaking world for his writings on human intimacy and personality, aesthetics, ethics, and the liturgy, was also an active and determined opponent of the National Socialist or Nazi movement from its early days in the 1920s.

When Hitler took power in Germany in 1933, von Hildebrand, who had a decade earlier been condemned to death by the first Nazi thugs, left the country, and eventually settled in Vienna, where he led, through his journal Der Christliche Ständestaat (the Christian Corporative State, a concept that drew its inspiration from Pius XI’s 1931 encyclical, Quadragesimo Anno) and his partnership the soon-to-be-assassinated Austrian Chancellor Engelbert Dollfuss, an intellectual resistance to Nazism and especially to anti-Semitism, until von Hildebrand was again forced to flee Austria as Hitler’s Anschluss absorbed that country in 1938.

The recent publication in English of selections from von Hildebrand’s handwritten memoir as My Battle Against Hitler: Faith, Truth, and Defiance in the Shadow of the Third Reich has brought von Hildebrand again into the intellectual and cultural mainstream.

While reviews of My Battle Against Hitler have focused on von Hildebrand’s adventurous fight with and narrow escapes from Nazism, I urge readers to study his 1930s essays collected as a group in this memoir. While it is fun to learn how von Hildebrand and his friends tricked the Nazis into allowing his furniture to be shipped from Munich to Vienna after his flight from Germany, and sobering to read how many were taken in by the Nazis, it is better to read the focused, insightful, and passionate words of von Hildebrand written at the time against the steady advance of anti-Semitism and Nazism.

Hannah Arendt (1906-1975), once the teenage student paramour of philosopher and later sometime Nazi Martin Heidegger (1889-1976), achieved fame in 1963 with her coining of the phrase “banality of evil” in her Eichmann in Jerusalem. Yet von Hildebrand’s November 10, 1935 Der Christliche Ständestaat essay, translated as “The Danger of Becoming Morally Blunted,” contemporaneously described this blunting process as it was happening decades before Arendt. This essay alone is worth the price of My Battle Against Hitler, since it describes how moral compromise can weaken us all. The power of anti-Semitism as a moral anesthetic that deadens resistance to violent extremism is very much still at work today, whether in the Middle East, in Russia, or in First World cultural elites.

My compliments to John Henry Crosby, Alice von Hildebrand, John F. Crosby, and all those from the Hildebrand Project who spent the decade necessary to bring this book to English-language readers.

I understand that the Hildebrand Project intends to eventually post all the writings of Dietrich von Hildebrand online. I especially look forward to more Der Christliche Ständestaat essays, and especially to an English translation of his Metaphysik der Gemeinschaft: Untersuchungen über Wesen und Wert der Gemeinschaft, or The Metaphysics of Community.

The Hildebrand Project is worthy of our support!

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Classic 1970 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Documentary

Thursday, December 25th, 2014

Before you view the new film, Selma, make sure you view the recently-restored classic 1970 documentary, King: A Filmed Record. . . Montgomery to Memphis.

Here is more background on this historic film, preserved by the Library of Congress.

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Podcast of 10/07/14 Talk on St. John XXIII and his Pacem in Terris

Saturday, October 11th, 2014

Just in time for today’s 10/11/14 first feast of the newly canonized St. John XXIII, I’ve posted the podcast of the just-completed 10/07/14 talk entitled, St. John XXIII and his Pacem in Terris, which was presented as part of the School of Catholic Thought at the St. John Paul II Catholic Newman Center in Chicago.

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World Peace and Natural Law

Saturday, October 4th, 2014

The postmodern turn away from theories of natural law appears to have led to a less peaceful world. For natural law theories, e.g., those brought forth in the US Declaration of Independence, argue that certain human rights, like life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, are proper to the nature of humanity. These rights demand of others the duty to respect natural, human rights, thus binding together society. When there is no respect for natural rights, trust breaks down, and thereby peace breaks down among nations.

St. John XXIII made the above “natural law rights and duties argument” central to his famous 1963 encyclical, Pacem in Terris. He saw a connection between the duty to respect natural rights, and the establishment of peaceful relations between individuals and among nations.

Western political elites have turned away from natural law in recent decades, in part because they see in natural law a threat to homosexual rights and to abortion rights. At the 1991 Clarence Thomas Supreme Court confirmation hearings, several prominent Catholic politicians rejected natural law. While some few jurists like Justice Thomas argued that one can sometimes construct substantial law from natural law, other jurists, including the late Judge Robert Bork, argued that more than natural law was needed to properly form law.

Whoever claims to be making a commonsense argument is sometimes making a natural law argument and might not admit it. But these commonsense arguments are often the only remaining natural law arguments allowed among political elites.

This is unfortunate, because St. John XXIII’s natural law arguments for peaceful relations among nations could still bring nations to respect one another.

Regrettably, for the sake of elites supporting radical lifestyle choices, natural law recognition of general human rights and duties has eroded. The world is thus a less peaceful place, since there is no widespread, worldwide common sense of the natural rights and duties that build trust and lead nations to peaceful relations.

The corrosive affect of abortion logic thus again has spread beyond sexual relations into relations between nations, and weakened them. As soon as one allows an innocent human life to have no rights, one allows the logic of no-rights to spread throughout society. Once a critical mass of individuals do not respect one another’s rights, eventually, neither do nations, and thus, over decades, our societal capacity to build trust and thereby achieve peace breaks down.

The world should turn once again to St. John XXIII’s Pacem in Terris for a way to peace. . . especially for nations and peoples who have little in common with one another except the capacity to respect each other’s common human rights.

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