You Can’t Change Without It!

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You Can’t Change Without It!

To make positive change in your life, you need this ingredient.
From the July 2017 Trumpet Print Edition

Do you start lifestyle goals with zeal and excitement, only to have them end with disappointment? If you relate to this, then like about 90 percent of the population, you may be guilty of allowing failure through unclear goals or procrastination.

Whether you desire to lose weight, eat better, become stronger or overcome an injury, there’s one thing you absolutely need: self-discipline. The hard truth is, you’re either disciplined or you’re unsuccessful.

With self-discipline you can defeat virtually any obstacles facing you. It is what you need to finally punch through and reach your life goals.

What Is Self-discipline?

Self-discipline is a dirty word these days. Just ask media advertisers who push fast-and-easy diet pills or absurd exercise equipment predicated on overnight results. Consumers fall for these superficial opportunities because they look for easy solutions.

Self-discipline is the opposite. It’s the ability to overcome your weaknesses by facing challenges with strong effort, attaining strong results. Disciplining yourself to do what is hard rewards you with results that the undisciplined majority simply cannot attain.

The principles of self-discipline are simple. They produce reliable cause-and-effect outcomes. The results are universal. But most people fail to utilize them. The reason: It takes hard work! And most of us simply don’t want to do hard work.

Think of it like progressive weight training to build muscle. The more effort you put into training your muscles, the stronger they become. The less you train them, the weaker they become. Similarly, the basic method to attaining self-discipline is to get out of your comfort zone and push hard toward your goals. Self-discipline will help you achieve your goals, and you will then be able to use more of this virtue to reach greater and higher goals.

How can you put self-discipline to work right now? How can you achieve your goals in life? Here are five worthy goals, five profitable methods that are worth your effort in disciplining yourself. Create structure in your life through these strong habits, use self-discipline to hold yourself to them, even after you slip up, and you will achieve greater success in your life.

1) Get up early.

Go to bed at a set time, even on weekends; don’t just fall into bed when you’ve exhausted yourself and can think of nothing else to do. Plan for about eight hours of sleep. Then rise before dawn. “Just on a practical side, if you wake up early in the morning—like at 4:30 in the morning—you’re going to have some free time to yourself to make things happen, to take care of things that are important to you,” said Navy seal veteran Jocko Willink. Your boss, your family and your other obligations are all asleep at 4:30 a.m., he said, so no one is going to chip away at your time. As the saying goes, you can’t soar with the eagles if you’re up late with the turkeys.

2) Keep learning.

In No Excuses: The Power of Self-discipline, author Brian Tracy states, “If you want to be successful, your first job is to learn what you need to learn in order to achieve the success you desire.” To move ahead consistently with your life goals, read about great lives for inspiration and self-help books to consistently improve your skills and knowledge.

3) Start small, work up to big.

Many people start with big goals and fail big. With improved diet for example, the goal is not to quit bad habits cold turkey all at once. Your body will rebel with cravings. Introduce healthier foods over a period of time and strive for balance and moderation. The same is true for exercise: Jumping straight into intense workouts is a sure way to overwhelm yourself. Begin by disciplining yourself to do 20 to 30 minutes of moderate activity and work your way up from there.

4) Be persistent.

There will always be failures in life, but persistence is the ability to effectively respond to setbacks. Motivation may wax and wane, but only persistent action produces results, even when you don’t feel like doing what is right. A new exercise program will need time as your body adapts to movement, so don’t quit when uncomfortable. Resolve in advance to doggedly stick to your program to get results.

5) Manage your time effectively.

Time is a limited resource and cannot be replaced. Learning how to manage it makes you more productive, more efficient and more likely to meet deadlines.

Keep an eye on the most important and time-sensitive tasks early in the day, with a tight focus on productive endeavors while limiting the amount of time spent on nonessential duties. That way you still have lots of time to get in those crucial lifestyle changes and stay healthy.

Self-discipline isn’t just about self-denial: It means saving now for long-term satisfaction and success. With continued use, self-discipline increases, becoming automatic, habitual and natural as you push through failure and adversity to finally achieve real accomplishment.


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The Victoria Police Special Operations Group during a siege with an armed gunman in the Melbourne suburb of Brighton on June 5
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Islamic State Attack Down Under

Should Australia simply ‘keep calm and carry on’?

The 29-year-old Somali-born man named Yacqub Khayre was a textbook terrorist. Following guidelines in an Islamic State hostage handbook, Khayre hired a prostitute and arranged to meet at a hotel in Brighton, Melbourne, on Monday. When she arrived, he tied her up and forced her to call the Channel Seven newsroom. Seven reported that the woman informed them she was a hostage. Then Khayre took the phone and said, “This is for the Islamic State. This is for al Qaeda.”

Soon after, armed police stormed the hotel where they found a hotel clerk had already been murdered. Khayre fired on the police with a sawed-off shotgun in what appears to have been an ambush. Three officers were wounded and Khayre was killed in the brief gunfight. The hostage escaped unharmed.

The attack comes on the heels of a series of high-profile attacks in Britain, and at a time when Muslim extremism in Australia is a hot topic for the Aussie public.

Only last week the Trumpet reported on “Australia’s ‘Extremist Infestation.’” Australians are waking up to the brewing extremism in the prison system and in Muslim communities. Monday night’s attack will only raise more questions about Australia’s problem with homegrown extremists.

Made in Australia

Khayre was, for all intents and purposes, Australian. He arrived in Australia in 1991 at the age of 3. He grew up here. He went to school here. He walked the same streets, ate at the same cafés, and frequented the same beaches as his fellow Australians. And yet Khayre became a murdering terrorist.

It wasn’t like this happened overnight. Many, including Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, are questioning why Khayre hadn’t already been deported. After all, he had an extensive criminal history. In 2007, he was charged with armed robbery. He spent three years in jail for a violent home invasion. He was only released in December last year. He made sure to cut off his tracking device before he carried out his two-hour siege.

But that isn’t all. Khayre was accused of planning a suicide attack against Sydney’s Holsworthy Army Barracks. He was one of five suspects. One other man was acquitted alongside Khayre in 2010. The other three conspirators are currently serving 18 years behind bars. Evidently the prosecutors dropped the ball and someone will be held accountable, but the larger issue is this: Khayre was homegrown.

There are reports that Khayre visited Africa once for what was likely a terrorist training course. But for the most part, Khayre learned all he needed from his base camp in Roxburgh Park. And he received all the encouragement he could have hoped for from the Islamic State.

The attack came weeks after the Islamic State’s publisher called on Muslims in Australia to take hostages by using sites such as Gumtree and eBay to place fake ads and lure potential victims. Khayre’s ploy didn’t stray far from that instruction.

Should I Follow the British Example?

Before the next round of the State of Origin or Australia’s upcoming cricket test series in England takes center stage in the news, everyday Aussies should take stock. If a man wrapped up in terrorist plots, convicted of multiple violent crimes and with a history of bad behavior in prison is still not deported, what should we as a nation do? And what should be our individual response to such atrocities?

Michael Keenan, the minister assisting the prime minister on counterterrorism, recently stated, “Unfortunately, [the Manchester bombing] confirms all the fears we have. This is the most serious terror threat that we have faced in our history. It is important that we are upfront with people about that. I completely understand that this makes people feel deeply uneasy. We don’t want people to change the way they go about their lives, we don’t want people to be afraid; we just want people to be aware.”

What a sad outlook! Don’t change. Just be aware. Just like the Australian police were aware of Khayre’s past, perhaps? Just like British police were aware of the terrorists in Manchester and on the London Bridge. Yes, better to, as the British say, “keep calm and carry on.”

But can we? Can we carry on with life as usual? Is that solving the issue? Look at Londonistan. Australia would do well to heed lessons that have so far been missed by its motherland.

For one, Britain pretends that “keep calm and carry on” is how you defeat knife-wielding maniacs. Australia’s government supports that, at least on a surface level. After the London attack, Foreign Minister Julie Bishop aided Turnbull in a recorded press conference. Unbeknown to the minister, the cameras kept rolling, catching her stating, “I don’t know how many times you are going to have to do this one.” They know what is coming, yet they dejectedly follow the same failing approach as the Brits.

Britain has no consensus on the cause of Islamist terrorism, and therefore lacks any real way to solve it. That is why its leaders settle for a “business as usual” approach. Australia cannot afford to take the same course! Yes, we all agree terrorism is evil, but look at how people balk when you start talking about halting immigration or deporting suspects! Nobody seems willing to walk the walk!

The Solution

“So what can we do?” you might ask. Well, for starters, here are a few places we recommend you visit.

If you’re a fan of radio, listen to Trumpet Daily Radio Show presenter Brad Macdonald’s take on the fundamental cause of Britain’s failure to solve Islamist terrorism.

But maybe you’re more of a reader—you’ve come this far in the article after all. If so, consider reading “London Terrorist Attack: How to Prevent Further Attacks.”

But perhaps you are more of a visual person. Why not watch this short Key of David episode. It aired last year following three deadly terror attacks in America.

While these programs are discussing attacks in America and Britain, they apply just as well to Australia. After all, the Australian government is calling on Australians to do just as our friends in Britain and America have done—just carry on.

As Brad Macdonald wrote in his article “The Deadly ‘Keep Calm and Carry on’ Mentality”:

Today, “keep calm and carry on” is deployed to disengage the British public from reality. Today, “keep calm and carry on” stems from apathy and complacency. It is used to dissuade people from contemplating the truth, from asking tough questions, and from putting in place meaningful solutions. The phrase that once meant keep calm and carry on fighting now means keep calm and carry on sleeping.

Following the latest handiwork of a homegrown Aussie terrorist, will you adopt the same failing approach we have seen in Britain and America? Or, will you learn to—as Brad Macdonald admonished—stop, analyze the events, recognize the mistakes, meditate on the lessons, and then change the behavior that caused the crisis?

This will require you to ask hard and searching questions that most of our leaders are unwilling or unable to ask. But you can! Look to the aforementioned media as a starting point. And remember, “the end of all things is at hand: be ye therefore sober, and watch unto prayer” (1 Peter 4:7).

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If you think the Paris climate accords are about carbon emissions and saving the planet, you have been duped.

President Donald Trump last week announced he was pulling the United States out of the Paris climate-change accords. It has caused widespread, hysterical backlash from all sectors of mass media and the general populace. So many of these critiques point to the apparently apocalyptic effects of climate change.

There are three primary things, however, that the mainstream media isn’t telling you with regards to climate change.

  1. Climate-change research is notoriously biased.

Over the past few decades, since 1989, the U.S. federal government has given $35 billion in climate-change grants to scientists researching its cause and effects. What they don’t tell you is that these grants go to scientists whose studies support the legitimacy of “unnatural” climate change. The other viewpoint is rarely given a voice.

Natural climate change is supported by ice-core, stone-drip, tree-ring, and lake-sediment data. These all support unanimously that the planet naturally goes through thousand-year cycles of heating and cooling.

About 6,000 to 5,000 years ago the planet was in what is called the Holocene climatic optimum. This period is characterized by warmer temperatures than today and corresponds roughly to the time of the biblical character Noah. It was followed by a mini-ice age, the time of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. The Minoan Warm Period, Roman climatic optimum and the Medieval Warming were all separated by mini-ice ages. We are currently in the fifth climatic optimum period.

  1. Climate-change accords are more about revolutionizing the economy than the environment.

When the Paris Agreement was adopted two years ago, United Nations Climate Chief Christiana Figueres stated that this was the first time deliberate revolution of the economic system was going to be attempted since it was instituted. What system has dominated the globe the past 150 years? Free-market capitalism.

Figueres also stated that democracy was a poor political system for fighting global warming. She praised Communist China as being the best model to be able to forcibly control things like carbon emissions.

Most hardcore climate-change activists admit the type of government needed to pass and enforce the restrictions they want is some sort of centralized, socialist government.

  1. Climate change is prophesied in the Bible for the end time.

In Matthew 24:7, Christ told His followers that there would be famines, earthquakes and other “natural” disasters in the end time. In verse 42, Christ told them to watch for these events as they are a sign that His Second Coming is near.

By putting the climate-change label on these disasters, it stops people from realizing what the increase in these events ultimately points to. Please request your free copy of our booklet Why ‘Natural’ Disasters? for more information.


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The Center for Medical Progress (cmp) released another set of shocking undercover videos on May 24 exposing the gruesome reality of the abortion industry. The video contains excerpts of interviews taken by undercover members of cmp at the 2014 and 2015 National Abortion Federation conventions, some of which reveal the disturbing mindset of abortion providers.

“Given that we actually see the fetus the same way, and given that we might actually both agree that there’s violence in here … Let’s just give them all the violence, it’s a person, it’s killing, let’s just give them all that,” Dr. Lisa Harris, medical director of Planned Parenthood of Michigan, can be heard saying in the video.

The video also contains recorded admissions of abortion providers who are illegally trafficking fetal tissue from aborted babies. Dr. Paul Blumenthal, the former medical director for Planned Parenthood of Maryland said, “I know Planned Parenthood sells a lot of stuff [referring to fetal organs] to people.”

Others were recorded admitting to conducting illegal partial-birth abortions. “But we certainly do intact D&Es,” said the director of abortion services for Planned Parenthood, New York City, Dr. Stacy De-Lin. Intact D&Es (dilation and extraction) are another name for partial-birth abortions. They were outlawed in 2003 over concerns on their affect on the mother’s health.

The videos are the latest in a series that appear to confirm illegal activity in the abortion industry. The National Review reported in April:

The recent congressional investigation into the fetal-tissue-trafficking industry uncovered contracts and invoices showing that [Planned Parenthood senior executive Dr. Mary] Gatter’s affiliate, among others, accepted illegal payments from groups like Novogenix for providing baby body parts to researchers. The Novogenix contract, for example, promises Planned Parenthood Los Angeles $45 “per donated specimen.”

Planned Parenthood still refuses to provide records documenting the money they received in total from biotech firms, despite having been referred by Congress to federal, state and local law-enforcement agencies for criminal investigation.

While the courts decide if Planned Parenthood should be charged, they’re sure of one thing: Those who uncovered and exposed Planned Parenthood should be charged. The latest videos have already been erased from YouTube. In March, two members of cmp were charged with 15 felonies for their involvement in secretly recording the conversations with the abortion providers. This included 14 felony counts of unlawfully recording people without their permission as well as one count of conspiracy to invade privacy. State Attorney General Xavier Becerra said his office “will not tolerate the criminal recording of confidential conversations.”

“The right to privacy is a cornerstone of California’s Constitution, and a right that is foundational in a free democratic society,” he said.

Suddenly, the liberal left is a defender of law and rights. This twisted reasoning is at the center of lawlessness in America. While it vehemently defends someone’s right to privacy, it ignores laws that prevent trafficking of fetal tissue or that ban partial-birth abortions. While it determines to uphold the right to abortions, it ignores “that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”

And therein lies the root of the issue: who has endowed these rights to man. If you believe in God, you know that little embryo is a life, and that it will become a born human being, with an incredible potential wrapped up in that life (be sure to request a free copy of The Incredible Human Potential if you don’t have a copy to understand what this potential is). A belief in God means you understand that His law has authority in your life, and that His law states that any kind of murder is outlawed.

But if you believe that man is the originator of those rights, then you believe that man decides what constitutes life. You believe, as is stated in American law, that an embryo only constitutes a life if it’s viable outside the mother’s womb. Otherwise, it’s just a lump of cells. You believe that your rights supersede that of the fetus. That leads you to believe that any action against that fetus is justifiable—even pulling off its legs.

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The Washington Post Gets the Korean War All Wrong

The real history of America’s forgotten war

On July 27, 1953, the forces of the United Nations and South Korea signed an armistice with the armies of China and North Korea, concluding hostilities on the Korean Peninsula. Although combat ceased, there is still the absence of peace. The 38th parallel remains the most heavily armed border in the world. South of that border is one of the most vibrant democracies in all of Asia. North of that border is one of the most repressive regimes in the world.

The results of the Korean War continue to have profound consequences on our modern world. The Communist regime in North Korea is led by a deranged dictator with nuclear weapons and on the brink of having ballistic missiles. At the heart of the problem is the idealistic hatred North Korea harbors against America. Where did that animosity originate?

According to Anna Fifield at the Washington Post, American actions during the Korean War helped shape the violent narrative North Korea preaches. In her article “Why Does North Korea Hate the United States? Let’s Go Back to the Korean War, Fifield wrote:

Any day of the week, the North Korean propaganda machine can be relied upon to spew out anti-American vitriol using some formulation of “imperialist” and “aggressor” and “hostile.” …

Kindergartens and child-care centers are decorated with animals holding grenades and machine guns. Cartoons show plucky squirrel soldiers (North Koreans) triumphing over the cunning wolves (Americans).

“North Koreans live in a war mentality, and this anti-American propaganda is war-time propaganda,” said Tatiana Gabroussenko, an expert in North Korean propaganda who teaches at Korea University in Seoul.

The thing is: There is some element of truth to the North Korean version of events. It’s only a kernel, and it is grossly exaggerated, but North Koreans remember very well what most Americans have forgotten (or never knew): that the Korean War was a brutal one.

The truth is, there is no kernel of truth in “the North Korean version of events.” The Korean War was a brutal, bloody conflict, but it was all precipitated by Communist aggression. The brutality meted out by the Communist forces was answered by American troops with cold steel and firepower. This apologetic tone of history is all too common in our society. There is no need to apologize for how America waged the Korean War.

The hateful regime in North Korea was not created by too much American force, but by not using enough force. History reveals America’s greatest fault during the Korean War was simply not having the will to achieve ultimate victory.

Origins of the War

No war can be properly understood without understanding why it began. The scenario on the Korean Peninsula was created from the alliance between the Soviet Union and the United States, and by the collapse of Japan. Fifiled wrote:

The Korean Peninsula, previously occupied by Japan, was divided at the end of World War ii. Dean Rusk—an Army colonel at the time, who went on to become secretary of state—got a map and basically drew a line across at the 38th parallel. To the Americans’ surprise, the Soviet Union agreed to the line, and the Communist-backed North and the American-backed South were established in 1948 as a “temporary measure.”

On June 25, 1950, Kim Il Sung, installed by the Soviets to lead North Korea, decided to try to reunify the peninsula by force, invading the South. (Although in the North Korean version of events, the South and their imperialist patrons started it.)

The push south was surprisingly successful until Gen. Douglas MacArthur landed his troops on the mudflats at Incheon, sending the northern troops back. Then the Chinese got involved, managing to push them back to roughly where they started, on the 38th parallel.

In this rather brief overview of events, Fifield leaves out a vital fact: the involvement of Joseph Stalin in causing the invasion of Kim Il Sung. The Korean War was not merely a war over Communist nationalism, but was part of the ussr’s world strategy. Max Hastings writes in his book The Korean War:

By any reasonable measure, Kim Il Sung’s invasion of June 1950 was an unprovoked act of raw aggression, which the South lacked the means to resist. If the Soviets did not directly encourage the invasion, it could not have been carried out without their consent. From Moscow’s perspective, the invasion of South Korea can be regarded—as it was interpreted in Washington at the time—as an experiment. If the Americans merely abandoned their puppets, so much the better. Even if they did not, it is unlikely that the Russians anticipated an American reaction on the scale that in reality took place.

With Europe gripped in a Cold War deadlock, Stalin was testing the resolve of President Harry Truman. Kim Il Sung was in power by the will of Stalin, and North Korea was shaped in the monstrous image of Stalinist Russia. This transformation included adopting the idealistic hate all Communists have toward the United States and the West. This is the seed of their current anti-American narrative, and it was planted well before hostilities broke out. If this key point is skipped, the origins of North Korea’s narrative can be misplaced.

President Truman reacted much more strongly than Stalin expected, and a “policing action” was launched with the legendary General MacArthur leading the UN forces. The war continued to escalate beyond what Stalin, Truman and MacArthur anticipated.

The Air Campaign

One of the sore points many apologists have with any American war is the destruction caused by air campaigns. North Korea was subjected to a terrible onslaught as Fifield pointed out:

The United States dropped 635,000 tons of bombs in Korea, not counting the 32,557 tons of napalm, Bruce Cumings, a University of Chicago professor who’s written several books on North Korea, wrote in The Korean War: A History. This compared with 503,000 tons in the entire Pacific theater in World War ii.

“If we keep on tearing the place apart, we can make it a most unpopular affair for the North Koreans,” Defense Secretary Robert Lovett said after the napalm and aerial bombing campaigns of 1950 and 1951, according to Cumings. “We ought to go right ahead,” Lovett said.

This leveled most cities in the North. Since North Korea is a low-technology country with only a handful of industrial targets, it had fewer obvious targets. Many civilians died in the bombing raids, but Max Hastings makes an extremely important point:

No one could seriously dispute that to be bombed was a deeply distressing experience, and UN strategic bombing added greatly to the Communists’ difficulties in sustaining the war. But of all governments upon Earth, those in Peking [Beijing] and Pyongyang were among the least likely to be deterred from continuing a commitment to the conflict merely because of the distress it caused to their peoples.

If the casualties are viewed through the narrow perspective of the air war, it is easy to think that American airpower was over the top. The full view of history, however, gives a different picture. The North Korean and Chinese regimes had a complete disregard for human life that stupefied the American, British and Canadian soldiers they faced. The disregard was displayed on the battlefield, but also toward their own people, whom they viewed as cannon fodder.

An Occupation of Devastation

Starting with the disaster of Task Force Smith, it was clear that five years of demobilization had left America completely unprepared for war. The North Korean Army pushed the UN forces into the Pusan Perimeter. While General MacArthur prepared for his brilliant landing at Inchon, the North Koreans ruled over the South. Many South Koreans treated this as liberation, thinking that Kim Il Sung would be fairer than Syngman Rhee, South Korea’s leader. Hastings points out those fantasies quickly dissolved:

For many South Koreans, the process of discovering the meaning of Communist liberation was extended through the four months that Kim Il Sung’s army occupied their country. It is difficult to overemphasize the importance of this period in the subsequent history of Korea. In the years between 1945 and 1950, many of those living under the regime of Syngman Rhee were dismayed and disgusted by the corruption and injustice that the old president came to represent. For all the rumors filtering down from the North, about land reform and political education, there seemed no reason to imagine that life under Kim Il Sung was any worse than under Syngman Rhee. The two vicious totalitarians appeared to have much in common. Even when the invasion came in June 1950, in the words of the young bank clerk’s son Minh Pyong Kyu, “We still did not realize that this was a catastrophe for us.” Syngman Rhee’s creatures conducted some odious killings of alleged Communist sympathizers as they fled south. Yet the behavior of the North Koreans in their four months of dominance of the South, their ghastly brutalities and wholesale murders of their enemies, decisively persuaded most inhabitants of the country that whatever the shortcomings of Syngman Rhee, nothing could be as appalling as Communist tyranny.

The government of Kim Il Sung descended like a black cloud over South Korea, threatening to choke the life out of the population. In those four months of North Korean occupation, the UN estimated that 26,000 South Koreans were murdered, with 5,000 discovered in the city of Taejon alone. While the air war against North Korea may have been terrible, it does not compare to systematic murder. The moral legitimacy of the Korean War cannot be questioned, and all of this happened before the most brutal fighting ensued.

War Turns North, and South

At Inchon, the 1st Marine Division landed unopposed, catching the North Koreans off guard and cutting off their retreat and communications. Many told MacArthur it was an impossible operation, yet it remains the most brilliant stroke of his career. Unfortunately, the magic of Inchon was only the beginning of the war.

MacArthur pressed north, crossing the 38th parallel with the full support of President Truman and the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Soon enough, almost all of North Korea was under UN control. As UN forces were approaching the Yalu River, which borders Communist China, the Chinese government issued several warnings that went unheeded by all American military and civilian leaders. General MacArthur promised that the Chinese would not intervene, and if they did, we would defeat them too.

In November of 1950, around 40,000 Chinese troops poured over the Yalu River, with 700,000 more in reserve, pushing the 8th Army to retreat and forcing the 1st Marine Division into the legendary battle at the Chosin Reservoir. It was at this moment in the war, the winter crisis of 1950, that the fiercest fighting of the war began, and the Americans quickly found out how courageous and savage the Communist armies could be.

Knowing the combat experiences of the American, British and Canadian troops in Korea is essential to understanding the Korean War and the nature of North Korea. The troops in the UN forces had to fight with equal ferocity to survive. In his analysis of the wartime experiences of U.S. troops titled American Soldiers, Peter Kindsvatter wrote:

The next Asian foes to seem especially heedless of life were the Chinese during the Korean War. Although lurid accounts of human-wave attacks by screaming, fanatical Chinese have been overdone, the Chinese did often press their assaults with seemingly suicidal determination, according to the war correspondent Marguerite Higgins: “They frequently seemed to care very little for life and were willing to die unquestioningly. They would keep right on surging toward a target even though wave after wave of them were blown up in the process.”

The Chinese forces, and the reinvigorated North Korean forces, surged south with bold, suicidal frontal assaults that would either overwhelm the enemy or be decisively stopped. Usually, it would be decided in close-quarters combat. Kindsvatter describes one such attack:

Hand-to-hand combat was common fare in the Korean War. Cpl. Joe Scheuber’s description of a Chinese night assault captures how vicious this type of combat could be: “The fighting was heavy and confused. I turned to look back, hoping that some more of our people might be coming up to reinforce us. As I did, an enemy soldier shot my steel helmet off my head. I hit the ground and lost my rifle. I grabbed a grenade and threw it, never hearing it explode, though it must have. I saw the [South] Korean soldier who had been with me in the foxhole run his bayonet into a Chinese. There was a tremendous amount of noise and confusion, with bullets flying in every direction.”

It was in the foxholes, trenches and mountain passes of Korea that bitterness swelled between the two sides. Many Americans also learned that it was far better to fight to the death than to surrender to the Communists. Kindsvatter continues:

Soldiers captured by the North Koreans were often tortured, killed and their bodies mutilated. Mass executions of American prisoners occurred, and many more died from starvation and maltreatment. The Chinese exhibited less outright brutality and committed fewer atrocities than the North Koreans, but their treatment of prisoners was also far from humane, especially during the first winter of the war.

If any nation should be embittered by the Korean War, it should be the U.S. It is ridiculous to think that North Koreans have any justification in their hatred for America when they instigated a conflict that killed around 4 million people, most of them Koreans, and displayed no humanity by committing atrocities that created a terrible cycle of violence. As Kindsvatter explains:

The American soldier expected his enemy to fight by the same rules, or norms, that he did. To some extent these rules were formalized by various Hague and Geneva conventions, but in any case reflected the American soldiers sense of what was fair and proper. …

Once the American soldier perceived that the enemy was regularly violating these norms by killing or torturing prisoners, mutilating corpses, or firing on medical personnel, however, he retaliated out of anger and a desire for revenge. A vicious downward spiral into brutality could then occur, with each side reacting to the other’s atrocities.

American troops and airmen did kill Korean civilians, either out of the suspicion they were soldiers in disguise, or they were caught in the crossfire of strafing runs. It was a terrible war, forgotten by most Americans, but not forgotten by the veterans and families who sacrificed so much to defeat an evil regime. But perhaps Korea should be called “the forgotten war” most of all because it was caused by forgetting the one true God.

No Substitute for Victory

After the Chinese intervened in the conflict, General MacArthur succumbed to hubris. He was sacked for defying President Truman’s directions, and for writing political opinions to members of the Republican opposition. The most famous one to Rep. Joseph Martin ended with the phrase: “There is no substitute for victory.” Although MacArthur’s conduct was wrong in many ways, this sentiment is absolutely right.

Matthew Ridgway took command, and was able to salvage the war and stop the advance of the Communists around the 38th parallel. While this saved South Korea from the Communists, it did not resolve the issue. Ridgway advised against a renewed offensive, and Truman agreed since it would be fraught with risk and would involve many casualties. They also realized that the American people would not support another offensive. If there is anything America should apologize for from the Korean War, it is for not ending the reign of Kim Il Sung. It is the North Korean people who have suffered the most, as Hastings writes:

The people of North Korea have paid the bitterest price of all for Kim Il Sung’s adventure in June 1950. To this day they remain prisoners of the aging obsessive, perhaps demented old dictator in one of the most backward societies in Asia …. North Korea exists in pitiful isolation, a society dominated by poverty and the cult of Kim Il Sung.

The cult and bitterness of the Kims’ have continued, now under the reign of Kim Jong-un. What makes many people today question the wisdom of Truman and Ridgway is that North Korea now has nuclear weapons, which makes any military intervention much more complicated.

The hatred North Korea harbors towards America is a combination of Stalinist idealism and justification: the Kims must stay legitimate by focusing on an enemy. However, Fifield and the Washington Post get it wrong because they do not realize that the Korean War was a barometer of American morality and a watershed moment in Bible prophecy.

In an August 1950 Plain Truth, Herbert W. Armstrong wrote:

Stalin, bent on complete world domination, as part of his plan to wear the United States down, sap our strength, maneuver events to a place where America is so weakened, and Russia so strengthened, that the final death blow may be dealt, chose Korea as the field for a most important test case.

He chose Korea because it is the only spot on Earth where he could do this without risk to himself. … Since the United States did not win a quick decisive victory, Stalin is going to win, no matter which way it goes from here.

Korea was a test of America willpower, and although President Truman responded with more force than Stalin bargained for, it was not enough. North Korea exists today because of the limited war Truman chose to implement against the Chinese. This was mainly done in the fear of a Soviet response with nuclear weapons or an invasion of Western Europe. Stalin maneuvered the United States into an impossible situation: fight a total war like General MacArthur advocated and risk a nuclear response, or fight a limited war and try to contain your enemies, rather than defeat them.

This was a turning point in American history, as Mr. Armstrong pointed out in an October 1961 Plain Truth: “The United States of America has won its last war!” The wars fought since the end of World War ii have ended in stalemate, withdraw or defeat. The Korean War was the beginning of this curse against America because the American people had forgotten God. America did not have enough faith in God to defeat our enemies, and today the situation is spiraling into a nuclear catastrophe.

North Korea’s idealistic hatred of the United States was not created from American firepower. North Korea is a monstrous child of Stalinist Russia, and was specifically created to wage the Communist war against the United States. Stalin died long ago, but North Korea remains, more dangerous than ever. The troops who fought in Korea fought valiantly, and bitterly, to end tyranny, and there should be no apology for that sacrifice. Hindsight allows us to see how tragic it was to fight a half war and to be content with containing North Korea. America essentially lost control of Asia in the winter of 1950, and the entire debacle was a reflection of national morality.

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