Race to War

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Race to War

Throwing gasoline on the flames of racial division
From the May 2012 Trumpet Print Edition

Everywhere we look, we see ethnic division and racial hatred accompanied by gruesome acts of violence and war. And it is intensifying! It seems as if we are reminded daily that man’s never-ending attempt to solve the problems of this world—apart from God and His immutable laws—has utterly failed! The “solutions” men propose only incite more violence and more hatred. Soon, these simmering tensions, passions and hatreds will boil over into full-scale race wars!

God has warned about all of this well in advance of it actually happening, which is why the Trumpet follows these disturbing trends so closely.

Our March Trumpet issue, for example, featured an article on the race bomb recently ignited by Attorney General Eric Holder over the Fast and Furious gun-running scandal. At least 300 Mexicans and one federal agent have been killed with Fast and Furious weapons. But according to Mr. Holder, those searching for facts about the ill-intentioned operation and the disgraceful cover-up that followed are motivated more by racism than by getting to the bottom of the scandal. This isn’t the first time the Obama administration has used the race card to shield itself against criticism—and it probably won’t be the last.

This same race card is also frequently used as a weapon. In March, for example, the Department of Justice hopped into the middle of a raging controversy over the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin, a black teenager, in Sanford, Florida. Even before the facts in the case had been revealed, the left-wing media and race-baiting civil rights groups stepped in front of the microphone and rendered a guilty verdict. The black victim was unarmed, on his way back from buying candy at a convenience store, when the “white” perpetrator shot him in cold blood—because he was black.

In fact, the shooter was a Hispanic man named George Zimmerman. He was a “Neighborhood Watch” volunteer patrolling a gated community that had suffered a recent spate of break-ins and robberies. After seeing the black youth, Zimmerman dialed 911 and told the dispatcher that Martin looked suspicious—a call you wouldn’t expect a cold-blooded killer to make.

At some point after he telephoned the police, Zimmerman and Martin got into a fistfight, which then led to Zimmerman drawing his gun and firing the fatal shot. The shooter maintains that he fired in self-defense, which, if he is telling the truth, is lawful according to Florida’s “stand your ground” law—a provision that allows people to use deadly force if they are in a life-threatening altercation.

According to the Sanford Chief of Police Bill Lee, who resigned temporarily under heavy pressure from civil rights groups, the attack happened after Zimmerman had lost sight of the youth and was returning to his sport utility vehicle to meet with the police officer who had been dispatched to the scene. Zimmerman’s story, the police chief insists, was “supported by physical evidence and testimony.”

None of these details, however, prevented the race-obsessed liberal media, civil rights leaders like Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson—even the White House—from fueling the inferno of racial hatred across the United States.

“If I had a son, he’d look like Trayvon,” President Obama said, stressing the racial component of this controversial case. In fact, in order for the Department of Justice to even prosecute the case, Zimmerman needs to be a racist for the death to be considered a hate crime.

“I, personally, really truly believe this is a hate crime,” Rep. Maxine Waters said during a television interview on March 28. Her colleague, Illinois Democrat Bobby Rush, caused a chaotic scene on the House floor when, in a despicable show of race-baiting, he removed his suit jacket to reveal a grey hoodie, similar to the one Trayvon wore the night he was shot.

“Too often, this violent act that resulted in the murder of Trayvon Martin is repeated in the streets of our nation,” Rush said before pulling the hood over his head and donning sunglasses. He applauded those who were wearing hoodies to make a statement about the real hoodlums in society—presumably white people who are hunting down blacks.

“Blacks are under attack,” Jesse Jackson told the Los Angeles Times. We may have thought we were moving beyond racism when we elected President Obama, Jackson explained. But Obama’s victory triggered a tremendous backlash. Targeting, arresting, convicting and even killing blacks is still “big business” in America, he said.

So blacks better fight back. That’s the message coming through loud and clear from their leaders and from those who amplify that message for all to hear.

The real significance of the Trayvon Martin case isn’t whether the shooting was racially motivated or not—or if the watchman acted in self-defense. The real significance is that media outlets, black activists, celebrities and even leaders in government are collectively using this incident—whether they realize it or not—to incite race wars!

Breakdown in the Black Community

Of course, many young blacks in America are being attacked—it’s just that their attackers come from the black community, as a few lone voices in the media have courageously pointed out. Ninety-three percent of black murder victims in America are killed by other blacks.

“The epidemic is truly black-on-black crime,” says C.L. Bryant, former leader of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. Bryant said Trayvon Martin’s family should be outraged that liberal politicians and black leaders are using the Florida shooting to inflame racial passions.

“The greatest danger to the lives of young black men are young black men,” Bryant told The Daily Caller.In fact, if you look at murder rates across the board, you find that 53 percent of the homicide suspects are black—according to Eric Holder’s Department of Justice. With blacks comprising just 13 percent of America’s population, one would hope media outlets across the nation would be sounding the alarm about the near-total breakdown of the traditional family within black communities. But unless there is a white-on-black angle to the tragedy, the media’s coverage is dispassionate at best—assuming it’s even covered at all.

Consider the case of Allen Coon, a white youth from the Midwest who was nearly burned to death by two blacks. It happened within days of the Trayvon Martin shooting.

“You get what you deserve, white boy,” one of the attackers said to Coon, after dousing him with gasoline and setting him on fire. Coon managed to save his life by smothering his burning head with the shirt he was wearing.

His mother told columnist Selwyn Duke that the vicious attack was just the violent culmination of the incessant racial harassment her son had been subjected to ever since he enrolled in the predominantly black school on the east side of Kansas City.

“Even more damning,” Duke wrote, “is that multiple educators were complicit in the harassment” (emphasis added throughout).

Outside of Kansas City, the media coverage of this politically incorrect hate crime was sparse, to say the least. And aside from a few outspoken voices, local media and law enforcement officials in Kansas City downplayed the obvious racial component to this crime. Some even went so far as to ignore the fact that the perpetrators were black.

During his interview with Coon’s mother, Duke got the distinct impression that local law enforcement officials were steering clear of any hate-crime charges for fear of setting off a “powder keg.”

But by not applying hate crime laws equally, big media and law enforcement officials are only adding more explosives to the powder keg. Whites will resent the double standard and begin taking matters into their own hands. And blacks, viewing themselves as the only ethnic group in America routinely victimized by racism, will feel justified in lashing out at whites.

Worldwide Epidemic

“This is no light matter to pass over casually,” Herbert W. Armstrong wrote way back in October 1963. “Race war is coming! Racial tensions, passions and hatreds are being deliberately stirred by organized planning. It will explode into mass violence that will stagger the imagination! It will be whipped into an accelerating crescendo until human blood runs like rivers!” (Plain Truth).

Yes, it is coming. And it’s not just a local matter, Mr. Armstrong stressed. It’s a worldwide evil!

Look at Afghanistan. Remember the widespread anti-American protests in February after reports of a Koran burning on a U.S. military base? Those protests sparked several incidents of violence that left 30 Afghans and six U.S. service members dead. In one case, two U.S. servicemen were shot from behind by a supposed Afghan ally.

A few days later, a U.S. Army staff sergeant left his post in the Kandahar Province and went on a barbaric shooting spree in nearby villages, murdering 17 Afghanis, including 9 children. This random act of senseless brutality prompted Afghanistan’s President Hamid Karzai to call on Afghanis to pray for God to deliver his nation from the American “demons.”

After more than a decade of fighting alongside Afghans in the war against terrorism, tensions between Americans and Afghanis could not be worse.

Then there was the Toulouse massacre in France on March 19. The killer was a jihadist named Mohammed Merah, who wanted to post his genocidal rampage on the Internet. So before attacking a Jewish school in Toulouse, he strapped video equipment around his neck and then proceeded to execute as many Jews as he could find.

The first three victims he gunned down were a rabbi who taught at the school and his two sons—Aryeh, age 6, and Gavriel, who was 3.

After mowing down the father and sons, Mohammed then took off across the school playground, chasing after little Miriam Monsonego—a blond-headed, 8-year-old girl, screaming for her life. After catching up to the helpless child, he then videotaped himself shooting her in the head three times.

He filmed it all, as Caroline Glick noted, because he “took pride in killing Jewish children.” And beyond that, “he was certain that millions of people would be heartened by his crime. By watching him shoot the life out of Jewish children, they would be inspired to repeat his actions elsewhere.”

Given the popularity of such videos on jihadist websites, it’s hard to argue with Glick’s conclusion.

After the gruesome attack, Israeli Member of the Knesset Ya’akov Katz called on the 600,000 Jews living in France to leave France. “There is no Jewish future in France,” Katz said, adding that Jews should not trust their fate to “Sarkozy, Obama or other world leaders.”

This, keep in mind, is not some gruesome tale from the Dark Ages or some backward Third World nation. Jews in Francein the 21st century—are being encouraged to flee the country because racial hatred and violence is intensifying!

After the school shooting, by the way, French authorities quickly connected the attack to one that happened a few days earlier—another shooting that left three black French paratroopers dead.

Media coverage of this appalling incident also followed a predictably shameful pattern. Since the victims were Jews and blacks, the initial reporting suggested the perpetrator must have been a right-wing Caucasian. After we learned that the perpetrator was an Islamic jihadist—one with links to al Qaeda—Western media outlets rushed to the defense of Islam by parroting the deranged propaganda we hear daily on Arab networks like Al Jazeera: that Israel deliberately targets Palestinian children too!

And so the terrorist named Mohammed was somewhat justified when he took aim at those three little children. At least that’s what we’re told by the ignorant apologists who control the flow of misinformation coming out of most news organizations.

This diabolical discourse is accelerating the cancerous spread of racial hatred. The Bible says it will ultimately lead to the virtual annihilation of entire peoples. Study Ezekiel 5:1-12, Jeremiah 25:30-33, Isaiah 24:1-6, Matthew 24:21-22 and Revelation 16 and 18.

We are living in a tinderbox loaded with a lethal mixture of hatred, violence and every imaginable evil—and it’s about to explode in our faces!

This is why God must intervene supernaturally in the affairs of mankind—a prophesied reality that most people, even in the religious world, simply refuse to believe. But it is true—and it will happen.

Jesus Christ will soon intervene in world affairs and stop mankind from committing suicide! Isn’t it about time you learned much more about why this world is the way it is—and how God intends to forcefully establish law-abiding order in this chaotic, hate-filled world? If you want answers to life’s most important questions—answers retrieved from the pages of your own Bible—then request your free copy of Herbert W. Armstrong’s eye-opening work Mystery of the Ages.