Can God Protect us From Nukes?
An In-Depth Examination of the Morality of Preemptive War
Author’s note: The propaganda required to motivate nations to war one against another is full of lies and inspires hate. I hope that as you personally explore our situation that you will seek council from the scriptures and from the Lord directly through the Holy Ghost. The spirit of contention is not from God. As it says in Ecclesiastes, there is a time and a season for war. If we get this right it will help us avoid being stained by the blood and sins of this generation.
This is the fifth article in a series of seven.
Can God Protect us from Nukes?
An In-Depth Examination of the Morality of Preemptive War
- The Rationale for Preemptive War
- The Fruit of our Actions
- Logical Fallacies
- Is Doing Nothing a Valid Option?
- Modern Weapons, Modern Media & Terrorism
- What God has Done
- Will God Save Us?
Part 5 – Modern Weapons, Modern Media & Terrorism
Should the threat of weapons of mass destruction change our principles?
I must not fear.
Fear is the mind-killer.
Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration.
I will face my fear.
I will permit it to pass over me and through me.
And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path.
Where the fear has gone there will be nothing.
Only I will remain.
Frank Herbert, Dune 1965
As previously discussed, we as a nation changed our principles after 9/11/2001. The stated reason was the idea that rogue and unpredictable despots or secretive groups will unleash a nuclear weapon or other unfathomable evil upon us if we do not take preemptive action. The purpose of this article is to address the nature of the threat, our unreliable sources of information, and the irrationality of our fears.
Fear IS the mind
killer. The goal of terrorism is to create fear to induce a reaction. So what
then is the reaction that they seek? The most common terrorism we have seen in
the past 50 years is related to the volatile situation in the
We must also consider the irrationality of the terrorists and their
inconsistency. Considering their supposed goals and the porous US / Mexican
border, these terrorists are not very smart. There’s a litany of ideas that the
purported masterminds would have considered. For example: bombing the power
lines that feed
It is a little known fact that you are more likely to die by a bee sting, than at the hands of a terrorist. If we were to base our actions on per-capita deaths, we should be warring against driving automobiles, heart disease, malpractice of doctors etc. but not against bees and terrorists. Another good example is shark attacks. Anytime someone gets bitten by a shark it makes the news. It induces fear. It sells advertising. Still it would be irrational to declare war on sharks and bees.
There are multiple levels to the modern media deception. Controversy is its own coinage. (Glenn
Beck) Fear and conflict sells advertising. So right off the bat all media
should be distrusted simply because of its obvious profit motive. This is
especially critical when dealing with such serious matters as war. But war is a
money maker in a much larger way than advertising. General Electric, who owns
(but is divesting) NBC, has a very large stake in the manufacturing of weapons
systems and related parts. Additionally the company received millions (perhaps
billions) in “stimulus” payments from the Obama
administration. So there are obvious political connections as well. GE is only
one of the octopuses of media conglomerates. In the
To illustrate the problem let us examine one of the main
“evidences” used to justify attacking
The Jerusalem Post is getting a lot of mileage out of that
one comment. In fact the entire Military-Industrial-Media complex is getting a
lot of mileage out of it. The 2005 speech is a key source supporting the
Steele claims that the "page of time" phrase, along with the rest of
his translation, suggests that the Iranian president was expressing a desire
for an end to Israeli occupation at some point in the future. "He was not
threatening an Iranian-initiated war to remove Israeli control over
There is also more discussion to be had surrounding the
context of the use of the word “annihilation.” In context he is calling for
regime change, something our leaders are apt to do quite often. Unfortunately here
I think that most people distrust media on a significant level, yet we still tend to gravitate to those sources that most often say what we want to hear. If we lean right there are many options, if we lean left media has that too and in spades. Due to the amount of corruption involved, we really should distrust all of it. The adversary has been highly successful in embedding evil into both the mainstream liberal and conservative worldviews. If we pick either one, we are damned. It is an expert gambit Lucifer has played.
We ought to liken the scriptures to ourselves. Our modern media machine is a beast the likes of which the world has never seen. A solid comparison is that of Lehi’s dream. (1 Nephi chapters 8 and 11-14) In a 2006 talk entitled Lehi’s Dream and You, Elder Boyd K. Packer explained, “Largely because of television, instead of looking over into that spacious building, we are, in effect, living inside of it. That is your fate in this generation. You are living in that great and spacious building.” The mists of darkness are swirling around the globe obscuring truth and funneling men onto diverse paths and into the spacious building, largely due to modern media.
The Lamanites faced similar propaganda problems when Amalickiah usurped the kingship. Although less insidious and complex, their equivalent was the men on the towers who stirred up the people to war.
Alma 48:1 And now it came to pass that, as soon as Amalickiah had obtained the kingdom he began to inspire the hearts of the Lamanites against the people of Nephi; yea, he did appoint men to speak unto the Lamanites from their towers, against the Nephites.
2 And thus he did inspire their hearts against the Nephites, insomuch that in the latter end of the nineteenth year of the reign of the judges, he having accomplished his designs thus far, yea, having been made king over the Lamanites, he sought also to reign over all the land, yea, and all the people who were in the land, the Nephites as well as the Lamanites.
3 Therefore he had accomplished his design, for he had hardened the hearts of the Lamanites and blinded their minds, and stirred them up to anger, insomuch that he had gathered together a numerous host to go to battle against the Nephites.
In another symbolic proclamation Elder Packer indicated that our youth have been “raised in enemy territory.” (General Conference Oct. 2011) I’ve written extensively about Amalickiah’s activities among the Lamanites in an article entitled Amalickiah: The Model Scheming Leader.
Enter WMD. Modern media has the public convinced that terrorists will obtain and use WMD. WMD is the Pavlovian prompt, the hypnotist’s pocket-watch if you will. In society it elicits an almost “programmed” response. It has been a theme in movies for decades. It is most definitely a sobering thought. But any nation possessing WMD might use WMD. Yet we do not attack them. Historically we have held back even when faced with the most evil of dictators such as Stalin and Mao.
Biological warfare is another hot topic. It is a valid concern also but it should not lead us to unjust and irrational action. We face many threats living in this world. Pharmaceutical companies could accidentally unleash a plague upon us. CERN (European Laboratory for Particle Physics) might accidentally create a black hole and disintegrate the earth. These are all possibilities but do not merit irrational response. Even if any of these events did occur, they do not merit abandoning our moral principles. They do not merit abandoning our God given rights and liberties.
The mainstream mind has been killed by fear. The truth is that modern media has sold us a bill of goods. The goal of terrorism is not what is commonly believed by the mainstream. The terrorists of 9/11/2001 achieved their goals. Look back at the last 11 years and honestly admit what we have sacrificed. Look at what we have done to ourselves and others; all due to fear and a desire for revenge. Our national debts have skyrocketed. We have invaded many sovereign nations. We have shredded the Bill of Rights. We have unleashed a police state upon ourselves. We created the conditions where an openly socialistic malefactor gained the Presidency. Worse is to come.
As we previously discussed, James Madison’s warning should
be ringing in our ears. “No nation could
preserve its freedom in the midst of continual warfare.”
Palms 23:4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
Please do not succumb to the fear based media of our day. Those who have read the Book of Mormon should know where to look for their salvation. Please prayerfully consider these concepts as you examine the world we live in.