Two Minutes to Midnight

Posted: April 14, 2018 in war, World War II
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United Kingdom Vs Russia Concept Flags

On the front page of Thursday’s newspapers, under the headline “May’s Great Gamble,” the British public were informed that Theresa May, the current Prime Minister, was about to make a mistake not dissimilar to the one that Neville Chamberlain made in March 1939. Apparently, May was about to set our country on a course that could very well end up in a world war. It was reported that May had ordered British submarines armed with Tomahawk cruise missiles to move within range of Syria, so that Britain could participate in an American-led attack in that country.As we now know, Britain went ahead and participated in those attacks.2

On 31st March 1939, Chamberlain stood in the House of Commons and made one of the worst political blunders in British history:

In the event of any action which clearly threatened Polish independence, and which the Polish Government accordingly considered it vital to resist with their national forces, His Majesty’s Government would feel themselves bound at once to lend the Polish Government all support in their power.  They have given the Polish Government an assurance to this effect. I may add that the French Government have authorised me to make it plain that they stand in the same position in this matter as do His Majesty’s Government.3

At the subsequent debate in the House of Commons, the former Prime Minister David Lloyd George said:

The Prime Minister said to-day that he has spoken plain words. That is not enough. You must make it clear that you have the means of implementing those words. There are two objects you must have in view. One, of course, is that if Herr Hitler does march you will be able to meet him and beat him. The other is even more important, and that is that you should make it quite clear to him that you can do it. Then he will not attack. Is it clear? If war occurred to-morrow, you could not send a single battalion to Poland. Let us speak quite frankly. France could not. She would be confronted with fortifications which are infinitely more formidable than the Hindenburg line, which took us four years to break through, with casualties running into millions. [Interruption.] I am sorry to speak what is unpalatable, but I owe a duty to myself and to the country.

I cannot understand why, before committing ourselves to this tremendous enterprise, we did not secure beforehand the adhesion of Russia. […] I ask the Government to take immediate steps to secure the adhesion of Russia in a fraternity, an alliance, an agreement, a pact, it does not matter what it is called so long as it is an understanding to stand together against the aggressor. Apart from that we have undertaken a frightful gamble, a very risky gamble.4

In the years immediately prior to Chamberlain’s unsolicited war guarantee, the first priority in the British government’s military plan had been to create a defensive air force to protect the country from German bombers. The second priority, according to the British government, had been to develop the Navy in order to protect Britain’s trade routes. The third priority had been to maintain an Army for “Imperial Police Duties” overseas. Last on the list of British priorities was “co-operation in the defence of the territories of any allies we may have in war.”5

So Britain did not have the military capability to stop the Wehrmacht from invading Poland. As the British Chiefs of Staff had reported as early as 1937, a war with Germany would have to be “a long war”. Britain would have to resist an initial German attack (on Britain, not Poland), then use the industrial and economic power of the Empire to build up British forces, before finally launching a counter-attack. As the Chiefs of Staff stated, the military intervention of Russia, and material assistance from America “would go far towards making the Allied counter-offensive possible.”6

After the British government made their unsolicited war guarantee to Poland, they tried to get the Soviet Union onside, but that was never going to happen. In a speech in Moscow on 10th March, Josef Stalin had stated that he would “not allow our country to be drawn into conflicts by warmongers who are accustomed to have others pull the chestnuts out of the fire for them.”7

There was nothing inevitable about Britain’s involvement in a world war. After Halifax visited the top Nazis in November 19378 and let them know that Britain had no issues with “alterations in the European order” involving Austria, Czechoslovakia and Danzig, Germany approached Poland and suggested that the two countries join forces against the Soviet Union. In January 1939, Hitler told Josef Beck, the Polish Foreign Minister, that “Purely from the military point of view the existence of a strong Polish Army meant a considerable easing of Germany’s position; the divisions stationed by Poland at the Russian frontier saved Germany just so much additional military expenditure.”9 As we now know, Germany did not invade the Soviet Union until 22nd June 1941, but once the war on the Eastern Front started, it dragged on for years, and bled the Wehrmacht close to death. As Churchill himself acknowledged at the Kremlin in 1944, “I have always believed that it is the Red Army that has torn the guts out of the filthy Nazis.”10

What would have happened if the British government had not issued an unsolicited war guarantee on 31st March 1939, but had instead pressured the Poles to do two things: Live up to the principle of self-determination and allow the people of Danzig to choose which flag flew over their town, and let the Germans build a road to East Prussia?

It is possible that the situation would have stabilised enough to avoid a world war. The Poles may have realised that taking on the Wehrmacht in order to prevent the people of Danzig from choosing the form of government under which they were to live was not a rational course of action. And if the Germans wanted to build a road to East Prussia, then there was no good reason to refuse permission for such a project. If the Poles had relented on these two points, then the German invasion of Western Poland on 1st September and the Soviet invasion of Eastern Poland on 17th September may never have happened. Britain and France would not have been in the position where they had to declare war on Germany in September 1939. Hitler could have ignored Western Europe altogether, and sent the forces of the Wehrmacht to the East, in pursuit of the ultimate goal of achieving Lebensraum for the German people.

Hitler had said in Mein Kampf that:

The foreign policy of a volkish State must first of all bear in mind the obligation to secure the existence of the race incorporated in this State. This must be done by establishing a healthy and natural relationship between the number and growth of the population on the one hand, and the extent and quality of its soil on the other. […] However, when we speak of new land in Europe today we must principally bear in mind Russia and the border states subject to her. Destiny itself seems to wish to point the way for us here.11

When the former American President, Herbert Hoover, visited Britain in 1938 he was invited to meet the Prime Minister. In the course of their conversation, Hoover told Chamberlain:

Now the face of Germany is turned east. They are a land people; they demand more space and natural resources to exploit with their expanding people. Being land hungry, the only great land expanses open to them are in Russia and the Balkans. Add to all this an underlying desire for revenge, a revival of German unification, dictatorship, growing armies, the urge to destroy Communism, and Hitler’s unstable character. These are bound to explode sometime. My hunch is that another Armageddon is coming. My hope is that if it comes, it will be on the Plains of Russia, not on the Frontiers of France.12

If Germany had managed to recruit Poland, and had begun their death struggle with the Soviet Union in the spring of 1940 instead of waiting until 1941, that could very well have been Hitler’s only war. After the Nazis launched Operation Barbarossa, Josef Stalin wrote to Churchill: “It is easy to imagine that the position of the German forces would have been many times more favourable had the Soviet troops had to face the attack of the German forces not in the regions of Kishinev, Lwow, Brest, Kaunas and Viborg, but in the region of Odessa, Kamenets Podolski, Minsk, and the environs of Leningrad.”13 How much more favourable would the position of the German forces have been if the Poles had accepted in 1939 that they were trapped between two countries that were destined to fight one another, realised that they had no option but to choose a side, and had elected to take a ride on the German war machine? If the Polish troops had fought against the Red Army, and Hitler did not have to keep back any of his Wehrmacht troops to occupy Western Europe, and the starting line of the invasion was half a country farther east, then the bloodletting on the Eastern Front would have been even greater. The two most evil regimes on the face of the planet could have spent the next decade fighting the ultimate war of attrition, and instead of being dragged into a world war by Chamberlain’s unsolicited guarantee, the rest of the world could have sat back and enjoyed the show.

Rather than avoiding foreign entanglements in areas of the world where Britain had no vital interests, and where it was possible, attempting to steer external events towards a scenario where two evil and powerful regimes ended up fighting one another at no cost to Britain, Chamberlain interfered with the decision-making process of Poland and only managed to make a war more likely (this is acknowledged in the Cabinet meeting notes of 19th April 1939.)14 As the British military historian Basil Liddell Hart wrote:

The Polish Guarantee was the surest way to produce an early explosion, and a world war. It combined the maximum temptation with manifest provocation. It incited Hitler to demonstrate the futility of such a guarantee to a country out of reach from the West, while making the stiff-necked Poles even less inclined to consider any concession to him, and at the same time making it impossible for him to draw back without ‘losing face’.15

The British people have already seen one misguided politician make a decision that needlessly dragged Britain into an unnecessary war which spread around the world, lasted for years and cost millions of lives. The dim bulb we have somehow ended up with as PM in 2018 now appears to be intent on helping America to start a war against Putin’s Russia in an Islamic hell-hole halfway around the planet. Of course, if starting another unnecessary war is on your “to do” list, then it makes perfect sense to sack hundreds of highly trained Royal Marines five minutes before kick-off! (These elite troops are now working as scaffolders and labourers all around the country.) Whatever May thinks she is going to achieve by shooting off a few missiles in the direction of Syria, it is almost inevitable that she will only make the situation worse, and a war with Russia more likely.16


  1. Larisa Brown, John Stevens and Vanessa Allen, “May’s Great Gamble,” Scottish Daily Mail, 12th April 2018, p. 1, pp. 6-7.
  2. “Syria air strikes: US and allies attack chemical weapons sites,” BBC News, 14th April 2018, accessed 14th April 2018:
  3. Neville Chamberlain, “European Situation,” HC Deb 31 March 1939 vol 345 cc2415-20, Hansard, 31st March 1939, accessed 12th April 2018:

  4. David Lloyd George, “European Situation,” HC Deb 03 April 1939 vol 345 cc2475-588, Hansard, 3d April 1939, accessed 12th April 2018:
  5. Captain G.C. Wynne, Stopping Hitler: An Official Account of How Britain Planned To Defend Itself In The Second World War (Barnsley, Frontline Books, 2017) pp. 11-12.
  6. Captain G.C. Wynne, Stopping Hitler, p. 11.
  7. Josef Stalin, quoted in Herbert Hoover, Freedom Betrayed: Herbert Hoover’s Secret History of the Second World War and Its Aftermath (Stanford, Hoover Institution Press, 2011)
  8. Noakes and Pridham, Nazism 1919-1945: Volume 3: Foreign Policy, War and Racial Extermination (Liverpool, Liverpool University Press, 2014) pp. 81-82; Basil Liddell Hart, A History of the Second World War (London, Pan Macmillan, 2015) loc. 297.
  9. Adolf Hitler, quoted in J. Noakes and G. Pridham, Nazism 1919-1945: Volume 3, p. 126.
  10. Alan Watson, Churchill’s Legacy (London, Bloomsbury, 2016) p. 5.
  11. Adolf Hitler, quoted in J. Noakes and G. Pridham, Nazism 1919-1945: Volume 3: Foreign Policy, War and Racial Extermination (Liverpool, Liverpool University Press, 2014) pp. 6-7.
  12. Herbert Hoover, Freedom Betrayed, p. 97.
  13. Josef Stalin, quoted in Winston Churchill, The Grand Alliance: The Second World War Volume 3 (London, Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2015) p. 309.
  14. National Archives, CAB 23/98/11.
  15. Basil Liddell Hart, A History of the Second World War, loc. 362.
  16. Doomsday Clock Statement, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, accessed 14th April 2018:

Steppenwolf: Snowblind Friend

Posted: July 28, 2017 in music, the blues

The addictive potential of virtual reality will come as no surprise to anyone with experience of addiction. Life is a gey rum do at the best of times, and as any serious drinker will tell you, there is nothing better than altering your consciousness so that life no longer matters. The experience of addiction is described in Jack London’s autobiographical book, John Barleycorn. London writes: “I achieved a condition in which my body was never free from alcohol. Nor did I permit myself to be away from alcohol. If I travelled to out-of-the-way places, I declined to run the risk of finding them dry. […] The gravity of this I knew only too well.” London was not the only writer who knew what it was to use alcohol. Charles Bukowski also laid the facts down for his readers:

“Frankly, I was horrified by life, at what a man had to do simply in order to eat, sleep, and keep himself clothed. So I stayed in bed and drank. When you drank the world was still out there, but for the moment it didn’t have you by the throat.” (Charles Bukowski.)

There are a lot of people who have experienced full-blown addiction, and there are many more who have yet to do so. We have all walked into a Starbucks or a Café Nero and discovered that everyone in there is busily swiping their agile little fingers across the screen of an iPhone, with only a peripheral awareness of what is going on around them. Many of us have binge watched our favourite TV shows and identified, to varying degrees, with the main characters. In ye olden days, some of us will have read and re-read our favourite books, and built up an image of what the characters looked like in our own minds. How many of us who saw the actor Gary Sinise appear in the film adaptation of Stephen King’s The Stand initially thought to ourselves, “That’s not Stu!” And how many of us now approach a Michael Connolly novel with an internal image of Harry Bosch that bears a remarkable similarity to Jimmy O from the Sons of Anarchy? There has always been a crossover between a fictional world created by someone else and our own imaginary experiences. If it is possible to have that crossover experience, and to interact directly with the characters in a fictional world, then our own lives can be temporarily forgotten. The new virtual reality will be the most addictive experience of them all, more than the finest whisky in the whole of Scotland, more than medical grade opiates.

It’s a given that a globally accessible VR system will have a pornographic aspect encoded into it, so that users can have virtual sexual encounters with virtual porn stars. This would make the owners of the new system a fortune, so it is inevitable that this will happen. Users of the new system will also be able to indulge in revenge fantasies, by virtually throwing their bosses out of an office window and so forth. It should be noted that people can already live out such fantasies, in the understanding that they are nothing but fantasies, because violent and sexual scenes can already be found between the covers of a supermarket paperback, or accessed online at the click of a mouse. However, in the new virtual reality, experiences such as these will serve as a gateway drug, and long-term users will be able to progress to deeper levels within the system, where dark and previously undreamed-of fantasies can be virtually fulfilled.

The world around us is becoming more dangerous and corrupt with every week that passes, which makes an escape into an addictive state of altered consciousness even more appealing. But we need to understand that a global VR system will be used by the rulers of the darkness of this age to serve their own purposes.

“Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks around like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.” (1 Peter 5:8)

“Again there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan came also among them to present himself before the Lord. And the Lord said to Satan, “From where do you come?” Satan answered the Lord and said, “From going to and fro on the earth, and from walking back and forth on it.” (Job 2: 1-2)

The adversary has always tried to corrupt human beings, so that he can try to escape his own fate. If Satan can demonstrate that reality, as it has been experienced here on earth, cannot be judged according to God’s moral laws, then Satan can defend himself before the Creator.

Here is the Luciferian defence:

Premise 1: If reality as it is experienced here on earth can be judged according to God’s moral laws, then all who rebel against God will receive their just deserts.

Premise 2: If God does not give humanity their just deserts for rebelling against God, then the consequent in the above conditional statement is false.

Conclusion: If the consequent in that conditional statement is false, then reality as it is experienced here on earth cannot be judged according to God’s moral laws.

Satan has always tempted human beings, so that they give themselves over to evil and are deserving of punishment. If God does not give them their just deserts, then Satan can argue that God’s moral laws cannot be used to judge anything that has happened throughout human existence here on earth. Therefore, nothing Satan has done on this earth can be judged according to God’s moral laws. It follows that any punishment meted out to him by God would be unjust.

In the alternative, Satan would have successfully corrupted humanity, so that God would be obliged to condemn His own creation. If Satan himself is to be forever condemned, then the archetypal rebel will strive to bring everything and everyone down with him, so that nothing of God’s creation will survive his own demise.

Christianity is the only religion that offers a way out of the situation we are in. So-called prophets have come and gone. Their words can be forgotten. Their deaths do not matter. However, when Jesus Christ was put to death by Roman hands almost two thousand years ago, that established once and for all that God was just, for the deserved punishment for our rebellion against God had indeed been meted out. The Luciferian defence was thereby undermined, and anyone who accepted that Jesus was not merely a speaker of words but was in fact the Son of God, and that He had taken our just deserts upon Himself, had a way to evade the only strategy that was left to the adversary.

The devil seeks to possess and to corrupt as many human beings as possible then, so that they will share his eternal fate. And a globally accessible virtual reality system will serve that purpose. Prototypes of this future technology have already been beta-tested, and the addictive potential is there for all to see. For example, one can watch drumcam videos on youtube of Dave Lombardo, the musician who has played with the Satanic metal band Slayer, and who is currently playing with Mike Muir’s band, Suicidal Tendencies. The drumcam video of “War Inside My Head” is an 11 minute piece of music, with various video cameras placed around Lombardo’s drum kit, which at the time of writing has been viewed over 611 thousand times.

This is an incredibly powerful and addictive performance. Many people will have watched this video multiple times, and the experience could easily be enhanced using a true virtual reality system. One could be in the crowd, on stage playing with the band, one could even adopt the drumming position as the music is being played. The sinister aspect of this can be understood if one looks at the work of Lombardo’s former band, Slayer. One of their albums, Reign in Blood, is just under 29 minutes long. Released in 1986, the band still play its songs live on stage. Those songs are hypnotic and extremely addictive. The first track on the album is about the Nazi doctor Josef Mengele. It is entitled Angel of Death. If anyone played that album back in the late eighties when it was released, they will find that if they go on to youtube now, thirty years later, and play a video of that song, they will still remember the lyrics: “Sadistic surgeon of demise, sadist of the noblest blood, destroying without mercy, to benefit the Aryan race …”

The experience of listening to the title track of that album, Reign in Blood, was significantly enhanced by the band on at least one occasion, when they had fake blood pouring from the rafters of the concert hall as they performed the song: “Raining blood from a lacerated sky, bleeding its horror, creating my structure, now I shall reign in blood!” At the end of the performance the singer, Tom Araya, smiled and told the audience, “We’ll see you in hell.”

In a virtual reality, it would be possible to experience that album as far more than 29 minutes of loud music. As the album begins to play, one could float through Auschwitz as a demonic figure, observing Nazi medical experiments, before descending into the human form of an SS guard who is committing a murder. Having experienced what it felt like to take another life, one could become immersed in the supernatural forces that were behind the Holocaust, and experience what Slayer tried to replicate live on stage in 2004. In the forthcoming virtual reality system, anything will be possible.

Addicts do not go backwards, and they do not take lower doses of their drug of choice. Addiction only goes in one direction. The writer Dan Fante once explained his motives for drinking: “What I want to say here is that there is a place beyond control and beyond concern that people can go, where the values and the needs of everyday life change completely. Where what matters is moment-to-moment survival to avoid mind pain.” Once a globally accessible virtual reality is established, millions of human beings will disappear into the new system. Long term users will become so corrupted by the experience that, if they are disconnected from the system and returned to our reality, they will be capable of anything.

If anyone reading this has already journeyed through addiction, and somehow come out the other side alive, be aware that a virtual reality system is a well without water, clouds designed to obscure your mind, carried by a storm of darkness. Consider well the promises of those who would have you give your consciousness over to them, so they can prosper:

“For when they speak arrogant words of vanity, they entice by the lusts of the flesh and by depravity those who barely escaped from those who live in error. Although they promise them freedom, they themselves are slaves of corruption, for by that which a man is overcome, to this he is enslaved. For if after they have escaped the defilements of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, and they are again entangled in them and are overcome, the latter end is worse for them than the beginning. For it would have been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness than to have known it and then turn back from the holy commandment that was delivered to them. But it has happened to them according to the true proverb, ‘The dog returns to his own vomit,’ and ‘the sow that was washed to her wallowing in the mud.'” (2 Peter 2: 18-22)

“The coming of the lawless one is by the activity of Satan with all power and false signs and wonders, and with all wicked deception for those who are perishing, because they refused to love the truth and so be saved. Therefore God sends them a strong delusion, so that they may believe what is false, in order that all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness.” (2 Thessalonians 2: 9-12)

There have been several technology conferences around the world recently, in Spain, China and South Korea. According to the people giving talks at those conferences, the possibility of creating a globally accessible virtual reality is right around the corner. We all need to think about what this means.

“I will suppose, then, not that Deity, who is sovereignly good and the fountain of truth, but that some malignant demon, who is at once exceedingly potent and deceitful, has employed all his artifice to deceive me; I will suppose that the sky, the air, the earth, colors, figures, sounds, and all external things, are nothing better than the illusions of dreams, by means of which this being has laid snares for my credulity …” (Descartes, Meditations)

“Men are so simple-minded and so controlled by their immediate needs that he who deceives will always find someone who will let himself be deceived.” (Niccolo Machiavelli, The Prince, Chapter 18.)

There have always been human beings willing to adopt the role of an evil demon, who had it in their power to deceive others. And history shows us that there have been no shortage of people willing to follow such individuals. Adolf Hitler and Josef Stalin, for example, did not fight against one another to settle the matter of the second world war. Other people had to die on the Eastern Front to achieve that. One man could have put a bullet in Adolf’s brain, or blown the so-called “man of steel” to bits, but instead, millions of human beings followed these two masters of deception into a war of unprecedented death and destruction.

If the technology exists to create a virtual reality that will be run according to the rules of its creators, with no necessary reliance on Judeo-Christian morality, then you can be sure that evil people will get involved in that project and use it for their own ends. And there will be no shortage of people who will allow themselves to be deceived. Like a detached brain floating in a vat, they will allow the creators of the new virtual reality to flood their minds with signals and stimuli, and the resulting psychological experiences will be given primacy over their old life.

“How you are fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! How you are cut down to the ground, you who weakened the nations! For you have said in your heart: ‘I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God; I will also sit on the mount of the congregation on the farthest sides of the north; I will ascend above the heights of the clouds, I will be like the Most High.'” (Isaiah 14: 12-14)

“Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.” (1 Peter 5:8)

The adversary has always had the desire to be worshipped like God. With the creation of a global VR system, the adversary can exist in a counterfeit reality, where willing subjects give him the power to control their consciousness. A false messiah can be encoded into that reality, and if anyone does not worship this being and recognise him as the ruler of their consciousness, then they can be cast out of the new virtual reality to exist only on the flat plane of their old life. Users of the new system will not risk that, because the forthcoming virtual reality will be the most addictive thing there has ever been. Anyone who rejects the truth and chooses to exist as a brain in a vat, by living in a micro-apartment and plugging their own consciousness into the new virtual reality, will have lying wonders channelled into their mind that will satisfy their every desire, no matter what those desires may be.

As time passes, the initial thrill and satisfaction of having virtual sex with porn stars and virtually shooting people they don’t like will wear off, and users of the new VR system will become jaded. The creators of the new reality can then open new doors to the system’s users, who will end up having more and more deviant psychological experiences until they finally become the most twisted, morally corrupt people who have ever lived. There will be absolutely no barriers, legal or moral, to what the systems’ users will be able to experience within their own minds.

The users of this unrighteous deception will not only become morally corrupted, so that they cannot function normally in the “old” reality any more, they will be in thrall to their false messiah. The creation of a global virtual reality will lead to the creation of an army of amoral beings, who can commit the most heinous acts in the name of their virtual Führer. And we can expect these Satanic soldiers to be temporarily disconnected from the global virtual reality and sent on missions here in the real world, before being allowed to reconnect their consciousness back into the virtual reality at a higher level. We have already seen human beings whose minds have been taken over by Satanically inspired teachings shooting people, beheading people, and blowing young girls up with suicide belts loaded up with rusty nails. The creation of a global virtual reality will only enhance the ability of the prince of the power of the air to deceive human beings, and bend them to his will. That will inevitably lead to a time of anti-Christian persecution around the world, the likes of which has never been seen before.

The creation of a globally accessible virtual reality will therefore be a hugely significant event. This addictive product has the potential to make its owners wealthier and more powerful than anyone in human history. The new VR system may be marketed by emphasising its peripheral benefits, but once it is established it has the potential to serve a dark purpose. As the American writer Lyn Leahz has pointed out, the truth leads to conviction, which leads to repentance, which leads to salvation. The establishment of a virtual reality will allow people to live a counterfeit life instead of dealing in the truth, so that any further steps on that spiritual path are impossible. The users of the new VR system risk not only losing control of their own consciousnesses, which in literal terms means losing their minds. They could find that their souls have been shanghaied and they are trapped in a living hell where it will finally, and most cruelly, be revealed to them that the virtual reality they willingly participated in has become a means to an end. That end is the psychological and spiritual enslavement of all of humanity, a fate which they cannot escape.

Dark Island

Posted: July 3, 2017 in music