Truth is the First Casualty of War

Casualties and Propaganda in the Russia Ukraine WarIn 1918, during World War I, California Republican Senator Hiram Johnson remarked that “The first casualty, when war comes, is truth.”  A similar statement was made in the British Parliament early in the war by MP Philip Snowden, probably in 1915 : “Truth, it has been said, is the  first casualty of war.” This was published in a 1916 book, Truth and the War, by E. D. Morel.  Senator Johnson, having a high interest in avoiding war, would probably have read this book and may also have been  influenced by the scholarly British writer, Samuel Johnson, who in 1758 wrote:

“Among the calamities of War may be justly numbered the diminution of the love of truth, by falsehood which interest dictates and credulity encourages.”

In her 1809, Memoirs of an American Lady,  Anne MacVicar Grant wrote:

“Truth is the first victim to fear and policy; when matters arrive at that crisis…all the kindred virtues drop in succession.”

A like quote is sometimes attributed to the Greek tragedian and soldier, Aeschylus (526 BC-456 BC):  In war, truth is the first casualty.”  But  an Aeschylus play may also have expressed, “God is not averse to deceit in a just cause,” which has helped sow the poisonous seeds of much evil propaganda. 

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Examining an Important National Faultline

Family Bible ScruggsIn February 2016, the Pew Research Center published a study entitled, How Religious is Your State. One question on the survey asked how important religion was in the respondent’s life. The states were then ranked by what percent responded that religion was very important in the respondents’ lives. Alabama and Mississippi tied for first with 77 percent. Alabama was also first in those who said they believed in God with absolute certainty, 82 percent. Alabamians were second, 73 percent, in those who claim to pray daily. They were also second with 51 percent who claimed they went to church one or more times weekly.  

I have listed the first 15 states that were classified as highly religious, i.e. those where 60 percent or more respondents considered religion very important in their lives. Besides that  percentage figure for each state, I have given the percent who voted for Trump in the 2020 Election.

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The 2014 Maidan Revolution

Ukraine Election Map 2010
Ukraine Election Map 2010
Viktor Yanukovych 4th President of Ukraine
Viktor Yanukovych 4th President of Ukraine

According to Eric Zuesse, writing in Strategic Culture (September 5, 2016), in 2011, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was tasked by President Obama to overthrow the democratically elected President of Ukraine, Viktor Yanukovych,  and Syrian President Bashar-al-Assad in Syria by means of “color revolutions.”  Color revolutions are opportunistic regime changes by “popular revolutions,” which are clandestinely planned, directed, and financed by CIA sources, often assisted by the British MI6 foreign intelligence services. The CIA Director at that time was John Brennan. John Kerry replaced Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State in February 2013. The objective of such color revolutions is supposedly to spread the rule of democratic government.

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Is Suppression of Faith, Family, and Truth a U.S. War Objective?

Jamie Raskin, Democrat MC, Maryland
Jamie Raskin, Democrat MC, Maryland

In my August 8 article on the extremely partisan U.S. House January 6 Committee, which bears a strong resemblance to Soviet show-trials and other kangaroo courts, I briefly reviewed the voting records of the seven Democrats and two Republicans. Maryland Democrat Jamie Raskin is one of the most conspicuous Democrats. He is an almost perfect leftist. His American Conservative (ACU) rating is only 3 percent, and his Family Research Council (FRC) rating is only 5 percent. Like all the Democrat members of the committee, he has a 100 percent rating from Planned Parenthood. He frequently rants against the National Rifle Association (NRA) and believes their interpretation of the Second Amendment on gun rights is all wrong. Like all Maryland Democrats, he received an NRA rating of F for 2022. NumbersUSA gives him a zero or F- rating on immigration, which is also typical Maryland Democrats and other Democrats on the January 6 Committee. Raskin is also a very strong supporter of same-sex marriage, transgender ideology, and other Woke agendas. Raskin was a leading figure in attempts to impeach President Donald Trump.

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The Unhappy Legacies of the Biden Regime

Russia The BearLast year, the European Union (EU) got 40 percent of its natural gas needs from Russia. EU leader Germany also got about 40 percent of its gas needs from Russia.  After the sanctions on Russian gas and the suspicious self-inflicted destruction of most of the capacity of the Nordstream 1 and Nordstream 2 pipelines connecting Russian natural gas to Germany, the Russians are now supplying only 9 percent of the EU’s natural gas. The EU has also been a fervent proponent of replacing carbon-based fuel with renewable green energy sources. Natural gas is an environmentally clean-burning fuel. Germany had all but phased out coal and nuclear power to pursue climate change ideology. In wiser times, this may someday be regarded as a classic case of enormous short-sighted stupidity. Climate ideology, which is about as scientific as the Salem Witch Trials, has demonized the future of fossil fuels without bothering any reasonable analysis. It may be ten, twenty, or even thirty years, or actually probably never before windmills, solar panels, and other green dreams can replace fossil fuels. Electricity is not an original natural resource. Meanwhile, technological advances in converting fossil fuels to energy may reduce energy related pollution and costs to considerably more livable levels.

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