Dear Friend of Radio Liberty,
"Almighty Father, whose command is over all and whose love never fails, make me aware of Thy presence and obedient to Thy will. Keep me true to my best self, guarding me against dishonesty in purpose and deed and helping me to live so that I can face my fellow Marines, my loved ones and Thee without shame or fear. . . ."
A Marine's Prayer 
"You cannot qualify war in harsher terms than I will. War is cruelty, and you cannot refine it. . . . War is at best barbarism. . . . Its glory is all moonshine. It is only those who have neither fired a shot nor heard the shrieks and groans of the wounded who cry aloud for blood, more vengeance, more desolation. War is hell."
General William Sherman 
"Rest ye in peace, ye Flanders dead
The fight that ye so bravely led
We've taken up. And we will keep
True faith with you who lie asleep
With each a cross to mark his bed,
In Flanders fields."
R.W. Lilliard 
I attended the memorial service that was held for a young Marine who died on January 26, 2005, when the helicopter in which he, and thirty other U.S. servicemen were riding, crashed in Iraq.  Six Americans were killed in combat that day, which brought U.S. fatalities in Iraq to 1,418. Fifty-seven hundred and twenty-five U.S. servicemen have been seriously injured in Iraq, 155 U.S. servicemen have died in Afghanistan, and 465 U.S. servicemen have been seriously injured in Afghanistan as of February 15, 2005. Thirty to thirty-five thousand veterans of the current war are trying to get treatment at VA hospitals, but the system is overloaded; many have to wait 6 months for an appointment. The 334,611 veterans of this and previous wars are trying to obtain VA benefits, but they can't get hearings. Thousands of recently discharged veterans are partially or totally disabled by an illness similar to the illness that afflicted over 200,000 U.S. servicemen and women following the first Gulf War. 
I didn't know this young man personally, but his path crossed my path many times. He married the daughter of a friend, he attended the church where I accepted the Lord, and was baptized by the son of the minister who baptized me. Like most Marines, he joined the Corps and went to Iraq because he believed he was defending his family, his country, and his honor. He could recite the Marine's Prayer from memory:
"Almighty Father, whose command is over all and whose love never fails, make me aware of Thy presence and obedient to Thy will. Keep me true to my best self, guarding me against dishonesty in purpose and deed and helping me to live so that I can face my fellow Marines, my loved ones and Thee without shame or fear. Protect my family. Give me the will to do the work of a Marine and to accept my share of responsibilities with vigor and enthusiasm. Grant me the courage to be proficient in my daily performance. Keep me loyal and faithful to my superiors and to the duties my country and the Marine Corps have entrusted to me. Make me considerate of those committed to my leadership. Help me to wear my uniform with dignity, and let it remind me daily of the traditions which I must uphold. If I am inclined to doubt, steady my faith; if I am tempted, make me strong to resist; if I should miss the mark, give me courage to try again. Guide me with the light of truth and grant me wisdom by which I may understand the answer to my prayer. Amen." 
U.S. Marines have fought battles from the halls of Montezuma to the shores of Tripoli, from the blood-stained beaches of Iwo Jima to the desert sands of Iraq. They are fierce warriors who give no quarter, and ask for none. Officers and non-commissioned officers wear a blood-colored stripe on the side of their dress blue trousers to commemorate the battle of Chapultepec in which 90% of the Marine Officers and NCOs died taking a Mexican stronghold during the Mexican-American war.  The Germans who defended Belleau Woods during World War I called Marines "Tuefle Hunden," a German phrase for the ferocious mountain dogs of Bavarian folklore, which is why Marines are called "Devil Dogs."  Thousands of U.S. Marines have lost their lives defending the United States since the Corps was founded in 1775, but they cannot preserve a nation that is led by men who are intent on destroying our Constitution and establishing a world government.
Plato wrote about the origin of war over two thousand years ago in his famous treatise, The Republic. He noted:
"When the tyrant has disposed of foreign enemies by conquest or treaty, and there is nothing to fear from them, then he is always stirring up some war or other, in order that the people may require a leader." 
General Sherman led the Union army that burned Atlanta, and everything they encountered, as they marched to the sea; General Sherman wrote:
"You cannot qualify war in harsher terms than I will. War is cruelty, and you cannot refine it. . . . War is at best barbarism . . . Its glory is all moonshine. It is only those who have neither fired a shot nor heard the shrieks and groans of the wounded who cry aloud for blood, more vengeance, more desolation. War is hell." 
Major General Smedley Butler led Marine units in dozens of battles in China, Central America, South America, and World War I until he realized he and his men were being used to advance an evil agenda. General Butler didn't understand the spiritual force that energizes the Brotherhood of Darkness, or their ultimate goal, but he realized the wars he fought weren't waged to protect our nation, and wrote:
"War is a racket. It always has been. It is possibly the oldest, easily the most profitable, surely the most vicious. . . . It is the only one in which the profits are reckoned in dollars and the losses in lives. . . ." 
Dr. Carroll Quigley taught at Harvard and Princeton Universities before he accepted an academic position at Georgetown University, and wrote Tragedy and Hope: A History of the World In Our Time, which was published in 1966. The book revealed the secret agenda of a small group of powerful men Professor Quigley called "The Anglo-American Establishment," and I call "The Brotherhood of Darkness."  Professor Quigley explained the techniques they use to motivate nations to go to war, and get young men to kill other young men:
"The amateur weapons of the late nineteenth century made possible the mass citizen armies that fought the American Civil War and both of this century's world wars. Such mass armies could not be offered financial rewards for risking their lives, but they could be offered idealistic, extreme, and total goals that would inspire them to a willingness to die, and to kill: ending slavery, making a world safe for democracy, ending tyranny, spreading, or at least saving, "the American way of life," offered such goals . . . each combatant country came to feel that its way of life, or at least its regime, was at stake in the conflict, and could hardly be expected to survive defeat. Thus they felt compulsion to fight yet more tenaciously. The result was ruthless wars of extermination such as World War II." 
The year after Tragedy and Hope was released, Leonard Lewin's book, Report From Iron Mountain, shocked the nation. Lewin claimed the manuscript was written by a member of a secret government think-tank who wanted the public to know that the men who run our government believe war is essential for a stable society. The manuscript stated:
"Lasting peace, while not theoretically impossible, is probably unattainable; even if it could be achieved it would almost certainly not be in the best interests of a stable society to achieve it.
That is the gist of what they say. Behind their qualified academic language runs this general argument: War fills certain functions essential to the stability of our society; until other ways of filling them are developed, the war system must be maintained - and improved in effectiveness." 
Twenty-eight years later Leonard Lewin admitted he wrote Report From Iron Mountain, but claimed the material reflected the concepts being discussed in government think-tanks at that time in 1967. He wrote:
"What I intended was simply to pose the issues of war and peace in a provocative way. To deal with the essential absurdity of the fact that the war system, however much deplored, is nevertheless accepted as part of the necessary order of things." 
If you research the origin of the terrible wars the United States fought during the past 110 years, you will discover they were planned by wealthy men who were (are) dedicated to the destruction of national sovereignty, and creation of a world government.
SPANISH-AMERICAN WAR: 1898
The English and American branches of the entity Professor Quigley called "The Anglo-American Establishment," I call "The Brotherhood of Darkness," Dan Smoot called "The Invisible Government," C. Wright Mills called "The Power Elite," and John Perkins calls "The Corporatocracy," began consolidating their power during the latter years of the nineteenth century. The British branch was led by Cecil Rhodes, Lord Milner, Lord Esher, William Stead, and later by a group of young men who were recruited from the Society for Psychical Research.  They wanted to consolidate British rule of Africa, so they attempted to precipitate a war with the Boers by fomenting a revolution in Johannesburg. When the Jameson Raid failed in 1895, the bloody conflict was delayed until 1899. 
The American branch of the Brotherhood was led by J.P. Morgan, John D. Rockefeller, Andrew Carnegie, William Randolph Hearst, and a group of wealthy men who wanted the United States to rule the world.  When a militant group of Cuban radicals rebelled against Spanish rule in 1895, the Hearst and Pulitzer newspaper chains began publishing atrocity stories to inflame the passion of the American people, and prepare them for war. The 1966 edition of the Encyclopedia Americana describes what happened:
"The Hearst and Pulitzer newspaper chains took up the cause, publishing a spate of sensational stories of atrocities inflicted by the Spaniards on the patriotic insurrectos. The expansionist slogan of "manifest destiny," first expressed in 1845 by an editor to justify the annexation of Texas . . . was adopted. . . .
The direct cause of the war was undoubtedly the sinking of the U.S.S. Maine in Havana Harbor by an explosion which caused the death of 2 officers and 258 members of the crew. The destruction of the battleship on the night of Feb. 15, 1898, was attributed by the American press to a Spanish bomb." 
When the U.S.S. Maine was raised after the war ended, investigators discovered the explosion that sank the battleship came from within, not from a Spanish mine as the American people were told. By then five thousand U.S. servicemen were dead, and the march toward the New World Order had begun. 
WORLD WAR I: 1914-1918
Members of the Brotherhood began planning the Great War shortly after the Boer War ended in 1902.
Bertrand Russell claims he heard Sir Edward Grey, who was closely aligned with the Brotherhood, outline the plan that led to the first World War in 1905-6. Bertrand Russell wrote:
"One evening Sir Edward Grey (not then in office) made a speech advocating the policy of the Entente, which had not yet been adopted by the Government. I stated my objections to the policy very forcibly, and pointed out the likelihood of its leading to war, but no one agreed with me, so I resigned from the club." 
Kathryn Casey worked for Congress (the Reece Committee) in 1953, and was allowed to examine the minutes of the 1908 and 1909 meetings of the Board of Directors of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Norman Dodd, the Director of Research for the Reece Committee, told me Ms. Casey discovered the Board decided the best way to create world government, and permanent peace, was to involve the United States in a terrible war. 
The Brotherhood suppressed the Reece Committee Report when it was released in 1954, so Rene Wormser, the Counsel for the Reece Committee, wrote Foundations: Their Power and Influence, which revealed:
"When Andrew Carnegie established The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, he gave the managers of this fund a difficult task. How were they to go about promoting peace? They seemed to have had no very clear idea until Dr. Nicholas Murray Butler, in whose hands Mr. Carnegie put the initial direction of the fund, got excited about the peril of the Allies in World War I, and decided that the best way to establish peace was to help get the United States into the War. To this end he began to use the Endowment funds." 
Most people find it difficult to believe the terrible wars of the twentieth century were intentionally fought to bring world peace, but that was the Brotherhood's plan. Page 535 of the 1908 edition of The Journal of American History states:
" 'The most fearful war of the century is coming soon. After the war, will come world-peace - the highest development of the race in this cycle.' This is the prediction made a few days ago by a distinguished political economist, based upon the complications that have arisen in the Old World, and the information that more money is being expended in the preparations for war by the powers than ever before in the history of the world. . . . The death throes of the demon may be violent for a time, but the end is near. In recognition of this, 'The Journal of American History' dedicates this book to the United Nations of the World.'" 
The Kaiser's Memoirs reveals Great Britain planned World War I many years before it began. Kaiser Wilhelm II wrote:
"I have been informed that an important role was played in the preparation of the World War directed against the monarchical Central Powers by the policy of the international 'Great Orient Lodge'; a policy extending over many years and always envisaging the goal at which it aimed. . . . Dismemberment of Austria-Hungary, democratization of Germany, elimination of the House of Hapsburg, abdication of the German Emperor, . . . elimination of the Pope and the Catholic Church, elimination of every state Church in Europe." 
European Masonry, and The Great Orient Lodge, have been an important part of the Brotherhood since its inception.
By 1914 the American branch of the Brotherhood was led by J.P. Morgan, John D. Rockefeller, Colonel Edward Mandell House, and a group of men who wanted the United States to enter World War I. William Jennings Bryan, the Secretary of State, didn't want the U.S. to enter the war, but the Brotherhood controlled the State Department bureaucracy, and encouraged American citizens to book passage on the Lusitania. They knew the German navy planned to torpedo the vessel when it sailed to England in May 1915, but they needed an incident to bring the United States into the war. Winston Churchill was High Lord of the Admiralty, a Druid, a Mason, and affiliated with the Brotherhood. He refused to provide a destroyer escort for the Lusitania to ensure there would be extensive loss of life when the ship went down.  The 1966 edition of the Encyclopedia Americana describes what happened:
"On May 1, 1915, shortly before the Lusitania was scheduled to sail from New York, an advertisement emanating from the German embassy at Washington, D.C., appeared in the newspapers of the United States warning Americans against traveling on British ships. . . . As the Lusitania approached the coast of Ireland the captain received a wire- less message from the British Admiralty warning him to take precautions because of German submarines which were known to be scouting in the area . . . but no further measures for safety were adopted and the Admiralty did not send any escort out to meet the Lusitania . . . the ship sank in a little over 10 minutes without being able to load and launch enough lifeboats for saving the passengers or crew. The total numbers of lives lost was 1,198, over 100 being Americans. . . . Pres. Woodrow Wilson's Secretary of State, William Jennings Bryan, resigned his office on June 9, 1915, rather than support what he considered the belligerent policy of his country." 
Despite the loss of over 100 American lives, the American people didn't want to enter World War I because between one and two-hundred thousand soldiers were being killed every month, so J.P. Morgan and his associates, purchased the editorial policy of 25 of the most influential newspapers in the United States and began publishing atrocity stories to prepare the public for war. Congressman Callaway inserted an article in the Congressional Record which stated:
"In March, 1915, the J.P. Morgan interests, the steel, ship building and powder interests, and their subsidiary organizations, got together 12 men high up in the newspaper world and employed them to select the most influential newspapers in the United States and sufficient number of them to control generally the policy of the daily press of the United States.
These 12 men worked the problem out by selecting 179 newspapers, and then began, by an elimination process, to retain only those necessary for the purpose of controlling the general policy of the daily press throughout the country. They found it was only necessary to purchase the control of 25 of the greatest papers. The 25 papers were agreed upon; emissaries were sent to purchase the policy, national and international, of these papers; an agreement was reached; the policy of the papers was bought, to be paid for by the month; an editor was furnished for each paper to properly supervise and edit information regarding the questions of preparedness, militarism, financial policies, and other things of national and international nature considered vital to the interests of the purchasers.
This contract is in existence at the present time, and it accounts for the news columns of the daily press of the country being filled with all sorts of preparedness arguments and misrepresentations as to the present conditions of the United States Army and Navy, and the possibility and probability of the United States being attacked by foreign foes.
This policy also included the suppression of everything in opposition to the wishes of the interests served." 
World War I would have ended in 1917 if the United States hadn't entered the conflict and prolonged the carnage. Sixty-five million men were mobilized by the Allies and the Entente during World War I; 8,538,315 servicemen died, 21,219,452 servicemen were wounded, 12,618,000 noncombatants died, and twice that number were wounded. 
Colonel Edward Mandell House justified the terrible carnage in an article he wrote for Foreign Affairs magazine in June 1923. He explained:
"If war had not come in 1914 in fierce and exaggerated form, the idea of an association of nations would probably have remained dormant, for great reforms seldom materialize except during great upheavals." 
World War I brought great upheavals, it led to great reforms, it destroyed most of the monarchies of Europe, and it undermined the social fabric of the western world. The Brotherhood hoped the League of Nations would become a world government. When it failed, they fomented World War II. Between 50 and 60 million people perished in World War II, probably twice that number were wounded. 
Shortly before Lt .Colonel John MacCrae died in France during the closing days of World War I, he penned these words:
"Take up our quarrel with the foe;
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields. 
Some time later R.W. Lillard responded:
"Rest ye in peace, ye Flanders dead
The fight that ye so bravely led
We've taken up. And we will keep
True faith with you who lie asleep
With each a cross to mark his bed,
In Flanders fields
Fear not that ye have died for naught
The torch ye threw to us we caught.
Ten millions hands will hold it high,
And Freedom's light shall never die!
We've learned the lesson that ye taught
In Flanders fields." 
Did the American people learn the lessons they should have learned from the senseless wars of the twentieth century? The men and women we sent to the Middle East believe they are fighting for freedom and democracy, but they are wrong. The Brotherhood created the current conflict to inflame the Moslem world, and precipitate World War III. How can we support our troops? We must expose the covert agenda of the wicked men who control both political parties, so courageous young men now fighting, and the hundreds of thousands of other men who died fighting to preserve our freedom, will not have died in vain.
I appreciate your letters of encouragement, and your loyal support.
Yours in Christ,
1. Marine's Prayer: www.rangerjarhead.com/marinesprayer.htm
2. John Bartlett, Familiar Quotations, Little, Brown & Company, Boston, 1980, pp. 578-9.
3. R.W. Lillard, "America Answers In Flanders Fields," quoted in Iraq:The Untold Story syllabus, available from Radio Liberty, 800-544-8927.
4. David Beck, "Scotts Valley Marine loved Corps, copters," San Jose Mercury News, January 29, 2005, p. A1.
5. www.cnn.com/2005/WORLD/meast/01/26/iraq.main : /www.unknownnews.net/casualties.html : www.detnews.com/2004/politics/0411/08/a01-328300.htm
6. Marine's Prayer, op cit.
8. Ibid., and: www.usmcpress.com/warriorculture.htm
9. John Bartlett, op cit., p. 85.
10. Ibid., pp. 578-9.
11. Smedley Butler, War is a Racket, The Noontide Press, Torrance, CA 1984, p.9.
12. Carroll Quigley, The Anglo-American Establishment, Books in Focus, New York, 1981.
13. Carroll Quigley, Tragedy and Hope: A History of the World In Our Time, Macmillan, New York, 1966, p. 1201.
14. Leonard Lewin, Report From Iron Mountain, The Free Press, New York, 1995, p.3.
15. Ibid., p. 150.
16. Carroll Quigley, Tragedy and Hope, op cit., p. 131.
17. Ibid., pp. 136-7.
19. Encyclopedia Americana, International Edition, 1966, Volume 25, p. 360.
21. Bertrand Russell, The Autobiography of Bertrand Russell:1872-1914, George Allen and Unwin, Boston, p. 153.
22. Radio Liberty interview with Norman Dodd, 1980. Available from 800-544-8927.
23. Rene Wormser, Foundations: Their Power and Influence, The Devin Adair Company, New York, 1958, p. 204.
24. The Journal of American History, Volume II,1908, Number IV, Fourth Quarter, p. 535.
25. Kaiser Wilhelm II, The Kaiser's Memoirs, Harper and Brothers Publishers, 1922, pp. 257-8.
26. G. Edward Griffin, The Creature from Jekyll Island, American Media, 1994, pp. 248: See Also: Stanley Monteith, Brotherhood of Darkness, Hearthstone, Oklahoma City, 2000, pp. 59, 81, 132.
27. Encyclopedia Americana, op. cit., Volume 17, p. 855.
28. Congressional Record, Volume LIV, 1917, pp. 2947-8.
29. Encyclopedia Americana, op. cit., Volume 29, p. 360.
30. Colonel House, Foreign Affairs Magazine, June, 1923. Article cited by Dennis Cuddy, Secret Records Revealed, Hearthstone, Oklahoma City, 1994, p. 30: Available from Radio Liberty at 800-544-8927.
32. Roy Cook, One Hundred and One Famous Poems, Reilly & Lee, Chicago, 1953, p. 11.
33. R.W. Lillard, op. cit.