The Theology of Armageddon

From Common Dreams:

by Robert C. Koehler
Published on Thursday, September 15, 2011 by

The woo-woo nuttiness of it all defies the imagination, beginning with the idea of a course in “Nuclear Ethics and Nuclear Warfare” at Vandenberg Air Force Base.

Nuclear ethics?

Does that mean no nuclear weapons should ever be used to promote sexual harassment?

Well actually, turns out the point of the mandatory course recently canceled by the Air Force after officers of numerous faiths complained to the Military Religious Freedom Foundation about it and TruthOut published an exposé in July — was to give officers in the first week of missile-launch training a Bible-verse-studded indoctrination in faux-Just War Theory, cynically known in the ranks as the “Jesus Loves Nukes” training.

“Then I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse! He who sat upon it is called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he judges and makes war.”

This verse, Revelation 19:11, has nothing to do with Just War Theory, Christian or otherwise. It sounds more like the theology of Armageddon, or the ethics of end times — scary enough on the social fringe but, my God, here was the U.S. Air Force, guardian of the country’s nuclear arsenal, pushing it as a basic part of missile-launch training.

There were plenty of other religiously pushy declarations in this mandatory course, such as these words from Wernher von Braun, the Nazi rocket scientist who teamed up with the U.S. military after the war to develop its space and missile programs, regarding his surrender to the Americans in 1945:

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2 Responses to “The Theology of Armageddon”

  1. Andrea B. Says:

    Is it really an intelligent idea to put a religious nutcase who believes in the rapture, in charge of nuclear weapons and then indoctrinate them further?

    Did no one in the military learn anything from funding, assisting, training and arming Osama Bin Ladin?

    As for quoting Wernher von Braun. Wernher von Braun should have been tried and executed at Nurenburg for terrorising civilian communities with his weapons of terror, which clearly had no real military use due to lack of accuracy. What nazi bastard came up with the idea to quote a nazi who helped work tens of thousands of jews, slavs, roma and others to death, for his flying terror machines?

    Whoever came up and sanctioned this bible program, is clearly insane.

  2. tinagrrl Says:

    We live in an insane world. Sociopaths run it. When I say I’m happy to be 72 instead of 32, I’m not kidding. Good luck to all you young folks — have fun as we go through some “interesting” changes.

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