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But, if you are like most of us you are not so much aware of his "architectural skills."
You also know about the recent Bangladesh building collapse which killed over a thousand people (Bangladesh Building Collapse).
But how much do you know about the structure of a collapsing society whose architects are extolled right up to and including the last fatal moments?
In today's post let's take a look at Winston Churchill's architectural work which helped design the pillars of our current human civilization; architectural work done to a substantial degree because of a fundamental religious belief still currently very active in the minds of hundreds of officials in the U.S. government.
Then we will compare the warnings about that Bangladesh building to the similar warnings about the structure of civilization, and how the warnings concerning the building in Bangladesh constitute a metaphor or epitome of current civilization:
Long before politicians mewled helplessly about the power of “Big Oil”, carbon-based fuels were shaping our very political, legal, intellectual, and physical structures.(Book Review of "Carbon Democracy", emphasis added). Churchill was a conservative in the mold of today's American conservatives in government, in the Oil-Qaeda sense, and like them he also believed:
For instance, the invasion of Iraq in 2003 was a pivotal moment in America’s strategic outlook. America, a global hegemon whose empire was weakening, seized the second largest oil deposits in the world as a way of preventing its economic and political decline.
The last declining global hegemon, Great Britain, also engaged in a brutal and highly controversial British occupation of Iraq, in the 1920s, pressed aggressively by the well-known British conservative, Winston Churchill.
From the moment he arrived at the Admiralty, a young man of destiny, Churchill started to prepare the fleet for the Battle of Armageddon he believed was inevitable.(John McCain's Book About Churchill, emphasis added). Now, before we begin to analyze this, let me add the third pillar of the structure of current civilization:
Then, in 1911, the German Kaiser provoked the Agadir crisis ... Churchill went to the Admiralty and his outlook transformed. He was immediately confronted with the decisive question: to convert the navy from coal to oil ... the "fateful plunge" was made ... in April 1912 ... five oil-burning battleships were approved.(Winston S. Churchill, by Eugene L. Rasor, p. 157-58). That molded the cogs on the gears of U.S. foreign policy ideology too:
Britain was well supplied with coal [but not oil]. It was the Royal Navy which was the impetus for the development of the oil industry in Britain. The problem was supply and the security of that supply. Initially, the British government purchased shares in the Anglo-Persian Oil Company, subsequently, British Petroleum [BP].
Then, to prevent further disruptions, Britain enmeshed itself ever more deeply in the Middle East, working to install new shahs in Iran and carve Iraq out of the collapsing Ottoman Empire.(Oil-Qaeda: The Deadliest Parasite Of Civilization - 2). The Dredd Blog series The Peak Of The Oil Wars, The Peak of The Oil Lies, and The Peak of Sanity deal with the events following the design of that foreign policy architecture.
Churchill fired the starting gun, but all of the Western powers joined the race to control Middle Eastern oil.
The mentality of the foreign policy that rushes headlong into the destruction of civilization in order to save civilization is obviously insane, however, it is also obviously an institutionalized madness hidden in plain sight (MOMCOM's Dissociation).
The policy of staying addicted to oil has led to a seemingly schizophrenic government policy where what he have fought for is causing global warming which Navy Admirals now say is the greatest threat to the Navy:
America’s top military officer in charge of monitoring hostile actions by North Korea, escalating tensions between China and Japan, and a spike in computer attacks traced to China provides an unexpected answer when asked what is the biggest long-term security threat in the Pacific region: climate change.(All Weather is Local - 4). So, the Lord of The British Admiralty believed that the Battle of Armageddon was coming, so he chose oil as the drug of choice for the military so as to give Britain an advantage.
[Another] Navy Admiral even believes that Singapore will no longer be the greatest ocean port, but that a port in Greenland will take that honor, because after the polar ice caps melt in the Arctic, the fabled Northwest Passage will become strategic, and the Panama Canal will become somewhat of a museum piece.
Then, other nations followed suit, which eventually led to the oil wars, which then led to global warming and by now have come full circle to create a great threat to the military.
A more recent twist to this sordid story is that many government officials in the U.S. do not want to do anything about global warming because they also believe in the time-ending Battle of Armageddon:
A study claims that successive US administrations have failed to take aggressive policy action to curb climate change partly because a large number of Americans(Oil-Qaeda: The Deadliest Parasite Of Civilization - 2). In closing, remember that in a fairly recent post of a Dredd Blog series we noted that this military religion is actually the ancient Middle Eastern religion Mitraism, which had a tenet involving a strong belief in a time-ending war (The Virgin MOMCOM - 6).
take a fatalistic stance on the future of the planet informed by religious doctrine.
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According to David C. Barker of the University of Pittsburgh and David H. Bearce of the University of Colorado, biblical eschatology or "end-time" doctrine centered on the belief in the "Second Coming" of Jesus Christ is a major factor underlying the resistance to addressing global climate change issues in the US.
So, do you think that "there are many here among us who feel that life is but a joke" (as Bob Dylan wrote in "All Along The Watchtower") is relevant to the collapse of the Bangladesh building, which the owners were warned about --but ignored?
And is also related to certain policies causing cracks in current civilization?
The previous post in this series is here.
The lyrics to the following song can be read here.