Ted Cruz fails to convince Evangelicals in South Carolina… could these facts be the reason?

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I told you so…

Ted Cruz’s honoring of Communist Nelson Mandela (who was Fidel Castro’s close friend), his socializing with openly-“gay” New York City businessmen, and voting YES for Obama’s liberal judge, Todd Hughes– appear to have helped evangelicals see that the REAL Ted Cruz is simply NOT one of them.

By Marielena Montesino de Stuart

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Facts matter and this is true of Ted Cruz’s campaign for POTUS. The truth simply caught up with him– in spite of his strong pitch to evangelical voters. Even his preacher Cuban father (a former pro-Fidel Castro, Molotov cocktail-throwing activist turned preacher) could not help Cruz junior win in the evangelical territory of South Carolina. In fact, out of the 46 counties, Ted Cruz could not even win one county!

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The results out of South Carolina show more and more to the world that the Republican Party establishment is in free fall.

Here are the numbers as of 9:28pm:

Donald Trump 33.1%

Marco Rubio 22.2%

Ted Cruz 21.2%

*- UPDATE: Donald Trump has won all 50 delegates, according to news reports. Trump even won in Beaufort County, the only majority-Catholic county in South Carolina, in spite of Francis’s suggestion that Trump is “not Christian.”

Marielena

It’s time to lift the fog… someone has to say the truth.

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UPDATES (Map, Votes and Delegates) as of 11:37am on February 21, 2016

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Addendum (21 February 2016): The biggest loser (considering that he had to drop out last night) was Jeb(!) Bush who could not even be saved by the powerful Right to Rise SuperPAC. As of January 31, 2016 Right to Rise had raised $118,361,996.  Add to this $31,922,100– which Jeb(!) raised through his own campaign (also as of January 31, 2016). Jeb Bush tried everything.  He even added an exclamation mark after his first name to denote enthusiasm. None of it convinced voters– particularly those who were offended by his support of socialist Common Core, his un-Catholic support of exceptions in abortion (Jeb Bush claims to be a Catholic)– as well as his weak position on immigration.

UPDATE: (26 February, 2016): As of February 22, 2016 Right to Rise had raised $118,740,817 and Jeb(!) raised $33,512,524 through his own campaign.

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OBAMACARE: Planetary health policies and the Rockefeller Foundation

Let’s examine Obamacare as we follow the race for the White House

By Marielena Montesino de Stuart

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If we don’t change our direction, we’re likely to end up where we’re headed.” —Chinese proverb

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Iam drinking my afternoon espresso thinking about the Obamacare catastrophe– as I glance through different headlines. The failed launch of this monstrous government-run program should not be a surprise and its ‘interconnectedness’ (that’s globalization lingo) with Chinese “death” programs, is entirely palpable.

Americans are facing the reality of socialism, as it aggressively manifests itself, and socialist operatives reap the “fruit” of their decades-long perseverance and dedication to the subjugation of the United States of America. The disastrous start of Obamacare is just a glimpse of what’s to come.

Let’s take China as an example, where doctors and nurses are being killed by angry citizens who can no longer tolerate the incompetent and callous government-run “death” system in hospitals and medical facilities.

China has been the long and cruel probe of socialized medicine– now being implemented on a global scale.

Ana, Saito, Meng and Raúl

The consummate communists at The Rockefeller Foundation have been busy designing “planetary health policies” by funding and collaborating with the Global Health Summit China, which was held on January 26-27, 2013 in Beijing.

Excerpt from The Rockefeller Foundation website, where they boast about their centennial in the field of “public health”:

In January 2013, the [Rockefeller] Foundation and Peking Union Medical College (PUMC) held in Beijing China, a Global Health Summit…. The two hosts each brought a one hundred year track record in public health.”

The theme of the summit was “Dreaming the Future of Health for the Next 100 Years.”  Here is the white paper, detailing the plan for “planetary health policies”:  THE ROCKEFELLER FOUNDATION – GLOBAL HEALTH SUMMIT CHINA, JANUARY 26-27, 2013 – Dreaming the Future of Health for the Next 100 Years.

As the fanfare unfolded in Beijing– did The Rockefeller Foundation show any interest in addressing the killing of doctors and nurses by angry Chinese citizens?  One can only assume that The Rockefeller Foundation sees the death of medical personnel as small collateral damage, for the greater global good.  This cruel detachment from humanity’s rights under the natural laws of God, is the true centennial legacy of The Rockefeller Foundation.

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While the Communist Chinese death system implodes– The Rockefeller Foundation “dreams” of “planetary health policies” in the government board rooms of Beijing– in order to fulfill its One World government objective. Here is an excerpt from the aforementioned white paper. Grab another espresso– you will need it. Bold added for emphasis:

Opening a window to the future…

 It is a warm Wednesday in January 2050 in Santiago. The newscaster is reporting the latest performance figures for the city, and Ana frowns as she hears that wellbeing and air quality have both dropped a few points. In the centenary year of the landmark Doll and Hill study on smoking and lung cancer this is not good for public relations! She makes a mental note to discuss this with the City Forum later in the day. For now she has to prepare for a visiting delegation from Tokyo, Lagos and Los Angeles who have come to finalise [sic] the protocol connecting the electronic data and remote sensing systems for maintaining population health across their mega cities. Ana has kept in touch with them online in the peer to peer learning platform as they all connected years ago to the same cyberengineer supporting their 3D vaccine printers. With Saito from Tokyo, Meng from Lagos and Raúl from Los Angeles she had many long debates over the years on issues ranging from how to rebuild solidarity, to what the priorities should be for planetary health…”

This “window to the future” has a very dark past.

Barbaric experiments

The Rockefellers’ involvement in barbaric experiments involving human beings goes back to the 20th Century, when The Rockefeller Foundation helped fund and develop various eugenics programs– including the one where Josef Mengele received his training– in order to conduct his diabolical human experimentation in Auschwitz.

The Population Council, founded by John D. Rockefeller III, has advanced depopulation programs inimical to the well-being of entire populations in Africa and many other parts of the world.  The Population Council has had major involvement in the distribution of contraceptives– and has held the license for contraceptive devices, as part of its aggressive international “reproductive health” initiatives. Indeed, the centennial of The Rockefeller Foundation can take credit for the death of millions of human beings, through several generations– as a result of its abortion and abortifacient campaigns.

The Rockefeller Foundation ranks as one of the most influential NGOs (non-governmental organizations) in the world– and joins others, like the Melinda and Bill Gates Foundation, in an international depopulation effort, under “smart globalization.”  As my readers know by now, anything “smart” in modern parlance is related to Sustainable Development– the United Nations socialist initiative of global governance, also known as Agenda 21.

Obamacare: Made in China

 One of the heirs of the Rockefeller dynasty is David Rockefeller Sr., whose dream of planetary health policies, including rigorous depopulation timetables, has further materialized with the launch of Obamacare.  It was David Rockefeller Sr., who shamelessly wrote in the New York Times, on August 10, 1973, the op-ed piece titled “From a China Traveler”– where he stated:

The social experiment in China under Chairman Mao’s leadership is one of the most important and successful in human history.  How extensively China opens up and how the world interprets and reacts to the social innovations and life styles she has developed is certain to have a profound impact on the future of many nations.”

Under Mao, it is estimated that 50-70 million Chinese citizens went to their deaths, through forced abortions, forced labor, executions and starvation– as a result of his infamous social experiment, known as the Great Leap Forward.

The “profound impact” resulting from “Chairman Mao’s leadership” has indeed been felt.  It’s called Obamacare.

DAVID ROCKEFELLER

So Americans will be joining Ana, Saito, Meng and Raúl—because the present looks very bad– and the year 2050 looks even worse in Washington DC, as the components of the Sustainable Development socialist machine, which makes up the bulk of our “globalized” public policies, continue to move into fifth gear.

Only God can save the United States of America.

It’s time to lift the fog… someone has to say the truth

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THE 2016 RACE FOR THE WHITE HOUSE: Are Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio the “New Conservatives”?

By Marielena Montesino de Stuart

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Let’s examine this new breed of “conservatives” running for POTUS.

The following is an important excerpt from an article I published on December 10, 2013. It should be of great interest to my readers as they ponder the 2016 U.S. presidential election:

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The New World Order that we live under—famously lauded by Republican U.S. President, George Herbert Walker Bush, has indeed grown deep roots in the minds of people all over the world. So much so, that religious leaders, politicians and monarchs who claim to care for the plight of the poor, have either issued statements (as in the Vatican’s statement issued by Francis) or have arrived in Johannesburg for Nelson Mandela’s memorial service, claiming to honor Mandela—a man who shamelessly admired Fidel Castro’s brutal Communist dictatorship, clearly stated as follows:

“From its earliest days, the Cuban Revolution has also been a source of inspiration to all freedom-loving people. We admire the sacrifices of the Cuban people in maintaining their independence and sovereignty in the face of the vicious imperialist-orchestrated campaign to destroy the impressive gain made in the Cuban Revolution… Long live the Cuban Revolution. Long live comrade Fidel Castro.”—Nelson Mandela, July 26, 1991, Cuba

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Nelson Mandela and Fidel Castro

Another participant in the Mandela memorial service, who shocked many (except for me) was none other than U.S. Senator Ted Cruz from Texas, who issued the following statement, before traveling to Johannesburg:

“Nelson Mandela will live in history as an inspiration for defenders of liberty around the globe. He stood firm for decades on the principle that until all South Africans enjoyed equal liberties he would not leave prison himself, declaring in his autobiography, ‘Freedom is indivisible; the chains on any one of my people were the chains on all of them, the chains on all of my people were the chains on me.’ Because of his epic fight against injustice, an entire nation is now free. 

“We mourn his loss and offer our condolences to his family and the people of South Africa.” — U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (Republican-Texas) – December 5, 2013

Ted Cruz has chosen to ignore Mandela’s admitted terrorist past as a Communist.  Cruz has also chosen to ignore the fact that Mandela institutionalized unfettered abortion in South Africa– and that he single-handedly turned South Africa into a nation with some the most liberal laws on earth.

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Based on Cruz’ public statement of admiration for Mandela and his decision to participate in the Mandela memorial event, is it possible that Senator Ted Cruz still harbors admiration for his own father’s participation as a pro-Castro revolutionary activist?  “’He was a guerilla, throwing Molotov cocktails and blowing up buildings,‘ Ted Cruz told the Austin American-Statesman [about his father] for a profile published in January 2006,” according to The Dallas Morning News (October 25, 2011).

How else are we to explain Ted Cruz’ statement honoring Mandela– and his subsequent pilgrimage to South Africa to be at the memorial?

This two-sided political approach is very common in the Cuban exiled community and among those of Cuban descent, who often view their parents’ former socialist pro-Castro activism with starry-eyed idealism, while they also denounce Castro. This inconsistent political behavior is precisely what has divided the Cuban exiled community for more than 50 years.

As I said above, Ted Cruz’ participation in Nelson Mandela’s memorial and his written statement did not take me by surprise. Ted Cruz wants to have it both ways, but principled conservatives do not behave this way.

In what appears to be an obvious attempt to defuse the criticisms he has been receiving, Ted Cruz “walked out” when Raúl Castro was delivering his speech at the Mandela memorial. Too little, too late.

Another admirer of Nelson Mandela is U.S. Senator Marco Rubio, also of Cuban descent. Marco Rubio’s ambiguous account of his family’s return to Cuba afterCastro’s takeover in January 1959, continues to raise questions and eyebrows– considering that the executions of hundreds of innocent Cubans began immediately in 1959, in the fortress of La Cabaña. In addition, it was well known that hundreds of innocent farmers and civilians had been executed throughout the island by Castro and his band of Marxist thugs during their terrorist “revolution.” By 1960 all American businesses in Cuba had been nationalized without compensation– and the United States had broken off diplomatic relations with Havana.

Given these conditions, why did Marco Rubio’s parents leave the United States and return to Cuba to live under Castro?

Although Senator Marco Rubio did not travel to Johannesburg for Mandela’s memorial, his admiration for Nelson Mandela shows that Senator Marco Rubio and Senator Ted Cruz suffer from the same malady of political inconsistency. Much has changed with Rubio since he ran for the U.S. Senate.  Here is Marco Rubio’s statement paying homage to Mandela:

“The world has lost one of history’s most important figures, though Nelson Mandela’s example will live on for generations to come. Men and women striving for justice and fairness around the world have drawn inspiration from Nelson Mandela, and he showed South Africans and the entire world what the power of forgiveness truly means and can accomplish. My wife Jeanette and I send our condolences to the Mandela family and to the people of South Africa.” — U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (Republican-Florida) December 5, 2013.

Nelson Mandela and Communism

Nelson Mandela was not a political prisoner. He was imprisoned for espousing violent activities through the Umkhonto we Sizwe (abbreviated MK)– a terrorist organization which he co-founded, as the “armed” wing of the African National Congress (ANC).

During his trial Nelson Mandela pleaded guilty to 156 acts of public violence, which included organizing terrorist bombing campaigns. Scores of innocent people, both black and white, were killed by Nelson Mandela’s Umkhonto we Sizwe terrorists, including women and children. In any other country Nelson Mandela would have been sentenced to death, or would have spent life in prison. Yet, he enjoyed communication privileges unheard of, for a prisoner with such a criminal record.

As such, even Amnesty International, which is well known for its progressive side, would not take on Mandela’s case, since he was not a political prisoner (“prisoner of conscience”). In addition, pursuant to Amnesty International’s criterion, a “prisoner of conscience” must not have used nor advocated violence.

As cruel and abominable as apartheid was, Mandela’s legacy of terrorist violence and support of murderous Communist dictatorships cannot be justified

By the time Mandela came out of prison and became President of South Africa he had given up on the idea of full-blown communism, given that he would not receive aid from the Soviet Union, which had recently collapsed.

Cuba’s communism, which Mandela so admired, was his scariest example of a communist country starving after its long dependence on the Soviet Union.  However, the communists from the former Communist bloc resurfaced through Sustainable Development (Agenda 21)– which is the United Nations socialist global initiative.  The operatives of Agenda 21 have worked tirelessly in Africa to advance socialism– in ways that the Soviet Union could not achieve.  Socialist politicians all over the world, including Mandela, have advanced their causes with the help of Sustainable Development, much more than they ever could with the help of the Soviets.

While Nelson Mandela praised Fidel Castro’s Communist dictatorship, the Strait of Florida had already become a cemetery for untold hundreds of thousands of Cubans who had drowned trying to escape.  This does not include the untold number executed by Castro’s government forces.  After nearly 55 years of Castro’s Communist dictatorship, the human loss has become one of the worst catastrophes recorded in modern history.  But New World Order religious leaders, politicians and monarchs do not feel it is in their best interest to demand that the Communist dagger be removed from the heart of the Cuban people…

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AN IMPORTANT MESSAGE TO ALL U.S. PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES: There’s no such thing as a deal with Communist Cuba

Communists lie. Communists cheat. Communists steal.

(With a commentary on the Pensacola Yacht Club Race to Havana)

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By Marielena Montesino de Stuart

In the past few weeks we witnessed Barack Obama humiliating the American and the Cuban people by establishing diplomatic relations with Communist Cuba, and raising the venerable flag of the United States of America in Havana. My commentary titled “AN ACT OF COWARDICE: U.S. Diplomatic Relations with Communist Cuba” amplifies my opinion on this matter.

Presidential candidates in the United States must not mislead the American public into the assumption that Obama’s so-called “diplomacy” with the Marxist Castro brothers can be maintained and improved under a new administration.

There’s no such thing as diplomacy with communists. Communists do not believe in diplomacy. They lie. They cheat. They steal.

Communists only believe in absolute control and oppression of the people they rule. Communism is the most dangerous form of extremism in modern times—because of its long-running, pervasive and persistent nature. Our fight to eradicate Islamic extremism, in all its horrific and dangerous forms, is actually a feasible intelligence and military endeavor in the hands of a competent U.S. President. But the fight to eradicate communism will take generations. Over 120 million people have died worldwide at the hands of communists and their fellow travelers. The numbers continue to rise.

Communists in Cuba will take advantage of U.S. government aid (as they have for years) which is provided by the American taxpayer—and they will not change a single aspect of their despotic practices. In fact, within hours of Obama raising our stars and stripes on Cuban soil, the head of the Cuban “diplomatic” delegation, Josefina Vidal, stated that the Cuban government would not change “one iota” of its policies.

Straight from the communist horse’s mouth

 U.S. presidential candidates need to open their eyes and read the statements coming out of Cuba. For example, here is an excerpt of a report published on May 26, 2015 in Granma, which is Cuba’s publication for communist propaganda under the control of the government in Havana– specifically identified as “the official voice of the Communist Party of Cuba Central Committee.”

The report features statements made by Vidal. Bold added for emphasis:

“It seemed strange to me, at the closing of the 7th Summit of the Americas in Panama, to hear President Obama, during his press conference, say that the purpose of U.S. policy, in the case of Cuba, was not regime change.

 Therefore, we hope that as we advance in the process toward normalization of relations, we will see a better match between this type of statement and real life.

 Real life tells us that they are still requesting multi-million dollar funding to sustain these types of programs which Cuba considers illegal, since they are programs directed toward provoking change within our country, and which, at the same time, are being attempted without any sort of consent from authorities or the Cuban government.”

Sadly, many Americans (as well as many Cubans who have claimed political asylum in the United States) are pouring into Cuba as tourists. Cruise lines are offering vacation packages. The Pensacola Yacht Club sailed yesterday with a flotilla of cruiser sailboats towards Cuba—where they will be warmly welcomed by a contingency of communists who will undoubtedly offer them Cuban drinks, in exchange for free propaganda. The Pensacola Yacht Club even had the audacity of providing an information link to a website that promotes tourism to this tragic island controlled by tyrants. See reference section below.

The hubris of those involved in the U.S.-Cuba tourism and cultural “exchange” industries and organizations is absolutely immoral—and an insult to humanity, when one considers the hunger, lack of basic human services, oppression, torture, imprisonment and “disappearance” of Cubans who dare to express their opposition to their despotic communist military government—while these ignorant yachting and tourism enthusiasts arrive on the shores of the island prison!

No. There’s no way to “deal” with the murderers in the Communist Cuban government. The only deal that could ever work is an offer they can’t refuse.

It’s time to lift the fog… someone has to say the truth.

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GRANMA-CUBA’S COMMUNIST PROPAGANDA NEWSPAPER – Josefina Vidal discusses recent talks in Washington. › World › Granma – Official voice of the PCC

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ESPRESSO WITH MARIELENA: The wicked and deceitful man

ESPRESSO WITH MARIELENA... Copyright © Marielena Montesino de Stuart. All rights reserved.Judica me, Deus, et discerne causam meam de gente non sancta: ab homine iniquo et doloso erue me.

Do me justice, O God, and fight my fight against an unholy people, rescue me from the wicked and deceitful man. 

By Marielena Montesino de Stuart

I am drinking my afternoon espresso and reflecting on the above words from the Ordinary of the Latin Mass– as the Sunday news shows parade atheists, agnostics and believers alike– with their own reflections on the state of our country and the world.

There is something about the Lord’s Day that brings humanity together to ponder solutions for fighting against wickedness and deceit. It’s amazing to listen to Sunday news programs where politicians defend their sense of right and wrong– which most often is quite twisted.

For example, Hillary Clinton believes that one way of fighting evil is to go against those who want to protect innocent babies from being cut into pieces on a Planned Parenthood lab counter. The same goes for the openly socialist and thoroughly atheist Bernie Sanders– who is trailing not far behind Hillary in the polls. They are both frightful.

Considering that today is the Lord’s Day, I want to remain focused on the fact that the purest sense of what is right and what is wrong comes to us through the Commandments of God and the natural law– which binds all men, through all time and in all circumstances. But for people who lack faith— or are poorly formed in their faith, and believe that God has nothing to do with public policy– their sense of right and wrong is generally based on political dogma driven by “social justice.” Social justice is socialism in disguise. Fidel Castro based his “revolution” on “social justice.” Over half a century later Cuba is still under the Castro brutal and bloody dictatorship.

In political discourse we find that convictions are most often based on individual decisions that have little to do with God and the natural law– and everything to do with entitlement. Entitlement is, after all, the driving force in the growing socialist element of our society.

Mixed messages are coming from all directions

Most Republican presidential candidates, including Dr. Ben Carson, when pressed will say that they would have preferred that states decide on homosexual “marriage.” Ironically, Bill Clinton (a Democrat) took a stand against homosexual “marriage” by signing DOMA into law in 1996 (Defense of Marriage Act)– until it was struck down in 2013.

DOMA was a U.S. federal law which was ruled “unconstitutional” in 2013 when Section 3 of the Act was struck down (United States v. Windsor). DOMA defined marriage for federal purposes as the union of one man and one woman– and allowed states to refuse to recognize homosexual “marriages” granted under the laws of other states.

When it comes to abortion, most politicians will say that they are against abortion– “with the exception of rape, incest and life of the mother”– which simply means that they are pro abortion. An example of this travesty is Dr. Ben Carson who claims on his presidential campaign website that he is unabashedly and entirely pro-life“and that “human life begins at conception and innocent life must be protected.”  Yet, when pressed on talk shows Dr. Ben Carson admits to supporting the use of the Abortion Pill in cases of rape and incest. This effectively makes Dr. Carson pro abortion. Period.

Abortion is a matter of life or death. Sorry, Dr. Ben Carson, but you cannot have it both ways.

Carson goes on to say that it is “foolish” not to experiment with the tissues of babies who have already been aborted. If this is how you feel, Dr. Ben Carson, then Americans will never be able to stop Planned Parenthood’s massacre of babies, including the sale of their tissues and body parts.

What is most disturbing about Ben Carson’s statements is that he is a pediatric neurosurgeon, for God’s sake!

With so many political expediency dogmas in place, we can see that religion and God are placed on the back burner–and brought to the front only when politicians need all the help they can get in order to control societal unrest or improve their image. More and more we see how God is used as a convenient tool– and not as the basis for sound public policy.

Without God our earthly efforts become a string of intentional fallacies. For this reason– and in light of our ongoing political reality, which is mostly based on willful delusions, I reflect on the words from the Ordinary of the Latin Mass: Do me justice, O God, and fight my fight against an unholy people, rescue me from the wicked and deceitful man.

It’s time to lift the fog… someone has to say the truth.

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THE MIDDLE EAST SECTARIAN WAR: Modern-day Shia-Sunni conflict, twelve years and counting

Once Moslems arrive– they tend to stay. In Spain they stayed for more than 700 years… something to think about as we examine modern-day sectarian violence in the Middle East– vis-à-vis the election of the next president of the United States.

By Marielena Montesino de Stuart

Detail of the Alhambra, Spain-- where Moslems ruled for over 700 years
Detail of the Alhambra, Spain– where Moslems ruled for over 700 years

Sectarian violence among Moslems began in the 7th Century AD. But twelve years ago an event took place which marked the beginning of modern-day Middle Eastern sectarian violence: a bomb was set off in the perimeter of the Imam Ali shrine in Najaf, Iraq, a holy site for followers of Shia Islam and the place where their first Imam,  Ali ibn Abi Talib, is buried.

The blast took the life of Ayatollah Muhammad Bakr al-Hakim, one of the leaders of the Shiite Moslems in Iraq. He opposed Saddam Hussein (a Sunni)– but his approach to opposing the former dictator was considered moderate by observers of Islamic sectarian tensions.

What the world did not realize, as bodies were being pulled out from the rubble at the shrine in Najaf, is that this violent event set off the Shia-Sunni sectarian war in the Middle East. Shia Moslems are the majority in Iran and southeastern Iraq, while the Sunnis have lived predominantly in the northern and western region of Iraq.

Ten days earlier, a bomb was set off at the United Nations location in the Canal Hotel in Baghdad. While some consider that the UN blast was the beginning of the current sectarian war, it really was not. That blast was aimed at Americans and Europeans– while the blast at the Imam Ali shrine in Najaf was aimed at Iraqis.

The terrorist activities of Hamas (Iran’s terrorist group) and the Houthi Shia rebellion in Yemen are an extension of what began that bloody Friday in Najaf, twelve years ago.  The birth and rise of ISIS, a Salafi jihadist group made up mainly of extremist Sunnis from Syria and Iraq, is another violent ramification of what took place in Najaf.

So, what are we to make of this ongoing nightmare in the Middle East, vis-à-vis the election of the next president of the United States?

Are Americans prepared to ask tough questions of the presidential candidates, regarding the Middle East nightmare?

What solutions do these presidential candidates bring to the table– considering the violent Islamic theater that includes Afghanistan, Pakistan, Lebanon, Somalia, Syria, Yemen, Bahrain, North Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa, Indonesia– and the world at large, through jihadist internet recruitment?

Wars, protracted conflicts, and dictatorships begin with a single act of violence. As a Cuban who suffered the ravages of communism I must remind my readers that Fidel Castro’s “revolution” began with his brutal assault of the Moncada Barracks on July 26, 1953.  His Marxist terrorist activities continued until he took control of Cuba on January 1, 1959. Nearly 57 years later Cuba remains a communist island prison– in spite of Obama’s recent cowardly diplomacy with Cuba’s communist thugs. But there’s no denying that for over half a century the United States and the world have taken a passive and collaborative stance– which has allowed Castro to internationalize his Marxist agenda.

The exact same thing that happened in Cuba is happening in the Middle East– or has the world forgotten that history repeats itself?

It’s time to lift the fog… someone has to say the truth.

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UNESCO fails to protect Palmyra as a World Heritage Site

Does UNESCO have a pro-Islamic agenda?  Let’s examine the events in Palmyra and the Roman Catholic Cathedral of Córdoba, Spain.

By Marielena Montesino de Stuart

Palmyra, the Grande Colonnade. Photo by Jerzy Strzelecki - Wikipedia.
Palmyra, the Grande Colonnade

 

Who needs UNESCO? — which stands for United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization.

The recent beheading of Khaled al-Asaad, a renowned antiquities scholar in Syria is yet another heartbreaking loss of an innocent life taken by ISIS. Khaled al-Asaad had devoted his life to the preservation of Palmyra, in Syria. His brutal execution, while trying to protect precious antiquities, was followed by the news of the destruction of this ancient archeological site, at the hands of ISIS jihadists.

What is also disturbing is that archeological locations like Palmyra, known as the ‘Venice of the Sands’– have been declared World Heritage Sites by UNESCO– one of the many international organizations that are part of the United Nations. But where are the folks at UNESCO when you need them?

UNESCO is supposed to help operate and oversee the protection of its World Heritage Sites, pursuant to a document titled, Operational Guidelines for the Implementation of the World Heritage Convention. This document outlines all the steps required for the operational status and protection of these sites. But UNESCO,  like most socialist programs run by the United Nations, failed to protect Palmyra, one of its most treasured sites.  So much for its “World Heritage Convention.”

The Roman Catholic Cathedral of Córdoba

Roman Catholic Cathedral of Córdoba
Roman Catholic Cathedral of Córdoba

This brings me to another site, which is in danger of being turned into a “shared space” for Islamic prayer: the Cathedral of Córdoba, Spain. This treasure of Christianity is another World Heritage Site which is struggling to retain its Roman Catholic authenticity and sacred value.

The protection of the Roman Catholic heritage of this cathedral depends on the measures taken by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Córdoba — and not on UNESCO’s so-called “protection”– since UNESCO is more interested in the “world”– than it is in the authentic Roman Catholic identity of the cathedral.

In fact, in the UNESCO’s World Heritage List, the Cathedral of Córdoba is listed as the “Mosque of Córdoba.”  See item 22 under Spain (Historic Center of Córdoba) and in “Notes.”  This is because UNESCO refuses to acknowledge that the original site was a Roman Catholic Church which was desecrated and usurped by the Moors, and turned into a Mosque during their occupation of Spain.

Which brings us to the main question: does UNESCO have a pro-Islamic agenda? Hmm…

I am also including below an article about the history of the Cathedral of Córdoba, for the benefit of my readers.

Personally, I don’t see the purpose of  turning a nation’s historic site into a UNESCO “World Heritage” site– when UNESCO and the United Nations are unable to protect them with their “peacekeeping” forces– nor through any measures taken by the farcical United Nations Security Council– which currently includes non-permanent members such as Venezuela— and in the past even Cuba! There isn’t a rogue state in this world that the United Nations and its minions haven’t embraced.

While ISIS plowed through the Syrian desert– brutally murdering innocent people and destroying everything in sight, the UNESCO World Heritage Committee was holding a session in Bonn in July of this year, where they issued the following charming Bonn Declaration— which I’m sure ISIS jihadists are respectfully perusing! 

It is my opinion that UNESCO is speaking out of both sides of its mouth. On one hand it is issuing “declarations” condemning what ISIS is doing in the name of Islam— but on the other hand they are refusing to acknowledge the true Roman Catholic identity of the Cathedral of Córdoba, by calling it the “Mosque of Córdoba.”

There is an ancient Chinese proverb that says, “if we don’t change our direction, we’re likely to end up where we’re headed.” We are heading straight into hell, and without strong moral leadership in Washington not only will more innocent people die– but the world’s cultural patrimony will disappear along with Western Civilization— while politically correct / socialist entities like the United Nations UNESCO gather in their well-appointed boardrooms issuing declarations.

Khaled al-Asaad died alone, beheaded. His body was hung upside down from a column. He died in Palmyra protecting the antiquities that he loved– but where was UNESCO?

It’s time to lift the fog… someone has to say the truth.

Copyright © Marielena Montesino de Stuart. All rights reserved.

Please read my commentary  (published during Holy Week 2014) about the Roman Catholic Cathedral of Córdoba– and the danger it faces of becoming a “shared space” for Islamic prayer.

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