Eastern Orthodoxy, Evangelicals, Charismatics, etc.
I have recently [Holy Saturday, 1997] changed denominations from
inter-denominational Charismatic to Eastern Orthodox. My family's
current "church zoo" is:
Prophecy in Real Time??
- Noah's Ark, mirror, and another
towards geological signs of the End Times
Ready Tries to do a comprehensive survey. If the Rapture Index
hits 200, the world system is dying, and as far as its immediate
survival is concerned, the literality of the Second Coming
["Rapture": The Church is ripped off of the Earth as fast as a
flash of lightning] and Third Coming [Conquest of Dead Earth and
Terraforming] are irrelevant.
McCleary Interpretations of signs in the heavens, as they
relate to eschatology and the history of the Church.
- Bob Jones
This is a collection of self-styled prophetic interpretations. Just
one catch: these have many predictions that are scientifically
falsifiable. If even one of these is actually falsified, Mr.
Jones will stop publishing, period. This is not Bob Jones
- Miracles in the
Normal News This is a news log page I am maintaining. I'm
iconizing it because it tracks a sign of the End of the Current
World System (end of the age).
- Preterist Archive of
Realized Eschatology More theoretical than real-time.
PreTrib Fallacies(??) More theoretical than real-time. Yes,
this is incompatible with the above link....
The World System vs. the Church: news summaries
The investigation of the U.S. FBI regarding
perjuring to the U.S. Congress about Waco, et. al. Last event:
June 1, 2001
Pope John Paul II vs. Germany Last
event: September 24, 1999
Fr. Earl vs. the
Northern Illinois Women's Center [sic] (translation:
abortion clinic) Last event: October 1, 2000
NATO vs. Serbia/Yugoslavia Last event:
June 11, 2001
Senator John Danforth's interim
The actual incident was a few years back : David Lee Koresh
and most members of his highly apocalyptic "variant" of
Christianity died in a firestorm after 51+ days of seige by the
U.S. FBI. I refuse to have an opinion on whether Mr. Koresh was the
leader of a pseudoChristian cult, or an honest variant.
The investigation of the U.S. FBI regarding perjuring to the U.S.
Congress about Waco, et. al.
- The FBI clearly did not plan to merely arrest Mr.
Koresh: that could have been done any day before the seige started.
Mr. Koresh's daily jogging route was well-known. However, the FBI
needed to search the Branch Davidian area for evidence relating to
weapons charges. (Including potential machine-guns illegally
modified to full-automatic...which are thoroughly illegal in the
U.S. due to their completely inferior qualities for either
civilian, or extreme social collapse, situations. There are also
many more effective firearms for "terrorist" purposes.)
- Generally, this is a dangerous precedent for mainstream
denominations. For example, the United Pentecostal Church is prone
to interpreting "the church" as "the state" when interpreting the
Bible -- and indeed there are concerns that a U.S. crackdown on
this denomination is possible, within the denomination. [At least,
this was true in 1996.] There are probably other mainstream
denominations with similar quirks. It would be easy to generalize
the FBI responses in Waco to the United Pentecostal Church, and
- Conspiracy theorists quickly seized on the idea that military
tear gas, which just happens to be flammable -- and burns into
cyanide -- was used by the FBI at Waco. The FBI denied this for 6
- The bombing of the Murray Federal Building, in Oklahoma City,
in 1994 was a direct retaliation for the Waco incident.
- Recently [less than 2 weeks ago, as of Sept. 13, 1999], someone
in the Texas Rangers got a political hold and forced the FBI to
admit that the above six years of denials was a lie: military tear
gas was used. The official line still insists that Mr. Koresh
started the fire.
- The currently known situation [Sept. 13, 1999] is as follows
[This is entirely skimmed from MyCNN]:
- In the vast archives of evidence that the Texas Rangers have,
are at least two empty military CS tear gas shells. FBI audiotapes
have indicated that these were fired several hours before the fire.
There is no indication as to what kind of tear gas was in
- Several hours after that (I have no indication how long before
the fire, but it was before the fire), a star illumination flare
was fired into the same area the tear gas had been in. If the tear
gas had not thoroughly dissipated yet, and the tear gas was
flammable, then the FBI clearly started the fire.
- At this point, both the Congress and the Justice Department
started to authorize independent investigations. I am not clear
about the Congressional one, yet. The Justice Department one is
headed by the former Republican Senator John Danforth, who has such
a phenomenal bipartisan reputation for integrity that anyone who
attempts to remove him from the investigation assassinates his own
- Former Senator John Danforth is a fully ordained Episcopal
priest, according to the Kansas City Star.
- There is a serious risk that Janet Reno has unleashed the
Episcopal Inquisition ;)
- Danforth has already indicated [Sept. 12, 1999] that he will
not pay any attention to campaign or electoral schedules. When
asked by reporters for a concise summary of what he is doing: "I am
looking for bad acts."
- Shortly after this, it emerged that in the 1993 congressional
investigation, the FBI report had 49 pages.
- Page 49 was the only one that mentioned the military CS tear
- Congress only got the first 48 pages. Thus, the title of this
- Sept. 13, 1999: Danforth has selected the U.S. Postal
Inspection Service to provide investigators for this. This evades
conflict of interest questions. FBI and DEA investigators report to
the U.S. Department of Justice, one of the problem agencies. The
Secret Service, IRS, and Customs Service all report to the U.S.
Treasury Department -- as does the ATF, the other problem
- Sept. 13, 1999: Documentation was uncovered indicating that
Department of Justice officials were presenting inaccurate
information to Janet Reno.
- Oct. 6, 1999: Extensive media clips exist that allow Carlos
Ghiglotti, an expert in thermal imaging and videotape analysis who
has worked for the FBI in the past, to conclude that the FBI fired
shots into the Branch Davidian compound. However, the same tapes
also have enough evidence to conclude that shots were being fired
from the Branch Davidian compound. The report makes no claim on who
- Oct. 8, 1999: A written request, by FBI supervisors for the
Branch Davidian standoff, for authorization to shoot unarmed Branch
Davidians who approached and did not follow directions, has been
located. The authorization was never given.
- Oct. 8, 1999: It appears that the Congressional investigation
is stalling in organizational details. Senate Judiciary Committee
Chairman Orrin Hatch [R-Utah] is pushing for a full Senate
Judiciary Committee investigation restricted to Waco. Senate
Majority Leader Trent Lott [R-Mississippi] wants to create a
comprehensive investigation of all FBI misrepresentations to
Congress (at least), and has selected Arlan Specter
[R-Pennsylvania, and a Judiciary Committee member] to lead it. This
one would be more focused on Chinese espionage charges than Waco,
but would cover both (and several other things...)
- Oct. 21, 1999: An infrared videotape from an FBI surveillance
plane has been located from the day of the fire [April 19, 1993].
Whether the infrared flashes are from sniper fire, or not, is a
mathematical function of whether the expert was hired by the Branch
Davidians or the FBI. [Neither side has hired Carlos
- Nov. 15, 1999: John Danforth has obtained legal authorization
from Judge Walter Smith to run a simulation of the above videotape.
While the FBI is fanatically certain that no shots were fired by
FBI agents, the FBI has absolutely no excuses (let alone
explanations) for the infrared flashes.
- Nov. 15, 1999: Government attorneys are confident that all
evidence regarding this has been handed over to the court.
- Nov. 18, 1999: Deputy Attorney General Eric Holder, of the U.S.
Justice Department, has stated:
- It would be practically impossible to do the court-ordered
- The DoJ would get as close to the conditions as possible. This
would be helpful in the investigation.
- Danforth's "request" for the weapons used in the Waco evidence
to be turned over would be honored.
- Jan. 11, 2000: A photograph recently turned over to John
Danforth by the FBI, in an attempt to prove that the infrared
flashes on the videotape are not FBI fire, depicts a tank.
The photograph is known to be taken within "seconds" of a nearby
- The photograph needs to be covered by the 5th Amendment: it
incriminates the FBI. In the absence of timing down to at least 0.1
second, the photograph actually improves the plausibility that the
given infrared flash was FBI gunfire. Actually, the problem
is the tank's turret. George Fisher has informed me that the
typical speed limit of a tank is around 100 mph. This speed limit
is enforced by mechanical integrity issues (something about the
treads...). I am unclear what the acceleration limits are.
- Due to concerns about untimely release of evidence by the FBI
(the deadline is Jan. 15, 2000; the trial date is May 15, 2000):
the Branch Davidian lawyers have requested a judgment of $50,000
from the FBI in order to hire more staff to deal with the evidence
- Jan. 19, 2000: John Danforth has decided that he needs the
toxicological work done on the Branch Davidian victims redone, and
has requested custody of the remains (currently with the Armed
Forces Medical Examiner). The initial results were that no illegal
drugs were found, and that each of carbon monoxide (from the fire)
and cyanide (from the burning of the military tear gas) were found
in some of the bodies. [There are, of course, no guarantees as to
how many of the remains tested positive for both.]
- Feb. 17, 2000: Lawyers for the U.S. government, and the
Davidians, have agreed on the details of conducting a recreation of
the conditions that ended the Waco seige in 1993. The object is to
explain over more than 100 infrared flashes that are consistent
with FBI gunfire -- but that the FBI insists are not.
- Feb. 28, 2000: Richard Rogers, the Hostage Rescue Team [HRT]
commander at Waco, was also the HRT at the Ruby Ridge fiasco. It
seems he needed to do an extensive fast-talk job to convince his
supervisors to authorize the tear gas.
- Richard Rogers must be fairly well-connected, politically: his
botching of Ruby Ridge should have disqualified him from
- Mar. 6, 2000: The Dallas Morning News quoted Peter Smerick, a
veteran FBI behavioral expert, as stating that five psychological
profiles were suppressed in the information Reno was given
regarding whether to authorize the tear gas. All five profiles
warned against using force because the Davidians "would rather die
- Mar. 19, 2000: The court-ordered reenactment of Waco at Fort
Hood was today. The high was about 69ºF, in contrast with the
- Mar. 20, 2000: Both the Branch Davidian lawyers and the FBI
lawyers find the test results favorable for their point of view. I
have some fantasies on what sort of results would provoke
- Mar. 24, 2000: The FBI lawyers were granted a request to limit
Janet Reno's questioning to two hours, since that would be ample
time to find out everything she knew about the Waco incident.
- Mar. 28, 2000: Reno's testimony indicates that demolishing the
Branch Davidian complex was unauthorized. Also, the
acceleration of the FBI plan violated FBI regulations, since
Reno was not consulted before it was done.
- Apr. 24, 2000: The Branch Davidian lawyers have scheduled a
review of claims that the FBI destroyed, withheld, or tampered with
key evidence. The FBI is aware of 30 missing negatives from the
first of 7 rolls of film shot by an FBI photographer -- but the
original contact sheet, and prints of the negatives, are locatable.
More dubious claims:
- A roll of film depicting bodies, etc. inside one of the
concrete bunkers confiscated from the Texas Rangers was never
returned. These photographs are thought to be definitively biased
for either the Branch Davidians, or the FBI -- but not both.
- Key audio recordings (used as evidence that the Branch
Davidians started the fire) apparently have enough artifacts to
suggest they are copies made from multiple recordings. The FBI has
no effective reply, instead insulting the contrary experts.
- June 5, 2000: The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that Federal
prosecutors' use of the "machine gun" variant of a firearms control
law is a different charge than the basic version -- which the
Federal prosecutors did not attempt to prove. The sentencing
procedure for five of the Branch Davidians was thus ruled Federally
illegal. [This would impose a maximum sentence of 30 years, rather
than 5 years, in prison.]
- June 22, 2000: Larry Potts (the assistant FBI director at the
time of Waco) testified that the use of tanks to demolish the
gymnasium 5 hours into the tear-gas seige was a direct violation of
the FBI plan for the seige, and furthermore physically endangered
the crew of the tank unnecessarily.
- June 23, 2000: Several assistant FBI directors confirmed the
prior testimony. Also, it is plausible that the tear gas was
ignited by muzzle flashes. This was highly predictable: the fact
that this particular choice of tear gas burns into cyanide is
not innocent, even if it results in no immediate
- July 6, 2000: The Texas Rangers provided testimony about what
firearms were recovered from the Branch Davidian complex after it
was demolished. 133 weapons were discovered in the bunker, and 111
stacked against the walls. Among these were 60 M-16 machine guns,
60 AK-47 assault rifles, and 30 AR-15 assault rifles. These were
U.S.-legal to own in 1993 -- if they were not converted from
semiautomatic firing. 46 of the recovered weapons were converted to
fully automatic firing, however.... Also, 400,000 rounds of
"cooked" ammunition (exploded by heat) were recovered. The last two
points do not coincide well with intent to resell at gun shows to
raise funds. [The ammunition recovered was definitely
excessive.] This does give credence to fears about how safe it was
to put firefighting equipment near the complex...and also is
further evidence that the crew of the tank delivering the tear gas
was unnecessarily endangered. One passage Mr. Koresh was obviously
weak on: Matt. 26:52 (and context).
- July 11, 2000: One of the drivers for a tear-gas tank/truck
testified that the Branch Davidian compound was constructed such
that the wall had to be breached in order to deliver the
- July 11, 2000: The FBI took a gamble: they are hoping that the
jurors advising the judge can hear the same words in surveillance
audiotapes that they did. These audiotapes are of very low quality.
If the audiotapes indeed audibly say what the FBI says they say, it
would prove that the Branch Davidians took preliminary steps to
immolate the complex themselves. In this case, it is unclear
whether the Branch Davidian (inner-circle; a number of survivors
were not party to this) explicitly ignited the fuel, or whether
other methods ignited the tear-gas first.
- July 21, 2000: Sen. John Danforth has released an interim
report. Conclusion: FBI did not start the fire, shoot at
Branch Davidians, improperly use the military, or engage in a
massive conspiracy and/or cover-up. However, government lawyers and
FBI agents did conceal from Congress and the court system
that an agent fired three pyrotechnic rounds -- four hours before
the fire, at a construction area. Danforth's investigation was into
bad acts, not bad judgment -- of which the court case
has documented much.... The FBI is still open to criminal charges,
over failure to present evidence that is known to have existed
(shells and pyrotechnic projectiles). Danforth ruled that top
government officials, including Reno, were not in any way
- July 23, 2000: Sen. John Danforth said that the U.S. government
was directly responsible for provoking the conspiracy theorists
into their speculations, by not being completely honest in small
details. He believes that about 5% of his investigation needs to be
- June 1, 2001: Former Sen. John Danforth commented that he
threatened the FBI with a search warrant regarding the Waco papers,
due to the agency's active resistance to outside scrutiny and its
poor record-keeping. There was a verbal agreement between Danforth
and Louis Freeh that Danforth would not get a search warrant if the
U.S. Postal Inspects searched through the files themselves. This
turned up hundreds of pages of relevant documents that the FBI did
not yield to Danforth's investigation on prior requests.
Pope John Paul
II vs. Germany
This one has been smoldering for a while [less than 2 years?], but
a recent story on CNN justified including it.
In Germany, a certificate documenting that a woman has received
counseling regarding abortion, is required before actually getting
an abortion. In this respect, Germany is more civilized than the
United States, where the Supreme Court Case Roe vs. Wade [1973?]
legalized abortion on whim.
Normally, the following organizations can legally issue these
certificates after counseling: the Red Cross, "state centers"
(whatever that means: clarification by email is welcome, and may be
used to revise this section), and church organizations.
While Pope John Paul II is quite willing to let Roman Catholic
clergy do counseling regarding abortion...he has directly ordered
Roman Catholic clergy to not give permission slips for
- There's only one problem with this. It is physically impossible
for a Roman Catholic priest to satisfy both German law and Church
law. Pope John Paul II's direct order to his clergy is a direct
order to break German law, because under German law effective
abortion counseling requires the option to get the abortion
- I will not speculate on the comparative fearsomeness of
hellfire (and subsequent Lake of Fire) and physical imprisonment as
punishments. However, I'm certain we tend to underrate hellfire.
Consider my Lord Jesus Christ's exhortation "And do not fear those
who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. But rather fear Him who
is able to destroy both body and soul in hell." [Matt. 10:28,
- June 23, 1999 [CNN]: Roman Catholic Bishop Karl Lehmann of
Mainz, chairman of the German Bishops conference, has announced
that the Roman Catholic Church would stay in the [German] state
abortion counseling system. The certificates issued will, as
always, fully comply with the German requirements for a valid
certificate: the name of the woman, and the place and time of the
counseling received. In order to prevent violation of the direct
order from Pope John Paul II, the sentence (translated into English
as "This certificate cannot be used for the carrying out of a legal
abortion.") will be included.
- Bishop Lehmann has openly noted that the modified certificate
still satisfies all German law requirements for proceeding with an
abortion. Thus, individuals have the option of ignoring the added
sentence (above), and getting an abortion.
- However, the deputy party chairwoman for the governing Social
Democrats, Renate Schmidt, has openly stated that the additional
sentence invalidates the certificates. The Social Services Ministry
in southern Baden-Wuerttemberg state has indicated (indirectly)
that it would cut off funding for Roman Catholic counseling centers
if the added sentence invalidates the certificates.
- In addition, the president of a medical association
representing German gynecologists, Guenter Kindermann, has openly
declared that his members will not accept the Roman Catholic
certificates for fear of prosecution.
- Sept. 16, 1999 [MyCNN]: The Vatican has issued an official
statement on Bishop Lehmann's certificate modification.
- The modified certificate was still being used for access to
abortion. Thus, the modification was completely ineffective.
- The only known effects of the clause is to create a debate
"which has damaged the unity of the Catholic Church in Germany and
prompted questions to the Holy See".
- The Pope is expected to announce an official position next week
[Sept. 20-26, 1999].
- Sept. 21, 1999 [MyCNN]: Bishop Karl Lehmann has admitted that
in a letter sent to the German branch of the Roman Catholic Church
by Pope John Paul II, that the Pope has directly forbidden the
issuance of German-law-legal abortion counseling certificates of
any kind. While he understands why several lay factions would want
to split off from the Roman Catholic Church in order to continue
issuing these certificates, he strongly advises against it.
- In the history of church splits, there is a clear pattern: the
half doing the splitting usually (99%+ of the time) is
suffering from major doctrinal errors, at least as viewed centuries
later. Observe that in this conflict, the lay factions are
seriously considering severing themselves; it is not the Roman
Catholic Church doing the split. [This is not always the case,
- On the other hand, if these lay factions wake up to one of
these truths (or even better, something that I cannot imagine), it
is hopefully a good thing that their self-delusion has been ended
by the Holy Spirit:
- They are Roman Catholics, and must immediately
repent of their heinous rebellion for considering splitting
off in order to conform to the world system.
- They are not Roman Catholics.
- Sept. 24, 1999 [MyCNN]: Bishop Karl Lehmann has proven unable
to ram Pope John Paul II's direct orders down the throats of
certain German Bishops even more in favor of continuing abortion
counseling than he is. These Bishops are forcing the German Council
of Bishops to report that they need more time to respond to the
Pope's demands that the Church drop out of this. The preparations
to continue direct disobedience include:
- German politicians are inciting these German Bishops to sin by
"appealing to them to stand firm".
- Catholic lay leaders are making plans to launch a foundation
this week to replace the Church counseling system if the final
result is that the Church quits doing it.
Fr. Earl vs. the
Northern Illinois Women's Center [sic]
Normally, I do not follow the antics of the pro-abortion saboteurs
of abortion clinics and their ilk.
Judge their actions by their fruits. The primary effects of
their actions, in the U.S., has been to:
As such, I conclude that they are motivated by the Father of Lies,
rather than the Father of Lights (which says nothing about their
ultimate salvation...although I am confident those acts will
not survive the Judgment of Christ at His Second Coming.
- Increase the world-system legitimacy of abortion clinics.
- Conduct gross anti-evangelism, repelling people from the Church.
Father in Heaven has destroyed nations over lesser things.
Citizens of the United States, have no delusions about the U.S.
having any inside edge here: Israel has a Divine contract
guaranteeing that it shall exist (in some form), and Father in
Heaven saw fit to de-nationalize Israel for 21+ centuries. Father
in Heaven also saw fit to use Babylon for His purposes -- until its
time was up.
Roman Catholic priests are not covered by the above statements.
Brimming with theological training and flashes of Divine
inspiration (in spite of themselves), one would assume incredibly
consistent and direct Divine inspiration would be required to
evince thoroughly traceable criminal activities.
- Sept. 30, 2000: Fr John Earl, of St. Patrick's Catholic Church
in Rochelle (Diocese of Rockford), was charged with:
- Sabotaging security cameras with thrown bricks.
- Ramming his car through the garage door of the Northern
Illinois Women's Center.
- Vandalizing the building with an ax.
- Oct. 1, 2000: Fr John Earl has been freed on $10,000 bond. His
activities have been restricted while the allegations(?) are being
investigated by the Diocese of Rockford. Local restaurant owner
Frank Giammarese has started a legal defense fund for Fr John Earl,
in spite of his opposition to what happened.
NATO vs. Serbia/Yugoslavia
Unfortunately, I must list this here. I expect this section to stay
firmly at the bottom of this page, due to the emotionally volatile
mixture of both politics and what the world system calls religion.
The email and backtracking links are at the very bottom of this
page, as is usual on this domain.
Serbia [with some unknown mixture of Communist religionists and
Serbian Orthodox Christians] is (or was) waging a jihad against the
Muslim Kosovars, and dragging Montenegro along for the ride.
Primary news sources, with their identified slants:
CNN: pro-Serbian news reporting,
except for direct NATO excerpts. CNN Custom defaults to this for
Information Center's Kosovo Crisis page: clearly pro-Serbian
reporting. Includes direct links to Yugoslav websites, and a
listing of Orthodox Church official messages.
- NATO: clearly pro-NATO.
I know that my classification of CNN as pro-Serb should provoke
a minor flame war. One of my professionally developed character
flaws is the ability to extremely opinionate, upon sufficient
evidence, virtually instantly. I have sufficient evidence to
classify CNN as pro-Serb in its coverage.
I am not going to provide a real-time news log of this.
If any of my readers is already maintaining such a news log, please
let me know so I can link you from here. (Note: I expect such a
news log to have entries for at least every two days. This
situation changes that quickly.)
What's the natural background here?
What's the spiritual background here? (My rendition of the
- A severe diplomatic error was committed about six or seven
weeks before NATO started air strikes. NATO should not have
tried to split Serbia into discontiguous land areas. This has a
"proven" track record of disintegrating nations.
- C.f. Bangladesh and Pakistan, formerly Pakistan....
- As such, it is (and was) an excellent provocation to armed
- I won't go into how the vice-president of an ultranationalist
political party physically attacked a U.S. soldier in hand-to-hand
combat -- and was shot dead on the scene. This was reported, in all
the detail I have presented, by both Western and Yugoslav sources.
[Both sources had much more detail, but beyond this point they were
failing to confirm each other.] There is "something really wrong"
about this incident: normally, a person with that kind of rank
would not be personally involved in a violent incident.
- The Rambouillet accords were a farce from the time negotiations
started. The conditions for determining their impartiality, or lack
thereof, were easily seen on day 1. They are not a viable framework
for a ceasefire, or more advanced forms of peace agreement.
- Impartial: neither the Kosovars nor the Serbs sign.
- Pro-Serb: the Serbs sign.
- Pro-Kosovar: Kosovars sign. [This is what actually
- NATO's first airstrikes were 48 hours after the mass eviction
of Muslims (by the Serbian army) was physically observed. All
Yugoslav media assertions to the contrary are factually incorrect
[but not verifiably false by the common man in real-time]. This
figures into the spiritual analysis.
- The Serbs (from rhetoric and other action) are easily diagnosed
as being engaged in a jihad to remove the Muslims from Kosovo. [The
Muslims have been there only since 1389, secular history. I know
that there are divergences between Orthodox Church history and
secular history. If the reader knows one applies here, please email
me now] If Serbia wins this jihad, it will violate a
principle about aggressors not gaining territory. This principle
was first seriously used at the end of WWII. The U.S. and the U.K.
are committed to this principle. This is not uniform across NATO;
in particular, France, Greece, and Italy normally have good
political relations with Serbia.
- Any NATO-tolerable ceasefire agreement constitutes Serbia
losing the jihad. In this case, I expect Milosevic to be summarily
removed from office. Milosevic's political career should be dead,
if not Milosevic himself.
- The Phantom Truce of June 3, 1999: A successful test of these
expectations was conducted. CNN reported that both Western and
Yugoslavian media stated that Milosevic had verbally agreed, after
a vote by the Serbian Parliament, to a NATO-tolerable settlement on
June 3, 1999. NATO airstrikes had almost ceased for June 3 to 6,
1999, but have resumed on June 7, 1999. The acid test was failed:
not only did troop withdrawal fail to occur (which should have been
fatal to the Milosevic government), but armed conflict extended to
- The Truce of June 9, 1999: This is a test of expectations in
progress. Think of it as a slightly revised version of the Phantom
Truce of June 3, 1999. Rumor [as in NATO is said to state it] has
it that an agreement has been signed, and that Serb troop
withdrawal compliant with the agreement should start "in a few
hours." The acid test will be June 10 through at least June 17.
Failure will indicate either a materially incorrect rumor or a
direct violation by one of several parties [KLA, Serbia, and/or
- As of June 14, 1999, there are several weaknesses in this:
- Twice, the orders that Russia says it is giving its troops are
not the orders the troops are receiving. The Russian
exclusion of NATO troops from Pristina airport is still going on.
This has serious implications for the Russian government. There are
two naive interpretations:
- The Russian government may be misrepresenting their orders for
- Alternatively, the Russian military may be an independent
entity, no longer related to the Russian government.
- There have been two incidents of Serbians attacking NATO forces
with lethal force. [AK-47 from a car on a German armored personnel
carrier, and pistol on a British patrol -- after being warned.]
This indicates a significant faction of Serbs is going to continue
this. This faction may have Milosevic as an assassination
- Many civilian Serbs are leaving with the Serbian forces, citing
that NATO forces cannot stop the KLA from targeting them.
- These agreements has several weak points:
- Serbia loses the jihad, by definition.
- It may be too close, in essence, to the farcical Rambouillet
accords to be viable. Western media has reported that it is similar
- The approval vote in Parliament was near a 2-1 yes/no ratio;
the debating was reported as including fistfights, and apparently
the extreme nationalists consider Milosevic to be surrendering to
- On June 5 and 6, 1999, Serbia shelled Albania (specifically,
Muslim Kosovar refugee villages). While it is a standard
Muslim/Arab tactic in the Middle East to conduct military
operations from bases intermixed with civilians, I expect none of
my news sources to reliably report on whether this is actually
- One implausible nightmare scenario (I cannot project results,
but it would seriously alter the Orthodox Church political
dynamics) would be if Serb military power ended up prematurely
terminating Albanian Orthodox clergy.
- Another scenario (plausibility unknown) is Milosevic using
Albania as a launching point to invade Greece and/or Italy [both of
which so far have reliably opposed NATO in this conflict].
- It needs a UN Security Council resolution. A veto from either
China or Russia will unilaterally kill the whole plan, and both
nations have motive:
- China's media agency Xinhua has been actively suppressing all
international news indicating the NATO missile hitting the Chinese
embassy was due to bad information [Who prevented the U.S.
maps from updating the location of the Chinese embassy in 1995??
And, from a Chinese point of view, is it really plausible that the
maps were not updated in 1995??]. I don't know the relevance of
this to a potential veto, due to my gross ignorance of oriental
cultures, and Chinese in particular. It would be relevant if China
had a Western culture [which China doesn't have, at all....] [June
7: it is now thought that China will not veto what Russia won't
- Both Russia's government, and the general populace in Moscow,
believe that Chernomydin was actively working against Russia in
making this agreement. If Russia's UN representatives take orders
from Moscow, this veto is almost certain in the current political
climate. [June 7: the UN resolution was stalled while the UN
representatives consulted with Moscow. NATO forces at the core (one
of the non-negotiable points) is one of the blocking issues.]
- NATO will not tolerate active UN dominance (as opposed to a
non-interventionist umbrella approval). Serbia media is assuming
active UN dominance. The agreement fails to define the mode of UN
involvement [which means NATO and Serbia may not even be talking
about the same agreement!] However, NATO is explicitly aware of
this unclarity in the agreement. Chernomydin has mentioned that
NATO command of Russian troops is intolerable [suggesting
Chernomydin expects UN dominance].
- This seems to be the nature of the actual collapse of the
agreement on June 7, 1999: On 14 out of 20 points, NATO interpreted
them differently than the Serbian generals. This suggests that at
least these 14 points were either crafted by Chernomydin and to be
interpreted differently by NATO and Serbia, or were explicitly
intolerable to the Serbian government.
- Milosevic cannot politically survive a NATO force in Kosovo; he
can politically survive a UN force in Kosovo.
- The Muslim Kosovars, not having been consulted, may find this
agreement explicitly pro-Serb (and reject its requirements), much
as the Serbs found Rambouillet explicitly pro-Kosovar (and rejected
- [June 14, 1999] The KLA has openly refused to accept Russians
as peacekeeping troops.
- [June 17, 1999] The KLA has been verifiably harassing at least
one Serbian Orthodox monastery.
- A politically critical accident, a smart missile strike on the
Chinese Embassy, has occurred.
- China has actively refused to believe that the U.S. map
information did not have the updated location of the Chinese
Embassy (which was in the targeted area for only 4 years). The
above is general background; the next two comments are from Reuters
via CNN Custom, [June 26, 1999]. Before these two points, I had
classified this entire incident as non-news; however, the
conjunction of these, with the original incident, means the
U.S.-China diplomatic situation is far worse than is being
reported by any agency, including Xinhua.
- A CIA operative was reported as saying the intended target had
moved, but there was no evidence that the Chinese Embassy
was in the location where the intended target used to be.
- Three of the dead were journalists. Of these three journalists,
two were also Chinese intelligence agents. [The official U.S.
sources say the two Chinese intelligence agents were not
journalists; I find it much more plausible that the two Chinese
intelligence agents were also journalists. China is
politically incapable of confirming that the Chinese intelligence
agents were Chinese intelligence agents.]
- Combining the above two comments, I believe that the missile
strike targeted a Chinese intelligence facility that may (or may
not) have been in the Chinese Embassy. If it was the Chinese
Embassy, the real person/system who caused the missile strike was
the one responsible for suppressing the location of the Embassy.
Most Embassy locations are not classified information!
- There is undoubtedly a good motivation for this renaming
after-the-fact! There has been [through June 26] no media
awareness of the existence of this motivation. [Xinhua is incapable
of relaying this motivation.]
- October 17, 1999: The British newspaper, the Observer, released
a story (with suitably anonymous sources) that NATO was hunting
military radio broadcasts at the time. The NATO attack on
Milosevic's presidential residence on April 23, 1999, shut these
down for 24 hours. They resumed at what Beijing later declared to
be the Chinese Embassy. Thus, the missile strike at the so-called
Chinese embassy was targeting military radio broadcasts.
- This is the part of the Observer story that was not
denied by the British government and NATO. The Observer story also
had the (plausibly false) claim that the Chinese Embassy was
on the NATO maps -- in Naples, Italy. [Not exactly where the
information is needed. Also, Italian-supplied maps are notorious
for dangerous inaccuracies. E.g. gondola lines, such as the one
that never was on any map from when it was constructed (in or
before 1968) to when a U.S. plane's tail severed the line after it
was surprised by the gondola line. In a blow to U.S./Italian
relations, the U.S. justice system delivered justice instead of
revenge for this incident.] This is directly contradicted by a
large body of evidence, so I am going to tentatively assume this is
something added to further insult Red China's President Jiang Zemin
(who was in Britain when this story was released....) [All detail
purists and Chinese, please excuse the gross error of mentioning
"Prime Minister Xiang" in my initial version.]
- April 9, 2000: The U.S. Central Intelligence Agency has fired
one employee and disciplined six others for their role in the
mis-targeting of the Chinese Embassy. CIA Director George Tenet
does not consider the "fog of war" (with effects such as time
pressure and stretched resources) any protection from internal
discipline. The U.S. Pentagon apparently considers the CIA's
dissection of where the errors were to be adequate.
- April 10, 2000: On the other hand, Red China considers the
results of the above CIA investigation to be clearly false....
- May 7, 2000: Red China repeated its demand for a thorough,
complete investigation and a "satisfactory explanation" regarding
the above incident, on the 1-year anniversary. The U.S. isn't going
to deliver, since what seems to be requested is arbitrary revenge.
Red China is displaying a serious lack of intuition about the "fog
of war"; this may make Red China overconfident regarding Taiwan
- June 26, 1999: A rumor that Milosevic has received a political
asylum offer from China was mentioned to Reuters. This does
affect the spiritual analysis: [Red] China has a long track record
of being explicitly hostile to the Church, in its manifold
- Oct. 5, 1999: The "Milosevic government system" apparently is
becoming concerned about the daily anti-government protests that
have been running since September 21, 1999. Concerned enough to
commit a public assassination attempt against Vuk Draskovic, leader
of the opposition Serbian Renewal movement: a truck deliberately
swerved into his convoy 25 miles outside of Belgrade. The truck
driver fled the scene.
- A Belgrade magistrate has ordered the location and arrest of
the truck driver, and the determination of the ownership of the
truck. I expect the successful execution of these court orders to
directly threaten the "Milosevic government system"
- I would hope this is the sort of thing that the "Milosevic
government system" would keep Slobodan Milosevic ignorant of.
- Oct. 9, 1999: The initial police report noted that the
Draskovic convoy was traveling faster than 150 km/hr, in contrast
to the speed limit of 80 km/hr. The ownership of the truck, and the
driver of the truck, have still not been located--as per estimated
"Milosevic government system" plan.
- Oct. 29, 1999: Montenegro has started to take concrete action
towards disconnecting Montenegro's currency from Yugoslavia's
currency. The exact new policy will be announced November 1, 1999
[Monday]. Speculations have including printing a new currency, or
simply establishing the German mark as legal tender. Yugoslav
Information Minister Goran Matic has described the series of events
leading to this as an attempt at a "monetary coup". The steps
leading to this include the consistent interception by Yugoslavia
of professionally forged Yugoslav dinars from Hungary, Bulgaria,
and Bosnia (one Hungarian batch was 5 to 6 million forged Yugoslav
dinars, and one Serb-Bosnian batch was 500,000 forged Yugoslav
dinars). This raises the question of whether the inflation in
Yugoslavia (prompting Montenegro's actions) is induced by organized
crime rather than the "Milosevic government system".
- Nov. 2, 1999: Montenegro has made the German mark legal tender
in Montenegro. Starting Thursday (Nov. 4, 1999), basic goods will
be priced in marks. While the Montenegrin government insists this
is not the prelude to a split...this is a direct violation of
- The current unofficial estimated inflation rate for 1999 in
Serbia is 100%. All of Serbia's denials about hyperinflation are
verifiably false by Serbia's own citizens. [This increases the risk
of the Romans 1 curse activating for Serbia.] The black market (as
of Nov. 2, 1999) Yugoslav dinar/German mark rate was 17/1, in
contrast to the official Serbian rate of 6/1.
- Nov. 5, 1999: The Yugoslav National Bank [YNB] has retaliated
for Montenegro's legalization of the German mark by freezing all
payments by Montenegrin payers to Serbian payees. Montenegro feels
no need to retaliate for this. The official line of the YNB is that
this is required to protect the Yugoslav economy from uncontrolled
money printing. While the Yugoslav economy does need such
protection, organized crime is a more active source [see Oct. 29,
1999 in this series]. Montenegro's official line is that they hope
Serbia will proceed to create a safe monetary environment, as
Montenegro has already done.
- Nov. 6, 1999: Montenegrin civil service payments were a day
late (today rather than Nov. 5), because of technical difficulties
flying in German marks: neither of the available airports had
support for a night landing, so the airplanes carrying the German
marks had to fly to airports in Croatia.
- Dec. 29, 1999: Montenegro has offered to pay Yugoslav military
officers their salaries in marks, if they can guarantee the
purchase of their salaries' worth in dinars in Serbian goods and
have them imported into Montenegro. There are concerns that
Milosevic will respond violently to this offer.
- Jan. 5, 2000: There are ill-named reports that Montenegro is
considering dropping the dinar as a currency, due to its extreme
lack of use.
- Jan. 14, 2000: YES! Yugoslavia (the Milosevic regime) is
finally taking action against the impending hyperinflation of the
Yugoslav dinar. While there are concerns that the Nov. 1999
inflation statistic (after 10 days of delay, 2.5% rather than the
estimated 12%) was forged, Yugoslavia's 2000 economic policy
targets zero-inflation. Also, Dec. 1999 had a deflation of 0.7%.
The National Bank of Yugoslavia:
- is holding its discount rate at 2%, and may reduce it if the
zero-inflation policy actually works.
- plans to hold M1 for the Yugoslav dinar constant relative to
Dec. 1999 (currently thought by both private and government
analysts to be 16.5 billion dinars), and may actually start
- increased the hard currency reserve requirements for banks.
Banks licensed for international payment operations must have
U.S.$2 billion in hard currency reserves. If said bank is also
licensed for international credit operations, it must have U.S.$4
billion in hard currency reserves.
- Held the general reserve requirements constant: 17% genuine
reserve, 7% for government finance, 6% for the Serbian power
- Mar. 3, 2000: Initial macroeconomic results from Montenegro's
conversion to the German mark are in, courtesy of the G17
- Between Nov. 1999 and Feb. 2000, money supply rose from 73
million German marks to 88 million German marks. Actual German
marks in circulation rose from 20 million to 70 million.
- The G17 estimated Montenegro's Dec. 1999 inflation at 20.8% per
month; Jan. 2000 inflation was estimated at 6.3%. This is thought
to be due to a total lack of mechanisms for controlling the number
of German marks in circulation. Also, only one of the seven local
banks has avoided liquidity problems.
- Investing abroad, the assistance of local banks, and hard
currency bonds have all been suggested for controlling the number
of German marks in circulation.
- April 20, 2000: Miroljub Labus, a G17 economist living close to
(or in) Serbia, dismissed fears of Serbian hyperinflation. He
estimates Serbian monthly inflation as 5% to 10% [in contrast to
both official estimate 2.9% for Mar. 2000 and an extreme estimate
of 20% to 30%]. Labus sees the EU macroeconomic sanctions as having
a serious effect by Fall 2000 -- if Serbia does not
- May 3, 2000: Serbia passed a law, effective June 1, 2000, that
taxes idle agricultural land.
- Idle ordinary agricultural land is taxed between 10,000 and
50,000 dinars per hectare, depending on soil quality.
- Idle orchards and vineyards will be subject to a 50,000 dinar
- Idle irrigated land is taxed specially, up to 100,000
- If the tax is not paid within the month, the idle land is
confiscated by the agricultural ministry....
- This is definitely an interesting way to apply market
incentives to boosting food production.
- May 4, 2000: the above tax is entirely appropriate, due to
persistent shortages of basic foodstuffs (milk, oil, bread, etc.).
At the current controlled prices, a stereotypical poor family must
spend 70% of its income on food. Discontinuing subsidies is
politically unacceptable, since the initial free market price would
be 125% of said family's income....
- Oct. 16, 2000: Montenegro is considering whether to pass a law
that would create a Montenegrin Central Bank, or whether the
currently-proposed law needs revision. The election outcome hasn't
really influenced the importance of this issue to Montenegro's
- Oct. 28, 2000: Montenegro expects the bill that would create
the Montenegrin Central Bank to become law around Nov. 8,
- Dec. 14, 2000: The Yugoslav central bank has announced a
massive currency redesign, coincident with the legalization of hard
currency in Serbia. The new 2-dinar coin bears the relief of the
Serbian Christina Orthodox monastery of Gracanica in Kosovo. The
20-dinar, 50-dinar, and 100-dinar banknotes will be in green,
violet and blue, each with yellow highlights -- different than the
theme colors of ochre, blue and gray. The faces have also been
redone (I do not have names): A former Serb ruler, a Serb reformer
and a Serb poet have been replaced with a Serb composer, a Serb
scientist and a Montenegrin poet-ruler.
- Nov. 15, 1999: A group of UN member states (led by Bosnia,
Croatia, Slovenia, and Macedonia) has proposed formally enforcing
the non-membership of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia [FRY]
(Serbia and Montenegro). This was initially declared in the UN
General Assembly on Sept. 22, 1992. Three days before [Sept. 19,
1992], the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia was observed to
have ceased to exist by the UN Security Council. These resolutions
did not, however, prevent the technical membership of FRY (although
they did suspend it).
- This resolution is backed by all 56 Moslem countries.
- A nameless Third-World diplomat considers this to be a bad
precedent. Gaining membership in the UN requires the approval of
both the General Assembly and the Security Council, so it is most
parallel that expulsion require approval by both the General
Assembly and the Security Council. However, it is virtually certain
that Russia would unilaterally veto any such measure. This proposal
is trying to do the expulsion with just the General Assembly,
bypassing the Security Council.
- March 14, 2000: Russia's foreign minister considers it a
realistic possibility that tensions in Kosovo will spill over into
southern Serbia, and wants coalition assistance in preventing
- March 29, 2000: Russia's subsidization of natural gas to
Yugoslavia for humanitarian reasons was unexpectedly reduced to
about 110,000 m3/hour, down from 250,000
m3/hour. This is expected to totally shut down natural
gas for construction work purposes: food processing and manufacture
of fertilizer have higher priority.
- May 31, 2000: Russia has initiated official diplomatic contacts
with Milosevic's political opposition, while continuing such
contacts with Milosevic's regime.
- July 8, 2000: Montenegro and Serbia no longer agree on
what Yugoslavia's constitution is. Milosevic, in order to
ram through a series of changes needed to keep him in power
(including annuling the term limit), was forced to selectively
invite Montenegrin legislators (those that favored his regime).
Montenegro considers the changes Yugoslav-illegal. It is unclear
whether Yugoslavia has already ceased to exist, or not.
- Oct. 7, 2000: It appears that the Serbian Orthodox Church has
successfully damned Milosevic's bid for re-election as President of
Yugoslavia. [This is a technical description of the Serbian
Orthodox Church's attitude towards Milosevic's holding onto that
position.] Details are as follows:
- Sept. 29, 2000: Due to reports of serious deviations between
physical vote counts and official vote counts, a massive civil
disobedience program was organized in an effort to force Milosevic
to renege on his claims that he did not outright lose the
- Sept. 30, 2000: Serbia's largest coal mine, at Kolubara near
Belgrade, has been completely shut down by a strike. Obrenovac's
management estimated that they would run out of coal in eight days,
but had already shut down two of the six plants. There were several
other strikes, of lesser effect, including one by the city
government of Kragujevac affecting all state-owned companies.
- Sept. 30, 2000: Both Greece and Russia have offered to mediate.
Greece's offer is limited to impartial supervision of the elections
(which, judging from Milosevic's visibly emotional response to
similar Greek suggestions, is viewed by Milosevic as a personal
insult), while Russia wishes to make Milosevic's runoff election
politically tolerable to the Yugoslav opposition parties. It is
suspected that Milosevic has rejected the Russian offer of
mediation. Kostunic (the serious challenger to Milosevic's
presidency) has informally accepted the Russian mediation offer
[but not formally enough for Russian diplomats to admit it].
- Oct. 2, 2000: The coal mine at Kostolac has also been shut
down. Russia's President Vladmir Putin referred to both Kostunic
and Milosevic as candidates for the second round of the Yugoslav
election. The Yugoslav ambassador Borislav Milosevic has explicitly
rejected the Russian mediation offer, however.
- Oct. 3, 2000: Garbage collection in Belgrade has been shut
down. It appears there is reasonably solid evidence (to the local
citizens, anyway) that the Milosevic regime verifiably invented 350
polling booths in Kosovo, and that removing the 150,000 (or so)
fictitious votes gives a result consistent with Kostunic winning
the election outright [>50%] (which would illegalize the call
for the run-off election).
- Oct. 4, 2000: It appears that some members of Milosevic's
Socialist Party are backing the massive civil disobedience.
Russia's diplomats have arrived in Yugoslavia, regardless of
Milosevic's wishes. [It's interesting to watch Russian diplomacy in
action: Russia's foreign ministry is maintaining diplomacy with the
Yugoslav government, while the Kremlin is maintaining diplomatic
relations with the Yugoslav opposition parties.]
- Oct. 5, 2000: An attempt by state police to break the strike at
the Kolubara coal mine backfired: the police, instead of breaking
up the strike, joined it.
- Oct. 6, 2000: Slobodan Milosevic should have accepted Russia's
mediation offer while it was available. Russian Foreign Minister
Igor Ivanov has congratulated Vojislav Kostunica as the winner of
Yugoslavia's presidential election. Belarus has offered political
asylum for Slobodan Milosevic; however, rumors of gold transfers
pose the risk that Milosevic has prior arrangements with Red
- Oct. 7, 2000: Yugoslavia's dinar has strengthened on the black
market in the wake of Kostunica's electoral victory, and is
anticipated to hit 25 Yugoslav dinar/German mark in the next few
- Oct. 7, 2000: Apparently, Serbian police minister Vlajko
Stojiljkovic (acting to keep Slobodan Milosevic in power) lost
control of the state police [Oct. 5/6??] when he gave
blatantly criminal orders -- that those immediately under
him refused to execute.
- Oct. 7, 2000: Red China's president Jiang Zemin congratulated
Kostunica for winning the election, and wished Kostunica success in
the major task he had ahead of him. Red China also vehemently
denied rumors that Milosevic was trying to fly gold reserves to Red
China. [Red China's non-intervention policy for remote governments
paid off: by refusing to claim who had won the election while it
was contested, Red China did not have to retract any
- Oct. 11, 2000: The highest-placed Milosevic-regime officials
seem to be implementing one of two strategies: negotiate a
power-sharing arrangment with Kostunica, or escape Yugoslavia.
- Oct. 13, 2000: Overall, the negotiations have worked. Milosevic
is somewhere in Belgrade...and Kostunica isn't interested in
extraditing Milosevic to the Hague. What Russia's Ivan Ivanov came
to start, has been completed in his absence.
- Oct. 19, 2000: It appears that Milosevic's eviction from power
was postponed as long as was physically survivable for Yugoslavia.
It turned out the Milosevic regime had no reserves of sugar,
fossil fuels, or money left, and furthermore had let all heavy
industry fall into dismaintenance. Local political projections
indicate that if the Milosevic regime had won, they would have done
almost nothing to deal with these issues before it was too
- Dec. 2, 2000: U.S.$1 billion has been verified embezzled by
Slobodan Milosevic and immediate relatives (at least, the exact
countries to which the money was embezzled). This is thought to be
imcomplete. Countries targeted for exact account location include
Switzerland, Russia, Red China, Cyprus, Greece, Lebanon, and South
- Jan. 9, 2001: Serbia's gas and oil monopoly NIS (which replaced
ProgresGasTrading, managed by former Serbian prime minister Mirko
Marjanovic -- who has connections with Slobodan Milosevic)
apparently will have difficulties meeting the 65% goods and
services component of payments to Russia's Gazprom. This is
not a new problem: according to Momcilo Curcic (one of
ProgresGasTrading's directors), Yugoslavia's arrears with Gazprom
date back two or three years, when Russia reduced the range of
goods it was interested in payment from Yugoslavia. In particular,
shoes, textiles, furniture, and clothes were removed as acceptable
goods for payment; the current range is mostly limited to
agricultural and construction products. The gas cutoff in March
2000 was due to this arrears.
- Jun. 11, 2001: Mladjan Dinkic, governor of the National Bank of
Yugoslavia, expressed concerns about mass civil unrest if a
significant rise in the standard of living (e.g., roads being
rebuilt) is not evident by the end of the summer. This was in
indirect reference to a planned meeting circa June 29 among Western
donors on whether to release circa U.S.$1.2 billion [about 15% of
Yugoslavia's GDP] in financial aid to Yugoslavia. The U.S. is
showing signs of making its financial aid conditional on progress
towards sending Slobodan Milosevic to the Hague for war crimes
trials. (Considering that we are discussing the latest iteration in
a multi-century ethnic war, I am not certain this is
appropriate...but it makes popular-sounding Western politics.)
- Orthodox Church politics is extreme here. All of the church
hierarchies that I have explicit news about [Albanian Orthodox,
Russian Orthodox, Greek Orthodox, and Antiochian Orthodox] have
lined up behind the Serbian Orthodox Church.
- The New England Diocese of North America for the Greek Orthodox
Church, however, seems to be splitting over Archbishop Spyridon. On
Saturday [June 6, 1999], an organizational meeting representing 63
parishes' laity and clergy voted 58-51 to endorse a report asking
for the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholemew to remove Archbishop
Spyridon. Personally, I think this is severely misguided; the Greek
Orthodox Church has moderately responded to this crisis, and
Spyridon's fund-raising for the Serbian victims of the Kosovo
crisis is rather tame compared to other Orthodox initiatives I have
- Sept. 18, 1999: The ex-Archibishop Spyridon resigned in late
August, refusing to resist the opposition in spite of the
Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew's direct support. His replacement,
Archbishop Demetrios, is hoped to be more palatable to the American
- Don't count on it. The resignation of Spyridon was cheered on
by the secular media. There is a heuristic that secular media
usually (99.9%+) advocates Satan's will. We may rest assured that
our Lord Jesus Christ will transform what was meant to harm the
Church into something that improves the Church.
- George Fisher has
informed me that in the early 1900's, the Serbian Orthodox
Church already had a reputation for being the most corrupt branch
of the church known to travelers.
- Proverbs 21: 1, NASB: "The king's heart is like channels of
water in the hands of the Lord, He turns it wherever He
- This applies to Clinton, Blair, and Milosevic! Equally!
Any interpretation that cannot cope with this is false. [What does
a flood look like in this metaphor?]
- When my Lord Jesus Christ returns for his Church [the Second
Coming], he is coming for a Church "without spot or wrinkle",
"whiter than snow". We (the Church) are going to be cleaned,
and this is going to hurt.
- Any clear interpretation must swallow the fact that the Serbian
Orthodox Church has just been sent "into the washing machine", in a
way the Russian Orthodox Church never has been in since 1918
[the Communist Revolution]. I am seeing very little awareness of
this in the Orthodox church statements. This is particularly
strange, since the stereotypical Church prayers I have access to
[the common prayer book] cultivate awareness of this possibility
when actually prayed.
- Due to extreme divergences between CNN/NATO and Yugoslav news
sources, at least one of the U.S. (and political allies), or Serbia
(and political allies), is nationally in immediate danger from the
following curse. O reader, do not fall into the delusion that your
nation is trivially exempt. [Note: I live in the U.S.]
- Romans 1:18-32, a passage that proves its inspiration by its
failure to be pornographic, describes a specific instance of a
Divine curse: God's response to someone wilfully believing a
lie, is to get out of the way and let that person's mind be
destroyed. If you abhor my abject understatement of this
passage, go read it yourself.
- If this actually materializes, negotiations will be
- There have been several instances of Yugoslav media publishing
statements that are easily falsified by the common man in
real-time. Since Yugoslav media is essentially
government-controlled, this indicates that a large faction of the
Yugoslav government is taking orders from the Father of Lies rather
than the Father of Lights [to cite I, II John metaphors]. There is
absolutely no natural reason for expecting the Serbian government
to turn on the Serbian Orthodox Church. However, I will not be
surprised if the Serbian government does turn on the Serbian
Orthodox Church for spiritual reasons (surely the Church takes
orders from the Father of Lights!). This reasoning is not symmetric
in the U.S.: the U.S. government does not control the U.S. media
(as proven by their functional role as a Yugoslav intelligence
- June 15, 1999: The Holy Synod of the Serbian Orthodox Church
has called for the immediate resignation of the entire Milosevic
government. The basis for this is that the Milosevic government is
incapable of solving the NATO vs. Yugoslavia situation peacefully.
This constitutes a 100% (well, maybe 99%) policy reversal on the
part of the Serbian Orthodox Church with respect to the Milosevic
government. Here is the actual text of the Synod statement on the
Serbian Orthodox Church website, in
English-transliterated Serbian, and
- A priori Milosevic government options:
- Obey the Church, and Resign: This is not a reasonable way to
respond when one is losing a jihad. It is also contrary to typical
- Ignore the Call: This would be an intelligent response.
However, the former Prime Minister Draskovic was fired [April 1999]
by Milosevic for merely insisting that NATO would take some time to
defeat, rather than be a pushover!
- Patriarch, Correct the Synod: I can't evaluate this one.
Unfortunately, the Synod's motivation is firmly based in empirical
- Discipline the Synod: This could start the Milosevic
government's persecution of the Serbian Orthodox Church. [This says
nothing about how long the government could get away with it.]
- Dec. 7, 1999: Bishop Artemije of Kosovo, in a letter to
Patriarch Pavle published in the Danas daily newspaper, criticized
Patriach Pavle for flouting the Holy Synod of the Serbian Orthodox
Church by attending a reception on Nov. 29, 1999 hosted by
- I believe the instructions of Paul, to those Christians living
under the Roman Emperor Nero, was to pray for Nero and refuse to
promote the overthrow of the regime. (This is Paul preaching what
his audience does not want to hear!) If it is truly
necessary to remove the Milosevic regime with perfect timing, this
will be done by praying for (not against) the Milosevic regime in
conjunction with appropriate natural actions. Patriarch Pavle's
action makes sense in this context. Some quotations from the
- "Your going to Milosevic's feet...has astonished many bishops,
the clergy and the majority of the Orthodox Serb people,"
- "You are turning your back to your people by going to the
celebration of November 29 and are reinforcing the teetering throne
of the destroyer of the Serb people by prolonging his death throes
for who knows how long,"
- "It is obvious that your participation in the 'celebration' is
not the stand of the Church. It is your private act, your Holiness,
and of those who accompanied you,"
- June 17, 1999: It seems that the Serbian Orthodox Patriarch
Pavle is unamused by the mass exodus of Serbs from Kosovo. This
mass exodus includes Kosovo's only Serbian Orthodox Bishop, Bishop
- Patriarch Pavle has issued a direct order to all faithful
Serbian Orthodox -- to stay in Kosovo. [Presumably, those who have
already left are expected to return.] The motivating text is 'those
who endure until the end shall be saved'.
- To add further emphasis to Patriarch Pavle's direct order,
Patriarch Pavle is complying with his own order -- by moving to the
city of Pec in Western Kosovo. [Considering the antics of the Holy
Synod, this may actually increase Patriarch Pavle's
- February 21, 2000: Bishop Artemije addressed the UN today. He
stated that to handle the Kosovo situation, both the Serbian
extremists (backed by Milosevic) and the Albanian extremists
(including the KLA and descendants) must be stopped, and the
moderates on both sides supported by NATO etc. He also believes
that most of the Serbian violence is caused by direct orders from
the Milosevic regime.
- March 15, 2000: The Holy Synod sent out a letter to all Serbian
Orthodox archbishops and their dioceses -- demanding Serbian
Orthodox priests "not to grant Holy Communion" to doctors and
midwives known to perform abortions. This includes Eucharist.
- Secularly speaking, this has never before been an issue in
Serbia; it is described as widely and liberally performed under
Serbian law -- liberally enough to drastically reduce the Serbian
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