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    The Trefoil and the Cross By Israel Shamir http://www.israelshamir.net On the many-coloured Hans Buenting Map (1581), our world looks like a flower; its three
    Message 1 of 1 , Dec 2, 2004
      The Trefoil and the Cross

      By Israel Shamir


      On the many-coloured Hans Buenting Map (1581), our world looks like
      a flower; its three petals present the three continents of Europe,
      West Asia, Africa, united by the Holy Land. The map allows for a
      different reading, too: the flower is the faith of Christ and Our
      Lady, and the three petals are Islam, Catholicism and Orthodoxy.
      While the Westerners preferred to view Islam as an antithesis of
      Christianity, Eastern Christians, notably St John the Damascene,
      considered Islam as another Christian Church, on a par with the
      Western Catholic Church. Indeed, Islam with its veneration of Christ
      and Sitt Maryam is not farther away from Orthodoxy than icon-less
      priest-less anti-Marian Calvinists. The three churches offer
      different readings of the same concept: the Orthodox stress Christ
      Resurrected, the Catholics concentrate on Christ Crucified, and the
      Muslims follow the Holy Spirit. The Orthodox rejection of filioque
      is their additional link with Islam; theological proximity grounded
      in geographical proximity.

      This vision of Islam as of the third great church of our oikouménè
      is basic to our understanding of the Middle East war. Indeed, there
      are many ways to interpret the conflict: political economy,
      demography, geopolitics and race theory offer their conflicting
      interpretations. The problem is, none work very well. A strong
      feeling that the problem calls for a religion-derived explanation
      found its expression in Huntington's "Clash of Civilisations"
      doctrine positioning "Islam vs Christianity" as a repeat of the
      mediaeval Crusades. Its vulgar, down-to-earth application can be
      found in every mainstream Western newspaper from the NY Times to
      Berlusconi's empire, brought to its extreme by Oriana Fallaci and
      Ann Coulter.

      But the conflict between the three great churches is over – for
      better or for worse, chivalrous knights in red pelerines over shiny
      armour won't ride again in the hills of Palestine and the fields of
      Poitou exclaiming Lumen Coeli towards the equally noble and valiant
      Saracens with their green banner. Their areas of influence are well
      established, and small border skirmishes and soul poaching are just
      for keeping the braves awake. There is no `Islamic threat to
      Catholicism' or `Catholic threat to Orthodoxy', though many people
      would bet otherwise.

      The Orthodox Christians of Greece and Russia, of Palestine and Syria
      fully share the views of Muslims and are equally hostile to the
      American invasion. The attempts to instil pro-American sentiment in
      Moscow and Athens invariably fail. "Their [the Orthodox] views seem
      to have more in common with public opinion in Cairo or Damascus than
      in Berlin or Rome", admitted The Wall Street Journal. So much for
      the silly concept of conflict between Christendom and Islam. In my
      view, and in this article, `Christianity' includes Islam and the
      great Apostolic Churches of East and West.

      Huntington's theory, albeit erroneous, is based on the deep
      foundations of theopolitics, a word unknown to the Microsoft Word
      dictionary but introduced by Carl Schmitt. This great thinker is
      hard to position, for he is claimed as their own by Nazis and Neo-
      cons, Deconstructionists and Anti-globalists, thinkers as different
      as Leo Strauss and Giorgio Agamben, Huntington and Derrida. In
      Schmitt's view, "all of the most pregnant concepts of modern
      doctrine are secularized theological concepts."

      The "liberal democracy and human rights" doctrine carried by the US
      marines even across Tigris and Oxus is a crypto-religion, an extreme
      heretical form of Judaised Christianity. Alexander Panarin, a modern
      (deceased) Russian political philosopher, noticed the anti-Christian
      character of the American doctrine: "The new American vision of de-
      contextualised Goods and their de-socialised Consumers is a heathen
      myth"; in his view the US doctrine represents a lapse into

      In my view, this new religion can be called Neo-Judaism; its adepts
      imitate classic Jewish attitudes; Jews often act as priests of the
      new faith and they are considered sacred by its adepts. Indeed,
      while mosques burn in Netherlands and churches are ruined in Israel,
      no emotions are stirred in comparison to those set in motion when
      graffiti is written on a synagogue wall. The US grades its allies by
      their attitude towards Jews. The Holocaust Temple ["Museum"] stands
      next to the White House. Support of the Jewish state is a sine qua
      non for American politicians.

      Everybody can become one of the "Chosen" of the new faith – the
      choice is yours; the Newest Covenant admits both Gentiles and Jews;
      worship Mammon, disregard Nature, Spirit, Beauty, Love; feel you're
      belonging to a race apart, prove it by some this-worldly success -
      and you can enter it. On the other hand, every Jew can opt out of
      it; there is no biological guilt or virtue.

      Still, there is a strong feeling of continuity between Palaeo-
      Judaism and the newer version. The Jewish state is the enactment of
      the paranoid Jewish fear and loathing of the stranger, while the
      Cabal policies of Pentagon are another manifestation of this same
      fear and loathing on global scale. The ideas for Neo-Judaism were
      formed by Jewish nationalist Leo Strauss, and promoted by Jewish
      writers of the New York Times. There is a project of supplying Neo-
      Judaism with exoteric rites by constructing a new Jerusalem Temple
      on the site of al Aqsa Mosque.

      Neo-Judaism is the unofficial faith of the American Empire, and the
      war in the Middle East is indeed the Neo-Judaic Jihad. It is
      intuited by millions: Tom Friedman of the NY Times wrote that the
      Iraqis call the American invaders "Jews". Neo-Judaism is the cult of
      globalism, neo-liberalism, destruction of family and nature, anti-
      spiritual and anti-Christian.

      This is also an anti-social cult of commodification, alienation and
      uprooting; fighting cohesive society, solidarity, tradition - in
      short, fighting the values upheld by the three great churches. As
      the church has lost its position in the West, the adepts of Neo-
      Judaism consider Western Christendom almost dead and fight it by
      bloodless means through their ADL, ACLU and other anti-Christian
      bodies. The Village Voice calls Bush `the Christian', The New York
      Times writes of priests' child abuse, Schwarzenegger demolishes a
      church in The Last Days, - this is the Western front of the Neo-
      Judaic Jihad.

      But Islam is the last great reservoir of spirit, tradition and
      solidarity, and the Neo-Jews fight it with all firepower at their
      disposal. Islam has to be crushed if the Neo-Jewish Temple is to be
      erected on the site of al Aqsa. Islam is the dominant faith of
      Israel's neighbours and enemies. Islam has a historical role of
      defending Palestine, the centrepiece of the three-petal flower, the
      depository of the united pre-tradition divined by Guénon. Carl
      Schmitt has observed "the great historical parallel" between our
      days and the days of Christ. Indeed the war on Palestinians is often
      interpreted as a new attempt of (Neo-)Jews and Mammon-worshippers to
      crucify Christ in His land. Guénon considered that modernity
      (representing the kali yuga or final age) would conclude in the
      appearance of the Antichrist and the end of the world. Thus the war
      on Islam is a stage of the last war, the War on Christ.

      On a deeper, metaphysical level, there is a struggle between two
      tendencies: a power that draws Heaven and Earth together and re-
      sacralises the world; and a power that tries to separate Heaven and
      Earth - to profane the world. The uniting power is represented as
      Christ in the arms of Our Lady. The dividing power, the Great
      Profaner, is greater than the Jews; but they eagerly support him for
      in their view the world outside Israel (Persona Divina, not the
      state) should be profane and godless. Thus the actions of the Neo-
      Jews eventually lead to the profanation of the world, and, on
      another level, to liberation from the limitations imposed by the
      society and God, to the victory of individualism.


      Now, once we have diagnosed the disease (Neo-Judaism as a new
      religion and the Middle East as its jihad) we may attempt a cure.
      The centrepiece of this warfare is not the battlefield of Falluja,
      but the battle over minds carried on by ideas: will Christ or
      Antichrist win? This question is not decided by force of arms, but
      by our ability to defeat the enemy in discourse. You, my readers and
      comrades, are an elite fighting unit of the spiritual army; expose
      the enemy and beat him.

      It is possible to fight a religion, especially Neo-Judaism, an
      extreme form of heresy. We should show its religious roots, profane
      its sacral heirloom, ridicule its concepts and highlight its crimes.
      When the predecessors of Neo-Judaism began their fight against the
      Church, they made fun of its tenets. From this point of view, the
      French stand-up actor Dieudonné did as much as anybody to stop the

      Guenon considered the Reformation as the Fall, as the beginning of
      Kali Yuga; Neo-Judaism should then be seen as its completion, as the
      extreme of Reform where the reformed body becomes a total opposite
      to the pre-reform one. In a way, our task is Counter-Reformation,
      and our banner is Our Lady, who is `majestic as troops with banners'
      (SS 6:4). Schmitt also considered Our Lady Mary as the most
      important cultural and religious symbol, though he was not aware of
      her connection to Islam.

      The Judaic tendency which first appeared in Christendom with the
      Reformation (or, according to Dugin, with the Roman church's
      deviation from the Nicene creed) has now blossomed into Neo-Judaism.
      This religion is vulnerable because it is not a universal faith.
      Like its predecessor, [Palaeo-] Judaism, it is a religion for the
      Chosen; this time for those Chosen by Mammon, and beyond Mammon we
      see that Great Profaner, Anti-Christ. The Chosen are but a few; the
      rest follow this heresy against their own best interests.

      Californian Professor Kevin McDonald wrote with some
      astonishment: "Wealthy, powerful European elites are often unaware
      of or do not value their own ethnic interests. They have acted to
      subvert the ethnic interests of their own people… One reason may be
      that these elite Westerners are able to live in gated communities
      insulated from the rest of the world, completely ignoring their
      ethnic kin." He failed to comprehend that the modern `powerful
      European elites' emulate traditional Jewish attitudes: they live
      in `gated communities' as the Jews lived in ghetto; [historically, a
      Jewish ghetto was a privileged `gated community' just like a
      European settlement in pre-Communist Shanghai, wrote Jabotinsky] and
      they do not regard ordinary people as their kin. This is the Neo-
      Jewish way to success, for Neo-Jews have neither ethnic kin, nor

      An emulation is rarely as successful as the original. The Sufi poet
      Rumi tells the bizarre story of a maid who was happily copulating
      with a donkey: she used an aubergine to make his enormous size
      suitable for her human dimensions. Her mistress noticed her doings
      and decided to emulate her; but she did not apply the magic of
      aubergine and was torn to death at first attempt. Likewise, the Neo-
      Jews failed to notice the family-like support real Jews provide to
      their own; they paid attention only to the external features of
      Jewish behaviour, i.e. of their disregard for native society. That
      is why they are liable to suffer as did the silly mistress of the
      wily maid: indeed, they will decline and destroy their society,
      having nothing to fall back to.

      The observation of McDonald can be interpreted as recognition of
      people's betrayal by the elites. This is correct: while the USSR
      collapsed as the result of the elites' betrayal, a similar process
      now is taking place in the West. The War on Islam goes as badly as
      it does for the US and Israel because local native elites mobilised
      by their Church do not go for full betrayal. Such betrayal is not
      comme il faut in Dar al Islam.

      We may separate the Chosen from the misled, but first we have to
      break through a few defence rings of the enemy. The outer defence
      ring of Neo-Judaism is its blank denial of its being a religion.
      This device was used by Communism and eventually became its undoing.
      The second defence ring is the presentation of religion as `a
      private matter, of no concern to others'. Their Jihad differs from
      the noble Jihad of the Prophet Muhammad; instead of proclaiming
      their faith, Neo-Jews try to impose it by stealth. The false flag of
      Bushite "Christianity" adorns the third ring.

      Until now, Neo-Judaism has won by defeating its enemies one after
      the other; now we must unite them together. In Cabbalistic terms, we
      should collect the divine sparks that were dispersed when the
      Vessels were broken by excess of Divine light (Shevirath Keilim). In
      this process we shall recognise the positive [for Christ and Our
      Lady] forces and tendencies of our oikouménè and unite them, while
      deconstructing the enemy devices.

      The left-right schism was imposed by the enemy; we should overcome
      it. The Left and the Right refer to one-dimensional universe; while
      our world for sure has more dimensions than one. Analysis of Judaic
      political practices shows that the Jews do not over-estimate the
      Left-Right distinction: the leader of a left-wing Meretz party,
      Yossi Sarid, eulogised the assassinated leader of extreme-right
      Judaeo-Nazi Party Rahavam Zeevi. Israel is not an exception to the
      rule: the most militant Republican Jews, Neo-Cons, expressed their
      willingness to change their colours and become Neo-Liberals in case
      of Kerry's victory:

      Going Back Where They Came From , by Patrick J. Buchanan


      "If we have to make common cause with the more hawkish liberals and
      fight the conservatives, that is fine with me," William Kristol has
      told the New York Times. The Weekly Standard editor added that the
      neoconservatives may just abandon the Right altogether and convert
      to neo-liberalism. Ranking his political preferences, Kristol
      added, "I will take Bush over Kerry, but Kerry over Buchanan....If
      you read the last few issues of The Weekly Standard, it has as much
      or more in common with the liberal hawks than with traditional

      Yes, it does. But as John Kerry backs partial birth abortion,
      quotas, raising taxes, homosexual unions, liberals on the Supreme
      Court and has a voting record to the left of Teddy Kennedy, how can
      Kristol prefer him to other conservatives? Answer: War and Israel.

      Our answer is more complicated. The Left and the Right are only
      positions on the social axis, important as they are. But there are
      two other axes, the Axis of Spirit and the Axis of Earth, or the
      Axis of Christ and the Axis of Our Lady. Together they form the
      three-dimensional cross described by Guenon in his Symbolism of the
      Cross. Our enemies are able to form unions over the Left-and-Right
      divide for they are united in their negation of Christ and rejection
      of the Virgin. Likewise we should be able to unite with other people
      of Spirit and of Earth despite differing social views.

      If we refer to the Axis of Spirit, there is a dichotomy between the
      all-embracing faiths of the Three Great Churches; and the
      exclusivist cults. "Religion is not a private affair of spiritually
      inclined individuals," wrote Panarin; "The Church is the guarantor
      of values, an alternative and higher authority standing above the
      moneychangers. It has to have power to exclude female beauty and
      love, convictions, land from the market place." That is why our
      enemy fights the Three Churches so remorselessly. In modern society,
      one may say anything he likes about the Three Churches, but must say
      nothing but good about the Judaism, the prototype of Neo-Judaism.

      "The Sacred Jewish Practice of Child Murder" - you won't find an
      article with such title anywhere in our "antisemitism-ridden" world,
      despite hundreds of Palestinian children slaughtered by Jews in last
      few years. But you will find in a prominent Jewish magazine:


      The Sacred Muslim Practice of Beheading

      By Andrew G. Bostom

      FrontPageMagazine.com | May 13, 2004

      Reactions to the grotesque jihadist decapitation of yet
      another "infidel Jew," Mr. Berg, make clear that our intelligentsia
      are either dangerously uninformed, or simply unwilling to come to
      terms with this ugly reality: such murders are consistent with
      sacred jihad practices, as well as Islamic attitudes towards all non-
      Muslim infidels, in particular, Jews, which date back to the 7th
      century, and the Prophet Muhammad's own example.


      Every attack of the Churches and their sacral icons is permitted,
      even such an evil one as was used by the French Jewish Student body
      called UEJF. In France, the courts accept Jewish demands to silence
      church bells; the hijab is another well-known example of it. In
      Palestine, last week police raided the Anglican Cathedral and
      removed Christian asylum seeker Mordecai Vanunu. We should mobilise
      the churches and defend their spirit.

      Communism was an attempt to create a new all-embracing Christianity,
      but without Christ. Though some Right-wing thinkers stress
      the `Judaic origin' of Communism, it was an anti-Judaic, all-
      embracing ideology. Alas, they applied the Occam razor too
      vigorously by far, and died of haemorrhage. We should accept the
      survivors of the collapse and give them a place in our ranks.

      If we refer to the Axis of Earth, there is difference between
      autochthons and wanderers. Yuri Slezkine[1] proposed to call them
      Apollonian and Mercurian, where "Apollonian society consists of
      peasants, warriors and priests; while Mercurians are messengers,
      merchants, interpreters, craftsmen, guides, healers, and other
      border-crossers". He compares this distinction with the Jew-Gentile
      dichotomy and notices: "Jews are Mercurian, while Gentiles are
      Apollonian. In the modern world, all of us became more Mercurian -
      more Jewish, if you will, and traditional Mercurians – Jews - are
      better at being Mercurian than anyone else."

      Naturally, the `all of us' of Professor Slezkine are his colleagues
      in Berkeley and Moscow, hardly peons of California or Russian
      peasants. With this correction, his thesis should be rephrased: in
      order to succeed in the Kali Yuga period, one has to adopt Jewish
      qualities and become a Neo-Jew. These `Jewish qualities', according
      to Slezkine, are "mobility, restlessness, rootlessness, ability to
      remain strangers by staying aloof, not fighting, not sharing meals -
      just making, exchanging, selling, and possibly stealing, things and
      concepts". "Staying aloof" implies lack of compassion; "not sharing
      meals" implies not sharing the faith, "not fighting" implies
      benefiting from other men's war, "rootlessness" leads to their
      tendency to uproot others.

      Indeed, Neo-Jews have no compassion, they benefit from wars other
      men fight, and they are rootless and ruthless; an ideal described by
      Jacques Attali who seeks the world made out of modern nomads
      unconnected to roots or soil. We should return the Mercurians to
      their modest position at the margins of the society.

      These qualities are not "racial"; indeed, Karl Marx and Simone Weil,
      Ludwig Wittgenstein and Otto Weininger are good examples of our
      comrades-in-arms who provided tools for modern anti-Judaic
      discourse. They proved that the `Judaic tendency' is an ideological
      and theological, not a racial trend. Immense publicity for, and
      almost promotion of Hitler's crimes by the Judaic media is a tool to
      obscure this distinction: mean-spirited biological antisemitism, a
      freak development of an age-long struggle against the Judaic spirit,
      is presented as the rule.

      While rejecting racism, we may equally reject anti-racism, for today
      this is a code word for an extreme anti-autochthonic attitude. In
      vain did the friends of Palestine try to use this concept in their
      struggle for equality in Palestine/Israel. Though every idea can be
      used in more ways than one, anti-racism is attuned and honed for the
      neo-Judaic fight against cohesive native societies. They would use
      it today against Guatémoc or Boadicea, they use it against Mugabe.
      Anti-racism is a denial of the autochthon's right to decide his
      fate; a tool to separate Man from his native landscape. This concept
      de-legitimises objections to swamping a land with a flood of
      immigrants and ruining the society's fabric.

      Theophilus d'Obla noted that "Contemporary antiracism as well as
      human-rights' concept are not principles of fighting against
      exclusion and thus protection of the Human Person. Quite to the
      contrary, it is in the name of inclusion, dilution in the formless
      Whole, that these concepts are carried to the pinnacle of the
      dominant culture".

      The [Jewish] Holocaust is a shibboleth[2] of the New Chosen. It has
      a social function to be used to throw suspicion on native
      traditionalist majorities: unless disarmed, transformed into "open
      societies", their state undermined and their economy privatised and
      sold to the American companies, they will embark on the next
      holocaust. Socially-minded Panarin writes: "Whoever accepts the
      Holocaust as the most important historical event is able to carry
      out the civil war against the traditionalist majority and becomes a
      member of in-group for the globalists". But the Holocaust also has a
      theological value as this event is offered to supplant the
      Crucifixion for believers.

      The human rights mantra is an important part of Neo-Judaism. It is
      used to undermine a society's interests. Neo-Jews inherited from
      their medieval ideological ancestor a peculiar vision of society as
      a host society; a society they do not belong to but prey upon. There
      is a real contradiction between the rights of such an individual and
      the right of society; Neo-Judaism consistently de-legitimises the
      rights of [host] society. Thus, the right of a Chodorkovsky or a
      Berezovsky to sell his oil company to Western interests is more
      important than the Russian society's right to provide every its
      member with heating in winter. The right of a pimp to import
      pornography or to export women to whorehouses is more important that
      the right of a society to protect its women or its morals.


      The Jewish state of Israel became the banner of the enemy and has to
      be dismantled. Israeli `Jewish' citizens are torn between two
      loyalties: loyalty to the land and loyalty to the Jewish People.
      This second loyalty stops them from becoming Palestinians; thus it
      has to go. We approve of the Israeli citizens who demanded from
      their Supreme Court to cease designating them as `Jews': to a
      basically irreligious people this word has became a designator of
      loyalty to World Jewry. Their lot is with their native Palestinian
      brothers who will accept them. A small Ultra-Orthodox pre-Zionist
      Jewish minority in Palestine proved its adherence to the tradition:
      they should be protected as the remnant and a witness; their fate
      should be left to the spiritual powers.

      Palestinians are the epitome of autochthonous people who are being
      uprooted by the immigrant Jews. They are the last katechon, in terms
      of St Paul's Second Letter to Thessalonians, the last defence of our
      sacral heritage, the guardians of the holistic tradition before this
      was divided into the Three Churches. They are the paradigmatic
      victims of outsourcing: the working people who are being
      marginalised and replaced by mercenaries of labour. Thus this war in
      Palestine is our war by all three axes: this is a war of autochthon
      against uprooting power, this is a war of all-embracing Churches
      against Christ's enemies, this is a war of peasants and workers,
      warriors and priests against the money changers. This is also a
      symbolic war: about whether Neo-Judaism will win on a global scale
      or lose globally. This is the most decisive war of the century, and
      its outcome will decide the future.


      [1] The Jewish Century, Princeton University Press, 2004

      [2] A word that identifies one as a member of an 'in' group. The
      purpose of a shibboleth is exclusionary as much as inclusionary: A
      person whose way of speaking violates a shibboleth is identified as
      an outsider and thereby excluded by the group



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