by Dee Finney

updated 2-19-02


2-15-02 - DREAM - I don't know what city I was in. I knew all the people and my kids were grown - like teens and older.

I was in process to rent an apartment for myself, and most of my kids were with me except for Bill - He had gone to rent a small apartment of his own. His older brothers thought this was a sign of his being mentally ill, but I said, "No! He just wanted to get away from his Father and stand on his own two feet and that's a GOOD thing!" Naturally I would say that because I was doing the same thing.

I started out in the courtyard of a huge apartment complex. These were huge buildings, but beautiful and ornate. I was looking to see what kind of people lived in these buildings. At first, I didn't see any white people and wondered if I would be accepted in a place like this - then I saw a woman who looked just like myself at the other end of the courtyard and knew that these buildings were well integrated.

I then was driving along the street and was almost got run into by my first boyfriend Roger and a buddy of his. They were driving along the street on some kind of bicycle - carrying a political sign, endorsing someone. I didn't pay attention to the name on the sign.

I said laughingly - "Oh! I should have known it would be someone like you!"

He got off the bicycle and sat down to talk to me and my kids. He had grown a great deal since high school - he was rather giant size and had a deep suntan like he was outside all the time.

I walked into the building to pay the landlady and get the keys to my new apartment, which was number 33. 

Just as I was going to walk into the apartment, a Chinese woman pushed past me and walked into it ahead of me.  Someone said, "No! This isn't your apartment, this is 33 north, you will be in 33 south."

I felt confused, I didn't know there were two buildings. 

So, I, my kids and friends I had accumulated along the way started to leave the building and someone said, "Why don't you pay your rent to the landlady as long as you are here?

That was a good idea, so I stopped at a counter to write a check for the rent. It was going to be $175." That was really cheap for what I was going to be getting. The woman I was with was concerned that I had spent all my money, but I told her, "No! I made sure that I set aside enough to pay the rent."

I wrote the check - then we went out to the car and the parking lot was at the top of a hill with rolling hills and valleys all around us. It was a beautiful scene.

All of a sudden a storm was coming and a huge wind came up. The kids ran for the building to keep dry. They got way ahead of me. I saw a driving rain coming and the wind came, along with a whirlwind which came out of the north, and came down by a big tree. I couldn't get to either building without getting soaking wet. 

I looked at that and someone behind me said, "If you close those windows and save the property, you will be known as the "Hero of ____ Hill" 

I couldn't just walk away and let the building be destroyed by the wind and rain, so I ran into the building. the painters/maintenance crew had gone home and left al the lights on and windows open, but on the hallway side, where people could get in, they had closed the door and put up a protective door - to keep out intruders. But I couldn't close the windows if I didn't go through this extra barrier door. The door had a small emergency knockout piece of wood in the center, which I easily kicked out, but the hole was low to the floor and small -- like for a large dog and I didn't want to get on my knees to get in there, so I moved the whole barrier door and walked around the side of it. 

Once inside the apartment, all my friends came in behind me. This apartment was huge and a duplicate of what I was going to be moving into.

The rooms were huge and there were room dividers over head made of glass or crystal which one could pull down.

I went to the kitchen where the windows were open and the floor was made of thick crystal - overlaying a colored underlayment. I was barefoot now and walking on the crystal floor was exquisite feeling. 

But the windows were up high and open and there were stained glass shutters to close over them with brilliant colors. I had to pull up a chair and stand on it to close the shutters.

Meanwhile, there were other people there now, watching me, including Seth from One Life to Live and he was standing there, twisting a elegantly carved wooden pillar. 

I was so upset, I had to stop him and I ended up taking an iron frying pan and slamming it into his nose like he was a pig.




The Korea peninsula extends southward from the northeast part of the Asia continent between latitudes 33 degree and 43 degree north, and longitudes 124 degree and 131 degree east. 

NOTE: Does this have something to do with why the Chinese lady pushed past me into the 33 north apartment?

The peninsula has been divided in two since 1945; the Republic of Korea (capitalist), commonly called South Korea, and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (communist), or North Korea. 

A republic with power centralized in a strong executive president, although there are moves toward some regional autonomy.  Constitution : The Republic's constitution was promulgated on July 17, 1948, and revises seven times, the last being in 1987. 

National Flag : Called the Taegukki, it briefly depicts the Original cosmic principles. The circle in the center represents the balance between yin and yang (negative and positive forces) and the bars represents various cosmic elements. The flag represents eternal unity. 

Korean History


 In South Korea, there is a lodge set up by our own military:

This site introduces the facilities and programs of the Dragon Hill Lodge.
We are an Armed Forces Recreation Center operated by the United States Army Community and Family Support Center under the command of Brigadier General Antonio Taguba. 

We exist to add value to the lives of soldiers, sailors, airmen, marines and the families of those who
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Part of the Memphite mythology takes up myths from the Old Kingdom about the gods Horus and Seth. These two deities contend for authority over Egypt; another deity, Geb, the earth-god, acts as mediator. Geb first partitions the country between the two, then, changing his mind, gives the entire country to Horus. In the Memphite theology, the pharaoh Menes is identified with Horus. That theology also makes Geb homologous to Ptah, but in another mythological context Geb, the power in the earth, is supreme. He is the primeval hillock that is the symbol of the first creation. For the Egyptians the earth deity is male rather than female. 

In the Old Kingdom mythology the sun Atum (or Aten) often appears as the first creator. He makes Shu and Tefnut (air and moisture) out of himself, and they in turn produce Geb and Nut (earth and sky). The children of the latter couple are Osiris, Isis, Seth, and Nepthys. Thus the first four deities establish the cosmos, and the later four are mediators between humans and the cosmos. Osiris is the symbol of the dead king, who is succeeded in the form of Horus, the living ruler. Isis is the consort of Osiris, and after his murder by Seth, she reconstitutes his body and thus achieves for him eternal life; her ally in this role is Nepthys, the consort of Seth. Horus, the son of Osiris and Isis, ultimately vanquishes Seth, a symbol of antistructure or antiorder. Seth is related to the desert of Upper Egypt. As a deity of clouds, he opposed Atum, the sun. 

The creator of all things was either Re, Amun, Ptah, Khnum or Aten, depending on which version of the myth was currently in use. The heavens were represented by Hathor, Bat, and Horus. Osiris was an earth god as was Ptah. The annual flooding of the Nile was Hapi. Storms, evil and confusion were Seth. His counterpart was Ma'at, who represented balance, justice and truth. The moon was Thoth and Khonsu. Re, the sun god, took on many forms, and transcended most of the borders that contained the other gods. The actual shape of the sun, the disk (or, aten), was deified into another god, Aten. 

Seth - The son of Geb and Nut in the Heliopolitan Ennead was in the form of an animal that has no zoological equivalent. This powerful god was regarded as god of the desert, making him a god of foreign lands. 

The revenge of Horus the son of Osiris against his evil uncle Seth, which is a powerful struggle of good vs evil.

Seth invited Osiris to a banquet and challenged him to get into a chest. Seth locked the chest and threw it into the Nile where it floated downstream. Washed ashore, it was absorbed into a tamarisk tree which became very sweet-smelling. The local king had the tree cut down and made into a pillar in his palace.

Isis, meanwhile, had started hunting for her husband and identified him by the smell of the tree. She rescued him and took him back to Egypt, but Seth found Osiris in the swamps and killed him again, this time cutting him into fourteen pieces and casting them all over Egypt.

Isis had to start looking again and found thirteen of the pieces. With the help of her sister Nepthys, and the gods  Anubis and Thoth, she bandaged the pieces together again to make the first mummy. She brought Osiris briefly back to life, just long enough to conceive their son Horus.

By this time, Osiris had had enough and retired to the Underworld where he reigns over the righteous dead.

Osiris is represented in this picture by the djed pillar at the bottom, over which hovers a falcon with a sun disc, associated with his son Horus. The raising of the pillar is supposed to represent the victory of Osiris over Seth.


Let me introduce you to the god Seth, then we will all understand about the devil and it’s evil. It is true that the Devil is always around us however, the devil is never victories in the end. The god Seth was the god of confusion and the spirit of disorder. He is the best known as the god who introduced murder on earth by killing his brother Osiris, the god who represents good. Seth brought Osiris to an untimely and sordid demise. The story of the first murder on earth is very interesting. Seth hosted a party and at the party he presented a beautiful sarcophagus and he announced that anyone who fit into the coffin could keep it. Osiris tried the coffin and learned that it fit his body perfectly. The Devil came quickly and closed the coffin and then threw it into the Nile. The faithful representative on earth, the good lady, the goddess Isis searched for her brother who was also her husband until she found that the coffin had become a pillar inside the palace of the King of Byblos (modern day Lebanon). She hid in the palace working as a servant until one day she had the opportunity to take the pillar. She swam with the pillar to the shores of Egypt. Isis was the goddess of magic so she brought Osiris back to life. When Seth saw his brother was alive he cut him into 14 pieces and dispersed him all over Egypt. Isis cried and with her tears the Nile began to run and Osiris floated back to her. She collected his mutilated pieces however, she found that his erection was missing so she restored it and returned him back to life and they created the child Horus. Isis took the child to the marshes to hide him and train him to take his revenge on Seth. Seth and Horus battled to win the kingship of Egypt and the control of the earth. In one of their battles, Horus lost his eye and Seth lost the semen of his testicles. After time, they agreed on peace and decided that Horus would be the ruler of Lower Egypt and that Seth would rule Upper Egypt. They also agreed, Horus would be the lord of the black land and Seth would be the lord of the red land, including foreign countries and the desert. In the end, the good god conquered the devil and Horus became the King of two lands, Upper and Lower Egypt. 

Secret Teachings of Seth and the Pillar


The Hebrews had not “perverted the words of the living God,” but were simply using the words in their original sense, which jarred on the later consciousness. The pillar set up by Jacob is called a Matzebah; the word is also rendered images, standing images, a statue or pillar of Baal. “He put away the Matzebah of baal.” (2 Kings 3:2) The word is also written with the Egyptian terminal Matzebat. This is the Masteba or Mastebat. The same variation is found in Mitzraim and Mestraim. Matzebah, as Egyptian, denotes an enclosure of the dead. And as Sabat is the pyramid of Sut (or Seth), the pillar form answers to the pyramid. The Phoenician form was a funeral monument, and one of these memorial stones was erected by Jacob over a grave.

Now, the Mastebahs of the ancient empire were a kind of pillar or pyramid tombs, and to the Egyptian mind, rebirth was not only synonymous with death, it took the place of it, and in the form of Mes-tabah, birth (Mes) takes the place of death (Mut), and Mastebah is the sarcophagus or coffin considered as the place of rebirth. Teb or Tep means primordial, the first, and the Teb-ah, or first abode, meaning the womb, was the model of the tomb as the place of rebirth; hence Mes-tabah. The womb Ah-ti is the dual or reduplicating house, and such in the eschatological sense was the Mastebah, the Tebah of rebirth.

The Mastebah Symbolized the Mother

The Mastebah was the image of the genetrix or creatoress, hence the Beth of Al (Bethel), the house of AL (or Ar, the child), hence also the name of Luz (Genesis 38:19) “at first;” Laz being the goddess, consort of Nergal and the Arabian Venus, or Egyptian Resh, as a name of the temple. Al, the child, is Baal, the prefix representing the Egyptian article, and the pillar of Baal is the Matzebat or Mastebat, Bar-Sut, whose name is written with the pyramid sign or hieroglyphic. Thus the Hebrew pillar was one with the pyramid, and it was the symbol of Baal, as the other was the sign of Sut (Set), the Bar or Baal of Egypt. 

The Sphinx was an emblem of the same twofold nature, and the Mastebah of the pillar as the place of rebirth. The conical pillar is a well known emblem of Venus Genetrix. The pyramid, the pillar, the stone then were types or symbols of the mother and child, and the stone-head and stone-face—and stone as pillar and the Seven-stone—were symbols of the Hebrew divinity Jehovah. Also the stone of Jacob, the stone of Israel (Genesis 51:24) represented the deity of Jacob. In the same passage in Genesis the stone and shepherd are synonymous, “the shepherd, the stone of Israel,” and in Egyptian the stone memorial, Mena, and the shepherd are identical by name. The stone is the ideograph of Jehovah.

The first Divine Son in mythology was not the true Anointed nor was he the Begotten of the Father. The first was the Egyptian Sut (or Seth), who had no father (because the Fatherhood had not yet been recognized), hence in the development of the doctrine he had to become his own father and was said to do violence to his own mother. The doctrine of the Messiah, or ever-coming son, descended from the time when the Fatherhood had not been individualized on earth, therefore could not be represented in heaven, and the Virgin mother and child were the sole types of Deity. 


Saturday, 16 February, 2002

Bush renews North Korea warning

Bush's "axis of evil" comments have caused disquiet US President George W Bush has issued a fresh warning to North Korea ahead of his six-day tour of Asia. 

In his weekly radio address, recorded before he left Washington on Saturday, Mr Bush expressed support for negotiations between North and South Korea to end the stand-off between the two nations that has lasted nearly 50 years. 

But he added: "I will remind the world that America will not allow North Korea and other dangerous regimes to threaten freedom with weapons of mass destruction." 

It was the latest in a series of hawkish comments by senior figures in the Bush administration following the president's characterization of North Korea, Iraq and Iran as an "axis of evil". 

Mr Bush's comments, which he made as he outlined his plans for his tour of South Korea, Japan and China that begins on Sunday, are likely to cause renewed disquiet in the region about Washington's military intentions. 

Political activists in South Korea are planning demonstrations during the president's visit, while the North's state-run radio has called Mr Bush "the most evil and war-crazed president in the history of the United States". 

The Bush administration has offered to resume talks with North Korea, as long as the agenda includes the US demand that the country cut its conventional forces. 

It is also demanding that Pyongyang start talks with the International Atomic Energy Agency on the nuclear reactors it is due to receive under an international agreement. 

During his visit to South Korea, Mr Bush will travel to the demilitarized zone set up at the end of the Korean War in 1953. 

There he will meet US troops supporting the South Korean forces, which face North Korea on the world's last Cold War border. 

The president described the zone as "one of the most dangerous places on earth, where barbed wire marks a line dividing freedom and oppression".

Mr Bush's first stop on his tour will be Tokyo, where he will urge Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi to take steps to lift the world's second-largest economy out of recession. 

In his radio address, Bush said: "I'm confident that Japan will make the bold reforms needed to restore growth and opportunity, which will benefit the people of both our nations." 

'World beyond terror'  

After leaving Japan and visiting South Korea, Mr Bush will fly on to China, where trade and human rights will be the main focus. 

Beijing will be urged to open up its markets to US agricultural products, the president said.  
"And I will express my hopes that as China moves forward, it... will embrace the universal demands of human dignity, freedom of conscience and religion, and the rights and value of every life," he added. 

Mr Bush, who is due to address troops in Alaska on Saturday before flying on to Tokyo, is also seeking support for widening the US-led war against terrorism. 

"I look forward to discussing our progress in ridding the world of this great threat to civilization, and we'll discuss our work to build a better world beyond terror - a world of greater opportunity and more open trade, stronger security and more individual freedom," he said.

North Korea Information

NORTH KOREA - Welcome to The War

With President Bush's chilling statements suggesting North Korea could be a target in the war on terrorism, the U.S. may have actually lost ground in the quest to find out just what weapons Pyongyang has.

By John Larkin/SEOUL and Murray Hiebert/WASHINGTON
Issue cover-dated December 13, 2001

THE FEBRUARY 8 Vinalon Factory on North Korea's east coast produces a stiff, dye-resistant, virtually unusable textile invented by a local scientist and touted by Pyongyang as superior to nylon. The factory is also rumoured to manufacture a more sinister commodity: chemical weapons.

Finding out exactly what is produced at the facility, and at others in North Korea believed to manufacture and test weapons of mass destruction, is emerging as a controversial new priority for Washington as it prepares the second phase of its declared war on terrorism.

United States officials expressing that priority have stoked fears in Seoul that constructive dialogue with Pyongyang could be the first casualty of this next phase.

Not for the first time, North Korea has been grouped with Iraq as part of Washington's military campaign against Al Qaeda and other terrorist networks. On November 19, Undersecretary of State for Arms Control and International Security John Bolton told a meeting of the Biological Weapons Convention in Geneva that North Korea's biological warfare programme ranked second only to Iraq's as a threat to international security. "North Korea likely has the capability to produce sufficient quantities of biological agents for military purposes," said Bolton.

Those comments--which were cleared by the U.S. National Security Council--were the strongest yet by a senior U.S. official about North Korea's biological weapons programme, about which little is known. Five days later, President George W. Bush again linked North Korea with the war on terrorism. Calling on Pyongyang to permit inspections of its weapons sites, Bush told reporters: "We want to know. Are they developing weapons of mass destruction? And they ought to stop proliferating. So part of the war on terror is to deny terrorist weapons."

Nerves jangled in Seoul as Pyongyang was mentioned in the same breath as Iraq. Short of an invasion from the North, it is unlikely that Seoul would agree to a U.S. military strike against North Korea. But there are fears that a hardening attitude in Washington could lead to a stand-off similar to the showdown in 1994 over Pyongyang's nuclear programme. Conflict was narrowly averted then when former President Jimmy Carter brokered a deal with Pyongyang.

Pro-engagement figures see history repeating itself unless the Bush administration grasps the difference between Iraq, which refuses to negotiate away its weapons, and North Korea, which has signaled a willingness to do so.

"It's essentially impossible for George Bush to blow North Korea up," says John Pike, director of, a defense-policy think-tank. "But he can certainly embark on a policy of malign neglect in which Washington ignores North Korea's attention-getting gestures, like missile tests, forcing North Korea to escalate its attention-getters and having them misinterpreted as preparations for war."

Donald Gregg, a former U.S. ambassador to Seoul, sees a crisis on the horizon if the Bush administration's policy on North Korea is hijacked by hawks like Bolton and Deputy Secretary of Defense Paul Wolfowitz. "I think Bolton is an ideologue and a hardliner and has behaved irresponsibly" by delivering his speech, says Gregg. In June Gregg helped goad Bush back toward conciliation with Pyongyang by explaining the benefits of dialogue in a memo sent to George Bush Senior, who passed it on to the White House. "I'm not saying they don't have [weapons], but the way to get rid of them is not to bully but to engage."

At a minimum, Washington is sending mixed signals. The remarks by Bush and Bolton contrast with Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs James Kelly's generally upbeat and pro-engagement assessment in late November. It could be the good cop, bad cop routine. But some observers worry that the remarks by Bush and Bolton are a more honest expression of the administration's stance toward Pyongyang than are its public comments supporting engagement. "Bush's mood towards North Korea is decidedly sceptical, borderline hostile," says a congressional aide handling East Asia. 

Bush's remarks, as his spokesman Ari Fleischer later stressed, contained nothing new and went nowhere near proposing a military strike against North Korea. Nonetheless, the State Department hurriedly contacted South Korea's embassy in Washington with reassurances that the U.S. still supported of Seoul's policy of engaging North Korea, according to a senior South Korean government official.

But in the context of a broadening war against terrorism to include nations which supply terrorists with missiles or nuclear, chemical or biological weapons, the remarks created considerable unease in Seoul. South Koreans point out that Bush seemed to call for inspections of the entire gamut of Pyongyang's arsenal of weapons of mass destruction--something North Korea is unlikely to concede.

"As a citizen of Seoul, I know that if Bush wants a second war against North Korea, South Korea will suffer greatly," says Choi Won Ki, a reporter covering North Korea for Seoul's JoongAng Ilbo newspaper. Korean policymakers fret that the heightened rhetoric could wreck gains made in engaging North Korea, which include increased business exchanges, family reunions and a fading of military tensions.

Explains the senior South Korean official: "It created unnecessary concern not only for the South Korean public but also in North Korea that the Korean peninsula can be a battleground again. We want a peaceful atmosphere on the peninsula."

Dialogue with North Korea, a process pushed hardest by South Korea's President Kim Dae Jung, who last year won the Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts, has been almost nonexistent since Bush took office. Pyongyang broke off talks with Washington in March after Bush publicly stated his mistrust of Kim Jong Il.  Inter-Korean talks have been fitful at best since then, despite Secretary of State Colin Powell's insistence that he was ready for talks with North Korea "anywhere, any time."

Powell's offer was viewed as a softening of Washington's stance. But September 11 has bolstered the hardliners. One consequence may be the suspension of construction of two light-water reactors that a consortium of nations agreed to build for North Korea in return for dismantling its older reactors capable of producing weapons-grade plutonium.

The Bush administration is pushing for earlier inspections by the International Atomic Energy Agency to ensure North Korea's nuclear facilities pose no threat before key components for the new reactors are shipped. "If the situation is like this I don't think North Korea will fully cooperate," says the senior South Korean official.

Larry Niksch, an Asia specialist with the Library of Congress, believes Bush's broad-brush reference on November 26 to all weapons of mass destruction might indicate a cloudy future for the reactor project. "With the new emphasis post-September 11, the Bush administration may speed up a decision on whether to continue or suspend the project if North Korea is not in compliance."

What weapons is North Korea hiding? It is believed to have abided by the terms of the 1994 Agreed Framework under which it gets the new reactors. But the Central Intelligence Agency believes Pyongyang might have kept enough plutonium to build one or two nuclear weapons. The inspections are meant to find whether it did.

North Korea has the missile systems required to deliver a nuclear warhead. By nature difficult to conceal from satellite cameras, North Korea's missile sites are well documented, though there is dispute over the threat they pose. The best known site is Musudan, on the northeast coast near the towns of Nodong and Taepodong (literally "cannon town")--after which the North's two biggest missiles are named. It is from Musudan that Nodong missiles with a range of 1,000 kilometres were tested to a range of 500 kilometres in 1993.

In August 1998, Pyongyang stunned the world by testing a three-stage Taepodong 1 missile over Japan. The missile splashed into the Pacific Ocean. Work is believed to be well advanced on a Taepodong 2 missile, capable of travelling more than 4,000 kilometres. No tests have been conducted since 1998, but test preparations at Musudan for a rocket the size of the Taepodong 2 were detected by U.S. intelligence in 1999. According to media reports, North Korea may have tested Taepodong missile engines at Musudan, without lift-off, in late 1999 and early 2000. 

Exports of these missiles, and the transfer of technical know-how, provide North Korea with its biggest export earner: up to $1 billion in a good year, according to Ko Young Hwan, a former North Korean diplomat who defected in 1991. He told the U.S. Senate in 1997 that Pyongyang sold its missiles mainly to Iran, Syria, Egypt and Libya. Most recently, according to newspaper reports in Israel and South Korea, North Korea sold Nodong missiles and manufacturing technology to Cairo earlier this year.

According to defector reports and analysis of the missile programmes of several Middle Eastern states, North Korea's clients fall into two groups: those like Syria that only buy missiles and others like Iran and Egypt that cooperate with Pyongyang on missile development as well as buying its technology.

Countries in the latter group test missiles based on North Korean blueprints, which could explain Kim Jong Il's willingness to place a moratorium on such tests until 2003 in return for economic and diplomatic benefits from the U.S. Intelligence sources say that the Nodong was first tested by North Korea. Further tests were carried out by Iran, which had based its Shebab 3 missile on the Nodong technology bought from Pyongyang.

The North's chemical weapons programme is believed to be mature. With at least eight factories producing nerve, blister, choking and blood agents in bulk since 1989, estimates of its stockpile run from 250 tonnes to 5,000 tonnes. Production of biological weapons, the renewed concern since the recent anthrax attacks in the U.S., was accelerated at the direction of North Korean leader Kim Il Sung in 1990, according to the Federation of American Scientists.

The FAS says the North probably has limited quantities of biological toxins including anthrax, yellow fever and smallpox. Though it joined the Biological Weapons Convention in 1987, North Korea has refused to be bound by it, one of the factors behind Undersecretary Bolton's comments on November 19.

But pinning North Korea down won't be easy. Han Sung Joo, who was South Korea's foreign minister during the 1993-94 nuclear crisis, when North Korea breached the Treaty on Nonproliferation of Nuclear Weapons, says extending the war on terrorism by demanding access to the North's biological weapons and missile facilities would be a long shot at best. 

"Unlike in 1994, there's no legal instrument to fall back on," says Han. "Therefore it would be very difficult to bring the international community to join the U.S. effort to open up North Korea to inspections."

Bolton is pushing for a toughening of the Biological Weapons Convention to ensnare nations that flout it. But the U.S. will find it tough to move ahead on North Korean chemical and biological weapons without hard evidence of North Korean sales of such to the likes of Al Qaeda. To date, the only evidence to support this notion was a sketchy news report in November quoting a Taliban witness saying he saw a germ-warfare specialist who may have been North Korean instructing Al Qaeda operatives.

Given these difficulties, Washington might find it has little choice but to show more patience with North Korea. "Our hands are tied when dealing with North Korea," explains a former U.S. State Department official. "We can't do military action. The administration is starting to play up the biological weapons programme, but I don't think they've discovered anything new in North Korea. It's just a lot of public posturing."

Washington may be playing games of its own. South Korean officials hold the hope that the Bush administration's new focus on North Korea is more about building domestic support for its missile-defense system than freezing out Pyongyang.

Another positive for those who seek engagement: A minor shooting incident on November 27 in the Demilitarized Zone notwithstanding, North Korea's response to the American hard line has been more muted than expected. Does this mean the Taliban's demise has scared Pyongyang? Maybe--but probably not enough to let America in on the secrets of the February 8 Vinalon Factory.


North Korea is one of seven nations on the U.S. State Department's list of terrorism sponsors. In 1983 it bombed the South Korean cabinet in Burma. In 1987 its agents bombed a South Korean airliner, killing 115 people. In recent years it has condemned terrorism and refrained from high-profile attacks. The State Department, though, says Pyongyang maintains links with terror groups.


By early 1994 tensions had mounted over international inspection of North Korea's nuclear sites. Kim Il Sung's death on July 8, 1994, introduced a period of uncertainty, as his son, Kim Jong Il, assumed the leadership mantle. Negotiations over the country's suspected atomic weapons dragged on, but an agreement was reached in June 1995 that included a provision for providing the North with a South Korean nuclear reactor. 

The nuclear crises that characterized the mid-1990s were overshadowed when famine struck the nation's 24 million inhabitants. Two years of floods were followed by severe droughts in 1997 and 1998, causing devastating crop failures. Although international relief programs saved many people, the situation was still considered serious in 1998, with aid agencies warning that North Korea's nationalized food distribution program had virtually shut down, forcing many people to rely on bark and wild plants to sustain themselves. The severity of the famine continued in 1999. Because of lack of fuel and machinery parts, and weather conditions that have encouraged parasites, only 10% of North Korea's rice fields have been worked. Despite the staggering food crisis, hermetic North Korea remains one of the world's few remaining hard-line Communist regimes.

In Sept. 1998 North Korea launched a test missile over Japan, claiming it was simply a scientific satellite. This launch alarmed Japan and much of the rest of the world about North Korea's intentions regarding reentry into the nuclear arms race. In 1999, North Korea agreed to allow the United States to conduct ongoing inspections of a suspected nuclear development site, Kumchangri, which North Korea admits has been devised for “a sensitive military purpose.” In exchange, the U.S. would increase food aid and initiate a program for bringing potato production to the country.

Antagonism between North and South Korea erupted into open aggression twice in six months in late 1998 and 1999, with South Korea hitting one North Korean vessel and sinking two others that were discovered trespassing in South Korean waters. In late summer 1999, there were signs that North Korea might test a new version of the long-range rocket it launched over Japan a year earlier.

In the fall of 1999, North Korea's four years of severe famine, which claimed an estimated 2 million to 3 million lives between 1995 and 1998, had begun to wane. Tension with South Korea eased dramatically in June 2000, when South Korea's president, Kim Dae Jung, met with President Kim Jong Il in Pyongyang. The summit marked the first ever meeting of the countries' two leaders. The officials signed a hopeful, yet vague, agreement that outlined plans for unification and peace, reunions of separated families, open communication between the leaders, and a visit to South Korea by Kim Jong Il.

Talks between the two Koreas stalled after the March 2001 meeting between South Korea's president Kim Dae Jung and President George W. Bush. Bush said he was skeptical of Kim Jong Il and would not continue to negotiate with North Korea on its missile program until his administration reviewed the Clinton-era policy on the Communist country. In June, Bush announced that discussions with North Korea would resume, although cross-border dialogue has yet to improve. 

Kim visited Russia in late July—the third time he has traveled abroad as president—and repeated his 1999 pledge to suspend the testing of long-range missiles until 2003. Kim and Russian president Vladimir Putin signed the Moscow Declaration, confirming their support of the 1972 Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty, which President Bush is attempting to modify or abrogate. Despite the thaw in tensions, U.S. military sources report North Korea has fortified its border defenses with artillery and rocket launchers in the past year.


U.S. Helps China Destroy Ourselves, Dissident Wu Says 

Wes Vernon,
Monday, Jan. 28, 2002 

Editor’s note: This is the conclusion of NewsMax’s exclusive interview with Chinese dissident Harry Wu. See part one: China a Terrorist Threat to U.S., Wu Warns

U.S. cash has directly and indirectly gone into Chinese weapons aimed at the U.S., dissident Harry Wu told

As an example, he cited the Chinese purchase of Russian missile destroyers. Russia, which was financially unable to maintain the weaponry, was only too happy to accept the offer of $2 billion for it. Originally designed by the old Soviet Union for the express purpose of using it against U.S. aircraft, the missile destroyers are now the property of the "People’s Liberation Army’s" navy and are facing the U.S. Pacific Fleet.

"Now, the question is why does one former communist country [Russia] not have the cash, and [China] the other communist country [does] have the cash,” Wu says.

Not from their socialist state-owned enterprises, he assured us.

"No, it comes from our trade. From our investment. We are buying the rope.”

The former prisoner of the brutal Red Chinese regime seems to believe his foundation is like a David going up against a Goliath of U.S. and international enterprises that are "funding all these think-tanks and scholars from universities [spreading propaganda] that our business in China is the best way to change China.”

And the slave-made merchandise from China flooding department stores all over America?

That issue hits home with the Laogai Foundation chief. If he were still there doing the slave labor that he used to do, he might very well be making some of those charming bargain items you can pick up at your nearest department store.

"I'd like to say the [U.S.] government doesn’t like to see that happen [and that] it really bothers them.”

Why It's Cheap

But he laments an apparent popular attitude of "Why should I care [if] the product is made by cheap labor, forced labor, by torture. I don’t mind. If the product’s cheap, it’s good for the United States. Right?” Wrong, as Wu sees it.

In many cases, there is the perception that Chinese imports have "no competition in the United States,” thus fostering the notion of "Why should I care?”

Which raises the question of how much of what used to be U.S. competition has now been eliminated by cheap Chinese slave labor that has undercut our own American businesses and the livelihood of American workers.

That supports Wu’s belief that Western nations are shooting themselves in the foot, economically and strategically. 

Who benefits from China’s new membership in the World Trade Organization? The multinational corporations, says Wu.

In a speech last May before the U.S.-China Security Review Commission, he warned, "In China, Western companies can take advantage of a cheap, hard-working but oppressed labor force because they do not have to worry about giving workers benefits or dealing with strikes.”

And the following comments of the freedom fighter should be framed for those who wonder why there is so much passivity in official circles when it comes to dealing with China:

"It is actually good for Western business to have a strong Communist Party as a partner in China because the entire government structure operates to serve the party’s interests. So it follows that Western corporations will benefit from allying with the powers-that-be in China.”

Aiding North Korea

Take the "hot spot” of North Korea, a bitter Stalinist regime seething with hatred for the West. While the U.S. supports South Korea, whose approach to governing has given it a thriving, free, capitalist society, China backs North Korea’s dangerous weapons build-up. China is right there supporting this regime that lets its people starve while it puts its resources into developing more weapons of destruction.

"So China’s on the other side over there, and we want to make good relations with them. How come?” the puzzled victim of communist tyranny wants to know.

Wu dishes out a minimum of direct criticism of the U.S. government or its leading politicians, but U.S. government officials have pursued policies he severely criticizes. In fact, one of the dirty little secrets in Washington, as NewsMax has noted before, is that there are so many bipartisan skeletons in the China closet that, with notable exceptions, there is a parallel bipartisan reluctance to shine the spotlight on the dangers and damage that freedom fighters such as Wu have pointed out.

Quite a contrast to the alarm bells in the halls of Congress during the 1950s, when the rallying cry was "Who lost China?”

Nonetheless, NewsMax's interview with the respected dissident served as a reminder of the Clinton administration’s eight long years of total disregard for the security of the United States and the people who entrusted Bill Clinton with the highest office in the land.

U.S. Makes China a Superpower

Wu recalled that one of the last comments of Warren Christopher, Clinton’s first secretary of state, was that "we have to deal with China because China is a superpower.” 

"Sir,” Wu asked rhetorically, "now [that] the Soviet Union is gone, how come we have a new superpower? A new superpower? Who made that?”

His answer was that policy-makers did it through a "kowtow” policy toward China. The industrialists, again bidding to supply the rope for their own ultimate demise, finance propaganda saying that "our business in China is the best way to change China. Oh, my God!”

Wu experienced firsthand how technology from the West had advanced Chinese capabilities.

When he re-entered China after attaining U.S. citizenship in the mid-1990s, "from the computer, they were aware” that he was the same Harry Wu they had imprisoned for his defiance of the communist regime from 1960 to 1979.

That was when he was a Chinese national. This time, he had what he may have assumed to be the protection of American citizenship. But they nabbed him in 1995 when he tried to re-enter and threw him back into the Chinese prison system.

Unlike his previous imprisonment, when he was one of millions of Chinese citizens who had been victimized, that citizenship badge was enough to galvanize "my neighbors, my government, my State Department and the Congress” to "make a big noise,” and he was out in 66 days. But anyone who has had that experience knows that’s 66 days too many, he said. 

19 Years

His first incarceration lasted 19 years, from 1960 to 1979. He was 23 when he went in, 42 when he was allowed out. Nineteen of his most productive years were wasted, spent doing hard labor in dungeons.

By the time the Chinese government let him out of prison, a new generation (known after 1989 as the Tiananmen Square generation) was coming up. Many of the dissidents of Wu’s generation had "passed away or had not enough energy and were released and given a kind of rehabilitation [and that] would be good for the authorities.” Releasing "old political criminals” was considered good public relations.

"They let some of the fish go back to the pond, stay in the pond. But I, one of the fish, went to the ocean,” and came to the United States, says Wu.

He told his former captors he would go the U.S. just to study. "I had to lie to them,” saying he would come back and resume life as a permanent Chinese citizen. But after all he had been through, there was no way he intended to do that. 

Now, Dr. Harry Wu’s life in the United States focuses on an expose of his former tormentor’s designs on our civilization.

The book "Seeds of Fire” is adding ammunition to his efforts to get the truth out to a complacent public and a business community that he believes is intent on supplying the rope for its own hanging.

Get "Seeds of Fire - China and the Story Behind the Attack on America" from NewsMax at a discount. 

21902 - IS THIS THE SOUTH 33? 

From:   Be Sure to read this whole posting by Bauval. 

The “32nd and 33rd degrees’ bear a curious relevance to all this.

Let us see why.

A Question of Degrees
The Scottish Rite, which belongs to an elite branch of Freemasonry known as the Supreme Council of the 33rd Degree, was founded in 1801 at the city of Charleston in South Carolina. Its origins are obscure, but it is generally agreed by Masonic historians that it started in the 1740s in the city of Bordeaux, France and brought to the American Colonies soon after. The idea was to link the normal or ‘craft’ Freemasonry with the elitist medieval order of the Knights Templar, a powerful political and financial organisation that originally was formed to protect the Holy Land --and especially Jerusalem-- from the Muslims. The Knights Templar, in fact, got their evocative name from the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, where had once stood Solomon’s Temple, and where these Christian knights had established their first camp during the Crusades. Jerusalem had been wrenched from the Muslims in the 11th century AD, and the new Christian ‘Kingdom of Jerusalem’ was placed under the protection the Christian knights, mostly Knights Templar, who had sworn a solemn oath to protect it. But in 1187 AD the Holy Land was lost again to the Muslims, when the army of Saladin crushed a Knights Templar’s army at the battle of Hattin on the 4th July. The Kingdom of Jerusalem eventually surrendered to Saladin on the 2nd October 1187, and from this time onwards, it remained in Muslim hands until modern times. Not surprising then, the rituals of Scottish rite Freemasonry are Judeo-Christian and those of the top degrees between the 30th and the 33rd are intensely ‘Templar’ inasmuch as they advocate the symbolic ‘rebuilding’ of the Temple of Solomon. Today, where once stood this much-fantasised Temple of Solomon, are to be seen the Mosque of Omar and the Mosque of Al Aqsa, two very sacred Muslim shrines and where the Prophet Mohamad is believed to have ascended to heaven. To put it mildly, the Temple Mound in Jerusalem is Islam’s most venerated place, some saying even more sacred than the Kaaba at Makka. By a terrible twist of fate it is also the most haloed place in Judeo-Christian tradition and, mostly, to neo-Templar secret societies such as the Scottish Rite. Central to the Scottish Rite rituals are the so-called Masonic ‘Tracing Boards’, which are usually a sort of sheet placed on the floor of the lodge on which can be seen various symbols representing the Temple of Solomon, the most prominent being two tall pillars, called Jachin and Boaz, leading to a five-pointed star or pentagonal altar known as the ‘Blazing Star’. The ‘Blazing Star’ symbolises ‘Light’ and was sometimes identified to ‘Lucifer’, which is very unfortunate, for it was not meant in this context to be seen in the malevolent sense that this name generally evokes today, but rather to the classical ‘Lucce-Ferre’ (Lucifer) which means ‘Bringer of Light’ or the ‘Morning Star’ of the Romans i.e. Venus, and which in the Bible is associated to Messianic events. But it can easily be seen how, to terrorist groups such as Hamas and Al Qaeda, such and elitist and secret society in America might be perceived as ‘Satanic’, hence the crude name of ‘Great Satan’ allocated by radical Arabs to the United States and it leaders. But to be fair, this ‘Satanic’ link, although of course wrong, is not altogether surprising to see. In 1881, for instance, a huge scam was mounted against the Scottish Rite Freemasons of Charleston by a French author called Leo Taxil, who ‘exposed’ the ‘Satanic’ rituals of this fraternity and named many senior politicians and clerics as being involved. The ‘Leo Taxil Hoax’, as it is know in Masonic circles, caused much bad press for the Masons, and brought a wave of anti-Masonic attacks from the general public and the Church. Now the 32 degree rituals of the Scottish Rite (the 33rd is a title an not a ritual) are said to be related to the 32 Paths of Wisdom of the Sephiroth or Tree of Life found in the Judeo-Christian Kabala. The Kabala is a mystical system of learning or initiation based on the idea that the Holy Scriptures, such as the Torah, the Talmud and the Old Testament, are somehow encoded in the ‘language of God’ the key of which (Kabala) was handed to
Moses and passed on to the Jewish sages and Rabbis. Apparently the secrets of the Kabala are in the mystical understanding of the 22 letters of the Jewish alphabet. These letters, which are seen as ‘paths’ or ‘roads’, link up the 10 ‘emanations of God’ that make up the Sephiroth, and thus together they make up the 32 Paths. The same idea, interestingly enough, is also found in the modern esoteric Tarot Cards, which were invented in the 1770s by a Scottish Rite Freemason in Paris, Court de Gebelin. But here is a curious thing: the 31th, 32nd and 33rd degrees, which are the most crucial to the ‘rebuilding’ of the Temple of Solomon, also are found in the actual geographical latitudes or parallels that encompass the modern State of Israel. Modern Israel is, in fact, contained, as it were, between those latitudes. Indeed, the 32nd degree parallel passes just a little south of the city of Jerusalem. It has often been remarked that the ‘Mother Lodge’ of the Scottish rite Supreme Council of the 33rd Degree was fixed at the city of Charleston in South Carolina because, in fact, the 33rd degree parallel passes almost right through it. Coincidence? Perhaps. But there is more. On some certificates of the Scottish Rite 33rd degree, the actual geographical latitude given in degrees is shown alongside the name and location of the issuing lodge indicating, perhaps, some sort of mystical connection between the “Degree” rituals and the geographical latitude “degree” of the lodge. One can easily see, therefore, how radical Muslim fanatics might perceive the creation of the modern State of Israel which they believe was masterminded in secret deals between the Zionist Organisation and F.D. Roosevelt and Harry Truman in the 1940s.

The Source
Many ‘Founding Fathers’ of the United States were, in fact, Freemasons. A year after the signing of the Declaration of Independence on July 4th, 1776, Benjamin Franklin, the most famous of the signatories, was sent to Paris to obtain funds and military support for the American War of Independence against the British. Franklin, too, was a Freemason, and he immediately joined the famous and very influential Nine sisters Lodge in Paris. Also members of this lodge are said to have been the hero of the American War of Independence the marquis de Lafayette, the future US President Thomas Jefferson, and the future leaders of the French Revolution, George Danton and Jean-Paul Marat. Also at the Nine Sisters lodge were registered the inventor of the Tarot cards Court de Gebelin, the celebrated astronomer Gerome de Lalande, and the mathematician Gaspard Monge. Now this is most interesting: the last two were largely responsible for the creation of a new ‘Republican’ calendar based on 12 months of 30 days, with each months divided into three ‘decanis’ or ‘weeks’ of ten day, giving a total of 360 days. Five extra days, known as the ‘5 days of virtues’, were then added to make up 365 days of the solar year. This calendar was almost certainly framed on the ancient Egyptian prototype and may have been masterminded at the Nine Sisters lodge itself. It was also at this time that Court de Gebelin made the link between the ‘Blazing Star’ of the Freemasons with the five-pointed star, the symbol of Sirius, the ‘star of Isis’ and on which the original ancient Egyptian calendar was based. Eerily, Court de Gebelin identified this star to the Tarot card No. 17, known as ‘The Star’, which depicts a woman wearing a large star on her head. We shall see later how this symbol crops up in the 11th September attacks. Now Court de Gebelin, as all scholars at the time, knew that the original Egyptian calendar had been fixed on the first dawn rising of the star Sirius (the Egyptian ‘New Year’), which took place at the summer solstice, 21 June according to the Gregorian calendar. But when Gebelin’s made this connection with the Masonic and Tarotic ‘Star’, the Gregorian calendar had only recently been introduced to replace the old Julian calendar established by Julius Caesar in 46 BC. The conversion of the Julian dates into the Gregorian dates had, in fact, been imposed by Pope Gregory XIII in October 1582 but, in fact, was not adopted in the American colonies until 1752, by coincidence the same year that George Washington was initiated in Freemasonry at Fredericksburg. According to the old Julian calendar the 21 June was no longer the summer solstice but, instead, fell on the 4th July of the new Gregorian calendar. It was then customary during those early transitory years of the two calendars to include both the Julian and the Gregorian date on official documents. Interestingly, Freemasons consider their own ‘New Year’ to begin at the summer solstice, which in the old Julian calendar would be the ‘4th July’. Was the Declaration of Independence signed on that date for ‘Masonic’ reasons? Who knows. The question is not whether this happened or not. The question is whether some Anti-Masons and fanatics think it happened.

Shangri La
It has been seriously suggested by the US Pentagon that one of the ‘aborted’ targets of the 11th September 2001 attacks may have been the famous presidential Camp David, in Maryland. ‘Camp David’ is, to say the least, a name very evocative of ‘Camp Temple Solomon’ of the original Knights Templar. David, in the Bible, was Solomon’s father and first ‘king of Israel’. In the New Testament Jesus is said to be of the ‘line of David’. But to the Arabs ‘Camp David’ has another, more political, connotation. It is, above all else, the place where the Egyptian President, Anwar Al Sadat and Israeli Prime Minister, Menahim Begin, signed the first peace treaty between Egypt and Israel on the 17th September 1978. The original name of ‘Camp David’ was, in fact, Shangri La, when it was first established by President F.D. Roosevelt in 1941-2. It was subsequently renamed ‘Camp David’ during the administration of President Eisenhower in 1953, apparently after his grandson, David Eisenhower. Camp David is the traditional place of retreat of US presidents since F.D. Roosevelt created the ‘camp, and where many have come to ‘see the whole world very clearly during times of conflict and strife.’ To Arab and especially Egyptian fanatics, however, ‘Camp David’ is remembered as the place where Sadat ‘betrayed’ the Muslim people --so much so, that this vilification eventually cost Sadat his life in October 1981. The circumstances of Sadat’s assassination on 6th October 1981, when a group of fanatical army officers opened fire on him and his quests during the ‘Victory’ over the Yom Kippur 1973 war, bears all the hallmark of the 11th September attack. Camp David then, was, quite obviously, a very high target-potential for those who masterminded the 11th September 2001 attacks.

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