Why is The Military Using Nazi Rhetoric And Jesus In Its Nuclear Ethics Program?

According to Truth-Out.org, newly released documents reveal that the United States Air Force has been training young missile officers about the ethics of launching nuclear weapons by brainwashing them with New Testament passages and "commentary" from a former Nazi. The mandatory program not only forces religion on officers, but uses God and Nazi rhetoric to help them justify mass murder.

For starters, the mandatory Nuclear Ethics and Nuclear Warfare training includes mention of St. Augustine's "Christian Just War Theory." Says Truth-Out:

Augustine's "Qualifications for Just War," according to the way it is cited in a 43-page PowerPoint presentation, are: "to avenge or to avert evil; to protect the innocent and restore moral social order (just cause)" and "to restore moral order; not expand power, not for pride or revenge (just intent)."

Another PoewrPoint slide includes the words of Werner Von Braun, a former Nazi Party member,SS officer, and (evil) rocket scientist who used Jews in concentration camps to help build the V-2 rocket. 

So why is the U.S. quoting an indisputably unethical mass murder in a "Nuclear Ethics and Nuclear Warfare" tutorial?

Apparently, his justification of war with religion can be applied to American politics, and that alone makes it easy enough for Air Force policies to forget he was talking about genocide. 

"We knew that we had created a new means of warfare and the question as to what nation, to what victorious nation we were willing to entrust this brainchild of ours was a moral decision [emphasis in document] more than anything else," Von Braun said upon surrendering to American forces in May 1945. "We wanted to see the world spared another conflict such as Germany had just been through and we felt that only by surrendering such a weapon to people who are guided by the Bible could such an assurance to the world be best secured." [emphasis in document]

Though not anywhere near as scary as the military using a Nazi's justification for attempting Jewish genocide as a moral defense of war, the article also quotes an anonymous officer who said of the program, "It presumes ALL missile officers are religious and specifically in need of CHRISTIAN justification for their service."

Teaching recruits about Christ "the mighty warrior" who believed in a "just" war may, for some, make pressing the button to release nuke a little bit easier.  But for those of us who do not want to see our nation undergo the same psychological control as did Nazi Germany, these tactics offer much more discomfort than a sense of security. 

Read more on the shocking Air Force policy at Truth-Out.org

AlterNet / By Kristen Gwynne

Posted at July 27, 2011, 11:13am