The concept of world peace is one net which the Baha’is cast far and wide to enmesh simple people. If recent evidences are to be taken into account, the followers of this dubious faith are very much active in war-torn countries like Yemen where they are unabashedly trying to increase their numbers by selling a false dream to the affected people.
What’s worse, instead of speaking up for the millions of Yemenis who are struggling (an understatement of sorts), the followers of the psychotic order are making a song and dance about the arrest of a few Baha’is for their anti-social activities. The act of trying to convert people who are leading their lives in utmost hostile settings reminds one of vultures circling for a kill.
Those who track the Baha’i faith are least surprised by their indifference. They cite the well-documented relations ‘Abdu’l-Baha’s shared with war-mongering and imperialistic governments.
Take for instance Abdul Baha’s speech in the city of Cincinnati in November 1912. What he says and predicts about the United States is even more astounding.
“America is a noble nation, a standard-bearer of peace throughout the world, shedding her light to all regions. Other nations are not untrammeled and free of intrigues like the United States, and are unable to bring about Universal Peace.
But America, thank God, is at peace with all the world, and is worthy of raising the flag of brotherhood and International
Whatever Abdul Baha was smoking would be interesting to find out. Because, if he had the slightest knowledge about the United States’ military conflicts and interventions he would have never uttered such words.
In the year 1912, the same year that ‘Abdu’l-Baha made the aforementioned speech, the United States was in the midst of one of its most ruthless military engagements with its South American neighbors, today referred to as the Banana Wars. These wars were neither based on humanitarian reasons nor to achieve peace, but were wars being fought to loot South American countries from their national wealth and God-given graces and to expand the profit of American commercial organizations and tycoons. U.S. Marine Corps Major, General Smedley Butler, who was perhaps the single most active military officer in the Banana Wars, describes them like this:
“I spent 33 years and four months in active military service and during that period I spent most of my time as a high class muscle man for Big Business, for Wall Street and the bankers.
In short, I was a racketeer, a gangster for capitalism. I helped make Mexico and especially Tampico safe for American oil interests in 1914. I helped make Haiti and Cuba a decent place for the National City Bank boys to collect revenues in. I helped in the raping of half a dozen Central American republics for the benefit of Wall Street. I helped purify Nicaragua for the International Banking House of Brown Brothers in 1902-1912.”
I brought light to the Dominican Republic for the American sugar interests in 1916. I helped make Honduras right for the American fruit companies in 1903. In China in 1927 I helped see to it that Standard Oil went on its way unmolested. Looking back on it, I might have given Al Capone a few hints.
The best he could do was to operate his racket in three districts. I operated on three continents.”
[Eugene Jarecki, The American Way of War: Guided Missiles, Misguided Men, and a Republic in Peril, (Free Press, 2010), p. 145].
‘Abdu’l-Baha gives further glad-tidings about America and its peaceful attitude:
Undoubtedly, the American people and nation, have no intention of colonizing [another country] or expanding the circle of the countries [borders] and do not seek to attack other nations and countries.
(‘Abdu’l-Baha, Khatabat (Tehran), vol. 2, p. 69.)
These words were uttered in the same year that America was engaged in at least two major wars: 1-The Moro Rebellion (1899 – 1913) against ethnic Muslims who lived in the Southern Philippines and resisted Spanish and American colonization. 2-Occupation of Nicaragua (1912-1933).
‘Abdu’l-Baha’s prophecy was so precise that in the next one hundred years, the United States became—and still is—militarily engaged in hundreds of conflicts around the world. Some of the major ones being:
- The Mexican Revolution (1914-1919)
- Occupation of Haiti (1915-1934)
- Occupation of the Dominican Republic (1916-1924)
- World War I (1917-1918)
- Russian Civil War (1918-1920)
- World War II (1941-1945)
- Korean War (1950-1953)
- First Indochina War (1950-1954)
- Vietnam War (1953-1975)
- Laotian Civil War (1953-1975)
- Lebanon Crisis (1958)
- Congo Crisis (1960-1965)
- Bay of Pigs Invasion (1961)
- Colombian Conflict (1964-present)
- Invasion of the Dominican Republic (1965-1966)
- War in Bolivia (1966-1967)
- Korean DMZ Conflict (1966-1969)
- Cambodian Civil War (1970-1975)
- Soviet War in Afghanistan (1979-1989)
- Lebanese Civil War (1982-1984)
- Invasion of Grenada (1983)
- Libya(1981, 1986, 1989)
- Iran (1987-1988)
- Invasion of Panama (1989-1990)
- Gulf War (1990-1991)
- Bosnian War (1993-1995)
- Kosovo War (1999)
- Afghanistan War (2001-present)
- Iraq War (2003-2012)
These wars resulted in the deaths of millions of people. ‘The standard- bearer of peace’ and the nation ‘worthy of raising the flag of brotherhood and International Peace’ as ‘Abdu’l-Baha had prophesized, has been involved in more military conflicts than every other nation ever since these titles were given to it. Abdu’l-Baha’s prayers were not answered when he uttered:
“O God! Let this American democracy become glorious in spiritual degrees even as it has aspired to material degrees, and render this just government victorious. Confirm this revered nation to upraise the standard of the oneness of humanity, to promulgate the Most Great Peace, to become thereby most glorious and praiseworthy among all the nations of the world.”
(Various, Baha’i Prayers: A Selection of Prayers Revealed by Baha’u’llah, the Bab, and ‘Abdu’l-Baha (US Baha’i Publishing Trust, 1991), p. 25.)
It has become clear that “this just government” was not just and not a seeker of peace. The world has not yet forgotten the nuclear bombs dropped on the innocent men, women and children of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and the indiscriminate bombing of civilians in Vietnam.
It’s the same power that has armed the callous Saudis till their teeth to drop bombs on their poor cousins down south.