Thursday, June 28, 2007

The Viking/Judeo-Christian Conflict - Part 4

Rabbi Akiva - “ ‘Love your neighbor as yourself’ (Leviticus 19:18) - this is the major principle of the Torah.”

MarbleSwamp June28, 2107

Background (continued)

Judeo-Christians in Exile

As the Vikings took over first Vinland and eventually the West Shore and Naha, at least two thousand Judeo-Christians (JC) fled the area. As we all know, in 2045, during the administration of Tiffany Bush, the first woman president of the United States and granddaughter of former President George W. Bush, all laws permitting immigration were repealed. This appeared to be the only way to stop the illegal flow of Texans from crossing the border into Oklahoma (Texas, of course, having been taken back by Mexico in the bloody war of 2040.)

Because of this, there were no longer any green cards and sadly, many of these JC’s and their descendants were living in detention centers/refugee camps in squalor – substandard shacks with no running water and no sewers – such as the one on the former Lodge estate in Pride’s Crossing in Beverly in Massachusetts in the United States. Frequently, there were acts of violence against the northern border of Vinland or within Beverly usually attributed to the Cabots (who got their name from the street where they would hold clandestine planning meetings.) In one particularly tragic incident in 2082 VDF (Vinland Defense Forces) soldiers stood by while the Beverly police viciously attacked men, women and children in the Lodge Refugee Camp and arrested suspected Cabots.

The United States had, by 2030, become a minor state primarily because of the end of the use of oil as a source of energy and the world-wide adoption by countries of local business initiatives and microloans thereby reducing the need for and leading to the dissolution of all multi-national for-profit corporations. That year the United States was removed from the Security Council coincident with the move of the United Nations headquarters to Tirana, Albania. No longer was the US able to exercise the vetos it had effectively used to block world-wide peacemaking.

The stories of these refuges are so heartbreaking: the elderly, white-haired grandfather sitting in the Lodge Refugee Camp, rocking back and forth silently in his chair with the faded Harvard Veritas insignia, the remote control garage opener hanging from the chain around his neck; the eight year old returning from the corrugated metal roof-schoolhouse reading to his little sister from his textbooks, “Why we Hate Odin” and “I Dream of Someday Visiting Central Square in Lynn Again”; and the 40 year old mother eking out a few euros a month (because of the economic downturn, the US had joined the European Union) transcribing letters from refugees’s relatives in Florida into Yiddish, the recently adopted JC language.

Another such camp was located in the former Wonderland Dog Track in Revere in Massachusetts in the United States. Interesting enough, for some reason, perhaps having to do with the stories only passed on through oral history of the connection of some residents of the city with an organization that had something to do with criminal activity of the type that was the subject of an old television show called the Sopranos, there were no reports of refugee violence by those living in this camp. There were rumors, however, that a “pacification” project in the camp included reports of bodies found in trunks of aerosolarcars parked in the nearby MBTA station.

In 2090, there had been violence between the Marbles and the Swampies for control over the Naha Strip. When the Marbles seemed to have prevailed, 20 Naha JC Swampie supporters raced across the causeway and tried to cross into Vinland through the Lynn border. VDF soldiers stopped them at the checkpoint. There they stayed in a no-person’s land without food, water and toilet facilities until pressure from the International Blue Crescent (which had assumed most of the functions of the largely ineffective Red Cross) resulted in humanitarian aid for them and their eventual transfer to safety in what is referred to as “Socialist Heaven” - Cuba.

Others had gone to countries in the forefront of the movement for world peace with justice during the mid-21st century such as Palesrael, now the strongest democracy and commercial center in the middle east next to IranIraq. The formation of these two countries was the result of ten years of intense negotiations and financial support led by the leaders of the democratic governments of Rwanda and China and the United Nations.

Deuteronomy 16:20 – “Justice, justice shall you pursue that you may live and inherit the land which God gave you” and the footnote in the 1980 Hertz Edition “(T)here is international justice, which demands respect for the personality of every national group, and proclaims that no people can of right be robbed of its national life or territory, its language or spiritual heritage.

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