Did A Civil War Officer Foresee World War III?

Some of today’s global conflicts seem to suggest that a 19th century prediction concerning a third world war may have been correct.

American Web Media reported that Albert Pike, a brigadier general in the Confederate army during the Civil War, had a vision of a violent showdown between Muslims and Christians.

“The third world war must be fomented by taking advantage of the differences caused by the ‘agentur’ of the ‘Illuminati’ between the political Zionists and the leaders of Islamic World,” Pike wrote in an 1860s letter that was recently uncovered.

“The war must be conducted in such a way that Islam (the Moslem Arabic world) and political Zionism (the state of Israel) mutually destroy each other. Meanwhile, the other nations, once more divided on this issue, will be constrained to fight to the point of complete physical, moral, spiritual and economical exhaustion.”

The officer warned that “we shall unleash the nihilists and the atheists, and we shall provoke a formidable social cataclysm which in all its horror will show clearly to the nations the effect of absolute atheism, origin of savagery and of the most bloody turmoil.”

Pike continued: “Then everywhere, the citizens, obliged to defend themselves against the world minority of revolutionaries, will exterminate those destroyers of civilization, and the multitude, disillusioned with Christianity, whose deistic spirits will from that moment be without compass or direction, anxious for an ideal, but without knowing where to render its adoration, will receive the true light through the universal manifestation of the pure doctrine of Lucifer, brought finally out in the public view. This manifestation will result from the general reactionary movement which will follow the destruction of Christianity and atheism, both conquered and exterminated at the same time.”

At 6 feet, Pike was considered a tall man in his time. He was a particularly imposing figure because he weighed about 300 pounds. A native of Boston born in 1809, he passed up a chance to attend Harvard University when he decided to do his studies on his own.

Pike taught school before moving to Arkansas, where he became a fur trapper. Later, he owned and wrote for a newspaper.

When the United States invaded Mexico, Pike volunteered as an Army captain. An ongoing feud with his superior, Col. John Selden Roane, resulted in a duel.

Each man got off a few shots, but none of the bullets hit their targets. The officers agreed to mutually back away from the confrontation before anyone got hurt.

Pike’s life was a bit less exciting after the U.S. conquest of northern Mexico, when he operated a law practice in New Orleans. His experiences in the southern city led to him supporting and signing up for the rebellion of the Confederate states.

The Sun reported that Pike mailed his letter to Giuseppe Mazzini, an Italian politician, in August 1871. That was long before the first and second world wars, both of which erupted in the following century.

In a book titled “Satan: Prince of the World,” Navy officer William Guy Carr noted that Pike correctly foresaw World War I being caused by efforts to depose Russia’s tsars and install a communist government.

Amazingly, Pike was also right about World War II. He prophesied that the conflict would “destroy Nazism,” which is what happened when Germany’s Adolf Hitler lost the war.
Source: AWM
Photo: AWM, Odyssey, Washington Post

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