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Christians are stone killers. You put a Christian and a lion in an arena and I’ll bet Toyotas to Subarus the Christian’ll have the lion for lunch. Just look around you: lions are just about extinct, but the whole world is full of Christians singin’ about God’s love, ready to disembowel anybody who won’t join the chorus. (See my guide to Christian Missionary Martyrs as the front-line in Christian Jihads at the end of this article.)

This week I’m honoring some great Christian killers: the Lord’s Resistance Army of Uganda. These kids — and they are kids, mostly 13-16 years old — get my vote for funniest army on the planet. And that’s a pretty big award, when you consider that the Dutch armed forces are included in the competition.

Just kidding, Dutchies! By the way, congratulations on shooting that Fortuyn guy, the only interesting Dutchman in the past 200 years! Can’t have people like that running around!

Anyway — the Lord’s Resistance Army came out of one tough neighborhood: Uganda in the 1970’s. You say “Uganda” and people think “Idi Amin.” But he was way overhyped as a killer: a big teddy bear compared to the “moderate” leader who overthrew him. This “moderate” was a former altar boy named — get this — Apollo Milton Obote.

“Moderate” altar boy Apollo Obote

It’s always “ex-altar boys” who have like a dozen bodies under the concrete. And when the former altar boy is also a “moderate” according to the Western press, then damn, get ready for a serious bloodbath. Nobody can kill like a “Moderate.” Amin was a noisy killer, feeding people to the crocs, beating them to death, eating their flesh. Dictators like him and Bokassa never last. It’s the “moderates” who do the really large-scale, efficient slaughtering.

That’s the lesson of the 20th century: If you want to kill a few people and get bad press, then go ahead: dress in black, drink blood and talk about how you love torture like Amin, Bokassa and Hitler. But if you’re serious about wiping out whole populations, wear a dove of peace and talk about progress and love. That’s what Stalin and the US did, and between them they killed a dozen for every one Hitler got.

Obote was smart; he knew he needed that “moderate” label if he was going to wipe out all his enemies. So he smiled a lot and wore suits and talked progress…and then went to work. When a densely-populated Bantu zone called the Luwhero crescent gave him trouble, his soldiers went in and killed every goddamn human being in the place. Ever hear about it? No, you didn’t, because the respectable papers didn’t want to know. Amin was good copy; Obote was too “moderate.”

Joseph Kony, the LRA’s leader

The survivors of Luwhero, mostly kids too young to be worth killing, formed up in a kind of bush army and kept fighting, even when their leader Museveni said “fuck it” and hightailed it to London. And to everybody’s surprise (including Museveni) they won. Obote’s soldiers fled north still picking people-meat from between their teeth. Museveni flew home in time to celebrate his victory and resume command. He is now the official ruler of the land. Ta-da!

A real Cinderella story, Central-Africa style.

But Obote wasn’t the only former altar boy in Uganda. There was another one, way crazier and more fun: Joseph Kony, leader of the Lord’s Resistance Army. Little Joseph came from a very devout Christian family: His aunt Alice founded the LRA and passed it on to him when she died. Aunt Alice started some of the great traditions of the LRA, like telling your troops that if they just wore her special amulets, bullets won’t hurt them. Aunt Alice had everybody in the LRA believing God hisself would be their kevlar vest. This turned out to be untrue, but there was a great escape clause: by the time the chumps found out the amulets didn’t work as advertised, they were DEAD! Now that’s the way to run a complaint department: Thousands of satisfied customers and dissatisfied but uncomplaining corpses.

LRA soldiers at work

The LRA gets backing from Sudan, which uses them to massacre other Christians like the Dinka, who are rebelling against the Arabs of the North. The North/South, Muslim/Christian war in Sudan is another of those meatgrinder wars that just doesn’t interest the Western press. It’s inland, and the reporters don’t like getting too far from the beach hotels; it’s hot and malarial country; the victims are nobody’s poster boys. I have a soft spot for them though, those Dinka, because I once saw a documentary on them featuring a yearly ritual where the young men compete to see who can get the fattest. You have to understand, these are the tallest and skinniest people on the planet. But every year, the cool guys of the tribe spend months doing nothing but sitting around drinking a mixture of blood and milk, trying to see how fat they can get. None of them get all that fat — not by my standards anyway — but it was nice just to see somebody appreciating fatness and all. There was a scene with the fattened-up contestants sitting in a little puddle pouring water over themselves, trying to cool off. God, I know the feeling! It’s June now in Fresno and it’s already unbearable. Summer is the bad time for fat people, like winter used to be when people were poor and skinny.

The Dinka are being wiped out, village by village. The LRA is helping the Sudanese Muslims do it — but that’s an old Christian game too, helping the heathens kill other Christians. Hell, it was the Crusaders who sacked Constantinople, broke its power and set it up for the Turks to rape. Religion’s nice, but rape and plunder are what it’s all about.

Museveni: sweaty for a reason

People won’t see this — won’t see how simple and practical the African style of warfare really is. The LRA is at war with the Ugandan Army, but it’s war Central-Africa style. We’re not talking Gettysburg or Verdun here. The idea isn’t to have big battles but to sneak up on an enemy village and kill all the civilians, take their livestock and steal their stuff. Reporters like to call this “insane,” which is crap. Which would you rather do, get sent off to another continent to fight heavily-armed opponents (war Western-style) or kill the neighbors who wake you every damn morning with their stupid lawnmower (war African-style)? Especially if you can see they’ve got a nice DVD player in there? Personally, I’d much rather kill the neighbors and steal their stuff. And if they’ve got a daughter just hitting puberty — well, that’s just gravy.

And if they’re Christians, so much the better. I’ll tell you about my boss sometime — this little shit from suburban Atlanta whose first question in a job interview is “Where do you worship?” If I was going to sack and pillage any house in Fresno, it’d be his. Believe me, God would be On My Side. I’d shoot his livestock — two cats and a dog he brings to the office sometimes — and decide on the spot if his wife was salable, African-style.

So I don’t see what’s so crazy about these African bush armies’ way of making war. Verdun, Blenheim, Gallipoli — those were “insane.” And if you still think tribal massacre is so weird, try remembering high-school PE. Now is it so hard to get? Life in an African bush army is just adolescent fantasy come to life. If only I were a bit younger and in better shape….

Christian Jihad, Stage One: Attack Of The Missionary Martyrs!

Christian Missionaries: America’s front-line soldiers in war provocation

Christian armies like the LRA couldn’t exist without the other, and WAY scarier, kind of Christian soldier: the missionary. If missionaries hadn’t penetrated Central Africa, there’d be no “former altar boys” to work with — and the killing would be left to pagans, amateurs. The missionary is stage one of the Christian war plan. It’s a good, simple plan and they’ve stuck to it for round about 2,000 years:

1. Send in the missionaries to fuck with the locals. Tell ‘em their Gods are wimps, their clothes are porn, their food is shit. Keep it up till somebody gets pissed off enough to grab an AK (or blowgun or warclub or wok) and martyrize a missionary or two. It helps if at least one of the shot-up missionaries is a nice plain white lady, preferably from the midwest.

2. Splatter this “atrocity” over every TV and newspaper on the planet, then send in the Rangers (as “advisors,” of course) and wipe out every dirty pagan murderer in the place.

One dead missionary is worth a dozen live ones. You fax their picture around the parishes and everybody forks up more money in the name of the dear departed, now simmering in the bellies of the fuzzy-wuzzies.

You college types think that old-style missionary tearjerker story’s finished. It’s alive and well, lemme tell you. Take the two missionaries who just got shot up in Mindanao in the process of being “rescued” from this smalltime Muslim separatist group. I saw their pictures: classic horse-faced Kansas morons. (Fuck, white people get ugly fast! They’re cute when they’re little, but damn, by the time they’re 30 — ) The husband got killed, but his bucktoothed fatassed hymnsinging wife was only grazed.

Goddamn Muslims! Learn to shoot straight, you jerkoffs! Is there a single goddamn Muslim on the planet who can handle a rifle, for Christ’s sake?

Or Allah’s, for that matter.

This article was first published in The eXile Issue #143 in 2002.


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  • 1. Zhu Bajie  |  March 19th, 2012 at 2:59 pm

    “Remember little Jonny and Luther Htoo in northern Myanmar, the Karen terror twins? Why, it seems Congregationalist missionaries from America messed up their ancestors’ heads long ago.”

    Yep. The first US missionary to go over-seas, Adoniram Judson, late 18th century, went to Burma and found the hill tribes a lot more receptive than the Buddhist Burmese. I’m always surprised that US fundies don’t send more guns to their little brown Baptist brothers in Burma!

    As for magic armor, pocket bibles with steel-plated covers were on sale for nervous soldiers, back in the Viet Nam days. Probably they’re on sale now, too.

    Zhu Bajie, Yunnan, China

  • 2. Soteigai  |  March 19th, 2012 at 8:59 pm

    1. Christians suck*and* are the most bloodthirsty, EVIL “people” imaginable.


    2. The U.S. is a MURDEROUS, fuct up country.. choke full of hillbilly, redneck Koch sucking, KKKorprate whore Neo-Fascist-whofuckingknows Christianists hell bent on a fundamentalist takeover of_________, blah. blah. blah.

    Double check.

    This kind of verbal fapping was edgy forty years ago.

    When ever I read this kind of drivel normaly found in the Exiled comments section, I comfort myself in the fanatasy of one of you self loathing, wannabe heathen communists actually stuck in some shithole “Egalitarian” country ruminating about how much we suck. Heh..unlike most of you misanthropes…I have actually experienced some of the real world. You can keep it. Those of you who wouldn’t have families with cash or possess a pretty mouth would be fed to the dogs. Shot? Yeah right…you would be begging for that bullet. Too bad, they are worth more than you are . is entertaining to make people suffer when there is nothing better to do.

    Feel free to correct my typos and grammer, AEC(what ever the fuck that is). I am too lazy and stoned to bother hitting spell check.

    One more thing: AMERICA![…fuck yeah.]

    P. S. Bring back “Brecher”. I will even pay you bastards.

    -Carry on.

  • 3. Dolan  |  March 23rd, 2012 at 9:24 am

    i want to be uncol dolan.

    i touch pewper it makes red.

    i touch pewper moar and puss comes out.

    me signing off to touch pewper.

  • 4. Bauhaus  |  March 23rd, 2012 at 5:20 pm

    Christians. Jews. Muslims. All high on killing.

    Christians – Crusades, colonization.

    Jews – slaughtering the people in Canaan and desecrating their corpses after coming back from Egypt – ever read the Old Testament? Man I fantasize that the Zionist cabal in the early Soviet Union, more than half of all commissars, set about to kill tens of millions of Christians. They even recruited that old Christian Georgian-Ossetian dog named Stalin!

    Muslims – from bickering tribes to empire. Then fell apart in warring caliphates, but still.

    Really, monotheism. There’s something about it. But let’s not forget the Chinese empire builders, the Mongols, the Huns and the Japanese, were not monotheists. Neither were all the cannibal tribes in Africa who only stopped their constant warfare when the Britons and French forced them. So I don’t know. Maybe it’s more about the capacity and opportunity of the people involved.

    And I agree: Is there any Muslim who can shoot straight? I can shoot straight. Just did it about a hundred times on my XBOX. I understand they don’t have much training, but goddamn why don’t the US helicopter in a bunch of Playstations into Pakistan or something. U.S. soldiers tell of how they just fire wildly at U.S. troops and rarely hit anything. I won’t brag, but I know that I, and pretty much anyone I know, could do better. Just AIM, for God’s sake!

    And why do all those braggart would-be terrorists get caught? Blast their plans all over the internet. In their native languages, thinking the French, British and German police won’t catch them. Stupid. It would be real easy to kill soldiers and leave a message saying it is in retaliation for the occupation of Afghanistan. Pick one off safely just once in a while from a distance. Not a shooting spree like the dumb guy in France.

    I’m not advocating it. But for God’s sake, their incompetence is incredible.

    Look at The Zodiak Killer if you want an example of how not to get caught.

  • 5. BigDeadCokehead  |  March 30th, 2012 at 9:43 pm

    “Personally, I’d much rather kill the neighbors and steal their stuff”
    I bet you really DID steal VDHanson’s chainsaw

  • 6. bugjackblue  |  April 5th, 2012 at 9:35 pm

    The “missionary” in the photo works at a Circle K in my neighborhood. He has a Ron Paul sticker on his car. He gets a bit peeved when customers point out that the Coors Light color strips indicate his cans are not quite as cold as they should ideally be.

  • 7. RudeNudeMcFood  |  April 6th, 2012 at 9:20 pm

    “then send in the Rangers” right, because that worked a treat in Somalia.Goddamn americans! Learn to shoot straight, you jerkoffs! Is there a single goddamn american on the planet who can handle a rifle, for reagans sake?

  • 8. R. Mike  |  April 23rd, 2012 at 12:15 pm

    Christians? Peaceful?

    I laughed so hard, I think I peed a little. Turn off Fox and go read a history book on a little something called the Crusades. Inquisition ring a bell?

  • 9. Mike is a wanker  |  July 4th, 2012 at 11:16 am

    How many centuries ago were the Crusades or Catholic inquisitions Mike?

  • 10. CB  |  July 9th, 2012 at 12:46 pm

    How many years ago were Protestants and Catholics killing each other in Ireland? When was the last time Christians fought Muslims in something referred to as a Crusade?

    I love how people think ideology doesn’t just change, but fundamentally defines, human nature. Like if the LRA weren’t Christian, or were *real* Christians, then they wouldn’t be killers. Ha! Yeah, and if the Irish Catholics were Hindus and the Protestants were Secular Humanists but the rest of their history was the same, they would have got along fine. Ha! If you could search/replace the religion of every Jihadi on earth with the belief system of your choice, they’d lay down arms and terrorism would be over. HA HA HA!

    When it comes to human nature and warfare, religion and ideology are just another way of drawing lines and saying “Their tribe is different than our tribe, let’s kill them and take their land”. If you think your ideology is peaceful, it’s because you live in a period of peace. Lucky you, but don’t go ascribing a causal role to whatever -ism is dominant in your time and place. You’ll just look silly — or be oblivious to — when the war drums start beating in the name of your -ism.

  • 11. Subitai  |  August 8th, 2012 at 3:30 am

    With all the current chaos in the muslim world, I would really like to read some of Brechers though on it. Stuff is really happening now!

    Tell us everything we need to know about the Sunni-Shia struggle! About a future with Iran and the Gulf states fighting over the Middle East via proxies. What will happen to Israel, Kurdistan and Egypt?

    Growing tired of having to do the research and thinking myself. It’s so much easier to just read a Brecher summary (and he’s better at both thinking and researching than me, I must confess).

    This column has made me lazy. I need it back.

  • 12. tesla  |  August 9th, 2012 at 5:29 pm

    great article, great outlook. can you imagine a future where there is no more central african style warfare—where all people’s have been subdued into a global property system and the locals are actually employees of some global security cartel.

    i mean it’s hard to imagine mankind in that scenario without us having found something far larger to fight, perhaps we find hostile aliens on mars. let’s hope !.

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