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BEHOLD A PALE HORSE – Book Review

by: Milton William Cooper

Publisher: Mission Possible Commercial Printing

Copyright: 1991

Cover: Joanna Heikens

Type: Softcover

reviewed by: Lynard Barnes, 11/5/1996

Summary: Not recommended.

Well, it looked interesting and it had a horsy title.

On page 196 of BEHOLD A PALE HORSE, in a chapter titled “The Secret Government”, William Cooper states that between “January 1947 and December 1952 at least 16 crashed or downed alien craft, 65 alien bodies, and one live alien were recovered. The wreckage and carnage didn’t stop there. The government, directed by a clique in the Council on Foreign Relations, taking its lead from the Bilderberg “elite committee known as the Policy Committee”, instituted a rigorous program of secrecy to contain information about aliens.

In reading the 30 page Forward in this book, you develop a respect for Mr. Cooper based on what you sense is his solid character, his adherence to rules of fair play, his military service, his avowed intent of “educating the American people”. Once you get past the Forward however you are wadding through a muddle of convoluted conspiracies and a steady stream of vindictive against “the new world order”. In short, this is a book about fear.

It would be a mistake to alter one’s opinion of Mr. Cooper based solely on the content of the remanding 470 pages of his book. But to attempt to rationally, dispassionately wad through this material without considering the mind, the character and experience of the person putting it together is an exercise most of us are simply incapable of doing.

For instance, on page 215, Mr. Cooper states that Secret Service agent William Geer, President John F. Kennedy’s limousine driver on that November 23rd, 1963 day in Dallas, turned around in the driver’s seat and shot Kennedy. The Zapruder film was, according to this story, subsequently altered to erase the gun in the driver’s hand. (If you watch the actions of the driver starting at around frame 250 in the Zapruder film you see the driver’s response to Kennedy’s movements after Kennedy is shot). How do you deal with a contention as extraordinary as this? How do you analyze, clarify. . .how do you even begin to approach a common ground for weighing the facts, the pros and cons. Well, I honestly don’t think you can. And this, believe it or not, is one of the attributes that makes this book fascinating. It’s like, from another universe.

BEHOLD A PALE HORSE is an extreme example of propagandism which the Microsoft Bookshelf dictionary defines as the “systematic propagation of a doctrine or cause or of information reflecting the views and interests of those people advocating such a doctrine or cause”. “Those people” in this instance is the singular Mr. Milton William Cooper. The doctrine or cause in this instance is The Fight Against the Grand Conspiracy For a New World Order–whatever the hell that is.

The hallmark of propagandism is that some people will agree will some of the propaganda spiel, while only the minutest of the fringe will agree with all the spiel. It is a classic circumstance in which half truths can be elevated to a cause. (The recent flak over “crack” cocaine and the Central Intelligence Agency is a prime example a half truth taking on a life of its own.

What some people regard as outlandish fantasy is gospel to others. Take a hodgepodge of conspiracy theories, isolated “facts” and an over-riding though ill-defined fear that ties it all together as you have in BEHOLD A PALE HORSE and you have all the necessary ingredients for tearing down the fabric of civilization. It happened in Communist Russia. It happened in Nazi Germany. It happened in Cambodia. It happened in China during the Cultural Revolution. Facts are fears, fears are fact.

The error in dismissing works such as BEHOLD A PALE HORSE as discordant rumblings from the fringe is that “sensible” people will dismiss it for what it is. But again, not everyone is in agreement on what is fantasy in the propaganda spiel and what is fact. What’s outlandish to one is sacred truth to another. And therein lies the danger of this stuff.

With the explosion in information communication it is only a matter of time before we have more good intentioned people writing tracks against the coming whatever, or exposing the real “truth”. (An excellent example is the heartfelt belief that TWA Flight 800 was brought down by a missile because mechanical failure is just too gosh darn simple in this complicated world). I imagine it to be a sort of geometric progression. From the grand alphabet soup of a propaganda tract, X number of people will pick out Y number of “facts” they regard as truth and go their merry, propaganda prone way. Soon, everything will be a Lie: anything can be the Truth. If you think about it, this is really what all these secreted Masters of the Universe are trying to achieve. It is what the revealers of grand conspiracies, like Mr. Cooper, achieve with little effort. Does this mean then that the seekers of truth are really part of the grand conspiracy? Mmmm, I wonder . . ..

The conspiracy angle in BEHOLD A PALE HORSE is certainly not new. Some of this stuff has been floating around since the upheaval inaugurated by the French Revolution. The Illuminati, the super-secret society that is supposedly the real master of the universe, has been the sub-topic of hundreds of these diatribes. According to Cooper, the Illuminati and their spin-off societies (the Bilderberg Group being the major spin-off), are responsible for everything of note occurring in the 20th century–from the Nazi war machine, birth-control methods, homosexuality, Chubby Checker and the Twist, and the hoola-hoop. (Actually Cooper didn’t name these last two. I just sort of tossed them in because I have a thing against dancing).

On page 173, Cooper says that tobacco fields have been fertilized with radioactive tailings from uranium mines, explaining the growth in lung cancer since the 1950s. California’s effort to rid the state of the Mediterranean fruit fly by using Malathion, a nerve gas developed by the Nazis during World War II, is part of the ultimate population control agenda of the masters of the universe.

Very little that is nefarious, infamous, controversial or anointed by conspiracy buffs as a conspiracy is left out of BEHOLD A PALE HORSE. The only question left unanswered is if the Grand Conspiracy Masters are so clever and smart why do they behave so stupidly. No wait. Don’t answer that. It was a rhetorical question. The answer is that the reason they behave so stupidly is so they can conceal just how really clever and smart they are. And please, no more questions.

Save your money on this one.

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Witnessed – Review

by: Hopkins, Budd

Publisher: Pocket Books

Copyright: 1996

Cover: John Stephens

Type: Paperback

reviewed by: Lynard Barnes 11/5/1996

Summary: Not recommended. Too many logic holes describing a UFO related event supposedly occurring on November 30, 1989.

This has been an eagerly awaited book (1996). Budd Hopkins is the author of Intruders, the story line of which made its way into the national conscious when it was transformed into a made-for-TV movie. In the event you haven’t read Intruders, you should most definitely do so. But….

Witnessed relates events occurring on November 30, 1989.

A woman, Linda Cortile, is allegedly floated out of her twelfth floor apartment window accompanied by three alien “grays”. The four free-floating forms then ascend into the belly of a hovering Unidentified Flying Object (UFO). This strange event is apparently witnessed by sixteen people. Of those witnessing the abduction, four come forward–more or less. More less if you consider that the author is able to interview only one of unequivocal the witnesses. And this is where the problems start. The numbers, the tally, the buffing, the honing, the qualifying, the blue square peg fitting into that red square hole.

This, my dear friends, is a book intended for denizens of the unexplained stuck on the Alien Abduction Freeway where only left turns are permitted, as in turning a book back to the previous page to check the purported facts.

Three of the four witnesses (there may be six, depending on your method of counting) who make themselves known to the author do so by letter and cassette tape. “Richard” and “Daniel” are security agents of some type; the third-man is an internationally known statesman. In attempting to pin down the identity of these three witnesses, Hopkins relates a lot of cloak-and-dagger, James Bond stuff that is excruciatingly boring and off the mark. Having said that, we must back up and realize that Witnessed was written for Hopkin’s fellow UFO investigators more than the general reading public. The mechanics of the book–story development, the pacing, the dialogue–has all the earmarks of a book waiting for treatment as a made-for-TV-movie.

If you shuck all the material Hopkins tosses in attempting to support the validity of the abduction event and corroborate Linda Cortile’s hypnosis induced recall, you discover Mr. Hopkins has very little to say about the November 30, 1989 abduction except that it happened and that there were ramifications. Well, maybe it did happen and maybe it didn’t.

According to John L. Petersen, author of The Road to 2015–Profiles of the Future, (Waite Group Press), the total amount of information in the world is doubling every 18 months or less. He also says that if you read the entire New York Times on any given Sunday, you would absorb more information than the average person absorbed in a lifetime in Thomas Jefferson’s day. We suspect that even if you don’t read the Sunday New York Times, you are exposed to a prodigious amount of information whether you want it or not. If per chance, you are exposed to some information that doesn’t fit neatly into some established category of information, what do you do? You invent another category of course: Alien-Human Abduction experiences, for instance.

This reviewer, not believing in such phenomenon as alien abductions, grants that something happened to Linda Cortile on November 30, 1989. It is also granted that those people who say they saw the abduction in fact saw something. The problem with Witnessed, aside from its intricate and elaborate presentation of “case support”, is that it tries too hard to make the case for alien abduction specifically and alien abductions in general.

In the October 1995 issue of CRUSHIES, we reviewed Raymond E. Fowler’s The Watchers II. It is the only book of this genre we have reviewed that provides a firm foundation for possible alternatives to little gray aliens abducting humans. Things might just be a lot more complicated than alien kidnappers versus the kidnapped. Unlike Hopkin’s portraits of heroes, heroines and innocent victims suffering at the hands of masterful extraterrestrial manipulators, Fowler raises the specter of a presence so powerful, so manipulative that we haven’t even conceived of its existence yet. That presence is the human mind.

In another book, From Elsewhere: Being an E. T. In America by Scott Mandelker (to be reviewed at a later date), the author makes the very subtle point that a person’s memory of some otherworldly event can be triggered by almost anything. The interesting point about this view is that it fits in very nicely with the concept of a universal, super mind as found in Jungian psychology. (Another book, well worth reading on this subject, is John E. Mack’s Abduction, reviewed in the May 95 issue of CRUSHIES). In short, if you reject the argument of extraterrestrials involved in human affairs, the next avenue to explore is the possible existence of a mind-experience, shared by millions but perceived according to individual prejudices. Such an exploration is just as legitimate as looking for extraterrestrial influences. Moreover, exploring the unexplored territories of the mind are potentially much more rewarding. This, it should quickly be added, does not mean that aliens are not real or that aliens do not kidnap people. Could be they are and they do. But there is just nothing anywhere, especially in the tattered turned pages of Witnessed, that convinces even the most wide-eyed explorer that extraterrestrials are prowling the night skies.

From this reviewer’s standpoint, books on aliens and alien abductions are more informative when they stick to the issue at hand. We don’t have to agree with the premise on which they’re written but if the abduction/contact story has been done with integrity and a regard for the truth as they perceive the truth to be, there is usually something valuable to be gained by reading what the author has to say. In Witnessed there is nothing gained. While Hopkins says he presents new information on aliens and “bonding” of couples from childhood, hints of human “bonding” has been presented in other books, most notably in Fowler’s works and, dare I mention it, Secret Vows by Denise Rieb Twiggs and Bert Twiggs (reviewed in the May 95 issue). One abduction victim, a subject of Hopkin’s, Debbie Jordan, also approached the subject of aliens and experiments in human “bonding” (see the November 1995 issue of CRUSHIES, Abducted! By Debbie Jordan and Kathy Mitchell).

Witnessed is not recommended reading, even for the thrill value.

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Mao Tse-Tung and His China – Review

by: Marrin, Albert

Publisher: Viking – Penguin Group

Copyright: 1989

Cover: Viqui Maggio

Type: Softcover

reviewed by: Lynard Barnes 11/5/1996

Summary: Recommended.

You can pickup a couple of things by reading this book.

First and farmost, you might get to appreciate why historians love history. There is no such thing as truth in history, only perspective. Albert Marrin’s Mao Tse-Tung and His China has managed a balanced perspective on the three competing forces at work in China during and after the communist revolution. The warlords, the communist and the nationalist–all vying for the hearts and minds of the Chinese people–or if not their hearts, merely their submission.

Second, you might get some idea as to why the Communist Chinese are so agitated by any hint that the Republic of China based in Tiawan is in any way legitimate. The volatil relationship between the two continues to make headlines as mainland China plans takeover of Hong Kong in 1997. Tiwain has come a little to late to democracy for the world to howl in protest whatever mainland China decides to do to regain the island. It’s coming. The only question is when.

Finally, if your historical perspective is similar to that of this reviewer, you might get a glimpse of that gossamer golden thread weaved in the French Revolution, beginning to fray in the Communist and Nazi revolutions early in this century and is just now beginning to lose its tinsel strength. Bosina and its three factions may be the last filaments in this thread but events are blowing those filaments ever so closely to the flames of war. We have yet to witness the final “nationalistic” war to be waged based on the tenets of the French Revolution.

Winning Hearts

In a brief section of Mao Tse-Tung and His China, Marrin describes the Reds (Communist Chinese) arriving in Szechuan (“Four Rivers”) Province during the Long March and having to transgress Lololand. The Long March of 6,000 miles lasted a year, from October 1934 to October 1935, starting with 87,000 communist troops heading northwest and ending with 4,000 arriving in Shensi Province. The Lolo, or Vi peoples, had an unabiding hatred for the Chinese and were fierce warriors. Red troops freed Lolo warriors and some of their chiefs being held in Kuomintang (warlord-nationalist forces) prisons in the surrounding area. “Mao fed them, treated them as human beings, and sent them home with gifts” , writes Marrin. It was just one of many instances in which the Reds broke with expected behavior to win “the hearts and minds” of the people of China.

Marrin’s treatment of the Szechuan Province incident and other seemingly surreal events occurring during the Long March makes very entertaining and exciting reading. Lifted out of its historical context, it would make an incredible “Raiders of the….” type movie.

Some would call Marrin’s work history with a small “h”, and indeed it just may be. But it is informative history without the pedantics of the scientific “attitude” that subscribes to the belief that we can look into the past and discover truth. It is all perspective. Marrin comes across in this work having the perspective of the explorer–discovering one-quarter of the earth’s population as it were.

In a sense Mao Tse-Tung and His China is meant for those who think of China as some big, monolithic blob of humanity we blithely think of as the land of the Chinese. It may be the land of the Chinese but it is not a monolith and there are many cultural and societal forces at work. China has always played a significant role in world culture and history. What distinguishes China from other nations of the world is that China has a three-thousand-year plus history as an authoritarian dictatorship–emperors, warlords and, the latest crop, communists.

As China goes, so goes the world. Remember, you read it here first.

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