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‘Wars take on a life of their own’ With Biden’s words, Ukraine conflict, meetings of Western leaders, trouble keeps brewing; growing tensions pit nations against nations

By Brian E. Muhammad, Staff Writer
- March 29, 2022

‘Wars take on a life of their own’
With Biden’s words, Ukraine conflict, meetings of Western leaders, trouble keeps brewing; growing tensions pit nations against nations

“Their head is going to and fro to the nations of the earth to find a way of peace between the heads of the nations. “A Great Time! A Troublesome Time! A Terrible Time!”

-The Fall of America

Volatile off-the-cuff words from President Joe Biden and Russian missiles striking an hour away from Poland, which is NATO territory and the place where the U.S. commander-in-chief gave his major speech, punctuated recent major developments in Europe’s worst military conflict since WWII.

In Warsaw, Poland’s capital, at the conclusion of a four-day trip where he met with Western leaders over the Russia-Ukraine war, President Biden promised continued support for the country invaded at the order of Vladimir Putin. And March 26 he made this bold declaration: “For God’s sake, this man cannot remain in power.”

The White House immediately back peddled the incendiary comment saying regime change in Russia and overthrowing Mr. Putin was not on the table. However, the statement was incredibly telling given the past history of U.S. leaders deciding a foreign leader they didn’t like had to be ousted. Such language was aimed at the late leaders Sadaam Hussein of Iraq, Muammar Gadhafi of Libya, Salvadore Allende of Chile, who were killed in U.S.-supported coups, and Fidel Castro of Cuba who survived numerous failed U.S. assassination attempts.

Two days later, the U.S. president denied calling for regime change but insisted that it was moral condemnation of Mr. Putin. And, Mr. Biden, added, he would not refrain from such condemnation and no one thought he meant regime change. Others offered a different view.

“Biden’s statement was dangerous, precisely because it was poorly thought through and emotional and was something that could trigger an even more egregious action by the Russians at a time when there needs to be diplomatic overtures to bring about peace,” said international affairs analyst Bill Fletcher, Jr., an author and past president of TransAfrica Forum.

The rhetoric is indicative of worsening animosity between Mr. Putin and the West led by Mr. Biden, who has called the Russian leader a “war criminal,” a “butcher,” a “pure thug” and a “murderous dictator.” Saying he should be removed from power could be taken as a logical next step.

“That’s not for Biden to decide,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told Reuters. “The president of Russia is elected by Russians.”

He told Russia’s RBC TV that Mr. Biden was apparently “the victim of many misconceptions” and doesn’t understand the world is not centered on America and parts of Europe.

French President Emmanuel Macron who has ongoing talks with Russia told French TV on March 27 the goal is to end the war. “I think we must keep to the facts and do everything to not escalate things. I wouldn’t use this type of wording, because I continue to hold discussion with President Putin. … The objective is to obtain a ceasefire and complete withdrawal of troops. If that is what we want to do, we should not escalate things, neither with words nor actions,” he said.

British political commentator George Galloway called the comments “effectively a declaration of war” by one nuclear-armed superpower on another. “Joe Biden said the quiet part out loud; he stated publicly what is held privately as the war aim of NATO,” he said on his “The Mother of All Talkshows with George Galloway” podcast. “Never since WW2 has such a grave step been taken. We are now in utterly uncharted and terrifyingly (dangerous) waters,” he said.

Ro Khanna, U.S. representative for California’s 17th Congressional District and member of the House Armed Services Committee, added, “The United States policy is not of regime change. There’s no support in the Congress, certainly among Democrats, for a policy of regime change. Many of us have been opposed to regime change policy in this country over the last 20 years.

I think President Biden was speaking about the extraordinary frustrations with Putin’s brutal campaign of killing and targeting women and children, and he was speaking from the heart. But I’m glad that the White House has explicitly clarified that the goal is not regime change. And ultimately, we need a negotiated end to this war and a ceasefire,” said the U.S. congressman in an interview with Amy Goodman of Democracy Now broadcast March 28.

“President Biden is a seasoned statesman. He’s been around for quite a while. He should have learned to think before he speaks. I think that his comment was reckless and damaging,” said Andrew Bacevich, president and co-founder of the Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft, in the same Democracy Now interview.

“We have absolutely no business inserting U.S. views into what the war’s end should look like,” he added. “There is no question about who is responsible for this catastrophe. There’s no question about who’s in the right. … You know, there is this notion, again, carried over from probably the end of World War II, that the president of the United States functions as some kind of a global monarch. That kind of thinking is obsolete. And I think, actually, this episode illustrates the extent to which that kind of obsolete thinking complicates things. Biden should stay out and should keep his mouth shut.”

He added, “Simply to label NATO as a defensive alliance, I think, is fundamentally misleading. The expansion was aggressive, was undertaken at Russia’s expense, and has to be considered as one factor explaining how we got to where we are today. Again, to emphasize, that is not to justify Putin’s aggressive actions.”

While the Biden administration attempted to dismiss the comment as a misspeak, some observers say it was an unintended glimpse into Mr. Biden’s thinking that poses a grim danger to everyone.

Western leaders meet, missiles land

On the same day Mr. Biden spoke in Poland, Russian cruise missiles struck the Ukrainian city of Lviv, 245 miles from the U.S. president. The bombing destroyed a fuel depot and a military factory, according to Ukrainian officials.

The missiles falling so close to the border of a NATO country the day of the remarks and days after Mr. Biden and Western leaders met might also indicate a significant escalation.

A volunteer of the Ukrainian Territorial Defense Forces assists a woman to cross the street in Kharkiv, Ukraine, Wednesday, March 16, 2022. Both Russia and Ukraine projected optimism ahead of another scheduled round of talks Wednesday, even as Moscow’s forces rained fire on Kyiv and other major cities in a bid to crush the resistance that has frustrated Kremlin hopes for a lightning victory. (AP Photo/Andrew Marienko)

President Biden and Western world leaders left their capitals to meet in Brussels for emergency talks of the G-7 nations, the European Union, and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).

The leaders met March 24 in closed door session to discuss next moves and scramble to upkeep a posture of unity against Russia over its war in Ukraine, now in its second month.

“We are united in our resolve to counter Russia’s attempts to destroy the foundations of international security and stability,” said a joint statement of NATO leaders.

They pledged a new round of sanctions, humanitarian aid, and more military giveaways to Ukraine. Responding to what they say is increased Russian aggression, the military alliance is boosting air and naval power and positioning 40,000 more troops in NATO countries bordering Ukraine.

Conflict rages around the globe

Although NATO called it a defensive move, some observers see the military buildup as a potential provocation of Russia that increases the risk of world war.

“Neither the leadership of the U.S., NATO, or Russia have any desire to spark a world war,” said Phyllis Bennis of the Institute for Policy Studies.

“However, wars take on a life of their own and they can escalate in ways that the people who started them have no intention.”

In this case, the danger of escalation of a direct exchange between America and Russia is especially serious as together they hold more than 90 percent of the world’s nuclear weapons.

Mr. Putin has warned Russia could deploy tactical nuclear weapons, which Ms. Bennis said is very dangerous talk.

“There is nothing tactical about any nuclear weapon,” she added.

As the summits convened, hostilities flared up in Asia. North Korea test fired a massive intercontinental ballistic missile. The action provoked the ire of regional neighbors, Japan and South Korea as well as longtime foe America.

South Korea’s military responded by conducting its own missile tests from land vehicles, a ship, and aircraft to demonstrate the capabilities of the country’s anti-missile defense system.

North Korea tested a variety of new missiles, including a purported hypersonic weapon and its first launch since 2017 of an intermediate range missile with a potential of reaching Guam, a key U.S. military hub in the Pacific, said Associated Press.

The growing hostility comes at a time of intensifying anger among the nations, and amid the fall of America.

Many countries are in upheaval, either engaging in civil war or preparing for wars against an external foe. Whatever the case war stays on the horizon, and the dreaded war to end all wars also known as Armageddon continues to come into view.

An explosion in an apartment building that came under fire from a Russian army tank in Mariupol, Ukraine, Friday, March 11, 2022. Ukraine’s military says Russian forces have captured the eastern outskirts of the besieged city of Mariupol. In a Facebook update Saturday, the military said the capture of Mariupol and Severodonetsk in the east were a priority for Russian forces. Mariupol has been under siege for over a week, with no electricity, gas or water. (AP Photo/Evgeniy Maloletka)

War and divine scripture

Although President Biden and leaders of the Western world speak against a world war, their actions aren’t a guarantee that it won’t happen. Current events must also be viewed through a scriptural lens.

During a message called “The Swan Song” in late February, the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan of the Nation of Islam weighed in on the turmoil in Ukraine, and how America would be drawn into a final war that would completely break her power in the world.

“Elijah Muhammad says, after the war and unto the end of the war, desolations are determined,” said the Minister in a near five-hour presentation from the Nation of Islam’s flagship Mosque Maryam in Chicago. He was speaking Feb. 27 of his teacher’s prophetic warning of America’s ultimate fall—which would begin in Europe.

Minister Farrakhan issued a warning to America: “You can’t win another war.” “Russia this will be your undoing too. See all White power has to end. The kingdom of God has to be established,” he added.

Elijah Muhammad wrote in his book “The Fall of America” that divine warnings and prophesy must be considered to understand world events.

He explained how White world rulers forced other nations to bow and pushed their borders around the earth mimicking the biblical Nebuchadnezzar in ancient times.

“The rulers of this world must be removed, and the crown must be taken off and placed upon another head, and they will rule in justice and righteousness,” Mr. Muhammad wrote. America ran the world after the end of the Cold War, the 45-year standoff between America, NATO and the former Soviet Union that started after World War II.

Under that arrangement America exerted much control on the world stage. Where nations didn’t comply, America often assassinated leaders, intervened militarily directly or used proxies to achieve her foreign policy, political and economic objectives.

The current war in Ukraine has roots in the 2014 American backed coup of the democratically elected Ukrainian government and propped up U.S.-allied regimes. And consider the 2011 NATO intervention, overthrow and killing of Muammar Gadhafi in Libya, which was instigated and driven by America. U.S. fingerprints are on the destabilization of the Horn of Africa and Somalia. The ongoing strife in Syria is another instance of U.S. determination to remove a noncompliant leader in Bashar al-Assad. The Syrian War has killed over 350,000 people in 11 years of fighting. It also brought in Russia and Turkey. The conflict in Yemen includes Iran-supported Houthis fighting an American-backed coalition force led by Saudi Arabia. Yemen is considered the worst humanitarian crisis of modern times.

There are examples of America’s big stick global posture that has left carnage and mayhem. But other powers are emerging, like China, that don’t fear America.

“That has all changed … but the United States has not come to grips with that reality,” said Wilmer Leon, political commentator in a Final Call interview. “We have moved from a unipolar to a multipolar world,” he explained.

America is falling after dominating the world as the sole superpower militarily and economically and now sees China as its main competitor for global influence.

China is the second largest economy and is developing expensive weapons systems that can rival the most advanced weapons of developed countries.

As wars and rumors of war engulf the world, America, China, and Russia are competing to develop hypersonic missiles that travel over 3,800 miles per hour—faster than sound. According to DefenseIQ, the missile is capable of carrying both conventional and nuclear war heads, which adds to its danger.

Mr. Leon explained that Chinese and Russian military strategy is primarily defensive compared to America’s strategy which is offensive.

America maintains nearly 800 military bases in more than 70 countries; China has only one overseas naval base in Djibouti in East Africa. Russia has 17 military bases over nine countries.

Crimes against humanity?

In a March 23 statement, U.S. Secretary of State Anthony Blinken, reiterating the war crime claims, charged Russian forces engaged in indiscriminate attacks and deliberately targeted civilians while destroying apartment buildings, schools, hospitals and critical infrastructure, killing and wounding thousands.

“Today, I can announce that, based on information currently available, the U.S. government assesses that members of Russia’s forces have committed war crimes in Ukraine,” declared Mr. Blinken.

Mr. Blinken acknowledged ultimately it will be up to a court of law to determine individual criminal responsibility. The U.S. will continue tracking reports of war crimes in Ukraine and share the information with allies, and international and multilateral institutions, he vowed.

Mr. Blinken’s statement referred to actions by “Russian forces,” which appears to contradict an earlier statement by President Biden personally branding Mr. Putin a war criminal.

When pressed about Mr. Putin, Beth Van Schaack, newly confirmed ambassador-at-large for the State Department’s Office of Global Criminal Justice told reporters, the evidence pointed to atrocities by Russian forces. It is for a court to determine Mr. Putin’s culpability because under international law, they are able to reach the top of the chain of command, she said. Her office leads the State Department’s efforts to collect, analyze, and document potential war crimes being committed in Ukraine.

While the Western leaders met in Brussels, Karim Khan, the chief prosecutor at the International Criminal Court (ICC)—different from the UN’s highest court—met at the Hague with a British-led group of prosecutors and justice ministers from 38 countries on Ukraine.

Mr. Khan began a formal inquiry into war crimes and crimes against humanity several days after the war started in late February. The investigation will also include possible atrocities on both sides and events going back to Russia’s annexation of Crimea from eastern Ukraine in 2014.

Neither Russia, Ukraine, nor the U.S. are members of the ICC and not under its jurisdiction, which poses a difficulty in addressing responsibility for war crimes in Ukraine. America has had rocky relations with the ICC and has blocked efforts by the court to investigate alleged U.S. war crimes related to its Afghanistan war.

(Final Call staff contributed to this report.)

From The Final Call Newspaper

On the brink of a pit of fire:Ukraine war brings death, refugees, opens door to WWIII
By The Final Call
- March 22, 2022

Bigger than Russia and Ukraine:
Nations realigning in what will become war to end all wars!

by Naba’a Muhammad, Brian E. Muhammad and William P. Muhammad

The Final Call @TheFinalCall

While the United States tried to engage and cajole China into not helping ease Russian pain felt as a result of sanctions and international condemnation for Vladimir Putin’s invasion and destruction of neighboring Ukraine, there is a bigger question: How will the U.S. fare in a world where her dominance is being challenged by shifting alliances and rebellion against U.S. desires?

The way forward portends more conflict and wider war as nations seek to create their own future and as forces move politically, economically and in line with scripture.

The most notable alignment is with Russia and China, but other nations, such as Iran, Brazil, India and even some African countries are seeking new relationships.

Some are tired of U.S. and the West’s dominance; others are fed up with sanctions America imposes at will.

In Ukraine, Russia declared her security was at stake given broken promises by Western nations not to expand the NATO alliance. Even those who condemn Mr. Putin’s horrific war concede the security questions are real.

While America marshalled much of the world to isolate Russia, some nations want to keep doing business and others want to stay neutral.

An Indian government official said March 17 that New Delhi committed to purchase three million barrels of oil from Russia at a discount.

Germany, an American ally, has continued to buy Russian oil, which is banned in the U.S.

China has declared she is neutral concerning the conflict and was one of 35 nations refraining from condemning Russia during a United Nations vote in March.

Of those abstaining from going along with the America-led vote were 17 African nations.

“This is really a moment when we can see some serious—if not massive—but noticeable shifts in some balances of power,” said Eugene Puryear, activist and host of the BreakThrough News Podcast. He sees possible blowback as nations seek to protect themselves from America’s coercive use of sanctions in the future. He believes countries will begin to separate their global trading from the U.S. dollar and opt for alternatives.

Two power blocs are emerging on the world stage—a Russia-China axis and a U.S.-Europe axis, Mr. Puryear said.

As the world’s top military and economic power, America has often been a global bully, using strongarm tactics to force countries to comply to her foreign policy wishes.

Many nations want to find a way to chart their own course and not be forced to choose sides. “I think the question becomes, how possible is that?” Mr. Puryear asked. “To what extent, especially would the United States punish people for being willing to work with Russia and China?”

Global conflict looms

“A war between an invading Russian force and Ukraine will be catastrophic, and will destabilize the international order,” argued columnist Bill Kaplan, in a piece headlined “Biden, Putin, Ukraine and Armageddon and published at

“Moreover, the Russian threat is a calamitous provocation in the nuclear age. Russia has 6,257 nuclear warheads, and the U.S. has 5,500 (Arms Control Association),” he noted. And, Mr. Kaplan added, “the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis almost spiraled out of control, to the brink of Armageddon. And some U.S. politicians are acting like mad hatters.

Mississippi GOP Senator Roger Wicker said: ‘We don’t rule out first use (of) nuclear action.’ Wisconsin GOP Representative Mike Gallagher urged sending U.S. troops to Ukraine: ‘I think it puts Russia on the defensive. And, if nothing else Russia knows that it would be a massive escalation if they are going against U.S. forces on the ground.’ Gallagher’s tripwire could instigate a wider war,” warned the columnist.

Pat Robertson is among evangelical preachers who have tied Mr. Putin’s actions to the prophesized biblical war of Armageddon.

The televangelist has argued Russia’s president was “compelled by God” to invade Ukraine. “Robertson claimed that Putin was simply following God’s wishes when Russia invaded Ukraine—to fulfill a biblical prophecy,” the Washington Post noted. Mr. Roberson came out of retirement for the 700 Club broadcast where he made his statement.

Mr. Robertson told viewers, “I think you can say, well, Putin’s out of his mind. Yes, maybe so. … But at the same time, he’s being compelled by God. He went into the Ukraine, but that wasn’t his goal. His goal was to move against Israel, ultimately.”

Citing the book of Ezekiel, Mr. Robertson argued “nations will come together to rise up against Israel, suggesting that Ukraine is merely a ‘staging ground’ for an eventual Armageddon battle.”

“God is getting ready to do something amazing,” he said, according to the Post. “And that will be fulfilled.”

Ukrainian President Zelensky warned that if attempts to negotiate an agreement with Russia fail, a third world war looms.

Speaking March 20 with CNN’s Fareed Zakaria, the Ukrainian political leader said, “Unfortunately, our dignity is not going to preserve the lives, so I think that we have to do any format, any chance, so in order to have … the possibility of talking to Putin. But if these attempts fail, that would mean … a third world war,” according to The Hill.

The fall of Mariupol, the scene of some of the war’s worst suffering, would mark a major battlefield advance for the Russians, who are largely bogged down outside major cities more than three weeks into the biggest land invasion in Europe since World War II.

Russia’s number of dead and wounded in Ukraine is nearing the 10 percent benchmark of diminished combat effectiveness, said Dmitry Gorenburg, a researcher on Russia’s security at the Virginia-based CNA think tank. The reported battlefield deaths of four Russian generals—out of an estimated 20 in the fight—signal impaired command, Mr. Gorenburg said.

Russia would need 800,000 troops—almost equal to its entire active-duty military—to control Ukraine long-term in the face of armed opposition, said Michael Clarke, former head of the British-based Royal United Services Institute, a defense think tank.

“Unless the Russians intend to be completely genocidal—they could flatten all the major cities, and Ukrainians will rise up against Russian occupation—there will be just constant guerrilla war,” predicted Mr. Clarke.

Ukraine and Russia have held several rounds of negotiations aimed at ending the conflict but remain divided over several issues, with Moscow pressing for its neighbor’s demilitarization and Kyiv demanding security guarantees.

Wider suffering and war profits

Ajamu Baraka, national organizer for the Black Alliance for Peace told The Final Call, Blacks should see Ukraine as part of the same U.S. economic agenda that has driven conflicts worldwide with devastating impacts in Africa.

There is a double standard in handling Ukraine and European places because they involved White folks, he stated. “It’s absurd for Africans to be caught up in that kind of drama,” Mr. Baraka added.

He pointed out that wars America started are raging in Ethiopia, Somalia, the Democratic Republic of Congo, notwithstanding African governments recently overthrown by U.S. Africa Command-trained military leaders.

We can’t get caught up in this singular focus on Ukraine that White folks are into, cautioned Mr. Baraka.

Neither should Blacks be “protecting democracy” by paying higher gas prices, higher food prices, higher rents and engaging in greater struggle, said activists. “We have a Black Caucus that has not championed the call for reparations. The demand for reparations has reenergized over the years and clearly because of systemic racism, our communities are still deprived. We still have housing and food insecurities, sub-par education, and so many other issues,” observed Kofi Ademola, an adult mentor and co-founder of the Chicago-based youth organization Good Kids, Bad City.

Looking at the devastation happening in Ukraine, it “puts the spotlight on the inequity of violence that Black people have experienced in this country,” he added.

The Ukraine invasion impacted Americans at the gas pump, causing gas to rise significantly. Across the United States, the cost of gas per gallon ranges from $4.69-$5.85, as listed on

The cost of U.S. crude oil jumped to its highest level since 2008 in March, while the price of wheat, for which Ukraine and Russia account for 30 percent of global exports, reached a record high. Ukraine produces 16 percent of the world’s corn and 12 percent of its wheat, as well as being a significant exporter of barley and rye. That could mean even higher prices for bread and food.

“I’m thankful for publications like The Final Call, which highlight Black voices and highlight the constant contradictions of America. Our taxes fuel one of the biggest military budgets in the world,” Mr. Ademola said.

Before Russia’s invasion, America sent Ukraine $650 million in armaments and then another $350 million in military aid at the start of the war. Although President Joe Biden pledged no American boots on the ground, within a $1.5 trillion spending bill approved by Congress was $13.6 billion more in military and humanitarian aid. On March 16, Mr. Biden added another $800 million in weapons. Pro-peace advocates said the high price tag is wrong-headed spending.

“I think it certainly reflects the priorities of the U.S. government. That they can just turn on a dime and provide billions of dollars to war and militarism,” observed Mr. Puryear. “The $800 million; it’s the draining of resources from the community.”

While the critical needs for poor and working people like public housing, childcare, and higher education deteriorate, Congress is expected to pass America’s largest military budget of nearly $800 billion this year.

The war is a bonanza for weapons companies. Raytheon makes the Stinger missiles, and partnering with Lockheed Martin, makes the Javelin anti-tank missiles supplied to the Ukrainians by America and Estonia. Both Lockheed and Raytheon shares shot up nearly 16 percent and 3 percent respectively since the invasion.

Damaged vehicles and buildings in Kharkiv city center in Ukraine, Wednesday, March 16, 2022. Both Russia and Ukraine projected optimism ahead of another scheduled round of talks Wednesday, even as Moscow’s forces rained fire on Kyiv and other major cities in a bid to crush the resistance that has frustrated Kremlin hopes for a lightning victory. (AP Photo/Pavel Dorogoy)

“It’s really a real immoral circle of enrichment,” Mr. Puryear said.

With bipartisan support, President Biden signed into law a trillion-dollar spending bill with nearly $14 billion for Ukraine hours before its president delivered a March 16 virtual address to the U.S. Congress demanding that Russia end its war against the former Soviet republic.

Lindsay Koshgarian, director of the National Priorities Project at the Washington, D.C.-based Institute for Policy Studies, said in a recent essay on, “The U.S. military budget is already larger than the next 11 countries combined—and more than 12 times larger than Russia’s.”

According to a March 10 NBC News report, investment banking giant, Goldman Sachs, is profiting off of Russian sanctions by acting as a broker between Moscow’s creditors and U.S. hedge funds. The report further stated that taking advantage of Russia’s war-crippled economy, through acquiring their debt securities at bargain-basement prices through an intentional loophole, makes selling them at higher prices later not only possible, but legal under the current sanctions’ regime.

Firefighters extinguish an apartment house after a Russian rocket attack in Kharkiv, Ukraine’s second-largest city, Ukraine, Monday, March 14, 2022. (AP Photo/Pavel Dorogoy)

“There is nothing illegal about brokering Russian debt trades,” the news report stated. “In fact, the Biden administration gave investment firms a green light to trade in Russian assets.”

The eternal leader of the Nation of Islam, the Honorable Elijah Muhammad, said in his landmark book, “The Fall of America,” that the best way to instigate conflict is to issue threats while brandishing weapons. Calling for peace when your intentions show otherwise is a recipe for a war that will end all war, he warned.

The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan delivered a near five-hour presentation Feb. 27 at Saviours’ Day 2022 in Chicago at Mosque Maryam and the National Center of the Nation of Islam. His address was titled “The Swan Song.”

He warned that the war in Ukraine would draw the United States in and the final result would be the breaking of U.S. and Russian power. The Honorable Elijah Muhammad said U.S. soldiers would go away in the thousands and come back in the tens, added Min. Farrakhan.

A man walks with a bicycle in a street damaged by shelling in Mariupol, Ukraine, Thursday, March 10, 2022. (AP Photo/Evgeniy Maloletka)

“Have you been reading the news? Russia struck Ukraine. What does that mean? It means the war to end all wars has started,” the Minister warned. “Do you know how the War of Armageddon starts? It starts with a Messenger of God teaching people the truth. Then people fall on either side; if you disbelieve the truth then you will continue in your way.”

“The liars are so thick that you can tell the truth and the truth does not seem to move the lie. Do you know why? Because the forces that uphold the lie are upholding the lie with their power. So, the Honorable Elijah Muhammad, my teacher, said that means that it has to be physically removed. It is about to happen,” the Minister continued.

“Everywhere on the earth people are crying out for justice. Everywhere on the earth it is getting rough for those in leadership,” said Min. Farrakhan. “This is not the real war. But it is showing you that Russia does not care about what America says. They are treating President Biden with all the power of America like a weakling.”

(Shawntell Muhammad and the Associated Press contributed to this report.)

From The Final Call Newspaper

BEGINNING OF SORROWS: Bloody war in Europe brings death, refugees, threat of wider destruction

By The Final Call
- March 8, 2022

Natali Sevriukova reacts next to her house following a rocket attack the city of Kyiv, Ukraine, Friday, Feb. 25, 2022. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)

Stop the war now! In over 100 cities, protestors reject major military madness in Ukraine
by Naba’a Muhammad and Brian E. Muhammad
The Final Call Newspaper @TheFinalCall

It’s time to take to streets to stop military madness in Ukraine that could threaten the world, said anti-war organizers in the United States, United Kingdom and countries on four continents during recent major protests.

“The Russian invasion of Ukraine has become a horrific war with more than 2,000 civilian deaths; apartment buildings, schools, and hospitals being hit; shooting at a nuclear power plant; and over one million Ukrainians fleeing the country,” they declared.

The war could escalate into conflict between the world’s two largest nuclear powers, Russia and the United States, added the coalition behind March 6 demonstrations. More than 100 cities joined the Global Day of Action, including Washington, D.C., London, Chicago, New York City, Tokyo, Munich, and Rome.

“While the coalition organizing the day of action denounces Putin’s invasion of Ukraine and reckless veiled threat to launch nuclear weapons, it also recognizes the role that the U.S. and NATO have played in stoking the geopolitical crisis that led to this war. In addition to calling for an immediate withdrawal of Russian troops, the coalition is also calling for no NATO expansion,” said the group.

“We are uplifting the global outcry against Russia’s horrific war and rising up in solidarity with the people of Ukraine and the anti-war protestors in Russia to demand an end to the bloodshed and destruction,” said Medea Benjamin of Code Pink.

“Around the world people oppose this catastrophic war. They know there simply has to be a negotiated settlement to avert more terrible suffering and lethal escalation,” she said. Officials reported 1.5 million refugees fleeing Ukraine, the largest refugee crisis in Europe since WWII.

Protests initiated by the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, Code Pink, No to NATO and Stop the War Coalition were backed by local, national and international groups.

From East Coast to West Coast, pro-peace groups in America joined the Sunday protests, which often had religious themes. Thousands came to Times Square in New York. Thousands more came out and were arrested on Russia’s streets where sanctions are being felt with banks running out of money, said analysts.

Pro-Ukrainian people hold up placards and wave Ukrainian flags as they shout slogans during a protest against Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, in Istanbul, Turkey, Wednesday, March 2, 2022. Russia renewed its assault Wednesday on Ukraine’s second-largest city in a pounding that lit up the skyline with balls of fire over populated areas, even as both sides said they were ready to resume talks aimed at stopping the new devastating war in Europe. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)

Russian President Putin and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky met separately with global political leaders over the March 6 weekend. Nothing was resolved.

Portland protestors sought a human chain from Oregon to Washington state to show solidarity. In Palo Alto, Calif., there was silent protest. “We vigil for a ceasefire with all troops standing down and withdrawing (including NATO’s); and immediate negotiation through the UN, to re-establish Ukraine’s sovereignty,” said organizers.

“The unprecedented invasion of Ukraine must be stopped and peace restored through negotiation at the UN, and with a UN Peacekeeping team in Ukraine. We cannot risk a world war or the unchecked aggression of the Russian invasion. Let’s stand for peace.”

Ukrainian American protestors in Chicago called for a no-fly zone over their homeland to stop Russian bombings of civilians. They blasted Mr. Putin as a coward and a murderer.

British pro-peace groups and politicians came out to reject militarism. The UK-based Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament called for ending hostilities that could leave nuclear powers America and Russia in a stand-off or worse.

Instigating armed conflict from the beginning?

“We have to talk about how the U.S. has instigated this war from the get-go, with the expansion of NATO and its aggressive encirclement of Russia,” said Sara Flounders, co-founder of the International Action Center, based in New York.

A man walks past a building damaged following a rocket attack, in Kyiv, Ukraine, Friday, Feb. 25, 2022. The International Criminal Court’s prosecutor has put combatants and their commanders on notice that he is monitoring Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and has jurisdiction to prosecute war crimes and crimes against humanity. But, at the same time, Prosecutor Karim Khan acknowledges that he cannot investigate the crime of aggression. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti, File)

It’s about money and global economic competition between the European Union, Russia and China, she argued. America needs a war threat to block expanding European trade with Russia and China and maintain its position in Europe, she added. Ms. Flounders described the war in Ukraine as a manufactured crisis designed to further isolate, weaken and divide Russia.

Turmoil has now come to Europe, Africa, the Far and Middle East. Some analysts call the Russian adventure a major test for Europe and the balance of White world rule. It’s a trial for member states in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and America, the world’s strongest military and economic power.

The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan spoke to this conflict, how it would draw America into a final war and break her power. During his Feb. 27 Saviours’ Day message titled, “The Swan Song,” the Minister said: “Elijah Muhammad says, after the war and unto the end of the war, desolations are determined.”

He was speaking of his teacher’s prophetic warning of America’s ultimate fall—which would begin in Europe. He spoke in Chicago at Mosque Maryam, the Nation’s headquarters.

A powerful, prophetic figure, known as the Mahdi of the Muslims and the Messiah of the Christians, is in the world, and more powerful than the combined nations of the earth. This mighty one, known as Master Fard Muhammad, taught the Hon. Elijah Muhammad about the day of America’s downfall, and how Caucasian people will no longer dominate the planet.

A view of the central square following shelling of the City Hall building in Kharkiv, Ukraine, Tuesday, March 1, 2022. Russia on Tuesday stepped up shelling of Kharkiv, Ukraine’s second-largest city, pounding civilian targets there. Casualties mounted and reports emerged that more than 70 Ukrainian soldiers were killed after Russian artillery recently hit a military base in Okhtyrka, a city between Kharkiv and Kyiv, the capital. (AP Photo/Pavel Dorogoy)

Master Fard Muhammad has power over the forces of nature and control of sophisticated, deadly crafts, which the U.S. government admits are in existence and calls UFOs. But they were written of in the Bible and exist today as the fulfilment of Ezekiel’s Wheel taught Elijah Muhammad.

Ukraine, with 43 million people, is not a NATO member but borders Russia and Belarus. Russia does not want Ukraine in the NATO alliance, a mutual defense pact of Western European nations and the United States. Some warn the war will upset peace in Europe for years to come. U.S. President Joe Biden has asked Congress to approve $10 billion in humanitarian and military aid to Ukraine.

President Biden and the European Union froze assets and slapped other sanctions on Mr. Putin, his country’s banking systems, some government officials, and pro-Putin oligarchs. The aim is to inflict maximum pain on Russia while limiting American pain, said U.S. officials.

If sanctions backfire, America and its NATO allies may face consequences because of Russia’s global trading power. Russia is the world’s third largest oil producer after America and Saudi Arabia. It is the world’s second largest gas producer following America and its largest exporter.

Europe receives nearly 40 percent of its natural gas from Russia. A cutoff of that source could undercut the continent’s economy. High natural gas prices have led to higher home utility bills for natural gas heat and electricity generated from gas, crimping consumer spending, said the Associated Press.

In the U.S., consumer inflation jumped 7.5 percent in January compared with 12 months earlier, the steepest annual increase in 40 years. Analysts say the conflict could mean higher gas and other prices in the United States.

Police detain a demonstrator during an action against Russia’s attack on Ukraine in St. Petersburg, Russia, Sunday, Feb. 27, 2022. Protests against the Russian invasion of Ukraine resumed on Sunday, with people taking to the streets of Moscow and St. Petersburg and other Russian towns for the third straight day despite mass arrests. (AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky)

Russia and Ukraine are responsible for 29 percent of the global wheat trade. Any disruption could push food prices beyond current 10-year highs, said World Food Program experts. Food security for millions of people, especially those under stress from high levels of inflation in their countries, could grow.

“This is not just a crisis inside Ukraine. This is going to affect supply chains, and particularly the cost of food,” warned WFP executive director David Beasley.

Mr. Beasley added the WFP has been hurt financially with higher monthly operating costs in the millions that have resulted in more people going hungry.

Nuclear war fears?

Russia has espoused dangerous rhetoric about nuclear confrontation during global condemnation over the Ukraine invasion. Some experts say luck, not skill, has largely led to avoidance of nuclear weapons use. Russia has spoken of the possible use of tactical nuclear weapons. Ukrainian President Zelensky complained his country gave up nuclear weapons as the old Soviet Union fell. The lack of security is why Ukraine should be admitted into the European Union and NATO, he argued. In early March, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov called such talks “threats” indirectly coming from the West that could trigger World War III, which he said would be a nuclear confrontation.

Russia’s intelligence service has accused Ukraine, once the third largest nuclear power after America and Russia, of secretly rebuilding its own nuclear warheads.

Not only was America aware of Ukraine’s plan, the U.S. didn’t interfere and was willing to back it, said the Russian official. “Ukrainian nukes would be aimed not to the West, but to the East,” he added. Sitting on Russia’s doorstep, Ukraine has been a foothold for Western powers, particularly since the U.S. supported overthrow of a pro-Russian government.

Michelle Bachelet, the UN high commissioner for human rights, said Russia’s military assault on Ukraine opened a “new and dangerous chapter” in world history.

Although it’s “White on White” violence, the Russian-Ukrainian war has placed a spotlight on racism and xenophobia. The Ukrainian-based Human Rights Centre, Zmina, a non-governmental organization, reported discrimination against Africans fleeing Ukraine at Poland’s borders.

The group condemned personal and institutional discrimination, xenophobia and racism against “underrepresented” or “historically marginalized” groups trying to leave Ukraine.

There is no separate “green corridor” for foreign nationals with thousands crossing the border to escape shelling, it said. Africans, Arabs, Asians, Indians and non-Whites found themselves denied border crossing, transport by train, or were told to wait for processing until after White Ukrainians went first. There have been reports of attacks on non-Whites. (See related story page 2.)

The organization also received reports of neighboring EU countries refusing to accept “non-Ukrainian” and “non-European” evacuees without EU visas. The rights group called on neighboring countries to open borders to all nationals leaving Ukraine due to the Russian invasion. It also called on home countries whose nationals are in Ukraine to communicate with EU leadership and member states to arrange for visa-free passage.

Ajamu Baraka of Ajamu Baraka of Black Alliance for Peace described how Ukraine has a strand of White nationalist activism in its makeup. White groups, including some from the U.S., have trained in Ukraine in the past, he said, adding, the high value placed on White war victims and little value placed on African, Middle Eastern and others decimated by war is telling.

He and others said the White Lives Matter narrative and response was troubling—but not unexpected.

The war has been described by one man as the way the White world will fall, bringing down the United States and Russia. Min. Farrakhan made the bold declaration during a major address in Chicago. “I know that the war that Putin started in Ukraine is going to spread and America is going to be drawn into a war in Europe,” said Minister Farrakhan.

The Honorable Elijah Muhammad taught about this crucial military conflict, he continued.

“When America was drawn into the war with Japan, President Roosevelt ruled an executive order to get the Honorable Elijah Muhammad off the streets and they imprisoned him,” said the Minister. “When America’s drawn into this war, I’m too old for the draft. I’ll be 90 by that time. And they’re going to send this executive order and they’re going to come to arrest me. Don’t worry. Jesus kept telling the disciples this is what is written.

“I have to fulfill what is written. They’re not going to treat me kindly. They’re not supposed to take my life. Because a deal was made. It’s in the Bible. It’s in the Qur’an. Remember Job, God and the devil were talking,” said Min. Farrakhan.

“So when America’s pulled into the war, they’re coming for me. Because they can’t leave me out here preaching to Black people when they want to use your bodies. Here you can’t even get the Senate to uphold democracy when you are learning how to use your vote,” he continued. “But they’re playing us.”

America doesn’t have a future, warned Min. Farrakhan.

“Did you think that you can kill off millions of Native Americans? Did you think you can take a nation out of Africa and do what America has done and it’s continuing to do?” he asked. “If you continue to do what you do, your time is up. This Swan Song is for you,” the Minister continued. “God would not be just to allow America to escape for what America has done. Not only to us and to the Mexicans and to the Indians, but to people around the world.”

“And you feel strong,” said the Minister, “but look at how God takes the Ukrainian people and shames you big, bad Russia. You should never have come at them like that. So now you’re feeling some heat inside your own house. But you not going to stop. … So God is going to have to slap you down.”

“Because America, The Final Call has been issued for 40 years. The paper is out and now judgment is coming down in full. So the Messenger said Europe will be one of the worst war areas of all the world. You watch Berlin. And when you start going away, the Messenger said, ‘you go away by the tens of thousands to fight.’ He said, ‘but you’ll come back by the fives and tens.’ ”

“You can’t win another war. Russia this will be your undoing too. See all White power has to end. The kingdom of God has to be established.”

From The Final Call Newspaper

Farrakhan: Swan Song Not Mine, It’s Yours
By James G. Muhammad, Contributing Editor
- March 1, 2022

CHICAGO—In a near five-hour Saviours’ Day message titled “The Swan Song,” the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan laid before the world the trials and lessons of his life as a follower of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad.

He advised the audience that following his example of character and obedience to a servant of God, the Honorable Elijah Muhammad, would get them through difficult times ahead.

But contrary to what many believed from the title, it was not the Minister’s Swan Song, but that of those in the audience, those listening over the internet, the U.S. government and governments of the world, depending on their response to the Feb. 27 message.

While most think of a Swan Song as a last appearance or retirement, Min. Farrakhan reminded the audience his time for death is not now.

“You came to hear me sing a swan song. I hate to disabuse you,” the Minister said. “I’m singing a swan song because God is on the scene today and He is the God of righteousness.”

Dressed in a bejeweled emerald green robe and fez and escorted to the rostrum by an FOI on either side, the Minister’s address was heard by more than 4,500 people on the mosque grounds—in Mosque Maryam’s sanctuary and masala, a tent set up on the mosque grounds and the Muhammad University of Islam gymnasium. Tens of thousands more heard the message over the internet.

He warned Black people to clean up their lives to survive the judgement, but also that war is on the horizon that would bring America to her knees.

The war started by Russian President Vladimir Putin with Ukraine will spill over into Europe and America will be drawn in, he warned, at times reading from the Hon. Elijah Muhammad’s monumental book “Fall of America.”

“America doesn’t have a future. Did you think you could kill off millions of Native Americans … take a nation out of Africa and do what America continues to do … that Mexicans who once owned (much of the west) that she doesn’t have to pay for that?” the Minister asked.

“If you don’t repent, you can’t get extra time. The Swan Song is for you,” he said.

The 88-year-old National Representative of the Hon. Elijah Muhammad warned that America will send soldiers off to war by the tens of thousands, but they will return by the fives and tens. Once America is drawn in, the U.S. government will come to arrest him as they arrested the Hon. Elijah Muhammad to prevent him from speaking out against World War II, he said.

“All White power has to end. The Kingdom of God has to be established,” he said.

The life lessons he presented proved him to be a faithful warner with courage to speak the truth and filled with love for his people.

Numerous standing ovations punctuated the message as the Minister, who was seated at the rostrum rather than standing, reflected on his teacher’s 44 years prior to his departure. He noted that the Hon. Elijah Muhammad, too, was seated at the rostrum during his last message to the Nation.

Throughout his 67 years of teaching in the Nation of Islam, Min. Farrakhan has crisscrossed America and traveled the world to take the message of uplift and liberation to oppressed people. He has told unpopular truths that have brought him powerful enemies.

During part of his message, the Minister reflected on Master Fard Muhammad and the Hon. Elijah Muhammad and began softly singing the gospel song “I’m Going Up Yonder” to be with my Lord. The audience joined in and for a brief moment, church was held in the mosque.

Since 2020, with the emergence of the Covid 19 virus, he has warned against taking the vaccine designed by pharmaceutical companies, which he called “a death plot” that stems from a National Security Memorandum of the U.S. Government to reduce the earth’s population by two to three billion people.

Bill and Melinda Gates devised a plan to do that through a vaccine, he said.

“Before the vaccine was made I warned us in the name of Allah that this was a death plot,” he said. “You’ve never seen such a masterful public relations effort to get us to take the jab.”

Birth of a Saviour

Min. Farrakhan said the government never talked to Black doctors about comorbidities in the Black community or tell Black people about the perils of too much salted or sugary foods, which cause some pre-existing conditions.

Instead, they went to Black doctors who wrote a letter—not to curb obesity or high blood pressure—but to encourage you to take the shot, he said.

“You are being betrayed by those who love you, but their love is not deep enough,” he said.

The Minister noted that communities like the Amish never took the vaccine and developed herd immunity. He told the audience he and his wife Mother Khadijah contracted the disease and therapies like Ivermectin and monoclonal antibodies were effective.

Suspiciously, there were complaints by many who viewed the broadcast via the internet, that platforms experienced technical difficulties and blackouts when Min. Farrakhan began to talk about the vaccines.

Saviours’ Day is held annually to celebrate the 1877 birth of Nation of Islam founder Master Fard Muhammad, the Great Mahdi of the Muslims and Messiah of the Christian faith. He revealed Himself in 1930 to his top student, the Hon. Elijah Muhammad, in the ghetto community of Black Bottom, Detroit, Michigan.

For three years and four months, he taught his student night and day and gave him “the hardest job ever given to a human being on the planet.”

That job is to raise mentally and spiritually dead Black people who were “stripped of our own humanity” through slavery.

“You are a generation born from ancestors who came through the roughest of times … who died longing for a generation who would stand tall,” Min. Farrakhan explained. “We learned prayer the hard way. We came up the roughest side of the mountain, but here we are, the strongest of the strong.”

Through Messenger Muhammad’s teachings, the Black man and woman began to move to a different tune. The drunkards traded in their bottles and the dope man put down his pipe for a structure that began to teach who Black people really are, he said.

Elijah Muhammad’s mind was on raising you and I up from where the White man put us, Min. Farrakhan said. “But you are too comfortable in iniquity. We sin like we breathe. We sin and love it.”

He noted that the enemy talks about Elijah Muhammad’s students, but never mention the teacher. He reflected on how Malcolm X and Muhammad Ali didn’t stay in the class, and how Imam W.D. Mohamed didn’t attend the class.

It was Min. Farrakhan who picked up that baton, but because powerful members of the Jewish community put pressure on Black leaders, “some of you love the Minister but you can’t come too close … you can’t talk about me in certain circles,” he said.

“The enemies of Jesus were Jews … and there were Gentiles, too. But it was the Jews who received so much from God in the way of knowledge and then they turned away from God” and used their knowledge to trick people into sin, he said.

“I really want Jewish people to hear me,” he continued. “I want you to understand that prophets of God aren’t your enemies. They are your correctors. Don’t tell me you are so arrogant that God can’t send somebody to correct you.”

The Minister said he has made the name “Farrakhan” a great and respected name because he has followed the God who made him. He warned family members and those who have taken on the name that they must be of good character.

The devil will use your transgression of the law to disgrace you, but it’s really me that he’s after, he warned.

The Honorable Elijah Muhammad, in a Sept. 17, 1985, vision-like experience, gave Min. Farrakhan instructions to reveal to then-President Ronald Reagan of his (Reagan’s) meeting with his Joint Chiefs of Staff to plan a war against a Muslim nation. After that, there would be one more thing to do before the Minister would be allowed to come back and see Elijah Muhammad face-to-face.

As a result, Min. Farrakhan delivered the message during a press conference, and he helped Libyan President Muammar Gadhafi to avoid assassination by U.S. bombs by warning him of an attack. He also called for a Million Man March attended by nearly two million men.

Since that time, he’s been doing “every one more thing I knew.” He said he finally realizes that the “one more thing” is betrayal that leads to crucifixion.

“I know now who I am. That I’m about to be taken,” he said. “But don’t worry. I have to fulfill what is written.”

Attempt to sabotage message

Safiyyah Muhammad from New York felt comforted to see the Minister. “He was so graceful and the words he gave us were so timely. It just gave us a lot of comfort in these troubled, troubled times,” she said. She took notes of the lecture on her phone. What stood out to her was Minister Farrakhan’s words that Allah is not a coat you can just put on when it’s cold outside. “He has to be with us at all times. It’s not just when you need Him. We always need Him,” she said.

Ryan X from Muhammad Mosque No. 60 in Nashville, Tenn., was excited and amazed at the turnout and the packed audience. “Everybody thought the Swan Song was about the Minister’s going, and he turned it around. He’s talking about the Swan Song, singing us a Swan Song to keep us from dying, giving us life, giving us points to survive,” he said.

Twitter was ablaze as reactions to the words of @LouisFarrakhan poured in: “The lengths they go through to try to silence Minister Farrakhan is wild, it’s also extremely telling. They’re deathly afraid of him and the unity his words bring to our people, that much is clear,” observed @ericaleshai. @MrsFarrakhan added, “The Minister talked for almost 5 hours. He gave clear warnings, none the least of which is if we continue living in iniquity, it will result in our death. We need to get right. We also need to get rid of those who refuse to get right. Do what you want but I’m taking that advice!”

From South Africa, MasunguloNdlov1 tweeted: “From our timescale in SA the Minister spoke around 10pm and continued to 00:00am, sadly I was very sleepy and I unfortunately couldn’t hear it all But I’m thankful for the little that I’ve heard because that little faith and love of mine is enough to get it all PEACE. #Farrakhan”

@BigBrothaTee added, “I am processing the coordinated effort of @YouTube, @Meta, @rumblevideo, and whoever stopped access to @NFAstudios to stop us from hearing the uninterrupted word from Minister Farrakhan.”

On the popular ClubHouse App, moderator MikeyJet$ was hard at work. With the Minister’s message being widely blocked, MikeyJet$ and crew refused to be defeated. As soon as one line of audio transmission fell, MikeyJet$ and other moderators found another and another and another. As one moderator said, “They were working hard to shut him off. He’s talking to all melanated people. This man speaks the truth. We all suffer from the same oppression,” she added. It was a win for #Truth and #Farrakhan and loss for #Satan and #WhiteWorldPower.

(Anisah Muhammad, Toure Muhammad and Naba’a Muhammad contributed to this report.)