A Letter From Wormwood

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Gall
Program
Manager
East
of Eden

My
Dear Gall:

It
is with great satisfaction we here at Headquarters are reading your
reports. We hunger for correspondence like yours from the other
young demons, but we are inevitably disappointed; they all seem
like such amateurs compared to you. Don't think for one moment in
mortal time your work goes unnoticed. In fact we have a gala planned
for you when you return at the end of the century, or sooner if
things continue to work out so swimmingly.

Your
activities have reached the lowest circles here, and it is with
great pride I can report that Numero Uno thinks your use of false
conversion and the subsequent civic religion in this struggle very
wise indeed. You have been especially successful in deluding the
hardhearted into believing they've had "born again" conversion
experiences, "Gott mit uns," you sly devil! This is so
wonderfully traditional, and is often overlooked by our young Turks"
and it hasn't really been done so successfully since Simon de Montfort's
Albigensian Crusade, and Oliver Cromwell's Irish slaughter, Bravo!
Who says you can't continue winning with the tried and true methods?
The basics I've always said, we need to stick with the basics!

There's
such a delicious irony when you think that what we did with atheism
in the last century you are doing with theism in this century, hooray!
Never do these predominantly "powerful" humans with an
unrestrained mean streak finds such a wonderful rationalization
for killing than when they can convince themselves they are doing
it for "You Know Who," saving civilization and all that.
Not to mention an oil well or two, eh? Heh, heh. I love you man!

We
here at Hq. particularly adore the photo's you have been enclosing
with your very informative letters. We are heartened with the increase
of "collateral damage." The photographs of the young children
are especially endearing. Keep them coming, we are all suckers for
them; we're just a bunch of sentimental old fools.

You
are doing a wonderful job keeping such controversial items out of
the mainstream media. News coverage has been cleverly sanitized
and packaged for the "Homeland." How did you overthrow
the "free press" so easily? Just a few years ago they
were wailing and gnashing their teeth over another war; Vietnam,
but the committee pointed out that in those days your Region's armed
forces were fighting Marxist/Leninists there, and the mainstream
media were big fans of those two, as are we.

One
could conclude that they are merely dovish on wars they don't approve
of, and hawkish on those they do approve of, according to their
owners’ and editors’ ulterior ideologies, and it is certainly not
a generous impulse of patriotism. Au contraire, we can conclude
that you had skillfully corrupted the press way before Vietnam,
you scoundrel!

When
you return for some much needed rest and recuperation we would like
you to put together a manual for future training purposes. We would
particularly like you to emphasize the manipulation of the aggressor's
population, as in the tactic you call "softening them up,"
i.e., your patient, well planned corruption of their souls through
their colossal affluence. We here at Hq. find that so resourceful.
It has been lying fallow since the Roman Empire, yet you have resurrected
it (pardon my French) in such a creative manner and with such massive
moral destruction, and now physical destruction as well, via their
risk-free military technological preeminence. Ah, absolute power!

Your
precept that the more spiritually slothful a society becomes, the
more they need some sort of supercilious mission to re-enforce their
feelings of self-righteousness, wow! That certain caveats are necessary;
it must be an "armchair" endeavor to be undertaken by
others, at no personal sacrifice or discomfort to themselves, and
it must have at least a scrap of circumstantial raison d'être
to reinforce their overweening pride with the necessary "virtue."
Numero Uno calls it "just folks bread and circuses," and
you understood this from the beginning, you devil you. Oh how you
knew, you ingenious fellow, that a deceitful government could play
such a population like a fiddle!

I
must admit, I am envious when I reflect on all you've accomplished
in so short a time, Gall. I have trod the same paths as you, although
in the last century, and I too accomplished much, (under the tutelage
of a fine Administrator) but not in recent memory have we regarded
such a pusillanimous massacre, and destruction of an already (oh
so skillfully) disarmed and destitute society. You are a fox!

Here
at Hq. we fairly salivate with the hopeful aroma of incense mixed
with cordite in the wind. May we dare perceive the final hour, and
to envision the nightmare of things to come?

Wishing
you further success, and hurry home!

Cordially,
Wormwood
Program
Administrator
One Napalm
Way
Acheron
Crossing, Hades 666

cc: Screwtape

April
9, 2003

Neill
Raymond [send him mail] is
a husband, father, grandfather, former Vietnam Marine, Alaska State
Trooper, Highway Safety Specialist, finally, in my advanced years,
a college graduate, and above all, a believer in both faith and
works.


     

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