There are true stories so bizarre they read like fiction.
This is one of them.
Fidel Castro died this past week (November 25, 2016). This brutal communist dictator had been an enemy of the United States government since he seized power in Cuba in 1959. President Kennedy attempted to overthrow Castro by promising military support for Cuban exiles who would launch a coup against Castro. In the greatest failure of Kennedy’s administration, the Cuban exiles invaded Cuba on April 27, 1961, but were left to die at the Bay of Pigs without the promised U.S. support ever materializing.
On November 30, 1961 a second attempt to overthrow the Cuban dictator commenced. It was called Operation Mongoose, and was led by U.S. Air Force General Edward Lansdale of the United States Department of Defense (DOD). Lansdale worked closely with the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) to implement the 33 individual phases of Operation Mongoose. The end goal was the overthrow of Castro.
Here’s where it gets weird.
General Lansdale and his agents designed a plan to try and convince the people of Cuba that:
- The Second Coming of Jesus Christ had arrived.
- Fidel Castro was the anti-Christ.
- Jesus wanted the people of Cuba to overthrow the anti-Christ.
How the DOD and CIA proposed to execute a fake Second Coming of Jesus
Christ to overthrow Castro is revealed by Assistant Deputy Director for
National Intelligence Programs Thomas A. Parrott in his 1974 report to the United States Senate.
“Lansdale’s plan consisted of spreading the word that the Second Coming of Christ was imminent and that Christ was against Castro who was anti-Christ. And you would spread this word around Cuba, and then on whatever date it was, that there would be a manifestation of this thing. And at the time – this was absolutely true – and at the time just over the horizon there would be an American submarine that would surface off of Cuba and send up some star-shells. And this would be the manifestation of the Second Coming and Castro would be overthrown.”
Star-shells are powerful pyrotechnic flares designed to fill the skies
at night with widespread illumination. Parrott reported to the Senate
that Lansdale intended for a U.S. Navy submarine to project images of
Jesus Christ onto low lying clouds off the coast of the Cuban capital of
Havana. While the image of Christ appeared over Havana, a crew from a
U.S. military plane – camouflaged by the clouds and using new technology
that muffled the plane engines – would broadcast messages from Jesus
Christ over a loudspeaker to the people of Cuba (in Spanish of course),
ordering them by the authority of God Himself to overthrow Castro the
anti-Christ and renounce communism.
The operation was never executed out of fear that either the submarine or the airplane might actually be discovered by the Cuban military and the potential loss of American life was too great a risk.
Castro’s death and the 45th anniversary of Operation Mongoose this week have led me to some reflection. I realize that today’s America is mostly pagan and we are ruled by many pagan political leaders. 45 years ago we had many professing Christians in government leadership, including General Lansdale. Which America is more conducive to the growth of true Christianity?
- An America where the government and political leaders are hostile to the message of Jesus Christ and to those people who follow Jesus? or
- An America where the government and political leaders concoct a covert plan to fake the Second Coming of Jesus Christ in order to overthrow a communist dictator.
I think the former.