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Thursday,19 July, 2018
Issue 1163, (5 - 11 September 2013)

Ahram Weekly

Tell me no secrets

Al-Ahram Weekly

What good has ever come out of secret societies! If it is good, why should it be kept secret, for: “anything that is secret is not to the benefit, whether it be good or bad”. Secrecy may possess peculiar and exotic charms but at the bottom it hides conditions strange and sinister.

What wretched loneliness drives such men to confine and conceal their dreams and aspirations from the eyes of the world? Why do such men retreat like snails in their own shells in order to feel safe and complete? Is it just a manifestation of atavism, a return to the times when our ancestors hid in their solitary caves from nature’s forces, or is it a primal evil call to plot again with Lucifer who drove Adam and Eve out of the Garden of Eden?

The veil of mystery that shrouds these societies has made them the target of countless criticism and conspiracy theories involving everything from the occult to world domination.

Egypt has had its share of such total and brutal domination during the past year, the worst ever in its history.

Not all secret societies are extremists or radical as the brutal Monstrous Brotherhood. Nonetheless, they all have something sinister and unspeakable to hide. The society itself may be publicly known, but their interests and activities remain secret… For what purpose? As a rule they break laws, reject traditional views, commit violent acts, finance illegal transactions and worship a different god.

If there were peace in their hearts, there would be little need for hiding. We live in the light; they prefer to harbour their secrets in the dark.

Secret societies are nothing new. They go back to Talmudic Jews and were later infused into Christian theology; now rampant in Islam.

There have been hundreds of such societies throughout history, and hundreds exist today. While claiming religion as a shield, they are in fact anti traditional religion.

Among the most famous are the Freemasons, who focus intensely on secrecy. But “nothing is secret that shall not be made manifest”. Better known as Masons, they fashion themselves after their “Masonic Christ-figure” Hiram Abiff, who was killed, but still kept their secrets. They retaliate against those who violate or transgress against brother Masons. Five million members strong they are dispersed around the world in what is known as Lodges. What is their purpose? According to Sir Francis Bacon, “the element of secrecy is particularly relevant in the world of money. If money be not thy servant, it will be thy master”.

The Rothschilds family who became associated with the Freemasons in the late 1700s, helped expand their banking operations to finance their efforts to build a New World Order. Why does that ring a bell? We heard the phrase often during the presidency of George H. Bush, a prominent member.

Like most societies the Masons have a written constitution, unknown superiors, secret memberships who swear eternal obedience to all their laws and edicts, without having the slightest knowledge of any of them.

Secret societies turn a blind eye to criminal behaviour committed against non-members. Their strength appears to be in a pervasive presence unseen by those outside the Brotherhood, working in concert to expand and protect their wealth. Sound familiar?

Though prohibited by law in most countries, and the Church’s aversion to them is explicit, secret societies control the world. 

The Sicilian Mafia, an underground “secret” society, goes back over 3,000 years. Formed initially as resistance fighters against invaders, they were once known as Men of Honour. By the 1600s it began to combat corruption and tyranny. Overtime, criminal elements took over who robbed, murdered and waged bloody vendettas. Now an international crime group, it is the second largest organisation in Italy. “La Cosa Nostra”, (our thing) is the American branch of the Mafia, established by thousands of criminals who fled Italy in the early 1920s.

Believing they are the saviours of the world, Brotherhood members swear eternal obedience.

The Ku Klux Klan, an infamous organisation, spread terror throughout the US. Their aim was to rid white Americans of Blacks, Jews, Catholics and others deemed un-American.

The Excellent Cadaver Secret Organisation, specialises in the assassination of prominent government officials, high-ranking victims, such as presidents, mayors, judges etc.

The Illuminati, made famous by The Da Vinci Code, is a sect which originated in Germany in the 18th century. It is responsible for the pyramid Eye symbol adorning the dollar bill. Allegedly its aim is to overthrow organised religion.

Other famous secret societies are Harvard’s “Skull and Bones”, Germany’s “Rosecrucius”, Italy’s Oto, “Order of the Temples”, “Knights Templar” and “Opus Dei” a Catholic organisation, though membership is prohibited by the Church.

Many of these secret societies are suspected of having malevolent and ulterior motives, such as the Aryan Thule society to which Adolf Hitler, Rudolf Hess and Arthur Rosenberg belonged.

How do you fully describe members of such brotherhoods?  They have a need to create a world within a world more befitting to their sullen and sad nature.

How bewildering that such great personages in history needed to conceal a bit of their lives behind such mystical crypts!   

Honi soit qui mal y pense! “Evil be to him who evil thinks!

“They are people who eat the earth and eat all the people in it”, while the rest of us stand and watch.

We on the other hand, keep no sordid secrets from the ears of the world!    

“But evil is wrought by want of thought

As well as want of heart”.

Thomas Hood (1799-1845)

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