The Critic's Proverb

War is the province of uncertainty;
three quarters of the things on which action in war is based lie hidden in the fog of a greater or lesser certainty.

-- Carl von Clausewitz, On War

If the Carto pages have stirred something in a human soul, then one of several objectives has already been met. A more difficult, and therefore less likely, objective is to have a human mind weigh the information presented and place it in context to events in what the reader perceives to be the real world. This balance of consideration presents more of a challenge, however, than calmly following the texts and reflexively twitching with agreement or displeasure. In order for the mind to engage, the data must first be observed and recognized.

The information on the Carto pages is perhaps the best documented on-line source of Scientology infiltration into the media in recent history. As could be expected, within hours of its announcement on the alt.religion.scientology news group, the media through which this information was distributed was precipitously attacked. The headlong condemnation of Carto and Lerma, fully compliant with Hubbard's copyrighted Black PR policies, was just a continuation of the smear campaign against Willis Carto initiated over ten years ago, by Scientologists. This decades-long disparagement campaign, orchestrated in combination with trumped-up legal proceedings, also by Scientologists, is so stereotypical of Hubbard adherents that one could say it is how they do business.

Somehow, this glaring fact eluded outspoken a.r.s. commentators, who dutifully hunted down and cut-and-pasted the information spoon-fed to the media a decade ago as part of this Scientologist-inspired Black PR op. Once again, without a single mention of the fire-bombings and other attacks, Carto was portrayed as a Captain Queeg conducting operations from a fortified compound. Once again, with no regard for a decorated war hero's invaluable criticism of hitherto unquestioned WWII propaganda, Carto was condemned for not strongly enough damning the Germans.

Attacks on the material presented on the Carto pages is not only welcome, but encouraged. However, certain individuals were already waiting at the gate with malice aforethought. Their apparent intention was to discourage readers from examining a prolonged attack on the media orchestrated by Scientologists and supported by hypocrites.

A glance through Google shows that those who acted against Carto and Lerma on the basis of others' snap judgment also treated Minton, Brooks and other extremely effective critics of Scientology with similar disregard. This suggests a trend more inclined toward following a leader than it does toward critical reason. Some advice for those who feel enticed by rancor as a symbol of superiority -- those efforts would be better spent defending others from attacks by Scientology. Consider it an act of preemptive self-defense.

In conclusion, a tiny seed of strength for mind and soul:

My son, if sinners entice thee, consent thou not.

If they say, "Come with us, let us lay wait for blood, let us lurk privily for the innocent without cause. Let us swallow them up alive as the grave; and the whole, as those that go down into the pit. We shall find all precious substance, we shall fill our houses with spoil: Cast in thy lot among us; let us all have one purse."

My son, walk not thou in the way with them; refrain thy foot from their path. For their feet run to evil, and make haste to shed blood. Surely in vain the net is spread in the sight of any bird. And they lay wait for their own blood. They lurk privily for their own lives. So are the way of every one that is greedy of gain; which taketh away the life of the owners thereof.

-- Proverbs, Chapter 1, verses 10-19.