Essay by Cheryl Sullenger
According to the American Heritage Dictionary, a collaborator is “one who cooperates treasonably.” Throughout history, there have been men and women who have chosen to align themselves with certain nations, political groups, or causes for personal gain at the expense of their former loyalties. Sometimes this is done for financial profit and other times for personal power or advancement. Customarily, the collaborator will place his personal well-being ahead of the common good without moral consideration in spite of what harm his collaboration may bring to those around him. Throughout the ages, the collaborator has been viewed as a traitor and held with great contempt.
History is replete with examples of collaborators from Bible times to present day. Currently, an especially heinous form of treachery is taking place in America. Businessmen and politicians have forsaken the innocent pre-born for collaboration in the Abortion Holocaust. Some seek to make money from the lucrative abortion industry by providing support services that help keep the abortion clinics running. These services may include anything from landscaping, to building maintenance, to providing medical supplies for the abortions.
In order to better understand the abortion collaborators, it is important to look at a few notable historical examples of collaborators and the attitudes toward them.
Perhaps the most infamous traitor in history is Judas Iscariot. The Bible tells us how Judas collaborated with the Jewish religious leaders in a plot to betray Jesus. At the least, Judas was motivated by financial gain. In exchange for Judas’ cooperation with the enemies of Christ, he was to receive 30 pieces of silver. After Jesus was apprehended, the guilt of his traitorous act tormented him. Even his new confederates, who had embraced him for his aid in their plot, treated him contemptuously when Judas attempted to return the blood money to them in an effort to relieve his guilt. Rejected by those for whom he had betrayed all that was dear to him, the hopeless Judas committed suicide by hanging himself in a field. According to the Bible, Judas hung until his decomposed corpse rotted off the rope, falling to the ground and bursting asunder. No one wanted anything to do with this collaborator and denied him even the final dignity of removing his body for a decent burial according to Jewish customs.
A close friend and confidant of Julius Caesar, Marcus Brutus collaborated with Caesar’s enemies in a plot to murder the Emperor on the Ides of March. These enemies exploited Brutus’ love for the Republic, manipulating him into believing that only the murder of his friend could save the democratic government of Rome. Known as the “noblest of Romans” Brutus became a betrayer and a murderer because of his collaboration with his dearest friend’s enemies.
Do’a Marina was an Aztec slave woman reviled for her betrayal of her people to Hernando Cortez, the Spanish Conquistador who nearly exterminated the Aztecs. Because Marina was born to an Aztec family but later sold into slavery and relocated to the Yucatan Peninsula, she understood both the Aztec language of Nahuatl and the Mayan dialects. Marina became a Spanish collaborator, aiding Cortez’s interpreter. Many believe without her help, Cortez could not have conquered Mexico or so decimated the Aztec people. Legends say that Marina eventually bore Cortez a son. History looks on Marina as a traitor and a harlot. Today, Mexicans call her La Malinche, a term signifying betrayal. The Spanish word malinchista has negative overtones and refers to a Mexican who assumes for himself the language and customs of another country.
Every American school child has heard the story of Benedict Arnold, the traitor of the American Revolution. Few know, however, that Arnold was actually an American hero, distinguishing himself in battles against the British in Canada where he was wounded. A trusted friend of George Washington, Arnold was given command of West Point, a strategic American military post during the war, while his wounds healed.
However, Arnold had married a British sympathizer who enjoyed lavish entertaining that the Arnolds could not afford. Arnold became frustrated with what he considered a lack of recognition and advancement in the Revolutionary Army. With that frustration came the pressure of mounting debt. Secretly, Arnold sold the plans to West Point to the British for 20,000 pounds and barely escaped when his courier, Major Andre, was caught and hanged.
Arnold was given a commission with the British, although they never really trusted him. He wrecked havoc throughout the southern colonies, intentionally targeting for destruction the homes and farms of American officers with which he had served. After the war, Arnold returned to England where he was treated with contempt. The government never delivered on their promise for full payment and Arnold died a poverty-stricken man despised by all.
Perhaps the most hated collaborators in history are those who assisted the Nazis during World War II. Those in occupied European nations who cooperated with the Nazi regime were considered criminals and traitors deserving of contempt. It mattered little if the collaborator’s cooperation was minimal, such as joining a group that sympathized with Nazi goals, or the collaboration was significant, such as taking an active role in the murder of Jews and others under the Nazi reign of terror.
In any case, after the war, a concerted effort was made to track down the Nazi collaborators and seek justice in some cases – and retribution in others – for their complicity in acts that aided the Nazis. In fact, most of the war criminals tried by Americans after World War II were not Germans, but Eastern European collaborators.
Other nations dealt with collaborators in a number of ways. In the Soviet Union, they were imprisoned in Gulag forced labor camps. In Poland, those who assisted the Nazis were treated with special contempt. Collaboration was considered High Treason in Polish Law. Germans were considered persona non grata and were forced to seek Polish citizenship or be expelled from the country. In France, women who were suspected of having romantic associations with the Germans were publicly humiliated by having their heads shaved, while the Norwegians shunned the children produced by such liaisons.
In Czechoslovakia, those who were active in the destruction of the democratic government, or supported the Nazi Occupation by any means were considered collaborators. Their property was confiscated and citizenship revoked unless they could prove active resistance to the Nazis.
One famous collaborator was a Norwegian man named Vidkun Quisling, a politician who once served as Norway’s Minister of Defense. His efforts to convert Norwegians to the National Socialism proved extremely unpopular. Nevertheless, when the Germans invaded Norway in 1940, Quisling announced a coup and ordered the Norwegian armed forces lay down their weapons and stop fighting the Germans. This backfired on Quisling and led to the formation of the Resistance. After the defeat of the Germans in 1945, Quisling was executed for treason. In Europe, his name has become synonymous with the word “traitor” and bears the same stigma and reproach that “Benedict Arnold” has in America.
So strong is the stigma still associated with a collaborator that individuals, businesses, governments, and even churches have attempted to hide their involvement with the Nazis, even 60 years later.
Some have accused nations, such as the United States, Denmark and Sweden of hiding and otherwise covering for these traitors. In Denmark, even now the government resists efforts to publicize lists of Nazi collaborators because it might compromise big business leaders or even besmirch the reputation of the Dutch royal family.
Not all collaborators have been individuals. Perhaps the most notorious example of a business collaborator is IG Farben, a chemical company that collaborated with the Nazis during World War II. IG Farben was originally organized after World War I by a conglomeration of companies whose aim was to dominate the dye producing market. Once joined into a single powerful company, they quickly expanded to include more advanced chemistry.
The company collaborated closely with the Nazis during the invasions of Czechoslovakia and Poland, directing which factories should be seized and placed under IG Farben’s control. They opened a factory at the infamous Auschwitz concentration camp where the internees were used as slave labor to manufacture synthetic oil and rubber for the Nazi war effort.
IG Farben is perhaps most reviled for their participation in the extermination of hundreds of thousands of innocent people during the Holocaust. IG Farben owned the patent for and manufactured components for Zyklon B, the gas used by the Nazis to commit mass murder at Auschwitz and Dauchau.
After the war, there was some indecision as to how IG Farben should pay for their war crimes. There was some talk by the Allies of dissolving the company and using the proceeds to pay restitution to the victims of their murderous greed. However, in 1951, the original subsidiaries of IG Farben split again into individual companies, making it impossible to bring justice on all but a few company officials who were tried and sentenced for war crimes during the Nuremburg Trials. Some of those former IG Farben subsidiaries that still exist today are Agfa, BASF, and Bayer, the company ironically famous as the maker of children’s aspirin.
Ikuko Toguri was a Japanese woman born in Los Angeles in 1916. She was in Japan when WWII broke out and was soon hired by the Japanese for psychological warfare over the radio waves. The Japanese used Toguri’s radio show, where she identified herself as “Orphan Ann,” in attempts to demoralize the Americans fighting in the Pacific Theater. The name “Tokyo Rose” was the nickname given to her by American seamen. After the war, Toguri was tried for treason in San Francisco, California. The court rejected her defense that she was forced to broadcast Japanese propaganda and Toguri was sentences to ten years in prison. In 1977, in a rare act of mercy, President Gerald Ford granted a presidential pardon to the infamous Japanese collaborator.
Today in the Middle East, Palestinians who collaborate with Israel are considered traitors and are often subject to execution-style murder. Any leniency for such collaborators is met with outrage by members of such organizations as the Palestinian Authority and Hizbollah.
Efforts are currently underway in the region of Iraq know as Kurdistan to track down Baathist collaborators and bring them to justice. Those with connections to the Baath Party, loyal to Saddam Hussien, are considered traitors for their part in the genocide that took place under Saddam against the Kurdish people. The Kurds are fighting for the right to identify those who aided the Baathists and are demanding that these people pay for their crimes. Although Americans discovered records that implicate Baathist collaborators in heinous crimes, to the dismay of the Kurdish people, those lists have not been made public.
Today in America, parallels can clearly be drawn between these examples of collaborators and the collaborators in the Abortion Holocaust. Abortion sympathizers, be they private individuals, politicians, or businessmen, have chosen to profit, either financially or through the acquisition of power, from the abortion industry rather than resist the wickedness of child-killing.
Some attempt to justify these dealings with abortionists as simply a business decision. “One has a right to make a living,” they often say. However, history has clearly spoken on this matter. Time and again, it has been considered morally reprehensible to collaborate with those who would callously destroy innocent lives, especially when that collaboration advances the cause of the oppressors. Applying those long established social mores to abortion collaborators, it becomes very clear that one does not morally have the right to make a living off the backs of dead children. The profiteering from innocent bloodshed goes beyond compromise; it is an act of treason against God and man.
One common thread can be seen when considering the collaborators of history. Those who collaborated with causes that eventually were defeated often went to great lengths to hide their collaboration from those who were victimized by their betrayal. Often it was done to avoid prosecution, or even retribution, but many times it was done simply to avoid the shame and stigma they would surly bear as a result of their collaboration. They wanted to resume a normal life, free from the consequences of their actions that inflicted pain and suffering on innocent people. They knew that if people knew the truth, the shame would haunt them for the rest of their lives.
Across America, abortion clinic owners and employees report for work daily to profit from the human tragedy of abortion. But when they leave work, they believe they can leave the bloodguilt behind and return to their homes, family, and friends as normal people leading unremarkable lives. By day they dismember pre-born children, but after hours they are soccer moms, PTA members, and golf buddies. They may be willing to endure a certain amount of loathing while they are working, but are not willing to endure the stigma of being an abortion provider when it permeates every area of their lives.
Those businesses that provide support services for the abortion mills view their part in the Abortion Holocaust in a similar way. They will continue to profit from innocent blood ’ as long as no one knows. For the most part, they are unwilling to allow innocent blood to taint their good reputation in the community. Therefore, their complicity in the abortion industry must be exposed.
It is time to return the stigma of the collaborator to those who profit in any way from the murder of innocent pre-born children. The abortion collaborator is a traitor to mankind whose wicked deeds deserve to be exposed and held in contempt. Exposure of this type is an act of obedience to the Scriptural mandate stated in Ephesians 5:11, “And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them.” Therefore it is the duty of Christians to expose abortion collaborators. Those who participate in and/or profit from the murder of innocent children must not be allowed to hide their guilt.
In fact, exposure of the abortion collaborator is necessary if there is to be any hope of bringing the collaborator to repentance and ultimately ending the bloodshed. Even those regarded as the vilest of traitors, the Nazi collaborator, were given opportunities in many European nations to make amends for their complicity in treason and murder. For the abortion collaborator, there must also be given an opportunity to repent and denounce any association with the abortion trade.
To that end, we continue to expose abortion collaborators that are associated in some way with the abortion industry, and ask for prayer for each of them, that God would grant them repentance for their complicity, whether great or small, in the murder of innocent children.
It is important to note that Abortion Collaborators projects are not simply boycott lists. They are something more. Certainly, some will be compelled by conscience to refrain from doing business with abortion collaborators, and that is acceptable and even welcome. However, others may be moved to contact the businesses on the list and witness of Christ to them. That, of course, is also the duty of Christians. Others may want to attempt to educate them on the evils of abortion and the sanctity of human life. There would certainly be benefit in that endeavor since undoubtedly some on the list have not fully considered the ramifications of their business dealings on the pre-born.
However one is touched by Abortion Collaborator information, we pray that it will prick the conscience of our society and be used to hasten the day when pre-born children are no longer treated as a commodity that has the potential for profit, but are instead valued and protected.
“And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them.” -Ephesians 5:11
(c) 2004, Cheryl Sullenger, Operation Rescue
Exposing the Unfruitful Works of Darkness
Essay by Cheryl Sullenger