How Imelda Marcos Ended the Cold War and Averted the Apocalypse The former First Lady Imelda Marcos is in the news again, not that she's ever far from the headlines. I suspect the only time the foreign media takes an interest in the Philippines is when The Imelda is in the story. When the wiretapped conversations of the current president were made public and talk of yet another Edsa Revolution began, the international wire services preferred to discuss the Imelda's reaction to Michael Jackson's acquittal. Once again, the U.S. judicial system worked," she cheered. "God bless America!" This time is the issue is the Philippine government's planned auction of the Imelda's jewelry that was seized after the Marcoses fled Manila. The Imelda has protested that the jewels belonged to her ancestors, and must be returned to her. All this talk of the Imelda reminded me that I still have my friend's copy of the Imelda's latest literary opus, a metaphysical discourse called Circles of Life. While leafing through this handsome volumethe pages are guilt, I mean gilt-edgedI came upon a revelation most wondrous. Here it is, in the Imelda's own words: "But the most significant and most exacting for me was the honor of having brought the image of Our Lady of Fatima to be consecrated with the Liturgical Service in Moscow at the height of the Cold War. That was 1985, October, the month of the Holy Rosary, and as I left the Church together with a large retinue of Catholic bishops from the Philippines, a spray of snowfall descended on our (delegation), when (an) old woman sidled close and whispered: 'Madam, for the blessings you have brought to Russia by opening our church to honor the Virgin Mother, much will be exacted from your life!' "Those anonymous words were prophetic. In a few months, we were forced into exile, and shortly thereafter, the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics began to dissolve and the freedom of religion was restored along with other fundamental liberties. . .It symbolized the sacrifices expected of my own life, the life of my husband, the lives of my children, my country and my people." (p. 91) Now it becomes clear: By bringing the image of Our Lady of Fatima to Moscow, Imelda Marcos brought about the disintegration of the Soviet Union and the end of the Cold War. For this she became a martyr of the church. More importantly, the Imelda heeded the Fatima Letter urging the return of the true religion to the Soviet Union, thereby averting the Apocalypse. Truly we heathen scum are not fit to kiss her fabulous shoes.