Vol: 24 Issue: 30 Tuesday, September 30, 2003
Iran s government seems determined to push the nuclear issue to the brink and beyond. It seems that Tehran and Pyongyang have decided to enter into a temporary strategic alliance in order to divide the West, specifically Israel and the United States.
North Korea and Iran may be planning to detonate nuclear tests simultaneously, hoping to blunt a coordinated US-Israeli response.
Iran’s air force chief Reza Pardis gave an interview to the London-based Arabic newspaper Al Hayat last week. In it, he threatened Israel with some ominous sounding retribution, should the Israelis attack any of their nuclear facilities.
According to Pardis, “Israel knows the Iranian air force has a plan of attack and therefore I believe that Israel will not dare to strike.” Folks, these are strong words, given the current state of tension in the region. But they aren’t the strongest by a long shot.
Ayatollah Ali Khameni told a closed meeting of top Iranian commanders that Muslims everywhere will soon wake up to a discovery.
“With God’s help and great power, we will carry out our mission to defend the homeland and the entire Muslim world,” he reportedly said. “I repeat my promise that very soon your eyes and those of the world will be opened.”
There is some indication that the twin tests may be timed to coincide with the 30th anniversary of the Yom Kippur War. That’s next Monday, so we’ll know by this time next week. Israel has already made it abundantly clear that if the world doesn’t end Iran’s nuclear threat, it will have no choice to but do so unilaterally.
When the UN did nothing to prevent Saddam Hussein from constructing a nuclear reactor at Osirek, Israel waited until it was almost completed. Then Israel bombed it out of existence.
Should Israel target Iran’s nuclear program, it won’t play well in Moscow. Russia lost one cash cow when it lost its black market with Iraq. To make up the shortfall, it has turned all its attention to Iran. Iran serves a pipeline to Syria, and on to Hezbollah. Take Iran out the picture, and the Syria/Hezbollah black market dries up. It is the black market where the all the profits are. And the Russians need that money.
Twenty-five hundred years ago, a Hebrew prophet in exile during the Babylonian captivity was given a vision of what would befall Israel in the last days. Ezekiel foretold Israel s restoration in the last days and specifically identified Israel as both the geographic place and the name by which it would be known.
And I will make them one nation in the land upon the mountains of Israel; and one king shall be king to them all: and they shall be no more two nations, neither shall they be divided into two kingdoms any more at all. (Ezekiel 37:22)
Ezekiel tells of a coming war between the restored nation upon the mountains of Israel and a vast alliance, known collectively as Gog and Magog.
Son of man, set thy face against Gog, the land of Magog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal, and prophesy against him. (38:2) Gog and Magog were grandsons of Noah who settled the regions of the Caucasus Mountains and beyond into the steppes of Russia. The word chief prince is translated from the Hebrew word, Rosh which is the etymological root for Russia while Meshech and Tubal correspond with Moscow and Tobolsk .
Ezekiel continues, naming, Persia, Ethiopia, and Libya with them; all of them with shield and helmet . . together with Gomer, and all his bands; the house of Togarmah of the north quarters, and all his bands: and many people with thee. (38:5-6).
Persia is Iran, Ethiopia and Libya pretty much cover the North African area now armpit-deep in Muslim fundamentalists.
Does anybody else see a pattern here?