Walkabout Part Two

Walkabout Part Two
Vol: 24 Issue: 23 Tuesday, September 23, 2003

Some months back, an unexpected sequence of events brought an old friend back into my life. The details surrounding how it all happened are a bit fuzzy, but, to make a long story short, I found myself on the phone with one of my very first partners when I was a police officer in Texas, many more years ago than I like to contemplate.

Wylie Porterfield and I went to the police academy together, and instantly became fast friends. A few years later, we were fortunate enough to be able to work together as a team. And what a team we were! It was all very heady; we were young, we were on a mission, and we were invulnerable. (Or so I thought at the time.)

There is something unique about the partnership between two cops that defies conventional explanation. We knew everything about each other, our wives, our kids, what we thought was important in life, and how we hoped to do something special.

In some ways, we were like brothers. In other ways, we were like an old married couple, bickering over nothing, too close to hide the bad days and too honest with each other to hold back the truth.

Sometimes, that had a tendency to rub the wrong way, and there were more than a few times when it wasn t pretty. Like family, only closer.

So when I heard Wylie s voice on the phone, it was quite an experience. We caught up on such things as we could, given that we hadn t seen each other in close to twenty-five years. In fact, we still haven t.

The other day, my old friend called me up again. We talked about the old days, and how nice it would be to see each other again. After I hung up, I thought about our conversation.

I thought about how excited I was to hear from Wylie, all these years later. Even more, that he was as glad to hear from me as I was from him. Try as I might, I can t recall anything about my old friend and our years of service together that was remotely negative.

I know we had fights, but I can t recall them or what they were about. I know that there were times when I disappointed him, and I am sure there were times that he disappointed me.

But I can t remember the specifics, and, if I could, I would prefer not to. I wouldn t want some past event to cloud the joy I felt when I heard my friend s voice.

I called Wylie back day before yesterday to accept his invitation to visit. Accordingly, Gayle and I are on another walkabout this time to Texas, to the same town Wylie and I patrolled all those years ago.

Gayle and I haven t arrived at Wylie s yet, but we are on the road. I am in a hotel room in Louisville, Kentucky at the moment I anticipate seeing Wylie sometime tomorrow evening.

So, what does my this is what I did at summer camp story have to do with the Omega Letter and our mission?

I couldn t help but meditate on the joy I felt having heard from my old friend, after so many years. We hadn t talked in decades, but after the initial awkward moments, we picked up right where we had been before, as if no time had elapsed at all.

It made me think of that Christian who, having been out of touch for so many years, now fears that God will demand an explanation for where he s been, and why he s been out of contact for so long. So that phone call gets put off indefinitely.

I thought about what it must be like for God to hear unexpectedly from one of His old partners somebody with whom He had patrolled the mean streets long ago, before time and circumstances created that distance between them.

After all that they d been through together, it was as if the relationship was only important to one of them. Until God gets that call He s been waiting for and then all is forgiven and forgotten. Nothing is more important to God than restoring that relationship.

It was so important that it was worth His Own Blood to make it right. And God sits there, waiting for the phone call that will restore that fellowship He so desperately misses.

You don t even need a quarter. You can call collect.

The Godfather of Terror

The Godfather of Terror
Vol: 24 Issue: 22 Monday, September 22, 2003

Yasser Arafat should not be alive today. All the odds are against it. Terrorism isn t exactly the kind of business where one expects to reach the ripe old age of seventy-four. There are at least a dozen times in recent memory in which it looked like the old terrorist was finally going to get the justice he so richly deserves.

It looked like Arafat was toast when the West discovered that all the money it had contributed for Palestinian aid was siphoned off into Arafat s private bank account. (Arafat is reputed to be one of the richest men in the world, on a par with Bill Gates and formerly Saddam Hussein).

Arafat simply ignored the criticism, and the West ignored the theft and somehow, Arafat was able to link the resumption of financial aid to peace until the money started flowing back into the Palestinian Authority, where Arafat resumed his siphoning operation openly. Effectively, then, the western governments contributing to Palestinian aid know they are giving it to Arafat. But it is easier to pay him off than it is to fight him.

Arafat s career looked like it had come to an end when both US and Israeli intelligence linked him directly to the Karin-A.

The Karin-A was a ship intercepted on the Red Sea by Israeli commandos. Inside were fifty tons of weaponry from Iran that was bound for the Gaza Strip. Documents discovered when Arafat s compound was raided showed Arafat personally ordered the shipment before the uprising had even begun.

Somehow, Arafat survived that, too.

Then Bush and Sharon isolated Arafat. They refused to deal with him and forced him to name a prime minister ‘untainted by a terrorist past.’ Arafat first offered up Mahmood Abbas, the bagman who financed the 1972 Olympics massacre of eleven Israeli athletes.

Israel and the US chose to overlook that little detail and embraced Abbas with open arms. Abbas lasted 100 days before being replaced by Ahmed Queria. (Who never speaks when Arafat is drinking water).

Somehow, some way, Arafat’s interpretation of the road map to peace (Israel surrenders in exchange for being allowed to live) has become the accepted interpretation by every country on earth except the US, the Marshall Islands and Micronesia. After overseeing a terrorist machine that since 2000 has killed more than 1,000 people, including U.S. nationals, Arafat’s safety has become a key element in U.S. policy in the region. So much so that the United Nations General Assembly thought him important enough to merit a special resolution pledging global fealty toward the terrorist leader and demanding Israel keep him safe from harm.

What gives Yasser Arafat leverage in the current situation is Ariel Sharon. Ironically, the administration has equated Arafat with Sharon. Sharon, who has followed every U.S. dictate, is viewed as a bloodthirsty tyrant similar to Arafat who can’t make peace but can’t win a war.

“Arafat and Sharon are both the same,” a senior U.S. State Department official recently told the Washington Times. “They are interested in power only. So, it’s no surprise that they are willing to sacrifice every one of their people to stay in power.”

Assessment:

How did the administration come to compare a bloodthirsty terrorist with the democratically elected head of a key U.S. ally?

Arafat has long enjoyed a lobby at Foggy Bottom and at the CIA. Since President Gerald Ford’s administration, Arafat has been seen as somebody who could get things done — whether this meant facilitating an intelligence exchange between Washington and the CIA or maintaining quiet during the 1991 Gulf war.

In short, Arafat was the godfather of terrorism with allies in virtually every rogue regime in the Middle East.

In 1975 Israel had extracted a pledge from the United States that Washington would not negotiate with Arafat or the PLO.

Privately, the CIA maintained ties to Arafat. Ironically, Israel changed the status quo in 1992 when it engaged in back-channel negotiations with Arafat and the PLO.

That led to the 1993 Oslo agreement for a five-year plan of Palestinian self-rule followed by a two-year effort to establish an independent Palestinian state. The Oslo plan formalized U.S. ties with Arafat and led to a huge increase in direct funding to the PLO leader.

Washington poured hundreds of millions of dollars to boost Arafat’s power in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, allowing him to purchase advanced security equipment and to train an elite bodyguard unit. Much of the U.S. money, as previously noted, went directly into Arafat’s pockets.

The height of U.S. aid to Arafat came in 2000 when the Clinton administration sought to conclude a peace deal between Israel and the PA.

Arafat was quietly promised billions of dollars in U.S. and international aid to accept a Palestinian state in the West Bank, Gaza Strip and eastern Jerusalem, sources said.

Instead, Arafat refused the U.S. peace plan and launched a war that soon will enter its fourth year. Even during the Israeli-Palestinian war, Arafat kept receiving U.S. aid.

Intelligence sources estimate that the Clinton and Bush administrations have relayed hundreds of millions of dollars to Arafat since 2000 even as his terrorist machine killed American citizens.

Much of the U.S. money has come from a special CIA fund concealed from Congress. Other funds came in the form of U.S. security aid to the PA that ALSO ended up in Arafat’s pocket.

The main reason for the U.S. aid to Arafat, the sources said, is to protect American interests in the Middle East. The CIA assessed that a desperate Arafat could facilitate terrorist attacks on U.S. facilities both in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip as well as throughout the Middle East.

It seems to work — despite harsh U.S. criticism of Arafat, American diplomats and CIA officers have not been killed in the PA areas over the last three years.

“The United States does not support either the elimination or the exile of Mr. Arafat,” U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell said. “It is not our position and the Israeli government knows this. There would be rage in the Arab world and the Muslim world. And I don’t see this moving forward the roadmap.”

Officials said the Bush administration have made Arafat’s well being an issue of U.S. national security. They said the administration has pledged to Arab allies such as Egypt, Jordan and Saudi Arabia that Washington would prevent Israel from expelling or harming Arafat.

The United States exercised this policy on Sept. 13 when it prevented Israel’s military from capturing Arafat’s headquarters in Ramallah.

But there is some indication that Arafat s influence in Washington is waning.

Quietly, the United States has been sending cryptic messages to Israel that Washington might tolerate Arafat’s demise. But the messages stress that Israel must act quickly and efficiently as it did in the 1967 war. As one former senior U.S. intelligence official said, this operation must take no longer than four days and completely destroy the Palestinian terrorist infrastructure.

“I see Bush looking away for three days, maybe four at most, while Israel destroys the PA,” the intelligence official said. “After that, Bush will respond harshly.”

Arafat is more than just a master terrorist, he is a master of intrigue so adept that he seems almost demonic. More than almost. He has survived a half century longer than most of the kids he sent out to be killed.

Israel may be planning to end Arafat’s career, once and for all.

But Arafat’s history suggests demons aren’t that easy to kill.

The Last Few Coats of Paint . . .

The Last Few Coats of Paint . . .
Vol: 24 Issue: 21 Sunday, September 21, 2003

But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased. (Daniel 12:4) The vision and prophecy given to Daniel is to be fulfilled at the time of the end .

The angel says at that time that people will be traveling back and forth on the earth ( to and fro ) at a time of exponentially increasing knowledge.

We live in a time when information is coming at us so fast that we even have a phrase to describe it — information overload.

Throughout history, new discoveries have come slowly Noah, Paul and Columbus all sailed in ships. From Noah s time to that of Columbus, the most notable technological improvement was the addition of sails.

The personal computer was introduced to the public twenty-two years ago. It is the world s youngest antique.

Today, if you go in to a computer store to buy a new computer, adding the four year extended warranty is a waste of money. A four-year-old computer isn t worth as much as the price of the warranty.

Today s brand-new computer probably won t run 2007 s software anyway. According to Moore s Law of Computing, computer processor capacity will double every eighteen months. So today s 3gigabyte CPU will be competing four years from now with a 30 gigabyte CPU or larger.

Computers will be ten times smarter in just four years. As a consequence, so will we. Ten years from now, who can imagine what computers will be able to figure out?

So, since the signs given to Daniel are taking place before our very eyes, we know that the end time prophecies found in the scriptures are for today. Furthermore, we can now understand the end time prophecies as never before, since the end time prophecies were sealed up until the time of the end; that is, the understanding of these prophecies was kept a secret until now.

Amos 3:7-8 says, “Surely the Lord GOD will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets. . .The lion hath roared, who will not fear? the Lord GOD hath spoken, who can but prophesy?”

God intended for us to know what He has planned to do before He does it. It is His Signature, sealing His Word for eternity.

Prophecy is given so that when it does happen we will know that God was in control all the time, so we can have confidence when all the rest of the world sees is chaos.

2 Pet 3:3-4 Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts, And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation.

No generation in history needs the Bible more, and no generation in history has eye witnessed more man-made miracles, signs and wonders than this one.

In this generation, calling down fire from heaven is a more a technological miracle than a supernatural one. It is to this specific generation that the prophecies are addressed. Consequently, it is this generation whose attention is most closely focused on the books of Daniel and the Revelation. And not just by the professing church — that’s where most of the scoffers are.

Look at all the movies about the end times. They are not being produced by believers for believers, but by Hollywood for unbelievers. Hollywood believes in prophecy, it just doesn’t believe in God. The same can be said for many unbelievers.

To them, its a parlor trick, but to us, it is the power of God. “For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.” (1 Corinthians 1:18)

Prophecy is the ONE miracle no human being can recreate with technology. Conseqently, prophecy is given to that one generation who needs it the most.

Matt 24:36-39 tells us, But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only. But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.

No one knows the exact day and hour, but we can know when His return is near. The unbelievers of Noah’s day were taken unawares, but Noah was not surprised. Noah knew one hundred and twenty years beforehand that the flood was coming.

Noah did not know the exact day of the flood; but when Noah finished building the ark, he knew the flood was near.

We also see the construction process for the last days ark coming to an end.

Prophecy is not given to remain a secret forever, but at the proper time God gives understanding to those who will take notice and believe.

You are an example of fulfilled prophecy for the last days. You are one of the ‘watchmen on the wall’ that Scripture anticipated and Bible scholars have awaited for centuries.

“But if the watchman see the sword come, and blow not the trumpet, and the people be not warned; if the sword come, and take any person from among them, he is taken away in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at the watchman’s hand.” (Ezekiel 33:6)

Sir Isaac Newton, in addition to being one of the world’s greatest scientific minds, was also a devout believer who was a careful student of Bible prophecy.

He wrote four hundred years ago, that, “About the time of the end, a body of men will be raised up, who will turn their attention to the prophecies, in the midst of much clamor and opposition.”

The Omega Letter exists because I don’t want to stand before the Bema Seat and explain to Jesus why I kept silent when I saw the sword coming. You subscribe to the Omega Letter for much the same reason.

The Bible says the last days’ Church will have watchmen appointed, and scoffers (both saved and unsaved) that will require warning.

Only a tiny fraction of the overall Church sees the sword coming. The rest continue to scoff. And they will, until the Rapture. But they will still be there to hear the trumpet when it sounds.

1 Thessalonians 4:15 tells us, For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep.

Not every Christian knows the signs of the times. Just as not every Christian has a burden for the lost. It is a unique spiritual gifting. By definition, since this is a subscriber-based and member-supported ministry, you also share that gift, that burden for the lost, and that sense of urgency.

That is why we come together in the forums. To counsel and encourage each other as we struggle with the weight of that burden. And find ways to make it lighter by sharing the load. And to get a deeper understanding so we are prepared ‘to give reason of the hope that is in us.’

It is important to understand that end time prophecies are written from the perspective of Israel and Jerusalem, but given to the Church as an early warning system.

The Tribulation is the Time of Jacob s Trouble and has no relationship with the Church. But we can see from this side of the Rapture, the Tribulation looming on the other side.

One can tell a storm is coming by watching the gathering clouds. You needn’t wait for the rain, if you can read the signs.

The blossoming of the fig tree has to do with the Jews, and the generation of the end that Jesus mentioned is a generation of Jews. He was speaking to Jews. The Church wasn’t born until Pentecost. There were no Christians before the Crucifixion and Resurrection. Even Peter denied the Lord before the Church Age.

So, the countdown began with the restoration of Israel on May 14, 1948.

Jesus said that, “this generation will not pass away until all these things take place”. This can only mean that some of the people of that generation will still be alive when Jesus returns at the end of the tribulation.

We know the length of a generation from Scripture. Somewhere between the extremes of 20 and 120 years.

Psalms 90:10 gave the median age of a generation, The days of our years are threescore years and ten; and if by reason of strength they be fourscore years, yet is their strength labour and sorrow; for it is soon cut off, and we fly away.

Genesis 5 limits a lifespan to 120 years, which is about the age of the oldest human being recorded by Guiness.

But the normal strong man can expect to live only 80 years, according to the word of God. That also corresponds to latest life expectancy figures for anyone born in this generation.

Taken together, the Scriptures suggest that every Jew who was twenty years old and older and was in the land of Israel on May 14, 1948, is part of the end time generation. And some of them will still be living when the Lord returns at the end of the Tribulation Period as King of Kings and Lord of Lords.

The generation begins with adulthood, at age twenty. The youngest of the adult males who was twenty years old on May 14, 1948 will be eighty years old in the spring of 2009; therefore, the strongest members of the end time generation may not live beyond the year 2009.

But, since Jesus said no man could count the day or the hour, it is possible that members of the end-time generation could live forty years past that. The Lord said only that we would know the general time.

No matter how long the last generation lives, one thing is certain, we are now living in the last generation. That means there are people alive today who can be certain they will never die, in the conventional sense.

“He came unto his own, and his own received him not. But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.” (John 1:11-13)

Jesus came to the Jews at His first Advent, and they rejected him, opening the door to the Gentiles for salvation. Consequently, Gentiles receive the Spirit of Adoption, whereby we cry, “Abba” (Romans 8:15)

That is a very important word picture for us to understand. Under Jewish law, a natural parent can disown a child. But an adopted child cannot be disowned or disinherited, since the adoptive parent made a deliberate choice. And the term, “Abba” is a term of endearment roughly equivalent to “Daddy.” ‘Abba’ is what Israeli children call their Dads to this day.

All those who believe in Him are born again, they are made a new creation, they are no longer a child of Adam but they are now a adopted child of God. A child who cannot be ‘unadopted’ since, in God’s economy, He has chosen us, rather than the other way around.

“Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you . . ” (John 15:16) “. . .but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you.” (John 15:19)

“According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:” (Ephesians 1:4)

“But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light.” (1 Peter 2:9)

Our salvation is a gift of grace, not of works, lest any man should boast. It is faith that saves us, and that faith is itself a gift of God. The Scriptures promise that when Jesus Christ returns at the Rapture, He will take us to be with Himself and we will be with Him forever.

In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also. (John 14:2-3)

The construction project is almost completed. A couple more coats of paint . . . and soon the Master Builder will Personally welcome us Home!

How cool is that?

China, EU Defense Bloc?

China, EU Defense Bloc?
Vol: 24 Issue: 20 Saturday, September 20, 2003

Both America s enemies and her allies watched the war against Iraq very carefully. What they saw terrified friend and foe alike. American warplanes were able to put bombs down chimneystacks, through windows, while ships based half a world away fired missiles that landed within six feet of their targets.

We had decent military hardware during the first Gulf War. When America’s military machine cut through the world’s fifth largest military power like a hot knife through butter, the rest of the world knew there was NO ‘balance of power’.

Just America. Within a matter of months, the Soviet Union announced it was dissolving itself.

The European Union accelerated its planned integration, but failed to develop a cohesive system quickly enough for it to exploit the resulting power vacuum. Recognizing a missed opportunity, the Old Europeans resolved to keep America off-balance, politically, economically and militarily — until it could.

America’s military power is technology-driven and America is the world’s unrivalled technological leader, in large part because of the Pentagon’s lock on the Global Positioning System.

It was because of the GPS that a general in Florida could order a plane in Kuwait to drop a 2,000-pound block of cement on a tank in central Baghdad, without damaging the building beside it.

So, the Europeans are developing a rival global positioning system, dubbed Galileo. China is also eager to invest in Galileo, boosting Europe’s hopes of competing with the US in navigation satellite technology.

The investment, which according to senior Commission officials could total more than $259 million, could lead to closer defense co-operation between Beijing and Brussels – a prospect that should have anyone familiar with Bible prophecy hearing alarm bells.

The Pentagon is, not surprisingly, opposed to the EU developing its own independent satellite system. It insists the existing American GPS provides an adequate satellite umbrella and warning that Galileo would lead to duplication. It is the GPS system that gives America its unrivalled military power.

Loyola de Palacio, the EU transport commissioner in charge of the Galileo project, hailed the deal, saying: “China will help Galileo to become the major world infrastructure for the growing market for location services.”

The Chinese investment will provide Beijing with a more sophisticated satellite system, allowing it to upgrade its communications systems and provide greater accuracy for a broad range of ‘civilian’ activities, say Galileo’s planners.

Assessment:

In the long run, the Europeans hope that China will decide to base some of its military hardware on Galileo’s technology, which would put additional pressure on the US — plus lead to lucrative defense contracts for European companies.

An EU diplomat, who has been involved in the development of Galileo, said: “The point is that if a country opts for Galileo, it will opt too for defense systems that are compatible with Galileo – a move that could be of great concern to US defense manufacturers.” (Not to mention US defense planners).

Commission officials said China was mainly interested in investing in the top end of Galileo, the Public Regulated Service, which will be used by police and security services and is expected eventually to play a role in the EU’s budding defense structures.

The Commission said China would not have access to the highly encrypted code for PRS – expected to become fully operational by 2008. Instead, said one official, the EU will see how the first investment “takes shape”.

The Bible divides the world into four spheres of global influence in the last days. Scripture is very specific. Ezekiel 38-39 identifies the Gog-Magog alliance, which encompasses Russia and the Islamic countries of the Middle East.

Daniel speaks of the revived Roman Empire of the antichrist, (Daniel 2:43, 9:27)and the pan-African alliance called the King of the South. (11:40)

The Apostle John identifies the Kings of the East, (Revelation 16:12) saying it would field an army of two hundred million. (9:16) All four spheres of power named by Scripture for the last days are already identifiable as regional power blocs in this generation.

But our world has FIVE spheres of power, with the fifth being more powerful than the other four combined, thanks, in part to America’s generation-long lock on technology.

Technology is America’s edge — and America’s Achilles Heel. Remove the technological edge, and America’s military edge vanishes.

At this point, America’s technological edge is considerable, but one of the more troubling aspects to the war on terror is the increasing level of hack attacks against the computer networks that operate America’s infrastructure.

Hacking attempts, new virus attacks and other computer disruptions have been traced to both suspected al-Qaeda hackers and to China, where internet access is carefully monitored by the government.

At the same time, the Europeans and Chinese are developing their own global positioning system to erase America’s military edge.

In Africa, there is a growing movement that favors uniting all Africa into a federal system similar to that of Europe. The Gog-Magog alliance is already in place and awaiting its appointed time. When it will attack ‘the mountains of Israel, which had always been waste’ (Ezekiel 38:8) that Ezekiel called the ‘land of unwalled villages’ (38:11).

Israel continues to wall itself in, building a fence along the entire length of its border. Israel could not BECOME a ‘land of unwalled villages’ until it first became a land of WALLED villages. Exactly as it is now doing.

Think of it! All of this in a single generation! The generation that began with the rebirth of Israel in 1948.

The generation of whom Jesus said, “This generation shall not pass, until ALL these things be fulfilled.” (Matthew 24:34)

”Remember Lot’s Wife”

”Remember Lot’s Wife”
Vol: 24 Issue: 19 Friday, September 19, 2003

With the passage of Bill C-250, if I were to quote the Book of Leviticus 18:22, I could soon face criminal charges. Leviticus 18:22 says, “Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination.” Under the terms of Bill C-250, which passed Canada’s parliament 141-110, quoting that verse, which says homosexual conduct is an abomination before God, could result in my serving five years in a Canadian federal prison.

Bill C-250 adds ‘sexual orientation’ to the list of ‘identifiable minorities’ that are protected by law from ‘hate propaganda’ — as well as extended minority benefits to homosexuals.

So, if you are a white Anglo-Saxon Protestant male living in Canada, you’ve grown used to being at the end of the line, standing behind immigrants, people of color, mothers on welfare, single women, Native Americans, Inuit, and pretty much every other minority or perceived minority in the country.

Therefore, Mr. White Anglo Saxon Protestant male, the worm has turned! You, too, can become a protected minority — instantly — by making a single declaration.

All you need to do is say “I’m a homosexual” and you can advance to the front of the line with the other protected minorities.

Of course, this has the unintended effect of allowing people to choose whether they want to be a minority. ‘Choice’ is this generation’s buzzword.

Just say it out loud to a liberal and their eyes will glaze over as they begin repeating the appropriate mantra, “Everybody should have the right to choose” without realizing that African-Americans, Native Americans, Inuit, and so forth don’t have the right to choose to be black, brown, or whatever.

What is the purpose of minority protection legislation in the first place? To protect a minority from being discriminated against. The dictionary defines a minority as “a group of people who differ racially or politically from a larger group of which it is a part”.

Homosexuality isn’t a political orientation, it is a sexual orientation. Homosexuality isn’t an element in one’s racial makeup. In the United States, the legal definition includes being a member of an ‘identifiable’ minority.

Bill C-250 gives someone in Canada the right to identify themselves as a protected minority, effectively making EVERYBODY a minority — if they want to be.

Assessment:

Suppose you didn’t get the job or apartment that you wanted. Just scream ‘discrimination’ and now you can.

How will the government KNOW whether one is a homosexual in need of protection against discrimination? Will there be a test?

You don t have to be a lawyer to foresee the possible legal problems with Bill C-250. What exactly does “sexual orientation” mean? It means those who engage in homosexual behavior will now have special privileges; but it also may mean much more.

The proposed Canadian law like most other brave new world efforts fails to define what “sexual orientation” means. Being a pedophile is a sexual orientation. Being a pedophile is also a crime. Can one be prosecuted for being a member of a protected minority?

Confusion prevails even among the most radical activists about what such terms really mean, because of their desired to be fully “inclusive.”

Some members of Canada’s Alliance Party criticized the measure as being ‘fascist’ saying it could criminalize anybody that reads quotes from either the Bible (or the Koran) that condemn homosexuality.

How much do you want to bet that the first test case WON’T be a Muslim being obedient to the Koran?

“Canadians who are speaking out against the redefinition of marriage are already being accused of ‘hate’ speech by homosexual activists,” said Brian Rushfeldt of the Canada Family Action Coalition. “When C-250 is passed into law later this fall, the activists will begin to insist on prosecution to silence their critics with criminal sanctions.”

Don’t lose sight of the fact that homosexuals who criticize the heterosexual lifestyle are NOT liable for criminal sanctions. If a heterosexual criticizes the homosexual lifestyle, THAT is ‘hate speech’.

If a homosexual criticizes the traditional heterosexual family, well, THAT is ‘free speech’.

Bill C-250 now goes to the Canadian Senate, which historically functions as a ‘rubber stamp’ for the Parliament. It could become law by this fall.

Jesus said that the last days will be ‘as in the days of Noah’ — and Lot. (Luke 17:29)

Lot lived in Sodom, which was destroyed by God because the city had given itself over completely to homosexuality. Bill C-250 makes quoting that verse as evidence that we are living in the last days a federal crime.

In Canada, the Word of God is now ‘hate speech’.

“Remember the Word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his Lord. If they have persecuted Me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept My saying, they will keep yours also.” (John 15:20)

The Inexplicable Mr. Blix

The Inexplicable Mr. Blix
Vol: 24 Issue: 18 Thursday, September 18, 2003

Hans Blix has stepped up his attack on the United States and Britain, accusing President Bush and Tony Blair of ‘spin’ and ‘hype’ in developing their case for war against Saddam Hussein. It’s growing tiresome. This week, Blix told the BBC that he believed Iraq had destroyed its weapons of mass destruction 10 years ago.

One would think that is a revelation he should have shared with the Security Council BEFORE the war.

Before the war, Blix was singing a different tune. In April, Blix told the Security Council that the ‘only way’ to ensure Iraq does NOT have weapons of mass destruction is for his people to go back there and see.

He said that any other inspection and destruction operation — meaning the United States — would ‘not have international credibility’. If six months ago, more inspections were the ONLY way to be sure, how is it that now Blix is certain?

It is important to remember that Saddam was able to BURY an entire squadrom of fighter jets without anybody knowing about it. A chemical or biological weapons program would fit in a single building.

(A single building in a country of fifty million the geographic size of California.) Coalition forces aren’t weapons inspectors and because we haven’t found them in six months doesn’t mean they don’t exist.

(We haven’t found Saddam Hussein, either, but we’re pretty sure HE exists)

In his most recent attack, Blix told the BBC, “Just because you put up a beware of the dog sign on your front door, it doesn’t mean you have a dog.”

Again, this doesn’t sound like Hans Blix six months ago. Blix submitted a 172 page report to the Security Council that contained dozens of references to unaccounted-for weapons components, chemical and biological weapons.

Blix’s report focused on 29 unresolved disarmament matters. It directly challenged Iraq’s claim that it destroyed its entire stock of biological agents at the Al Hakam biological weapons facility in the summer of 1991.

Blix told the Security Council in April that, “Based on all evidence, the strong presumption is that about 10,000 liters of anthrax was not destroyed and may still exist.”

The report also indicated that Iraq maintains the expertise to reconstitute anthrax, botulinum toxin and other deadly biological agents in short order.

“Iraq currently possesses the technology and materials, including fermenters, bacterial growth media and seed stock, to enable it to produce anthrax,” the report stated.

“There does not seem to be any choke points, which would prevent Iraq from producing anthrax on at least the scale of its pre-1991 level,” said Hans Blix then.

Hans Blix now says that London and Washington went to war on the basis of evidence which was later discredited, including forged documents about alleged attempts to buy uranium for nuclear weapons.

Nobody is alleging either the US or Britain were behind the ‘forged document’ and it constituted a tiny fraction of the overall case. But now, it seems a big deal to Hans Blix — bigger even than his own reports to the Security Council. And while the Blix report wasn’t enough to convince the UN, it convinced both the British and the Americans.

Assessment:

Note the coverge in the mainstream press about Hans Blix and his inexplicable turnaround. The headlines all read along the lines of “Blix Says Iraq Destroyed WMD 10 Years Ago.” The body text rehashes all the old anti-war arguments, brings up the single questionable document and the alleged ‘lie’ in which Bush said British intelligence believed Saddam was trying to acquire uranium from Africa.

(British intelligence still believes that, so the ‘lie’ is that there is a lie at all)

But what I noted with great interest is that none of the coverage brought up the fact that Blix never mentioned this to the Security Council.

Instead, Blix was selectively quoted in the global press corps, the masters of spin and hype.

“What in a way stands accused is the culture of spin, the culture of hyping,” said Blix. But since it is the conservative administrations of Tony Blair and George Bush that stand accused, the media is bringing the full force of its power as masters of spin and hype to bear against them.

So the single discredited document, and the off-the cuff-comments from the off-the-wall Hans Blix now carry more weight than did Hans Blix’s own report to the Security Council, the 18 previous resolutions, and the revelations of the horrors of life under Saddam combined.

Because not one of the news accounts I read on Blix mentioned any of that. Just the one report and Hans Blix’s newly acquired certainty that Saddam Hussein destroyed all his weapons of mass destruction ten years ago.

This is another example of the principle of the Big Lie in action. Most of the world wants to believe the United States is a global bully and that the Iraq war was just a convenient excuse to take over Iraq’s oil fields.

Because that is what they wanted to believe anyway, Hans Blix can say it was all ‘hype’ and ‘spin’ and nobody questions the fact Blix paints himself with the same brush. Or even notices.

Truth in the 21st century is NOT what is true. It is what people WANT to be true.

“Such a falsehood will never enter their heads and they will not be able to believe in the possibility of such monstrous effrontery and infamous misrepresentation in others; yes, even when enlightened on the subject, they will long doubt and waver, and continue to accept at least one of these causes as true. Therefore, something of even the most insolent lie will always remain and stick.” (Adolph Hitler, Mein Kampf, 1923 Volume 1, Chapter Ten)

“Take heed that no man deceive you” – Jesus Christ, AD 30 (Matthew 24:4)

The Burden of Damascus

The Burden of Damascus
Vol: 24 Issue: 17 Wednesday, September 17, 2003

The Congress is currently debating whether to impose sanctions against Syria’s Ba’athist government. Since the conclusion of major operations against Iraq, foreign fighters have been pouring into Iraq through Syria to fight against coalition occupation forces.

The Congress is also examining legislation that accuses Damascus of supporting terrorism and developing weapons of mass destruction. The resolution also condemns Syria’s military presence in Lebanon.

Known as the Syria Accountability and Lebanese Sovereignty Restoration Act, the legislation would require Damascus to change its behavior or face American sanctions.

Testifying September 16 before a House International Relations subcommittee, Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security John Bolton said Syria also has taken “a series of hostile actions” toward Coalition forces in Iraq.

He said Syria allowed military equipment to flow into Iraq on the eve of and during the war, and has “permitted volunteers to pass into Iraq to attack and kill our service members during the war, and is still doing so.”

“Although Damascus has increased its cooperation regarding Iraq since the fall of the Iraqi regime,” the under secretary said, “its behavior during Operation Iraqi Freedom underscores the importance of taking seriously reports and information on Syria’s WMD capabilities.”

Bolton also said, Syria has “one of the most advanced Arab state chemical weapons capabilities” and is continuing to develop an offensive biological weapons capability.

In addition, Syria has “a combined total of several hundred Scud and SS-21 SRBMs [short-range ballistic missiles], and is believed to have chemical warheads available for a portion of its Scud missile force.”

Commenting on the Syria Accountability Act, Bolton said that existing sanctions laws and an Executive Order promulgated in 1994 already provide “a broad mandate” for the administration to use sanctions to deter proliferation activity by rogue states and serial proliferators.

“While we pursue the diplomatic track whenever possible, the United States and its allies must be willing to deploy more robust techniques, such as economic sanctions, as well as interdiction and seizure, or other means,” he said. “The pursuit of WMD and ballistic missile delivery systems, especially by state sponsors of terrorism, must be neither cost-free nor successful.”

US intelligence has connected key members of the Syrian government to weapons sales to Saddam Hussein.

US intelligence sources said that over the past several years people close to the Assad family — and possibly members of the ruling family — was shipping weapons to Saddam Hussein’s regime. The shipments may have included components for weapons of mass destruction.

That information, plus the somewhat-belated perception by Colin Powell that Assad was playing both ends against the middle, is responsible for the major shift in U.S. attitude towards Syria.

Until now, the administration opposed new sanctions against Syria, fearing they could further inflame already raw relations with the Arab world over Iraq and Israel.

Syrian sources say that Assad tried to comply with Powell’s request, telling Hamas and Hezbollah to keep a low profile and curtailing their operations in Syrian controlled territory, including Lebanon.

But expelling and disavowing members of Hezbollah, in particular, would be politically impossible for the fledgling regime, the Syrian sources said. The Syrian government has long taken an uncompromising stance on Israel, which occupies the Syrian Golan Heights.

Syria recently recalled its ambassador from Washington, and has no plans to send him back or replace him.

Hezbollah, based in Lebanon and backed by Syria and Iran, is in close cooperation with Palestinian terrorists in the West Bank, and is supplying them new, longer range weapons capable of reaching Israeli cities.

Assessment:

Bolton told the committee that Syria has taken “a series of hostile actions toward Coalition forces in Iraq. Syria allowed military equipment to flow into Iraq on the eve of and during the war. Syria permitted volunteers to pass into Iraq to attack and kill our service members during the war, and is still doing so. Syria continues to provide safe haven and political cover to Hezbollah in Lebanon, which has killed hundreds of Americans in the past.”

A series of ‘hostile actions toward Coalition forces in Iraq’ translates into a ‘series of hostile acts’ against American forces. America provides 95% of the troops to the coalition, and has sustained 95% of the casualties inflicted.

Bolton said Syria “has a stockpile of the nerve agent sarin that can be delivered by aircraft or ballistic missiles, and has engaged in the research and development of more toxic and persistent nerve agents such as VX.”

“Syria is fully committed to expanding and improving its CW program, which it believes serves as a deterrent to regional adversaries. Syria continues active chemical munitions testing, although it has not used chemical agents in any conflicts. Although Syria is more self-sufficient than most other third-world CW capable states, foreign assistance has been a key element in the establishment and operation of Syria’s CW program.”

Nine days after the attacks on New York and Washington, President Bush gave a speech before the Congress in which he warned, “”Every nation, in every region, now has a decision to make: either you are with us, or you are with the terrorists.”

This sentence marked the birth of what was later named the Bush Doctrine the policy of waging an uncompromising war against terrorists and their state sponsors.

Bolton’s testimony officially puts Damascus on the wrong side of the equation — even more so than North Korea, who threatened nuclear war earlier this week if America goes ahead with its planned interdiction of ships to look for WMD material.

While North Korea is certainly a state that is NOT with us on the war on terrorism, it is not actively engaged in sponsoring terror abroad — at least not on the scale of Middle Eastern states like Syria and Iran. Bush identified Iraq, Iran and North Korea as the ‘Axis of Evil’ but it appears Syria has moved up the list.

The city of Damascus remains the oldest, continuously inhabited city on the face of the earth. In all its long history, it has never been totally destroyed. However, the Bible says God has future plans for Damascus, sometime between now and the conclusion of the Tribulation Period, just as He does for Babylon.

Isaiah writes; “The burden of Damascus. Behold, Damascus is taken away from being a city, and it shall be a ruinous heap. . . And in that day it shall come to pass, that the glory of Jacob shall be made thin, and the fatness of his flesh shall wax lean.” (Isaiah 17:1,4)

Isaiah’s depiction of Damascus troubling Israel in the last days comes at a time when the ‘glory of Jacob (Israel) is made thin’ — if ‘Israel’s glory’ were any thinner, it would be transparent.

It is hard to imagine how Israel’s standing among the nations of the earth could be lower. At the last UN vote contemplating an anti-Israel resolution only the US, Micronesia and the Marshall Islands voted with Israel.

The day has not come wherein Damascus has been ‘taken away from being a city’ and become a ‘ruinous heap’ — but Bolton’s testimony before Congress certainly sets the stage for something like that to happen.

Syria has long range weapons loaded with the most sophisticated and advanced chemical and biological weapons of mass destruction in the Middle East, according to Bolton. And they are pointed straight at Israel.

Israel has four hundred nuclear weapons in its arsenal. Any one of which could fulfill Isaiah’s prophecy in less than sixty seconds.

‘And when these things BEGIN to come to pass,’ the Lord says, our redemption draws near.

Moreover, “This generation shall not pass away, till all be fulfilled.”

Can it get any clearer?