The Culture of Death

The Culture of Death
Vol: 29 Issue: 18 Wednesday, February 18, 2004

Religious Shi’ites in Iraq warned US administrator Paul Bremer of the risk of civil war should Bremer carry out his threat to veto any Iraqi constitution that uses Islam as its legal basis.

Bremer’s short argument is that an Islamic constitution would violate women’s rights. The majority of Iraq’s population are Shi’ite, like the ruling party of that well-known Islamic paradise, Iran.

Not that Shi’ites have any corner on violence. Osama bin-Laden is an adherent to Wahabbist Islam — like that other well known Islamic paradise, Saudi Arabia. Other Islamic states and wannabe states include Pakistan, Jordan, the threatened state of ‘Palestine’ and Egypt, just to name those in the region.

Islam has also spread from Algeria to Somalia and throughout North Africa. Turkey is a secular republic with an Islamist ruling party, if that makes any sense to you.

All these places have similar characteristics. There is a direct relationship between the degree of Islamic influence on a society and that society’s social advancement.

Iran and Pakistan are allegedly advanced enough to become Islamic nuclear states — but they bought the technology from China. (Libya was also about to become a nuclear power, remember).

Thomas Friedman of the New York Times wrote that “between 1980 and 1999 the nine leading Arab economies registered 370 patents (in the U.S.) for new inventions. Patents are a good measure of a society’s education quality, entrepreneurship, rule of law and innovation. During that same 20-year period, South Korea alone registered 16,328 patents for inventions. You don’t run into a lot of South Koreans who want to be martyrs.”

But you find a lot of people in Islamic countries that want to be martyrs. The more extreme the brand of Islam, the more martyrs you find.

Writes Arnold Beichman in the Washington Times, “This culture of death has been noted by Harvard professor Ahmed H. Al-Rahim, who pointed out in a Wall Street Journal article (Feb. 5) that Hajj pilgrims who were trampled to death in Mecca were described in his mosque in these joyful words: “They’re so fortunate to have died in Mecca.” What the suicide bombing in Erbil shows, wrote Mr. Al-Rahim , is “an erosion in respect for human life in large parts of the Muslim world … the celebration of murder.”

A young National Guardsman at Fort Lewis read the Koran, and began to study Islam, eventually converting and becoming a Muslim. The first thing Ryan Anderson did after converting was try to join al-Qaeda. He was arrested last week and charged with “wrongfully attempting to communicate and give intelligence to the al-Qaida terrorist network.”

Assessment:

What is there about Islam that makes it the destroyer of worlds? It is impossible to argue it otherwise. The wider Islam’s footprint is on a culture, the more primitive that culture becomes. This is an observable truth, yet one that could get me lynched in many of those cultures for simply pointing it out. (Which in itself makes my argument for me)

Where Islamic law reigns supreme, women are routinely killed without consequence for alleged ‘honor’ violations, men, women and sometimes children voluntarily blow themselves up, hoping to kill an enemy and thereby enter paradise. It brings with it a culture of death, wherever it finds fallow ground.

Moderate Muslims argue that Islam is a religion of faith, and that Allah is just another name for God and that the Koran is a continuation of the Revelation of God contained in the Old and New Testaments.

(That is even argued by President Bush, when he wears his Theologian-in-Chief hat to court Muslim votes)

But it isn’t true. It isn’t even possible. Things that are different are not the same, no matter how much you want them to be. Consider:

God:

is knowable is personal

is revealed in three persons

is love

is active in man’s life and history

is a spirit, has personality, loves, thinks, is omnipotent… etc.

is a God of grace

Allah:

cannot be known

is far off

is not the Father, Son nor Holy Spirit

has no regard for man

does not interact with man

is not definable, we are only told what Allah is not

grace is not found in Allah, only judgment

Attorney General John Ashcroft explained the difference using theology even Bush could understand, saying, “Islam is a religion in which god expects your son to die for him, whereas Christianity is a faith in which God sent His Son to die for you.”

As much as we would like to see Judaism, Christianity and Islam as branches of one big happy “family of Abraham,” it cannot be.

The stumbling block is Jesus Christ, the “seed of Abraham.” The issue between Islam and Christianity has to do with the way Muslims have departed from the Scriptures and denigrated Christ.

In fact, they have gone far beyond doctrinal differences; they have set up a rival religion that seeks to supplant Christianity. Islam has taken an adamant stance against the very heart of the Gospel message, including denial of the deity of Christ, incarnation, atonement, the crucifixion and the question of God as Father, Son and Spirit.

Islam claims Abraham’s son, Ishmael, as its patriarch.

Taking a few steps back into the Bible and the story of Abraham, Isaac, Sara and Ishmael we know that Ishmael was the first-born. Its too long a story to go into, but the crux of the story was when Sara got pregnant Ishmael made fun of his little half-brother.

That was too much for Sarah. She made an irrevocable decision: “. . . Get rid of that slave woman and her son, for that slave woman’s son will never share in the inheritance with my son Isaac” Hagar and Ishmael were provisioned and dismissed from service.

The source of the Lord’s prophetic utterance ( He will be a wild donkey of a man; his hand will be against everyone and everyone’s hand against him, and he will live in hostility toward all his brothers (Gen. 16:12) concerning the behavior of Ishmael is rooted in these events.

The Bible says that in the last days, the generation that would see the fulfillment of all things would also be able to clearly recognize the signs of the times.

The overall picture of the Tribulation Period is one in which the fabric between the natural and the supernatural is rent, and the ongoing spiritual battle of the cosmos spills over onto the earth. Angels and men and spiritual events all blend together, culminating at the end with the final battle in the ongoing war of Armageddon.

For the first time in two thousand years, the entire world is engaged to some degree in that battle, exemplified on the earth by the religious war between Islam, Judaism and Christianity.

Throughout history, there’ve been skirmishes, but the war didn’t begin until Israel was restored to her ancestral homeland. The war is spiritual, but being played out on real-life battlefields using real-life weapons.

Exactly as the Scripture said it would. But the fabric between the natural and supernatural is still holding.

Until the Lord Himself tears it at the Rapture.

Iran on the Brink

Iran on the Brink
Vol: 29 Issue: 17 Tuesday, February 17, 2004

Last year, Iran was caught red-handed when traces of weapons-grade nuclear material in older centrifuges sparked the crisis that led to Iran’s decision to allow the inspections by the UN.

Last week, diplomats in Vienna told The Associated Press that U.N. inspectors sifting through Iran s nuclear files had discovered blueprints for high-tech equipment that could be used to make weapons-grade uranium.

UN inspectors in Iran had found blueprints for an advanced uranium enrichment centrifuge, the G2, that Tehran had failed to declare even as it was claiming to be providing full disclosure on its atomic energy program.

Iran denies the accusation. “That Iran is building a new generation of centrifuge is a lie. Iran is just conducting a preliminary study of the G2 centrifuge and has informed the International Atomic Energy Agency,” senior Iranian official Hossein Mussavian told Iran’s Hamshahri newspaper.

They said they matched blueprints of equipment found in Libya and supplied by an illicit network headed by Abdul Qadeer Khan, the father of Pakistan s atomic bomb.

The new information from Libya came AFTER Iran swore they had already turned over all its information about its nuclear program to the IAEA.

A recent study published by the US Army War College determined that Iran has secretly accelerated its nuclear weapons program. The study, entitled, “Bounding the Global War on Terrorism,” said that “neither Iran nor its ally, North Korea, has been swayed to abandon its missile or weapons of mass destruction programs’ by the war against Iraq. In fact, the report concludes it was the invasion of Iraq that caused both to ratchet up their nuclear efforts.

Chillingly, the report summarizes, “In short,” the report said, “threatened or actual preventive military action seems an inherently dangerous and potentially very counter-productive means to achieve the goal of halting the continued proliferation of WMD, which itself may simply exceed the limits of American power.”

On Sunday, Iran declared its intention to sell nuclear fuel in world-wide markets, saying, “No one can deprive us of this natural, legal and legitimate right.” The statement added dryly, “This industry is strictly for peaceful use.”

Assessment:

While all this is going on, the Russians have (thankfully) suspended completion of the largest nuclear reactor project at Bushehr.

But not because Iran clearly intends to use the reactor to both build weapons and proliferate nuclear fuel. Instead it something more reliable that a Russian sense of global responsibility. Money.

The dispute regards Iran’s refusal to return spent nuclear fuel for the Bushehr plant to Moscow. Iran insisted that Russia bear the costs of securing the spent nuclear fuel as well as its transfer from Bushehr to Moscow. Russia said ‘no deal’ and Iran said, ‘anybody wanna buy some nuke fuel?’

While Iran’s hard-line government grows increasingly belligerent, its grip on power at home is slipping disastrously. The country is ripe for a new revolution — this time, without the mullahs and ayatollahs and Sharia law.

The students who shouted ‘Death to America’ in 1979 are now either part of the hated ruling class, or died in the 1980’s war with Iraq.

Their children are less happy with the reality of an Islamic paradise than their fathers were with its promise. More than 74 percent of Iranians in Tehran support the re-establishment of relations with the “Great Satan,” the U.S., according to a survey last fall by Iran’s state-controlled National Institute of Opinion Polls.

Nearly half of the Iranians polled indicated at least partial acceptance of the U.S. stance toward Iran, meaning they agree with the inclusion of the theocratic regime in the “axis of evil.”

The survey result prompted hard-liners to shut down the polling institute last October, but it clearly shows Iran is on the brink. The problem is defining what Iran is on the brink of? Revolution and peaceful democracy? Something worse than what is there now? War with the West over nuclear proliferation?

Iran’s chief patron, since the fall of the Shah, has been the Kremlin. According to the prophet Ezekiel, Iran ultimately aligns itself with Russia. Ezekiel lists Iran by name (Persia) as being a member of the Gog-Magog Alliance of Ezekiel 38-39.

Watching Iran provides valuable clues about how far along we are in the Plan for the Ages. War with the West could easily drive Iran into the waiting arms of the Russians. So, too, could anarchy and civil war brought on by revolution. The Russians are skilled revolutionaries, and are none too happy with Iran’s present government.

Everything continues to move in precisely the direction foretold by the prophets without deviation as the countdown continues.

Tick. . .tick. . .tick

Special Report: The ‘Gloom and Doom’ Factor

Special Report: The ‘Gloom and Doom’ Factor
Vol: 29 Issue: 16 Monday, February 16, 2004

There isn’t a lot in the news to cheer about. Especially the news of the past couple of years. The attacks of September 11 have changed, not just America, but the whole world.

The reason is because the change wrought in America by the attacks affects the whole world. America is at war with terror, and that war reaches into every corner of the globe.

The post-9/11 world brings a new awareness of the threats we face; what were merely dark rumblings in the 1990’s are now daily news. New or thwarted threats against America and any nation conceived to be an ally of America take place almost every day. Potential threats are always on the horizon.

America is becoming isolated, a product of her own greatness, a nation so good at everything she sets her hand to that she has incurred the wrath and jealousy of all the rest.

America is not just a great nation, it is a blessed nation. Indeed, its greatness comes from the blessing of God upon it. The United States and Israel share a religious kinship. America was founded on the twin principles of Christianity and religious freedom.

The Pilgrims came to America in order to practice Christianity as they understood it, and not as it was dictated to them by the Church of England. It was that fear of an over-arching, all powerful church establishing a state religion that the Founding Fathers feared, not Christianity.

Our religious freedom was originally established to protect freedom of individual worship of the Savior, not to eliminate Christianity from public life. The new ‘separation doctrine’ is entirely a product of 20th century interpretation.

But America was founded as a nation subservient to the Creator, unlike any other nation on earth. With the exception of Israel.

Israel is also a giant among nations, despite her tiny size. Her military strength is legendary, her wealth enormous, when compared to other nations her size. Israel manages to remain an economic powerhouse despite the wars, boycotts and slanders of her neighbors.

Israel is also by and large, a ‘good’ nation, one whose freedoms and rights are also acknowledged as a gift of God not to be infringed upon by the state.

It is because of their acknowledgement of their dependence upon God for their blessings that they, like the US, are the object of the wrath and jealousy of the whole world.

In many ways, it reminds me of the story of Joseph and his brothers. Joseph was the favorite of his father. It was Joseph’s unique status, and the potential for greatness among them that status suggested, that provoked his brothers to sell him into slavery to get rid of him.

Joseph went on to rule the known world.

Assessment:

One reason most people, including most Christians, choose to ignore or minimize the significance of Bible prophecy for the last days is because it is so depressing. I have gone to churches where end-time prophecy is relegated to the lunatic fringe, somewhere between exorcisism and faith healing.

Peter said that ‘in the last days, there would come scoffers’ but part of the reason they scoff is because they aren’t ready, but the other part is because it scares them.

It scares me.

I’ve been asked a hundred times if spending my life examining trends that foretell future wars, catastrophes, genocide and judgment is depressing.

Well, yeah.

But not because of what it foretells. It is depressing just for what it IS. It is hard not to look deeply into the lies, deceptions, corruption and spiritual warfare of daily life without getting depressed. I once wrote of “Heaven From the Cesspool” (http://www.omegaletter.com/articles.asp?ArticleID=2263) from that perspective.

But being depressed about how sin-sick our world is not the same as seeing unfolding Bible prophecy as a harbinger of ‘gloom and doom’. What scares me isn’t unfolding Bible prophecy, it is the fate of those who ignore it’s message.

It is the FACT that it is unfolding Bible prophecy that keeps the depression and fear from overwhelming the excitement of knowing that the Lord will soon return and set things right.

Rationally speaking, I have no more to fear from the events yet to come upon the world than I do the events yet to come upon me. I have no control over either.

“the God in whose hand thy breath is, and whose are all thy ways,” springs out at me. (Daniel 5:23) If I trust Jesus with the simple things like protecting me from harm on the highway, or helping me with my ministry, or keeping my family safe, why should I worry that He will drop the ball now, just because it looks like the world is about to plunge into total catastrophe?

Instead, in the unfolding of Bible prophecy before my eyes, I see the evidence that was so perfectly captured in Paul’s letter to Timothy;

“For the which cause I also suffer these things: nevertheless I am not ashamed: for I know Whom I have believed, and am persuaded that He is able to keep that which I have committed unto Him against that day.” (2 Timothy 2:1:12)

There is no genuine ‘gloom and doom’ factor to Bible prophecy. It is hard evidence that the One ‘Whom I have believed’ remains as firmly in control of world events as He has proved to be in my personal life, “which I have committed unto Him against that day” and that, in Paul’s words, “He is able to keep it . . .against that day.”

Understanding the Big Picture opens the door to an entirely new outlook on unfolding Bible prophecy. Scoffers fear it because they don’t understand it. Put into proper perspective, Bible prophecy is proof positive that the Lord remains as firmly in control of current events as He is on whether or not you get a raise or a new job.

It is not gloom and doom, it is an affirmation of faith, a guarantee of peace, and an antidote to depression or fear.

In the last days, Jesus predicted, “Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken.” (Luke 21:26)

Of the Church, Paul writes, “But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief. Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness.” (1 Thessalonians 5:4,5)

Of his vision of the last days, Daniel wondered aloud, “And I heard, but I understood not: then said I, O my Lord, what shall be the end of these things? And he said, Go thy way, Daniel: for the words are CLOSED UP AND SEALED TILL THE TIME OF THE END. Many shall be purified, and made white, and tried; but the wicked shall do wickedly: and none of the wicked shall understand; but the WISE shall UNDERSTAND.” (Daniel 12:8 10)

Not everyone can understand this, which is why there are scoffers. Our mission is to understand the Big Picture, so that we can share the Big Picture.

The mission of the Omega Letter, from its beginning, is to help to train up an army of one on one evangelists for the last days. An army who can see through the gloom and doom to the reassurance on the other side, and then communicate that reassurance with others.

The Omega Letter has an international reach, with soldiers on every continent. The one thing that can discourage an army more than anything is a loss of morale.

Our Commander is clearly in sight. His Hand is over all that is taking place all around us, exactly as He said it would in the outline of His battle plans for the last days as recorded in the pages of the Bible. As personal evangelists for Christ, we have something no generation has seen since the days of the Apostles.

Personal witness to fulfilled prophecy. And an understanding of the assurances it gives.

Which brings us full circle back to Joseph, who, when facing his guilty brothers from the right hand of the Pharoh reminded them, But as for you, ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive.” (Genesis 50:20)

What depresses the world is what energizes us.

“For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” (2 Timothy 1:7)

The World Court ‘Setup’

The World Court ‘Setup’
Vol: 29 Issue: 15 Sunday, February 15, 2004

Israel announced that it was not going to submit itself to the World Court for trial over its security fence. An Israeli ministerial committee headed by Prime Minister Ariel Sharon concluded the court has no authority to make decisions on Israeli internal security.

“The ICJ has no authority to discuss the terrorism prevention fence since it concerns Israel’s basic right of self-defense,” a statement issued by the Prime Minister’s Media Adviser said. The ministers made their decision based on recommendations from officials in the Foreign and Justice Ministries, and after consideration of the positions of other countries. The United States, Great Britain, Germany and Australia, along with 30 other states, have also argued the court has no jurisdiction in the case.

Israel submitted a 124-page brief to the court, which stated that the ICJ does not have jurisdiction to rule in this case, and that Israel has a fundamental right of self-defense. Some thirty other countries also presented written arguments against the court hearing.

An ICJ spokesman said the proceedings would take place whether Israel participated or not.

The Palestinian Authority said in response that Israel’s decision to boycott the court hearings was an admission of guilt. “This is a recognition that the Israelis cannot face the international community and international law and justice,” said Nabil Abu Rudeineh, an adviser to Palestinian Authority Chairman Yasser Arafat.

Assessment:

The whole World Court hearing is a setup and Israel is the target. The Deputy Speaker of the Knesset is an Israeli Arab. Mohammad Barakeh VOLUNTEERED to testify before the ICJ against the “war crimes Israel is perpetrating” against the Palestinian people by its construction of a “separation wall.”

There is growing concern in Israel that the Palestinians are planning an “ambush” at the international court proceedings. The Palestinians are spending millions in efforts to bring witnesses and legal experts to The Hague in order to “embarrass” Israel, and divert the court’s attention to the suffering of the Palestinian people, while blaming Israel, rather than Yasser Arafat’s Palestinian Authority.

The Court is supposed to be determining if Israel’s forced separation from the Palestinians violates international law. The Palestinian plan is to use the court to make political decisions by painting Israel as a war criminal.

Israeli Justice Minister Youseff Lapid already “anticipates a negative ruling for Israel,” his spokesman Tashi Moshe told reporters.

While also predicting a negative verdict by the world court, whose rulings are non-binding, an official at the state prosecutor’s office said Israeli participation ‘would not have changed anything’.

Israel is taking a laissez-faire attitude to the Court’s decision by saying that World Court decisions are non-binding, but this is a very big deal. Arafat’s whole territorial claim is based on the language of similarly non-binding UN Resolutions 242 and 338.

The decision of the World Court is very significant. So is Israel’s attitude. They are already convicted — and they see it — so why bother with a trial?

The World Court operates under the authority of the United Nations, but it is controlled by the Europeans. Neither likes to be ignored by a little pipsqueak nation like Israel. The Arabs will turn the court into another embarrassment like the UN’s Racism Conference in Durban, where Israel will be smeared in every way imaginable.

Consider all this in light of Bible prophecy for the very last days. Daniel says that it will the revived Roman Empire that will enforce a seven year settlement between Israel and the Arabs. He also predicts a massive double-cross of Israel by the Roman leader half-way through.

The Israelis are so used to being double-crossed they aren’t even going to show up. Why bother?

Ezekiel speaks of Israel during this period as a land of ‘unwalled villages’ –Israel is being tried in absentia by the global court in Europe by Europeans over its wall.

The end times are characterized as the time of Jacob’s Trouble, culminating with an attempted Holocaust so terrible Jesus said that if those days weren’t shortened (limited) that none of the elect (Israel) would survive.

Yesterday, a US ambassador said that anti-Semitism in Europe is reaching a level not seen since the 1930s — a period immediately before the last European-sponsored Holocaust of the Jews.

The prophecies of Scripture are specific and detailed. Indeed, as we see with the wall, they are more detailed than we even dreamed.

“And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.” (Luke 21:28)

This isn’t all coincidence. The King IS coming!

The Galileo Project

The Galileo Project
Vol: 29 Issue: 14 Saturday, February 14, 2004

The European Union’s ‘Galileo Project’ is further threatening U.S. relations with Europe. The European Union is pursuing space technology that, if completed as planned, would become a serious threat to U.S. national security, particularly battlefield communications.

Galileo is a European Global Positioning System that they are developing so that Europe won’t be dependent on the US technology.

Here’s some background: The Global Positioning System (GPS) was developed by the United States, put in place at a cost to American taxpayers of more than $12 billion, and is provided free to users worldwide. It is a series of satellites in orbit that serves as a global navigation system and allows a user to pinpoint his location anywhere on Earth within 10 meters (32.8 feet).

As it is now, all Europe’s defenses are dependent upon America’s satellite system. Washington could restrict GPS access in the event of war, blinding Europe and giving the US the same technical and tactical advantages it had over Iraq.

That is an arrangement that doesn’t sit any better with the Western European Alliance than it does with the Russians. Or the Chinese, who have invested more than three hundred million dollars in the Galileo Project.

In general, U.S. officials have no objection to the European project, and indeed have agreed to provide substantial advice and technical assistance – provided that the EU accepts a proffered compromise on what is called the Binary Offset Carrier (BOC), or signal structure, of the systems.

The signal structure is at the heart of the disagreement, since the signal selected by the EU for Galileo is so close to the classified signal structure that the United States is about to deploy for military purposes – called the “M Code” – that U.S. security is threatened.

When the United States built the world’s first and only GPS system in 1973, it selected the optimum frequency range for the signal structure. This can be compared to a radio-station signal: When the frequency is tuned in precisely a clear signal is received from the radio, but when a slight turn from this frequency occurs, the signal weakens and static or other radio stations can be heard.

At times even when the precise frequency is tuned in noise from a nearby radio frequency can bleed in. That is the problem U.S. officials say they have with the BOC that the European Union has selected for the Galileo project.

The M Code is a new facet of the American GPS system with direct and vital national-security implications designed to “ensure NATO forces and U.S. forces access to encrypted and secure global positioning in the battlefield while allowing U.S. and allied forces to deny access to … commercial global-positioning signals to the adversaries,” said Charles Ries of the U.S. State Department at a briefing in early January.

But secure communication with troops in the field and the ability to jam an enemy’s GPS access are only part. It also is used to direct missiles and smart bombs to military targets with precise accuracy – functions that are absolutely essential to the sophisticated war-fighting capacities of the United States. And it is precisely here that U.S. officials say national security is being threatened by the European rival project. Moreover, the Europeans are stonewalling the US on correcting the ‘problem’ — since being able to jam our GPS is part of their solution.

A November 2003 column in the New York Times by Thomas L. Friedman focused on resistance by France and Germany to the U.S. action in Iraq, and emphasized that it may not be isolated to differences over the war in Iraq.

“If you look under the European position you see we have two different visions, not just tactical differences,” he wrote. “Many Europeans really do believe that a dominant America is more threatening to global stability than Saddam’s tyranny.” Friedman suggests that U.S. and European interest already may be on diverging paths.

“Are we witnessing the beginning of the end of ‘the West’ as we have known it – a coalition of U.S.-led, like-minded allies, bound by core shared values and strategic threats?” Friedman asks.

Assessment:

Seldom do I agree with anything Thomas Friedman writes, but this is an exception. The Galileo Project is indeed another sign of the collapsing ‘West’ — one of many signs in the last few years. It is almost as if the world took a sharp turn to the left as the calendar clicked over into the 21st century.

The Year 2000 opened with the arrest of a terrorist at the Canadian border enroute to blow up Los Angeles airport, and things have only gotten worse since then. And the worse things got for America, the happier the Europeans seemed to get. The wave of post/911 sympathy has long since evaporated, and the global consensus seems to be focused around two main objectives.

The first is obvious: Diminishing America’s role on the global stage.

The twenty-first century also brought to the foreground the concurrent global agenda of bringing down the Jewish State.

The US ambassador to Europe recently noted at a dinner given by the American Jewish Committee in Brussels. “It is to overcome the issue of anti-Semitism which … is indeed – as I understand it and read – getting to a point where it is as bad as it was in the 30s.”

His remarks spurred yet another burgeoning ‘Transatlantic rift’ between the US and the EU. Is it just me, or was the phrase ‘transatlantic rift’ as common in the good old 20th century?

EU president Romano Prodi plans to bring up the ambassador’s comments at a conference on anti-Semitism in Brussels. Prodi almost canceled the conference in protest after Jewish leaders accused the EU of anti-Semitism through “action and inaction”.

The Bible makes no mention of the United States as a major player in the last days — which certainly seems to fit Europe’s agenda.

On the other hand, the revived Roman Empire is the seat of power in the coming global government, according to the prophet Daniel — the fulfillment of the Europlanner’s dream scenario.

Daniel says that it is the leader of this revived Rome that eventually enforces a peace deal between Israel and the Arabs, but breaks it half-way through, launching a new Holocaust against the Jews.

There is a fascinating prophecy in the Book of Hosea concerning the 21st century. Speaking to Israel, Hosea writes; “After two days will He revive us: in the third day he will raise us up, and we shall live in His sight.” (Hosea 6:2)

“But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.” 2 Peter 3:8 tells us.

Using this reckoning, the remaining Jews of Israel were scattered two ‘days’ ago in AD 70. Israel was reborn as a nation but, spiritually speaking, does not yet ‘live’ in His sight.

And [I] shall put my spirit in you, and ye shall live, and I shall place you in your own land: then shall ye know that I the LORD have spoken it, and performed it, saith the LORD.” (Ezekiel 37:14)

All the evidence points to the dawning of Hosea’s ‘third day’ — when all national Israel is redeemed according to the Promise of God. An event that takes place at the conclusion of the Tribulation Period. That’s how close it is.

And I believe with all my soul that the Scripture teaches the Rapture comes first.

“Wherefore comfort one another with these words.” (1 Thessalonians 4:18)

Enemy at the Gates

Enemy at the Gates
Vol: 29 Issue: 13 Friday, February 13, 2004

According to reports in the subscription-based Geostrategy Direct, the real brains behind al-Qaeda isn’t Osama bin Laden. Osama has the money. But it is Egyptian Ayman al Zawahiri that has the brains.

Until Zawahiri joined al-Qaeda in 1995, al-Qaeda wasn’t really much of a military terrorist organization. Prior to then, al-Qaeda existed more as a Muslim fellowship primarily used by Osama to exploit his business network.

Zawahiri also pressed bin Laden to convert al Qaeda into a full-scale military group. This would include the acquisition of weapons of mass destruction.

Islamic sources quoted by major Arab media have asserted that al Qaeda procured tactical nuclear weapons from Ukraine in 1998 and has stored them for a future operation.

The media — including the London-based Al Hayat newspaper and the Qatar-based A-Jazeera television — said al Qaeda bought so-called suitcase bombs when Ukrainian scientists visited the Afghan city of Kandahar in 1998, while Afghanistan was controlled by the Taliban.

Zawahiri persuaded bin Laden that al Qaeda could inflict great damage on the United States and advocated turning the shadowy group into the leading Islamic movement.

Zawahiri recommended that bin Laden make the United States his chief target and warned that every American would be under threat. He also advised bin Laden to forge alliances with China and Iran against the United States.

The first major al Qaeda attack under bin Laden, these sources said, was in 1996. With help from Iran and Saudi Shi’ites, al Qaeda carried out the truck bombing against the U.S. military barracks in Khobar, Saudi Arabia. al Qaeda did not take credit for the attack, in which 19 US airmen were killed.

The next step was meant to impress the world with al Qaeda’s capability to carry out multiple attacks. This involved simultaneous car bombings in front of the U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania.

“If bin Laden had persisted in solely attacking U.S. forces in Saudi Arabia he would have shared the destiny of those groups in South America and Africa that nobody cares to remember anymore,” said Saad Al Faqih, director of the London-based Saudi opposition group Movement for Islamic Reform in Arabia.

“This challenge to American identity itself was a result of a huge transformation. bin Laden also had charisma, an organization and followers,” he said in an interview with the Washington-based Jamestown Foundation. “What he lacked was a strategy and that was provided by Zawahiri.”

By May 1998, the U.S. intelligence community had begun to recognized al Qaeda as the threat it really was. Three months later, al Qaeda struck the U.S. embassies in East Africa, killing more than 200 people.

Those attacks turned bin Laden into an Islamic hero. al Qaeda recruitment soared with Arab volunteers streaming into Afghanistan. Soon, thousands of foreigners were training in al Qaeda camps and a true jihad infrastructure was formed. The volunteers wanted action and were proposing all sorts of operations to top the 1998 strikes.

That eventually led to the plans for 9/11. The plan for 19 Saudi terrorists with box cutters to hijack U.S. airliners and attack the World Trade Center, Pentagon and other targets, was not the product of a single mind.

It grew out of a flurry of ideas as part of a competition within al Qaeda’s vast new force for the best way to hurt the despised United States.

The United States invaded Afghanistan and later Iraq and increased its military presence in the Persian Gulf. Suddenly, the U.S. military signature was huge. Muslims everywhere had a target.

“Now strategically I think America has not only lost but it is likely to vanish,” said Saad Al Faqih, director of the London-based Saudi opposition group Movement for Islamic Reform in Arabia. “It has started a campaign which has forced the majority of Muslims against it.”

There are an estimated 2 billion Muslims in the world. By contrast, there are less than 300 million Americans. And living among the Americans, several million Muslims. In essence, then, America is outnumbered 6 to 1 with dedicated enemies in every nation on earth, making it impossible to deal a death blow against them, while their American enemies are neatly bunched together between the Canadian and Mexican borders. Not a good strategic situation.

Assessment:

Rep. Peter T. King, R-N.Y., told radio talk host Sean Hannity in an interview Monday no American Muslim leaders are cooperating in the war on terror.

“I would say, you could say that 80-85 percent of mosques in this country are controlled by Islamic fundamentalists,” he said. “Those who are in control. The average Muslim, no, they are loyal, but they don’t work, they don’t come forward, they don’t tell the police .”

Never one to miss a chance to divide America, DNC Chairman Terry McAuliffe immediately condemned King’s assertion as ‘hate speech.’

McAuliffe was rewarded for his comments with a heart-felt ‘thank you’ from the Council on American-Islamic Relations. (CAIR)

“We would like to thank DNC Chairman Terry McAuliffe for recognizing the positive contributions of American Muslims and rejecting Islamophobic bigotry,” said Hasan Mansori, CAIR’s governmental affairs coordinator.

Islamophobic bigotry? CAIR is a spin-off of the Islamic Association For Palestine, labeled a “front group” for the terrorist organization Hamas by two former heads of the FBI’s counterterrorism section.

Last July, a member of CAIR’s national staff, Randall Todd “Ismail” Royer, was among 11 men indicted for conspiring to train on American soil for a “violent jihad.” Another CAIR figure, Bassem Khafagi, was arrested in January 2003 while serving as the group’s director of community relations. In December, Ghassan Elashi, the founder of CAIR’s Texas chapter, was indicted for financial ties to Hamas leader Musa Abu Marzook.

CAIR’s chairman of the board, Omar Ahmad has publicly called for the Koran to become America’s highest authority. He also was reported to have said Islam is not in America to be equal to any other religion but to be dominant.

One of CAIR’s official founders and its executive director, Nihad Awad, openly expressed support for Hamas, Hizbullah, and numerous other Arab/Islamic terrorist organizations.

Ibrahim Hooper, CAIR’s chief spokesman, said in a 1993 interview with the Minneapolis Star Tribune that he wants to see the United States become a Muslim country.

“I wouldn’t want to create the impression that I wouldn’t like the government of the United States to be Islamic sometime in the future,” Hooper told the paper. “But I’m not going to do anything violent to promote that. I’m going to do it through education.”

In testimony before the State Department in 1999, Muhammad Hisham Kabbani, chairman of the Islamic Supreme Council of America, confirmed Rep. King’s assertions about Islam.

“We would like to advise our government, our congressmen, that there is something big going on and people do not understand it,” he said. “You have many mosques around the United States … . So the most dangerous things are going on in these mosques that have self appointed leaders throughout the United States. The extremist ideology makes them very active. We can say that they took over 80 per cent of the mosques in the United States … . This means that the ideology of extremism has been spread to the youth and the new generation.”

I wonder if McAuliffe thinks Kabbani is spreading ‘Islamophobic bigotry’ too? Or if McAuliffe thinks at all?

America is already deeply divided, blinded by political partisanship, and only too willing to believe the most outrageous charges — as long as they are leveled at the OTHER guy’s guy.

But stating the obvious about an enemy sworn to annihilate America, well, that’s ‘hate speech’. Even when that enemy is virtually at the gates.

“And some of them of understanding shall fall, to try them, and to purge, and to make them white, even to the TIME OF THE END: because it is YET FOR A TIME APPOINTED.

And the king shall do according to his will; and he shall exalt himself, and magnify himself above every god, and shall speak marvellous things against the God of gods, and shall prosper till the indignation be accomplished: for that that is determined shall be done.

Neither shall he regard the God of his fathers, nor the desire of women, nor regard any god: for he shall magnify himself above all.

But in his estate shall he honour the GOD OF FORCES: and a god whom his fathers knew not shall he honour with gold, and silver, and with precious stones, and pleasant things.” (Daniel 11:35-38)

The Palestinian ‘Mafia’

The Palestinian ‘Mafia’
Vol: 29 Issue: 12 Thursday, February 12, 2004

To Yasser Arafat and his cronies, the Palestinian Authority is nothing less than a money machine. Especially for Arafat, who uses the Palestinian Treasury as his personal piggybank.

French prosecutors said on Tuesday that they had opened a preliminary inquiry into transfers totaling 9 million Euros ($11 million) into Arafat’s wife’s bank accounts at the Arab Bank and at French bank BNP.

A September audit of Palestinian Authority funds conducted by the International Monetary Fund revealed that Arafat had diverted some $900 million to a special bank account he controlled.

Forbes ranked Arafat number 6 on a list of the richest “kings, queens, and despots” with a fortune of $300 million.

CBS Newsmagazine ‘Sixty Minutes’ conducted its own investigation. Three hundred million ain’t hay, but its chicken feed compared to CBS’s investigation that says Arafat’s personal wealth is something closer to three BILLION dollars.

According to the CBS report, Arafat diverted more than $300 million of Palestinian Authority funds into a previously undisclosed Swiss bank account and the money can no longer be traced. CBS claims that the Swiss account at the Lombard Odier Bank in Geneva was set up in the name of a British Virgin Island company. The account was closed in 2001, and the report says that it is unclear where the funds are now.

Arafat continues to send his wife Suha $100,000 from PA aid funds each month to Paris. The New York Daily News reported that Suha had been staying in the luxury Bristol Paris Hotel and had rented an entire floor for herself and her assistants. The paper said the hotel suites cost $16,000 a night.

Recently Suha Arafat moved to a luxury apartment in a fancy Paris neighborhood, the Daily News reported. Suha Arafat rarely visits the Palestinian territories and spends most of her time shopping in Paris, dressed in designer clothes, according to Ma’ariv.

The Palestinians living inside the Palestinian Authority have been given far greater international financial support than most other suffering peoples. Since the signing of the Oslo Accord in 1993, the U.S. government has committed more than $1.3 billion in economic assistance to the West Bank and Gaza Strip. Since the end of 2000, Arab states have transferred to the PA monthly financial aid of $45 million (since April 2002 this sum was increased to $55 million).

The EU transfers to the PA approximately $9 million monthly. By the end of 2001, the Palestinians had received $4 billion (the figure is now closer to $5.5 billion) since the 1993 Oslo agreements. This is the equivalent of $1,330 per Palestinian. By comparison, the Marshall Plan to rebuild Europe after World War II provided $272 per European (in today’s dollars).

These PA revenues do not include the $8-14 billion in assets the Palestine Liberation Organization is believed to have accumulated over the years through drug trafficking, illegal arms dealing, money laundering, fraud, extortion, and legal investments.

A 2003 report by the International Monetary Fund revealed that Yasser Arafat diverted approximately $900 million from the PA Finance Ministry into secret accounts that he alone controlled.

On June 5, 2002, the Kuwaiti daily Al-Watan published documents showing that Arafat had deposited $5.1 million from Arab aid funds into his personal account.

In 1996, $326 million disappeared from the PA and the Palestinian Legislative Council established a commission to investigate the loss. The subsequent report concluded that nearly 40 percent of the PA’s $800 million budget had been lost through corruption and mismanagement. The PA’s comptroller wrote: “The overall picture is one of a Mafia-style government, where the main point of being in public office is to get rich quick.”

Arafat has created 27 monopolies to insure that he and his loyalists profit from every industry affecting the lives of Palestinians, such as cement, flour, oil, cigarettes, iron, and commercial sand. For example, Arafat’s economic advisor Muhammad Rashid, together with Suha Arafat (Arafat’s wife) and communications advisor Nabil Abu-Roudayna, co-own pharmaceutical and apparel monopolies.

Rashid and another Arafat advisor, Hassan Asfour, co-own an oil monopoly. Onetime Planning and Cooperation Minister Nabil Sha’ath, (accused by a Palestinian Legislative Council investigation of embezzling ministry funds) has a computer monopoly; and Ahmed Qureia (the new Prime Minister) is co-owner of cigarette and dairy monopolies.

Qureia also owns the al-Quds cement company, through his family. The al-Quds cement company is supplying the cement to Israel to build what Quriea publicly denounces as ‘Israel’s apartheid wall’. Qurieia is also selling cement to Jewish settlements in the West Bank.

Summary:

In recent weeks, the Palestinian Authority has been in the news because it is unable to meet its payroll. Still, Arafat remains firmly in control of the chaos that COULD have been a viable state. In 1993, most of the West Bank, while under Israeli control, was relatively prosperous. The streets were relatively secure, the buses ran on time, and the cities were kept relatively clean.

Now, there’s not enough money left in the Palestinian treasury to meet payroll. Garbage remains uncollected in the streets. Palestinian poverty is at an all time high, and there is no safe place to be found in the West Bank or Gaza.

The world blames Israel. And even the United States, while itself engaged in a battle against world-wide terrorism, has heartily endorsed statehood for the most depraved criminal enterprise the world has seen since the Nazis pocketed the profits from selling the gold teeth extracted from murdered Jews.

The UN General Assembly continues to pass resolutions condemning Israel for the plight of the Palestinian people while warning the Israelis not to dare touch a hair of Arafat’s head.

And the United States, together with the United Nations and virtually every other nation on earth (except Israel) want to grant statehood to the thieves that raped their own people. Is it just me?

Or has the world gone nuts?

Israel Bracing For Major Quake

Israel Bracing For Major Quake
Vol: 29 Issue: 11 Wednesday, February 11, 2004

A powerful earthquake rocked the Middle East yesterday. It rattled Israel, Jordan, Lebanon and Syria for about 25 seconds. A construction worker in Netanya, Israel, was thrown from a five story building by the force of the magnitude 5 quake. Miraculously, there were no reports of deaths.

At the Knesset, lawmakers sitting in committee meetings feared a large bomb had gone off.

A crack developed in the decorative ceiling above the minister’s table, and plenum meetings have been postponed pending engineering examinations.

The ceiling above the exit to the Prime Minister’s office has developed a crack, and an engineering crew inspected the glass partition at the visitor’s gallery.

The earthquake’s epicenter was the Dead Sea. Infrastructure Minister Yosef Paritzky said that institutes had been waiting for an earthquake from the northern Dead Sea region, but added that if this was “the one they have been waiting for, we have just witnessed a miracle.”

Earthquakes of less than magnitude 6, according to the Richter scale, causes little damage to well-designed buildings, but can cause major damage to poorly constructed buildings over small regions.

Assessment:

“And as He sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto Him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of Thy coming, and of the end of the world?” (Matthew 24:3)

Note several things about this verse. First, His disciples came to Him privately. His ‘disciples’ weren’t just the Apostles, but also included many other followers, some of whom were very close to Jesus. Mary, Martha and Lazarus were also His disciples. But His disciples were not Christians.

They were practicing Jews. The Church was not born until Pentecost. So the perspective is that of Israel’s. In Matthew 23:20, He says, “pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the sabbath day.”

That they were His closest disciples is indicated by the fact they had a private audience with Jesus. And finally, notice the question.

“What shall be the sign of Thy coming, and the end of the world?” In reading ‘end of the world’ they are referring to His return to set up the Millennial Kingdom prophesied by Isaiah.

And in His reply, known as the ‘Olivet Discourse’ Jesus outlines events as they will occur, from the point of view of His questioners, who were sitting with Him on the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem.

In verse 7, Jesus says, “For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.”

From the point of view of Israel, this is daily life. “Nation” is translated from the word ‘ethnos’ from which we get the term ‘ethnic’. Ethnic violence has been part of Israeli life since the Jews began to return after the 1917 Balfour Declaration.

Israel is a puddle of wealth in a sea of poverty. An Israeli need only look over its borders to see poverty, deprivation and hunger all around. Israel is surrounded by dictatorships and kingdoms, most of whom have attempted her extermination during one of Israel’s five great wars with the Arabs.

Every Israeli home has a ‘sealed room’ in the event of biological or chemical attack. It is a simple fact of Israeli life. Probably no nation on earth is more worried about the delivery of some pestilence inside its borders than Israel.

And Jesus warned of earthquakes. Earthquakes are not unheard in the region, but they are relatively rare. Israel is located on the Syria-Africa great rift which stands over a friction point between two tectonic plates.

The last earthquake registered in the region was on December 31st 2003 at 10:44 PM, measured 3.7 and was epicentered at Kibbutz Ein Gedi, near the Dead Sea. However, the only major earthquakes of note in Israel in the last hundred years were a 7.2 in 1967 epicentered in Eilat, and another measuring 6.2 in 1927.

The Israeli Chairwoman of the Knesset Science and Technology Committee MK Meli Polishook-Bloch, told the Knesset that Israel will soon experience a major earthquake.

She said the African-Arabian fault line, the boundary between two tectonic plates, runs the length of the country along the Jordan Valley. The two plates are now rubbing against each other, which experts say means that the country is heading for a major earthquake in the next 50 years.

“Nearly the whole of Israel is along the fault line,” Polishook-Bloch said. “An earthquake is a certainty; it is just a question of when. It could be in five minutes or 50 years. The whole area is sensitive.”

A former study by the Israel Geophysical Institute found that a 7.0 Richter scale earthquake at Beit She’an would devastate the center of the country bringing down buildings in Tel Aviv and Haifa.

It doesn’t really matter which perspective you take, in the final analysis. Everything points to the soon return of Christ. Politically, the world is lining up precisely as the Bible predicted. Socially, the world is undergoing a moral meltdown. Spiritually, we are in the midst of a religious war pitting Islam against Christianity and Judaism.

The focal point of global attention remains the city of Jerusalem. Israeli news is global news. The war between Arabs and Jews gets more daily coverage world-wide than events in Baghdad involving US forces.

Moscow and Washington don’t get as much coverage as does Jerusalem, a tiny city in a tiny country in the middle of a vast desert.

And then there is the existence of Israel itself. What more evidence is needed?

“Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When his branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is nigh: So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors.

Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled.” (Matthew 24:32-34)

Special Report: The Death of Shame

Special Report: The Death of Shame
Vol: 29 Issue: 10 Tuesday, February 10, 2004

I probably spent more time trying to come up with the column title than I will in the course of writing it. There was a time in America when truth counted, and those who lied were held accountable. It’s true, honest! And it wasn’t that long ago, really. Oh, there’ve been celebrated exceptions to the rule — Teddy Kennedy in 1969 for example.

Kennedy drove his car off the Chappaquiddick Bridge with young Mary Jo Kopechne sitting beside it. Kennedy escaped, left Kopechne to drown, and then waited several hours before reporting the accident to police (presumably so he could sober up) and got away with it. But he was a Kennedy at a time when America was crazy with grief over the assassinations of John and Bobby and Kennedys could do no wrong.

In any case, the exception proves the rule. Richard Nixon lost the presidency over a lie. It wasn’t the Watergate burglary that toppled Nixon, it was the subsequent coverup.

Gary Hart’s presidential campaign was ruined when he was photographed on a pleasure boat with a woman who was not his wife. That was even too much for Democrats in the pre-Clinton era.

The Irangate investigation was about whether President Reagan knew the details of the arms-for-hostages scandal and lied about it. Although Reagan didn’t lie, several of his subordinates did. Reagan took responsibility, but it was his honesty that saved his presidency.

George Bush the Elder lost his bid for re-election because he made and then broke his famous promise; “Read my lips . . .no new taxes.” The Democrats campaigned on and won because of that famous lie.

Something snapped in America during the Clinton administration. Truth became secondary to partisanship. Suddenly, lies didn’t seem to matter as much. There were the endless series of scandals in which it was obvious to the public that Clinton lied, but no hard evidence to prove it. Clintonian tactics kept moving the bar on truth, a bit at a time, until “truth” hung on somebody’s interpretation of the meaning of the word ‘is’.

It seems that, from that time forward, the American people have come to expect the Democrats to lie, while holding Republicans to an exaggerated standard of truth.

A perfect example is ‘the president lied about Saddam’s WMD.’ By any standard, the word ‘lie’ cannot apply if Bush believed his intelligence reports and those of the rest of the world. The ONLY way ‘lie’ fits is if Bush had personal knowledge those reports weren’t true. How would he get that personal knowledge that nobody ELSE in the whole world had?

All the European states, including France and Germany, Russia, Canada as well as almost every Democrat in Congress, have said at one time or another that they believed Saddam had WMD. They were all quoted publicly saying so.

Clearly, the Bush administration is not being held to the same standard of truth as afforded Democrats. In fact, there is no standard of truth of any kind in evidence here.

At best, one can only argue logically that Bush made the same mistake as everybody else did, which isn’t a ‘lie’ unless EVERYBODY was lying, including those making the charges against Bush.

That isn’t a partisan defense of George Bush. It strains logic to assume Bush would have knowledge nobody else did, including his own intelligence services. That is what it would take before one could logically argue that ANYBODY lied except Saddam Hussein.

Al Gore’s insane performance in which he all but called Bush a traitor (in fact, he did — he said Bush ‘betrayed our country’) stands out as a another example of the death of shame in America. It was filled with shameless lies; Gore said Bush had planned the war with Iraq before 9/11, suggesting that Bush was deceitful.

Since regime change in Iraq was official US policy since 1998, you can bet that the Bush war plan for Iraq was modified from the Clinton war plan for Iraq that was in place before Bush even ran for office. And since Gore was Clinton’s VP, you can bet Gore knew it. Shameless. And Gore got a huge roar of approval.

John Kerry has built his campaign on opposing the war and belittling the Bush administration. Kerry’s statements before Congress when the Clinton administration was about to launch Operation Desert Fox indicate that if he was president, he’d have done exactly what he criticizes Bush for.

“(Saddam Hussein) cannot be permitted to go unobserved and unimpeded toward his horrific objective of amassing a stockpile of weapons of mass destruction. This is not a matter about which there should be any debate whatsoever in the Security Council, or, certainly, in this Nation,” Kerry said, according to the November, 1997 Congressional Record.

He went on, “While we should always seek to take significant international actions on a multilateral rather than a unilateral basis whenever that is possible, if in the final analysis we face what we truly believe to be a grave threat to the well-being of our Nation or the entire world and it cannot be removed peacefully, we must have the courage to do what we believe is right and wise.”

Hmmmm. According to Kerry in 1997, Saddam’s objective was to amass a stockpile of WMD. And there shouldn’t be “ANY DEBATE WHATSOEVER in the Security Council” or “this Nation.” over the issue? We must have the “courage to do what we believe is right and wise” even if countries like France disagree with us? Shameless.

Terry McAullife, head of the Democratic Party, called President Bush AWOL during his time in the National Guard. John Kerry now belittles service in the National Guard as somehow less patriotic.

I am not going to blindly defend Bush’s service or argue that his family connections didn’t play a role in his early discharge. I do remember when I was in the Marine Corps, there were lots of guys getting what we called ‘early outs’ as the war in Vietnam wound down. At about the same time, 1973, Bush got an ‘early out’ being discharged 8 months short of his six-year obligation.

In any case, Bush was a fighter pilot. It is only marginally safer to fly a fighter when nobody is shooting at you than it is when somebody is. Bush was rated by one of his commanders in his fitness report as being among the top 5% of fighter pilots he had ever commanded.

And since Bush’s unit wasn’t deployed to Vietnam, should Bush have just jumped in a fighter and deployed himself?

In 1992 Kerry defended Bill Clinton from accusations by then President George Bush Sr. of draft dodging, remarking that “We do not need to divide America over who served and how.”

That same year Kerry stated before Congress, “Mr. President, you and I know that if support or opposition to the (Vietnam) war were to become a litmus test for leadership, America would never have leaders or recover from the divisions created by that war.”

But now, for John Kerry, service in Vietnam IS a litmus test. Kerry came home from the war and became one of its greatest critics. He participated in creating the ‘divisions’ cuddling up to the likes of Jane Fonda. Now he campaigns on Bush’s lack of service in Vietnam and he gets wild cheers from his adoring crowds. It is utterly shameless.

Something snapped in America — I can’t pinpoint exactly when, but it was somewhere towards the end of the Clinton administration. The 2000 Election was the earthquake that started several years before as tiny cracks when America decided to compromise on truth as long as it paid off.

Clinton won reelection on the campaign slogan, “It’s the economy, stupid!” Probably the only truth to come out of his administration.

In any case, Election 2000 was when shame breathed its last in American public life. Al Gore phoned to concede the election to Bush, then later rescinded his concession to try and win the White House by legal maneuvering.

“Every vote should count . . . except those military absentee ones that won’t break for me.” “Hey, is that chad dimpled?”

After eight years of defending the former president’s right to lie, (‘everybody lies about sex’) it seemed there were two truths about everything, and the only truth barometer was party affiliation.

The Democrats are inventing new ‘truths’ by the hour, dropping them like bait and waiting to see which get picked up. Nobody is calling them down on them. The mainstream media repeats them breathlessly, mindlessly . . .shamelessly.

No lie is too big to swallow, as long as it results in the defeat of George Bush. It’s because the majority of Democrats are more concerned with beating Bush than with choosing a presidential candidate who actually cares enough about the country to take a firm stand on the issues Americans care most about.

They just want to win at any cost, so it doesn’t matter to them if they end up electing someone who might well do a worse job of running the country than they perceive Bush is doing.

This is no defense of Bush — he has truly disappointed me on a number of occasions, but the fact is that what he says now is pretty much the same as what he said all along. (If he’s a liar, he’s at least consistent)

In many ways, its become a spiritual battle between Christianity and cultural Christianity. Between Christians like George Bush and Christians like John Kerry and Howard Dean. About abortion, same-sex marriages, the role of religion in public life, and moral responsibility before God.

“Now the Spirit SPEAKETH EXPRESSLY, that in the LATTER TIMES, some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron;” (1 Timothy 4:1-2)

The death of shame.

Under the Mushroom Cloud

Under the Mushroom Cloud
Vol: 29 Issue: 9 Monday, February 9, 2004

The news is sobering. The more you look at it, the more sobering it becomes. For fifteen years, a nuclear black market has been flourishing, and for fifteen years, it operated with impunity under the noses of the international monitoring mechanisms that were created to stop them.

It isn’t like its a secret. We reported on July 4, 2003 that Israeli intelligence assessments had identified both Libya and Iran’s nuclear programs, saying both would be nuclear powers by 2005. (That’s next year). It was only after Saddam Hussein provided an object lesson to Libya’s Moammar Khadaffi that Libya surrendered its program and gave up Pakistan’s Dr. Qadeer Khan.

Among items bought by Libya were engineer’s drawings of a nuclear weapon, now under IAEA seal in the United States. One of the diplomats said that drawing appeared to be of Chinese design, but cautioned against assuming it came directly from China.

ElBaradei said evidence that a Malaysian company had produced sophisticated parts for enriching uranium raised worries about factories elsewhere peddling such goods outside the public eye.

Abu Zubaydah, captured in 2002 in Pakistan, told U.S. interrogators that high-ranking Pakistani air force officer Mushaf Ali Mir had agreed to provide Al Qaeda with protection, arms and supplies.

(We reported that to you back in September, 2003.)

As recently as January 4, 2002, we told you that Pakistani intelligence was aiding al-Qaeda and Osama bin Laden directly.

“A senior Afghan official accused Pakistan s ISI intelligence service of helping terrorist leader Osama Bin Laden. We think that when Mr. Osama travels to Pakistan, it does not mean that his activities are not monitored by the ISI [Inter Services Intelligence], Interior Minister Yunus Qanooni told Iranian television.” If WE knew, why didn’t they?

The news becomes that much more sobering when one considers that Mohammed ElBaradei, a guy who couldn’t find his. . well, you know, anyway, as the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency, he pronounced the Pakistani revelations to be only the ‘tip of the iceberg’. (Only about a tenth of an iceberg is visible above the water line.)

Following the collapse of the old Soviet Union, the Ukraine found itself in possession of several hundred of these ‘nuclear suitcases’ designed by the KGB for use as demolition weapons by the Russian SPETZNAZ service. Each of these nuclear devices has a yield of about 0.6 megatons — about the same as the Hiroshima bomb dropped on Japan in 1945.

In testimony before the US Senate in 1997, former Russian General Alexander Lebed said that not all of them were recovered from the Ukraine. It was soon after that Lebed became a political liability to the leaders of the new Russia. On April 29, we reported the death of Alexander Lebed in a helicopter crash, noting at the time that in the old Soviet days, inconvenient Russian leaders usually died of a cold. (The ‘new’ Russia WAS new, after all)

Yesterday, the pan-Arab newspaper Al Hayat reported that Osama bin Laden bought some of these nuclear suitcases from the Ukraine in 1998 and is storing them for possible use somewhere, sometime, most probably against a target inside the USA.

Assessment:

Osama may or may not actually have some of these missing nukes, but it is an ironclad certainty that SOMEONE does.

The Soviets always denied they existed, but in the years since its collapse, we have learned that, not only did the KGB miniaturize nuclear weapons, the US developed what it calls ‘backpack nukes’. So they are real enough. Lebed had no reason to lie to the Senate, and his suspicious death in Siberia makes his testimony that much more believable.

But Osama is just the immediate threat, and, as terrifying as a nuclear al-Qaeda sounds, it’s child’s play when compared to the threat posed by a half-dozen nuclear rogue states like North Korea, Iran, Syria or Libya.

Osama could take out a few cities; a combined attack at some time in the future by a Third World nuclear alliance could take out a few states.

We live in a world more dangerous today than at any time in human history. During the Cold War, the US and Soviets amassed a nuclear arsenal capable of destroying the world, but that made nuclear war unthinkable. And there were only two nuclear powers, and only two thumbs poised over the nuclear button.

Today, there are way too many nuclear powers and way too many thumbs.

It is not too difficult to envision an scenario in which a nuclear retaliatory strike at somewhere like North Korea by the US or Iran by the Israelis could prompt a response from China (or Pakistan or India or Europe) that would involve Russia, causing the dominos to begin to fall.

That is precisely why Washington is taking the attitude it is towards Pakistan over Dr. Khan. It used to be that the line of dominos stretched from Washington to Moscow and could only be toppled from either end. Now they stretch to capitals from one end of the globe to the other.

The current scenario is also completely in line with Bible prophecy for the last days. The concept of nuclear war was advanced by prophets from both the Old and New Testaments.

“And I will shew wonders in the heavens and in the earth, blood, and fire, and pillars of smoke.” (Joel 2:30)

“And I will send a fire on Magog, and among them that dwell carelessly in the isles: and they shall know that I am the LORD.” (Ezekiel 39:6)

“The first angel sounded, and there followed hail and fire mingled with blood, and they were cast upon the earth: and the third part of trees was burnt up, and all green grass was burnt up.”

“And the second angel sounded, and as it were a great mountain burning with fire was cast into the sea: and the third part of the sea became blood;”

“And the third angel sounded, and there fell a great star from heaven, burning as it were a lamp, and it fell upon the third part of the rivers, and upon the fountains of waters; And the name of the star is called Wormwood: and the third part of the waters became wormwood; and many men died of the waters, because they were made bitter.”

” And the fourth angel sounded, and the third part of the sun was smitten, and the third part of the moon, and the third part of the stars; so as the third part of them was darkened, and the day shone not for a third part of it, and the night likewise.” (Revelation 8:7-12)

“By these three was the third part of men killed, by the fire, and by the smoke, and by the brimstone, which issued out of their mouths.” (Revelation 9:18)

“Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat?” (2 Peter 3:12)

“And this shall be the plague wherewith the LORD will smite all the people that have fought against Jerusalem; Their flesh shall consume away while they stand upon their feet, and their eyes shall consume away in their holes, and their tongue shall consume away in their mouth.” (Zechariah 14:12)

Ok, stop there for a second. Most of this is stuff you have heard before. Don’t let familiarity breed contempt. See this for what it is. We are facing the threat of nuclear attack from many sides — at this very moment. The Bible predicted that would be the global situation in the last days.

Most of us cannot even imagine the destructive power of a nuclear weapon, since they’ve only existed for sixty years and haven’t been used since 1945.

But we have before us letter-perfect descriptions of such weapons, described to us by people to whom a bow and arrow was advanced artillery. Despite the fact they had no words in their vocabulary to describe what they saw, their description rings clearly across the centuries.

None of them ever saw anything approximating a nuclear explosion, yet they describe it with the accuracy of eyewitnesses.

Because that is exactly what they were. Eyewitnesses, from across the ages, to the events leading up to the return of Christ.

So are we. Only we have front row seats.