Tidings From Persia . . .
Vol: 33 Issue: 16 Wednesday, June 16, 2004
Iran threatened on Wednesday to resume uranium enrichment if the International Atomic Energy Agency approves a draft resolution rebuking it for interfering with and stonewalling UN inspectors.
“I am not saying we will do something particular, but if this resolution passes, Iran will have no moral commitment to suspend uranium enrichment,” the allegedly ‘moderate’ President Mohammad Khatami told reporters after a cabinet meeting.
Britain, France and Germany drafted a resolution that “deplores” Iran’s poor cooperation with U.N. inspectors, and the IAEA board of governors are discussing it in Vienna this week.
According to US Ambassador Kenneth Brill, “What we’re seeing here is a full court press of intimidation by the government of Iran and its delegation here.”
Even the European Union is pressuring Tehran. According to an IAEA spokesman, “Despite the threats from Iran, the Europeans are standing firm. This is typical brinkmanship on the part of Iran.”
Startling brinksmanship, really, more on the order of the Stalinist North Koreans who, unlike Iran, don’t have much left to lose by playing nuclear roulette.
The speaker of the Iranian parliament yesterday warned that members may not ratify Iran’s signature to an additional protocol to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) — something insisted on by the IAEA after it discovered that Tehran was attempting to develop atomic weapons in violation of its obligations as a signer of the NPT.
The speaker, Gholam Ali Hadad-Adel, suggested that by pressing Iran to tell the truth, the Europeans were doing the bidding of evil “Zionists.”
Late last month, the head of Iran’s powerful Revolutionary Guards warned that the regime was prepared to launch suicide attacks or missile strikes against “29 sensitive sites in the U.S. and in the West.”
According to a Washington Times editorial, Iran may win the stare-down contest; “Unfortunately, there is little evidence thus far that either the United States or the EU 3 will move decisively to stop Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons. While Britain and France seem to be inching toward a somewhat tougher approach, they have shown little interest in putting any kind of a deadline on Tehran.
While Washington has done a commendable job of articulating the problem that would be posed by nuclear weapons in the hands of rogue governments like the one in Iran, it has shown little stomach for confronting the regime anytime this year. While the West delays taking action, congressional investigators reported yesterday that Beijing is sending nuclear technology to Iran in exchange for oil.”
The Washington Times editorial was refreshingly candid about the true state of affairs, unlike the New York Times, whose focus continues to be on the administration’s handling of Iraq.
Today’s New York Times didn’t even mention Iran, whereas the Washington Times ediorial reads like a countdown to Armageddon. . .
“It is looking more and more like 2005 will be the critical year when the West will decide whether it is prepared to live with an Iranian atomic bomb, or take decisive action to prevent one from being developed. We understand that the United States and Europe are exhausted by Iraq, but we don’t have the luxury of being exhausted.
The truth is that the world will become a much more dangerous place if Iran — ruled by a violent, paranoid cabal that routinely employs terrorism as an instrument of state policy — is allowed to acquire a nuclear capacity. That would be intolerable.”
Although the threat posed by Iran’s nuclear program has even awakened the sleeping Europeans, Moscow promised on Tuesday to maintain its nuclear cooperation with Iran.
A representative of Russia’s federal nuclear agency said Moscow would continue building the Bushehr nuclear reactor despite IAEA opposition.
“The criticism of IAEA chief Mohamed ElBaradei in his report on Iran does not in any way concern the Russian project of constructing the Bushehr nuclear power station,” the Interfax news agency reported.
In a revisionist statement worthy of the old Soviet propaganda machine, Russia simply rewrote the situation to suit its position.
“[The] IAEA does not now and has never had any concerns with Bushehr. Therefore there is no basis for worries about Russia possibly ending its participating in this project,” Interfax reported.
While Russia and Iran cozy up, Iran is massing troops along its shared border with Iraq. The Saudi daily Al-Sharq al-Awsat quoted “reliable Iraqi sources” as saying, “Iran moved part of its regular military forces towards the Iraqi border in the southern sector at a time its military intelligence agents were operating inside Iraqi territory.”
This isn’t a ‘countdown to Aramageddon’ in any real sense, but the situation continues to mirror Ezekiel’s description of what he calls the Gog-Magog War.
In Ezekiel Chapter 36, the prophet describes the restoration of the ancient nation of Israel on her ancient homeland in the last days.
In the next chapter, Ezekiel describes what will befall the restored Israeli nation at the hands of an alliance headed by “Gog, the land of Magog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal.”
Scholars identify Gog as the Russian Federation, with Moscow being directly north of Jerusalem. Gog, Magog, Meschech and Tubal are the sons and grandsons of Noah who settled in the Russian steppes.
The Russian Gog heads an alliance including “Persia, [Iran] Ethiopia, and Libya [Islamic North Africa]. . . Gomer, [Eastern Europe, eg. Muslim Yugoslavia, etc.] and ‘all his bands’; the house of Togarmah [Turkey] of the north quarters, and ‘all his bands'” (Ezekiel 38:5-6)
Note the alignment of those nations today. Despite Moscow’s war against Islamic Chechen separatists, Moscow has managed to maintain a cozy relationship with even the most rabid Islamic states, like that of Iran [Persia] and even Saddam Hussein.
To the Islamic world, the myth that the ‘Zionists’ control US policy is accepted as a matter of religious doctrine. The Soviets quietly cultivated that myth for decades as part of its Cold War strategy.
The Russians have capitalized on it ever since. Most of the Islamic Middle East was armed by the Russians and there are Russian weapons ‘advisors’ and technical advisors in every Islamic country in the region.
Ezekiel predicts of the Gog Magog Alliance; “in the latter years thou shalt come into the land that is brought back from the sword, and is gathered out of many people, against the mountains of Israel, which have been always waste: but it is brought forth out of the nations, and they shall dwell safely all of them. . . And thou shalt say, I will go up to the land of UNWALLED villages; I will go to them that are at rest, that dwell safely, all of them dwelling without walls, and having neither bars nor gates.” (38:10-11)
It is fascinating to note that Israel is building a security ‘wall’ around its perimeter, reverting to the most ancient of border defenses — in an age of laser beams and deathrays.
Any peace settlement will undoubtedly address that wall, making Israel of the 21st century a ‘land of unwalled villages’.
Ezekiel promises that the godless Russians will meet God in a personal way when they arrrive on the mountains of Israel’s West Bank:
“And thou shalt come up against my people of Israel, as a cloud to cover the land; it shall be in the latter days, and I will bring thee against my land, that the heathen may know me, when I shall be sanctified in thee, O Gog, before their eyes.”
That is the outline as given for a single generation, somewhere in time, as recorded more than two thousand five hundred years ago.
That outline began to take shape with the Cold War, which coincided with the 1948 Berlin Airlift, the 1948 establishment of the embrionic European alliance that became the EU, and the establishment of the State of Israel.
Today, a nuclear Russia is the patron of most of the Islamic states of the Middle East, Iran [Persia] is massing troops along Iraq’s borders while Russia is defying the global community to help build a nuclear Iran.
“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)