Special Report: Iran Bets It All
Vol: 48 Issue: 23 Friday, September 23, 2005
The European Union backed away from its threat to refer Iran to the UN Security Council for possible UN sanctions following the collapse of the EU’s diplomatic effort to curtail Tehran’s nuclear ambitions.
After a series of negotiations at the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in Vienna, the EU, represented by France, Germany and the UK, decided to withdraw a draft resolution that called for Iran to be reported to the security council for breaching the nuclear non-proliferation treaty.
According to the Guardian-UK, the resolution said there was “international absence of confidence that Iran’s nuclear program is exclusively for peaceful purposes”.
The Financial Time writes that Russia and China objected to the draft’s wording that Iran was in “non-compliance” with the IAEA’s rules and to the assertion that the issue was now “within the competence of the Security Council, as the organ bearing the main responsibility for the maintenance of international peace and security”.
In Tehran, the council of mad mullahs were elated. “The EU’s withdrawal was a significant victory for Iran,” Mohammad Saeedi, deputy head of Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization.
So were the Russians who are taking the impossible position that they are opposed to a nuclear Iran while simultaneously developing Iran’s nuclear program for them. “This is a plane that does not fly,” Grigory Berdennikov, Russian IAEA ambassador, told reporters.
The mullahs are putting all their chips into the game, and they are daring anybody to call their bluff.
There is no way else to interpret the words of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council Secretary Ali Larijani that, in case the Big Three goes on pressing for full rejection of the nuclear fuel cycle program, Iran may withdraw from the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and deny IAEA inspectors access to Iranian nuclear facilities.
To the West, that will be a clear signal that the Iranian nuclear program is ready for military application. It appears that Tehran has begun engineering the eventual unveiling of its nuclear dossier, a bit at a time, conditioning the world for its eventual acceptance of Iran as a declared nuclear power.
Iran needs nuclear power for peaceful energy purposes like frogs need ten-speed bicycles. Iran has 11% of the world’s oil and 18% of gas reserves. If Tehran developed its oil and gas reserves, with oil at $60 a barrel and potentially reaching $90 per barrel, Iran’s oil wealth could eclipse that of the Saudis.
Instead, it is pouring that money into its nuclear program as fast as it comes in, and is doing little to nothing to maximize its potential oil potential.
Permitting Iran to develop a nuclear weapon would be nothing short of madness. There is no doubt that, once having developed nukes, the mad mullahs would ensure Osama could get his hands on some of them.
Consider the following scenario: Iran’s chief enemy is the United States, because the United States stands between Tehran and its commitment to destroy the Jewish State of Israel.
If Tehran could engineer a few al-Qaeda nuclear attacks within the United States, it would take the US out of the running without putting Tehran at risk of US nuclear retaliation.
And an America crippled by simultaneous nuclear attacks would be unlikely to deploy conventional forces abroad. Neither would it be willing to endure an Iranian nuclear counter-strike on what would be left of the homeland.
It would be the perfect time for Iran to strike against Israel, and wipe it from the face of the map for all time. The Russians, by virtue of Moscow’s involvement in Iran’s nuclear program, would be drawn into the conflict, however unwillingly, further keeping the EU and the US at bay and leaving Israel to fend for itself.
This is a scenario that could play itself out within months, according to some estimates of Iranian progress towards developing a working nuclear weapon. The Mossad predicted three years ago that Iran would be fully nuclear by late 2005. With Iran’s threat to quit the Nuclear Proliferation Treaty on the table, late 2005 seems entirely possible.
This could not fit more perfectly into Ezekiel’s predicted scenario for the ‘latter days’ in which Gog [Russia] is drawn, as if it had ‘hooks in its jaws’ into a Persian [Iran] led invasion that draws to its conclusion when the invaders come ‘against the mountains of Israel.’
Never mind that Ezekiel predicted Israel would exist 2500 years into the future, when it didn’t exist in Ezekiel’s day. Never mind that Ezekiel named by name the exact alliances that would exist during that pinpoint of time. Or that Ezekiel even outlined the circumstances by which Russia would find itself among the invaders. Or even that Ezekiel predicted the global response would be a weak diplomatic protest. (“Art thou come to take a spoil?”)
Look instead at the Bible’s description of the weaponry deployed. The prophet Joel described the same battle from a different perspective:
“But I will remove far off from you the northern army, and will drive him into a land barren and desolate, with his face toward the east sea, and his hinder part toward the utmost sea, and his stink shall come up, and his ill savour shall come up, because he hath done great things.” (Joel 2:20)
If one takes a globe and draws a line due north from Jerusalem, the line intersects with Moscow — the ‘northern army’. Joel says, “And I will shew wonders in the heavens and in the earth, blood, and fire, and pillars of smoke.” (Joel 2:30)
Ezekiel describes the battle this way: “And I will plead against him with pestilence and with blood; and I will rain upon him, and upon his bands, and upon the many people that are with him, an overflowing rain, and great hailstones, fire, and brimstone.” (Ezekiel 38:22)
The prophet Zechariah gives this amazing ‘eyewitness’ testimony from across the centuries: “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)
These are 21st battlefield descriptions as offered by eyewitnesses whose testimony is limited by a 6th century BC vocabulary. How would someone who had never seen a nuclear explosion describe it? Fire and brimstone?
The ‘great hailstones’ and ‘overflowing rain’ are consistent with the effects of a nuclear detonation — ‘nuclear rain’, they call it. The giant hailstones are formed by the sudden rush of superheated vapor into the upper atomosphere freezing into chunks and falling back to earth.
A neutron bomb is a specialized type of small thermonuclear weapon that produces minimal blast and heat but which releases large amounts of lethal radiation.
The neutron bomb delivers blast and heat effects that are confined to an area of only a few hundred yards in radius. But within a somewhat larger area it throws off a massive wave of neutron and gamma radiation, which can penetrate armour or several feet of earth. This radiation is extremely destructive to living tissue.
Because of its short-range destructiveness and the absence of long-range effect, the neutron bomb would be highly effective against tank and infantry formations on the battlefield but would not endanger cities or other population centers only a few miles away. It can be carried in a Lance missile or delivered by an 8-inch (200-millimetre) howitzer, or possibly by attack aircraft.
How would a person with a 6th century BC vocabulary describe the effects of a neutron bomb, one of the main weapons in Israel’s arsenal?
When Zechariah ‘witnessed’ it, he described it this way: “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.”
Allow yourself to dwell on the detail and specificity of these descriptions for a second. Imagine how strange and other-worldly they sounded twenty-six hundred years ago. Now, imagine how they sounded in 1905? Just as strange and other-wordly as they did circa 600 BC.
Today, they don’t sound strange or other-worldly at all. When ANOTHER eyewitness to the last days, the prophet Daniel, questioned the meaning of the vision he had just been given, the revealing angel told him;
“Go thy way, Daniel: for the words are closed up and SEALED till the TIME OF THE END.” (Daniel 12:9) Further, the angel said, “the wicked shall do wickedly: and none of the wicked shall understand; but the wise shall understand.” (Daniel 12:10)
In this generation, the words are at last unsealed, for the first time in twenty-six hundred years. Despite their clarity, the wicked continue in their wicked ways, not understanding the lateness of the hour.
It is the time of which Jesus was speaking when He said; “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)