News for May 12, 2006
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Iran letter precursor to War? (May 11, 2006)
- Some Middle East observers believe Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s
letter to President Bush could be a precursor to war, based on a traditional
Muslim pattern of offering acceptance of Islam before establishing it by
force. Robert Spencer, editor of Jihad Watch, says Ahmadinejad appears to
be following the teachings of Muhammad, who gave specific instructions to
followers as they engage in “holy war” against “those who disbelieve in
Allah.” In a Hadith, regarded by Muslims as sacred writings about Muhammad,
the Islamic prophet says a series of offers should be made to “enemies”
to embrace Islam, or at least accept Islamic rule, and if they are rejected,
“seek Allah’s help and fight them.” In his letter, Ahmadinejad argues only
Islam can “overcome the present problems of the world” and asks Bush, “Will
you not accept this invitation? That is, a genuine return to the teachings
of prophets, to monotheism and justice, to preserve human dignity and obedience
to the Almighty and His prophets? Mr President, History tells us that repressive
and cruel governments do not survive.” Another observer of Islam, journalist
Stephen Adams, said the letter seems to parallel a missive from al-Qaida
leader Osama bin Laden to Americans prior to the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.
Interviewed on the Michael Medved radio show yesterday, Adams noted bin
Laden stated his grievances against the United States and gave Americans
the opportunity to “repent.” Based on precedent, Adams continued, he expects
the next step will be for Iran to make the invitation public. Then the “crimes”
of the U.S. will be published and the grievances will be cited at Friday
prayers in mosques. Finally, comes a fatwa, amounting to a declaration of
war. Adams, associate editor of Citizen magazine, said it’s possible this
scenario could unfold in a matter of weeks. In a column for WorldNetDaily,
Middle East analyst Laura Mansfield said she believes the letter could be
a “last warning.” Mansfield says the question must be asked: “Why deliver
such a letter when there is little chance it will result in policy changes
for either country?” Like Spencer and Adams, she points out: “Islamic
theology documents that no attack can be carried out in jihad without first
offering the 'unbelievers' the opportunity to 'repent' and accept Islam.
Only when that overture is rejected can an attack occur.” The
Iranian president has made clear, at least to audiences at home, Tehran’s
ultimate intentions. As
WorldNetDaily reported in January, Ahmadinejad told a crowd of theological
students in Iran’s holy city of Qom that Islam must prepare to rule the
world. “We must believe in the fact that Islam is not confined to geographical
borders, ethnic groups and nations. It’s a universal ideology that leads
the world to justice,” Ahmadinejad said Jan. 5, according to Mehran Riazaty,
a former Iran analyst for the Central Command of the Coalition Forces in
Islam taking over Europe - All people must be Muslims
(May 10, 2006) - Islam will take over Europe
without violent force within a few decades, said Libyan Leader Moammar Gadhafi
in a speech aired on the Arab satellite network Al Jazeera. “We have 50
million Muslims in Europe,” Gadhafi said. “There are signs that Allah will
grant Islam victory in Europe – without swords, without guns, without conquests.
The 50 million Muslims of Europe will turn it into a Muslim continent within
a few decades.” If Turkey is added to the European Union, the Libyan leader
said, Europe will have another 50 million Muslims. Albania, a Muslim-majority
country, and Bosnia, which is half Muslim, also appear to be on their way
to EU membership. “Europe is in a predicament, and so is America,” Gadhafi
said. “They should agree to become Islamic in the course of time, or else
declare war on the Muslims.” Excerpts of Gadhafi’s speech, broadcast, were
translated by the Middle East Media Research Institute, or MEMRI. Gadhafi
emphasized Muslims view Muhammad the prophet not only of the Arabs or Muslims
but “of all people.” “He superseded all previous religions,” Gadhafi said.
“If Jesus were alive when Muhammad was sent, he would have followed him.
All people must be Muslims.” He said Christians believe Muhammad is not
their prophet because their holy texts “are forged and call for hatred.”
“The so-called Old Testament and New Testament are neither Old Testament
nor New Testament – because both testaments were superseded, and they are
forged,” he said. “They were written by hand hundreds of years after Jesus.”
Gadhafi continued: “In the Bible there are things that are inappropriate
for both Jesus and Moses. If we want to mend the state of humanity, and
live in a global village, because of the globalization, we must search for
the true Bible, because the Bible that exists today is a forgery. Today’s
Bible does not mention Muhammad, whereas our Lord's Bible mentions Muhammad
repeatedly.” Joseph Farah’s G2 Bulletin reported in December 2003 Gadhafi
provided al-Qaida with chemical and biological weapons of mass destruction
before changing heart and agreeing to destroy his arms program.
CBN.com Launches Special Site and Materials Confronting Errors in The Da Vinci Code (May 9, 2006) - As Christians worldwide brace themselves for the release of the error-ridden movie, The Da Vinci Code, touted to be a blockbuster, many Believers are making ready to counter the heretical claims, by delving deeper into their faith and familiarizing themselves with why they believe as they do. That’s a positive thing, of course, and biblical. 1 Peter 3:15 tells us to “…sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to give an account of the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence.” To aid in this process, CBN.com has established a new section of their website to deal exclusively with The Da Vinci Code. more...
Greek gods prepare for a comeback (May 5, 2006) - It has taken almost 2,000 years, but those who worship the 12 gods of ancient Greece have finally triumphed. An Athens court has ordered that the adulation of Zeus, Hera, Hermes, Athena and co is to be unbanned, paving the way for a comeback of pagans on Mount Olympus. The followers, who say they “defend the genuine traditions, religion and ethos” of the ancients by adhering to a pre-Christian polytheistic culture, are poised to take their battle to the temples of Greece. “What we want, now, is for the government to fully recognise our religion,” Vasillis Tsantilas told the Guardian. “We will petition the Greek parliament, and the EU if that fails, for access to worship in places like the Acropolis, for permission to have our own cemeteries and, where necessary, to re-bury the [ancient] bones of the dead. About 98% of Greeks are Orthodox Christian, and all other religions except Judaism and Islam had been banned. Yet the pagans say as many as 2,000 Greeks have signed up to their movement. Mr Tsantilas, 42, a computer scientist who came to paganism after toying with Buddhism, Taoism and Islam, said worshippers perceived the ancient gods as the “personification of the divine”. more...
Scientists warn of solar storm threat (May 4,
2006) - “The heavens assumed an almost blood red appearance, while
here and there long streaks of light shot up from the horizon to the zenith,”
The New York Herald reported after the solar storm of 1859. Scientists
say in less than a decade, it will likely happen again on a more devastating
scale. As the world scrambles to prepare for hurricanes and earthquakes
of unprecedented strength, some scientists say the sun poses an equal threat,
with predictions calling for a 2012 sun storm of immense proportions. If
the idea of a solar storm sounds too much like the stuff of sci-fi, consider
this: a single large solar flare has a million times more energy than the
largest earthquake, according to Space.com. The vast space between the Earth
and the Sun is filled with electrically-charged particles, radiation, magnetic
fields, and electromagnetic energy that could play havoc with Earth in the
event of elevated solar output. The last great solar super storm was 145
years ago. But, this event provides little context given our very recently-adopted
dependence on satellite-based technologies. Last month, experts convened
in Colorado during Space Weather Week (April 25-28) to discuss the issues
surrounding the approaching 2012 event. If the storm turns out to be at
the same scale as the one in 1859, economic disaster would ensue, with immediate
costs around the $20 billion mark. more...
Amid heightened threats from president Ahmadinejad, Tehran opens a back
door into Israel for its penetration-cum-terror agents: Sudan to the Negev
(May 11, 2006) - DEBKAfile’s intelligence
sources reveal that two Iranian Revolutionary Guards companies were dropped
at Khartoum’s military airfield May 2 by a C-130 transport and driven to
a secret military installation on the outskirts of the Sudanese capital.
Their arrival signals the onset of an Iranian military airlift to Sudan
of a fully equipped RG brigade with armor, a major escalation of the clandestine
Iranian threat to Egypt and Israel alike. DEBKAfile’s security sources
report the ongoing routine of illicit Sudanese infiltrations into the southern
Israeli Negev, shepherded by any of three local smuggling rings: the Palestinian
gang headed by Jamal Samhadan, the Hamas government’s new appointee as commander
of its security forces, Sudanese-Egyptian crime organizations and al Qaeda’s
Sinai network. All three are readily available to operate under the orders
of the Iranian RG intelligence officers posted in Sudan. The scale of the
Negev traffic is such that hardly a day goes by without Sudanese infiltrators
being caught attempting to steal across the Egyptian border into southern
Israel. Many are job-seekers; a few, mules for gunrunners or spies collecting
data on army installations in the desert region; some were caught recently
near the town of Mitzpeh Ramon. They are led to their destinations by Egyptian
intelligence agents familiar with the territory, Palestinian terrorists
from Gaza or a sprinkling of Israeli Arabs. An Israeli security source told
DEBKAfile that the current Egyptian-Israeli-Gazan border situation
offers Iranian agents and terrorists mixed in among the Sudanese infiltrators
an easy route into southern Israel. The RG agents are Arabic speakers, having
acquired the language from their stint as military instructors with the
Ahmadinejad calls Israel
“a tyrannical regime based on evil” that will one day be destroyed
(May 11, 2006) - Addressing a cheering crowd
in Jakarta, the Iranian president said his country is willing to negotiate
its nuclear program with Washington - after the US drops its “bad attitude.”
He said America had more to lose from sanctions than Iran and stressed that
every country had the right – not just the US – to use new technology for
its energy needs.
Bureaucrats target ‘Cowboy Church’ (May 11, 2006) - A county in Virginia has cited a farmer there because he hosts Thursday night worship services in his barn on a 900-acre farm. According to a statement from Liberty Counsel, which is representing the man, Garland Simmons recently received a Notice of Violation from Bedford County stating that his barn cannot be used for religious services. Simmons’ 900-acre piece of property apparently isn’t zoned for such meetings. “Barns in Bedford County can apparently be used for dancing to the tunes of Toby Keith or Reba, but a church service reciting the Psalms of David or praise and worship with Casting Crowns are not allowed,” said Liberty Counsel’s Mathew Staver. “Bedford County is wrong to prohibit religious services in a barn in the middle of a field. Bedford County should immediately reverse its decision, because it is treading on unconstitutional ground.” The religious-liberties law group has sent a demand letter to county officials on behalf of Raymond Bell, the pastor of the Cowboy Church of Virginia, the organization that has been using the barn for several months. The letter asserts that Bedford County is violating the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act and the First Amendment. It requests the county immediately rescind the Notice of Violation or face a possible federal lawsuit. According to its website, the Cowboy Church’s motto is: “Where everybody is somebody and Jesus Christ is Lord.”
Town rejects National Day of Prayer banner (May 11, 2006) - Despite initial acceptance, a Michigan town rejected a street banner promoting the annual National Day of Prayer. An employee of the city of Ludington, Mich., took a $100 fee from the local National Day of Prayer organizers, but only a few days before the May 4 commemoration, the city refused to hang the banner, reported the Ludington Daily News. The group paid $350 for the sign, which was made after getting the city’s OK. In the wake of the controversy, Ludington has enacted a new policy making it clear any banner must specify an event rather than state a cause. The National Day of Prayer banner read “National Day of Prayer, first Thursday in May.” City councilors said the sign would have been allowed if it had included the word “rally” or something similar, or had more detail about where and when events would be held. The Mason County National Day of Prayer organizers, represented by the American Center for Law and Justice, argued the city “has created a limited public forum by allowing the display of banners of private persons and organizations for the purpose of advertising local events of benefit to the community.” City Attorney Roger Anderson disagreed, saying if it’s a public forum, “that'll be the end to banners.” The city, Anderson said, won’t discriminate which organizations can place signs, but instead set a policy that allows groups to promote events of general interest to the community.
NY warned to prepare for hurricanes (May 10,
2006) - A hurricane with only moderate intensity could wreak havoc
in New York City because it has been years since the nation’s financial
center faced severe weather, government forecasters warned on Tuesday. “The
first time we get hit here with a Category 2, it’s going to be disastrous,”
said meteorologist Michael Wyllie of the National Weather Service, referring
to the scale used to rate hurricane strength. Wyllie said powerful storms
have missed New York in recent years, unlike parts of the Gulf Coast, where
periodic storms “thin out the trees and the buildings.” Gloria, the last
big storm to hit the New York area, caused about $900 million in economic
losses along the East Coast in 1985, according to the National Oceanic and
Atmospheric Administration. “It’s not like we can all run down to Home Depot
and pick up these two-by-fours to board up windows,” said John Koch, lead
forecaster at the NWS forecast office in New York. “What we want people
to do is know what they are going to do with their family and their pets.”
U.S. Government is tipping Mexico to Minuteman patrols (I’m From The Government and I Am Here To Help You) (May 9, 2006) - While Minuteman civilian patrols are keeping an eye out for illegal border crossers, the U.S. Border Patrol is keeping an eye out for Minutemen -- and telling the Mexican government where they are. According to three documents on the Mexican Secretary of Foreign Relations Web site, the U.S. Border Patrol is to notify the Mexican government as to the location of Minutemen and other civilian border patrol groups when they participate in apprehending illegal immigrants -- and if and when violence is used against border crossers. A U.S. Customs and Border Protection spokesman confirmed the notification process, describing it as a standard procedure meant to reassure the Mexican government that migrants’ rights are being observed. “It’s not a secret where the Minuteman volunteers are going to be,” Mario Martinez said Monday. “This ... simply makes two basic statements -- that we will not allow any lawlessness of any type, and that if an alien is encountered by a Minuteman or arrested by the Minuteman, then we will allow that government to interview the person.” Minuteman members were not so sanguine about the arrangement, however, saying that reporting their location to Mexican officials nullifies their effectiveness along the border and could endanger their lives. “Now we know why it seemed like Mexican officials knew where we were all the time,” said Chris Simcox, founder of the Minuteman Civil Defense Corps. “It’s unbelievable that our own government agency is sending intelligence to another country. They are sending intelligence to a nation where corruption runs rampant, and that could be getting into the hands of criminal cartels. more...
According to Bible Prophecy, Current-Day Aerial Phenomenon is Preliminary
Activity that will Precede (May 9, 2006)
- There are claims that a secret report on UFOs and aliens in space is a
government cover up. A recently released secret report issued by the British
ministry of defense concluded that there is insufficient evidence to indicate
the presence of any genuine unidentified, aerial phenomenon, UFOs or aliens
in outer space. There was an immediate response from a number of sources
that have reported what they considered documented evidence of absolute
extraterrestrial activities in space, that this secret British report is
another report to cover up the truth about UFOs because they are afraid
of admitting that there is something beyond their control. Even though the
secret British report states there is no evidence of UFOs and aliens in
our skies today, Bible prophecy does reveal that there is absolute evidence
of present and future activity of such phenomenon. A confidential British
Ministry of Defense report on Unidentified Flying Objects has concluded
that there is no proof of alien-like forms. This report acknowledges that
people who claim to have had a close encounter are often difficult to persuade
that they did not see what they thought they saw. Whether this is or is
not a government cover up of the truth of UFOs and aliens in our skies as
some claim, I cannot determine. What I can say, however, is that Bible prophecy
does reveal that there are aliens, and could well be UFOs in the heavens
today and there will be much more in the future. Paul, the Apostle, wrote
to the believers in Ephesus that we wrestle not against flesh and blood,
but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of darkness
of this world, against spiritual wickedness in the heavens, that’s Ephesians
6:12 . Principalities, powers of darkness, and spiritual wickedness, are
indeed evil angels, demons under the control of Satan in the heavens today.
These creatures, aliens in the true sense of the word, will invade earth
during the coming time of judgment known as the Tribulation, that's found
in Revelation 9:1-18 and 12:7-17. According to Bible prophecy, current-day
aerial phenomenon is preliminary activity that will precede the final fulfillment
of Bible prophecy.
Cleric says Christians ‘adopted Satan as God’ (May 9, 2006) - Christians who support Israel are distorting their true faith, have adapted Satan as god and comprise the greatest danger to world peace, according to a senior Palestinian Authority cleric. The cleric, whose article on Christianity and Israel is posted on an official PA government website, also accuses Zionist Christians of persecuting Palestinians and directing the war in Iraq, and he calls for pro-Israeli Christian denominations to be expelled from the “world church.” “Very few people know the truth about this [Christian Zionist] movement, which unconditionally supports the Zionist enemy and unconditionally opposes Islam and the Muslims,” writes Hamed Al-Tamimi, director of inter-religious dialogue for the PA’s Judicial Council. The article, posted in Arabic, was translated by Palestinian Media Watch. Continues al-Tamimi: “The Zionist-Christian motivation, in addition to imperialist motivation, was behind the cursed Balfour Declaration – Balfour and Prime Minister Lloyd George were Christian Zionists … and the truth is we should not deny [that] these Crusader motivations stand [today] behind the British and American policy in Palestine, Iraq, Afghanistan, and other Arab and Muslim countries.” more...
Iran, Syria Using Land Disputes as Pretext for Arms? (May 12, 2006) - The Lebanese Hezbollah militia, backed by Syria and Iran, must stop using land disputes surrounding the Shebaa Farms as a pretext to continue arming itself and should cease bringing Israeli-Palestinian issues into play in the Lebanese arena, Druze leader Walid Jumblatt said in an interview. “The question of the Shebaa Farms was invented by Syria and Iran using Hezbollah as a pretense to have an armed presence in Lebanon. This must end,” Jumblatt told WND. Jumblatt is the head of Lebanon’s Progressive Socialist Party and is largely considered the most prominent anti-Syrian Lebanese politician. He said he supports dialogue with Syria and the international community to change the status of the Shebaa Farms from Syrian to Lebanese territory and to work toward an ultimate Israeli withdrawal from the land.
Global Threats: Iran and the Russia-China Anti-U.S. Entente (May 10, 2006) - Both Moscow and Beijing have announced their opposition to economic weaponry — with even more loud denunciations of any threat of force. The Russians have tried — as suppliers of nuclear technology to Iran — to worm their way out of a difficult position, proposing a “solution” [which Tehran has refused] of processing nuclear fuel in Russia in order to prohibit weapons grade uranium being produced under that subterfuge inside Iran. The Chinese have kept their heads down. But in the larger arena, Beijing and Moscow have tried to form the nucleus of an anti-US multi-polar alliance. It’s been reinforced with Russia’s highly profitable arms and oil sales to China. The two have even held minor joint military exercises. They theoretically cooperate in the so-called Shanghai group with some Central Asian states against Islamic terrorism. And, despite the old sores [and Beijing’s alliance with Pakistan] they occasionally try to bring India along for the ride. What happens at the UN — whether Moscow blinks or Beijing ducks — could be a test of that long-term Russian-Chinese effort to build a worldwide anti-American association. more...
Israel will hit Iran in the next few months: Israeli official
(May 9, 2006) - Israel will strike Iran’s
nuclear facilities in the next “month or two or three,” an Israeli official
has been quoted here as saying. The unnamed official told Arnaud de Borchgrave,
editor-in-chief of the United Press International (UPI), at the recently
held national day reception at the Israeli Embassy that he believed Israel
would strike Iran first in the next two or three months and that fighter
bombers would not be involved as they had been to take out Iraq’s Osirak
nuclear reactor before it went critical in 1981. For Osirak, Israel had
used 14 F-15s and F-16s. This time, the Israeli said, it would be missiles.
Asked if Israel would employ Cruise missiles, he replied, “with a gesture
of his hand that went up and down again”, which meant that it would be the
weapon of choice. Asked if tunnel entrances to widely scattered Iranian
nuclear facilities would be targeted, he responded that Israel had its own
geo-stationary spy-in-the-sky satellite taking constant pictures of Iran
with a resolution down to 70 centimetres. “We know far more than anyone
realises,” he added. more...
Another Former High-Ranking Iraqi Official Confirms WMD Went to Syria (May 11, 2006) - RM: Is it true the United States helped bring Saddam Hussein to power, as some allege, and then arm him with WMDs?
IT: This is absolutely ludicrous. I was in the Ba’athist Revolution who received support from the Soviet Union because of the socialist ideology behind it. The Soviet Union openly supported and backed the Ba’athist revolution in Iraq at the time and I am sure you can find news articles about it in European press agencies and others at the time. I was there helping with the revolution and worked on two occasions with Soviet KGB officials to help train us, much like the United States did with the Taliban during the Soviet campaign in Afghanistan. The United States never directly gave us any WMDs but rather ingredients. They were not mixed and these ‘ingredients’ could have been easily used for commercial use but were rather used to build low life chemical weapons.
RM: Why do you think Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction are in Syria? Why didn’t he use them or simply destroy them before the war?
IT: I know Saddam’s weapons are in Syria due to certain military deals that were made going as far back as the late 1980’s that dealt with the event that either capitols were threatened with being overrun by an enemy nation. Not to mention I have discussed this in-depth with various contacts of mine who have confirmed what I already knew. At this point Saddam knew that the United States were eventually going to come for his weapons and the United States wasn’t going to just let this go like they did in the original Gulf War. He knew that he had lied for this many years and wanted to maintain legitimacy with the pan Arab nationalists. He also has wanted since he took power to embarrass the West and this was the perfect opportunity to do so. After Saddam denied he had such weapons why would he use them or leave them readily available to be found? That would only legitimize President Bush, who he has a personal grudge against. What we are witnessing now is many who opposed the war to begin with are rallying around Saddam saying we overthrew a sovereign leader based on a lie about WMD. This is exactly what Saddam wanted and predicted. more...
“Be not overcome
of evil, but overcome evil with good.” Romans 12:21
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