News for November 26, 2006
This is an overview on the topic of Gog/Magog which I believe shows how close we are to the invasion spoken of in Ezekiel 38-39. I don't know when it will happen, but just look at the news, things are really starting to come together. There is so much news lining up to prophecy, and I'm trying to track it on my Gog/Magog page. I know I've missed some, but what I have found is very telling. For instance, Iran and Syria have a defense agreement. Iran and Syria's security is intertwined. Israel has threatened to attack Damascus. Isaiah 17 speaks to Damascus becoming a ruinous heap, and verse 9 says they forsake the cities because of the children of Israel.
The way things are going now, we could see this come to pass very soon. May the lost and blind in this world soon desire to see. There may not be much time left. Be ready to address this event when it happens and ascribe all glory to God who is. The watchmen in these times will be the ones that will know what is going on. The more we know what's going on, the better we can answer the questions nobody else can and be that stable example of who Christ is and glorify His name for all He has done and given us.
Islam: What the West Needs to Know - Trailer - Is Islam a religion of peace? Not according to this documentary. Shown in US theaters summer 2006. Features Robert Spencer, former terrorist Walid Shoebat, Bat Yeor, Serge Trifkovic, and Abdullah Al-Araby. Official site
DEBKAfile Exclusive: Hamas hardliner Khaled Meshaal’s deposits in Cairo a list of tough, non-negotiable ultimatums for a ceasefire and Palestinian unity (November 26, 2006) - Meshaal’s consent to finally travel to Cairo last week raised some hopes that he had come around to accepting a Palestinian unity government and discussing the release of kidnapped Israeli soldier Gilead Shalit. He soon dashed those hopes. Our sources learn he has left Cairo leaving behind a list of tough demands and headed for Yemen to lead a secret Hamas conference called to plot the next Palestinian-Israeli war. These demands are disclosed here by our military sources:
DEBKAfile’s military sources seriously question the wisdom of prime minister
Ehud Olmert’s alacrity in accepting Mahmoud Abbas’ assurance of a missile
ceasefire binding on all the terrorist groups. Olmert, foreign minister
Tzipi Livni and defense minister Amir Peretz, who decided on acceptance,
must have realized that the ceasefire on offer would not hold. First, because
Meshaal instructed Hamas to hold out for its extension to the West Bank
as well as the Gaza Strip; and, second, because Hamas transferred a large
quantity of Qassam missiles to the Iran-sponsored Jihad Islami and the Fatah
al Aqsa Brigades and other terrorist branches. They were directed to keep
the missiles coming and so make a sham of the purported ceasefire declared
for 06:00 hours Sunday, Nov. 26. By precipitately pulling the Israeli units
away from their successful counter-missile operations in N. Gaza, the Olmert
government made way for the missile crews to return to their firing sites
and keep up the barrage against Israeli civilian locations without pause.
Thirteen were fired – most exploding in Sderot before 10:00 am Sunday. Their
pretext? A number of suspected terrorists was detained in Hebron, West Bank,
early Sunday. Olmert responded by urging “restraint” to give the Palestinians
Russian-born businessman: I met poisoned ex-spy Litvinenko in Israel
(November 25, 2006) - Russian-born businessman
Leonid Nevzlin, former CEO of the Yukos oil company and current chairman
of the Diaspora Museum in Tel Aviv, said Friday that he had met in Israel
with former Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko, who died Thursday in London
from poisoning. During the meeting, Litvinenko allegedly passed Nevzlin
documents containing classified information possibly damaging to the current
leadership in Russia. In Nevzlin's estimation, Litvinenko's murder was tied
to the information relating to Yukos contained in the documents. Nevzlin
has turned the documents over to the London Metropolitan Police, who are
investigating the murder. British police announced Friday that traces of
a radioactive substance, Polonium 210, were found in Litvinenko's urine.
Polonium 210 is known to be highly lethal and very difficult to detect.
Litvinenko served until 1998 as a colonel in the Federal Security Services
of Russia as part of a special unit that carried out investigations and
special operations against businessmen. A few months before his murder,
Litvinenko arrived in Israel in order to pass the documents to Nevzelin.
The Government of Russia has issued an arrest warrant for Nevzlin, arguing
that he is wanted for tax evasion, budget irregularities, and for connection
to the murder of the mayor a Siberian town where Yukos was operating. It
appears at this time that Litvinenko was murdered because of his association
with Anna Politkovskaya, the Russian journalist who was shot to death in
her apartment on October 7. Politkovskaya had also been a harsh critic of
I would suggest reading Herb Peter's commentary, Real Hardball, on this story too.
Gog and Magog Alliance - CSTO ready to cooperate with SCO
UzReport.com (November 24, 2006) - CSTO
states: Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Russia, Uzbekistan
SCO states: China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan,
India, Iran, Mongolia, Pakistan Collective Security Treaty Organisation
(CSTO) member states completed internal voting procedures on the ratification
of draft Memorandum on mutual understanding between secretariats of CSTO
and SCO, CSTO press service reported. The draft Memorandum on mutual understanding
between secretariats of two organizations was prepared at SCO and approved
at Council of Foreign Affairs Ministers (CFAM) of SCO in May of this year.
In accordance with the CSTO policy, the standing committee of CSTO sent
the document draft to member-countries for ratification. According to the
draft document the parties are ready to cooperate in the mutually interesting
spheres. In particular, this includes regional and international security,
fighting terrorism, illegal drug and weapon circulation, organized and transnational
crime. The parties plan to provide consultancy and exchange information
on the mutually interesting issues. Moreover, SCO and CSTO will be able
to develop joint programs and events in order to cooperate in the mentioned
above spheres. Belarus, Kyrgyz republic, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan ratified
the document without criticisms, whereas Armenia, Kazakhstan and Russia
sent criticisms to the document, CSTO secretariat informs. Major criticisms
had a clarifying nature, but some of them were fundamental. For example,
Armenia suggested broadening the cooperation of two organizations by introducing
a sphere of illegal migration control. The standing committee under CSTO
examined the amendments and criticisms and completed the document. The draft
Memorandum will be presented for further consideration to the CSTO Council
of Foreign Affairs Ministers. Its session is planned to take place in Minsk
in December of this year. After the document ratification a signing procedure
by organisations' top officials will take place.
Erdogan calls on pope to back 'alliance of civilizations'
(November 24, 2006) - Turkish Prime Minister
Tayyip Recep Erdogan has urged Pope Benedict XVI to back the "Alliance
of Civilizations" between the West and the Muslim world launched in
2004 by Ankara and Madrid. "The pope, who is both a politician and
a religious figure, can play an important role in replacing a climate of
war with a climate of peace," Erdogan said over Italian television
late Thursday. Erdogan, who will not be in Ankara during the pope's visit
next week, said his "only message" for Benedict was "to support
the Turko-Spanish initiative of an 'Alliance of Civilizations' as an alternative
to the clash of civilizations." The initiative, launched at the United
Nations in September 2004, is designed to join Western and Muslim states
to fight radical Islam. It calls on institutions and civil society to overcome
prejudices and misunderstandings between peoples of different cultures and
religions. Erdogan, the head of Turkey's ruling Justice and Development
Party, which has Islamist roots, reiterated his stance on the pope's remarks
in September viewed by Muslims as linking Islam to violence. "We have
never allowed ourselves to insult the prophets of other religions,"
he said. "Our faith even orders us to respect them. Thus we have the
right to expect the same treatment from members of other religions."
Erdogan will be unable to meet the head of the Roman Catholic Church during
his November 28-December 1 visit because he will be at the NATO summit in
Riga, Latvia. "We cannot neglect the Atlantic Alliance because the
pope is coming to Turkey," he said.
Russian rocket deliveries to Iran started (November
24, 2006) - Russia has begun deliveries of the Tor-M1 air defence
rocket system to Iran, Russian news agencies quoted military industry sources
as saying, in the latest sign of a Russian-US rift over Iran. "Deliveries
of the Tor-M1 have begun. The first systems have already been delivered
to Tehran," ITAR-TASS quoted an unnamed, high-ranking source as saying
Friday. The United States has pressed Russia to halt military sales to Iran,
which Washington accuses of harbouring secret plans to build a nuclear weapon.
Moscow has consistently defended its weapons trade with Iran. Russian Defense
Minister Sergei Ivanov said the contract for 29 rocket systems, signed in
December last year, was legitimate because the Tor-M1 has a purely defensive
role. ITAR-TASS reported that the rockets were to be deployed around Iran's
nuclear sites, including the still incomplete, Russian-built atomic power
station at Bushehr. In August, Washington announced sanctions against several
companies, including Russian arms exporter Rosoboronexport, for supplying
technology to Iran that could allegedly be used to develop missile technology
and weapons of mass destruction. Under the sanctions no US company can deal
with foreign companies on the sanctions list for two years. A spokesman
for Rosoboronexport contacted by AFP would not confirm or deny the reports
about the Tor-M1 delivery, which were also issued by the Interfax news agency.
The Tor-M1 is a low to medium-altitude missile fired from a tracked vehicle
against airplanes, helicopters and other airborne targets. more...
Makes you wonder what other military weaponry Russia has sold to Iran...
Ahmadinejad Predicts Collapse of Israel, U.S., U.K.
(November 26, 2006) - Iranian President Mahmoud
Ahmadinejad predicted the collapse of Israel, the U.S. and Britain, attacking
what he called their "oppressive behavior." "The Zionist
regime is on a steep downhill towards collapse and disgrace," Ahmandinejad
told supporters at a rally of Basiji militia forces near Tehran today. In
a reference to the U.S. and U.K., he said "the collapse and crumbling
of your devilish rule has started." The speech was carried live on
state television. Iran doesn't recognize Israel, and Ahmadinejad drew international
condemnation after saying in October 2005 that Israel should be "wiped
off the map." The U.S. and Iran have had no diplomatic ties since 1980
following the seizure of diplomats at the U.S. Embassy in Tehran in 1979.
The U.K., which has an embassy in Tehran, is among the three European countries
pushing for sanctions against Iran over its nuclear program. The Iranian
president also called on neighboring countries to drive out "foreign
occupiers," in a reference to U.S.-led forces in Iraq and Afghanistan. "The
people of the region are well able to establish regional security,"
the president said in the speech near the shrine of the Islamic Republic
founder Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini. "The presence of foreigners is
the source of discord and conflict." Iraqi President Jalal Talabani,
whose visit to Tehran yesterday was postponed because of the curfew imposed
on Baghdad since Nov. 23, will fly to the Iranian capital tomorrow, state
television reported separately today. The Iraqi president's trip to Iran
is aimed at "expanding bilateral ties in business, trade and transport
affairs," the report said. Iraq security will not be the main issue
discussed in this meeting, the Iranian Foreign Ministry's press office said
on Nov. 21.
He sure is being cocky, like he knows something we don't. He's expecting the 12th Mahdi and the end of the world. The world sees room for negotiations. Perhaps the world should understand more of the destiny surrounding the 12th Mahdi.
Abdullah: Possibility Of Three Civil Wars In Mideast
(November 26, 2006) - Jordan's King Abdullah
said Sunday the problems in the Middle East go beyond the war in Iraq and
that much of the region soon could become engulfed in violence unless the
central issues are addressed quickly. "We could possibly imagine going
into 2007 and having three civil wars on our hands," he said, citing
conflicts in Iraq, Lebanon and the decades-long strife between the Palestinians
The world is hoping for a superhero to come and save them from the mess that is the Middle East. As the Bible says, Jerusalem is a burdensome stone to the nations of the world, yet they cannot come against her without being dashed to pieces. Zechariah 12:3 There will be someone who will solve the problems, at least on the surface. The need for a political savior has arisen, who will step forward and amaze the world?
Chirac, Prodi call for European push on Middle East peace
(November 25, 2006) - Italian Premier Romano
Prodi and French President Jacques Chirac pressed for a greater European
role in Middle East peacemaking at a summit Friday and called for the formation
of a Palestinian national unity government. The two leaders, meeting in
the Tuscan town of Lucca, said such a move would help end the recent bloodshed
in the Gaza Strip and open the door for peace efforts, such as the initiative
launched last week by Spain, France and Italy - the three largest contributors
to a UN force in Lebanon. "We will work on this so that concrete solutions
for the dramatic situation in the Middle East start from Gaza," Prodi
told AP. Chirac and Prodi reaffirmed their support for the peace initiative
announced last week, and Chirac indicated it would be expanded to include
Britain and Germany. More details were to be discussed next month in Brussels.
The plan has five components - an immediate cease-fire, formation of a Palestinian
national unity government that could gain international recognition, a prisoner
exchange, talks between Israel's prime minister and the Palestinian president,
and an international mission in Gaza to monitor a cease-fire. Prodi and
Chirac both voiced their horror at the shocking assassination Tuesday of
Lebanese Industry Minister Pierre Gemayel. Prodi said the two countries
shared the same strategy on Syria, even if some of the tactics were different.
While Chirac has largely cut off dialogue with Syria, Prodi urged keeping
lines of communication open. more...
This plays right into prophecy of the revived Roman empire coming forth in new form, the beast with seven heads and 10 horns. Read Recommendation 666 by Herb Peters for more on that prophetic development. Who in Europe will head this venture to bring peace to the Middle East? Keep watching!
Israeli Prime Minister Accepts Gaza Cease-Fire Offer From Palestinian President
(November 25, 2006) - Palestinians and Israelis
are to lay down their arms in Gaza at 6 a.m. Sunday, after militant factions
in the coastal strip agreed to stop all attacks on Israel and Israel reciprocated
by pledging to end an extended offensive against rocket squads. The truce
announcement held out the promise of a possible resumption of long-stalled
peace talks, and was a significant achievement for Palestinian President
Mahmoud Abbas as he tries to put together a more moderate government to
replace the one currently led by Islamic Hamas radicals. The sides announced
the impending truce after Abbas telephoned Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert
late Saturday to tell him he had arrived at an agreement with Palestinian
factions to stop all violence from Gaza. Abbas asked that Israel, in turn,
stop all military operations in Gaza and withdraw all its forces, and Olmert
agreed, spokespeople for both leaders said. more...
Earthquake Hits Hawaii's Big Island (November
24, 2006) - An earthquake with a magnitude of at least 4.5 struck
off the northwest coast of the Big Island on Thursday in the same area where
two stronger temblors struck last month. The quake, centered about 11 miles
northwest of Puuanahulu, shook homes on the Big Island, Maui and Oahu, but
it did not produce a tsunami threat, according to the Pacific Tsunami Warning
Center. The U.S. Geological Survey estimated its magnitude at 5.0; the Tsunami
Warning Center estimated it at 4.5. Boulders and other debris forced the
temporary closure of Highway 19 near Laupahoehoe on the Big Island, said
state Department of Transportation spokesman Scott Ishikawa. There were
isolated power outages in Kona on the Big Island, but no other damages were
immediately reported. Magnitude 6.7 and 6.0 earthquakes shook the islands
Oct. 15, causing power outages, bridge collapses and road closures. Those
quakes caused an estimated $200 million in damages.
Dead Russian ex-spy accuses Putin (November 24, 2006) - Russian ex-spy Alexander Litvinenko has accused Russian President Vladimir Putin of involvement in his death, in a statement dictated before he died. Mr. Litvinenko, 43, who died in a London hospital on Thursday evening and is thought to have been poisoned, said his killer was "barbaric and ruthless". Protest from around the world "will reverberate, Mr Putin, in your ears for the rest of your life," he said. The Kremlin has dismissed allegations it was involved as "sheer nonsense". Scotland Yard said officers were now investigating "an unexplained death". Anti-terror police are leading the investigation, and it is still unclear what killed the former KGB agent. Friends have said he was poisoned because of his criticism of Russia. In the statement, read out by his friend Alex Goldfarb outside University College Hospital, London, Mr. Litvinenko said he had a "message to the person responsible for my present condition". more...
Seems "Mr." Putin's true colors are being revealed for our benefit.
Hubble telescope's top ten greatest space photographs (November 23, 2006) - For a while it looked as if the whole mission would end in embarrassing failure. After it was launched in 1990, the Hubble Space Telescope, a $1.5 billion orbiting observatory, was found to have a glitch in its giant lens - rendering Earth's first orbital observatory short-sighted. But after an audacious Shuttle repair mission, when Hubble was fixed with what is effectively a pair of eyeglasses to correct its sight, the telescope has returned some of the most stunning images ever captured by science. And now astronomers have voted for the best pictures taken by Hubble in its 16 years in orbit. Hubble's Top Ten are shown here, and they illustrate that our universe is not only deeply strange, but also almost impossibly beautiful. Hubble, which is about the size of a bus, has been sending pictures and data back to scientists since it began operating 370 miles up. It transmits about 120 gigabytes of information every week. That's equal to about 3,600 feet of books on a shelf. By putting a telescope into space, astronomers can get views of distant objects without having to look through Earth's thick and soupy atmosphere. From hundreds of miles above the clouds and weather, Hubble can provide pictures of unparalleled clarity and sharpness. Over its life, Hubble has been pointed at objects as diverse as the Moon and the most distant galaxies, to help scientists better understand the wonders of the known universe. more...
I love the wonders of heaven, they declare the glory of God. I think you'll agree.
Baghdad locked down (November 23, 2006)
- Baghdad was under curfew on Friday and the government appealed for calm
after car bombs in a Shi'ite stronghold killed 160 in the bloodiest single
attack of the war, pushing Iraq closer to the abyss of anarchy. A further
257 people were wounded in the blasts, which left bloodied remains and blackened
bodies scattered amid blazing vehicles. Mortars hit a Sunni enclave soon
after, apparently in retaliation for the car bombs, which came as gunmen
assaulted the Shi'ite-held Health Ministry in a bold daylight raid. "It's
an extravagant attack specifically designed to trigger retaliation,"
said Toby Dodge, an Iraq expert at Queen Mary, University of London, likening
it to the bombing of a Shi'ite shrine in Samarra in Febuary that sparked
a surge in bloodshed. Iraqi and U.S. leaders accuse al Qaeda and diehard
followers of deposed president Saddam Hussein of seeking to provoke a Shi'ite
backlash in order to profit from ensuing chaos. The attacks come after a
week of tension inside the U.S.- backed national unity government. Under
pressure over Iraq after Republicans were defeated at midterm elections
this month, President George W. Bush has pressed Shi'ite and minority Sunni
leaders to rein in militants to avoid all-out civil war. more...
'God' erased: Names of U.S. cities forced to be changed?
(November 22, 2006) - If an atheist who contends "In
God We Trust" violates religious rights under his own "First Amendment
Church of True Science" wins in court, the changes in the U.S. could
be radical, says a lawyer defending the national motto. Banning references
to God or Christianity in the public sphere would mean, for example, Los
Angeles – "The Angels" – would need a new name, according to Kevin
Snider, chief counsel of the
Pacific Justice Institute. Sacramento, too, would disappear, because
one couldn't have a city called "The Sacraments," he told WND.
The motto would disappear from U.S. coins, where it first appeared in the
1800s, and the precedent would just ripple from there, he said. "We
better take this one seriously," constitutional attorney Herbert W.
Titus told D. James Kennedy's
Coral Ridge ministry. "Otherwise, we're going to see a very strong
erosion of the references to God at the federal level." The radical
elimination of those references already has been under way for some years,
as WND reported in a story about the
U.S. Supreme Court changing its official description of stone tablets
in the artwork within the very chamber where decisions are delivered. As
recently as 20 years ago, they were officially the Ten Commandments. Now
they are the Ten Amendments. The lawsuit at issue was brought by Michael
Newdow, who earlier challenged the words "under God" in the Pledge
of Allegiance. The U.S. Supreme Court rejected his claim in that case, but
on a technicality, and Newdow refiled the action. Newdow then also sued
over the national motto, alleging it infringed on his rights, but the claims
were turned back at the district court level, where Judge Frank C. Damrell
Jr. cited a 36-year-old appellate ruling and concluded the national motto "has
nothing whatsoever to do with the establishment of religion." That
previous ruling said the motto's "use is of a patriotic or ceremonial
character and bears no true resemblance to a government sponsorship of a
religious exercise." more...
What can I say? Sign of the times. See how much longer God protects the USA as the USA stops recognizing Him.
Anti-Syrian leader Warns of More Lebanon Violence
(November 22, 2006) - Lebanon's most prominent
anti-Syrian leader said on Wednesday he expected Damascus to assassinate
more politicians after the shooting of a Christian minister raised fears
of a new spasm of factional violence. Lebanon began three days of mourning
for Industry Minister Pierre Gemayel who died as he drove through a Christian
suburb of Beirut on Tuesday. He was the sixth anti-Syrian politician to
be killed in nearly two years. The assassination turned Lebanon's Independence
Day on Wednesday into a somber occasion. All festivities, including a military
parade, were cancelled. The murder also heightened tensions between the
anti-Syrian government and the pro-Damascus opposition led by Hezbollah,
the powerful Shi'ite Muslim guerrilla group determined to topple what it
regards as a pro-U.S. cabinet. Druze leader Walid Jumblatt blamed Syria
for Gemayel's assassination and said he expected more killings aimed at
undermining parliament's ruling majority. Syria has joined international
condemnation of the killing. "It seems the Syrian regime will continue
with the assassinations. I expect more assassinations but no matter what
they do, we are here and we will be victorious," Jumblatt said, echoing
fears expressed by other senior Christian figures. more...
Bush warns Syria, Iran after Lebanon killing
(November 21, 2006) - US President George W. Bush accused Syria and
Iran of fomenting violence and instability in Lebanon, as he condemned the
assassination of Lebanese cabinet minister Pierre Gemayel. Secretary of
State Condoleezza Rice meanwhile made a hasty telephone call to Lebanon's
Prime Minister Fuad Siniora, amid signs of US concern over the fate of the
Beirut government which emerged from Lebanon's 'cedar revolution.' "Today
we saw again the vicious face of those who hate freedom," Bush told
American troops in Hawaii during a trip home from Asia. "We strongly
condemn the assassination today in Lebanon of Pierre Gemayel." Bush
did not apportion direct blame but called for an investigation into "those
people and those forces" behind the killing of the anti-Syrian Christian
leader. "We support the Siniora government and its democracy and we
support the Lebanese people's desire to live in peace and we support their
efforts to defend their democracy against attempts by Syria, Iran and allies
to foment instability and violence in that important country," said
Bush. The killing came against a backdrop of global calls, so far resisted
by the United States, for a dialogue with Syria and Iran over chaos in Iraq.
But Bush's tone, further bolstered in a written statement on the killing,
appeared to cast further doubt on already slim chances of such a diplomatic
opening. "Syria's refusal to cease and desist from its continuing efforts
to destabilize Lebanon's democratically elected government" was a violation
of UN Security Council resolutions, Bush said. "We also demand that
Syria treat Lebanon as a genuinely sovereign neighbor, establishing full
diplomatic relations with Lebanon," he said. The president said the
assassination made it even more important for the United Nations Security
Council to seek justice in the killing of former Lebanese premier Rafiq
Hariri last year. more...
Terrorists give order: Jews must evacuate (November
21, 2006) - The only way to stop the regular rocket fire on Sderot,
an Israeli city of about 20,000 nearly three miles from the Gaza Strip border,
is for the Jewish state to evacuate the entire city, Hamas announced in
a statement today. "Only the departure of residents from Sderot will
stop the rocket fire," Abu Abaida, spokesman for Hamas' so-called military
wing, said in a statement to reporters. "There are no limits on our
rocket attacks and we will prove that in coming days. We advise residents
of Sderot to evacuate," the Hamas spokesman said. Asked by WND if his
statement was rhetoric or whether the Hamas leadership actually sanctioned
a call for Israeli residents to evacuate, Abu Abaida replied, "We are
very, very serious. The evacuation can be done in the next days or even
up to several weeks, but it must be done. And after that, we will stop all
rocket fire unless the Zionists continue more military operations in Gaza"
Abu Abaida said Hamas is seeking to impose "a new equation in which
the Zionists understand that for every incursion into Gaza, we will use
our rockets to bombard your towns and cities until more and more are forced
to evacuate. Our rockets have already improved, as Sderot residents know.
We keep working on (the rockets) to improve deadliness, force and distance."
Indeed, Israeli security sources said Palestinian rockets fired in recent
weeks at Sderot have been packed with more explosive material than ever
before. Israel had promised not to tolerate 'a single rocket attack'
Since Israel's withdrawal from Gaza last summer, hundreds of rockets have
slammed into Sderot and other nearby Jewish communities fired by Palestinians
in the northern Gaza Strip. Then-Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, whose administration
carried out the Gaza withdrawal, promised the Israeli public the Jewish
state would "not tolerate a single rocket attack on Israel after the
disengagement goes through." Sharon said if Israel needed to invade
Gaza, the international community would understand. Today, Yaakov Yaakobov,
a Sderot resident and factory worker, suffered serious injuries in a rocket
attack that scored a direct hit in the building in which he was working.
He later died of his wounds. Yaakabov's wife, speaking to reporters in a
hospital waiting room, said her two sons had not attended school in weeks
because they have been afraid of rocket attacks. She called on Prime Minister
Ehud Olmert to "wake up, because Sderot is crying." more...
It seems they've been tolerating the rocket issues instead of dealing with them. I think it's been adequately proven that they can't trust the Muslims.
AIDS Cases On The Rise (November 21, 2006) - HIV now infects 39.5 million people around the world, a jump of 2.3 million over the past 2 years, according to an update released today by the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS). "The evidence is showing that not only is the global epidemic growing, but there are also worrying trends where some countries are seeing a resurgence in infection rates," says Paul De Lay, who directs monitoring and evaluation for UNAIDS. The report--titled “AIDS Epidemic Update"—is revised annually. In most years, there is an overall increase in AIDS cases, and this year is no exception. There are also some new, and grim, developments. Prevalence increased in certain populations in both Thailand and Uganda, which have in the past received worldwide recognition for their successful prevention efforts. Men who have sex with men now account for 21% of new infections in Thailand, and cases are also rising in heterosexual couples in rural villages in Uganda (Science, 25 August, p. 1030). In both situations, there appears to be limited use of condoms. The report also for the first time documents HIV's spread through injecting drug users--especially those who use heroin--in four countries in sub-Saharan Africa that have had little of the drug in the past: Kenya, Tanzania, Nigeria, and South Africa. The region already accounts for 63% of all infections worldwide. In Eastern Europe and Central Asia, which has a relatively recent epidemic, the annual number of new infections was 70% higher than 2 years ago. In all, the regions have experienced a 20-fold increase in AIDS cases in less than a decade. About 90% of these infected people live in the Russian Federation and the Ukraine, and injecting drug users remain the predominant risk group, but the virus increasingly is spreading from them to their sexual partners. Solid scientific evidence has shown that strategies such as needle exchange can powerfully slow the spread, says epidemiologist Kevin De Cock, who heads the HIV/AIDS program for the World Health Organization, which co-authored the report. But De Cock says the number of these kinds of programs in place is still "woefully inadequate." more...
I believe this is a sign of the times.
One Voice Vital For EU On Energy Resources, Says Solana
(November 21, 2006) - AN UNPRINCIPLED global
scramble for energy resources may replace battles for territory and Europe
must forge a united policy or face being left behind by rivals, the EU's
foreign policy chief warned yesterday. Javier Solana also warned that competition
for energy could well limit the European Union's ability to push foreign
policy objectives such as conflict resolution and human rights. "The
scramble for territory of the past may be replaced today by the scramble
for energy," he told a conference in Brussels on energy supply security.
Mr Solana said most of the major issues before the UN Security Council had
an important energy dimension, yet too often EU states ended up divided
on energy policy or defending a position that was the lowest common denominator. "However
we choose to deal with such regimes, others will put the energy needs above
anything else. The scramble for energy risks being pretty unprincipled,"
he said. "That has to change," he said. "Let us be clear:
if we are not able to launch a unified and substantive position to these
issues, partners will run rings around us. It has already come pretty close
to that on some occasions." The EU gets 50 per cent of its energy from
third countries and that dependency is projected to grow to 70 per cent
by 2020. more...
Syria and Iraq Restore Diplomatic Relations (November
21, 2006) - Diplomatic relations between Syria and Iraq, which were
severed 24 years ago, were restored Tuesday, government spokesman Ali al-Dabbagh
said. "The latest talks between the Syrian and Iraqi side have been
crowned by declaring a new era with the participation of the Syrian brothers
in working on the security and stability with Iraq and restoring full diplomatic
relations," al-Dabbagh told The Associated Press. Syrian Foreign Minister
Walid Moallem arrived in Iraq on Sunday in the first such visit by a senior
Syrian official since the 2003 fall of Saddam Hussein's regime. He was expected
to return home later Tuesday. Syria broke diplomatic ties with Iraq in 1982,
accusing it of inciting riots in Syria by the banned Muslim Brotherhood.
Damascus also sided with Iran in the 1980-88 Iran-Iraq war. Trade ties between
Iraq and Syria were restored in 1997.
Islam coming together has never been good for Israel. If the Babylon of end-times is truly literal Babylon rebuilt we could see the beginning stages of that right now. If the Muslim nations can unite together, they will fight less amongst themselves and they all have a common perceived enemy, Israel.
Messengers From Hell (November 20, 2006)
- Somali radicals dispatched to Lebanon; world still indifferent.
When a swamp isn't dried up and left to rot and ferment, one cannot later
complain about the mosquitoes on the corpse. A report by the United Nations
revealed recently that during the summer, hundreds of Somali militiamen
fought alongside Hizbullah against the IDF in Lebanon. This is not just
about extreme Muslim brotherhood – it is a circular deal, whereby Hizbullah
recruited mercenaries to fight against the IDF and in return the Somalis
received arms and training from Syria and Iran. Over the past few years
Somalia has been the closest thing to hell on earth, and I am not referring
to the militias. Since 1991, when President Mohamed Siad Barre was ousted,
the nation has had no significant central government and has turned into
a large, bleeding battlefield between the warring militias that do not refrain
from carrying out unspeakable atrocities. According to estimates, a million
Somalis have died as a result of torture, disease and hunger - amounting
to 10 percent of the population. The average lifespan stands at 45 years
of age. Do we need further proof that the world and the UN are incompetent
in resolving problems of this type? And the situation is expected to worsen.
Since the beginning of 2006, one of the militias, going by the name of the
Union of Islamic Courts, has become much more powerful. It was originally
founded by local business people who sought an authority within the general
chaos that would bring thieves and those breaching contracts to trial. The
organization's armed private guard strengthened and its leaders were finally
able to overtake the southern part of the country. In June of this year
they took over the capital of Mogadishu from a rival militia. American intelligence
sources contend that one of the reasons for their reinforcement is their
ties with terror organizations, including al-Qaeda and terror supporting
Iran Slowly Securing Its Grip Around Israel (November
20, 2006) - A nuclear threat is only one of several Iranian problems
facing Israel as the Islamic Republic increases its influence in Gaza and
Lebanon. Bush says he would "understand" an Israeli attack on
Iran. The Iranian government is sending money to Gaza, gradually extending
its influence over the region surrounding Israel. The Islamic Republic has
donated $120 million to the Hamas-led Palestinian Authority, according to
an announcement last Thursday by PA Foreign Minister Mahmoud al-Zahar. The
PA official met in Tehran with Ali Larijani, the head of national security
in Iran. Palestinian Authority terrorists in Gaza have become major beneficiaries
of Iranian largesse recently, according to the AFP news service. “Iran has
handed out, until now, over $120 million and says it will supply more aid.
Its support is very important for us,” said the PA foreign minister. PA
terrorists have significantly stepped up their Kassam rocket attacks against
southern Israeli communities recently. Sderot residents have said the rockets
are increasing in accuracy, and now contain more explosives as well as ball
bearings to maximize damage upon impact. Meanwhile, international efforts
to stop Iran’s nuclear development activities have slowly ground to a halt.
Despite threats by the U.N. Security Council to impose sanctions against
the Islamic Republic if it did not end its uranium enrichment program by
the end of August, the program continues uninterrupted, and no action has
been taken against Iran. U.S. President George W. Bush said Sunday night
he would "understand" if Israel attacked the Islamic Republic,
but that America would not help the Jewish State to do so. more...
The world is aligning against Israel and quiet about Iranian influence and Muslim terrorism. It's clear that Iran is funding terrorism, but they defiantly continue because nobody can afford to stand against them right now. At least that's how it would seem. We will see their defiance crescendo in the near future when they attack the nation of Israel along with Turkey, Russia, and other Muslim nations. Read Ezekiel 38,39. It will be God who puts a stop to their attack, and I think that will play right into the antichrist's hand, playing the great bringer of peace on the world stage. He will fool the majority of the world though.
Minister – Forget Peace, Declare War! (November
19, 2006) - Minister for Strategic Affairs Avigdor Lieberman on Saturday
[November 18] said that Israel needs to wake up and declare war on the “Palestinians,”
who do not truly desire peace with the Jewish state. Lieberman noted
that the Oslo Accords and Road Map peace processes are in tatters because
of the Palestinian Arabs’ refusal to honor their commitments, and insisted
that for Israel to continue to adhere to those defunct scraps of paper is
a mistake that threatens the nation’s future. Instead, said Lieberman,
Israel needs to retake control of the Gaza–Sinai border, liquidate the Hamas
leadership, and trash any diplomatic efforts based on the idea that Mahmoud
Abbas’s [Abu Mazen’s] PLO [Palestine Liberation Organization] is a capable
and relevant partner for peace.
Syria on the Move in Lebanon and Iraq (November
19, 2006) - Syrian-backed Hizbullah may be poised to stage a revolution
in Lebanon, while back-room US-Syrian negotiations deal with pressuring
Israel to give up the Golan Heights. Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Moallem
began a visit to Iraq on Sunday. The visit will include meetings with US
officials in Iraq, during which Moallem will relay Syria’s demand that Israel
retreat from the Golan Heights in return for Syrian cooperation in Iraq.
The insurgents that have plagued US troops in Iraq have for the most part
entered the country from Syria. According to preliminary reports, former
American Secretary of State James Bakar’s soon-to-be delivered recommendations
on Iraq policy include engaging Syria and Iran in negotiations in order
to enable the US formulate an exit strategy. London’s Sunday Times, which
has in the past proven the veracity of its Syrian sources, quotes Syrian
Baath Party official Ayman Abdel Nour saying that Bashar al-Assad’s “top
demand” from the US and Britain is that Israel be pressured to withdraw
from the Golan. "Syria will not do anything unless it has secured guarantees
from Washington and London that every action Damascus takes to help them
will be reciprocated. It will be a step by step scenario: these actions
for those actions,” he said. The Syrian demands also include a staged withdrawal
of US troops from the region. more...
'Innocent Citizens' Protecting Terrorists? - No Such Thing
(November 19, 2006) - Beit El's Rabbi Melamed: "Those
who protect terrorists are not innocent." He was referring to last
night's incident in which Arabs gathered at a terrorist's home to prevent
Israel from bombing it. The IDF called off a planned aerial strike on the
home of a leading terrorist commander in northern Gaza last night, after
hundreds of Arabs gathered around the building, defying Israel to bomb it.
Chanting, "Death to America and death to Israel!" in scenes broadcast
on Palestinian Authority television, many of the Arabs said they would be
willing to give their lives in the struggle. However, their bravado was,
unsurprisingly, not tested, as the IDF called off the strike because of
the protest. "The attack plan was canceled because of the people there,"
an IDF spokesman said. "We differentiate between innocent people and
terrorists." Rabbi Zalman Melamed, however, says that there were no
innocent people there to be differentiated. "We must do whatever we
can to prevent hits on our citizens," he told Arutz-7 today. "From
an ethical point of view, there would have been no problem to hit the building,
even with all the people there. Their presence there was part of the war
against us. From a practical/diplomatic standpoint, of course, we have to
measure our steps carefully." The question of "innocent citizens"
arises, says the Dean of the Beit El Yeshiva Institutions, "only when
you have armies fighting each other on the battlefront, and the citizenry
is detached from the forces. But in this case, in Gaza, where the terrorists
and citizens are intertwined, there is no difference between them."
The Elephants are Going Mad (November 19, 2006) - We're not going anywhere," my driver, Nelson Okello, whispered one morning last June, the two of us sitting in a jeep just after dawn in Queen Elizabeth National Park in southwestern Uganda. We'd stopped to observe what appeared to be a "rogue" elephant grazing in a patch of tall savannah grasses. This elephant, however, soon proved to be not a rogue — a young bull elephant that has been banished after making an overly strong power play against the dominant male of his herd — but part of a cast of at least 30. The ground vibrations registered just before the emergence of the herd from the surrounding trees and brush. We sat watching the elephants cross the road before us, seeming, for all their heft, so light on their feet. Then, from behind a thicket of acacia trees directly off our front left bumper, a huge female emerged. "The matriarch," Okello said softly. There was a small calf beneath her, freely foraging and knocking about within the secure cribbing of four massive legs. After 15 minutes or so, Okello started inching the jeep forward, revving the engine, trying to make us sound as beastly as possible. The matriarch, however, was having none of it, holding her ground, the fierce white of her eyes as bright as that of her tusks. Although I pretty much knew the answer, I asked Okello if he was considering trying to drive around. "No," he said, raising an index finger for emphasis. "She'll charge. We should stay right here." I'd have considered it a wise policy even at a more peaceable juncture in the course of human-elephant relations. In recent years, however, those relations have become markedly more bellicose. Just two days before I arrived, a woman was killed by an elephant in Kazinga, a nearby fishing village. Two months earlier, a man was fatally gored by a young male elephant at the northern edge of the park. African elephants use their long tusks to forage through dense jungle brush. They've also been known to wield them, however, with the ceremonious flash and precision of gladiators, pinning down a victim with one knee in order to deliver the decisive thrust. Okello told me that a young tourist was killed in this fashion two years ago in Murchison Falls National Park, north of where we were. These were not isolated incidents. All across Africa, India and parts of Southeast Asia, from within and around whatever patches and corridors of their natural habitat remain, elephants have been striking out, destroying villages and crops, attacking and killing human beings. In fact, these attacks have become so commonplace that a new statistical category, known as human-elephant conflict, or HEC, was created by researchers in the mid-1990s to monitor the problem. more...
Taken literally, the fourth horseman of Revelation 6:7,8 uses the beasts of the earth to kill. Perhaps this is the kind of thing that these verses are talking about? Will we see an increase in fatal animal attacks across the world?
So How Come We Haven't Stopped It? (November
19, 2006) - Early in his first term, President Bush received a National
Security Council memo outlining the world's inaction regarding the genocide
in Rwanda. In what may have been a burst of indignation and bravado, the
president wrote in the margin of the memo, "Not on my watch."
Five years later, and nearly four years into what Bush himself has repeatedly
called genocide, the crisis in Sudan's Darfur region is intensifying without
a meaningful response from the White House. Perhaps Harvard professor Samantha
Power's tongue-in-cheek theory is correct: The memo was inadvertently placed
on top of the president's wristwatch, and he didn't want it to happen again.
But if Bush's expressions of concern for the victims in Darfur are genuine,
then why isn't his administration taking real action? The answer is one
of the great untold stories of this young century, one in which human rights
principles clash with post-9/11 counterterrorism imperatives. During my
visits to Darfur in the past few months, I've heard testimony from Darfurians
that villages are still burned to the ground, women are still gang-raped
by Janjaweed militias and civilians are still terrorized by the Sudanese
air force's bombings. As Darfur descends further into hell, all signs explaining
the United States' pathetic response point to one man: Osama bin Laden.
In the early 1990s, bin Laden lived in Sudan, the guest of the very regime
responsible for the Darfur atrocities. At the time, bin Laden's main local
interlocutor was an official named Salah Abdallah Gosh. After 9/11, however,
Gosh became a more active counterterrorism partner: detaining terrorism
suspects and turning them over to the United States; expelling Islamic extremists;
and raiding suspected terrorists' homes and handing evidence to the FBI.
Gosh's current job as head of security for the government also gives him
a lead role in the regime's counterinsurgency strategy, which relies on
the Janjaweed militias to destroy non-Arab villages in Darfur. The deepening
intelligence-sharing relationship between Washington and Khartoum blunted
any U.S. response to the state-sponsored violence that exploded in Darfur
in 2003 and 2004. U.S. officials have told my colleague Colin Thomas-Jensen
and me that access to Gosh's information would be jeopardized if the Bush
administration confronted Khartoum on Darfur. And since 2001, the administration
had been pursuing a peace deal between southern Sudanese rebels and the
regime in Khartoum -- a deal aimed at placating U.S. Christian groups that
had long demanded action on behalf of Christian minorities in southern Sudan.
The administration didn't want to undermine that process by hammering Khartoum
over Darfur. The people of Darfur never had a chance. more...
Al-Qaeda: Kill the Christians (November 17, 2006) - An al-Qaeda manual made a surprise reappearance on October 31st in a new repackaged, reformatted edition on an online jihadi forum associated with the terrorist organization. The manual, A Guide for the Undecided on the Legitimacy of Killing Christians, (Irshad al-Hayara fi Ibahat Dimaa al-Nasara) made its first appearance back in September 2002, published by the al-Qaeda “think tank,” the now defunct Center for Islamic Research and Study, in their bi-weekly magazine, Sawt al-Jihad (The Voice of Jihad). Translated excerpts from the 56-page manual, authored by Hafid Abu-Basir, are available from the Site Institute. But republication of this manual in a new format has counter-terrorism officials concerned that it’s re-release might be a sign of forthcoming terror attacks directed at Americans. In Chapter 15 of the document, Abu-Basir offers encouragement to dispirited Muslims that fresh attacks against the American infidels are forthcoming: "Beloved ones, I bring you the great, joyful news, which is the coming attack in America, with the permission of Allah, in a new wonderful method. America will be shocked once more, and this time Bush of the infidels will cry again." The Guide for the Undecided is an extensive theological warrant deeply rooted in Quranic and Hadith sources for the killing of Americans based on what the author alleges are historical wrongs committed by America against Muslims worldwide. An entire section of the work, “Al-Umariyah Conditions,” (Chapter 9) is dedicated to explaining that the only proper role for Christians and Jews are as subjected and submissive dhimmis – legal non-persons. It also provides justification for attacks directed at Muslim allies and Islamic governments working with the U.S. government and thoroughly rejects any coexistence with America. Not only might this document itself and its recent reappearance anticipate terror attacks inside the U.S. in the near-term; but in the long-term, it serves as a template of terror that is intended to be followed by generations of followers advancing the global Islamic jihad. The growing library of jihadi strategic studies envisions violent confrontation with the West until the submission of the West under the green flag of Islam is made a reality.
“Be not overcome
of evil, but overcome evil with good.” Romans 12:21
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