News for August 1, 2006
DEBKAfile Exclusive: Assad tells Syrian army to step up state of readiness and takes two further provocative steps (July 31, 2006) - Syrian military intelligence agents detonated a bomb at the Golan border fence near Kuneitra, though causing no casualties, and the Syrian president put defense minister Gen. Hassan Turkemeni in charge of military assistance to Hizbullah. He also instructed chief of staff Gen. Ali Habib to personally oversee Syrian-Iranian cooperation for military consignments to Hizbullah. In his order of the day to the Syrian army, Bashar Assad wrote: “I call on all units, divisions, brigades and battalions to redouble their training efforts and maintain a high state of readiness. Remember that every drop of sweat you invest in training will save a drop of blood when the time comes.” He added: “Threats from the ‘masters of the world’ (US and Israel) telling us to beware will not divert us from our path.” DEBKAfile’s Middle East sources add: For three weeks, Assad has been working up to provoking a limited war engagement with Israel.
Israeli intelligence leaders are not of one mind about what these steps
signify. Some diagnose posturing by Damascus to get in on the Lebanon act
while not taking the chance of a missile war with Israel; others argue that
the Syrian president must be angling for a limited military confrontation,
otherwise he would not so blatantly parade his backing for the Hizbullah.
Things are certainly looking to be heating up. Israel is vowing continued attacks and even increased attacks. How much more will Syria and Iran sit back and wait while their comrades are overrun? They're promising to get in the fight eventually, and indeed that is what they've all been waiting for, a war with Israel that will allow them to wipe Israel off the face of the earth. Psalm 83
NASA Study Shows Increase of Solar Radiation Could Effect Climate Change
on Earth (July 29, 2006) - This "major"
finding may help climatologists to distinguish between solar and man-made
influences on climate. According to a NASA study, since the late 1970s,
the amount of solar radiation the sun emits, during times of quiet sunspot
activity, has increased by nearly .05 percent per decade. "This trend
is important because, if sustained over many decades, it could cause significant
climate change," said Richard Willson, a researcher affiliated with
NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies and Columbia University's Earth
Institute, New York. "Historical records of solar activity indicate
that solar radiation has been increasing since the late 19th century. If
a trend, comparable to the one found in this study, persisted throughout
the 20th century, it would have provided a significant component of the
global warming the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change reports to
have occurred over the past 100 years." more...
This goes in line with what Richard C. Hoagland of Enterprise Mission has been saying about the data that NASA has been getting on increased solar radiation and increased radiation from the plantets too. Here's a chart he made that shows this increase across the whole solar system. If you still think humans are the cause of global warming, you've got to see this. As evil as many make out pollution to be, it still can't get out of our atmosphere and jump across space to affect Mars global warming or any of the other planets! Chart
Fighters To Join Hizbullah By Ron Ross and
The Jerusalem Post (July 29, 2006)
- The credibility of Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas [Abu Mazen]
appears to be in tatters. While he discussed peace with United States Secretary
of State Rice, the leader of the Fatah faction in Lebanon Sultan Abu al-Aynain
was saying thousands of Lebanese Palestinian gunmen are ready to join Hizbullah
fighting against Israel. Fatah is the faction Mahmoud Abbas is said to head.
Abu al-Aynain revealed there are “thousands” of Palestinian fighters who
are prepared to fight. The Jerusalem Post journalist Khaled Abu Toumeh said,
“Sources close to Abbas refused to comment on Abu al-Aynain’s threats, but
acknowledged he was the Fatah ‘military commander’ in Lebanon.” It is acknowledged
that al-Aynain has already dispatched Palestinians to Iraq to fight against
U.S. troops. Hatred for Israel is seen as the unifying factor between the
largely Lebanese Shiites and the Palestinian Sunnis. Khaled Abu Toumeh said
that several armed Palestinian groups this week heaped praise on Hizbullah
for “stubbornly and courageously” resisting the Israel Defense Forces in
Lebanon. They are ready to send Palestinians to join Hizbullah in the battle
against Israel, he reported. (from
Bridges For Peace)
Saw this one coming a mile away. Expect more of Islam to desire to get involved. They all have the same goal, destruction of Israel and world domination, creating a Muslim planet.
PM to meet with Muslim leaders on Lebanon (July
28, 2006) - Frustrated by the U.S. support for Israel's military
offensive into Lebanon and Europe's not being able to stop the attacks,
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan is planning to meet with leaders
of Muslim countries early next week to discuss a common strategy to push
Israel to accept a cease-fire. Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC)
Term President Malaysian Prime Minister Abdullah Badawi called Erdogan on
Wednesday and conveyed the idea to convene an extraordinary OIC summit early
next week in Kuala Lumpur. Erdogan, who talked with Iranian President Mahmoud
Ahmadinejad on the phone last week and discussed an urgent meeting of the
OIC on Lebanon, expressed his support and conveyed that Turkey will be present
at the summit at the highest level. However, the days set for the extraordinary
OIC meeting, next Tuesday and Wednesday, put Erdogan in a difficult spot.
The days coincides with a highly important meeting for domestic politics,
the Supreme Military Council (YAS), which is headed by the prime minister,
and is to name the new chief of General Staff as well as the top brass of
the armed forces. YAS is to begin on Tuesday and last three days, and in
the last couple of years Erdogan headed the meeting every day, showing the
government's authority and control over military affairs. Prime Ministry
sources told yesterday that despite difficulties in his schedule, the prime
minister is planning to attend the OIC summit, to show solidarity with Lebanon
and develop broader international support for a cease-fire. Erdogan is expected
to leave Malaysia on Wednesday. and only attend the first day of the YAS
meeting. Erdogan was highly critical of Israel last week, accusing it of "ruthless
violence" in Lebanon. "No reason can ever justify the raining
of bombs on innocent civilians, the destruction of cities beyond the limits
of mercy," Erdogan said. The Turkish premier also talked with the U.S.
President George W. Bush on the phone but failed to convince him to push
Israel to accept an immediate cease-fire. more...
They're talking about Turkey being one of the heads of the peacekeeping force to go into Lebanon. In reality, Turkey is one of the nations listed in the Gog/Magog attacks. I wonder how peaceful.
Iran's President Rejects U.N. Resolution (August
1, 2006) - Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Tuesday rejected
a U.N. Security Council resolution that would give Iran until Aug. 31 to
suspend uranium enrichment. Instead, Ahmadinejad insisted Tehran would pursue
its nuclear program. "My words are the words of the Iranian nation.
Throughout Iran, there is one slogan: 'The Iranian nation considers the
peaceful use of nuclear fuel production technology its right,'" Ahmadinejad
said. The U.N. Security Council passed the resolution Monday that called
for Iran to suspend uranium enrichment by the end of August or face the
threat of economic and diplomatic sanctions. Ahmadinejad said Iran will
not give in to threats from the United Nations. "If some think they
can still speak with threatening language to the Iranian nation, they must
know that they are badly mistaken," he said in a speech broadcast live
on state-run television.
Raise Readiness, Assad Tells Syrian Army (August
1, 2006) - Syrian President Bashar al-Assad told the Syrian military
on Monday to raise its readiness, pledging not to abandon support for Lebanese
resistance against Israel. "We are facing international circumstances
and regional challenges that require caution, alert, readiness and preparedness,"
Assad said. "The barbaric war of annihilation the Israeli aggression
is waging on our people in Lebanon and Palestine is increasing in ferocity,"
Assad said in a written address on the occasion of the 61st anniversary
of the foundation of the Syria Arab Army.
They're getting ready and Israel has vowed not to stop until they feel safe from rocket attacks. Meanwhile, the Muslim nations are all watching as their Muslim brothers are killed in a fight with Israel, whom they've all vowed to attack. How much longer until the state of readiness is turned into a state of action? Time will tell.
Israel Will Expand Its Ground Operations In Southern Lebanon
(August 1, 2006) - Israel's security cabinet
approved expanding the army's operations in southern Lebanon after Prime
Minister Ehud Olmert said the fight against Hezbollah will continue until
the group no longer poses a threat. The cabinet early today unanimously
approved “widening” ground operations, said an Israeli government official,
speaking anonymously by regulation. Hezbollah will escalate attacks against
Israel in response to today's decision, said Ali Fayyad, a senior member
of the group's central council. Hezbollah has fired 1,900 rockets at northern
Israeli towns since the conflict began July 12 after the Islamist group
captured two soldiers. Israel yesterday suspended air operations over Lebanon
for 48 hours after a strike on a town two days ago killed 62 civilians,
including 37 children. “There is no cease-fire and there won't be any cease-fire
in the coming days,” Olmert said in a speech to a meeting of mayors in Tel
Aviv late yesterday. “This is an almost one-time opportunity to change the
rules of the game in Lebanon.” more...
Midwest, Plains Hit by Blowtorch Heat (August
1, 2006) - The blowtorch heat that blistered California last week
gripped the Midwest on Monday, prompting communities to throw air-conditioned
buildings open to the public and endangering millions of people with outdoor
jobs _ including NFL players in training camp. Temperatures throughout the
Midwest and Plains exceeded 100 degrees. The heat index, a measure of temperature
plus humidity, climbed as high as 110 in some places. The National Weather
Service issued heat warnings for such cities as Chicago, Cincinnati, Dayton,
Ohio, and Tulsa, Okla. more...
Israel Rejects Ceasefire Calls In Lebanon War
(July 31, 2006) - Israel rejected mounting international pressure
on Monday to end its war against Hizbullah and launched a new incursion
into Lebanon despite halting most air raids for 48 hours. With world powers
still at odds over a ceasefire, a U.N. official said a meeting scheduled
for Monday on a new peacekeeping force for Lebanon had been delayed "until
there is more political clarity" on the path ahead in the 20-day-old
war. Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said on Monday there would be no
ceasefire in the war in the coming days. "The fighting continues. There
is no ceasefire and there will not be any ceasefire in the coming days,"
Olmert told local officials, drawing sustained applause. Civilians fled
battered villages in southern Lebanon after Israel agreed partially to halt
air strikes for 48 hours, and aid convoys headed into the area to deliver
Iran Forces Urged To Prepare To Hit Israel (July
31, 2006) - Iran's hardline forces should get ready to take revenge
on Israel and the United States for the offensive on Lebanon, the head of
the Revolutionary Guards was quoted as saying on Sunday. "The Basij
and Revolutionary Guards should prepare to get even with the Zionists and
Americans," Yahya Rahim-Safavi was quoted as telling Islamic militiamen
by the conservative Fars news agency. The Basij are volunteer Islamic militiamen. "The
timing of the this will be announced by the leader," he added. An Israeli
air strike killed 54 civilians, including 37 children in the southern Lebanese
village of Qana on Sunday, the bloodiest single attack since Israel's 19-day-old
war on Lebanese Hizbollah guerrillas began. Iran's Revolutionary Guards
are historically close to Hizbollah and were deployed in south Lebanon during
the 1980s. Mostafa Chamran, spiritual father of the Guards, forged his reputation
fighting in Lebanon. more...
This is the head of Iran's Revolutionary Guards. Gog/Magog fits perfectly into this revenge on the state of Israel. We also know that the West's very existence is threatened by this group who's holy book tells them to make a Muslim world by force if the people don't accept Islam by request. No amount of political garbage is going to solve this hatred because it's based in religious belief. Only the Truth can set them free, but politicians aren't exactly known for their truthfulness. The religion is one of hatred and death. See for yourself.
Sydney synagogue attacked (July 31, 2006)
- An attack on a Sydney synagogue may have been fueled by anger over the
Middle East conflict and the spiraling civilian death toll in Lebanon, a
rabbi said Monday. Rabbi Wernick, who cited religious reasons in declining
to give his first name, and his young family were inside a house attached
to a synagogue in suburban Parramatta when it was attacked Sunday evening.
Concrete blocks smashed the windows of two cars, and other projectiles were
hurled at the synagogue roof. Shortly after the incident, witnesses told
police they saw a group of about 10 Middle Eastern men laughing and running
down a nearby street. Werner said the conflict between Israel and Lebanon
might have been a trigger for the attack. more...
We're already seeing Jews around the world being attacked by Muslims more after the Lebanon attacks. In Seattle, a Muslim walked into a Jewish center and killed one woman while shooting 5 others who survived. He stated specifically what's going on in the Middle East. Yet it hardly got any news.
Hezbollah: we’ve planned this for 6 years (July
30, 2006) - Until now Hezbollah, the Iranian-backed militant group,
has refused to reveal much about its response to Israel’s assault. But in
an exclusive interview with The Sunday Times yesterday, Sheikh Naim Qassem,
Hezbollah’s second in command, spoke out — and attacked Britain for allowing
US planes carrying bombs to Israel to transit through a British airport.
“The transportation of American weapons to Israel is a blatant scandal of
America’s full involvement in the battle,” he said, “and flying them over
London bears large responsibility over Britain. “Instead of working on solving
the continuous conflicts in the Middle East, the powerful nations are participating
in intensifying and complicating the issues. This is dangerous for peace,
and for future relationships between this region and these countries.” Qassem
admitted Hezbollah had been preparing for conflict since Israel withdrew
from south Lebanon in 2000. He claimed it had not been convinced that Israel’s
aspirations in Lebanon were over, despite its withdrawal. more...
There was no real attempts at peace on the Muslim side over these past years, they're just patiently biding their time, waiting for the right moment.
Israelis Edge Closer To War With Syria (July
30, 2006) - Israel and Syria appeared to be edging closer to direct
military confrontation last night after tit-for-tat attacks around the Lebanese
border and the revelation that a new type of long-range missile fired into
Israel by Hezbollah was built in Syria. Tension between the two countries
over the war in Lebanon was growing as both Tel Aviv and Damascus readied
their forces for the possibility of a direct clash. Israeli intelligence
reported that Syrian forces had been put onto their highest state of alert,
while Israel has called up 15,000 reservists who many believe will be despatched
as reinforcements to the disputed Golan Heights, between the two countries.
Last night an explosives expert with the Israeli police concluded that the "unknown"
missile fired by the pro-Syrian Hezbollah at the town of Afula on Friday,
30 miles inside the Israeli border, was Syrian-made, and was capable of
reaching Tel Aviv, the country's largest city. more...
Syria Denounces Call For International Lebanon Force
(July 30, 2006) - Syria has slammed US-backed
proposals for the deployment of a multinational force in southern Lebanon,
saying it would be "an occupation force" that could deepen the
conflict and spark a backlash against the troops. "The international
force proposed by (US Secretary of State) Condoleezza Rice... will occupy
southern Lebanon and it, instead of Israel, will be charged with eradicating
the Lebanese national resistance," said an editorial in the official
Tishrin daily Saturday. more...
Then they couldn't get away with firing rockets from residential neighborhoods. Right now, it looks bad on Israel because civilians keep dying in Israel's attacks. That's because they're firing the rockets from neighborhoods. Some fleeing Christian Lebanese pointed this out earlier.
San Andreas Fault So Stressed, Next Quake Could Be Magnitude 8
(July 30, 2006) - Last month, the June 22,
2006, issue of the science journal Nature, published recent detailed
research of the San Andreas and San Jacinto faults in Southern California.
The data shows the San Andreas so stressed that its next quake release of
energy could be a magnitude 8 on the Richter scale. The San Andreas
Fault is considered the main boundary between the Pacific and North American
tectonic plates that are slowly moving past each other. Some day in the
far distant future, those moving plates might even break off sections of
the Pacific coast into the ocean. The tension between those moving plates
is what makes California "earthquake country." more...
Syria On Alert As Israel Strikes Near Border
(July 29, 2006) - Israel has struck Hizbullah positions near the
border of Syria as forces in Syria were placed on high alert. On Thursday,
Israeli F-15Is struck a suspected Hizbullah training camp in the Bekaa Valley
near the Syrian border. The Syrian military, deployed several kilometers
away, did not respond. Israeli officials and intelligence sources said Iran
and Syria have accelerated the flow of weapons and combatants into Lebanon.
They said Damascus and Teheran have also been bolstering forces to prepare
for a war from Syrian territory, Middle East Newsline reported. "They
[Syrians] are operating along the border and we can't ignore this,"
Israeli Cabinet minister Eli Yishai said on Friday. Officials said Syria
has placed its forces on the highest alert in years and deployed missile
batteries along the border with Lebanon. They said Israel, which has ordered
the mobilization of three reserve divisions, plans to station Arrow-2 and
PAC-2 missile defense systems to protect Tel Aviv from Syrian rockets and
More Than 160 Hizballah Rockets Hit Israel Sunday
(July 31, 2006) - Sunday, more than 160 Hizballah
rockets hit Israel Sunday, July 30, in a stepped up blitz on Day 19 of the
war. Kiryat Shemona alone took 100 Katyushas, inuring 9 people, one seriously.
Fires around the town enveloped the town in heavy black smoke, homes and
shops have been wrecked, malls and factories damaged and some 80% of Kirya
Shemona's inhabitants have fled their Galilee town which they call hell.
Haifa was briefly attacked after a three-day pause and is trying to recover
from two weeks of constant rocket fire. Katyusha siren alerts sent people
to shelters in Nahariya, Acre, Tiberias, Afula, Migdal Ha’emek and Nazareth.
The total number of rockets fired in 19 days of Hizballah’s war has risen
If the Lebanese are too scared of Hezbollah to stop them from firing rockets into Israeli cities, even when they fire from amongst the civilian population, then they need Israel to stop Hezbollah for them. It's stupid to blame Israel for what's going on, they are defending themselves like any of us would. 3,500 rockets in 19 days is ridiculous.
Hezbollah Leader Said to Be Hiding in Iranian Embassy
(July 28, 2006) - Intelligence reports indicate
the leader of Hezbollah is hiding in a foreign mission in Beirut, possibly
the Iranian Embassy, according to U.S. and Israeli officials. Israeli military
and intelligence forces are continuing to hunt for Sheik Hassan Nasrallah,
Hezbollah's secretary-general, who fled his headquarters in Beirut shortly
before Israeli jets bombed the building last week. "We think he is
in an embassy," said one U.S. official with access to the intelligence
reports, while Israeli intelligence speculates Sheik Nasrallah is hiding
in the Iranian Embassy. If confirmed, the reports could lead to an Israeli
air strike on the embassy, possibly leading to a widening of the conflict,
said officials who spoke on the condition of anonymity. Foreign embassies
are sovereign territory and an attack on an embassy could be considered
an act of war. more...
*GASP* What! You mean they're all in it together! (liberal use of sarcasm) I'll bet Iran's trying to give an excuse to attack Israel. They've been chomping at the bit. Now if Israel goes after him like they do all the other terrorists, Iran can accuse Israel of attacking them.
More Than 60 Percent of U.S. in Drought (July
30, 2006) - More than 60 percent of the United States now has abnormally
dry or drought conditions, stretching from Georgia to Arizona and across
the north through the Dakotas, Minnesota, Montana and Wisconsin, said Mark
Svoboda, a climatologist for the National Drought Mitigation Center at the
University of Nebraska at Lincoln. An area stretching from south central
North Dakota to central South Dakota is the most drought-stricken region
in the nation, Svoboda said. "It's the epicenter," he said. "It's
just like a wasteland in north central South Dakota." Conditions aren't
much better a little farther north. Paul Smokov and his wife, Betty, raise
several hundred cattle on their 1,750-acre ranch north of Steele, a town
of about 760 people. more...
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