News for December 28, 2006
Germany At EU Helm Seeks to Revive Mideast Quartet
(December 28, 2006) - Germany is well-positioned
to restart a Middle East peace process when it takes over the EU presidency
Jan. 1. The recent violence in the Gaza Strip has Berlin concerned the fragile
ceasefire could collapse. Nudging Middle East leaders and international
mediators in the simmering conflict back on the path to peace will top Germany's
agenda when it takes over the six-month European Union presidency on Jan.1.
Both German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Foreign Minister Frank-Walter
Steinmeier have called for a January meeting to "revitalize" the
Mideast quartet -- grouping the EU, the United States, the United Nations
and Russia -- to help kick-start the peace process between Israel and the
Palestinians. Steinmeier said last week during a visit to Moscow that
the aim was for the group to exercise a "stabilizing" influence
in light of the deadly conflict between Palestinian factions and tentative
hopes for peace talks. "The carefully established lines of communications
between Israel and the Palestinians cannot be allowed to break," he
said, two days before Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Palestinian
president Mahmud Abbas met for the first time in six months. Germany occupies
a unique position in the Middle East due to its friendly ties to both Palestine
and Israel. Supporters of both sides have called on the country to use
its EU presidency to focus on Middle East issues. Palestinian diplomat
Hael al-Fahum said the German government can play a substantial role in
the Middle East. Germany has the chance and ability to propose a fair settlement
to the Middle East conflict, al-Fahum told the Reuters news agency. "Its
(Germany's) position as a long-time partner for Palestinians and at the
same time a close friend of Israel places Germany in a strong position,"
the diplomat said. The pro-Israel American Jewish Committee (AJC) has also
urged Germany to use its presidency to push the EU to clearly voice its
support for Israel against ongoing threats from Syria and Iran. "It's
important for EU countries in various international bodies to be united
in supporting Israel against terrorist threats," Deidre Berger, the
Berlin AJC director, told Reuters. "Germany takes a clearer position
on this question than some other EU states." more...
This focus on the Middle East is exactly what leads to the false peace in Israel that allows the rebuilding of the temple in Jerusalem. I'm still not sure whether the Gog/Magog attack will come before this peace or if the peace will result from the attack. The Bible says that Israel will be dwelling in safety, so perhaps the peace plan will come first.
Deadly wave of violence hits Rio (December 28, 2006) - Gang attacks on buses and police stations in the Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro have left at least 18 people dead, officials say. In one incident, seven passengers were burnt to death when gunmen attacked their bus and torched it. The wave of violence across the city started on Wednesday night and continued into Thursday morning. Officials said the co-ordinated attacks had probably been planned from jail by imprisoned gang leaders. The gangs were trying to put pressure on the authorities ahead of the swearing-in of a new state governor on 1 January, Rio state Security Secretary Roberto Precioso told reporters. "It is very difficult to prevent these types of attacks that were practically kamikaze. Police action prevented the situation from getting much worse," he said. One local media report has spoken of an atmosphere of war in the city, which is preparing for a huge New Year's Eve beach party. At least 12 police stations and posts in different parts of Rio were attacked with grenades and automatic fire. Four buses were set on fire, and gunmen are reported to have stopped emergency workers from getting close to the scene. "I don't know how, but I gathered my strength, got myself into the aisle of the bus and jumped through the window. I felt like I was being toasted," a woman who escaped one of the burning buses said. more...
Islamic forces abandon Somalia's capital (December
28, 2006) - Jubilant Somalis cheered as troops of the U.N.-backed
interim government rolled into Mogadishu unopposed Thursday, putting an
end to six months of domination of the capital by a radical Islamic movement.
Ethiopian soldiers stopped on the outskirts of town, after providing much
of the military might in the offensive that shattered what had seemed an
unbeatable Islamic militia. Islamic fighters fled south vowing to continue
the battle. "We are in Mogadishu," Prime Minister Mohamed Ali
Gedi declared after meeting with local clan leaders to discuss the peaceful
hand-over of the city. Despite the celebrations in the streets, worries
about the future were widespread in a country that hasn't had an effective
national government since clan warlords toppled a longtime dictator 15 years
ago. Many in overwhelmingly Muslim Somalia are suspicious of the transitional
government's reliance on neighboring Ethiopia, a traditional rival with
a large Christian population and one of East Africa's biggest armies. Witnesses
said crowds threw rocks at Ethiopians troops on the city's northern edge.
Somalia's complex clan politics also are a big worry, having undone at least
14 attempts to install a central government in this violent, anarchic nation.
Gedi's government, set up in 2004 with U.N. backing, is riddled with clan
rivalries, most notably between the young prime minister and elderly president. "The
future of Somalia is very bleak and Somalis will share the same fate with
Iraq and Afghanistan," a Mogadishu resident, Abdullahi Mohamed Laki,
told The Associated Press. "The transitional government has no broad
support in the capital." more...
Israel to renew Gaza pinpoint attacks (December
27, 2006) - After weeks of restraint, Israel said Wednesday that
it will renew attacks on rocket-launching militants in the Gaza Strip, threatening
to derail an already shaky, month-old truce. A new round of fighting in
Gaza could undermine Israel's efforts to bolster the moderate Palestinian
president, Mahmoud Abbas, in his standoff with the Islamic militants of
Hamas who control the Palestinian government and legislature. The Israeli
decision, made at a meeting of top officials, came hours after a Palestinian
rocket seriously wounded two Israeli teenage boys in the southern town of
Sderot, next to Gaza. Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's office said Israeli retaliation
would be limited to "pinpoint" operations meant to foil rocket
launches. "At the same time, Israel will continue to abide by the cease-fire,"
the statement said. The truce was reached Nov. 26, ending five months of
deadly fighting in Gaza. But since the cease-fire declaration, more than
60 rockets have been fired at Israel, the army said. Israel has so far refrained
from responding, but Olmert had warned in recent days his patience was wearing
thin. The wounding of the two boys late Tuesday increased pressure on Olmert
from political opponents and members of his Cabinet to take action. Hamas
government spokeswoman Ghazi Hamad denounced the Israeli decision to "continue
their aggression against our people," but added: "We still believe
that this agreement is alive, and both sides should respect this agreement
because it is (in) the interest (of) our people." Hamad's comments
were directed not only at Israel, but also at the rival militant group Islamic
Jihad, which has been responsible for most of the rocket fire. After the
Israeli threat of retaliation, Islamic Jihad fired another rocket. There
were no reports of damage or injuries. more...
Taiwan quake disrupts communications (December
27, 2006) - Undersea fiber-optic cables were damaged by a powerful
earthquake off the southern tip of Taiwan, causing the largest outage of
telephone and Internet service in years and demonstrating the vulnerability
of the global telecommunications network. Two residents were killed and
more than 40 injured in the magnitude 6.7 tremor that hit offshore, near
the southern Taiwanese town of Hengchun late Tuesday. Up to a dozen fiber-optic
cables cross the ocean floor south of Taiwan, carrying traffic between China,
Japan, Korea, Southeast Asia, the U.S. and the island itself. Chunghwa Telecom
Co., Taiwan's largest phone company, said the quake damaged several of them,
and repairs could take two to three weeks. Taiwan lost almost all of its
telephone capacity to Japan and mainland China. Service to the United States
also was hard hit, with 60 percent of capacity lost. Later, Chunghwa said
connections to the U.S., China and Canada were mostly restored, but 70 percent
of the capacity to Japan was still down, along with 90 percent of the capacity
to Southeast Asia. Stephan Beckert, an analyst with the Washington-based
research firm TeleGeography, said it was the largest telecommunications
failure in years. more...
King Abdullah: Israel not as strong as we thought
(December 27, 2006) - Jordan’s King Abdullah
said during an interview with Tokyo-based newspaper The Daily Yomiuri that
“The (Lebanon) war last summer showed that Israel is not as strong as we
had previously thought, and, justifiably or not, the perception in the Middle
East is that Israel lost.” Abdullah, who is currently visiting Japan, added
that “More and more countries in the region will now believe that the only
way to get Israel to listen is through force and not negotiations. Israel
will have to take a significant step in the right direction that will lead
to calm in the region.” The Jordanian king stressed that the Israeli-Palestinian
conflict remains the main source of Mideast tension. “Until we deal with
this issue, which can be easily resolved, the Middle East will be forever
cursed, as will the entire Muslim world,” he said. Abdallah said that in
light of the current situation Israel must decide whether or not it wishes
to remain isolated. “The Arab countries are very interested in moving the
peace process along, and this conveys a message to the Israelis: If we advance
the peace process and implement a two-state solution, all the Arab and Muslim
countries will agree to establish (diplomatic) relations with Israel,” he
7.2 Magnitude Earthquake Hits Taiwan; 3-Foot High Tsunami Headed for Philippines
(December 26, 2006) - A powerful earthquake
struck off southwestern Taiwan on Tuesday, triggering a potentially destructive
tsunami that was headed toward the Philippines on the second anniversary
of the deadly waves that killed thousands in southern Asia. No damage or
injuries were immediately reported. Taiwan's Central Weather Bureau said
the quake measured magnitude 6.7, while the U.S. Geological Survey put it
at 7.1. Japan's Meteorological Bureau said a one-meter-high tsunami was
headed toward the eastern coast of the Philipines. "There is a possibility
of a destructive local tsunami," the bureau said, saying waves were
expected to hit Basco in the Philippines. "However at some coasts,
particularly those near the epicenter, higher tsunami may arrive,"
it said. "Authorities should be aware of this possibility." Taiwan's
Central Weather Bureau said an aftershock measuring 6.4 magnitude struck
a nearby area about nine minutes later. The quakes hit on the second anniversary
of a massive earthquake off Indonesia that triggered a powerful tsunami
in the Indian Ocean which killed 230,000 people in a dozen countries.
US, EU Strengthening "Abbas's Force"
(December 26, 2006) - US and European officials
have visited a base in Jordan where Fatah is training troops, known as the
Badr Brigades, to reinforce Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in any showdown
with Hamas, sources familiar with the visits told Reuters on Monday, December
25. The United States recently sent a mid-level US official to visit a Badr
training facility in Jordan for informal discussions, a European diplomat
and other sources said. A military official from a European country also
visited the base separately to talk to Badr commanders and assess their
needs, the sources said. US officials declined to comment on the matter.
Up to 1,000 members of the Brigade would initially be deployed in the Gaza
Strip and the occupied West Bank as part of US-backed efforts to strengthen
Abbas's hold on power, the sources added. They said Badr's deployment may
not start for several months because the force needs substantial amounts
of new military equipment and training. The sources say that the United
States has not so far provided Badr troops with training or equipment, but
has assisted with coordinating preparations for their deployment. Israel
has already signalled support for Badr's deployment. It has been under US
and European pressure to take steps to bolster Abbas after his call for
early elections. more...
How many times through modern history has this game of building one side of a conflict up to defeat the other actually worked without backfiring? With the lens of Bible prophecy, it's possible to see how these very troops that Israel is thankful for will one day be lopping off the heads of those same Jews. Islam is programmed to hate the Jews. How quick will these forces turn their training and weaponry on Israel? Keep watching!
Israeli spies divided over Syria's peace overtures
(December 26, 2006) - Israelis are puzzling
over the prospect of peace with Syria after their two foreign intelligence
agencies gave dramatically different assessments of recent diplomatic overtures
from Damascus. While the Mossad spy service said Syrian President Bashar
Assad had no genuine interest in peace talks, Israel's Military Intelligence
said it believed Assad was ready to negotiate if this leads to the return
of the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights. Assad has repeatedly signaled an
interest in rapprochement since Israel's war in Lebanon with Syrian-backed
Hezbollah guerrillas. The situation has been complicated by U.S. charges
that Syria supports Iraq insurgents -- something Damascus denies -- as well
as Syria's open sponsorship of Palestinian militants. Past talks have run
aground over the Golan, which Israel captured from Syria in a 1967 war.
But Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem said in a U.S. newspaper interview
this month that new negotiations could be "without preconditions"
on the Golan. The messages elicited a mix of hope and suspicion in the Jewish
state, stoked by the very government agencies charged with interpreting
them. Mossad chief Meir Dagan last week accused Assad of trying to distract
from Western scrutiny on his regional alliances. "Every time international
pressure is applied, Assad puts on the same show of willingness to enter
negotiations with us," a political source quoted Dagan as telling cabinet
ministers. "But I still don't see Syria offering to resume talks with
Israel." Yet the chief analyst for Israel's Military Intelligence,
Brigadier Yossi Baidatz, took a more upbeat tone. "Syria is interested.
Its overtures, predicated on the overall objective of recovering all of
the Golan Heights, are genuine," Baidatz told Israeli lawmakers on
Monday, according to an official account of the briefing. more...
I think you know where I stand. This could be what triggers Israel to attack Damascus, perhaps because they see some large-scale plans on the horizon perhaps? Isaiah 17 seems to be because of the children of Israel.
Burning Issues No. 18: Is Russia an ally of Iran?
(December 26, 2006) - Russia's refusal to
impose even mild UN sanctions against Iran resulted in a substantially watered-down
resolution that is unlikely to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons.
The resolution exempts a nuclear reactor project supported by Russia, even
though it could eventually supply plutonium for nuclear weapons. Complicating
matters further, Russian-supplied air defenses surround Iranian nuclear
facilities. At the same time, Moscow has claimed on several
occasions that it objects to an Iranian nuclear weapons capability. Which
side is Russia on? What's Putin trying to achieve? Michael Freund:
Vladimir Putin is playing a double game, and a transparent one at that.
With words, he is sending soothing signals to the West, suggesting that
Russia is opposed to Iran's nuclear weapons ambitions. But his deeds demonstrate
otherwise. Russia is clearly on Russia's side, and no one else's. They see
an opportunity to stick it to the Americans by assisting their long-time
foe Iran, while also making a fast ruble or two by selling the ayatollahs
the technology and military hardware that they desire. In addition, the
Russians almost certainly reached some type of understanding with Teheran
regarding Iranian non-interference among Russia's restive Muslim population,
which has long been a source of concern to the Kremlin. Hence, in one fell
swoop, Mr. Putin has been able to strengthen his position at home, while
also bringing in some much-needed hard currency to his nation's coffers.
This act of treachery, however, can not be allowed to stand, and it is time
for the West to speak out and expose Mr. Putin for what he is: a deceitful
authoritarian ruler whose dubious methods have not only circumscribed basic
freedoms at home, but have compromised international security as well.
to remain leader after leaving Kremlin: senior politician
(December 23, 2006) - President Vladimir Putin
will retain a leadership role in Russia even if he steps down in 2008, as
required by the constitution, a senior politician has said. "He will
not leave," Sergei Stepashin, head of Russia's accounting chamber,
was quoted as saying in the Komsomolskaya Pravda daily Saturday. "I
think he will find the kind of formula in which he would step down, but
stay on." Stepashin, a former prime minister, secret services chief
and KGB veteran, suggested that Putin's post-Kremlin future could be modelled
loosely on that of Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping, who in the 1990s was widely
considered to retain backroom power despite his retirement. Asked what sort
of options Putin might consider, Stepashin answered: "Lots. Party leader,
head of parliament, government, a new state council." Putin has repeatedly
vowed to respect the constitution and leave office at the end of his second
four-year term in 2008. However, he has also said that he hopes to retain
influence. According to Stepashin, Putin's departure would be a blow. "He
is right and not right. There is a dilemma. From the political view, he
should stay. Not only because the work is all going well. Any new leader
brings a new team. At a minimum, this causes a break in momentum."
Putin, another KGB veteran whom critics accuse of rolling back democracy
and crushing independent media, became president in 2000. Polls show that
he is hugely popular in Russia.
German home school advocate says Nazis have returned (December 23, 2006) - For parents who wish to teach their own children in the Judeo-Christian tradition, Germany today is not much better than it was under Nazi party control in the 1930s and 1940s, according to a man who lives there and is pleading for international help for his country. "We are not far away from an intolerant dictatorship in our country," the man wrote WND. "Parental rights are more and more abolished. If you do not the way the state wants, to so-called Jugendamt (youth welfare office) is quickly to check out if they can take away the custody of your children." He said for homeschoolers, the crackdown is getting so "draconian" they are fleeing to other countries, leaving homes and sometimes jobs behind, in order to protect their children from the anti-Christian teachings of the secular school system. The man identifies himself as being part of the German homeschool support organization Netz-Bildung Freiheit (Net-Education Freedom). He contacted WND after the news website broke the story that a German government official had warned that families' religious beliefs will have to be brought into alignment with required school attendance laws. His name is being withheld by WND so that he is not targeted for speaking out, because he is pleading with those outside of Germany to launch a campaign to focus international attention on their actions. "We hope that it will have an impact on the persons in responsibility that the international publicity is looking on them," the homeschool leader wrote to WND. "Express your protest against the violation of parental rights and the right of the free choice of education." "The situation for families is depressing, all the lawsuits have been lost in the past, judges are not ready to acknowledge the conflict in conscience of the Christian homeschoolers," he wrote. "Freedom of faith and conscience is a matter which is officially a basic right granted in the constitution, but practically it isn't worth the paper it is written on. more...
Turkey, Georgia vow to strengthen ties (December
23, 2006) - Turkish President Ahmet Necdet Sezer and his visiting
Georgian counterpart Mikhail Saakashvili on Tuesday vowed to strengthen
bilateral relations and cooperation. Speaking at a joint press conference
after their meeting in Ankara, Sezer underscored good neighborly relations
Turkey and Georgia, saying that Turkey appreciates and supports the
Georgian government's development efforts and its Euro-Atlantic initiatives.
As for bilateral relations and cooperation, Sezer said that Baku-Tbilisi-Erzurum
natural gas pipeline will follow the Baku- Tbilisi-Ceyhan crude oil pipeline,
which was constructed by Turkey, Georgia and
Azerbaijan. "We have also reached a consensus to widen this comprehensive
regional cooperation to transportation with the Kars-Tbilisi-Baku railway
connection," Sezer said. Sezer also said that Turkey supports Georgia's
unity, territorial integrity and sovereignty. "In this context, our
country wishes that Abkhazia and South Ossetia problems will be solved through
peaceful means," Sezer said. He said that Turkey expects an agreement
aiming to prevent double taxation to follow a preferential trade agreement,
which was signed by the two countries earlier in the day. Sezer said he
believes that Saakashvili's visit will contribute to improvement of friendship
and cooperation between Turkey and Georgia. more...
After Shell, Russia now turns on BP (December
22, 2006) - The Kremlin has moved decisively to take back ownership
of Russia's oil-and-gas assets, taking effective control of Royal Dutch
Shell's Sakhalin-2 project and issuing a chilling warning to BP about its
future in the country. President Putin personally oversaw the signing of
a deal in which Shell will hand over control of Sakhalin to Gazprom, while
a key Kremlin official warned BP that it has no choice but to accede to
Russian demands with its latest project, or face crippling sanctions. Shell
and its Japanese partners accepted a $7.45bn (£3.8bn) cash payment for a
stake of 50pc plus one share in the project in the far north-east which
was until yesterday the biggest single foreign investment in Russia. Experts
hailed Shell chief executive Jeroen van der Veer for securing a good price,
but the sale will dramatically reduce the com-pany's reserves. It is particularly
troubling for Shell since it was recently embroiled in a scandal over the
accounting for its reserves, which led to the departure of previous chief
executive Sir Philip Watts. One analyst had warned that taking cash rather
than barrels of oil for Sakhalin would be a "worst case scenario".
But a spokesman said: "This is an acceptable outcome for Shell and
ends a period of uncertainty." Under the Sakhalin deal, Shell will
halve its stake from 55pc to 27.5, while Mitsui and Mitsubishi will see
their shares cut to 12.5pc and 10pc respectively. The Anglo-Dutch group
will continue to contribute to management and will act as a technical adviser
to Sakhalin, which is the biggest liquefied natural gas project in the world.
Gazprom chief executive Alexei Miller said: "We, as the main shareholder
of the project, will do everything to launch it as soon as possible."
Shell had come under mounting pressure to sell its stake to the Russians,
with regulators criticising the company for its environmental and accounting
record, and threatening to delay the project. Now that the project has transferred
into Russian hands, these obstacles are expected to disappear, and the resources
minister Yuri Trutnev indicated as much last night, saying that the companies
should "make the project the best in terms of environmental protection".
All eyes will now turn to BP's Russian joint venture, TNK-BP, which is already
coming under increased scrutiny from the Kremlin. more...
Syria building 'death trap' villages (December
22, 2006) - Warning that Israel may face a "Syrian intifada,"
a high-ranking officer in Northern Command has told The Jerusalem Post
that villages recently built by Syria along the border are planned to be
used as "death traps" for IDF troops in Hizbullah-inspired attacks.
Since this summer's war in Lebanon, Syria, the officer revealed, has invested
large amounts of money in replicating Hizbullah military tactics, particularly
in establishing additional commando units and fortifying its short- and
long-range missile array. The idea is to draw Israel into an asymmetric
war, the officer said, like the warfare the IDF encounters in combat against
the Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza Strip as well as against Hizbullah
in Lebanon. Over the past two years, Syria has built a number of villages
along the border with Israel, some inhabited and some not. At first, the
IDF was not sure of their purpose. But now, following the war, the officer
said, it was understood. "Syria drew motivation from Hizbullah's surprise
success this summer," the high-ranking officer said. "They now
want to copy that type of guerrilla warfare." While for years it was
assumed that Israel had a major edge against Syria's military with regard
to a conventional war - tank versus tank, jet versus jet - in an urban setting,
the Syrian military would be able, the officer said, to wreak havoc against
IDF infantry and armored units like Hizbullah did. According to the officer,
Syria has drawn three major lessons from the war and has begun to implement
them. The first is that rockets - 4,000 struck northern Israel during the
33-days of fighting - can paralyze the home front. The second is that antitank
missiles can penetrate the Merkava tank and force infantry units to abandon
armored personnel carriers and trek into enemy territory by foot. And the
third is that in villages and cities the Israeli Air Force's abilities are
limited and IDF ground forces can be defeated. more...
‘Syria preparing to lure Israel into war’ (December 22, 2006) - Israeli media reported Friday that Syria has taken a leaf out of the Hizb’allah war manual and is laying the groundwork to draw Israel into a war of attrition. According to an exclusive report in The Jerusalem Post, Damascus has been overseeing the building of “death trap” villages along its border with Israel. Israeli intelligence officials believe that, watching the Hizb’allah at work last July, the Syrians learned some important lessons:
Hizb’allah succeeded in preventing the overwhelmingly superior IDF forces from winning the war by:
More than 150 Israeli soldiers lost their lives in that war. Since a
UN-imposed ceasefire last August, Syria has invested large amounts of money
preparing to engage the Jewish state in a similar conflict. Up to now the
Israel-Syria frontier has been the quietest of all Israel’s borders since
the 1973 Yom Kippur War.
Olmert: Syrian Peace Overtures Not Genuine (December 20, 2006) - Prime Minister Ehud Olmert renewed his opposition to peace talks with Syria , describing recent peace overtures by Syrian President Bashar Assad as false pretenses. "Syria continues to support terror in Iraq, is collaborating with the Iranian President and is sparing no effort to topple the government of (Lebanese Prime Minister Fouad) Siniora," Olmert said during a joint press conference with his Norwegian counterpart Jens Stoltenberg in Jerusalem. "We want to achieve peace with every state, peace we want – but false pretenses we are not ready to accept," he said. Olmert said Israel doubts the seriousness of Assad's readiness to talk peace with Israel because of its ongoing interference in Lebanon where it is seeking to create "chaos" by strengthening its ally Hizbullah. "We see Syria continuing to support the most extreme and violent terror against the state of Israel," charging that Damascus's support for Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal has hindered talks over the release of Gilad Shalit in exchange for hundreds of Palestinian prisoners. Turning his attention to the Palestinian front, Olmert expressed his readiness to meet with President Mahmoud Abbas as soon as possible. "I hear that Abu Mazen (Abbas) will be happy to hold a meeting with me. If it is possible to make him and myself happy, I see no reason not to do so, and I hope this will happen very soon," he said. Speaking about the ceasefire between Israel and Palestinian armed groups in the Gaza Strip, Olmert said that Israel's restraint to ongoing violations of the ceasefire in the form of rocket attacks at southern Israeli cities will soon end. "Over 40 rockets landed in Israel since the ceasefire and the last one was fired as we speak," Olmert said referring to a Qassam rocket fired from the northern Gaza Strip at the western Negev by Islamic Jihad gunmen. more...
The Alliance of Civilizations: War on Monotheistic Religions?
(December 19, 2006) - One is, it appears,
allowed to have a religion in the “New World Order,” a/k/a “Alliance of
Civilizations,” a/k/a “global governance.” One is not, however, allowed
to believe it true. Nor is one allowed to tell others it is true. If somebody
believes that “Maitreya is the Christ,” Rev. Moon is “the Lord of the Second
Advent,” or Sai Baba is God, they may tell you their religion is true. That
is called “dialogue.” If a Christian dares to suggest Jesus is the only
way, that is called “proselytizing.” We are looking at what anti-Christian
writer, Theosophist Gina Cerminara during her lifetime cheerfully admitted
in her books was a “war of general semantics.” The newest and most powerful
front in this war I have seen to date is the Kofi Annan convened, Javier
Solana 2003 originated “Alliance of Civilizations.” Officially proposed,
no doubt at the request of Dr. Solana, by prime ministers of Turkey (Erdogan)
and Spain (Zapatero), it is a powerful convergence of politics and religion
blending into frightening and fast-growing “global governance.” Right on
schedule, its “High Level Group of Eminent Personalities,” (amazingly similar
to long disappeared former Lucis Trust administrator, Donald Keys’, and
his then 1981 proposed “World Council of Wise Persons”) issued its final
recommendations on November 13, 2006. You may read it for yourself by
clicking here. What a surprise! I didn’t get an invitation to make
my input! Karen Armstrong, an obviously apostate former Roman Catholic nun
did. She is one of the “Eminent Personalities.” Not making it quite to that
level, but respectfully listened to at Palais des Nations hearings in Geneva
on July 17th, 2006 was another apparent Catholic sell-out to the New World
Fr. Gaspar Martinez. He purports to represent something he calls Pax
Romana. Curious, I also found him on a Google.com search posing with a group
of Spaniards in something called “Bilbao 2005. Its symbol looked amazingly
like a spiral formed mirror image 666. Its theology sounded remarkably like
Matthew Fox. As to Karen Armstrong, her new and lofty position as an eminent
personality” has put her in a place where she may even be a form of female
pope. She comfortably thinks she can tell the present one what he may think
– as well as what the rest of us should believe. Well, as my critics have
said for the past 25 years, I surely must be reading too much into this.
And, another coincidence of coincidence: There it was, page 61 “Hearings
with the International Community &
Civil Society regarding the: United Nations High Level Group for the Alliance
of Civilisations, one Ghislaine de Reydet, representing Lucis Trust-Bonne
Volonté [World Goodwill]. “Googling” Mme de Reydet, I discovered her
to be none other than the “Secretary General” of Lucis Trust of Switzerland.
For the record, I have three books in my personal library from the time
Lucis Publishing Company (owned by Lucis Trust) published as “Lucifer Publishing.”
Another “coincidence,” I suppose. Well, I wonder when the Alliance of Civilizations
will get around to analyzing the incitement from that organization against
what David Spangler calls “Peoples of the Book” – Jews, Christians, and
Moslems. Never, I suspect! more...
Assad to meet Putin and ask for weapons (December
19, 2006) - Syrian President Bashar Assad was set to meet with Russian
President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday. The two were expected to discuss a
Russian arms sale to Syria, according to Syrian Vice President Farouk al-Shara. "We
need Russian weapons for defense. Weapons supply is problematic; the international
community headed by the US and Israel is overseeing us," al-Shara said.
Seven dead, 150 injured in Indonesian earthquake
(December 18, 2006) - A quake that struck
the Indonesian island of Sumatra has killed at least seven people, injured
150 and damaged hundreds of homes. Three aftershocks sent residents rushing
out of their homes in the region, where memories of the 2004 tsunami which
devastated Aceh further to the north are still fresh. Rescuers worked all
day to reach 20 villages which were cut off by landslides triggered by the
5.7-magnitude quake, police said Monday. The epicentre of the quake, which
hit at 4:39 am (2139 GMT Sunday), was 150 kilometres (95 miles) southeast
of Sibolga at the relatively shallow depth of 17.7 kilometres, geologists
said. Eddy Syofian, information chief in the North Sumatra provincial government,
said the death toll was seven with 150 injured, according to the detikcom
news portal. Police in Panyabungan bordering South and West Sumatra earlier
said that a family of four was killed after their home collapsed in Tamiyang
village some 65 kilometres away. "Three people were killed due to falling
debris while an elderly man in his 70s suffered a deadly heart attack,"
police officer Ahmad Sofian told AFP. He said the quake damaged 850 homes
and six people had been admitted to hospital with serious injuries.
Iran to celebrate nuclear victory in February: Elham
(December 18, 2006) - Government spokesman
Gholam-Hossein Elham here on Monday said that the Iranian nation will celebrate
a nuclear victory during the Ten-Day Dawn ceremonies marking the anniversary
of the victory of the 1979 Islamic Revolution (February 11-20). Iran's access
to the peaceful nuclear technology has been based on international rules
and is under thorough supervision of the International Atomic Energy Agency
(IAEA), he told reporters. The world should know that Iran's nuclear program
has always been transparent and legal, he added. Elham called on the international
bodies and certain countries to refrain from hostile attitudes toward the
Islamic Republic, stressing that "Tehran will never withdraw from its
path." Asking a question on Tehran's future relations with the IAEA,
he said the Islamic Consultative Assembly (Majlis) makes all decisions and
the government is duty-bound to materialize such decisions. Urging the international
bodies to recognize Iran's legitimate rights, Elham said, "If they
violate Iran's rights, Tehran will make use of its existing potentials to
restore its rights." The Islamic Republic of Iran has repeatedly reiterated
that it does not want to go out of the IAEA supervision, he said adding, "If
they want to go beyond frameworks, they may naturally create new conditions.
If they want to change conditions, they should make changes in their attitudes."
Elham added that President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has repeatedly announced
that Iran is ready to provide other countries with its peaceful nuclear
achievements to help them pursue healthy and clean energy for constructive
objectives. Iran's nuclear achievements benefit the entire world countries,
particularly Iran's neighboring states, he said stressing that pursuance
of peaceful nuclear technology is inalienable right of all countries. The
world recognizes the right of all states interested in pursuance of clean
nuclear technology, he added. As to critical situation in Iraq, he urged
all Iraqi groups and parties to help strengthen their legitimate government. "The
Iraqi people and government should cooperate in order to establish peace
and security in that war-torn country", he added. The government spokesman
called on the occupying forces "to change their attitude". If
they change their attitude, the Islamic Republic of Iran, as a powerful
country in the region will be ready to help establish security, he added.
Given what the Bible says will happen in the last days, I wouldn't be surprised if the nuclear victory celebration doesn't have something to do with fulfilling another deep desire of Islam, the removal of the Jewish state from their midst. Keep watching!
U.S. violent crimes jump in first half of 2006: FBI
(December 18, 2006) - Murders, robberies and
other violent crimes reported in the United States jumped 3.7 percent in
the first half of the year, continuing a troubling upswing that began in
2005, the FBI said on Monday. The FBI said law enforcement agencies reported
that robberies soared by a startling 9.7 percent, followed by an increase
in murders of 1.4 percent and aggravated assaults of 1.2 percent. Last year,
the number of violent crimes increased by 2.5 percent, the largest percentage
gain in 15 years. The increase came after years of declines. The U.S. Justice
Department then announced that it would conduct a study of why the crime
numbers are increasing, a study that has yet to be completed. Department
officials have cited as possible reasons a surge in gang-related violence,
spreading use of the illegal drug methamphetamine and demographics, with
children of the baby-boom generation entering the years when individuals
are most likely to commit crimes. The officials have rejected any suggestion
that an emphasis on preventing terrorism since the September 11 attacks
and funding cuts for federal programs to put more police officers on the
street were to blame for the increase. The FBI crime report, which comes
out every six months, gave the latest statistics, but provided no explanation
for the increase. more...
Their Global Plan (December 18, 2006)
- Jesus warns to beware of the leaven of Herod and the Pharisees. He said
for such -- those driven by power, position and money -- there can be no
sign given (Mark 8: 11-15). Friends, nothing has changed. The fulfillment
of the prophecies are before us -- as they were Herod and the Pharisees
-- but the majority our modern spiritual leaders refuse to see it. So, don't
be surprised when even some of our own evangelical leaders give their support
to the UN's new Alliance of Civilizations (AoC). Jesus tells us that, in
the time of the end, the true colors of all professing believers will be
exposed (Matthew 13: 24-30). The news I've been following is about the power
struggle between the rival Fatah and Hamas factions in Gaza, British Prime
Minister Tony Blair's visit to the Middle East, and Blair's visit today
with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas
Read about it here. You see, I suspect that these stories are directly
linked. In fact, I believe almost all that's going on in the Middle East
is. And, the connection goes through the halls of Brussels, across to Washington,
and on to New York. As you may recall, I believe that Fatah leader Abbas
may have been offered something that persuaded him to finally confront Hamas.
After Blair's joint press conference with President Bush in Washington,
Blair attended the EU's summit. From there he flew to Turkey, Egypt, Israel
and now Gaza. In his travels, I want you to notice what Blair is saying.
In Egypt Blair says: On the issue of Iran, the Prime Minister added: "Given
that Iran seems to see its purpose as to derail the prospects for peace
and stability and democracy, for many of us who genuinely want to see an
alliance of civilisations - an alliance of moderation against extremists
it here This report from Afghanistan says: Mr Blair visited the second
largest mosque in the world, the Saudi-funded Faisel mosque on the outskirts
of Islamabad. He said he was sure there would not be a clash of civilisations,
but instead an alliance of civilisations to fight terrorism
Read it here. This is what I think: Since Blair endorsed the
Read about it here, the AoC has become a central element to the international
community's new approach to bringing a lasting and comprehensive peace to
the Middle East. If you recall, the AoC was co-sponsored by Spanish Prime
Minister José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero and Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip
Erdogan. And, Erdogan actually calls the AoC a global peace plan. He says: "We
consider the Alliance Of Civilizations the global peace project of the 21st
Read about it here. Here's what I think: It's no coincidence that today
Zapatero and Erdogan are in New York to participate in Kofi Anna's official
presentation of the AoC project to the UN's General Assembly
Read about it here. Friends, I think it's all connected. The AoC isn't
just another UN initiative. It's their global plan.
One of the Most Influential "Immortals" of the French Academy Believes a Coming Christian Renaissance will go Beyond All Expectations (December 17, 2006) - The Assyrian International News Agency (AINA) has reported on French anthropologist René Girard -- who, as recently elected as one of the 40 "immortals" of the French Academy, is one of the most influential intellectuals of contemporary culture -- the author of the new book Truth or Weak Faith: Dialogue on Christianity and Relativism, in which he concludes that a Christian Renaissance lies ahead. "We will live in a world that will seem and be as Christian as today it seems scientific," he claims. "I believe we are on the eve of a revolution in our culture that will go beyond any expectation, and that the world is heading toward a change in respect of which the Renaissance will seem like nothing." According to the report, this conclusion was reached after 10 years of meetings between Girard and challenging Italian professor Gianni Vattimo, a supporter of moral relativism. Girard writes: "Religion conquers philosophy and surpasses it. Philosophies in fact are almost dead. Ideologies are virtually deceased; political theories are almost altogether spent. Confidence in the fact that science can replace religion has already been surmounted. There is in the world a new need for religion." In regard to moral relativism, defended by Vattimo, René Girard says, "I cannot be a relativist" because "I think the relativism of our time is the product of the failure of modern anthropology, of the attempt to resolve problems linked to the diversity of human cultures. Anthropology has failed because it has not succeeded in explaining the different human cultures as a unitary phenomenon, and that is why we are bogged down in relativism. In my opinion, Christianity proposes a solution to these problems precisely because it demonstrates that the obstacles, the limits that individuals put on one another serve to avoid a certain type of conflict." Criticizing the "politically correct world" which considers "the Judeo-Christian tradition as the only impure tradition, whereas all the others are exempt from any possible criticism," Girard concludes: "If it was really understood that Jesus is the universal victim who came precisely to surmount these conflicts, the problem would be solved," adding that Christianity is a revelation of love" but also "a revelation of truth" because "in Christianity, truth and love coincide and are one and the same." more...
I agree that a time of unparalleled Christianity worldwide is coming, but it won't happen until Christ is ruling for the millennium in my understanding of Bible prophecy. 2 Thessalonians 2:1-5 says that a great falling away will precede the revealing of the man of sin (antichrist) and at that point, the great tribulation begins as he is given power over the saints for 3 1/2 years. Daniel 7:25 It isn't until after that point, the end of the 70th week of Daniel, that Christ returns and rules from Jerusalem for 1,000 years. During that time, the whole world will keep the final fall feast of Israel, the feast of Tabernacles. They will make annual pilgrimages to worship Christ in Jerusalem. Zechariah 14
Russia Defies West And Goes Ahead With Nuclear Fuel Sale To Iran
(December 17, 2006) - Russia is to begin supplying
Iran with nuclear fuel early next year despite mounting concern in the West
that this could accelerate Tehran’s plans to build a nuclear bomb. Sergei
Shmatko, head of Atomstroyexport, Russia’s state nuclear fuel exporter,
said last week that preparations to send fuel to Iran would start next month
and the first consignment was expected to reach the Islamic republic in
early spring. The announcement, at a time when Russia is asserting itself
as an energy power, has caused anxiety in western countries which are trying
to convince the Kremlin to end its nuclear co-operation with Tehran. The
concerns were strengthened yesterday when President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
was reported to have told a Kuwaiti envoy that Iran was ready to transfer
its nuclear technology to neighbouring countries. The nuclear fuel will
be sent to Bushehr, Iran’s first nuclear power station, which has been built
by Russia over the past decade as part of a £450m contract. Iran says the
plant will be used to produce energy and that its nuclear programme is solely
for civilian purposes. Officially at least Moscow accepts the claim. The
West has little doubt that Tehran’s real aim is to build a nuclear bomb
and is afraid that as a nuclear power Iran would threaten Israel and destabilise
the region. Shmatko estimated Bushehr would become operational about six
months after the first fuel reaches it in March. “We are simply fulfilling
our contractual obligations,” said Irina Esipova, of Atomstroyexport. “Every
country has a right to develop its own peaceful nuclear power programme.
The fuel is ready and in storage in Siberia. In the spring it will be sent
to Tehran by plane.” more...
So why is Russia talking on one hand about supporting sanctions against Iran and then selling them fuel on the other? Perhaps it's because they are two-faced and playing the West to accomplish their own goals. And what are those goals? We know the end result will be an attack against Israel by Iran, Turkey, Russia, and other Islamic nations. It's just a matter of time.
Northwest Storm Leaves 1.5M in the Dark (December
16, 2006) - Residents of the Pacific Northwest struggled to stay
warm Saturday after the worst windstorm in more than a decade knocked out
power to more than 1.5 million homes and businesses and killed at least
six people. About 950,000 customers in Washington and Oregon remained without
power Friday night. Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire declared a state of emergency,
and with temperatures expected to drop over the weekend, officials warned
people not to use outdoor grills, propane heaters or other carbon monoxide-producing
equipment indoors. Firefighters in Kent found 33 people from four families
suffering from carbon monoxide poisoning Friday night, fire Capt. Kyle Ohashi
said. They had taken their barbecues inside to cook or heat their apartments
as temperatures dipped into the 30s. They were taken to Harborview Medical
Center in Seattle, and all were expected to survive, Ohashi said. In Oregon,
a family of six was sickened by carbon monoxide from a generator set up
in a garage in Gresham after the storm knocked out power, police said. Three
children were hospitalized in critical condition late Friday, while one
child and both parents were listed in good condition. Winds gusted to a
record 69 mph early Friday at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, breaking
the old mark of 65 mph set in 1993. Winds were clocked at 113 mph near Mount
Definitely the worst windstorm I've ever experienced living in the Pacific Northwest almost all of my 31 years. Nothing like falling asleep to the constant howl of the wind outside! Our power was out for two days and there are still houses all around us without power now 5 days after the storm. We're forecasted to get a little more wind this week.
Iran offers nuclear technology to Gulf nations-TV
(December 15, 2006) - Iranian President Mahmoud
Ahmadinejad told a Kuwaiti envoy that Iran was ready to share its nuclear
know-how with other countries in the region, state television reported on
Saturday. Alarmed by Iran's nuclear ambitions and Israel's presumed nuclear
arms stockpile, Saudi Arabia and fellow Gulf Arab states recently announced
plans to set up their own nuclear energy programme for peaceful purposes.
Iran, which faces possible U.N. Security Council sanctions for failing to
heed demands it halt nuclear fuel work, says it has no intention of making
atomic bombs and has in the past offered to share its technology with other
countries. "Iran is ready to give its valuable experiences and achievements
in peaceful nuclear technology to the countries of the region," Ahmadinejad
told Mohammad Dhaifullah Sharar, a special envoy of Kuwaiti Emir Sheikh
Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah. Television also quoted Ahmadinejad as welcoming
the decision of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) to acquire peaceful nuclear
technology. The GCC, which groups Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Bahrain, Oman, Kuwait
and the United Arab Emirates, announced its wish to produce nuclear energy
in a statement issued at the close of its last summit in Riyadh last week.
Now Iran has the snowball rolling down the hill and the world sees that nobody can (or is willing to) actually stop them, I have a feeling this problem of nuclear technology is only going to blow up in our faces. Let's pray not.
Assad calls for dialogue with Israel (December
15, 2006) - Syria is ready to hold peace talks with Israel, but is
also preparing for the possibility of a war with the Jewish state, Syrian
President Bashar Assad said, according to an interview published on Friday
in an Italian newspaper. Assad called on Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert
to consider Syria’s offer to discuss peace in exchange for territorial concessions,
Rome-based daily La Repubblica reported. “I say to Olmert: make an attempt.
Call our bluff,” he was quoted as saying. “The Syrian people are united
on this: Reach peace to get back our lands,” he said in a reference to the
Israeli-occupied Golan Heights. A UN General Assembly resolution in September
demanded that Israel withdraw from this territory, which it annexed from
Syria in 1967. The United States opposes the resolution, contending that
it prejudges the outcome of negotiations between Israel and Syria. Despite
his call for dialogue, Assad also said Syria expects that Israel could launch
a war against it “at any moment,” according to the interview. “War is always
possible in our region. It is natural to prepare (for it),” he was quoted
as telling the newspaper.
Back On The Political Agenda (December 15, 2006)
- The European Constitution moved back onto the EU's political high table
on Thursday (14 December) for the first time since it was rejected in two
referendums 18 months ago. Finnish prime minister Matti Vanhanen gave an
overview to his colleagues of member states' positions on the document -
currently in no man's land with most countries having ratified it but a
significant few glad not to have to. Speaking after the meeting, Mr Vanhanen
said that member states agreed that "treaty reform is needed"
and they "cannot throw out the entire text (...) and start from scratch."
He went on to say that most, but not all member states, would like "to
retain at least as much of the substance as possible." This statement
fits in with more sceptical views about the constitution – such as those
of the UK. For his part, European Commission president Jose Manuel Barroso
publicly offered his support to German chancellor Angela Merkel's drive
to get the constitution talks back on track when her country takes over
the presidency in January. "I believe we are going to make real progress
during the next presidency," said Mr Barroso after the chancellor outlined
her constitution plan of action over dinner with her colleagues.
Medical Breakthrough—Diabetes Cured in Mice (December 15, 2006) - Toronto scientists are reportedly "stunned" over an exciting medical breakthrough at a Toronto hospital. According to the National Post article, diabetic mice "became virtually healthy overnight" after being injected with the experimental substance which is said to "counteract the effect of malfunctioning pain neurons in the pancreas." (Researcher: Dr. Hans Michael Dosch) Researchers say the study proves that the body's nervous system helps trigger diabetes, which means a cure for people who suffer with the disease, could be very near. Dr. Michael Salter, a pain expert at the Hospital for Sick Children and one of the scientists, remarked, "I couldn't believe it. Mice with diabetes suddenly didn't have diabetes any more." Although the researchers caution they still have to confirm whether the treatment will work for humans, they are excited. "I've never seen anything like it," said a study leader, Dr. Hans Michael Dosch, "In my career, this is unique." Results from human studies are expected in about a year, with any treatments being made available to the general market, likely to be still years off. But the conclusions of the study have already overturned previous "conventional wisdom" that Type 1 diabetes is "solely caused by auto-immune responses." Surprisingly, one of the "ingredients" of the experimental treatment is "capsaicin, the active ingredient in hot chili peppers." After injecting the mice with it, they began almost immediately, to produce insulin normally again. "We had the biggest shock of our lives," remarked Dr. Dosch. "It was ... really out of left field, because nothing in the literature was saying anything about this." more...
Pentagon honors Wahhabi-trained Muslim chaplain
(December 14, 2006) - In a special ceremony,
the Pentagon recently promoted a Wahhabi-trained Muslim chaplain who catered
to al-Qaida detainees at Guantanamo and fought to establish the first mosque
in Marine Corps history. Deputy Defense Secretary Gordon England personally
promoted Navy chaplain Abuhena Mohammed Saifulislam from lieutenant to lieutenant
commander. Saifulislam also received a Joint Service Commendation Medal
at the Pentagon ceremony held on the fifth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.
Pentagon officials say the ceremony was unprecedented. "It's unusual
for a deputy secretary to personally promote an officer of that rank,"
said one official who wished to go unnamed. "No one has known of such
a high-level dignitary doing that." England also earlier this year
dedicated a new Islamic center at Marine headquarters in Quantico, Va.,
on the advice of Saifulislam, a Bangladesh immigrant who became a U.S.
citizen in 1995. The Muslim chaplain, who is stationed at Quantico, recited
verses from the Quran in Arabic and English at the summer dedication ceremony,
which included representatives from the Council on American-Islamic Relations,
several leaders of which have been convicted on terrorism-related charges.
Saifulislam, which is Arabic for "Sword of Islam," received his
religious training at a radical Islamic school raided by federal agents
after 9/11. The Graduate School of Islamic and Social Sciences, based in
Leesburg, Va., is run by Taha Jaber Al-Alwani, an unindicted co-conspirator
in the Sami al-Arian terror case. A federal affidavit used to obtain a warrant
to search the school alleges Al-Alwani gave at least $50,000 in jihad money "to
support suicide bombings." Saifulislam insists he is moderate and condemns "terrorism,"
but critics say his Wahhabi background and associations should give the
Pentagon pause. "The Pentagon is giving him a permanent, taxpayer-supported
platform from which to convert grunts to Islam," said terror expert
Paul Sperry, a Hoover Institution media fellow and author of
How Muslim Spies and Subversives Have Penetrated Washington." "With
the Quantico mosque, the Pentagon is facilitating the study of the holy
text the enemy uses, heretically or not, as their manual of warfare."
Lest anyone forget, Islam is not a religion of peace if you look at the Koran's stated goals of global domination for Allah.
Raids in 6 States May Be Largest Ever (December
13, 2006) - More than 1,200 people were arrested in meatpacking plants
in six states during raids that federal officials said amounted to the largest-ever
workplace crackdown on illegal immigration. Homeland Security Secretary
Michael Chertoff said Wednesday the investigation uncovered a "disturbing
front" in the war against illegal immigration, in which illegal immigrants
are using the identities of U.S. citizens to obtain jobs. "Violations
of our immigration laws and privacy rights often go hand in hand,"
he said. "Enforcement actions like this one protect the privacy rights
of innocent Americans while striking a blow against illegal immigration."
The raids at Swift & Co. plants across the country resulted in 1,282
arrests, including 1,217 on immigration charges and 65 on criminal charges
such as identity theft. Chertoff said the investigation is continuing into
several groups that may have sold identity documents to illegal immigrants.
The arrested workers were from Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador,
Peru, Laos, Sudan, Ethiopia and other countries. During a raid Tuesday at
the Swift plant in Greeley, Colo., a frustrated Tony Garcia watched as Immigration
and Customs Enforcement agents swarmed inside to arrest illegal immigrants. "We
need help, we need answers," he said, questioning who would take care
of the children whose parents were arrested. The raids followed a 10-month
investigation into illegal immigrants suspected of buying or stealing other
people's identities to secure U.S. jobs. The scheme may have had hundreds
victims, officials said. more...
Report: Saudis warn they may back Sunnis (December
13, 2006) - Saudi Arabia has warned it could decide to provide financial
support to Iraqi Sunnis if the U.S. pulls its troops out of Iraq, where
sectarian violence between the minority Sunnis and majority Iraqi Shiites
has threatened to tear apart the country, The New York Times reported. Saudi
Arabia is a majority Sunni country and up to now has promised U.S. officials
that it would not intervene to assist Iraq's Sunni insurgency, according
to the report, appearing in Wednesday's edition of The Times and citing
anonymous American and Arab diplomatic sources. But that promise might not
hold if U.S. troops leave Iraq, the newspaper said. The Bush administration
has repeatedly said there are no plans for the immediate pullout of U.S.
troops. The Times reported that King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia sent the warning
to Vice President Dick Cheney two weeks ago during the vice president's
visit to Riyadh. The message also emphasized the kingdom's displeasure with
proposed talks between the U.S. government and Iran. Iran — a majority Shiite
country — is believed to be providing military and financial support to
Shiite elements. The recently released Iraq Study Group report suggested
the Bush Administration engage Iran and neighboring Syria in talks aimed
at applying pressure on Iraqi Shiites to keep what some analysts are calling
a civil war from spiraling into a regional conflict. Saudi Arabia has expressed
concern that once U.S. troops leave Iraq that the controlling Shiite majority
could massacre the Sunni minority, believed to comprise a large faction
of the deadly insurgency that has claimed thousands of Iraqi civilian and
U.S. military lives. The Times reported that Saudi Arabia's fears seemed
to have been exacerbated by growing discussions in Washington aimed at accelerating
the timeframe for bringing troops home. more...
Dollar collapse would result in Amero (December
13, 2006) - Two analysts who have reconstructed money supply data
after the Fed stopped publishing it argue a coming dollar collapse will
set the stage for creating the amero as a North American currency to replace
the dollar. The reconstructed M3 data – the broadest measure of money –
published on econometrician Gary Kuever's website,
shows M3 increased at a rate of 11 percent in May, compared to 9 percent
when the Federal Reserve quit publishing M3 data earlier this year. Asked
why the Fed decided to stop publishing M3 data, Kuever told WND, "The
Fed probably wants to hide how much liquidity is being pumped into the market,
and I expect the trend to keep pumping liquidity into the market will continue,
especially since the economy is slowing down." Why is this important? "The
trend line in my M3-plus-debt chart is staggering," Kuever said. "There
has been a straight, long-term trend line of M3-plus-credit increasing since
2000. Long-term, we are creating inflation and the dollar has lost almost
98 percent of its value in the past 100 years." Kuever, a retired investor,
is concerned that with growing budget and trade deficits "the dollar
could collapse." "Especially if the Fed cannot increase rates,
because we have already entered a recession," he said. Bob Chapman,
who issued a reconstructed M3 estimate to the 100,000 subscribers to his
International Forecaster", agrees. "The world is awash in
money and credit," Chapman told WND. "My numbers show M3 increasing
at about a 10-percent rate right now." Chapman believes the U.S. economy
entered a recession in February. In his newsletter of Dec. 9 he predicted
the Fed would hold interest rates at 5.25 percent. "The Fed is in a
very tough spot here," Chapman wrote, "If they raise rates, the
real estate market will collapse, and if they lower rates, the dollar will
The plan to destroy America – via the dollar
(December 8, 2006) - The value of the U.S. dollar on the international
market is continuing to plummet, despite record growth in the US economy.
Since October, the dollar has fallen 4 percent against both the euro and
the Japanese yen. And this week, the dollar hit the lowest it has been against
the euro since March 2005. With the Dow setting records every week and America
creating more jobs than it can fill, why is the dollar falling? There are
several reasons. Approximately 70 percent of all foreign-exchange currency
is currently held in U.S. dollars. The U.S. then sells Treasury debt into
that foreign exchange market. This is a bit complicated, but here's what
that means. Each U.S. bill is a receipt for Treasury debt. Once accepted
as "money" it has value to its bearer. But, it is debt to its
issuer. The system relies on the global flow of U.S. dollars in and
out of foreign currency reserves. A smaller foreign exchange holding in
U.S. dollars means a smaller pool out of which to sell U.S. debt. This sets
up a financial peril that is little understood by most Americans. It sets
up a double threat to the dollar. It not only shrinks the dollar's value,
but also raises both the trade deficit and the budget deficit. Now stay
with me, here. This may be some of the most important information you will
need to try and force Congress to do something – and also to take action
to defend your own personal financial future. It has become apparent that
there is a new strategy to destroy America. It is a new kind of warfare
designed to destroy the value of American currency via a carefully coordinated
attack against our dollar by a coalition of our enemies. And, based on the
rapid shrinking of the dollar's worth, despite an economic boom, it appears
to be working. more...
MK Eldad: If world doesn't stop Iran, we will
(December 8, 2006) - MK Ariyeh Eldad (National Unity) addressed the
comment made by PM Olmert confirming that Israel has nuclear weapons. MK
Eldad said that "If Olmert indeed meant to forgo Israel's policy of
ambiguity there should be a clear message to the world from us – if you
don't stop Iran, we will, at any price."
Science Gives Christians Upper Hand Over Atheists (November 18, 2006) - Today's Christian no longer has to try to maintain only by faith their belief in the origin of the universe. The atheist now does. Former atheist and award-winning Christian author Lee Strobel premiered his one-hour documentary "The Case for a Creator" to hundreds of Christians at an apologetics conference. The aftermath of the movie: Christians felt they actually learned something. "We are actually living now at a time of tremendous intellectual renaissance of Christianity," said philosopher and author Dr. William Lane Craig. Craig's comment came after fellow philosopher J.P. Moreland told conference participants that the church has become anti-intellectual. "We've got to start using cognitive language and not just faith language," Moreland exhorted. Over the last several decades, Christians have begun to emerge back into the intellectual public square. This is primarily occurring in the field of philosophy, New Testament studies with regard to the historical Jesus and the gospels, and it is now beginning to occur in the physical sciences as manifested in the Intelligent Design movement, Craig explained. Presenting clear scientific evidence that Christians had largely been without, Strobel's "Case for a Creator" revealed a complex universe that many scientists could now only explain with the existence of some kind of intelligence. Biochemist Michael Behe demonstrated how bacterial flagellum are molecular machines that could only function with all its parts present simultaneously, much like a mouse trap. If one part is missing, it would not function and would thus have no reason to exist. Evolution would not preserve it. Such evidence as Behe's was presented in other scientific fields including cosmology, physics and astronomy in the documentary. "I believe that by doing science, we find God," said Strobel. Philosopher Jay Richards of Acton Institute concluded from his findings that the universe was designed for discovery. And with each discovery, the Darwinian theory of evolution is expected to go down as "a huge mistake in history," Richards said. One participant, Robert Wedan, 53, praised the documentary, saying that it gave him stronger grounds to defend Creation. "It's movies like 'Case for a Creator' that I think will make it a lot easier to address those issues."
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