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The LORD Himself Brings About the Invasion of Israel to Show that He is LORD
The Events Described
And the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, -- Ezekiel 38:1
Son of man, set thy face against Gog, the land of Magog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal, and prophesy against him,
-- Ezekiel 38:2
And say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I am against thee, O Gog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal: -- Ezekiel 38:3
And I will turn thee back, and put hooks into thy jaws, and I will bring thee forth , and all thine army, horses and horsemen, all of them clothed with all sorts of armour, even a great company with bucklers and shields, all of them handling swords: -- Ezekiel 38:4
(The Lord forces the invasion by way of "hooks into the jaws.")
Persia, Ethiopia, and Libya with them; all of them with shield and helmet: -- Ezekiel 38:5
Gomer, and all his bands; the house of Togarmah of the north quarters, and all his bands: and many people with thee.
-- Ezekiel 38:6
Be thou prepared, and prepare for thyself, thou, and all thy company that are assembled unto thee, and be thou a guard unto them. -- Ezekiel 38:7
(the LORD is causing PREPARATION to be made. This is the reason we can watch it unfold).
After many days thou shalt be visited: in the latter years thou shalt come into the land that is brought back from the sword, and is gathered out of many people, against the mountains of Israel, which have been always waste: but it is brought forth out of the nations, and they shall dwell safely all of them. -- Ezekiel 38:8
Thou shalt ascend and come like a storm , thou shalt be like a cloud to cover the land , thou, and all thy bands, and many people with thee. -- Ezekiel 38:9
Thus saith the Lord GOD; It shall also come to pass, that at the same time shall things come into thy mind, and thou shalt think an evil thought: -- Ezekiel 38:10
And thou shalt say, I will go up to the land of unwalled villages; I will go to them that are at rest, that dwell safely, all of them dwelling without walls, and having neither bars nor gates, -- Ezekiel 38:11
(if there is one thing greater than fear and hatred of United States intervention in the Middle East, it is the jealousy toward the nation Israel)
To take a spoil, and to take a prey; to turn thine hand upon the desolate places that are now inhabited, and upon the people that are gathered out of the nations, which have gotten cattle and goods, that dwell in the midst of the land. -- Ezekiel 38:12
And thou shalt come from thy place out of the north parts, thou, and many people with thee, all of them riding upon horses, a great company, and a mighty army : -- Ezekiel 38:15
And thou shalt come up against my people of Israel, as a cloud to cover the land; it shall be in the latter days, and I will bring thee against my land, that the heathen may know me, when I shall be sanctified in thee, O Gog, before their eyes.
-- Ezekiel 38:16
(to make Himself known to the unbelieving nations is the reason the LORD will do this).
And it shall come to pass at the same time when Gog shall come against the land of Israel, saith the Lord GOD, that my fury shall come up in my face. -- Ezekiel 38:18
For in my jealousy and in the fire of my wrath have I spoken, Surely in that day there shall be a great shaking in the land of Israel; -- Ezekiel 38:19
So that the fishes of the sea, and the fowls of the heaven, and the beasts of the field, and all creeping things that creep upon the earth, and all the men that are upon the face of the earth, shall shake at my presence, and the mountains shall be thrown down, and the steep places shall fall, and every wall shall fall to the ground. -- Ezekiel 38:20
(every man on earth is going to shake when this happens)
And I will call for a sword against him throughout all my mountains, saith the Lord GOD: every man's sword shall be against his brother. -- Ezekiel 38:21
(apparently this will coincide with civil war, truly a "terrorist" event unparalleled) For significance of "terrorism" in this context, see this webpage .
And I will plead against him with pestilence and with blood; and I will rain upon him, and upon his bands, and upon the many people that are with him, an overflowing rain, and great hailstones, fire, and brimstone.
-- Ezekiel 38:22
(hailstones, fire, and brimstone are the documented phenomena of nuclear war; however, this may well be a direct act of God Himself)
Thus will I magnify myself, and sanctify myself; and I will be known in the eyes of many nations , and they shall know that I am the LORD . -- Ezekiel 38:23
(the LORD makes Himself known and so when the Day of the Lord begins, there WILL BE NO DOUBT WHATSOEVER).
See Outline of Revelation for the Day of the Lord .
The Events Described Again
Therefore, thou son of man, prophesy against Gog, and say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I am against thee, O Gog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal: -- Ezekiel 39:1
And I will turn thee back, and leave but the sixth part of thee, and will cause thee to come up from the north parts , and will bring thee upon the mountains of Israel : -- Ezekiel 39:2
Thou shalt fall upon the mountains of Israe l, thou, and all thy bands, and the people that is with thee: I will give thee unto the ravenous birds of every sort, and to the beasts of the field to be devoured. -- Ezekiel 39:4
And I will send a fire on Magog, and among them that dwell carelessly in the isles: and they shall know that I am the LORD. -- Ezekiel 39:6
(them that dwell carelessly in the isles could well include the people of the United States)
So will I make my holy name known in the midst of my people Israel; and I will not let them pollute my holy name any more: and the heathen shall know that I am the LORD , the Holy One in Israel. -- Ezekiel 39:7
Behold, it is come, and it is done, saith the Lord GOD; this is the day whereof I have spoken. -- Ezekiel 39:8
And they that dwell in the cities of Israel shall go forth, and shall set on fire and burn the weapons, both the shields and the bucklers, the bows and the arrows, and the handstaves, and the spears, and they shall burn them with fire seven years:
-- Ezekiel 39:9
(the Israelis burn the weapons as fuel during the entire tribulation week of seven years)
So that they shall take no wood out of the field, neither cut down any out of the forests; for they shall burn the weapons with fire: and they shall spoil those that spoiled them, and rob those that robbed them, saith the Lord GOD.
-- Ezekiel 39:10
And it shall come to pass in that day, that I will give unto Gog a place there of graves in Israel, the valley of the passengers on the east of the sea: and it shall stop the noses of the passengers: and there shall they bury Gog and all his multitude: and they shall call it The valley of Hamongog.
-- Ezekiel 39:11
(so many bodies of the invaders are left in the fields that Mediterranean ship passengers will smell the stench of the bodies).
And seven months shall the house of Israel be burying of them, that they may cleanse the land. -- Ezekiel 39:12
(it will take seven months to bury them)
Yea, all the people of the land shall bury them; and it shall be to them a renown the day that I shall be glorified, saith the Lord GOD. -- Ezekiel 39:13
And they shall sever out men of continual employment, passing through the land to bury with the passengers those that remain upon the face of the earth, to cleanse it: after the end of seven months shall they search.
-- Ezekiel 39:14
And the passengers that pass through the land, when any seeth a man's bone, then shall he set up a sign by it, till the buriers have buried it in the valley of Hamongog. -- Ezekiel 39:15
And also the name of the city shall be Hamonah. Thus shall they cleanse the land. -- Ezekiel 39:16
And, thou son of man, thus saith the Lord GOD; Speak unto every feathered fowl, and to every beast of the field, Assemble yourselves, and come; gather yourselves on every side to my sacrifice that I do sacrifice for you, even a great sacrifice upon the mountains of Israel, that ye may eat flesh, and drink blood. -- Ezekiel 39:17
Ye shall eat the flesh of the mighty, and drink the blood of the princes of the earth, of rams, of lambs, and of goats, of bullocks, all of them fatlings of Bashan. -- Ezekiel 39:18
Thus ye shall be filled at my table with horses and chariots, with mighty men, and with all men of war, saith the Lord GOD.
-- Ezekiel 39:20
And I will set my glory among the heathen, and all the heathen shall see my judgment that I have executed, and my hand that I have laid upon them. -- Ezekiel 39:21
So the house of Israel shall know that I am the LORD their God from that day and forward. -- Ezekiel 39:22
And the heathen shall know that the house of Israel went into captivity for their iniquity: because they trespassed against me, therefore hid I my face from them, and gave them into the hand of their enemies: so fell they all by the sword.
-- Ezekiel 39:23
According to their uncleanness and according to their transgressions have I done unto them, and hid my face from them.
-- Ezekiel 39:24
Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Now will I bring again the captivity of Jacob, and have mercy upon the whole house of Israel, and will be jealous for my holy name; -- Ezekiel 39:25
After that they have borne their shame, and all their trespasses whereby they have trespassed against me, when they dwelt safely in their land, and none made them afraid. -- Ezekiel 39:26
When I have brought them again from the people, and gathered them out of their enemies' lands, and am sanctified in them in the sight of many nations;
-- Ezekiel 39:27
Then shall they know that I am the LORD their God, which caused them to be led into captivity among the heathen: but I have gathered them unto their own land, and have left none of them any more there. -- Ezekiel 39:28
Neither will I hide my face any more from them: for I have poured out my spirit upon the house of Israel, saith the Lord GOD.
-- Ezekiel 39:29
(the Lord will now begin His prophesied dealings with the nation Israel as prophesied in Daniel 9, the 70 weeks)
The Participants - Who Are They?
Son of man, set thy face against Gog, the land of (1)Magog, the chief prince of (2)Meshech and (3)Tubal , and prophesy against him,
-- Ezekiel 38:2
And say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I am against thee, O Gog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal :
-- Ezekiel 38:3
(6)Persia, (7)Ethiopia, and (8)Libya with them; all of them with shield and helmet:
-- Ezekiel 38:5
(4)Gomer, and all his bands; the house of (5)Togarmah of the north quarters , and all his bands: and many people with thee.
-- Ezekiel 38:6
Sheba, and Dedan, and the merchants of Tarshish, with all the young lions thereof, shall say unto thee , Art thou come to take a spoil? hast thou gathered thy company to take a prey? to carry away silver and gold, to take away cattle and goods, to take a great spoil? -- Ezekiel 38:13
From the Harper Atlas of the Bible Copyright 1987 Harper & Row Publishers we find the following:
(1) Magog, " tribe of the Caucasus", page 93, located between the Black Sea and Caspian,
What are the countries that are located here?
We know that the Caucasus mountains form the boundary between West and East, between Europe and Asia, and between the Christian and Islamic worlds. They have lain for centuries on the frontiers of empires and their rugged highland peoples have never been completely subdued by conquering armies. The linguistic and ethnic map of the region is a complex mosaic. An area the size of California is home to dozens of nationalities.
From the following website we read:
These countries (former Soviet Republics) are :
South Ossetia (Georgia)
Other countries in the area are: Armenia and Azerbaijan.
These countries border on an Islamic nation, Turkey.
If you search the internet for recent developments in Georgia (for example) you will find that the government is in the process of changing hands. It would not be surprising to find that intelligence operatives in the area are vying with each other to see who controls the government.
We find the following on Georgia: http://www.fas.org/terrorism/at/index.html
Georgia is the most recent recipient of U.S. weapons and aid, receiving 10 UH-1H Huey helicopters (four for spare parts only) and $64 million in military aid and training to fight Arab soldiers with alleged ties to Al Qaeda that have been participating in the Chechen war and are now taking refuge in the Pankisi Gorge region in northern Georgia.
We already know that the CIA has become focused on Chechnya:
Chechnya could become the terror training ground for the new millennium as its conflict with Russia may spawn a new generation of "terrorists," CIA Director George Tenet said on Wednesday.
"Afghanistan was the calling card in the '70s and '80s. Chechnya will become the calling card of this millennium in terms of where do terrorists go and train and act," Tenet said at a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing.
The types of conflicts that the Chechens and Russians are engaged in currently "turn into spawning grounds of the next generation of people who try their skills," he said.
"Terrorists" were likely to take the opportunity to inject themselves into the situation for religious reasons or to help the Chechens, he said.
It should be noted that a Russian policy paper pointed out a crucial fact concerning the region: history showed that attempts toward Caucasian integration had always been anti-Russian in nature . The primary task of Moscow in current developments thus was to overcome the re-emergence of such an 'unpleasant' situation. Hence, what we may find is that "break-away" former Soviet Islamic republics are the land of Magog.
see this for a reference.
Coincidentally, in the Herald-Journal of today's date, Nov 30, 2003, Bill McCuen, a past district 4 congressional candidate, made the following comments (in a debate with Mr Elmore on the direction of US policy):
"Last year in the midst of the buildup for this war [Iraq], I was again in the Russian Federation and the Republic of Georgia. There in conversations with Russian , Georgian , Azerbaijani , and Chechen friends, no strangers to imperial ideological agendas, there arose a battery of questions and fears. Would this new global game cause them to lose their new freedoms and further destabilize their countries ? They feared that the United States was not mature enough in foreign policy to stop its gun slinging ways and see that we are creating endless enemies. "
(2) Meshech, " tribe of S Asia Minor a/c Mushki", page 92 of the Harper Atlas of the Bible
This is located in what is now Turkey.
Turkey is involved in the political intrigues of the area. Consider this.
The delayed deployment of the 4th Infantry Division - thanks to the breakdown of US-Turkish understandings two days into the war.
This division was to have transited Turkey with its tank force, crossed over to the northern Iraqi oil town of Mosul and headed south to Tikrit in time to take part in the fight for Baghdad.
At the last minute, the 4th Division had to be diverted to the Suez Canal for shipment to Kuwait.
The division had initially been a key part of the American war plan, to invade Iraq from the north through Turkey as the 3rd Infantry Division invaded south from Kuwait.
But the plan had to be abandoned after the Turkish parliament voted against allowing the United States to use Turkey as a staging area. Instead, the division's 14,000 pieces of equipment and some 30,000 troops were sent to Kuwait but arrived too late to be part of the initial attack. The 4th Division entered Iraq approx 04-13-2003. The 3rd infantry division was into Iraq as early as Mar 20, 2003.
This is also located in what is now Turkey.
(4) Gomer, " tribe of C Asia Minor a/c Cimmerians" page 226 of the Harper Atlas of the Bible.
This location is south of the Black Sea and is also in what is now Turkey.
The following website http://www.slider.com/enc/12000/Cimmerians.htm says:
ancient people of S Russia of whom little is actually known. They are mentioned in Homer, but they emerge into history only in the 8th cent. b.c. when they were driven by the Scythians from their former home in Crimea and came to the region around Lake Van (in present-day E Turkey). Defeated (634 b.c.) by the Scythians, the Cimmerians swept across Asia Minor, plundering Lydia and breaking the power of Phrygia. The biblical Gomer may be the eponym of the Cimmerians, and they are mentioned in the inscriptions of the Assyrians, with whom they warred.
(5) Togarmah, " tribal region of NE Asia Minor" , page 93 of the Harper Atlas of the Bible .
See also the following website http://www.fordham.edu/halsall/source/khazars1.html
It says [In Jewish literature Togarmah is the father of all the Turks.]
(6) Persia , land north of the Strait of Hormuz, occupying the majority of the northern Persian Gulf coastline, essentially modern Iran, see page 139, Harper Atlas of the Bible
See also the ancient map here: http://www.oldbookroom.com/currentlists_xAfrMidAusPac/mapmideast.htm
That the CIA is conducting operations in Iran is seen here:
Other US anti terrorism attacks expected in Sudan, Iraq, Lebanon and Iran
Regional-USA, Politics, 10/6/2001
The advisor at the CIA and the FBI Marvin Citron has stated in an interview issued by the Italian daily Correire Dela Seira that there will be other attacks besides those at Afghanistan in the expected military campaign to fight terrorism.
Citron who prepared a report on terrorism last year 2000 for the two said agencies ( CIA, FBI) explained that there will be light attacks in other countries like Sudan, Iran, Iraq and Lebanon and might possible in Pakistan where terrorism training camps do exist.
The sons of Japheth; Gomer, and Magog, and Madai, and Javan, and Tubal, and Meshech, and Tiras. -- Genesis 10:2
Noah, Shem, Ham, and Japheth. -- 1 Chronicles 1:4
The sons of Japheth; Gomer, and Magog, and Madai, and Javan, and Tubal, and Meshech, and Tiras. -- 1 Chronicles 1:5
And the sons of Gomer; Ashchenaz, and Riphath, and Togarmah.
-- 1 Chronicles 1:6
And the sons of Javan; Elishah, and Tarshish, Kittim, and Dodanim.
-- 1 Chronicles 1:7
Gomer Magog Madai Javan Tubal Meschech Tiras
| |-------Elishah, Tarshish, Kittim, Dodanim
It is believed that the names of the descendents of Noah are mentioned because they are ethno-geographic, that is, they refer to the geographic areas into which they moved after the flood.
From the website:
we read of a conference that took place in April 2000.
We can see that the post 9-11 world had its seeds before 9-11
During the 1990s, the countries of post-Soviet Central Asia have had to traverse a tortuous, twisted path--one that has led them for a euphoria of unbounded hopes to a mood of profound despair and disenchantment . The exhilaration that accompanied the sudden (and unexpected) realization of independence at the start of the decade has given way to intense public frustration and a pervasive economic crisis . From 1991 to 1998, the level of economic activity plunged catastrophically--by 39 percent in Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan, 45 percent in Turkmenistan, and 66 percent in Tajikistan. The exception to this pattern was Uzbekistan, where GDP decreased by less than 10 percent during this period. Although that country exhibited some signs of modest economic growth (at least according to official statistics) those gains are highly misleading: Uzbekistan has actually been rebuilding the Soviet economic model, a policy that will most likely lead only to stagnation and perhaps even a crash.
This economic crisis has been unfolding against a background of continuous demographic growth. The impoverishment of the broader population in the region has reached truly menacing proportions; the gulf between the fragile stratum of super-rich ruling elite and the majority living below the poverty line has reached dangerous levels.
Perhaps the most disturbing part of the economic story has to do with popular welfare as indicated by the data on unemployment, income inequality, corruption (which primary benefits the wealthy and powerful), and public services. As is true in most (but not all) of the post-Soviet region, the situation is bleak. People are poorer and less apt to be employed, and income equality is much larger than in 1991. To make matters worse, this reality exists alongside severe cuts in public spending and the social safety net, exacerbating the vulnerability of the poor . The public health systems in these eight countries are a shambles, the educational systems suffer from everything ranging from unsanitary and unsafe schools to a lack of textbooks. The bottom line is that the human and physical capital needed for recovery and robust growth in the new century is not being created. This does not augur well for the prospects for democracy (which is not particularly good, in any event, outside Georgia and Armenia, and perhaps Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan) and civil peace.
Globalization is not an option (even for North Korea), it is the reality, if by globalization one means the rapid and multiple ways in which what is familiar is shaped by what is beyond and unfamiliar. Having been opened up to the world following the Soviet Union's collapse, Central Asia and the South Caucasus will experience these potentially dramatic effects of globalization --and with little prior experience. Some of the consequent effects will be benign (greater access to information and assistance); others will or could be malign--disruptive challenges to tradition, expectations that are raised by external influences but that cannot be fulfilled by internal authorities.
Central Asia and the South Caucasus are in a worse position relative to much of the rest of the world to adjust to the shocks of globalization while taking advantage of its opportunities. They have weak polities that are, albeit to different degrees, "overpersonalized" and "underinstitutionalized." Moreover, the post-Soviet transformation has already forced them to take on a great deal without their having to contend with the social mobilization and dislocations that globalization could bring. Worst of all, they may be unable to harness the many benefits of globalization. What will be the net effect? As Zhou Enlai said once when asked about the effect of the French Revolution: "It is too early to say."
(Note: the French Revolution is now over 200 years old)
A weak state in terms of an absence of infrastructural support for its population, which is the situation in all three South Caucasus states, will produce the very elements that undermine liberal ideals--economic decline, gross inequalities, and public cynicism.
On the other hand, a more conservative Islam is emerging that is not revolutionary, but is more militant, supranationalist, and anti-Western/anti-United States in its orientation.
Islamic nationalism. This movement represents the integration of Islam into the political state as seen with the Islamic Republic in Iran, Refah in Turkey, Hezbollah in Lebanon, the Islamic Salvation Front (FIS) in Algeria, and the Tajik Islamic Movement in Tajikistan. For example, in Tajikistan the Tajik Islamic Movement recognizes the role of the state and now promotes an Islamic identity, not against secularism, but against Uzbekistan. These Islamic parties focus on political integration and nationalist foreign policy. Shariat is less and less a reference point for them, although they push for a conservative social order.
Salafi-jihadist. This movement is attracting either rootless (Ramzi) or committed internationalist (Bin Laden) militants. They discard state borders, fight for the jihad, and seek to re-create the Muslim ummah and shariat as the axis to build an Islamic community. They are both conservatives and radicals and are connected to a global network that attracts Muslims from all over the world to fight "peripheric" jihad in Kashmir, Bosnia, Chechnya, Afghanistan, and the Philippines.
The fall of the USSR led to the opening of direct air routes to many capitals and trading centers beyond Soviet Central Asia. Three roads have been opened to China, and broader East-West links are on the drawing boards. But no significant road or rail links yet exist to the South. Consequently, China has been able to dominate the Central Asian market for cheap goods, become a consumer of electricity and, potentially, oil from the region, create a strong presence throughout the area, and establish itself at least on a par with Afghanistan and Russia as a factor in the security dynamics of Central Asia.
The opening of transport corridors to Iran, Pakistan, and India will dramatically shift these dynamics. Indian and Pakistani businessmen and traders are quite blunt about their desire to supplant China as a source of goods for Central Asia. Both countries have assigned governmental commissions to explore the development of transport to bring this about.
They see their advantage as deriving from the fact that they would, at the same time, become markets for Central Asian gas, oil , and electricity. On the Central Asian side, all countries see India and, to a lesser extent, Pakistan, as a less threatening partner than China (or Russia) and as a means of providing some counterweight to China's growing presence. Conversely, groups of Indian businessmen visiting Central Asia with this writer have declared their readiness to invest in the region, once direct transport routes are opened.
Central Asian leaders share a common sense of weakness--a lack of control over their reality. They all seek an area that they can control; this need is rooted in a lack of power, not a sense of power. Surrounded by great powers, Central Asians tend to pursue a defensive strategy. The West should seek to understand the intraregional relations and the strategic agendas of each of the states. Despite their weakness and the complexities of the environment, the only immediate threat to their security is Afghanistan .
The reduction of the threat from Afghanistan (and further positive changes in Iran) will significantly affect other aspects of Central Asia's regional dynamics.
It will undercut the rationale for Russia's attempts to reassert a security presence in the region and facilitate Russia's transformation from a postcolonial threat to a normal trading partner.
With the threat from Russia reduced, it will diminish the sense of urgency with which states in the region now look to the United States and NATO for security.
The opening of South Asian markets for Central Asian gas and oil will advance the cause of "multiple pipeline routes " and hence reduce Russia's control over the region's exports , even as it complicates (but does not eliminate) prospects for a major East-West energy corridor.
The establishment of stable conditions in Afghanistan will sharply diminish the causes of tension among the states of Central Asia, specifically their concern to close their respective borders against terrorists, Islamic radicals, and narcotraffickers-who are often the same people.
What are the chances of such a positive turn of events in Afghanistan? Experience has made fools of most optimists on this issue. Nonetheless, a number of recent developments, which will be reviewed in detail in the oral report, suggest that chances are significantly better now than at any time since the end of the USSR. Let it be noted, in conclusion, that every state in Central Asia now places this as its number one security issue and the key to improved regional dynamics and well-being.
The potential for conflict is real but does not serve the interest of any of the littoral states, nor the international community investing in the region. However, a struggle for Caspian oil and the geopolitical influence in this region between the West and Russia cannot be ignored. The Russians increasingly feel excluded from the Transcaucasian region. An alliance between Baku-Tbilisi is at the center of a larger axis of countries: Ukraine, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Uzbekistan, and Kazakhstan. This "Transcaucasian corridor" seeks to exclude Russia from Transcaucasia and create a conglomeration of the former Soviet republics oriented toward the West. We may see a new policy emerge in Russia, however, in reaction to this Transcaucasian corridor that will lead to direct pressure on the Central Asian states and above all, Kazakhstan.
Central Asia is at the center or on the near periphery of the national security interests of all states in the region (author's note: this includes Russia, China, the United States, Iran, India, Pakistan, etc, etc)
The most striking impression from the conference is that Georgia has been singled out by the US research community as such a positive model in an otherwise grim region. Most Georgians would be surprised to hear this assessment, which reveals a disconnect between external perceptions of Georgia and Georgia's self-perceptions. (Author's note: the government of Georgia has recently changed hands).
Globalization is a reality in Central Asia. Anyone on the ground in the region sees it in the pop culture and the ubiquitous American brands. Economic aid must be accompanied by technical assistance, so that development can be sustained.
Translation- A great deal of focus is now being placed upon the South Caucasus and Central Asia. A lot of "globalist" influence is necessary and will be affecting the region. Combined with the rise in Islamic nationalism, we see that the "hooks" for the jaws are already on the way. (Note: at the beginning, as an example, the United States sponsored Saddam Hussein to thwart the influence of Russia in Iran. So, as each group tries to increase its influence, a great deal can and will happen in the Central Asian and Southern Caucasus area as well).
From the following website we read
1623 GMT - Azerbaijani newspapers report that the United States is pressuring the Armenian government to "demine" occupied Azerbaijani territory in order to prepare for the eventual deployment of U.S. military bases. Armenian sources claim the Pentagon will base "rapid reaction forces" in the now-occupied territory .
Sounds like we are expecting "trouble", doesn't it?
In February 1988, Armenian nationalists in the region sought to be incorporated into Armenia by declaring their independence from Azerbaijan. In November of the same year, Armenia illegally declared Nagorno-Karabakh a part of the Republic of Armenia. Following the independence of both Azerbaijan and Armenia in 1991, the latter unleashed a full-scale war. By the end of 1993, and continuing to today, Armenia occupied approximately 20 percent of Azerbaijani territory.
The Magog nations of the South Caucasus region were recently isolated by the actions (or inactions) of NATO at Istanbul. This isolation will lead to trouble and eventually the Magog invasion. Remember, the motivation for such an invasion is to "take a prey" and to take "spoil." Sounds like the motivation is economic.
from the following webpage
EURASIA DAILY MONITOR
Volume 1 Issue 42 (June 30, 2004)
NATO SUMMIT'S UNCERTAIN MESSAGE TO BLACK SEA-SOUTH CAUCASUS REGION
By Vladimir Socor
NATO's summit in Istanbul on June 26-29 failed to outline a vision for eastward enlargement and stopped short of acknowledging the membership aspirations of the alliance's new neighbors in the Black Sea-South Caucasus region. For the first time since the 1997 Madrid summit, NATO at Istanbul declined to hold out a prospect of eventual membership to the alliance's eastern neighbors .
In his keynote address, "A New Atlanticism for the 21st Century," to a summit event organized by the German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMFUS), NATO Secretary-General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer made no mention of the Black Sea-South CaucasusUkraine, Georgia, and Azerbaijan . The GMFUS report, "A New Euro-Atlantic Strategy for the Black Sea Region," prepared specially for the summit, had been submitted to NATO leaders ahead of the summit and was also circulated there. Another special report, "Building Stability and Security in the South Caucasus: The Role of NATO," also had been submitted to NATO leaders by the Central Asia-Caucasus Institute at the School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University, ahead of the NATO summit. The unprecedented level of think-tank attention to this region in a NATO context reflects the exponential rise in Euro-Atlantic strategic interests in the Black Sea-South Caucasus region post-9/11. Yet the Istanbul summit's documents, decisions, and rhetoric did not seem to reflect that strategic stake
Perhaps inadvertently, this formulation sends a discouraging signal to Georgia and Azerbaijan, aspirants to NATO membership, by lumping them with non-aspirant, ineligible Uzbekistan. Moreover, both Georgia and Azerbaijan had not "just decided" to develop, but had actually submitted their Individual Partnership Action Plans (IPAPs) to NATO ahead of the summit. Georgia's IPAP is, however, snagged in Brussels for unclear reasons that pertain to the document's political section (the sections on military and security topics did pass muster). This seems confusing, since Georgia is now at the forefront of democratic development in the region. Thus, NATO's summit missed the chance to promulgate Georgia's and Azerbaijan's IPAPs.
[in other words, they were ignored.]
from the website-
We read about "Persia's" [Iran's] nuclear program with the assistance of Russia-
Putin to visit Iran for strategic talks
Moscow to go ahead with nuclear cooperation with Iran without caring about pressures:
Russian official Borujerdi expresses hope Russia sticks to principles in position toward Iran
MOSCOW (Agencies) - Russian President Vladimir Putin plans to visit Iran where Russia will continue to assist in development of a civilian nuclear program, a senior Russian official said here Thursday.
"We do not have a concrete date for a visit by the president to Iran, but there is a firm agreement with the Iranian side that this visit will take place in the foreseeable future," Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Alekseyev said as carried by AFP.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov will visit Tehran for two days starting Sunday for talks with Iranian officials that could finalize details for a trip there by Putin, Alekseyev told reporters at a briefing.
Iran is under mounting international pressure to suspend uranium enrichment activities until its nuclear program is investigated thoroughly by independent experts, and Russia is also being squeezed for assisting in its development.
Russia has called on Iran to comply with all demands from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), but Alekseyev rejected suggestions that Moscow should suspend its work in Iran's civilian nuclear program. "We are working and will work with Iran in the area of nuclear development for civilian purposes," Alekseyev stated. "It has no importance whether there is pressure or not."
During his visit, Lavrov was due to discuss a series of economic projects with Iran as well as possible ways of cooperating to fight international terrorism.
"We could imagine a new document in which Russia and Iran could express their unacceptance of international terrorism and their decisive rejection of terrorist acts," Alekseyev said.
Aladdin Borujerdi, chairman of the Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Committee, on Friday expressed hope that Russia would remain committed to its principled position toward Iran.
Borujerdi told the Mehr News Agency that Russia has adopted a principled nuclear policy toward Iran which is praiseworthy.
from the website-
we read how one of the eventual Magog invaders of Israel, Persia [today Iran], has spoken out against accusations linking it to terrorist activities designed to infiltrate Iraq and disrupt the elections-
King Abdullah makes outrageous claims
Thursday, December 09, 2004 - ©2004 IranMania.com
LONDON, Dec 8 (IranMania) - King Abdullah of Jordan on Monday made an outrageous claim that one million Iranians have entered Iraq to participate in the January 2005 elections in that country.
The monarch, who was speaking to the American daily The Washington Post after a meeting with US President George W. Bush, added, "I'm sure there's a lot of people, a lot of Iranians in there that will be used as part of the polls to influence the outcome."
The king also alleged that Iranians are paying salaries and providing welfare to unemployed Iraqis to promote pro-Iranian sentiments. "Some Iranians have been trained by Iran's Revolutionary Guards and are members of militias that could fuel trouble in Iraq after the election," he said.
from the website-
we read how "Magog" nations of the southern Caucasus are being urged to join Muslim States in an economic consortium
GCC AND MUSLIM STATES URGED TO FORM ALLIANCE
ABU DHABI [MENL] -- The Gulf Cooperation Council has been urged to establish a security alliance with Muslim republics of the former Soviet Union.
The Manama-based Bahrain Center for Studies and Research recommended that GCC countries form an alliance with such members of the Commonweath of Independent States as Afghanistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia , Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, and Turkmenistan. The center said such an alliance was required in wake of the U.S.-led war against Iraq.
"The recommendation is that countries in the Gulf and South Caucasus form a joint economic body, which will help the collective security of these two strategic areas," the study, termed "Security of South Caucasus and the Gulf," said. "The South Caucasus is very important because it has a lot of natural resources such as gas and oil, which are second only to the Arabian Gulf."
The report was submitted to an international conference recently held in Iran on Central Asia and the Caucusus. Authored by Yousif Albinkhalil, the study said the oil reserves of both regions account for 68 percent of proven global reserves.
The Gulf Coast States includes Iran, aka Persia.
From the website-
we read how a "Magog" nation is being granted specially invited status to the League of Arab States-
Azerbaijan's top Muslim cleric, sheikh-ul-islam Allakhshukur Pashazade had official meetings with the Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi, king of Jordan Abdullah II, the presidents of Maldivian republic and Sierra Leone, vice president of Philippines, ministers of Saudi Arabia, Syria, Egypt, Oman and Kuwait. All the meetings had only one aim – to persuade them not to cooperate with Armenia.
Both the political and the spiritual leaders of Azerbaijan were well aware that the League of Arab States is going to grant Armenia a status of a specially invited country. It would be strange if they didn’t try to intervene since in Baku they realize that the involvement of Armenia in the structures of the League will allow Yerevan to actively influence on the processes in the Islamic world. The memorandum signed on Wednesday in Cairo indicated to the fact that the efforts of Azerbaijan turned to be useless again.
These alliances are necessary "in the wake of the U.S.-led war against Iraq." Everyone has to be in position to control the oil supply. If you look at the list of those opposed, the list is substantially current US allies. Remember that the invasion against US ally Israel is a group of Islamic states from the north and Persia.
from the website-
The signs that Iraq's neighbours are worried about the empowerment of the Shia politicians were plain during the election campaign itself. King Abdullah, the Hashemite King of Jordan, and scion of a family with an unfortunate record for political timing and judgement in this part of the world, warned about the threat, not of the "Sunni Triangle" in the centre of Iraq, but of the Shiite triangle of influence now covering the eastern Arab world and its neighbourhood . From Diyarbakir to Lebanon and Damascus to the Mediterranean, and from Tehran to Qom, the great cities of the Euphrates to the Gulf, he could see the new threat spreading. The story, he implied, is that once again the Persians, not the barbarians, are at the gates of Arab power . [Persia, along with Magog, will invade Israel to precipitate the final events. See this for chronology and this .]
The king now has strange bedfellows. Sharing this view are the Ba'ath regime in Damascus, Israel, the Saudi princes, tacitly the Government of Turkey, and the slowly waning powers of the pocket kingdoms and emirates of the Gulf. They also have subdued but not silent allies in Washington. [These allies are part of the "Assyrian" empire, King of the North, aka the antichrist and its power will increase during the 7 years of tribulation.]
The fear is obvious, and ultimately unanswerable. The Shiites of Iraq now feel empowered psychologically, and this could become actual, in terms of political power, very soon . The fear is that the Shiites of southern Iraq could form a single political entity separate from Baghdad but linked to Iran. [The Magog invasion is coming soon.]
For in my jealousy and in the fire of my wrath have I spoken, Surely in that day there shall be a great shaking in the land of Israel; So that the fishes of the sea, and the fowls of the heaven, and the beasts of the field, and all creeping things that creep upon the earth, and all the men that are upon the face of the earth, shall shake at my presence, and the mountains shall be thrown down, and the steep places shall fall, and every wall shall fall to the ground. And I will call for a sword against him throughout all my mountains, saith the Lord GOD: every man's sword shall be against his brother . And I will plead against him with pestilence and with blood; and I will rain upon him, and upon his bands, and upon the many people that are with him, an overflowing rain, and great hailstones, fire, and brimstone. Thus will I magnify myself, and sanctify myself; and I will be known in the eyes of many nations, and they shall know that I am the LORD. -- Ezekiel 38:19-23
and later (how much later we do not know)-
And there went out another horse that was red: and power was given to him that sat thereon to take peace from the earth, and that they should kill one another: and there was given unto him a great sword. -- Revelation 6:4
The question before us is this - Why would every man's sword be against his brother, especially at the time of the Magog invasion of Israel? I have always found this fascinating. This hardly makes sense. Nothing is impossible with the LORD, of course. The Lord either does it directly, causes men to do it, or allows men to do it. However, could the following explain what may well happen on the ground?
from the Seymour Hersh webpage-
we read about the situation in Iran (aka Persia in the book of Ezekiel) and the US plans for the Iranian portion of the GWOT ( Global War on Terror ). If we know about it, naturally, the Iranians know about the US plans as well. The Bible says that the Lord will FORCE the invasion on an unwilling army and they will actually fight against [their own] brother . When a hook is put into your jaw, your head will definitely turn.
And I will turn thee back, and put hooks into thy jaws, and I will bring thee forth, and all thine army, horses and horsemen, ... Persia, Ethiopia, Libya, ... Gomer... Togarmah -- Ezekiel 38:4-6
First, let's look at a summary of some of the major points of the Hersh investigative article. Then, we'll quote the relevant text of the article. Lastly, we will explore the phenomenon of every man's sword against his brother .
Summary of the Hersh Article
A - Bush will expand the war on terror during his 2nd term
B - The Iranian campaign is next
C - Secret commando groups under the command of the DOD are being formed in Middle East and Asia.
(DOD = Dept of Defense)
D - Formerly, covert operations were under the CIA and were "on the books "; now they are "off the books" and not subject to congressional review. The legal restraints were on the CIA.
E - The DOD found they could not rely on the CIA in Iraq [This present author believes that the postion of Undersecretary for Intelligence at the DOD was created because the DOD does not trust the CIA. Just remember, as you read on, that there are intelligence assets that have philosophical differences with the Bush administration.]
F - While the EU is trying to negotiate with Iran (and get the US to join them), DOD civilian leadership believes that Iran needs a " whack " (and/or the threat of one) to get their cooperation
G - there is a window of 4-5 years before Iran can independently become a nuclear threat (so the pressure is on now)
H - any UN resolution against Iran would be vetoed by Russia and China, so that is not an option. Then the US blames the UN and calls for bombing.
I - Europe thought the Iranians were a problem for Israel only, but Iranians missiles could reach Europe and the EU now realizes this. So, they are pressing the US
J - "Shock and awe" is an option, but the US would get " only one bite on the apple". Covert action has consequently become paramount.
K - The US is getting assistance from the Pakistanis enabling covert info gathering inside Iran (in exchange Pakistan is being allowed to keep the father of the Pakistani nuclear bomb who is reportedly involved in a vast "black-market" nuclear consortium.)
[Can you see any mushroom clouds, yet?]
L - The US has been doing secret recon missions in Iran for a year (in target preparation)
M - "It's not if we're going to do anything against Iran. They're doing it."
N - Rumsfeld planned and lobbied for more than two years before getting Presidential authority, in a series of findings and executive orders, to use military commandos for covert operations
O - Then, last fall, Rumsfeld's ability to deploy the commandos expanded .
P - In late November, 2004, the Times reported that Bush had set up an interagency group to study whether it "would best serve the nation " to give the Pentagon complete control over the C.I.A.'s own élite paramilitary unit, which has operated covertly in trouble spots around the world for decades. ... "It seems like it's going to happen ," Howard Hart, who was chief of the C.I.A.'s Paramilitary Operations Division before retiring in 1991, told me [Hersh].
Q - "Congress believes it voted to include all such covert activities carried out by the armed forces. The military says, 'No, the things we're doing are not intelligence actions under the statute but necessary military steps authorized by the President, as Commander-in-Chief, to "prepare the battlefield."'"
R - Under Rumsfeld's new approach, [Hersh] was told, U.S. military operatives would be permitted to pose abroad as corrupt foreign businessmen seeking to buy contraband items that could be used in nuclear-weapons systems. [read overflowing rain, and great hailstones, fire, and brimstone- Eze 38:22] In some cases, according to the Pentagon advisers, local citizens could be recruited and asked to join up with guerrillas or terrorists . This could potentially involve organizing and carrying out combat operations (hooks? ), or even terrorist activities .
S - "The objective now is to recruit locals in any area we want. And we aren't going to tell Congress about it." A former military officer, who has knowledge of the Pentagon's commando capabilities, said, " We're going to be riding with the bad boys ."
T - "It's a finesse to give power to Rumsfeld-giving him the right to act swiftly, decisively, and lethally," the first Pentagon adviser told me. "It's a global free-fire zone ."
U - "Rummy's plan was to get a compromise in the bill in which the Pentagon keeps its marbles and the C.I.A. loses theirs," the former high-level intelligence official told me. "Then all the pieces of the puzzle fall in place. He gets authority for covert action that is not attributable, the ability to directly task national-intelligence assets"-including the many intelligence satellites that constantly orbit the world
Quotes from the Hersh Article
THE COMING WARS
by SEYMOUR M. HERSH
What the Pentagon can now do in secret.
Issue of 2005-01-24 and 31
George W. Bush's re-election was not his only victory last fall. The President and his national-security advisers have consolidated control over the military and intelligence communities' strategic analyses and covert operations to a degree unmatched since the rise of the post-Second World War national-security state. Bush has an aggressive and ambitious agenda for using that control-against the mullahs in Iran and against targets in the ongoing war on terrorism-during his second term. The C.I.A. will continue to be downgraded, and the agency will increasingly serve, as one government consultant with close ties to the Pentagon put it, as "facilitators" of policy emanating from President Bush and Vice-President Dick Cheney. This process is well under way.
...the Bush Administration [still has] ... its basic long-range policy goal in the Middle East: the establishment of democracy throughout the region.
"This is a war against terrorism, and Iraq is just one campaign. The Bush Administration is looking at this as a huge war zone," the former high-level intelligence official told me. "Next, we're going to have the Iranian campaign. We've declared war and the bad guys, wherever they are, are the enemy. This is the last hurrah-we've got four years, and want to come out of this saying we won the war on terrorism."
Bush and Cheney may have set the policy, but it is Rumsfeld who has directed its implementation and has absorbed much of the public criticism when things went wrong...
Rumsfeld will become even more important during the second term. In interviews with past and present intelligence and military officials, I was told that the agenda had been determined before the Presidential election, and much of it would be Rumsfeld's responsibility. The war on terrorism would be expanded, and effectively placed under the Pentagon's control. The President has signed a series of findings and executive orders authorizing secret commando groups and other Special Forces units to conduct covert operations against suspected terrorist targets in as many as ten nations in the Middle East and South Asia.
The President's decision enables Rumsfeld to run the operations off the books-free from legal restrictions imposed on the C.I.A.... "The Pentagon doesn't feel obligated to report any of this to Congress," the former high-level intelligence official said. "They don't even call it 'covert ops'-it's too close to the C.I.A. phrase. In their view, it's 'black reconnaissance.' They're not even going to tell the CINCs"-the regional American military commanders-in-chief. (The Defense Department and the White House did not respond to requests for comment on this story.)
In my interviews, I was repeatedly told that the next strategic target was Iran. "Everyone is saying, 'You can't be serious about targeting Iran. Look at Iraq,'" the former intelligence official told me. "But they say, 'We've got some lessons learned-not militarily, but how we did it politically. We're not going to rely on agency pissants.' No loose ends, and that's why the C.I.A. is out of there." [They do not trust the CIA period and why should they given recent history.]
[Europe has been trying to negotiate with Iran.]
The Europeans have been urging the Bush Administration to join in these negotiations. The Administration has refused to do so. The civilian leadership in the Pentagon has argued that no diplomatic progress on the Iranian nuclear threat will take place unless there is a credible threat of military action. "The neocons say negotiations are a bad deal," a senior official of the International Atomic Energy Agency (I.A.E.A.) told me. "And the only thing the Iranians understand is pressure. And that they also need to be whacked."
The core problem is that Iran has successfully hidden the extent of its nuclear program, and its progress. Many Western intelligence agencies, including those of the United States, believe that Iran is at least three to five years away from a capability to independently produce nuclear warheads-although its work on a missile-delivery system is far more advanced. Iran is also widely believed by Western intelligence agencies and the I.A.E.A. to have serious technical problems with its weapons system, most notably in the production of the hexafluoride gas needed to fabricate nuclear warheads.
A retired senior C.I.A. official, one of many who left the agency recently, told me... "The big wild card for us is that you don't know who is capable of filling in the missing parts for them," the recently retired official said. "North Korea? Pakistan? We don't know what parts are missing."
One Western diplomat told me that the Europeans believed they were in what he called a "lose-lose position" as long as the United States refuses to get involved. "France, Germany, and the U.K. cannot succeed alone, and everybody knows it," the diplomat said. "If the U.S. stays outside, we don't have enough leverage, and our effort will collapse." The alternative would be to go to the Security Council, but any resolution imposing sanctions would likely be vetoed by China or Russia, and then "the United Nations will be blamed and the Americans will say, 'The only solution is to bomb.'"
The Israeli government is, not surprisingly, skeptical of the European approach. Silvan Shalom, the Foreign Minister, said in an interview last week in Jerusalem,with another New Yorker journalist, "I don't like what's happening. We were encouraged at first when the Europeans got involved. For a long time, they thought it was just Israel's problem. But then they saw that the [Iranian] missiles themselves were longer range and could reach all of Europe, and they became very concerned. Their attitude has been to use the carrot and the stick-but all we see so far is the carrot." He added, "If they can't comply, Israel cannot live with Iran having a nuclear bomb."
In a recent essay, Patrick Clawson, an Iran expert who is the deputy director of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy (and a supporter of the Administration), articulated the view that force, or the threat of it, was a vital bargaining tool with Iran. ...In a subsequent conversation with me, Clawson suggested that, if some kind of military action was inevitable, "it would be much more in Israel's interest-and Washington's-to take covert action. The style of this Administration is to use overwhelming force-'shock and awe.' But we get only one bite of the apple."
The Administration has been conducting secret reconnaissance missions inside Iran at least since last summer. Much of the focus is on the accumulation of intelligence and targeting information on Iranian nuclear, chemical, and missile sites, both declared and suspected. The goal is to identify and isolate three dozen, and perhaps more, such targets that could be destroyed by precision strikes and short-term commando raids. "The civilians in the Pentagon want to go into Iran and destroy as much of the military infrastructure as possible," the government consultant with close ties to the Pentagon told me.
Getting such evidence is a pressing concern for the Bush Administration. The former high-level intelligence official told me, "They don't want to make any W.M.D. intelligence mistakes, as in Iraq. The Republicans can't have two of those. There's no education in the second kick of a mule." The official added that the government of Pervez Musharraf, the Pakistani President, has won a high price for its coöperation-American assurance that Pakistan will not have to hand over A. Q. Khan, known as the father of Pakistan's nuclear bomb, to the I.A.E.A. or to any other international authorities for questioning. For two decades, Khan has been linked to a vast consortium of nuclear-black-market activities. Last year, Musharraf professed to be shocked when Khan, in the face of overwhelming evidence, "confessed" to his activities. A few days later, Musharraf pardoned him, and so far he has refused to allow the I.A.E.A. or American intelligence to interview him. Khan is now said to be living under house arrest in a villa in Islamabad. "It's a deal-a trade-off," the former high-level intelligence official explained. "'Tell us what you know about Iran and we will let your A. Q. Khan guys go.' It's the neoconservatives' version of short-term gain at long-term cost. They want to prove that Bush is the anti-terrorism guy who can handle Iran and the nuclear threat, against the long-term goal of eliminating the black market for nuclear proliferation."
"They believe that about three-quarters of the potential targets can be destroyed from the air, and a quarter are too close to population centers, or buried too deep, to be targeted," the consultant said. Inevitably, he added, some suspicious sites need to be checked out by American or Israeli commando teams-in on-the-ground surveillance-before being targeted.
The Pentagon's contingency plans for a broader invasion of Iran are also being updated. Strategists at the headquarters of the U.S. Central Command, in Tampa, Florida, have been asked to revise the military's war plan, providing for a maximum ground and air invasion of Iran. Updating the plan makes sense, whether or not the Administration intends to act, because the geopolitics of the region have changed dramatically in the last three years. Previously, an American invasion force would have had to enter Iran by sea, by way of the Persian Gulf or the Gulf of Oman; now troops could move in on the ground, from Afghanistan or Iraq. Commando units and other assets could be introduced through new bases in the Central Asian republics.
It is possible that some of the American officials who talk about the need to eliminate Iran's nuclear infrastructure are doing so as part of a propaganda campaign aimed at pressuring Iran to give up its weapons planning. If so, the signals are not always clear. President Bush, who after 9/11 famously depicted Iran as a member of the "axis of evil," is now publicly emphasizing the need for diplomacy to run its course. "We don't have much leverage with the Iranians right now," the President said at a news conference late last year. "Diplomacy must be the first choice, and always the first choice of an administration trying to solve an issue of . . . nuclear armament. And we'll continue to press on diplomacy."
In my interviews over the past two months, I was given a much harsher view. The hawks in the Administration believe that it will soon become clear that the Europeans' negotiated approach cannot succeed, and that at that time the Administration will act. "We're not dealing with a set of National Security Council option papers here," the former high-level intelligence official told me. "They've already passed that wicket. It's not if we're going to do anything against Iran. They're doing it."
The immediate goals of the attacks would be to destroy, or at least temporarily derail, Iran's ability to go nuclear. But there are other, equally purposeful, motives at work. The government consultant told me that the hawks in the Pentagon, in private discussions, have been urging a limited attack on Iran because they believe it could lead to a toppling of the religious leadership. "Within the soul of Iran there is a struggle between secular nationalists and reformers, on the one hand, and, on the other hand, the fundamentalist Islamic movement," the consultant told me. "The minute the aura of invincibility which the mullahs enjoy is shattered, and with it the ability to hoodwink the West, the Iranian regime will collapse"-like the former Communist regimes in Romania, East Germany, and the Soviet Union. Rumsfeld and Wolfowitz share that belief, he said.
"The idea that an American attack on Iran's nuclear facilities would produce a popular uprising is extremely illinformed," said Flynt Leverett, a Middle East scholar who worked on the National Security Council in the Bush Administration. "You have to understand that the nuclear ambition in Iran is supported across the political spectrum, and Iranians will perceive attacks on these sites as attacks on their ambitions to be a major regional player and a modern nation that's technologically sophisticated." Leverett, who is now a senior fellow at the Saban Center for Middle East Policy, at the Brookings Institution, warned that an American attack, if it takes place, "will produce an Iranian backlash against the United States and a rallying around the regime."
Rumsfeld planned and lobbied for more than two years before getting Presidential authority, in a series of findings and executive orders, to use military commandos for covert operations. One of his first steps was bureaucratic: to shift control of an undercover unit, known then as the Gray Fox (it has recently been given a new code name), from the Army to the Special Operations Command (SOCOM), in Tampa. Gray Fox was formally assigned to SOCOM in July, 2002, at the instigation of Rumsfeld's office, which meant that the undercover unit would have a single commander for administration and operational deployment. Then, last fall, Rumsfeld's ability to deploy the commandos expanded. According to a Pentagon consultant, an Execute Order on the Global War on Terrorism (referred to throughout the government as GWOT) was issued at Rumsfeld's direction. The order specifically authorized the military "to find and finish" terrorist targets, the consultant said. It included a target list that cited Al Qaeda network members, Al Qaeda senior leadership, and other high-value targets. The consultant said that the order had been cleared throughout the national-security bureaucracy in Washington.
In late November, 2004, the Times reported that Bush had set up an interagency group to study whether it "would best serve the nation" to give the Pentagon complete control over the C.I.A.'s own élite paramilitary unit, which has operated covertly in trouble spots around the world for decades. The panel's conclusions, due in February, are foregone, in the view of many former C.I.A. officers. "It seems like it's going to happen," Howard Hart, who was chief of the C.I.A.'s Paramilitary Operations Division before retiring in 1991, told me.
There was other evidence of Pentagon encroachment. Two former C.I.A. clandestine officers, Vince Cannistraro and Philip Giraldi, who publish Intelligence Brief, a newsletter for their business clients, reported last month on the existence of a broad counter-terrorism Presidential finding that permitted the Pentagon "to operate unilaterally in a number of countries where there is a perception of a clear and evident terrorist threat. . . . A number of the countries are friendly to the U.S. and are major trading partners. Most have been cooperating in the war on terrorism." The two former officers listed some of the countries-Algeria, Sudan, Yemen, Syria, and Malaysia. (I was subsequently told by the former high-level intelligence official that Tunisia is also on the list.)
Rumsfeld and two of his key deputies, Stephen Cambone, the Under-secretary of Defense for Intelligence, and Army Lieutenant General William G. (Jerry) Boykin, will be part of the chain of command for the new commando operations. Relevant members of the House and Senate intelligence committees have been briefed on the Defense Department's expanded role in covert affairs, a Pentagon adviser assured me, but he did not know how extensive the briefings had been.
The legal questions about the Pentagon's right to conduct covert operations without informing Congress have not been resolved. "It's a very, very gray area," said Jeffrey H. Smith, a West Point graduate who served as the C.I.A.'s general counsel in the mid-nineteen-nineties. "Congress believes it voted to include all such covert activities carried out by the armed forces. The military says, 'No, the things we're doing are not intelligence actions under the statute but necessary military steps authorized by the President, as Commander-in-Chief, to "prepare the battlefield."'" Referring to his days at the C.I.A., Smith added, "We were always careful not to use the armed forces in a covert action without a Presidential finding. The Bush Administration has taken a much more aggressive stance."
Under Rumsfeld's new approach, I was told, U.S. military operatives would be permitted to pose abroad as corrupt foreign businessmen seeking to buy contraband items that could be used in nuclear-weapons systems. In some cases, according to the Pentagon advisers, local citizens could be recruited and asked to join up with guerrillas or terrorists. This could potentially involve organizing and carrying out combat operations, or even terrorist activities.
The new rules will enable the Special Forces community to set up what it calls "action teams" in the target countries overseas which can be used to find and eliminate terrorist organizations. "Do you remember the right-wing execution squads in El Salvador?" the former high-level intelligence official asked me, referring to the military-led gangs that committed atrocities in the early nineteen-eighties. "We founded them and we financed them," he said. "The objective now is to recruit locals in any area we want. And we aren't going to tell Congress about it." A former military officer, who has knowledge of the Pentagon's commando capabilities, said, "We're going to be riding with the bad boys."
A retired four-star general said, "The basic concept has always been solid, but how do you insure that the people doing it operate within the concept of the law? This is pushing the edge of the envelope." The general added, "It's the oversight. And you're not going to get Warner"-John Warner, of Virginia, the chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee-"and those guys to exercise oversight. This whole thing goes to the Fourth Deck." He was referring to the floor in the Pentagon where Rumsfeld and Cambone have their offices.
"It's a finesse to give power to Rumsfeld-giving him the right to act swiftly, decisively, and lethally," the first Pentagon adviser told me. "It's a global free-fire zone."
Rumsfeld's decision to revive this approach stemmed, once again, from a failure of intelligence in the Middle East, the adviser said. The Administration believed that the C.I.A. was unable, or unwilling, to provide the military with the information it needed to effectively challenge stateless terrorism. "One of the big challenges was that we didn't have Humint"-human intelligence-"collection capabilities in areas where terrorists existed," the adviser told me. "Because the C.I.A. claimed to have such a hold on Humint, the way to get around them, rather than take them on, was to claim that the agency didn't do Humint to support Special Forces operations overseas. The C.I.A. fought it." Referring to Rumsfeld's new authority for covert operations, the first Pentagon adviser told me, "It's not empowering military intelligence. It's emasculating the C.I.A."
A former senior C.I.A. officer depicted the agency's eclipse as predictable. "For years, the agency bent over backward to integrate and coördinate with the Pentagon," the former officer said. "We just caved and caved and got what we deserved. It is a fact of life today that the Pentagon is a five-hundred-pound gorilla and the C.I.A. director is a chimpanzee."
Porter Goss, Tenet's successor, engaged in what the recently retired C.I.A. official described as a "political purge" in the D.I. Among the targets were a few senior analysts who were known to write dissenting papers that had been forwarded to the White House. The recently retired C.I.A. official said, "The White House carefully reviewed the political analyses of the D.I. so they could sort out the apostates from the true believers." Some senior analysts in the D.I. have turned in their resignations-quietly, and without revealing the extent of the disarray.
The White House solidified its control over intelligence last month, when it forced last-minute changes in the intelligence-reform bill. The legislation, based substantially on recommendations of the 9/11 Commission, originally gave broad powers, including authority over intelligence spending, to a new national-intelligence director. (The Pentagon controls roughly eighty per cent of the intelligence budget.) A reform bill passed in the Senate by a vote of 96-2. Before the House voted, however, Bush, Cheney, and Rumsfeld balked. The White House publicly supported the legislation, but House Speaker Dennis Hastert refused to bring a House version of the bill to the floor for a vote-ostensibly in defiance of the President, though it was widely understood in Congress that Hastert had been delegated to stall the bill. After intense White House and Pentagon lobbying, the legislation was rewritten. The bill that Congress approved sharply reduced the new director's power, in the name of permitting the Secretary of Defense to maintain his "statutory responsibilities."
"Rummy's plan was to get a compromise in the bill in which the Pentagon keeps its marbles and the C.I.A. loses theirs," the former high-level intelligence official told me. "Then all the pieces of the puzzle fall in place. He gets authority for covert action that is not attributable, the ability to directly task national-intelligence assets"-including the many intelligence satellites that constantly orbit the world.
"Rumsfeld will no longer have to refer anything through the government's intelligence wringer," the former official went on. "The intelligence system was designed to put competing agencies in competition. What's missing will be the dynamic tension that insures everyone's priorities-in the C.I.A., the D.O.D., the F.B.I., and even the Department of Homeland Security-are discussed. The most insidious implication of the new system is that Rumsfeld no longer has to tell people what he's doing so they can ask, 'Why are you doing this?' or 'What are your priorities?' Now he can keep all of the mattress mice out of it."
End of Quotes from Hersh Article
This scenario is the equivalent of controlled (read hooks) terrorist cells with nuclear and military capacities, riding with the bad boys. Hey guys, let's invade Israel (the hook is set). Then, boom!
Standard intelligence doctrine is to create a phony "war" inside a group of "competing factions" (both of whom you want to eliminate) aka every man's sword against his brother . By becoming involved in the phony war, the unwitting participants thereby eliminate each other.
In Ezekiel 38: 7 it says to the invading forces BE THOU PREPARED, AND PREPARE FOR THYSELF, THOU, and all thy company that are assembled unto thee...
Why would it say be thou prepared and prepare for thyself if these two things are not different? If they are different, then, the first means BEING PREPARED by someone else and the second means making preparations on your own.
This understanding lends itself to the HOOKS being prepared in advance. Such is the nature of covert operations.
Significantly, the timing of the Magog invasion becomes even more important. If this timing is correct , then, the world is staring this invasion in the face. A chart of this timing is here ..
The invasion does have to be preceded by "peace" of some kind .
We have shown above that parts of Turkey will be included in the Magog invasion.
From the following website we read of brewing hostilities in Turkey toward the US and it's Israeli ally.
US-Turkish Relations at New Low
How can two erstwhile allies [Turkey and the US], cooperative in so many areas, go to war? At the moment, there is certainly a war of words. A BBC survey indicates Turkey is now the most anti-American nation on earth. In this atmosphere, no monstrous act is considered beyond America or its Israeli partner in crime who are even compared to the German Nazis. Columnist Arnaud deBorchgrave says some Turks may be outvenoming Osama bin Laden.
Real life has contributed to this startling shift of opinion. Turks, like many others, strongly opposed the U.S. invasion of Iraq and suspect U.S. plans for the region. They are particularly uneasy over the growing separatism of Kurds in northern Iraq. This, in turn, could enflame the already restive Kurds within Turkey. What, they ask, is the U.S. up to?
The Kurdish question is central, says Sabri Sayari, director of the Institute for Turkish Studies at Georgetown University. Turks believe the United States has failed to suppress the anti-Turkish rebels operating in northern Iraq.
“I think Turkish sentiment has to be explained in the context of what is happening in Iraq,” he said. “Obviously, the war in Iraq has not been popular in Turkey for a variety of reasons, especially the situation in northern Iraq with the growing power of the Kurds and the general instability that has engulfed a neighboring country.”
Henry Barkey, professor of international relations at Lehigh University, says there is Turkish concern of spillover. A separate Kurdish entity in Iraq could revive the separatist movement in Turkey.
“There is an enormous fear in Turkey, a paranoia if you want, that events in Iraq will propel Kurds in Turkey to seek the same thing,” noted Mr. Barkey. “I think this is overly exaggerated. The Turkish Kurds have had problems with the Turkish government and the Turkish elite, but they are part of a very vibrant economy and a very vibrant society, which is on its way to become a member of the European Union a decade and a half from now.”
For this reason, says Professor Barkey, Turkish Kurds have little incentive to imitate Iraqi Kurds. But they understandably resent the condescending way they are often treated in Turkey. That needs to change, says Professor Barkey.
Underlying U.S.-Turkish tensions is the growing presence of Islam. When the current Islamist government took over in Turkey, Washington at first responded positively, says Professor Sayari.
“The US has been pretty much in support of Turkey's experiment with a party that originates from the Islamist movement,” he added. “When it initially came to power in 2002, this party was viewed as something that would prove that Islam and democracy are compatible and there should be no clash of civilizations. So the US was upholding Turkey as a kind of model in a way.”
But Washington cooled, particularly over Turkey's refusal to let U.S. forces invade Iraq from its territory.
Even so, says Professor Barkey, U.S. actions hardly excuse the constant anti-American drumbeat of Turkish politicians and journalists. Nothing Washington says is believed:
“When you have serious newspapers publishing articles about the United States having a secret weapon that makes earthguakes and that Istanbul is the next target,” he explained. “When you have newspapers that publish all kinds of scurrilous articles about the United States, that is more worrisome. The problem is that some Turkish politicians have joined the fray and have accused the United States of genocide and all kinds of other activities in Iraq.”
Note: The author believes that propaganda of the sort that creates fear in Turkey is being deliberately put forth to set up the future invaders. These are the "hooks" of Ezekiel 38-39. Tuurkey has been subjected to the Clash of Civilizations paradigm more than any other country on earth. The above article quotes a book of fiction that has Turkey at war with the US .
From the Web in a Debka.com copyrighted story-
We read how the Magog nations are rising-
Kurdish leaders Jalal Talabani and Massoud Barzani termed a proposition put before them recently by the heads of the Turkomen community “ extremely interesting and worth pursuing.” The pursuit has gained headlong momentum.
DEBKA-Net-Weekly’s sources reveal that Saad e-Din al-Kidj, chairman of the Turkmen Supreme Council essentially proposed the introduction of self-rule for the Turkoman homeland of Turkmeneli which abuts and often overlaps the Kurdish region and the oil-rich lands of northern Iraq (See attached DEBKAfile Special Map) and promises it will act as a buffer between Kurdistan and other parts of Iraq.
The Turkomen, predominantly a Muslim Turkic nation, represent Iraq’s third ethnic minority, whose interests and safety are closely protected by Ankara.
The plan for Turkomen autonomy has come up before. In 2002, about a year before the US-led invasion of Iraq, CIA agents and undercover US troops floated the proposal while preparing the military and intelligence infrastructure for the war in the autonomous Kurdish region. The heads of the far larger and more powerful Kurdish community angrily rejected the plan as a political and security threat to their interests.
But much has changed in three years. Suddenly an autonomous Turkoman belt along their southern border looks to the Kurds like an asset to be welcomed - a shield against any Arab military threat from the south and east and a better-than-good insurance policy against Turkish military steps to stop the Kurds’ advance toward independence and domination of the mixed town of Kirkuk. Irbil is already rubbing its hands at the prospect of bilateral economic and military cooperation with Ankara.
So keen are Talabani and Barzani on the Turkomen independence scheme that they have counter-offered the Turkomens a 25% share in the oil revenues of Kirkuk. This offer was made without a by-your-leave from the interim government in Baghdad headed by Iyad Allawi and certainly not from the post-election administration due to rise.
... Ankara has been informed that the Kurds will pocket 75% of the northern oil revenues and grant the Turkomen 25% to support their self-ruling enclave.
This deal augurs a reshaping of the map of northern Iraq. The Turkomen strip runs transversely from Tel Afar near the Syrian border in the west up to a point south of Kurdish Halabja near the Iranian border to the east. Its population, estimated at between two and three million, centers on the two main towns of Tel Afar and Kuz-Khrumatu.
The oil receipts will finance a new army whose Turkish officers will supply the weapons and training.
This will be the first time in modern history that the Turks will have gained a military foothold in northern Iraq in a region that commands the Sunni Triangle north of Baghdad.
Ankara will have no more need to establish a military presence in northern Iraq. It will have under its command 50-60,000 Turkomen troops, which the Turks and the Kurds are certain will be fully trained and combat-ready much sooner than the Iraqi army the Americans are building further south. This army will be backed by the 100,000-strong Kurdish army.
By the end of this year or early 2006, the central government in Baghdad may therefore find itself staring at an army of 160,000 trained soldiers to the north. This force, not subject to the federal government’s orders, will be the best trained and disciplined of any force in the country.
the [Kurds] reckon that if the Turkomen expand into all parts of Kurdistan and are awarded equal rights, they will sink a part of their share of oil profits in Kurdistan and so invest in independent Kurdistan’s development and prosperity.
This week, therefore, Kurdish leaders invited all the Turkomen driven out of Kirkuk (where they used to account for one-third of the population) to return and reclaim their property with Kurdish government’s guarantees for their safety.
In a few short weeks, the seedlings of two independent non-Arab Iraqi states have begun sending out strong shoots.End 03-25-2005
CIA is sabre rattling against "Persia", one of the Biblical particpants in the Magog invasion. Interestingly, the purport of the dossier vis-a-vis the PKK (who operate in southeastern Turkey, northern Iraq/Iran) tends to create a separation of Ankara from those geographical areas in southeastern Turkey which are Biblically described as future invaders (aka Meshech, Togarmah, Tubal, etc). If you watch the news regarding Turkey, you find that debate concerning the future role of Turkey is oft-mentioned; i.e., will Turkey join the EU or will it move toward the Muslim countries?
CIA’s Goss Reportedly Warned Ankara Of Iranian ThreatCumhuriyet - During his recent visit to Ankara, CIA Director Porter Goss reportedly brought three dossiers on Iran to Ankara.
Goss is said to have asked for Turkey’s support for Washington’s policy against Iran’s nuclear activities, charging that Tehran had supported terrorism and taken part in activities against Turkey.
Goss also asked Ankara to be ready for a possible US air operation against Iran and Syria.Goss, who came to Ankara just after FBI Director Robert Mueller’s visit, brought up Iran’s alleged attempts to develop nuclear weapons. It was said that Goss first told Ankara that Iran has nuclear weapons and this situation was creating a huge threat for both Turkey and other states in the region. Diplomatic sources say that Washington wants Turkey to coordinate with its Iran policies. The second dossier is about Iran’s stance on terrorism. The CIA argued that Iran was supporting terrorism, the PKK and al-Qaeda. The third had to do with Iran’s alleged stance against Ankara. Goss said that Tehran sees Turkey as an enemy and would try to “export its regime.”
There is a great deal of discussion concerning Iran's nuclear capability and the possibility of military action by the United States to thwart Iran's nuclear threat. The truth of the matter is that Iran is planning to do something which is a far greater threat to the United States. Iran is planning to start its Oil Exchange in March 2006 in which Iran will accept payment in currencies other than dollars.
In essence, Iran is about to commit a far greater “offense” than Saddam Hussein's conversion to the euro for Iraq’s oil exports in the fall of 2000.[look what happened to Saddam] Beginning in March 2006, the Tehran government has plans to begin competing with New York's NYMEX and London's IPE with respect to international oil trades – using a euro-based international oil-trading mechanism.
Since "petrodollars" is the only thing propping up the US dollar (this side of hyperinflation), allowing the sale of oil in Euros will be disastrous for the dollar. Nations will no longer need dollars to buy oil. This built-in demand for dollars has kept the dollar from falling drastically relative to other currencies. Iran's euro-based international oil-trading mechanism is a "WMD" and it may be treated as such.
Continuing with the article...
The proposed Iranian oil bourse signifies that without some sort of US intervention, the euro is going to establish a firm foothold in the international oil trade. Given U.S. debt levels and the stated neoconservative project of U.S. global domination, Tehran’s objective constitutes an obvious encroachment on dollar supremacy in the crucial international oil market.
Since China and Russia have a stake in this as well, this situation could accelerate the world toward Armageddon.
China’s announcement in July 2005 that it was re-valuing the yuan/RNB was not nearly as important as its decision to divorce itself from a U.S. dollar peg by moving towards a “basket of currencies” – likely to include the yen, euro, and dollar. Additionally, the Chinese re-valuation immediately lowered their monthly imported “oil bill” by 2%, given that oil trades are still priced in dollars, but it is unclear how much longer this monopoly arrangement will last.
Furthermore, the geopolitical stakes for the Bush administration were raised dramatically on October 28, 2004, when Iran and China signed a huge oil and gas trade agreement (valued between $70 - $100 billion dollars.)  It should also be noted that China currently receives 13% of its oil imports from Iran. In the aftermath of the Iraq invasion, the U.S.-administered Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA) nullified previous oil lease contracts from 1997-2002 that France, Russia, China and other nations had established under the Saddam regime. The nullification of these contracts worth a reported $1.1 trillion created political tensions between the U.S and the European Union, Russia and China [like I said - look what happened to Saddam- 1.1 trillion is a WMD].
The Chinese government may fear the same fate awaits their oil investments in Iran if the U.S. were able to attack and topple the Tehran government. Despite U.S. desires to enforce petrodollar hegemony, the geopolitical risks of an attack on Iran’s nuclear facilities would surely create a serious crisis between Washington and Beijing.
Persia, Ethiopia, and Libya with them; all of them with shield and helmet: -- Ezekiel 38:5
Persia is Iran.
According to Malachi Martin, The Keys of this Blood, -
"The other two major contenders in the millennium endgame will be ELIMINATED " (* emphasis added). (p. 657)
To what two contenders does he refer? Soviet Russia (already brought down) and the capitalist West, primarily the US.
For companies and governments - European ones in particular - LEAP/E2020 has developed in its confidential letter – the GlobalEurope Anticipation Bulletin -, and in particular in the next issue, a series of strategic and operational recommendations which, if integrated in today's decision-making processes, can contribute to soften significantly the "monetary, financial and economic tsunami" which will break on the planet at the end of next month. To use a simple image – by the way, one used in the political anticipation scenario « USA 2010 »  -, the impact of the events of the last week of March 2006 on the “Western World” we have known since 1945 will be comparable to the impact of the Fall of the Iron Curtain in 1989 on the “Soviet Block”.
Now, do you believe Mr Martin? I do. To what "financial tsunami" does the website refer?
If this Alarm is so precise, it is that LEAP/E2020’s analyses concluded that all possible scenarios now lead to one single result: we collectively approach a "historical node" which is henceforth inevitable whatever the action of international or national actors. At this stage, only a direct and immediate action on the part of the US administration aimed at preventing a military confrontation with Iran on the one hand, and at giving up the idea to monetarise the US foreign debt on the other hand, could change the course of events. For LEAP/E2020 it is obvious that not only such actions will not be initiated by the current leaders in Washington, but that on the contrary they have already chosen "to force the destiny" by shirking their economic and financial problems at the expense of the rest of the world. European governments in particular should draw very quickly all the conclusions from this fact.
To what is he referring?
Iran's opening of an Oil Bourse priced in Euros at the end of March 2006 will be the end of the monopoly of the Dollar on the global oil market. The immediate result is likely to upset the international currency market as producing countries will be able to charge their production in Euros also. In parallel, European countries in particular will be able to buy oil directly in their own currency without going though the Dollar. Concretely speaking, in both cases this means that a lesser number of economic actors will need a lesser number of Dollars . This double development will thus head to the same direction, i.e. a very significant reduction of the importance of the Dollar as the international reserve currency, and therefore a significant and sustainable weakening of the American currency, in particular compared to the Euro.
49% of US debt is foreign owned (up from 18% in 1982). What if they decide to keep these treasury issues? - A huge loss in the ability to buy oil. Is the Federal Reserve already anticipating such a problem? They have decided to STOP publishing figures that show they are printing money (to prop up the dollar)-
The end of the publication by the American Federal Reserve of the M3 monetary aggregate (and that of other components)  , a decision vehemently criticized by the community of economists and financial analysts, will have as a consequence to lose transparency on the evolution of the amount of Dollars in circulation worldwide. For some months already, M3 has significantly increased (indicating that « money printing » has already speeded up in Washington), knowing that the new President of the US Federal Reserve, Matt Bernanke, is a self-acknowledged fan of « money printing » . Considering that a strong fall of the Dollar would probably result in a massive sale of the US Treasury Bonds held in Asia, in Europe and in the oil-producing countries, LEAP/E2020 estimates that the American decision to stop publishing M3 aims at hiding as long as possible two US decisions, partly imposed by the political and economic choices made these last years :
. the ‘monetarisation’ of the US debt
. the launch of a monetary policy to support US economic activity.
… two policies to be implemented until at least the October 2006 « mid-term » elections, in order to prevent the Republican Party from being sent in reeling.
This M3-related decision also illustrates the incapacity of the US and international monetary and financial authorities put in a situation where they will in the end prefer to remove the indicator rather than try to act on the reality.
Now, what happens if the US manages to "force/trick" Iran into taking military action (as an excuse to avert the monetary crisis)? Retaliation by the US will force the oil price to soar and China will be brought into the picture to protect its interests.
If the United States launches an attack on Iran, the Islamic republic will retaliate with a military strike on Israel's main nuclear facility, an advisor to Iran's Revolutionary Guard said.
Friends, if we can not hear the hoofbeats of the horses of the Apocalypse, we might want to get a hearing test.
Recently referenced on a website, http://www.neptunuslex.com, (dated Mar 13, 2006) is an unclassified "Iran, Near-Term Implications" (Persia to us). The site says- There’s a powerpoint slideshow burning up the unclas [unclassified] government lines, ... The executive summary reads thusly:
Iran appears to be rushing to a conflict with the West. The main question is what is motivating President Ahmadinejad to such recklessness?
Historical:Confederacy with Shiite Iraq is a historic
opportunity after 1,000 years of domination from Sunni
Arabs and Ottoman Turks.
• Economic:Control of 50% of the world’s oil reserves greatly benefits Iran
• Military: Iran has tens of thousands of special ops forces in Iraq and a million forces on the border. UK and US forces could be significantly outnumbered and overrun with assistance from Syrian and internal insurgent Iraqi forces.• Religious:Ultra-religious Shia clerics and Ahmadinejad are dedicated to the near-term messianic return of the 12th Imam via the creation of an apocalypse
After that, the presentation turns pessimistic.
I read a copy of the report. Notice from the quote above that the 12th Imam is to return via the creation of an apocalypse.
The key point here is that the report is saying that the apocalypse will be deliberately done by the Shiites.
The amazing part about this is that a "think-tank" report is being circulated among US military commanders entitled Iranian President Ahmadinejad, Islamic Eschatology, and Near-term Implications. Pretty interesting think-tank, huh? It gets a whole lot more interesting. The report refers to a "Ezekiel 38" Scenario. Judeo/Christian/Islamic Eschatology predicts an "endtimes" event where a Persian/Arab/Russian coalition attacks Israel who responds with nukes. Ahmadinejad is deliberately provoking a fight with Israel. [The clear implication here is that Ahmadinejad is doing this to fulfill prophecy, a ridiculous notion for those that believe in a sovereign God. I refute this notion here.]
I have said all along that Iran would be suckered into an attack and that the defeated one would be called the defeated antichrist.
An excellent trick, indeed. I have also said that the Jews, Christians, and Islamists would be accused of deliberately precipitating WWIII just so their "God" could return. Such propaganda is now being "preached" to US military commanders in the form of "Near-Term Implications." If my father was sitting here, he would be laughing. It gets a WHOLE lot more interesting, friends. The propaganda continues by showing how the Jews, the Muslims, and the Christians have "similar" beliefs and even says that Christians have (are you ready?).... tada ...
a G O A L--
what is the G O A L, pray tell?
Before I give the GOAL, let me say that the report divides the "Christians" into TWO groups MAINSTREAM CHRISTIAN TEACHING and FUNDAMENTALIST CHRISTIANS!!!!! There you have it.
A report distributed at the Pentagon and the War College says that like Fundamentalists, Muslims tend to accept the Quran as a literally divine inspired document that cannot be altered, translated, or questioned in any way.
The fundamentalists are different from Mainstream Christians and are just like the Muslims!! If you do not believe it, you might, after you read our G O A L-
End a war that would destroy mankind and establish Jesus' Millennial Kingdom.
We need a war that would destroy mankind in order to setup Jesus' Kingdom!!! Man, those Fundamental Christians are terrorists. If you don't believe it, ask the nearest US military commander who reads and believes this. If Mystery Babylon the Great is not at work here, she owes somebody a payroll check. Is it possible that the "bow" of the eventual antichrist will include the US military?
It sure looks that way. See this for a refutation of our (real Christian's) GOAL being a war.
03-22-2006 continuing with the above
Let's examine the so-called GOAL of the Christians closely. What does the think-tank say?
End a war that would destroy mankind and establish Jesus' Millennial Kingdom.
End a war is what it says. This implies that it is a reaction to an already existing war, a war that will be started (according to the think-tank) thusly-
Ahmadinejad is deliberately provoking a fight with Israel
via the creation of an apocalypse
What we are reading is the plan of the intelligence community (using "coaches" from the religious community). I mean this in a literal way. I don't mean angelic beings. I mean hard, cold intelligence operations. It can not be proven, but, there appears to be a plan to entice the Persians to attack, a squeeze play. What you are reading in the press about imminent-this and imminent-that is part of the squeeze play. You would be hard pressed to convince me that this was not in the plan BEFORE the Iraq invasion. A land invasion of Iran is problematic. Nuking them in place is problematic also. If only they can be enticed into the open - is what the strategic planners think. (I repeat - do not get angry with me, this is not my plan, in spite of the implications of the think-tank to the contrary. I repeat - it is NOT true Christians.)
Ahmadinejad is playing the role beautifully. He should be up for the Oscar. If he is not a plant, then, the intelligence community must not be able to believe their lucky stars. The think-tank report is replete with the purported "outrages" of Ahmadinejad. Ezekiel 38:4 says I will turn thee back, and put hooks into thy jaws. Does this sound like a nation that really wants to invade? No, they sound extremely reluctant. And, rightfully so. They KNOW what would happen in a military confrontation with the West. They would be smoked and they know it.
How cynical can the intelligence community be? Cynical enough to produce the "Tragedy Play" in terms the poor Muslims and poor "Christians" can understand. Cynical enough to produce Act I - the invasion. Cynical enough to produce Act II - a supportable reaction on the part of the poor "Christians." No wonder Operation Iraqi Freedom was initially called Operation Infinite Justice. Cynical enough to "eliminate" the presumed present problem (the Shiites) and cynical enough to convince the "Christians" that their reaction will usher in the Millennium (and the "Messiah"). We know that (on the contrary) it will usher in the tribulation and the antichrist, who, by peace shall destroy many.
For the "Christian Right" in America (considering their initial ostensible support of the Iraqi invasion), how difficult would it be for them to believe that by destroying an invasion by the Shia nation (and allies), that they are bringing in peace in the Middle East? As it turns out, this is the EXACT sequence that logic dictates upon close examination of the Holy Bible.
The men who put all this together are brilliant. They have spent years putting this together and the deception will only increase. There is one problem they did not anticipate - the Bible is actually true and the Lion of the Tribe of Judah is going to alter their plans. They will get their "peace" and the world will be celebrating, once the Shia invasion is defeated. When they sall say, peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child and they shall not escape.
My friend, will you call upon the LORD today while you may still repent? If you are a Christian going to church every Sunday, fulfilling the ritual, doing the "right" things and DYING in your sins, will you repent now?
P.S. Real Christians have nothing to do with what the world wants to do. We can not cause any of the Word of God to come to pass and we can not stop it from coming to pass. That is why all we do do is Wait on the Lord.
The "hooks" are being set into jaws of Persia.
All the saber rattling to cause Persia (Iran) to back down is more probably to get them to do something foolish (like attack Israel).
THE IRAN PLANS
Would President Bush go to war to stop Tehran from getting the bomb?One former defense official, who still deals with sensitive issues for the Bush Administration, told me that the military planning was premised on a belief that “a sustained bombing campaign in Iran will humiliate the religious leadership and lead the public to rise up and overthrow the government.” He added, “I was shocked when I heard it, and asked myself, ‘What are they smoking?’ ”
[the same stuff they were smoking when they invaded Iraq]
... One military planner told me that White House criticisms of Iran and the high tempo of planning and clandestine activities amount to a campaign of “coercion” [can you say "hooks"?] aimed at Iran. “You have to be ready to go, and we’ll see how they respond,” the officer said. “You have to really show a threat in order to get Ahmadinejad to back down [or is it to come out into the open?].” He added, “People think Bush has been focussed on Saddam Hussein since 9/11,” but, “in my view, if you had to name one nation that was his focus all the way along, it was Iran.”...
In recent weeks, the President has quietly initiated a series of talks on plans for Iran with a few key senators and members of Congress, including at least one Democrat. A senior member of the House Appropriations Committee, who did not take part in the meetings but has discussed their content with his colleagues, told me that there had been “no formal briefings,” because “they’re reluctant to brief the minority. They’re doing the Senate, somewhat selectively.”
member said that no one in the meetings “is really
objecting” to the talk of war. “The people they’re
briefing are the same ones who led the charge on Iraq.
At most, questions are raised: How are you going to hit
all the sites at once? How are you going to get deep
enough?” (Iran is building facilities underground.)
“There’s no pressure from Congress” not to take military
action, the House member added. “The only political
pressure is from the guys who want to do it.” Speaking
of President Bush, the House member said, “The most
worrisome thing is that this guy has a messianic
as "messianic" as the one Ahmadinejad will have.]
Saber rattling is not limited to the US-
"You can start a war but it won't be you who finishes it," said General Yahya Rahim Safavi, the head of the Revolutionary Guards and among the regime's most powerful figures. "The Americans know better than anyone that their troops in the region and in Iraq are vulnerable. I would advise them not to commit such a strategic error," he told reporters on the sidelines of a pro-Palestinian conference in Tehran.
"I would advise them to first get out of their quagmire in Iraq before getting into an even bigger one," General Safavi said with a grin.
"We have American forces in the region under total surveillance. For the past two years, we have been ready for any scenario, whether sanctions or an attack."End 04-15-2006
04-15-2006 part B
The following interview with Seymour Hersh (regarding US plans to attack Iran) is an interesting read, but, I found particularly noteworthy the viewpoint of Hersh that regards Bush and Blair as having a stake in the rapture (due to messianic thinking).
I am not making this up (as incredible as it seems).
I could add, if you want to get even more scared, some of our closest allies in this process -- we deal with the Germans, the French and the Brits -- they're secretly very worried, not only what Bush wants to do, but they're also worried that -- for example, the British Foreign Officer, Jack Straw, is vehemently against any military action, of course also nuclear action, and so is the Foreign Office, as I said, but nobody knows what will happen if Bush calls Blair. Blair's the wild card in this. He and Bush both have this sense, this messianic sense, I believe, about what they've done and what's needed to be done in the Middle East. I think Bush [Blair] is every bit as committed into this world of rapture, as is the president.
So, presumably, we are to believe that whatever military action takes place vis-a-vis Iran, it will be the fault of messianic rapture believers.
Another interesting quote from the article-
Bush doesn't talk to people he's mad at. He doesn't talk to the North Koreans. He didn't talk to the insurgency. When the history is done, there were incredible efforts by the insurgency leaders in the summer of 2003. I’m talking about the Iraqi insurgency, the former Sunni generals and Sunni and Baathist leaders who were happy to see Saddam go, but did not want America there. They wanted to talk to us. Bush wouldn't. Whether it got to Bush, I don’t know, it got in to four stars. Nobody wanted to talk to them. He doesn't talk to the president of Syria; in fact, specifically rejects overtures from al-Asad to us. And he doesn't talk to the Iranians. There's been no bilateral communication at all.
come hat-in-hand to us. A former National Security
Council adviser who worked in the White House, Flynt
Leverett, an ex-C.I.A. analyst who's now working at
Brookings, wrote a piece a month or so ago, maybe six
weeks ago, in the New York Times,
describing specific offers by the Iranians to come and
‘let's deal.’ Let's deal on all issues. I’m even told
they were willing to talk about recognizing Israel. And
the White House doesn't talk. And it's not that he
doesn't talk, it's that nobody pressures him to talk.
There's no pressure from the media, no pressure from
Congress. Here's a president who won't talk to people
he's walking us into a confrontation with.
This is not the first time I have read of Iranian
overtures being turned down by the White House.
Economic and political forces control the players in the coming endgame. The following article (an interesting read) was written by-
Virginia based writer specializing in national security and political matters. He is the author of A Power But Not Super and co-author of America's Nightmare.
In Pakistan, the US is having its cake and eating too. US weapons and technology are being used by the Pakistani dictatorship of President Musharraf to suppress a revolt for independence by the people of Balochistan (http://www.bdd.sdnpk.org ), also home to Pakistan nuclear tests in 1998 and a energy- rich province. The USA is also funding anti-Pakistani insurgent groups in Bolochistan in order to infiltrate drug operations, the black market for nuclear weaponry, Taliban remnants, and assorted Islamic resistance groups like Al Qa’da that have taken up residence in the hinterlands of Balochistan. The US State Department’s 2004 country report on Pakistan was effusive in its praise for Pakistan indicating that it was the key ally in the Long War on Terror and that Pakistan has its internal affairs under control. Yet the situation on the ground is quite different.
Iran wants to be a key energy player in a region it knows is dominated by Russia and China. The USA wants that black gold to come West and have geopolitical control over Central Asia. It's never going to happen. It is inevitable that the Kurds and Baloch [Pakistan] will have their independent states, the Iranians and Brazilians will have their nuclear power/weapons, the Chinese will have their ascendancy, the Russians will return to the world stage, and the Palestinians will get a fair shake one day.
Since we have shown that the Magog invasion has a largely Shiite element to it, would it be significant if the US and Israel took some kind of action to enrage the Shiites? How about significant destruction of Lebanon and the Hezbollah (a Shiite entity)?
Would it not be even more "outrageous" to the Shiites if the US sent troops to Lebanon? It is not out of the question. It is not a certainty either, but if it does happen, it will insure a nightmare scenario for the US troops in Iraq because they will be surrounded by a huge number of Shiites. Such a scenario could lead to "defensive" actions by US troops that could destroy Iraq. Such a scenario will make the Tet offensive of 1968 look like a picnic. In short, it will be a powder keg.
Could U.S. Troops End Up in Lebanon?
There's However, a well-connected former CIA officer has told me that the Bush Administration is in fact considering exactly such a deployment.of putting a multinational, NATO-led force in southern Lebanon as part of a ceasefire agreement in the Israel–Lebanon conflict, but Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, according to , has said that she does “not think that it is anticipated that U.S. ground forces . . . are expected for that force.”
The officer, who had broad experience in the Middle East while at the CIA, noted that NATO and European countries, including England, have made clear that they are either unwilling or extremely reluctant to participate in an international force. Given other nations' lack of commitment, any “robust” force—between 10,000 and 30,000 troops, according to estimates being discussed in the media—would by definition require major U.S. participation. According to the former official, Israel and the United States are currently discussing a large American role in exactly such a “multinational” deployment, and some top administration officials, along with senior civilians at the Pentagon, are receptive to the idea.
military, however, is ardently opposed to sending
American soldiers to the region, according to my source.
“They are saying 'What the ----?'” he told me. “Most of
our combat-ready divisions are in Iraq or Afghanistan,
or on their way, or coming back. The generals don't like
it because we're already way overstretched.”
Since the invasion of Magog originates in the north and since the location of Meshech, Tubal, and Gomer is southeastern Turkey, the following discussion is extremely interesting. http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,3-2329600,00.html
As the map below shows, from Diyarbakir eastward toward the Kandil Mountains is the region that generally agrees with the Biblical description of Meshech, Tubal, and Gomer.
Since the Kurds have been US and Israeli allies, how would the Gog invasion of Israel take place from this area? (Note the area of Kurdish autonomy outlined on the map). The article appears to answer this question. Turkey and Iran are uniting to fight the Kurdish PKK. How long will this region of Turkey remain pro-western? The Kurds are getting caught between the Iranians and Turkey. Watch for the PKK to justify more Turkish and Iranian incursions. From the article, we read-
The Kurds are being driven out again - this time by IranA SECRET war is being waged in Iraqi Kurdistan’s isolated Kandil mountain range. Since April Iran has been bombing the area in an attempt to expel Kurdish separatists, who have turned the rugged terrain into their own mini-state.
An estimated 400 families have fled the mountains to escape the Iranian attacks. No let-up appears in sight as fighters from the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) refuse to abandon their enclave.
Murat Karayilan, the PKK’s bristly, grey-haired number two commander believes the campaign is an attempt by the Islamic republic to curry favour with Turkey, the PKK’s sworn enemy.
“The Turkish and Iranian forces have made an alliance to attack us,” Mr Karayilan told The Times inside his group’s enclave. “Iran is attacking us to make friends with Turkey and to send a message to the United States.”
“You may ask why does Iran attack us. It is because of the larger issues of the Middle East,” said Mr Karayilan.
This week the Royal Institute of Strategic Affairs, a UK think-tank, gave warning that Iran had become the most influential country in the Middle East, three years after the US-led invasion of Iraq.
The Iranian campaign in Kandil has coincided with renewed Turkish artillery strikes against PKK camps along the Iraq-Turkey border. The attacks are seen as a way to pressure Iraqi Kurdistan and are also revealing of Turkey and Iran’s skittish nature when it comes to their own restive Kurdish populations.
Mr Karayilan believes that Turkey is using the PKK as a pretext to intimidate Iraq’s Kurdish regional government about the future of the oil-rich Iraqi city of Kirkuk, which the Kurds want to annex despite Turkey’s adamant opposition. Kirkuk boasts large Arab and Turkmen populations.
The PKK fought Turkish security forces for much of the 1980s and 1990s. Their guerilla war in Turkey cost more than 30,000 lives, but the PKK declared a ceasefire in 1999 after the capture of Abdullah Ocalan, its leader.
They returned to armed struggle in 2004 in anger over Ankara’s failure to engage them.
Flanked by his Kalashnikov-toting women and men, Mr Karayilan is confident no one will be able to force his men out of the Kandil mountain range on the triangle border of Iran, Iraq and Turkey.Interestingly, the US and Iran are on the same side in this endeavor-
US names special anti-PKK envoy
The U.S. administration has named a special envoy to better coordinate efforts in combating the terrorist Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), American sources confirmed yesterday.
A U.S. official told The New Anatolian yesterday that names mentioned in media reports so far are not true, but confirmed that the coordinator will be a high-level official. According to American sources, the special coordinator will not be a name currently serving in the administration.
The Turkish media has mentioned former U.S. Chief of Staff Gen. Richard Myers, former Secretary of State Colin Powell, and former U.S. Ambassador to Ankara Marc Grossman as possible names to fill the new post.
How in the world is the Magog invasion going to happen while the Kurds (American and Israeli allies) occupy the area to the north?
Iran and Turkey Prepare for War in Iraqi Kurdistan
A new Middle East war is in the offing. DEBKAfile’s exclusive military sources in Iraq and sources in Iran reveal that Turkish and Iranian air units as well as armored, paratroop, special operations and artillery forces are poised for an imminent coordinated invasion of the northern Iraqi autonomous province of Kurdistan.
Our sources pinpoint the target of the combined Iranian-Turkish offensive as the Quandil Mountains (see picture), where some 5,000 Kurdish rebels from Turkey and Iran, members of the PKK and PJAK respectively, are holed up. Iranian and Turkish assault troops are already deployed 7-8 km deep inside Iraqi territory.
Turkey to the northwest and Iran to the east both have Kurdish minorities which have been radicalized by the emergence of Iraqi Kurdistan in the last three years. The three contiguous Kurdish regions form a strategic world hub.
It has been a puzzle to me how "peace" can coexist with a threatening Iran (aka Persia of Ezekiel 38). The thought occurred to me that perhaps the threat of war against Iran would become a reality and, then, later Iran would retaliate. Well, there is a pending scenario that would allow all the Biblical strands to play out. I found this little tidbit here-
The article relates how the new Secretary of Defense, Mr Gates, travelled to Iraq and held discussions with Generals Abizaid and Casey to get their opinions of a Bush-proposed "surge" in troops for Iraq.
Sources in Baghdad report that when newly installed Secretary of Defense Robert Gates travelled to Iraq several weeks ago, to confer with the top American generals, he was given a very blunt assessment. Gen. John Abizaid, the Commander-in-Chief of the Central Command, and his top ground commander in Iraq, Gen. George Casey, reportedly told Gates that the situation on the ground was a disaster, and that a "surge" of 30-50,000 troops would do nothing to change the picture—especially if the troops were sent in without a clear mission-objective and an exit strategy. Gates returned to the United States, and immediately went to Camp David to brief the President.
A week later, Gates was again with the President, and all of the members of the National Security Council at Crawford, Texas. Reportedly, Gates was informed by the President that there would be a boost in U.S. forces in Iraq, and that he would have to come up with a scheme to meet the President's specifications. Just prior to being named to replace Donald Rumsfeld as Secretary of Defense in early November 2006, Gates had been a member of the Baker-Hamilton Iraq Study Group (ISG), and had, in fact, been the chief author of the group's draft policy recommendations. The Bush-Cheney White House decision not to engage in diplomatic dialogue with Iran or Syria—a pivotal Baker-Hamilton recommendation—placed Gates, fresh on the job, in the unhappy position of having to come up with recommendations for a troop "surge" that he personally opposes as worse than useless, according to sources familiar with his role in the ISG deliberations.
While further details of the Camp David and Crawford meetings are not known at this time, other events surrounding those meetings suggest where the White House is headed. General Abizaid, as reported last week in EIR, abruptly went public with his plans to resign from the military in March. Military sources linked his resignation to his conviction that the Bush-Cheney White House is intent on "regime change" in Iran by military action, and he wants nothing to do with it. And on Jan. 5, reports surfaced in the media that General Casey will also be bounced from the command of ground forces in Iraq—apparently because of his own rejection of the "surge" fantasy. News reports today suggest that Casey will be kicked upstairs to the post of Army Chief of Staff, a post that was nearly impossible to fill with an active duty officer before Donald Rumsfeld's departure.
After a discussion relating how various members of Congress related to Bush their position that -
"Surging forces is a strategy that you have already tried and that has already failed. Like many current and former military leaders, we believe that trying again would be a serious mistake. They, like us, believe there is no purely military solution in Iraq. There is only a political solution. Adding more combat troops will only endanger more Americans and stretch our military to the breaking point for no strategic gain. And it would undermine our efforts to get the Iraqis to take responsibility for their own future. We are well past the point of more troops for Iraq."
And that the "surge" strategy is "Alice in Wonderland," the author concludes in regards to planned targetting of Iranian nuclear energy targets-
There is very good reason to believe that the President will offer no fresh "strategy for victory." As exclusively reported in EIR, the boost in American combat troops in Iraq is aimed at quelling any Shi'ite uprising, in response to American attacks on Iran.
So, we (or by proxy Israel) could bomb Iranian nuclear targets and enrage the Iranians, all the while leaving the Iranian military intact.
On Jan. 2, UPI Editor at Large Arnaud de Borchgrave warned that the radical right wing in Israel, led by former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, is waging a propaganda war, accusing the current Israeli government of "appeasement," in the face of Iran's alleged quest for a nuclear bomb to wipe Israel off the face of the Earth. As de Borchgrave put it: "The 'neocons' who work closely with Netanyahu on what could be the next phase of a nascent regional war in the Middle East, say Bush has the authority to take out Iran's nuclear threat. Because it has only one purpose—to take out Israel. One Hiroshima-type nuclear weapons and Israel ceases to exist."
One retired general and former Presidential candidate, Wesley Clark, was deeply disturbed by de Borchgrave's warning. Arianna Huffington, writing on Jan. 5 on the Huffington Post website, reported on an encounter with General Clark just after the UPI piece appeared. She wrote that Clark was furious about the idea of a U.S. preventive strike on Iran: "How can you talk about bombing a country when you won't even talk to them? I'm worried about the surge," Clark told her, "but I'm worried about this even more." Asked why he was convinced that de Borchgrave was correct in his assessment of an imminent strike against Iran, Clark replied, "You just have to read what's in the Israeli press. The Jewish community is divided, but there is so much pressure being channeled from the New York money people to the office seekers." Unusually blunt language from a retired flag officer contemplating another run for the Presidency.Leading neo-con pundit, Micheal Ledeen, confirms the essential truth of the above when he writes (Jan 2)-
The Iran We Cannot Avoid
There is no escape from the war Iran is waging against us, the war that started in 1979 and is intensifying with every passing hour. We will shortly learn more about the documents we found accompanying the high-level Iranian terrorist leader we briefly arrested in Hakim’s compound in Baghdad some days ago, and what we will learn–what many key American officials have already learned–is stunning. At least to those who thought that Iran was “meddling” in Iraq, but refused to believe that it was total war, on a vast scale.
Several good journalists are working on this story (see, for example, today’s article by Eli Like in the NY Sun), and the outlines are pretty clear. First, we had good information that terrorists were in Baghdad, and had gone to the compound. We did not know exactly who they were. We entered the compound and arrested everybody who looked like a usual suspect. One of them told us he was the #3 official of the al Quds unit of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps, a particularly vicious group. He was carrying documents, one of which was in essence a wiring diagram of Iranian operations in Iraq. That wiring diagram included both Shi’ite and Sunni terrorist groups, and was of such magnitude that American officials were flabbergasted. It seems that our misnamed Intelligence Community had grossly underestimated the sophistication and the enormity of the Iranian war campaign.
I am told that this information has reached the president, and that it is part of the body of information he is digesting in order to formulate his strategy for Iraq. If he sees clearly what is going on, he must realize that there can be no winning strategy for Iraq alone, since a lot of ‘Iraqi’ activity—not just lethal materiel such as the latest generation of explosive devices, now powerful enough to penetrate the armor of most of our vehicles—is actually Iranian in origin. We cannot ‘solve’ the Iraqi problem without regime change in Iran.
Those of you who have borne with me for the last few years will not be surprised to hear this; what’s new is the apparently irrefutable evidence that has now providentially fallen into our hands. The policy makers will not like this evidence, because it drives them in a direction they do not wish to go. I am told that, at first, there was a concerted effort, primarily but by no means exclusively from the intel crowd, to sit on the evidence, to prevent it from reaching the highest levels. But the information was too explosive, and it is now circulating throughout the bureaucracy.
I have little sympathy for those who have avoided the obvious necessity of confronting Iran, however I do understand the concerns of military leaders, such as General Abizaid, who are doing everything in their considerable power to avoid a two-front war. But I do not think we need massive military power to bring down the mullahs, and in any event we now have a three-front war: within Iraq, and with both Iran and Syria. So General Abizaid’s objection is beside the point. We are in a big war, and we cannot fight it by playing defense in Iraq. That is a sucker’s game. And I hope the president realizes this at last, and that he finds himself some generals who also realize it, and finally demands a strategy for victory.
In passing, it
follows from this that the entire debate over more or
less troops in Iraq, surge or no surge, Baghdad or
Anbar Province, all of it begs the central question.
As long as Iran and their appendage in Damascus have a
free shot at us, all these stratagems are doomed.
As it happens, this is a particularly good moment to go after the mullahs, because they are deeply engaged in a war of all against all within Iran. I wrote in NRO two weeks ago that the Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, had been carted off to the hospital–a major event, of which the Intelligence Community was totally unaware–and his prognosis is very poor. That information has now trickled out, and I found it today in the Italian press and on an Iranian web site. The mullahs are maneuvering for position, and Ahmadi-Nezhad’s ever more frantic rhetoric bespeaks the intensity of the power struggle, which includes former president Rafsanjani, Khamenei’s son, and Ahmadi-Nezhad’s favorite nut ayatollah. We should propose another option to the Iranian people: freedom.So, if the US (or Israel) hits the Iranian nuclear facilities, Magog could ensue. If the Ayatollah is dead, and Ahmadinejad (or the new Ayatollah, either supported by Western intelligence) names the Mahdi (for the "benefit" of all), look up.
In the wars and rumors of war department, we read an article a few days ago by Representative Ron Paul-
http://antiwar.com/paul/ titled The Irrelevance of Military Victory and dated January 16.
Rumors are flying about when, not if, Iran will be bombed by either Israel or the U.S. – possibly with nuclear weapons. Our CIA says Iran is 10 years away from producing a nuclear bomb and has no delivery system, but this does not impede our plans to keep "everything on the table" when dealing with Iran.
We should remember that Iran, like Iraq, is a third-world nation without a significant military. Nothing in history hints that she is likely to invade a neighboring country, let alone do anything to America or Israel. I am concerned, however, that a contrived Gulf of Tonkin-type incident may occur to gain popular support for an attack on Iran.Today January 17, we read- http://www.payvand.com/news/07/jan/1198.html
US spy plane shot down by Iran, says MP
TEHRAN (Fars News Agency)- Iranian military troops have shot down a spy plane of the US army during the last few days, an Iranian MP said in Tehran on Tuesday.End 01-17-2007
Letter from Reader
I am sending you this link to read on "The Real Identity of Gog and Magog"
I would like to know whether you think the identities are correct.
I believe it could be after looking at the Genesis 10 Map in the back of my Bible.
God Bless You,
I believe the identities are correct and they agree with what I say [on this page].
The site of your referral appears "strange" in some vague sense. I am not sure about the site's real purpose.
The question would be whether the scriptures allows conclusion #2. Conclusion #1 I believe is correct. Conclusion #2 I doubt.
Further, the phrase "chief prince" is not used of the ENTIRE coalition (as asserted by the author in conclusion #2), only of Meshech and Tubal. The phrase chief prince of Meshech and Tubal is mentioned twice.
Why is the author so imprecise in doing this when he is insistent on criticizing others for being imprecise??
1) What he
prophesied, then, is an end-time battle involving the
following nations coming against Israel: Turkey (Magog,
Meshech, Tubal, Gomer, Togarmah); Iran (Persia), Sudan
(Kush), and Libya (Put).
2) Gog is not called "king", but "head prince", that means, one that leads a coalition of states not being the actual ruler of each of them. He is an international leader. This aspect fits with the present world political situation. Turkey is the land from which Israel will be attacked, as clearly stated by the geographic description given by the Prophet, yet, the leader may be someone from other nation. The descent of these peoples are now present in western nations, among which the following:
British Isles: Celtic, Gaels, Irish, Welsh, Britons (Gomer); Scots (Magog, according to the Milesian genealogy); Anglo-Saxons (Gomer, Magog and Meshekh).
France: Gaul, Britons (Gomer); Franks, Goths, other Germanic peoples (Gomer, Magog and Meshekh); Gascons (Tuval).
Spain: Celtiberians (Gomer and Tuval); Basques (Tuval); Goths (Meshekh).
United States: every one of the above mentioned, though the leadership is from British/Irish stock (Gomer, Magog). Besides, this nation includes a large number of people of African stock (Kush and Put).
Turkey is the main ally of these countries in the Middle East. Their apparent "friendship" with Israel should not be misleading, as the "evil one" is also the betrayer that seals an agreement to break it later. Of course, the present political evolution does not discard the possibility that Russia may join them in the future, but according to the prophecy she will not.
Where is the mention of any agreement being broken in Ezekiel 38 and 39 and what does it have to do with the Magog invasion?
It seems to me the site is making the attempt to link Gog to antichrist (and the United States with the antichrist). Strange.
Turkey, one of the locations from which the invasion takes place, is considering attacking Northern Iraq. This could be a precursor to the Gog invasion of Israel.
Turkey mulls 'invading' Iraq
Here we read how Iran and Turkey are Coming together...
Turkish PM lauds great progress in Iran-Turkey tiesTurkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan remarked here Tuesday evening that Tehran-Ankara ties have witnessed great progress in recent years.
During a meeting with Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki on the sidelines of the 19th session of the Iran-Turkey Joint Economic and Trade Commission, he said bilateral relations had never enjoyed such a boost in the past many years.
Underlining the need for further expansion of trade cooperation between the two states, Mottaki said there were great potentials in both countries for advancement of ties.
He stressed that the two countries have set a target of USD 10 billion in trade exchanges for the near future.End 02-28-2007
US warns Turkey not to do business with IranThe United States yesterday warned Turkey not to do business with U.S. arch foe Iran, a reaction that follows an agreement between the two neighbors on trading electricity.
�This is not the time for business as usual with Iran,� said Ambassador Greg Schulte, permanent representative of the U.S. to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).The Persians (Iran) are moving toward more cooperation with Turkey.
The US is planning to arm the Sunni nations and give more arms to Israel. The Sunni-Shiite war plan will lead to Armageddon.
US 'plans huge Saudi arms deal'
The United States is reported to be preparing a major arms deal with Saudi Arabia and other Gulf states worth $20bn (£9.8bn) over the next decade.
Defence officials quoted by US media said the sales would include advanced weaponry, missile guidance systems, upgraded fighter jets and naval ships.
It is said to be an attempt to counter the regional threat posed by Iran.
The officials said the secretaries of state and defence would discuss the deal on a visit to the Gulf next week.
However, discussions with Congress on the arms package have just begun, and no announcements are expected during the visit, the officials added.
On Saturday, the New York Times and the Washington Post quoted unnamed senior US officials as saying the Bush administration was preparing to an arms sale package for a number of US allies in the Gulf.
The proposed deal for Saudi Arabia
reportedly includes air-to-air missiles, advanced
precision-guided bombs, upgrades to its fighters
and new naval vessels.
To counter objections by Israel and its supporters in Congress, the officials said the Jewish state would be offered significantly increased military aid.
The White House is also said to be concerned that the package may prompt critics of the Saudi government in Congress to oppose it because of concerns about the kingdom's influence in Iraq.
Other US allies in the Gulf - Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates - could receive equipment and weaponry as part of the deal, the officials said
The officials said the arms deal aimed to bolster the militaries of the Sunni Arab states as part of a strategy to counter what it sees as a growing threat posed by Iran in the region.
"The role of the Sunni Arab neighbours is to send a positive, affirmative message to moderates in Iraq in government that the neighbours are with you," a senior State Department official told the New York Times on Friday.All that weaponry is a real positive message alright.
How will Magog invade Israel with Kurds an ally of Israel?
The development of an autonomous Kurdish entity inside Iraq, resulting from the decline and fall of Saddam Hussein, has alarmed the Turkish government. That led to Ankara's refusal to permit entry of U.S. combat troops through Turkey into Iraq, an 11th hour complication for the 2003 invasion. As political power grew for the Kurds inside Iraq, the Turkish government became steadily more uneasy about the centuries-old project of a Kurdistan spreading across international boundaries -- and chewing up big pieces of Turkey.
The dormant PKK (Kurdistan Workers Party) Turkish Kurd guerrilla fighters came to life. By June, the Turkish government was demonstrating its concern by lobbing artillery shells across the border. Ankara began protesting, to both Washington and Baghdad, that the PKK was using northern Iraq as a base for guerrilla operations. On July 11 in Washington, Turkish Ambassador Nabi Sensoy became the first Turkish official to claim publicly that the Iraqi Kurds have claims on Turkish territory. On July 20 (two days before his successful re-election), Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan threatened a trans-border military incursion into Iraq against the Kurds. On July 25, Murat Karayilan, head of the PKK Political Council, predicted "the Turkish army will attack southern Kurdistan."
Turkey has a well-trained, well-equipped army of 250,000 near the border, facing some 4,000 PKK fighters hiding in the mountains of northern Iraq. But significant cross-border operations surely would bring to the PKK's side the military forces of the Kurdistan Regional Government, the best U.S. ally in Iraq. What is Washington to do in the dilemma of two friends battling each other on an unwanted new front in Iraq?
The surprising answer was given in secret briefings on Capitol Hill last week by Eric S. Edelman, a former aide to Vice President Dick Cheney and now undersecretary of defense for policy. A Foreign Service officer who once was U.S. ambassador to Turkey, he revealed to lawmakers plans for a covert operation of U.S. Special Forces helping the Turks neutralize the PKK. They would behead the guerrilla organization by helping Turkey get rid of PKK leaders that they have targeted for years.
Edelman's listeners were stunned. Wasn't this risky? He responded he was sure of success, adding that the U.S. role could be concealed and always would be denied. Even if all this is true, some of the briefed lawmakers left wondering whether this was a wise policy for handling the beleaguered Kurds who had been betrayed so often by U.S. governments in years past.
Hard experience has not dissuaded President Bush from difficult ventures employing the use of force. On the contrary, two of the most intrepid supporters of the Iraq intervention -- John McCain and Lindsey Graham -- were surprised by Bush during a recent meeting with him. In sharing their impressions with colleagues, they commented on how unconcerned the president seemed. That may explain his willingness to embark on such a questionable venture against the Kurds.http://www.guardian.co.uk/turkey/story/0,,2138034,00.html
US joins Turkey's war against rebel Kurds
Since the beginning of August, a series of news reports, corroborated by well-informed Washington policy-makers, indicates that Cheney has been pressing the President to authorize strikes on sites inside Iran, associated with the Revolutionary Guard.
Whether witting or not, Senator Levin's calls for the ouster of the Maliki government play into a "permanent war" scheme being promoted by Vice President Cheney since no later than his secret November 2006 visit to Riyadh, where he promoted the buildup of a Sunni Arab/Israeli military alliance against Iran.
According to Middle East specialists interviewed by EIR, Cheney's Riyadh visit, arranged by Prince Bandar bin-Sultan, the former Saudi Ambassador to Washington, and the top national security advisor to King Abdullah, signaled that the United States has shifted policy, away from the promotion of "democracy" in the Persian Gulf—even if it means the ascent of pro-Iranian Shi'ite religious forces in Iraq—to a revival of the old Anglo-American "Sunni stability belt," built around a string of Arab monarchies and strongman regimes. The Sunni Stability Belt policy was the anchor of British imperial rule in the oil-rich Persian Gulf, since the time of the Sykes-Picot agreement at the end of World War I, which replaced the Ottoman Empire with an Anglo-French imperial concert. Later, following the death of Franklin Roosevelt, the British brought in the United States as a partner in the scheme, which was temporarily broken with the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq in 2003 and the ouster of Saddam Hussein (a Sunni).
Both Cheney and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice have been actively promoting the "GCC-plus-2"—an alliance between the Gulf Cooperation Council Sunni Arab oil sheikdoms, plus Egypt and Jordan—as a backbone of anti-Iranian action. These sources further warn that the upcoming "peace conference" on the Israel-Palestine conflict could lead to a further promotion of the anti-Iranian bloc, involving Israel as the de facto added participant. The Bush Administration is reportedly split over whether the policy underlying this alliance system is one of containment of Iran's growing power in the region, or one of backing an American or American-Israeli military campaign against Iran....
Burns also cited "our very
high level of defense assistance to Egypt," and
"increased military assistance to our friends in the
Gulf: to Saudi Arabia and to Kuwait and to Bahrain and
to Qatar, the United Arab Emirates and to Oman"—all of which
meshes perfectly with the Cheney gang's plan for
permanent regional war between U.S.- and
Israeli-backed Sunni states, and Shi'ite Muslims.
Indeed, since the November
2006 Cheney visit to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia has
provided a steady stream of money and weapons to
Sunni tribes inside Iraq, to buy their support for
the U.S. military "surge." According to one top U.S.
intelligence official, the Saudi largesse has turned
the earlier anti-Americanism of the Sunni tribes
into an anti-Shi'ite ferment, driven by Saudi
Salafi fundamentalist clerics, that has, in some
areas, taken the form of "ethnic cleansing" of
Shi'ites. In anticipation of a conflict with Iran,
factions in Saudi Arabia are seeking to build a Sunni
"buffer zone" inside Iraq. The source warned that if
such a Saudi-Iranian confrontation erupts over Iraq,
it would likely lead to a Hundred Years religious war,
that would spread around the globe.
The above scenario has the peace agreement (with anti-Shiite alignment built in), Magog, and the campaign of Armageddon all over it. I have always said that to "confirm" the agreement, the agreement must exist. You can not "confirm" a non-existent agreement. In the above scenario, you could easily have the agreement, the inducement of Magog, and the campaign of Armageddon. The "confirmation" would follow Magog, and, Magog would follow the agreement.
Persia, Ethiopia, and Libya with them... (Eze 38:5)
You might ask - "how does Ethiopia get involved?"
Well ask no more.
The Next Battlefront
The United States is planning a new strategic command to take the global War on Terror to the Horn of Africa.... Among the nations most often mentioned as candidates to host the AFRICOM headquarters: Ghana, Liberia, Tanzania and Ethiopia, which now has one of the worst human-rights records in Africa.
Sometime in the coming months, after a vetting process to find a good partner country, the United States plans to establish a new headquarters in Africa to spearhead this armed battle for hearts, minds and the capture of terror suspects.
Friends, politics aside, wherever the US GWOT goes, the Sunni-Shiite conflagration increases. You do the math. Presently, I am reading "Fiasco" by Thomas Ricks. On page 84 it says that a division was in the original plan to be west of the 3rd Infantry Div. The planned division was to be in Anbar province. The planned division said retired Marine General Van Riper "would have blocked much of the movement to the Syrian border." Instead of the division a small number of "special forces" was sent instead. This left the door open for an insurgency corridor from and to Syria.
I personally know a guy who was an Army sniper. He was sent to South America. Quoting him, "I did not know if my job was to guard the drug lords or assassinate them." This quote was after he returned. So, when the special forces arrived in Anbar, they could have served ANY purpose. They could have even been cover for the "insurgents."
After reading 84 pages of Fiasco, I will say this - the "Iraq" adventure was the greatest confluence of inflated egos with misplaced agendas, weird personalities, academic baloney called "brilliance", bad ideas, bad management, bad military tactics and strategy imaginable. If they did not plan for the chaos of Iraq, then, only the Almighty could have brought together this many strange people and ideas with which to ultimately destroy not only this country, but freedom everywhere (and lead us to Armageddon while the "Christian right" in America cheered them on). Read Fiasco for yourself if you do not believe me. In the final analysis, God has used egotistical, proud, and ignorant men to bring what will ultimately be "self-inflicted" JUDGMENT upon this nation.
Here is a short list of some particulars gleaned from the first 84 pages of Fiasco- (chap 3 alone is worth the price of the book)
Wolfowitz was an academic (who knew nothing about real military affairs) bent on invading Iraq BEFORE Bush took office.
To quote some military personnel, Wolfowitz was a "dangerous ... (expletive deleted)".
Cheney, the realist, was the one who guaranteed there were WMDs when everyone knew there weren't any.
(When Cheney did this, NOBODY in power challenged him, thinking he must have some special intell).
General Franks never listened to his subordinates and he was always right, bullying his subordinates.
Rumsfeld ignored the military leaders repeatedly and was hell-bent on doing it his way.
Rumsfeld just flat ignored the work of outgoing Centcom commander General Zinni, USMC, who had developed elaborate plans.
The invasion was planned on Power-Point presentations instead of an Operations Order (unbelievable) (as a practical matter).
Single units that trained as a unit did not go to battle with unit intact; their assets were broken up (from inside a given unit).
Feith, who ran the day-to-day post war Iraq was worse organized and had lower morale than Franks' staff (an achievement).
The invasion was for all intents and purposes planned NOT by the military but by civilians at OSD.
The post war occupational plans were (for all intents and purposes) shredded.
At the top sat Bush, who did not have a clue, who first preached the NEW doctrine of preemptive war (violating American principle and tradition).
Many have written and asked what I thought about the new National Intelligence Estimate saying that Iran had discontinued its nuclear program in 2003.
As Shakespeare said, "something is rotten in Denmark." After sabre-rattling about Iran for sometime, for the US to change course means a lot of things, but, one thing it does NOT mean is that we just discovered the "news" contained in the recent NIE.
Sadly, NIE's are essentially announcments of policy changes. A major change has now taken place in the Middle-east. They used the NIE as the excuse to justify this change. They were going to change the policy in any case and they needed a publicly acceptable reason to change the policy; ergo, they "discovered" the new information contained in the NIE. Simple as that.
Any one who believes intelligence reports from the Bush administration, well, you get the picture... Sorry, Bush supporters, but, if you believe the intelligence reports from the Bush administration, you are deluded. They have proven time and time again that they do what they do and "reports" just explain it to us ignorami.
The real question is WHY did they release such an NIE? In other words, what actual already-in-effect policy change caused the NIE to be needed? How about an increased Russian-Iranian detente? Or even better, how about a US-Russian agreement regarding Iran and Russian support of it? The thing you have to realize is that the New-World-Order has nothing to do with democracy versus communism or any other public pabulum. It is about securing geographic areas. One country will not and does not have to have power to fulfill Bible prophecy. The puppeteers need Russian security. They have it already and have for a long time.
Has it ever occurred to you that people like Ahmadinejad, Putin, and Gorbachev could be or could have been double agents? To understand any of this you have to think out of the box because it IS out of the box.
A MAJOR change has taken place, friends. The silence is deafening. On balance, this change is going to lead directly into the peace process. Ezekiel 38-39 require an Israel at peace. Therefore, the peace process must dominate the landscape and it will.
Can you hear it? I hear it - the NIE, General Casey talking about deployment changes, the Iraqis are trained, yada yada. The Iraq War is O V E R! Strange as it may seem. It is now over. (By the way, NO ONE won this war and many lost, not the least of which were the Iraqi innocent civilians). When it is necessary to stir up more violence, that will come (read the last book of the Bible, it will come). Right now, the puppeteers have steered their course in a new direction. I would have liked to have been a fly on the wall when all this went down. It went down in a LOT of places, but, the word went forth and ended in an announcement called the NIE. It is NOT beginning with the NIE. It is DONE.
Nobody can guarantee that PLANS "succeed" EXCEPT the Almighty. He is allowing men to have their PLANS and "success". These men have NO IDEA for whom they work. The Lord allows Satan to influence men (even Job). Men (and Satan) will soon get their way. A pity.
Are you ready for the Second Coming of the Lord Jesus Christ?
Be ye therefore ready, for in such an hour as ye think not, the Son of Man cometh.
God bless you all and praise the name of the Lord Jesus Christ forever. He will reign and soon.
from the website-
TEHRAN (Fars News Agency)- The Middle East has acquired immense strategic value as one of the determining fulcrums in the global balance of power due to its being the world's largest known storehouse of low-cost energy supplies.
The region's geopolitical importance, the kaleidoscopic nature of politics among its states, the presence of volatile social and political forces within them and the interference of world superpowers all insure that the region will remain a potentially explosive source of tension for years.
Emboldened by its military strength after World War II, Moscow prepared to carve up its southern neighbors. It demanded territorial concessions and control of the Bosporus from Turkey and refused to withdraw from northern Iran, which it had occupied in 1941. Turkey and Iran rebuffed Soviet coercive diplomacy with the support of the United States and became key allies in the American effort to contain Soviet expansion.
The Central Treaty Organization (CENTO) was a defense alliance between Turkey, Iran, Pakistan and Great Britain. Originally named the Baghdad Pact, the name was changed when the Iraqi revolution led Iraq to withdraw in 1959. The United States had observer status in the alliance but was not a party to the treaty. The fall of the shah removed the American shield from Iran, sounded the death knell for the anti-Soviet CENTO alliance and sailed Iran towards new horizons.
Now the same faith is on the road for Turkey. The measureless and injudicious backup given by the occupying power in Iraq -- the US government -- to the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) and to Massoud Barzani, the former tribal leader of the Iraqi Kurds and now the leader of the Iraqi Kurdish region.
Turkey, taking into consideration the ongoing assaults by the PKK terrorists in the southeastern regions and the measureless backup given by US government to Iraqi Kurds, has drawn up a new strategic alliance policy that weakens ties with the US and strengthens relations with Iran and Syria, its millennium-long neighbors.
The US has failed to keep its promise to Turkey to confront the PKK. Turkey now feels that it has no choice but to attack the PKK's sanctuaries in northern Iraq together with Iran.
Iran is also suffering from similar assaults originating from the same terrorist group located in the Kurdish region of northern Iraq under the name of Party for a Free Life in Kurdistan (PJAK).
The US and Iran are increasingly at odds over a range of issues, and Turkey has stood nearby the US as an old and devoted ally for the past 57 years, but now the sympathy of Turkish people towards the US had fallen sharply over the past couple of years, and it will take decades for US to recover it.
It seems it is now mandatory for Turkey and Iran to form a common cooperative ground in regard to common problems and interests. New and stronger cooperative action in the economic field by Turkey and Iran will play a major role in the eradication of the political distrust and concerns between the two countries. The parties have announced an upcoming doubling of the volume of their trade.
Both countries have already agreed on the elimination of the main source of discord: support for each other's separatist and oppositional organizations. Iran has committed to adding the PKK to its list of "terrorist organizations." Turkey has done the same concerning the anti-Iran terrorist group "Mojahedin-e Khalq Organization (MKO)."
The second stage is the escalation of high-level cooperation between Turkey, Iran and Syria and this is moving forward, as well.
Aversion to American global policy, in particular to the actions of the US in Iraq, the common allies of Syria and Iran, and also shared economic interests, will lead to the merging of the political strategies of Russia and Turkey. Countries that were previously historical opponents will turn into partners in the creation of a new Eurasian coalition.
The final effect of the region's aversion to American policies will be the formation of the "union of four:" Russia, Turkey, Iran and Syria. Of course, this rapprochement between Ankara, Moscow, Damascus and Tehran will definitely affect Washington's position in the Middle East.
Secret Bush "Finding" Widens War on Iran
Six weeks ago, President Bush signed a secret finding authorizing a covert offensive against the Iranian regime that, according to those familiar with its contents, "unprecedented in its scope."
Bush’s secret directive covers actions across a huge geographic area – from Lebanon to Afghanistan – but is also far more sweeping in the type of actions permitted under its guidelines – up to and including the assassination of targeted officials. This widened scope clears the way, for example, for full support for the military arm of Mujahedin-e Khalq, the cultish Iranian opposition group, despite its enduring position on the State Department's list of terrorist groups.Similarly, covert funds can now flow without restriction to Jundullah, or "army of god," the militant Sunni group in Iranian Baluchistan – just across the Afghan border -- whose leader was featured not long ago on Dan Rather Reports cutting his brother in law's throat.
Looks like the "hooks" are coming out.
We showed above that Meschech, Tubal, and Gomer are all in southeastern Turkey. Well, guess what is going to happen in southeastern Turkey.
Turkish Prime Minister is expected on Tuesday to reveal the government's plan to encourage investments to the terror-hit southeastern region. This package is a part of Turkey's fight against PKK separatists.
Turkey plans to invest some $12.5 billion to the southeastern and eastern regions, which lack behind the other regions due to security issues.Erdogan will visit southeastern province of Diyarbakir on Tuesday and is expected to reveal the plan during this visit.
"Hooks" involve dollars too, friends. It takes a lot of money to prepare Meshech, Tubal, and Gomer. The only way to obtain "security" is to have a military presence. Go here and see how contradictory Biblical scenarios are beginning to work together.
Putin pledges to buttress ties with Libya
Putin and Gathafi spoke on the telephone and agreed to continue "the useful confidential dialogue between the two countries and noted mutual interest in boosting cooperation in both civil and military spheres," a statement said.
Putin "stressed the need to realize the accords cinched during the recent Russo-Libyan summit and affirmed that as prime minister he intended to give it all due attention," it added.
Libya has had its debt to the Soviet Union waived in return for important contracts to Russian companies.The scripture says "Libya" will attack Israel. Ezekiel 38:5
The isolation of Iran continues.
Iran Furious with Syria Over Talks with Israel
(IsraelNN.com) Iranian President Ahmedinajad is reportedly fuming at Syria over its willingness to cooperate with the enemy. Sources quoted in the London-based Arabic-language Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper said Ahmedinajad feels Syria's contacts with Israel are a violation of Syria's commitments to Iran.
Israel and Syria announced simultaneously last week that they have begun unofficial peace talks. Syrian spokesman say this means Israel has agreed to give up the Golan Heights, while Israeli officials say Syria is to abandon its ties with Iran, Hamas, and Hizbullah.No wonder, Hamas is a creature of the Israeli Mossad. [ Do not be fooled, friends, the Zionists in charge of the Israeli government are working with the New World Order crowd. See scornful men in Isa 28:14.]
Hamas is a Creation of MossadLet us not forget that it was Israel, which in fact created Hamas. According to Zeev Sternell, historian at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, "Israel thought that it was a smart ploy to push the Islamists against the Palestinian Liberation Organisation (PLO)"
As is related to the Libya post for 05-24-2008, it would not surprise me if Putin was not an operative for the NWO and what a way to sucker Libya into the fray. In any case, Libya will be suckered into the invasion.
Well known investment advisor Larry Edelson has written a geopolitical article, purely from a secular viewpoint, that argues for a not too distant fulfillment of the Magog prophecy.
It is Copyright 2014 by Larry Edelson, http://www.weissresearchissues.com/. I will quote the salient features of the article which is written from the viewpoint of investment opportunities. The key point here is that, without intending to do so, Larry is making a case for the approaching tribulation and for the Magog invasion. The Magog invasion is described in Ezekiel 38 - 39.
Another point to keep in mind here is the sequence of events from the Biblical perspective. Other than the rapture itself, the Magog invasion (follow the link to see the chart for chronology) is one of the seminal events of the unfolding of the tribulation, also known as Daniel's 70th week.
It should be mentioned that Larry Edelson has spent 30 years studying cycles (the graphical and historical presentation of phenomena which occur in a regular pattern). Of such is Larry's recent release. It is a study of War Cycles.
Quoting Larry (emphasis added)-
When I said this year is going to be one for the history books, it’s because I knew that the war cycles were rapidly ramping higher, setting the stage for major changes in nearly all markets.
Those changes are now unfolding right before our very eyes.
And they’re not just typical market driven changes; minor changes that mean nothing in the overall scheme of things.
Nor are they limited to the markets.
The events we are about to see unfold affect not only every major market on the planet, but also every economy and every society.
They will change the way we view the world. The way we look at other countries.
The way we look at governments. The way we look at money. The way we invest and trade the markets. The way we live our lives.
If you’re thinking that I’m talking about Ukraine, you’re right. But it goes well beyond that.
As I’ve told you previously, the ramping up of the war cycles this year is the single most important development that you need to know about, and that acceleration is now here, in droves.
Ukraine is merely one more stepping stone higher as the war cycles ramp up. The very serious situation in Ukraine is merely the beginning.
The cycles ramp higher all
the way into 2020. Civil wars, domestic violence,
geo-political stress and even major international
conflict are all now on the table.
War is coming. It
is going to envelope Europe, The United States,
China And Japan.
I don’t say that to scare you. I am not an alarmist, a shrill, a fear mongerer,
a doomsayer, or anything like that.
I am a student of history, of society, of mass human behavior, of markets — and the cycles that drive them all.
I rely on fact, not fiction. I rely on observation, with a keen eye toward history and how certain behaviors and patterns in markets, economies and governments tend to repeat themselves, over and over again and again.
And the fact of the matter is
Larry is saying two significant things:
1) Ukraine is the start
2) The War Cycles are starting now and will continue into the year 2020.
From a Biblical perspective let me make these comments:
1) Magog is coming soon and it is the beginning (see the chart)
2) The tribulation lasts 2520 days (7 years of 360 days each)
If you have not repented and turned to the Lord, it is not too late. It is my job to warn you and that is what I am doing. Whether or not these are coincidences in matching the Biblical narrative I do not know. However, I do know that turmoil is coming (from a secular view and from a Biblical view). You decide what you want to believe.
It is possible that the destruction of the industrialized nations comes first and then Magog unfolds as we begin the Biblical narrative.
However, in either case YOUR WAY OF LIFE IS GOING TO BE THREATENED TO ITS VERY CORE. If the industrialized nations go down, will the Third World not suffer greatly? No one will be immune!
Satellite imagery provided by AllSourceAnalysis confirms the recent arrival of Russian main battle tanks, armored personnel carriers, helicopters, and other military equipment at an airbase in Syria’s coastal Latakia province -
The Russian deployment to Syria is game-changing. It will alter the nature of international negotiations, compromise and weaken the cohesion and efforts of the U.S.-led anti-ISIS coalition, strengthen the Assad regime, and initiate direct Russo-Iranian military operations (suggesting the creation of a de facto Russo-Iranian military coalition, at least in Syria)
Even though Iran (Persia) is a participant in the Magog invasion, this situation is complicated. The dynamics of the Magog invasion increase. One part of this dynamic is this- is ISIS going to be part of the Magog invasion? See this map- http://www.ft.com/ig/sites/2014/isis-map/
ISIS is definitely on the border of southeastern Turkey (a major geoethnic-source for the Magog invaders).
The handlers of ISIS can pay them to do anything the handlers need. Ezekiel 38:4 says I will turn thee back, and put hooks into thy jaws.
(The War on Terrorism and Extremism is the modus operandi of the eventual antichrist)
Putin has said that
to "create some kind of an international
coalition to fight terrorism and extremism."
The US State Department isn't buying it.
"Russia is not a member of the coalition against ISIL, and what we’ve said is that their continued support to the Assad regime has actually fostered the growth of ISIL inside Syria and made the situation worse,” State Department spokesman John Kirby said on Wednesday, using an acronym for the Islamic State (aka ISIS and Daesh).
“If they want to be helpful against ISIL, the way to do it is to stop arming and assisting and supporting Bashar al-Assad.”So, by volunteering to fight ISIS, Putin is defending Syria from the US proxy attack (via "rebels").
This is hilarious since the US says they are bombing ISIS and no one (Russia or the US) is publicly admitting what is happening.
The plan to overthrow Syria was begun BEFORE invading Iraq, soon after 9-11.
Clark discovered this 10 days after 9-11-2001.
For some time now, I have been saying that what happened in Benghazi was an assassination of Ambassador Stevens by the US government and that NOTHING about this will ever come out in the hearings.
We know that the US was training terrorists in Libya (to continue the proxy war listed in the 09-19-2015 update above). What we do not know is is whether the Ambassador had become at odds with the administration or whether he was going to talk about it.
Go to the 1:23 mark and listen.
The US government was in charge of the "defense" of the Embassy and was in charge of the "rebels."
The significance of all this is that to many people Magog, Antichrist, and Armageddon will suddenly fall out of the sky heretofore undetected and unknown to the unbeliever. It will be a shock to them. Dear reader, please prepare to meet God while you have a chance.
The war in Syria between the US and Russia-Syria-Iran will set the stage for the Magog invasion. We do not know how exactly, but, it is coming. All the "wars" we are witnessing are part of the "rumors of war" of which Jesus spoke in Mathew 24:6.
The policy of the US in overthrowing the countries of the middle east is setting the stage for the Beast Empire prophesied in the Book Of Daniel.
Deception is everywhere about the identity of Magog and the coming wars in the MidEast.
Gog is not the antichrist, for example.
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