Three "Axis of Evil" Members Plucked Up by the Roots? Page II of II

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This information is offered with the hope that YOU can come to KNOW the Lord personally.   Updated 10-08-2007


This is Page 2 of 2 pages on this topic.  It is recommended that you read Page I first.


The point of this page is to describe events that are happening today that will ultimately lead to the fulfillment of Daniel 7:24 in which Daniel sees an endtime ruler come to power by virtue of " plucking up" (i.e., supplanting) the rulers of three "countries."  The scripture is extremely specific in that it shows that the endtime ruler gains power by taking the place of "three kings ."  Consequently, what we will have first is three kings and then another separate ruler that comes to power by taking the place of all three kings.  Additionally, what we learn from the scriptures is that the three kings are part of a group of kings totalling TEN in number.  Three of these ten kings are supplanted by a ruler who is distinct from the original ten kings.  The ruler who supplants the three kings will be the Biblical antichrist.

The "plucking up" of the three kings takes place during Daniels' 70th week (also known as the "hour of temptation") , which is also essentially the Book of Revelation from chapter 6 through chapter 19.  Since the present believers in Jesus Christ will depart this earth prior to Daniel's 70th week , what we are looking for are events that lead up to the " plucking up", not the " plucking up " itself.

When the President of the United States first used the term "Axis of Evil" we seemed headed to a series of regime changes in the Mideast (all based on the doctrine of preemptive war).  Even though this may not be the Biblical future scenario, we are retaining the phrase in the title of the page for the sake of honesty.

What exactly do the scriptures say will happen after the Rapture and during Daniel's 70th week?



The Final Kingdom of the Endtime

After this I saw in the night visions, and behold a fourth beast, dreadful and terrible, and strong exceedingly; and it had great iron teeth: it devoured and brake in pieces, and stamped the residue with the feet of it: and it was diverse from all the beasts that were before it; and it had ten horns . - Daniel 7:7  

 I considered the [ten] horns, and, behold, there came up among them another little horn , before whom there were three of the first horns plucked up by the roots : and, behold, in this horn were eyes like the eyes of man, and a mouth speaking great things . - Daniel 7:8 

And the ten horns out of this kingdom are ten kings that shall arise: and another shall rise after them; and he shall be diverse from the first, and he shall subdue three kings.  - Daniel 7:24 

Daniel 11:44 says that - But tidings out of the east and out of the north shall trouble him (the antichrist): therefore he shall go forth with great fury to destroy, and utterly to make away many.  Is it possible that the antichrist from the Jordan area shall pluck up three kings to the east and to the north (the Sunnis, Shiites, and the Kurds of the Iraq region) and that he does this to preserve the common entity , to avoid chaos ?  (Remember this takes place AFTER the rapture .)  The Jordanian king declares the reason such a "plucking up" might become necessary  -

Here the issue that we fear the most is the possibility of a civil war in Iraq,” he said. “This is because a civil war in the region would not be limited to Iraq and can spread to many countries . - King Abdullah


From the website-
http://home.cogeco.ca/~kurdistan4/24-11-04-opinion-ardishir-kustn-at-un.html
we read that though there will be "national" elections in Iraq, the Kurds still expect "autonomy"-

Now that the election in Iraq is coming nearer, the Kurds have a historic opportunity to reach out to the United Nations, as well as to the United States, to secure a long lasting peace and security for Kurdistan . What the Kurds should ask these two great institutions in their demands should be the following:

1-Kurds are willing to stay within a federal Iraq, as long as the future constitution of Iraq recognizes equal rights and self-determination of Kurdish people.

2-Furthermore, to safeguard these rights, Kurds should demand that the  United Nations and the United States be signatories and guarantors of such agreement.
(see this for the importance of a Biblical "agreement ".)

3-If the future government of Iraq is unwilling to sign such agreement, the Kurds, in all righteousness and in legitimate defense of their national rights should not hesitate to consider themselves fully independent of Iraq .

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from the website-
http://www.kurdmedia.com/news.asp?id=5820
we read how objections to the January elections already exist-

Biggest threat to Iraq vote after Sunni insurgency is ... Kurdish snow 
 
23/11/2004   AFP 
ARBIL, Iraq, Nov 23 (AFP) - 20h14 - A leader of one of the two main Kurdish parties called Tuesday for Iraq’s general elections to be postponed, warning that the winter snow in Kurdistan would freeze many voters out of the polls.

"The Kurds are ready to take part in the elections, but the climactic conditions in late January are not adequate because of the snow which covers most of Kurdistan at that time of year," the Kurdistan Democratic Party’s Nechirvan Barzani told reporters here.

Several Sunni Arab parties have also called for the vote to be postponed by six months, arguing that the security conditions for holding viable polls have not been met.

Iraq is due to hold its first free and multi-party general elections in half a century on January 30. Kurds will also elect the 111 members of their autonomous parliament.

 
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and from this website-
http://www.zaman.com/?bl=international&alt=&trh=20041119&hn=14016
we read of additional Kurdish pre-election issues-

INTERNATIONAL 11.19.2004 Friday

Talabani Barzani: First Settlement, then Election


The leader of Iraqi Kurdistan Patriotic Union Celal Talabani and the leader of Iraqi Kurdistan Democratic Party Mesut Barzani have revealed that they have reached an agreement that provincial elections planned to be held in January should be postponed until the government solves the questions about the Kurdish population in Kerkuk (Kirkuk) .

At the meeting to discuss the elections the day before yesterday, they agreed that until the 58th article of the Iraqi temporary constitution is fulfilled; the election in Kirkuk should not be held.


12-19-2004
from the website-
http://www.kansascity.com/mld/kansascity/news/world/10379773.htm?1c
we read how Kurdish separatism remains an issue-

Leader warns Kurds must be allowed to re-establish majority in Kirkuk

BY KIRSTEN SCHARNBERG
Chicago Tribune
IRBIL, Iraq - (KRT) - The head of the Kurdish Democratic Party, long one of the staunchest advocates for going forward with Iraq's January elections, said Thursday that he would be forced to reconsider his position if Kurds were not allowed to re-establish their ethnic majority in the strategic city of Kirkuk.

The Kurds, an estimated 4 million people, would be the second of the countries' three major ethnic groups to raise objections to the elections. Minority Sunni Muslims already have threatened a boycott , arguing that continued violence in key Sunni cities like Fallujah, Ramadi and Samarra will prevent their voters from going to the polls.

Massoud Barzani, the populist leader of the semi-independent territory known as Kurdistan, delivered the warning to American military commanders during a lunch at his sprawling compound in the rugged foothills overlooking Irbil. "We will defend the rights of our people," Barzani said.

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from the website-
http://www.newsday.com/news/opinion/ny-vpgel134082202dec13,0,5166902.story
we read-
Postponing the election can save Iraq
As concerns over participation, security and legitimacy mount, rescheduling the vote is the best way to go
December 13, 2004

Even though President George W. Bush, interim Iraqi Prime Minister Ayad Allawi and Shia leaders are insisting on going ahead with the Iraqi national elections on Jan. 30, there are powerful reasons for a delay .

For one thing, most Sunni leaders are telling their followers to boycott the vote, and Sunni insurgents, even after Fallujah, can still mount attacks all across the Sunni Triangle. For another, although the Kurds in the north are more supportive of U.S. policy, privately they favor deferral . And what's more, because of the way the elections are structured, low voter turnout could undermine the legitimacy and viability of any new Iraq government.

Conversations in Baghdad and Washington in recent weeks suggest that for all the brave words about going forward, few of those actually responsible for the elections' success - Iraq's top government leaders, military commanders and election officials - believe they can be held in less than two months. Postponing them would be bad, but holding them would be worse.

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End 12-19-2004


12-22-2004

from the website-
http://www.kurdmedia.com/news.asp?id=5976
we read-
Kurdistan Referendum Movement heads to the U.N. 
 
21/12/2004   KurdishMedia.com 
New York (KurdishMedia.com) 21 December 2004: A non-partisan Kurdish delegation from North America, Europe and Kurdistan plans to meet with the United Nations officials in New York City on Wednesday, 22 December 2004, to deliver the more than two million signatures collected by Kurds, endorsing a call for a referendum on the future of South Kurdistan.

The number of signatures collected by the Kurdistan Referendum Movement seemingly reflects the will of the majority of Kurds of voting age. The Kurdistan Referendum Movement cites its success in gathering these signatures as reflective of a real desire of the Kurdish people in South Kurdistan for freedom and independence.

 
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from the website-
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2004-12/23/content_2370001.htm
we read how the King of Jordan is motivated to support Iraqi unity-
Jordan's king calls for comprehensive elections in Iraq
 
www.chinaview.cn 2004-12-23 01:41:34
    AMMAN, Dec. 22 (Xinhuanet) -- Jordan's King Abdullah II on Wednesday called for preserving the unity of the Iraqi people and holding a comprehensive participation in the Iraqi elections.

    During talks with Iraqi Interim Prime Minister Iyad Allawi, the king stressed Jordan's keenness to provide Iraqi people with every possible assistance to help them overcome the current hard circumstances, the state-run Petra News Agency reported.

    King Abdullah said that his country will continue contacts with the international community and the donor countries to contribute to rebuilding Iraq.


 The question is - who will enforce unity later (if it does not succeed)?


End 12-22-2004


01-09-2005

from the website-
http://english.daralhayat.com/arab_news/01-2005/20050105-APAP_1176726.txt/story.html
we read how Mideast concerns over a potential Shiite majority ruling in Iraq would come under undue influence of the theocratic Shiite govenrment of Iran.  Will this concern lead to the overthrowing of the 3 kings?

Jordan’s King Burn Bridges with Iran to Underline Arab Concerns
     AP     2005/01/5  Amman

Jordan's King Abdullah II was notably undiplomatic when he accused Iran of meddling in Iraqi elections, and Iran was angry enough to keep its foreign minister away from a regional meeting on Iraq Jordan is hosting Thursday.

Abdullah's willingness to touch off an international incident underlines just how worried Sunni Muslim Arabs are about the possible emergence of a Shiite Muslim-dominated state in Iraq that might take its cues from Persian Iran's Shiite theocracy.

Iraq, one of the few Arab countries with a Shiite majority, holds elections Jan. 30. Shiites who had been suppressed under Saddam Hussein have embraced the elections as a chance to claim political power, while Sunnis have called for boycotts.

Abdullah "cried out loud to express Arab concern over Iran's expansionist schemes in Iraq, but unfortunately it fell on deaf ears in America, which does not seem to share the concern and is pushing for holding the elections despite a planned Sunni boycott," said former Jordanian lawmaker Hamadah Faraaneh.

King Abdullah charged in an interview last month that more than 1 million Iranians have entered Iraq, many to vote in the Jan. 30 elections, and said they were being encouraged by the Iranian government.

Iran called Abdullah's comments an insult to the Iraqi people.


It is also interesting to note that Iran (known as "Persia"), a long time Russian ally,  is one of the countries that will invade Israel .

End 01-09-2005


01-23-2005

from the website-
http://www.newsday.com/news/nationworld/nation/ny-usmain234122854jan23,0,1386720.story?coll=ny-nationalnews-headlines
we read -

How Iraq is Likely to Become MORE Divided than Ever After the Elections, in fact, into THREE PIECES

King Abdullah III of Jordan, in a recent interview with The Washington Post, warned of a new "crescent" of Shia dominance stretching across the Middle East from Iran into Iraq, Syria and Lebanon.

Scholars of Islam point out that Iraqi Shia have long had theological and nationalistic differences with their religious brethren in Iran and are not likely to let themselves be dominated by their neighbors. But many experts on the Shia expect an alliance in regional affairs, one that is likely to bolster Iran's influence and help in its looming face-off with the United States over its nuclear ambitions. If Iran does not cooperate, the United States will be forced to curry favor for action against Iran with European nations such as France and Germany, which it alienated by going it alone in Iraq. 

Kenneth Katzman, a congressional researcher who specializes in the Shia, said many of the top Shia political candidates have lived in Iran and receive funding from it. "The Iraqi Shia are emotionally and organizationally very close to Iran. Many spent 20 years in Iran."

The ascension of the Shia, who are concentrated in the south of Iraq, is an even more radical change for Iraq than it is for the region.

After months of pointing to the elections as a positive watershed, U.S. officials now appear to be trying to dampen expectations that they will decrease violence. Some specialists believe they will produce a new phase of even broader strife.

If the Sunni fail to take a significant part in the elections, the brutal insurgency now aimed at U.S. troops and Iraqi security forces will become a civil war, one that some military experts believe the Shia are not capable of winning, even with U.S. backing that is likely to diminish over time.Phebe Marr of the U.S. Institute of Peace here said recently that "the ethnic and sectarian divide [in Iraq] is greater than any time I can recall" in 50 years of following the country .


Peter Galbraith, a former ambassador to Croatia and currently an adviser to Iraqi Kurds, spoke at the same recent World Affairs Council forum here at which Marr spoke. He said the elections are "likely to accelerate the breakup of Iraq."

Shia-Kurd divide

And the elections are likely to open a new divide, between the Shia and the Kurds, who are Sunni but are not Arab. The Kurds, unlike Iraqi Arabs, think of themselves not by their nationality but by their ethnicity. It is the Kurdish flag that flies in their regional capital. For the Kurds, the Iraqi flag is the symbol of Hussein and a nation that tried to destroy every Kurdish village in the north .

The Kurds, who have been largely autonomous for the past decade, want a loose federation with Baghdad. Laws passed by the central government in Baghdad would have to be ratified by the Kurdish assembly.

Most problematically, the Kurds claim sovereignty over Kirkuk , a city of divided ethnic history now just outside their control. With Kirkuk comes oil fields that produce a third of Iraq's petroleum. The Shia, on the other hand, want to rule the whole country and, though they control oil wells in the south, would be loath to give up the oil in the north. Last year, when the United States was still directly in charge of Iraq and could pressure all sides, the Shia and the Kurds were able to reach what seemed to be a compromise.

The interim constitution under which the new Iraq would be established would effectively give the Kurds a veto: If two-thirds of the voters in any three provinces reject the new permanent constitution drawn up after next weekend's elections, it must be rewritten.

For the Kurds that veto is crucial. They worry the constitution will rob them of their autonomy and mandate the Shia's view of an Islamic state.

But after the compromise was announced objections were heard from perhaps the most powerful man in Iraq: Ayatollah Ali Sistani, an Iranian by birth who is the most revered Shia cleric in Iraq.

Sistani, chafing at the idea that his Shia brethren would not truly control their country, persuaded the United States to block endorsement of the interim constitution by the UN Security Council, robbing it of international legitimacy once the new government is elected. Experts, including Noah Feldman, a New York University law professor who worked on constitutional issues in Iraq, agree that the new Shia-dominated government will be free to drop that concession or make changes by a majority vote.

The Kurds, Galbraith said, would likely secede from the fledgling nation at that point. Iraq would split in two, or more probably three pieces .
  [Friends, here are our 3 kings that EVERYONE will need to see "united."]

This could mean a Shia state in southern Iraq heavily dependent on the Shia rulers in Iran and an independent Kurdish nation in northern Iraq that could become a revolutionary beacon for Kurdish minorities in neighboring Turkey, Iran and Syria. In the center, including Baghdad, would be a volatile, newly impoverished Sunni Arab state likely to be in perpetual warfare with the Shia and the Kurds for control of Iraq's oil.

Turkey and other neighbors of Iraq see such a possibility as a threat, and threaten to intervene.

"There is
no country in the region that would espouse or certainly tolerate any division of Iraq ," said Osman Logoglu, the Turkish ambassador to the United States, in an interview. He said Turkey and the others would "not only be concerned with the internal implications that would at a minimum lead to chaos and probably civil war in Iraq, but it would also create problems for the neighbors."  [This means a take over would be acceptable by all, under this condition!!!]

Recently the United States acknowledged that it had given up trying to find weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. Last week a U.S. intelligence report concluded that Iraq, nearly devoid of terrorism before the war, had replaced Afghanistan as the training center for "professionalized" terrorists.

There are expectations that the newly elected government will ask the United States to start withdrawing its troops, a request some sources say is anticipated with relief by the Bush administration. But Marr cautioned, "We have created a mess there. It's a very serious one. We didn't have a terror problem going in, but we do now. ... Now we have a real security problem which we must address before we get out."

 
One comment- do not mess with the Word of God.  It's accuracy is beyond our comprehension.

End 01-23-2005


01-27-2005

Recalling the fact that the antichrist himself will be the one to "pluck up " the three kings, it is certainly interesting to see who is expressing open opposition to a divided Iraq.

from the website-
http://www.turkishpress.com/news.asp?ID=36528
we read
Jordan's King Abdullah warns against partition of Iraq
AFP: 1/27/2005
AMMAN, Jan 27 (AFP) - Jordan's King Abdullah II warned Thursday against the risks of Iraq being partitioned and said elections were the best way to restore stability to the country, in an interview with AFP.  "I have cautioned against efforts by certain parties to sow discord and push towards sectarianism in Iraq," he said.  King Abdullah referred to "calls for the establishment of an autonomous region in southern Iraq that clearly amount to a suspect invitation to partition".  

Iraqi politician Ahmed Chalabi, who is running in Sunday's general elections, called earlier this week for the establishment of an autonomous zone in mainly Shiite southern Iraq, like that of the Kurds in the north. Jordan's king said his comments had been "exaggerated or misinterpreted" when he warned in an earlier interview that Iran was using the Shiite majority in Iraq to try to create a Shiite "crescent" stretching to Lebanon. Shiite Iran has rejected the accusations, which echoed the fears of Iraq's Sunni Arab minority.

"Some people went too far in their interpretation of my words, in a desperate bid to falsify the facts and achieve their projects and ambitions," the king said.

"As a Hashemite Arab king, attached to the unity of the Iraqi people, the unity of its ranks and independent destiny, I was warning against attempts at division," he said.

"It is my duty to warn against any attempt to break up the unity of the Iraqi people and spread discord between the different communities ," said King Abdullah.

"As a Hashemite, I speak in the name of all Muslims, Sunnis and Shiites ," said the king, a direct descendant of Prophet Mohammed.

"We want them to be united, as they have always been, and we will oppose any attempt to damage this privileged relationship or our ties with our Shiite brothers," he said.

King Abdullah, who turns 43 on the day of the Iraqi elections, said the polls were "the only path to security and stability" in the country.

"We are working for widespread participation by the Iraqis to achieve security and democracy, and to adopt a new constitution. This is in the interests of Iraq, in the interests of us all, and of peace in the region."

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Hold the Phone?
What Have Here? Coincidence or something else?

Going to Reserve judgment on this one

from the website-
http://www.arabicnews.com/ansub/Daily/Day/050127/2005012716.html
we read-

King Abdullah discusses the division of Jordan to three districts
Jordan, Politics, 1/27/2005

The Jordanian King Abdullah II said he will reconsider the administrative divisions in the Kingdom in order to form three districts of elected local councils, with each district including several governorates.

The Jordanian King said that he will form shortly a royal committee with a mission of "including this inclination from various aspects and draw an appropriate mechanism to implement it and convert it from a theory to a tangible practice."

In a televised statement, the Jordanian TV underlined the importance of this political development "starting as from people's organizations up to the centers of decision making, not the opposite way round."


This potentially changes not just the 3 kings but our theory on the antichrist.  We'll watch it together.

End 01-27-2005


01-27-2005  (2nd thought)

Actually, the above could reinforce our theory on the antichrist.  The King is under great pressure to democraticize Jordan.  What better way than to divide his constituents into their Biblical components of Ammon, Edom, and Moab ?  We know the antichrist will not harm these three groups because the Bible tells us so.

End 01-27-2005 (2nd thought)



It is believed that the following page shows the identity of the ten kings .  In so doing, the JOINING of Assur (Ninevah), a city in northern Iraq, and Ammon (the northern portion of the West Bank in Jordan) becomes the moment of the rise to power of the 10 kings and the antichrist.  This is a slightly different twist than is presented on this page.  Translation - the "Cheney doctrine" (advocated by many in the Bush White House) of joining Iraq and Jordan (and in so doing extending the authority of the antichrist) becomes a significant Biblical reality.


See this for map of traditional Kurdistan .


05-15-2005

This information was shown on a separate page previously, but I want to include it here since it is relevant to this topic.  Further, the way things are moving, I tend to believe that the following scenario is actually going to take place-

See this previous presentation.

Other scenarios that could develop:
Two interesting developments have already taken place.

The First Development-
from the website-
http://www.arabicnews.com/ansub/Daily/Day/050127/2005012716.html
we read-

King Abdullah discusses the division of Jordan to three districts
Jordan, Politics, 1/27/2005

The Jordanian King Abdullah II said he will reconsider the administrative divisions in the Kingdom in order to form three districts of elected local councils, with each district including several governorates.

The Jordanian King said that he will form shortly a royal committee with a mission of "including this inclination from various aspects and draw an appropriate mechanism to implement it and convert it from a theory to a tangible practice."

In a televised statement, the Jordanian TV underlined the importance of this political development "starting as from people's organizations up to the centers of decision making, not the opposite way round."
 
 
The Second Development-
In November, Abdullah stripped his half-brother, Prince Hamzah, of his crown as heir to the throne.  In so doing, the King said that the action enables the King to assign Hamzah responsibilities that he could not if he remained crown prince.  Are the two developments related?

Analysis, Possibility-
Consider this- (a picture from the webpage - http://www.go.com.jo/QNoorjo/main/funeral4.htm
The sons of the late King Hussein.  From left to right:

Prince Ali,
Crown Prince Hamzah,
King Abdullah II,
Prince Faisal
Prince Hashim.

Now, take Prince Hamzah from the picture (since he is no longer crown prince).  Was he removed to leave the 3 remaining brothers Ali, Faisal, Hashim in a position to represent the three districts of Jordan?  Could the three districts be Ammon, Moab, and Edom?  We know that the antichrist enroute to destroy Egypt will not harm Ammon, Moab, and Edom ?   When Jordan unites with Iraq to form the 10-king confederation, will three of the ten kings be Ammon, Moab, Edom ?  Will the 3 kings actually be Ali, Faisal, and Hashim?  Could it be that the Jordanian monarch already knows he is headed for a "promotion" and he is preparing his country to be part of the new " democratic security regime" in the Middle East?  Lastly, could it be that the three kings that the eventual antichrist actually displaces will be Ammon, Moab, and Edom instead of replacing parts of Iraq?  By the time this happens the believers in the church will have been long gone from the earth .

End 05-15-2005


10-30-2005

http://english.people.com.cn/200510/28/eng20051028_217497.html

A major player in the mideast is on record supporting a unified Iraq.  The question is- will the leader have to COMPEL "unification" at some point?

Jordan stands for independent, territorially integrated Iraq

Jordan stands for an independent and territorially integrated Iraq, King Abdullah II said in Amman on Thursday.

Jordan will stand by the Iraqi people in their bid to rebuild their war-stricken country, and to maintain its sovereignty and territorial integrity, Abdullah told visiting Iraqi Prime Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari.

The king condemned terrorist attacks in Iraq, calling for all Iraqi parties to join in the political process to rebuild the country under a constitution endorsed in last week's referendum.

For his part, Jaafari spoke highly of Jordan's efforts in help restoring Iraq's security.

The two leaders agreed that Jordan and Iraq should further strengthen their cooperation in various fields, especially in economy and trade, for the benefit of people in both countries.

Jaafari arrived in Amman Thursday for a two-day visit, his first since assuming the post earlier this year.

End 10-30-2005


12-18-2005

Is Zarqawi "al-Qaeda" style terrorism leading Jordan to a future interest in controlling Iraq (regional terrorism)?

This webpage says there is that possibility-
http://news.monstersandcritics.com/middleeast/article_1069575.php/Israeli_fears_al-Qaida_threat_to_Jordan

Israeli fears al-Qaida threat to Jordan

WASHINGTON, DC, United States (UPI) -- Israel faces an ominous new threat on its eastern front, where Jordan is under pressure from political and religious radicalization spearheaded by al-Qaida, says a top Israeli policy adviser. 

'There are serious implications for Israel in the future from the growth of al-Qaida-related terrorism, as exemplified by the attacks of the Zarqawi network in Jordan,' claims Dore Gold, Israel`s former ambassador to the United Nations, in a new policy paper just published by Israel`s Institute for Contemporary Affairs.

'After the November 2005 suicide attacks on three hotels in Amman, King Abdullah stressed that this was the work of Iraqis and not Jordanians,' Gold writes. 'The Western press went out of its way to emphasize how Jordanian opinion had turned against terrorist groups that would kill innocent Jordanian civilians. This analysis, however, tended to paper over the radicalization that segments of Jordanian society had undergone as a result of the Iraq War.'

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Jordan has one of the best intelligence services in the Arab world, particularly in response to domestic challenges, Dore notes. But as the threats come from outside its porous borders with Iraq or Syria or even Saudi Arabia, Jordan will have a far more difficult time contending with the threat of terrorism.

'In the past, Israel could be certain that if there was a violent organization determined to attack it from Jordanian territory, the Hashemites would not permit their kingdom to be exploited for such purposes,' Gold writes. 'With the spread of al-Qaida-related terrorism throughout the countries neighboring Jordan, the kingdom`s capacity to block such attacks may be reduced.'

'Israel`s national security doctrine for decades viewed the Jordan Valley as critical for Israel`s security from threats along its Eastern Front,' Gold continues, as part of his strong contention that Israel must buttress its defenses on the eastern front.

'Were Israel to make a territorial withdrawal from the strategic barrier it controls in the Jordan Valley (which it once considered at Camp David in 2000), then Israeli vulnerability could very well attract more global jihadi elements to Jordan, who would seek to use the kingdom as a platform to reach the West Bank and then target Israel`s civilian infrastructure,' he argues.

'Those advocating such a withdrawal take for granted that Jordan will remain a stable buffer that can thwart threats to its own security and to the security of Israel, as well. Jordanian stability is a global interest of the entire Western alliance. It can only be hoped that this beleaguered state will be provided the resources it needs by the United States and its allies to contend with the new threat environment it faces.'

'In the past, radical challenges to the Hashemite regime emanated from the Palestinian population in Jordan,' Gold contends. 'With the spread of Islamic militancy in Jordan, the Hashemites are now facing an added internal threat from the direction of those who had been its most important pillars of support. Of course, Transjordanians had been involved in the Muslim Brotherhood in the past, but they were primarily active in its pragmatic wing that worked with the Jordanian government.'

What changed, says Gold, was the arrival of Muslim fundamentalism, specifically the coming of Salafi jihadists. He says this first became apparent in 1993, when Jordanian security forces uncovered a plot by Hizb ut-Tahrir to assassinate King Hussein. Radical Islamists set off bombs in cinemas in Amman and Zarqa in 1994.

'But now there is a danger of this activity becoming more widespread,' Gold stresses. 'Jordanian security officials have estimated that recently 500 Jordanians have been arrested for links with al-Qaida. Indeed, according to a report in the London Sunday Times, Jordanian security sources believed that the Iraqi suicide bombers who attacked in Amman received help from Jordanian soldiers. If the report is true, it means that Zarqawi`s network had penetrated the Jordanian defense establishment in a manner reminiscent of al-Qaida`s recruitment of members of the Saudi National Guard.'

'Jordan now faces multiple challenges to its security,' Gold concludes. 'It hosts nearly half a million Iraqi refugees, some of whom could be recruited for jihadi activities. Its border with the Sunni portions of Iraq is relatively porous. In addition, Jordan will undoubtedly be affected by developments within two other neighbors -- Syria to the north and Saudi Arabia to the south. Saudi clashes with local al-Qaida cells have become a regular occurrence since May 2003. Syria, which serves as the main conduit for the mujahideen fighting for the insurgency in Iraq, is paying a price for this role.'

As the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad becomes further isolated and embattled by the pressures of the international community due to its involvement in the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik al-Hariri, Gold suggests that militant Islamic elements, that have grown with the Syrian involvement in Iraq, will become emboldened.

'All this will have implications for Jordan,' Gold suggests. 'Zarqawi`s strategy is based on a significant escalation of the destructive power of terrorist attacks: from bringing down U.N. headquarters in Baghdad to trying to destroy whole hotels elsewhere. Of greatest concern has been his readiness to employ even the crudest weapons of mass destruction. The sophistication of his network is bound to increase. It becomes a paramount interest for Israel to recognize the changing threat of terrorism as Zarqawi`s network threatens to become active in the Israeli-Palestinian struggle.'

'Al-Qaida`s global strategy has been to seek the weakest link in any region it hopes to penetrate,' Gold writes. 'Al-Qaida thrives in weak or failed states like Sudan, Afghanistan, remote Iraqi Kurdistan prior to the 2003 U.S. invasion, or Chechnya. If the state structures are in a process of being built up, al-Qaida is seeking to destabilize them by increasing insurgent activities. That has been the primary goal of Zarqawi`s network in Iraq and is likely to become his chief political strategy in Syria and Jordan. All of this indicates that the region to Israel`s east is likely to enter a period of greater instability.'

What we have here is the emerging events of  Revelation 6:4.  It appears that the above article could well be the strategic basis which serves as the raison d'etre for the coming fulfillment of Bible propehcy.

Can not take this notion seriously that there will be a need to control Iraq ?  Read this.  It "proves" Iraq is at fault.

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,7374-1935220,00.html

Iraq's Most Wanted Was Freed by Police

The Iraqi Government admitted today that its security forces had captured Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the one-legged Jordanian terror chief whose picture is plastered all over the country, but let him go because nobody recognised him.

Iraq's most-wanted man was arrested in the rebel stronghold of Fallujah last year with a group of other insurgents, but he was released after a "simple interrogation".

The confession was made by Hussain Kamal, the deputy Interior Minister. "He was arrested more than one year ago in Fallujah by Iraqi police," Mr Kamal said. "It seems they did not recognize him, that’s why they released him."


End 12-18-2005


04-10-2006

The pressure is mounting for an "intervention" or an alternative solution (crown?)
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/iraq;_ylt=AkN8x0gzp3UYN6J2eUlu0nhX6GMA;_ylu=X3oDMTBiMW04NW9mBHNlYwMlJVRPUCUl

Iraq Sunnis Reaffirm Opposition to PM

BAGHDAD, Iraq - Shiite politicians failed Monday to persuade Sunni Arabs and Kurds to soften their opposition to a second term for Prime Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari, leaving the Shiites with little choice but to replace him if they want to break the deadlock on a new government.

But al-Jaafari's supporters within the Shiite alliance showed no sign of backing down. Representatives of the seven parties within the alliance planned to meet Tuesday to discuss the standoff, which has blocked formation of a government of national unity.

"For the alliance to make a change, it needs to have the support of five of the seven blocs within it," said Salam al-Maliki, an al-Jaafari supporter. "This is impossible to secure."

Impossibilities require extreme measures!!  Would a crown not be an extreme measure?

End 04-10-2006


04-13-2006

http://www.petra.gov.jo/nepras/2006/Apr/12/104.htm

Jordan calls on Arabs to support Iraq

Cairo, April 12 (Petra) -- Jordan concerned with the unity of Iraq [no kiddin] and this an important condition to preserve balance and stability in the region, Foreign Minister Khatib said.  The Arab support for Arab is crucial and the formation of a national unity Iraqi government to enable Iraqis to surmount their devastated situation, Khatib told Jordan News Agency correspondent in Cairo.

"Jordan is ready to work with all concerned parties including Arab countries to enhance the Iraqi people to restore their unity," Khatib added.  [no foolin?]

Responding to a question on how Iraqis could pass their plight, Khatib said by forming a national unity government representing all Iraqi power.   The Iraqis should put their differences away as the situation in Iraq is getting worse and dangerous, a national unity government should be formed that enable Iraq to control the devastated situation, The minister said.
The committee tasked for Iraq welcomed the Iraqi Islamic reconciliation conference scheduled in Amman on 22 April, Khatib said.
The Iraqi religious leaders could reach political reconciliation on successful solution to their plight, the minister noted.
The Arab countries should unify their efforts to support the unity of Iraq, the minister said, adding if Iraq gets weak that will lead to regional instability and harm Arab interests.


[Want to speculate on an increase in Iraq instability and the increase in the need to "unite" Iraq?]

End 04-13-2006


05-02-2006

We now have a US Senator advocating partitioning Iraq into 3 regions!!  A lot is happening right now at a rapid pace.  This is just one.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/12572371/

Biden proposes partitioning Iraq into 3 regions

'Maintain a united Iraq by decentralizing it,' writes Del. senator in op-ed

WASHINGTON - The senior Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee proposed Monday that Iraq be divided into three separate regions — Kurdish, Shiite and Sunni — with a central government in Baghdad.

In an op-ed essay in Monday’s edition of The New York Times, Sen. Joseph Biden. D-Del., wrote that the idea “is to maintain a united Iraq by decentralizing it, giving each ethno-religious group ... room to run its own affairs, while leaving the central government in charge of common interests.”

The new Iraqi constitution allows for establishment of self-governing regions. But that was one of the reasons the Sunnis opposed the constitution and why they demanded and won an agreement to review it this year.

End 05-02-2006


05-14-2006

More pressure to divide Iraq into 3 parts (if this wasn't the original intent of the US planners, I would be surprised):

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/nationworld/2002963892_iraq01.html

Strategy of dividing Iraq starting to make sense, some officers, analysts say

 WASHINGTON — As sectarian violence persists in Iraq, U.S. military officers and security experts find themselves in a vigorous debate over an idea largely dismissed months ago as a fringe thought: that the surest — and perhaps now the only — way to bring stability to Iraq is to divide the country into three pieces.

Those who see the partitioning of Iraq as increasingly attractive argue that separating the Shiites, Sunnis and Kurds may be the only solution to the violence that many experts believe verges on civil war. Others contend that it simply would lead to new, dangerous challenges for the United States, not least the possibility that al-Qaida would find it easier to build a new base of operations in a partitioned Iraq.

One specialist on the Iraqi insurgency, Ahmed Hashim, a professor at the U.S. Naval War College who has served two tours in Iraq as a reservist, contends in a new book that the U.S. government's options in Iraq are closing to just two: Let a civil war occur, or avoid that wrenching outcome through some sort of partition. Such a division of the country "is the option that can allow us to leave with honor intact," he concludes in "Insurgency and Counter-Insurgency in Iraq."

http://news.independent.co.uk/world/middle_east/article447806.ece

Iraq's 'ragtag' army units start fighting among themselves

A gun battle between two units of the Iraqi army has left one soldier and a civilian dead, underlining how ethnic and sectarian divisions are crippling the US-trained force.

The shooting, which took place between Kurdish and Shia soldiers on Friday near Duluiyah, 45 miles north of Baghdad, is a bad omen for US plans to hand over security to the Iraqi army by the end of the year.

http://www.13wham.com/news/world/story.aspx?content_id=72D28590-19D0-47BF-92B6-9DA8D88A4D68
Efforts to build unified Iraqi government snagged

BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) - There's a new bump in the road to a national unity government in Iraq.

A member of an influential Shiite alliance bloc is threatening to form a new government unilaterally if rival groups don't scale back their demands.

In response, Sunnis said they may withdraw from the process entirely.

End 05-14-2006



06-15-2006

from an article published 4-1-2003 (but still full of relevant information) which outlines a strategy remarkably similar to Bible prophecy
http://www.prospect.org/print/V14/4/dreyfuss-r.html

Iran is not the only country where restoration of monarchy is being considered. Neoconservative strategists have also supported returning to power the Iraqi monarchy, which was toppled in 1958 by a combination of military officers and Iraqi communists. When the Ottoman Empire crumbled after World War I, British intelligence sponsored the rise of a little-known family called the Hashemites, whose origins lay in the Saudi region around Mecca and Medina. Two Hashemite brothers were installed on the thrones of Jordan and Iraq.

For nearly a year, the neocons have suggested that Jordan's Prince Hassan, the brother of the late King Hussein of Jordan and a blood relative of the Iraqi Hashemite family, might re-establish the Hashemites in Baghdad were Saddam Hussein to be removed. Among the neocons are Michael Rubin, a former AEI fellow, and David Wurmser, a Perle acolyte. Rubin in 2002 wrote an article for London's Daily Telegraph headlined, "If Iraqis want a king, Hassan of Jordan could be their man." Wurmser in 1999 wrote Tyranny's Ally, an AEI-published book devoted largely to the idea of restoring the Hashemite dynasty in Iraq. Today Rubin is a key Department of Defense official overseeing U.S. policy toward Iraq, and Wurmser is a high-ranking official working for Undersecretary of State for Arms Control and International Security John Bolton, himself a leading neoconservative ideologue.

But if the neocons are toying with the idea of restoring monarchies in Iraq and Iran, they are also eyeing the destruction of the region's wealthiest and most important royal family of all: the Saudis. Since September 11, the hawks have launched an all-out verbal assault on the Saudi monarchy, accusing Riyadh of supporting Osama bin Laden's al-Qaeda organization and charging that the Saudis are masterminding a worldwide network of mosques, schools and charity organizations that promote terrorism. It's a charge so breathtaking that those most familiar with Saudi Arabia are at a loss for words when asked about it. "The idea that the House of Saud is cooperating with al-Qaeda is absurd," says James Akins, who served as U.S. ambassador to Saudi Arabia in the mid-1970s and frequently travels to the Saudi capital as a consultant. "It's too dumb to be talked about."

That doesn't stop the neoconservatives from doing so, however. In The War Against the Terror Masters, Ledeen cites Wurmser in charging that, just before 9-11, "Saudi intelligence had become difficult to distinguish from Al Qaeda." Countless other, similar accusations have been flung at the Saudis by neocons. Max Singer, co-founder of the Hudson Institute, has repeatedly suggested that the United States seek to dismantle the Saudi kingdom by encouraging breakaway republics in the oil-rich eastern province (which is heavily Shia) and in the western Hijaz. "After [Hussein] is removed, there will be an earthquake throughout the region," says Singer. "If this means the fall of the [Saudi] regime, so be it." And when Hussein goes, Ledeen says, it could lead to the collapse of the Saudi regime, perhaps to pro-al-Qaeda radicals. "In that event, we would have to extend the war to the Arabian peninsula, at the very least to the oil-producing regions."

"I've stopped saying that Saudi Arabia will be taken over by Osama bin Laden or by a bin Laden clone if we go into Iraq," says Akins. "I'm now convinced that's exactly what [the neoconservatives] want. And then we take it over."

Iraq, too, could shatter into at least three pieces, which would be based on the three erstwhile Ottoman Empire provinces of Mosul, Baghdad and Basra that were cobbled together to compose the state eight decades ago. That could conceivably leave a Hashemite kingdom in control of largely Sunni central Iraq, a Shia state in the south (possibly linked to Iran, informally) and some sort of Kurdish entity in the north -- either independent or, as is more likely, under the control of the Turkish army. Turkey, a reluctant player in George W. Bush's crusade, fears an independent Kurdistan and would love to get its hands on Iraq's northern oil fields around the city of Kirkuk

The final key component for these map-redrawing, would-be Lawrences of Arabia is the toppling of Assad's regime and the breakup of Syria. Perle himself proposed exactly that in a 1996 document prepared for the Institute for Advanced Strategic and Political Studies (IASPS), an Israeli think tank. The plan, titled, "A Clean Break: A New Strategy for Securing the Realm," was originally prepared as a working paper to advise then-Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel. It called on Israel to work with Turkey and Jordan to "contain, destabilize and roll-back" various states in the region, overthrow Saddam Hussein in Iraq, press Jordan to restore a scion of its Hashemite dynasty to the Iraqi throne and, above all, launch military assaults against Lebanon and Syria as a "prelude to a redrawing of the map of the Middle East [to] threaten Syria's territorial integrity." Joining Perle in writing the IASPS paper were Douglas Feith and Wurmser, now senior officials in Bush's national-security apparatus.

Gary Schmitt, executive director of the Project for a New American Century (PNAC), worries only that the Bush administration, including Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld and Vice President Dick Cheney, might not have the guts to see its plan all the way through once Hussein is toppled. "It's going to be no small thing for the United States to follow through on its stated strategic policy in the region," he says. But Schmitt believes that President Bush is fully committed, having been deeply affected by the events of September 11. Schmitt roundly endorses the vision put forward by Kaplan and Kristol in The War Over Iraq, which was sponsored by the PNAC. "It's really our book," says Schmitt.

Six years ago, in its founding statement of principles, PNAC called for a radical change in U.S. foreign and defense policy, with a beefed-up military budget and a more muscular stance abroad, challenging hostile regimes and assuming "American global leadership." Signers of that statement included Cheney; Rumsfeld; Deputy Secretary of Defense Paul Wolfowitz; Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs Peter W. Rodman; Elliott Abrams, the Near East and North African affairs director at the National Security Council; Zalmay Khalilzad, the White House liaison to the Iraqi opposition; I. Lewis Libby, Cheney's chief of staff; and Gov. Jeb Bush (R-Fla.), the president's brother. The PNAC statement foreshadowed the outline of the president's 2002 national-security strategy.

Scenarios for sweeping changes in the Middle East, imposed by U.S armed forces, were once thought fanciful -- even ridiculous -- but they are now taken seriously given the incalculable impact of an invasion of Iraq. Chas Freeman, who served as U.S. ambassador to Saudi Arabia during the Gulf War, worries about everything that could go wrong. "It's a war to turn the kaleidoscope, by people who know nothing about the Middle East," he says. "And there's no way to know how the pieces will fall." Perle and Co., says Freeman, are seeking a Middle East dominated by an alliance between the United States and Israel, backed by overwhelming military force. "It's machtpolitik, might makes right," he says. Asked about the comparison between Iraq and Hiroshima, Freeman adds, "There is no question that the Richard Perles of the world see shock and awe as a means to establish a position of supremacy that others fear to challenge."

But Freeman, who is now president of the Middle East Policy Council, thinks it will be a disaster. "This outdoes anything in the march of folly catalog," he says. "It's the lemmings going over the cliff."

Here, friends, we have a policy proclaimed in a book in 1999 which advocates a scenario in which a king takes over for 3 kings in Iraq.  Much of this policy originated in Israeli politics through PNAC and "The Clean Break."  These "politics" will lead to a 'consumption' of Israel (Isa 28:22) because Israel becomes ruled by scornful men (Isa 28:14) whose rule leads Israel into a policy called a covenant with death and an agreement with hell (Isa 28:15). Yet eventually they turn to Jesus Christ at His coming (Isa 28:16), though it only be a remnant, Isa 10:20, (they escape the antichrist).  Israel will enter into an association (associate yourselves... and ye shall be broken in pieces) and and will gird itself (with PNAC and Clean Break and the eventual King of Iraq, the wicked counsellor of Nineveh (Mosul) Nahum 1:11) and by so doing will be broken in pieces. (Isa 8:9)  Friends, the panorama of the book of Isaiah is awe inspiring!!
Remember, when Mosul (aka Nineveh, aka Assur), merges with Ammon (Psa 83) is when the antichrist comes to power.  The Assyrian will be the scourge against Israel and shall overflow and go over (Isa 8:8) exactly as he does in Daniel 11:40.  The Lord at His coming shall break the Assyrian antichrist  (Isa 14:25, Isa 30:31, Isa 31:8).

End 06-15-2006


11-12-2006

from-
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,2089-2393750,00.html

we read-

America ponders cutting Iraq in three

An independent commission set up by Congress with the approval of President George W Bush may recommend carving up Iraq into three highly autonomous regions, according to well informed sources.

The Iraq Study Group, co-chaired by James Baker, the former US secretary of state, is preparing to report after next month’s congressional elections amid signs that sectarian violence and attacks on coalition forces are spiralling out of control. The conflict is claiming the lives of 100 civilians a day and bombings have reached record levels.



The Baker commission has grown increasingly interested in the idea of splitting the Shi’ite, Sunni and Kurdish regions of Iraq as the only alternative to what Baker calls “cutting and running” or “staying the course”.

“The Kurds already effectively have their own area,” said a source close to the group. “The federalisation of Iraq is going to take place one way or another. The challenge for the Iraqis is how to work that through.”

The commission is considered to represent a last chance for fresh thinking on Iraq, where mass kidnappings are increasing and even the police are suspected of being responsible for a growing number of atrocities.

Baker, 76, an old Bush family friend who was secretary of state during the first Gulf war in 1991, said last week that he met the president frequently to discuss “policy and personnel”.

His group will not advise “partition”, but is believed to favour a division of the country that will devolve power and security to the regions, leaving a skeletal national government in Baghdad in charge of foreign affairs, border protection and the distribution of oil revenue.

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End 11-12-2006


11-29-2006

Today on the Radio O'Reilly Factor I heard Bill say-
"You can either get a strongman in there [Iraq] or split it into 3 parts.  It is over."  (or words to that effect.)

How about splitting into 3 parts and then getting a strongman in there?  Friends, the Bible is coming to pass and soon.  Are you born again?   If not, God have mercy on you.  Time is not on your side.  That the Bible is true will soon be known to all men, some too late.
Don't let it be too late to respond to the Lord's call.

Bush says he will not leave Iraq.
King Abdullah says peace must be started now.
O'Reilly says a "strongman" is needed.
It is being said that only a peace agreement can salvage Bush's disastrous Iraq policy.  The pressure is on to act.  The stage is set.
Jesus Christ is going to return soon. Are you ready?

End 11-29-2006


05-19-2007

Pressure within Iraq is going to create a NEED for action.  Will the action take place during the tribulation?

http://www.reuters.com/article/topNews/idUSKIM74750720070517?feedType=RSS&rpc=22

Iraq is on the verge of collapse: report

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraq's government has lost control of vast areas to powerful local factions and the country is on the verge of collapse and fragmentation, a leading British think-tank said on Thursday.

Chatham House also said there was not one civil war in Iraq, but "several civil wars" between rival communities, and accused Iraq's main neighbors -- Iran, Saudi Arabia and Turkey -- of having reasons "for seeing the instability there continue."

"It can be argued that Iraq is on the verge of being a failed state which faces the distinct possibility of collapse and fragmentation," it said in a report.



End 05-19-2007


06-26-2007
http://www.alsumaria.tv/en/Iraq-News/1-4658-Jordan-King-urges-Iraqis-to-join-ranks.html

Jordan King urges Iraqis to join ranks

Iraq’s Foreign Minister Hosheyar Zebari considered that the military situation in Iraq is shifting in a positive course due to crackdowns on insurgents in different provinces. Zebari expected a “hot summer” since armed groups have taken a defensive stand. After meeting with Jordan’s King Abdullah II in Amman, Zebari described talks as extremely useful noting that talks were centered on the outcome of his diplomatic tour to the United States and Britain. He added that coordination between Iraq and Jordan is at its high levels. Iraq’s Foreign Minster called to support efforts deployed to ascertain security and reach stability in Iraq, for this is in everybody’s interests while instability is to affect the whole region.

During the meeting, King Abdullah and Zebari reviewed the latest developments on the Iraqi scene and efforts deployed to save the country from violence. King Abdullah stressed the necessity of promoting efforts in order to reach national reconciliation, confirming that Jordan will continue to support the process of ascertaining security and stability in Iraq as well as regaining its vital role in the region. Moreover, Jordan’s King urged the Iraqi people Monday to join ranks against the preachers of sectarian sedition, a Royal Palace statement said.

End 06-26-2007


09-30-2007

Look Dear friends and Look UP!

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/09/26/AR2007092601506.html

Senate Endorses Plan to Divide Iraq

Showing rare bipartisan consensus over war policy, the Senate overwhelmingly endorsed a political settlement for Iraq that would divide the country into three semi-autonomous regions.

The plan, conceived by Senate Foreign Relations Chairman Joseph R. Biden Jr. (D-Del.), was approved 75-23 as a non-binding resolution, with 26 Republican votes. It would not force President Bush to take any action, but it represents a significant milestone in the Iraq debate, carving out common ground in a debate that has grown increasingly polarized and focused on military strategy.

The Biden plan envisions a federal government system for Iraq, consisting of separate regions for Iraq's Shiite, Sunni and Kurdish populations. The structure is spelled out in Iraq's constitution, but Biden would initiate local and regional diplomatic efforts to hasten its evolution.

"This has genuine bipartisan support,and I think that's a very hopeful sign," Biden said.

Look for this to tie into the "peace" agreement.

End 09-30-2007


10-05-2007

http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2007/03/05/070305fa_fact_hersh?printable=true

In a report by Seymour Hersh of the New Yorker in March 2007, he said-

(quoting Richard Armitage, former Deputy Sec of State)-
In 2002, Richard Armitage, then the Deputy Secretary of State, called Hezbollah “the A-team” of terrorists. In a recent interview, however, Armitage acknowledged that the issue has become somewhat more complicated. Nasrallah, Armitage told me, has emerged as “a political force of some note, with a political role to play inside Lebanon if he chooses to do so.” In terms of public relations and political gamesmanship, Armitage said, Nasrallah “is the smartest man in the Middle East.”

In the same article in an apparent interview with Nasrallah, Hersh quotes the smartest man in the Middle East as saying-

Nasrallah accused the Bush Administration of working with Israel to deliberately instigate fitna, an Arabic word that is used to mean “insurrection and fragmentation within Islam.” “In my opinion, there is a huge campaign through the media throughout the world to put each side up against the other,” he said. “I believe that all this is being run by American and Israeli intelligence.” (He did not provide any specific evidence for this.) He said that the U.S. war in Iraq had increased sectarian tensions, but argued that Hezbollah had tried to prevent them from spreading into Lebanon. (Sunni-Shiite confrontations increased, along with violence, in the weeks after we talked.)

Nasrallah said he believed that President Bush’s goal was “the drawing of a new map for the region. They want the partition of Iraq. Iraq is not on the edge of a civil war—there is a civil war. There is ethnic and sectarian cleansing. The daily killing and displacement which is taking place in Iraq aims at achieving three Iraqi parts, which will be sectarian and ethnically pure as a prelude to the partition of Iraq. Within one or two years at the most, there will be total Sunni areas, total Shiite areas, and total Kurdish areas. Even in Baghdad, there is a fear that it might be divided into two areas, one Sunni and one Shiite.”

He went on, “I can say that President Bush is lying when he says he does not want Iraq to be partitioned. All the facts occurring now on the ground make you swear he is dragging Iraq to partition. And a day will come when he will say, ‘I cannot do anything, since the Iraqis want the partition of their country and I honor the wishes of the people of Iraq.’ ”

(after reading 100 pages of Fiasco by Thomas Ricks, it is hard to draw any other conclusion than that this was the plan from the beginning.
The only other alternative is to conclude that an incredible amount of accidental bungling lead to the same scenario.)

End 10-05-2007


10-08-2007

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/21186176/

Top Iraqis pull back from key U.S. goal

Reconciliation seen as unattainable amid power struggle

BAGHDAD - For much of this year, the U.S. military strategy in Iraq has sought to reduce violence so that politicians could bring about national reconciliation, but several top Iraqi leaders say they have lost faith in this broad goal.

"The polarization of Iraq's major sects and ethnic groups and fighting among Sh'ia factions further diminishes the stability of Iraq's governing coalition and its potential to enact legislation needed for sectarian reconciliation," the report concluded.

(can you say that the goal of Sunni-Shiite conflict has been reached?)

End 10-08-2007


10-28-2007

To illustrate the sovereignty of the Lord God, I cite the following convergence of men, ideas, and circumstances within the Bush administration (which lead to the Iraq debacle and the attempt to remake the Middle east, beginning with Iraq.)

All of these are from Fiasco by Thomas Ricks.



End 10-28-2007




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