Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Daily Headlines:

Not If, But When

The Jewish sage, Hillel, said, “In a place where there are no men, strive to be a man.” This has been interpreted to mean that it is an obligation to stand against evil, even if other’s courage dissert them.

One doesn’t have to be a historian, a military strategist, a biblical scholar or any other credentialed expert to know that the question of the destruction of Iran’s nuclear and missile capabilities is not one of if, but when?

The withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq now essentially clears the air lanes directly into Iran for an attack, shortening the route that otherwise might have been over the air space of Saudi Arabia. Indeed, Israel with Saudi permission could use both routes because the Saudis are just as much opposed to a nuclear Iran. As it is, the U.S. Air Force has recently re-assigned key units formerly based in Iraq to Kuwait. The Middle East chess board is being reset.

Israel faces an actual threat of destruction and Iran’s Supreme Leader has never made a secret of his intentions.

The Israelis will attack Iran’s nuclear facilities. It has no choice. It should be joined by the forces of the United States, Saudi Arabia, and others who would benefit, but as in 1967, 1981, and 2007, Israel will be left to do what others lack the courage to do.

Hizbullah Chemical War Threat To Israel

The expected fall of Syrian President Bashar Assad’s regime may be Hizbullah’s gain of chemical and biological weapons that could be used against Israel, officials fear.

The latest concerns, reported by foreign news services, come three weeks after former Labor party Defense Minister Binyamin Ben-Eliezer warned, “We are talking in terms of thousands of missiles that might move to Hizbullah and might endanger the whole Middle East.”

He told a news conference organized by the Israel Project that Syrian’s arsenal includes biological and chemical weapons.

U.S. Prof. Tells Newsweek Israel Must Attack Iran Now

The Iranian Threat is like the Arab world’s threat to destroy Israel in 1967, and Israel must attack Iran now, a Harvard University history professor told Newsweek. He said the he biggest danger is Western complacency.

The magazine,which last week published a scenario of how Israel till attack Iran if it decides to do so, featured on its website on Monday an article by Prof. Niall Ferguson.

He said the biggest danger is Western acceptance of a nuclear Iran, an illusion of “wishful non-thinking [that] allows the mullahs of Tehran to get their hands on nuclear weapons.” He said that he has no doubt Iran “would take full advantage of such a lethal lever” as having an atom bomb

24 Signs That We Are Getting Dangerously Close To A Major War In The Middle East

For years we have heard about rising tensions in the Middle East, and for years we have heard politicians express concerns about Iran's nuclear program, but now things really do seem to be reaching a boiling point.

What makes war so much more likely now is that nobody has shown any signs of backing down.

Syrian President Bashar Assad has sworn that he will never step down.

U.S. President Barack Obama says that it is only a matter of time until he is forced to step down and that no other outcome is acceptable.

Iran has sworn that it will never end its nuclear program.

The United States believes that if Iran is allowed to develop a nuclear weapon it would be a fundamental threat to world security.

Israel believes that if Iran is allowed to develop a nuclear weapon it would be a fundamental threat to the very existence of the nation of Israel.

So if nobody backs down, what is going to happen?

Catholic Outcry Over Administrations Birth Control Decision Could Be Factor In Presidential Race

Catholic pulpits and pews are increasingly inflamed with talk of a war on religion after the Obama administration's recent decision on employers' birth control coverage.

“There can be no doubt that religious liberty in our country is in jeopardy,” Monsignor W. Ronald Jameson warned on Saturday from inside Washington’s historic Cathedral of St. Matthew. “This is the time to speak up. This is the time for all voices to be heard.”

Army Silences Catholic Chaplains

The Obama administration has been accused of telling Catholic military chaplains what they can and cannot say from their pulpits after the Army ordered Catholic chaplains not to read a letter to parishioners from their archbishop.

The Secretary of the Army feared the letter could be viewed as a call for civil disobedience.

The letter called on Catholics to resist the policy the Obama Administration’s policy that would force institutions affiliated with religious groups to provide coverage for birth control, sterilization and “abortifacients.” The Catholic Church believes the mandate represents an unconstitutional violation of freedom of religion.

On Jan. 26, Archbishop Timothy Broglio emailed a letter to Catholic military chaplains with instructions that it be read from the pulpit.

A portion of the letter was obtained by Business Insider. It reads:

“In so ruling, the Obama Administration has cast aside the First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States, denying to Catholics our Nation’s first and most fundamental freedom, that of religious liberty. And as a result, unless the rule is overturned, we Catholics will be compelled to either violate our consciences, or to drop health coverage for our employees (and suffer the penalties for doing so). The Obama Administration’s sole concession was to give our institutions one year to comply.”

The following day, senior chaplains received an email from the Army’s Office of the Chief of Chaplains advising them that the archbishop’s letter was not coordinated with their office – and instructed chaplains not to read it from the pulpit.

The Chief’s office ordered that the letter was to be mentioned in the Mass announcements and distributed in printed form in the back of the chapel.

The issue raises a question among critics: did administration official tell the Catholic Church what it could and could not say in the pulpit?

The Army confirmed that they asked Catholic chaplains not to read the letter, according to a statement released to National Review Online


WVBORN56 said...

"24 Signs That We Are Getting Dangerously Close To A Major War In The Middle East"

Read the comment section #13 from this article...there is a brilliant post by a well know regular here...haha :)

Just a question...is this considered casting our pearls before swine or is this a good way to witness? You can see which way I am leaning but I would appreciate your opinions

Scott said...

I'll take a look and come back...Do you mean comment #13?

WVBORN56 said...

Scott, yes comment 13, sorry for the confusion...by yours truly :)

Trying to witness to a lost non-prophecy crowd was my intent...

Nathan said...

Good luck with that WVborn :) Get out your tomato shield LOL . I do it all the time on yahoo comment boards , just for proof that you will be hated in his name :) .

Caver said...

WV, Great post over "there". I'm about 9 & 10 behind you.

WVBORN56 said...

Thanks Nathan and Caver. I guess we should try to do more of that especially as the days grow short. I'll check yours out Caver.

Anonymous said...

And yet, stocks are UP again....
Dow making another new high.
At least for the dow, and the nasdaq, things are LOOKING bullish.

IF the rally continues, it could
be quite a while before the end

IF THERE SHOULD be a change in trend, then of COURSE you will
hear me discuss it at once.

But not yet.

But the scene is speculative.

Stocks like AAPL are very high.
almost 500 a share.

For now, it appears that GREECE
is solved. But creditors have
BEEN FORCED to take BIG losses
on Greek debt.


ask yourself, if you were a bank,
would you EVEN THINK about lending out new money AFTER it was demanded
of you by the ECB to take HUGE
LOSSES on old debt ?? from Greece ??

I think you KNOW the answer.

Stephen >>>>>>>>>>>>

Caver said...

WV, I just went back to see if anyone commented....both say they are awaiting moderation.