Sunday, May 27, 2012

Sunday News And Commentary

In a shocking development (sorry for the sarcasm, but how can one not be sarcastic while watching this absurdity?):

Iran Official Says Unconvinced Of Need For IAEA To Inspect Nuclear Site

The United Nation's nuclear watchdog has failed to convince Iran of the need to inspect a military base suspected of housing nuclear weapons' experiments, Iranian media cited the head of country's atomic agency as saying on Saturday.

Comments reportedly made by the head of Atomic Energy Agency of Iran (AEOI) Fereidoun Abbasi came despite last week's announcement of aburgeoning deal between Iran and the International Atomic Energy Agency(IAEA), according to which the international community would have more access to the Parchin base.

Iran's state-run TV and semi-official Fars news agency both cited
Abbasi as saying Saturday that Iran had not been convinced of the need to inspect the Parchin site, adding that "no documents or reason has been presented to us" to persuade Tehran otherwise.

The UN agency also said satellite images showed "extensive activities" at the Parchin military complex which inspectors want to check over suspicions that research relevant to nuclear weapons was done there.

Earlier this month, an image said to come from inside the Parchin base and showing an explosives containment chamber of the type needed for nuclear arms-related tests that UN inspectors suspect Tehran has conducted at the site.

The wanton slaughter by Syrian forces of 92 confirmed victims, 32 of them children under ten, at the Homs village of Al-Houla Friday, May 25, was the most horrifying atrocity in the Middle East this week, but not the only one: In Sanaa, six days ago, al Qaeda’s suicide bombers, having penetrated Yemeni military ranks, detonated two tons of explosives at a parade rehearsal killing more than 100 soldiers and civilians and injuring 400.

Yet, according to the New York Times, after 15 months of bloodshed, President Barack Obama is working on the Yemenbi model for a plan to push Bashar Assad out of office, while “leaving remnants of his government in place. The Yemeni model replaced President Ali Abdullah in Sanaa with his vice president Abdu Rabbu Mansour Hadi.

Whereas US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton condemned Assad and his “cronies” for the al-Houla massacre, the “Yemen plan” would leave in place those very “cronies,” including Assad’s close relatives, who are responsible for massacres not only in al-Houla, but also in Homs, Hama, Idlib and Deraa, to name a few

This scrap of dialogue lifted the veil from a key aspect of Obama’s broader Middle East program and the role he has assigned Moscow for carrying it through. This role was first revealed exclusively by DEBKA-Net-Weekly 542 of May 25 which reported that the US president is acting to bring the Russians into a partnership for securing deals on the Iranian nuclear program and the Syrian crisis.

So far, his venture has had two results:

1. The Iranian nuclear impasse and the outcome of the Syrian civil war have been more tightly integrated than ever before.
2. Any deal reached by the US, Russia and Iran on the two issues would have to entail a carving-up of Middle East influence among those three powers.

As usual, Obama's idea of 'diplomacy' is a complete failure - at least for Israel:

As for Israel’s role in the ongoing bargaining, we also disclosed in DEBKAfile of May 19 thatIsrael’s Binyamin Netanyahu and Ehud Barak had agreed to stand back for Barack Obama to put his interim deal with Iran to the test.

Despite their reservations, they decided to go along with it after receiving assurances from the White House that Iranian violations would result in the immediate termination of negotiations and bring military action forward as the sole remaining option for stopping a nuclear Iran.

The US president promised to put his accord with Israel before the G-8 summit. And he did.
But for now there is no deal although Israel, in effect, gave Obama six months’ grace to explore his diplomatic initiative with Vladimir Putin and Ayatollah Ali Khamenei before turning back to the military option.

But as the days pass, major hurdles are piling up in the path of what some observers hail as Obama’s “Grand Bargain,” and others his “Grand Failure:” The Six-power talks with Iran have failed to persuade the ayatollahs to give up uranium enrichment up to weapons-grade; the world wants actions not words to halt the brutal massacres in Syria; rising bloodshed in Yemen continues to cripple the country. Obama’s hopes of a crisis-free six months for electioneering in peace look more and more like pipe-dreams.

The bargaining with Tehran is likely to stay stalled because Iran’s leaders take Obama’s deal with Israel as a six-month respite from a military threat. So why should they hurry in May or even June to reach a compromise with America on its demand to stop 20 percent uranium enrichment?

Bashar Assad and his army chiefs likewise feel US hands are tied by Obama's hopes of a breakthrough with Iran and they can safely carry on with their “unspeakable crimes” for the next six months under the Iranian-Russian umbrella. Words however strong will not discourage him from sending tanks to crush every last opponent and their children.

Meanwhile, we see this:

No wonder the Russians are preventing the UN Security Council from slapping an arms embargo on Syria.

Russia, with the support of fellow veto power China, has prevented the council from imposing any U.N. sanctions on Syria and has refused to halt arms sales to Damascus.

In a letter to the U.N. Security Council, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said he had seen reports of countries supplying arms to the government and rebels. He urged states not to arm either side in the Syrian conflict.

"Those who may contemplate supporting any side with weapons, military training or other military assistance, must reconsider such options to enable a sustained cessation of violence," he said.

Russia has defended its weapons deliveries to Syria in the face of Western criticism, saying government forces need to defend themselves against rebels receiving arms from abroad. Damascus says Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Libya are among the countries helping the rebels.

Who could have predicted?

Surprise! Talks between the six powers - the US, EU, UK, France, Germany, Russia and China - and Iran have ended in total, complete, embarrassing failure.

Those familiar with the iconic Peanuts gambit with Lucy assuring Charlie Brown that she will hold the football so he can kick it - only to yank it away at the last moment - will recognize Iran's nuclear negotiating strategy.

But after often fraught bargaining in Baghdad, diplomats left declaring they had made no progress at all. "It's been a difficult few days," said a European diplomat in Baghdad. "After our first meeting in Istanbul with Iran a few weeks ago, we were euphoric. Now we're a lot more realistic about just how difficult this negotiation is."

Incredible. A "semi brush-by" is seen as a "softening" toward the US? That's not hope - it's fantasy. In fact, it's pathetic to imbue a chance meeting where a few pleasantries were exchanged with any significance whatsoever. It's not even grasping at straws - it's grasping at thin air.
The "bottom line"? See Below:

But the question arises; why do we keep getting fooled by Iran in nuclear negotiations? The talks always start out with "optimism" and quickly devolve into "disappointment." At some point, you'd think the striped pants geniuses would realize the game the Iranians are playing and refuse to take part.

But diplomats care more about process than results. They think that engaging in "dialogue" as a process will eventually turn into "progress" on substance. This kind of myopia is seen yearly in how the US approaches the Israel-Palestinian conflict. It doesn't matter that the Palestinians have sworn to destory Israel. What matters is the "process" of negotiations. The focus may change - settlements, two state solution, etc. - but the process stays the same.

So we and the West will continue to play Iran's game because there literally isn't anything else the diplomats can think of doing.

It's a sorry state of affairs.

First, a few F-A-C-T-S (all of which are conveniently ignored by the MSM):

We Israelis are oppressed by everyone, including the U.N., the State Department, the EU, and the Muslims, including the Palestinians. We are oppressed by 60,000-plus rockets aimed at us by our immediate neighbors and by threats of annihilation. And for what? It's either because we exist, which the left and the Arabs think is a crime, or because we are "occupiers," which much of the world finds unconscionable. They forget that UNSC Res. 242 authorized Israel to remain in occupation until she had recognized and secure borders. They argue that the Fourth Geneva Convention applies, even though Israel is not occupying the land of another signatory to the treaty as provided therein.

The condemnation of Israel is based on the belief that the disputed territories are Palestinian. How so? They have never exercised sovereignty over said lands. The Arabs rejected the Partition Plan in 1948 that would have led to their sovereignty and invaded Israel instead. For the next nineteen years the West Bank was under Jordanian control, and no one ever called for a Palestinian state. In 1967, the Arabs were utterly defeated in a war they began. As a result, the UNSC passed Res. 242, which does not require Israel to withdraw from all the territories. At the Khartoum Conference, the Arabs rejected Res. 242 and agreed on the three nos: no recognition, no negotiations, and no peace. Arafat accepted Res. 242 because such acceptance was a precondition to entering the Oslo Accords, but he never agreed to its terms. And now they reject negotiations.

Israel, on the other hand, can claim sovereignty over these lands, pursuant to the San Remo Resolution of 1919 and the Palestine Mandate of 1922 which granted the Jews the right to reconstitute their homeland in Palestine and the right to close settlement of the land. She can also claim sovereignty over these lands by virtue of a continuous presence in the land for 3,000 years, by virtue of 1,000 years of sovereignty, by virtue of acquiring the land in a defensive war, or by insisting that only the Jordan River would constitute secure borders.

Wait, there is more below - aka "the bottom line":

The Jewish left prefer to ignore the reality. The Arabs are dedicated to destroying the Jewish state, in phases if necessary. The charters of both Hamas and Fatah say so. Sharia says so. The incessant preaching of hatred says so. The support for terrorism says so. The unwillingness to compromise their maximalist demands says so. Yet the left blame Israel for the lack of peace.

In the end, it's not about old and new Zionism, but rather about survival. The left wants Israel to give in to the demands of the Arabs and the international community in order to survive, though history does not support this belief. The right believes that doing so would lead to Israel's destruction. The right prefers peace through strength.
At the end of all of this - the commentaries, the feelings and opinions of both the left and right, etc. - none of it really matters. Why?

Because God has a specific and comprehensive plan - a plan that will be carried out exactly as foretold, and all of the opinions on both sides of the issues involving Israel simply don't matter (ultimately). Regardless, God's plan will be carried out, and we prophecy watchers know the main aspects of this plan.

The various debates, arguments, opinions, feelings etc., are of no consequence to God, as His plan unfolds.

Lets recall the scriptures, specifically from Psalm 33 and view how God sees current events:

"Let all the earth fear the Lord;
Let all the people of the world revere him,

For he spoke and it came to be;
he commanded, and it stood firm.

The Lord Foils the plans of the nations;
he thwarts the purposes of the peoples.

But the plans of the Lord stand firm forever,
the purposes of his heart through all generations.

From heaven the Lord looks down and sees all mankind;
from his dwelling place he watches all who live on earth -

No king is saved by the size of his army;
no warrior escapes by his great strength

But the eyes of the Lord are on those who fear him
on those whose hope is in his unfailing love,

We wait in hope for the Lord;
he is our help and our shield.

In him our hearts rejoice,
for we trust in his holy name.

May your unfailing love rest upon us O Lord,
even as we put our hope in you."

(Psalm 33:8-11, 13-14, 16, 18, 20-22)

So - WHO is really in control here on planet earth?



mary said...

Scott, Psalm 33 fits in so beautifully with your posting this morning.Isn't it amazing how God has a word from "His Word" for every situation. Thanks for that.I will be reading that Psalm in the coming days. Just beautiful. Maranatha

Scott said...

I was having that same exact thought this morning as posting today's news. Its so funny that human leaders here on earth see themselves as SO powerful and SO mighty, when in fact, they are simply pawns on God's chessboard. PLaying right into His plans. And they don't even know it.

mary said...

Scott, YES!YES! and AMEN!!! mary

Dylan said...

Scott, is it possible that Damascus becoming a ruinous heap isn't a sudden event, but a process? With all the shelling and the buildings being destroyed by the tanks, is it possible that it's being fullfilled as we speak?

Scott said...


One of the more amazing things about this prophecy is the fact that ut happens on the course of a single evening:

V14: In the evening sudden terror!
Before the morning, they are gone!
This is the portion of those who loot us,
the lot of those who plunder us"

Anonymous said...

Stocks are UP again in holiday
futures trading tonite. As I type
this, it is 28 MAY all across
the US Mainland. There was NO
rapture on the 27th, as expected.

As stated before, all attempts BY HUMANS to try and pick dates re
this event will fail. i have always
believed that, another date just failed.

When will HE come back ??

Who knows....

But what I do KNOW is that stocks are still in rally mode and THAT
is not good for the bears.

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

WVBORN56 said...

Stephen who was "expecting" the rapture on the 27th? Hoping maybe but not expecting it on that day any more than any other day. Picking out a specific day and expecting the rapture to fall on that day is unbiblical. "No man knows the day or hour"

When I say, "perhaps today" it is my hope He will come because the rapture is an imminent event that could happen at any time on any day. Jesus is coming back as a thief in the night and will be taking the world by surprise.

The "watchers" will not be surprised as we have an idea of the season of Jesus' return based on the increased activity of the prophetic signs we observe here with the help of Scott.

Anonymous said...

Amo 1:5 I will shatter the gate bars of Damascus, and I will cut off the residents of the Aven Valley, along with the one who holds the scepter from Beth-eden; and the people of Aram will be exiled to Kir,” says the Lord.

Aram (some part of allepo) exiled to kir

Prophecy fulfilled before our very eyes, our time, our generation.

Anonymous said...

WV 56, I have been reading comments
from others on line AND ON this blog
that were referring to Pentecost,
27 MAY, and SURE ENOUGH, nothing
did happen.

there WAS a great deal of speculation
re 27 MAY, that is WHY nothing happened like I said.

OK ?? you are correct, NO ONE knows,
that is the point I was trying to make.....and stocks are STILL going up as I write this.....

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