Saturday, July 21, 2012

News From The Epicenter

Regarding Iran, U.S. And Israel Not On The Same Page At All

Of course the very survival of America isn't at stake, and concerns about Israel's survival seems irrelevant to the U.S. administration.

For outward consumption, American and Israeli officials are striking diplomatic poses, and downplaying differences of opinion regarding actions to be taken, or not taken, regarding Iran's nuclear program

Yet the uncharacteristic silence maintained by Israel's Defense Minister Ehud Barak in recent weeks about Iran, as well as the flying visits of top U.S. officials to this country, alternately stir and reflect worries in the Obama administration over the Netanyahu governments actual intentions toward Tehran.

America's analysis of what is happening in that country has remained static; nor has the Americans' stand on what should be done shown much development. The Obama administration continues to sanctify the sanctions, whereas Israeli officials have become increasingly skeptical about their efficacy.

MK Roni Bar-On (Kadima ), chairman of the Knesset's Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, claimed on Monday that Iran is capable of dealing with sanctions imposed on it for another year, at least. Israel insists it cannot wait such a long time; the concern is that the Iranians will exploit a year of waiting to complete work on nuclear reactors and pass the "threshold" - the point at which they could produce nuclear weapons without Israel being able to stop them militarily.

Defense Minister Ehud Barak has warned that Tehran could reach this threshold in another few months.

Should a decision ultimately be reached to launch an attack against the Iranian nuclear facilities, Netanyahu will have to brace for three problematic repercussions: a grave, probably unprecedented, crisis in relations with the United States; the possibility of continual rocket and missile fire against civilian targets in Israel; the possibility that international reservations about Israel's unilateral action would impede "follow-up" activity

Israel is preparing for a possible military intervention in Syria in case the Syrian government hands missiles or chemical weapons to Hezbollah in Lebanon, Defense Minister Ehud Barak said on Friday.

"I have instructed the military to increase its intelligence preparations and prepare what is needed so that ... (if necessary) ... we will be able to consider carrying out an operation," Barak said in an interview on Channel 10 television.

"We are following ... the possible transfer of advanced munitions systems, mainly anti-aircraft missiles or heavyground-to-ground missiles, but there could also be a possibility of the transfer of chemical means (weapons) from Syria to Lebanon," he added.

Syrian government forces pounded rebels in Damascus overnight, battling to reverse opposition gains in the aftermath of the assassination of President Bashar Assad's security chiefs.

Army helicopters and tanks aimed rockets, machine guns and mortars at pockets of rebel fighters who have infiltrated the capital this week in an operation they call "Damascus Volcano."

The Observatory's combined death toll over the past 48 hours stands at 550, making it the bloodiest two days of the 16-month-old uprising against Assad.

"The regime has been rudderless for last three days. But the aerial and ground bombardment on Damascus and its suburbs shows that it has not lost the striking force and that it is re-grouping," opposition activist Moaz al-Jahhar said byphone from Damascus.

A Damascus resident said he saw three tanks on the southern ring road late on Friday evening, firing at districts in west Damascus.

"The road was cut off and troops were firing mortar rounds from next to the tanks," he said.

A resident of Mezzeh, a district of high rise towers, villas and cactus fields, said helicopters were firing machine-guns into the neighborhood and rebels were firing back "uselessly" with automatic rifles.

A man in Barzeh, a neighborhood to the northeast, said a barrage of mortar rounds began hitting residential buildings

But there is a bigger picture here. Should we care if indeed the Muslim Brotherhood has gained a foothold throughout the Middle East, and if they wield significant influence within the Obama administration? Or does that make us Islamophobic? What shouldn’t get lost in all this are the policies of the Obama administration that have helped facilitate the ascendency of the Muslim Brotherhood, particularly in Egypt. Investor’s Business Daily has made it abundantly clear that that is exactly what has taken place. In the editorial, titled “How Obama Engineered Mideast Radicalization,” they lay out the following timeline:

While many in the media tried to convince us back then what a moderate force the Brotherhood was, it should be recalled that it is the oldest Islamist group, “founded in Egypt in 1928 by Hassan al-Banna, who became a great admirer of Adolf Hitler and his Nazi regime. Following an attempted assassination of Gamal Abdel Nasser in 1954, the group was outlawed in Egypt.”

The man who was elected last year to head the MB in Egypt was Mohammed Badie. Here is what he said in a sermon in 2010: “Arab and Muslim regimes are betraying their people by failing to confront the Muslim’s real enemies—not only Israel, but the United States. Waging jihad against both of these infidels is a commandment of Allah that cannot be disregarded. Governments have no right to stop their people from fighting the U.S.”

The point is, the media are eager to use this story as another way to attack the GOP. That’s what they do. But let’s see if they’ll show some intellectual honesty and look also at the underlying issue: Should we care if the U.S. government maintains close ties with the MB, both internally and externally, and has supported their ascendancy in the Middle East?

The story below exemplifies persecution in the U.S. But it also defines irony:

Ironic statements bolded for ease in reading:

Mayor Thomas M. Menino is vowing to block Chick-fil-A from bringing its Southern-fried fast-food empire to Boston — possibly to a popular tourist spot just steps from the Freedom Trail — after the family-owned firm’s president suggested gay marriage is “inviting God’s judgment on our nation.”

“Chick-fil-A doesn’t belong in Boston. You can’t have a business in the city of Boston that discriminates against a population. We’re an open city, we’re a city that’s at the forefront of inclusion,” Menino told the Herald yesterday.

“That’s the Freedom Trail. That’s where it all started right here. And we’re not going to have a company, Chick-fil-A or whatever the hell the name is, on our Freedom Trail.”

Chick-fil-A has been swept up in a growing national controversy over company president Dan Cathy’s remarks questioning gay marriage and lauding the traditional family.

...the company released a statement yesterday saying it has a history of applying “biblically-based principles” to managing its business, such as closing on Sundays, and it insisted it does not discriminate.

“The Chick-fil-A culture and service tradition in our restaurants is to treat every person with honor, dignity and respect — regardless of their belief, race, creed, sexual orientation or gender,” the statement read. “Going forward, our intent is to leave the policy debate over same-sex marriage to the government and political arena.”

“It doesn’t send the right message to the country,” Menino said. “We’re a leader when it comes to social justice and opportunities for all.”

If this wasn't so sad - so symbolic of our times - and such a prime example of persecution - it would be laughable. But sadly it is not laughable - it is just another sign of our times.


WVBORN56 said...

Praise the Lord! I am now on day three of my recouperation. Still very sore. They havce me up walking and doing breathing exercises. I have a bunch of tubes coming out odf me. God has been fdaitrhful and has answered many prayers. The repair of my mitral valve was successful. My daughter and in-laws came down along with my wife. We are now staying with my cousin who is a doctor at the hospital in Greencville. So may prayers have beed answered and I am very grateful for the support from this group of brothers and sisters! My heartr did go into a-fib this morningf but the doctors said that is common after such a major heart surgery. It immediately went back into a normal rhythm after a couple of drinks of water. I would appreciate your continued prayers as I still have a ways to go to fully recover!

WVBORN56 said...

Gee, I see my typing stinks. I have a heart monitor on my left pointing finger. :)

Caver said...

Welcome back Brother!

Thank You Father for prayer answered. Please, continue to nurture our Brother WV and his family, hold them close and continue to give knowledge,wisdom and discernment to his medical staff.

In the name of Jesus, Amen.

Mrs.C said...

Dear Brother WV!!!
So grateful to Him dear Brother, that all went well! Praying greatly for a full healing from your surgery!
Your typing? lol Brother, your typing is fine!
God Bless You & Yours!

Dutch Treat said...

WV, I don't have any monitors on my fingers; and yet make typing mistakes all the time. So don't worry about it. So good to hear from you. Will keep you in my prayers. We sure have a Great God.

GG said...

Hi WV~

Yeah!! I am so happy to hear you are getting a little stronger each day. Thank you for sharing what you are going through with us. Since we can't be there, we want to support you and your family in every way possible.

Praying for you all! Thank You Father for healing our brother from his affirmaties. Thank You for guiding the team and Thank You for providing his family comfort while he heals. Thank You for guiding them all home safely. Thank You Father for everything!!

Get Well! God Bless!!


Dylan said...

Hey WV, I'm glad to hear that your surgery was successful. I haven't commented in a while but I have been praying for you. I'll continue to pray for a quick recovery.

Anonymous said...

WV, I too am glad you are doing better.

As to war here in ME, we were told tonight at kehelah (church) by our pastor (Israeli, ex-IDF, etc) that we are to prepare for war. Its serious, he said get food, water and get ready spiritually, and be ready to give an account of your peace and your hope, to those you will be with in the bomb shelter.

Israeli Believer

Anonymous said...

WV, I too am glad you are recovering well.

As to war here in ME, tonight at kehelah, (church) we were told by our pastor (Israeli, ex-IDF, etc.) that its serious, and we are to prepare for war. He said buy food and water, and prepare spiritually, to give and account of your peace, joy and hope, to those who will be with you in the bomb shelters.

Israeli Believer

Anonymous said...

Sorry for double post. First one wouldn't show so I thought it failed.
Be blessed all.


Scott said...

WV - SO glad to hear about your successful surgery!!!

You know what they say - "Two glasses of water a day keeps the doctor away" (oh wait - thats an apple...sorry:) )

Sounds like you are in good hands as well.

God Bless and we're still praying for your recovery!

Hubae said...

WV.....glad to hear you are doing better! I pray that you will continue to get stronger.
Israeli.....I will pray for you and your country also! Mainstream media is as usual quiet about all that is going on over there.
I personally LOVE Chick-fila food and the values they have. My niece works there and it is a great company. In the Bible it states that men will call bad good and good bad. I am seeing a lot of that lately!!!!
Maranatha......hopefully we are going home soon!!!!!

Waterer said...

WV ,
SO happy to hear you are mending and with loved ones. The Lord certainly had you on the heart of many here. Still wish there could be A NC gathering to cheer you on!

Israeli, It is so real to hear you are being called to actively prepare. Our hearts are with you in this.

Ally said...

WV-Yay! You have been on my heart. I love you so! Can you tell the difference with your new valve? Pumo pump pumping oxygen.
Hi Dylan! Missing you. Your comments and observations are so right on.
Israeli-please keep us updated and we will be praying for you and all your countrymen!!!!!
And I think I will go eat a chick-fil-a sandwich for dinner! I rarely eat fast food but the whole time I lived in california I craved chick fil a.
I wonder if they will have ine in the New Jerusalem food court! Lol

gearedup2go said...

Oh WV, it's so good to hear from you! What an uplifting progress note. :-) you are doing AMAZING! When PT comes in the next time for exercise, tell them you want to race them down the hall. In between the physical terrorist sessions, take it easy and know that rest is as important for your recovery.

PS, If the narcotics are making you queasy, ask for Zofran.
PSS Narcotics will affect traffic flow. ;-)

Caver said...

Ya know...after the shear joy of bouncing off the walls at WV's return....a couple of questions jumped out at me after reading Scott's entry above.

Does anyone remember about 6 months ago, the news was Iran was preparing to take its weapons development work so far underground that Israel couldn't touch them...possibly even with nukes. That move was supposed to be complete by next month, at the earliest and Sept-Oct at the latest.

I've heard nothing about that the last few months. Can't imagine Iran going anything but full steam ahead with those plans....but not a word as far as driving planning or timing.


WVBORN56 said...

One update, I have had a-fib a couple of more times today. They gave me some beta blockers to get it back in rythym. I am feeling a little better each day. Ally it is too earrly to tell if the new valve gives me more energy at this point. I still have a collapsed lung I am recovering from too!

It doesn't look like I missed too much on the prophecy front.
The shooting in CO was terrible and a sign of the evil times in which we live. It is just unreal!

Thanks again for all your prayers. My daughter and in-laws made the 9 hour drive home today and still have a couple of hours left before they arrive at home.

Anonymous said...

WOW. alot of comments.....basically
just skimmed them all.

Stocks got to 12, 977 on THUR and
then started heading down. I am
NOT SURE if this is the start of
the crash. It COULD be....

AS I HAVE said many times, 12, 450
needs to be taken out. It appears that Spanish banks are in real

and the "MSM" has not been truthful
regarding the whole story.

The dollar is starting to EXPLODE
on the upside. again.

NOT GOOD FOR EU bulls, I tell 'ya.

please go here >>>>>

very good article.

Bulls are working on fumes now.
Earnings have helped them, but that
will be all but over in a week.
Then what will they feed off of ??

Nothing positive, I can tell u that.

EWI counts are suggesting a number
3 crash in the VERY NEAR future.
But need 12, 450 taken out to confirm.

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

Caver said...

WV, how did you get the collapsed lung? How long have you had that?

Geepers Brother, if you don't tell us these things, how we gonna pray for ya?

Sheeezzzeee.....some folks kids!

Anonymous said...

WV, you absolutely should feel tremendous energy with new valves. I've seen the results in people who've had valve replacement. Night and day.


Ally said...

WV-collapsed lung? Eeeech. That probably hurt as bad as the valve replacement!!!! Im with Caver, you guys let us know whats up so we can coporately pray. You know 2 or more.
SCOTT OR ANYONE-has anybody heard from Doc lately, I know satan was after his family hard cuz after I prayed hard for him satan tried to kill me which usually means some damage has been done to the enemies plan. Just checking on our crew ;)
Look up guys!

SY said...

WV, read and meditate on Psalms 103:1-5. Do this continuously and as you meditate, believe that you are healed because we live by faith and with faith in Jesus Christ, all things are possible and you have been healed according 1 Peter 2:24. Speak the verses in Psalms 103 into your life (for example, the "your" in verse 3 and verse 5 should be read as "my"). I hope you understand what I am saying.

Sorry Scott, I deviate from your posting.

Anonymous said...

read and meditate on Psalms 103:1-5. Do this continuously and as you meditate,
Speak the verses in Psalms 103 into your life (for example, the "your" in verse 3 and verse 5 should be read as "my"). I hope you understand what I am saying.

YUP! 'christianised' pagan meditation called Contemplative Prayer. (Apostate) The Colossian Heresy is gathering momentum!