Monday, November 4, 2013

Iran's Charm Offensive Wanes

You can only hide the truth for so long:

Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei put a wrinkle in his country’s “charm offensive” on Sunday, saying Israel was an “illegitimate and bastard regime.”
His comments, posted on his Twitter account, came just a few days before a second round of talks in Geneva between his nuclear negotiators and the P5+1, made up of the US, Russia, China, Germany, France and Britain.
Even before Khamenei’s tweet, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, speaking at the opening of the weekly cabinet meeting, said, Iran was “openly and directly” calling for Israel’s destruction.

“Iran is continuing to try and arm itself with nuclear weapons; it has not changed its goal – the method maybe, but not the goal – and it has not changed its ideology,” he said.
Netanyahu pointed out that Monday is the 34th anniversary of the seizure of the US Embassy in Tehran, a day celebrated in Iran as “Death to America Day.”

Tehran did its utmost to conceal the mystery blast which last week struck the heavy water reactor under construction at Arak in western Iran. 

The explosion, whether accidental or not, will delay for a second time the reactor’s first test with real fuel. Tehran informed the International Atomic Energy Agency in August of a previous holdup.

Iranian Atomic Council experts and intelligence agents are testing four possible causes of the explosion:
1. Sabotage.
2. A virus planted in the computers that control the systems administering the test.
3. An error in engineering calculations in the design of the coolant containers which underestimated their strength for standing up to the required level of pressure.
4.  The deliberate sale to Iran of inferior steel materials that were not strong enough to withstand such pressure.

[The 'feel good' story of the day...This is worth reading in full. Below is just the introduction and the end of the article (well, and a little from the middle)]

Just seven years ago, if someone had told me that I'd be writing for Christianity Todaymagazine about how I came to believe in God, I would have laughed out loud. If there was one thing in which I was completely secure, it was that I would never adhere to any religion—especially to evangelical Christianity, which I held in particular contempt.

A few months into our relationship, my boyfriend called to say he had something important to talk to me about. I remember exactly where I was sitting in my West Village apartment when he said, "Do you believe Jesus is your Savior?" My stomach sank. I started to panic. Oh no, was my first thought.He's crazy.

A few weeks later I went to church with him. I was so clueless about Christianity that I didn't know that some Presbyterians were evangelicals.

But then the pastor preached. I was fascinated. I had never heard a pastor talk about the things he did. Tim Keller's sermon was intellectually rigorous, weaving in art and history and philosophy. I decided to come back to hear him again.

Each week, Keller made the case for Christianity. He also made the case against atheism and agnosticism. He expertly exposed the intellectual weaknesses of a purely secular worldview.

I began to read the Bible. My boyfriend would pray with me for God to reveal himself to me. 

Then one night on a trip to Taiwan, I woke up in what felt like a strange cross between a dream and reality. Jesus came to me and said, "Here I am." It felt so real. I didn't know what to make of it. I called my boyfriend, but before I had time to tell him about it, he told me he had been praying the night before

I remember walking into the Bible study. I had a knot in my stomach. In my mind, only weirdoes and zealots went to Bible studies. I don't remember what was said that day. All I know is that when I left, everything had changed. I'll never forget standing outside that apartment on the Upper East Side and saying to myself, "It's true. It's completely true." The world looked entirely different, like a veil had been lifted off it. I had not an iota of doubt. I was filled with indescribable joy.
The horror of the prospect of being a devout Christian crept back in almost immediately. I spent the next few months doing my best to wrestle away from God. It was pointless. Everywhere I turned, there he was. Slowly there was less fear and more joy. The Hound of Heaven had pursued me and caught me—whether I liked it or not.

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WVBORN56 said...

Perhaps Today. Wouldn't that be a wonderful surprise! I'm actually going to be right one of these days. :)

Just a reminder to pray for the persecuted church. While we are discouraged to see America swirling down the drain we have no idea what much of what our brothers and sisters are suffering through in much of the rest of the world.

Waterer said...

Intercession is strongly on my mind today too WV!

Alice said...

I love the Kirsten Powers story. Was just telling a fellow believer that I remember watching her when she first started at Fox as a democratic strategist. This was maybe 6 years ago. She was like so many of them, articulate, yet somehow empty looking. Then I remember not too long ago - maybe two years ago - thinking when I watched/listened to her that she had changed! I thought she was sounding like a Christian and looking soooo much more alive! Well, praise The Lord, she is! :)

WVBORN56 said...

I agree it is a nice story Alice. I do wonder how she deals with the conflicts that exist between her new faith and the core beliefs of liberal democrats. Many are very incompatible. It is possible I suppose?

I know of some young folks who voted for Obama who are committed Christians but politically very naive. It seems to me the Holy Spirit has to be screaming, no, no, no to many planks in the democratic party.

I know God is not a republican either and many RINO's are complete sell outs, but their platform seems to be far more in line with our faith than today's democrats.

I trust and hope her faith is real.

Stephen said...

Not yet, I am afraid. Stocks are
still in rally mode. market still
looks quite bullish. DJIT (transports) at RECORDS, again.

This could go on FOR A LONG LONG TIME.

this run to records.

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