WEEK OF OCTOBER 25 THROUGH OCTOBER 31
Russia’s Ezekiel 38 Coalition is Building
(Iran, Turkey aim for $20 billion trade by 2011)
Oct. 31….YNET) Iran and Turkey said they agreed on Wednesday to strengthen energy, banking and transport ties in a drive to almost treble trade between the two neighbors to $20 billion in the next few years. "The two countries are seriously determined to expand their bilateral relations in all fields," Iran's first vice president, Mohammad Reza Rahimi, told a joint news conference with visiting Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan. Erdogan spoke of plans to increase trade to $20 billion in 2011 and said he welcomed an Iranian call for trade volume to reach $30 billion eventually. Turkish Energy Minister Taner Yildiz said last week bilateral trade was $7 billion in 2008. Erdogan has steadily expanded Turkey's influence in the Middle East since his Islamist-rooted AK Party took power in 2002. His visit to Iran has added to concern that Ankara may be slowly turning its back on its Western allies and trying to regain its status as a regional power in the Middle East. The expansion of bilateral ties may cause concern in Washington, an ally of NATO member Turkey. The United States is embroiled in a long-running row with Iran over Tehran's disputed nuclear program. Iran, the world's fifth-largest oil exporter, is Turkey's second-biggest supplier of natural gas after Russia. Rahimi said the two sides reached a series of agreements, including building two power plants, setting up a free industrial zone on both sides of the border and on Iranian and Turkish banks opening branches in the other country. He said there were also agreements covering Iranian gas exports to Europe via Turkey and on Turkish investments in Iran's South Pars gas field and in the Caspian Sea.
Getting Ready for the Islamic Bomb
Oct. 30….(commentary/Washington Times) The White House believes there is an Islamic bomb in your future. Associated Press reported Tuesday that the Obama administration is "quietly laying the groundwork for long-range strategy that could be used to contain a nuclear-equipped Iran and deter its leaders from using atomic weapons." Granted this could be routine contingency planning, but it's believable that President Obama is pursuing an acquiescent policy given his foundering efforts to dissuade Iran from developing a nuclear capability. American planners are pondering whether Iran can be deterred from using nuclear weapons. This is the wrong question. They should instead examine how the United States will be deterred should Iran go nuclear. Even under the current equation (the United States has nuclear weapons and Iran does not), Iran is the number one state sponsor of terrorists, supplies Hamas and Hezbollah with rockets and conventional weapons, and gives materiel, training and intelligence support to extremists in Iraq and Afghanistan. Iran is directly or indirectly responsible for the deaths of more American military personnel than any other country since the Vietnam War. Tehran does not lack the will to stand up to the United States even without nuclear weapons. It's chilling to consider how much more bold Iran will be with an atomic arsenal. A nuclear Iran would not immediately launch a full-scale war. At the very least, Tehran would need time to enlarge its nuclear stockpile. But testing a nuclear weapon would give the Islamic Republic an instant insurance policy against regime change. They know that the United States would not respond to their new capability with vigor, so Iran will use nuclear leverage to pursue conflict at the lower ends of the conflict scale. This is the most important lesson of Cold War-style nuclear deterrence: preventing warfare at the nuclear level encouraged conflict by other means. This was demonstrated by the explosion of unconventional wars from the 1950s to the 1980s. The United States maintains that an Iranian nuclear weapon would be "unacceptable," but this is empty rhetoric. Witness the case of North Korea. On Oct. 21, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates told an audience in Seoul, "We do not today - nor will we ever accept a North Korea with nuclear weapons." News flash to Mr. Gates: The United States has accepted a nuclear-armed North Korea since Pyongyang tested an atomic bomb in 2006. The US government took no concerted action to back up its "no North Korean nukes" policy. Saying a course of action is unacceptable and not imposing serious consequences once the line is crossed is irresponsible and encourages other countries to test the same limits. Hence, when the United States declares that Iran "will not be permitted" to achieve nuclear-weapons capability, Tehran's response is: Says who? The United States should be planning for the more probable contingency of an Israeli strike on Iran's nuclear program. When Israel says something is unacceptable, it means it, and Israel is not afraid to back up its statements with force. Israel has consistently taken military action against nuclear threats from their hostile neighbors. An Israeli attack on the Iranian nuclear program will have significant consequences for the region, and Washington will be required to demonstrate strong leadership. The coming conflict will require more than another goodwill tour of the Middle East by Mr. Obama or a tart comment from the secretary of state. A war is brewing, and the United States should get serious about which side it wants to be on.
Obama UN Ambassador: Israel Should Make Peace Quickly
Oct. 30….(JNEWSWIRE/Stan Goodenough) The Obama administration continued its efforts this week to pull or push Israel into moving ahead with Washington's decreed solution to the Arab-Israeli conflict. Known as the "two state solution," it calls for the cutting in half of the historical homeland of the Jewish people and the creation of an Arab state called Palestine on the high ground overlooking what would be left of Israel. Utilizing a special conference of foreign leaders being hosted in Jerusalem by Israeli President Shimon Peres, the White House instructed its ambassador to the United Nations, Susan Rice, to try and woo the Netanyahu government into moving ahead with the land-for-peace process. Rice gave what The Jerusalem Post Thursday described as "a warm and empathetic speech towards Israel." It was important to decided, Rice gently chided her guests, "whether we are serious about peace or whether we will lend it only lip service." "The time has come to relaunch negotiations without preconditions that address the permanent-status issues: security for Israelis and Palestinians, borders, refugees and Jerusalem, she said. President Barack Obama and his officials have a "clear goal," she stressed: "a comprehensive peace, including two states living side by side in peace and security, a Jewish State of Israel, with true security for all Israelis, and a viable, independent Palestinian state with contiguous territory that ends the occupation that began in 1967 and realizes the potential of the Palestinian people." This, insisted Rice, was "in the interests of the United States, of Israel and of the Palestinians." Obama, recently awarded the once-prestigious Nobel Peace Prize despite having not ended wars anywhere on the planet, has expressed his wish to be the one who successfully secures peace in the Middle East. Covering the American's speech, Post reporter Herb Keinon maintained that "ending the Israeli occupation" (leftist-speak for surrendering land to the murderous leaders of the PLO and Hamas) "is generally agreeable to Israel." A great many Israelis have wearied of weathering decades of unrelenting international pressure on the Jewish state to embrace the discredited "peace process" Rice's suggestion that Israel does little more than talk disregards the record of enormous and often dangerous risks successive governments in Jerusalem have taken to demonstrate their good faith in the pursuit of peace. Israel has withdrawn from 99 percent of the formerly "IDF-occupied" Arab population centers in Samaria and Judea, giving the Arabs there freedom to govern themselves. Four years ago, the Israeli government forcefully uprooted 10,000 of its own citizens, and handed the entire Gaza Strip to the Arabs. Earlier in the decade Israel agreed to give the "Palestinians" all this territory including parts of the Jewish capital of Jerusalem. Israel's holiest site, the Temple Mount was offered too. By vivid contrast, the Arab side has taken not a single step towards ending hostility towards Israel; on the contrary "Palestinian" mosques, schools and media feed their people on a daily dose of Israel-hatred and talk about the day when "all of Palestine will be liberated, from the Jordan River to the mediterranean Sea." Not only "radical" Hamas leaders, but "moderate" PLO chairman Mahmoud Abbas regularly incites his people against the Jews. The lull in terrorist attacks on Israel buses, shopping malls and restaurants is attributable to ongoing and intensive anti-terrorism measures employed by the Jewish state, whose forces nightly arrest terror suspects in "the West Bank" and have successfully helped keep the cap on the kind of eruptions that cost hundreds of Jewish lives earlier in this decade. For the Obama administration, however, the key lies in forbidding and putting an end to Jewish settlement in the heart of the Land of the Bible. "Being serious about peace means understanding that tomorrow need not look like yesterday," Rice said, as if addressing a class of school students. If Israel would only realize this, it would be able to "find peace, security, and prosperity with not just its immediate neighbors but in the region as a whole." And then, Israel could "truly and fully take its rightful place among the nations."
FOJ Note: Israel has always sought to be accepted by the nations of this world. They demanded to have a king like other nations, and they have flirted with the gods of this world, and will one day enter into a “covenant of death” with the Antichrist. Their earnest search for peace will lead them into a false peace covenant with the world. (Isaiah 28:18 And your covenant with death shall be disannulled, and your agreement with hell shall not stand; when the overflowing scourge shall pass through, then ye shall be trodden down by it.) (1 Samuel 8:20 That we also may be like all the nations; and that our king may judge us, and go out before us, and fight our battles.)
US Congressman: We Must Act, or Israel Will
Oct. 29….(YNET) Israel may strike Iran should the United States fail to take prompt action to curb Tehran's nuclear program, Rep. Dan Burton said Wednesday. Speaking at a session of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Rep. Burton warned that Iran continues to enrich uranium, adding that Israel will not allow the process to continue. The slower America acts, the more it risks the prospect of seeing a military clash in the Middle East, he said. Similar sentiments were recently expressed by French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner, who stressed the urgency of reaching an agreement with Iran over its nuclear program in order to lift the risk of a pre-emptive Israeli strike. "They (the Israelis) will not tolerate an Iranian bomb," the French FM said In an interview with the British Daily Telegraph, published Monday. Also at the session, Rep. Brad Sherman said that the US will freeze anti-Iranian decisions only after Tehran suspends its nuclear plan. Meanwhile, Committee Chairman Howard Berman said that while he is not happy to enforce solely American sanctions and endorses President Obama's dialogue efforts, the diplomatic effort will have to show results soon. Berman added that should dialogue fail, the next option he would favor is tough sanctions imposed by the UN Security Council. The third option will be sanctions imposed outsides the framework of the Security Council, in case Russia or China will express objection in the UN. The least favorable option in his view is sanctions imposed by America only.
Obama Attacking the Defense of Marriage Act
Oct. 29….(Washington Times) The Obama administration is looking for a fight over the definition of marriage. That means asking more than 100 Democratic members of the House and Senate to repudiate their votes for the Defense of Marriage Act within 12 months of next year's midterm election. That's political poison for members in swing districts and purple or red states. Apparently, the administration doesn't much care about public opinion or electoral consequences. On Friday, Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. delivered a lecture at the University of Maine where he reiterated President Obama's intent to push for repeal of the law defining marriage as a legal union between one man and one woman for purposes of federal laws. In August, Justice Department spokesman Tracy Schmaler said much the same thing, arguing the "act is discriminatory and should be repealed." Repealing this popular act will take a lot of work. The law passed by 85 to 14 in the Senate and 342 to 67 in the House of Representatives. Democrats backed the measure by more than a 2-to-1 margin. But if that proves too difficult, the Obama administration is also trying to get the courts to strike down the law. Mr. Holder and Miss Schmaler, however, are not the only powerful Obama administration officials who want to redefine one of our society's central institutions. Cass Sunstein, Obama's powerful "regulatory czar," is equally out of touch. In a new edition of his book "Nudge," coauthored with Richard Thaler, the authors call marriage an "anachronism" and its benefits "surprisingly low." The book goes on to complain that marriage, "produce* unnecessary polarization, the most obvious difficulty is that religious organizations insist that they should be permitted to define marriage as they like, while same-sex couples insist that they should be able to make long-term commitments without having a second-class status." So, because the federal government does not recognize marriage of homosexuals, Mr. Sunstein's solution is that we shouldn't recognize traditional marriage. There's more. An Obama nominee to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Chai Feldblum, claimed in 2005: "I, for one, am not sure whether marriage is a normatively good institution." But marriage is not just some random, ancient and arcane custom. It's an institution that has survived throughout the ages and across cultures for a very good reason. It is a long-term contract to help ensure that children are provided and cared for. Protecting and nurturing the natural two-parent union is clearly important. Most people have seen the consequences when we fail, most vividly in the problems that children with divorced parents face. The value of marriage hasn't just been proven by experience. Social science backs it as well. A large number of studies show children raised in a family with a mother and a father perform much better in everything in life, from school to staying away from a life of crime. The abolition of marriage used to be the kind of academic nonsense that was safely confined to reality-optional college campuses. The dangerous idea can't be ignored any longer with true unbelievers in the sacrament holding the levers of power.
Obama Signs Bill For Hate Crimes
Oct. 29….(Yahoo) Trumpeting a victory against careless spending, President Barack Obama on Wednesday signed a defense bill that kills some costly weapons projects and expands war efforts. In a major civil rights change, the law also makes it a federal hate crime to assault people based on sexual orientation. The $680 billion bill authorizes spending but doesn't provide any actual dollars. Rather, it sets guidance that is typically followed by congressional committees that decide appropriations. Obama hailed it as a step toward ending needless military spending that he called "an affront to the American people and to our troops." Still, the president did not win every fiscal fight. He acknowledged he was putting his name to a bill that still had waste. The measure expands current hate crimes law to include violence based on gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or disability. To assure its passage after years of frustrated efforts, Democratic supporters attached the measure to the must-pass defense policy bill over the steep objections of many Republicans. The White House put most of its focus on what the bill does contain: project after project that Obama billed as unneeded. The bill terminates production of the F-22 fighter jet program, which has its origins in the Cold War era and, its critics maintain, is poorly suited for anti-insurgent battles in Iraq and Afghanistan. Obama and Defense Secretary Robert Gates targeted certain projects for elimination, putting them at odds with some lawmakers. The same spending items deemed unnecessary or outdated by Pentagon officials can mean lost jobs and political fallout for lawmakers back in their home districts. "When Secretary Gates and I first proposed going after some of these wasteful projects, there were a lot of people who didn't think it was possible, who were certain we were going to lose, who were certain that we were going to get steamrolled," Obama said. "Today, we have proven them wrong." In another of several examples, the legislation terminates the replacement helicopter program for the president's own fleet. That program is six years behind schedule and estimated costs have doubled to more than $13 billion. Yet the legislation still contains an effort by lawmakers to continue development, over the president's strong objections, of a costly alternative engine for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, the Air Force's fighter of the future. A vague White House veto threat about that never came to fruition. "There's still more fights that we need to win," Obama said. "Changing the culture in Washington will take time and sustained effort." Obama signed the bill in the East Room, adding some fanfare to draw attention to his message of fiscal responsibility and support for the military. He spoke more personally about the new civil rights protections. A priority of the late Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, D-Mass., that had been on the congressional agenda for a decade, the measure is named for Matthew Shepard, the gay Wyoming college student murdered 11 years ago. Obama acknowledged Shepard's mom, Judy, and remembered that he had told her this day would come. He also gave a nod to Kennedy's family. Going forward, Obama promised, people will be protected from violence based on "what they look like, who they love, how they pray or why they are." "This is a landmark step in eliminating the kind of hate motivated violence that has taken the lives of so many in our community," said Jarrett Barrios, president of the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation. The expansion has long been sought by civil rights and gay rights groups. Conservatives have opposed it, arguing that it creates a special class of victims. They also have been concerned that it could silence clergymen or others opposed to homosexuality on religious or philosophical grounds.
Russia's New Military Doctrine Calls for Pre-emptive Nuclear Strikes
Oct. 28….(Novosti) Russia's new military doctrine does not rule out pre-emptive nuclear strikes against potential aggressors, the head of its Security Council said on Wednesday. "An option is stipulated for the possibility of using nuclear weapons depending on the situation and the intentions of a potential enemy," Nikolai Patrushev said in an interview in the Wednesday edition of the Izvestia newspaper. "In situations critical for national security, a nuclear strike, including a pre-emptive one, against an aggressor is not ruled out," he went on. Patrushev said that the adjustment of the country’s military doctrine, the new version of which will be prepared and submitted to the Russian president for consideration by the end of the year, was prompted by real threats and dangers faced by Russia. The current military doctrine was adopted in 2000. It outlines the role of the Russian military in ensuring the defense of the country and, if necessary, preparing for and waging war, although it stresses that the Russian military doctrine is strictly defensive. Patrushev also told Izvestia that Russia supports Iran's right to peaceful nuclear energy, but stands against the expansion of the so-called nuclear club. Speaking on Wednesday on the Moscow-based radio station Ekho Moskvy, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said the US military doctrine did not contain a clause on pre-emptive nuclear strikes.
A President Intent to Dismantling America
Oct. 28….(Thomas Sowell) Just one year ago, would you have believed that an unelected government official, not even a Cabinet member confirmed by the Senate, but simply one of the many "czars" appointed by the President, could arbitrarily cut the pay of executives in private businesses by 50 percent or 90 percent? Did you think that another "czar" would be talking about restricting talk radio? That there would be plans afloat to subsidize newspapers, that is, to create a situation where some newspapers' survival would depend on the government liking what they publish? Did you imagine that anyone would even be talking about having a panel of so-called "experts" deciding who could and could not get life-saving medical treatments? Scary as that is from a medical standpoint, it is also chilling from the standpoint of freedom. If you have a mother who needs a heart operation or a child with some dire medical condition, how free would you feel to speak out against an administration that has the power to make life and death decisions about your loved ones? Does any of this sound like America? How about a federal agency giving school children material to enlist them on the side of the president? Merely being assigned to sing his praises in class is apparently not enough. How much of America would be left if the federal government continued on this path? President Obama has already floated the idea of a national police force, something we have done without for more than two centuries. We already have local police forces all across the country and military forces for national defense, as well as the FBI for federal crimes and the National Guard for local emergencies. What would be the role of a national police force created by Barack Obama, with all its leaders appointed by him? It would seem more like the brown shirts of dictators than like anything American. How far the President will go depends of course on how much resistance he meets. But the direction in which he is trying to go tells us more than all his rhetoric or media spin. Barack Obama has not only said that he is out to "change the United States of America," the people he has been associated with for years have expressed in words and deeds their hostility to the values, the principles, and the people of our country. Jeremiah Wright said it with words: "God d--- America!" Bill Ayers said it with bombs that he planted. Community activist goons have said it with their contempt for the rights of other people. Among the people appointed as czars by President Obama have been people who have praised enemy dictators like Mao, who have seen the public schools as places to promote sexual practices contrary to the values of most Americans, to a captive audience of children. Those who say that the Obama administration should have investigated those people more thoroughly before appointing them are missing the point completely. Why should we assume that Barack Obama didn't know what such people were like, when he has been associating with precisely these kinds of people for decades before he reached the White House? Nothing is more consistent with his lifelong patterns than putting such people in government, people who reject American values, resent Americans in general and successful Americans in particular, as well as resenting America's influence in the world
Is Turkey Aligning With Magog, as Prophesied?
(“Gomer, and all his bands; the house of Togarmah of the north quarters, and all his bands: and many people with thee.”…Ezekiel 38:6)
Oct. 28….(In The Days) Under the leadership of the Justice and Development Party (AKP), Turkey’s foreign policy is becoming more Islamic. Can the country’s history of cooperation with the West survive? In early October, Turkey disinvited Israel from Anatolian Eagle, an annual Turkish air force exercise that it had held with Israel, NATO, and the United States since the mid-1990s. It marked the first time Turkey’s governing Justice and Development Party (AKP) let its increasingly anti-Western rhetoric spill into its foreign policy strategy, and the move may suggest that Turkey’s continued cooperation with the West is far from guaranteed. Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkey’s prime minister and the leader of the AKP, justified the decision by calling Israel a “persecutor.” But only a day after it dismissed Israel, Turkey invited Syria, a known abuser of human rights, to joint military exercises and announced the creation of a Strategic Cooperation Council with the Syrian regime. A mountain is moving in Turkish foreign policy, and the foundation of Turkey’s 60-year-old military and political cooperation with the West may be eroding. Starting in 1946, when Turkey chose to ally itself with the West in the Cold War, later sending troops to Korea and joining NATO, successive Turkish governments have pursued close cooperation with the United States and Europe. Turkey viewed the Middle East and global politics through the lens of their own national security interests. This made cooperation possible, even with Israel, a state Turkey viewed as a democratic ally in a volatile region. The two countries shared similar security concerns, such as Syria’s support for terror groups abroad, radical Palestinian organizations in the case of Israel, and the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) in Turkey. In 1998, when Ankara confronted Damascus over its support for the PKK, Turkish newspapers wrote headlines championing the Turkish-Israeli alliance: “We will say ’shalom’ to the Israelis on the Golan Heights,” one read. The AKP, however, viewed Turkey’s interests through a different lens, one colored by a politicized take on religion, namely Islamism. Senior AKP officials called the 2004 US offensive in Fallujah, Iraq, a “genocide,” and in February 2009, Erdogan compared Gaza to a “concentration camp.” But the AKP’s foreign policy has not promoted sympathy toward all Muslim states. Rather, the party has promoted solidarity with Islamist, anti-Western regimes (Qatar and Sudan, for example) while dismissing secular, pro-Western Muslim governments (Egypt, Jordan, and Tunisia). This two-pronged strategy is especially apparent in the Palestinian territories: at the same time that the AKP government has called on Western countries to “recognize Hamas as the legitimate government of the Palestinian people,” AKP officials have labeled Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas the “head of an illegitimate government.” According to diplomats, Abbas’ last visit to Ankara in July 2009 went terribly, now, these diplomatic sources say, Abbas does not trust the AKP any more than he trusts Hamas. As the cancelled military exercises with Israel show, the AKP’s moralistic foreign policy is not without inherent hypocrisies. An earlier example came last January, when, a day after Erdogan harangued Israeli President Shimon Peres, as well as Jews and Israelis, at the World Economic Forum for knowing “well how to kill people,” Turkey hosted the Sudanese Vice President Ali Osman Taha in Ankara. This is a dangerous position because it suggests, especially to the generation coming of age under the AKP, that Islamist regimes alone have the right to attack their own people or even other states. In September, Erdogan defended Iran’s nuclear program, arguing that the problem in the Middle East is Israel’s nuclear arsenal. Some analysts have dismissed such rhetoric as domestic politicking or simply an instance of Erdogan losing his temper. But Erdogan is an astute politician, and he is now reacting to changes in Turkish society. After seven years of the AKP’s Islamist rhetoric, public opinion has shifted to embrace the idea of a politically united “Muslim world.” According to independent polling in Turkey, the number of people identifying themselves as Muslim increased by ten percent between 2002 and 2007; in addition, almost half of those surveyed describe themselves as Islamist. The transformation of Turkish identity under the AKP has potentially massive ramifications, and is one guided by an Islamist worldview.
Copenhagen Summit: Environmentalism Towards a Global Government
Oct. 28….(Washington Times) Environmental alarmism is being exploited to chip away at national sovereignty. The latest threat to American liberties may be found in the innocuous sounding Copenhagen Climate Treaty, which will be discussed at the United Nations climate-change conference in mid-December. The alert was sounded on the treaty in a talk given by British commentator Lord Christopher Monckton at Bethel College in St. Paul, Minn., on Oct. 14. Video of the talk has become an Internet sensation. The treaty's text is not yet finalized but its principles are aimed at regulating all economic activity in the name of climate security, with a side effect that billions of dollars would be transferred from productive countries to the unproductive. The control lever is the regulation of carbon emissions, which some purport are causing global warming. The treaty would establish a Carbon Market Regulatory Agency and "global carbon budget" for each country. In effect, this would allow the treaty's governing bodies to limit manufacturing, transportation, travel, agriculture, mining, energy production and anything else that emits carbon, like breathing. Treaty supporters market the agreement through fear. Even though mean global temperatures have been on a downward spiral for several years after peaking in 1998, we are told that catastrophe is imminent. "The world has already crossed the threshold beyond which it is no longer possible to avoid negative impacts of anthropogenic climate change," says proposed treaty language being circulated by Greenpeace, the World Wildlife Fund and other groups. It is critical that they cultivate a sense of impending doom to justify the sweeping restrictions and new powers enshrined in the treaty. The sky is falling and they want us to act now, act swiftly, act before it is too late, but don't read the fine print. The governing authority envisioned by the document reads like a bad George Orwell knockoff. The treaty establishes a body called the Conference of the Parties (COP), which is given ultimate authority over administering and enforcing the treaty. Its executive arm is something called the Adaptation Fund Board, under which is the Copenhagen Climate Facility, also known as "the Facility." The Facility is necessary because in order to save the planet, "the way society is structured will need to change fundamentally." This change would be impossible under the "fragmented set of existing institutions," so the Facility will step in with "such legal capacity as is necessary for the exercise of its functions and the protection of its interests." That's the Facility's interests, not yours. The Facility will be run by an executive committee, the membership of which "may include representation from relevant intergovernmental and non-governmental stakeholders." So left-wing pressure groups, animal rights fanatics, tree-huggers, Al Gore or any other part of the environmentalist fringe would be eligible for executive committee membership. Naturally, global-warming skeptics like Lord Monckton need not apply. A "massive scaling up of financial resources" will be required to fund the COP's activities. The United States and others will be required to transfer $800 billion over five years, with additional funding requirements assessed on an as-needed basis. The COP will have taxing authority "including, but not limited to, a levy on aviation and maritime transport." The ability to tax aircraft and shipping is bad enough, but as careful readers of the elastic clauses of the US Constitution know, the phrase "including but not limited to" authorizes any tax they can imagine. Signatories of the treaty will be required to file reports to the Committee for Reporting and Review ("the Committee"), and if found not in compliance with the treaty's terms, they may have to face "the Facilitative Branch." If this branch finds that a country is violating the terms of the agreement, it will "undertake the measures necessary" to bring the country back into compliance. The treaty language would be farcical but for the fanaticism of its proponents. The environmental movement is driven by a millenarian determination to save humanity from itself, regardless of its impact on real people. President Obama reportedly will skip the Copenhagen meeting unless the treaty language is finalized for his signature. We urge him to resist the urge to pander to the international community at the expense of the United States.
Rabbi: “Human Rights' Includes Jews Worshipping on Mount”
Oct. 27….(IsraelNN.com) Jews have a right to worship freely on the Temple Mount, says Rabbi Yuval Cherlow, head of the Yeshivat Hesder in Petach Tikvah. But they have more than a right to worship there, he says: They have a need to do so, because the Temple Mount, where the Holy Temple stood, is so much a part of Jewish tradition. And as such, preventing Jews from doing so is not just a matter of religion, but of basic human rights. "The term 'struggle' as it relates to the Jewish desire to worship on the Temple Mount does not accurately describe the desire, the longing of Jews to ascend to the Mount and worship G-d," he writes in an article in a journal distributed by the Yeshiva. Rabbi Cherlow appeals to "lovers of truth and justice" to identify with that desire, as a matter of freedom of worship, a basic human right. "The Jewish prophets teach us that Jerusalem's rebuilding begins not with bricks and mortar, but with the rebuilding, and reforming of society," Rabbi Cherlow writes. "As the prophets said, 'Zion will be redeemed with justice.' Each time we restrain ourselves from parking in a spot reserved for the handicapped, rescue a poor person from financial injustice, or release an 'agunah' [a woman who is not free to remarry] from her chains, we rebuild the first layers of the Holy Temple, a place where lovers of justice and truth can join together," he writes. Respecting others' freedom of worship is a part of the mosaic of truth and justice, according to Rabbi Cherlow: "Despite our differences of opinions in other areas, I appeal to you, those with whom I have worked on such issues, to support me now. There is nothing more dangerous than hypocrisy. The power of a moral stance is only strong when there is no hypocrisy, when it is untainted by political motives. It is effective only if it is straightforward and honest. Those who seek to advance the cause of humand rights and the basic elements of justice, but do not do so in an honest manner, cause untold damage to the cause of justice and ethics." That logic applies when it comes to Jewish worship on the Temple Mount, he writes. "Those who fight for freedom of worship, but are quiet when Jews are shamed and bullied when they attempt to ascend the Mount, damage the cause of justice and morality. Those who claim that 'terrorists should not be rewarded' when it comes to a liberal cause, but here claim that we cannot ascend the Mount because of 'Muslim violence,' those who say that 'the time is not right,' but never seem to be able to find the right time, are committing terrible acts against the cause of justice, and still expect to be rewarded! This attitude is the same that disapproves of police violence only if you are the victim, or protests against freedom of speech when the people being kept quiet are the ones you don't like. This hypocrisy hurts us all, right and left. Anyone who does profess those values of fighting for truth and justice has an obligation to fight in this instance, as well."
FOJ Note: While the Jews talk of rebuilding their third Temple, Christians should be aware of the prophetic fact that the Third Temple that the Jews accomplish on the Mount will be utilized by the eventual Antichrist to exalt himself as God. (II Th 2:3-4 Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.) Unfortunately, the Jews will enter into a false covenant of peace with this master of deceit.
Dore Gold: Nuclear Iran Would Create Terrorist Umbrella
Oct. 26….(Newsmax) Former Israeli Ambassador to the United Nations Dore Gold warns that a nuclear-armed Iran would shift "the entire balance in the war on terror" by providing terrorists with a nuclear umbrella. Speaking at a briefing at the British House of Commons on Oct. 12, Dore, also a former adviser to Israeli prime ministers, said Iran's nuclear program endangers "the security not just of Israel but of the entire Middle East, and I would say the world." Gold said that as of this past August, Iran had enough nuclear fuel to produce two atomic bombs, and a missile with the capability of striking Israel and Saudi Arabia. "So if you take the fact that Iran is one of the largest supporters of international terrorism today, and you team that up with the nuclear capabilities that I’ve been describing, you have a security situation which the West has not yet seen," Gold said. "The whole point of George W. Bush’s decision to remove the Taliban after 9/11 was to send a very clear message: 'You attack the American homeland and we will take down your regime.' "But fast forward to 2012. Iran has operational nuclear weapons that can strike deep into Europe, and eventually towards the eastern seaboard of the US. Will the US, UK, and NATO as a whole have the same freedom of maneuver to say to states that support terrorism, 'We will take you down if you attack us?' "Will the US Congress authorize sending forces abroad against a state armed with nuclear weapons? In other words, the entire balance in the war on terror shifts, because the state that is the largest global sponsor of terrorism today now has nuclear capabilities. "This nuclear umbrella of Iran will unfurl and will be able to provide protection, not just to Shiite Hezbollah, but to Sunni organizations such as al-Qaida and Hamas." Gold, now president of the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, raised the possibility that Israel could strike Iran's nuclear facilities if the international community does not take action. "I will say that Israel has been thinking about this problem for a very long time," he said in remarks published on the Web site of The Henry Jackson Society, a London-based organization that promotes the foreign policies of former US Sen. Henry "Scoop" Jackson. "The Israeli air force has been training for action and all options are on the table. But I would say the official position is that there is hope, even at this late date, that the key players in the international community will take action." He added: "You might think that Iran’s behavior at present is brazen and risky. It looks much less brazen and risky if you recall how often Iran has already defied the West and got away with it."
Rabbis Convene, Call for Ascent to Temple Mount
Oct. 26….(Arutz) (IsraelNN.com) At a special conference Sunday night at Heichal Shlomo in Jerusalem, Zionist rabbis are calling for Jewish ascent to the Temple Mount and for an end to the use of the Temple Mount as a platform for Muslim incitement. The rabbis participating in the conference include Rabbi Dov Lior, Rabbi Yuval Cherlow, Rabbi Elyakim Levanon, Rabbi Yaakov Madan and Kotel Rabbi Shmuel Rabinovich. Also participating are Knesset Members Uri Ariel, Aryeh Eldad and Michael Ben-Ari of the National Union, MK Uri Orbach (Jewish Home) and Kadima's Otniel Schneller. The chairman of the conference, Temple Institute Director Yehudah Glick told Arutz Sheva that the conference's date was chosen because this is the anniversary of the visit by Rambam (Maimonides) to the Temple Mount. “There is a worrisome phenomenon that every time two or three rocks are thrown by Arabs, the Jews are distanced from the Temple Mount,” he said. “The Arabs learned this and they behave accordingly.” Glick said that the police's decision to close down the Mount to Jews during the Sukkot holiday week was a move that could not go unanswered. Many Zionist rabbis support ascent to the Temple Mount but some do not, citing the Nation of Israel's current state of impurity. Those who support ascent insist that the visitors first undergo ritual immersion in a mikveh, remain along the outer perimeter of the grounds and stay outside of areas where Jewish law forbids them to go.
Israeli Police Storm Temple Mount in Reaction to Muslim Riots
Oct. 26….(Fox News) Israeli forces stormed Jerusalem's holiest shrine Sunday, firing stun grenades to disperse hundreds of stone-throwing Palestinian protesters in a fresh eruption of violence at the most volatile spot in the Holy Land. A wall of Israeli riot police behind plexiglass shields closed in on the crowd, sending many protesters, overwhelmingly young men, running for cover into the black-domed Al-Aqsa mosque. The mosque is one part of the compound known to Jews as the Temple Mount and to Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary. Dozens of protesters remained holed up inside the mosque for several hours, occasionally opening shuttered doors to throw objects at police. The Israeli forces did not enter the building, and the protesters eventually left peacefully and the compound was closed, police said. There were no serious injuries. Israel's national police chief, David Cohen, accused a small group of Muslim extremists of trying to foment violence, echoing a charge made by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu two weeks ago. "The police will act with a strong hand against anyone who disrupts order on the Temple Mount. Religious and nationalist sentiment connected with the site have made it a flashpoint for violence in the past. A visit in 2000 by Ariel Sharon, then an Israeli opposition leader, helped ignite deadly clashes that escalated into violence that engulfed Israel and the Palestinian territories for several years. Sharon was subsequently elected prime minister. Sunday's clashes were the most intense in the past month of unrest around the compound. Frictions in recent weeks have stemmed largely from rumors among Palestinians about Israeli plans to allow Jews to pray at the site or to dig under the compound and harm the Muslim buildings there. Israel has carried out numerous archaeological digs in nearby areas, but says the work does not threaten the compound. Two weeks ago, Netanyahu angrily dismissed accusations that Israel is trying to sabotage Muslim holy sites as "baseless" lies. In the West Bank, the Palestinian Authority condemned the Israeli police action. "Jerusalem is a red line that Israel should not cross," said Nabil Abu Rdeneh, spokesman for President Mahmoud Abbas. Muslim leaders had urged their followers to gather at the compound early Sunday in response to what they said was a planned "Jewish conquest." Israeli police said the protesters hurled a fire bomb and poured oil on the ground to make the forces slip. Around midday, small groups of youths were seen darting in and out of nearby alleyways in Jerusalem's Old City, throwing stones and bottles at police, who responded with more stun grenades. Many protesters masked their faces with white T-shirts or black-and-white checkered keffiyeh headdresses. A total of 25 protesters suffered light to moderate injuries after being struck by batons or inhaling gas, said Ameen Abu Ghazaleh, head of the Palestinian Red Crescent's ambulance service. In addition, an Australian journalist covering the clash was struck in the face by a rock and lightly wounded, Israeli police said. Nine police officers were also lightly wounded and 18 protesters were detained, police said. The Palestinian president's adviser on Jerusalem affairs and a leader from Israel's Islamic Movement were arrested for alleged incitement, police said. The disputing claims to the hilltop compound in Jerusalem's Old City lie at the heart of the Israel-Palestinian conflict. It is revered as the holiest site in Judaism, home to the biblical Temples. It also is the third-holiest site in Islam, after the Saudi cities of Mecca and Medina, and believed to be the place where the Prophet Muhammad ascended to heaven. At the center of the compound is the famous golden cap of the Dome of the Rock. The site has been under Israeli control since 1967, but is administered by a Muslim religious body known as the Waqf. The compound is opened for several hours a day to allow tourists and Jews to visit, though only Muslims are allowed to pray there. The Palestinians seek to make east Jerusalem, including the holy compound, the capital of a future independent state, while Netanyahu says he will never share control of the holy city. Israel's crackdown drew condemnations from throughout the Muslim world. The head of the 57-nation Islamic Conference warned that any provocative act at Al-Aqsa "would bear grave consequences," while the Arab League called on the UN to "stop the Israeli aggressions." Egypt said it had instructed its ambassador in Israel to urge the government to refrain from actions with "negative repercussions" for the region. The Islamic militant Hamas movement, which rules the Gaza Strip, called on Palestinians to rise up against Israel and urged Arab countries that have ties to Israel to sever them. "The real battle begins again," spokesman Fawzi Barhoum said.
Iran Buys North Korean WMD for Syria
Oct. 26….(DEBKA) The US Congressional Research Service reveals that Iran has helped Syria obtain "various forms of weapons of mass destruction" and missiles, as well as buying midget submarines, all from North Korea. DEBKAfile's military sources report that the North Korean miniature subs are capable of dropping small teams of commando forces on enemy shores, damaging large warships and mining the approaches of naval bases and harbors. They are capable of sowing EM-52 "rising mines" originally developed by China, which lurk on deep sea beds until triggered by a passing ship to release a missile which shoots up to strike its hull. This weapon substantially enhances the Syrian and Iranian navies' menace, a development Israel will have take into account in the defenses of its Mediterranean naval bases and commercial ports. The US CRS notes" Iran purportedly has acted as an intermediary with North Korea to supply Syria with missiles and various forms of WNMD, without specifying whether they are nuclear, chemical or biological. To keep one of its few allies close, Tehran uses Syria as a "transit point for Iranian weapons shipments to Hizballah and both countries see Hizballah as leverage against Israel to achieve their regional and territorial aims." The report sees the Obama administration's engagement with Syria as a bid to draw upon Damascus to loosen its bonds with Tehran, but sees little chance of this effort succeeding. On Oct. 20, DEBKAfile's military sources disclosed that Syria, Iran's second ally with an Israeli border, has decided to transfer one-third of its missile stockpile to the Hizballah in Lebanon, topping up its arsenal with 250 medium-range surface rockets that can cover central as well as northern Israel, which was heavily blitzed in the 2006 war.
Temple Mount Riots Part of Arab Agenda?
Oct. 26….(WND) Today's Islamic riots on the Temple Mount may be more about internal Palestinian politics and regional negotiation strategy and less about any so-called Jewish threat to the holy site. Earlier today, at least 25 Arabs and three Israeli policemen were wounded in clashes that saw Arab youth hurl stones, paint and at least one fire bomb at riot gear-clad security forces here. It was the latest in a series of disturbances on the Mount over the past six weeks. The unrest, however, is not spontaneous and is not occurring in a vacuum. The riots are being directly incited by the Palestinian Authority, whose official media outlets and institutions have been stoking Arab flames the past few weeks by claiming right-wing extremist Jews are attempting to threaten the Al Aqsa mosque, a decades-old blood libel that should be easily dismissible in light of heavy Israeli restrictions on Jews and Christians from ascending the Mount during most hours of the day. Muslims, on the other hand, are usually free to access the site at any time. Israeli police also ban all non-Muslims from praying on the site. Official PA television and radio have been calling on Muslims to storm" the Al Aqsa Mosque to "protect" the site from "Jewish threat." Today's clashes had all the trappings of a pre-planned PA campaign. The violence began when Israeli officers attempted to accompany a group of tourists on to the mount. The Jerusalem police revealed today they have film of several Muslim youth preparing the unrest by gathering rocks and pouring oil onto the ground to foil security forces. The PA is not just inciting violence; its officials also are assisting the riots. Israeli police today arrested PA President Mahmoud Abbas' top adviser on Jerusalem affairs, Hatam Abd al-Qadir, on suspicion of disorderly conduct. Police said al-Qadir attacked officers and urged worshippers to hold protests. Also, the PA-aligned Islamic Movement sponsored buses to transport young, riled up Arab Israeli men to Jerusalem and the Mount from the fundamentalist-dominated Muslim city of Um Al-Fahem. Speaking to WND, Dimitri Diliani, the spokesman for PA President Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah party in Jerusalem, did not deny his group's involvement in recent riots. "Palestinian political factions, including Fatah, are firm on defending the political, national and religious rights of the Palestinian people," Diliani said, "and it's evident now we will continue defending the Al Aqsa Mosque as well as our rights in Jerusalem as a whole." Nabil Abu Rdeneh, a spokesperson for the PA, said of today's clashes: "Jerusalem is a red line that Israel should not cross." History has shown that riots emanating from the Temple Mount have been pre-planned as part of a larger Palestinian nationalist strategy. For example, in September 2000, the Palestinians started their intifada by throwing stones at Jewish worshipers after then-candidate for prime minister Ariel Sharon visited the Mount. At first, the Palestinians claimed the stone-throwing riots were spontaneous. Later, top PA officials, including Palestinian Liberation Organization leader Yasser Arafat and his deputy, Marwan Barghouti, admitted the Temple Mount clashes were planned. So why today's clashes? First, consider internal Palestinian politics. On Friday, Abbas announced he will forge ahead with new presidential and parliamentary elections on Jan. 24 since he was not able to reach a unity deal with his Hamas rivals. Abbas has been dreading such a decision, fearing he may lose to the more popular Hamas. He only agreed to new elections, which he had been delaying now for almost a year, after Hamas threatened to unilaterally hold its own elections in the Gaza Strip. Abbas' popularity has been slipping in recent years, according to multiple polls. But perhaps the largest popular revolt he faced started playing itself out earlier this month when the Palestinian leader called for the delay of a UN Human Rights Council vote regarding a UN report that accused both Israel and Hamas of war crimes during the Jewish state's defensive war in Gaza in December and January. That decision, reportedly made under heavy US pressure, prompted street protests in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. Palestinians were filmed throwing their shoes at portraits of Abbas, a sign of disrespect in the Muslim world. Facing internal criticism, including from many within his own Fatah party, Abbas eventually rescinded his decision and urged the UN to push ahead with the vote. The Palestinian leader's popularity, however, clearly took a major hit. What better way to change the topic on the Palestinian street than for Abbas' PA to incite clashes against Israel regarding so-called Jewish threats to the Al Aqsa Mosque, the one issue that never fails to spark Palestinian fury. There are other issues at play. The riots actually began last month, immediately following a three-way meeting at the UN General Assembly between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, President Obama and the PA's Abbas. Obama had hoped the meeting would initiate Israeli-Palestinian negotiations aimed at creating a Palestinian state within two years. During his speech to the GA days before the Mount riots, Obama used strongly worded language to call for the creation of a "viable, independent Palestinian state with contiguous territory that ends the occupation that began in 1967." The term "occupation" routinely is used by the Palestinians as well as some countries hostile to the Jewish state in reference to Israel's presence in the West Bank and Jerusalem. It is unusual for US presidents to use the term, although former President Jimmy Carter once famously called Israel's presence in the West Bank and eastern Jerusalem "illegal." "Occupation that began in 1967" is a specific reference to the lands Israel retained after the Six-Day War of that year, particularly the West Bank and eastern Jerusalem, including the Temple Mount. It seems the PA, emboldened by Obama's speech, may be using the riots as a pressure tactic to send a clear message to Israel: If negotiations do not create a state in the near future, expect another intifada. The PA under Arafat was notorious for negotiations on the one hand while leading a violent campaign against Israel on the other. Already, some of Obama's policies have hardened Palestinian bargaining positions. Most notably, the PA is now demanding a complete halt to Jewish construction in the West Bank and eastern sections of Jerusalem in line with the US president's same demand. The PA never before set a settlement freeze as a prerequisite for talks.
Twin Blasts in Baghdad Kill 147, Injure Scores
Oct. 26….(Fox News) Iraqi police said 147 people were killed and 540 wounded in twin car bombings that appeared to target government buildings in downtown Baghdad during rush hour. The powerful blasts went off less than a minute apart Sunday in parking lots near the headquarters of the Baghdad provincial administration and the Ministry of Justice building, in the bloodiest attack to hit Iraq in months. While violence has dropped dramatically in the country since the height of the sectarian tensions, such bombings like Sunday's demonstrate the precarious nature of the security gains and the insurgency's abilities to still pull off devastating attacks in the heart of what is supposed to be one of Baghdad's most secure areas. In August, coordinated blasts against two ministries killed more than 100 people. Sunday's explosions went off less than a minute apart near two prominent government institutions, the Ministry of Justice and the headquarters of the Baghdad provincial administration, in a neighborhood that houses a number of government institutions such as the Ministry of Labor. The area is just a few hundred yards from the heavily protected Green Zone that houses the US Embassy as well as the offices of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki. The explosions were caused by car bombs aimed at government institutions, said Maj. Gen. Qassim al-Mousawi, spokesman for the city's operations command center. He added that it was not known whether they were homicide attacks. "They are targeting the government and the political process in the country," al-Mousawi told The Associated Press.
Christians on High alert over Hate Crimes Passage
Oct. 26….(Politics and Government) A hate crimes bill sent to President Obama for his signature raises a red flag for Christians. On Thursday, the US Senate passed the hate crimes bill that Christian leaders have warned for years could greatly infringe on the rights of those who speak to loudly about their religious views. Matt Barber of Liberty Counsel agrees with most observers that President Obama will sign the measure, adding that the president desires to "throw a bone to homosexual activists because they have been breathing down his neck, and this is a way to hold them off." Barber views the legislation as something akin to a muzzle. "Unfortunately, it places Christians, people of faith, people who have traditional values relative to sexual immorality...in an untenable position," says the attorney. He notes that several years ago, a similar law in Pennsylvania resulted in the arrest of 11 Christians who were presenting the gospel at a Philadelphia homosexual rally. Barber goes on to say that the federal bill "will chill religious liberty and free speech, and that is its intended purpose, not to protect anybody from hate crimes." And as for pastors? "There is a very weak exemption in the bill which is totally illusory, and a religious exemption is not going to protect pastors," responds Barber. "Renegade prosecutors and politically correct leftists in positions of authority can subjectively determine what is or is not a hate crime." And then move on to prosecution, he adds.
(In wake of Muslim riots at Temple Mount, leading rabbis, rightists call for 3rd Temple Now)
Oct. 26….(YNET) In a move that may heighten tensions in the capital, the Organization for Human Rights on the Temple Mount (OHRTM) called for Jews to visit the east Jerusalem compound, which houses the al-Aqsa Mosque. During a rightist event held in Jerusalem Sunday evening, just hours after Muslims rioted in and around the Temple Mount amid reports that Jewish extremists were planning to visit the site, professor Hillel Weiss said, "The third temple must be built now. The mosques do not have to be destroyed in order for us to do this." The conference, which was attended by a number of Knesset members and leading rabbis, was held in protest of the decision to seal off the compound due to the recent violence. "It's time that we stop surrendering to violence," Temple Institute Director Rabbi Yehuda Glick said, adding that "before his assassination, prime minister Yitzhak Rabin said the greatest threat to Israeli democracy is bowing down to violence. "Unfortunately, lately police are surrendering and withdrawing in the face of the Palestinians' violence," said the rabbi. Kiryat Arba Chief Rabbi Dov Lior said, "It is vital that the Israeli people visit the (Temple Mount). We are suffering because a large segment of the populations is indifferent towards this issue. Reclaiming our sovereignty over (the Temple Mount) will bring redemption closer," said the rabbi. Far-right activist Moshe Feiglin told the conference that the Temple Mount riots and the UN’s Goldstone Report, which accuses the IDF of committing war crimes during its December-January conflict with Hamas in Gaza, both constitute attempts to "undermine our legitimacy in this land."
WEEK OF OCTOBER 18 THROUGH OCTOBER 24
Israel Rebuffs Obama Demand to Surrender before Negotiations
Oct. 23….(Israel Today) Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has rejected a demand by US President Barack Obama that he commit to a major expulsion of Jews from their homes in Judea and Samaria prior to a renewal of peace negotiations with the Palestinian Authority. According to Israeli media reports on Wednesday, Obama wanted to organize a major peace summit one month from now based on such an Israeli commitment. Even before the sides had a chance to sit down at the negotiating table, Israel was to surrender to all Arab demands to allow the creation of a Palestinian Arab state on every inch of land they claim. A report in an Arabic-language newspaper indicated that the Palestinian Authority had informed Obama the peace process would not move forward until Israel was strong-armed into accepting those conditions. At the same time, visiting US Ambassador to the UN Susan Rice told Netanyahu that the White House expects more than just "lip service" from Israel regarding restarting the peace process. Netanyahu has repeatedly stated his willingness to immediately restart talks with the Palestinians. He has issued only one precondition of his own, that the Palestinians finally honor their previous peace commitment to recognize Israel as the national home of the Jews.
Obama May Reveal ET Reality & ET Contact
23….(In The Days) An official announcement by the Obama administration disclosing the
reality of extraterrestrial life is imminent. For several months, senior
administration officials have been quietly deliberating behind closed doors how
much to disclose to the world about extraterrestrial life. Dissatisfaction among
powerful institutions such as the US Navy over the decades-long secrecy policy
has given a boost to efforts to disclose the reality of extraterrestrial life
and technology. The impending disclosure
announcement follows upon the secret implementation of a year long openness
policy on UFOs and extraterrestrial life. Over the period February 12-14, 2008,
the United Nations held closed doors discussions where approximately 30 nations
secretly agreed on a new openness policy on UFOs and extraterrestrial life in
2009. The openness policy was implemented but never publicly announced due to
threats against UN diplomats not to disclose details of the secret agreement.
The secret UN agreement was based on two conditions. First, UFOs would continue
to appear around the world; and second, the openness policy would not lead to
social unrest in liberal democracies. Both conditions have been satisfied making
it possible for the next stage to begin, official disclosure of extraterrestrial
life. Obama’s September 24, 2009 chairing of the UN Security Council meeting on
nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament, signaled his emerging leadership role
in tackling major global issues such as nuclear weapons.
The Nobel Peace Prize was an important step in giving
global legitimacy to President Obama in making an extraterrestrial disclosure
announcement. Obama is therefore poised to play a prominent
role in the increased global governance that will be necessary after an
extraterrestrial disclosure announcement. The timing would most likely
coincide sometime soon after his Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech on December
10, 2009 in Oslo, Norway. There have been various sources that have revealed
deliberations are underway to make an announcement concerning the existence of
extraterrestrial life by the end of 2009. These include, Dr Pete Peterson, a
whistleblower who has recently emerged revealing high level discussions have
taken place concerning announcing the existence of extraterrestrial life. In a
Project Camelot interview, Dr Peterson revealed that “Obama is planning to
disclose the reality of ET contact by the end of the year; and that most,
but not all, of the ET visitors are friendly.”
*FOJ Note: This announcement, should it indeed be forthcoming, could be a major factor in the rise of either the False Prophet or the Antichrist. ((“And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:” 2 Thessalonians 2:11)
Cheney: Stop 'Dithering & Delaying' over Afghanistan
(Former Vice President Dick Cheney says Obama must do 'what it takes to win' in Afghanistan)
Former Vice President Dick Cheney on Wednesday night accused the White House
of dithering over the strategy for the war in Afghanistan and urged President
Barack Obama to "do what it takes to win." "Make no mistake. Signals of
indecision out of Washington hurt our allies and embolden our adversaries,"
Cheney said while accepting an award from a conservative national security
group, the Center for Security Policy. Cheney disputed remarks by White House
chief of staff Rahm Emanuel that the Bush administration had been adrift
concerning the war in Afghanistan and that the Obama administration had to start
from the beginning to develop a strategy for the 8-year-old war. To the
contrary, Cheney said, the Bush administration undertook its own review of the
war before leaving office and presented its findings to Obama's transition team.
"They asked us not to announce our findings publicly, and we agreed, giving them
the benefit of our work and the benefit of the doubt," Cheney said. The strategy
Obama announced in March bore a "striking resemblance" to what the Bush
administration review had found, the vice president said. Emanuel told CNN on
Sunday that the decision regarding what to do in Afghanistan is more complex
than whether to send more troops. The US commander there, Gen. Stanley
McChrystal, has reportedly asked for as many as 40,000 additional troops to
combat the Taliban insurgency and al-Qaida fighters. "When you go through all
the analysis, it's clear that basically we had a war for eight years that was
going on, that's adrift, that we're beginning at scratch, and just from the
starting point, after eight years," Emanuel said. Cheney said the Obama
administration seems to be pulling back and blaming others for its own failure
to implement the strategy it had embraced earlier in the year. "The White House
must stop dithering while America's armed forces are in danger," the former vice
president said. "It's time for President Obama to do what it takes to win a war
he has repeatedly and rightly called a war of necessity." Cheney criticized
Obama's decision to drop plans begun in the Bush administration for missile
defense interceptors in Poland and a radar site in the Czech Republic, calling
the move "a strategic blunder and a breach of good faith." The administration
said it will instead pursue a higher-tech system that is also more
cost-effective. "Our Polish and Czech friends are entitled to wonder how
strategic plans and promises years in the making could be dissolved just like
that with apparently little if any consultation," he said. "President Obama's
cancellation of America's agreements with the Polish and Czech governments is a
serious blow to the hopes and aspirations of millions of Europeans." Cheney
said those who try to placate Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and accede
to his wishes will get nothing in return but trouble.
The Latest UN Anti-Israel Stunt
Oct. 23….(RealClearPolitics) The significance of Israel to the west is out of all proportion to her size and in direct relation to her place, on the front line. The country is unambiguously western, and not only her institutions but the way they operate leave no doubt of this. When, for instance, there are allegations that Israeli troops have committed crimes, in the course of military operations, there is an investigation. The contents and conclusions of that investigation are invariably made known. There will most certainly be open public discussion, and Israel's press is remarkably free. The significance of Israel is that she stands proxy for America and the West in the minds of our most lethal enemies. In Islamist propaganda she is the "Little Satan," as the US is the "Big Satan." And while there is plenty of blood-curdling anti-Semitism in Islamist pronouncements, there is also clarity about the long-term goal. First destroy "the Jewish entity" of Israel, because she is exposed. Then destroy "the Christian entity." The US is held constantly in view as the ultimate target, to accomplish this; and the destruction of Israel is constantly presented as a means to it. I've never noticed any subtlety in this propaganda. Whether it is rejected by the whole Arab and Muslim world, whether that world secretly longs for peace and normal relations with Israel, as with America and the West, is moot. The frontline states, around Israel, and all of the Arab regional powers, speak of the country only as a pariah. Against this hard and seemingly inalterable background, western policies are made. The Camp David accords, more than a generation ago, promised real change in this background condition, falsely. Thirty years later, the Egyptian government has reverted to type and, quite frankly, they fear their own people too much to show the slightest public generosity towards Israel or Israelis (even if there is much co-operation behind the scenes). It is against this background that we watched the latest anti-Israel stunt unfold in the United Nations, whose corrupt Human Rights Council -- loaded with some of the worst violators of real human rights on the planet, commissioned the Goldstone report to advance the international battle against Israel. This investigation of "war crimes," during the Israeli military campaign against Hamas in Gaza, was explicitly anti-Israel, for it began from the premise that a legitimate sovereign state, governing an open society, could be put on a level with a terrorist organization ruling a closed society. The conclusion was cheaply, "both sides committed war crimes," but the open celebration of the report by Hamas, and outrage even from liberal elements in Israeli society, tells us what we need to know about it. Richard Goldstone, the South African lawyer and judge, long a darling of the politically correct, was an inspired choice for the task: a man who is technically a Jew. He is a man who did well out of the old apartheid regime; who switched sides to do even better under the African National Congress. He had, and retains, an appalling record for casually announcing very serious and consequential allegations, and then not bothering to follow up with evidence. His outrageous behaviour as prosecutor for the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, repeatedly announcing "grounds for prosecution" with sublime indifference to correct procedure, earned him condemnation from judges in the Hague. His suggestion that Israel knowingly invaded Gaza not in order to attack the terrorist infrastructure of Hamas, but to inflict maximum harm on its defenceless people, by way of some scheme of "collective punishment," was of a type with his earlier performances. The information in his report was overwhelmingly hearsay supplied from Hamas-controlled sources. But what was mostly insinuated in his report has now been formally declared by the sponsoring Human Rights Council, which tabled a resolution Friday to make Israel answerable to the International Criminal Court, for Goldstone's amorphous charges. The US, under the Obama administration has reversed Bush policy by actually joining and funding this HRC, of course voted against the resolution, but made no serious effort to defeat it. By refusing to withdraw from the council now, the US government is again signalling its willingness to seek favor from its own worst enemies, by throwing Israel to the wolves.
UN’s ElBaradei's Ruse Helps Iran Keep Nuke Quest Moving
Oct. 22….(DEBKA) Mohammed ElBaradei, about to retire as director of the International Atomic Energy Agency, pulled a rabbit out of his hat Wednesday, Oct. 21 to save the Vienna talks with Iran on the future of its enriched uranium from breaking down on its third day. He put before the US, France and Russia and Iran a draft proposal and gave them until Friday to come back with their answer. The only officials to come smiling out of the aborted meeting were the Iranian negotiator Saeed Jalilee and his aides. But strangely enough, it was greeted with happy applause in the West, from secretary of state Hillary Clinton to Israel's deputy defense minister Matan Vilnai, who should have been wise to ElBaradei's machinations by now. Even in Tehran, officials were puzzled by the Western reaction and stressed that the draft had not yet been approved and Iran would not succumb to "Western pressure." According to DEBKAfile's sources, the ElBaradei draft allows Iran to ship 1,200 kilos of low-enriched uranium to Russia for further processing. It would then go to the IAEA center in Vienna and on to France where the uranium would be converted into fuel rods for the small medical reactor in Tehran to make isotopes. By some magic, this proposal "forgot" three UN Security Council resolutions and six-power demands for Iran to give up uranium enrichment. Iran is also suddenly absolved of the obligation to allow UN inspectors to monitor its facilities and not by a single word is Tehran forbidden to process masses of additional enriched uranium after it ships the 1.200 kilos to Russia, or even to make a bomb. Tehran is therefore free to infer that all these curbs have been lifted with the concurrence of the six powers with whom it is engaged in nuclear negotiations, as well as the IAEA in the person of its director. No wonder Jalilee smiled. The IAEA director did not disclose who wrote the document (probably himself). The West appears to have been hoodwinked by yet another ElBaradei ruse. For years, he has maneuvered to get Iran off the hook of international pressure and free to advance on a nuclear weapon undisturbed.
Solana: Israel Must Concede Palestinian State in 1967 Borders
(European Union's Foreign Policy chief says after meeting with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah EU is dedicated to establishment of Palestinian state)
Oct. 22….(YNET) EU Foreign Policy chief Javier Solana said the European Union's goal is to establish a Palestinian state in the 1967 borders. Speaking in Ramallah on Wednesday, Solana said the sooner this happens, the better. Solana met with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas Wednesday morning, and is scheduled to meet later with Prime Minister Salam Fayyad. His visit to the Palestinian Authority is aimed at highlighting the EU's commitment to the region and supporting the PA leadership. During his visit to Ramallah, Solana said there may be a need to exchange certain territories, but he said this should not disrupt the territory's continuity. He said EU's stance in the matter is similar to that of the Quartet on the Middle East, and expressed his support of Abbas' efforts to unite the Palestinian people in light of the current dispute between his Fatah party and Hamas.
Iranian Missiles Sent to Gaza, Syria Supplies Hizballah's With Rocket Stocks
Oct. 21….(DEBKAfile Exclusive Report) Iran is making a huge effort to smuggle to the Palestinian Hamas Fajr-5 ground-to-ground rockets that bring Tel Aviv within range of the Gaza Strip. DEBKAfile's military sources also disclose that Syria, Iran's second ally with an Israeli border, has decided to transfer one-third of its missile stockpile to the Hizballah in Lebanon, topping up its arsenal with medium-range rockets that can cover central as well as northern Israel, which was heavily blitzed in the 2006 war. Israel's top strategists are studying these massive missile transfers to hostile entities to find answers to a number of key questions:
1. Syria has destined some 250 surface missiles of its stockpile of 800 for Hizballah.
2. Do the transfers mean Iran and its allies are gearing up for a major Middle East conflict in the months ahead, possibly in early 2010?
3. Will Syria hand over to Hizballah some of its chemicals-tipped missiles?
4. Will some batteries be installed atop the mountain ranges running down central Lebanon, together with air defense systems supplied at the same time by Syria?
Israel is particularly concerned by the Lebanese Druze leader Walid Jumblatt's recent decision to turn coat against the pro-Western camp led by Saad Hariri in favor of deals with Tehran and Damascus. Incorporated in these under-the-counter deals are secret military clauses which permit Hizballah to deploy its missiles on highlands of his Druze fief. Israel would think twice at least before attacking areas populated by Druze villages. In the south, Iran's Revolutionary Guards terrorist arm, the Al Qods Brigades, its bending all its smuggling resources to getting the Fajr-5 missiles into the Gaza Strip, thereby extending Hamas' rocket range to 75 kilometers and central Israel. According to our intelligence sources, the rockets are traveling by sea from Iran to Hamas training bases in Sudan, dismantled into 8-10 segments , transported to the northern shores of the Gulf of Suez and unloaded in Sinai. From there the segments move through tunnels into the Gaza Strip. Military sources wonder what the Netanyahu government is doing to halt the missile stranglehold tightening around Israel. Nothing is apparent as yet.
It's Official! US Government is Bankrupt
(Obama unabashedly admits it, 'It's only a matter of time before the public realizes it')
Oct. 21….(WND) The real 2008 federal budget deficit was $5.1 trillion, not the $455 billion previously reported by the Congressional Budget Office, according to the 2008 Financial Report of the United States Government released by the US Department of Treasury. The difference between the $455 billion "official" budget deficit numbers and the $5.1 trillion budget deficit based on data reported in the 2008 financial report is that the official budget deficit is calculated on a cash basis, where all tax receipts, including Social Security tax receipts, are used to pay government liabilities as they occur. The calculations in the 2008 financial report are calculated on a GAAP basis ("Generally Accepted Accounting Practices") that includes year-for-year changes in the net present value of unfunded liabilities in social insurance programs such as Social Security and Medicare. Under cash accounting, the government makes no provision for future Social Security and Medicare benefits in the year in which those benefits accrue. Economist John Williams, who publishes the website Shadow Government Statistics, told author Jerome Corsi, "As bad as 2008 was, the $455 billion budget deficit on a cash basis and the $5.1 trillion federal budget deficit on a GAAP accounting basis does reflect any significant money reflected to the financial bailout or Troubled Asset Relief Program, or TARP, which was approved after the close of the fiscal year." He continued, "For 2009, the Congressional Budget Office estimated the fiscal year 2009 budget deficit as being $1.2 trillion on a cash basis, and that was before taking into consideration the full costs of the war in Iraq and Afghanistan, before the cost of the Obama nearly $800 billion economic stimulus plan, or the cost of the second $350 billion tranche in TARP funds, as well as all current bailouts being contemplated by the US Treasury and Federal Reserve." Williams told Corsi the federal government's deficit is hemorrhaging at a pace that threatens the viability of the financial system. He said the 2009 budget deficit will clearly exceed $2 trillion on a cash basis and the full amount must be funded by Treasury borrowing. He noted that it's not likely to happen without the Federal Reserve acting as lender of last resort by buying Treasury debt and monetizing the debt. Corsi explained, "'Monetizing the debt' is a term used to signify that the US Treasury will ultimately be required to print cash to meet Treasury debt obligations, acting in this capacity only because the Treasury cannot sell the huge amount of debt elsewhere, possibly not even to the Federal Reserve." So far, the Treasury has been largely dependent upon foreign buyers, principally China and Japan and other major holders of US dollar foreign exchange reserves, including Middle East oil-producing nations purchasing US debt through their financial agents in London. "The appetite of foreign buyers to purchase continued trillions of US debt has become more questionable as the world has witnessed the rapid deterioration of the US fiscal condition in the current financial crisis," Williams noted. The sad reality is that the US Treasury has not reserved any funds to cover the future Social Security and Medicare obligations we are incurring today. Williams said there are no funds held in reserve today for Social Security and Medicare obligations each year. He said it's only a matter of time until the public realizes that the government is truly bankrupt. Corsi wrote that if President Obama adds universal health care to list of entitlement payments the federal government is obligated to pay, the negative net worth of the United States government will multiply, perhaps beyond any hope. Calculations from the 2008 Financial Report of the United States Government show that the GAAP negative net worth of the federal government has increased to $59.3 trillion, while the total federal obligations under GAAP accounting now total $65.5 trillion. Williams explained the federal government is truly bankrupt and argued that in a post-Enron world, if the federal government were a cooperation such as General Motors, "the president and senior Treasury officers would be in federal penitentiary."
Globalism (by Conspirators in Gov’t) an Authentic Threat to US Sovereignty
Oct. 21….(Politics and Government) A scholar and New York Times best-selling author hopes Americans will wake up and take the necessary steps to stop a globalist agenda that he believes threatens U.S. sovereignty. Dr. Jerome Corsi's new book is called America for Sale: Fighting the New World Order, Surviving a Global Depression, and Preserving USA Sovereignty. The best-selling author says the globalism that Americans are currently witnessing is destructive to the American way of life. "The deficits that we're running are unsustainable," he emphasizes. "Right now we're running the United States government on borrowed money from China and other foreign countries that are ready and willing to buy our debt." He believes it is going to take grassroots effort by the American people to bring to a halt the rush to globalism. He cites the efforts of "21st-century American patriots" who have been participating at "Tea Party" rallies around the country in the past several months. "I want to get more information and more strategy to [those types of] people who want to stop this move toward globalism and preserve USA sovereignty and get us back to limited constitutional government," he states. It is unfortunate, adds Corsi, that globalists are found in both major US political parties.
FOJ Note: Apparently, some in our own government want to bankrupt the country and surrender our national sovereignty to a Global Government! The Antichrist and his minions are only too eager for this eventuality.
Israel, the US and The Goldstone Report
Oct. 20….(John Bolton) The UN's Human Rights Council (HRC) voted overwhelmingly on Friday to endorse the recommendations of the lopsidedly anti-Israel Goldstone Report. The report, named for former South African judge Richard Goldstone, who chaired the underlying investigation, concluded that Israel's 2008-2009 military campaign against the terrorist group Hamas was actually aimed against Gaza's residents as a whole. Thus it was an illegitimate exercise of "collective punishment," an extraordinarily amorphous legal concept. The report alleges numerous specific human rights violations by both Israel and Hamas. But by attempting to criminalize Israel's strategy of crippling Hamas, the report in effect declared the entire antiterrorism campaign to be a war crime. Mr. Goldstone recommended that Israel and the Palestinians should each conduct their own investigations, failing which the Security Council should refer the entire matter to the International Criminal Court for possible prosecution. In the month since the report's release, it has roiled the Middle East peace process. An Israeli spokesman said "it will make it impossible for us to take any risks for the sake of peace," perhaps foreshadowing Israeli withdrawal from negotiations while the report remains under active UN consideration. The HRC resolution endorsing the report's recommendations repeatedly lacerated Israel, leading Goldstone himself to cringe, saying he was "saddened" the resolution contained "not a single phrase condemning Hamas as we have done in the report." A US State Department spokesman conceded that the adopted text "went beyond even the scope of the Goldstone Report itself." The UN General Assembly created the HRC on March 15, 2006, to replace the discredited Human Rights Commission, which had spent much of its final years concentrating on Israel and the US rather than the world's real human rights violators. The Bush administration voted against establishing this body and declined to join it, believing, correctly, that it would not be an improvement over its predecessor. President Barack Obama changed course, and the US won election to the HRC in May. Obama argued that engagement would be more effective than shunning the HRC and attempting to delegitimize it. The Goldstone Report thus provides a stark test of Obama's analysis. Predictably, the administration blamed the report's underlying mandate and its stridently anti-Israel tilt on America's earlier absence from the HRC when the investigation was authorized and launched. Yet the new administration's diplomacy had no discernible impact on the HRC's disgraceful resolution. Twenty-five of the HRC's 47 members voted for the resolution (including Russia and China), six voted against (Hungary, Italy, Netherlands, Slovakia, Ukraine and the US), and 11 abstained (Japan, South Korea and several European governments among them). Five didn't vote at all, including Great Britain and France. Press reports indicated that London saw its inaction as a "favor" to Israel, a position simultaneously inexplicable and gutless. It is hard to know just how much real politicking the Obama administration did before this vote, but the loss of key allies is telling. The Goldstone Report has important implications for America. In the UN, Israel frequently serves as a surrogate target in lieu of the US, particularly concerning the use of military force pre-emptively or in self-defense. Accordingly, UN decisions on ostensibly Israel-specific issues can lay a predicate for subsequent action against, or efforts to constrain, the US Mr. Goldstone's recommendation to convoke the International Criminal Court is like putting a loaded pistol to Israel's head, or, in the future, to America's.
WEEK OF OCTOBER 11 THROUGH OCTOBER 17
Taliban Launches Attack in Lahore, on Road to Pakistan's Nuclear Stores
Oct. 16….(DEBKA) Taliban gunmen attacked three law enforcement facilities in Pakistan's eastern city of Lahore early Thursday, Oct. 15, their fifth large-scale strike in 10 days. At least 38 people were killed. Interior minister Rehman Malik announced a nationwide red alert. He said: "The enemy has started a guerilla war." DEBKAfile's military sources report: Five days ago, Taliban gunmen and bombers hit Pakistan's army headquarters in Islamabad and at the same time advanced on the northwestern Kohat road to Peshawar and a cluster of air bases holding its nuclear arsenal around Kamra in the North West Frontier Province. Thursday, Taliban struck further northeast toward the Kamra nuclear center, aiming to cut it off from Islamabad, 150 kilometers east of Kohat. They have begun encircling the Sargodha air base, the location of nuclear warheads stores. En route, suicide attackers flattened a police station in the Saddar suburb of Kohat town, killing 10 people and wounding 20. Taliban has stepped up the tempo of its large-scale assaults in an effort to throw central government and the military command off-balance as they prepare a major offensive against terrorist bastions in South Waziristan. Lahore descended into chaos Thursday as one team of gunmen attacked the Federal Investigation Agency and took hostages before the attack was over, and two other groups struck police and commando training centers. At the same time, an unidentified missile hit a Taliban compound in North Waziristan. At least four people were killed. After the Oct. 10 siege of army HQ, which left 23 dead, Taliban warned that harsher acts were coming unless Pakistan called off its military operations against its strongholds and stopped working with the US.
Obama Cuts Funds for Pro-Democracy Groups in Iran
Oct. 15….(Newsmax) The Obama administration has cut funding for pro-democracy and human rights programs in Iran, reversing years of efforts during the Bush administration to help develop a civil society, congressional sources told Newsmax this week. The move is apparently intended to please Iran’s rulers after they criticized President Obama and the State Department for allegedly seeking to fund a “velvet revolution” during the June presidential elections in Iran. “It sounds like the Iranians complained in Geneva and we acceded to their demands,” a former senior government official familiar with the pro-democracy programs told Newsmax. “It’s shameful,” he added. “This sends a clear message to Tehran that we are empowering the Iranian regime to be obstinate and fight us." Word that the administration was planning to cut the pro-democracy programs leaked out in June, when the draft budget for the State Department sent to Congress zeroed out the funds. The aid cut-back became public last week, when the executive director of the Iran Human Rights Documentation Center, which is affiliated with Yale University campus in New Haven, Conn., disclosed that her center’s request for a grant of $2.7 million had been denied. “If there is one time that I expected to get funding, this was it,’’ Renee Redman told the Boston Globe last week. “I was surprised, because the world was watching human rights violations right there on television.” Redman’s center has received $3 million under the State Department program, and has issued reports on human rights abuses. However, they were not active inside Iran and had no programs to support the pro-democracy movement itself, as such activities were considered “too provocative” by the State Department even under President George W. Bush. Sen. Joseph Lieberman, who co-sponsored legislation earlier this year that greatly expands pro-democracy funding, questioned the wisdom of the Obama administration’s policy shift. “It is disturbing that the State Department would cut off funding at precisely the moment when these brave investigations are needed most,” he said last week. Lieberman’s bill, called the Victims of Iranian Censorship (VOICE) act, passed the Senate in July and has been incorporated into the annual defense appropriations bill, which is scheduled for a final vote this week. The legislation expands funding for Farsi-language broadcasts by the Voice of America and Radio Farda and authorizes the State Department to spend up to $20 million to develop new technologies to help Iranians get around Internet censorship, and another $5 million for human rights documentation. Congress continues to fund the National Endowment for Democracy (NED), which last year handed out $450,000 to three Iranian-American organizations for media and Internet-related projects. But compared to the $75 million fund set up by former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, now frozen by the Obama administration, the NED money is just a drop in the bucket. “The State Department cut in pro-democracy funding for Iran is part and parcel of a very deliberate policy by President Obama to diminish the role of human rights and democracy as goals of US foreign policy,” said Joshua Muravchik, a scholar focusing on democracy promotion with the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University. “This is taking us back to a Nixonian approach to foreign policy, with the incompetence of Carter and the national self-effacement of George McGovern,” he told Newsmax. President Nixon set aside democracy and human rights to deal with dictatorships such as Communist China and Soviet Russia, based on US national interests. “The Obama administration has combined realism with policies that put the national interest quite low” on the scale of priorities, Muravchik said. The Iran democracy programs have been shrouded in secrecy, even though they are not classified. David Denehy, a former program manager at the State Department, said he had agreed not to disclose specific grantees or projects, to protect participants who were working inside Iran. “We did good things with Internet freedom, civil society organizations, and in helping to better inform the Iranian people and better connect them to the outside world,” he told Newsmax. “I don’t see why President Obama wouldn’t support these things. The United States philosophically should always stand on the side of freedom against tyranny.” The Iranian regime has accused the United States of backing presidential candidate Mir Hossein Moussavi before and after the disputed June 12 presidential elections. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton unexpectedly poured fuel onto those suspicions. In an Aug. 9 interview with CNN’s Fareed Zakaria, she said that the Obama administration was torn between their desire to engage the regime and their sympathy for the protesters. "And we knew that, if we stepped in too soon, too hard, the attention might very well shift and the leadership would try to use us to unify the country against the protesters. And that was, it was a hard judgment call. But I think we, in retrospect, handled it pretty well. “Now, behind the scenes, we were doing a lot, as you know,” Clinton added, citing specifically the actions of a young State Department employee, Jared Cohen, who intervened with the management of Twitter to prevent them from shutting down access to Iranian bloggers for technical maintenance. Iranians close to the protesters have argued that the Obama administration turned its back on them when they most needed moral support from Washington.
Does al-Qaida have Key to Unlock Pakistan Nukes?
(Security experts worry about access to arsenal)
Oct. 15….(WND) Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton isn't too concerned about the security of Pakistan's nuclear arsenal, saying that she has "confidence in the Pakistani government and the military's control over nuclear weapons. However, when she dismisses the prospect that Islamic militants could overthrow the Pakistani government of President Asif Ali Zadari and gain control of its nuclear arsenal, her opinions are at odds with security specialists concerned that individuals in the Pakistani military are colluding with al-Qaida. In a number of instances, these security experts point out, the Pakistani military provided safe houses for Khalid Sheikh Mohammed before his capture. Mohammed was the self-professed mastermind of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the United States. One security expert, Shaun Gregory from the University of Bradford in Britain, points out that officials from Pakistan's civil nuclear sector have met with leaders of al-Qaida, including Osama bin Laden. The prospect of an inside job became more worrisome after it was revealed that Pakistan's top nuclear scientist, AQ Khan, had set up a global black market nuclear network for more than a decade and had shared nuclear information with such state sponsors of terrorism as Iran and North Korea. The CIA has confirmed that Khan's associates had met with bin Laden prior to 9/11. Pakistan's weapons are less secure today than they were five years ago, and it seems they're even less secure than under the (President Gen. Pervez) Musharraf government," according to Gerald Steinberg, professor of conflict management at Bar Ilan University in Israel. From the Israeli perspective, he said, confidence is diminishing in the US ability to control events in Pakistan and protect that country's nuclear stockpile. Concern over the security of Pakistan's nuclear arsenal has arisen again as a result of the attack last week by Islamist militants on the heavily guarded headquarters of the Pakistan army headquarters in Rawalpindi. The attackers were dressed in military uniforms. The Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan, or TTP, claimed responsibility for the attack. The TTP, also known as the Students' Movement of Pakistan, is the top umbrella group of the Taliban in Pakistan. Their primary target is the Pakistani army. They seek enforcement of Shariah law and want the forces of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization out of Afghanistan. "If a relatively small group of people is able to penetrate into their 'Pentagon,' then it might show something about overconfidence of the Pakistanis, and that is worrisome, it's surprising that they were able to go in there relatively simply," said Hans Kristensen, director of the Nuclear Information Project of the Federation of American Scientists. He estimates that Pakistan has up to 90 nuclear warheads.
Russia to Visit & Inspect US Nuclear Sites
(The plan, which Fox News has learned was agreed to in principle during negotiations, would constitute the most intrusive weapons inspection program the US has ever accepted.)
Oct. 15….(Fox News) The Obama Administration has tentatively agreed to allow a nuclear weapons inspection program that would allow Russians to visit nuclear sites in America to count missiles and warheads. The plan was agreed to in principle during negotiations, would constitute the most intrusive weapons inspection program the US has ever accepted. Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, who met with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, said publicly Tuesday that the two nations have made "considerable" progress toward reaching agreement on a new strategic arms treaty. The 1991 Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty, or START, expires in December and negotiators have been racing to reach agreement on a successor. Clinton said the US would be as transparent as possible. "We want to ensure that every question that the Russian military or Russian government asks is answered," she said, calling missile defense "another area for deep cooperation between our countries." On another critical issue, Lavrov declared that it would be counterproductive to threaten Iran with more sanctions over its nuclear program, as he resisted efforts by Clinton to win agreement for tougher measures should Iran fail to prove its program is peaceful. Clinton visited Moscow on her first trip since becoming America's top diplomat, in an effort to gauge Moscow's willingness to join the US in imposing sanctions. President Obama, who visited Russia in July, has vowed to "reset" US-Russia relations.
Israel Fears Facing US-aligned Palestinian Terrorist Army
Oct. 14….(Arutz) Few of our readers will be surprised to learn that the very same Palestinian forces being trained, armed and funded by the US government often participate in or facilitate terrorist attacks on Israelis during times of strife. In this way, Israel has been facing US-aligned terrorist forces for years already. But many in Israel fear that problem is set to become exponentially worse in the near future. In an investigative report, the Jerusalem branch of the Center for Near East Policy Research noted that Congress has long tried to limit the amount and quality of military aid given to the Palestinians, aware that the Fatah-ruled Palestinian Authority is only nominally a peace partner and that it seeks reconciliation with the Hamas terrorist organization. But US President Barack Obama is increasingly obsessed with forging a Middle East peace deal, and his answer to Israeli security concerns has thus far focused on upping American development of a PA fighting force. Obama and many in his administration have also signaled that while they may not like Hamas all that much, they are willing to accept the terror group as legitimate players on the regional stage. When the PA finally reconciles with Hamas, which still holds a majority in the Palestinian parliament, Washington will only utter vague reservations. But when Hamas and other terror groups under its umbrella start attacking Israel and Israel responds militarily, the White House is expected to react with outrage that forces it trained and paid for are caught in the crossfire. Even worse, if there is another large-scale eruption of Palestinian violence including Fatah forces, then Israel will have to fight directly against the US-trained Palestinian troops. "Let's say that Israel wants to go after Fatah terrorists, there will be a sort of American veto, because the terrorists are affiliated with the Americans," NEPR Jerusalem chief David Bedein told Israel National News. "This has extremely serious implications."
Turkey Slams Israel, Signs Pact with Syria
commentary on this news item) For decades, the two regional
superpowers, Turkey and Israel, have quietly stood shoulder-to-shoulder on the
common strategic challenges facing them. For the past 20 years, the intriguing
involvement between Jewish Israel and Muslim Turkey has been increasingly out in
the open, impervious to demands from the Arab world and from hard-line elements
in Turkey, both Muslim and left-wing, that Turkey should rather distance itself
from its elaborate military and intelligence dealings with Israel. Now things
are changing. In January, Erdogan stormed out of a conference during the World
Economic Forum in Switzerland after he had upbraided Israeli President Shimon
Peres over the extent of Palestinian casualties in Gaza, telling him, "you know
well how to kill people." And, last month, Davutoglu cancelled a visit to Israel
because the Israeli authorities indicated they would not welcome him visiting
Gaza on the same trip. These incidents have compounded the strain which
political ties between the two states have been under since the Islamist-rooted
AK Party was elected to power in 2002. Israel has supplied hundreds of
millions of dollars of military equipment to Turkey over the years, and has
refurbished Turkish tanks and airplanes. But over the past year, Turkey has
begun steadily to downgrade the military cooperation with Israel while in
parallel augmenting such ties with Syria. Perhaps Turkey is now taking the
position alluded to by the prophet Ezekiel, where we see this nation aligned
with Magog and Persia against Israel.
Turkey Signs Military Deal with Syria
On the same day the Turkish prime minister launched his verbal attack against Israel in the Turkish media, and just two days after the announcement that Ankara had banned Israel's participation in the joint Anatolian Eagle exercise, Turkey on Tuesday signed a military cooperation pact with Syria. Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem, meanwhile, revealed that Turkey and Syria had held military maneuvers last week, the same week Ankara canceled the annual Anatolian Eagle exercise because the IDF was to participate. It was the second military exercise between the two Muslim countries since April. At that time, Defense Minister Ehud Barak termed a joint drill between Turkish and Syrian soldiers on their shared border a "disturbing development." Syria, meanwhile, praised Turkey for refusing to participate in the military exercise alongside Israeli forces.
The Obama Nobel Mystery
(Obama’s Nobel Prize win a blatant attempt to Europeanize US policy)
Oct. 13….(YNET) According to Alfred Nobel's will, and in contrast with other Nobel Prize committees, the members of the Nobel Prize for Peace committee are not experts, but politicians, members of the Norwegian Parliament. The chairman of the committee, Thorbjorn Jagland, former Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Norway, is the Vice President and the Chairman of the Middle East Committee of the "Socialist International," known for its opposition to US and Israeli policies. He is, also, the Chairman of the "Oslo Center for Peace and Human Rights," which advocates a Dovish-Leftist worldview, in cooperation with former President Jimmy Carter, who is close to President Obama and considered a role-model for the new Nobel laureate. Along with other members of the Committee, Jagland represents a Parliament that has called to recognize Hamas, to dialogue with Iran, to tolerate rogue regimes, to enhance ties with Muslim regimes, to condemn (what he terms) Islamophobia and to condemn systematically the policies of Washington (until Obama's victory) and Jerusalem. Awarding Obama the Nobel Peace Prize, in spite of the fact that the deadline for nominations was February 1, 10 days into Obama's Administration, constitutes a transparent attempt by European politicians to bolster Obama's determination in the global arena and improve his standing in the domestic arena. While Obama's stock has risen internationally, it has deteriorated internally, in light of his lack of success in the areas of unemployment, taxes, budget deficit, health insurance reform, Afghanistan, Iran, North Korea, Venezuela, Russia and al-Qaeda. Jagland and his colleagues are determined to provide Obama with a tailwind. They consider him the most UN-driven American President since Woodrow Wilson, who established the League of Nations in 1920. They encourage him to sustain his efforts to endear the UN to the American people and legislators and to highlight the UN as the key formulator of international relations. They identify with, and are eager to advance Obama's worldview, as they assess it: that the superpower role of the US is over, that moral equivalence, and not moral superiority, dominates relations between the US and non-Western democracies, and that the West must reconcile itself to the rise of the Muslim World.
This perceived worldview also holds that the US must desist from unilateral political and military initiatives, that America should advance multilateral initiatives which reflect values and attitudes shared by the majority of the UN membership, that there is no military option against Iran, that the battle against Islamic terrorism must be conducted diplomatically, economically and legally and not militarily, that there should not be a surge in Afghanistan, that retreat from Iraq should be accelerated, that the Palestinian issue is the core cause of Middle East turbulence and anti-Western Islamic terrorism, etc. Awarding the Nobel Peace Prize to President Obama does not reflect respect by the Nobel Prize Committee toward the American President. It does not intend to express appreciation of the American legacy and American human and mega-billion monetary sacrifice, which spared Europe defeat during World War I and World War II, produced victory over Communism and minimized Islamic terrorism in Europe. The Nobel Peace Prize Committee aimed to improve Obama's image among Americans and leverage his presidency in order to Europeanize US policy, thus accomplishing the "wet dream" of US critics, rivals and enemies. Reservations expressed by most of the US public, legislators and media suggest that the Norwegian politicians may relive the Biblical episode of Balaam in reverse: They came to bless, but ended up cursing.
Is Another 9/11 Set To Unfold? No, Something Much Worse Say Experts
Oct. 13….(Prophecy News Watch) "Heart of a Soldier" tells the story of two men who, well before it happened, foretold not only of the terrorist attack of 9/11 but also the 1993 bombing in the World Trade Center parking garage that preceded it. One of the men, Rick Rescorla, was chief of security for Morgan Stanley with an office in the World Trade Center. He died on 9/11, but not before he shepherded all but six of Morgan Stanley's 2,700 employees to safety because of a well-prepared and well-executed evacuation plan. He'd have made it out, too, had he not gone back in the building looking for those six. The other man, Daniel J. Hill, is still alive. With another Sept. 11 approaching I wanted to talk to The Man Who Predicted 9/11. Although the primary focus in Stewart's book is on Rescorla, a bona fide hero for his actions on 9/11, I found Hill to be an even more fascinating character. It was Hill who converted to Islam as a young US Army paratrooper stationed in Beirut in 1958. It was Hill who learned fluent Arabic. It was Hill who joined the Mujahedeen Freedom Fighters in Afghanistan and fought the Soviet invasion there in the 1980s. It was Hill who personally met Osama bin Laden. It was Hill who used information from Islamic extremists to warn Rescorla that terrorists would use the underground parking garage for a car bomb attack on the World Trade Center. It was Hill who asked the US government to assist him in an assassination attempt on bin Laden in 1998 (the request was rejected). And it was Hill who warned the FBI just weeks before Sept. 11, 2001, that his Mideast contacts told him "something big" was about to happen in the United States, in New York, Washington, DC, or Philadelphia, maybe all three. Through the Internet I managed to contact Hill at his home in Florida. He's 71 now. I asked him if his reputation as a terrorism prognosticator without parallel has changed his life much. "Oh, that blew over pretty fast," he said. "Most of the people even in my hometown don't know any of that stuff." He didn't want to talk about the past. He wanted to talk about the future. The very near future. The man who predicted 9/11 is worried that its sequel is imminent. "Muslims that I talk to say things like, 'America thinks they're safe now. They've forgotten about 9/11. But watch, Daniel. Stay near your TV. It's going to be bigger than 9/11,'" he said. Hill said the next terrorist attack will involve suitcase nuclear bombs that will be detonated in small, low-flying two-seater private airplanes manned by men hanging onto the belief that, like the 9/11 hijackers, they are about to die as martyrs and enter paradise. He is not alone in suggesting such a scenario. A 2007 book, "The Day of Islam," spells out the details, as do any number of Internet sites about a plot called "American Hiroshima." The nukes, he said, will be detonated over New York, Washington, DC, Chicago, Miami, Houston, Las Vegas and Los Angeles. I asked Hill, "Why now?" "Eight years from 1993 to 2001, eight years from that 9/11 to this 9/11," he said. "Symbolism. They're big on symbolism." "Ramadan started two weeks ago Saturday," he said, referring to the Muslim holy month of fasting. "It always hits around Ramadan." Eight years ago, Hill predicted the attack would come on Oct. 16, almost in the middle of that year's Ramadan (the timing of Ramadan varies from year to year). He was about a month off. "I don't know the second, hour or day. I just know they have the means, will, motivation and desire to do it," he said, noting that it's believed that years ago the suitcase nukes, acquired from former USSR operatives, were smuggled into America across the Mexican border. Hill said he has warned the FBI, the CIA and others in government. For the past two years, he's sent out proposals for a book on the subject. All he's gotten back are rejections. "To most people, I am a deviant personality," he said. But there's no arguing his credentials. "I'm a Muslim," he says. "I'm a special ops expert, I'm a terrorist and I've lived among Muslims. I fought the Russians with the same guys we're now fighting in Afghanistan. I met Osama. I volunteered to assassinate him. I know (the enemy) so well because I've worked, slept and prayed alongside them for years. I've become one of them. I know their nature, I know their culture, I know how they think. I can quote the Koran like a Southern Baptist minister can quote the New Testament. I know these are people who do not tire, who do not quit. There are odds this won't happen, but they aren't big odds." "I hope you're wrong," I told him. "Yeah. I hope so, too," he said.
Obama Encourages Gay Rights Group
Oct. 12….(Washington Post) President Obama wowed a crowd of gay rights activists Saturday night with an impassioned defense of equality for gays and lesbians, and commended their lifestyle choices, saying their lifestyles were just as legitimate as heterosexual unions. But, Obama, struggling to keep promises he made during last year's campaign, renewed his pledge to end the military's ban on openly gay service members as he appeared at a fundraising dinner for the nation's largest gay advocacy group on Saturday night. I will end 'don't ask, don't tell,' " Obama said at the Human Rights Campaign dinner. Recounting the ongoing effort to bring full civil rights to gays and lesbians, the president said: "I'm here with a simple message: I'm here with you in that fight." Obama did not offer specifics on how he would advance the cause of allowing gays to serve openly in the military, or of same-sex marriage, two areas where his inaction as president have disappointed many gay supporters. But on the eve of a major gay rights rally in Washington, an event aimed in part at pressuring Obama and Congress, the president was met with a standing ovation and resounding cheers. Obama acknowledged the frustration of some activists, portraying himself as a forceful ally in a lengthy fight. And while he said that gay rights are only one part of his agenda, which is loaded down with domestic and international challenges, he said that would not deter him. "My commitment to you is unwavering, even as we wrestle with these enormous problems," Obama said. "Do not doubt the direction we are headed and the destination we will reach." Just days after winning the presidency, Obama vowed that he would be "a fierce advocate for gay and lesbian Americans." But nine months later, many in the community say he has done little to make good on that statement. They accuse the president of putting their agenda on the back burner -- behind Wall Street regulation, health care, climate change and a series of foreign-policy issues. And although his sweeping rhetoric is appreciated, many are concerned that he has so far offered little beyond the symbolic and the incremental. Many gay rights activists are disappointed that Obama has not moved forward on two major issues: ending the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy, under which gay soldiers can be discharged for their sexual orientation; and his failure to work toward ending the Defense of Marriage Act. Obama's top domestic policy aides insist that the president is committed to an equality agenda for gays and lesbians. Obama is also clearly mindful of the politics of the combustible issue. Opposition remains strong in much of the country to extending rights to gays, especially where marriage is concerned. House Democrats introduced a bill last month that would repeal the marriage act, but polls consistently show that opponents of legalizing same-sex marriage outnumber supporters. Twenty-nine states have banned same-sex marriage. Aides have signaled that efforts to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act will have to take a back seat to other domestic priorities during the president's first term. That is an indication Obama wants to avoid the mistakes that Bill Clinton made when he attempted to allow gays to serve in the military during the first days of his presidency.
PA is Double Dealing Against Israel With US Money
Oct. 12….(IsraelNN.com) US assistance to the fledgling Palestinian Authority military puts Israel in a precarious position despite congressional limits on aid to the PA, according to an investigative report released this week by the Center for Near East Policy Research (NEPR). The Congress had intended the limits to prevent the aid from undermining Israel's security. Journalist David Bedein, head of the Jerusalem branch of the NEPR, told Israel National News Sunday that the US gives Fatah-affiliated PA forces training and military equipment, while at the same time the Fatah-led PA attempts to reconcile with Hamas, which the US recognizes as a terrorist organization. American aid to Fatah has not caused waves in the Israeli defense establishment due to the erroneous assumption that Fatah will fight terrorism, Bedein continued. “There was an idea that Fatah would be fighting Hamas and reducing terrorism,” and a drop in terrorism was credited to Fatah, he said. The NEPR's research shows that the drop in terrorism was actually the result of IDF activity in Judea and Samaria, he said. What the Israeli defense establishment needs to realize is that Fatah, and by extension the Fatah-led PA, is not interested in fighting radical Islamic terrorism, Bedein explained. Information and testimony from PA-controlled Arab cities in Judea and Samaria clearly shows that the PA continues to incite against Israel and plans to fight until the Jewish state is defeated, he warned. "The Fatah makes no bones about the fact that it will continue the war on Israel until the last Palestinian returns to his home in Israel from 1948.
WEEK OF OCTOBER 4 THROUGH OCTOBER 10
Like it or Not, The Temple Mount is Key to Israeli-Palestinian Peace
Oct. 10….(Jerusalem Post) Here we go again. As Jews celebrate in their tens of thousands the festival of Booths, Succot, Islamic religious extremists like Sheikh Raed Salah incite Palestinian masses to recapture Jerusalem with "blood and fire." Not to be outdone, the Palestinian Authority in Ramallah rushed in to pour fuel on the fire as it protests a "plan by Jews to perform religious rituals" on the Temple Mount,' and called on the international community to "force Israel to put off its attempts to take over Jerusalem." So as Israel struggles to stop the stone throwers' verbal assaults, and the next spate of resolutions, it's worth reminding the world that ever since the Six Day War in 1967, when Israel captured the Old City of Jerusalem, millions of people have safely streamed to the Western Wall to offer their prayers and insert hand written supplications to the Almighty. While most visitors shedding their tears adjacent to Judaism's holiest site, the Temple Mount, are Jews, not all pilgrims are. Presidents and prime ministers flock to the Western Wall as well, armed with the latest great hope for peace in the Holy Land. From the Oslo Accords to the Quartet Middle East road map for peace, every official, regardless of religious denomination, or lack of one, finds a welcome private moment of silent prayer or reflection at the Western Wall. And yet earlier this week, in the midst of the Jewish High Holy Days, French tourists on the Temple Mount were pelted by irate Palestinian worshipers who "mistook" them for Jews. And the stones, and orchestrated crescendo of violence have continued unabated. During this seemingly annual exercise, has any diplomat, foreign minister, religious icon, or political pundit asked himself, or better yet the Palestinians, one simple question, why? Why can we all pray in peace at the Western Wall, but the very notion of a Jew praying on the site of Solomon's Temple begets only violence, denial and threats? The centrality of Jerusalem to the Jewish people was never lost on friend or foe. Two thousand years ago the Romans, after destroying the Temple, plowed under its remains and banned Jews from returning. Emperor Hadrian tried to bury the very name of City of Peace, renaming Jerusalem, Aelia Capitolina. Later, Christians, for theological reasons, extended that painful ban and it was only conquering Muslim leaders who recognized the right of Jews to "return" to live in this small area of land. Indeed, the Christian patriarchs unsuccessfully lobbied conquering Caliph Omar in the seventh century, and again when Saladin drove out the Crusaders in the twelfth, to prevent Jews from living in or returning to Jerusalem after the Christians had expelled them from the city. Such efforts by Christians were to be repeated and denied by various Muslim authorities for hundreds of years. How to explain Muslim attitudes over the centuries? Because the Koran itself recognized Solomon's Temple as a "Great place of prayer," and Muslim leaders saw no theological problem with Jews praying adjacent to the Dome of the Rock and the nearby Al Aqsa Mosque. Indeed, in its 1924 guide to Al-Haram Al- Sharif (the Temple Mount) the Supreme Muslim Council wrote "It's identity with the site of Solomon's Temple is beyond dispute," adding this quote from the Book of Samuel: "This, too, is the spot according to the universal belief on which David built there an altar unto the Lord and offered burnt offerings and peace offerings." That language would remain until the 1950s. So why are things so dramatically different in 2009? Simply put, generations of Palestinians, "educated" by Yasser Arafat and company, have been taught to not believe there ever was a Solomon's Temple. Textbooks and Palestinian media all repeat the self-delusionary canard denying any historic Jewish continuity or legitimacy in the Holy Land. Indeed, president Bill Clinton was reportedly shocked when Arafat called the Western Wall, the Jewish people's holiest place, "a Muslim shrine" and the Palestinian leader's chief negotiator at the make-or-break Camp David peace talks denied the ruins of Solomon's temple lay beneath the Dome of the Rock. Tragically, ever since Israel magnanimously turned over religious control of the Temple Mount to the Muslim Wakf in June 1967, successive generations have been taught that Israelis are Nazi-like invaders, illegitimate neighbors and enemies. And "friends of peace," far from urging Palestinians to deal with reality, help feed the delusion of denial. Witness the World Council of Churches, the largest umbrella group of Protestants, which recently launched the so-called Bern Initiative at its "Promised Land" conference in Switzerland. Its answer to Israel's alleged "apartheid situation" in the Holy Land is to reinterpret the Bible by differentiating between "biblical history and biblical stories, as well to distinguish between the Israel of the Bible and the modern State of Israel."
Taliban Invades Pakistan's Military HQ, & its Nuclear Arsenal
Oct. 10….(DEBKAfile Special Report) Two Pakistani officers were taken hostage and a lieutenant general was among the eight soldiers killed in a gunfight with presumed Taliban gunmen following their audacious invasion of the Pakistan's army headquarters in capital Saturday, Oct. 10. The hostages were not named. DEBKAfile reports that lodged in the HQ compound is the secret department in charge of securing Pakistan's nuclear weapons. As gunmen dressed as soldiers burst into the army HQ in Islamabad, Pakistani paramilitary forces battled a second group of insurgents to recover control of a road tunnel which connects the towns of Darra Adam Khel and Kohat in the North West Frontier Province. On May 15, DEBKA-Net-Weekly exclusively named Kohat and the Wah Cantonment Pakistani Ordnance Complex in the city of Kamra, both in the NWFP, as keys to Pakistan's nuclear and missile arsenals. Our military sources stressed at the time that Kohat's fall to the Taliban would cut off Islamabad and the Pakistani high command from Kamra and its nuclear arsenal. This appeared to be the object of the Taliban push on the tunnel-road coupled with the assault on military headquarters. In a rare news conference, Khalid Kidwai, chief of Pakistan's strategic planning division which controls its nuclear program, rejected international fears that Pakistan's weapons could fall into the wrong hands and warned against any foreign intervention over the issue. "'The state of alertness has gone up," he admitted without going into details, but stressed: "There is no conceivable scenario, political or violent, in which Pakistan will fall to the extremists of the al Qaeda or Taliban types." He spoke the day after the chief of Pakistan's army, General Ashfaq Kiyani, dismissed as "unrealistic" fears that al Qaeda could seize the country's nuclear weapons. The assault at Pakistani army headquarters was far from over Saturday afternoon: Two officers were still in the hands of at least two assailants who survived the almost-one hour battle which left four gunmen and eight soldiers dead, including a lieutenant general. DEBKAfile reported earlier: The attacks occurred at a defining moment in Washington for the Afghan/Pakistan conflict. President Barack Obama is completing a military review of US military strategy in the two arenas with his top advisers and military commanders. The conference is tilting toward shifting the US military focus away from the Taliban to al Qaeda, despite three factors now illustrated in blood Saturday:
1. Just as Taliban and al Qaeda are inseparable, so too are the Afghan and Pakistan warfronts.
2. Those two organizations hold the initiative, not the American army. They are capable of answering the White House's decisions on strategy in unexpected places and ways.
3. Pakistan, America's chosen senior ally in the war against Taliban and al Qaeda, is a broken reed in military terms and too vulnerable to lean on.
Saturday, Pakistan's president, Ali Zardari, saw those adversaries striking inside the headquarters of his armed forces in the capital, demonstrating their ability to reach into any part of his government, including the presidential palace, and topple his regime. This is exactly the same tactic the two partners in terror are pursuing in Kabul. Insurgents or al Qaeda were also admitted to be within range of key locations for Pakistan's nuclear and missile arsenals. For some weeks, the Pakistani army has been concentrating a large force of more than 100,000 men for a big offensive against Taliban and al Qaeda strongholds in the lawless tribal territories of Waziristan bordering on Afghanistan. The attack on its headquarters in Islamabad carried a message: If this offensive goes forward, Pakistan's major cities will pay the price. On Oct. 8, a car bombing later claimed by Taliban killed 49 people in the Khyber Bazaar of Peshawar. Monday, five people died in the bombing of a United Nations aid agency in Islamabad. Zardari's army chiefs are flatly opposed to the understanding he is developing with the Obama administration for $1.5 billion in US aid in return for launching a major Pakistani military offensive against Taliban and al Qaeda. They accuse the US of interfering in relations between civil government and the military. The attack on the army's headquarters Saturday would have been taken as a gesture of support for the opponents of a US-Pakistan alliance. It was also a warning that Pakistan's nuclear arsenal may not be entirely safe from terrorist control.
Christian Zionists Back 'United Jerusalem Under Israeli Sovereignty'
(Amid Arab-Jewish tension surrounding Temple Mount, 5,000 Christian pilgrims from some 80 countries arrive in capital for biblical Feast of Tabernacles.)
Oct. 8….(YNET) This week, The International Christian Embassy Jerusalem (ICEJ) is marking the 30th consecutive year in which Christians from all corners of the globe have ascended to Jerusalem to celebrate the biblical Feast of Tabernacles. More than 5,000 Christian pilgrims from over 80 nations arrived in Jerusalem in recent days to take part in this week-long celebration, making it once again Israel’s largest annual tourist event and the largest solidarity mission to Israel this year. On Tuesday, during the annual Jerusalem March, Feast pilgrims were in national costumes while others wore specially designed “Jerusalem United” T-shirts to convey Christian support for a "united Jerusalem under Israeli sovereignty." “The status of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital is once again being assailed, even to the ludicrous point of denying the 3,000 year old Jewish connection to the city. The Christian Embassy was founded 30 years ago on the principle of marshalling global support for a united Jerusalem under Israeli sovereignty and we have never left that mandate,” said Malcolm Hedding, ICEJ Executive Director. Referring to the recent Arab riots that erupted amid rumors that a group of Jewish extremists was planning to visit the Temple Mount, Hedding stated that Israeli authorities have shown great responsibility in handling the tensions. “The way Israel has responded to the recent scenes involving crowds of agitators trying to deny the rights of others to visit Jerusalem’s holy sites only reinforces our confidence in Israel as the proper guardians of this city, to ensure freedom of access for all peoples,” he said. “The world is constantly declaring that Israel should adhere to human rights, parity and greater access of movement but is absolutely silent when Israel tries to ensure all of these. As Christians, we call on all of those who see Jerusalem as a holy and important city to reject this double standard.” Hedding also referred to the importance of Jerusalem in general and the work the ICEJ was undertaking in the political realm. “At this our 30th Feast we are reaffirming our commitment to stand with the Jewish people in their deep spiritual attachment to Jerusalem, and to working in our home countries for diplomatic recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s unquestioned capital,” he said.
Muslims Make Up 1/4 of World Population
Oct. 8….(Ha Aretz) The global Muslim population stands at 1.57 billion, meaning that nearly 1 in 4 people in the world practice Islam, according to a report Wednesday billed as the most comprehensive of its kind. The Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life report provides a precise number for a population whose size has long has been subject to guesswork, with estimates ranging anywhere from 1 billion to 1.8 billion. The project, three years in the making, also presents a portrait of the Muslim world that might surprise some. For instance, Germany has more Muslims than Lebanon, China has more Muslims than Syria, Russia has more Muslims than Jordan and Libya combined, and Ethiopia has nearly as many Muslims as Afghanistan. This whole idea that Muslims are Arabs and Arabs are Muslims is really just obliterated by this report," said Amaney Jamal, an assistant professor of politics at Princeton University who reviewed an advance copy. Pew officials call the report the most thorough on the size and distribution of adherents of the world's second largest religion behind Christianity, which has an estimated 2.1 billion to 2.2 billion followers. The arduous task of determining the Muslim populations in 232 countries and territories involved analyzing census reports, demographic studies and general population surveys, the report says. In cases where the data was a few years old, researchers projected 2009 numbers. The report also sought to pinpoint the world's Sunni-Shiite breakdown, but difficulties arose because so few countries track sectarian affiliation, said Brian Grim, the project's senior researcher. As a result, the Shiite numbers are not as precise; the report estimates that Shiites represent between 10 and 13 percent of the Muslim population, in line with or slightly lower than other studies. As much as 80 percent of the world's Shiite population lives in four countries: Iran, Pakistan, India and Iraq. The report provides further evidence that while the heart of Islam might beat in the Middle East, its greatest numbers lie in Asia: More than 60 percent of the world's Muslims live in Asia. About 20 percent live in the Middle East and North Africa, 15 percent live in Sub-Saharan Africa, 2.4 percent are in Europe and 0.3 percent are in the Americas. While the Middle East and North Africa have fewer Muslims overall than Asia, the region easily claims the most Muslim-majority countries. While those population trends are well established, the large numbers of Muslims who live as minorities in countries aren't as scrutinized. The report identified about 317 million Muslims, or one-fifth of the world's Muslim population, living in countries where Islam is not the majority religion. About three-quarters of Muslims living as minorities are concentrated in five countries: India (161 million), Ethiopia (28 million), China (22 million), Russia (16 million) and Tanzania (13 million). In several of these countries, from India to Nigeria and China to France, divisions featuring a volatile mix of religion, class and politics have contributed to tension and bloodshed among groups. The immense size of majority-Hindu India is underscored by the fact that it boasts the third-largest Muslim population of any nation, yet Muslims account for just 13 percent of India's population.
China Will Overtake America, the Only Question is When
Oct. 7….(The Independent) Few things would be more powerfully symbolic of the shift in the balance of global economic power than to have oil traded in the Chinese renminbi rather than the American dollar. True, no one is going to price a barrel of West Texas Intermediate Crude in renminbi tomorrow. But you can see how that could change. Oil is traded in dollars for economic reasons, not sentimental ones. The oil business pretty much started in the US (vividly portrayed in the film There Will be Blood), the giant oil companies are still mostly American, and the US has long been the world's largest consumer, importer and one of the largest producers of oil. The presidency of George W Bush offered ample evidence of the intimate connections between politics and oil. And the dollar is easily the most traded currency in the world. As such, it makes sense to trade oil in dollars. Yet the financial tectonic plates are shifting, fast. Yesterday the president of the World Bank, Robert Zoellick, articulated what must be weighing on the minds of many Western policy-makers. A legacy of the current crisis "may be a recognition of changed economic power relations". In other words, the recession has accelerated the rise of China. The brutal truth is that for most of the next decade China's economy will grow by more than 10 per cent a year; America's by less than 2 per cent. China will soon be the world's largest economy, and largest creditor nation, a position enjoyed by a pre-eminent America in the 1950s. China will also be the largest consumer of oil, which will help push trading in it and other commodities towards a "basket" of currencies. Now America is the world's greatest debtor, she can no longer sustain her role as protector of the world's only reserve currency in the long term. The humbling of Wall Street was proof that the American system was not invincible. Suddenly, a G20 embracing China, India and the other emerging powers is the only forum that matters. China has helped bail out our banks. Spats with the Americans and Europeans are set to grow more bitter. Yesterday the head of the IMF, Dominique Strauss-Kahn and the president of the European Central Bank, Jean-Claude Trichet, resumed their attack on the value of the yuan. Next will come an increasing US resentment at the vast debts built up with China, and, in turn, Chinese nervousness about their long-term worth. And that is the paradox. China holds approaching $3 trillion in dollar assets, so she cannot afford to see the dollar collapse. Longer term, China does want to become less reliant on the dollar as a place to keep its savings. America needs China to buy her Treasury bills; and China needs America to buy her exports. They are like two drunken giants leaning on each other. Yet a sobering reckoning of some sorts seems inevitable; and it is difficult to see how both can be winners.
The Demise of the Dollar
Oct. 6….(The Independent) In a graphic illustration of the new world order, Arab states have launched secret moves with China, Russia and France to stop using the US currency for oil trading. In the most profound financial change in recent Middle East history, Gulf Arabs are planning, along with China, Russia, Japan and France, to end dollar dealings for oil, moving instead to a basket of currencies including the Japanese yen and Chinese yuan, the euro, gold and a new, unified currency planned for nations in the Gulf Co-operation Council, including Saudi Arabia, Abu Dhabi, Kuwait and Qatar. Secret meetings have already been held by finance ministers and central bank governors in Russia, China, Japan and Brazil to work on the scheme, which will mean that oil will no longer be priced in dollars. The plans, confirmed to The Independent by both Gulf Arab and Chinese banking sources in Hong Kong, may help to explain the sudden rise in gold prices, but it also augurs an extraordinary transition from dollar markets within nine years. The Americans, who are aware the meetings have taken place, although they have not discovered the details, are sure to fight this international cabal which will include hitherto loyal allies Japan and the Gulf Arabs. Against the background to these currency meetings, Sun Bigan, China's former special envoy to the Middle East, has warned there is a risk of deepening divisions between China and the US over influence and oil in the Middle East. "Bilateral quarrels and clashes are unavoidable," he told the Asia and Africa Review. "We cannot lower vigilance against hostility in the Middle East over energy interests and security." This sounds like a dangerous prediction of a future economic war between the US and China over Middle East oil, yet again turning the region's conflicts into a battle for great power supremacy. China uses more oil incrementally than the US because its growth is less energy efficient. The transitional currency in the move away from dollars, according to Chinese banking sources, may well be gold. An indication of the huge amounts involved can be gained from the wealth of Abu Dhabi, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Qatar who together hold an estimated $2.1 trillion in dollar reserves. The decline of American economic power linked to the current global recession was implicitly acknowledged by the World Bank president Robert Zoellick. "One of the legacies of this crisis may be a recognition of changed economic power relations," he said in Istanbul ahead of meetings this week of the IMF and World Bank. But it is China's extraordinary new financial power, along with past anger among oil-producing and oil-consuming nations at America's power to interfere in the international financial system, which has prompted the latest discussions involving the Gulf states. Brazil has shown interest in collaborating in non-dollar oil payments, along with India. Indeed, China appears to be the most enthusiastic of all the financial powers involved, not least because of its enormous trade with the Middle East. China imports 60 per cent of its oil, much of it from the Middle East and Russia. The Chinese have oil production concessions in Iraq, blocked by the US until this year, and since 2008 have held an $8bn agreement with Iran to develop refining capacity and gas resources. China has oil deals in Sudan (where it has substituted for US interests) and has been negotiating for oil concessions with Libya, where all such contracts are joint ventures. Furthermore, Chinese exports to the region now account for no fewer than 10 per cent of the imports of every country in the Middle East, including a huge range of products from cars to weapon systems, food, clothes, even dolls. In a clear sign of China's growing financial muscle, the president of the European Central Bank, Jean-Claude Trichet, yesterday pleaded with Beijing to let the yuan appreciate against a sliding dollar and, by extension, loosen China's reliance on US monetary policy, to help rebalance the world economy and ease upward pressure on the euro.
Ever since the Bretton Woods agreements, the accords after the Second World War which bequeathed the architecture for the modern international financial system, America's trading partners have been left to cope with the impact of Washington's control and, in more recent years, the hegemony of the dollar as the dominant global reserve currency. The Chinese believe, for example, that the Americans persuaded Britain to stay out of the euro in order to prevent an earlier move away from the dollar. But Chinese banking sources say their discussions have gone too far to be blocked now. "The Russians will eventually bring in the rouble to the basket of currencies," a prominent Hong Kong broker told The Independent. "The Brits are stuck in the middle and will come into the euro. They have no choice because they won't be able to use the US dollar." Chinese financial sources believe President Barack Obama is too busy fixing the US economy to concentrate on the extraordinary implications of the transition from the dollar in nine years' time. The current deadline for the currency transition is 2018. The US discussed the trend briefly at the G20 summit in Pittsburgh; the Chinese Central Bank governor and other officials have been worrying aloud about the dollar for years. Their problem is that much of their national wealth is tied up in dollar assets. "These plans will change the face of international financial transactions," one Chinese banker said. "America and Britain must be very worried. You will know how worried by the thunder of denials this news will generate." Iran announced late last month that its foreign currency reserves would henceforth be held in euros rather than dollars. Bankers remember, of course, what happened to the last Middle East oil producer to sell its oil in euros rather than dollars. A few months after Saddam Hussein trumpeted his decision, the Americans and British invaded Iraq.
Iran Has Means to Make an Atomic Bomb
Oct. 5….(In The Days) Senior staff members of the United Nations nuclear agency have concluded in a confidential analysis that Iran has acquired “sufficient information to be able to design and produce a workable” atom bomb. The report by experts in the International Atomic Energy Agency stresses in its introduction that its conclusions are tentative and subject to further confirmation of the evidence, which it says came from intelligence agencies and its own investigations. But the report’s conclusions, described by senior European officials, go well beyond the public positions taken by several governments, including the United States. Two years ago, American intelligence agencies published a detailed report concluding that Tehran halted its efforts to design a nuclear weapon in 2003. But in recent months, Britain has joined France, Germany and Israel in disputing that conclusion, saying the work has been resumed. A senior American official said last week that the United States was now re-evaluating its 2007 conclusions. The atomic agency’s report also presents evidence that beyond improving upon bomb-making information gathered from rogue nuclear experts around the world, Iran has done extensive research and testing on how to fashion the components of a weapon. It does not say how far that work has progressed. The report, titled “Possible Military Dimensions of Iran’s Nuclear Program,” was produced in consultation with a range of nuclear weapons experts inside and outside the agency. It draws a picture of a complex program, run by Iran’s Ministry of Defense, “aimed at the development of a nuclear payload to be delivered using the Shahab 3 missile system,” Iran’s medium-range missile, which can strike the Middle East and parts of Europe. The program, according to the report, apparently began in early 2002. If Iran is designing a warhead, that would represent only part of the complex process of making nuclear arms. Experts say Iran has already mastered the hardest part, enriching the uranium that can be used as nuclear fuel. While the analysis represents the judgment of the nuclear agency’s senior staff, a struggle has erupted in recent months over whether to make it public. The dispute pits the agency’s departing director, Mohamed ElBaradei, against his own staff and against foreign governments eager to intensify pressure on Iran. Dr. ElBaradei has long been reluctant to adopt a confrontational strategy with Iran, an approach he considers counterproductive. Responding to calls for the report’s release, he has raised doubts about its completeness and reliability. Last month, the agency issued an unusual statement cautioning it “has no concrete proof” that Iran ever sought to make nuclear arms, much less to perfect a warhead. On Saturday in India, Dr. ElBaradei was quoted as saying that “a major question” about the authenticity of the evidence kept his agency from “making any judgment at all” on whether Iran had ever sought to design a nuclear warhead.
ElBaradei Says Nuclear Israel is Number one Threat in Mideast
Oct. 5….(China View) Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Mohamed ElBaradei said Sunday that "Israel is number one threat to Middle East" with its nuclear arms, the official IRNA news agency reported. At a joint press conference with Iran's Atomic Energy Organization chief Ali Akbar Salehi in Tehran, ElBaradei brought Israel under spotlight and said that the Tel Aviv regime has refused to allow inspections into its nuclear installations for 30years, the report said. "Israel is the number one threat to the Middle East given the nuclear arms it possesses," ElBaradei was quoted as saying. Israel is widely assumed to have nuclear capabilities, although it refuses to confirm or deny the allegation. "This (possession of nuclear arms) was the cause for some proper measures to gain access to its (Israel's) power plants, and the US president has done some positive measures for the inspections to happen," said ElBaradei. ElBaradei arrived in Iran Saturday for talks with Iranian officials over Tehran's nuclear program. Leaders of the United States, France and Britain have condemned Iran's alleged deception to the international community involving covert activities in its new underground nuclear site. Last month, Iran confirmed that it is building a new nuclear fuel enrichment plant near its northwestern city of Qom. In reaction, the IAEA asked Tehran to provide detailed information and access to the new nuclear facility as soon as possible. On Sunday, ElBaradei said the UN nuclear watchdog would inspect Iran's new uranium plant near Qom on Oct. 25.
Netanyahu: Russian Scientists Working with Teheran
Oct. 5….(Jerusalem Post) The purpose of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's visit to Moscow in September was to hand the Kremlin a list of Russian scientists who, Israel believes, are helping Iran to develop a nuclear warhead, the British Sunday Times newspaper reported. "We have heard that Netanyahu came with a list and concrete evidence showing that Russians are helping the Iranians to develop a bomb," the paper quoted a source close to the Russian defense minister as saying last week. "That is why it was kept secret. The point is not to embarrass Moscow, rather to spur it into action," the anonymous source reportedly explained. During the short and tense meeting, Netanyahu named the Russian experts said to be assisting Iran in its nuclear program, the paper quoted Israeli sources as saying.
Newt Gingrich: Americans Must Fight Hostility to Christianity Growing in Schools
Oct. 5….(Newsmax) A virulent hostility toward religion is threatening the very fabric of American liberty and prosperity, that's the alarm sounded by former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and wife Callista, hosts of the thought-provoking new documentary “Rediscovering God in America II: Our Heritage.” In an exclusive Newsmax.TV interview, the former House Speaker contends that American culture has been marked by "a steady increase in hostility to religion over the last 70 or 80 years, in ways that are a profound challenge, both to Western Civilization and to America as we know it." Gingrich also indicates that Christianity is the primary target of the attacks. Gingrich says, "When you look at efforts to drive the cross off of public lands, efforts to drive out nativity scenes, there are a number of places in America now where there is a great bias in favor of teaching children about Islam than there is about Christianity. You actually have schools today that will have a class on Islam, but refuse to have a class on Christianity. I'll let you decide whether that's a bias." With top-drawer cinematography deftly complementing the real story of democracy's birth pangs, the DVD manages to avoid sounding the drumbeat of religiosity or politics. "What we try to do is really put America in a historic setting," says Gingrich, himself a former college history professor. "These movies are not theological, they're not ideological." The new DVD takes off where Gingrich's New York Times bestselling book “Rediscovering God in America,” and its companion DVD by the same name, left off. That earlier effort presented a walking tour of the nation's capital. Much to the ire of hard-core secularists intent on driving faith out of the public square, it documented the Judeo-Christian underpinnings of the nation that are so clearly evident in the tableau of monuments, memorials, and federal buildings seen throughout Washington, DC.
Tehran, Damascus Stir up Hamas-Israeli Muslim Riots on Temple Mount
(Jerusalem police disperse Muslim rioters on Temple Mount)
Oct. 5….(DEBKA) Hundreds of radical Muslims, Palestinian and Israeli, rioted on Jerusalem's Temple Mount Sunday, Oct. 4, for the third day in a row, forcing Israeli police, battling flying bottles and rocks, to shut the shrine down to Muslim worshippers, Jewish Succoth festival pilgrims and tourists. Temple Mount remains sealed off Monday to prevent Muslims hurling rocks on the Jewish Priests Blessing ceremony taking place below at the Western Wall. Only Muslims over 50 with Israeli IDs and women will be admitted. Incoming intelligence is reported by DEBKAfile's counter-terror sources as fingering Iran and Syria as the hands behind the troubles and their likely escalation. As directives streamed to their Palestinian pawns and radical Israel Arab Muslim elements, the Assad regime cancelled without notice Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas' visit to Damascus Tuesday, Oct. 6. The Syrians accuse Abbas of collaborating with the Israeli military and American CIA and putting his security forces at their disposal. They could hardly welcome him while stirring up what they are calling "The Battle for Defending al Aqsa" (the ancient Muslim mosque). Israeli security circles are alert to the potential of the Temple Mount mob action to flare up into a fresh Palestinian uprising on the West Bank, like the one Yasser Arafat ignited in 2000 over Jewish visits to the Biblical Temple site led by former prime minister Ariel Sharon on Sept. 19 of that year. According to our sources, Iran and Syria are resolved to derail the process of reconciliation unfolding between the rival Palestinian factions, Fatah and Hamas, under Egyptian and Saudi sponsorship. The Syrian president Bashar Assad is opposed to this process more fiercely even than Tehran and is determined to scotch it. Far from erupting spontaneously, the riots were carefully planned for more than a month in covert contacts between Palestinian Hamas operatives and heads of the Israeli Muslim movement, under the guidance of Syrian and Iranian secret agents. They succeeded in bringing Palestinian Islamists and Israeli Arab radicals together for the first time for a joint violent anti-Israel operation, dubbing it Operation Murbitun (Guardians of the Walls). Thousands of young Palestinians and Israeli Arabs were quietly spirited into Jerusalem during the weeks before the outbreaks. They were divided into "platoons" of 150-200 men each and entrusted with watching over al Aqsa around the clock "to prevent its occupation by settlers, right-wingers and the Israeli police." The call to "everyone who can to come and defend the Muslim shrine" spread like wildfire. Abbas' Fatah had no choice but to jump into the "jihad." Sunday night, gangs from the Palestinian village of Issawiyeh in northeastern Jerusalem rolled flaming tires onto the Jerusalem-Maaleh Adummim highway and hurled bottle bombs at passing traffic and border police called in to reopen the road. The unrest predicted for Jerusalem in the coming days is expected to spread to other Arab communities, including those in Israel's heartland in the north.
Why Should I Spread My Wealth?
Oct. 5….(WND) Consider the following quote by Adrian Rogers (1931-2005): You cannot legislate the poor into freedom by legislating the wealthy out of freedom. What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving. The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else. When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them, and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for, that my dear friend, is about the end of any nation. You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it. I recently posted this quote on my blog which prompted a (liberal) reader to write the following comment: "All the indications are that the USA doesn't really need to 'multiply' its total wealth; indeed, that it would be a bad thing for the world if it did. But rather, that what wealth it has might need to be spread more evenly among its citizens." I found this comment to be a fascinating glimpse into the liberal mind. Apparently, the writer truly believes what he wrote: Your wealth should be spread more evenly among everyone. What IS this obsession the left has for stealing peoples' money? Because let's face it, "spreading the wealth" is simply a euphemism for government-sanctioned theft. It makes sense that if you give people stuff for free, it takes away their incentive to get it for themselves. If you provide someone with free money, who in their right mind is going to give that up by earning their own money? And of course the law of unintended consequences dictates that the more money you take away from someone, the less incentive they have to earn more. Why should someone work harder and make more money if the only result will be that the government takes it away? I'm assuming the writer of this comment truly sympathizes with the poor and genuinely wants to alleviate their distress. I'll assume he feels that wage-earners are being selfish for wanting to keep all their money and not spread it around to those in need. Trouble is, this sympathy for the plight of the poor works on the assumption that wealth is a limited resource, a single pie, if you will, that is shared by everyone. This is a common but erroneous fallacy. Wealth is not a single pie in which the poor get smaller and smaller slices whenever the rich get richer. Rather, wealth is a whole bakery of pies in which you can get another pie whenever you work hard and make money enough to buy one. The poor can usually get into that bakery too, through thrift and hard work and sensible decisions (this is known as pulling oneself up by one's bootstraps). What about circumstances when there isn't any pie available? In other words, under what circumstances is wealth restricted? Why, it's quite simple: Wealth is restricted whenever government decides to "share the wealth" among everyone, or keep wealth for itself. If you look at most poor societies, they are usually poor due to a tyrannical government that limits resources. Where tyranny exists, misery and want remain. It's easy to look at countries such as Zimbabwe or Somalia and see how a corrupt government limits the pie. But tyrannical governments don't just exist in Third World countries. Our own government offers selective tyranny that keeps people poor by offering welfare (which fosters inescapable dependency), implementing excessive rules and regulations (which limits creativity and free-market enterprise) and by increasing taxes (which reduces incentives and profits). In short, the finger of blame for much of the world's poverty can be pointed squarely at government, either directly or indirectly. From a personal standpoint, I know for a fact that my husband and I work extremely hard for the money we make. We're not wealthy; in fact, we frequently hover near the poverty line. It's natural, then, that we resent the forcible removal of our money in the form of higher taxes, which is then given to unknown recipients. We prefer to spread our wealth under our terms. But this isn't good enough for liberals, who want to spread our wealth under their terms. They take a dim view of peoples' desire to keep or distribute their own money as they see fit. Liberals don't feel people are charitable enough, and therefore prefer to use government-sanctioned tyranny to do their dirty work for them. By "dirty work," I mean forcible removal of your money for government-approved distribution. Walter Williams wrote, "Many Americans want money they don't personally own to be used for what they see as good causes. If they privately took someone's earnings to give to a farmer, college student or senior citizen, they would be hunted down as thieves and carted off to jail. However, they get Congress to do the identical thing, through its taxing power, and they are seen as compassionate and caring. In other words, people love government because government, while having neither moral nor constitutional authority, has the legal and physical might to take the property of one American and give it to another. The unanticipated problem with this agenda is that as Congress uses its might to take what belongs to one American to give to another, what President Obama calls 'spreading the wealth around,' more and more Americans will want to participate in the looting. It will ultimately produce something none of us wants: absolute control over our lives." Look, we're facing some scary economic times in our country. I would far rather spread my own wealth to the elderly lady down the street who needs help, than have the government spread it to ACORN or Planned Parenthood. Wouldn't you? As for those who are truly wealthy, we should look to their circumstances as something to emulate. Not plunder.
Hamas Children's TV Program Calls for 'Slaughter of Jews'
Oct. 5….(JPOST) A popular Hamas children's program that usually gives advice to youngsters, such as instructing them to listen to their parents, aired a call for the "slaughter" of Jews in Israel late last month, according to Palestinian Media Watch. All Jews must be "erased from our land," Nassur, a stuffed bear who hosts the weekly program, Tomorrow's Pioneers, on Hamas's Al-Aksa television, explained to a child who called in to a September 22 show. "We want to slaughter them, Saraa, so they will be expelled from our land... we'll have to [do it] by slaughter." Nan Jacques Zilberdik, an analyst at Palestinian Media Watch, which translated the program and regularly monitors Palestinian media, said Tomorrow's Pioneers, which comes out of the Gaza Strip, is available via satellite around the world. The program often blends pragmatic advice with hate, she said. "Generally the program also transmits good messages to kids like drinking milk or asking parents permission to do something, but we also find these very problematic messages like the call to kill Jews," she said. Furthermore, Zilberdik said that in her organization's broader monitoring of Palestinian media, no objections to or repudiation of hatred-inciting messages being included in children's programs had been found. This is not the first time Palestinian Media Watch has discovered hateful content in programs made for children. In 2007, the NGO discovered a Mickey Mouse-type figure who also called for the slaughter of Jews. After worldwide outcry, the character was executed on the program by an Israeli interrogator, and was soon replaced by another character who expressed similar sentiments, Zilberdik said. The following comes from a transcript of the program aired on September 22:
Nassur: "There won't be any Jews or Zionists, if Allah wills. They'll be erased."
Saraa: "Chased away."
Nassur: "And just like we will visit the Qaaba [in Mecca]... everyone will visit Jerusalem."
(A seven-year-old boy on the phone tells how his father, a member of Hamas's Izzadin Kassam Brigades, "died as a shahid (martyr).")
Nassur to boy: "What do you want to do to the Jews who shot your father?"
Boy: "I want to kill them."
Saraa: "We don't want to do anything to them, just expel them from our land."
Nassur: "We want to slaughter (nidbah-hom) them, so they will be expelled from our land, right?"
Saraa: "Yes. That's right. We will expel them from our land using all means."
Nassur: "And if they don't want [to go] peacefully, by words or talking, we'll have to do it by slaughter (shaht)."