WEEK OF NOVEMBER 24 THROUGH NOVEMBER 30
UN: Israel Should Destroy its Nuke Weapons
Nov. 29….(Reuters) While the UN drags its feet concerning Iran and North Korea’s building of nuclear weapons, the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency, Mohamed ElBaradei, wants Israel to dismantle its nuclear weapons arsenal and believes all Middle East nations would benefit from ridding the region of nuclear weapons. Israel has not signed the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and has never officially admitted to having nuclear weapons. Non-proliferation analysts estimate that Israel has up to 200 such weapons. Asked about a meeting with Israeli Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom last week, Dr ElBaradei hinted that Israel should sign the treaty - the global pact designed to stop the spread of nuclear weapons. "We obviously discussed . . . efforts to try to move forward towards application of safeguards (on) all nuclear activities in the Middle East, including in Israel," he said on Wednesday. The United Nations General Assembly and IAEA General Conference have adopted 13 resolutions since 1987 appealing to Israel to sign the treaty. "In my view, every country in the Middle East, including Israel, will benefit from establishing a nuclear weapon-free zone in the Middle East as part and parcel of a comprehensive peace in the region," Dr ElBaradei said. Iran is the only other Middle Eastern country suspected of developing nuclear weapons
Hatred of Jews Threatening Rule of Law
Nov. 28….(World Net Daily) Former CIA director James Woolsey is taking on Europe's media and cultural elite, saying they've drawn ''the first breath of totalitarianism'' due to their growing resentment of Jews. The agency's director under the Clinton administration, Woolsey made the comments during a speech to a predominantly Jewish audience at York University in Toronto. According to the National Post, Woolsey said Jews are history's great champions of the rule of law, so much so that they have come to embody it. He said anti-Semitism threatens the rule of law and intolerance of Jews is a first step toward dictatorial rule, a hallmark of the world's most oppressive societies. "Once anti-Semitism raises its head, the rest of us who don't want to live with a foot on the back of our necks are likely to be the next targets," Woolsey said. "So once you begin to dabble with the idea that you want to bully people, that you want to order them around, that you want them to do what you say, you very frequently start to drift into anti-Semitism," he said. "I think that is what is happening in some of the cultural elites in Europe." He said Jews have always promoted the primacy of the law over the leader, as evidenced by their dietary restrictions and dress. ''People hate Jews to very much the degree that they have come to realize that this notion of the rule of law is something that came to the world something between three and four millennia ago in the Sinai desert. The idea that the government is above the ruler, and that rulers, whether it's King David or anyone else, are to be held to account by the people, by great prophets, by whomever, that notion essentially came out of the Sinai desert,'' Woolsey said. Violence and vandalism against Jews have reached alarming levels in Europe, prompting Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon to call anti-Semitism ''fundamental'' to the European outlook,
Sharon: Israel Must Make Land Concessions
Nov. 28….(AP) Under pressure to end three years of fighting, Prime Minister Ariel Sharon said Thursday that Israel cannot hold on to all of the West Bank and Gaza, but also warned Palestinians that unless they moderate their demands he might take permanent hold of some of the land they seek for a state. Sharon's talk about possible concessions was aimed at an increasingly impatient gallery of critics, ranging from U.S. officials to bickering coalition partners to ordinary Israelis despondent over the decline of their living standards and personal security. The Palestinians responded with a sharp rebuke. "This is an unprecedented, arrogant statement. It is rude and it lacks any vision," said Palestinian Foreign Minister Nabil Shaath. "He should declare that he is committed to the 'road map' and implement all the Israeli commitments that are in this map." Sharon said he remained committed to the U.S.-backed plan, which both sides accepted in principle in June, although Israel attached more than a dozen reservations. The plan calls for a Palestinian state by 2005.
US Gives in to EU on Iran: Greatest Threat to Israel?
Nov. 26….(Jnewswire) The U.N. atomic agency (IAEA) has adopted a resolution censuring Iran for past nuclear cover-ups and warning that its activities would be thoroughly policed to put to rest suspicions that the country had a weapons agenda. Washington had insisted last week it would hold out for at least a threat of Security Council action over 18 years of clandestine activities by Iran including uranium enrichment and plutonium processing. But France, Germany and Britain opposed a Security Council threat, fearing Iran could backtrack on its cooperation and its commitment to clear up questions about its past if it was too strongly pressured. Bowing to European pressure, Washington backed off in its insistence that the international community condemn and take action against Iran's nuclear program, identified by Israel's Knesset earlier in the week as the primary existential threat facing the Jewish State. Israeli officials expressed fears Tehran would soon begin supplying Hizbullah with long-range missiles capable of hitting nearly any city in Israel. The Bush administration Monday acquiesced to a demand from France, Britain and Germany that Washington not go through with bringing allegations against Iran to the UN Security Council. The Europeans instead want the US to back the adoption of a resolution by the International Atomic Energy Agency that would "strongly deplore" Iran's 18-year secret nuclear arms program and hint at possible future action if such activities continue. Administration officials told reporters that in the end the US had little choice but to go along with the wishes of its European allies. Israel has assessed that Russia will complete the Bushehr nuclear plant in Iran over the next year. The Israeli assessment disputes assertions by Russian officials that the Bushehr nuclear reactor would be delayed until as late as 2006. Iran's envoy to the IAEA said his country would restart enriching uranium in the future, emphasizing that its decision to stop the process, which the United States links to weapons production, was temporary. The United States, the European Union and most other members of the 35-nation board would like Iran to dismantle its enrichment program entirely, but Iranian envoy Salehi said that would not happen. "The decision lies in the hand of the Iranians to restart the project in the future, once they feel the time is appropriate," Salehi said.
U.S. to Trim Israeli Loan Package Over Settlements, Fence
Nov. 26….(Ha Aretz) In a fresh attempt to forge a Mid-east accord, the Bush administration is using some of Israel's strongest American allies both inside and outside the U.S. government as leverage to force Prime Minister Ariel Sharon towards accepting the Peace Roadmap conditions. The reductions are a way of registering U.S. disapproval of Israeli settlements on the West Bank. The deduction will be made from $1.4 billion in guarantees still due this fiscal year. Overall, Israel was due to receive $9 billion in U.S. guarantees over three years. The Bush administration announced Tuesday night that it will trim $289.5 million from the package of loan guarantees for Israel, penalizing Israel for its settlement activities in the so-called occupied territories. No specific reason was given, but the cuts were believed to reflect the Bush Administration's displeasure with Israeli settlement activity on the West Bank and construction of a security barrier meant to screen out Palestinian terrorists. The US State Department notified Congress last month that the loan guarantees would be reduced for "activities inconsistent" with understandings reached with the United States.
Persia Is Hooking Russia’s Jaws
Nov. 26….(FOJ) Persia or Iran will be the wild card component that will ultimately draw Russia down into the Armageddon scenario. Even the head of Israel's intelligence service has admitted as much. The truth of that has become quite clear after the International Atomic Energy Agency report clearly indicates that Iran has lied about and hidden its nuclear program for 18 years. (ala Iraq) But low and behold, in spite of Iran’s obvious game of deception, the IAEA claims they can now be trusted. Israel isn’t buying it, and Israel shouldn’t either, and neither should America. The EU, UN, and Russia can afford to buy that lie because they stand to gain from Persia’s real intent with these nukes. Israel’s Defense Minister, Shaul Mofaz, told the UN that, "under no circumstances would Israel be able to tolerate nuclear weapons in Iranian possession". Washington also continues to insist that Iran has been hiding a nuclear weapons program, and is greatly worried that Israel will launch a preemptive action against Iran. The Russians and the EU however have immediately endorsed the IAEA report. Russia of course has stood by the Persian claims of compliance all along because it stands to make billions from building the nuclear reactors in Persia. And now the whole world continues to plunge headlong towards the Armageddon scenario. Europe, the Islamic Middle East, China, Russia and the United States appear to be on a collision course over the issue of weapons of mass destruction and their proliferation into rogue states like Iran, Iraq, and others. The Bible foretold just such a scenario. And irony of ironies, the whole issue revolves around tiny little Israel. (Ezekiel 38:3-5 And say, Thus saith the Lord God; Behold, I am against thee, O Gog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal: And I will turn thee back, and put hooks into thy jaws, and I will bring thee forth, and all thine army, horses and horsemen, all of them clothed with all sorts of armor, even a great company with bucklers and shields, all of them handling swords: Persia, Ethiopia, and Libya with them; all of them with shield and helmet:)
Israel and US are the Targets of Rogue Nuke States
Nov. 25….(FOJ) In the past few months, it has become ever more clear that, under the leadership of its radical Islamic clerics, Iran has been steadily advancing its covert nuclear weapons program. It has done so in violation of its obligations under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, (ala North Korea) according to which it was allowed to receive nuclear technology for peaceful purposes on condition that it promised not to divert such technology or otherwise to engage in weapons-related activities. Nonetheless, surveillance and defectors have revealed the existence of Iranian facilities that had not been disclosed to the IAEA, some of which are intended for nuclear bomb production. The IAEA itself has detected traces of highly enriched uranium that are consistent with covert production of weapons-grade materials needed for nuclear arms. However, the IAEA has routinely downplayed the seriousness of the Iranian nuclear treaty violations, in defiance of the US. In addition, the Iranians have made no secret of their pursuit of long-range ballistic missiles capable of delivering weapons of mass destruction, including nuclear ones, to Israel. Surprise, surprise! Iran has recently made efforts to boost the range of the short-and medium-range rockets that it produces, sparking fears in Israel that Tehran may ship the improved rockets to Hezbollah for deployment in south Lebanon. As long as veto-wielding Security Council members are determined to thwart U.N. action against these rogue states, the US will remain on the defensive, and in the gun-sights of all these nuclear aspirants. It is impractical to think that Iran is not as serious a problem for the US today that Iraq was only months ago, and that North Korea is today. Isn’t it ironic that Russia, China, EU, and other Security Council members feel virtually no fear from the Axis of Evil nuke threat!
Europe Experiencing Worst Hatred Since the Holocaust?
Nov. 25….(Guardian) Sixty years after the Holocaust, European Jews and
Israelis are increasingly wondering if Europe is being sucked into the worst
wave of anti-semitism since the second world war. In the past few weeks, a
German MP was forced to resign after saying that Jews were responsible for
Soviet atrocities, and the commander of the German army's special forces was
sacked for agreeing with him. Then came the observation by the Greek composer
Mikis Theodorakis that Jews are at the root of all evil, and the firebombing of
a Jewish school in Paris. But Israelis felt their fears were confirmed by an
opinion poll of EU citizens that placed Israel as the greatest danger to world
peace. Israelis were shocked, perplexed and outraged that they should be
seen as a bigger threat than North Korea or Iran. "Anti-semitism has become
politically correct in Europe," said Natan Sharansky, the former Soviet
dissident and minister in Ariel Sharon's government.
Thanksgiving and The Pilgrims
Nov. 25….(FOJ) Daniel Webster, one of America's greatest orators of the
19th century, said in an 1820 bicentennial celebration commemorating the
Pilgrim landing at Plymouth: “let us not forget the religious character of our
origin. Our fathers were brought hither by their high veneration for the
Christian religion. They journeyed by its light; and labored in its hope.
They sought to incorporate its principles with the elements of their society,
and to diffuse its influence through all their institutions, civil, political,
or literary. The Mayflower Compact states that the Pilgrims had undertaken
this journey to the northern parts of Virginia “for the glory of God, and
advancement of the Christian faith.” Their great desire was to bring the
Gospel, the Christian faith, to those who dwelt in the darkness here on this
continent. That was what animated their hearts and gave purpose to their lives.
Their faith is what sustained them through all their endeavors on a primitive
and harsh continent. Today’s America has lost the faith of the Pilgrims. Today
we live in a time when faith is indeed being dispelled and driven from the
public scene, and eradicated from public venue. We are told that America is
supposed to be a secular and non-Christian government. That is not the vision
the Pilgrims had. They said they would create various institutions for the “ends
aforesaid.” What were those ends? For the glory of God and for the advancement
of the Christian faith.
Report: Iran Hiding Bin Laden
Nov. 24….(World Net Daily)Citing an "unimpeachable source," Osama bin Laden and his al-Qaida deputy Ayman al-Zawahiri are in Iran, according to a Fox News analyst. Al-Zawahiri was seen within the last two weeks, and bin Laden was spotted in July, says the network's foreign affairs analyst Mansoor Ijaz. The report dovetails with Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf's announcement last summer that he had sent his own army into the northern tribal areas near the border with Iran to ferret out bin Laden. "That was an extraordinary admission at the time, one that I could not understand how he could make if bin Laden, in fact, was still in that area," Ijaz told Fox News host Brit Hume. "Well, it turns out that it was around that time that bin Laden moved from the Afghan-Pakistani border into Iran." Al-Zawahiri has been seen recently in Iran planning and plotting various terrorist attacks against U.S. interests and other countries, he said. Both Al-Qaida leaders are disguised. Bin Laden, Ijaz has been told, shaved his head bald and is wearing a shorter beard that is dyed to make him look more like an Iranian cleric. He also has put on a considerable amount of weight.
FOJ Note: FOJ reported this story a year ago. Iran is politically and geographically totally off-limits to any American surveillance, unlike Pakistan or Saudi Arabia. Like Bin Laden, the Shiite republic of Iran would like to drive a geo-political wedge between Saudi Arabia and America.
Saudis Fear Iran Nuke Threat
Nov. 24….(World Tribune) Saudi Arabia has become increasingly concerned by a nuclear threat from Iran in the aftermath of the toppling of the Saddam Hussein regime in Iraq. A new congressional report asserted that the Saudi kingdom has not been assuaged by Iranian efforts to improve relations with Riyad and other Gulf Cooperation Council states. The Congressional Research Service said the Iranian threat has emerged as the Saudi kingdom has become increasingly vulnerable regarding its relations with the United States. The Saudi leadership remains wary of the Shi'ite Muslim clerical regime that has governed Iran since 1979 and is oncerned over Iran's pursuit of advanced conventional arms and weapons of mass destruction," says the report, entitled "Saudi Arabia: Current Issues and U.S. Relations. On the other hand, while welcoming a U.S. nuclear security umbrella, Saudi leaders have become increasingly vulnerable to domestic and regional criticism for appearing to side with the United States against fellow Arab and Muslim regimes. (Saudi Arabia is pursuing a nuclear umbrella pact with China) The report warns of difficulties for U.S. companies that do business in Saudi Arabia due to the threats of terrorism.
Saudis Reportedly Fund Syrian Occupation of Lebanon
Nov. 24….(Middle East News Line) Saudi Arabia is said to be financing
Syria's occupation of Lebanon and Syrian special forces have been prepared
to help bolster the unreliable Saudi security forces.
Al Qaeda Terror Warning to US Mainland!
Nov. 24….(Debka) Al Qaeda marked Eid al Fitr, the festival closing the Muslim festival of Ramadan, with a dramatic warning about a coming terror strike against the USA. Debka’s counter-terror sources reports that a message published over Al Qaeda’s electronic channels and web-sites declared that the countdown has begun for the biggest operation ever carried out in the United States. “The big blow will fall very shortly. It will consist of a series of surprise attacks that will cut America off from communication with its armies in Muslim countries.” The reference is clearly to US troops presently stationed in Iraq and Afghanistan. The largest percentage, around 115,000 soldiers are in Iraq. Muslims living in the United States were once again (Muslims in LA, New York and Washington) urged to “take advantage of the short time left” to escape the country and harm’s way.
Allah Commands Muslims to Hate Israel
Nov. 24….(FOJ) President Bush may say that Allah and Jehovah are the same god, but unfortunately the president is naïve to the reality of what Allah and Jehovah say about Israel. Jehovah has promised to regather Israel to the land that he promised them, and from that gathering to bless the whole world! Allah on the other hand says that Israel must be destroyed before Messiah can come! Islam is not a religion of peace, certainly not for Israel, nor is it for America! There has been a struggle underway now for 30 years for the soul of Islam. It has been waged between the preachers of hate and the preachers of peace. And the preachers of hate are winning hands down. From the Saudi Arabian peninsula to Egypt, and beyond, state-appointed clerics are preaching to the faithful that it is their "duty" to murder Jews, because Jews are "rejected" by God, who then turned them into "monkeys and pigs." Imams throughout the Islamic world are preaching a violent hatred of not only Israel, but also of any nation that supports Israel’s right to exist. It is not very well-known in America that these hate-preaching clerics are in fact paid employees of the State. This Islamic fundamentalist war began in earnest in 1979. That was when the Shah of Iran fell, and when the Saudi royal family out of fear and trembling agreed to finance a worldwide expansion of militant Wahhabi Islam. America failed to realize the thrust of the Islamic revolution in 1979, and abandoned the Shah, allowing Iran (Persia) to become the “hooks in the jaw” for Russia, and set the geo-political stage for the Magog-Persia alliance. The genesis of the war of terror launched by the Axis of Evil against the West was founded in militant Islam fundamentalism! The President and America needs to realize the fact that radical Muslims are using core texts of Islam that are deeply rooted in Islamic theology, tradition, history and law to justify their terrorist actions! The Islamic preachers of hate are able to recruit and motivate terrorists around the world by appealing to these fundamentals of Islam. Oh yea, there are millions of peaceful Muslims, but their voice is totally drowned out by the fundamentalists! And what does that say about a religion and its god, when its fundamental teachings exhort hatred? It should expose the real truth; the truth that Allah and Jehovah are not, and can not be the same god! In fact Allah teaches and encourages its followers to do exactly the same thing that Satan aspires to do,…..”destroy Israel”! Could it not be accurately deduced that Allah is actually a dominion from Hell, working under Satan’s conspiracy?
WEEK OF NOVEMBER 17 THROUGH NOVEMBER 24
Palestinians-Hamas Reject Geneva Plan
Nov. 21….(FOJ) When I reviewed the EU-Switzerland proposed Geneva Peace Plan, I was awestruck at how totally one-sided it was in favor of the Palestinians. But guess what, the Palestinians won’t even accept it! It is clearly obvious that the Islamic world will never agree to any peace plan with Israel, regardless of the details. The only way Israel can have peace with the Palestinians is to relocate on the Moon! Today, thousands of Palestinian militants protested in the Gaza Strip and West Bank on Friday against the Geneva Accords, calling the peace initiative a "betrayal." "Foreign occupation is destined to be erased, as is the monstrous Geneva Agreement," Islamic Jihad chief Mohammed al-Hindi said during a mass Gaza rally called to denounce the document named after its Swiss mediators. "The cause of Palestine is a cause of refugees and any solution that does not secure our return will not be accepted," said a resident of Gaza's Jabalya camp which hosted the rally. Hamas and Islamic Jihad called for protests to be held outside the homes of Geneva's Palestinian signatories - former cabinet minister Yasser Abed Rabbo, Minister for Prisoner Affairs Hisham Abdel-Razek, and lawmakers from Palestinian Authority Chairman Yasser Arafat's Fatah movement. "We will continue to condemn it (Geneva) and collect people's signatures and take to the streets until we bring it down just like Oslo." In Beirut, Lebanon, Hasan Nasrallah, chief of Hezbullah told thousands of supporters that the United States was the chief culprit behind attacks against Western interests across the Middle East. Turning his attention to incessant violence in Iraq and this month's bombings in Riyadh and Istanbul, Nasrallah said: "Hatred of the United States has not stopped growing." "If you consider what happened in Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Iraq and elsewhere, condemnation must be leveled primarily against the United States, even before knowing who is behind" these attacks, he told the crowd. "The fact that the United States propagates democracy in the region, does nothing to diminish its responsibility for instability and death in the region," he added. "The United States is a serious threat to the stability and security of the region," he said, likening the US-led occupation of Iraq with Israel's continued presence in the Palestinian territories, which would "lead to the destruction of the state of Israel," he said.
Axis of Evil-Iran-Hezbollah’s Preachers of Hate
Nov. 21….(FOJ) The man pictured here is Hezbullah spiritual and terrorist leader Hasan Nasrallah. Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah spoke todays during a parade to celebrate Jerusalem Day at a rally held in the Beirut suburbs . The leader of Lebanon's Hizbollah group Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah said that his guerrilla terrorists would retaliate fiercely if Israel attacked Lebanon or Syria. Children dressed as Hizbollah guerrilla terrorists marched during the parade, to dramatize the point that the city of Jerusalem is the real target of international/Islamic extremists. Meanwhile, Axis of Evil partner and Hezbullah partner Iran also participated in the events of “Jerusalem Day” celebrated throughout the Muslim world today. Iranian President Mohammad Khatami prays at the University of Tehran November 21, 2003, during 'Jerusalem Day'. Muslim demonstrators gathered on the last Friday of Ramadan to show solidarity with the Palestinians and the Islamic struggle against Israel. Thousands of Muslims prayed to Allah on Jerusalem’s Temple Mount, praying for the destruction of Israel!
Judicial Tyranny in America
Nov. 21….(Phil Sheldon) As you've probably heard by now, The Massachusetts Supreme Court ordered the legalization of homosexual "marriage." In a narrow 4-to-3 ruling, the court declared that homosexuals were entitled to marry and ordered the legislature to devise a scheme in the next 180 days that would allow this to take place. Reaction from across America has been swift. President Bush remarked, "Marriage is a sacred institution between a man and a woman. The decision of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court violates this important principle. I will work with congressional leaders and others to do what is legally necessary to defend the sanctity of marriage." More important than the issue of the sanctity of marriage, though, is the issue of judicial tyranny. This is just one more example of what the radical left in this country is trying to impose on the "silent majority" of Americans. As Gary Bauer of the Campaign for Working Families noted, "No one can deny what is happening any longer. The laws of our Founding Fathers are being perverted to impose a radical cultural agenda against the will of the American people. Despite clear public opinion against the notion of homosexual 'marriage,' un-elected judges are more than willing to steer our culture into uncharted public policy waters. "Moreover, the very fact that four un-elected judges believe they possess the power to order the people's elected representatives of the state of Massachusetts to rewrite the state's marriage laws is proof of their arrogance. The executive and legislative branches of government must reassert their own authority. They must make it abundantly clear to our rogue courts that they do not run this country." If the majority of hard-working patriotic Americans, don't stand up and take action on this, it's likely America will soon witness the death of self-government.
President Bush Says Allah and Jehovah are Same!
Nov. 21….(Baptist Press)In an answer likely to upset evangelicals and other members of his Christian base, President Bush said Nov. 20 that Christians and Muslims worship the same God. Speaking at a joint news conference with British Prime Minister Tony Blair, Bush was asked his thoughts on how the war on terrorism and his promotion of freedom intersects with his Christian faith. "I do say that freedom is the Almighty's gift to every person," Bush answered. "I also condition it by saying freedom is not America's gift to the world. It's much greater than that, of course. And I believe we worship the same God." The answer was in response to a question specifically asking him how he reacts to those who say the god of Islam is not the God of Christianity. "Mr. President, when you talk about peace in the Middle East, you've often said that freedom is granted by the Almighty," the reporter asked. "Some people who share your beliefs don't believe that Muslims worship the same Almighty. I wonder about your views on that and Mr. Prime Minister's, as a man also of faith, I'd like to get your reaction to that." Blair avoided the Christianity-Islam question and instead gave a general answer about freedom. "I believe that if people are given the chance to have freedom, whatever part of the world they're in, whatever religion they practice, whatever faith they have, if they're given the chance to have freedom, they welcome it," Blair said. Richard Land, president of the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Commission, said that while he respects Bush he believes the president is wrong. "Like many other Americans I applaud the president as a man of deep religious faith who attempts to bring that faith conviction to bear on public policy issues," Land told Baptist Press. "However, we should always remember that he is Commander-in-Chief, not theologian-in-chief. And when he says that he believes that Muslims and Christians worship the same God, he is simply mistaken." Scripture "is clear" on the issue, Land added. "There is one God and His name is Jehovah and His only begotten Son is Jesus Christ of the seed of Abraham and Isaac, whose mother was the Jewess virgin, Mary. Jesus our Savior has made it clear that we must know His Father through faith in Him and Him alone."
FOJ Note: This is a very serious error on President Bush’s part. It cannot be excused! God is not mocked, and he will not share his glory with a false god! Today, this is the fundamental reason that the US will soon be judged by the Almighty before the TRIBULATION! (Iraq may lead to America’s swan song) The reason that President Bush can find it so easy to cooperate with the Quartet and compromise the Covenanted Land, (Israel) and submit America to the “world concept of a Two-State solution” in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict is because the President is ignorant and naïve to the truth about God and his Word concerning Prophecy and Israel’s role in end-time historical events. The president’s lack of knowledge in this matter is appalling, considering he is supposed to be a Christian. But, then again, so many Christians do not understand the importance of Bible Prophecy. We are living in the climactic days of the end-times and the Church is blind to the signs of the times, just like the President! It is a national catastrophe for a sitting US President to equate the Allah with Jehovah! I fear for my country today more than ever before. I am very concerned that Jehovah God will permit the “evil” forces of Allah to ravish our nation as they have so often said they intend to do.
Gen. Franks Doubts Constitution Will Survive WMD Attack
Nov. 21….(Newsmax) General Tommy Franks says that if the United States is
hit with a weapon of mass destruction that inflicts large casualties, the
Constitution will likely be discarded in favor of a military form of government.
Franks, who successfully led the U.S. military operation to liberate Iraq,
expressed his worries in an extensive interview he gave to the men’s lifestyle
magazine Cigar Aficionado. In the magazine’s December edition, the former
commander of the military’s Central Command warned that if terrorists succeeded
in using a weapon of mass destruction (WMD) against the U.S. or one of our
allies, it would likely have catastrophic consequences for our cherished
republican form of government. (Satan already has the secularist working to
destroy the republic from within) Discussing the hypothetical dangers posed to
the U.S. in the wake of Sept. 11, Franks said that “the worst thing that could
happen” is if terrorists acquire and then use a biological, chemical or nuclear
weapon that inflicts heavy casualties. If that happens, Franks said, “the
Western world, the free world, loses what it cherishes most, and that is freedom
and liberty we’ve seen for a couple of hundred years in this grand experiment
that we call democracy.” Franks then offered “in a practical sense” what he
thinks would happen in the aftermath of such an attack. “It means the potential
of a weapon of mass destruction and a terrorist, massive, casualty-producing
event somewhere in the Western world, it may be in the United States of America,
that causes our population to question our own Constitution and to begin to
militarize our country in order to avoid a repeat of another mass,
casualty-producing event. Which in fact, then begins to unravel the fabric of
our Constitution. Franks didn’t speculate about how soon such an event might
take place. Already, critics of the U.S. Patriot Act, rushed through Congress in
the wake of the Sept. 11 attacks, have argued that the law aims to curtail civil
liberties and sets a dangerous precedent. But Franks’ scenario goes much
further. He is the first high-ranking official to openly speculate that the
Constitution could be scrapped in favor of a military form of government. The
usually camera-shy Franks retired from U.S. Central Command, known in Pentagon
lingo as CentCom, in August 2003, after serving nearly four decades in the Army.
Franks earned three Purple Hearts for combat wounds and three Bronze Stars for
valor. Known as a “soldier’s general,” Franks made his mark as a top commander
during the U.S.’s successful Operation Desert Storm, which liberated Kuwait in
1991. He was in charge of CentCom when Osama bin Laden’s al-Qaeda attacked the
United States on Sept. 11. Franks offered his assessment on President Bush:
UN Makes Road Map “World's Plan for Peace”
Nov. 21….(JNewsire) The UN Security Council Wednesday unanimously
ratified a Russian-sponsored resolution making the Quartet-designed Road Map the
international community's official plan for solving the Israeli-Palestinian
conflict. The vote was held despite strong Israeli opposition to further
internationalizing its already disproportionately publicized struggle with the
Arabs occupying its biblical heartland. The Road Map calls for the official
creation of a sovereign Palestinian State in Judea, Samaria and Gaza by 2005.
Russia submitted its resolution to the Security Council Wednesday, said Deputy
Russian Foreign Minister Yuri Fedotov, with the aim of giving "an additional
impetus to international efforts, including efforts made by the four
international co-sponsors to promote the fulfillment of the parties' obligations
under the road map." All members of the council, including the United States,
immediately approved the motion. The resolution had previously been viewed as
part of an overall effort by America's Quartet partners, the European Union,
Russia and the UN, to wrest overriding control of the Middle East peace process
from Washington. Observers concluded that US support for the resolution
was directly affected by frantic efforts to appease Arab anger in the region
ahead of the 2004 presidential elections. While Israel is generally thankful
for US involvement in the peace process, it views European and UN intervention
as pro-Palestinian and detrimental to its national interests. Israel has
officially accepted the Road Map peace plan, but attached a list of reservations
concerning the parallel nature in which the agreement calls upon Israel and the
Palestinians to fulfill their commitments. Israel insists that the dismantling
of the Palestinian terrorist infrastructure must be the sole first step towards
peace. The Palestinians meanwhile hailed the decision as a "watershed in the
history of the Middle East peace process."
Axis of Evil “Targeting Turkey”
Nov. 21….(FOJ) Turkey has found itself in the crosshairs of two Al Qaeda linked suicide death attacks in recent days. One targeted a Jewish Synagogue and the second targeted a British bank. Why Turkey, you might ask? Well, although Turkey is a predominantly Moslem country, Turkey has also been a very close friend of Israel. Turkey has also been supportive of the US in the war in Iraq. Therefore Turkey is a logical choice of the Axis of Evil and the Islamic terrorists to be targeted for attacks. The Axis of Evil obviously wants to pry the country of Turkey out of the geo-political grips of Europe and away from its defense posture with Israel. This strategy should not surprise any Bible Prophecy student. Turkey is prominently mentioned in prophecy as being aligned with the alliance of rogue states that accompany Russia in the great Magog invasion during the late Tribulation. Togarmah, (son of Gomer: Genesis 10) is slated to be among the many allies of Persia and Russia includes much of the area of the modern State of Turkey. It looks like the preliminary battles in the war on terror are leading precisely in the direction of Bible prophecy!
IDF General Condemns Geneva Plan
Nov. 20….(Arutz) Former IDF Intelligence General Yaakov Amidror noted a
number of dangerous concessions proposed by Yossi Beilin and other Israeli
politicians who helped formulate the Geneva plan, including the ceding of the
Temple Mount, which he said clearly indicates that the "Jewish nation is
giving up on the center of its national identity, and giving it to its
competitors who claim ownership of the land." Amidror also bemoaned the
willingness to give up almost all of Judea, Samaria and Gaza, which "greatly
increases the number of Israelis that will have to be evacuated or expelled from
their homes and leaves Israel's central region exposed to every threat." Other
points of concern raised by Amidror were:
U.S. Deploys 20,000 Troops Near Syrian Border
Nov. 20….(World Tribune) The United States has deployed 20,000 troops
along the Syrian border after Syria failed to stop militants from crossing into
Iraq. U.S. officials say hundreds of Islamic insurgents have been crossing into
Iraqi from Syria. They said Syrian authorities had failed to respond to U.S.
appeals to stop the flow of insurgents. U.S. military officials said the U.S.
troop presence was bolstered beginning in September and has resulted in a
significant drop in infiltration from Syria. Maj. Gen. Charles Swannack,
commander of the 82nd Airborne Division, said the military completed a 200
percent increase in U.S. troops along Iraq’s borders in order to stop
infiltration from other Iraqi neighbors, such as Jordan and Saudi Arabia. But
the U.S. presence has not halted the flow of insurgents from Syria.
Bush Outlines Strategy for Mid-east Peace
Nov. 20….(AP) Outlining his strategy to resolve the Arab-Israeli conflict in a speech here on Wednesday, President Bush issued a to-do list for the United States and other nations: United States: Seek a viable, independent state for the Palestinian people "who have been betrayed by others for too long" and seek security and recognition for Israel, which "has lived in the shadow of random death for too long." Israel: Freeze settlement construction, dismantle unauthorized outposts, end the "daily humiliation" of the Palestinian people, and do not build walls and fences that prejudice final negotiations. Palestinians: Withhold support for Palestinian rulers who tolerate and profit from corruption and maintain ties to terrorist groups, adopt peaceful means to create a stable democracy. Europe: Withdraw all favor and support from any Palestinian ruler who fails his people and betrays their cause and strongly oppose anti-Semitism, "which poisons public debates over the future of the Middle East." Arab states: End incitement to terror in the media, cut off public and private funding for terror groups, and establish normal relations with Israel.
Bush: Palestinian State the Heart of the Matter
Nov. 20….(FOJ) US President George W. Bush told England and the world Wednesday he remains committed to seeking the birth of a viable independent Palestinian state in the biblical heartland of Israel. The president was speaking during an historic state visit to London, where he reiterated his belief that the US and the UK "share a mission" as defenders of freedom across the globe. A central part of that mission is the Bush vision for a two-state solution to the Arab-Israeli conflict, which will see the creation of another Arab State, this one on ancient Jewish lands. In March this year, on the eve of the war to oust Saddam Hussein, British Prime Minister Tony Blair told the House of Commons England's alliance with America against Iraq offered the best chance for the soon creation of a Palestinian state in Judea, Samaria and Gaza. Bush pledged his commitment to stand with Blair on Palestine! For the President, the creation of a Palestinian state is at the "the heart of the matter." "Achieving peace in the Holy Land is not just a matter of the shape of a border. As we work on the details of peace, we must look to the heart of the matter, which is the need for a viable Palestinian democracy."
Istanbul Rocked Again by Blasts
Nov. 20….(Fox News) At least 25 people were killed and more than 400 wounded Thursday after two trucks packed with explosives blew up near the British consulate and the headquarters of the London-based HSBC bank. A man calling the semiofficial Anatolia news agency claimed that Al Qaeda and the militant Islamic Great Eastern Raiders' Front, or IBDA-C, jointly claimed responsibility for attacks. The bombings, which occurred five minutes apart, at about 11 a.m., came days after two synagogue bombings there and coincided with President Bush's visit to London. "We see their utter contempt for innocent life. The terrorists hope to intimidate, they hope to demoralize. They are not going to succeed," Bush said at a news conference with Prime Minister Tony Blair. Sky Turk reporter Mustafa Azizoglu told Fox News "this is not an ordinary attack," and said "this is the eleventh of September for Istanbul." The explosions were "trying to target Western financial institutions," he added. Turkish authorities said the same groups were behind Saturday's nearly simultaneous synagogue bombings in Istanbul, which killed 23 people gathered for a barmitzpha and the two attackers. Marc Ginsberg, a former U.S. ambassador to Morocco, told Fox News that there are two Islamic military groups, the Great Eastern Raiders' Front and the Sunni Hezbollah that are rearing their ugly heads in Turkey. These are local affiliates, more or less, of the Al Qaeda network.
'Gay' Marriage Ruling's Consequences 'Dire'
Nov. 19….(World Net Daily) As Massachusetts moved closer yesterday to becoming the first state in the country to legalize homosexual marriage, defenders of traditional matrimony responded with alarm, warning the state high court's decision to strike down a ban on same-sex marriages will have monumental consequences for the nation. "The dire ramifications of what is happening in the United States and other Western nations cannot be overstated," said James Dobson, chairman of Focus on the Family. "For millennia, traditional marriage, the union of one man and one woman, has been celebrated by every culture on Earth as the cornerstone of society. But now, we have this activist court that is arrogant enough to say that those thousands of years of culture are simply wrong." The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court decided homosexual couples are legally entitled to wed under the state constitution and should be allowed to apply for marriage licenses, overturning a ruling by a lower court handed down in May 2002 which said state law does not convey the right of marriage to homosexual couples. "Barring an individual from the protections, benefits, and obligations of civil marriage solely because that person would marry a person of the same sex violates the Massachusetts Constitution," wrote Chief Justice Margaret Marshall in the opinion.
Israel in for Another Holocaust?
Nov. 19….(FOJ) Holocaust survivor and Nobel Peace Prize winner Elie
Wiesel commented recently that for the first time since 1945, I am scared. That
is a startling statement for this famous survivor of Hitler’s Final Solution!
Many Jews around the world share his fear. Anti-Semitism is running rampant all
around the globe. The suicide bomb attacks on two synagogues in Istanbul one
weekend ago are only the latest evidence of a new wave of anti-Semitism that is
sweeping the whole world. Two weeks ago Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir
Mohamad told a conference of Islamic nations that "Jews rule the world by proxy,
and needed to be defeated." The large audience, including UN Secretary
General Kofi Anan, and Russian President Putin applauded! The whole world
seems to be gathering momentum for an assault on the tiny State of Israel. It is
in the air, and it seems inevitable, just as the warnings of World War II
ominously dashed across the geo-political horizon in the late 1930’s. Revelation
chapter 12 specifies that Satan is endeavoring to incite and recruit the whole
world into one final assault upon Israel during the tribulation period. That
2000 year old prophetic scenario is already gathering momentum on history’s
horizon to present itself on the stage of world events in the near future.
Revelation 12:12-13 Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them.
Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down
unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time.
Judge Moore Takes God Before Country
Nov. 19….(World Net Daily) Just days after he was stripped of his Alabama
chief justice position, Roy Moore is proposing federal legislation to reassert
the power he insists Congress already has to limit the jurisdiction of federal
courts. Under the Constitution of the United States, federal courts have no
jurisdiction over the acknowledgment of God by the individual states," Moore
said. "In recent years, federal judges have usurped state power with regard to
the acknowledgment of God." Alabama's nine-member Court of the Judiciary removed
Judge Moore for defiance of a federal judge's order to move his Ten Commandments
monument from the rotunda of the state courthouse. After the ruling, Moore
said the case is "about whether or not we can acknowledge God as the source of
our law and our liberty. That's all I've done. I've been found guilty of
acknowledging God." Moore said he is proposing legislation under Article III of
the U.S. Constitution, which grants Congress the power to limit the jurisdiction
of the lower federal courts and to make any exceptions and regulations of the
appellate jurisdiction of the U.S. Supreme Court as it deems necessary.
US Would Use Nukes to Defend South Korea
Nov. 18….(Washington Times) The United States is committed to defending South Korea from an attack by the North and would use nuclear forces if needed, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld told the government here yesterday. Mr. Rumsfeld, who finishes his first official visit to Asia today, said the U.S. commitment to South Korea includes "the continued provision of a nuclear umbrella" for South Korea, according to a statement issued after joint security talks. At the annual defense talks, the two sides agreed that North Korea poses a "global threat," the joint statement said. Mr. Rumsfeld and Mr. Cho share the "grave concern that North Korea's self-acknowledged nuclear-weapons program threatens regional and global security and violates North Korea's commitment to a nuclear-free peninsula." The United States pulled out all of its tactical nuclear weapons, including nuclear land mines, in the early 1990s. It was then that Washington promised to use its nuclear forces, primarily missile-equipped submarines, to counter any atomic threats to South Korea. However, the explicit restatement of that promise was unusual, and appeared intended to pressure North Korea in upcoming nuclear arms talks and to persuade South Korea not to develop its own atomic weapons. North Korea's deployment of nuclear arms in the late 1990s shifted the strategic balance on the peninsula in Pyongyang's favor. The United States' willingness to use nuclear arms to defend South Korea will undoubtedly anger communist North Korea, which has accused the Bush Administration of planning a nuclear attack.
US Worried Israel May Attack Iran
Nov. 18….(Jerusalem Post) During Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's last visit to Washington, US President George W. Bush raised his concern that Israel will act unilaterally against Iranian nuclear capabilities, The Washington Post reported. At least at this stage, the Bush Administration wants to pursue diplomatic rather than military means to prevent the Iranians from developing nuclear weaponry. During a visit to Washington last week, Israeli Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz also warned that Iran would reach a "point of no return" in its nuclear program within a year unless there were concerted efforts to stop it. The IAEA released a report last week accusing Iran of conducting two decades of covert nuclear activities, including plutonium manufacture, although it said there was no evidence as yet that it was trying to build a nuclear bomb. The Security Council could slap punishing sanctions on Iran, but US hopes of this dimmed on Monday with Europe's top diplomat, EU foreign policy Chief Javier Solana, saying Iran had been "honest" in its nuclear dealings with the international community and did not deserve such action. Since the collapse of Saddam Hussein's regime in Iraq, Israel has come to regard the Islamic fundamentalist administration in Tehran as its number one enemy. Iran refuses to recognize Israel and its officials frequently call for the total destruction of the Jewish State. In a rare but significant appearance before the Knesset Foreign Affairs & Defense Committee today, Mossad Intelligence Agency Director Meir Dagan stated Iran’s ongoing nuclear weaponry program poses an unprecedented threat to the future existence of Israel. Dagan said that Iran's nuclear program poses the biggest threat to Israel's existence since the country's creation in 1948.
World Waits For Bush to Fail
Nov. 18….(FOJ) Yasser Arafat is once again playing American politicians for time. The time he is playing for is 2005, or maybe even 2009, when he hopes a Democratic US President will bring him back to the center stage in the Mid-east drama. That is the latest Israeli intelligence assessment on the Palestinian dictator’s geo-political intentions, and also the opinion of FOJ. Arafat, declared irrelevant by the Bush Administration, has followed a strategy that calls for no progress, and also for actually obstructing any potential progress in the U.S.-created peace "road map." He has stalled out every democracy reform impetus planted in the PA through the Bush Doctrine. He also hopes that the fighting in Iraq will make President Bush a one-term leader and that his Democratic replacement will be much easier to deal with, ala Bill Clinton. Probably every leader in the world, and especially in the UN and the EU wants another American president that will cooperate with the evolving world order and submit American sovereignty to the Globalists. The world could care less about America winning the war on terror, in fact the geo-political powers of the world would prefer a world where America is not the dominant player.
Why Christians Are Losing America
Nov. 18….(FOJ) America today is engaged in a cultural civil war. Most people fail to realize that fact, but that war proclaimed by secularists has been ongoing for several decades now. The Ten Commandments and the traditional marriage institution are providing the latest frontlines in that war. Today, secular judges are hell-bent on destroying the very foundations that our forefathers built, all in the name of Constitution re-interpretations. Consider the following actions of the Constitution framers. In 1782 the United States Congress voted unanimously for the following resolution: "The Congress of the United States recommends and approves the Holy Bible for use in all of its schools."' William Holmes McGuffey was the author of the McGuffey Reader, and it was used for over 100 years in our public schools with over 125 million copies sold until it was stopped in 1963. (1963?— wonder what happened in 1963?) President Lincoln called Mr. McGuffey the '"Schoolmaster of the Nation." And listen to these words of Mr. McGuffey: '"The Christian religion is the religion of our country. From it are derived our notions on the character of God, on the great moral Governor of the universe. On its doctrines are founded the peculiarities of our free institutions. From no source has the author drawn more conspicuously than from the sacred Scriptures. From all these extracts from the Bible I make no apology." James Madison, the primary author of the Constitution of the United States, said this: '"We have staked the whole future of our new nation not upon the power of government; far from it. We have staked the future of all our political constitutions upon the capacity of each of ourselves to govern ourselves according to the moral principles of the Ten Commandments." I wonder what Mr. Madison would think of the Alabama judges who removed Roy Moore from office because he firmly believed that the Ten Commandments were the foundation of our Constitutional Republic. God and his law sustained our nation in the past, but one must ponder if God will sustain America much longer. September 11th should have been a wake-up call for America, but today I cannot see any trend towards reconciliation with the Creator.
US: International Control of its Troops in Iraq?
Nov. 17….(The Independent) According to EU Foreign policy chief Javier Solana, the United States has decided that to avoid humiliating failure in Iraq it needs to bring its forces quickly under international control and speed the hand-over of power. Decisions along these lines will be made in the "coming days", Mr. Solana told The Independent. The comments, signaling a major policy shift by the US, precede President George Bush's state visit this week to London, during which he and Tony Blair will discuss an exit strategy for forces in Iraq. M. Solana underlined the change of mood in Washington, saying: "Everybody has moved, including the United States, because the United States has a real problem and when you have a real problem you need help." There is a "growing consensus" that the transfer of power has to be accelerated, he said. "The more the international community is incorporated under the international organizations, the better.
Iran Aiding Syria's Missile Programs
Nov. 17….(Middle East News Line) The United States has determined that
Iran has been a major contributor to Syria's missile development programs. U.S.
officials said Iran has transferred expertise and technology to Syria in such
fields as solid-fuel engine development, non-conventional warheads and guidance
systems. The officials said some of the Iranian transfer reflects indigenous
capabilities and others were obtained directly from such countries as China,
Russia and North Korea. "Damascus is pursuing both solid and liquid-propellant
missile programs and relies extensively on foreign assistance in these
endeavors," Undersecretary of State John Bolton said. "North Korean and Iranian
entities have been most prominent in aiding Syria's recent ballistic missile
development." In testimony to the House subcommittee on the Middle East
and Central Asia, Bolton said Syria has obtained chemical warheads for a portion
of its Scud missile arsenal. The U.S. official, who heads nonproliferation
issues in the Bush Administration, said Syrian missiles can reach Israel, Iraq,
Jordan and Turkey.
US: Evidence Saddam and Al Qaeda Linked
Nov. 17….(The Weekly Standard) Osama Bin Laden and Saddam Hussein had an operational relationship from the early 1990s to 2003 that involved training in explosives and weapons of mass destruction, logistical support for terrorist attacks, al Qaeda training camps and safe haven in Iraq, and Iraqi financial support for al Qaeda, perhaps even for Mohamed Atta, according to a top secret U.S. government memorandum obtained by The Weekly Standard. Much of the evidence is detailed, conclusive, and corroborated by multiple sources. Some of it is new information obtained in custodial interviews with high-level al Qaeda terrorists and Iraqi officials, and some of it is more than a decade old. The picture that emerges is one of a history of collaboration between two of America's most determined and dangerous enemies. Iraq-al Qaeda contacts began in 1990 and continued through mid-March 2003, days before the Iraq War began. The relationship began shortly before the first Gulf War. According to reporting in the memo, bin Laden sent "emissaries to Jordan in 1990 to meet with Iraqi government officials." At some unspecified point in 1991, according to a CIA analysis, "Iraq sought Sudan's assistance to establish links to al Qaeda." The outreach went in both directions. According to 1993 CIA reporting cited in the memo, "bin Laden wanted to expand his organization's capabilities through ties with Iraq."
Pope John Paul II Criticizes Israel's West Bank Barrier
Nov. 17….(AP) Pope John Paul II criticized Israel today for building a
barrier in the West Bank, saying the Middle East "does not need walls but
bridges." It was the first time that the pontiff had criticized Israel's
construction of the 430-kilometer (270-mile) barrier. His criticism came on the
eve of Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's arrival for a visit to Italy. "The
construction of the wall between the Israeli people and the Palestinian people
is seen by the Arab world and the UN many as a new obstacle on the road leading
to peaceful cohabitation," the Pope said. The Pope repeatedly called Israel’s
construction of a security wall an "obstacle on the road leading to peaceful
cohabitation". The Palestinians refer to the terrorist barrier as the "Apartheid
Wall." The Palestinians see the barrier as an attempt to draw the boundaries of
their future state by seizing some of their most fertile land but Israel insists
it is merely designed to prevent infiltration’s by would-be attackers. Leading
prayers from the balcony of his residence, the Pope also lamented the loss of
momentum in the Middle East peace process and called for reconciliation.
"Without reconciliation, there cannot be peace." Meanwhile, as Ariel Sharon
arrived in Italy, Israeli Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom told the European Union
that it must take a "more balanced attitude" in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict
questions if it wants to be a major Middle East peace broker.
Secret EU Peace Plan Gaining Ground
Nov. 17….(FOJ) The unofficial Geneva accords drawn up between Israeli Labor leader Yossi Beilin and Arafat’s information minister Yasser Abed Rabbo are gaining significant backing throughout the EU and from other UN and world leaders. In the secretly contrived plan, the details go considerably further than the U.S.-backed plan known as the “road map,” which calls for the creation of a Palestinian state alongside Israel by 2005 but does not deal with the devilish details that have proven deal-breakers in previous peace talks. Regarding the thorny issue of Jerusalem, for example, the Geneva accord replaces the “constructive ambiguity” of the road map with decisive clarity. Jerusalem would be divided, becoming the capital of two states with each having sovereignty over their respective holy sites. In return for this, Palestinians would give up the right of return of exiles to Israeli territory. The Geneva agreement would be implemented under the guidance of a multinational force, perhaps under a revised EU-NATO Force. Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon has denounced Beilin and his fellow Israeli negotiators as “traitors to the State of Israel, because of their backdoor negotiations with Arafat, which were not sanctioned by the government of Israel. International diplomatic support also has solidified ahead of a Dec. 1 signing ceremony, which will be witnessed by former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and South Africa’s former leader, Nelson Mandela. British Prime Minister Tony Blair has given his backing, as has U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan.
WEEK OF NOVEMBER 10 THROUGH NOVEMBER 17
Euphrates River Valley/America’s Nightmare?
Nov. 14….(FOJ) The recent string of high-profile attacks on U.S. and allied forces in Iraq has appeared to be so methodical and well-crafted that some top U.S. commanders now fear this may be the war Saddam Hussein and his generals had planned all along. Saddam, with the 1991 Persian Gulf War serving as a warning, knew he could not take on the U.S. military with conventional forces. Thus he led a Baathist Party plan to stash cached weapons before the Americans invaded last spring and then to employ guerrilla tactics after the conventional war was over. “I believe Saddam Hussein always intended to fight an insurgency should Iraq fall,” said Maj. Gen. Charles H. Swannack Jr., commanding general of the 82nd Airborne Division and the man responsible for combat operations in the lower Sunni Triangle, the most unstable part of Iraq. “That’s why you see so many of these arms caches out there in significant numbers all over the country. They were planning to go ahead and fight an insurgency, should Iraq fall.” Lt. Col. Oscar Mirabile, a brigade commander credited with running a sophisticated and largely successful security operation in the Sunni triangle town of Ramadi, agreed that the Baathist attacks were long planned. Saddam knew he couldn’t win a war head-to-head against coalition forces. He was setting the stage for what you’re looking at right now.” A CIA report from Iraq received over the weekend supported the commanders’ views, saying that agency officers in the field believe that most of the insurgents are “former regime types” who were disorganized by the speed of the U.S. invasion but are now regrouping. The CIA report also warned that if coalition forces cannot get the situation under control, Iraqi citizens may stop cooperating in the fight against the insurgents. “There was a time when the public was relieved the Saddam Hussein regime was gone, and when we were the most significant force on the ground,” a senior administration official in Washington familiar with the new report said recently. “But now they are getting worried about retribution from an estimated 50,000 insurgents.” He added: “When that becomes a critical mass, the whole Euphrates Valley could go blow up in our face.” America could find itself facing a large-scale, planned guerrilla/terror campaign in Iraq with Syria and Iran (Hezbullah) waiting in the wings ready to exploit the whole situation!
North Korea and Iran Make Nuclear Gains
Nov. 14….(Washington Post) Intelligence reports issued in recent days reveal that North Korea and Iran have made advances on a variety of technologies necessary to build nuclear weapons. The new report surprised many nuclear experts and Western intelligence officials. Overall, the reports support the consensus view that North Korea is far ahead of Iran in the production of actual weapons and poses the most urgent proliferation problems for the Bush administration. Yet Iran's program turns out to have been even broader and deeper than American intelligence agencies suspected. A 30-page confidential report issued by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and sent to 20 governments on Monday describes a program that reached back at least 18 years and involved extremely complex technologies, including an exotic program to use lasers to enrich uranium. But, Iran's decision to allow the UN's IAEA into facilities that were previously closed to inspectors may, diplomats said, blunt Mr. Bush's effort to seek some kind of sanctions in the UN, leaving Iran with an advanced nuclear infrastructure that could be restarted at a moment's notice. The international agency's report is full of examples showing that Iran fooled the global nuclear watchdog for years. It refers to "limited and reactive" cooperation with inspectors and "changing and contradictory" stories. But amazingly, despite that history of deception, the UN's IAEA atomic agency directed by Mohamed El Baredei, (former Egyptian military leader-fought against Israel in 1967 and 1973) insisted that there is no evidence of a current weapons project in Iran. That conclusion left many experts in shock. Paul Leventhal, President of the Nuclear Control Institute, a private group based in Washington, argued that the UN atomic agency's job of simultaneously promoting and regulating nuclear power had blinded it to Tehran's ambitions. "Iran is an example," he said, "of what happens when you let the rhetoric of atoms for peace take precedence over the hard realities of a nation that supports terrorism going nuclear."
Time For Regime Change in Syria?
Nov. 14….(FOJ) Throughout the Iraq campaign, Syria has proven itself to
be a convenient safe haven for many of Saddam's fleeing thugs, and probably even
Iraqi WMD. Billions of dollars looted from Iraq are sitting in Syrian banks. And
the terrorists that Syria supports were, and still are sending people, weapons,
and money to the Baathist remnants and terrorists who are now killing Americans
in Iraq. The Syrians are doing their best to prevent Iraq from becoming a
democracy. Because it has taken to the Iraqi field of battle against us, and is
harboring, aiding, and abetting terror throughout the Middle East, the Syrian
regime is our enemy. And it is time to for America to begin to recognize that
the real problem is Syria.
Texas Sees Ten Commandments Different Than Alabama
Nov. 14….(World Net Daily) On the same day that Alabama removed Chief Justice Roy Moore from office because of his stance in defending the Ten Commandments, the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in Austin, Texas, ruled that a Ten Commandments monument on the state Capitol grounds does not violate the U.S. Constitution by establishing a state-sponsored religion. In its ruling, the appeals panel agreed with the state, which argued that the Ten Commandments are historical in nature because they provide a foundation for Western law. "The Ten Commandments are undoubtedly a sacred religious text, but they are also a foundational document in the development of Western legal codes and culture," Attorney General Greg Abbott, who defended the Texas monument, told the Associated Press today. "The Texas monument has stood for over 40 years, and the court's decision affirms that the monument is entirely consistent with the requirements of the U.S. Constitution." The court noted, "Even those who would see the Decalogue as wise counsel born of man's experience rather than as divinely inspired religious teaching cannot deny its influence upon the civil and criminal laws of this country. That extraordinary influence has been repeatedly acknowledged by the Supreme Court and detailed by scholars. Equally so is its influence upon ethics and the ideal of a just society. This decision begins to turn the tide against the historical revisionism of groups like the ACLU who seek to remove all references to the Ten Commandments from our public life," Mathew Staver, president of Liberty Counsel, said in a statement. "We are excited that the court issued such a ringing endorsement of the Ten Commandments and their effect on our laws. This opinion energizes us to take our fight to preserve our history, including the Ten Commandments, to the highest levels."
Alabama’s “Ten Commandments' Justice Expelled
Nov. 13….(Fox News) An Alabama judicial panel has voted to remove Chief
Justice Roy Moore and rejected his argument that he was upholding his oath when
he ignored a federal court order to move a Ten Commandments monument from the
state judicial building. This court hereby orders that Roy S. Moore be removed
from his position as chief justice of the Supreme Court of Alabama," said
Presiding Judge William Thompson. "The chief justice showed no signs of
contrition for his actions." Moments after the decision came down, Judge Moore
publicly reacted to his removal from office by reading from the court
transcript. "We must acknowledge God as the source of our law and our liberty
and that's what this issue is all about. I have upheld my oath and obeyed my
conscience," Moore told Fox News. Moore said he had a feeling about what the
outcome of the trial would be. "I was not surprised by this verdict," he said.
Under Thursday's decision, the Alabama Governor will appoint someone to serve
the rest of Moore's term, which expires in 2006. Moore remained unapologetic for
what he'd done. "I have absolutely no regrets. I have done what I was sworn to
do," said Moore, drawing applause. He said he would consult with religious and
political leaders before deciding what to do next. Moore insisted to the end
that he was merely upholding his oath to "acknowledge God." He testified that he
followed his conscience and did nothing to violate judicial ethics. "To
acknowledge God cannot be a violation of the Canons of Ethics. Without God there
can be no ethics," Moore testified. He also said that, given another chance
to fulfill the court order, he again would refuse to do so. When one panelist,
Circuit Judge J. Scott Vowell, asked Moore what he would do with the monument if
he were returned to office, the chief justice said he had not decided, but
added: "I certainly wouldn't leave it in a closet, shrouded from the public."
Another Message For Damascus
Nov. 12..(FOJ) The Senate yesterday voted 89-4 to approve the Syria Accountability Act, which gives President Bush the authority to impose tough sanctions against Syrian President Bashar Assad's government, so long as Syria supports terrorists and continues to develop weapons of mass destruction. The bill that passed the Senate is very similar to the version that passed the House last month by a vote of 398-4. The tough sanctions measure approved by Congress against Syria could lead to a future invasion of the country, one prominent US lawmaker said. One particular section of the bill referred to "hostile actions" by Syria against US-led forces in Iraq. Last week, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak visited Syria and relayed a stark warning from President Bush to Syrian President Bashar Assad about Syria's continued support for international terrorism, and Syrian intervention in Iraq. Mubarak carried a message of unprecedented harshness from Washington. Nothing like it had been conveyed to any regional leader since Saddam Hussein was put on notice of the fate awaiting him if the Americans invaded Iraq. Assad was warned that his terror actions in Iraq and Palestine could expose Syria to the peril of a massive bombing campaign unprecedented in history!
Pope: Promote Aspirations of the Palestinian People
Nov. 11….(EWTN) This morning John Paul II received a delegation of Christian Palestinians from the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) to whom he expressed his desire that their visit facilitate “a better understanding of the situation of Christians in the Palestinian territories and of the significant role that they can play in promoting the legitimate aspirations of the Palestinian people.” “Despite recent setbacks on the Quartet roadmap to peace and fresh outbreaks of violence and injustice, we must continue to affirm that peace is possible and that the resolution of differences can only come about through the patient dialogue and persevering commitment of people of good will on both sides. Once again the Pope made an appeal to all parties “to respect fully the resolutions of the United Nations and the commitments made in the acceptance of the peace process, with engagement in a common quest for reconciliation, justice and the building of a secure and harmonious coexistence in the Holy Land.” “I hope,” he concluded, “that the national Constitution presently being drafted will give expression to the highest aspirations and the most cherished values of all the Palestinian people, with due recognition of all religious communities and adequate legal protection of their freedom of worship and expression.”
Why is the U.S. Funding the Palestinian Authority?
Nov. 11….(CBN) The United States gives the Palestinian Authority hundreds of millions of dollars, and the PA teaches its people to hate and kill Americans and Israelis. Much of the hate propaganda is aimed at children, encouraging them to join the Shahada, which means "to die for the cause." A video clip from a Palestinian program says, "Shahada is a very, very beautiful thing. Everyone yearns for Shahada. What could be better than going to paradise?" Over the past 10 years, Washington has handed the Palestinian Authority $1.2 billion in aid. And the White House has requested $75 million in direct aid for the Palestinian Authority for next year. But now some members of the Senate Appropriations Committee want the funding to stop. The United States has to tell the Palestinians, 'You're not going to get a penny for any project until you eliminate hatred of America, hatred of Israel, racism (and) anti-Semitism."
Fátima to Become Interfaith Shrine
Nov. 10….(Portugal News) Delegates attending the Vatican and United Nations (UN) inspired annual interfaith congress "The Future of God", held during October in Fátima, heard how the Shrine is to be developed into a center where all the religions of the world will gather to pay homage to their various gods. The future of Fátima, or the adoration of God and His mother at this holy Shrine is set to be transformed into a shrine where different religions can mingle. The Shrine of Fátima is to become a universalistic place of vocation. Hindus claim they are getting "positive vibrations" from visiting Marian shrines without endangering their faith. Fátima is also the name of Mohammed's daughter, and is indicative that the Shrine must be open to the co-existence of various faiths and beliefs. For the 1st time in the 86-year history of Fátima all of the Pagan and Christian delegates were invited to participate in the Ecumenical celebrations. One of the principle speakers, the Jesuit theologian Father Jacques Dupuis, was insistent that the religions of the world must unite. "The religion of the future will be a general converging of religions in a universal Christ that will satisfy all", he said. The Belgium born theologian argued: "The other religious traditions in the world are part of God's plan for humanity and the Holy Spirit is operating and present in Buddhist, Hindu and other sacred writings of Christian and non-Christian faiths as well." In an impassioned plea he said: "The universality of God's kingdom permits this, and this is nothing more than a diversified form of sharing in the same mystery of salvation. In the end it is hoped that the Christian will become a better Christian and each Hindu a better Hindu." An official statement put out by the Congress called for a non-proselytizing approach by all religions.
Syria Calls on U.S. to Leave Iraq
Nov. 10…..(Reuters) A Syrian official has called for the United States to withdraw from Iraq, saying the problem of terror attacks has arisen only since U.S.-led forces occupied the country. Syrian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Bushra Kanfani says that Damascus is not optimistic about U.S.-Syrian ties in the short term and urged Washington to engage in dialogue instead of making demands. Last week, Washington demanded after a string of deadly suicide attacks that Syria, which it calls a sponsor of "terrorism," should stop foreign militants from entering Iraq. "The problem is America, not Syria. America must be more objective, because when it entered Iraq there was no terrorism and now there is the problem of terrorism and of al Qaeda and the matter has changed from one of weapons of mass destruction and toppling a regime to a new one of terrorism," Kanfani said. "America must accept the reality that it is no longer in its interest to continue this way in Iraq. They must hand over power to other parties whose behavior is more acceptable to Iraqis and bring Iraq closer to regaining its sovereignty and holding free elections and then the problems will end," she said. "We are doing what we can to stop militants crossing the border and I think there are many claims which are incorrect and which serve as a political cover for the instability inside Iraq and lack of control. The occupation power has electronic devices and satellites which offer more than we have, so why don't they guard their borders?" Syrian-U.S. ties are already strained over Syrian backing for Lebanese Hizbollah guerrillas and Palestinian groups opposed to Israel.
Arafat Reasserts Full Control
Nov. 10….(FOJ) In June 2002, President Bush spelled out the terms for American support for the so-called 2-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. First and foremost in the Presidents statement was the sidelining of terrorist leader Yasser Arafat, and second were government reforms in the PA. Yesterday, Yasser Arafat’s new security advisor Jibril Rajoub said, “the Bush Administration is ruled by the "Zionist Right," and urged stronger resistance to the "fascist" America's occupation of Iraq. America is a "fascist country" and is acting as though it were the "policeman of the world." "At this moment, the Arabs must arise," he continued. "Iraqi resistance to the American occupation must be stepped up." This statement from Rajoub comes immediately after Yasser Arafat reasserted control over Palestinian security forces after weeks of pretended wrangling with Prime Minister Queria over the shape of a new PA government. It is more evidence that reforms in the Palestinian Authority are not happening as required by President Bush for American support for Palestinian Statehood. Instead we find that the cartel of terror headed by Arafat is still in charge. Furthermore, it should be evident that the PLO and Arafat are complicit in the guerrilla campaign against America in Iraq! FOJ calls upon President Bush to abandon the two-state solution because it is only a compromise with terrorists and the enemies of America!
Alert for Muslims to Flee NYC, Washington, L.A.
Nov. 10….(MEMRI) A message posted on an Internet forum last week by an al-Qaida-linked group calls on Muslims to flee New York City, Washington, D.C., and Los Angeles ahead of major terror attacks in those cities. According to DEBKA, the Jeddah-based Al-Islah society posted the message, which reportedly accuses the United States of predetermining its end (doom) by its policies: "The Jews rule the Pentagon by remote control and are the cause of Muslims being killed in every corner of the world. The United States should therefore expect more blows." The message was signed on behalf of the al-Bayan (The Threat) movement by "your warrior brother, Abul Hassan al Khadrami," the intelligence newsletter said. DEBKA reports a Muslim expert identified the name of the signatory as belonging to a Yemeni from Hadhrameuth, an area where al-Qaida chief Osama bin Laden enjoys substantial tribal support. The Middle East Media Research Institute, or MEMRI , also is reporting the message, having translated its content into English. MEMRI says the warning was published on the Global Islamic Media site. "Our Muslim brothers in America, we ask you to immediately leave the following cities: Washington, D.C., New York and Los Angeles," reads MEMRI's translation. "The next few days will prove to you the truth of this warning. To the oppressive rulers of America we say: Expect our terms following the first strike of Allah's believing soldiers.
Saudi Royals Targeted Because of US Ties
Nov. 10….(MSNBC) A top U.S. official said that the deadly bombing in Riyadh over the weekend was aimed at toppling Saudi Arabia’s royal family. “It is quite clear to me that al-Qaida wants to take down the royal family and the government of Saudi Arabia,” says U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage. The Saudi kingdom also blamed al-Qaida militants for the suicide car bombing of a Riyadh housing complex that killed 17 people, declaring it proof of the terror network's willingness to shed Muslim blood in its zeal to bring down the U.S.-linked Saudi monarchy. The attack came as the Saudi kingdom is pushing social and legal reforms it has stalled for years and pursuing Islamic militants with a determination and the Saudis have never considered before. For decades, the Saudi government was reluctant to confront religious extremists and terrorists because it draws its legitimacy partly from the royal family's close association with the strict Wahabi Islamic religious philosophy.
WEEK OF NOVEMBER 3 THROUGH NOVEMBER 10
Next Year is a Pivotal Year for America
Nov. 6….(FOJ) Yesterday, a Muslim web-site warned American Muslims to flee New York City, Washington D.C. and Los Angeles in advance of a threatened Al Qaeda attack on America. Al Qaeda and the Iraqi guerrillas are well aware of the upcoming U.S. elections and want very much to drive President Bush out of office and enhance their credibility in the Islamic world. That means they will do everything they can not to be put out of action before November 2004, and to sideline President Bush. In fact, they will do everything they can to humiliate President Bush before the election next year. As the economy grows, the war in Iraq and the election will start to merge, and become a point of emphasis for the terrorists. As Qusay Hussein was quoted as saying after the Iraqi invasion, “this President is very different from President Clinton, and we have underestimated his resolve against us.” Next year is shaping up as a pivotal year for America. While America is engaged in the war-on-terror, the American culture war is also heating up. Gay marriage rights, partial birth abortion, separation of church-state issues, and tolerance of other gods are matters that will be significant. Meanwhile, we can also look for Al Qaeda, Syria, Iraq, Iran, North Korea, Arafat, the EU-UN, and the multitude of Middle East terror organizations to do all they can to disenfranchise President Bush from leadership in America. They may undertake a number of plots such as further inflaming the Muslim guerrilla Jihad terrorists in Iraq, or by perpetrating another September 11th type attack in America. Nevertheless, if America wants to avoid the judgment of God, and the wrath of our many enemies, Christian America had better start fighting and wining the culture war that is being waged against our Republic.
What is Happening With the Sun?
Nov. 4….(Weekend) The Sun's intense activity in the past week will go
into the record books. The Sun cut loose with three severe flares in less than
24 hours through Monday morning, bringing to nine the number of major eruptions
in less than two weeks. Scientists have never witnessed a string of activity
like this. Scientists say they have been amazed by the ferocity of the gigantic
flares exploding on the solar surface. The Sun events have hurled billions of
tons of super-hot gas into space, some of it directed at Earth. Researchers are
once more predicting colorful displays of aurora, polar lights, when the charged
particles from the Sun crash into our atmosphere.
Sunni Insurgents Trained To Use SA-7 Missiles
Nov. 4….(Middle East News Line) Sunni insurgents are being trained to use their arsenal of Soviet-origin surface-to-air missiles. The training was said to have been conducted by former members of the Iraqi Air Force under the Saddam Hussein regime. The effort was believed to have been financed by Saddam loyalists, led by Izzet Ibrahim Al Duri, the vice chairman of the defunct Iraqi Revolutionary Command Council. U.S. officials said the training was expected to lead to a series of lethal anti-aircraft attacks against the U.S.-led coalition. On Sunday, Sunni insurgents fired what U.S. officials asserted were two Soviet-origin SA-7 surface-to-air missiles at a U.S. CH-47 heavy-lift helicopter that was heading from Faluja toward Baghdad. One SA-7 missile missed and the other shoulder-fired projectile struck the engine of the Chinook combat helicopter near the village of Hasi about 65 kilometers southwest of Baghdad. At least 16 U.S. soldiers were killed another 20 were injured in the crash of the CH-47. Another 10-ton dual-rotor CH-47 helicopter that was flying in formation nearby was not struck. Later, two other U.S. soldiers were killed in a separate roadside attack near Faluja.
Bush Says God Chose Him to Lead His Nation
Nov. 4….(Guardian) President George W. Bush stood before a cheering crowd
at a Dallas Christian youth center last week, and told them about being 'born
again' as a Christian. 'If you change their heart, then they change their
behavior. I know,' he said, referring to his own conversion, which led to him
giving up drinking. Behind Bush were two banners. 'King of Kings', proclaimed
one, 'Lord of Lords', said the other. The symbolism of how fervent Christianity
has become deeply entwined with the most powerful man on the planet could not
have been stronger. Few US Presidents have been as openly religious as Bush. Now
a new book has lifted the lid on how deep those Christian convictions run. It
will stir up controversy at a time when the administration is keen to portray
its 'war on terror' as non-religious. The book, which depicts a President who
prays each day and believes he is on a direct mission from God, will give
ammunition to critics who claim Bush's administration is heavily influenced by
Priests Train for Temple Mount
Nov. 4….(Israel Insider) For several months, Jewish experts have been working on a replica of the Third Temple in the blazing heat near the Dead Sea. The Jewish community of Mitzpe Yericho, between Jerusalem and Jericho, is home to the model, which is built on a 1:1 scale. Covering an area of 25,000 square meters (269,000 square feet), it will function as a training site to prepare priests (kohanim) for service in the Third Temple in Jerusalem. Backers of the project say the Jewish people are waiting for the Redemption and must prepare themselves for the coming of the Messiah. “After the Six Day War in 1967, when the Temple Mount was finally in our hands again, we all hoped for the building of the Third Temple,” said the rabbi of Mitzpe Yericho, Yehuda Kreuser, who oversees the Temple model. “However, this did not happen. Political considerations aside, we were not prepared to restore the priestly service in the Temple. Now we would like to prepare ourselves for that eventuality.” Rabbi Kreuser says the Temple service must be approached with fear and trembling because it is most holy. "Someone who makes mistakes in the priestly service in the Temple can be punished with death,” he says. The rabbi bases this on Numbers 18:1: "So the Lord said to Aaron: ‘You and your sons and your father’s household with you shall bear the guilt in connection with the sanctuary; and you and your sons with you shall bear the guilt in connection with your priesthood.’” Among the Biblically mandated tasks of the priests are offering sacrifices, inquiring of God concerning His will, handing down judicial and ritual rulings, accompanying the holy Ark, and teaching the Divine commandments to the people. The regulations for the sanctified work of the Temple priests were codified in rabbinical writings many years ago. “A man who wants to serve as a priest in the Temple must be extremely responsible,” explained Rabbi Kreuser. “It is not a job for everyone. The Temple priests are the ambassadors of the Almighty on earth.”
Advisors Tell Bush Squeezing Israel Will Save US Lives
Nov. 4….(JNEWSIRE) US President George W Bush's intelligence chiefs are
urging him to apply "clear and intentional pressure" on Israel to stop all
settlement activity in order to defuse the spiraling situation in Iraq. This
news emerged from Washington Monday, a day after American soldiers killed in
Iraq since the end of the ground war there passed the number of US fatalities
during that conflict. Accordingly the US Bureau of Intelligence and Research (INR)
last week recommended to the administration that publicly applying pressure on
Israel to stop settlement construction would help make "headway with the
Palestinians as well as helping to calm the situation heating up in Iraq." In
other words, putting pressure on Israel in a way that is evident to the Arabs
will help ease Arab pressure on the US.
Israel Will Test the UN With a Resolution
Nov. 4….(FOJ) Israel, which has seen hundreds of UN resolutions passed against it over the years, circulated its first resolution ever to the General Assembly as part of a new effort to engage the United Nations and to test whether the organization is capable of taking a balanced approach to the Middle East. For years, Israel has refused to take seriously the hundreds of resolutions Arab states sponsor, all of which condemn Israel's actions against the Palestinians while making little, if any, mention of Palestinian attacks against Jews. Israel has historically found itself nearly alone at the United Nations, supported only by the United States and a few other countries, when facing dozens of Arab and Muslim states which have pushed anti-Israel resolutions. It was in the wake of the Holocaust, when Europe's Jews were nearly wiped out by Nazi Germany in World War II, that the United Nations voted in 1947 to carve out two countries in Palestine, one Jewish, the other Arab. The Palestinians' share was lost, however, in the 1948 Mid-east war with parts divvied up among Israel, Jordan and Egypt. In its younger years, Israel was an active member of the United Nations. But after the 1967 and 1973 Mid-east wars, a coalition of developing nations in the Mid-east, Africa and Asia began concerted attacks on Israel. In 1975, the General Assembly voted to equate Zionism with racism, a move that revealed the true nature of the UN towards Israel.
Separation of Church & State is a Myth
Nov. 4….(WND) The constitutional separation of church and state," a
reference to the First Amendment in the Bill of Rights is a phrase Americans
hear literally every day from the news media, from legal organizations, from
politicians and pundits, and especially from zealous attorneys and judges.
"Separation of church and state" was used by the ACLU to demand that a banner
proclaiming "God bless America," erected outside a school shortly after Sept.
11, 2001, to honor the 3,000 murdered Americans, must be taken down. "Separation
of church and state" was used to deny a little, handicapped girl the right to
read her Bible on the bus on the long trip to school. "Separation of church and
state" was used to take Justice Roy Moore's 10 Commandments monument out of the
Alabama Judicial Building, and it is being used right now to challenge the words
"under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance. In Texas, a U.S. District judge decreed
that any student uttering the word "Jesus" at his school's
graduation would be arrested and locked up. The phrase is repeated so often
and with such assurance, one would think it is the keystone phrase of the U.S.
Constitution. And yet, the words "separation," "church," or "state" are not
found in the First Amendment, nor in any other founding document for that
matter. In fact, the entire "constitutional separation of church and state"
is a recent fabrication of activist judges who have ignored the Constitution's
clear meaning. Indeed, says U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice William
Rehnquist; "There is simply no historical foundation for the proposition that
the Framers intended to build the 'wall of separation' between church and state."
Bush-Putin Oil Deal
Nov. 3….(DEBKA) The Murmansk Pipeline and Oil Terminal is a magical code in the relationship between President Bush and Russian President Vladimir Putin. It is a powerful keyword for a range of major international issues such as stability in Iraq and the guerrilla war waged against US forces there, the global war against al Qaeda, now beginning its third year and the threat of North Korean and Iranian nuclear armament. The two leaders made first reciprocal pledges when they met on June 1 in St. Petersburg. That agreement hinges on a promise by Bush of US financial and technological assistance for the Murmansk Project. This colossal project entails the building of a major new pipeline to ship West Siberian crude through a deepwater terminal near Murmansk inside the Arctic Circle from Russia to North America. The pipeline would not only reduce American dependency on Middle East oil, but also bring a major oil source significantly closer to the American market than the Persian Gulf. Murmansk has two major advantages. It is a deepwater port, capable of handling the largest supertankers and, despite its location north of the Arctic Circle, is able to operate around the year. Construction is projected to begin in 2004 with the pipeline being ready for operation in 2007. According to the US-Russian program discussed at the St. Petersburg summit, some 13 percent of US oil imports will come from Russia by the year 2010, reducing the OPEC input from 51 percent of US consumption to 40-42 percent in 2010. On the strength of this pledged partnership, the two presidents decided in St. Petersburg that while their policies might ostensibly differ on various key issues such as Iraq and Iran, their basic mutual commitment would be preserved. For instance, Washington would receive from Moscow tangible covert military and intelligence support for standing up to the guerrilla war in Iraq. Russia’s largest oil producers, Lukoil, Yukos, Tyumen Oil, Surgut and Sibneft, which account for about half of Russia’s oil production and are rivals in other areas, agreed last year to join in the construction of the Murmansk pipeline. At present, while Russia is the second largest oil exporter in the world after Saudi Arabia, its dozen or so producers are too small to compete with the big international firms. The goal of the joint Yukos-Sibneft company, approved by the Russian government, is to compete with the international giants like Exxon Mobil, BP and Royal Dutch/Shell for financing, reserves and markets. The formation of a Russian oil giant enables Putin to ward off domestic criticism of American domination of Russian oil resources, including the Murmansk project. This was the rationale for Putin’s order last week to arrest Mikhail Khdorkovksky, the Yukos tycoon, and initially impound 44 percent of the company’s shares. It shows Putins resolve not to allow a private individual to control the most important meeting-point of Moscow’s economic cooperation with Washington.
US Intelligence and Israel
Nov. 3…..(Bob Westbrook Commentary) Nothing has the potential to adversely effect the national security of the United States more than turning against Israel. Yet the US Bureau of Intelligence and Research has recently recommended, in a paper submitted to the US Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, that in the interest of national security, "clear and intentional pressure" should be put on Israel regarding the "settlements". The Bureau of Intelligence and Research is an agency of the US State Department, with a "primary mission is to harness intelligence to serve US diplomacy". This bureau draws upon sources from various intelligence agencies to formulate policy recommendations. Their conclusions, as expressed to the Senate committee, are potentially devastating. The primary source of those anti-American feelings rampant in the Arab world, they say, derive from the perception of support for Israel. Therefore, the way to rectify this is to change that perception, by making conspicuous policy adjustments to signify to the Arab world that the US is not pro-Israel. The issue most under attack by these "intelligence" experts, who so badly abuse the meaning of that word, is the "settlements". These are the places where Israelis have established communities in the land captured by Israel in the 1967 Six Day War. This land, which the world powers covet for a Palestinian state, is a primary focal point of conflict between God and the nations. It is tragically ironic that these anti-settlement policy recommendations were made during the Senate hearings on "Current and Projected Threats to the National Security of the United States", because it is precisely a turn against Israel that can most seriously threaten the security of the United States. By disavowing and disdaining God's policy statements regarding that land, by consenting with the position of those vicious, acrimonious neighbors of Israel, the US will bring reproach and reprisal upon itself. It is true that the Arab/Muslim world resents any level of support that the US extends to Israel. But it is a faulty supposition that the Arab/Muslim world can be appeased to like America better if the US policies are not viewed as pro-Israel. Even if that were the case, however, it would be a change that would be applied at a very great cost to America. The principle God declared that He will bless those who bless Israel and curse those who curse Israel is still in operation. The State Department, which has been consistently and emphatically Arabist in its orientation for many decades, does not factor in God's outlook when formulating its policy recommendations. This will turn out to be a catastrophic error with tremendous negative consequences for America. Yes, there is a God in heaven, and yes, he is still sovereign over all the affairs of man. In these last days, He has chosen to demonstrate the greatness of His power by bringing the Jewish people back to their land after centuries in exile. The special and unique venture has been given the utmost prominence and priority in God's policy declarations. If the United States intelligence community chooses to pit its policy determinations against God's, is there any question whose will prevail? To put "clear and intentional pressure" on Israel regarding the settlements is suicidal for America. Those settlements represent the initiative that God is engaging with "all His heart and soul", according to the prophets of Scripture. Israel became a nation once again in 1948, but did not at once receive all of the land promised to them. The recovery of all that land has been a gradual process, proceeding in steps and continuing to this day. The very heart of the land, the portion upon which the ancient nation of Israel was founded, is the portion not yet in Israel's full possession. This is the area that the world scorns as illegitimate "settlements". The use of that term denotes those communities as impermanent and transitory, to be removed when the world deems it necessary to establish a Palestinian state there. But God has forcefully voiced his emphatic intention that the land there will be the central portion of the Jewish State. There is no question which vision for this land will ultimately win out. The only question that remains is how badly those nations that oppose God's vision will damage themselves in the process. Just as in the past when world powers challenged and combated God's intentions, and were humbled in the aftermath, so too the United States will bring calamity on itself if it persists in the non-intelligent course of turning against Israel.
THE NEW WORLD DISORDER
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