WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 27 THROUGH OCTOBER 3
The Debate Shows There’s Trouble Ahead
Oct. 1….(FOJ) Today, while political pundits and partisans are analyzing the Presidential debate, and deciding which candidate did whatever better, I am more concerned about the fate of the United States at this extremely critical point in history. As a Bible prophecy ministry, I viewed the debate, not from a political perspective, but from a perspective that looks for insights into how the selection that our country makes in this election will shape America’s role in end-time events. John Kerry slammed President Bush for taking the United States into war in Iraq without enough global support, while President Bush said he doesn't need a permission slip from the rest of the world to protect America and its interests. But the prophecy concern of the debate concerns the topic of nuclear proliferation. As I continue to evaluate the world situation today, it is clear that certain rogue States acquiring nuclear weapons is a grave matter. Added to the fact that these same States (axis of evil and others) are the sponsors of world-wide terror, and that they are sworn to Israel’s destruction, it reflects the fact that our world is headed for perilous times. These perilous times will in turn set the stage for the sudden rise of the Antichrist. The Antichrist will likely be able to craft some sort of alliance to shield the world from the threat posed by these horrible weapons of mass destruction. Both candidates explicitly said that their Number 1 concern for the country right now is proliferation. President Bush specified that weapons of mass destruction in the hands of terrorists was his utmost worry. Bush also noted that his administration has upheld the doctrine that those countries that harbor terrorists are just as guilty as the terrorists themselves, and that is without a doubt the absolute truth. In fact, some of these rogue states will compel the superpowers into the final conflict in the Middle East. Mr. Kerry said the President should have the authority to launch preemptive strikes if he sees a threat to national security, "but that if and when you do it, you've got to do it in a way that passes a Global test, and that you have to acquire UN sanctioned legitimate reasons for action." (The Ten Kings of the Tribulation era would agree with that assessment for they will actually establish the Global authority for that very job ) President Bush took issue with that, saying the United States shouldn't have to pass any "global test" and get approval to protect itself. I couldn’t help but look ahead in Bible prophecy, and take note that our world, and our nation is headed directly toward a showdown that will climax in the rise of the Antichrist, and lead to the Armageddon scenario. The debate ended on the subject of nuclear proliferation and the nations of North Korea and Iran’s drive to acquire those weapons. It is clear to me that trouble is looming, no matter who is elected. Ironically, everything today is coming to pass just as the Bible indicated it would. How I wish our politicians understood Bible prophecy!
Marriage Protection Rejected by House
Oct. 1….(World Net Daily) A constitutional amendment that would clearly define marriage as an institution between one man and one woman was defeated in the US House of Representatives last night as it fell 49 votes short of the two-thirds needed. The House vote was 227-186. "God created Adam and Eve, He didn't create Adam and Steve," said Rep. Roscoe Bartlett, R-Md., on behalf of a measure that supporters said was designed to protect an institution as old as civilization itself. Democrats countered that Republicans were motivated by election-year politics as much as anything, particularly since a Senate vote this year ended any immediate chance the amendment could be sent to the states for ratification. President Bush has issued a statement expressing disappointment with the vote's outcome. The President said, "Because activist judges and local officials in some parts of the country are seeking to redefine marriage for the rest of the country, we must remain vigilant in defending traditional marriage."
** FOJ Note: The following two news stories reveal the serious nature of the political situation that is fast developing, not only around the world, but even here in America. God has stipulated that Israel is his chosen people and His nation. God foretold that in the Last Days that he would begin to bring Israel back from world-wide captivity (1948) to its the Mid-east domicile, and that based upon that ensuing season of turmoil and conflict, that He (God) would begin to judge the nations of the world according to His designs for Israel. (That judgement will climax at Armageddon) It is incumbent upon the Church, and Christian nations to remember that as Israel travails forward through its season of trouble, that God will bless those nations that bless Israel, and he will curse those nations that curse Israel! (Matthew 24:9 Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name's sake. Luke 21:17 And ye shall be hated of all men for my name's sake.) But sad to say, as the following accounts show, some Americans are beginning to blinded about the true nature of the Middle East Conflict, and are becoming inclined to follow the seducing spirits of anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism, and these spirits are enhanced in their deceptiveness by the demonic doctrine called replacement theology. In the seeds of these evil teachings could lie the ultimate fate of the United States. Make no mistake about it, We are living in perilous times, (the last days when evil men shall wax worse and worse) and the road ahead is going to get tougher and tougher. We as Christians and America as a nation must decide to be resolute in befriending Israel, or else face the wrath of God. Undoubtedly in the future, America will have to face the wrath of Satan for supporting Israel, but I would rather face the evils of Hells terror, than face the righteous indignation of the Almighty! Satan is seeking to terrorize Christians these days, and is working through Islamic Jihadists to eliminate our Godly support for Israel. (Luke 21:9 But when ye shall hear of wars and commotions, be not terrified: for these things must first come to pass; but the end is not by and by.)
Poll: 2/3 of Americans Now Favor Mid-east Neutrality (abandoning Israel)
Sept. 30….(Jerusalem Post) Nearly two-thirds of Americans, 64 percent, feel the US should make a major effort to be evenhanded in its approach to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict as part of American efforts to combat international terrorism, a new survey released Tuesday shows. The poll of American attitudes towards global issues, commissioned by the Chicago Council on Foreign Relations, found that only 17% of Americans believe the US should take Israel's side in the conflict, and 74% said the US should take no side. It also found that only 39% of Americans perceive the Israeli-Arab conflict as a "critical threat" to US interests, a drop of 24% from a previous survey in 2002. Overall, Americans seemed to feel safer with regard to international terrorism and other threats, pollsters said. "The public, since the summer of 2002, seems to feel less threatened," said Benjamin Page, a professor of political science at Northwestern University. He said the "Middle East is not such a top priority to Americans as it was two years ago." The survey found very slim support among Americans for US-led democratization efforts in the Middle East. Only 35% of Americans believe the US should put greater pressure on Middle Eastern countries like Egypt and Saudi Arabia to democratize, versus 57% who do not believe the US should apply pressure. Americans have a very "limited appetite" for democratization efforts, said James Steinberg of the Brookings Institution. Only 14% said bringing a democratic form of governance to other countries was a very important goal of US foreign policy. Nearly ¾ of Americans however (73%) said that preventing the spread of nuclear weapons, and (71%) combating international terrorism were priorities. The survey also showed wide support for a multilateral approach to international issues and a willingness "to further empower the United Nations." The council poll also found that on theoretical questions related to Israel, 52% of Americans would support US troops joining an international peacekeeping force to monitor an Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement. It also surveyed 450 opinion leaders and found higher support in that group, with 81% in favor of such a troop deployment. Only 43% of the public favored deploying US troops to Israel if it were attacked by its Arab neighbors, compared with 64% of leaders who favored such a deployment.
Are Mainline Churches Becoming anti-Semitic?
Sept. 30….(World Net Daily) A new report documenting a strong bias against Israel suggests mainline Protestant churches could be partly motivated by anti-Semitism. The Institute on Religion and Democracy, a monitor of the mainline denominations, says that of the 197 human-rights criticisms issued by the churches between 2000 and 2003, only 31 percent were aimed at countries other than the United States or Israel. About 37 percent of the statements criticized Israel while 31 percent were directed at the United States. "Great attention to the United States may be expected from churches that find their homes there," the report says. "But the dramatic focus on Israel as opposed to many more repressive regimes, including other US allies known for human rights abuses (such as Saudi Arabia and Egypt), must be challenged." The churches included in the survey include the Presbyterian Church (USA), Episcopal Church, United Methodist Church, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and the umbrella bodies, the National Council of Churches and parent World Council of Churches. As World Net Daily reported in July, the Presbyterian Church (USA) voted to divest from Israel, making it the largest organization or institution to join the campaign against the Jewish State. The Episcopal Church is also considering a similar measure. Diane Knippers, president of the IRD, contends an "extreme focus on Israel, while ignoring major human rights violators, seriously distorts the churches' message on universal human rights." "We cannot find a rational explanation for the imbalance," she said in a statement. "We are forced to ask: Is there an anti-Jewish animus, conscious or unconscious, that drives this drumbeat of criticism against the world's only Jewish state?" The report says, "Given the dramatic unwillingness of the mainline churches to criticize states around Israel for their human rights abuses, not only their connections to worldwide terrorism, but also their oppression and brutality toward their own people, it is not unreasonable to ask whether anti-Jewish animus may play some role in the churches' skewed human rights advocacy." It is especially telling, the report says, that amid the Second Palestinian Intifada, or uprising, "not a single criticism was made of the Palestinian Authority by any of the churches or ecumenical bodies analyzed." The Churches criticized the United States for its foreign policy, particularly American sanctions against Cuba and Iraq, and abuses under the USA Patriot Act and domestic human rights abuses against illegal immigrants. Israel was chastised for its treatment of Palestinians, particularly its border policies with Gaza and the West Bank, and incursions into the disputed territories to root out terrorists. Mainline church leaders see Israel as a bastion of Western imperialism, supported by US funds and foreign policy," the report says. "They see the Palestinians as the people oppressed by the policies of both Israel and the United States."
What are Liberalism and Conservatism?
Sept. 29….(FOJ) President Bush and Democratic candidate
for President John Kerry are set to debate one another tomorrow night. The two
candidates literally reflect the division in America that has developed. The
United States has for several decades now been a society that is split into two
large camps, politically, culturally, and even religiously. When we discuss
politics, we find that most people fall into either the liberal or conservative
camp of philosophy. Occasionally, there are a few souls that find a comfort zone
in the middle of these passions, and they are labeled moderates. Politicians of
this mindset like to call themselves centrists so they can appeal to both sides.
But have you ever wondered why these labels became paramount? What do the terms
liberal and conservative actually mean? The terms liberal and conservative, when
used in the context of national politics depends upon the traditional roots of a
nation. For example a liberal in the US and a liberal in China would have
exactly opposite viewpoints, and likewise with the conservative label for this
example. (a liberal in China would favor freedom, and be cast as a liberal
because China is a totalitarian country) Liberals tend to possess a view
that is contrary to the foundational footing that a nation was built upon, while
conservatives tend to hold views closer to the traditional footing of a country.
Liberals tend to be more inclined to changing everything and tolerating concepts
that are deemed taboo to local tradition, whereas conservatives tend to want
everything to have to be in line with the basic tenets of the foundational
structure. In short, liberals in American political thought despise the
structure of government (Christian Republic) that America’s founding Father’s
established, and seek to make allowances for contemporary philosophies.
Political conservatives usually (not always) tend to venerate and
maintain the structure of the foundational concepts built into America’s
Constitution, and to fight against the trend of change. America needs to get
back to its roots! And that means getting back to basic Christian precepts! We
don’t need constant political labels, and more debate about political
philosophy. We simply need to study God’s word, to be able to discern truth from
philosophy, and practice our politics according to true Christian convictions!
Our politicians come off as flip-floppy because they have a hard time discerning
absolute truth, (moral relativism) and the absolute truth can only be
discovered with the Divine help of the ONE who is truth! (John 14:6 Jesus
saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto
the Father, but by me.)
Hamas Signals A Challenge to Arafat
Sept. 29….(Fox News) Palestinians marked the fourth anniversary of their uprising Tuesday amid signs that the extremist Hamas group is preparing a political challenge to Yasser Arafat despite a series of Israeli military blows at the movement's leadership. Hamas published newspaper ads urging supporters to vote in upcoming municipal elections, saying "it's time for change." And a top Hamas leader indicated the group might try to unseat Arafat in presidential elections, which have not yet been scheduled. Hamas' electoral challenge, were apt reflections of the state of affairs in the West Bank and Gaza Strip after four years of fighting (FOJ Note: PLO terrorism against Israel) with Israel. The violence has left Arafat's Palestinian Authority severely weakened, leading to widespread chaos and boosting Hamas' popularity. "We need an evaluation of these four years," Palestinian Prime Minister Ahmed Qureia said. "Where have we been right and where have we been wrong? What did we achieve and what didn't we achieve?" (FOJ Note: Weren’t we told that the Intifada and terrorist acts weren’t conspired by the PA, and that they couldn’t control the fighting?) The uprising (PA terror war) erupted on Sept. 28, 2000, after Ariel Sharon, then Israel's opposition leader, visited a sensitive Jerusalem hilltop revered by both Jews and Muslims. Palestinian riots broke out, and five months later Sharon defeated Ehud Barak in a special election for Prime Minister. The fighting has taken a heavy toll on both sides, killing more than 3,000 Palestinians and nearly 1,000 Israelis. Israel appears to have gained the upper hand in the fighting. It has confined Arafat to his West Bank headquarters for three years and killed hundreds of leading militants. The Palestinian economy is in tatters. In a sign of Palestinian weariness, a recent opinion poll by An-Najah University found that two-thirds of Palestinians support a cease-fire with Israel. (remember that to the PLO a cease-fire is only a time to recover so they can fight again) "The uprising has not been defeated, but it has not brought victory. Frankly, it is now closer to defeat than victory," commentator Hani al-Masri wrote in the Palestinian daily Al Ayyam. Hamas is vying with other groups for a prominent role after the Israeli withdrawal from Gaza, where Hamas wields great influence despite Israeli assassinations of its top leaders. On Tuesday, Hamas published newspaper ads urging its followers to register to vote in local Palestinian elections, which are scheduled to begin December 9. Hamas issued the election call came a day after a Hamas leader was quoted as saying the group planned to contest legislative and presidential elections, which Arafat has promised to hold but has not yet scheduled. The comment by Mahmoud Zahar marked the first time Hamas made such a commitment. A strong Hamas campaign could pose a formidable challenge to Arafat. The veteran Palestinian leader consented this month to hold municipal elections in response to widespread discontent over his corruption-plagued government. Arafat has long resisted elections, saying Israeli military occupation of the West Bank and Gaza Strip make orderly voting impossible. But critics accuse him of making excuses to avoid facing an electoral test of the growing dissatisfaction with his rule. Hamas, which has carried out dozens of suicide bombings in Israel, is committed to the destruction of the Jewish State.
Iran Parades Missiles with Nuke Designs
Sept. 29….(MENL) Iran has launched a Shihab-3 intermediate-range missile with a nuclear warhead design. Western intelligence sources said the Iranian Defense Ministry has redesigned the original Shihab-3 warhead to accommodate nuclear weapons. The sources said the new warhead was smaller and designed as a bottle-neck in a throwback to US and Soviet intercontinental ballistic missiles of the 1960s. The new Shihab-3 warhead was seen on Iranian television during a report on the Shihab-3 on August 11. The sources said the Shihab warhead was changed from a conical design to that resembling a baby bottle. The sources said the reentry vehicle of the new Shihab-3 design resembled the Soviet-origin SS-9. The SS-9 was a 1960s liquid-fuel intercontinental ballistic missile launched from a silo and which contained a nuclear warhead.
Bush: No Nuclear Iran on My Watch!
Sept. 29….(Fox News)President Bush, preparing for this week's much-anticipated campaign debate on foreign policy, is insisting Iran will not develop a nuclear weapon. "My hope is that we can solve this diplomatically," Bush said in a TV interview broadcast Monday on Fox TV. "We are working our hearts out so that they don't develop a nuclear weapon, and the best way to do so is to continue to keep international pressure on them." Pressed on whether he would allow Iran to build a bomb, Bush said: "No, we've made it clear, our position is that they won't have a nuclear weapon." Bush's comments on FOX News Channel's "The O'Reilly Factor" did not mark new policy. In June 2003, Bush said that "the international community must come together to make it very clear to Iran that we will not tolerate the construction of a nuclear weapon." But Bush has not spoken out so forcefully on the matter since signs emerged recently that Iran could be on the path toward developing a bomb. Iran defied rules set by 35 nations and announced it had started converting raw uranium into the gas needed for enrichment, a process that can be used to make nuclear weapons. While insisting its intentions are peaceful, Iran pledged to continue even if it means a rupture with UN monitors and an end to inspections of its nuclear facilities. Thursday's presidential debate centers on foreign policy, and Iran is likely to come up. Bush and his Democratic challenger, Sen. John Kerry, have modest differences on how to confront the issue. Kerry charges that Bush's Iraq policies "took our attention and our resources away" from dealing with Iran. Kerry holds out some hope that a negotiated solution with Iran is possible. He said the United States and other nations should "call their bluff" by offering nuclear fuel for peaceful purposes, then taking back the spent fuel so it can't be used for weapons. If that process fails, the United States could try to ensure that the International Atomic Energy Agency takes the issue to the UN Security Council, where Iran could face sanctions. (FOJ Note: here we go with the inept UN again, and another Iraq scenario) In 2001, Bush called Iran part of an "axis of evil," along with Iraq and North Korea. Yet, he too favors diplomacy, though his administration has been divided on how to deal with it. Some, mostly in the Pentagon, favor a tougher approach. Others, mostly in the State Department, believe some accommodation is possible with Iranian moderates.
Post-Saddam Iraqi Terrorists Funding Palestinian Terror?
Sept. 29….(World Net Daily) Remnants of deposed Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein's regime may still be seeking to fund the Palestinian terrorists fighting against Israel by continuing the payments to families of Palestinian suicide bombers that Hussein previously provided, as a document recently seized in Iraq and obtained by World Net Daily indicates. The document discovered by a US military unit on the body of an Iraqi combatant in Northern Iraq, is a general "Certificate of Martyrdom" honoring a family member who carries out a suicide attack against Israelis. It was provided to World Net Daily by an American military source in Iraq. Unlike documents Hussein issued while in power, the new certificate refers to the former Iraqi leader as a "Freedom Fighter," and is not signed by Hussein himself, but by the "Iraq Sector Command," a reference not previously used in such certificates, indicating that post-Hussein militants may be seeking to fund Palestinian terrorism. Military analysts experienced in Iraqi affairs told World Net Daily the document appears indeed to be post-Hussein, although it is unclear whether it was printed while Hussein went into hiding or after he was captured in December 2003. While in power, Hussein paid the families of Palestinian suicide bombers as much as $25,000 a piece. According to documents captured in 2002 by Israel's Operation Defensive Shield, Hussein set up an "Arab Liberation Front," a Ba'ath party department in the Palestinian areas used to encourage terrorism and issue checks, usually through the Palestine Investment Bank, to the families of suicide bombers. A $25,000 check and martyrdom certificate, for example, was transferred on June 23, 2002, to Khaldiya Isma'il Abd Al-Aziz Al-Hurani, mother of the Hamas terrorist Fuad Isma'il Ahmad Al-Hurani, who carried out a suicide attack on March 19 of that year in Jerusalem's Moment Cafe. Eleven Israelis were killed and 16 wounded in the attack. Arafat’s Fatah and Saddam’s Iraqi Ba'ath Party routinely held public ceremonies, in which checks and certificates of merit were granted to families of those killed and wounded in the intifada. And CNN recorded a ceremony in Gaza on July 18, 2002, in which a check and martyrdom certificate were granted to the family of a killed terrorist from Khan Yunis. The mother proudly showed off the certificate to the cameras. But the document in view, which is signed by "President Saddam Hussein" and identical to those issued while Hussein was in power, is different from the certificate recently captured in Iraq. The new certificate calls Hussein "Mr. President Commander Freedom Fighter Saddam Hussein," lacks any official Iraqi state affirmation, and is signed by the "Iraqi Sector Command," a reference that has been used to refer to Iraqi insurgents. The captured certificate, titled "Certificate of Voluntary Martyrdom for the Liberation of Palestine," reads: "For responding to the summons of Supreme President Freedom Fighter Saddam Hussein to serve Allah and his subjects, (fill in name of Martyr) is recognized for the high honor of his voluntary service for the liberation of Palestine and Jerusalem. Palestinian terrorism has sharply declined since America occupied Iraq and Israel began construction of its security fence. Daniel Pipes, director of the Middle East Forum, told World Net Daily: "Iraqi money for Palestinian suicide bombers for years helped to legitimize atrocities. Should that money have continued after the end of Saddam Hussein's rule, it points to the deep and abiding connection between his horrific regime and the horrific Palestinian killers." An Israeli security source said, "the continuation of funding for Palestinian terrorism could serve Iraqi insurgent interests because it continues to stress their connection to the Palestinian and Arab causes, and helps them to recruit Palestinians to fight in Iraq."
We the Judges’: How Judicial Activists Rewrite the Constitution
Sept. 29….(CBN) In our society today, there is a real and tangible concern about what is being called "judicial activism." Many conservative legal scholars say judges today are making absurd rulings based more on their liberal thinking than what the Constitution actually says. How did we get to this point and what can be done about it? In the beginning, our Constitution reads, "We the people." But the way the courts have been ruling recently, many legal scholars say it could very easily read "We the judges." Judge Robert Bork said, "The problem is very grave because what you've done is take away democratic control of the culture." Bork is leading the campaign against judicial activism. He is convinced that too many judges are making laws instead of interpreting them, and that is not what the Founding Fathers had in mind. Bork explained, "The judges are steadily enacting what you might call the liberal cultural agenda." For example, just recently, the Supreme Court ruled that Americans basically have a constitutional right to commit sodomy. Experts who believe in original intent say that is nowhere in the Constitution. And, of course, the one case that still has legal scholars scratching their heads is the decision 30 years ago to legalize abortion. Bork said, "Fifty-eight pages: no legal argument in it. You learn all about the Egyptians practice with respect to abortion. You learn about the English common law with respect to abortion. You learn about what the opinions of the American Medical Association are, and all of a sudden, bang, there's a right to abortion." In a way, conservative scholars say this climate of judicial activism has been building for a while. They say, go back to the early 1800s. The big case then was Marbury v. Madison. The Supreme Court ruled for the first time that a law passed by Congress was unconstitutional. The chief justice said at the time that it was the duty of the judicial branch to determine what the law is. Fast forward 50 years later to the infamous Dred Scott decision, where the Supreme Court actually legitimized the spread of slavery. But it really was not until the 1960s that liberal judicial activism began to reach new heights. The Supreme Court justice was Earl Warren, and under his court, prayer in schools was deemed unconstitutional. A year later, reading the Bible in public schools was gone too. The justices apparently thought that they both violated the First Amendment by establishing or endorsing a certain religion. "It's a titanic battle about the meaning and the interpretation of the Constitution," said Ralph Neas, head of the liberal group People for the American Way. He thinks the Warren court got it right in the 60s. It is part of a philosophy that looks at the Constitution as a living, breathing document that needs to evolve with the times. "It's certainly not a stagnant document," Neas said, "because the Founding Fathers could never have anticipated the changes in technology, the changes in the way of life, and all the other things that have happened over our 200-plus years of history." Judge Bork responded, "Well, that's one of the most preposterous tactics I've ever heard." Bork says that you do not mess with the Constitution unless Congress and the American people want to change it. "The only thing the court can point to," Bork asserts, "are the actual principles of the Constitution. Now if you say, well, we'd like more Constitution principles added, we have the amendment process. You can add them by that means." So what did the framers actually think? The answers are written down in history, in a collection of essays called "The Federalist Papers," where our Founding Fathers explained certain provisions in the Constitution. Alexander Hamilton expressed his belief that the courts would have the least power of the three branches of government when he wrote that, "The judiciary, from the nature of its functions, will always be the least dangerous to the political rights of the Constitution." And in 1820, Thomas Jefferson agreed with Hamilton on the judiciary's role, warning that "to consider the judges as the ultimate arbiters of all constitutional questions is a very dangerous doctrine indeed." But those papers still do not stop the debate over judicial activism. Ralph Neas said, "If we were all honest, we would probably say that both the conservatives and the liberals and everything in between were judicial activists." Judge Bork does not see it that way. He says it is about constitutional law being reinterpreted. "It's not intellectual," he said. "it's not the study of history, it's not the study of logic. What it is, is politics. It's a Left liberal version of politics." And so, will the future be more about 'We the people?" or "We the judges?" The answer will very much define the moral direction of the country.
Al Qaeda Seeks Ties to Mexican Gangs
Sept. 29….(World Net Daily) A top al Qaeda lieutenant has met with leaders of a violent Salvadoran criminal gang with roots in Mexico and the United States, including a stronghold in the Washington area, in an effort by the terrorist network to seek help infiltrating the US-Mexico border, law enforcement authorities said. Adnan G. El Shukrijumah, a key al Qaeda cell leader for whom the US government has offered a $5 million reward, was spotted in July in Honduras meeting with leaders of El Salvador's notorious Mara Salvatrucha gang, which immigration officials said has smuggled hundreds of Central and South Americans, mostly gang members into the United States. The Salvadoran gang, known to law enforcement authorities as MS-13 because many members identify themselves with tattoos of the number 13, is thought to have established a major smuggling center in Matamoros, Mexico, just south of Brownsville, Texas, from where it has arranged to bring illegal aliens from countries other than Mexico into the United States. Authorities said al Qaeda terrorists hope to take advantage of a lack of detention space within the Department of Homeland Security that has forced immigration officials to release non-Mexican illegal aliens back into the United States, rather than return them to their home countries. Less than 15 percent of those released appear for immigration hearings. Nearly 60,000 illegal aliens designated as other-than-Mexican, or OTMs, were detained last year along the US-Mexico border. El Shukrijumah, born in Saudi Arabia but thought to be a Yemen national, was spotted in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, in July, having crossed the border illegally from Nicaragua after a stay in Panama. US authorities said al Qaeda operatives have been in Tegucigalpa planning attacks against British, Spanish and US embassies. Known to carry passports from Saudi Arabia, Trinidad, Guyana and Canada, El Shukrijumah had sought meetings with the Mara Salvatrucha gang leaders who control alien-smuggling routes through Mexico and into the United States. El Shukrijumah, 29, who authorities said was in Canada last year looking for nuclear material for a so-called "dirty bomb" and reportedly has family members in Guyana, was named in a March 2003 material-witness arrest warrant by federal prosecutors in Northern Virginia, where U.S. Attorney Paul J. McNulty said he is sought in connection with potential terrorist threats against the United States. A former southern Florida resident and pilot thought to have helped plan the September 11 attacks, El Shukrijumah was among seven suspected al Qaeda operatives identified in May by Attorney General John Ashcroft as being involved in plans to strike new targets in the United States. Citing "credible intelligence from multiple sources," Mr. Ashcroft said at the time that El Shukrijumah posed "a clear and present danger to America." In August, an FBI alert described him as "armed and dangerous" and a major threat to homeland security. Earlier this month, Mr. Ashcroft confirmed that US border agents and inspectors had ramped up efforts to find El Shukrijumah amid reports that the al Qaeda leader was thought to be seeking entry routes into the United States along the US-Mexico border. Mr. Ashcroft noted that increased enforcement efforts were under way in the wake of a rise of arrests of border jumpers from Afghanistan, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Pakistan, the Philippines, Saudi Arabia and Syria.
North Korea: US to Blame for Our Nuclear Weapons
Sept. 28….(USA Today) North Korea has turned plutonium from 8,000 spent nuclear fuel rods into weapons to serve as a deterrent against a possible nuclear strike by the United States, a North Korean minister disclosed yesterday. Warning that the danger of war on the Korean peninsula "is snowballing," Vice Foreign Minister Choe Su Hon blamed the United States for intensifying threats to attack the communist nation and destroying the basis for negotiations to resolve the dispute over Pyongyang's nuclear program. Without specifying what kinds, or the number of weapons it has, Choe said North Korea has been left with "no other option but to possess a nuclear deterrent" because of US policies that he claimed were designed to "eliminate the DPRK by force, while designating it as part of an 'axis of evil' and a target of pre-emptive nuclear strikes." (DPRK stands for Democratic People's Republic of Korea, the North's official name) In Washington, a State Department official noted that the administration has long believed North Korea has at least one or two nuclear weapons. Choe told the UN General Assembly that North Korea is still ready to dismantle its nuclear program if Washington abandons its "hostile policy" and is prepared to coexist peacefully. A US State Department official said North Korea should take part in six-the party discussions and noted that Secretary of State Colin Powell has said repeatedly that the United States has no plans to attack that country. The Korean crisis erupted in 2002 when the United States accused North Korea of running a secret nuclear weapons program. North Korea and South Korea have been divided since before the 1950-53 Korean War. Choe reiterated that Pyongyang's goal remains the peaceful reunification of the two countries. But he accused the US of "unilateralism and high-handedness" and of trying to sabotage Korean reunification and charged that Washington is deploying sophisticated war equipment targeting North Korea. Choe indicated there was a chance for revival of the nuclear talks, if the United States has the will to co-exist peacefully with the DPRK by abandoning its hostile policy on the DPRK.
Two UN Camps on Terrorism
Sept. 28….(Jerusalem Post) In the weeks immediately
following 9/11 there came another anniversary, this one marked the anniversary
of the UN’s failed response to define terrorism. On September 28, 2001, the UN
Security Council adopted resolution 1373. Resolution 1373 has proved to be the
high water mark in absurdity. Despite John Kerry's repeated calls for greater UN
involvement, the organization's contribution to the war on terror has amounted
to absolutely nothing, and it seems dedicated to more of it. Three years after
resolution 1373 was passed, the UN still cannot define terrorism, let alone lend
any support to those who are fighting it. UN member states are essentially
divided into two camps. In one corner is the Organization of Islamic Conference
(OIC), composed of 56 Islamic states insisting that terrorism excludes armed
struggle for liberation and self-determination. More precisely, the OIC insists
that blowing up Israelis of all ages, whether it be in café’s, synagogues,
buses, or in discotheques is not terrorism. For eight years the UN has been
struggling to adopt a comprehensive conventional statement against international
terrorism. The UN's total inability to identify a terrorist has real-life
implications. In the last month, the UN Security Council has been faced with the
terrorist acts in Beslan, Russia, and the suicide-bombing in Beersheba, Israel.
The bombings in Israel claimed 16 lives and wounded 100 from a population of
6,200,000. The hostage-taking in Russia left 326 dead and 727 wounded out of a
population of 143,800,000. The proportionate trauma was as great, if not higher,
in Israel. The UN Security Council issued a statement to the press saying that
council members ("not all") condemned the bombings along with "all other acts of
terrorism" (code language for "Israel engages in terrorism, too"). During
the debate on terrorism, UN Security Council members Algeria and Pakistan
maintained a position of principle, that there should be no double standards
set, no singling out of one act, no selective condemnation. On September 1 the
Security Council adopted a "presidential statement" on behalf of the council as
a whole concerning Beslan. It strongly condemned the terrorist attacks,
expressing the deepest sympathy with the people and government of Russia and
urging all states to cooperate with Russian authorities in bringing to justice
the perpetrators, organizers, and sponsors of these terrorist acts. Of course
the council couldn't mirror such calls when it came to Israeli victims, since
the perpetrators, organizers, and sponsors of Palestinian terrorism start at
Yasser Arafat and end in the protectorates of Damascus and Teheran. So,
whatever happened to Security Council resolution 1373? The resolution's legal
requirements were impressive: "Refrain from providing any form of support,
active or passive, to entities or persons involved in terrorist acts; "take the
necessary steps to prevent the commission of terrorist acts; "deny safe haven to
those who finance, plan, support, or commit terrorist acts; prevent those who
finance, plan, facilitate, or commit terrorist acts from using their respective
territories for those purposes against other States or their citizens. (FOJ
Note: the UN’s points of emphasis sounded a lot like President Bush’s doctrine
against terror) To implement these obligations, Resolution 1373 gave birth
to a Counter-Terrorism Committee (CTC). The CTC then spawned 517 state reports
about all those busy activities member states were taking to implement the
resolution. Among them is the most recent report from Syria, the State where the
headquarters of Hamas, the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, and
others featured on the State Department list of foreign terrorist organizations
operate from. Syria maintains that it is in full-compliance with the CTC. The
UN's chief global response to 9/11, the Counter-Terrorism Committee, has
never managed to name a single terrorist organization, individual, or State
sponsor of terrorism. Another UN committee was created in 1999 under UN
Security Council resolution 1267 in response to al-Qaida and the Taliban. This
so-called sanctions committee has never agreed on which states are not complying
with their obligations or given the council a list of delinquent states for
Commentary on the War on Terror
Sept. 28….(Zola Levitt) The horrific attack on the Russian school by the Muslim terrorists in Russia was in the news. We were disturbed by a certain problem in the reporting of this story. Virtually no news sources specified that the "Chechens" are Muslims. This is another example of politely "excusing" Muslim terrorists. Ask your friends and associates if they know the religion of "Chechen Rebels." Most won't be able to tell you that these child killers are Muslims. The American "mainstream" press does their best to cover the story of the Russian school massacre by Islamic terrorists without mentioning that they are Islamic at all. ABC News called them "secessionist Chechen rebels." CBS News called them "militants" and "hostage takers." CNN calleds them a "group" of "attackers." MSNBC calls them "hostage-takers" and "Chechen rebels." USAToday called them "armed militants, and Reuters called them an "armed gang," and added, "It remains unclear who the 'attackers' were." I personally checked The Dallas Morning News, and, sure enough, on Friday, September 3, in a half-page article, they went through the entire school hostage story and never once used the terms "Muslim" or "Islam." Any number of euphemisms were used to describe the Muslim terrorists. The next day, the Dallas Morning News was struck by the fact that it was discovered that some "Arab fighters" were among the assailants. Only then did they relent and use the word "Islamist" for the first time. With their backs to the wall, CBS finally admitted the presence of the Arabs as brothers in arms of the "Muslim Chechen terrorists." But, even Fox News referred to them as Chechens, not as Muslims. I simply don't understand why we are unwilling to name our enemy, or why we think we must kowtow to the Islamic community with the pretense that they are not violent. All terrorism of any note in the world today is Islamic. All airport security worldwide is there to protect against Islamic terrorism and no other kind. If we don't start to truly know our enemy, I have a fear that we are going to lose impetus in our "War on Terrorism." The term terrorism, used by itself becomes a euphemism: our War on Terrorism should be called a "War on Islamic terrorism." Words like insurgent, fighter, militant or guerrilla need some definition and should not be used to cover up an identity. (The term "guerrilla" is too much of a compliment for people who attack school children. Guerrillas typically attack military targets. "Fighters" is also giving too much credit. Whom did they "fight?") Below, I have tried to supply a glossary of terms that you will find in the news regarding terrorism and what each term really means:
We consistently catch Islamic "charities" in the business of supplying
terrorists with cash for weapons and operational expenses. The definition of
Islamic "charities" should be: "Those who support Muslim murderers." The same
goes for Islamic dictatorships around the world. Whether they are known enemies,
such as Iran, or supposed "partners in peace" such as Saudi Arabia, they amount
to another group of "Those who support Muslim murderers." It is as important to
use the terms "Muslim" and "Islamic" as it was when
Sharon’s Strike Into Syria Meant as Warning to Damascus
Sept. 27….(DEBKA) Ezz-Eldin Sheikh al-Khalil (the Hamas terrorist leader killed in Damascus) was known as “the snake’s head,” and as the terror master who raised and handled Hamas’ most accomplished terror operatives, including Adnan al Hool and Mohammed Deif. Yasser Arafat used to claim in the early days of the current Palestinian war with Israel that it was not he who pulled the strings of terror but Sheikh al-Khalil from Jordan. The snake’s head wielded authority as supreme commander of Hamas’s terrorist and suicide operations against Israel, outranked only by Khalid Mashal. Al Khalil preferred to issue his orders on the move rather than out of the Damascus command center, traveling around restlessly between Sanaa, Aden, Tehran Abu Dhabi and Khartoum, and occasionally Cairo. However, Israeli agents were able to track Al Khalil as he left his home in the largely Palestinian Zahraa district of Damascus by spies who knew which of his three cars he would step into and the number of his mobile phone. By answering the phone when it rang, Khalil himself gave the signal to detonate the explosives already planted in his car. The assassination leaves Syrian President Bashar Assad red-faced in more ways than one. According to Damascus in the past week, all Hamas commanders and terrorist command centers had ceased from operating in Damascus. So how come al-Khalil was caught outside his home in Damascus? And how was Israel able to operate under the noses of Syrian intelligence in a Syrian city where terrorists had always been safe? On Saturday September 25, a few hours before the assassination, Washington sources report that a Pentagon official invited a group of Arab diplomats to Washington for a briefing. He was advised not to swallow the Syrian tales of talks in progress with the US administration and the Assad regime’s willingness to expel Hamas from Damascus and turn over a new leaf on its stance on terrorism. These tales were unfounded, he stressed. The United States was standing by and waiting to see if Syria stands up to the test of deeds instead of words. The motivation behind al Khalil’s liquidation was related as much by the need to respond to new regional initiatives before they surfaced as to the stepped up Palestinian terrorism campaign. Two weeks ago, Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon vowed to fight terrorists “wherever they are.” The strike in the Syrian capital carried two messages:
1. Sharon will no longer confines himself to the Gaza Strip and West Bank in fighting to crush the escalating terror offensive launched against his Gaza disengagement plan. Henceforth, Arab capitals, and even Iran, where terrorist operations are orchestrated and funded and terrorists harbored, will be accessible.
2. Israel has demonstrated to Syria that it is vulnerable to precision assault, whether as a sponsor of terrorism against Israel or as a logistical base for the Iraqi insurgency. Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, who pretends to be doing his best to further the Gaza Strip evacuation next year; but in fact he is working hand in glove with Mr. Assad to promote the Syrian regime’s game plan secretly presented to him in Damascus on September 15. Mubarak was there to petition the Syrian leader to support a 12-month Palestinian-Israel cease-fire, which would apply to the Damascus, and Beirut-based Hamas, Jihad Islami and Popular Front. He was surprised to hear that Assad had a plan of his own. That was also the first time word of an Assad plan had reached Sharon.
3. Mubarak’s approach to Assad was a byproduct of the EU brokered Roadmap to peace. Briefly stated, Mubarak was to get Assad to agree to foist a cease-fire on the terror groups under his protection in return for Cairo persuading the Americans to join Syria in negotiations on the future of the Golan Heights and invite the Syrian president to the White House upon their conclusion. Israel will be kept out of the deal until the signing stage. That way Assad seeks to outsmart Sharon’s refusal to negotiate and force him to cede the Golan as part and parcel of his plan to evacuate the Gaza Strip and its settlements. Mubarak relayed Assad’s plan to Washington. US officials responded by setting the Syrian leader two urgent tests for him to pass before they address his plan: the cessation of Syria’s logistical backing for the Sunni guerilla war in Iraq and the removal of his grip on Lebanon. His performance is to be judged separately on both issues each independent of the other. Most immediately, Assad was to make sure that his military cooperation with US commanders, for sealing the Syrian-Iraqi border against smuggled terrorist fighters, arms, explosives and money is a success. Syria’s sealing of its borders would allow America to quickly win the guerrilla war in Iraq, and allow the Allawi government to gain stature. A fresh American stick was also brandished over Assad’s head. US generals are working on plans for large-scale offensives against the Iraqi insurgents and also against Syria, if the Damascus regime does not alter its terrorist agenda.
The assassination of Khalil in Damascus served warning to Mubarak and Assad that Israel did not see itself as a passive pushover in the schemes between Washington, Cairo and Damascus. The Palestinians are likewise shunning any passive role. According to sources, Assad offered to throw into his deal with Mubarak a promise to end the historic feud with Arafat in order to bring the Palestinian leader into the Cairo-Damascus fold. However, Arafat is not about to wait around for Assad or Mubarak to cast him into a part they have chosen for him. He has therefore resorted to his favorite weapon, ordering his multiple terrorist cells and Hamas in the West Bank and Gaza Strip to go ahead right away with their projected terrorist campaign to bloody Sharon’s unilateral disengagement.
Zarqawi-Al Qaeda- Palestinian Connections Revealed!
Sept. 27….(DEBKA) On Thursday, September 23, US forces resorted to targeted assassination to dispose of Abu Anas al-Shami, a senior aide of the Jordanian al Qaeda mastermind, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, in Baghdad. His real identity, is Omar Yusef Juma’a, a Palestinian terrorist operations expert from the West Bank town of Tulkarem. Al-Shami was killed by an American missile in Baghdad’s Shiite slum district, Sadr City. No one knows exactly how many lieutenants Zarqawi has, probably 4 or five. But locating and killing a high-profile member of Zarqawi’s organization a few days after the capture of another top Zarqawi aide, known as Omar Baziyani (an alias), is a considerable American feat in its relentless offensive against the group behind the deadly suicide bombings and hostage-taking atrocities afflicting Iraq. These operations go on clandestinely behind the well-publicized US air strikes. The news of Abu Anas’s death rippled quickly across at least two borders. A traditional Muslim “mourners’ tent” sprang up in the Haj Hassan district of the Jordanian capital, Amman. According to our Jordanian sources, candy was handed out to all comers, a custom borrowed from the ritual for Palestinian suicide killers who die in attacks on Israel and are honored as “martyrs.” However on the Western Bank of the Jordan, DEBKAfile’s Palestinian sources report, Yasser Arafat ordered Juma’a’s kinfolk in Tulkarm to refrain from setting up a mourners’ tent lest the true identity of a top al Qaeda operative be blown and his Palestinian movement implicated. The West Bank Palestinian Al Qaeda lieutenant in fact reached the highest rank a Palestinian has ever attained in al Qaeda’s operational hierarchy from the time that Bin Laden founded the organization in Peshawar 17 years ago. The makeup of the stream of visitors thronging to the mourners’ tent in Amman is striking, Jordanian Palestinian notables, Palestinian Authority officials and officers based in Jordan, and Jordanian lawmakers, and members of the fundamentalist Islamic Front.. In the 1990s AL Shami moved from Tulkarm to Jordan to join Issam Barqawi in founding a fundamentalist Islamic front called Bayhat al-Imam, the Imam’s Oath, which many Palestinians joined. With Arafat’s extensive covert network in Jordan and powerful levers of control in the Jordanian Palestinian community, he must have known about the new movement and was involved in its establishment. DEBKAfile’s sources reveal that it was Juma’a who was behind the abortive chemical weapons plot against Jordan that was thwarted last April and first exposed on this site on April 21, 2004. It was his idea to send one of three chemical explosives trucks smuggled in from Syria to Jordan to the Adam Bridge linking Jordan and Israel and try to get it across for a large-scale poison attack on an Israeli target. If the truck failed to cross the border, it was ordered to blow up at the border terminal. In either case, he would have established the precedent of the first al Qaeda chemical attack against an Israeli target. Neither came off and the Jordanian authorities later rounded up an al Qaeda cell in Amman. Abu Anas distinguished himself as a key operations officer in the eighteen months he spent with the Jordanian master terrorist Zarqawi in Iraq and was elevated to number two spot. Two months ago, he received his last assignment, the sensitive mission of implanting a major al Qaeda team in the Shiite Sadr City of Baghdad. Zarqawi calculated that by quickly filling the vacuum left by the radical Shiite cleric Moqtada Sadr’s defeat in Najef, al Qaeda would draw in Mehdi Army militiamen deprived of their leader and establish a formidable anti-US anti-government presence in the Iraqi capital. By killing the Palestinian terrorist mastermind, the Americans stymied this plan.
Pearl Slaying Suspect Killed in Pakistan
Sept. 27….(AP) Pakistani police stepped up patrols around foreign consulates and government offices around Pakistan today fearing a backlash after Pakistani forces killed a suspected top al-Qaida operative wanted for his alleged role in the 2002 kidnapping and beheading of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl. Amjad Hussain Farooqi, also accused in two attempts on the life of President Gen. Pervez Musharraf in December 2003, died in a four-hour shootout Sunday at a house in the southern town of Nawabshah. Two or three other men, one of them an Islamic cleric, were arrested. Like Farooqi, they are all Pakistanis. Farooqi was believed to have been an associate of Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, the reputed al-Qaida No. 3 (and mastermind of the 9-11 attacks, who received funding from Saddam Hussein) captured in Pakistan last year. He had been missing since Pearl was abducted in Karachi in January 2002. Pearl's captors beheaded the journalist and released a videotape of the killing. Four Islamic militants have been convicted of his kidnapping but seven other suspects, including those who allegedly slit his throat, remain at large. Farooqi, thought to be 32, was born in a village in eastern Punjab province. His family says he was radicalized by a visit to Kashmir, where he trained with Islamic militants fighting against Indian security forces. He later visited Taliban-ruled Afghanistan, where he joined forces with Al Qaeda.
New Iran Missile Can Reach London
Sept. 27….(World Net Daily) Iran announced today that it has successfully test-fired a long-range "strategic missile" and delivered it to its armed forces, adding that it is now prepared to deal with any regional threats and even the "big powers." (a direct warning to the US) Iran's new missiles can reach London, Paris, Berlin and southern Russia, according to weapons and intelligence analysts. "This strategic missile was successfully test-fired during (the recent) military exercises by the Revolutionary Guards and delivered to the armed forces," Defense Minister Ali Shamkhani was quoted by the state-run radio as saying. The missile is believed by intelligence analysts to be an updated version of the Shihab-3, improved with the help of North Korea. The news comes shortly after Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards staged military maneuvers near the border with Iraq, another move seen as a signal to Washington that Tehran is prepared to fight back against any attempts to prevent the development of its nuclear reactor that could be used to make weapons-grade plutonium. The radio said Shamkhani refused to give details about the missile for "security reasons," but said Iran was "ready to confront all regional and extra-regional threats." Shamkhani last month said Iran was working on improvements to the range and accuracy of the Shihab-3 in response to Israel's moves to boost its anti-missile capability. Today's announcement came days after Israel announced that it was buying 5,000 smart bombs from the US, including 500 one-ton bunker-busters that can destroy 6-feet-thick concrete walls. Analysts say such bombs could be used to destroy Iran's nuclear reactor before it goes online. In 1981, Israel bombed Iraq's nuclear reactor before it went "hot." Iran may be only weeks or months away from activating the reactor. The 2,000 pound "bunker-buster" bombs are part of one of the largest weapons deals between Israel and the US in years. On Tuesday, Iran defied the International Atomic Energy Agency by announcing it is producing uranium hexafluoride, the material for centrifuge enrichment. Kurtis Cooper, a US State Department spokesman, declared: "Although Iran has repeatedly asserted that its nuclear program is exclusively for peaceful purposes and its pursuit of uranium enrichment technologies are to fuel a planned civilian power program, Iran will have no peaceful use for enriched uranium for many, many years. The rush to convert 37 tons of yellow-cake into feed-stock for centrifuge enrichment has no peaceful justification. Thirty-seven tons of yellow-cake is not a test, it is a production run." Israeli Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom said Iran becomes a worldwide threat with missiles that can reach London. Iranian Foreign Minister Kamal Kharrazi has warned that Tehran would react "most severely" to any Israeli strike against its nuclear facilities.
Israel Kills Hamas Terror-Operative in Syria
Sept. 27….(Fox News) In a hit claimed by Israeli security officials, a senior Hamas operative was killed in a car bombing Sunday outside his house in Damascus, the first such killing of a leader of the Islamic militant group in Syria. Izz Eldine Subhi Sheik Khalil, 42, died instantly in the explosion, which wounded three bystanders. Witnesses said he was speaking on his mobile phone as he put his white Mitsubishi SUV in reverse before it exploded about 10 yards from his home. Analysts said the killing appeared designed as much to warn the Syrians as to keep Hamas off balance. Syria called the killing "cowardly." The killing threatened to take the Palestinian-Israeli conflict to new levels, with conflicting remarks from Hamas on whether it too would begin targeting Israeli interests abroad. Security officials in Jerusalem, speaking anonymously, acknowledged involvement, though the Israeli government issued no statement. It had been warning for weeks that members of the group would not be safe in Syria. Israel's ability to infiltrate the Hamas leadership in Damascus will likely to further rattle the group after Israel killed Hamas founder Sheik Ahmed Yassin and his successor as Gaza leader, Abdel Aziz Rantisi, in missile strikes this year. The Syrian Interior Ministry said in a terse statement carried by the official news agency, SANA, that Khalil had not engaged in any militant activity inside Syrian territory, and that authorities were investigating the explosion. SANA later quoted an unidentified government official as saying that "this terrorist operation constitutes a dangerous development for which Israel bears responsibility." Ahmad Haj Ali, an adviser to the Syrian information minister, described the assassination as a "terrorist and cowardly action." "This is not the first warning" Israel has tried to convey to Syria, Haj Ali said. "What happened indicates that Israel's aggression has no limits." The killing, he said, "was meant to deliver a message to the entire world that says: 'We [Israelis] are capable of striking anywhere in accordance with the Israeli agenda.'" Haitham Kilani, a Syrian political analyst, said the assassination was an "Israeli-American message" that Syria should take seriously. He predicted more assassinations if Syria "shelters and protects the Palestinian movements struggling against Israel." The killing also was a clear warning to top Hamas officials, who have stayed largely out of sight since Sept. 2, when the group claimed responsibility for the Aug. 31 twin bombing in southern Israel that killed 16 Israelis. Hamas has carried out numerous bombings and killed hundreds of Israelis. After the Beersheba attack Israel warned Syria that it was ultimately responsible for actions of the groups it sheltered. A Hamas statement published on the group's Web site said Israel "has opened a new door for the struggle by transferring the battle outside the land of Palestine," hinting it might expand operations against the Jewish State to its interests outside Israel. A member of the Hamas political bureau, Mohammed Nazzal, told The Associated Press in Cairo that Khalil worked for Hamas in the Gaza Strip until he was expelled by Israel in 1992. Israel has killed many Hamas leaders in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, but Sunday's assassination in Damascus was the first of its kind outside the Palestinian territories. Israel has a long history of tracking down terrorists abroad. In a persistent campaign in the 1970s and 1980s, Israeli agents killed 11 members of the PLO's "Black September" group responsible for murdering 11 Israeli athletes at the Munich Olympics in 1972. In 1988, Mossad agents killed Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat's right-hand man and PLO military chief Khalil Al Wazir "Abu Jihad" in his bed in Tunis. In 1995, assassins on a motorcycle gunned down Islamic Jihad chief Fathi Shekaki outside a Malta hotel in a mission widely attributed to Israel. But Israel had not staged an assassination in Syria since the 1970s. A top aide to PA Chairman Yasser Arafat, Nabil Abu Rudeina, said that the assassination in Damascus "is the beginning of a very dangerous period, but that the PLO would continue to pursue a Palestinian State with Jerusalem as its capitol.
US Continues Air Attacks on Falluja
Sept. 27….(AP) US aircraft blasted the rebel stronghold city of Falluja today for a third time in the last 24 hours in a concerted effort to hit terror-militants loyal to guerrilla chief Abu Musab al-Zarqawi. Falluja, about 30 miles west of Baghdad, is home to some of Iraq's most hardened Sunni Muslim militants. US forces tried to overrun Falluja earlier this year, but withdrew after weeks of furious fighting. Since then, they say Falluja has become a magnet for foreign militants from Iran, Syria, and other Arab states. A senior US military official said more than 100 of Zarqawi's followers had been killed or captured in Falluja in the last four weeks. He said reports of civilian casualties from air strikes had been exaggerated. The US military believes Zarqawi, a Jordanian who has a $25 million bounty on him, is holed up in Falluja and coordinating activities from there. His group seized two Americans and a Briton from their home in Baghdad 10 days ago, demanding the release of women prisoners from Iraqi jails in return for their lives. Zarqawi's group, Tawhid and Jihad, has claimed many of the car bombings and attacks in Iraq over the past year, including kidnappings in which several hostages have been beheaded.
WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 20 THROUGH SEPTEMBER 26
Iranian Control of Hamas Opens Gaza Strip to Iranian Surface Missiles
Sept. 24….(Debka) The missile in the photo with this article is the Luna-2 short-range ground-to-ground missile, known to NATO from Soviet times as FROG-7, which Iran has developed as its Zelzal-2/Mushak-200. In the hands of Iran’s Lebanon-based Revolutionary Guards, it has extended the Iranian-Hizballah’s missile range due south to Israel’s coastal cities of Haifa, Hadera and Netanya. The missile, its launchers and infrastructure are well-hidden in special storehouses in the port town of Sidon in the care of Revolutionary Guards specialist teams. A Lebanese urban center was chosen for their hiding places to reduce the weapon’s vulnerability to an Israeli air strike. With Tehran already issuing operational orders to the Palestinian Hamas fundamentalist terrorist group, it is only a question of time before these missiles are transferred to the Gaza Strip, so bringing southern Israel, Tel Aviv and the cities in between, such as Rehovot, Rishon Lezion and Ashdod, within striking range. This looming menace finally drove Shin Beit Director Avi Dichter and IDF chiefs this week to openly challenge prime minister Ariel Sharon’s plans for the removal of Israeli settlements and military units from the Gaza Strip in the framework of his disengagement blueprint. Iran is known to have developed chemical and biological payloads but not to have located them in Lebanon, but there are suspicions that Saddam Hussein offloaded suitable material for that prurpose before the US entered into Iraq! On the other hand, intelligence sources estimate that Syria has perfected the right chemical warheads for attachment to the Zelzal missiles deployed in Lebanon and they can be fitted within hours. These weapons may be delivered through the Palestinian gunrunning routes from Sinai into the Gaza Strip whenever the rulers of Iran and Syria so decide. In readiness for their post-disengagement schemes, Tehran and Damascus have ordered Hamas to veto any Egyptian or other programs for securing the Gaza Strip after Israel’s evacuation. The military and defense chiefs in both Israel and Egypt have concluded that the implementation of Sharon’s evacuation plan will open the door wide to Gaza’s transformation into a second South Lebanon in the heart of Israel. There has been a simmering argument between Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and Israel’s military chiefs over the feasibility of his Gaza evacuation plan. The Palestinians are in the midst of massive preparations, including training special operations units and procurement of fresh supplies of upgraded weapons, for hammering the evacuating forces and Gush Katif evacuees and making the operation a bloodbath. Egypt has virtually retired from its post-disengagement security role in the Gaza Strip and is only half-heartedly blocking Palestinian arms supplies through Sinai. Addressing the same cabinet meeting, Shin Beit director Avi Dichter limited his warning to a single issue: If Israel pulls out of the Philadelphi corridor on the Gaza Strip-Egyptian border it will open the door to an avalanche of advanced weapons in Gaza, the like of which was prevented from reaching the Palestinians in all four years of their current terrorist-warfare against Israel.
A Belsan-type Attack in the US?
Sept. 24….(FOJ) This morning as I was commuting to my office, I listened intently to the Morning in America radio show that former Department of Education Secretary Bill Bennett does from Washington DC. His special guest this morning was a Congressman from Colorado. (Columbine) The Congressman shared some sensitive intelligence that the US has intercepted and already thwarted several planned terrorist attacks on American schools. The Congressman could not elaborate any further, (due to sensitive nature of security) except to say that there is overwhelming evidence that highly suspicious Middle Eastern men are paying up to 50,000 dollars to Mexican smugglers to help them enter the US illegally. It was noted that these suspicious illegal immigrants are not entering America to work. They seem to have plenty of money to get around and to go anywhere they want.
Canadian Christians Ambushed in Baghdad
Sept. 24….(VOM) A twisted lump of metal is all that remains of a car believed to have been packed with 330 pounds (150 kilograms) of explosives and parked outside the Baghdad Seventh-day Adventist Church. The bomb exploded late Friday September 10, damaging the church but avoiding injury. Two Canadians were in the blast because of their Christian faith, and as part of an increasing cycle of deadly violence against local and foreign Christians in Iraq. The Voice Of the Martyrs Canada (VOM-Canada), a Christian human rights group, reported that officials "initially believed the deaths of Canadians Andrew Shmakov and Munir Toma were the results of a car bombing on September 14 which killed forty-seven people." However VOM-Canada said it had learned from family members that the two men were "chased down last week, beaten and shot" in Iraq's troubled capital. "Relatives of Toma in Baghdad (said) that Toma had been shot seventeen times. Toma and Shmakov, who established a construction company as part of the rebuilding of Iraq, were attacked by gunmen when they left their office, VOM-Canada quoted family members as saying. "They escaped in their car, but four other cars followed, ambushed and killed them," VOM-Canada said. The latest attack has underscored concern among Christians, who VOM-Canada said have "frequently been targeted by militant Muslims because of their faith." Only a few days before the Canadians were killed, a car packed with an estimated 330 pounds (150 kilograms) of dynamite was detonated outside the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Baghdad late Friday September 10, the Adventist News Network (ANN) reported. Iraqi Christians have already fled Iraq in recent months because of the attacks to countries such as neighboring Jordan and other Middle East nations, human rights watchers say.
Iraq is Ground Zero in War on Terror
Sept. 24….(FOJ) There is a lot of political controversy currently about the legitimacy of the war in Iraq, but the fact of the matter is that Iraq has become ground zero in the war on terror. That fact alone reveals that we should be glad it isn’t in New York or Washington. President Bush has obviously chosen to make Iraq ground zero in the war on terror in order to keep the terrorists pinned down nearer to their encampment zones, and to their state-supporters. Iraq is sandwiched squarely between the states that foment, incite, preach, finance, and harbor the terrorist entities. Iran and Syria (Saudi Arabia factors in) are states that have waged a 25-year campaign against US interests in the region. The Bush Administration has driven a wedge between those two terrorist instigators in the hopes that they will abandon their Jihadist ambitions. (their goal is drive the US out of the Mid-east so Israel will left without a big brother to lend protection) President Bush said yesterday that, "if we stop fighting the terrorists in Iraq, they would be free to plot and plan attacks elsewhere, in America and other free nations. To retreat now would betray our mission, our word and our friends." The President concluded saying "we're not going to abandon the Iraqi people. It's in our interests that we win this battle in the war on terror." Democratic Presidential candidate John Kerry contends that President Bush has been dishonest about the war's rationale and cost and lacks an effective strategy to end the current insurgency crisis. Mr. Kerry urges a start of troop withdrawals within six months and complete pullout from Iraq in four years, something that Iran and Syria love to hear. Presidents Bush and Allawi, appearing together at a White House Rose Garden news conference, suggested that Senator Kerry’s criticism was undercutting the future hopes of Iraq and the security of the United States. "You can embolden an enemy by sending mixed messages," Bush said. Kerry countered that contrary to assertions by Bush and Allawi, things are not improving in Iraq "and we need to change the course to protect our troops and to win." Speaking in Columbus, Ohio, Kerry said, "The prime minister and the president are here, obviously, to put their best face on the policy. But the fact is that the CIA estimates, the reporting, the ground operations and the troops all tell a different story." Mr. Allawi rejected any suggestion that he was here to assist Bush in his re-election effort. "I didn't come here to get involved in internal politics," Allawi said, adding that he wanted to come here to express his "heartfelt appreciation for what the United States has done in Iraq." It is obvious that Mr. Alawi would not have anything to thank America for, if John Kerry were already the President.
US Anglican-Presbyterians are Anti-Semitic
Sept. 24….(World Net Daily) Leaders of the Anglican
Church, which in the US includes the Episcopal Church, USA, are preparing to
follow in the footsteps of the Presbyterian Church, USA, which incurred
widespread condemnation this summer when it voted to side with the Palestinians
and economically divest from the Jewish state. Anglican Church leaders
advocating the punitive move, which amounts to removing capital from Israel,
include church officials from the United States, Australia and New Zealand, said
Nancy Dinsmore, director of development for the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem,
in an Associated Press report. The report said the recommendation to divest,
made by 29 Anglican representatives who toured the Holy Land this week before
reaching their decision, will be delivered at a 2005 meeting of the Anglican
Consultative Council, to be held in Wales. It will include representatives from
all 38 provinces of the worldwide Anglican Communion, which includes the
Anglican Church of Canada and the Church of England in England, as well as the
Episcopal Church, USA. The strategy of pressuring the Jewish State by
divestment, a tactic last used against South Africa to bring about an end to
apartheid, is advocated by Palestinians and Arabs worldwide. In July, by an
overwhelming vote of its general assembly, the 3 million-strong the Presbyterian
Church USA, voted to divest from Israel also. With the decision, approved in a
431-62 vote at the 216th annual general assembly of the PCUSA, the denomination
became the largest organization or institution to join the divestment campaign
against Israel. It was the first Christian denomination to do so. The
Anglican representatives, who met this week with Palestinian leader Yasser
Arafat, (FOJ Note: the world’s top terrorist)
Palestinian church representatives, several Israel Arabs and an Israeli
activist, but no Israeli government officials, are urging Israel to implement UN
resolutions mandating Israeli withdrawal from areas it captured when it was
attacked in the 1967 Six-Day War.
Allawi and Iraq Say: 'Thank You, America'
Sept. 23….(Fox news) Iraqi Prime Minister Ayad Allawi had one big message Thursday to deliver from his people to the people of the United States: "Thank you, America." The interim prime minister was making high-stakes appearances in Washington, first addressing a joint meeting of Congress and then meeting with President Bush at the White House. The two leaders maintained that, despite the doubters, progress is in fact being made in Iraq. Mr. Allawi, a 59-year-old trained neurologist who lived for years in exile from Saddam Hussein and has survived numerous assassination attempts, said democracy is beginning to flourish in parts of his country, and that the growing insurgent attacks do not mean that the guerrillas are gaining the upper hand, but rather that they are becoming more desperate. Appearing with Allawi later in the White House Rose Garden, President Bush applauded the Iraqi leader's leadership and courage. "Mr. Prime Minister, you've accomplished a great deal. The enemies of freedom are using suicide bombings, beheadings and other horrific acts to try to block progress, and we're sickened by the atrocities, but we'll never be intimidated and freedom is winning. America's security and Iraq's future depend on it." "As friends of liberty, the new leaders of Iraq are friends of America and all civilized nations." Warning that violence likely will escalate as the January elections in Iraq near, Bush vowed that the United States would remain resolute in its mission. "If we stop fighting the terrorism in Iraq, they would be free to plot and plan attacks elsewhere, in America and other free nations. To retreat now would to betray our mission, our word and our friends," Bush said. "Mr. Prime Minister, America will keep our commitments." The Commander in Chief emphasized that to back down in the face of terrorist threats would be a signal to the terrorists and the world that Iraq, and America can be intimidated. "Because Iraq and America and the coalition are standing firm, the Iraqi people and not the terrorists will determine Iraq's future. The war in Iraq is not only an Iraqi war, it is a war for the civilized world to fight terrorists and terrorism, and Iraq is a central front in the War on Terror and our only option is victory."
Thrilled at Waiting On Jesus
Sept. 23….(FOJ) Recently an elderly visiting preacher at my home church shared his personal thoughts about his recent loss of his life-long wife and partner-in-life. He revealed that she had been diagnosed with terminal cancer, but had mesmerized the Doctors with her zeal for life. (Apparently she lived much longer than the Doctors could have ever imagined she could) But unfortunately the cancer began to get the best of her and she began to require constant attention. All the while she lay bedridden, her loving Husband waited on her every need, day after day, and week after week. Finally, after watching him faithfully carry out each and every daily chore on her behalf, she remarked to her husband, “Honey, I guess you are getting pretty tired of waiting on me, aren’t you?” To which, the preacher-husband replied, “I could never tire of waiting on you, because I love you, and I would wait on you forever.” I was immediately touched and warmed by his story, but my inner thoughts turned to my precious Lord and Savior. The wonderful Bride of Christ for 2000 years has waited for Jesus, and I myself have waited upon His coming for such a long, long time. Yet, I have a joyous thrill deep down in my soul all the while I am waiting for him to come! I wait, and wait, and watch, and watch because I love him so much. He died for me, and I want to be with him, and I do the ‘Focus on Jerusalem Prophecy Ministry’ because I want others to be able to with him when he comes. And besides, I need more waiting partners!!
As it Goes in Israel, So it Now Goes in Iraq
Sept. 23….(FOJ) The aunt of Zainab Abu Salem, who declined to be named, holds a photo of her niece inside the family house in the Askar refugee camp near the West Bank town of Nablus Wednesday Sept. 22, 2004. Abu Salem, 19, blew herself up Wednesday in a suicide bombing which killed two Israeli policemen and wounded at least 16 others in Jerusalem. The two young policemen were identified as Corporal Mamoya Tahio, 20 from Rehovot and Corporal Menashe Komemi, 19, of Moshav Aminadav on the outskirts of Jerusalem. The Aksa Martyrs Brigades, an offshoot of Palestinian Authority Chairman Yasser Arafat's mainstream Fatah faction, claimed responsibility for the attack. Later in the day, Palestinian Prime Minister Queria admitted the Al Aqsa brigade was a part of the PLO Fatah party. According to police and eyewitness accounts, the female bomber, her face nearly completely covered in a headscarf, was approaching the heavily-guarded bus stop at Jerusalem's northern French Hill intersection just before 3:40 p.m. when she was stopped by one of the two border policemen stationed at the adjacent hitchhiking station who was suspicious of her. When the security officer asked to see her identity papers, and to open her bag for inspection, the bomber began arguing with him, and then almost immediately set off the three to five kilograms of shrapnel-packed explosives she was wearing on her back. The blast completely gutted the hitchhiking station, sending chunks of human flesh flying into the city's main northern thoroughfare. Eyewitnesses recounted seeing the bomber approaching the bus station, "I saw the terrorist coming, I knew she was a terrorist straight away, you could see the tension and cruelty in her face," recalled eyewitness Avigail Hilini, 22 who was making her way home to West Bank settlement of Mitzpeh Yericho. I saw that the Border Policeman was checking her, and I clamed down a bit. Seconds later she exploded. I saw people running everywhere and I ran myself. I started shaking and crying." As the smell of burnt rubber and human flesh wafted in the air, paramedics and rescue officials rushed the injured to the hospital, the more serious raced on stretchers inside wailing ambulances. Police and rescue workers, some covered in plastic white chemical-protected jumpsuits, scoured the ground for pieces of the bomb and human remains. The attack makes 120 suicide attacks Palestinian suicide bombers have perpetrated for Yasser Arafat in the last four years, and was the eighth such attack to have been carried out by a woman. Recently, US security personnel have uncovered evidence that terrorists from the West Bank and Gaza (with Arafat’s blessing) have made their way into Iraq and are planning to utilize the same insidious type of suicide bombings in Iraq against American troops and Iraqi policemen that they have used for years against Israel. FOJ has warned its readers for years that the appeasement of terrorists in Palestine against Israel would ultimately lead to terrorism here at home. For now, President Bush has managed to keep the fight with the terrorists abroad, but if America persists in compromising Israel’s covenanted land, (Roadmap & Palestinian Statehood) the curse of that national sin (Zechariah 12:1-3) will further uproot our hedge of protection against them.
Hamas is Engaged Against US in Iraq
Sept. 22….(MENL) A leading Palestinian insurgency and terrorist group is said to have launched operations against the US-led coalition in Iraq. Iraqi officials said the Defense Ministry has obtained evidence that the Palestinian Hamas organization has sent operatives to carry out suicide strikes in Iraq. They said Hamas agents were hired by both Iran as well as Abu Mussib Al Zarqawi, the Jordanian national regarded as the lethal Sunni insurgent in Iraq, and an Al Qaeda operative. "There's less money for Hamas in Palestine and Syria," an Iraqi official said. "The result is that Hamas agents have been recruited by Al Zarqawi and Iran for operations in Iraq." In 2003, Iraqi officials began asserting that Hamas agents were operating in Iraq against security and military forces as well as the coalition.
UN’s Annan, President Bush Clash at UN
Sept. 22….(AFP) The United Nations annual debate opened in somber mood with a clash between President George W. Bush's vision of global security and Kofi Annan's warnings about the collapse of international law. The US President and UN chief, long at odds over the Iraq war, unavoidably set the tone for the two-week meeting of world leaders as the United Nations looks to redefine its role for the new challenges of the 21st century. President Bush issued an unapologetic defense of US military action in Iraq and Afghanistan, and pressed skeptical nations to back his drive for democracy to fight the forces of terrorism and violence. "We all have a stake in the success of the world's newest democracies," Bush said, with Iraqi Prime Minister Iyad Allawi and Afghan President Hamid Karzai among the nearly 100 heads of state or government in the audience. "The security of our world is found in the advancing rights of mankind," he said. "These rights are advancing across the world, and across the world the enemies of human rights are responding with violence." But Kofi Annan cast grave doubts about fundamental laws of humankind that he said were being "shameless disregarded," noting the case of Iraqi prisoners "disgracefully abused" by US troops. (the last I heard those wonderful prisoners were still alive, they hadn’t been beheaded or anything) "Today the rule of law is at risk around the world," Annan said. In addition to the chaos in Iraq, he cited the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Annan repeated his warning that the United Nations was at a "fork in the road" after the Iraq war, and urged world leaders to focus on his calls for a sweeping UN overhaul, including at the UN Security Council. Brazil, Germany, India and Japan launched a joint bid for permanent seats on a reformed Security Council, saying that the council must "reflect the realities of the international community in the 21st century." Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi of Japan, which pays more into the United Nations than any country except the United States, said it was time that his country's contributions were recognized. "Countries with the will and resources to play a major role in international peace and security must always take part in the council's decision-making process," he said. President Bush has actively supported Japan’s bid to join the UN Security Council. But in China, one of the council's five permanent members since the UN's founding in 1945, a foreign ministry spokesman said the body was not a "board of directors" with membership decided on the basis of financial contribution. President Bush said the United Nations was at a moment of "tremendous opportunity" and should "promote hope and progress as the alternatives" to bloodshed and violence. "Our great purpose is to build a better world beyond the war on terror," Bush said. But Annan reiterated that the US-led war that toppled Saddam Hussein was "illegal."
Beheadings in the Bible
Sept. 22….(FOJ)Yesterday FOJ reported on the hideous murder of Mr. Eugene Armstrong that was perpetrated by these sadistic terrorists of radical fundamentalist Islam operating in Iraq. Unfortunately, today they have served Satan again by doing likewise to Mr. Jack Hensley. (We need to be in deep prayer for these men’s families) This now makes five Americans that have fell victim to these little vermin’s of Hell. I would urge Americans to maintain their resolve against these evil minions, and stand firm (pray for them) with our nation’s leaders as they endeavor to carry the war to the terrorists, and destroy them. There is a loud voice of anti-war activism emerging in our land, but the truth of the matter is that there really is a just time for war. Ecclesiastes says that there is a time for everything, a time for every purpose under the sun. There is a time to be born and a time to die. There is a time to weep and a time to laugh. But as much as most of us dearly love the time for peace, there really is a time for war. That time has been thrust upon us whether we like it or not. (Ecclesiastes 3:8 A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.) The enemies of America will not relent from their evil deeds. Therefore we must either fight or submit! (Oh, lest I forget, that’s what the term Islam means) And make no mistake about it, there is a sinister force working in our world today that is seeking the submission of everyone. It is a spirit that hates freedom, and is seeking to subdue the whole world under one authority, and the Bible indicates that this Dictator will permitted a short season to engage the world into His submission.
These rats out of Hell’s ranks are fighting under the banner of Fundamentalist Islam, and one of the fundamental tenets of Allah and his prophet Mohammad is to kill all those who will not submit to Allah. (namely Christians and Jews) The Arab world looks up beheadings as the greatest insult that can be done to a man. They believe that a beheading instills the greatest amount of indignity to the deceased, and that it invokes the greatest amount of horror into their opponents. Oddly enough, beheading is a favorite tactic of the Devil. Satan knows that mankind is intimidated and horrified at these kind of decapitation slaughters. Futhermore, beheadings are a form of death that more than any other satisfies the Devil’s lust for blood! One piece of evidence that proves that the god of these terrorists, whom they claim as Allah, is none other than Satan, is the fact that they love to perform beheadings as a means to terrorize civilized nations. These beheadings in the name of a mystical god highlight the fact that there is a coming a time very soon when the Antichrist will utilize this very same tactic of horror to compel the whole world to worship him and to take upon themselves his number, his mark, or his image. (Revelation 20:4 And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.)
I cannot help but sense that the time of the Antichrist is near at hand. The radical elements of Islam in the Mid-east with its venomous hatred of Israel coupled together with the anti-Zionist, replacement theology of the West are in reality conniving and seducing spirits of Devils working to bring the nations of this world together against the Son of God in Jerusalem. I can easily see around the corner of time to the day when men, women, and children will be faced with “submitting” to the Antichrist, or facing the prospect of being beheaded. I cannot imagine the mental and psychological trauma of facing such a decision point. The recent images of these brave American’s as they were blindfolded and anticipating the worst breaks my heart. They remind me of the present urgency to spread the Gospel and its prophetic word before its is too late for people to escape the horrific sight of the Antichrist’s sword, and be forced submit to his system or be beheaded.
Saddam-Al Qaeda Link in UN Oil-for-Food Program
Sept. 21….(excerpt from Fox News) Did Saddam Hussein use any of his ill-gotten billions filched from the United Nations Oil-for-Food program to help fund Al Qaeda? Investigations have shown that the former Iraqi dictator grafted and smuggled more than $10 billion from the program that for seven years prior to Saddam's overthrow was meant to bring humanitarian aid to ordinary Iraqis. And the Sept. 11 Commission has shown a tracery of contacts between Saddam and Al Qaeda that continued after billions of Oil-for-Food dollars began pouring into Saddam's coffers and Usama bin Laden declared his infamous war on the US. Now, buried in some of the United Nation's own confidential documents, clues can be seen that underscore the possibility of just such a Saddam-Al Qaeda link, clues leading to a locked door in this Swiss lakeside resort. Next to that door, a festive sign spells out in gold letters under a green flag that this is the office of MIGA, the Malaysian Swiss Gulf and African Chamber. Registered here 20 years ago as a society to promote business between the Gulf States and Asia, Europe and Africa, MIGA is a company that the United Nations and the US government says has served as a hub of Al Qaeda finance: A terrorist chamber of commerce. In a recent interview, US Assistant Treasury Secretary Juan Zarate described MIGA as "a very good example of an investment company that is used as a shell to hide and move money." As is typical of terrorist financial webs, the details surrounding MIGA quickly become bewildering, part of the point being to camouflage the illicit flow of funds with legitimate business. Part of the problem in finding the truth is that cross-border transactions out of such financial havens as Switzerland are smothered in banking secrecy. But even with that secrecy, and shortly after the Sept.11, 2001, attacks on the United States, both MIGA and its chief founder and longtime president, Ahmed Idris Nasreddin, landed on the UN watchlist of entities and individuals belonging to, or affiliated with Al Qaeda. Nasreddin is a member of the terror-linked Muslim Brotherhood. Nasreddin's longtime business partner, Egyptian-born Youssef Nada, also of the Muslim Brotherhood, likewise appears on the UN's Al Qaeda watchlist, as do a slew of both Nasreddin's and Nada's enterprises. Former Treasury Secretary Paul O'Neill in August 2002 described Nada and Nasreddin as "supporters of terrorism" involved in "an extensive financial network providing support to Al Qaeda and other terrorist-related organizations." The original United Nations plan was to let Saddam sell oil solely to buy humanitarian goods such as food and medicine, with the UN Secretariat collecting a 2.2 percent commission on Saddam's oil sales to supervise the integrity of this process. As the Oil-for-Food program actually worked, however, the United Nations let Saddam choose his own business partners. The world body also kept secret the details of those contracts and the identities of the contractors, and it let Saddam graft at least $4.4 billion out of the program through manipulated contract prices, by estimates of the US General Accountability Office. MIGA is now under active investigation by the US Treasury and prosecutors in Switzerland and Italy.
Saudi Arabia Still Bankrolling Jihadists
Sept. 21….(MENL) Saudi Arabia, despite a vigorous military campaign against Islamic insurgents,is said to still be continuing its financing of the Al Qaida-inspired war against the West. Several leading analysts and former officials echoed this assertion during a conference last week by the International Policy Institute for Counter-Terrorism in Herzliya, Israel. The analysts said Saudi Arabia has maintained funding to ensure the spread of Al Qaida-inspired ideology abroad even as authorities fight the movement within the Saudi kingdom. "The Saudis have been jolted by the Al Qaida threat," Dore Gold, a senior Israeli government consultant and president of the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, said. "At the same time, they are ideologically committed to supporting jihad externally." Gold, a former Israeli ambassador to the United Nations, presented documents that told of Saudi support to the Palestinian terrorist movement, Hamas, as late as May 2003. The payment was made through the kingdom-sponsored charity, International Islamic Relief Organization.
Louisiana Approves Ban on Gay Marriage
Sept. 21….(My Way) Louisiana voters on Saturday overwhelmingly approved an amendment to the state constitution banning gay marriages and civil unions. With most of the state's 4,124 voting precincts reporting, the amendment was passing by a margin of 80 percent to 20 percent. Supporters hailed the vote as a victory for traditional marriage. "This was an incredible mandate," Republican state Rep. Steve Scalise, co-author of the amendment, told Reuters. "It shows that the people of Louisiana feel very passionately that marriage should be between a man and a woman." Amendment opponents vowed to fight the legislation in court. They said it put in danger domestic partner benefits provided by private companies and local governments, including the city of New Orleans. "The Christian Coalition did an excellent job of deceiving the legislature and the voters into believing that this amendment only dealt with the issue of marriage," said Randall Evans, an attorney for Forum For Equality, a statewide civil rights organization. With Saturday's vote, Louisiana became the second state to adopt a constitutional ban on gay unions. Missouri voters approved a similar bill in August. Constitutional amendments will appear on ballots in 10 other states in November, according to the Human Rights Campaign, a national gay rights organization.
President Bush To Appear at the UN
Sept. 21….(FOJ) Two years after he made a case against Saddam Hussein, President Bush is once more going before the UN to encourage the organization to live up to its mission. Most of the UN members will likely snub the President because those mysterious weapons of mass destruction have not been found in Iraq. But the truth of the matter is that the UN itself enabled Saddam to wisk the WMD out of Iraq and provided him with the time to relocate those stocks into Syria and Sudan. Saddam is believed to have even off loaded some of those mysterious stocks to terrorist groups like Al Qaeda! President Bush will faces numerous critics at the United Nations this week, but he will turn to the argument that it is essential that war-ravaged Iraq become a stable democracy in the Middle East if the region is ever going to become terrorist-free. Many world leaders who opposed Bush on Iraq two years ago will be listening again to what he says about the current situation there, but you can rest assured they will criticize him over the WMD issue, and do so with the hope that it will cause his defeat in November. Afterall, the terrorists and all the UN leaders prefer Mr. Kerry becausethey know he will cater to their concepts of Global governance. President Bush will no doubt point to Iraqi Prime Minister Iyad Allawi as an example of a new generation of Iraqi leadership, but it will fall on deaf ears. But in truth, President Bush will be speaking before the very man and the very organization that has impeded America’s war-on-terror, and obstructed freedom being made available to the Iraqi people. UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan said last week he believes the US-led invasion of Iraq was a violation of international law. (apparently he believes that Saddam was law-abiding) Not only has the UN performed as a protective umbrella of thugs and murderers around the world, it is heavily involved in using its resources to prop up these gangsters, as evidenced by the UN oil for food scandal that the major news outlets refuse to expose. The UN has a track record of being the most anti-American entity in the world outside the fanatical Muslim terrorists that easily find safe havens all over the Mid-east. President Bush probably erred in asking the UN to live up to its purpose 2 years ago. He should have clearly laid out the terrorist trail emanating from Iraq and the shadowy connections to 9-11, and simply ignored the many UN resolutions against Iraq. Going before the UN again is like asking the Devil for help.
Another Beheading of an American
Sept. 21….(FOJ) Focus on Jerusalem will not post any photos of these brutal beheadings being perpetrated by Islamic terrorists. The terrorists want the world-wide publicity for the purpose of inflicting as much intimidation and sorrow upon Americans as they can possibly inflict. These terrorists are nothing short of Satan’s band of animalistic scum. They MUST be destroyed! Our latest fellow American to fall victim to these animals was a US civil engineer by the name of Eugene Armstrong. He was brutally murdered yesterday by these subhuman animals, and they are threatening to kill another American hostage in 24 hours. Mr. Armstrong was shown sobbing and blindfolded as militants dressed in black hovered over him. Then one of the demoniacs of Hell pulled a knife, grabbed Mr. Armstrong while he was seated and sliced his head off. Mr. Armstrong screamed and blood poured from his neck. In Washington, a US official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Armstrong's body had been recovered, but the official would provide no information about where or when it had been found. Mr. Armstrong grew up in Hillsdale, Michigan. His work in engineering and construction took him around the world. He had lived in Thailand with his wife before going to Iraq. Eugene Armstrong, Paul Johnson, Nicholas Berg, and Daniel Pearl are names etched in my memory! I will not forget them, nor forget that they were a soul. I pray that they are now in Heaven. Their memory should serve as a reminder that these fanatical terrorist-animals from Allah would love to do the same thing to every American if they had the chance. And let us not forget that these thugs are welcomed as heroes in certain circles in the Middle East. America is facing the same type of systematic butchery along the Euphrates River that Israel has faced for over 30 years. We in the USA must come to realize that our diplomatic and political coercion upon Israel (Clinton era) to exercise restraint in the face of terrorism is now coming home to roost. By burdening ourselves with the task of enforcing the UN’s will upon Israel’s Promised Land, we have reaped the consequences of losing God’s hedge of protection from the evildoers.
Al Qaeda Planning 'Spectacular' Attack
Sept. 21….(Washington Times) US intelligence agencies concluded recently that al Qaeda, fearing its credibility is on the line — is moving ahead with plans for a major, "spectacular" attack, despite disruptions of some operations by recent arrests in Britain and Pakistan. Officials said recent intelligence assessments of the group, which is blamed for the September 11 attacks, state that an attack is coming and that the danger will remain high until the Nov. 2 elections and last until Inauguration Day on Jan. 20. They [al Qaeda] think their credibility is on the line because there hasn't been a major attack since 9/11," said one official familiar with intelligence reports on the group. A second official said: "There isn't reason to believe that the recent arrests have disrupted their plans." Authorities in Pakistan and Britain recently arrested key al Qaeda leaders, but the group uses tight "compartmentation" of its operations. The process used by intelligence services, keeps information about operations within small "cells" of terrorists to protect secrecy. Thus, details of the possible attack remain murky, but analysts say it is planned to be bigger and deadlier than the September 11 attacks, which killed 3,000 people. Potential targets include the White House, Pentagon, US Capitol and congressional buildings, as well as landmarks and business centers in New York, the officials said.
Oil-for-Food Scandal Draws Scrutiny to UN
Sept. 20….(Fox News) It began as a UN humanitarian aid program called "Oil-for-Food," but it ended up with Saddam Hussein pocketing billions to become the biggest graft-generating machine ever and enriching some of America's most forceful opponents at the United Nations. Plus, some evidence suggests that some of the money ended up in the hands of potential terrorists who are opposed to the United States. The roots of the scandal date back to 1991, when a UN-backed and US-led coalition expelled Saddam from Kuwait following his hostile takeover of the neighboring country. Although Saddam lost the war, he walked away with one important victory, he got to stay in power in Iraq. Thirteen years later, a second US-led coalition made of a smaller group of nations than the first effort finally knocked Saddam out of business. And it did so without the help of the United Nations, which failed to pass a resolution backing the US effort. As the death toll rises in Iraq, the number of US military casualties is now above 1,000 and Iraqi citizens continue to die daily from insurgent attacks, the question arises: Can the United Nations help now? A new Fox news poll finds that 54 percent of the US public believes the United Nations does not reflect the values of average Americans. Only 29 percent say that UN policies reflect said values. “I believe the UN, parts of it, have been corrupt for years, but the oil for food progaram went to a whole new level,” said Rep. Christopher Shays, R-Conn., chairman of the House Subcommittee on National Security, Emerging Threats and International Relations. Shays is leading one of several Oil-for-Food probes by the federal government. The General Accountability Office has already pegged Saddam’s Oil-for-Food take at $10.1 billion. It could end up being a lot more. Shays says Iraqis aren't the only victims, Americans are too. “We're talking about American lives that are being lost in an attempt to bring democracy to Iraq,” Shays said. If France, Russia, China and Germany had told Saddam it was time to back down and honor his commitments, Shays said it’s possible the United Stations may not have needed to go to war against Saddam. But why did these countries really object to a second US-led war against Iraq? Some evidence suggests that those countries that said they were opposing the Bush administration on principle were actually making billions from Oil-for-Food. “I think clearly, American blood is in the hands of a number of European countries, who could have put pressure on Saddam, who could've looked him in the eye and said, ‘the United States is coming in,'" Shays said. “And to me, some of the explanation clearly has to be the Oil-for-Food program.” Shays added that there is a chance some of the insurgents now operating against the United States and the new Iraqi government are using Oil-for-Food money in their terror campaign. “I think it's not only possible that insurgents are using Oil-for-Food money, I think it's very likely,” Shays said. One casualty was Ihasan Karim, the Iraqi official heading an inquiry into the Oil-for-Food program. On July 1, a bomb placed under his car exploded in Baghdad, killing him, and US officials in Iraq told FOX News that they believe Oil-for-Food was the motive in the assassination. That wouldn't surprise Shays. “I don’t know who murdered him. But I can tell you this: There are a lot of people who don't want this story to come out,” Shays said. Shays places part of the blame on people inside the United Nations, even though UN officials authorized an independent investigation into the scandal. “They’re doing this investigation, but only after they were outed by an Iraqi free press, and a government leak from the Iraqi governing council,” Shays said. Shays said the man heading up the probe, former Federal Reserve Chairman Paul Volcker, has a tough job ahead. “Paul Volcker is going to succeed or fail based on his power of persuasion and the good will of the UN, but you're basically asking the member states to sign their own death warrant, and so it's kind of hard for me to imagine he's going to get the cooperation he wants,” Shays said. Volcker said it will take until at least next spring to finish his report, and in the meantime, he doesn't seem willing to give Congress the cooperation it wants. "There is a lot of smoke," Volcker told FOX News on June 23, when asked if he thinks the Oil-for-Food program was corrupt. "There are obviously big problems, and we want to see how big they were and why did they happen. Why did all this happen, in some sense, under everybody's noses?" Shays and Sen. Norm Coleman, leaders of two of at least five federal Oil-for-Food investigations have started firing off subpoenas. “We have just begun this process,” said Coleman, R-Minn. “But we’re trying to sort out this hornet's nest of corruption, of evil. And it’s going to take a little bit of time and patience.” The problems at the United Nations have led some to question its value. A FOX News poll found that 64 percent of Americans say the United Nations has not been an effective partner in the War on Terror. Yet Shays and Coleman both said in interviews they believe a role exists for an organization like the United Nations.
US Seeks to Limit UN Bias Against Israel
Sept. 20….(Jerusalem Post) The US will try to limit the number of one-sided, anti-Israel resolutions passed by the UN General Assembly during its 59th session, which opens on Tuesday in New York, State Department officials said. It will also try to win approval of a resolution condemning anti-Semitism, which failed to pass last year. Deputy assistant Secretary of state Mark Lagon last week, in outlining Washington's priorities for the session, included the hope that the US would be able to block an inordinate number of resolutions by the 191-member body that bash Israel. "The United States seeks to bring balance to the number and content of Middle East resolutions," Lagon said at a forum hosted by the Hudson Institute. Lagon said the last General Assembly adopted 21 resolutions concerning the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, many of which implied "that only Israel has obligations and responsibilities to make peace." The resolutions did not mention suicide attacks against Israel, he noted. And he said, "they pressed the case of the Palestinians, but failed to present a complete picture of the situation on the ground, condemn all acts of terrorism, and recognize the legitimate security concerns of the Israeli people." Lagon said too that the US would also advocate for the abolition of a special UN General Assembly committee directed to investigate Israeli practices and other bodies "that are biased against Israel." It is not clear, given the makeup of the 191-member body, including the powerful Arab bloc, how successful the US will be in its bid to block anti-Israel resolutions. The US and Israel are concerned that the General Assembly could, among other initiatives, support a Palestinian-initiated resolution calling on the more powerful Security Council to condemn Israel's construction of its security barrier and impose sanctions. Last week, the American Jewish Committee called on world leaders "to make a concerted effort to end the world body's chronic assault on Israel." It released a report entitled, "One-Sided: The Relentless Campaign Against Israel in the United Nations." "The UN General Assembly has an obsession with Israel that consistently poisons the climate for bilateral negotiations" between Israel and the Palestinians, said Jason Isaacson, AJC's director of government and international affairs and a principal author of the report.
WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 13 THROUGH SEPTEMBER 19
NGO Plan Calls for Sanctions Against Israel
Sept. 17….(Jerusalem Post) A draft plan presented at the United Nations Wednesday called for stepping up pressure on Israel to end its occupation of Palestinian territories. Non-governmental organizations from around the globe, adopted the draft, which threatens to seek divestment, arms embargoes and other sanctions in the event of non-compliance. According to the draft, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) participating in the Non-governmental Conference Committee would work to educate people and pressure governments to move towards strict enforcement of various international resolutions on Palestinian rights. In a message delivered on the opening day of the conference, in which both Palestinian and Israeli NGOs took part, Secretary-General Kofi Annan called for a prompt implementation of the Road Map, a peace plan sponsored by the UN, European Union, Russia and the United States, which calls for parallel and reciprocal steps by both sides leading to the establishment of a Palestinian state by the end of 2005.
US Debates Military Strikes on 'Nuclear Iran'
Sept. 17….(Financial Times) The Bush administration's warnings that it will not "tolerate" a nuclear-armed Iran have opened up a lively policy debate in Washington over the merits of military strikes against the Islamic republic's nuclear program. Analysts close to the administration say military options are under consideration, but have not reached a level of seriousness that indicate the US is preparing actual action. When asked, senior officials repeat that President George W. Bush is removing no option from the table - but that he believes the issue can be solved by diplomatic means. Diplomacy on Wednesday appeared stalled. The US and its European allies on the board of the International Atomic Energy Agency continued to wrangle over the wording of a resolution on Iran which insists it has no intention of using its advanced civilian program to make a bomb.
Mexico is al-Qaida Route into US
Sept. 17….(World Net Daily) Al-Qaida plans to use Mexico as a key infiltration route for sending operatives into the United States, according to a Mexican newspaper. Mexican intelligence agencies have identified at least two routes for al-Qaida infiltration, the Proceso newspaper reported last week. The infiltration plan calls for terrorists to depart South Africa for London and then take a non-stop flight to Mexico or a Central American nation and from there use migrant smuggling routes to reach northern Mexico and the United States. Two of three suspected al-Qaida terrorists recently arrested in England and Pakistan had passed through Mexico with South African passports. Another suspect, a Saudi national, is being sought in northeastern Mexico after traveling through Panama, Honduras, Nicaragua and Guatemala. Adnan Shukrijumah is a key al-Qaida figure in North America. He was tracked to Sonora, Mexico, in August and is being sought by the FBI.
Iran Poses Unique Danger
Sept. 16….(Hal Lindsay) We are witnessing what should be
a familiar "dance of deception" that has been used by every rogue power in its
pursuit of nuclear weapons. First, the rogue nation will claim it needs nuclear
reactors for peaceful production of energy. In the case of Iran, which is awash
with oil, it is hard to claim this with a straight face. Second, there is the
clandestine hiring of foreign experts to help with the project, usually this is
kept secret as long as possible. Third, there is the attempted secret building
of uranium enrichment facilities. Fourth, once this is discovered, there is the
stalling and stonewalling of the International Atomic Energy Agency. The rogue
nation finally allows only limited, controlled inspections of its facilities.
And then there is the usual hand wringing of Western nations as they attempt to
rein in the rogue nation with diplomacy, threats of economic sanctions and
Israel Offers to Help Russia Fight Terror
Sept. 16….(Columbia Daily Tribune) Israel has sent intelligence officers to Russia and is hosting at least two senior Russian officers in Tel Aviv in quiet moves to upgrade anti-terror cooperation with Moscow in the wake of a series of devastating attacks in Russia, officials said. The Israeli moves come as President Vladimir Putin revamps Russia’s anti-terrorism capabilities after a school seizure by separatists in southern Russia ended with the deaths of at least 330 hostages, including many children. A team of Israeli intelligence officers arrived discreetly in Russia shortly after the hostage standoff to discuss a program to share Israeli expertise, three officials close to the mission said. The officials said Russia was particularly interested in learning more about airport and air-traffic security in light of the Aug. 24 bombing of two Russian passenger jets. The officials said the main purpose of the trip was to explain to Russia how Israel can help. The Israeli team has returned to Israel and is awaiting word on whether Russia will accept the offer of greater cooperation, the officials said. At the same time, at least two senior Russian officers have arrived in Israel to examine a police anti-terrorism facility. contacts between Israeli and Russian security services. "I think there is a growing realization in Russia that they have to become more prepared for future terror attacks and that it’s a good idea to compare notes with us," he said. Israeli counter-terror techniques are among the world’s most sophisticated, and its public, no-strings-attached offer of assistance could provide a wealth of information. But the cooperation poses problems for a Kremlin seeking to avoid alienating the Muslim world, where Russia has had long-standing political and economic ties. This is especially true of Iran, where Russia is helping develop a nuclear energy program and maintaining a diplomatic and economic foothold. Russia’s Federal Security Service, the main KGB successor, said it had no information about new Israeli-Russian intelligence cooperation. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov visited the Jewish state as part of a Mid-east tour just days after the school hostage tragedy. During the visit, Israel repeatedly offered help and pushed for a global anti-terror alliance, saying the school attack showed the wide threat of Islamic violence to world security. But Lavrov was cool to the Israeli advances, at least in public, saying any counter-terrorism alliance would have to include Russia’s traditional allies in the Arab world.
Iraq War Illegal, Says Annan!
Sept. 16….(ABC News) United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan says the United States decision to invade Iraq in March 2003 was "illegal". Mr. Annan's comments are likely to re-ignite debate over whether US President George W Bush, and British Prime Minister Tony Blair acted within the bounds of international law by failing to get a final UN Security Council resolution on Iraq. Speaking in an interview with BBC World Service radio, Mr. Annan says the UN Security Council should have issued a second resolution, if a US-led invasion of Iraq was to be allowed. "I'm one of those who believe that there should have been a second resolution," he said. "Yes, if you wish. I've indicated that it was not in conformity with the UN Charter from our point of view, and from the Charter point of view it was illegal." The UN Charter is one of the cornerstones of international law. Mr. Annan says that given the current level of violence and unrest, it is unlikely that Iraq would be able to hold credible elections as planned in January 2005. "I think there have been lessons for the US and lessons for the UN and other member states," he said. "I think that, in the end, everybody's concluded that it is best to work together with our allies and through the UN to deal with some of these issues. "I hope we do not see another Iraq-type operation for a long time, without UN approval and much broader support from the international community." The council had adopted a number of resolutions over the years to compel Saddam Hussein to abandon the pursuit of weapons of mass destruction. The final resolution was adopted in November 2002, when UN inspectors re-entered Iraq, warning the Iraqi regime of "serious consequences" if it was found to be in material breach of the earlier resolutions. Mr. Annan says the decision on whether to act on Iraq should have been made by the UN, and not by the US President. "It was up to the Security Council to approve or determine what those consequences should be," he said. Mr. Annan told a news conference in The Hague, Netherlands, shortly before the invasion that if the United States took military action without Security Council approval "it would not be in conformity with the Charter". The United States and Britain withdrew a draft resolution in the council in mid-March after it was clear there were not enough votes. France had threatened to veto the draft if UN inspectors were not given more time to account for Saddam Hussein's weapons of mass destruction.
PA Clergy Call for Genocide of Jews
Sept. 16….(World Net Daily) Twice in three days,
Palestinian television has shown religious leaders calling for the mass killing
of Jews. Both clerics said such a slaughter is a necessary stage in history and
must be carried out quickly, reported Palestinian Media Watch. Each cited the
same Hadith, Islamic tradition attributed to Muhammad. Palestinian leaders
traditionally have taught that the following Hadith applies today: The Hour
(Resurrection) will not take place until the Muslims fight the Jews and kill
them. And the Jews will hide behind the rock and tree, and the rock and tree
will say: oh Muslim, oh servant of Allah, this is a Jew behind me, come and kill
him! Says Palestinian Media Watch: "This teaching may well be a dominant
motivating factor that drives terror against Israeli civilians, because it
presents the killing of Jews as a religious obligation, not related to the
conflict over borders, but as something inherent to Allah's world." Sheik
Ibrahim Madiras' sermon of last Friday was broadcast the same day on PA TV.
Madiras declared, "The Prophet said: The Resurrection will not take place until
the Muslims fight the Jews, and the Muslims kill them. The Muslims will kill the
Jews, rejoice in it, rejoice in Allah's Victory. The Muslims will kill the Jews,
and he will hide. "The Prophet said: The Jews will hide behind the rock and
tree, and the rock and tree will say: oh servant of Allah, oh Muslim this is a
Jew behind me, come and kill him! Why is there this malice? Because there are
none who love the Jews on the face of the earth: not man, not rock and not tree;
everything hates them. They destroy everything, they destroy the trees and
destroy the houses. Everything wants vengeance on the Jews, on these pigs on the
face of the earth, and the day of our victory, Allah willing, will come."
Syria’s Assad and Egypt’s Mubarak Discuss Lebanon
Sept. 15….(Ha Aretz) Egyptian leader Hosni Mubarak rushed to Damascus for consultations with Syria’s Bashar Assad this week. The two leaders held secret talks on the US led move to have the UN demand Syria’s withdrawal from Lebanon. At the meeting, Mubarak said that Israel should open immediate negotiations with the Palestinians on the creation of a Palestinian State. Assad and Mubarak also said Palestinian factions should work "to achieve their commitments toward the establishment of an independent state." The two leaders "emphasized their support for dialogue between Palestinian factions under Egyptian patronage to achieve unity in Palestinian ranks." Egypt has been working for months on a plan to help the Palestinians reorganize their security forces and reach a political agreement for cooperation between all the Palestinian factions after an Israeli withdrawal from Gaza. Mubarak and Assad held their hastily arranged meeting a day after a divisive debate in the Arab League over Syrian troops in Lebanon. The official Syrian Arab News Agency reported Mubarak's talks with Assad concerned this month's UN Security Council resolution on Syria's role in Lebanon. The Security Council resolution of September 2 called for the withdrawal of foreign forces in Lebanon, a reference to Syria's 20,000 troops in the country, and for the holding of presidential elections. Hours later pro-Syrian legislators in the Lebanese parliament voted to extend for three years the term of President Emile Lahoud, a Syrian puppet. In a rare challenge to a fellow Arab country, Jordan and six Gulf Arab nations urged Syria to respect the resolution, which was sponsored by the United States, France, Britain and Germany. At the Arab League on Tuesday, Jordanian Foreign Minister Marwan Muasher argued strongly, with the Gulf states' support, for Syria to comply, according to a league official who witnessed the debate in closed session. But Syria and Lebanon opposed the UN resolution, and the league debate ended with the 22-nation body adopting the consensus position of support for the traditionally close ties between Syria and Lebanon. The league statement also supported Lebanon's "sovereign right to practice its political choices within constitutional institutions," an implicit rejection of the Security Council's call for presidential elections to be held as scheduled. Syrian forces entered Lebanon in 1976 supposedly as peacekeepers during the 1975-90 civil war, and they have remained there ever since. Under the 1989 Tail agreement that led to the end of the civil war, Syrian forces were allowed to stay in Lebanon until the two governments negotiated their withdrawal. (Imagine a country wanting another country to occupy it!) Lebanese critics of Syria’s occupation complain that its dominance over its government precludes the formation of a Lebanese government that would push for Syrian withdrawal. At the Arab Summit in Tunis this year, Arab diplomats privately accused the Lebanese delegation of always towing the Syrian line.
US and the EU Divided Over Iran
Sept. 15….(Jerusalem Post) Iran's powerful former
president, Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, vowed that the Islamic republic would
resist international efforts to prevent it from mastering advanced nuclear
technology. He was criticizing a draft resolution put before the International
Atomic Energy Agency by the Europeans which calls on Iran to ease suspicions
over it nuclear drive by November and suspend fuel cycle activities. "The United
States and Europe say the same things, and there will be a lot of problems in
the future," he said. The US is pushing the UN nuclear watchdog to adopt a
resolution in Vienna this week that would set a deadline, possibly as early as
October 31, for Tehran to fully suspend uranium enrichment and take other
measures. Differences between the United States and Europe over how firmly to
deal with Iran and its suspect nuclear program have resulted in the European
Union pushing recommendations that ignore American suggestions. The US-European
rift surfaced Tuesday, the second day of a key meeting of the board of governors
of the International Atomic Energy Agency, the UN's nuclear watchdog agency. The
board's latest draft resolution, being circulated informally for reaction from
other delegates, was nearly identical to one that France, Britain and Germany
came up with Friday, a text that American officials said was not tough enough.
The United States demanded that Iran grant agency inspectors "complete,
immediate and unrestricted access," provide "full information" about past
illegal nuclear activities, and suspend "immediately and fully" uranium
enrichment and related activities. The agency's meeting has become the main
battleground between Iran and the United States, which wants to take Tehran
before the UN Security Council for alleged violations of the Nuclear
Nonproliferation Treaty. The Americans asked that the draft include an
October 31 deadline. The EU text remained more vague on both demands and a time
frame, asking only that IAEA Director General Mohamed ElBaradei submit a
comprehensive report before November for evaluation by the board. ElBaradei
shrugged off the idea of a deadline and repeated that his investigation has not
clearly established whether Iran is trying to make nuclear arms, as Washington
asserts. It I beginning to look like Europe and the United States might not
be able to bridge their differences over Iran, a development that would be
unprecedented since the IAEA started looking at Iran's nuclear dossier two years
Syria Chemical Wearpons Tested on Civilians?
Terror Insurgents Targeting New Iraqi Police
Sept. 14….(FOJ) A suicide bomber detonated a car bomb near a police station in Baghdad early Tuesday as dozens of Iraqi men were applying to join the new Iraqi police force, killing at least 47 people and wounding 114. In a separate attack on Iraq's police force, gunmen in two cars opened fire Tuesday on a van carrying policemen home from work in Baqouba, killing 11 officers and a civilian. The attacks marked the latest attempts by insurgents to disrupt US-backed efforts to help build a strong Iraqi police force capable of taking over security in many towns and cities throughout Iraq. In statements on an Islamic Web site, a group linked to Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the Jordanian born terrorist with ties to Al Qaeda claimed responsibility for both attacks. In Baghdad, an Interior Ministry official said on condition of anonymity that a suicide bomber detonated an explosives-packed sedan next to a cafe by the police station where many would-be recruits had gone to escape the summer heat. Iraqi police forces have repeatedly been targeted by terror-insurgents who see them as “collaborators” with US forces. These militants, many of whom are foreigners in Iraq are bent on thwarting US-backed efforts to build a strong Iraqi police force capable of securing Iraqi cities ahead of nationwide January elections. The US has repeatedly warned Iran and Syria about permitting fighters to cross their borders into Iraq to aid the insurgency in Iraq against the new Iraqi government.
Powell: Key to Mideast Progress is Stripping Arafat's Power
Sept. 13….(Ha Aretz) US Secretary of State Colin
Powell now says that the key to making progress in the Middle East is stripping
Palestinian Authority Chairman Yasser Arafat of his power. Speaking during
an interview with the Associated Press, Secretary Powell said the PA needs a
Prime Minister with powers, which entails stripping Arafat of his current
authority. The Scretary of State said the United States was willing to help the
sides make progress, but that the Palestinians needed to take action in curbing
terror and advancing reforms in order to enable that progress to be made. In an
interview granted to Egyptian television on Friday, US Deputy Secretary of
State Richard Armitage reiterated that the United States still opposes the
option of Israel's expulsion of Arafat. Armitage said that the United States
does not believe that expelling Arafat is a good idea, and clarified this
position to Israel. Responding to comments by Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom
earlier this week who stated that Arafat's expulsion is closer than ever,
Armitage said that he has no reason to believe that such a move would occur in
the near future.
Al-Qaida's WMD Suicide Bomb Plan
Arabs Accuse US of Spreading Terrorism
Sept. 13….(Jerusalem Post) Many Arabs across the Middle
East mourned the victims of the September 11 attacks carried out by 19 Arab men,
but most blamed the US-led war on terror and Washington's support of Israel
for spreading, not reducing, global militancy and instability. Arab newspapers,
Web sites, and street corner commentators repeated a similar theme Saturday,
saying that attacks by Israel against Palestinians and Iraqis equated to the
same brand of terrorism that America, following the attacks on New York and
Washington, launched its war to eradicate. September 11 was a tragic day in our
history because so many innocent people were killed at the hands of militants,
who find a fertile ground in our region in view of the biased US policies
toward Israel and against Arab causes," said 34-year-old banker Mahmoud
Obeid in Amman. "We don't hate the Americans as people, but we abhor the
policies of their government, which blindly supports Israel against our just
causes in Palestine and Iraq." Egyptian columnist Fahmy Howeidy said Arabs
and Muslims must question their own actions, "because these people who committed
the September 11 attacks and attacked the United States were Muslims and Arabs.
We need to ask what is wrong with these people, why did they do this?" But he
told The Associated Press that "the main problem is the Americans don't want to
criticize themselves. They don't look at their policies and mistakes, like
the US position toward the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. By defending the
terrorism committed by Israel against the Palestinians, they are filling people
Our 9-11 Resolve Has Turned Into A House Divided
Sept. 13….(FOJ) The September 11 attacks three
years ago on the Pentagon and the World Trade Center marked the end of
one American era and the beginning of another. As former President Bush stated
on that evening 3 years ago, the world will never again be the same, and he was
absolutely correct. At various points in history, events occur which work to
change the entire superstructure of the world order of things. Just as Pearl
Harbor changed the world in the 40’s, the September 11th tragedy briefly
awakened Americans from their sleepy slumber that fateful morning and made them
aware that they live in a totally different world. (We are still waiting to
see what the New World order of things will turn out to be) But unlike the
1941 Pearl Harbor attack, with Japan’s planes showing its rising sun plainly in
view on the sides of the attacking planes, the planes that brought evil upon our
nation that morning were our very own commercial planes. For the previous 22
years, America’s political establishment had been in denial about the fact that
an enemy had declared war on us. American’s lived in total ignorance that there
was a hidden enemy out there that was sworn to our total destruction. But when
the 2nd plane hit the WTC tower building, on 9-11, there was no denying that
America was under attack. Our government couldn’t simply blame that evil
incident on the weather, or some mechanical malfunction, or some criminal
entity. President Bush remarked a few days later when visiting the WTC site that
the people that knocked these buildings down will soon be hearing from us. But
who knocked them down? Who was that enemy, and from what nation did they come?
There just wasn’t a clear-cut picture about who was attacking us, as there had
been in 1941, or was there? In reality, America had actually been attacked on
numerous occasions since 1979. In fact we have heard voices all over the Middle
East calling for our destruction and referring to America as the Great Satan.
Like Franklin Roosevelt in 1941, President Bush condemned the attacks as acts of
war, and most American’s seemed to come together for a while in its resolve to
find its enemy and destroy it as we had done in WWII. But all of that resolve
was shattered by our continued failure to recognize the enemy. The truth of the
matter is that the assault on the World Trade Center on 9-11 was hardly a "sneak
attack" that American intelligence agencies had little idea was coming. Its Twin
Towers had already been bombed eight years earlier, and by the same enemy that
flew our own planes that day. The Clinton Administration treated the 1st WTC
attack as a criminal action against our country. Six Palestinian and Egyptian
conspirators responsible for the attack were tried in American civil courts and
got life sentences like common criminals, but its mastermind escaped. That
mastermind was a man named Ramzi Ahmed Yousef. Yousef was an Iraqi Intelligence
agent paid by Saddam Hussein. This was a clear indication to authorities that
the atrocity was no mere criminal event, and that it involved more than
individual terrorists; but also involved at least one hostile terrorist state,
and probably more. Among the many terrorist entities that supported the al-Qaeda
terrorists, and supported Saddam Hussein against America in the Persian Gulf War
were Yasser Arafat’s Palestine Authority and the Palestine Liberation
Organization. It should be noted that Saddam Hussein was sending 25,000 dollars
to every Palestinian suicide bomber that struck against Israel during the Oslo
Peace overture. Yet, among foreign leaders, Yasser Arafat was President
Clinton’s most frequent White House guest. Far from treating Mr. Arafat as an
enemy of civilized order and an international pariah, the Clinton Administration
was busily cultivating him as a "partner for peace," and thus Arafat joyously
threw mud in Clinton’s eye at the 2000 Camp David Peace Summit.
WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 5 THROUGH SEPTEMBER 11
Europeans and Democrats Think Alike
Sept. 10….(CBN) On one side of the Atlantic, Americans are more and more anxious for Europe to help them run the world. On the other side, though, Europeans are increasingly turning their backs and hoping to carve out an independent role for themselves. More than a year after the Iraq war, that conflict's preparation and its aftermath continue to weigh heavily on Washington's relationship with its European allies and on popular attitudes here, finds a major study of transatlantic opinion released Thursday by the German Marshall Fund. Seventy-six percent of Europeans disapprove of current US foreign policy, and 58 percent of them want Europe to take a more independent approach to foreign affairs, according to the poll. "If this trend continues, we may be looking at a redefinition of the fundamentals of the transatlantic relationship from a first-choice partnership to an optional alliance when mutually convenient," says Craig Kennedy, president of the German Marshall Fund. On both sides of the Atlantic, events in Iraq over the past 12 months have set public opinion on diverging paths. Still, the poll reveals divisions within American opinion about this and other issues, highlighting how often and how strongly Democrats agree with Europeans. While 69 percent of Republicans said they did not think a United Nations mandate would be necessary for future Iraq-style operations, 81 percent of Democrats said they thought it would be essential, as did 80 percent of Europeans. The same pattern emerges in attitudes about the war in Iraq: 79 percent of Republicans say the results were worth the loss of life and other costs, while 81 percent of Democrats and 80 percent of Europeans disagree. Democrats and Europeans also harbor the same sorts of doubts about whether military action is the most appropriate tool to fight terrorism. While 86 percent of Republicans believes that military action is necessary, whereas only 49 percent of Europeans and 52 percent of US Democrats agree, the poll finds. That suggests that if John Kerry wins the presidency, America and Europe could become more aligned in the geo-political arena. Certainly "a Kerry presidency would make a big effort to reach out to the Europeans." A majority in France (63 percent) Germany (57 percent) and Spain (66 percent) support the idea of sending their soldiers to Iraq if the UN approved a multinational force to help secure and rebuild the country, an idea that John Kerry has hinted at as a cornerstone of his foreign policy basis. (FOJ Note: Kerry proposes that the US operate only under the UN in using military force) Though 71 percent of Europeans say they would like the EU to become a superpower like the US, nearly half of them drop the idea if it requires increased military spending. It seems the Europeans and American democrats are both generally loathsome to the military. Nor should Washington see Europe's superpower aspirations as particularly threatening, the poll suggests: 30 percent of respondents said they wanted to boost Europe's political clout to compete with the US in the world.
Russia Accuses US of Double Standard in War on Terror
Sept. 9….(AP) Russia threatened Wednesday to strike against terrorists "in any region of the world," and offered a $10 million reward for information leading to the killing or capture of Chechnya's top rebel leaders, and criticized the United States for its willingness to hold talks with Chechen separatists. The announcements marked a show of resolve aimed at Russia's stunned citizens, as well as Western countries President Vladimir Putin accuses of hindering its fight against terror, in the wake of three attacks that killed more than 400 people in the past two weeks. As for carrying out preventive strikes against terrorist bases, we will take all measures to liquidate terrorist bases in any region of the world," he told reporters. The Bush Administration also has a policy of pre-emptive military action against terrorists. The global issue of terrorism drew Russia closer to the United States and other Western nations following the September 11 attacks, when Putin expressed support for US anti-terror efforts. But since the attack in Beslan, Putin and other top officials have turned up the volume on their accusations that Western nations apply double standards and hinder Russia's fight against terrorism by questioning its policy in Chechnya. Responding to a statement by State Department spokesman Richard Boucher, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said that "we solve our internal problems ourselves and there's no need to search for an American route to political normalization in Chechnya." Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Yakovenko also lashed out at the United States, saying talks with Chechens linked to rebel leaders are "absolutely unacceptable." "After all, we are talking about those individuals who stand behind bloody attacks by terrorists in Russia, which have drawn the indignation of the entire civilized word," Yakovenko said in a statement. While joining condemnation of the school attack, the State Department said Tuesday that Moscow ultimately must hold political talks with rebellious Chechen leaders. Russian officials have been particularly angered by Britain's granting of asylum to Akhmed Zakayev, an envoy for Chechen rebel leader Aslan Maskhadov, and the United States' granting of asylum to Ilyas Akhmadov, who was foreign minister under Maskhadov during Chechnya's de-facto independence in the late 1990s. The European Union, already at odds with the Bush administration over pre-emptive military strikes, reacted warily to a warning from Moscow that it too reserved the right to neutralize terror threats anywhere in the world. The European Union argues that a policy of pre-emptive strikes is too risky. A security strategy paper approved by EU governments last year said emphasis should be placed on diplomatic and political solutions. In Paris, a Foreign Ministry spokesman said it was up to international bodies to take a stand against terror. "For us, it is by its nature a question that must be debated under the European framework, in the Group of Eight and of course in the United Nations," spokesman Herve Ladsous told reporters. Turkey's Prime Minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, added his voice to those questioning pre-emptive strikes. "If the world attempts a fight against terrorism in a unilateral way of thinking, then it won't succeed in solving the problem," he said. Russian leaders have claimed such a right to pre-emptive strikes before, threatening neighboring Georgia that it would pursue Chechen rebels allegedly sheltering on its territory. Russia is seeking Zakayev's extradition from London, where he's been granted political asylum. Russian authorities also offered a $10 million reward for information leading to the capture of rebel leader and former Chechen President Aslan Maskhadov and another leader, Shamil Basayev.
The World is Letting Iran Misbehave
Sept. 8….(FOJ) The nations of the world are letting Iran misbehave, and that blind eye towards Iranian sponsorship of international terrorism is likely to lead the world to the precipice of Armageddon. Yesterday, US Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld charged that Iran is fueling the deadly terrorist insurgency in Iraq with money and fighters. Yet, in spite of that evidence, the Secretary noted that the United States has limited options in dealing with terrorism because so many other nations are "not willing" to join in pressuring Iran, a nation which has shown behavior that is "not part of the civilized world." On the critical question of whether the far-flung Iranian backed insurgency in Iraq is weaker or stronger today than when it began one year ago, Mr. Rumsfeld said, "It's hard to say that when you've just gone through a week or two where you've peaked in terms of the number of incidents. Rumsfeld has regularly and correctly accused Iran of "meddling" in Iraqi affairs. Iran's Revolutionary Guard is well known to be funding the notorious Sheik Muqtada al-Sadr, the leader of the Mahdi insurgency in Iraq. The radical cleric's ragtag Mahdi's Army has staged a series of deadly insurrections in southern Iraq and in the Shi'ite slums of Baghdad. Although Sadr’s militia is encircled, he has conveniently used the moderate Shiite cleric Sistani to retain his toehold in Iraq, and avoid decapitation by the US. The longer Sadr’s army of thugs is allowed to remain undaunted up and down the Euphrates Valley, the more likely that the ticking time-bomb of political intrigue will blow up in America’s diplomatic face, and that is what Iran is really hoping to accomplish. Iran wants another Viet Nam for America in Iraq (Euphrates) and that the political negatives of that war will cause the US to abandon the region altogether." (Apparently many countries of the world want the same result) Secretary Rumsfeld added yesterday that, "Iran is a country that is simply not part of the civilized world in terms of its behavior.” Asked whether Iran is funding Sheik al-Sadr, Mr. Rumsfeld said, "There's a lot of speculation to that effect." Iran is one of the world's top sponsors of international terrorism, according to the US State Department. And many US military intelligence sources say Iran is working to impose the same type of Shi'ite rule in Iraq that exists in Iran while it also seeks nuclear weapons. Rumsfeld said that to date, countries around the world are not willing to band together to force Tehran to change its penchant for terrorism. "The problem of proliferation and the problem of terror and the problem of dealing with a country that's separated itself from the civilized community is that those are the kind of things that require the cooperation of a lot of countries," he said. "And when you have many countries of the world that are not willing to participate in any organized effort to try to persuade a country to behave in a civilized way, it encourages them simply to continue on its merry way. And that's a problem! (A Big problem) Three years after the 9-11 attacks, the Defense Secretary maintains that conducting world-wide manhunts is a key to winning the global war on terror. "We're going to have to wear them down," he said. "We're going to go after them where they are. If anything, the world should understand that going on the defense just won't cut it. We can’t survive that way. The only way you can deal with this problem is to be on the offense." The Secretary is only half right on this matter. In truth, the world must stop harboring those states that sponsor terror, and that step begins with muscling the misbehaving states of Iran and Syria. Iraq is strategically pinned between those two states, and therefore the Bush Doctrine will meet the pass/fail test in Iraq, but unfortunately that success or failure depends largely on the world’s total resolve to fight terror.
FBI Probes Arafat for 1973 Murders
Sept. 7….(World Net Daily) After 31 years, the FBI has finally opened an investigation into the involvement of Palestinian Liberation Organization leader Yasser Arafat in the murders of two US diplomats in Sudan in 1973, WorldNetDaily has learned. FBI agents are now gathering evidence about Arafat's culpability in a March 1, 1973, operation in which eight members of the Black September terrorist organization, part of Arafat's Fatah faction of the PLO, stormed the Saudi embassy in Khartoum, reportedly on Arafat's orders, taking US Ambassador Cleo Noel, diplomat Charge d'Affaires George Curtis Moore and others hostage, and one day later, killing Noel, Moore and Belgian diplomat Guy Eid. Two agents from FBI headquarters in Washington, DC, Bill McDermott and Kathleen Reed, recently flew to Portland, Oregon to interview James J. Welsh, the National Security Agency's Palestinian analyst at the time of the murders. Welsh has said he intercepted a transmission from Arafat involving an imminent operation in Khartoum, and charges the NSA has had tapes of Arafat ordering the executions, a story first reported by WND in 2001. "They called me and said they are reopening an old murder investigation," Welsh told WND. Welsh says he detailed for the agents the communication he intercepted from Yasser Arafat, and how within minutes, the director of the NSA was notified and a decision was made to send a rare "FLASH" message, the highest priority to the US Embassy in Khartoum via the State Department warning of a possible attack. But Welsh recalled the message didn't reach the embassy in time. Somewhere between the NSA and the State Department, someone decided the warning was too vague, and the alert was downgraded in urgency. The next day, the Black September operation took place, and after 26 hours of intense negotiations, the gunmen demanded the freeing from Jordan of many Palestinians, including Abu Daoud, a leader of the Black September Organization; the release of Sirhan Sirhan, Robert Kennedy's assassin, from jail in California; and the liberation of "Palestinian women in prison in Israel," Many have claimed that Arafat personally sent an order of execution to the terrorists via radio broadcast: "Why are you waiting? The people's blood in the Cold River cries for vengeance." "Cold River" was reportedly the code word for executing the captives. Supposed NSA recordings of that call have disappeared. Arafat reportedly then ordered the eight gunmen to surrender peacefully to the Sudanese authorities. Two were released for "lack of evidence." Later, in June 1973, the other six were found guilty of murdering the diplomats. They were sentenced to life imprisonment, but released 24 hours later to the PLO. During their trial, commander Salim Rizak, also known as Abu Ghassan, told the court: "We carried out this operation on the orders of the Palestine Liberation Organization and should only be questioned by that organization." Sudanese Vice President Mohammed Bakir said after questioning the six: "They relied on radio messages from Beirut Fatah headquarters, both for the order to kill the three diplomats and for their own surrender Sunday morning." Over the years, there have been reports the Israelis also had tapes of Arafat ordering the executions, and that Jerusalem provided copies to President Nixon. Sources in Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's office told WND Israeli intelligence provided evidence proving Arafat's culpability in the murders to the US State Department and White House in March 1973. Sharon also publicly stated in 1995 that Israel shared this evidence with the US. In 1985 and 1986, Congress requested then-Attorney General Ed Meese to investigate Arafat's complicity in the murders of the diplomats. On Feb. 12, 1986, some 47 US senators, including Al Gore, petitioned Meese "to assign the highest priority to completing this review, and to issue an indictment of Yasser Arafat if the evidence so warrants." But the one critical piece of evidence needed to warrant an indictment, the tape recordings was not produced by the NSA, the Central Intelligence Agency or the State Department. Bill Carter, a spokesperson for the FBI in Washington, DC, would neither confirm nor deny that the case has been reopened, but a source in the FBI's New York office told WND on condition of anonymity that an investigation has indeed been initiated at the request of an outside agency. He refused to name the agency. If Arafat is charged with the murders, a warrant would be issued for his arrest, making him a fugitive in the US. Raanan Gissin, chief spokesperson for Ariel Sharon, told WND, "This doesn't come as a surprise. We intercepted the phone calls, and the US also corroborated this on their own." "The Khartoum murders are very damning because it is one incident where Arafat was actually caught red-handed. He is usually good at hiding his direct involvement in terrorism," said Gissin. Gissin says Israel was not involved in the opening of the case. "This is an internal American affair based on internal considerations," he said. Arafat deputy and chief negotiator Saeeb Erakat, who was first informed about the FBI investigation by WND, said, "President Arafat was not involved in these murders. He has visited Washington more than 24 times since the Khartoum events! This is just part of the political campaign being waged against President Arafat." Welsh charges the US has always known about Arafat's culpability in the murders, but that the American and Israeli decision to build Arafat as the legitimate ruler of the Palestinians and a figurehead with whom Israel could ultimately negotiate has forced the US to cover up the incident. Welsh says that when he watched President Bill Clinton invite Arafat to the White House for negotiations in 1993, and later host the PLO ruler at a 2000 peace summit at Camp David, he was compelled to speak out after so many years of silence. In an exclusive interview with WND in 2001, Welsh talked for the first time about what happened when he was at the NSA, but the FBI did not respond back then. "No one wants to touch this thing," Welsh said at the time. "It's a hot potato. No one wants to be responsible for derailing the Mideast peace process." After Arafat turned down at Camp David an Israeli offer of a Palestinian State in the West Bank, Gaza and the eastern section of Jerusalem, and instead launched an intifada against the Jewish State, the domestic and international tide of public opinion has turned against the PLO ruler, and Welsh says the US is "finally interested in making the truth about this man known." "It is wonderful news that the US government appears now to be taking seriously the charge that Arafat was complicit in the murder of two American diplomats," Daniel Pipes, director of the Middle East Forum told WND. "And it is testimony to President Bush's understanding that terrorism must be combated in all theaters. But the three-decade-long delay in bringing Arafat to accountability also shows the high costs of engaging in diplomacy with terrorists." Although Sharon and Bush have isolated Arafat in his Ramallah compound for three years, and most countries refuse to meet him, the PLO leader has maintained a tight grip on Palestinian security forces, and Israel charges that Arafat is still calling the shots of various terror organizations, including his own Fatah. Gissin says the FBI case will help to further isolate Arafat. "Arafat's involvement in this murder is a fact. The case will serve to further tighten the isolation of Arafat by making him a fugitive in the US This should be highly embarrassing to him. Not only is Arafat corrupt, but as we've always known, he is also a cold-blooded murderer."
Russia Has A Weakness on its Southern Border
Sept. 7….(FOJ) The failed rescue operation that ended the
hostage crisis in the southern republic of North Ossetia has once again exposed
the weaknesses of Russia's security services and provided further evidence that
the Kremlin is the weakest link in the war against international terrorism.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has over two weeks time seen Islamic extremists
down two passenger airliners, a Muslim suicide bomber strike against a Moscow
subway station, and a band of Al Qaeda trained guerrillas seize a school and
hold captive over 1,000 people. It is as if Islamic agents are working to
hold Russia hostage in the war on terror. Clearly, Putin's security forces,
like those in the US, have been exposed as being inept in the war on terror.
Putin has publicly stated that he knows the security forces are not providing
him with reliable information. Putin has reportedly conveyed in private his
shock that he could be left so misinformed by his own national security service.
Putin also said that the terrorist attacks were an attack against the Russian
State, and that Russia must stop showing weakness! There is no doubt that
Russia is a target of international terrorism, and in particular, terror from
militant Islamist fundamentalists, and that Iran is providing the inspiration
for the terrorist campaign to reign in Russia. So why is Russia helping Iran
to acquire a nuclear bomb? The Old Testament prophet Ezekiel portrays Russia
as being “hooked-in-its-jaws” by a powerful force in the Last Days that will
compel Russia to utilize its massive military machine against Israel. Oddly
enough, as a result of these recent attacks, Russia is now consulting Israel on
ways to upscale its intelligence and security against the terrorists. (ummm!)
Has Iran Declared War On The West?
Sept. 7….(Pittsburgh Live) On Saturday, June 26, only a few weeks ago, two security guards at the Iranian UN Mission were expelled from the United States, and allowed to sneak back to Tehran. The US State Department says that they were "engaged in activities inconsistent with their duties." In reality, they were spies. The pair had been observed by the FBI for months moving around Manhattan videotaping landmark buildings and other infrastructure. It took an alert transit police officer to arrest them when he saw them taking video images on the subway tracks. They claimed diplomatic immunity and were not charged with any crime. In Tehran, as August began, the Islamic Republic's supreme guide Ali Khamenei was answering questions from a hundred or so Islamic guidance officials, home from foreign postings for retraining. Most of his answers were trite slogans, but when he was asked, "Is our Islamic Republic at war against the United States," he paused before replying. "It is the United States that is at war against our Islamic Revolution." However, Khamenei's own newspaper was even more direct. Writing this July, it said, "the White House's 80 years of exclusive rule are likely to become 80 seconds of hell that will burn to ashes. Those who resist Iran will be struck from directions they never expected." To these facts add that an Arab newspaper published in London and Beirut reported that an Iranian intelligence unit has established a center called "The Brigades of the Shahids of the Global Islamic Awakening," controlled by a Revolutionary Guards intelligence officer, Hassan Abbasi. The newspaper has a tape recording of Abbasi when he spoke of Iran's secret plans, which include "a strategy drawn up for the destruction of Anglo-Saxon civilization." To bring this about, Abbasi said, "There are 29 sensitive sites in the US and in the West. We have already spied on these sites and we know how we are going to attack them." This Revolutionary Guard officer continued by saying, "Iran's missiles are now ready to strike at Western targets, and as soon as the instructions arrive from Ali Khamenei, we will launch our missiles at their cities and installations." These are facts. Now let's consider the information coming in from Iraq where, day after day, our troops are being killed. Most of the killing is now being done by Muslim militia, Shi'ite Muslims, in the cities of Fallujah, Mosul and Najaf. This militia appears to have some loyalty, to the Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, but he is equally obviously not their paymaster. The militias need weapons, ammunition, gas for their vehicles, food, water and everything else to fight the Iraqi police and our military. Just remember that these are Shi'ites. The Iranians just over the border are also Shi'ites. So we needn't be surprised to learn that the word on the streets of Baghdad and Tehran is that they are providing millions of dollars every month for the "hot" war against the Americans. The Iranian Shi'ites have during the past few weeks established relations with the Kurds in the north of Iraq and with the main Arab Sunni rebel group led by Abu Musab al-Zarqawi. And, every alliance is cemented with dollars. Iran has been at war with the United States since the mullahs ousted the shah's forces in 1979. (Only the US population has been blind to that fact) Iran's war against the United States has gone on for 25 years. It is past time that the ayatollahs, mullahs and imams begin to understand that there are limits to our tolerance and that our military might is by no means exhausted. That February in 1979, the Revolutionary Guards invaded 27 US listening posts in Iran that had been set up to monitor Soviet rocket tests. The posts were closed and our guys expelled. That was enough for Democrat Jimmy Carter. He sent a wonderful letter to the Ayatollah Khomeini, praising him as "a man of God." And, in a show of goodwill, Carter lifted the ban he had imposed on arms exports to Iran. A few days later, the Revolutionary Guards raided our embassy in Tehran and seized our diplomats as hostages for a year and a half. In April 1980, Carter tried a military rescue attempt, which ended in disaster with more Americans being killed. Since then Iran has created one disaster after another. The Marine barracks in Beirut with 241 US Marines killed, some 30 US hostages taken in Lebanon, the torture-killing of the CIA's Middle Eastern chief and the generalized support of all America's enemies. On July 27, Iranian Member of Parliament Hamid-Reza Katoziyan told a television audience "Muslims living in the US are currently, in my opinion, in a special situation. Perhaps they do not walk the streets with weapons or attach bombs to themselves to carry out a suicide operation, but the thought is there." And, one last fact: The 9/11 commission in its report poses a question, "September 11 was a day of unprecedented shock. The nation was unprepared. How can we avoid such a tragedy again?" The answer has to be obvious. Ensure that Iran does not have the opportunity to make a nuclear strike against the US and that Iran also stops attempting to make Iraq a colony of Iran.
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