Tuesday, December 20, 2005

EMP Weapons

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Protect our electronics against EMP attack

By Patrick Chisholm,
The Christian Science Monitor

The saturation of society with modern electronics, while certainly a good thing overall, gives us an Achilles' heel. The more dependent we become on such electronics, the more vulnerable we are to societal chaos if a substantial portion of them fail simultaneously. It is said that an electromagnetic pulse, or EMP, could cause such a failure.

An EMP is generated by a nuclear explosion, or by a smaller-scale "e-bomb." If a terrorist or rogue nation detonated a nuclear bomb a few hundred miles above the United States, the resulting shock wave could damage or disrupt electronic components throughout the country. The consequences could be catastrophic. Our life-sustaining critical infrastructure such as communications networks, energy networks, and food and water distribution networks could all break down.

An EMP was a prominent concern during the cold war with the Soviet Union. That concern is rearing its head again, now that it appears we are headed toward cold wars with Iran, North Korea, and other third-world regimes bent on acquiring nuclear weapons. The possibility of terrorist groups getting a hold of nuclear missiles adds to the danger.
Some of the literature on EMPs gives the impression that such an event would fry every computer in the country, that planes would fall out of the sky, and that society would be thrust back into 19th-century technological backwardness. Such claims may be far-fetched, but EMPs are nevertheless a deadly serious issue.

Fortunately, protecting electronics and critical infrastructure against an EMP is doable. It involves enclosing every electronic component with a metallic cage that blocks out electromagnetic waves.

Sound impossible? Actually, electronic components already enjoy some form of shielding against electromagnetic interference. Federal Communications Commission standards require it. Such shielding is designed to prevent everyday electromagnetic radiation from entering and/or exiting the device. Your computer contains this shielding, from metal housings down to the little metal coverings soldered to your motherboard. There even are housings the size of rooms or buildings that protect sensitive equipment inside. Without electromagnetic shielding, many electronic devices would not work properly.

However, most existing shielding may not be enough to protect against an EMP. While U.S. military standards often require electronic components to be protected against an EMP, commercial standards do not. And while our power grid is shielded against things such as lightning strikes, it is not tested for protection against an EMP.
Upgrading to shield against an EMP would entail using more robust shielding materials, especially for the cords, cables, and/or wires that connect devices to external entities such as power supplies or networks.

Cables and wires act as antennas through which an EMP travels directly into a device.

To what extent would an EMP destroy electronics in their current configurations? Certainly not 100%. Not all electronics are connected to cables or wires. And many of those that are connected may only temporarily be disrupted or not be disrupted at all, thanks to the existing shielding against electromagnetic interference. But an EMP that is powerful enough or close enough could ruin many electronic devices such as computers.

Unlike what was depicted in the 1983 movie The Day After, automobiles may keep functioning after an EMP attack. The electronics within automobiles enjoy robust shielding because of the harsh electromagnetic environment on existing roadways. Aircraft have even stronger electromagnetic shielding, so they are unlikely to fall out of the sky. "Some of the [aircraft's] equipment may not work, but the propulsion and control system usually is pretty robust," said Dr. William A. Radasky, president of Metatech Corp, a consulting firm specializing in electromagnetic environment analysis.

Radasky, one of the world's few experts on protecting electronics against an EMP, thinks that most electronics would undergo only a temporary disruption in the event of an EMP. "You may just have to restart the computer and everything would be fine," said Radasky. But a temporary shutdown of a control system for a critical infrastructure system, he said, would be "troublesome." And if just 1% of all electronics failed, havoc could ensue. "Just think about the power outage in August of '03 when a couple of wires hit a tree," observed Radasky. "That was a single failure, propagated over a huge area.
Now imagine, at the speed of light every place in the United States, some portion of electronics failing. Now you have a very widespread problem."

The only way to know the extent to which an EMP would knock out electronics is to conduct testing with EMP simulators.
Unfortunately, since the end of the cold war, most EMP simulators in the United States have been closed, according to Radasky. And the few that remain open are for military use, not civilian use.

The Department of Homeland Security should set up civilian EMP simulators, and encourage — or require — those in charge of our critical infrastructure to upgrade their facilities and conduct tests to assess EMP vulnerability.

It would be wise to follow Switzerland's lead. According to Radasky, that country during the cold war hardened some of its critical infrastructure against EMPs, such as water works. "They felt that if there was high-altitude burst over Europe, they were going to be affected whether they were a combatant or not."

It is a thorny question as to whether the FCC should revise its standards to require electronics manufacturers to build in EMP protection. This could be prohibitively expensive for the manufacture of individual components. But businesses and government agencies should install EMP protection at the system level. (This also would provide protection against other electromagnetic disturbances such as lightning.)

One positive development is the increasing use of fiber optic cables. Most of them do not contain metal, so they are invulnerable to EMP, according to Radasky. The more common they become, the less exposed systems are to an EMP.

But the Achilles' heel remains. Our dependence on electronics intensifies as a new era of nuclear cold war draws closer. It behooves us to protect our electronics against an EMP.

Copyright 2005, The Christian Science Monitor

Tuesday, December 13, 2005

Iran vs. Israel


Israel: Iran 3 months to nuclear point of no returnWarning follows report Sharon ordered military to prepare strikes against Tehran

Posted: December 13, 20058:22 a.m. Eastern

By Aaron Klein© 2005 WorldNetDaily.com

JERUSALEM – Iran will reach the point of no return and possess the capacity to build nuclear weapons within three months, Israeli Defense Forces Chief of Staff Dan Halutz warned today.
The ominous prediction comes just days after the London Sunday Times quoted Israeli officials who said Prime Minister Ariel Sharon has instructed the IDF to prepare a military strike against Iran by the end of March.

Addressing the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee today, Halutz cautioned that after a three-month period, Iran may have a nuclear infrastructure in place. Still, he explained, Tehran would have to obtain enough nuclear materials to build weapons.

"This fact does not represent a threat to Israel just yet, because Iran will have to overcome a few obstacles before it can put the weapons to use," Halutz said.

The IDF estimate was similar to the timetable offered earlier this month by Mohamed ElBaradei, head of the United Nations nuclear watchdog.

"I know they are trying to acquire the full fuel cycle. I know that acquiring the full fuel cycle means that a country is months away from nuclear weapons, and that applies to Iran and everybody else," ElBaradei said in an interview with the British newspaper The Independent.

Also today, the website of state-run television published remarks by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad again casting doubt on whether the Holocaust actually occurred while calling on Muslim nations to take an active role in the Palestinian issue.

Ahmadinejad reportedly was speaking at an Iranian Islamic conference alongside Khaled Meshal, the overall leader of Hamas.
"If the killing of Jews in Europe is true and the Zionists are being supported because of this excuse, why should the Palestinian nation pay the price?" the website quoted Ahmadinejad as saying.

"The Islamic world should give up its policy of passivity and deal with the Palestinian issue more actively," he said.

Ahmadinejad last week provoked fiery responses from the United States, much of Europe, Russia and some of the Arab world when he told reporters at a Saudi Arabian conference intended to show the moderate side of Islam that Israel should be relocated to Europe if the West wanted to make up for the Holocaust.

And in November, Ahmadinejad threatened to "wipe Israel off the map."

Regarding Sharon's instructions the IDF prepare to strike Iran, the Times quoted unnamed defense officials who said Israel would use air and ground forces against several nuclear targets in a bid to push back Iran's nuclear program by several years.

The British newspaper said Sharon's orders were relayed to the army after intelligence officials warned Iran already has activated uranium enrichment facilities hidden at civilian locations.

According to the report, which high-ranking security officials denied to WND, the level of preparedness of the Israeli Air Force has been moved up to the highest level in fear of Iranian retaliation or a pre-emptive strike.

Thursday, December 08, 2005

EMP - Must Read

Nuke over U.S. could unleash electromagnetic tsunami

SPECIAL TO WORLD TRIBUNE.COMWednesday, December 7, 2005

The following excerpt from the new book, "
War Footing: 10 Steps America Must Take to Prevail in the War for the Free World", by Frank J. Gaffney and Colleagues, is reprinted with permission from the publisher, Naval Institute Press, Annapolis, Maryland.

If Osama bin Laden's al-Qaeda — or the dictators of North Korea or Iran — had the ability to destroy America as a superpower, would they be tempted to try?

Wouldn't that temptation be even greater if that result could be achieved with a single attack, involving just one nuclear weapon, perhaps even one of modest power and relatively unsophisticated design?

And, what if the attacker could be reasonably sure that the United States would not know who was responsible for such a devastating blow?

Unfortunately, that scenario is not far fetched. It is the conclusion of a report issued in 2004 by a blue ribbon commission created by Congress. The commission found that a single nuclear weapon, delivered by a ballistic missile to an altitude of a few hundred miles over the United States, would be "capable of causing catastrophe for the nation."

How is that possible? By precipitating a lethal electromagnetic pulse (EMP) attack.

In 2000, concerned about EMP technology, Congress created the "Commission to Assess the Threat to the United States from Electromagnetic Pulse Attack" (the EMP Threat Commission, for short). In its final report, presented in summer 2004, the panel warned that terrorists could indeed execute such an attack by launching a small nuclear armed missile from a freighter off the coast of the United States.

The ingredients for an EMP attack may be already within reach.
Al-Qaeda is known to have a fleet of freighters.
One of those freighters could easily be outfitted with a short- range ballistic missile capable of getting a nuclear weapon to almost any point in the airspace above our country.

Thousands of Scud missiles exist around the world, and they are said to cost less than $100,000 to purchase from willing suppliers like North Korea. (In December 2002, a North Korean ship was intercepted, temporarily, as it prepared to deliver twelve Scud missiles to Yemen.)
North Korea has also declared its willingness to sell nuclear weapons to terrorists.

Iran has demonstrated it has the capability to launch a Scud missile from a vessel at sea.
Ship-launched ballistic missiles have a special advantage. The "return address" of the attacker may be difficult to determine, especially if the missile is a generic Scud type weapon, found in many countries' arsenals.

But even though all the tools needed for this nightmare scenario could be in the hands of terrorists already, and even though a high altitude EMP attack could be considered the ultimate "weapon of mass destruction," little has changed in our level of preparedness or even our policy debates. EMP is still rarely mentioned in discussions of the WMDs we need to worry about.

We need to start worrying.
An Atmospheric Tsunami
A nuclear weapon produces several different effects. The best known are the intense heat and hyperpressures associated with the fireball and the accompanying blast.

But a nuclear explosion also generates massive outputs of other kinds of energy. These include the creation of intense streams of x-rays and gamma-rays. If those are unleashed outside the earth's atmosphere, some of them will interact with the air molecules of the upper atmosphere.

The result is an enormous pulsed current of high energy electrons that will interact, in turn, with the earth's magnetic field.
In an instant, an invisible radio frequency wave is produced — a wave of almost unimaginably immense intensity, approximately a million times as strong as the most powerful radio signals on the earth. The energy of this pulse would reach everything in line of sight of the detonation. And it would do so at the speed of light.

The higher the altitude of the weapon's detonation, the larger the affected area would be. At a height of three hundred miles, for example, the entire continental United States would be exposed, along with parts of Canada and Mexico.

As the fireball expands in space, it would also generate electrical currents on earth — ultra high-speed electromagnetic "shock waves" that would endanger much of our technological infrastructure. Such high speed currents would disable, temporarily or permanently,
extended electrical conductors, such as the electricity transmission lines that make up our power grid.

any unprotected computers and microchips.
all the systems that depend on electricity and electronics, from medical instruments to military communications.
As the EMP Threat Commission put it:

The electromagnetic fields produced by weapons designed and deployed with the intent to produce EMP have a high likelihood of damaging electrical power systems, electronics, and information systems upon which American society depends. Their effects on dependent systems and infrastructures could be sufficient to qualify as catastrophic to the nation. [Emphasis added.]

The systems at risk from EMP include:

electronic control, sensor, and protective systems of all kinds
computers and cell phones
cars, boats, airplanes, and trains
the infrastructures for handling electric power, telecommunications, transportation, fuel and energy, banking and finance, emergency services, and even food and water.

A One Two Three Punch
Following rapidly on this electromagnetic tsunami, there would be a "medium speed component" of EMP. It would cover roughly the same geographic area as the first, "high- speed" component, though its peak power level would be much less.

This medium-speed component follows the high speed component by merely a fraction of a second. It further damages the electric systems that are already impaired and exposed by the initial electromagnetic impact.

And finally, there is a third wave of EMP attack, the "slow component" produced by the continuing expansion of the fireball in the earth's magnetic field. This slow component — a pulse that may last just seconds or minutes — creates disruptive currents in electricity transmission lines, damaging the surviving electrical supply and distribution systems.

Unpredicted Test Effects
The destructive power of EMP effects was first glimpsed in the atmospheric nuclear tests of the Cold War era. The United States and the Soviet Union independently discovered the same phenomenon: a high-altitude nuclear explosion could damage or destroy electronic systems on the earth, with potentially devastating consequences for the targeted society.

In 1962, the United States conducted a test called "Starfish," detonating a nuclear weapon about 250 miles above Johnston Island in the Pacific Ocean. The resulting EMP reached all the way to the Hawaiian Islands, a little over 700 miles away. There, on the far edge of the EMP field, the explosion extinguished streetlights in Honolulu, tripped circuit breakers, triggered burglar alarms, and damaged a telecommunications relay facility.

The Soviet tests included a series of high altitude nuclear detonations over South Central Asia. EMP from these tests damaged overhead (and even underground) electrical cables at a range of 375 miles, causing surge arrestor burnout, blown fuses, and blackouts.

The consequences of an EMP attack would of course be far more significant today, with so much of our infrastructure (civilian as well as military) dependent on electricity and electronics. The EMP Threat Commission estimated that it could take "months to years" to fully restore critical infrastructures after an EMP attack:

Depending on the specific characteristics of the attacks, unprecedented cascading failures of our major infrastructures could result. In that event, a regional or national recovery would be long and difficult and would seriously degrade the safety and overall viability of our nation. The primary avenues for catastrophic damage to the nation are through our electric power infrastructure and thence into our telecommunications, energy, and other infrastructures.

These, in turn, can seriously impact other important aspects of our nation's life, including the financial system; means of getting food, water, and medical care to the citizenry; trade; and production of goods and services.

The recovery of any one of the key national infrastructures is dependent on the recovery of others. The longer the outage, the more problematic and uncertain the recovery will be. It is possible for the functional outages to become mutually reinforcing until at some point the degradation of infrastructure could have irreversible effects on the country's ability to support its population. [Emphasis added.]

What Is Being Done to Address the Danger?

An EMP attack potentially represents a high tech means for terrorists to kill millions of Americans the old fashioned way, through starvation and disease. Although the direct physical effects of EMP are harmless to people, a well designed and well-executed EMP attack could kill — indirectly — far more Americans than a nuclear weapon detonated in our most populous city.

Dr. Lowell Wood of Lawrence Livermore Laboratory, a member of the EMP Threat Commission, has warned in testimony before Congress that an EMP attack could reduce the United States to a pre-Industrial Age capacity, in terms of its ability to provide vital food and water to its population.

In 1900, prior to widespread electrification of the United States, our country's population was less than one-third of its size today. An attack that destroyed our technological infrastructure would certainly decimate the population.

But if EMP is such a big threat, why have we not heard more about it? Why do we not hear discussions of how to reduce its potential impact on this country? In fact, the EMP Threat Commission was the outcome of four years of hearings and briefings, as a frustrated Congress tried to alert the executive branch to the danger of EMP attack.
Their efforts seemed futile. In 1997, Gen. Robert Marsh (then-chairman of the Commission on Critical Infrastructure Protection) told the House Armed Services Committee:

[W]e consider a terrorist acquiring a nuclear weapon, and positioning it at the high altitude necessary for generation of an EMP burst that would debilitate our infrastructures, to be a very remote possibility. . . . Such an event is so unlikely and difficult to achieve that I do not believe it warrants serious concern at this time. [Emphasis added.]

In contrast, the testimony Congress received from other sources strongly suggested that such a devastating attack was neither unlikely nor difficult to achieve. It seemed that there was, in fact, reason to be concerned that terrorists and rogue states might present an EMP threat to the United States.

Concerned members of congress received help from an unlikely quarter in May 1999, when Russia explicitly invoked the specter of an EMP attack on the United States.
Vladimir Lukin (the chairman of the Duma International Affairs Committee) assured a delegation of American legislators that Russia was not helpless in the face of U.S. led interventions:

Hypothetically, if Russia really wanted to hurt the United States in retaliation for NATO's bombing of Yugoslavia, Russia could fire a submarine launched ballistic missile and detonate a single nuclear warhead at high altitude over the United States. The resulting electromagnetic pulse would massively disrupt U.S. communications and computer systems, shutting down everything.

This blunt statement succeeded in getting the attention of both parties in Congress. A second opinion was clearly needed. And on October 30, 2000, the EMP Threat Commission was established by law.

The EMP Threat Today
The EMP Threat Commission conducted a worldwide survey of foreign scientific and military literature to assess the knowledge and intentions of foreign states regarding an EMP attack. The survey confirmed that both the physics and the military potential of EMP are indeed widely understood in the international community.

The commission survey found that the following nations were knowledgeable about EMP: China, Cuba, Egypt, India, Iran, Saddam Hussein's Iraq, North Korea, Pakistan, and Russia.
The commission also learned that some foreign military experts regard EMP attack as a form of electronic or information warfare, not primarily as a form of nuclear war. One of China's leading military theorists has written:

Information war and traditional war have one thing in common, namely that the country which possesses the critical weapons such as atomic bombs will have "first strike" and "second strike retaliation" capabilities . . . .

As soon as its computer networks come under attack and are destroyed, the country will slip into a state of paralysis and the lives of its people will grind to a halt. (Su Tzu Yun, World War: The Third World War — Total Information Warfare, 2001.)

In Iran — the most unabashed state sponsor of international terrorism today — some theorists have argued that the key to defeating the United States lies in attacking its electronics. This is from an Iranian political military policy journal:

Once you confuse the enemy communication network, you can also disrupt the work of the enemy command and decision making center.
Even worse, today when you disable a country's military high command through disruption of communications you will, in effect, disrupt all the affairs of that country. . . . If the world's industrial countries fail to devise effective ways to defend themselves against dangerous electronic assaults, then they will disintegrate within a few years. . . . American soldiers would not be able to find food to eat nor would they be able to fire a single shot. ("Electronics to Determine Fate of Future Wars," Nashriyeh e Siasi Nezami, 1999.)

And this implied threat may not be empty words. In addition to their successful ship launched Scud missile test, the Iranian military has reportedly performed tests of its Shahab 3 medium range ballistic missile in a manner consistent with an EMP attack scenario.

Friday, December 02, 2005

France is Burning - Part 2

What The Media Isn't Telling YouAbout The French Muslim Riots (Part 2)

One of many French daycare centers burned to the ground by Muslim rioters

JTF has warned for many years about the Muslim terrorist threat to Europe - Hordes of North African migrants cross the Sahara desert in over crowded trucks to find work in France and other European countries
Last week, JTF discussed the recent Muslim riots in France and how the left-wing, Muslim-loving media - the anti-Western, anti-white, anti-Christian and anti-Jewish media - "reported" or rather failed to report on their extent and savagery. (We have included our November 23, 2005 article,
What The Media Isn't Telling You About The French Muslim Riots (Part 1), in our HOW WE CAN SAVE AMERICA section below.) This week, we will look at "underlying causes," both as the media sees them, and then as they really are.

Just as the blacks in America, and the Arabs in Israel, have their apologists, so do the Muslims in Europe - British Communists marched side by side with Muslim terrorist sympathizers at a March 2005 demonstration in support of "victory to the Iraqi resistance"
As it did in the wake of the Hurricane Katrina riots, as it always does following the incessant outrages by blacks, Muslims and assorted Third World gangrene in the United States and abroad, the media was predictably quick to put an anti-Western spin on the violence.

Every effort was made to whitewash the violence and terror, by claiming that the Islamic murderers and looters and rioters were somehow justified in their actions, and that their crimes were in fact perpetrated by everybody but the criminals themselves.
It is hardly necessary to go through the whole litany of apologies. We have heard it all before, over and over again, ad nauseam. The rioters are not criminals. They are "disaffected" residents of "impoverished" areas, "rebelling" against a "racist" system which ensures that, through no fault of their own, they will never improve themselves.

If only given the proper "opportunity," we are told - if only more billions and trillions were spent on their housing and education and medicine - they would settle down and become willing and productive members of our First World society, eager to work together with us to build a better world.

What do they have in their own homelands? - Slavery is rampant in today's black Africa, just as it is throughout the Muslim world. (A Gabonese child slave girl sells ice water in the ironically named Libreville ("Freetown"), the capital of Gabon.)
Muslim rappers in France preach anti-Western hatred as viciously as do the black rappers of America and the Arab ones of Israel - A fist-clenching French rapper named Rost is of Togolese origin
Over the past few weeks, we have heard many complaints from the left-wing media and cowardly, self-hating whites of Muslim unemployment, and of the supposedly miserable life of Muslims in wretched, poverty-stricken neighborhoods.

But we have not heard much about how the unemployment rate in France among all Frenchmen stands at a whopping 10%. Nor have we heard that the neighborhoods in which the Muslims have been rioting are often 50% Christian.

French Christians, living in the same neighborhoods as the Muslim rioters, face exactly the same conditions of poverty and unemployment but remain law-abiding and productive members of Western society
The Christians - need we bother to add? - have not been rioting, no more than there were riots among whites in America during the Depression or among Jews during the hard times which preceded the foundation of Israel. Only Muslims, blacks and Arabs are possessed of the savagery required to destroy their own communities, and those of their neighbors, when things fail to go their way.

And only they are given excuses for doing so by a media which viciously condemns as "right-wing extremism" and "religious fanaticism" mild demonstrations of Western outrage like those of the Minutemen in America and Israel's right-wing Jewish dissidents.

A horrible image of African starvation
In fact, the Muslims in France and the rest of Europe, like the blacks in America and the Arabs in Israel, have never had it so good. France's Muslims have been made citizens by left-wing French governments eager for their votes, so eager that France discriminates not against its Muslims but against its Christians, just as whites are discriminated against in favor of blacks in the United States, and just as Jews are discriminated against in favor of Arabs in Israel.

Like the blacks in America and the Arabs in Israel, the Muslims in Europe are constantly screaming "discrimination" - Born in Algeria, Yazid Sabeg, the only Arab head of a large French corporation, complains of anti-Arab, anti-Muslim discrimination. "People don't like my face," he says. "In some circles, the Algerian war still continues." The head of CS, which works in the sensitive military communications and aerospace industry, Sabeg was investigated for years in the early 1990s after the French intelligence service reported that he was aligned with Algerian terrorists.

Like America and Israel, France has spent fortunes trying to employ the Muslims, to educate their inbred and retarded children, and to clean up the filthy hovels which they have spread over the French landscape. (Parts of Paris, once one of the most beautiful cities, if not the most beautiful city, in the world, have been turned into garbage-strewn, urine-stained imitations of America's most infamous rat hole, the South Bronx.) Billions have been spent on free daycare, free housing, free education, free medicine, and cushy, make-work federal jobs which are practically sinecures, patronage jobs from which the employees cannot be fired.

The French foreign minister Dominique de Villepin met with rioters to discuss new giveaways in response to the violence - a move which predictably led to even more rioting - Villepin is shown with his boss Jacques "Iraq" Chiraq, and meeting in August 2004 with the imam of France's largest mosque

The arrogance of the French Muslims almost surpasses their ignorance and violence. It is not, after all, as if they can claim that life was better for them in their nasty Muslim homelands, racked by war, oppression, injustice, disease, poverty, the rape and genital mutilation of women and girls, mass murder, and every other ill which violence and laziness and stupidity and mistrust and envy breed in Third World societies. (At the present time, November 2005, thereare a dozen savage wars raging in the Arab world, none covered in the news.)

America does not need leaders like George Wahabi Bush capitulating to Arab Muslim terrorism - In May 2004, Bush went on the Arab Muslim terrorist television network Al Jazeera to apologize for the American "mistreatment" of Iraqi prisoners. (Bush's capitulation was witnessed all over the Muslim terrorist world, including in the Israeli city of Hebron, where 500 heroic Jewish pioneers - including valiant JTF ally Noam Federman and Chayil party leader Baruch Marzel - "hold the fort" against 80,000 murderous Arab interlopers.)

Why else would there be - as there presently are - 300 million Muslims poised eagerly on the southern borders of Europe, its new "soft underbelly," eagerly awaiting the chance to come swarming in? Why else, for that matter, would most of the world's 1.5 billion Muslims salivate at the thought of escape from their own nasty lands of Islam?
The savage Muslim riots which have racked France for the past few weeks are - or should have been - an object lesson for every non-Muslim "infidel," in America and Israel, in Europe and in every other civilized nation of the globe.

After decades of coddling Muslims, after decades of inviting them into France and appeasing them with socialist welfare handouts comparable to the "affirmative action" giveaways of America, the undeserving Muslims of France have expressed their gratitude for French largesse by unequivocally demonstrating that they will stop at nothing to suck an "infidel" nation dry.

Former German Chancellor Gerhardt Schroeder told the world in December 2000 that Germany needs more Muslim immigrants - In the months leading up to the Muslim terrorist butchery of September 11th, the German city of Hamburg was home to Egyptian Muslim terrorist Mohammed Atta and his fellow 911 conspirators

Today, Europe is clearly being led down the garden path to destruction by leaders like Jacques "Iraq" Chirac, who once armed Saddam Hussein with a nuclear reactor, and who recently boasted that France's recklessly lax immigration policies would keep France free of Islamic terrorism; and former German Chancellor Gerhardt Schroeder, who complained in the months before September 11th that Germany does not have enough Muslim "workers."

By the same token, we do not need an Ariel Sharon in Israel, making increasingly "painful concessions" to Arab Muslim terrorists. We do not need a George Wahabi Bush ordering the State Department to encourage even more Muslim parasites to come to the United States.
Chana House, a Black Star bus station and barber shop in the Sahara desert, on the Third World road from black and Muslim Africa to France - The writing on the wall warns against posting and urination
A terrified 7-year-old African girl undergoes the agonizing, brutal, barbaric and dangerous Islamic custom of female genital mutilation, euphemistically called "female circumcision" in many Muslim-loving Western circles

Instead, we need leaders willing to face the problem of Islam realistically, and willing to take the steps needed to deal with its violent and growing threat to world peace and stability.
There is no way to save America from moral and spiritual destruction - which will lead to physical destruction - unless right-wing righteous Gentiles are prepared to lead a massive civil disobedience revolt against the traitors destroying this once great nation.

If we are willing to mobilize now, it is not too late to save America. For the sake of America, Israeland the West, we hope and pray that we can motivate G-d-fearing American patriots to act.
Africans get the finest Western medical care in France, at no cost to themselves - what do they have in their own wretched homelands? - A disease-stricken African is treated with hot water from a tea kettle, dispensed by a nurse who protects his hand from infection with a plastic baggie

Pakistani children swim in raw sewage during summers when the temperature can easily reach 120 degrees F in the shade
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Thursday, November 24, 2005

France is Burning

What The Media Isn't Telling You About The French Muslim Riots
(Part 1)

They're everywhere - Muslims rioted in hundreds of French cities and towns (only the largest ones are indicated on the map), setting fire to thousands of buildings, homes and cars.

In this two-part series about the savage Muslim riots which have lately racked French society, JTF will point out a few facts about the riots themselves, and about their profoundly important implications for the future of Western civilization, which have somehow escaped the attention of the left-wing, Muslim-loving media.

First, let us examine the riots themselves, on the one hand as widely covered in the media, and on the other hand as they actually took place.

As a preface, note that the riots were the worst disturbances in France since World War II. At their height, over 300 cities and towns were attacked nightly by hordes of black and North African Muslims armed with gasoline bombs, blazing cars (used as attack vehicles) and - as we shall see - guns.

Tens of thousands of cars, trucks and buses were torched; hundreds of buildings burned to the ground; and at least one victim was beaten to death by a Muslim mob after he tried to put out a fire in a trash can. Dozens of French police and firefighters have been injured, and in one incident, two French policemen were seriously hurt by shotgun fire which also slightly wounded eight of their comrades.

France is already 12% Muslim - and things are getting worse by the day
Near Paris, a 15-month-old infant was struck in the head after Muslims threw rocks at a bus.

Tens of thousands of vehicles were destroyed
The epidemic spread across France, from the north - where it threatened to spill over into Belgium and Germany - to the south, to the Riviera. It was only after weeks of rioting that "only" 80 cities and towns were attacked by mobs in a single night, and the French authorities could breathe a sigh of relief and report that the level of violence in its restive Muslim fifth column had "returned to normal."

The riots were supposed to have been started when a pair of black Muslim youths, chased into a power station by French police, were electrocuted. ("They died for nothing," the rioters screamed, on hearing the news.) The left-wing, Muslim-loving media has repeated this story almost unquestioningly, hardly ever adding that the two youths had prior criminal records, and hardly ever bothering to mention that the French police have repeatedly and vigorously denied chasing the youths - that the "victims" were actually two young Islamic criminals who broke into the station of their own volition, quite likely intent on theft or vandalism.

In a November 7, 2005 "report" - not an editorial, but an actual news article - the Guardian, a left-wing, Muslim-loving, America-hating, Israel-hating British rag, "reported" on the French riots - The French police have vigorously and repeatedly denied that the young black Muslim criminals - who had prior criminal records - were chased into the power station

In the interest of fair play and fair reporting, the statements of the French police should be given at least as much weight as those of the rioters, who are Muslims and who will therefore lie about everything, especially when dealing with the non-Muslim "infidel," lying to him being a sacred obligation explicitly imposed upon all Muslims in their religious writings, the bloodthirsty bible of Islamic terror - the Muslim terrorist Koran - and its companion work, the Muslim terrorist Hadith.

As in the stories of "Koran desecration" which were lately repeated in Newsweek magazine without the slightest shred of proof, and which led to rioting in the Muslim world which killed over a dozen persons, and which put the lives of "infidels" everywhere at risk, the media are clearly less concerned with getting their facts straight than with slanting the story to their own liking, and to the liking of their Arab Muslim terrorist petrodollar paymasters, into whose hands is now concentrated the majority ownership of the world's news wire services, including the Associated Press (the AP, a.k.a. the "Arab Press"), Reuters and UPI.

In a scene reminiscent of Iraq, hooded Muslims express their contempt of "infidel" Western society by stomping on a burned-out car
In a scene reminiscent of Israel, Muslim terrorist "youth" hurl stones in Toulouse - In one incident, a 15-month-old infant was struck in the head by a rock aimed at a bus

Nor have we been given clearly to understand the sheer savagery of the attacks. We have not been informed, for example, that French police and firefighters came under gunfire while attempting to extinguish the blazes set by the Muslim criminals. Nor have we been told that the rioters concentrated their attention on "soft" targets - targets which had very little security because the Westerners who built and maintained them could not conceive of anyone wishing to attack them.

Firemen and police came under gunfire as they tried to quell the riots and fires, and one 60-year-old Frenchman was beaten to death
One such soft target was a hospital, obviously staffed and occupied twenty-four hours a day, which was hit by firebombs. The bombs bounced off the walls of the building instead of going through the windows, as they were intended to do, but the intent of the perpetrators was clear, to burn down the wards of helpless, bedridden patients, many ofwhom were likely themselves Muslims, enjoying the free medical care of French socialism.

A handful of Muslim terrorist miscreants - a drop in the bucket - are arrested by French police
In addition, dozens of French nurseries and foundling (abandoned baby) hospitals were set ablaze, in some cases by burning cars rammed into the buildings. These attacks, too, were characteristic of Muslim cruelty and barbarity.

As the history of the last thirteen hundred years has demonstrated, and as the "sacred" writings of the Muslims themselves attest, the "faithful" man, the Muslim, never troubles his head about the age and sex of his victims. Indeed, the weaker and "softer" his targets, the better they are to his cowardly liking, in part because their deaths and injury are more likely to instill terror in the hearts of the "infidels."

Storefronts blaze after they were looted and set afire
Spreading chaos and destruction wherever they go - A pair of Muslims stroll down a French street littered with burned-out cars
Most importantly, the media has lied outright in denying that the riots were non-white Muslim attacks on white French Christians. While there may have been a few white French "wiggers" among the miscreants - renegades who hate their own country as much as Eminem hates his - the vast majority were indeed of Islamic and Third World extraction, even though the neighborhoods in which the disturbances took place were as much as 50% white French Christian.

In the furtherance of its "big lie," the media has been careful to gloss over the numerous attacks on churches and synagogues which prove conclusively that despite what we have been told, the riots were indeed Muslim in character, not some eruption of social discontent by the "new miserables" of France. Over and over again, by choosing targets that were not only "soft" but religious - and by using as their pretext the "desecration" by French police of a mosque, into which some tear gas may have been thrown - the rioters proved their burning desire to expunge every vestige of Christianity, Judaism and every other non-Muslim religion, from every land foolish enough to welcome demon-possessed Islamic vipers into its bosom.

The mayor of Carpentras
surveys a firebombed nursery

A nursery at Acheres was burned to the ground - note the collapsed roof - but the pictures of its infants somehow survived
To be continued....

There is no way to save America from moral and spiritual destruction - which will lead to physical destruction - unless right-wing righteous Gentiles are prepared to lead a massive civil disobedience revolt against the traitors destroying this once great nation.

If we are willing to mobilize now, it is not too late to save America. For the sake of America, Israel and the West, we hope and pray that we can motivate G-d-fearing American patriotsto act.

Saturday, October 29, 2005

Bush Visit To Panama

G2 Headlines

© 2005 G2 Bulletin
Publishing date: 27.10.2005 21:38

Security analysts say intelligence coming from Panama City indicates a planned visit by President Bush early next month will be mired by demonstrations organized by a number of groups.

President Bush Topping the list of those planning to disturb the presidential visit are student activists, trade unionists and Panamanian nationalists. Security experts caution an eruption of violence could endanger President Bush’s entourage.

A number of Secret Service agents are reported to have begun work on a security plan to shield President Bush and leading members of his staff. Clashes between Lebanese groups based in Sidon The Lebanese Nasserite People’s Organization accused unspecified foreigners of instigating skirmishes between the group and a militant Syrian terror group Jund al-Sham In al-Taamir, The Party of Construction. Both groups use as headquarters the large lawless Palestinian Ein-al-Hilwe camp near Sidon.

The reason for this situation is the inability of Lebanese authorities to control the camp, which in addition to being the base for a variety of Palestinian militias and terror groups within the framework of the PLO or independent organizations, is the preferred site for Lebanese unofficial militias such as the NPO. In an attempt to control the situation the Lebanese gendarmerie sealed off roads leading to the camp and helped evacuate a number of wounded civilians.

Dissatisfaction among young Saudi officers The appointment of King Abdullah’s half brother, 73-year-old Prince Morqrin Bin Abdul Aziz, as head of intelligence is creating waves of anger among younger officers. They say the former military pilot is frail and suffers from lapses of memory loss. The king appointed his half brother in place of Prince Nawaf who resigned two months ago. Prince Abdul Aziz was until now the governor of the Medina province where most anti-government terror operations occur.

Turkey concerned over militant Kurdish activity in Iraq The Turkish intelligence service has prepared a report detailing militant Kurdish activities in northern Iraq. The report focused on the activities of the PKK Kurdish terrorist group. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan was alarmed by the information detailing PKK activity, including activity in areas under full control of the coalition, to the point where he openly criticized U.S. policies and the policies of the Iraqi government.

Intelligence analysts believe Turkey is trying to create the right political environment to allow Turkish special forces to operate in certain areas of Iraq to prevent PKK preparations to hit targets in Turkey. Earlier dealings with the same issue created rumors of a secret agreement between the Turkish foreign minister Abdullah Gul and the Department of State aimed at allowing Turkish troops to “take care of dangers to Turkey from Iraq,” in return for the further use by the U.S. of the Incirlik air base.

In July 2004 Turkish demonstrators demanded to cancel National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice’s visit to Ankara saying the U.S. pursues Cold War policies in the Near East. They claimed lack of U.S. activity against Kurdish terrorists is based on an overall U.S. policy to support the Kurds who are Turkey’s archenemies. Germany plans to pull out troops from Bosnia-Herzegovina German Defense Minister Peter Struck said that if the crisis in the Balkans continues to gain momentum without further preventive involvement by regional governments Germany might consider pulling out her 2,740 troops attached to the NATO-led Kosovo Force, KFOR, and her 999 troops under the command of the European Union Force in Bosnia-Herzegovina, EUFOR.

According to intelligence analysts if Germany decides conditions in Kosovo require the withdrawal of German soldiers, other members of the two international forces might follow unless a new international agreement to safeguard the Balkans is reached in January 2006 at the latest. Ukraine, Bulgaria reach military agreement In a meeting between Ukrainian Minister of Defense Anatoly Gritsenko and his Bulgarian counter-part Veselin Blizakov both sides agreed to strengthen their military ties.

The meeting was held in Vilnius the capital of Lithuania where informal talks were held between the Ukraine and NATO members. The two sides pointed to the fact almost all of the Bulgarian military equipment was made either by the USSR or Russia and the Ukraine. The Ukrainians are interested in upgrading most of the equipment and want to conduct joint military drills. U.S. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfled participated in the meetings where Ukraine’s request to join NATO was also discussed.

However, Secretary Rumsfeld abruptly left Vilnius after receiving information on an unspecified matter demanding his immediate presence in Washington. Terrorist cells ready to hit western targets in Balkans Bosnia and Herzegovina security forces arrested three suspected terrorists including an 18-year-old Swedish citizen of Turkish origin and two Bosnians. Firearms, explosives and military equipment ready to be used in suicide operations were discovered in a safe house and confiscated. In addition security forces found a variety of electronic devices including a number of GPS apparatus and satellite phones.

Local authorities issued warnings to a number of west European embassies and companies informing them terror cells linked to al-Qaida were preparing a suicide attack planned to take place before Christmas. Some sources believe the targets were the U.K., the Dutch and German embassies and consulates. Thailand demands Malaysian action against separatists The Bangkok government has contacted Malaysia in an attempt to quietly reach an agreement with Thailand’s Muslim neighbor, aimed at curtailing Muslim jihadi separatists in the Thai provinces of Pattani and Yala along the Malaysian border.

The Thai security authorities believe a series of attacks on village leaders and police stations were organized by Malaysian jihadists. Of major concern to Thailand is the fact the attackers retreated with a relatively large number of small arms and ammunition taken from police stations or vehicles after almost every attack. More than 1,150 people were killed since separatist Muslim movements resurfaced in January of 2004. Salvador angry with U.S. bounty hunters Salvadoran politicians reacted sharply to the arrest of three American citizens and their Salvadorian prisoners at Comalada airport.

The three Americans were described by Salvadoran politicians as “American agents,” ignoring the fact the three were allegedly employed by the Dirty Deeds Bail Bonds Company. According to Salvadoran sources the three presented themselves as FBI agents. They tried to smuggle out of the country a 55 years old suspected sex criminal, Julio Cesar Nerio, wanted in Nevada. The Central American country has become a hot bed of crime in the region. Since January of this year 2,717 Salvadorans were assassinated.

In the small, 6.7 million nation, about half a million illegal small arms are in the hands of individuals and gangs. Police in San Salvador warned the “murder and crime epidemic will become extremely dangerous before Christmas.” There are at least 11,000 organized gang members active in the country.

G2B contributor Yoram East

Thursday, September 15, 2005

Ashers Foot Dipped in OIL




Zion Oil & Gas is a private U.S.-based corporation formed under Delaware corporation law, exploring for oil and gas in Israel on licensed and permitted areas of approximately 223,00 acres located onshore between Tel Aviv and Haifa.

The license is on trend with oil production in Syria and a recent oil discovery in Israel as shown in the Oil & Gas Journal map on the right. We have drilled one well and intend to drill more high-risk oil and gas exploratory wells on the license.

In the event of a commercial discovery, following recoupment of certain exploratory costs, we intend to donate 6% of our gross revenues from the license to two charitable trusts to be established by us, one in Israel and one in the U.S.
Click here to find out more about Zion Oil & Gas. Click the logo above from any page to return to the home page.

Ma'anit #1 Plugged Back to 4453 Meters (14,610 feet) and Six Zones Perforated for Production Testing.

August 12, 2005 - Zion's drilling contractor, Lapidoth Israel Oil Prospectors Corp., reached the total depth of 4,719 meters (15,482 feet) on July 14, 2005 in the re-entry and drilling of the Ma'anit #1 well, under the direction of Zion's executive vice-president Glen Perry and drilling manager Stacy Cude.

Since then the two lowest zones in the well were tested and found nonproductive. The well was plugged back to 4,453 meters (14,610 feet) and three zones of Anisian Age between 4,342 and 4,448 meters (14,245 and 14,593 feet) were swab tested through drill pipe with encouraging but inconclusive results.

A temporary plug was set in the casing above the Anisian and six different zones of Carnian Age between 3,828 and 4,028 meters (12,559 and 13,215 feet) were perforated for production testing.
Click here to see the latest information about our completion operations. Click here for an Israeli road map showing the location of the well.

Zion Oil Awarded 124,000 acre Asher Permit
August 9, 2005 - Zion was awarded the Asher Permit with Priority Rights, effective for an 18-month period commencing August 1, 2005. The Asher Permit, which was signed by the Minister on August 8, covers approximately 500,000 dunam (124,000 acres) and a two-stage work program has been proposed for this new addition.

The Minister has also signed the notice of addition of lands to the Ma'anit License, effective August 1, 2005. This addition is for 12,700 dunam (3,200 acres), which brings the total acreage in the Ma'anit License to 99,000 acres. Click the image to the right to view outlines of the new Asher Permit and additional lands. More information about the location, geology and work program for the Permit and License area are in our
Location & Geology Page.


Friday, September 02, 2005


Many More Hurricanes to Come

August 31, 2005 - By Ker Than LiveScience Staff Writer

The past 10 years have seen more ferocious and more frequent hurricanes in the Atlantic Ocean and scientists are confident that there will be more to come. While some studies have suggested that global warming may be a contributing factor, many meteorologists instead believe that it is just part of a natural cycle.

The Atlantic hurricane season generally runs from the beginning of June to the end of November and produces approximately 10 named storms, approximately six of which turn into hurricanes.Yet early in August, the government greatly boosted their forecasts for hurricanes this season, predicting that we could be in store for 7 to 9 hurricanes before late November when the Atlantic hurricane season ends.

This is in addition to the seven hurricanes that have already occurred since the start of the season in June.Some studies have suggested that global warming may be causing increases in hurricane intensity and frequency, but many scientists are skeptical.“All signs that I’ve seen show that it’s related to natural variability,” said Eric Blake, a meteorologist at the National Hurricane Center (NHC). “There could be some impact of global warming, but its role is probably a secondary or tertiary role.”

Chris Landsea, a meteorologist at the Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory (AOML), agrees and doesn’t believe there is currently enough science to back up the claim.While many computer models predict that global warming will increase over the next century, the models disagree about what its effect on hurricane frequency will be.“It’s been a mixed bag,”

Landsea told LiveScience. “Some models suggest there will be more hurricanes, some less, and others suggest that it will depend on the area.”Contrasting an earlier study, Landsea predicts that even if global warming were to increase over the next 100 years, its effects on hurricane intensity will be minor, resulting in perhaps a 5% increase in rainfall and winds.Instead of being due to global warming, Landsea believes that the current increase in hurricane activity is part of a natural cycle that scientists call the Atlantic multi-decadal mode.

Every 20 to 40 years, Atlantic Ocean and atmospheric conditions conspire to produce just the right conditions to cause increased storm and hurricane activity.The Atlantic Ocean is currently going through an active period of hurricane activity that began in 1995 and that has continued to the present. Scientists consider the period prior to that—the years from 1971 to 1994—to be a quiet period of low hurricane activity.

“Coring work in the Central Atlantic show that such cycles have been occurring for centuries if not more than a thousand years,” Landsea said.So while it is true that hurricanes are getting stronger and appearing at greater frequencies over the past few decades, it’s only to be expected, Landsea said.Stan Goldenberg, a meteorologist also from AOML, gave a simple analogy:

“It’s like if you’re sitting in New York, and in July it hits 95 degrees, and you say ‘My goodness, back only 6 months ago we were 5 below zero, this is clearly a trend, this must be global warming!’”Goldenberg pointed out that the current active hurricane period is very similar in both frequency and intensity to the previous active period, which lasted from the late 1920’s to 1970.

Another factor that may be contributing to the illusion that hurricanes are becoming fiercer and appearing more frequently is that hurricane detection and monitoring instruments improved dramatically during the last century.“The counts from the late 1920’s to the late 1960’s are probably less than what actually occurred, because we didn’t have satellites looking down from space and monitoring everything all the time,” Landsea said.But even if the increase in hurricane activity is natural people need to still stay alert, Goldenberg said.

“For this year, it ain’t over, and people need to be prepared.


Thursday, September 01, 2005

Book of Daniel

Daniel's Prohecy may have been interperted:
is something BIG going to happen?

The book of Daniel is a coded book.

The Talmud says that the Hebrew part of the the book contains the exact time of the Geulah (redemption), but they say that Hebrew words are coded. This was the reason, as the Talmud explains in Megila 3A, that the Hebrew text in Daniel was not interperted to Aramic by Tana Yonathan-Ben-Uziel, who interperted most of the books of the Bible (if he would interpert the coded Hebrew words, everyone would know the exact time of the Geulah (redemption) according to the Talmud). This also means that no English (or any other language) interpertation could get to the real meaning of Daniel's prophecy.

Lately, a surprising approach was given to interpert the last prophecy in Daniel. According to this approach, "Something big" is about to happen, which is related to Israel's Geulah soon.

Becuase of the nature of these explanations, we cannot translate them to English, since they relate to Hebrew grammar and texts. However we can give here a general idea.

In the end of the book of Daniel, he gets a prophecy which announces a number of days from a certain event. The number is 1290 days for the first date, and 1335 for the second date. The English translation of the event is pointless, since the Hebrew text is coded.

According to the latest interpertation, the event is the destruction of World Trande Center Twin Towers, and the hit of the Pentagon on the September 11th terrorist attack against the United States by Moslem militants. The full explanation can only be understood in Hebrew, so read the
Hebrew site if you are familiar with Hebrew.

Anyway, decoding the prohecy gives the verse in Daniel the following meaning: "From the time that the `long-thing` has been removed by an unholy fly from the sky, 1290 days". The "long thing" (TAMID in Hebrew, which is interperted here as something with great MIDA (length), according to `HaKtav veHaKabala` commentary on Exodus) is WTC Twin Towers.

The unholy fly (SHIKUTZ in Hebrew, refers according to the Torah to unholy flies and fish. MESHOMEM means from the sky, so it is defenately an unholy fly) is the crashing airplanes. This same event is coded also on chapter 11 verse 31 (which is now decoded in Hebrew as: "some will come from the opposing side, and make themsleves dead (commit suicide) in the `temple of strength` (Pentagon), removing the `long thing` (WTC Towers) by the unholy fly from the sky").

Calculating the 1290 days from September 11th 2001 results exactly on Purim's eve: March 24th. 1335 days results at the end of the month of Nissan (May 8th), which is in accordance to the Talmud's prophecy about Israel's Geulah redemption that "was in Nissan in the past (i.e. Geulah from Egypt slavery), and shall be in Nissan in the future (i.e. in the days of the Messiah)".

Pay attention: The IBN-EZRA in his commentary on Daniel says that the calculation of time should be from the begining of the last war (Gog and Magog) itself, of the "King-of- the-North" (USA) against "Egypt" (representing Arabs and Islam). If this is true, the calculation will be delayed in about a month. The first date should be about Pessach, and the second at about Shavuos.

Speculations about what will happen, if this interpertation is correct, are numerous, but the main speculations are: war with Iran (US-Iran war will happen no matter what, according to prophecies, the question is just a matter of time, as it was with US-Iraq war with was propehcied), a great magnitude international terrorist attack, the coming of the Messiah King, or a miracle with undeniable magnitude.
Let's hope and pray for a fast arrival of our King the Messiah, Amen.


Thursday, August 11, 2005

Holy Scriptures

EZEKIEL 381-3) God’s Word came to me: Mortal, set your face toward Gog of the land of Magog, the chief leader of Meshekh and Tubal, and prophesy concerning him. Say:“Thus says God: I am on to you, Gog, chief leader of Meshekh and Tubal. 4) I will entice you, and put hooks in your cheeks. I will bring you with your entire army, horses and horsemen, all of them fully outfitted, in huge numbers of troops, all of them with shields, holding swords. 5-6) Among them will be Persia, Ethiopia and Put, all of them with shields and helmets; Gomer with all its divisions; Beit Togarmah from the most distant parts of the north, with all its divisions; and the many nations with you.7) Get ready and prepare yourself, you and all your troops gathered around you, and you will lead the way. 8) You will pay now for ages of guilt. In the distant future, you will march against a people who survived the massacre, who have been gathered from many nations. [You will march] against the mountains of Israel which have been long desolate, now liberated from the nations. Now resting securely. 9) You will come up, approaching like a roaring storm, like a cloud covering the earth - you, all your divisions, and many peoples with you.10-12) God says: You will have made an evil plan on that day... to pass your hand over rebuilt ruins and a people gathered from the nations, who have acquired cattle and possessions, [a people] inhabiting the navel of the earth. 14-16) Therefore, Mortal, prophesy and say to Gog, The Lord God says: On that day when My people Israel lives in security, you will understand [My Word].

You will come from your place, from the most distant parts of the north, you and many peoples with you, all riding horses, with many troops and a great army. In the distant future you will march against My people, Israel, like a cloud covering God's land. Gog, I will bring you to My land so the nations will know Me, when I become sanctified through you as they watch.17) God says: It is about you that I spoke long ago through My servants, the prophets of Israel, who prophesied for years in those days that I would bring you against [Israel]. 18-20) On that day when Gog enters the land of Israel, says the Lord God, My anger will blaze.

I have declared in My zeal and in My fiery anger that there will be a great earthquake throughout the land of Israel on that day. The fish of the sea, the birds of the heavens, the beasts of the field, all the creeping things that creep on the ground and all the men on the face of the earth will tremble before Me. The mountains will be destroyed, cliffs will collapse, and every wall will fall to the ground. 21-23) I will summon the sword against [Gog] on all My mountains, says the Lord God. Men will turn their swords against one another, and I will punish them with plague and blood, torrents of rain and hailstones, and with fire and brimstone, which I will rain down on them, on their divisions, and on the many peoples that are with them.

I will be exalted and sanctified, and I will make Myself known to many nations, so they will know that I am God.

JOEL 3, 4Chapter 31) {In the days of the Messiah} I will pour out My spirit upon all flesh. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your old men will dream dreams, your young men will see visions...2) I will set signs in the heavens and on earth: blood, fire, and pillars of smoke. Before the great and awesome Day of God arrives, the sun will turn into darkness and the moon into blood. 3)

Yet everyone who calls out in the Name of God will escape. As God has said: There will be a remnant on Mount Zion and in Jerusalem. The survivors will be those who call out to God. Chapter 41-3) Now, in those days and at that time when I bring back the captives of Judah and Jerusalem, I will gather all the nations and bring them down to the Valley of Jehoshaphat.

I will dispute with them there over My people and My inheritance ─ for scattering Israel among the nations, for dividing My land, and for casting lots over My people. They exchanged a boy for a prostitute. They sold a girl for wine, which they drank.4-6) And what have you to do with Me, O Tyre, Sidon, and all the districts of Philistia? Are you avenging yourselves against Me?Or if you are initiating aggression against Me, I will very swiftly punish you for what you've done.

You took My silver and gold, and carried off My precious treasures to your temples. You sold the children of Judah and Jerusalem to the Greeks in order to distance them from their homeland.But I will rouse them out of the place to which you sold them, and I will punish you in kind...9-11) Proclaim this among the nations: Declare war! Rouse the mighty! Let all the warriors come up and draw near! Beat your plowshares into swords and your pruning hooks into spears.

Let the weak say, “I am mighty!” Gather yourselves! Come from all directions, all you nations, and join together. God will bring down your mighty men there. 12-13) Let the nations awake and come up to the Valley of Jehoshaphat. There, 1 will sit in judgment over all the surrounding nations. Wield the sickle, because the crop is ripe. Come tread, because the winepress is full, the vats overflow ─ for their wickedness is great.14-17) Many multitudes [will perish] in the Valley of Verdict. The Day of God is close in the Valley of Verdict.

The sun and the moon will turn dark, and the stars will conceal their brightness. God will roar from Zion and shout out from Jerusalem, causing heaven and earth to tremble. But God will be a shield for His people and a stronghold for the people of Israel. Then you will know that I, God your Lord, dwells in Zion, My holy mountain. Jerusalem will then be sacred, and strangers will never again pass through her...20-21)

Egypt will become a devastation, and Edom a devastated wasteland, because they afflicted the Judeans, whose innocent blood they shed in their land. But Judah will endure forever, and Jerusalem for all generations. “Will I forgive them? No! I will not forgive them!” when God dwells in Zion!

OBADIAH1) The vision of Obadiah. This is what God the Lord said concerning Edom. We heard a report from God. A messenger was sent to the nations. “Get up! Let us wage war against her!”2-5) See how I've made you small among the nations. You are thoroughly despised. Your heart's conceit seduced you. You who makes the mountain caves your lofty abode, you say to yourself, “Who can bring me down to earth?” Even if you raise your nest as high as the eagle's, even if you establish it among the stars, I will bring you down from there! ─ declares God.5) How is it that you've been so destroyed?

If thieves and robbers in the night came to you, wouldn't they have stolen only their fill? If grape gatherers came to you, wouldn't they have left behind gleanings?6-7) How is it, then, that they ransacked Esau and uncovered his hidden treasures? All your allies accompanied you only to the border. Your comrades duped you.

They got the better of you. Your friends set a trap under you. You lacked understanding [to realize it].8-9) On that day ─ God declares ─ I will surely make the wise men disappear from Edom, and understanding from Mount Esau. Your warriors will be broken, Teman, so that the slaughter will wipe out every last man from Mount Esau.10-11) Because you robbed your brother Jacob, you will be covered with shame and cut off for all eternity.

When you stood aside on the day foreigners seized his possessions and strangers invaded his cities and cast lots for Jerusalem ─ you, too, were like one of them.12-14) You should not have looked on during your brother's day, on the day he was taken captive. You should not have gloated over the people of Judah on the day they were destroyed, or jeered on the day of affliction. You should not have come to My people's gate on the day of their adversity. On their day of adversity, you should not have been among those who came to see their distress or seize their possessions. You should not have stood at the crossroads to cut down their fugitives, or turned in their survivors on the day of affliction.15-16) For God's Day against the nations is near.

What you did will be done to you. You will be punished in kind for your deeds. Just as you drank on My Holy Mount, so will all the nations drink always. They will drink and go mad. They will be as if they never were.17) But on Mount Zion there will be deliverance. It will become holy. And the House of Jacob will possess their inheritance. 18) Then, the House of Jacob will be fire, the House of Joseph a flame, and the House of Esau will be straw. They will set them alight and consume them. There will be no survivors from the House of Esau, for God has spoken. 19-20) The Negev will possess Mount Esau, the Shephela will possess the Philistines.

They will possess the fields of Ephraim and the fields of Samaria, and Benjamin will possess the Gilead. The exiled community of Israelites that are [with the exiled] Canaanites until France, and the exiled Jerusalemites in Spain, will inherit the towns of the Negev.21) The saviors will ascend Mount Zion to rule Mount Esau. Then, the kingdom will be God's!

ZECHARIAH 12 -14Chapter 121-2) A prophecy: the Word of God concerning Israel. Thus declares God, Who extends the heavens and lays the foundations of the earth, and Who creates the spirit of man within him: Behold, I will make Jerusalem into a cup of poison for all the surrounding nations. And Judah will also attack Jerusalem. 3-4) On that day, I will make Jerusalem into a burdensome stone for all the nations. All those who lift it will be severely injured.

Yet all the nations on earth will gather against her. On that day ─ declares God ─ I will afflict every horse with confusion and its rider with madness. But I will watch over the House of Judah, while I smite all the nations' horses with blindness. 5) The chiefs of Judah will say to themselves, “The inhabitants of Jerusalem have strengthened me through the God of Hosts their Lord.”6) On that day, I will make the chiefs of Judah like a bonfire among trees, like a flaming torch among sheaves.

They will consume all the surrounding nations, to the right and left; and Jerusalem will remain on its site - in Jerusalem...Chapter 138-9) Throughout the world ─ declares God ─ two-thirds will be cut off and die, but the third will remain. I will bring that third into fire and refine them as one refines metal, examine them as one examines gold.

He will call in My Name, and I will answer him. I will say, “You are My people.” And he will say, “God is my Lord”...Chapter 142-3) I will gather all the peoples to Jerusalem for war. The city will be captured, the houses pillaged, the women raped, and half the city will go into exile. But the rest of the population will not be uprooted from the city.

God will then come forth and fight against those peoples as when He fought on the day of battle {when He split the Red Sea after the Exodus from Egypt} ...And God will be King of all the earth. On that day, God will be one and His Name one...12) This will be the plague with which God will smite all the nations that warred against Jerusalem: Their flesh will rot away even as they stand on their feet. Their eyes will rot in their sockets and their tongues will rot in their mouths.13) On that day, there will be a great confusion from God in their midst.

They will grab hold of each other's hand, with each one's hand raised against the other’s. 14) Judah, too, will battle against Jerusalem...16-17) Whoever survives of all those peoples that come against Jerusalem will make a yearly pilgrimage to bow down to the King, the God of Hosts, and to celebrate the Festival of Sukkot. And when any of the nations of the world fail to make the pilgrimage to Jerusalem to bow down to the King, the God of Hosts, rain will not fall for them.

PSALMSPsalm 2Why do nations convene, and peoples utter absurdities? Kings of the earth take their stand and ministers conspire together against God and against His anointed: “Let us tear off the cords of their yoke and throw off their ropes from us!”He Who sits in heaven laughs; God scoffs at them. Then He speaks to them in His anger and terrifies them with His wrath: “It is I Who appointed My king over Zion, My holy mountain!”I will recount what has been ordained: God said to me, “You are My son; today I have begotten you.

Ask of Me and I will give it; nations as your inheritance, your domain [reaching to] the ends of the earth. Break them with an iron rod. Shatter them like a potter's vessel.”So now, O kings, consider; accept discipline, O judges of the earth. Worship God with fear, that you may rejoice when trembling [besets the wicked]. Crave a pure [heart] lest He vent His wrath, and your way be doomed when His anger momentarily flares. Happy are all who take refuge in Him!Psalm 20A psalm of David. May God answer you in time of trouble, may the Name of Jacob's God fortify you.

May He send your help from the Sanctuary, and support you from Zion. May He remember all your meal-offerings and turn your burnt-offerings into ash. May He grant you your desires, and fulfill your every plan.We will sing joyously at Your salvation, and raise a banner in the Name of our God! May God fulfill your every request. Now I know that God saves His anointed one; He answers him from the heavens [of] His holiness, through the mighty salvation of His right hand. These [trust] in their chariots, and these in their steeds, but we call on the Name of God our Lord.

They slump and stay fallen, but we rise and gather strength. Save, O God! May the King answer us on the day we call. Psalm 46God is our refuge and strength, a most ready help in distress. Therefore we will not be afraid when the earth is transformed and the mountains collapse into the depths of the seas; when its waters rage and become muddled, and the mountains quake at His majesty.There is a river whose streams bring joy to the city of God, the sacred dwelling place of the Most High. God is in her midst, she will not collapse. God will come to her aid at the approach of dawn. Peoples clamor, kingdoms topple, when He raises His voice the earth['s inhabitants] melt away. The God of Hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our bastion.Come and see the works of God, Who has wrought desolation in the land.

To the end of the earth He puts a stop to wars. He breaks the bow, snaps the spear, and sets fire to the wagons. Desist! Know that I am God! I will be exalted among peoples, exalted upon the earth. The God of Hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our bastion.Psalm 48A song, a psalm of the sons of Korach. God is great and much acclaimed in the city of our God, His holy mountain. Fairest district, joy of all the earth, is Mount Zion, to the northern side of the city of the great king.

In her citadels God is known as The Bastion. See how the kings assembled, [how] they advanced together. They looked and were indeed astounded, they were terrified, they were in a panic. Trembling seized them there; pangs, like a woman giving birth; [blows, like one caught] in the east wind that wrecks the ships of Tarshish.Just as we heard, we saw in the city of the God of Hosts, in the city of our Lord.

May God preserve it forever – O God, inside Your Sanctuary we meditate upon Your loving-kindness. Your praise, like Your Name, O God, is to the ends of the earth. Righteousness fills Your right hand. Mount Zion rejoices; the Judean towns delight over Your judgments. Walk around Zion and circle her. Count her towers, take note of her ramparts and her mountainous citadels ─ that you may recount it to a future generation. For this is God, our Lord, forever.

He guides us as when we were children. Psalm 83God, do not be silent! Do not be still; do not be quiet, 0 God! For, see, Your enemies are all in an uproar, and those who hate You have lifted up their head. They plot deviously against Your people and take counsel against those You shelter. They say, “Come, let us eliminate them as a nation, so that the name ‘Israel’ will never again be mentioned.”For they are unanimous in their counsel. They have made a pact against You ─ [those who dwell in] the tents of Edom and the Ishmaelites, Moab and the Hagrites, Gebal, Ammon, and Amalek, Philistia with the inhabitants of Tyre. Assyria, too, has joined with them.

They have become the strength of the sons of Lot.Do to them as [You did to] the Midianites, to Sisera, to Yavin, at the brook of Kishon ─ Who were destroyed at En Dor, who were as dung for the soil. Treat their nobles like Orev and Zeev, all their princes like Zevach and Zalmunna, who said, “Let us possess the abodes of God for ourselves.”My God, make them like thistledown, like stubble before the wind. As a fire consumes the forest, and a flame sets the mountains ablaze, so pursue them with Your tempest and terrify them with Your storm. Cover their faces with disgrace, so that they seek Your Name, O God. Let them be shamed and terrified forever.

Let them be so mortified that they perish. Then they will know that You alone, Whose Name is God, are the Most High over all the earth.For His lovingkindness toward us has intensified, and God's truth is eternal. Halleluyah!Psalm 118 Give thanks to God for He is good. His lovingkindness endures forever. Let Israel say: “His lovingkindness endures forever.” Let the house of Aaron say: “His lovingkindness endures forever.” Let those who fear God say: "His lovingkindness endures forever."In distress I called upon God; God answered me with relief. God is with me, I am unafraid. What can a human being do to me? With God as my ally, I will see [the downfall] of my foes. It is better to seek refuge in God than to trust in human beings.

It is better to seek refuge in God than to trust in men of importance. All the nations have surrounded me; in the Name of God I will cut them down. They have indeed beset and surrounded me; in the Name of God I will cut them down. [Though] they have beset me like bees, they will be extinguished like a fire of thorns; in the Name of God I will cut them down.You pushed me hard to make me fall, but God helped me. God is my strength and my song, and He has become my salvation.

The sound of joyous song and salvation is in the tents of the righteous: “The right hand of God performs valiantly! The right hand of God is exalted! The right hand of God performs valiantly!”I will not die, but will live and relate the deeds of God. God has afflicted me severely, but He has not handed me over to death. Open the Gates of Righteousness for me, that I might enter them to give thanks to God. This is the gateway to God, the righteous will enter through it.

I will thank You for answering me, and for becoming my salvation. That stone which the builders rejected has become the main cornerstone. This is God's doing. It is astonishing in our eyes. This is the day that God has made. Let us be glad and rejoice on it.O God, please save us! O God, please make us prosper!Blessed is he who comes in the Name of God. We will bless you from the House of God. The Lord is God. He has given us light.

Bind the festival offering with thick cords [and bring it] to the corners of the altar.You are my Lord and I will thank You. You are my Lord and I will exalt You. Give thanks to God for He is good, for His lovingkindness endures forever.

DANIEL 11,12Chapter 1140-43) At the time of the end, the king of the south will engage [the forces of the north]. But the king of the north will storm him with chariots and cavalry and many ships. He will invade lands, sweeping through them and moving on. He will also invade the desirable land, and many will fall. Yet these will escape his grasp: Edom, Moab, and the prominent Ammonites.

He will stretch out his hand against the lands; not [even] the land of Egypt will be spared. He will gain control over the hidden stores of gold and silver, and over all the precious things of Egypt. The Libyans and Ethiopians, too, [will follow] at his heel.44-45) But tidings out of the east and the north will alarm him. He will sally forth with great fury to destroy and decimate multitudes, pitching his royal tents between the sea and the desirable holy mountain.

Then he will meet his end with no one to assist him.Chapter 121) At that time, the great prince Michael, who stands over your people, will arise. It will be a time of trouble, the like of which has never been since they became a nation. At that time, your people will be spared - all who are found written in the book. 2-3) Many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth will awake, some to eternal life, and some to disgrace, to eternal degradation.

The knowledgeable will shine like the radiance of the sky, and those who turn the many to righteousness will be like stars forever and ever.4) But you, Daniel, must conceal these matters and seal the book until the time of the end. Many will speculate, and the [pursuit of this] knowledge will increase.5-6) Then I, Daniel, saw two others standing [there], one on this bank of the river, and the other on that bank of the river. One of them said to the man dressed in linen, who was above the waters of the river: “How long until the end of these mysteries?”7-8)

Then I heard the man dressed in linen, who was above the waters of the river, when he raised his right hand and his left hand to heaven and swore by the Life of the Universe, “It will be after a time, times, and a half. When the shattering of the holy people's strength is complete, then all these things will cease. I heard but did not understand, so I said, “My master, what will be the outcome of these things?”10-11) “Go, Daniel,” he answered, “for these matters are to be hidden and sealed until the time of the end.

They will be clarified and elucidated, and many will be refined. The wicked will be vicious, and none of the wicked will understand; but the knowledgeable will understand.13-14) From the time the daily offering is abolished until a lifeless abomination is installed, there will be one thousand two hundred and ninety days. Happy is the one who waits and reaches one thousand three hundred and thirty-five days. Now you must go on to the end. You will rest, and then you will arise to your fate at the end of days.

Saturday, August 06, 2005

Osama Bin Laden

By Paul L. Williams© 2005 WorldNetDaily.com

Osama bin LadenWhere in the world is Osama bin Laden?

Let's face it. He shouldn't be hard to find, especially from a Predator, an aerial reconnaissance vehicle that can read the minute hand of a wristwatch from an altitude of 26,000 feet.

Bin Laden is very tall – slightly over 6'6" – and incredibly thin, less than 150 pounds. He wears shalwart kameez – the loose-fitting tunics and baggy pants of al-Qaida and Taliban soldiers – and, when the weather is cold, he dons a camouflage jacket.

Although he was born in 1957 and far from retirement age, the al-Qaida chieftain appears to be very old. His long scraggly beard is pure white; his face is lined with countless wrinkles; and his shoulders are hunched and rounded. He is bent forward to such a degree that he seems to suffer from a form of osteoporosis. He is left-handed and walks with a cane.

Osama is almost always surrounded by fawning attendants who hail him not as Sultan bin Laden or Emir bin Laden but rather as "awaited enlightened one," the title reserved for the Mahdi."

The Mahdi is the rightly guided caliph who will appear during the last days of human history. His coming is foretold by the Haddith, the sacred teachings that supplement the Quran. In such writings, the Mahdi is depicted as the figure who will bring forth the "Day of Islam," when all people throughout the world – believers and unbelievers alike – will fall in submission before the throne of Allah.

Bin Laden possesses the distinguishing marks of the Mahdi – the high forehead, the prominent nose, the gap between his teeth, and the black mole on his face. He is pleased to point out these features to photographers and reporters from al-Jazeera and other Arabic news outlets.
Mercenaries locate Osama bin Laden in Pakistan's North West Frontier Province (area circled)

Despite his pre-eminence among Muslims, the $25 million price tag on his head and the fact that his image is omnipresent in marketplaces, stores, shops, murals on the sides of buildings throughout the Middle East, no one has been able to find him.

This initially gave rise to speculation that he had been killed by the bombings of al-Qaida cells and safe homes at the launching of Operation Enduring Freedom on Oct. 7, 2001.

Such speculation was put to rest by the appearance of Osama with his sidekick Ayman al-Zawahiri on Kabul television in late October 2001. In the broadcast, the twosome sat before a campfire with sticks and appeared like Muslim Boy Scouts about to roast some marshmallows.

In November 2001, after coalition forces seized control of Kandahar, Afghanistan, U. S. officials received word that bin Laden and company were safely sequestered within an impregnable mountain fortress that had been created 350 yards beneath solid rock at the highest peak of the Spin Ghar or "White Mountains," a peak known as Tora Bora.

Elaborate drawings of this fortress were published in major newspapers throughout the world, including The New York Times. The drawings depicted a vast underground complex that contained a bakery, a hospital with ultrasound equipment, a hotel for 2,000 occupants, a mosque, a library, an arsenal for weapons of mass destruction and a hydro-electric plant.

And so the massive bombing of Tora Bora began. For nearly two weeks, the mountain peak was pounded with "bunker blasters" in an attempt to collapse the troglodyte lair of the terrorists. At one point, a "daisy cutter" – a 6,800 kiloton bomb, the largest in the U.S. arsenal – was dropped on the target.

At the end of the siege, coalition forces combed the mountainside in search of hundreds of bodies. But few bodies were found and only 19 emaciated and toothless captives could be rounded up for the victory parade before the international press in Kandahar.

The vast underground complex did not exist. It had been a figment of overactive imaginations of members of the Northern Alliance that had been accepted without question by U.S. intelligence officials.

Next came word that the elusive bin Laden had regrouped his forces and was hiding in the mountainous region of Shah-i-Kot. Two tall, thin and bearded men in shalwart kameez were spotted by an aerial reconnaissance vehicle standing before a tarpaulin at the entrance to a cave. U.S. military heads assumed that the tarpaulin was covering a machine-gun post and that the men, because of their height, dress and posture, were Arabs and, therefore, al-Qaida operatives.

Operation Anaconda, the plan to encircle Shah-i-Kot and squeeze the al-Qaida and Taliban operatives out of their hiding places, got underway on March 2, 2003. Fierce resistance was reported by the coalition forces. Megaton bombs were dropped at the rate of 260 a day to ferret out the terrorists. The reported enemy death toll rose and fell like the fluctuations of a troubled currency: 100, 500, 200, 800, 300. When the fighting came to an end on March 12, only 10 enemy soldiers were taken prisoner and less than 20 bodies were found within the battle zone. The full military offensive, replete with the dropping of 3,250 bombs, had been conducted on largely uninhabited territory.

In the wake of the first phase of Operation Enduring Freedom, U.S. intelligence sources were able to confirm over 500 al-Qaida and Taliban soldiers had fled Afghanistan by scaling the mountains in the south along the Afghanistan-Pakistan border and cutting through Afghanistan's southernmost provinces toward the border with Iran, where they found safe haven.

The enemy operatives within Iran included Saad bin Laden, Osama's eldest son; Yaaz bin Sifat, a top-ranking al-Qaida planner; Mohammed Islam Haani, the major of Kabul under the Taliban; and Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, who had been in charge of al-Qaida's attacks on Europe. By spring of 2002, al Zawahiri, bin Laden's top lieutenant, was spotted in Iran, where he reportedly donned the disguise of an Iranian cleric with a black turban and a dyed beard.

Within Iran, the al-Qaida guests were placed in safe houses by SAVAMA, the Iranian intelligence service. These villas, located in southern Iran, with saunas and swimming pools, are lavish even by American standards. The operatives remain in this villa at this writing.

But where was Osama?

In 2003, Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence, ISI, informed CIA officials that the al-Qaida head was sequestered in the wilds of Waziristan, a region between Balochistan and the North West Frontier in Pakistan.

In July 2003, Pakistan's President Pervez Musharraf shelled out millions in cold cash (thanks to the largesse of the CIA) to tribal chieftains within Northern Waziristan in order to obtain permission for Pakistani troops to enter their semi-autonomous tribal territories. It was the first time that such troops were allowed to set foot within the province since the creation of Pakistan in 1947.
It was small surprise to many observers that the payments were for nothing. The Pakistani troops combed the Tirah and Shawai valleys and discovered not a trace of Osama or any al-Qaida officials.

Attention now turned to South Waziristan. In March 2004, President Musharraf, upon receiving the consent of the chieftains, sent an army of 70,000 into the province. A welter of excitement followed the invasion when Musharraf announced that a high value target had been pinned down. The speculation, fueled by U.S. military sources, was that it was bin Laden or al-Zawahiri. But neither one showed up. There were foreign militants in the area, but less than 600, far fewer than the Pakistani authorities claimed, and most were Uzbeks.

The hunt for Osama bin Laden had grown cold. There were no confirmed sightings; no intercepts of satellite phone calls; no evidence of e-mails. The only assurance of his existence came from his periodic appearances on al-Jazeera. He had performed the most remarkable disappearing act in human history.
Still and all, stories surfaced that he had made his way to Chechnya and that he was safely sequestered among the Uighurs in China.

Where is Osama bin Laden?

His whereabouts cannot be pinpointed by official military and intelligence sources, despite the drones that fly day and night over the Afghan-Pakistani border. Nor can his hiding place be determined by members of the media, who continue to provide c-notes to Pashtuns and Tajiks for useless information.
To discover the whereabouts of the world's most wanted man, it is best to turn to unofficial yet reliable sources, such as the professional soldiers for paramilitary corporations that attend the annual Soldier of Fortune convention in Las Vegas. The mercenaries – "mercs" for short – know where he is since they are anxious albeit not willing to collect the $25 million bounty.

Osama bin Laden is alive and well and living in the valley of Dir within the North West Frontier Province of Pakistan. He has been there since he escaped from Tora Bora in December 2001.

To substantiate this claim, the mercs produce shabnamas or "night letters" that are circulated among the various tribes within the frontier. The night letters contain updates of Osama at work and play and photos of the al-Qaida leader with Maulvi Sufi Mohamed, an old and revered Muslim scholar, who maintains a Taliban-style rule over the valley of Dir with public executions of adulterers, homosexuals, apostates and Christian infidels.

Mercs point out that news of Osama's whereabouts was even published on the front page of the Daily Ummat, the leading Urdu language paper of Karachi, on Aug. 10, 2003. Unfortunately, no one in the U.S. defense department – let alone the U. S. intelligence community – took heed of the article with the smiling face of the great emir before the invasions of Waziristan.

Dir remains within the Malakand Pass, the site of some of the fiercest skirmishes under the British Raj. A Pakistani army fort still stands where the young Winston Churchill shot down rebels and received a citation for heroism. Ironically, it now serves as the headquarters of the leader of the Mujahadeen who has unleashed a wave of terrorist attacks against Great Britain.

Despite the bounty, bin Laden remains not only safe and secure in Dir but also free to travel to other parts of the country, including regular trips to Peshawar and the smuggler-infested bazaar town of Rebat at the center of "the Devil's Triangle," the conjunction of the borders of Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Iran.
No Muslim will dare to capture or kill him – not even a squadron of elite military personnel from the Musharraf government, let alone a group of professional bounty hunters. It is the duty of all Muslims to honor the revered leader of the Mujahadeen, who has been ordained to bring forth the Day of Islam.

What's more, bin Laden is protected by milmastia – the Islamic code of hospitality that demands protection for fellow Muslims who seek shelter in their country – even if such protection means risking their lives. Believing Muslims know that the $25 million reward comes with the price tag of apostasy and eternal damnation. Mercs point out that Pakistani soldiers and ISI officials are even unwilling to collar Osama and his cohorts when they appear in Peshawar. They don't want to go to hell for money or Musharraf.

Bin Laden remains protected by yet another factor. Any concerted attempt by the United States to invade any part of the North West Frontier Province by crossing the 680-mile border between Afghanistan and Pakistan in an effort to capture the world's most wanted man will be met by the resistance of the vast majority of 20 million Muslims who inhabit the formidable area.

Such resistance could lead to the toppling of the Musharraf regime with the result that Pakistan, with its arsenal of strategic nuclear weapons, would fall under the control of the radical mullahs, who wait in the wings.

At present, the way to Dir, according to the mercs, remains strewn with the bodies of would-be bounty hunters. They have been cast in the pines beside the dirt road. All have been tortured, stripped naked and castrated. Their eyeballs have been plucked from their sockets; their ears have been hacked off; and their tongues have been ripped from their mouths. Notes have been strapped to the groin of every victim. "Do not be angry or shocked," the notes say in Pashtu. "These are the bodies of agents of the USA."


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