Isaiah Chapter 17
|א מַשָּׂא, דַּמָּשֶׂק: הִנֵּה דַמֶּשֶׂק מוּסָר מֵעִיר, וְהָיְתָה מְעִי מַפָּלָה.||1 The burden of Damascus. Behold, Damascus is taken away from being a city, and it shall be a ruinous heap.|
The Iranian People: Israel Shouldn’t Exist
| A recent poll of the Iranian populace reveals widespread agreement with the radical views of their president, including with his quest for nuclear weapons.|
Quite a bit of stock has been placed in the belief that a large percentage of the Iranian people do not agree with their president’s rabidly anti-Jew views. A “chilling new poll,” however, reveals a different story: The Iranians are right behind their president, and not only concerning his views of Israel. In fact, an American president right now would no doubt be overjoyed with comparable approval ratings.
“Contrary to popular opinion, it seems that the Iranian people overwhelmingly agree with their president’s view that Israel has no right to exist,” reported the Spectator on July 27.
When asked if the State of Israel is illegitimate and should not exist, 67 percent of Iranians surveyed by one of the most prestigious U.S. pollsters agreed and only 9 percent disagreed. Even more astonishingly, this overwhelming hatred of the State of Israel was shared consistently by all sub-sections of the population, regardless of either age or gender.
The Zogby poll, which will be published by Reader’s Digest next month, also found that 55.9 percent of Iranians agree that their country should play the dominant military and diplomatic role in the Middle East, with just 12.3 percent disagreeing.
When asked which issue should be their government’s top priority, 41 percent of respondents said economic reforms, 27 percent said development of nuclear weapons, and just 23 percent said expansion of individual freedoms. The Spectator commented (emphasis ours throughout):
Given the widespread poverty plaguing the country, it is no surprise that most respondents cared primarily about the economy; but the fact that over a quarter of the population believe that the overriding priority should be to build nuclear weapons, a number larger even than that of those who want greater freedoms, is extremely depressing.
To make matters even worse, the survey was conducted before the present crisis erupted two weeks ago; opinion today would probably be even more radicalized. …
If the findings of the poll are accurate—and there is no reason to doubt that they are—they put to rest one of the central myths about Iran: the claim, shared by most Western analysts, that ordinary Iranians are increasingly at odds with their rulers. While many young Iranians may superficially have become more pro-American in recent years, even they support the views of the leadership, at least when it comes to geopolitics.
As the Trumpet has stated before, all political groups in Iran—both reformists and conservatives—are on the same side as far as their quest for regional supremacy goes. This poll now confirms that the vast majority of the people themselves are also agreed with the major policies of their violence-instigating government.
The Defense & Foreign Affairs Special Analysis of July 20 stated, “[T]he Bush White House has made it clear that it supports the Iranian population resolving the leadership question in Iran, rather than seeing Iran and the U.S. forced into direct military confrontation.”
This means that the very thing that is being touted as the solution—an Iranian population that will at some point bring about a change in leadership favorable to America—does not even exist.
So much for a solid foreign policy. As the title of the Spectator article stated, “Don’t seek reassurance from the Iranians.”
Why the “War on Terror” Is Failing
| The United States’ inability to yet bring an end—or even successful progress—to the war on terror demonstrates a clear decline in the mightiest military in history.|
The Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941, drawing the U.S. belatedly into a full-throttle war. That war ended three years and eight months later when America dropped atomic bombs on two Japanese cities, instantly breaking Japan’s will to fight and forcing its surrender.
By contrast, though 9/11 occurred almost five years ago, the war it provoked is far from being over. Actually, by several measures the problems that gave birth to that event are much worse today. There are several reasons for this.
Consider, to begin, the very definition of the war America is prosecuting. Entrapped in political correctness and thus uncomfortable with any unfavorable portrayals of Islam, America’s leaders have defined it as a “war on terror.” This is confusing. Terror is not an enemy, but a tactic. Failing to clearly identify Islamist extremism and its chief sponsor nations as the enemy is like defining World War ii as a “war on blitzkrieg” so as not to directly implicate Germany.
Characterizations of the “terrorist threat” as vague, shadowy, elusive and ubiquitous are also misleading. The threat emanates predominantly from a few nations, one in particular: Iran. Just as the collapse of the ussr overnight reduced the Soviet communist threat, ending state support of Islamist terrorism would all but end terrorism.
Trouble is, Iran has allies: most notably, Russia and China. Afghanistan was friendless and powerless—so the U.S. selected it (or, more accurately, the Taliban) as the first target in the “war on terror.” In terms of contributing to global terrorism, the Taliban was small potatoes compared to Iran, but this is the trouble one runs into after failing to properly define the enemy.
America’s subsequent attack on Iraq (or, more accurately, Saddam Hussein) was even more problematic, because it eliminated the single greatest check on Iran, virtually guaranteeing the ascendancy of the Islamic Republic.
Perhaps the present U.S. administration viewed Afghanistan and Iraq as tools to frighten Iran into submission, or to provoke a popular uprising against its radical leaders. Obviously, neither of these has happened.
As a result of this confusion in defining the enemy, in five years the U.S. effectively has done nothing to target Iran or degrade its support of terrorism. Though Iran is a far less fearsome enemy than Japan was in World War ii, five years of “war on terror” have actually left it stronger. Its president is pushing to build nuclear weapons and threatening to wipe Israel off the map. Iranian agents fuel an insurgency in Iraq that kills American soldiers. Right now, Iran is directing, funding, arming and personally assisting in the Hamas and Hezbollah attacks that have transformed Israel and Lebanon into what looks to be the first battleground of World War iii.
But the U.S. has done worse than merely not attack Iran: It has actually pursued dialogue with Iran, soliciting its help in bringing the bog in Iraq under control by reigning in the Shiites. In order to tidy up its business in Iraq—its primary theater in the “war on terror”—the “superpower” United States is requesting aid from the world’s top state sponsor of terror!
This is the unbelievable situation, five years into the “war on terror.”
On top of that, democratic elections in the region—encouraged by the U.S.—have strengthened Islamists’ political portfolios in Egypt and installed Islamists into the highest offices in the Palestinian territories. Meanwhile, the troubles in Afghanistan refuse to go away, and Iraq appears destined to end up with a government that will eventually ally with Iran.
In other words, the “war on terror” is not reducing the threat of terror against America.
How could this be? How can the deluge of dollars, steel, sweat, tears and blood America has dedicated to this cause—not to mention the lives of over 2,800 of its soldiers—fall so far short?
Consider. To the ancient nation of Israel, God promised manifold blessings for obedience to His laws. Among these was the promise of security through supernatural protection: “And I will give peace in the land, and ye shall lie down, and none shall make you afraid … neither shall the sword go through your land. And ye shall chase your enemies, and they shall fall before you by the sword. And five of you shall chase an hundred, and an hundred of you shall put ten thousand to flight: and your enemies shall fall before you by the sword” (Leviticus 26:6-8). Clearly the U.S. is not receiving this blessing today. In fact, objectively viewing the advances made by radical Islamists in the past five years, one might be inclined to believe it is they who are receiving it.
The counterpart to the promised blessing of victory over enemies is God’s warning about terrifying curses for disobedience. The idea of being under a curse may seem ancient and superstitious in this modern, scientific age. But if you believe the Bible, you know that curses are real—even today. To rebellious Israel and its descendants (which include the United States), God warns, “And I will break the pride of your power … And your strength shall be spent in vain …” (Leviticus 26:19-20).
Consider the staggering implications of these scriptures.
They imply that these modern nations would have power, and pride in that power—they would have military strength. This fact is corroborated by other prophecies about the modern descendants of Israel (e.g. Genesis 24:60; 49:22-26; Micah 5:7-9). But—because of these nations’ disobedience—God would break that pride, and thus—as a curse—all that power would be wasted, squandered!
Is America now under this curse?
Absolutely. There could be no more perfect description of the U.S. today—still far and away the greatest military power on Earth—than to say that the pride in its power has been broken, and that it spends its strength in vain.
American officials defend hopelessly ineffective policy and call it “moral” use of power, or “just war,” intended to show how ethical, decent and principled war should be. In the end, however, this methodology makes America a triple loser: 1) true victory is impossible to achieve; 2) liberal elements of Western society are never satisfied that the war is altruistic enough; and 3) enemies view all such efforts as weakness—all the more cause to press on toward ultimate victory. The harder the U.S. works to implement a “just war” doctrine, the deeper the hole it digs for itself.
Put in biblical terms, the U.S. is spending its strength in vain.
We must be able to recognize a curse when we see it.
Bankers Fear World Economic Meltdown
FrontPageMagazine.com | July 27, 2006
“This is more like the Spanish Civil War,” says Daniel Seaman, an Israeli government spokesman. “What we are seeing is a series of conflicts that foreshadow a future world conflict, just as the Spanish Civil war prefigured the Second World War.”
Seaman’s analogy is worth exploring.
Just as Hitler used Franco as his proxy in
Hezbollah is no longer a rag-tag guerilla group, but a veritable terrorist army. “They understand complex military tactics, and are pursuing combined military operations using ground forces, missiles, intelligence, and the media,” Seaman said.
Over the past six years, following
These Iranian-made Fajr-3 rockets have a range of around 43 kilometers, and carry a 50 kilogram warhead packed with thousands of deadly ballbearings.
These are terrorist mass-kill weapons, designed to kill as many civilians as possible. No one standing within a 50 meter radius of one of these incoming rocket can survive, Israeli bomb experts say. The Fajr-3 was used with great success in a July 16 attack that killed eight railway workers at a repair depot in downtown
“When they showed me the small pellets packed inside, I thought they were showing me a suicide bomber belt,”
How many terrorist groups can boast an arsenal of over 10,000 long-range rockets? Only those with the backing of a sovereign state,
Israeli foreign minister Tzipi Livni explained Hezbollah’s aims with stark clarity here yesterday.
This is a strategy
Let’s recall how this all began. On July 12, a Hezbollah commando broke through the security fence at the border and snuck into
Shortly afterwards, Hezbollah launched six long-range rockets into
How would the Israelis respond? Would they launch a massive ground assault into
When the Israelis didn’t bite, the Iranians ordered Hezbollah to step up the rocket attacks against Israeli cities, towns and villages. On day two, they launched 133 rockets into northern
In response, Israel launched air strikes deep into Lebanon, striking the airport, cutting resupply routes into Syria, and attempting to knock out command bunkers where they believed Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah was hiding. But none of this deterred Hezbollah, and for good reason: the Iranians had prepared them to fight a long war, dispersing their weaponry across
On July 15, Iranian advisors in charge of Hezbollah’s more sophisticated weapons stunned the Israelis by launching two sophisticated C-802 anti-shipping missiles against an Israeli SAAR-5 boat cruising some 18 kilometers off the Lebanese coast.
One of the missiles was apparently deflected by Israeli counter-measures, and hit a Cambodian merchant vessel that was 60 km from the coast and 44 km down range from the Israeli ship, according to a technical analysis of the attack published by the Israel Resource News Agency on Tuesday. The second seriously damaged the Israeli corvette, the INS Ahi-Hanit.
What terrorist groups possess third-generation radar-guided anti-shipping missiles? The Chinese-built C-802s were first shipped to
The Israelis had electronic countermeasures on board the Ahi-Hanit that could have deflected the missiles, the experts believe, but had turned them off for fear of friendly-fire incidents against Israeli fighters flying overhead.
More lessons learned for the Iranians.
And how did
Anyone who has been watching television over the past two weeks has probably heard the eerie wail of the air raid sirens that go off many times each day in Haifa and in smaller towns and settlements across northern Israel.
As many as 500,000 Israelis have fled the warzone. Most of
Haifa Mayor Yona Yahav estimated that the economic impact has been devastating – “in the billions of shekels” of lost business for
Israeli officials believe the Iranians gave the go-ahead for the kidnapping and the rocket war. They point to the unannounced arrival in Damascus the night before Hezbollah launched its attacks by the head of
For Dr. Michael Oren, author of a forthcoming book on the history of the
Dr. Oren is a senior fellow at the
He believes the stakes of
“If we don’t win in
Those are the stakes.
The next step, should the West fail to step up to the plate: how about long-range Shahab-3 missiles in
Can you imagine Parisians or Romans taking to the bomb-shelters? Sending their children to stay with relatives living overseas? Can you imagine them resisting
This is the “hurricane” Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad promised the world earlier this week in
Now is the time to draw the line.
The latest war that has been imposed upon Israel by the Arab Muslim Nazi terrorists gives the Jewish state so many golden opportunities to do so many vital things. But the traitor Israeli government, army, news media, and establishment are predictably squandering every single one of these opportunities.
Immediately after the 1967 Six Day War, little Israel could have easily expelled all of the Arab Muslim Nazis who lived in the Holy Land.
The world was sympathetic to Israel as never before. The whole world witnessed the Arab Muslim Nazi dictators all publicly promising "to push the Jews into the sea" and "to finish Hitler's job."
When the tiny Jewish state, which then had a population of only 2.5 million Jews, beat back the Arab Muslim attackers, who came from nations that then had a combined population of 160 million, it was the ultimate reenactment of David versus Goliath.
Only 22 years after the Nazi Holocaust, when memories of what happened to over six million innocent Jews were still fresh, the Arab Muslim vow to carry out another Holocaust stunned the world.
The world bore witness to the purest example of a war between good and evil. The children of the Holocaust survivors rose from the ashes of Auschwitz with iron fists and blazing guns to beat back the heirs to the legacy of Nazism, the Muslims, in a miraculous and breathtaking victory.
In the atmosphere of June 1967, Israel could have expelled all of the Arab Muslim Nazis in the Holy Land with only minimal protest from the world.
This was a tragic lost opportunity, which Israel has paid a very heavy price for.
Now, in this latest war, Israel has new historic opportunities which she once again is squandering.
The first opportunity involves the Arab Muslim Nazis who live in Judea, Samaria, and the Gaza District.
If Israel would hermetically cut off all electricity, water, food shipments, foreign aid, and other assistance to the Arabs, it would cause instant starvation and desperation that would force the Arabs to leave these Jewish Biblical areas.
It would certainly be an understandable act of war to cut off supplies to the enemy. Although the European Jew-haters and the news media Jew-haters would criticize Israel, the criticism would not be very harsh as even the critics would know deep down that Israel is simply doing what every normal nation must do in a time of war.
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Israel would not even have to lift a finger to expel the Arabs. The Arabs would leave en masse on their own. Israel would open the borders to enable the Arabs to leave as a humanitarian gesture, since allowing them to leave the war zone is the most humane solution.
Afterwards, there would be demands that the Arabs be permitted to return. Israel would reject those demands just as she has rejected the demands of Arabs who fled the 1948 War of Independence to return.
If only JTF and its heroic Israeli allies were in power in Israel, this golden opportunity would have been exploited already.
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concrete of a Haifa balcony
A second golden opportunity for Israel in the current war involves Muslim Nazi Iran and its program to develop nuclear bombs.
This is the perfect time for the Israeli air force to destroy all Iranian Muslim Nazi nuclear reactors, factories, and laboratories.
Even the Jew-hating world would have to understand that Israel is retaliating against the Iranian missile attacks on Israeli cities. And that tiny Israel cannot afford to allow the maniacal Iranian terrorist regime to create nuclear bombs, so that the fanatic ayatollahs and mullahs could carry out their promise to "wipe Israel off the face of the earth."
If the world complained about Israel's actions, so what? The world is complaining about Israel's hopelessly wimpy actions now.
These are just two of the numerous golden opportunities that the traitor leaders of Israel refuse to exploit. Not only the leaders, but the people of Israel who support these leaders over and over again, have so much to answer for on Yom HaDin (The Day of Judgment).
|According to Kofi Annan, the Hezballah Muslim terrorists are not terrorists - in fact, they are not even militants! - Instead, the corrupt UN leader avowed at a recent assembly on Israel, they are "alleged militants"|
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We are speaking about Jewish survival.
|A Muslim woman in Bahrain, a supposed partner in America's war on terror, waves a poster of Hezballah Muslim terrorist leader Hassan Nasrallah|
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