Articles of the Day 9/11/14: A Comprehensive Strategy?
“Good morning America. What every junior intelligence officer has known did not get into the oval office. While we in i-HLS again and again said, based on sources, that Syria has not destroyed its stockpile of deadly chemical weapons, the U.S praised the “completion of the mission”. The mission has not been completed and Assad is laughing his head off in his palace.”
“Access ramp for non-Muslims to Judaism’s holiest site torn down in controversial decision to cave to Jordanian pressure.”
The ‘gestures’ will only lead to more bold and outrageous demands from Arabs.
“The Israeli military is conducting a multi-million dollar search operation for tunnels dug by Hezbollah into Israel despite no evidence of any so far, according to Israeli military sources. An anonymous Israeli military official said that the army had spent $8.5m this year on searching for tunnels dug by the Shiite Hezbollah group on Israel’s northern border with Lebanon. The operation, conducted with advanced equipment, began after Israeli citizens in border towns near Lebanon reported sounds of “suspicious” digging near their homes.”
They are there. They can pretend they are not and be in denial all they want. Hamas learned all their tactics from Iran and Hezbollah so you know they are out there.
“Two weeks after the fighting stopped, there’s been no progress in rehabilitating Gaza or resuming Israeli-PA talks. Abbas and Hamas are getting impatient.”
Peace brings prosperity war does not. The Palestinians have chosen the latter and are now acting like spoiled children.
“Moshe Ya’alon to meet with top officials, inaugurate Israeli pavilion at international defense industry exhibition.”
A lot ‘noise’ lately about Azerbaijan. Disinformation for Iran?
“Human Rights Watch says Israel fired indiscriminately in two cases and used disproportionate firepower in a third.”
Another day, another anti-Semitic group masquerading as a human rights group accuses Israel of war crimes. So they are concerned about two incidents of alleged indiscriminate fire by Israel while remarkably unconcerned about over 4,000 such documented incidents by Hamas. As for disproportionate firepower, apparently being an anti-Semite gives you great insight into military theory. Groups like HRW cannot hide what frauds they really are.
Islamic Civil War
“WASHINGTON (AP) — Opening a new military front in the Middle East, President Barack Obama authorized U.S. airstrikes inside Syria for the first time, along with expanded strikes in Iraq as part of “a steady, relentless effort” to root out Islamic State extremists and their spreading reign of terror.”
“Hours before President Obama announced US airstrikes against the Islamic State in Syria and called for training and arming of “moderate” Syrian insurgents, a prominent activist on social media pointed to an important sign of the American commitment.”
“However conflict could be different for US than Iraq or Afghanistan with backing from regional allies.”
Is it is good to see Obama is listening to his generals at least partly. If you are going to take on IS you need to hit them everywhere. However, I think results will be mixed. Obama simply is not a war time President. He just does not have the stomach for it and all his decisions are politically motivated instead of strategic. This ‘strategy’ against IS is simply expanding what has already been done on a more limited scale. It relies on unreliable local allies for ground support. This is where it will fail. Air strikes alone will not defeat IS. He needs a comprehensive strategy that attacks IS financially, politically, and morally. Obama is not a moral President so he will miss this. Syria\Iraq are complete and utter foreign policy failures (among many) for the Obama administration.
“The strategy, presented in a speech to the nation on Sept. 10, will rely on local forces to do the bulk of the fighting while the US provides air strikes, intelligence and other support. This is America’s current plan of attack for al Qaeda’s regional branches in Yemen and Somalia.”
“ISIS does not just pose a threat to the west. It is also a major security threat to Turkey. 49 Turkish citizens are presently being held hostage by ISIS, who has also threatened to destroy a Turkish historic site in Iraq and to “liberate Istanbul” if Turkey does not stop diverting water from the Euphrates River.”
I am not so sure about this. Turkey has done little to prevent the flow of IS fighters across their borders. Jordan and Saudi Arabia have have more to fear then Turkey. IS started in Syria then spread to Iraq and now controls large areas in the northern parts of both countries. What country borders both in the north? Turkey could end the IS scourge today but it does not. Why? It is just a conspiracy theory but I think Turkey and Qatar (and perhaps Kuwait) have a lot to answer for concerning the origins of IS.
“ISTANBUL, Turkey — The lifeblood of the death-dealing Islamic State is diesel fuel. And the group widely known by the acronyms ISIS or ISIL is filling its war chest with millions of dollars earned by smuggling thousands of tons of of this black gold into neighboring Turkey, according to independent analysts and Turkish opposition leaders.”
“Monarchy to fund training, consider contributing military aid to broad, US-led coalition.”
“The US air campaign to help Iraqi and Kurdish forces break the Islamic State’s siege of Amerli benefited the Hezbollah Brigades, a Shia militia that is supported by Iran and is listed by the US government as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist group. The Hezbollah Brigades is the second Shia militia involved in killing US soldiers to have taken advantage of US airpower to gain territory.”
“WASHINGTON—The U.S. Treasury Department and Washington’s allies are ramping up efforts to hit Islamic State’s finances, particularly focusing on steps to choke off its oil sales, its donations from the Persian Gulf and its extortion rackets.”
This works only if Turkey, Qatar and Kuwait are held accountable.
“Q. Doesn’t Babylon have to be re-established as an economic super power before the rapture can occur? The way I understand it, the world will mourn the loss of Babylon when it is destroyed which indicates it would be similar in stature to New York or London. This would indicate the rapture being further out in time versus imminent since building the city into something significant would take many years from this point. I am eager to know what your thoughts are on this.
A. First, Babylon does not have to be re-established before the rapture can occur. Babylon’s re-emergence will be due to the Anti-Christ’s ascendance to world power. And that won’t happen until after the Church is gone. Second, if you take a close look at the dimensions and capabilities of the new US embassy in Baghdad you will see how easily it could be prepared to house a world governmental headquarters. At 104 acres, it is the largest and most expensive embassy in the world, and is nearly as large as Vatican City. Babylon is only about an hour away by car. In addition, one of Saddam Hussein’s palaces overlooks ancient Babylon and has been completely restored as a hotel and tourist destination. It could easily house the anti-Christ and his entourage. Finally, there are several large military installations nearby as well. In short, preparing Babylon to become the capitol of the world won’t take anywhere near as long as most people think.”
“Q. I am convinced that the anti-Christ is coming through the Muslim nation. I believe that Europe will be too weak to produce a man that the world will see as an effective leader who will be able to solve the worlds problems. The Muslim terrorists seem to send one group after another intent on destroying any one or thing in their paths to world domination. The Islam Mahdi will bring justice (their type of justice) to the world according to their religion. What are the chances that the Mahdi is the anti-Christ?
A. I’ve mentioned the amazing similarities between Christian prophecies of the anti-Christ and Shiite Muslim prophecies of al-Mahdi numerous times since I first learned about them over eight years ago. Both are said to come on the scene during a time of chaos promising to restore peace. Both will enforce a one world religion and a one world government. Both will achieve world dominance and reign for seven years after which the world will be judged. One meaning of the name “al-Mahdi” is “the redeemer”. It’s like the two prophecies are describing the same person.”
“Q. I have a question from a friend of mine. He asked me if He is Saved if he sometimes feels no remorse what so ever for sinning even when he knows its wrong. He says the only thing he gets is a “maybe I shouldn’t do this” feeling and that it often goes away. Please help me answer him!!
A. I’ll answer this assuming that your friend really is saved. The feeling of remorse we get after sinning is called the conviction of the Holy Spirit. If we ignore it long enough, this conviction will grow weaker until we no longer feel it. This means we will have frustrated God’s effort to help us live lives pleasing to Him. It’s called living a defeated life. It doesn’t mean we’re no longer saved, but it does mean we may have caused our fellowship with Him to be interrupted.
One of the points in the Parable of the Prodigal Son was when he withdrew from his father and went off on his own, he didn’t stop being his father’s son, but he lost the blessings that had been part of the relationship. As soon as he came to his senses and turned back to his father the blessings were restored and it was like he had never been away (Luke 15:11-32).
It’s the same with us. If we stop listening to the guidance of the Holy Spirit we will become unable to hear Him, and we’ll be on our own. We won’t lose our salvation but we will lose many of the other benefits of the relationship. A simple act of confession it all it takes to restore us (1 John 1:9). As long as it’s sincere we’ll be restored and it will be like it never happened.”