DEBKAfile Special Report June 24, 2015, 9:09 PM (IDT)
Uproar in Iran’s Revolutionary Guards Corps: Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has relieved Gen. Qassem Soleimani,the Al Qods Brigades chief and supreme commander of Iranian Middle East forces, of his Syria command after a series of war debacles. He was left in charge of Iran’s military and intelligence operations in Iraq, Yemen and Lebanon. This is revealed by debkafile’s exclusive Iranian and intelligence sources.
Since Soleimani last visited Damascus on June 2, in the aftershock of the historic town of Palmyra’s fall to the Islamic State, the situation of President Bashar Assad and his army has gone from bad to worse.
The Iranian general’s bravado in stating then that “In the next few days the world will be pleasantly surprised from what we (the IRGC) working with Syrian military commanders are preparing,” turned out to be empty rhetoric. The thousands of Iranian troops needed to rescue the Assad regime from more routs never materialized. Since then, the Syrian forces have been driven out of more places. Hizballah is not only stymied in its attempts to dislodge Syrian rebel advances in the strategic Qalamoun Mountains, it has failed to prevent the war spilling over into Lebanon. There is strong evidence that the high Iranian command in charge of the Syrian and Lebanese arenas are stuck.
These reverses have occurred, our military sources report, owing to Tehran’s failure to foresee five developments:
1. The launching of a combined effort by the US, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and the UAE – among the wealthiest nations in the world – in support of rebel groups fighting Bashar Assad. Their massive injections of military assistance, weapons and financial resources have thrown Iran’s limitation into bold relief.
2. The ineptitude of the Shiite militias mustered by Soleimani in Iraq, Pakistan and Afghanistan to fight Iran’s wars in Syria and Iraq. None of those imported troops met the combat standards required in those arenas and become liabilities rather than assets.
3. Those shortcomings forced Tehran to admit that it had come up short of military manpower to deploy in four ongoing warfronts: Syria, Yemen, Lebanon and Iraq. Soleimani took flak for the over-ambitious plans he authored which pulled Iran into military commitments that overtaxed its resources and did not take into account the messy political and military consequences which followed. Above all, he miscalculated the numbers of fighting strength needed on the ground for winning battles in those wars.
4. In the final reckoning, Iran funds has been drained of the strategic reserves that should have been set aside for the contingency of a potential ISIS encroachment of its territory.
Category: Gog-Ezekiel 38 & 39
DEBKAfile Special Report June 24, 2015, 9:09 PM (IDT)
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US Yemen ceasefire bid founders as Saudis resume air strikes, Iranian warships on course for Gulf of Aden –
Just hours after halting military operations in Yemen, Saudi Arabia Wednesday, April 22 resumed its air strikes, bombing pro-Iranian Houthi rebel positions southwest of Taiz, after they seized a brigade base from forces loyal to fugitive President Abdu-Rabbu Mansour Hadi. debkafile’s military sources report that the Saudi-led coalition went back on a promise published Tuesday to shift its focus from military action to peace talks after Houthi rebels opted out of the ceasefire the Obama administration was trying to broker between Riyadh and Tehran. Tehran further refrained from ordering its warships to turn around and told them to stay on course for the Gulf of Aden opposite Yemen.
debkafile reported earlier Wednesday:
Wide overnight predictions of a Yemen ceasefire coming out of US mediation between Iran and Saudi Arabia were unfulfilled by Wednesday, April 22. All that happened was Saudi Arabia’s termination of its air strikes against the Iran-backed Houthi rebels – but not its sea and air blockade of the country. The rebels made it clear that for them, the war goes on. From Washington, US President Barack Obama warned Tehran against delivering weapons to Yemen that could be used to threaten shipping traffic in the region. Speaking in a televised interview on MSNBC’s “Hardball,” the president said: “What we’ve said to them is that ‘if there are weapons delivered to factions within Yemen that could threaten navigation, that’s a problem.'”
He was referring to the Iranian buildup of nine vessels, some carrying weapons, and warning that US warships were deploying to defend international navigation in the Gulf of Aden and the strategic Strait of Bab el-Mandeb off the shores of Yemen.
debkafile reported earlier::
Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdolllahian said Tuesday night, April 21, that Tehran is optimistic that ‘in the coming hours we shall see a halt to military attacks in Yemen.”
He did not say whether the Saudi Arabia had accepted a ceasefire after three weeks of air strikes, or its targets, the Houthi rebels and their Yemeni army allies – or both. Their acceptance would terminate the Yemen civil war.
Earlier Tuesday, White House spokesman Josh Earnest tried to play down the danger of a collision between a US naval strike force led by the USS Theodore Roosevelt aircraft carrier and an Iranian naval convoy believed to be carrying arms for the Houthis. Both were due to arrive in the Gulf of Aden opposite the Yemeni shore. Earnest said the US fleet’s mission was “to ensure the free flow of commerce” i.e. the freedom of navigation through the Gulf of Aden and Strait of Bab El-Mandeb.
He did not repeat an earlier statement by US defense officials that The Roosevelt carrier, the guided-missile cruiser USS Normandy and other accompanying warships had been sent to pre-empt any attempt by the Iranian vessels to unload weapons for the Houthis – in violation of a UN Security Council resolution.
Pentagon officials said an Iranian convoy of nine cargo ships had reached international waters in the Gulf of Aden, but that to their knowledge, the US and Iranian ships had not yet seen each other or made any contact.
The tone coming from the White House towards the end of the day was that the US naval buildup opposite Yemen was intended to give diplomacy a military boost, rather than confront the Iranian fleet.
Reports from Riyadh likewise pointed to active diplomacy afoot for ending the violence in Yemen.
A statement read out on Saudi-owned Arabiya TV announced the end of the kingdom’s military operation against the Iran-allied Houthi rebels in Yemen. “The alliance had achieved its goals in Yemen through the “Storm of Resolve” campaign and would now begin a new operation called “Restoring Hope.”
This operation, the statement said, would focus on security at home and counter-terrorism, aid and a political solution in Yemen.
At the same time, debkafile’s Gulf sources report the same TV channel carried the opposite message from Riyadh:
Saudi Arabia’s King Salman Abdulaziz has ordered the Kingdom’s National Guard to join the military campaign in Yemen, said another communique. Minister of the Saudi National Guard Prince Mutaib bin Abdullah said his forces are on high alert and are ready to take part in Operation Storm of Resolve, a Saudi-led coalition of 10 states battling the advance of the Iran-backed rebels.
The Saudi National Guard is a strong armed force, superior to and better equipped than the Saudi national army. It would provide a solid increment for the Saudi air strikes in Yemen.
Behind this cloud of apparent contradictions hovering over the Yemen conflict Tuesday, is an Obama administration bid to broker the contest between Saudi Arabia and Yemen and bring about a ceasefire. The various parties are meanwhile jockeying for advantageous positions without surrendering their options. If the bid is successful, a truce may be announced in the Yemen war in the coming hours, but it is still hanging fire.
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By Lea Speyer –
“Shake thyself from the dust; put on thy beautiful garments my people.” (Isaiah 52:2)
Commemorating Holocaust Remembrance Day in Israel, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu invoked messages of the Holocaust and biblical prophecy as a warning directed towards the expansionist and violent actions of the Iranian regime.
“Seventy years ago, the bells of freedom rang in the free world. The horrific nightmare that had engulfed all humanity in the depths of blood had come to an end in Europe,” the prime minister said in an address at Yad Vashem on Thursday.
“Leaders of modern countries realized that it was a propitious time to establish a new world order based on defending liberty, eradicating evil and opposing oppression. They articulated the most important lesson of World War II: democracies must not turn a blind eye to the aspirations of tyrannous regimes to expand,” Netanyahu stated. “A conciliatory attitude toward these regimes only increases their tendency for aggression. And if this aggression is not stopped in time, humanity might find itself in a much bloodier battle.”
The prime minister pointed out that “ahead of World War II, the world attempted to appease the Nazis. They wanted quiet at any price, and the terrible price did come.”
With the murder of 6 million Jews and millions of others during the Holocaust, the prime minister said “the conclusion was clear: there is no room for weakness when facing tyrannous regimes who send their murderous tentacles in every direction. Only by standing firm and adhering to the values of liberty and tolerance can we ensure the future of mankind.”
As world leaders shout “Never Again!” and promise to “oppose evil things as soon as they begin,” Netanyahu called these announcement “meaningless” as the same pattern that emerged before the Holocaust are happening before our very eyes once again with Iran.
“Did the world really learn a lesson from the inconceivable universal and Jewish tragedy of last century?” Netanyahu asked. “I wish I could stand here and tell you that the answer to this was yes.”
Just as the Nazis sought to overtake Europe, Iran seeks to overtake and destroy the Middle East, including the annihilation of Israel, the prime minister said. Human civilizations is facing growing threats that, if not challenged with a strong response, will overtake humanity.
“Radical Islamic forces are flooding the Middle East, destroying remnants of the past, torturing the helpless, murdering innocents. They hope to establish caliphates, more than one, like in the Middle Ages. At the same time, the extremist regime in Iran is oppressing its people; it is rushing forward and submerging the Middle East in blood and suffering – in Yemen, in Syria, in Lebanon, in Iraq, in Gaza and across the border of the Golan,” Netanyahu explained.
“Just as the Nazis aspired to crush civilization and to establish a ‘master race’ to replace it in controlling the world while annihilating the Jewish people, so too does Iran strive to gain control over the region, from which it would spread further, with the explicit intent of obliterating the Jewish state.”
The prime minister laid out the two main ways Iran is seeking to expand its power in the Middle East and carry out its murderous intent towards the Jewish state.
“Iran is advancing in two directions: the first is developing the ability to arm itself with nuclear weapons and accumulate a stockpile of ballistic missiles; and the second – exporting the Khomeinist revolution to many countries by heavily using terrorism and taking over large parts of the Middle East.”
Netanyahu slammed world leaders for turning a blind eye to the true intentions of Iran as they desperately seek to make peace with the evil regime. “Everything it out in the open – it is all taking place in broad daylight, in front of cameras,” he noted. “And yet, the blindness is immense.”
Quoting the Prophet Isaiah, the prime minister evoked a message of warning from God “as the civilized world is lulled into a slumber on a bed of illusions.”
“‘For, behold, darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the peoples,’ said the Prophet Isaiah. The determination and lessons that were acquired in blood seventy years ago are now dissipating, and the darkness and fog of denying reality are taking their place,” Netanyahu warned.
Netanyahu vowed that, despite push-back from many Western countries, Israel “will not flinch” in identifying threats and protecting the future of the Jewish state and nation. “We will continue to insist on the truth, and we will do everything we can to open the eyes that have closed.”
“I do not want to mislead anyone. We have tests ahead of us. We are in the midst of a great battle against the languor, the weakness, the denial of reality – we will stand in full force,” he said.
“Seventy years ago we were a people of war refugees, powerless and voiceless. Today we express what we have to say, and we are determined to guarantee our existence and our future. It is our duty to fight those who wish to destroy us, not to bow down to them nor to downplay reality. We will not allow the State of Israel to be a passing episode in the history of our nation.”
With a message of hope, Netanyahu ended his speech by invoking the message of Isaiah 52:2, “Shake thyself from the dust; put on thy beautiful garments my people.”
“The nation of eternity has shaken itself from the dust, returned home, stood tall, established an outstanding country and an outstanding army, the Israel Defense Force, in which our brave and courageous sons and daughters serve,” he stated. “We will remember those who were murdered, we will guarantee life.”
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By Walid Shoebat and Theodore Shoebat
When Turkey’s Grand Mufti, Mehmet Gormez, enters Hagia Sophia, looks at the sign of Bismillah (literally In The Name of Allah) then announces that Allah is God in what historically is known to Christendom as “The Temple of God,” I pay close attention:
This says many things: that Turkey has announced that the bruising of the Ottomans is over, that Kamal Ataturk’s cancellation of Hagia Sophia as a temple for Muslims is over, that a time to make a false Hudna ‘peace treaty’ with Christendom is on the way, that Hagia Sophia now becomes another center for the world of Islam and that Jerusalem is also next.
On Feb. 20, for instance, Gormez received a delegation led by Sheikh Hamid bin Abdullah, head of the International Al-Quds Institute, and said during the meeting, “If the holy al-Quds [Jerusalem] is calling for help, then every Muslim has to heed this appeal.”
Grand Mufti Gormez with Pope Francis
Grand Mufti Gormez with Sultan Erdogan
Turkey’s Directorate of Religious Affairs headed by the Grand Mufti Mehmet Gormez, with its massive budget controls all religious affairs and enjoys generous privileges from the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), the institution — which is affiliated with the Prime Ministry has become a major instrument in shaping the Muslim world as imagined by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and has “close interest in current affairs and his choice of taking pronounced attitudes on political issues.”
And if one thinks that Hagia Sophia is not Temple of God or that such scenario which happened last week is biblically insignificant, think again.
Firstly, Hagia Sophia cathedral as a temple dedicated to the Son of God is also characteristic of several writers contemporary to the founder of the reconstruction of the Constantinopolitan basilica – Justinian I the Great. Procopius of Caesarea (ca. 500 – ca. 560) repeatedly mentions in his writings that the main metropolitan church was known as the church of the Holy Wisdom, because it was a name recognized at that time by the Byzantines as the most suitable for God as a name of his sanctuary. (1)
Mosaic above the inner entrance to the Church of Hagia Sophia, Istanbul where Christ is depicted on His throne receiving worship from the Byzantine emperor Theodosius I.
During the reign of emperor Basil I (867–886), in eastern Christian sophiology and just like in the case of Byzantine writers of the 5th–6th century the Constantinopolitan basilica was (in the eyes of the inhabitants of the empire) a church dedicated to the Only Begotten Son and Word of God and so it was dedicated to the Son of God, and the name Hagia Sophia points to one of the attributes of the Creator, the Wisdom of God (Latin Sancta Sapientia), and not – as it was claimed in the West – a saint named Sophia.(1)
A clear statement that Hagia Sophia is a temple dedicated to Jesus, the Son of God can also be found in a medieval Byzantine normative source. A Chrysobull by Emperor Manuel Comnenus, dated 1153, states that the Constantinopolitan cathedral was built in honour of the Saviour and another source the Pilgrim’s Books (Книги Паломник), written by Dobryna Jadrejkovič from Novgorod the Great who traveled to Constantinople between 1200 and 1204 described many Byzantine objects of the capital, including the Hagia Sophia basilica, whose name according to him should be understood as the Temple of Wisdom and Word of God. In the work dedicated to Theodosius of Tărnovo the author calls the Constantinopolitan Hagia Sophia – a temple of the “Wisdom of God’s Word.” (2)
The Hagia Sophia in Constantinople is different from any other in that the preserved source material justifies the thesis that in Byzantium, regardless of the era, the cathedral basilica called Hagia Sophia was conceived primarily as a temple dedicated to Christ – the Incarnate Word of God.
Secondly, Erdogan of Turkey has done what no other Muslim has done in our times; he is reviving Islam in the “far reaches of the north” and is leading the Muslim world in shaping and spreading an objective: to speedily revive Islam in the regions of the north, the Turkic republics in the Balkans, Central Asia and African nations. The Turkish religious authority under Mufti Gormez, had had 200,267 meetings, conferences, panels and symposiums, all organized solely in the northern parts of the globe as an objective to influence non-Arab Muslim countries, especially in the Balkans. To Turkey Central Asia’s C.I.S nations (Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan) is the goal of this anti-Christ agenda and Turkey today takes the lead in what the Bible predicts regarding Antichrist’s region of “Meshech, Tubal, Gomer and Beth Togarmah” as mentioned in Ezekiel 38, and in Isaiah 14, Antichrist takes prides to have accomplished this very issue:
You said in your heart, ‘I will ascend to heaven; above the stars of God I will set my throne on high; I will sit on the mount of assembly in the far reaches of the north (Isaiah 14:13)
In all this we see an Antichrist state (Turkey) forming and allying with Iran and seeking to expand to the North Quarters of Beth Togarmah.
Thirdly, that Erdogan desires to sit in that temple should make us pay close attention. One travel publication, a year ago, revealed:
Confirmation of the plan came on Thursday from the Turkish pro-government daily Yeni Safak, after press leaks last week in Radikal reported the prime minister’s intention to pray in the Byzantine basilica prior to the August presidential elections, possibly as early as May 29.
The date is a highly symbolic one, as it marks the 561st anniversary of the fall of Constantinople into the hands of the Ottomans. A few days later the basilica became a mosque on the orders of Mehmet II the Conqueror and remained so until 1934, when on the decision of the father of the modern Turkish ‘secular Republic Mustafa Kemal Ataturk it was made into a museum.
Erdogan himself wants to sit in Hagia Sophia, the Temple of The Word of God is significant.
And his desire to declare Hagia Sophia as mosque, enter it and further desecrate it, Erdogan is coming closer perhaps in fulfilling 2 Thessalonians 2:
“for [that day shall not come], except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; Who oppose and exalts himself above all that is called God, or that is worshiped; so that he as God sits in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God.” (II Thessalonians 2:4)
Erdogan has alluded to be Allah while at the same time worships Allah. Similarly, Antichrist, while he claims titles that belong to deity, he also worships a deity: “He will honor a God of fortresses” (Daniel 11).
This is not some allegory for he “acts against the strongest fortresses with a foreign god, which he shall acknowledge, and advance its glory” (Daniel 11:39). This is a “foreign god,” which he shall “acknowledge” and via warfare he “advances its glory”, the glory of this single-war-god while does not honor the “desire of women” (woman’s needs, rights) which is exactly what Erdogan has done.
Only in Islam can we find Muslim multitudes, while they deny the worship of a man, yet Muhammad in Islam holds a uniquely exalted status unparalleled by anything or anyone else. He is given the titles Al-Maqam-Al-Mahmud (The Glorious One), Awal-Khalq-illah (The first of Creation), Muhammad (The Praised One), Al-Insan Al-Kamel (The Perfect Man), Rahmatan-lil-A’alameen (Mercy to All Mankind), Al-rasul Al-A’tham (The Greatest of All sent by God), Shafi (Healer), Munji (Savior), Mahdi (The Guided One/Deliverer), Al-Mustafa Al-Mukhtar (The Chosen One), Amir (The Prince), Khatimun-Nabiyeen (The Seal of Prophets), Al-Hadi (The Guide), Awal (First), Akher (Last), Sayyid Walad Adam (The Leader of The Sons of Adam) and Al-Siraj Al-Muneer (The Luminous One, The Glowing Lamp).
Erdogan by re-invoking prayers at Hagia Sophia wants to be Sultan and Mahdi in order to be exalted above all of creation and literally wants to sit in the Temple of God in Hagia Sophia.
Others propose the possibly of a temple in Jerusalem. That is also a possible scenario while the text in Second Thessalonians does not insist on this. Many Christians object to such rebuilding referring to John 4:21: “Woman,” Jesus replied, “believe me, a time is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem.” (John 4:21) Historically it has been the pagans who wanted to rebuild a Jewish Temple in Jerusalem during the mid fourth century and God struck them dead. Others argue that this was not the right timing. (3)
But we cannot eliminate such possibilities and we must be open to see how it all unfolds. Antichrist says:
“I will also sit on the mount of the congregation on the farthest sides of the north.”
This is not in Jerusalem, but the land of the North, Turkey. And just as Mehemet II, the seventh king did, so will the eighth, the Antichrist.
The reference in Isaiah 14 is not regarding Lucifer in his angelic state, but in his carnal state as Antichrist “is this the man that made the earth tremble” (v.17) and is said to rule from Pergamum (Revelation 2:12-13) which Christ proclaimed would be the future seat of Satan (Antichrist). This “mount of the congregation” is on the sides of the northern lands in Asia Minor—Turkey. It is in Turkey that the Seven Churches and the Seven Lamp stands were. These are no small issues to ignore.
Erdogan is already eying not just Hagia Sophia, but also Jerusalem. If one wants to hear how the Antichrist would sound like when he speaks in the Temple of God, all one needs to do is to watch some of the videos that are released by the Turks where Erdogan’s speech, Hagia Sophia and Jerusalem are central focus:
And while these appear “civil” meeting with the Pope and such, remember, in private, they are demonoids:
The man in the center, becomes the direction of prayer instead of Mecca as the Sufi Jalal al-Din al-Rumi taught, where this one is called The Prince who gains complete loyalty as al-Rumi said: “The Shaikh had become the Light of God. And whoever turns his back on the Light of God to face the wall of the prayer niche has assuredly turned his back on Mecca …” This is why they form the shape of a chandelier with the niche, the light of Allah, the luciferian (Luminous one) stands in the middle.
While I write this, many would think they are dreaming, is it that close, “honey, wake me up, I dreamt that I read an article by Walid Shoebat and it all sounded so scary”. The only problem is, your not dreaming. This is reality, wake up and smell the stench of demons.
(1) Procopius Caesariensis, De bellis, III, 6, 26, ed. H.B. Dewing, London 1916 (cetera: Procopius, De bellis): Σοφίαν καλοῦσιν οἱ Βυζάντιοι τὸν νεὼν, ταύτην δὴ μάλιστα τῷ Θεῷ πρέπειν τὴν ἐπωνυμίαν ἡγούμενοι; Pro- copius Caesariensis, De aedificiis, I, 1, 21, ed. H.B. Dewing, London 1940 (cetera: Procopius, De ae- dificiis): Σοφίαν καλοῦσιν οἱ Βυζάντιοι τὸν νεὼν ἐπικαιριώτατα τῷ Θεῷ τὴν ἐπωνυμίαν ἀπεργασάμενοι. A.M. Am- mann, Darstellung und Deutung der Sophia im Vorpetrinischen Russland, OCP 4, 1938, p. 123. In that way it took its name: the Church of Divine Wisdom (Hagia Sophia), expressed [in the matter] the Word of God – Narratio de structura, 10, p. 418; Г. Флоровский, op . cit .; С. Золотарев, София Пре- мудрость Божия…, p. 244. * K.N. Ciggaar, Une Description de Constantinople dans le Tarragonensis 55, REB 53, 1995, p. 129‒130; Таррагонский аноним, О граде Константинополе . Латинское описание реликвий Константи- нополя XI в., ed. Л.К.М. Санчес, [in:] Реликвии в искусстве и культуре восточно-христианского мира, Москва 2000, p. 165; С. Золотарев, София Премудрость Божия…, p. 244.
(2) G. Dagron, op . cit ., p. 231, 299–300; M.L. Fobelli, op . cit ., p. 168.
A.M. Ammann, op. cit., p. 131; G. Dagron, op . cit ., p. 300; О. Этингоф, Иконография Иисуса Хри- ста как образа воплощенной Софии Премудрости Божией, [in:] София Премудрость Божия…, p. 59; С. Золотарев, София Премудрость Божия…, p. 244
(3) “Julian, who in his third consulship had taken as his colleague Sallustius, the prefect of Gaul, now entered on his fourth year, and by a novel arrangement took as his colleague a private individual; an act of which no one recollected an instance since that of Diocletian and Aristobulus. And although, foreseeing in his anxious mind the various accidents that might happen, he urged on with great diligence all the endless preparations necessary for his expedition, yet distributing his diligence everywhere; and being eager to extend the recollection of his reign by the greatness of his exploits, he proposed to rebuild at a vast expense the once magnificent temple of Jerusalem, which after many deadly contests was with difficulty taken by Vespasian and Titus, who succeeded his father in the conduct of the siege. And he assigned the task to Alypius of Antioch, who had formerly been proprefect of Britain. But though Alypius applied himself vigorously to the work, and though the governor of the province co-operated with him, fearful balls of fire burst forth with continual eruptions close to the foundations, burning several of the workmen and making the spot altogether inaccessible. And thus the very elements, as if by some fate, repelling the attempt, it was laid aside.” (Ammianus Marcellinus, Roman History, 23.1-3, trans. C.D.YONGE)
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Strange mix of media, religious, political leaders all uttering the unthinkable
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A growing list of commentators, politicians and religious leaders appear to sense something big, something ominous, is hiding around the corner.
Is this just foolish speculation, or are they onto something?
Carl Gallups, a longtime Baptist pastor and radio host, has taken a serious look at the issue in his new book, “Final Warning: Understanding the Trumpet Days of Revelation.” The book is getting lots of play on Amazon, cracking its top 100 bestseller list, which may say something about the amount of interest in this topic.
Gallups posits that the first five trumpet blasts of Revelation may have already occurred. If that is the case, the sixth trumpet, a world war that kills millions, could be knocking at the door.
Gallups said he did not write the book to scare people, nor does he claim any inside knowledge of God’s prophetic timetable.
Rather, his intent was to stimulate discussion and awaken the sleeping Christian church to the possibility that the return of Jesus Christ may be near. Because if it is, there are myriad scriptures that warn the brethren to be prepared, not to let the oil in their lamps run low like the parable Jesus told about the “foolish virgins.”
“Millions of people, including theologians and preachers, around the world see the same things I believe I am seeing,” Gallups told WND. “Current geopolitical events appear to be in the process of lining up with specific biblical prophecies, and especially those prophecies that contain key word definitions.”
Gallups explained what he meant by “key words.”
The sixth trumpet prophecy of Revelation Chapter 9 has long been viewed by many as a description of a massive war involving 200 million people occurring in the vicinity of the Euphrates River.
The war brings mass carnage, death and destruction to an area that Revelation 2:13 indicates is the seat of Satan’s earthly throne.
“The Euphrates River begins in Turkey and runs through Syria and Iraq. Those nations are major players in the Middle East upheaval of today and the main stomping grounds of ISIS,” Gallups said. “There are nearly 400 million Muslims living in the Middle East now. If a multinational war broke out in that area involving Iran, Russia, the U.S., Israel, North African nations, and possibly China – it is not hard to imagine at least 200 million people fighting a bloody war in the Middle East.”
Some of the others in the media, political and religious realms who have been talking about World War III recently include the following.
Radio host Mark Levin said, “I believe World War III has begun. And I believe we’re going to be attacked. You think we took out a building or a compound and that’s it, there is no more imminent threats against the United States? … This is why it’s immoral, it is unconscionable not to secure that southern border, and tighten it up really, really hard. And they won’t.”
“So World War III has broken out. Just remember, World War I and World War II we weren’t initially involved in those wars in any significant way, but we were pulled in. And World War III has now broken open, in my humble opinion, the lead up to it.”
Pope Francis warned in September 2014 that a type of “piecemeal World War III” may have already begun with the current spate of crimes, massacres and destruction, the BBC reported.
“Even today, after the second failure of another world war, perhaps one can speak of a third war, one fought piecemeal, with crimes, massacres, destruction,” he said.
The pope went on to say the international community would be justified in using force to stop what he called “unjust aggression” by Islamic State militants, who have killed or displaced thousands of people in Iraq and Syria, including many Christians, the BBC reported.
Former Rep. Michele Bachmann told WND earlier this week that she believed the world’s nuclear pact with Iran, brokered by the Obama administration, “heralds World War III.”
Even though Obama and his supporters are hailing the deal as one that will bring a historic peace and security, Bachmann and others see it differently.
“This [deal] virtually guarantees, in my opinion, a World War III,” she said. “I think that alone would qualify Barack Obama for being the worst president that the United States has ever had to endure.”
Former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev warned that the Ukrainian crisis could evolve into World War III and, if it does, Vladimir Putin might find it “unavoidable” to launch Russian nuclear missiles.
Putin has also set the stage for a new world war by officially declaring that both NATO and the United States are the top threats to Russia.
In an interview with the German news magazine Der Spiegel, Mikhail Gorbachev claimed the recent NATO expansion in response to the Ukraine crisis represented a major change in direction for Western powers.
“The expansion of the bloc in the east [of Europe] has destroyed the European security order which was written in the Helsinki Final Act of 1975,” Gorbachev claimed. “[NATO’s expansion is] a 180-degree turn drawing us away from the Paris Charter of 1990, which was made together with all European states to finally leave the Cold War in the past.”
Former Ukrainian ambassador in Washington, Yuri Shcherbak, who authored the book “The Strategic Role of Ukraine,” also recently spoke out about the Ukraine’s unique potential as a flashpoint for World War III.
“This (U.S.-Russian conflict that’s being carried out in Ukraine) is a prelude to World War II. A lot of people know this,” Shcherbak told Ukraine’s Channel 5 television on Dec. 29 as reported by Global Research.
Glenn Beck, on his Feb. 16 radio show, said World War III is coming and “Nobody will recognize it yet.”
“Just like we were at the beginning of World War II when they invaded Poland, we are entering those times. We just don’t know it yet,” Beck said. “There is going to come a time when we will have no choice.”
The king of Jordan said last month he wanted to wage “World War III” on ISIS.
Speaking to CNN, King Abdullah implored all religions to come together, adding, “This is our war.”
He made a point of referring to the fight against the Islamic State as a “Third World War” and called upon all nations to come together to help counter the threat posed by the terrorist group since they conquered large swathes of Iraq and Syria.
Noah Beck, author of “The Last Israelis,” cited in an op-ed for the Christian Post that Obama’s secret nuclear talks with Iran will lead to World War III.
“Obama should know by now that if he forces Israel’s hand, then Israel alone will neutralize the Iranian nuclear threat, regardless of how messy the aftermath may be. Netanyahu – like any other responsible Israeli leader – would rather bring about World War III than the last Israelis.”
Many are talking about Iran or Syria triggering World War III in the Middle East. In fact, Iranian officials themselves were warning two years ago that World War III was coming, as WND reported.
“This can entail a chain of violence that may lead to World war III. A potential Israeli attack against Iran with an objective of destroying its scientific and nuclear facilities is sheer madness,” said Ali Ahani, Iran’s ambassador to France. “Its consequences are disastrous and uncontrollable.”
The rhetoric eerily matched that coming out of North Korea.
Deputy chief of staff of Iran’s armed forces, Brig. Gen. Masoud Jazayeri, warned the U.S. that Iran would continue its nuclear program.
“We would not trade off our rights,” he said, adding that Iran would stand with North Korea in its face-off with America.
Geopolitical analyst Joel Skousen has long warned that North Korea could be the flashpoint for a global conflagration.
“There has to be a reason why North Korea has been preserved. … It can only be because the globalists know that they are the puppets of China and that they will be the trigger,” Skousen said in a February 2014 interview with Alex Jones.
Being ‘watchful, not fearful’
Gallups told WND there must be a balanced way that believers approach the current volatility in which the Middle East, Russia-Ukraine, and the Koreas all appear as powder kegs waiting to explode.
“I think it is important for Christians not to live in fear or anxiety. That kind of living is the opposite of faith and trust,” he said. “God’s got this – ultimately. I am not setting dates and times, nor have I ever been an alarmist. I am simply examining distinct biblical prophecies and watching world events unfold at the same time. I have been watching, preaching, and teaching these things for 30 years. Both Billy and Franklin Graham have recently made similar statements as mine, regarding the prophetic times in which we find ourselves.
Gallups said he’s aware Christians have differing views about the order of end-time events, particularly about the trumpet prophecies and where they might fall in relation to the “rapture.”
“I deal with all of that in my book,” he said.
But regardless of his views on the trumpet prophecies, there are certain indisputable facts.
“We must admit Israel is back in the land, Islamic nations are aligning against her this very moment, anti-Semitism is on the rise around the world, Christians are being burned alive in cages and having their heads cut off, and tens of thousands of Christians have been uprooted and have fled to the desert and wilderness areas of the Middle East,” he said. “These things should give the church in America a very real reason to do some biblical housecleaning and stiffen its spine of boldness. If ever there were a time to ratchet up the proclaiming of salvation in Jesus Christ, it is now.”
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While Iran Rejoices Its Nuclear Victory Its Militants Just Announced: “The Time To Liberate Mecca And Medina Is SOON”
By Walid Shoebat
“The time to liberate Mecca and Medina is soon” says Ansar Hezbollah adding “and that the world will see the rise of Shiite state in the land of revelation”.
While such threats are made, Turkey is further aligning itself with Iran divorcing Saudi Arabia. Israel feels threatened and the time is set for a new rising power: an Iranian Turkish alliance with Mecca looking closer to becoming toast. The prophetic timetable has moved a notch, closer than ever to an unfolding scenario: a nuclear Islamic alliance presenting a false peace treaty.
So lets start, Ansar Hezbollah (lit. ‘the supporters of the party of Allah’) said in a statement published by its site Mashhad News from Iran declaring that this is “the beginning of the end of the Saudi regime”, promising to expand the “Islamic awakening” in the Saudi Kingdom very quickly.
Saudi Arabia, alongside Egypt, Pakistan, Jordan and Sudan, are all fighting against the Houthies in Yemen to defend Arabia, and ultimately, Mecca
The “Islamic Awakening” is a term used by the Iranian Supreme Leader, “Ayatollah Ali Khamenei”, to label the Arab Spring. Ansar Hezbollah publishes a weekly newspaper known as the Ya Lesarat al-Hussein, which translates as “Those Who Want to Avenge the Blood of Hussein,” such vengeance, the Shiites wants requires Saudi blood since they blame the Sunnis for the blood of their historic icon, al-Hussein the son of Ali.
Two million Iraqi and foreign pilgrims visited the holy city of Karbala in the 10 days leading up to Ashura in Karbala, which is home to shrines of Imam Hussein, grandson of Prophet Mohammed whoes family members and companions were beheaded by the armies of the caliph Yazid in 680 AD.
It is no wonder that Saudi Arabia, even more than Israel feel threatened. While the United States has said it would not sign an agreement over Iran’s nuclear program that would threaten Israel, one day after negotiators in Switzerland announced a framework for a nuclear deal, there is more concern for Saudi Arabia, especially that now Turkey welcomed “the deal” between Iran and world powers. In other words, Erdogan, the Anatolian Leopard, just divorced Saudi Arabia right after Erdogan’s recent ‘pleasure marriage’ during his recent visit with Saudi king Salman who was not as satisfying as the goat of Persia, Hassan Rouhani. The divorced Salman was begging for attention in order to create a coalition against Iran’s Shiite influence in Yemen.
As it seems, Israel and Saudi Arabia fear Iran’s nuclear ability the most and soon all the other lovers will abandon Saudi Arabia. This despite that many hopefuls thought that Turkey will have a showdown with Iran. We must never forget that it was Turkey and Brazil who came to the defense of Iran and mediated previous negotiations over Iran’s disputed nuclear program in 2010. Turkish Finance Minister Mehmet Simsek said the deal, which could pave the way for the lifting of economic sanctions on Iran, would help boost Turkey’s exports to its neighbor and help bring down global oil prices.
Brazilian, Iranian and Turkish officials sign an agreement to ship most of Iran’s enriched uranium to Turkey in a nuclear fuel swap deal made in Tehran in this May 17, 2010 file photo.(Photo: AP)
Former U.S. ambassador Frederic Hof has revealed that Iranian officials, in private meetings, told him that Iran is not in conflict with the United States or Israel but rather believe Saudi Arabia to be the main threat considering its perceived tampering in Syria, Kuwait’s daily al-Rai reported.
According to Hof, one Iranian official told him that “neither the U.S. nor Israel intervened in Syria,” adding that the real problem was Saudi Arabia and to a lesser extent, Turkey.
The United States and Iran have common interests in containing the sectarian war in the region and defeating Saudi Arabia’s love for sactarian war and division. This is also the view of the Turkish president Erdogan who said: “All the Houthis has done in Yemen is create a sectarian conflict. The situation in the country turned to the conflict between Shiites and Sunnis, and we do not look positively to any conflict of this kind and strongly oppose it” (translated from Arabic).
Erdogan is cunning, Jesus warned, “if Satan also is divided against himself, how will his kingdom stand?” (Luke 11:18). Erdogan went on saying: “We look at all Yemenis that they are our brothers, and we have to expose our thoughts on the rights of those brothers.”
We need to pay close attention, Iran’s latest nuclear victory did not upset Turkey, on the contrary, it was welcomed. And the media which expected Turkey to aid Saudi Arabia in Yemen and clash with Iran were all dead wrong and we were correct all along; the biblical narrative on how these powers rise in the end has certain adjustments that are different from ancient fulfillments. Medo-Persia arises on one side (Iran without the Kurds) and will unite with Turkey (Ezekiel 38, Revelation 13).
The Muslim Zoo: rare photo of an attempt to create a beast by crossbreeding between a male Persian goat and a male Anatolian Leopard
Analysts who pride themselves with intelligence avoid Scriptural wisdom, which clearly painted a different scenario from history in which Turkey will combine efforts with Persia, not Saudi Arabia. Historically, Persia, Babylon and Asia Minor (biblical Greece) has risen separately, except this time around, they are arising together while remaining fractured. Eventually they will form a loose coalition (ten toes) combining all these, and they will come up together at the same time (Daniel 2, the toes) to form the major threat (beast) against Israel and her offspring, the Church, to then get crushed, and even that will all happen at the same time:
“Then the iron, the clay, the bronze, the silver, and the gold were crushed together” (Daniel 2:35a).
The process is simple: if historically Babylon arose, then Medo-Persia, then Greece (Asia Minor), these will arise together with the same results that Persia (Iran) supersedes Babylon (Iraq) even ruling it through proxy. But the Scriptures gives us a few caveats, Persia will eventually overcome even Mystery Babylon (Arabia):
“Remember, O LORD, the children of Edom in the day of Jerusalem; who said, Rase it, rase it, even to the foundation thereof. O daughter of Babylon, who art to be destroyed; happy shall he be, that rewardeth thee as thou hast served us. Happy shall he be, that taketh and dasheth thy little ones against the stones.” (Psalm 137:7-9)
“The burden of Babylon, which Isaiah the son of Amoz did see … It shall never be inhabited, neither shall it be dwelt in from generation to generation: neither shall the Arabian pitch tent there; neither shall the shepherds make their fold there. (Isaiah 13:1, Isaiah 13:20)
Another caveat the Bible gives is that prior to the rise of Antichrist, Libya and Egypt will be at animosity with The King of the North, the Antichrist from Turkey, and this is exactly the situation we are in now, Haftar of Libya and Al-Sisi of Egypt (King of The South) hate Erdogan of Turkey (King of the North). While these could have a covenant of peace in the future, alongside even Shiite Iran and Israel, such peace is false and temporary in which all hell will eventually break loose as soon as they say “peace and safety”.
Another caveat the Bible gives is that Arabia, the central headquarters of Islam will be abandoned by her lovers and end up toast with oil as the fuel of her burning (Isaiah 34:9). And while man had fanciful ideas, that Babylon is Rome, Isaiah told us that the phrase “Babylon is fallen is fallen” (Isaiah 21:9) is Arabia (Isaiah 21:13) which Isaiah strictly commissions Persia (biblical Elam, Isaiah 21:2) to utterly destroy this harlot. And this caveat is explained in the same context in which any Muslim can read while doing the Hajj in Mecca and can understand it clearly to mean: get the hell out of Islam and abandon Saudi Arabia “come out of her my people, lest you suffer in her plagues”:
And he cried mightily with a loud voice, saying, “Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and has become a dwelling place of demons, a prison for every foul spirit, and a cage for every unclean and hated bird! … And I heard another voice from heaven saying, “Come out of her, my people, lest you share in her sins, and lest you receive of her plagues. (Revelation 18:2,4)
All Christian foreign workers will eventually leave Saudi Arabia and say to hell with Saudi Arabia, with her oil, and with her money. While I write in confidence daily proving my points from the actual events unfolding, I trust God and laugh at my detractors, and if laughter is a sin, the Lord Himself laughs at the wicked (Psalm 37:13). As Christians, we are on the side of the victorious, not the losers who will have their children dashed against the rocks.
There is no place on earth today where stands the largest structure in the world, used for a religious purpose, all worshipping in one tongue regardless of pilgrims mother tongues, they all babel in Arabic in Mecca which is holy to more than 1.5 billion people on earth. The seven structure towers are built upon what is literally called Mount Babel
Before war, false peace must come, and the next two years will play a major role which we are already seeing an embryo of the demon of peace arise. Today we see Erdogan of Turkey is luring Israel in hope to create a Palestinian State. Allegations that Ankara is anti-Semitic are unfounded, Deputy Prime Minister Bülent Arınç claimed Thursday – saying instead that the many instances of hate speech or riots against Jews or Israel are “reactions” to the Israeli government.
“No one in Turkey is anti-Semitic,” Arınç stated in a Channel 2 interview. “Most of the Turkish people strongly react against the Israeli government.”
He added that if Jerusalem wants to improve its relationship with Anakara, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu must declare intent for peace with Palestinian Arabs and remove import, export, and travel restrictions on Hamas-controlled Gaza.
“We hope that there would be more positive statements from Netanyahu over the Palestine issue, Gaza issue and the resolution in Middle East,” he added. “We wait to see an Israeli government’s strong will to end grievances between Palestine [sic] and Israel.”
The Gog of Turkey is doing exactly what he is predicted to do. We can declare it before it happens and it happens as is declared. Simple. How easy it is when we trust in the Lord.
So now that Iran got its deal, whats next? What is next is another alliance that supersedes the Saudi established alliance, Iran will continue its rise alongside Turkey while Saudi Arabia gets alienated even further, Egypt and Pakistan currently stand with Saudi Arabia for the sake of money and when it comes to Iran, it was clear this week, the sanctions are off and Iran economically will gain what it needs. And while many focus so much on Obama, I do not worry what Obama does, for his manure will be used by the Almighty, Iran will use the nuke on Arabia, and in the end, even Obama’s carcass will be food to the worms and he will be forgotten in hell.
Turkey’s ongoing Kulturkampf and Iran’s Islamic revolution will not clash, but combine. Turkey’s increasing haughtiness today is seen in its culture anxiety and class anxiety which have become toxically intertwined in Turkish politics: “Today, for those both affirming and negating this identity, the discussion surrounding the notion of White Turkishness has turned into an effort to define the ‘authentic Turk’ and the ‘ideal citizen.’” writes the prominent Tanıl Bora. Today the authentic Turk is a revival of the Ottoman Turk who wants to consume not only the Balkans and the entire Middle East, but become a world power:
“University Professor Ahmet İnsel describes this as a professed “nationalism of greatness,” which has moved beyond the defensive, meager nationalism of secular Kemalism. It believes that Turkey should not limit its vision to itself, and not even to the Balkans or the Middle East. Rather, Turkey should become a world power, engaging with its neighbors not as an equal but as a superior. In this line of thinking, one of the major themes in the Turkish nationalist repertoire – mention of “Ottoman ancestors who reigned over three continents” – becomes ever more potent.”
“Paradoxically, for many in today’s Turkey harkening back to the idealized glories of a pre-national multiconfessional empire is a potent expression of nationalism, combining a global vision with the defensive neuroses of classical Kemalism.”
Turkey is turning Nazistic, but with a different twist than Hitler’s Germany, Turkey switches between Islamist and western faces where at times they froth with anti-Israel sentiments and at other times they speak of peace with the Jews, the Kurds, the Iranians, the Houthis … and now as it seems biblical Lydia (Turkey) are finally making peace with the biblical Medes (the Kurds):
“British diplomat Jonathan Powell has expressed his optimism over Turkey’s ‘solution process’ which is aimed at ending the conflict with the outlawed PKK.”
And while all this talk of “peace” while Iran prepares for war, Iran is placing guided warheads on its rockets and smuggling them to Hezbollah in Lebanon. Speaking at the Israel Air and Missile Defense Conference in Herzliya, Col. Aviram Hasson, who is involved in preparing IDF air defenses, said Iran was converting Zilzal unguided rockets into accurate, guided M-600 projectiles by upgrading their warheads.
Iran and Turkey are getting into some strange ideas. And if the Nazis had Nazi breeding programs, social researcher Susan Karim was surprised of honoring ceremonies and other actions by the religious institutions and government of Iran to encourage marriage between Iraqi men from Iranian women specifically one phenomenon pointing out that all countries are encouraging men to marry women of the same country, and give them the physical facilities for the purpose of elimination of spinsterhood.
adding that this is done as “a political move”, allowing citizenship for Iraqis who marry Iranian women is a program aiming in adding Iraq to the Iranian sphere. But such ‘sphere’ in Iran’s view is not a standalone, Iran views its unity with Khorasan imminent when the invasion of Israel commences while Turkey focuses on these regions for an Islamic alliance.
Khorasan sheds important light on the grandiose, even apocalyptic vision that drives many Sunni radicals to terrorism. The word itself refers to a historic region centered around modern Afghanistan and which spills into Iran, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan (biblical Gomer and Beit Togarmah). This was once an important part of the pre-Ottoman Islamic caliphate.
And if one wants to blame Obama for all the mishaps, it was under Ronald Regean that the United States supported the Muslim C.I.S states in order to “balance Russia” while the Turks suddenly honed in on Uzbekistan and Tajikistan their long lost ethnic brethren. But now, this gap is closed and as the U.S. continues causing the last earthquake, Bush ousted Saddam Hussein causing a catastrophe while Obama supported the Arab Spring, its anti-Bashar policies and its support for the ousting of Arab dictators.
The devil, like a roaring lion had Turkey’s first strategy was the strengthening of ECO, which is the Economic Cooperation Organization, which originally included Turkey, Iran, and now includes Central Asian Turkish republics and also Afghanistan.
Such influence now even extends to Lebanon. Ever wonder why Lebanon is mentioned in Isaiah 10 with Christ Himself there fighting in the showdown with Lucifer “Lebanon shall fall by the Mighty One” (Isaiah 10:34)?
The influence of Turkey is extending even to Lebanon: “Over a thousand kilometers away from Istanbul lies a small village nestled in the northern Lebanese region of Akkar that is named Kaweishra. This village symbolizes the last remaining outpost of Ottoman linguistic presence in Lebanon where the inhabitants speak Turkish, and their streets are dotted with Turkish flags. Yet with the recent rise of Turkey under the Justice and Development Party (AK Party), Turkish flags have extended far beyond Kaweishra well into major Lebanese cities, most notably Tripoli and Saida.” (Daily Sabah)
The news, divisions, differences, caveats, alliances, all matches the biblical text, perfectly.
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The US could simply assert an ultimatum, but Obama, instead, is leading us to WWIII.
President Obama’s far-reaching efforts to facilitate Iran’s march to nukes amount to nothing less than apocalyptic betrayals of U.S. voters and allies that will make the world exponentially more dangerous.
Obama has ignored the countless reasons to doubt that the ayatollahs will make and keep a nuclear accord that prevents them from acquiring nuclear weapons. Here are just a few of those reasons:
1) Iran’s president Hassan Rouhani boasted about his own role in exploiting diplomatic talks to advance Iran’s nuclear program,
2) Iran hid its nuclear facility in Qom until it was exposed in 2009 and continues to cover up its nuclear work in Parchin),
3) Iran recently tried – in a single transaction – to buy know-how for nukes and impunity for one of its biggest terrorist attacks.
4) Iran is actively developing more advanced, long-range cruise missiles.
5) Iran continues to stonewall IAEA inquiries intopotential military dimensions of its nuclear program, in violation of UN Security Council Resolution 1929.
The Saudis have warned that the current deal will spark a Mideast nuclear arms race. It could also hasten the era of nuclear terrorism. There are already reports that ISIS has resorted to attacks with chemical weapons (hardly surprising after Obama’s “red lines” on chemical weapons use turned white). Iran could provide nuclear material – in addition to a nuclear umbrella – to its proxy terrorist group, Hezbollah. For these and other grave concerns, Netanyahu risked his political career on a speech that explained why the deal is so bad.
Yet rather than address legitimate reservations about the emerging Iranian nuclear deal, Obama prefers to hold Bibi to his Israeli election slogans about a Palestinian state as if Obama hadn’t himself broken countless campaign promises, including his own oft-repeated commitment (to voters and allies alike) that he would prevent Iran from going nuclear. Breaching his promise to everyone, Obama has embraced a process that makes Iran a threshold nuclear state.
Instead of questioning the intentions of the same theocratic regime that held 52 Americans hostage for 444 days, the Obama administration has whitewashed Iran’s terrorist activities/record, and accepted Rouhani as a moderate even though human rights in Iran have worsened under his rule.
Despite Obama’s attempts to influence the outcome of Israel’s free elections, no Israeli government, regardless of the political parties that comprise it, can live with the existential threat posed by a nuclear Iran. And world powers are closer than ever to forcing an Israeli military response to that danger because they have buckled rather than created sufficient diplomatic and economic pressure to persuade Iran to dismantle its nuclear program.
Iran has made steady progress on its nuclear program despite decades of sanctions, UN Security Council resolutions, IAEA inspections, and negotiations. The most successful strategy for stopping Iran’s nuclear march was the very real threat of force in 2003. After the U.S. military quickly trounced Iraq, Iran was deterred from continuing its nuclear activities, until it concluded that the U.S. military threat had dissipated.
Under Obama, the weakest U.S. president since Jimmy Carter, there is no credible military threat, as his actions in Syria, Ukraine, and elsewhere have shown.
That reality will force Israel to take military action against Iran’s nukes – either in the absence of a nuclear deal or despite the bad one under consideration (which paves Iran’s path to the bomb with legitimacy while isolating Israel). Some think that Israel will refrain from attacking because a military strike would, at best, set back Iranian nukes by a few years. But that is a specious argument for two reasons:
1) Like “mowing the grass” with Hamas’ military buildups in Gaza, Israel may simply have to take military action every few years,
2) the Iranians may eventually stop trying to develop nukes, after realizing that it’s a huge waste of resources to build nuclear facilities that Israel will promptly destroy.
Despite all of the risks of attacking Iran’s nuclear program, doing nothing will be riskier to Israel’s survival because the world’s most dangerous regime then acquires the world’s most dangerous weapons. The Jewish nation knows all too well the dangers of ignoring genocidal threats, and Iran, the world’s chief sponsor of terrorism, has repeatedly threatened to destroy Israel. By making Iran a nuclear threshold state, the proposed deal leaves the ayatollahs with the ability to carry out that threat and therefore compels an Israeli attack. However, because Israel’s capabilities are far more limited than those of the U.S. military, Israel won’t be able to prevent Iranian retribution when destroying Iran’s nukes.
What follows is a nuclear World War III. Iran will retaliate with an overwhelming barrage of potent, long-range ballistic missiles on Israel’s population centers, and will likely also target the Israeli nuclear reactor in Dimona (which action could itself produce massive casualties). Hezbollah, which has about 100,000 long-range missiles supplied by Iran, will add to the unstoppable downpour of missiles. For all of its impressive successes, Israeli missile defense systems are simply ill-equipped to handle such a huge number of incoming missiles, and so there will be thousands of casualties.
The world, as usual, will do nothing but excoriate Israel and call for restraint, leaving Israel with countless casualties. Adjusted for population differences, ten thousand dead in tiny Israel is like about 400,000 killed in the USA. At that point (if not much sooner), Israel will feel that it’s very survival requires nuking Tehran and a few other major cities, which would destroy the regime along with maybe a million people. The Sunni countries threated by Shiite Iran’s hegemonic aggression in the region may have already entered the fray at that point, or would do so soon after, and the centuries-old Sunni-Shia conflict would explode throughout the region even more than it already has. It’s not clear how the war eventually ends, but there will be even more chaos as failed states and radical extremism spread across the Middle East. The price of oil will skyrocket to unseen levels, and none of this will be good for U.S. interests.
Absurdly enough, the U.S. could probably prevent such a doomsday scenario by simply asserting an ultimatum backed by very credible military force. If Iran does not, within a week after the expiration of the current talks, allow inspectors unfettered access to all of its nuclear facilities and then cooperate in their destruction (with compensation and a set of economic and political rewards for that cooperation), then the U.S. military will, with overwhelming military force, destroy the entire Iranian military infrastructure (including its nuclear program) and work towards the downfall of the regime. If the U.S. can make such a threat credibly, then Iran will acquiesce, no actual force will be needed, and the decades-long Iranian nuclear threat will finally end.
But, unlike apocalyptic betrayals, such a bold show of force is unthinkable for Obama, and so we could be looking at a nuclear World War III in the not-too-distant future.
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Iran’s Ayatollah Ali Khamenei Regarding Nuclear Deal Tells Obama: “We Will Be Victorious Over The U.S.” While Another Iranian Official Says: “Global war will result in ‘banner of Islam’ over White House”
By Shoebat Foundation on March 21, 2015 in Featured, General
While the White House and much of the liberal media are optimistic about an Iran deal, not fully disclosing what goes on in Tehran, Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei today ruled out any cooperation with the United States in the troubled Middle East, saying talks with Washington are confined to nuclear issues. Khamenei also dismissed as “insincere” a near five-minute video address for Nowruz that Obama made to the leaders and people of Iran, in which he urged them to choose opportunity over isolation.
In a closely watched speech marking the Persian new year festival of Nowruz, Khamenei snubbed Obama and took steps to quell speculation that any nuclear deal with the West could lead to a wider rapprochement.
“No way,” he told a raucous crowd in the northeastern holy city of Mashhad, on the chances of an agreement on Iran’s atomic programme having other policy implications.
“Negotiations with the United States are on the nuclear issue and nothing else,” he said. His remarks were greeted by chants of “Death to America” from the tightly packed thousands who gathered to hear him speak. Khamenei’s comments appeared to be a blunt rejection of overtures made by US President Barack Obama that a nuclear deal could lead to cooperation in the Middle East, chiefly against Islamic State jihadists in Iraq and Syria. With time running out on a March 31 deadline for a political deal, the two sides said they remained at odds as negotiations broke up in Lausanne, Switzerland on Friday.
Then we have a top special operations aide to Iran’s leader says his troops are in a global war that will one day bring “the banner of Islam over the White House.” Ali Shirazi is the Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei’s representative on the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps Quds Force, the overseas operations branch that trained Iraqi Shiites to kill American troops and is active throughout the Middle East.
The Middle East Media Research Institute said Mr. Shirazi on Feb. 26 spoke at a ceremony attended by the families of Iranian “martyrs” who died fighting overseas. He listed the countries in which Iran’s Shiite Islamic revolution has spread, including Nigeria, Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, Egypt and Yemen. Then he said, “We shall not rest until we raise the flag of Islam over the White House,” according to MEMRI, whose analysts in Washington monitor Islamic extremists.
“Today, in every country we look at worldwide, we see that the love of martyrdom is spreading like wildfire every day,” Mr. Shirazi said. He said more Muslims are embracing the idea of dying for jihad.
“When we look at the Islamic world, we see that the culture of the Islamic Revolution has reached all countries and all Muslims throughout the world,” Mr. Shirazi said. “This is why love of martyrdom is spreading. This has come about thanks to the blood of your [sons], the martyrs.”
Quds Force fighters are now in Iraq along side Iraqi Shiite militias battling the Islamic State, a Sunni Muslim terror army. Quds operators also helped Shiites bring down the government in Yemen and are engaged in Syria against various rebels and extremists trying to bring down President Bashar Assad.
President Obama, as his policy is always “dialogue”, has reached out to the Iranian mullahs ruling the country, saying Iran has the potential to be a major regional power. He is close to approving a major nuclear deal that would lift sanctions on Iran in exchange for Tehran stopping its effort to one day build atomic weapons.
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‘Only a military option’ can stop Iranian nuke quest
Published: 2 hours ago
WASHINGTON – At the end of a historic week in which President Obama distanced himself from Israel and drew closer to Iran, former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton accused the commander in chief of the “worst act of appeasement by an American president in history, bar none.”
But perhaps Bolton’s worst insult towards Obama’s persistence in trying to negotiate a deal, ostensibly to keep Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons, was when he called the president less skeptical than a certain U.S. ally.
“It’s a fine irony that a French socialist government is the only thing between us and this debacle,” quipped the ambassador.
Invited to speak at the U.S. Capitol on Friday by the Endowment for Middle East Truth, or EMET, Bolton called negotiating with the Islamic Republic useless, because Iran “knows it will begin violating the deal as soon as it signs it.”
He called the Iranians “expert at negotiations with the U.S.,” because the administration is impatient to make a deal and they are not.
The ambassador portrayed Obama as a desperate to strike a deal, “no matter the price,” because “the president thinks this will be his signature achievement in his second term.”
He added: “I don’t think there is an acceptable deal” to curb Iran’s nuclear ambitions, “as long as this regime remains in power,” because it has violated virtually every commitment it has ever made.
He also insisted Iran will not stop, no matter how long it takes, until it gets both nuclear weapons and inter-continental ballistic missiles capable of hitting targets anywhere in the world, including the U.S.
Bolton’s stark bottom line: There is “no option other than a military” solution to stopping Iran’s drive to acquire nuclear weapons.
The ambassador said the leaked details of the current deal are so bad because, over the years, the West has entirely abandoned its original insistence that Iran have no ability to enrich uranium or to extract plutonium from spent reactor fuel.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said those are the only conditions that would make any deal acceptable, but the Obama administration has called that stance unrealistic.
Instead, it was learned this week, the administration plans to let Iran keep 6,000 of 10,000 centrifuges that can enrich uranium.
And those 6,000 centrifuges are more than enough to provide Iran with the fuel to build a formidable arsenal of nuclear warheads, according to Israel and Bolton.
As long as Iran is allowed any uranium enrichment capabilities, he insisted, “They have the knowledge and ability to conduct a long-range program.”
Bolton said Israel will have to make the extremely difficult decision of whether to take out Iran’s nuclear program with a military strike, but “since the leader of free world won’t, they may have to.”
He said that is why Congress must make clear it would be a legitimate exercise of self-defense, because Israel can’t count on either the administration or the United Nations Security Council for support.
“No one believes sanctions alone can work,” he asserted, noting Iran has long been receiving assistance in keeping its nuclear program afloat from Russia and other countries.
“Sanctions do not slow down nuclear and missile programs, even according to Obama’s own director of national intelligence,” Bolton told the audience.
He predicted that when Iran does break out its arsenal, it “won’t be a few, it will be dozens or scores” of nuclear weapons.
The ambassador said exacerbating the president’s willingness to accommodate the Islamic Republic is that Iran is seeking to have sanctions lifted not just for its nuclear program but also for its world-wide terrorist activities.
“And in Barack Obama, they have just the man to do it.”
Bolton called Iran “a partner only in the mind of Barack Obama,” because this is not like America’s negotiations with the Soviets in the Cold War, when Washington had common interests, including global security and avoiding nuclear war.
Even before a deal is struck, Obama has sent a message to America’s allies in the Mideast that they are on their own against Iran, Bolton suggested.
“We have opened Pandora’s Box when it comes to proliferation in the Mideast,” he said.
And he worried a nuclear arms race had already begun that will be worldwide.
Bolton said key details of the proposed deal with Iran leaked to the New York Times and Washington Post are so bad, it makes the problem exponentially worse.
“The American disposition to succumb to demand after demand is fueling a nuclear arms race in Mideast,” he said, because U.S. allies see the administration as doing nothing to stop Iran.
And, he said, those allies won’t wait for proof of Iran’s violation of any deal before acquiring their own nuclear weapons. In fact, he said, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and other Persian Gulf states were already moving to acquire their own nuclear arsenals.
Referring to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s words while disavowing responsibility for the deadly Benghazi attack, Bolton stated: “‘What difference does it make’ when the personal representative of the president is murdered with impunity? It sends a message that terrorists can act with impunity, and it makes our Arab allies pull their hair out.”
Bolton implored his listeners to actively oppose the deal Obama is striking with Iran.
“We have to try to change the deal, slow it down, derail it – whatever we can do,” he said.
“If we are inactive, the other side will prevail. lf we can’t stop before it’s signed, do everything to take it off the rails afterwards.”
He ended on a positive note.
“We still have the power to change it, and that’s what we have to take away from today.”
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DEBKAfile Special Report March 20, 2015, 7:54 PM (IDT)
debkafile’s exclusive Iranian sources report that the delegation to the nuclear talks taking place in Lausanne received orders from Tehran Friday, March 20, to break off negotiations and return home for consultations. Foreign Minister Mohammed Jawad Zarif and Iran’s national security chief Ali Akhbar Salehi used the funeral of President Hassan Rouhani’s 90-year-old mother as a pretext for packing their bags and leaving the deadlocked talks behind them in Lausanne. This followed the sixth round of talks in the Swiss city with US Secretary of State John Kerry that failed to break the impasse on a nuclear accord.
The Iranians said they would return to resume the talks next week but set no date, although other sources mentioned Wednesday, March 25. Another sign of a crisis was the cancellation of briefing Friday in Brussels of British, German, French and European Union leaders on progress in the negotiations that was supposed to reflect progress toward a deal by the March 31 deadline.
An hour before France, Britain and Germany were to join the talks in Lausanne, the Iranians announced they were about to leave.
It was announced subsequently that Kerry would hold the cancelled Brussels briefing in France Saturday for officials rather than top leaders.
Speaking to Western news agencies Friday, Western and Iranian officials admitted that all the sides were very far apart. “We are not close to anything resembling a draft agreement,” said a European negotiator. Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said the length of an agreement, the pace of sanctions relief and international monitoring remain points of contention. No draft would be circulated until closer to the June 30 deadline for technical annexes, said the Russian official.
In other words, the March 31 deadline for a framework accord appeared to have gone by the board.
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