For months, the Trump administration had been warning, at first, then
outright threatening Turkey against following through with an agreement struck
last year to purchase the advanced Russian S-400 missile defense system, and
despite several “fake news” reports that Erdogan had canceled the
deal with Moscow, Turkey ultimately said it would go ahead and receive the
Russian missiles, demonstrative flipping off its NATO allies.
But if Erdogan was hoping that Trump would be all bark and no bite when it
comes to retaliating against this painfully obvious snub of its
“western” allies, well he had another thing coming.
Late on Thursday, the Turkish lira suddenly tumbled when Washington made it
clear that this aggression will not stand, and the White House said it
had terminated a preferential trade agreement with Turkey, finding the country
no longer needed help as a developing country. However, the US did
halve tariffs on Turkish steel from 50% to 25%.
Stating that Turkey received the preferential treatment in 1975 under the
Generalized System of Preferences (GSP), which allows products to enter the US
duty-free, US President Donald Trump said in the proclamation, “I have
determined that, based on its level of economic development, it is appropriate
to terminate Turkey’s designation as a beneficiary developing country effective
May 17, 2019.”
“Consistent with my determination that it is appropriate to terminate
the designation of Turkey as a beneficiary developing country under the GSP,
effective May 17, 2019, I have determined to remove it from the list of
developing country WTO Members exempt from application of the safeguard
measures on CSPV products and large residential washers,” the proclamation
Mitigating the move, the White House also said that it will “remove the
higher tariff on steel imports from Turkey” and instead impose a 25
percent ad valorem tariff on the imports from Turkey, “commensurate with
the tariff imposed on such articles imported from most countries.”
White House explained that the change is due to imports of steel articles
from Turkey falling by 48% in 2018, “with the result that the domestic
industry’s capacity utilization has improved at this point to approximately the
target level recommended” in Commerce Sec.’s report.
In March, US Trade Rep Robert Lighthizer noted the administration’s
intention to remove Turkey from the list of nations benefiting from the GSP.
The announcement comes at a very painful time for Turkey, which has been
gripped in a stagflationary recession since March 2019, which has sent the Lira
plunging, while the country’s inflation has soared. Predictably, with traders
already on edge, and looking at how the US could retaliate for Erdogan’s
unwillingness to budge on the Russian S-400 order, the Turkish lira
tumbled as much as 1%, as the USDTRY spiked from 6.058 to 6.10 before recouping
Earlier today, Moody’s
warned that if the Turkish government didn’t put forward “a
credible broad-based plan to address the structural issues” and avoid a
downgrade, “and in the near-term dampen the market volatility pressure on
the lira,” it would result in a downgrading of the country’s sovereign
According to Moody’s, the Turkish government’s interest payments rose over
30% in nominal terms in 2018 and almost 50% in the first three months of 2019.
The credit rating agency said it expects interest payments to reach 8.2% of
government revenue this year, up from a mere 5.9% in 2017, “eroding”
the government’s fiscal strength.
But the bigger risk facing Turkey is that the amount of foreign denominated
debt repayments for the balance of 2019 exceed the nation’s entire stock of FX
reserves, excluding gold.
Which means that within a few months, Erdogan may be forced to make the same
choice as Venezuela: liquidate the nation’s gold ,or hyperinflate. The third
option, admit defeat and beg for an IMF bailout will never happen as long as
“executive president” Erdogan is in charge.
WASHINGTON — A US official said Thursday that Iranian missiles loaded on
small boats in the Persian Gulf were among the “threats” that have triggered a
beefed-up military deployment in the region.
“The missiles on civilian boats are a concern,” said the official, who asked
not to be named.
The person was confirming reports in The New York Times saying that
Washington reacted to aerial photos from US intelligence agencies showing
traditional boats carrying Iranian missiles in the Gulf, one of the world’s
most strategic waterways.
The fully-assembled missiles were loaded on the boats by Iran’s
Revolutionary Guards, which the US has designated a “foreign terrorist
organization,” the newspaper reported.
“What the military and the
intelligence are concerned about is the intent,” the US official told AFP.
The Trump administration has been ramping up pressure on Tehran for the past
10 days, reinforcing its military presence in the Gulf region to ward off what
it warned were Iranian threats to US assets and allies there, without providing
any evidence of the danger.
The Iranian ambassador to the United Nations, Majid Takht-Ravanchi, did not
deny the shipment of the missiles in an interview with National Public Radio.
“We have to prepare ourselves,” he said. “I am not in a position to talk
about military preparedness in Iran. But what I can tell you is that all these
allegations are part of fake allegations which are being directed against Iran
to prepare something like a conflict or something like a war.”
Missouri’s Republican-led Senate has passed a wide-ranging bill to ban
abortions at eight weeks of pregnancy, acting only hours after Alabama’s
governor signed a near-total abortion ban into law. The Missouri
bill needs another vote of approval in the GOP-led House before it can go to
Republican Gov. Mike Parson, who voiced support for an earlier version
It includes exceptions for medical emergencies, but not for pregnancies
caused by rape or incest. Doctors would face five to 15 years in prison for
violating the eight-week cutoff. Women who receive abortions wouldn’t be
Republican Senate handler Sen. Andrew Koenig described it on Thursday as
“one of the strongest” abortion bills yet passed in the U.S.
As CBS News’ Kate Smith has reported,
Missouri already has some of the most restrictive abortion access laws in the
country. Missourians seeking an abortion are subject to a 72-hour waiting
period and only one abortion clinic exist in the state.
Missouri joins a movement of GOP-dominated state legislatures emboldened by
the possibility that a more conservative Supreme Court could overturn its landmark
ruling legalizing the procedure. Its senators voted only hours after
Alabama’s governor signed the most stringent abortion ban in the nation on
Wednesday, making performing an abortion a felony in nearly all cases.
Outnumbered Missouri Senate Democrats launched into an attack on the bill
before Republican supporters had a chance to bring it up for debate on the
“So much of this bill is just shaming women into some kind of
complacency that says we are vessels of pregnancy rather than understanding
that women’s lives all hold different stories,” St. Louis-area Democratic
Sen. Jill Schupp said.
Missouri is among a growing number of states where abortion opponents are
working with renewed enthusiasm following President Donald Trump’s appointment
of more conservative high court justices. Kentucky, Mississippi, Ohio and
Georgia have approved bans on abortion once fetal cardiac activity can be
detected, which can occur in about the sixth week of pregnancy. Similar
restrictions in North Dakota and Iowa have been struck down in court.
Supporters say the Alabama bill is intentionally designed to conflict with
the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion nationally in hopes of
sparking a court case that might prompt the justices to revisit abortion
Missouri’s bill also includes an outright ban on abortions except in cases
of medical emergencies. But unlike Alabama’s, it would kick in only if Roe v.
Wade is overturned.
If courts don’t allow Missouri’s proposed eight-week ban to take effect, it
includes a ladder of less-restrictive time limits ranging from 14 to 20 weeks.
Roe v. Wade legalized abortion up until viability, which is usually at 22 to 24
“This is not a piece of legislation that is designed for a
challenge,” Missouri’s Republican House Speaker Elijah Haahr said. “This
is the type of legislation that is designed to withstand a challenge and to
actually save lives in our state.”
Republicans and Democrats worked for hours to reach a compromise on the
bill, which included an expansion of tax credits for donations to pregnancy
resource centers, and waters down other provisions.
The approved version of the wide-ranging bill bans abortions based solely on
race, sex or a “prenatal diagnosis, test, or screening indicating Down
Syndrome or the potential of Down Syndrome.” It also requires that both
parents be notified for a minor to get an abortion, but a change was made after
hours of late-night negotiations to remove the requirement when a parent lacks
legal or physical custody. Current law requires written consent from only one
Still, some lawmakers on both sides of the debate walked away unhappy.
Democrat Schrupp said even after changes, it’s “an extreme and
egregious piece of legislation that puts women’s health at risk.”
“It is outrageous that it has no exemptions for victims of human
trafficking, rape or incest,” she said.
Republican Sen. Bob Onder said negotiators went too far to compromise,
leaving the bill “a shadow of what it once was.”
“This should be entitled not the ‘Missouri Stands for the Unborn
Act,'” Onder told colleagues on the Senate floor, “but the ‘Missouri
Stands for the Unborn Act, sort of kind of only after the minority party and
the strongest Planned Parenthood lawyers in the country were done with the
The commander of Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards said on Wednesday: “We are on the cusp of a full-scale confrontation with the enemy,” the Fars news agency reported. The official’s comments come amid spiraling U.S.-Iranian tensions and the arrival of a major U.S. aircraft carrier group to the region, and on the heels of a visit by U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Moscow. The Kremlin said Pompeo’s visit failed to allay its concerns over the ongoing crisis.
Iran will defeat the American and Israeli alliance, Iran’s Minister of
Defense Amir Hatami said on Wednesday, according to the Islamic Republic News
Agency. “We will defeat the American-Zionist front,” he said.
What started out as potentially mere sabre rattling has
morphed into a legitimate brewing confrontation between Iran and the United
States. With the
arrival today of the USS
Abraham Lincoln to the Gulf of Oman, things have just
‘gotten real’ for all the major players in the Gulf region. Even Russia weighed
in to defend their allies Syria and Iran.
“The LORD is righteous: he hath cut
asunder the cords of the wicked. Let them all be confounded and turned back
that hate Zion. Let them be as the grass upon the housetops,
which withereth afore it groweth up: Wherewith the mower filleth not his hand;
nor he that bindeth sheaves his bosom.” Psalm 129:4-7 (KJV)
Bolstered by recent deals and armament supplies from Russia
and China (well hello there, prophet
Ezekiel!), Iran and Syria have been itching for
a fight with Israel. Iran has been waging a proxy war with the Jews through a
group called the Palestinian
Islamic Jihad for quite some time now. But it’s safe to
assume the Iranians were not counting on President
Trump sending such a large contingent. The Daily Mail UK
even ran a story earlier saying that Trump was considering also sending
120,000 ground troops which was immediately denied by
Washington. But one thing is for sure, an enormous
American military armada has arrived, how will the Iranians now
Iran Vows to Defeat ‘American-Zionist Alliance’ as Putin Warns Against U.S.
FROM HAARETZ: The official’s comments come amid spiraling
U.S.-Iranian tensions and the arrival of a major U.S. aircraft carrier group to
the region, and on the heels of a visit by U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo
in Moscow. The Kremlin said Pompeo’s visit failed to allay its concerns over
the ongoing crisis.
He told Iraq’s top brass to keep the militias, which are expanding their
power in Iraq and now form part of its security apparatus, in check, the
sources said. If not, the U.S. would respond with force.
As tensions between Washington and Tehran increase, Iraq
finds itself caught between neighbouring Iran, whose regional influence has
grown in recent years, and the United States. “The message from the Americans
was clear. They wanted guarantees that Iraq would stop those groups
threatening U.S. interests,” a senior Iraqi military source with knowledge
of Pompeo’s trip said.
Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov told
reporters on Wednesday that Moscow is concerned
over mounting tensions and defended Iran’s actions as a legitimate response to
the U.S. decision to withdraw from the 2015 nuclear deal.
The commander of Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards said on Wednesday: “We are
on the cusp of a full-scale confrontation with the enemy,” the Fars news agency
Major General Hossein Salami, named head of the force last
month, added: “This moment in history, because the enemy has stepped into the
field of confrontation with us with all the possible capacity, is the most
decisive moment of the Islamic revolution.”
As if on cue, a mysterious attack on oil tankers near the Strait of Hormuz has
brought us to the brink of an apocalyptic war in the Middle East. On
Sunday, four commercial vessels in the Persian Gulf, including two Saudi oil
tankers, were seriously damaged in deeply disturbing “sabotage attacks” that
immediately sent shockwaves across the entire Middle East. Nobody took
responsibility for the attacks, and at first nobody was being blamed, but now
an “initial U.S. assessment” is pointing a finger at Iran. The following
comes from the Wall Street Journal…
An initial U.S. assessment indicated Iran likely was behind the attack on
two Saudi Arabian oil tankers and two other vessels damaged over the weekend
near the Strait of Hormuz, a U.S. official said, a finding that, if confirmed,
would further inflame military tensions in the Persian Gulf.
The assessment, while not conclusive, was the first suggestion by any nation
that Iran was responsible for the attack and comes after a series of U.S.
warnings against aggression by Iran or its allies and proxies against military
or commercial vessels in the region.
And an article in the Daily Mail had some
more specific details about the U.S. assessment…
An American military team’s initial assessment is that Iranian or
Iranian-backed proxies used explosives Sunday to blow large holes in four ships
anchored off the coast of the United Arab Emirates, a U.S. official said
The official said each ship has a 5- to 10-foot hole in it, near or just
below the water line, and the team’s early belief is that the holes were caused
by explosive charges.
So here we go.
If President Trump can be convinced that Iran was behind the attack, he will
probably want to “send them a message”.
And if Iran strikes back militarily, events may begin to spiral out of
control very rapidly.
“It’s going to be a bad problem for Iran if something
happens, I can tell you that,” the president told reporters in the Oval Office.
“They’re not going to be happy.”
Asked to clarify what he meant by a “bad problem,” Trump
responded: “You can figure it out yourself. They know what I mean by it.”
It seems so crazy to think that we could soon be at war with Iran, but
events seem to be rapidly pushing us in that direction.
Even before the attacks on the oil tankers, U.S. officials had already come
up with a plan to possibly send “up to 120,000 troops to the Middle
East”. The following comes from Axios…
At the direction of national security
adviser John Bolton, acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan last week presented
top White House national security officials with a plan to send up to 120,000
troops to the Middle East in the event that Iran “attack American forces or
accelerate work on nuclear weapons,” the New York Times reports.
Details: The plan was reportedly presented
during a meeting about the Trump administration’s broader Iran policy, attended
— among others — by Bolton, CIA director Gina Haspel, Joint Chiefs of Staff
Chairman Gen. Joseph Dunford and Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats.
The New York Times pointed out that a similar number of troops were used
when the U.S. invaded Iraq.
But Iran is not Iraq. The Iranians have a military force that is
vastly superior to what the Iraqis had at that time, and Iran has also
developed weapons that possess immense destructive power.
From a strategic standpoint, the worst thing that the U.S. could do would be
to stage 120,000 troops in just a handful of locations directly across the
Persian Gulf from Iran. Rather than just sit there and wait to be
invaded, the Iranians would likely strike the bases where our troops are being
staged. With the weapons that the Iranians now possess, the losses would
be absolutely catastrophic.
Let us hope that nothing like that ever happens.
If the U.S. just sends air and naval assets into the region, the Iranians
will probably not act rashly. But if the U.S. actually decided to deploy
120,000 troops, the Iranians would definitely consider it an existential
threat, and they would use everything at their disposal to survive.
Iran has been planning for this conflict for many years, and the U.S. should
not rush into such a war without seriously considering the consequences.
‘We are very worried about the risk of a conflict happening by accident,
with an escalation that is unintended really on either side,’ Britain’s Foreign
Secretary Jeremy Hunt warned.
‘Most of all, we need to make sure we don’t end up putting Iran back on the
path to renuclearization. Because if Iran becomes a nuclear power, its
neighbors are likely to want to become nuclear powers. This is already the most
unstable region in the world, and this would be a massive step in the wrong
We are truly living in apocalyptic
times, and it isn’t going to take much to take peace from the Earth.
The Vatican has sent a special message to all the world’s Muslims, wishing them “a peaceful and fruitful celebration of Ramadan.” “We Muslims and Christians are called to open ourselves to others, knowing and recognizing them as brothers and sisters,” the text states. “In this way, we can tear down walls raised out of fear and ignorance and seek together to build bridges of friendship that are fundamental for the good of all humanity.”
The endearing use of the phrase “brothers
and sisters” invokes a vision of harmony and peace together. This is not
the case between Muslims and Christians globally. This is Chrislam.
If I call someone who is not my biological
sibling my ‘brother or sister’ what exactly am I saying? Well, with the use of
that term, I am acknowledging that that person and myself share an overwhelming
and fundamental agreement about the major issues in life. The bible tells us
that two people cannot ‘walk together’ through life unless there be in
agreement with each other, as we see in the bible verse below. And when
we read the entire chapter from which that verse is taken, we see that verse is
used as a rebuke, which is exactly how I am using it here.
“Can two walk together, except they be agreed?”
Amos 3:3 (KJV)
Pope Francis continues his full court press of
wooing the Muslims and Islam into the folds of the Roman Catholic tent as he
One World Religion that Revelation 13, 17 and 18 tells us the
Roman pontiff will do. As we have long said, just as Rome used the armies of
Spain to enforce the demonic Spanish Inquisition for nearly 300 years, so will
Rome now seek to use the armies of Islamic jihad to promote the Roman Catholic
harlot at the point of a sword. You may not know much bible, you may not
believe in bible prophecy, but that doesn’t change the fact that you are
watching it come to life before your very eyes. The pope is effectively using false
teachers like Rick Warren to advance his cause.
Pope Francis is not merely a ‘defender of
Islam’, he is a promoter of Islam and by extension Sharia Law. He has been
working on this partnership and it soon will be completed, when it is, look
out. Rome will once again have an army, and at that point they will quit
pretending to be a lamb, and go right back to being the ‘roaring lion’ who only
comes to seek, kill and destroy. Pope Francis and his Roman religion is creating
Chrislam, the merger of counterfeit Christianity and Islam, and
he is doing it with impunity. He knows that ‘now is his hour’ and that the
‘power of darkness’ will continue to propel him forward. That’s how he can look
on Muslims who practice Sharia Law and preach hatred of the Jews and Israel as
‘brothers and sisters’ because he is one of them.
Vatican issues a happy Ramadan to all “Muslim brothers and sisters”
FROM JIHAD WATCH: Too many Christians live under
the worst conditions in Islamic countries, as they endure violent persecution
daily under the Sharia. The Pope of Islam is
living a lie and promoting the same. Ongoing, he has abandoned persecuted
Christians, and also persecuted other minority groups including minority Muslim
groups and other victims of jihad. He has also turned a blind eye to Islamic
supremacist assaults and jihad attacks in Western countries as a result of open
His pursuit of dialogue has never included the
demand that Islamic leaders and adherents accept religious freedoms, and the
equality of other faiths and human beings regardless of gender and personal
identity. The Pope does not promote a two way street in his so-called
advancement of “dialogue”. His expectation is that Christians must
embrace “dialogue”, “diversity” and “tolerance” of everyone—including
jihadists– but he has no such message and expectation of Muslims.
The Pope has also declared Rome to be a “city
of bridges, never walls!,” and further stated that “Jesus
demands” we take in Muslim migrants. Meanwhile, he lives in a walled city
within Rome, surrounded by security, and he is not taking in any migrants
Robert Sarah — prefect of the Congregation for Divine
Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments — compared “the modern influx of
Muslim migrants to the invasions of barbarian tribes that ultimately brought
down the Roman Empire in a.d. 475.” Sarah also warned that “it is a false
exegesis [interpretation of scriptural text] to use the Word of God to promote
migration. God never wanted these rifts.”
For the Pope’s trip to Morocco, Vatican media
promotions abandoned the traditional papal insignia and replaced it with the
cross and the crescent; and the crescent did not appear “alongside the cross,
as if a companion to it. Rather, the Islamic symbol encircles the Christian
one” symbolizing a kind of submission
Islamic law, Muslim lives are explicitly worth more than those
of non-Muslims. The Shafi’i Sharia manual Reliance of the Traveller dictates:
“The indemnity for the death or injury of a woman is one-half the indemnity
paid for a man. The indemnity paid for a Jew or Christian is one-third the
indemnity paid for a Muslim. The indemnity paid for a Zoroastrian is
one-fifteenth that of a Muslim.” (o4.9) Sikhs rank even lower, as they are not
People of the Book. The Pope addresses none of this.
Pope Francis has accurately been hailed the “defender of Islam”. As
Robert Spencer rightly notes:
Pope Francis is not only disastrously wrongheaded about an obvious fact that
is reinforced by every day’s headlines; he is also deceiving and misleading his
people about a matter of utmost importance, and keeping them ignorant and
complacent about a growing and advancing threat. source
“Vatican Pope Francis Wishes Happy Ramadan to ‘Muslim Brothers and Sisters’
The Vatican has sent
a special message to all the world’s Muslims, wishing them “a
peaceful and fruitful celebration of Ramadan.” The month of Ramadan, which
began this year on May 5, is “a month for strengthening the spiritual bonds we
share in Muslim-Christian friendship,” reads the message from the
Vatican’s office of interreligious dialogue bearing the title “Christians and
Muslims: Promoting Universal Fraternity.”
“We Muslims and Christians are called to open ourselves to others, knowing
and recognizing them as brothers and sisters,” the text states. “In this way,
we can tear down walls raised out of fear and ignorance and seek together to
build bridges of friendship that are fundamental for the good of all humanity.”
“We thus cultivate in our families and in our political, civil and religious
institutions, a new way of life where violence is rejected, and the human
person respected,” reads the message, which bears the signature of Bishop
Miguel Ángel Ayuso Guixot, secretary of the Pontifical
Council for Interreligious Dialogue.
Our religions invite us to “remain rooted in the
values of peace; to defend the values of mutual understanding, human fraternity
and harmonious coexistence; to re-establish wisdom, justice and love,” the text
says, citing a
joint declaration signed by Pope Francis and the Grand Imam Ahmed a-Tayyeb in
Abu Dhabi this past February.
IN THE NAME OF ALLAH: THE END TIMES
‘UNIVERSAL PEACE DOCUMENT’ POPE FRANCIS SIGNED WITH ISLAMIC LEADER MAKES NO
REFERENCE OF ANY KIND TO JESUS CHRIST OR THE BIBLE
That same declaration brought down heavy
criticism on the pope particularly due to the assertion that the plurality and
diversity of religions “are willed by God in His wisdom,” just as God wills a
plurality of colors, sexes, races, and languages.
A number of Catholic theologians raised objections to the statement, insisting
that it seemed to suggest that either God actively wills error, or that all
religions are equally valid paths to God. The existence of a variety of colors,
races, and languages in humanity is very different from a variety of
contradictory claims about God’s identity and way of acting, they said.
In early April, Francis walked back the earlier statement,
clarifying that in reality God only permits the existence of many
religions without actively willing it. The Vatican’s Ramadan message steers
clear of such theological swampland.
“We are encouraged, therefore, to continue advancing the culture of dialogue
as a means of cooperation and as a method of growing in knowledge of one
another,” the message says.
49 Yehoshafat constructed Tarshish ships to sail to Ophir for gold. But he
did not sail because the ships were wrecked at Ezion-geber.” I Kings
22:49 (The Israel Bible™)
Two Saudi Arabian oil tankers were targeted by “sabotage attacks” adding
more heat to the regional tensions.
Khalid Al-Falih, Saudi Arabia’s energy minister, announced to the state-run
media on Monday morning that two of his nation’s oil tankers were targeted in a
“sabotage attack” off the coast of Fujairah in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
The site of the attacks is less than 100 miles from the vital Strait of Hormuz
shipping channel. The tankers sustained “significant damage.”
He said: “Fortunately, the attack didn’t lead to any casualties or oil
spill; however, it caused significant damage to the structures of the two
The UAE on Sunday said an alleged sabotage attack targeted four boats,
without elaborating or naming suspects. It is believed that one of the vessels
an association of independent tanker owners and operators, saying that it had
seen pictures of “at least two ships have holes in their sides due to the
impact of a weapon,” and that “trading and shipping sources identified the
Saudi vessels as Bahri-owned very large crude carrier (VLCC) tanker Amjad and
crude tanker Al Marzoqah.”
The Saudi Foreign Ministry published a statement on the state-run Saudi
Press Agency on Monday, saying, “this criminal act poses a serious threat to
the security and safety of maritime traffic, which reflects negatively on
regional and international peace and security.”
Though it is still unknown who was responsible for the attack, the timing
raises suspicions that indicate that Iran may be involved. Last week, the U.S.
Maritime Administration issued a warning to commercial shipping companies that
from the beginning of May there had been, “an increased possibility that Iran
and/or its regional proxies could take action against U.S. and partner
interests, including oil production infrastructure, after recently threatening
to close the Strait of Hormuz. Iran or its proxies could respond by targeting
commercial vessels, including oil tankers, or U.S. military vessels in the Red
Sea, Bab-el-Mandeb Strait, or the Persian Gulf.”
The White House ordered the USS Abraham Lincoln aircraft carrier strike
group and B-52 bombers to the region on May 4, indicating heightened tensions
between the U.S. and Iran.
The statement from the Saudi government on the alleged “sabotage attacks”
off the United Arab Emirates port at Fujairah came just hours after Iranian and
Lebanese media outlets aired false reports of explosions at the port
Britain’s Foreign Minister Jeremy Hunt warned that such incidents could
spark a larger conflict.
“We are very worried about the risk of a conflict happening by accident with
an escalation that is unintended,” Hunt said about the incident.
Abdullatif bin Rashid Al Zayani, the secretary general of the
Gulf Cooperation Council, agreed with that assessment.
“Such irresponsible acts will increase tension
and conflicts in the region and expose its peoples to great danger,” Al Zayani
said in a statement.
This is the closest that the U.S. has been to a war with Iran in decades,
and yet most Americans are either clueless or they don’t seem to believe that
it could actually happen. And I certainly don’t think that President
Trump wants a war, but he is surrounded by war hawks that have been pushing an
extremely aggressive “get tough” policy with Iran. The Trump
administration just canceled the waivers that were allowing other nations to
continue purchasing Iranian oil, and the goal of that move is to reduce Iranian
exports to zero. But oil exports are 40 percent of the Iranian economy,
and the Iranians understand that this move could absolutely cripple their
economy. The Iranians have threatened to close the straight of Hormuz in
retaliation, and that would almost certainly provoke a U.S. military
response. In addition, it is being reported that on Wednesday the
Iranians will announce that they are taking steps to restart their
On Wednesday, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani is expected to announce small
steps to resume his country’s nuclear program. According to the New York Times, that will
include conducting research on centrifuges that can make nuclear fuel, and
curbing nuclear inspections from observers.
Of course the truth is that the Iranians never fully abandoned their nuclear
program in the first place, but that is supposed to be a big secret.
In any event, tensions between the U.S. and Iran have now reached
On Sunday, White House National Security Adviser John Bolton announced that
the USS Abraham Lincoln and four B-52 bombers are being sent to the Middle East
as a message to Iran…
Apparently there was some intelligence which indicated that Iran was
planning a possible attack on U.S. forces in the region, and Bolton said that
these deployments would make it very clear that any assault would be “met with unrelenting force”…
The deployments would “send a clear and unmistakable message to the Iranian
regime that any attack on United States’ interests, or on those of our allies,
will be met with unrelenting force,” he said in a statement. “The United States
is not seeking war with the Iranian regime, but we are fully prepared to
respond to any attack, whether by proxy, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps,
or regular Iranian forces.”
In addition to everything else, CNN is reporting that it
appears that the Iranians have been “moving short-range ballistic missiles
aboard boats in the Persian Gulf”, and this has deeply alarmed U.S. officials…
Intelligence showing that Iran is likely moving short-range ballistic
missiles aboard boats in the Persian Gulf was one of the critical reasons the
US decided to move an aircraft carrier strike group and B-52 bombers into the
region, according to several US officials with direct knowledge of the
The concerns over the movement of the missiles was one of multiple threads
of intelligence from various sources that led the US to believe Iran had a
capability and intention to launch strikes against US targets.
If both sides rattle their sabers for a while but nothing ever comes of it,
we will be fine.
But if someone goes a little bit too far and the missiles start flying, we
could be soon engaged in a conflict that could literally spark World War 3.
While they are certainly no match for the U.S., the truth is that the
Iranian military is quite strong, and they possess weapons of immense
destructive power. And in the event of a military conflict with the U.S.,
the Iranians have already said that they will hit Israel too.
And if Israel gets hit, they will certainly strike back at Iran extremely
The Iranians absolutely hate both the United States and Israel, and recent
moves by the Trump administration have pushed the Iranians into a corner.
The following comes from Pat Buchanan…
Did President Donald Trump approve of this? For he appears to be going
along. He has pulled out of the Iran nuclear deal and re-imposed sanctions.
Last week, he canceled waivers he had given eight nations to let them continue
buying Iranian oil.
Purpose: Reduce Iran’s oil exports, 40% of GDP, to zero, to deepen an
economic crisis that is already expected to cut Iran’s GDP this year by 6%.
Trump has also designated Iran a terrorist state and the Republican Guard a
terrorist organization, the first time we have done that with the armed forces
of a foreign nation. We don’t even do that with North Korea.
A cornered animal is extremely dangerous, and at this point the Iranians may
feel as if the only option they have left is to lash out.
As a first step, they could potentially close the Strait of Hormuz, and that
would instantly create a global oil crisis. Here is more from Buchanan…
Iran has also warned that if we choke off its oil exports that exit the
Persian Gulf through the Strait of Hormuz, the Strait could be closed to other
nations. As 30% of the world’s oil shipments transit the Strait, closing it
could cause a global crash.
In 1973, when President Nixon rescued Israel in the Yom Kippur War, the OPEC
Arabs imposed an oil embargo. Gas prices spiked so high Nixon considered taking
a train to Florida for Christmas vacation.
Of course a potential war with Iran is not even on the radar for most
Americans these days. Most of us are preoccupied with other things, but
if the missiles start flying this will instantly become the top news story on
the entire planet.
Wars never start in a vacuum. In every major war throughout history,
there has always been a series of steps that has ultimately resulted in the
outbreak of war.
Without a doubt, the U.S. and Iran are moving toward war. That doesn’t
mean that one will happen, and we better hope that it doesn’t, because it would
have all sorts of apocalyptic consequences.
So let us hope that cooler heads prevail.
Unfortunately, there doesn’t appear to be any “cooler heads” among Iranian
leadership, and Trump has surrounded himself with war hawks like John Bolton
and Mike Pompeo.
In the end, Trump himself will make the final call on any conflict with
Iran, and let us hope that he makes the right one.
Researcher Graham Hancock coined the phrase, ‘we’re
like a species with amnesia,’ and it’s true. Despite the fact
that it seems the story of human history is well uncovered, every single year
there are new discoveries made that challenge what we once held to be true. In
some cases, there are discoveries which are concealed from the general public
for various reasons. There also seems to be amazing discoveries that are
completely ignored by mainstream media as most of these discoveries would shake
the foundations of human history… Like GIANTS
Giants roamed the Earth in Ancient Times.
Out of all the information that’s out there regarding intelligent ancient
civilizations, and more, even if just one of these stories are true, it would
completely change what we thought we knew about human history and the history
of our planet. I believe the story of our past might be different from what
seems to be the only two available options, creationism and evolution. There
may be a myriad of other factors involved.
These discoveries would also shake the foundations of many people’s belief
systems. The human race has been kept from so much information, and forced into
a specific worldview that’s designed to benefit the ‘1 percent.’ In today’s day
and age, it’s always best to keep an open mind, especially when new information
is constantly emerging (for those who are curious enough to actually look)
which challenges the old.
Giants? Did giants once roam the Earth?
It’s been in the literature and lore of multiple cultures throughout human
history, from the Maya, the global indigenous populations, the Bible and more
since what we perceive as the beginning of time. For example, the Bible tells
us that when the Gods were on Earth, they were giants. “This, when you
bring up in conversation, normally brings up, you know, laughter and people
giggling and thinking your joking, and yet, the Bible is full of references of
giants in our history.”
Tellinger is referring to the Nephilim, as referenced in Numbers 13:33 of
the Bible: “We saw the Nephilim there (the defendants of Anak come
from the Nephilim). We seemed like grasshoppers in our own eyes, and we looked
the same to them.” Again, it’s not just the bible, it’s
lore from cultures that pre-dated religion as well as the indigenous.
There are several examples of physical evidence which exists to support the
idea that giants once roamed the Earth. For example, stored in the vaults of
the medical school at WITS University, Johannesburg, there is part of an upper
leg bone with a hip-joint that would have stood approximately 12 feet tall.
It’s been there since the early 1960’s, and was found by miners in Northern
Namibia. It is one of the most precious and rare specimens available today that
clearly indicate the existence of giants in Southern Africa more than 40,000
Apparently, in 1883 the Smithsonian, a United States government/military led
organization at the time, sent a team of archaeologists to South Charleston
Mound. According to the official report, the
team discovered a number of giant skeletons ranging from 7 to 9 feet
tall. Some of them had a “compressed or flat-head type” which would
resemble similar skeletal characteristics to those found in Egypt and South
Whether or not this is ‘fake news’ is highly debatable, as there is a lot of
evidence to suggest it’s not. The list goes on and on, and what’s interesting
is an article published in the New
York Times in 1902 that also deals with the subject.
The article goes on to describe two stones with “curious inscriptions” and
underneath were the bones of a body that “could not have been less than 12
feet in length.” According to the NY Times article, “the
men who opened the grave say that the forearm was 4 feet long and that in a
well-preserved jaw the lower teeth ranged from the size of a hickory nut to
that of the largest walnut in size. Apparently the chest of the body had a
circumference of 7 feet.”
The bodies were first discovered by Luciana Quintana, it was on his ranch
these specific bodies were found, according to the article, “Quintana,
who has uncovered many other burial places, expresses the opinion that perhaps
thousands of skeletons of a race of giants long extinct will be found. This
supposition is based on the traditions handed down from the early Spanish
invasion that have detailed knowledge of the existence of a race of giants that
inhabited the plains of what now is Eastern New Mexico. Indian legends and
carvings also in the same section indicate the existence of such a race.”
Going back further still, in 1774 settlers found what they called “The
Giant Town,” which housed several gigantic skeletons, one being an
eight foot tall male.
“In addition to the human skeletons found in NY State, there is also the
famous case of ‘The Cardiff Giant,’ a white alabaster-like statue of an 11-foot
man who showed an exposed penis and hieroglyphic inscriptions. This statue
caused a worldwide sensation and was exhibited in New York City to thousands of
paying customers before it was declared a fake by the NY newspapers, despite
the fact that scholars from Harvard and elsewhere insisted that the statue was
genuine.” – Richard Dewhurst
What we have today, in large part, is dogma, instead of actual fact. With
all of the discoveries being made, and all the discoveries that have been made
which mainstream media completely ignores, we are clearly not being told
something about the true origins of humanity. The idea that a powerful group of
people protecting their interests by suppressing information in multiple fields
Iran’s intelligence minister has admitted publicly for the first time that
Christianity is spreading throughout Iran.
Mahmoud Alavi, the Islamic Republic’s intelligence minister, was giving a
speech in front of several Shia Muslim clerics when he announced
“Christianity is spreading in “parts” of Iran.”
In an apparent attempt to make light of the people are converting, Alavi
said: “These converts are ordinary people whose jobs are selling
sandwiches or similar things.”
The intelligence minister also told the clerics to quit bickering among
“We had no choice but to summon them to ask them why they were
converting,” said Alavi told the assembled group. “Some of them said
they were looking for a religion that gives them peace. We told them that Islam
is the religion of brotherhood and peace. They responded by saying that: ‘All
the time we see Muslim clerics and those who preach from the pulpit talk
against each other. If Islam is the religion of cordiality, then before
anything else, there must be cordiality and peace among the clerics
“It is not the job of the intelligence community to find the roots of
these conversions from Islam. But it’s happening right before our eyes,”
Iran is known for its mounting persecution of Christians. The Islamic
Republic is listed as number 9 among the world’s top persecutors of Christians,
according to Open Doors USA. Christians in Iran are forbidden
from sharing their faith with non-Christians. Consequently, church services in
Persian (Iran’s national language) are not allowed.
Revelation 1:3 "Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear, and who keep what is written in it, for the time is near".
Watchman for Christ