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Ebola: A Biblical “Pestilence?”

Thursday, September 18th, 2014

All readers are, no doubt, aware of the very serious Ebola plague that is spreading throughout Western Africa. Three nations, Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea, are the most very affected and a fourth, Nigeria, is somewhat affected.  Senegal is also now reporting a case of Ebola (first link). The third link and fourth link detail the anti-Ebola effort announced by President Obama which includes sending 3,000 military troops to the affected nations. Obviously, these 3,000 military members are almost surely not trained in Ebola-specific medical protocols. If they contract the disease and bring it back with them to the USA, the disease could spread quickly through the USA. Also obviously, these 3,000 troops and any other assigned personnel coming back to the USA from West African nations affected by Ebola will need to be quarantined before re-entering the USA to protect the America general population from an outbreak. While not mentioned in the links, the 3,000 American troops may also have to provide security services at airports, rail stations, bus stations, seaports, etc. to make sure that no one leaves or enters certain nations without permission. As evidence of this possibility, the nation of Sierra Leone is going to impose a three-day shut-down of the nation to try and stop the spread of Ebola (second link).

The third and fourth links paint a very grim picture of how bad the Ebola plague has become and how fast it is spreading. The fourth link cites President Obama as stating that the world faces an “unprecedented and out-of-control Ebola epidemic in West Africa, ” and that “It’s spiraling out of control. It is getting worse. It’s spreading faster and exponentially (emphasis added).” The same link reports that “infections are doubling about every three weeks” and that it could spread to other continents and even “mutate to become airborne.” If it becomes airborne, entire cities and nations will have to be quarantined and some may depopulate. The world seems slow to grasp the danger presented to it by this Ebola outbreak. This will not be stopped by the US acting alone.  Any carrier of the disease could bring it to any other continent, business center or tourist mecca in the world very quickly.

The final link reports just how widespread this Ebola outbreak could become. It warns that unless the outbreak is stopped and contained, “In nine months down the road, we are looking at hundreds of thousands, not just in cases, but deaths (emphasis added).” If the outbreak does reach such a pandemic proportion, in it highly likely that it will present on all continents, not just confined to Africa. According to the last link, there are now approximately 5000 confirmed cases and the mortality rate seems to be running around 50% of all those infected. Paradoxically, it sounds like good news that the mortality rate for this Ebola outbreak is “only” 50% (previous outbreaks have been as high as 90+%). However, previous Ebola outbreaks have “burned themselves out” because they kill their hosts so quickly and thoroughly that it runs out of new people to infect. With a mortality rate of only 50%, it means this Ebola variant has hosts that can go on living and infecting new people for a considerable length of time.

This Ebola outbreak could damage the entire global economy if it is not forcibly contained to its current outbreak zone. If it spreads to Europe, Asia, North America and South America, there could be entire cities, regions or nations which will have to be placed under martial law to prevent people from leaving their homes and risk spreading or contracting the disease. Obviously, financial and economic activity will drop dramatically if this occurs. If you wish to see a gripping representation of this possibility, see the old movie, Outbreak, starring Dustin Hoffman, which is about an Ebola-like disease which spreads from Africa to North America.

Matthew 24:7 warns that “pestilences” will precede the Second Coming of Jesus Christ in the latter days. Is this Ebola outbreak a “pestilence?” Without any doubt it is. The fourth link projects hundreds of thousands of deaths within 9 months if firm actions are not taken to stop its spread to other nations. If this Ebola variant mutates into an airborne form, the death totals could skyrocket into the many millions very quickly.

This is a very serious crisis. It is a “no brainer” that all public airline and transportation services should be stopped into/from nations where Ebola has been detected until that nation can be certified as Ebola-free by the WHO, the CDC, or some similar agency. It is not clear yet if the world has the will to take such actions. If they don’t take such simple actions now, they will have to take more draconian actions later.

  1. http://news.yahoo.com/senegal-reports-first-case-ebola-health-ministry-130949860.html
  2. http://www.foxnews.com/health/2014/09/18/sierra-leone-to-shut-down-for-3-days-to-slow-ebola/
  3. http://www.cnn.com/2014/09/16/health/obama-ebola/
  4. http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2014/09/16/obama-ebola-africa-how-effective-will-it-be/15736455/
  5. http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2014/09/16/ebola-could-grow-larger/15734723/

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Obama’s Phony “Coalition” vs. ISIL/ISIS

Saturday, September 13th, 2014

President Obama has announced that a broad coalition of nations has joined him to fight the ISIL/ISIS terrorist army in Iraq and Syria. However, closer examination of the realities of this “coalition” indicate it is a phony one, probably invented to try and convince American voters Obama is actually “doing something.”

The first link reports that nine Islamic nations have joined Obama’s coalition. However, I was watching a TV news program tonight which reported that none of these Islamic nations (Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Kuwait, the UAE, etc.) has agreed to send any troops or warplanes to battle ISIL/ISIS. If that continues to be the case, Obama’s coalition is truly a phony one. The second link reports Turkey, a NATO ally, flat out refused to help or join Obama’s coalition. The third link reports that fellow NATO allies, the UK and Germany, have also refused to help Obama’s “coalition” with any air strikes. I did see one report France might help with air strikes, but they may back out when they see no one else is willing to join Obama’s coalition. So, until other nations actually send warplanes, troops, tanks, etc. to fight ISIL/ISIS, there is no real coalition at all to fight this terrorist army.

Why aren’t any of these nations willing to join in a coalition to fight a group of terrorists who crucify, behead, execute, take captive and bury alive their enemies? Given their malignant nature, why can’t Obama get any other nations to help fight them? I think the main reason is that Obama is such a weak and indecisive leader that no nation is willing to join a coalition where Obama might just change his mind and leave his allies hanging on a limb. Also, the fact that Obama’s own air strikes against ISIL/ISIS have been relatively minor pinprick attacks vs. ISIL/ISIS’ pickup trucks and captured Humvees, other nations can easily see that Obama isn’t yet serious about really defeating ISIL/ISIS. If Obama was serious about destroying ISIL/ISIS, he would be sending strategic bombing strikes of B-52 and B-1 bombers from Diego Garcia to hit the ISIL/ISIS armored columns, troops concentrations and known locations of their leaders with real “shock and awe” attacks. As long as Obama is unwilling to order such serious attacks vs. ISIL/ISIS, why should other nations actually join his “coalition” with anything other than lip service?

The ISIL/ISIS threat is growing. The second link reports the CIA estimates that the number of ISIL/ISIS fighters could now be as high as 31,500. The only real “boots on the ground” fighting ISIL/ISIS are the Kurdish Peshmerga, who have fought tenaciously against ISL/ISIS and who have admirably hosted many tens of thousands of refugees from many tribes and religions who are fleeing ISIL/ISIS. The fourth link, a column from USA Today, advocates further motivating the Kurdish army to fight ISIL/ISIS by sending them the right military hardware and giving the Kurds their own nation. I heartily support this suggestion! The only meaningful ally the USA has in fighting ISIL/ISIS is the Kurds, and they should be rewarded with a nation of their own. The army of the Iraqi central government, beholden to Iran, has shown much cowardice so far in its war vs. ISIL/ISIS. The Iraqi army has thrown away its weapons and fled from ISIL/ISIS when the terrorists were just a small force. The Iraqi army defending Mosul far outnumbered and outgunned the ISIL/ISIS terrorists, but the Iraqi army ran like scared rabbits. Do you think they will do better now that ISIL/ISIS is a much larger and stronger force?

So, the bottom line is that there is no “coalition”‘ actually fighting ISIL/ISIS yet. Before the speech by Obama, ISIL/ISIS was being fought by Kurdish boots on the ground and small US tactical airstrikes. After the speech by Obama, ISIL/ISIS is being fought by Kurdish boots on the ground and small US tactical airstrikes. What has changed? Nothing that I can see.

From a biblical point of view, we still need to watch to see if ISIL/ISIS actually turns into a Caliphate and/or a nation state. If it does, it may be a candidate to fulfill the “king of the south” prophecy in Daniel 11:40-43. It is too early to know.

There used to be a saying: “When the going gets tough, the tough get going.” I am going to offer a paraphrase which I think is apt for our modern world. “When the going gets tough, Obama goes golfing.”

  1. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/09/06/world/middleeast/us-and-allies-form-coalition-against-isis.html?_r=0
  2. http://www.cbsnews.com/news/cia-says-isis-has-doubled-its-ranks/
  3. http://hotair.com/archives/2014/09/11/britain-we-wont-take-part-in-syria-air-strikes/
  4. http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2014/09/09/kurdistan-kurds-independence-peshmerga-isis-islamic-state-iraq-column/15360241/

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ISIS: A Possible New “King of the South?”

Thursday, September 11th, 2014

As all readers know, there is a rising new radical Islamic nation state called ISIL or ISIS in the region of Syria and Iraq. Their original title, ISIL, stood for the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. The “Levant” generally identifies the entire region of the Mideast that borders the Mediterranean Sea. That title indicates that this radical Islamic state lays eventual claim to ruling over Lebanon and Israel, not just Syria and Iraq. This entity has also threatened the life of the king of Jordan and threatened to invade Jordan in the future (as a recent post noted).

So far, no one except the Kurds seems willing to fight ISIL/ISIS on the ground. The USA has halted the ISIL/ISIS advance into the Kurdish region and helped the Kurds reclaim control of the Mosul Dam, but the US airstrikes have merely been pinprick attacks on ISIL/ISIS, not true strategic strikes that could really cripple this ultra-radical Islamic State. Europe is preoccupied with Russia in its confrontation with Russia and Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Jordan, local Sunni nations, have so far inexplicably done nothing to halt the spread of ISIL/ISIS. President Obama gave a TV address that calls for wider actions vs. ISIL/ISIS, but it was long on rhetorical generalities and short on military specifics. I found his message to be underwhelming. In a seeming disconnect with reality, Obama asserted that ISIL is not Muslim, but every analyst and media outlet I’ve heard or read names them as the radical Sunni Moslem Jihadis that they are. Personally, I think there are nations that are willing to commit ground forces to stop ISIL/ISIS, but they are unwilling to follow the USA into action as long as it is led by Obama because Obama is so indecisive and his “red lines” have proven to be meaningless. They simply cannot trust him.

I assume that many readers have read my article, written years ago, entitled A New Look at Prophecy. It examines the possibility that the first and second Iraqi wars under President Bush could have fulfilled the prophecy in Daniel 11:40-43 (but not verses 44-45). It notes that while much of Christianity long assumed there would be a great Mideast war between the Israelis and the Arabs that would fulfill this prophecy, such an event wouldn’t actually fulfill this prophecy of Daniel. Daniel knew the Jews were called “Judah” and he knew the Arabs were the Ishmaelites. God, who inspired this prophecy of Daniel’s, also knew those facts. However, the prophecy in Daniel 11:40-43 never mentions “Judah” or “Ishmael” as participants in this latter-day regional Mideast war. I urge readers to read that article of mine if they have not done so. For purposes of this post, let’s consider some facts about this prophecy.

Who are the “kings of the north and south” in our latter day period of time? Let’s consider the context of the prophecy to seek an answer as Daniel’s prophecy does not give specific identifications. The prophecy in Daniel 11 has been identified by many biblical scholars as foretelling, in incredible detail, aspects of a long warfare between the Seleucid and the Ptolemaic Empires, which developed out of the fall of Alexander the Great’s mighty empire. The Ptolemies were centered in Egypt and Africa and were the “king of the south.” The Seleucids governed a far larger territory spreading at its maximum reach from the modern regions of Israel, Lebanon and Syria as far east as ancient Bactria, Persia and to the Indus River (the modern regions of Iran, Afghanistan and part of Pakistan). The Seleucids were the “king of the north,” and their empire was based in modern Syria. The wars between these kings of the north and south raged for centuries. Later, when the Seleucid Empire collapsed, the vast majority of its territory was taken over by the Asian Israelite Empire of Parthia while Rome took a small slice of it in the west. Daniel 11:1-39 examines events between the two rival, ancient empires and then leaps far ahead in time to the latter days in verse 40. While we are not told who the final kings of the north and south are, the context of the chapter strongly infers that the final two rivals will have been rivals for centuries, just as the Ptolemies and Seleucids were. The focus of the prophecy is still the Mideast, so we need to look to that region for the war prophesied in Daniel 11:40-43. There has been a very long rivalry between a force based in the Mideast and another force located to the north of the Mideast. The Muslims of the Mideast and the Christians of Europe fought many crusades in the Mideast, but the Muslims also invaded Christian Europe on at least three occasions that I recall. The Muslims were stopped from invading Europe via Spain by Charles Martel in the 8th century AD and the Muslims were driven back from central Europe when they were besieging Vienna in 1683 (the second Islamic siege of Vienna).

There is a very good article about this Islamic invasion of Europe that was written by William McPeak in Military Heritage magazine in its June 2010 issue. It had the long title of: Concussion weapons such as war hammers rose in popularity after the development of plate armor and form-fitting mail. It documents that just as the Muslims were about to conquer Vienna and invade throughout the European continent, an army of Poles, Austro-Germans and others arrived “literally in the nick of time” to lift the siege and save Europe from a Muslim invasion. For the benefit of readers of Polish descent, I will mention that the relief force of 80,000 soldiers was led by King Jan Sobieski of Poland. King Sobieski led a cavalry charge of 20,000 against the Muslim forces and shattered their lines and forced them to retreat back to the Ottoman Empire’s borders. The article called it the “largest cavalry charge in history.” Can you even imagine the size of a cavalry force of 20,000? To get an idea of a force of that size, I remind readers of the cavalry charge of the “Riders of Rohan” to rescue the Gondorian city of Minis Tirith in the final episode of the Lord of the Rings trilogy. That cavalry force was 6,000 riders and it filled the screen on a giant wide-screen shot. The actual cavalry charge of 20,000 Christians vs. the Moslem besiegers of Vienna was over three times the size of the fictional cavalry force of Rohan in the movie cited above!

This digression was necessary to set the stage for identifying the final kings of the north and south in the modern world that will fulfill the prophecy in Daniel 11:40-43. I believe they can be none other than some Muslim force in the Mideast and a European/American force as the king of the north. Although it is barely Christian any longer, the modern European nations and nations they founded (such as the USA, Canada, etc.) are the only real candidate to fulfill the king of the north role in our time. More could be said on this subject, but it is too long to include in this post.

The Mideast war in Daniel 11:40-43 is not a world war like the final age-ending Gog-Magog war of Ezekiel 38 or the age-ending Armageddon war of Revelation 16 (which I think is the war mentioned in Daniel 11:43-44), but rather it will be a regional war. It describes a coalition of forces led by a final “king of the north” who enters the Mideast from outside of that region and invades the territory of this latter-day “king of the south.” However, there are a number of important Mideast nations which are not involved (or are not targeted) in this war. As mentioned earlier, “Judah” (the Israeli nation) is not mentioned at all and neither are the Ishmaelites (the Arab nations). The prophecy states that Edom, Moab and the chief of the children of Ammon… “will escape out of his hand.” That means they will be either allies of the northern “king” or non-combatants. In a modern context, I see this at the very least as foretelling that Turkey, Jordan and other nations in the region will not be targeted by the king of the north’s invasion. For new readers, I see Turkey as Edom because the former name of Turkey was the Ottoman Empire, with the consonants of “TT-m-n,” the same as the chief tribe of the Edomites (Teman) as named in Genesis 36. Turkey is just one Edomite nation though. Another Edomite name is “Bozrah” (Genesis 36:33), and there is a Shiite Iraqi city named Bosra where Iraq meets the Persian Gulf. Omar is another Edomite name (Genesis 36:15) and a large mosque in Istanbul is called the Mosque of Omar. Another “mosque of Omar” is the Golden Dome mosque on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. These identifications argue that Turkey, the Shiite central-government region and the Palestinian region of the Holy Land will also not be targeted by this invasion. Daniel 11:40-43 also foretells Egypt will be subject to the king of the north, but will it be as an ally or just a non-combatant? It adds Libya and Ethiopia will be “at his borders” (KJV), which is cryptic. It may mean that those nations will mark the furthest range of this military conflict. Libya has become radicalized under Jihadi warlords since the USA/NATO bizarrely bombed Libya and drove the pro-western regime of Muammar Khaddfy out of office. There are ISIL/ISIS allies now in Libya so it could be targeted in this war.

Daniel 11:40 adds the invasion is triggered by the king of the south “pushing” at the king of the north. In other words, this king of the south somehow provokes the king of the north into an invasion. The prophecy does not say the king of the south invades the king of the north. While not widely reported, the leader of the ISIL/ISIS force has declared himself the head of a new Islamic “Caliphate.” In other words, he has declared himself, in Islamic historic terms, to be a “king.” His forces’ cruel, devilish, inhumane actions in executing, crucifying and expelling people has outraged the world. He says his forces have sent two messages to America via the beheading of two Americans and distributing videos of these heinous acts globally. He is already “pushing” at the USA and the West. It is a testimony to the innate weakness of Barrack Obama that he didn’t respond forcefully to these anti-American provocations. Indeed, he hardly responded at all. However, if ISIL/ISIS launches terrorist acts on American/European home-soil and beheads the over 40 Turkish captives under his control, the rage of the USA, Turkey and other nations will demand a war of annihilation vs. ISIL/ISIS. Another interesting parallel exists. In the crusades of the Middle Ages, the Popes of Rome organized and blessed the coalitions that went to war in the crusades in the Mideast. In a modern parallel, the current Pope came out in favor of military action vs. ISIL/ISIS (see first two links [1, 2]). [As an aside, I was surprised that a Google Search on this topic resulted in finding two of my posts at the top of the Google search list (see third link)]. Given President Obama’s weak leadership and actions to date, it is possible that another western leader may step to the forefront in the future and leads a coalition that attacks ISIL/ISIS and ends its threat. Such an invasion may have the full backing of the Vatican. There is certainly no such coalition yet.

There are enough similarities between what is happening now between ISIL/ISIS and the West and the prophecy of Daniel 11:40-43 that merits consideration that a possible military invasion may eventually occur to put an end to ISIL/ISIS which fulfills that prophecy. However, the prophetic words about a naval armada being a part of the king of the north’s forces (Daniel 11:40) fits George Bush’s Persian Gulf wars (the subject of my aforementioned article) far better than any currently foreseeable scenario involving ISIL/ISIS. Nevertheless, we need to watch how this crisis unfolds carefully. I represent no church or religious group and am funded by none of them, so I can “turn on a dime” in my biblical-based commentary if events deem it necessary.

One last thought. The parable of the ten virgins in Matthew 25:1-11 makes a central point that Christian believers in the latter days will be greatly surprised when it becomes obvious that Jesus Christ’s return will occur far earlier than they expected. One reason for latter-day believers to be deceived into thinking, “they had much more time” before the Second Coming would be “stealth” fulfillments of biblical prophecies in the latter days. Many Christians believe firmly that their denomination’s or religious teacher’s prophetic expectations “have to be” fulfilled before Jesus Christ can return at all. Because they put the teachings of a denomination or a religious teacher ahead of the Bible, they will not see the actual fulfillments of prophecy because they were looking in the wrong direction for them to be fulfilled or God did not fulfill them in the way that they assumed God would “have to” fulfill them. God is not bound by the expectations of mere mortals in how he fulfills biblical prophecies.

This was a wide-ranging post, but I hope it has stimulated your thinking about current world events and how biblical prophecies may be fulfilled.

  1. http://www.ijreview.com/2014/08/169138-apparently-pope-tougher-isis-americas-commander-chief/
  2. http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/08/18/pope-francis-isis-and-the-last-crusade.html
  3. https://www.google.com/#q=Pope+calls+for+military+action+vs.+ISIL%2FISIS

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Could 11 Missing Airliners Be Used by Terrorists as Flying Bombs?

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014

We have a new and very real threat of a terrorist attack akin to what happened on 9/11 when airplanes struck the Twin Towers in New York. The two links [1, 2] discuss the fact that 11 or 12 airliners and smaller airplanes that were at Libyan airports have apparently been stolen by terrorist groups since the Libyan nation disintegrated after the overthrow of Libyan strongman, Mohamar Khaddafy. As the first link notes, these airplanes could be turned into flying bombs simply by loading them with fuel and aiming them at a target. The threat is being taken seriously by North African nations, many of which have banned flights into or from Libya. The link lists the types of airplanes which are missing and the list includes several airbuses which have long-range flying ranges. These airbuses could easily reach European targets so the threat of a terrorist repeat of the 9/11 attacks affects many nations. Israel is in easy flying distance of many of these planes so I’m sure the Israelis are watching carefully for any of them to appear on their radar screens as terrorist flying bombs heading toward Israeli targets.

The first link observes that it was President Obama who was significantly responsible for the overthrow of Khadaffy. Why Obama did this and gave aid and comfort to the Islamic Jihadis is beyond me. Khadaffy was no threat to the West, had given up his nuclear program and was cooperating with western nations in suppressing Al Queda when Obama and NATO overthrew him. Given that there was no apparent reason for Obama and the West to overthrow Khadaffy, if stolen Libyan airliners are used by terrorists as flying bombs, a substantial amount of the blame will be on Obama as there would be no missing Libyan airliners if Obama (and NATO) had not bombed the Libyan government and overthrown Khadaffy. The first link also notes the possibility that Egypt may intervene militarily inside Libya to defeat the Islamic Jihadist groups that have now even seized control of Libya’s capital.

I do have a question. Since the collapse of Libya was a very public event and was surely being watched from space-based reconnaissance satellites and surveillance drones, how could so many large aircraft “disappear?” Didn’t anyone in any western intelligence agency remember the 9/11 attacks and realize that there was a need to carefully track all Libyan aircraft due to the likelihood they would be seized by terrorists? The fact that all of them mysteriously managed to go missing without any western intelligence agency noticing where they went raises the possibility of a “false flag” terrorist attack at some point in the future. The western intelligence agencies have apparently all lost the ability to keep track of the world’s aircraft and especially the passenger airliners. They ‘”lost” the missing Malaysian airliner that evaded all intelligence agencies’ radars and satellites as it mysteriously vanished in the southern Indian Ocean in the region of the giant American airbase at Diego Garcia. I wonder where the missing 11 Libyan aircraft are currently located. They could be anywhere. Intelligence agencies from any number of nations may have seized them and had their own pilots fly them to hidden hangars at unnamed airports. A nation-state backing terrorists could have done the same. I find it hard to believe that the defense-conscious Israelis and the Egyptians would have no clue concerning how so large a number of Libyan aircraft simply vanished. Libya isn’t that far from Israel and is next door to Egypt. Libya is just south of the NATO nations of Italy and Greece and within easy range of radars on Malta and Crete. Did all of these nations shut off their radars so none of them would “know” where these missing airliners and airplanes went? It seems everyone in the region agreed to look the other way and allow these Libyan airliners and aircraft to go “missing.”

Unless all these missing Libyan aircraft are still in Libyan hangars at Libyan airports, something seems “fishy” here. But that possibility begs another question: If they are all still at Libyan airports, how could western intelligence agencies all be unaware of that fact? If these Libyan planes are all still at Libyan airports, then they are not “missing.”

It seems the western intelligence agencies can easily monitor all your cell phone calls and your computer activities, but they can’t keep track of large aircraft that are obvious terrorist weapons if they are seized by terrorist groups. Does this make sense to you?

This danger has just been revealed to the world. We’ll have to wait to see if these “missing” airplanes are “found” somewhere at new locations. If all 11 airplanes were used on the same day as terrorist flying bombs to hit major targets in European cities, it could make 9/11 look like a warm-up act. I suggest the Europeans and others in the region keep their radars on and their warplanes ready to shoot down any airplane not on an authorized flight-plan. A warplane could also inspect a plane in the air to see if it was one of the models of aircraft that went “missing.” There is the obvious possibility that these airplanes have been re-painted with new markings and logos. Maybe the terrorists didn’t get these Libyan airplanes. It was the USA and NATO which pulverized Libya and caused the nation to disintegrate. Maybe the CIA or some other western intelligence agency wanted a new batch of airplanes for a new clandestine airline company to conduct secretive missions, and seized them during the chaos. One could put a lot of covert people and cargo on a group of repainted and re-branded airbuses. Something is odd here. If terrorists seized all these airplanes, it means that (A) terrorist Jihadis have a group of highly-skilled airline pilots at their beck and call to fly airliners to new locations on short notice, or (B) the NATO and other Mediterranean nations have radar and satellite controllers who were criminally negligent in letting so many large aircraft go “missing” and unnoticed as they flew to new locations while being easily in range of many radar facilities.

What do you think is the truth about all these “missing” airliners and airplanes?

  1. http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2014/09/02/report-missing-libyan-jetliners-raise-fears-suicide-airliner-attacks-on-11/
  2. http://mobile.wnd.com/2014/09/11-jetliners-missing-after-islamist-takeover-of-airport/

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ISIL/ISIS Threat Grows: Are You Ready for an Emergency?

Saturday, August 30th, 2014

There has been a flurry of reports and warnings that a terrorist attack may be imminent in the UK, the USA or somewhere else. These terrorist warnings are particularly apropos in light of the threats from the ISIL/Islamic State terrorists holding much of eastern Syria and Northern Iraq that they will attack in other nations. The first link cites a recent ISIL/ISIS threat that they will drown the US in blood. That sounds like a pretty clear threatening statement to me. The second link shows the Joint Chiefs of Staff of the US apparently “didn’t get the memo” about that warning as they think ISIL/ISIS isn’t a threat yet.

The British government is taking the ISIL/ISIS terrorist danger seriously as the British government has just raised its terrorist threat level to the “severe” level, one step from the highest threat awareness level available. The state of Texas is aware of the danger of terrorism as the third link documents. The governor of Texas and a US Congressman have warned about a heightened level of terrorist threat, but the US and Mexican governments, unlike the British government, are downgrading the threat. Perhaps they just don’t want people to get worried, but if they really know the threat of terrorism has risen, the US government will be heavily blamed if such an attack occurs while they were warning there was no danger. The fourth link reports the Saudis are taking the threat of ISIL/ISIS (also known as “The Islamic State”) seriously and have readied 30,000 troops to defend the Kingdom vs. ISIL/ISIS if they try to attack Mecca and Medina in Saudi Arabia. They have arrested 62 members of a possible terrorist cell and are looking for 44 more.

It is remarkable that the US government seems to be the last to “get the message” that ISIL/ISIS terrorist attacks could occur in many possible nations. Since US warplanes are attacking ISIL/ISIS forces on the ground in support of the Kurdish Peshmerga and helped the Kurds take back the vital Mosul dam from ISIL/ISIS, it would seem the US government would realize that the USA would likely be a prime target of any ISIL/ISIS terrorist efforts. The fifth link is particularly illustrative of the incoherence and seeming cluelessness of the Obama administration re: the dangers of possible ISIL/ISIS terrorist attacks as Obama admits flatly “We don’t have a strategy yet” in dealing with the ISIL/ISIS threat. Cynics might add how many months will it take for them to wake up and smell the coffee here? Let’s get this straight. The US is bombing ISIL/ISIS targets in northern Iraq and Obama still has no overall strategy yet? The Obama administration sure seems unready for “prime time” performance in vital national defense/foreign policy issues.

It has just been released that a terrorist laptop with troves of information on it was seized. A Fox News story on the cable-TV channel offered more detailed information about how dangerous ISIL/ISIS’s plans are, but the sixth link confirms it includes weaponizing the bubonic plague and even using grenades to hurl biological weapons into crowds.

Amazingly, the seventh link reports that the FBI didn’t even mention the threat of Islamic terrorism in preparing a domestic threat assessment report. They seem to share the politically-correct, head-in-the-sand perspective reportedly held by the US joint chiefs of staff. I watched part of a presentation by a US Rear Admiral on CNN today and I was very unimpressed with him as a military spokesman. He actually giggled nervously at times in his responses. Giggled! One reporter pressed him hard about why the Pentagon was taking so long to come up with strategies about taking on ISIL/ISIS more seriously. After watching this dismal performance by a US Rear Admiral, I can only say he will hardly inspire any fear in the hearts of any US enemies. Doesn’t the Pentagon have any real warrior generals left? The retired generals being interviewed on cable-TV channels seem to be bristling with disgust at the ineptitude of the current crop of Pentagon decision-makers and spokesmen. Where are the tough US military leaders like Schwarzkopf, Petraeus, Eisenhower, MacArthur, Nimitz and Patton?  If General Patton could have been resurrected today and have seen the weak performance of the US Pentagon spokesman today in light of the vicious ISIL/ISIS threat, I think Patton would have slapped him (those who understand history will get my drift here).

Interestingly, Isaiah 3:1-4 prophesies that when a nation departs from God and forsakes his laws, that God will take away “mighty men and the man of war” from such a nation and that they will have childish leaders. I leave it to your judgment whether this has happened to modern day America. Please read my article, The USA in Biblical Prophecy, to see why this prophecy would apply to the USA, a modern “covenant” nation in God’s eyes.

I have no idea whether or when a major Islamic Jihadi terrorist attack will take place against American, British or some other nation’s people or interests. Certainly, its best to be on the safe side in the event such a thing happens. The eighth link and ninth link are from the FEMA website of the US government. They explain the need for Americans to have a supply of emergency items on hand in case of a national or local disaster or emergency. Such a disaster could be weather-related, financial markets-related or terrorist-related. FEMA offers a list of items that Americans should stock up on to be prepared “just in case.” The FEMA recommendation is for everyone to be able to be self-sufficient for 72 hours, but anyone who watched the aftermath of the Hurricane Katrina fiasco knows that a 72-hour supply of essentials is woefully short. I’d suggest a supply of weeks instead of 72 hours. To review what I think is a balanced biblical approach to preparing for an emergency, I urge that you read my article, Should Christians Prepare for Future Hard Times?

  1. http://www.aleteia.org/en/world/article/coming-to-america-isis-threatens-to-drown-us-all-in-our-blood-5871126081175552
  2. http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2014/08/25/joint-chiefs-chairman-says-isis-not-direct-threat-to-west-wont-recommend-syria/
  3. http://www.wnd.com/2014/08/alarms-sound-over-imminent-attacks-on-u-s/
  4. http://www.wnd.com/2014/07/saudis-regroup-amid-islamic-state-threat/
  5. http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2014/08/28/obama-isil-situation-room-meeting/14741057/
  6. http://www.foxnews.com/world/2014/08/29/laptop-reportedly-seized-from-isis-hideout-hints-at-biological-weapons/
  7. http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2014/08/29/fbi-national-domestic-threat-assessment-omits-islamist-terrorism/
  8. http://www.ready.gov/build-a-kit
  9. http://www.ready.gov/document/family-supply-list

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Obama Blocks Arms Shipments to Israelis

Wednesday, August 27th, 2014

President Obama recently took one of the most anti-Israeli actions ever taken by a US president. With other major stories dominating US news coverage, this important item got overlooked, but I wanted readers of this blog to know about it.

Obama arbitrarily “ordered” the state and defense departments to “suspend any Israeli request for weapons or other military supplies” (see first link). His action contradicts the clear will of the US Congress which has routinely approved such arms shipments to Israel and it runs very opposite to US public opinion which has always supported the Israelis in their actions against Hamas, which the US has labeled a terrorist entity. Obama’s executive action was so sweeping and presumptuous that he “issued a directive that any Israeli request, regardless of size, would require his approval.” Taken at face value, it means the Israelis can’t receive a single bullet from the USA without the approval of Obama himself. The second link adds more information on this story and examines the growing tensions between the US and Israel. It also mentions the British government is taking a more anti-Israel position in sending weapons to the Israelis.

My first reaction is that Obama is acting as if he is a king instead of president who must implement the actions of the US Congress as the Constitution sets forth. My second reaction is that since this action only helps Hamas and those who wish to attack or eliminate Israel as a Jewish nation, has Obama tipped his hand that he is secretly pro-Hamas? Can you think of any other explanation? Obama’s action reverses the entire foreign policy history of the USA on Mideast politics. Obama’s action gives great aid and comfort to Hamas. Obama’s very hostile action against a long-standing US ally must leave all US allies around the world in severe doubt of whether the USA can ever again be trusted by any ally as long as Obama is president. In a recent TV round-table discussion on foreign policy on cable-TV, I heard respected commentator Charles Krauthammer state the USA is becoming “irrelevant” in foreign policy matters under Obama’s weak and indecisive actions. That discussion focused on the Mideast, but it could be applied worldwide.

Another consequence of Obama’s bizarre action is that the Israelis will have to accelerate their efforts to find new trustworthy weapons suppliers. Some immediate candidates come to mind. Since Germany has supplied Israel with state-of-the-art Dolphin submarines for the Israeli navy, Germany is a likely candidate to be a new weapons supplier to Israel. Another option is the possibility that Israel will pursue more joint weapons-development programs with India. A third and obvious consequence is that the Israelis will build a greater domestic weapons production base. Israel can already make tanks, warplane supplies, drones and many other types of weapons. It would boost the Israeli domestic economy to employ more Israelis in good-paying weapons production factories instead of being dependent on a now unreliable US defense industry for vital weaponry.

The biggest loser in Obama’s action is the reputation of Obama himself. Whatever credibility he had left on the world scene has surely evaporated as he acts in an increasingly strange and confusing manner in his decisions. Another huge loser is the entire US weapons-production industry which could permanently lose a lot of business in future years if Obama’s bizarre action is allowed to stand. How can any foreign purchaser of US weaponry rely on receiving their ordered weaponry if a president can arbitrarily cancel any foreign weapons contract when the whim strikes him? The US Congress, whenever it returns from its latest vacation, should countermand Obama’s action by passing a Congressional law undoing Obama’s anti-Israeli action.

There is a growing possibility that the Republicans will take the US Senate in the fall congressional elections (third link). If that happens, it is possible the US House (if it stays GOP-controlled as predicted) could impeach Obama, the Senate could approve his impeachment and that would make Vice-President Biden the new US president. I’m no fan of Biden, but at least I regard him as rational. He would be an improvement over the loose cannon now sitting in the White House oval office. Obama’s anti-Israeli (and anti-Jewish) action can only hurt Democrats in the fall election. Most Jews typically vote Democratic and Jewish donors traditionally fund Democrat candidates. Obama’s very anti-Israeli (and, consequently, anti-Jewish) action which helps Hamas can only alienate Jewish voters (and all US voters who support the Israelis) from Democrat candidates. Why should Jews vote for or fund the Democratic Party’s candidates when its leader is acting in such a strikingly anti-Israeli manner? The USA is in growing danger from Obama’s bizarre decisions and presumptuous executive actions. He is alienating and offending US allies, making the entire world suspicious of him and untrusting of the USA under his leadership.

Biblically, it is clear that the Israelis will not be eliminated as a nation. The Jewish nation will endure and remain as a Jewish nation in the old Promised Land. Zephaniah 2:1-1 and Zechariah 12 and 14 all cite God’s assurances that he will protect the independence and survival of “Judah,” the Israeli Jewish nation, in the latter days. Indeed, Zechariah 12:3 God declares he will protect the Jewish Israeli nation “though all the people of the earth be gathered against it.” That is a powerful guarantee.

  1. http://www.worldtribune.com/2014/08/15/furious-obama-blocked-arms-deliveries-israel-state-dept-approved-july-request/
  2. http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Peace/2014/08/14/Obama-Reportedly-Blocks-Israel-Missile-Shipment
  3. http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2014/08/26/republicans-gaining-momentum-in-race-for-control-senate/

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Pope Calls for Military Action Vs. ISIS: Europe Responds

Thursday, August 21st, 2014

Although it has received very little media attention in the USA, which is obsessed with other media stories, a remarkable development has occurred in Europe. The first two links [1, 2] document that Pope Francis has surprised many by calling for military action vs. ISIL, which has been killing and torturing Christians and other religious minorities in Iraq and Syria. The Pope has called for an international military action vs. ISIL, which is a remarkable development. It has been a long time since a Pope led the charge for a war effort. Indeed, has this happened at all since the last crusade in Medieval times?

I may surprise some people by saying this, but I applaud the Pope for his action. I wish every Christian leader would have the guts to call ISIL the evil force it is and call for it to be stopped and hurled back with military power. The second link shows one other Christian leader has agreed with the Pope’s call for military force. A Protestant leader, the Anglican Archbishop of Leeds, sounds like he was joining the Pope’s call for action.

Most interestingly, the Pope’s statement has seemed to galvanize the willingness of European governments to coordinate their actions to arm the Kurds so they can hurl back the ISIL Jihadis. The third link and fourth link relate that the governments of Germany, Italy, France and the UK (see also second link re: the UK) are now willing to send heavier weaponry to the Kurds. Given that the ISIL forces captured a number of US tanks from the fleeing Iraqi army troops in Mosul, the Kurds especially need the anti-tank weapons which are, apparently, now on the way. I was watching the TV cable news networks (CNN, Fox News and Al Jazeera America) today and one of them had a text crawler that also confirmed Germany was willing to coordinate its military aid with the UK, France and Italy.  I thought it was noteworthy that the USA was not listed as a nation in that coalition. That may be an oversight or it may be that allied nations have now lost so much trust in the Obama administration re: foreign policy matters that they can’t count on it for anything. While the USA’s airstrikes have blunted the ISIL advance into the Kurdish region and helped the Kurds take back the Mosul dam from ISIL, the ISIL forces have scarcely been attacked anywhere else. Indeed, the US air strikes have been rather underwhelming so far. I haven’t seen any report that they have taken out any high-value targets such as tanks or self-propelled artillery units. I’ve only seen examples of US air strikes attacking low-value targets such as mortar positions and pick-up trucks so far. Even those minor pinprick strikes were enough to galvanize the Kurdish morale to hurl back the ISIL forces. If even minor US air strikes have helped Kurdish morale so much, think what the Kurds could have done if the US had hit ISIL with B-52 or B-1 mass bombing strikes as I called for in my recent post.

As is noted in the third and fourth links, Germany’s willingness to send weaponry to a foreign war theater is the first time it has done so since World War II, a major break with Germany’s post-World War II pacifist record. I also applaud the moves of all the European nations who send military equipment or forces to the Kurds hurl back the ISIL forces even further and save the minorities and refugees who are being murderously attacked and killed by ISIL. The willingness of the Pope to call for military action in the Mideast against Islamic Jihadis and the willingness of European nations to respond to that call is a truly remarkable development. It may or may not have a future prophetic impact, but this is a development which needs to be watched closely.

What I find very disappointing is the comatose response of the Sunni nations of Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, etc. to the barbaric and wicked conduct of ISIL forces as they torture and kill their way across northern Iraq and Syria. Why are these Sunni nations doing nothing? Don’t they grasp the ISIL madmen are giving Sunni Islam a very bad image all over the earth? The last link reports that some influential Islamic clerics are finally denouncing the ISIL madmen. It’s about time some of them did.

The second link introduces the word “crusade” into the narrative of this story. We are a long way from any crusade, but if we were living in the 12th century and a Pope had called for military action against murderous Muslims killing Christians in the Mideast and all of Europe was still devoutly Catholic, we’d likely be witnessing the start of a real crusade.

  1. http://www.ijreview.com/2014/08/169138-apparently-pope-tougher-isis-americas-commander-chief/
  2. http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/08/18/pope-francis-isis-and-the-last-crusade.html
  3. http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/germany-prepared-send-arms-kurds-iraq-25048900
  4. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-08-20/germany-clears-way-to-arm-kurds-in-post-wwii-reversal.html
  5. http://www.foxnews.com/world/2014/08/15/arab-press-blasts-islamic-state-militants-for-tarnishing-muslims/

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“Federal Reserve and Other Central Banks Own Close to Half of All Stock Markets”

Monday, August 18th, 2014

These links reveal that the US Federal Reserve Board and other central banks around the world own “close to half of all [the] stock markets.” The title of this post is the title of the first link. Please re-read the first sentence and let it sink in to grasp the meaning of this shocking revelation. I think most citizen-investors around the world assumed that all stocks were owned by private investors, sovereign investment funds, pension funds, mutual funds, etc. Not true! The first three links reveal that vast amounts of stock equities are owned by the US Federal Reserve Board and other central banks! The Fed and the central banks have surely been buying these stock funds with fantasy money, money created by the central banks “out of thin air.” If a private investor tried to do that, it would be called “counterfeiting.”

As the first link observes: “This has led to an artificially high stock market, and an over-analysis of the real value of tradable equities (emphasis added).” The first link also warns about the “market manipulation” that is now possible due to vast amounts of stocks being owned by the central banks, not by “real” investors. Indeed, it asks the succinct question: “Are there any markets at all that are not manipulated bubbles…?” My own opinion is that there are no truly independent markets anywhere any longer. The second link and third link offer different, but supportive, perspectives on this matter of grave importance for global financial markets of all kinds. Obviously, if the Fed and other central banks hadn’t bought massive amounts of stocks with what is essentially “funny money”‘ created out of thin air, the stock valuations in all global markets would be way lower than they are today.

I didn’t know central banks were allowed to own stocks at all. Did you? I wonder if Congress even knows?

The fourth link describes “dark trading pools” of capital that are controlled secretively by the big players on Wall Street and other global markets. As you read the fourth link, ask yourself again the first link’s question: “Are there any markets at all that are not manipulated bubbles?”

If central banks own such vast tracts of stocks, it allows for the possibility of them creating a financial crisis at a time of their choosing by selling massive amounts of their stock holdings in a coordinated global fashion. This could cause a stock market crash that no one would have seen coming. Revelation 17-18’s prophecy about the collapse of the global financial markets in the latter days leaves one with the impression that investors and average merchants are shocked by the sudden collapse of the global markets. Previous posts at this website have discussed various possible “triggers” for the fulfillment of this prophecy. Now we have another possible “trigger” for that prophecy being fulfilled. The Fed and central banks could deliberately cause a financial meltdown in stock markets by coordinated selling of their equity holdings. Why would they do that? To gain control of the world’s corporations by buying them up with fantasy money when their valuations are at very low levels would be one explanation. It may also be arranged by a shadowy group of insiders who want to dump the current monetary/financial system so they can bring in a new global financial and monetary system that allows for them to control the world’s monetary transactions and, thereby, control all people. That is exactly what Revelation 17-18 and Revelation 13:16-18 prophecy will happen. The “seven heads and ten horns” are prophesied to deliberately take down the current financial and monetary system to impose a new one of their own making on the world. We may be drawing close to such an event happening. As these links reveal, the means to do it already exist.

Ask yourself another question: Did the establishment media bother to tell you anything about the very important information in these links?

  1. http://www.examiner.com/article/federal-reserve-and-other-central-banks-own-close-to-half-of-all-stock-markets
  2. http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2014-06-15/cluster-central-banks-have-secretly-invested-29-trillion-market
  3. http://www.financialsense.com/contributors/cris-sheridan/central-banks-buying-stocks
  4. http://wallstreetonparade.com/2014/07/who-owns-the-u-s-stock-market/

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Report: Big US Banks Not Ready for Another Crisis

Friday, August 15th, 2014

Given the many crisis situations in the world and nation that are currently consuming all the media attention, a noteworthy story has surfaced that has a possible biblical relevance. It also could impact your life in the future.

Congress held a committee meeting at which US Federal Reserve Chair, Janet Yellen, was the star witness. The topic was whether the Fed and US governmental regulatory agencies had done their Congressionally-mandated duty to determine whether the big US banks had adopted credible “living wills” in the event they collapse. The “living will” refers to a corporate “living will,” not a personal one. As the link relates, Fed Chair Yellen was “skewered” by Senator Elizabeth Warren whose questions put it on the record that the banks are not ready for another banking crisis. The link’s report also adds that Fed Chair Yellen tried to “duck” every question with obfuscating answers, but Sen. Warren finally tersely asked Fed Chair Yellen: “Have you ever gotten to a plan that you can say with a straight face is credible?” As the link notes, even the governmental agencies were finally forced to admit that none of the big banks’ plans for meeting a new major financial/banking crisis were credible. You can read in the link the specific reasons why none of the big US banks had plans that were credible, and the article names the 11 banks that are supposed to have been working on credible plans to how to be able to implement their own bankruptcies without damaging the US economy and financial markets during a fiscal crisis. The link specifically focuses on how vast the effect on US markets would be if the mega-bank, J.P Morgan, went bankrupt.

So, even though the big banks came close to an existential fiscal crisis in 2008 that could have collapsed global economies and markets, they have done apparently nothing in terms of being ready for the next big fiscal/monetary crisis. This is very much a cause for concern, as the Russian-Ukrainian crisis and China’s amassing of vast quantities of gold and silver may be harbingers of a future financial/monetary crisis that could be deliberately precipitated by Russia and China in retaliation for current US sanctions against Russia. I’m not specifically predicting this will happen, but it is a possibility. I have little doubt that Russia and China, being strategic allies, are likely considering such a move behind closed doors to “put the USA in its place.”

The article makes the further observation that the US regulators of the big US banks really don’t have their hearts in regulating the big banks with any serious oversight. Why is that? Could it be that the top regulators of the US governmental agencies don’t want to antagonize the big banks because they want cushy jobs at those banks when they leave “government service?”

Prophetically, this has ramifications for the eventual fulfillment of the prophecy in Revelation 17-18 that the world will experience a global financial/monetary meltdown at the end of this age just prior to the arrival of the “beast” system on the earth. This prophecy came within a few hours of being fulfilled in 2008 as that is how long former US Secretary of the Treasury Paulson said the global economy was to collapse at that time. The big banks, US regulators and the US Federal Reserve have apparently taken none of the warnings of the 2008 near-collapse to heart. The link’s content indicates that the USA and world are just as vulnerable to a big banking collapse today as they were in 2008. This little-noticed Congressional Hearing brought to light the fact that the big US banks are very vulnerable to a fiscal crisis, and that their vulnerability makes the entire nation vulnerable to the consequences of the big banks’ failure to prepare “credible” plans to deal with their own future bankruptcies. While I’ve mentioned it in several previous posts, Revelation 17: 8 and 10 foretell the prophesied collapse of the current world economic order will occur in “one day” and “one hour.” Now that all global stock, currency and commodity markets are digitally electronically linked together, a cascading crisis in one market could easily spread to all markets within an hour or a day. That almost happened in 2008. In order for this biblical prophecy to be literally fulfilled, the God who inspired the book of Revelation had to know in advance that mankind’s knowledge level would progress so far that such a digitally enabled, global collapse would be possible. Daniel 12:4 and Matthew 37 anticipated just such an exponential knowledge explosion in the latter days. For in-depth, historical information on why the Bible calls our current global financial system “Babylon the Great,” I urge you to read my article, The Babylonian Origin of the Modern Banking System. I think you will find it most revealing.

While it may be only coincidental, it may be worth noting that the modern nation located where ancient Babylon was located, Iraq, is in the process of disintegration, crisis and possible national collapse. I wonder if the crisis and apparent collapse of the modern nation where ancient Babylon used to be located is an omen that the modern, global, financial system named after ancient Babylon might be nearing its fall as well? I suggest readers, if they have not done so, read my recent post examining the possibility that three biblical indicators are simultaneously pointing to the year 2015 as a crucial year for biblical prophetic fulfillment.

One last thought. The aforementioned Senator Warren is being touted as a possible competitor to Hillary Clinton in the Democratic presidential nominating process in 2016. She is a liberal, but it’s worth noting that the link indicates that she is no friend or fan of the US Federal Reserve Board or the big US banks. That may prove to be important in the future.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/business/2014/08/12/delamaide-banks-living-wills/13977009/


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The Bombing Campaign That Should Be Happening vs ISIS

Tuesday, August 12th, 2014

Surely, many readers are watching closely what is happening in northern Iraq where ISIL forces are running loose unopposed by anyone in the region other than the Kurdish Peshmerga forces. The Kurds are to be admired and complimented not only for their determination in fighting ISIL, but in providing sanctuary for those who are fleeing ISIL’s madmen. The Kurds have sheltered refugees from ISIL’s terrorists whether the refugees are moderate Sunnis, Shiites, Christians, Yazidis, etc. Is anyone else confused about the terminology of the terrorists in this action? First they were called ISIL, then ISIS, and now the “Islamic State.” Let’s just call them what they are: Evil.

The first link offers information about the limited US air strikes vs. ISIL’s terrorist army. The second link is a USA Today editorial that states Obama “was caught flat-footed by the rapid advance of Islamic State extremists.” That is correct. While Obama has authorized a few air strikes vs. ISIL, they are sporadic and inadequate at best. So far, I’ve only read or heard that the air strikes have destroyed some ISIL artillery, a couple mortar positions and some trucks. Excuse me. We are using US air strikes to target mere mortar positions and some trucks while allowing ISIL’s tank and armored columns to be untargeted? That sure is an odd and ineffective way to fight an opponent. The third link offers an opinion that the minimal air strikes being done by the USA are not likely to be very effective at stopping the ISIL advance (I agree). Thankfully, the USA is sending some badly-needed arms to the Kurds to help them fight ISIL and protect the hundreds of thousands of refugees they are sheltering (fourth link). Reportedly, even this minimal initial help has helped the Kurds recapture two towns from ISIL (fifth link).

Everyone needs to realize how evil ISIL/ISIS the Islamic State is. They have beheaded and crucified Christians and others. I’ve included some links about these atrocities in previous posts and you can find more information via a web search. I listened to a former military expert being interviewed on a cable news program last night that these terrorists are “pure evil.” He was correct. Today, I heard on a cable TV news program that a five year-old boy was cut in half by these terrorists because he was a Christian. Why is the world inert when such evil is on the march? Where is Turkey, a NATO nation? It does nothing. The sixth link indicates Turkey will continue to do nothing. Where is Saudi Arabia? It has done nothing. Where is Jordan? Even though ISIL has threatened to kill Jordan’s king and invade Jordan next, Jordan’s military (like Turkey’s and Saudi Arabia’s) have done…nothing.  Are they all paralyzed with fear? The central government of Iraq is politically paralyzed, and is doing…nothing meaningful to stop ISIL. So far the Iraqi central government has done the most to strengthen ISIL because the Iraqi “army” flees ISIL at the first sign of combat and leaves all the advanced US weaponry behind for ISIL to seize and use. Why didn’t they at least drive all the tanks and armored vehicles back to Baghdad if they were going to retreat?

I hate to say ‘”I told you so,” but in December 2013, I warned in a post that an Al Qaeda army of terrorists was forming in Syria and that their threat would grow and endanger other nations in the Mideast (last link). It has happened. Too bad the White House, the US Defense Department and the State Department weren’t reading my blog last year. They would have had a “heads up” on what was obvious to even a mere layman like myself. Now the Obama administration is reacting in a very desultory manner to this army of evil that is on the loose in the Mideast. There is a biblical prophecy that comes to mind in watching the USA doing next to nothing about this advance of evil, and watching the rest of the world do nothing at all about it. Leviticus 26 is a prophecy about the future for the ancient Israelites who had entered a covenant with the Creator God to obey him. It outlined blessings that would befall their descendants if they obeyed God and curses that would befall them if they disobeyed. The ancient Israelites split into two kingdoms, Israel and Judah, and both nations collapsed and went into exile due to their sins in breaking their covenant with God. Their descendants are also bound by the blessings and curses pronounced in Leviticus 26. Their descendants include the USA and many of the European NATO nations, as my books, audio messages and articles document. When the USA and the western world was a dominantly-Christian bloc, they were ascendant and powerful in the world. The USA had the greatest military and economic power of any nation or empire ever seen on the earth at the end of World War II. The USA was then solidly Christian. It has steadily deteriorated into a nation that is rebelling against God’s ordained laws and natural order. As it has rebelled against God, it has steadily gone downhill. In Leviticus 26:19, one of the curses pronounced upon Israelites who disobeyed God’s laws was that God would “break the pride of [their] power.” That is happening in the modern world. Christians (and many others) are being persecuted, killed, thrown into exile, and even beheaded and crucified at times in Syria and Iraq. The historically Christian nations of Europe do…nothing. The predominately Christian USA does… almost nothing. It amazes me that the USA has the power to hurl back ISIL’s advance easily and perhaps even destroy it with a brief but intense bombing campaign, but is merely bombing a few trucks and a couple mortar positions so far.

At the risk of sounding like a Ronald Reagan fan (which I was and am), here is the kind of air war I’d have launched against ISIL/ISIS if I had been president of the USA. I’d have launched the first phase of the air war with no warning to ISIL/ISIS forces so they had no time to prepare for the attack or disperse their forces. I’d have attacked while their armored columns and fighters were all still packed together in columns. The first phase would have been B-52 and B-1 bombers dropping a “carpet bomb” attack on their advancing columns. That would have left their surviving forces in shock. The next phase would have been an attack by a squadron of A-10 “Warthog” attack planes which I’d have prepositioned in a friendly Kurdish airport along with their ground support crews. The A-10s would have hit the surviving ISIL/ISIS tanks minutes after the B-52s and B-1s had turned the terrorist army into a devastated mass of shocked survivors, and eliminated whatever was left. The A-10s are the world’s best airplanes for attacking armored columns. They are designed specifically for that task and they are very effective. I’d have sent an electronic jamming plane with the A-10’s in case the terrorist army had any functioning anti-aircraft capacities left to use against the A-10s. I’d have had the A-10s roam freely throughout northern Iraq taking out ISIL/ISIS armor and fighters wherever they could find them, utilizing the latest satellite intelligence to hit them quickly. [The A-10s are an excellent and needed asset but the Obama administration wants to retire them all. What on earth is he thinking?] I think one 24-hour period of such attacks would have ISIL/ISIS reeling and their adherents would be fleeing back to their villages and tribes in an attempt to survive. I’d have armed the Kurds with better weapons so they could have surged out of their mountainous region to fight ISIL/ISIS on the northern Iraqi plains with US close air support. I’d let the Kurds keep any functioning armor or weaponry that ISIL/ISIS fighters abandoned. Politically, the Kurds, the only real entity so far with the guts to fight ISIL/ISIS, need to be rewarded. Again, if I were the president of the USA, I’d suggest the Kurds declare an independent Kurdistan in the region they occupied and I’d have the US State Department announce that the USA was the first nation to recognize it as a political nation. I’d also sign an alliance agreement with the Kurds which would result in the Kurds receiving US weaponry and the US receiving the right to build a major airbase in Kurdistan. The Kurds have been faithful US allies for many years, and they deserve to be so recognized and rewarded. They could work out their borders with the Shiite region of the old Iraq in negotiations.

The above was what I would do if I were the president of the USA. Will it happen? No, it won’t, because the USA is led by people who have “lost the pride of the power” that God once gave us. We also have a US commander-in-chief who possibly couldn’t even properly sight-in the aiming system of a BB gun, much less understand how to apply and use real military power.  His indecisive use of air power has given the enemy the chance to disperse their forces and make them harder to hit in fixed columns.

Remember years ago when the USA declared a “war on terrorism” when the terrorists were hidden and hard to locate? Well, we now have a large terrorist army operating openly in large formations and killing at will in a large portion of the Mideast. At a time when we could be hitting the terrorists hard and effectively with air strikes, the US government’s “war on terrorism” still focuses on having people take off their belts and shoes at airports. The “war on terrorism” has become a farce.

  1. http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2014/08/09/iraq-air-strikes-islamic-state/13824705/
  2. http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2014/08/08/isis-editorial/13782773/
  3. http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2014/08/11/defense-official-us-airstrikes-unlikely-to-hurt-iraqi-militants-overall/
  4. http://www.defensenews.com/article/20140811/DEFREG04/308110008/Official-US-Shipping-Arms-Iraqi-Kurds
  5. http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2014/08/11/us-reportedly-sending-arms-to-iraq-kurds-in-battle-against-militants/
  6. http://www.worldtribune.com/2014/08/11/turkey-providing-kind-support-u-s-war-isil/
  7. http://stevenmcollins.com/WordPress/?p=6700

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