Russia and Greece Demand WW-2 Reparation Payments from Germany

February 10th, 2015

An unexpected development has surfaced in the current financial struggles in Europe’s Euro-zone. As readers know, Greece has elected a leftist Prime Minister who demands that Greece be given a better deal from banks in the Euro-zone regarding debts owed by Greece and its banks. Meetings have been held among top leaders in Europe, and they seem to have produced nothing to resolve this crisis. There are frequent speculations that Greece will renege on its debt and leave the Euro-zone–going back to its Drachma currency and starting over. Germany’s Angela Merkel has been particularly insistent that there will be no more debt renegotiations with Greece.

Russia and Greece have thrown a monkey wrench (or “spanner” for British-zone readers) into the whole Greek debt issue. Russia, no doubt angered by Europe’s involvement in the Ukraine-Russian crisis, has demanded that modern and wealthy Germany should now pay Russia 4 trillion Euros in war reparations for damages the Nazis caused to Russia in World War II (first link). Greece, no doubt angered by Germany’s refusal to be flexible on the issue of Greek debts, has demanded that Germany pay Greece 162 billion Euros for damage done by the Nazis to Greece in World War II (third link). Germany has flatly refused to pay anything in war reparations to Russia or Greece (second link), but these links note that Germany’s refusal is weakened by the fact that it has already paid $60 billion to Israelis/Jews in World War II reparations. If Germany has already acknowledged the need to pay war reparations to the Jews/Israelis, why should reparations payments not be paid to other nations vastly damaged by the German Nazis as well?

I suspect that Greece is positioning itself in international eyes to justify a unilateral write-off of half of all its Euro-denominated debts to German banks as part of its price for staying in the Euro. Greece’s new anti-austerity administration cannot face its voters without “doing something” to ease the economic pain in Greece due to the austerity measures imposed by the Euro-zone nations and banks. It is likely to write-off what it feels is Germany’s damages inflicted on Greece in World War II whether Greece stays in the Euro-zone or not. Russia could decide to withhold gas shipments to Germany to start compensating Russia for Germany’s Nazi-era inflicted damage on Russia.

This development could, literally, spell disaster for the stability of the Euro-zone and the Euro itself.  Now that Russia and Greece have demanded war reparations from Germany, what is to stop other European nations from doing the same thing? If this trend accelerates, the Euro-zone could fly apart and European stability could be a thing of the past.

Let’s consider the issue of war reparations for a moment. The allies imposed war reparations on Germany after World War I, even though Germany did not start World War I (an assassin in the Balkans did that). Why not impose reparations on Germany after World War II as well? I think there are two answers to that question. The first is that historians have generally agreed that the war reparations imposed on Germany after World War I were too harsh and led to the rise of Adolf Hitler and the unleashing of World War II. The second reason is obvious. After World War I Germany was still an intact nation with intact cities and factories. War reparations were possible. After World War II, Germany’s cities and factories were obliterated, the nation was divided into four occupation zones and it had no economy to pay anything to anyone. Now, however, Germany could easily pay reparations to other nations as Germany is very prosperous. I’d bet Germany never anticipated this issue being raised in the Greek debt renegotiations. It is also certain that since Greece has raised this issue, other nations in Europe are now making secret calculations about what Germany should owe them in war reparations too.

This development means that things could get really ugly in Europe this year. It also adds one more trigger of instability to the global financial/monetary world and the global banking system. Think of the consequences that could happen if Greece and other nations tell Germany that they are deducting assigned German war reparations to outstanding debts whether Germany likes it or not. This would have immense and immediate effects on the balance sheets of European/German banks and raise all kinds of counter-party risks in many types of investments. This could be one more burden placed on the current system of world finance that will lead to the collapse of the current global monetary/banking system as we know it. This would fulfill the prophecy of Revelation 17-18 that such a collapse is certain to occur in the latter days. What Revelation 17-18 does not tell us is the year it will be fulfilled or the trigger(s) that will suddenly cause its downfall. If you have not done so, I urge you to read my post from May 18, 2014 entitled: Will the Year 2015 be Biblically-Significant?

2015 is already shaping up to be a year of wrenching events and developments, and it has barely started.

  1. http://www.newsweek.com/russian-parliament-set-request-eu4-trillion-wwii-reparations-germany-304163
  2. http://www.businessinsider.com/r-germany-rejects-greek-claim-for-world-war-two-reparations-2015-2
  3. http://rt.com/news/230479-greece-tsipras-germany-nazi/

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Chinese Submarine Fleet Continues to Expand

February 8th, 2015

As long-time readers know, I like to follow the military developments within the respective global Gog-Magog and Western-led alliances foretold in Ezekiel 38-39 to come into existence in the latter days of our age. I like to keep readers of this blog informed about these developments. China is in the middle of an on-going, major militarization program, and this post focuses on the Chinese submarine build-up.

China is building fifteen new submarines which will, surprisingly, be equipped with German-based propulsion systems (first link). China is also buying four Russian subs so China’s military expansion is in a rapid phase. Its regional rival, India, on the other hand, will have a diminished submarine fleet for a time as it phases out several older submarines from active service. India realizes its precarious situation vis-à-vis submarine strengths with China and is building six new subs with French help, but those subs are behind schedule in being constructed. In recognition of the pressing need for new submarines in the Indian navy, India is preparing to obtain six new submarines from Japan (second link). This will expand the naval production capacity of the Japanese production base as well as help India replenish its own submarine fleet. Of course, India is not alone in confronting the Chinese navy. Naval units (including submarines) from Japan, South Korea, Singapore, Taiwan, the Philippines, the USA, Australia, etc. are increasingly allied to India in a growing anti-Chinese alliance.

The first link has considerable information on this story, although the second link offers only introductory comments from what is a subscription-only report. These weapons will all be used when the global World War III prophesied by Ezekiel 38-39 erupts in some future year, so I think it is important for us to stay aware of these developments.

  1. http://chinadailymail.com/2013/04/11/china-to-build-15-more-yuan-class-submarines-with-german-engines/
  2. http://east-asia-intel.com/eai/

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Jordan Hits ISIL Hard; Will Other Nations Do so as Well?

February 7th, 2015

As readers no doubt realize, the ISIL terrorist army in Syria and Iraq has burned alive a Jordanian POW pilot, and Jordan has reacted with a swift and firm military retaliation against ISIL. I will not include the ISIL-released video of the Jordanian pilot being burned alive. It is too gruesome, and I believe it should not be shown out of respect for the pilot’s surviving family members. I join the world in offering that family and the nation of Jordan compassionate sympathy for the deceased pilot and complete support for all efforts Jordan takes to eliminate ISIL. If ISIL thought that this grisly execution would intimidate Jordan into a meek response, it backfired on ISIL badly.

The first link reports that Jordan vowed a “harsh war” against ISIL, and it has been sending dozens of air strikes at ISIL targets. The second link continues in the same vein, but adds an important piece of information. Not only has the grisly execution caused a harsh Jordanian response vs. ISIL, it has induced the UAE to re-join the war vs. ISIL. The UAE had withdrawn its fighter jets from the war against ISIL, but has now re-sent a squadron of jets to Jordan, presumably to be active in the war vs. ISIL. One does wonder what it will take to induce Turkey and Saudi Arabia to come out of their torpor and start taking meaningful military action vs. ISIL.

The third link is especially troubling, and includes information that the American media is not likely to allow Americans to see. In an article by Khaled Abu Toameh, it reports that the US State Department actually “hosted a Muslim Brotherhood delegation” even though the Muslim Brotherhood is seen by many moderate Moslems as a terrorist or terrorist-supporting organization. The coziness of the US State Department with the radical Muslim Brotherhood “shocked…many Egyptians and moderate Muslims.” One Middle East expert is cited as stating that the White House is offending some of America’s closest allies, and that the Muslim Brotherhood called for a “war against their fellow Egyptians” just days after this event! It also reports that the Egyptian media is attacking the actions of the Obama administration in acting as an ally of the Muslim Brotherhood. The article concludes with the striking observation that “most moderate Arabs and Muslims no longer see the US as an ally in the war against Islamic terror groups. What is even more disturbing is that they view the US as an ally and friend of the terrorists.”

You may want to read that last quote again to let it really sink in. Egyptians and moderate Muslims are seeing the Obama-led USA as “an ally and friend of the terrorists.” I’ll bet you won’t see this damning foreign judgment about the Obama administration and its policies in your American media. [My thanks to Yair Davidy, whose website, britam.org, brought this link to my attention.]

Have you noticed that the Obama administration has so far shown no serious interest in seriously waging war against ISIL? US efforts have been limited to tactical airstrikes only against ISIL. As far as I know, I’ve neither read nor seen any media reports about any strategic US air attacks vs. ISIL. A strategic air strike would be B-52 and/or B-1 bomber raids against ISIL staging areas, barracks, oil facilities, and armored columns with JDAM munitions that would guarantee anything hit on the ground would no longer be useful as a an ISIL asset. A massed B-52 strike vs. ISIL targets would amount to a “shock and awe” strategic strike vs. ISIL. It also seems evident that without “boots on the ground” from several nations, ISIL will not be rolled back. The only effective “boots on the ground” so far have been the Kurdish Peshmerga. It may also be that if Obama has to commit US ground forces to fight ISIL, this action would be a huge admission on Obama’s part that he made a terrible policy blunder in taking all US troops out of Iraq too soon. If there had been effective US strike force still in Iraq when ISIL was forming and expanding, those US forces would have nipped ISIL “in the bud,” and the Iraqi army would not have lost its nerve against ISIL–abandoning territory and weaponry to ISIL forces.

Also included for your information is the last link which is from a website that cites a debka.com report. It reports that ISIL attacked a Tripoli, Libya hotel and killed an American and a Briton, as well as launched major attacks vs. Egyptian forces in the Sinai Peninsula. It also cites that some of Saddam Hussein’s ex-generals are leading the ISIL military attacks and decisions. ISIL is not a ragtag group of bandits; they are organized and have skilled military leadership. Obama’s “coalition” vs. ISIL barely exists and has been largely losing the war vs. ISIL. Perhaps Jordan’s decision to actively go to war against ISIL will turn the tide and induce other nations to go all-out in attacking ISIL.

Whether this develops into a much larger war or whether it is one of the many “wars and rumors of wars” that Jesus Christ prophesied would occur in the latter days prior to his Second Coming (Matthew 24:6) remains to be seen. Given the exceptionally brutal cruelty of ISIL which they themselves have broadcast to the world, it is surprising the world is so inert against them.

  1. http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2015/02/05/jordan-king-harsh-war/22911337/
  2. http://www.foxnews.com/world/2015/02/07/jordan-vows-to-completely-wipe-out-isis/
  3. http://unitycoalitionforisrael.org/uci_2014/?p=13225
  4. http://thenewstalkers.com/m/discussion?id=6450411%3ATopic%3A1409699

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Russia to Bypass Ukraine and Europe in New Gas Pipeline Through Turkey

February 5th, 2015

As readers know, the USA and the EU have been increasing sanctions on Russia due to Russia’s actions in annexing the Crimea and gradually taking over larger sections of Russian-sympathizing eastern Ukraine. Russia has been getting angrier. Russia has now served notice that it can also bite back at Europe for cooperating with the USA on sanctions vs. Russia.

Russia supplies a lot of energy to European nations, and the European nations dependent on Russian gas are caught in a squeeze. They want to show solidarity with the Ukraine and the USA re: the sanctions, but they do not want to cooperate to an extent that Russia is angered to the point it cuts off gas shipments to certain European nations. Russia has now raised the stakes in this geopolitical “grand game.”

As is explained in the two links below, Russia is taking an action to alter the way natural gas is distributed to its European customers. Russia has long distributed gas shipments to European nations via the Ukraine, but it needs an alternate route of shipment now that Russia and the Ukraine are close to a state of war. As long as Russian gas is distributed to European nations via the Ukraine, the safety and reliability of those shipments is endangered as long as there is combat in the Ukraine. Russia had intended to bypass the Ukraine by building a new pipeline under the Black Sea and then distributing its gas to European customers via a land pipeline through the Balkans. However, the Balkan route would involve transiting the gas shipments through the territory of NATO and/or EU member states in the Balkans. Apparently, Russia has decided even that route is no longer reliable, and, in a move that also punishes European nations for cooperating with the USA on sanctions vs. Russia, it has decided to now build its new gas pipelines under the Black Sea and through Turkey. Russia has instructed its European nations that they will have to build pipelines of their own to connect to the Turkish pipeline terminus points if they want Russian gas. This action has caused immense consternation in Europe as European companies already had contracts to build the Balkan pipeline route that will now apparently not be built. One of the links below includes a map showing the pipelines discussed above.

Russia has taken an action which is strategically smart for its interests. By taking this action, it is accomplishing many goals. It is punishing European nations for cooperating with US-led sanctions vs. Russia and serving notice that further cooperation with US-led sanctions will hurt Europe even more. Russia is also driving a wedge between Turkey and NATO/the EU by making Turkey its partner in Russia’s gas distribution network. This will serve to draw Turkey closer to Russia and drive it further away from the EU nations. It also makes the Balkan European nations angry at the rest of Europe for causing a cancellation of the Balkan gas pipeline which would have gained them a steady flow of transit fee income. It will also cause angry European corporations whose plans for lucrative projects in building the Balkan pipeline route to put heavy pressure on Europe’s governments to stop cooperating with US sanctions vs. Russia. By essentially forcing European nations starved for Russian gas to build new pipelines at their own expense to access Russian gas flowing through Turkish pipelines, Russia is forcing an unwanted expense on Europe’s governments, further punishing them for cooperating with the US-led sanctions. Additionally, when the Ukraine is no longer a transit source for European natural gas shipments to Europe, the Ukraine’s troubles with Russia will have less impact on European nations and the European nations will have less reason to help the Ukraine.

This is a “win-win-win-win” situation for Russia and a “lose-lose-lose-lose” situation for Europe’s nations. Turkey is also an obvious winner in this development. Surprisingly, the other winner in the Russian decision to ship its gas to Europe via Turkey might be…the USA. The USA produces a lot of natural gas and some European nations may decide that it is a better and more reliable option to import liquid natural gas from the USA via LNG ships instead of building oil pipelines to connect to Russian gas via Turkey.

Biblically, this development further cements the growing divide between Russia and most western nations, and it represents an effort by Russia to turn the nation of Turkey into the Gog-Magog alliance prophesied in Ezekiel 38.  By making Turkey an economic partner and ally, Russia hopes to turn it into an open ally in the future. Turkey better be careful. Unless it wants to be as dominated by Russia as were the Warsaw Pact nations of Eastern Europe during the Cold War, it better keep some distance between it and Russia. Russia would love to eventually control Turkey, as it would give Russia control of the Bosporus and Dardanelles, giving it unfettered access from Russian Black Sea ports to the Mediterranean Sea. Turkey needs to realize it also is in Russia’s “bull’s eye.”

In the game of international geopolitics, the western nations seem to be playing a simplistic game of “marbles” while Russia is playing a game of championship chess. Russia is showing it is willing to endure short-term pain in order to gain long-term advantages. No matter what angle one looks at this situation from, Europe and the Ukraine are the big losers.

  1. http://www.nytimes.com/2015/01/22/business/international/russia-presses-ahead-with-plan-for-gas-pipeline-to-turkey.html?_r=0
  2. http://news.yahoo.com/gazprom-warns-eu-turkey-pipeline-lose-russian-gas-212440234.html

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Lion-Hunting Seasons in South Dakota

February 5th, 2015

Amidst all the very serious events which are occurring in the world, I thought I’d post an item which has nothing to do with prophecy or ancient history. This post is written “just for fun” and to appeal to the interests and sense of adventure of readers of my blog. I think many non-American readers will be intrigued and surprised to know that the USA has at least two states which have lion-hunting seasons to cull what has become a growing number of lions (called mountain lions, puma or panthers). One of the states with surplus lions and a lion-hunting season is my home state of South Dakota.

The first link reports that lion-hunting has become so popular in South Dakota that 4,351 permits were issued to hunt lions in just one year. This is more than the number of permits issued to hunt deer in the western counties of South Dakota that include the Black Hills–mountainous and forested region which provides excellent lion habitat. The second link reports that up to 75 lions can legally be shot in South Dakota this year (the season ends when certain bench-marks of harvested lions are reached). It is interesting that a lot of hunters would like the thrill of hunting a wild animal which could potentially kill the hunter, unlike pheasants, ducks, deer, etc. which are passively shot as they seek to flee or when spotted in the wild.  The mountain lions in South Dakota are generally living in the western Black Hills region of our state, but are occasionally sighted in other locations in my state as well.

South Dakota’s lions have been so prolific that young males have been known to leave South Dakota and seek hunting ranges and mates in far-distant locations. The third link and fourth link report that lions originating in South Dakota have been confirmed to wander as far as other states such as Oklahoma, Wisconsin, and even as far as Connecticut! Wyoming and Montana are so close to South Dakota’s lion range that I’m sure some lions have migrated into those states as well. I recall one media report that a South Dakota lion was found in Missouri. Who knows where else our indigenous lions have ventured without being spotted and confirmed by local officials?

This post begs the question: Have I ever seen a mountain lion? Yes, I have. While South Dakota now gains revenue from the interest in lion-hunting, there was a time years ago when South Dakota’s officials disregarded reports of mountain lions in the Black Hills of South Dakota. Maybe they were afraid it would keep tourists away. People who said they saw mountain lions living in our Black hills region felt as if they had reported they saw a UFO when government officials assured them that lions didn’t exist here. It was during the time when state officials did not want to hear reports of mountain lions in the Black Hills of South Dakota that I had my one and only sighting of a lion. While on vacation with my family in the Black Hills, I saw a mountain lion not far away on the north side of a road just behind Mt. Rushmore, the premier tourist attraction in South Dakota. Knowing the government officials then were not keen on receiving such reports, I kept it to myself. Eventually, so many lions were seen and confirmed that the state not only admitted they were real, but that they also were present in such large numbers that it justified an annual hunting season to cull them. There is a potential danger that too many lions could be culled. The final link examines that possibility.

I hope readers enjoyed this little bit of trivia from my home state of South Dakota. In some non-American nations, it will likely be unfathomable to readers that there are lion-hunting seasons in America and that American citizens can grab their guns, get a hunting license and go try to kill one.

  1. http://rapidcityjournal.com/sports/local/mountain-lion-hunt-becoming-big-business-in-south-dakota/article_75fd463a-4690-5d7f-841c-1de105fc5d7a.html
  2. http://www.nrablog.com/post/2014/12/22/Hunting-moutain-lions-and-deer-in-South-Dakota.aspx
  3. http://rapidcityjournal.com/news/local/mountain-lion-found-in-oklahoma-may-have-south-dakota-roots/article_3ebb6f80-3da0-11e1-bd33-0019bb2963f4.html
  4. http://www.livescience.com/15307-record-breaking-cougar-trend-wildlife.html
  5. http://mountainlion.org/actionalerts/080312SDquota2013/080312SDalert.asp

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India and USA Alliance Deepens

February 3rd, 2015

Previous posts have discussed the growing positive relationship between India and the USA. This relationship is looking ever more like a developing military alliance.

India has a very important national event called Republic Day, which features Indian patriotism and national pride, military parades, etc. It is an exceptional honor for India to bestow on a foreign head-of-state to be the chief “guest of honor” at the Republic Day festivities, and that honor in 2015 was given to the US President, Barack Obama. This honor, as the first link notes, “underscored the growing warmth between the two countries,” and “was an unusual sign of trust and friendship.” The second link adds that the USA has become India’s leading arms supplier, attesting to the growing military ties between the two nations. India traditionally relied on Russian military imports in previous decades, but it is modernizing its forces with American/Western military equipment. As this trend continues, it will promote the interoperability of the two nations’ military forces. India also has a growing domestic arms industry.

India and the USA need each other as geopolitical allies. India is being surrounded by two nuclear-armed enemies: China and Pakistan, who are drawing ever closer in a military alliance. Pakistan’s Indian Ocean-region port at Gwadar, Pakistan, was built with Chinese assistance and is ready to host Chinese navy and air force units whenever China chooses to deploy them there. Gwadar is located very close to the Iranian-Pakistani border, and its location controls the access to the Strait of Hormuz–through which all Persian Gulf oil shipments shipped by sea must transit. China has operational control of this gigantic Pakistani port facility and it will be connected to mainland China via rail and road links (third link). India cannot rely on Russia for military weapons now that Russia has become a strategic ally of China. China is also obtaining access and ownership rights to ports, railroads, etc. to the east of India. China is gradually trying to strangle India and encircle it. India sees this fact, and it has reached out to the USA as a needed ally. The USA is a premier nuclear and conventional power, and it is a logical counterweight to the growing Chinese-Pakistani alliance (with their extended ties to Iran and Russia). The USA needs India as an Asian counterweight to China’s growing military power. The USA also may envision that India will someday replace China as a site for American-owned manufacturing plants now located in China. India is a democracy and has a long English-speaking tradition, so it is a far more logical location for a friendly labor force than is China. Indeed, with the steadily deteriorating relationship between the USA and China, I expect that China will eventually nationalize all US factories and assets in China to reimburse itself for the amount of money China will lose in its American T-bond holdings. If there is ever a regional war in Southeast Asia which pits Chinese military forces vs. American forces, that war could possibly easily see economic/monetary warfare as well with the US repudiating US bonds held by China and China nationalizing all US assets in China.

I have often been critical of President Obama, and I am among those who regard his presidency as a “failed presidency” in the manner of the Carter presidency. However, credit must be given when he gets something right, and Obama was absolutely right to accept this invitation to be the guest-of-honor at India’s Republic Day festivities. Presidents and prime ministers will come and go over the years, but the USA and India need each other very much in the modern world’s geopolitics of changing alliances. Obama’s honored presence at India’s Republic Day event served US national interests well.

Speaking of alliances, this American-Indian alliance that is developing was foretold in Ezekiel 38 of the Bible. Many in the Christian world can see the Gog-Magog alliance prophesied in Ezekiel 38 as being the alliance of Russia, China, Iran and their allies. [Indeed, given the deepening military/national ties between Pakistan and China, I expect Pakistan to eventually be in the Gog-Magog alliance as well.] However, most in the Christian world fail to see that “Judah” (the modern Israelis/Jews) is not mentioned anywhere in Ezekiel 38-39. Other latter-day prophecies do mention the Jews/Israelis as “Judah” (Genesis 49, Zechariah 12 and 14, etc.), but Ezekiel 38 includes no reference to “Judah.” It prophesies the descendents of “Israel” or “the house of Israel” will be the leaders of the alliance which is attacked by the Gog-Magog alliance in the latter days.  This biblical reference identifies the modern nations descended from the ten tribes of Israel, who were prophesied to have roles in the latter days (Genesis 48-49, Revelation 7) and who were prophesied to have future vast increases in their populations after they went into exile in the 8th century BC (Hosea 1:10.)  I urge new readers to examine my article, The USA in Biblical Prophecy, as a good place to start an examination of this topic. My free audio messages offer wider evidence regarding many of the modern tribes of Israel and much about their history. My books offer a very in-depth examination of their history, migrations, empires and modern locations in the world. No one can possibly understand biblical prophecy accurately without first locating where the modern ten tribes of Israel are in the modern world.

Decades ago I identified the major modern alliances prophesied in Ezekiel 38-39. All the pieces of that prophecy are now coming together right before our eyes, confirming that the Bible’s prophecies have to be inspired by a Creator God who can control mankind’s events to fulfill his prophecies at his appointed time (Isaiah 41:21-26). Besides building an alliance with the USA, India is also steadily building closer military ties with Japan and the Pacific Rim nations threatened by China’s military build-up. It is my belief that this Pacific Rim/Asian alliance is prophesied in Ezekiel 38:13. For more information on this anti-Chinese, Pacific Rim/Asian alliance, please read my article, Japan‘s Role in Biblical Prophecy. This Pacific Rim/Asian alliance will not be part of the Gog-Magog alliance, as Ezekiel 38:13 affirms.

For a broad examination of the Ezekiel 38-39 prophecy about a latter-day World War III, I recommend reading my article, What Ezekiel 38-39 Reveals about a Future World War III. It is my belief that this prophesied age-ending war will not occur for a number of years yet, but the same Creator God who has fulfilled the alliances prophesied in Ezekiel 38-39 will begin that war on his timetable when he puts the thought to start the war in the leader of the Gog-Magog alliance (Ezekiel 38:10). Proverbs 21:1 states that God can incline the hearts of national leaders to do whatever he wants them to do. Ezekiel 38:10 gives us an advance tip on what God will “order” the head of the Gog-Magog alliance to do at the very end of our age.

  1. http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2015/01/26/obama-republic-day-india/22337435/
  2. http://time.com/3682118/obama-modi-india-republic-day-parade/
  3. http://www.thenational.ae/thenationalconversation/comment/a-great-game-begins-as-china-takes-control-of-gwadar-port

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Taiwan Deploys New “Carrier-Killer” Warship

February 1st, 2015

In the growing arms race between the Gog-Magog alliance (Russia, China, Iran and their allies) vs. the alliance led by the modern nations of the ten tribes of Israel (USA, UK, many NATO nations and their global allies), many tend to forget Taiwan. I recall when it was usually called Nationalist China years ago, and it has no desire to be taken-over or conquered by the Chinese Communist nation on mainland China. Since Communist China is so aggressive in expanding its military, Taiwan has to pay attention to its own national defense.

The Taiwanese navy has just deployed a new class of Corvette which has been called a “carrier-killer” due to its armament and design. While China has been building weaponry to attack and sink US carriers, Taiwan has built a warship which can sink China’s lone carrier (or, potentially, any other ship in the Chinese navy). The new Taiwanese Corvette is not a large vessel, but it has impressive weaponry and speed. Its twin-hull design makes it both fast and stealthy. I would also suggest that its small size and shallow draft means that it is also less vulnerable to torpedoes. It carries both sub-sonic and super-sonic cruise missiles and other modern weaponry. I noticed that photos of the new warship indicate that it has a contoured, sleek superstructure design which makes it stealthy on enemy radars. As a sidebar, the US Navy’s modern ships feature similar contoured, stealthy superstructure designs. Many older and obsolescent warships bristle with exposed guns, weapons, missiles, etc. which jut out from the superstructure of the ship. Russia’s Cold War warships especially have many exposed and outward-jutting weapons systems. Having a lot of protruding weapons systems on a warship does a good job of projecting “soft power” when entering a port, but that design also makes such warships show up on enemy radars like an 18-wheeler on a police radar gun.

Taiwan intends to build up to twelve of these new Corvettes, and also purchase up to four modern US frigates as Taiwan expands and modernizes its navy. These three links offer varying perspectives on this new class of Taiwanese warship. While the US Navy has been steadily shrinking in recent decades, and the USA’s war planners don’t seem to have yet recognized China’s military build-up as the threat it really is; the nations located near China cannot overlook the Chinese military build-up and they have no choice but to expand their own militaries as well. By building a new class of warships that is small, fast and stealthy as well as armed with many weapons, Taiwan is building warships about which Communist China has to be concerned.

My thanks to a reader who informed me about this development.

  1. http://news.usni.org/2014/12/24/taiwan-navy-takes-delivery-first-stealth-carrier-killer-corvette
  2. http://www.businessinsider.com/taiwan-navy-stealth-missile-warship-corvette-2014-12
  3. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tuo_Chiang_class_corvette

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China Building New Air Bases in South China Sea

January 30th, 2015

In the past, I’ve posted items about the growing militarization of the South China Sea by China, and the growing risk of a military confrontation there. These pressures are steadily increasing. The first link reports that China is rapidly building man-made islands in the South China Sea, and that these islands will be large enough to accommodate the construction of military airfields at which China can base its military aircraft. If it is allowed to finish building these invasive military airfields in the Spratly Island region of the South China Sea, China will gain an enormous advantage over the USA and its allies in the Pacific Rim region. China will be able to send its warplanes from its own mainland air bases on missions to the South China Sea and then land, refuel and rearm them at these man-made island bases. The first two links detail the growing and understandable concerns about these soon-to-be Chinese airbases in the South China Sea.

The second link also reports that China is building ships which will be able to transport and deploy tanks and other weaponry to locations outside China’s borders. The link focuses on China’s ability to use such ships to transport tanks and ground-based weaponry to the South China Sea, but I have a question about that. What good would it do to deploy tanks to island military airfields in the South China Sea? It would make much more sense for China to deploy copious air defense systems to those islands to defend the military airfields that are almost sure to be built there. China could use such ships to deploy tanks, artillery, etc. to land military forces elsewhere where a Chinese invasion will occur at a future time. Knowing the prophecy of Ezekiel 38-39 predicts a Russian-Chinese invasion of the USA through Alaska (as well as other Russian-Chinese-Iranian invasions around the world in other theaters of combat in a coming World War III), I think China may have areas far more far-flung in mind as eventual destinations for deploying ground weaponry via surface transport ships.

One thing I think is clear. China is preparing to fight a war in the South China Sea. They have built the weaponry for such a war, and now they are building the necessary support bases for their warplanes to operate in such a combat operation. China doubtlessly plans on pre-placing at these island air bases, armaments, fuel, food and everything it needs to sustain a war fought by its military when that time comes.

As I have stated in previous posts, I think China wants a limited, regional, conventional war in the South China Sea. Its belligerent and outlandish claims in the region support that viewpoint. It especially, in my view, wants to compel the USA to sending aircraft carrier battle groups to support its allies in the region when such a war breaks out. China seems to be in a hurry to get ready for such a war. It makes sense, from their strategic and tactical point of view, to provoke the war while America is led by a president who has little or no military skills.  China can create a pretext for such a war in order to force the USA to deploy its carrier(s) to the region so China can “field-test” its new weaponry to see if they can sink a US aircraft carrier. China can put the US president in a position where he has no choice but to deploy US carriers to the region to support US allies. If a US president refuses to send the carriers to support American allies, the USA will lose face all over the world and the US president will have a debilitating “wimp” label on him/her from then on. If a US president deploys carriers and China can sink one of them, the president will encounter a firestorm of domestic rage from Congress and the US public for neglecting US national security. It is my opinion that President Obama has appointed generals and admirals who are more tasked to imposing Obama’s politically-correct agendas than winning wars. If China defeats US naval forces in a war that China provokes, Obama could face impeachment for neglecting national security and causing the deaths of perhaps thousands of US servicemen and women because of his neglecting US national security needs. The US war-planners need to ask themselves a serious question: If China lures US carriers into a war in the South China Sea, how many hundreds of sub- and super-sonic cruise missiles, scores of torpedoes and dozens of ballistic missiles can US carrier defenses defeat before they are overwhelmed? They need to ask this question now before any such war occurs, because if it does, the above scenario is what will happen. If I were the head of the Chinese military in such a future war, I’d unleash all of these threats at the US carriers…simultaneously. The third link offers details on one of China’s new cruise missiles which can be used now to attack targets from Alaska to the Philippines.

If China can sink a US aircraft carrier in a South China Sea war, the consequences would be immense. The US post-World War II dominance will be over. The domestic anger over such an occurrence can scarcely be overestimated. Rage will be focused on the president and Congress by the American people, and Congress (Democrats as well as Republicans) will be desperate to blame the president for the disaster rather than admit their own complicity in the debacle. There would be crushing effects devastating to US interests on global financial, monetary and commodity markets.

It makes sense for China to provoke such a war sooner rather than later after the US Navy has had time to deploy more-capable defensive systems on its surface warships (rail-guns, laser cannons, etc.). The US Navy has a plan in the works to add far more offensive and defensive weaponry to its existing warships rather than building ultra-expensive new ones (fourth link). In my view, this is an excellent strategy. For too long, US warships have been built to defend aircraft carriers instead of being able to take the war to the enemy with offensive weaponry that has a long over-the-horizon reach. It would be far cheaper to arm current US warships with long-range cruise missiles, longer-range cannons for shore bombardments, etc. than to build new warships that won’t be ready for many years. As the fourth link notes, new modern weapons systems could be “bolted” on to any US Navy surface warships. This strategy actually envisions a preparation for equipping warships to carry out offensive operations if a carrier is lost. The strategy envisions that in any major war, the US can expect to lose some “LCS.” This is an abbreviation for “large capital ships” (i.e. aircraft carriers).

As a deterrent, the USA should have a president who would warn China via diplomatic means prior to any war that China will pay a terrible price if it provokes a war with the USA on any level. Two possible such deterrent responses would be informing China that in the event of a war it fights vs. US forces, the US would (A) declare all US T-bonds and T-bills owned by the Chinese government, banks, private entities, corporations, individuals, shell companies in other nations, etc. “null and void” if China commits any “act of war” against the USA and (B) retaliate by attacking and destroying China’s Three Gorges Dam with conventional ballistic missiles. I think destroying this strategic and immense dam could do far more damage to China’s economy and nation than attacking any single military base, as its destruction would unleash a massive tsunami all the way from the destroyed dam to the Pacific Ocean. China should be made to know that in any war against the USA, its Three Gorges Dam is “toast.” If and when such a war occurs in the future, I hope the USA has a president who has the backbone to implement such tough actions. If deterrence is strong, it can prevent a war from starting. If China thinks it can gain ascendancy in a war, it is more likely to start such a war. I deeply hope such a war doesn’t happen, but only the most naive of current observers would be unable to see that China is now preparing to fight just such a war.

My thanks to a reader who tipped me off to this development.

  1. http://www.latimes.com/world/asia/la-fg-china-us-islands-20150128-story.html?track=lat-pick#page=1
  2. http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?cid=1101&MainCatID=11&id=20150108000057
  3. http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?cid=1101&MainCatID=11&id=20150125000034
  4. http://breakingdefense.com/2015/01/if-it-floats-it-fights-navy-seeks-distributed-lethality/?utm_source=Breaking+Defense&utm_campaign=e2b743b5aa-RSS_EMAIL_CAMPAIGN&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_4368933672-e2b743b5aa-408194097

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Ex-Obama Staffers Head to Israel to Defeat Netanyahu

January 28th, 2015

It is no secret that US President Obama can’t stand Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu. Obama’s distaste for Netanyahu seems almost visceral. It has been public knowledge since years ago when Obama was caught on an open mike mocking and expressing disgust toward Netanyahu in a conversation with a former French leader. Not long ago I did a post on the Israeli Defense Minister being snubbed by high officials in the Obama administration during his visit to Washington, DC. Thankfully, the US Congress feels very pro-Israeli and pro-Netanyahu as the US GOP-led Congress has invited Israeli Prime Minister to speak to the US Congress…an honor granted to few world leaders. This must really grate on Obama and his administration’s underlings. However, now that the Israelis are having an election soon, Obama has reportedly seen an opportunity to meddle in Israeli domestic politics by sending teams of his ex-staffers to Israel to try and unseat Netanyahu.

The first link reports that Obama has sent large numbers of his former campaign staffers to Israel to help Netanyahu’s rivals in the election. The second link includes the names of some important and prominent US agencies and entities that are named as backers of Obama’s effort. For those who desire more perspectives on this story, I have included the third link from a web search to give you a menu of links to read about this effort by Obama to meddle in a foreign nation’s election. Obama’s brazen efforts to meddle in the Israeli elections may backfire on him. I won’t predict any outcomes in the Israeli elections, but Obama’s efforts to meddle in Israeli politics, now that they have been exposed, may actually move more Israelis to vote for Netanyahu.

I hope the establishment media will report on this very important international skullduggery, but I’m not going to hold my breath waiting for them to do so. In the meantime, readers of this blog will know about Obama’s meddling in Israeli politics by perusing these links. This speaks volumes on what an enemy Obama is to Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu and how upset Obama is with Netanyahu’s willingness to put Israeli national security interests ahead of Obama’s wishes about what he wants the Israelis to do. Obama doubtless wants an Israeli Prime Minister who will be compliant with Obama’s worldviews and who will subordinate Israel’s security interests to Obama’s plans for the Mideast.

http://www.wnd.com/2015/01/obama-army-deploys-to-tel-aviv-to-topple-netanyahu/#qj41UyfHlyqPesq6.99

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/3251217/posts

https://www.google.com/search?q=Obama+staffers+sent+to+Israel+to+defeat+Netanyahu&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8


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US Law Enforcement Agencies Can Now See Through Walls

January 25th, 2015

This story leaped out at me as I read my morning copy of the USA Today a few days ago. Some readers had the same response as several emailed me the first link. This is an important development, and all readers should realize this new technology exists. For two years, the US Marshals Service and the FBI have been using a technology that allows its agents to “see” people inside a house and what they are doing. This motion-detection technology is so sensitive that it can even detect as slight a movement as breathing. If it can detect as tiny a movement as that, it can surely also “see” people going to the bathroom or engaging in any kind of intimate behavior inside their homes. What a blackmail tool this would be! Up to 50 US police forces now also have bought this technology. The hand-held devices that can perform such sensitive surveillance can be bought for as little as $6000. Now that the technology has been revealed, I’m sure it is only a matter of time until the blueprints for this device are stolen and foreign intelligence agencies, drug lords, etc. also have this same technology. Possession of this type of device needs to be licensed to a “need to use” basis only.

Amazingly, awareness of this snooping technology has been largely concealed from both the US Judiciary and the US Congress. Only recently was the existence of this technology made known as part of a legal case in Colorado. This technology was first used by the US military abroad, where it would be invaluable in house-to-house fighting situations, hostage retrieval missions, etc. However, its use by the US federal government against American citizens has created an understandable firestorm of objections. As the first link notes, “The US Supreme Court ruled in 2001 that the Constitution generally bars police from scanning the outside of a house with a thermal camera unless they have a warrant, and specifically noted that the rule would apply to radar-based systems that were then being developed” (emphasis added). This story obviously begs the question: How many times have federal agents or police officers used this technology without a warrant? This technology clearly runs roughshod over the 4th Amendment of the US Constitution unless a search warrant exists that was granted after the presentation of a “probable cause” necessity to a Judge. As the first link observes, how could this technology have been deployed “without public scrutiny?”

Apparently, the “public scrutiny” will now come. The second link reports that the deployment of this snooping technology vs. Americans in domestic use without warrants has angered two key US senators. Senator Grassley, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee and Senator Leahy, ranking minority member of that committee, have signed a letter to US Attorney General Holder objecting to the use of the technology. They are not the only ones objecting to the use of this technology. The Judges in a federal Appeals Court in Colorado also noted that the use of this snooping tool “poses grave Fourth Amendment questions,” according to the second link’s story. Apparently, Attorney General Holder had no qualms about running roughshod over the Fourth Amendment of the US Constitution in cases where this technology was used by federal agents without a warrant.

Don’t get me wrong. I can see that this technology would be invaluable in some federal or local law enforcement circumstances: rescuing a kidnapped victim or victims, locating homeless people in an abandoned building to get them to a heated shelter, watching the members of any “sleeper cell” that may be assembling bombs or conducting activities pursuant to a planned terrorist attack, etc. However, in all circumstances, the law enforcement agencies should get search warrants from a local judge before using this very invasive technology. In such legitimate circumstances, I’m sure any judge will give that permission. Indeed, warrants should be obtained for the legal protection of the officers or agents themselves. Without such a warrant, officers or agents using this technology will be vulnerable to civil lawsuits for violating people’s rights without due cause or legal due process.

It is truly amazing how technology is advancing so rapidly that it has outpaced the legal framework for using it. Since this technology was being used for two years vs. Americans in domestic applications without anyone knowing about it, it makes one wonder how many other snooping technologies are also being used already that have not yet come to the attention of the Congress, the courts or the people.

Revelation 13:11-17 prophesies that in the latter days, technology would be so far advanced that a global currency or money system could be systemically implemented that “no man [or woman] might buy or sell” without it. In this prophecy, the Bible anticipated the invention of the Internet and all its attendant social media and shopping applications. Without the Internet and the proliferation of electronic media of all kinds, this prophecy could not have been fulfilled. Furthermore, if technology was prophesied to be that far advanced in the economic/currency arena, it is logical that surveillance and control technologies would be invented/implemented for all other forms of human activities as well. The prophesied “beast” system to emerge in the future will certainly utilize all these new spying and monitoring technologies to implement wall-to-wall surveillance and/or control of the global populations of all nations. However, the plans of the beast power may be severely limited by the powers of the Two Witnesses when they come on the world scene with what sound like unlimited powers delegated to them by God himself (Revelation 11:5-6). The Two Witnesses may order the “beast” system of global government to dump illegally-gathered data on all people, stop using spying technology except for legitimate law enforcement reasons, etc. That will really anger the control freaks who will be drawn to the beast system’s bureaucracy. As Revelation 11:3-6 prophesies, the Two Witnesses will have power to plague anyone they want, whenever they want during their prophesied ministry of 1260 days. After the first few plagues hit the intended targets of the Two Witnesses and after troops or operatives sent to kill them get Divinely vaporized (Revelation 11:5), I think the governments will start listening to the Two Witnesses when they give orders to the nations and peoples all around the world. Indeed, this begs the question: How interventionist will the Two Witnesses be? We don’t know. We’ll have to wait and see. I do feel safe in making one prediction: The more the Two Witnesses are angered by their enemies, the more “interventionist” they will become.

  1. http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2015/01/19/police-radar-see-through-walls/22007615/
  2. http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2015/01/22/police-radar-leahy-grassley-letter-holder/22172597/

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