Archive for July 18th, 2006

War in the Middle East Update.

Tuesday, July 18th, 2006

Here are some of the headlines I’ve seen this morning concerning the war in the Middle East.

Blair in push for peace in Middle East
Big power diplomacy to stop the fighting in Lebanon ground into gear yesterday as Britain and other European states pushed hard for the deployment of an international intervention force on the Israeli-Lebanese border.

Arab world fed up with Hizbullah
With the exception of the Palestinians, the Arab world appears to be united in blaming Iran and Syria for the fighting in Lebanon. Until last week, Arab political analysts and government officials were reluctant to criticize Hizbullah in public. But now that Hizbullah Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah and his top aides are in hiding, an anti-Hizbullah coalition is emerging not only in Lebanon, but in several other Arab countries as well.

Diplomacy Gains Traction in Mideast Crisis
BEIRUT, Lebanon — Diplomatic efforts to end Israeli-Hezbollah fighting gained traction Monday, with Israeli officials saying they would agree to halt fighting if their two captured soldiers were returned and Islamic guerrillas withdrew from the border.

New York Jews rally in support of Israel
Thousands of American Jews clogged the streets leading to the United Nations building here in a massive show of support for Israel on Monday afternoon. The turnout was particularly impressive for a weekday and one of the hottest so far this summer.

Americans, Europeans Begin to Evacuate Lebanon Amid Mideast Conflict
Lebanon — Westerners fled by land, sea and air as Israel launched three waves of bombings on southern Beirut and on a Lebanese army base in the early hours Tuesday.

Congress Considers Resolutions Supporting Israel
WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate and House of Representatives are preparing to vote this week on resolutions backing Israel and condemning Hezbollah, which last week kidnapped two Israeli soldiers, sparking violence across the Israel-Lebanon border.

Iran parliament speaker: No part of Israel safe
Iran’s parliament speaker warned Tuesday that no part of Israel is safe during Hizbullah’s battle with Lebanon – a statement made despite Iran’s claim that it is not aiding the guerrillas in their fight.

Pro-Family Groups Ask Senators to Vote to Protect Human Embryos

Tuesday, July 18th, 2006

Be sure to let your Senators know how you feel about this.

(AgapePress) – The U.S. Senate is scheduled to begin debate today on three bioethics bills. While pro-life groups are urging the senators to protect the sanctity of human life, Republican Senator Sam Brownback of Kansas says this discussion, which has been a long time in coming, fails to address some relevant issues.
“This is an incomplete debate,” Brownback contends, because it will not include the topic of human cloning. He says the legislature needs to take up the controversial issue of human cloning at some point in time “and come to a position on it, which we haven’t been able to get agreement even to get the debate up.”
Among the three bioethics bills to be debated is the “Fetus Farming Prohibition Act” (S. 2504), which would make it a federal offense for researchers to use tissues from a human baby created and grown in a woman’s or animal’s womb for the express purpose of obtaining human tissues.
Then there is the “Alternative Pluripotent Stem Cell Therapies Enhancement Act” (S. 2754), which would support research to find methods of creating pluripotent stem cells — those with the ability to turn into any kind of tissue — without harming human embryos.
The other piece of bioethics legislation coming under discussion today is the “Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act” (H.R. 810 and S. 471), which would use tax dollars to fund the destruction of human embryos. This series of bills will, at the request of Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, reach the Senate floor this week and will require 60 votes for passage.

Pro-Life Groups Take Issue With Bioethics Bills
The American Life League has issued a statement regarding its analysis of S. 2754, a bill the pro-life group says is supposed to spare human embryos from abuse but which actually allows for a technique that would create and kill human embryos. That technique, known as Altered Nuclear Transfer/Oocyte-Assisted Reprogramming (ANT/OAR), therefore fails to resolve the ethical concerns raised by those who oppose research on human embryos or on stem cells derived from them.
American Life League president Judie Brown says ANT/OAR “could be used to promote the creation and killing of disabled human embryos.” But that is not the only reason she says her group is urging senators to vote against the Alternative Pluripotent Stem Cell Therapies Enhancement Act.
“Even if ANT itself were used in a manner that clearly did not produce a human embryo,” Brown remarks, “it would almost certainly still be complicit in the exploitation of women by harvesting their eggs.”
While the American Life League has come out strongly against the “alternative therapies” legislation, Concerned Women for America (CWA) is urging the Senate to support S. 2504, the proposed ban on creating fetuses to harvest their tissues for research, and to oppose federal funding for the destruction of embryos for research (H.R. 810/S. 471). Wendy Wright, CWA’s president, says scientists should not be permitted to destroy human embryos, even for the “noble claim” of finding cures for diseases.
“We desire miraculous treatments,” Wright comments, “but, as civilized people, not at the expense of human lives.” The U.S. Senate has “an enormous opportunity this week,” she says, “to determine how civilized we will be: Will our country condone and fund research that dismembers small human beings?”
The CWA president warns that no “less-than-perfect person” in society should feel safe once the government begins deciding that some humans can be used as research material to benefit others. Meanwhile, the group’s director of government relations, Lanier Swann, points out that embryonic stem-cell research, or ESCR, “has yet to yield one single success in human treatments” of disease or injury while the public has heard story after story of lives being changed through successful and ethically sound adult stem-cell treatments.
“Proponents of ESCR seem to think that destroying a human life to ‘save’ the life of another is a justifiable practice,” Swann notes. But in reality, she says, “they are not saving either. The science speaks for itself.”
It is “an irresponsible action,” CWA’s government relations director asserts, for the Senate to ask American taxpayers to fund a science that is “both immoral and ineffective.” Instead, she says the senators must heed the “undeniable evidence” that adult stem-cell research is a giant leap forward in medicine while ESCR funding “continues to waste our money on the exploitation and destruction of little lives.”
It is time, Swann insists, to recognize the truth about unproven and morally problematic embryonic stem-cell research and its ethical, clinically proven alternative, adult stem-cell research. And it is time, she adds, for the U.S. Senate “to vote to support a science that saves lives, not ends them.”

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Re-Post: “The Myth of ‘Measured Response'” by Hal Lindsey

Tuesday, July 18th, 2006

With illegal attacks across Israel’s internationally recognized borders, hostage taking of soldiers and a relentlessly raining of rockets and missiles upon Israel’s major cities, the Israeli Defense Forces have finally sprung into action. This is after months of “restraint” that world leaders are now calling upon them to use. The time for “restraint” has long passed, as I will demonstrate.
It is because of Israel’s compromise, appeasement and restraint that Hamas, Hizbollah and their true masters, Iran and Syria, have come to believe that “now” is the time to attack and destroy Israel.
Every time Israel unilaterally gave “land for peace”, as in Southern Lebanon and Gaza, the terrorist claimed it as their victory. Hamas used this claim to get elected by popular vote in the West Bank and Gaza. Hezbollah has used the same claim to move in a massive force that is now more powerful than the Lebanon’s army.
Every compromise that Israel has made to make peace with the Palestinians and the surrounding Muslim nations has been rewarded with more terrorism.
The de-facto rulers – Hamas in Gaza and the West Bank and Hizbollah in Lebanon have sworn to destroy the “Zionist Entity” (refusing even to call Israel a State). In fact their founding charter proclaims that their basis for existence is to destroy Israel. They have built up a formidable arsenal of rockets and missiles. They have smuggled in a trained and well-equipped army. Over recent weeks, they have launched ever-increasing numbers of more lethal rockets and missiles with greater range.
Hamas has hit the major fuel port of Ashkelon. Hizbollah has now repeatedly hit the third largest city in Israel, Haifa, killing and wounding many civilians. They have hit another major city, Tiberius, several times and caused serious damage and casualties. The leader of Hizbollah also has warned that he can hit Israel with chemical and biological warheads that can reach Tel Aviv and Jerusalem.
The real leaders and suppliers of these terrorists, Iran and Syria, have warned that if Israel hits Syria, they will cause “unimaginable destruction to fall upon the ‘Zionist Entity’.”
As I have repeatedly warned on many occasions, the West, particularly the United States leaders, do not understand Fundamental Islam – which is according to the Koran and Islamic history, the only true expression of Islam. Based on these same founding documents, the so-called “Moderate Muslims” are labeled “apostates” by the Fundamentalists of both the Shi’ite Ayatollahs of Iran and the Sunni followers of Wahhabism.
It is time for the world to wake up. And I pray especially for our President and his cabinet to open their eyes to reality. Muslims only understand one language, “overwhelming power and the will to use it.” Fundamental Islam views kindness, compromise and appeasement as weakness and a failing of will to fight to survive. They see it as a sign that it is time to move in for the kill.
There is an even larger issue here. I believe that God gave Israel a miraculous victory in the Six Day War of June 1967. God gave Israel back the land that He had promised them as an everlasting possession. He did this at just the time He promised – in the “latter days” when He began to bring them back from their Second Dispersion.
Then, rather than believe their own Bible, Israeli leaders began to succumb to world pressure, rather than believe God’s promises. Piece by piece, Israeli leaders gave the Muslim usurpers, who were bent upon destroying them, land that God had miraculously restored to them.
It is important to note that every Israeli leader that was responsible for this met with tragic ends. Menachem Begin, who gave away the Sinai, resigned in disgrace in 1983, dying in seclusion in 1992.
Yitzhak Rabin, who was responsible for setting in motion the most disastrous compromise of faith of all –the Oslo Accord –, was assassinated.
The former great general, Ariel Sharon, betrayed the Jewish settlers in Gaza that he had encouraged to move there and gave Gaza away. He suffered a catastrophic stroke from which he will not recover.
Israel is now in the most dangerous position it has been since the founding of the State. I believe it is because they have tried to make peace with an enemy that openly declares their ultimate goal is the destruction of Israel.
And more importantly, I believe all this disaster is happening because Israelites have not believed and followed their own prophets.
The God of Israel, in sovereign grace, has sworn that this State that has been miraculously restored from the predicted second worldwide dispersion will never be totally destroyed again. But God does warn that Israel will go through terrible tribulation before the Messiah comes and fulfills His unconditional covenants with a believing remnant of Israelites. And this predicted tribulation is to sift out the true believers in Israel from those who don’t believe.
I fear for my country and its leaders. If we continue to push Israel to give away land and accept a two-state solution that any sane person can see will never work, God will judge the United States. We will fall overnight when God’s judgment comes. God has sworn concerning Abraham’s descendents, “I bless those who bless you, and the one who curses you I will curse.” That Divine oath has never been rescinded. The rise and fall of nations and empires can be traced to God keeping this oath.
United States must not fall in with the other world leaders and demand that Israel give only a “measured and balanced response” to the unprovoked atrocities Iran, Syria and their surrogates, Hamas and Hizbollah, have brought upon Israel. If Israel does not totally destroy these terrorist organizations now, they will face endless violence and suffering.
May the God of Israel and the true Messiah, the Lord Jesus, defend Israel and open the eyes of many – both Christians and Israelites.

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Disproportionate Response

Tuesday, July 18th, 2006

Cox and Forkum make a good call with this cartoon. Somehow the world forgets what the slimy terrorist have been doing to innocent Israelis civilians for the past several years. By the way, those kind of attacks are against the U.N. rules, but how many resolutions were enforced against the terrorist? None!!

Disproportionate Response

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