Archive for October 19th, 2007

“At Such A Time As Ye Think Not. . .” by Jack Kinsella

Friday, October 19th, 2007

Since the turn of the century, the coming together of ancient prophecies of Scripture for the last days has increased exponentially, and so precisely, that even the secular world has begun to sit up and take notice.

Hal Lindsey’s “Late, Great Planet Earth” made the New York Times best-seller list in 1970. When it was still on the best-seller list in 1976, 20th Century Fox decided it was time to give Bible prophecy the Hollywood treatment. In 1976, 20th Century Fox released “The Omen”, a movie about a little boy named Damien who was born with a “666” birthmark and destined to become the antichrist.

The film capitalized on the sudden interest in Bible prophecy by mixing Scripture with stuff they made up to sound like Scripture, and Fox expected it to do well, but never expected it to be such a blockbuster that it ended up becoming a trilogy.

Hollywood lost interest in Bible prophecy until the mid-1990’s when, sensing a re-emerging market for “end of days” themes, they released a whole flurry of movies, (including my personal favorite, “End of Days”, in which Arnold Schwartzeneggar saves the world by defeating the antichrist in a fist fight).

As dates are reckoned, 2001 is the FIRST year of the 21st century, with the year 2000 being the last year of the 20th century.

It is worth noting that the dawn of the 21st century was more than just a way of marking the passage of another hundred-year unit of time. It marked the dawn of a literal “New Normal” as a consequence of September 11, 2001.

The world changed in first year of the 21st century — and nothing has been normal since — hence the phrase, the “New Normal.”

In the “New Normal”, anti-Americanism is the new patriotism. Political leaders like Dick Durban can compare US forces — on the battlefield, in combat, in wartime — to ‘Nazis’, and be defended by his Senate colleagues as ‘a patriot’.

In the “New Normal” a Democratic member of the US Congress can make the statement that “good news from the Iraq battlefield is bad news for us,” without fear of censure.

In the “New Normal” Hillary Clinton can be the front runner for President of the United States as the ‘family values’ candidate — and Al Gore can win the Nobel Peace Prize for demanding the US submit to a UN global government.

In the “New Normal” — the hedonistic Folsom Street Fair in San Francisco can advertise its annual Gay Pride party by mocking the Last Supper and enjoy the endorsement of the US Speaker of the House — and the sponsorship of Miller Brewing Company, while the mainstream media pixelated the Danish Mohammed cartoons to avoid offending Muslims.

The Miller-sponsored ad featured a twisted version of Da Vinci’s “Last Supper”, substituting Jesus and the Apostles with men and women in various stages of leather dress/undress, (including a man wearing a black dog mask).

Sex toys, including a big red fist, are strewn across the table. Prominently on display in the left-hand corner of the ad — the Miller Lite sponsorship logo.

Speaker Nancy Pelosi commented dryly of the Folsom ad, that, “she didn’t see anything in the ad that threatened the continued existence of Christianity.” (Nancy wasn’t shy about expressing her ‘concern’ at Danish ‘insensitivity’ over the Danish cartoons — but that’s acceptable in the “New Normal”)

At the same time, niche filmmakers Peter and Paul Lalonde produced a series of films based on Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins book series that not only broke even at the box office, but has sold millions of copies on DVD.

Both Hal’s LGPE and subsequently, Peter and Paul’s films made a successful crossover into the secular market where they’ve been instrumental in leading untold millions to Christ.

Mel Gibson’s independent production, “Passion of the Christ” (which I still haven’t summoned up the courage to watch) broke box-office records.

There is a growing sense in the secular world that the world is mysteriously out of synch and rapidly running out of time. (Al Gore just won the Nobel Peace Prize for telling us that we’re all doomed unless the US submits to a global government, for example.)

Then, too, there are the undeniable similarities between the events predicted by the Bible’s prophets and the global scenario predicated by the imposition of the “New Normal” of the 21st century.

Twenty-five hundred years before it became a reality, the Hebrew prophets confidently predicted the existence of a Jewish state called “Israel” in the last days. They predicted that Jerusalem would occupy the center of global attention.

Even a hundred years ago, such a prediction seemed preposterous. Ancient Israel had been part of the Muslim Ottoman Empire for four hundred years. Few could point out Jerusalem on a map, fewer still even knew that it was a real city and not another lost city of the Bible.

The 20th century closed with the collapse of the Oslo Peace process, when Yasser Arafat broke off negotiations when Israel offered to give in to the majority of his territorial demands and grant the Palestinians unconditional statehood and started the still-raging Oslo War against Israel.

In the surreal environment of the “New Normal” the collapse was blamed on Israel, just as the prophet Zechariah predicted. When Israel surrendered Gaza, the Arabs used it to attack Israeli settlements — so in response, the world put pressure on ISRAEL.

Although Israel’s most basic red-line position since 1967 has been no negotiation over either Jerusalem or the Temple Mount, the prophet Zechariah predicted that Jerusalem would be divided one last time:

“Behold, the day of the LORD cometh, and thy spoil shall be divided in the midst of thee. For I will gather all nations against Jerusalem to battle; and the city shall be taken, and the houses rifled, and the women ravished; and half of the city shall go forth into captivity, and the residue of the people shall not be cut off from the city.” (Zechariah 14:2-3)

Jerusalem has not left the headlines since Ehud Olmert announced Israel’s willingness to divide Jerusalem with the Palestinians as a shared capital and grant Jordan sovereignty over the Temple Mount in exchange for peace.

The prophet Ezekiel predicted, 2500 years ago, that at that point in history when Israel was again numbered among the pantheon of nations, that a nation called “Gog” would reluctantly ally itself with an alliance of nations — that comprise the modern Islamic world — led by Persia, that would launch an invasion against Israel.

A straight line north from Jerusalem goes right through the center of Moscow. And in 1925, the ancient nation of “Persia” formally changed its name to “Iran.”

(At present, the world is holding its collective breath waiting to see what Moscow’s reaction will be to the virtually-certain impending Israeli attack on the Russian-made nuclear facilities inside Iran.)

Indeed, since the dawn of the “New Normal” and the seemingly accelerated pace of unfolding Bible prophecy since, some Christians believe the anti-christ is already in power and that the Tribulation has already begun. Others are busy calculating the day when it will begin.

Every year of the 21st century has seen some new prediction of the Rapture during Rosh Hashana or Yom Kippur, and every October of the 21st century has seen a flurry of emails explaining where their calculations were out and explaining why it will be NEXT year at Rosh Hashana or Yom Kippur.

In the “New Normal” its perfectly acceptable for Christians to defy Jesus’ admonition against date-setting, and nobody seems to hold it against them when they are consistently wrong.

Jesus explained in a parable WHY God imposed a prohibition on date-setting, and why nobody can calculate the day or the hour of the Rapture:

“And this know, that if the goodman of the house had known what hour the thief would come, he would have watched, and not have suffered his house to be broken through.” (Luke 21:39)

It is perfectly logical. If the Rapture’s date could be calculated, nobody would clean up their act until the last minute. The lost would circle the day on their calendar, confident they had plenty of time to repent, or as the Prince song put it; “they’re gonna party like it’s 1999.”

That’s human nature — but salvation comes by putting on the nature of Christ. By faith. Not because of a looming deadline.

In reading through the daily news, I admit that I sometimes marvel that I am still here to report it. And I wonder, (as you do, no doubt), “How long, Lord?” — but in so doing, I miss the point.

When the Rapture happens, the door of opportunity for salvation for those who heard the Gospel but put it off until ‘later’ slams shut forever.

The Scriptures say that “the Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.” (2nd Peter 3:9)

The Lord is holding the door open deliberately, to give us once last chance to fulfill our Great Commission and to give the lost one last chance to embrace the Gospel.

The Rapture could happen tomorrow, or the Lord could put all these events on hold for another decade. It isn’t so much delaying His coming for the Church, as it is about giving us all every chance possible, according to His promise.

The Lord IS coming. All of the evidence says so, and, viewed from the perspective of the “New Normal,” if He doesn’t return soon, there may not be surviving Christians left to Rapture.

But we can be sure that He will delay His return for the last possible moment. We don’t know when that moment is, but we know this, from our Lord Himself:

“Therefore, be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh.” (Matthew 24:44)

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“Terminator of the Family” by Mike Mickey

Friday, October 19th, 2007

If California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger ever decides to make another Terminator movie, a good title for it would be: Terminator 4: War on Morality. In the last week Schwarzenegger has taken family values and California’s public school system to a level of moral depravity unheard of in the history of the United States of America.

First, as seen in a WorldNetDaily article, Arnold went after the terms “Mom and Dad” and “husband and wife.” Acting much like he did in the first Terminator movie, the onslaught continued as seen in the following excerpt from the article:

“Mom and Dad” as well as “husband and wife” effectively have been banned from California schools under a bill signed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, who with his signature also ordered public schools to allow boys to use girls restrooms and locker rooms, and vice versa, if they choose.

“We are shocked and appalled that the governor has blatantly attacked traditional family values in California,” said Karen England, executive director of Capitol Resource Institute.

“With this decision, Gov. Schwarzenegger has told parents that their values are irrelevant. Many parents will have no choice but to pull their children out of the public schools that have now become sexualized indoctrination centers.”

“Arnold Schwarzenegger has delivered young children into the hands of those who will introduce them to alternative sexual lifestyles,” said Randy Thomasson, president of Campaign for Children and Families, which worked to defeat the plans. “This means children as young as five years old will be mentally molested in school classrooms.

“Shame on Schwarzenegger and the Democrat politicians for ensuring that every California school becomes a homosexual-bisexual-transsexual indoctrination center,” he said. has also provided excellent coverage on the actions of the ‘Terminator of the Family’ AKA Governor Schwarzenegger. The following is an excerpt from an article I found there that shows us, in my opinion, what the next target of legislation such as this will be (emphasis added mine):

Schwarzenegger vetoed bills for same-sex “marriage” licenses and additional millions for abortions and birth control, but approved two bills — SB 777 and AB 394. One mandates positive portrayal about homosexual and alternative sexual lifestyles in instruction and activities in public schools, and the other orders “anti-harassment” training for students, parents, and teachers including publications, handouts, and classroom curriculum.

Also signed were AB 102, which awards married surnames to homosexual couples; and AB 14, which opens up penalties for nonprofit organizations and churches receiving state funding for programs, and some private business operations, that do not support and affirm homosexuality and alternate sexuality.

As the article reveals, Governor Schwarzenegger vetoed legislation similar to these bills he has now signed into law a short time ago. Why the change of heart, you may wonder. The last time legislation like this hit his desk he was campaigning for re-election. Oh how the wicked plot thickens!

The article indicates many worried that Schwarzenegger, given another chance to approve these perverse bills into law, would do so once he no longer had to worry about his electability – and they were correct. Speaking on that topic, pro-family lobbyist Karen England with the Capitol Resource Institute is quoted in the OneNewsNow article as saying, “So he turned around [and did exactly that]. And now that he doesn’t have to run for re-election, apparently he doesn’t want to be the governor of all the people — just the gay, lesbian, transgender caucus people in California. And he’s going to force this on all of us, from north to south.”

May God help us as a nation to stand against things like this and have mercy on the children of California! Their little sponge-like brains are now going to be fed what is nothing less than state-sponsored poison to their souls! And let’s not overlook the fact that churches and nonprofit organizations, which could help offset this garbage being force-fed to children as though it is normal, are going to be penalized financially if they do not “support and affirm homosexuality and alternate sexuality.”

WorldNetDaily is reporting the following in part, in addition to the above:

An international organization promoting families says California families have no choice but to abandon the public school system after Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed a new “anti-discrimination” bill into law, effectively making terms like “mom” and dad” obsolete.

As WND has reported, some family advocates in California already had come to the same conclusion as that reached now by the World Congress of Families.

World Congress of Families Global Coordinator Allan Carlson said the measure, SB 777, is “a blatant attack on the natural family orchestrated by the alternative-lifestyles lobby.”

The exodus call had been issued just one day earlier by Randy Thomasson, president of Campaign for Children and Families. “We’re calling upon every California parent to pull their child out of California’s public school system,” he told WND.

“The so-called ‘public schools’ are no longer a safe emotional environment for children. Under the new law, schoolchildren as young as kindergarten will be sexually indoctrinated and introduced to homosexuality, bisexuality, and transsexuality, over the protests of parents, teachers and even school districts,” he said.

Satan’s handiwork is written all over this, isn’t it folks?

Are we living in the last days or what that things like this are taking place with little to no public outcry in the aftermath? But, hey, I heard this morning on the news that there is a Paris Hilton Halloween costume out now! Wow! Priorities….
Come quickly, Lord Jesus! If not for the sake of us as a whole, please come quickly for the sake of our nation’s children alone!

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Muslim Terrorist Attempt Assassination of Former Pakistani PM – Misses Target, Kills Over 100

Friday, October 19th, 2007

The ever tolerant (yeah right), ever loving (yeah right), ever peaceful (YEAH RIGHT!!) Muslim terrorist in Pakistan attempted to kill their former prime minister, Benezir Bhutto, who has been in exile for eight years, with a bomb attack. Instead of killing Bhutto with their homicide bomber attack, they took over 100 innocent people instead.
You see this is the Muslim terrorist standard procedure. It doesn’t matter how many innocent people one kills. It’s justified to them. The end justifies the means. And the means is the death of hundreds of innocent people.
Islam a religion of peace? YEAH RIGHT!!

KARACHI, Pakistan — Former Prime Minister Benezir Bhutto, her return from exile shattered by a homicide attack that killed up to 136 people, blamed militants Friday for trying to kill her and said she would not “surrender our great nation” to them.

Bhutto said there were two attackers in the deadly bombing, and that her security guards found a third man armed with a pistol and another with a suicide vest. Ahead of her arrival, she said, she was warned suicide squads were dispatched to kill her.

“There was one suicide squad from the Taliban elements, one suicide squad from al-Qaida, one suicide squad from Pakistani Taliban and a fourth — a group — I believe from Karachi,” she said.

Baitullah Mehsud, a top militant leader on the unstable Afghan border, threatened this month to meet Bhutto’s return to Pakistan with suicide attacks, according to local media reports. An associate of Mehsud, however, denied Taliban involvement.

Bhutto said her guards prevented more carnage.

“They stood their ground, and they stood all around the truck, and they refused to let the suicide bomber — the second suicide bomber — get near the truck,” she said.

Bhutto blamed militants for the attack, which drew international condemnation.

“We believe democracy alone can save Pakistan from disintegration and a militant takeover,” she told a news conference. “We are prepared to risk our lives and we are prepared to risk our liberty, but we are not prepared to surrender our great nation to the militants.”

Bhutto’s procession crept toward the center of Karachi for 10 hours with supporters thronging her armored truck when a small explosion erupted near the front of the vehicle. That was quickly followed by a larger blast, destroying two police vans escorting the procession. Interior Minister Aftab Khan Sherpao said the vehicles on the left side of Bhutto’s truck suffered the brunt of the blast, one of the deadliest in Pakistan’s history.

Bhutto did not blame the government, but said it was suspicious that streetlights failed after sunset Thursday when her convoy was inching its way through the streets of Karachi. She said attempts to reach the national security adviser to have the lights restored were unsuccessful — phone lines were also apparently down.

“I’m not accusing the government but certain individuals who abuse their positions and powers,” she said. “We were scanning the crowd with the floodlights, but it was difficult to scan the crowds because there was so much darkness.”

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Attack on President Bush Continues Past SCHIP Veto Override Vote

Friday, October 19th, 2007

I’m of the opinion that most of our elected officials are a joke.

WASHINGTON — Democratic Rep. Pete Stark launched a shocking one-man assault on the Bush administration Thursday, interrupting floor debate before a failed attempt to override President Bush’s veto of the so-called SCHIP bill to suggest that U.S. troops in Iraq are getting their heads “blown off for the president’s amusement.”

The vote to override the veto of the State Children’s Health Insurance Program bill failed, 273-156, 14 votes shy of the number necessary.

But before the vote was taken, action on the failed measure screeched to a brief halt when Republicans asked that the 18-term congressman’s remarks be “taken down,” or challenged as against House rules that prohibit personal attacks on fellow lawmakers or the president.

The challenge came after Stark said: “I would just like to point out that under the Republican plan, by 2017 we probably will have killed 20,000 soldiers in Iraq, spending $200 billion.”

The parliamentarian found that those remarks were not so inflammatory as to be outside the boundaries of House decorum. Rep. Ellen Tauscher, who was leading the floor debate, allowed them to stand as is in the congressional record.

While that particular sentence was found to be in order, Stark did not withhold his anger at Bush for both his veto and his leadership in the war in Iraq.

In a heated floor speech, Stark repeatedly made the charge that the president would rather use government revenues to send U.S. soldiers to war than to pay for low-income kids’ health care. A longtime war critic, Stark said the president couldn’t find $35 billion to expand SCHIP but at the same time had requested an extra $200 billion to pay for military operations in Iraq.

“Where are you going to get that money? Are you going to tell us lies like you’re telling us today? Is that how you’re going to fund the war? You don’t have money to fund the war or children. But you’re going to spend it to blow up innocent people if we can get enough kids to grow old, enough for you to send to Iraq to get their heads blown off for the president’s amusement,” Stark said.

“President Bush’s statements about children’s health shouldn’t be taken any more seriously than his lies about the war in Iraq. The truth is that Bush just likes to blow things up in Iraq, in the United States, and in Congress. I urge my colleagues to vote to override his veto,” he continued.

After that statement, Tauscher, D-Calif., gently reminded Stark that personal attacks are not permitted. But Rep. Kevin Brady, R-Texas, stood up and said the “general reminder” doesn’t adequately chastise Stark.

“It is despicable to have a member of this Congress accuse the president, any president, of willfully blowing the heads, quote, ‘blowing the heads off’ our young men and women over in Iraq and Afghanistan,” Brady said. “It is dead wrong, and it is beneath contempt as well that we will sit here silently and allow such a remark to be tolerated, accepted, if not embraced.”

At the time, however, Brady did not challenge the remarks.

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Friday, October 19th, 2007

Language and Content Warning


Last week, in a Letter, 138 Muslim clerics sought to find “common ground” but only with Christians. In my view, they did so because Christians are the only religious group that outnumbers the Muslims demographically, by about six to seven hundred million.

In a sense, from a psycho-analytic point of view, this is an example of “literal” or “concrete” thinking. The World Trade Center and The Pentagon are symbols of American might. Hence, destroying these structures is “literally” the same as destroying American infidel power.

But, when one thinks psycho-analytically, nothing is exactly as it seems. Often, such thinking also provokes people’s unconscious anxieties about…you guessed it, about their own mothers and their own relations to women.

According to Dr. Nancy Hartevelt Kobrin, a psycho-analyst, Arabist, and counter-terrorism expert with whom I have written a series of articles about Islamic suicide killers, and whom I have also quoted (in 2004 HERE, 2005 HERE and HERE, and 2006 HERE):

“The Letter is an overture. They want to pull us close but they also need to push us away. This is similar to the classic unconscious behavior of a batterer. They want to stir up all our hopes for peace but they do not know how to relate or engage in genuine intimacy. They can f*** a lot of women but they have no ability to relate to women. It is tragic. Psychologically, they are completely tone deaf.”

Dr. Kobrin is also the author of an important book: “The Sheiks’ New Clothes: The Naked Truth about Islamic Suicide Terrorism” for which I wrote the Introduction. Her publisher, Looseleaf Law, cancelled the contract when they decided that if Muslims could launch riots because of the Pope’s comments about Islam, that they, a small American publisher, could not economically afford to protect their employees from Islamist violence—were it to occur. As yet, no other publisher has stepped forward.

Dr. Kobrin has terrified many a counter-terrorism expert with her ideas about the psychological importance of the Mother to Arab Islamist suicide killers and to their handlers. She notes that according to Al-Qaeda expert, Rohan Gunaratna, many an intercepted terrorist (in the Middle East and in Pakistan) has wept and “named names” once the police bring his mother into the interrogation room and undress her.

A man’s honor is literally located in his mother’s genitalia. If she is shamed and therefore shames him, he is undone unless he can kill her and whoever has shamed them both. This is also true for every other close female relative. This is how a “shame and honor” society works.

Recently, Michael Moss and Souad Mekhennet have described how jihadists download their internet messages of hate and violence. First, “someone with al-Qaeda uploads the video, probably at an internet cafe, to password-protected sites. Then they call a friend say, in Australia or Brasilia, and say, “Hi Johnny, your MOM is traveling today.” That is the code to download the video.” (Please see HERE.)

Although women are denigrated and deeply devalued in Arab Muslim culture (a culture which has been “Arabizing” the non-Arab Muslim world), psychologically speaking, Arab Muslim men exhibit a very “heliotropic” orientation to the mother. They are always searching for, relating to, disconnecting from, re-connecting to the Mother.

Often, an Arab Muslim suicide killer will stand right next to a pregnant woman or a mother with small children before they blow themselves up. This is not a contradiction. It is an expression of the struggle between Eros (Life) and Thanatos (Death), an example of what it means to “come close,” and to “push away” a “literal” enactment of what it means to have to kill the object of forbidden or dangerous love. Palestinian terrorists claim to despise Jews as sub-human—and yet they choose to mingle their blood with that of the despised Other in their suicide murders.

The full name of Al Qaeda is “Al Qaeda Al Subah.” “Al Qaeda” means “Base” and “Al Subah” means “Solid.” Hence, bin Laden’s cult both promises and desires a “Solid Base”. According to Dr. Kobrin, this phrase, both linguistically and psychologically refers to a “secure attachment to Ummi” (Mommy!). The concept of a universal nation-state to which all religious Muslims must be loyal, is the “umma.” Dr. Kobrin says that “the maternal figure looms large in the psyche of the Muslim group self.”

I’ll say.

Thus, one might conclude that there is something intrinsic to Arab Muslim psychology which is obsessed with what it fears can shame and destroy it: Jews, Women, and Infidels, in no particular order. The need to control these three groups is very great—especially since Muslim dependence upon them is both very great and greatly despised.

Therefore, the Muslim clerical Letter may not represent a sincere desire to live in peace with a religion with whom they profoundly disagree as much as it may represent a first step towards trying to persuade Christians to understand that God has “no associate” (no Christ, no partner). Once Christians understand this they will realize that in order to have the “peace” they so treasure they will have to convert to Islam. If not, Muslims will have no choice but to continue to wage war against them.

Maybe if we are lucky, jihadists will simply tax the hell out of us (aren’t they already doing that with the high price of oil?—dependence can be a wonderfully mutual thing); drive us out of Muslim lands (isn’t that wherever Muslims happen to live?); veil or rape our naked (unveiled) women?

Friends: Trying to understand one’s opponents psycho-analytically and culturally is only one small piece of the puzzle to be deciphered. In my next and final installment about this Letter, I will focus on its theological implications and on its propagandistic value.

I appreciate all your Comments so far. Can some more of you simply “vote” on whether you think this Letter is a sincere Peace initiative or a chilling declaration of war?

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Israel Warns World War III May be Biblical War of Gog and Magog

Friday, October 19th, 2007

I couldn’t agree more…

( US President George W. Bush said a nuclear Iran would mean World War III. Israeli newscasts featured Gog & Magog maps of the likely alignment of nations in that potential conflict.

Channel 2 and Channel 10 TV showed the world map, sketching the basic alignment of the two opposing axes in a coming world war, in a manner evoking associations of the Gog and Magog prophecy for many viewers. The prophecy of Gog and Magog refers to a great world war centered on the Holy Land and Jerusalem and first appears in the book of Yechezkel (Ezekiel).

On one side were Israel, the United States, Britain, France and Germany. On the other were Iran, Russia, China, Syria and North Korea.

US President Bush said Wednesday during a press conference that Iran attaining nuclear weapons raises the risk of “World War III.”

“If Iran had a nuclear weapon, it’d be a dangerous threat to world peace,” Bush said. “So I told people that if you’re interested in avoiding World War III, it seems like you ought to be interested [in preventing a nuclear Iran]…I take the threat of Iran with a nuclear weapon very seriously.”

Russian President Vladimir Putin visited Iran Tuesday and slammed the US’s refusal to rule out the use of force against Iran’s nuclear project. “Not only should we reject the use of force, but also the mention of force as a possibility,” he said.

Russia has blocked tougher UN sanctions in the UN Security Council, where it has veto power. The Russian president asserts that there is no evidence Iran is pursuing nuclear weapons rather than a peaceful nuclear power program.

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