Archive for September 5th, 2008

Navy Fears Terrorist Bringing Drugs, Weapons to U.S. via Submarine

Friday, September 5th, 2008

The waters in the Caribbean and around Latin America for a long time have provided a path for illicit drugs to flow into the United States, but the U.S. Navy has increased its patrols in the region now looking for something else – Hezbollah terrorists, according to a report from Joseph Farah’s G2 Bulletin.

The Navy, in trolling for mini-submarines sometimes used to transport drugs, has discovered that some of them apparently are being operated by Hezbollah.

The mini-subs are small semi-submersibles, made of fiberglass and capable of carrying up to four people plus a payload. They are popular with drug smugglers, and now the U.S. is concerned elements of Hezbollah have begun using them for drug-running or smuggling weapons.

“In 2006, we were tracking around three of these,” said Navy Admiral James Stavridis, commander of U.S. Southern Command. “In the year 2007, (the number) jumped to about 30. This year so far, in three months, we’ve seen about 30.”

In drawing the connection to Hezbollah, Stravridis said there is concern about the “tri-border area (of Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay). It is, in my view, principally Hezbollah activity.

“There is clearly fund-raising, money laundering, drug trafficking,” Stravridis added. “And, certainly a portion of the funds that are raised in that are making their way back to the Middle East.”

The suspected Hezbollah activity is centered largely in the tri-border region, particularly Ciudad del Este in Paraguay, a focal point of Islamic fundamentalism to include the Sunni Hamas and Shiite Hezbollah.

Now it has branched beyond the tri-border area into other regions of Latin America to include Venezuela.

Indeed, as far back as 2000, Iran had designated the Hezbollah to be its liaison to Hamas and the Sunni Palestinian Islamic Jihad throughout Latin America.

Stravridis expressed concern over this linkage.

“(U.S. Southern Command) is concerned about linkage between the Iranian state and nascent Islamic radical terrorism in this region,” Stravridis said.

Now, Iran itself is showing a growing presence in the region, to which sources claim the administration has paid little attention. This presence includes diplomatic and intelligence not only in Venezuela but also Bolivia, Nicaragua and Ecuador.

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Israel Allows Transfer of Arms to Pali Terrorist

Friday, September 5th, 2008

By all means, arm the terrorist again. Will Israel ever learn?

Jordan recently facilitated the transfer of close to 1,000 automatic rifles and some 10,000 bullets to the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank, defense officials revealed Thursday.

Defense Minister Ehud Barak approved the transfer of the weaponry after the PA requested the shipment, which it said would be used in the campaign Prime Minister Salaam Fayad is currently waging against Hamas in the West Bank.

Defense officials expressed cautious satisfaction with the performance of the Palestinian security forces, Israel Radio reported, stressing that their activity so far had been mostly relegated to fighting corruption.

But IDF officials, especially in operational units working in the West Bank, expressed fear that the weapons would eventually find their way into terrorists’ hands.

Fayad’s campaign is targeted at money launderers, many of whom help finance Hamas, and against other Hamas terrorists in the West Bank.

Transferring weapons to the Palestinians has been a heated issue since the 1990s, when US weaponry was given to Palestinian forces subservient to then-PA chairman Yasser Arafat in the wake of the Oslo Accords, since these weapons were used later in terror attacks against Israelis.

Several months ago, Barak encountered strong opposition when he was preparing to transfer to Palestinian forces several Russian-made armored personnel carriers.

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Warning: Jerusalem on the Chopping Block

Friday, September 5th, 2008

JERUSALEM – Prime Minister Ehud Olmert is lying to the world. He has repeatedly denied he is negotiating ceding territory in Jerusalem to the Palestinians, but I can confirm with absolute confidence Olmert’s government is currently discussing the division of Jerusalem as part of talks aimed at creating a Palestinian state, at least on paper, by the end of the year.

But most Israelis and Americans, including the influential U.S. Jewish community, are in the dark about the Jerusalem negotiations, allowing the Israeli government to continue the virtual chopping up of Israel’s capital city without any major protest or distraction.

Olmert’s plan seems to be to wait until the last minute, until just before signing a binding document that will be guaranteed by a letter from the U.S. president, to announce Jerusalem is being negotiated.

The U.S. government, by the way, is heavily involved in the Jerusalem negotiation process, offering the Israeli and Palestinian teams staged proposals on how to split the holy city and pressing Israel to include pledges to evacuate parts of Jerusalem in a document expected to be released before January outlining a Palestinian state.

Olmert is tactfully dancing around admitting he’s negotiating Jerusalem in part because of commitments to his governing coalition partner, the ultra-Orthodox Shas Party, which has claimed it would bolt Olmert’s plurality government if Jerusalem is discussed during the intense, almost daily Israeli-Palestinian meetings that were initiated at last-November’s U.S.-sponsored Annapolis conference.

A minor problem for Olmert is that his official Kadima Party platform calls for Jerusalem to remain united.

According to informed sources, Jerusalem talks are being held under secretive conditions, with a small number of Israelis and Palestinians on each negotiating team. The Israeli team is led by Olmert and Foreign Minister Tzippy Livni, a front-runner for this month’s leadership primary in Olmert’s Kadima Party.

Olmert has pledged to resign after a new Kadima leader is installed, but he could stay on as prime minister if the new Kadima leader fails to form a stable government coalition, precipitating new general elections in 90 days and giving Olmert some more time in power. Indeed, Olmert has told Palestinian negotiators he expects to remain in office beyond September to conclude an agreement.

Olmert likely figures he can deny Jerusalem is being negotiated up until it is time for a Palestinian state document to be issued, and by then it will be difficult to stop. And Israelis, Palestinians and Americans are working overtime to ensure that document comes soon.

Some members of Olmert’s Kadima Party are well aware Olmert and Livni are ceding parts of Jerusalem during negotiations.

Just last week, senior Kadima member and Transportation Minister Shaul Mofaz accused Livni of dividing Jerusalem, stating he heard that Livni had made concessions on Jerusalem during talks with the Palestinians. But Mofaz’s statements didn’t really penetrate.

Until the past few days, Olmert steadfastly denied Jerusalem is even up for future negotiation. But the prime minister’s office finally allowed Olmert’s spokesman, Mark Regev, at least to concede Jerusalem will one day be on the negotiating table, explaining a “mechanism” has been created to deal with the “issue” of Jerusalem.

“Of all the final status core issues, the issue of Jerusalem is probably the most difficult, and unlike some of the other issues, we have yet to start negotiating the future of Jerusalem. Therefore, in order to not let the process fall victim to its weakest link, we have the establishment of an agreed upon mechanism that would continue to deal with Jerusalem. That mechanism was created in such a way that it would address the concern of both sides,” Regev told me in response to a query.

Regev would not detail which “mechanism” had purportedly been created to discuss Jerusalem or when such discussions may take place.

Regev commented amid Israeli news media reports last week stating Olmert presented Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas with a plan for international parties to contribute proposals on how both sides should negotiate the status of Jerusalem. Olmert and Abbas met for a round of advanced talks last week.

The Israeli media reports, though, are weeks too late.

Senior Israeli and Palestinian diplomatic sources confirmed to me both sides are well along negotiating Jerusalem with input from the international community and with Palestinian officials claiming the talks are in advance stages.

One Palestinian negotiator described as “crazy” the intensity and frequency of Israeli-Palestinian talks in recent weeks, saying both sides have been meeting on a daily basis, usually at the highest levels.

The negotiator said the two teams are “closer than ever” on coming to an agreement on the status of Jerusalem.

This claim was verified by other diplomatic sources involved in the negotiations.

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The “October Surprise” in September

Friday, September 5th, 2008

I’m loving this. In one swoop, McCain has energized the conservative base by choosing Palin as his running mate. I hope he doesn’t squander this opportunity like Republicans have squandered their opportunities so much over the last several years.

“Stormy Conditions Cooking” by Michael G. Mickey

Friday, September 5th, 2008

“Tropical Quartet: 4 Storms With More to Come” reads the headline from ABC News.

The following is an excerpt from the ABC News story (emphasis added mine):

The tropics seem to be going crazy what with the remnants of Gustav, the new threat from Hanna, a strengthening Ike and newcomer Josephine. Get used to it.

Hurricane experts say all the weather ingredients, which normally fluctuate, are set on boil for the formation of storms. And it’s going to stay that way for a while, they said.

Four named storms at the same time is a bit odd, but not unprecedented, meteorologists said. In 1995 five named storms lived simultaneously. And in 1998 there were four hurricanes at the same. But wait and see what happens next.

“Give us time, this is only Tuesday,” said meteorologist Dennis Feltgren, spokesman for an all-too-busy hurricane center in Miami.

The peak of hurricane season isn’t until Sept. 10 and this season already has 10 named storms, which is the long-term average for an entire season.

Again, we’ve already reached the long-term average for an entire hurricane season and the peak of the season is still a week away!

Gustav as a judgment of God

While most of my readers had no problem with my commentary entitled “Is Hurricane Gustav going to belt the United States?”, some who arrived here via Yahoo Buzz (which saw that commentary rise to as high as #5 most buzzed (or favorited) on all of Yahoo at one point, FYI) had a problem with me suggesting that God might use a hurricane during hurricane season to strike the United States as a judgment for our nation’s support of the Palestinian cause AKA the division of Israel’s God-given covenant lands.

Apparently, in the eyes of many, God no longer judges our nation and, if He does, He certainly doesn’t simply target areas prone to hurricanes like the southern United States. In response to that line of thinking, I would remind people to consider the coverage that has been given here concerning the unprecedented fires in California this year, the horrific flooding in the Midwest that has impacted so many in recent months, and the furious rate of tornado activity we’ve seen in 2008 that threatens to break all standing records by year’s end to name a few! The list goes on and on, all of this taking place as the Bush administration seeks the creation of a Palestinian state before he leaves office in January of 2009.

Are these judgments from God?

While I would be lying if I said I have no sense that the events detailed above may be symbolic of God judging the United States of America for its sins, I don’t pretend to know the mind of God. Nonetheless, I think it’s important for the Body of Christ to keep the possibility in mind as we are those through whom God speaks to our nation concerning its sin. It is the Church that is to call our nation to repentance and to lead the lost to Jesus Christ!

A Church that fails to acknowledge that God holds our nation accountable for its deeds, both at home and abroad, is a useless Church according to God’s Word but, sadly, that’s what we’ve become to a large extent, at least as a whole.

The salt of the earth; the light of the world?

The words of Christ, Matthew 5:13-16:

Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.

Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.

Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house.

Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

Judgment and wrath, both in the U.S. and elsewhere, IS coming!

These days, not just here but around the globe, our world is one “where doomsday scenarios are daily anxieties!” And why? Simply put, it’s because of rampant sin, godlessness, and, regrettably, a Church that has become about as effective in condemning these things as someone trying to cut the head off of a serpent with a rolled up newspaper!

Many Christians are weary, myself included, and this I well understand, but Church? We’ve got to do what we can while we still can to stand up for what is right! We need to have the courage to throw salt on the things we’re able to as salt prevents spoilage. Likewise, we need to shed light in every darkened corner the enemy is lurking in as light dispels darkness! This is what Christ told us we should do lest we be “trodden under foot of men!”

And we wonder why no one takes the Church seriously anymore? We wonder why American foreign policy is placing us on a footing as a nation to be the recipients of our God’s wrath? Bottom line, Church? We need to spunk up here in these last days, rattle a few cages, make at least a little noise for the sake of those we love and even for those we can barely tolerate due to the way they behave!

Bringing it home

It may seem, at this point, that I’m rambling all over the place. If so, I apologize as I tend to do that sometimes but I’m bringing this commentary home – full hurricane-like circle if you will.

At the outset I raised the issue that Hurricane Gustav has struck and we likely have more trouble on the way to consider – and prayerfully petition the Lord concerning.

ABC News is reporting the tropics “seem to be going crazy” and we need to “get used to it.” Hurricane experts are saying all the ingredients necessary for a wild hurricane season are “on boil” and it’s going to stay that way for a while.

In Bible prophecy, we’re told that our seas are going to be roaring, as well as waves of water, in the last days, these matters being just one aspect of a host of other conditions pointing toward the return of Jesus Christ taking place, potentially in the very near future. As I am striving my best to document, all of the signs of His coming are on display in the world around us to some extent.

Like it or not, believe it or not, stormy conditions are cooking in this world that has forgotten its God. We’d do well to make note of them regardless of whether we’re already a believer in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior or a lost soul in denial concerning what’s going on in these latter days and where it is all headed.

If you’re reading this today and you have never accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, today is the day of salvation. This is the day you need to come to a saving faith in Christ. If you don’t and tomorrow the Rapture of the Church occurs? You’ll find yourself left behind and that? Trust me when I say you don’t want that.

Matthew 24:21: For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.

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The Liberal Feminist and Sarah Palin

Friday, September 5th, 2008

Well, if the shoe fits…

NOW and Sarah Palin

Cartoon courtesy of Townhall.com.