This was sent by Myrna Miller…thanks for the tears. It is a reminder that we should pray for peace and especially for the return of the Lord, for only then will we have true peace.
This was sent by Myrna Miller…thanks for the tears. It is a reminder that we should pray for peace and especially for the return of the Lord, for only then will we have true peace.
As North Korea has been saber rattling the last few weeks, I haven’t felt too concerned for the near future because they seem to lack the ability to back up their words. However, I do want to make clear that the time could come when North Korea becomes a serious threat. I have read some writings of Kim Jong Il, the president, and was amazed at his obviously extreme mental illness. We do seem to have the capability of knocking down anything they send up right now so hopefully there is no reason to panic. My biggest concern would be the day they could send a nuclear warhead up high enough to create an EMP blast that would shut down everything electronic. That would bring chaos. So, without panicking, we do need to keep our eye on this lunatic.
N Korea threatens US; world anticipates missile
By HYUNG-JIN KIM, Associated Press Writer Hyung-jin Kim, Associated Press Writer – Wed Jun 24, 8:51 am ET
SEOUL, South Korea –threatened Wednesday to wipe the United States off the map as Washington and its allies watched for signs the regime will launch a series of missiles in the coming days.
Off China’s coast, a U.S. destroyer was tailing a North Korean ship suspected of transporting illicit weapons to Myanmar in what could be the first test of U.N. sanctions passed to punish the nation for an underground nuclear test last month.
The Kang Nam left the North Korean port of Nampo a week ago with the USS John S. McCain close behind. The ship, accused of transporting banned goods in the past, is believed bound for Myanmar, according to South Korean and U.S. officials.
The new U.N. Security Council resolution requires member states to seek permission to inspect suspicious cargo. North Korea has said it would consider interception a declaration of war and on Wednesday accused the U.S. of seeking to provoke another Korean War.
“If the U.S. imperialists start another war, the army and people of Korea will … wipe out the aggressors on the globe once and for all,” the officialsaid.
Physician at Gaza’s Shifa Hospital tells Italian newspaper number of dead in Israeli offensive ‘stands at no more than 500 or 600, most of them youths recruited to Hamas’ ranks’. Senior Palestinian Health Ministry official denies claims, IDF estimate on 1,200 casualties in Strip remains unchanged…
A Tal al-Hawa resident told the newspaper’s reporter, “Armed Hamas men sought out a good position for provoking the Israelis. There were mostly teenagers, aged 16 or 17, and armed. They couldn’t do a thing against a tank or a jet. They knew they are much weaker, but they fired at our houses so that they could blame Israel for war crimes.”
The reporter for the Italian newspaper also quoted reporters in the Strip who told of Hamas’ exaggerated figures, “We have already said to Hamas commanders – why do you insist on inflating the number of victims?”
These same reporters mentioned that the truth that will come out is likely to be similar to what occurred in Operation Defensive Shield in Jenin. “Then, there was first talk of 1,500 deaths. But then it turned out that there were only 54, 45 of which were armed men,” the Palestinian reporters told the Italian newspaper. …
Hamas, while boasting on having Israeli soldiers by the dozens, a number that has proven to be exaggerated, claimed that no more than 48 of its members were killed during the Israeli offensive. According to IDF figures, Hamas lost hundreds of fighters from its ranks.
Sadly, we knew that it was simply a matter of time until opinion turned against Israel. Terrorists are brilliant at using emotion to manipulate and it is working. There have been demonstrations all over the world against Israel and it will only get worse. Reason is thrown out the window when a child dies. Does anyone believe that there was no collateral damage in World War II? Should we have let Hitler win in order to have avoided the possibility of a civilian being killed? War is hell, war is evil, but we have an obligation to defend our people when under attack.
Dichter: Hamas salaries paid at Shifa Hospital
Hamas uses Gaza’s Shifa Hospital as a meeting place and even distributed salaries to their operatives there over the weekend, Public Security Minister and former Shin Bet head Avi Dichter said Monday morning. Speaking on Army Radio, Dichter said, “On Saturday, January 10, which is the day salaries are distributed in Gaza, several Hamas commanders who cannot come out of their hiding places were given their salaries at their hiding places. “But those commanders who can move around Gaza made their way to Shifa to receive their salaries.”
Regarding Israeli intelligence reports that Hamas’s leadership had taken refuge in the hospital, Dichter said, “Shifa
Hospital has long ago ceased to be just a hospital, just as the UNRWA humanitarian and health services in Gaza long ago ceased to be just humanitarian services providing food and medical services.”
“UN schools in Gaza long ago stopped being just schools,” he added. “All these services and places are refuges for Hamas terrorists and commanders.”Asked why Israel was not acting against Shifa Hospital, Dichter answered that an attack on a
hospital could not be carried out “for obvious reasons.” …
This is the way cowards fight, using innocents as shields. Shame on Hamas.
Dichter, in the radio interview, went on to say that Israel’s goal in Operation Cast Lead was to stop the smuggling of arms into Gaza.
“This means getting Egypt to do what it should have been doing for the past eight years and didn’t do,” he said.
“We are now two weeks into massive firing of weapons into Israel that were not found inside the Gaza Strip but were smuggled into there. We’re talking about Grad rockets, regardless of whether they were manufactured in China or Iran.”
Dichter was optimistic that this goal would be achieved, and said, “The Egyptians will not be able to evade responsibility. I believe that American and European pressure will get the Egyptians to do what they have to do.”
“I have no doubt that if the tables were turned, and a huge amount of weaponry whose origin was in Israel was being smuggled into Egypt from Gaza, Egypt would not be sitting quietly.”
The demands of Hamas are that the borders are open. This would mean they would be free to bring in more weapons from Iran. They are intractable in their dedication to the destruction of Israel. Does Israel simply watch the planning for their own demise?
After reading comments from various news articles for the past couple of hours, I wanted to make an observation. At first I was happy that so many people finally are able to see that the Israelis are in a difficult spot and are not being the aggressors. I am not saying they are without fault because they do sometimes treat Palestinians poorly. Yet, when all is said and done, Israel has an obligation to protect her people from destruction and terror.
What has me surprised and worried, is the strength of the reaction that I’m reading. It reminds me of many stories from history where the blood rage of war hardens the hearts of the people to the point where they begin hating their enemy and they lose the Spirit of God. I have known Palestinians and although I feel sad that they want the Jews dead or gone, I do not hate them. Please, let us not degenerate into rabid rage on this issue because it will grow tentacles and effect every area of our life. We can have peaceful hearts even as we support Israel’s right to defend herself.
Can we love our enemies?
Can we pray for them in spite of what they do?
Would we be the same if we were raised with the same mindset?
Are we all truly children of God?
Remember the examples of societies that have allowed hate and war to overcome them:
Ether 15: 19 – But behold, the Spirit of the Lord had ceased striving with them, and Satan had full power over the hearts of the people; for they were given up unto the hardness of their hearts, and the blindness of their minds that they might be destroyed; wherefore they went again to battle.
Truly, God is our only refuge from the flood of anger and fear that is pervading the world. We should feel no gladness when our enemy drowns in their own hatred. Can we find peace anywhere but from His Spirit?
Although I truly hate doing this to our readers, I have to add more negativity to our lives by suggesting this could get very ugly. We need to brace ourselves because with Israel being concerned about Obama taking the reigns, I am concerned that a major offensive has just started. The repercussions could be severe and create a lot more instability in the world and spark more violence. But I do not know what else Israel could do. They are in an impossible situation and I feel deeply for them. I have Arab friends and I feel bad for them also but I have to support the side of reason. I spend years studying this issue and after reading a lot of records from the peace talks through the years, I know how I view the issue, not to mention what the scriptures have to say.
Israel says Gaza assault ‘war to the bitter end’
Dec 29 03:41 PM US/Eastern
By IBRAHIM BARZAK and MATTI FRIEDMAN
Associated Press Writers
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) – Israel obliterated symbols of Hamas power on the third day of what the defense minister described Monday as a “war to the bitter end,” striking next to the Hamas premier’s home, and devastating a security compound and a university building. The three-day death toll rose to 364 on Monday, with some 1,400 reported wounded. The U.N. said at least 62 of the dead were civilians, and medics said eight children under the age of 17 were killed in two separate strikes overnight. Israel launched its campaign, the deadliest against Palestinians in decades, on Saturday in retaliation for rocket fire aimed at civilians in southern Israeli towns.
Since then, the number of Israeli troops on the Gaza border has doubled and the Cabinet approved the call-up of 6,500 reserve soldiers.
The strikes have driven Hamas leaders into hiding and appear to have gravely damaged the organization’s ability to launch rockets, but barrages continued. Sirens warning of incoming rockets sent Israelis scrambling for cover throughout the day.
One medium-range rocket fired at the Israeli city of Ashkelon killed an Arab construction worker there Monday and wounded several others. He was the second Israeli killed since the beginning of the offensive. …
On Monday, the White House released a statement saying “in order for the violence to stop, Hamas must stop firing rockets into Israel and agree to respect a sustainable and durable cease-fire.”
But in Damascus, Syria, a senior exiled Hamas official said there can be no talk of a truce with Israel until the assault ends and Israel reopens the Gaza crossings.
“We need our liberty, we need our freedom and we need to be independent. If we don’t accomplish this objective, then we have to resist. This is our right,” the official, Abu Marzouk, told The Associated Press in an English-language interview. …
Even though Hamas began the exchange, they demand that Israel stop the assault because they talk of a truce. At the same time they refuse to stop sending rockets into Israel. It is a farce anyway, to say they will talk truce because he then goes on to say they will resis until they have their freedom. What does this mean? Israel already gave them Gaza and years ago allowed them self-government. Israel was engaged in talks to establish a formal Palestinian state but this was not good enough for Hamas. They refuse to agree that Israel has a right to exist so what they are really saying is that they will not stop until Israel is gone. How then, does the talk of truce go forward? Where is the logic?
Most of those killed since Saturday were members of Hamas security forces, though the precise numbers remain unclear. A Hamas police spokesman, Ehab Ghussen, said 180 members of the Hamas security forces were among the dead, and the U.N. said at least 62 of the dead were civilians. A rise in civilian asualties could intensify international pressure on Israel to end the offensive. …
The press is partly to blame for this mess. They constantly expound on the civilian deaths and seldom mention the fact that the terrorists purposely place their installations in or by vulnerable civilian areas.
At the United Nations, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon again condemned Israel’s excessive use of force and called for an immediate cease-fire.
“The frightening nature of what is happening on the ground, in particular its effects on children—who are more than half of the population—troubles me greatly. I have continuously stressed the need for strict observance of international humanitarian law,” he said….
What does the Secretary General suggest? Should Israel allow the terror to continue? What should their response be? Should they try to be measured in their response by exchanging life for life equally and an exact amount of daily fear? Does he not know the fear the Israeli children are facing daily with the sirens and hiding in bunkers? During the Vietnam War we tried the balanced attack idea. I thought it was stupid then and I think it is stupid now. If Israel exchanged lives equally with the Arabs, they would come up way short when their last person fell.
One Israeli strike destroyed a five-story building in the women’s wing at Islamic University, one of the most prominent Hamas symbols in Gaza. Other attacks ravaged a compound controlled by Preventive Security, one of the group’s chief security arms, and destroyed a house next to the residence of Ismail Haniyeh, the Hamas prime minister. …
Of course they forget to mention that the science building there is believed to be the site of terrorist activity.
The good news is, the price of gas is coming down. The bad news is, Russia is angry and we hope things don’t turn ugly.
Chatter has been coming out of Russia and the word is, they are not happy with the west. In fact, many Russians believe the west is orchestrating a planned drop in oil prices in order to hurt their economy, and thus their ability to wage war. Not even during the cold war did the Russian military bring their warships into the Caribbean for war drills. Hopefully we can find a healthy posture of strength without antagonism. They can be touchy over there…especially in winter.
U.S. Stocks Drop, Led by GM; Exxon Falls on $25 Crude Forecast
By Elizabeth Stanton and Jeff Kearns
Dec. 4 (Bloomberg) — U.S. stocks fell for the first time in three days, pushed down by concern General Motors Corp. may file for bankruptcy and a plunge in energy shares following Merrill Lynch & Co.’s prediction that oil will hit $25 a barrel.
Crude oil tumbled 6.8 percent to $43.59 a barrel in New York, the lowest price since January 2005. It has plunged 70 percent since the closing record of $145.29 set in July and may fall below $25 next year if the recession that’s slashing fuel demand around the world spreads to China, Francisco Blanch, commodity strategist at Merrill Lynch, wrote in a report today.
I would like to ask our readers to join me in praying for our leaders to be guided in dealing with the tensions with Russia, Iran and their allies. While we are diverted with financial concerns, there is a lot of news found on the back pages and in the foreign press about the increasing volatility in the world. Just because I know scriptural prophecy will be fulfilled, does not mean I welcome it. We are trying to get ready as if we will soon need to be prepared, but pray and live daily life in good cheer as if we have many years of peace.
Russia ratchets up US tensions with arms sales to Iran and Venezuela
Tony Halpin in Moscow
Russia snubbed its nose at the United States today by announcing plans to sell military equipment to both Iran and Venezuela.
The head of the state arms exporter said that Russia was negotiating to sell new anti-aircraft systems to Iran despite American objections.
“Contacts between our countries are continuing and we do not see any reason to suspend them,” Anatoly Isaikin, general director of Rosoboronexport, told Ria-Novosti at an arms fair in South Africa.
Reports have circulated for some time that Russia is preparing to sell its S-300 surface-to-air missile system to Iran, offering greater protection against a possible US or Israeli attack on the Islamic republic’s nuclear facilities. The missiles have a range of more than 150 kilometres and can intercept jets approaching at low altitudes.
Ruslan Pukhov, director of the Centre for Analysis of Strategies and Technologies in Moscow, said that it was logical to conclude a lucrative contract with Iran “in the current situation, when the US and the West in general are stubbornly gearing toward a confrontation with Russia”.
I got this story from www.specialforces.com. It is very inspiring.
Let me tell you about one soldier’s return flight to Iraq he saw a man go into the bathroom at the Pittsburgh airport & thought he recognized him.
When the man came out he went over to him & said ‘excuse me sir but are you Franco Harris?’
The man replied ‘yes I am’ & then being such a big steeler fan that he is asked him if he could have a pic of him.
Franco was agreeable to this.
After taking the pic they talked for a few minutes & he told him he was on his way back to Iraq.
Franco acknowledged his sadness & gave him encouragement & safe return.
They then shook hands & parted on their ways…
The end of the story you would think, but not so…
You see after awhile the soldier’s name was announced over the loud speaker to come to the desk… which he did… once there, the lady behind the counter informed him that there was an empty seat in first class & she was going to bump him up to that seat if it was OK with him.
He said he didn’t care where he sat in the plane as long as he made it to Atlanta to catch the army plane.
So she informed him that he was now going first class to Atlanta.
He thanked her & went back to tell everyone as he waited to board the plane. once he was seated on the plane he was waving out the window to his dad & pap as he felt a hand on his leg.
He turned to his side & there was Franco sitting in the seat next to him!!!
Needless to say they talked all the way to Atlanta about the Steelers & then parted with Franco taking his address & giving his signed ticket stub to the soldier as validation of their trip together.
This was a trip not of sadness & loneliness but one this soldier will never forget & will talk about forever thanks to Franco Harris.
This act of kindness & generosity from this man is one that words cannot express. in my opinion, Franco Harris is ‘the man of all men’! wish I could thank him for making a soldier’s lonely flight back to war one of his ultimate lifetime experiences that he will talk about forever.
Thank you Mr. Franco Harris
A Soldier’s Aunt
Thank you everyone who supports our armed men and woman. I love stories like this.
I have always tried to be careful with the Iraqi War situation because I don’t want that to become the defining issue of our blog. Unity in the conservative movement and protection for the Constitution must be first. Yet I find I cannot remain even remotely neutral with this turn of events.
We do not have the right to tell a sovereign nation that we will be making the decisions regarding the actions on their soil…not them. This is wrong and illegal. This will outrage the world and bring serious consequences. This will confirm that we are there as occupiers and not just to finish the job. I am against this action completely and will not apologize for being so.
US rejects Iraqi demand for troops’ withdrawal timeline
The United States on Tuesday rejected a demand from Iraq for a specific date for pullout of US-led foreign troops from the country, saying any withdrawal will be based on conditions on the ground.
“The US government and the government of Iraq are in agreement that we, the US government, we want to withdraw, we will withdraw. However, that decision will be conditions-based,” State Department spokesman Gonzalo Gallegos said.
Iraq said on Tuesday it will reject any security pact with the United States unless it sets a date for the pullout of US-led troops.
“We will not accept any memorandum of understanding if it does not give a specific date for a complete withdrawal of foreign troops,” national security advisor Muwaffaq al-Rubaie told reporters in the holy city of Najaf.
The controversial demand from Baghdad’s Shiite-led government underlines Iraq’s new hardened stand in complex negotiations aimed at striking a security deal with Washington.