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NEWS BRIEF: "US Withdraws, Leaving Afghan Battle Unresolved: Is Tactical Nuclear Option Open?", DEBKAfile Special Military Analysis, 10 March 2002.
"Sunday, March 10, the United States unexpectedly ordered 400 US troops lifted out of the battle area south of Gardez in the Afghan Paktia province. As helicopters carried the troops back to Bagram airbase, a US spokesman announced that the major part of the offensive against the al Qaeda and Taliban stronghold was over and American troops were in the process of repositioning. But, he insisted, the fight was not over yet. DEBKAfile's military analysts suspect that this pullout is the first stage of the withdrawal of the bulk of the 1,600 US troop-force fielded for Operation Anaconda, the largest US-led offensive ... Given the setbacks in Tora Bora and the Shah-e-Kot Valley - for lack of intelligence and reliable Afghan allied troops - US military planners may lean further towards the use of tactical nuclear weapons to finish off the Taliban and al Qaeda strongholds still defying conventional means of warfare."
Certainly, the abrupt withdrawal of American forces from the field of battle while the battle is still raging and while the end result was still not decided, is a likely scenario for the sudden use of tactical nuclear warheads against the entrenched enemy. U.S. forces could not be deployed in a forward position when tactical nuclear warheads explode, or they will be wiped out along with the enemy. Conversely, when the Afghan soldiers saw the abrupt withdrawal of American forces during the heat of battle, the more seasoned and experienced among them must know that the withdrawal might not mean victory but rather the use of a far heavier, far more powerful, weapon: the tactical nuclear warhead.
While the use of tactical nuclear devices in Afghanistan would certainly shock the world, we have been given fair warning. Consider the news stories that have come out since 9/11 that should have prepared us for this outcome.
NEWS BRIEF: "Stage Set For Attack", by Susanne M. Schafer, Associated Press, The Sun Chronicle, Friday, September 14, 2001.
"WASHINGTON -- "In the most explicit descriptions yet of the Bush administration's intentions, Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz said Thursday the retaliation would be continued until the roots of terrorism are destroyed. 'These people try to hide. They won't be able to hide forever ... They think their harbors are safe, but they won't be safe forever ... it's not simply a matter of capturing people and holding them accountable, but removing the sanctuaries, removing the support systems, ending states who sponsor terrorism." [Page 2]
Later, Wolfowitz stated that the United States would use all the weapons at its disposal in this global battle against terror. Both Bush and Wolfowitz made veiled threats to the other nations of the world to join us in this battle, for if you are not with us, you are against us! Almost immediately, a most unlikely "ally" emerged -- Russia!
NEWS BRIEF: "Tactical nuclear weapons deployed: US and Russia Strike Reciprocal Deal on Tactical Nuclear Weapons Deployment Against Afghanistan and Chechnya", 6 October 2001, DEBKAfile.
"DEBKAfiles military and intelligence sources report that Presidents George W. Bush and Vladimir Putin, in a single 70-minuted conversation on September 23, eleven days after the terrorist assaults in New York and Washington, agreed on the deployment of tactical weapons ... Putin gave the nod for US forces poised in Central Asia to jump into Afghanistan to be armed with tactical nuclear weapons, such as small neutron bombs, which emit strong radiation, nuclear mines, shells, and other nuclear ammunition suited to commando warfare in mountainous terrain. In return, Bush assented to Russia deploying tactical nuclear weapons units around Chechnya after Moscows ultimatum to the rebels, some of whom are backed by Osama Bin Laden, to surrender, went by without response ... This is an epic shift in the global balance of strength." [Emphasis added]
Indeed, such an agreement between America and old-time nemesis Russia to allow each other to deploy such a wide range of nuclear weapons in the theater each one is presently militarily engaged, is a huge shift in worldwide balance of power and of diplomacy. Never, ever, could anyone imagine that Communist -- now Socialist -- Russia would ever agree to allow America to deploy nuclear weapons so close to Russia's borders, or to use them against Muslims, many of whom live in Russian republics!
Never, ever, could anyone imagine that America would agree to allow Russia to use nuclear weapons against an insurgency group. Such use of Weapons of Mass Destruction would really and truly let the genie out of the bottle. Once Russia and America used them in any situation, other countries possessing tactical nuclear devices would likely find it easier to use them in other situations. In other words, once the line is crossing formerly forbidding the use of such weapons in tactical situations, other nations will feel more free to use them whenever and wherever they deem it in their best interest to do so.
In just a few weeks after the 9/11 attacks, American officials have told the peoples of the world that we are going to "end states" that sponsor or support terrorism, and that we are going to use all the weapons in our arsenal; then, shortly thereafter, Bush reaches agreement with Putin that we can use nuclear weapons in Afghanistan if he can use them in Chechnya!
Now, almost exactly 6 months after the initial attack, DEBKAfile is reporting that U.S. forces have abruptly withdrawn from the field of a hot battle, and that this withdrawal may signal the imminent use of nuclear weapons on the Afghan positions! We already know that Russia will do nothing substantial to either prevent this attack, or to retaliate against America after we do use nuclear weapons in Afghanistan. Bush will have just carried out his agreement in principle with Putin!
BIBLE PROPHECY IN THE VALLEY OF JEHOSHAPHAT "BEFORE THE DAY OF THE LORD COME!"
"For behold, in those days and at that time when I shall reverse the captivity and restore the fortunes of Judah and Jerusalem ..." [Joel 3:1; Parallel Bible, KJV/Amplified Bible Commentary]. Now, wait one minute: we know exactly when God fulfilled this prophecy, don't we? God reversed the captivity of the nation of Israel on May 15, 1948, and He restored the fortunes of Jerusalem on June 10, 1967. With these dates in mind, let us continue to the next verse. God says that, when He brings Israel back to the land, and restores Jerusalem as its capitol, He will:
"I will gather all nations and will bring them down into the Valley of Jehoshaphat, and there will I deal with and execute judgment upon them for their treatment of My people and of My heritage, Israel ..." [Joel 3:2] Notice that God says He will bring ALL nations into the Valley of Jehoshaphat, which is a generic term for Middle East. Therefore, God is saying that He will bring ALL nations into the Middle East for judgment after He restores Israel and Jerusalem. He will bring all the nations -- including America -- into the Middle East for judgment. I missed this little fact. New World Order plans do not specifically call for American troops to be on the ground during this upcoming Third World War. But, the Guiding Spirits of New World Order leaders were listening to God's prophecies closer than was I. America seems on her way to committing major forces to this conflict, in support of Israel.
What will happen during this time period of judgment? God is not silent on this score, either: "Proclaim this among the nations: Prepare war! Stir up the mighty men! Let all the men of war draw near, let them come up. Beat your plowshares into swords and your pruning hooks into spears; let the weak say, 'I am strong [a warrior]." [Joel 3:9-10] God's judgments in this time period shall be war and more war. To emphasize this point, God reverses the promise He made in Isaiah 2:4, this time telling all the nations to beat their implements of peace into implements of war.
"Let the nations bestir themselves and come up to the Valley of Jehoshaphat, for there will I sit to judge all the nations round about." American leaders have "bestirred themselves", they have heard the Divine siren call to commit forces to the Middle East for the beginning of God's judgment. Even though the Middle East has known 5 major wars, and many smaller ones, since 1948, it has not seen anything yet. The greatest blood spillage of all time is about to begin, and apparently, it begins with the Arab fighting Israel. What kind of war will this coming engagement be?
"Put in the sickle for the [vintage] harvest is ripe; come, get down and tread the grapes, for the winepress is full; the vats overflow, for the wickedness [of the peoples] is great. Multitudes, multitudes, in the valley of decision. For the day of the Lord is near in the valley of decision." [Joel 3:13-14] Therefore, we are told to expect "multitudes, multitudes " in the Middle East. This is the beginning of what we are apparently seeing: Israel is fully mobilized, as is Syria, Egypt, and the Palestinians. Throw in Iraq for good measure, and Iran. Russia is waiting at the border of Chechnya to enter the fray.
American troops are now fully engaged in Afghanistan, and reportedly may be
about to use tactical nuclear weapons!
While there has never been an actual "Valley of Jehoshaphat", there was really a Godly king of Israel by that name [1 Kings 15-24; 2 Chronicles 17-20]. The name, Jehoshaphat literally means, "Jehovah is Judge" [Way of Life Encyclopedia of the Bible & Christianity, p. 239]. This is the valley in which the Battle of Armageddon will be fought! It is "the valley between Jerusalem and Mount of Olives, also called the valley of the Kidron (the brook which runs down the valley) and the valley of Decision (Joel 3:14). Joel prophesies that here God will gather the heathen nations to judge them." [Ibid.]
However, some Bible scholars believe that the Valley of Jehoshaphat refers generally to the Middle East, with Israel featuring prominently in the region. Certainly, as we look at Iraq, we see an implacable foe of Israel. Modern-day Iraq is ancient Babylon, from which God brought the devastating judgments of King Nebuchadnezzar because of Israel's sins, and from which Satan sprang the terrible Satanic Mysteries Religion that has so polluted the world ever since the days of Nimrod [Rev. Alexander Hislop, The Two Babylons].
Since this DEBKAfile report says that President Bush may be planning to use nuclear weapons against Iraq, let us now turn our attention to that country. We will be quoting again from this DEBKAfile report, above.
ARE NUCLEAR WEAPONS ABOUT TO BE USED AGAINST IRAQ?
"The turn of events in Paktia brings forward the prospect, revived this week, of the use of tactical nuclear weapons in the global war on terror. (This possibility was first disclosed in our intelligence newsletter DEBKA-Net-Weekly in early October 2001, three times in the course of the same month in DEBKAfile and again on November 26, 2001). This week the Los Angeles Times reported that President Bush had ordered the Pentagon to draw up contingency plans for the use of nuclear weapons and a list of seven nations for targeting: Five - North Korea, Iraq, Iran, Libya and Syria - are either terror sponsors or developers of weapons of mass destruction.
DEBKAfiles military experts recall in this regard the announcement made by the American deputy secretary of state for disarmament, John Bolton, on February 21 that Washington had decided to depart from its traditional policy of nuclear non-use against non-nuclear powers. The exceptions would be made in the cases of terrorists, their sponsors and states developing weapons of mass destruction. Boltons statement was received in Baghdad as a signal that the United States has decided to use nuclear weapons in its coming offensive, and Saddam Hussein regime has made preparation." [Ibid.]
In this statement by Deputy Secretary of State for Disarmament, John Bolton is decidedly "diplomatically vague". He said, "... Washington had decided to depart from its traditional policy of nuclear non-use against non-nuclear powers." What on earth can that possibly mean? Since two negatives in one sentence equals a positive, Bolton was literally saying, "Washington had decided to depart from its traditional policy of never using nuclear weapons against a nation that possesses no nuclear weapons."
This is a terrible departure from standard American policy ever since the first atomic explosions that ended World War II! In fact, this is the kind of policy change that can literally bring the world into World War III. This is the kind of policy change that can ultimately result in the devastating wars of Seals Two, Three, and Four of Revelation 6.
This news story demands even greater attention because of God's devastating End Times judgment against Babylon, which is today's Iraq headed by Saddam Hussein. We thought originally that the Gulf War of 1990-1991 might be the fulfillment of this prophecy, but the devastation was not as total as the prophecy demands; Iraq suffered grievously, but was not destroyed. This time, if President George W. Bush uses nuclear weapons, the devastation might be as complete as the prophecy dictates. Listen to God's prophetic words in Isaiah 13:
"The mournful, inspired prediction (a burden to be lifted up) concerning Babylon which Isaiah, son of Amoz, saw with prophetic insight. Raise up a signal banner upon the high and bare mountain, summon them with loud voice and beckoning hand that they may enter the gates of the Babylonian nobles. I, Myself, says the Lord have commanded My designated ones and have summoned My mighty men to execute My anger, even My proudly exulting ones [the Medes and Persians] -- those who are made to triumph for My honor." [Isaiah 13;1-3; Parallel Bible, KJV/Amplified Bible Commentary]
You probably recognized this prophecy as having been fulfilled in Daniel 5, when the Medes and Persians entered the gates of the capital city to destroy King Belshazzar during his drunken feast in which the hand of God appeared to write "Mene, Mene, Tekel, Upharsin - numbered, numbered, weighted, divisions", which God told Daniel literally meant, "God has numbered the days of your kingship and brought them to an end." [Daniel 5:25-26]
However, the prophetic words of Isaiah 13:4-8 concerning Babylon have not yet been fulfilled, and appear to be ready for fulfillment right here and right now. God makes a mighty jump to the End of the Age, also known as the Day of the Lord. Listen:
"Hark, the uproar of a multitude in the mountains, like that of a great people! The noise of the tumult of the kingdoms of the nations gathering together. The Lord of hosts is mustering the host for the battle. They come from a distant country, from the uttermost part of the heavens ... even the Lord and the weapons of His indignation -- to seize and destroy the whole land." [Isaiah 13:4-5; Emphasis added. Ibid.]
Notice God's prophecy that this annihilating army was being mustered from a "distant country", from the "uttermost part of the heavens", and that they will be comprised of the "kingdoms of the nations". Clearly, the coalition of forces that President Bush assembled to attack Iraq in the 1991 Gulf War fits this bill perfectly; in fact, until the moment Bush pulled our forces off Saddam Hussein, I thought this was the war that would fulfill this prophecy completely. But, when Bush spared Hussein, I knew that the complete fulfillment of this passage would await another day, another war, another assembly of forces arrayed against Iraq.
Let us now go on as God describes the unprecedented warfare by which He shall "destroy the whole land".
"Wail, for the day of the Lord is at hand; as destruction from the Almighty and Sufficient One [Shaddai] will it come. Therefore, will all hands be feeble and every man's heart will melt. And they [of Babylon] shall be dismayed and terrified, pangs and sorrows shall take hold of them; they shall be in pain as a woman in childbirth. They will gaze stupified and aghast at one another, their faces will be aflame [from the effects of the unprecedented warfare]." [Isaiah 13:6-8; Emphasis added]
God plans to "seize and destroy the whole land" of Babylon [Iraq] by assembling a powerful force from the "distant country", a force comprised of the "kingdoms of the nations", and this force will deliver a war that is "unprecedented". Certainly, a nuclear war from the coalition of forces comprised of the United States, Britain, Turkey, Israel, and some of the nations of the Middle East would comprise a force that is capable of delivering the kind of "unprecedented warfare" God has foretold.
In fact, nuclear weapons are so terrifying and devastating that
they would very quickly "destroy the whole land". They would deliver
the kind of judgment that would cause the people of Iraq to be "dismayed
and terrified", to be seized with "pangs and sorrows", to feel
as though they were women in childbirth, and to "stupified and aghast at
one another", with faces aflame from the effects of the unbelievable warfare!
Notice now, that God seems to indicate that this devastating war against Babylon [Iraq] would then lead the entire world into the devastating judgments of the End of the Age, also known in the Bible as the "Day of the Lord". Listen:
"Behold, the day of the Lord is coming! -- fierce, with wrath and raging anger -- to make the land and the [whole] earth a desolation and to destroy out of it its sinners. For the stars of the heavens and their constellations will not give their light; the sun will be darkened at its rising and the moon will not shed its light. And I, the Lord, will punish the world for its evil, and the wicked for their guilt and iniquity; I will cause the arrogance of the proud to cease and will lay low the haughtiness of the terrible and the boasting of the violent and ruthless. I will make a man more rare than fine gold and mankind scarcer than the pure gold of Ophir. Therefore will I make the heavens tremble and the earth shall be shaken out of its place at the wrath of the Lord of hosts in the day of His fierce anger." [Isaiah 13:9-13; Parallel Bible, KJV/Amplified Bible Commentary]
Clearly, the wording of this passage absolutely parallels the wording in Matthew 24:21, 29; Luke 21:25, and the Book of Revelation. God will shake everything on the earth that can be shaken, so He can kill the sinners out of the world and prepare the world for Jesus' Millennial Reign.
The sequence of prophetic events here seems to indicate that this unprecedented war will utterly destroy Iraq, but that out of this war will come the other wars that will bring the entire End of the Age prophecies concerning Antichrist and his 7-Year reign [Tribulation Period] into existence. God makes an abrupt transition in Isaiah 13:9, when He suddenly begins speaking of destroying both Babylon [Iraq] and the whole earth. It is as though He telescopes from focussing on Babylon alone, to then focussing on the whole earth.
Indeed, this is exactly what may happen. An attack on Iraq using nuclear weapons would utterly destroy her, but just might plunge the entire region into the planned war between Israel and her Arab neighbors that is planned to produce Antichrist in the New World Order Plan [Read NEWS1056 for full details]. Then, once the Middle East region is fully engulfed in war, the rest of the plan to produce Antichrist could commence:
* OPEC announces a complete oil embargo against the West;
* Arab terrorists unleash an unprecedented wave of terror against European and American cities, possibly using weapons of mass destruction;
* North Korea attacks South Korea, possibly using weapons of mass destruction. China backs North Korea, threatening America with nuclear attack should we come to the aid of South Korea;
* China invades Taiwan;
* American troops are emptied out of our country to go fight in the Middle East, in Korea, and possibly in Taiwan;
* To combat this world war, the President and/or FEMA announce that our Constitution is being dissolved, our liberties "temporarily suspended", and Martial Law imposed;
* American cities erupt in riots. Because American military units have all been rushed overseas, we have no military forces upon which to draw to restore order. Existing police forces are totally inadequate. At this moment, United Nations forces will be asked to land to restore order, and military patrol zones will be established. [Read about all these factors by reading the articles posted at: http://www.cuttingedge.org/news/ww3.html
This is the plan to bring all nations of the world to the point where Antichrist can arise, out of the smoke of dust of the Third World War, in exact fulfillment of Jesus' prophecy, "wars and rumors of wars, nation rising against nation, kingdom against kingdom" [Matthew 24:6-7].
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