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---------- New Articles Posted This Week ---------- Bible Prophecy Is Being Fulfilled In The Middle East, In Your Daily News!
|Oblivion: AMERICA At The Brink -- Scalar Weaponry Explained, Illustrated|
* "Russia Is Bolding Moving Into The Middle East -- Preparing To Lead The Nations Prophesied To March With Her Against Israel In Fulfillment of Ezekiel 38-39" -- Russia's recent diplomatic and military maneuvers in the Middle East are breathtaking. Russia has become the protector of Islam, by President Putin's own decree. The lineup of nations behind Russia is precisely setting the stage for fulfillment of this Bible prophecy.
If Russia cannot back up this threat, she is finished as a world power. And, Putin knew this reality back on April 12, 2003. Therefore, he must believe he has the military power to back up his demand. And, sure enough, the United States has backed down time and time again in her threats to force a "Regime Change", in Iran, in Syria and in Venezuela. What makes Russia so sure of herself as she faces America? Russia has Scalar Weaponry and Quantum Potential Weapons, which America does not!
* "Bible Prophecy AND Illuminati Plan Being Fulfilled In Jerusalem! Incredibly, current news events in Jerusalem are fulfilling Bible prophecy and a particular part of the Globalist Plan known as the "New Jerusalem Covenant Project". A formal worship center for all monotheistic faiths is in the works.
The coming of Antichrist edges forward.
---------- Resource Update ---------- "Big Brother" Surveillance
Popular TV commercial. Lost truck driver in the middle of nowhere says to the trim and proper lady at the IBM service desk, "How do you know we are lost"? Her reply: "The boxes told me". RFID chips were allowing those boxes to be tracked, in real time! RFID is designed to track the movement of everything, everywhere, at all times. While major retailers like
Wal-Mart have seized on this technology to save expenses, government will quickly use this ability to track YOU!
"Technology is a queer thing - it brings you great gifts on the one hand, while it stabs you in the back with the other."
Imagine a world with no more privacy. Your every purchase is recorded, your every piece of belonging is recorded, and where someone in a foreign country has a remote record of everything you have ever bought, your every movement, and knows everything about you.
That Revelation 13:16 technology is here and is now, with RFID! Can anyone hear the approach of the hoof beats of the Four Riders of the Apocalypse"? -- http://www.cuttingedge.org/detail.cfm?ID=1278
"World Dominion-From The Tower of Babel To The Mark of the Beast"
Understand how Anti-Christ will identify, track, and locate billions of people left on Planet Earth through global surveillance, super computers, biometric recognition, and microchip implants. See the world’s first cyborg (Kevin Warwick), bellybutton chips for babies, Digital Angel implants, and the most frightening microchip, the Soul Catcher 2025. Receive an in-depth study on the ‘Mark of the Beast’ and ‘666'.
Additionally, Be informed of the U.N. Meditation Room, its stone alter, and how it is dedicated to the god man worships under many names and forms.
Discover the plan and a global document entitled, ‘Global Ethic’ uniting all worlds’ religions. See the role of the Parliament of World Religions, Lucis Trust, United Religions Initiative, and the Theosophical Society. See the ‘World Scripture’ that is a spiritual smorgasbord of every religion, belief, tradition, and sacred text under the sun. Learn how the World Economy is coming together as prophesied in Daniel chapters two and seven.
Understand One World Government, Military, Religious, and Economic System that will be ruled by Anti-Christ (Rev 13). See how the stage is being set right before your eyes. Learn of the deceptive World Constitution, Earth Charter, unconstitutional Executive Orders, Global Biodiversity Treaty, State of the World Forum presentations by Mikhail Gorbachev, and many other documents promising to usher in a New World Order Utopia.
Understand the true agenda of the U.N. - the sinister International Criminal Court, World Court, World Trade Organization, World Bank, and International Monetary Fund. Become informed on what could happen to about 50% of American land through United Nations Biosphere Reserves, World Heritage Sites, and the Wildlands Project. Take a tour of the U.N. to see their goal of 'peace and safety' has nothing to do with true peace, but world control and domination.
This expose' is one of our very best single sources which speak to so many pertinent issues of this day -- http://www.cuttingedge.org/detail.cfm?ID=953
Bookstore Resources Which Could Stop Church Apostasy!
Another Classic Reprint! Sir Robert Anderson was the first to clearly show that Jesus fulfilled the 69 weeks of years prophecy (173,880 days), when He rode along that path on a donkey known now as "Palm Sunday". This prophecy has been declared the greatest stamp of Biblical authenticity in the entire world!
Sir Robert Anderson meticulously details this most incredible prophecy, and then reveals what Daniel 7 has to say about Antichrist, featuring a complete chronology. Sir Isaac Newton exclaimed that the truth of the entire Bible can be proven by this one stupendous prophecy -- which was fulfilled on THE precise day in history, 173,800 days after its prophetic beginning! And, no one has ever explained the math of this prophecy better than Sir Robert Anderson.
Great for any student of Biblical End Times, but especially for the beginning student. 384 pages -- http://www.cuttingedge.org/detail.cfm?ID=1274
This classic reference book on Biblical numerology provides a complete synopsis of the spiritual significance of numbers found in the Bible.
Did you know that Satan got his fascination with numbers and many of his definitions of certain numbers from God's consistent usage of numbers? Truly, Satan never had an original idea; he just copied from God.
Christians worship the Creator Who created numbers, while Satanists ignore the Creator and worship the creature (Numbers) instead. What a "night-and-day" and eternity difference!
Cutting Edge is so pleased this old reference book is now back in print, for it is a masterpiece and will dramatically increase your faith.
320 pages, easy to read, yet deep in significance -- http://www.cuttingedge.org/detail.cfm?ID=1273
In this era of extreme Christian Apostasy (falling away from key old doctrines), we need a clarion call back to the "Doctrines That Divide". Jesus was the most divisive spiritual leader of all time. He said He was the only way to Heaven, He said He was coming to bring a sword, not peace, as people disagreed over His message.
Religious leaders today are trying to unite people on the basis of what they can agree upon, forgetting those "Doctrines That Divide". On White Throne Judgment Day, too many people will realize that Jesus still held those old "Doctrines That Divide".
This classic work challenges readers to meet the Spirit personally, to understand His daily work in their lives, and to hold fast to those "Doctrines That Divide". 256 pages
"DaVinci Decoded: Truth or Myth" -- Millions of people have read Dan Brown’s best seller, the DaVinci Code. This book, though a novel, claims to be based on historical facts that not only question, but blatantly attack the deity of Jesus Christ and the divine inspiration of the Holy Scriptures. The simple fact of this matter is that Antichrist cannot arise and successfully claim his lineage back to King David without people believing the Merovingian Blood Line lie taught by the DaVinci Code. This book prepares people for Antichrist! Is 2 hours long. Also has 150 colorful PowerPoint slides
"Outcome-Based Religion: Apostasy, Purpose, and the Paradigm Shift" -- Rick Warren's "Purpose Driven Church" movement is truly sweeping America today and soon will sweep the world. Unfortunately, the developers of the methods and practices currently implemented to build this New Paradigm Church have not considered the Word of God as a valid source document in the developmental process. Cutting Edge believes it is highly likely this church movement is fulfilling the "Church of Laodicea" prophecy of Revelation 3!
"Nephilim Walk Among us Again - End Time Deception" -- Jesus warned in Mathew 24 that "For as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the son of man be". Mr. Dominick explains just what was happening in the days of Noah and how Angels married Human women and had Children by them, known as Nephilim. And, he explains why prophecy teaches they shall walk among men again at the End of the Age!
"Israel: God's Timepiece -- Will Arab, Israeli Conflict Begin WWIII?" -- Both the Bible and the Illuminati Plan say that Israel is the key to the timing of all Last Days events. Watch Israel, as Mr. Dominick explains in great detail. With so much emphasis on the Middle East and on various dates floating around, this DVD will properly answer your many questions. Excellent teaching of Bible doctrine and prophecy.
What is the Biblical role of the father in the family as the spiritual head? What is true Christian education? What does the Bible say about raising children?
Father of five, Ken Ham, examines the significance of the family in relation to the Book of Genesis.
This DVD also answers many objections have to Home Schooling and Christian Schooling.
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---------- This Weeks Hot News ----------
DVD or VHS I. The Internet is abuzz with "Rumors of War" and economic collapse will occur sometime between March 20 - 28! While anything is possible, Cutting Edge does not believe that either dire disaster will occur during that period, or for some time to come -- for the following reasons:
A. In NEWS2116, entitled, "Russia Is Bolding Moving Into The Middle East -- Preparing To Lead The Nations Prophesied To March With Her Against Israel In Fulfillment of Ezekiel 38-39", we show that Russia is systematically moving into the Middle East both diplomatically and militarily in exactly the manner you would expect if she is to one day lead the prophesied Russian invasion of Israel.
Iran is one of those nations which is foretold to march with the Russian forces against Israel during the Latter Days of Time. This prophecy tells us that Iran will not be destroyed by any force prior to this invasion. Further, while it is possible that Iran could suffer an attack on her nuclear facilities without launching a counter-attack of such magnitude that the entire Middle East into all-out war, Iran has both the military capability and diplomatic courage to unleash the hounds of war so greatly that all Iraq would explode in all-out war, Israel would be attacked, Saudi oil installations attacked, the Strait of Hormuz attacked and closed to oil traffic, and Islamic suicide bombers striking targets against American cities.
Since all elements of the Illuminati Plan are not yet in place to start the 91-day World War III, we believe it highly unlikely that an attack on Iran will occur.
One reality getting a lot of play in this disaster scenario is the Iranian plan to begin offering the option on her oil exchange of countries buying her crude in Eruos rather than in American dollars, a plan which springs into action March 20. We have alluded to the possibility that President Bush might be rattling the sabers of war to dissuade Iranian leaders of following through with this plan.
There is no doubt that trading oil in Euros would damage the American dollar, particularly if the idea catches on to any significant degree, but you must keep two factors in mind:
* Any effect on the dollar is likely to be gradual, and less of a damage to the American economy than all-out war as described above. On the other hand, an attack on Iranian facilities could truly collapse the economy of the entire world, and that will not happen until the Illuminati is ready to start World War III.
* Former Satanists have told me emphatically that the Plan specifically calls for the American people to feel wealthy right up until the time for the first shot to be fired in World War III. We will not see collapse of either the American or world economy until that time arrives. You can take that to the bank! Somehow, the damage done to the American dollar will be limited in scope so it will not bankrupt this country before the time is right.
In fact, all the economic factors within this economy have been flashing "ruin" since 1998, but the economy has been kept on track enough so most Americans still "feel wealthy".
B. Israel is not ready to go to war, because she has not yet withdrawn her settlers from the West Bank. We have posted this reality so often, we hate to sound trite, but since Mass Media daily news is encouraging people to fear war before the time has arrived to actually go to war, we will continue to state this truth. Israel is planning to annihilate the Palestinians in fulfillment of Obadiah 15-18, and must withdraw her settlers from The Gaza Strip and the West Bank so as to remove them "out of harm's way". Therefore, the war with the Palestinians, Syrians, Egyptians, and Jordanians which will likely be the trigger of the Middle East war will not occur until those 80,000 Jewish settlers are pulled out of the West Bank.
C. In NEWS2115, entitled, "Bible Prophecy And Illuminist Plan Are Being Fulfilled In Jerusalem!", we report that a key minor part of the Illuminati Plan is finally unfolding! A formal worship center for all monotheistic faiths within Jerusalem is in the works. This plan has taken a long time to begin unfolding, but is considered a key element to accomplish before the Christ (Antichrist) can arise.
Clearly, this portion of the Plan will take time to unfold. The money will have to be authorized, the land selected and purchased, the cornerstone laid and the building built. This process will take months if not years. In the House of Theosophy seminar into which I was sneaked, this combination worship center for adherents of Judaism, Islam and Christianity was a very important step in the final working out of the "New Jerusalem Covenant Project".
Until this project is completed, there will likely be no all-out regional war.
D. President Bush's planned political ruin seems on track, but needs more time to develop.
In our NEWS1929, posted almost two years ago, Cutting Edge reported that we could see the outlines of a deliberate Illuminist plan to discredit President Bush so completely as to cause his utter ruin. Later in this newsletter, we shall report that the "Impeach" word is getting clearer and louder all the time. You see, if President Bush slides to impeachment, he will take down with him the only two enemies the Illuminati has ever admitted to having: 1) National Sovereignty (Patriotism); 2) Fundamental Christianity.
When President Bush ordered the Iraqi invasion, he did so over the objections of the International Community. Now that the invasion has proven to be such an unmitigated disaster, his political demise would forever discredit the concept that any national sovereign could order an attack by his own authority. Bush's demise is likely to lead to firm international laws which would force any sovereign to gain approval from the United Nations for any military action. Such a law has long been coveted by the Illuminati.
When President Bush claimed to be a Christian based solely on his testimony (words), he carried captive untold tens of millions of genuine Christians who would have known the truth about him had they only been looking at his actions rather than his words, just as Jesus commanded (Matt 7:16 )
Therefore, we believe that the coming November elections will probably elect a Democrat majority in Congress, thus setting the stage for his impeachment.
E. The planned global Bird Flu panic has not yet reached the stage where it will explode into killing fury. I sense, from posting articles daily in our Daily News section, that the propaganda campaign has a ways yet to go before the flu virus is finally unleashed. While the Bird Flu virus is reportedly spreading across the world, there are some major places it has not yet appeared -- like the United States.
This media campaign to prepare the peoples of the world has some time to be worked out before the climax is reached.
All these factors argue for more time to be given to the global plan before the unbelievably short World War III can begin. Because of the incredible brevity of this world war -- 91 days -- no single element is going to occur before all are ready to occur. Both Bible prophecy and elements of the Illuminati Plan seem to require more time to unfold.
II. Several weeks ago, global crude oil prices began to fall because Western oil traders became convinced that no attack against Iran was going to occur and because crude oil inventories were near record levels. Given these market factors, how does the Illuminati keep oil prices high?
NEWS BRIEF: "Attack At Saudi Oil Plant", Sky News, February 24, 2006
"Saudi forces have foiled a double car bomb attack at one of the kingdom's biggest oil processing plants. The attackers were prevented from breaking through the gates when guards opened fire on them. Their two explosives-laden cars blew up at the gates of the Abqaiq processing facility near the Gulf coast of Saudi Arabia. The Saudi oil minister said the blast 'did not affect operations' - denying an earlier report on Al-Arabiya television that a pipeline was damaged. The facility 'continued to operate normally. Export operations continued in full', the minister, Ali Naimi, said in a statement."
Did you notice that this attack failed to damage or destroy any oil producing facilities, as the bombs blew up harmlessly at the gates and the suicide bombers killed? No damage was inflicted on any mechanical parts of the plant. Operations continued normally and export operations continued without one bit of interruption.
However, that did not stop oil traders from driving up crude oil prices, based upon a mythological "fear" that some day, an attack might succeed. Listen to what happened on the oil futures markets.
"The price of oil jumped on world markets as they heard of the attack with the US benchmark, rising $1.26 to $61.80. It was the first attack on an oil facility in Saudi Arabia and it targeted one of the kingdom's most important. The huge facility handles around two-thirds of the country's oil output..." (Ibid.)
Truly, if Saudi Arabian oil facilities were attacked and severely damaged, crude oil prices throughout the world would naturally skyrocket. However, these facilities are very heavily defended, as these "Al-Qaeda" suicide bombers quickly discovered.
Truly, Jesus was quite correct when He prophesied "Rumors of Wars" would be one of the indicators that the End of the Age was close.
In order to keep nerves on edge, the mythical "Al-Qaeda" issued a stern warning:
NEWS BRIEF: "Al-Qaida Claims Attack on Saudi Refinery", My Way News, February 24, 2006
"ABQAIQ, Saudi Arabia (AP) - Suicide bombers carried out a bold attack on the world's largest oil processing facility Friday but were stopped from breaking in by guards who fired on their cars, exploding both vehicles and killing the attackers. Al-Qaida purportedly claimed responsibility for the attack, the first on an oil facility in Saudi Arabia. The assault raised speculation that the militants were adopting the tactics of insurgents across the border in Iraq, where the oil industry has been repeatedly targeted."
The huge difference between the Iraqi oil infrastructure and the Saudi is that the Saudis know how to protect their industry and are doing it with professional forces. The Iraqis, on the other hand, do not possess either the expertly trained manpower nor the monetary resources necessary to protect their oil industry. The Saudis also have the utmost assistance from the Americans, who realized several decades ago that the US economy absolutely depended upon Saudi output -- uninterrupted oil output.
This news story continues, as "Al-Qaeda" continued breathing threats against the Saudis.
"Later, the al-Qaida terror group said two of its militants carried out the suicide attack. The claim was posted on a Web site frequently used by terror groups but there was no way to check its authenticity. This 'is part of the project to rid the Arabian Peninsula of the infidels', the statement read."
Note that this "threat" occurred on a website whose authenticity could not be verified! When you see this caveat in a news story, you can bet that American "Special Ops" people initiated the report. We have seen this caveat dozens of times since 9/11 as the government hads issued a warning of a new terror attack based upon information which could not be verified, and each time, the warning has proven to be absolutely worthless.
But, this so-called terrorist threat against Saudi Arabian facilities can be depended upon to keep the "fear pressure" on world crude oil markets.
Further, to ensure that oil future crude oil prices remain under attack, Nigerian militants have been attacking oil infrastructure for some time now. Recently, they even seized hostages.
NEWS BRIEF: "Nigerian militants free six foreign oil workers", New Zealand Herald, March 2, 2006
"WARRI, Nigeria - Six of nine foreign oil workers being held by militants in Nigeria's southern delta were released by their captors today ... The militants, whose campaign of kidnap and sabotage in the oil-producing Niger Delta has already crippled a fifth of output from the world's eighth largest crude exporter, warned of further, bigger attacks. Their threats pushed up US crude futures by 64 cents to US$62.05 a barrel, while London Brent advanced 67 cents to US$62.43."
Add to this news continued American pressure upon Venezuela, another oil-producing giant, and you have the recipe for continued high prices, even as people throughout the world have reached the conclusion that no attack on Iran is really going to occur.
Let us now go to the latest news from Iran.
III. Russia and Iran agreed in principle that Russia would enrich the fuel rods on Russian territory and ship them to Iranian plants, rather than Iran enriching the uranium herself. In theory, this agreement should have "lanced the boil" of propaganda which has fueled such war speculation as the world has seldom seen.
NEWS BRIEF: "Iran says Russia link to ease mistrust", Reuters News, February 28, 2006
"TOKYO (Reuters) - Iran said on Tuesday a possible joint venture with Russia would ease world mistrust about its atomic aims highlighted in a U.N. watchdog report saying Tehran is accelerating a fuel programme which could make nuclear bombs. Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki reiterated that Tehran, which insists its nuclear work aims only to generate electricity, would not renounce it but said talks with Russia on jointly purifying uranium would reduce international doubts.
" 'We would like to enjoy our rights like Japan to have nuclear technology, of course for peaceful purposes', he said in Tokyo after meeting Japanese Trade Minister Toshihiro Nikai. 'The Russian proposal would be a bridge between Iran's right to peaceful use of nuclear energy and (gaining) international trust', a Japanese official quoted Mottaki as telling Nikai. On Sunday, Iran said it had reached a 'basic' agreement with Russia on a joint venture to enrich uranium but it was unclear if that meant Iran would not pursue enrichment technology at home, the key condition of Russia and the West."
When this "agreement in principle" was first announced, it sounded like Russia would enrich all the fuel in her plants and ship them to Iran; this type of agreement would have completely set Western "fears" aside that Iran would use the enrichment process to create fuel to produce nuclear bombs. However, as soon as the White House expressed "skepticism" of the deal, news stories began to appear which cast doubt that Russia was really going to enrich all the fuel Iran needs in Russian plants.
Therefore, the pot keeps boiling -- but not so vigorously as to boil over, causing war.
Iran continues to poke fun at America, not acting in the least afraid of the "world's only superpower".
NEWS BRIEF: "Iran’s military says West is bluffing", Iran Focus, 1 March 2006
"Tehran, Iran, Mar. 01 – One of the most senior figures in Iran’s armed forces accused the West on Wednesday of using threats of military action to dictate its terms to the Islamic Republic, while Western leaders know that 'a military confrontation with Iran is impossible and unfeasible', the state-run Fars news agency reported. The Islamic Republic would never 'succumb to the wishes of the West', Deputy Defence Minister Ahmad Vahidi told reporters ... Before being appointed as the number two in the Defence Ministry, General Vahidi was a senior member of the high command of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC). He is regarded as the father of the elite Qods Force, the extra-territorial arm of the IRGC that has been responsible for the Guards’ operations beyond Iran’s borders."
" 'The West’s psychological operations are always greater than their actual capabilities and are aimed at putting pressure on Iran so as to force us to capitulate to their demands', Vahidi said. 'America and the West are faced with numerous problems in implementing their military threats, because such actions will pose more threats to themselves than to Iran', he added.'
We have enunciated the most serious economic and military disasters which would occur if the United States should launch even a limited attack on Iran. And, Iran is right when they say that an attack on their facilities will hurt us and our economy far worse than it will hurt Iran.
The West will not attack Iranian nuclear facilities unless and until the planned World War III is finally ready to get underway.
IV. The Iraq war is turning into such a disaster that even the American soldiers want to be pulled out. Are we beginning to see the end of bedrock Conservative support for President Bush?
NEWS BRIEF: "U.S. Troops in Iraq: 72% Say End War in 2006", Zogby International Pollster, February 28, 2006
"An overwhelming majority of 72% of American troops serving in Iraq think the U.S. should exit the country within the next year, and more than one in four say the troops should leave immediately, a new Le Moyne College/Zogby International survey shows. The poll, conducted in conjunction with Le Moyne College’s Center for Peace and Global Studies, showed that 29% of the respondents, serving in various branches of the armed forces, said the U.S. should leave Iraq “immediately,” while another 22% said they should leave in the next six months. Another 21% said troops should be out between six and 12 months, while 23% said they should stay 'as long as they are needed'."
"Different branches had quite different sentiments on the question, the poll shows. While 89% of reserves and 82% of those in the National Guard said the U.S. should leave Iraq within a year, 58% of Marines think so. Seven in ten of those in the regular Army thought the U.S. should leave Iraq in the next year. Moreover, about three-quarters of those in National Guard and Reserve units favor withdrawal within six months ..."
This is startling news, so jarring that the Pentagon immediately issued a declaration stating that they did not believe this poll result. Truly, the military family has been one of the President's main support columns since the beginning of the invasion. If this column is crumbling now, the President could be in real political trouble. Supporting American troops in the field has long been one of the truly deep and permanent psychological anchors within the Republican Party, and amongst Conservative Democrats. This report seems to indicate that this strong, dependable source of support for Mr. Bush is eroding quickly.
This next revelation is truly startling.
“ 'Ninety-three percent said that removing weapons of mass destruction is not a reason for U.S. troops being there', said Pollster John Zogby, President and CEO of Zogby International. 'Instead, that initial rationale went by the wayside and, in the minds of 68% of the troops, the real mission became to remove Saddam Hussein'.” (Ibid.)
Evidently, American troops have stopped listening to the incessant propaganda which is fed to them every hour of every day, and have started to realize that no Weapons of Mass Destruction were ever found. Perhaps some of them even heard David Kay, President Bush's chief weapons hunter, finally declare that Saddam never had WMD after 1991, and that the idea that WMD will ever be discovered is "delusional". ("US expert slams WMD 'delusions' ", BBC News, 5 June, 2004)
I would take the words of Bush's own weapons hunter before I would accept the propaganda pouring forth now from outlets like NewsMax, saying that Saddam had hidden the cache in Syria before the war. Even our own troops in Iraq now know the truth -- "removing weapons of mass destruction is not a reason for U.S. troops being there"
V. Even with two successive curfews in effect, Iraqi insurgents bathed the country in blood last week. The deliberate bombing of the Shi'ite holy shrine on 2/22/2006, immediately killing 22 people, continued to plunge Iraq toward civil war.
NEWS BRIEF: "Iraq PM defiant after bloody week", BBC News, 1 March 2006
"Iraqi PM Ibrahim Jaafari has vowed not to let sectarian violence derail work on a new government, after a week in which over 400 people died violently. The count seems to be a response to US media reports of higher casualties. The deaths follow a bomb attack on a Shia Muslim shrine in the city of Samarra last Wednesday. US President George W Bush said Iraqis must choose either 'chaos or unity'. "
You know the President is backtracking when he forgets about preaching "Iraqi freedom" and begins lecturing the Iraqis about "choosing either chaos or unity".
"The week-long nationwide death count was released in what correspondents say is an unusual move for the Iraqi government. It appears to have been a direct response to a figure of 1,300 dead, quoting a Baghdad mortuary official, published by the Washington Post newspaper. The BBC's Jim Muir in Baghdad says the latest attacks are an apparently coordinated onslaught aimed at killing and injuring as many people as possible. They come, he notes, amid growing fears of a slide towards sectarian strife since the attack on the Shia shrine. At least 60 people died in bombings in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, on Tuesday alone.
"More than 100 others were wounded in the attacks which saw three bombs going off within two minutes of each other earlier in the day in mixed areas of the city. Car bombs targeted a market and a post office while the third blast happened when a man with explosives strapped to his body blew himself up in a queue of motorists waiting for petrol. In incidents elsewhere in Iraq, two British soldiers were killed in Amara and at least two Iraqi policemen were shot dead in Mosul."
Iraqi leaders in both the Shi'ite and the Sunni camps expressed alarm that the country may be heading for all-out civil war.
NEWS BRIEF: "Iraqi leaders appeal for restraint", Times Union News, February 25, 2006
"BAGHDAD, Iraq -- Iraqi political and religious leaders struggled Friday to pull the nation back from the brink of sectarian civil war, calling for peace and extending through today a daytime curfew meant to reduce the level of violence between Shiite and Sunni Muslims that has left more than 150 people dead this week. Joint Sunni-Shiite prayer services were broadcast on television. Government security forces flooded the streets, beefing up protection of mosques and other religious sites. U.S. military forces stepped up patrols around the volatile parts of the country ... But the bloodshed continued, including a gunbattle between Shiite Muslim militiamen and suspected Sunni Arab insurgents in Baghdad and attacks elsewhere that left at least 30 dead on Friday. At least three Sunni mosques in southern Baghdad were attacked late Friday night."
Obviously, this renewed violence throws fresh doubt upon the ability of American forces to withdraw with any shred of dignity, as we did with Vietnam. At least North Vietnam waited for over a year after Americans troops withdrew before they attacked to destroy South Vietnam. During that time, President Ford could actually pretend that the Nixon withdrawal strategy was correct after all! It looks here as though American troops may have to withdraw under fire!
This next article speaks to the issue of troop drawdown, a necessary prerequisite to final withdrawal.
NEWS BRIEF: "US troop cuts put in doubt", The Standard, March 01, 2006
"The recent explosion of violence in Iraq is forcing a debate inside the Pentagon about whether the US military can proceed with plans to cut the number of troops in Iraq. The violence came at a crucial time for the US military: top generals must decide within weeks whether to carry out a long-anticipated reduction in American troops this summer. Threats of civil war in the country have raised questions about the wisdom of a troop drawdown in the next few months ... For nearly a year, senior commanders have said political progress in Baghdad and the development of new Iraqi army units could lead to substantial US troop cuts this year. They have pointed to mid-2006 as a pivotal period, making pending decisions on troop levels a telling indicator of progress ... US officials are concerned that armed sectarian militias are gaining power inside Iraq, and that many Iraqi police units are more loyal to ethnic and religious leaders than to Iraq's national government."
This last statement truly reminds me of Vietnam, where many South Vietnamese police and soldiers were more loyal to the Communist cause than to the American-inspired "Fight For Freedom". South Vietnamese and American interrogators and operators of the infamous "Phoenix" assassination teams had so alienated the population that the government quickly fell as soon as the North Vietnamese struck hard.
VI. This same deplorable situation is now occurring in Iraq. Not only have American military tactics been so brutal as to kill well over 100,000 civilians, but the jailing and torturing of innocent people has gotten as bad as, or worse than, Saddam Hussein!
NEWS BRIEF: "Death squad victims piled up by the hundred", New Zealand Herald, February 28, 2006
"Hundreds of Iraqis are being tortured to death or summarily executed every month in Baghdad alone by death squads working from the Ministry of the Interior, says the United Nations' outgoing human rights chief in Iraq. John Pace, who left Baghdad two weeks ago, said up to three-quarters of the corpses stacked in the city's mortuary show evidence of gunshot wounds to the head or injuries caused by drill-bits or burning cigarettes. Much of the killing, he said, was carried out by Shiite groups under the ministry's control ... in last July alone the morgue received 1100 bodies, about 900 of which bore evidence of torture or summary execution.
" 'It's being done by anyone who wishes to wipe out anybody else for various reasons', said Pace, who worked for the United Nations for more than 40 years in countries such as Liberia and Chile. 'But the bulk are attributed to the agents of the Ministry of the Interior'."
"Many of the 110,000 policemen and police commandos under the ministry's control are suspected of being former members of the Badr Brigade. Not only counter-insurgency units such as the Wolf Brigade and the Scorpions, but the commandos and even the highway patrol police have been accused of acting as death squads. The commandos, who dress in garish camouflage and hoods, are dreaded in Sunni neighbourhoods. People they arrest frequently turn up dead several days later, their bodies bearing obvious marks of torture."
Lest you think that this torture and murder campaign being carried out by the Ministry of the Interior is completely opposed to the American ideal, I can only point you to the Abu Ghraib campaign of torture and sexual humiliation. The Ministry of the Interior seems to be very confident that their activities are consistent with the wishes of American forces in Iraq.
How bad is this campaign of torture? Note this next article also quotes John Pace, the source of the story in the New Zealand Herald, above.
NEWS BRIEF: "Torture, abuses worse than under Saddam”, Aljazeera.com, 3/2/2006
"Human rights abuses in Iraq are worse than they were under Saddam Hussein, John Pace, the UN’s outgoing human rights chief in Iraq said Thursday. Pace, who left his post last month, said that there is an increase in the level of extra-judicial executions and torture in Iraq. 'Under Saddam, if you agreed to forgo your basic right to freedom of expression and thought, you were physically more or less OK," Pace said in an interview with The Associated Press. 'But now, no. Here, you have a primitive, chaotic situation where anybody can do anything they want to anyone'. The scale of atrocity now 'extends over a much wider section of the population than it did under Saddam'."
Does anyone remember that, as people throughout the world began to realize that no Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) were going to be found, the mantra from the White House changed to "Saddam was a bad man who hurt and killed his own people", and the "world is a safer place now that he is gone". Really? Do you also remember that President Bush falsely assured Iraqis that they would not face torture chambers any more?
But, what should you expect from a "Skull & Bones" President?
NEWS BRIEF: "The U.S. radiates civilians and soldiers with depleted uranium", Aljazeera.com, 3/3/2006
"Last week, the U.S. military placed an order for $38 million in depleted uranium rounds, bringing the total amount of the order from a West-Virginia Based company to $77 million for fiscal year 2006. The new order was placed with Alliant Techsystems for 120-mm ammunition. Once the new deal is completed, the company will have produced 35,000 rounds for the U.S. army. In a statement, the company making the deadly weapon said: "Its state-of-the-art composite sabot, propellant, and penetrator technologies give it outstanding accuracy and lethality. The Pentagon uses depleted uranium in its rounds because it says that it is extremely effective in penetrating heavy armor. But critics of these controversial munitions believe that inhaling the radioactive dust left by the highly combustible weapon causes cancer and birth defects."
As Cutting Edge has stated so often, Depleted Uranium is a population killer. Indeed, from the beginning of this Iraqi conflict, a medical doctor of a modern Middle East army thoroughly trained in modern desert warfare called to tell me that, in no more than 20 years, both Iraq and Afghanistan would be totally inhabitable! They would be countries from which sick survivors would be fleeing. The air, water, and ground are even now so polluted that civilians are dying more rapidly every year.
To read our great amount of research on D.U., please visit our Depleted Uranium section.
Let us now return to our featured article.
"Depleted uranium remains radioactive for 4.5 billion years. The byproduct of manufacturing nuclear weapons or reactors contaminate water and soil. It also poses a more serious threat when it is inhaled and absorbed into the human body. Studies show that DU can remain in human organs for years. According to an editorial on The Guardian, the depleted uranium (DU) used in the first Gulf War led to a significant increase in the levels of childhood leukaemia and birth defects in Iraq ... In the “Highway of Death” in Iraq, radiation levels register 1,000 times normal background radiation levels. Tedd Weymann, deputy head of the Uranium Medical Research Centre (UMRC), said: 'At one point the readings were so high that an alarm on one of my instruments went off telling me to get back. Yet despite these alarmingly high levels of radiation children play on the tanks or close by'."
"The exact amount of DU used during the 2003 Iraq war hasn’t been revealed, but some experts estimate it was more than a thousand tons used in more than 51 sites across the country. An Iraqi tank destroyed by the U.S. weapon in Basra, where UK forces are stationed, registered 2,500 times normal background radiation. In the surrounding area, researchers recorded radioactivity levels 20 times higher than normal."
Even the Coalition Headquarters in Baghdad, known as the Green Zone, is registering 20 times normal radiation!
"In 2003, Human Rights Watch said that hundreds of 'preventable' civilian deaths in Iraq have been caused by the use of cluster bombs by U.S. and UK occupation forces. Experts also called for the water and milk being used by Iraqi civilians in Basra, where more than 1 million people live, to be monitored after analysis of biological and soil samples from area found 'the highest number, highest levels and highest concentrations of radioactive source points' in the Basra suburb of Abu Khasib ... The U.S. and its allies committed another war crime in Fallujah, which witnessed a bloody offensive in 2004. Residents, mainly civilians, were subject to bombardment by napalm, depleted uranium shells, phosphorus bombs (a weapon that is illegal if used against civilians). The use of such banned weapons makes the U.S. responsible for the same crimes that the toppled Iraqi President Saddam Hussein is accused of."
This last statement brings us back to the story, above, when we learned that the torture of prisoners at the hands of the Interior Ministry is now "worse than under Saddam". America has committed war crimes of an unbelievable magnitude, and when the American public finally gets hold of the reality that their beloved sons and daughters who have fought Bush's "Freedom for Iraqis" was are slowly dying by inches from a disease caused by Depleted Uranium, the final push will be on for Bush to be politically ruined.
NEWS BRIEF: "Poll: Bush Ratings At All-Time Low", CBS News Polls, February 27, 2006
"(CBS) The latest CBS News poll finds President Bush's approval rating has fallen to an all-time low of 34 percent, while pessimism about the Iraq war has risen to a new high. Americans are also overwhelmingly opposed to the Bush-backed deal giving a Dubai-owned company operational control over six major U.S. ports. Seven in 10 Americans, including 58 percent of Republicans, say they're opposed to the agreement."
"Mr. Bush's overall job rating has fallen to 34 percent, down from 42 percent last month. Fifty-nine percent disapprove of the job the president is doing. For the first time in this poll, most Americans say the president does not care much about people like themselves. Fifty-one percent now think he doesn't care, compared to 47 percent last fall. Just 30 percent approve of how Mr. Bush is handling the Iraq war, another all-time low ... By two to one, the poll finds Americans think U.S. efforts to bring stability to Iraq are going badly – the worst assessment yet of progress in Iraq."
Finally, the steady daily pounding of bad war news, of American soldiers being killed and/or maimed, and of Iraqi civilians being blown up, has caused the President to begin sinking in the polls. One cannot help but contrast the continually sunny rhetoric about how wonderfully freedom is being defended in Iraq to the deadly, bloody reality shaking Iraq every single day. Even today, TV commercials are airing which tout the "progress" of the Bush effort in Iraq, and fanning the patriotic flames as high as they will go.
Yet, reality is finally gaining a foothold in the American psyche. Even in the arena of the phony "War On Terror", the Teflon this president has been wearing is getting thin.
"Even on fighting terrorism, which has long been a strong suit for Mr. Bush, his ratings dropped lower than ever. Half of Americans say they disapprove of how he's handling the war on terror, while 43 percent approve."
Since President Bush is losing poll support even on the issue of "fighting terror" -- the one spot Bush could always count on to receive an upward jolt in the polls -- is it time to stage something really and truly dramatic, something guaranteed to shoot Bush's popularity skyward? What could that one staged event be?
Is it now time to "capture" Osama bin Laden -- the man many Americans love to hate?
NEWS BRIEF: "Bush Says Osama bin Laden Will Be Brought to Justice", Bloomberg Investor, March 1, 2006
"March 1 (Bloomberg) -- President George W. Bush, on a surprise trip to Afghanistan today, said he was 'confident' the fugitive al-Qaeda terrorist leader Osama bin Laden will be 'brought to justice' ... Apprehending bin Laden, reported to be hiding in the mountainous area on the Pakistan-Afghan border, wasn't a question of `if but when,'' Bush said during the press conference with Karzai ..."
My ears perked up when I heard President Bush announce that Osama bin Laden "would be caught". What a wonderful event that would be for Bush's popularity ratings! Can anyone forget how Saddam Hussein was captured at just the time in August, 2003, when Americans began to have questions about whether the fighting was really over, as President Bush had promised them on May 1, 2003? The buzz over Saddam's staged capture -- if that is really the true Saddam and not one of his 13 doubles -- lasted nearly one full year!
If Osama were to be captured fairly close to the November off-year elections, that could bring a huge boost to the President's popularity at the very time Americans are marching to the polls to elect a new Congress. Since the issue of impeachment probably depends upon whether Democrats can gain control of Congress in this coming November election, any event which would dramatically increase the popularity of Republicans would be of utmost importance.
Therefore, at a most propitious time, do not be surprised by a sudden announcement that Osama bin Laden has been captured.
Unpopularity over this disastrous Iraqi War has also hit Great Britain.
NEWS BRIEF: "Blair Approval Rating Falls to 28% in Britain", Angus Reid Consultants, February 27, 2006
"(Angus Reid Global Scan) – Few adults in Britain are content with Tony Blair, according to a poll by Ipsos-MORI published in The Sun. 28 per cent of respondents are satisfied with their prime minister’s performance, down nine points since November ... Yesterday, Dennis Healey—a former chancellor of the exchequer considered as one of the Labour party’s elder statesmen—suggested that Blair should step down soon, saying, 'I think Tony’s showing he is losing his grip, and the sooner Gordon takes over the better'. 31 per cent of respondents are satisfied with the current government, down two points in three months."
More and more British families are raising public voices against Blair's leadership in this most terrible war.
NEWS BRIEF: "Republicans fear Democratic gains in November could increase calls to impeach Bush", by Doug Thompson, Capitol Blue, at March 2, 2006
"GOP political strategists fear a shift in Congressional seats from Republican to Democratic hands in the mid-term elections this November could spur a renewed movement to impeach President George W. Bush. 'A possibility', admits political scientist George Harleigh, who served in the Nixon and Reagan administrations. 'The margin of the GOP majority in both the House and Senate protects the President right now but a shift could build momentum to impeach'."
"Dissatisfaction grows almost daily with Bush in both the moderate and conservative Republican ranks and some might be willing to go along with Democratic calls for impeachment to protect their own seats if the GOP majority is reduced by the elections. 'Look, this administration has become the gang that can't shoot straight', says one unhappy strategist that I worked with during my days on Capitol Hill from 1981-87. 'The Democrats don't even have to win back control. If they make enough gains that will scare the Republicans enough to think more about their own political hides' ... more and more grumble in the cloakroom and the back halls of Congress, saying Bush is a serious liability to the party and may need to go.
The private talk intensified this week with published reports that Vice President Dick Cheney may retire after the mid-terms, allowing Bush to select a new vice president who would need to be confirmed by Congress."
" 'At the moment, Cheney is Bush's job security', says Harleigh. 'As bad as the Democrats loath Bush they can't stand the thought of a President Cheney'."
This same situation existed during the Nixon impeachment months, did it not? Vice President Spiro Agnew was so hated that, as long as he was V.P., President Nixon was safe. But, when Agnew was indicted, he resigned, Bilderberger man Gerald Ford became V.P., and the move to impeach Nixon gained sudden momentum.
"New polls show Bush's personal and job approval ratings plummeting to 34 percent but Cheney's ratings fall even lower to 18 percent. What really concerns GOP political operatives, though, is the sharp drop in the President's personal popularity. 'The polls clearly show Americans don't trust the President and, even worse, they don't like him', Harleigh says. 'His credibility is shot and his likeability isn't far behind'. The polls also show the distrust spreads to Republicans who show public support for Bush and his policies. 'The prospects look very grim for Republicans', says Ross Baker, a political scientist at Rutgers University."
If Cutting Edge is right that a campaign to discredit Bush to the point of political ruin has been in action for over two years now, then this kind of news makes a whole lot of sense. We shall just have to wait to see how it all works out.
Before we leave this subject, let us hearken back to the statement, above, that the Bush gang has become known as "the gang that can't shoot straight". This next news story speaks directly to this public perception.
NEWS BRIEF: "In Bush White House, incompetence rules", by Ann McFeatters, Block Alliance, Rockland & Roseville Today, Friday, March 3, 2006
"WASHINGTON -- It seems that everything is going wrong for the Bush White House lately. Why? The uproar over an Arab-controlled firm taking over major U.S. ports is a tempest in a teapot, there is no evidence it will weaken already-inferior security at our ports. But the episode shows an astonishing lack of political acumen by the usually astute Bush administration. In an election year, with one-third of the Senate and the entire House up for grabs, it seems preposterous that the White House didn't think through the ramifications of not conferring with key members of Congress before rubber stamping a deal with a company controlled by a country that spawned two of the 9/11 hijackers..."
"The Texas shooting accident involving Vice President Cheney and his friend was embarrassing and could have been tragic. But the aftermath was far more damaging than it had to be because it appeared that there was an effort to cover up the incident. The inscrutable vice president without a valid hunting license seemed unapologetic and defensive. And why didn't President Bush appear concerned?"
"... The heartbreaking sectarian violence erupting throughout Iraq has far more to do with ancient hatreds than the U.S. role in "liberating" Iraq, but it also is at least partially a result of failure by the administration to realize that a collapse of Iraqi society would breed civil war ... The worldwide outcry over the new U.S. policy of imprisoning people for years without formal charges, without a trial and without recourse to lawyers certainly should not surprise the administration. It has never explained why prison abuses were permitted at Abu Ghraib. It has refused to open Guantanamo up to inspection by human-rights observers or reporters. It has never adequately defended the frightening policy of rendition _ transferring prisoners to secret prisons in Eastern Europe."
"The administration's ham-handed defense of the Patriot Act might have gone more smoothly if it hadn't also been reclassifying 55,000 declassified documents as secret, many of them puzzlingly innocuous. The administration's effort to shroud almost every aspect of government in secrecy should scare every patriot ... In a climate of diminishing respect for civil liberties, Bush's job-approval rating has fallen to its lowest level so far because his administration increasingly is perceived as arrogant and secretive. Even many Republicans who have been loyally supportive worry that his administration feels that it is above the law and doesn't have to listen to anyone else ... The administration of this seemingly amiable man ... has begun to represent government at its worst: uncaring, incompetent, bureaucratic, unresponsive and full of hot air and quixotic rules."
"People want - and need - to believe that their leaders are competent. This White House is making that more difficult with every passing week."
In the two-year-old effort to discredit President Bush, this week's news seems designed to bring him down to a new low.
X. A new video clip showing President Bush being briefed on Hurricane Katrina just hours before she hit cannot do Bush's public perception any good, and does seem to fall into the "Incompetent" category, as the above article so succinctly states.
NEWS BRIEF: "Video shows Bush Katrina warning", BBC News, 2 March 2006
"Video showing President George W Bush being warned on the eve of Hurricane Katrina that New Orleans' flood defences could be overcome has emerged. The footage, obtained by the Associated Press, also shows Mr Bush being told of the risk to evacuees in the Superdome. It appears to contradict Mr Bush's statement four days after Katrina hit, when he said: 'I don't think anyone anticipated the breach of the levees'."
When I heard that statement, I laughed, because I could remember the FEMA prediction of the three disasters America faced (Newsletter for September 17, 2005, Paragraph II, B).
One of those "predictions" was that a major hurricane could devastate New Orleans. Since hurricanes hit cities all the time in the past several years, what could possibly be so terrible about a hurricane in New Orleans? The levee system. Once that levee broke, 80% of New Orleans was under water. Now, let us go back to this featured article.
"Speaking by video link from a room in his Texan holiday ranch on 28 August last year, Mr Bush is shown telling federal disaster officials: 'We are fully prepared'."
This statement may yet go down in history as one of the dumbest on record! President Bush' performance, FEMA's performance, and the performance of "first responders" down the line was so inadequate it defied the imagination and caused the deaths of too many people.
"The footage does the president no favours, the BBC's Justin Webb reports from Washington. It shows plainly worried officials telling Mr Bush very clearly before the storm hit that it could breach New Orleans' flood barriers. In the past, the president has said nobody anticipated a breach but the video shows Michael Brown, the top emergency response official who has since resigned, saying the storm would be 'a bad one, a big one'. He also gives a strong, clear warning that evacuees in the Superdome in New Orleans could not be given proper assistance."
"Another official, Max Mayfield of the National Hurricane Center, tells the final briefing that storm models predict minimal flooding inside New Orleans during the hurricane. But he adds that the possibility that anticlockwise winds and storm surges could cause the levees at Lake Pontchartrain to be overrun afterwards is 'obviously a very, very grave concern'. His concern was borne out by events when levees collapsed, letting in the floodwater disastrously."
The New Orleans mayor could not believe his eyes.
"New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin, shown the footage for the first time at a press conference, told Reuters he was 'shocked' by what it revealed."
Republicans are finding it harder and harder to defend President Bush -- and that may be his greatest weakness right now and for the immediate future.
Early this morning, news reports were posted in which a clarification was issues, trying to show that President Bush really was not remiss in his leadership. Here is the statement, from The Druge Report, Saturday, 3/4/2006.
"The Army Corps of Engineers considers a breach a hole developing in a levee rather than an overrun. The story should have made clear that Bush was warned about floodwaters overrunning the levees, rather than the levees breaking. The day before the storm hit, Bush was told there were grave concerns that the levees could be overrun. It wasn't until the next morning, as the storm was hitting, that Michael Brown, then head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, said Bush had inquired about reports of breaches. Bush did not participate in that briefing."
---------Conclusion----------------"I am poured out like water, and all my bones are out of joint." Psalm 22:14
Did earth or heaven ever behold a sadder spectacle of woe! In soul and body,
our Lord felt Himself to be weak as water poured upon the ground. The placing
of the cross in its socket had shaken Him with great violence, had strained
all the ligaments, pained every nerve, and more or less dislocated all His
bones. Burdened with His own weight, the august sufferer felt the strain increasing
every moment of those six long hours. His sense of faintness and general weakness
were overpowering; while to His own consciousness He became nothing but a
mass of misery and swooning sickness. When Daniel saw the great vision, he
thus describes his sensations, "There remained no strength in me, for
my vigour was turned into corruption, and I retained no strength:" how
much more faint must have been our greater Prophet when He saw the dread vision
of the wrath of God, and felt it in His own soul! To us, sensations such as
our Lord endured would have been insupportable, and kind unconsciousness would
have come to our rescue; but in His case, He was wounded, and felt the sword;
He drained the cup and tasted every drop.
"O King of Grief! (a title strange, yet true
To Thee of all kings only due)
O King of Wounds! how shall I grieve for Thee,
Who in all grief preventest me!"
As we kneel before our now ascended Saviour's throne, let us remember well the way by which He prepared it as a throne of grace for us; let us in spirit drink of His cup, that we may be strengthened for our hour of heaviness whenever it may come. In His natural body every member suffered, and so must it be in the spiritual; but as out of all His griefs and woes His body came forth uninjured to glory and power, even so shall His mystical body come through the furnace with not so much as the smell of fire upon it.
(C.H. Spurgeon, "Morning and Evening Devotions" , KJV)
May Jesus Richly Bless You,
David Bay, Director
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