Israel Breaks the Cease-Fire

August 19, 2006 at 7:53 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Is Olmert this politically dumb? Doesn’t he realize that this will play extremely poorly in the court of public opinion to break the cease-fire with a commando raid and a missile launch? Isn’t that what Hezbollah did to start this conflict, launch a few missiles and a commando raid? What are you thinking Olmert?

Federal Judge Orders a Halt to NSA Warrantless Surveillance

August 17, 2006 at 2:49 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Good work! This is a step in the right direction for America. This is a step back to what the Constitution actually states, not what a King believes.

Cheney: Incompetent Wimp

August 16, 2006 at 1:26 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Well said, Mr. Sullivan, well said!

It is my rallying cry, Mr. Sullivan. But, if it is yours, are you willing to vote for a Democrat, Mr. Sullivan? That’s the only way you’ll get rid of Cheney, Bush, and Rumsfeld.

Maybe There Is Hope for the Future After All….

August 16, 2006 at 11:47 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Andrew Sullivan, a conservative, an originally a backer of the Iraq War, now quite rightfully questions this alleged British terror plot, with some hard questions that have not been answered by either British or American officials. Maybe there is hope for the future after all. Maybe conservatives will also start seeing through the slime that the emperor has no clothes, that there is a simple ordinary man behind the wizard. Com’on Conservatives, wake up!

Trusting in the Arm of the Flesh

August 16, 2006 at 11:37 am | Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments

I agree with President Spencer W. Kimball, a prophet of the Lord:

In spite of our delight in defining ourselves as modern, and our tendency to think we possess a sophistication that no people in the past ever had — in spite of these things, we are, on the whole, an idolatrous people — a condition repugnant to the Lord.

We are a warlike people, easily distracted from our assignment of preparing for the coming of the Lord. When enemies rise up, we commit vast resources to the fabrication of gods of stone and steel — ships, planes, missiles, fortifications — and depend on them for protection and deliverance. When threatened, we become antienemy instead of pro-kingdom of God; we train a man in the art of war and call him a patriot, thus, in the manner of Satan’s counterfeit of true patriotism, perverting the Savior’s teaching:

“Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;

“That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven” (Matthew 5:44-45).

We forget that if we are righteous the Lord will either not suffer our enemies to come upon us — and this is the special promise to the inhabitants of the land of the Americas (see 2 Nephi 1:7) — or he will fight our battles for us (Exodus 14:14; D&C 98:37, to name only two references of many). This he is able to do, for as he said at the time of his betrayal, “Thinkest thou that I cannot now pray to my Father, and he shall presently give me more than twelve legions of angels?” (Matthew 26:53). We can imagine what fearsome soldiers they would be. King Jehoshaphat and his people were delivered by such a troop (see 2 Chronicles 20), and when Elish’s life was threatened, he comforted his servant by saying, “Fear not; for they that be with us are more than they that be with them” (2 Kings 6:16). The Lord then opened the eyes of the servant, “And he saw: and, behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire round about Elisha” (vs 17).

What are we to fear when the Lord is with us? Can we not take the Lord at his word and exercise a particle of faith in him? Our assignment is affirmative: to forsake the things of the world as ends in themselves; to leave off idolatry and press forward in faith; to carry the gospel to our enemies, that they might no longer be our enemies.

We must leave off the worship of modern-day idols and a reliance on the “arm of flesh,” for the Lord has said to all the world in our day, “I will not spare any that remain in Babylon” (D&C 64:24).

Ammon and his brothers went to the Lamanites trusting in the Lord to protect them. They went not to war with them but to preach to them. Peace is possible. But you have to want peace. You have to trust in the Lord. Can Americans do this? I think we can. But we must stop fighting!

The Birth Pangs of the New Middle East

August 16, 2006 at 11:01 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Thank you Bush for handing to Iran such a victory. Take a look at these reports from the region. They should show pretty clearly who really won.

Lebanese Blast Arab Rulers, Praise Iran and Syria

Syria, Iran more powerful than ever

Syria warns Israel over Golan

This is the really dangerous one. Syria is telling Israel that it will learn from Hezbollah how to fight and remove Israel from the Golan Heights. Thank you Bush. This is exactly what Israel needed.

Iran wants new Middle East without US, British meddling

They should know. It was the British and Americans who in Operation Ajax removed a democratically elected leader of Iran, just because British Petroleum was unhappy that Iran had nationalized their oil production. Sucks when it cuts into a company’s profits, don’t it.

Many Arabs, sadly, see things Assad’s way

All this because Bush gave Israel the green light to take Hezbollah’s bait on July 12. Oh the future is going to be messy.

Christian Conservatives Use Churches to Increase Voter Turnout

August 15, 2006 at 9:49 am | Posted in Uncategorized | 11 Comments

In a sign that shows that Republicans cannot stand on their own principles and philosophies, Christian Conservatives are using churches to drive voter turnout in November. It doesn’t matter that their policies are failures, as long as you get the ardent coming to the “Party of God.”

Of course you won’t find Republicans claiming that today, because “party of God” means something in Arabic. It means Hezbollah.

Meanwhile, Thank You Israel!

August 15, 2006 at 6:59 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

While Republicans use foreign wars for political purposes back home, Israel is showing us that they fight for the protection of their lands and their people. Thank you Israel for being an example to us. In Israel, Israelis can see when their government is failing and actually want to do something about it.

Thank you Israel. Please be safe.

The Politics of Fear and Smear

August 14, 2006 at 8:54 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments

an excellent analysis of the politics of Bush and Cheney. Will Americans fall for this sham again? What do you think?

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August 12, 2006 at 6:58 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

An American Indian elder described his own inner struggles this way: “Inside of me there two dogs. One of the dogs is mean and evil. The other dog is good. The mean dog fights the good dog all the time.” When asked which dog wins, he reflected for a moment and replied, “The one I feed the most.”

— Native American Proverb

The Loss of Israeli Invincibility

August 11, 2006 at 9:47 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Time magazine has an excellent analysis of the problem now facing Israel due to its hubris and pride in its modern technology, and in its failure to defeat 4000 guerrillas in Lebanon.

Today’s ‘situation’ is not one that agrees with most Israelis. Promised a swift, knock-out punch against Hizballah’s Islamic militiamen, Israelis are now being told that in order to neutralize Hizballah — forget about destroying them — they must brace for a bloody ground attack in Lebanon that could cost hundreds of soldiers’ lives. Increasingly, Israelis are asking: how could a militia force of only 4,000 fighters withstand a prolonged beating by the mightiest army in the Middle East — and still keep pelting Israeli cities with rockets?

Once the cease-fire starts, both sides will surely claim victory. Nasrallah will declare himself a new champion of the Arab world for having survived the Israeli onslaught and terrorized 1.5 million Israelis with his blindly flung rockets. (In Palestine’s West Bank, recordings of his speeches and ballads of Hizballah warriors are hot sellers.) The Israelis can argue they pushed back Hizballah from the border, killed hundreds of their fighters and replaced enemy militiamen along the border with regular Lebanese army troops and tough international forces. Israel may even be able to exchange its own Lebanese and Palestinian prisoners for two captive Israeli soldiers.( A third soldier was kidnapped by Palestinians militants Hamas, and a senior Hamas official told TIME that his release will depend on what Hizballah decides to do with its two Israeli hostages.) But many Israelis are worried that if they stop fighting now, they will have lost a weapon far more valuable than any “bunker-buster” — the Israeli army’s aura of invincibility. And for that loss in this Lebanese war, more than any other casualty, Olmert and his top generals may pay dearly.

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August 11, 2006 at 1:41 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

So illegal immigrants, it turns out, don’t really actually harm the economy as fear-mongers would like you to believe.

“We are simply looking for a pattern across 50 states, and we did not find one,” Kochhar said. “We cannot say with certainty that growth in the foreign population has hurt or helped American jobs.”

Right-wingers are getting too used to using fear as a policy tool. They ought to start using facts, methinks.

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August 10, 2006 at 8:41 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

James Forsyth argues on Foreign Policy Blog “how imbecilic it is to argue that if only Tony Blair hadn’t allied himself with George W. Bush in the war on terror there would be no problem” regarding the radicalization of British Muslims. He shows polls taken among British Muslims showing their radical beliefs.

Mr. Forsyth believes that Bush’s war on terror is winning….but Mr. Forsyth does not show polls taken among British Muslims before the Iraq war to gauge just when this radicalization took place among British Muslims. It is the argument of those Mr. Forsyth and his neo-conservative friends call “appeasers” that this radicalization took place BECAUSE OF Bush’s GWOT, not in spite of. It is not appeasement to criticize a poor choice of policy, but wisdom. To follow a policy that further radicalizes those who we need on our side is pure foolishness and stupidity.

Iraq is a Failed State

August 10, 2006 at 8:37 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

….and Foreign Policy Magazine has the numbers. Take a look for yourself and you will see Iraq in fourth place among failed states, only three points better than the Sudan, which is the world’s worst failed state.

After three and a half years, this is the state of Iraq?

Heh, Somalia is in better shape than Iraq is, according to the numbers!

Hold Chertoff To His Word

August 10, 2006 at 7:06 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Michael Chertoff:

“We believe that these arrests (in London) have significantly disrupted the threat, but we cannot be sure that the threat has been entirely eliminated or the plot completely thwarted,” Homeland Security chief Michael Chertoff said.

He added, however, there was no indication of current plots within the United States.

I’m going to hold him to his word. I better not hear of any more terror plots against the United States from now until November 2006……..

Not Good for the “War on Terror”

August 10, 2006 at 3:40 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Ivo Daalder analyses that the foiled plot in Britain is actually NOT good for the status of the war on terror. I agree. Bush said that in the war on terror, we are to take the fight to the enemy. But…..these apparent terrorists are homegrown Brits. As Mr. Daalder says, what are you going to do, bomb Britain?

More on Shades of World War I

August 10, 2006 at 10:26 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Richard Holbrooke, in an op-ed in the Washington Post also links the current Middle East conflict to the scenario that started World War One. As I read his article, I got the impression that if peace is not found soon, it might well be a similar spark….

Surprise Surprise

August 10, 2006 at 7:07 am | Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments

The November Congressional elections approach, and wouldn’t you know it, the Bush administration is starting to once again reveal terror plots that the government has foiled!

I’m guessing we will hear and see more terror plots either unfolding or being foiled by our government, to highlight just how “good” the Bush administration and Republicans are doing at the ‘war on terror.’

Bush Administration Wants to Revise War Crimes Act

August 9, 2006 at 6:25 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Now, why would they want to do that unless War Crimes were committed during the Bush Administration?

Why Rapturists Want Israel At War With Her Neighbors

August 8, 2006 at 11:13 am | Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Israel has few friends in this world. Since their modern rebirth, they have fought many wars, angered many people, and has had only one real ally. Israel is an impressive country. Receiving the most financial support of any country in the world from the United States, they’ve created a rich, thriving nation in a desert. For comparison, to show just how impressive this feat is, compare Israel to Egypt, which receives the second highest amount of financial aid from the United States, behind Israel. Egypt has the same opportunity to create the same grand country. Instead, Egypt is beset by massive corruption and a dictatorship. Meanwhile, Israel is the stable democracy we wish to see other countries in the region follow.

Israel deserves the aid and support America gives it. However, Israel must be wary when they see Conservative Christians so fully backing anything Israel does. Israel wants peace with her neighbors. In fact, she made peace with two countries, Egypt and Jordan, both of whom wished for Israel’s destruction before their peace was made. Conservative Christians (and neo-cons) however, cringe and privately are disappointed, when Israel makes peace with her neighbors. Why?

First, on July 12, Hezbollah made a cross-border incursion, killed eight soldiers and captured two, taking those two back into Lebanon. This occurred on the watch of a new Israeli prime minister who had not seen combat, like Sharon or any previous Israeli PM. Olmert felt like he had to show he was as tough as Sharon, or face revolts from his right in Israel. How to respond? he must have been thinking. Sharon did nothing in Lebanon, focusing solely on Palestine, and it didn’t get him much. Now, Olmert thinks it might benefit his presidency to show he can take care of Hezbollah for good. But like the foolish Rumsfeld/Bush duo, he chooses a small force to enter Lebanon thinking that should solve the problem. He learns quickly that Hezbollah ain’t no Hamas. Now he has to move his goalposts back and accept Hezbollah still being there. Can he find a political solution that will keep him popular at home? That depends on the Americans. More on them later.

Hezbollah, at Iran’s behest, makes the incursion and kidnapping for a prisoner tradeoff, as both Israel and Hezbollah have done numerous times before since 1982. I don’t think Nasrallah calculated that the new Israeli PM would react so strongly. However, Hezbollah was ready to show the world just how powerful they really were.

Iran is getting a lot of heat even from allies for its nuclear program. What better way to change the subject and focus of the major powers than to start a conflict between two foes that hate each other and will inevitably be the focus of the world? I’m not sure though which power in Iran ordered Hezbollah to action. Ahmedinejad is not that powerful a prime minister, his fiery rhetoric aside. Most of the power is still with the clerics. In any case, forward they move with their nuclear program.

Bush is faced with more problems than he would like to deal with. It’s August for goodness sake!!! “I’m supposed to be on vacation in August!” You can see how tired he is. He is still focused. What does Bush want? He sees the opportunity to use the Israelis for his own purposes. The Israelis must realize that they are being used. Normally America holds them on a tight leash, giving them only a short while to act. They must realize they are an American tool right now.

Bush will use Israel to further isolate Syria’s influence in Lebanon, remove Hezbollah and give a slap in the face to Iran, all in this one move. That’s what Bush sees. He loves to see Israel pound Lebanon, even though that means sacrificing the only real success he has actually had in regards to democracy in the Middle East. The greater goal for Bush is the punishment of Iran, irrespective of who dies and what is lost.

America solidly backs Israel, as they should, and also as they cannot speak any word considered even possibly anti-Israel, or they’d get the Mel Gibson treatment. If one says that this attack on Lebanon will not give Israel the goals she desires, one is labeled anti-Semitic. That is a bunch of trash. I propone that those who avidly and unabashedly back any and all Israeli military action, are by their intents, anti-Semitic in two ways. I will get to this in a second.

I believe Israel should have, in this case, simply exchanged prisoners, and not take Iran’s bait at war. Olmert did not see the bigger picture (and Bush doesn’t care that he just got baited by Iran). Iran is playing a smart game here. By forcing Israel into bombing Lebanon, Iran is turning the public opinion tide further away from Israel and America. Iran and her allies can point to the civilian casualties as examples of how little America and Israel care for Arabs and Muslims. Iran and her allies can divert attention away from their own hypocritical horrors. This action has further weakened America’s influence in the Middle East. Furthermore, Hezbollah’s training far exceeds any previous military that Israel faced, and now Arabs look at Israel and do not see the all-powerful Army it used to see. This is very bad for Israel, for America, and for all the Arab countries around Israel, because it means more conflicts are coming in the future.

I’ve heard a great recommendation for how Israel can solve its problems. Hezbollah is popular with the Shi’ites in Lebanon because they provide social services, hospitals, and education. Perhaps Israel should provide these services instead. Show the soft side and perhaps they might get more friends then they realize.

I wonder why Lebanese who are fleeing the conflict do not go over the border into Israel for protection. Why do they take flight to Syria?

Back to America….Bush is a conservative Christian. In 1998 he went on a trip to Israel and was moved to tears, singing Amazing Grace, while seeing the Holy Land. What did he feel? Perhaps he knew a few things about scripture and prophecy.

Here is wisdom for Israel. If Christian conservatives are happy and giddy to see you at war, and are cheerleading you on, it is not because that war benefits you, dear Israel, but because this means that Jesus Christ will come again soon to save them, NOT YOU!

Let me share a few things these Christianists (as Andrew Sullivan likes to call them) believe:

Rapture on Wikipedia

What is the Rapture?

The rapture is an event that will take place sometime in the near future. Jesus will come in the air, catch up the Church from the earth, and then return to Heaven with the Church. In 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18, we are given a clear description of the rapture: “the dead in Christ will rise, then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord.”

The main thrust of this web site is to prove that the rapture will occur prior to the beginning of the tribulation. This has been well researched and documented throughout the site. But, whether Jesus returns for the Church before, during, or after the tribulation, the primary goal is that all people are ready to face the Lord and give an account for their lives.

“What takes place after the Rapture?”

After The Rapture, God will begin executing judgments against unbelievers, during a period called the Tribulation. At the end of the Tribulation all nations will attack Israel, and Jesus Christ will physically return, leading the armies of heaven. At the Battle of Armeggedon they will destroy everyone who is not a believer. Then Satan will be bound, and Jesus will set up the Millennial Kingdom, headquartered in Jerusalem. Jesus and the saints will rule over the nations of the Earth for a thousand years. During this period there will be people born who are not loyal to Christ. However, it usually will not be obvious. Therefore, at the end of the thousand-year period, God will release Satan and let him tempt those who inhabit the Earth. A large group will take up arms against the Lord and be defeated. Then, Christ will judge all who have ever lived, giving rewards to some and punishment to others. Those who were “destroyed” will be cast into the Lake of Fire, i.e., Hell. After that, God will destroy heaven and Earth because they have been polluted by sin. He will create a new heaven and a new Earth, put those who were saved on the new Earth, and rule it forever.

As you see, they believe that the world will turn on Israel and want to destroy her in battle. So what happens when Israel takes the battle to her enemies, in the sight of these Rapturists?

Take a look. These comments were on the Rapture Ready message board, but were taken down when Rapture Ready got too many visitors. But they have been saved, and several bloggers have them saved. Theyrereal, a DailyKos blogger, has posted these quotes as well.

July 11th, 2006, 10:13 PM

Ohappyday

Is it time to get excited? I can’t help the way I feel. For the first time in my Christian walk, I have no doubts that the day of the Lords appearing is upon us. I have never felt this way before, I have a joy that bubbles up every-time I think of him, for I know this is truly the time I have waited for so long. Am I alone in feeling guilty about the human suffering like my joy at his appearing some how fuels the evil I see everywhere. If it were not for the souls that hang in the balance and the horror that stalks man daily on this earth, my joy would be complete. For those of us who await his arrival know, somehow we just know it won’t be long now, the Bridegroom cometh rather man is ready are not.

July 11th, 2006, 10:26 PM

watcherboy

it has been quite a day today, if you caught all the news; I’m getting the feeling world tension is gonna be high for a long time with increased terrorism and nations being defiant. I don’t think it will cool down until after the rapture when the peace deal is confirmed.

July 11th, 2006, 10:30 PM

Chess-guy

…How can we not be excited, our redeemer cometh. We should pray always for the lost. But he is coming. Amen Amen ever so come lord Jesus.

your brother in Christ,

Paul

July 11th, 2006, 11:30 PM

Ifnot4him

Ready, waiting and excited here! Still telling others whenever possible that the rapture could take place at any time because this world is in such a big MESS and evidently it goes through one ear and right out the other.

…July 12th, 2006, 08:15 AM

Bghtnpd4

I am excited beyond words that the struggle of this life may be over soon and I can finally be FREEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!

Shelle circles her fist over her head and imitates Arsenio Hall by yelling WHOO-WHOO-WHOOOOOO!!!!!!!!

July 12th, 2006, 09:15 AM

Waitin

I too am soooo excited!! I get goose bumps, literally, when I watch what’s going on in the M.E.!! And Watcherboy, you were so right when saying it was quite a day yesterday, in the world news, and I add in local news here in the Boston area!! Tunnel ceiling collapsed on a car and killed a woman of faith, and we had the most terrifying storms I have ever seen here!! But, yes, Ohappyday, like in your screen name , it is most indeed a time to be happy and excited, right there with ya!!

July 12th, 2006, 12:46 PM

Kidsintow123

…Our bridegroom and kinsmen redeemer, what a beautiful thought!! To finally see His face!!!

Sound the shofar! Let the Enemy know the alert has been sounded and Yeshua is stepping onto the battlefield.

I am a Jewish princess, my Father is the King of Kings!

Kidsintow123

July 12th, 2006, 05:16 PM

…If He tarries, I will just have time to get my hair and nails done (you know let all I come into contact with know of my Bridegroom and what He has/will do). So i am all spiffied up for Him when He does arrive to take me home. No disappointment, just a few last minute details to take care of to be more pleasing to look at.

…July 12th, 2006, 06:46 PM

lilbitsyspider

Days like today it’s all I want. Other days because of others I want one more. But what a privilege to be apart of the rapture. I can hardly wait!!

I propone that these people are anti-Semitic for two reasons.

1. They want to see Israel at war for selfish reasons. They don’t particularly care if Israelis die, as long as it hastens the Lord’s appearance.

2. They don’t realize that Arabs too, are of the tribe of Shem, and therefore Semitic. Anytime one makes a derogatory comment about Arabs, that individual is anti-Semitic.

These “supporters” of Israel only support this and future wars, so that it hastens the Lord’s return, so that they, selfishly, will be saved. They are not real supporters of Israel, and should be scorned, and shunned.

I am a Mormon and I do believe the Savior will come, and most likely pretty soon. However, I do not look forward to the violence that hastens his arrival. I look forward to his return to STOP the violence, as apparently we are incapable of doing so ourselves. We, humans, should be ashamed that we cannot solve our problems without resorting to violence. That is not the way of the Lord and of Christians. I am sorry others who profess a belief in Christ are so strong advocates of violence. They do not understand the Gospel of Jesus Christ and only further undermine the love the Savior wants us to have one for another. We cannot have charity for those we kill. It is impossible.

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