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A FINAL SHOWDOWN
Boys against the Girls
[Part 1 in our series on the buildup
to the Gog / Magog War]
April 4, 2007
By: S.R. Shearer
As April begins, a highstakes showdown between the president and Congress
over the War in Iraq is looming - one that is pitting the proponents
of America's New World Order System against those in the United States
who would just as soon give up on the idea of the American Empire and
see America as just one country among many others on planet earth. [Please
see our article, "An American Coup
Such an idea, however, is anathema to American
evangelicals who believe that America is God's REDEEMER NATION
destined by Him to subject the world to God's rule on earth. To Christian
evangelicals, the conflict in Iraq is the first battle in a much broader war
that aims to subjugate the world in the interest of "Christ and the church."
To fail in this war means to fail with Christ. To give up on the American
Empire is to give up on the Kingdom of God.
BUSH vs. PELOSI;
THE BOYS AGAINST THE GIRLS
But that's exactly what seems to be happening
- not so much on the battlefields of Iraq as in the halls of Congress and
among those left-wing "prissies" and "wimps" who gather
themselves around such effete, "limp-wrist" congressional leaders
as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of San Francisco (no less) and Senate Majority
Leader Harry Reid of Nevada.
These "milquetoasts" and "pantywaists"
believe that the American people sent a clear message in the November elections
that they want an end to the fighting in Iraq - and that's exactly what the
new Democratic majority in Congress intends to do: bring an end to the fighting.
Moreover, in pursuit of their goal to "bring the troops home," these
Democrats are not very much alarmed by the prospect that if this means the
U.S. has to leave the Middle East with its tail between its legs, just as
it did after the Vietnam War, then so be it!
In order to bring about such a result, the Democratic-controlled
Congress is using its power of the purse to set conditions on a must-pass
$120 billion "Emergency Wartime Supplemental" bill to continue war
spending for the next year. The Senate version of the bill has a MANDATORY
August 2008 deadline for withdrawal of ALL U.S. combat troops from Iraq.
Using unusually strong language, the president
has threatened that he will veto the bill if it reaches his desk in its present
CALM DOWN WITH THE THREATS
Pelosi, however has dismissed Bush's warning by
telling him to -
"Calm down with the threats. There is a new Congress in town."
The tone in Pelosi's words reeked with feminine
contempt and disdain - the kind that drives so-called "real men"
mad with anger; the kind that the National Organization of Women (NOW) uses
to such great effect against their "manly" adversaries.
Indeed, so dismissive is Pelosi and her "milksop
minions" of Bush's clumsy, "mean-spirited" policies in the
Middle East that she has actually embarked on a tour of Middle East capitals
(including Syria's capital, Damascus) to demonstrate what a "softer"
more "non-masculine" touch in the Middle East can accomplish over
and against the "oafish" and "manish" policies of George
Bush and his Christian allies. She's guided by the thought - resident in the
hearts of many women of her ilk - that even an Hell's Angel can be "tamed"
and "civilized" if treated with respect and a willingness to sit
down and listen to his complaint - a willingness to help heal his "hidden
It's BOYS (the bullies, i.e., George Bush and his crowd) against
the GIRLS (the "healers,"
i.e., Nancy Pelosi and her crowd); the wimps against the tough guys - and
it seems that the girls are winning, much to the rage of Bush's neo-con, testosterone-driven
Norman Ornstein, who studies relations between
Congress and the White House at the American Enterprise Institute, says that
the confrontation between Pelosi and Bush -
"Will play out over [the coming] months ... and the CRUNCH[between
the two] probably won't come until August."
It's a CRUNCH, however, that Pelosi and her "girl-friends"
in Congress expect the president to lose.
BUSH IS ON THE LOSING SIDE
Commenting on the presumed fact that the president
is on the losing side of this confrontation, the Washington Post
"In the short term, the president has time and rhetoric on his side
... but in the long term, HE IS ON THE LOSING SIDE."
And that's certainly what most other political
pundits and the "chattering class" in the United States believe.
They are convinced that - in the end - the president will be forced to back
down. The Post editorial continued:
"Bush will have to find middle ground here since the Democrats hold
the purse strings for financing the U.S. military involvement in Iraq."
THAT'S NOT THE WAY THUGS BEHAVE
The problem with this kind of thinking is that
"pansy liberals" such as Pelosi, Reid, Kennedy, etc. believe that
Bush will "play by the rules:" that if Congress mandates the withdrawal
of American troops from the Middle East, Bush and his neo-con allies will
But that's kind of like believing that a thug
with a gun in a room full of unarmed pantywaists will relinquish his gun if
the pantywaists take a vote asking him politely to do so - to comply with
the "will of the majority." However, that's not the way thugs behave.
Thugs don't operate by resort to the "rule
of the majority." They operate by the "rule of the gun" - and
from this perspective THERE IS A GREAT DEAL OF EVIDENCE WHICH SUGGESTS
THAT BUSH IS SETTING THE UNITED STATES UP FOR A WAR WITH IRAN, despite the fact that neither Congress nor the American
people as a whole have any stomach for such a war. He's the one with the gun,
not Congress, and not the American people.
BUSH IS MANEUVERING TO GET HIS WAY
Bush is maneuvering to get his way much in the
same manner that Al Capone would have moved against his opposition in the
streets of old Chicago - and all the pressure being brought against him by
Pelosi and her coterie of pantywaists down "at city hall" (so to
speak) is having little effect on him. They can wield their majority in the
House and Senate, they can angrily stamp their wee little feet, shake their
prissy fists and investigate the "crimes" of the Bush Administration
"until the cows come home;" but in the end, Bush "bullies on"
in the Middle East - intimidating here, threatening there - in his effort
to expand the reach of America's New World Order System in the oil fields
of that region of the earth.
And make no mistake about it, what the mean neighborhoods
of Chicago were to Al Capone, the Middle East is to George Bush. Bush isn't
trying to win an election there; he's trying to "mob" his way into
power Mafioso-style, and to hell with the wimpy bureaucrats "down at
Again, what does it matter to Bush that Pelosi
has the votes on "the city council;" he has the guns, and in Bush's
world - and in the muscular world that most Christian evangelicals so naively
admire - that's what counts.
Like Capone, what Bush may very well be planning
to do is "BLAST" his way
into a kind of "permanent power," dismiss the city council (as it
were), rewrite the city charter, call for new elections and "stuff the
ballot box" to get his way - with his Christian allies toting submachineguns
to enforce the new rules.
That's where Iran comes in: In order to initiate
this process of murder and mayhem, BUSH INTENDS TO MAKE WAR WITH IRAN
(Bush's cross-town rival for power in the Middle East) - and to that end Bush
is setting Iran up for the equivalent of a "Saint Valentine Day Massacre."
SETTING IRAN UP FOR THE EQUIVALENT
OF A ST. VALENTINE DAY MASSACRE
Saman Sepehri, an analyst with the ISR, describes
the many ways that Bush is going about to weaken Iran and "set it up"
for the kill:
FIRST, in the United Nations, the United States has persuaded
the Security Council to slap sanctions on Iran. Moreover, the acquiescence
of Russia and China in the vote for sanctions has signaled the willingness
of these two countries to cut a deal with the United States, and has created
an opportunity for the U.S. to increase the "sanctions regime" against
Iran in the future. THIS IS EXACTLY THE TACK THAT THE U.S. TOOK WITH REGARD
TO IRAQ PRIOR TO MAKING WAR ON THAT COUNTRY.
SECOND, on the military front, the United States has sent
two full carrier battle groups (the Eisenhower and the Stennis groups) into
the Persian Gulf, WHICH GIVES THE UNITED STATES THE FIREPOWER TO SUSTAIN
A 24-HOUR BOMBING CAMPAIGN AGAINST IRAN FOR A FULL MONTH. This supplements
the already massive naval presence the United States has in the Gulf. The
U.S. is also supplying the Arab Gulf states (Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, the United
Arab Emirates, etc.) with full batteries of Patriot missiles to protect against
a possible Iranian retaliation.
THIRD, on the economic front, Saudi Arabia and the Gulf states
have agreed to higher oil production levels, lowering the price of oil from
about $80 per barrel a few months ago, to about $55 per barrel today. THIS
HAS HAD THE EFFECT OF LOWERING IRAN'S OIL INCOME. This drop in income
has effectively bankrupted the country's oil export foreign currency savings
FOURTH, using the fig leaf of UN sanctions, the U.S. is putting
a financial squeeze on Iran by pressuring European and other international
banks to refuse to perform transfers with Iran or Iranian banks, citing Iran's
"support for terror" and "non-cooperation" with United
Nations Security Council on the nuclear front. This has seriously hampered
transfer of funds, and hence has put the quietus on Iran's commercial transactions,
as well as her imports and exports - creating massive economic problems for
the country. As a result, the value of Iran's currency has dropped and inflation
has gone up by 50 percent in the past few months. Moreover, these financial
pressures have dried up any prospect of foreign investment in Iran's aging
oil sector, seriously jeopardizing its oil production capacity.
FIFTH, on the Iraqi front, the United States is giving political
forces and players in Iraq that heretofore have been friendly with Iran -
from Iraqi Prime Minister Al-Malike to the Mahdi army leader Mutqtada Al-Sadr
- the choice to join up with the U.S., get out of the way by melting into
the background, or risk being caught in the coming firefight with Iran.
NOTE: Please see Sepehri's article entitled "The Pressure
Is On" in the ISR for March / April, 2007.
PIECES ARE FALLING INTO PLACE
Already pieces are falling into place, the loose
elements breaking rank with Iran after only the first round of threats by
the United States. For instance, just days after U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza
Rice warned Al-Maliki that if Iraqi's Shia militias are not brought under
control, Al-Maliki's days as Prime Minister could be numbered - and perhaps
he could even find his own life in serious jeopardy. Al-Maliki - who
is a Shia Muslim and thus sympathetic to close ties with Iran - got the message:
When asked in early February about Iranian involvement in the insurrection,
rather than defending his erstwhile ally, he turned on Iran and said:
"It (i.e., Iran's involvement) exists! I assure you, it exists."
Not only that, Al-Maliki went a step further and
ordered his Shia followers to roundup the Shiite radicals responsible for
kidnapping and murdering five U.S. soldiers in Karbala - an incident that
the U.S. blamed on Iranian operatives.
And it's not just Al-Maliki that has gotten the
message from the United States: Muqtada Al-Sadr, the head of the Mahdi Army
in Iraq, a group supported by Iran, has ordered his troops to back away from
a confrontation with the U.S. over Iran, fearing a full scale onslaught by
U.S. forces in Sadr City - an onslaught that could make the massacre that
occurred in Falluga several years ago look like a cake-walk.
PROMOTING CONFLICT BETWEEN
THE SHIITES AND THE SUNNIS
In addition to all this, the United States has been willfully and relentlessly
promoting the idea among Sunni Muslims, most of whom reside in U.S.
"client states" in the region (i.e., Jordan, Iraq, the Gulf
States, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Libya, and North Africa in general) that
their real enemy in the Middle East is not the United States (nor even
Israel) but the Shia menace posed by Iran. [To understand the differences
between the Sunni Muslims and the Shia Muslims, please see our article,
"Mene, Mene, Tekel, Upharsan."]
And there can be no question that these fears
are real - at least insofar as America's toady-elites are concerned. The very
real fact of the matter is, America's Sunni client-state elites have become
increasingly alarmed at the growing regional influence that has accrued to
Iran among every-day people in the Middle East (both Sunnis and Shiites alike)
because Iran is apparently the only country in the region willing to take
a stand against American (and, ipso facto, Israeli) hegemony.
This fear has been intensified by the fact that
Iran has ostensibly been attempting to persuade the Sunni populations in Lebanon
and Syria to convert to Shiism - THUS PRODUCING A SHIITE ALLIANCE OF NORTHERN
STATES (IRAN, IRAQ, LEBANON, SYRIA) HOSTILE TO THE SUNNI SOUTH.
Whether Iran is actually attempting to do so is an open question, but that
is what America is telling the Sunni elites, and that's what these elites
are beginning to believe.
DIVIDE AND CONQUER
Divide and conquer! - that's the policy of the
United States insofar as its attempt to take over the oilfields of the Middle
East is concerned; pit the Sunnis and the Shiites against one another and
by doing so NEUTRALIZING ANY POSSIBLE ARAB (SUNNI) SUPPORT FOR IRAN IF
AND WHEN THE UNITED STATES DECIDES TO GO TO WAR WITH IRAN.
So sure is the U.S. of the efficacy of this policy
that many in the Bush government believe that they can actually convince America's
client state Sunni elites that Israel should be seen as their friend in all
this - AND TO THIS END THEY ARE PUSHING FOR A RECONCILIATION BETWEEN ISRAEL
AND THE SUNNI ARAB NATIONS OF THE SOUTH BY PERSUADING THE ISRAELIS TO FINALIZE
A PEACE AGREEMENT BETWEEN THEMSELVES AND THE PALESTINIANS, A PEACE TREATY
THAT THE UNITED STATES HAS TOLD ISRAEL IT IS READY TO GUARANTEE.
That should be enough to send shivers up and down the spine of anyone conversant
with the prophecies dealing with Isaiah 28:18. [Please see our article,
"Israel: In that Day There Shall Stand
up a Root of Jesse that Shall Be an Ensign for the People."]
ISRAEL IS CONVINCED
So convincing has the Bush Administration been
with regard to this political tack, that many in Israel have actually come
to believe that such a possibility exists: Specifically, that Israel and the
Sunni states of the Middle East can make peace with one another over Iran's
corpse. This was made abundantly clear last summer in a speech that Shimon
Perez, Labor Party leader in Israel's "Unity government," gave to
the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) in Chicago:
"There are clearly two trends, one run by Iranians to introduce a Muslim
hegemony of their taste, a Shia one; and the Arab countries, who want to remain
in charge of the Middle East. They think it's their region; it's not a Persian
region, it's an Arab region.
"... Iran wants also to change the character of Syria even to the point
that they want to convert the Syrians from being Sunni to become Shias, and
clearly they have an eye on Iraq as well. If they will win, it will be catastrophic
all over the world ... Probably then, you have many of the Arab countries
for the first time that are supporting an Arab [Sunni] struggle or a Lebanese
struggle. Among them is Saudi Arabia, which feels that if Iran wins, they
THE LINES ARE DRAWN
"The lines drawn by Perez are clear: Israel has common interest with,
and is a defender of Arab countries [Sunni Muslims] against the Shiites [i.e.,
"Moreover, as the Wall Street Journal reported, 'Israel's outreach
to moderate Arab states gained momentum last month when during the United
Nations meeting in New York Israeli officials held private meetings with officials
from Persian Gulf states regarding Iran', though Israel refused to name the
states since it has no official relations with most Arab countries."
In all of this, the United States is deftly playing
on the fears of its Arab (Sunni) client-state governments (i.e., the Gulf
states, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, etc.)
Clearly, Israel has bought into America's strategy
here - even to the point of actually subscribing to the ridiculous notion
that the Sunni governments of the Middle East can be made their friends. Well,
maybe the elites in these countries who are dominated by the Americans can,
but certainly not the masses who hate both America and Israel with a burning
passion because of the grinding poverty they have been reduced to as a result
of American oil policies and their governments groveling participation in
the American New World Order System.
Nonetheless, what does America care about the
poor in the Sunni nations of the Middle East. America's interest lies only
with placating their toady elites there so that they can continue to pillage
these countries of their oil wealth. Cutting the poor of the region into a
share of the wealth would dilute the American share of the loot - something
that America's oil elites simply cannot tolerate.
CONSOLIDATING A SUNNI ALLIANCE AGAINST THE
SHIITES IN PREPARATION FOR WAR AGAINST IRAN
On January 15th of this year, the U.S.
convened a meeting of the Gulf Cooperation Council with Egypt and Jordan attending
as guests. Sepehri writes:
"It was a turning point for the United States in its effort to encircle
AND PPREPARE FOR AN ATTACK ON IRAN. It marked the consolidation of
forces necessary to form an anti-Iranian block, allowing the United States
to attempt to move beyond the quagmire of Iraq to the second phase of its
war in the Mideast - opening a front against Iran - WHICH HAS ALWAYS BEEN
ITS MAIN TARGET AND THE CENTERPIECE OF ITS PLAN TO REMAKE A 'NEW' MIDDLE EAST."
According to Sepehri, this meeting sealed the
agreement of America's Sunni client-states against Iran. It has -
"... put the necessary players and pieces in place, SETTING THE STAGE
FOR ... MILITARY OPERATIONS TO COMMENCE AGAINST IRAN."
THE BEST LAID PLANS OF
MICE AND MEN OFT GO AWRY
Still, America may be making a great mistake in
not taking into account the wishes of the poor throughout the Middle East;
making a deal with America and Israel at the expense of the poor, not only
in Shia Islam, but in Sunni Islam as well, could very well BACKFIRE on the Americans. And that's plainly what the Prophetic
Scriptures seem to indicate.
More in our next article.
God bless you all,
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