THE TRIBULATION:

[Part 3: A catalyst for
war in theMiddle East – an
Israeli air-strike against Iran]

Written By:
S.R. Shearer
November 15, 2009

PREFACE

The Bible says that God -

"… hath appointed a day, in the which HE WILL JUDGE THE WORLD." (Acts 17:31)

The world (and, specifically, we are speaking here of the American New World Order System) is going to be put on trial -– that's what the word Tribulum (from where we get the word "tribulation") means -- AND AMERICA'S CLAIM TO BE GOD'S REPRESENTATIVE ON EARTH IS GOING TO BE "TESTED." [Once again, we URGE you to see Chapter XII of the New Antipas Papers, "The Beast of Revelation 17;" please also see our articles, "The Third World as a Model for the New World Order" (which has been published in Iran), "The American Empire: The Corporate / Pentagon / CIA / Missionary Archipelago," "A Dreadful Nation: An Overflowing Scourge," "The Congo and American Greed," "Lee Kyang: The Rich and the Poor! God and America," "Inside the American New World Order System" and "Christians in Africa: Awake!" Finally, please see our movie, "GREED IS GOOD."]

To this end witnesses are going to be called against the accused, i.e., the American New World Order System – specifically, Israel and the church. [Please see our previous two articles, "The Tribulation; Part 1: Preparing the Church to Give Testimony" and  "The Tribulation; Part 2: Preparing Israel to Give Testimony."]

Essentially, the "test" or "trial" will commence with the Gog / Magog War [Please see Chapter XV of the New Antipas Papers, "The Gog / Magog War" and our article, "Israel: In That Day There Shall Stand Up A Root Of Jesse That Shall Be an Ensign For The People."]


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The "Course and Character of the Seventieth Week" i.e. the Tribulation [Please see Chapter IX of the New Antipas Papers."]


NOTE: Technically speaking, the Tribulation will begin with the signing of a formal mutual defense pact between Israel and the United States that the Bible calls "YOUR [i.e., ISRAEL'S] COVENANT WITH DEATH" and "YOUR AGREEMENT WITH HELL." [Please see Part 6 of Chapter XV of the New Antipas Papers, "Israel's Agreement with Hell."]

SECTION 1:
RUMORS OF WAR

INTRODUCTION

Bret Stephens

Bret Stephens, the foreign-affairs columnist for the Wall Street Journal, warns:

"Events are fast pushing Israel toward a pre-emptive military strike on Iran's nuclear facilities, probably by next spring."

Alarmed by this very real possibility, James Petras, a retired Bartle Professor (Emeritus) of Sociology at Binghamton University, SUNY (New York), writes that such -

"… an Israeli air … attack on Iran will have catastrophic military consequences … [and will result in] severe loss of human life … It will most likely ignite political and military violence against pro-US Arab-Muslim regimes, such as Saudi Arabia and Egypt, perhaps leading to their overthrow."

Petras goes on to warn that such an attack could act as the catalyst for a THIRD WORLD WAR – specifically, the war the Bible refers to as the "Gog / Magog War." [Please see Chapter XV of the New Antipas Papers, "The Gog / Magog War."]

James Petras

In connection with this, Stephens warns that Obama's pathetically weak attitude toward Iran cannot help but make Israel feel that there is no help coming from America; all Obama's rhetoric is doing is further -

 "… persuading Israel's skittish leadership that when President Obama calls a nuclear-armed Iran 'unacceptable', he means it approximately in the same way a parent does when fecklessly reprimanding his misbehaving teenager."

Stephens continues:

"In sum, the conclusion among Israelis is that the Obama administration won't lift a finger to stop Iran, much less will the 'international community'."

Just how imminent an Israeli air strike against Iran could be was made apparent by a report published recently by the Bipartisan Policy Center, and signed by Democrat Chuck Robb, Republican Dan Coats, and retired Gen. Charles Ward; the report says that by next year (2010) Iran will be able –

"… to produce a weapon's worth of highly enriched uranium . . . in less than two months."

THE RUSSIAN S-300 ANTI-AIRCRAFT BATTERIES

Russian S-300 missile battery

No less critical in determining Israel's timetable is the anticipated delivery to Iran of Russian S-300 anti-aircraft batteries: Israel will almost certainly strike before those deliveries are made, no matter whether an Iranian bomb is two months or two years away.

NOTE: As things stand right now, the sale of this missile system by Russia to Iran is "on hold." How long this "hold" on the delivery of this system to Iran will last, however, is anyone's guess – especially in light of the fact that Iran has already paid for the S-300s. At present, the Israeli air force's prospects of penetrating Iran's air defenses, including Russian-supplied M-1 Tor close-range surface-to-air missiles, are reasonably good; but the Israelis' capabilities would be immeasurably reduced if Tehran got its hands on an advanced air-defense weapon like the S-300.

AN ISRAELI AIR-STRIKE AGAINST
IRAN IS NOW ALL BUT ASSURED

Alistair
Macdonald

Alistair Macdonald of Reuters reports that Israeli anxiety regarding Obama's stand against Iran was heightened recently when it was discovered that high officials in Israel's previous government (i.e., the government of Ehud Olmert as well as members of Tzipora Livni's Kadima Party) and members of the Obama Administration had been -

"… making plans for how Israel might live with a nuclear Iran in a state of mutual deterrence."

Macdonald believes that this kind of American duplicity almost guarantees an Israeli strike against Iran by the government of Benjamin Netanyahu; he writes:

"Many analysts believe the risk of a strike by Israel against Iran's nuclear program, even one not endorsed by its ally the United States, is … [now very] significant."

de Borchgrave

Arnaud de Borchgrave, the editor at large for The Washington Times and for United Press International, concurs in Macdonald's assessment. He writes:

"Mr. Netanyahu echoed nearly unanimous Israeli feelings when he said an Iranian bomb, coupled with President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's threats of destruction against the Jewish state, is an "existential crisis" that Israel cannot and will not ignore."

Israel's moderate President Shimon Peres added a stern warning. If forthcoming talks with Iran don't yield results, he admonished, 'We'll strike'."

De Borchgrave continues:

"Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) members - Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates and Oman - are getting ready for what many now assume will be retaliation from Iran after an Israeli bombing of Iran's nuclear facilities later this year.

"Up and down the Gulf, Patriot missile batteries have been quietly deployed around key oil installations. The Patriot system is designed to detect, target and hit incoming missiles that may be no more than 10 to 20 feet long and flying at three to five times the speed of sound. Iran has hundreds of missiles and rockets."

The Gulf Cooperation States

A PROBABLE SCENARIO FOR AN ISRAELI ATTACK

Anthony Cordesman, widely acknowledged to be an expert on military affairs at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, recently updated his war-game scenario entitled "Iran, Israel and Nuclear War; An Illustrative Scenario Analysis." Cordesman sees war in the Middle East as a very real possibility later this year or early next year; he writes:

"We judge with moderate confidence that the earliest possible date Iran would be technically capable of producing enough HEU for a weapon is late 2009."

Cordesman

Cordesman goes on to assume that Israel is targeting Iran's three main enrichment facilities, which if destroyed, would seriously delay Iran's attempt to build an atomic bomb:

  • Natanz facility apparently covers some 670,000 sq ft in total, the Fuel Enrichment Plant (FEP) complex was built some 8 meters-deep into the ground and protected by a concrete wall 2.5 meters thick, itself protected by another concrete wall. By mid-2004 the Natanz centrifuge facility was hardened with a roof of several meters of reinforced concrete and buried under a layer of earth some 75 feet deep.

  • The Esfahan Nuclear Technology Center (ENTC) is an Industrial-Scale Uranium Conversion Facility (UCF). The U3O8 [yellowcake] is transported to ENTC to convert it to UF6 (Uranium Hexafluoride).

  • The Arak Facility covers an area of approximately 55,000 sq ft and contains the [uncompleted] Heavy Water Reactor [and a completed 'heavy water' production facility] and a set of cooling towers.

Natanz, Esfahan and Arak

In addition, Cordesman believes that the following additional facilities are being targeted:

  • Lashkar A'bad, site of secret uranium enrichment plants in the north near the Turkish border.

  • Tehranb, for the central laboratory for developing atomic armaments as well as more uranium enrichment facilities.

  • Ardekan, at the southern tip of Iran, where more uranium enrichment facilities are located.

  • Saghand, Iran's main uranium mining region.

  • Bushehr, on the Persian Gulf shore, Iran's biggest nuclear reactor built by Russia.

  • Gachin, near the Strait of Hormuz, the site of more uranium mines and enrichment facilities.

Finally, Cordesman predicts that Israel will also target all ten of Iran's military aircraft bases, Iran's known ballistic missile sites and known air-defense surface-to-air missile sites.

Cordesman goes on to predict that the Israelis will suffer a "very low attrition rate" in taking out all these Iranian military targets because Iran now lacks "modern weapons systems, integration and C4I Battle Management."

ALL THIS COULD MEAN WORLD WAR III

In addition to all this, reliable reports have surfaced that Israel has assembled over 30 of its US-built fighter jets in Kurdistan (i.e., northern Iraq) for use in its so-called "planned attack" against Iran using American made "bunker busting" bombs.

NOTE: This intelligence first surfaced in the Times of London; it had as its source Russian and Chinese intelligence reports. This intelligence also surfaced in Israel in articles prepared by the Haaretz News Service.

These reports went on to say that if Iran responds against Israel by "unleashing" its surrogates in Lebanon, the West Bank and Gaza, and by rocket attacks against the Israeli homeland, Israeli submarines WILL MOVE TO WIDEN THE WAR by attacking Iran's military, religious and political infrastructure USING NUCLEAR WARHEADS. And it isn't as if this is all just "talk:" Recently Israel moved over three-quarters of its Naval Forces through the Suez Canal and into the Persian Gulf.

NOTE: Israeli has US-supplied Harpoon cruise missiles armed with nuclear warheads aboard its fleet of Dolphin-class submarines.

Picture of a Dolphin class submarine (left); picture of a nuclear-armed Harpoon missile launched from a Dolphin-class submarine (right).

The Times of London went on to report:

"This is preparation that should be taken seriously. Israel is investing time in preparing itself for the complexity of an attack on Iran. These maneuvers are 'a message to Iran that Israel will follow up on its threats', the official was quoted as saying." 

SECTION 2:
UNDERSTANDING THE "MINDSET"
OF THE RULERS OF IRAN

INTRODUCTION

Ultimately, most of those connected to the Obama Administration believe that Israel can and should (indeed, MUST) learn to live with a nuclear-armed Iran – just as the U.S. learned to live with a nuclear-armed Soviet Union. They believe that just as "MUTUALLY ASSURED DESTRUCTION" ("MAD") prevented the leaders of the Soviet Union from attacking the U.S., so also "MAD" will prevent Iran's leaders from attacking Israel. [Again, please see our article, "Left-Wing Anti-Semitism & the Anti-Semitism Generated out of the Black Community;" please also see "The Generals' Revolt against the Obama Presidency."]

However, in making this assumption, the leaders of the Obama Administration are making a huge mistake; like "secular-humanists" everywhere, they are grossly underestimating the power or religion that grips the imagination of the mullahs of Iran.

Left: Iranian mothers offering their sons up for "holy war" against Israel and the U.S. Right: Shi'a worshippers flagellating themselves; needless to say, this kind of fanaticism is not open to rationalism.

NOTE: The Obama Administration and most other "liberals" are banking on a "revolt" by so-called "moderates" in Iran to re-make Iran more into a picture of a Western "secular" state with which they can deal; but, at most, these groups predominate only in Iran's major cities (principally Tehran); the overwhelming majority of Iranians live in Iran's rural areas and support the regime of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad; by now – some several months after the re-election of Ahmadinejad - those who participated in the revolt against him have been rounded up, shot or imprisoned, leaving him freer than ever before to pursue his nuclear ambitions and his radical Islamic agenda.

Left: Defeated reformist presidential candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi (center) raises his arms as he appears at an opposition demonstration in Tehran on June 15, 2009, appearing in public for the first time since an election that has divided the nation. Right: Onlookers observe the body of a man allegedly shot by pro-government militia near a rally supporting Mousavi in Tehran, Iran, Monday, June 15, 2009.

Most Shi'a are "Twelvers" and adhere to the belief that authority over the Islamic movement rests in a definite LINE OF SUCCESSION that can be traced from the first Imam (Ali ibn Abu Talib) to the Twelfth Imam (Muhammad ibn Hasan (also known as Muhammad al Mahdi, or the "Hidden Imam"); specifically:

  1. Ali ibn Abu Talib (600-661), also known as Ali Amir al Mo'mineen (commander of the faithful), also know as Shah-e Mardan Ali (leader of men).

  2. Hasan ibn Ali (625-669), also known as Hasan al Mujtaba.

  3. Husayn ibn Ali (626-680), also known as Husayn al Shaheed, also known as Sah H¸seyin.

  4. Ali ibn Husayn (658-713), also known as Ali Zainul Abideen.

  5. Muhammad ibn Ali (676-743), also known as Muhammad al Baqir.

  6. Jafar ibn Muhammad (703-765), also known as Jafar as Sadiq.

  7. Musa ibn Jafar (745-799), also known as Musa al Kazim.

  8. Ali ibn Musa (765-818), also known as Ali ar Ridha.

  9. Muhammad ibn Ali (810-835), also known as Muhammad al Jawad (Muhammad at Taqi), also known as Taki.

  10. Ali ibn Muhamad (827-868), also known as Ali al-Hadi, also known as Naki'.

  11. Hasan ibn Ali (846-874), also known as Hasan al Askari.

  12. Muhammad ibn Hasan (868-?), also known as Muhammad al Mahdi or the MAHDI, who was, as some allege, "hidden" miraculously in well near the Jamkaran mosque in Iran. There he has remained - preserved supernaturally - where the pious come to drop messages to him.

THE "OCCULTATION"

Before the Mahdi can emerge from hiding to establish absolute justice throughout the world, mankind must be prepared for his reappearance. There will come a point when all ideologies and doctrines will fail. It will then become clear that no one is capable of establishing justice in the world except God's viceregent, the Mahdi.

The "hiding" of the Mahdi (so to speak) is referred to as the "Occultation," and its long duration is a trial for believers. Shi'as believe that God examines the believers for the faith in their hearts and their beliefs in relation to the existence of the Mahdi. It is said that all believers will meet the Mahdi at least once in their lives, though they will not know that it is he.


Please see the following video made in Iran about the re-appearance of the "Hidden Imam" – i.e. the Mahdi:


Joseph Farah, an expert on both the Shi'a form of Islam and Ahmadinejad, writes:

"Ahmadinejad sees his main mission, as he recounted in a Nov. 16 speech in Tehran, to 'pave the path for the glorious reappearance of Imam Mahdi, may Allah hasten his reappearance' …

"Ahmadinejad is urging Iranians to prepare for the coming of the Mahdi by turning the country into a mighty and advanced Islamic society … All Iran is buzzing about the Mahdi, the 12th imam and the role Iran and Ahmadinejad are playing in his anticipated return. There's a new messiah hotline. There are news agencies especially devoted to the latest developments.

"'People are anxious to know when and how will He rise; what they must do to receive this worldwide salvation', says Ali Lari, a cleric at the Bright Future Institute in Iran's religious center of Qom. 'The timing is not clear, but the conditions are more specific', he adds. 'There is a saying: 'When the students are ready, the teacher will come' …"

Farah continues:

"Ahmadinejad and others in Iran are deadly serious about the imminent return of the 12th imam, who will prompt a global battle between good and evil (with striking parallels to biblical accounts of 'Armageddon'). An institute set up in 2004 for the study and dissemination of information about the Mahdi now has a staff of 160 and influence in the schools and children's magazines …

"Shiite writings describe events surrounding the return of the Mahdi in apocalyptic terms. In one scenario, the forces of evil would come from Iraq (principally, from U.S. forces stationed there) and clash with forces of good from Iran. The battle would commence at Kufa – the Iraqi town near the holy city of Najaf.

NOTE: Interestingly, there is a large American base in the area of Najaf; the name of the base is Camp Duke where elements of the 1st Armored Division are stationed. It's a "city in the sand" that was erected to house approximately 2,400 Soldiers. The camp came with all of the amenities of home. Picture to the right (and above) shows Cpl. Gee Vue of Marine Service Support Group 11 at the Camp Duke, Iraq, post exchange; picture to the right (below) is of the gym at Camp Duke. EVIDENTLY, THESE SOLDIERES ARE STATIONED AT THE EXACT SPOT WHERE, ACCORDING TO THE SHIA, THE FINAL BATTLE BETWEEN GOOD AND EVIL WILL BE FOUGHT.

According to Hamidreza Taraghi, the head of the conservative Islamic Coalition Society, a top priority of Ahmadinejad is "to challenge America, which is trying to impose itself as the final salvation of the human being, and insert its unjust state [in the region]." Taraghi says the U.S. is "trying to place itself as the new Mahdi." This may mean no peace with Iran, he adds, "unless America changes its hegemonic ... thinking, doesn't use nuclear weapons, [or] impose its will on other nations." THIS IS HEAVY STUFF! – WHAT TARAGHI IS SAYING HERE IS AMERICA STANDS IN THE WAY OF THE COMING OF THE MAHDI.

Obviously - this and the continued existence of Israel - is INTOLERABLE to the Shi'a.

AHMADINEJAD IS FAR FROM BEING "UNHINGED"

Obviously, then, the West, and particularly the Obama Administration, is making a huge mistake in not taking the religious muscle behind the Shi'a religion seriously; this is particularly true when they write Ahmadinejad off as a "nut" and when they view Iran through their own secular prism. Amil Imani, an Iranian-born American citizen and a pro-democracy activist, writes:

Ahmadinejad

"Ahmadinejad is far from unhinged. As a matter of fact he is firmly hinged to a set of beliefs that dictate his views of the world, and inform him how he should deal with it from his position of power. An unhinged man has the potential of becoming once again hinged. But there is very little that can be done to a person who is inseparably hinged, and Ahmadinejad views are firmly rooted in the most orthodox philosophy of Shiism. For our purposes, however, it is sufficient to document the fact that Ahmadinejad is not mentally disturbed; there is no display of contradictory thoughts and behavior. There is a full internal consistency in Ahmadinejad. Ahmadinejad's words, deeds and beliefs show a fully hinged person. Below are a few examples of his sayings, beliefs and actions. Whether one agrees or disagrees with them, they all fit perfectly into a consistent pattern.

  • The Mahdi: Hiding in a well for 1100 years.

    He literally believes in the imminent emergence of the Mahdi - the Shiites' promised one who is expected to appear to set aright a decadent and wretched world.
  • He views himself as the vassal of Mahdi, working for him and being accountable to him.
  • His main task is to prepare the world so as to hasten the Mahdi's coming. If this preparation requires much destruction and bloodshed, so be it.
  • As a former mayor of Tehran, he developed elaborate detailed plans preparing the city for the arrival of the Mahdi.
  • He allocated generous sums for extensive road improvement to a mosque at Jamkaaraan near the city of Qum where it is believed that the promised Mahdi has been hiding in a well since the age of nine - over 1100 years ago.
  • He reportedly visits the well frequently and drops his written supplications into the well for the hidden Mahdi to act upon.
  • He has said in private that it was he who asked the Mahdi to inflict the massive stroke on Ariel Sharon.
  • A world without Israel
    and the Jewish people.

    He sees the Jews as the sworn enemies of Islam. The hostility dates back to the time of Muhammad's own treatment of the Jews in Medina. At first, expediently, Muhammad called the Jews "people of the book," and accorded them a measure of tolerance until he gained enough power to unleash his devastating wrath on them.
  • He says that the Holocaust is a myth. He is, in this respect, in good company with a number of other revisionist fanatics.
  • HE WANTS ISRAEL WIPED OFF THE MAP
  • In his speech at the UN general assembly, he implored the Mahdi to come and save the world. He claimed that during his speech of some twenty odd minutes, a powerful light enveloped him and all participants were held transfixed, unable to move their eyes.
  • He believes that the earth is Allah's and all people must either become believers of his brand of Islam or must perish as infidels najis (unclean) who by their very presence defile Allah's earth.
  • He believes that this earthly life is passing and worthless in comparison to the afterlife awaiting a devoted and faithful believer. Hence, he holds to the old belief that if a faithful kills an infidel, he goes to Allah's paradise; and, if the faithful gets killed in the process of serving the faith, again he goes to Allah's paradise. Hence, it is a win-win proposition for the faithful.
  • The Koran.

    Ahmadinejad is a true devoted Muslim. Being unpredictable, self-contradictory and inconsistent are major symptoms of the mentally unhinged. By these standards of insanity, Ahmadinejad emerges as completely sane. He is fully predictable, consistent and has shown no self-contradiction. He is not a typical politician who practices the devious art of doublespeak, deception and change of position to suit his immediate convenience.

Imani continues:

"He knows who he is, what he believes, and what his own mission in life is: serving as the instrument for the revered Mahdi. Allah will make him emerge from the well as soon as the world's conditions hit absolute hopeless bottom. AHAMADINEJAD SEES HIMSELF AS A DRIVER WHO CAN PLAY A CRITICAL ROLE IN DOING JUST THAT, DRIVING THE WORLD TO THE VERY BOTTOM. And he plans on having an arsenal of nuclear weapons as soon as possible. There is nothing really "unhinged" about Ahamadinejad's thinking, statements and actions. They are internally consistent. He is simply a fanatic who is wedded to an extremely dangerous exclusionary system of belief. Humanity must learn that dismissing him as a lunatic will result in great suffering, as it did with Hitler.

"Tragically, AHMADINEJAD IS THE EMBODIMENT OF MANY MILLIONS AND MILLIONS OF PEOPLE WHO ARE 'HINGED' EXACTLY LIKE HIM, AND WHO ARE WILLING TO GIVE THEIR LIVES, AND TAKE WITH THEM AS MANY LIVES AS REQUIRED IN THE SERVICE OF THEIR BELIEF. In this age of Weapons of Mass Destruction a man with huge sums of petrodollars can serve as the catalyst of total annihilation. Prudence would err on the side of being an alarmist than a complacent dismissive."


Please see the following video on Ahmadinejad and the Mahdi; this video was made when Ahmadinejad originally took power on August 3, 2009; but it continues to be applicable to his mind-set today.


Imani concludes:

"Ahmadinejad and his ilk are not interested in any negotiation, any compromise or any live-and-let-live final solution. They are determined to be the soldiers of Mahdi come-what-may. THY HAVE NO PROBLEM WITH THE TOTAL DESTRUCTION OF THE WORLD. They are headed for a life of eternal bliss in Allah's paradise. They hardly care, even rejoice, if the rest of humanity is subjected to a tragic death in the nuclear, biological and chemical wasteland of planet earth."

OBVIOUSLY, IF THIS IS SO, THEN ISRAEL HAS A LOT TO WORRY ABOUT FROM A NUCLEAR-ARMED IRAN – as does the United States and the so-called "West."


Beck says that Ahmadinejad wants to provoke the catastrophe of the "Last Days" in order to accelerate the coming of the Mahdi; obviously, this can't be good for Israel.

Iran's President Provoking the coming of the Mahdi


SECTION 3:
THERE IS MORE THAN "MADNESS" BEHIND
ISRAEL'S INCLINATION TO STRIKE IRAN
BEFORE IRAN GETS THE "BOMB"

INTRODUCTION

Clearly, world opinion is very much against Israel regarding any attack it may be planning against Iran's nuclear facilities. For instance Italy's foreign minister, Franco Frattini speaking pretty much for Europe as a whole, says that Europe will not support an Israeli attack on Iran, describing such a move as "catastrophic." The Italian news agency ANSA quoted Frattini as saying,

"If Israel launches an attack on Iran the … [European] community will not support it because such attack would be catastrophic."

French President Nicolas Sarkozy concurs with Frattini; he also believes that a unilateral Israeli attack on Iran would be "an absolute catastrophe."

And it's not just Europe that is concerned over the ramifications of such an attack: A chilling report circulating in the Kremlin states that President Medvedev and Chinese President Hu have issued an "urgent warning" to the United States that essentially says that if Israel attacks Iran it could mean World War III. 

THERE IS, HOWEVER, MORE THAN "MADNESS" BEHIND ISRAEL'S INCLINATION TO STRIKE IRAN BEFORE IRAN GETS THE BOMB. A kind of "SAMSON COMPLEX" grips the Israeli psyche.

Masada

NOTE: Samson was one of Israel's judges to whom God granted superhuman strength, provided he kept his vows as a Nazarite, which included sobriety, chastity and not cutting his hair. The story of Samson and Delilah is among the most well-known in the Bible. Samson violated his vow: Delilah tricked him into cutting his hair, and Samson was captured by the Philistines. He was blinded and chained between two massive pillars. He prayed for the strength to bring down the pillars, killing himself along with his enemies. "And Samson said, Let me die with the Philistines. And he bowed himself with all his might; and the house fell upon the lords, and upon all the people that were therein." (Judges 16:30)

The "SAMSON OPTION" is a codename for Israel's nuclear response strategy. It's also a warning to the world. It is intended to convey Israel's determination to take its enemies with it should they attempt the destruction of the Jewish state. Israel has enough nuclear weapons to turn the Middle East into a radioactive sea of glass, and it wants to leave no doubt as to its willingness to use them.

NOTE: The "SAMSON OPTION" is often characterized as being part of Israel's overall "MASADA COMPLEX;" this refers to another seminal moment in Jewish history when some three hundred Jewish rebels held off the legions of Rome in a siege that dragged on for three years. The rebels had fled to Herod's southern palace on Masada, a finger of rock jutting 1300 feet straight up from the desert floor. The Romans eventually constructed a ramp and breached the Jewish defenses. The defending Jews chose to commit suicide rather than submitting to capture. They burned the complex, but left one storehouse full of food intact. THEY WANTED THE ROMANS TO KNOW THAT THEY HAD PLENTY OF FOOD AND WATER TO DEMONSTRATE THAT THEIR SUICIDE WAS AN ACT OF DEFIANCE RATHER THAN ONE OF DESPERATION.

THERE IS A HORRIBLE HISTORY HERE

This picture portrays that the Jews were in league with Satan

There is, however, much more behind the "SAMSON COMPLEX" than Masada. There is the entire history of Jewish persecution since Masada - from their massacres in Tortona in 350, in Rome in 388 and 500, in Raqqa in 388, in Minorca in 418, in Daphne (near Antioch) in 489 and 507, in Genoa in 500, in Ravenna in 495, in Tours in 585, in Orleans in 590 – and all this during the period of "Christian Rome."

During the Middle Ages in Europe there was full-scale persecution against the Jews in many places, with blood libels, expulsions, forced conversions and massacres. These persecutions hit their first peak during the Crusades. In the First Crusade (1096) flourishing Jewish communities on the Rhine and the Danube were utterly destroyed; in the Second Crusade (1147) the Jews in France were subject to frequent massacres. The Jews were also subjected to attacks in the Shepherds' Crusades of 1251 and 1320; in 1290, the Jews were banished from England; in 1396, Jews were expelled from France; and, in 1421 thousands were expelled from Austria. Many of the expelled Jews fled to Poland. In 1492, Ferdinand II of Aragon and Isabella of Castile issued an edict of expulsion of Jews from Spain. Many Jews fled the country, some going to the Ottoman Empire, some to the Land of Israel (Palestine), and others to Mediterranean lands. Portugal followed suit in December 1496 – and so it has gone up through the centuries with unremitting HORRORUNTIL IT FINALLY REACHED ITS CLIMAX IN NAZI GERMANY. [Please see our article, "The Origins of the Illuminist Myth" for a detailed history of Jewish persecution from the late 1700s onward."]

Partially burned bodies of
Jews in the ovens in Auschwitz

THE INDIFFERENCE OF THE
WORLD REGARDING THE JEWS

Goldhagen

Finally, we come to the Holocaust – and it's here that we are forced at last to come to grips with the true HORROR of the world's on-going persecution against the Jews: It lies in the fact that it was conducted in one of the most "civilized" countries on earth; on the most "civilized" continent on earth; by one of the most "educated" (and, hence, "civilized") people on earth: THE GERMANS! No other nation with the exception of the United States has had more Nobel Laureates; no other nation has attained such heights in the arts and humanities as Germany; no other nation has produced the kind of sublime music that German musicians such as Brahms, Beethoven, Bach, Handel, Schubert, Mozart, Strauss, etc. have produced. NONETHELESS, NONE OF THIS SO-CALLED "CIVILIZATION" PREVENTED THE GERMAN PEOPLE FROM PARTICIPATING IN THE SLAUGHTER OF THE JEWISH PEOPLE – and be clear here, the slaughter of the Jews on the continent of Europe was a German phenomenon and not simply a phenomenon of fringe elements in German society.

In his book, Hitler's Willing Executioners: Ordinary Germans and the Holocaust, Daniel Jonah Goldhagen writes:

"Germans did not understand themselves to be carrying out what were considered to be the crazy plans of a criminal madmen; rather, THEY REALLY COMPREHENDED WHAT THEY WERE DOING."

IT WAS, HOWEVER, MORE
THAN JUST THE GERMANS

HOWEVER, it wasn't just the German people: It seems that people all over the world remained utterly indifferent to what Hitler was doing to the Jews of Europe.

Annette Shaw, an expert on the Holocaust, writes:

"Hitler's campaign against the Jews was gradual as he did not want to offend public opinion in Germany or invite international reaction. There would also be a danger that if he acted too quickly it might cause economic hardship in Germany as the Jewish community held positions of influence in the financial world.

"[Nonetheless], from Hitler's rise to power in 1933 Jews were victimized by beatings and killings, which happened on a regular basis … Between 1933 and 1937, 125 anti-Jewish laws were enacted.

"Jews were banned from civil service posts, hospitals, courts, government, educational and cultural life and sport. Jewish books were publicly burned, and Jewish shops and offices were marked with a "J" or "Jude."  In September 1935 Nuremberg Laws cancelled Jewish citizenship and made illegal marriages or sexual intercourse between Jews and Aryans … Hitler threatened and promised violence against Jews in speeches and in Mein Kampf. His attitude to them and their future under his regime is summed up in a private talk with Major Josef Hell in 1922 when he said that if he won power the annihilation of Jews would be his first and foremost task. He continued, 'Once the hatred and the battle against the Jews are really stirred up, their resistance will inevitably break down in short order. They cannot protect themselves and no one will stand forth as their defenders'."

Hitler was right, of course; Shaw continues:

"It was eleven days after Hitler annexed Austria that President Franklin D. Roosevelt of the USA decided to call a conference as it was now going to cause the additional problem of Austrian Jews being expelled from their homeland. Switzerland was unwilling to host the conference, as they did not want to alienate Hitler. They also were embarrassed, as they too had begun to restrict immigration of Jews from Germany and Austria. It was decided that the venue should be Evian-les-Bains on the shores of Lake Geneva in France."

The purpose of the conference was to see if there was any willingness on the part of the other nations of the world to "take Hitler's Jews."

Shaw reports on what happened:

"A concierge at the Royal Hotel [in Evian] said forty years later that he remembered Evian: 'Very important people were here and all the delegates had a nice time. They took pleasure cruises on the lake. They gambled at night at the casino. They took mineral baths and massages … Some of them took the excursions to Chamonix to go summer skiing. Some went riding, some played golf. Meetings. Yes, some attended the meetings. But, of course it is difficult to sit indoors hearing speeches when all the pleasures that Evian offers are waiting right outside'."

After much haggling and discussion, the conference ended; it seems that nobody wanted to take Hitler's Jews – not the United States, not France, not Britain – NOBODY!

NOBODY WANTS THEM!

"NOBODY WANTS THEM" claimed the German newspaper Völkischer Beobachter after the Evian Conference in July 1938; Hitler gloated, saying,

"It is a shameful spectacle to see how the whole democratic world is oozing sympathy for the poor tormented Jewish people, but remains hard hearted and obdurate when it comes to helping them …"

Hitler, of course, was right! – and if any more proof was needed in this regard, it came in May of 1939 – just five months prior to the beginning of World War II: On May 13, 1939, the German transatlantic liner St. Louis sailed from Hamburg, Germany, for Havana, Cuba. On the voyage were 938 passengers. Almost all were Jews fleeing from the Third Reich. When the St. Louis arrived in Havana harbor on May 27, the Cuban government admitted only 28 passengers. The ship was forced to return to Germany. On the way back the ship sailed so close to Florida that they could see the lights of Miami. Some passengers on the St. Louis cabled President Franklin D. Roosevelt asking for refuge. Roosevelt never responded. MOST OF THE JEWS ON THE ST. LOUIS WERE EVENTUALLY KILLED IN THE HOLOCAUST – though some escaped to England.

And now people wonder why the Jews are unwilling any longer to place their safety in the hands of other people. Why they cry out: NEVER AGAIN! Why they are willing to countenance a solution to their problem that they themselves have labeled the "SAMSON COMPLEX."

SECTION 4:
THE CONSEQUENCES OF
AN ISRAELI AIR-STRIKE

Israeli air routes to Iran; most pass over air space essentiallycontrolled by the United States

INTRODUCTION

According to a report in the Sunday Times (UK), Israel's recent attack on a military convoy in the Sudan was practice for a long-range attack against Iran - this and another "practice run" at Iran over Greek airspace. A quick look at a map shows why: Israel will need to overfly someone in order to hit Iran. Syria is out of the question, though Turkey remains a good possibility. It is well known that for years Israel has cultivated relations with Turkey, and the two have engaged in military maneuvers together. But if that doesn't pan out, going through Saudi Arabia would be the next best bet.

The report goes on to say:

"Israel doesn't have heavy bombers like the B-52, B-1, or B-2. They rely on F-15s and F-16s. They do have a decent tanker capability, but the range of these fighters is severely restricted when carrying heavy ordinance; flying down the Red Sea, through the Arabian Sea, and up to Iran would seem prohibitively far."

SHORT OF USING NUCLEAR WEAPONS

Short of using nuclear weapons against Iran on a MASSIVE scale with the specific intent of annihilating Iran COMPLETELY (see Section 1 above), the report concludes that -

"ISRAEL WILL GET ONE SHOT AT IRAN … [AND THEN] MUCH OF THE WORLD WILL GO APE … Saudi Arabia and Turkey will most likely NOT allow Israeli planes through more than one time.

"In this respect, the capabilities of the AIF are limited … The Israelis simply don't have enough aircraft, and the Iranian facilities are at this point too advanced and dispersed for them to be able to effectively do the job.

"So Israel will set Iran back a few years but that's it.

"ONLY THE U.S. CAN HIT IRAN WITHOUT USING NUCLEAR WEAPONS AND DO IT RIGHT."

General Zinni

And the chances of the U.S. under an Obama Administration "partnering up" with Israel to carry out such an attack is nil.

Retired General Anthony Zinni, echoing the feelings of the Obama Administration, writes,

"What happens after … [Israel] has dropped those bombs on … [Iran's] hardened facilities, what happens next? What happens if they [i.e., the Iranians] decide, in their hardened shelters with their mobile missiles, to start launching them? What happens if they launch them into U.S. bases on the other side of the gulf [i.e., at U.S. bases in Iraq]? What happens if they launch into Israel, or somewhere else? Into a Saudi oil field? Into Ras Laffan, with all the natural gas? What happens if they now flush their fast patrol boats, their cruise missiles, and they sink a tanker, an oil tanker? And of course the economy of the world goes absolutely nuts. What happens if they activate sleeper cells? … What happens if … they fire up the 'streets' throughout the Middle East? and now we got problems. Just tell me how to deal with all that, okay?"

Zinni goes on to say:

"I tell my friends, if you like Iraq and Afghanistan, you'll love Iran."

SOME CONSEQUENCES TO THE WORLD

Joschka Fischer

Joschka Fischer, the former Foreign Minister of Germany, agrees with Zinni; he lists what he supposes will be some of the consequences of an Israeli air attack on Iran:

  • Iran may try to retaliate to this action by trying to block the flow of oil from the Gulf, oil prices would spike above $300 dollar a barrel.

  • Iran could react militarily to such Israeli action by unleashing its supporters in Iraq against the US military forces there. That would trigger a military reaction by the US that would start a sustained air-led bombing campaign against Iran's military capabilities (air force, anti-aircraft defenses, radar and other military installations, etc.).

  • Iran would unleash its supporters in Lebanon and Gaza (Hezbollah and Hamas) in a military confrontation with Israel. A broader war will follow in the Middle East.

  • Iran would use both the threat of blocking the flow of oil out of the Gulf and an actual sharp reduction of its exports of oil (an embargo) to spike the price of oil. Oil prices would rapidly rise above $300 per barrel and the US and global economy would spin into a severe stagflationary recession (like those triggered by the sharp spikes in the prices of oil following the staflationary shocks of the Yom Kippur war in 1973, the Iranian revolution in 1979 and the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait in 1990).

David DeBatto of Global Research expands on what Zinni and Fischer had to say:

"The day after … [an Israeli air-strike on Iran] Wall Street will act as it always does in an international crisis – irrational speculative and spot buying [of oil] will reach a fever pitch and send the cost of oil skyrocketing … The price of oil goes to $200.00 - $300.00 dollars a barrel on the open market … This will send the price of gasoline at the pump in this country to $8.00-$10.00 per gallon immediately and subsequently to even higher unthinkable levels.

"If that happens, this country (i.e., the U.S.) will shut down. Most Americans will not be able to afford gas to go to work. Truckers will pull their big rigs to the side of the road and simply walk away. Food, medicine and other critical products … will [become scarce] … There will be food riots across the country. Civil unrest will build.

"… The United States descends into chaos …"

This, of course is exactly what Gerald Celente of Trends Research is predicting. [Please see "Revolution, Food Riots, Tax Rebellions by 2012."]

Charles T. Maxwell concurs with Celente; Maxwell, described as the "Dean of Oil Analysts" and the senior energy analyst at Weeden & Co., says that if the kind of chaos that DeBatto is describing becomes widespread, he -

"… would not be surprised if the U.S. government started functioning the way it did in World War II, when the democratic dialogue was often put on hold so that unilateral decisions could be made by people given special powers. He described them as little tyrants who will be able to cut off debate, effectively weakening the democratic process."

Others expect much worse: That A MILITARY DICTATORSHIP COULD SEIZE CONTROL OF THE COUNTRY. [Please see our article, "The General's Revolt against the Obama Presidency."]

It is in this vein that well-known American essayist and intellectual Gore Vidal has predicted that President Barack Obama may soon be assassinated just like two of his predecessors. Times On-Line has quoted Vidal as predicting the assassination of President Obama; Vidal says:

"We'll have a military dictatorship soon … Just one lone gunman lurking in the shadows of the capital."

NOTE: Gore Vidal is—at least in the U.S.—even more respected as an essayist than as a novelist. The critic John Keates praised him as "[the twentieth] century's finest essayist." Even an occasionally hostile critic like Martin Amis admits, "Essays are what he is good at ... [h]e is learned, funny and exceptionally clear-sighted. For six decades, Gore Vidal has applied himself to a wide variety of sociopolitical, sexual, historical, and literary themes. In 1987, Vidal wrote the essays titled Armageddon?, exploring the intricacies of power in contemporary America. He pilloried the incumbent president Ronald Reagan as a "triumph of the embalmer's art." In 1993, he won the National Book Award for his collection of essays, United States (1952–1992), the citation noting: "Whatever his subject, he addresses it with an artist's resonant appreciation, a scholar's conscience, and the persuasive powers of a great essayist." A subsequent collection of essays, published in 2000, is The Last Empire. Since then, he has published such self-described "pamphlets" as Perpetual War for Perpetual Peace, Dreaming War: Blood for Oil, the Cheney-Bush Junta, and Imperial America, critiques of American expansionism, the military-industrial complex, the national security state, and the George W. Bush administration. Vidal also wrote an historical essay about the U.S.'s founding fathers, Inventing A Nation. In 1995, he published a memoir Palimpsest, and in 2006 its follow-up volume, Point to Point Navigation. Earlier that year, Vidal also published Clouds and Eclipses: The Collected Short Stories.


Please see the following video on Gore Vidal, one of the finest critics of America today; Vidal speaks here on the evil of the Bush Administration:

As Jesus said:

"The children of this world are wiser than the children of light." (Luke 16:8)


AND NOW THE CHAOS BEGINS

And now things begin to unravel; take just one thread: Russian and Chinese intelligence reports that if the in the turmoil of an Israeli air attack on Iran, Iraq's Kurdistan region declares independence – which it is expected to do – Kurdistan can expect to be invaded by Turkey.

Even worse, Syria's leader has reportedly warned the US that upon Turkey declaring war on Kurdistan, it would have "no choice" but to honor its defense agreements with the Iranians calling for their Nations to protect each other in times of peril. THIS WILL PLACE TURKEY ON THE SIDE OF IRAN.

And heaven only knows what will happen in the streets of Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Libya, etc.?

AND ISN'T THIS THE KIND OF CHAOS THAT AMADINEJAD HOPES TO PRECIPITATE? Of course it is – the kind of chaos that will supposedly bring the Mahdi out of hiding to establish a worldwide Islamic Caliphate [Please see our article on the origins of Radical Islam, "Radical Islam;" please also see our articles, "The Coming War in the Middle East" and "Israel and the Renewed Struggle for the Holy Land."]

AND SO NOW THE GENIE OF THE GOG / MAGOG WAR IS UNCORKED, AND GOG AT LAST EMERGES ON THE STAGE OF WORLD HISTORY:

"Thus saith the Lord GOD; It shall also come to pass, that at the same time shall things come into thy mind [i.e., Gog's mind], and THOU SHALL THINK AN EVIL THOUGHT:

"And thou shalt say, I will go up to the land of UNWALLED VILLAGES [i.e., Israel]; I will go to them that are at rest, that dwell safely, all of them dwelling without walls, and having neither bars nor gates,

"To take a spoil, and to take a prey; to turn thine hand upon the desolate places that are now inhabited, and UPON THE PEOPLE THAT ARE GATHERED OUT OF THE NATIONS [again, Israel], which have gotten cattle and goods, that dwell in the midst of the land." (Ezekiel 38:10-12)

God bless all of you!

S.R. Shearer,
Antipas Ministries

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