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Apr. 15, 2010 - In an ABC interview Russian President Dmitri Medvedev said that the nuclear situation with Iran is 'tragic.' When asked about the possibility that Israel would strike Iran, Medvedev called it “the worst possible scenario."
And if conflict of that kind happens, and a strike is performed, then you can expect anything, including use of nuclear weapons. And nuclear strikes in the Middle East, this means a global catastrophe. Many deaths.
Apr. 13, 2010 - In a recent interview Connecticut Senator Joe Lieberman, Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, said that the world is at a "turning point in history." He believes the U.S. should impose tough economic sanctions against Iran until they stop their nuclear developments. And he said that the United States should begin preparing plans to attack Iran's nuclear program if all else fails.
“And I think it’s deeply important that the fanatical leadership in Iran understands that we are very serious about their nuclear weapons program, and when we say it’s unacceptable for Iran to go nuclear, we mean it — that we can and will do everything to stop Iran from going nuclear.
Apr. 10, 2010 - The Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington recently released a 208-page report that says Israel could resort to using tactical nuclear weapons to destroy Iran's deeply buried nuclear facilities. Low-yield nuclear strikes could be delivered by Israel's Jericho II and Jericho III ballistic missiles, eliminating the high risk of losing Israeli lives and aircraft.
Israel, of course, has made no comment on this at all, in line with its policy of deliberate ambiguity about its nuclear arsenal, believed to total some 600 warheads, bombs and artillery shells.
Apr. 6, 2010 - In Iranian a top Revolutionary Guard official warned that Iran will strike Israel quickly if Israel or its Western allies attack their country.
"The enemies know if they fire a missile toward Iran, the dust from explosions by Iranian missiles will rise in Tel Aviv" even as "their missile is still in the air," Mojtaba Zolnour was quoted as saying by the semiofficial Fars news agency.
Teheran has missiles with a range of up to 1,250 miles (2,000 kilometers), making Israel well within their reach. They are also awaiting delivery of the Russian S-300 air defense system which is able to shoot down aircraft, cruise missiles and ballistic missile warheads more than 90 miles away.
April 1, 2010 - China has decided it will support a U.N. Security Council sanctions resolution against Iran.
That would appear to improve prospects for passing a resolution aimed at increasing economic and diplomatic pressure on Iran to scale back its nuclear ambitions, which Tehran insists are limited to developing nuclear power for peaceful purposes.
Germany and the five permanent members of the Security Council -- the United States, Russia, China, Britain and France -- will now discuss the imposition of specific potential sanctions.
Mar. 30, 2010 - An Iranian nuclear scientist, Shahram Amiri, disappeared last June during a pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia. It is now known that he has defected to the CIA and been resettled in the United States.
A spokesperson for the CIA declined to comment. In its declassified annual report to Congress, the CIA said, "Iran is keeping open the option to develop nuclear weapons though we do not know whether Tehran eventually will decide to produce nuclear weapons."
Mar. 28, 2010 - Two eminent experts on Iran's nuclear program, Anthony Cordesman and American-Jordanian Abdullah Toqan believe Israel may use small, tactical nuclear weapons to attack Iran's nuclear facilities. In a 208-page report published March 26, under the heading: Options in Dealing with Iran's Nuclear Program, they wrote:
"…nuclear weapons are the only weapons that can destroy targets deep underground or in tunnels…"
Mar. 12, 2010 - Terror expert Walid Shobat warns that Turkey, a NATO member, is taking a hard turn against Israel. A few months ago a report from Joseph Farah's G2 Bulletin indicated that Turkey appeared to be seeking the restoration of the old Ottoman Empire.
The report said Turkey's increasing disinterest in the European Union combined with its efforts to re-establish its influence in Turkic countries of Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan and its outreaches to Russian, Syria and Iran are cause for concern.
Walid points out that Turkey was the center of the Ottoman Empire, the last Muslim coalition of nations. He explains, "In 1924, the Caliphate was dismantled by the West, and this is why Muslims hate the West... In 1928, four years later, the Muslim Brotherhood was born. This is the umbrella of all the Muslim terrorist organizations."
Mar. 9, 2010 - IHS Jane's reported on satellite images taken on Feb. 6, 2010 of a North Korean launch site they are building with assistance from North Korea.
"It [rocket launch facility] contains a gantry tower, which is 13 meters wide, approximately 18-20 meters tall and has a cliff-side flame bucket nearly as high as the tower itself," Jane's said on March 5. "It appears midway towards completion."
The facility could facilitate the launch of Iran's new Simorgh space-launch vehicle. And that rocket could be transformed into an intercontinental ballistic missile capable of delivering a nuclear warhead.
Mar. 7, 2010 - Former U.N. Ambasador John Bolton says that Israel needs to attack Iran's nuclear facilities now because Iran will have nukes before the U.N. or President Obama can do anything to stop their development.
President Ahmadinejad also said that the September 11th attacks on the United States, which included the destruction of the Twin Towers, were a big lie and part of a complex intelligence operation to provide a convincing pretext for the "war on terrorism" and invasion of Afghanistan.
Mar. 2, 2010 - Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei recently said “Our religious beliefs are against the use of [nuclear] weapons. We in no way believe in an atomic weapon and do not seek one."
However, according to the Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center (ITIC), Mahmoud Ahmedinajad's spiritual teacher, Ayatollah Masbah Yazdi, said that the acquisition of nuclear weapons is proper.
Yazdi, considered one of the leading religious thinkers in Iran, authored a book in which he wrote that attaining the ability to independently produce “special combat means of a specific type” is not only a military obligation for Iran, but also a religious one.
Feb. 26, 2010 - Syrian President Bashar Assad invited Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Hizbullah leader Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah to Damascus for dinner Thursday. The three of them discussed regional developments and “the zionist threat.”
On Thursday Ahmadinejad and Assad together unleashed vicious rhetoric against Israel, with Ahmadinejad declaring that the “criminal” state of Israel is doomed, and Assad charging that Israel “is capable of aggression at any point.”
They criticized the US efforts to produce peace in the Middle East. Ahmadinejad voiced his vision of a new Middle East “without Zionists and without colonialists.”
Feb. 24, 2010 - Two days ago White House spokesman Robert Gibbs repeated U.S. warnings of "consequences" if Iran continues to enrich uranium. Now Oleg Rozhkov, deputy director of Russia's Security Affairs and Disarmament Department countered that Russia will not support "crippling" sanctions against Iran. He said:
"What relation to non-proliferation is there in forbidding banking activities with Iran? This is a financial blockade. And oil and gas. These sanctions are aimed only at paralysing the country and paralysing the regime."
Feb. 22, 2010 - Analyzing various top stories from Arab newspapers, the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) reports that editors expect a war between Iran and Israel.
Al-Sharq Al-Awsat editor Tariq Alhomayed stated that whatever happens – whether Iran acquires nuclear weapons or a war breaks out to prevent it from acquiring them – the Arabs will become victims of the Iranian regime.
Other recent headlines were:
If Israel Attacks Iran, Syria Is Likely to Fire Tens of Thousands of Missiles at Israel, Some with Chemical and Biological Warheads
The U.S. Is Working to Line Up the Gulf States to Back Sanctions and a Military Move against Iran
Iran Has Already Made the First Move towards War
The Arabs Are Victims of Iran
Source: Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI)
Feb. 22, 2010 - Yesterday, the Israel Air Force introduced a fleet of unmanned planes built by Israel Aerospace Industries. Early models of these drones were used during Israel's Gaza war last year.
Air force officials said the Heron TP drones have a wingspan of 26 meters, making them the size of passenger jets. They said the planes can fly 20 consecutive hours, and are primarily used for surveillance and carrying payloads.
The number of planes in the fleet was not disclosed, but they did say the planes can fly as far as Iran.
Feb. 20, 2010 - A report from the UN's atomic watchdog, the IAEA, raised international concern that Iran's nuclear weapons program was more advanced than previously thought. Even Russia said it was "very alarmed" over the report.
According to the unusually forthright report by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Iran's level of co-operation with the agency was decreasing, adding to concerns about "possible military dimensions" to its nuclear programme.
Iran's Ayatollah Ali Khamenei responded simply by saying that such fears were "baseless" as Iranians' beliefs "bar us from using such weapons".
Feb. 16, 2010 - Facing the threat of serious new sanctions from the international community, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad warned that any country that tried to impose new sanctions on Iran would regret its actions.
A joint letter from the United States, Russia and France expressed concern about Tehran's nuclear work and said its decision to escalate uranium enrichment -- rather than implement a nuclear fuel swap -- was unjustified.
Saudi Arabia and China are considering additional sanctions.
Feb. 16, 2010 - As tensions mount between Israel and Iran the US has sent its senior officials to the Middle East in an attempt to calm both Israel and the Arab nations who are afraid of the Iranian nuclear threat.
U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, Adm. Michael Mullen, warned in Tel Aviv on Sunday of the unexpected consequences of an Israeli attack on Iran, just as he did during the days of the Bush administration.
In Qatar, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton urged the region to rely on the American defense umbrella. Next week Vice President Joseph Biden will bring a similar message to Israel.
In this article the Haaretz editorial staff encourages Israel to allow President Obama to try to impose harsher sanctions against Iran than were imposed in the past. If that attempt fails the US will be more supportive of an Israeli preemptive strike against Iran.
Feb. 15, 2010 - U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton told students at Carnegie Mellon's Doha campus that Iran is apparently becoming a military dictatorship. She explained that Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps appears to have gained so much power that it effectively is supplanting the government. Because of this, the U.S. Treasury Department moved to freezw the assets in U.S. jurisdictions of a Revolutionary Guard general and construction companies he runs because they are allegedly helping to produce weapons of mass destruction.
Feb. 11, 2010 - Former UN Ambassador John Bolton opines that President Obama is missing the opportunity to stop Iran with strong, even military action if necessary. In spite of Iran's defiance and boasts of now being a nuclear state, the President only wants to begin a "regime of sanctions" against Iran to "indicate to them how isolated they are from the international community as a whole."
Bolton believes that isolation will not bother Iran because their leaders believe they are implementing God's will. He wrote,
America's central focus must be to prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons in the first place. Doing so requires decisive, and likely military, action now, since there is essentially no likelihood that an Obama-inspired "regime of sanctions" will achieve that objective.
Feb. 11, 2010 - Evidently Iran's "punch" to the West on this 31st anniversary of the Islamic Revolution in Iran is the not-surprising announcement that Iran is now a "nuclear state."
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad claimed Thursday that Iran has produced its first batch of uranium enriched to a higher level, saying his country will not be bullied by the West into curtailing its nuclear program a day after the U.S. imposed new sanctions.
He did not reveal how much uranium had been enriched to the 20% level. He did say again that Iran had no intention of building nuclear weapons.
Feb. 10, 2010 - At a press briefing at the White House on Tuesday, President Obama said new international sanctions against Iran should be completed in the next few weeks.
He stated that despite Tehran's denials it was clear to him that Iran was pursuing a path towards "nuclear weaponization" and “significant action” was necessary as a consequence. Obama said the international community was unified over what he called Iran's "misbehavior".
Feb. 9, 2010 - In a rare joint statement on Iran, The United States and the European Union expressed concern that Iran will crack down on opponents during this week's 31st anniversary of Iran's 1979 Islamic revolution. The statement warned leaders to live up to their international human rights obligations.
"We are particularly concerned by the potential for further violence and repression during the coming days, especially around the anniversary of the Islamic Republic's founding on 11 February," they said.
Feb. 8. 2010 - Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei told a Palestinian leader that Israel's obliteration was imminent according to the will of God. Speaking to Ramadan Abdulla, the secretary general of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad Movement, he praised the Palestinians for their strength against the superior Israeli Defence Forces.
Khamenei's prediction that Israel will be eliminated is similar to Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's rhetoric.
"They should know that regional nations hate this fake and criminal regime and if the smallest and briefest chance is given to regional nations they will destroy [it]," said Ahmadinejad.
Feb. 8, 2010 - Iraninan envoy Ali Asghar told the International Atomic Energy Agency that Iran plans to enrich some of its uranium to the 20 percent level of highly enriched uranium. If Iran were to enrich all of its uranium to 20 percent, it would take the 2,000 centrifuges at Tehran's underground Natanz facility about one year. After that, it would take only half a year to boost the enrichment to 90 percent. At that point it would be suitable for use in atomic weapons.
Iran has defied five U.N. Security Council resolutions -- and three sets of U.N. sanctions -- aimed at pressuring it to freeze enrichment, and has instead steadily expanded its program.
Feb. 5, 2010 -Meeting with German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle, Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov indicated that Moscow may be ready to take a tougher stance on Iran.
"In certain situations, if we do not see a constructive response on the part of Iran, we will probably have to discuss this issue within the UN Security Council," Lavrov told reporters, adding he still hoped to find a diplomatic solution.
Iran has already been the target of three UN sanctions over its apparent plans to develop a nuclear bomb.
Feb. 3, 2010 - Thirty years after the Islamic Revolution, Iran's president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said that their annual "Ten Days of Dawn" would mark the end of the capitalist system. He said that the US is declining, and the Iranian revolution was the final step in God’s plan for the world.
“On the other hand, the Iranian nation is being introduced around the world as an inspiring, idealistic, revolutionary, God-seeking, justice-seeking, pure and humane nation.”
Feb. 1, 2010 - February 11th will be the 31st anniversary of the Islamic Revolution. Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad says the nation will deliver a harsh blow to the "global arrogance" on that day.
Iranians are expected to pour into the streets on February 11 to celebrate the occasion in public rallies across the country, as they have done annually over the past three decades.
Jan. 27, 2010 - Libya will be the first country in the Middle East to obtain some of Russia's top-of-the-line S-300 PMU-2 interceptor missile batteries. So far, Russia has withheld the defense system from Iran.
Although a three-way deal for the supply of S-300 missile-air interceptors to Syria for transfer to Iran (which foots the bill) has been signed, Russian leaders are holding back on its implementation in response to US and Israeli pressure.
January 27, is the day the world commemorates the deaths of six million Jews at the hands of Nazi Germany during World War II on International Holocaust Remembrance Day.
Jewish people still face as much prejudice as they did 60 years ago. In America the FBI says Jews were the target of 65.7% of the hate crimes in 2008. In Western Europe anti-Semitic attacks were at the highest level since World War II.
Jan. 18, 2010 - On Jan. 12th A Tehran University nuclear physics professor, Masoud Ali Mohammadi, was killed when a bomb-rigged motorcycle exploded outside his home. Iranian officials said that an exiled opposition group, acting on behalf of Israel and the U.S., caused the attack.
Interior Minister Mostafa Mohammad Najjar on Monday promised revenge on Zionists but did not elaborate.
Jan. 15, 2010 - According to Former Soviet dissident and Israeli politician Natan Sharansky, it may still be possible that an Iranian regime change from within could end that country's nuclear threat against Israel. However, if a diplomatic solution cannot be found soon, he believes that a military strike by Israel on Iran’s nuclear facilities is inevitable. He said,
"Israel cannot afford to live under the threat of extinction, of a new holocaust. And I only can hope that, if we’ll have to do it, the free world will be standing with us.”
Jan. 10, 2010 - General David Petraeus, who heads the US Central Command that oversees the Middle East, the Gulf region and Central Asia, said that the U.S. has developed contingency plans to address Iran's nuclear ambitions if negotiations fail to bring satisfactory results.
Without elaborating on the contingency plans, the general said it could be some time before Washington decides whether to execute them and that diplomatic efforts would continue in the meantime.
Gog is not mentioned in the genealogies of Genesis 10, but he is evidently the head of the land of Magog, who is mentioned as a son of Japheth.
Hesoid, a Greek writer of the 7th century BC, and contemporary of Ezekiel, identified Magog with the Scythians and southern Russia. Flavius Josephus, a 1st century Jewish historian said that Magogians were called "Scythians" by the Greeks. Philo, a 1st century Greek identified Magog with southern Russia. (Chuck Missler, "The Magog Invasion" Briefing Package, 1995, pp. 1-2)
Commentators from the turn of this century and before have generally identified Gog and Magog with Russia even though, at the time, they could not explain why Russia would turn against God's people. They conjectured that perhaps the time would come when there would be animosity between Russia and Israel.
The Target: Israel
This is the only time in history that this could be said of Israel, that they were brought back from many nations. It is true that they were brought back from Babylon and Persia in the Old Testament, but it is only since the Zionist movement, which began in the late 1800's, that Jewish people have returned from nations all over the world. They had been scattered abroad even in New Testament times. On the Day of Pentecost, for example, they various languages spoken by the Apostles, when the Holy Spirit came upon them, represented the many lands where they had settled. But they had not returned to stay. This really never happened until the amazing events that led to the rebirth of Israel in 1948.
What thoughts would come into Russia's mind to make them want to attack Israel? A consideration of Russia's instability and the plans of some of their leaders for expansion throughout the Mediterranean area is given below. Israel has always been a key land bridge between Russia's allies and is presently an enemy of some of those allies. Any number of scenarios in the always-volatile Middle East politics could lead to a Russian attack in the future.
Most of the names in this passage can also be found in Genesis 10. That chapter contains the story of the migration of the descendants of Noah after the flood.
Persia is modern Iran. Cush is the ancient name for Ethiopia. Put is Lybia, Gomer corresponds to the area of modern Germany, and Togarmah most likely represents Armenia and Turkish tribes
It is interesting that Mizraim, the forefather of Egypt is apparently missing from this lineup. This, of course, fits the current world scene, with Egypt being the first Arab nation to make peace with Israel.
Israel's allies appear to be few and feeble. Some of Saudi Arabia was populated by Sheba and Dedan. The merchants of Tarshish could be England and English colonies. In that case, The United States could even be included since we were once an English colony. These allies ask why Russia and its allies are coming, but do not appear to deter them.
"And with pestilence and with blood I shall enter into judgment with him; and I shall rain on him, and on his troops, and on the many peoples who are with him, a torrential rain, with hailstones, fire, and brimstone.
3 "And I shall strike your bow from your left hand, and dash down your arrows from your right hand.
4 "You shall fall on the mountains of Israel, you and all your troops, and the peoples who are with you; I shall give you as food to every kind of predatory bird and beast of the field.
5 "You will fall on the open field; for it is I who have spoken," declares the Lord GOD.
6 "And I shall send fire upon Magog and those who inhabit the coastlands in safety; and they will know that I am the LORD.