Flirting with the Bowls of Wrath (Revelation 16)

The most stunning and frightening truth about the nuclear age is this: Nuclear weapons are capable of destroying civilization and most complex life on the planet, yet next to nothing is being done about it. Humanity is flirting with extinction and is experiencing the “frog’s malaise.” It is as though the human species has been placed into a pot of tepid water — metaphorically with regard to nuclear dangers and literally with regard to climate change — and appears to be calmly treading water while the temperature rises toward the boiling point. In this piece, I focus on the metaphorical pot of heating water, heading toward a boil, representing the increasing nuclear dangers confronting all humanity.

Disconcertingly, there is virtually no political will on the part of nations in possession of nuclear arsenals to alter this dangerous situation; and, despite legal obligations to negotiate in good faith for an end to the nuclear arms race and for nuclear disarmament, there is no major effort among the nuclear-armed and umbrella countries to achieve nuclear zero. While the non-nuclear-armed countries have negotiated a Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW) and are working to bring this treaty into force, those countries that possess the weapons and those sheltering under their nuclear umbrella have not supported the new treaty.

All nine nuclear-armed countries boycotted international negotiations on banning and eliminating nuclear weapons. In addition, each of these countries is in the process of modernizing its nuclear arsenal, thereby wasting valuable resources on weapons that must never be used, and doing so while basic human needs for billions of people globally go unmet and unattended. Despite this unjust and deplorable situation, most of the 7 billion people on the planet are complacent about nuclear weapons. This only adds fuel to the fire under the frogs.

In the nuclear age, humanity is challenged as never before. Our technology, and particularly our nuclear weapons, can destroy us and all that we hold dear. But before we can respond to the profound dangers, we must first awaken to these dangers. Complacency is rooted in apathy, conformity, ignorance and denial — a recipe for disaster. If we want to prevail over our technologies, we must move from apathy to empathy; from conformity to critical thinking; from ignorance to wisdom; and from denial to recognition of the danger. But how are we to do this?

The key is education — education that promotes engagement; education that forces individuals and nations to face the truth about the dangers of the nuclear age. We need education that leads to action that will allow humanity to get out of the metaphorical pot of heating water before it is too late.

Education can take many forms, but it must begin with solid analysis of current dangers and critiques of the lack of progress in stemming the dangers of the nuclear age. We need education that is rooted in the common good. We need education that provides a platform for the voices of the survivors of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. We need education that makes clear the instability and dangerous nature of nuclear deterrence. We need education that challenges the extreme hubris of leaders who believe the global nuclear status quo can survive indefinitely in the face of human fallibility and malevolence.

We need education that can break through the bonds of nuclear insanity and move the world to action. We need the public to speak out and demand far more of their leaders if we are to leap from the pot of heating water, avert disaster and reach the safe haven of nuclear zero.

David Krieger is a founder of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, and has served as its president since 1982. He is the author and editor of many books on nuclear dangers, including “ZERO: The Case for Nuclear Weapons Abolition.”

Pakistan Won’t Hesitate to Nuke India (Revelation 8)

AMRITSAR: Punjab chief minister Amarinder Singh on Monday cautioned that Pakistan would not hesitate to use its nuclear arsenal if it felt it was losing out against India in a conventional battle.

Refusing to comment on the casualty figure in the Indian Air Force strikes on a terror camp in Balakot in Pakistan, Singh, who has served as Army Captain, said, “Whether it was one killed or 100, the message has gone out loud and clear – India will not let the killing of its innocent soldiers and citizens go unpunished.”

He asserted that neither country could afford a full-scale war.

“Pakistan will not hesitate to use its nuclear arsenal if it felt it is losing out against India in a conventional war,” Singh told the media here.

Pointing out that both India and Pakistan were nuclear powers, he said it was not in either country’s interest to use the weapons of destruction but Islamabad could “indulge in such a misadventure if faced with defeat in other battles”.

The IAF strikes had proven India’s resolve to deal with the problem in the wake of the Pulwama attack on a CRPF convoy, the CM said.

Noting that Pakistan was in a huge economic mess and had been “going around with a begging bowl and surviving on doles from other Islamic nations”, Singh said they could “ill-afford a full-fledged war with India”.

And though both are nuclear power countries, Pakistan could act out of desperation to use its nuclear weapons if they found themselves cornered, he warned.

US Adds Antichrists Men to Terrorist List (Rev 13:8)

US adds Iranian-backed Shia militia and its leader to list of global terrorists

By Bill Roggio | March 5, 2019 | | @billroggio

The US Department of State added Harakat al Nujaba (HAN), or Movement of the Noble, an Iranian-supported Shiite militia which operates in both Iraq and Syria, and its leader, Akram ‘Abbas al Kaabi (or Kabi) to the list of Specially Designated Global Terrorists today. In the recent past, Kaabi has said he takes orders from Iran’s Supreme Leader and would overthrow the Iraqi government if ordered to do so.

Harakat al Nujaba was formed by Kaabi in 2013 as an offshoot of two other Iranian-backed militias — Asaib Ahl al Haq and Hezbollah Brigades — to fight in the Syrian Civil War along with other Iranian-supported Iraqi militias. HAN participated in key battles against the Islamic State in both Iraq and Syria.

“HAN has openly pledged its loyalties to Iran and Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei,” States’ designation notes. Kaabi “has publicly claimed that he would follow any order, including overthrowing the Iraqi government or fighting alongside the Houthis in Yemen, if Ayatollah Khamenei declared it to be a religious duty.”

FDD’s Long War Journal reported in Nov. 2015 that Kaabi and HAN pledged to Khameni and said he would overthrow the Iraqi government if asked.

Kaabi has said that “Iran supports HAN both militarily and logistically, and stressed HAN’s close ties with IRGC-QF Commander Qassem Soleimani and Hezballah Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah, both SDGTs,” State notes.

At the height of Syria’s civil war, Kaabi was frequently photographed alongside Major General Qassem Soleimani, the commander of the Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps – Qods Force. Soleimani reports directly to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei. Qods Force is the expeditionary arm of the IRGC that is tasked with spreading Iran’s Islamic revolution.

Kaabi has also met with Hezbollah Secretary General Hassan Nasrallah in Lebanon and was photographed holding his hand. Kaabi and his followers revere Hezbollah. The spokesman for HAN said in 2016 that his group and Hezbollah, Iran’s premiere proxy in the Middle East, are “the twins of resistance that cannot ever be loosened or separated.”

Akram Abbas al Kabi, the Secretary General of the Harakat Nujaba, holds hands with Hassan Nasrallah, the leader of Hezbollah. Image from the League of the Righteous’s website.

Kaabi also has a close relationship with Abu Mahdi al Muhandis, a specially designated global terrorist who directs Iraq’s Popular Mobilization Forces, or PMF. Muhandis is described by the US government as “an advisor to Qassem Soleimani.” The PMF is now formally recognized as an official military organization that reports directly to Iraq’s Prime Minister, just as the IRGC reports directly to Iran’s Supreme leader.

The US government has a decade plus-long history with Kaabi, which started when he was a commander in Muqtada al Sadr’s Mahdi Army. Kaabi was deeply involved with the Iranian-backed Shiite militias that battled US forces from 2003 to 2011. Qayis Khazali, a Mahdi Army commander who also led the Iranian-directed “Special Groups,” described Kaabi as “a good friend.” Kaabi replaced Khazali as the leader of Asaib al Haq when the latter was captured by US troops in 2008 (Khazali was freed in 2011). Their friendship appears to have endured. Kaabi and Khazali were photographed laughing together while discussing operations in Hawija, Iraq in 2017.

In 2008, the US government listed Kaabi as an individual who threatens the security of Iraq under Executive Order 13438. Also listed along with Kaabi was Abdul Reza Shahlai, a Qods Force commander.

The US government said that Kaabi was behind multiple mortar and rocket attacks against the International Zone, or Green Zone, in Baghdad in early 2007. He also financed roadside bomb attacks and recruitment for the Mahdi Army.

Kaabi, like many other Shiite militia commanders who have openly or quietly accepted support from Iran, have thrived in the new Iraqi political landscape. HAN and other Shiite militias are an integral part of the Popular Mobilization Force. The militias have also entered into Iraqi politics, and their coalition party won the second most seats in parliament.

Bill Roggio is a Senior Fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies and the Editor of FDD’s Long War Journal.

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The Ramapo: The Sixth Seal Fault Line (Revelation 6:12)

The Ramapo fault and other New York City area faults 

 Map depicting the extent of the Ramapo Fault System in New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania

The Ramapo Fault, which marks the western boundary of the Newark rift basin, has been argued to be a major seismically active feature of this region, but it is difficult to discern the extent to which the Ramapo fault (or any other specific mapped fault in the area) might be any more of a source of future earthquakes than any other parts of the region. The Ramapo Fault zone spans more than 185 miles (300 kilometers) in New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. It is a system of faults between the northern Appalachian Mountains and Piedmont areas to the east. This fault is perhaps the best known fault zone in the Mid-Atlantic region, and some small earthquakes have been known to occur in its vicinity. Recently, public knowledge about the fault has increased – especially after the 1970s, when the fault’s proximity to the Indian Point nuclear plant in New York was noticed.

There is insufficient evidence to unequivocally demonstrate any strong correlation of earthquakes in the New York City area with specific faults or other geologic structures in this region. The damaging earthquake affecting New York City in 1884 was probably not associated with the Ramapo fault because the strongest shaking from that earthquake occurred on Long Island (quite far from the trace of the Ramapo fault). The relationship between faults and earthquakes in the New York City area is currently understood to be more complex than any simple association of a specific earthquake with a specific mapped fault.

A 2008 study argued that a magnitude 6 or 7 earthquake might originate from the Ramapo fault zone, which would almost definitely spawn hundreds or even thousands of fatalities and billions of dollars in damage. Studying around 400 earthquakes over the past 300 years, the study also argued that there was an additional fault zone extending from the Ramapo Fault zone into southwestern Connecticut. As can be seen in the above figure of seismicity, earthquakes are scattered throughout this region, with no particular concentration of activity along the Ramapo fault, or along the hypothesized fault zone extending into southwestern Connecticut.

Just off the northern terminus of the Ramapo fault is the Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant, built between 1956 and 1960 by Consolidated Edison Company. The plant began operating in 1963, and it has been the subject of a controversy over concerns that an earthquake from the Ramapo fault will affect the power plant. Whether or not the Ramapo fault actually does pose a threat to this nuclear power plant remains an open question.

Two Palestinians Shot Outside the Temple Walls (Revelation 11)

Two Palestinians injured in Gaza from Israeli gunfire

GAZA, Tuesday, March 05, 2019 (WAFA) – Two Palestinians were injured today from Israeli gunfire east of Bureij refugee camp in the central Gaza Strip, according to WAFA correspondent.

He said the two were injured when Israeli soldiers opened fire at protesters at the border fence with Israel.

The two were taken to hospital for treatment.


Hamas Terrorists Ram the Outer Temple Walls (Revelation 11)

Two IDF Soldiers Wounded in Car Ramming Attack; Hamas Praises ‘Martyrs’

By Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz March 4, 2019 , 3:56 pm

“[False] swearing, dishonesty, and murder, And theft and adultery are rife; Crime follows upon crime!” Hosea 4:2 (The Israel Bible™)

Site of suspected car ramming attack in which an IDF officer was seriously wounded. (Credit: via Twitter)

Two IDF soldiers were wounded, one seriously, in a ramming attack on Sunday night in what the Palestinians are claiming was a car accident. Hamas praised the “martyrs” killed in the attack while the nearby residents claimed it was an automobile accident that took place on the way to work – at 3:30 a.m.

At that approximate time, an IDF vehicle experienced mechanical problems outside of the Arab village of N’ima, northwest of Ramallah in Samaria. The soldiers had been conducting searches for wanted terrorists in the village.

“Terrorists rammed their vehicle into a number of soldiers who had stopped by the side of the road at the entrance to the village,” the IDF said in a statement.

The soldiers fired at the attacking vehicle, killing two of the occupants and lightly wounding the third.

RAMMING ATTACK: IDF soldiers who stopped on the side of the road NW of Ramallah were run over by terrorists. In response, the troops fired towards the terrorists, neutralizing 2 of them & lightly injuring another.

Additional troops are on the way to the scene.

— Israel Defense Forces (@IDF) March 4, 2019

The IDF said that the occupants of the car had just come from throwing firebombs at a nearby highway.

“Additional Molotov cocktails were found in the same car in which the terrorists carried out the attack” the army said.

The Arab residents of the village staged a riot after the incident which was dispersed with tear gas.

Hamas released a statement praising the attack.

“The deaths of these two martyrs west of Ramallah this morning proves that the Palestinian people will continue its struggle against the occupation until it obtains all of its rights and frees its land,” the terrorist group said.

“The message of the young rebels in the West Bank is that they will not calm down unless and until the occupation is expelled, the holy sites are liberated, and the plan to Judaize Jerusalem is terminated.”

Local residents claim that the incident was an automotive accident, emphasizing that the road is poorly lit and was wet from recent rain.  Maan News, a Palestinian news source, cited this claim.

“Sources added that the three were workers and were on their way to their workplace, when they were surprised by Israeli soldiers, their vehicle slipped on the wet road hitting the soldiers’ military vehicle,” Maan wrote.