A Closer Look At The Sixth Seal (Revelation 6:12)

A Closer Look At The Sixth Seal (Rev 6:12)

A Look at the Tri-State’s Active Fault Line

Monday, March 14, 2011

The Ramapo Fault is the longest fault in the Northeast that occasionally makes local headlines when minor tremors cause rock the Tri-State region. It begins in Pennsylvania, crosses the Delaware River and continues through Hunterdon, Somerset, Morris, Passaic and Bergen counties before crossing the Hudson River near Indian Point nuclear facility.

In the past, it has generated occasional activity that generated a 2.6 magnitude quake in New Jersey’s Peakpack/Gladstone area and 3.0 magnitude quake in Mendham.

But the New Jersey-New York region is relatively seismically stable according to Dr. Dave Robinson, Professor of Geography at Rutgers. Although it does have activity.

“There is occasional seismic activity in New Jersey,” said Robinson. “There have been a few quakes locally that have been felt and done a little bit of damage over the time since colonial settlement — some chimneys knocked down in Manhattan with a quake back in the 18th century, but nothing of a significant magnitude.”

Robinson said the Ramapo has on occasion registered a measurable quake but has not caused damage: “The Ramapo fault is associated with geological activities back 200 million years ago, but it’s still a little creaky now and again,” he said.

“More recently, in the 1970s and early 1980s, earthquake risk along the Ramapo Fault received attention because of its proximity to Indian Point,” according to the New Jersey Geological Survey website.

Historically, critics of the Indian Point Nuclear facility in Westchester County, New York, did cite its proximity to the Ramapo fault line as a significant risk.

In 1884, according to the New Jersey Geological Survey website, the  Rampao Fault was blamed for a 5.5 quake that toppled chimneys in New York City and New Jersey that was felt from Maine to Virginia.

“Subsequent investigations have shown the 1884 Earthquake epicenter was actually located in Brooklyn, New York, at least 25 miles from the Ramapo Fault,” according to the New Jersey Geological Survey website.

Babylon the Great Blames Iran for Iraq Attacks

US blames Iran for Iraq attacks, threatens to respond ‘decisively’

Washington says it will hold Tehran accountable for attacks by Iran-backed militias after unknown assailants launch rockets at Baghdad green zone, Basra airport amid unrest

By AFP12 Sep 2018, 4:22 am

WASHINGTON — The White House on Tuesday warned it would hold Iran accountable for any violence attributed to Tehran-allied militias in Iraq that results in damage to US facilities or injures American personnel.

Over the past few days, we have seen life-threatening attacks in Iraq, including on the United States consulate in Basra and against the American embassy compound in Baghdad,” the White House said in a statement.

“Iran did not act to stop these attacks by its proxies in Iraq, which it has supported with funding, training, and weapons.”

Three mortar shells hit late Friday the ultra-secure green zone in Baghdad, which houses Iraqi authorities and the US Embassy.

The rare attack — whose perpetrators remain unidentified — did not cause casualties or damage, according to Iraqi officials.

In Basra, unknown assailants on Saturday fired Katyusha rockets at the airport, which also houses the US consulate, amid unrest over corruption, joblessness and a lack of public services.

Protesters in the oil-rich city have targeted Iranian assets there, burning Tehran’s consulate and the offices of Iran-linked militias.

The United States will hold the regime in Tehran accountable for any attack that results in injury to our personnel or damage to United States Government facilities,” the White House statement said.

“America will respond swiftly and decisively in defense of American lives.”

Since Donald Trump took over the White House in early 2017, Washington has set Iran in its sights, accusing it of seeking to destabilize the Middle East.

In this June 23, 2017 file photo, supporters of Iraqi Hezbollah brigades, backed by Iran, march on a representation of an Israeli flag with a portrait of late Iranian leader Ayatollah Khomeini and Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, in Baghdad, Iraq. (AP/Hadi Mizban)

The Republican president in May announced that Washington would withdraw unilaterally from the landmark nuclear pact signed in 2015 between Tehran and major global powers.

Iraq has been an initial victim of the US sanctions re-imposed on neighboring Iran, which it relies on for cheap imports.

Israel has also hinted in recent weeks that it could target Iran-backed forces in Iraq involved in transferring advanced weapons into Syria.

Times of Israel staff and AP contributed to this report.

Four Rockets Closer to Crossing the Redline (Revelation 6:6)

4 rockets hit military base near Baghdad, 6 injured

By WeForNews Desk December 9, 2019

Baghdad, Dec 9 : Four rockets struck a military base near the Baghdad airport, leaving six army personnel injured, Iraqi authorities said Monday.

According to a statement by the media office affiliated with the Iraqi Joint Operations Command, forces searched the areas around the military base and found a rocket launcher left with some unfired rockets because of malfunction, Xinhua news agency reported

The statement however, did not say when the attack took place or identified which base was hit.

Meanwhile, an Interior Ministry official told Xinhua that the targeted base was where US troops were stationed.

Military bases housing US troops across Iraq and the heavily fortified Green Zone in central Baghdad have been frequently targeted by insurgents’ mortar and rocket attacks.

Over 5,000 .S troops have been deployed in Iraq to support the Iraqi forces in the battles against the Islamic State (IS) militants, mainly providing training and advice to the Iraqi forces.

The troops are part of the US-led international coalition that has been conducting air raids against IS targets in both Iraq and Syria.

The incident came as mass demonstrations have continued in Baghdad and other cities in central and southern Iraq since early October, demanding comprehensive reform, accountability for corruption, improvement of public services and job opportunities.

Pakistan Threatens Nuclear War (Revelation 8 )

India and Pakistan flags | Representational image/ Commons

Pakistan’s moderates threatening nuclear war over Kashmir is a sign it’s losing the argument

5 December, 2019

Having failed to get international support in favour of its position on Kashmir post-Narendra Modi government’s Article 370 move, Pakistan’s establishment seems to have opted to raise the spectre, once again, of nuclear conflict. And this time even a moderate in the Pakistani establishment, Ashraf Jehangir Qazi, is threatening nuclear war in support of Kashmir’s secessionists.

The strategy is similar to the one that led to the Kargil conflict in 1999. Pakistan hopes to use conflagration involving weapons of mass destruction as a means of getting an otherwise disinterested world to pay attention to an economically weak and politically divided Pakistan.

In an article, former ambassador to India, China, and the US, Ashraf Jehangir Qazi, implied that Pakistan should retaliate against India with nukes if India does not change its stance in relation to Kashmiris under Indian rule.

Qazi asserts, “Pakistan’s nuclear deterrent is meant to deter war not pursue war. But if the people of the Valley are threatened with genocide, as indeed they are, Pakistan’s deterrent must cover them.” Nuclear threats when issued by former or serving high ranking government officials need to be taken seriously because they often reflect widely held beliefs within that country’s establishment.

That, Ashraf Jahangir Qazi, someone who has advocated good ties with India over the years appears today to be in favour of nuclear war is worrisome. There are others with more extreme views, such as Munir Akram who was recently reappointed as Pakistan’s Ambassador to the UN, who have irresponsibly brandished the nuclear sword for years. But Qazi represented the more moderate version of Pakistani ultra-nationalism, until now.

But after over seven decades of referring to Kashmir as the ‘jugular vein’ and ‘unfinished business of Partition,’ after four wars with India (including 1971 that led to the breakup of Pakistan and the creation of Bangladesh) and after being unable to convince the international community of India’s alleged hegemonic ambitions, it is understandable that the Pakistani establishment views itself at a loss.

Nuclear statements

This is not the first time that Pakistani officials have spoken of nuclear war with reference to India. Earlier this year, Prime Minister Imran Khan, during his speech before the UN General Assembly, appealed to the global community to act on Kashmir because “if the world does nothing to stop the Indian assault on Kashmir and its people, there will be consequences for the whole world as two nuclear-armed states get ever closer to a direct military confrontation.”

This is not to deny that in recent months there has not been loose talk about nuclear weapons from the Indian side as well. In mid-August, Indian Defence Minister Rajnath Singh opened the prospect of India revising its doctrine of ‘No First Use’ (NFU) of nuclear weapons, given the threat of battlefield nukes being deployed by Pakistan. “The future of India’s No First Use (NFU) policy on nuclear weapons depended on circumstances,” he asserted. Further, the deputy chief minister of India’s most populous state, Uttar Pradesh, Keshav Prasad Maurya said in October 2019 that voting in favour of the BJP will mean “dropping of a nuclear bomb on Pakistan”.

Also read: Modi has convinced the world Kashmir is India’s internal affair – but they’re still watching

Nuclear competition

Most nuclear weapon powers see their weapons of mass destruction as a means of maintaining status quo and as deterrents to bad behaviour on part of their enemies. In the subcontinent, India’s nuclear programme originated not out of a regional rivalry, but from the argument that non-proliferation should be global. Either no one should have weapons of mass destruction or everyone should have the right to own them.

Pakistan’s nuclear programme, on the other hand, is about contention with India. As a revisionist power, Pakistan developed its military nuclear programme primarily to advance its claim of parity with India and to settle what it considers the ‘unfinished business’ from the 1947 Partition.

India does not need the Pakistani threat to be a nation. It is a classic status quo state and is content within the borders it has. Indian nationalism is not defied around Pakistan. Pakistan needs hostility as a part of its nationalism.

As scholar and analyst Khaled Ahmed once said, Pakistanis have a hard time defining themselves as a nation except in opposition to India through the prism of their ideology. Unlike communist and fascist states where the ideology was derived from within the nation, in the case of Pakistan, the ideology defines the nation.

For most countries, nuclear weapons are an instrument of power and in earlier decades countries even like Soviet Union/Russia have been willing to discuss certain limitations. With Pakistan, however, the issue of nuclear weapons is intertwined with the identity of the state and the perceived existential threat from India. The Pakistani state views nuclear weapons as a defining characteristic of its identity: it is the only Muslim state with declared nuclear weapons.

Ever since partition in 1947, Pakistan’s foreign and security policy has been framed around seeking parity with its larger neighbour India. The Pakistani military and intelligence establishment that has dominated the state ever since independence, initially sought conventional military parity with India. When that became impossible by the 1960s, nuclear weapons were viewed as the panacea.

Nuclear option

India has a declared No First Use policy as part of its nuclear doctrine. While India has not signed the global non-proliferation treaties – NPT (Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty) and CTBT (Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty) – it has signed a civil nuclear deal with the United States, agreed to IAEA’s supervision of its civilian nuclear reactors and signed the FMCT (Fissile Material Cut off Treaty).

Pakistan, on the other hand, has refused to declare an NFU policy and has no declared nuclear doctrine. Senior Pakistani officials have often spoken about Pakistan’s nuclear red lines that include retaliation if “India attacked Pakistan and conquers a large part of its territory; India destroys a large section of Pakistan’s land and air forces; Imposition of a blockade to such an extent that it ‘strangles’ transportation of vital supplies and adversely affects the ‘war-waging stamina’ of the country; India pushes Pakistan into political destabilisation or creates large-scale internal subversion.”

However, as scholar and analyst Husain Haqqani states in his book India v Pakistan: Why can’t we just be friends?: “Although Pakistanis feel great pride in their having achieved nuclear power status, nuclear weapons have neither made Pakistan more secure nor created the equivalence with India that Pakistan seeks.”

Now, facing massive losses, Pakistan knows the only way to ensure that the country remains relevant is by hovering its finger over the only button it has – that of nuclear war.

The author is a Research Fellow and Director, India Initiative at the Washington DC-based Hudson Institute. Her books include ‘Escaping India: Explaining Pakistan’s Foreign Policy’ (Routledge, 2011) and ‘From Chanakya to Modi: The Evolution of India’s Foreign Policy’ (Harper Collins, 2017). Views are personal.

Iran Prepares to Cross the Redline (Revelation 6:6)

President Rouhani

Iran behind increasingly sophisticated rocket attacks on US bases in Iraq, says officials

THE US believes Iran is behind recent missile strikes on its bases in Iraq with rockets that are becoming increasingly sophisticated, several US officials have reported.

Washington has grown concerned Tehran may be planning new provocations against US troops and interests in the region. Pentagon spokesperson Commander Sean Robertson told CNN in a statement on Monday: “We take these incidents seriously as do our Iraqi Security Forces partners, who are investigating these events. “We have made clear that attacks on US and Coalition personnel and facilities will not be tolerated and we retain the right to defend ourselves.

 

“US forces operate in Iraq at the invitation of the government of Iraq to support Iraqi forces against ISIS,” Secretary of Defence Mark Esper said Saturday that “there have been reports in the public space about rockets being fired at American forces on bases in Iraq.”

Speaking at an event hosted by the Reagan National Defense Forum in California he added: “So we’ve seen a little bit of an uptick there. And that’s, again, another indicator for us of Iran reaching out.”

The US military strongly believes Iranian-backed groups inside Iraq are responsible according to a US official with direct knowledge of the recent incidents.

President Rouhani

President Rouhani (Image: GETTY)

There have been nine rocket attacks on or in the vicinity of Iraqi facilities that host US troops in the last five weeks with the most recent one taking place on Monday.

The Monday attack saw four rockets strike a military training site near Baghdad International Airport where US troops train members of the Iraqi Counter-Terrorism Service.

While no US personnel were injured or killed, six Iraq security force members were injured according to a statement from the Iraqi military’s media office.

Following the attack, Iraqi security forces searched the area and confiscated a pick-up truck near the base carrying a rocket launcher, according to the same statement.

President Rouhani

President Rouhani (Image: GETTY)

Another attack took place Thursday, with rockets landing near Balad Air Base.

The US State Department’s Assistant Secretary for Near Eastern Affairs David Schenker told reporters Friday: “Iranian-backed militias are now shelling Iraqi bases with American and anti-ISIS Coalition forces on them.

“Bases at Balad, al-Asad, et cetera,”

“We’re waiting for full evidence,” he said while later adding, “If past is prologue, I’d say there’s a good chance it was Iran that’s behind it.”

An Iranian missile

An Iranian missile (Image: GETTY)

An Iranian missile

An Iranian missile (Image: GETTY)

The types of rockets involved in some of the attacks have become increasingly sophisticated according to one official.

The attack on the airport and a December 3 attack on Al Assad air base both involved 122 mm rockets.

Previous attacks used a 107mm variant, which has a shorter range and carries less explosive power than the 122 mm rocket.

The 122 mm missiles are more dangerous and can be fired from a greater range and are launched from sophisticated improvised rail systems.

Iranian sphere of influence

Iranian sphere of influence (Image: Express)

The increasingly sophisticated attacks come amid US accusations that Iran has been moving short-range ballistic missiles into Iraq.

Multiple defence officials describethe US is considering deploying 4,000-7,000 additional troops to the Middle East in the face of the increased threat from Iran.

However Secretary of Defence Mr Esper pushed back on the notion that additional troops are going to be sent.

He told CNN: “I’m not looking at any major deployments coming up in the region.

An Iranian missile

An Iranian missile (Image: GETTY)

“That said, on a day-to-day basis, we monitor what’s happening in the Middle East, on the Korean peninsula, in the European theater all over the world, and we make adjustments to our forces up or down based on what the needs of the commander are.

“That happens again, routinely.”

Iranian Nuclear Revelations are Just Prophecy (Daniel 8)

Undisclosed location in Iran Photo: Anonymous A report by the Jerusalem Post points out that David Albright, with the Institute for Science and International Security, has said that Iran’s lack of ability to focus on one particular type of centrifuge has led to inefficiency. And as he puts it, it lends credence to the image of their nuclear program being incoherent. That doesn’t mean it can be ignored, though, because the Iranians have managed to move forward in leaps and bounds, including developing underground testing facilities and an undisclosed number of new nuclear sites, which were mentioned by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in September.

Are Iranian Nuclear Revelations Rhetoric Or Cause For Alarm?

By Benjamin Minick @TimberwolfP

12/08/19 AT 9:59 PM

Iran announced that it will unveil 50 new achievements on April 9, which is its nuclear technology day. The question then becomes, are they honestly revealing new technology, or is this just another burst of rhetoric from the regime that has a history of talking up their advancements and not following through. Before this can be written off as false, there is a genuine possibility that there could be some truth to it.

As the 2015 nuclear deal continues to fall apart, Iran has made it known, they will be moving toward a nuclear weapon at some time very soon. This is evidenced by the failure rates of their normal centrifuges. There was a long stretch where continuous failures caused them to backslide. More recent developments are cause for concern though, as they have managed to prove over the last few years that they’ve been able to make the jump from 3.5-5% uranium enrichment to 20%.

A nuclear-armed Iran is not something that very many people in this world want to see unless, of course, you’re Russia. Publicly, Russia will lash back at anyone that points out that they have been helping the Iranians with their nuclear program, when the intelligence community is well aware of the fact that Russian scientists have been helping the Iranians behind the scenes.

While it was once thought that Iran was many many years away from a successful nuclear weapon, the tide has changed, and it is now widely agreed upon in the military and intelligence communities that they are just 6 to 10 months out from a functioning nuclear weapon as they stockpile enriched uranium. This gives the rest of the world a cause for concern.

Most governments want to remain neutral in the public eye, and do not want to cause any fear or panic. But the time has come when the world is most likely going to have to face a nuclear-armed Iran. Agencies and defensive plans are already in place; however, these are not public knowledge.

Hamas, Islamic Jihad Violate Cease Fire Outside the Temple Walls

Hamas, Islamic Jihad Violate Cease Fire, Shoot Rockets at Israel

December 8, 2019 David Wexelman Africa, Egypt, Featured News, Israel, Middle East, News Article, World

• A cease fire was called through negotiations with Egypt, which have continued until this new attack.

• While under attack, Hamas warned Israel that an escalation will be dangerous for Israel.

• Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad have assured Egyptian Intelligence officials that they remain committed to the ceasefire.

In the middle of negotiations in Cairo with Hamas and Islamic Jihad for a five year cease fire, three missiles were launched at southern Israel Saturday night. Two of the missiles were intercepted by the Iron Dome and one fell in open area. Several people were treated for trauma. A group of students had gathered to watch a basketball tournament at the time of the explosions.  They dispersed quickly to find cover from this potential danger.

The PIJ and Hamas officials discussed ways of achieving national unity with Egypt, including the plan of Mahmoud Abbas, President of the Palestinian National Authority, to hold long-overdue presidential and parliamentary elections.

More than four hundred missiles were shot at Israel from Gaza recently, after Israel targeted one of the leaders of Islamic Jihad for assassination in Gaza. A cease fire was called through negotiations with Egypt, which have continued until this new attack. Naftali Bennett, the new Defense Minister, made a statement warning Hamas and Islamic Jihad that the IDF will not sit quietly and allow these attacks to continue. Israel retaliated, attacking several military locations in Gaza by the air and through artillery.  Bennett said whatever Israel will do will be at the right time.

While under attack, Hamas warned Israel that an escalation will be dangerous for Israel. Hamas already made a statement that they have enough rockets to fight a war for several months. On Friday an estimated 4,000 Gazans took part in protests at the Gaza fence.  Hundreds of these protesters rioted, throwing explosive devices and rocks at the IDF, defending Israel from the other side of the fence. Twenty-seven Palestinians were injured in these riots. After a three-week interruption, Gazans resumed the “Great March of Return” on Friday. This, it seems, led to them violating the cease fire.

Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad have assured Egyptian Intelligence officials that they remain committed to the ceasefire understandings reached with Israel under the auspices of Egypt, Qatar, and the UN. Egypt, for its part, has promised a series of measures to ease travel and trade restrictions imposed on the Gaza Strip. Hamas is firm about preventing Israel from using live ammunition against them while demonstrating at the Gaza border, like what happened on Friday during the riots. Hamas maintains their goal of alleviating the suffering of their people, lifting the blockade, and carrying out humanitarian projects in Gaza.  The riots, which occurred on Friday, they claim, were not under their control.

Ismail Haniyeh is a senior political leader of Hamas and formerly one of two disputed Prime Ministers of the Palestinian National Authority. Haniyeh became prime minister after Hamas won the Palestinian legislative elections of 2006.

The PIJ and Hamas officials discussed ways of achieving national unity with Egypt, including the plan of Mahmoud Abbas, President of the Palestinian National Authority, to hold long-overdue presidential and parliamentary elections. The PIJ has announced that it won’t participate in these elections, while Hamas has welcomed the Abbas initiative, and said it is waiting for Abbas to issue a decree setting a date for the vote.

There are two major factions in control of politics in Gaza, Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad. Relations have become strained after the last episode of fighting prior to the cease fire. Without unity between these two terrorist groups, negotiations for the five year cease fire by Egypt can only be temporary. Ismail Haniyeh of Hamas traveled today to Turkey, and is also expected to travel to Malysia, Qatar, Russia, Lebanon and Kuwait.