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

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

Monday, March 14, 2011By Bob HennellyThe 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.

Trump may start world war before he leaves office

Growing threat that Trump will provoke war with Iran to further coup plot

5 January 2021

As President Donald Trump’s attempted coup d’état unfolds in Washington, the threat that the White House will provoke a catastrophic new war in the Middle East grows by the hour.

The Pentagon has concentrated immense firepower in the Persian Gulf in preparation for a military confrontation with Iran that could engulf the whole region, and indeed the world.

Sunday saw the extraordinary reversal of an order for the USS Nimitz carrier strike group to return to its home base in the United States. Instead, it was sent back to the Persian Gulf on the personal order of Trump following a White House meeting with his newly installed defense secretary, Christopher Miller.

USS Nimitz which is currently deployed in the Persian Gulf. (Image Credit US Navy/Flickr)

An ex-special forces colonel, Miller replaced Mark Esper after the November 3 election as part of a wholesale purge of the civilian leadership at the Pentagon. Esper had provoked Trump’s ire by publicly opposing the invocation of the Insurrection Act and deployment of regular army troops to suppress anti-police violence protests last summer. Miller and his new deputy, Ezra Cohen, are part of a fascistic pro-Trump and fanatically anti-Iranian cabal that has been slotted into top positions at the Defense Department.

The Nimitz, carrying 90 fighter jets and accompanied by a flotilla that includes guided-missile destroyers, has been joined in deployment to the Gulf by the nuclear submarine USS Georgia, which is armed with cruise missiles and escorted by its own squad of warships.

These naval deployments have been supplemented over the past month with three overflights of the Persian Gulf by pairs of nuclear-capable B-52 Stratofortress heavy bombers, in what amount to dry runs for a devastating aerial bombardment of Iran.

The increasingly crowded and perilous waters of the Persian Gulf are also the apparent destination of an Israeli Dolphin class submarine that sailed through the Suez Canal late last month and a South Korean destroyer that has been dispatched following Iran’s seizure of a South Korean tanker. Iranian authorities charged that the tanker was leaking toxic chemicals. The incident has taken place amid a dispute between Tehran and Seoul over $7 billion in Iranian assets held by South Korea, formerly a major importer of Iranian oil. South Korea is now submitting to Washington’s “maximum pressure” sanctions campaign barring both oil and financial transactions with Iran.

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After three decades of US-led wars, the outbreak of a third world war, which would be fought with nuclear weapons, is an imminent and concrete danger.

Any clash between Iranian naval forces and the South Korean warship could trigger a war with the US, a military ally pledged to defend South Korea against any “external armed attack.”

For its part, Israel has seized upon Iran’s decision to resume enriching uranium to 20 percent levels at its underground Fordo facility to threaten war. While the increased enrichment is part of a series of measures taken by Iran in response to Washington’s unilateral abrogation of the 2015 nuclear accord between Tehran and the major powers, and Europe’s failure to challenge Washington’s sanctions regime, Tel Aviv has insisted that it is a preparation for producing nuclear weapons.

Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz, referring to the rising tensions surrounding the political crisis in the US, told reporters: “I don’t know if the situation will erupt. An eruption of the situation is a function of what will happen in these events. I must add that the IDF [Israel Defense Forces] and the rest of the Israeli security forces are on alert and are well aware of what is happening in this front.”

Iran has charged that Israel is deliberately seeking to instigate a military confrontation before Trump leaves office. On Saturday, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said, “New intelligence from Iraq indicate[s] that Israeli agent-provocateurs are plotting attacks against Americans” to provide Trump “with a fake casus belli.”

Pentagon chief Christopher Miller’s rationale for ordering the carrier Nimitz to reverse course and head back into the Gulf was alleged threats “against President Trump and other US government officials.”

The claim of Iranian “threats” was put in the context of January 3rd’s one-year anniversary of the US assassination of top Iranian leader Qassem Suleimani, who was targeted with a US drone strike shortly after arriving at Baghdad’s international airport for an official state visit.

The anniversary saw major demonstrations in Iraq, where marchers demanded the withdrawal of all US troops from the country, as well as protests elsewhere in the region. Despite Washington’s warnings of Iranian retaliatory attacks on the anniversary—providing a pretext for a US war of aggression—none materialized. Tehran reportedly asked pro-Iranian Shia militias in Iraq, whose own leader, Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, was killed in the same strike that claimed the life of Suleimani, to refrain from attacks on US forces and facilities on Iraqi soil.

In a Tehran press conference on Tuesday, Gholamhossein Esmaili, spokesman for the Iranian judiciary, told reporters that Iran has asked Interpol to issue a “red notice” for the arrest of President Trump and 47 other US officials responsible for the assassination of Suleimani. Previously, Interpol stated that it is not authorized to intervene in issues of a political or military character.

The threat of a US war in the Persian Gulf as part of a coup plot in the US is being taken very seriously by former senior British military commanders interviewed by the Independent. Maj. Gen. Jonathan Shaw, a former assistant chief of defense staff and British commander in Iraq, told the British daily that amid the mounting concerns over the coup attempt in Washington, “the possibility that Trump might launch an attack on Iran receives less attention, yet there are worrying indicators we should also take this threat seriously.”

He continued, “The first concerning sign is that the incoming Biden defense team have had their briefings by the Pentagon curtailed. Denying access to the incoming team breaks all the rules of party politics and good governance and threatens a dangerous discontinuity in defense over the handover period. But if you are planning on action that you know your successor would not approve of, then isn’t this exactly what you do?”

General Shaw added: “If a concerted attack on Iranian facilities were ordered, the tools are there to do the job. B-52 bombers, with supporting tankers and fighter escorts; the USS Nimitz carrier strike force. The USS Georgia transited the Straits of Hormuz into the Gulf, thus increasing both its potency and its vulnerability in the shallows, and the Israelis sending a Dolphin class attack submarine through the Suez Canal to join the US forces, albeit not in the Gulf itself. All Trump has to do is say the word.”

Gen. Sir Richard Barrons, the former chief of Joint Forces Command, told the newspaper that in addition to Trump, there are elements within the US military command that want a war with Iran. “The US military is divided to an extent on this. There is a section which is quite hawkish about Iran and see it as a threat. They are almost quasi-messianic in their attitude in this,” he said.

Clearly representative of this layer is Gen. Michael Flynn (ret.), Trump’s criminally convicted first national security adviser, who last month discussed with him the prospect of imposing martial law to overturn the election.

The joint statement by all 10 living secretaries of defense, Republicans and Democrats alike, published Sunday by the Washington Post, declaring that the Pentagon has no role in determining the outcome of the US presidential election, was an unmistakable indication that plotting to employ the military for just such a purpose is well advanced.

A war on Iran, with the potential for mass casualties among the tens of thousands of US troops deployed in the region, could provide Trump with the pretext for imposing martial law and refusing to surrender the White House.

While even the British generals recognize this threat, President-elect Joe Biden and the Democrats have raised no alarm, instead merely insisting that their being locked out of the Pentagon undermines a seamless handover of the US war machine. What they want to avoid, above all, is working people in the United States becoming conscious of the danger and taking the road of an independent struggle against it.

Iran WILL get revenge on Biden’s watch

Israelis say Iran may get revenge on Biden’s watch

by Andrew Thompson • January 7, 2021

Israeli spy agency officials said they are concerned about the possibility that after the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden, Iran will seek revenge against the United States for a political assassination ordered by President Donald Trump.

Two former Mossad chiefs and a former Israeli national security council official all said that Iran had failed to avenge the assassination of one of its most senior officials in 2020 but likely would not do so prior to US President-Elect Joe Biden taking office.

However, they also all told The Jerusalem Post that Iran would eventually find a way to avenge the murder of the leader of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Quds Force, Maj. Gen. Qasem Soleimani, who was killed one year ago by an American missile attack.

Trump ordered the assassination of the Iranian military commander.

Former Mossad director Shabtai Shavit told the Jerusalem Post that “the Iranians’ patience is never-ending.”

Former Mossad director Danny Yatom said, “the assassination was a very impressive one of strategic value covering the full field with Iran,” but Soleimani, “was much more than just the leader of the Quds Force.”

The former spy chief, who led Mossad from 1996-1998, said Soleimani was very close to Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and his death was a harsh blow to both morale and actual operations of the elite Quds Force.

One of five branches of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, the Quds Force, specializing in unconventional warfare and military intelligence, is analogous to a combination of the CIA and the Joint Special Operations Command in the United States

Maj. Gen. Giora Eiland, Israel’s former national security council chief, said that Iran is unlikely to start a large-scale confrontation with the US before Biden assumes the presidency.

“So I don’t think anything dramatic will happen in the next few days,” said Eiland. “But Iran feels that at some point, it will have to retaliate, if not against the US, then against Israel or Israeli interests.”

Khamenei promised to avenge the blood of his most favored military commander, Soleimani, who was killed in a US airstrike outside Baghdad’s international airport in January.

Khamenei the revenge on those who ordered the assassination and executed it is “definite,” but he did not specify any timing.

The Soleimani killing, directly ordered by Trump, pushed Iran and the United States to the brink of war.

Five days after the assassination, Iran targeted the Ain al-Asad airbase hosting US soldiers in neighboring Iraq with over a dozen missiles.

That attack, which was launched by Iran with a prior notice, killed no one but did cause traumatic brain injuries among US troops.

Given entanglements among various nations and a complete breakdown in diplomacy, a conflict between the United States and Iran could easily escalate into World War III.

Trump’s Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif never spoke directly, according to Iran’s mission at the United Nations.

“The danger of an accidental conflict seems to be increasing over each day,” said U.S. Senator Angus King, a political independent from Maine, who called for direct dialogue between the United States and Iran in 2019.

A senior European diplomat said it was vital for top U.S. and Iranian officials to be on “speaking terms” to prevent an incident from mushrooming into a crisis.

Instead, Biden is coming into the White House with a potentially bloody war brewing in the Middle East in addition to an economy that is worse than the Great Depression and with the coronavirus pandemic death toll approaching yhe half million mark.

Israel settler violations will force Palestinians to take action outside the Temple Walls: Revelation 11

Hamas: Israel settler violations will force Palestinians to take action

Israeli forces arrest a Palestinian as they intervene in Palestinians reacting to Jewish settlers for trying to seize agricultural lands of Palestinians in al-Ras region in Selfit, West Bank on November 30, 2020 [Issam Rimawi/Anadolu Agency]

January 6, 2021 at 10:09 am

Settler attacks will push Palestinians to take action to stop such violations, Hamas said in a statement posted on its website yesterday.

“Hamas calls for forming popular protection committees in the cities and villages of the West Bank to defend the Palestinian people,” the statement said.

“Such committees,” it added, “should be part of a national strategy to stop Israeli settlement and handle the Israeli settlers’ bullying.”

“We confirm that the option of resistance with all means possible is the only way to block the Israeli attacks.”

“Finally,” Hamas said, “we hail Palestinians across the West Bank who resist the Israeli occupation and hinder its attempts to annex Palestinian lands.”

European Horns Worry about the Iranian Nuclear Horn: Daniel

UK foreign minister Hunt worried by Iran’s breach of nuclear deal

Jeremy Hunt, a leadership candidate for Britain's Conservative Party, delivers a speech in London
Jeremy Hunt, a leadership candidate for Britain’s Conservative Party, delivers a speech in London

July 1, 2019

LONDON (Reuters) – British foreign minister Jeremy Hunt said he was “deeply worried” after Iran said it had amassed more low-enriched uranium than permitted under its 2015 agreement with major powers, but said that Britain still backed the deal.

“Deeply worried by Iran’s announcement that it has broken existing nuclear deal obligations. UK remains committed to making deal work and using all diplomatic tools to de-escalate regional tensions,” Hunt said in a tweet after Iran’s announcement.

“I urge Iran to avoid any further steps away from JCPoA (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action) and come back into compliance.”

(Reporting by Alistair Smout; editing by Michael Holden)

Border Dispute Before the First Nuclear War: Revelation 8

AP Photos: Indian army patrols border with rival Pakistan

By CHANNI ANAND, Associated Press Jan. 6, 2021 Updated: Jan. 6, 2021 7:01 p.m.

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Early morning light falls on Pir Panjal mountains between India-Pakistan Line of Control (LOC) of Balakot in Poonch, about 250 kilometers Photo: Channi Anand, AP

2of19Indian army soldiers patrol at the Line of Control (LOC) between India and Pakistan border in Poonch, about 250 kilometers (156 miles) from Photo: Channi Anand, AP

3of19Indian army soldiers patrol near a forward post at the Line of Control (LOC) that divides the region between the two nuclear-armed rivals Photo: Channi Anand, AP

JAMMU, India (AP) — From sandbagged Indian army bunkers dug deep into the Pir Panjal mountains in the Himalayas, villages on the Pakistan-controlled side of Kashmir appear precariously close, on the other side of the Line of Control that for the past 73 years has divided the region between the two nuclear-armed rivals.

Tens of thousands of soldiers from India and Pakistan are positioned along the two sides. The apparent calm is often broken by the boom of blazing guns, with each side accusing the other of initiating the firing.

The terrain is tough and the life of civilians living in the area is even tougher, with them often caught in the line of fire. Over the last year, troops from the two sides have traded fire almost daily along the frontier, leaving dozens of civilians and soldiers dead.

AP journalists were recently allowed to cover Indian army counterinsurgency drills in Poonch and Rajouri districts along the Line of Control. The training focused on tactical exercises, battle drills, firing practice, counterinsurgency operations and acclimatization of soldiers to the harsh weather conditions.

In the winter, when mountain passes in the high reaches are blocked by snow, Indian troops move into bunkers and carry out long-range patrols to maintain a tight vigil along the frontier.

In some places in Rajouri, local militia called Village Defense Committees have been formed to aid the Indian army in keeping a close watch.

The two sides have fought two wars over the territory. India accuses Pakistan of arming and training insurgents fighting for Indian-controlled Kashmir’s independence or unification with Pakistan. Pakistan denies the charge and says it only offers diplomatic and moral support to the rebels.

Relations have been further strained since last August, when predominantly Hindu India revoked the Muslim-majority region’s semi-autonomous status and divided it into the federally governed territories of Jammu- Kashmir and Ladakh, touching off anger on both sides of the frontier.

Iranian statements put southern Lebanon outside the Temple Walls: Revelation 11

Iranian statements put southern Lebanon in the line of fire | | AW

BEIRUT – In light of mutual threats between Iran and the United States, heated debates have broken out over the fate of the region during the transitional period in Washington, during which the Trump administration will leave President-elect Biden with many challenges.

Amid uncertainty, experts are increasingly concerned over the possibility of Iran moving its arms in the region, including the Lebanese Hezbollah group, in order to attack Israel.

Eyes are specifically turning towards southern Lebanon, with fears of Lebanese retaliation against the Israeli north or vice versa.

These fears come particularly after the commander of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard’s Air Force Ali Haji Zadeh said in statements to Hezbollah’s Al-Manar channel, last Saturday, that “all the missile capabilities that Gaza and Lebanon possess were provided by Iran,” noting that both Gaza and Lebanon “are the two main frontlines for confrontation.”

Though quite serious, Zadeh’s statements were deemed pointless and divorced from reality.

In an implicit response to Zadeh and in apparent warning to Hezbollah, Lebanese President Michel Aoun said on Sunday that “Lebanon’s independence, its sovereignty, and the decisions it takes are the responsibility of the Lebanese alone,” which means that Iran will bear full responsibility for any provocative act.

— Media war —

Each time Iran finds a taker for its conventional weapons, it creates a voice for itself in the region. The taker this time is Hezbollah. This creates a threat to Tel Aviv amid expectations of a military escalation between Iran and Israel, with Syria being the field for such a confrontation and Lebanon functioning as the operation room

However, some experts take lightly the seriousness of the Iranian threats. Wahbi Qatisha, a retired brigadier general with the Lebanese Army and a representative of the Forces Bloc, denied that the threats of the commander of the air forces in the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps were military or serious.

Iran is using Hezbollah to make threats, but it is just an information and rhetoric war,” he said.

Hezbollah seems aware that the international community’s concern about the disruption of the political process in Lebanon is more serious than its desire to contain Iranian influence there. In this context, the Iran-backed group can work to benefit from international support for Beirut, especially from France, in order to prepare for its next step.

Political observers consider that Iranian threats to Israel are nothing more than media venting. They argue there is no indication that Hezbollah wants to carry out any attacks against  Israel on the anniversary of the killing of Iran’s revered commander Qasem Soleimani.

All the threats issued by the Israeli side are pre-emptive warnings, they said.

Qatisha noted Hezbollah remains aware that the response to any military action will be devastating for the Shia group and Lebanon.

The Israeli response will be cruel and unpredictable, and any wrong move will cost Hezbollah a heavy price,” he said.

The retired brigadier general predicted that the US policy will remain unchanged towards Iran and its proxies, whether with Trump in the White House or Biden.

Lebanese officials, including Muhammad al-Hajjar, a deputy with the Future Movement bloc, led by Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri, denounced the recent Iranian statements. He said Tehran apparently wants to use its regional proxies to improve its position and expand its influence.

Certainly, the decision for war and peace in Lebanon should not be in the hands of Hezbollah or Iran, but rather in the hands of the state, and this gives new momentum to the officials’ call for the Shia group to abandon its weapons.

Hezbollah is in possession of advanced weapons, including missiles, and this has led to divisions in Lebanon, with some parties supporting the group’s right to keep its arsenal under the pretext of “confronting Israel” that occupies Lebanese lands. Others, however, consider these weapons illegal and argue that the decision to declare war or peace should be left only with the state.

Although the assassination of the scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh was a devastating blow to Iran’s nuclear project, Tehran only pursued a policy of idleness coupled with media provocation, avoiding any action that could provoke the United States, an ally of Israel.

— A strategic advantage —

During the 1990s, the Israelis became accustomed, during the war in southern Lebanon, to an Iranian policy based on achieving media victories to shift the balance on the ground. This policy enabled the Lebanese Hezbollah group, during the July 2006 war with Israel, to achieve a morale “victory,” that is still exploited until today to threaten Israel.

Iran achieved a similar media victory in February 2018, when the shooting down of an Israeli F-16 jet received more media attention than the brief confrontation between the two sides.

Despite all the hype about the targeting of the Israeli jet, the brief confrontation also saw the downing of an Iranian drone, the destruction of Syrian military bases, control towers, military centres, and an Iranian base under construction near Palmyra, in central Syria.

Israel is trying to preserve a strategic advantage that has allowed it, since 2012, to move freely in the skies of Syria, pick targets and strike them, without provoking any response from Iran, the Syrian Army, or the Russian forces stationed in Syria.

However, the advantage that Israel has enjoyed over the past years seems to be at stake.

There is already a large Israeli mobilisation on the northern front extending between Lebanon and Syria, amid concerns that Tehran might launch attacks. An intense presence of the Israeli air force was recorded in Lebanon’s airspace, while a show of strength appeared to deliver a warning message, especially to the Lebanese Hezbollah group, Tehran’s strong arm in the region, about the consequences of any military misadventure.

Over the past weeks, local and Western reports revealed that Israeli warplanes have flown intensively over various regions in Lebanon, especially over the skies of Nabatiyeh, reaching the Iqlim al-Tuffah, where they carried out mock raids at low altitude.

These flights were also recorded over the Litani River, Qalaat al-Shaqif, Hammar, Arnoun, Kafr Nabet, Ad-Duwair, Sharqiya, and Qaaqaait Al Jisr.

Intense overflights of Israeli aircraft were also recorded over Beirut and its suburbs last November, as well as in the airspace of Sidon, its east, and Jezzine, and this was repeated in the areas of Hasbaya and Arqoub, up to the heights of Mount Hermon and the occupied Syrian Golan.

A researcher in security and political affairs, Brigadier-General Khaled Hamadeh, does not consider the Iranian threats to be serious or realistic.

“Iran is going through a difficult situation, and is currently unable to enter into an armed confrontation with the United States,” he said.

“The result of a confrontation is not guaranteed. Israel, too, seems unwilling to launch a limited military campaign in the Lebanese interior,” Hamadeh added.

He noted that Israel has been destroying the Iranian infrastructure in Syria, and “this happens every week.”

With these factors in mind, Hamadeh does not believe that a military operation will be launched from Lebanese territory against Israel, especially since there is no objective that Tehran could achieve from such an attack.

Members of the Lebanese Shia Hezbollah movement, take part in a parade under a large poster of slain Iraqi commander Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis (L) and Iranian Revolutionary Guards commander Qasem Soleimani