A Lack Of Vigilance Before The Sixth Seal (Revelation 6:12)

  Faults Underlying Exercise Vigilant GuardStory by: (Author NameStaff Sgt. Raymond Drumsta – 138th Public Affairs Detachment
Dated: Thu, Nov 5, 2009
This map illustrates the earthquake fault lines in Western New York. An earthquake in the region is a likely event, says University of Buffalo Professor Dr. Robert Jacobi.
TONAWANDA, NY — An earthquake in western New York, the scenario that Exercise Vigilant Guard is built around, is not that far-fetched, according to University of Buffalo geology professor Dr. Robert Jacobi.
When asked about earthquakes in the area, Jacobi pulls out a computer-generated state map, cross-hatched with diagonal lines representing geological faults.
The faults show that past earthquakes in the state were not random, and could occur again on the same fault systems, he said.
“In western New York, 6.5 magnitude earthquakes are possible,” he said.
This possibility underlies Exercise Vigilant Guard, a joint training opportunity for National Guard and emergency response organizations to build relationships with local, state, regional and federal partners against a variety of different homeland security threats including natural disasters and potential terrorist attacks.
The exercise was based on an earthquake scenario, and a rubble pile at the Spaulding Fibre site here was used to simulate a collapsed building. The scenario was chosen as a result of extensive consultations with the earthquake experts at the University of Buffalo’s Multidisciplinary Center for Earthquake Engineering Research (MCEER), said Brig. Gen. Mike Swezey, commander of 53rd Troop Command, who visited the site on Monday.
Earthquakes of up to 7 magnitude have occurred in the Northeastern part of the continent, and this scenario was calibrated on the magnitude 5.9 earthquake which occurred in Saguenay, Quebec in 1988, said Jacobi and Professor Andre Filiatrault, MCEER director.
“A 5.9 magnitude earthquake in this area is not an unrealistic scenario,” said Filiatrault.
Closer to home, a 1.9 magnitude earthquake occurred about 2.5 miles from the Spaulding Fibre site within the last decade, Jacobi said. He and other earthquake experts impaneled by the Atomic Energy Control Board of Canada in 1997 found that there’s a 40 percent chance of 6.5 magnitude earthquake occurring along the Clareden-Linden fault system, which lies about halfway between Buffalo and Rochester, Jacobi added.
Jacobi and Filiatrault said the soft soil of western New York, especially in part of downtown Buffalo, would amplify tremors, causing more damage.
“It’s like jello in a bowl,” said Jacobi.
The area’s old infrastructure is vulnerable because it was built without reinforcing steel, said Filiatrault. Damage to industrial areas could release hazardous materials, he added.
“You’ll have significant damage,” Filiatrault said.
Exercise Vigilant Guard involved an earthquake’s aftermath, including infrastructure damage, injuries, deaths, displaced citizens and hazardous material incidents. All this week, more than 1,300 National Guard troops and hundreds of local and regional emergency response professionals have been training at several sites in western New York to respond these types of incidents.
Jacobi called Exercise Vigilant Guard “important and illuminating.”
“I’m proud of the National Guard for organizing and carrying out such an excellent exercise,” he said.
Training concluded Thursday.

Russia to Assist the Iranian Nuclear Horn

Russia preparing to give Iran advanced satellite system: Report

AFP / Jun 11, 2021, 13:21 IST

WASHINGTON: Russia is set to deliver an advanced satellite system to Iran that will vastly improve its spying capabilities, according to a US media report.
Moscow is preparing to give Iran a Kanopus-V satellite with a high-resolution camera, the Washington Post reported on Thursday.
It will allow the Islamic republic to monitor the facilities of its adversaries across the Middle East, the paper said, citing current and the former US and Middle Eastern officials.
The report comes just days before Russian President Vladimir Putin meets his American counterpart Joe Biden for June 16 talks in Switzerland on the US leader’s first foreign tour.
It could add to a long list of grievances in Washington ahead of the talks, from election interference to hacking operations linked to the Russian government.
The officials said the launch of the satellite could happen within months and is the result of multiple trips to Russia by leaders of Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards.
The satellite would be launched in Russia and contain Russian-made hardware, according to details shared by the officials.
While not of the capability of American satellites, Iran could “task” the new satellite with spying on specific locations.
There are fears that it would share such imagery with its proxies in Yemen, Iraq, and Lebanon, one official said, among other concerns about Iran’s ballistic missile and drone development.
Russian trainers have helped ground crews who would operate the satellite from a new site near the northern Iranian city of Karaj, The Post reported.
The deal could allow Tehran greater monitoring of the Persian Gulf, Israeli bases, and America’s troop presence in Iraq.
Details of the sale also come at a delicate time when world powers are meeting to bring the US back to the Iran nuclear deal and Tehran back into compliance with it.
The 2015 landmark accord has been hanging by a thread since the US left it in 2018 and re-imposed sanctions, leading Tehran to step up its nuclear activities long curtailed by the deal.

The China Nuclear Horn Prepares for War: Daniel 7

China’s rocket forces have been practicing launching ‘carrier killer’ missiles in the dark during midnight drills

Ryan PickrellJun 11, 2021, 12:12 PM

China has been conducting midnight exercises to practice launching DF-26 missiles.
The DF-26, often described as a “carrier killer,” can strike land and naval targets.
China’s arsenal of missiles has led the US military to rethink certain war-fighting strategies.
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The Chinese military has been practicing firing missiles in the dark, a more difficult task for troops than a daytime launch, Chinese state media reported this week.

The Chinese People’s Liberation Army Rocket Force has been practicing carrying out simulated multi-wave ballistic-missile strikes in a series of recent midnight exercises, Global Times reported, citing a China National Radio report.

Col. Jiang Feng, the deputy commander of a missile brigade, told Chinese media that his forces “have been holding night exercises on a regular basis recently, which usually lasted past midnight. They featured the random changes of launch positions and targets, consecutive fire strikes and relocations.”

Video footage from the exercises, which reportedly required troops to go through the firing process, relocate, reload, and then fire again, showed Chinese troops training with DF-26 intermediate-range ballistic missiles.

China’s DF-26 ballistic missiles
China revealed its DF-26 missiles at a military parade in Beijing on September 3, 2015.
Xinhua/Cha Chunming via Getty Images
The DF-26 is road-mobile, ground-launched multi-role ballistic missile with an estimated range of about 2,500 miles, giving China the ability to strike Guam, a strategically valuable US territory in the Pacific.

The weapon was first revealed at a military parade in 2015 and then fielded the next year.

Because it can reach Guam, it has been referred to as the “Guam Killer” or “Guam Express,” but the weapon is also referred to as a “carrier killer” because it has an anti-ship role like the DF-21D.

As the Department of Defense explained in its most recent assessment of China’s military power, the DF-26 “is capable of conducting both conventional and nuclear precision strikes against ground targets as well as conventional strikes against naval targets.”

Two US Navy aircraft carriers operating in the Indo-Pacific
The US Navy has been conducting dual-carrier operations in the Indo-Pacific region more often.
Photo by Specialist 3rd Class Jake Greenberg/U.S. Navy via Getty Images
Last summer, as two US Navy carrier strike groups conducted joint operations in the disputed South China Sea, the state-affiliated Global Times wrote that “China has a wide selection of anti-aircraft carrier weapons like DF-21D and DF-26 ‘aircraft carrier killer’ missiles.”

The Chinese outlet wrote that the “South China Sea is fully within the grasp of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA), and any US aircraft carrier movement in the region is solely at the pleasure of the PLA.”

The US Navy shrugged it off, saying that it is “not intimidated” by China’s capabilities.

While China’s growing missile arsenal has not deterred the US from operating in the area, it has led the US military to rethink the way it might wage war in the Pacific.

Chinese DF-26 intermediate-range ballistic missiles
Chinese DF-26 intermediate-range ballistic missiles on parade in Beijing.
Andy Wong – Pool /Getty Images
Recognizing that the DF-26 and other Chinese weapons have the ability to threaten important US bases and assets, as well as potentially cripple critical power-projection platforms like aircraft carriers, the US has been looking closely at force dispersal and new standoff capabilities.

In August, the Chinese military test-fired two DF-26 ballistic missiles into the South China Sea. Chinese forces also test-fired two DF-21D intermediate-range ballistic missiles.

US Navy Adm. Philip Davidson, then the head of US Indo-Pacific Command, said in March that China is trying to “send an unmistakable message” with this kind of exercise.

China, he said, “is not merely developing advanced weapons systems but is increasingly employing them in training and exercise scenarios to hone PLA warfighting skills and send an unmistakable message to regional and global audiences” about China’s capabilities.”

The Growing Chinese Nuclear Threat: Daniel 7

China’s nuclear threat to US grows, mainly in the risk of a mishap, say experts


Jun 11, 2021 21:41 IST

Washington [US], June 11 (ANI): China‘s nuclear arsenal is a growing threat to US security, less in its absolute size than in the growing risk of a mishap, according to experts.
“Have the risks changed? Yes, it’s a more competitive USChinarelationship, and the chances of a conflict over Taiwan – while I don’t believe they’re high right now, they certainly have increased,” Phillip Saunders, director of the Centre for the Study of Chinese Military Affairs at the National Defence University was quoted as saying in the South China Morning Post.
“Something might go wrong,” he said.
Earlier, this week, Chinese state media said that China‘s urgent goal is to expand its arsenal of long-range nuclear missiles in anticipation of an “intense showdown” with the US.
As Moscow and Washington had over decades engaged in a high-stakes nuclear arms raceChina traditionally remained on the sidelines.

Since its first nuclear weapon test in 1964, it has repeatedly laid out a no first-strike, minimal deterrence policy, viewing its relatively modest arsenal as a way to “deter other countries from using nuclear weapons against China“, SCMP reported citing a 2013 white paper published by Beijing.
China‘s growing economic, military and political might, its technology ambitions and the successful lobbying by its navy and air force to have their own nuclear forces have altered the equation.
SCMP reported that a particular concern is that Beijing may edge or be pushed toward a policy – advocated by some in the People’s Liberation Army(PLA) – of launching weapons at the first sign of a possible attack, increasing the risk of unintended consequences.
According to the witnesses, this will also trouble the broader geopolitical context. This includes growing trans-Pacific suspicion; China‘s more aggressive stance under President Xi Jinping; China‘s territorial disputes with its neighbours; Beijing’s heavy-handed crackdowns in Hong Kong and Xinjiang ; and the end of unofficial term limits that could see an assertive Xi remain the nation’s leader for decades.
Commercial satellites, open-source internet research and even hacked Chinese cellphones are providing much more of a window into China‘s nuclear activities, experts testified on Thursday before the United States-ChinaEconomic and Security Review Commission, an independent panel that advises Congress.
At the same time, despite its no-first strike policy, Beijing has eschewed transparency, avoided detailing its nuclear ambitions even as its global reputation has eroded, as seen in public opinion surveys, SCMP reported.
It further reported that expert opinions differ on the size and expected growth of Beijing’s nuclear arsenal, which remains a Chinese state secret. Estimates place it from 200 to 350 weapons with plans to double or even triple that figure within the next decade. (ANI)

The toll of Israeli strikes outside: Revelation 11

The toll of Israeli strikes on Gaza: Mapping the destruction left behind

The destruction to Gaza during the 11-day conflict between Hamas and Israel in May was heavy and widespread, with damage afflicting hundreds of buildings and dozens of roads, an initial United Nations analysis shows.

The data, based on preliminary analysis of satellite imagery taken on May 28, and released by the U.N. Institute for Training and Research this week, underscores warnings from human rights groups and nongovernment organizations that Israeli bombings that the military said targeted Hamas militants severely impaired the territory’s infrastructure, and that it could take years to rebuild.

The destruction, which can be seen across the entire 25-mile strip was concentrated in the north, around Gaza City, and the southeast.

Areas damaged in late May

Rights groups decried the targeting of Gaza, which is one of the most densely populated places in the world. A strict blockade imposed by neighboring Israel and Egypt has long kept the strip in a state of economic crisis. Over 200 Palestinians died during the bombings, according to health officials in Gaza. More than 60 of them were children.

Tensions boiled over in May after Hamas fired rockets into Israel in response to Israeli police cracking down on Palestinian protesters in Jerusalem. Israel responded with airstrikes, setting off nearly two weeks of hostilities.

Thirteen people in Israel died during Hamas rocket strikes, 90 percent of which the Israeli military said were blocked by the country’s antimissile defense system, the Iron Dome.

In Gaza, a territory with an impoverished and fragile infrastructure, there was little protection from the strikes.

The U.N. data shows that along some 140 square miles, 459 buildings were destroyed or damaged, some of which were near hospitals, clinics and schools. The United Nations said on May 21 that six hospitals and 11 clinics were damaged, as well as 53 schools.

Forty impact craters were detected on roads, which health-care providers say impeded efforts to efficiently get those injured to hospitals.

“It completely blocked the transportation of the patients to the clinics,” said Ely Sok, the head of mission for Doctors Without Borders in the Palestinian territories. “It really hindered the access to care. They had to walk.”

Impact craters detected

Al-Jalaa tower, bombed on May 15, housed the Associated Press.

Hanadi tower on May 11 became the first high-rise building on the strip to be bombed.

In the more rural parts of Gaza, hundreds of craters were detected in fields along the border with Israel.

Hamas, the militant group that controls Gaza, has estimated more than $250 million in damage to buildings and infrastructure on the strip, Haaretz reported. Damage to power grids has affected water filtration systems, leaving 800,000 people without easy access to clean drinking water, the group said.

Sok said people are laboring day and night to demolish unstable buildings and repurpose the materials for reconstruction.

International efforts to rebuild the strip are underway. Egypt has pledged $500 million and is allowing such equipment like bulldozers to enter despite its stringent blockade. Secretary of State Antony Blinken pledged to help rebuilding efforts, but no designated amount has been announced. It is against U.S. law to provide funding to Hamas, a designated terrorist group in America. President Biden in April announced he would restore funding to the U.N. Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees after his predecessor, Donald Trump, cut tieswith the organization.

Damage was especially concentrated on Wehda Street, a bustling commercial area of shops and cafes that Israeli airstrikes targeted on the night of May 15. The strikes killed more than 40 Palestinians and reduced high-rise buildings to rubble, marking the deadliest night of Israel’s military campaign.

Another strike on May 15 hit a 12-story building that housed the Gaza bureaus of the Associated Press and Al Jazeera. The Israeli military, which gave occupants one hour of warning to evacuate, has said the strike was targeting a site where Hamas was developing technology to jam the Iron Dome.

By comparing imagery from before and after the conflict, the U.N. was able to determine that hundreds of buildings were destroyed or partially damaged by airstrikes.

Destroyed or severly damaged buildings

Analysis of satellite imagery showed over a thousand impact craters over Gaza, many in fields near the border with Isreal.

Field impact craters detected

The United Nations mapped out more than 1,100 impact craters across the strip, but it did not specify what caused them. Six hundred and eighty of the more-than 4,000 rockets fired from Gaza toward Israel fell back into Gaza, according to the Israeli military. The Israeli Defense Forces said it struck more than 1,500 targets in Gaza.

Sok said the swift mobilization to reconstruct the strip showed “the resilience of Gaza.” But no amount of cement could piece together the families and lives destroyed by the violence.

“What will take the most time is the mental health,” he said. “That’s the most complicated part. It’s the reconstruction of the population.”

About this story

The Satellite image shown is a composite of images taken between May 21 and 23 by SKYM50 and provided by Soar.Earth. The analysis shown was done by the United Nations Institute for Training and Research on separate imagery taken on May 28.



Pakistan becomes a nuclear power in 1998, Why Pakistan went Nuclear?

The hardcore right-wing extremist BJP has a long-held desire to make India a member of the nuclear club. After being sworn in as the Prime Minister in 1998, the nationalist leader, Mr. Atal Behari Vajpayee announced his national plan of governance in March 1998. Since making India a ‘nuclear power’ was among the key promises that BJP had made during the election campaign, Mr. Vajpayee didn’t take much time to reaffirm that. In pursuit of this, he declared India’s determination to conduct nuclear tests. Pakistan was quite concerned with this Indian warmongering and aggressive mindset. The then Foreign Minister, Mr. Gohar Ayub Khan, appealed to the international community to take notice and put sanctions on India to forbid it from following its nuclear ambitions. This was also intended to make the world realize the BJP-led government’s developing nuclear threat that would put at stake the peace of the world in general and the region in particular. Specifically, when it was reported in The New York Times that as per the Western Intelligence sources “India has stored around 100 nuclear bombs and can rapidly assemble them,” Pakistan’s deliberation was quite significant and timely.

Subsequently, on April 2, 1998, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif wrote letters to the international leaders, including President Clinton, urging his support for India’s declarations, which he described as a huge leap toward fully operationalizing the Indian nuclear capability. He also asserted that “Pakistan would be forced to take notice of these alarming trends, and it will have no choice but to exercise its sovereign right to take adequate security measures.” Unfortunately, all of these efforts went in vain because not only did the world community turn a blind eye to India’s nuclear tests, but international agencies were unable to prevent India from demonstrating its nuclear weapon capability. Then ultimately, Pakistan had no choice but to conduct a nuclear test in 1998 in order to reestablish the balance of power in the region; that India was trying to tilt in its favor under its great power aspirations. Pakistan, unlike India, never desired to be regarded as a global power; instead, its nuclear capability is purely meant to provide a credible and reliable defence.   

Pakistan has practiced strategic restraint for a long time. However, with a frightening desire to dominate South Asia, India has been dramatically involved in an extensive and all-encompassing modernization of its conventional and nuclear capabilities. Despite still being reluctant to indulge in an arms race, Pakistan was well aware of the sensitivity that such Indian adventurism would bring large-scale military modernization to the region. 

While being a responsible state, Pakistan believes in peaceful coexistence but it requires serious efforts to settle long-standing disputes such as Kashmir; since peace and prosperity in the region are directly associated with the Kashmir dispute. However, even after 23 years, Since the Indian nuclear tests in May 1998 the current extremist government in India led by Mr. Modi is following the same legacy of the BJP yet in a more aggressive way.