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Iran – Scarey Stuff

Over the past few weeks, I’ve been reading articles all over the Internet which made me reach for the anti-acids because of the developing ‘Cold War’ between the seriously Anti-American government in Iran, and the world. 

There was this reaction to Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s call for the destruction of Israel, posted in an article from Albawaba:

US President George W. Bush said he would use force if necessary to defend Israel from Iran. “I made it clear, and I’ll make it clear again, that we will use military might to protect our ally Israel,” said Bush, who was referring to Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s call for the destruction of Israel.

Israel is our ally, and all of the end-time prophecies I’ve read, or read about, discuss the situation at the End Times in terms relating to how Israel is treated. A not-so-pretty picture is developing in my mind.

Then there is the continued blathering, dithering, and all of the other uncomplimentary   “-erings” I can think of, within the American political scene. Situations in many areas of concern, primarily in the Middle East, seem in a downward spiral, whilst the folks on “both sides of the aisle” blather, dither, cat-call, name-call, and generally seem to show no concern at all about the situations, at least none that are evidenced in the media in Middle Eastern areas.

Above all, Khamenei believes he has broken the American will, for which he sees two pieces of evidence. The first is that there seems to be very little American resolve to do anything about punishing Iran for the enormous traffic of weapons, poisons, and terrorists into Iraq from Iran. Khamenei must inclined to believe that the Bush administration has no stomach for confrontation.

We have done nothing to make the mullahs’ lives more difficult, even though there is abundant evidence for Iranian involvement in Iraq, most including their relentless efforts to kill American soldiers. The evidence consists of first-hand information, not intelligence reports. Scores of Iranian intelligence officers have been arrested, and some have confessed. Documentary evidence of intimate Iranian involvement with Iraqi terrorists has been found all over Iraq, notably in Fallujah and Hilla. But the “intelligence” folks at the Pentagon, led by the hapless Secretary Stephen Cambone, seem to have no curiosity, as if they were afraid of following the facts to their logical conclusion: Iran is at war with us.

While sipping my morning coffee last weekend, I decided against writing about the ever increasing concerns about Iran in favor of a light hearted blurb about April Fools’ Day.   I had read article after article from around the world about what appear to be increasingly aggressive moves by the Iranian dictator and rather than writing about my increasing concerns, I ran away from them to write about something that reminded me of my childhood and safety – before I knew there was a place called Iran.

Those concerns increased yet again, as Iran announced they have test-fired a high-speed underwater missle capable of destroying warships and submarines. Then there was this announcement of  ballistic missle, MIRV-capable and made to avoid radar. The hairs on the back of my neck raised and then started waving violently the following morning with  this underwater missle announcement which I heard as a Fox news breaking news item, and confirmed in this Jerusalem Post article,

The Iranian-made missile has a speed of 100 meters per second underwater, Gen. Ali Fadavi, deputy head of the Navy of the elite Revolutionary Guards, said. He called it the fastest underwater missile in the world, but it has the same speed as the Russian-made VA-111 Shkval, developed in 1995 and believed to be the world’s fastest.

This weekend, I’m reading articles proclaiming that Iran believes the US is planning a bombing campaign to destroy their nuclear capabilities, or is running a shell game to make them think we are.

Iran Accuses US of “Psychological War”


TEHRAN (Reuters) -Iran on Sunday brushed aside what it called a U.S. “psychological war” against its nuclear programme after a published report described Pentagon planning for possible military strikes against Iranian atomic facilities.

A report by influential investigative journalist Seymour Hersh in The New Yorker magazine, citing unnamed current and former officials, said Washington has stepped up plans for possible attacks on Iranian facilities to curb its atomic work.

The article said the United States was considering using tactical nuclear weapons to destroy Iran’s underground uranium enrichment facilities at Natanz, south of Tehran.

All of these things, combined with the continued saber rattling by Iran in their “war games” this past week have me convinced that, while we may not be living in the “End Times,” we are most certainly living in perilous ones. And, frankly, I am much more concerned with these things than I am about whether Tom DeLay did anything wrong in accepting golfing holidays in Scotland.


April 9, 2006 - Posted by | Uncategorized

1 Comment »

  1. I don’t believe Iran is the “end of times” That which is discussed in Revelations is the destruction of Jeruselum, not the end of the world. We have to stop Iran’s nuclear proliferation. The UN is not going to do anything. the IEAU is not going to do anything — just like Iraq. The U.S. is the only country who will do something and the sooner the better. A regime change is the best option — get rid of the president and the ayatollas (who wouldn’t be in power if it weren’t for Jimmah Cartah!

    Comment by pmartin | April 9, 2006 | Reply

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