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Ramadan fireworks still in the offing?

I’m not trying to borrow troubles, nor am I trying to connect dots where no connections exist. There has been much speculation, on this blog, as well as many other places, that Islamo-fascist terrorists plan something big for the US during Ramadan, and so far, nothing connectable has occured. All that being said, I did find the following two reports troubling.

The powerful spectacle of Iran’s be-turbaned supreme ruler Ayatollah Ali Khamenei clutching an automatic rifle, displayed exclusively by DEBKAfile, drew on the belligerent imagery of Yasser Arafat and Saddam Hussein. The Iranian media suppressed this particular shot in its coverage of his sermon at Tehran University Oct. 13, the third Friday of Ramadan. But the AK 47 toted by the ruler of the world’s foremost sponsor of terrorism was not missed by the political and military leaders in his audience and accentuated his war message.

The Debkafiles article continues with the following:

DEBKAfile’s Tehran sources reveal that the Iran’s leaders took three fateful steps ahead of Khamenei’s performance:

1. They pointed up the tradition initiated by the father of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini of marking the last Friday of Ramadan as International al Qods Day – “Jerusalem Liberation Day.”

2. Khamenei’s aides leaked word that his decision to hold the sermon of Oct. 13 was prompted by his discovery that the USS Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group was heading for the Persian Gulf and would be deployed in operational mode opposite Iran’s shores by Oct. 21.

3. In Beirut, Iran’s surrogate Hizballah announced the cancellation of its annual military parade on al Qods day, i.e. Oct. 20.

Military circles in the United States and Israel interpret these steps as meaning that Iran will be standing by in battle positions the day before the Eisenhower reaches its destination. DEBKAfile and DEBKA-Net-Weekly’s military sources have been reporting since late August that Iran’s political and military leaders have resolved not to wait passively for an American attack but to go instead for a pre-emptive strike against US forces in the Persian Gulf and Iraq, as well as targeting Israel.

The second report, which I found troubling, is at

WASHINGTON – Another Pakistani journalist is reporting receiving another threat – this one from a senior Taliban leader – warning all Muslims to leave the U.S. in anticipation of a major terrorist attack before the end of Ramadan.

The head of the Islamabad-based al-Quds Center reported receiving an audio message from Mullah Masoom Afghani urging U.S. Muslims to get out of the country “because Allah’s punishment would fall on America in the month of Ramadan.”

Muslims are observing Ramadan this year Sept. 24 to Oct. 23.

Am I running from shadows, and borrowing trouble? I don’t know but I do know that I will be surprised if we reach the end of this year’s Ramadan without some sort of “event.” And I pray that I am wrong.

As The Needle Bends

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October 16, 2006 - Posted by | Life and Ramblings


  1. I believe we have to be vigilant at all times, never letting our guards down…always expect the unexpected at expected and unexpected times.

    Comment by Lee | October 17, 2006 | Reply

  2. If vigilance doesn’t work, I wonder if it will come to vigilanteism.

    Comment by Wino | October 19, 2006 | Reply

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