Brazil—Riots, World Youth Day and Pope Francis

Brazil—Riots, World Youth Day and Pope Francis

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What possible connection could there be between recent riots in Brazil, the Vatican’s World Youth Day and Pope Francis?

Last month images of massive riots in Brazil exploded onto the world’s television screens. The situation demonstrated how a single message sent to receivers via cell phone could end in turning the world’s attention to one single, momentary hot spot on the planet.

As one observer commented, “Something changed in Brazil and we’re still trying to figure out what really happened. Suddenly everybody is out on the streets protesting against problems that are so old they are considered part of the Brazilian culture by now. [O]ne aspect really stands out and that is how big of a role online social networks played in the planning and organization of all these movements” (Collaborative Consumption, July 4).

From one small group of people creating a Facebook group sharing information—according to media reports—on a hike in bus fares in just one city, Porto Alegre, the capital of Rio Grande do Sul, a state in Brazil’s deep south, campaigners were able to assemble around 10,000 at a rally.

From there the indignation spread like a rash, nationally, to embrace rallies against a government apparently immune to the disparity between rich and poor that is so endemic to the Brazilian economy. As so often happens when Latin blood is stirred, the rallies soon turned into riots.

The upshot according to one opinion is that “We are seeing a major shift in Brazil, and even though the outcome of this is still a little unpredictable, one thing is for sure: The country will never be the same again” (ibid).

Brazil is the world’s sixth-largest economy. It has of recent years been a leader in what has become known as the brics group of emerging nations. The brics group comprises Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa.

The June riots in South America’s largest country are symptomatic of the strains placed on populations in those emerging powers that exhibit an acceleration of wealth in their growth phase, and governments either ill equipped or unwilling to deal with the problem.

It is normal for the wealth generated in such a situation to become centered in too few hands, with the population at large lagging behind in wealth distribution.

This simply engenders growing frustration within the population at large.

What has aggravated the situation in Brazil is the appearance of gleaming new stadiums to host next year’s World Cup soccer tournament, while much of Brazil’s infrastructure rots in decay.

The June riots came at an interesting time in Brazil. They occurred during the World Cup elimination football games, giving maximum media focus to Brazil, only weeks before Congress voted on amendment pec 37 to the nation’s constitution of 1988, and just one month prior to the first Latin pope’s visit to Brazil to celebrate World Youth Day.

Is there some connection between these events and the seemingly spontaneous riots in Brazil?

Far from an increase in bus fares stimulating the riots, it seems that the point the mass media missed was that they were generally in reaction to public indignation at the prospect of Brazil’s Congress passing an amendment to the nation’s constitution that would allow corruption in government to become endemic.

Known as pec 37, the amendment to the constitution would eliminate the Brazilian Public Ministry’s power to investigate crimes. This amendment would make corruption so much easier as, under Brazil’s constitution, it is the Public Ministry’s responsibility to investigate crimes involving public officials, including politicians. This especially applies to cases of corruption, drug trafficking, money laundering and tax evasion, among others. In Brazil, all major political scandals have always been investigated by the Public Ministry since the signing of its constitution in 1988.

The amendment pec 37 was already approved in committee and was up for vote when the June riots broke out. In reaction to the riots, the vote in Congress on the amendment was postponed, a sign that the government feared things would get out of control on the streets should it pass.

As it happened, in response to the public clamor against the amendment, Congress ran scared, and when it came to the delayed vote the amendment was rejected overwhelmingly by 430 votes against, to only 9 in favor.

The public had made their point, resulting in a mass back-down by Congress.

As further balm on the greatly disturbed public mood in Brazil, federal deputies voted for royalties from petrol to now be redirected to education (75 percent) and public health (25 percent).

To these events our Trumpet observer in Sao Paulo reacted, “The public’s opinion of the government plummeted to a never-before-seen low …. The Brazilian government is scared. These public protests really showed the politicians that things could come to a total breakdown.”

In response to the biggest protests in Brazil in nearly a generation, President Dilma Rousseff called a meeting with governors and mayors announcing five pacts ranging from political reform to better public health (Financial Times, June 25).

As the FT opined, “The crux of the matter is that ultimately, it is not in the president’s political interests to be seen taking radical steps at this stage. That would be akin to admitting she is the problem. That is why she has sought to include Congress and the governors and mayors in a national dialogue” (ibid).

That approach is a far cry from the 21years of military dictatorship that Brazilians endured beginning in 1964. Yet those with longer memories would have hearkened back to those days when images of police brutality stemming from the recent June riots hit their television screens.

President Rousseff, herself a victim of torture by the military dictatorship, would be very mindful of the harm that such images can do to her and her nation’s image as Brazil prepares to host World Youth Day this month, the World Cup in 2014 and the Olympic Games in 2016.

July presents her with an excellent opportunity to demonstrate that her government is coming to grips with its challenges and working to create a semblance of unity between government and the public.

Of all institutions in Brazil, it is the church alone that has the capacity to cut across all party lines, all social structures, and link Brazil’s population together as a singular national entity.

Contrasting the World Cup with World Youth Day, Alessandro Garcia commented on the World Youth Day website, “The greatest soccer player of all time was born here, and we are the country that has been crowned world champion the most times. Our players are spread throughout practically all countries of the world. In addition, there are very few things that move a Brazilian’s passions more than their soccer team’s performance. After all, there is a reason Brazil is called ‘the country of the cleats’” (March 15).

But there is an even more powerful force that has a uniting power even more superior than Brazilians’ beloved game of soccer, for its force is of a spiritual nature and it goes to the very founding of Brazil as a nation. Garcia commented, “World Youth Day, on the other hand, gathers young Catholics from all over the world …. Catholicism, by definition, is a universal religion meant for all peoples and cultures. We Brazilians have the joy of saying that the Catholicism is at the heart of our identity. … The first name given to the land that would become our country was ‘Terra de Santa Cruz’ (Land of the Holy Cross)” (emphasis added throughout).

But Garcia then strikes the nail right on the head when he states that the improvements to infrastructure that are planned to enable effective hosting of the World Cup cannot be compared to the more “profound way” that the Vatican’s World Youth Day brings benefits to the people. He concluded, “If the World Cup gives us the message ‘fix up public transportation and athletic infrastructure,’ then World Youth Day gives us the following message: Convert your hearts! WYD Rio2013 is a great moment for us Brazilians to have a look at our faith, which lies at the heart of our culture, and to take hold of our identity.”

In its present mood, Brazil is ripe for a revival of its Catholic faith. What adds to this prospect is that the incumbent on the papal throne is a Latin. Pope Francis can expect an especially exuberant welcome to his first return visit to his continent of origin when the papal plane lands in Rio on Monday, July 22.

It is Francis’s religion that is the singularly universal spiritual force extant in Latin American society. The Roman Catholic religion has deep roots in Brazil dating back to the time of its colonization by the Portuguese in the 16th century. In Hispanic colonial times the Vatican imposed its religion on the whole continent of South America, the isthmus of Central America and Mexico. Its staying power is proven by its 500-year spiritual dominance of that continent.

As we have long declared, Bible prophecy indicates that the Roman Catholic religion is the only force that will bind the final collective of 10 regional kingships in Europe together as an imperial force in the very near future in its form as the seventh and final resurrection of the Holy Roman Empire (Revelation 13, 17).

We have long predicted that Latin America, given the bonds of two common European languages (Spanish in the main and Portuguese in Brazil) and most particularly the spiritual influence of the Catholic religion, will be attached to that empire. The empire needs the raw materials and custom of Latin America to drive its economy forward in addition to giving it access to North America’s back door to aid in fulfilling its future prophesied takeover of that region.

Realizing the imminence of these near future events, our observer in Brazil notes that the socialist government in Brazil by its diplomatic inaction already “signaled to the pope that it is not interested in him; President Rousseff had to be invited personally to come over to Italy after his election,” rather than initiating a visit herself on behalf of the Brazilian government.

The Vatican has a way of subtly dealing with governments that do not promote the Roman religious heritage of traditionally Catholic countries. Pope Francis will play to a Brazilian crowd that is presently looking for “human rights” relief, at a time when the nation’s government has been placed on the back foot by mass protests from its constituents. The nation is ready for the overlaying of an ideology in its public institutions, an ideology acceptable to all as it seeks transition from a decade of neglect of not only its infrastructure but of closing the gap between rich and poor.

Francis has billed himself as a humanitarian pope, one to whom the poor can turn for succor.

Watch for mass crowd reaction supporting this pope during World Youth Day celebrations to the point of forcing Brazil’s government to really sit up and take notice.

At a time when President Rousseff is desperately in need of a strong ally to shore up her office, she could hardly do better than begin to cultivate a better relationship with Pope Francis.

Abraham Departed

A lesson we can learn from the father of the faithful

Abraham’s flight out of the world of his day is an exact type of our spiritual flight out of sin today.

When Will America’s Drought Problems End?

When Will America’s Drought Problems End?

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Clean water is a valuable resource that is becoming scarce.

Nearly a half-century ago, a Kansas farmer sank a shaft looking for water. He found a geyser. Almost 1,600 gallons’ worth per minute flowed to the surface.

Last year, that farmer’s grandson could pump barely 300 gallons from the earth, and was getting a lot of sediment with it. That sand robbed him of $20,000 worth of pumps and equipment—and possibly his livelihood (New York Times, May 19).

As the New York Times reported, there was a time when that land produced 294 bushels of corn an acre. But without water, it is a tumbleweed patch.

The land sits atop the High Plains Aquifer that begins beneath Wyoming and South Dakota and reaches all the way south to the Texas Panhandle—or at least it used to. The further one heads south, the less water there is.

America’s water supplies are increasingly under threat. Where overuse and drought haven’t ruined them, often industrial and agricultural pollution have. And according to the Holy Bible, matters are only going to get much worse—at least in the short run.

A mega-drought is on the way. It is going to get so bad that America’s 1930s Dust Bowl will look like a walk in the park. In fact, Leviticus 26:19 forecasts that the heaven above us will become as iron and the earth as brass.

But why?

What Causes Drought?

Due to awesome advancements in scientific technology in recent years, meteorologists have gained better understanding of the physical factors involved in producing certain weather patterns that lead to severe droughts, floods or other catastrophes. Yet they admit they don’t know exactly why major global-impacting weather forces, such as high-altitude jet streams or powerful ocean currents, shift as they do.

Scientific theories and hypotheses abound. Who hasn’t heard of “global warming,” the “greenhouse effect” and “climate change”? It seems everyone is talking about it these days. Even U.S. President Obama addressed the topic during his second inaugural address, and used biblical language to promise action against the problem.

But the fact is, man cannot control climate. Only a Supreme Being—the great Creator God—can and does govern the weather.

In our technologically advanced age, most forget or ignore the spiritual dimension behind weather upsets. Millions go about their lives with little or no concern for what the Creator of the universe is doing and what His purposes are for mankind. They fail to check into what is plainly revealed about this subject in the world’s best-selling book, the Holy Bible.

The Bible tells us the Creator has set into motion specific spiritual and physical laws that direct life here on terra firma. Presently, Almighty God is allowing man to develop his own ways of living, which are contrary to God’s beneficent laws, and to reap the natural consequences that result from those ways—consequences that include weather upsets. You can easily prove this for yourself by studying the facts laid out in our free publication Why ‘Natural’ Disasters?

According to the Bible, the great Creator normally sends “rain on the just and on the unjust” (Matthew 5:45). But sometimes He intervenes through the weather to extend both blessings and correction (Job 37:11-13) or to warn nations of their sins: “Fire, and hail; snow, and vapour [clouds]; stormy wind fulfilling his word” (Psalm 148:8).

Meteorologists and weathermen generally don’t tell you that. They don’t explain that wrong ways of living—wrong lifestyles, morality and thinking—and chaotic weather are related. This website has stood out as one of the few voices proclaiming this fact.

The truth is, one of the ways God punishes nations is to shut off their water supplies: “Take heed [lest] the Lord’s wrath be kindled against you, and he shut up the heaven, that there be no rain, and that the land yield not her fruit; and lest ye perish quickly …” (Deuteronomy 11:16-17).

Numerous passages of Scripture reveal the spiritual reasons why many droughts and weather disasters are allowed to occur. Long ago, God foretold in His Word that because of society’s mounting sins—crime, divorce, plummeting moral standards and total ingratitude to Him for the blessings bestowed upon our nations (including pure, abundant water)—we will see the day when the taps run dry (Amos 4:6-8).

To a rebellious, stiff-necked and self-willed people, God thunders: “[T]hou hast polluted the land with thy whoredoms and with thy wickedness. Therefore the showers have been withholden, and there hath been no latter rain …” (Jeremiah 3:2-3; also Isaiah 5:2, 6).

God, in His great purpose, may also allow Satan the devil—the god of this world (2 Corinthians 4:4)—to have a role in producing catastrophic weather, for man’s ultimate learning (see Job 1).

Beyond skyrocketing grocery prices, extreme weather upsets (Amos 4:7), crop blight (verse 9) and destructive insects and animals (Deuteronomy 28:39, 42) will eventually result in ruined harvests on a massive scale (Ezekiel 5:16). Biblical prophecies indicate that land will be stripped of its life-giving humus and rich topsoil—and indeed because of urban sprawl, greed, over-farming and other man-made factors, this has already occurred in many places across the globe.

The Creator promises, “[Y]our land shall not yield her increase, neither shall the trees of the land yield their fruits. And if ye walk contrary unto me [still], and will not hearken unto me; I will bring seven times more plagues upon you according to your sins …. And I will bring a sword upon you …” (Leviticus 26:20-21, 25). And, “Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap” (Galatians 6:7).

Because of man’s escalating evils, enemy invasion—and mega-death wrought by biological, chemical and nuclear wmds—will follow the drought and pestilence. Not only will U.S. citizens be affected, so too will Britons and inhabitants of many other nations. (Download a free copy of our book The United States and Britain in Prophecy for further proof.)

Forecast: No More Droughts

That is the bad news. But the good news is this: With God, such punishment is correction for our good—not revenge (Ezekiel 33:11). Our merciful Creator desires that humans live in health and prosperity (John 10:10; 3 John 2). He longs to see us repent and obey Him so He may deliver us. He yearns to bring about worldwide peace, safety and health. God Almighty wants to lavish greater prosperity and blessings upon His people than ever before—and ultimately offer us spiritual salvation and eternal life.

Our Maker promises to provide blessings, including rain, to those who obey Him: “If ye walk in my statutes, and keep my commandments, and do them; Then I will give you rain in due season, and the land shall yield her increase, and the trees of the field shall yield their fruit” (Leviticus 26:3-4).

Some are convinced that biblical passages such as these are merely hyperbole. But you can prove that these are in fact real prophecies that shall come to pass. God says, “So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it” (Isaiah 55:11).

Throughout His inspired Word, God promises sweeping reforms everywhere in the just, verdant utopian age He says will soon erupt on this Earth.

When Almighty God sends Jesus Christ to set up His Kingdom over all nations, one of the top priorities of God’s perfect government will be to completely redevelop and shape the Earth into an Eden-like paradise.

Imagine it: As the nations learn to submit to God’s government, they will no longer be cursed with drought. Gentle rains will fall in the appropriate seasons (Ezekiel 34:26) and in the right balance (Psalm 65:9-13). Accessible, pure water will abound. Complicated man-made irrigation systems and huge dams will become obsolete. Water wars will cease. Bumper crops will proliferate the Earth. Food prices will drop; everyone everywhere will have plenty to eat.

To many, this wonderful World Tomorrow seems far-fetched and unattainable. And it absolutely is—in the hands of man. With God, however, nothing is impossible (Mark 10:27).

Take a final look what God promises in the times just ahead of us: “When the poor and needy seek water, and there is none, and their tongue faileth for thirst, I the Lord will hear them, I the God of Israel will not forsake them. I will open rivers in high places, and fountains [artesian wells] in the midst of the valleys: I will make the wilderness a pool of water, and the dry land springs of water” (Isaiah 41:17-18).

Thank God that someday soon America’s drought problems—in fact, all the world’s problems—will at last be solved.

NSA Scandal to Be Exploited by Europe?

NSA Scandal to Be Exploited by Europe?

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The public perception across Europe is that American intelligence agencies are stealing European industrial secrets. Such an atmosphere of transatlantic mistrust could lead to bigger problems.

The latest reports on the nsa snooping scandal show how the Obama administration has gone far beyond just collecting the phone and e-mail records of American citizens. The German magazine Der Spiegel reports that America’s National Security Agency has also conducted online surveillance of European citizens and appears to have specifically targeted buildings housing European Union institutions.

This information comes from classified documents obtained by nsa whistle-blower Edward Snowden and seen by Spiegel reporters. The documents detail how U.S. agencies have bugged EU offices in Washington, D.C., and tried to infiltrate the phone/e-mail networks of the Justus Lipsius Building in the EU headquarters in Brussels.

This snooping program has targeted Germany, in particular, with the United States tapping half a billion German phone calls, e-mails and text messages in a typical month. The documents Spiegel cited show that U.S. surveillance is more pervasive in Germany than in any other EU country, similar in extent to China or Iraq.

These wiretapping revelations have outraged some EU and German officials to the point where they are recommending a boycott on Google and other American Internet providers. “Whoever fears their communication is being intercepted in any way should use services that don’t go through American servers,” Hans-Peter Friedrich, Germany’s internal security chief, told reporters last Wednesday.

Neelie Kroes, the European Commission vice president of Digital Affairs, further warned that European businesses are likely to abandon the services of American Internet providers and “cloud services” due to the surveillance scandal.

“If businesses or governments think they might be spied on, they will have less reason to trust cloud, and it will be cloud providers who ultimately miss out,” Kroes said. “Why would you pay someone else to hold your commercial or other secrets if you suspect or know they are being shared against your wishes?”

Considering that Europe also spies on the United States, the outrage from European leaders is somewhat hypocritical. It is likely that European leaders are trying to exploit the recent media attention over nsa spying to gain leverage in the trade talks.

Kroes has pointed to “multibillion-euro consequences” facing U.S. Internet companies if this scandal is not contained. “It is often American providers that will miss out, because they are often the leaders in cloud services. If European cloud customers cannot trust the United States government, then maybe they won’t trust U.S. cloud providers either. If I am right, there are multibillion-euro consequences for American companies. If I were an American cloud provider, I would be quite frustrated with my government right now.”

Eventually, there may be other consequences from this scandal. The leaders of many German companies now fear that the nsa has stolen German industrial secrets. This perception on the part of German business leaders may eventually do more harm to U.S./EU trade relations than even the atmosphere of mistrust that has overtaken the political sector. If European business owners start boycotting American Internet-based companies for fear of nsa surveillance, the American economy will contract even further.

The most important factor in this delicate situation is the perception of the German and the American people. Even if the high-ranking leaders choose to temporarily calm the situation based on the logic that both sides are mutually spying on each other, the middle-rank politicians and the masses at large may still begin to view their neighbors across the Atlantic with bitterness and resentment. If this is the case, such resentment could become a tinder-box for future transatlantic conflicts.

While it is yet to be seen exactly how the details play out, the Trumpet has long predicted (based on Isaiah 23) that a German-led European Empire will make a brief trade alliance with the nations of East Asia and Latin America. The purpose of this alliance will be to economically besiege the United States, isolating it from world trade. For a more detailed explanation of this coming siege, read Chapter Seven of editor in chief Gerald Flurry’s booklet Isaiah’s End-Time Vision.

Herbert W. Armstrong’s Shocking Message to China’s Tan Zhen-lin

Herbert W. Armstrong’s Shocking Message to China’s Tan Zhen-lin

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The unofficial ambassador for world peace delivered Christ’s gospel and warned of future European power.

At 4 p.m. on Dec. 5, 1979, in the Great Hall on People’s Square, Herbert W. Armstrong was met by Tan Zhen-lin, the vice chairman of the National People’s Congress and, at the time, one of the three top men in China. At the same time, Chairman Hua Guofeng and Vice Chairman Deng Xiaoping were at the Beijing airport greeting Japanese Prime Minister Masayoshi Ohira.

After enthusiastic handshakes, the delegation was seated in a large adjoining room. Mr. Armstrong’s host had been a close friend of Chairman Mao Tse-tung (Mao Zedong) and Premier Chou En-lai (Zhou Enlai) before and during the revolutionary conflict that ousted the administration of Chiang Kai-shek.

The two men were seated opposite each other with a translator between them. This astounding meeting began with the vice chairman dominating the first half hour with geopolitical analysis of Eurasia, Europe and the Mideast, promoting his view of a powerful Europe to counter a burgeoning Russia. “I did not want to interrupt him,” Mr. Armstrong wrote to February 1980 Plain Truth readers, “but I had something I wanted to say to him on that point. However, I held it until he finished.” His host then apologized for taking up so much time and deferred to his guest.

“Mr. Vice Chairman, there is something I want to say to you about Western European defense against the Soviet Union. I do not expect you to believe what I’m going to say, but I’ll tell you, and you can believe it after it happens. There will be, within the next few years, a union of 10 nations or groups of nations, in Western Europe, and it might include two or three Russian satellite countries, in a union of church and state, brought about largely by the Roman Catholic Church. Now I’m not in any way in favor of it, but it will form a short-lived giant world power with military strength equal or superior to either the United States or Russia. They will have a common currency, a common government and a common military power. It will emerge out of the present Common Market. It is going to shock the whole world. He grinned, shaking his head in unbelief.

“I speak with heads of governments all over the world. All are faced with problems, troubles and evils greater than any man or group of men can handle, although many or most heads of state are unusually competent men. They are doing the best they can, and I’m trying to assist any way I can as an ambassador for world peace. But it will finally require what an American editor called the intervention of an unseen ‘strong hand from someplace’ to bring about this world-ruling Kingdom. He knew well what I meant. With this intensive smile still on his face, he shook his head.

“I don’t expect you to believe it until it happens,” I concluded. “Meanwhile we will continue to help toward world peace, working with you, in any way we can” (ibid).

After an hour, Mr. Armstrong and his delegation departed. As with their entrance, the vice chairman walked with them smiling, vigorously shaking hands in farewell, encouraging his guest to return.

Both the clear light of history and prophecy have resoundingly endorsed the message delivered that day to the vice chairman. Ten years and two days later, the Berlin Wall fell, and East Germany united with West. In the meantime, the European Union grew in size, scope and power. As Mr. Armstrong warned Mr. Tan, it had become a union enfolding former soviet satellites into its grasp, boasting a common currency, government and military linked to a Berlin-Rome axis. Three decades on, Europe is a global powerhouse.

He was right! Herbert Armstrong was right! Most notably, the more sure word of God’s prophecy was right (2 Peter 1:19). Monarchs, world leaders, ambassadors and the United Nations have been witness to the delivery of the good news of Matthew 24:14.

The impact of this meeting cannot be underestimated nor ignored. History has proven its divine source right! The rise of Germany as the master of the revived medieval Holy Roman Empire and all Europe, has put China and Russia ill at ease. To understand where today’s events are leading, request our free publication He Was Right, which provides a crystal clear review of five decades of accurate forecasting. It’s a publication you can’t afford to ignore.

IAEA Chief Warns of Threat of Nuclear Terrorism

IAEA Chief Warns of Threat of Nuclear Terrorism

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‘Terrorists and criminals will try to exploit any vulnerability in the global security system.’

At a conference on enhancing global nuclear security efforts, the director general of the United Nations International Atomic Energy Agency (iaea), Yukiya Amano, warned of the possibility of terrorist attacks involving radioactive material. The conference, held at the organization’s headquarters in Vienna last Monday, was attended by over 1,300 delegates from 120 countries and 20 international and regional organizations.

Amano’s chief concern was the potential use of a crude nuclear device—a “dirty bomb,” as it’s often called. Such a bomb may not necessarily be a weapon of “mass destruction” but rather of “mass disruption.” Experts believe dirty bombs are much more likely to be detonated than actual nuclear bombs because of the relative ease in obtaining radioactive materials.

How serious is the threat of crude radioactive bombs? To answer that question, Amano referred to a foiled smuggling and trafficking incident in Moldova two years ago. The smugglers had tried to avoid detection by using special radiation shields, showing “a worrying level of knowledge.” The case ended well, but “unfortunately,” said Amano, “we cannot be sure if such cases are just the tip of the iceberg.”

Every year, the iaea receives hundreds of reports of thefts and unauthorized activities involving radioactive materials. While there hasn’t yet been a terrorist attack involving nuclear bombs or dirty bombs, Amano cautioned: “[T]his must not lull us into a false sense of security. If a ‘dirty bomb’ is detonated in a major city, or sabotage occurs at a nuclear facility, the consequences could be devastating. The threat of nuclear terrorism is real, and the global nuclear security system needs to be strengthened in order to counter that threat.”

George Moore, a senior iaea analyst from 2007 to 2012, noted that “many experts believe it’s only a matter of time before a dirty bomb or another type of radioactive dispersal device is used, with some expressing surprise that it hasn’t happened already.”

The destruction and disruption that could be caused by dirty bombs can be seen in the fairly simple pressure cooker bombs that paralyzed Boston in April. As our article “Death by a Thousand Cuts” noted, the Boston bombing cost three lives as well as hundreds of millions of dollars. Makeshift radioactive bombs could be similarly costly. Cleaning up nuclear contamination could take months, and for some buildings, decontamination could be a greater challenge than to destroy and rebuild.

As unpleasant as this reality is, the fact of the matter is that the world remains vulnerable to nuclear terrorism, and the United States, Britain and Israel face the greatest risk. These nations have enemies determined to destroy them, or at least cripple them structurally or economically. Some of these foes are undeterred by religion, morals or death. For some, what they perceive happening after death actually motivates them.

This is another situation that proves only God can protect and save us, individually. He is eager to help us, and even promises to do so if we’re repentant. Otherwise, He will allow terror to come upon us to teach us the futility of rebellion. For more, read “Death by a Thousand Cuts” and “Aversion Therapy.”