How Did Syria Acquire Massive Stockpiles of WMD?

Reuters recently posted an article saying that it may take tens of thousands of troops to secure Syria’s stockpiles of chemical weapons. It quoted one U.S. official who said there were possibly dozens of chemical and biological weapons sites scattered around Syria.

Everyone knows, it seems, that Syria has a deadly arsenal of chemical weapons, but almost no one is curious about how Syria managed to obtain these weapons. Back in 2003, you might recall that after American troops failed to locate Saddam’s weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, the mainstream media had a field day.

Prior to that time, experts, security officials, United Nations inspectors and media elites were in unanimous agreement: Saddam had wmd, he had used them several times, and he had the means to continue building more. But the left-wing media didn’t seem to care about Saddam’s brutal track record. All that mattered was that a Republican president got it all wrong, supposedly.

Yet not long after that, we read about a massive chemical weapons attack was narrowly averted in, of all places, Jordan! Despite the large-scale nature of this would-be attack, media coverage was scant.

At the time Jordanian authorities said the weapons came from Syria. This was in 2004. At that same time, took it a step further. My father asked in an article back in 2004, “Have some of Saddam Hussein’s weapons of mass destruction been found in Jordan?”

There had been, after all, several reports in 2003 of significant truck movement between Iraq and Syria just prior to the U.S. invasion. Additional evidence from seized Iraqi documents during the war indicated that Iraq received assistance from Russia in transporting weapons and missile components across the border to Syria. Even one of Saddam’s former generals said he was “absolutely certain” wmd were transferred to Syria just before the war started in 2003.

Today, with Syria engulfed in civil war and Bashar Assad’s regime teetering in the balance, there is an understandable degree of panic about what might happen to Syria’s chemical weapons in the event of a regime change.

Hardly anyone, though, has bothered to ask about how Syria managed to acquire such a massive stockpile of chemical weapons in the first place. Syria’s short-lived nuclear weapons program was obliterated by an Israeli airstrike in 2007. It hasn’t used wmd on its own people like Saddam did. And it certainly hasn’t had the reputation for being a large-scale manufacturer of wmd. Not like Iraq did before 2003.

And yet last month, when Assad’s government acknowledged that it possessed a deadly arsenal of weapons of mass destruction, no one doubted the claim. There were no intelligence reports theorizing that Syria suspended its wmd program years ago—or saying that the stockpiles simply did not exist.

Everyone knows they exist. But no one asks how they got there—because raising that question would expose the media’s shameful record of bias and deception.

Severe Drought Hits Southeast Europe

After the harshest winter in decades, the Balkans in the southeast of Europe is now facing the worst drought in years. Sadly, it will only serve to compound the global effects of America’s current drought.

Nikola Radic, a Serbian farmer, said, “There is no salvation here.” Radic says he “lost hope for salvation even a month ago, and now it’s even worse.”

In some places in Bosnia, the drought is the worst in 40 years.

Record-setting summer temperatures have devastated food and electricity production in the region, which is already badly hit by the global economic crisis.

In Bosnia, the heat has destroyed almost 70 percent of vegetable and corn production, with potato and corn among the worst-affected crops. Most farmers are cutting down their corn crops for livestock feed, but the quality is so poor that most of the parched crop cannot even be used for that.

Crops in Bosnia’s Semberija region are brown and brittle, and some 27,000 acres have been lost in this area alone.

Officials estimate that the drought in Bosnia-Herzegovina will cost the equivalent of half a billion euros.

Farmers are worried that they will not have adequate funds next year to buy seed corn and other investments. One farmer, who is expecting yields of less than a third of the 2011 crop, said that if the drought persists for another year, he will no longer be able to farm.

Farmers are asking for state help, but, with prolonged economic and political crisis placing a strain on national finances, none is coming.

Ljubisav Tomic, a farmer in Bosnia, sayid “This is lost. Only God can help us, only heavens can save us.”

Expect already-high food prices to continue to rise as grain supplies become increasingly depleted.

For a more in-depth look at this and other calamities facing our world today, download our free booklet Why ‘Natural’ Disasters.

Egyptians Protest Morsi’s Power Grab

Opponents and supporters of Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi clashed in Cairo on Friday, throwing projectiles and setting off fireworks.

Hundreds of protesters walked the streets in several Egyptian cities to denounce the country’s Islamist president and his organization, the Muslim Brotherhood.

Some of the 200 or so protesters in Cairo’s Tahrir Square said that the Brotherhood was monopolizing power. They also accused Morsi of exceeding his authority by assuming executive and legislative powers in the absence of parliament.

The protesters also denounced Morsi for forcing several of the military’s top commanders to retire two weeks ago, a move that effectively neutralized what had been a moderating influence from the government.

The rallies were tiny in comparison to the protests that toppled former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak. Yet they marked the first attempt by Morsi’s opponents to make a major statement against him. However, the new, radically Islamist Egypt may not tolerate dissent from within much longer.

Over the last few weeks, Morsi has made bold moves to consolidate his power and to make Egypt’s new government completely Islamist.

For more information on President Morsi and the Egypt’s sudden move to the radical right, read “Egypt: Morsi Sheds His Moderate Cloak.”

When Push Comes to Shove

When Push Comes to Shove

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What will be the end result of Iran’s “pushy” foreign policy?

Over the past several weeks, as Israeli officials have repeatedly threatened to preemptively strike Iran’s nuclear facilities—perhaps even before the U.S. elections in November—Iranian leaders have retaliated by launching one verbal assault after another. On Jerusalem Day last week, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad called for the Zionist regime to be obliterated, saying Israel was an “insult to humanity.” Two days after that, Iran’s supreme leader, Ali Khamenei, referred to Israel as a “cancerous tumor in the heart of the Islamic world.”

Given the heightened tensions over the prospect of a regional war, Iran’s leaders certainly don’t seem to be losing sleep over the possibility of an Israeli strike. On Tuesday, Iranian M.P. Evaz Heydarpur brushed aside Israel’s threats as little more than psychological warfare. And even if Israel does attack, he said, “Iran will not accept any ceasefire request by that regime’s allies and will attack the occupied lands by missiles until all the Zionists die or surrender.”

This is the same pushy spirit of hostility and provocation we now see coming from Egypt. Using a recent spate of terrorist acts as justification, Cairo has been pouring troops, tanks and aircraft into the Sinai Peninsula—a region that has been demilitarized since the Camp David Accords in 1979.

Much to Israel’s dismay, Egypt is now pushing to regain “full sovereignty and control over every inch of Sinai,” to quote one of President Mohammed Morsi’s legal advisers from August 13.

This week, Reuters quoted an Egyptian military official as saying, “We don’t need to issue a daily report to Israel on the operation, as it is a matter of sovereignty and national security.”

Last week, Morsi fired all of the Mubarak loyalists left in Egypt’s military leadership—including the defense minister, the army chief of staff and the top commanders of the navy, air defense and air force—and replaced them with people like Mohamed Rifaat el-Tahtawi, who once described Israel as the “greatest threat” to the security of Egypt.

Of course, the backdrop behind Egypt’s astonishing transformation tells more about the story than any of these specific events. As Joel Hilliker reminded us on Wednesday, the Bible prophesied thousands of years ago that Egypt would take a radical turn for the worse in these latter days and ultimately fall under the powerful influence of Iran’s region-wide dominance.

Evidence of this fulfilled prophecy was captured beautifully on tape during an Islamic summit in Saudi Arabia on August 14. The revealing footage shows an Iranian president and his Egyptian counterpart warmly embracing at the start of the summit. Within days of this diplomatic first, Morsi then accepted an invitation to attend another summit in Tehran, scheduled for next week. It will be the first time in 32 years that an Egyptian head of state visits Iran.

“Watch for Cairo to distance itself from America,” my father wrote in early 2006. “Should the MB ever take control, there is no doubt that a strong alliance between Iran and Egypt will be built.”

That prophecy has been fulfilled, which is why Egypt is now pushing hard against Israel in the Sinai.

Of course, Israel isn’t the only nation on the receiving end of Iran’s pushy foreign policy. In Afghanistan, a U.S.-led coalition is facing a surge of terrorist acts, even as it prepares to abandon all combat operations by the end of 2014.

This week, U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey, met with U.S. and Afghan officials in Afghanistan to discuss ways to curb the recent increase in violence. Ironically, during Dempsey’s stay, his plane was damaged after militants fired rockets at the airfield where it had been parked.

In the Nimroz province of Afghanistan, also this week, there was a series of bomb attacks that killed 28 people. Afghanistan’s spy agency later killed two of the suspects and captured three others. All five of them were Iranian citizens.

Of greater concern to coalition forces than the Iranian-backed terrorist strikes is the alarming increase of “green-on-blue” attacks—when Afghan “partners” target U.S. soldiers and their allies. The latest attack happened on Sunday, when a man wearing an Afghan police uniform fatally shot an unsuspecting international coalition member. It was the tenth such killing in the last two weeks and the thirtieth attack of its kind so far this year. Several other government agents and nato forces have been gunned down or killed in bombing attacks in recent weeks—all by supposed friendlies. Americans and their allies are becoming victims of the very forces they have helped train and equip over the last several years.

Here again, back in 2003, Trumpet editor in chief Gerald Flurry correctly predicted the failed outcome of the ongoing wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Until America confronted the true origin of state-sponsored terror, he said, we would never win the war against terrorism. That head of the terrorist snake—Iran—is already looking to fill the void left by America’s evacuation in Afghanistan, just as it has in Iraq.

With Iran’s aggressive foreign policy steadily pushing its way into every corner of the Middle East, its no wonder Israel wants to take action. But in some ways, Israel’s threats against Tehran—even if Israel follows through on those threats—might distract us from other, far more consequential events, prophetically speaking.

Daniel 11:40 shows that Europe, not Israel or the United States, will ultimately smash the Iran-led “king of the south.” The Bible also indicates that this spectacular clash between the European “king of the north” and radical Islam will primarily revolve around Jerusalem. And the division of Jerusalem, as foretold in Zechariah 14:1-2, will be the spark that ignites the next worldwide war.

So while the world remains distracted with the threats flying back and forth between Israel and Iran, watch Europe. There, you will see a European power bloc quietly uniting in the background with Germany at its head. When Iran has finally pushed to the limit, this European power block will swoop in from the sidelines and obliterate Iran and its allies “like a whirlwind,” just as Daniel prophesied.

Neo-Nazis ‘Winning’ in Parts of Germany: Spiegel

Neo-Nazis ‘Winning’ in Parts of Germany: Spiegel

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Authorities in Germany have failed to squelch neo-Nazism in eastern parts of the nation and the public remains indifferent, Spiegel Online reported Tuesday. “In eastern Germany, the neo-Nazis are winning,” the German publication wrote.

Although raids against German neo-Nazi cells are not uncommon, media pundits say authorities have been unsuccessful in the greater battle against the nation’s right-wing extremism, which has intensified particularly in depopulated rural regions of the east where neo-Nazis organize local youth activities and sports events, and even sit on city councils.

Germany’s center-left Süddeutsche Zeitung explained the severity of the problem, saying, “In eastern Germany non-white minorities make up just 1 percent of the population. Eastern Germany, excluding Berlin, is largely free of foreigners. The biggest success of the neo-Nazis in Germany is not their presence in regional parliaments but this fact: Among immigrants, eastern Germany is seen as a no-go area. The state and the police haven’t managed to change the climate in two decades.”

Germany’s domestic intelligence agency released a report in July saying that while the overall membership of neo-Nazi groups in Germany dropped from 25,000 in 2010 to 22,400 last year, the number of far-right extremists ready to use violence increased from 9,500 to 9,800. So, while the overall numbers may be declining, the number of those radical enough to take up arms is rising.

But, far more significant than these four- and five-digit numbers of extremists, are the millions of Germans who remain silent over the neo-Nazi violence. German society’s reticence over right-wing extremism equates to its tacit approval. German society and politicians commonly ignore the everyday racist violence that has converted many areas in eastern parts of the country into no-go zones for racial minorities. Germany’s general lack of will to eradicate neo-Nazi groups is the massive core of the problem.

The Berlin daily Der Tagesspiegel decried the silence of German citizens, saying, “Ordinary citizens still often look away when someone gives the Hitler salute on the village green and calls for a ‘Nationally Liberated Zone.’ By remaining silent, they are relinquishing their own hard-fought freedom.”

To understand the significance of the deafening silence of most Germans regarding far-right violence, read Germany and the Holy Roman Empire.

Take a Spin Around the Ophel Excavation

My amateur camera work may not rival the stunning virtual tour of Armstrong Auditorium, but this 360-degree view through the lens of my camcorder may help to familiarize you with the area surrounding the Ophel excavation site in Jerusalem. Day 2 is in the books and, like yesterday, there was a lot more heavy lifting. The site now shuts down for the next two days. Then, on Sunday, the excavation crew doubles in size—from about 25 to 50—and the actual digging begins!