Iran: Israel Has ‘No Roots’ in Middle Eastern History

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad declared on Tuesday that Israel has no place in the Middle East, and only a recent and insignificant history in the region.

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, president of Iran, said, “What are they? What are these Zionists? Put the world map in front of you, put an atlas in front of you. Iran has been Iran for the last 7-10,000 years. They have been occupying those territories for the last 60, 70 years with the support and force of the Westerners. They have no roots there in history.”

The Iranian president made the remarks at a news conference on the first full day of his visit to New York for the annual United Nations General Assembly. Back in 2005, Ahmadinejad called Israel a “tumor” and repeated the words of former Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khomeini, saying the Jewish nation should be wiped off the map.

Trumpet editor in chief Gerald Flurry has pointed to Iran’s belligerence as one indication of a rapidly approaching clash of civilizations. In 2006, he explained that Ahmadinejad believes he was given his presidency in order to provoke a seismic clash that will hasten the return of Shia Islam’s messianic figure. Ahmadinejad’s anti-Israel statements on Tuesday provide fresh evidence of Iran’s obstinate hatred for the Jewish nation. Despite a swelling pile of archeological evidence proving Jewish claims to Israel, Iran maintains relentless defiance on the matter. To understand where these sobering trends are leading, read “A Clash of Civilizations Is Imminent.”

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Siemens Accused of Sabotaging Iranian Nuclear Equipment

Siemens Accused of Sabotaging Iranian Nuclear Equipment

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Iran is accusing German engineering and electronics company Siemens of booby-trapping devices it has purchased for its nuclear program.

Iranian lawmaker and chairman of the Committee for Foreign Policy and National Security, Alaeddin Boroujerdi, said on Saturday that intelligence and security officials detected and defused miniature explosives inside devices consigned for Iran’s nuclear program. The explosives were intended to detonate after being put to use and sabotage its nuclear program, “but the wisdom of our experts thwarted the enemy conspiracy,” Boroujerdi said. Iran has demanded Siemens be held accountable for its actions, but the German giant has flatly denied having “any business ties with Iran’s nuclear program” and that it “does not supply any technical equipment for it.”

Siemens is well known as a proxy for German intelligence. It designed and built Iran’s nuclear installation under a deal struck before the 1979 Islamic revolution. After the revolution, Siemens claims to have ceased dealing with Iran in its nuclear program, and a Russian company took over. However, Siemens equipment has been finding its way into Iran’s nuclear facilities nonetheless, some perhaps through second and third parties. Even the Stuxnet computer worm that affected Iran’s nuclear operations in 2010 was designed to infect Siemens’ computer systems, and Iran’s nuclear control systems are Siemens-designed.

In addition to these Siemens accusations, Iran has also made accusations of the iaea being infiltrated by “terrorists and saboteurs,” who share secrets with Iran’s enemies. It has also accused the United States, Israel and Britain of assassinating its nuclear scientists and researchers, all in an effort to stall Iran’s nuclear program. If Iran’s accusations are true, then these attacks are not stopping Iran. If false, then Iran could be “searching for a pretext in order to avoid control inspections by the iaea and to quickly build an atomic bomb,” as a German-Iranian expert told the Jerusalem Post.

To understand how Iran’s nuclear crisis will be solved, read “The Ostrich, the Warriors and the Whirlwind.”

Message of Peace for Sri Lanka From Herbert W. Armstrong

Message of Peace for Sri Lanka From Herbert W. Armstrong

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President J.R. Jayawardene, Prime Minister Ranasinghe Premadasa and the unofficial ambassador’s unforgettable anti-terrorism press conference

Billions of dollars, pounds and euros have been spent in vain to win this world’s war on terror. nato, the United Nations, the G-20 and other government conferences and summits have been convened for decades to address the subjects of human survival and the global proliferation of nuclear weapons.

Was it worth it? Have those efforts succeeded? Have we enhanced the prospects for global peace, happiness, joy and productivity as a result? The answer is a glaringly obvious no!

In 1985, the government of Sri Lanka invited unofficial ambassador for world peace Herbert W. Armstrong to visit the country. At the time of the visit, hundreds had been killed and wounded in factional conflicts, and the balmy breezes of peace in the tropical island nation had given way to the fracturing storms of violence. Then President J.R. Jayawardene wanted to speak with Mr. Armstrong in private meetings in his office, host a tour of the government’s expansion projects and have Mr. Armstrong speak as a special guest at a press conference addressing the country’s battle against separatist terrorist elements and the future prospects for peace.

Often world leaders would invite Mr. Armstrong to visit their country, attend private meetings in their office and later speak at an invitation-only dinner meeting of top political and business leaders. However, in Sri Lanka Mr. Armstrong also spoke directly to radio, tv and newspaper reporters and fielded their questions, objections and statements with unequivocal directness as to why the island nation could not attain peace.

Mr. Armstrong stated:

All our problems are caused by human nature, and human nature is essentially selfish. Now I can explain those things and say that it comes from self-interest, from a spirit of competition—always from a spirit of interest of oneself or one’s party, or one’s race, or one’s religion or whatever one is a member of. But we are living in a competitive world, a world that is based fundamentally on the philosophy of get.And so we still do not have peace, because people still do not know the way to peace. The way to peace is having concern for your fellow man. The way to peace is love. The way to peace is cooperation and helping one another and having a loving concern for the good of other people, and that gets into human nature.Now I cannot change human nature; I can talk about it and explain, and I can give the reason, but every one of you must make up your own mind what you’re going to do—I can’t make up your mind for you, and that’s the same for everybody else on Earth. I can’t make up the minds of other people. I can only make up my mind of what I want to do.But I can explain the truth and the cause of wars and the way to world peace. And it will not come until mankind comes to have love for his neighbor, and today man doesn’t love his neighbor. Nations don’t love other nations—they love their own nation. And so we have competition, and that leads often to war, and individuals come to what you’re having here right now—the kind of violence that is coming as terrorism. And terrorism comes in the same way as war, from the wrong attitude of mind.The wrong desire of just selfishness and opposition toward other people and wanting to use force of some kind to have your own way against other people. I don’t have a magic wand. I can’t just wave a magic wand and say the world has peace. I can’t bring it about that way. I have to look at the facts as they are and the facts are human nature.

Then followed a lively interchange between the reporters and Mr. Armstrong:

Reporter: But I feel that what you have just said is only philosophy and does not offer any solution to our problems. How will that produce peace now?Mr. Armstrong: It won’t produce peace now. I’m just telling you the facts of what will produce peace and I say to you that we human beings are not going to produce peace. I think that all religions at least know that there is a higher power. Many of them don’t know what that higher power is. They don’t have it defined because they don’t know. But there is a higher power, and that higher power is going to have to come and bring us peace. We’re not going to bring peace, but the great Creator God is going to have to intervene and bring us peace if He has to force it upon us. And that’s the way peace is finally going to come.Reporter: As for Sri Lanka, we have prayed to God to solve our infinite problem, but I don’t think even God can promote peace in this country.Mr. Armstrong: I say to you that God could intervene right now, but that is not His will to do that. I can tell you that He is not going to intervene right now. He’s going to let us learn some lessons. Human beings do not know that they should love their fellow man, and so we go about loving our own selves instead of our fellow man—and God is going to let us punish ourselves and bring about wars and kill so many people it will come to the place where we would destroy every man, woman and child on the face of the Earth. The weapons of mass destruction now exist. The United States has them, the Soviet Union has them, France has them, China has them, other nations are beginning to have nuclear weapons, and a nuclear war could erase all human life from this Earth.Conditions are going to come and men are going to go on fighting one another and men are going to go on—I can’t change their minds and no other man can change their minds, and men are going to have to learn that lesson. They are going to come to the place where they would destroy the last man, woman and child on Earth. Then the supreme God is going to intervene before that happens, and He is not going to intervene until that—until we learn our lesson. Humanity won’t learn. I can tell you the way to peace but you won’t believe me. You men right here won’t believe me! The world won’t believe me, and I can’t bring peace unless you would believe me, and you won’t. I’m speaking very plainly. I represent that higher power, and I know what He proposes, and I know what He is going to do. He won’t do it until we have punished ourselves to the place where we’re willing to submit to Him. The trouble is, neither side in this problem that you’re having right now is willing to submit to that higher power, and as long as you won’t you’re going to fight and have trouble. And we’re going to have to come to the place where we have to rely on Him to do it for us.

Mr. Armstrong then went on to visit with Prime Minister Ranasinghe Premadasa in Colombo, where he explained the purpose of the Ambassador Foundation (replaced today by the Armstrong International Cultural Foundation). “I am sure you understand the Ambassador Foundation is not religious; it’s neither political or religious—it’s separate. It is supported by the church, but it is not religious in itself at all. And even the church is not proselytizing and seeking members. So we have nothing to gain—but perhaps we might have something to give.”

Prime Minister Premadasa responded, “And the more you give, you get.” Mr. Armstrong replied, “That’s right. Well, as has been said, it is more blessed to give than to receive.”

“That is so,” agreed the prime minister. “If you endeavor to gain, you won’t get anything.” Mr. Armstrong then summed up: “I think that’s the basis of the trouble in the world. The people in the world are all trying to gain and to get, and not share. But sharing and giving is by far better, and will lead to peace instead of troubles. If people had more concern for others than themselves and we weren’t competitive, and cooperative and helpful to one another we’d have peace.”

Mr. Premadasa agreed openly with Mr. Armstrong’s stated solutions to winning the war on terror and the way to peaceful coexistence for not only Sri Lankans but all citizens of the world. He showed his appreciation for Mr. Armstrong’s visit by stating: “We are very thankful to you taking time out and visiting our country to discuss matters with us and for the great service you are rendering to mankind.”

So many of the emperors, kings, queens, princes, presidents and prime ministers Mr. Armstrong met between 1945 and his death in 1986 appreciated the service he rendered to mankind and earnestly desired his work to continue.

The inspired solutions to the elimination of terror given freely by an ambassador for world peace go unheeded by mankind.

Today, 26 years following the death of Herbert Armstrong, our editor in chief Gerald Flurry continues that same “great service” being rendered to mankind through the work of the Armstrong International Cultural Foundation, of which he is both founder and chairman. In his declaration as to the reasons for the existence of the foundation, Gerald Flurry states,

We are an international humanitarian organization, dedicated to serving the cultural and educational needs of people everywhere. The concept behind all of the foundation’s goals and activities is twofold: 1) that man is a unique being, possessing vast mental, physical and spiritual potentials—the development of which should be aided and encouraged, and 2) that it is the responsibility of all men to attend to and care for the needs of their fellow men, a precept professed by the vast majority of religions of the world—appropriately summed up in three biblical words: “Love thy neighbor.” Out of this understanding we seek to aid and support projects around the world without respect to race or religion.

In his article “Why We Cannot Win the War Against Terrorism,” Mr. Flurry wrote, “History teaches us some powerful lessons—if we are willing to learn. For example, history teaches us that we cannot win our war against terrorism. We can learn some essential lessons about our future through history. History is a wonderful teacher. So we’ll start there. Then we can move on to a far greater teacher of why we can’t conquer terrorism ….”

Even as Herbert Armstrong predicted, today the world is a far more dangerous place, with nuclear proliferation having expanded to at least 18 countries with Iran adding itself to that number. The bitter fruits of the rise of terrorism that have been produced since Mr. Armstrong’s death show us that mankind did not listen to his words of warning, just as he said they would not. Teetering on the brink of cosmocide, man still believes he can find a better way, a solution to save the world from itself.

Yet, as Mr. Armstrong and Mr. Flurry have declared, there is real hope ahead, through the prophesied, imminent, direct intervention of Almighty God in human affairs. Mr. Flurry wrote: “But even if we don’t change our evil ways, this is all leading directly to the return of Jesus Christ. That is the best possible news this world could ever hear! This evil world of terrorism and war is about to end forever. It will soon be replaced by a world full of prosperity and peace. Then all mankind will understand and be fulfilling their incredible human potential.”

‘It Feels Like the End Times’

‘It Feels Like the End Times’

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Increasingly you hear it in café conversations, and read it in the media: ‘It feels like the end times.’

I like Ben Stein.

I’ve never met him, yet I feel I know him from his regular homilies in the American Spectator.

Ben seems like a very practical, down-to-earth fellow. A decent chap, as human beings go.

But a new note of concern has crept into Ben Stein’s writings recently, born not only of his own down-to-earth observations, but also those of the average Joe and Jill from the street.

In three articles this month, Ben has referred to the end times. Not only that. He’s expressed his own feeling that we are living through those very end times today.

In his September 14 piece, Ben described how his day opened:

At breakfast, my wife suddenly said, “And then I beheld a red horse ridden by a man with a great sword ….””What is that?” I asked her.”It’s Revelation,” she said.”I know, but where does that come from?””I just feel as if something big is about to happen,” she said. “Something feels like we’re about to live in a totally changed world. It feels like end times. Why are we apologizing to the Muslims? They’re killing and expelling their Christians and we don’t say a word. End times.”I nodded. There is that feeling in the air.

Later that morning, Ben had an exchange with a restaurateur who opined, “These are getting to be biblical days,” he said. “The final days.”

In his piece of yesterday’s date, Ben mused, “[T]hese do not feel like normal days. They feel like latter days.”

Qualifying that statement, Ben Stein concluded:

There is just a feeling in the air, a look in the sky at dusk, a look on people’s faces. Fear is everywhere. … When the American media turns its back on our own religions of tolerance and adores a religion of intolerance, times are upside down. The msm [mainstream media] says it’s all fine, trust The Prince of Grant Park, Chicago. But I have always preferred the admonition, “Put not your trust in princes.” Something is wrong.

It sure is, Ben.

But the hope is in what follows.

Something is wrong, very, very wrong, and it’s been shaping up for a grand climax at the close of this great age of wrongness for centuries—even for millennia. But it’s all about to come crashing down—SUDDENLY!

The prophecies of your Bible declare it.

The abject moral poverty of the Washington administration as demonstrated in its shameful inaction to the rash of murdered diplomats at the hands of those perverse Islamic extremist hate mongers is about to be avenged by the only One qualified to exact perfect, righteous vengeance—“Vengeance is mine; I will repay saith the Lord” (Romans 12:19).

Events in the Middle East are building toward an explosive end which will see an international force from one of the historically most cruelly crusading regimes, a resurrected Holy Roman Empire, surrounding Jerusalem: “But when you see Jerusalem surrounded by armies, then recognize that her desolation is near” (Luke 21:20).

That great event prophesied by Jesus Christ is oh! so close now!

And in that lies the hope. For as your Savior declared, “And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh” (Luke 21:28).

Yes, Ben. It sure feels like the end times, for, of a truth, the signs are that we are living right now amid those prophesied “latter days” of the end times!

Yet in those very signs lays the greatest hope of all—the end of those latter days heralds a much, much greater new beginning! (Daniel 2:44).

Read our booklet The Wonderful World Tomorrow—What It Will Be Like for true insight into the new beginning that follows the last days of this age.

China Threatens to Pull Pin on Global Economic Hand Grenade

China Threatens to Pull Pin on Global Economic Hand Grenade

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Is China’s threatened bond attack on Japan a warning for America?

A senior adviser to the Chinese government has called for an economic attack on Japan’s bond market to crash the yen and drive the country into submission, reported the Telegraph on September 18.

The threat comes as Japan and China vie over ownership of the Senkaku group of islands located between the two nations.

Jin Baisong, who holds a position at a branch of China’s Commerce Ministry, noted that China has become Japan’s most important creditor. China should use its $230 billion of Japanese bonds “in the most effective manner” and ignite a budgetary debt bomb in its eastern neighbor, he said.

He also indicated that China should starve Japan of rare earth elements. China supplies around 95 percent of the world’s rare earth metals, which are used in many hi-tech applications including military machinery. “It’s clear that China can deal a heavy blow to the Japanese economy without hurting itself too much,” he said.

Jin’s threats may be directed at Tokyo, but America should take note because they could just as easily be aimed at the Red, White and Blue—and maybe they are.

Let’s pretend that China did follow through with its threat and dumped its mass of Japanese bonds. What would happen? It would completely flood the market. The unbending laws of supply and demand would kick in, causing prices to hit the dirt and interest rates to blow sky high.

Japan’s response would dictate how far the economic shrapnel spreads. The Japanese government could react with its economic Gatling guns by opening up the printing presses and paying China back with newly created money. Although politically satisfying, this would have negative and immediate implications for the value of the yen. $230 billion worth of newly created yen would spike the money supply, causing its value to implode. China would get its money, but it wouldn’t be worth as much as it thought. It could also be hugely damaging to the yen’s reputation. If confidence in the yen breaks, Japan will feel like it has been carpet-bombed with inflation.

Alternatively, and more likely, Japan could play hot potato with the live grenade.

America owes Japan more than $1.1 trillion. If Japan sells a portion of its U.S. government bonds to pay China, then instead of Japan having a yen problem, America may have a dollar problem.

Washington can’t afford to ignore this growing dispute between China and Japan.

Under President Obama, America has publicized its Pacific Maritime strategy as the cornerstone of its defense policy. Under this reorientation of American power, America is working to string together the various smaller Pacific nations into an economic and military alignment against China. In this context, America has often referred to its ally Japan and its many islands as its “unsinkable aircraft carrier” in the region. Japan is America’s most important Asian ally.

If America does not strongly back Japan, it risks having its Pacific strategy revealed as an empty shell. If China can force Japan to back down, it will be a huge signal for other Southeast Asian nations to submit to China. Japan’s only other choice would be rearmament. To this point, Japan has opted for a small military in exchange for American support. If U.S. support is ever seen as unreliable, Japan will be forced to re-militarize. A rearmed Japan will be much more independent and less America-centric in its policies.

Yet America has to be very careful in its dealings with China too. America conducts 2½ times more trade with China than it does with Japan. The U.S. federal government has also borrowed a whopping $1.3 trillion from China (and Hong Kong). China also owns another half trillion or so in other U.S. dollar debt assets.

China has its fingers on the pin of a much bigger hand grenade.

And there is no doubt that China considers America’s debt as a weapon to be used too. Back in 2007, Xia Bin, a cabinet-rank minister, stated that China’s foreign reserves should be employed as a “bargaining chip” in trade talks with the U.S. That same year, as China and America hammered out a trade deal, He Fan, an official at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, went even further, warning that China could obliterate the greenback if it so desired. “China has accumulated a large sum of U.S. dollars. Such a big sum … contributes a great deal to maintaining the position of the dollar as a reserve currency,” he said. If China’s central bank is forced to dump its U.S. currency, it “might lead to a mass depreciation of the dollar,” he said. China’s state media describes China’s huge dollar holdings as a weapon. In the past, it has referred to America’s debt pile as China’s “nuclear option,” indicating Beijing could easily trigger a dollar meltdown of massive proportions if it needed to.

America faces some tough choices. Watch to see how its massive debt leads to a weakness that will alienate its allies. America is about to lose a lot more influence within the Asia Pacific. Whether China drives Japan into submission, or causes Japan to seek military independence from Washington, America risks being effectively driven back to the beaches of Darwin and Pearl Harbor.

China has got its fingers on a global economic hand grenade, and things may be about to get ugly.