- Though the 265,000 troops alerted for mobilization in
preparation for an attack on Iraq may seem like ominous news, what is not
publicized at this point is even more telling. These troops have only been
alerted, whereas if US haz-mat (Hazardous Material) teams specializing
in nuclear, biological, and chemical decontamination and clean up, have
already been issued their orders and sent to the Mid-East, they are not
just positioned and ready to respond in Iraq, but would also seem to be
set up in preparation for an Iraqi attack against Israel.
- What US Defence and Intelligence Officials are Saying
- According to AP journalist John J Lumpkin, Intelligence
and defense officials aren't expecting long range attacks as Iraqi retaliation,
but they do expect attack against advancing US ground troops and missile
attacks upon Israel. The chemical agents would be used to thwart the advance
of US troops, killing thousands within minutes while causing confusion
in the ranks as they scramble to decontaminate and bring back the dead.
A scud missile attack containing biological agents would likely be used
only if Saddam felt he was about to be removed from power. Iraq is suspected
of having abundant supplies of biological agents such as anthrax, and botulinum,
as well as deadly chemical agents from mustard, VX, tabun and sarin gasses.
- A Flip-Flop in Stances
- President Bush has already made clear that if there were
such Iraqi reprisals against Israel as a result of a US attack against
Saddam Hussein, Israel will respond in an appropriate manner. This is as
good as telling Israel to respond. For decades now only threats of withdrawing
economic and military aid have kept Israel from responding in many cases.
Being a nuclear power, this could have disastrous results.
- Israeli Prime Minister Sharon recently met with President
Bush asking $10 billion in aid, and since has also met with a Chinese delegation.
- In light of G.W. Bush's seeming approval of such action
one would do good to compare the actions of his father, former president
Bush when he found himself leading the nation into a similar situation.
One glaring difference was that the former president used every bit of
leverage at his disposal to prevent Israel from retaliatory measures. Sorely
losing his war effort, in a last ditch attempt Saddam sent scud missiles
into Israeli cities endeavoring to draw them into the war thus turning
it into a "holy war" thereby breaking up Bush's Arab alliance,
pitting Arabs against Israelis. Acknowledging the brilliance and popularity
of the collective group of men involved in strategizing this present preparation
for war the question begs to be asked, why do we have such a drastic departure
from common sense strategy that is already proven effective?
- A Hidden Agenda
- For decades now great men from every great nation have
attempted to do the impossible and bring peace to the Middle East. As time
has gone by resulting in only window dressing victories and nothing substantial,
these same great men have left with nothing but frustration and just enough
empty promises to keep some of them from coming home completely embarrassed.
- As the presidency of Bill Clinton drew close to an end
he made frantic efforts to bring peace to the Palestinians and Israel.
An exciting and promising breakthrough seemed to be in the making for Clinton
as Ehud Barak agreed to nearly all the Palestinian demands. In writing
he had agreed to turn over much of the West Bank and half of Jerusalem
to create the coveted Palestinian State, even agreeing to allow Palestinians
to keep control of the even more coveted Temple Mount where stands the
mosque of Omar. Clinton's frustration reached an ultimate climax however
when Palestinian leader Yassar Arrafat rejected the overwhelming victory
he claimed for 30 years to be fighting for.
- Enter G.W. Bush. The popularity of our president flourished
after the 9-11 disaster. This came at a time when it should have been destroyed
due to the Enron scandal. Then when news began breaking concerning the
fact that the justice department (and therefore president Bush) had prior
knowledge of the events of 9-11, and that Bush and his father are very
closely tied to the Bin-Ladin family, we had the war against terrorism
declared. Now that the Taliban have been ousted we are currently setting
our sites on Iraq and North Korea as the presidents popularity polls begin
to reflect a slight drop in confidence. At one time having an approval
rate of 98%, depending on the poll, his rating is now in the low 60's with
nothing foreseen to rally it to its once nearly unanimous positive nod.
- President Bush has kept up his busy agenda at a furious
pace that many liken to warmongering. It can be assumed this is his Clintonesque
strategy of slight of hand distraction to remove public thought from concentrating
upon and criticizing his apparent indiscretions.
- His plans to oust the Taliban were a complete success
as perfectly detailed and well thought out plans were followed. One would
expect that his plans concerning Iraq to be as well thought out and it
is obvious we will to a great extent require the blessing of the surrounding
Arab nations. Though Hussein has many enemies in the Arab world, Israel
entering the war could destabilize an alliance with the Arabs. It is a
sure bet that Israel will be attacked if we attack Iraq, and we can only
assume that Bush realizes the disastrous results of Israeli retaliation.
- A SCENARIO
- One possible scenario could involve a biological attack
against Israel by Iraq in the effort to bring them into the war, with Israel
responding by way of a tactical nuclear attack against Baghdad. This could
be expected to cause a Muslim uprising which would require more US and
UN involvement. The end result would be a fulfillment of Ezekiel 17:13-14
where the Israeli leader is brought to the nation of the great eagle and
forced under threat of annihilation to sign the mid eastern treaty. There
will obviously be a raging of many nations against Israel for such an action,
but in Sharon's rage, with US permission, it is a very likely move. The
currant treaty will split Israel to create a new Palestinian State. It
will likely as well allow for the rebuilding of the Zionist Temple as a
means of appeasement. By fulfilling the prophecy of Revelation 11:1-2 and
leaving out the court of the gentiles, the new temple could very well stand
alongside the Muslim Mosque currently occupying the temple mount. With
Bush's popularity beginning to decline, this could be the very feather
in the cap he is seeking to go down in history as the greatest president,
statesman, and perhaps man, to have ever tread foot on the earth.
- IN CONCLUSION
- It certainly looks as though Bush is setting the stage.
In recent weeks Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon has met both with President
Bush and a delegation of Chinese. Also in recent weeks Bush has met with
several delegations from nations around the world, all the while downplaying
them and they have received very little publicity. Amazingly, the fact
that Bush has backpedaled on Taiwan, exhorting them not to seek independence
from China, has received almost no media attention. Why suddenly give up
this valuable Ally, unless there was something in it for us? And just what
is in it for us? We could certainly expect China to intervene against Israel
if there was an Israeli strike against Baghdad. Will it cost the independence
of Taiwan to keep them from striking back at Israel? Indeed we can expect
international threat against Israel if this scenario comes to pass, but
perhaps it will be just enough threat to cause a public and international
outcry to force the finalization of a treaty between Palestinians and Jews.
- It is possible that this is Bush's plan for encouraging
an Israeli strike, to boost his popularity, insure his next presidency,
and bring the world closer to economic and political unity. He would then
be known as the man who brought peace to the Middle East. If the temple
is to be rebuilt to stand side by side with the Mosque, this also could
be his chosen symbol to glorify what will be perceived as his greatness.