Yes! I believe she will.
Forgive me, but I cannot SEE Israel sitting around waiting on the Europeans, the Americans and the UN and the IAEA to do something about Iran… much longer.
The Israelis see all this “jaw-jawing” as just what it is… putting off an impending event. Israel cannot afford to wait. Their very lives depend on the nuclear facilities of Iran being taken out.
Any morning now, I expect to awaken to news reports that unmarked aircraft conducted massive bombing raids over Iran and immense damage was done to Iran’s nuclear factories and research plants. Of course, there will be a slew of reports of collateral damage. The Mainstream Media, in order to be sure we all understand, will report the deaths of uncounted women and children by these dastardly phantoms of the air!
Now… this is going to happen! I see no way of preventing it now, at all. The US has only two choices … they are… to be ahead of the curve… or behind it. With, or without US help, Israel is going to defend itself and if that means pre-emptive air attacks on Iran and the use of Israeli nuclear weapons, then so be it.
There is now concern that an Obama Administration will not allow Israel to fly through Iraqi airspace, a route the IAF needs to get to Iran, drop their payloads, and get back to Israel.
Some time ago, I read an unconfirmed report concerning an Israeli plan to force their way through Iraqi airspace by taking on US air forces in air to air combat in order to allow enough of their bomb laden aircraft to get through to Iraq and bomb Iran’s nuclear facilities. It is understood by the Israeli airmen that if such a mission is undertaken by the IAF it will be considered a suicide mission.
The tiny country of Israel is sort of like Fort Apache. It’s surrounded by hostiles and it cannot survive a first strike. It has no choice but to strike first and continue the strikes as long as it takes to remove the threat. They cannot consider what the US wants, nor Great Britain, no the Europeans, nor the UN. This is THEIR LIVES they will be defending.
Within 24 hours of the nation of Israel being created by the United Nations she was attacked by hordes of Muslims. She fought them off and has continued to fight them off throughout their history.
Israel has stated publicly that she will not hesitate to use nuclear weapons IF she believes her chances of survival are slim to none otherwise.
The remainder of the world had best prepare. All the negotiations, underway now, and all the posturing by the diplomats of the world, are accomplishing absolutely nothing. As soon as Israel feels the time is right, they will strike.
We wish them every success. We pray God that He will, once again, come to the aid of His people and extend His arm of protection over the brave pilots who will participate in the raid.
J. D. Longstreet
A House Divided Against Itself Cannot Stand.
By J. D. Longstreet
“And Jesus knew their thoughts, and said unto them, Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand”. From the Bible, Matthew 12:25.
The schism that slices through America today has been widening since the 19th century. Little by little, decade-by-decade, year-by-year it has continued to get ever wider and ever deeper. It has nothing to do with geography. It has nothing to do with slavery… and, yet, it has everything to do with slavery.
What, you say? Didn’t we put the slavery issue to rest with a war in the 1860’s? The truthful answer is NO, we did not. We put to rest the issue of whether or not a man could hold another man in bondage in this country. What we did not put to rest, however, is the question of whether this country’s government could hold its citizens in bondage.
The founders of this country intended to set up a government with very little power. They intended the government to have only the power the citizens allowed it to have. Almost instantly the power struggle began between those who wanted a strong central government and those who wanted strong states and a weak central government. After all, it was The States that created the Federal Government… as a utility of the states. Not the other way around. Look it up.
In 1860 there were 33 states in the so-called United States of America. I do mean “so-called” because they were anything but UNITED. By the spring of 1861 thirteen of those states had had enough of being dictated to by a dictatorial federal government wielding powers the constitution did not grant it, so they waved goodbye and took their leave of the United States. They created a country of their own with a constitution (mostly copied from the original constitution of the US) and they became a separate country.
A few Americans today actually know what caused that split. A handful of Americans understand what the ensuing war was fought about
A few million Americans still feel the sting of being forced, at the point of a government bayonet, to be a part of a country their ancestors had forsaken in order to set up a government in the image of the government the Founding Fathers of America had given the United States.
A few million Americans who either live in, or hail from, the only portion of this country to ever be invaded, conquered, and occupied by a foreign power, understand what is happening in America today, not because we learned it in school, no… because we learned it from the stories our families have handed down from generation to generation and from our own research into what happened to a country which had, less than a hundred years before, won it’s Independence from the Mother Country. We are scattered all over America today. We see where America is headed… and we fear for our fellow Americans because they/we are not ready for the cost of what is about to happen to her. None of us are. What America is facing, in the next few years, will make the American Civil War seem like a Sunday School picnic.
Yes, I am referring to SLAVERY. Voluntary slavery to begin with… then involuntary slavery… when it is then too late. The socially accepted word for it these days is… SOCIALISM.
In just a few days Americans will go to the polls to exercise a right granted them by their states… not the federal government. The issue we will be voting for, or against, is slavery. Whether America should stay free, or whether America should give up the freedom so many have fought, bled, and died for, and assume the yoke and chains of slavery under socialism.
Make no mistake. SOCIALISM IS SLAVERY. Under socialism you will give up all your rights… all your freedom for security guaranteed by the Central Government. Believe me, if you think democracy is expensive; wait ‘til you have to pay for all those FREE programs.
All my instincts tell me that Americans are willing to give up everything for the promise of security. Of all things “un-American”… that is the MOST un-American. But, that is what I expect to happen on Election Day.
Do not expect the half of the country who stands solidly against socialism to go along, quietly, into the self inflicted slavery of this hell-spawned form of government we call socialism.
If the country votes in favor of socialism, on November 4th, all bets are off. The word “United” can be dropped from the country’s name. The country will be torn in two. And there will be no compromise. It cannot be healed, ever, again. Two peoples, this diametrically opposed, cannot share the same space. Only the most naive among us cannot understand where this argument over how we are to be governed will eventually wind up. Americans have been there before. More Americans died in the first American Civil War than in all the wars in which America has fought since her founding. And today, at least half of this country is deadly in earnest about their love of freedom and are willing to sacrifice, as their forefathers did, to preserve it.
Yes, we are in dangerous times. Extremely dangerous. If you have not taken the time to consider, seriously, how you will vote then may we suggest you do so, and do so prayerfully.
J. D. Longstreet
The Beauty of the Scriptures is Lost! … By: J. D. Longstreet
My favorite translation of the Bible is the Revised Standard… and second, the American Standard..
As a youth, in grammar school, I read the bible from cover to cover. The King James edition, I might add. I was enthralled with the beauty of the near poetical rhythm of the scripture as it flowed.
I was brought up in a church, which stressed knowledge of the scriptures. And so… I learned them. That scripture has served me well over some 65 years of life and I’m sure it will serve me until my death.
Now, having said all that, I have to tell you the new translations leave me cold. There is no beauty, there is no poetry, there is no rhythm, and there certainly is nothing to draw a reader to the pages. (Now there is the new GREEN BIBLE.)
For thirty years I made my living with the spoken, and written, word. I know a little something about words and stringing them together to create a visual image in minds of the listener or reader.
As my wife prepared the bulletins to be used in her church services, for the various Christmas services, she asked me to proof read them. I did. But as I read the scripture, which was from one of the new translations, I found myself left cold. There was no passion there… there was no life to the words on that page. I found myself interjecting words and phrases from the old King James Version of the Christmas Story. I simply could not help myself. My brain shifted gears, and before I was conscious of it, I was spouting that beautiful passage of scripture, which was burned indelibly into my consciousness as a child. There it was! The Christmas story I knew. The Christmas Story with the warmth,. The passion, the beauty, the inspiration, and yes, even something which resembles a soul.
Today, we read the modern day accounts of the events which transpired on Jesus’ birthday over 2000 and six years ago and they are, well, like reading a 6th grade student’s book report. DULL. Lifeless. Boring!
Now, I don’t recommend the King James Version of the Bible for accuracy. I DO, however, recommend it to you for a classic work of art. The Revised Standard and the American Standard are probably the most accurate translations to be found today. The Revised Standard, which I believe is now out of print, maintained some of the beauty of the old King James Version and added the accuracy.
It seems to me that the churches, which use the new translations of the scriture for their services, should consider using the King James Version for the two High Holy Days of the Christian Calendar, Easter and Christmas.
I taught myself to read as a child reading first the newspaper, and then Popular Mechanics, and then Popular Science, and then I discovered the Bible. I was hooked on reading from then on. Even then, I could see the difference between the language of the newspapers and magazines of the day as compared to the language of the old King James Version of the Bible.
I must tell you what I believe has happened. I believe the publishers of bibles have “dumbed the bible down” to around, roughly, the comprehension level of a 5th or 6th grader. In so doing, in my opinion, they have done great damage to the Christian faith, and to the literacy of the Christian community.
Now, this is all my personal opinion, mind you. If you find understanding in the modern translations of the Bible, then good for you. But, for me, reading the back of a cereal box has about as much meaning.