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Weekly Update from Headquarters
26 August 2016
Greetings from Tyler,
North Korea has just conducted a successful missile launch from a submarine,
boasts that it can hit the U. S. mainland with nuclear weapons.
An article on this
appeared in USA Today. It
quotes an expert who says that North Korea has not yet perfected the
miniaturization of a nuclear warhead small enough to be mounted atop a missile.
That's reassuring! But the
submarine missile capability is not in dispute,
and one has but to
wonder how long it will be before they do in fact have the means to strike.
You've probably seen one
of the videos circulating on the nightly news over the past few days, showing
Iranian gun boats swarming toward a U. S. Naval destroyer.
It has happened twice in just the last few days, with the Iranian boats
slowing down only a few hundred yards from the American vessel in international
waters in the Persian Gulf. In the
the American ship reportedly fired flares in a warning that they'd better stop.
what is Iran trying to pull?
After the secret $400 million was delivered in cash, coincidentally within hours
of Iran's release of American hostages, and hints
that the U. S. has taken steps to pay another $1.3 billion of “their money,” you
might think that the Islamic regime would have accepted the good will of the
Obama administration and backed off the aggressive provocation.
Iran is obviously risking incidents that could lead to war in any normal
circumstance, and is not concerned about any potential consequences.
Reputable sources involved in the protracted negotiations over Iran's
nuclear program have
revealed that the U. S. State Department eventually gave in to every Iranian
demand. They got it all.
They continue to enrich uranium and pursue their nuclear ambitions, they were
may have received) all the money left in limbo by the government of
the Shah in 1979. U. S. inspectors
have no role in supervising their continued nuclear activities,
and whatever UN oversight was agreed upon is murky and uncertain.
they still chant “Death to America, Death to Israel” and obviously are
unafraid to risk
military conflict despite kid glove, even wildly generous treatment from the
should be a disturbing lesson
about the wisdom of trying to befriend barbaric Islamic zealots by exhibiting
cooperative and generous diplomacy.
This was, after all, the first time the U. S. attempted to engage with
Iran since the 1979
revolution that brought the
It represented a break with the long-standing policy of not negotiating with
terrorists, and Iran is known to be the foremost financier of terror
organizations on earth. They've been
recent skirmish between Israel and the Palestinians, and have been
the supplier of
vast numbers of rockets fired at civilian targets.
U. S. administration believes it “bought” about eight years before Iran will be
able to achieve military nuclear status, but who knows?
Iran is not known for keeping promises or telling the truth.
Somehow eight years doesn't seem that long, particularly when you
look at what our kids and grandkids will be facing.
We've referenced the
ever-present crime wave playing out across Europe.
There will be a mind-boggling report in the upcoming edition of 21st
detailing the daily rapes, molestations, muggings and robberies by “southern
immigrants” in Germany. Very few
are charged with a crime, even when caught.
State and European Union officials are adamant that citizens remain
unaware of the extent of the evil conduct of the immigrant population.
And for good reason.
Alternative political parties are already showing growth across Europe, and
current leaders are rightly concerned that they could all be tossed
by an angry electorate if the extent of criminal behavior by the “poor
immigrants” becomes common knowledge.
European officials know that
ISIS has infiltrated the refugee population.
Forged passports for ISIS fighters have reportedly been found in immigrant
encampments in Greece. Nothing
has been solved, nor is there any coherent strategy for dealing with the
Several examples have shown that young children and mentally deficient teenagers
are being used as executioners and suicide bombers.
big wedding bombing in Turkey this week was purportedly carried out by a
fourteen or fifteen-year-old with down syndrome, who was probably detonated
remotely. But you won't see much, if
anything made of these stories in the mainstream news.
It doesn't fit the “religion
of peace,” or the “widows and orphans” lies we've been told.
You know of course that there are big plans to bring tens of thousands more of
these “refugees” to the United States, based on
“vetting” performed by the United Nations.
Apparently there are some very powerful forces at work,
encouraged by the pope and most western leaders, determined to undermine orderly
society. It's largely been
accomplished in Europe, and it's underway in the United States.
We're expected to welcome it, in essence to applaud our own national
Either that or wear the epithets of bigotry and xenophobia.
who orchestrate our national demise fancy themselves more righteous than God in
oh so many ways, assuming they acknowledge His existence at all.
we do acknowledge His existence, thank Him for the fabulous blessings and
freedoms we've enjoyed and pray for His mercy and protection in a world that has
turned against Him, and against us.
S. Apologies for last week's
silence. We were out west for what
turned out to be a good, successful meeting with the Sacramento congregation and
visitors. Aunt Lois Chapman is still
in the hospital, but eating solid food again and expecting to be release to go
home any day now. She's in great
spirits and anxious to get home.