Sunday, April 30, 2006

Nation Shall Rise Against Nation - Apr. 30

Is it just me, or are you noticing that there is a lot of military action going around, especially in the ME region? Canadians, Americans, Egyptians, Iranians, Turks, Israelis and even the Sudanese have troops on the move (both regular and irregular). In the Bible, God gives a prophecy to the apostle John about armies of 200 million marching on to Israel to do battle with the Almighty. In John's day, there probably wasn't even 200 million people living on the earth! The things that we see today are shadows of events that are not yet, but soon will be. A train is an excellent example. Often, you hear a train well before you physically see it. It may be sounding it's air horn, or you might hear and feel rumblings well before it arrives at the crossing. In the same way, when we see multiple armies on the move, it is a foreshadowing of things to come.

Our boys are kicking serious Taliban butt. The enemy was attempting an ambush but a counter-ambush was launched, killing 15 to 20 terrorists. No reports of any Canadian casualties means we are learning very quickly about the nature of the enemy.

Two links here as Canadian soldiers are using the lovely city of Winnipeg for a massive exercise in urban warfare. The first link is from the CBC, giving a very general oversight.

And here is the second link about the exercise, called 'Operation Charging Bison'. The provincial flag of Manitoba features a bison, hence the name.

I've got three articles here about Iranian perfidy and Israel's growing concern and impatience.

1) Condi Rice is accusing the Iranians of 'playing games'. Well Duh! Hence the reason why we are in this mess. This problem should have been taken care of years ago. Our procrastination virtually guarantees conflict, if not outright war.

2) The Iranians are well aware of our foot-dragging and mind-numbing diplomacy. The plan for the bad guys is asymmetrical (guerilla) warfare causing as much havoc as possible to Western interests in the region. And no, I don't think they're bluffing.

3) The Israelis, unsurprisingly, are none too pleased. Ehud Olmert is calling Ahmadinejad a 'psycopath' and an 'anti-semite', accusations no-one is openly disagreeing with.

Even the Sudanese, Egyptians and the Turks are talking trash. Wars and rumors of wars? You'd better believe it.

The ongoing tragedy of Darfur continues. Nero (in this case the UN) fiddles while Rome (Africa) burns.

The Egyptian army is fighting in the Sinai. The 'Tora Bora of the Sinai' the soldiers are calling it.

The Turks, not to be left out, are clashing with the Kurds and American foreign policy.

Lastly, here is an excellent article from the CBC as it concerns the rising loonie. If I were you, planning a trip to the States is an excellent idea. Or the decision to buy American equipment. Or paying off any American based debt. So there is some silver lining in the cloud if you look for it.

That's ten links. Unbelievable. Hang on to your seatbelts folks, it's going to be a bumpy ride!

The Man in Black

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