Sunday, December 13, 2009

America's Duplicity Continues

First, let me say THANKS to Pastor Greg Ables and the men of Newspring Family Church in Jenks, Oklahoma for the warm reception and enthusiasm demonstrated at the Bible and Current Events Conference on December 11th. What a great bunch of guys.
NOW, on to the news!
America's duplicity is nothing new. For decades our government has played with a two-sided card in the Middle East. On one side is our historic support of Israel, the only true democracy in the region. On the other hand are the Arabs and their much coveted supply of crude oil. Up until now, every American President since Truman has waffled back and forth between the two. Jimmy Carter once held the distinction of being the most anti-Semitic of the lot, that is until Barack Obama arrived on the scene. He has taken the "anti-Israeli" position to nearly deadly proportions. (I believe, in fact, that Obama has gone so far as to initiate the Abrahamic curse against the United States for his UN speech of September 23, 2009, but that's another story.)
With the wolves closing in and arming up around the circumference of Israel, America's great opportunity to reverse course and come to Israel's aid is now before us. But what does our government do? It continues to arm Lebanon, an army and government that has over the last few months become recognizably bedded with Hizbollah. When war does break out (and it will very soon), it will be American tanks, artillery, and anti-aircraft weapons the Israelis will face. This is NOT GOOD! READ this article from the Jerusalem Post and let your blood get warm. (And understand that when an Arab says "No war with Israel soon" he is saying just the opposite. I know that may sound generalized, but history has proven it true.)

Hizbullah: No War with Israel Soon

Hizbullah deputy leader Sheikh Naim Kassim does not expect a war between Israel and his guerrilla organization in the near future, according to a Sunday report in the Kuwaiti paper Al-Rai.

Kassim stressed, however, that Hizbullah would be ready for war even if it was to break out tomorrow.
Internal politics in Israel, the state of Jerusalem-US relations, and Hizbullah's strength were the main factors preventing another round of fighting, he was quoted as saying.
On Saturday, meanwhile, defense officials expressed concern over reports that Lebanese President Michel Suleiman plans to urge US officials to expedite the delivery of weapons for the nation's army during a trip to Washington this week.
The appeal from Suleiman, who arrived in Washington on Saturday, is at the heart of much of the country's political turmoil. Lebanon's government is a shaky coalition of Western-backed factions and Syrian-supported groups led by Hizbullah.
The United States has long provided military assistance to Lebanon - including $410 million to the military and the police. But America has not handed over any sophisticated arms for fear they could end up in the hands of Hizbullah.

According to the US Embassy in Beirut, the military assistance over the past years includes aircraft, tanks, artillery, small boats, infantry weapons, ammunition, Humvees and cargo trucks. It added that the US will provide the Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF) with 12 Raven unmanned reconnaissance and surveillance aircraft in the coming months.
Israeli officials expressed concern with the growing alliance between the Lebanese government and Hizbullah. The Lebanese parliament recently approved a national unity government that will allow Hizbullah to keep its weapons despite strong criticism from pro-Western lawmakers.
Last week, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu warned that Hizbullah was becoming the "real Lebanese army" and was today the dominant force in Lebanon.
Practically, the issue at hand for Israel is whether it will make a distinction during a future war between Hizbullah and LAF targets like it did during the Second Lebanon War in 2006. Due to the growing alliance between the two as well as the government's support of Hizbullah, it is unlikely, officials said, that Israel would make the distinction in the future.
"Hizbullah and the LAF are turning into one and the same," one high-ranking defense official said recently. "Practically, this means more targets in a future conflict."
Hisham Jaber, who heads the Middle East Center for Studies and Public Relations in Beirut, said Suleiman's appeal is part of his work to develop a national defense strategy that would eventually integrate Hizbullah's weapons into the army.
"You cannot speak about a defense strategy and disarming the resistance without the presence of a strong army," Jaber told The Associated Press.
The White House said earlier this month that Obama and Suleiman would discuss a broad range of issues, including achieving peace in the region.

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