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(The following is a column which appeared on my old web site, www.spatulacitybbs.com, on September 11th, 2001.  It is re-posted now in remembrance of then.)

NOTE: This column contains some coarse language. Back out now if such language offends you, please.

Aw, come on! Is that all you got?! >

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Uh, oh.

Battleships, aircraft carriers, minesweepers and submarines from 25 nations are converging on the strategically important Strait of Hormuz in an unprecedented show of force as Israel and Iran move towards the brink of war.

Western leaders are convinced that Iran will retaliate to any attack by attempting to mine or blockade the shipping lane through which passes around 18 million barrels of oil every day, approximately 35 per cent of the world’s petroleum traded by sea.

For those of you who have studied and are in the know, this means two conclusions can be reasonably drawn, given this and what’s happened with all the Muslim temper-tantrum throwing this past week:

1) Things are about to get real messy, real quick.  (Yes, even messier than they already were.)

2) It’s a good bet that Antichrist is already on Planet Earth.

Won’t be long now, I tend to think.

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Denizens, I was going to offer commentary on all the crap going on in Egypt and the rest of the Middle East, but Misha has it all covered.

Well worth your time, go and read, ThatIsAll™.

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(The following is a column which appeared on my old web site, www.spatulacitybbs.com, on September 11th, 2001.  It is re-posted now in remembrance of then.)

NOTE: This column contains some coarse language. Back out now if such language offends you, please.

Aw, come on! Is that all you got?! >

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Here is what one of our Lutheran pastors had to say on the death of the world’s most wanted terrorist.

It is a good article, but this is the important part:

Do we rejoice in the death of a wicked man, who from every human perspective, is facing now nothing but eternal torment and punishment in hell? No, of course not. Do we however rejoice that justice was carried out and a man who wished to kill us all is now dead? Yes, of course we do. This “no” and “yes” response is incapable of being understood without the doctrine of vocation and the two kingdoms clearly in view.

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(Hat tip:  Professor Jacobson.)

Concerning end-times prophecies, Denizens, I must admit I’ve never really been all that clear whether Russia was Gog or Magog (though I suspect the Vicar could enlighten me).

That said, it seems pretty clear that either Gog or Magog just went to the dentist to have its dentures installed.

The graying bear is getting a make-over. Russia’s military is launching its biggest rearmament effort since Soviet times, including a $650 billion program to procure 1,000 new helicopters, 600 combat planes, 100 warships, and 8 nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarines.

Analysts say Russia, while already the world’s fifth-largest military spender, needs strong conventional forces to reduce its overreliance on its aging Soviet-era nuclear missile deterrent. Valentin Rudenko, director of the independent Interfax-Military News Agency, says it could create “a whole new ballgame.”

“For about two decades we’ve had no real modernization, at least not like what’s being proposed now,” he says. “Russia will finally have a modern, top-level armed forces that are capable of protecting the country.”

Add that to all the turmoil in the Middle East, and it’s “look out, Israel”.

Watch & pray, Denizens.  Watch & pray.

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Denizens, I give you the “He Didn’t Say That.  Tell Me He Didn’t Just Say That” Moment Of The Year™.

“I think the Muslim Brotherhood is not anything to be afraid of in the upcoming (Egyptian) political situation and the evolution I see as most likely,” Carter said. “They will be subsumed in the overwhelming demonstration of desire for freedom and true democracy.”

Oh.  Emm.  Effin’.  Gee.

Be afraid.  Be very  afraid.

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Denizens, those of you who’ve not been living under rocks pretty much know about the goings-on in Egypt.

Hosni Mubarak, fully expected to have stepped down today by the throngs of protesters in Cairo…didn’t.  He instead “delegated” his powers to newly-appointed Egyptian vice-president Omar Suleiman and stated his intention to remain as president until elections occur in September, at least.

This was met, as one might expect, with more outrage on the part of the Egyptian protestors.  It could be about to get very  violent in Egypt.

Al-Obambi is all over the map with regards to Egypt.  Resign, don’t resign, do resign but not until September – he’s a dictator, he’s not a dictator, he tortures his people, no he doesn’t…it’s like nailing Jello© to the wall.

A Venomous administration, if you were to ask me what I’d do (and you didn’t, but humor me, mkay?)…would watch & wait, and not do anything until a government (of any type) emerged from this madness.

Look.  They’re adults over there in Cairo.  They might be dumb-asses, yeah – but they’re still capable, and deserving, of determining their own destiny, independent of this country and what it might want for that region.  Nor are we the world’s playground monitor, standing there with arms folded, whistle in mouth, eyes narrowed, waiting for the first push or shove so that we can step in.  (We do  have a vested interest in what happens in the Middle East, given how much oil we import from there, but that’s it – then again, some may say that’s all  of it.)

Okay?  Okay.

HOWEVER…!

To employ a Nixonism, let me make one thing perfectly clear.  The “Muslim Brotherhood” must not, under any circumstances whatsoever, obtain any power in Egypt.  Period, end, stop.  They must be prevented from ruling that country by any means necessary.

Look.  The Muslim Brotherhood is the progenitor of Hamas, Islamic Jihad and Al-Qaida.  Put them in charge over in Egypt, and it’s almost a certainty they’ll attack Israel – and God knows whom else.

The United States currently holds Israel in a voluntary check when it comes to using military force.  (Has to be, otherwise why does Iran still have a nuclear program?).  If the Muslim Brotherhood ascends to power over there, a Venomous administration would not only let Israel take Egypt to the woodshed militarily – it would go over there to help them.

Al-Obambi won’t do that.  Then again, Al-Obambi is chock full of amateurs who, when they got that 3 a.m. phone call, knocked the phone off the nightstand and went back to sleep.

UPDATE:  BREAKING – Okay, Mubarak has stepped down, according to Fox News.

Now  things get interesting.

Limbaugh was talking yesterday about how it’s never the first  revolution that sticks, but the second.  And to demonstrate, he cited Germany (Kaiser Wilhelm to the Weimar Republic to the Nazis) and Russia (czars – Alexander Kerensky – Communist Party (side note:  this was the first I’d ever heard of Kerensky)).

So keep a very  close eye on what goes on now in Egypt.

Israel will be.

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Folks, by now all have likely heard of the dust-up off the coast of the Gaza strip. As we all know, the lame stream media is making Israel out to be a bunch of criminal thugs. Checking with Fox, it seems that all is not as some would have us to believe.

It appears that our Palestinian friends were more interested in the confrontation, than in getting the supplies into Gaza. This makes their claims against the IDF even more suspect than normal.

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On this day in 1918 the war we know as World War One came to an end. At that time it was called the “War to End All Wars.” Since then the fighting men and women of our military have gone into harms way in at least five other wars, and are in fact fighting one of those wars now. Those who have been called to lay their lives on the line in defense of our nation and its Constitution deserve our undying gratitude and thanks.

One of the awesome things about our nation is that so many of our fellow citizens do understand the debt we owe these patriots. This understanding on the part of the citizenry makes completely incomprehensible,  the fact that our government allows our enemies to serve in the  military.

Think about this for a minute. We are fighting a war against radical Islamic terrorists, yet our government seems to have no problem with these same radical Islamists serving in our military.

Folks, I am not saying that every faithful Muslim is a radical terrorist. What I am saying is that given the makeup of our enemy, we should be giving those Muslims’s who choose military service very close and careful scrutiny. Those who show signs of radicalism, such as perhaps worshiping at a mosque led by a radical cleric, should be immediately discharged. Discharge them honorably, but discharge them.

Had we had such a policy in place two weeks ago, the events of last week might have been prevented.

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They’re calling this “not a bow”

Yeah, and I’m Brad Pitt. 

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This is just a tad bit disturbing.

In a chilling indication that Iran’s arms program is advancing steadily, Israel acknowledged for the first time that Teheran had mastered the technology to make a nuclear bomb on the same day that the Iranians announced they had successfully tested a new air-to-surface missile.

Iran has “crossed the technological threshold,” and its attainment of nuclear military capability is now a matter of “incorporating the goal of producing an atomic bomb into its strategy,” OC Military Intelligence Maj.-Gen. Amos Yadlin told the cabinet on Sunday.

“Iran is continuing to amass hundreds of kilograms of low-enriched uranium, and it hopes to exploit the dialogue with the West and Washington to advance toward the production of an atomic bomb,” he said.

Israel, it’s not like you’ve ever needed our permission to defend yourselves.  What in hell is the holdup?

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I’m not sure it’s time to push the (for lack of a better term) “panic button” yet in re:  “End Times” prophecy or anything.

But I do  think this is probably going to push things along a bit.

ISRAEL’S air force has fired about 30 missiles at targets in the Gaza Strip, destroying Hamas police compounds and killing at least 140 people.

Television footage showed dead bodies scattered on a road and wounded and dead being carried away by distraught rescuers. There was widespread damage to buildings.

Of course, what the bastards at News.com don’t  tell you right off the bat is why  Israel responded as it did.  That  doesn’t come until slightly later:

The Israeli military had no immediate comment on the attack, which followed a decision by Prime Minister Ehud Olmert’s security cabinet to widen reprisals for cross-border Palestinian rocket attacks on Israel.

Which, of course, Roto-Reuters was at least decent enough to tell you almost from the start.

Militants in the Gaza Strip, who have launched dozens of rocket attacks against Israel since a truce expired just over a week ago, fired more salvoes that killed one Israeli man and wounded several others.

Kinda like, y’know, “oh, by the way, sorta kinda maybe Israel may have been, we dunno, perhaps a bit miffed ’cause Hamas was havin’ a bit of fun  with ‘em.”

Fuckin’ asshats at News.com.

If I were the Iranian dogs RightAboutNow™, I think I’d be a little worried.  Looks like Ehud’s chosen not to wait for the Obambi coronation, and is launching the predicted premptive strikes now.

Breaks my heart, it does. 

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