Potential Ways to Defeat ISIS and Assad

John R. Houk

© October 22, 2015

An email sent by ACT for America highlights the reality that ISIS (ISIL, IS or Daesh) uses oil fields they have captured to finance their terrorist war machine that targets non-Muslims (primarily Christians and Yazidis) for slaughter, rape, pillaging and dhimmitude. The email links to a very informative article entitled, “Isis Inc: How Oil Fuels the Jihadi Terrorists” co-written by Erika Solomon, Guy Chazan and Sam Jones originally sourced at the Financial Times but cross posted on the ACT for America website.

The ACT for America email introduction to the entitled article is a pitch for Americans to support the House Bill Fuel Choice for American Prosperity and Security Act of 2015 (HR 2418). After reading HR 2418 that Bill actually has little to do with targeting ISIS’ oil financing of their terrorism agenda to establish an Islamic Caliphate. The Bill focuses on providing incentives to power vehicles with alternative resources other than fossil fuels that would reduce the emissions of greenhouse gases that pollutes the air we breathe.

ACT for America’s support for HR 2418 as a tool that would lessen the marketability of ISIS oil misses a short term targeting of ISIS. The thing for me is that it seems any actual effect on ISIS oil production would occur way down the road on any timeline hurting an ISIS oil economy. Apparently if the Bill became law the standards would not go into effect until 2018. HOWEVER on a long term basis in time, the design of HR 2418 would affect America’s dependence on foreign oil from nations that might have a contrary agenda to the USA’s National Security and national economy.

The FT article suggests the best way to slow down ISIS terrorism is to demolish any ISIS infrastructure – especially oil production – that provides material support for the existence of ISIS. I don’t have a problem with a long term plan to stifle American dependence on foreign oil in our economy; however to begin placing nails in ISIS’s coffin in a quicker time frame, it would be more advisable to attack any infrastructure controlled by ISIS.

America should provide air support to the Syrian rebels that do not have an immediate Radical Islamic agenda (I’m no friend of Islam in any form because of its antichrist/anti-Jew emphasis in the religion’s Quran and other revered writings [Hadith & Sira]) AND begin destroying the ISIS infrastructure and the Jew-hating Assad’s Syrian infrastructure.

Thanks to Obama Foreign Policy fecklessness the Russians have entered the Syria-Iraq-ISIS conflict to the favor of Assad’s Syrian dictatorship who is an ally of Iran, Hezbollah terrorists and probably Hamas terrorists. This means providing direct air support to protect the non-Islamist Syrian rebels will undoubtedly place America and Russia in a crisis that could be a situation comparable to the Kennedy-Khrushchev Cuban Missile Crisis that placed the USA and Russia on the brink of nuclear war in the early 1960s.

We all know who would blink in an Obama-Putin faceoff. Thus if such a crisis of supporting diverging allies in the conflict in Syria-Iraq-ISIS under Obama’s watch I am fairly confident that Russia will turn that region over to a cabal of Hezbollah, Assad and Iran. Guess which ally of America this affects the most in the Middle East? That would be Israel!

So if or when Obama a Middle Eastern chunk of land to Putin’s Russian designs, what do you think Obama will do to protect our ally Israel?

I think Obama will do his best to sell out Israel before he leaves Office in January 2017 making difficult for a new President to set things aright to reestablish American military superiority in the region without probable occurrence of a global war igniting. God help America and our exceptionalism that makes the world a safer place for Americans and our allies.

JRH 10/22/15

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ISIS Inc: How Oil Fuels the Jihadi Terrorists

Email Sent: ACT for America

Sent: 10/21/2015 7:03 AM

There is a “silver bullet” when it comes to stopping jihadi terror around the world: cut off their money supply.

See the important article below to learn more about how “oil is the black gold that funds Isis’ black flag — it fuels its war machine, provides electricity and gives the fanatical jihadis critical leverage against their neighbors.”

Then help do something about it, by taking action today.

Please contact your U.S. Representative to register your strong support for H.R. 2418, the Fuel Choice for American Prosperity and Security Act. We’ve done all the work for you, all you need to do is send the e-mail.

H.R. 2418 will help reduce the strategic importance of oil worldwide — while at the same time using an “all of the above” approach to transportation fuel that will provide consumer choice and create jobs. No preferred fuels, no mandates, no tax dollars.

It’s a win win — for our security, for our nation, and for the world.


Isis Inc: How Oil Fuels the Jihadi Terrorists


By Erika Solomon in Beirut, Guy Chazan and Sam Jones in London

Originally: Financial Times

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On the outskirts of al-Omar oilfield in eastern Syria, with warplanes flying overhead, a line of trucks stretches for 6km. Some drivers wait for a month to fill up with crude.

Falafel stalls and tea shops have sprung up to cater to the drivers, such is the demand for oil. Traders sometimes leave their trucks unguarded for weeks, waiting for their turn.

This is the land of Isis, the jihadi organisation in control of swaths of Syrian and Iraqi territory. The trade in oil has been declared a prime target by the international military coalition fighting the group. And yet it goes on, undisturbed.

Oil is the black gold that funds Isis’ black flag — it fuels its war machine, provides electricity and gives the fanatical jihadis critical leverage against their neighbours.

But more than a year after US President Barack Obama launched an international coalition to fight Isis, the bustling trade at al-Omar and at least eight other fields has come to symbolise the dilemma the campaign faces: how to bring down the “caliphate” without destabilising the life of the estimated 10m civilians in areas under Isis control, and punishing the west’s allies?

The resilience of Isis, and the weakness of the US-led campaign, have given Russia a pretext to launch its own, bold intervention in Syria.

Despite all these efforts, dozens of interviews with Syrian traders and oil engineers as well as western intelligence officials and oil experts reveal a sprawling operation almost akin to a state oil company that has grown in size and expertise despite international attempts to destroy it.

Minutely managed, Isis’ oil company actively recruits skilled workers, from engineers to trainers and managers.

Syria-Iraq ISIS map

Estimates by local traders and engineers put crude production in Isis-held territory at about 34,000-40,000 bpd. The oil is sold at the wellhead for between $20 and $45 a barrel, earning the militants an average of $1.5m a day.

“It’s a situation that makes you laugh and cry,” said one Syrian rebel commander in Aleppo, who buys diesel from Isis areas even as his forces fight the group on the front lines. “But we have no other choice, and we are a poor man’s revolution. Is anyone else offering to give us fuel?”

Oil as a strategic weapon

Isis’ oil strategy has been long in the making. Since the group emerged on the scene in Syria in 2013, long before they reached Mosul in Iraq, the jihadis saw oil as a crutch for their vision for an Islamic state. The group’s shura council identified it as fundamental for the survival of the insurgency and, more importantly, to finance their ambition to create a caliphate.

Most of the oil Isis controls is in Syria’s oil-rich east, where it created a foothold in 2013, shortly after withdrawing from the north-west — an area of strategic importance but with no oil. These bridgeheads were then used to consolidate control over the whole of eastern Syria after the fall of Mosul in 2014.

When it pushed through northern Iraq and took over Mosul, Isis also seized the Ajil and Allas fields in north-eastern Iraq’s Kirkuk province. The very day of its takeover, locals say, militants secured the fields and engineers were sent in to begin operations and ship the oil to market.

“They were ready, they had people there in charge of the financial side, they had technicians that adjusted the filling and storage process,” said a local sheikh from the town of Hawija, near Kirkuk. “They brought hundreds of trucks in from Kirkuk and Mosul and they started to extract the oil and export it.” An average of 150 trucks, he added, were filled daily, with each containing about $10,000-worth of oil. Isis lost the fields to the Iraqi army in April but made an estimated $450m from them in the 10 months it controlled the area.

While al-Qaeda, the global terrorist network, depended on donations from wealthy foreign sponsors, Isis has derived its financial strength from its status as monopoly producer of an essential commodity consumed in vast quantities throughout the area it controls. Even without being able to export, it can thrive because it has a huge captive market in Syria and Iraq.

Syrian Rebel Quote on buying ISIS oil

Indeed, diesel and petrol produced in Isis areas are not only consumed in territory the group controls but in areas that are technically at war with it, such as Syria’s rebel-held north: the region is dependent on the jihadis’ fuel for its survival. Hospitals, shops, tractors and machinery used to pull victims out of rubble run on generators that are powered by Isis oil.

“At any moment, the diesel can be cut. No diesel — Isis knows our life is completely dead,” says one oil trader who comes from rebel-held Aleppo each week to buy fuel and spoke to the Financial Times by telephone.

A national oil company

Isis’ strategy has rested on projecting the image of a state in the making, and it is attempting to run its oil industry by mimicking the ways of national oil corporations. According to Syrians who say Isis tried to recruit them, the group headhunts engineers, offering competitive salaries to those with the requisite experience, and encourages prospective employees to apply to its human resources department.

A roving committee of its specialists checks up on fields, monitors production and interviews workers about operations. It also appoints Isis members who have worked at oil companies in Saudi Arabia or elsewhere in the Middle East as “emirs”, or princes, to run its most important facilities, say traders who buy Isis oil and engineers who have worked at Isis-controlled fields.

Some technicians have been actively courted by Isis recruiters. Rami — not his real name — used to work in oil in Syria’s Deir Ezzor province before becoming a rebel commander. He was later contacted by an Isis military emir in Iraq via WhatsApp.

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“I could choose whatever position I wanted, he promised me,” he said. “He said: ‘You can name your salary’.” Sceptical of the Isis project, Rami ultimately turned down the offer and fled to Turkey.

Isis also recruits from among its supporters abroad. In the speech he gave after the fall of Mosul, Isis leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi called not only for fighters but engineers, doctors and other skilled labour. The group recently appointed an Egyptian engineer who used to live in Sweden as the new manager of its Qayyara refinery in northern Iraq, according to an Iraqi petroleum engineer from Mosul, who declined to be named.

The central role of oil is also reflected in the status it is given in Isis’ power structures.

The group’s approach to government across the territories it controls is highly decentralised. For the most part, it relies on regional walis — governors — to administer territories according to the precepts laid down by the central shura.

However, oil — alongside Isis’ military and security operations and its sophisticated media output — is centrally controlled by the top leadership. “They are organised in their approach to oil,” said a senior western intelligence official. “That’s a key centrally controlled and documented area. It’s a central shura matter,” he added, referring to Isis’ ruling “cabinet”.

Until recently, Isis’ emir for oil was Abu Sayyaf, a Tunisian whose real name, according to the Pentagon, was Fathi Ben Awn Ben Jildi Murad al-Tunisi, and who was killed by US special forces in a raid in May this year. According to US and European intelligence officials, a treasure trove of documentation relating to Isis’ oil operations was found with him. The documents laid bare a meticulously run operation, with revenues from wells and costs carefully accounted for. They showed a pragmatic approach to pricing too, with Isis carefully exploiting differences in demand across its territories to maximise profitability.

Cut-Off ISIS kills ISIS

Oversight of the oil wells is carefully controlled by the Amniyat, Isis’ secret police, who ensure revenues go where they should — and mete out brutal punishments when they do not. Guards patrol the perimeter of pumping stations, while far-flung individual wells are surrounded by protective sand berms and each trader is carefully checked as he drives in to fill up.

At the al-Jibssa field in Hassakeh province, north-eastern Syria, which produces 2,500-3,000 bpd, “about 30-40 big trucks a day, each with 75 barrels of capacity, would fill up”, according to one Hassakeh oil trader.

Isis’ distribution network

But the biggest draw is al-Omar. According to one trader who regularly buys oil there, the system, with its 6km queue, is slow but market players have adapted to it. Drivers present a document with their licence plate number and tanker capacity to Isis officials, who enter them into a database and assign them a number.

ISIS oil: from well to market

Most then return to their villages, shuttling back to the site every two or three days to check up on their vehicles. Traders say that towards the end of the month, some people come back and set up tents to stay close to their trucks while they wait their turn.

Once in possession of al-Omar’s oil, the traders either take it to local refineries or sell it on at a mark-up to middlemen with smaller vehicles who transport it to cities further west such as Aleppo and Idlib.

Isis’ luck with oil may not last. Coalition bombs, the Russian intervention and low oil prices could put pressure on revenues. The biggest threat to Isis’ production so far, however, has been the depletion of Syria’s ageing oilfields. It does not have the technology of major foreign companies to counteract what locals describe as a slow drop in production. Isis’ need for fuel for its military operations means there is also less oil to sell in the market.

For now, though, in Isis-controlled territory, the jihadis control the supply and there is no shortage of demand. “Everyone here needs diesel: for water, for farming, for hospitals, for offices. If diesel is cut off, there is no life here,” says a businessman who works near Aleppo. “Isis knows this [oil] is a winning card.”


Potential Ways to Defeat ISIS and Assad

John R. Houk

© October 22, 2015


ISIS Inc: How Oil Fuels the Jihadi Terrorists

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Yurki1000 Comment Compilation Part One

I’ve been collecting some comments from Yurki that I haven’t had an opportunity to post. Whether you agree or disagree, I still find them interesting. These comments have a Christian slant and includes Conspiracy Theory and Counterjihad.

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Comment to: Russia, US Nearing Proxy War in Syria

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September 14, 2015 at 9:52 AM

Poor Syria. Poor Israel. Poor Middle East. God help them. God help us. God help the world.

This is what God revealed to the prophet Isaiah:

“This message came to me concerning Damascus: ‘Look, Damascus will disappear! It will become a heap of ruins. The cities of Aroer will be deserted. Sheep will graze in the streets and lie down unafraid. There will be no one to chase them away. The fortified cities of Israel will also be destroyed, and the power of Damascus will end. The few left in Aram will share the fate of Israel’s departed glory,’ says the Lord Almighty” (Isaiah 17:1-3, NLT).

These opening verses paint a bleak picture. The city of Damascus will become a heap of ruins, utterly destroyed. Few, if any, buildings will be left standing. The once great city will be devoid of human life and will become home to all manner of wildlife in the absence of humans to chase them away.


Matthew 6:10 Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.

God will unite Abraham’s sons :-)

Abraham’s Territory…but not yet! Egypt, Assyria, Israel

Isaiah 19:25 prophesies of this trio saying, “Whom the LORD of hosts shall bless, saying, Blessed be Egypt my people, and Assyria the work of my hands, and Israel mine inheritance.” Here we see the descendants of the 3 wives of Abraham linked together. Assyria is located in the north by the Euphrates, Egypt is located in the south by the Nile and Israel lies smack dab between them, with a road that will connect the three in the future. This alliance of Abraham’s descendants does not exist yet, but will be established in the Kingdom of God, as shown by Isaiah 19:23.

“In that day there will be a highway from Egypt to Assyria. The Assyrians will go to Egypt and the Egyptians to Assyria. The Egyptians and Assyrians will worship together. In that day Israel will be the third, along with Egypt and Assyria, a blessing on the earth.”



Comment to: Yurki1000 – Islam, Conspiracy and Christian Faith

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September 15, 2015 at 12:23 PM

Thanks Oneway2day. You encourage me to continue my work. God bless you and your precious work :-)

I followed some of your links. I found something I’d like to share with you and your readers.

– The U.S. government condemns burning the Qur’an. Yet the U.S. government burns Bibles. This is a clear violation of the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.

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The U.S. government condemns burning the Qur’an. Yet the U.S. government burns Bibles. This is a clear violation of the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.

– I really hope people realise that we’re going into the most totalitarian of enslaving totalitarian regimes ever to face mankind. I’m not trying to scare anyone, but when all the elements for all-out tyranny are starting to manifest within our modern society I cannot stay silent any longer. If you really want a true vision of the future read 1984 by Orwell and Brave New world by Huxley. I also recommend Brave New world Revisited also by Aldous Huxley, which explains perfectly the coming enslavement.

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I really hope people realise that we’re going into the most totalitarian of enslaving totalitarian regimes ever to face mankind. I’m not trying to scare anyone, but when all the elements for all-out tyranny are starting to manifest within our modern society i cannot stay silent any longer. If you really want a true vision of the future read 1984 by Orwell and Brave New world by Huxley. I also recommend Brave New world Revisisted also by Aldous Huxley, which explains perfectly the coming enslavement.

Beware of Munay-Ki

– The Earthkeepers are ordinary men and women who live extraordinary lives. They acquire uncommon grace and power through prayer, study of the wisdom teachings, and discipline; believing that people come to the Munay-Ki when they are ready. Many of you have received such a calling from Spirit, and long to make a difference in the world, and in your life. When you enter the path of the Earthkeepers with sincere intention and an open heart, you’ll soon notice that you are in the company of like-minded people who strive to live with ethics and vision. And you’ll find yourself supported by luminous beings who lived on this planet many thousands of years ago, and who are now part of the great matrix of life. These will add their power and vision to yours.


And again. Let’s keep on blessing Israel :-)


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Comment to: MAF – Stop Obama’s Iran Deal!

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September 16, 2015 at 8:11 AM

Thank you Oneway2day. Zucker’s short film is very good :-)

Somehow “MAF” reminded me of “MTA”. Former Mission To America.


Recent Move To Assurance.


The Troops fight. The Nation prays.

– Samuel: 5 Assemble all of Israel at Mizpah, and I will pray to the Eternal on your behalf.

6 That day they gathered at Mizpah, drew water, poured it out ritually in front of the Eternal One, and fasted.

People: We have sinned. We have rebelled against the Eternal.

Samuel judged the Israelites at Mizpah, delivering the people from danger and establishing justice in the land.

7 When the Philistines heard that the people of Israel had assembled at Mizpah, the rulers of the Philistines gathered an armed force and went to attack them. When the people of Israel heard that the Philistines were coming, they were filled with fear. They turned to God’s prophet.

People of Israel (to Samuel): 8 Don’t stop calling out to the Eternal our God for us. Ask Him to save us from the Philistine army that is coming.

9 Samuel took a young lamb and sacrificed it as a whole burnt offering to the Eternal One. He called out to the Eternal on behalf of Israel, and the Eternal responded. Here is what happened: 10 As Samuel was performing the sacrifice, the voice of the Eternal rolled like thunder and confused the advancing Philistine army so that Israel easily struck them down. 11 From Mizpah, the Israelites chased them beyond Beth-car, striking them along the way.

12 That’s why Samuel set up a stone between Mizpah and Shen; and he called that stone Ebenezer, which means “rock of help,” for he said,

Samuel: The Eternal One has helped us so far. –






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Recommended following with “Solving the Riddle of the two Witnesses”

Amazingly the Sixth Trumpet of the Seven Trumpets of Revelation has been blown and we can watch this one happening right now.

ISIS is the FIRST ANGEL released at the great river Euphrates.

God spoke to me in mid-July (2014) and told me that the SECOND ANGEL would be released next Thursday. This was THURSDAY July 24th, the day that Iraq elected a new president.

I have since been told by God that the THIRD ANGEL will be released in DECEMBER and the FOURTH ANGEL in January next YEAR.

I now understand Revelation 9:15 “So the four angels who had been prepared for the HOUR and DAY and MONTH and YEAR” are released at 4 separate times.

1st angel ISIS = HOUR,
2nd angel (Iraq President elected?) on THURSDAY = DAY,
3rd Angel in DECEMBER = MONTH
4th Angel in January 2015 = YEAR.)

The 3rd angel turned out to be Iran. On December 3, Iranian jets were reported to ISIS in Eastern Iraq. Note that Iran now has a strong alliance with Russia – revealed on December 18 with President Vladimir Putin’s speech on the deal on Iran’s Nuclear program to be “very close” and on the strong economic relationship between Russia and Iran.

Feb 10 2015: Reports of would be ISIS suicide bombers “fleeing” to Turkey. (Rev 9:6)

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1st Trumpet 1st world war
Revelation 8:7 The first angel sounded: And hail and fire followed, mingled with blood, and they were thrown to the earth. And a third of the trees were burned up, and all green grass was burned up.

2nd Trumpet 2nd world war
Revelation 8:8 Then the second angel sounded: And something like a great mountain burning with fire was thrown into the sea, and a third of the sea became blood.

Revelation 8:9 And a third of the living creatures in the sea died, and a third of the ships were destroyed.

3rd trumpet Chernobyl = wormwood 26/4/1986
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Comment to: My Thoughts on CNN GOP Debate

September 17, 2015 at 7:54 PM

Thanks Oneway2day. Luckily I’m a foreigner. I let my gray cells rest :-)

Somehow I focused on the sentence: “November 2016 is far off still and the number of candidates will be whittled down substantially especially after the early Primaries and Caucuses.”

I try to explain. I wait for my Lord. I believe in the Rapture before the Great Tribulation. I think the Rapture may take place anytime now. Why? Because we already are in the Third Day.

2 Peter 3:8 But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.


God promised to circumcise the hearts of the remnant of Israel and raise them up.

Deuteronomy 30:6 And the LORD thy God will circumcise thine heart, and the heart of thy seed, to love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, that thou mayest live.


Hosea 6:2 After two days will he revive us: in the third day he will raise us up, and we shall live in his sight.


The world peace begins when Israel calls her King Messiah “hosanna”.


2 Corinthians 12:9 And He Said Unto Me, My Grace Is Sufficient For Thee: For My Strength Is Made Perfect In Weakness. Most Gladly Therefore Will I Rather Glory In My Infirmities, That The Power Of Christ May Rest Upon Me.

God is good. He gave us a BIG FAMILY. Some of them can sing and play :-D

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Russia Enters Syria – Is it Geopolitics or Prophecy?

A rebel group in Syria said to be backed by the US, claimed that Russian warplanes have hit its positions in the centrre (sic) of the country.

John R. Houk

© September 30, 2015

Pertaining to Israel, I have to be upfront. My view of the Jewish State is through the lens of the Holy Bible. As a Christian that means I am labelled a Christian Zionist. The kind of guy that Orthodox Jews mistrust due to history and the viewpoint that Christian evangelism is a threat to Judaism. I am also the kind of guy Left Wing (sometimes called Liberal and sometimes called Progressive) Jews loathe due to a non-secular pigeon-holing Israel in Biblical terms rather than a secular homeland for Jews to escape centuries of global antisemitism. Frankly I’m not claiming to know an Israeli/Jewish middle ground of the acceptance Christian Zionist friendship. I just pray a growing trust for Christians supporting Israel grows. At the same time I advise Jews – particularly Israeli Jews – to be wary of Western Leftists and of Progressive (Leftist) Christians who have disowned Biblical essentials and the reality of God Almighty.

NIV Quotes:

Ezek 39:27-29 “When I have brought them back from the nations and have gathered them from the countries of their enemies, I will show myself holy through them in the sight of many nations.” 28 “Then they will know that I am the LORD their God, for though I sent them into exile among the nations, I will gather them to their own land, not leaving any behind.” 29 “I will no longer hide my face from them, for I will pour out my Spirit on the house of Israel, declares the Sovereign LORD.”

Amos 9:13-15 “The days are coming, declares the LORD, when the reaper will be overtaken by the plowman and the planter by the one treading grapes. New wine will drip from the mountains and flow from all the hills. 14 I will bring back my exiled people Israel; they will rebuild the ruined cities and live in them. They will plant vineyards and drink their wine; they will make gardens and eat their fruit. 15 I will plant Israel in their own land, never again to be uprooted from the land I have given them, says the LORD your God.”

Jer 30:2 “This is what the LORD, the God of Israel, says: ‘Write in a book all the words I have spoken to you. 3 The days are coming,’ declares the LORD, ‘when I will bring my people Israel and Judah back from captivity and restore them to the land I gave their forefathers to possess,’ says the LORD.”

Jer 31:10 “Hear the word of the LORD, O nations; proclaim it in distant coastlands: ‘He who scattered Israel will gather them and will watch over his flock like a shepherd.”

Jer 33:7 “I will bring Judah and Israel back from captivity and will rebuild them as they were before.”

Ezek 37:21-27 …..“I will take the Israelites out of the nations where they have gone. I will gather them from all around and bring them back into their own land. 22 I will make them one nation in the land, on the mountains of Israel. There will be one king over all of them and they will never again be two nations or be divided into two kingdoms.” (Quotes taken from: Israel: The Greatest Sign; By Ken Marineau; Bible Probe for Christians and Messianic Jews)

Stratfor bills itself as a geopolitical intelligence firm and as such does not look geopolitically through a Biblical lens. From Stratfor I have learned the strategic importance of Israel from history to the present. A Stratfor email was sent out that I believe is no coincidence of the timing of Putin’s Russia demanding the USA to stop bombing inside Syria. Russia is deploying troops to Syria AND so far its own strafing is occurring where ISIS is not in control. Could it be that Russia is engaging the Syrian rebels trying to topple Bashar al-Assad – the same rebels not connected to the brutal Islamic terrorists of ISIS and al Nusra?

Does Secretary of State John Kerry (representing Obama Administration) sound clueless to Russian intentions or what?

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Is Russia jockeying itself to be the prophetic invaders from the north of Israel that ironically lines up with the Stratfor analysis of the geopolitical importance of Israel? Here is the Stratfor tease from the PDF:

Israel exists in three conditions. First, it can be a completely independent state. This condition occurs when there are no major imperial powers external to the region. We might call this the David model.

Second, it can live as part of an imperial system — either as a subordinate ally, as a moderately autonomous entity or as a satrapy. In any case, it maintains its identity but loses room for independent maneuvering in foreign policy and potentially in domestic policy. We might call this the Persian model in its most beneficent form.

Finally, Israel can be completely crushed — with mass deportations and migrations, with a complete loss of autonomy and minimal residual autonomy. We might call this the Babylonian model.

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The Geopolitics of Israel: Biblical and Modern


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This study was originally published by Stratfor in 2008 as the first in a series of monographs on the geopolitics of globally important countries.


The founding principle of geopolitics is that place — geography — plays a significant role in determining how nations will behave. If that theory is true, then there ought to be a deep continuity in a nation’s foreign policy. Israel is a laboratory for this theory, since it has existed in three different manifestations in roughly the same place, twice in antiquity and once in modernity. If geopolitics is correct, then Israeli foreign policy, independent of policymakers, technology or the identity of neighbors, ought to have important common features. This is, therefore, a discussion of common principles in Israeli foreign policy over nearly 3,000 years.

For convenience, we will use the term “Israel” to connote all of the Hebrew and Jewish entities that have existed in the Levant since the invasion of the region as chronicled in the Book of Joshua. As always, geopolitics requires a consideration of three dimensions: the internal geopolitics of Israel, the interaction of Israel and the immediate neighbors who share borders with it, and Israel’s interaction with what we will call great powers, beyond Israel’s borderlands.

Table of Contents

Introduction 2

Table of Contents 3

Israel in Biblical Times 4

Israeli Geography and Borderlands 6

Israeli Geography and the Convergence Zone 11

Internal Geopolitics 13

Israel and the Great Powers 15

The Geopolitics of Contemporary Israel 16

Israel in Biblical Times

Israel has manifested itself three times in history. The first manifestation began with the invasion led by Joshua and lasted through its division into two kingdoms, the Babylonian conquest of the Kingdom of Judah and the deportation to Babylon early in the sixth century B.C.



The second manifestation began when Israel was recreated in 540 B.C. by the Persians, who had defeated the Babylonians. The nature of this second manifestation changed in the fourth century B.C., when Greece overran the Persian Empire and Israel, and again in the first century B.C., when the Romans conquered the region.


The second manifestation saw Israel as a small actor within the framework of larger imperial powers, a situation that lasted until the destruction of the Jewish vassal state by the Romans.

Israel’s third manifestation began in 1948, following (as in the other cases) an ingathering of at least some of the Jews who had been dispersed after conquests. Israel’s founding takes place in the context of the decline and fall of the British Empire and must, at least in part, be understood as part of British imperial history.




Israeli Geography and Borderlands

At its height, under King David, Israel extended from the Sinai to the Euphrates, encompassing Damascus. It occupied some, but relatively little, of the coastal region, an area beginning at what today is Haifa and running south to Jaffa, just north of today’s Tel Aviv. The coastal area to the north was held by Phoenicia, the area to the south by Philistines. It is essential to understand that Israel’s size and shape shifted over time. For example, Judah under the Hasmoneans did not include the Negev but did include the Golan. The general locale of Israel is fixed. Its precise borders have never been.

Thus, it is perhaps better to begin with what never was part of Israel. Israel never included the Sinai Peninsula. Along the coast, it never stretched much farther north than the Litani River in today’s Lebanon. Apart from David’s extreme extension (and fairly tenuous control) to the north, Israel’s territory never stretched as far as Damascus, although it frequently held the Golan Heights. Israel extended many times to both sides of the Jordan but never deep into the Jordanian Desert. It never extended southeast into the Arabian Peninsula.

Israel consists generally of three parts. First, it always has had the northern hill region, stretching from the foothills of Mount Hermon south to Jerusalem. Second, it always contains some of the coastal plain from today’s Tel Aviv north to Haifa. Third, it occupies area between Jerusalem and the Jordan River — today’s West Bank. At times, it controls all or part of the Negev, including the coastal region between the Sinai to the Tel Aviv area. It may be larger than this at various times in history, and sometimes smaller, but it normally holds all or part of these three regions.

Israel is well-buffered in three directions. The Sinai Desert protects it against the Egyptians. In general, the Sinai has held little attraction for the Egyptians. The difficulty of deploying forces in the eastern Sinai poses severe logistical problems for them, particularly during a prolonged presence. Unless Egypt can rapidly move through the Sinai north into the coastal plain, where it can sustain its forces more readily, deploying in the Sinai is difficult and unrewarding. Therefore, so long as Israel is not so weak as to make an attack on the coastal plain a viable option, or unless Egypt is motivated by an outside imperial power, Israel does not face a threat from the southwest.

Israel is similarly protected from the southeast. The deserts southeast of Eilat-Aqaba are virtually impassable. No large force could approach from that direction, although smaller raiding parties could. The tribes of the Arabian Peninsula lack the reach or the size to pose a threat to Israel, unless massed and aligned with other forces. Even then, the approach from the southeast is not one that they are likely to take. The Negev is secure from that direction.

The eastern approaches are similarly secured by desert, which begins about 20 to 30 miles east of the Jordan River. While indigenous forces exist in the borderland east of the Jordan, they lack the numbers to be able to penetrate decisively west of the Jordan. Indeed, the normal model is that, so long as Israel controls Judea and Samaria (the modern-day West Bank), then the East Bank of the Jordan River is under the political and sometimes military domination of Israel — sometimes directly through settlement, sometimes indirectly through political influence, or economic or security leverage.

Israel’s vulnerability is in the north. There is no natural buffer between Phoenicia and its successor entities (today’s Lebanon) to the direct north. The best defense line for Israel in the north is the Litani River, but this is not an insurmountable boundary under any circumstance. However, the area along the coast north of Israel does not present a serious threat. The coastal area prospers through trade in the Mediterranean basin. It is oriented toward the sea and to the trade routes to the east, not to the south. If it does anything, this area protects those trade routes and has no appetite for a conflict that might disrupt trade. It stays out of Israel’s way, for the most part.

Moreover, as a commercial area, this region is generally wealthy, a factor that increases predators around it and social conflict within. It is an area prone to instability. Israel frequently tries to extend its influence northward for commercial reasons, as one of the predators, and this can entangle Israel in its regional politics. But barring this self-induced problem, the threat to Israel from the north is minimal, despite the absence of natural boundaries and the large population. On occasion, there is spillover of conflicts from the north, but not to a degree that might threaten regime survival in Israel.

The neighbor that is always a threat lies to the northeast. Syria — or, more precisely, the area governed by Damascus at any time — is populous and frequently has no direct outlet to the sea. It is, therefore, generally poor. The area to its north, Asia Minor, is heavily mountainous. Syria cannot project power to the north except with great difficulty, but powers in Asia Minor can move south. Syria’s eastern flank is buffered by a desert that stretches to the Euphrates.

Therefore, when there is no threat from the north, Syria’s interest — after securing itself internally — is to gain access to the coast. Its primary channel is directly westward, toward the rich cities of the northern Levantine coast, with which it trades heavily. An alternative interest is southwestward, toward the southern Levantine coast controlled by Israel.


As can be seen, Syria can be interested in Israel only selectively. When it is interested, it has a serious battle problem. To attack Israel, it would have to strike between Mount Hermon and the Sea of Galilee, an area about 25 miles wide. The Syrians potentially can attack south of the sea, but only if they are prepared to fight through this region and then attack on extended supply lines. If an attack is mounted along the main route, Syrian forces must descend the Golan Heights and then fight through the hilly Galilee before reaching the coastal plain — sometimes with guerrillas holding out in the Galilean hills. The Galilee is an area that is relatively easy to defend and difficult to attack. Therefore, it is only once Syria takes the Galilee, and can control its lines of supply against guerrilla attack, that its real battle begins.

To reach the coast or move toward Jerusalem, Syria must fight through a plain in front of a line of low hills. This is the decisive battleground where massed Israeli forces, close to lines of supply, can defend against dispersed Syrian forces on extended lines of supply. It is no accident that Megiddo — or Armageddon, as the plain is sometimes referred to — has apocalyptic meaning. This is the point at which any move from Syria would be decided. But a Syrian offensive would have a tough fight to reach Megiddo, and a tougher one as it deploys on the plain.

On the surface, Israel lacks strategic depth, but this is true only on the surface. It faces limited threats from southern neighbors. To its east, it faces only a narrow strip of populated area east of the Jordan. To the north, there is a maritime commercial entity. Syria operating alone, forced through the narrow gap of the Mount Hermon-Galilee line and operating on extended supply lines, can be dealt with readily.

There is a risk of simultaneous attacks from multiple directions. Depending on the forces deployed and the degree of coordination between them, this can pose a problem for Israel. However, even here the Israelis have the tremendous advantage of fighting on interior lines. Egypt and Syria, fighting on external lines (and widely separated fronts), would have enormous difficulty transferring forces from one front to another. Israel, on interior lines (fronts close to each other with good transportation), would be able to move its forces from front to front rapidly, allowing for sequential engagement and thereby the defeat of enemies.

Unless enemies are carefully coordinated and initiate war simultaneously — and deploy substantially superior force on at least one front — Israel can initiate war at a time of its choosing or else move its forces rapidly between fronts, negating much of the advantage of size that the attackers might have.

There is another aspect to the problem of multifront war. Egypt usually has minimal interests along the Levant, having its own coast and an orientation to the south toward the headwaters of the Nile. On the rare occasions when Egypt does move through the Sinai and attacks to the north and northeast, it is in an expansionary mode. By the time it consolidates and exploits the coastal plain, it would be powerful enough to threaten Syria. From Syria’s point of view, the only thing more dangerous than Israel is an Egypt in control of Israel. Therefore, the probability of a coordinated north-south strike at Israel is rare, is rarely coordinated and usually is not designed to be a mortal blow. It is defeated by Israel’s strategic advantage of interior lines.

Israeli Geography and the Convergence Zone

Therefore, it is not surprising that Israel’s first incarnation lasted as long as it did — some five centuries. What is interesting and what must be considered is why Israel (now considered as the northern kingdom) was defeated by the Assyrians and Judea, then defeated by Babylon. To understand this, we need to consider the broader geography of Israel’s location.

Israel is located on the eastern shore of the Mediterranean Sea, on the Levant. As we have seen, when Israel is intact, it will tend to be the dominant power in the Levant. Therefore, Israeli resources must generally be dedicated for land warfare, leaving little over for naval warfare. In general, although Israel had excellent harbors and access to wood for shipbuilding, it never was a major Mediterranean naval power. It never projected power into the sea. The area to the north of Israel has always been a maritime power, but Israel, the area south of Mount Hermon, was always forced to be a land power.

The Levant in general and Israel in particular has always been a magnet for great powers. No Mediterranean empire could be fully secure unless it controlled the Levant. Whether it was Rome or Carthage, a Mediterranean empire that wanted to control both the northern and southern littorals needed to anchor its eastern flank on the Levant. For one thing, without the Levant, a Mediterranean power would be entirely dependent on sea lanes for controlling the other shore. Moving troops solely by sea creates transport limitations and logistical problems.

It also leaves imperial lines vulnerable to interdiction — sometimes merely from pirates, a problem that plagued Rome’s sea transport. A land bridge, or a land bridge with minimal water crossings that can be easily defended, is a vital supplement to the sea for the movement of large numbers of troops. Once the Hellespont (now known as the Dardanelles) is crossed, the coastal route through southern Turkey, down the Levant and along the Mediterranean’s southern shore, provides such an alternative.

There is an additional consideration. If a Mediterranean empire leaves the Levant unoccupied, it opens the door to the possibility of a great power originating to the east seizing the ports of the Levant and challenging the Mediterranean power for maritime domination. In short, control of the Levant binds a Mediterranean empire together while denying a challenger from the east the opportunity to enter the Mediterranean. Holding the Levant, and controlling Israel, is a necessary preventive measure for a Mediterranean empire.

Israel is also important to any empire originating to the east of Israel, either in the Tigris- Euphrates basin or in Persia. For either, security could be assured only once it had an anchor on the Levant. Macedonian expansion under Alexander demonstrated that a power controlling Levantine and Turkish ports could support aggressive operations far to the east, to the Hindu Kush and beyond. While Turkish ports might have sufficed for offensive operations, simply securing the Bosporus still left the southern flank exposed. Therefore, by holding the Levant, an eastern power protected itself against attacks from Mediterranean powers.


The Levant was also important to any empire originating to the north or south of Israel. If Egypt decided to move beyond the Nile Basin and North Africa eastward, it would move first through the Sinai and then northward along the coastal plain, securing sea lanes to Egypt. When Asia Minor powers such as the Ottoman Empire developed, there was a natural tendency to move southward to control the eastern Mediterranean. The Levant is the crossroads of continents, and Israel lies in the path of many imperial ambitions.

Israel therefore occupies what might be called the convergence zone of the Eastern Hemisphere. A European power trying to dominate the Mediterranean or expand eastward, an eastern power trying to dominate the space between the Hindu Kush and the Mediterranean, a North African power moving toward the east, or a northern power moving south — all must converge on the eastern coast of the Mediterranean and therefore on Israel. Of these, the European power and the eastern power must be the most concerned with Israel. For either, there is no choice but to secure it as an anchor.

Internal Geopolitics

Israel is geographically divided into three regions, which traditionally have produced three different types of people. Its coastal plain facilitates commerce, serving as the interface between eastern trade routes and the sea. It is the home of merchants and manufacturers, cosmopolitans — not as cosmopolitan as Phoenicia or Lebanon, but cosmopolitan for Israel. The northeast is hill country, closest to the unruliness north of the Litani River and to the Syrian threat. It breeds farmers and warriors. The area south of Jerusalem is hard desert country, more conducive to herdsman and warriors than anything else. Jerusalem is where these three regions are balanced and governed.

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There are obviously deep differences built into Israel’s geography and inhabitants, particularly between the herdsmen of the southern deserts and the northern hill dwellers. The coastal dwellers, rich but less warlike than the others, hold the balance or are the prize to be pursued. In the division of the original kingdom between Israel and Judea, we saw the alliance of the coast with the Galilee, while Jerusalem was held by the desert dwellers. The consequence of the division was that Israel in the north ultimately was conquered by Assyrians from the northeast, while Babylon was able to swallow Judea.

Social divisions in Israel obviously do not have to follow geographical lines. However, over time, these divisions must manifest themselves. For example, the coastal plain is inherently more cosmopolitan than the rest of the country. The interests of its inhabitants lie more with trading partners in the Mediterranean and the rest of the world than with their countrymen. Their standard of living is higher, and their commitment to traditions is lower. Therefore, there is an inherent tension between their immediate interests and those of the Galileans, who live more precarious, warlike lives. Countries can be divided over lesser issues — and when Israel is divided, it is vulnerable even to regional threats.

We say “even” because geography dictates that regional threats are less menacing than might be expected. The fact that Israel would be outnumbered demographically should all its neighbors turn on it is less important than the fact that it has adequate buffers in most directions, that the ability of neighbors to coordinate an attack is minimal and that their appetite for such an attack is even less. The single threat that Israel faces from the northeast can readily be managed if the Israelis create a united front there. When Israel was overrun by a Damascus-based power, it was deeply divided internally.

It is important to add one consideration to our discussion of buffers, which is diplomacy. The main neighbors of Israel are Egyptians, Syrians and those who live on the east bank of Jordan. This last group is a negligible force demographically, and the interests of the Syrians and Egyptians are widely divergent. Egypt’s interests are to the south and west of its territory; the Sinai holds no attraction. Syria is always threatened from multiple directions, and alliance with Egypt adds little to its security. Therefore, under the worst of circumstances, Egypt and Syria have difficulty supporting each other. Under the best of circumstances, from Israel’s point of view, it can reach a political accommodation with Egypt, securing its southwestern frontier politically as well as by geography, thus freeing Israel to concentrate on the northern threats and opportunities.

Israel and the Great Powers

The threat to Israel rarely comes from the region, except when the Israelis are divided internally. The conquests of Israel occur when powers not adjacent to it begin forming empires. Babylon, Persia, Macedonia, Rome, Turkey and Britain all controlled Israel politically, sometimes for worse and sometimes for better. Each dominated it militarily, but none was a neighbor of Israel. This is a consistent pattern. Israel can resist its neighbors; danger arises when more distant powers begin playing imperial games. Empires can bring force to bear that Israel cannot resist.

Israel therefore has this problem: It would be secure if it could confine itself to protecting its interests from neighbors, but it cannot confine itself because its geographic location invariably draws larger, more distant powers toward Israel. Therefore, while Israel’s military can focus only on immediate interests, its diplomatic interests must look much further. Israel is constantly entangled with global interests (as the globe is defined at any point), seeking to deflect and align with broader global powers. When it fails in this diplomacy, the consequences can be catastrophic.

Israel exists in three conditions. First, it can be a completely independent state. This condition occurs when there are no major imperial powers external to the region. We might call this the David model.

Second, it can live as part of an imperial system — either as a subordinate ally, as a moderately autonomous entity or as a satrapy. In any case, it maintains its identity but loses room for independent maneuvering in foreign policy and potentially in domestic policy. We might call this the Persian model in its most beneficent form.

Finally, Israel can be completely crushed — with mass deportations and migrations, with a complete loss of autonomy and minimal residual autonomy. We might call this the Babylonian model.

The Davidic model exists primarily when there is no external imperial power needing control of the Levant that is in a position either to send direct force or to support surrogates in the immediate region. The Persian model exists when Israel aligns itself with the foreign policy interests of such an imperial power, to its own benefit. The Babylonian model exists when Israel miscalculates on the broader balance of power and attempts to resist an emerging hegemon. When we look at Israeli behavior over time, the periods when Israel does not confront hegemonic powers outside the region are not rare, but are far less common than when it is confronting them.

Given the period of the first iteration of Israel, it would be too much to say that the Davidic model rarely comes into play, but certainly since that time, variations of the Persian and Babylonian models have dominated. The reason is geographic. Israel is normally of interest to outside powers because of its strategic position. While Israel can deal with local challenges effectively, it cannot deal with broader challenges. It lacks the economic or military weight to resist. Therefore, it is normally in the process of managing broader threats or collapsing because of them.

The Geopolitics of Contemporary Israel

Let us then turn to the contemporary manifestation of Israel. Israel was recreated because of the interaction between a regional great power, the Ottoman Empire, and a global power, Great Britain. During its expansionary phase, the Ottoman Empire sought to dominate the eastern Mediterranean as well as both its northern and southern coasts. One thrust went through the Balkans toward central Europe. The other was toward Egypt. Inevitably, this required that the Ottomans secure the Levant.

For the British, the focus on the eastern Mediterranean was as the primary sea lane to India. As such, Gibraltar and the Suez were crucial. The importance of the Suez was such that the presence of a hostile, major naval force in the eastern Mediterranean represented a direct threat to British interests. It followed that defeating the Ottoman Empire during World War I and breaking its residual naval power was critical. The British, as was shown at Gallipoli, lacked the resources to break the Ottoman Empire by main force. They resorted to a series of alliances with local forces to undermine the Ottomans. One was an alliance with Bedouin tribes in the Arabian Peninsula; others involved covert agreements with anti-Turkish, Arab interests from the Levant to the Persian Gulf. A third, minor thrust was aligning with Jewish interests globally, particularly those interested in the refounding of Israel. Britain had little interest in this goal, but saw such discussions as part of the process of destabilizing the Ottomans.

The strategy worked. Under an agreement with France, the Ottoman province of Syria was divided into two parts on a line roughly running east-west between the sea and Mount Hermon. The northern part was given to France and divided into Lebanon and a rump Syria entity. The southern part was given to Britain and was called Palestine, after the Ottoman administrative district Filistina. Given the complex politics of the Arabian Peninsula, the British had to find a home for a group of Hashemites, which they located on the east bank of the Jordan River and designated, for want of a better name, the Trans-Jordan — the other side of the Jordan. Palestine looked very much like traditional Israel.

The ideological foundations of Zionism are not our concern here, nor are the pre- and post- World War II migrations of Jews, although those are certainly critical. What is important for purposes of this analysis are two things: First, the British emerged economically and militarily crippled from World War II and unable to retain their global empire, Palestine included. Second, the two global powers that emerged after World War II — the United States and the Soviet Union — were engaged in an intense struggle for the eastern Mediterranean after World War II, as can be seen in the Greek and Turkish issues at that time. Neither wanted to see the British Empire survive, each wanted the Levant, and neither was prepared to make a decisive move to take it.

Both the United States and the Soviet Union saw the re-creation of Israel as an opportunity to introduce their power to the Levant. The Soviets thought they might have some influence over Israel due to ideology. The Americans thought they might have some influence given the role of American Jews in the founding. Neither was thinking particularly clearly about the matter, because neither had truly found its balance after World War II. Both knew the Levant was important, but neither saw the Levant as a central battleground at that moment. Israel slipped through the cracks.

Once the question of Jewish unity was settled through ruthless action by David Ben Gurion’s government, Israel faced a simultaneous threat from all of its immediate neighbors. However, as we have seen, the threat in 1948 was more apparent than real. The northern Levant, Lebanon, was fundamentally disunited — far more interested in regional maritime trade and concerned about control from Damascus. It posed no real threat to Israel. Jordan, settling the eastern bank of the Jordan River, was an outside power that had been transplanted into the region and was more concerned about native Arabs — the Palestinians — than about Israel. The Jordanians secretly collaborated with Israel. Egypt did pose a threat, but its ability to maintain lines of supply across the Sinai was severely limited and its genuine interest in engaging and destroying Israel was more rhetorical than real. As usual, the Egyptians could not afford the level of effort needed to move into the Levant. Syria by itself had a very real interest in Israel’s defeat, but by itself was incapable of decisive action.

The exterior lines of Israel’s neighbors prevented effective, concerted action. Israel’s interior lines permitted efficient deployment and redeployment of force. It was not obvious at the time, but in retrospect we can see that once Israel existed, was united and had even limited military force, its survival was guaranteed. That is, so long as no great power was opposed to its existence.

From its founding until the Camp David Accords re-established the Sinai as a buffer with Egypt, Israel’s strategic problem was this: So long as Egypt was in the Sinai, Israel’s national security requirements outstripped its military capabilities. It could not simultaneously field an army, maintain its civilian economy and produce all the weapons and supplies needed for war. Israel had to align itself with great powers who saw an opportunity to pursue other interests by arming Israel.

David Ben Gurion, Israel’s first prime minister (Public domain)

Josef Stalin, first Secretary-General of the Soviet Union (Public domain) – Robert Schuman, French prime minister, 1948 (Public domain)

Israel’s first patron was the Soviet Union — through Czechoslovakia — which supplied weapons before and after 1948 in the hopes of using Israel to gain a foothold in the eastern Mediterranean. Israel, aware of the risks of losing autonomy, also moved into a relationship with a declining great power that was fighting to retain its empire: France. Struggling to hold onto Algeria and in constant tension with Arabs, France saw Israel as a natural ally. And apart from the operation against Suez in 1956, Israel saw in France a patron that was not in a position to reduce Israeli autonomy. However, with the end of the Algerian war and the realignment of France in the Arab world, Israel became a liability to France and, after 1967, Israel lost French patronage.

Israel did not become a serious ally of the Americans until after 1967. Such an alliance was in the American interest. The United States had, as a strategic imperative, the goal of keeping the Soviet navy out of the Mediterranean or, at least, blocking its unfettered access. That meant that Turkey, controlling the Bosporus, had to be kept in the American bloc. Syria and Iraq shifted policies in the late 1950s and by the mid-1960s had been armed by the Soviets. This made Turkey’s position precarious: If the Soviets pressed from the north while Syria and Iraq pressed from the south, the outcome would be uncertain, to say the least, and the global balance of power was at stake.

The United States used Iran to divert Iraq’s attention. Israel was equally useful in diverting Syria’s attention. So long as Israel threatened Syria from the south, it could not divert its forces to the north. That helped secure Turkey at a relatively low cost in aid and risk. By aligning itself with the interests of a great power, Israel lost some of its room for maneuver: For example, in 1973, it was limited by the United States in what it could do to Egypt. But those limitations aside, it remained autonomous internally and generally free to pursue its strategic interests.

Celebrating the Camp David Accords, September 1978: Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin, U.S. President Jimmy Carter, Egyptian President Anwar El-Sadat (Source: Bill Fitz-Patrick, public domain)

The end of hostilities with Egypt, guaranteed by the Sinai buffer zone, created a new era for Israel. Egypt was restored to its traditional position, Jordan was a marginal power on the east bank, Lebanon was in its normal, unstable mode, and only Syria was a threat. However, it was a threat that Israel could easily deal with. Syria by itself could not threaten the survival of Israel.

Following Camp David (an ironic name), Israel was in its Davidic model, in a somewhat modified sense. Its survival was not at stake. Its problems — the domination of a large, hostile population and managing events in the northern Levant — were subcritical (meaning that, though these were not easy tasks, they did not represent fundamental threats to national survival, so long as Israel retained national unity). When unified, Israel has never been threatened by its neighbors. Geography dictates against it.

Israel’s danger will come only if a great power seeks to dominate the Mediterranean Basin or to occupy the region between Afghanistan and the Mediterranean. In the short period since the fall of the Soviet Union, this has been impossible. There has been no great power with the appetite and the will for such an adventure. But 15 years is not even a generation, and Israel must measure its history in centuries.

It is the nature of the international system to seek balance. The primary reality of the world today is the overwhelming power of the United States. The United States makes few demands on Israel that matter. However, it is the nature of things that the United States threatens the interests of other great powers who, individually weak, will try to form coalitions against it. Inevitably, such coalitions will arise. That will be the next point of danger for Israel.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addresses a joint session of the U.S. Congress in March 2015 — warning of dangers to Israel if Washington reaches an accord with Iran. (Public domain)

In the event of a global rivalry, the United States might place onerous requirements on Israel. Alternatively, great powers might move into the Jordan River valley or ally with Syria, move into Lebanon or ally with Israel. The historical attraction of the eastern shore of the Mediterranean would focus the attention of such a power and lead to attempts to assert control over the Mediterranean or create a secure Middle Eastern empire. In either event, or some of the others discussed, it would create a circumstance in which Israel might face a Babylonian catastrophe or be forced into some variation of Persian or Roman subjugation.

Israel’s danger is not a Palestinian rising. Palestinian agitation is an irritant that Israel can manage so long as it does not undermine Israeli unity. Whether it is managed by domination or by granting the Palestinians a vassal state matters little. Nor can Israel be threatened by its neighbors. Even a unified attack by Syria and Egypt would fail, for the reasons discussed.

Israel’s real threat, as can be seen in history, lies in the event of internal division and/or a great power, coveting Israel’s geographical position, marshaling force that is beyond its capacity to resist. Even that can be managed if Israel has a patron whose interests involve denying the coast to another power.

Israel’s reality is this. It is a small country, yet must manage threats arising far outside of its region. It can survive only if it maneuvers with great powers commanding enormously greater resources. Israel cannot match the resources and, therefore, it must be constantly clever. There are periods when it is relatively safe because of great power alignments, but its normal condition is one of global unease. No nation can be clever forever, and Israel’s history shows that some form of subordination is inevitable. Indeed, it is to a very limited extent subordinate to the United States now.

For Israel, the retention of a Davidic independence is difficult. Israel’s strategy must be to manage its subordination effectively by dealing with its patron cleverly, as it did with Persia. But cleverness is not a geopolitical concept. It is not permanent, and it is not assured. And that is the perpetual crisis of Jerusalem.


Russia Enters Syria – Is it Geopolitics or Prophecy?

John R. Houk

© September 30, 2015


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Iran Probably Already has Clandestine Nukes

Contact your Congressman and Senator to say NO DEAL

Intro by John R. Houk

© August 25, 2015

Ted Belman has posted two excellent articles from his Israpundit blog. On August 24 he posted an article by Major General Paul Vallely, U.S. Army (Ret) And Lieutenant Colonel Dennis B. Haney (And HERE), USAF (Ret). Then on August 25 he posted an article by Jerome Corsi. Both articles are about the belief that Iran already clandestinely has nuclear weapons of mass destruction (WMD). Their guess speculates the Iran Nuke Deal is an Obama ploy to cover his butt when the truth is exposed. They cite the recent history Russian, Chinese and North Korean support going toward Iran to keep the Twelver Shi’ite nation solvent during decades of sanctions from the West because of various Iranian violations to a peaceful world.

To remind yourself how nefarious and untrustworthy Iran go to my blog post about the Iranian government producing a video that glorifies the massive invasion of Jerusalem.

JRH 8/25/15

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Iran is Nuclear Now

By MG Paul Vallely, U.S. Army (Ret) And LTC Dennis B. Haney, USAF (Ret)

August 25, 2015


T. Belman. These authors are on my mailing list and keep in touch with me. They know what they are talking about.

Paul Vallely writes to say;

“President Obama, Secretary of State John Kerry, and White House advisor Valerie are treading on treason grounds under the U.S. Constitution for aiding and abetting Iran, a known enemy of the United States, while throwing Israel, a longtime U.S. ally, to the wolves,”


Since 1979, a cabal of nations has aided and abetted Iran in its efforts to develop a robust nuclear program under the guise of generating a nuclear energy system. This cabal is mainly comprised of Russia, China, and North Korea. Since sanctions began being placed on Iran in 1979, with more added since, Iran still had enough free reign to develop its capabilities despite the sanctions regime because of this cabal. All the moving parts are in place, the material is there, and this means they are already nuclear – “break out” is imminent now.


During this period, North Korea had evaded sanctions, and like Iran, lied, cheated, and broke virtually every agreement it ever signed with the United Nations. Now North Korea is a nuclear weapons power, and we believe Iran has already done the same. Each had created hidden facilities but only North Korea has actually tested weapons fully. Because Iran has to date only detonated trigger devices that does not mean the Mullahs do not have weapons capability now because they certainly have enough material.

Both Iran and North Korea are also fast approaching inter-continental missile capability, and Iranian government observers, research scientists, and senior military officials have been on-site in North Korea for the testing of its systems. In essence, Iran has had the benefit of having North Korea essentially do their development and testing for them.

Iran has tested their launch systems like the Shahab series of launch and delivery vehicles and the attendant guidance and control systems, and they certainly had fine mentors along the way. The cabal has assisted Iran along all the pathways for acquisition of a nuclear weapon; from system requirements, specifications, prototyping, development, and acquisition. Iran has NEVER had to go it alone.

These are facts. Please feel free to challenge our findings and discuss where you think we have gone wrong.

· The coalition of Russia, China and North Korea have assisted Iran in achieving a nuclear capable weapon. Since the 1979 sanctions have been in place, Iran has had free reign to develop their nuclear weapons program unabated. This weapons program was under the guise of a nuclear energy program for domestic energy production. China and North Korea during this same timeframe developed their nuclear programs, maturing same to include land-based and sea-launch weapons systems, testing their entire launch, delivery and detonation process through actual nuclear detonations.

· Iranian Government observers, research scientists, and senior Military officials have been on-site in North Korea for all their tests of nuclear component systems. In essence, Iran has had the benefit of having North Korea essentially do their development and testing for them.

· Iran was able to test their launch systems (i.e., the Shahab series of launch and delivery vehicles and the attendant guidance and control systems). Russia, China and North Korea always had the latitude and time to develop and test warhead design, fissionable material and detonation testing. Iran participated onsite in most all of the scheduled testing.

· The coalition of Russia, China and North Korea have assisted Iran along all the pathways for acquisition of a nuclear weapon, from system requirements, specifications, prototyping, development, and acquisition. Iran has NEVER had to go it alone. The coalition support them 100%.

It is now clear that since 2009, the Obama administration has crafted a plan that guarantees Iran will have a nuclear weapon, and the devil is in the details. For instance; the copy of the agreement handed out in English for the American delegation did not fully replicate the copy handed out in Farsi for the Iranians. The American delegation never mentioned this to the West and especially not to the American people nor Congress. The Iranian delegation read both the English and Farsi-worded agreements, and declared that while they agreed with the one in Farsi, the one in English WAS NOT THE SAME, AND WAS IN NO WAY ACCEPTABLE TO THEM.

In addition, there are more devils in the details, and these are in the side agreements between Iran and the IAEA. We now know that one of those arrangements calls for Iran to actually be its own inspecting body. The fox gets to be the hen house security team. With Obama’s statement to Russian President Dimitri Medvedev in 2012, incoming President Vladimir Putin knew he had the green light on a host of issues with the now famous “live mike” incident.

The green light was not just for missile defense, it also applied to all things Iran. We know this because Iranian Quds Force commander Qassem Soleimani was seen in Moscow despite a worldwide travel ban, just prior to Secretary of State John Kerry testifying before Congress on the agreement reached with Iran.

Being proven communist sympathizers, John Kerry, Obama, and his henchwoman, Iranian born Valerie Jarret, it is demonstrable that their plan has always been to aid that cabal. Prime negotiator John Kerry, who has his very own place in Communist Vietnam’s War Memorial with a photo, recently admitted that his daughter married an Iranian-American who has extensive family ties to Iran. Incidentally, Kerry’s chief counterpart in the nuclear deal negotiations, Mohammad Javad Zarif’s son was the best man.

We remind all that Barack Obama, mentored during his formative years by Frank Marshall Davis, a confirmed member of the American Communist Party, is also demonstrably not only predisposed to support all things Islam, he has a close relationship with the Muslim Brotherhood as has been proven in the “Betrayal Papers” series.

Now that the agreement has become a settled international agreement, where the United States would be going it alone if Congress somehow negates our involvement in it, the world will release of up to $150 Billion in Iranian assets all but guarantees funding for their nuclear weapons program and their terrorist proxies, Hezbollah, and Hamas and others, to include Assad of Syria.

What better way to wipe Israel off the face of the earth than a well-timed and specifically-delivered nuclear weapon? And what better time to “negotiate” a pathway to “achieving” a nuclear weapons capability, than when you already have one? It is important to note as well, that Iran has been designing plans for the United States as well, after all, intercontinental ballistic missiles are not intended for neighboring Israel, they are aimed at the United States and they have plans for an EMP already drafted.

In January 2014, the Arms Control Association even agreed that “…as Iran progresses down a path towards a nuclear-weapons capability, the difficulties in finding a compromise that would protect against a nuclear-armed Iran while being acceptable to the leadership in Tehran have grown.” Obama and Kerry are pushing an agreement upon America that surely many members of Congress have not read, and are not adding to the confidence level needed to ensure Iran does not “go nuclear.”


In 2015, given that the Iranians have not agreed to any inspection of any facility for many years, and WILL NOT NOW AGREE TO INSPECTION OF NUCLEAR FACILITIES ON MILITARY INSTALLATIONS, the odds that Iran already has a nuclear weapon are really quite high. Why is it acceptable to so many that Iran gets to be its own inspector? The likely answer is, they know Iran already has the capability.

From the Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI) web site: “Iran acquired the Soviet R-17 (R-300; NATO: Scud-B) from Libya. Tehran has continued to utilize a number of foreign suppliers to develop a missile production infrastructure. To date, Iran claims to have developed five liquid-propellant ballistic missiles, (the Shahab-1, Shahab-2, Shahab-3, Ghadr-1 and Qiam); the Safir space launch vehicle (SLV); and the solid-propellant Sejjil missile.”

With $150 Billion in assets already flowing their way, they will finalize the first series of deliverable weapons. A first-strike launch against Israel? Support of international radical Islam, the global Caliphate, and terrorism will accelerate worldwide. Nothing will stop Iran and its proxies now if the “Iran Deal” goes forward.

The so-called “Iran Deal” is moot at this time and not worth the paper it is written on. The cabal wins!

MG Paul Vallely, US Army (Ret) is the Chairman of Stand Up America, the Legacy National Security Advisory Group and a member of the Citizens’ Commission on Benghazi.

LTC Denny Haney, USAF (Ret) is a standing Member of the ‘Citizens Commission on Benghazi and Operations Coordinator of Special Operations Speaks (SOS).



By Jerome R. Corsi, WND

August 25, 2015 3:42 pm


Corsi, NEW YORK – Amid debate over President Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran, two retired military officers contend their accumulation of evidence from open and intelligence sources shows Tehran already has a nuclear-weapons capability.

Retired U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Paul Vallely and U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Dennis B. Haney assert that since 1979, a cabal of nations has aided and abetted Iran in its efforts to develop a robust nuclear program under the guise of generating a nuclear-energy system.

And they believe the White House is fully aware.

In an interview, Vallely told WND that President Obama, Secretary of State John Kerry and chief White House adviser Valerie Jarrett “are treading on treason under the U.S. Constitution for aiding and abetting Iran, a known enemy of the United States, while throwing Israel, a longtime U.S. ally, to the wolves.”

They charge the cabal is mainly comprised of Russia, China and North Korea, which have worked behind the scenes in collaboration with Iran to put all the parts in place.

Jerome Corsi’s and Michael Evans’ “Showdown with Nuclear Iran” uncovers the apocalyptic beliefs of Iran’s Islamic leaders that help fuel the drive to acquire nuclear weapons

The assistance includes providing the material needed to make a bomb. Vallely and Haney believe Iran can make a bomb now, and a “breakout” nuclear test detonation is imminent.

‘Treading on treason’

Vallely told WND that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu “knows that Israel has little option but to launch a pre-emptive military strike on Iran, and I suspect Saudi Arabia will assist Israel militarily when the attack occurs.”

“Signing a nuclear agreement legitimizes Iran’s nuclear weapons future, while removing sanctions that gives Iran access to billions of dollars that can be diverted to advancing Iran’s terrorist goals against the United States and Israel,” Vallely said.

Haney agreed.

“President Obama has given the green light to the potential destruction of Israel by signing this agreement while Iran swears ‘death to Israel,’” Haney told WND.

“President Obama knows Iran has the bomb, and he knows Iran plans a nuclear attack on Israel. Obama has never liked Israel; he does not see Israel in the future of the Middle East that he sees dominated by radical Islam.”

Haney said Obama “is simply covering his tracks with this nuclear agreement with Iran.”

“The point is that Obama already knows Iran has the bomb and the entire negotiation has been nothing more than a charade, a smoke screen to cover up that Iran already has the bomb,” he said.

“The White House and Secretary of State Kerry know that Iran already has nuclear weapons capability and, to protect Obama’s legacy, the White House does not want it known Iran was allowed to develop nuclear weapons on Obama’s watch,” he explained.

“This way, a pathway for Iran to get the bomb has been created and put in place, so when Iran finally announces it has a nuclear weapon, Obama can argue that Iran simply got the bomb quicker than anybody anticipated, but not in violation of the agreement.”

He declared: “Iran is a nuclear weapons power now!”

In a joint statement, Vallely and Haney say an accumulation of available evidence shows a coalition of Russia, China and North Korea have assisted Iran since 1979 in achieving a nuclear weapon, despite sanctions, under the guise of a domestic nuclear energy program.

Vallely explained to WND that he and Haney have taken a systematic approach to evaluating each component needed to deliver a nuclear weapon, from the development and testing of a ballistic missile system, to the design of a nuclear weapons warhead, to the development of the weapons-grade uranium needed to produce a bomb.

“To come to our conclusion that Iran is a nuclear weapons power right now, we supplemented publicly available research, plus information from intelligence sources, including Iranian resistance groups such as the National Council of Resistance of IRAN, NCRI,” Vallely explained. “With the assistance of Russia, China and North Korea, Iran has developed and tested every component needed to develop and deliver a nuclear weapon against Israel.

WND reported in February that the NCRI, in a Washington, D.C., press conference, added to a series of disclosures it made regarding Iran’s secret nuclear weapons program more than a decade ago. NCRI has claimed Tehran is operating a secret uranium-enrichment site northeast of the capital city that was not disclosed during the recent negotiations to the United States or to the United Nations International Atomic Energy Agency, IAEA.

Vallely and Haney made clear in their statement their conclusion that Iran will soon detonate its first nuclear device.

“Iranian government observers, research scientists and senior military officials have been on-site in North Korea for all their tests of nuclear component systems,” they said. “In essence, Iran has had the benefit of North Korea doing their development and testing for them.”

They said Russia, China and North Korea “always had the latitude and time to develop and test warhead design, fissionable material and detonation testing.”

“Iran participated in most all of the scheduled testing onsite.”

Vallely and Haney said the “release of up to $150 billion in Iranian assets, as a part of the sanctions against Iran, guarantees Iran further funding their nuclear weapons program and their terrorist proxies, Hezbollah and Hamas and others to include Assad of Syria.”

‘Ties to Iran’

Vallely and Haney combine their analysis of Iran’s nuclear weapons capabilities with an argument that Obama, Kerry and Jarrett have close ties to Iran that influence their political judgment.

All three allowed the United States to sign a nuclear weapons agreement with Iran knowing Tehran could develop a nuclear weapon today and realizing that an atomic Iran would be an existential threat to Israel, the retired officers said.

“Barack Hussein Obama, raised and schooled in Islam, mentored by American Communist Party member Frank Marshall Davis, with his primary adviser being Iranian-born Valerie Jarrett, has crafted a plan that guarantees Iran will have a nuclear weapon,” they said.

“The copy of the agreement handed out in English for the American delegation did not replicate the copy handed out in Farsi for the Iranians. The American delegation did not bring this up,” Vallely and Haney said.

“The Iranian delegation read both the English and Farsi-worded agreements, and declared that while they agreed with the one in Farsi, the one in English was not the same and was in no way acceptable to them.

“Prime negotiator John Forbes Kerry, himself a communist sympathizer during the Vietnam War, came out this past May with the admission that he has a daughter who married an Iranian-American who has extensive family ties to Iran,” they noted.

In 2009, Kerry’s daughter, Vanessa Bradford Kerry, married a Los Angeles-based Iranian-American physician, Dr. Brian (Behrooz) ValaNahad, who was born in New York, educated at UCLA, attended medical school at Yale and completed his internship and neurosurgery residence at the Massachusetts General Hospital.

The Nemazee connection

WND has reported the ties between American–Iranian Hassan Nemazee and John Kerry and Hillary Clinton.

Nemazee, prominent in Democratic Party fundraising since Bill Clinton’s second term in the White House, is an American-Iranian now serving time in federal prison for criminal bank fraud. Nemazee’s family fortune in Iran traces back to the Iranian opium shipping trade with China that began in the mid-1800s.

Nemazee’s credentials in raising money for Democratic Party presidential hopefuls is impressive. In 2004, he served as Kerry’s presidential campaign fundraising chairman in New York, and in 2008, he served prominently as one of Hillary Clinton’s most successful national presidential campaign fundraising chairmen.

Coincidentally, Jarrett was born in Shiraz, Fars Province, Iran, in Nemazee Hospital, named after Hassan Nemazee’s father, who had the distinction of transitioning the Nemazee family opium trade with the Far East into the 20th century.

‘Let’s provide Iran nuclear fuel’

WND reported that during his first presidential debate with President George W. Bush in 2004, Kerry, then the Democratic Party’s presidential nominee, argued that the U.S. should provide nuclear fuel to Iran. Kerry said the U.S. should trust Tehran, as had President Clinton with North Korea, that the Iranians would not use the fuel to make a bomb.

In the early 1970s, Pyongyang had begun to acquire nuclear fuel and plutonium processing technology from the Soviet Union to expand North Korea’s IRT-2000 research reactor that was gradually diverted to nuclear weapons development.

Then, in October 1994, former President Jimmy Carter announced from Pyongyang that Kim Il-sung had accepted the broad deal later formalized as the “Agreed Framework.” Within less than a decade, North Korea withdrew from the Nonproliferation Treaty and prohibited IAEA inspectors to actively monitor Pyongyang for nuclear weapons activities.

Vallely and Haney, both members of the independent Citizens’ Commission on Benghazi, made clear they are speaking for themselves regarding Iran and not on behalf of the commission.


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Questioning Reliability of Marketing End Times Product

Days of Prophecy


John R. Houk

© May 29, 2015


Shepard’s whole “Survive The End Days” program is based solely on the premise the Whore of Babylon in the Holy Scriptures is the USA. I see this assertion as a stretch in credulity partly because of some blatant theological errors throughout his build up to demonstrate his point.


It is my opinion that Shepard takes some facts and plugs them into conclusions like jamming a square peg into a round hole. That can only be the aha moment of revealed understanding if the square peg fits into the round hole.


However, if you accept the whore of Babylon = the USA, the square peg lines up a little better to a square hole. So you will have to decide for yourself on what is the whore of Babylon.


Shepard makes the assertion that Russia is north of the USA when in reality the world and America consider Russia as part of the East. And technically in proximity Russia is just West of the USA with the small body of water between Alaska and Russian Siberia.


Shepard the USA is what is referred to as the power in South to threaten Jerusalem. The reality is, prophetically speaking, a better assertion of a power south of Jerusalem would be the cities that Islam originated in namely Mecca and Medina which is in current day Saudi Arabia.


Daniel prophesied from Babylon not Jerusalem.


Shepard asserts the shield program is being built in Europe when the fact is President Obama discontinued the European shield program soon after taking Office just after 2008.


I have no problem with identifying Barack Hussein Obama as an evil force ruining America. I don’t even have a problem with connecting BHO to an antichrist spirit. I just believe he is THE Antichrist that will be revealed in the Tribulation period predestined to afflict humanity before the return of Jesus Christ the Son of God, Savior and Lord.


There are many other suspect claims of bona fide research theologically relating to present day current affairs but there simply too many to tackle at this point. But here’s some food for thought. This is how Nathan Shepard describes himself:


… My name is Nathan Shepard


I have been a fervent Christian ever since I was a child… I have pursued a career in Archeology and theology…


And have dedicated my life to studying the ancient Scriptures…


After 30 years of painstaking studies the clues hidden in the words of the prophets of our Lord become evident… (Nathan Shepard)


Now that sounds like a person with an awesome background in which one should rest assured. But the “DISCLAIMER” gives me pause:


DISCLAIMER: The author of this material wishes to keep his identity private, therefore Nathan Shepard is a pen name. (At the bottom of webpage entitled, “Our church and government are engaged in a massive cover up”)


Here are four websites that start with the impression of an independent review of the “Survive The End Day” program however you will realize the review is a paid review because it has a recommended link to purchase in somewhere on the page:


1.   http://www.newson6.com/story/29131685/survive-the-end-days-reviews-nathan-shepards-newly-launched-survival-guide-survive-the-end-days-program


2.   http://www.bser.eu/survive-the-end-days-review/


3.   http://sportscitycafe.net/gravity-manifestation-program-book-review/


4.   http://whiterock.rsphysics.org/where-can-i-get-the-survive-the-end-days-for-free


The first webpage is actually from the local news affiliate of CBS Tulsa where I reside. Even so it is a paid ad.


I love the name of the webpage of the second review on this random list: BS-er. The hyphen is my idea to express a point. The reviews on this website are quite likely to be a load of BS. The website’s “Disclosure” and “Disclaimer” page are clues.


I’ll let you vet the last two webpages.


The most reliable review I found is here:


About Survive the End Days


Survive the End Days is a new video presentation and survival guide written and offered by Nathan Shephard [sic], who wants to teach people how to protect themselves in the event the United States is attacked by an EMP.


How Does It Work?


Nathan Shephard [sic] says that he has pursued a career in Archeology and Theology, and his years of extensive study has given him an insight to understanding the prophecies made in the Bible, and he has created a theory about future prophecies made in the Bible that he feels it is important to warn people about.


This theory is that the United States is the nation referred to in the Bible as “Mystery Babylon” or “Babylon” and that current President Barack Obama is the man referred to as “King of the South,” while Russian President Vladimir Putin is the man referred to as “King of the North.”


Taking all of these assertions into consideration, it follows that the prophecies regarding the next world war, or World War III, indicate that Russia will attack the United States before the end of Barack Obama’s Presidency, which Nathan Shepard cites as January 1, 2017, and that this attack will be made with “a very special weapon.”


Because the Bible describes this weapon as leaving “Babylon silent and in darkness” and their military helpless. Shephard theorizes that this weapon is an EMP bomb, an electromagnetic pulse bomb, which has the ability to kill all sensitive electronic circuits within minutes or even seconds.


And once all electricity and technology has been wiped out, modern day Americans will find it almost impossible to function in their daily lives. Which is where the Survive the End Days guide comes in – Nathan Shephard [sic] says he lived with the Amish for more than two years, and knows exactly how to teach you to live without relying on modern day conveniences.





There are not many reviews for this product at this time which are not offered by affiliates or partner websites, however there is a lot of information available online concerning EMP attacks, including articles written by contributors to Forbes Magazine and the Wall Street Journal warning of the dangers, and other articles from National Geographic and the government discussing the myths associate with such an attack.


One thing that seems clear if you read articles provided by organizations that are not trying to sell you survival materials is that one assertion made by Nathan Shephard [sic] in his presentation is wrong – the threat of an EMP bomb is real, and as such is something the US Military has been preparing for, for more than 30 years. Most scientists and researchers feel strongly that the US Military would be mostly unaffected by an EMP attack. The real danger is that the civilian electrical grid is essentially defenseless from such an attack.


There is a lot of free information available about EMP attacks and what regular civilians can do to protect themselves, as well as a lot of extremist information that is generally incorrect and being essentially used to scare people into buying products. Survive the End Days seems as though it falls into the second category.


Customers who are still interested in purchasing this product are welcome to do as they please, but you are also encouraged to look at other sources of research to develop a fully formed opinion.


Competitors and Alternatives?


There are many, many other survival guides available on the market, including (Survive the End Days Reviews; reviewopedia.com)


JRH 5/29/15

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Delete This After Reading. The Most Disturbing Documentary of 2015


Sent from Nathan Shepard

Sent: 5/28/2015 4:36 PM

Sent as: Sponsored Ad via Newsmax


Dear Reader,


This short documentary has been banned in all Catholic European countries.


And Extremists have hacked Youtube servers trying to take it down

Click here to watch what has united the Catholic Church and extremists for one sinister purpose…


Just make sure you watch it with the door locked and with the sound turned down…


I must admit, as a true Christian and Patriot this video really sent shivers down my spine…


Stay safe. Stay prepared.

Nathan Shepard


P.S.: 24 seconds in, the movie really becomes explosive…


Click here to see why…


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Nathan Shepard is a bible scholar with a background in theology and archeology. He has spent more than 17 years studying the ancient scriptures and how the words of the prophets became historical fact over time. Now, his spine chilling theory links present times events to bible prophecies in a clear and concise way… and foretells a very sinister future for the US. From that moment on, he decided that he must become a survival expert, train and prepare for the worst disaster in human history…


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Nathan Shepard is a bible scholar with a background in theology and archeology. He has spent more than 17 years studying the ancient scriptures and how the words of the prophets became historical fact over time. Now, his spine chilling theory links present times events to bible prophecies in a clear and concise way… and foretells a very sinister future for the US. From that moment on, he decided that he must become a survival expert, train and prepare for the worst disaster in human history…

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Our church and government are engaged in a massive cover up




To hide form the public the most terrible warning hidden in the last chapters in the Holy Bible


This ancient prophecy is coded within the visions of 4 men


Chosen to give a very precise and terrifying warning of things to come in the end times…


One single event so devastating it could wipe out 293 million Americans

An event that will happen before the 1st of January 2017…



And you are about to discover the chilling evidence of the prophecy coming true


Step by step…


But first you need to know just who I am for making such shocking statements…My name is Nathan Shepard


I have been a fervent Christian ever since I was a child… I have pursued a career in Archeology and theology…


And have dedicated my life to studying the ancient Scriptures…


After 30 years of painstaking studies the clues hidden in the words of the prophets of our Lord become evident…


And it all started with a simple question:


Does it not seem odd to you that America, the greatest nation on Earth, the greatest evangelical nation, the richest and the most powerful country today IS NOT EVEN MENTIONED IN THE BIBLE?


After all, as we know, the Bible accurately predicts so many other historical events:


The two world wars, man reaching outer space and the return of the Jews to their homeland after centuries of living without a country…


All of these events were accurate predicted by the prophets


The key to understanding the holy texts of the Bible is deciphering its metaphors and symbolism


Because the prophets talk of future things using simple words that existed in the period they were written in…


So when the prophets tried to describe air craft in their visions the description would be: “mount up to heaven


Referring to air travel and the air force…


Just like “it will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High” is clearly a metaphor for reaching space


It is no coincidence that both of these metaphors refer to a nation known as Mystery Babylon


Mystery Babylon is an end times nation… how else would it be able to have an air force and reach space…


And it is described in great detail by John the Apostle in the Book of Revelation, the prophets Jeremiah, Isaiah


What else is written in the Bible say about Babylon:


·         Babylon is called by the prophets a “Queen among nations” and “The lady of kingdoms”. (Isa 47:5, 7);


·         It is the youngest and only superpower in the world, (Jeremiah 47, Rev 18).


·         Babylon is a democracy weighed down by its huge government: “Thou art wearied in the multitude of thy counsels.” Isaiah (47:13)


·         Babylon destroys her own land, with pollution and waste: “Because thou hast destroyed thy land”(Isa 14:20) “I have polluted mine inheritance, and given them into thine hand” (Isaiah 47:6 )


·         Ask yourself this: how could an early day prophet know about pollution since there was not such thing in ancient times?


·         Babylon has the most powerful military force on the planet and is called “the hammer of the whole earth”( Jeremiah 50,23)


·         The merchants of the world are made rich through trading with this nation: “And the merchants of the earth are waxed rich through the abundance of her delicacies.” (Rev. 18:3)


Is it starting to look like they are talking about The United States of America?


It does and its descriptions get even more specific from now on:


·         Babylon is praised in the entire world: “How is the praise of the whole earth surprised! How is Babylon become an astonishment among the nations!” (Jeremiah 51:47)


·         This nation is a coastal nation, with deep-water ports and much international trade: “O thou that dwellest upon many waters, abundant in treasures ” (Jeremiah 51:13)


·         Babylon a unique and remarkable beginning, different from other nations and has been awe-inspiring from its conception (Isaiah 18:2):


The US is the first country to successfully become independent from a colonial Empire- the British Empire. We share the English language and we are the descendants of the first British colonies…That is why England is like a mother to the US. It fits perfectly with the description in Jeremiah 50:12. More so, the mother of Babylon has the symbol of the LION (Dan7:4; Ezekiel 38:13; Jer 51:38; Psalms 17:12)… The royal symbol of England is a lion.


·         And the mother of Babylon, in the end times, will be a state of major decline as the end nears (Jer 50:12).The British Empire that ruled the Earth for 200 years is no more. All of its colonies are independent. The British pound is no longer the world reserve currency… it has been replaced by the dollar… the currency of its daughter.


·         And as the prophets foretold, Babylon becomes proud, haughty, and does not consider her end.


“Therefore hear now this, thou that art given to pleasures, that dwellest carelessly, that sayest in thine heart, I am, and none else beside me; “(Isaiah 17:7-8)

“How much she hath glorified herself, and lived deliciously, for she saith in her heart, I sit a queen, and am no widow, and shall see no sorrow “(Rev 18:7)


Does it sound like American Exceptionalism?


·         Even the name Mystery Babylon is also deeply symbolic… it’s a “mystery” because the prophets, at the time of the visions, didn’t know of the existence of the North American Continent. They literally had no idea what they were actually seeing and described it as best they could.


·         And in ancient times, Babylon was the greatest city in the world just like the US is the greatest country in the world today. Ancient Babylon was constructed by people that came from all parts of the ancient world. What we may call today immigrants… just like the United States.


This is, again, very, very precise.


·         What about the personification of Babylon in the Scriptures as a woman – the prophets use the word “her”?


This is another very precise clue given to us through metaphors and symbolism that are so abundant in the Holly [sic] Book. The prophets are talking about the most widely known symbol of America a woman symbolizing liberty that sits in the harbor of the most important city in the United States.


So why on Earth are they also calling it the whore of Babylon?


The sculptor of the Statue of Liberty was Auguste Bertholdi a mason belonging to the great Masonic Lodge in Paris.


Before beginning the statue of liberty project, Bertholdi was seeking a commission to construct a giant statue of the goddess of fertility “Isis” as it was known to the Egyptians or “Ishtar” to the ancient Babylonians.


The Romans also adopted this fertility goddess but they changed the name to Libertas in Latin, (Liberty, in English). Libertas is the mythological equivalent of Isis and Ishtar.


Therefore, the Statue of Liberty is also the statue of Isis or as the Babylonians called her, Ishtar… the goddess of fertility, love and… sex.


According to the ancient pagan rituals, one could only be purified of sin after intercourse with a temple priest or priestess of Ishtar. In return for this salvation a “gift offering” was needed. Ishtar was the “patron-mother” of the temple priestesses and priests… She was the “mother” of what we would call today prostitution… This is why Ishtar was seen by early Christian as the whore of Babylon… and that is why the Statue of Liberty, the symbol of America is called by the prophets as the Whore of Babylon.


Do you think it is just a coincidence that the US, the home of the greatest and most famous statue of Ishtar provides 65% of pornographic movies and adult entrainment to the world? Is it just another coincidence that this is the country where sexually liberation originated and spread to the rest of the world?


It’s not. It’s just like the scriptures foretold: It’s not. It’s just like the scriptures foretold:


Rev 18:3:” For all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication […]”.


The last clue is the description of Babylon as the Daughter of Chaldea. This too has profound symbolism rooted in geography and the rise of the United States.


Chaldea is a region in the Middle East mostly inhabited by Semitic tribes during the time of the prophets.


Out of the family of Semitic tribes the most powerful and influential one today is represented by the Jews or Israelites.


According to scripture, Babylon would be a home to multitudes of Jews who left the Holly [sic] Land (Jeremiah 50:4-6, 8; 51:6, 45, Isaiah 48:20 and also Revelation 18:4). Today, the largest population of Jewish people is found in the United States


Furthermore, 48% of American billionaires are Jewish [Blog Editor: I pray this is not an under the radar Antisemitic slur. I am certain are a fair amount Gentile Billionaires who made a contribution to America’s wealth] and have made their wealth in the US contributing to its rise as the world’s only super power. You might recognize some of the names on this list:


Photo: List of Jewish Billionaires

List Jewish Billionaires


The daughter of the Chaldeans, the nation that the Jewish people helped rise to superpower status is the United States of America.


All of the biblical clues point in one direction: The US has the most powerful economy and military, controls worldwide commerce, is proud and arrogant, has the most developed air force and space program and it is the envy of the world. It houses the “whore of Babylon”, it is the daughter of the British Empire and the child of the Chaldeans…


And unfortunately for every living American… Mystery Babylon.




Jeremiah 51:54


“Babylon is suddenly fallen and destroyed: howl for her; take balm for her pain, if so be she may be healed. […]

A sound of a cry cometh from Babylon, and great destruction from the land of the Chaldeans”


Revelation 18:8


“Therefore shall her plagues come in one day, death, and mourning, and famine; and she shall be burned with fire: for strong is the Lord God who judgeth her.”


Jeremiah 50:46


“At the noise of the taking of Babylon the earth is moved, and the cry is heard among the nations.”


Isaiah 47:5


“Sit thou silent, and get thee into darkness, O daughter of the Chaldeans: for thou shalt no more be called, The lady of kingdoms.”


All three prophets tell of the fall of Babylon… the destruction of the United States of America as we know it


This is not an event that happened to ancient Babylon in the past…


History has never recorded the fall of a state or a city in the way described by the prophets


And just like all the other events accurately predicted by the Bible: the two world wars, the rise and fall of communism and the return of the Jewish people to their homeland and so many others…


This too will happen…


The only questions left to ask are: who will cause its fall, when and how…


Who will destroy Babylon America?


Isaiah 13:5


“They come from a far country, from the end of heaven, even the LORD, and the weapons of his indignation, to destroy the whole land”.


Jeremiah 50:3


“For out of the north there cometh up a nation against her, which shall make her land desolate”.


Jeremiah 50:9


“For, I will raise and cause to come up against Babylon an assembly of great nations from the north country: Draw a straight line north of the US through the Arctic (the end of heaven) and you will find the answer: 


Russia is the great enemy of Babylon, the enemy destined to destroy it.


The Holly [sic] scripture is again very precise: Even though it has been written centuries before the US or Russia became world powers it clearly describes both countries that are prophesized to start World War 3.


And at the start of the WW3 Russia will use a very special weapon, “the weapon of indignation” against the whole territory of the US, and then lead the invasion of a great assembly of nations.


Now that we know who is responsible the next logical question is when this will happen


As you have seen before, we are going through the Biblical end times…


Babylon America has fulfilled the prophecies that foretold its coming… and now, according to the Bible, it will meet its demise…


The clues about when the great disaster shall befall it are hidden in the book of Daniel, another major biblical prophet.


In Chapter 11:40 of his prophecies describes a great war fought by two kings at the end times


One from the north and one from the south.


So if we could connect these two kings to two current world leaders, We would know how close we are to the destruction of Babylon


The key to understanding the clue of the two kings is the position of Jerusalem because this is where Daniel had his revelations.


To the north of Jerusalem is Moscow, birth place of Vladimir Putin.


What else does the prophecy say about the King of the north?


(Daniel 11:36): “And the king shall do according to his will”: Putin does what he wants. He controls the military and the economy of Russia.


(Daniel 11:37): “Neither shall he regard the gods of his fathers, nor regard any god: for he shall magnify himself above all”.


The fact that gods is not written with a capital letter is a clear clue to what exactly the prophet is referring to: Communism – the gods of the communists are Lenin, Marx, Stalin who have been ruled Russia for over 80 years.


They were practically worshipped by the Russian people and statues and pictures of them were everywhere across the USSR.


But, as prophecy foretold, Putin distanced himself from communism and denounced it flaws and sins against Russia and the Russian people.


He shall magnify himself above all”. Russian media portrays Putin as a huntsman, judo expert, chess master, brilliant politician and diplomat, pilot and overall strong man, above the former communist leaders in every way.


Daniel (11:38) “But in his estate shall he honor the God of forces


Russian military spending has exploded since Putin came to power… this is how he honors the God of forces:


Chart: Russian Military Spending 1992-2012

Russian Military Spending 1992-2012


There it is: Vladimir Putin is undoubtedly the king of the north that will guide Russia in the end times.


But what about the king of the South?


Geographically, he has to be born in the south of Jerusalem:


Barack Obama was born either in Hawaii or Kenya, depending on who you want to believe… Both of which are to the south of Jerusalem.


But what does the prophet say about him?


(Daniel 11:14)”And in those times there
shall many stand up against the king of the


Never in our history have so many people disagreed with US policies or hated the United States: Russia, China, North Korea, a big part of the Muslim world including Syria, Egypt, Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan and the list goes on and on.


Remember the assembly of great nations that invade America?


These clues prove that Obama is the king of the south as the prophecies foretold.


So if Barak Obama and Vladimir Putin are the kings of prophecy than their war must start before they leave office…


That means January 2017…


The End of Babylon is very, very near and we are directly on course for this prophecy to be fulfilled…


And Obama is playing his part to the letter:


(Daniel 11:40) “And at the time of the end shall the king of the south push at him” these words are coming true as we speak…


In August after a Russian intervention, an uneasy cease-fire was reached that lasted until January 2015.


Aftermath: Putin has lost one of its key allies in the region. Although it annexed Crimea Russia is now in an undeclared war with its eastern neighbor. Even more alarmingly, a massive amount of NATO hardware has been sent to Russia’s border.


Russia itself


Project Star wars, a missile defense shield is being set up in Europe and the US as we speak. Officially its target is Iran but the real target is Russian nuclear weapons capability. And Putin knows this too well….


The Ukraine conflict saw the western powers led by Obama imposing drastic economic sanctions on Russian banking and energy sectors, key parts of Russian economy.


Interestingly, economic sanctions have preceded every US war in the 21st Century.


Russian oil exports were the target of a secret deal signed between Obama and Saudi Arabia that caused the price of oil to dive form $100 a barrel to close to $40.


The Russia is dependent on oil exports as 40% of its budget comes from it.


That is why the Russian ruble (the Russian currency) has lost 50% of its value since the August 2014. That means that for people in Russia can only buy half the stuff they used to afford. Once poverty starts kicking in, the Russians will want blood and Putin will be left with very few options…


Because when Russia falls apart, war will be the only option…


And the king of the north knows this too well


You are now witnessing the last months, maybe weeks before the Russian attack that destroys Mystery Babylon… Obama’s America.


The Bible tells us all about the Russian attack…


And most importantly, Putin’s “weapon of indignation”


A weapon unlike anything the world has ever seen before:


This weapon can hit an entire country “How is Babylon become a desolation among the nations! “(Jeremiah 50:22, 23)


This weapon makes the US Military unable to respond, broken because of what looks like equipment malfunction:


How is the hammer of the whole earth cut asunder and broken! The mighty men of Babylon have forborn to fight, they have remained in their holds: their might hath failed;” (Jeremiah 51:30).


Because the spoiler is come upon her, even upon Babylon, and her mighty men are taken, every one of their bows is broken” (Jeremiah 51:56)


And this weapon leaves Babylon silent and in darkness:


Sit thou silent, and get thee into darkness, O daughter of the Chaldeans: for thou shalt no more be called, The lady of kingdoms (Isaiah 47:5)


There is only one weapon that can affect an entire continent, leave the military unable to defend itself and plunge America into silence and darkness…


Vladimir Putin’s Weapon of indignation is an Electro Magnetic Pulse


An EMP or Electro Magnetic Pulse is an electro-magnetic discharge that fries sensitive circuits… within minutes… even seconds…


Before Its News Screen Shot

Before Its News Screen Shot


Think of a normal black-out when you don’t have any lights, heating, or internet… only an EMP black-out is permanent and on a larger scale… this means you can also say goodbye to telecommunications, transportation and even utilities… Silence and darkness!


Military command and control as well as most of the high tech equipment is very vulnerable to an EMP. One blast will reduce our army to fighting using weapons that existed before the 1900s…


This weapon fulfills Bible prophecy to the letter: it’s swift, has a huge area of affect, knocks out our military (breaks the hammer of the earth) and sets the stage for the assembly of nations to invade…


Because when the sense America is down they will come to take her riches

Are there any other reasons to use an EMP and not nuclear weapons?


Well… first of all, the Bible prophesized an invasion of Babylon from the northern alliance… if you are going to nuke a place to hell there is no point in invading it afterwards


Also Putin needs a decisive action but not one that would condemn him in front of the rest of the world.


He needs to persuade our enemies that we are weak and ready for the taking…


…and that is why he will use the weapon of indignation as the prophecies foretold


And All It Takes Is Not 100… Not Even 50… But Just 1 Warhead To Be Detonated Above The U.S…. And The Effects Would Be Irreversible


HEMP stands for High-Altitude Electro Magnetic Pulse.


It’s an EMP device that can be strategically detonated at an altitude of 20 miles above the surface of our country that will permanently cripple our power grid… and plunge America into silence and darkness


The real danger of an EMP is it could happen without any signs or warnings…


And the king of the north was drilled his soldiers to do exactly that:


There have never been so many nuclear drills exercises targeting the US in recent history


Putin is preparing to fulfill his role according to the Holly Book


The effects of the EMP will destroy America as we know it… looters, famine, civil unrest….and finally the foreign invasion


Exactly as the Scriptures predicted:


Revelation 18:8


“Therefore shall her plagues come in one day, death, and mourning, and famine; and she shall be burned with fire”.


Without hospitals or pharmacies being able to function people won’t be able to take their necessary medication.


Pandemics and disease will break out caused by no waste pumping or garbage collecting and lack of any basic personal hygiene


As the supply of food breaks down famine starts setting in…and with it looting and food riots…


Some Americans riot on black Friday over a toaster… can you imagine what would happen during an EMP when all the power is out?


FEMA, law enforcement and other state agencies will be overwhelmed… firefighters will be unable to react as their equipment will not work… fires will break out and the cities “shall be burned with fire”.


And after the nation destroys itself from within and without our network of communication, most Americans will have no idea the invasion has begun…

This is how the prophets describe the coming invasion:


Jeremiah (50:2, 14, 15)


“Babylon is taken, all ye that bend the bow, shoot at her, spare no arrows”


“she hath given her hand: her foundations are fallen, her walls are thrown down”:


Daniel (40:11)


“and the king of the north shall come against him like a whirlwind, with chariots, and with horsemen, and with many ships;”.


Jeremiah (51:3, 4)


and spare ye not her young men; destroy ye utterly all her host. Thus the slain shall fall in the land of the Chaldeans, and they that are thrust through in her streets”.


The visions detail the level of devastation this unstoppable invasion will bring…


Unfortunately, all of this is inevitable… the word and will of Our Lord will be fulfilled to the letter…


As chilling as this prophecy and warning is, you should not despair and loose (sic) faith. Our Lord will take care of His faithful…


There is still hope …


As Our Lord says through his prophets:


But the one who endures to the end will be saved (Matthew 24:13)


Besides this you know the time, which the hour has come for you to wake from sleep. For salvation is nearer to us now than when we first believed (Romans 13:11).


Our Lord has insured that the ones who believe his word will survive the coming storm.


That’s why you need to start preparing for the weapon of indignation and the terrible invasion to follow


Only the ones who have been prepared will witness the Glory of the His Second Coming and be granted eternal Salvation


That’s why I’m telling you all of this. You have to put yourself and your family first… because nobody else will…


I have spent hours in libraries reading books… I watched all the documentaries and interviews I could find… I looked for courses… I talked to all the survival experts I know… I even tried contacting NASA… but I got nothing…


All the while the answers have been right in front of me:


There are people in the US who follow the word of God and live by it…


Our Lord and Savior will protect His faithful,


And they will continue their lives as they have lived before the fall of Babylon…


Because the Amish are a very unusual religious community.


They live simple lives and maintain traditions that go back over 300 years. They grow their own food for their families.


They barely use any electricity, and when they do it’s off the grid.


From them we can learn to survive, thrive and build a community in a post-EMP world… because the Amish are the closest thing to that….


That is why after seeing the Revelations of God sent to us by his prophets I have lived for two years in the Amish community.


Unfortunately I could not make video or audio recordings of their way of life as any modern technology is forbidden there. But I was allowed to take notes that describe in vivid details the Amish way of life.


I have discovered ways to keep food from spoiling without a fridge, and a secret the Amish use to store heat-sensitive medicine…


And surprising places where you can find drinkable water, enough to sustain your family for months… even if you live in an arid region.


I learned how anyone (and this includes seniors and kids) can survive without electricity… the only condition is they need to know what to do when the power goes out.


Sure, it wouldn’t be a luxurious life or even a comfortable life at first… but your family, your loved ones and even your entire community can stay ALIVE.


They have the true Biblical Solution to the Coming Disaster….

Here’s The Good News:


I realized that this information had to be available to every family out there.


Therefore I wrote a special program based on the teachings of the Amish to prepare anyone for the coming war and the great tribulations to follow


This program is designed to help fellow patriots and Christians cope with everything the king of the north throws at us


This will be the TOUGHEST survival situations you will ever face… and knowledge, preparation and faith in the teachings of Our Lord and the people who follow his word are the only things that will get you through.


And I have named this survival package “Survive the End Days”.


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The Seeds of WWIII are in Play NOW

WWIII Already Begun

John R. Houk

© March 26, 2015


This is actually one of those hooks to get you excited about purchasing investment advice.  That is not the reason for me posting. My hook was on the Conspiracy Theory title that incorporated the insinuation Russia and China would initiate a global economic collapse to the tune of $100 TRILLION of bucks. In case you are unaware, you don’t have to be a brainiac economist to comprehend that affects your pocket book and mine.


As an advice ad the offer ends on March 27. So unless you are an investor and trust the reputation of Mike Ward, you might want to hold up in participating in the hype. But what you want to be aware of is that Russia and China are NOT friendly economic competitors with the USA. I would even go so far as to say the ex-Communist Russia and the present Communist China are enemies of the United States of America.


America has a trade interest in both Russia and China (especially China). Ergo being enemies of America is a bit of a stealth nefariousness – at least in a public sense. Conspiracy Theorists, legitimate economists and National Security have been red flagging those two nations for years but for the most part the U.S. government has not really chastised the two rivals to America.


A quiet new Cold War is going on yet all nations involved are willing to embark with trade with the hopes of the economic benefits financially and economically continue.


It may sound a bit off the subject which I just began, but Muslim nations and Muslims devoted to a literal purity of Islam’s Quran are playing into this Russia-China vs. USA rivalry. Muslim nations are lining those three nations to decide which ones will benefit their National Interest and in a lot of circumstances their theopolitical world view. Syria’s Iran-supported civil war, Iraq’s war with ISIS-Daesh in which Shia-Iran is now heavily involved and Saudi Arabian economics and regional conflict with Iran and a growing lack of Saudi trust in Obama-led America in regard to oil-military alliance protection and Israel and undoubtedly more and more:


Arab nations agree on unified military force amid Yemen fighting, Egyptian TV reports (Jerusalem Post 3/26/15)


CAIRO – Arab foreign ministers agreed a draft resolution on Thursday to form a unified military force, the Arab League’s secretary general said at a meeting in Egypt.


The agreement came after warplanes from Saudi Arabia and Arab allies struck Shi’ite Muslim rebels fighting to oust Yemen’s president on Thursday, in a major gamble by the world’s top oil exporter to check Iranian influence in its backyard without direct military backing from Washington.

“The Arab … ministers agreed on adopting an important principle, which is forming the unified Arab military force,” Nabil Elaraby told reporters after the meeting in the resort of Sharm El-Sheik.

“The task of the force will be rapid military intervention to deal with security threats to Arab nations,” Elaraby added.

The draft resolution will be referred to the Arab leaders during their March 28-29 summit in Egypt.

Egyptian TV reported earlier that READ THE REST


With Yemen in turmoil, Egypt sends warships to secure Gulf of Aden (YnetNews.com 3/26/15)


Sudan pledges air and ground troops to Saudi-led strikes on Yemen; Kerry offers logistics, intelligence support in Yemen as Iran-backed Houthi rebels advance on the Strait of Bab-el-Mandeb.


Egypt and Sudan on Thursday pledged support for the Saudi-led strikes on Iran’s Yemen allies the Houthis, even as four Egyptian naval vessels crossed the Suez Canal en route to Yemen to secure the Gulf of Aden.


Maritime sources at the Suez Canal confirmed the vessels’ route, saying they expected them to reach the Red Sea by Thursday evening.


Sudan’s Defense Minister Abdel Raheem Mohammed Hussein told reporters on Thursday that his country would take part “with air and ground troops in the Decisive Storm operations” against the Houthi rebels, saying Sudanese forces had begun “mechanical movements” towards the area of operations.


US Secretary of State John Kerry spoke with the foreign ministers of Saudi Arabia and other Gulf Cooperation Council members on Thursday and welcomed their decision to take action against the Houthi, a senior US official said.


“He commended the work of the coalition taking military action against the Houthis and noted the United States’ support for those coalition efforts – including READ THE REST


As US lets Yemen fall, Israeli ire pales next to Arab fury (Times of Israel 3/26/15)


Jerusalem is worried by the Iran-backed Houthi takeover of Aden, but Saudi Arabia is burning with anger, and not at Tehran

A few months ago, when Yemen’s Houthi uprising was still in its infancy, Israel was already worriedly watching over the progress of rebel forces making advances in the peninsula

It’s little surprise the group got Jerusalem’s attention. In almost every demonstration held by Houthis in recent months, the slogans heard may as well have been taken straight out of the 1979 Islamic Revolution in Iran: “Death to America, death to Israel, curse the Jews, victory to Islam.”


The Houthi Zaidiyyahs belong to a Shia school of Islamic thought which is distinct from the beliefs held by Shiites in Iran, but they act in accordance with the regime in Tehran, which supplies the Yemenite rebels with advanced equipment that allows them to wage battle on the forces of President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi.



Firstly, an Iranian takeover of the strategic Bab el Mandeb Strait and the possibility of a Israeli ships coming under fire with no one officially taking responsibility for such attacks would not bode well for the Jewish state.


But aside from the threat of assaults on ships, the Iranian-Houthi takeover of Yemen raises another serious concern for Israel, namely, the potential rising influence of Iran in the region, which READ THE REST


Beware ISIS strategy that fortifies Russia, Iran, and Syria (Washington Times 3/2/15)


In asking Congress to authorize the use of military force against Islamic State militants, President Obama stressed the importance of showing the world “we are united in our resolve.” Demonstration of united resolve against blood-thirsty terrorists whose ranks, ambitions and territory have grown exponentially is important. But forging strategy to battle ISIS without also forging strategy to thwart Syria, Russia and Iran is a terrible mistake.


Although the President now highlights the brutality and aggression of the Islamic State, he still whitewashes the brutality and aggression of established states Syria, Russia and Iran, and still ignores the need for grand strategy to deal with them. When nation-states escalate weapons programs, enact egregious human rights violations, foment regional chaos and war, and plot against the United States and its allies, history tells us to take it seriously.


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Borderlands: First Moves in Romania


By George Friedman

MAY 27, 2014 – 03:02



I arrived in Bucharest, Romania, the day after U.S. Vice President Joe Biden. U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel will be here in a few weeks. The talk in Bucharest, not only among the leadership but also among the public, is about Ukraine. Concerns are palpable, and they are not only about the Russians. They are also about NATO, the European Union, the United States and whether they will all support Romania if it resists Russia. The other side of the equation, of course, is whether Romania will do the things it must do in order to make outside support effective. Biden left Romania with a sense that the United States is in the game. But this is not a region that trusts easily. The first step was easy. The rest become harder.


If this little Cold War becomes significant, there are two European countries that matter the most: Poland and Romania. Poland, which I visit next, stands between Germany and Russia on the long, flat North European plain. Its population is about 38 million people. Romania, to the south, standing behind the Prut River and bisected by the Carpathian Mountains, has a population of about 20 million. Of the roughly 82 million people along the eastern frontier (Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria), approximately 58 million live in Poland and Romania. Biden’s visit to Romania and U.S. President Barack Obama’s planned visit to Poland provide a sense of how Washington looks at the region and, for the moment at least, the world. How all of this plays out is, of course, dependent on the Russians and the course of the Ukrainian crisis.

All Soviet satellites emerged damaged after the collapse of the old order in 1989. Few were as damaged as Romania. In many ways, the damage was self-inflicted: The villain of the piece was a Romanian, Nicolae Ceausescu. Ceausescu followed an anti-Soviet line, staying in the Warsaw Pact but displaying singular hostility to the Soviet Union. I recall Americans being excited about Ceausescu’s Romania since, being anti-Soviet, it was assumed that by definition he had to be pro-American. To America’s amazement, he wasn’t. He wasn’t even pro-Romanian given that he concocted a scheme to pay off all of Romania’s foreign debts by destroying the lives of a generation of Romanians by consigning the vast majority of the country’s agricultural and industrial production to hard currency exports. Beyond that, he created a nightmarish security system that was both corrupt and vicious. The world barely noticed. When the end came, it also came for Ceausescu and his wife, the only Eastern European leaders to be executed (amid intense fighting between factions).


For all that, Romania has done remarkably well. Romania’s unemployment rate is only about 7 percent, which by European standards is remarkably low. Its annual growth rate stands at more than 3 percent, which is conversely high. In talking to Romanians, it is hard to see into their hearts. They seem a gracious and friendly people, with a measure of distrust and a taste for conspiracy no greater than the norm for this region. What is remarkable about the Romanians is that they are unremarkable. They have emerged from a nightmare inflicted by one of their own and have regained their balance.


Ceausescu aside, the nightmare was initiated by the Soviets, who were drawn in by the Germans. This has resulted in a lasting national trait: When the Russians act, it strikes fear deep into the Romanian heart. When the Russians act and the Germans have a hand in the action, the Romanians’ worst nightmare is realized. Their reaction doesn’t manifest itself as with the Poles, who are always committed to the decisive confrontation. Instead, the nightmare scenario elicits a more cautious and sinewy response involving the search for a way both to resist and if necessary to accommodate. Above all, it elicits a search for allies, preferably far enough away not to occupy them and strong enough to offer meaningful support. Obviously, the Americans are tailor-made for this role, so long as they don’t overstep their bounds and generate fears of domination.


The Ukrainian Factor


Events in Ukraine have, of course, set this process in motion. Remarkably, the United States, which remained a bystander other times, has gotten quickly and significantly involved this time around. There is no question in Romania as to the importance of Ukraine to Russia, nor any belief that the Russians will let go of it. My view is that Russia will not let go, but will let things quiet down a bit. The Russian gamble is that no matter what the outcome of Ukraine’s elections, the Ukrainians will be unable to form a coherent government. If that is true, then the Russians can pick the Ukrainians apart over time, returning to the status quo ante. Therefore, the Russians will wait. Time, if this view is correct, is on the Russians’ side.


The Russians do not want to be excessively aggressive for another reason: namely, Germany. The Germans do not want to go beyond occasional rhetoric in confronting Russia. In fact, they don’t want to confront Russia at all. They want to do business with Russia. I heard several times that the Germans have already opted to align themselves with Russia for commercial reasons. In my view, German policy is moving in that direction, but the deal is not yet sealed. In the same way that Russian President Vladimir Putin rushed to China to gain at least the appearance of strategic options, so, too, Putin wants as deep a relationship with Germany as he can get. He will not be excessively and overtly aggressive until and unless he must be. The Germans cannot be seen as simply abandoning their European allies, and Putin cannot put them in that position


The Russians want to quiet Ukraine down for another reason. Crises galvanize Americans to act rapidly, and frequently, effectively. Crises that are dying down cause the Americans to pause and consider the direction of events. As Biden’s visit to Romania indicated, Washington moves fast in crisis mode. The Russians can control the tempo of American actions by cooling things down in Ukraine — or so they think. And this is precisely what worries the Romanians. They see themselves as having a long-term Russian problem. At the moment, they are making a large bet that the Americans will follow through on their commitments and interest even as the Russians dial down the immediate crisis.


Fairly or not, the Romanians see the Obama administration as insufficiently engaged and heedless of the dangers the Russians pose. They also see the administration as intensely critical of Romania’s culture of corruption — which the Romanians admit is a problem — but intensely interested in military and political coordination. They understand the United States, which is what worries them. On the one hand, they will be courted intensely by the vice president only to be condemned by the State Department, and expected to expose themselves to Russian retaliation. I tried to explain the complexities of being American. The Romanians’ sympathy was restrained. They think they heard a real commitment from the American side, but they simply don’t know how genuine it is.


In the course of various conversations I tried to explain my view of the situation. The United States has a pattern of engagement in Europe. It postpones intervention to the last moment, builds alliance structures, supports allies with economic and military aid, and then waits until late in the game to intervene, always hoping it won’t have to. Biden’s and Hagel’s visits are part of the process of creating a regional bloc to contain the Russians and to establish a framework for military aid. Intervention comes much later, if ever.


The Romanians are more comfortable with this than the Poles are, who have asked for 10,000 NATO troops on their territory. The Romanians have no such expectations. They are also prepared to increase their defense budget to 2 percent of gross domestic product, which is significant for Europe these days. But they expect the United States to help finance the cost of the weapons they need to purchase. Expecting credit when facing the Russians, however, is no more reasonable than subjecting a country to State Department criticism while the Defense Department is urging risk taking. The Romanians ultimately feel that the U.S. intent isn’t clear.


U.S. Goals


The American intent at this point is to maintain an independent, pro-Western Ukraine. That might simply not be possible. But the problem is that in having this goal, and pursuing it to some effect, the United States has convinced the Russians that it intends to break the Russian Federation by denying it an essential sphere of influence. The Russians have now concluded that whatever happens in this round in Ukraine, this process will not end.


Whatever the American thoughts initially, they are realizing that the Russian threat to Ukraine is permanent, and that whatever happens in Ukraine, it will extend to countries like Romania. And Romania particularly matters to the Russians for two reasons. First, Romania is on the Black Sea, and the Black Sea is Russia’s southern maritime access to the world. That’s why they had to hold Sevastopol, and that’s why Odessa mattered so much. The Russians are aware that they need access to the Bosporus, controlled by the Turks. Still, American aircraft in Romania and Romanian ships in the Black Sea could complicate the Russians’ lives substantially, including their power in the Caucasus, since Georgia is on the Black Sea as well. It should be noted that boosting naval power is on the Romanian-American agenda, and both countries understand the challenge this creates for Russia.


The second challenge is that Romania is potentially capable of producing significant hydrocarbons, including oil. The Russians’ only real card in this game is their energy sales to Europe. If they withhold it, the pressure is enormous and that economic pressure can be converted to political power. Germany’s attitude is influenced by several things, but energy dependence is certainly one of the main ones.


There is no simple energy alternative to Russia, but one can be cobbled together from several sources, if not to replace Russian energy then to mitigate its power. Romania has energy and other resources to contribute to this, and the public statement issued by the United States and Romania included a commitment by Romania to focus on energy production as a critical element of the partnership. This is not as easy as it sounds. Romania has a reputation abroad for enormous complexity and unreliability in its permitting process.


This is another point where Romania’s new strategy intersects with Russian interests. The Romanian view is that the Russians are extending their influence throughout the region, but particularly in Romania. They do it by the traditional means of using their intelligence services to try to manipulate the political process in Romania. As important, they can use commercial relations to weave networks of influence that are designed to make it costly for Romania to resist the Russians. The Russians are particularly adept at using Gazprom, its subsidiaries and other Russian energy companies to purchase and invest in Romanian and regional companies. The deals are never unattractive to either side in business terms, but they also serve to put the Russians in a position to shape both energy policy and political dynamics. This what I call commercial imperialism: the use of deals, particularly in energy, to create blocking points within the political system when Russian interests are threatened. This is not confined to Romania; the Russians use this tool to shape the behavior of other countries. Though certainly far less unpleasant than Soviet occupation, it nevertheless poses a challenge to U.S. influence.


Moldova, Energy and Russian Subtlety


There is another dimension to all of this, namely, Moldova. Moldova is ethnically Romanian but has been dominated by the Soviet Union and before that the Russian Empire. It is a place that survives by its wits and by accommodating Russian influence. It is an important place in the sense that if it were to be occupied by the Russians, Moscow would have access to the Prut River, with only a plain between it and Bucharest. If Moldova were to join Romania, then NATO would be on the Dniester River, less than a hundred miles from Odessa.


But such calculations matter only in wartime, and the Russians are inherently weak. Their single advantage is energy exports, and that advantage depends on the world price of oil, where they make their real profits. They do not control that price and in the future it is possible that the United States, suddenly a massive producer of oil, will be pushing the price downward. If that happens, there is little left for them.


But that won’t happen for a couple of years, if it happens at all. And the full strength of the United States will not be at Romania’s call for a few years, if it does become available. And Romania’s obligation to produce energy won’t manifest itself for a couple of years. So here in southeastern Europe, the Russians have a window of opportunity to create a framework that can withstand the winter that is coming.



They cannot live without Ukraine. They cannot take Romania. With or without the Americans, the Russians aren’t strong enough for that. What they can do is manipulate, subvert, confuse and deflect. They need to undermine the Romanian entente with the United States, and they are skilled at the political maneuvering needed to do that. To many in Romania, Russia is near and strong, America far and indecisive. This was pointed out to me at one meeting. I replied: “In the 20th Century, the United States has won three wars in Europe. How many have the Romanians won?”


The most remarkable thing about Romania and even Europe as a whole is that in spite of the historical reality that the United States wins European wars, there is a view of the United States that it is naive, unfocused and bumbling. This goes beyond this administration to every administration I can recall. And yet, it is the United States that decides the fate of Europe consistently.


The Romanians know this, but they still feel that the Russians are more clever and capable than the United States. I think the reason is that the Russians move with enormous subtlety and complexity. They do this to compensate for their weakness. The United States operates more simply. It can afford to; it is playing from strength. For now, the Romanians accept this, but their acceptance is fragile. It depends on political consistency on the part of the United States, but with great distance come options and the ability to change one’s mind. Romania is here and can’t go elsewhere. It can only change alliances and hope for the best, something both sides need to consider.


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Dr. Friedman is the author of The New York Times best-seller The Next Decade, which forecasts the major events and challenges that will test America and its presidents over the course of the next decade. Dr. Friedman’s previous book, The Next 100 Years, was also a New York Times best-seller and was published in over 20 languages. His other books on warfare and intelligence include America’s Secret War, The Future of War and The Intelligence Edge.


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