Saber Rattling: Who Is Holding the Saber?

Iran fending for Syria puts one country into the business of another … nothing new, but extrapolate it to Israel and it’s a strategy more than support to an ally. Someone wants to bring their saber closer to an underlying campaign. Independent developments at two very different nuclear facilities bring us back to another form of saber rattling … eventually an armed and aimed warhead is a saber in hand. And on the streets of Egypt the saber strokes at its own … because the real nature of the new leader is obvious to the people. But really, how will a two state solution resolve the ill will of those holding the sabers? All of this was accounted for in Scripture thousands of years ago.

The remarkable thing is that the materialist’s mind would just say it’s the struggle of the fittest. Sabers have been rattled before. That’s indeed the way it would appear on the surface. What is different from an evolution of usual earthly events is that what we see now fits ever closer to the writings of Daniel, John, Isaiah, et al. And yet we read that at some point there will be a declaration of ” Peace, Peace …” and then what follows is a time of troubles … fortunately, after that, as it is written, sabers will be turned into plowshares. The irony is that what we see today fits so well … what is written.

Throw back the shutters, open the window full wide … read, think and look:

HEADLINE: Iranian Official: Attack on Syria Is Attack on Iran

Issuing Tehran’s strongest warning to date, a top Iranian official said Saturday that any attack on Syria would be deemed an attack on Iran, a sign that it will do all it can to protect embattled Syrian President Bashar Assad.

Ali Akbar Velayati, an aide to Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, made his comments as Syrian troops conducted offensive air raids against rebels and discovered a trio of tunnels they were using to smuggle weapons in their fight to topple Assad.

HEADLINE: Satellite images reveal North Korea ready for nuclear test

North Korea could be almost ready to carry out its threat to conduct a nuclear test, a U.S. research institute said, pointing to recent satellite photos. The images of the Punggye-ri site where nuclear tests were conducted in 2006 and 2009 reveal that over the past month roads have been kept clear of snow and that North Koreans may have been sealing the tunnel into a mountainside where a nuclear device would be detonated in an underground test.

North Korea’s powerful National Defense Commission declared its plans Thursday after the U.N. Security Council tightened sanctions in response to a December long-range rocket launch. It described it as part of a “new phase” of combat with the United States, which retains 28,000 troops in South Korea and which it blames for leading the U.N. bid to punish Pyongyang. North Korea did not say exactly when or where the test would take place.

HEADLINE: Egypt army enters Port Said in attempt to quell riots

Death toll reaches 41 in three days of violent protests after judge announces death penalty for 21 soccer fans on trial for 2012 stadium disaster, in which 74 people died; Egypt’s national defense council calls for dialogue.

Armored vehicles and military police fanned through the streets of Port Said, a city of some 600,000 people, where gunshots rang out and protesters burned tires in anger that people from their city had been blamed for stadium deaths last year.

The rioting in Port Said, one of the most deadly spasms of violence since Hosni Mubarak’s ouster two years ago, followed a day of anti-Morsi demonstrations on Friday, when nine people were killed. The toll over the past two days stands at 41.

HEADLINE: Did an explosion occur at Iran’s Fordo nuclear site?

US-based website World Net Daily reported on Friday that a mysterious explosion destroyed a significant part of Iran’s Fordo nuclear facility. The website stated that Hamidreza Zakeri, formerly with the Islamic Republic’s Ministry of Intelligence and National Security, confirmed that the facility was hit, but the report has not been corroborated by other Western sources.

The website further said that its Iranian source pegged the blast as taking place last Monday at the eve of Israel’s general elections. Tehran believes the blast was the result of sabotage, the report said. Fordo is considered to be Iran’s second-largest nuclear facility and the site of 2,700 centrifuges, all enriching uranium to 20% level – at which it can be weaponized.

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HEADLINE: US: Two-state solution cannot wait

The US is patiently waiting until an Israeli coalition is formed, but is nonetheless sending out a clear message to Israel: Do not neglect the Palestinian issue. US State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland stressed Friday that the US intended to work on bringing the Israelis and the Palestinians back to the negotiating table.

“We are at the stage now… where we’re going to have to wait and see what the makeup of the Israeli government is going to be and how it approaches the longstanding critical issues that we share,” Nuland said. “We know where we want to go and we know where we believe they also want to go. If we can be helpful, we will continue to try.”

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