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Phoenix rising

As of Tuesday morning Israel has withdrawn its forces from the Gaza Strip, in exchange for a 72 hour Egyptian brokered ceasefire beginning at 08:00 hours (the eighth ceasefire so far, all of which have been broken by Hamas). At least twelve rockets were fired by Hamas in the minutes leading up to the ceasefire, and twenty to thirty were fired between 08:02 and 08:50, with pieces landing in the …Read More

Gird up your loins

US President Obama and UN President Ban Ki Moon, in cooperation with Turkey, Qatar and Hamas, are turning the thumbscrews on Israel, upping the political pressure. They are pushing for an unconditional ceasefire which has been coordinated with jihadi terror group Hamas, a ceasefire which would strengthen its hand in destroying Israel. So far five separate ceasefires have been honored by Israel and broken by Hamas. American allies in times …Read More

Stumbling with the footmen

More than 2,600 years ago, the prophet sadly noted, “If you have run with footmen and they have tired you out, then how can you compete with horses? If you fall down in a land of peace, how will you do in the thicket of the Jordan?” (Jeremiah 12:5). Jeremiah was rebuking many of his readers who were simply not prepared for battle, not ready for conflict, unprepared for warfare, out …Read More

Make war, not love

The Woodstock Generation had many buzzwords and pet phrases such as “Turn on, tune in, drop out,” “Go with the flow,” and “Make love not war.” At the same time, a simmering spirit of rebellion and violent revolution played at the edges of hippiedom. Jefferson Airplane’s “Volunteers of America”, Neil Young’s “Ohio,” and MC5’s “Kick out the jams” painted a vision of America burning, beset by internal revolution. The Rolling …Read More

Running with the footmen

The Middle East is in flames. Scenes reminiscent of a second Vietnam flicker on the TV screens of the world.  Jihadi forces that Israel has been combating for nearly a century are swarming like zombies over the walls and borders of Syria, Iraq and Jordan – colonial boundaries established by Britain and France at the close of World War One (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sykes%E2%80%93Picot_Agreement ). Sunni jihad warriors, or mujahidin, (the Islamic State in …Read More

“Render unto Caesar” – Seismic shifts in post-Nazi Europe

There are between seven and eight major tectonic plates within the bowels of this planet. Held in place by the sustaining power of God, their slightest movement blasts volcanoes into being, throws jagged mountains into the skies, and spins out shuddering earthquakes. The Jewish people’s state strategically sits between two major plates – the African Plate and the Eurasian Plate – a land bridge between Europe, Asia and Africa. Some …Read More