Catching up on current events
Apr 08, 2015
China’s flag was lowered in Olympia, Washington on Saturday, April 4 just before 7 a.m.
Then yesterday (April 7) a power outage hit Washington DC.
Perhaps this is a sign of a soon-coming loss of power in Washington. Or perhaps it is an indication of a transfer of authority (or power) to the saints of the Most High.
In other news, Palestine joined the International Criminal Court on April 1st as the 138th member. This is causing angst in Jerusalem, because it means Palestine may now file war crimes charges against Israeli officials. The Palestinians called on the Israelis to join the ICC as well.
The Palestinians called on Israel to also join the global court, which was set up in 2002 to try crimes against humanity, war crimes and genocide.
Exasperated after decades of failed negotiations with Israel and no prospect of achieving statehood anytime soon, Palestinians have been waging a campaign for recognition at international bodies including the ICC.
“Palestine seeks justice, not vengeance,” foreign minister Riad Malki said after received a symbolic copy of the Rome Statute at the ceremony. “Israel should join us in becoming a member of the International Criminal Court,” Malki said.
The next day the US and Iran reached a tentative deal on the nuclear issue.
Among the agreements:
Iran's deep-buried nuclear facility at Fordo will be converted from a a nuclear site into a physics and technology center. No fissile material will remain there. Iran has agreed not to enrich uranium over 3.67 percent for at least 15 years and to reduce its current stockpile of about 10,000 Kg of low-enriched uranium to 300 Kg (a 98% reduction) for 15 years. Its stockpile of enriched uranium will have to be either diluted or sold in the international marketplace….
The heavy water reactor at Arak will be redesigned and will not produce weapons-grade plutonium that could be used to make a bomb.
Iran’s breakout timeline -- the time that it would take for Iran to acquire enough fissile material for one weapon -- would be increased from 2 to 3 months to at least one year for a duration of 10 years. Iran has also agreed to not build any new facilities for the purpose of enriching uranium for 15 years.
The Israeli government is not happy, of course. They don’t want any other nation in the region to have nuclear weapons, so that they can remain dominant militarily.
Whether or not Iran’s intentions for its nuclear program were peaceful or not, it seems that the bigger story here is how the US government is turning against the Israeli government. It’s a slow turn, to be sure, given the fact that the Israelis still control Congress and the Senate through AIPAC. Nonetheless, when we couple this with the eroding power of the US in the world, where the Israeli state is losing its main ally and supporter, it is clear that the way is slowly being cleared for the destruction of the Israeli state. This is a major shift.
Years ago, when President Obama was first elected, I commented on how we could see such a shift away from supporting the Israeli government. Past presidents have all been firmly under the control of the pro-Jewish lobby, and every new congressman has to swear allegiance to the Israeli state in order to remain in office. So says former Congresswoman McKinney.
At about 16 minutes into the interview, McKinney shocks the interviewer with her testimonial, that during her time in office (1993-1997) all members of Congress, in order to retain campaign funding, were required to sign a pledge to support Israeli military superiority in the region. Every candidate for Congress at that time had a pledge. You make a commitment that you would vote to support the military superiority of Israel, that the economic assistance that Israel wants, that you would vote to provide that….this is what is done for 535 members of the United States Congress, 100 senators and 435 members of the House of Representatives have to now write a paragraph which basically says the same thing.”
Since both parties are united in their support for the Israeli state, though divided on nearly every other issue, it shows who controls both houses of government. If you don’t like the course our government is taking on all those other issues, perhaps you should take their controllers to task.
So when Obama (formerly, Barry Soetoro) became president, we took note of his Muslim background in Indonesia, where he was the son of an Indonesian citizen during his early years.
Information about Obama’s Indonesian schooling first surfaced in January 2007 in a blog called An American Expat in Southeast Asia. The blog documented Obama was registered Jan. 1, 1968, under the name Barry Soetoro, with serial number 203, in Class 1B at the Catholic Franciscan Assisi Primary School in Jakarta.
School records listed Barry Soetoro as an Indonesian citizen born in Honolulu, Hawaii, on Aug. 4, 1961.
His religion was listed as Islam.
Hence, I wondered if perhaps we would see a shift away from supporting Israel, no longer doing everything that the Israeli government demanded of US presidents.
Of course Obama attended the church in Chicago for many years, perhaps because a US politician could not be a Muslim, or perhaps he forsook his roots. That point is debated. This past week end, at the Easter Prayer Breakfast, he professed Christian beliefs to some extent, as reported by Charisma News:
It is not my intention to enter the debate as to whether he is Christian or Muslim, although I have read much on this topic. So please don’t send all of your articles proving one way or the other. I assure you that I have already read them and may even agree with the articles. But I am not led to join the fray. My job is to point out what God is doing as He works through all of the world leaders, good or bad.
In the end, I see President Obama as a future Christian at least, as with all men great and small. For now, I just want to point out how he is changing US foreign policy and not simply giving the Israelis what they demand. He is limited, however, by the Congress in what he can do.