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The Fig Tree Generation – So How Much Time is Left?

by Rev. Michael Bresciani on Friday, September 13th, 2013

This is article 203 of 246 in the topic Religion


​“I saw the danger and I passed, along the enchanted way, and I said let grief be a fallen leaf, at the dawning of the day” Raglin Road – McNally and James

A lot of Americans would say they never thought they would live long enough to see the day when a failing President could not get support from our oldest ally (Britain) or his own Congress and his new big buddy, the ‘international community,’ to wage war. Just when that sinks in, along comes old arch enemy Russia, like a big brother to the rescue, and offers a plan to remove the Syrian weapons of mass destruction for us and the rest of the world. Go figure.


America’s moral decline and the rise in liberalism have been coupled; the enforcement arm of this new marriage is political correctness. Black and white is gone, now the leaders and followers are swimming around in a vast grey ocean where hypocrisy, stupidity and a lot of lying are drowning the swimmers on a daily basis.

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We’ve labeled our prophets, preachers and learned prognosticators as ‘doomsdayers,’ and we barrel down the road like a drunk driver who insists he will not have to pay the piper – until that tree jumps out and brings our ride to an end.

We overestimate the power of consensus and because we all agree, we needn’t take note of those nations, cultures or individuals who have already smashed their rides into wandering trees. We have heard names like Adolph Hitler, Chairman Mao and we know history says something about fallen civilizations like Rome, but we cannot endure hearing, even one more time, the warning that ‘those who forget the past are doomed to repeat it.’

So here we are, repeating the mistakes of the past, the greatest of which is a complete failure to recognize the times, these last times, in which we live. Little wonder that Solomon said: “The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun.” (Ec 1: 9)

Christ, building upon Solomon’s wisdom knew that men would rebuild the past in every generation. The most technically advanced, highly educated and completely distracted last generation would be no exception, thus he said, “O ye hypocrites, ye can discern the face of the sky; but can ye not discern the signs of the times?” (Mt 16: 3b) So, what are these “signs of the times?”

Let’s focus on only one of the Bible’s hundreds of last day’s prophecies. Speaking of conditions that would prevail just prior to his return Christ summarized by saying that when all the signs he warned of were fully underway, that would mark the last generation of time as we know it. Specifically he said:

“Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When his branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is nigh: So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors.

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We’re Turning Japanese Now

by Daniel Greenfield on Monday, September 2nd, 2013

This is article 1044 of 1260 in the topic International

It’s an article of American faith that Japan is an incredibly strange place. The world has been mapped and GPS’ed to death ruining much of the thrill of discovery. There probably aren’t any hidden cities with remnants of lost civilizations lurking in the deserts of Africa or the jungles of South America. That just leaves the land of the rising sun as the X on the map, the strange place that suggests that the world that we know all too well, might still be odder than we can imagine.

But Japan isn’t really all that strange. We are.

Depressed post-industrial economy, low birth rate, social disintegration and a society obsessed with pop culture and useless tech toys? A country that has embraced pacifism to the extent that it can hardly defend its own borders? A nation where materialism has strangled spirituality leaving no sense of purpose?

We are Japan. And so is Europe. Or rather Japan is the place we all reach eventually.

Japan is strange because it aggressively hurled itself into a postmodern void without knowing what was on the other side. It did this with the same dedication that its soldiers once marched into machine gun fire.

Japan had been in a race with the West, as it had been ever since Commodore Perry showed up with a fleet to open up a closed nation. It wasn’t unique in that regard. A lot of countries tried to do the same thing. Most found that they couldn’t keep up with either our technology or our decline. Japan shot past us in both areas. It beat us technologically. And then it outpaced our decline.

In the 80s, there were dire predictions that the future would belong to Japan. America would be broken up and run by a bunch of Japanese corporations. There were even predictions that after the fall of the USSR, the next war would be with Japan. Some of those predictions came from some surprisingly high profile analysts.

The future doesn’t belong to Japan. It may not, at this rate, belong to anyone. Japan hurled itself into the future, but didn’t find anything there.

Korea hurled itself into that same future and found only emptiness. Now China’s elites are rushing into that same void and are beginning to discover that technocracy and materialism are hollow. That is why China is struggling to reassert Communist values even while throwing everything into making Walmart’s next product shipment. Like Japanese and Korean leaders, Chinese leaders are realizing that their technological and material achievements have left their society with a spiritual void.

That isn’t a problem unique to Asia. Asian countries were just less prepared for a rapid transition to the modern age. Europe and America, which had more time to prepare, are still on the same track.

Japan isn’t really a technocratic wonderland. It has a few robot cafes, but not a lot of ATMs. Its tech companies got by on Western products that initially never caught on in the West, like the Walkman and the tax machine. There’s not much of a digital economy and the computer isn’t all that ubiquitous. Daily life for the Japanese these days is usually lower tech than it is for Americans or Europeans.

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The World a Century Ago: 1913-2013

by Alan Caruba on Monday, May 27th, 2013

This is article 98 of 147 in the topic History
At some point I suppose we all wonder what it must have been like to live a century ago. Just how different was it? In this new millennium can we rightly claim to be more enlightened, more sophisticated? Do we have wiser leaders in America and around the world? Are we more secure? As in 1913, the answer to these and other questions is no.
The historian, Charles Emmerson, undertook to examine all aspects of life around the world in 1913 and the result is his new book, “1913: In Search of the World Before the Great War” ($30.00, Public Affairs). If you like reading history, you will love reading this book. If you want to know what your grandparent’s world was like, you should read this book.
On a personal note, my Father was a lad of 12 that year and my Mother was a girl of 10. Both were first generation Americans thanks to the decision of their parents to leave the Old World of Italy and Russia. Their parents were not alone, hundreds of thousands of Europeans made the same decision, some fleeing persecution, others seeking opportunity in America. In my office my maternal grandfather’s certificate of citizenship hangs near my desk.  It is dated 1909.
Emmerson was born in Australia and grew up in London, graduating top in his class from Oxford University. He is currently a senior research fellow at Chatham House, the Royal Institute for International Affairs.
In 1913 America was a dynamic nation that had stretched its borders from coast to coast. To the north and south our borders had been determined and among the great riches beneath our soil were coal and oil. Above, it was agriculture. It was, however, to Europe that Americans still looked for innovations in fashion and the arts. Europe was a major trading power and home to the great empires, the colonies of Great Britain, France, and Germany.
“To be a European…was to inhabit the highest stage of human development,” says Emmerson. “Past civilizations might have built great cities, invented algebra or discovered gunpowder, but none could compare to the material and technological culture to which Europe had given rise, made manifest in the continent’s unprecedented wealth and power. Empire was this culture’s supreme product, both an expression of its irresistible superiority and an organizational principle for the world’s improvement.”
Herein is a note of warning to America in 2013. Few anticipated World War I in 1913, but “The world went to war in 1914. The hopes and dreams of a generation were ground into dust by the pounding of artillery shells. Families were ripped apart. Humanity looked into the abyss and, peering into the depths, found its own dark, disfigured reflection staring back.”
America emerged from World War I a global power (along with Japan).

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The Real Reason John Roberts Upheld ObamaCare?

by Selwyn Duke on Sunday, July 15th, 2012

This is article 48 of 60 in the topic US Supreme Court

It’s now well established that Chief Justice John Roberts had ulterior motives for upholding ObamaCare.  The usual theories involve his being concerned about the Court’s, or maybe even his own, losing of respect by seeming to operate in a partisan manner.  But, to ask what may appear a rhetorical question, why such concern about respect?  Is it just vanity, the desire to be viewed as a font of temperance and intellectualism?  Perhaps.  But there actually could be a more tangible area of self-interest.

Before delving into that, however, I’ll address something related that also may help clarify Roberts’s personal self-interest motives.  One factor perhaps underemphasized is the chief justice’s concern with his legacy.  That is, our civilization has long been drifting left, and if you’re even mildly astute politically (this includes Roberts), you’ll perceive this and may consider that the future—and future history writers—will be defined by leftism.  (If you’re unusually astute {this does not include Roberts}, you understand that civilizations move through phases, and our current leftist one won’t last forever.)  Now, under this view, it’s a given that we would eventually have nationalized health care, just as Europe does; if not today, then in 5, 10, or 15 years.  And, if this is your perspective and you’re concerned about your place in the history books, do you want to be known as the chief justice who struck down landmark legislation decades in coming?  Do you want to be seen by tomorrow’s socialist utopian majority as a Justice Brown (of “separate but equal” infamy) standing against the “wave of the future”?

You see, Roberts strikes me as very career-driven.  And, if he is, it’s entirely possible his attitude was, “Oh, no!  I’m not going to be the heavy who does the dirty work and gets sullied in the process.  You elected people who gave you this bill; now elect people who’ll repeal it—if you can.  And, if you cannot, well, then don’t ask me to stand athwart history and yell ‘Stop!’ when it will only be a pit-stop.”  I’m not condoning this thinking, mind you.  In fact, my intellectual response here is that Roberts abdicated his responsibility; my visceral response is that he’s a bum.  But now on to this piece’s main point.

There is another reason why the Court may be concerned about respect: Its greatest power, judicial review, is based on nothing but respect.

As you may know, judicial review is the phenomenon whereby actions by the legislative and executive branches of government are subject to review and possible invalidation by the judiciary.  It’s a power that enables five Americans to strike down laws enacted by representatives elected by 100 million Americans.

What some don’t know, however, is that judicial review is not explicitly granted to the Court by the Constitution; rather, it was declared in Marbury v. Madison (1803) by the Court itself.  That is to say, the U.S. Extreme Court decided it wanted extreme power, and “voila!”  And the executive and legislative branches of government have respected it ever since.

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Friday Afternoon Roundup – A Clash of Civilizations

by Daniel Greenfield on Saturday, February 11th, 2012

This is article 611 of 1260 in the topic International


It’s not often that the Democratic Party’s working class religious base collides with its progressive radical left base, mainly because the leaders of the first group rarely concede that there is a conflict between the radical left’s agenda and their own. The contraception mandate was one of those unique events when the collision happened and the left backed down.

That the collision happened at all is a testament to the arrogance and cluelessness of the Obama elite which operates in its own bubble. Even the input of insiders like Biden who understood exactly what was going to happen did not prevent the ship from sailing. It took some aggressive pushback for the administration to reverse itself, while pretending that there was no reversal, but the real story is how tone deaf the insiders in this administration really are.

The last thing you want to do before a national election is pick a fight with a major section of your own base which is a bit skeptical about you anyway. Giving them a reason to turn on ObamaCare and the administration was the dumbest thing possible. And it happened because the people running things did not understand it would happen. They assumed that they could put on their paternalistic attitude, smile dismissively, spin up some talking points and everyone would go along.

This stupidity is our best hope. If the Republican Party establishment insists on arrogantly making a mess of things, the Obama Administration’s arrogance and heavy-handedness exceeds their own and may succeed in the battle of alienation.


Groundhog Day is the long eternal tragedy of Islam, which always sees its shadow and always ends up with six weeks, six months or six hundred years of more winter. That hopeful time when the bitter cold of winter begins its slow transition into the warmth and renewal of spring never comes for Islam.

In a reversal of the cycle of season, the Arab Spring led to the Islamic Winter, but that is the endless pattern of Islamic attempts at reform and rejuvenation, which rather than finding renewal in their attempts at transformation only go on perpetuating the same cycle of violence, tyranny and oppression.

There is a peculiar tragedy to a religion which cannot escape its own destructive nature, each time it reaches for some form of redemption, its hands come up dripping with blood and it all ends in more bodies and petty tyrannies.

The full article is up at Front Page Magazine


If you tune in to CNN you can see footage of adorable Syrian children, as reported by Anderson Cooper. Because we’ve got to get our war on in Syria and liberate the Syrian people on behalf of the Muslim Brotherhood. No adorable Christian children need be shown because we might have to think about what’s going to happen to them once the funloving Religion of Peace is in the driver’s seat.

Copts in the village of Kobry-el-Sharbat (El-Ameriya), Alexandria, were attacked on January 27 by a mob of 3000 Muslims led by Salafi leaders, who looted and torched homes and shops belonging to Copts.

Three “reconciliation meetings” were held at the El-Ameriya village police headquarters.

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The Dangers of Legitimizing Muslim Grievances

by Daniel Greenfield on Saturday, November 19th, 2011

This is article 57 of 118 in the topic Muslims/Koran

There is no surer path to Muslim violence than through the legitimization of Muslim grievance. And once you accept the legitimacy of the grievance, then you are also bound to accept the legitimacy of the violence that follows.

Violence begins with grievance. Grievance is the pretext for violence and the narrative for the violence. Liberals make a fetish of separating the grievance from the violence, emphasizing constructive means of resolving the grievance. But what do you do when the grievance and the violence are inseparable?

Grievance is the stories that Muslims tell themselves to justify their violence. To explain why they kill children and why they murder the innocent. The list of grievances is an endless as the violence. Every act of violence carries its own narrative. The endless Muslim conflicts throughout the world all carry their burden of history. But it isn’t a history that can be resolved with a tolerance session.

Muslim grievances are the frustration of conquerors, the broken teeth of predators who weren’t allowed to feed on the world until their stomachs burst. All the lands they couldn’t conqueror, the peoples who rebelled against their rule, the inferior civilizations that pushed them back and drove them off. The swine who build skyscrapers and enjoy the fine things in life.

The civil rights model of social conflict resolution accepts grievances as legitimate and then tries to ‘heal’ through them through social justice. And when that model is applied to Muslims, it turns into empty appeasement because the conflicts at the heart of Muslim violence cannot be resolved through integration or representation. Applying the word “justice” in any form to a conflict involving Muslims is wasted ink.

The problem begins with a clash of definitions. To a citizen of a secular Western state, “injustice” means a lack of representation. To a Muslim, “injustice” means a lack of Islamic jurisprudence. A Non-Muslim state is always unjust simply because it is not ruled by Islamic law.

The fundamental Muslim grievance is that they are not in power, not just in Israel where the world has accepted their demand to be in power as a wholly moral and legitimate demand, or throughout the Muslim world where Western governments have helped bring the Islamists to power with bombs and political pressure. The fundamental grievance is that they are not in power… everywhere.

If you believe that Islam is the fundamental law of mankind, that all mankind at one time were Muslims and that there is no true justice except through Islamic law– then it follows naturally that Muslims have been cheated of their rightful power, that they are forced to live under “atheistic” regimes and that “justice” demands that the world “revert” to Islamic rule.

It’s why the rhetoric of democracy falls notoriously flat when it comes to Islam. Muslims are not out for representation except as a preliminary stage to absolute power. They may route the guardianship of that absolute power power in various ways, through a dictator or some form of popular democracy, but these are only vehicles for the imposition of Islamic law.

The absolute power of Islamic law is justified by its origin in Allah and the unjust nature of non-Muslim law is equally proven by its lack of divine origin.

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The Turkish-Islamic Union means Sharia for the whole world, a ‘Global Caliphate’.

by Greg Hedgepath on Tuesday, September 27th, 2011


 Have a nice Sharia necklace, infidels.

REPORTER: So it would seem from what you say that the Turks will be Muslims’ leaders in the future. Do you not think other Muslims, Arabs, might not oppose this?

ADNAN OKTAR: They have no other option. Syria wants to unite with Turkey, and Iraq. And if Syria and Iraq want it, so will everyone else.

Azerbaijan wants it, and Armenia wants to unite with Turkey. Georgia wants it, so what else needs to be done? It is a union that will also include Lithuania. It will be a union that includes Lithuania, Armenia, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan and East Turkestan and all of them. As far as Libya. A Turkish-Islamic Union will emerge that stretches as far as the coast and interior of Africa.

Turkey has prior experience, experience from the Ottoman Empire. And this time round, the errors of the Ottomans will not be repeated. The perfect aspects of the Ottomans will be adopted, but not their errors or deficient aspects, and a perfect union will result. This also means salvation [Sharia] for America and China and Russia. It means salvation for Israel and for the whole world. 

Thanks to it, the EU will be very rich, and will be stronger and able to be at ease. Because we have all the oil and minerals. They are all in Turkish-Islamic countries; we have all the underground resources. We will sell them all those riches, and we will use them and build facilities, and we will construct civilizations, and they will be at ease, and so will we, insha’Allah.

REPORTER: Some politicians say the future belongs to China, or that India will be the leader. That America and the EU will fall. But you say the Turks will be the leader. What makes you say that?

ADNAN OKTAR: China has currently struck rock bottom because of the economic crisis, it has lost all its strength. That means it needs Europe and America, and since Europe and America will collapse, China will collapse, too, and when you cut two legs off a table the whole thing collapses, the third and fourth legs, as well.

That is why China needs Europe and America. But the Turkish-Islamic Union is not a country in need of anywhere; it is on lands with wealthy resources, with a workforce and a young population, a dynamic and active population. And it is developing, it has not fully grown. It is like a 9-year-old child, vigorous. But Europe has grown old, and is in its 70s, while America is 50-60 years of age, about to enter old age

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Praying for This Nation Like Our Butts Depended on It

by Doug Giles on Monday, September 26th, 2011

This is article 1 of 105 in the topic Preserving America

For the Christian who has been paying even minimal attention to the state of our union and its current crappy condition, it’s easy to see that our nation is in deep weeds from a God blessed standpoint.

We’re pretty much past the point of no return. If you don’t believe me, read this book. We’re in trouble, folks-and on every front. Our kids will be particularly screwed.

Yep, from an economic, political, cultural and spiritual perspective, if something is not done to reverse this nation’s course (and muy pronto) then my advice to you is to start taking yoga because one has to be fairly limber, I hear, to kiss one’s own butt good-bye. Oh, and another “suggestion” would be to teach your kids Chinese, TexMex and Farsi because those’ll be the main languages of the conquered on our continent.

If things do not change both dramatically and quickly (and to be specific, amended back to our God-honoring intent and constitutional infrastructure) then this country will cease to be the greatest experiment in self governance this planet has ever seen and will morph into a godless tourist spot driven by socialists wet nursing entitlement freaks. Greece is the word.

No civilization has lasted long when there was:

  • This kind of insane debt and spending,
  • A bizarre notion of entitlement,
  • A death of faith,
  • A degeneration of morals,
  • A collapse of civility,
  • A paralysis of the will,
  • A decline in native born population,
  • And unopposed foreign invasion.

Google it if you don’t believe me, as the aforementioned is well known 411 regarding formerly great nations that have devolved into tacky travel destinations.

Hey, America: We’re not invincible. I know it looks like it, but believe it or not, there have been powerful civilizations that are now a cartoon of what they used to be, and it would be the height of hubris to think that this party will never end no matter what we do.

So, what’s a Christian to do? Well, there’s a lot the brethren can do, but to keep this column short I’m going to focus on the power of prayer for the USA. And when I say “prayer” I mean praying for our nation like you’d pray if you were wearing Lady Gaga’s meat dress and had to pass through a pride of peckish lions in the Matetsi.
With the Bible as a guide I say we pull out the prayer of Jabez found in 1 Chronicles 4:9-10 and shout it up to heaven for God to rain His favor back down on the States.

Basically, Jabez, whose name means “pain,” didn’t let the bad hand he was dealt keep him from calling out to God for great things. And y’know what, patriots? Neither should we.

Just because we’re in real pain as a nation doesn’t mean we roll up in the fetal position and wet our red, white and blue Pampers. Oh, heck no. Instead, we must go back to our roots, become a vocal and voting threat to all politicians, bolster our commitment to God and country, and pray what old Jabez prayed-namely, to be blessed, to have increased opportunities, to have His hand be with us and to be kept from evil.

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The Permanent Muslim Civil War

by Daniel Greenfield on Thursday, July 14th, 2011

What the misreading of the Arab Spring as a revolutionary wave of democracy, rather than an explosion of existing tensions and longstanding civil wars, points to most is how thoroughly the 21st century Middle East expert has unlearned everything that his 19th century predecessor knew about the Muslim world.

The 19th century expert understood the Muslim world as essentially unchanging, seething with revolts and dynastic struggles, but still shackled to the chains of its cultural and moral limitations. But the 21st century expert insists on a progressive version of history, in which humanity is always moving upward. Where each event, good or bad, is a phase in historical development.

A 150 years ago, a Western observer reporting on a Muslim ruler being driven out of power by an alliance of oligarchies and an angry mob would have said that it was the same sort of thing that had been going on in the region forever. His conclusion might have been cynical, even bigoted, but it would have also been realistic.

The 21st century expert is too busy looking to the future to notice the past. The only history in the Muslim world that he is concerned with is colonial history, the tale of wrongs inflicted by Europeans on the noble inhabitants, and of the tremendous culture and great achievements of the locals. This mishmash of history informs him that the advancement of the Muslim world was aborted by Western imperialism. And when Western imperialism is finally and utterly destroyed, then the Muslim world will resume its high standards of civic culture.

The Arab Spring, with its violent overthrow of Western backed rulers, seems promising to him. Finally progressive organizations like the Muslim Brotherhood will have their chance to restore an advanced civilizations to the noble principles of the Koran.

There is nothing wrong with this formulation that he can see. “Everyone” knows that Islam is better, kinder, nobler and more technically advanced than Christianity or Judaism. It may have its fundamentalists lurking in dark caves, but what of abortion clinic bombers and settlers. When the Islamists are in charge– surely a new era of freedom and enlightenment will follow.

Even the secularists are no better. Democracy is their idol, and the ballot box their altar. But what does democracy mean to nations divided by ethnicity, tribe and religion. And how does one negotiate a consensus through such irresolvable identities?

Lebanon is a demonstration of what multiculturalism mixed with Islam looks like in even a modern area with heavy European influence. A permanent civil war that can never be peacefully resolved. The Muslim world is no more peaceful, only more pacified by tyrants and tanks. Take away the tyrant and his tanks, and the civil war resumes, until it is pacified by another tyrant. The cycle repeats itself endlessly.

The Soviet Union was once referred to as a “Prison of Nations”. But then so are all empires. The Muslim world is a broken empire, a vast collection of scattered pieces, subjugated peoples, wrecked cultures, sullen tribes and rival families crowded together into one Muslim identity. With nothing in common but their hatred of the infidel.

The Muslim world can never be at peace, because Muslims are not at peace with themselves.

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Does History Repeat Itself?

by Alan Caruba on Thursday, July 7th, 2011

This is article 22 of 147 in the topic History

Does history repeat itself? Yes, but with different faces and names. We evolve technologically, but we remain emotionally the same people as those in ancient Rome and Egypt. We are not that different than them.

The relentless repetition of wars, the justice systems processing miscreants, the holidays we celebrate, it has a continuity to it that is echoed in diverse civilizations. The obsession for power and wealth seeps through the ages.

That is why the images of a giant dust storm slowly engulfing Phoenix, Arizona evoked images from the 1930s when such storms were common. They become a symbol of the Great Depression in which even farmland was devoid of sustenance.

On top of the financial conditions of the 1930s, there were conditions worldwide that would lead to the manmade devastation and loss of life that was World War Two. Imagine! Two major wars in just one century, the latter stretching across vast oceans and continents. It was a century filled as well with many lesser wars.

For me “the greatest generation” were the many young men I encountered as a child riding the train between my parent’s home in Newark, NJ and Long Branch where my grandparents lived. The trains were filled with newly-minted soldiers from Fort Dix.

I can recall “rationing” as my Mother and neighbors swapped coupons to purchase sugar and other items that were scarce. Halfway though the war, the family had moved to a suburb where milk was delivered in a horse-drawn wagon!

In the run-up to the war in Europe, Hitler had made no secret that Germany was rebuilding its military. Even our “ally” in WWII, the Soviet Union, had cut a secret deal with him to divide Poland. His intent, of course, was to control Europe. More accurately, it was to loot Europe because the Nazis were more like a huge Mafia operation than anything else.

Now we have Iran “testing” missiles that it says can hit Europe and planning others that can hit America. Instead of Deutschland Uber Alles, it is now Iran threatening not just Israel and the entire Middle East, but any potential military response from NATO and others. To no one’s surprise, Russia has been their ally.

Sadly, but presciently, the poor NATO performance in Libya and the draw-down of troops in Afghanistan will be correctly read by the Iranian Revolutionary Guards as indications that their plans are right on schedule as they move ever closer to becoming a nuclear power exercising hegemony over the Middle East.

There are other indicators of unrest such as the riots in Greece and those that took place earlier in London when austerity measures were instituted to stem the financial bleeding occurring in the wake of the global crisis in late 2008 during the U.S. political campaigns. In retrospect it has the look of an “October surprise” designed to affect an outcome and the outcome was the present Obama administration.

It was preceded by a sudden electronic run on banks that was surely deliberate. Within hours the Federal Reserve stepped in to stop the massive withdrawals, but it has curiously never revealed the names of those parties or banks involved in what was quite simply an attack on the U.S. economy.

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