Saturday, September 30, 2000

The pilot of a U.S. Navy F/A-18C Hornet strike fighter that crashed into the Persian Gulf shortly after takeoff from the USS Abraham Lincoln on Friday has been declared dead, the U.S. Navy said today. As you know, the U.S. and Great Britain have been patrolling the "no fly" zone for years now (with little help from other "allies" like the French) and we regularly bomb Iraqi radar installations. This has gone on now for a decade with so little press attention that one would think the Gulf War had actually ended in 1991. The Gulf War ended with a cease-fire agreement, which has since been violated (many times), so technically, hostilities have resumed. This is not a "rumor of war," it's real and lives are being lost. Is anyone paying attention?

U.S. Navy jet crashes in Persian Gulf; pilot missing

Friday, September 29, 2000

This article is far too long to post here, but it's worth a look if you have the time. It's from the Washington Post and is about American generals and the regional distribution of their authority. It's of note because it compares the generals and their regional commands to the proconsuls of the Roman Empire. America as the new Rome, where have I heard that before? LOL.

A Four-Star Foreign Policy

Thursday, September 28, 2000

So, there I was last night, it must have been around 11 pm, I was just about to shut down the computer and call it a night, when I received a breaking news alert from the CNN list - violence on the Temple Mount. I quickly sent that announcement to the news lists and then turned on CNN in time to see scenes of chaos - wounded being removed on stretchers, police standing guard, people shouting at each other. So, there it was, live on CNN, a major breaking news event on the Temple Mount. How long have we waited to see something like that? Seems like forever, but it was certainly inevitable. The news announcer managed a serious yet breathless tone as she informed viewers that the area is a "holy site" while somehow avoiding entirely any discussion of what exactly makes it holy, as if holy sites are so common that all one needs say is "it's a holy site." Sure, that explains everything. And yet, how closely all this talk of the "holy site" mirrors scripture, Matthews description of the abomination in the "holy place." For years there was serious discussion among prophecy experts as to just what exactly the "holy place" referred to. Can there be any doubt today?

Palestinians and Israelis Clash At Holy Site

Violence Erupts After Sharon Visits Jerusalem Holy Site

News: Shots Fired At Jerusalem Holy Site