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America Begins To Demonize Iran In Early 2000s, America Plays The WMD Card, USA Returns To Iraq, Rise And Fall Of Islamic State, Obama's Warmongering: Iraq Libya Afghanistan Pakistan, America's Unending Cycle Of War: Syria North Korea And Iran, America Fights To Take What It Wants, I've Warned About This For Seventeen Years, America Pushing For Iran War Since 2002, George W. Bush And Donald Trump Both Surrounded By Christians But War Still Comes, US Presidents And Their Broken Promises, Democrats And Republicans: Two Heads On Same Snake, Elite In Washington Do As They Please, Different Party Policies But The Long-Term Goals Remain The Same, The Behind-The Scenes Controllers, What Will Trump Announce After Retaliation By Iran?, My Position Regarding American Strike Against Iran, My Longtime Opposition To Violence And War, Biblical Basis, Scriptural Mandate For Christians To Remain Set Apart From The World, Misguided Christians Support And Root For Trump's Strike Against Iran, Blinded By American Patriotism And Infatuation With Donald Trump, God Alone Raises Up Leaders
Continuing our discussion from part one, following are some additional excerpts taken from part four of my 2007 series called "Saddam Hussein's Execution and the Euro Dollar War". As you will clearly see, these excerpts again reveal how as far back as February of 2003, the American government had already begun to demonize Iran, and its Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei, by using the WMD card against it; exactly as it had done with Saddam Hussein and Iraq for some time prior to the invasion of that nation. Unless one is willfully blind, it is really impossible to not see the similarities between these two events. Furthermore, just as the tactics have been the same, so has the endgame; as we are now seeing with the currently-erupting war between the United States and the Islamic Republic of Iran:
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Ironically, even before the invasion of Iraq had occurred, the American Government had already put Iran on its radar screen, and had begun to demonize it and its leadership, just as it had done with Saddam Hussein. As a clear example of this, consider that an article published in the New York Times on February 22, 2003, stated the following:
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"American officials believe Natanz is part of a long suspected nuclear weapons program, an Iranian project that American intelligence believes has benefited from Pakistani assistance and that is far more advanced than the effort by Iraq."
"Iran will attempt to justify Natanz as part of its civilian nuclear power program, but it is actually an effort to develop a nuclear weapons breakout capability," said Gary Samore, director of studies at the International Institute for Strategic Studies and former expert on proliferation on President Bill Clinton's National Security Council."
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Please carefully notice what kinds of verbal strategies are being employed in the previous statements. American officials "believe". Uh-oh . . . Belief is not proof, is it? We can all believe a lot of things, but it doesn't necessarily mean that they are true. Then we are told that these American officials have "long suspected" that Natanz is part of a nuclear weapons program. Again, just having a suspicion isn't proof of anything, and does not make it so. Despite this obvious lack of solid evidence, in the second paragraph, this fellow Samore, who we are told is an expert in his field, has the audacity to try to tell us exactly what Natanz is; and he obviously expects us to believe him, even though he hasn't offered us a single solid shred of evidence. We are supposed to accept that Natanz is "an effort to develop a nuclear weapons breakout capability", just because he says so. We are supposed to believe him because he is the expert.
Let me also add, that just as the U.S. and Britain turned their people against Saddam Hussein, they have been taking steps to do the very same thing with Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei, Iran's supreme spiritual leader, as well as with Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Iran's current radical president. In the case of Khamenei, the American mass media has painted him as a dangerous, power-hungry, Muslim extremist; and in the case of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, we are purposely given the impression that he is just an anti-semitic kook who is not worthy of the American Government's attention. In their own arrogance, the Bush administration considers Ahmadinejad a joke, and they won't even acknowledge any of his comments or diplomatic gestures."
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These next excerpts are taken from part one of my 2009 article called "Who is the Real Terrorist?". They discuss the return of American troops to Iraq, the rise and fall of the Islamic State, the ongoing instability in the Iraqi government, the growing power of anti-American Shi'ite cleric, Muqtada al-Sadr and his coalition, the warmongering of U.S. president Barrack Hussein Obama, and the fact that the United States of America is involved in an unending cycle of war for some very specific reasons. Read on:
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"While America's war in that country [Iraq] has been declared over, and while most U.S. soldiers left Iraq by December of 2011, in accordance with the U.S. – Iraq Status of Forces Agreement, as many of you will know, with the rise of the Islamic State, the American military intervened in Iraq once again in 2014. While the Islamic State has now been declared defeated in both Iraq and Syria, it is my understanding that there are still an undetermined number of American troops in Iraq, who supposedly serve as "advisors".
Furthermore, Iraq still remains politically unstable with a lot of infighting occurring between the different political factions. The latest news at this time is that the coalition of radical, anti-American Shi'ite cleric, Muqtada al-Sadr, has emerged as the frontrunner in Iraq's national elections. During the height of the war, al-Sadr's "Mahdi Army" engaged in violent conflicts against American troops. Since the 2003 start of the war, al-Sadr has protested America's presence in his nation.
As if all of this war and destruction wasn't already enough, even with the election of a Democratic president -- Barack Hussein Obama -- in 2008, the United States continued to wage war in Iraq for another three years until 2011. But that is not all. Obama increased troop levels in Afghanistan, and he went after Al-Qaeda leader, Osama bin Laden, in Pakistan; who was eventually, and supposedly, killed by US Special Forces. But Obama's warmongering did not end there. He also ordered military involvement in the North African nation of Libya. As a result, Libya's strongman leader, Muammar el-Gaddafi, was killed by NATO-assisted forces. Now, Libya is in a mess, just as Iraq is in a mess. This is what America leaves behind when it wages war in another nation.
While all of this was going on, the USA also continued with its practice of demonizing Iran, Syria and North Korea; even though none of those nations pose any kind of direct military threat to the continental United States. As many of you will know, while a deal was eventually reached with Iran so that it would desist in its alleged pursuit of a nuclear weapon, now President Trump wants to scrap that deal, which he views as being lopsided and weak. We have already discussed Syria. Despite America's best efforts to dethrone the man, Bashar al-Assad still remains in power. We likewise also discussed North Korea. Soon enough, we will know who is playing who in that political game.
Clearly then, continual war has been America's modus operandi for decades, just as King David wrote. And why has this been? Is it truly because the American people have been threatened by a foreign military invasion? No; it's just because America wants certain things from other countries, whether it is some natural resource, or a strategic location, or maybe a puppet government which will do America's bidding. As I said before, the United States will fight tooth and nail in order to get what it wants."
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Finally, we come to one of my more recent articles. Following is an excerpt taken from part two of my 2019 series entitled "To Vote, or Not to Vote". Please notice that while I state in this excerpt that I've been warning my online friends "for a few years now" regarding the coming war with Iran, clearly, that was an understatement on my part. As we have now seen through of all the previous excerpts, I have actually been warning my readers about this current war for seventeen full years, since 2003. That is how long certain individuals in the American government have been pushing for war against Iran. That is how long they have been slowly planning it, as well as preparing the American people for it, through their subtle campaign of psychological manipulation, as well as their continuous demonization of the leadership of Iran.
In fact, as we learned earlier, the makings of this war were in the works even before that, as is clearly evidenced by President George W. Bush's "Axis of Evil" characterization in 2002. So whether the American public realized it or not, the warmongers of Washington, D.C. were already revealing their long-term plans for the Muslim nations of the Middle East to us back then:
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"Yet, sadly, as I have been warning for a few years now, that is exactly where the United States is headed once again with its heated exchanges with the Islamic government of Iran. It is very clearly the Iraq playbook all over again. Demonize the leadership in the eyes of the American public, and then declare war. While the nasty war hawks have been pressuring President Donald Trump to take on Iran, in the latest news I have been reading, Trump has been resisting their efforts thus far. But I must ask how much longer this will really go on. Just as Trump is currently surrounded by Vice President Mike Pence and other Christians in his cabinet, George W. Bush was too; and we all know that it led to an eight-year long war in Iraq. That ugly war resulted in thousands upon thousands of dead or wounded; particularly on the Iraqi side. Mr. Bush seemed to have some kind of a messiah complex. Does Trump too? Will he make the same mistake as his predecessor?"
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In answer to my own question from May of last year, as we all know, tragically, despite his campaign promises to end the vicious cycle of America's involvement in foreign wars, just like so many other American presidents before him who have gone back on their campaign promises time and time again, President Trump took a U-turn five days ago when he ordered the assassination of Qassem Soleimani; thus guaranteeing that the United States would be pulled into yet another war in the Middle East. Make no mistake. The man is not stupid. He knew exactly what he was doing when he made that decision; and yet he did it anyway. So what does that tell you?
This development once again confirms what I have been saying for many years now. And that is that whether a U.S. president is Democrat or Republican, it really does not make much of a difference; because in the long term, they are two heads on the same political snake. If there is one thing the American public should have learned by now, after being duped so many times, it is that the powerful Washington elite will do as they please, and the American public be damned. If the elite want to start another war, they will drag the American public into it, kicking and screaming if they have to.
Yes, in the short term, America's major political parties may have some policy differences, and one party may seem better for the American public than the other insofar as jobs and social programs and other things are concerned. But make no mistake. Their long-term goals remain the same, because they are under the control of the very same powerful individuals. Exactly who are these people? Just take a very close look at the people who surround each new president, and maybe you will be able to figure it out. If not, then I encourage you to read my controversial series entitled "Welcome to Greater Israel, USA!", which you will find listed at the end of this current series.
As I noted earlier, as I write this, we are only hours away from the American president giving a speech to the public, in which he will no doubt address Iran's retaliation against American military assets in Iraq. In my view, there are only two ways in which this will go. Either he will back up all of his rhetoric and threats against Iran with more military action against that nation, or else he will attempt to scale back the situation by claiming that America's objective was achieved, and that being as no harm came to American military personnel in Iraq as a result of the Iranian retaliation, no further military action is required at this current time.
Of course, even as I write this, Americans politicians and pundits are already weighing in on the situation with their opinions. The warmongers are calling for more retribution against Iran, while more level-headed individuals are warning to pull back before it is too late, and America finds itself immersed in another full-fledged, drawn-out, destructive war which will take many lives on both sides. The dilemma, of course, is this: If President Trump draws back and resorts to more sanctions, or something similar, the Iranians are most certainly going to view it as a sign of weakness. They will say to themselves "We called his bluff with our attack on the bases in Iraq, and he drew back." So what happens during the next few hours is very important.
Before concluding this series, I would like to address my fellow Christian brethren regarding something which has been on my mind for the past several days. As was to be expected in a situation such as we are now facing, the Internet has been abuzz regarding the events which have transpired over the past week in Iraq. Everyone has been taking up their own position and expressing their views. This includes many of my own Christian brethren. Considering what I have shared in this series, I am sure that some of you are probably wondering how I view all of this. Because I have exposed how long this current confrontation has been in the making, some of you may even be led to believe that I empathize with Iran. So let me state the following:
For the record, I am not saying that Qassem Soleimani was not an evil man, or that he was not planning to engage in more wickedness as the Trump administration has claimed. As to whether or not he deserved to die is not for me to say. The truth is, before the events of this past week, I didn't even know who he was. I had never even heard of him, and I suspect that many of you are in the very same boat. If the American news reports are to believed, and if Mr. Trump is telling the truth, then Soleimani certainly had a lot of blood on his hands. But again, I honestly don't know what the truth is, because the mainstream media propaganda organ has no doubt been working overtime to convince us of one view or another. After all, as we have already seen, the government of the United States always has to find a way to justify its military actions against its perceived enemies. Thus, it will demonize them for many months and years until the American public embraces their view and is properly prepped for war.
On the opposite side of the spectrum, I have also read that Soleimani was very instrumental in helping to defeat ISIS. Obviously, you will not find this important piece of info being blasted in the American news media. After all, doing so would detract from the narrative that Mr. Trump and his associates are trying to paint regarding Mr. Soleimani. He must be painted as the worst of the worst, so that Trump's decision to kill him appears righteous and justified.
As many of my longtime readers will already know, for many years now, I have voiced my disapproval of all manner of violence and war. As a Bible-believing Christian, I remain convinced by the Scriptures that this is the position which should be taken by every Christian. For any of my readers who may not be familiar with the Biblical basis for taking this position, allow me to once again share the following sample verses with you:
"Some trust in chariots, and some in horses: but we will remember the name of the LORD our God."
Psalm 20:7, KJV
"But the meek shall inherit the earth; and shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace."
Psalm 37:11, KJV
"My soul hath long dwelt with him that hateth peace. I am for peace: but when I speak, they are for war."
Psalm 120:6-7, KJV
"And he shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people: and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more."
Isaiah 2:4, KJV
"And he shall judge among many people, and rebuke strong nations afar off; and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up a sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more."
Micah 4:3, KJV
"Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth . . . Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God . . . But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust."
Matthew 5:5, 9, 44-45, KJV
"And, behold, one of them which were with Jesus [meaning the Apostle Peter] stretched out his hand, and drew his sword, and struck a servant of the high priest's, and smote off his ear. Then said Jesus unto him, Put up again thy sword into his place: for all they that take the sword shall perish with the sword. Thinkest thou that I cannot now pray to my Father, and he shall presently give me more than twelve legions of angels?"
Matthew 26:51-53, KJV
"And it came to pass, when the time was come that he should be received up, he stedfastly set his face to go to Jerusalem, And sent messengers before his face: and they went, and entered into a village of the Samaritans, to make ready for him. And they did not receive him, because his face was as though he would go to Jerusalem. And when his disciples James and John saw this, they said, Lord, wilt thou that we command fire to come down from heaven, and consume them, even as Elias did? But he turned, and rebuked them, and said, Ye know not what manner of spirit ye are of. For the Son of man is not come to destroy men’s lives, but to save them. And they went to another village."
Luke 9:51-56, KJV
"When they which were about him saw what would follow, they said unto him, Lord, shall we smite with the sword? And one of them smote the servant of the high priest, and cut off his right ear. And Jesus answered and said, Suffer ye thus far. And he touched his ear, and healed him."
Luke 22:49-51, KJV
"Then Simon Peter having a sword drew it, and smote the high priest's servant, and cut off his right ear. The servant's name was Malchus. Then said Jesus unto Peter, Put up thy sword into the sheath: the cup which my Father hath given me, shall I not drink it?"
John 18:10-11, KJV
"If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men."
Romans 12:18, KJV
"(For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;)"
2 Corinthians 10:4, KJV
"From whence come wars and fightings among you? come they not hence, even of your lusts that war in your members? Ye lust, and have not: ye kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain: ye fight and war, yet ye have not, because ye ask not. Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts."
James 4:1-3, KJV
"And the nations were angry, and thy wrath is come, and the time of the dead, that they should be judged, and that thou shouldest give reward unto thy servants the prophets, and to the saints, and them that fear thy name, small and great; and shouldest destroy them which destroy the earth."
Revelation 11:18, KJV
"He that leadeth into captivity shall go into captivity: he that killeth with the sword must be killed with the sword. Here is the patience and the faith of the saints."
Revelation 13:10, KJV
Aside from the Bible's teachings regarding violence and war, as I briefly mentioned in part one, the Scriptures also tell us that as the children of the Most High, we should strive to remain separate from the world as much as possible, and to not become entangled in its affairs. That most certainly includes not supporting or becoming involved in its hellish wars. Following are another group of verses which likewise make this Biblical teaching abundantly clear:
"If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you."
John 15:19, KJV
"I have given them thy word; and the world hath hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil."
John 17:14-15, KJV
"Jesus answered, My kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews: but now is my kingdom not from hence."
John 18:36, KJV
"And they that use this world, as not abusing it: for the fashion of this world passeth away."
1 Corinthians 7:31, KJV
"While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal."
2 Corinthians 4:18, KJV
"Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you,"
2 Corinthians 6:17, KJV
"If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth."
Colossians 3:1-2, KJV
"But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out."
1 Timothy 6:6-7, KJV
"No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier."
2 Timothy 2:4, KJV
"These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth. For they that say such things declare plainly that they seek a country. And truly, if they had been mindful of that country from whence they came out, they might have had opportunity to have returned. But now they desire a better country, that is, an heavenly: wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God: for he hath prepared for them a city."
Hebrews 11:13-16, KJV
"Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God."
James 4:4, KJV
"Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world."
1 John 2:15-16, KJV
To my shock, despite what all of the previous verses reveal regarding Christians striving to remain separate from this present evil world, and not supporting or becoming involved in its many hellish wars, over the past several days, I have been troubled to discover that many of my American Christian friends on Facebook have been quick to stand up and publicly applaud the actions which were just taken by U.S. president, Donald J. Trump. Some of them are even rooting for further military action against Iran. Of course, if we consider that just like former President George W. Bush, Donald Trump is supposedly surrounded by Christians in his cabinet, and yet still made the decision that he did, should we really be so surprised that some of his Christian constituents are quick to support his strike against Qassem Soleimani?
My friends, I must wonder if those of you who do this have become blinded to the aforementioned Scriptural truth due to your American patriotism, and your infatuation with Donald Trump. Yes, as Americans, he is your president. And, yes, as I have pointed out many times before, the Scriptures do in fact make it very clear that God alone is the one who raises up -- and also takes down -- political leaders, whether they are good or evil, as we can clearly see by the following set of verses:
"Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God."
Romans 13:1-2, KJV
"Lift not up your horn on high: speak not with a stiff neck. For promotion cometh neither from the east, nor from the west, nor from the south. But God is the judge: he putteth down one, and setteth up another."
Psalm 75:5-7, KJV
"Daniel answered and said, Blessed be the name of God for ever and ever: for wisdom and might are his: And he changeth the times and the seasons: he removeth kings, and setteth up kings: he giveth wisdom unto the wise, and knowledge to them that know understanding:"
Daniel 2:20-21, KJV
"This matter is by the decree of the watchers, and the demand by the word of the holy ones: to the intent that the living may know that the most High ruleth in the kingdom of men, and giveth it to whomsoever he will, and setteth up over it the basest of men."
Daniel 4:17, KJV
"I have made the earth, the man and the beast that are upon the ground, by my great power and by my outstretched arm, and have given it unto whom it seemed meet unto me."
Jeremiah 27:5, KJV
"The king's heart is in the hand of the LORD, as the rivers of water: he turneth it whithersoever he will."
Proverbs 21:1, KJV
"For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because thou hast rejected the word of the LORD, he hath also rejected thee from being king. And Saul said unto Samuel, I have sinned: for I have transgressed the commandment of the LORD, and thy words: because I feared the people, and obeyed their voice. Now therefore, I pray thee, pardon my sin, and turn again with me, that I may worship the LORD. And Samuel said unto Saul, I will not return with thee: for thou hast rejected the word of the LORD, and the LORD hath rejected thee from being king over Israel."
1 Samuel 15:23-26, KJV
"And upon a set day Herod, arrayed in royal apparel, sat upon his throne, and made an oration unto them. And the people gave a shout, saying, It is the voice of a god, and not of a man. And immediately the angel of the Lord smote him, because he gave not God the glory: and he was eaten of worms, and gave up the ghost."
Acts 12:21-23, KJV
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