Ron Paul Is Correct: War With Iran

“President Trump seems to be impatiently racing toward at least one disastrous war. Maybe two. The big question is who will be first? North Korea or Iran?” wrote the 81-year-old former congressman in his weekly column published on the site of his Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity.

“With continuing pressure from both Democrats and Republicans over the unproven ‘Russiagate’ allegations, it increasingly looks like he will seek relief by starting a ‘nice little war.’ If he does so, however, his presidency will likely be over and he may end up blundering into a much bigger war in the process,” states Paul, who contested the Republican presidential nomination in 2008 and 2012.

The new White House administration has attempted to exert unprecedented pressure on Pyongyang amid a series of missiles test carried out on the orders of Kim Jong-un over the past year.

Paul believes that Trump is looking to play a proactive role in any standoff with the Kim regime, saying, that displays, such as the recent US B-1 bomber flight over the Korean peninsula, sends “a clear message that he is ready to attack.”

Paul further criticizes the scaling up of US naval forces in the Persian Gulf in recent months, which led to clashes between Iranian and American vessels.

“Imagine if the US Navy had encountered Iranian warships in the Gulf of Mexico firing machine guns at them when they approached the Iranians,” writes Paul, who has consistently advocated a policy of non-interventionism.

He also notes that Iran is complying with the terms of the Obama-era nuclear agreement, apparently to Trump’s dismay.

And although Paul did not endorse any of the 2016 candidates, his son Rand Paul, who ran for the nomination, did, with Trump emerging as the most popular major-party politician among libertarian voters, with many of his policies superficially echoing Paul’s own stance.

“Although Trump’s bombastic rhetoric on Iran and North Korea has been pretty consistent, the American people voted Trump because he was seen as the less likely of the two candidates to get the US into a major war,” writes Paul.

“A recent study by Boston University and the University of Minnesota concluded that Trump won the most votes in parts of the country with the highest military casualties… These are the Americans living in the swing states of Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, and Michigan that surprised the pundits by voting for Trump over Hillary.”

With the US establishment distracted, Paul advocates for his supporters to “make their voices heard” and drag attention back to the international arena, to stop Trump “blustering us into one or two wars that will make Iraq and Afghanistan look like cakewalks by comparison.”

USGS Evidence Shows Power of the Sixth Seal (Revelation 6:12)

Did You Feel the Virginia 2011 Earthquake?

Did You Feel the Virginia 2011 Earthquake?New Evidence Shows Power of East Coast Earthquake

Virginia Earthquake Triggered Landslides at Great Distances

Released: 11/6/2012 8:30:00 AM

USGS.gov

Earthquake shaking in the eastern United States can travel much farther and cause damage over larger areas than previously thought.

U.S. Geological Survey scientists found that last year’s magnitude 5.8 earthquake in Virginia triggered landslides at distances four times farther—and over an area 20 times larger—than previous research has shown.

“We used landslides as an example and direct physical evidence to see how far-reaching shaking from east coast earthquakes could be,” said Randall Jibson, USGS scientist and lead author of this study. “Not every earthquake will trigger landslides, but we can use landslide distributions to estimate characteristics of earthquake energy and how far regional ground shaking could occur.”

“Scientists are confirming with empirical data what more than 50 million people in the eastern U.S. experienced firsthand: this was one powerful earthquake,” said USGS Director Marcia McNutt. “Calibrating the distance over which landslides occur may also help us reach back into the geologic record to look for evidence of past history of major earthquakes from the Virginia seismic zone.”

This study will help inform earthquake hazard and risk assessments as well as emergency preparedness, whether for landslides or other earthquake effects.

This study also supports existing research showing that although earthquakes are less frequent in the East, their damaging effects can extend over a much larger area as compared to the western United States.

The research is being presented today at the Geological Society of America conference, and will be published in the December 2012 issue of the Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America.

The USGS found that the farthest landslide from the 2011 Virginia earthquake was 245 km (150 miles) from the epicenter. This is by far the greatest landslide distance recorded from any other earthquake of similar magnitude. Previous studies of worldwide earthquakes indicated that landslides occurred no farther than 60 km (36 miles) from the epicenter of a magnitude 5.8 earthquake.

“What makes this new study so unique is that it provides direct observational evidence from the largest earthquake to occur in more than 100 years in the eastern U.S,” said Jibson. “Now that we know more about the power of East Coast earthquakes, equations that predict ground shaking might need to be revised.”

It is estimated that approximately one-third of the U.S. population could have felt last year’s earthquake in Virginia, more than any earthquake in U.S. history. About 148,000 people reported their ground-shaking experiences caused by the earthquake on the USGS “Did You Feel It?” website. Shaking reports came from southeastern Canada to Florida and as far west as Texas.

In addition to the great landslide distances recorded, the landslides from the 2011 Virginia earthquake occurred in an area 20 times larger than expected from studies of worldwide earthquakes. Scientists plotted the landslide locations that were farthest out and then calculated the area enclosed by those landslides. The observed landslides from last year’s Virginia earthquake enclose an area of about 33,400 km2, while previous studies indicated an expected area of about 1,500 km2 from an earthquake of similar magnitude.

“The landslide distances from last year’s Virginia earthquake are remarkable compared to historical landslides across the world and represent the largest distance limit ever recorded,” said Edwin Harp, USGS scientist and co-author of this study. “There are limitations to our research, but the bottom line is that we now have a better understanding of the power of East Coast earthquakes and potential damage scenarios.”

The difference between seismic shaking in the East versus the West is due in part to the geologic structure and rock properties that allow seismic waves to travel farther without weakening.

Learn more about the 2011 central Virginia earthquake.

The Antichrist Tries to Unify the Two Horns (Daniel 7-8)

https://img.huffingtonpost.com/asset/598128761a00003800dc19f0.jpg?ops=scalefit_820_noupscaleThe Militia, The Kingdom, and Mutual Interests

Although sectarian and political strife between the Gulf’s main and most powerful kingdom, Saudi Arabia, and various Shiite organizations and political entities, mainly the Middle East’s leading Shi’i political entity, Iran, have been exponentially tense in recent years, Saudi Arabia’s deputy Crown Prince, Mohamed Bin Salman has embraced controversial Shia cleric, spokesman, and militant leader Muqtada Al Sadr.

With Shiite militias rampant sectarian violence taking place throughout Iraq, many innocent Sunni civilians, and Shiites alike, have fallen victim in the midst of the ongoing battle against ISIS initially conducted by a coalition between Iraqi security forces and Shiite militias including the Iraqi Popular Mobilization Forces, more commonly known as Hashd Ash-Sha’bi. The meeting comes at a time when both Saudi Arabia and Muqtada Al Sadr continuously express concerns over Iran’s regional hegemonic influence.

Crown Prince Mohamed Bin Salman’s meeting with Muqtada Al Sadr falls in line with recent attempts to reconcile diplomatic relations between Riyadh and Baghdad after 25 years. It has also been reported that Saudi Arabian Foreign Minister Adel Al Jubeir visited Iraq earlier in the year to meet with Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Al Abadi. Yet what seems to be quite ironic is Sarayah As-Salaam’s, formerly known as Jaish Al Mahdi, commander, Abu Duaa Al-Issawi, will also be attending the meeting according to Iraqi parliamentary sources. Sarayah As-Salaam, or The Peace Brigades, partaking in the sectarian bloodshed of Sunni civilians in the Salahudeen Province in the city of Samaraa and Jurf al-Sakhar region in December of 2015 should raise red flags for Saudi Arabia. However, it seems as if the two parties have mutual interests that intend to combat Iran’s expansionist regional project. In the summer of 2016, Al Sadr’s supporters stormed the Green Zone, or the Iraqi parliament, in protest to demand government transparency, end to corruption and a call for the reduction of external influence, particularly that of Iranian foreign policy.

More recently, Saudi Arabia’s ongoing fight against Houthi militants to the south in Yemen has also fallen parallel to the concerns Muqtada Al Sadr has raised. As the Syrian Arab Army, Hezbollah, and other Shiite militias from Iraq regularly receive aid, so to does the Houthi establishment in Yemen receive aid from Iran as Saudi security forces have intercepted smuggled weapons on their way to Yemen from Iran on multiple occasions.

Interestingly enough, Al Sadr, leader of a Shiite militia himself, has called for the dismantling of other Shiite militias that are regularly funded and trained by Iran. Although this may coincide with Saudi Arabia’s national security interests, it is difficult to determine what Muqtada Al Sadr has in mind for the near and extended future as he most definitely has blood on his hands which has resulted from the notorious sectarian violence conducted by his Shiite death squads after the US invasion of Iraq in 2003.

Warnings from the Seven “Trumps” of Prophecy (Rev 15)

Critics worry the United States under Donald Trump is moving more aggresively to war.

Warnings of ‘Nuclear Nightmare’ as Trump Escalates Tensions With World Powers

“We need to step up sustained diplomacy. Firing off a bunch of missiles does nothing to address the crisis. We need negotiation, not posturing.”

“In response to North Korea’s second intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) test late last week, the U.S. on Sunday carried out what the Washington Post called a “show of force” by flying two B-1 bombers over the Korean Peninsula.” (Photo: mashleymorgan/Flickr/cc)

As President Donald Trump foments tensions with world powers by behaving recklessly and pursuing aggressive action over diplomacy, developments in several major nations over the weekend sparked urgent concerns among peace groups, activists, and analysts that the world’s largest militaries are inching dangerously close to war.

“Firing off a bunch of missiles does nothing to address the crisis. We need negotiation not posturing.”
—Peace Action
In response to North Korea’s second intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) test late last week, the U.S. on Sunday carried out what the Washington Post called a “show of force” by flying two B-1 bombers over the Korean Peninsula. The Post noted that the move is “a sign that tensions are spiraling upward rapidly.”

“The sense that time is running out in the confrontation with North Korea was reinforced as the day wore on,” the Post added. “Nikki Haley, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, batted down rumors that the United States would seek an emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council. It was pointless, she said, as long as China wouldn’t commit to increasing the pressure on North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong Un.”

The bomber flights were in addition to the U.S. and South Korea’s joint missile exercise on Friday immediately following Pyongyang’s ICBM launch.

China also looked to put its military might on display Sunday, unveiling in a massive parade an assemblage of new weaponry and technology, including ICBMs “that can reach the U.S. in just 30 minutes” and a J-20 stealth fighter plane that “could potentially rival the F-22 or F-35.”

These events were punctuated by the Russian government’s response to a sanctions bill passed by the U.S. Congress last week, which Trump is expected to sign.

“President Vladimir V. Putin announced Sunday that the American diplomatic mission in Russia must reduce its staff by 755,” the New York Times reported. The Times went on to characterize the response as one “ripped right from the Cold War playbook and sure to increase tensions between the two capitals.”

Also raising alarms were reports last week indicating that the Trump administration is gearing up to challenge the legitimacy of the Iran nuclear deal by alleging that Iran has not lived up to its side of the agreement (Iran, for its part, has charged the U.S. with abdicating its responsibilities under the agreement).

Trump “desperately wants to cancel” the deal, according to the Associated Press, and he is “pushing for inspections of suspicious Iranian military sites in a bid to test” the agreement’s strength.

Trita Parsi, founder and president of the National Iranian American Council, argued that such a move makes clear Trump’s desire to “sabotage” the agreement. If he is successful in scrapping the deal, Parsi noted, the stage would be set for “a military confrontation.”

“Rarely has a sinister plan to destroy an arms control agreement and pave the way for war been so openly telegraphed,” Parsi wrote.

The rapid culmination of these factors—which come as Trump responds destructively to crises throughout the world, such as those ravaging Venezuela, Syria, and Yemen—have prompted warnings from activists and commentators that war could be on the horizon if measures are not taken to de-escalate tensions.

“There’s an urgent need to hit the reset button on U.S.-Korean policy, before one of the players hits a much more catastrophic button that could lead us into a nuclear nightmare.”
—Medea Benjamin, CODEPINK
“We need to step up sustained diplomacy,” Peace Action said in response to the U.S.-South Korea joint missile exercise. “Firing off a bunch of missiles does nothing to address the crisis. We need negotiation, not posturing.”

Writing for Common Dreams, CODEPINK co-founder Medea Benjamin argued that North Korea’s missile tests, and the White House’s response, are an “urgent warning” that U.S.-Korean policy “must be reset” if war is to be avoided.

“A war on the Korean Peninsula would likely draw in other nuclear armed states and major powers, including China, Russia, and Japan,” Benjamin observed. “This region also has the largest militaries and economies in the world, the world’s busiest commercial ports, and half the world’s population.”

With “the specter of nuclear war” looming, “the rational alternative policy is one of de-escalation and engagement,” Benjamin concluded.

“Time has proven that coercion doesn’t work,” Benjamin wrote. “There’s an urgent need to hit the reset button on U.S.-Korean policy, before one of the players hits a much more catastrophic button that could lead us into a nuclear nightmare.”