13 Jan 2020

Not Universally Loved

We sometimes think that all Arabs and all Muslims are angry about the American hit on Iranian terror master Qassem Soleimani. That isn’t the case. But first let’s look at some of the official reaction from the terror groups within Israel.

According to a report from the Meir Amit Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center, some of the reaction has been muted. Why? These despicable cowards, who have murdered Israelis and Americans, are no afraid of their foes in ways they were not on January 1. Or under the Obama Administration. Besides killing Soleimani, the missile strike took out Abu-Mahdi al-Huhandis, deputy commander of the pro Iranian terror group in Iraq.

(And let’s be clear as we discuss this: Soleimani’s death greatly benefits Israel.)

“Contrary to the reactions of senior Iranian officials and Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah, who did not relate to Israeli as being involved in the attack, senior Hamas and PIJ figures accused Israel of collaborating with the United States in the killingSome even accused Israel of direct responsibility for Soleimani’s deathHowever, Hamas and PIJ spokesmen were careful not to overtly threaten Israel. The London-based newspaper al-Sharq al-Awsat reported that senior Hamas figures had made it clear to Egypt that they had not interest in an escalation in the Gaza Strip in the wake of the killing of Soleimani

“In the meantime, while Soleimani’s cortège left Baghdad, a mourning tent was erected in Gaza City. Pictures of Soleimani were hung, as were signs with pictures and mourning notices. The people who came to pay their respects walked on Israeli and American flags which had been laid on the ground at the entrance to the tent. The flags were later burned. Sources in the Gaza Strip stressed that the mourning tent had been erected in the name of all the organizations and not exclusively by Hamas and the PIJ.”

Hamas leaders like Isma’il Haniyeh gave a eulogy in Tehran, but we learned some things from the expressions of “grief” by the Arabs.

“On the other hand, in the Gaza Strip there were also expressions of joy at Soleimani’s death, although, in ITIC assessment, their scope and public importance were low. Some people even distributed pastries to passersby. A sign on a tray of pastries expressed joy at the death of the ‘criminal’ Qassem Soleimani, murderer of the (Palestinian) people in Syria and Iraq (Twitter account of Anwar Malik, January 4, 2020).

“A number of Gazans interviewed for the Egyptian TV station Safa said they were happy Qassem Soleimani was dead. They said he had been ‘the world’s number one criminal and terrorist’ and had killed many Sunni Muslims in Iraq and had destroyed Syria.”

Although it’s encouraging that not all Muslims in the region mourn Soleimani’s death, we must keep in mind that we are talking about a feud between Sunni Muslims and Shi’ite Muslims. Iran is primarily Shi’ite (and this branch is the definite minority throughout the Muslim world).

Remember, Soleimani and his bosses were responsible for numerous atrocities during the eight-year Iran-Iraq war. He also has had no qualms about killing fellow Muslims in the years since Obama’s green-light to Muslim terror groups to bedevil the Middle East.

We must hope and pray for the day when all Muslims in that region learn the truth and lay down their weapons.

In the meantime, Israel and others in the region are much better off now that the butcher Soleimani is dead.





6 Jan 2020

The Monster is Gone

Well, there’s no other subject this week, right?

Yamamoto is dead! Saddam swings from a rope!

Donald Trump has potentially reshaped the Middle East from one decision.

This week, the American president ordered a hit on the world’s top terrorist, Iranian General Qassem Soleimani. Arguably the most powerful man in the Islamic country of Iran, Soleimani’s arrogance had brought him to the point of landing at the Baghdad Airport, only miles from the besieged U.S. Embassy. In the week prior, Trump sent the Marines and 750 paratroopers from the 82nd Airborne to bolster the embassy, ringed by terrorist “militias” backed by Soleimani. Trump also issued a direct threat to Iran.

Next thing you know, a drone strike cremated the odious Iranian, along with others from his entourage.

I have not often seen broadcasters—many of whom are Never-Trumpers—struggling to keep from expressing admiration for the President’s boldness. Yes, the usual suspects, themselves traitors, are criticizing the move. But the consensus is, this is a game-changer.

German journalist Julian Reichelt has written:

“President Trump has freed the world of a monster whose aim in life was an atomic cloud over Tel Aviv. Trump has acted in self-defense – the self-defense of the US and all peace-loving people.”

I tell you in all seriousness, I woke up thinking the identical thing this morning. Iran’s leadership has its main goal as terminating Israel.

And see what God has done.

Why in the world cannot people read history and quake in the presence of Israel? Do people not believe history? Do they ignore it?

The international community certainly ignores Bible prophecy.

But this is what the Lord says:

“Yes, captives will be taken from warriors,
and plunder retrieved from the fierce;
I will contend with those who contend with you,
and your children I will save.
 I will make your oppressors eat their own flesh;
they will be drunk on their own blood, as with wine.
Then all mankind will know
that I, the Lord, am your Savior,
your Redeemer, the Mighty One of Jacob.” (Isaiah 49:25-26)

Soleimani, as we now know, was also responsible for hundreds of American deaths. He helped devise explosive devices that blew apart our brave men and women in Iraq and Syria. Maimed others for life.

Now he literally awaits being thrown into the Lake of Fire at the resurrection of the dead.

Soleimani was also plotting attacks on American diplomats when the missile came in his car window. Trump has saved more lives.

What will be exciting is watching how this strengthens Israel in the region. For those who worry about the Iranian threats of retaliation, just know that they are limited in what they can do. I concur with some experts who believe this will show that the Emperor has no Clothes. Not that they can’t do damage, but as others have said, if Trump could do this to Iran, he can do anything.