Iran, Hizballah upgrade war preparations, new Israel front line commander
Hizballah’s Hassan Nasrallah has quietly placed Hashim Safi al-Din, his cousin and heir apparent, in command of southern Lebanon and its border with Israel, further upgrading Iran-backed preparations for an armed clash, DEBKAfile‘s exclusive military sources report . . . Our intelligence sources say this appointment is the most ominous sign to date of the seriousness Iran and Hizballah attach to their plans for an early war with Israel. Three further developments point in this direction:
(1) Tehran, Damascus and Nasrallah are tensely watching the clock ticking for the UN Special Tribunal on Lebanon (STL) to deliver indictments against top Hizballah officials before the end of this year or early January.
(2) Tehran views the newly appointed South Lebanon commander, Hashim Safi al-Din, is its most stalwart partisan in the Lebanese Shiite Hizballah leadership since Imad Moughnieh passed away two years ago in an exploding car in Damascus.
(3) At the same time, the appointment of his cousin confirms Hassan Nasrallah as the Hizballah strongman capable of bringing to fruition the ambition Tehran and Damascus cherish of establishing their man in Beirut as boss of Lebanon … [emphasis added]
Ron Paul will have Congressional Federal Reserve oversight
Ben Bernanke’s worst nightmare
NEW YORK (CNN Money) — Ben Bernanke has had his hands full since his first day on the job as Federal Reserve chairman nearly five years ago. It’s about to get even tougher. His harshest critic on Capitol Hill, Rep. Ron Paul of Texas, is about to become one of his overseers. With the Republicans coming to power, Paul, who would like to abolish the Fed and the nation’s current monetary system, will become the chairman of the House Subcommittee on Domestic Monetary Policy. If you’ve never heard of the committee before, you’re not alone. But Paul promises you’ll be hearing a lot more from it. “It’s basically been a committee that’s dealt with commemorative coins. I’m going to deal with monetary policy,” he said. Paul doesn’t think he’ll be able to move his proposal to eliminate the Fed, or to allow Americans to use gold instead of paper money as currency. But he said he does intend to use his new position as “a mini-bully pulpit” to criticize Fed policy and call more attention to what he sees as its negative consequences. And he’s confident that American voters are ready to delve into those monetary policy questions. “Five years ago they wouldn’t have listened. Now they will,” he said. “We’ve gained a lot of credibility in making the Federal Reserve an issue since the market collapse.” …
[Editor’s Note: Because Hezbollah will undoubtedly be militarily activated during the forthcoming Iran/Israel conflagration, it is virtually unavoidable that the nation of Lebanon is likely to suffer horrifying destruction at the hands of Israeli weapons of mass destruction. Utilizing the power of international law, those factions seeking to indict Hezbollah for participation in the murder of Lebanon’s former PM have hoped for a political resolution. The unfortunate truth is, Hezbollah, as a surrogate of Syria and Iran (just as Hamas is Iran’s pawn in Gaza), must be dealt with in a military fashion.
As Israel continues to attempt to negotiate an agreement that will diplomatically neutralize the Palestinian Authority’s participation during the forthcoming conflict (largely due to their close proximity to Israeli civilian populations), the American military buildup is a tacit acknowledgement that the entire Middle Eastern area will explode at some point in the near future. This forthcoming Middle Eastern war will be far more destructive than previous clashes, and the prophetic ramifications are addressed in the DVD entitled American Magog. Although prophecy figures have for decades loudly claimed that Russia is the “Gog” figure of Ezekiel 38, Christian Media has categorically predicted an American identification is appropriate, and this understanding has been in print since 1992. For details on the American Magog DVD, see LINK.]
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