Thursday, June 29, 2006
EU READY WITH DEADLY FORCE
Well the Bible does say pestilences what could be Chemical weapons being used.
11 And great earthquakes shall be in divers places, and famines, and pestilences; and fearful sights and great signs shall there be from heaven.
Palestinians claim chemical warhead fired at Israel
GAZA CITY - An armed group loosely affiliated to Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas's Fatah party claimed Thursday to have fired a chemical warhead at Israel in response to Gaza incursions and arrests in the West Bank. An Israeli army spokeswoman said no rocket launch or impact had been identified whatsoever in the last few hours. We fired a rocket with a chemical warhead on Sderot, a spokesman for the Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, Abu Qussai, said in reference to Israeli Defence Minister Amir Peretz's home town close to the border with Gaza. It is to avenge the attempt to invade the Gaza Strip and the arrest of ministers and members of parliament, in the West Bank from the governing Palestinian faction Hamas, the spokesman said.
Israeli tanks and troops rolled a short distance into the northern Gaza under the cover of darkness early Thursday, Palestinian sources said. On Wednesday, troops launched two incursions into southern Gaza aimed at piling on the pressure on the Palestinians to free a 19-year-old corporal abducted by three other militant groups on Sunday. 06/29/2006 02:39 GMT
7 For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.
8 All these are the beginning of sorrows.
6.0 quake causes slight rumble in Alaska Tue Jun 27, 12:54 AM ET
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - A magnitude 6.0 earthquake caused a slight tremble Monday at a mostly abandoned air strip in the Aleutian Islands.The Alaska Earthquake Information Center reported the 7:15 p.m. quake was felt strongly in Shemya Station. There were no immediate reports of any damage.The quake was centered about 90 miles southeast of Shemya, or about 1,400 miles southwest of Anchorage, and was located at a depth of about 23 miles, the Alaska Earthquake Information Center said.
1 And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people: and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time: and at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book.
7 Alas! for that day is great, so that none is like it: it is even the time of Jacob’s trouble; but he shall be saved out of it.
IDF Knocks Out Electricity, Bridges in Gaza
By Hillel Fendel (ARUTZ-7 NEWS)
The IDF began its "Operation Summer Rains" offensive Wednesday night with the entry of Israeli forces into southern Gaza. The stated goal: The release of kidnapped soldier Gilad Shalit.In addition to knocking out electricity in much of Gaza, the operation has included:
* Aerial missile attack on an electricity station south of Gaza City
* Aerial attacks on three bridges in the central Gaza Strip, over dry river beds
* Artillery fire at open areas in the southern Gaza Strip
* Entry of armored forces into the Dahaniya area, mainly the abandoned airport, where the IDF has set up a headquarters. This area represents a strategic control and observation point over the southern Gaza Strip. One incident of gunfire and anti-tank missile fire at the IDF forces has been reported, causing no injuries.Former Deputy Defense Minister Ephraim Sneh (Labor) said today, I warned many times in the past that if you retreat from a territory unilaterally and leave hostile elements there, you will end up having to go back in.
Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and other Israeli officials continue to tirelessly emphasize that the purpose of the IDF operation is only to bring about the release of the abducted soldier; he did not mention stopping the Kassam rocket attacks against Israel. "The operation's only goal is to return Gilad home, Olmert said today. Israel will not wage any negotiations with the terrorists for his release. Olmert continued, This military operation which will continue in the coming days is designed only for this purpose alone. We have no interest in hurting Palestinian civilians, and none were hurt today. Whatever damage is caused to the civilian population is the fault of the Hamas government and its representatives in Syria... We have no interest in re-conquering Gaza, and no intention to remain there. We only want to free Gilad. Only in passing did Olmert address the issue of the 150 Kassam rockets that have been fired at Sderot over the past weeks: We will also fight the terrorists; not one of them will be immune.
Foreign Minister Tzippy Livny similarly said, after meeting with U.S. Secretary of Justice Alberto Gonzalez this morning, that the reason for this operation in Gaza is not hatred or punishment, but rather to try to free Gilad. Similarly ignoring the Kassam rockets, Livny added that Israel expects the international community to continue to exert pressure on the Palestinian Authority to free the soldier and prevent a further escalation of the situation.Four Kassam rockets were fired towards Ashkelon this morning.An IDF statement explained that the purpose of the measures taken thus far is to prevent the kidnappers from transferring the soldier from place to place, and to otherwise disrupt their activity. In addition, the operation sends a clear message to the terror organizations holding the soldier captive that if he is not released safely and quickly, further operational means remain available to the IDF.
Mohammad Nazal, allied with the ultra-intransigent Khaled Mashaal of the Damascus-based Hamas leadership, said that Hamas would not agree to free the Israeli soldier without a deal [for] something in return." He told AP that "this is the popular demand, and we cannot let down our people. A quick poll released on Monday showed that 86% of the Arab public in the Palestinian Authority negates releasing the soldier without receiving anything in return.Meshaal heads the clan that is taking an even more militant stand against freeing the soldier than the Hamas government.Justice Minister Chaim Ramon (Kadima) equated Mashaal with Bin Laden, saying that Mashaal is within our target sights. He called upon the international community not to "stand idly by while Syria grants shelter to Mashaal, who oversaw the kidnapping of the soldier.
Within Israel, the general consensus appears to be against talking with Hamas. Even Shimon Peres, speaking with CNN today, said, For Israel to enter into negotiations with the kidnappers would turn Khaled Mashaal and the band of murderers into victors.
MK Nissan Slomiansky (National Union/NRP) said, "At this time, with the IDF entering Gaza, we must put aside all our differences of opinion, and stand together aside the government, the soldiers of the IDF and their officers, and hope that they will succeed in their mission and return safely home.MK Yitzchak Galanti (Pensioners) said, Only a combination of pressure on the civilian population that elected the Hamas government and targeting the Hamas government leaders will bring about the release of the abducted prisoners and the rehabilitation of Israel's deterrence power.
Arab MK Azmi Bishara, speaking with the Al-Jazeera television station, justified the Hamas kidnapping of an Israeli soldier. He said that it was a fair response to Israel's killing of civilians in Gaza. Bishara did not mention that the killings were an accidental side-effect of Israel's attempt to kill terrorists.Two extreme left-wing Meretz Party MKs - Zahava Gal'on and Ran Cohen - suggested that Arab prisoners be released in exchange for the soldier Gilad Shalit. They were quickly censored by their party colleague Avshalom Vilan, however, who said that talk of this nature at this time is irresponsible, and hurts the chances of releasing the kidnapped soldier.
19 And I saw the beast, and the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against him that sat on the horse, and against his army.
Congo-Kinshasa: EUFOR Is Prepared to Use 'Deadly Force'
United Nations Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (Kinshasa)
General Karlheinz Viereck, the German force commander of EUFOR - the European Union military operation in DRC- said that EUFOR is prepared to use "deadly force" if necessary to protect the integrity of the DRC National elections on July 30, in case deterrence fails.If deterrence fails, we can use force if necessary, even deadly force.If deterrence fails [...] we can use force, if necessary even deadly force," the General told reporters at a press conference in Brussels on Tuesday, 13 June 2006.EUFOR, which is placed under the mandate of the United Nations Security Council, will be operational from July 29," he said, in the run up to the first phase of DR Congo's presidential and legislative elections in over 40 years.
General Viereck is very confident of the success of the mission, which involves 2,000 European soldiers, of which 800 will be deployed in the Kinshasa region, with another 1,200 on standby in Libreville, Gabon for rapid deployment to quell any potential election unrest.We want to be visible in Kinshasa in order to prevent any potential problems during the electoral period.I have all the necessary force and we will be a credible one. We want to show the Congolese people that we are here to safeguard the elections, assured the German force commander, whose army is principally composed of soldiers from France and Germany, as well as troops from 16 other EU countries, including Turkey.We want to be visible in Kinshasa to have a dissuading effect, in order to prevent any potential problems during the electoral period," General Viereck added.
The terms of EUFOR's mandate is for four months, covering the first phase of the DRC election period up to the end of November. The force is authorised to act in support of MONUC's 17,600 blue berets stationed in the country.It will be the second EU military operation in support of the UN in Africa, after operation ARTEMIS, which was launched during the summer of 2003 in Bunia, in the province of Ituri, in eastern DRC.EUFOR advance communications and logistics teams numbering some 80 personnel from France, Germany and Belgium arrived into the DRC in the past week. Their objective is to lay the groundwork before the main force arrives in the coming weeks.According to EUFOR spokesman Colonel Peter Fuss, there are no operational troops on the ground as of yet. There has been no exact date decided yet as to when the main body of the force will begin to arrive, he explained.
It is understood that the 800 strong Kinshasa force will be positioned all over Kinshasa, including N'Jili airport, with a main camp at N'Dolo.EUFOR commander General Viereck will arrive into the DRC for a press conference to be held on June 22 at 11:00am in the Memling Hotel in Kinshasa.
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