Monday, January 13, 2020

World War III Update

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The US press, Hollywood, and their proteges in the far-Left progressive political community would have you believe that the US----Specifically President Trump---has pushed us to the edge of WWIII.

However, a closer look at what is actually happening in Iran gives a different picture.

In fact, the Emir of Qatar, emerging from a meeting with Iran's president, said yesterday "de-escalation is the only way forward."

Could it be that President Trump's policies are already working?

An update on WWIII.

Be informed.

Yesterday the news began to leak into some of our conservative news reports that there is considerable difference between what we are being told by our own left leaning news organizations and what is actually happening in Iran. Equally important is what they are "not" reporting.

Iran thought they cleared up the passenger plane matter yesterday, and admitted that they did, in fact, shoot it down---after denying it for a number of days.

They claimed it was an accident. They did not intend to shoot it down. "Human error." Who knows?

Many Iranians are very upset about the government's attempt to cover it up.

More on that in a moment.

The same leftist progressives who have been trying to remove Trump from the Oval Office since he was elected in 2016 have moved their methods from "Russian collusion" to "incompetence" to a phone call with the Ukrainian leader, to two articles of impeachment that reflect their extreme dislike---hate--- for the President with no specific charges of wrong doing.

Friday, Speaker Pelosi passed a "War Acts Resolution" in the House intended to tie the hands of the President in taking action on behalf of our country's safety and security. She claimed Trump is leading us into World War III.

"World War III" is now the Left's newest talking point.

When Trump took out the Iranian General Soleimani on January 3, the head terrorist coordinator in the world, Iran promised to retaliate with vengeance.

With "vengeance," Iran bombed a couple of remote Iraqi air bases that have a US presence. No one was injured or killed.

Yesterday, Reuters reported that another remote Iraqi base, about 50 miles north of Baghdad, was bombed. They report four were wounded, but only as you get further into the article do you learn that no US soldiers were injured.

In fact, our own military is saying they had several hours notice before the bombs were launched.

Fars News Agency news services, out of the Middle East, reported yesterday that "In a meeting between Iran's President Hassan Rouhani and the emir of Qatar, both sides agreed de-escalation is the only solution for the region."

He said, "We agreed...that the only solution to these crises is de-escalation from everyone and dialogue."

The Trump administration has repeatedly said they will meet with Iran anytime. The President has said he does not seek war, he seeks peace with Iran.

He has also said, "Iran will never have a nuclear weapon as long as I am President of the United States.

Also, yesterday, Hossein Salami, commander of Iran's Revolutionary Guards, said that the missiles it fired early last Wednesday on Iraqi basses were not intended to kill American personnel.

He said, "Our aim was not to kill enemy soldiers. That was not important."

What about all these "anti-American" protests in Iran?

The Jerusalem Post reported yesterday that "Riot police in black uniforms and helmets earlier massed at Vali-e-Asr Square at Tehran University and other landmarks. Revolutionary Guard members patrolled the city on motorbikes and plain clothes security men were out in force."

What is absent in much of the reporting from Tehran is that many of the protesters are protesting against Iran's leadership, not US leadership.

President Trump has been tweeting support for the protesters.

The Post says:
"Iranians have expressed anger over the downing of the plane and misleading explanations from senior officials in the wake of the tragedy. They also are mourning the dead, which included many young people who were studying abroad."

They quote Iranian citizens out on the street;
"Even talking about it makes my heart beat faster and makes me sad." "I feel ashamed when I think about their families." "The denial and covering up the truth over the past three days greatly added to the suffering and pain of the families and me."

A Tehran City council member took to social media to say she was resigning in protest at the government's lies and corruption. "With the current mechanism, there is no hope for reform," she said.

BBC says chants at the protests include calling for Iran's "commander-in-chief to resign or be removed from leadership."

A time for discernment.

Discernment is like the physical senses. Some Christians have it to an unusual measure, but all biblical believers have the gift of discernment.

Discernment is the word used in Psalm 119:66--"taste." It's the ability to make discriminating judgments, to distinguish between, and recognize the moral implications of different situations and courses of action. It includes the ability to "weigh up" and assess the moral and spiritual status of both people and situations. Discerning is not judging.

While warning us against "judging." Jesus urges us to discerning and discriminating (Matt. 7:1,6).

Discernment is learning to think what God thinks (Biblical worldview)---it means having a sense of how things look through God's eyes and seeing them, in some measure, "uncovered and laid bare" (Heb. 4:13).

Discernment affects the way we live in at least 4 ways.

  1. It acts as a means of protection, guarding us from being deceived spiritually. It protects us from being blown by every wind of biblical doctrine.
  2. Discernment can act as an instrument of healing, when exercised in grace and love. It can be destructive when driven by human or carnal motives.
  3. Discernment functions as a key to personal freedom. Growing in discernment by educating our conscience through God's Word is spiritual growth.
  4. Discernment serves as a catalyst to spiritual development: Proverbs 14:6 (NIV) says, "The mocker seeks wisdom and finds none, but knowledge comes easily to the discerning."

Be Informed. Be Discerning. Be Vigilant. Be Prayerful.