“By no means canst thou see Me (direct); But look upon the mount; if it abide in its place, then shalt thou see Me.”
Yesterday morning I received instruction from my Angel-Messenger to make a banner, a sign, a flag for the Coalition formed to fight evil in the world. I chose the Light of God atop Mount Sinai. Last night I watched terrified people rushing down mount Ontake, a cloud of ash right behind them. This tells me God in on His Mount with His Messenger.
And when they were departed from Rephidim, and were come to the wilderness of Sinai, they encamped in the wilderness; and there Israel encamped before the mount. And Moses went up unto God, and the LORD called unto him out of the mountain…And all the people answered together, and said: ‘All that the LORD hath spoken we will do.’ And Moses reported the words of the people unto the LORD…And Moses brought forth the people out of the camp to meet God; and they stood at the nether part of the mount. Now mount Sinai was altogether on smoke, because the LORD descended upon it in fire; and the smoke thereof ascended as the smoke of a furnace, and the whole mount quaked greatly. . . (Exodus 19:2-18)
For the colors of the Coalition Flag I chose them from the scarf I put on a pole in 2009 and waved in front of the Federal Building in Eugene Oregon, after I looked in the eyes of Neda as she lie dying in a street in Iran. I was all alone when I did this before the homeless put up their tents. I rang a little liberty bell. I carried a sign calling for democracy in Iran.
Fifteen days ago I saw a video of five small boys with their hands tied behind their back about to be shot by deranged members of ISIS. Moses delivered God’s Message to the Pharoah who was slaughtering little boys in order to prevent the Messenger from Delivering the Words of the Abolitionist God of Mercy.
“Let my people go! Freedom!”
Has any Christian Minister prayed for the Leader of the Coalition, President Barack Obama, Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces of the United States of America, so that this Coalition will own Spiritual Guidance, and the Light of the World will prevail over darkness and tyranny?
Ten days I went to a place few have been, inside the belly of a whale. From there I beheld the look on the face of Frankin Delano Roosevelt and Meher Baba, when they looked at the beast throwing children in a oven in Germany.
God bless the President of the United States, and the Coalition of Light and Justice!
Jon the Nazarite
The Ark upon the mountain
The Dove and Branch upon the sea
The hammers of iniquity
beat upon my forgotten tomb
I am awake upon the turbulant waters
My enemies cast lots
and blame me for their sins
while God’s friends
read me on the Day of Atonement
so all will be saved
so all will be united in peace
The sun went down on me
so long ago
The vine that grew over my head
has wilted in the desert of forgetfulness
But, there on a mountian
a purple haze
a rosy afterglow
in a King’s rosegarden atop a mount
that bid noble knights to climb hither
that beckon knights to sever a thread
and once again
“The shadow of World War that existed at the founding of this institution has been lifted
Of course, terrorism is not new. Speaking before this Assembly, President Kennedy put it well: “Terror is not a new weapon,” he said. “Throughout history it has been used by those who could not prevail, either by persuasion or example.” In the 20th century, terror was used by all manner of groups who failed to come to power through public support. But in this century, we have faced a more lethal and ideological brand of terrorists who have perverted one of the world’s great religions. With access to technology that allows small groups to do great harm, they have embraced a nightmarish vision that would divide the world into adherents and infidels – killing as many innocent civilians as possible; and employing the most brutal methods to intimidate people within their communities.”
Iran’s pro-democracy movement, the Green Movement, was born in the tumultuous aftermath of presidential elections held on June 12, 2009. Although the results unambiguously declared incumbent candidate Mahmoud Ahmadinejad the landslide victor, the majority of Iranians – including Ahmadinejad’s opponents in the election, Mir Hossein Moussavi and Mehdi Karroubi found this outcome outrageously fraudulent, and took to the streets in protest. Some Iranian demonstrators were demanding reform while the majority were demanding a referendum to replace the regime with a democratic and perhaps secular one. Their umbrage became so widespread and well-known that they were soon identified as a serious political force, taking a name inspired by Moussavi’s preferred color during his campaign. It is important to note that while the people executing the protests were understandably angry, their efforts were overwhelmingly marked by peaceful demonstrations, attended by those who cherished freedom and understood that violence as a tool for political change is ultimately self-defeating. There will, of course, always be savages in any movement who demand to have bloodshed at any cost, and the Green Movement was no exception, but these unfortunate individuals have been in a severe minority. It has been a tragic anomaly when demonstrators for this cause have raised arms against any of their fellow man, even those on the opposite side. Which is not to say that that same opposition has held to such a principle. Today we discuss the consequences of this contempt for peaceful discourse.
Russia said Friday that it would help to support Iraq in the fight against ISIS. Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov made the pledge to Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly in New York, Russia’s Foreign Ministry said via state-run news agency Itar-Tass. “During the meeting, Lavrov confirmed Russia’s support for Iraq’s independence, territory integrity and sovereignty,” the foreign ministry said. “Moscow is ready to continue supporting Iraq in its efforts in fighting the terrorist threat, and, first of all, the one from the Islamic State.”
The U.S. has been trying to build a broad coalition to tackle ISIS. Russia’s foreign ministry did not mention this Washington-led group Friday, saying only that Russia would protect Iraq’s interests. At least one foreign ministry official has previously said Russia would not join. While Lavrov made the pledge to Iraq, Moscow has been far more cautious over its ally Syria, which has also been partially overrun by ISIS. President Vladimir Putin told U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Monday that any airstrikes in the country should be carried out with Syria’s consent.
The American-led coalition fighting ISIS in Iraq grew by three on Friday — Belgium, Britain and Denmark. Prime Minster David Cameron of Britain won approval from Parliament after describing the militants as “psychopathic terrorists who want to kill us.”
Through Friday, the coalition had carried out more than 200 strikes in Iraq and 43 in Syria, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel told reporters. Here’s a look at major countries that are providing or have committed military help to the coalition.
Saudi Arabia took part in at least two rounds of airstrikes and has agreed to hosting American training of the so-called moderate Syrian rebels, the key to the U.S. strategy for fighting ISIS in Syria.
The United Arab Emirates has carried out at least two rounds of airstrikes. Its mission on Tuesday, the first round, was led by the first woman fighter pilot in that country’s history, Maj. Mariam Al Mansouri, flying an F-16 Desert Falcon.
Bahrain took part in the first round of airstrikes, late Monday U.S. time.
Jordan took part in the first round of airstrikes.
Qatar has played a supporting role in this week’s strikes, according to the U.S. military. The emir warned this week that the fight in Syria will not succeed unless President Bashar Assad is removed from power.
Australia is contributing eight F-18 fighter jets, plus special forces to advise Iraqi troops.
Belgium will send six F-16 fighter jets, as well as 120 pilots, support staff and C-130 cargo planes, the defense ministry said this week. Parliament gave final approval on Friday by a vote of 114-2, despite concerns about retaliatory terrorism.
Britain, on a 524-43 vote in Parliament, voted Friday to join the coalition. Six Tornado GR4 fighter-bombers, based in Cyprus, are on standby.
Canada has sent roughly 70 troops to Iraq to serve as advisers to Iraqi security forces. The United States has asked for more help, and Canada is weighing its response, Prime Minister Stephen Harper said this week.
The Czech Republic has provided weaponry to the Iraqi Army, including L-159 fighter jets, and 500 tons of ammunition to Kurdish forces, in coordination with Canada.
Denmark joined up on Friday, offering four operational planes and three reserve jets, plus 250 pilots and support staff. They will be deployed for a year. “No one should be ducking in this case,” Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt said.
France carried out an airstrike in Iraq on Sept. 19 and hit an ISIS depot near Mosul. It is also flying reconnaissance and training Kurdish security forces after providing them weapons. France ruled out cooperating in Syria because it believes that would help Assad in the civil war there, but the foreign minister says that could change.
Germany has sent military trainers to help Kurdish forces.
Italy provided $2.5 million worth of weaponry to Kurdish fighters and has offered assistance in the refueling of planes as support to the airstrikes.
The Netherlands committed six F-16 fighter jets on Wednesday and said they could be operational in a week. It found no legal justification to help in Syria but said that it “understood” the U.S. campaign there.
Albania, Estonia and Hungary have also provided weapons and ammunition.
Russia offered Friday to help support Iraq in the fight against ISIS, although it did not mention the U.S. coalition. In Syria, Russia is allied with Assad, and the Russian foreign minister says airstrikes should only go forward with Syria’s consent.
Turkey committed this week to joining the coalition but has provided no details on what it will do. It stayed on the sidelines while ISIS held 49 Turkish hostages, but those hostages were freed last weekend.
Airstrikes likely carried out by a U.S.-led coalition struck an oil refinery in Syria held by the militant Islamic group ISIS on Sunday, a witness said, shaking buildings and sending flames shooting into the air near the Turkish border.
Explosions lit the sky “for two hours” at the refinery in the northern Syrian town of Tel Abyad around 2:30 a.m. local time, local businessman Mehmet Ozer said.
“Our building was shaking, and we saw fire, some 60 meters high, coming from the refinery,” said Ozer, who lives in the nearby Turkish town of Akcakale.
ISTANBUL: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Turkey could take a military role in the coalition fighting Islamic State (IS) militants as Ankara moves to take a frontline position in the campaign, the Hurriyet daily reported.
In comments made aboard his presidential plane to Turkish reporters as he traveled back from the US, Erdogan also indicated he backed the use of ground troops inside Syria, Hurriyet reported on its website.
Erdogan already signalled at a news conference Friday after his return from New York that Turkey was shifting its position to adopt a more frontline role in the fight against IS.
But the comments aboard the plane strongly indicated Turkey will move to play a military role once the government wins approval from parliament at a planned debate on October 2.
“It’s wrong to say that Turkey will not take any kind of military position. Turkey will do whatever is its duty to do,” Erdogan said.
Erdogan also reaffirmed his calls for buffer and no-fly zones to ensure the safety of Turkish borders and the tens of thousands of Syrian refugees who have fled there, indicating ground forces would be necessary for this.
“You are not going to be able to finish off a terrorist group just with air strikes,” he said.
“At some point ground forces will be fundamental.
“Of course, I am not a soldier, but air (forces) are about logistics. If ground troops do not go, then nothing is going to be permanent,” he said.
Erdogan praised the United States for its air strikes against IS in Syria and Iraq, saying without them the future of Iraqi Kurdistan would have been in danger.
He said the Turkish government would go to parliament with a motion on October 2 and after this “all the necessary steps” would be taken for Turkey’s involvement in the coalition.
Ankara has for months frustrated the West with its low-key role in the anti-IS campaign but insisted its hands were tied by concerns over the fate of dozens of Turkish hostages abducted by IS in Iraq.
However with those hostages freed last weekend and Erdogan making key contacts on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly last week, Ankara appears ready for a more active role.
IS militants have now advanced to the town of Ain Al-Arab in northern Syria just a few kilometers south of the Turkish border, prompting some 140,000 refugees to flee to Turkey.
Turkish officials near the Syrian border, meanwhile, said IS fighters battling Kurdish forces for Kobani sent four mortar shells into Turkish territory, wounding two people.
One of the shells hit a minibus near Tavsanli, a Turkish village within sight of Kobani.
A large hole was visible in the rear of the vehicle.
“Two people were injured in the face when the minibus was hit. If they’d been 3 meters closer to the car, many people would have died,” said Abuzer Kelepce, a provincial official from the pro-Kurdish party HDP.
Heavy weapons fire was audible, and authorities blocked off the road toward the border.
“The situation has intensified since the morning. We are not letting anyone through right now because it is not secure at all. There is constant fighting, you can hear it,” the official said.
Kobani sits on a road linking north and northwestern Syria.
IS militants were repulsed by local forces, backed by Kurdish fighters from Turkey, when they tried to take it in July, and that failure has so far prevented them from consolidating their gains in the region.
Russia questioned the legality of US and Arab state air strikes in Syria because they were carried out without the approval of Damascus, Moscow’s ally.
“It’s very important that such cooperation with Syrian authorities is established, even now that it’s an accomplished fact,” Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told reporters on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York on Friday.
The Iranian president, Hassan Rouhani, gave qualified support to western military action against Isis inside Iraq, saying a concerted campaign could be successful as long as it was requested by the Iraqi government.
Speaking to journalists in New York while attending the UN general assembly, Rouhani appeared to draw a sharp distinction between Syria, where the Assad regime had not been informed of US air strikes, let alone asking for them; and Iraq, where the new government has formally called for military assistance.
He criticised western states for responding late to Iraq’s call for help, claiming Iran had been the first to come to its defence and helped prevent Irbil and Baghdad falling to Isis. He also questioned the value of relying on aerial power alone.
But when asked whether western military intervention would be welcome under any conditions, the Iranian president said: “Whatever steps they take, the legitimate sovereign government of the country must be informed and give its genuine consent.
“We must support any government that requests assistance,” Rouhani said. “The request must come from Iraq. If the sovereignty of the Iraqi government is made central, the campaign can be successful.”
The president bristled at being asked whether Iran would assist a western military campaign, saying the question should be posed the other way round: would the West help Iran.
“We’ve actually been the ones countering terrorism in the region for years,” he said. “Had it not been for Iran’s timely assistance, many of the Iraqi cities would have fallen to the hands of these vicious terrorists.”
Rouhani added that the time “wasn’t right” for another phone conversation or a meeting with US president Barack Obama “because of the sensitivity that still exists between the two countries”, Associated Press reported.
One year ago, Obama and Rouhani spoke by telephone for 15 minutes after the Iranian leader’s first appearance at the UN general assembly’s annual meeting of world leaders.
It was the first time the presidents of the United States and Iran had talked directly since the 1979 Iranian revolution and siege of the American embassy. The conversation was hailed as an historic breakthrough.
But Rouhani, questioned about a repeat conversation at a news conference on Friday before heading home after this year’s ministerial meeting, said: “Not a meeting nor a telephone call had been included in the agenda nor been planned for, … nor intended to be a part of our visit this year.”
Rouhani said there must be substantive reasons with “high objectives” for conversations between world leaders. If not, he said, “telephone calls are somewhat meaningless”.
The Iranian president said the time is not ripe as there still is too much sensitivity between the two countries.
A phone conversation between the two leaders “would only be constructive and fruitful when it is done according to a precisely laid plan with precisely clearly stated objectives,” Rouhani said. “Otherwise it will never be constructive or effective.”
An important first step would be for Iran and six major powers including the United States to reach agreement on the country’s disputed nuclear program.
He said progress so far “has not been significant,” and the pace must be speeded up if the 24 November deadline for a final agreement is to be reached.
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