Sunday, March 18, 2007


Will the Real Mahdi Please Stand Up? - by PATRICK HERON - Raiders News Network

How interesting it is to sit back and watch all the little pieces of the jig-saw fit in together to make a clear picture. Take some of the recent pronouncements coming out of Iran these past few weeks for instance.

Apparently it has been announced on official government websites that shortly, in fact it will happen in this month of March, the Mahdi or 12th Imam will make his long awaited appearance on the world stage.

This is the prophet that is the Muslim Messiah, as it were. According to their teachings, the Mahdi or 12th Imam, disappeared as a young boy of about 12 years old, several hundred years ago, and went into hiding in a deep well.

But he will shortly come out of his hiding place and procede to lead Muslims in a sucession of victorious apocalyptic battles over their enemy and establish Islam as the predominent world religion.

The Imam or Mahidi will have a lieutenant by his side in this endeavor, we are cofidently told, who will be none other than, wait for it, Jesus Christ. I kid you not. All this is written on official Iranian government websites and has even been eluded to on several occasions by the Iranian President, Machmud Amgonnahavajihad. He says the Mahdi will appear this March on the 27th, I think.

Now here's the rub. We are told in scripture in the Old Testement, that if a prophet said such-and-such was going to happen, and it didn't, then he was a false prophet. And in some cases these were put to death for their troubles. So we will soon know if the President of Iran is accurate in his prognostications or if he qualifies to have his head chopped off.

Contrast this with what we are told in the Word of God. In the Book of Revelation it is prophesied that during the Apocalypse a man known as the Antichrist will rise to prominence on the world political stage. This person is also called the "Beast from the Abyss" (Rev.chapters 9 and 17). We are told that this man will have a religious side-kick who will help him in his endeavours called the False Prophet.

Together these two will establish world peace for the first three and a half years of the Apocalypse. The Antichrist will head up a sort of G 10 geopolitical confederacy that will be the New World Order.(For an in depth study on this, see my article entitled Revelation Rapture:An Anomly?, at OFFICIAL DISCLOUSURE on this website).

Acording to Revelation 9, we are told that this Beast or Antichrist, will emerge from the bottomless pit, or Abyss, where he is now incarcerated along with other infernal beings. These are the "spirits that sinned in the days of Noah," according to 1 Peter 3:20 . A deeper study of these spirit men shows that they were the Nephilim or Fallen Ones of Genesis 6, who came to earth circa 3500BC and took mortal women to wife. These gods so infected the human race back then with their evil and violence that God sent the flood and wiped out all human life and the giants, who were the offspring of these fallen Angels.

But spirit men cannot be drowned. And these fallen Angels, we are told, are locked up in the pit of the Abyss, to await a coming Day of Judgement. We are also informed that Jesus, in his risen spiritual body, went a preached to these spirits in prison, and somewhat spoiled the party they were having at that time.

But in the coming Apocalypse these gods will be released once again. And together with the rest of the rebellious angels, who are to be cast down to earth with Satan according to Revelation 12, will form a government that will rule the nations.

I have often heard various prophecy teachers speculate as to who this coming Antichrist will be. Some have even proffered names of Arab or other leaders who, they reckon, will definitely be the Antichrist who is to rule the world. But they are wrong. Fot the name of this coming prince and where he hails from has been written for nigh on 2,000 years and has been staring us in the face all that time.

I Revelation 9:11 we are told that the name of the Beast is Abaddon (in Hebrew), and Apollyon is his Greek name. And where does he come from? From the bottomless pit also called the Abyss. Of course Apollyon is how the Greeks spell what is known to us as Apollo. And Apollo was one of the main leaders of the original pantheon of Greek and Roman gods along with others such as, Jupiter, Saturn, Pluto, Neptune, Zeus, Mercury, Mars etc.

So scripture is clear on the name of the coming Antichrist and where he arises from. And no, it's not Machmud Amgonnahavajihad from Iran or some rich prince from Syria or anywhere else. The truth is so plain and simple, everyone missed it. Again, if you are not familar with the concept of the Nephilim and the coming reign of terror when the Fallen Ones are thrust down to earth in the near future, please read my book, "The Nephilim and the Pyramid of the Apocalypse". Or if you want a crash course on the prophecies of the coming Apocalypse, you could do worse that read "Apocalypse Soon," my book just published by the editor of this website and available at

Now get this. The Muslims are waiting for their leader to appear on the world stage. This Mahdi is the Imam who went into a well in the earth and is to come out of this hole again soon. He will have as his right hand man, Jesus Christ. Contrast this with the scriptures. These say that the Antichrist will appear soon and that he is to come out of a hole in the ground, called the Abyss or bottomless pit. And that he will have as his running mate a religious man who is called the False Prophet. See the connect?

Now take a look at the curent state of the Middle East. The place is in total disarray and is crying out of someone to come in and sort things out between the Arabs and the Jews. But whoever sorts this mess out will have to be acceptible to both parties. Oh, I forgot to mention. The Jews are also expecting the REAL Messiah to come soon and lead them in their struggle (they don't believe that the last Messiah was the real deal you see?).

So the Muslims are awaiting their Mahdi or Imam, while the Jews are awaiting the true Messiah to arrive. Hey presto! In walks two guys, the Antichrist and the False Prophet, who may very well be acceptible to both sides. The Antichrist will put himself forward as the true Messiah, Jesus Christ, who will be totally acceptible to the Jews. And the False Prophet will be the Imam or Mahdi, and acceptible to the Muslims. Together these two will settle the differences between the Jews and the Arabs, and peace will reign on earth and goodwill twords men. Except that the peace will be a pseudo peace that will last but three and one half years. Then all hell will break loose (literally) which will culminate at Armageddon at the end of the seven years of Great Tribulation.

Friday, March 02, 2007


TIRANNT Will Hit 10,000 Iran Targets At Once

"Theater Iran Near Term" (TIRANNT) - by Michel Chossudovsky

Global Research

Code named by US military planners as TIRANNT, "Theater Iran Near Term" has identified several thousand targets inside Iran as part of a "Shock and Awe" Blitzkrieg, which is now in its final planning stages.

According to the Kuwait-based Arab Times, an attack on Iran under TIRANNT could occur any time between late February and the end of April. This assessment, however, does not take into account the disarray of US ground forces in Iraq as well as the untimely withdrawal of several thousand British troops from the Iraq war theater, many of whom were stationed in Southern Iraq on the immediate border with Iran.

Revealed last April by William Arkin, a former US intelligence analyst, writing in the Washington Post, TIRANNT was first established in May 2003, following the invasion of Iraq.

"In early 2003, even as U.S. forces were on the brink of war with Iraq, the Army had already begun conducting an analysis for a full-scale war with Iran. The analysis, called TIRANNT, for "theater Iran near term," was coupled with a mock scenario for a Marine Corps invasion and a simulation of the Iranian missile force. U.S. and British planners conducted a Caspian Sea war game around the same time. And Bush directed the U.S. Strategic Command to draw up a global strike war plan for an attack against Iranian weapons of mass destruction. All of this will ultimately feed into a new war plan for "major combat operations" against Iran that military sources confirm now exists in draft form. [This contingency plan entitled CONPLAN 8022 would be activated in the eventuality of a Second 9/11, on the presumption that Iran would be behind it]

... Under TIRANNT, Army and U.S. Central Command planners have been examining both near-term and out-year scenarios for war with Iran, including all aspects of a major combat operation, from mobilization and deployment of forces through postwar stability operations after regime change." (William Arkin, Washington Post, 16 April 2006)

The 2003 decision to target Iran under TIRANNT should come as no surprise. It is part of the broader military roadmap. Already during the Clinton administration, US Central Command (USCENTCOM) had formulated in 1995 "in war theater plans" to invade first Iraq and then Iran.

"The broad national security interests and objectives expressed in the President's National Security Strategy (NSS) and the Chairman's National Military Strategy (NMS) form the foundation of the United States Central Command's theater strategy. The NSS directs implementation of a strategy of dual containment of the rogue states of Iraq and Iran as long as those states pose a threat to U.S. interests, to other states in the region, and to their own citizens. Dual containment is designed to maintain the balance of power in the region without depending on either Iraq or Iran. USCENTCOM's theater strategy is interest-based and threat-focused. The purpose of U.S. engagement, as espoused in the NSS, is to protect the United States' vital interest in the region - uninterrupted, secure U.S./Allied access to Gulf oil."

(USCENTCOM, , emphasis added)

First Iraq, then Iran

Consistent with CENTCOM's 1995 "sequencing" of theater operations, the plans to target Iran were activated under TIRANNT in the immediate wake of the 2003 invasion of Iraq. Confirmed by Arkin, the active component of the Iran military agenda was launched in May 2003 "when modelers and intelligence specialists pulled together the data needed for theater-level (meaning large-scale) scenario analysis for Iran." (Arkin, op cit). In October 2003, different theater scenarios for an Iran war were contemplated:

"The US army, navy, air force and marines have all prepared battle plans and spent four years building bases and training for "Operation Iranian Freedom". Admiral Fallon, the new head of US Central Command, has inherited computerized plans under the name TIRANNT (Theatre Iran Near Term)." (New Statesman, 19 Feb 2007)

Concurrently, the various parallel components of TIRANNT were put in place including the Marines "Concept of Operations":

"The Marines, meanwhile, have not only been involved in CENTCOM's war planning, but have been focused on their own specialty, "forcible entry." In April 2003, the Corps published its "Concept of Operations" for a maneuver against a mock country that explores the possibility of moving forces from ship to shore against a determined enemy without establishing a beachhead first. Though the Marine Corps enemy is described only as a deeply religious revolutionary country named Karona, it is -- with its Revolutionary Guards, WMD and oil wealth -- unmistakably meant to be Iran.

Various scenarios involving Iran's missile force have also been examined in another study, initiated in 2004 and known as BMD-I (ballistic missile defense -- Iran). In this study, the Center for Army Analysis modeled the performance of U.S. and Iranian weapons systems to determine the number of Iranian missiles expected to leak through a coalition defense.

The day-to-day planning for dealing with Iran's missile force falls to the U.S. Strategic Command in Omaha. In June 2004, Rumsfeld alerted the command to be prepared to implement CONPLAN 8022, a global strike plan that includes Iran. CONPLAN 8022 calls for bombers and missiles to be able to act within 12 hours of a presidential order. The new task force, sources have told me, mostly worries that if it were called upon to deliver "prompt" global strikes against certain targets in Iran under some emergency circumstances, the president might have to be told that the only option is a nuclear one. William Arkin, Washington Post, 16 April 2006)

"Shock and Awe"

US military planning includes specific roles to be performed by NATO and Israel in the event of an attack on Iran. The German navy is deployed formally under a UN mandate in the Eastern Mediterranean. NATO bases in Europe would also be involved.

Documented by Global Research, extensive war games were conducted since last Summer by Iran and its allies of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, including Russia and China. In turn, the US has conducted war games off the Iranian coastline.

The Pentagon's Second 9/11

What is now being contemplated by Washington is an overwhelming use of military force in retaliation to Iran's alleged non-compliance. This of course is the pretext, the justification for waging war. The Pentagon has also contemplated retaliating against Iran in the case of a second 9/11 attack:

"A third plan sets out how the military can both disrupt and respond to another major terrorist strike on the United States. It includes lengthy annexes that offer a menu of options for the military to retaliate quickly against specific terrorist groups, individuals or state sponsors depending on who is believed to be behind an attack. Another attack could create both a justification and an opportunity that is lacking today to retaliate against some known targets, according to current and former defense officials familiar with the plan.

This plan details "what terrorists or bad guys we would hit if the gloves came off. The gloves are not off," said one official, who asked not to be identified because of the sensitivity of the subject. (emphasis added, WP 23 April 2006)

The presumption of this military document, is that a Second 911 attack "which is lacking today" would usefully create both a "justification and an opportunity" to wage war on "some known targets [Iran and Syria]".

Civilian Targets

Press reports in the Middle East confirm that the planned air strikes are by no means limited to Iran's nuclear facilities. Central Command Headquarters in Florida (CENTCOM) has already selected a comprehensive list of military and civilian targets. Industrial sites, civilian infrastructure including roads, water systems, bridges, electric power plants telecommunications towers, government buildings are part of the assumptions underlying the Blitzkrieg. "A single raid could result in 10,000 targets being hit with warplanes flying from the US and Diego Garcia" (Gulf News, 21 Feb 2007, emphasis added)

Meanwhile, the US has been mustering support for its agenda following the holding of a regional Security Conference in the UAE.

Nuclear War

Military planners are said to favor the use of conventional weapons. The use of tactical nuclear weapons, which are now part of the Middle East war theater arsenal, are not explicitly contemplated, at least in the first round of the US sponsored Blitzkrieg. However, the fact that nuclear weapons are acknowledged as a possible choice in the conventional war theater is indicative that their use is an integral part of military planning.

In November 2004, US Strategic Command conducted a major exercise of a "global strike plan" entitled "Global Lightening". The latter involved a simulated attack using both conventional and nuclear weapons against a "fictitious enemy" [Iran]. Following the "Global Lightening" exercise, US Strategic Command declared an advanced state of readiness.

In this context, CONPLAN is the operational plan pursuant to the Global Strike Plan. It is described as "an actual plan that the Navy and the Air Force translate into strike package for their submarines and bombers,'

CONPLAN 8022 is 'the overall umbrella plan for sort of the pre-planned strategic scenarios involving nuclear weapons.'

'It's specifically focused on these new types of threats -- Iran, North Korea -- proliferators and potentially terrorists too,' he said. 'There's nothing that says that they can't use CONPLAN 8022 in limited scenarios against Russian and Chinese targets.' (According to Hans Kristensen, of the Nuclear Information Project, quoted in Japanese economic News Wire, op cit)

The use of tactical nuclear weapons is contemplated under CONPLAN 8022 alongside conventional weapons, as part of the Bush administration's preemptive war doctrine. In May 2004, National Security Presidential Directive NSPD 35 entitled Nuclear Weapons Deployment Authorization was issued. While its contents remains classified, the presumption is that NSPD 35 pertains to the deployment of tactical nuclear weapons in the Middle East war theater in compliance with CONPLAN 8022.

(For further details on the US nuclear option, see Michel Chossudovsky, Nuclear War against Iran, January 2006, The Dangers of a Middle East Nuclear War, February 2006, Is the Bush Administration Planning a Nuclear Holocaust , February 2006)

Israel in a State of Readiness

War preparations in Israel have been ongoing since late 2004. The Israeli Air Force would attack Iran's nuclear facility at Bushehr using US as well Israeli produced bunker buster bombs. The attacks are slated to be carried out in three separate waves "with the radar and communications jamming protection being provided by U.S. Air Force AWACS and other U.S. aircraft in the area". (See W Madsen,

The bunker buster bombs can also be used to deliver tactical nuclear bombs. The B61-11 is the "nuclear version" of the "conventional" BLU 113. It can be delivered in much same way as the conventional bunker buster bomb. (See Michel Chossudovsky, , see also ) .

According to a recent report in the London's Sunday Times (7 January 2007): "Two Israeli air force squadrons are training to blow up an Iranian facility using low-yield nuclear "bunker-busters", according to several Israeli military sources."

If Iran were to respond to US-Israeli attacks in the form of targeted strikes on US military facilities in the Iraq and the Gulf States, the war would escalate to the entire region, in which case the US could retaliate in the form of "pre-emptive" nuclear attacks on Iran using bunker buster tactical nuclear war heads.

The most likely scenario is that Iran, in the logic of its own military planning, would indeed respond to the US sponsored attacks as well as deploy ground forces inside occupied Iraq.

Naval Deployment

Three strike groups including the Stennis, the Eisenhower and the Nimitz are being deployed in the Persian Gulf. According to Gulf News, "The Stennis strike group... is now strengthening a high level of US Navy presence in the Gulf. The Stennis and the carrier Dwight D. Eisenhower, already in the region, will soon be joined by the carrier Nimitz. (Gulf News, 21 Feb 2007). According to British military sources, the US navy can put six carriers into battle at a month's notice.

Redeployment of US Troops

Confirmed by military sources, some 8500 of US troops are being redeployed from US military facilities in Germany and Italy to Afghanistan and Iraq, both of which border on Iran. One assumes that they are being dispatched to the Middle East war theater in the eventuality that the air strikes will lead into a ground war with Iran.

The Pentagon, contradicting its own statements, has dismissed as "ludicrous" the press reports that the US is planning an all out attack on Iran in the "near term".

Meanwhile, Iran has launched a three days war games entitled Eghtedar or Grandeur. These exercises which involve naval, air and ground forces are larger than those conducted last Summer. They are slated to take place in 16 out of Iran's 30 provinces. The stated objective is to establish a state of readiness to defend Iran in the eventuality of a US attack.

Complacency of Western Public Opinion

The complacency of Western public opinion (including the US anti-war movement) is disturbing. No concern has been expressed at the political level as to the likely consequences of these attacks, which could evolve towards a World War III scenario, with Russia and China siding with Iran.

With the exception of the Middle East, the war on Iran and the dangers of escalation are not considered "front page news." All of which contributes to the real possibility that the war could be carried out, leading to the unthinkable: a nuclear holocaust over a large part of the Middle East. It should be noted that a nuclear nighmare would occur even if nuclear weapons are not used. The bombing of Iran's nuclear facitlities using conventional weapons would contribute to unleashing a Chernobyl type disaster with extensive radioactive fallout.

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