You Can't Pack the World in Bubble Wrap
USAir passengers faced a slew of new travel woes as ramped-up airport security followed a thwarted Christmas Day terror attack. Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab stands accused of trying to bring down a Northwest Airlines flight with 290 people on board by detonating 80 grams of PETN, or pentaerythritol, sewn into his underwear..
PETN is the same material convicted shoe bomber Richard Reid used when he tried to destroy a trans-Atlantic flight in 2001 with explosives hidden in his shoes.
While the Nigerian had a sufficient amount of explosives to blow a hole in the plane, he apparently didn't have the expertise needed to properly detonate it. All he succeeded in doing was setting his clothes and seat on fire.
Abdulmutallab promised there will be more terrorists to follow him. The former engineering student at University College in London has reportedly told FBI agents that he is one of many would-be bombers in Yemen ready to carry out attacks in the near future.
US Department of Homeland Security director Janet Napolitano quickly said there would be additional screening measures added to all US airports and all domestic and international flights "to ensure the continued safety of the traveling public."
"Passengers flying from international locations to US destinations may notice additional security measures in place. These measures are designed to be unpredictable, so passengers should not expect to see the same thing everywhere," said Napolitano. "Both domestic and international travelers should allot extra time for check-in," she added.
President Obama quickly reacted to the near-catastrophe. He said it was the result of a “systemic failure” in security, and that this was the work of “isolated extremists.”
The administration quickly backed away from the “systemic failure” comment. Abdulmutallab was not on any no-fly list, and he had a valid U.S. visa that is good through 2010.
There is absolutely nothing isolated about Islamic extremists. President Obama cannot be talking about planet earth.
What is isolated about a global network of Islamist organizations and cells?
What is isolated about extremists who rule an entire nation — Iran ?
What is isolated about Hamas or Hezbollah?
What is isolated about imams in mosques all over the world over who call for violence?
Our government leaders need to quit with the political correctness and wake up to reality. This type of situation has become so common, I only needed to hear the name "Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab" to know what happened on the Christmas flight. It was during just the previous month that another follower of Islam, Nidal Malik Hasan, killed thirteen people and wounded thirty-eight at Fort Hood 's military processing center.
The sole reason we have an army of Transportation Security Administration agents at every major airport is Muslims. Each year, millions of people needlessly have to endure a gauntlet of security checks just to board a plane bound from one American city to another. There is no reason a 70-year-old grandmother needs to take off her shoes and submit to a body scan.
We don't want to point out the obvious fact that we are doing this because of threats from the Islamic world. We are allowing the terrorists to make us prisoners in our own nation.
I can't believe some of the new security measures being introduced. They are now making people sit there doing nothing during the last thirty minutes of every flight. You can't even read a newspaper.
I was going to jokingly say that airline passengers would be required to fly nude, but that statement would not be too far from the truth. They have these new scanners that can see though people’s clothing, and this latest terror stunt will be the tipping point for putting them in all airports. I hope I'm not the only one who finds these scanners intrusive, gross, and perverted.
We're not going to win this war of wills with the terrorists. You can't pack the world in bubble wrap. These Islamic extremists have an endless number of places they can attack. I think the protective hand of God is the only reason we have not seen worst types of carnage.
I’m concerned that the day is coming when a suicide bomber will carry out a chemical, biological, nuclear bombing. Of course, one of these types of weapons could kill tens of thousands of people. What I fear the most is the police state that would quickly result from such an attack.
Peace-The Mantra for 2010
Peace is more than the absence of war in which blood is shed while weapons destroy and death tallies their toll. Peace is contentment, with prospects for a future free of worry that conflict will disrupt tranquility. There is neither contentment nor tranquility upon this fallen sphere.
Conflict is everywhere one looks. Unsettling issues assault the eyes and ears--the senses--of the world community. Anxieties and perplexities inundate societies and cultures, nations, and continents. The voices of humanity cry "Peace! Peace!" when there is no peace. As much as I would like to bring tidings of great joy--having just celebrated the birth of Christ--I cannot do so from the perspective of what is going on here on earth. The year 2010 just ahead looks bleak for a world of inhabitants who, by and large, reject the only One who can bring peace. The rejection portends the ascent of evil that is prophetically scheduled to grow worse, according to the apostle Paul: "But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived" (2 Timothy 3:13).
While seducers are on the scene in this generation at every level of human interaction, deadly conflict lurks just around the geopolitical corner in the region of planet earth foretold to be the host geographical area of man's most horrific war. The Prince of Persia foments rage against God's chosen nation, inciting the likes of Iran's Islamic leadership to create weapons that can destroy Israel, thus hoping to derail God's prophetic plan to install the King of all kings upon the throne of David. Alliances form that make the wary student of Bible prophecy know that the prophet Ezekiel's Gog-Magog coalition is coming together. One day the "evil thought" of Ezekiel 38:10 will come to a Russian leader's mind. All hell will break loose in the most volatile region on earth.
Politicians in America and in other nations lie to their publics, promising resolution to civil and economic strife and perplexities that have no chance of improvement, based upon those leaderships' self-serving motives and intentions. They seduce the publics they are supposed to serve, and instead rule with deluding words that flow from the mind of the great deceiver himself--the father of lies.
Religious leaders--even supposed Christian leaders--move their flocks in directions away from, not toward, the God of heaven and His prescription for living a peaceful life on this ever-darkening planet. Indeed, the seducers of religiosity grow worse and worse, and the gospel light dims for America as it has been dimming for so long in Europe, out of which the American republic burst under God's great providence.
Still, the self-delusion that man-made peace can prevail over this sin-blackened world persists. The cry for peace and safety is already ratcheting up in the region prophesied to host the worst and final war of the age--Armageddon. That cry for peace and safety predicted to characterize the times of the end of the age is front and center in today's headlines.
The United States is drafting two letters of guarantee for Israel and the Palestinians to serve as a basis for the relaunch of stalled Middle East peace talks, Arab and Western diplomats in Cairo said. "US special envoy George Mitchell will present two draft letters of guarantee, one for Israel and one to the Palestinian Authority during his next visit to the region," one Arab diplomat told AFP
"The United States are hoping that the two letters will serve as a basis for the relaunch of Israeli-Palestinian negotiations but we don't know if they will satisfy the Palestinians who want a complete freeze of settlement activity before talks resume," the diplomat said. ("US seeks to relaunch Mideast peace talks, " Rapture Ready News, 12/29/09).
But, the cry for peace isn't working--not yet, anyway. One day the "prince that shall come" (Daniel 9:27) will confirm such a covenant of peace that will temporarily induce euphoria for a fearful world. But the present Israeli prime minister isn't fooled into thinking such a covenant is at hand. "'There's no more time for excuses. It time for action,' [he said]. The prime minister expressed his hope that some progress would be made in the Israeli-Palestinian peace process in the coming weeks. The PA, he added, 'is running low on excuses.'
[Benjamin] Netanyahu also said that Israel's most important challenge is Iran's attempt to get nuclear weapons..." (Ibid.)
All of this gloom for this new year is depressing, you say. What a downer to begin 2010! The hope in all of this is glorious beyond imagination, however. It is the "blessed hope" of Titus 2:13 who remains in complete control. For the student of Bible prophecy, whose Lord is the King of kings, all of the foreboding for this world that is passing away means that Christ's return to make all things right on planet earth must be near indeed. The Prince of Peace is about to Intervene dramatically into the disastrous affairs of man.