Osama Bin Laden Killed - Relief and Ramifications. A commentary by Darris McNeely
"Osama Bin Laden, the mastermind behind the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, has been killed by U.S. military forces. While we all feel a portion of justice has been accomplished, the world is a still a dangerous place. What will follow this momentous event?
Bin Laden's death "momentous" True to the information age in which we live, it turns out a local Pakistani live-Tweeted the helicopter attack on the home. Sohab Athar, an IT consultant, knew something was up when he saw the attack and came to realize it was not part of the Pakistan military. His "live reporting" gained him thousands of new followers in a matter of minutes.
Former President George W. Bush, who launched the War on Terror after the 9/11 attacks that made Bin Laden a household name, called the event a "momentous achievement."
Bin Laden's death came eight years to the day after Bush declared "mission accomplished" aboard the USS Abraham Lincoln aircraft carrier. In his statement, Bush said, "This momentous achievement marks a victory for America, for people who seek peace around the world, and for all those who lost loved ones on September 11, 2001. The fight against terror goes on, but tonight America has sent an unmistakable message: No matter how long it takes, justice will be done."
More at: http://www.ucg.org/commentary/osama-bin-laden-killed-relief-and-ramifications/
What next for the Middle East?
"Bin Laden's death comes at a critical moment throughout the Middle East. U.S. troops are scheduled to leave Iraq later this year. Many speculate whether the Iraqi government and military can hold the country together against the competing pressures of sectarian violence and regional ambitions of neighboring Iran. Unrest in Syria, Bahrain and Yemen are yet to determine the future shape of these nations.
Egypt has seen the overthrow of Hosni Mubarak. New elections in September could create a more Islamist centered government. The military supported government has just recently moved to form closer ties with Iran, something not seen in recent decades under the Mubarak regime.
With Libya still in civil war and the fate of Muammar Gaddafi in question, that corner of the Arab neighborhood continues to keep NATO and the West intensely focused. The entire region is in turmoil with unstable governments, shifting alliances and foreign troop occupation. Now with the death of Bin Laden, many wonder what impact it will have on the Arab mood—especially the hardcore terrorist network.
The Middle East continues to be the focus of the world. Not since the end of World War I, when the current map of the region was created, have we seen such a time of change in this region. More change will come, and it appears a new map of alliances and relationships will emerge.
One final note of irony: The announcement of Bin Laden's death comes on the same day the death of Adolph Hitler was announced in Berlin. Can we not take some hope in divine justice from this fact? "
From http://el-paso.ucg.org/ Our booklet The Middle East in Bible Prophecy fills in much of background and details of what to expect in the final round.
Why is the Middle East is so often in the news?
"The answer is simple—the Middle East is the ground zero of Bible prophecy. Yes, Bible prophecy is global in its scale and reach. But it begins in and is centered on the Middle East—the Holy Land and its nearby neighbors.
The Bible story begins with Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden somewhere in today’s Middle East. The stories of Noah, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, the Israelites, David, Solomon, the biblical prophets and Jesus of Nazareth are set there. Prophetically, the events that lead to the return of Jesus Christ and the establishment of the Kingdom of God are set in motion by events triggered in the Middle East. So it’s vitally important that we understand what’s taking place there, and what is foretold to happen in the future!
As is obvious from the news, a major trend is sweeping the Middle East. The leaders of Tunisia and Egypt have been swept from office in popular uprisings. Libya is engulfed in civil war. Yemen and Syria are approaching or are on the brink. A swath of unrest stretches across North Africa and the Middle East from the Atlantic Ocean to Afghanistan, affecting virtually every country in an arc extending some 3,000 miles.
The big question is, as these governments and leaders fall, what will replace them?
At this point it’s too early to tell, as elections are still some time off. But it’s obvious that the region is seeing a resurgence of Islamic militancy, with its leaders demanding the establishment of a revived Islamic empire destined, in their thinking, to eventually dominate the entire world.
Does this sound far-fetched? Not to students of Bible prophecy. They understand that the Hebrew prophet Daniel foretold a new end-time power that will arise from the Arab world, leading to a clash of civilizations between East and West.
As these Arab strongmen are toppled in the Middle East, what will replace them? Will we see the region swept by a new wave of Islamic fundamentalism leading to the fulfillment of Daniel’s prophecy? You need to read this issue!
Several eye-opening articles will help you understand what is happening now in the Middle East, where it might be leading, and what Bible prophecy foretells for this region. We deeply appreciate the faithfulness of those whose generosity and dedication to the good news of the coming Kingdom of God make it possible to share these truths, and we hope you’ll join us in praying that many others will have their eyes opened and to see the seriousness of the times in which we find ourselves."
The Middle East: What Now?
Turmoil: What's Behind the Unrest Sweeping the Middle East?
Egypt in History and Prophecy
Gaddafi's Violent Past Catching Up in Libya
The Freedom Tower is due to be completed in 2013.
"The New York City Freedom Tower, which will stand 1,776 feet tall on the site of the former World Trade Center, is the work of the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation. It will serve as a beacon of freedom, and demonstrate the resolve of the United States, and the people of New York City.
Construction on the tower, which will have a cubic base, began in early 2006. Steel became visible aboveground in 2007, and by 2013 the building will be ready for occupancy - twelve years after the World Trade Center was destroyed by terrorist attacks. "
My back that I had put 'out', really hurt me with sharp pains all through the night, but during the morning it seemed to get better. Very carefully, I went up and down the steps into the cargo trailer and my attic stairs with no pain. Maybe I put it back 'in' again, I hope so, as the chiropractor's office won't be open again until Monday. (Later: No, it is still 'out')
Ray primed some more doors, stiles and rails as we made them. I measured and marked, then Jay cut them. Some of these were to hold the new fridge in position and stable. I decided to put the fridge on the left side of the space, so the remainder of the area could be used to store things like trays, or other flat things. No sense in wasting a valuable space, as every inch counts. My late DH used to say I could pack 10 lb of stuff in a 5 lb bag!
Another thing that Jay and I made was a barrier behind the folding door to the storage closet in the grooming room. We made it out of some tub surround as it is too slick for the kittens to climb. Once in a while they would slip between my feet and get in the grooming room. The storage closet was a wondrous place to them. If I needed too, there was no way I could get them out from behind the folded up cages, pet strollers, and puppy playpen stored in that closet.
This will also stop little cat toys from being batted in there.
Previously they had been restricted to the Middle Room, but they are getting more adventurous, so they also have the grooming room to play in, as of yesterday.