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Nisan 12, 5772, 4/4/2012
People don't like changing horses in the middle of the race. Will Obama therefore start a war with Iran to protect his seat in the Oval Office?
If anyone ever saw the comedy movie 'Canadian Bacon', they will remember the hilarious scene when Alan Alda who played the incumbent U.S. President is urged to start a war in order to win the upcoming election because of the low showing he received in the polls. The only problem was, WHO to start a war with. No one wanted to go to war with the USA, not even the USSR (they were just starting to get a taste of capitalism and they liked it) and so, the President's adviser suggested 'Canada'. Canada? But Canadians are so friendly and non-confrontational. What American would support going to war against Canada? His adviser answered him "Mr. President, give me one week.... and I will have Americans burning maple leaves so fast, they won't have time to think about their smog filled lungs, rising interest rates or their dwindling savings account. One week sir."
However, in the case of Iran, it is NOT an imagined or made up enemy. Iran SHOULD be stopped, as better to engage in an attack on Iran's nuclear facilities before they become nuclear, rather than after! However, these things must be done delicately, with cooperation and wisdom, and not for politically advantageous reasons to keep one's job.
Justin Sink who writes for The Hill's Blog Briefing Room writes,"...Mitt Romney surrogate Donald Trump said Tuesday that he believes President Obama would begin a war with Iran because it would help him politically.
"I happen to think that the President is going to start a war with Iran," Trump said on the Laura Ingraham show. "I think it will be a short-term popular thing to do, and I think he’s going to do that for political reasons, if you want to know the truth. I don’t know if anyone says this openly, but I think he’s going to start a war with Iran."
...Trump said a war with Iran would help Obama politically much in the same way the war with Iraq provided former President George W. Bush a temporary wartime boost in the polls."
Trump is no prophet, so will this happen? It could, as if Obama desires to keep his power, getting into a war could be his 'Trump' card (no pun intended, well, maybe...) as people don't like changing horses in the middle of a race. However, there's a chance that Israel will strike first. There's also a chance that Iran will strike first!
Iran may wish to flex its muscles and show it is the new head honcho in the mideast 'trumping' (there, I said it again) Turkey, Egypt, and Saudi Arabia for chief leadership.
Though we don't know who will strike first, I think that most of us - at least here in Israel - know that there will be a war, and we may not have to wait that long to see how it will be played out.
The Yalkut Shimoni presents an interesting view on a similar scenario.
Notice that all the players, in this long ago written book from at least 700 years ago, are in play today:
(I can't remember where I picked up this information on the net, I'd like to credit.)
MEDRISH “YALKUT SHIMONI” (Yeshiya 60):
“Rabbi Yitzhak said: The year that Melech HaMoshiach will be revealed, all the kings of the nations of the world will provoke each other. The king of Persia [in modern times they changed the name of their country to “Iran”] will threaten the king of Arabia [today called “Saudi” Arabia] and because of this the king of Arabia will go to the king of Edom [USA] for advice.
Afterwards the king of Persia will destroy [most of] the world. The remaining nations will be hysterical and frantic and fall on their faces and will be seized as if by “birth pains”.
And the people of Israel will be frantic and hysterical and they will say, where will we come and go? Where will be come and go?
And Hashem will say to them: Do not fear my children, do not fear. All that I have done I did only for you. Why are you afraid? The time for your Redemption has come!
THE EXPLANATION OF THIS MEDRISH:
Rabbi Yitzhak said [about 2000 years ago!]:
The year that Melech HaMoshiach will be revealed [what is expected to happen in the world at the time when Melech HaMoshiach will be revealed], all the kings of the nations of the world will provoke1 each other [the threats of war among the nations will be heard in every corner of the world throughout the countries and between one another].
SUMMARY OF THE DEVELOPMENTS
[The numbers in parenthesis refer to further explanations found in the Hebrew version]
PHASE 1 (2) King of Persia [Leader of Iran] (4) will threaten (3) the King of Arabia [threats of war against the king of Saudi Arabia (which is the only Arab country which still has the name “Arabia”)]
PHASE 2 (5) The king of Arabia goes to Edom to get advice from them [The king of Saudi Arabia goes to the Western countries, which are led by America, to consult about how to act against the threat of war from Iran].
PHASE 3 “And King of Persia goes back (6) and destroys the whole world [it is clear that you cannot destroy the whole world with conventional weapons. It means to annihilate the world with nuclear weapons. ["and destroys the whole world"– the meaning isn’t actually the whole world, the meaning is "most of it is as all of it", meaning to destroy most of the countries of the world]”.
“And all the nations of the world will be frantic and hysterical and “falling on their faces” and will be as if seized by (7) something like birth pains [a terrible and horrified fear that was unknown until now will grasp all the remaining nations - lest they too will die in a nuclear war (because they will be unable to protect themselves from the nuclear explosion and the radioactivity that will be formed)].
And the people of Israel will be frantic and hysterical [because of the terrible fear that will be in the world that Iran (Persia) will also attack Israel]. And they will say, where will we come and go [since there will be no possibility to find help or support and there will be no natural way to be saved - and about this situation it is said "we have no one to rely on except our Father in Heaven"] and they will say: “Where will be come and go?” [The Medrish repeats this twice to emphasize the helplessness and fear that will be then].
And Hashem will say to them [HaKadosh Baruch Hu to the people of Israel]: do not fear my children [you have nothing to fear], all that I have done I did only for you [HaKadosh Baruch Hu calms Israel, that all the destruction of war was only for your good - to destroy the wicked Kingdom of Edom and to remove evil from this world and make it possible for the Melech HaMoshiach to be revealed and rule over the world] Why are you afraid? “The time for your Redemption has come!”
CAN WE SEE THIS HAPPENING NOW?
In order that one should not think these words of the Medrish are incompatible with the reality of our days, it is important to clarify what often appears in the media regarding the “King of Persia” (President of Iran) and about the "mahdi".
The current president of Iran since his election has declared several times in public, that the main purpose of his government is to promote the arrival of the "mahdi", and for this purpose all military and economical resources will be given. He also said in the UN Assembly (September 25, 2007) that very soon the powerful Western countries will fall and be destroyed.
According to his belief and the belief of the radical cult that he is part of, the way to bring "the mahdi" (the Shiite "messiah” who is supposedly, according to their distorted beliefs, going to impose the region of Islam on the whole world) is by creating a situation of chaos with local and international destruction. That is why the President of Iran says they must ignite a local war and then destroy the Western world (which in his opinion is the root of all evil) using nuclear bombs.
This threat isn’t just an ideology or idle talk. Recently there was an article in the press that Israeli Intelligence has concrete information that Iran has a secret nuclear reactor that it is producing there nuclear warheads for rockets.
As it is known today, the government of Iran is made up only from the people of this cult who believe in this "mahdi" ideology. Whoever doubts this is dismissed from the government (as was the commander of the Iranian revolutionary guards; he was removed from his position and replaced by someone loyal to the President of Iran ym"s)
Another interesting item that often appeared in the world press: astrologists see something amazing: very soon the Western world will be destroyed by Iran by nuclear weapons (this corresponds exactly with the words of the Medrish above). To differentiate, lately there have been a few Tzaddikim in our generation who also say that soon there will be a nuclear war outside of Israel and in Eretz Yisroel will be the “selection” that was foretold in the prophesy of Zecharia (13:8) and Isaiah 6 ("v'od ba assirya etc" –see Kesubos 112b) by an earthquake, terrifying in its power, unlike anything known in the past.
In view of all this, it is clear that the words of this Medrish: "and the King of Persia returns and destroys the whole world" are very realistic and in light of ongoing world events, it is quite possible that this will actually happen in the near future. --------
Obama's role in this will yet be seen - or not. But we can bet our horses on one thing... there will be a war, and Iran will be in it. And then it really will be too late to change horses or races.