We’re Off To Never-Never Land

Some small measure of closure and justice for the family of Private Gregory Morales: posted one hour ago:Morales’ remains were discovered in a field just miles from the central Texas installation on June 19, and investigators now suspect foul play in the death.” Pvt. Morales was just a few days from receiving an honorable discharge after four years of service.

“Lord, you have seen the wrong done to me. Uphold my cause!”
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Pay attention to the dates in this article. This is all “happening now”, in a rush.

I am coming soon. Hold on to what you have, so that no one will take your crown!” (Revelation 3:11)
“… coming soon ...” (Revelation 22:7)
“… coming soon ...” (Revelation 22:12)
“… coming soon ...” (Revelation 22:20)

I don’t see how anyone but terrorists benefits from this.  “July 13, 2020 marks 135 days since the signing of the U.S.-Taliban Agreement on February 29, 2020. As stipulated in the agreement, the United States agreed to reduce its forces in Afghanistan to 8,600 and withdraw from five bases. We have met this obligation. U.S. forces in Afghanistan remain in the mid-8,000s and five bases formerly occupied by U.S. forces have been transferred to our Afghan partners ...”

It seems that optimism is the wine being served at the pentagon: “We maintain the capabilities and authorities necessary to protect ourselves, our Allies and partners, and US national interests.” All that with only 8,600 soldiers? But maybe that’s just my cynicism.

Filed as I write this, July 15th: A powerful Afghan warlord accused of kidnapping and raping a political opponent and of committing rights abuses for decades has been given the country’s highest military rank.” 

July 14th: Conservative Republicans are pushing an amendment to the annual defense spending bill in the House that … instructs the Pentagon to produce a plan for withdrawing troops from the region, calls for political reconciliation and elections in Afghanistan independent of U.S. involvement, and would provide members of the military deployed to the country with a $2,500 bonus … mirrors legislation introduced by Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) in the Senate.”

Given many current international conditions, I’d say that for good or ill, whatever part America had to play in the Mideast is about over.

That seems to me to be an indication that we are so close to the Rapture, the Great Tribulation, and the coming of the antiChrist that you could probably measure the distance with a yardstick. The US removing itself from the Mideast is a possible though unexpected way that America could not be involved in end-times prophecy, without the necessity of an enemy attack on America itself. Another obstruction to a Biblical end-times scenario removed. That’s scary and unsatisfying and exhilarating all at the same time.

July 13: A foreshadowing of the results here.  Why would anyone expect anything else if the US withdraws all or even part of US troops in the region?

And this is far from all that is going on in the Mideast, and in Eastern Europe.

July 12: Experts say that in the absence of a peace deal, a U.S. military withdrawal could ignite a free-for-all that involves regional powers pursuing often competing interests in Afghanistan … Iran, Pakistan, and Russia — with long histories of meddling in the country — are hedging their bets.” 

July 15: Belarusian President Alyaksandr Lukashenka has dismissed Western criticism after police across the country violently dispersed thousands of demonstrators following the exclusion of a top challenger from the country’s election next month … July 14 protests … prompted him to accuse forces in Russia and the West of meddling in the election process in Belarus.” 

July 15:Three days of fighting on the Armenian-Azerbaijani border has alarmed the international community and stoked deep national resentments in both countries … Sixteen people in all — most of them soldiers but including one civilian — died in artillery and other attacks between the neighboring foes between July 12 and July 14 along a remote northern section of their border … Hundreds of thousands of ethnic Azeris and Armenians fled both ways across the borders to join their compatriots amid fears of nationalist reprisals.”

July 15: The instability and confusion is not just outside our borders: “… law enforcement agencies in numerous rural counties in eastern Colorado and adjacent areas of Nebraska and Kansas received an influx of reports of large drones flying in formations at night for a period of several weeks during December 2019 and early January 2020 … what was going on behind the scenes within the FAA, which was leading a task force to solve the drone mystery … confusion within the agency … Senior FAA officials … conclude that “there is high confidence these are not covert military activities … [at least, not covert US military activities] ‘The number of drones reported operating at one time range from between 2 and 16 and appear to be approximately 6 feet width and length. Flight time has been 2 to 3 hours continuous’ … an FAA LEAP agent had spoken to sheriffs in 16 counties in Colorado and Nebraska and ‘each agency contacted advised at least one deputy has witnessed the activity.’ “

July 14: Could someone be doing to F16s what the US and Israel have allegedly been doing to Iran’s nuke production sites?  “… an F-16 flying out of Holloman Air Force base located near the town of Alamagordo, New Mexico, crashed during landing … 12 days ago, another USAF F-16 crashed at Shaw AFB during landing. The pilot died in that incident. In the six weeks prior to the Shaw crash, the Air Force lost an F-15C and its pilot, as well as an F-35A and an F-22A. Major mishaps also occurred involving a C-130 and another F-35A … the last couple of months have been unfortunate for the U.S. Air Force … Holloman lost another F-16 last October on a night training sortie.”

All this together is stronger stuff than Twilight Zone…

Say your prayers, little one
Don’t forget my son to include everyone
I tuck you in, warm within, keep you free from sin
Till the sandman he comes
Sleep with one eye open
Gripping your pillow tight
Exit light
Enter night
Take my hand
We’re off to never-never land

Something’s wrong, shut the light, heavy thoughts tonight
And they aren’t Snow White
Dreams of war, dreams of liars, dreams of dragon’s fire
And of things that will bite, yeah
Sleep with one eye open
Gripping your pillow tight
Exit light
Enter night
Take my hand
We’re off to never-never land

Now I lay me down to sleep
Pray the lord my soul to keep
If I die before I wake
Pray the lord my soul to take

Hush, little baby, don’t say a word
And never mind that noise you heard
It’s just the beasts under your bed
In your closet, in your head

Exit light
Enter night
Grain of sand
Exit light
Enter night
Take my hand
We’re off to never-never land
BOO!

Isn’t it good that we have more hope than the sandman?

God Bless our Troops and Veterans.  Have a safe and blessed RED Friday all.

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