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The New York Earthquake and President Bush --Bill Koenig
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In the book that John McTernan and I have written, “Israel: The Blessing or the Curse”, we identified 34 significant same day events when the United States pushed on Israel to give up her covenant land or made major public statements pertaining to the covenant land of Israel. These events included hurricanes, earthquakes, tornadoes, major stock market corrections, tropical storms and other events. These were some of the largest and most significant in U.S. history.
Yesterday, as President Bush’s weekend radio address (included below) was about to be aired nationwide on the U.S. battle on terrorism and his vision of a solution for the Israeli-Palestinian situation, a very rare 5.1 magnitude earthquake was felt from Buffalo, New York, to Boston, Massachusetts and Baltimore, Maryland. Interestingly, the epicenter was 50 miles from Saranac Lake where President Bush will be delivering an Earth Day message tomorrow, Monday, April 22, at 12:30 PM. (The address also came on the heals of U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft's FBI terrorism warning to 1200 Northeastern banks that spread from Virginia to Maine. )
The 5.1 earthquake did not cause major property damage because of its remote epicenter, but it could be considered another warning sign as the U.S. continues its direct involvement in the “land for peace” talks in Israel. In the past the intensity increases significantly when the U.S. firmly pressured Israel to comply; President Bush has stated his position pertaining to God’s covenant land but has not exerted pressure on Israel.
There were five large simultaneous events in 2001 from March 31 to
October 2. They are as follows:
On March 31, a Chinese jet bumps into a U.S. recognizance plane forcing it to make an emergency landing, this occurred as Egypt‘s President Hosni Mubarek was arriving in Washington followed two days later by Jordan’s King Abdullah II. Their visit was an attempt to convince President Bush to become more active in the Middle East talks. The day after King Abdullah II left Washington the American crew was released.
On May 22, the day President Bush publicly endorsed the Mitchell Plan his Republican Party lost the majority in the Senate as Vermont Senator Jeffords announces his decision to leave the party. This has caused a legislative nightmare for the Republicans.
On June 8, CIA Director, George Tenet, convened a meeting in Ramallah between the Israelis and the Palestinians as Tropical Storm Allison, the largest rain producer in U.S. history, rains 28 inches in 24 hours in Houston, and 100 million cubic feet of rain throughout the U.S the next week.
On September 11, "World Trade Center/Pentagon" terror events occurred at the same time that the most compressive U.S. Middle East peace plan in history, was being completed to be shared with the Saudi Ambassador to the UN the next day in Washington, and given to the UN General Assembly twelve days later.
On October 2, President Bush declared that he was backing a Palestinian State. On the same day, the first Anthrax case in 25 years is contracted leading to a U.S. postal crisis that cost the U.S. government billions of dollars, loss of life and major disruption on Capitol Hill.
What is Next?
Today according to an Associated Press article the White House plans to stay the course and President Bush has charted his Middle East policy and is discouraging attempts by lawmakers to step into the conflict with legislation.
"The president has outlined a clear blueprint for the pathway to peace in the Middle East," and the administration has made progress. White House spokeswoman, Claire Buchan said. "We and the international community are focused on bringing the parties together."
In other words President Bush desires to be the main U.S. point man in the Israeli - Palestinian crisis. This will carry great weight with major potential repercussions if pressure is exerted on Israel.
As we go forward, based on past history, if President Bush decides to exert greater pressure on Israel to give up her covenant land then there will be major repercussions for the United States.
The big difference now compared to the past eleven years of U.S. involvement is the situation appears to have come to a head with no solution in sight. Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak offered more than any other Israeli Prime Minister and that was turned down by Arafat. In reality there isn’t a current solution. So what is next?
The EU and the UN keep calling for peace monitors but the Bush Administration says only if both sides agree. If the United States wasn’t in place, things would get bad quickly in Israel.
We will be watching closely this Thursday when President Bush meets with the sponsor of the Saudi Plan, Crown Prince Abdullah of Saudi Arabia in Crawford, Texas.
President Bush’s Saturday Morning Radio Address to the Nation
April 20, 2002
THE PRESIDENT: Good morning. This week Secretary of State Colin Powell returned from the Middle East and reported on his intensive and productive meetings.
In this region, we are confronting hatred that is centuries old, and disputes that have lingered for decades. Yet, America has a vision for peace, and by calling all the leaders of the Middle East to their responsibilities, Secretary Powell made progress toward peace.
To defuse the current crisis the Palestinian Authority must act on its words of condemnation against terror. Israel must continue its withdrawals. All Arab nations must confront terror in their own region. All parties must stop funding or inciting terror, and must state clearly that a murderer is not a martyr; he or she is just a murderer.
All parties must realize that the only long-term solution is for two states -- Israel and Palestine -- to live side by side in security and peace. This will require hard choices and real leadership by Israelis and Palestinians, and their Arab neighbors.
The time is now for all of us to make the choice for peace. America will continue to work toward this vision of peace in the Middle East, and America continues to press forward in our war against global terror. We will use every available tool to tighten the noose around the terrorists and their supporters. And when it comes to the threat of terror, the only path to safety is the path of action.
In the days just after September the 11th, I told the American people our war against terrorism would be a different war, fought on many fronts. And we are making progress on many fronts. Yesterday the United States and the world's other leading industrialized nations blocked the financial assets of another 10 terrorists and terrorist organizations.
This joint action among close allies is an important step in choking off the financial pipeline that pays for terrorist training and attacks.
A total of 161 nations around the world have joined together to block more than $100 million of suspected terrorist assets. The United States also continues to work with our friends and allies around the world to round up individual terrorists, such as Abu Zubaydah, a top al Qaeda leader captured in Pakistan. From Spain to Singapore, our partners are breaking up terrorist cells and disrupting their plans. Altogether, more than 1,600 terrorists and their supporters have been arrested or detained in 95 foreign nations.
In Afghanistan, the United States and its partners are pressing forward with a military campaign against al Qaeda and the Taliban. More than a dozen of our NATO allies are contributing forces to this fight. Right now, hundreds of Royal Marines from Great Britain are leading an operation to clear and seal off regions where our enemies are trying to regroup to commit murder and mayhem, and to undermine Afghanistan's efforts to build a lasting peace.
And we're working with nations such as Yemen, the Philippines and Georgia that seek our help in training and equipping their military forces to fight terror in some of the world's distant corners.
We're making progress. Yet nothing about this war will be quick or easy. We face dangers and sacrifices ahead. America is ready; the morale of our military is high; the will of our people is strong. We are determined, we are steadfast, and we will continue for as long as it takes, until the mission is done.
Thank you for listening.
Moderate Quake Rattles U.S. Northeast
Sat Apr 20, 8:26 AM ET
NEW YORK (Reuters) - A small earthquake (news - web sites) struck the northeastern United States on Saturday morning, rattling homes, shaking furniture and waking people from New York to New Hampshire, authorities said.
The United States Geological Survey said a moderate earthquake occurred about 15 miles southwest of Plattsburgh, New York, in the northeastern part of the state at 6:50 a.m. and had a preliminary magnitude of 5.1.
The USGS (news - web sites) said the earthquake, which was at a depth of 3 miles, was felt from Buffalo, New York, to Boston, Massachusetts and Baltimore, Maryland, but there were no initial reports of serious damage or casualties.
An earthquake of magnitude 5 can be powerful enough to cause heavy damage in a populated area, depending on its depth.
Residents in New York City reported feeling tremors and hearing furniture rattle, and said they lasted between 15 and 30 seconds
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