School textbooks are considered, by the Ayatollahs, a critical means to mobilize the youth, charting the roadmap to the final military victory over the infidel USA and the West. Hence, the crucial relevance of school textbooks to the Congressional debate on "the framework agreement with Iran" and on the clear and present threat of a nuclear threshold Iran to vital US interests....In 1981, Israel's destruction of Iraq's nuclear infrastructure – carried out by Israeli planes which flew, unchallenged, through Jordanian and Saudi airspace - snatched Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and other pro-US Arab regimes from the lethal jaws of Iraq's Saddam Hussein, also sparing the US a nuclear confrontation (or grave humiliation) in the 1991 First Gulf War.
The U.S. and Iran / Israel and Saudi Arabia
By Ambassador (ret.) Yoram Ettinger (8:32 PM 6/25/2015 Beijing Time)
Iran's School Textbooks -- can Congress afford to ignore it? By Ambassador (ret.) Yoram Ettinger (May 29, 2015) (The Original Article contains a variety of links which are missing in this article.)
Iranian school textbooks, such as The Qur'an and Life (Grade 12, p. 125) prepare Iranian children for the Ayatollahs' sublime goal: the apocalyptic, horrifying, millenarian, military battle against the USA and other "arrogant oppressors of the world," which are ostensibly led by "idolatrous devils." While the "savior" -- the infallible, immortal, divinely ordained and eventual global leader, the Mahdi -- has not surfaced yet, Iranian children are taught that the battle is already raging throughout the world, awaiting their sacrifice.
School textbooks of Western democracies are the most authentic reflection of peoples' values and worldview. School textbooks of tyrannies are the most authentic reflection of the nature and mission of the regimes.
Iranian school textbooks reflect the strategy and tactics of the Ayatollahs, much more authentically than speeches, interviews, diplomatic statements and conversations conducted by President Rouhani and Foreign Minister Zarif. The latter have mastered the art of Quran-sanctioned Taqiyya -- doubletalk and deception-based agreements, aimed at shielding the "believers" from the "disbelievers," to be abrogated once conditions are ripe.
School textbooks are considered, by the Ayatollahs, a critical means to mobilize the youth, charting the roadmap to the final military victory over the infidel USA and the West. Hence, the crucial relevance of school textbooks to the Congressional debate on "the framework agreement with Iran" and on the clear and present threat of a nuclear threshold Iran to vital US interests.
Therefore, it behooves the US Senate and House of Representatives -- the coequal and codetermining branch of government in the area of national security policy - to conduct a series of hearings and colloquy on the significance of Iran's school textbooks, on the nature of Iran's conventional and nuclear threats to US interests, and on the role played by the non-war US military threat/stick, as an effective option to prevent a nuclear war. Holding these hearings and colloquy -- before an agreement is reached in Lausanne - would constitute a vitamin -- not a poison pill -- to a constructive agreement, sparing the world a calamitous nuclear war.
Prof. Eldad Pardo, of the Hebrew University, who has researched Iran's school textbooks of the last 10 years, published a May, 2015 report for the Institute of Monitoring Peace and Tolerance in School Education. According to Prof. Pardo, "Iran had created a war curriculum to prepare an entire generation for global war, based on Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini's vision of collective martyrdom.... The battle between the new Islamic (Iranian) civilization and the evil Western civilization is seen as one between good and evil, and is being waged on a global scale.... The school textbooks prepare the Iranian people for a constant state of emergency, requiring Iranians to foment revolutions throughout the world...."
Pardo documents the apocalyptic theme in Iran's school textbooks, as underlined by Defense Readiness (Grade 11, p. 11), praising more than 500,000 school children, who were sent to the front, during the 1980-88 war against Iraq. According to Robin Wright (Sacred Rage: The Wrath of Militant Islam, New York: Simon & Schuster, 2001, p. 37), "they led the way, running over minefields to clear the ground for the Iranian ground assault. Wearing white headbands to signify the embracing of death and shouting: "Shaheed, Shaheed" [Martyr, martyr], they literally blew their way into heaven...."
Apocalyptic regimes are induced -- not deterred -- by Mutual Assured Destruction.
Iranian children are prodded to martyrdom, in defiance of their parents: "The defense of Islam and Muslims is a duty, and does not require parents' approval (Religious Rulings, Grade 11, p.14)...." Prof. Pardo established that "education to child martyrdom continues during first-twelve grades, with a new emphasis on girl martyrs (Defense Readiness, Grade 11, pp. 35 and 62 and Sociology 1, Grade 11, pp. 112, 114)."
The apocalyptic, millenarian vision of the Ayatollahs is reinforced by Jihad-driven school textbooks: "alongside the fighting jihad, there is a spiritual 'greater jihad' (Jehad-e akbar) performed by the fighter-martyrs (Defense Readiness, Grade 11, pp. 28-32)." Religious Rulings (Grade 11, p. 12) teaches that the eternal Jihad means a battle in accordance with God's way, in the defense of Muslims and the oppressed. The chapter on "Defense and Jihad" stipulates that a battle could mean killing, massacring, murdering and/or fighting. Children are urged to join a millenarian frenzy of military training and preparations, constant emergency, blind obedience and actual participation in conflicts, at home and abroad.
"Iranian children study that in times of need, dissimulation and deceptive peace pacts -- even with 'un-Godly, idolatrous governments' --are proper, but only until such time as the balance of power should change. In fact, we know from Khamenei's own words, that the nuclear negotiations are predicated on the conclusion of a provisional treaty with an illegitimate [infidel] government, while not forsaking the permanent vision. Khamenei's conduct is based on the 661 CE Treaty between Imam Hassan and Caliph Muʻawiyah, intending only to gain time, building power and gradually undermining rival dynasties-- but never genuinely reconciling (Religion and Life, Grade 12, p. 104)."
Thus, school textbooks constitute a very accurate detector of the nature, mission and legitimacy/illegitimacy of regimes, and their expected use of nuclear capabilities.
While nuclear threshold democratic regimes bolster deterrence and stability, nuclear threshold rogue regimes -- especially those guided by apocalyptic, violently intolerant, supremacist, megalomaniacal, non-compliant, deceitful, hate-education vision - intensify chaos, fueling nuclear war.
Reaching a constructive agreement with the Ayatollahs should be preconditioned upon a dramatic transformation of their school textbooks, strategy and tactics. On the other hand, reaching an agreement with the Ayatollahs, while the current school textbooks, strategy and tactics are in place, would constitute a drastic degree of recklessness, starting the countdown to the first ever nuclear war.
Congressional pro-activity -- reasserting the co-equal status of the legislature - can make the difference, denying Iran nuclear capabilities.
The Israel-Saudi labyrinth By Ambassador (ret.) Yoram Ettinger (The Original Article contains links which are not included here.)
The recent enhancement of strategic coordination between Israel and Saudi Arabia highlights Israel's role in bolstering the national security of the House of Saud. This coordination has become particularly critical, for Riyadh, due to the erosion of the US' posture of deterrence, while the clear and present lethal Iran-fueled threats to Saudi Arabia are dramatically exacerbated.
While the blossoming Jerusalem-Riyadh coordination is consistent with short-term, surgical Saudi national security interests, it is inconsistent with the long-term, inherently puritanical Islamic, Wahhabi worldview of the Saudi regime, which considers the Jewish State an illegal, infidel, usurper, provisional entity in "the abode of Islam," as documented by Saudi school textbooks and religious sermons. Could the enemy (Saudi Arabia) of Israel's enemy (Iran) become Israel's friend?
Israel's added strategic value – to Saudi Arabia - has been demonstrated since the 1967 Six Day War. Israel's devastation of the Pan-Arab, radical, pro-USSR, anti-US and anti-Saudi Egyptian President Nasser aborted the latter's military offensive in Yemen, which aimed at invading Saudi Arabia and toppling the House of Saud and other pro-US Arab regimes in the Persian Gulf.
In 1970, Israel mobilized its military to the joint Israeli-Syrian-Jordanian border, forcing a swift rollback of the pro-USSR, anti-US, anti-Saudi Syrian invasion of Jordan, which intended to bring down the pro-US Hashemite regime and proceed to destabilize Saudi Arabia.
In 1981, Israel's destruction of Iraq's nuclear infrastructure – carried out by Israeli planes which flew, unchallenged, through Jordanian and Saudi airspace - snatched Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and other pro-US Arab regimes from the lethal jaws of Iraq's Saddam Hussein, also sparing the US a nuclear confrontation (or grave humiliation) in the 1991 First Gulf War.
In 2007, Saudi Arabia cheered the destruction of Syria's nuclear infrastructure, which reduced imminent threats to Saudi stability, and provided a tailwind to Riyadh's efforts to topple the pro-Iran ("apostate," Shi'a) Assad regime.
In 2014, Saudi Arabia, along with all pro-US Arab countries, blamed the July/August Hamas-Israel war in Gaza on the Palestinian Hamas, a branch of the Muslim Brotherhood terror organization - which has traditionally challenged the legitimacy of the House of Saud – and an ally of Iran, the arch-enemy of Saudi Arabia. Contrary to conventional wisdom, the Saudis do not consider the Palestinian issue to be a crown jewel. They regard Palestinians as a potential subversive element, especially since the 1990 collaboration of Mahmoud Abbas and Arafat with Saddam Hussein's occupation of Kuwait, the triggering of a series of civil wars in Lebanon, and the 1970 Palestinian collaboration with Syria's invasion of Jordan. The $100mn annual Saudi foreign aid to the PLO has been in suspension since the 1990 betrayal of Kuwait.
In 2015, the Saudi regime considers Israel its most effective ally in the face of a potential self-destructive US agreement with the Ayatollahs, concurring with Israel's stance on Iran, as stated by the editor-in-chief of the House of Saud-owned daily, Al Arabiya: "President Obama, listen to Netanyahu on Iran." Like Israel, the Saudis focus on the Ayatollahs walk since 1979 – and not on the moderate talk in Lausanne – which has been rogue, terrorist, subversive, supremacist, megalomaniacal, apocalyptic, anti-US, non-compliant, deceitful and violently intolerant of "apostates" (e.g., Saudi Arabia) and "infidels." Like Israel, the House of Saud is convinced that a constructive agreement must be preconditioned upon a dramatic transformation of the nature of the Ayatollahs, and that the military threat/stick must be on the table as the most effective means to prevent war.
Notwithstanding the expansion of the Iran-oriented Israel-Saudi strategic dialogue and moderate Saudi policy pronouncements, Saudi Arabia's short-term national security interests have yet to impact Saudi Arabia's long-term, inherent Wahhabi worldview, which rejects the "infidel" Christian, Jews and Buddhist, as well as other branches of Islam, considering a Jewish sovereignty in the Middle East an aberration to be decisively uprooted.
According to a multi-year Hudson Institute study of Saudi school textbooks – which are also disseminated to Saudi controlled mosques throughout the globe, including the US - the Saudi education system, K-12, indoctrinates children in religious intolerance and violence, which constitutes an extremely fertile ground for recruits to Islamic terrorist organizations in Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, Chechnya, Syria, Iraq, the Persian Gulf, Africa, Europe and the American continent. Most September 11, 2001 terrorists were Saudi.
Until recently – when overtaken by the Ayatollahs – the Saudi royal family was the leading world banker of Islamic (Sunni) terrorism. Covert ties with terror organizations are still sustained today via Saudi businessmen and "charitable organizations." The Policy Department of the European Parliament concluded: "the risks posed by Salafist/Wahhabi terrorism go far beyond the geographical scope of the Muslim world. The attacks on New York, Washington D.C., London and Madrid remind us of this..."
Saudi children are instructed that "Jews and Christians are enemies of the believers" (Hadith, 9th grade, p. 149), "the struggle against Jews and Christians will endure as long as God wills" ( Hadith, 9th grade, p. 148 ) and that "the apes are the people of the Sabbath and the swine are the infidels of the communion of Jesus" (Monotheism, 8th grade, p. 42). They are taught that "the whole Muslim nation is engaged in a Jihad ["holy war"] against international Zionism, manifested by the State of Jewish gangs called Israel, established on Palestinian land" (Islamic History, 8th grade, p. 105) and that "Jews will not leave Palestine except by Jihad" (Islamic World, 12th grade, p. 126).
Could the enemy (Saudi Arabia) of Israel's enemy (Iran) become Israel's friend? Nothing more than a fleeting, tenuous "friend," unless the House of Saud dramatically transforms its core Islamic ideology and hate-education system, which perpetuate the inherent rejection of the Jewish State, while benefitting from short term national security coordination with the "infidel entity."
The 586 BCE destruction of the First Jewish Temple (on Jerusalem’s Temple Mount), and the expulsion of Jews from Judea & Samaria, by the Babylonian Emperor, Nebuchadnezzar, triggered a wave of Jewish emigration to Babylon and Persia, which eventually replaced Babylon as the leading regional power.
According to a November 15, 2001 Department of Justice memo to the White House National Security Council, irrespective of international law and consistent with the US Constitution, the President has the constitutional, discretionary authority to terminate, or suspend, unilaterally, fully or partly, the 1972 USA-USSR ABM Treaty – the limitation of anti-ballistic missile systems – without seeking coordination with Congress, and certainly not with the USSR, whenever the President determines that it is in the national interest to do so.
Israel is a rising power with a growing impact on world affairs. The American Interest, stated on January 24: “This is there is a new name on our list of The Eight Greats, Israel.." Never has Egypt-Israel security cooperation been as close as it is today…. The rise of Iran has made Israel critical to the survival of the Sunni Arabs, including the Gulf States…. Israel begins 2017 as the keystone of a regional anti-Iran alliance
“The effectiveness of a guarantee depends upon the willingness of the guarantor to react to a threat, and upon his ability to react with sufficient force…. [For instance,] fear of disrupting American relations with Arab states was a factor in the 1967 US decision not to force open the Red Sea Straits of Tiran to Israeli ships [contrary to the US commitment in 1957, in return for a full Israeli withdrawal from the Sinai Peninsula]..
Everyone is so concerned to be politically correct and so worried about being perceived racist, that they fail to see that in fact the true racists with the truly incorrect political agenda are the ones pointing the finger and doing the name calling. (In psychology it would be called reaction formation; the suppression of one impulse by the promotion of a counter impulse.)
Having met up with my pen friend we went ‘somewhere’ and there was this big open paved garden type area and there were platforms going nowhere which you ascended by climbing stairs. Through the middle of the paved courtyard-garden ran a little pond. I was fully aware of its existence but so focused was I on taking a good photo that I was walking while looking through the viewfinder of the camera. I fell straight into the pond.
Since 2004 he has been writing academic articles, social commentaries and photographic 'Stories from China' both here at KingsCalendar, and formerly as a contributing columnist at Magic City Morning Star News (Maine USA) where from 2009 to 2015 he was Stand-in Editor. He currently has a column at iPatriot.com and teaches English to Business English and Flight Attendant College Students in Suzhou City Jiangsu Province People's Republic of China.)
BenDedek originally created the site to publicize his research results into the Chronology of Ancient Israel. Those results were published under the title: 'The King's Calendar: The Secret of Qumran.' Whilst there have been many attempts to solve the chronological riddle of the Bible's synchronisms of reigns of the kings of Israel and Judah and their synchronism with other Ancient Near Eastern Nations, no other research is based on a simple mathematical formula which could, if it is incorrect, be disproved easily. To date, no one has been able to dismiss the mathematical results of this research.
Free to air Academic articles set forth Apologetics for and results of his discovery of an "artificial chronological scheme" running through the Bible, Josephus, the Damascus Documents of the Dead Sea Scrolls, and Seder Olam Rabbah. Check the Chapter Precis Page to see details of each chapter and to gain access to the Four Free to Air Chapters
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Definition: King's Calendar Chronological Research
The Premise: Between the 5th and 3rd centuries BCE (but continuing down to at least 104 BCE), Sectarian redactors transcribed the legitimate 'solar year' chronological records of Israel and Judah, into an artificial form, with listed years as each comprised of 12 months of 4 weeks of 7 days, or 336 days per year, thus creating a 13th artificial year where 12 solar years existed.
When the Synchronous Chronological Data provided in the Books of Kings and Chronicles for the Divided Kingdom Period are measured in years of 336 days, the synchronisms actually align. [Refer to Appendix 5. to see how it synchronises the Divided Kingdom Period]