Or so goes the sage wisdom of one of the world’s longest lasting dictators, Colonel Moammar Gaddafi.
Gaddafi: Palestinians have right to nukes
Palestinians, Egyptians, Syrians and Saudis all have the right to nuclear weapons, Libyan President Muammar Gaddafi told Sky News in an interview aired Monday.
“Even the Palestinians should have [nuclear weapons] because their counterparts, or their opponents, have nuclear capabilities,” Gaddafi said in the interview. “If we don’t want this situation… we’ll have to disarm the Israelis from their nuclear weapons capabilities.”
Israel neither confirms nor denies the existence of a nuclear arsenal.
Gaddafi did not hold the same views for an Iranian right to nuclear weapons.
“If Iran were to manufacture nuclear weapons, nuclear arms, then all of us, including [Libya], will be against them,” he said. “But Iran has not said so.”
In September, Gaddafi gave an unprecedented 90-minute speech at the UN, at times rambling and reading from scribbled and ripped notes.
Just an aside, but every time this unstable pioneer of modern terrorism comes on the scene I have the same question running through my mind- if you have achieved despot for life status, why not bump yourself up to General?
Would the raise in salary would create tax problems?
In all seriousness, Gaddafi had taken a leave of absence from the world spot light after announcing the dismantling of his own WMD program.
But that lull before the storm was shattered recently.
A not so subtle oil agreement with Great Britain was struck by Gaddafi.
Before the ink was dry on these accords, a Scottish judge released one of the Libyan masterminds of the Pan Am Airliner bombing on “compassionate grounds.”
The terrorist, Abdelbeset Ali Mohmed al Megrahi, was a member of Gaddafi’s intelligence service.
He received a hero’s welcome on his return to Libya.
The survivors of the 270 victims of the Lockerbie massacre were understandably shocked and dismayed.
Once considered yesterday’s news as far as rogue regimes were concerned, Libya is now taking a more prominent role in stirring up controversy in the Middle East.
But Gaddafi’s “modest proposal” that the Palestinians should have nukes is more than just another run of the mill outrage.
I believe that the Colonel’s statement has a two-fold significance in terms of understanding the End Times prophecy of Ezekiel 38-39.
First, Ezekiel’s vision of a Russian led coalition of nations invading Israel in the last days has a very interesting roster of participants.
Now the word of the LORD came to me, saying, “Son of man, set your face against Gog, of the land of Magog, the prince of Rosh, Meshech, and Tubal, and prophesy against him, and say, ‘Thus says the Lord GOD: “Behold, I am against you, O Gog, the prince of Rosh, Meshech, and Tubal. I will turn you around, put hooks into your jaws, and lead you out, with all your army, horses, and horsemen, all splendidly clothed, a great company with bucklers and shields, all of them handling swords. Persia, Ethiopia, and Libya are with them, all of them with shield and helmet; Gomer and all its troops; the house of Togarmah from the far north and all its troops—many people are with you. (Ezekiel 38:1-6)
Prominent in this invading force is the nation of Libya.
When Gaddafi disarmed, it appeared as if Libya was making a turn toward more moderate policies and a seeking of favor with the West.
Some commentators on biblical prophecy wondered aloud how this would fit in with Libya’s predicted participation in the Magog invasion.
Well, it appears that Libya’s animosity toward Israel is back and more noxious than ever.
The second and even more intriguing aspect of Gaddafi’s statement is a foreshadowing of an argument I believe we will see come to the forefront in the coming months.
The world is agreed that Iran shouldn’t have a nuclear arsenal.
The Middle East is just too dangerous a place for those kind of weapons to be on-line.
So why should Israel be allowed to have nukes as well?
Either allow nuclear weapons f or everybody or don’t allow them for anybody in the region.
Fair is fair, right?
This line of reasoning does have one fatal flaw.
Israel, unlike many in the neighborhood, doesn’t ascribe to a theology that celebrates suicide bombing as a way of salvation.
So allowing Hamas and Hezbollah to go nuclear is a non starter.
But what about a mounting world-wide pressure campaign to see Israel sign on the Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty and give up her deterrent capabilities?
It appears from Ezekiel that such a scenario will come to pass in the future.
‘Thus says the Lord GOD: “On that day it shall come to pass that thoughts will arise in your mind, and you will make an evil plan: You will say, ‘I will go up against a land of unwalled villages; I will go to a peaceful people, who dwell safely, all of them dwelling without walls, and having neither bars nor gates’— to take plunder and to take booty, to stretch out your hand against the waste places that are again inhabited, and against a people gathered from the nations, who have acquired livestock and goods, who dwell in the midst of the land. (Ezekiel 38:10-12)
The Magog invasion will take place when Israel is defenseless.
How will this happen?
Daniel 9:27 speaks of a “strong covenant with many” that the Antichrist will bring about that will guarantee peace for Israel.
Isaiah adds this interesting detail:
Therefore hear the word of the LORD, you scornful men,
Who rule this people who are in Jerusalem,
Because you have said, “We have made a covenant with death,
And with Sheol we are in agreement.
When the overflowing scourge passes through,
It will not come to us,
For we have made lies our refuge,
And under falsehood we have hidden ourselves.” (Isaiah 25:14-15)
Let’s face it, a people who have seen the horrors of the Holocaust first hand will not disarm themselves unless they believe they have an iron clad assurance of protection from a greater source.
But when a personality so brilliant and so effective comes on the scene that the world declares, “Who is like the Beast, and who is able to make war with him?” (Revelation 13:4), Israel will drop their guard.
I believe that Gaddafi’s statement is a first step toward this predicted eventuality.
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