PR Log - Apr 11, 2012 - Talks between Iran and six world powers, scheduled to begin in Istanbul in April, 2012, could be the last chance to avoid a full-fledged conflict. If the talks fail, the Middle East could plunge into a regional war before the year is out. After years of failed talks, the international community has come up with a familiar strategy, more talks. The first time the so-called P5+1 powers held talks with Iran, in January 2011, the talks collapsed in an impasse. Despite a warning from President Obama, the upcoming talks represent “perhaps the last chance” for diplomacy to succeed. Early signs suggest this outcome is likely to be repeated. Not only did Iran reject “preconditions” for the talks, it could barely bring itself to agree on a venue.
Israel is asking for the secession of any further uranium enrichment and for transferring of 150 kilograms of enriched uranium to a third party.
Iran is willing to postpone enrichment for a few months, but is unwilling to give up its uranium stock piles. Iran is attempting to run out the clock toward becoming a nuclear nation, and Israel is attempting to set up a “red line” to stop Iran.
Unconfirmed reports have come out that Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has agreed to postpone an attack on Iran in exchange for a purchase agreement, with the U.S., of advanced refueling aircraft and GBU-28 bunker-piercing bombs. President Obama would prefer for the Israel attack to occur in the spring of 2013, after the November elections in 2012. Israel is willing to allow diplomacy one more chance, however, Israel and some European leaders fear Iran will drag out talks to buy time while its centrifuges keep spinning. The Fordow facility, tucked into a mountain, is under so much granite Israel fears it could create what Defense Minister Ehud Barak calls a “zone of immunity,” where Iran could operate its nuclear program out of reach of Israeli bombs.
A senior White House official privy to the recent talks between the Israeli prime minister and US president reportedly says Tel Aviv will strike Iran in September or after the U.S. presidential elections in November. If Israel attacks Iran in September, a worldwide spike in oil prices could end the tepid U.S. recovery and throw the United States into a deep recession, dashing President Obama’s chances of re-election.
A long-time resident of California, author and economist, Stephen Johnston, B.S., J.D., earned a Juris Doctorate degree from Western State University of Law and a Theological degree from Calvary Chapel School of Ministry.
He is the author of The Tea Party Culture War (WinePress, 2011) which Mr. Johnston describes as a systematic manifesto of the Tea Party Movement. Stephen is also the author of When Is Judgment Day? (Anomalos, 2008).
Mr. Johnston has over 20 years experience in prison ministry and Bible teaching, and has served as a chaplain in Orange County and Los Angeles jails as well as Pelican Bay, a California maximum security prison.
Mr. Johnston and his wife of 38 years divide their time between homes in Palm Desert, California and Brookings, Oregon. They have one adult daughter and one granddaughter.
ABOUT STEPHEN’S BOOK, “THE TEA PARTY CULTURE WAR”…
America stands at a crossroads: culturally, economically, and politically. Enter The Tea Party Movement, whose focus is primarily fiscal conservatism, government accountability, and reduced taxation.
Currently, America suffers from a clash of worldviews, but the issue is much deeper than politics; it is ultimately a spiritual battle between good and evil. For the sake of generations to come, we need to win this war. We need to take action to defend our beliefs. We need to take the right road.
Excerpt from Tea Party Culture War-- A Clash of Worldviews:
America stands at a crossroads—culturally, economically, politically, and spiritually. Our direction will ultimately be determined by our elected leaders. In particular, the 2012 presidential election represents a fight for America to decide whether our nation will become a godless socialist country or an economically sound one, based on traditional biblical values.
Enter The Tea Party Movement—an anti-tax protest movement at its heart, the Tea Party Movement’s focus is primarily fiscal conservatism, government accountability, and reduced taxation. Originating in early 2009, the movement has been most visible through a series of Tea Party rallies, which have occurred since early 2009.
A Clash of Worldviews—we all have a worldview, a set of presuppositions and belief used to interpret and form opinions about the purpose of life, social issues, and moral standards. The Tea Party Movement cannot win the cultural war if we do not recognize the root problem as a spiritual battle between good and evil. The issue is deeper than politics and economics. For the sake of our children and the generations to come, we need to win this war. We need to take action to defend our beliefs. We need to take the right road. - - -
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