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SETTING THE STAGE



SETTING THE STAGE


This article is an excerpt of Hans Bratteruds upcoming book
about the endtime – The Fall of Islam and the Rise of Israel.


The threat of World War III probably became much more real to the world on 9-11-2001. On that day 4 large airline jets with fuel tanks filled to capacity were hijacked and flown into the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in New York City and the Pentagon, home of the US Department of Defense in Washington D.C. One plane crashed to the ground in rural Pennsylvania without hitting a target. Almost 3000 people were killed.

All of the 19 hijackers were Islamist terrorists from the Middle East, who had lived for some time and studied in the United States prior to their coordinated suicide attack upon America. The leader of the hijackers, Mohammed Atta, was from Egypt. One of them was from Palestine (Israel), and the other seventeen were from Saudi Arabia.

The terrorists were operating under the auspices of the Al Qaida (Islamic Salvation Army?) Foundation, which had been established in Afghanistan in the mid 1980s by Saudi millionaire Osama bin Laden. This purportedly humanitarian organization was originally designed to transfer funds for the support of the jihad fighters in Afghanistan and Pakistan during the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan; later it was used to support Islamist mujahideen worldwide.[i]


Americas War On Terrorism.
The attack on 9-11-01 may be said to have had the effect on America of waking a sleeping giant, similarly to that of the attack on Pearl Harbor in December of 1941. Whereas Pearl Harbor brought America into World War II, 9-11-01 brought America into the War on Terrorism, which may very well lead into World War III.

From the beginning US authorities were careful to say that the War on Terrorism was not a war against Islam. But as the war continues, it is expected that the designation will become more specifically the War on Islamic Terrorism as it will become increasingly more difficult to separate the religion of Islam from the terrorism that springs directly from that very religion.

As America launched her War on Terrorism during the fall of 2001, the initial objective was to find and bring to justice Osama bin Laden and the Al Qaida terrorist network. At the time he was hiding in Afghanistan whose Taliban Islamist regime protected him and refused to hand him over to US authorities. So war was declared on the Taliban regime controlling most of Afghanistan. For President Bush had made it very clear that America would ?make no distinction between the terrorists … and those who harbor them.?[ii]

America then established contact with the opposition forces in Afghanistan, The Northern Alliance. They had not received any American support since 1991 when the US and the Soviet Union reached an agreement to end all military aid, by the Soviets to the Kabul regime, and by the United States to the rebels. This was just shortly before that vast empire was formally dissolved in late 1991. However, during the 1980s the US had invested large sums of money in the Afghan forces in opposition to the Soviet occupation, both in Pakistan and inside Afghanistan.

Ironically, Osama bin Laden who fought in Afghanistan as a mujahideen during the 1980s had profited greatly from this generous American aid. At that time he had carried out several quite extensive construction projects, building roads, hospitals, storage depots, and living quarters for the mujahideen, fortified in mountain tunnels and caves.[iii]

Consequently, as the Taliban forces gained control of most of Afghanistan, taking Kabul in September 1996, all of this fell into their hands. Moreover, as Osama bin Laden was returning to Afghanistan from his exile in Sudan during that same year, he made the Taliban regime his chief ally, and in the mountain strongholds he had built in the 1980s bin Laden established his new headquarters and continued to organize a worldwide Islamic jihad.

On August 7, 1998 when terrorist bombs struck the US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania, US officials named Osama bin Laden as the mastermind behind these bombings. Two weeks later, on August 20, the US Navy launched more than 75 cruise missiles from ships in the Indian Ocean, aimed at a large complex of training camps built by bin Laden in the Khowst area south of Kabul, Afghanistan. 26 mujahideen died and 37 were wounded.[iv]

By then it was quite clear for US authorities that Osama bin Laden and his terrorist network had replaced the Soviet Union as America&rsqs enemy number 1.


The Fall of Taliban Afghanistan.
After the terror attacks on 9-11-01, when it was evident that Taliban Afghanistan was harboring Osama bin Laden, US authorities acted swiftly to organize massive military aid to the Northern Alliance. The war in Afghanistan started on October 7, 2001, when US bombers started to attack targets in that country. On the ground a few hundred American and British Special Operations commandos supported roughly 15,000 Northern Alliance fighters who were facing a Taliban army of about 45,000 men.[v]

The US air power was probably the most important factor in making this war a very short and decisive military campaign delivering full victory to the Northern Alliance Forces in basically just a couple of months. One of the first goals of the US forces was to destroy training camps and reserve units waiting to be called to the front lines as the Northern Alliance covered by American air support started to attack the regular Taliban forces.

In the beginning the Taliban soldiers fought with great courage and confidence thinking they had large reserves coming to relieve them as the fighting went on. But once thy realized that their reserve units were already attacked and in many cases completely destroyed, they soon surrendered or fled. The Northern Alliance, with generous supply of modern military equipment given by America and allied nations, fought down the Taliban forces from stronghold to stronghold throughout the country. Town after town and city after city fell. After just over a month of fighting Northern Alliance forces captured Kabul in mid-November 2001.

Then the city of Kandahar fell in December, and this may have been the most decisive blow to the whole Taliban organization. Kandahar is the main city in the south, dominated by the Pashtun ethnic group, which also makes up the bulk of the population in Afghanistan. It is also the place of origin for the Taliban fighters and remained their last major stronghold until it fell.[vi]

By the time the Afghan war was over, the US had suffered surprisingly few casualties, a total of 23 combat deaths as compared to at least 5,000 Taliban and Al-Qaida fighters killed in battle, and an estimated 10,000 wounded. In addition, 7,000 were taken prisoner by the US forces and their Afghan allies.[vii] A new democratic government under the leadership of Prime Minister Kharzai was established, and American forces were given the task of protecting the new government.

In order to facilitate the capture of Osama bin Laden the US government announced a reward of $25 million for information that would lead to his capture, dead or alive. Several local Afghan commanders in the Northern Alliance were eager to win this reward, and thus there was a rush to find the terrorist chief in the Tora Bora Mountains of eastern Afghanistan during the last part of December 2001. Sure enough, the caves that may have been home to his family and staff were found, stashed with firearms and ammunition. But he was gone.[viii]

Osama bin Laden&rsqs hiding place is probably his house at Qom in the Islamist heartland of Iran or his Iranian headquarters in Mashhad, near the border to Afghanistan, which he established in early February of 1997 in case conditions in Afghanistan become intolerable.?[ix] He may, of course, travel freely between these places, and probably also to his newest Afghan headquarters in the Pamir Mountains of Northwestern Afghanistan, in the Kunduz province, close to the border of Tajikistan. The building of this headquarter was initiated after US missiles struck Khowst in Eastern Afghanistan in August of 1998, and it was projected to be operational in early 2000.[x]

A year after the Afghan war, although Osama bin Laden was still at large, several Al Qaida operatives had been captured, including Chief of Planning, Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, the no. 3 man after Osama bin Laden and Ayman al-Zawahiri. He was captured by Pakistani police in Rawalpindi, Pakistan on March 8, 2003. Other captured Al Qaida leaders include Chief of Operations, Abu Zubaydah, and suspected 20th hijacker,? Ramzi Binalshib. In addition to these, Chief of Military Operations, Mohammed Atef, was killed in Afghanistan by US bombs in November 2001.[xi]


Disarming Iraq.
The next chapter in the War on Terrorism was the disarming of Iraq and the ousting of its dictator Saddam Hussein. This war started on March 21, 2003, with an aerial bombardment against a Baghdad bunker in which Saddam was said to have been meeting with top officials including his tow sons, Uday and Kusay. Again on April 8th another place of a meeting reported to have been attended by Saddam and at least one of his sons still believed to be alive at that time, was bombed as US forces stormed into the city of Baghdad, which soon was under the control of the US-led coalition.

On April 9th Iraqis helped by an American armored vehicle tore down a tall bronze statue of Saddam in the center of the city. The head of Saddam&rsqs statue was torn off and dragged along the streets by jubilant citizens who were beating the head with their shoes and rejoicing in their newfound freedom. Statues of the dictator were torn down and his pictures were burned all over Iraq, as his stranglehold on the population of the country finally had come to an end. Saddam and his inner circle were at that time assumed either to be dead or in hiding, possibly outside of Iraq.[xii] During subsequent days and weeks more and more of the inner circle of the Saddam regime were captured by Allied forces that set out to establish a democratic government in Iraq.

In spite of consistent Iraqi denials of any links to Al Qaida, there is solid evidence of cooperation on several levels between Al Qaida and Iraqi intelligence during the latter part of the Saddam Hussein regime (1979-2003). This includes the setting up in 1998 of camps in Iraq for the training of intelligence operatives and guerilla fighters from among Osama bin Laden&rsqs supporters in Saudi Arabia. These were being smuggled back and forth across the border between Iraq and Saudi Arabia by Iraqi intelligence forces.[xiii]

The Iraq - Al Qaida cooperation, however, was only initiated after a formal alliance between Iran and Iraq had been established in February of 1998 as part of the regional strategic cooperation then agreed to between Iran, Iraq, Syria, and Egypt as US pressure on Iraq was mounting. In the discussions between Iran and Iraq the latter offered various concessions as incentives, such as cutting support for the Iraq-based Iranian opposition group Mujahideen ul-Khalq. Also, Baghdad expressed willingness to reconsider Teheran&rsqs demand for $100 billion in damages for the Iran-Iraq war (1980-88).[xiv]

US authorities were of course fully aware of Iran&rsqs role as chief sponsor of Islamic terrorism worldwide and Teheran&rsqs designs for a world Islamic empire. President Bush has even hinted at placing Iran as a future target in the War on Terrorism. However, there are important indications that the great confrontation between the US and Iran probably will not come any time soon, perhaps not at all. We shall discuss this further in chapter 6.


Defining the times.

In his glittering speech before a joint session of Congress on September 20th 2001, just 9 days after the terror attacks on New York City and Washington DC, President George W. Bush made the following statement about the new and in many ways fearful situation in which America and the world now found themselves:

Some speak of an age of terror. I know there are struggles ahead, and dangers to face. But this country will define our times, not be defined by them. As long as the United States of America is determined and strong, this will not be an age of terror; this will be an age of liberty, here and across the world.[xv]

This statement, like so many others in that speech was met with roaring applause that reverberated throughout the world as the President&rsqs remarks were being broadcast live to all of America and around the globe. The idea that Americans through their elected government will define our times, not be defined by them,? was indeed appealing. It gave people great encouragement that helped shatter the dark clouds of despair.

Terrorism could be overcome. We did not have to be overcome by fear, but standing together we could win this war on terrorism and secure a safe future for our children. And we see in Bible prophecies concerning World War III that America will be leading a coalition of Christian nations in close cooperation with Israel, which will break the spirit of Islam as a force aspiring to world dominance and cause it to collapse.

Thus Bible prophecy seems to support the view expressed by President George W. Bush that even though there are struggles ahead and dangers to face,? America will take the lead and define our times.? Taking that awesome responsibility, then, with the blessings of God Almighty, the days ahead will not be an age of terror; this will be an age of liberty, here and across the world,?[xvi] even throughout that terrible struggle approaching called World War III.




[i] Bodansky, p 44.

[ii] Statement to the Press, the President&rsqs Address to the Nation, September 11, 2001, http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2001/09/20010911-16.html
[iii] Bodansky, p 12ff.
[iv] Bodansky, p 283

[v] TIME Magazine, October 14, 2002, p 38.

[vi] TIME, December 17, 2001, p 21ff.

[vii] TIME, Oct. 14, 2002, p 40.

[viii] TIME, Dec. 24, 2001, p 40.

[ix] Bodansky, p 197.

[x] Bodansky, pp 283, 312-313.

[xi] TIME, March 10, 2003, p 23, 24.

[xii] TIME, March 31, 2003, p 38ff.; CNN.com, Saddam&rsqs Regime in Ruins,? April 9, 2003.

[xiii] Bodansky, p 322-325.

[xiv] Bodansky, p 118.

[xv] Address by President George W. Bush for a joint session of Congress and the American People on September 20, 2001: http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2001/09/20010920-8.html

[xvi] Ibid.

Preludes to war

 

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PRELUDES TO WAR

This article is an excerpt of Hans Bratteruds upcoming book about the endtime.
 

During recent years there have been a number of events that can be seen as preludes to World War III. Among these are the Gulf War of 1991, the recent unrest in the Balkans, and the War on Terrorism since 9-11-01. These together with the explosive growth of the number of Islamist suicide bombings in Israel and elsewhere, seem to indicate that the Muslim world is in the process of preparing itself for a huge confrontation with the West in a final bid for world dominance.


It is noteworthy that in America at the time when all of this is happening there is a President who does not seem to want this type of events to continue unchecked. He has vowed to fight against and to conquer terrorism, saying, This country will define our times, not be defined by them.[i] In the following two chapters we shall examine the events in recent history and Biblical clues that especially seem to point in the direction of a third world war.


The Gulf War of 1991.
During the Gulf War of 1991 UN forces led by USA under President Bush Sr. attacked Iraq in order to liberate Kuwait, which had been occupied by Iraq in August of 1990. America's motivation to become involved in this crisis was, besides the moral obligation to liberate a country that had been forcefully occupied by a hostile neighbor, to secure regular supply of oil from the Persian Gulf region for herself and the free world. The stability of the whole region had been shaken by Iraqs invasion of Kuwait. The UN coalition was able to unite most of the Arab regimes in the area, thus isolating Iraq. Among local regimes only Jordan and the Palestinian authority remained allied with Iraq during this conflict.

Russia was at first passively allied with Iraq during this war although a rapprochement with the West was in full swing. But Russia had her own interests in the Gulf Region. There was some concern among Arab leaders that because the Soviet Union would soon have to start importing oil on account of its growing needs primarily within the satellite states outside of Russia proper, they would simply try to 'conquer an oilfield.'[ii] But the Soviet Union, together with France and Germany, had also contributed strongly to the arming of Iraq, and they had much on-going business with the Iraqi regime. Thus, for the moment, it looked like the Soviets and these other European regimes were content with the idea of trading Iraqi oil for weapons.

The Soviet Union was, however, in 1990 both economically and politically on the verge of collapse and wanted to get support from the West. The Soviet Union therefore in the UN Security Council meeting of November 29, 1990, gave their approval of a resolution giving the US-led coalition the right to use force against Iraq in order to liberate Kuwait. China, the world's most populous country, declined the use of her veto rights and abstained from casting a vote, thus contributing to the making of the UN decision. Only Cuba and Yemen voted against the resolution, but they had no veto rights.[iii]

The Russian war machine remained passive during the entire Gulf war, which started on January 17, 1991, when more than 2000 allied bombers started systematic attacks on military targets in Iraq and Kuwait. After 39 days of air bombardment a ground offensive was initiated. This lasted for only 100 hours until the UN alliance on the 28th of February 1991 called off their campaign after having won a crushing victory over Iraq and thus reached their goal of liberating Kuwait.[iv]

About one million soldiers fought against each other in this war, half a million on each side. Iraq's losses were estimated at more than 100,000 killed while the UN alliance only lost a total of 358 killed, of which 148 in combat, and they had a total of 513 wounded. Iraq lost 249 aircraft, or 51% of her total air power&rsq while the allied lost 36 aircraft, less than 2% of their air power. Furthermore, Iraq lost 39% of her artillery and 45% of her tanks. From being the world's fourth largest war machine after the Soviet Union, USA, and China, Iraq's war potential now became drastically reduced, but not totally destroyed.[v]

Next to Israel, Iraq was the strongest military power in the Middle East, and it had the most advanced program for long distance missiles. In addition, Iraq had developed the potential of biological, chemical, and nuclear warfare. None of these programs were totally destroyed during the war or by the inspectors after the war. Thus it was fully possible that Iraq once again could emerge as an enemy of peace and stability in the world. Moreover, within the Muslim world many people had a lot of admiration for Saddam Hussein for daring to defy even the USA, so in many Islamic countries there had long been strong forces sympathetic to his cause.

Therefore, when Iraq attacked Israel during the war with a total of 39 Scud rockets, it was obviously with the intent of drawing Israel into the war and thus influencing countries like Egypt and Syria to break out of the US-led coalition. But surprisingly Israel kept aloof during that entire war, not retaliating at all and thus contributing to the success of the coalition. During World War III this situation will be different in that we will probably see a much stronger Islamic alliance on the one hand, fighting against another US-led coalition, with or without the UN, but with Israel this time actively participating in the coalition.


Radicalization of Islam.
One important side effect of the Gulf War of 1991 has been the effect it has had on leading Islamists such as Al Qaida leader Osama bin Laden who has lamented the profaning of Muslim land by infidels in that American troops were allowed to remain on Saudi soil after the war. At the time of the Gulf War he had recently returned to his native Saudi Arabia together with a band of battle hardened mujahideen (Jihad fighters) from Afghanistan where they had seen the successful ouster of a superpower, the Soviet Union, from Muslim territory. Now they saw the opposite happening in the heartland of Islam, and they were furious.

In fact, Islamists call the Gulf War and the subsequent stationing of US troops on Saudi soil al-Azma, the Crisis, second only to al-Naqba, the 'Holocaust' of Islam, which they call the establishment of Israel.[vi] Bin Laden&rsqs opposition to having US troops on Saudi soil led to his estrangement from the political elite in Saudi Arabia and forced him into exile in Sudan where he soon became a major leader within the international network of Islamist organizations, eventually linking himself solidly to the government of Iran as his sponsor.[vii] The Gulf War of 1991, therefore, indirectly contributed to the further radicalization of Islam, which since the early 1990s seems to have been dramatically speeded up worldwide.

Thus, in recent years the dream of an Islamic world empire has been radically revived, and events like the September 11, 2001 attacks on the USA and the subsequent explosive growth of suicide attacks in Israel show that a fast growing number of Muslims are willing to give their lives to realize the dream of Islamic world dominance. The suicide attacks are, of course, based on the Koran's promises of special blessings in the hereafter to all who die in jihad, holy war for Islam.[viii] The same phenomena has, moreover, been seen in all the recent wars in which Muslim forces have been involved, such as the Gulf War of 1991, the Iran-Iraq war of 1980-90, and the 5 Arab-Israeli wars since 1948.

The Gulf War of 1991, then, can be seen as foreshadowing World War III in that a strong US-led coalition attacked and subdued an Islamic country intent on destroying Israel and the West. Where World War III will be different from the Gulf War, however, is first of all in the much larger scope of the coming war. It will definitely be a world war in that as many as ¼ of the entire world population will be killed, as we shall see in chapter 8 of this book.

But just as importantly, World War III will probably differ from the 1991 Gulf War in that this time the majority of the Muslim countries of the world may go together in a strong global alliance connected to the Trans-Asian Axis, which we shall discuss in chapters 5 and 6. Most of the Muslim countries will then probably not be a part of the US led coalition but instead take the decisive step to fight against the western coalition on the side of the Islamic world allied with China. But all of this we shall study more closely in the following chapters.



Unrest In The Balkans.

The underlying conflicts that exploded upon the world scene in World War I are very similar to the conflicts brewing at the beginning of the third millennium AD, which are expected to lead up to World War III. Before World War I (1914-18) there were two Balkan wars (1912-13), and similarly, during the 1990s there were several armed conflicts in the Balkans. World War I even started, as we know, in the Balkans, after the Austro-Hungarian throne pretender, Archduke Francis Ferdinand and his wife Sophie, were killed in Sarajevo, the capital city of Bosnia on June 28, 1914.[ix]

It was soon after this assassination that Roman Catholic Austria-Hungary first declared war on Orthodox Serbia, because the assassin was a Serb. The German Empire based in Berlin was originally Protestant but had become more and more Roman Catholic oriented and allied to Austria. It declared war on Orthodox Russia a couple of days after Austria had declared war on Serbia.[x] Russia naturally supported Serbia, and Germany of course supported her ally, Austria/Hungary, which recently had conquered Bosnia-Herzegovina.[xi]

Germany had also her own imperialistic interests in the Balkans, e.g. in Bulgaria, and she was working on a new railroad from Germany through the Balkans and Turkey, all the way to Baghdad and the Persian Gulf.[xii] However, by the end of World War I, all the great empires had fallen: The German Empire collapsed as the Emperor abdicated; the Austro-Hungarian Empire lost all its possessions, retaining only Austria; the Russian Empire collapsed and the Czar and his family were killed by the Communists.

Even the great Muslim Empire that ruled from Istanbul, Turkey, collapsed, and in the Far East the 5000-year-old Chinese Empire also collapsed around the time of World War I. Thus, the only empire that survived that war was the British, which lasted till after World War II, when it too lost most of its possessions. All of this goes to show that great changes in the world were indeed taking place around the time of World War I, and it seems likely that similarly great changes are to take place during the time of World War III, especially in the Middle East.

After the communist collapse in Eastern Europe in 1989 there have, as noted above, once again been numerous armed conflicts in the Balkans as Yugoslavia disintegrated into a number of different countries, each one claiming its own independence. What is so special about the Balkans is that here we find three great contenders for world dominance locked in a battle with worldwide ramifications: Islam, Orthodox Christianity, and Roman Catholic Christianity.

Especially in tiny Bosnia these three religious and political forces are lined up against each other in a small geographic area: Roman Catholicism traditionally supported from the West, viz. Austria, is now also supported by the two recently independent countries of Croatia and Slovenia. Orthodox Christianity, traditionally supported from Russia in the north, has also strong bases in Serbia and Macedonia besides in Greece, Bulgaria, and Romania. Islam, of course, has traditionally been supported from Turkey in the east, and also from Albania southeast of Bosnia.


Spiritual clues.
As the world is seeking to find clues to what is really causing the great conflicts threatening once more to erupt into a major war, people are increasingly turning to the Bible for answers. And many are finding a basic explanation in the great statue described in chapter 2 of the Book of Daniel. Here King Nebuchadnezzar around 600 BC sees a vision, which is interpreted by Daniel to reveal the future of the world until the climax of history, when the Messiah comes and unseats all the earthly kingdoms and establishes His eternal kingdom of peace.

The great statue in Daniel 2 is divided into 4 parts: First, the head of gold representing the Babylonian Empire. Then the chest and arms of silver represented the Persian Empire; the belly and thighs of bronze represented the Greek Empire; and the legs and feet of iron and clay represented the Roman Empire. There is the idea that the various parts of the statue represent not only earthly empires following each other chronologically, but that they also represent major spiritual forces operating simultaneously. Thus, the head of gold is the spirit of good government with individual freedoms at all times, and the other three parts represent the spiritual forces identified as the Princes of Persia, Greece and Rome respectively.[xiii]

In our time the Prince of Rome seems to be represented by the Roman Catholic Church, the Prince of Greece by the Greek/Russian Orthodox churches, and the Prince of Persia by Islam. It is interesting that it is the ancient country of Persia, now called Iran, which seems to more and more control the development within the entire Islamic world. This has been the case since the Islamic revolution in Iran in 1979 led by the Ayatollah Khomeini. His radical brand of fundamentalist Islam has been exported worldwide through Iran's sponsorship of organizations like HisbAllah, Al Qaida, and Islamic Jihad.[xiv]

The Prince of Greece, then, in our time controls the dominant spiritual force of the people of Russia and other nations where Orthodox Christianity is prevalent, as well as a network of communities around the world. And the Prince of Rome, elsewhere in the Bible called The Great Harlot,[xv] is the spiritual force behind the European Union (EU) and other parts of the world that are heavily influenced by Roman Catholicism, such as South- and Central America, parts of Africa, and certain pockets in Asia and the rest of the world.

The Balkan Peninsula, then, is the geographic area on earth where the territories of all three of these spiritual forces come in contact with each other, and where all of their respective designs for world dominance are pitted against each other. In a way this can also be said of the Middle East, particularly Israel, but there the main forces opposing each other are Islam (under the Prince of Persia), and Israel (under the Archangel Michael), the only people and country designated as the centerpiece of the Kingdom of God on earth.

Thus World War III will probably chiefly be centered on the Middle East. But the recent unrest in the Balkans is an important indicator of the larger picture where we see the underlying conflicts shaping the future of the world. The first of these conflicts to break forth into a major war seems to be Islam's final bid for world dominance to be played out during the fast approaching World War III.




[i] Address by President George W. Bush for a joint session of Congress and the American People on September 20, 2001: http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2001/09/20010920-8.html

[ii]Yamani p 413-14.

[iii]DH 90 p 284. DH 91 p 63.

[iv] DH 91 p 63.
[v] Coalition Deaths Fewer Thean in 1991: Cnn.com/world, April 17, 2003.
[vi] Bodansky, p 33.
[vii] Bodansky, p 158.

[viii] The Quran, 3:16; 3:170-172; 4:58; 37:49-50; 52:17-20; 56:10-39; 76:5-22.

[ix] CVH16 p 60.

[x] CVH 16, p 105.

[xi] CVH 16, p 80.

[xii] CVH 16, p 81, 85.

[xiii] Cf. chp 1, section 2 of this book, on the Prince of Persia and the Prince of Greece opposed by Michael. Dan 10:20-21; Rev 12:7ff.

[xiv] Cf Bodansky&rsqs account of The Committee of Three in Bin Laden, p 158.

[xv] Rev 17 and 18.

Opptakt til 3. verdenskrig

Hans Bratterud:

1. Opptakten

2.Preludes to war

3.Setting the stage

4.An Axis of evil

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