The war with
Iraq has already started as American
pilots have bombed anti-aircraft missile
sites in Basra, a city located in the no-fly zone in southern
Early today, U.S.
pilots performed the fourth strike this week in an area near Basra,
when they bombed two mobile, surface-to-air missile sites.
U.S. troops are gathered in Kuwait in preparation for an invasion of
Iraq. On Friday, American planes also dropped 360,000 flyers over three
towns in southern Iraq, a method that the US has been using in the last
few months to sway Iraqis from giving support to Saddam Hussein.
In preparation for terrorist attacks in the continental US,
the American government has given guidelines on what
citizens should do to protect themselves against these threats.
officials have advised Americans to get ready for a possible terrorist
strike by stockpiling food, blankets, water, flashlights, plastic sheeting
and duct tape.
The warning came public on Monday, February 11, 2003. The idea is to seal
off an area of the home to protect themselves against contaminated air.
After the Bush administration's advice to begin stockpiling, some experts
in chemical, biological, and nuclear warfare ridiculed the idea
that a person could insulate itself from contamination with just
plastic sheeting and duct tape.
question the "plastic sheeting" idea with comments that a small
room sealed off with plastic only contains enough air for one person to
survive five hours.
The idea of having
battery-powered radios or TVs is flawed by the premise that a radio
could become inoperative if a nuclear bomb is detonated high over the
atmosphere. See the January
The EMP created with this type of
radioactive weapon will render useless all transistors and computer chips
which are components in radios, TVs, and cellular phones. Battery
powered radios will only work if the attack is non-nuclear. To
protect electronic equipment from an EMP you would need to store the
equipment in a Faraday cage.
An N95 gas mask might give some protection
against some contaminants, but is not 100% proof.
Having extra food stored as well as water is a sound practice, but only
in the case you will not need to evacuate the city. How much will you
be able to carry with you, especially if you have children? And
where will you evacuate if you are not able to communicate?
discusses the threat of mobs becoming violent when the police cannot
guarantee public safety and you are on your own.
Cash money will be good to have around as the
ATM bank machines will shortly run
out of money in case of an emergency. As each one of us is in a
different city, with a different threat scenario, only the almighty God
would know the best way for you to prepare. He can reveal to
you what you need to do to protect yourself, if you draw close to Him..
America prepares for war, millions of protesters worldwide chant slogans
against the war with Iraq.
anti-war protests started on Friday and reached to a peak today Saturday as
organizers around the world led the demonstrators in expressing their
Italy amassed the largest crowds with more than one million. Some
members of the crowd were carrying a flag with the word "peace"
written in different languages.
second largest crowd gathered in London, England where at least
750,000 people marched in one of the city's largest demonstrations putting
pressure against Prime Minister Tony Blair.
third largest rallies were in Madrid and Barcelona, Spain.
Each city had gatherings of more than half a million people. Other
cities in Spain also had big anti-war demonstrations.
In New York, the
estimate is close to half a million people. The mass of protestors was
twenty blocks in length and two blocks in width.
Berlin, Germany also had half a million
people protesting the war. Sydney, Australia had about 100,000
people, and the numbers continue in a smaller scale throughout major
cities around the world some chanting slogans for peace accompanied by
Archbishop Desmond Tutu of South Africa,
who won the Nobel prize for peace in 1985, expressed himself with these
words: "Peace! Peace! Peace! Let America listen to the rest of the
world." while leading an ecumenical service at a church across from
the United Nations headquarters in New York.
As the nations
prepare for war, and the masses chant peace slogans, we Christians
remember the words of our Lord.
1 Thessalonians 5:2
for yourselves have known thoroughly that the day of the Lord comes as a
thief in the night.
1 Thessalonians 5:3
for when they may say, Peace and security, then sudden destruction stands
by them, as the travail [of] her who is with child, and they shall not
1 Thessalonians 5:4
and you brethren, are not in darkness, that the day may catch you as a
1 Thessalonians 5:5
for you are all sons of light and sons of day. We are not of night nor
1 Thessalonians 5:6
so then let us not sleep as others do, but let us be
alert and sober.
The return of our Lord is near!