IDF Releases More Info on 2007 Syria Nuclear Facility Attack

As you know, Israel has confirmed they destroyed a nuclear facility in Syria in 2007.  The IDF is now releasing additional information, including pictures of the aircraft and pilots who flew the mission:

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All photos credited to the IDF


The IDF has also posted an interesting article regarding the intelligence-gathering effort that took place prior to the attack.  Read The intel operation behind the attack on the Syrian nuclear facility in 2007.

Questions are flying:  After many years of neither confirming nor denying military action, why now?  Why over 10 years later?  What does it matter at this point?

I’m sure there is more depth to the answers than what I know, but my take on it is this: There is at least one other known nuclear facility in Syria, and Benjamin Netanyahu and other government officials have stated time and time again Israel will not allow their enemies to become nuclear-armed.  Thus, Israel seems to be sending a message to the world that, if necessary, they will take action against that nuclear facility as well.  Of course, despite the fact there are many nations and terrorist groups committing incredible atrocities in Syria, Israel will be castigated by nations around the world if they take action in Syria.  I believe they are sending a warning and laying down a level of resistance to those who will condemn them.

Pray for wisdom!  Israel faces big time challenges.  Do they attack and risk alienating their friends and allies, or do they sit tight, hoping the world community wakes up to the danger posed to Israel and comes to their aid?  I have a sickening feeling they believe the former rather than the later.  Regardless, these are trying times for those making critical decisions.  Please pray for Benjamin Netanyahu, his Defense and Intelligence teams, and those in decision-making positions.  Pray, also, that the US will continue to stand strongly with Israel.

Blessings, friends!

Yes, They Really Did It!

In one of the worst kept secrets in history, Israel confirmed yesterday that, indeed, it was the Israeli Air Force that took out the Syrian nuclear reactor in 2007.  While Israel is  notorious for neither confirming nor denying military actions, there was really no doubt whose aircraft launched airstrikes on the nuclear facility over 10 years ago.

Want to see what the airstrike looked like?  Here you go:


Also, hear Lt Gen Gadi Eisenkot (Chief of the General Staff on day of the attack) describe the mission:

Root of the Problem…and Embracing the Solution!

Welcome back friends!  I want to pick up where we left off this morning, then move toward a truth I believe is so critical to the world in which we live.  If you missed Why You Won’t Read this Article this morning, please review it in order to understand the context of this post.

So, do you agree?  Is our society becoming desensitized to atrocities in our world today?  Well, we shouldn’t be surprised.  Deuteronomy and Judges make reference to mankind doing what is right in his own eyes, resulting in foolishness, according to Proverbs.  (See this search.)  It seems we have become foolish enough to act as though our foolish ways either don’t matter or are somehow wise.  When society begins to devalue life, it is foolish.

That foolishness extends much further than simply devaluing life, however.  Society as a whole seems to have taken a collective eye off of morality, appropriate authority, Godly family structure, kindness and righteousness of all kinds.  But I recently heard a man with great wisdom, indicating these are “cultural issues” that must be addressed if we have any hope of changing society.

He then spoke of a “higher authority.”  This man, Governor Matt Bevin of Kentucky, is a strong evangelical, so the “higher authority” he refers to is undoubtedly God our Father.  While the point here is NOT about politics, I hope you glean the truth shared by Governor Bevin:

(Franklin Graham reports likewise in this March 2018 article in Decision magazine.  In it, Graham recounts Bevin’s initiative in Louisville to call Christians to walk the blocks of troubled neighborhoods praying.)

Here’s the point: our world is in desperate need of God, through His Son Jesus Christ.  If we heeded the guidance of our Highest Authority, would we constantly deal with murderous regimes killing and maiming?  Would we have school shootings, rampant abortion, gross immorality and other social ills?  Would we as Christians miss opportunities to show the love of Christ and to pray for those in need?

Indeed, all that ails people, nations and the world is a result of man’s rebellion against God.

The heart is deceitful above all things
    and beyond cure.
    Who can understand it?
~Jeremiah 17:9

But realize this, that in the last days difficult times will come. For men will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, revilers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy, unloving, irreconcilable, malicious gossips, without self-control, brutal, haters of good,treacherous, reckless, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, holding to a form of godliness, although they have denied its power.
~2 Timothy 3:1-4

The global society certainly seems to be characterized with what 2 Timothy describes as the last days.  More than ever, it’s time to heed our Highest Authority…God the Father!

Why You Won’t Read this Article!

Hi gang!  This is the first of a two-part idea I want to share today. Read carefully below, then check back later this afternoon for the conclusion, entitled “Root of the Problem…and Embracing the Solution!”

If you live in the US, do you remember the brutal massacre at Columbine High School in 1999?  It opened our eyes to school violence and it was abhorred by every sensible person in America.  We vowed never to allow that to happen again.

Almost 20 years later, shootings at schools, churches and other public places  have become so commonplace many hardly even make the news.  By and large, we have become desensitized to them, making such news so ho-hum we don’t even read or watch it.  So, stick with me here!

Is it any wonder, then, we seldom give a second thought to the atrocities taking place in Syria.  Since 2011, 500,000 people (almost all of them regular citizens, including children) have been killed, 5 million have been displaced to foreign lands, and another 6 million have been displaced within Syria.  Citizens are crying out for attention to the situation, and help from the international community.  But it falls on deaf, desensitized ears.  No one seems to care that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, backed by the Russians, has consistently used chemical weapons on his own people, and his troops have literally bombed the life out of many cities.

Why is this?  Have we learned nothing from the past?  Prior to and during the Holocaust, people and nations turned a blind eye.  Afterward, there was a cry of “Never again!”  Why do we wait until the carnage is done before we make a move?  Are we so oblivious to the value of life and so desensitized to the brutality that we fail to even notice what’s going on?

I don’t believe it is a conscious choice (for most), but we seem to give little attention to things of which we have become desensitized.  May I gently remind us all that every life matters to our Creator?  In fact, may I share a few pictures of those who feel neglected and forgotten?  Each one is a real person, with a name.  We may not know the name, but the Creator does!

As you peruse the pictures below, will you commit 5 minutes right now to pray for these precious people, and thousands others they represent?  Let’s also ask the Lord to burden our hearts for those who are suffering.  Perhaps we can’t go there and do something, but every one of us can pray.  Let’s engage in the battle on our knees!  (Then remember to check back this afternoon!)

Top left, a wounded Syrian child receives medical treatment at a hospital in Aleppo, 2012. Top right, an injured girl is treated at a makeshift hospital in Douma, 2014. Bottom left, Omran Daqneesh sits alone in the back of the ambulance after he got injured during air strikes, Aleppo, 2016. Bottom right, a Syrian girl receives treatment at a make-shift hospital in Douma, 2018.

Top left, a boy walks past a building destroyed during fighting in Aleppo, 2012. Top right, A child spotted walking in the rubbles of Aleppo, 2014. Bottom left, a Syrian child in Aleppo, 2016. Bottom right, a Syrian boy runs past a destroyed building in Douma, 2018.