On this week's edition of "The Hal Lindsey Report," as we approach the "deadline" for Iran to begin serious talks with the West, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad gave us a preview of coming attractions. He told the press, "In our view, the nuclear question is finished. We will not negotiate...." Even the International Atomic Energy Agency says their talks with Iran are at a "stalemate."
To drive the point home, Ahmadinejad nominated as his new Defense Minister a man who is on Interpol's most-wanted list. Ahmad Vahidi participated in the bombing of the Argentine-Israel Mutual Association in Buenos Aires in 1994. 85 people died. Of the 21 cabinet nominees seeking confirmation, Iran's parliament gave Vahidi the strongest vote of confidence.
But he won't be lonely in the cabinet. Four other Ahmadinejad appointees have been associated with the Republican Guard's terrorist activities. One of them helped establish Hezbollah in Lebanon prior to their bombing of the U.S. Marine barracks there in 1983. 241 died.
Naturally, the astute observers and quick thinkers in our government instantly picked up on the importance of these Iranian appointments. Our spokesman warned Iran that by appointing these radicals to such important positions, Iran was sending "precisely the wrong message." I don't think I have the heart to tell the brilliant people now running our nation that perhaps Iran was sending exactly the message it wanted to send, but we're just too dumb to recognize it.
It's possible Hugo Chavez may soon lose interest in being dictator-for-life in Venezuela. Especially if his starring role in Oliver Stone's new fawning documentary makes him an international movie star. Chavez was the hit of the Venice International Film Festival. America is really fortunate to have someone like Oliver Stone to make certain we hear the truth about what a quality guy and compassionate leader Chavez is. If not, we might have just assumed that he was an arrogant and scheming Socialist revolutionary like his buddies Daniel Ortega, Evo Morales, and Fidel you-know-who (that other benevolent grandfather-type in the Caribbean).
And to remind us that he's not just a pretty face, Chavez stopped by Ahmadinejad's house on his way to Italy to assure Mahmoud that he'll bust any new sanctions the West places on Iran. He'll ship him the refined gasoline he needs and even allow the Iranians to replicate their nuclear program in Venezuela.
Finally, I'll finish up my discussion of some of the pertinent questions regarding the order of events and timeline preceding the Rapture of the Church and the onset of the Great Tribulation. You don't want to miss my discussion... or the Rapture!
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