Saturday, February 03, 2007

"Chavez and the 'Ezekial Option'"

World Net Daily columnist Hal Lindsey writes an interesting piece titled "Chavez and the 'Ezekiel Option'". I will be researching several of the items mentioned in the article to learn more.

Hugo Chavez is, of course, the President of Venezuela. Dictator might be a much better word. Be that as it may, Mr. Lindsey begins with the following:

This week, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez was handed unrestricted authority to rule his nation by decree. Venezuela's new parliament passed, and Chavez signed, the "Enabling Act" and put an end to any hopes of a democratic end to his rule.

Chavez is expected to exercise the absolute power granted him to nationalize all private oil and gas operations now operating in his territory.

Chavez also has plans to take state control of Venezuela's biggest telecommunications company and electricity providers, to revamp banking and zap the rich with new taxes with a goal of ensuring ''the equal distribution of wealth."

But that's not all:

Venezuela is America's fifth largest supplier of oil. And Chavez owns (or will soon own) all the oil companies.

Making the situation even more dangerous is Chavez's close alliance with Iran. Iran has sworn to wipe Israel from the map publicly, and on more than one occasion. Ahmadinejad recently sponsored a conference entitled, "A World Without Zionism" and subtitled, "A World Without America."


Iran is protected by its chief nuclear suppliers in Russia, complicating the situation even more. Moscow has hundreds of billions of dollars invested in Iran's nuclear programs. Iran's nuclear facilities are crawling with Russian scientists, advisers, technicians, security personnel – and their families.

The U.S. can't afford to move against Chavez without risking conflict with Iran – which ultimately risks dragging in the Russians. Chavez, on the other hand, can easily afford to wreak havoc on America's oil supply – and its economy – without fear of economic repercussion.

Mr. Lindsey winds up by writing:

The prophet Ezekiel predicted the development of a vast alliance that would include Russia, Persia (Iran) "and many people with thee" in the last days that would launch a surprise invasion of Israel.

So how does Israel fit into all this? A Texas oil company, Genco, recently announced the discovery of a large oil field near the Dead Sea. Israeli Infrastructure Minister Binyamin Ben Eliezer called the strike "just the beginning."

British Natural Gas announced the discovery of a vast natural gas deposit 20 miles offshore of Tel Aviv. Initial estimates suggest some 3.5 trillion cubic feet in proved reserves.

Zion Oil has sunk eight exploratory wells, all of which have shown signs of oil and gas. Zion founder John Brown believes the amount of oil reserves hidden beneath Israel could rival that of Saudi Arabia.

A massive oil strike in Israel would completely change the balance of power in the Middle East. Such an oil- strike could potentially break the back of OPEC. It is unlikely OPEC would admit Israel as a member, regardless of how much oil she had.

That would seem to leave but one option, best expressed by my friend Joel Rosenberg's novel of the same name.

The Ezekiel Option.

Interesting, no? If there is oil and natural gas in Israel, that would change the world dynamics considerably. I will be looking for more information on this.

As for Chavez--between him and Ahmadinejad, there is plenty to worry about. I guess I am naive, but why in the world would Venezuela allow Chavez unrestricted power like that? More research for me to do.

Still, I thought the above article was very interesting and wanted to share it for that reason alone.

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At 4:37 PM, Anonymous Pop said...

Because people who have little seem to be very guliable when someone comes along and sells them the class envy bag of goods. They seem to believe that they can do all things with no education or experience. Eventually of course the whole country turns into a huge junk yard like Russia and of course it's someone else's fault.

Look at this country. People with no skills believe that they should be paid for skills they don't have and goods or services that they don't produce.

At 8:12 PM, Blogger Mary A said...

I noticed the phrase "equal distribution of wealth" in the article. Your assessment of why the people would turn the country over to Chavez is likely right on the money (pun intended). They've been sold a bill of goods, so to speak.

Equality of opportunity does not mean equality of outcome, nor should it, but a lot of people seem to think it does, or should.

At 10:03 AM, Blogger Titus Todd said...

I don't know about the interpretation of Ezekial. I don't see or forsee Russia ever being involved in the invading of Israel. I really can't imagine the small geographic area of Israel producing oil and gas that rivals Saudi Arabia. I would guess the oil fields under its soil may extend into neighboring countries of Jordan and Syria and may already be tapped by those countries.

Russia appears to sell what they can to who they can with little regard to future repercussions. In the arms and technology areas, the only ones left to sell to that the US isn't already involved with are those that the US wouldn't sell to. Russia is also involved in selling weaponry to Venezuela.

As stated, Chavez is selling greater equality to the large poor population of Venezuela. If he hasn't already delivered, what makes them think he will ever and at what price?

At 6:14 PM, Blogger Mary A said...

Titus, thanks for your comments. I haven't found any other information about an oil find in Israel or a natural gas find just offshore. Of course, I haven't spent much time on it yet!

As for Russia, yes, they'll sell to anybody, but I'm concerned that they will get a lot more involved in the Middle East and not on our side. It's early days yet, and hard to tell, but Putin causes me serious doubts.

Chavez will bring his people to grief. Communism and the like have never solved any problems, only oppressed the people.

At 6:28 PM, Blogger Mary A said...

I located an article concerning Russia and Israel that I referenced in a previous post. The article is "As the storm of war approaches" and is located at It's linked in my October 6, 2006, post which is here:

I haven't figured out yet if there is a way to put links in a comment! Sorry!

However, if you click on the word "war" at the bottom of this post, it'll bring up a page of posts that includes the October 6 one.

To me, this article says that Russia is actively hostile to Israel and is doing a lot to support Israel's enemies.

At 11:00 AM, Blogger Titus Todd said...

Russia is largely energy independent so Russia's involvement in Iran and the Middle East in general is not about oil. I don't see any idealogical reasons for ties to Syria, Iran and Hezbollah, either. It must be about expertise - selling the know how and everything that goes with it. I guess they could be doing it for power but I just can't see any reason for that other than making a profit. So, Russia to me is still a big "?".

At 3:49 PM, Blogger Mary A said...

Titus, I think you are right about a lot of Russia's involvement being the selling of their expertise, doing installation, etc. And it may be that the only reason they appear to be hostile to Israel is that Israel's enemies are Russia's best customers.

I am still trying to learn how all this fits together! :D


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