WAITING IN THE WINGS

North Korea, Iran, Israel, Syria and Venezuela have entered the big stage. One more provocation by the Boyman will most likely be addressed sooner rather than later. The pressure is now on China, who by the way is an existential threat to the world. The Chinese have won the checker game hands down, jumping from country to country. Spreading their web throughout the world is the main concern. However, they have been stymied at times because of their aggressive and ruthless tactics. Yes, they do bring in technology, capital and physical labor (all Chinese), but this has not sat well with the locals – fights have erupted due to their management style.

The Boyman, a spoil kid indeed; what father gives a country to their first born? For the bowl hairdo is more reminiscent of a punk rocker; what’s next a Mike Tyson tattoo.  Having his cake and eating it too will be short lived. As we see Venezuela crumbling quicker than the walls of Jericho, the North Koreans will soon take to the streets demanding food for their skeleton bodies. But that event will trigger the release of numerous fireworks headed toward the South. Waiting and watching demands patience, but as night follows day, patience is beginning to wear thin.

Syria, the cradle of death which is basically in the eyes of many, Tombstone territory. Cadavers piling up like logs in local mortuaries. The undertaker al-Assad loves the smell of burning flesh so much he has turned his palace into a crematorium. Good for him – when the whistling missile pierces his fallout shelter he will be where he wants to be; no hearse need calling.

Israel is always in the news. And why should it not be. Eight million Jews out of a world population approaching 8-9 billion, say 1/10 of 1% have caused the Middle East to go up in flames. Hey blame them for the  world ills. But the real facts are completely different because those who do the blaming are fragile dictators holding on to power for they have nothing else to offer but words, death to their critics and disaster to their countries. For instance the latest jerk by the name of Erdogan, a Turkish devil of sort, Jew hater, NATO blasphemer and soon to be taken out by not the  military, but by the will of the people. A similar coup d etat is waiting for him, just like the Muslim Brotherhood pimp Morsi of Egypt.

Turkey by the way has unleashed bombs on the Kurds, our team does not take these killings lightly. Trump and his team are waiting for the moment to threaten the diminutive back stabber. His latest threat to Israel is a call for Muslims to visits the al-Aqasa mosque in Jerusalem. As our defense establishment processes the most recent proclamations, there can be no doubt the United States will have to choose sides. Turkey or the Kurds, it can’t be both. We go with the Kurds.  By the way where is the Pope on this one. He should call for all Christians to immediately visit the Hagia Sophia. Hagia Sophia Mars 2013.jpg

HISTORY IS IMPORTANT IN THE MIDDLE EAST – READ BELOW FROM WIKIPEDIA

From the date of its construction in 537 AD, and until 1453, it served as an Eastern Orthodox cathedral and seat of the Patriarch of Constantinople, except between 1204 and 1261, when it was converted by the Fourth Crusaders to a Catholic cathedral under the Latin Empire. The building was later converted into an Ottoman mosque from 29 May 1453 until 1931. It was then secularized and opened as a museum on 1 February 1935. Famous in particular for its massive dome, it is considered the epitome of Byzantine architecture and is said to have “changed the history of architecture”. It remained the world’s largest cathedral for nearly a thousand years, until Seville Cathedral was completed in 1520.

The current building was originally constructed as a church between 532 and 537 on the orders of the Byzantine Emperor Justinian I and was the third Church of the Holy Wisdom to occupy the site, the previous two having been destroyed by rioters. It was designed by the Greek geometers Isidore of Miletus and Anthemius of Tralles.The church was dedicated to the Wisdom of God, the Logos, the second person of the Trinity,[6] its patronal feast taking place on 25 December, the commemoration of the birth of the incarnation of the Logos in Christ. Although sometimes referred to as Sancta Sophia (as though it were named after Sophia the Martyr), sophia being the phonetic spelling in Latin of the Greek word for wisdom, its full name in Greek is Ναὸς της ἉΑγίας τουῦ Θεού Σοφίας, Naos tēs Hagias tou Theou Sophias, “Shrine of the Holy Wisdom of God”. The church contained a large collection of relics and featured, among other things, a 15-metre (49 ft) silver iconostasis. The focal point of the Eastern Orthodox Church for nearly one thousand years, the building witnessed the excommunication of Patriarch Michael I Cerularius on the part of Humbert of Silva Candida, the papal envoy of Pope Leo IX in 1054, an act that is commonly considered the start of the East–West Schism.

In 1453, Constantinople was conquered by the Ottoman Empire under Mehmed the Conqueror, who ordered this main church of Orthodox Christianity converted into a mosque. By that point, the church had fallen into a state of disrepair. Nevertheless, the Christian cathedral made a strong impression on the new Ottoman rulers and they decided to convert it into a mosque. The bells, altar, iconostasis, and sacrificial vessels and other relics were destroyed and the mosaics depicting Jesus, his Mother Mary, Christian saints and angels were also destroyed or plastered over. Islamic features—such as the mihrab, minbar, and four minarets—were added. It remained a mosque until 1931, when it was closed to the public for four years. It was re-opened in 1935 as a museum by the Republic of Turkey. Hagia Sophia was, as of 2014, the second-most visited museum in Turkey, attracting almost 3.3 million visitors annually.[11] According to data released by the Turkish Culture and Tourism Ministry, Hagia Sophia was Turkey’s most visited tourist attraction in 2015.

From its initial conversion until the construction of the nearby Sultan Ahmed Mosque (Blue Mosque of Istanbul) in 1616, it was the principal mosque of Istanbul. The Byzantine architecture of the Hagia Sophia served as inspiration for many other Ottoman mosques, such as the aforementioned mosque, the Şehzade Mosque, the Süleymaniye Mosque, the Rüstem Pasha Mosque and the Kılıç Ali Pasha Complex.

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