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They are the early-warning systems for approaching storms. They are the key link in a chain of telecommunications that allow us to talk to someone around the world as if we were in the same town. They allow military operations in Iraq to be planned, executed and monitored in a command room in Florida. They are satellites—technological wonders that make possible many modern miracles. America has had a technological superiority in this field for many years. But the field is changing. An emerging power is marking its territory in this critical area. In January China revealed it had destroyed one of its old satellites with a missile designed specifically for that purpose. China now has demonstrated the ability to knock out any space satellite, thus taking out the eyes and ears of a military opponent in warfare. The implications for America are serious. Should China, or any other nation, decide it is in its national interest to preempt American hegemony in its part of the world, then taking out key communication satellites would quickly level the playing field. Without these orbiting birds "seeing" the globe and transmitting vital data to commanders, the American military would be limited if not crippled. American troops and ships would be vulnerable. Missiles could not be tracked to targets. America's military advantages would be neutralized. Writing in the Washington Times (Feb. 4, 2007) Arnaud de Borchgrave shows this has long been a part of Chinese planning: "To offset America's enormous strategic military superiority, the Chinese military concluded in the 1990s that information warfare—or cyberwarfare—could give China an 'asymmetric' advantage over the United States. In 1998, the PLA newspaper Jiefangjun Bao said priority should be given 'to learning how to launch an electronic attack on an enemy...to ensure electromagnetic control in an area and at a time favorable to us.' "How to take down the computer-driven sinews of a modern industrialized state quickly became a top priority... "The 1990-91 Desert Shield and Desert Storm and the 2003 invasion of Iraq (when 50 military-specific satellites and numerous commercial birds were used) showed the Chinese how utterly dependent the U.S. had become on 'satcoms.' In 1998, the failure of a single satellite disabled 80 percent of the pagers in the U.S. ... "The...Commission to Assess U.S. National Security Space Management said the U.S. 'is an attractive candidate for a space Pearl Harbor—or a surprise attack on U.S. space assets aimed at crippling U.S. war-fighting and other capabilities'" (www.washtimes.com/commentary/20070203-101750-1057r.htm). De Borchgrave concludes China's bold move is a result of two factors. First is the distraction with the war in Iraq and Afghanistan that has polarized and dominated American political discourse. Second is the real perception in the world that America is weakened by this and can no longer exercise its will among the nations. This is a growing perception that history shows can lead to geopolitical adventuring by nations wishing to assert their interest. Bible prophecy shows in the end time large forces will assemble in the "east" as part of those gathered for the final battle called "the battle of that great day of God Almighty" (Revelation 16:12-16 Revelation 16:12-16 [12] And the sixth angel poured out his vial on the great river Euphrates; and the water thereof was dried up, that the way of the kings of the east might be prepared. [13] And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth of the dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet. [14] For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles, which go forth to the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty. [15] Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watches, and keeps his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame. [16] And he gathered them together into a place called in the Hebrew tongue Armageddon.
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). What happens in China today is critical to the future. WNP

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