1. China is still persecuting Christians during the Olympics. Christianity may actually be the catalyst for causing dramatic changes in the Chinese government. It’s message debunks Communist philosophy, and the Christians crying out for freedom are most likely to spur demonstrations and acts of defiance. I once read that China is destined to become the largest Christian nation this century. If there truly is an explosion of Christianity in China, then it’s possible that China is becoming the new Iran, where the leadership is hostile to the U.S. but the people are hungry for freedom and better relations.
2. Russia is warning that its response to the U.S.-European missile defense system will go beyond diplomatic retaliation. Most likely, that means developing nuclear missiles that can defeat the system. Russia may also be using the disagreement to justify the opening of bases in Syria.
3. Bill Roggio has new information on a terrorist group in Iraq sponsored by Iran. The League of the Righteous is funded by Iran and carries out assassinations of both Iraqis and members of the Coalition. The group consists of members who splintered from the Mehdi Army, indicating that this may simply be an Iranian front group or at the least, a group of terrorists fully backed and perhaps directed by Iran.
4. Hugo Chavez has publicly offered to host the Russian navy. This is obviously Chavez’ way of obtaining protection from Russia and boosting his credentials as the new Fidel Castro, as well as a way to curry favor with his favorite arms supplier. Don’t be surprised to soon see Russia announce the construction of new bases in Venezuela and Syria.