The Temple Mount is the largest site of its kind in the ancient world, covering an area about the size of 25 to 30 football fields. The retaining walls rose approximately the height of a ten-story building above the outside street level. The smallest stone blocks used for constructing the walls weighed from two to five tons. Some of the largest stones are without equal anywhere in the ancient world. One measures 40 feet in length, 13 feet in width, 10 feet in height, and weighs close to 400 tons! Josephus speaks of the magnificence of the Temple in the fifteenth book of Antiquities. He tells, for example, of 162 columns in four rows, each column 27 feet high and "the thickness of each pillar was such that three men might, with their arms extended, fathon it round." [Josh McDowell, A Ready Defence]
Weakened Ahmadinejad may seek military adventures
Washington and Jerusalem share the fear that Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's humiliation and diminished status at home may well goad him into embarking on a dangerous military adventure against Israel or US targets in Afghanistan or Iraq
Iran pledges a 'crushing' response to US critiques
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad pledged a "crushing" response to continued American condemnation of Iran's crackdown on postelection protest, saying Saturday that President Barack Obama's criticism revealed his insincerity about improving relations.
Jailed Iranian reformists have been tortured in an attempt to force them into TV "confessions" of a foreign-led plot against the Islamic regime
North Korea's march to war
North Korea has been busy, busy, busy since the election of our weak President. This week, they have sharply increased their war rhetoric. On Wednesday they issued this threat: "If the U.S. imperialists start another war, the army and people of Korea will ... wipe out the aggressors on the globe once and for all."
NKorean Cargo Ship 'Approaching Moment of Truth'
The North Korean cargo ship Kangnam that is being tracked by a U.S. destroyer due to suspicions that it carries weapons is steaming toward the moment of truth.
N. Korea: We'll intercept Japanese jets
North Korea threatened Saturday to shoot down any Japanese planes that enter its airspace, accusing Tokyo of spying near one of its missile launch sites.