The Wire from S2 Underground

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//The Wire//1930Z March 4, 2024//

//ROUTINE//

//BLUF: RED SEA ATTACKS CONTINUE. NATO EXERCISE BEGINS IN FINLAND. TENSIONS MOUNT IN NAGORNO KARABAGH.//

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-International Events-

Europe: NATO’s standard arctic training exercise has begun, taking place this year for the first time in Finland. Normally held in Norway every other year, OPN COLD RESPONSE has been renamed to be OPN NORDIC RESPONSE as of Finland joining NATO last year. This exercise will continue until March 14th.

Nagorno-Karabagh – Tensions between Armenia and Azerbaijan have escalated over the past few weeks following limited skirmishes in the region. In the Azeri controlled areas, significant construction efforts are underway, with the previous provincial capital building being demolished over the weekend. Limited skirmishes carried out by small patrols have been reported in the northern Azeri-occupied areas over the past few days, causing local concerns that the conflict may flare up again. AC: So far, there are no indications of large military movements from either side, but diplomatic relations are deteriorating which in turn will likely cause more tensions in the near future.

Red Sea/HOA: This morning another cargo ship was struck with at least one cruise missile in the Gulf of Aden. Houthi forces claim that the vessel belongs to the Israeli shipping company ZIM, but as the vessel was transiting without emitting transponder data, independent verification will take some time.

-HomeFront-

USA: Congress is considering the closure of the Northeast Gasoline Supply Reserve (NGSR). Nestled within the latest thousand-page spending bill, this closure is planned to take place after the U.S. draws down the Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR) by one million barrels this year. The NGSR was established in 2014 in response to the effects of Hurricane Sandy which caused widespread fuel disruptions throughout the northeastern United States. In the years since, this reserve has held approximately one million barrels of refined gasoline.

PA: A train derailment incident occurred along the Lehigh River in Lehigh County on Saturday morning. Three trains were involved in the derailment after an eastbound train collided with another train stopped on the track. The resulting debris from the first collision resulted in the derailment of a third westbound train on the adjacent track. An unknown quantity of diesel fuel was spilled into the river, but no other HAZMAT was reported. The cause of the incident is under investigation.

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Analyst Comments: Regarding the potential closure of the NGSR, the reduction of strategic POL reserves is not generally recommended for a nation which has increasingly vulnerable energy needs. However, when passed, this would align with the long-standing trend of Congressional bills increasing vulnerabilities of critical infrastructure. The daily impact this would have to average citizens is minimal, but the reduction of critical energy reserves is a consideration in the event that normal fuel delivery services are impacted in some way throughout the region.

Analyst: S2A1

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Spiritual Preparedness Comments

One of the reasons your mom and I have become so adamant about paying attention to the times is because of a constant line of leadership decisions making Americans vulnerable. The use of reserve oil and the potential closure of supply reserves, as reported in this Wire, is the latest example.

Human nature presumes that everything will remain the same until something unexpected, catastrophic, and unpredictable occurs. In a sense, it’s true. Our basic support systems have been torn down bit by bit for at least decades (I would go back to the Industrial Revolution, when certain powerful people designed information and education systems to turn the rest of the country into programmed worker-bees, at their own expense. But that’s beyond the scope of my comments.)

Things will remain the same–we’ll continually see the foundations deteriorate until they simply crumble. And at some point, it would make sense that a life-altering, societal-breaking event will happen. Where we might differ is how close we are to that event. Regardless of timing, we have to take advantage of the time we have to prepare spiritually and temporally.

I know this sounds very “conspiracy theorist,” and easy to dismiss. I look at it theologically: there’s no one righteous, not even one. Therefore, I don’t expect righteousness from leaders anymore than I expect from any other person. I celebrate it when I see it, but I don’t expect it. I expect corruption, greed, manipulation, and evil. It’s a dark way to see things, but a sober reading of Israel’s history–God’s chosen people–will show you how rebellious is the human heart. And given the opportunity to make decisions for masses of people, why would an unrighteous person make good, fair, honest decisions to care for them? Our Founders recognized this. That’s why the Constitution is written with checks and balances. They were intimately aware of society’s flow towards evil. It’s on every page of the Bible. They also recognized that the Constitution would be “wholly inadequate” for a Godless people.

This brings us to today. We are in an unrighteous world, striving to live righteous lives ourselves. It’s our duty to recognize the enemy, identify those works, and resist evil. It’s also our role to prepare and protect our families. Take spiritual warfare seriously. And put in those measures that will allow you and your family to weather violent economic and societal storms. This is how we have sufficient oil for our lamps to see the signs and identify the return of our Lord.