Nando (21 Nov 2011)
"Trouble for Assad and all the countries around the area"


Nov 20, 2011 Trouble for Assad and all the countries around the area

In scientific circles they call it reverse engineering. This term is very much used when it applies to a technological invention that is obtained by others that lag the knowledge and form the object they start dismantling to see how it was designed.

This is done a lot in the field of armaments by an enemy that lacks the knowledge and seeks to capture a weapon that they can dismantle to know how it works.

In here I will do something different but in the end is using the same principle. We will start the analysis from the knowledge of an event that is going to happen in the future as written by time travelers who were shown the future so far advanced in time that they lacked the means to comprehend what they saw or the means to properly describe it. In this case ii was the prophet Isaiah who was given a vision or transported to the future to see the destruction of Damascus Syria.

Isaiah 17

New International Version (NIV)

Isaiah 17

A Prophecy Against Damascus

1A prophecy against Damascus:

“See, Damascus will no longer be a city
but will become a heap of ruins.
2 The cities of Aroer will be deserted
and left to flocks, which will lie down,
with no one to make them afraid.
3 The fortified city will disappear from Ephraim,
and royal power from Damascus;
the remnant of Aram will be
like the glory of the Israelites,”
declares the LORD Almighty.

4 “In that day the glory of Jacob will fade;
the fat of his body will waste away.
5 It will be as when reapers harvest the standing grain,
gathering the grain in their arms—
as when someone gleans heads of grain
in the Valley of Rephaim.
6 Yet some gleanings will remain,
as when an olive tree is beaten,
leaving two or three olives on the topmost branches,
four or five on the fruitful boughs,”
declares the LORD, the God of Israel.

7 In that day people will look to their Maker
and turn their eyes to the Holy One of Israel.
8 They will not look to the altars,
the work of their hands,
and they will have no regard for the Asherah poles[a]
and the incense altars their fingers have made.

9 In that day their strong cities, which they left because of the Israelites, will be like places abandoned to thickets and undergrowth. And all will be desolation.

10 You have forgotten God your Savior;
you have not remembered the Rock, your fortress.
Therefore, though you set out the finest plants
and plant imported vines,
11 though on the day you set them out, you make them grow,
and on the morning when you plant them, you bring them to bud,
yet the harvest will be as nothing
in the day of disease and incurable pain.

12 Woe to the many nations that rage—
they rage like the raging sea!
Woe to the peoples who roar—
they roar like the roaring of great waters!
13 Although the peoples roar like the roar of surging waters,
when he rebukes them they flee far away,
driven before the wind like chaff on the hills,
like tumbleweed before a gale.
14 In the evening, sudden terror!
Before the morning, they are gone!
This is the portion of those who loot us,
the lot of those who plunder us.

This prophecy has never been fulfilled and it is in the future.

In today’s Miami Herald reporter Frida Ghitis has an article that covers the situation that is present in Syria with the rule of Assad in a very astute and real way. She has exposed the undercurrents that are driving the revolt of part of the people against the other part that supports Assad’s rule. In all of this there is an undercurrent of two different sects of Islam that are struggling for dominance and influence in this region. These forces are represented by Iran on one side and Saudi Arabia on the other. Frida’s conclusion is that the actions of the Saudis (Arabs) and the transformation of the uprising into a more violent confrontation against Assad portends ill trouble for those who seek peace in the region.

To counter the threat to his government and rule he has threaten to stir the hornets nest by attacking Israel to bring the whole middle East in flames.

The stage is set and if we read the prophets words they are a vivid description of the events that will begin if these threats and innuendos are carried out for hate of Israel and despair about the loosing of power and rule.

Other prophecies that will take place parallel to this one are Psalm 83 Ezekiel 38-39 and many others that will usher us headlong into the seven years of Tribulation.


What the escalation in Syria means for the future


The 8-month-old uprising against the rule of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has escalated enormously in the last few days. Two major changes prove that the unrest in Syria is not going to reach the quick conclusion that Assad — or his friends in Iran — would like to see.

The most striking development was the decision by the Arab League to step into the fray. The Arab League, whose decades-old track record is one of supporting dictators throughout the region, made the dramatic move of suspending Syria and demanding an end to the crackdown by Damascus. Most of the League’s two dozen members are still dictatorships, but that minor detail did not protect Assad from his Arab brethren. Understanding why they made that decision tells us a lot about what is happening in the Middle East today, and what could come in the near future.

The other major development in the uprising is the active involvement of former Syrian soldiers who have defected to the opposition. The deserters are now using force to support what until just days ago was a committedly nonviolent movement. With the anti-Assad side now fighting back, the danger that Syria will spiral into civil war has greatly increased.

Assad has killed more than 3,500 protesters, all the while promising to his neighbors and his own people that he was ready to bring democratic change to the country. Now, the Arab League is pressuring him to make good on his promises. If not, they vow to impose economic sanctions. Other tactics could follow.

Why would the League, an organization made up mostly of dictators, decide to throw its weight behind a pro-democracy movement seeking to overthrow a dictatorship?

One key reason is that this particular dictatorship, the one in Damascus, represents the interests of Tehran, the Arabs’ ancient Persian rival. As we know from many sources, including diplomatic cables disclosed by Wikileaks, Arab regimes, particularly those along the oil-rich Persian Gulf (which they call the Arabian Gulf) are extremely nervous about the rise of the Islamic Republic and its nuclear program. With U.S. forces preparing to leave Iraq, the threat posed by Iran is making its neighbors increasingly uneasy. If the Syrian ruler, Tehran’s best friend, fell from power, it would constitute a major blow to Iran.

It’s not all about Iran, of course. During a time of unrest in the Arab world, the sight of government troops slaughtering peaceful protesters is stoking anti-dictatorship sentiment throughout the region, and it is making the entire region more unstable. There is no country in the Middle East that would benefit from a civil war in Syria. A civil war would create the kind of power vacuum that extremist groups excel at exploiting.

While Syria boils, it’s worth noting the continuing follies of certain international organizations. On the day the fighting and the repression escalated to new levels on Syrian streets, UNESCO, the U.N.’s cultural organization, named Syria to a committee on human rights. It brings to mind the honors granted to Moammar Gadhafi’s Libya by the U.N. Human Rights Council.

It’s hardly surprising that Syrians are growing impatient with nonviolence. What is most remarkable is how long they have continued protesting peacefully in the face of machine-gun fire.

It took less brutality from Gadhafi to spark international intervention. But Syria is not Libya. An attack on Damascus could trigger a conflagration that would inescapably involve Iran, Lebanon, Israel, as well as Hezbollah and perhaps Hamas. It would send oil prices sky high and deal a painful blow to the global economy. In addition, the “international community” fears what might come after Assad.

But Assad’s Arab neighbors don’t want Assad (and Tehran) to come out of this crisis stronger than before. They would like a peaceful transition that, at the very least, defangs the regime, cracks the links with Tehran and helps bring a little peace and quiet to a region boiling with popular demands for change.

The two developments in the Syrian crisis — the Arab League’s intervention and the gradual transformation of the uprising — make it highly unlikely that peace and quiet will come soon

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