For a little more than a year, Syria has been embroiled in the slow implosion of its dictatorial government under its President Bashar al-Assad.
Following in the footsteps of his late father, Hafez al-Assad, control in this country has relied on continuous, repressive dictatorship by a ruling cadre of secret police, muslim clerics, and private groups dedicated to maintaining the power structure in Syria.
All of the arms, police support, and finances for maintaining the status quo are in the hands of the current government, who is now resorting to the murder of unarmed women and children to keep the reigns of power in their hands.
To Europe and the United States, the status quo has been something it has been able to live with for over 40 years, much to their disgrace. The word “massacre” is a phrase often used to describe the means by which the dad kept power and now his son has followed suit.
As in decades past, the world’s tepid response today was to expel Syrian diplomats from some European nations and from the United States. I guess they’ll have to go home and help their master from there.
Stability at any cost appears to be the name of the game in this part of world. Once again, though not directly, Israel becomes the focal point despite the slaughter of innocent women and children in Syria. There is always a connection to Israel any time one looks at bloc politics in the middle east. All one has to do is look at a map. Slaughter is the operative word in dictatorships when its control is threatened. It has been this way since the Assyrian conquest by Sennacherib over 2,500 years ago. It is the dominant way of life.
Since God has made Israel His chosen land and people, their disobedience to Him has had consequences since the fall of Jericho 3,500 years ago. The flames of this rebellion burn as hotly today as they did then. Don’t be fooled. Soon we will all see with certainty what the Lord has planned since the foundation of the world.
Why do the nations conspire
and the peoples plot in vain?
The kings of the earth rise up
and the rulers band together
against the Lord and against his anointed,saying,
“Let us break their chains
and throw off their shackles.” The One enthroned in heaven laughs;
the Lord scoffs at them.
He rebukes them in his anger
and terrifies them in his wrath, saying,
“I have installed my king
on Zion, my holy mountain.”Psalm 2:1-6
The psalmist was right. The world misunderstands the true nature of the conflict. Don’t misunderstand– The atrocities we are witnessing today are an affront to God and man. They will have their consequences, but God is using Israel yet again.
His chosen people in His promised land is not to give Israel special favor before the world. It was to use Israel as an object example to teach us the consequences of rebellion against a God who is jealous for His creation.
The world demands stability above all, regardless of how it is maintained or by whom. Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Turkey, and the Palestinian territory need a stable Syria, even at the expense of women and children. They all scream for the destruction of Israel and soon this mantra will resume with the west in chorus with the aforementioned countries, all enemies of Israel, demanding the separation of East Jerusalem for their own use.
And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh. Luke 21:28
Harsh as these images are to watch, they are but the beginning. It is up to us to be strong in Him who created us for good works and to act in faith toward Him and the One He sent to save us.
Don’t be silent.