“The enemy of my enemy is my friend.”
This Arab proverb has been mentioned a few times lately.
It certainly helps us understand the Middle East.
Right now, the US, UK and France, the western countries involved in the conflict with IS (ISIS, or ISIL), could all do with some help. That help would have to come from Syria.
You will remember that not too long ago we were all against Syria because of the brutality of its ruling regime, led by President Assad. Well, now, we need him to help us fight IS. We could also do with help from Iran, a country we’ve been butting heads with for 35 years.
The terrorist movement is operating in both Syria and Iraq. As it is an extreme form of Sunni Islam, it poses a threat to Shi’ite Iran and to other states in the area.
It’s all so complicated.
It’s also a mess we created by invading Iraq in the first place. As it happens, the French turned out to be right – they stayed out of it, until now.
Of course, no western country is actually fighting. There are “no boots on the ground.”
However, if the terrorists are to be defeated, eventually there must be boots on the ground, either over there or here at home. There have been plenty of warnings the last few days about their desire and potential to take out an entire American city.
If they succeed in destroying an American or British city with a nuclear device, we could very well be on the brink of the great tribulation that the Bible speaks of immediately prior to Christ’s return. “For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.” (Matt 24:21)
Keep your eyes on the Middle East, the epicenter of Bible prophecy.