Flashback: Silent Syria
Vol: 22 Issue: 7 Friday, April 7, 2017
Compared to the vociferous belligerence of an Iran or a North Korea, Bashar Assad’s Syria seems relatively benign, at least, as Syria tends to be viewed from the cheap seats in the West.
Israel is not fooled, but for some reason, the West sees Syria more as an annoyance than as a serious threat to their interests.
Israel knows that Syria ranks a close second to Iran in terms of its implacable hatred of all things Israeli, but the West remains convinced it can negotiatate with Bashar al Assad, the former opthamologist with a reputation for weakness who only reluctantly succeeded his father, Hafez al Assad.
His reputation is undeserved. The younger al Assad has a softer touch than his father. But he is more subtle, not less ruthless. Little has changed within Syria since his ascension, including Syrian foreign policy with Israel.
In March, Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Al-Maualem briefly made headlines when he reminded the world that a state of war still exists between Israel and Syria.
In an interview with al-Jazeera, Mualem said that “it is natural that Syria will continually seek to acquire negotiating cards against Israel.”
Mualem told al-Jazeera that Syria could not achieve through negotiation, it would achieve through war. “We believe that peace will never be achieved merely through diplomatic means, but also through active opposition. This is the legitimate right of all nations,” he said.
Despite this and many other similar statements, Syria seldom tops the news headlines outside of Israel. This seems odd, given Syria’s increasingly close ties to Iran and North Korea.
Last year, Israeli warplanes launched a sneak attack against what is now known to have been a nuclear reactor of North Korean design. The attack got little attention by the Western media, even after satellite photos comfirmed the target’s design and subsequent tests confirmed the presence of radiation at the site.
The Western media is reluctant to draw attention to Syria because it has too much invested in what it doesn’t know and doesn’t want to know. The 2003 invasion of Iraq was based on the belief that Saddam possessed weapons of mass destruction that posed a threat to his neighbors.
The liberal anti-Bush element of the mainstream media, which opposed Bush in every arena as a matter of principle, had previously relied on the somewhat weak argument that Bush 43 invaded Iraq to impress his father, Bush 41, who left Saddam in power at the conclusion of the first Gulf War. Or that Bush invaded Iraq to steal Iraqi oil.
After the invasion, the mainstream media added the ‘Bush lied’ element when no weapons of mass destruction were found by US forces. Pre-war photographs of what appeared to be convoys of vehicles leaving what were believed to be WMD storage facilities headed to Syria were at first ignored, then actively disputed by the mainstream.
The media had made its case against George Bush as a liar; it had a vested interest in ignoring evidence that could be used to support the administration. There was an election on the horizon and John Kerry was Their Guy.
So Syria was dropped from the media’s radar. Since Syria holds the key to the complete vindication of the Iraq War and the complete exposure of the mainstream media as the propaganda arm of the American Far Left, that’s where it remains.
If you want to know what Syria is up to, you have to go abroad and you have to dig deep. For example, the private intelligence group that publishes Jane’s reported the deaths of ‘dozens of Iranians and Syrians’ in a ‘nerve gas’ accident that wasn’t picked up by any mainstream news agency until almose three months later.
The story finally ‘broke’ on Israel’s Channel 10, who cited Jane’s Defense Weekly as part of a wider Israeli investigative report on Syrian activity. Although the story was also reported in the September 18th, 2007 edition of the Jerusalem Post, it made almost no impact in the West.
According to the report “the joint Syrian-Iranian team was attempting to mount a chemical warhead on a Scud missile when the explosion occurred, spreading lethal chemical agents, including sarin nerve gas.”
Odds are good that, unless you were an OL subscriber in 2007, it’s the first you’ve heard of it. And if you were one of the millions of unplugged Americans who rely on print newspapers and the nightly news, you certainly didn’t hear of it.
But it happened.
Just like the IDF raid on the North Korean-built Syrian nuclear reactor happened.
A Syrian opposition party newspaper reprinted a December, 2006 report from the Kuwait daily, Al-Siyasa, which reported that Syria was conducting “an advanced nuclear program” in Hasakah, a province in northeastern Syria.
The report quoted British sources as having identified Colonel Maher Assad, a relative of Syrian President Bashar Assad, and Rami Mahmouf as the two people “supervising” the project.
According to the report in Al-Siyasa, the Syrian nuclear program used Iraqi materials smuggled by Saddam Hussein’s sons prior to the US invasion in March, 2003. Both of Saddam’s sons-in-law had briefly defected to Jordan where confirmed the reports before being lured back to Iraq where they were promptly executed for treason.
Now there are new semi-official reports that Pyongyang, Tehran and Damascus tested a jointly-developed missile at Syria’s southeastern missile test site at Jebel Druze near Salakhand.
According to the Debkafile, the target was an uninhabited desert area near where Saddam’s WMDs were buried by the Syrians (with Russian help) in 2001. The report says that one of the missiles allegedly went wildly off-course, missing the target by more than 200 miles, landing in a marketplace in a small town near Aleppo and killing at least twenty Syrians.
If it really was off-course, then it is quite a coincidence that it landed near Aleppo. That’s where the WMD accident happened that killed ‘dozens’ of Syrian and Iranian technicians in 2007.
In any case, one would think something like that was newsworthy enough for some enterprising investigative journalist to pursue. But Syria remains off-limits. But nobody wants to vindicate the reasons for the Iraq War — the Left still dreams of a Bush war-crimes trial.
Anyway, Obama has already apologized for invading Iraq on false pretenses, so vindicating Bush would contradict Obama. And exposing the president as a common liar isn’t good for America’s image.
Especially since it means he’d have to share the liar’s spotlight with the so-called “watchdogs of freedom” among the media.
So Syria gets a pass.
In 1997, Jane’s Defense News reported on an Israeli plan to retaliate against a feared chemical attack from Saddam Hussein “with a devastating neutron bomb barrage.”
This is the same Jane’s Defense News that broke the story about the nerve gas ‘accident’ ten years later. And Israel refused to confirm nor deny it. There is therefore little reason to doubt the accuracy of the report.
The neutron bomb kills by irradiating the area of detonation with untold trillions of neutrons that kill all humans and animals, but leave all buildings and vehicles intact. This bomb also releases very little radiation, so the area formerly inhabited by living people can be immediately occupied.
The Prophet Zechariah describes the exact effects of a neutron bomb against human flesh as seen from the perspective of the battlefield, describing 21st century warfare using a 5th century BC vocabulary:
“And this shall be the plague wherewith the LORD will smite all the people that have fought against Jerusalem; Their flesh shall consume away while they stand upon their feet, and their eyes shall consume away in their holes, and their tongue shall consume away in their mouth.” (Zechariah 14:12)
The Prophet Isaiah, as we’ve discussed in previous OL briefs, prophesied the “burden of Damascus” which predicts the utter destruction of Damascus at Israeli hands over what amounts to weak global objections.
But Damascus won’t meet its appointment with destiny alone. The Prophet Obadiah was given a vision for the last days concerning ‘Edom’ and its inhabitants whom God identifies as the descendants of Esau “who appropriated My land for themselves as a possession with wholehearted joy and with scorn of soul, to drive it out for a prey.” Obadiah 18:14
“Edom” was another name for Esau, given him in Genesis 25:30; “And Esau said to Jacob, Feed me, I pray thee, with that same red pottage; for I am faint: therefore was his name called Edom.”
Obadiah writes: “For thy violence against thy brother Jacob shame shall cover thee, and thou shalt be cut off for ever.” Obadiah 18:11) ‘Violence’ in Hebrew is chamac, which is pronounced ‘hamas’.
It is hardly a coincidence therefore, that the headquarters for both organizations are listed in the Damascus phone book.
Isaiah’s burden for Damascus is also Obadiah’s burden for Hamas and Hezbollah.
“For the day of the LORD is near upon all the heathen: as thou hast done, it shall be done unto thee: thy reward shall return upon thine own head. For as ye have drunk upon My holy mountain, so shall all the heathen drink continually, yea, they shall drink, and they shall swallow down, and they shall be as though they had not been.” (Obadiah 1:15-16)
Here is what I want you to see and share with the skeptics. More than 2,500 years ago, the Hebrew prophets predicted the exact scenario now unfolding before our very eyes, right down to naming Israel’s most implacable enemies — by name.
All these predictions — made from various points and places along the Bible’s timeline — come to a nexus at the exact same point in history.
Everything that they predicted that could come to pass HAS come to pass so far. Literally, and not allegorically, from the restoration of Israel to the alignment of nations to the effects of 21st century battlefield weaponry in the field — and with 100% accuracy.
There is no reason to believe that, given such stunning accuracy so far, those prophecies remaining to be fulfilled will be fulfilled any less accurately or literally in the days ahead.
Be confident, despite the chaos and uncertainty. All is according to God’s Plan, outlined for us in advance so we would KNOW the signs of the times and rejoice in them, rather than fear them, for we know what they mean.
“The fear of man bringeth a snare: but whoso putteth his trust in the LORD shall be safe.” (Proverbs 29:25)
“Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass away, till all be fulfilled.” (Luke 21:32)
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