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Tue, Oct 14 2014 - 12:26 AM

The Big Picture in the Middle East


Turkey seems to be reluctant to get involved in Kobani. It would however be in Turkey's best interest to be the policeman in Kobani. Presently ISIS is likely looking to consolidate its territory and develop a good smuggling route to get volunteers and munitions into Syria. This is probably of marginal concern to Turkey. What Turkey should be concerned about are the actions of ISIS a few years down the road. Likely that is where ISIS would set up missles and then start dictating policies to Turkey. From that location missles could theoretically hit any part of Turkey. The Kurds will seem like only a few fleas in the hair compared to ISIS. And who is better positioned than Turkey to police Kobani?


I also think Saudi Arabia should be applauded for assisting in airstrikes against ISIS. I think they have rightly surmised that the behavior of ISIS more resembles hooliganism than ISLAM. There are some guys in ISIS who would shoot you for a jar of Nutella (no offence intended to Nutella). Isn't that what black market thugs do?


What is driving these large conflicts seems to be the rivalry between Saudi Arabia and Iran. The emergence of ISIS is only the most current problem. Isn't it time for Iran and Saudi Arabia to burry the hatchet? And by that I mean put it on the table. There is no need to try to be friends because that would not work. However you should be able to admit that you are going to disagree on many things and you should go your way in peace. And let the Sunni or Shi'ite in your realm live in reasonable peace. Otherwise the only winner will be Satan.


In some places it has gotten so crazy that an "infidel" is someone who does not want to kill someone from the other group. The first thing to suffer is doctrine and man's relationship with God. God did not create someone just so someone else could come along and kill them. Disagreeing with the other side generally is not a crime; because who fully knows the mind of God? The person who kills someone else because they lack sound doctrine will likely experience difficulty getting into heaven. How many throughout history have been known for profound wisdom? Unless you are a scholar likely you will count them on one hand (one of them being Solomon. If a man worships God and governs his family with wisdom, let him go his way in peace, including Yazidis, Kurds, Christians and Jews. The time to pick up a gun is when they attack you. Again, I hope you go your seperate ways in peace. 



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praizeop2 - 4 years ago

It is really difficult to stand by and watch while killing of innocents is going on. I guess that is where fervent prayer comes in. I know I am too old to fight! :) Blessings ~ Sarah

roundtable - 4 years ago

Thanks for your comments rdcofe.
Jesus said war is always with us so some battles are difficult to avoid. However I think it really pays to avoid the stupid wars like WWI that begin almost unintentionally. But the mystery of Fatima indicates it was more a spiritual solution rather than a military decision that could have prevented WWI. Of course WWI led to WWII where it became necessary to stop Hitler from gobbling up territory and killing people, much like ISIS is doing now. I have met many good hearted Muslims and I'm counting on them to testify of the sanity and peace they know of in their faith.

rdrcofe - 4 years ago

I'm relieved to see a sensible blog post like this one. Of course I doubt if you will attract many comments in agreement, (judging from the usual response from the 'nuke 'em, 'boots on the ground', 'let's start WW3' brigade who seem always so certain they have the definitive answer to the problem, and would not hesitate to 'kick some arse' in someone else's country, just for the hell of it.

Well done for being a voice of sanity amid the warmongers.

Too long have I had my dwelling among those who hate peace. I am for peace; but when I speak, they are for war. Psalm 120:6-7.