I’ve covered the Syrian war on News Monkey since 2012, and since then there has been many times when I thought the war was simmering down, and the Syrian government would restore control. Then there would be an event which would make me re-think my optimistic feelings. My outlook has soured again, because of the reports that ISIS is encroaching on Damascus after key victories in Iraq and Syria.
ISIS has grown in power and strength at a slow but steady rate, and their recent victory in Ramadi over Iraqi forces has more than likely strengthened their resolve and confidence. There is also much evidence that ISIS is being funded and directed by the USA, Israel, and Saudi Arabia as a proxy army to collapse and conquer Syria in a similar and even more brutal fashion than the fall of Libya in October of 2011. I’m not a betting man, but I think it’s a safe bet that a number of three-letter agencies involved such as the CIA, Mossad, and the GID. Most importantly; ISIS has been allowed to flourish and gain strength, and has been given access to better weaponry through supply and victory throughout Syria and Iraq.
ISIS also scored a victory in Syria by taking the ancient city of Palmyra which gives them access to highways and roads leading to Homs and Damascus. To put this in perspective; Damascus is 241 kilometers from Palmyra, which converts to 150 miles. This is the equivalent of hopping in a car parked at One World Trade in NYC, and driving to Wildwood, NJ. It’s not right around the corner, but ISIS can approach the outskirts or invade Damascus itself within 7 months in my estimation. I’m basing this off their earlier progress.
The above estimation does depend on whether Syria can mount an offensive to halt the ISIS advance, or if Russia and/or Iran step in and help turn the tide. The Russian’s historically won’t bleed for a foreign nation, but they are the only power allied with Syria that can effectively turn the tide of war. This would need the Russians to mount an operation on the scale of their invasion of Afghanistan back in the late 1970’s, or similar to their invasion Georgia in 2008.
The ancient city of Damascus may very well be destroyed.
If ISIS manages to lay siege to Damascus, there is no telling what could happen, and the middle east’s increasingly unstable situation is set against the backdrop of an increasingly unstable world. Here are few articles I read in the past few days that illustrate my point.
I don’t believe we are on a fixed path to destruction. At any moment given enough people, we can decide as a group to alter our destiny for the better, but it does concern me when I see this many flash-points swirling, and becoming ever the more likely. If one flash-point ignites, the rest will easily follow.
Many Bible scholars believe Damascus’ destruction has been foretold in the following passage from the book of Isaiah.
Isaiah 17:1-3 reads, “See, Damascus will no longer be a city but will become a heap of ruins. The cities of Aroer will be deserted and left to flocks, which will lie down, with no one to make them afraid. 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.”
I haven’t gone all Hal Lindsey on you, but I do find the passage interesting. Damascus was conquered and invaded many times in human history, but the city has never ceased to be a city before, as the passage alludes.
Whether or not Bible prophecy or any prophecy for that matter will come to be fulfilled in 2015, I believe Syria is on a path to complete collapse and take over by ISIS and their associated Wahhabi militants, and Iraq will eventually be broken up into three parts.