GOING IT ALONE …tiny Israel and the “trickle effect”
Yesterday, our prayers at church were that the U.S. Congress will do what is best when voting whether to strike Syria. It is a very tough situation…and the proposal to do something in a “limited” response may not deter anything at all. It is an area that is already devastated and now its people have been attacked with chemical weapons. Nevertheless, the world is watching and waiting to see if we have any spit left in our mouth at all. (that is an old N.C. saying…as to guts).
An article by Jeffrey Heller and Angus McDowall said “…Tzachi Hanegbi, a Netanyahu confidant who sits on the Israeli parliament’s defense committee, complained that Obama’s statements had delivered further proof to Iran – and North Korea – that “there is no enthusiasm in the world to deal with their ongoing defiance regarding nuclear weaponry…To us in Israel, it says one thing: …‘If I am not for myself, then who is?'” …
For all the unease that Israel has about Syria’s rebels, who have at times fired into the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, it is pushing hard against Assad now after learning to live with the Syrian leader and his father over the past 40 years… The message from Netanyahu was clear:”There is a man in nominal control of Syria who is using chemical weapons against civilians. That has to be stopped.”
Abdullah al-Askar, chairman of the foreign affairs committee in the Shoura Council, said that U.S. strikes should aim to end Assad’s rule…Askar said “If the attack is just a punishment to show that the international community will not stand for chemical attacks, Assad will just remain in his place and do his bloody work. The second scenario is to finish the business.”
Another report on August 28 said, “An unnamed senior Syrian army officer told the Iranian news agency Fars: “If Syria is attacked, Israel will also be set on fire and such an attack will, in turn, engage Syria’s neighbors.” Israel is “prepared for every scenario” and will respond forcefully if necessary, Netanyahu said.”
In looking at future threats to tiny Israel, Iran has already said they want to wipe Israel off the map. When their nuclear weapons are ready, they intend to make this attempt. There is no way that tiny Israel will sit back and wait for a chemical or nuclear attack on its people. They now have decided that they can not depend on Washington to “watch their back” and may have to go it alone!
Going it alone, as we know, is impossible. Someone will have to step up to the plate with them. When the American war ships were sent to the Syrian coast…the Russians sent some of their own to keep an eye on what is going on. Can we ever believe that the Russians would defend Israel if they should be attacked with any form of weapons? Never! There is too much involved with Russia’s oil interest with Syria….not to mention the oil interests of the United States and Europe.
For those who say, ” It is not our war…the Middle East has been fighting one another for thousands of years…” This is a new day. We are connected one nation to another through our own cyber abilities. Radical terrorism has spread across the globe. Any time a war breaks out…especially on a big scale or a limited one…there is an impact on most everyone in the world. The stock markets in major countries go ballistic…gas prices sky rocket…air freight and truckers take a great hit…and so do we in our own homes...for it is a trickle-down effect that no one can deny.
Economies around the world will not recover for years even if dictators are toppled…so others can take their place. There is also the Suez Canal to consider along with human lives from any disaster. The rest of the world depends on keeping this open. Yes, it is all a huge mess. No nation can be perfectly right in any decision made.
Only God knows what will happen by the decisions to be made now…and in the long run. The world cannot expect Israel to go it alone ….for they can’t. Every church, temple, synagogue, and mosque should be pleading for God’s help!
We are all in it together like it or not.