Many studies are coming to light that through a proxy of sorts, the United States Government, particularly the Obama administration are responsible for bringing to power ISIS. We know that the Military Equipment that was seized by ISIS in Iraq was provided by the United States to Iraq. We know that the rebels fighting in Syria also receive military equipment, and now the rebels in Yemen, along with Saudi Arabia and other countries are receiving BILLIONS in military equipment to fight ISIS, the Houthi Rebels, and also the proxy wars that Iran is financing.
Saudi Arabia will have purchased $18B of military equipment by the end of this year, mainly from the USA, and Canada. Other countries are joining in on the purchase and the possession of nuclear bombs could be a reality for most of these nations from countries like North Korea, China, and Russia.
It’s truly very easy to see….
The White House is responsible for the Arab Spring, the over throw of the Egyptian and Iraqi and Libya Governments, and as ISIS and Al Qaeda were gaining strength in numbers, the overthrow of Iraq, and parts of Syria was handed to them on a Silver platter when Obama pulled all the troops. With some sophisticated military equipment left behind for the “spoil and booty”, ISIS cleaned up.
NOW..we have this arms race taking place at mach one speed in the middle east, and all the players that scripture speaks about in Ezekiel Chapters 38 and 39 are positioned and ready to begin their descent against Israel. The arms they are purchasing are coming from the USA as a precaution to fight against ISIS and to defeat them..but the real war has not yet happened, and that war will happen when ALL the kingdoms are sold the weapons they need to take out Israel….think I’m wrong?…keep reading.
April 24, 2015 |
The Middle East is plunging deeper into an arms race, with an estimated $18bn expected to be spent on weapons this year, a development that experts warn is fuelling serious tension and conflict in the region.
Given the unprecedented levels of weapons sales by the west (including the US, Canada and the UK) to the mainly Sunni Gulf states, Vladimir Putin’s decision last week to allow the controversial delivery of S-300 anti-aircraft missiles to Iran – voluntarily blocked by Russia since 2010 – seems likely to further accelerate the proliferation.
That will see agreed arms sales to the top five purchasers in the region – Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Algeria, Egypt and Iraq – surge this year to more than $18bn, up from $12bn last year. Among the systems being purchased are jet fighters, missiles, armoured vehicles, drones and helicopters.
The Russian declaration came only two days before Iraq’s prime minister, Haider al-Abadi, disclosed he was seeking arms worth billions of dollars from Washington – with payment deferred – for the battle against Islamic State (Isis).
Last week France’s foreign minister, Laurent Fabius, disclosed progress in talks to sell Rafale fighter jets to the UAE, one of the Middle East’s biggest and most aggressive arms buyers.
With conflicts raging in Syria, Iraq, Libya and Yemen, and with Egypt also battling Islamist extremists in the Sinai, the signs that Russia is preparing to increase its own arms sales – and to the Gulf states’ biggest rival, Iran – are raising fears that tensions will be stoked further still.
In particular Saudi Arabia and Iran are facing off in the conflict in Yemen where, despite the announcement by Riyadh on Tuesday that it had halted its month-long bombing campaign, jets continued to strike Houthi rebel positions close to the capital Sanaa, around the third city Taez, and in the central town of Yarim.
According to the New York Times, defence industry officials have notified Congress that they are expecting additional requests from Arab states fighting Isis – Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Qatar, Bahrain, Jordan and Egypt – for thousands of new US-made weapons, including missiles and bombs, to rebuild depleted arms stockpiles.
Ironically, among the key weapons suppliers in the arms race are permanent members of the UN security council who have been at the centre of two unconventional arms control initiatives – disarming the Syrian government’s stockpiles of chemical weapons and negotiating for a deal on Iran’s nuclear programme.
The scale of the arms race was revealed this year in reports published by IHS Jane’s Global Defence Trade Report and the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (Sipri). They showed how Saudi Arabia had become the world’s largest importer of weapons and fourth-largest military spender and that other Middle East states were sharply increasing their arms purchases.
Adding to concern is that the spending spree on arms comes against the background of a marked increase in military interventions by countries in the region since the Arab spring in 2011.
Saudi Arabia has intervened in Bahrain (at the request of that kingdom’s ruler during the so-called Pearl revolution), in Yemen in 2009 and again in Yemen this year.
In addition, a new Saudi-led and largely Sunni military alliance – announcedthis year and dubbed the “Arab Nato” – appears primarily designed as a new foil to Iran in the widening proxy conflict between Riyadh and Tehran.
And among those concerned by Saudi’s new military assertiveness – on the back of its arms buying spree – was the Iraqi prime minister, Abadi.
“The dangerous thing is we don’t know what the Saudis want to do after [their intervention in Yemen],” Abadi told US reporters last week. “Is Iraq within their radar? That’s very, very dangerous. The idea that you intervene in another state unprovoked just for regional ambition is wrong. Saddam has done it before. See what it has done to the country.”
And if the Saudi intervention in Yemen has been overt, no less real has been the proxy conflict that has set Iran and the Gulf states against each other in Syria, where Tehran has backed the government of Bashar al-Assad with military assistance and weapons, and Gulf states have backed different rebel groups, including Islamist ones.
“It’s crazy,” says Ben Moores, author of IHS Jane’s annual report on arms buying trends. “The one Canadian deal alone – to supply Saudi Arabia with light armoured vehicles – will account for 20% of the military vehicles sold globally in years covered by the contract. And this is just the thin edge of the wedge. Saudi has booked enough arms imports in 24 months for them to be worth $10bn a year.”
While some countries, such as Kuwait, are in the process of modernisation, a key trend identified by Moores is how states are retooling to fight insurgency conflicts in the same way the US military has in Afghanistan and Iraq.
“Look at UAE, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Algeria. They were all countries that bought a lot of conventional arms in the past that are no use in a sectarian war or an insurgency.
“If you look at what was bought at the recent Idex arms fair in Abu Dhabi it was drones, high-end surveillance satellites, strategic transport aircraft for projecting power. One of the reasons Egypt went with its recent purchase of Rafale jets [from France] is because it wanted planes that could deliver precision-guided standoff weapons.
And as Tobias Borck of the Royal United Services Institute points out, states in the Middle East are now more prepared to use the weapons they are buying.
“[The] Saudi-led military operations in Yemen [are] the latest manifestation of Arab interventionism, a trend that has been gaining momentum in the Middle East since the uprisings of the Arab spring,” he says. “Middle Eastern countries appear to be increasingly willing to use their armed forces to protect and pursue their interests in crisis zones across the region.”
Referring to the inconsistent approach by key security council members towards arms control in the region, he adds: “There are a lot of different streams feeding into this arms race.
“On Syria’s chemical weapons and the Iranian nuclear programme the two issues were ringfenced as pure arms control questions. When it comes to how we perceive our arms sales – whether they are British or US or whatever – it tends to be seen as a domestic economic issue – protecting our factories.
“That neglects the regional political dimensions, with arms sales taking place with a lack of regard for that context and without long-term strategic awareness.”
Borck says the sheer scale of the arms being supplied to countries such as Saudi Arabia and the UAE by the west may also be acting as an incentive for Russia to get back into the Middle East – not least via arms sales to its old clients such as Iran – and may have been a motivating factor in the Kremlin’s decision to lift the ban on the delivery of the S-300 missile system.
Putin, defending the decision to supply the missiles during a call-in television show last week, cited Russia’s prerogative to pursue its own foreign policy initiatives and suggested the missiles could represent “a deterrent factor in connection with the situation in Yemen”.
Omar Ashour, an expert on Middle East security issues at Exeter University, adds another caution, this time over the intentions of the new Saudi-led Arab coalition, warning that its interventions are unlikely to contribute to stability.
“The rise of Arab military coalitions raises serious concerns,” he wrote in a recent piece for Project Syndicate. “Such interventions were usually aimed at empowering a proxy political force over its military and political rivals, instead of averting humanitarian disaster or institutionalising a non-violent conflict-resolution mechanism following a war.”
Speaking to the Guardian last week, he added: “On top of that, the increases in arms sales are bound to be extremely destabilising. At the moment most of the interventions have been against softer targets – Saudi Arabia targeting guerrillas in Yemen; Egypt against Bedouin in Sinai; or strikes against ragtag armies in Libya.
“But if the ‘soft’ keeps being hit hard they won’t remain soft. They will find their own patrons and proxies and hit back and it will lead to a vicious cycle.”
Pieter Wezeman, a senior researcher at Sipri, which maintains a database tracking arms contracts, raises another concern. “Something that doesn’t get mentioned is the complete lack of interest in arms control among the countries in region. It is not in the minds of leaders and decision-makers except for the need to arm to defeat any potential opponent.
“There is already instability in the region on several levels. You have instability in Yemen, Syria and Iraq. There is instability between Iran and the Gulf states. What is important now is how the massive expansion of the armed forces of Saudi Arabia, UAE and Qatar will be seen as posing a clear threat to Iran.”
Borck adds a final warning: “If you are going for an ever-bigger hammer, then the more desperate you are to make every problem a nail.”
Back in Roman times, Yemen went by the name “Arabia Felix”—Latin for “Happy Arabia.” It’s hard to think of a greater misnomer for this Arab state on the southern tip of the Persian Gulf, a few miles across the water from the Horn of Africa.
The Romans actually had a pretty miserable time there. Aelius Gallus, who was the Prefect of Egypt in 26 BCE, tried to conquer the territory and was roundly defeated. Through the ages, Yemen maintained its warlike image, with its various tribes doing battle with the Ottoman Turks and the British Empire. The north won independence from the Turks on 1918, while the south remained under British rule. By 1967, there were two states in Yemen. In the north, you had the Yemen Arab Republic, and in the south you had the People’s Democratic Republic of South Yemen; the north was oriented towards the Arab states, while the south was a run by hardline communist government.
The two Yemens fought several brutal wars throughout the 1970s and 1980s. In May 1990, however, the communist south dissolved itself into a unified Yemen—interestingly, this took place just a few months before communist East Germany was dissolved into a unified Federal Republic.
Any similarity between the two situations, though, ends there. If unified Germany was an attractive combination of a dynamic economy and robust democratic institutions, unified Yemen quickly became a failed state. Political conflict between northern and southern leaders, often degenerating into full-scale violence, continued to plague the country. By 1994, the country was consumed by another civil war. The international community, which signally failed to prevent genocides in Bosnia and Rwanda in the same year, barely noticed.
This admittedly potted and incomplete history should, nonetheless, give a flavor of the inherent risks involved with Yemen, which is now a battleground for Saudi Arabia on the one side, and Iran on the other. It is also the base of Al-Qaeda in the Arabian peninsula, widely said to be the most ruthless and brutal of the terrorist group’s regional branches. In October 2000, Americans were given a taste of what lay in store for them in September 2001, when Al-Qaeda launched a suicide attack against the USS Cole in the port of Aden, killing 17 U.S. servicemen.
Yemen’s warring parties have been subsumed by the regional conflict between Saudi Arabia and Iran. For more than a decade now, Shi’a rebels from the north known as Houthis (named after their leader, Hussein al-Houthi, who was killed by government forces in September 2004) have waged war against the Sunni-dominated south. In 2009, the conflict even spilled into Saudi Arabia, when the Houthis briefly conquered a small area on the Saudi side of the border.
Come 2014, and the Houthis took over the Yemenite capital, Sana’a, which resulted in the resignation—later rescinded—of President Mansour Hadi. This year saw Yemen brought, in the words of the United Nations, to “the verge of total collapse.” In March, Islamic State entered the fray, in shocking attacks against Shi’a mosques that claimed the lives of more than 100 worshippers. And last month, the Saudis launched “Decisive Storm,” ostensibly a bombing campaign against Houthi positions, but in reality a war against Iran’s growing influence.
This week, just as the Saudis announced that the bombing campaign was over, Iranian warships were spotted off the south coast of Yemen. The U.S. is already sending its own warships to the region, with the goal of preventing Iran from smuggling further weapons and other assistance to the Houthis. A tense stand-off potentially awaits.
Indeed, the Saudis have now resumed bombing, much to the satisfaction of President Hadi, who praised, from exile in Riyadh, his “Arab and Muslim brothers… for supporting legitimacy.” Such rhetoric doesn’t mean very much at all. The political situation hasn’t exactly been transformed by the Saudi assault; its most tangible outcome has been the death of nearly 1,000 civilians, and the wounding of more than 3,000 more. Those countries backing the Saudis, among them the U.S., have been silent on the civilian death toll, in marked contrast to the outraged condemnations that greeted Israel’s defensive operation against Hamas in Gaza during the summer of 2014.
At this moment, therefore, the conflict in Yemen is unresolved and could well expand. The fact that 40 percent of the world’s oil ships pass through the Bab-el-Mandeb strait, in the southern part of the Red Sea, gives some idea of the global impact a conflagration in this part of the world could have.
It is tempting to regard the Saudi intervention in Yemen as welcome, insofar as it targets Iran. But we should be wary of any arrangement that gives Arab states a regional policing role, and not just because of their dismal human rights records. Like other Arab states, Saudi Arabia has responded to Iran’s nuclear ambitions with similar ambitions of its own. In the long run, the military empowerment of the Saudis could be just as negative for Western and Israeli security as an Iranian nuclear bomb, not the least because of the Saudi kingdom’s historic role as an incubator of radical Sunni Islamism.
If Iran’s regional designs are to be rolled back, that has to be done from the outside. Regrettably, there is very little chance of that happening while the Obama administration remains in the White House. Obama’s strategy of allowing Iranian power to fill the vacuum left by an American withdrawal from the Middle East is one key reason why Arab states like Saudi Arabia are opting for war over diplomacy. Consequently, Yemen could turn out to be only the latest chapter in the epic, bloody story of the civil war between the Sunni and Shi’a branches of Islam.
Reprinted with author’s permission from JNS.org
Yemen is not in Bible prophecy, or is it? Well, it’s not in prophecy directly, but it most certainly is by implication and under previous ancient names. In fact the prophetic picture is frightening with implications for the whole world now!
The entire area is pure desert. Across the border in Saudi Arabia there are enormous stretches of desert. Across the western border in North Africa, again there are thousands of kilometres of desert sands.
These desert sands are soft and often blown about. Lately, the wind storms have been intensifying, blowing tons of desert dust across the entire region.
The image below, courtesy of NASA was taken on the 9th April and shows one of the massive sand storms sweeping the area of interest to us now.
These intensive dust storms transform the desert dunes, changing the whole landscape at times.
This is just what is happening on the socio-political scene in the area. We are seeing a dramatic shift in power bases. Right now we can’t see clearly through the “dust”, but we soon will!
You may be surprised to see and know just how this lot is working out and what the implications are for the world! Read on my friends.
Identifying the players:
Isaiah 21:1-2 “The burden against the wilderness of the sea. As whirlwinds in the south pass through, so it comes from the desert, from a terrible land. A distressing vision is declared to me; the treacherous dealer deals treacherously, and the plunderer plunders. Go up, O Elam! Besiege, O Media.”
Elam and Media are in territory that is today Iran. So this verse above is most certainly referring to Iran in these days. Elam is the area in which the nuclear reactor, Bushehr is located.
Yemen has been run by tyrants and madmen, and has been a home for terrorist organisations, but the government has had a slant towards the West. It has been seen as a shaky ally of the US.
Yemen’s neighbour, oil-rich Saudi Arabia has also been an ally of the US, but Yemen and Saudi Arabia have been arch enemies of each other. How quickly things have changed! Suddenly the Saudi King and leader is dead and Yemen is in violent war and turmoil with its leader and entire cabinet overthrown. These two prophetic events happened on the same day!
Further up the desert is Iran. As we know Iran is no friend of the US or Israel. But Iran is an ally of the forces now dominating Yemen. Iran hates Saudi Arabia and would love to see her humiliated and defeated as well.
In fact the current war in Yemen is a proxy war for Iran. They are sponsoring the rebels trying to overthrow Yemen.
But Iran has aspirations to bring the whole desert region under her control. Many believe that Iran will try to destabilise Saudi Arabia and turn it into a Shiite, Iran-controlled nation.
Iran’s apocalyptic worldview:
Iran’s worldview is centred on the appearance of the Islamic Mahdi and the spread and dominance of the Shiite sect of Islam.
This is what Iran said recently:
“Whoever guarantees the death of King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia, will guarantee the imminent appearance of the Mahdi. The establishment of a new Islamic civilisation is on its way.”
In a long intelligence video put out by Iran (which I have seen) they claim that soon after the death of the Saudi King the Islamic Mahdi will appear.
We must have at least a basic understanding of Sunni and Shiite hatred. The two sects of Islam have been at each other’s throats since the beginning of Islam. Nothing has changed. Most westerners don’t understand that there is an enormous fight on the go within Islam and between these two sects.
The common denominator is that they both hate Israel, the Jews and the West.
Enter Sheba and Dedan:
The great war of Gog and Magog also referred to as WW111 is outlined in Exekiel 38 & 39. The nations mentioned come against Israel and attack her. On the attacking side we see the nations of Gog &Magog, Rosh, Meshach, Tubal, Persia, Ethiopia, Libya, Gomer, and Togarmah.
Then further on in the chapter we see the defenders of Israel her allies -in this massive nuclear war.
Ezekiel 38:13 “Sheba, Dedan, the merchants of Tarshish, and all their young lions will say to you, ‘Have you come to take plunder? Have you gathered your army to take booty, to Cary away silver and gold, to take away livestock and goods and to take great plunder?’”
If you know Bible prophecy, the names Sheba and Dedan should be ringing bells! This prophecy is said to occur in the latter days. It is still to come. (Ezekiel 38:16)
►Sheba was the ancient name for Yemen and Dedan was the ancient name for Saudi Arabia. (See map above.)
“The merchants of Tarshish” can be identified in this map below:
Tarshish was a sea port in the south of Spain. The merchants traded by ship with a nation known for its tin in those days. It became known as Bri-tin or Britain today. The symbol of Britain is a lion. The “young lions” of this prophecy would then be the offshoot or commonwealth nations, The US, Canada, Australia, South Africa and the others.
Most Bible commentators and analysts agree with this exposition.
So, we see identified in this prophecy the modern main western nations on the one hand and the nations of Russia, Turkey, and surroundings on the other. Many of these attacking nations are Muslim.
The nations on the left in blue are the defending nations, allied with Israel, and the nations on the right in red are the attacking nations of this prophecy.
World War Three has already started. Well if this is it – it’s not much to worry about is it?
No, we are not yet at the full blown war, but we are seeing the players line up and start the shooting. So far, it’s just Sheba, and Dedan warming up and Persia (Iran) chirping in the background.
Here’s the big takeaway:
This is huge!
If the United States is correctly identified as one of the “young lions” in this prophecy, she will be an ally of Israel at the time this prophecy comes to pass.
This means Obama will fail in throwing Israel under the bus and joining hands with Iran! This means that if this prophecy occurs just before the tribulation starts, which I believe it will for various reasons, the US will be on the WW111 stage attacking the attackers of Israel in red (on the diagram above)and defending Israel with the nations in blue.
A possible outcome of the current war in the region is that Saudi Arabia remains intact and Yemen does not fall to Iran. Both must be allies of Israel when this prophecy comes about.
How about that for a spanner in the works!
Be careful not to write off the US. Be careful proclaiming her total defeat! God may still have a plan of success for the US and the west.
It’s easy to see the nations in red as enemies attacking Israel. It’s easy to see the nations in blue defending Israel except for the two Arab nations of Yemen and Saudi Arabia. The Bible has given us the end picture and the final outcome. Yemen and Saudi Arabia will unite with other western nations when the heat is on.
The obstacle to this prophecy coming to pass is Obama, trying to distance the US from Israel. A possible scenario is that he is removed or changes his tune!
The entrance of Russia as the big bad bear into this war may well be the thing that changes the whole picture and realigns the US with Israel.
What in fact we have now is the stage being set and prepared for WW111. Russia is in the wings. Iran is already on the battleground in a minor way; Israel is waiting.
According to the Wall Street Journal, the Iran-backed Houthi rebels now controlling the capital of Yemen are trying to build ties with Russia and China. They feel threatened by Western support for Saudi Arabia. The Houthis have just sent a delegation to Russia to build this relationship.
Is this an early-entrance of Russia into what looks like it could develop into WW111? Let’s remember that Russia is already at war in Ukraine and is already angering the west as a result.
Let’s also remember that Russia has just announced that she will stand by and help the Palestinians set up their desired state within the borders of Israel.
ISIS is expanding fast in Syria and is now just a short way from Assad’s residence in Damascus. Could this be a precursor of the Isaiah 17 war to come? Not yet, but it’s heading that way fast. The big key in the Isaiah 17 war and the Gog & Magog war is the involvement of Israel, which is not on the go yet.
We are all familiar with the prophecy of Isaiah 17, but here is a parallel prophecy from the pen of Jeremiah:
Jeremiah 49:23-27 “Against Damascus, Hamath and Arpad are shamed, for they have heard bad news, they are fainthearted; there is trouble on the sea – it cannot be quiet. Damascus has grown feeble and turns to flee, and fear has seized her. Anguish and sorrow have her like a woman in labour. Why is the city of praise not deserted, the city of My joy? Therefore her young men shall fall in the streets and all the men of war shall be cut off in that day, says the Lord of hosts. I will kindle a fire in the wall of Damascus and it shall consume the palaces of Ben-Hadad.’”
Do you see how close we are to all these going bang?
Right now we are seeing Islamic sects fighting each other for dominance and Israel is not involved. The Bible reveals that these prophetic wars involve Israel, so that’s what we must watch for. We can’t jump the gun and say that these are them just yet, but remember that this can all change in a flash.