Damascus is mentioned frequently in the Bible. In the light of the current protests in Syria this particular mention is worth considering. “Damascus has become helpless; She has turned away to flee, and panic has gripped her; Distress and pangs have taken hold of her like a woman in childbirth.” (Jeremiah 49:24)
The wording in this ancient Scripture describes Damascus ‘broken in strength.’ Syria is thrown into disarray and the inference is that no safety remains for the people and they will flee to other countries.
It described a sudden ruin for Syria, a result which was a shock for everyone because of its previous strength and fortress-like stability. We may be observing such a trauma for Syria today.
The British Foreign Office is calling on all Brits in Syria to get out of the land while they can. The Foreign Office describes the Syrian situation as ‘rapidly deteriorating.’ They fear the British Embassy will not be able to provide normal consular service during the growing crisis there. The British Foreign Secretary William Hague condemned the fierce crackdown by Syrian security forces. He called on the authorities to ‘respond to the legitimate demands of the Syrian people.’
The U.S President Barack Obama accused Syria of using ‘outrageous’ force against the Syrian protesters. More and more the president looks to be ‘Slowbama’ as his remarks regular come after statements and even action by leaders in the United Kingdom or France. Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Joel Brinkley accused the Obama administration of having ‘delusional views’ of Syrian President Bashar Assad. Brinkley described Assad as the world’s ‘most dangerous man.’
In an article published by Tribune Media Services Brinkley said, Assad overshadows Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad for being dangerous because the “duplicitous dictator…has duped presidents and prime ministers into believing he is their indispensable friend – even as he facilitates the killing of American troops, collects weapons of mass destruction and serves as the supply master for terrorist groups.”
“A few days ago, President Obama remarked, ‘I strongly condemn the abhorrent violence committed” by the Syrian government but then added, ‘I also condemn any use of violence by protesters.’ So both sides are equal offenders?” Brinkley observed.
Dr. Mordechai Nisan is a retired teacher of Middle East Studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. His recent remarks were blunt to say the least. “The list of Syria’s misdemeanors and crimes is legion. From belligerent Soviet ally to godfather and patron of Palestinian terrorism, Hafez the father and Bashar the son crafted a policy strategy that demonized Israel, betrayed the Arab world, consolidated the regional hegemony of Iran, and perpetuated an Alawite sectarian regime in defiance of the Sunni Muslim majority in the country.
“Acting against their countrymen, the Assads persecuted the Kurds, intimidated the Druze, and despoiled the tiny Jewish community. The quest for power whetted the ambition of the mountain family from Qardaha. They reached for rule in the 1960s, grabbed it in 1970, and held it with a vengeance employing a brutal dictatorship, a regime of fear, while waving tattered Arabist anti-Israeli slogans,” wrote Dr Nisan.
Jeremiah 46-51 contains information worthy of our prayerful thought and consideration. Ten nations are listed each with a shared agenda. Along with Babylon, Egypt, Moab, Philistia, Syria and Ammon they were all idol worshippers who desired to ravage and destroy Israel. Jeremiah 50-51 speaks of the destruction of Babylon and the renewal of Israel.
Journalist Brinkley observed: “The love affair between Syria and the United States, which sees Assad as the key to a regional peace and the eventual possessor of the strategic Golan Heights in Israel, goes back for decades.
“Then-Secretary of State Henry Kissinger once remarked, ‘There can be no war without Egypt and no peace without Syria.
Last month, former Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi said she told Assad, ‘The road to Damascus is the road to peace.’”
To say American foreign policy is in tatters is an understatement.
Think carefully about this assessment offered by the Bible Knowledge Commentary: “Nations that despise and persecute God’s people may make a mighty figure for a time, but their pride shall deceive them, for God will surely visit them with desolations, and they themselves shall be despised among men.”