It Is NOT a Popular Uprising for Democracy,
As Proclaimed by the Deceiving Media
Reality is that Sunny Jihadists are Fighting Shi’ites for
Islamic Supremacy in the Mideast Region
While discussing the bloodshed in Syria at a September 7 conference held in Turkey, Prime Minister Erdogan drew a chilling parallel. “What happened in Karbala 1,332 years ago is what is happening in Syria today,” he said, comparing the Syrian revolution to the most divisive event in Islamic history, the Battle of Karbala.
Those in the West with any interests in the region have much to learn from Erdogan’s history lesson. What was originally depicted as a popular uprising against tyranny is now undeniably a war for religious supremacy in the Middle East.
In this war, those Syrians who originally took to the streets in their aspirations for democracy have become the only guaranteed losers.
In the year 680 AD, Hussein Ibn Ali, grandson of the false “prophet” Mohammed and 70 of his followers confronted 1,500 fighters from the Umayyad Caliphate in present day Iraq. Hussein had embarked on a crusade to wrest control of the caliphate from his archrival Yazid I, only to be slaughtered along with his family. Hussein’s followers would eventually form the Shiite sect of Islam, and remain locked in a bitter rivalry with Yazid’s fellow Abu Bakr supporters, whose descendants comprise the Sunni sect.
Now, 1,332 years later, Hussein’s descendants are marching into Syria to fend off another onslaught in the historic territory of the Umayyad Dynasty. In recent months, Iran’s elite Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) has become an important gear in Assad’s ever-resilient fighting machine, while Iranian currency and equipment continue to flow across Iraq to into Assad’s coffers. Meanwhile, Tehran has also begun to send in hundreds, if not thousands, of rank and file Basij militiamen – the notorious henchmen responsible for crushing Iran’s Green Revolution – to intimidate the opposition. In addition, reports indicate that Iranis dispatching members of Iraq’s notorious “Mahdi Army” – the foot soldiers of firebrand Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr – to do battle in Syria at the ayatollah’s behest.
The alliance between the Assad dynasty and the region’s Shiites is a classic example of realpolitik – Middle East style. Assad’s secretive Alawite minority is by no means similar to Shiism, having been branded as an offshoot of Islam following a politically-motivated fatwa (religious decree) issued by a prominent Lebanese cleric named Musa Sadr in the 1970s.
A Foreign policy swamp
The fatwa enabled the Assads to stave off accusations of heresy from Syria’s majority Sunni population. In return, the Assad regime agreed to bolster Lebanon’s previously impoverished Shiites and Syria’s Alawites into the formidable force they are today. Today, the Shiite Hezbollah faction continues to return the favor, funneling its members into Syria to participate in hostilities, while even firing rockets previously aimed at Israel into rebel strongholds across the border.
This strategic alliance, born out of mutual fears of domination by the region’s Sunni majority, has placed Syria at the heart of Iran’s Shiite axis. Losing Assad would ultimately put Shiite rule in Lebanon and Iraq in jeopardy, and Iran on the defensive against a Sunni-Islamist surge backed by petrodollars from the Gulf Arab states and diplomatic cover from the West.
The Iranians now unabashedly admit their support for the world’s most isolated regime. Iran’s defense minister, Ahmad Vahidi said, “Syria is managing this situation very well on its own, but if the government can’t resolve the crisis on its own, then based on their request, we will fulfill our mutual defense-security pact.” It is well known that Vahidi’s defense pact is already in play. Farsi is now a common dialect spoken in Assad’s command centers, while so-called Shiite “holy” warriors dispatched by Iran are fighting alongside Alawite militiamen in the alleyways of Aleppo.
In their eyes, Iran’s ayatollahs and Shiites across the region are as outnumbered in today’s Middle East as when Hussein confronted Yazid 1’s army in the eighth century. Under the patronage of Sunni powerhouses in the Arabian Gulf, jihadists are making their presence felt, determined to establish a Sunni Islamist state in the Levant.
The growing rate of suicide bombings, beheadings, and persecution of religious minorities across Syria are further indicative that these radicals have stolen the show from a secular opposition long-abandoned by so-called “Friends of Syria” coalition in the West.
In a conflict which will ultimately be determined by foreign support, the United States and its NATO allies must be religiously devoted to bolstering Syrian moderates. Only by matching the resolve of Assad’s allies with a fanatical commitment to secular and rational elements in the Syrian opposition, can the United States and its allies finally re-establish themselves as a major influence in the Middle East, and stop the age old battle of Karbala from wreaking havoc on the region for years to come – or expanding into World War III.
Do you want to know what HaShem said concerning how all this will end? Read on:
The burden of Damascus. Behold, Damascus is taken away from being a city, and it shall become a pile of wrecking.
Therefore, behold, the days come, says HaShem, that I will cause an alarm of war to be heard in Rabbah of the children of Ammon (Amman, Jordan). And it shall become a pile of desolation, and her daughters shall be burned in ashes. Then shall Israel dispossess his dispossessors, says HaShem.
3 Thus says HaShem: For three transgressions of Damascus, and for four, I will not turn away its punishment because they have threshed Gil’ad with threshing instruments of iron. 4 and I will send a Fire into the house of Chazael, and it shall devour the palaces of Ben-hadad. 5 And I will break the bar of Damascus, and cut off the inhabitant from the valley of Aven, and him who holds the sceptre from the house of Eden. And the people of Syria shall go into captivity unto Kir, says HaShem.
6 Thus says HaShem: For three transgressions of Gaza, and for four, I will not turn away its punishment because they carried away captive the whole People, to deliver them up to Edom. 7 And I will send a Fire on the wall of Gaza, and it shall devour the palaces thereof. 8 And I will cut off the inhabitant from Ashdod, and him that holds the sceptre from Ashkelon; and I will turn my hand against Ekron; and the remnant of the Philistines (as the so-called “Palestinians” called themselves) shall perish, says the L-rd HaShem.
9 Thus says HaShem: For three transgressions of Tyre (Lebanon), and for four, I will not turn away its punishment because they delivered up the whole People to Edom, and remembered not the brotherly covenant: 10 and I will send a Fire on the wall of Tyre, and it shall devour its palaces.
11 Thus says HaShem: For three transgressions of Edom (Christian world), and for four, I will not turn away its punishment; because he did pursue his brother with the sword, and did cast off all pity, and his anger did tear perpetually, and he kept his wrath for ever. 12 And I will send a Fire upon Teman, and it shall devour the palaces of Bozrah.
13 Thus says HaShem: For three transgressions of the children of Ammon (Jordan the UN-given land to the So-called “Palestinians”), and for four, I will not turn away its punishment because they have ripped up the women with child of Gil’ad, so that they could enlarge their border. 14 And I will kindle a Firein the wall of Rabbah, and it shall devour the palaces thereof, with shouting in the Day of Battle, with a Tempest in the Day of the Whirlwind.
Can you see how everything is getting ready for such a terrible calamity?