Day 7: A Strategic Overview
Posted by lamarzulli on January 2, 2009
I’m hoping that cool heads will prevail and we will see an end to the fighting. Unlike the 2006 war with Hezbollah in Lebanon, the Israeli’s will not go about this campaign in a halfhearted matter. While talks of a cease-fire are being floated, it seemed like a pipe dream at this point in the conflict.
Iran has also been calling for the involvement of Muslims around the world to help their brothers in Palestine. So far the call has gone unheeded even by the Iranians. Lots of blustering is being shown by President Mahmoud Ahmedinejhad, saying that this war will bring about the demise of the Jewish state, but so far the Iranians are sitting on the sidelines choosing not to engage.
Hezbollah who is entrenched along the southern border of Lebanon isn’t doing much of anything at the present moment. Of course all that could change. Perhaps they are waiting for the help of the Russian bear. Make no mistake that during the summer of ‘08, the Russian army made short work of the ‘uprising’ from Georgia. Their military response was swift and carried out with precision. If the Iranians, Syrians & Hezbollah were waiting for the Russians to come on board and assist them militarily this would bring the prophecy of Ezekiel 38 to fruition. At this time anything can happen. Here are some thoughts to ponder.
The Russians have recently delivered the S-300 missile defense system to Iran. This ups the ante for Israel to attempt a pre-emptive strike on Iran’s nascent nuclear program. Knowing this, will the Israeli’s attack Iran and open up a two front war?
The Israeli’s are also well aware of Hezbollah’s re-entrenchment in Lebanon. Will they strike there as well? Last week the Israeli’s flew a Sortie over the area. Would they risk a two or three front war?
If the Iranians attack, they will have to figure that with US troops in neighboring Iraq might counter. Would an assist to Israel by US troops be the catalyst that brings the Russians into the game? As you can see the situation is tenuous and volatile. As of this writing anything can happen. The root of hatred between the Arab – Muslim world and Israel goes back to 1948, which is called the Day of Catastrophe by the Arabs as that was the year in which Israel became a nation. With Hamas and Hezbollah making it very clear that they will never recognize Israel, where will this go? Added to this are the Iranians who are of the Shia sect of Islam. They believe that in order for the Imam Mahdi to manifest there must be a time of chaos. Will this religious fervor reach a boiling point? It remains to be seen where all this goes and hopefully cool heads will prevail. The dangers of a nuclear response by Israel are a very real one. They actually have a military plan called the Samson Option. Like the Biblical Samson, when he realized his days were over, brought destruction on his enemies and himself by pulling down the columns of the building that held up the roof killing everyone inside. The Israeli’s have the Samson option and it is the use of its nuclear arsenal. If this scenario unfolds it will, in my opinion fulfill the prophecy that Ezekiel wrote almost 2600 years ago…
[This commentary was taken from the about-to-be-released, December News Magazine]
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