Luke 19:43 The days will come upon you when your enemies will build an embankment against you and encircle you and hem you in on every side.
“Hardly a day goes by when our senses are not bludgeoned by some new outbreak of terrorism in the Middle East. Despite our best efforts at making and keeping the peace, political, economic, and religious tensions often lead to unrest, violence, and riots.”
-Jim Bakker in “Prosperity and the Coming Apocalypse”
President Bashar al-Assad has been warned by the U.S. and its allies to halt the attacks against the Syrian civilian population. Assad was told to implement the U.N. backed peace plan or the Free Syrian Army will be given more weapons to defend themselves against the cruel use of power imposed on the populous by the Assad regime.
More than 70 countries met in Istanbul for a conference called the “Friends of Syria.” The U.S., United Kingdom and Turkey ruled out arming the opposition themselves, but insinuated they would welcome Saudi and Qatari sending weapons to the rebel forces.
“We are going to be supporting the Syrian National Congress with direct assistance, in areas such as communications,” Mrs. Clinton said at the end of the conference. “Others are going to be supporting fighters associated with the SNC.”
There was little hope that President Assad was going to live up to his promise to abide by the six-point U.N. plan for peace which calls for government forces to pull back from population centers with a “humanitarian pause” for two hours each day.
The Turkish prime minister demanded that the U.N. Security Council intervene. He warned that Assad should not be allowed to play for more time.
Even though Mrs. Clinton implied the meetings successfully demonstrated the unity of the international community, there were disagreements behind closed doors.
On the other side, Iraq said there was a higher risk of escalating the war if the Arab Nations supplied weapons or financial help to the rebels.
“We want to extinguish the fire by draining the sources of force, we want to find a peaceful solution to the crisis,” Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki said at a press conference. “We reject any arming of the opposition; we reject attempts to bring down the regime by force, because it will leave a wider crisis in the region.”
Ultimately, it’s all about power and politics among Shi’ite, Sunni and Kurds. It seems to make no difference that tens of thousands have died during this past year of conflict.