There are many faces of war and they are all facing little Israel. Egypt is now a Muslim country, run by The Muslim Brotherhood. There are the Palestinian lands on different sides of Israel. Hezbollah is in Lebanon and also fighting in the Syrian war where over 20,000 people have been killed.
Many of us have faced the reality of war in Iraq and Afghanistan. Jordan is a member of the League of Arab States. And, of course, you see Iran close enough to be a major threat to the peace in the Middle East, and yes, even the entire world if they were to become a nuclear nation. Saudi Arabia is under strong Islamic Law.
Who is on the side of Israel? The Lord God Most High is on the side of Israel.
The drums of war are pounding like a heartbeat.
Economic and political crises are spreading across the Middle East with worries of chemical and nuclear weapons being loosed. The perils of war could engulf the entire area and even spread to an international landscape that might even draw Russia, China and North Korea into the fray.
The Sunni Islamists in Egypt are decisively altering the region’s politics. If a war breaks out with Iran, the Muslim Brotherhood is sure to line up on the Islamic side.
President Bashar al-Assad’s regime will not survive in Syria, but he is determined to fight until the end. Hezbollah from Lebanon and Iran are allies and Russia has warned Israel and the U.S. to stay out. Syria’s control over their chemical weapons poses an immediate threat of military intervention by Turkey, Israel and the United States.
All over the Middle East, there is talk of a “military option,” which means air strikes and possibly even an atomic electro magnetic bomb attack against Iran’s nuclear facilities.
Even though Israel speaks of a limited “surgical operation,” what they are really talking about is the start of two wars: an aerial war, which Israel has hoped would be led by the U.S., and a war led by Iran and its allies.
Iran would lose face if they backed away from their nuclear program. Israel and the United States have both agreed that it is unacceptable to have a nuclear Iran.
A war in the Persian Gulf would affect oil exports for some time, and energy prices would skyrocket, dealing a severe blow to a global economy that is teetering on the brink of collapse. The Persian Gulf is the world’s gas station.
China is in economic trouble and would be hit hardest, along with the rest of East Asia. Europe would be caught in the oil price crunch. The U.S. is also economically weakened, but could a disabled Europe cope with an oil shock at all?
If intentional and widespread armed conflict were to break out between the varied political, ideological and religious communities, there may be no turning back. The impact will be felt by all. Innumerable heads will turn to see the many faces of war.