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Re: The situation in Syria

Postby TrueAndMagneticNorth » Thu Jun 11, 2020 8:36 am

Hi All,

I wish to refer you to an interesting article from al-monitor, about different agendas pushed by superpowers (China/USA) in Syria.

I don’t wish to comment on the broader China/USA dispute, as it’s a broad, and divisive topic, and there would be plenty of legitimate criticisms to make about both superpowers. With regard to Syria, however, China has clearly had the more morally acceptable position.

It has consistently advocated for the sovereignty of Syria, has provided diplomatic protection to the Syrian government, and (along with Russia) used its veto power on the UN Security Council to thwart US/western plans to overthrow the Assad government. Moreover, the US and its allies have openly done a ‘deal with the devil’ from the outset, siding with al-queda and other murderous jihadists in their joint lust to overthrow the government of Syria.

I am not claiming that China took the better path because they’re nice guys. They also have a lust for global power, just as the USA does. My simple point is that, in the case of Syria, they were clearly on the side of the lesser of two evils, i.e. the Assad government.

Anyway, with the war there now simmering away on a much lower level (although there are still reports of rebel/jihadist insurgency in Idlib province, NW Syria, and also in the south of the country), China is looking to invest heavily in the rebuilding of Syria (the estimated price tag of the bill to repair the damage from the war is put at several hundred billion dollars).

There is also the suggestion (in the article I will link to) that China will somehow use the new conditions brought about by the coronavirus situation to give momentum to their plans.

Note: Just to make it clear, I do not view the USA or China as any better than each other morally; they are both intent on world domination, as all empires have been throughout history. As stated, in the case of Syria, I firmly believe that China was on the right side, even though it’s not because of altruism or anything of the like, but out of a different modus operandi in comparison to the west, which, in the case of Syria, led them to back the side which was morally not as bad as the side backed by the west.

If you wish to read the article, link is below:

https://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/origin ... nsion.html
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Re: The situation in Syria

Postby TrueAndMagneticNorth » Sat Jun 13, 2020 5:03 am

Hi All,

This post ties directly into the last one. In the midst of the catastrophic consequences of the coronavirus, made much worse by the government shutdowns across the globe, the military-industrial complex based in Washington is not taking pause, and is going full steam ahead with its lust for conquest, and global hegemony.

Sanctions have been maintained, and consolidated against Iran, one of the countries hardest hit by the virus and resultant shutdowns, while further action, including tightening of the blockade, has been undertaken against Venezuela.

Now I have come across news that a brand-new wave of US-orchestrated sanctions are about to be enacted against Syria.
Of course, the language used to justify these cruel, deadly measure is always dressed up in Orwellian double speak, i.e. the sanctions are carried out because the Syrian government is ‘bad’, and all the US government wants to do is ‘protect’ civilians, etc. This is, of course, pure propaganda, and it is all about the long-desired wish of the west, and its allies, to carry out regime change in Syria.

Meanwhile, to take Saudi Arabia as a prime example, the west has nothing bad to say about the most draconian, repressive nation on earth, a nation that is easily the biggest state sponsor of terrorism on the globe. But because Saudi Arabia is a client state, everything is fine, nothing to see here.

It is clear, with these new western sanctions against Syria, that the west is still trying to topple the Syrian government after all of these years, without any regard at all (propaganda aside) for the suffering of the Syrian people.

I link you to an article on this below. It’s from Breitbart News, a source I generally find okay on most issues, but unfortunately not good when it comes to the military-industrial complex (in my opinion, Breitbart falls in line with virtually all of mainstream media on this issue, and tows a generally pro-war, pro-western line).

One would think, amid the disastrous year experienced by the world so far, that the military-industrial complex would be forced to take pause for a while. However, at least as far as I can see, there is no sign of this at all.

I wish you a pleasant weekend, and (hopefully) a great time at church tomorrow.

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https://www.breitbart.com/national-secu ... ows-worse/
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Re: The situation in Syria

Postby TrueAndMagneticNorth » Thu Jun 25, 2020 2:00 am

Hello Everyone,

I'll make this really quick. As Syria continues to suffer the effects of almost a decade of gruelling war, made worse by escalating US sanctions against the country, Israel continues to operate as the official air force of al-queda and other jihadists in Syria.

In the latest airstrikes, which mainly struck facilities of Syrian government forces (the major enemy of al-queda and ISIS in Syria), the Israeli air force killed several government forces and their allies.

While I support the right of every country to exist, I think that what is desperately lacking in that region is a powerful counterweight to Israeli supremacy, to at least make it consider whether its warcrimes are worth it. But without such a counterweight, it will continue to carry out its crimes without fear of blowback.

Link to a brief dispatch on this is below:

https://www.voltairenet.org/article210330.html

Just a footnote: You can politely disregard my advice if you don't like it, but I have felt a strong influence from The Lord in recent years about allegiances, particularly national. I have not had any strong feelings about my own nation for many years. I was also once upon a time a big fan of Israel, but no longer. I have felt The Lord tell me to throw away such allegiances, and focus only on Him and His kingdom.

Of course, this does not mean that you should do the same thing. Each to their own. It is not one size fits all, and we all have different opinions about different things. I'm just telling you mine. God bless you.
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Re: The situation in Syria

Postby TrueAndMagneticNorth » Sun Jul 12, 2020 1:32 am

Hello Everyone,

Not any major news out of Syria of late. Israel continues to operate as the Air Force of al-queda. A week or two ago, an Israeli drone strike in Syria killed a dozen pro-government, anti-ISIS militiamen.

Meanwhile, the military-industrial complex, based in Washington, continues to work for regime change in Iran, with escalating, murderous sanctions, embargoes, etc.

This is clearly causing Iran to pivot toward China. The two countries have reportedly been working on a proposed 25-year economic, strategic, security pact, which would see heavily increased Chinese influence in Iran.

The deal is apparently near completion and if you’d to read an article on this, link is below.

For anyone interested in end-time events (from biblical perspective), a lot of these developments are quite significant.

Have a nice Sunday, and I hope you have the opportunity to get to church. Link below:

https://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/origin ... china.html
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Re: The situation in Syria

Postby TrueAndMagneticNorth » Thu Jul 30, 2020 1:01 pm

Hello again,

The Syrian Civil War, while significantly wound down, is still not settled. The oil-rich east is occupied by US forces and their proxies, clearly in order to control the oil supplies.

Besides that, Idlib continues to be the only area under rebel control, and still unresolved. It is on the Turkish border, and is ruled by Turkish-backed jihadists. Assad wants it back under government control, but this is much easier said than done.

The spectre of a large fight for control of this governorate looms large. Turkey would like to maintain influence there through its extremst proxies, and could have much to lose if Assad’s forces push to liberate it. For Assad, such an offensive could be highly costly and fruitless, while for Russia, who backs Assad but maintains an uneasy understanding with Turkey, it is also a complicated scenario.

It seems like a hopeless situation for all. Naturally, the only good scenario for Syria would’ve been if no outside countries interfered in its affairs to start with. Prevention is always better than cure.

Link to an article on this is below:

https://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/origin ... putin.html
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Re: The situation in Syria

Postby TrueAndMagneticNorth » Wed Aug 19, 2020 3:10 am

Hello All,

Syria continues to be occupied by US and other western forces, who are there on behalf of the military-industrial complex. Moreover, they are largely positioned in areas of the country that are rich in oil, to steal it, and not enable the government of Syria to have access to it, or use thereof.

Further to this, US forces in Syria recently killed a Syrian soldier at a checkpoint (in Syria). After the US forces had been denied permission to go through, they attacked the checkpoint with a helicopter gunship, killing at least one local soldier. This is disgraceful conduct on a par with armies from previous times who have invaded, occupied, repressed local people, etc.

Unsurprisingly, mainstream media have portrayed the actions of the US forces as 'self-defence.' If this is the case, I have a question for you: If an armed thief invades your home and, in your living room, points a gun at you… leading you to open fire on the thief (but not hit him)… leading the thief to then shoot you dead, is it fair to say that the thief acted in self-defence?

I'm wary of delving too deeply into geo-politics in this Christian Forum, but I also feel the need to share these unpleasant realities with anyone who is interested.

With the war very much wound down in Syria, it is the military-industrial complex, based in Washington, that continues to escalate the situation there, and deny oil money to the people of Syria.

I'm not naive; some of the oil money would undoubtedly be corruptly used by the government of Assad, if he had access to it. After all, every country is corrupt. But this is obviously not the reason why the US and its proxies are stealing the oil from Syria.

Link to a dispatch on these unpleasant developments is below, a relevant video link within:

https://www.antiwar.com/blog/2020/08/18 ... yrian-oil/
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Re: The situation in Syria

Postby TrueAndMagneticNorth » Sun Sep 27, 2020 8:51 am

Hi All,

Haven’t reported back for a while. First, a personal story.

While the worst of the Syrian Civil War seems to be done with (in terms of sheer scale of death, suffering, etc), bad things are still happening. I recently spoke with a refugee from Syria, out of the city of Aleppo. This person informed me that her mother, also a refugee, had received word that an associate still in Aleppo (a man) and his son recently died in an explosion. As for the details, I am not sure. I gently sounded out the political views of the person I spoke to, and gathered an apparent apolitical stance. Like someone in the west who can dislike both major parties (like myself), there are obviously people in Syria who do not like the rebels, nor the government.

On the news scene, plenty of developments around the middle-east. Several Arab nations have been persuaded and/or coerced into adopting peace deals with Israel. This appears to be a continuation of the Sunni-Shiite divide, in which Israel maintains ties and alliances with the leaders of Sunni nations, all of whom hate/dislike Iran.

There have been some near dust-ups and incidents of brinkmanship between US and Russian forces. While my loyalties here are with the Russian side, as they back the government which is far less evil than the western-backed rebels, the obvious truth is that everyone has blood on their hands in Syria, to one degree or another.

I have also read a long article at al-monitor, which I think is a really good news site with focus on the middle-east. It is titled, ‘Turkey's military deterrence breaks down in Syria's last rebel stronghold: Despite Turkey’s efforts to maintain the status quo in Idlib, a Russian-backed Syrian assault seems increasingly likely.’

As the title suggests, the Idlib governorate remains the last one under rebel-jihadist control, while western-backed Kurdish forces (conveniently) occupy oil rich areas in the east.

The tenuous partnership between Turkey, who backs the rebels, and Russia, who backs Assad, is focused on in the article. For details, just click on the link below:

https://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/origin ... ghway.html
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Re: The situation in Syria

Postby TrueAndMagneticNorth » Sat Oct 24, 2020 6:14 am

Hi All,

I wish to report more on the sinister nature of the Turkish state. This, of course, is not a comment about the average person on the street. As always, my focus is on the state itself- government, mainstream media, military, etc.

Turkey has probably been the most immoral nation of all with regard to the Syrian Civil War (rivalled by Saudi Arabia, followed by western nations, etc).

Turkey was the biggest state sponsor of ISIS at the height of its terrorist rampage across the Middle-East. Turkey has also backed Syria’s other jihadist rebel groups throughout the war (including al-queda) and continues to do this.

Remember, during the first world war (towards the end of it, if I am correct) Turkey carried out the Armenian genocide. It slaughtered up to 1.5 million Armenian Christians, and no doubt influenced Hitler, with reference to what he would later oversee in the second world war.

To get to the point, you have probably heard about recent war-like tensions between Azerbaijan, and Armenia. Azerbaijan is a Turkish-backed Muslim state. Armenia is, of course, Christian.

There are already numerous reports of war crimes by Turkish-backed Azerbaijani forces. Perhaps there have also been violations by Armenia, too, as there is virtually never a case of one side being ‘perfectly good’, the other being ‘perfectly bad’ (though, of course, groups like ISIS and al-queda are deeply, profoundly evil).

There are now reports that not only is Turkey deploying some of its jihadist proxy rebels (based on both sides of the Syrian-Turkish border) into the Azerbaijani-Armenian warzone, but it is also planning to put some of them near the Greek border, as part of the ongoing, separate dispute with Greece.

For more, info, here is a link to an article, titled, ‘Turkey is recruiting Syrian mercenaries to be sent to the Greek border: reports.’

https://greekcitytimes.com/2020/10/24/t ... ies-greek/

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Re: The situation in Syria

Postby TrueAndMagneticNorth » Sat Nov 21, 2020 3:57 pm

Hi All,

A little update. I’ve recently had contact with a young Syrian from Aleppo (now a refugee in my current country of residence).

This person told me about the house in which they lived with their family, which is now abandoned and, last this person heard, in ruins.

The impression I get from this person is that, at least in the north-west of the country, where rebels are still active, the violence bubbles on (the person seems to be rather neutral regarding the various participants in the war).

Anyway, now I refer you to an article, featuring an interview with an Aleppo-based bishop, about the current plight of Christians there, and the broader situation in Syria.

Link below:

https://aleteia.org/2020/11/14/christia ... -violence/
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Re: The situation in Syria

Postby TrueAndMagneticNorth » Sun Dec 06, 2020 9:09 am

Hello Everyone,

Here is an article I would like to refer you to re: Syria. It is titled, ‘Assad’s Syria Is Starting to Starve Like Saddam’s Iraq: How sanctions against the Syrian regime are forcing the country into famine.’

If you don’t have the time to read it all, the title tells you a lot. But I will share with you some of my thoughts on the article, before linking it for you.

Early in the piece, we are told that the Syrian Air Force, and its allied Russian counterpart, were responsible for much of the damage to infrastructure in Syria (this is partly true, however, the roles of western-backed rebels, and US-led air coalition are conveniently ignored in the article).

It is also pointed out that the collapse of the economy in Lebanon has had a disastrous effect on Syria, and made the problems in Syria much worse.

Almost 10 million Syrians (roughly half of the current population) do not have food security, i.e. no guarantee of their next meal. This is according to the United Nations.

Over 80% of Syrians live below the poverty line, and insecurity and violence associated with the ongoing war continue.

Much information is given, but, as you get almost halfway into the article, we start to learn about the major (number one) cause of the famine in Syria: sanctions laid against Syria by the USA and other western countries.

A comparison is made between the catastrophe in Syria, and in Iraq between Gulf War One and Gulf War Two. During this time, sanctions laid by the US against Iraq caused the starvation of several hundred thousand Iraqi children. US politician Madeline Albright, when quizzed on this tragedy during an interview on 60 Minutes in the 90s, said that the colossal death toll from the sanctions was a ‘very hard price’, but ‘worth it’.

At this point in the article, we are then informed of the ongoing sanctions which continue to be placed against Syria (proving my point that it is completely irrelevant which ‘side of politics’ is in power at any time).

As the article wears on into the second half, it becomes a propaganda mouthpiece for the military-industrial complex, quoting western officials, in an uncritical manner, who insist that the sanctions are essentially Assad’s fault, and that the sanctions are being laid by the west purely for humanitarian reasons.

Moreover, we are reminded that the west will continue to use this genocidal weapon as a means to blackmail Syria. In short, this is the wash-up: Assad has to leave power before the sanctions can be dropped, and before Syria can be given the chance to rebuild. Of course, ‘Assad has to go’ is codeword for ‘the current Syrian government has to go, and be replaced by a puppet government led by a western stooge.’

Towards the end of the article, there are accusations that Assad is corrupt, and not capable of properly using humanitarian funds (I have no doubt that Assad, like virtually every other world leader across the globe, is corrupt. But any accusation of corruption from the west against the Syrian government is a classic case of the pot calling the kettle black).

We are also reminded at the end of the article that, when sanctions are applied against a target country, it is generally the normal person on the street, not the government of the targeted country, that suffer the most.

Lastly, a note from myself. This entire forum has never been to apologise for Assad. Whether Assad is good, bad or indifferent, is totally irrelevant. Syria was independent of the New World Order, and for this reason was demonised, attacked and destroyed.

This is the nature of the New World Order, and it is only going to get worse until the second coming of Jesus.

Link to the article is below:

www.foreignpolicy.com/2020/12/02/bashar ... dams-iraq/
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Re: The situation in Syria

Postby TrueAndMagneticNorth » Tue Dec 22, 2020 9:49 am

Hi Everyone,

I wish to refer you to an interesting article. It may provide an insight into why western globalists hate a leader like Assad from Syria.

I will not comment on the article, but invite you to read it for yourself (it's short) and make of it what you will.

The title is, 'Bashar al-Assad: neo-liberalism is based on Total Moral Degeneracy.'

Link below:

https://www.infowars.com/posts/bashar-a ... egeneracy/
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Re: The situation in Syria

Postby TrueAndMagneticNorth » Sat Jan 09, 2021 2:14 pm

Hello Everyone,

I wish to touch on the fraught state of US politics, and deep divide, with regard to what it might mean for the future of the military-industrial complex.

The US has clearly been the dominant military power of the last century and, backed by a mountain of evidence, I believe that, particularly over the last half-century or so, it has been used as the sledgehammer of the globalist agenda (New World Order) to target and destroy sovereign nations who were not totally controlled by the globalist agenda.

Moreover, this behaviour has run seamlessly through administration after administration, regardless of the party.

My point is this: many biblical scholars, particularly those with an end times focus, appear to conclude that there are no obvious references to the US in end times biblical prophecy.

Several reasons have been offered for this, which generally tend to assume that in the end times (whenever they may be), the US, for one reason or another, will no longer be a major player on the world scene.

There seem to be specific references to Europe and Asian powers in end times prophecy, but nothing specific about the US.

I don't pretend to be an expert on these things, but one thing I've picked up is that many prophecy experts seem to think that a revived European empire could well be the global centre of power in the end times.

If this is the case, it's quite possible that, if the US is no longer the major military power by that time, the military-industrial complex, headquartered in Washington over the last century, may partially, if not totally relocate its headquarters from one side of the Atlantic to the other, as the end times draw nearer (I don't believe that it will disappear from the Earth before the return of Jesus).

With all of these musings and speculations in mind, I invite you to read the following article, which is connected to this topic.

Also, just something to keep in mind during these raw times: leaders, political parties, nations, politics, militaries, etc, are all temporary, like vapour (I believe the vapour analogy is used somewhere in the Bible, to describe all things currently on Earth).

The Kingdom of God, however, is eternal. This is something to take comfort from.

Link to article is below:

https://www.infowars.com/posts/the-amer ... ow-it-yet/
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