China enters the war against ISIS
Sep 27, 2015
Russia’s entry into the conflict against ISIS is now being backed overtly by China, which is sending its first naval vessel to Syria through the Suez Canal.
On Tuesday morning, a Chinese naval vessel reportedly traveled through Egypt’s Suez Canal to enter the Mediterranean Sea; its destination was not confirmed.
However, according to a senior officer in the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) that is stationed inside the Syrian coastal city of Latakia, Chinese military personnel and aerial assets are scheduled to arrive in the coming weeks (6 weeks) to the port-city of Tartous – he could not provide any more detail.
Russia has made it abundantly clear that they are taking an active role in this conflict, but the news of the Chinese military to Syria provides more insight into their contingency.
Meanwhile, last Friday (September 25, 2015), French jets began bombing ISIS targets, including a munitions facility.
Two Rafale fighter planes armed with laser-guided bombs “entirely destroyed” an Islamic State munitions depot and killed dozens of ISIS fighters, making France the first coalition country to make good on its promise to battle the murderous militants.
“Other operations will follow in the coming days with the same goal — to weaken this terrorist organization and come to the aid of the Iraqi authorities,” French President Francois Hollande vowed.
It is now clear that the US government has lost control of the situation in Syria. The new coalition of France, Germany, and Russia, with support from China, will no doubt see an avalanche of support from other nations, whose mission will be to defeat ISIS and to leave President Assad in power. Meanwhile, US-backed rebels in Syria, whether they go by the name ISIS or not, are now assured of losing the civil war. They will have to retreat into the shadows and fight on as common terrorists.
This reminds me a lot of the situation last March, when over 50 nations rushed to join the AIIB after the UK broke ranks with the US and decided to join the Chinese-led bank as founding members. This was a major financial defeat for the US government, and now the US is experiencing a major diplomatic defeat involving the military.
Overall, these defeats show how the US government is losing its leadership position in the world. While some politicians want to “make America great again,” not many of them want to do so by doing good, but rather by putting fear back into national leaders from around the world. The problem is that as time has passed, the US government has used its position of leadership to become what is known as the “bully nation.”
America was not always such a bully. We used to defend the weak and help the poor. In much of the last century, while the Soviet Union persecuted its dissenters, America took them in and protected them from tyranny. Now that the Soviet Union has been replaced by a new nation—Russia—it is the other way around, as proven by the case of Edward Snowden and any other whistleblower who exposes the embarrassing sins of the US government. Secrecy is the shroud of sin, and sin does not like exposure. Threat of exposure prevents sin from continuing behind the closed doors of secret government. Exposure puts the fear of God into political sinners.
Here is an article that speaks of the “bully nation.”
The United States openly views itself as the world police force, a benign hegemon morally ordained to impose its interests and values on the rest of the world and justified in the name of freedom, human rights and antiterrorism to do to weaker countries what it wants. It spends more on weapons than its next 20 largest competitors combined. President Obama proclaimed "[S]o long as I'm Commander-in-Chief, we will sustain the strongest military the world has ever known." To peasants living in small countries in Latin America, the Middle East, Africa and Southeast Asia - where the United States has sent armed forces, used drones to bomb, and often overthrown the government - polls show that a majority of people see the United States as the greatest threat to their security, and fear it. Hegemony here seamlessly unfolds as morally sanctioned, institutionalized bullying….
Bullying is the means through which the corporate empires were built. Carnegie and Rockefeller intimidated and threatened their rival capitalists to cede them an ever-larger share of the market. They brought in Pinkerton goons to beat striking workers into submission. Workers were forced to either sign "yellow dog" contracts and pledge not to join unions, or be thrown into the street. Similar bullying practices continue today. Corporations warn entire communities they will shut down factories and undermine the local economy if they do not accept low wages and minimal regulations. Banks entice consumers to borrow through predatory loans and then raise interest rates and threaten foreclosure. The corporations are clear they have the power and will not tolerate challenges from weaklings who fail to know their place.
Bullying enhances the ideology that the strong are strong and the weak are weak, and each deserves to be where they are…. As long as the United States embraces militarism and aggressive capitalism, systemic bullying and all its impacts - abroad and at home - will persist as a major crisis.
Revelation 17:16-18 speaks of the false bride, known as the “harlot,” saying,
16 And the ten horns which you saw, and the beast, these will hate the harlot and will make her desolate and naked, and will eat her flesh and will burn her up with fire…. 18 And the woman whom you saw is the great city, which reigns over the kings of the earth.
In other words, the very “horns” (governmental powers) who have supported the Babylonian Bully-Harlot will turn against her and will “eat her flesh.” This metaphor is designed to point out that the story of Jezebel’s death was prophetic of what is happening today. 2 Kings 9:10 says, “And the dogs shall eat Jezebel in the territory of Jezreel, and none shall bury her.” It was fulfilled in 2 Kings 9:35, 36. This graphic description prophesies of the Jezebel system that will soon be overthrown by her own “dogs” (nations). We are witnessing this even now in slow motion.
Dr. Stephen Jones