Is Obama's Coming Election Victory Prophetic? Islamic Cartoon Fallout
Syria: Crisis Is In Its Final Stage - Prime Minister
Syrian Prime Minister Wael al-Halki said the Syrian crisis is in its final stages and pointed to signs of finding a peaceful solution through calls for dialogue and national reconciliation, SANA reported Sept. 23. The Syrian regime and opposition forces have reached a stalemate in the ongoing battle for the country.
Conflict in Syria: Regional Players' Motives and Limits
An Egyptian initiative to manage Syria's post-al Assad transition launched Sept. 17 with a high-level meeting in Cairo. Foreign ministers from Egypt, Turkey and Iran held talks on a possible exit for Syrian President Bashar al Assad and, more important, what will come after him. Saudi Arabia, also part of the contact group, did not send an envoy and did not provide any explanation for its absence.
The four powers probably will not be able to reach a substantive deal on the Syrian transition. But the contact group provides a convenient prism through which to view the various motives and constraints of the four regional powers: Shiite Iran and Sunni actors Turkey, Egypt and Saudi Arabia.
Syria: Opposition Meeting Calls For Peaceful Solution
Members of the Syrian opposition held a meeting in Damascus on Sept. 23 to call for a peaceful end to Syrian President Bashar al Assad's regime, Reuters reported. The meeting's leaders called for an end to the violence, saying that such a truce would offer an opportunity for political process. Bringing the various rebel factions together to form a unified front is one of the biggest challenges Syrian opposition leaders have yet to overcome.
China: Thousands Protest Anti-Islamic Film, Cartoons In Hong Kong
Thousands protested Sept. 23 against the anti-Islamic film and French cartoons that have sparked waves of protest across the Islamic world in recent weeks, AFP reported. During the protest, there was a brief clash with police as protestors tried to break through U.S. Consulate defenses to deliver a petition letter.
An Unprecedented Minesweeping Exercise in the Strait of Hormuz
On Sept. 16, the United States and more than 30 other nations from six continents launched the International Mine Countermeasures Exercise 2012 -- the largest international mine-clearing training operations ever held in the Middle East. The naval exercise, which is scheduled to last until Sept. 27 and is intended to become a recurring event, will include a briefing symposium in Bahrain and several joint maneuvers in the Gulf of Aden, the Gulf of Oman and the Persian Gulf.
The exercise serves multiple purposes: It will improve minesweeping coordination among the United States and its allies, while helping the U.S. Navy redress what it has called a general deficiency in mine countermeasure capabilities. It also signals to Tehran that an international coalition is well prepared to counter an attempt by Iran to block the Strait of Hormuz, thereby undermining Tehran's ability to leverage the strait to deter an attack.
According to Stratfor sources, the Syrian civil war is in its final stages. Opposition rebels met in Damascus today to work out the details of consolidating the various rebel factions. They believe President Bashar Al-Assad's days are short but I don't see a regime change on this side of the US presidential elections. Although many around the world believe Al-Assad is destined to soon be forced out of office I believe it will likely be sometime during 2013 if at all. Frankly, it wouldn't surprise me if he were to survive with the help of Russia and Iran.
Protests continue to mount throughout the Islamic world against the anti-Islamic film and French cartoons. This will only serve to further unite the Muslim world against the US and Israel. If US President Barack Obama is re-elected, I fully believe he will work hard to reach out to the Muslim world at the expense of Israel. It wouldn't shock me if Obama's re-election victory turns out to be all part of God's prophetic plan. Meaning, God could be using Obama to further isolate Israel to ultimately show His mighty power of deliverance. If re-elected, I expect President Obama to continue to stand in the way of an Israeli attack on Iran's nuclear facilities.
However, at this moment, the US and 30 other countries are in Middle East waters participating in a major naval operation called the International Mine Countermeasures Exercise 2012. It is designed to coordinate preventative measures against Iran's possible attempt to mine the Strait of Hormuz.
So is Israel about to attack Iran? I was watching the political show The Mclaughlin Group today and panelist Mort Zuckerman predicted Israel would hold off on an attack until after the elections. He didn't go so far as to say they would attack Iran after the elections but I felt he believed that to be a very strong possibility. Fellow conservative panelist Pat Buchanan said he believed Israel was bluffing and would not be attacking Iran at all on either side of the elections.
As I stated earlier, I have a strong feeling that the re-election of Obama may be indirectly prophetic. Personally, I believe he may be the catalyst that severs US-Israeli ties. It may be the result of an unauthorized attack on Iran's nuclear facilities that finally breaks the bond. It could be the president's attempt to build a strong bond with the Islamic world (at the expense of Israel) that ultimately destroys their longstanding relationship.
Of course, this is speculation on my part but I certainly believe it is a very possible outcome.
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