Israel, or I should say, Jews, have historically been the scapegoats for all the world's problems. It is not co-incidental that Jesus was a Jew. The Jews, alone, are blamed for His crucifixion, and some of them did demand His death, but it was Gentile Romans who had the authority, and violated the law, who set up the Roman cross, crowned Him with thorns, slapped him and mocked him, drove the Roman nails with a Roman hammer and pierced his side with a Roman spear .... that killed Him. And even more to the point, it was all of our sins which actually caused God to "give his only begotten Son" to die in our place. Our sins crucified Jesus that we might be set free of our guilt and condemnation. But, of course, that side of the story is avoided like a plague by a world who does not want to hear it. So, what's next ? If this Syrian atrocity ignites the volatile, hate filled Muslim countries or motivates Iran or Syria to attack Israel in such force that Israel retaliates by turning Iran's or Syria's military capability to dust, or if Iran sets off another 9/11 sized attack upon the U.S., it could very well be what has been predicted by world leaders as a "Black Swan Event". Call such a crisis what you wish, but this sort of thing has been speculated on by the "Economist" and heads of state all over the world. Even Obama, who swore he would end our part in these wars has doubled down with a war fever surpassing all who went before him, but is usually on the wrong side ... if there is a right side between a secular dictator and a fanatical, suicide prone, beheading, raping mob of Muslims. I think I might prefer the dictator who enforces law and order harshly.... rather than a crazed mob of murderers, rapists and plunderers though they be fanatically religious and pray three times a day. Obama seems to prefer the latter.
My widowed sister just now called me to ask, "what should we do". My answer to her was, "It's too late to do anything but pray and live our lives for the Lord" We, as a nation, have already sown our wild oats, turned from God and broken all of His commandments as feverishly as Sodom and Gomorrah. We have slaughtered millions of unborn babies, legitimized sodomy, sold our soul to the lowest bidder and elected leaders who compounded our national and personal sins. We could have done something about it way back when .... but now ... like a fatal disease, it must run it's course .... to the end of time. In the mean time, "Look up for your redemption draweth near". God is still on the throne and observes all of this and, of course, knows what He will do, and how it all turns out for our good. Praise Him. RB