Another Hook in the Jaw

Researching yesterday’s article was a moment of a revelation for me. I had not realized that Prince Bandar bin Sultan’s trip to Moscow had been 22 days BEFORE the poison gas incident in Syria. I had assumed that he had traveled to Russia AFTER the incident – seeking support for the US-led strike on Damascus. But, that wasn’t the case at all. No, Prince Bandar went to threaten Russia and follow up that threat with a demonstration of Saudi power. And, that demonstration of power wasn’t the poison gas incident. No, it was something far, far more ominous to the Russians.

Prince Bandar wanted to demonstrate to Putin the Saudi ability to compel the United States to obey their orders, by attacking Syria – making Russia wonder what OTHER orders the US would obey. Unfortunately, that demonstration of power catastrophically backfired in a way that will reverberate throughout the Middle East and change the region (and the world) forever. You see, Russia now knows who their worst enemy is, and… it’s another ‘hook in the jaw’.

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It starts with Russian history.

Russia is the product of geography and brutal circumstances. Russia sits on a vast plain without geographic barriers to invasion. The Mongols demonstrated this by dominating the area for over 200 years during the time of the Mongol Empire. The Russians were only able to shake off the Mongols when Moscow united the surrounding area. And, it was the aggressive warrior elite of early Moscow that set the tone for Russian culture and how that culture dealt with insecurity.

How do Russians deal with insecurity?

They attack.

That is really the only option that has worked in over 600 years of history. As Sun Tzu wrote in his eponymous work on strategy, in the section devoted to The Nine Situations:

In death ground, fight (死地則戰)

Russia knows ‘death ground’ well because they have been sitting in the middle of it for more than a thousand years – which is why Russia, throughout their history has been seeking to expand until they find a defensible position. They have found that defensible position, and it currently rests at the mountain ranges that surround Russia and her close allies.

But, in one fell swoop, Prince Bandar breached those strategic defenses and threatened Russia in a way that she hasn’t seen since Hitler’s invasion during World War II. Furthermore, the foolish prince demonstrated that he had the power of the United States to back up his threats – and widen that breach in Russia’s defenses.

What was Russia’s response to this ominous demonstration of power?

Utterly predictable to those of us who know even a little of Russian history:

Attack.

That preparation for war frightened the United States and was the reason why Obama backed down. The foolish Saudis were upset by Obama’s decision because they don’t see the dangerous position that they are in – and do not care if the United States is destroyed at the hands of the Russians.

But… maybe the Saudis have seen the light, which is what started this week-long discussion of Gog and Magog. The Saudis have undoubtedly realized that Russia has Iran as their ally, and is preparing to use Iran to neutralize this Saudi threat.

All of this is why I title this piece, ‘another hook in the jaw’.

Here’s the verse in the Bible that I’m referring to:

And say, Thus saith the Lord God; Behold, I am against thee, O Gog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal: And I will turn thee back, and put hooks into thy jaws, and I will bring thee forth, and all thine army, horses and horsemen, all of them clothed with all sorts of armour, even a great company with bucklers and shields, all of them handling swordsEzekiel 38: 3-4

I have been watching God set hooks in the jaws of Gog for quite some time, and I believe that this is the biggest hook of all. We are perilously close to the time prophesied in Ezekiel 38 and Ezekiel 39.

You MUST prepare for what is coming.

Are you ready for this?

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If you find a flaw in my reasoning, or wish to add your own viewpoint, leave a comment. Your input is truly welcome.

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