When I first heard about ISIS, they seemed like the kind of Muslim extremist group that we’ve seen before. As they cut their way into Iraq, that view hasn’t changed.
This is an irregular militia of light infantry without air support. And, they are fighting poorly trained and poorly organized military forces that were not defending what they considered to be their own territory.
Furthermore, there is a limit to how much area that ten thousand men can control – as the Kurds so amply demonstrated when they recently captured Kirkuk. This means that ISIS isn’t the threat that the mainstream media would like you to believe – at least, not yet.
(By the way, Monday was another ‘research day’, so no article.)
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ISIS Hysteria and Isaiah 17
Hysteria always makes me uncomfortable. It can be used to discredit us, and gives our opposition the opportunity to do his dirty work. And, we are the most easily manipulated when we are at our most hysterical.
Of course, there are situations where hysteria is warranted. For instance, the destruction of the United States and Ezekiel’s Fire is coming, and THAT is worth quite a bit of hysteria – if that is what gets you off of your couch and onto a plan for doing something about it.
However, these ISIS guys – or, The Islamic State of Iraq and al-Shams, (aka, ISIL) – are NOT worth the effort. They are just a well-trained bunch thugs with a lot of morale, while being well-supplied with weapons.
Hmmmm… well-supplied with weapons…
How could a rag-tag group of ruffians like ISIS come up with the training, weaponry and supplies to do what they are doing in Iraq?
The Saudi Paymasters
Well, you just need to ‘follow the money’, and that trail ultimately leads to the Saudis. THEY are the paymasters for the war in Syria. And, THEY are paying the salaries for ISIS. And, when the person who signs your check tells you to do something… well, you do it.
So, when you see these ISIS mercenar- (ahem!) …I mean militants… engaging in military operations in Iraq, you just need to ask yourself what Saudi Arabia stands to gain from all of this.
So, what DO the Saudis gain from this raid on northwestern Iraq?
(And yes, I call this a ‘raid’ because we have yet to see
whether ISIS can consolidate their hold
on the territory that they’ve taken.)
Well, there are a number of reasons why the Saudis might want ISIS to take control of a large chunk of Iraqi territory. They want to:
- STILL keep the possibility of an Iran-Iraq-Syria natural gas pipeline dead.
- Deny the Iranians an overland route for the resupply of Syria.
- Weaken the Iraqi-Shiite government in Baghdad.
…and, anything that causes trouble for Iran… …well, it’s a good thing in the eyes of Saudi Arabia.
For the moment, I doubt that the Saudis are attempting to do more than the above. There has been some talk of an attempt to split Iraq up, and that will probably happen. But, I’m not sure if that is a main focus.
BTW, the article that got me thinking about all this was:
The War Nerd: Here’s everything you need to know about “too extreme for Al Qaeda” I.S.I.S.
(It’s a pretty good article, even though he misses the big picture.)
The problem is that the recent, dramatic successes of ISIS might bring more fighters under their banner, and it might give them some legitimacy in the eyes of the residents of northwestern Iraq.
For us, this is just one more step in the direction of the destruction of Damascus and the fulfillment of Isaiah 17.
The burden of Damascus. Behold, Damascus is taken away from being a city, and it shall be a ruinous heap. – Isaiah 17:1
Damascus is the one of the most ancient, continuously inhabited cities in the world. But, when Damascus is destroyed, over the next few years, she will no longer be able to make that claim.
Worse, the rest of Isaiah 17 speaks of a destruction reaching out into Jordan and Israel – which will horrify us all.
Are you ready for this?
(That’s a link. Do more than just think about it.)
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