There is, in the Tanach (Old Testament) in Yehezkel (Ezekiel) a reference to a great army that comes down and tries to destroy Israel. And, Yehezkel makes a list of everyone in that army: Gog,Â Persia, Ethiopia, Libya, Gomer, and Togarmah.
(Don’t worry, I’m notÂ going to get all religious on you, or at least not more than I normally do.)
No one really quiteÂ knows who Gog is, or Gomer and Togarmah, butÂ EVERYONE knows who Persia is.
So, anyway, there’s this prophet in the bible that predicts that an army that includes Persia will come down and attack Israel, and I’ve always had a problem with working that one out geopolitically. How in the world wouldÂ Persia (Iran) EVER be able to be a part of such an attack? If Iran went around Iraq and attacked Israel, Saddam Hussein would take the opportunity to destroy Iran while Iran was occupied with trying to destroy Israel.
Then, right before our very eyes, Saddam Hussein’s Iraq fell apart. It will be a decade before Iraq will have the military capacity to worry Iran, if she should decide to attack Israel.
But, I still could not understand why Iran would WANT to attack Israel. True, since the fallÂ of the Shah, Iran has always been a trouble-maker in the Middle East, butÂ invade Israel?
It just didn’t make sense.
That is, until a few months ago whenÂ I discovered this Shiite prophecy that requires that Israel be destroyed before theÂ Mahdi (Islamic Messiah) will return.
Um, THAT is a powerful incentive for religious nuts to go to war.
So, IÂ finally started to seeÂ the how and the why. Now, I just lack the ‘when’.
Except, I started to see the ‘when’ on Saturday morning, when I turned on my computer and saw the number one story on the Jerusalem Post web site:
Iran to provide Syria with $1b for new weapons
Here is a country that is suffering from terrible economic mismanagement.Â The people don’t haveÂ enough fuel. They don’t have enough jobs. Their economy is shrinking. They are spendingÂ vast amounts of money on a nuclearÂ weapons project.
And, they are throwing a BILLION dollars at the Syrians?
Or maybe, that word should have been ‘woe’.Â