We have a few hours to pray the US, UK and France do not start a war with Russia. The Western powers have the pretext of an alleged, unproven chemical attack in Douma. They will use that to start a war in Syria unless the Lord intervenes. Russia has pledged to retaliate, according to the Daily Express. US missiles will be shot down.
Russia’s ambassador to Lebanon, Alexander Zasypkin, told Hezbollah’s al-Manar TV: “If there is a strike by the Americans then… the missiles will be downed and even the sources from which the missiles were fired.”
The sources of missiles launches could include US ships. In the worst-case scenario, that could provide the US with a pretext to target Russia itself.
Jer 4:19 My bowels, my bowels! I am pained at my very heart; my heart maketh a noise in me; I cannot hold my peace, because thou hast heard, O my soul, the sound of the trumpet, the alarm of war.
The UK Government is evil
The Syrian Arab Army is now securing Douma, the final town in Eastern Ghouta. Syria has just liberated the whole area from the jihadists who held its people hostage. Christians in Damascus have celebrated Easter according to their various traditions. As we reported here, for the first time in years they have done that free of jihadist missile strikes. Praise God for that freedom to worship the risen Lord Jesus.
Yet whenever there is progress towards peace in Syria, the jihadists post pictures of alleged victims of a chemical attack. And naturally, Western politicians rush to condemn ‘Assad’ with no evidence at all that the alleged ‘attack’ even took place.
We have to say, with sorrow, that our UK government is evil. Our politicians will not leave the Middle East in peace. Firstly, they thrive on lies. Secondly, they are men and women of war. Thirdly, they are supported by a sycophantic mainstream media. Fourthly, they think the British people are stupid.
Romans 3:15 Their feet are swift to shed blood: 16 Destruction and misery are in their ways: 17 And the way of peace have they not known: 18 There is no fear of God before their eyes.
The Russians are now saying the UK Foreign Office pressed the ‘White Helmets’ to speed up the provocation in Douma. The UK funds the White Helmets, who are embedded with the jihadists. International monitors from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons are in Douma now. We hope they can shed some light on whether a chemical attack actually took place at all.
Opposition is growing in the US
Thank God opposition is growing. In the US, on Fox News, Tucker Carlson blasted the call to declare war on Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad. He spoke of ‘Foreign Policy by Viral Video.’ He was widely supported on Social Media. I tweeted, ‘At last someone in the US is speaking up for Syria. Who is there in the UK?’
Carlson noted that shortly before the attack, President Donald Trump said he would like to see an end to American involvement in Syria. “How would [gassing civilians] benefit Assad?” Carlson asked.
He said observers have been telling “the same story they did last April” after an alleged sarin attack. He was not defending Assad or the “rebels” but asking why so many people are jumping to conclusions. Indeed, he spoke critically of the President of Syria. He added he could have perpetrated the attack. But he also accused those who have tied it to him—like Republican Senator Lindsey Graham and former Democratic National Committee Chair Howard Dean—of building their case without evidence. The fact the desire to go to war in Syria had received bipartisan support was itself suspicious, he said.
“We should be skeptical of this, starting with the poison gas attack itself,” Carlson said. “All the geniuses tell us that Assad killed those children. But do they really know that? Of course they don’t really know that—they’re making it up. They have no real idea what happened.” Carlson’s piece on Fox News is well worth a watch.
And here in the United Kingdom
Meanwhile, here in the UK, there actually is someone. The Chair of the Defence Select Committee warned last night of pitfalls of intervening in Syria. In what the Daily Express calls an ‘explosive BBC Newsnight interview’, Julian Lewis spoke against war. The Conservative MP for New Forest East told Emily Maitlis ‘We touch this at our peril’.
He told viewers the UK Government had ‘recommended bombing first one side, then the other and then the first side again.’ He was concerned that ‘you do not seem to accept that what we’ve got here in Syria is a choice between monsters on the one hand and maniacs on the other.’
The influential MP said the House of Commons was right to vote against air strikes against Syria in 2013. He said: ‘2013 was exactly the right thing to do. If we had done what is now being suggested, which is what was being suggested then, which was to bring down Assad it would have had the exact same effect of bringing down other dictators.’
Ms Maitlis reminded him: ‘You’re opening up a whole can of worms there because you voted for the Iraq War.’ In response, the MP replied humbly: ‘I did, and I made a mistake.’
OPCW will go to Syria
There was welcome news last night that a team from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons is now preparing to deploy to Syria.
A statement said: ‘Today, the OPCW Technical Secretariat has requested the Syrian Arab Republic to make the necessary arrangements for such a deployment. This has coincided with a request from the Syrian Arab Republic and the Russian Federation to investigate the allegations of chemical weapons use in Douma. The team is preparing to deploy to Syria shortly.’
We pray the Western powers will wait for the OPCW to report its findings. It’s a big prayer. But if we put some action with it, by emailing our members of parliament, we can show the Lord our prayer is serious.
Jonah 3:9 Who can tell if God will turn and repent, and turn away from his fierce anger, that we perish not?
Morning Star gets it right (again)!
We don’t often agree with the far-left Morning Star newspaper. Nevertheless, on Syria, its editor, Ben Chacko, is bang on once again.
In an editorial he condemns those ‘banging the drums of war’: ‘The history of imperialist interference and intervention in the Middle East has been one of utter catastrophe for its peoples.
‘In the scramble for control over resources, transport routes and regimes, Britain, France and the US have organised invasions, coups, wars and blockades that have killed or displaced people in their millions, empowering dictators and torturers and setting communities at each others’ throats across the whole region.’
Mr Chacko reminds us that what is referred to as ‘the Assad regime’ is ‘the internationally recognised, legitimate and elected government in Damascus’.
Inconsistencies in Douma poison gas photos
Mr Chacko also points out some inconsistencies in the alleged poison gas attack in Douma.
He says: ‘Film of the aftermath, broadcast across the world in recent days, shows a troupe of very camera-conscious young men washing down the victims, all of whom are children, most of them looking more bewildered than wounded or incapacitated, and without a distressed parent or relative in sight.’
In January, papers reported a chlorine attack in Ghouta. Now, RT reports, the Syrian Red Crescent says there was no such attack.
The Mail Online’s Peter Hitchens has a blog article entitled ‘Rushing to Judgment’. In it he raises questions over a previous alleged ‘attack’. He analyses the OPCW report on the Khan Shaykhun incident. Moreover, he finds it inconsistent and inconclusive. Elsewhere, he suggests that those of us who oppose military action are seen as betraying their country. We are seen as being in favour of foreign, enemy powers. Hitchens writes: “This is an invariable symptom of a country whose elite is bent on war.”
Rebel chemical weapons factory found in Ghouta
Exactly a month ago the Syrian Arab Army liberated a rural part of Eastern Ghouta. They found a small factory kitted out to make and deliver chemical weapons.
SteemKR brought together a series of tweets by Columbia University graduate and Oxford-based commentator Sharmine Narwani. Firstly, she complains that no other journalist was interested:
‘Sharmine Narwani was in East Ghouta on Tuesday, March 13, and she wrote this thread on Twitter:
I was 25 meters from a battlefront between Shifouniyeh and Misraba, areas recently liberated from militants. Western journalists flock to the humanitarian corridor in the north, but not a single one visited this makeshift chemical lab discovered by the Syrian Army on Monday, March 13 (2018).’
Secondly, she points out that the Western powers went all quiet about chemical weapons! Thirdly, she took numerous photos including one of a compressor supplied by the US to Saudi Arabia. And fourthly, she observes our ‘ally’ Saudi Arabia supports the jihadists with money and equipment. Because, contrary to what Saudi leader MbS says, only his government could have shipped this kit.
Nigel Farage calls for caution
Nigel Farage has distanced himself from ‘friend for life’ Donald Trump, as RT puts it. The Ex-UKIP leader is concerned over the President’s bellicose tweets threatening missile strikes. He mentioned UK intervention in Libya and Iraq on his LBC radio program. “We intervene, we get rid of these Arab nationalist dictators because we think it is the right thing to do, having never thought through what the long-term consequences are.”
Mr Farage rejected the idea of military strikes even if Assad were found to be responsible. “Look I don’t know whether Assad used chemical weapons or not. I don’t know why he would given he is winning the war anyway. But even if we knew it was him, and we decided we are going to attack military bases, attack the palace, if the result of concerted action with us, the Americans and the French results in the overthrow of Assad, is that the right thing for us to do?
“Well we might think morally it is the right thing for us to do… because of some of the horrible, awful things he has done. But what comes next? Chaos, instability and maybe a chance for ISIS [Islamic State/IS] to build its forces again.
“What in the longer term are we actually trying to achieve?”
Ex-UK-ambassador Craig Murray rules out any possibility ‘that Assad is dropping chemical weapons in Ghouta’. In a blog post, he suggests: ‘In this extraordinary war, where Saudi-funded jihadist head choppers have Israeli air support and US and UK military “advisers”, every time the Syrian army is about to take complete control of a major jihadist enclave, at the last moment when victory is in their grasp, the Syrian Army allegedly attacks children with chemical weapons, for no military reason at all. We have been fed this narrative again and again and again.’
Keep praying for peace, and email your MP to warn of the pitfalls of rushing to war against Syria, especially on such a flimsy pretext. Urge Parliament send bricks, not bombs, to Syria. Ask your MP to support the Syrian government and its Christian minority and help rebuild Syria. Yes, despite Bashar Al-Assad remaining in power! Find your MP in this Parliament link.
Luke 1:78 Through the tender mercy of our God; whereby the dayspring from on high hath visited us, 79 To give light to them that sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace.
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