In August 2012, US President Barack Obama stated that Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad’s use of chemical weapons would cross a “red line,” and that it would “change the calculus” for the president, as he considered rogue actions by evil regimes.
Yet, a year later, when Assad blatantly crossed that red line by killing 1,400 of his own citizens with sarin gas, the American administration did nothing.
It’s not that I necessarily think America should have attacked the Assad regime…I just don’t think President Obama should have drawn a line in the sand that he wasn’t fully willing to act upon. When he drew that red line and did absolutely nothing when it was crossed, the entire Middle East was watching…and taking notes.
Fast forward to January 2014 and another comment from President Obama, insinuating that ISIS was a “JV team.” Surely those comments incited extremists to do whatever they want, whenever they want, as the US does not see a danger and does not plan to do anything about the evil actions of such terrorists.
Yesterday it was reported by several news agencies that ISIS, fully emboldened by the knowledge that the US no longer has power in the Middle East and refuses to stand by any red lines, likely used chemical weapons in an attack against American troops on a military base in Iraq.
Once again, Amir Tsarfati offers intriguing insight into the attack and what it means in the chaotic situation in the Middle East. The pot is being stirred, making the prophecies of Isaiah 17 (destruction of Damascus) and Ezekiel 38-39 (Northern Invasion) more relevant than ever before. Please take the time to listen to Amir’s commentary, then pray for wisdom for world leaders.
Don’t lose hope, dear friends. As we see events line up with Scripture, we know that King Jesus will soon return to take us home! Do not fear, but pray, entrusting yourself to the One who is sovereign over all!