Syria: We Have Painted Ourselves Into a Corner

Fox News posted a video “Would US strike leave Syria ripe for jihadi takeover?” in which Middle East journalist Lisa Daftari outlines why she believes a strike at Syria could open up Syria to be taken over by extreme Islamists/jihadists.

I’m sorry, but I don’t understand why we want to play the world’s policeman.  Last night, I was listening to a (ex?) general who compared this to Iraq.  Iraq and Iran were at war half the time, killing each other off.  “Our enemies were busy killing each other off,” he said.  “Why would we interfere?”  Same in this situation.  Why interfere when they are busy occupying each other’s resources and time?

I feel for those who died mercilessly at the hands of Assad, but I did not put them there.  It is outside of our control, and we have gotten too big-headed to admit that right now, more than ever before, we do not have the resources to force the rest of the world to “play nice” (as if we ever did).

However, having a sound mind is not going to be the norm as America falls.  We need to clean our own stall before we try to tell anyone else what to do.  Barring some type of revival in this nation that may or may not slow the rate of descent, I don’t see us lasting that much longer.  It could happen.  OTOH, why wish for a delay to the coming Kingdom?

Are we ready?  People are undergoing trials like I cannot remember before.  I asked an elder today, “Is God toughening us up?”  He hesitated, so I added, “Is He getting us ready for the tough times ahead?”  He stated it was a possibility.  Maybe there’s more to it, but I have no other explanation right now for what many of God’s people are going through.


  1. Well, what can the western world do but act as policeman for the world? We won the last world war and the cold war. We inherited this mess they call the modern world. Really, it is a like it or lump it dilemma.

    I think the only answer for Christians is to heed God’s advice and come out of Babylon, plus vite. One is hard pressed not to love one’s country but we are being shown in no uncertain terms just how much patriotism, attached to the western world’s standards, is, in reality, idolatry.

    We have definitely entered a period much like the end of Solomon’s reign where God raised up enemies to Israel on every side. We are terminal and it was our own countries’ choice because we don’t want acknowledge or obey God. Now we are festooned with peoples living amongst us whose only ambition is to make as much money as they can, in whatever fashion they can. Many immigrants, especially Muslims, have no use for this civilization and will probably turn out to be a fifth column at some point in the future. This is the fruit of multiculturalism and choosing not to know or obey your God.

    • @Todd Sauve: I agree with you for the most part. I would like to point out that patriotism is like anything else. It can become an idol quite easily, but in and of itself is not. In fact, if anything, I’d argue that most of the American idolatry has little to do with patriotism and more to do with either pleasure seeking or politics.

      Reading the Book of Jeremiah and the Book of Lamentations, I am struck by how much Jeremiah was a true patriot. He loved his country, in spite of the way they treated him. He longed for them to heed the warnings. Yet, he placed his love of God first, as even we must be willing to do.