I saw all this coming! Allepo will fall into the hands of the Russian Beast as prophesized. The privatization of the Muslim world will begin. Putin is a Christian who wants to be the next Czar, which means ‘Emperor’. I made this video of me dressed like Merlin the Soviet Anti-Christ back in August, when only a handful saw Trump ‘The Victor’.
Black Democrats have lost all their power. How does Putin feel about the Black Race?
Credit Pool photo by Mikhail Klimentyev
Then Exxon Mobil showed up.
Under its chief executive, Rex W. Tillerson, the giant oil company sidestepped Baghdad and Washington, signing a deal directly with the Kurdish administration in the country’s north. The move undermined Iraq’s central government, strengthened Kurdish independence ambitions and contravened the stated goals of the United States.
Mr. Tillerson’s willingness to cut a deal regardless of the political consequences speaks volumes about Exxon Mobil’s influence. In the Iraq case, Mr. Tillerson and his company outmaneuvered the State Department, which he has now been nominated by President-elect Donald J. Trump to lead.
“They are very powerful in the region, and they couldn’t care less about what the State Department wants to do,” Jean-François Seznec, a senior fellow at the Atlantic Council, a research group in Washington, said of Exxon Mobil’s pursuits in the Middle East.
In the early 19th century, some Chasidic rabbis identified Napoleon‘s invasion of Russia as “The War of Gog and Magog”. But as the century progressed, apocalyptic expectations receded as the populace in Europe began to adopt an increasingly secular worldview. This has not been the case in the United States, where a 2002 poll indicated that 59% of Americans believed the events predicted in the Book of Revelation would come to pass. During the Cold War the idea that Russia had the role of Gog gained popularity, since Ezekiel’s words describing him as “prince of Meshek”—rosh meshek in Hebrew—sounded suspiciously like Russia and Moscow. Even some Russians took up the idea, apparently unconcerned by the implications (“Ancestors were found in the Bible, and that was enough”), as did Ronald Reagan.
Post Cold War-millenarians still identify Gog with Russia, but they now tend to stress its allies among Islamic nations, especially Iran. For the most fervent, the countdown to Armageddon began with the return of the Jews to Israel, followed quickly by further signs pointing to the nearness of the final battle–nuclear weapons, European integration, Israel’s seizure of Jerusalem, and America’s wars in Afghanistan and the Gulf. In the prelude to the 2003 Invasion of Iraq, President George W. Bush told Jacques Chirac, “Gog and Magog are at work in the Middle East”. “This confrontation”, he urged the French leader, “is willed by God, who wants to use this conflict to erase His people’s enemies before a new age begins”. Chirac consulted a professor at the Faculty of Theology of the University of Lausanne to explain Bush’s reference.
In the Islamic apocalyptic tradition the end of the world would be preceded by the release of Gog and Magog, whose destruction by God in a single night would usher in the Day of Resurrection. Reinterpretation did not generally continue after Classical times, but the needs of the modern world have produced a new body of apocalyptic literature in which Gog and Magog are identified as the Jews and Israel, or the Ten Lost Tribes, or sometimes as Communist Russia and China. One problem these writers have had to confront is the barrier holding Gog and Magog back, which is not to be found in the modern world: the answer varies, some writers saying that Gog and Magog were the Mongols and that the wall is now gone, others that both the wall and Gog and Magog are invisible.
The U.N. human rights office has also said it received reports of pro-government forces killing at least 82 people as they tightened their grip on the city.
What is Russia’s role in the bloodshed?
While Moscow insists its involvement in Syria is mainly humanitarian, Human Rights Watch alleges that the Syrian-Russian coalition has committed war crimes during a month-long bombing campaign in Aleppo during September and October.
Regardless, the intervention by Moscow Sept. 30, 2015 has been decisive in turning the war in Assad’s favor and against the U.S.-backed rebel forces fighting to unseat him.
Russia’s decision to throw its weight behind Assad — its sole remaining ally in the Middle East — looks to have paid off with rebels on the run throughout the country’s major cities.
Russia’s involvement was scaled back in the Spring when many troops were redeployed back home, but President Vladimir Putin’s government is still heavily involved both militarily and diplomatically with Moscow often taking the lead on announcements to the world community.
According to the government, the Russian military stopped bombing in Aleppo on Sept. 18 but has remained involved and deployed its only aircraft carrier to Syria, where it sits off the coast.
Syria is central to Russia’s strategy to break out of international isolation it found itself in after Moscow’s involvement in Ukraine triggered harsh international sanctions in 2014.
Russia does not say how many forces it has fighting in Syria.
What next for Assad … and ISIS
The Syrian government’s probable recapture of Aleppo is seen as a pivotal moment for the country’s leader.
It leaves Assad in control of almost all major urban areas, and ready to push for a role in the world community’s broader war against ISIS militants clinging to parts of Syria’s northeast. An assortment of non-ISIS rebel groups is spread around the country and lacks the cohesion and power to challenge Assad.
“The recapture of Aleppo will position Assad to claim that he is Syria’s legitimate sovereign ruler and lobby the international community to provide him with support,” Jennifer Cafarella of the Washington-based Institute for the Study of War told The Associated Press.
The U.S.’s president-elect could also shake up U.S. policy in the region.
While campaigning, Donald Trump indicated he would be ready to work with Assad as well as Russia.
“I don’t like Assad at all,” he said during the second presidential debate in October. “But Assad is killing ISIS. Russia is killing ISIS.”
His selection of Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson who has longstanding ties to Russia and Putin only fuels speculation that Trump would work for closer ties with Moscow.
Assad’s desire to reenter the world community will more likely be achieved if he is seen to be actively fighting ISIS. And nowhere is that fight more important than in Raqqa, ISIS’ stronghold and the capital of its caliphate.
While opposing Assad, the U.S. is backing Kurdish and Arab fighters in an attempt to seize back control of Raqqa, which the extremists captured in 2014.
But it will not all be smooth sailing — ISIS has re-occupied the central town of Palmyra, which they had been expelled from earlier this year.