A busy day today in the Smith house! But I did want to make a comment or two on the continuing situation in the Middle East.
For one, I hope that former President Bush’s stance concerning democracy in the Middle East is getting a second look. His talk about spreading democracy being America’s policy and about all people everywhere wanting it was pooh poohed in the day and called by many on both sides of the political aisle as too “pie in the sky” yet his comments now seem almost prophetic. This is not a politically-based comment — I don’t like anyone being treated unfairly, and I have defended President Obama in similar circumstances.
(And, by the way, I say this as someone who does not believe that the spread of democracy is a real, long term solution, if it is any kind of solution at all. I do recognize, however, that democracy is sadly the only religious idol that enough Americans worship that it can be pressed towards “political heathens” outside our borders without causing political problems with voters. As always, my hope is that America will turn to God–the only real solution–and allow Him to work as He will, in this nation and in the world.)
The passion that the peoples of the Middle East have for such principles is being demonstrated by the blood many of them are now shedding as regimes such as those in Bahrain (which seems to have backed off with U.S. pressure), Iran (which couldn’t care less of what the U.S. thinks), and Libya back up their barks with deadly bites.
Actually, it is Bahrain that causes me to bring this up again, as some may think that the U.S. has no cause to get involved beyond promoting democracy, supporting with our words and our money, etc. Some do not realize that Bahrain sits at an incredibly vital juncture in the “oil train” from the Middle East to our gas tanks. One fifth of the world’s oil supplies pass through the Persian Gulf there, and Bahrain is the location of the United States’ Fifth Fleet — as the WSJ described it yesterday, “home to 3,000 military personnel who oversee 30 naval ships and some 30,000 sailors.” As Paul Richter and David Cloud mention in their JewishWorldReview.com article, “Why Bahrain matters“:
“The importance of the Fifth Fleet’s mission cannot be overstated,” said Mark Kimmitt, former deputy director for operations for U.S. Central Command and a former senior State Department and Pentagon official. “They have the mission to keep the Persian Gulf open, defeat terrorism, prevent piracy and respond to crises, whether environmental, security or humanitarian.
“Few commands worldwide have as many daily challenges and responsibilities as the Fifth Fleet.”
If desires to spread democracy and support those who struggle against totalitarian regimes do not draw the U.S. strongly into the events going on there, you can bet that problems in the supply of oil will do so. While blood spilled in the Middle East will stir politicians here, it may not stir them as much as oil stopped up in the Strait of Hormuz.
The nations of the world are continuing to realign. While some may see shades of the “Illuminati” and “New World Order” in all of this, the simple fact is that prophecy is coming true. There will be “Beast power,” a King of the North who allies himself temporarily with a King of the South before they turn on each other, and there will be a collection of nations from the east who will also challenge the King of the North. There will be declarations of peace where, in actuality, there is no peace, only pretense and pretending (Jer. 6:14, 8:11; Ezek. 13:10, 13:16; 1 Thess. 5:3).
As I said in my own telecasts, “Watch the Middle East!” And for those who would like to know more about the coming Beast power, check out this past weekend’s telecast. Mr. Rod King asks and answers, “What Is the Beast?” (click through for streaming or downloadable video and audio).