Thursday, May 30, 2013

Is the US actually hopeful about the Iranian election?

Front-runner Jalili - Ahmadinejad 2.0
"Khamenei, Iran's spiritual leader, belongs to the theological school of the most religious city in Iran, Mashhad.

In a paper published by the Washington Institute for Near East Policy titled "Apocalyptic Politics: On the Rationality of Iranian Policy," Iranian dissident Mehdi Khalaji writes: "In the twentieth century, the Mashhad seminary was the center for arcane sciences and occult groups..."

Like Khamenei, Jalili was also born in Mashhad. Like Khamenei, as a youngster he also attended the city's extremist theological schools.

There will be only one vote in the Iranian June election, and its name is: Khamenei

Crunch Time

Assad: Russia already delivered S-300 batteries
"Syrian president warns that he’ll retaliate if attacked; Israeli defense official vows to prevent system from becoming operational"

We received 1st shipment of Russian S-300 missiles - Ynetnews
"Assad also clarified that his government would not stand in the way of Syria groups "that will want to fight for the liberation of the Golan (Heights).""

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Syria promises 'immediate retaliation' if Israel strikes again 
Syria's foreign minister warned on Wednesday that Syria "will retaliate immediately" if Israel strikes Syrian soil again.

A tale of two hearts | David Brog | Ops & Blogs | The Times of Israel

A tale of two hearts | David Brog 
"The same day that this video was posted, a group of Israelis was engaged in a similar activity. They too surrounded a prostrate Syrian. They too cracked open her chest. But the Israelis did not consume her heart. They healed it. The Israelis were a team of doctors. Their patient was a four-year-old Syrian girl born with a life-threatening heart defect.

This tale of two hearts provides a penetrating insight into what has driven the Arab-Israeli conflict for the last two decades. The radical element in Islam which rejects our reverence for human life cannot be appeased by words, compromises or dialogue. This culture of death demands corpses. Eating them is optional."

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Steinitz savages Russia's 'totally wrong' sale of missiles to Syria | The Times of Israel
"Minister says Ben Gurion Airport would be in range of S-300s, can’t fathom why Moscow aiding brutal Assad regime; defense minister hopes the weapons won’t end up in Damascus, but Moscow calls them ‘a stabilizing factor’...

Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon also spoke against the planned transfer of the advanced weapons to Damascus. “The missiles are a threat,” he said, adding that at the moment the deal was moving at a slow pace. “Let’s hope it doesn’t happen, but if it does, we know how to act.”

Envoy Says Russia Will Send Defense Missiles to Syria
Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov told reporters Tuesday Moscow will send sophisticated S-300 anti-aircraft missiles as part of a contract signed several years ago."


DEBKAfile May 17, 2013, 9:00 AM (GMT+02:00)

Obama Administration: bringing storms and disaster upon America

Kerry wants major Israeli concessions for Palestinians, including sovereign northern Dead Sea coast
"US Secretary of State John Kerry put a package of proposals for reviving the moribund Israel-Palestinian peace process before Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and peace negotiator Justice Minister Tzipi Livni"

You can no longer divide Israel's land and expect to escape unscathed. Look at what happened to Ariel Sharon when he ceded Gaza. God have mercy on the Christians in America and the West.

For he will conceal me there when troubles come; he will hide me in his sanctuary. He will place me out of reach on a high rock.
 - Psalm 27:5

Sunday, May 26, 2013

When Israel hits Syria, it hones military edge for wider war - Firstpost
"Although they outgun Syria, Hezbollah and Iran, the Israelis assume all three allied adversaries may have to be fought at once – an unprecedented scenario complicated by the probable launch of thousands of missiles into the Jewish state."

Prophetic description of our time

2 Timothy 3
New Living Translation (NLT)
The Dangers of the Last Days

3 You should know this, Timothy, that in the last days there will be very difficult times. 2 For people will love only themselves and their money. They will be boastful and proud, scoffing at God, disobedient to their parents, and ungrateful. They will consider nothing sacred. 3 They will be unloving and unforgiving; they will slander others and have no self-control. They will be cruel and hate what is good. 4 They will betray their friends, be reckless, be puffed up with pride, and love pleasure rather than God. 5 They will act religious, but they will reject the power that could make them godly. Stay away from people like that!

6 They are the kind who work their way into people’s homes and win the confidence of[a] vulnerable women who are burdened with the guilt of sin and controlled by various desires. 7 (Such women are forever following new teachings, but they are never able to understand the truth.) 8 These teachers oppose the truth just as Jannes and Jambres opposed Moses. They
depraved minds and a counterfeit faith. 9 But they won’t get away with this for long. Someday everyone will recognize what fools they are, just as with Jannes and Jambres.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Air force chief warns of 'surprise war' with Syria | The Times of Israel

Air force chief warns of 'surprise war' with Syria | The Times of Israel
"Amir Eshel says Assad’s ‘immense arsenal’ could be turned on Israel at any moment, accompanied by rockets from Gaza and Lebanon"

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Enough said

1 Chronicles 16 NLT:
14 He is the Lord our God.
    His justice is seen throughout the land.
15 Remember his covenant forever—
    the commitment he made to a thousand generations.
16 This is the covenant he made with Abraham
    and the oath he swore to Isaac.
17 He confirmed it to Jacob as a decree,
    and to the people of Israel as a never-ending covenant:
18 “I will give you the land of Canaan
    as your special possession.”

Seems the whole world is kicking and screaming about "Israel's invasion of Palestine." They are crying like babies with an equal dose of knowledge about what is going on in the world. Tragically (and pathetically) I'm even hearing this complaint in today's "church" as a pastor in a local church ( I can't even call it "my church") blindly once stated: "Israel has no theological right to the Land. " WHAT?! The only God, the God of Israel handed the land to Israel long ago. What are mere humans going to do to try and change this? Are they trying to rewrite the ending which has already been written?

The end of the age, which we're living in now, is characterized by man's final rebellion against God's plan for Israel. God's prophets in the Old Testament accurately testified that the END would be like this, the END would be like we're seeing every day in the media. There is nothing that will keep a prophecy from coming true, but I can't help wondering how ignorant and plain simple-minded unrepentant man is, and that includes those who are outside and inside the Spirit-starved church of today.

Israel has come alive again right in front of everyone's eyes, in perfect fulfillment of Daniel's "time, times and half a time" prophecies (there are two that point to Israel resurgence in our day - see Ellis H. Skolfield). And yet the vast majority in our time, seemingly an ever increasing majority, of the "wise" of our time completely reject that they are on a collision course railing against the coming Almighty One. How pointless is that?

My prayer for this generation, conceivably the "last generation", is that more would wake from their stupor, from their slumber, and realize that they need reconciliation with the Creator of All Things before it is too late. Look at Syria, Iran, Russia, Libya, Egypt, Lebanon - the gathering storm clouds around Israel - clearly the last hour is here, but tomorrow the Son will come to Israel's rescue and He will shine for all eternity. There is nothing that will change that ending.

Isaiah 63 NLT:
"Who is this who comes from Edom,

    from the city of Bozrah,
    with his clothing stained red?
Who is this in royal robes,
    marching in his great strength?
“It is I, the Lord, announcing your salvation!
    It is I, the Lord, who has the power to save!”
2 Why are your clothes so red,
    as if you have been treading out grapes?
3 “I have been treading the winepress alone;
    no one was there to help me.
In my anger I have trampled my enemies
    as if they were grapes.
In my fury I have trampled my foes.
    Their blood has stained my clothes.
4 For the time has come for me to avenge my people,
    to ransom them from their oppressors.
5 I was amazed to see that no one intervened
    to help the oppressed.
So I myself stepped in to save them with my strong arm,
    and my wrath sustained me.
6 I crushed the nations in my anger
    and made them stagger and fall to the ground,
    spilling their blood upon the earth.”"

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Yaalon: We destroyed Syrian Golan position. Damascus: We fired on Israeli patrol
“The rope is taut. It is taut to the limit. Anyone at either end [Israel at one end, Syrian and Hizballah, at the other] need only flex a finger and it will break, and the great confrontation will take place. This is neither a threat, nor an exaggeration or interpretation. This is the situation on the enemy’s northern front. Now means today; it means this hour,” al-Amin wrote. Israeli intelligence experts have no doubt that the writer penned those words at the behest of his master, Hizballah’s Hassan Nasrallah, and Bashar Assad.

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Israel warns against Russian arms supply to Syria | Reuters

Israel warns against Russian arms supply to Syria
"Senior Israeli defense official Amos Gilad said the S-300 and the Yakhont would likely end up with Hezbollah and threaten both Israel and U.S. forces in the Gulf.

"If Hezbollah and Iran are supporting Syria and propping the (Assad) regime up, then why shouldn't it transfer those weapons to Hezbollah? You don't even have to be an intelligence expert, it makes sense that they will," Gilad told Channel Two television's Meet the Press."

Friday, May 17, 2013

« Breaking News »

Four Russian S-300 batteries shipped to Syria 

DEBKAfile May 17, 2013, 9:00 AM (GMT+02:00)
Moscow reports that four batteries of S-300 systems with 100-150 simultaneously deployable, guided anti-aircraft missiles have already been shipped to Syria complete with Russian military “adviser” crews. DEBKAfile:An Israeli strike to smash this weapon in Syria could not avoid hitting its Russian crews.

As global powers squirm in indecision over Syria, Bashar Assad’s hand improves
"Competing interests undermine attempts to convene a global summit on Syria and make military intervention increasingly unlikely."

This doesn't preclude Israel from acting alone against Russia's S-300's or against continued weapons transfers to Hezb'allah.

Russia sends at least 12 warships to Syria | The Times of Israel

Russia sends at least 12 warships to Syria | The Times of Israel
"Russia’s increased presence in the region — which began raising eyebrows in the US three months ago — represents one of its largest sustained naval deployments since the Cold War, the Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday...

Also Thursday, Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov shrugged off Israeli pleas not to sell sophisticated S-300 air defense systems to Bashar Assad’s regime, saying Moscow would fulfill its contract with Damascus. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reportedly warned Russian President Vladimir Putin, in emergency talks on Tuesday, that the sale could push the region toward war.

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Persia, Ethiopia, and Libya will join you, too, with all their weapons. Gomer and all its armies will also join you, along with the armies of Beth-togarmah from the distant north, and many others.
“Get ready; be prepared! Keep all the armies around you mobilized, and take command of them. A long time from now you will be called into action. In the distant future you will swoop down on the land of Israel, which will be enjoying peace after recovering from war and after its people have returned from many lands to the mountains of Israel. You and all your allies—a vast and awesome army—will roll down on them like a storm and cover the land like a cloud.

"Russian President Vladimir Putin and Prime Minister Netanyahu ended their three-hour meeting in Sochi Tuesday, May 14, at loggerheads on Syria. In fact, Putin warned his guest that Israel and its army, the IDF, were heading for war with Syria in which Russia might well be involved – and not just through the advanced S-300 anti-air missiles supplied to the Assad government...

Putin viewed the stationing of US forces in the Gulf of Aqaba just two hours away the Israeli-Syrian border for repelling Syrian-Iranian-Hizballah aggression against Israel or Jordan – signaled by the Kearsage’s arrival - as an act of bad faith by Washington. On the one hand, they want us to cooperate for an international conference to end the bloodshed in Syria, while on the other, they deploy military forces, he complained to Netanyahu."

Report: Iran told Nasrallah to prevent Assad downfall 'at all costs' - Israel News, Ynetnews
"Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei instructed Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah to prevent the downfall of Bashar Assad's regime in Syria "at all costs," the Kuwaiti newspaper Araa reported Thursday, citing a high-ranking Arab official"

Metal silhouettes of soldiers dot the landscape overlooking the snow-covered Mount Hermon in the Golan Heights
Islamist group says Hermon mortars fired to avenge 'Nakba' | The Times of Israel
"On Wednesday, Israel Radio reported that Tehran had approached Damascus about letting Lebanese terror group Hezbollah open a new front against Israel from Syrian territory."

Israel Hints of New Strikes Over Weapons and Warns Syria Not to Retaliate -
"In a clear warning to Syria to stop the transfer of advanced weapons to Islamic militants in the region, a senior Israeli official signaled on Wednesday that Israel was considering additional military strikes to prevent that from happening and that the Syrian president, Bashar al-Assad, would face crippling consequences if he retaliated."

Obama's Pink line over Damascus

Charles Krauthammer: Pink line over Damascus
"You know you're in trouble when you can't even get your walk-back story straight. Stung by the worldwide derision that met President Obama's fudging and fumbling of his chemical-weapons red line in Syria, the White House leaked to The New York Times that Obama's initial statement had been unprepared, unscripted and therefore unserious.
The next day Jay Carney said precisely the opposite: "Red line" was intended and deliberate.
Which is it? Who knows?"

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

On Syrian missiles, Netanyahu may be too late | The Times of Israel

On Syrian missiles, Netanyahu may be too late | The Times of Israel
“The same source says that Benjamin Netanyahu may hear from the Russians that the Russian ministry of defense has given Damascus S-300 missiles and that the matter is done, as this system is already in Syrian territory."

It's not just the missiles, stupid
"Rubin stressed that all locks can be picked and that Israel and the US possess the technological means to address such weapons systems, but he said they have yet to be tested on the S-300."

Monday, May 13, 2013

Syria says it reserves right to invade Golan Heights | The Times of Israel
"The Syrian government announced Sunday that it reserves the right to invade the Israeli-held Golan Heights at any time, and accused Israel of violating the terms of the 1974 ceasefire that ended the Yom Kippur War."

Slowly coming to a boil.

Isaiah 14:
24 The Lord of Heaven’s Armies has sworn this oath:

“It will all happen as I have planned.
It will be as I have decided.
25 I will break the Assyrians when they are in Israel;
I will trample them on my mountains.
My people will no longer be their slaves
nor bow down under their heavy loads.
26 I have a plan for the whole earth,
a hand of judgment upon all the nations.
27 The Lord of Heaven’s Armies has spoken—
who can change his plans?
When his hand is raised,
who can stop him?”

From the religion of threats, death and destruction

Report: Muslim cleric invited to pray over fallen SEALs damns them during service - Washington Times: "“military brass, while prohibiting any mention of a Judeo-Christian God, invited a Muslim cleric to the funeral for the fallen Navy SEAL Team VI heroes who disparaged in Arabic the memory of these servicemen by damning them as infidels to Allah.”"

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Reports: IAF jets fly low over southern Lebanon - Israel News, Ynetnews
"According to the report by Lebanese news channel Al-Nashra, four F-16 jets circled low over the Lebanon-controlled territories of the Hermon Mountain, the towns of Marjeyoun and Khiam in southern Lebanon, and the western Beqaa Valley of Lebanon. It was also reported that Israeli helicopters flew over the Shebaa Farms and the Golan Heights, and that IDF patrols were also observed in the border area."

America's got to wake up and get rid of insane Hussein Obama.
Netanyahu to visit Putin in a bid to stop his S-300 missile sale to Syria
"Israel will be forced to think twice before attacking the S-300 batteries for fear of hitting the Russian officers. Putin is therefore placing a severe constraint on Israel’s operational freedom by spreading an anti-air missile cover over the Syrian, Hizballah and the Iranian Basij forces fighting for Bashar Assad."

Turkey blames Syria-linked group for blasts that killed 43
" In one of the deadliest attacks in Turkey in recent years, two car bombs exploded near the border with Syria on Saturday, killing 43 and wounding 140 others. Turkish officials blamed the attack on a group linked to Syria, and a deputy prime minister called the neighboring country’s intelligence service and military “the usual suspects.”"

Controlling the messenger

Presidents of ABC and CBS News Have Siblings Working at White House With Ties to Benghazi
""CBS News President David Rhodes and ABC News President Ben Sherwood, both of them have siblings that not only work at the White House, that not only work for President Obama, but they work at the NSC on foreign policy issues directly related to Benghazi."

CBS, ABC, and CNN have completely lost their journalistic integrity. What have they become other than a mouthpiece of the White House? Sad times in the media.

Thursday, May 09, 2013

Free Syrian Army rebels defect to Islamist group Jabhat al-Nusra | World news | The Guardian

The flag of the Islamist rebel group Jabhat al-Nusra flying over the main square of the city of Raqqa in Syria.
Free Syrian Army rebels defect to Islamist group Jabhat al-Nusra | The Guardian
"Evidence of the growing strength of al-Nusra, gathered from Guardian interviews with FSA commanders across Syria, underlines the dilemma for the US, Britain and other governments as they ponder the question of arming anti-Assad rebels."

Can't think of a better strategy than for the U.S. to arm the FSA/al-Nusra (?) Makes me wonder what Obama's real intentions are. Seems to be much less 'pro-Israel' than how he speaks.

Tuesday, May 07, 2013

This war isn't going away. Likely a war of Biblical significance.

US to arm Syrian rebels: Putin’s rebuke, Chinese “peace plan” mar Netanyahu’s Chinese trip
"Putin did not say how, but he did announce he had ordered the acceleration of highly advanced Russian weapons supplies to Syria.
DEBKAfile’s military sources disclose that the Russian leader was referring to S-300 anti-air systems and the nuclear-capable 9K720 Iskander (NATO named SS-26 Stone) surface missiles, which are precise enough to hit a target within a 5-7 meter radius at a distance of 280 kilometers."

Monday, May 06, 2013

Sunday, May 05, 2013

Starting to heat up!

Ahmadinejad and al Assad jointly headed for destruction

Syrian military site hit by fresh Israeli strike early Sunday
"Israel struck an area near Damascus early Sunday morning, Syrian state television reported, the second such airstrike in 48 hours...

“Bashar has his own problems and he knows that conflict with Israel would cause the collapse of his regime,” Maoz said. “He could have done that long ago, but he knows he will fall if Israel gets involved.”

Assad and Damascus will fall as predicted almost 3,000 years ago by the prophet Isaiah!

Isaiah 17

New Living Translation (NLT)

A Message about Damascus and Israel

17 This message came to me concerning Damascus:
“Look, the city of Damascus will disappear!
    It will become a heap of ruins.
The towns of Aroer will be deserted.
    Flocks will graze in the streets and lie down undisturbed,
    with no one to chase them away.
The fortified towns of Israel[a] will also be destroyed,
    and the royal power of Damascus will end.
All that remains of Syria[b]
    will share the fate of Israel’s departed glory,”
    declares the Lord of Heaven’s Armies...

[Israel's glory departed in the past, but God is building her up again now, in these last days. To understand where we are on God's timeline [that being at the end of the age - read Ellis Skolfield's "The False Prophet" pdf book - great stuff there!]

12 Listen! The armies of many nations
    roar like the roaring of the sea.
Hear the thunder of the mighty forces
    as they rush forward like thundering waves.
13 But though they thunder like breakers on a beach,
    God will silence them, and they will run away.
They will flee like chaff scattered by the wind,
    like a tumbleweed whirling before a storm.
14 In the evening Israel waits in terror,
    but by dawn its enemies are dead.
This is the just reward of those who plunder us,
    a fitting end for those who destroy us.

Saturday, May 04, 2013

Israel jets fly over E. Lebanon, head north over Beirut, after striking targets in Syria

Israel jets fly over E. Lebanon, head north over Beirut, after striking targets in Syria
" But DEBKAfile notes that if Israeli troops have indeed penetrated Lebanon to a depth of 5-7 kilometers and reached the Shebaa Farms, they have taken up positions opposite the 30 Syrian Shiite villages guarded by incoming Iranian elite Basij militiamen."

I truly hope DEBKAfile is right. I don't take pleasure in suffering (schadenfreude) , but instead have great hope in the soon coming of the Messiah! I don't know if this is "the war", but I have been waiting for the final showdown between Israel and Ishmael my whole life, so it's hard not to be excited.

Friday, May 03, 2013

It's on?

Israel Air Force bombs Syrian chemical and other targets from Lebanon, Golan
"American sources reported Israeli air strikes Saturday, May 4, against a number of targets in Syria including a chemical weapons depot outside Damascus. They were carried out remotely from Lebanese air space and the Golan starting Friday and continuing up until early Saturday, May 3. Neither Damascus nor Jerusalem has yet confirmed the attacks in which according to US sources 16 IAF warplanes took part. "

What's Al Assad and Ahmadinejad going to do now? Deny it or retaliate?

Thursday, May 02, 2013

Where Are Syria’s Chemical Weapons? - The Daily Beast

Where Are Syria's Chemical Weapons?
We don't know where many of Syria's chemical weapons are, multiple U.S. officials tell Eli Lake.

Wednesday, May 01, 2013

Obama moving toward sending lethal arms to Syrian rebels, officials say - The Washington Post

Obama moving toward sending lethal arms to Syrian rebels, officials say - The Washington Post
"President Obama is preparing to send lethal weaponry to the Syrian opposition and has taken steps to assert more aggressive U.S. leadership among allies and partners seeking the ouster of President Bashar al-Assad, according to senior administration officials."

Israel, Syria, Obama and Iran

Luis Hershou
The events in the last twenty four hours are developing at a fast pace. What follows is my analysis regarding these developments and their implications.
Obama’s ”chemical red line” to Syrians was loud and clear.
The Syrians got the message, but one has to understand the ”middle east mentality” to understand their behavior afterwards.
Assad didn’t attacked the ”rebels” immediately with WMD on a grand scale.  Instead, he began to test the West’s reaction using the “salami slice” method.
Small, limited attacks using the substances began months ago.  The West’s failure to react allowed him to “up the ante” little by little until it became clear to everyone that chemicals were in fact being used.
Proof of these activities were collected by certain teams on the ground and brought to the attention of the US Administration.
Obama is now faced with having to take action against the use of deadly gas by Assad forces.
At this stage – and even later – it is fair to assume that no massive American  ground operation will occur.  Instead, special forces for dealing with the WMD depots there will be used.
It’s also a fair assumption that the US Air Force will be soon felt in the skies above Syria.
Bottom line: Intense American activity should be expected above as well as in Syria in a matter of days.This is the ”game changer” the President has spoken about.
Now, regarding Israel’s position:
In the event of an American intervention in Syria – even a limited one – Israel will restrain itself from acting so as not to “jam” the American operations.
But…and this is a big ”but” - if attacked, Israel will defend itself.
It’s possible that under orders from Iran, Hezbollah may retaliate against Israel if Syria is attacked by the Americans.
It is really no surprise then, the sudden and division-level military exercise executed by IDF today in northern  Israel.
Thousands and thousands of reservist troops are being mobilized with no advance warning.The American intervention in Syria is likely to be a limited one that will not involve other related countries such as Lebanon and Iran.
Israel can be expected not to attempt to widen the war to Iran at this stage.
But…- and this is an even bigger “but” than the previous one – If Iran and its surrogate Hezbollah overplay their hands and launch missiles at Israel, then the theater of operations will be extended.
We will then be witness to the annihilation of Hezbollah as a military force in Lebanon’ .
Speculation is running wild about the outcome in Syria. In this era of a re-gathered Israel, every Christian should be closely monitoring what's happening on Israel's northern border. With Daniel's Days prophecies fulfilled (it is true, although I know Christians who will argue til they're blue-faced that I'm wrong), and with Israel becoming a nation again on one day (Isaiah 66:8) - expect to see big things in our time. We are at the time of the end, a time of great hope and expectation for every Christian. Just don't get caught up in the mindset of the seventh, last church - Laodicea. It doesn't go well for them in the end. 

Revelation 3:
14 “Write this letter to the angel of the church in Laodicea. This is the message from the one who is the Amen—the faithful and true witness, the beginning of God’s new creation:
15 “I know all the things you do, that you are neither hot nor cold. I wish that you were one or the other! 16 But since you are like lukewarm water, neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth! 17 You say, ‘I am rich. I have everything I want. I don’t need a thing!’ And you don’t realize that you are wretched and miserable and poor and blind and naked.18 So I advise you to buy gold from me—gold that has been purified by fire. Then you will be rich. Also buy white garments from me so you will not be shamed by your nakedness, and ointment for your eyes so you will be able to see. 19 I correct and discipline everyone I love. So be diligent and turn from your indifference.
20 “Look! I stand at the door and knock. If you hear my voice and open the door, I will come in, and we will share a meal together as friends. 21 Those who are victorious will sit with me on my throne, just as I was victorious and sat with my Father on his throne.
22 “Anyone with ears to hear must listen to the Spirit and understand what he is saying to the churches.”

It won't go well in Syria either - 

Isaiah 17:

This message came to me concerning Damascus:
“Look, the city of Damascus will disappear!
    It will become a heap of ruins.