Russian Embassy Hit by Rocket-Fire

[T]his morning’s report from the Times of India implies that Al Qaeda in Syria in responsible, but more may emerge as the Russians investigate.

Two rockets struck the Russian embassy in Damascus on Tuesday sparking panic as several hundred people gathered to express their support for Moscow’s air war in Syria. (Source: Panic as rockets hit Russian embassy in Damascus – The Times of India)

As we watch the proxy war begin between Russia and the Western powers (you can read that as NATO for now), I can’t help thinking about the ‘Burden of Damascus’ in Isaiah 17 which begins:

The burden of Damascus. Behold, Damascus is taken away from being a city, and it shall be a ruinous heap. The cities of Aroer are forsaken: they shall be for flocks, which shall lie down, and none shall make them afraid. The fortress also shall cease from Ephraim, and the kingdom from Damascus, and the remnant of Syria: they shall be as the glory of the children of Israel, saith the LORD of hosts. (Isa. 17:1-3)

Than if you skip down a verse or two, you find that Israel, at that time, will be in distress as well. But in that time of famine and distress, we’re told:

At that day shall a man look to his Maker, and his eyes shall have respect to the Holy One of Israel.

Israel is coming to a time when they will be surrounded by enemies, but there is hope, for this final shaking in the land will draw their eyes to the true Maker and to the true Messiah–the Holy One of Israel.

FLASHBACK: Rick Warren on Syria: ‘A moderate country’

One of my first news searches this morning at Twitter was for anything about #Syria, a country that is embroiled in civil war (it’s gone way beyond protests at this point), and whose leader shells hospitals.

Well, this is what I found as a tweet from Saddleback Church guru Rick Warren:

Now, I totally agree with Warren’s call for prayer, but I find it really interesting that he appears to be calling on the ‘world’ to stop the violence. Is this the same man who strolled the streets of Syria last year, extolling the virtues of the Assad government?

Let me quote from his Saddleback promo reel:

“Syria’s a place that has Muslims and Christians living together for 1,400 years. So it’s a lot more peaceful, honestly, than a lot of other places because Christians were here first.

“In fact, you know Saul of Tarsus – Saul was a Syrian. St. Paul, on the road to Damascus, had his conversion experience and so Christians have been here the longest, and they get along with the Muslims and the Muslims get along with them. There’s a lot less tension than in other places.

“It’s a moderate country, and the official government rule and position is to not allow any extremism of any kind.”

The full audio and additional commentary from Joseph Farah is available at the original source, World Net Daily. Read the entire article at Rick Warren on Syria: ‘A moderate country’.:

Real Life Risk: Assad and Abdullah Join the Game



Assad, left, shown here with Iran’s Ahmadinejad, says he ‘represents Iran’s interests’ in his meetings with Russia.

By SHARON K. GILBERT
August 21, 2008

WHILE the US media hold their collective breath awaiting Vice Presidential revelations from Obama and McCain, a strategic meeting is taking place in the resort town of Sochi, Russia.

This bustling vacation spot lies nestled against the majestic Caucasus Mountains, and serves as an important Russian access point to the Black Sea. Ironically, Sochi was once called the Kingdom of Egrisi and formed the western rank of ancient Georgia. Ceded to Russia following the Crimean War, Sochi grew prominent as a resort town during the reign of Joseph Stalin, who built a second home, or dacha, there. Vladimir Putin continued in Stalin’s tradition, at least where Sochi is concerned, investing large sums to modernize the city. Olympics fans may find the name ‘Sochi’ ringing bells. The sprawling resort has been named host city for the 2014 Winter Games.

So, why would such a beautiful, harmless city be at the center of geopolitics? To answer this question, one need only take a look at recent activities there. Dmitry Medvedev has been holding court in Sochi, hosting numerous political leaders, including Condoleezza Rice, Angela Merkel, and now Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad. Continue reading “Real Life Risk: Assad and Abdullah Join the Game”