Incursion Into Syria — Portent of Things To Come?
Vol: 21 Issue: 25 Wednesday, June 25, 2003
As the details emerge from last week’s attack on a convoy near the Syrian border, it appears that the attack may have taken place on the Syrian side. At least three Syrian border guards were wounded and there are at least five Syrian soldiers in US custody.
This is fog-of-war stuff, but it does appear that US forces on the ground crossed the Syrian frontier in pursuit of the convoy and that a firefight took place between US and Syrian troops.
The White House and the Pentagon provided public confirmation for the first time on Monday of the bare outlines of the raid on Wednesday. But Rumsfeld refused to confirm or deny reports that US troops crossed into Syrian territory. And a refusal to deny is generally a tacit confirmation. But here is what HAS been confirmed.
Working partly on information from the most senior Iraqi captured so far – Abid Hamid Mahmud al-Tikriti – special operations soldiers attacked a convoy of several vehicles in an attempt to stop what they believed were high-level fugitives linked to the fallen Iraqi government.
The special Task Force 20 commando team was joined in the operation by an AC-130 gunship and other air support which attacked the vehicles along a known escape and smuggling route near the western city of Qaim.
Qaim is a border town in Iraq’s western desert.
This was the convoy that the rumormill says is being tested for the presence of Saddam’s DNA.
US officials refused to discuss the implications of the incursion into Syrian territory, and would give no details about how far troops thrust into Syria, how long they stayed there, or how they got into the firefight.
The Pentagon may not be willing to discuss the implications of the incursion into Syria in public, but it is an ironclad certainty that they were discussed in private. The fact that the incursion took place at all is a message to Syria, the surrounding nations of the Middle East and to the American people.
The administration meant what it said when enunicating the Bush Doctrine. Remember? “If you aren’t with us, you are with the terrorists. . . If you give aid and comfort to terrorists, you are a terrorist. . . this is war.”
Following the attack on the convoy, US forces attacked a tiny village five miles from the Syrian frontier on the Iraqi side and fifty miles south of the main border crossing point. The village of Qaim was created by Saddam and populated by the Shamar tribe, known for its loyalty to Saddam. The village survives by operating a thriving smuggling trade. The village itself is known locally as the ‘Wolf’s Den’.
Ace of Diamonds Abid Hamid Mahmoud al-Tikriti, Saddam’s closest confidante and longtime personal secretary was captured June 16. He had several million dollars with him and a cache of blank Belarussian passports. He had just returned from Syria when he was captured. It was shortly after that capture that the convoy was hit and Qaim became a military target.
The New York Times says that the coalition forces evicted the villagers from Qaim and that the presence of US bulldozers indicates the US is planning to set up a forward military base there. It seems likely — but remember the report came from the New York Times.
But if true, it would explain why Damascus has thus far remained relatively silent about the incursion into it’s territory and the firefight with Syrian troops. By any possible interpretation, it was an act of war committed against Syria by the United States. Syria’s silence adds further credence to the intelligence gathered so far that indicates Damascus is actively aiding fleeing members of the Ba’ath regime.
Taken together, Syria, Saddam’s Iraq and the Islamic regime in Iran represent the operational arm of the Jihadist Islam propagated by Saudi Arabia. The Saudis preach and fund the jihad. But it is Syria and Iran that supply the terrorists, arm them and train them, together with Saddam’s Iraq.
Although the Ba’athists are secular, and Iran’s mullahs have no love for them, they are all united by a common religious goal — the destruction of Israel.
Damascus is a veritable terrorist capital, where Hamas, Islamic Jihad, the PFLP and other Palestinian terror goups maintain offices. Offices! With fax numbers, and secretaries and the whole nine yards. For terrorists!
Damascus controls Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley, where Iranian backed and trained Hezbollah terrorists work with other Islamic terror groups to coordinate strikes against Israel and Israeli interests.
Meanwhile, the other member of the ‘Axis of Evil’ and, presumably, the REAL threat to US interests and security, is being largely ignored.
Why is that? Because North Korea doesn’t threaten Israel. The White House is not focusing its attention on Israel’s enemies out of religious conviction, or even, I believe, out of love for Israel. Instead, this White House seems to be slowly coming to the pragmatic realization that there are only two remedies for terror.
The first is to give in to the terrorists, like the French have, and hope they successfully wipe Israel off the map. In this scenario, once the terrorists have destroyed Israel, they will beat their swords into plowshares and begin peacefully farming in what used to be Tel Aviv.
The second scenario is the Bush Doctrine. That says the only remedy for terror is to destroy the terrorists and overthrow the governments that sponsor, train, equip and support them. And that task begins with Syria and Iran. And ultimately, Saudi Arabia, but first things first.
And that means the countries that threaten Israel directly.
Twenty-five hundred years ago, the prophet Zechariah outlined the Bush Doctrine’s real intent. Tens of centuries before there was a George Bush, or even an Israel.
“Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of trembling unto all the people round about, when they shall be in the siege both against Judah and against Jerusalem. And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it.” (Zechariah 12:2-3)
The US hasn’t been able to find Saddam’s arsenal of weapons of mass destruction, although it is a certainty that he did possess them, and there is absolutely no evidence to explain where they went. But most intelligence services believe that if they aren’t in Iraq, then they are in Syria.
Now we return to Zechariah for a moment and take a look at the battlefield tactics he foretold twenty-five centuries before it was possible.
“And this shall be the plague wherewith the LORD will smite all the people that have fought against Jerusalem; Their flesh shall consume away while they stand upon their feet, and their eyes shall consume away in their holes, and their tongue shall consume away in their mouth.” (Zechariah 14:12)
We are living witnesses to the unfolding of God’s Plan for the Ages.
There is a reason for that. So we can testify to the world that the King is coming and that time is running out. I’ve said it before, but it bears repeating.
The fields are white with the harvest, but the laborers are few. But that’s who we assemble your Omega Letter for — the few. You.
You are the ones that people are going to ask, ‘what does this mean?’
Every month you put your money where your heart is, which makes my job enormously easier because I know I am addressing dedicated fellow one-on-one evangelists. Not lurkers in the shadows.
God has a plan for the Middle East, events are NOT spiralling out of control. God has a plan for our government, He has a plan for Iran and Syria, He even has a plan for this war.
And He has a plan for somebody who sees all this begin to come to pass and wants to know that he too can look up and know his redemption draweth nigh.
And all that is needed to advance God’s plan for that person is you.
To “be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear.” (1 Peter 3:15)
In short, to be equipped for our own battle in our own spiritual war. “Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD, and against his anointed, saying, Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us. He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the LORD shall have them in derision.” (Psalms 2:1-4)
Please help us to keep getting the word out, and let us know how we can help YOU get the word out in your own way.
Each one tell one. The King is coming!