WHAT IS YOUR PLACE IN LIFE?

Please read and share what concerns our entire human race. . .

As the world population timeclock http://www.worldometers.info/world-population/ clicks each moment, more and more are brought into this world which at this writing is nearing 7.650 billion people. So I ask you this, where is the good, positive, and correct way for all human life to be found? Certainly not in the lying media. Never in lying governments, and never in any lying religions or beliefs worldwide. So where is a full truth regarding the current and future status of civilization to be found? All people can have their own opinion which brings nothing but pure division, and that is because…

“Welcome to this human race ruled by men and women who are totally pathetic and completely incapable of any proper rulership with proof in all directions ever since the beginning of humanity on this planet . . . Or is mega taxation good? war good? genocide good? murder good? Is torture good? rape good? countless diseases good? brutal crimes good? What about corrupt world governments? are they all good for leaders with power? Is human trafficking good, child abuse good, women being beaten good, overcrowded prisons good, massive world pollution good, false incomplete education good? What about the billions lured into false misleading religions? Is this world headed for its own destruction from being built on the lies of man because our Creator is not known in spirit or truth? or did these images with intricate detail, just as our human bodies, create themselves?

There is really no end to the factual truth regarding our endless universe, stars, planets, humans, and other forms of life known by few as reptilians.

Of the over 7.6 billion on this earth, over half use the Internet. There are 1,630,322,579 websites in the World as of June 2018.

However, it should also be noted that roughly more than 85% of all websites today are not active. Instead, most of them are parked domains or have a similar function.

This means that only between 10-15% of all the websites in the World are active and being used in some fashion.

Also, consider that a big portion of the websites is not updated in a timely manner. This means that the actual number of active, working sites may be a much smaller fraction.

It is estimated that by 2019, given the current rate of growth, the global traffic on the internet will reach 2 zettabytes or 2 billion-billion bytes for the year.

To put in layman’s terms, a single zettabyte can hold 36,000 hours of HD video.

There is little doubt that the internet will continue to grow in terms of its size, scope, and information. This is thanks to the world’s growing dependence on the web for communication, business, and entertainment. https://www.millforbusiness.com/how-many-websites-are-there/

So my main question is this— Who should we believe? Who is right and who is wrong when even most all, even with good intent are nothing but a mixture of truth and error? Now those speaking based on facts which they have been accumulating for decades through fully dedicated research is the least believed, such as https://www.davidicke.com/. Another excellent source of proven information on happenings in our world past and present can be found here- https://www.naturalnews.com/.

Others like https://www.collective-evolution.com/category/alternative-news/exopolitics/ – and https://www.collective-evolution.com/author/richardenos/that also share much valuable information on the world events which include pedophilia in high places of government– and even a seven-part series on who Lucifer truly is, and why he is on this earth. Here is another man with in-depth studies, and this was just released on September 8th, 2018 – https://divinecosmos.com/davids-blog/22005-stunning-new-briefings-spy-satellites-down-deep-state-arrests-finally-imminent?utm_source=ONTRAPORT-email-broadcast&utm_medium=ONTRAPORT-email-broadcast&utm_term=&utm_content=Stunning+New+Briefings%3A+Spy+Satellites+Down%2C+Deep+State+Arrests+Finally+Imminent%3F&utm_campaign=09082018

Now, this link is even more important because it reveals how so many have been and are under full mind control- how symbols rule this world, and very many subjects which reveal what has been happening on this globe- https://vigilantcitizen.com

Want solid information on a regular basis of what is and has been happening in the United States? This first details how the media and U.S. government are nothing but liars backed with fact. http://www.newworldordernews.com/

 

Now when it comes right down to all religions, all governments, and all personal beliefs- I have reached a point through this past decade where all my real trust aims toward our unseen, unknown Creator while waiting for an answer with an instruction that never seems to come. Why is that?

This link https://dochub.com/timesoftrouble/PLg84J/the_pagan_origins_of_jesus_christ_and_christianity reveals a truth this world of Christianity is not taught or does not believe. In addition as extremely important, is this link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O5RfScpEcZ8&t=216s which reveals more truth never taught in Christianity or other religions, and it is only one study out of the uncountable for any with serious minds.

Because humans have always been full of truth and errors– and because of all versions of the Bible having many flaws and contradictions through mistranslation, adding, taking away and changing; only given spiritual discernment can identify what is the truth according to the signs of the time we are all living in.

The Bible also has a mixture truth, lies, and error– so what are a few signs of the times as written we all live in?

For man also knoweth not his time: as the fishes that are taken in an evil net, and as the birds that are caught in the snare; so are the sons of men snared in an evil time, when it falleth suddenly upon them. (Ecclesiastes 9:12)

Therefore shall the land mourn, and every one that dwelleth therein shall languish, with the beasts of the field, and with the fowls of heaven; yea, the fishes of the sea also shall be taken away. (Hosea 4:3)

First, open your mind on what water pollution consist of while knowing that it is a worldwide major problem. https://www.nrdc.org/stories/water-pollution-everything-you-need-know

Through this past decade, my basic life has been nothing but time, research best as possible, and very limited resources; however creating over 16 free websites and about a thousand writings which cover many subjects regarding this planet, our entire civilization, and even the universe; therefore what follows is but only one major example of what has become the cause on why the fishes will be taken away.

https://www.globalresearch.ca/28-signs-that-the-west-coast-is-being-absolutely-fried-with-nuclear-radiation-from-fukushima/5355280

All that I really want to do is stay busy, learn, and inform others worldwide on a regular basis of what is actually happening. But with little income, no printer, problem laptop, weak costly wireless, and free sites loaded with who knows what kind of advertisements- I cannot even properly write or distribute information via kindle, ebook, PDF, Powerpoint or any of whatever ways there may be for sharing learned truth.

We all must make our own decesions without argument: therefore only the higher powers of the eternal universe can direct our path.

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https://ttimesoftrouble.wordpress.com/2016/07/10/effort-for-spiritual-knowledge/

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https://www.collective-evolution.com/  Better understanding- research on reality

https://www.collective-evolution.com/author/richardenos/ Who Lucifer really is, and why on this earth- truth never taught

https://vigilantcitizen.com/  Extremely Informative for those that can see the “Big Picture”

https://dochub.com/timesoftrouble  About 300 individual reads on different subjects for you to decide what is true or false

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WHAT IS YOUR LIFE STORY?

Have friends that listen rather than hear only? Is the best friend in life your spouse? Have an unfulfilled dream? How about memories since childhood that you wish would just go away? Made any bad decisions? Have regrets on your path in this life? What is your personal view on world events past and present? Ever give a thought on this world of bad and sad news rather than anything good, true and positive concerning our human race?

On life story, if you tell me yours, I will listen with interest, then we can somewhat understand each other to build a friendship.

What is the purpose of war?

https://akamat.wordpress.com/2007/07/31/the-purpose-of-war-according-to-george-orwell-1984/

(Quote) War creates jobs which creates wealth for those in the business of making products for war. The true beneficiaries of war are those who create wars for political and economic gain.

When all that any individual can really see is all the pain, suffering, and the many difficulties upon billions; all they really want most out of their own life is the way to help all on this earth by taking control from all the leaders in religion, politics, and education along with all positions of power that mislead our entire human race.

Most all people are good which make all cultures good; therefore regardless of skin color, language and location— if there was never any wrong guidance from birth, all people everywhere would get alone perfectly with others through having what we all need but lack. In other words, if all humans loved others as themselves, our entire civilization would live in perfect harmony.

When we condemn others, judge others, and hate others, why is that? The answer is because of all on this planet walking the road they were brought up on or taught through their existence. One perfect example can be seen in this link which reveals just how many different beliefs there truly is.

https://ttimesofttrouble.webs.com/uncountablereligions.htm

Because today’s Christianity is part of the long list, this link below reveals just how misled their belief is also.

https://dochub.com/timesoftrouble/XJMg62/the-pagan-origins-of-jesus-christ-and-christianity

In addition, when any read in the 10 commandments “Thou shalt not kill”, why is Saul commanded to kill men, woman, and children in 1 Samuel 15:3?

“Now go and smite Amalek, and utterly destroy all that they have, and spare them not; but slay both man and woman, infant and suckling, ox and sheep, camel and ass.

Any seeking truth not taught in human education or any religion/beliefs worldwide can gain much through their own search with this link below being but one of the uncountable examples.

https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=bible+unearthed

Last but not least is what all should not only firstly believe but understand; therefore is the least belief of truth on this planet earth. Again, all I will share is but two of the uncountable examples of solid evidence through highly knowledgeable and respected individuals, thus leaving the rest to each their own direction.

The second one is this. . .

https://www.collective-evolution.com/2018/08/13/stanfords-most-successful-remote-viewer-reveals-location-of-4-alien-bases-on-earth/

Now that we have reached this point, I will share a little about myself and what brought me into having a more open mind. In the middle 1990’s I was worth half a million, but trusting man, religion, and giving much took it all away rapidly. Then added was a 30 years marriage lacking friendship which took all that I had left. In December of 2006, I left America with just over one thousand dollars to never return through learning to put no full trust in world leaders, religion, or education. At this point, I have near 30 years of private Bible studies and reading while never in my life being a church member or a part of any religiou$ organization. What these past 11 years have done is taught me how to live on almost nothing without all the comforts that I once had. Therefore seeing just how much civilization all around this world has been suffering so badly in many different ways through pollution, genocide, violence, GMO, pharmaceuticals, human trafficking, slavery, torture, and many worldwide disasters often caused by high powers as part of the plan for reducing this world population to begin the new world order.

My wife and I need some help with the reason that she can no longer work because of health, and for a man of age, there is no work here in the Philippines. I am willing to do just about anything such as online surveys or even seeking help through go fund me; however, because I have no bank card or the kind of account to acquire PayPal, it leaves me little hope other than knowing there are good people all over this world that will help others in need. Need a specialty tig welder or just a good tradesman?

For a decade our daily life was a struggle, and then one year ago in August 2017 my social security began paying me less than one thousand per month, yet seemed as riches when compared to the little we had been living on.

At this time we are living in what has become our dream come true. Rent is less than $100 per month, and this home can be bought for about $25000. To live in peace and quiet is nice. To be high up for much wind each afternoon is comforting in the hot weather. To overlook an ocean bay, the mountains on the other side, and the mountainous area all around is also very relaxing. This home is brand new and still being completed. The construction is all hollow block, rebar, concrete, tile, ceiling panels, window guards, and little else. For just as any person with a simple dream, ours is to buy this home. We have never had a stove with oven. Never a hot water heater. Never a kitchen cabinet and probably never will because they are not important needs. Also never a good dependable vehicle, and that, such as an old Jeep we do need because riding on our motorbike causes my wife to much pain. For me, it has been over 11 years since I had a good full sit down meal of my own choice, steaks on the grill, or some hot Texas chili.  I have yet to find good beef along with so many other kinds of food that I miss, but that is no problem or complaint when viewing or reading what has been happening so many decades to people in Africa and other nations worldwide.

Soon as at the end of this week our home will be completed with a guest room, thus any family or others wanting good friendship and serious conversation about what has been happening on this planet for so many decades, a game of Chess, music, beer and normal conversation can visit my wife and me, and we live not far from the airport in Gensan, Philippines. Because there are many worldwide that would like a short getaway vacation in simple ways, please share this writing.

As human beings in a messed up world, all that we can do is live day by day with hope for better tomorrows through the good in others.

https://ttimesoftrouble.wordpress.com/

https://dochub.com/timesoftrouble

https://timesofroubles.webs.com/mywritingsforgod.htm

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zzq3Vz-tVU0

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INDIVIDUALISM

When there is but one man that has spent his life as a basic loner, was without question spared death on many different occasions, possesses about 27 years of private scripture studies, and has never been a church member or a part of any man-made religious organization — that person has become very teachable through placing zero trust in man-kind or themselves; therefore only looks to our Creator always to direct and make straight his path in this temporary human life. (Proverbs 3:6)
Through http://assemblyoftrueisrael.com/ – I have come to learn so much that has never been taught — therefore I need to be placed among other like minded believers while continuing my years and years of writing with studies — rather than a life as a have not without any purpose.
It was 17 years ago when I learned that human religious traditions such as holidays have proven pagan origin. What I also have learnt well through over a decade of experiences, is the fact being that the majority of believers, whether today’s so-called Christianity, Torah followers, or even those considering themselves true Israelite’s — have not followed scripture as instructed while showing no love for others backed with any deed when possible.
All sites will say contact us — but through the years all that I have contacted never reply, or will through totally ignoring just simple needs – which includes the site above.
What I have learnt most is the fact being that nobody can be told anything that they do not want to hear; and that includes the ways of this world filled with death, mislead, child abuse, human trafficking, genocide, wars, violence, government and religious corruption, pollution, and rebels bringing destruction in places worldwide while leaving millions of refugees homeless and without basic needs to even survive. Then added is all the natural and man-made disasters such as hurricanes, tornadoes, fires, and mass shootings as a way to bring gun control and weaken civilization.
Therefore, even though my wife and I have lived a difficult life with her parents living on the dirt in the shack behind the home — we are still very thankful for what we do have when being compared to refugees, homeless, and the millions suffering through different circumstances worldwide.
https://dochub.com/timesoftrouble – This link being one of the 16 free sites that I have put together through this past decade has about 270+ reads on world conditions, pagan origins of today’s Christianity, and some truth never taught in the religions of man.
https://ttimesoftrouble.wordpress.com/ – In this site is more of my current writings which cover worldly ways, and mislead.

For any really wanting what is different, in fact so different that most all will not believe, http://assemblyoftrueisrael.com/ shares a truth for only the few genuinely seeking; and that is because they can clearly see that the human ways of this world through rule, lies, and greed have no way to continue without bringing death upon billions.

What is best about unknown truth, is truth: therefore nothing is as billions have been led to believe.

“Teacher, which commandment is greatest in the law?” And he said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’[a] This is the greatest and first commandment. And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’[b] On these two commandments depend all the law and the prophets.” (Matthew 22:36-40) (LEB)

“You[a] shall not seek vengeance, and you[b] shall not harbor a grudge against your[c] fellow citizens;[d] and you[e] shall love your[f] neighbor like yourself; [g] I am Yahweh.” (Leviticus 19:18) (LEB)

In this valuable addition, http://www.mega.nu/ampp/rummel/welcome.html shown in red photo, much sad reality regarding human rule can be learned for any willing to see things as they have always been, and are this day.

ARE YOU GENUINE? or TANGLED IN WORLDLY WAYS?

ARE YOU GENUINE? or TANGLED IN WORLDLY WAYS?

How many believers feel set apart from this world because they have chosen only the Hebrew teaching Yahshua taught rather than the doctrines and tradition of man?

How many have always been alone with no local brethren to enjoy the company of during the commanded Sabbaths and Feasts just as other Israelite’s scattered worldwide?

When we have a life of mostly living on prayer, we also have reached a point in our existence where all that we can do is. . .

In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. (Proverbs 3:6) (KJV)

In all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. (NKJV)

Agree with Him in all your ways, and He will make your paths straight. (NLV)

Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take. (NLT)

In all thy ways think on him, and he shall (ad)dress thy goings. (In all thy ways, or in all thy deeds, think of him, and he shall direct thy steps.) (WYC)

These two links below, part 1 and 2 are easy for listening to a likable man on the meaning and believers involvement in the Feast of Tabernacles, and how today’s Christianity lives opposite of what has been instructed in scripture.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Om3dJG6W8rM&t=8s

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XJriCQPswtM

However, what is always most important for us all – [meaning those who actually follow the Book of Instruction from our Creator as doers rather than hearers only deceiving ourselves] – comes through knowing that we as genuine believers can place no full trust in man regardless of how good they appear to be; and that is because just a touch of strychnine can destroy all they have taught.                                                                            This site –  https://www.youtube.com/user/PastorMarvinEDavis/about – shares a little about the man in the links above; and just as all false teachers that I have experienced through my past 27 years as an individual searching for truth — [while never in my life being a church member or associated with any beliefs] — these following words accompanied with scripture all through the Bible are what is never taught. . .

“Everyone who hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that every murderer does not have eternal life residing in him. We have come to know love by this: that he[a] laid down his life on behalf of us, and we ought to lay down our lives on behalf of the brothers. But whoever has the world’s material possessions and observes his brother in need[b] and shuts his heart against him, how does the love of God reside in him?

Little children, let us not love with word or with tongue, but in deed and truth. (1 John 3:15-18) (LEB)

What I have found through all ministries large and small is good salesmanship that leaves out the most important needed and required scripture in the entire Bible – and it is left silent because its a truth most all don’t want – therefore, if they were to teach this instruction, their own popularity and incoming funds [they wrongly call blessings] would vanish and be no more — thus making them as worldly and powered through pride with greed.

“Pride goeth before sorrow; and the spirit shall be enhanced before falling (and the spirit shall be raised up before a fall) (Proverbs 16:18) (WYC)

These links are but few of the 16 [free] websites I have been developing through this past decade while living as a have-not; thus, for any going through some of my writings compared to what has been most recent can see how much a true believer, being of the few in the narrow way, can have major changes in all that they have believed because they have learned never to look to man for truth or direction.

https://ttimesoftrouble.wordpress.com/about/  About who I am

My Efforts towards Spiritual Education seeking not from this world. These three links have the same base, but some slight differences in the way shared.

http://timesofroubles.webs.com/mywritingsforgod.htm

https://dochub.com/timesoftrouble/wjvzLJ/efforts-for-spiritual-knowledge

https://ttimesoftrouble.wordpress.com/2016/07/10/539/

The DocHub link below has very many interesting subjects on world conditions, false beliefs, corrupt governments, religions, and what is en route upon America and our entire human race – thus educational in many ways.

https://dochub.com/timesoftrouble

When a man of 62 years has belief, experience with today’s Christianity, 27 years since being spiritually drawn, and has never been the member of any Church, belief, or religiou$ organization – that individual becomes very teachable through a mind willing and wanting truth from not of this world — rather than being of the many in the wide worldly gate leading to destruction.

All that my wife and I can do in this life is pray while striving to live in ways which please our Creator – thus being in wait for a new life’s direction through doing His will anywhere on this globe. We have no children and no chains other than our lifetime debt of only about $4000 being for our transportation.

May our Creator direct your path.

 

DEADHEADS WORLDWIDE

Because truth is never good, people worldwide hate it, ignore it, and despise those that share it – therefore just keep their heads buried in the sands of life as if everything is alright or will get better — when in truth — the worst times of trouble ever before on this planet earth are inevitable with all religions and beliefs being the most brain dead of the over 7.5 billion civilization. Why is that? Because humans put their trust in humans rather than the Creator of all that exists throughout Eternity — thus we have a world population not ready for the unexpected through uncountable gruesome ways.

https://ttimesoftrouble.wordpress.com/

https://dochub.com/timesoftrouble

http://www.newworldordernews.com/

Why Is Syria Hell on Earth? Here’s the Ugly but True Answer…

The whole truth with nothing but truth is fact being that humans have never been able to properly rule humans; therefore our bitter end lies ahead in ways none on this earth living in spiritual darkness are prepared for; especially all of today’s Christianity that listen, trust, and even pay all their blinded pastors, ministers, prophets, evangelists tithes for the lies of twisted scripture as in the doctrines and traditions of man being totally false in all churches and religions worldwide having congregations as the foolish virgins lacking their oil for wisdom. Matthew 25:1-13

TheWayPrepared.com is for the few seeking truth never taught in the religions of man anywhere on this planet.

Hafez al-Assad

The son of the president was driving way too fast through the early morning fog. He was rushing to the airport to catch a flight to Germany. He missed the exit to the airport. Lost control of his sports car. Smashed it into a barrier. The car flipped numerous times. When it came to a stop, the son of the president was dead. He was 33. His name was Basil al-Assad.

The first son was so beloved by his father that the president was fond of being called Abu Basil, which translates as “Father of Basil.” As heir apparent to his father, Basil’s sudden violent death was a shock to the family, and a stunning blow to the future of the nation and its people. The second son was never intended to be a leader. He was off in London, training to be an eye doctor. But following the death of Abu Basil’s first son, Fate left the younger brother as de facto next-in-line to become president of Syria. You know this man’s name: Bashar al-Assad.

Bashar, who the New York Times called a “shy young doctor” when he took over as president of Syria in July of 2000, quickly transformed from mild-mannered London-based ophthalmologist into the man you know as the genocidal monster of Damascus. A man far more cruel and ghoulish than his father. Bashar’s murderous reign raises a peculiar question: How many hundreds of thousands of Syrian people died because of that one car accident?

If you catch news of the Syrian conflict, it seems like a narrative that’s knotted and frayed, impossible to untangle. However, it’s not, if you pull on the right thread.

When the world learned that the Syrian government––under orders from President Bashar al-Assad––had (allegedly) dropped bombs of sarin gas on its own people, the news reports defied easy understanding. How could any leader do that to his own people? But if you know the story of Syria, this atrocity is sadly quite predictable. It follows a historic pattern.

To understand why Bashar al-Assad exterminates his own people, you must understand how Bashar values the people of Syria. His people. But before they were his people, they belonged to someone else. To understand the son, one must know the father. The story of the Syrian conflict — a tale of staggering losses of human life, death on a scale that avoids comprehension— is a war story that’s not easy to tell. There are the factions. The history. The layers of conflict. But, if you wish to answer the question: Why is Syria Hell on Earth––why have 320,000 innocent human beings been murdered––to answer why such atrocities occur despite history’s warnings, to get at this story properly, one must start with the father of Basil, and Bashar, and the republic of Syria.

His name is: Hafez al-Assad.


Syria is a nation born from an act of European betrayal. It was part of a great betrayal of Arabs by the British and French that traces back to one man, T.E. Lawrence. You may know him from his movie biopic, Lawrence of Arabia.

In the film, Peter O’Toole beautifully pines as he gazes out at those bleak desert landscapes, framed by the genius of David Lean. As the audience, we see how Lawrence, an eccentric Englishman, is sent to an undesirable outpost to aid the Arabs in their fight against the Turks. They’re hopelessly outmatched. But Lawrence inspires them with the promise of freedom in victory. He even fights side-by-side with the Arab rebels he commands in battle. Together, they achieve stunning victories against the Turks. But then, once the Turks are beaten, Lawrence learns that the British government, along with the French, intends to go back on its promise to the Arabs. The land they fought, bled, and died for, will not be theirs; instead, the European powers declared themselves the new imperial overlords of the Middle East. That’s a world class betrayal.

After the smoke cleared, the dust settled, and the blood dried in the killing fields of World War I, there sat the ruins of the Ottoman Empire. The Turkish empire was vast. In order to divide up their prize of the newly-liberated Middle Eastern kingdoms, the British and the French designated two mapmakers––men whose names are written in the history books as cartographers but were essentially imperial bureaucrats––and tasked them with the opportunity to draw new borders across lands and peoples they did not understand. It was called the Sykes-Picot Agreement. A lattice of borders was laid over the Middle East with all the care of a blind tailor. When they were done, the former Turkish-controlled lands of the Ottoman Empire were renamed as new nations. You know them as: Iraq, Iran, Lebanon, Palestine, Jordan, and Syria. (Armenia, was also freed from Turkish domination, but was given to the Russians.)

The new nations were never intended to be independent. They were intended to be colonies for the European powers. Of course the Arab natives of the region weren’t super eager to trade their old Ottoman overlords for new French ones. The people rightfully wanted nations of their own, not puppet governments, ones loyal to a foreign power. They’d fought and died to establish Arab republics. Which is why, in 1925, before the newly-minted State of Syria could celebrate its first birthday, rebel factions began a civil war against the French-mandated Syrian government. The rebellion was led by a man named Sultan Pasha al-Atrash.

Sultan Pasha al-Atrash

The rebel leader Sultan al-Atrash and his followers were from a minority ethnic group in Syria, the Arab Druze people. They lived mostly by the southern border with Palestine. As tribal leaders, al-Atrash’s family had ruled this section of land since the 1870s. When the French replaced the Turks as the foreign power, the Druze refused to accept the new French Mandate. They made war against this so-called State of Syria. They’d just fought the Turks to be free. Why not the French? Plus, the Druze had largely been left out of the new power-sharing agreement between the city-states of Aleppo and Damascus. The revolution led by al-Atrash was immediately popular with other tribes in Syria, it spread like a wildfire of insurrection, lasting for two years. It burned across the countryside. But the Arab rebellion overlooked the obvious fact the French military had a brutal technological advantage. Remember, this is just after World War I.

So, what do you think the French military used to put down the revolts?

Imagine bi-planes flying over population centers packed with Arabs. It was an indiscriminate campaign of death from above. During one campaign the French air force bombed the civilians of Damascus, for 48 straight hours, murdering rebels and civilians alike. Indiscriminately. Which is how, inevitably, al-Atrash’s popular revolt was quashed. All Syrians were punished, guilty and innocent.

But the French took seriously the message of Arab discontent. They promised the Syrian people change. Real Arab leadership. A Syria for Syrians. Oui, Oui!

Their plan was doomed by another tribal oversight. The French largely ignored the third major ethnic group in the Syria, the Alawites, a Shiite Muslim tribal group native to the northern coast, up by the border with Turkey. The tribe had strongly objected to the French Mandate and never officially joined the State of Syria. As a minority ethnic population, just like Sultan al-Atrash and the southern Druze tribe, the Alawites had been left out of the French plans for a power-sharing agreement that saw the city-states of Aleppo and Damascus as the seats of Syrian power.

Quick note, this will pop back up later in our story: the al-Assad family are Alawites. If you’re keeping score, the Alawites are a Shiite ethnic group, or tribe, in a predominantly Sunni Muslim nation. This fun fact from the nation’s founding will forever affect the story of Syria. You may also notice another pattern and theme begin to shape Syrian history. Can you guess what it is?

Here, I’ll give you a hint: bombing civilians.

Fast-forward five years. It’s 1930. For reasons wholly political, a new new nation of Syria is declared. It’s called the Syrian Republic. At this point, Syria is becoming born-again faster than a Mississippi divorcee. And again, the people’s dream of a truly independent Arab-ruled Syria is rejected. Instead, the nation is given a new set of window dressings, put up by the latest version of a puppet French government. (The French are nothing if not stubborn.)

In 1936, there are new talks for a treaty of independence from France. The Syrian Republic––and all its various peoples––will finally be free to found a sovereign Arab nation. Free to set their own course. Free from the domination of foreign rulers. And one year later, in 1937, a free and independent Syria is established. But it’s never fully legalized. The French legislature decides not to ratify the treaty. Which leaves the young nation in limbo. It’s left as an unrecognized nation, about as legit on the world stage as a Disney family fun island.

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By the way, notice something important about the years we’re talking about? There’s an external tension galloping along with Syria’s internal tensions. Remember what else was going on in the world in the late 1930s? If so, you may guess what happens next. That’s right….Boom!

World War II.


When the Nazis march on Paris and take over France in 1940, the occupied government of Vichy France is left in charge of the colonial French-mandated puppet government of Syria. Which means, for a short while, the Syrian Republic is governed by Nazi-occupied France. Essentially, the Nazis. Yet another new foreign power in charge of Syria. But then, the war in the European theater ends in the summer of ‘45, and the restored French government promises to pull out of Syria. The newly-liberated French claim they will finally allow the Arab nation to become a truly free and independent nation, no longer under rule by a foreign power. And, one year later, when the French still haven’t left Syria, new popular uprisings and protests break out.

In May of 1945, the Prime Minister of the Syrian Republic, Faris al-Khoury travels to San Francisco to attend the founding conference for the United Nations. He presents a proposal that outlines why Syria should be granted its freedom from the old League of Nations-approved French Mandate of Syria. Meanwhile, back in Syria, the French Air Force is bombing the country, to convince them to accept restored French rule. On October 24, 1945 the United Nations is born with the ratification of the UN Charter. Syria was a founding member state of the UN. With the establishment of the UN, its predecessor the League of Nations and its agreements such as the French Mandate of Syria are no longer legally binding. Which Syria declares is the perfect opportunity for their independence from their French overlords.

Based on what we know of the story of Syria, so far, how do you think the French responded to the Prime Minister al-Khoury’s pleas to the UN to recognize Syria as a free and independent Arab nation?

You know the answer: violence against innocent Syrians. The French fired artillery into the crowds of protesters. They shut off the electricity in Damascus. Their warplanes continued to indiscriminately bomb civilians.

But after they put down the latest rebellion, the French had a change of mind. Busy rebuilding France after the devastations of World War II, the French had their own headaches and hassles to deal with back home. Constantly putting down insurrections in a colony was becoming too expensive and unpopular. In 1946, the French decide to cut Syria loose. And on April 17, 1946 the last French troops leave Syria. The nation will, finally, be free and independent.

However, yet again, external politics intervene. In 1948, a new nation is born on Syria’s southern border. Its birth will reshape the entire Middle East region. And it spells immediate trouble for Syria. You know that new nation as….Israel.

To the south and west of Damascus is an area called the Golan Heights. It’s down there in the lower left corner of Syria. It was part of the old border with Syria’s southern neighbor Palestine. But when the Arab nation of Palestine was annexed and designated by the United Nations as a Jewish homeland, Syria is drawn into a fresh conflict with its new neighbor, Israel.

In 1948, Syria joined with other Arab nations, who’d vowed to crush Israel. Together they waged all-out war. And together, they lost. Spectacularly. One year after the beginning of the war, in July of 1949, Syria quit fighting their new neighbor. They were the last ones to put down their arms. Their loss against Israel was a crushing humiliation. In fact, it’s such a colossal embarrassment it leads to a coup. The first of many coups, new constitutions, and reformed cabinets. This settles into a pattern––for a decade and a half, Syria is a roiling cauldron of governmental upheaval.

At one point, in 1958, Syria attempts to join with Egypt to create a super-nation, the United Arab Republic. They dream of one giant Arab nation spreading across the Middle East, like a Muslim superpower, a union of federated republics. But, like all dreams, it’s short-lived. In less than three years the United Arab Republic crashes hard on the rocks of reality. In 1961, Syria attempts to become, once again, a newly free and independent nation. They call their new nation the Arab Republic of Syria. Which leads to a new governmental instability. In March of 1963, the Arab Socialist Ba-ath Party takes over Syria in a coup d’état.

Eventually, we arrive at an end to all this tumultuous chaos. Finally, strong Arab leadership comes to Syria. So strong that it ends the cycles of inner turmoil and constant domination by outside nations. Finally, Syria overcomes the push and pull of world events. Out of chaos comes the birth of a new and lasting order. It’s the last and most important coup.

So, who do you think led that coup?

Ten points if you said: Hafez al-Assad. AKA Abu Basil, father of Basil, Bashar, and Syria.

Hafez al-Assad

Hafez al-Assad made his first power moves after Syria lost to Israel in a yet another failed war. The year was 1967. Hafez al-Assad was the Minister of Defense for Syria during the Six Days War. As Col. Hafez al-Assad he mostly stayed out of the struggles for power that resulted from the loss to Israel. Of course, Hafez had opinions, but he saw himself as a military man. The sort who takes orders. As the Minister of Defense, there were many in the military who respected him. As did many politicians. His opinions shaped Syrian policy. Which meant, he also had political rivals. His key rival was the Salah Jadid, the President of Syria. After al-Assad discovered an assassination plot against him masterminded by the sitting president, he decided it was time for him to go full gangster, and just take over the whole operation.

In November of 1970, the government under President Jadid convened an Emergency National Congress. It was called to settle down the growing crisis of confidence in his leadership. Feeling threatened by his popular Minister of Defense, President Jadid was eager to sideline Hafez al-Assad. His plan was to use the Emergency National Congress to very publicly remove al-Assad from any and all official government posts he holds. It’s a common move when one fears a coup from the military. All the top leadership of Syria attended the Emergency National Congress. But Hafez al-Assad rolled up like a gangster. One who had his own army. When he arrived at the Emergency National Congress, he ordered his most loyal troops to surround the building.

Inside, the meeting goes down as planned. President Jadid stripped al-Assad of all his official government positions. Thoroughly shamed, the president and his allies feel convinced this public embarrassment will effectively sideline the former Minister of Defense. And if they’re lucky, it might salt the earth for any future political ambitions. How wrong were they? They totally failed to realize who they were dealing with. Hafez motherfucking al-Assad.

Once the Emergency National Congress was concluded, al-Assad declares himself in-charge of Syria, and confidently orders his troops to arrest President Jadid and his key supporters, and anyone who opposes his new leadership. In a very un-democratic move, al-Assad seized control of the whole damn country. His loyal soldiers didn’t even have to fire a single shot.

After Hafez al-Assad’s bloodless coup was a total success. Everyone in Syria gets the message. And they get in line. Finally, there’s some order and stability. It comes in the form of an authoritarian leader. But there is no doubt Hafez al-Assad is the undisputed leader of Syria, a stabilizing force, and would remain so for the next thirty years.

Now, to make things a little more interesting, keep in mind, the al-Assad family are Alawites. Remember they’re the same tribal group that wouldn’t originally partner with the city-states of Aleppo and Damascus way back when the newly-formed French-mandated nation of Syria was first negotiating its various independence deals with France after the end of World War I. That’s how far back these tensions go. Unresolved tensions from World War I. And the religious tension are far older than that. Since al-Assad is a member of the Shia minority group of Alawites, to maintain his tight grip on leadership, as the supreme leader of Syria, he often acted with crushing violence to suppress any uprisings in the Sunni-predominant urban centers, such as Damascus and Aleppo.

When you hear about people living in a Syrian city such as Damascus, Aleppo, or Homs, you might think they’re all the same. They’re all Syrians. You have to keep in mind these are groups of people from different historic ethnic groups. Aleppo and Damascus aren’t just cities in Syria. They were ancient, independent city-states. As Americans, we might think of them as two neighboring cities like Cleveland and Cincinnati. But it’s more like if Cleveland and Cincinnati were once fierce rivals, and then one day, some foreigners with guns and bombs came along, drew a line around them all, called it a border, and said they now live in Ohio. This is important but often overlooked aspect of life in Syrian cities. The cities are ancient rivals.

Right about now you may be wondering, “But wait, where is America in this story? When does the U.S. show up in this tale?”


Hafez al-Assad and President Jimmy Carter

At the end of World War II––much like at the end of World War I––there were two new superpowers, only this time it was America and the Soviet Union. The world entered its post-colonial period. All around the globe, new nations popped into existence. Either through war and revolution, through mandate, or sometimes through royal decree. But for three decades, nations constantly stepped free of the grip of their former colonial rulers. As the countries emerged from European rule, the new nations often had to pick, either, the U.S. or the Soviet Union as their strategic ally. In return, the two competing superpowers used the new nations as sites for their proxy wars. This is how the Middle East became a patchwork of Soviet and U.S.-alliances.

Never one to miss a trick, Hafez al-Assad exploited regional politics and Cold War politics to his benefit. With Soviet weapons, al-Assad turned Syria into a feared and respected Arab republic. One that was a worthy military rival to its southern neighbor, Israel. But that fight would have to wait, because there was a new threat spreading in the Middle East, one that pitted Muslim against Muslim. The militarized political arrangements of the Seventies –– and the hopes for peace in the Middle East, that seemed so near at hand after President Carter, Menachem Begin, and Anwar Sadat struck a peace accord between Egypt and Israel –– drew to a sudden and surprising close at the end of the decade. It was like someone had turned on all the lights in the disco. The culprit was Iran. Iran turned on the lights in the disco. But that’s what you do when your thing is Islamic fundamentalism.

The year was 1978, when a theocratic movement of students and religious clerics united to overthrow the American-backed Shah of Iran, every leader in the Middle East turned their head to watch, wondering if they could be next, as the Ayatollah urged all Muslims to reject Western powers and embrace Islamic fundamentalism, to adopt religious values as the guiding voice for politics in the region. That was a direct challenge to Hafez al-Assad, who was the secular socialist president partnered with the atheist Soviet Union, who was actively at war against Muslims in Afghanistan. Not a good look for an Arab leader when everyone’s talking theocracy. And you know al-Assad will suppress the first signs of rebellion or revolt; if he detected the faintest whiff of protest it would be met with state violence. Because, never forget, al-Assad is an Alawite, which means he is a Shia Muslim who’s the leader of a majority Sunni nation. This is what anyone would call a crisis of leadership. But Hafez al-Assad had seen it coming. Since 1976, he’d been putting down his own Islamist uprising in Syria.

After four years of him waging sectarian violence against the Syrian Sunni fundamentalists, backed by the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, the revolts against al-Assad metastasized into full-on assassination attempts. In 1980, there was a nearly successful attempt on al-Assad’s life that did succeed in scaring him into responding with increasingly horrific violence. The embattled president put his brother in charge of a counterinsurgency with one goal: crush the Sunni Islamist revolt.

In 1982, al-Assad ordered the siege of the city of Hama. For 27 days, the Syrian government pummeled the civilians of the city with artillery attacks and waves of aerial bombings. When they finally stopped, the Syrian government had killed 20,000–40,000 thousand of its own citizens. (The number of fatalities depends on whose count you use.) Around the world, the Hama Massacre was widely-criticized, it was a shocking atrocity. But the revolt was put down. The Hama Massacre was one of the most heinous actsan Arab government ever committed against its own people. Does it sound kinda familiar though?

Now, let’s jump forward ten years.

It’s 1991. There’s a war brewing in the Persian Gulf. America led by George Bush the Elder is about to take on Iraq in the First Gulf War.

Can you guess who secular, socialist, Soviet Union-backed, President al-Assad and his Syrian government chose as their ally in the Gulf War?

Just like he did in the Iran-Iraq War in 1980, Hafez al-Assad, leader of the socialist Ba’ath party of Syria, decides to help a foreign power fight and defeat the Ba’ath party of Iraq. He stuns the world and sides with a western power, America, and aids its attacks on a majority Muslim nation.

Hafez al-Assad and Saddam Hussein in happier days

After the First Gulf War ends, al-Assad is still in power, and now he’s a little less worried about a fundamental Muslim revolution deposing him. The Americans are now the ones to attract their fundamentalists’ anger and incur their violence. But he’s also still feeling a bit unprotected. He was about to lose his biggest ally. That same year, in December of 1991, al-Assad and the rest of the world watched as the Soviet Union dissolved like a sugar cube in the rain.

How could al-Assad negotiate the new political reality and retain power in Syria? His options were limited. He could become an unofficial American ally, like Egypt had done. But the risk there was that it might turn him into a puppet in the eyes of his people, and spell doom for his leadership like it did for the Shah of Iran. What about the Muslim nation to his north, Turkey?

For many readers Turkey’s role in the Middle East may be something of a question mark. Like, what’s the deal with Turkey in the Middle East? Are they part of it, or not? Turkey exists at the physical divide between Europe and Asia. It’s a gateway nation, which makes it’s an impossible country to read. It’s a nation with two faces. It looks one way to Westerners. And quite different to Easterners, like Iran or Russia. And, Turkey looks quite different to the Arab world. The eyes of their culture see further back in history. To Arab eyes Turkey conjures up memories of centuries of domination by the Ottoman Empire that only ended thanks to the bloodshed of World War I. And now, a century later, memories of Turkish domination are not forgotten, or forgiven. To this day, no Arab nation wishes to see the return of a dominant Turkey. Which means, Syria, like all its other Arab neighbors, will always avoid partnering with Turkey.

So, who can a socialist, religiously moderate, secular nation like Syria partner with to help them remain a free and independent country? While also avoiding the ever-present threat of a hostile takeover by the fundamentalist Islamic wave that burns like coals all across the Middle East, always ready to flare up and start a new bonfire of resistance?

To buy himself time, all throughout the Nineties, al-Assad plays diplomacy games with the West. He makes overtures that much like Egypt did, Syria will make peace with Israel. He works high-level political calculus, and all the while al-Assad drags his feet through round after round of international negotiations and discussions about the planned peace deal and a new treaty with Israel. President Clinton and the West especially want al-Assad’s help and stamp of approval on an Israel-Palestine solution. America thinks there can one day be peace in the Middle East. This idea al-Assad dangles like bait before the West, but he never formally confirms anything. He plays the West.

Just as he has done for decades in his dealings with the West, al-Assad employs stalling tactics in his negotiations, and soon enough, he finds he has a new ally. One that’s perfectly suited to keep the West from strong-arming him, and protect him from losing power to the Islamist fundamentalist. His new ally was an old friend.

From the ashes of the Soviet Union, had emerged a new nation, one weaker than before, but bound together by a ruthless form of gangster-capitalism. They call the new nation the Russian Federation. Thanks to the fact they’re natural and historic allies, Syria partnered with the new Russia. This move kept regional powers like Iran in check. It also kept the regional powers like Saudi Arabia and Egypt, who are both majority Sunni populations, along with the gulf states of Abu Dhabi, Qatar, and Dubai, from dominating the region with the backing of the Americans. And remember, the Americans are, for the most part, just an update on the former colonial powers, the British and the French. Which, like the Turks, no Arab nation wants as their foreign ruler. Plus, by partnering with Russia, it makes arch-rivals Israel, and Turkey, think twice about ever messing with Syria. On the geopolitical chessboard it’s a brilliant move to make. It’s exactly what you expect from a political gangster genius like Hafez al-Assad: wait for the world to change.


Over the last 100 years, since, roughly, 1920, Syria has partnered with the French, the Nazi-occupied French government, the British, the Americans, the Egyptians, the Iranians, the Soviets, and most recently, the Russians. For a hundred years, they’ve struggled to be a free and independent nation that sets its own destiny. To do that, they’ve had to play global politics. Which means they’ve played the dark and dirty games of the region, riding waves of violence as they ceaselessly ebbed and flowed, ever since the Ottoman Empire crumbled at the end of World War I.

As a nation, Syria began as two dominant city-states, Damascus and Aleppo, grouped together with a number of various ethnic tribes, most notably, the two tribal states, the Alawites in the north, and the Druze in the south, all forced together by foreign map-makers and their colonial bosses. The one man to hold power in Syria, supreme leader Hafez al-Assad, from the Alawite minority, is a strongman who always felt the only way for him to hold onto power in a majority-Sunni nation, with majority-Sunni nations for neighbors, was to periodically wage indescribable acts of violence against the citizens of his own nation. To defeat outsiders he chose to kill Syrians. At this point, you could cynically call it a family tradition.

To understand why, in 2017, President Bashar al-Assad gassed his own people, and has bombed the city of Aleppo into a post-apocalyptic wasteland, you need look no further than his father. That’s his blueprint.

First, the people living in the city-state of Aleppo are not al-Assad’s people. Bashar may be the leader of Syria, but his people, his father’s people, are the Alawite tribe from the north. The people in Aleppo are Sunnis. To Bashar, he’s killing enemies, not his people. The Syrian revolution began in 2011. One of the first and largest anti-Assad protests was in the city of Hama. Bashar responded with tanks. By the time his men were done suppressing the protest, they’d killed two hundred civilians. It was called the Siege of Hama. Which mirrors his father’s Hama Massacre. This is just what the family does to hold power.

Secondly, President Bashar al-Assad is and will always be battling against the same fundamentalist Muslims his dad had to quash. In one form or another, they’re the same ones that have been trying to overthrow the Syrian government since the mid-Seventies. That’s commitment. The Muslim Brotherhood and its allies would still love to see a fundamentalist Sunni leadership in Syria. The Iran Revolutionary Guard would also love to see a fundamentalist Muslim leadership in Syria, only difference is they’d prefer it be led by Shia Muslims, not Sunnis like the Muslim Brotherhood. And, of course, there’s ISIS. Each fundamental Islamist group imagines it differently, but they share the same general goal: religious revolution. Bashar al-Assad firmly believes the only thing holding back these various flavors of Muslim fundamentalism is the constant reminder of the pain of death.

Thirdly: There’s Russia. Vladimir Putin enjoys fulfilling the role of the former Western colonial powers. For one, it’s lucrative for Russia to sell weapons and arms to Syria. The Syrian conflict also gives Russia a place to run military exercises. It’s a powerful means for Putin to project dominance on the world stage. And, most importantly, Syria is an arena for Russia to challenge the presumption that the old colonial powers––the British and the French, and the new ones, the Americans, who back the Saudi Arabians and the gulf states––are the real power in the region. Putin doesn’t agree with that assumption. The Syrian civil war is a monkey wrench the Russians can throw into Arab regional relations, and into world politics. Bashar al-Assad learned from his dad this global game-playing amongst the world powers is how one retains power in Syria. You leverage outsider power to control your own people.

Syria is not a free and independent nation. It has yet to achieve that goal. And the people pay for that failure. Millions of innocent people, unfortunate to have been born in Syria, must live in the murderous intersection of tribalism, religious and sectarian divides, proxy warfare by foreign powers, and wartime capitalism. Their lives are unfairly marred by the original sins of Turkish and subsequent European colonialism. Their supreme leader, President Bashar al-Assad, is just the latest symptom of a devastating disease. He’s playing a role not written for him, and thus he does the only thing he knows works: be as vicious and cunning as dear ol’ daddy, Hafez.

History doesn’t repeat, but it does rhyme. This may be why Syria remains a bloody cluster-fuck. There’s no end in sight because no one is working on the sources of the tensions. Instead, well-meaning outsiders are overwhelmed by the endless cycles of violence, even if they’re occasionally motivated into action by the pitiful looks on the faces of helpless children. The people doomed to live in Syria lack the ability to overcome all of these various forces working against them. Survival is their best hope. Hell, they just tried to wage a revolution for their freedom from tyranny. You see where that got them. The last 7 years have been the government’s answer. Plus, it’s not like America’s going to do any serious and committed nation-building guided by the tiny hands of Donald Trump and his under-staffed and under-funded State Department. And, the Russians? Well, we all know they aren’t known for spreading democracy. There is no peaceful escape for the people from the murderous reign of Bashar al-Assad.

The only person who’s successfully held power in Syria was a socialist gangster military mastermind from an ethnic minority. Who do you think the eye doctor son who accidentally became president after his older brother died in a car crash is going to emulate? The story of his father, Hafez, sheds light on an ugly truth: for the foreseeable future, with Russia’s backing, Bashar will guarantee that Syria remains bloody as a slaughterhouse killing floor.

How many hundreds of thousands of lives were lost because of that one car accident? Big brother Basil may not have been a better president, but it’s difficult to picture he would’ve been more monstrous than his little brother Bashar. But, who knows? Basil may have tried to surpass his father’s cruelty, and he may have exceeded Bashar’s civilian-killing ways. That’s not the best question to ask. The only good and important question to ask is:

What can possibly save the people of Syria from this endless cycle of violence that’s as predictable as the sweep of the arms of a murderous clock?

In other words, when will Syria finally be a free and independent nation? Right now, America and Russia continue to bomb hospitals in Syria, as they try to defeat ISIS. Meanwhile, the Russians aim to keep Bashar al-Assad in power, while the Americans give aid to the rebels looking to depose him, the same rebels that are aligned with the latest fundamentalist Sunni Islamists, ones you know best as…Al Qaeda. That’s right. In Syria, America is uneasy partners with Al Qaeda. That’s Syria.

And that’s been Syria for the last 100 years. That’s why refugees are desperate to leave, the same ones President Trump has banned from entering the U.S. The same refugees that drown in the Mediterranean, desperate to reach Europe. The West drew the imaginary lines in the sand that created Syria. That original betrayal of Arabs by the West is the reason why Syria became hell on Earth. It’s easy to ignore the truth of that statement if you blame Bashar and Hafez al-Assad for the bloodshed we see in the news.

But now you know…that’s not the real story.

The real story is far uglier.


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