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.

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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.

 

If all US citizens went to war with their own government, and if the soldiers supported the government, who would win?

If all US citizens went to war with their own government, and if the soldiers supported the government, who would win?
I’ll answer this question with your scenario i.e the United States Armed Forces side with the United States government.

No doubt, the United States government would crush the uprising/revolution (I assume that the war originated from this cause).

Yes, I am aware that civilians as a whole in the United States possess a large stock of firearms. This is a great base to assume that they have a well-off chance against the government force.

However, civilians with their large arsenal of firearms can only pitch fairly against the military in a war of attrition.

With the huge number of manpower and firearms, they can easily overrun the military and push them back initially. On the other hand, when the military strikes back with force, they stand little chance to hold their grounds. For the sake of abbreviation, I will call the civilians as the USRF – “United States Revolutionary Force”.

  1. Open combat

The simple fact that the military possesses AFV (Armored Fighting Vehicles) i.e tanks, armored carriers, artillery, etc is enough to devastate any force of plain manpower on foot or automobile. As far as I know (correct me if I’m wrong), American civilians do not possess anti-tank weapons. So the armors will roll freely, gaining grounds along as they move.

Even if the USRF manages to pin down any group of military ground force, fire support will rain down from all available platforms. The United States Air Force, as known, has a gigantic arsenal of aircraft that can rain lead and explosive upon their enemies. The United States Navy as well, with also aircraft and cruise missiles. Having no effective means of air defence, will prove that the USRF stands no chance against incoming air bombardment. The much-beloved A-10 will the special “Angel of Death”, being freely as they like and loiter much as they want.

2. Urban warfare

Unless the government wants to keep cities intact, they can just level everything. If they do decide to go in directly to clear out everything, this is where the USRF can hold out efficiently. Imagine every building, occupied by the USRF forces with firepower at every corner. That is nightmare for any combat force, even with armor support. It will take months, or even years for them to successfully clear out a city of skyscrapers.

However, USRF’s Achilles’ heel is their available resource. Ammunition aren’t infinite. While the government can manage to produce more stock (somehow), the civilians will not have this luxury. Once their ammunition stock empties, there’s nothing else.

So all in all, even though a governmental victory is imminent, it will take years, or even decades to succeed, and will come to considerable losses.

Laura Hancock

If the soldiers support the government, the US citizens are getting massacred. There is no way in hell that a bunch of partially armed and generally-crappily-trained civilians are going to be able to take on the US military. The citizenry don’t have drones or planes or tanks or any of that crap. Some have guns.

Best case scenario, we end up with the citizens combining and essentially performing the equal of “terrorist attacks” on the government forces. But I’m not sure how well that would work. See, part of the reason why ISIS hasn’t been turned into a bloody smear at this point is the average US citizen doesn’t have much stomach for killing all of the innocent people who surround them. Yes, it does happen, but it’s not as if your average US citizen is desirous of bombing human shields. This, as well as pressure from other countries and governments, prevents the US military from unleashing max force.

In this scenario, where the government has turned against its people, who is going to be that intervening force? Nobody.

The pro-gun argument that somehow owning guns prevents the government from being tyrannical is, frankly, poppycock at best. Now, before the NRA jumps down my throat, I’m actually not anti-gun ownership, provided that all legal channels are adhered to, adequate training is had, they are stored and cared for properly, and you’re not walking around a Target like you’re goddamn Rambo trying to find the detergent aisle. (Which does happen to mean I’m against a lot of individual gun-ownership situations in the US, though.)

However, you’re not going to be able to take on the US government with a gun if it decides it wants to teach the populace what “tyrannical” means. Sorry.

The citizens, that is if the soldiers find it morally wrong to attack citizens of their own country, and decide that they won’t fight their own people.

The government, if the military decides to abide and follow the orders of the government. This is not as rare as an occurrence as once might think. There has been on numerous occasions where the U.S. military has attacked their own citizens. Mostly for reasons that are justifiable depending on the viewpoint.

The government has at times been able to crush numerous uprisings. But those times were long ago, and I can’t say exactly for sure if that would apply to today.

I would say citizens, because the questions states “all citizens”. That would include the U.S. military as all soldiers are citizens, and considering the only power the government would have is political at that point, they would ultimately lose—even the political power they had left would be quite small at that point.

Matthew Beasley

Theoretically?

Well let us assume that the there really is this nice dividing line between the two. (And this NEVER happens) And let us assume that it really is ALL the civilian none government population of the US against the entire US military, instead of the far messier situation typically found in civil wars.

Well the initial victory goes to the US military. These guys are well trained professionals who will HAMMER a bunch of semi-trained civilians in a straight fight. Forget your little Hollywood fantasies of overthrowing your government overnight, not going to happen. Ever. You have NOTHING that can take on the formidable airborne, armoured and heavily armed forces of the US military on close to even terms. Bach Viet Nguyen is correct when he states that in open combat, a civilian uprising gets hammered. No ifs, no buts, YOU WILL LOSE. Badly I might add. You don’t even need to bring heavy weapons to the table. Professional soldiers have the necessary fire discipline, tactics and know-how to turn any head on confrontation against you with painfully sharp lesson as to why this is a bad idea.

If the US government is unable to cow the population into submission fast enough, then in the long run, the civilian population wins. Because while destroying this

is unlikely, it does have one major weakness. It needs supply lines. It needs logistical support. And THESE things ARE easier to destroy. (Although this will take time and hard earned experience) It also needs economics. Money to BUY the weapons. Money to BUY the fuel. Workers to RUN the essential industries that keep the US military running. A CIVILIAN population to recruit from. A CIVILIAN population to grow the food and educate the next generation of soldiers etc.

Also, forget the fantasies of people who think that their guns are all that stands between them and tyranny. I’d put money on them being killed off early on, even as an opening strike. These guys are happily posting their secrets away on Facebook and the like and easy prey. Frankly, I suspect that these guys would be just as likely to support tyranny than stand up to it.

Also, bear in mind that while some vocal individuals talk about how they would fight to the bitter end, I suspect that when push came to shove, their bravado would quietly fade away. Talk is cheap, but actions are expensive. (And VERY bloody in this scenario. It’s hard to support action when your friends and family are lying in a pool of their own blood. And lets not beat about the bush. A LOT of people are going to die for this.)

Ultimately, not only is it a highly unlikely scenario. Tyranny doesn’t just sneak up on you one day, it takes it’s sweet time. Uprisings are virtually never universally supported by the civilian population and opposed entirely by the military in the scenario you describe. And the US is a country with well built series of checks and balances. Freedom of speech allows the population air their grievances and the civilian government has options to allow redress for those that the state has done wrong. I don’t pretend that it’s perfect, but it works well enough for now. More importantly, it’s flaws are not enough to goad and mobilise the population of America.

So next time you hear someone talking about how an armed population keeps the government in check etc, then I think it is safe to assume that they haven’t a clue. If it gets to the point where your guns are the only thing between you and tyranny, then it’s all gone horribly pear-shaped LONG before then and what the hell were you doing while this happened?

Q: If all US citizens went to war with their own government, who would win?

You see my friend, the entire goverment is manned and consisted of US citizens including this man.

President, Veep, the grunts etc is also US citizens so in essence the entire US population fights…. no one? Easy victory. Just start by punching and kicking the white house, oval room, senate chair and other goverment stuff, piece of cake eh?

ALL the citizens?

In the long run the citizens win. Always. And it has absolutely nothing to do with weaponry. A completely unarmed citizenry still wins, so long as they remain united and dedicated to the cause.

It’s about logistics.

The army’s soldiers need to eat. Who runs the farms that produce that food? CITIZENS. Who drives the trucks that transport that food? CITIZENS. Who inspects that food to make sure it is safe to eat? CITIZENS. Who cooks that food? Processes that food? Preserves that food? CITIZENS.

Who manufactures spare parts for the army’s weapons? CITIZENS. Who assembles the equipment? CITIZENS. Who makes the ammo? CITIZENS.

Who refines the fuel for the army’s vehicles? CITIZENS. Who maintains the transport network that gets that fuel to the army? CITIZENS.

The soldiers in the army, do they have family and friends? Who are these people? CITIZENS.

If ALL the citizens went to war, then the first thing that happens is ALL citizens working in any capacity that supplies or supports the army stop working, or even engage in active sabotage.

The army has reserves of all critical supplies, but these will run out.

The army would then have to, from its own ranks of 2–3 million, do for itself all the support tasks that once were accomplished by civilian infrastructure run by 100–200 million citizens. They would not be able to trust anyone who was not a servicemember with these tasks, because all of those people are CITIZENS, and ALL the citizens are at war with them. Even their own families are CITIZENS, at war with them, and they would have to guard themselves from poisonings, kidnappings, or even simple spying.

No state, of whatever political system, can function if ALL its citizens were in open resurrection against it. Governments need to have compliance from the majority of the governed. Whether they get that by popular appeal, or from fear, or from any other method, they need it, and would not be able to function without it.

[Another totally blind answer using zeroed common sense towards the ways things in America and worldwide truly are]

J.S. Anderson

A few things: first, there are enough guns to arm everyone capable of bearing arms in the united states. Second, there are currently around 2.1 million active and reserve military personal. So, if all forces were pulled from everywhere else in the world, you could throw them up against nothing, because third, there would be no mass engagement of opposing forces. This is pretty obviously an insurgency. Guerrilla tactics are the order of the day. The US is a big country to get lost in, and hunting rifles are more than capable of acting in an anti-personnel role. Harassment, attrition… Basically everything that frustrates our current conflicts only instead of outnumbering the guerrillas, the the army is outnumbered by over 70 to 1. Fourth, funding. Specifically the large amount of it available to the insurgency. US citizens have a lot of assets among the ultra rich. Anything movable, or already overseas can be sold to fund the insurgency. Not sold for US dollars of course because this whole thing makes those worthless. Fifth, state defense forces. There are currently 21 of these, they are not a part of the military or armed forces of the United States. Some state SDFs even have their own air forces. Sixth, around 800 thousand sworn officers in the various police departments, a great many of whom will take issue with being asked to violate their oaths. Add Swat teams to this and you have more trained armed personnel for the resistance. (I couldn’t find reliable numbers for combined swat manpower, so I am unsure if they are part of the sworn officers or separate.)

In 2010 there were around 145 million citizens available for military service, (draftable, in other words) of which about 120 million were estimated to be fit. This number grows by about 4.4 million yearly.

There are easily enough arms for the ~144million civilians fit and able to bear arms.

I would posit that in such an event, the Government would realise that its position is untenable and capitulate to the (unfortunately violently) clearly expressed will of the people, an act which would be in keeping with the founding documents, and the philosophy behind them.

[My apologies for what I am sure is a host of grammatical errors, I’m on my phone]

[Timesoftroubles draws attention to the condition of America past and present as a civilization in the zoo of life as in caged, divided, and fed their sex, drugs, music, social sites, gambling, and all the bs they blindly swallow to keep them all weak and controlled for their coming take-over and fall].

Ronald Kimmons

No government can remain in power if all of its civilians have unified against it in a concerted effort to depose it. This is true regardless of whether or not the citizens are armed. Citizens can overthrow their government by simply refusing to support it. Essentially, they can go on strike. At some point, the government has to give in, because it can no longer support itself. A heavy-handed government can fight this by killing people and using the threat of violence to make them do what it wants, but if the people are truly pushing forward in a united, concerted effort, even this will not work.

However, it is highly doubtful that the citizens would all be unified in an effort like this. Even if they were all opposing the government – which would be unlikely – they would probably be segmented into various groups and fighting among themselves as well.

[Ignorant answer when today’s military technology against a society in division being primitive in comparison becomes the reality]

Ui Neil Sandidge

The government.

But who would win the government to any one point of view? Unity in a Government Position to make “War”, means human “corn starch” of the civilian demographic.

It happened in the 1920’s and other times people were made to march around homeless, yet history is like did that ever happen? Most of us are fine today? Less than civil wars, and founding cities before 1775 AD on Angel Island or Angel Bay California.

However.

There are more successful revolts than their are governments. So instead of “Win”, perhaps you have a different goal than shooting at each other? ~~~ An idea or new government model, or something that is an answer, and not a weapon, might win a hell of a lot easier than any coup, or protest in history. But it has to be very well defined. Leadership has to have a sense of lack of faith in its current models course direction = typically this means at least 20% of those in the streets outside of homes know the Government is bad and are in open revolt or at least contempt of it, or the battle becomes about weapons and “who feels most afraid” all over again.

Again, “who feels the most vulnerable or concerned by the idea of reprisal.”

Not many people have conviction enough to say within themselves, no matter what the fear is, this is definitely a better idea, that what the others want to do, and is what needs to happen if there is to be any sort of future for __?__

In my case the belief is human life on earth, With a human record we would want to learn from.

As our current failings, are entirely due to a lack of firstly truth, with secondly is a ridiculous failure of comprehension and accounting of the failings of any decisions made and note disclosed to the public, so total failure of value to discovered in having a leadership as their isn’t a leadership example to follow just a cloud of words,

the last time someone made the same bad decision and what it is costing us, then goes unknown to yet another generation of hey it have a new idea, “let’s just kill the 6 darkest of 12 tribes and spread the North Artic Race”, getting sunburn cancers in sandy soils and beaches every second of latitude closer toward the equator,

as all animal life in contact with the “North Artic system of values” immediately goes extinct if crushed stone is used.
Smooth Roads = Always brings Tail’ed by more Gun Owners for a Free Meal.

{in North Artic defense packed snow, inspired confidence in oblivion when compared to fresh powder grain snow. = Yet a powder surface for The True Twelve Tribes, of Foot Ballers who exercise on sandy beaches, just sort of boosts level of self confidence and strength in their abilities. causing enduring (ph)fisical improvement in them, rather than triggering, “i wish this was a packed surface” as North Artics instincts without a defined reason to them, lean toward pack pack pack it down.}

Sashank Reddy

The people of course. Thats a no brainer.

[Answer is a no-brainer]

John Tarin

Citizens……It would take great time and logistics to return men and machine to US soil. By that time the citizenry would have won. (tongue planted firmly in cheek)

[Timesoftrouble says — so much for BS and human education as head in the sand].

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Five things that just don’t add up about the Las Vegas mass shooting

Five things that just don’t add up about the Las Vegas mass shooting

What could be sadder than truth on reality?

Within our controlled society there is no full truth made known, but rather whatever information according to the plan of misleading lies fed into all minds through media. So why do these bloody horrors take place on the innocent? For the purpose of gaining gun control which will leave weapons of survival only for the American police state, military turned against their own countrymen . . .

Examples will include any country where there was a military coup, or where the military was ordered to put down an armed citizenry, or where the government used the military to use force to quash overt public resistance or dissent.

. . . and criminals that have always been able to get weapons illegally — whereas those law abiding either cannot acquire guns of choice, or have long waits and a difficult time; therefore, those with guns are but part of the controllers plan through killing as many necessary in different places all over America through many years past, unto this day, and will continue their murder spree on the innocent just to get as many weapons possible [through gun control confiscation] from all civilization to make people control easier for the new world order. For any with time and the want to know truth, do your own research on all the past shootings, corrupt governments, lying religions, banks, pharmaceutical corporations, GMO, vaccines, and an endless list having effect on all humanity  — and you will come to realize that nothing is as it appears to be.

#1) Dozens of concert-goers reported the presence of multiple shooters

Although law enforcement says there was only one shooter, multiple witnesses are openly reporting the presence of multiple shooters. This could reasonably be the result of confusion and chaos, but it’s also highly suspicious that the shooter had “full auto” weapon which is usually limited to law enforcement or military personnel.

This question about multiple shooters was also raised after the Aurora, Colorado “Batman movie theater” shooting, in which numerous witnesses reported the presence of multiple shooters.

If this shooting was carried out by multiple shooters, it would obviously indicate planning and coordination among a group of people who sought to carry out the shooting for a political purpose of some kind.

#2) Who warned concert-goers they were “all going to die” a full 45 minutes before the shooting started?

Via the UK Express:

One woman, who was at the Route 91 music event, claimed an unidentified woman had told other concert-goers they were “all going to die” after pushing her way to the front of the venue.

The witness, 21, told local news: “She had been messing with a lady in front of her and telling her she was going to die, that we were all going to die.

“They escorted her out to make her stop messing around with all the other people, but none of us knew it was going to be serious.”

She described the lady as Hispanic. The lady was escorted from the venue along with a man.

The unnamed witness, who was attending the event on her 21st birthday, described the pair as short, both around 5 ft 5ins to 5ft 6ins tall, and looked like “everyday people”.

It’s clear that neither of these two people were the shooter, as the shooter is a much taller Caucasian man. Thus, this is not a “lone gunman” massacre. There was coordination. At least three people were aware this shooting was about to take place.

#3) The weapon you hear on videos was FULL AUTO, which is almost impossible to acquire through legal means

The multitude of videos that captured the event clearly indicate that at least one shooter was running a full auto weapons system. Such weapons are almost impossible for “civilians” to acquire. Although some pre-1986 full auto weapons are available for sale, they require extensive ATF documentation, background checks and extremely long wait periods approaching one year. Plus, they tend to cost $25,000 or more, and they’re extremely rare.

Full auto weapons, however, are widely owned by police officers, federal officials and military organizations. It will be very interesting to find out where this weapon came from and how it was acquired.

#4) Why were the exits blocked, trapping victims like rats in a maze?

Numerous reports from witnesses who were on the scene reveal that nearly all the exits were blocked. One witness described the situation as “being caught like a rat in a maze” with numerous “dead ends.”

Why were nearly all the exits blocked? In essence, the concert created a kill zone that amplified the casualties. So far, according to the Clark County Sheriff in Vegas, 515 people have been injured and 59 people have so far died. These are unthinkable numbers, approaching war-time casualty counts. It’s clear from the coverage that this shockingly high body count would not have been possible if people had been free to flee the concert venue.

In essence, the concert trapped the people, preventing them from escaping, and denying them the ability to seek cover. From there, sustained, full-auto gunfire is almost impossible to survive.

In addition, once the shooting started, the stage lights were turned to the crowd, lighting up the crowd and making them an easier target for the shooter(s). Was this deliberate?

#5) Why did the shooter have as many as 10 firearms in his room?

According to news reports, the shooter — identified as Stephen Paddock — had as many as 10 firearms in his room, including several rifles. If he was the only shooter, what’s the point of having so many rifles? One man can obviously only shoot one rifle, and since he had a full auto rifle, he could obviously achieve his evil aims by focusing on his one rifle. There was no need for him to have multiple rifles.

So were the other rifles brought to the room to “stage” the crime scene with an abundance of guns? Why would one elderly man bother to carry 8 – 10 weapons to a hotel room in the first place? That’s a lot of work. Rifles aren’t lightweight devices.

I find the idea that a lone, elderly man would carry so many rifles to a hotel room for no practical reason to be highly suspicious. It makes no sense at all.

https://www.naturalnews.com/2017-10-02-five-things-that-just-dont-add-up-about-the-las-vegas-mass-shooting.html

Now concerning the sad truth, many have died, hundreds have suffered, and hundreds of millions have been made known of what happened — according to what media, police, and government want people to know — rather than truth.

http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/las-vegas-gunman-active-after-mass-shooting-near-mandalay-bay-hotel-casino-1641489?

I am but a man that only watches thew signs of the times happening worldwide.

https://dochub.com/timesoftrouble – About 270 individual reads on world happenings in religion, government, and places worldwide.

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TRUST WAIT and ENDURE HARDSHIP THROUGH FAITH

TRUST WAIT and ENDURE HARDSHIP THROUGH FAITH

Many can see the destruction and world chaos coming through past and present world leaders with Trump being the fuse towards major war. My wife and I also, just as others worldwide, live our life day to day while accepting whatever may be without a whole lot of choice in matters at hand. Many years ago we helped a couple by selling our 20’x18′ hollow block\bamboo home http://timeoftrouble.webs.com/ourhome.htm on credit only to be never paid since my wife illness became so major that she had to stop teaching 4th grade which caused us to move to another province in the Philippines. And here in the Philippines when out of sight, you become out of mind leaving only memories of your loss.

Before my first Social Security came in August,  and we were broke just as most all the years past, we trusted a couple that wanted to buy a coffee vending machine we had that cost 12000 peso when we did have some money two years ago. Because it was still like new, out of kindness I let it go for 8000 pesos with only 3000 down followed by two 1000 payments — and then no more with two months gone by. Now because we need our money they refuse to pay, the 50 year old British man, an ex army sergeant, has thrown a rock at where we live, and even wants to kill me — wow! what a wonderful world we live in full of liars, thieves, crime and total corruption in every direction. Anyway, it is only the 22nd of September which leaves over two weeks before another deposit of about 49000 peso [$970] comes — and for a week we have already had very little down to near nothing now. Why is that? Well, last month we had to purchase on credit [just as everyone else] what we have been without– so now we have an owe of about 200,000  peso or $4000 dollars that got us a small 3 cyl Suzuki truck and a new 250 Rusi motorbike. The tiny carry-all is so we can buy and sell bamboo furniture when funds allow, and also get away [we pray] into a private quiet area for prayer, worship, and learning directly from our Creator each 7th day Sabbath, plus all appointed High days or Feasts as instructed in the Torah– whereas the motorbike is just something a billion in Asia and poor countries use for daily transportation. At any rate the fact is that life has always been hard for us since our Creator brought us together from opposite parts of this world in 2007 — just as it is and has always been hard for billions of others on this planet poorly ruled my man– such as the multitudes hit by hurricanes and other world disasters.

The whole bottom line is that we surely could use any help at all to get us through for the next two weeks — then comes payments on our transportation, and the trip that I must make to Manila via flight where the US embassy is so I can re-new my passport that expired over 2 years ago, and get an ACR [alien certificate registration] that I also need for ID which my bank [where my SS is deposited] has asked for– so there will go about 25000 [$500] making next month also very difficult. I know that if possible, some will do what they can to help us in any small way because it also is instruction from our Creator to do what pleases Him through obedience to scripture.

In all that I do. . .

Trust in Yahweh with all your heart, and lean not unto your own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct or make straight your paths. (Proverbs 3:5-6)

Striving to follow instruction from our Creator is the only life I really have, yet still stumble often– therefore have well learned what it means to endure whatever hardship may come because life has never been easy for most on this planet.

We all need to start looking out for each other– so our Creator looks out for us as individuals during the hard years that lie ahead for all on earth. Read the 16 verses in Psalms 91, then Leviticus 19:18 with deep feeling; and meditate on how our Creator views your hearts intent with nothing ever hid.

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

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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.

*record scratch*

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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