Syria and the World


In August 2012, Reuters published news that Obama had signed a secret order authorizing U.S. support for the rebels seeking to depose Bashar al-Assad, and that along with Saudi Arabia and Qatar, Turkey had established a secret base near the Syrian border to help direct vital military and communications support to Assad’s opponents; this was followed by more news such as ‘providing aid of $100 million’ and ‘$123 million’ at different times. While the millions poured in, we know that most of this money has not reached the camps of the internally displaced Syrians, who are living in miserable conditions, the number of whom is over 2,500,000 according to a UNHCR estimate.

Saudi Arabia has been the main Sunni power aligned with the Rebels; its main intention is to rid Syria of the extremist Alawite sect. Last year, ‘Saudi Arabia, along with Qatar, has indicated that it is prepared to send an increased flow of heavy weaponry, including hand-held surface-to-air missiles’. This month, ‘the Saudi-financed missile shipments arrived… through Jordan after months of quiet Saudi pressure to prod Amman to open a supply route’.

Russia, one of the unyielding victors of WW2, yet holder of Veto power in the UN, had never forgotten how its victory had been robbed in the coming years. Though it had been playing Cold for all these years, yet it was never out of the War. Russia’s allegiance with Iran goes back to the Iranian Revolution, when Iran ousted the US-backed regime of the Shah; a common enemy in the form of the US made them allies. When Russia broke down into several states, with its retreat from Afghanistan in 1991, it started bending more towards Iran, for the possibility of creating a new block of communist favoring countries including China, Iran and other countries along the Russian borders. Though these countries have bound together under SCO and CSTO, but this binding has been arbitrary. Only the Arab Spring and the threat on Syria has brought these two countries ever more closer, as they see the pandemic of orchestrated revolt heading their way.

The downing of Assad from power would mean increased seclusion of Iran in the Islamic block, with its link to the Hezbollah broken; it would mean it’s being more vulnerable to Israel and the US’s repeated threats on its atomic facilities. It would also mean an unstable belt of countries all through Tunisia to Afghanistan, creating a void that could be cashed in by the US and its European allies, to convert the next century into theirs, too. Foreseeing all this, perhaps, Russia decided to aid Syria’s ruling side with funds and weapons and to complete the circle of supplies through the Black Sea. It is alleged that Russia has been providing Scuds, longer-range surface-to-surface missiles, the Yakhont antiship missile system SA-17 surface-to-air missiles and advanced S-300 air defense weapons (Source).

After years of slacking on the promise to cooperate in their nuclear program, Russia has announced Vladimir Putin’s official trip to Tehran; wherein Putin will aim to reverse a dead-end in discussions about Iran’s nuclear program, and initiate the construction of new Russian power plants in Iran as well as the delivery of Russian-made anti-missile systems to Iran. “Iran has held consultations with the Russian side and soon an agreement of mutual understanding will be signed on the construction of a new nuclear power plant,” said Ali Akbar Salehi, Iranian Foreign Minister and former Nuclear Chief.

Since Jan 2013, Israel too has entered the war, without being directly provoked, and on the allegation that the arms being supplied to Syria for its defense by Russia are making it vulnerable to being attacked upon, with a strengthening Hezbollah-Syria-Iran nexus. As usual, Israel’s act was opposed to international diplomatic norm; and while the big powers were playing proxy all this time, posing for a negotiated resolution of the issue through UN intrusion, Israel barged out in its uncivil style as always. Israel has attacked major Syrian depots and convoys containing Russian supplied arms several times since then.

Meanwhile, Russia’s impromptu Black Sea War Game at the end of March, an elaborated military exercise, has alarmed the Western world, who are deeming it unscheduled; and more so, the NATO has asked Russia to be more open about its moves and give NATO Headquarters in Brussels notice of its military movements in the future. (Source)

In July, news came out that Israel had used a Turkish military base to launch one of its airstrikes against Syria from the sea; this was the attack on Latakia. Although Turkey had been all out in its verbal, humanitarian and arms support to the Syrian Rebels, and all aid to the rebels had been going through its borders for the last two years, but this was different! The Muslim world en masse considers Israel its opponent for its brutalities on the Palestinians and its unjust invasion over their land, and Turkey’s allowance of such a nature could instantly turn the whole Muslim world against it. Turkey and its allies have tried to suppress this news from the mainstream media and Turkish officials have tried to deny this news. On the other hand, Turkey has also taken an open stance in support of the Muslim Brotherhood of Egypt, calling for the reinstatement of their democratically elected government, perhaps to secure a favorable position in one religious sector of the Islamic world at least. “…my president in Egypt is Morsi because he was elected by the people…” said Erdagon in July.

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Discussion17 Comments

  1. US Navy carrier is now close to the syrian seas (shown in one of the newspapers). israel cannot wait more to finish the assad govt. US is just a tool for israel, jews control the banking system.

  2. Madam Aneela Shahzad

    Please research before you write.

    Your write up represents a mind of a one who is completely ignorant of past history, both real and concocted one. Not to mention the 1000 years of Islamic history intentionally deleted by the Imperialist forces.

    The current events are fast tracking to the final war that has been predicted / prophesied in Qura’n and Hadiths and to some extent in the Bible.

    Let me give you a hint where to start looking for the answers. Try studying the Babylonian era whence two Angels namely Harut and Marut descended and taught ‘Kabalah’ to the misguided people.

    Would love to give you a long article on the subject, but Alas! there is no more freedom of speech / expression anywhere in the world. Especially not in the west where I live.

    I am not sure if you will understand what I just wrote. Only such persons that have mastered the Ahadiths and its connectivity to events past and present will surely know what I wrote.

    • Where does it mention in the Ahaadeeth that Harut and Marut had been teaching Kaballah? And where do the Ahaadeeth mention this or any other war directly? And what is anybody to conclude from mastery of Ahaadeeth – Who is right and who is wrong??
      Ahaadeeth do tell us and in detail what and how to do in such times, but obviously they do not offer political explanations for particular incidents because they were not meant for that. I still fail to see a contradiction with any Hadeeth in the above article. Would you mind mentioning a few examples of Ahaadeeth, a mastery of which would enlighten us more on this particular issue?

      • @ Eamaan

        As far as Kabalah (Magic) is concerned. Do your own research.

        Allow me to quote you verse 102 of Chapter 2 of the Noble Qura’n

        “They followed what the evil ones gave out (falsely) against the power of Solomon: the blasphemers Were, not Solomon, but the evil ones, teaching men Magic, and such things as came down at babylon to the angels Harut and Marut. But neither of these taught anyone (Such things) without saying: “We are only for trial; so do not blaspheme.” They learned from them the means to sow discord between man and wife. But they could not thus harm anyone except by Allah’s permission. And they learned what harmed them, not what profited them. And they knew that the buyers of (magic) would have no share in the happiness of the Hereafter. And vile was the price for which they did sell their souls, if they but knew”.

        I do not feel like teaching you. But know Syria is the last cue before the advent of Mahdi and Jesus on whom be peace.

        Do read from this website as to reason of war in Syria:

        Ahadiths are full of past, current and future unfolding events. One has to have the insight to recognize it, which by Grace of ALLAH I do.

        Qura’n also has prophesies.

        Aneela Shahzad has mentioned Ben Ali of Tunisia and Saleh of Yemen. Their fall cue is mentioned in Qura’n, though not by name. And I do not feel like giving you the verse number unless you are a Qura’nic Scholar. Which I doubt very much due to your mode of query asking for Hadiths where Harut and Marut are mentioned. You should have known that Harut and Marut are not mentioned in Hadiths.

        Other reasons for not teaching you on the monitored field is so not to attract the unfriendly folks.

        • seriously Waqas you need to get out of the box, alhamdulilLah the Quran is a universal book and does not drag us into small box versions; contemplation and analysis of what the Quran tell us is the essence of Deen but speculating just for the sake of it is nothing less than a sin. if bin Ali and Saleh have been mentioned in the Quran than Zardari, Shareef and IK would be too, its not that the Quran does not hold all knowledge, but this knowledge is universal, clear, doubtless and easy to understand, not a underground secret cult knowledge, so don’t bluff us,, and if there is something real you know, then share it with the world, cause it not just for you, its for humanity… neither did the prophets hide things to themselves…

        • @As far as Kabalah (Magic) is concerned. Do your own research.
          What about also using the advice alongside giving it?

          Also, would you allow me to remind you that what you quoted is not a verse of Quran but a translation?

          @And I do not feel like giving you the verse number unless you are a Qura’nic Scholar.
          Will the Quranic scholar need you to do him this benevolent service? I suppose an illiterate needs teaching more than a scholar?

          And by the way, I had thought there were Ahaadeeth that encouraged teaching while none that would be used as an excuse for not teaching?

        • where are ben ali and saleh mentioned? u shouldn’t withhold this info just b/c someone isn’t a scholar and may not understand what u are saying.

      • @waqqas

        i don’t think the author wrote anything that disagreed with what the hadith say is going to happen. i thought of it more as a general view-take on what’s happening in syria. as she says “This essay aims to analyze the global situation that has cultured around the Syrian issue”. it’s about what the situation is today.


        kaballah is jewish magic. the angels harut and marut were sent by Allah (swt) to babylonia to teach the israelites magic as a test. if they agreed to learn magic they failed the test. it is one of the more memorable stories in the Quran…

        @eemaan and raphay
        the war he is talking about is i believe the “malhamma” or as christians call it “armageddon”. i say that b/c he mentioned the bible. i do not believe he meant it literally as the final war ever to take place on earth or human history. compare it to when ppl say “today” (as in today’s kids don’t care about islam). they don’t literally mean that exact day but the general moment in time. maybe waqqas can confirm this himself?

        as for political explanations, anyone can piece together world events happening today and compare them with the hadith. this is called analysis.

        • 321 hamma is in Syria and the battlefield of Mageddo is in Palestine,, and yes HArut and Marut are clearly mentioned in the Quran, but i doubt that what Waqas is hiding from us is not mention in the Quran… thats why he is keeping it such a secret…

          • armageddon is not a war in palestine but a major war taking place on the earth (most likely a world war). and the main battlefield is the middle east. note that we muslims call this armageddon “malhamma”. i wasn’t talking about a place in syria. malhamma is the word rasulullah used for a “great war”.

            and i don’t know about what u are saying that waqqas is hiding something. if u think he is hiding something then that’s your opinion. i didn’t feel that way. but then again i have read books by scholars on this subject and so i know what he is talking about.

        • I do not want to debate on relatively non-relevant things, I only want to suggest that you do not stand up for putting in words for others, at least when they don’t agree with you. He has also mentioned Mehdi now in order to free you from needless confusions.

          And I do honestly appreciate you for telling me the story of Haaroot and Maaroot. All I want you to consider is this – Kaballah does not imply all magic; it is a specific type of magic. If Quran says that Haaroot and Maaroot taught ‘magic’ as a test, we are much safer calling it as ‘magic’ only, since we are not in need of specifying it as Kaballah in particular as this is not relevant to the story as well as being not-so-sure.

          • in what way did waqqas disagree with me? how does his having mentioned the mahdi prove that he disagrees?
            this wasn’t meant to be a debate. as i said to raphay, i know what it is that he is referring to and so i took the liberty of trying to clear up the confusion.

            if u do not wish to call it kaballah or put any other name to it, it is perfectly understandable and not at all disagreeable. however imo it is essentially redundant since scholars say that kaballah is essentially the jewish book of magic.

  3. Waqqas, please come out of the dooms day scenario for once,, every war cannot be the last war, like many end-time purporters have been purporting for the last 100 years. If we are not going to open our eyes to reality and the real and present dangers, victory will shy away from us not come near to us….

  4. I humbly admit that I am no one to comment on insights shared by self-proclaimed scholars. This comment is for fear that the common reader might take these personal insights as the words of Quran or Sunnah.

    Quran and Hadeeth do guide is in all spheres of our lives, and yet, they do not mention specific political events or politicians. If the reference is to the general Ahaadeeth about tyrants when claiming that Ben Ali or Saleh are mentioned indirectly in Ahaadeeth, then so are I and you! If the general Ahaadeeth could be pasted on a particular person with high claims of insight, then allow me to say that every other layman is mentioned in Quran and Hadeeth, and directly, too!

    Quran and Hadeeth do mention many wars, some specifically and others generally. To be able to paste a Hadeeth to a particular event specifically, the only source could be Wahy. For non-recipients of Wahy, it is safest to abstain from claiming on behalf of the Prophet SallAllaahu Alaihi wa Sallam that which he himself did not.

    The general rules that apply to the times of ‘Fitnah’, as our modern times certainly are, are clearly described in various Ahaadeeth. We would do much better to learn our own duties through such Ahaadeeth and implement them rather than forcing them upon specific people.

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