Why some believe these ‘end times’ Bible verses could hold the key to the Syrian crisis

Interesting reading especially for people who believe in the Old Testament (Christians and Jews). From The Blaze, September 8, 2013:

Phillip PattersonAs the United States debates what, if anything, should be done in response to allegations that the Syrian government used chemical weapons on its own people, there’s a theological debate brewing, too.

Bible experts aren’t just sparring over whether the U.S. military should attack; they’re also going back-and-forth over theories surrounding the End Times (events surrounding Jesus Christ’s return).

Earlier this summer, TheBlaze began dissecting the subject, speaking with experts about what role, if any, they believe Syria will play in this theoretical occurrence. Numerous outlets have jumped into the fray, noting that many faithful are wondering just how important Damascus and Syria might be in this debate.

For starters, there’s one particular Bible passage that’s rekindling the entire discussion of how Syria fits into End Times theology: Isaiah 17:1-3.

The verse reads, “’See, Damascus will no longer be a city but will become a heap of ruins. The cities of Aroer will be deserted and left to flocks, which will lie down, with no one to make them afraidThe fortified city will disappear from Ephraim, and royal power from Damascus; the remnant of Aram will be ike the glory of the Israelites,’ declares the Lord Almighty.”

During a phone interview with TheBlaze earlier this summer, Rosenberg also explained Syria’s significance in the Bible, again bringing up both Isaiah 17 and Jeremiah 49. Charging that these alleged predictions get “very little attention,” the author explained that both speak specifically about the future of Damascus, the capital of Syria and one of the oldest cities in the Middle East.

“The Bible indicates clearly that Damascus will be utterly and completely destroyed at some point in the future — it will be a great cataclysmal [event] and it will be part of God’s judgment,” he explained.

The Bible expert said at the time that he didn’t see “clean hands in the fight” in Syria today and wonders if it’s possible “that the judgment of Damascus is not only coming” but that it could also be coming in our lifetime.

As The Christian Post noted last year, Rosenberg isn’t alone. Many biblical experts and theologians share a similar view. Jack Kinsella, another biblical expert, gives a particularly striking recap, especially given the fact that it was written in July 2012, but seemingly references events currently unfolding:

Olive Tree Ministries shared a commentary on its website earlier this week from prophecy author Jack Kinsella, who expresses the opinion that, based on Scripture, it is quite possible that Syria might look to engage neighboring countries, such as Israel, Iran or Turkey, in the conflict.

Kinsella believes that if Syria uses chemical or biological weapons in an ethnic cleansing campaign, foreign governments would be forced to take military action against Damascus. Such action would prompt Syria to retaliate with military strikes against its northern neighbor Israel. That could eventually lead to a domino effect, with counter-strikes from Hezbollah, Iran, Turkey and perhaps even Jordan, the “The Omega Letter” editor conjectures.

Some of these elements are certainly coming into play on both national and international stages. Whether as a result of prophesy or just by chance, critics on both sides are likely to spar over the matter.

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Glenn Beck: Why I am against war in Syria

Glenn Beck is the most insightful, honest, and informed political commentator out there. I highly recommend that you read the entire op-ed, or you can find the highlights below:

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…War with Syria is suicidal and here are just a few reasons why.

China’s Foreign Minister said American should ‘think thrice’ before acting and exercise ‘extreme caution’ in what is a clear declaration of support for Assad’s regime. Russia has unabashedly come to the aid of Assad by sending a steady stream of weapons and recently they bolstered their naval presence near the Syrian coast with a missile cruiser and a destroyer among other ships. Iran, of course, has vowed to support Syria ‘to the end’ in the face of possibly military strikes from the United States.

Since the Arab Spring the Middle East has come unraveled – something that didn’t seem possible given its already volatile nature. Egypt is on the verge of civil war, Libya is suffering in lawless ruin, and Syria is mired in a deadly civil war that’s killed hundreds of thousands of people. The Assad regime, the radical terrorists fighting against Assad, and the Obama administration itself all admit a limited and measured strike from the United States will neither end the civil war nor change regimes.

So why bother doing it? What is this really all about? Here are a few of the keys:

– Assad saw what happened in Egypt and Libya and he’s making sure he does not suffer the same fate. He’s a dictator desperately trying to hold onto his power through any means possible.

– Iran doesn’t have many allies around the world, but Syria is one of them. Iran depends on Syria to funnel weapons to terrorist organization Hezbollah, whose main base of operation is in Lebanon. Hezbollah views any threat to the Assad regime as a threat to Palestinians and Lebanon.

– Syria hosts a Russian naval base on the Mediterranean and Russia needs the access to warm water ports or else they are either land locked or ice locked.

– Another major factor is oil & natural gas. Syria is one of the most strategic places for pipelines to flow into Europe. Qatar proposed a massive pipeline that would weave through Syria, but Assad turned that down in 2009 and instead partnered up with Russia and Iran to get the pipeline, which is due to open in 2016.

…But there is another factor at play: Destabilization.

I’ve talked a lot about the Archduke Ferdinand moment. When Archduke Ferdinand (of Austria-Hungary) was assassinated in Bosnia in 1914 it triggered a chain reaction that ultimately led to World War I.

Here’s what happened:

Ferdinand was assassinated by a Serbian nationalist who was protesting Austria-Hungary’s control over Bosnia. Serbia at the time was trying to gain control over Bosnia.

Austria-Hungary declared war on Serbia.

Russia mobilized to give military aid to Serbia, an ally.

Germany then declared war on Russia.

When a Tunisian fruit cart vendor set himself on fire in protest and died, the President likened his actions to that of Rosa Parks. High praise considering Parks helped spark one of the most important civil rights movements in history. I didn’t see it that way –I saw it as 1914 all over again and another chance for extremists to attempt to redraw the map through war.

…The cost of getting involved is far too high and it’s the people of Syria are the ones who will pay the price. It will eventually cost all citizens of the globe as it will put us another step closer to World War III.

And for what? America to save face? To Secure pipelines?

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‘Either You Convert to Islam, Or You Will Be Beheaded’

rebels_aleppo_APThe village of Maaloula has been taken over by Syrian rebels associated with al Qaeda, who have stormed the Christian center and offered local Christians a choice: conversion or death. A resident of the town said the rebels shouted “Allahu Akhbar” as they moved through the village, and proceeded to assault Christian homes and churches.

Breitbart (9 September) — “They shot and killed people,” he said. “I heard gunshots and then I saw three bodies lying in the middle of a street in the old quarters of the village. Where is President Obama to see what has befallen us?” Another witness stated, “I saw the militants grabbing five villagers and threatening them and saying, ‘Either you convert to Islam, or you will be beheaded.’”

The village is located just 25 miles from Damascus, and sites within the village are dedicated as United Nations world heritage sites. Residents still speak Aramaic, the language of Jesus. The rebels who took over the city are associated with the al Nusra Front, an al Qaeda-associated Islamist group. Villagers reported foreign dialects ranging from Tunisian to Libyan, from Moroccan to Chechen.

Muslim Brotherhood Sheikh Qaradawi favors U.S. strike in Syria: “Allah pits the oppressors one against the other”

JihadWatch (9 September) — As I said in June: “When we go into Syria, as Obama has now promised, we will be aiding the allies of this man.”

Qaradawi is the most popular and influential Islamic preacher in the world, and is the spiritual leader of the Muslim Brotherhood.

Qaradawi was on the Board of the Islamic Society of Boston, as I pointed out at Jihad Watch back in March 2004. If anyone in Boston had been paying attention to the implications of that fact back then, the Boston Marathon bombings may never have happened.

Qaradawi is a vicious Jew-hater. He has said on al-Jazeera: “Throughout history, Allah has imposed upon the [Jews] people who would punish them for their corruption. The last punishment was carried out by Hitler. By means of all the things he did to them – even though they exaggerated this issue – he managed to put them in their place. This was divine punishment for them. Allah willing, the next time will be at the hand of the believers….”

Qaradawi continued: “I’d like to say that the only thing I hope for is that as my life approaches its end, Allah will give me an opportunity to go to the land of Jihad and resistance, even if in a wheelchair. I will shoot Allah’s enemies, the Jews, and they will throw a bomb at me, and thus, I will seal my life with martyrdom.”

“Leading Sunni Scholar Qaradhawi in Favor of U.S. Strike on Syria: Muslims Cannot Do It, So Let the Oppressors Fight One Another,” from MEMRI, September 6:

Following are excerpts from a Friday sermon delivered by leading Sunni scholar Sheik Yousuf Al-Qaradhawi, which aired on Qatar TV on September 6, 2013:

Sheik Yousuf Al-Qaradhawi: If only we could be the ones to retaliate against those people [the Syrian regime]. I wish there were an Islamic power capable of punishing these people. If only there was an Islamic power capable of drawing the line for the oppressors, and imposing upon them the punishment they deserve.

We do not have such power, however, so if they are punished by others, it is better than nothing. Allah pits the oppressors one against the other. The ancients used to say: “Oh Allah, keep the oppressors busy with one another, and let us emerge from among them intact.” We do not pity those people when they are attacked by whoever strikes them, because they deserve to be attacked, just like they attacked the Muslims.

Arab Christian leaders come out strongly against U.S. strike in Syria

Not that Obama will listen. He has already brushed aside abundant evidence that a U.S. strike would only aid al-Qaeda. “Arab Christians come out strongly against US strike in Syria,” by Christa Case Bryant for the Christian Science Monitor, September 6:

As President Barack Obama tries to rally the world around a proposed attack on Syria, Arab Christian leaders have come out as strongly opposed, worried an attack could create a backlash against their communities.

At a conference of more than 50 regional Christian leaders and a handful of global Christians and Muslim scholars in Amman this week, the dangers of Western intervention to the region’s Christian minorities emerged as one of the strongest themes. With political Islam on the rise after the Arab uprisings of 2011, the region’s ancient Christian communities are already feeling under threat and have the recent example of the devastation of Iraq’s Christian community following the US-led invasion of 2003 to make them worry about the consequences of action.

“We stress that we reject foreign interference in Syria,” said Ignatius Joseph III Younan, Patriarch of Antioch for the Syrian Catholic Church, in a statement read before the conference, which was sponsored by Prince Ghazi bin Muhammad of Jordan.

“We don’t accept any intervention by foreign powers … to protect minorities,” Pope Anba Tawadros II of Egypt’s Coptic church, who was unable to attend the conference due to the tense situation in Egypt, said in a statement. “It is basically a pretext … to advance their countries’ interest in the Middle East.”

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Rep. Amash slams McCain for ‘Allahu Akbar’ comments

McCain-crush-you-ReutersOn Friday, Rep. Justin Amash (R-MI) ripped Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) for his argument that when jihadists scream “Allahu Akbar” it is no different than Christians saying “Thank God.”

“Senator McCain’s response was completely ignorant and offensive. Good people, whether they’re Muslims, Christians, or Jews–don’t scream ‘Thank God’ when they kill people,” Amash said on Laura Ingraham’s radio program on Tuesday. “It’s completely outrageous that he would say such a thing.”

Amash did not hold back from criticizing House GOP leaders, either. Before any congressional hearings on the president’s proposed Syria military strike occurred, House Speaker John Boehner and Majority Leader Eric Cantor both announced they backed military intervention in Syria. Amash told Ingraham he believes this type of behavior is unacceptable and that there is popular opposition to it.

“At every town hall, every stop I’ve made, and I made 11 stops in two days this week so I could go out and hear the people’s voices on Syria, on every single stop I heard about how absurd it was our leadership was coming out in support of the president on this,” Amash said. “The American people don’t want this war.”

“Our veterans are speaking out. Almost 100 percent of the veterans I spoke to, and I had a lot in the meetings, were against this war,” he claimed.

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Starting World War III

My op-ed was published today on Arutz Sheva (Israel’s 3rd largest news site). Here is an excerpt:

As a U.S. military strike in Syria looms, three high-profile commentators warn that it may lead to “the next World War.” They include syndicated columnist and Fox News contributor Dr. Charles Krauthammer, Fox News host Sean Hannity, and Glenn Beck (former Fox News host who currently runs his own news network called The Blaze). This possibility is not being covered or explored by the mainstream media, but it is a real one.

First of all, let’s deal with the fact that the forces fighting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad are dominated by Al-Qaeda and its affiliates. Senator Ted Cruz (R) from Texas stated on the Glenn Beck radio program on Tuesday that “at least seven out of nine major rebel groups are affiliated with Al-Qaeda.” Even the uber-liberal New York Times declared in April that “nowhere in rebel-controlled Syria is there a secular fighting force to speak of.”

Arutz Sheva also reported in April on the fact that Al-Nusra pledged allegiance to Al-Qaeda and in May former IDF general Uzi Dayan told Arutz Sheva “Obviously we shouldn’t support Assad’s ouster, because a weak plague is better than a terror virus that is growing stronger.”

That’s right. Assad is a terrible person and a horrible dictator, but the replacement will (most definitely) be worse.

…What exactly will happen after a U.S. military intervention in Syria is highly elusive, but one option is that it will spark World War III.

Glenn Beck outlined how a potential third World War would look like three months ago on the Glenn Beck Program. You can read about it and watch the highlights here. Beck and the two experts all agreed that “Syria is a lynchpin, and that intervention will have major, international ramifications.”

Fox News’ #2 in the ratings Sean Hannity argues a similar path, “We’re going to look back through the prism of history, and we’re going to define this era as the rise of the radical Islamist,” Hannity said. “I am telling you it is true — and you’re seeing the formation now of what could very potentially be the next World War, because it’s not just the Middle East that is radicalized. I mean, the eventuality is Israel is going to face a moment like this at some point because all of its neighbors — you got Sunni, Shia — they’re all aligned in their hatred towards Israel.”

“At some point, Israel is going to come under fire, and good countries are going to have to come to its defense,” he continued. “But it’s going to be against radical Islam in all of its forms. You can almost see this precipitating it, if in fact the U.S. strikes and Iran gets involved and Syria gets involved and you’re going to see countries very quickly go down the middle and start taking sides. It has the potential — it’s a powder keg.”

…These three political experts all have valid points. Striking Syria could start if not a World War, at least a major regional war. And for what?

To help Al-Qaeda carve out its own country and establish Sharia law (like in Aleppo)? According to Obama’s initial statement it is just “a shot across the bows” (meaning a warning shot) to the Syrian Regime. Is that really worth it?

The U.S. will not get a hold of the chemical weapons without boots on the ground, something they have continuously said is not an option. If all the U.S. does is launch a few missiles for a maximum of 60 days, Assad can come out afterwards and say that he “defeated the great Satan.” If Syria or Iran decides to retaliate, either by attacking Israel or by using terrorist sleeper cells across the globe, we may very well have begun World War III.

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Syria: Stripped, bound and shot in the head [VIDEO]

Stripped, bound and shot in the head: Horrifying fate of Assad’s soldiers executed on camera by Syrian rebels

article-2412700-1BA4604D000005DC-297_634x383The Daily Mail (September 5): Video footage has emerged which shows the moment seven of President Bashar al-Assad’s Syrian soldiers are executed on camera by rebels fighting to overthrow the regime.

The soldiers are stripped, bound and pushed to the ground where a number of rebels stand over them pointing guns at their bodies. Some bear vicious injuries on their backs and arms.

Just before they are killed, the ring-leader Abdul Samad Issa – known as ‘The Uncle’, recites a poem before he fires the first bullet.

‘US intercepts Iranian order to attack American interests in response to Syria strike’

‘Wall Street Journal’ reports that leader of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards’ Quds force sent message to Shi’te allies to retaliate against American targets in Iraq if US attacks Syria.

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US embassy compound, Baghdad

Iran has ordered militants in Iraq to attack US interests in Baghdad should the US carry out military strikes in Syria, the Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday, citing intercepted communications from the Iranians.

The message from Qasem Soleimani, the leader of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards’ Quds force, to Shi’ite allies in Iraq was intercepted in recent days, US officials told the Journal.

The US Embassy in Baghdad was one potential target of a retaliatory strike by the Shi’ite groups, the paper quoted US officials as saying.

The US State Department on Thursday warned Americans against nonessential travel to Iraq, citing terrorist activity “at levels unseen since 2008.”

The Journal quoted US officials as saying the delay in a US strike against Syria increases the chance for the Shi’ite militias in Iraq and other allies of the Assad regime to coordinate attacks against US interests.

US military forces in the region are also preparing for retaliation by Iranian boats in the Persian Gulf against American warships, according to the report.

Officials also fear that Hezbollah could potentially target the US Embassy in Beirut, the Journal reported.

Syrian and Iranian officials, as well as Hezbollah have warned repeatedly that retaliation for a US strike against the Assad regime would be directed against Israel.

Iran’s Revolutionary Guards chief, Maj.-Gen. Muhammad Ali Jafari, said last week that a US military attack on Syria would lead to the “imminent destruction” of Israel and would prove a “second Vietnam” for America.

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Related: U.S. & Syria: Glenn Beck’s dire warning, “this is World War III in the making” August 28, 2013

Senator Ted Cruz: U.S. not ‘Al Qaeda’s air force’


Politico, September 4: Sen. Ted Cruz called President Barack Obama’s efforts to authorize military intervention in Syria a public relations move, saying the U.S. military shouldn’t be “Al Qaeda’s air force.”

The Texas Republican said Tuesday on TheBlaze that while he’s glad the president listened to calls from him and others to bring the issue to Congress, America shouldn’t get involved and risk helping terrorists in the rebel forces.

“We certainly don’t have a dog in the fight,” Cruz said, calling it a civil war in Syria. “We should be focused on defending the United States of America. That’s why young men and women sign up to join the military, not to, as you know, serve as Al Qaeda’s air force.”

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) told reporters that Cruz sounded “totally uninformed” in his comments and that there is “overwhelming” evidence that the Free Syrian Army is still the dominant opposition force on the battlefield, not terrorists. McCain met with the army’s leader, Gen. Salim Idriss, in June.

“This is based on this assumption that they’re all extremists,” McCain said. “That’s just false, totally false. That’s someone that’s totally uninformed.”

Instead of being focused on securing chemical weapons in Syria, Cruz said, the president is too focused on “international norms” and his own public image.

“It appears what the president is pressing for is essentially protecting his public relations because he drew a red line, and, essentially, the bluff was called,” Cruz said.

Cruz said of nine major groups of rebels fighting in Syria, at least seven had ties to Al Qaeda, and a strategy from Obama that would arm those groups “makes no sense whatsoever.”

“I’ll give you one of the simplest principles of foreign policy that we ought to be following: Don’t give weapons to people who hate you. Don’t give weapons to people who want to kill you,” Cruz said.

Photo: Kerrys have dinner with Assad in 2009

KerryAssadIn February 2009, then-Senator John Kerry and his wife, Teresa Heinz, had a romantic dinner with Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad and his wife. The picture of the dinner has now come to light. In it, Kerry leans in to talk to an engrossed Assad, as a waiter carrying lemon and crushed mint waits by the table. The restaurant is Naranj in Damascus. Kerry visited Syria to talk about a regional peace deal. This week, Kerry labeled Assad among the dictators “Adolf Hitler and Saddam Hussein,” as well as a “thug and murderer.”

Video: John Kerry on potential military strike against Syria on Fox News Sunday

Ed warned you this morning, so we all knew that John Kerry was doing the Full Ginsburg for Sunday morning. The topic, of course, was the President’s sudden about-face on letting Congress make the call on attacking Syria. It was bound to be a tough sell, but I don’t think anyone expected things to go as badly as they did when he talked to Chris Wallace on Fox News Sunday, so you should really see the video here if you missed it.

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AP sources: Intelligence on weapons no ‘slam dunk’

Syria_01_1549283aThe intelligence linking Syrian President Bashar Assad or his inner circle to an alleged chemical weapons attack that killed at least 100 people is no “slam dunk,” with questions remaining about who actually controls some of Syria’s chemical weapons stores and doubts about whether Assad himself ordered the strike, U.S. intelligence officials say.

President Barack Obama declared unequivocally Wednesday that the Syrian government was responsible, while laying the groundwork for an expected U.S. military strike. “We have concluded that the Syrian government in fact carried these out,” Obama said in an interview with “NewsHour” on PBS. “And if that’s so, then there need to be international consequences.”

However, multiple U.S. officials used the phrase “not a slam dunk” to describe the intelligence picture — a reference to then-CIA Director George Tenet’s insistence in 2002 that U.S. intelligence showing Iraq had weapons of mass destruction was a “slam dunk” — intelligence that turned out to be wrong.

U.S. & Syria: Glenn Beck’s dire warning, “this is World War III in the making”

Glenn Beck warned America in the strongest of terms on Tuesday that military intervention in Syria could lead to World War III, with the United States squaring off against China, Russia and Iran.

Beck’s warning came as Secretary of State John Kerry said it is “undeniable” that chemical weapons have been used in Syria, something President Barack Obama has called a “red line” that would change our approach to the nation’s civil war.

“I learned my lesson [in Iraq], he didn’t,” Beck said.  “[John Kerry is] now going to repeat exactly the same thing.”

But unlike with Iraq, when it was asserted that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destructionand was a clear and present threat to the United States, Beck said he hasn’t heard the second part of that case made yet. If anything, it can be argued that intervention is what poses the threat.

“Why?” Beck asked. “Because today Russia and now China have added their name to the list of, ‘Don’t do anything in Syria.’  So now we have Russia, Iran and China telling us, ‘mind your own business.’”

Unless the U.S. is willing to get into World War III against the aforementioned powers and poke “another hornet’s nest” of Islamic extremism, Beck said, you have to be “out of your mind” to intervene.

“We don’t survive that,” he said.

“You go against China, who buys all of our debt?” he asked, adding that Russia has already begun turning arms shipments from America to the Middle East.

“Don’t screw with this,” he said.  “This is World War III in the making.”

Watch the entire segment below:

Hannity: US-Syria situation could start ‘the next World War’ [AUDIO]

Hannity827-e1377635803857Conservative talker Sean Hannity said he sees the impending U.S. conflict in Syria as something that could potentially boil over into something much larger than just isolated action to prevent the Syrian government’s use of chemical weapons — a World War.

“We’re going to look back through the prism of history, and we’re going to define this era as the rise of the radical Islamist,” Hannity said. “I am telling you it is true — and you’re seeing the formation now of what could very potentially be the next World War, because it’s not just the Middle East that is radicalized. I mean, the eventuality is Israel is going to face a moment like this at some point because all of its neighbors — you got Sunni, Shia — they’re all aligned in their hatred towards Israel. Israel has heretofore since its formation in 1941, the U.N. partition plan — they were attacked the very next day. They’ve been attacked in ’67, ’73 and there’s been an ongoing low-level proxy war fought by radicals ever since. And that’s why you see thousands of rockets every year fired into Israel.”

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One Iranian official has threatened Israel if the U.S. were to attack Syria, and Hannity forecasted a free-for-all of countries lining up and picking sides against Israel.

“At some point, Israel is going to come under fire, and good countries are going to have to come to its defense,” he continued. “But it’s going to be against radical Islam in all of its forms. You can almost see this precipitating it, if in fact the U.S. strikes and Iran get involved and Syria gets involved and you’re going to see countries very quickly go down the middle and start taking sides. It has the potential — it’s a powder keg.”

Hannity went on to refer to the possibility of a U.S. strike at Syria as “therapeutic bombing,” and said he was not convinced it was the right course of action at this time.

Bill O’Reilly battles military experts over U.S. intervention in Syria – and gets double-teamed

Bill O’Reilly made it crystal clear on Tuesday that he supports U.S. intervention in war torn Syria following reports of the regime using chemical weapons. In fact, he actually called opponents of intervention “loons” earlier in the day.

But the TV host found himself double-teamed by two military analysts, Lt. Col. Ralph Peters and Col. David Hunt, who both agree there are still too many unknowns in Syria to justify military action.

Peters argued the U.S. is considering “helping Al Qaeda” to stop Syrian President Bashar Assad, a “murderer.”

“On one side you have Assad, Hezbollah, Iran — horrible people. On the other side, it’s increasingly dominated by Al Qaeda…the team that brought you 9/11. Right now, in Syria, our enemies are killing each other,” he said. “Where in our Constitution does it say we should stop our enemies from killing each other?”

O’Reilly said the situation in Syria is “humanitarian issue” and the violation of the Geneva Convention justifies U.S. action. “If that is allowed to stand, forget about it, it’s going to be used all over the world,” he added.

Hunt pushed back, reminding O’Reilly that it has not been conclusively confirmed that chemical weapons were used or that it was the Assad regime and not the Syrian rebels that used them.

Watch the segment below via Mediaite/Fox News:

How bad could Syria get? What Israelis are flocking to snatch up could be a clue

The Blaze (August 26) — As U.S. and Western top generals meet in the Middle East Monday to deliberate their next move, Israelis are flocking to distribution centers to pick up gas masks, fearing Syrian retaliation should the regime of President Bashar Assad be attacked.

Israel’s Postal Authority, which is responsible for handing out civilian gas masks, reported a three-fold increase in home delivery orders of chemical weapons kits which include gas masks and a nerve gas antidote.

An Israeli soldier helps a citizen fit a gas mask

An Israeli soldier helps a citizen fit a gas mask

According to Israeli Home Front Command figures, only 60% of Israelis have collected their protective kits in the distribution campaign which has continued for several years, though in the north of the country, a larger percentage possesses the kits, 69 percent in Haifa and 72 percent in Nahariya.

Syria’s Information Minister Omran al-Zoubi over the weekend warned the Middle East would turn into “a ball of fire that would burn not only Syria but the whole Middle East” if the U.S. were to launch a military strike.

“The most dangerous regimes in the world must not be allowed to possess the most dangerous weapons in the world,” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said at his weekly cabinet meeting Sunday, apparently drawing a parallel with Iran, which Israel believes is working to develop nuclear weapons.

Netanyahu also voiced a veiled warning should Syria be considering a retaliatory attack on Israel. “…Our finger must always be on the pulse,” Netanyahu said. “Ours is a responsible finger and if necessary, it will also be on the trigger.”

“We will always know to defend our people and our state against whoever attacks us, tries to attack us or has attacked us,” the Israeli Prime Minister said.

Israel’s Channel 2 is quoting Israeli military sources who say they do not believe that Syria will launch a military attack on Israel were it to face a U.S. strike. “Israel’s estimation is that Assad would not retaliate against Israel” but that precautions were being taken nonetheless, Channel 2 reported, as quoted by the Times of Israel.

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Related: “Netanyahu to spend another $350 million so every Israeli has gas mask,” March 31, 2013.