If you are someone who depends solely on the Main Stream Media (MSM) for your news, you likely are unaware that a geo-political shift of seismic proportions has occurred in the Middle East. Like me, probably all you have heard from the MSM is that, for the first time ever, Russia launched a bombing raid on the so-called Islamic State (IS) from a base inside Iran. Nor is it likely that you learned Turkey wants to make Incirlik, the US military’s major base of operations in Turkey and site of the US’ largest stockpile of tactical nuclear weapons on foreign soil, available now to Russia as well.
In an unprecedented move, and something even the shah of Iran never allowed, the Islamic Republic of Iran has permitted a foreign power, Russia, to use one of its air bases–Shahid Nojeh air base 50 km north of Hamadan–from which to launch bombing raids against IS in Syria. (Critics of Russia’s bombing campaign claim that Russia targets predominantly moderate Syrian opposition forces, allies of the US, not IS.) What does Russia get out of this new arrangement? A greatly reduced flying time to terrorist targets in Syria. What does Iran get out of collaborating with Russia? Given that Iran calls the US ‘the Great Satan’ and Israel ‘the Little Satan’, I can’t think of anything good to come out of it for Israel and her allies. (Since Russia “bragged” about its use of the Iranian air base, Iran has announced an end to the arrangement after only three sorties by the Russian bombers. Be that as may, that Iran would allow it even once is jaw-dropping.)
Then there’s Erdogan’s Turkey, a fellow NATO member, although, who could tell these days? After the failed coup attempt in July, Erdogan ordered the blockade of Incirlik, the major base of operations for the US military in Turkey, home to 5,000 US airmen and site of the US’s largest stockpile of nuclear weapons on foreign soil. He has asked the US to hand over to Turkey the tactical nuclear weapons (the US hasn’t). Furthermore, he wants to make continued use of Incirlik air base by the Americans contingent on the US turning over Gulen, who Erdogan claims was behind the coup. And, astoundingly, Erdogan wants the air base at Incirlik to be available now for use by Russia as well. An American presence on Turkish soil was established during the Cold War as a deterrent to the threat posed by the former USSR! Ironic, isn’t it.
The ‘cozy’ relationship developing between Russia, Iran, and Turkey should be a major news story, but to most, it isn’t. Those who take Biblical prophecy seriously, however, are sitting up and taking notice. In the Book of Ezekiel, the Hebrew prophet describes a coalition of nations, led by a leader named Gog, who attacks Israel in the latter days with disastrous consequences for the world (Ezek 38 and 39) in what has come to be known as ‘The War of Gog and Magog’. Only one of the nations who make up this coalition is readily identifiable today: Persia, or Iran as it is now known (38:5). Consequently, this has led to a lot of speculation as to the makeup of the rest of this latter day coalition. Some claim that “Gog, prince of Meshech and Tubal” (38:3) refers to Russia and its leader, and “Togarmah” (38:6) is Turkey, hence the interest in the new Iran-Russia-Turkey axis.
How did Russia come to be the dominant power in the Middle East, seemingly overnight? I asked someone this question and he replied: “The Russian bear moved into the Middle East, and Obama moved into the bathrooms of America.” I think that sums it up pretty well. In pursuit of so-called “transgender rights,” the Obama administration, through its policies and decrees, is forcing radical social change on America. Under Obama, who claims to be acting on behalf of the 0.6% of the American population who identify as transgender, the concept of male-female is being made irrelevant. Just last week, Pres. Obama decreed that every bathroom, shower, and locker room in every courthouse, every school, indeed, every federal building in the US, is now open to people of either gender. One’s sexual identity–now considered a matter of personal choice–determines what bathroom or locker room one can use, and not the set of ‘plumbing’ one was born with. Social change: this is Pres. Obama’s priority at this moment in time. I predict that future generations will regard this period in history with utter disbelief, trying to, and failing, to make sense of the Obama administration’s obsession with bathrooms at a time like this.