East vs. West: Russia, China, & India Opposing Sanctions on Iran & Syria



Russia, China, and India are not cooperating with the type of sanctions the EU and USA wants for Iran and Syria:

Global “great power politics” returns to Mideast

By Peter Apps, Political Risk Correspondent

LONDON | Tue Jan 31, 2012 7:28am EST

(Reuters) – With Russia sending warships to discourage foreign intervention in Syria, and China drawn more deeply into Iran’s confrontation with the West, “great power” politics is swiftly returning to the Middle East…Both have signaled a clear intention to prevent any “regime change” intervention in Syria; but Russia’s deployment of its flagship aircraft carrier and escorts to Syria’s port of Tarsus this month drew a starker than usual line in the sand…”Each time the West tightens the leash, Beijing quietly avails itself of the slack,” says Thomas Barnett, a former strategist for the U.S. Navy…

Washington Post 31 January 2012-MUMBAI, IndiaIndia has joined China in saying it will not cut back on oil imports from Iran, despite stiff new US and European sanctions designed to pressure Tehran over its nuclear program.
By Steve Gutterman | MOSCOW (Reuters) – A senior Russian diplomat said Tuesday that the push for adoption of a Western-Arab draft UN Security Council…Russia and China vetoed a European-drafted resolution on Syria in October.

Syrian opposition: Russia, Iran risking relations with future Syria

Ynetnews – 31 January 2012

Syrian Opposition member Fahed Al-Masri told a Lebanese radio station that the efforts Russia and Iran are making in order to save President Assad’s regime will be reflected in the countries’ future relations with Syria.”Russia will lose its last foothold in the Middle East and in Syria,” he said, adding that if Moscow continues to oppose the international community’s stance on Syria…

So the three geographically largest powers of the East are taking stands in stark contrast to the West.  The Bible ultimately indicates that an apparently Russian-led Eurasian confederation will take on the remaining power of the West (which at that time will be led by the European King of the North).  And China and India seem to be prophesied to support the Russian-led confederation.

But that will be later, just prior to the return of Jesus Christ (Revelation 9:16; 16:12-16).

At this time the East is playing a dangerous game that it is likely to lose, at least in a diplomatic sense.

No matter what their economic interests are, neither Russia nor India want an Islamic power to rise up.  And by defying the Western sanctions, perhaps those nations believe that dividing the Islamic world into Iran & Syria, the rest of the Arab nations, the Turkish nations, Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Indonesia that this division will prevent an Islamic world power from rising up.

If they believe that, they are in error.

An Islamic power (the King of the South of biblical prophecy), apparently led by an Arabic power, will rise up.  By supporting Syria as it has been, Russia will alienate the Arab world (the Arab League has tended to back the West in regards to Syria and is not a particular fan of Iran).  Syria will not continue as it is and Iran may be neutralized, at least to a degree.

What the three Eastern powers are in essence doing is telling the Arab world that it is better off cooperating with the Europeans than with Russia, China, or India.  And the cooperation between the Arab and European worlds is something will temporarily be done (Daniel 11:27; Psalm 83:3-8).

China, itself, is interested in resources like oil and loves to take advantage of buying opportunities that Western sanctions, for example, can provide.  Yet China needs the markets of the West more than it actually needs Iranian oil.  The same is basically true for India.

Iran and Syria are really not so important to Russia, China, and India that they will back them no matter what (though there will be a future alliance with the Persians/Iranians, but this is for a time after the millennial reign of Christ and is discussed in Ezekiel 38:1-9).

So despite posturing from these three Eastern powers, the reality is that the West will gain the most influence in the Middle East from what is now happening.

Iran will not be the leader of the King of the South and whatever survives in Syria (cf. Isaiah 17:1) will apparently support the coming Arab leader of Daniel 11:40.  If those in Russia, China, and India understood biblical prophecy better they would realize that their current stand perhaps should be modified in regards to Iran and Syria.

Those interested in learning more may wish to study the following articles:

Russia: Its Origins and Prophesied Future Russia in prophecy. Where do the Russians come from? What about those in the Ukraine? What is prophesied for Russia and its allies? What will they do to the Europeans that supported the Beast in the end?
Is Russia the King of the North? Some claim it is. But what does the Bible teach?
India, Its Biblical Past and Future: Any Witness? The Bible discusses the origins of those of Indian heritage and discusses some of the witness to them (including those in Bangladesh, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka).
China, Its Biblical Past and Future, Part 1: Genesis and Chinese Characters Where did the Chinese people come from? This article provides information showing that the Chinese peoples must have known about various accounts in the Book of Genesis up until their dispersion after the Tower of Babel.
China, Its Biblical Past and Future, Part 2: The Sabbath and Some of God’s Witness in China When did Christianity first come to China? And is there early evidence that they observed the seventh day sabbath?
Asia in Prophecy What is Ahead for Asia? Who are the “Kings of the East”? What will happen to nearly all the Chinese, Russians, Indians, and others of Asia? China in prophecy, where? Who has the 200,000,000 man army related to Armageddon?
Who is the King of the North? Is there one? Do biblical and Roman Catholic prophecies point to the same leader? Should he be followed? Who will be the King of the North discussed in Daniel 11? Is a nuclear attack prophesied to happen to the English-speaking peoples of the United States, Great Britain, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand? When do the 1335 days, 1290 days, and 1260 days (the time, times, and half a time) of Daniel 12 begin? When does the Bible show that economic collapse will affect the United States?
Is There A Future King of the South?
Some no longer believe there needs to be. Might Egypt, Islam, Iran, Arabs, or Ethiopia be involved? Might this King be called the Mahdi? What does the Bible say?
The Arab and Islamic World In the Bible, History, and Prophecy
The Bible discusses the origins of the Arab world and discusses the Middle East in prophecy. What is ahead for the Middle East and those who follow Islam? What about the Imam Mahdi? What lies ahead for Turkey, Iran, and the other non-Arabic Muslims?

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