Jordan Calls on Assad to Resign; EU Imposes News Sanctions Against Syria

Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad (Source: Agência Brasil, Wikipedia)
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Ten days ago, I posted:

Syria is still cracking down on protesters and this seems to be setting it up for other problems

Well, now there is more problematic international pressure on Assad’s regime:

Jerusalem Post – ‎14 November 2011

By JPOST.COM STAFF AND REUTERS Abdullah says if he were in Syrian president’s shoes, he’d “step down, make sure whoever comes after has ability to change status quo”; warns that Assad must first start a new phase of Syrian political life.
‎The Guardian – 14 November 2011…
Everyone acknowledges that the fear is a repeat of a Libyan scenario, where March’s Arab League decision to abandon Gaddafi was crucial in paving the way for a UN resolution and eventual Nato action. Most observers acknowledge that a repeat of this is highly unlikely. So while it remains impossible to predict how the bloody Syrian chapter of the Arab spring will end – it is a better bet than before that Assad will not be running things in Damascus when that moment comes.
Fox News 14 November 2011

Syria’s President Assad has basically four choices:

  1. Continue to function as he has and hope that his efforts to quell dissent and all the international sanctions will not hurt Syria’s economy to the point that more will rise up against him and overthrow him.  He may decide that he can make enough deals with Russia, China, and Iran to keep his economy afloat, if he thinks that Russia and China will not yield to international pressure (which would seem to be a risky move as the Arab League was already turned against him).
  2. Make deals with those protesting against him, actually keep most of the deals, and hope that this will keep him in power and result in internal and international pressure against him diminishing.
  3. Make a deal to resign and perhaps go to another country.
  4. Get closer with Iran and conclude that an attack against Israel (no matter who begins a new conflict in the region) will keep his people focused more on Israel and less on removing him.

Which will he do?

Well, I do not believe he wishes to suffer the fate of Libya’s late Colonel Gaddafi, though it could happen to Assad.

I suspect that the pressure from Europe, the USA, Syrian protesters, as well as any inside and outside of Syria who hope to attack him, may push Syria’s President Assad to get closer to Iran and possibly attack Israel somehow in conjunction with Iran.

Yet, if Syria does that, it may regret doing so for the Bible shows that, at some point in time, the Syrian capital of Damascus is doomed:

1 An oracle concerning Damascus:
“See, Damascus will no longer be a city but will become a heap of ruins. 2 The cities of Aroer will be deserted and left to flocks, which will lie down,with no one to make them afraid. 3 The fortified city will disappear from Ephraim,and royal power from Damascus;the remnant of Aram will be like the glory of the Israelites,” declares the LORD Almighty. (Isaiah 17:1-3)

For some time I have felt that Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad may decide that working closer with Iran and supporting its objectives may be the way he feels he can best retain power.

Much is going on in the Middle East.

As Jesus said in Mark 13:37, we all should watch.

Some articles of possibly related interest may include:

The Arab 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 does Islam teach about the Imam Mahdi?
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? Is he the Imam Mahdi? What does the Bible say?
Who is the King of the North? Is there one? Do biblical and Roman Catholic prophecies for the Great Monarch 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?

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