On Sept 19, I described Another Hook for Gog and Magog.
Well, I’m adding one or two more to the collection.
3 …Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I am against thee, O Gog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal:
4 And I will turn thee back, and put hooks into thy jaws, and I will bring thee forth, and all thine army, horses and horsemen, all of them clothed with all sorts of armour, even a great company with bucklers and shields, all of them handling swords:
It’s interesting that God would use a hook as a metaphor here. Usually, when some animal gets a hook in its jaw, it can get away by ripping the hook out – but, that hurts. And, the more hooks you have, the more it will hurt to rip them out.
But, when the alternative is death, ripping hooks out is a pretty good idea, right?
Unless, of course, you don’t read your bible, and wouldn’t believe it if you did.
Now, when you are a nice big, fat fish with a hook in his jaw, what do you do when someone tugs on the line attached to the hook?
That’s right, you follow the tug.
And, if there are two hooks in your jaw?
Well, you follow the tug twice as fast.
And, what is this second hook in the mouth of Gog?
Syria and/or Iran.
It looks like Russia made a strategic decision to back Assad in Syria’s civil war, and it appears that Russia’s interests will be severely damaged if Syria falls.
And, if Iran falls, too?
Well, let’s tug on those lines some more and see what happens…
Russia’s Putin warns against outside interference
By Steve Gutterman and Gleb Bryanski | Reuters – Feb 8, 2012
MOSCOW (Reuters) – Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday the world faced a growing “cult of violence” and Moscow must not let events like those in Libya and Syria be repeated in Russia, warning the West against interference in a country he intends to lead for years to come.
Weeks ahead of a March presidential election he is almost sure to win despite the biggest opposition protests of his 12-year rule, Putin also sent a stark signal to political foes that he will not tolerate threats to stability.
Putin’s remarks, at a meeting with Russian religious leaders, echoed the criticism of U.S. and NATO military action abroad that he frequently voiced as president in 2000-2008.
“We of course condemn all violence regardless of its source, but one cannot act like an elephant in a china shop,” Putin told Russian religious leaders – Orthodox Christian, Muslim, Jewish and Buddhist – as talk turned to Libya and Syria.
“Help them, advise them – limit, for instance, their ability to use weapons – but do not interfere under any circumstances.”
Russia used its veto power in the U.N. Security Council to amplify that message Saturday, locking elbows with China to block a Western-Arab draft resolution supporting a call for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to quit.
Russia said it feared a resolution on Syria would open the door to foreign military intervention, pointing to the March 2010 Libya resolution that Moscow accused NATO of interpreting as broad license to help rebels oust Muammar Gaddafi.
“A cult of violence has been coming to the fore in international affairs in the past decade,” Putin said. “This cannot fail to cause concern … and we must not allow anything like this in our country.”
By raising the specter of Arab Spring upheaval reaching Russia, Putin seemed to reveal a powerful motive for Moscow’s opposition to Western calls for Assad to step down after 11 months of bloodshed fuelled by his crackdown on opponents.
NOT IN RUSSIA
Russia has plenty of pragmatic reasons to resist political change in Syria, its last real foothold in the Middle East.