Will ISIS engage Israel, and ISIS as the Strong Horse

Steven LeBlanc

12 26 2014

Many Muslims are urging ISIS to take its fight to Israel instead of attacking Arabs in Iraq and Syria. A thrust at Israel would promote ISIS’s popularity in the Arab world and would boost its funding efforts among certain Arab leaders.

What is worrying to Israel, is that ISIS is seeking to expand into southern Syria and the Syrian capital of Damascus. ISIS has convinced three Syrian rebel groups operating in the south of Syria to join ISIS.

According to Hussain Abdul-Hussain, a well known Kuwaiti journalist with connections to Sunni tribes– he asserts that 14 clans that had been loyal to Assad’s government recently pledged their allegiance to ISIS. This included several tribes in Raqqa, Syria which Assad’s forces once controlled. It is now the headquarters of ISIS. The shift, Hussain says, “was nearly bloodless.”

Intelligence sources in the region note that there are several armed Sunni groups now fighting alongside ISIS—including hard-core jihadist militias like the Jaish al-Mujahedeen (in Iraq)—

Israel is more concerned these days about ISIS as ISIS makes gains in Syria. It is clear to all in the Middle East that ISIS is now the “Strong Horse” in Iraq and Syria, and increasingly Sunni tribes are yielding to ISIS’ leadership.

Bill Powell of Newsweek magazine writes this about the lack of American leadership in the Middle East, and the Arab response to that lack– SUNNIS TRIBES WILL BET ON THE STRONG HORSE, AND THAT’S ISIS:

The predominant view in Sunni-dominated countries—which are ostensibly U.S. allies—could not be more starkly different. To say they are dismissive of the Obama administration now is putting it mildly. Contemptuous is more like it. Never, to be sure, supporters of the original decision to invade and occupy Iraq, the country’s neighbors are furious at the power vacuum the Obama administration left, in their view, in the country once American troops pulled out. That Iran would come to dominate a blatantly sectarian government under al-Maliki was, they say, predictable. (His defenders, including some in the U.S., argue that this is revisionist history. They note, among other things, that in 2008 al-Maliki led Operation Knights Assault, a vicious military campaign to root out the Mahdi Army, a large Shiite militia, from the southern city of Basra.)

According to Hussain (KUWATI JOURNALIST), the calculus was simple. Tribes look for the “strong horse,” and in both Iraq and in Syria, that was al-Baghdadi and ISIS. “The myth is that there are radical Sunni tribes and moderate Sunni tribes. The tribes are not moderate or radical. Tribes hedge and look for the strongest power,” he says. At the time, he notes, the U.S. derided opposition groups fighting Assad in Syria as “carpenters, teachers and dentists” and hesitated to arm them. Washington was not in the game, so the decision became easy.

“They concluded we (USA) were not serious. We came, we left. The only strong power they could join,” Hussain says, “was ISIS.”

The ISIS problem is here to stay for some time—the reality the leaders of the world do not recognize, including the Obama administration, is that nations and their rulers are often influenced by “evil spirits”—no doubt evil spirits are influencing ISIS and the Assad government in Syria. Do not forget what is stated in Ephesians (there is an international application to this verse as well), We are engaged in a struggle “against principalities…powers…rulers of the darkness of this age…spiritual hosts of wickedness in heavenly places” (Ephesians 6:12). These spiritual battles rage daily in the international arena. Western leaders like President Obama may hope that Islamic terror will eventually fade, but recent events show the naïveté of such thinking. Evil of this nature can only be defeated by greater force.

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