Is war on the horizon in the Middle East? Iran is certainly arming for one. In fact, what we are witnessing now could potentially be considered the greatest military buildup in the history of the Middle East. Basically what Iran has done is they have pushed all of their chips to the middle of the table and have decided that they are going to develop nuclear weapons no matter what. Now they are arming themselves to the teeth for the confrontation with Israel and/or the United States that they know is coming at some point. We all know that there will be wars in the last days, but when war erupts in the Middle East, things are not going to be pleasant – especially if nuclear, chemical and biological weapons are used.
Iran and Israel are caught in a bizarre game of chicken, and Iran is showing no signs of blinking. In fact, Iran’s president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has ordered his country’s nuclear agency to begin the production of higher enriched uranium. Iran seems to have no fear of sanctions or of anything else. Perhaps they realize that Obama has absolutely no interest in a war with Iran. Or perhaps they are just crazy. In any event, Iran’s leaders have set their course and they seem to have no intention of altering it.
In fact, they are arming themselves as if a coming war with Israel is inevitable….
*An Iranian air force commander said on Monday that Iran will soon unveil a domestically-made air defense system with at least the same capability as Russia’s very powerful S-300 anti-aircraft hardware. If this is true, it will be a major change in the balance of power.
*Iran has begun producing very advanced unmanned drones capable of carrying out devastating assaults “with high precision”.
*Iran has also announced that they officially started production of two new kinds of conventional missiles on Saturday.
*There are even persistent rumors that Iran is developing intercontinental ballistic missiles that could potentially carry nuclear warheads. If that ever comes to fruition, the United States would be in much greater danger.
So what does all of this mean?
It means that Iran is desperately trying to develop strategic weapons that will enable it to close the gap somewhat between itself and Israel and the United States.
There is no way that Iran can achieve strategic parity with the United States military right now, but if they can put enough of a hurt on the U.S. and Israel they know that the politicians in those two nations will think twice before striking.
And that could buy time for Iran to make nukes.
After all, the destruction of Israel is one of the stated goals of the Iranian government.
In fact, Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Sunday that he believes that the obliteration of Israel “is certain”.
That is dangerous talk.
Tensions are rising all over the Middle East. It is being reported that one Syrian government official recently said that Syria is ready for either peace or war.
And war seems more likely by the day.
According to one new report, Egyptian maritime sources say that the Israeli navy has deployed two missile ships to the Persian Gulf.
Not that there is anything too unusual about that, but it is yet another move that is raising tensions in the region.
As noted above, we all know that war is inevitable in the last days. But we are also instructed in the Scriptures to pray for the peace of Jerusalem. So let us pray for peace even as things move ever closer to war.