Thursday, January 5, 2017

Why Russia, Turkey and Iran are Natural Allies

Saw this headline today, front and center on Google News.

Why Russia, Turkey and Iran are natural allies

The ceasefire in Syria brokered by Russia, Turkey and Iran has opened the way to peace talks in Kazakhstan between the Syrian government and opposition. The Kazakh president, Nursultan Nazarbayev, will play peacemaker and the timing of the conference will enable participation by the new US administration. However it’s not yet clear how this process might tie in with any putative “grand bargain” between Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump.

But however the US fits in, the rise of a Russian-Iranian-Turkish triumverate is a hugely significant development. On paper at least, these countries are not natural allies. On the contrary, they have a long and distinguished history of rivalry and warfare extending back centuries and stretching into recent decades. During the Cold War, Turkey was a key NATO ally; Iran supported the Afghan rebels against the USSR, while the USSR supported Iraq against Iran.

But after the end of the Soviet Union, Russia’s relations with both countries greatly improved. Iran’s opposition to Russia during the Chechen wars of the 1990s was muted; Russia was worried about external ideological influence over its largely Sunni Muslim population, but it feared Saudi Arabian Wahhabism far more than it did Iranian Shiite influence.

More than that, Russia has kept up close relations with both sides in regional rivalries. This means consistently engaging with Iran economically even as it seeks to contain Iranian influence in the longer term, and maintaining good relations with countries for whom Iran represents a direct threat, in particular Israel, but also Saudi Arabia.

Read it here;

Jesus told us to WATCH!  (Mark 13)  Honestly, if he was upset at the Jews for failing to recognize the signs of his first advent....why wouldn't he be upset at this generation when they fail to recognize the signs of his 2nd advent.

Furthermore, as we recently wrote about, the rapture is a sign-less event, BUT, the Great Tribulation will have lots of signs and as you read this article it is logical to say the building coalition of Russia, Turkey and Iran is one of them.

Read Ezekiel 38-39 again.


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