Uncivil War

Posted: August 23, 2012 in Uncategorized

Uncivil War

The crisis in Syria continues to escalate. Clashes between the Syrian Army and the newly formed Free Syrian Army began over a year ago. Public demonstrations in March 2011 against the government were stopped when soldiers opened fire on civilians. Army defectors and civilians began forming fighting units. The government calls these groups “armed terrorists.”

Most disturbing are repeated reports of army officers killing and torturing civilians. Some army officers were executed for not opening fire on civilians. Protesters have been beaten, tortured, and killed. Massacres have taken place. Children have been caught in the crossfire and thousands are attempting to flee the country.

Outside Syria, the Arab League, the United States, the European Union, and the GCC have condemned the use of violence against protesters. The state of human rights in Syria has often been criticized from the outside world.

Recent conflicts center on the northern city of Aleppo where the protesting fighters claim to have 65 percent of the city.

“Rebels here say their territorial gains and ability to hold territory are transforming their guerrilla campaign into a more traditional conflict, with opposition and Syrian regime forces squaring off for territory across a shifting but defined front line. In Aleppo, Syria’s largest city, rebels have grabbed a toehold since launching a two-pronged invasion in July, effectively dividing the city into rebel- and regime-held halves.

“The rebels control a contiguous arc of territory stretching around the city from the northeast to the southwest. They remain locked in a fight for the Salaheddin neighborhood, a gritty street battle that rebel commanders say could prove decisive in the struggle for control of the city. ‘If Salaheddin falls, it will give us control over the Damascus-Aleppo highway, and it will cut off the regime’s logistics pipeline into the city,’ said Abdel Qader Saleh, the 32-year-old field commander of the rebel division leading the fight here.” [1]

With all the bloodshed and innocent victims, it seems few people win at war. Hearing the news of the inhumane treatment of people is disheartening. Will fighting on this earth ever end? Will God put an end to the controversies that abound on our planet?

The Bible predicts war as a sign of the end. “You will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled; for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom” (Matthew 24:6, 7). Even as the gospel goes out, it is met with resistance. “Another horse, fiery red, went out. And it was granted to the one who sat on it to take peace from the earth, and that people should kill one another; and there was given to him a great sword” (Revelation 6:4).

God will someday end all war. The great conflict which began in heaven when Lucifer rebelled has spilled onto our planet. But the plan of salvation, carefully constructed to save people and end war will someday meet its final moments when Christ returns. Are you ready for war to end?



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