By Walid Shoebat (Shoebat Exclusive)
When it comes to the Bible and Christ’s Second Coming, we do not find any mention of New York City, Tokyo, or Paris, but Egypt, Libya, Elam (Iran), Lydia (Turkey), Yemen, Arabia and Jerusalem.
Ethiopia, and Libya, and Lydia, and all the mingled people, and Chub, and the men of the land that is in league, shall fall with them by the sword.
– Ezekiel 30:5 King James Bible “Authorized Version”, Cambridge Edition
Staying focused on these nations, Ezekiel speaks of them coming as a “league”. And while looking at the current news this week, we have had successive and escalating developments in the Turkish-Gulf relations effecting regional, military and geopolitical impact as we have seen the latest visit paid by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The most important is the recent signing of a military cooperation agreement between Turkey and Qatar allowing the deployment of joint forces in both countries. The coming days may see the signing of memorandums and similar agreements with the rest of the other Gulf states, according to Turkish officials.
The remarkable rapprochement between Turkey and Saudi Arabia following the visit of Erdogan is expected to be followed by a planned visit by Saudi King Salman Bin Abdul Aziz to Turkey.
But every time a government pimps with certain Islamists in order to thwart other Islamists, the end results always comes at a loss for the pimp. For example, the Saudis thought they were being smart when they have given the green light to the Shiite Houthis to fight terrorism and undermine the Muslim Brotherhood in Yemen. The policy backfired and today Houthi actions seek to control all of Yemen becoming a threat to Saudi Arabia. The Houthis responded swiftly to Saudi policy launching the first direct flight from Tehran to Sanah. And there is talk of more surprises on the way for Saudi Arabia. Yemen is thus expected to witness more bloodshed against the backdrop of the regional conflict.
And this week, Saudi Arabia in a desperate move is using its heft as leader of the Sunni Muslim world by seeking Turkey for a formation of a Sunni military alliance, regardless that Turkey is a regional competitor. This new development is a reversal of its historical attitude, Saudi Arabia wants to co-opt Turkey under a banner of a coordinated effort to form a Sunni crescent, in opposition to Iran’s Shiite crescent, and to the ISIS threat. This too, like its flirtation and pimping the Houthis in Yemen to thwart the Brotherhood will end up transforming Saudi Arabia into a prostitute of Turkey.
This second policy by Saudi Arabia, to create a Turkish-gulf league, is preferring Turkey over Egypt. This will backfire. This policy was just dispatched by the new Saudi regime directed first at Egypt. King Salman planed to temper the political and financial zeal shown by the late King Abdullah towards Cairo by not allowing Egypt or Syria to return to their old Arab leadership role. Leaked phone conversations between the Egyptian president and his military leaders are not likely to be forgotten in the Gulf anytime soon, just as it has not been forgotten that Syrian president Bashar al-Assad once called several Saudi leaders “half men.” It was the Turkey-based Egyptian satellite TV channel Mekameleen that leaked audio recording that purports to show Al-Sisi and senior aides being derisive of their rich Gulf donors.
Any policy to weaken these two nations, Syria and Egypt, which is also the focus of the U.S. in alienating these two will eventually backfire. When it comes to Middle East policy, it is always best to work with Arab states struggling not to get consumed, rather than work with Iran and Turkey who will only fight ISIS in order to consume. Saudi Arabia needs Egypt and Turkey politically and militarily in its confrontation with Iran more than with its fear of ISIS.
But the problem for Saudi Arabia, Syria and Egypt is that Turkey and the U.S. both major powers support the Muslim Brotherhood, the archenemy of the Egyptian government specifically and it is Turkey that continues to revive it. Both Turkey and the U.S. realize that the Muslim Brotherhood is key to influencing the Muslim world since they hold the Muslim scholarly realm. It is this that ISIS does not control which without, ISIS can never catapult itself to be ordained as grand Caliphate of the Muslim world. The Muslim Brotherhood is the dynamo behind the establishment of an Islamic hegemony, the dream of Erdogan’s Ottoman aspirations. Such a dream can never be accomplished throughout the Middle East without the Muslim Brotherhood. Therefore, Erdogan and Sisi will remain enemies as long as the Egyptian president continues to pursue the Muslim Brotherhood which today he executed one Mahmoud Ramadan and plans to execute 528 more.
Turkey is furious over the executions. The Egyptian-Turkish antagonism will prove to be the most difficult issue for Saudi Arabia which is trying to become the center of a regional mobilization against the Iranian project, with its rising momentum from Iraq to Yemen, down to the military changes taking place on Syria’s northern and southern fronts.
And if inviting the Houthis was bad policy that backfired for the Saudis, allowing the Muslim Brotherhood a re-entry into Saudi sphere to please Turkey will force Saudi Arabia to abandon Egypt.
History will prove that when it comes to U.S. policy with Syria and Egypt, by alienating these two Washington has damaged the regional balance to a point of no return, especially by making deals with Iran which will only escalate the entire region to rush into nuclear empowerment in order to deal with the Iranian crisis.
The isolation of Egypt and Syria plays into Erdogan’s Neo-Ottoman plans making Turkey the guardian of the Arab Gulf states. This week, Saudi Arabia wants to co-opt Turkey under a banner of coordinated Sunni opposition to Iran and to ISIS. This proposal carries the potential for the Saudis to rely on Turkish rather than Egyptian military as they already see the unreliable and distant backer in the United States.
Turkey’s cunningness can now be seen as to why, in the past, it did not cyber rattle with Iran. Regardless that Iran has gained momentum with its expansion for its sphere of influence, Turkey knew that sooner or later, Arabia will call for help. What we are witnessing is the construction of a Turkish-Gulf league that arose out of Saudi fear from Iran more than its fears of Turkey’s Ottoman dreams to re-control the region. This will leave Egyptian commander Abdel Fattah al-Sisi in further isolation mounting a convergence of interface between the Gulf and Qatar, countries on the one hand, and the convergence of the same countries, especially Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Turkey, with opposition to the Egyptian coup against the Muslim Brotherhood. This will heal the wounded head of the Muslim Brotherhood and present an amalgamation of several Sunni Islamist states.
Turkish President Erdogan had expected Saudi Arabia to take a step that will bring about changes in the Egyptian government, describing the kingdom as the most influential when it comes to the Egyptian affairs of State; especially since the January 25th Revolution of Egypt in 2011.
In the qualitative development turkey announced that the Committee ratified a number of draft laws, including the “military cooperation agreement” between Turkey and Qatar which includes military training, deployment of joint forces and joint military exercises which we will witness the signing of similar agreements with other Gulf states. Turkey is again pushing the various competing centers of Arab authority to coalesce into a more capable military union, nearly a century after Sharif Hussein ibn Ali’s initial revolt against the Ottomans which allowed the United Kingdom and France to redraw the boundaries of Al-Mashriq Al-Arabi — the Arab lands to the east of Egypt — and create the fractious and unstable Arab states we see today. By this the Ottoman Humpty Dumpty looks much closer than ever.
Many western analysts missed the true reasons behind the recent Turkish-Gulf relations thinking that the proposed scenario that Cairo and Riyadh are clearly anxious to combat ISIS and to thwart Iran. While this is true, to Turkey it is using ISIS and Iran to play as a chip to advance the neo-Ottoman game. While the ISIS threat is true, Turkey does not fear Iran as much as it desires an Ottoman hegemony which ISIS plays a crucial role that Arab fear demands calling 911: Turkey for Saudi Arabia and Iran for Iraq.
In the Middle East, politicians fear the religious institutions most. Announcing a Caliphate is under the authority of the Union of Muslim Scholars led by the Muslim Brotherhood, which only it represented the decision making power in the Muslim world. This is why Turkey is in bed with the Muslim Brotherhood while it has its eyes on Arabia gaining not only Muslim Brotherhood blessing for its new revival of a grand Caliphate, but now the Wahhabists of Saudi Arabia as well are giving the Ottomans blessings from Zamzam.
Turkey’s goal is to eventually establish a military alliance involving Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates. But such goal can never be established with the Al-Sisi’s anti Muslim Brotherhood current government. Is it no wonder why Antichrist finally has to invade Egypt (Daniel 11).
The Gulf states realizes that despite their wealth, they are still vulnerable and continuing to depend on the United States to guarantee their security no longer appears tenable given the possibility of a broader U.S.-Iranian rapprochement.
In the end, it matters little what Muslim divides exist between Shiite vs. Sunni, Wahhabi ISIS vs. Wahhabist Saudis, Brotherhood vs. Wahhabist. Indeed, all this matters to some extent. These will always divide. Nothing can unite the Muslim world, not even Allah and Muhammad or even their direction of prayer and pilgrim can unite them. It is not the black stone, but the burdensome stone, Jerusalem, which will unite them for a moment and will crush them in the end.
Day of wrath, that day
Will dissolve the earth in ashes
As David and the Sibyl bear witness.
What dread there will be
When the Judge shall come
To judge all things strictly.
A trumpet, spreading a wondrous sound
Through the graves of all lands,
Will drive mankind before the throne.
Death and Nature shall be astonished
When all creation rises again
To answer to the Judge.
A book, written in, will be brought forth
In which is contained everything that is,
Out of which the world shall be judged.
When therefore the Judge takes His seat
Whatever is hidden will reveal itself.
Nothing will remain unavenged.
What then shall 1 say, wretch that I am,
What advocate entreat to speak for me,
When even the righteous may hardly be secure?
King of awful majesty,
Who freely savest the redeemed,
Save me, O fount of goodness.
Remember, blessed Jesu,
That I am the cause of Thy pilgrimage,
Do not forsake me on that day.
Seeking me Thou didst sit down weary,
Thou didst redeem me, suffering death on the cross.
Let not such toil be in vain.
Just and avenging Judge,
Before the day of reckoning.
I groan like a guilty man.
Guilt reddens my face.
Spare a suppliant, O God.
Thou who didst absolve Mary Magdalene
And didst hearken to the thief,
To me also hast Thou given hope.
My prayers are not worthy,
But Thou in Thy merciful goodness grant
That I burn not in everlasting fire.
Place me among Thy sheep
And separate me from the goats,
Setting me on Thy right hand.
When the accursed have been confounded
And given over to the bitter flames,
Call me with the blessed.
I pray in supplication on my knees.
My heart contrite as the dust,
Safeguard my fate.
Mournful that day
When from the dust shall rise
Guilty man to be judged.
Therefore spare him, O God.
Lord Grant them rest.
Lord Jesus Christ, King of glory,
deliver the souls of all the faithful
departed from the pains of hell and from the bottomless pit.
Deliver them from the lion’s mouth.
Neither let them fall into darkness
nor the black abyss swallow them up.
And let St. Michael, Thy standard-bearer,
lead them into the holy light
which once Thou didst promise
to Abraham and his seed.
We offer unto Thee this sacrifice
of prayer and praise.
Receive it for those souls
whom today we commemorate.
Allow them, O Lord, to cross
from death into the life
which once Thou didst promise to Abraham
and his seed.
Holy, holy, holy,
Lord God of Sabaoth.
Heaven and earth are full of Thy glory.
Hosanna in the highest.
Blessed is He who cometh in the name of the Lord.
Hosanna in the highest.
Lamb of God, who takest away the sins of the world,
grant them rest.
Lamb of God, who takest away the sins of the world,
grant them everlasting rest.
May eternal light shine on them, O Lord.
with Thy saints for ever, because
Thou art merciful.
Grant the dead eternal rest, O Lord,
and may perpetual light shine on them,
with Thy saints for ever,
because Thou are merciful.