The big news this past week has been the multi-pronged terrorist attacks on the iconic city of Paris. Watching the news coming out of Paris this past week where over one hundred died and over three hundred were injured, and on the heels of a Russian airliner being blown up, we can see that Islamic State has never reached out globally like this before. Their atrocities were usually contained to Syria and Iraq.
But with the downing of an airliner with over two-hundred killed, and the Paris attacks being a “one-sixth 9-11” in terms of the number murdered on a per capita basis in France, could this be a tipping point? Could the peace-loving powers of the west, who are tired of war, be pushed to do something more about IS than just bombing campaigns? Could this problem with IS rise in urgency to somewhere near the priority that the 9-11 attacks instantly achieved on that September morning when 3,000 lost their lives? Might these attacks do what the refugee crisis and beheadings could not?
This rise in urgency to “do something” about IS, for those who do not know the Signposts, would likely translate into simply “more boots on the ground.” But for those of us who do know the Signposts, might a rise of urgency in the west possibly invite Iran to charge to the west to take out IS?
In the last two days I’ve been seeing editorials confirming these thoughts – that Paris might be a tipping point.
A DailyMail editorial stated, “Will Paris be the tipping-point…?” Steven Biddle, George Washington University professor on international affairs, was interviewed on PBS as saying, “the Paris attack may create a political imperative to do more militarily against IS.” This Newsweek article states, “the world needs to understand how Paris has changed everything.”
The west’s response is also mentioned in all of these articles – an expanded ground war, but most also say it won’t happen. Biddle was quoted as saying, “To defeat ISIL decisively would require hundreds of thousands of Western ground troops.” I do think he is wrong about that. Hundreds of thousands of Iranian soldiers could do it too.
I believe at this point that the west will not mount a ground invasion. The US is no longer leading in the world. Reagan and Bush have been replaced by a Marxist president who hates the exceptionalism of America. After a trillion-dollar war in Iraq, all western powers are hesitant to commit to new monies for a major war for this will only increase the debt of all countries involved. The way may be opening for the world to ask, if not beg, Iran to do something about IS, and charge out to the west.
The Bible does not tell us how the Second Signpost will begin. But we may be watching right now the tipping point – where the world may soon beg Iran to act for them. And if that happens and Iran acts, the second horseman rides. The world will then see how IS pales against what is coming.