In January 2016 a high-ranking Shia cleric was executed, and an embassy was burned down in retribution.
While these might be cause for concern with many, we who are familiar with the Four Signposts know the big event to watch out for. We do not know how it will begin. It could have started over any of these events, or an event like it in the future. But that is the nature of the enmity between Sunni and Shia, one of constant agitation. We will continue to see sabre rattling and tough talk and events that make it seem the Second Signpost War could break out at any time.
Remember Iran launching its own rocket into the ISIS area? Over the last few years we have seen ISIS, and Iranian militias operating in various areas, and IRGC commanders drawing a “red line” and calling for volunteers.
We do know how all this will end: Iran will one day move its armies and conquer and occupy Saudi Arabia. Many people are waking up (which is good) and seeing a war with Iran as more probable but still say, “No one knows how a war between Saudi Arabia and Iran would end.” I disagree with this. God does know, and He has recorded it in his word. Mr. Buchanan evidently does not know the Signpost interpretation of Daniel 7 and 8.
But for those watching the Signposts, the challenge remains for the time being to filter out the usual saber rattling and see the larger more significant events as setting a trend.
Erdoğan having the Turkish constitution amended was such an event – subtle to many but a huge step in the Signpost arena.
Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman
One such recent development is the rise of Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS), next in line for the throne of Saudi Arabia. He is the common factor behind the arrests of corrupt princes, of relaxing laws and allowing women to drive, of deposing Wahhabi clerics who are too hard line. These are all brave moves and undoubtedly results in making many enemies.
In this article from the Guardian, MBS’s basic drive is to make Islam in Saudi Arabia more moderate, as the title of the piece says. He says just because Iran became a theological dictatorship does not mean Arabia has to also. However, the past modus operandi for Arabia has seemingly worked well striking a balance between the zeal of the Wahhabi clerics and the power of the ruling family.
However, I see the real problem here as Iran being given another big excuse to invade Arabia. The regime talked up the monarchy’s incompetence in managing the holy sites with the stampede in Mecca. Now the regime can shoot back and say that not only are Sunnis running the place bad enough, but now they are not those Sunnis are moderates and maybe even secular.
MBS may have enemies now with much of the royal family and with the Wahhabis, but his worst enemy will be the Iranian regime – the Persian ram with the two horns running south and getting to do all it wants to do.
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