In the USA, 40% of the current GOP supporters are christian evangelicals, fundamentalists and Pentecostals. (according to Kevin Phillips in American Theocracy). Many millions of these people are looking forward to WW3 beginning. They see the events happening now in the M.E. as part of the biblical prophecy of “rapture” and the “final tribulation” or “End Times”. One of the prophecies, Isaiah 17: An Oracle Concerning Damascus (destruction of Damascus) may just happen in a week or two. The rapture is when, all of a sudden, the true believers just disappear from the earth. It is explained as when Jesus comes down to “marry” his bride (the believers) and take them to heaven.
Other parts of the prophecy: A EU statemen (Javier Solana??/the anti-christ?) will bring a 7 year (false) peace to Israel. 3.5 years into that time period, Gog and MeGog (Russia and a coalition of Islamic/Arabs) will destroy Israel. Soon after a 200 million army will move into the middle east and will kill 1/3 of mankind (some believe it is the chinese, others think it is a plague). A general outline is here: final tribulation survival guide.
Note, I’m just making this post as a Friday afternoon, general interest read for those that have not heard about this subject yet. (has it been posted before? Sorry i only did a brief search).
Personally, the only thing that I really consider is that if the US gets sucked into a confrontation with Syria/Iran, I believe there is a good chance China will make a move on Taiwan. Did anyone else notice on TV yesterday all the local stations were covering military war games? I know, the display was preplanned, but still the coverage was excessive. (in addition to the recent large pacific fleet excersises and the #2PLA General’s recent trip to Omaha/Strategic command). I don’t think China necessarily needs to do anything drastic like a missle launch or invasion, all they really need to do is stop one oil tanker from reaching Taiwan. Once they cut off the power supply, Taiwan’s wheels will stop spinning. (no flights, airconditioning, food refrigeration or transportation, medical services, bank services/stock investment, etc. etc.). - Just a thought to consider.