Read Isaiah 17 1-5

Chapter 17

Israel was scattered because she forgot God—Yet the nations that plunder her will be destroyed.

 The burden of Damascus. Behold, Damascus is taken away from being a city, and it shall be a ruinous heap.

 The cities of Aroer are forsaken: they shall be for flocks, which shall lie down, and none shall make them afraid.

 The fortress also shall cease from Ephraim, and the kingdom from Damascus, and the remnant of Syria: they shall be as the glory of the children of Israel, saith the Lord of hosts.

 And in that day it shall come to pass, that the glory of Jacob shall be made thin, and the fatness of his flesh shall wax lean.

 And it shall be as when the harvestman gathereth the corn, and reapeth the ears with his arm; and it shall be as he that gathereth ears in the valley of Rephaim.

And then read this and tell me what you think.

‘We want to destroy’: Entire neighbourhoods demolished by Syrian armysyria-front

Shocking satellite images show devastation in districts that back opposition to President Assad

The main road entering Damascus from the north runs for several miles through a sea-scape of ruins. On each side of the road there are smashed buildings with collapsed concrete roofs and heaps of rubble, without a person in sight, in places that used to provide housing and workplaces for tens of thousands of people.

I drove up and down this road two years ago and districts such as Harasta, Qaboun and Jobar looked battered by fighting but were essentially intact. There were big car showrooms whose owners had built rough concrete walls in front of them in a vain attempt to protect their large, glass windows. Today these places look as if they have been carpet-bombed, with scarcely a habitable house visible from the road.

In fact, these areas in north Damascus as well as others in the south and west of the capital have been systematically pounded into ruins by Syrian army artillery, or bulldozed into extinction. The reason is that they were seen as opposition strongholds and were strategically located on access routes for rebels, or close to important roads. A further motive is collective punishment by the government which wants to show that any opposition will be met with inevitable and merciless retribution.

Cont at http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/we-want-to-destroy-entire-neighbourhoods-demolished-bysyrian-army-9096337.html