Hello Lotus Feet
Thank you for this post. These are interesting facts you bring out. Lust, greed, materialsim, financial gain are universal motives amongst mankind and it is not surprising these are showing up as they do in Damascus Gate or wherever. There will appear to be natural causes behind events taking place in the Middle East, and as we know, God knows what is going on and is in a position to control events in order to bring about His purpose.
You cite passages of scripture showing the relevancy of the words used in scripture to recent events. Even if the verses you quote are not a fulfillment of the prophecy as God intended at the time of writing. It is good we keep watching and making these associations. I only go against the blantant misuse of scripture to build up a false doctrine. I accept anything which supports the Truth.
Keep up the good posts.