Water Wars and the Third Horse?
Is there a connection between the current water crisis, and the 3rd world war of the end times?
I have divided this post into 3 parts:
A. The world situation as a whole
B. The water situation in the Middle East.
C. The influence of the water crisis on end time wars
A. The World Situation as a Whole:
Wars will one day, probably soon, break out over water
The possibility that water wars will erupt derives, after all, from a few simple propositions:
· The world is not running out of water — there is plenty for everyone. But it’s often in the wrong quantities in the wrong places at the wrong time.
· There is no less water than there used to be — there is the same amount of water on the planet as there was in prehistoric times. But there are more of us — many more of us and we are each using vastly more water.
· Very few major water systems are contained within one political entity.
· Many transborder water systems are in places where the political is already fractious, and where water resources are increasingly scarce.
Steal water from others. That’s where Water Wars comes in.
Who owns water? Who processes it? Who controls it? Who wants to steal it? Who can?
In transnational water disputes, which is the most dangerous?
When the upstream nation is more powerful than the downstream, and therefore more cavalier about taking into account downstream needs?
When the downstream nation is more powerful, in which case the upstream nation risks retaliation for any careless handling of the supply?
Or when both countries are water stressed and more or less equal in power?
The pessimists will say all three are dangerous.
Egypt, a powerful downstream riparian, has several times threatened to go to war over Nile water; only the fact that both Sudan and Ethiopia have been wracked by civil war and are too poor to develop "their" water resources has so far prevented conflict.
In the Euphrates Basin, Turkey is militarily more potent than Syria, but that hasn’t stopped the Syrians from threatening violence.
Here are the main water hot spots to watch for:
· The Jordan Litani system and the West Bank aquifers. Israel and Jordan are already using more water than they get–so where is the necessary incremental supply to be found?
· The Nile. Egypt downstream, Sudan, Ethiopia and even Uganda upstream. And a resource already stretched very thin.
· The Tigris-Euphrates system, Turkey upstream, Iraq and Syria downstream. Wars have already been threatened in this system, and Turkey’s massive Anatolia Project ( xxx dams and reservoirs) is certain to make things worse.
· The Ganges system between India and Bangladesh, and the Indus between Pakistan and India–in a region famous for its saber-rattling, where the two countries have been at war many times, most recently over Kashmir.
· The Carvery River in southeastern India, the country’s fourth largest, has already set off pitched battles between troops and citizens from two Indian states, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu.
· The North African Iittoral. No major rivers to speak of, but Colonel Gaddafi’s mining of the sub-Saharan aquifer is causing alarm among his neighbors, most notably Algeria.
· Botswana and Namibia in South Africa have several times come close to war over Namibia’s threat to divert waters away from the Okavango system, home to Botswana’s major source of water and one of Africa’s last great refuges for wildlife.
B. The Water Situation in the Middle East
1. Turkey controls most of the water- water flows from there, to places like Iraq and Syria
Dam statistics – Middle East region
the total number of large dams in the Middle East is 793;
the single busiest decade in terms of dam commissioning was the 1990s;
78% of dams in the Middle East are single purpose, of which 86% are for irrigation, with 3% built for flood control;
most dams in the region are between 10-30m in height.
Turkey has the most dams (625), followed by Iran (66), Syria (41), and Saudi Arabia (38).
The five largest dams by height in the Middle East are, according to available data:
Keban Dam, Firat River, Turkey, 210m;
Karoon-3, Karoon River, Iran, 205m;
Dez Dam, Dez River, Iran, 203m;
Shahid Abbas Poor, Karoon River, Iran, 200m;
Amir Kabir, Karaj River, Iran, 180m;
The five largest dams in the Middle East by reservoir capacity are, according to available data:
Ataturk Dam, Firat River, Turkey, 48.7 billion cubic meters;
Keban Dam, Firat River, Turkey, 31 billion cubic meters;
Razza Dyke, (offstream), Iraq, 26 billion cubic meters;
Mosul Dam, Tigris River, Iraq, 12.5 billion cubic meters;
Haditha Dam, Euphrates River, Iraq, 8.2 billion cubic meters.
Irrigation needs of some middle east countries below – more water required. Notice that Iran has the greatest irrigation needs.
Graphs below show a 75% decrease over the past 2 years in the Euphrates River water supply (4 billion cubic meters a year decrease). How, or will, this be fixed?
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C. Relationship of water deficient/ stressed countries to invasion Israel at Armageddon.
Armageddon – attack first from the east, and then an attack by the entire world. They come to one place:
Rev 16:12 the kings east of the Euphrates come.
Rev 16: 14 the kings of the earth and the “whole world” come
The table below represents the estimated availability of water per capita in the middle east countries.
Notice the countries in red are those who will experience the greatest drop in availability. These countries are predicted to attack Israel in the end times.
Arguments over politics, religion, and land have been going on for centuries, but will famine drive them into action?
Water stress may result in more water deficits, which is an immediate, life threatening emergency.
At the current rate, specific areas, especially those in and east of Iraq, will be experiencing famine in the near future, unless they correct this water deficit.
Since Turkey controls the dam that supplies the water to others, it might (I am not saying that it will do this) hold back water for itself, putting extra stress on Syria, who would then attack.
Then others might join in. All over water.
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