Iraq, Afghanistan, and Syria
Iraq has been a historic place, since Abraham was born there 4000 years ago.
Afghanistan has been a historic place, since Alexander the Great reached it 2300 years ago.
Syria has been a historic place, since the Roman Empire occupied it when Christ Jesus emerged in Judea 2000 years ago.
Now all these places are under violent conditions. Or since the beginning of the 21st century, they have faced wars, terror, and bloody violence.
Even north Africa the Roman Empire colonized roughly 2000 years ago is now suffering acts of terror and dangerous turmoil.
And, one thing remarkable is that the US has been significantly involved in the situations of these regions. Or rather, the US triggered this great degree of commotions in those Islamic states.
The relationship between the Islamic world and the largest Christian country, the US, must be a key to understanding this era, in any way.
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Luk 2:1 And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be taxed.
Luk 2:2 (And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.)
Luk 2:3 And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city.
Luk 2:4 And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:)