The real wild card for political and social unrest in the Middle East over the next 20 years is not war, terrorism, or revolution—it is water.
Conventional security threats dominate public debate and government thinking, but water is the true game-changer in Middle Eastern politics. Water is a fundamental part of the social contract in Middle Eastern countries. Along with subsidized food and fuel, governments provide cheap or even free water in order to ensure the consent of the governed.
But when subsidized commodities have been cut in the Middle East, instability has often followed. Future water scarcity will be much more permanent than past shortages, and the techniques governments have used in responding to past disturbances may not be enough.
In many Middle East countries there are already severe water shortages.
This is due to an ongoing drought but also because of poor management of aquifers.
Yemen is projected to be the first country on earth to run out of water sometime later in this decade. Several other MENA countries are not far behind, and it will play no small part in the inevitable unraveling of many of these countries. I have talked before about how the Salafi Moslem organizations will take advantage of this growing anarchy to take over in these countries, and this will bring a much more dangerous Middle Eastern political situation for Israel and the whole world than we’ve ever seen before.
In John 4:10, Jesus told the Samaritan woman;
“If you knew the gift of God, and who it is who says to you, ‘Give Me a drink,’ you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water.”
Jesus is the only solution to this problem, just like He’s the only solution to all the other problems of the Middle East and the entire world.
Written by Aaron