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The crisis in Ukraine is demonstrating the inability of NATO to stand up to Russia, and
highlights America’s growing impotency. At the same time indications are being seen of
a burgeoning relationship between the Vatican and Russia as it cautiously unites against
a common foe – America. The pot continues to boil in the Ukraine,
and the entire world is focused on what may happen next.
America’s Pledge America has made the pledge to support its
NATO allies. An article in Bloomberg stated: The U.S. will defend its NATO allies “no
ifs, ands or buts,” U.S. Vice President Joe Biden said today at an Atlantic Council
conference in Washington. Secretary of State John Kerry said at the
conference yesterday that unlike Ukraine, which isn’t a NATO member and where alliance
nations have ruled out war, a move against a treaty ally would have grave consequences.
“We have to make it absolutely clear to the Kremlin that NATO territory is inviolable,”
Kerry said. “We will defend every single piece of it.”
The comments by Biden and Kerry are intended to reassure nations such as Estonia, Latvia
and Lithuania, all former Soviet republics, and draw a red line for Russia.”
The article goes on to state: “Historically, Americans have supported the
defense commitment to NATO, the key alliance assembled after World War II to defend Western
Europe against the Soviet Union and its Warsaw Pact allies. Under Article 5 of the 1949 North
Atlantic Treaty, the U.S. and all other members would consider an armed attack on any one
of them an attack on all.” The article quoted Stephen Hadley, national
security advisor to President George W. Bush had the following to say:
“I think this is also about shattering NATO and potentially shattering the EU, because
if he were to do something in the Baltics and we did not respond, that’s the end of
Article 5, that’s the end of NATO,” Hadley said, addressing the Atlantic Council, a Washington-based
group that promotes trans-Atlantic relations, shortly before Biden spoke.”
“Potentially this is not just about reestablishing some kind of Russian empire, it’s also quite
frankly an effort to see how far he can go to disrupt NATO and perhaps even disrupt”
the European Union.” Growing NATO Presence There is a lot of fear throughout the Baltic
States. The same Bloomberg article also stated: “The Estonians are “scared to death” that
Putin will threaten them as he has the Ukrainians, Republican Senator John McCain of Arizona
said this week.” The response from Joseph Biden, America’s
Vice President was also given: “In response to Russian aggression, America
is taking steps to make clear that our allies will honor the solemn commitments under Article
5 of the NATO treaty, that is an absolute, ironclad guarantee.”
Responding to the Ukraine crisis, Canada announced the movement HMCS Regina, currently deployed
in the Arabian sea as a supply ship, to join the NATO’s “Maritime Group 1” which
patrols the Mediterranean Sea. NATO’s news agency reports that this group was deployed
April 22 to the Baltic Sea. The group is made up of five ships: two from Norway, one each
from Belgium, Holland, Estonia. They are mostly minesweeping vessels, except for the Norwegian
frigate Valkyrien which is the flag ship of the group. Canada’s supply ship is to join
the group. Canada’s Prime Minister announced 6 RCAF
CF-18 fighter jets from Quebec are to leave for Romania. Canada’s planes join a force
of fighter Jets from Poland, the United Kingdom, Denmark and France to help police NATO air
over the Baltic. NATO’s news service reports that Poland has MiG-29’s, four British Typhoon
jets operating out of an airbase in Lithuania; the Danes have four F-16 jets operating in
Estonia; the French have four Rafale jets operating out of Poland.
The Chinese news agency reported that America is calling on NATO nations to increase their
spending. The article stated the top American envoy John Kerry has cautioned:
“We cannot continue to allow allied defense budgets to shrink…
“Clearly, not all allies are going to meet the NATO benchmark of two percent of GDP overnight
or even next year, but it’s time for allies who are below that level to make credible
commitments to increase their spending on defense over the next five years.”
The article went on to state: “He once again alleged that Russia has taken
“not one single step” to help to de-escalate tensions in eastern Ukraine but rather done
to the contrary.” It was also reported by WND last week:
“Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has said that as many as 10,000 U.S. troops could be deployed
in Poland.” Europe’s Once Voice This all sounds well and fine, but Obama’s
administration doesn’t exactly have a good record of drawing red lines. Not only this
but Europe is very afraid of any military action.
The New York Times reported on April 16th: “Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany and other
leaders here have for weeks made it clear that they will go along with tougher sanctions,
while cautioning behind closed doors that a serious rupture in business and other ties
could take years to heal. Germany depends on Russia for up to 40 percent
of its natural gas. Ms. Merkel and President Vladimir V. Putin
of Russia talked by telephone on Tuesday evening, according to statements from both governments.
In Berlin, a government spokesman, Georg Streiter, underlined that the two leaders did not necessarily
come to any meeting of the minds, let alone a shared assessment that Ukraine, as Mr. Putin
was quoted as saying, verged on the brink of civil war.”
Interestingly, the New York Times quoted German Foreign Ministry spokeswoman, Sawsan Chebli
as stating: “Europe speaks with one voice and is coordinating
closely with the United States.” This is spine chilling when you consider the
words of Revelation 17:12-14, “And the ten horns which thou sawest are
ten kings, which have received no kingdom as yet; but receive power as kings one hour
with the beast. These have one mind, and shall give their power and strength unto the beast.
These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of
lords, and King of kings: and they that are with him are called, and chosen, and faithful.”
Right now the one mind has a clear statement, “we are afraid of the Russian bear!” As
Revelation states, ultimately the alliance of Europe will be coordinating with the beast,
ridden by the Harlot, and not with America. The Bloomberg article cite earlier also quotes
Chancellor Angea Merkel speaking in Aachen, Germany, the old capital of Charlemagne’s
the Holy Roman Empire: ‘‘We in Europe are very much in agreement
that a military resolution of the problems cannot happen, it’s not on the agenda. War
is no solution, and so we have to find other ways.”
So if Putin knows that War is not on the agenda… what does he have to worry about. America
cannot “go it alone” without Europe on European soil. The clouds of appeasement are
blackening the skies of Europe once again. In 1938, the lone voice of Winston Churchill
rang out while the government of England claimed “Peace in our Time!” He said:
“And do not suppose that this is the end. This is only the beginning of the reckoning.
This is only the first sip, the first foretaste of a bitter cup which will be proffered to
us year by year unless by a supreme recovery of moral health and martial vigour, we arise
again and take our stand for freedom as in the olden time.”
The Bible warns us that Europe is going to drink the cup, and fall under the authority
of Russia. Churchill also stated of appeasement: “An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile,
hoping it will eat him last.” Merkel is feeding the crocodile.
NATO will not intervene in Ukraine For all its saber rattling, American appears
to be impotent. A recent cartoon depicts President Putting with his angry Russian bear on a leash
meeting President Obama who brings along a stuffed “Care Bear”.
Defense ministers from the EU’s 28 member states were briefed on the crisis in Ukraine
by the bloc’s foreign policy chief as well as the head of NATO, Anders Fogh Rasmussen.
The Chinese news agency CCTV reported: Rasmussen called on Russia to pull its troops
back from the Ukrainian border and to seek a political solution to the unrest, which
he accused Russia of playing a key role in. “It’s very clear that Russia’s hand is
deeply engaged in this,” he said. Rasmussen said the alliance would not intervene
militarily in Ukraine, but would boost its presence in other eastern European countries
and launch drills involving so called “EU battle-groups”, which includes non-NATO members
like Sweden and Finland. Russia sees the aggression as being all American.
Russia Today quoted Russia’s foreign minister Lavrov:
“Russian citizens being attacked is an attack against the Russian Federation…. The only
thing I would like to highlight at this stage is that the Russian troops are on the Russian
territory…. There is no reason not to believe that the Americans are running the show in
the most direct way.” The stakes continue to be raised. There is
real debate as to who is behind the problem in the Ukraine. One thing is for certain,
the Russian Bear has been awakened from Hibernation, and it is a little on the grumpy side. Britain’s
UKIP party leader Nigel Farage, in a debate with Britain’s Deputy Prime Minister Nicholas
Clegg, stated: “I don’t support Putin… but if you poke
the Russian bear with a stick he will respond” Putin Calls Europe’s Bluff Putin went a step further this past Thursday,
demanding that Ukrainian soldiers vacate the eastern side of their own country. The Globe
and Mail reported: President Vladimir Putin of Russia told Chancellor
Angela Merkel of Germany on Thursday that Ukraine must remove its military from the
southeastern region of the country to resolve the showdown there with pro-Russian militants
who have seized several official buildings, the Kremlin said.
“Putin emphasized that it was imperative today to withdraw all military units from
the southeastern regions, stop the violence and immediately launch a broad national dialogue
as part of the constitutional reform process involving all regions and political forces,”
the Russian government said in a statement. The issue Putin is citing is the presence
of the Ukrainian special forces groups which he purports are about to begin campaign in
the east. China Weekly reported Thursday: “Moscow is seriously worried by media reports
about the Kiev regime’s plans to carry out a special assault operation in the southeastern
regions of the country using ultra-nationalist Right Sector units,” it said in a statement.
Calling the potential actions “irresponsible and aggressive,” Russia said they would have
catastrophic consequences if implemented. The ministry urged Ukraine, together with
the United States and the European Union, which signed the Geneva agreement on April
17, not to “make criminal mistakes and to soberly assess the gravity of possible consequences
for the use of force against the Ukrainian people.”
Fear is running rampant in Latvia, where American troops have been called in. ABC news reported:
Fear has spread across the region, prompting hundreds of American troops to be sent for
joint training in Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia, where the fears of a Russian invasion are
very real. “You’ve seen what has occurred in Ukraine,
Crimea, and so to them it’s a real, it’s a real threat,” said Lt. Gen. Donald M.
Campbell Jr., the commanding general of the U.S. Army Europe.
The New Delhi TV news reported that Ukraine is reinstituting conscription to find enough
troops to defend itself: An increasingly desperate Ukraine on Thursday
brought back military conscription with immediate effect as a spreading pro-Russian rebellion
in the east threatened the ex-Soviet republic with disintegration.
The move, decreed by interim president Oleksandr Turchynov, came after insurgents tightened
their grip over more than a dozen eastern cities and towns by seizing the state prosecutor’s
building in the regional hub city of Donetsk. He also put Ukraine’s current army of 130,000
on “full combat alert” because of fears an estimated 40,000 Russian troops massed on
then border for the past two months could invade.
The Vatican’s End Game In a desperate attempt to find support, Ukrainian
Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk visited Pope this week.
The Financial Times reported that during the visit,
Ukraine’s interim prime minister said on Thursday his country was entering its “most
dangerous 10 days” since independence in 1991 and was struggling to counter pro-Russian
separatists on the verge of taking over the industrialised eastern heartland. The Vatican said in a statement that Francis
and Yatsenyuk had discussed the “specific role” that religious organisations could play
“in fostering mutual respect and harmony… mention was made of possible further initiatives
by the international community in this regard.” Not exactly a definitive statement with any
real substance. The Pope told the Prime Minister he would “do everything possible” for
the country. What will that look like?
One must remember the record of the Vatican when it comes to world dictators. Cardinal
Pacelli, later to become Pope Pius XII, signed a concordat with Nazi Germany because of a
common enemy, Atheistic Communism. Pius XII remained silent throughout the war although
he was fully aware of the Nazi Final Solution. In his Book Hitler’s Pope, John Cornwell
captures the tragic terrible story of deadly silences and acquiescence. He states:
The Failure of Pacelli to take a lead in issuing a warning to the Jews of Europe, once the
enormities were known, cannot be underestimated. The point has been summarized by Guenter Lewy:
“A public denunciation of the mass murders by Pius XII, broadcast widely over the Vatican
radio and read from the pulpits by the bishops, would have revealed to Jews and Christians
alike what deportation to the East entailed. The Pope would have been believed, whereas
the broadcasts of the Allies were often shrugged off as war propaganda.” (p286)
The real issue for the Vatican during and after WWII was Communism. Pius was willing
to give a lot of ground to Hitler to join forces against Communism. Cornell writes:
Yet for all Pacelli’s distaste for the explicit racism of National Socialism, his fears were
overshadowed by the known aggression and goals of Communism in what the Vatican came to call
the “Red Triangle” – Soviet Russia, Mexico, and, by 1933 Spain. The Holy See’s
attitude toward Hitler was ambiguous: if it came to comparisons, the Nazis had not vowed
to destroy Christianity; in fact, they had made soothing gestures toward the Catholic
Church. From the Secretariat of State’s [Pacelli’s] view of the church in the world,
the threat of Communism was an altogether different matter. (p112)
This week the Vatican has canonized two popes, John XXIII and John Paul II. John Paul II
was the hero who brought down atheistic Soviet Communism. However, his goal wasn’t to bring
down Russia. If anyone is looking for the Catholic Church to champion behind Ukraine
like it did behind Poland, guess again. The Christian Science Monitor gave its view
of the present situation: The Roman Catholic Church plays little role
in this crisis for various reasons. It wields much less power today in Poland, evidenced
by the brouhaha over a political declaration for the pope in parliament. Ukraine is predominantly
Orthodox. And Russia is no longer atheist. Indeed, Putin has courted the Russian Orthodox
Church. “There has been a need for some unifying ideology” in Russia, says Mark
Elliot, the editor of the East-West Church and Ministry Report, and an expert on Russia
and Ukrainian religion. Who will the Vatican play to? Remember the
words of Revelation: 17:1-2 “Come hither; I will shew unto thee
the judgment of the great whore that sitteth upon many waters: With whom the kings of the
earth have committed fornication, and the inhabitants of the earth have been made drunk
with the wine of her fornication… 18:3 “For all nations have drunk of the
wine of the wrath of her fornication, And the kings of the earth have committed fornication
with her, And the merchants of the earth are waxed rich through the abundance of her delicacies.”
18:9 “And the kings of the earth, who have committed fornication and lived deliciously
with her, Shall bewail her, and lament for her…”
18:23 “For thy merchants were the great men of the earth; For by thy sorceries were
all nations deceived.” So who are the “great men of the earth”
today? Who is more likely to be wooed by the Harlot of Rome? America or Russia?
Does the Vatican want to woo a vacillating, red line drawing, muslimaphile, capitalist
president who is waning in world power and popularity? Or would she be more excited by
an autocratic dictator? What is the track record of the suitors? Obama
has visited the Vatican twice. Putin has made at least four official visits to the Vatican,
visiting all three of Popes since John Paul II, not to mention Medvedev’s visits while
Putin wore the Prime Minister’s hat. The Vatican sees America as an ideological
opponent. After all, the scriptures clearly tell us that the Vatican (the False Prophet),
and Russia (the Dragon), will be part of the frog spirit trio, singing the virtues of liberty,
equality and fraternity out of the same hymn book, joined of course by Europe (The Beast):
And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth of the dragon, and out
of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet. (Revelation 16:13)
The Pope has already marshaled his forces against America and in favor of Russia with
regards to Syria. CTV news had reported on November 25, 2013:
During his audience with Francis, Putin thanked the pope for his September letter to the Group
of 20 meeting in St. Petersburg, in which Francis urged world leaders to abandon the
“futile pursuit” of a military solution in Syria and lamented what he said were one-sided
interests that had prevented a diplomatic end to the conflict.
Francis mobilized hundreds of thousands of people around the globe to participate in
a daylong fast and prayer for peace, as the U.S. threatened military strikes following
an Aug. 21 chemical weapons attack near Damascus. Moscow opposed military intervention as well.
We all know what the end result of this was. America backed down, and Russia was triumphant.
The Syrians were simply collateral damage in “The Great Game”.
The Vatican Insider reported on November 7, 2013 in an article entitled ‘Tsar Putin
to pay a visit to Francis’: With the open letter sent to Putin at the
beginning of September, ahead of the G20 in St. Petersburg, the Bishop of Rome recognised
Russia as a global player that cannot be left out of the search for solutions to existing
conflicts and regional crises. Putin had said in November of 2003 regarding
potential visit of the Pope to Russia: “The aim is not so much to ensure a visit
by the Pope, but to promote unity among Christians.” It is unlikely that the Vatican will come
out in a scathing rebuke of Ukraine, but rather will continue to court them as an ally against
American hegemony in Europe and the Middle East, just as it did Nazi German in the 1930’s.
Canada and the USA Those who live in North America, and especially
Canada should not sit back and suppose we are far away from the conflict. Yes, the Canadian
anthem states, “Oh, Canada, We stand on guard for thee…” but the situation is
spreading across the world. One must remember the NATO pact means that an attack on one
NATO country is an attack on them all, at least in theory.
American youth are still required to register with the Selective Service System, which describes
its mission as: “to serve the emergency manpower needs of
the Military by conscripting untrained manpower, or personnel with professional health care
skills, if directed by Congress and the President in a national crisis.”
A European war could certainly trigger such a “national crisis”.
The Canada’s Globe and Mail reported the following:
As the situation in Ukraine continues to worsen, Canada is under increasing pressure to include
the Arctic as part of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization’s strategy to counteract Russian
aggression. Recent events in Ukraine have evoked concern
among NATO allies about Russia’s potential interest in expanding its borders. In a recent
meeting of the Russian Security Council, Russian President Vladimir Putin highlighted the “special”
place of the Arctic in Russia’s sphere of influence. Referring directly to Russia’s
future Arctic strategy, Mr. Putin noted: “We need to take additional measures so as not
to fall behind our partners, to maintain Russian influence in the region and, maybe in some
areas, to be ahead of our partners.” Russia is in the process of continuing its
militarization of the Arctic and this week’s comments regarding Russia’s future Arctic
interests are cause for concern. Canada does not have conscription in place,
and the War Measures Act cannot be used to invoke it. However, the “International Emergency
Act” grants the government sweeping powers. It is defined in the act:
“international emergency” means an emergency involving Canada and one or more other countries
that arises from acts of intimidation or coercion or the real or imminent use of serious force
or violence and that is so serious as to be a national emergency.”
If invoked, basic rights are forfeited and the government is given:
“the authorization of or direction to any person, or any person of a class of persons,
to render essential services of a type that that person, or a person of that class, is
competent to provide…” So as the world pot continues to boil, we
must be diligent to put our own houses in order, and prepare to face whatever “time
of testing” could confront us before our Lord returns.
For the Bible in the News, this has been Jonathan Bowen.
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  1. Мы США помешали вторгнутся в Сирию, теперь, они нам мстят. Ударили по самому больному месту. Украина…

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