Bring A Knife To A Gun Fight? Is U.S./West Ready for Russia’s Thugs?

posted by Dr. Jael Ever @ 10:15 AM
April 28, 2014

Pro-Russian activists take control of TRK Donbass television station in Donetsk, Ukraine   While the United States, some Western nations, and perhaps China, depend on far more advanced weaponry in the 21st century––i.e. drones, satellites, stealth air strikes, etc.–– Russia moves into Ukraine using thugs in masks with guns and tanks. How old World War II gosh! So who bears the knife in this gun fight?

The U.S. depends upon ‘economic logic’ to stop Putin, but the Russian President doesn’t seem to listen. Today, his thugs ratcheted their own pressure by seizing a television station, as the U.S. moves to lodge more sanctions against Putin’s friends.  According to, “The penalties will hit seven Russian government officials, including two members of Putin’s ‘inner circle’ . . .

“All 17 companies are owned or controlled by Putin allies.  At least eight of the companies have ties to Gennady Timchenko, a Russian billionaire living in Switzerland with ties to Putin,” said White House press secretary Jay Carney.

The Hill adds that the Department of Commerce will impose restrictions on 13 of the companies to prevent their export of U.S. manufacturing.  The State Department is also denying the export of license applications for any high-technology items that could contribute to Russia’s military capabilities.

Other members of the G-7 have not announced their sanctions, but they are expected to be lighter than the U.S.’ Ida Wells of blogs that European businesses join Russia in stopping sanctions from Europe.

While Putin had his foreign minister negotiate with the U.S. on withdrawal, he pours masked men with more of his ‘primitive weapons’ into Ukraine, and lines its borders with thousands more troops. Western Europe moans to him: “We are at peace, We are prosperous (compared to you). No one wants or has time for war?”

“But we don’t fight wars like this any more,” the U.S. cries. “You don’t but I do,” Putin responds.  “Because even in RulesforaGunfightthe 21st century, thug war still works. While you tried to entice me with ‘partnerships,’ I planned this against you while smiling in your face all the time.” So who has the knife and who has the gun?

But this pseudo-war isn’t over yet. Putin may be winning the battle in Ukraine, but he may be losing it at home. In ‘Russian Markets Take Fright on Putin Threat to Ukraine,’ Lidia Kelly and Oksana Kobzeva of Reuters write:

“Russian stocks and bonds plummeted on Monday and the central bank hiked interest rates, burning its way through as much as $12 billion of its reserves to prop up the ruble. Investors were ditching all Russian assets alike.

“The market capitalization of the Russian ruble-dominated MICEX stock index fell some $60 billion since Friday, more than the $51 billion Russia spent on the Winter Olympics in Sochi last month.” So Putin lost money on the Olympics too? My my, does Putin’s Russia really have that much money to lose?

The LORD Jesus Christ, known to be the wisest man alive, raises an interesting question in Luke 14: 31-32 of Bible inspired writing:  “Or what king, going to make war against another king, sitteth not down first, and consulteth whether he be able with ten thousand to meet him that cometh against him with twenty thousand? Or else, while the other is yet a great way off, he sendeth an ambassage, and desireth conditions of peace.”

To paraphrase it in modern parlance for this particular type of war, when picking a fight with an unknowable enemy, one should ascertain who has the knife and who has the gun, and which weapon is correct for winning all resulting wars?

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