A Knife In A Gun Fight? Is West Ready for Russia’s Thuggery?

posted by Dr. Jael Ever @ 21:04 PM
December 3, 2014

Pro-Russian-activists       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 moved into Ukraine using thugs in masks with guns and tanks. How old World War II! So who bears the knife in this gun fight?

If the battle is an economic one, according to Ida Wells blogging for earthend-newbeginning.com, Russia is loosing. In ‘Is Russia Signaling Defeat in It’s Economic War with U.S.?’ she writes:  “Various theories as to what caused gasoline prices to lower across the globe flood the internet. But it could well be that U.S. leaders are ‘crazy like a fox’ in orchestrating oil price declines because it brings Russia to its economic knees.”

Since Putin invaded Crimea and then Ukraine, the U.S. has depended on ‘economic logic’ to stop him––but the Russian President doesn’t seem to listen. Today, East Ukraine thugs apparently subsidized by Russian troops, still harass Ukrainians, and rumors persist that Russian troops line Ukraine’s borders.

But while Putin threatens hot––or even cold––war, the U.S. continues its economic war against Russia. “All 17 companies [imposed with U.S. sanctions] 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,” a White House press secretary said recently.

The Department of Commerce imposed restrictions on Russian companies to prevent their export of U.S. manufacturing, while the State Department denies the export of licenses for high-technology items contribute for Russia’s military.

Other members of the G-7, as well as European businesses, have been adding additional sanctions for months. As a result, Wells blogs Russia has slid into recession, and in fact that Russia is broke. But does this mean that the U.S. has won the economic war?

The U.S. and Western Europe moans to Putin: “We are at peace, We are prosperous (compared to you). No one wants or has time for war?” “We don’t fight wars like this any more,” the U.S. cries. “You don’t but I do,” Putin responds.

“Because even in the 21st century, thug war still works. While you tried to entice me with ‘partnerships,’ I planned Knife-gun-fightthis against you while smiling in your face all the time.” So who has the knife and who has the gun in this fight?

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,’ (like Wells) Lidia Kelly and Oksana Kobzeva of Reuters write:

“Russian stocks and bonds plummet . . .  the central bank hikes interest rates, burning its way through as much as $12 billion of its reserves to prop up the ruble. Investors ditch all Russian assets alike.” Putin lost money on the Olympics too?  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 the particular type of wars the U.S. and other Western nations against Russia may wage, 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? Obviously, these battles are not over. But is it really so obvious as to who will win them all?

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