Too many in the West are not sufficiently noting or confronting the ongoing wars against Western nations because they do not recognize the blazes for what they are; namely, the igniting of World War III. All the signs of yet another global war empowered by ideological fanaticism are in place.
The lines drawn by the Western powers in the Treaty of Versailles are considered meaningless to forces whose see themselves as the enablers of empire; who are intent on world domination and who have contempt for any peoples who do not share their religious/ideological bent. Largely because of the West’s spiritual enervation and naval gazing, particularly over the last seven years of the current administration, national brushfires have become uncontainable, jumping over national boundaries into neighboring countries into international conflicts that acknowledge no boundaries. National identities and even formerly stable blocks of nations such as Europe are in danger of disappearing under the onslaught of those intent on establishing supranational entities; namely, empires.
Thus we see in the Middle Eastern theatre of war the rise of ISIS and similarly vicious, ideologically driven organizations whose goal is to eliminate all national boundaries in order a new world order defined by their version of the Muslim faith, which is to prevail over all others. All Middle Eastern nations are threatened with the extinction radical Islamists believe is necessary to establish a new caliphate. Meanwhile, Christians in the West remain paralyzed by a pacifist theology that apparently believes the martyrs’ blood is the seed of the Church rather than an indication of both its immanent extinction and a powerful call to fight for survival.
Coinciding with the phenomenon that is ISIS, in a bid to increase the reach of its empire, Russia is presently invading Syria with ground troops, but not necessarily to save Syria. Russia’s goal is not to re-establish Middle Eastern nations’ boundaries or to establish internal order that would ensure durability of those nations, but to expand her dominance. Russia’s drive in the Middle East is similar to the way she expanded her power during and after World War II, when Stalin made the decision to put the nations of Eastern Europe under Soviet domination. In a similar manner, Russia is expanding her power in Crimea and Ukraine, both of which she considers part of the Russian Empire.
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The result of Putin’s expansionism in Eastern Europe is that those nations are scrambling to defend themselves. Obama’s scuttling of a missile defense system sent a message from Washington, “You’re on your own. Defend yourselves.” The result: Poland and Romania scrambled to find a substitute defense in order to counter Russian aggression in the Ukraine. Eastern European countries are even now aiming to consort with the three Baltic states of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia, whose governments are discussing establishment of a joint midrange air defense system.
It’s well to recall those nations, including Poland, were once under Soviet dominance, a dominance that was largely underwritten by communist ideology. None of the formerly Soviet dominated countries wish to go quietly into the night once again, and now are desperately seeking the establishment of mutual defense alliances.
Arms buildups are always indicators war is either already at hand or about to explode onto the scene.
The Eastern Europeans are not alone in their race to defend themselves.
Japan, seeing the increased threat from still communist China, has noted American disinterest in the increasing encroachments of the Red Dragon in the South Sea. She is rapidly rearming and doubtless looking for South Korea and Taiwan to join her in case China’s aggressions, now likely to accelerate as China’s economic problems gather speed, become worse. To put it bluntly, Japan and other Far Eastern countries are rearming and forming alliances, as the United States no longer is regarded as trustworthy or strong enough to join in their defense. America’s radical shift in former basic beliefs about her role in the world has created the unrest in and realignment of the Far East.
In sum, the increased arms races and brinkmanship in Eastern Europe and the Far East are indicators of looming global conflicts fostered by entities dedicated to the dreams of narrow and evil ideologies, be they Islamist or communist.
In the meantime, America, which became the West’s standard bearer after World War II, has seen ever worsening relationships with traditional and like minded allies like Great Britain and Israel, both of which have shared commitment to democratic and, generally, Judeo/Christian beliefs. The last seven years or so have seen America almost at war with its “friends” while providing unprecedented power to former enemies like Iran, whose present Islamist leadership continually breathes fire against Israel and the United States, and whose apocalyptic religious vision includes the total destruction of the West and Israel.
The almost complete lack of vision on the part of the United States has been a result of inability of its administration to understand the dichotomization of good and evil and the utter clarity that dichotomization brings to foreign policy. The terms “good” and “evil” do not make sense to our current leaders. That is why the nuclear deal with Iran is an almost exact duplication of Chamberlain’s capitulation to the Nazis in 1938. He, like Obama, also suffered from a moral blindness.
Even at that time, Europe and the world were at war with Germany and Japan, which had invaded Manchuria in 1931. But by and large, the West refused to recognize the onset of World War II during the 1920’s and 30’s. The West not only refused to see the aggressions of Germany and Japan for what they were; namely war, but Europe and America were seized by ideologically driven isolationist and disarmament movements and leaders who were blind to the reality that World War I had never really ended but merely continued into the 20’s and 30’s. All the while much of Europe and most of America were under the delusion that peace had been established at Versailles in 1919.
In a similar manner, the incredible moral weakness our president and congress have displayed in accepting the Iranian nuclear deal, coupled with the desertion of and antagonism toward former friends and allies, are indicators the president does not acknowledge the reality that World War III is inexorably inching toward the United States. America and Europe have already taken a huge step toward surrendering the West and Israel to its enemies, peoples who are diametrically opposed to everything America and the West once stood for. Even John Kerry admits the US has committed itself to protecting the Iranian nuclear program from Israeli attacks—betrayal of an ally if ever there was one.
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