Russia Warns “Cannot Exclude The Possibility” Of War With United States
Shortly after CNBC reported that the US is planning to strike 8 targets in Syria, including two airfields, a research center and a chemical weapons facility, after US officials told a reporter they were “fairly confident” the Syrian regime had been behind a gas attack in a rebel-held suburb of Damascus, Sky News reported – citing Russian officials – that the Russian military would protect its people on the ground in Syria if missile strikes are launched by the US and its allies.
Maria Zakharova, spokeswoman for the Russian foreign ministry, said the current situation is a “test for each and every country in the world to protect its people on the ground.”
“Russia should protect its people on the ground of course…we came to Syria at the invitation of the people,” Zakharova told Sky News Presenter Dermot Murnaghan in Moscow.
Earlier in the day, Secretary of State nominee Mike Pompeo intimated during his confirmation that hundreds of Russian mercenaries had been killed by airstrikes during a clash on Feb. 7. Media reports said the US would give Russia fair warning of the sites it plans to attack.
Vitaly Churkin, Russia’s ambassador at the United Nations, said he unfortunately “cannot exclude any possibilities” when asked about the danger of war between the US and Russia.
A Map Of The Coming War: Who Is Who (And Where) In Syria
The first and most useful one, courtesy of Turkey’s Omran Dirasat think tank, shows updated areas of control and influence in Syria by international military forces with reference to the most prominent international military sites in Syria.
Click on above link or copy/paste to view.
The second map, from Dirasat employee Nawar Sh. Oliver lays out the control and influence zone in Syria as of April 2018, revealing the relative % of gains and losses in the last 24 days.
Finally, from the regional political journal, Suriye Gündemi English, here is a map showing the latest military situation as well as location of key military bases in Syria ahead of the expected US strikes.
Germany, Italy Refuse To Join Syria Airstrikes
There are at least two European nations who remember that when it gets cold in the winter, there is one country they call to provide the natural gas they need for heating.
One of them is Germany, which realizing that any strike on Syria would further jeopardize its relationship with the Kremlin, said that it will not join any military strikes against Syria in response to the alleged chemical gas attack on an opposition enclave which Russia claims was a “white helmet” false flag, but all too diplomatically supports Western efforts to show the use of chemical weapons is unacceptable, Chancellor Angela Merkel said.
“Germany will not take part in possible – there have not been any decisions yet, I want to stress that – military action,” Merkel said according to Reuters after meeting Danish Prime Minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen in Berlin. “But we support everything that is being done to show that the use of chemical weapons is not acceptable,” she added.
Of course, Merkel could have simply said “we are happy to do anything except whatever puts us on Putin’s black list: the rest of you can do that.”
Meanwhile in Dublin, Germany’s new Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said Germany expects to be consulted before any Western allies conduct an attack on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s forces as the allies must be united on the matter.
Earlier, Merkel spoke with French President Emmanuel Macron about the suspected gas attack and expressed her concern that the international community’s ability to ban chemical weapons was eroding, her spokesman said. Norbert Roettgen, chairman of the German parliamentary foreign affairs committee and an ally of Merkel’s, said: “Shamefully, there is still no policy from the EU – or even individual EU states – for the Middle (East) countries.
“If it came to military strikes with the participation of France and Britain, that is still not a policy.”
Amusingly, instead of focusing on the nature of the schism between Germany and its allies, Europe’s most powerful nation deflect to the lack of a coherent European policy on the matter: an easy excuse in a continent in which there is virtually no cohesion on any matter:
Roettgen urged the European Union to develop a policy for the Middle East as a whole, adding: “Germany should work together with others for a Middle East peace conference. We have various diplomatic options to not let the topic rest.”
He called for a “step-by-step approach”, which could start with humanitarian access in Syria. “The situation is so burdened with multiple conflicts that one can only proceed gradually.”
Asked about such a conference, Merkel told reporters: “We know a lot of things are linked in the Middle East, no question, but now we must urgently deal with a situation where there is a lot of evidence that the Syrian regime again used chemical weapons.”
Another option floated by Germany would be to use what oil-importing leverage Europe has over Iran to pressure Syria. Roettgen said Europe could talk to Iran in connection with its 2015 nuclear deal with world powers, which Trump has criticised as “the worst deal ever negotiated”.
Iran needed to understand that its economic prospects would be constrained if it “pursues a permanent bellicose expansion of power,” he said, adding Turkey should be told “there cannot be a warrant for warfare in Syria.”
In other words, Europe would stop importing Iranian oil (for Euros) if Tehran refused to betray its Syrian friends.
“But there is no country – neither the U.S. nor a European country – that is taking the initiative. That’s the shameful thing about Western politics,” Roettgen said.
The other country, which moments after Germany said would not participate any Syrian strikes, said it took would refuse to participate in any military action against
Russia Assad, was Italy:
- ITALY WILL NOT TAKE PART IN ANY MILITARY ACTION IN SYRIA
However, just like Germany…
- ITALY WOULD PROVIDE LOGISTICAL SUPPORT TO ALLIES -PRIME MINISTER’S OFFICE
Which means that the two nations that will lead the attack on Syria when it inevitable comes – whether with or without the US – will be the UK, whose subs are already on location off the coast of Syria, and most likely France.
Russian state TV tells viewers to pack essentials for WW3 bomb shelters – including iodine to protect against radiation
In the same report, the Kremlin-owned channel also claimed there were too many Western scare stories about a catastrophic global conflict.
on Wednesday, April 11, 2018 by Bill Salus
The root words are LONG and SUFFERING, which is the active verb that means to actively be suffering in the present tense. They are defined below.
LONG: lasting or taking a great amount of time.
SUFFER: experience or be subjected to (something bad or unpleasant). to endure pain, disability, death, etc., patiently or willingly.[i]
Imagine a loving longsuffering God, that endures painful undertakings within His creation over a prolonged period, namely over several millennia.
1. Genocidal attempts of Jews, Christians and ethnicities.
2. Corrupt governments.
3. Dividing God’s land.
4. Idolatrous Blasphemies.
5. False religions.
6. False teachers.
7. Fake News
8. Sex trafficking.
9, Rape victims.
11. Child sacrifices, child abuse, and child labor enslavement.
12. Catholic Priests who commit child molestations.
The list goes on, but the point is that the Lord presently endures enormous pain because He wishes that none would perish, but that all would be blessed with everlasting life through Christ Jesus. (John 3:16).
The Lord, for a long time past and in the present, tempers His fury and righteous indignation with His enduring pain. He turns the other cheek continually in the practice of what He preaches. (Matthew 18:21-22)
Pain tolerance has its limits within humanity. Some can endure suffering longer than others, but eventually, we all succumb to a final dose. But God, has in the past and continues to suffer in the present, beyond what humans can conceivably imagine or definitively measure. His Son, Jesus Christ evidenced this when He obediently went through the scourging’s, crown of thorns, the crucifixion and the burial in the tomb.
The reality that a believer must soon come to grips with is that the Lord is presently in the longsuffering condition but will someday shift His focus to the fury mode. Vengeance is the Lord’s privilege as the Divine Creator and as per Deuteronomy 32:35 and elsewhere.
There are numerous unfulfilled biblical prophecies, like in Jeremiah 49:37 and Ezekiel 25:14-17, that forecast severe judgments are forthcoming upon various nations. These judgments come because the Lord is furious with those specific nations. This means that at some point in the future, the Lord says, “I have had enough!” However, this is not likely because He can’t endure the pain any further, His millenniums of longsuffering prove that, but because He recognizes that any further longsuffering from Him is futile.
In other words, longsuffering is not fruitful to the end of one’s salvation and / or even for the future survival of mankind’s upon the planet. Matthew 24:22 tells us, And unless those days were shortened, no flesh would be saved; but for the elect’s sake those days will be shortened.
In essence, His longsuffering reaches a point whereby it causes more harm than good. Knowing the end from the beginning, He foreknows when that point of no return occurs.
Thus, judgment then comes and fortunately when that scenario happens, some will realize that even in judgment, the Lord is just and righteous. The Holy Scriptures are bountiful in acknowledging that many become saved believers when the wrath of God is poured out upon a Christ rejecting humanity.
As a student of the prophetic Scriptures, I have come to understand that the Lord will destroy several nations and ethnicities, and that He is just in so doing this. I have been taken back by His patience and for a prolonged period of time have prayed the specific supplication of:
“HOW LONG OH LORD, UNTIL YOU CURSE THOSE THAT ARE CURSING ISRAEL?”
The Lord’s foreign policy in this matter is in Genesis 12:3, which says that He will bless those who bless Abraham, but curse those who curse them. This extrapolates down through the generations to the Jewish descendants of Abraham today. This foreign policy is effectually intact.
I prayed over this matter for a longsuffering period. Then, one day, a few years ago, the Lord spoke to me and simply answered my prayer by asking me a simple question. He asked,
“WHAT PART OF I’M A LONGSUFFERING GOD DON’T YOU UNDERSTAND?”
Therein, that statement was my answer. The measurement of time until the Lord would curse those that curse Israel was not a matter of time, but a matter of spiritual condition. And, that spiritual condition was under His sole longsuffering discretion.
Now the question for the Lord is,
“HOW LONG WILL YOU CONTINUE TO LONGSUFFER BEFORE YOU CURSE THOSE THAT CURSE ISRAEL?”
Stay tuned for the answer to that question….As we see things rapidly deteriorating in the Middle East, we may discover God’s answer very soon!
[i] http://www.dictionary.com/browse/suffer Dictionary.com