Brad L. Burge
God desires that ALL people would accept God's love and salvation through Jesus Christ. God has compelled me to share information with the world relating to the biblical seven year tribulation in order to share Truth in a deceived world.
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through Him all things were made; without Him nothing was made that has been made. In Him was life, and that life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it. (John 1:1-5)
Jesus answered, "I AM the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me." (John 14:6)
Thursday, August 23, 2007
It is obvious that Russia wants to send a clear a message: that Russia cannot be ignored. One of the major mistakes of western, and in particular American, foreign policy following the break up of the Soviet Union and Russia's weakness in the last decade of the twentieth century, has been not to view Moscow as an important factor in international relations.
To continue to ignore Russia is a mistake, because it is a superpower, with clear interests and economic strength, particularly given Europe's reliance on her in the energy sector.
The joint military exercises with China were an interesting signal, which succeeded in annoying a number of people in the West. At the same time, it must not be forgotten that China is today the superpower with the closest economic ties with the United States. It should also be remembered that during the height of the Cold War, Soviet-Sino relations were also tense.
We are now witness to a redrawing of the international array of power, and Russia is not a factor that can be ignored over the next decade. In this context, it is worth stressing that alongside the close ties and cooperation between Israel and Putin's Russia, particularly in sensitive topics such as the fight against terror, there is also the worrying phenomenon of the strengthening of ties between Russia and Syria and Iran.
This was the not the situation during the period of the Cold War, when there was a deep hostility between Israel and the Soviet Union, which persecuted its Jewish citizens. Today the picture is more complicated . . .