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Friday, August 15, 2008

Return Of The Cold War

THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: It would appear the world has taken a huge step backward this month as Russia's actions in Georgia and the United States' intervention in Poland have effectively returned us to a Cold War status...
(Yahoo News) - Poland and the United States on Thursday signed a deal for Poland to accept a missile interceptor base as part of a system the United States says is aimed at blocking attacks by rogue nations. Moscow, however, feels it is aimed at Russia's missile force.

"Poland, by deploying (the system) is exposing itself to a strike — 100 percent," Nogovitsyn, the deputy chief of staff, was quoted as saying.

He added, in clear reference to the agreement, that Russia's military doctrine sanctions the use of nuclear weapons "against the allies of countries having nuclear weapons if they in some way help them." Nogovitsyn that would include elements of strategic deterrence systems, he said, according to Interfax....

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The only difference being this time that it's not so clearly a war between the capitalist West and the communist East. Russia is now engaged in many capitalist ventures, while the West seem to be increasingly adopting socialist schemes in various nations. This new cold war is no longer about economic ideologies. Rather it's more like a grudge match between the two great superpowers - the United States and Russia - and this time it's about both oil and political influence.

Both the U.S. and Russia seek to guarantee their future oil supplies and in the process secure their influence in respective regions. However, the tables are turned this time. In the last Cold War the Russians (via the Soviet Union) had the clear advantage, with secured influence over eastern Europe and communist beachheads established in the western nations of Cuba and Central America. In this Cold War, it is the United States which has the clear advantage, having expanded NATO into eastern Europe, and established a clear presence in Russia's back yard - Iraq and Afghanistan. While the satellite nations of the old Soviet Union increasingly ally themselves with the United States, that old Russian bear is feeling more insecure as it seems surrounded (even cornered) by Western powers.

The actions of Vladimir Putin, while indefensible, are at least predictable when one considers his previous role in the KGB during the first Cold War era. What we're dealing with now is not so much a communist aristocracy, but rather an old fashioned dictatorship. The only difference is this particular dictator has his hand on one of the world's largest stockpiles of nuclear weapons.

The actions of George W. Bush, while also indefensible, are at least predictable when one considers his current role in the formation of the New World Order - a realignment of continental nations into "trading blocks" designed to set the stage for a global regime in the not-too-distant future. From Russia's perspective the creation of continental "trading blocks" presents just as much a threat to them economically as communism did to the West back during the first Cold War. What Russia is doing in Georgia, and now threatens to do in Poland and other former satellite states, is stop what it fears to be it's own "domino effect" - in which the West takes over Eastern Europe and the Caucasus. What's at stake for Russia is their economic stability, self sufficiency, and ability to influence their hemisphere. What's at stake for G.W. Bush is everything he, his father (G.H. Bush) and the Clintons have worked for over the last 20 years - which is a New World Order. G.W. Bush has made certain promises to eastern Europe which he cannot back down from, and he was in the process of making these same promises to Georgia before Russia attacked and invaded the region. Now Georgia is the unfortunate victim of promises the United States could not keep.  So because the United States appears weakened by it's inability to defend Georgia, G.W. Bush is forced to ratchet up his alliance with Poland and other Eastern European nations to send a clear message to the world that the United States is not impotent, and is willing to defend it's interests in Eastern Europe, or else risk losing them to Russian influence again, which may possibly cause the New World Order to crumble. Unfortunately, this action causes the Russians to feel even more defensive - like a cornered bear.

We should not gloss over the influence of oil on these developments. The nation of Georgia possesses a large oil pipeline that supplies Europe. The Russians have been seeking to control the flow of oil to Europe for the purpose of holding a vital economic role in the development of the European Union, thus securing the economic well being of Russia for the next generation. The United States wants potential NATO nations (like Georgia) to control these pipelines, so as to secure the free flow of oil to Europe, which in turn keeps Europe out of Middle Eastern oil supplies - something the U.S. is highly dependent on. American dependency on foreign oil is what's driving most of this. Failure to utilize our own natural resources of oil has put the United States in a place where the development of the New World Order (which includes expansion of NATO and the European Union) is necessary to secure the economic well being of Americans.

What is unfolding now is nothing short of a diplomatic disaster and a nightmare. It is also a tragedy. From a cultural and religious perspective, there is no reason for the United States and Russia to have such hostilities. Even the economic reasons for suspicion have subsided since the fall of communism in Russia. Indeed Americans have much more in common with Russians than we do with Arab nations. Russia has sought to restore the Russian Orthodox Church to it's pre-communist status, by allowing the teaching of Orthodox theology in Russia's public schools. Indeed, it would seem that Russia should be a natural ally of the United States in it's struggle against Islamic fascism, both culturally and economically, especially with Russia's vast oil supplies.  If these oil supplies could be harvested, they could easily be shipped to the United States via an undersea pipeline extension across the Bering Strait, or what could be a very short trip by oil tanker to the Alaska pipeline, saving the U.S. billions of dollars a year, and making the Russians very rich.

As these events coincide with the Feast of the Assumption, I am reminded of the revelations about Russia at Fatima, and I am beginning to wonder where we failed. Like all international conflicts, it would seem that both sides are to blame. The United States has failed to capitalize on it's own oil resources, and instead embarked on a road of economic foolishness that ties up our interests in every corner of the world. While Russia has failed to capitalize on it's own natural resources and now resorts to violence as a means of solving problems. Our Lady warned us that if we did not repent of our sins and pray, Russia would spread it's errors all over the world. Apparently, those errors are not limited to communism alone. But what is communism when we really think about it. Is it not just one particular manifestation of the general ideology that the state is God? We could say that ideology has spread all over the world, just in various different manifestations. Even in the United States, a growing number of people would rather put their entire welfare into the hands of the government - a role traditionally held by the Church. The creation of the New World Order is but a larger extension of this. Could we not say that Russia's errors have spread all over the world, and now they're just coming back to haunt her, to the point where she feels the need to use violence to defend herself? But then when we look at the role of Vladimir Putin in all this, and the increasing role of the ex-communist hard line in Moscow, could we not say that Russia is now in danger of returning to those same errors that brought her to this point in the first place?

What we're witnessing right now are the most significant political developments since 9-11-2001. They will have lasting effects on the world ahead, and I believe they reflect our failures to repent of our sins, both individually and as a civilization. Let us return to prayer, especially for Russia, and may God have mercy on us all!