RUSSIA - Making Peace with 21st-Century Thinking

Arno Froese

We must recognize that Russia suffered an enormous loss when the Soviet Union dissolved, what Putin called “the greatest geopolitical catastrophe of the 20th century.” Second, we must recognize that Russia has real security fears, based most recently on their being attacked by Hitler. They lost 25 million people (the US lost 400,000) civilians and soldiers combined, in their effort to defeat Nazi Germany in what they have always called “The Great Patriotic War.”

The Russians, as Sir Max Hastings demonstrated in Inferno, destroyed most of the German army—80-90% of its soldiers were killed. The main fighting against the German army was done by the Russians, and it was done before D-Day.

Perhaps the solution to peace, or at least a key part of it, means finally publicly accepting the reality of how the war against Germany was won. This recognition does not buttress Russia’s security: instead, it finally meets their need to have their security fears recognized and their leading role in winning the war against Germany recognized.  Moreover, it lessens their need to rebuild their empire if their overall identity is strengthened.  

The challenge is to award Russia with the credit they deserve in a way that makes Putin the victor in the eyes of the Russian people, lifting their sense of self-esteem throughout the world.

Does the solution involve an effort to repair wounds with the Russians centered around a ceremony, treaty, or some forum that is covered globally via the Internet and social media? 

So laugh today at the absurdity of the US and the UK, and the West in general, finally giving Russia the gratitude it deserves for defeating the Nazis—and using 21st-century information technology to broadcast this message. Then watch Russia wreak havoc with nuclear weapons on the global system.

Or, we can accept our own sins of taking too much credit for winning the war in Europe, and find a way to give Russia the credit they are due, and give Putin a way to save face. Moreover, we launch an era of peace and cooperation among Russia, Ukraine, the US, and our NATO allies which involves a resolution to the Russia/Ukraine war that asks Ukraine to give up a minimal amount of territory.

-www.jpost.com, 3 October 2022

Arno's Commentary

We publish this excerpt from The Jerusalem Post written by Dave Anderson, author of the book, Leveraging: A Political, Economic, and Societal Framework. He uncovers some unpleasant truths about the past. Russia eliminated 80-90% of German soldiers before D-Day, and they paid an extremely heavy price—over 25 million Russians died (US 0.4 mil.).

It is also noteworthy that the press in general in the West—and particularly Hollywood—tends to cast Russians as the villains. Thus, this sheds a little light on the mindset behind the irresponsible behavior of Russia under its leader, Vladimir Putin. David Ignatius reveals that during the Cuban missile crisis, the US “removed US missiles from Turkey (it became public 20 years after the fact).”

This commentator does not take sides with the Russians, Ukrainians, or anyone else, but is simply repeating and highlighting what other experts in the field say. Thus, the comments of Dave Anderson—who, incidentally, has taught at five colleges and universities—are to be taken seriously.

First John 5:19 says, “And we know that we are of God, and the whole world lieth in wickedness.” Our task is to proclaim truth. What is truth? It is Jesus; He is the light of the world. Our hope is in Him, as Galatians testifies: “Who gave himself for our sins, that he might deliver us from this present evil world, according to the will of God and our Father” (1:4). Note “evil world”; your country is not an exception.

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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