VATICAN - War in Ukraine ‘Perhaps Provoked’

Arno Froese

In an interview, Pope Francis said Russia’s war in Ukraine was “perhaps somehow either provoked or not prevented”—controversial remarks that will raise eyebrows internationally. 

“Someone may say to me at this point: but you are pro-Putin! No, I am not,” Francis said. “It would be simplistic and wrong to say such a thing. I am simply against reducing complexity to the distinction between good guys and bad guys, without reasoning about roots and interests, which are very complex.”

The pope also recalled a conversation he had before the war with an unnamed head of state—a “wise man”—who told Francis he was concerned about NATO and Russia. 

“He said, ‘They are barking at the gates of Russia. The situation could lead to war,’” the pope said. “That head of state was able to read the signs of what was happening.”

The pope’s new comments come a month after he said himself in an interview that NATO may have “perhaps facilitated” the Kremlin’s invasion of Ukraine by “barking” at Russia’s door., 14 June 2022

Arno's Commentary

When it comes to war, we are reminded of the famous saying by Carl Gottfried von Clausewitz: “War is the continuation of politics by other means.”

Why war? In simple terms, to force my opinion upon another. When one reads the history of virtually any country, we find they were established on the principle of war. Thus it was with the nation of Israel. They had to conquer every bit of land by the method of war. God’s original promise of the borders of the Holy Land was the River Euphrates. Second Samuel 8:3 confirms: “David smote also Hadadezer, the son of Rehob, king of Zobah, as he went to recover his border at the river Euphrates.”

To see and hear of war taking place in Europe is rather rare and unexpected. After all, Europe calls itself the freest, most secure, and most prosperous continent in the world. 

What we do know is that all wars have a beginning and an end. Then follows rebuilding, reconstruction, and reorganization, which in most cases leads to a degree of peace and prosperity.

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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