During tense G-20 meetings in Russia, a gathering of the top 20 economic powers of the world, discussions on the economy were overshadowed by the threat of war in Syria, with the United States under heavy pressure not to attack. The nations represented had two thirds of the world’s population, 85 percent of its Gross Domestic Product and its leading armies.
Both the United States and the French governments are preparing for possible military strikes over a chemical weapons attack that killed more than 1400 people, which they blame on Syrian President Bashar Assad’s army.
Warships, representing all sides with interests in the potential conflict are accumulating in the Mediterranean, including warships from the United States, France, Russia, Nato, China, Iran, and probably others.
Russia is backing Syria and is sending warships to the area for a possible “evacuation” of Russian citizens from Syria. But President Putin threatens to broaden the conflict if “one-sided intervention” occurs, though he said he would support UN action if it can be proven that it was the Syrian government that used poison gas on its own people. The U.S. and Russia also have other disagreements, like Russia’s harboring of NSA leaker Edward Snowden, Russia’s new law against homosexual propaganda and a law banning adoptions by Americans, etc. So the meeting had its tensions.
China, EU leaders and the UN, among others, are pressuring the U.S. to wait for diplomatic action. China, for its part, is warning that oil price volatility as a result of war in Syria could undermine global economic recovery. NATO has also said that it will defend Turkey if it is attacked in the Syrian conflict. Turkey scrambled six F-16s in response to Syrian helicopters at the border with Turkey. Meanwhile a Syrian missile shot down another Turkish plane that it claims violated its airspace.
Even the Vatican urged world leaders to abandon the “futile pursuit” of a military solution in Syria and work instead for dialogue and negotiation to end the conflict.
America is still the dominant global war leader and continues to seek opportunities to increase her power through war. If the United States is going to fulfill its role to command enough power to enforce papal dogmas on the whole world (see Revelation 13:11-14) she has to increase her military might. Making war is one good way to do it.
As the nations prepare for yet another military conflict, Jesus’ words are more poignant than ever… “And there shall be wars and rumors of wars…” Matt 24:6 In this case, it could easily involve many geopolitical powers.