The Most Dangerous Crisis You Probably Haven’t Heard Of
When most Americans hear about a conflict in Georgia they think of something that happened during the Civil War.
But just as the events of 9/11 gave all of us a crash course in the geography of the Middle East, so the next few weeks will transform exotic places like South Ossetia and Abkhazia from obscurity to front and center in our consciousness.
As the AP sums up the situation:
Georgia borders the Black Sea between Turkey and Russia and was ruled byfor most of the two centuries preceding the 1991 breakup of the Soviet Union.
Both provinces of South Ossetia and Abkhazia have run their own affairs without international recognition since fighting to split from Georgia in the early 1990, and both have close ties with Moscow.
When Georgia began its offensive to regain control over South Ossetia, the Russian response was swift and overpowering — thousands of troops and tanks poured in. http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080811/ap_on_re_eu/georgia_south_ossetiaNow it appears that despite nearly world wide condemnation of the incursion, there is little chance of the Russians leaving until democratically elected president Mikheil Saakashvilli has been deposed and replaced by a pro-Russian puppet.
Georgia had courted the anger of the Putin regieme by being decidedly pro-American in its foreign policy, going so far as to make an appeal to formally join NATO.
Now the Georgian people are paying the price.
The prophetic significance?
When the Berlin Wall came down, many declared that the days of conflict between Russia and the West were over. But the rise to power of former KGB head Vladimir Putin seems to have brought back those “bad old days”.
While a war in Georgia and South Osettia might seem insignificant to most, some are pointing out a previous significant conflict began in a similarly obscure corner of the world.
As political consultant Dick Morris observes:
On October 3, 1938, Adolf Hitler’s armies marched into Sudetenland, a part of Czechoslovakia. Germany said it was responding to separatist demands from the large German population that lived there and that she was merely honoring their desire for reunion with Germany. Hitler’s tanks took over a vital part of an independent country that had largely rejected his overtures and allied itself with the West. Neither Britain nor France nor the United States did a thing to stop him.
|On August 7, 2008, Vladimir Putin’s armies marched into South Ossetia, a part of Georgia. Russia said it was responding to separatist demands from the large Russian population that lived there and that she was merely honoring their desire for reunion with Russia. Putin’s tanks took over a vital part of an independent country that had largely rejected his overtures and allied itself with the West. Neither Britain nor France nor the United States did a thing to stop him.Encouraged by his occupation of Sudetenland, Hitler continued his designs on Czechoslovakia itself and invaded the rest of the nation a few months later.
Will history continue to repeat itself?
The Bible predicts that Russia will be the major organizer of a Last Days invasion of Israel. Ezekiel 38-39 tells us that the coalition will include Moslem nations such as Iran, Turkey, Libya and Sudan.
If you are a regular reader of Scott’s Blog, you know that we pointed out that Russia’s desire to expand her influence has not waned.
Putin knows he cannot expand westward, due to the presence of NATO. He cannot expand eastward due to the rise of China.
This leaves one limited avenue – to the south.
The painfully obtained truce with the Muslim terrorists of Chechnya has driven Russia into an alliance with the mad mullahs of Iran.
But conveniently enough, Georgia’s population is around 89% Orthodox Christian.
Putin knows that America and the West will not be willing to go to war over Georgia.
And this invasion will not bother Russia’s restive Islamic neighbors one bit.
It will also place the Russians that much closer to having a stranglehold on the major oil pipelines from Central Asia.
It will also be one step closer to having a perfect staging area for the predicted Gog and Magog invasion.
Jesus told us that one of the key birth pains that would herald the time of his return would be “wars and rumors of wars” (Matthew 24:6).The situation in Georgia certainly fits that description on both counts.
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