Will God Bless Their War? Ukrainian Priest Perform Sacraments on Cruise Missiles Aimed at Donbass
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Alexander Turchynov, Secretary of Ukraine's National Security and Defense Council: [preaching a sermon]: «Brothers and sisters, I greet you by the love of Our Lord Jesus Christ».
Christian humility and beneficence can work miracles. Especially if these virtues are delivered by cruise missiles.
Turchynov, a Baptist pastor, is bearing his cross as the Secretary of Ukraine's National Security and Defense Council at the risk of his life. He blessed the test launch of a Neptun cruise missile with his presence. The missile with the pagan name, sent into the skies by the pastor, hinted at Ukraine's tacit farewell from the Budapest memo, which guaranteed a nuclear-free status for Ukraine. Though the Neptun carries only high-explosive ammunition, its speed is subsonic, and its range is relatively short, it's hard to miss the message of the sermon.
Alexander Turchynov, Secretary of Ukraine's National Security and Defense Council: «In fact, today we started a new stage of the missile program. It's important that the missile was made by Ukrainian enterprises, it was developed by the state design bureau Luch. Ukraine fully respects all its international commitments, but this high-precision weapon is an important tool to deter the aggressor».
If and when it comes to mass production, Neptun warheads are unlikely to point westward. 6 days prior to the test, the pastor made a confession to Kurt Volker, the representative of their «higher powers».
turchynov.com:«Discussing the Ukrainian military industrial complex reforms, the Secretary of Ukraine's National Security and Defense Council has stressed that since Putin gives weight only to force — „national Armed Forces are being reinforced, defense enterprises are being revived, new weapons and military equipment are being developed.“ Kurt Volker, in his turn, said: „We appreciate our cooperation and welcome the reform of Ukraine's defense and security sector“.
This reform was blessed long ago, and the universal absolution was given. Javelin anti-tank systems, Neptun cruise missiles, Grom-2 tactical missile systems paid by Saudi Arabia, the test of which caused many sarcastic remarks in January, US destroyers in Odessa, UAVs near Crimea are to strengthen the faith of the parish in the fact that if God exists, He is on Ukraine's side, or to put it simply — „Gott mit uns“.
Alexander Turchynov [preaching a sermon]: „God bless our Ukraine, God be with us. Let everything be by the will of God“.
Paula White, pastor: „Thank you for calling the country to follow God. I've known you for 16 years, but you've always put God first. Thank you for your efforts, great accomplishments are ahead of us“.
Donald Trump: „Thank you, Paula. Let's pray together, may we?“
Not only those who pray in the White House are anticipating great accomplishments. For the first time, The Economist devotes an issue to the prospects opened to the world in case its leaders can't find common ground and agree on common approaches to good and evil.
economist.com:»In the past 25 years, war has claimed too many lives. Even as civil and religious strife has raged in Syria, Central Africa, Afghanistan, and Iraq, a devastating clash between the world’s great powers has remained almost unimaginable. That has changed. A conflict on a scale and intensity not seen since the Second World War is once again plausible. The world is not prepared".
The editorial board is mostly concerned about the North Korean issue. If the diplomats and athletes fail, a military solution to the issue will be needed, meaning tens of thousands of victims within the first hours, and hundreds of thousands if nuclear weapons are used. It's no secret that the Korean peninsula along with Western Europe, Central Asia, and the Middle East is only a venue for the clash of conflicting economic interests.
«Three decades of unprecedented economic growth have provided China with the wealth to transform its armed forces. Its leaders feel that their moment has come. Russia, paradoxically, needs to assert itself now because it is in long-term decline. Its leaders have spent heavily to restore Russia’s hard power, and they are willing to take risks to prove they deserve respect and a seat at the table.
Neither China nor Russia wants a direct military confrontation with the West that they would surely lose. If America allows China and Russia to establish regional hegemonies, it will have given them the green light to apply brute force there. When that was last tried, the result was the First World War.
America needs to accept that it is the prime beneficiary of the international system and that it is the only power with the ability to protect it. The soft power of patient and consistent diplomacy is vital, but it must be backed by the hard power that China and Russia respect. The best guarantor of world peace is a strong America».
Donald Trump, US President: «Our rivals like Russia and China challenge our interests, our economy, and our values. Facing these terrible threats, we remember that weakness leads directly to conflict. The main protection is overwhelming military superiority. That's why I urge Congress to stop the dangerous reduction in military expenditures, to fully fund our great military».
Meanwhile, the first North Korean athletes have arrived in Pyeongchang. Each of them carries the flag of their country in plain sight, so that all the cameras can see it, apparently. Ryom Tae Ok and Kim Ju Sik, figure skaters, are in the middle. The qualifications commission had mercy on them.
Nevertheless, this sports break won't last long. When the medals are awarded, the applause ceases, and the doves of peace go home, jet engines will roar over the stadiums and ski-runs. The USA said it won't cancel any near-border military exercises, while Pyongyang said it will always have an appropriate response ready.
Mark Twain. «The Chronicle of Young Satan»:«Next the statesmen will invent cheap lies, putting the blame upon the nation that is attacked, and every man will be glad of those conscience-soothing falsities, and will diligently study them, and refuse to examine any refutations of them; and thus he will by and by convince himself that the war is just, and will deny any arguments against the lies to finally believe themselves and will thank God for the better sleep he enjoys after this process of grotesque self-deception».
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