Our beloved neoconservative sociopaths have helped get us into the never-ending war in Iraq. (Which has also been disastrous for the Christian community in Iraq.) They encouraged us to help destroy Libya, with horrific consequences for Libya and for the rest of the world. They want us to butt our nose into Syria even more than we already do. We could go on and on with all the foolish interventions that the neoconservatives support, but that’s enough to mention for now. They never saw a war they didn’t think you should be fighting in. (Themselves fighting in, not so much.) Now they want to convince us that Russia is a threat to world stability, is an aggressive nation threatening world peace.
Russia, however, is not a good country to pick on. They have lots of nuclear weapons left over from the Soviet Union era. A lot of Russia’s leaders distrust the U.S. and consider U.S. troop movements, and the sabre rattling of a significant percentage of our leaders, to be threatening. Recent world history suggests that any country which distrusts the U.S., is probably wise to do so. We seem to believe we have a right to run the entire world. (Our founding fathers are turning over in their graves.) U.S. arrogance seems to be off the charts. A nation which has murdered 57,000,000 unborn children has a right to run world history? There is a logical disconnect somewhere in that equation.
Another reason not to pick on Russia is that they have proven very hard to conquer in the past. Napoleon, no slouch when it came to making war, gave it his best shot, and was handed his head on a platter. Adolf Hitler had probably the finest army in world history at his command, and ended up destroying Germany in the attempt to conquer the Soviet Union.
While Russia has nuclear weapons, they don’t seem to present much economic competition when compared to the U.S. Economic production is not a zero sum game, of course, so we should welcome the productivity of every nation. Russia has the 12th ranking gross national product in the world. Twelfth sounds pretty high up there, until we realize that the U.S. (first or second, depending on where you get your stats), has a gross national product of almost 18.562 trillion dollars. Russia clocks in at almost $1.268 trillion. So Russia’s GNP is 6.8% of that of the U.S. The state of California alone has a GNP of $2.46 trillion–almost double that of Russia. California would rank 6th among nations, if it were a nation. Russia’s GNP is very close to that of Spain, or of Australia. Russia is not a powerfully wealthy country likely to pick a fight against the U.S. Do you think Spain, or Australia, modern countries though they are, have the kind of wealth to challenge the U.S. to war? Neither does Russia.
In population the U.S. is third in the world, with 322,000,000 (approximately). Russia’s population continues to decline, down to about 143,000,000–about 44.4% that of the U.S. Neither country is densely populated. The U.S. is only 182nd of 245 countries in population density, at 85.7 people per square mile. Russia ranks 225th of 245, with 21 people per square mile. Which means that the U.S. has four times as many people per square mile as does Russia.
Why would Russia go to war with the U.S. (other than if we push them to it)? They could not even get here. The tactical problems involved in getting to the U.S. from Russia would be insurmountable. They would have nothing to gain and everything to lose by going to war with the U.S.
If we look beyond the insane–literally insane–propaganda put out by the neoconservatives and their fellow travelers, the most sensible relationship we should have with Russia is one of friendship. Russia has deep Christian roots. The Soviet era damaged those roots enormously, but the roots are still there. The United States has deep Christian roots. We in our antinomian carelessness have damaged our Christian roots enormously–but the roots are still there. It doesn’t take a lot of imagination–just a little bit–to picture a world in which the U.S. and Russia were cautious and respectful friends. Who knows, maybe both countries can begin to honor their Christian heritage and rebuild civilization, and encourage each other as both countries do the hard work it is going to take to do such a rebuilding.
There is some hope that incoming president Donald Trump will be open to a common sense relationship with Russia. Mr. Trump has made some intelligent comments about Russia in the recent past–a rarity among our “elite.” Mr. Trump of course is very evenhanded–seems to take many sides of every issue–so we won’t know for sure for a while, but there is a decent chance that he will not be going out of his way to seek a quarrel with Russia. Whether you love or hate Mr. Trump, or are somewhere in the middle on how you feel about him, this might be a topic on which you pray that God will guide him in the right path.
I might get into a lot of trouble for saying this–at least I might if many people read it, which they won’t–but if it comes to war between the U.S. and Russia, I plan to be rooting for Russia. The reason is simple and just: the U.S. will be acting as a bully, without justification for going to war against Russia. This is early warning. Make of it what you will. I am not going to let the neoconservative sociopaths tell me what to think, when I know how ridiculous their recommendations have been in the past, and how ridiculous and dangerous such recommendations still are.