New Statesman: If the US is to halt a war of genocide, it must learn to wield power in a world it can no longer bend to its will.
We now live in the middle of a great recession. American power is everywhere retreating, leaving behind vacuums that others strive to fill. The return of the Taliban in Afghanistan is the best symbol of the great recession, which started with the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq between 2001 and 2011. Repressive as the new Afghan regime already is – and the repression can only grow – it is at least a national movement. In eastern Europe, the decline of the American empire is magnified by the incipience of European power, creating a combustible mixture, a propitious landscape for a war of worlds. In Ukraine the end of the American empire is taking an even grimmer form than in Afghanistan: a war of genocide whose declared goal is the extermination of Ukrainian nationhood.
Russia’s war on Ukraine could never have happened a decade or two ago. American power looked immense then – so immense that it almost never needed to be exercised, relying more often on prestige and intimidation.
In 2008 the mere possibility, hinted at but left ambiguous, that Washington might try to stop the Russian invasion of Georgia was indeed sufficient to make Vladimir Putin turn back from the capital, Tbilisi. For the Russian president, it took many years, culminating in the success of his Syrian gamble, to finally lose all fear and respect for what he now calls the “empire of lies” – the “merchants of hope” in the softer language preferred by my Gulf interlocutor. Read More …
Opinion: And it was 2008-09 that changed America economically forever. A new US President with virtually zero economic experience was handed charge of the biggest economy in the world, while an economic tornado was bankrupting some of our nation’s biggest economic institutions.
A mortgage problem that had roots in the 1970’s Community Re-Investment Act threatened the global economy, as US mortgage bonds began to default from toxic mortgages that could never be paid back.
What to do? The US stock market led the rest of the world markets into an abyss. It looked as though a global depression was at hand until the Obama administration in conjunction with the Federal Reserve, began a financial maneuver called quantitative easing.
The first round was a mere $1 trillion, but by 2013 another $3 trillion was printed and the US president was able to claim he saved the US economy. He didn’t. It just postponed the inevitable. By 2020, as Covid came to America another $6.8 trillion was printed followed by $120 billion monthly, and US prestige began a decline that continues today.
It is the 3rd judgment of the apocalypse (Revelation 6:5-6) that begins a global economic catastrophe, and much like other times of hyperinflation, desperate people give immense power to new untested leaders.
- Germany – Hitler 1933
- Venezuela – Maduro 2012
There is no prophecy that resembles a US superpower. There is, however, a Western Alliance of nations:
- King of the North: Syria, nations to the north of Israel (Dan. 11:40)
- King of the South: Egypt, (North Africa), nations to the south of Israel (Dan. 11:40)
- Western Alliance, Beast Army of Antichrist – revived Roman Empire (Psalm 2:1-4; Dan. 7:23; Rev. 16:14, 19:19)
- Kings of the East – China India, nations to the east of Israel (Rev. 16:12)
And it will be headquartered in Rome at first:
” …And the people of the prince who is to come
Shall destroy the city and the sanctuary …” Daniel 9:26.
It was the army of Rome that destroyed the city of Jerusalem and the Holy Temple in AD 70. The prince who is to come is Antichrist who will make Hitler and Maduro look like choir boys.