The Ukrainian government was referred to 100% favorably, and the Syrian government was referred to 100% unfavorably.
In other words: the Communiqué is 100% hostile toward Russia and its ally Syria, and is far more concerned about Russia than it is about terrorism — and not at all concerned about jihadism and jihadists.
The Communiqué is clear about “the crisis in and around Ukraine being, in current circumstances, the first topic on our agenda.” All of its references to that matter are based upon the assumption that this problem is due entirely to Russian “aggression” and that all violations of the Minsk agreements on the Ukrainian conflict are by the pro-Russian separatists, none of the violations are on the Ukrainian government side.
Similarly, the Communiqué blames the war in Syria upon the Russian-allied side, which in that case happens to be the Syrian government.
NATO blames the conflict entirely upon the Syrian government.
The Communiqué describes at some length the sharp increase in soldiers and weapons that NATO is pouring onto and near Russia’s borders, especially in Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, and Romania. The reason that’s given for this surrounding Russia with hostile forces is:
the ongoing illegal and illegitimate annexation of Crimea, which we do not and will not recognise and which we call on Russia to reverse; the violation of sovereign borders by force; the deliberate destabilisation of eastern Ukraine; large-scale snap exercises contrary to the spirit of the Vienna Document, and provocative military activities near NATO borders, including in the Baltic and Black Sea regions and the Eastern Mediterranean; its irresponsible and aggressive nuclear rhetoric, military concept and underlying posture; and its repeated violations of NATO Allied airspace. In addition, Russia’s military intervention, significant military presence and support for the regime in Syria, and its use of its military presence in the Black Sea to project power into the Eastern Mediterranean have posed further risks and challenges for the security of Allies and others.
Russia is not going to do what NATO demands. The question now is: which side will start the nuclear war — attack first.
In any case, the war (assuming that NATO neither retracts its demand nor disbands, and so war results) will probably be over within less than an hour. There won’t be any winners, but the side that strikes first will be destroyed less than will the side that merely retaliates.
And, in that sense, there will be a ‘winner’, even to an all-out nuclear war. Regardless, though, Vladimir Putin’s responsibility is only to the Russian people, no matter how unacceptable the two choices are that NATO has offered him. He has tried many times to discuss the matter with Barack Obama, who . Obama’s refusal speaks clearer than any mere words, either from him or from (his agent) , possibly could.
We certainly are living in frightening and perilous times. We are concerned about our welfare, our livelihood and our very lives. We are afraid of our futures, wanting to keep our health, our possessions and our families intact.
And really, it’s no wonder when you look at the climate we are living in right now. Violent crime is all around us. There is the ongoing threat of terrorism. And there are so many other problems that we’re facing.
The Bible tells us that one of the signs of the last days would be perilous and dangerous times. Jesus said that in the last days, there would be “distress of nations” (Luke 21:25 NKJV). And certainly that is an apt description of the times in which we are living.
All this brings to mind Psalm 91, a gem in the gold mine of the Psalms, which contains God’s promises of provision and protection for us. In fact, next to Psalm 23, this psalm probably has been more used of God to bring comfort to God’s people over the centuries than any other. As believers have faced times of danger and sickness and war and deathbeds, Psalm 91 has been a great comfort to them.
It is a great psalm for anyone who faces danger, for any of us who are gripped by fear, anxiety and worry. Psalm 91 contains some wonderful promises from God to us.
In Psalm 91 we find that God promises he will deliver us, he promises he will protect us, and he promises that he will answer our prayers and be with us in times of trouble, among other things.
"Fret not thyself because of evildoers, neither be thou envious against the workers of iniquity. For they shall soon be cut down like the grass, and wither as the green herb. Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for him: fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way, because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass. Cease from anger, and forsake wrath: fret not thyself in any wise to do evil. For evildoers shall be cut off: but those that wait upon the Lord, they shall inherit the earth." Psalm 37:1-2, 7-9 (KJV)
"The wicked plotteth against the just, and gnasheth upon him with his teeth. The Lord shall laugh at him: for He seeth that his day is coming. The wicked have drawn out the sword, and have bent their bow, to cast down the poor and needy, and to slay such as be of upright conversation. Their sword shall enter into their own heart, and their bows shall be broken." Psalm 37:12-15 (KJV)