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A war in Ukraine could have global consequences

Seldom in the field of human conflict did so much hang on the whims of one man. Is Vladimir Putin about to invade Ukraine, as the massing Russian troops on its borders suggest? Or is he bluffing, to extort concessions from his neighbour and the West? No one can be sure of Mr Putin’s intentions. Even his own foreign minister seems to be kept guessing. But, if fighting is about to break out, the world needs to understand the stakes. The coming weeks will determine how Mr Putin chooses, and nobody should doubt the stakes. Europe faces the prospect of Russia throttling the flow of piped gas. Even in the absence of a cut-off, it was expected to spend $1trn on energy in 2022, twice as much as in 2019. War would affect the prices of other commodities, too. Oil is already spiking. Russia is the world’s largest exporter of wheat, with Ukraine close behind. Russia is a big source of metals: in today’s tight markets even a small shock could send commodity prices upwards.

There is every possibility that we are on the brink of the “time of trouble such as never was.” It is not the war in Ukraine itself that is the issue. It is what it could be the catalyst of. The Economist article goes on to say that “the likelihood of China invading Taiwan would surely rise if Russia invades Ukraine. The regimes in Iran and Syria would conclude they are freer to use violence with impunity. If might is right, more of the world’s disputed borders would be fought over.” It is easy to see how events with Iran could spark the inner ring war around Israel that comes before Russia descends. The world is on a cliff edge of major conflicts and as the Economist says it all hangs on the “whims of one man.” Perhaps this is why God tells us so much of Gog i.e. Mr. Putin….

He [Gog / Putin] will be successful until the time of wrath is completed, for what has been determined must take place. He will show no regard for the gods of his ancestors …but will exalt himself above them all. Instead of them, he will honor a god of fortresses; a god unknown to his ancestors he will honor with gold and silver, with precious stones and costly gifts. (Daniel 11:36-37)

Andy Walton

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