The New Cold War


Until the dissolution of the Soviet Union (also called the "Fall of the Iron Curtain) in 1991 it was obvious that Russia and her allies were enemies of democracy. The Soviet Union was also a major world power with unthinkable stockpiles of nuclear weapons. In those days the nuclear threat was primarily between the United States and Russia. Both superpowers operated on the MAD principle (Mutually Assured Destruction) with deadly missiles aimed at each other. It was understood that if either nation would be foolish enough to launch even one of these missiles, the other nation would respond immediately with unimaginable devastation.

This mutual threat kept both countries from ever making such a mistake. Both nations relied on this logic to the point that they did not have anti-missile defenses. In other words, they did not have the ability to shoot down incoming missiles because they were reasonably sure they would never be needed.

Since those days the number of nuclear missiles in both countries have been greatly reduced, and there is hope that someday they will be completely eliminated. This, of course is not likely since many other countries now have nuclear weapons of their own.

Before the dissolution of the Soviet Union the two superpowers were greatly opposed to one another, but they limited their attacks to harsh rhetoric against one another and political maneuvering in the fast-changing world. This serious antagonism between the two was known as the "Cold War." A "Cold War" definitely falls into the prophetic category of "Rumors of War." During that time it seemed logical to prophecy students to see Russia as the possible leader of the Gog and Magog war predicted in chapters Ezekiel 38 and 39.

Russia then declined in power, and tensions were greatly eased between the U.S. and Russia for many years. Gradually, however, in recent years Russia has returned to some of its old attitudes. It is rebuilding its military capabilities. The leadership there resents a NATO missile defense shield that is being erected to protect Europe from attacks by other countries. The U.S. and Russia are on different sides of human rights issues and other important matters like the development of Iranian nuclear weapons, The Ukraine conflict and the outcome of the Syrian Civil War. This renewed climate of hostility is now being called the "New Cold War" by many observers.

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US 'poised' to roll heavy weapons into E. Europe: report

June 14, 2015 - Because Russia has annexed Crimea and is threatening the rest of Ukraine, Washington is considering sending heavy weapons for up to 5,000 American troops in several Eastern European and Baltic countries.

The proposal, if approved, would be the first time since the end of the Cold War that the US has had heavy military equipment - including battle tanks - in newer NATO members that were once under Moscow's influence as part of the Soviet Union.

Source: Business Standard
US considers storing heavy weapons in Baltic and Eastern Europe – report - Russian Times

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US and Russia in danger of returning to era of nuclear rivalry

Jan. 5, 2014 - The US has launched an experimental “blimp” over Washington to detect incoming cruise missiles, presumably from Russian nuclear-capable submarines, that have lately been making the trip across the Atlantic.
In the light of aggressive rhetoric from Moscow and the expiry of treaty-based restrictions, there is uncertainty over whether those missiles are now carrying nuclear warheads.
Source: Guardian - UK

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