Symptoms of the Storm, War

For most westernized children, war can be wrapped up in the plastic and cardboard camouflaged box of a new action figure.  As young adults, war breaches the cardboard.  In many westernized countries it becomes a career choice, by either choosing to join or oppose its ranks.  When the Twin Towers were brought down on September 11th, for many, the cardboard was destroyed.  George W. Bush gave the United States, a new way of associating the word war when he declared a “war on terror.”  This was not however, a new association for a great deal of the world’s population, they simply called it a Jihad or Holy War, a war waged with terror.  Many countries, even well-educated and funded ones, don’t offer war as a career choice upon turning 18; it is mandatory.  And there are other countries that don’t give camouflaged cardboard boxes to their children, but fully automatic assault rifles.  Military personnel work diligently to prepare for the most strenuous physical and mental situations that one human can pit against another, but who can really prepare for the prospect of defending against an eight year old child with an AK-47?  That is terror.

Media has played as much a part in the arsenal being used in these wars as any drone or foot soldier.  Militants moving women and children into bombed out military targets, referencing a suicide bomber that had just killed innocent civilians as a martyr and crying about the injustice of having a house bulldozed in response to multiple rocket propelled grenades being fired, are only a few examples of how the media is used to promote sympathy for the aggressors.  Westernized media outlets such as Adbusters, the founders and influencers of the Occupy movement, have even begun to move away from the ideal of a peaceful protest, to a violent take over in the tradition of the Chicago 8, and making a list of threats to be carried out to America’s info structure if their demands are not carried out.  They portray themselves as a westernized Arab Spring, a term given to the multiple uprisings that have turned into civil wars.  These civil wars are turning their countries into police states and places where thousands of people are dying.  China and Russia continue to support the regimes despite their atrocities.

Countries that possess nuclear capabilities and those striving for such capabilities continue to ensure panic among the westernized countries.  Rhetoric and sanctions are playing a high stakes game of chicken that appears to have no possible outcome other than war with nuclear developing Iran.  Attacks on Iran’s nuclear scientists and facilities via bombs and super computer viruses have slowed the nuclear advancements, but the real question doesn’t appear to be when will Iran have a nuke, but, who will side with Iran when it comes down to war?  Both Israel and the United States have made calculations that Iran could have a Nuke within a year, but China and Russia have made strong stances against any aggression poised at their ally.

Both China and Russia continue to boast of a rising military strength.  China has launched its first aircraft carrier, and has bared a fang at the world, claiming the surrounding seas as its own.  Tibet continues to protest the terror of a police state by self-immolations, which the Chinese government has deemed terrorism.  Russia has developed and test fired two new Bulava intercontinental missiles.  A Bulava missile weighs 36.8 tons and can travel a distance of 8,000 km (5,000) miles carrying 6-10 nuclear warheads, which would deliver an impact of up to 100 times the atomic blast that devastated Hiroshima in 1945.

Where the idea of being disintegrated in a nuclear explosion is scary, the prospect of a prolonged death by exposure to biological or chemical warfare is terrifying!  As far as anyone knows, there have been no recent implications of this happening, though when such occurrences happened in the past, it was done so covertly, and not reported on until many years later.  There have however, been speculations over the dangers of some diseases being genetically modified and weaponized, and some government officials have made accusations that they were being attacked with specialized methods of producing cancer.  The number of mutated diseases, genetically engineered diseases, and newly discovered bacteria that are completely resistant to all forms of treatment, are being recognized at an alarming rate, which makes speculations of such dangers well founded.

The weapon of choice however, is robotic.  Robots and drones have become an intrinsic part of militaries everywhere, and they are even beginning to play a much larger role in domestic law enforcement.  The unmanned drones are a safer and cost effective alternative to humans, which can be controlled from anywhere in the world.  They have proven their lethality time and time again.  The United States has become so infatuated with them, that they are planning to cut thousands of troops from their ranks in exchange for an increased number of the technological terrors.

Mark 13: 3-8 “3 And as he sat on the Mount of Olives opposite the temple, Peter and James and John and Andrew asked him privately, 4 “Tell us, when will these things be, and what will be the sign when all these things are about to be accomplished?” 5 And Jesus began to say to them, “See that no one leads you astray. 6 Many will come in my name, saying, ‘I am he!’ and they will lead many astray. 7 And when you hear of wars and rumors of wars, do not be alarmed. This must take place, but the end is not yet. 8 For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be earthquakes in various places; there will be famines. These are but the beginning of the birth pains.”


Written by Logan Smith, Streams Staff

Habakkuk 2:1

I will stand on my guard post

And station myself on the rampart;

And I will keep watch to see what He will speak to me

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