Western sanctions does’nt hurt Mad Putin

World leaders gathered in Brussels on March 24 to mark one month since the Russian invasion of Ukraine, announcing increased sanctions against Russian President Vladimir Putin. President Joe Biden even made public his support to remove Russia of Russia from the G20 group of nations.

But what if the isolation that is transpiring is not resolving the Ukrainian crisis, but is instead provoking a madman toward more extreme measures, such as the use of biological, chemical, or even nuclear weapons?

The West is in the midst of high-stakes hostage negotiations with one of the world’s most powerful men. Putin controls the third-largest arsenal of nuclear weapons on the planet, in addition to access to large numbers of chemical and biological weapons.

Outsiders believe that Putin is attempting to rebuild the former USSR. To counter, NATO nations have conducted an economic war, sending billions of dollars in aid and weapons to Ukraine and neighboring nations.

One major problem with this strategy is that the West is playing Russian roulette with a ruthless dictator who won’t back down. Few understand why Russia’s president’s attacked Ukraine, and the results could lead to a global outbreak of war.

Putin refuses to be insulted or humiliated into submission. He will double down and then triple down against ultimatums. His pride will lead him to relentlessly pursue what he believes is the survival of the motherland. Putin will resort to any method necessary, including chemical or nuclear weapons in his pursuit of victory.

From his twisted perspective, Russia’s president fights for the survival of Russia. He alone stands as its savior and is “destined” to save the motherland. Further, Putin has mixed a toxic tonic of Orthodox faith and social values to support his twisted cause.

The fall of the Soviet Union put Russia on ice from Putin’s perspective. Their cultural values were over. A psychological depression infected the nation. The country sagged into revolutionary remorse, shutting down all its symbols.

The Soviet Red flag was replaced with a white, blue, and red flag. The state seal was replaced with a two-headed eagle. The national anthem was scrapped in favor of a patriotic song. In Putin’s former-KGB agen mind, he’s staring at the grave of Mother Russia, and he and he alone must save her.

Putin really believes he is the savior of the Orthodox Church. He also believes he’s the savior of the world and that Ukraine is an existential threat to Russia. He has labeled the nationalism of Ukraine as Nazism, despite the fact that the nation is filled with Holocaust survivors and is led by a Jewish president, Volodymyr Zelenskyy.

The battle is not only political or even one of military might. There is also a spiritual aspect to Russia’s actions.

Patriarch Kirill of Moscow, the church’s top spiritual leader in Russia, has faithfully stood by Putin’s efforts, despite widespread criticisms from those outside Russia, as well as many Christians within the nation.

A recent report noted that Kirill recently explained why the president is focused on destroying Ukraine.

“If we see [Ukraine] as a threat, we have the right to use force to ensure the threat is eradicated,”  Kirill said. “We have entered into a conflict which has not only physical but also metaphysical significance. We are talking about human salvation, something much more important than politics.”

Putin’s evil plans have already reopened the Cold War and could lead to a new World War. Biden and Western leaders must do more than offer handouts and platitudes. Unless the West understands Putin’s real intent, the band-aid-like response will eventually wear off, leaving behind a wound Putin will attack with greater vengeance.

German Pastor Martin Niemöller was an outspoken opponent of Adolf Hitler and spent the last seven years of Nazi rule in concentration camps. His well-known words resound anew today.

“First they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out—because I was not a socialist. Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out— because I was not a trade unionist. Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—because I was not a Jew. Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.”

About the Author
Pastor Mike Evans is an American-Christian Zionist leader and founder of the Friends of Zion Heritage Center in Jerusalem, the world's headquarters of the Jerusalem Prayer Team. Dr. Evans is a multiple New York Times bestselling author.