One of the consequences of Russia’s annexation of the Crimea and its continuing efforts to possibly absorb some Eastern Ukrainian provinces into Russia is that the nations of Europe are being awakened out of their long, post-Cold War sleep in which they actually thought the Russian bear had gone into permanent military hibernation. The longer the crisis in the Ukraine continues, the more it will awaken European nations to the real extent of the military threat posed by Russia. The Brave New World wherein all the nations of Eurasia would be united in economic ties is now melting as fast as snow in a hot sun.
This post is about the fact that Sweden is awakening to the real extent of the military threat it faces from Russia. The threat was always there, but now Russia’s aggressive military and geopolitical actions have jolted Sweden out of its post-Cold War disarmament mindset. As the first link notes, Sweden is now planning to rebuild its military to defend itself against Russian military threats. The Swedes now are planning the construction of five new submarines, a more “robust air and naval presence in the Baltic Sea,” a reinvigorated military base on Gotland Island, etc. They are also considering the very important step of joining NATO to help provide for the defense of Sweden and Europe as a whole. The second link focuses more on Russia’s extensive spying efforts against Sweden.
Sweden’s concerns about its inadequate defenses have been hastened by a warlike Russian Air Force exercise which practiced a simulated bombing attack against Sweden. Russia also poses a nearby threat to Sweden due to the Russian enclave of Kaliningrad which is located on the far northern part of the European continent between Poland and Lithuania. Kaliningrad is directly across the Baltic Sea from Sweden and Russian cruise missiles or warplanes can reach Sweden in mere minutes in the event of an attack.
Sweden used to have a respectable military force during the Cold war when Sweden was not a part of the NATO alliance and had to see to its own defense. The first link indicates that Sweden’s air force has shrunk by 75% and may shrink even further unless Sweden takes quick action to rebuild its defense forces.
I have little doubt that behind closed doors in nations all over Europe that governments and Defense Ministries are having the same discussions in private that Sweden is having in public. NATO nations have become an alliance wherein their military power has dwindled to a point where they cannot defend themselves adequately. Expect more European nations to take steps to rebuild their military forces. They have no choice. It is either do that or submit to Russian hegemony or invasion in the future. The only truly meaningful deterrent forces left in the European nations are the nuclear weapons that remain in the British and French militaries. Europe’s extreme military weakness became apparent during the Afghan war when the European nations were hard-pressed to find a few thousand capable fighting troops who could serve as a European force to give a NATO flavor to what was actually an American war in Afghanistan.
As my books document, many of the nations of Europe, the USA, the UK and the other Anglosphere nations, are descended from the ancient ten tribes of Israel who were exiled into Asia when the ancient biblical kingdom of Israel fell. Their descendants later founded the mighty Parthian and Scythian Empires, fulfilling the prophecy of Isaiah 14:2 that the descendants of the ten tribes would eventually rise to such great power that they would rule over the Assyrian, Babylonian and Persian Empires, which had held them captive. Parthia and Rome fought as equal superpowers in the ancient world for centuries before the Sassanian Persian Empire rose in the 3rd century AD and overthrew Parthian dominance. The millions of refugees from the Parthian Empire and their Scythian brothers fled Asia and migrated into Europe, named by the Romans as Goths, Germans, Anglo-Saxons, etc. These Israelite refugees crushed the Roman Empire over a few centuries of warfare and, after fighting each other for territory, formed the population base for the modern nations of Europe. These conclusions are well documented in my books, based on both secular histories and biblical evidence.
In the latter days, Ezekiel 38-39 prophesies that a Russian-led alliance will invade the latter-day nations of the ten tribes of Israel (which now also include the nations founded by the Caucasian European nations such as the USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand). I have no prediction when this prophesied invasion will occur. Personally, I think it is years away yet. However, the military weakness of Europe and the growing militarization and aggressiveness of the prophesied Gog-Magog alliance of Russia, China, Iran and their allies is making Europe look like an especially ripe target. My expectation about when that attack will occur could be wrong. The NATO nations better start rearming themselves as quickly as they can. They hardly need Ezekiel 38-39 to give them warning about the Russian threat. Their exposure to the renewed Russian threat is now obvious for all the world to see.
My thanks to a friend for drawing my attention to this topic.