Preparing For Nuclear War
by Ruth Odia
The Russian Army’s reform began in 2008 and was the largest in post-Soviet history. The military’s command and control was significantly changed, the size of the Army and number of conscripts reduced, and the number of contractors increased. The salaries of officers were significantly increased and their housing problems were solved. It also became began undergoing a rearmament program, unprecedented by volume, which will continue until 2020.
Russia is also currently developing an array of new nuclear and conventional weapons to counter recent moves by the US and NATO, President Vladimir Putin said recently as the military successfully tested a new intercontinental ballistic missile launched from a nuclear submarine.
Putin’s comments came as Russia’s relations with the West have plunged to their lowest point since the Cold War due to Russia’s role in the crisis in Ukraine. They appear to show that the Russian leader is determined to pursue a tough course in the face of more Western sanctions.
Putin said Russia’s 2016-2025 weapons modernization program should focus on building a new array of offensive weapons to provide a “guaranteed nuclear deterrent”; re-arming strategic and long-range aviation; creating an aerospace defense system, and developing high-precision conventional weapons.
Putin also added that potential threats must be thoroughly analyzed to avoid overburdening the economy with excessive military spending. He would not elaborate on prospective weapons, but he and other officials have repeatedly boasted about new Russian nuclear missiles’ capability to penetrate any prospective missile shield.
Putin’s emphasis on high-precision conventional weapons reflected government concerns about the US and other NATO countries enjoying a significant edge in that area. Talking about potential threats, the Russian president specifically pointed at the US missile defense program and Washington’s plans to develop new conventional weapons that could strike targets anywhere in the world in as little as an hour with deadly precision.
Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin also recently announced that Russia is set to renew the country’s strategic nuclear forces by 100 percent, not 70 percent as previously announced. The deputy premier, who is responsible for the Russian defense industry, also declared that in 2015 the army and the navy are to switch 30 percent of their weapons to “cutting edge” technology, and by 70 percent in 2020. Among other developments, the Russian military-industrial complex will replace all the Ukrainian supplies in two-and-a-half years.
The US, on the other hand, plans to invest $1 trillion in nuclear weapons arsenal over the next three decades to significantly upgrade its nuclear weapons capability as The New York Times reported last month. The article serves a definite political purpose. It is a warning to Russia, China and any other country that may try to stand in the way of the American ruling class that the US military is also preparing for nuclear war.
The newspaper quotes Harvard Professor Gary Samore, Obama’s former chief nuclear weapons advisor and a stand-in for the administration itself: “The most fundamental game changer is Putin’s invasion of Ukraine. That has made any measure to reduce the stockpile unilaterally politically impossible,” he told the Times. These confrontations, as well as other possible conflicts with European powers, pose the danger of nuclear war.
Nuclear energy is growing around the world. About 70 new reactors are under construction worldwide (NEI), with more than 600 others planned by mid-century. Five reactors are under construction in the United States.
The exact number of nuclear weapons in global arsenals is not known. With little exception, each of the nine countries with nuclear weapons guards these numbers as closely held national secrets. What is known, however, is that more than a decade and a half after the Cold War ended, the world’s combined stockpile of nuclear warheads remain at unacceptably high levels, according to the World Nuclear Stockpile Report.
Presently, there are nine nuclear weapons states with about 10,000 weapons, down dramatically from the 100,000 at the height of the Cold War, with Russia leading and followed, in order, by the United States, France, China, United Kingdom, Pakistan, India and North Korea.
The only new nuclear weapons states in the last 25 years are Pakistan and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (the DPRK, formerly known as North Korea). South Africa, Kazakhstan, Belarus and the Ukraine dropped their nuclear weapons programs when the Soviet Union dissolved, and the old Soviet satellites gave all their nuclear weapons back to Russia.
All through the Bible’s historical accounts, we see God sovereignly guiding the affairs of nations on earth to fulfill His plans and purposes, even through those who do not acknowledge Him.
Exodus 9:16 And in very deed for this cause have I raised thee up, for to shew in thee my power; and that my name may be declared throughout all the earth.