A "resurgent Russia and a very, very aggressive China," said Air Force Gen. Herbert "Hawk" Carlisle, in an interview with USA Today.
Russian and Chinese war planes have been "increasingly aggressive" towards U.S. military aircraft, "buzzing perilously close" while intercepting them, and patrolling off the coast of California.
Their motivation? To expand their spheres of influence and send the message that the U.S. is no longer the Big Kid on the block.
Russia is pushing its way into Eastern Europe and the Pacific, while China is intent on the disputed South China Sea.
In other words, they want to control those international areas without U.S. influence.
"My belief," said Carlisle, "is that we cannot allow that to happen. We have to continue to operate legally in international airspace and international waterways. We have to continue to call them out when they are being aggressive and unsafe. Meeting the challenge from the Russian and Chinese to flights in international air space is essential but dangerous."
The risks are enormous. A mid-air collision among nuclear powers could drive tensions to the breaking point.
"Any accident that occurs while the U.S. military is playing cat and mouse with Russian or Chinese forces could escalate into a real fight," said military analyst, Loren Thompson.
"Small confrontations can turn into big wars," he continued, "and Russian military doctrine embraces the use of nuclear weapons."
The Bible indicates that Russia (along with Iran and a Muslim alliance) will eventually use nuclear weapons in a surprise attack against Israel (Ezekiel 38 & 39), and that China (as part of the "kings from the East" mentioned in Revelation 16:12) still has a major military role to play in the End Time scenario.
But the Bible is strangely silent when it comes to the United States.
The Big Question: Why?
A wise man once said: "I do not know with what weapons World War III will be fought, but I do know that World War IV will be fought with rocks." -- Albert Einstein
"These words are trustworthy and true: The Lord God, who tells His prophets what the future holds, has sent His angel to tell you what will happen soon.
Look, I am coming soon! Blessed are those who obey the prophecy written in this book."(Rev. 22:6-7).
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