Ukrainians, Russians, and any people that value freedom and human life have been warned by Putin today. He is using the language of dictators if the past that have embraced authoritarian rule, war, and genocide. This quote today is chilling:
“The Russian people will always be able to distinguish true patriots from scum and traitors and simply spit them out like a fly that accidentally flew into their mouths,” Mr. Putin said. “I am convinced that such a natural and necessary self-purification of society will only strengthen our country, our solidarity, cohesion and readiness to respond to any challenges.”
He has just declared war on his own people with his conviction that “self-purification” of society is natural and necessary. The Russian apparatus is already rounding up dissenters within and kicking out all free media.
At the same time Ukraine is being decimated. Ukraine and this war are different and the stakes are high for democracies worldwide. It is hard to parcel out national interest from the reality of people being wounded, maimed, and killed.
For me, it returns frequently to the God issue, where is God? God is not dropping bombs and killing innocents today. Putin is the aggressor and killer here.
I am deeply afraid for Europe as well as our nations safety.
It is times like these that Christ like imitation fails most of us. We cannot just turn the other cheek.