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IMAGE: Sweden’s Prime Minister Stefan Lofven comments at a press conference at Rosenbad in Stockholm, Sweden May 9, 2016 TT News Agency/Jessica Gow/via REUTERS

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14 responses to “Sweden Restores Conscription Amid Russia Fears”

  1. This kind of anxiety is a growing concern around the world, and has been since the 19th Century at a juncture in human evolution where warfare was no longer restricted to a small region, or even to an entire country with the advent of the horse and warriors like the Mongolian Horde.

    Now, with the advent of the plane, and missiles with deadly accuracy and nuclear capability, and with expansionist/territorial ambitions expressed by the likes of Russia and China, and religious fanatics, no nation on the planet is safe.

    Which is why Baha’u’llah issued His warnings to the Rulers of His time during the 19th Century to focus less on amassing wealth and making vast expenditures on armaments, except for purely defensive purposes for nations to maintain order within their borders. But the leaders at the time ignored His call issued in the form of Tablets addressed individually to leaders of secular and religious communities, like the Ottomans, the Vatican, Napoleon, and the Czar. Each who received a Tablet, and read the warnings to them, and the consequences if they ignored His summons, soon found themselves overthrown and defeated in some fashion of another. (For example, in the case of the Kaiser of Germany, Baha’u’llah stated that He heard the lamentation of Berlin twice—a reference to the two Wars that eventually brought devastation to Germany afterwards).

    [Refer to “The Summons of The Lord of Hosts” to read individual letters written to the monarchs of the times]

    And Trump wants to increase military spending, a fool-hardy and irrational decision on his part. Hopefully, Congress will rebuff such an attempt, and as well, we hope that the nations can come to a united consensus to rebuff any unilateral move to invade another country, or attempt to impose its will on another, like Trump is trying to impose on Mexico.

    The U.N. is an attempt at moving towards Baha’u’llah’s assertion that the nations one day WILL learn to rise up unitedly against any aggressor nation, such as Russia, China, or the US. But the nations must agree to revise the UN structure so that it isn’t neutered by VETO powers granted to certain nations—or come up with something new to guarantee the security of the planet. Otherwise, countries like Sweden, Ukraine, Mexico, Syria will be at the mercy of wolf-like leaders like Putin, Assad, and Trump/Congress.

    • dbtheonly says:

      I view this as the Swedes recognizing the very real danger Russia presents. A danger Trump seems unwilling to recognize.

      I’m not sure how I view the Trump military buildup. I do assert that the security of the US, it’s Allies, and the entire world is founded on secure and vibrant alliances such as NATO and SEATO. Unilateral action is never a good answer.

      I’m also of two minds about the UN Veto. The UN has come up with some pretty silly stuff, and if the USA, or any of the other major world powers, are going to be asked to commit their military to an action, those countries need to keep an handle on what actions they’re going to be committed to.

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    • FireBaron says:

      From a historical perspective, this is not unexpected. Sweden has always been viewed by Russia as a threat to their expansion into the Atlantic. In the late 17th Century, when Sweden also exerted significant influence over Denmark, their patrols continually stymied Tsar Pyotr Alexeyevich (aka Peter the Great) and his attempts to build a “modern” Russian navy and mercantile fleet.

      Russians tend to have a long collective memory, especially regarding those who stood up to them. During the cold war, it was not uncommon for Captains of Soviet Submarines to accidentally ground themselves in Swedish territorial waters while gathering intelligence. This, in part, was due to interference of “political officers” who could not understand that you could not maintain a keel depth of 80 feet in 79 feet of water.

      To Vladimir Vladimirovich, Sweden is an upstart little squirt that has no business interfering with Russia’s territorial ambitions. Just like those other annoying countries like Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, the Ukraine, Georgia, Turkey, etc. Don’t they realize they all owe their lives and existence to his benevolence?

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