We all know everyone in the Middle East is fighting proxy wars with American British French and German and Chinese weapons.
At least for the most part the Russians fight with their own weapons, and they get involved by invitation.
I have a Russian friend, and we often talk about wars. She says Russia does not start wars, it's not in their nature. They will fight whe needed, but won't start a war. We also play chess! She is good, which tests me, and we have good fun battling over the chess board. We both win, not every game though.
Well anyway, I am glad Boris has a voice, and can speak about the real issues. Perhaps ordinary people will get wise to the real issues at stake in the Middle East.
What the Middle East needs is a great leader. Someone who can be a good mediator, who can unite all the Moslem factions to follow the true Koran. That isn't the militant jihadist sort of Islam the press loves to use for their own sales, but the genuine peaceful, tolerant, moderate religion that Mohammed preached. Women were very well treated by Mohammed. Women had a special status.
I had a wonderful Moslem friend when I was a teenager. She was wonderful, and tried to teach me to write Arabic. I was hopeless! I wish I had tried very much harder, and not lost contact with my friend.
I bought some Turkish rugs last year, and I just can't help thinking of my friend.
I am content and happy with my Christian faith, but I have no problem respecting and cherishing the faith other people have.
Do I doubt Jesus as the son of God? Sometimes. So did Thomas.
Would I be a Martyr for Jesus, No. He died for me so that I could know God.
However if someone asked me to renounce the God of Abraham Isaac and Joseph, I would say that my renouncing them, or their God wouldn't make any difference. He would still be God, and I would still be me.
Something tells me, that if I was faced with a man or woman with a gun or knife in hand looking for a reason to kill me for my religion, a yes or no from me wouldn't make a lot of difference. In which case I may as well go for the insurance policy offered by Jesus, that he goes before us to prepare a place for us, and that it is his life given for mine that has pardoned me from my own sin and shortcoming in the eyes of God. I would rather cease to breath with peace in my heart.
How sad it is that religion can be used for political conflict, and an excuse to kill other people.