US gains as NATO ups Russian pressure

Por • 30 oct, 2016 • Sección: Internacionales

Global Times: EDITORIAL

2016/10/29. NATO recently announced plans to deploy multinational contingents led by the US, Britain, Canada and Germany to countries bordering Russia: Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia and Poland. It will also double the size of a quick-response army to 40,000 personnel and establish a 5,000-strong vanguard force. This is NATO’s biggest military deployment since its eastward expansion started 20 years ago.

On the surface, it’s a move to improve the military response capability by European Union countries, but it will also consolidate the military bond between the US and its allies. The world’s biggest military organization, NATO, is dispatching more troops to its frontline, and in the meantime strengthens its cohesion, which contributes to the global strategy of the US.

The justification of NATO’s military buildup is «Russia becoming increasingly aggressive» and threatening the security of the EU.

However, does Russia really want to revive a new Cold War against the West? Western media have greatly exaggerated when reporting on Russian military strength to hint a comeback of the Cold War.

It is NATO’s expansion that increased Russia’s feeling of being under the siege, which prompted it to react strongly. Russia does have a last card in hand – a military with nuclear capability. However, there is not much left Russia can do after being hit hard by an economic recession and the West’s aggressive pressure.

For NATO and the US, keeping pressure on Russia is important, and can also boost unity of the organization. Since the end of the Cold War, NATO has adjusted its strategic focus from collective defense to protecting mutual interests. It needs outside stimulation to boost unity within the organization and create excuses to reach beyond its conventional military sphere.

The EU is facing a complex series of varied threats. American and European elites are clear that in order to deal with the series of crises like Brexit, terrorism and refugees, they must rely on NATO and the EU.

By increasing pressure on Russia, NATO will also consolidate the organization’s solidarity. Sensationalizing outside threats has become a habitual tactic for the US to solidify its central position in many regions around the world.

Any military organization has a specific or potential target. Warplanes and cannons are not ornaments, as all military blocs are aimed at their enemies. Wherever there is a military bloc, the safety system can’t include all countries in the region, therefore the safety of a military alliance is always fragile because it represents danger to others. The US establishing military allies around the world to feel safe can only result in regional instability, a result which is clear in the South China Sea.

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