"Those facing Russia at close range have few illusions about what the future holds for them. Two-thirds of Finnish generals and the prime minister believe that Finland, long independent, must now join NATO in order to protect itself from potential Russian aggression."
Tuesday, May 13, 2014
Global SITREP C5-14: An Observation of the Current Situation
13 May 2014: Until very recently when Russia under the rule of Vladimir Putin commenced its campaign of aggressive westward-oriented territorial enlargement, it had begun to look like NATO was fast becoming an alliance without an adversary. The military drawdown in Afghanistan in 2014 was supposed to herald the end of NATO combat operations that had been in progress in Central Asia for the past thirteen years. Now, thanks to Russian ill-timed military belligerence against its neighbors, all bets are off when it comes to NATO becoming an irrelevant military alliance. The post-Soviet trend that had been in existence from 1991 to April 2014 has suddenly become the thing with R.I.P. freshly engraved on its tombstone.
While the Russian conquest of Crimea will have to stand the test of time in order to become something of a permanent reality, it is the threats against the rest of Ukraine and the whole of Eastern Europe, from Finland to Romania, which now has NATO's undivided attention. As duly noted in Kim Zigfeld's must read article "Putin and the Dogs of War" published today at AmericanThinker.com, what had not been under active consideration a little over 30 days ago is now on the front burner in Finland and Sweden:
The United States and Europe's current leadership may be decidedly liberal and openly socialist, but they're not stupid, and most certainly they are not suicidal. They recognize when they have been lied to repeatedly, irregardless of whether the liar is the president of the Russian Federation or the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Republic of Iran. A "peace at all costs" mindset is not something that has a particularly long life expectancy in the face of blatant military aggression as occurred against Czechoslovakia little more than generation ago, or would survive Iranian Ayatollah Obi Wan Khameini's attempt to wave his hand and say "These are not the Exploding Bridgewire Detonators (EBW) that you're looking for," or "Our nuclear weapons are only for peaceful purposes."
In this environment I think we should expect that in the coming months a search will begin in earnest among the transatlantic elite for a strong, willful and charismatic leader for the NATO alliance. Someone who can look either Putin or the Iranian wannabe al-Mahdi straight in the eye and make them both blink and swallow hard. Someone to replace the ineffectual leadership at the E3/EU+3 and Iran Talks in Vienna. That's my forward leaning observation of the current situation.