Friday, March 02, 2018
Now NATO Worries About Tensions?
NATO got a boo-boo from Vlad Putin's nuclear weapons gala earlier this week. The Russian strongman unveiled his country's latest nuclear toys and there were loads of them. New and longer range missiles, nuclear powered and nuclear armed robotic submarine/torpedoes that can deliver a nuclear warhead to an unsuspecting harbour from thousands of miles away. Hypersonic warheads that can defeat anti-missile defences. Even nuclear powered, extremely long range cruise missiles.
Most of these super-weapons we've known about for at least a few years. The cruise missile thing, that was a bit of a surprise.
NATO came firing back, denouncing Putin's remarks as "unacceptable." How dare he? Doesn't Putin know that won't help to calm tensions?
Then again, NATO wasn't especially worried about calming tensions when it moved its forces right up to Russia's doorstep and began seeding Europe with anti-missile missile batteries. NATO wasn't worried when it hobbled together an alliance armada to provocatively sail the Black Sea.
You see, when we do it that's okay. We're good guys. When they respond to it, well that's "unacceptable."
There's a crazy arms race underway around the world, Africa and South America largely excepted. China, East and South Asia, Asia Pacific all the way down to Australia, the Middle East, Russia and the United States, everyone's going for their guns. Everyone wants the latest and the greatest, emphasis on submarines, stealth warplanes and those bombs we don't talk about in polite company. Yeah, we're talking about you, Saudi Arabia.
You can't fix this mess without figuring out who broke it, when and how. What destabilized these vast swathes of our planet? What, if anything, can be done to fix it? Unless you take an honest look at what went wrong with the resolve to make things right, all you're left with is the strategic, thermonuclear pissing contest we've witnessed this week. That's not good.