I don’t usually spend much time looking at the global military scene. We always seem to be fighting somebody or other, and I never really understand why.
But I turned up this last week.
Tabloid Media Too Busy to Cover Brewing World Conflict
“Russia’s air base of Tu-95MS Bear-H strategic bombers in the Amur Region is switching to full combat readiness as part of massive snap drills in the Eastern Military District, the Defense Ministry’s press office reported on Sunday… The exercise, which involves over 160,000 servicemen, some 1,000 armored vehicles, 130 aircraft and 70 warships from the Pacific Fleet, was ordered by President Vladimir Putin on Friday evening.”
Well, the Russians are bound to be periodically conducting exercises, aren’t they? So it doesn’t really mean a thing.
And then yesterday I came across this glum-looking duo:
US And Russia Simultaneously Announce Intent To Arm Opposing Sides In Syria
In an almost palpable irony, Russian and U.S. officials simultaneously announced their intent to move forward with controversial arms transfers to opposing sides in the Syrian civil war Monday.
If there were any doubts about the proxy nature of Syria for the two sides, the announcements should put them to bed.
That’s pretty much just like the Cold War. This time we have a civil conflict in Syria which is pulling in Russia and Iran on one side, and the USA and Israel on the other. And we’re on the side of the…, erm…, …the Islamic fundamentalists.
That’s almost straight out of George Orwell’s 1984.
And of course there’s Edward Snowden too, who is now planning to stay in Russia – which sort of makes him into a Cold War defector much like, say, Kim Philby.
Whatever happens now, there’s bound to be a war of words between Russia and the USA. International tensions are bound to rise sharply.
It’s not the only tense stand-off developing. There’s China and Japan as well.
Fears of conflict between Japan and China have been on the increase since last autumn, amidst tensions over the Diaoyu/Senkaku islands. With political nationalism apparently growing on both sides, there are concerns that a military conflict could be sparked unintentionally.
China and India too.
Chinese general warns India against stirring up new trouble
Beijing, July 4/Nationalturk – Ahead of the arrival of Indian Defence Minister A K Antony on a three-day visit to China, a top Chinese army general Thursday warned India against provoking new trouble by increasing military deployment at the China-India border.
“It is a known fact that there are tensions and problems between China and India, particularly at the border areas,” Major General Luo Yuan told reporters today.
And of course North Korea.
Bomb North Korea, Before It’s Too Late
SINCE February, the North Korean government has followed one threatening move with another. The spiral began with an underground nuclear test. Then the North declared the armistice that ended the Korean War invalid. The young dictator Kim Jong-un followed with a flurry of threats to attack civilian targets in South Korea, Japan and the United States.
All this at a time when the global economy is in bad shape, and getting worse, which won’t help international tensions at all.
Perhaps that’s why there are smoking bans? Everyone is simply being got ready for a war in which there’ll be rationing, with no tobacco or alcohol or fast food or sugar. Or oil or gas or electricity. Nothing to do with health; nothing to do with the environment; everything to do with military necessity.