The U.S., the "Russian Threat", and Stability in Europe
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The U.S., the "Russian Threat", and Stability in Europe


Since the end of World War II, or what is known as the Great Patriotic War, and still referred to that way by the Russian people in our present time, there have always been smoldering political tensions which bring a smell of war.  During the time of Stalin’s leadership in Russia, there was a rebuilding of the USSR, with little impetus to extend the boundaries of the Soviet Union, because of the tragic, tremendous loss of life in which 26.6 million Soviet citizens died, in addition to 8.7 million military deaths.[i]  In contrast, the United States lost a total of 407,316 military combatants including 5,462 Merchant Marine casualties. [ii]  It is understood in the art of war that when a country has suffered enormous losses in a protract war, then the people are less willing to fight in another conflict, unless it means fearing complete annulations or being goaded into war because of economic and culture repression they can no longer tolerate.      

From my perspective, the Russian people have no interest in waging war against the Europeans nor coming into an all-out, total conflict with the Americans, although they know instinctively the American people always are quelled by a majority attitude of indifference and apathy, when it comes to challenging their ambitious, impetuous and self-absorbed leaders who are always overreaching, regardless of whether they are Democrats or Republicans or whoever, coming forward with their political agendas from the Left, Center or Right, for that is the core of American Imperialism. On the other hand, in Russia, since the dissolution of the Soviet Union, we have seen Russian leadership  which panders to oligarchs, profiteering economists, greedy neo-capitalists, and opportunistic venture capitalists who have no interest in the welfare of the Russian people — their interests are merely to perpetuate their private fortunes.  

The Russian people, although perceived as silent and obedient, are in actuality very progressive, sophisticated in the art of revolution, biding their time, until they are sure they have the right leadership to strike back at their internal oppressors. Unlike the American people, their Russian counterparts understand fully that death and all forms of sacrifice are part of the equation in being a great people. This is what General Curtis "Mike" Scaparrotti, Supreme Allied Commander of NATO and head of U.S. European Command, fails to understand: the so-called “Russian Threat” is that if the Russian nation ever must go to war against  Europe and the Unites States, its soldiers, navy men and women, and its Russian Aerospace Forces will be mirroring the will of the Russian people, a powerful engine indeed. Also, please remember when thousands upon thousands of Russian soldiers recognized the futility of fighting an unwinnable war along the Eastern Front during World I, they walked backed to Russia, their Motherland and destroyed its Czarist ruler, something which the current Russian regime should ponder upon, before it also become a casualty of the political anger of the Russian people and their soldiers.

In early March of this year, General Scaparrotti, who serves as the supreme allied commander for NATO, explained to the Senate Armed Services Committee, “Moscow seeks to assert its influence over nations along its periphery, undermine NATO solidarity, and fracture the rules-based international order," he noted, adding, Russia is then looking to "increase its influence and expand its presence in Afghanistan, Syria, and Asia.”"[iii] Moreover, as reported by Jeff Seldin of the foreign policy website Global, “Scaparrotti told lawmakers the U.S. military has been working closely with European allies, including Poland, Romania, Bulgaria and the Baltic nations to develop the right capabilities to counter Russian aggression.”[iv]

Objectively speaking in terms of preparations for war, there is some factual truth in those assertions, which I would maintain are complex, even as the Russian regime seeks to assert its neo-imperial quest, there is also a deeper, perhaps unconscious need to further expand the international idea or paradigm of a multi-polar world order. I would further assert that if Russia had not exercised her military abilities and strength in Syria, Afghanistan and certain areas of Asia, the U.S. pursuit of world hegemony would have been further advanced. Also, the People’ Republic of China plays a significant role as the chess piece on the board which will be decisive in the final outcome of the drama between the United States and Russia along with their allies.

In a fair and lucid analysis, Rand research journalists Raphael S. Cohen Andrew Radin wrote, “Russia seeks to stop EU and NATO enlargement and undermine EU and NATO activities in Russia’s perceived sphere of influence. Russia has expressed significant concern about NATO enlargement. In 2007, Putin  described  NATO  enlargement  as  “a  serious  provocation  that  reduces the level of mutual trust” and expressed concern about NATO bases on Russia’s border.[27] Similarly, in 2016, Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov wrote that the choice to pursue NATO enlargement “is the  essence  of  the  systemic  problems  that  have  soured  Russia’s relations with the United States and the European Union.” [28] Russia’s military leadership is similarly concerned that NATO’s enlargement brings adversary  forces  closer  to  the  country [29] and  Russia’s  2016  National  Security  Strategy  highlights  the  threat  of  NATO.”[v]

To this, I would add the the following cold facts that were stated in an essay from the British Independent News: “Thousands of NATO troops have amassed close to the border with Russia as part of the largest build-up of Western troops neighboring Moscow’s sphere of influence since the Cold War.”[vi]. Of course, the question has been raised more than once: how would the American oligarchy react if thousands of Russian troops along with their allies were deployed along the Mexican border, or if they were invited by the present Venezuelan Government to come to their aid to curtail an impending military coup from the outside of their borders, orchestrated by the United States?

However, one should not pretend to be naïve about how the present world order conducts itself, as it is the arrogance and unbridled power of an imperialist nation-state or country that dictates what is in essence is ‘good’ for the world. Thus, the contradictions are evidenced in the contemporary world, with two forces, both in the realm of imperial agitation signaled by overt and covert aggression on one side by America's continual overreach, and Russian neo-imperial aspirations which are also coupled by a profoundly serious fear of eventual NATO and American aggression coming from the borders of Poland, the Baltic Nations and the fascist nation-state, the Ukraine.

And so Gen. Curtis Scaparrotti's request for more troops, more armaments and a more robust intelligence cyber confrontation with a perceived enemy is a natural request for any general to ask in preparing for war, but even such military might does not mean  this will put fear into the Russian forces, for such is the nature of preparations for war, that the pendulum of two steel balls dangling suspended on similar threads in the wind will collide, as that is the nature of general physics regarding two mutual objects in flight towards each other.


Author: Luis Lázaro Tijerina