Step By Step We Move Towards War

Russia Responds To Threats From EU’s Juncker With Typical Bluntness

Will the European army look something like Dad's Army

When the President of the European Commission, the former Luxembourg first minister Jean Claude Drunkard Juncker recently called for a unified European Army to counter the Russian threat, his words were specifically aimed at “reacting credibly to show Russia that Europe is serious about defending its values” Not surprisingly Russia has responded Juncker’s hot air in a manner which suggests they are amused by the fat little alcoholic’s bluster but regard his threats with contempt.

As Russian news agency TASS reports, first deputy chairman of the United Russia faction in the State Duma, Frants Klintsevich, told the media on Sunday that “in the nuclear age extra armies do not provide any additional security. But they surely can play a provocative role,” adding it was regrettable that such ideas had already found support in European capitals and in Washington.

A report on Juncker’s statement read:

The president of the European Commission has called for the creation of an EU army in order to show Russia “that we are serious about defending European values”.

In an interview with German newspaper Die Welt, Jean-Claude Juncker, who leads the EU’s executive arm, said an EU army would let the continent “react credibly to threats to peace in a member state or a neighbour of the EU”.

Mr Juncker said an EU army would “help us to develop a common foreign and security policy, and to fulfil Europe’s responsibilities in the world”. Nato was not a sufficient protection for the EU as not all EU members are part of the alliance, according to Mr Juncker.

The alleged support the idea found in European capitals was less than unequivocal however. Jan Philipp Albrecht, a German Green MEP tweeted:

“I support Juncker in building an EU army, if it means the termination of all EU member states’ armies and is controlled by the European Parliament,”

German Defense Minister von der Leyen went so far as to note,

“I think what is most important, it shows up in Europe, 70 years after the Second World War – and 70 years ago we were mortal enemies – that today the peace in Europe, in the European Union stands on firm footing, and we step by step, more and more firmly establish our alliances, especially in the security policy. This interweaving of armies with a view to provide also have a European army one day, in my opinion, is the future.”

So clearly some politicians feel the idea is an important step towards ‘ever closer union’ even though it would only create several new layers of bureaucracy and lead to EU bureaucrats demanding hugely increased contributions from member states’ taxpayers. And in spite of all that Russia could still blow away most of the EU’s major cities should our idiotic politicians allow themselves to be duped by Washington into seriously pissing off The Kremlin.

First deputy chairman of the United Russia faction in the State Duma, Frants Klintsevich, told the media on Sunday that “in the nuclear age extra armies do not provide any additional security. But they surely can play a provocative role,”

In other words, don’t bring a knife to a nuclear gunfight.

Klintsevich added it was regrettable that such ideas had already met with some support.

He recalled that the idea of creating a European army had never occurred to anyone even in the years of the acute confrontation between NATO and the Warsaw Treaty Organization.

“These days, when the Warsaw Treaty is long gone, for some reason there has developed a need for that,” he wondered.

“One should presume that a European army is seen as an addendum to NATO. And in this kind of situation Western politicians are not shy to accuse Russia of some aggressiveness.”

Recalling that David Cameron said Jean Claude Juncker was “too federalist” to be EU President we can only wonder how long until the man who has brandy for breakfast calls for the creation of a European-Union-managed nuclear deterrent.

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News from Berlin: Germany Alarmed by Aggressive NATO Stance on Ukraine

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While the rent boy President Barack Obama pays lip service to the efforts of France’s President Hollande and Germany’s Chancellor Merkel efforts to negotiate a diplomatic solution to the Ukraine crisis, Washington hawks seem determined to torpedo the Franco – German approach. And Gen. Philip Breedlove, NATO’s top commander in Europe, beating the war drums isn’t helping either.

Last Wednesday (4 March, 2015) was quiet in eastern Ukraine, another extension of a period of relative calm. The conflict between the Ukrainian military forces and the pro-Russian irregulars who have been beating off the Kiev government’s genocide campaign against ethnic Russians had largely stopped. Heavy weaponry was being withdrawn under the terms of the Minsk cease-fire which was just about holding together in spite of sporadic outbreaks of firing.

That was how things stood when General Philip Breedlove, the NATO commander in Europe, mounted the podium at a press conference in Washington. Putin, the General said, had once again “upped the ante” in eastern Ukraine with “well over a thousand combat vehicles, Russian combat forces, some of their most sophisticated air defense, battalions of artillery” having been sent to the Donbass.

“What is clear,” Breedlove said, “is that right now, it is not getting better. It is getting worse every day.”

The German foreign affairs department in Berlin was stunned. They didn’t understand what Breedlove was talking about. Not for the first time the German government, supported by intelligence gathered by the Bundesnachrichtendienst (BND), Germany’s foreign intelligence agency, did not share the view of NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander Europe (SACEUR). It is entirely possible of course that the US Hawks realise they cannot win the Currency War they started with Russia, China and Iran, and the only way to prevent the US dollar being replaced as the global reserve currenvy is by starting a shooting war.

The pattern has become familiar. Since last summer when Washington was thwarted in its bid to provoke the Russians into firing the shot that would start the major war the US military / industrial complex craves, Breedlove has been making provocative but totally unsubstantiated statements on supposed Russian activities in eastern Ukraine, speaking of troop advances on the border, the amassing of munitions and alleged columns of Russian tanks.

Over and over again, Breedlove’s numbers have been significantly higher than those in the possession of America’s NATO allies in Europe. As such, he is playing directly into the hands of the hardliners in the US Congress and in NATO. The German government is alarmed. Are the Americans trying to undermine European efforts at mediation led by Chancellor Angela Merkel? Sources in the Berlin’s Chancellery have referred to Breedlove’s comments as “dangerous propaganda.” Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier even found it necessary recently to bring up Breedlove’s comments with NATO General Secretary Jens Stoltenberg.

But Breedlove hasn’t been the only source of friction. America’s usual suspects, led by Victoria Nuland, head of European affairs at the US State Department, are on record as saying they would like to see Washington deliver arms to right wing nutters they sponsored to overthrow Ukraine’s corrupt but democratically elected government. And these hawks have support among both Republicans and Democrats in the US Congress.

If Obama has genuinely thrown his weight behind Merkel and Hollande’s diplomatic efforts, he has also done little to oppose the warmongers of Washington who seek to increase the likelihood of war with Russia by delivering weapons to Ukraine. Sources in Washington say that Breedlove’s comments are first cleared with the White House and the Pentagon. The general, they say, has the role of the “super hawk,” whose role is that of increasing the pressure on America’s more reserved trans-Atlantic partners.

In relation to conflict in Ukraine, Syria, Iraq, Libya and elsewhere, The Daily Stirrer has said all along that those who take the view that The Western Powers wear white hats while the Russians wear black hats are trying to simplify problems to the point of idiocy. The Russians are no angels but the shift towards war has been driven by the USA for over twenty years now. And the hawks in the blogosphere forget that Russia is in a close alliance with China. And to provoke enemies like that is insane. In Britain we need to elect a government that will distance us from American warmongering. Unfortunately all three main parties are committed to ‘the special relationship’ in which sycophantic British Prime Ministers show fawning deference to American Presidents.

Sources: Deutsche Wirtschafts Nachrichten, Der Spiegel, The Local

Sources: Deutsche Wirtschafts Nachrichten, Der Spiegel, The Local

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