Some people just can’t seem to connect the dots until it is too late. It is rather reminiscent of jews who stayed in Germany right up until the early 1940s who also probably thought, “It’s not a big deal, everything is fine so far.” Interestingly, Germany began moving refugees into World War II concentration camps yesterday too. Nothing to see here!
Aside from the fact that the Eurozone almost ceased to exist yesterday there was another ground shaking event!
The West provoked Russia on Georgia as well. Russia’s Putin snuffed that provocation but Ukraine is a bigger and more difficult problem. There are those in NATO and the Pentagon that doubtless see Ukraine as another Poland – a country that can create ever-escalating military tensions.
Russia for various reasons has been increasingly rising to the bait. On Monday, Russia began a vast new set of military exercises using 95,000 soldiers in the army, navy and air force. The exercises included military from forces allied with Russia and were “the most large-scale drill of 2015,” according to the Russian defence ministry.
The ministry was quoted as saying that the aim of the exercises was to “manage coalition groups of troops in containing an international armed conflict.” An international armed conflict sounds a good deal like what Russia is facing with Ukraine. Kazakh troops are involved and a military delegation from Nicaragua will monitor the drills.
Meanwhile, we get articles with headlines like this: “US and Russian Forces in Syria Aren’t Talking to Each Other.” The idea seems to be which mainstream media outlet can write the most provocative headline. In this case, DefenseOne.com, which goes on to report as follows:
Refugee crisis: Divisions leave Europe paralysed as borders close to refugees - Europe - World - The Independent
Monday night’s failure of EU interior ministers to agree on anything more than a vague commitment to resolving the crisis has provoked fury in Berlin with Eastern European EU members singled out for their reluctance to share the burden.
Sigmar Gabriel, Germany’s Vice Chancellor and the leader of Ms Merkel’s Social Democrat coalition partners, warned: “Europe has disgraced itself once again. The whole of Europe is at risk, Germany cannot be expected to solve the refugee problems of half the world.”
Mr Gabriel’s remarks were echoed by several MPs. Thomas de Maizière, Ms Merkel’s Interior Minister, said it was time to consider imposing financial sanctions on EU states which refused to share the refugee burden. “Those countries that are refusing – the refugees simply pass them by,” he said. “We need to talk about ways of exerting pressure. These are often countries that receive a lot of structural funds from the EU.”
The British Labour MEP Claude Moraes, who chairs the European Parliament’s Civil Liberties Committee, agreed that the EU’s credibility was at stake. “It is shameful that some of the richest countries in the world cannot stand together and help those fleeing war and persecution in Syria,” he said.