Thursday, March 30, 2017

Massive Drills By Russia And NATO Spark Concerns Over Miscalculations

World War 3 in September? Massive Drills By Both Russia and NATO Sparks Concerns Over Miscalculations

Massive drills are set for September by both Russia and Nato which have raised the concern by Western Military commanders that a miscalculation could lead to a crisis, or World War 3.
Recently the US, Japan, and South Korea held annual drills which were met with tension from North Korea; however, during one of North Korea’s missile tests, it exploded on launch. That missile was aimed practically at Japan; a simple miscalculation could have led to war with North Korea and potentially China.
One simple miscalculation could end up causing a catastrophe. Or, one planned miscalculation could be the final straw. After the selection of Donald Trump, ties with Russia are not improving; they are stagnating. Also, a recent addition of Montenegro to the NATO alliance, approved by the US Senate, is guaranteed to raise those tensions even higher.
U.S. And NATO officers have raised concerns over Russia’s annual Zapad exercises, stating that it could create more tensions than they have in years, even recalling those that arose during the Cold War.
NATO and their Russian counterparts will hold a meeting Thursday of the NATO-Russia Council, the alliance announced Tuesday. Even though Zapad isn’t on the agenda, the discussion will go over Russia’s buildup in the region.
However, the US has also been building up its presence in the region as well. In January of this year, the US deployed special forces to the Baltic States because of the fear of Russian aggression. Not to mention the countless years prior where the US stationed military equipment in the region.
For the Russians the Zapad will be the chance they need to practice detecting, jamming and targeting Western forces with drones and advanced artillery. The Zapad exercise is of particular concern according to the Baltic states because it shows that the Russians are gearing up for war with the West.
Several officials are concerned because one soldier misreading a drill as an aggressive act could quickly escalate into a crisis if one side were to respond with force. An incident such as a crashed jet could also raise questions about whether an accident or aggression by the other side occurred.
The question is, could this be how the cabal will spark a world war? Tensions are through the roof, and disinformation is skyrocketing regarding US and Russian relations, all it could theoretically take for the two nations to collide is literally one misreading or one strategically placed ‘misreading.’

Historically, during the Ukraine crisis, a jet was brought down over Eastern Ukraine, MH17 was the jet, and the plane just so happened to look radically close to that of Vladimir Putin’s jet who also happened to be flying at that time, in the same area. While the West claimed Russian rebels brought down the jet evidence showed that it was a Ukrainian fighter who brought down the MH17.
This drill poses as an opportunity for things to rapidly spiral out of control; but, as always, this speculation is being brought on by Western Military Officials. Military drills happen all the time, and there is always a chance of a miscalculation. But, global tensions are rapidly rising, and the alliances are actively shifting. This year the probability for a crisis to strike is radically higher than in previous years, especially with other nations attempting to test the resolve of the new White House administration.

US President Donald Trump’s Special Envoy for International Negotiations Jason Greenblatt told Arab foreign ministers at the Arab Summit in Jordan Wednesday that Trump is committed to reaching a peace deal between Israel and the Palestinians and that such an agreement would “reverberate” throughout the Middle East and the world.

Greenblatt, who in a rare move for a US official attended the summit in the Jordanian Dead Sea resort of Sweimeh, albeit as an “observer,” met with the foreign ministers of Jordan, Egypt and Qatar on the sidelines of the conference, as well as with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.

During those meetings, Greenblatt “reaffirmed President Trump’s personal interest in achieving a peace deal between Israel and the Palestinians” and “highlighted the important role regional partners can play in the pursuit of peace,” according to a statement from the US Embassy in Jordan.

Greenblatt also said that he was “not in the region to impose ideas or peace plans on others” but to hear the ideas of regional stakeholders and the role they “can play in the pursuit of peace,” while also reiterating the US’s belief that a peace deal can only be achieved through direct bilateral negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians.

 Arab leaders on Wednesday relaunched a peace plan that offers Israel full ties in exchange for Palestinian statehood, signaling to President Donald Trump that they are ready to engage if he tries to broker a broader Mideast peace.

Host Jordan said the one-day Arab summit held on the shores of the Dead Sea sent a “message of peace” — though one that could put new pressure on Israel to withdraw from lands it occupied in the 1967 Mideast war.

The gathering came ahead of White House meetings in coming weeks between Trump and three Arab leaders — Jordan’s King Abdullah II, Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. The trio met on the sidelines of the summit to consolidate positions ahead of the White House meetings, officials said.

Trump hasn’t yet formulated a policy on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, but has said he is eager to broker a deal. His initial comments, including a campaign promise to move the US Embassy in Israel to contested Jerusalem and suggestions that there are alternatives to a two-state solution, caused alarm among some Arab leaders.
However, an embassy move no longer appears imminent, and some Trump administration officials have since endorsed the two-state solution.
In reaffirming the 2002 Arab Peace Initiative, the summit undercut Israel’s proposal of a regional peace in which normalization with some Arab countries would precede a deal with the Palestinians. Abbas has vehemently opposed this idea, fearing it would further weaken Palestinian negotiating positions.

The Palestinians want to set up a state in the West Bank, Gaza Strip and east Jerusalem, lands Israel captured in 1967.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said he is willing to negotiate the terms of Palestinian statehood, but rejects a partition of Jerusalem and, like his predecessors, has expanded Israeli settlements on occupied lands.

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