The European Union is quite worried about Russia and its newfound aggressiveness. The prospect of Russian tanks rumbling through Eastern Europe with lots of little green men in unmarked uniforms has scared the pants off the titans on the continent who for years have relied on the American defense umbrella while their own defense budgets atrophy.
The president of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, has an idea to deter Russian aggression. He wants to form an army under EU control, as he doesn’t believe NATO is up to the job. The reasoning behind this argument is that some EU members are not members of NATO.
It seems to me that NATO held the peace for fifty years and won the Cold War. A new EU army most likely would be rife with waste and duplication. In my estimation, it’s a bad idea; it will siphon badly needed resources away from NATO.
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The idea didn’t go over well in Moscow, either. Russian Insider, most likely a Kremlin funded site, had this to say yesterday about Juncker’s comments:
The European Union’s common armed forces, if they are ever created, may play a provocative role, first deputy chairman of the United Russia faction in the State Duma, Frants Klintsevich, told the media on Sunday.
“In the nuclear age extra armies do not provide any additional security. But they surely can play a provocative role,” Klintsevich said, adding 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,” Klintsevich said.
Regardless of the Kremlin’s threats, let’s hope the idea of an EU army never gets any traction.
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