Girding for War in the Arctic
It’s time the Obama administration realized that the KGB Kremlin of Vladimir Putin is taking the new cold war very literally indeed.
Last week the Associated Press reported that according to a Kremlin strategy paper signed by Dmitri Medvedev “Russia plans to create a new military force to protect its interests in the disputed Arctic region.” According to the AP: “The Kremlin paper says the Arctic must become Russia’s “top strategic resource base” by the year 2020.” The paper “calls for strengthening border guard forces in the region and updating their equipment, while creating a new group of military forces to ‘ensure military security under various military-political circumstances'” and states that by 2011 Russia will have “proved” its Arctic borders.
So now it is clear that Russia intends a new round of military aggression, this time in the far north. Russia simply could not care less, as the USSR never could, about the plight of the people of Russia. That the average male lifespan of a Russian does not rank in the top 100 nations of the world, that Russian work for $4/hour, that both unemployment and inflation are soaring, all these things are irrelevant to today’s Kremlin just as they were irrelevant to the Soviet Politiburo and to the Tsar.
All that matters is naked greed, the desire to dominate and control, the desire for ever more territory even though the Kremlin already presides over the world’s largest amount of national territory.
It matters not one whit that time and again this type of aggression has proved utterly untenable for Russia, that over and over it has resulted in the collapse of the nation. Russia’s rulers, unchecked by a lemming-like population, can think only of world domination, as if they were the sort of lunatic villains portrayed in a James Bond film.
This is Putin’s Russia. It is time the NATO nations began to act accordingly. U.S. General John Craddock, boss of NATO, seems to understand the threat very clearly. Barack Obama needs to pressure the NATO countries to fall in line behind Craddock’s leadership so that we do not repeat the mistakes of the past in failing to meet the threat of dictatorship early enough, strongly enough and consistently enough to nip it in the bud.