Saturday, July 26, 2014

Things continue to heat up

Reading the news about Ukraine continues to scare me. The countries of the victims of MH17 send more police and even troops to help with the investigation. It was revealed that the man who likely fired the rocket that downed the passenger plane ( is a veteran of both the Soviet and Russian armies, and is thought to be a covert agent of Russian military intelligence (GRU).

Russia is moving more powerful weapons close to the border. It may also be delivering more powerful weapons to the separatists. US intelligence is reporting that rockets are being fired from within Russia across the border into Ukraine.

NATO is placing more troops in Poland ( Poland is buying more weapons, as it and the Baltic countries are increasingly concerned that, despite being members of NATO, the alliance will be reluctant to engage Russia in their defence. Those in Brussels have acknowledged that defence of the eastern countries now in NATO would be difficult. Perhaps that is the reason for the new base being proposed in Poland.

Even as I watch from the comparative safety of the US, I remember that a Russian AWACS plane flying along the coast interfered with air traffic control at LAX. The world is now not that big. Regional conflicts can spread quite quickly.

The Russian bear seems to be wanting to reclaim the territory it lost in "the worst disaster of the twentieth century," as Putin described the breakup of the Soviet Union. It is nearly the 75th anniversary of the start of World War II, as the Germans and the Soviets invaded and divided Poland under the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact. I hope that we are not seeing the lead up to World War III.

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