Of all the irresponsible things a “defensive” alliance could do, having a military parade “within yards” of the Russian border is pretty close to the top of the list. What message does it expect to convey except one of provocation?
This is especially true when you consider the town where NATO held its parade is 90 percent ethnic Russian. Imagine if you’re one of those Russians and you see British, European and ethnic Estonian troops marching through your town in an attempt to intimidate Russia? Russia certainly noticed and it didn’t like it:
The parade is an obvious snub at Estonia’s eastern neighbor Russia, whom it accuses of pushing aggressive policies in Eastern Europe. The Estonian government is among several vocally accusing Russia of waging a secret war against Ukraine by supplying arms and troops to anti-Kiev forces in the east.
Moscow denies the accusations, insisting that the post-coup government in Kiev alienated its own people in the east and started a civil war instead of resolving the differences through dialogue.
Of course Russia responded with its own military drills on the other side of the border. So, to put this in perspective, where there was no build-up of forces before NATO’s actions, NATO created one. And a build-up of forces very often leads to the use of forces.
Why all this matters to us Canadians is that Canada is being just as bellicose as NATO in dealing with Russia. We’ve had jet interceptors in the Baltic countries; we’re considering sending “trainers” to Ukraine and we’re pounding the drum of war here at home.
You can do your bit to stave off the inevitable conflict. Write your M.P., make your views known to your political party, write the editor of your local newspaper. Tell them to cut the posturing, curb the rhetoric, bring Canadian troops home from Europe.
Tell them, no war with Russia; not now, not ever.