Saturday, February 20, 2016

Fear and Panic: EU Defence Budgets Boom Amid ‘Russian Threat’ Paranoia

Phobos and Deimos - Fear and Panic

Sssssh. Do you hear that? The sound of two horses, their firey hooves drumming on the ground, eyes glowing like embers as at full gallop they draw the chariot of Mars, the war god. Their names are Phobos and Deimos, Fear and Panic.

Paranoia over a supposed “Russian threat” and the fear of terrorism following the Paris attacks are causing panic among NATO and EU nations, causing governments to vastly increase their defense budgets: 31 European countries have raised their planned defense spending for 2016 by an estimated average of 8.3 percent, compared to 2015, according to a survey of European think tanks.

European Think Tanks versus Russian Armoured Tanks? Current Russian and Chiese military technology is more than a match for anything the USA and NATO have (although thank's to Obamas enlightened defence policy the USA has far more Gay, Bi, Lesbian and Transgender soldiers)

The constantly hyped threat of Russian aggression and the high risk of terror attacks in Europe have pushed member states to spend more on their defense budgets, reversing a trend of defence cuts the decline that weakened European military strength for over twenty years, says a joint study of European think tanks on the defense spending in Europe.

The rush to rearm has been most urgent in central and Eastern Europe, an area covering the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland and Slovakia, the survey, entitled "Defence Budgets and Cooperation in Europe: Developments, Trends and Drivers," states.

Those seven countries will raise spending by 19.9 percent this year, the report said, with Hungary pushing up spending by 22 percent to nearly €1 billion.

In southeastern Europe, an area covering Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Greece, Romania, Serbia and Slovenia, the rise will be 9.2 percent, while Western Europe will see a rise of 2.7 percent.

Among the key reasons for the defense spending increase, none of which stand up to scrutiny, are: "Russia’s aggressive posture", "non-conventional threats such as Islamic terrorism", especially after the Paris attacks, and "NATO’s renewed focus on collective defense, and the institutional influence it exerts on Allies."

The last factor apparently refers to NATO’s calls to spend two percent of each member’s GDP on defense.

In fact the Russian government has proved it has no intention of attacking the west by its reacting to repeated provocations and peace treaty violation by the US Government, the EU, and the madman who is Turkey's President, Recep Erdogan, with only verbal rebukes and reminders that certain lines cannot be crossed. Constrast this with the screaming and shouting, posing and posturing of the girlie man who has occupied The White House for the past seven years and the USA's collaboration with human rights abusing regimes in Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Uzbekistan, and Israel to promote insurrection in nations whose dictators would not play the west's game of trying to undermine Russian interests.

As Putin has said, there are lines which cannot be crossed, and through the west's use of Turkey and its president Recep 'Mad Dog' Erdogan as their agent provocateur, our leaders have come dangerously close to crossing it


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