Russia’s actions in East Ukraine and other parts of the former Soviet Union have caused a panic in the defense establishment of Western Europe. Most European nations have drastically drawn down defense spending as they basked in the umbrella of American security over the last few decades.
Germany is one of those nations that have allowed their defense posture to atrophy. This seems to be changing.
The Moscow Times reports this week: “Germany will overhaul its security strategy in coming years in response to Russian attempts to use “power politics and military force” to assert its interests, Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen said on Tuesday.” This is a significant development from the last seventy years as Germany has been hesitant to involve itself militarily in world affairs since the end of World War II. As Germans who were alive during the war pass away, Germany could become more aggressive in its response to threats around the world.
The Moscow Times goes on to report:
The new strategy would mean the German army would in future focus not only on missions far afield, for example in Afghanistan, but also become more involved in strengthening NATO’s defenses. Germany is already helping to boost NATO’s presence in eastern Europe.
Russia lost twenty million people at the hands of the Nazis during their invasion of Russia, which was ultimately defeated. This memory still runs deep throughout the Russian Federation. In fact, the possibility of fascist involvement in the government of Kiev has been used very effectively in promoting Moscow’s direct involvement in the war in East Ukraine and the Russian annexation of the Crimean Peninsula.
A mighty and aggressive Germany is definitely something the Kremlin fears. Even though it is rumored that Russian President Putin and German Chancellor Angela Merkel have a cordial relationship, this German development could change that.
With the first shooting war in Europe between two nations now raging in Ukraine, the dogs of war are barking. In spite of all the danger, American leadership is absent.
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