How Putin’s disastrous war exposed the folly of Macron’s EU army

Russia has, and continues to do, inflict enormous damage on Ukraine and inflicted horrific atrocities on its population. However, a war that was supposed to lead to the capture of Kiev within days has now lasted almost three months. There is no indication that Russia is winning, or can win – thanks not only to Ukrainian exploits, but also to NATO’s aid.

The revival of the Atlantic Alliance has been another unpredictable consequence of this war, entirely contrary to Putin’s supposed aims.

For many in the West, especially in the heart of the European Union, NATO was just a remnant of the Cold War. Like a Trabant or a jukebox, he seemed to belong in a museum.

For most on this side of the Atlantic, after 1991, when the Soviet Union went into its regretful grave, international relations meant the European Union. It steadily grew to 28 countries and absorbed many states from the former Soviet bloc. As Russia became less, humble, introspective and sinking into corruption as it built a post-Soviet existence, the EU felt entitled to assume its self-proclaimed destiny to control the continent’s future.

Inevitably, in that heady moment of triumph—a triumph brought on more by the economic and moral weakness of the Soviet Union and America’s firepower than by anything the EU had to offer—she too began to outdo herself.

As treaty after treaty – Maastricht, Amsterdam, Lisbon – was concluded and the ambition and central control of the EU increased, there was more and more talk about a federation and its attributes. One was a European army, something meaningless if NATO served its purpose.

Nevertheless, France, Britain (under Tony Blair) and Germany agreed in principle in 1998 on a European Defense Force in St Malo, albeit in a very different world.

The dream was aided by a form of anti-Americanism in Europe that became especially evident during the second Gulf War.

France in particular, but also Germany, imagined that they wanted America to be disconnected from the defenses of Europe, and that this would not affect their security. Such an attitude helped turn Britain against the EU and led to the vote to leave the bloc altogether six years ago. They also sparked a hybric frame of mind that before 2014 Brussels was playing with Ukraine about the possibilities of its EU membership.

When Russia took its first step into eastern Ukraine in the winter of 2014, the EU marched into the hills, too terrified to start a fight with a powerful neighbor over something as trivial as a little boy showing an interest in joining. become of the club. Reality had intervened.

Scandinavian expansion

If it has launched a larger attack on Ukraine to expose the true weakness of Russia and its misguided leader, it has also exposed the true weakness of the EU as a player in international relations on its own continent – and its absolute indispensability of NATO as Europe is not about the blood-soaked mistakes of the 20 . to repeate century in the 21st

One of the reasons Putin offered to attack Ukraine was that if it joined NATO, he would view it as a Western threat to Russia, despite NATO’s openly and unequivocally defensive, not offensive, alliance is.

Putin’s excuse may well be a lie: virtually every public statement he makes is. It is believed that the real reason for the attack was to achieve a conquest that would make him look powerful and make his retarded people feel better about the Russia he created, and to shed his weight on the world , as bullies do, expecting to intimidate others.

The West was taken by surprise: Despite having its own nuclear deterrent, it was for a while deterred by Putin’s deranged threats to deploy his.

However, it is now clear that his attempt to stop NATO expansion is actually fueling him. Finland, whose 800-mile border borders Russia, has resisted the temptation of NATO for decades. Now its president Sauli Niinisto and his prime minister, Sanna Marin, have issued a joint statement that “NATO membership would strengthen Finland’s security” and that “Finland must apply for NATO membership without delay”.

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