Russia Doesn’t Want War, But Is Preparing for It
May 29, 2016 (EIRNS)—In a lengthy May 26 article in the Unz Review, the famous, pseudonymous pro-Russian blogger, the Saker, explains in depth the Russian view of the threat against it stemming from NATO expansion and confrontation. Russia, he points out, is very upset about NATO’s military buildup, even though in military technical terms it doesn’t no represent much of a threat. After all, what can NATO realistically do with 4,000 troops and a missile defense installation that can, at best, only intercept 10-20 warheads? First of all, he writes,
"Because the current U.S./NATO moves might well be just the first steps of a much larger effort which, given enough time, might begin presenting a very real danger for Russia."
Secondly, there are no European statesmen, such as Charles de Gaulle or Helmut Schmidt, capable of pushing back against U.S. domination of the European continent. Thirdly,
"The Russians believe that what the Americans are doing is, at best, to use tensions with Russia to revive a dormant Cold War v2 and, at worst, to actually start a real shooting war in Europe."
So this is what the Russians are responding to.
The measures the Russians are taking are based on the following. First, if the U.S. is stupid enough to start a shooting war, the U.S. mainland will not be immune to Russian counterfire. In other words, the U.S. will pay "an immense price" for starting such a war. Secondly, the Russians are now evidently assuming that a conventional threat from the West might materialize in the foreseeable future. They are therefore taking the measures needed to counter that conventional threat. Third, since the U.S. appears to be dead set on deploying an anti-ballistic missile system not only in Europe, but also in the Far East, the Russians are taking the measures to both defeat and bypass this system.
The specific steps Russia is taking in response include the recreating of the First Guards Tank Army in the Western Military District, directly modeled on the 1st TGA of the Soviet period but with 21st-century attributes. The other steps include the deployment of the Iskander M ballistic missile, the development of the Sarmat ICBM—which, according to Russian reports, will be able to attack from any direction, not just over the North Pole—and the so-called Status 6 nuclear torpedo project. On Status 6, the Saker claims that this is based on the concept of the T-15 nuclear torpedo and is large enough to carry a 100-megaton bomb (twice the size of Khrushchov’s "Tsar Bomba" tested in 1961, though I’m sure no warheads exist like it today). The T-15 was proposed by Andrei Sakharov in the early 1950s as a means of delivering a nuclear attack on American cities at a time when the Soviet Union had no other means of such attacks. The T-15 apparently never found support in the Soviet military, but Sakharov resurrected it again after the Tsar Bomba test because that device was too large and bulky to be used, militarily, in any other way.
The Saker’s main message is this: The reality is that the notion that the United States could trigger a war against Russia (or China for that matter) and not suffer the consequences on the U.S. mainland is absolutely ridiculous, despite what the crazy politicians and generals in the West might be saying. The other part of his message is that the Russians hate war, and try to avoid it at all costs, but are getting ready for it because they see it as a struggle for survival, while the lunatics in the West really do see war as "politics by other means."
"Western leaders are drunk on their own imperial hubris, nations which in the past were considered as minor stains on a map now feel emboldened to constantly provoke a nuclear superpower, Americans are being lied to and promised that some magical high tech will protect them from war while the Russians are seriously gearing up for WWIII because they have come to the conclusion that the only way to prevent that war is to make absolutely and unequivocally clear to the Anglo-Zionists that they will never survive a war with Russia, even if every single Russian is killed."