After NATO Provocations, U.K. General Again Demands War with Russia
July 24, 2016 (EIRNS)—In a situation of extreme tension with Russia provoked by NATO’s policy to "go east" while wars and terrorism rage to its south, the NATO think-tank Atlantic Council has unleashed UK Gen. Sir Richard Shireff to again demand outright war with Russia. Former NATO Deputy Commander Shireff’s Atlantic Council "report," released July 22, makes clear that his book, 2017: War with Russia, is not merely a "scenario."
The Atlantic Council’s publication is the more dangerous given it immediately follows the destabilization of NATO member Turkey.
Shirreff and his co-author, Maciej Olex-Szczttowski, say what NATO in general, and Poland in particular should do to "counter a resurgent Russia" and its threat to attack the Baltic republics and Poland. The threat of such an attack is imminent, the report states.
"Even if Moscow currently has no immediate intent to challenge NATO directly, this may unexpectedly change overnight and can be implemented with great speed, following already prepared plans. The capability to do so is, to a large extent, in place,"
the report warns. The council says a Russian invasion cannot be predicted as it could be triggered by anything from NATO being "distracted by another crisis" to Moscow’s "misperception of NATO’s activities and a miscalculation of the Alliance’s resolve." Poland is advised to spend billions more dollars on its armed forces, including U.S.-made air launched cruise missiles and coastal defense missiles.
"All this spending," however, "would not allow Poland to withstand the hypothetical Russian onslaught," the report says, so the country should "prepare its military for a guerrilla war by building a network of shelters in its wooded areas."
The authors also advise Poland to directly join NATO’s nuclear structure! That is, they should certify their F-16s and pilots to carry and drop nuclear bombs. Perhaps those B61’s in Turkey that everyone is so worried about should be relocated to Poland, in General Shireff’s and the Atlantic Council’s view.
The recent "Anaconda 2016" military exercises on Polish territory were so dangerously provocative that Germany and other NATO members insisted that "Anaconda" was not a NATO maneuver, but only a U.S.-Poland exercise.
As Schiller Institute founder Helga Zepp-LaRouche emphasized in a statement again this week, the nations now in NATO should urgently be cooperating with Russia in fighting terrorism coming from Obama’s Mideast war zones, rather than threatening Russia with war, as Obama and the British wish to do.