Us troop increase for new round in cold war

U.S. troop increase for new round in cold war

For Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer it is a sign of appreciation for Germany, but it is about disciplining her own ranks and rearmament. Comment

The USA increases its troops in Germany by 500 soldiers. This was announced by U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin after a meeting with his counterpart Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer in Berlin. The soldiers are to be stationed in the Wiesbaden area.

The politician used the opportunity to produce the usual phrases. For example, the minister saw the troop increase "a sign of appreciation for Germany".

"These troops will strengthen deterrence and defense in Europe", U.S. Secretary of Defense Austin said much more nuchterner.

Brothers and Sisters in Crime

This Cold War language not only sounds like a threat, but is meant to be so. It starts with the term Europe. Here, some states have taken it upon themselves to speak for one continent and to exclude others, especially Russia and its allies. Moreover, the phrase "strengthening defense" is just another term for expanding warfighting capability.

The announcement of a further buildup of troops means nothing other than that the current elites on both sides of the Atlantic are once again being seen as a "force to be reckoned with" "Brothers and Sisters in Crime" want to act against their competitors Russia and China.

This is different from the Trump administration, which has also seen the EU as a competitor in the global mabstab. This has alarmed leading circles in the EU, which still faces the test of whether it can achieve at least formal unity. Finally, at all levels – despite all the propaganda from Brussels – it is evident that the EU is not a serious factor on the global stage.

The EU propaganda already considers it a success that after the Brexit no further EU states have left the union. But it is not yet clear whether this will not happen. But this is not necessary for the time being, because in almost all questions the EU states go different ways, as is now also evident in the handling of the Russian vaccine Sputnik.

No sooner had the EU bodies decided against the use of the vaccine than various countries, including Germany, went their own ways. This also shows that relations between the U.S. And the EU will by no means be free of conflict in the future.

After all, the Trump administration’s position was not an invention of the erratic politician. The fact that the EU no longer plays a particularly important role for the U.S. In the global arena is due in no small part to the rise of China. Biden, too, is continuing the current Cold War against the winner in global advancement. The conflict can quickly escalate when it comes to Taiwan.

In Hong Kong, the opponents have already lost and, like Great Britain, may be able to protect exponents of the so-called democracy movement from repression by granting them British citizenship. In this way, however, they also confirm the Chinese propaganda that the democracy movement is essentially about the descendants of the population stratum that profited from the colonial power.

This does not mean that the socio-political demands of at least the left wing of the democracy movement presented by Aug Yoong-Lu in his book Revolt in Hong Kong were justified. The conflict over Hong Kong is of little concern to the EU, especially after Brexit. However, the pro-Atlanticists in Germany do not miss the opportunity to show their colors by sending warships there as well.

Ukraine – a Cold War conflict zone

The EU is directly affected by another area of conflict in the new Cold War. It is about Ukraine. Here is a conflict between Russia, the EU, and the U.S. That has been going on since 2014, when then-German Aubenminister Westerwelle visited the Maidan protests in person. This was at the height of a struggle over Ukraine.

NATO and the EU agreed even then to break Ukraine out of the Russian sphere of influence. The choice of the Ukrainian alliance partners, including ultra-rightists, could not be chosen. They had good contacts with the German regime before 1945, which gave Germany a central position in the struggle for Ukraine more than 60 years later.

Strategically, it is about the encirclement of Russia, which has been pursued by NATO since 1989. In doing so, the internal Ukrainian conflict was also accepted. It is obvious that there are strong pro-Western and pro-Russian forces in Ukraine. The latter are naturally supported by Russia. This is the core of the now more than 15-year conflict over Ukraine. For a long time it seemed frozen.

But in recent weeks, tensions over Ukraine have risen again. Harald Neuber was right that NATO will not start a military conflict with Russia just to support the pro-Western faction in Ukraine.

But this is not necessary for the interests of NATO. They are already served by maintaining a hotbed of conflict in the middle of Europe, which also serves to discipline the European governments, which have their own interests in many issues and, for example, want to complete a gas pipeline with Russia.

Thus, the Cold War rhetoric that accompanied the buildup of U.S. Troops in Germany also serves to discipline the country’s own ranks. The pro-Atlantic elites in the U.S. And Germany agree on this. Thus, it is by no means a colonial and subjugation relationship between the U.S. And Germany, as the propaganda of right-wingers and neutralists would have it. Rather, the elites have acted as "Brothers and Sisters in Crime" have an interest in a simmering conflict in Europe.

Pro-Atlantic elites in Germany hope to regain a preferential relationship with the U.S. This was denied to them not only by Trump, but already by his predecessors, because since 1989 Germany is no longer a center of the Cold War. Trump, like Bush Junior, maintained special relations with other European states such as Poland.

Trump also did not want to withdraw troops from EU territory, but rather to redeploy them from Germany to Belgium. For the pro-Atlanticists, the current increase in Germany is also part of a power struggle in the EU for the favor of the USA.

Spiral of agitation and escalation is being driven forward

Anti-militarist groups have correctly recognized that the business model of these special relationships is to jointly advance the Cold War. "The increase is a completely wrong signal: It will only drive the spiral of armament and escalation", declared Michael Schulze von Glaber, political director of the German Peace Society – United Opponents of War, to Telepolis.

"The U.S. And Russia must finally negotiate and disarm both verbally and in reality. Especially in times of global climate crisis and pandemic, humanity cannot afford to waste funds and capacities in a dangerous and senseless navel rattling," said the spokesman of the anti-militarist organization.

Whereby one must still note that today no longer with the Sabel rattled, but with the disengagement of weapons of destruction is threatened. Tobias Pfluger, a member of the Bundestag for the Left Party, also criticized against Telepolis the threatened increase in U.S. Troops.

"It is interesting to note that ‘cyber defense forces’ and ‘electronic warfare in Europe’ are to be developed. It is a question of new warfare and armament, including armament against Russia", complains Pfluger. Er bekraftigt die Forderung der Linken nach einem vollstandigen Abzug aller US-Soldaten.

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