Today we finish this piece by reporters Marina Baltacheva and Mikhail Moshkin. The thrust of much of the commentary was a lamenting for olden times, when the United States and Soviet Russia were allies against Nazi Germany.
In my contrarian manner, I pointed out that this temporary, conjunctory alliance during World War II did not make for a permanent alliance, let alone any kind of friendship. But at least America was factually an ally during the War, however fleeting and two-faced. Which cannot be said at all about the European nations which went on to form the European Union. They were mostly enemies then, and remain enemies now, of Russia. Hence, it is futile posturing, in my opinion, for Russia to attempt to win them over by appeals to a fictitious anti-Nazi past. On the other hand, it is completely proper and necessary for Russian spokespersons, such as Maria Zakharova, to shame these nations with their own hypocrisy. The fact remains, that the European countries, in their official Origins Stories, claim to have been anti-fascist resistors. (Except for Germany, of course, which is officially penitent.) They were nothing of the sort, but it is still a valid point to at least try to shame them with the openly neo-Nazi antics of their Baltic members.
The VZGLIAD reporters interview Dmitri Linter, an Estonian human rights activist who participates in “pro-Russian” causes and opposes NATO’s provocative anti-Russia moves. I linked Dmitri’s wiki page, which was clearly written by somebody who is hostile to him. “For a long time now,” Linter says, “American troops under the aegis of NATO, have been conducting military exercises, in which neo-Nazi formations participate as well.” According to Linter, these exercises rehearse a scenario, in which NATO troops, assisted by local neo-Nazi militias, attack Russia. Most likely, an air-assisted ground invasion, preceded by a complete jamming of Russian radar. As an example, Linter cites the annual war games called “Erna”, in which a minimum of 5 or 6, and even up to 20 countries participate. These are mainly NATO countries, but one year, even China was invited. This patriotic role-playing war game is named after the Nazi diversionary group called “Erna“. Per wiki:
The Erna long-range reconnaissance group (Estonian: Erna luuregrupp) was a Finnish Army formation, of Estonian volunteers, that fulfilled reconnaissance duties in Estonia behind the Red Army lines during World War II. The unit was formed by Finnish military intelligence with the assistance of German military intelligence for reconnaissance operations.
Wiki goes on to recount how, after the German invasion of the Soviet Union, in 1941, Finland entered the war on the German side. Estonian emigres who had fled to Finland from the Soviet Union, were recruited into the Erna formation. After the Soviets won the war, remnants of Erna scattered, but some joined the Estonian guerrilla movement known as the Forest Brothers, which continued partisan activities against the Soviet government.
The Estonian people bore a relatively light yoke under German occupation, which explains their current tolerance for neo-Nazi organizations and ideology. As this Encyclopedia entry points out: “The reasons for the relatively relaxed occupation regime in Estonia, compared with, for example, Latvia, include the fierce anti-Soviet sentiments of the Estonians, their higher standing in the German ‘race table’, the closeness of Finland, the civil and military double power, and the fact that Estonia was a strategically important rear area, a purveyor of agricultural products, and the producer of oil shale. Oil shale became increasingly important as Germany’s fuel deposits fell into the hands of the enemy.”
Linter points out that the neo-Nazi formations such as “Erna” and “Eesti Kaitseliit” (“Estonian Defense League“) are not just nostalgic role-playing organizations (like, say, American Civil War Reenactors). These formations and para-militaries are components of the Estonian armed forces, and are constructed on the “ideological principle”. The ideology itself appeals to the times of the Third Reich. “I read Estonian and Latvian newspapers,” Linter says, “and to be sure, they technically have removed the Third Reich rhetoric. But one of their press secretaries, who openly called to destroy their opponents specifically on the national, racial principle, was promoted a few years back. Their ideology is very simple: Russians are the enemies, and any Russians who live abroad [for example, in Estonia] are Putin’s Fifth Column.”
Linter goes on to say that NATO is utilizing Estonians ever more effectively in their military reconnaissance and counter-espionage against Russia. While all of this is going on, Estonian and NATO media hypes the idea that Russia is about to attack the Baltic nations. The ensuing hysteria creates an atmosphere conducive to NATO troops settling in and making themselves at home for the long haul. The end result: NATO is occupying the same ecological niche in the region as formerly did the military forces of the Third Reich. And playing the same game: Recruiting local militias as volunteer units directed against Russia.
NATO Must Spend More Money
American citizens, in turn, are being told that their army selflessly “supports its allies” in the Baltic countries and Eastern Europe. Recently American General Ben Hodges was in the region offering advice to the locals, how best to spend their defense dollars. Lithunia and Poland have been particularly eager to raise their defense budgets in response to American demands.
At the beginning of February, just a few days after President Donald Trump’s inauguration, Lithuania signed an agreement with the U.S. to deploy more American troops on Lithuanian soil.
Estonian Foreign Minister Sven Mikser declared last week that additional NATO troops are needed in the Baltics in order to “contain” the Russian threat. With American tanks participating in recent Polish war games as well, this completes the picture of America settling into these countries and making itself at home. Russia protests that it is no threat to its neighbors, but Russia’s arguments fall on deaf ears.
Anybody with eyes in their head can see that, if the current projectory is followed through to the end, these deployments will eventually lead to a NATO invasion of Russia, followed by a massive ground war. It has happened before, and, unless somebody does something to prevent it, it seems bound to happen again. There is not much that Russia can do at this conjuncture in history, except to prepare for war. Meanwhile, America’s Baltic allies are like puppy-dog Rambos whining to their NATO superiors: “Sir, do we get to win this time?”