NO CANADIAN TROOPS IN THE BALTICS!
People’s Voice Editorial
As NATO continues its 21st century version of the Cold War, the
Trudeau government is being asked to help create a new NATO force in the Baltic
region. Allegedly to “deter Russian aggression,” the real purpose of this force
is to further encircle Russia,
seen by the US
and European imperialist powers as a potential rival.
NATO’s relentless military push was on the agenda at a June 14 meeting in Brussels of alliance defence
ministers, including Canada's
Harjit Sajjan. The US, Britain and Germany
immediately committed to the new force of up to 4,000 troops, based in Poland or Latvia. The Trudeau government is
expected to announce a decision on the number of Canadian troops, and the type
of equipment and vehicles involved, as soon as the NATO Summit taking place
July 8-9 in Warsaw, before any debate in Parliament or consultation with the
Two years ago, following Crimea’s vote to rejoin Russia,
the Harper government committed Canada
to a regular rotation of ground forces for exercises under NATO's Operation
Reassurance banner. More recently, 200 Canadian troops took part in the
ominously named “Exercise Anakonda”, alongside Polish,
Turkish and U.S. forces near
a base in Poland.
The new proposal would include four battalions - one composed of Canadian
troops - rotating through bases in eastern Europe and
the Baltics, backed by NATO's highly mobile,
40,000-strong rapid reaction force. The justification for putting more NATO
troops on Russia’s
borders is said to be the “increasingly unpredictable Putin regime”, according
to the CSIS spy agency.
Yet there is nothing “unpredictable” about Russia’s
intentions, considering that Hitler’s Nazis killed 25 million Soviet citizens,
and that the economic and political isolation of the Soviet Union and then Russia
has been a key priority of western imperialist powers for decades. That policy
was behind the western-backed overthrow of the elected government of Ukraine
in 2014. The participation of openly pro-Nazi forces in the Kiev
regime can only be interpreted as a direct threat to Russia.
We urge Canadians to speak out against NATO’s new Baltic military force. This
geo-political game can only increase military tensions and create new dangers
for peace in Europe - and the world.
(The above article is from the July 1-31, 2016, issue
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