The pros and cons regarding the current crisis with Russia are many and varied but I don’t believe a word of it. Oh we’ve had emotional speeches, and lots of rattling of sabres but it’s all a smokescreen.
Since the end of the Cold War, our collective militaries have grown restless. Their tanks and missiles need an outing – after all, there’s only so much pounding you can give to Salisbury Plain. They need a raison d’etre and, as before, Russia steps up to fill the bill. Obviously, their military is feeling unwanted as well.
You can almost picture the respective State Departments all getting together over a cuppa and discussing the situation –
“We need a crisis to get things moving again,”
“I agree, after all, we’ve just paid for a massive new aircraft carrier and we must have something to do with it. And we need to justify Trident,”
“And we’ve got all these jets just standing around.”
“But it will cost a lot of money,”
“Don’t worry about that, there’s always money for military action.”
So, the politicians are being very diplomatic and political. The military are flexing their muscles and polishing their tanks.
And the arms companies must be rubbing their hands with glee.
Or am I being just a tad too cynical?