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    Russia Has Last Seen Such Amassing of Hostile Forces on Its Borders in 1941

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    Russia has not seen such a major military buildup close to its borders since 1941 when the Third Reich sent the Wehrmacht to conquer the Soviet Union, Professor Stephen F. Cohen said in his recent interview on The John Batchelor Show, referring to NATO's increasingly assertive strategy in Eastern Europe and the Baltics.

    "We have been watching for nearly a month a steady buildup of American and NATO forces along near Russia's borders – on land, on sea and in the air," he said. "There has been nothing like this on Russia's borders, such an amassing of hostile military force, since the German invasion of the Soviet Union in 1941."

    Russia has been concerned with NATO's overall strategy and its recent moves particularly. Last week the US completed its first land-based component of the Aegis missile shield at an air base near Deveselu, Romania. A day later, the alliance held a groundbreaking ceremony in Poland. The Aegis Ashore base is scheduled to be deployed in Redzikowo by 2018.

    Moscow has warned that the system could be detrimental for global peace and stability. NATO officials have tried to alleviate Russian concerns by saying that the Aegis system is purely defensive, but Cohen warned that it the complex could be used for other purposes.

    US Deputy Secretary of Defence Bob Work (C), Polish Minister of Defence Antoni Macierewicz (3rdR), Polish Foreign Affairs Minister Witold Waszczykowski (2ndR) and other officials take part in ground breaking ceremony of the northern section of defence anti-missile shield in Redzikowo military base in northern Poland
    US Deputy Secretary of Defence Bob Work (C), Polish Minister of Defence Antoni Macierewicz (3rdR), Polish Foreign Affairs Minister Witold Waszczykowski (2ndR) and other officials take part in ground breaking ceremony of the northern section of defence anti-missile shield in Redzikowo military base in northern Poland

    "Somebody said that the only defensive weapon in military history is a foxhole; everything else could be used for offensive purposes. [NATO's missile defense system] could be used for offensive purposes. They can launch cruise missiles," he observed.

    The US  Army Corps of Engineers Europe District is managing the construction of a $134 million Aegis Ashore Missile Defense Complex in Deveselu, Romania
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    Russian officials and experts have also questioned whether it was reasonable to build a shield that is supposed to protect the West against Iran's ballistic missiles considering that Tehran does not pose any threat to its neighbors and beyond.

    The Islamic Republic is not the real target. "The majority of our missile defense installations … are directed at Russia. They are not directed at Iran, that's a fairytale. The government puts it out, but nobody believes it," the analyst noted.

    Professor Cohen has long warned that Washington's policies towards Russia have been the key reason for the recent cold spell in relations between the two global powers. This trend appears to be getting more dangerous.

    "Are we sleepwalking towards an actual war with Russia or is this a plan to provoke a war with Russia?" he asked. "If we are sleepwalking, we all need to yell, 'Wake up!' If they actually now would not mind a war with Russia, then they are crazy. Because there is no way if there is war with Russia on Russia's borders that eventually some kind of nuclear weapons will not come into play."

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    • avatar
      This troop amassing at border is clear indication of an invasion. No explanation accepted.
      Prepare the nukes for Estonia , Latvia.
      One cow every at every 500 m interval from border to gauge safe radius.
    • The USA always hides illegal nukes under its bases.
    • Alektrion
      People like Nuland and McCain don't expect to DIE in the wars they want to start...
    • avatar
      Not much of a concern because this generation has seen the actions of NATO - the coalition of the willings - in couple places and seems that their combined military might didn't get far with those with just rusty Ak47s. Yes, this coalition of the willings would intend to send a nation back to Stone Age, but to clearly overruned and ruled has yet been seen. Now adays, to stop an aggression may not be just strong defensive, but may necessary be the first to call the first shot.
    • avatar
      the rabid animal is usually best despatched as soon as the disease is detected - it saves peoples' lives.
    • support
      It would cost the USA and its puppets nothing to address Russia's legitimate concerns by positioning its forces 400 to 1,000 km back from the border. Even from a tactical standpoint it is beyond stupid to have one's core forces this far forward when one of the main budget items for the USA since Viet Nam was the formation of an RDF (Rapid Deployment Force) which was and is formed to enable the ability to project forces from a great distance on short notice without violating other nation's border integrity.

      Peace Activist 2 is also more correct than he or she knows. There is now no mindset in the West to deal with such real-world issues as to how to deal with a major well-trained and well-equipped offensive. American and European forces have not had to address such concerns since 1945.

      What I find most hilarious is that the US Forces have their weapons and ammunition depots positioned well-forward (you can find a map of their locations at the CENTCOM Website lol!). If Russian forces and those of their regional allies pushed off on a pre-emptive drive 300 km into Western territory, the Russian forces could ransack and re-equip captured equipment--working with captured equipment has long been a Russian specialty--with munitions and supplies from those depots.

      The very worst vulnerability of Western forces though is the lack of the mindset and drive needed for even a meaningful defensive action. The "pajama boy" transformation process of Western youth has made of our manhood the laughing stock of the world.

      Second worst is the mercenary mindset of present forces and perhaps the fatal flaw above all as those joining now were not compelled to do so. The measure of the quality of a soldier is not what they choose to do when it is in their best interests to do so but what that soldier will do in spite of their fears and misgivings. Owing to the military now being a "career option" instead of being a life-or-death duty I do not think there is any US military unit which will not fold up like a deck of cards the moment the casualty rate exceeds 20 to 30% which is not unusual at the commencement of "festivities."

      It is also obvious to me that a new world war would be exactly what Mr. Obama needs to fully suppress internal American dissent from both left and right to his ascension to a third term of office. A new major global conflict of his own devising is exactly the ticket to enable him to force through his domestic policies whilst taking revenge on an electorate which by and large has rejected his insane policies.

      Sputnik News, why is there no coverage of the madhouse Federal policies respecting usage of public toilets in the USA, a policy no President anywhere in history or on the planet have ever addressed? That policy more than anything else is an horrific invasion of personal privacy beyond the limits of even the most imaginative comedian. It is breathtaking in its breadth and scope of public humiliation of the American public by its own Federal government.

      Any conflict with Russia and any disagreement has absolutely nothing to do with Russia as far as motivation is concerned. The US Federal government needs an external "enemy" real or in this case imagined to control the US public until the end of this U.S. President's political term.
    • Selectric Typeball
      Okay, we admit it. The US is sending NATO to re-invade the Soviet Union again.
    • support
      The main reason American and other Western defence budgets are so huge yet their equipment is sh*t for the most part owes to pensions, benefits and payroll not the expense of the equipment with which they are supposed to do their jobs.
    • avatar
      LOL ...hypocrisy at its best..

      1) the US military build up around Russian borders is hostile but Chinese military build up in SCS and around India is friendly... You guys claim Chinese submarines in Indian Oceans are on friendly visit... what I personally think is What the US and China are trying to achieve with their economic and military power must stop and also Russia must stop supporting China in its stupid adventures.

      2) If India rushes relief materials to flood hit Sri Lanka then it looking for strong foothold in Lanka where as Russia bombs Syria and then sends relief materials then it's messiah.. wow..
    • avatar
      Any intrusion into Russia should signal war with the US, therefore the first targets should be the US mainland. New York is a good target, piddling little farmsteads like Estonia and Latvia should just be cleared like a farmer clears his fields, torch the lot.
    • Alektrion
      Nukes in Cuba were purely defensive, a MAD strategy.

      Nothing could possibly go wrong with Military forces a few miles from an Enemy Nuclear Power. NATO is wise to put Defensive Military Forces right on Russia's borders.
    • support
      Here is what America is morphing into as a result of Federal policy and cultural predisposition. Behold, the new American warfighting manhood!


      This deliberate softening of American males is not unprecedented in American history. Prior to WW II, those in the small but influential 1930's college-educated middle class who were making money out of the collapse of the world's economies during the Great Depression then deliberately made of their menfolk accommodating and pliant "well-mannered" males in hopes of facilitating upward mobility for them.

      The result of that was 25% psychological casualties on th epart of US Army troops as an aftermath of the Battle for the Kasserine Pass, much to the bitter amusement of our British and French allies.

      What is eerie is that the new American "male" almost exactly resembles Goofy the Dog, the Dead End Kids, and the type of spineless phoney baloneys who frequented Kay Kayser & His Kollege of Musical Knowledge concerts and jitterbug competitions.

      How feminized were American men in the 1930's? My own mother who was college-educated and of the 1930's upper middle class was so fed up with it that she "married down" to a bad boy from the wrong side of the tracks who was trained as a machinist. To win him she had to become a machinist too. (She turned out to be better at it than he was for precise, high-precision work).

      This was normal then. If a girl wanted a real man she married a former (or current) bootlegger or rumrunner or a tough-as-oak farm boy or hard-scrabble "factory rat."

      Turnaround in the event of a national crisis will be tough, though, as always. Right now, this border situation is a case of a very silly Western pink bunny rabbit poking a not-so-sleepy bear in the backside with a very small stick.
    • ariavd
      If the nazo cowards atack, again only sivilans suffer .The russian forces is not at the border .But far,in the heartland of the russian empire.Difficult supplylines Just like beforeThe russian defenceforces are not scoolchildren And like before, europa suffer,only difference is .This time there is intercontinental nuclear missiles in play. And for the first time in history,the american civilists Is a part of the war. What are they waiting for? not going to be easy anyway
    • support
      BTW, there is next to no mention of any of these developments in the Western press. There are no news stories about the Western buildup at all. IMO there is a deliberate blackout in the Western press of this madness.

      If foreign troops amassed on the Canadian and Mexican borders on this scale, of course US forces would launch pre-emptive strikes with fully-reinforced divisions with air support deployed and would push on to both nations' capitals just to get the point across.

      None of this would be happening if Soros did not want the Luhansk and Donetsk coal mines for his own. Already he is buying up bankrupt American coal mines and other related assets worldwide. He will then "flip" them at an outrageous markup to the Saudis and Qataris.
    • nshahhsh
      Very soon all these countries of nato/us allies will be part of The Russia Faderation..!
    • avatar
      Just like Hitler and Napoleon NATO will be wiped out it will not be third time lucky.
    • Marc Nonnenkamp
      Still another example of the negativity and the destructiveness of American foreign policy which continues to be promoted by the neoconservative and neoliberal power structure within the mainstream Republican and Democratic Parties. This needs to come to an end at home in America and abroad all over the world.
    • avatar
      They aren't half men German Wehrmacht soldiers were. First sound of hostile explosion would result decades of PTSD. They are not scaring anyone. Haven't we seen accomplishments of coalition 67 clowns against Daesh?!
    • avatar
      Then what are Russia waiting for a preemptive attack? Preemptive attack to all countries in Russia borders that hold USA or NATO bases and then later negotiation table. End of the story.... or put Nuclear missiles in Cuba, Nicaragua and Venezuela and start delivering weapons to Hezbollah and Kurds against Turkey and also in Yemen.
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