Meget tyder på, at NATO og EU’s regeringschefer er begyndt at forberede befolkningerne i Europa på en egentlig krig. Indtil videre tyder ikke meget på, at brede dele af befolkningerne og medierne har forstået, at det begynder at blive alvor. Men hvem har interesse i at situationen optrappes?
French President Francois Hollande stressed that a failure by Russia to reverse a flow of weapons and troops into eastern Ukraine would force the bloc to impose new economic measures.”Are we going to let the situation worsen, until it leads to war?” Hollande said at a news conference. “Because that’s the risk today. There is no time to waste.”
This week’s Nato summit at Newport will determine whether the long peace we have (western Balkans excepted) enjoyed in Europe since 1945 survives. Vladimir Putin’s adventurism does not presage a new Cold War. It is more dangerous than that, for we are back in the 1930s: demilitarised Western democracies and weak leaders for whom the risk of war is literally incredible facing an aggressor who has no hesitation in changing borders by force. Nato is at a crossroads and our political leadership must rise to the challenge.