As west and Russia appear to be on a collision course Saker sees signs Russia is preparing for the inevitable clash
This article originally appeared at The Saker
As most of you already know, the Chinese Navy has sent warships into the Black Sea. They are headed for the Russian naval base at Novorossiysk. There have been several reasons given for this trip:
- As part of the preparations for the visit of Xi Jinping to the May 9th celebrations
- As part of a possible sale of its frigates by China to Russia
- As a preparation for joint Russian-Chinese exercises in the Mediterranean
They all sound plausible to me. While some have speculated that the purchase of Chinese frigates by Russia would be a “black eye” for the Russian building industry, I disagree. If a country is preparing for war, then the quantity of defense equipment is far more important than the country of origin. Besides, it is well known that the design of Chinese Navy ships is based on Russian ships, so this is not a case of “Russia cannot do this” but rather a case of “Russian shipyards are already at full capacity, while the Chinese can deliver immediately”. As a stop-gap measure, it makes perfectly good sense to buy equipment from an ally, especially when the design of this equipment is based on yours.
Whatever may be the case, the arrival of these Chinese Navy ships is a slap in the face of the USA and the rest of NATO, who have been trying hard to show what they call “resolve” in the Black Sea, only to have China clearly indicate that it sides with Russia. The fact that the Russians and Chinese will be conducting join exercises in the Mediterranean, which NATO has always considered as mare nostrum, is even a bigger affront to the wannabe global hegemon.
In the meantime check out this video which a friend has just sent me:
When I saw this video, I thought, ‘this is exact kind of “mobilizational music,” which a country preparing to go to war, produces.’ There is nothing wrong with patriotism, as long as it does not degenerate into nationalism, but this mantric repetition of “Russia! Russia! Russia! Russia!” makes me feel very uncomfortable, because it is either designed to elicit “mobilizational feelings” or, even worse, to cater to the already ‘mobilized’ state of the population.
I am not saying that Russia is about to attack anybody. But what I am saying is that there are numerous signs that Russia is acting like a country preparing for war. Also, I am not criticizing Russia, because she is preparing to go to war, I am only saddened (and frightened) by the fact that Russia feels that she has to do so.
Finally, I find it both scary and discouraging that the general public in the West is kept blissfully unaware of the fact that, as of right now, the west and Russia are on a collision course. How could anybody oppose something he/she is unaware of?
This is why I will continue to sound the alarm, in the hope that the “silence barrier” can be broken down, before it is too late.