Could World War III Start Here in the U.S.?

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If Vladimir Putin takes comfort in NATO’s waffling, or doubts US willingness to spring to the defense of the Baltic republics, it’s here any shootout between NATO and Russia could start. Or even World War III.

There are few more vulnerable spots along NATO’s entire perimeter than the Suwalki Gap, an about 60-mile stretch of territory and a critical rail line separating Poland from Lithuania, linking Russian Kaliningrad with Putin’s staunch ally Belarus.

Until the present political campaign, the United States had given few suggestions of anything but a total commitment to the three free states of the Baltics. Indeed, throughout World War II and Russian occupation, the Baltic nations’ flags were present in the Hall of Flags at the entrance to the State Department in Washington.

But whatever happens, we cannot allow a repeat of what happened from the mid-1940s to 1953, when Lithuanian partisans fought a desperate rear-guard action in the forests and swamps of their nation, hoping desperately for the arrival of American troops to join them, as US broadcasts had pledged.

KEY TAKEAWAYS:

  • Russia’s moves into this region are far more robust and deeper, in military and propaganda terms.
  • Until the present political campaign, the United States had given few suggestions of anything but a total commitment to the three free states of the Baltics.
  • Indeed, throughout World War II and Russian occupation, the Baltic nations’ flags were present in the Hall of Flags at the entrance to the State Department in Washington.

“The Russian Baltic fleet is a regular presence, its advanced fighter jets buzzing American ships and reportedly violating Estonian and Finnish airspace.”

Unfortunately, Russia has made significant moves of it own, with the arrival in Kaliningrad of a battery of intermediate-range Iskander-M missiles, with a range of more than 300 miles and the capacity of carrying nuclear warheads across the Baltics and into Poland — itself an apparent violation of the intermediate range nuclear forces treaty.
Original Source: http://edition.cnn.com/2016/11/03/opinions/next-world-war-andelman/index.html

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