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NATO Exercises Defying Coronavirus Reveal Desperation

The virus is changing the world order at a fast pace

Submitted by Infobrics, authored by Paul Antonopoulos, Research Fellow at the Center for Syncretic Studies…

The planned NATO military exercise in Europe, “Defender 2020,” will be held on a reduced scale because of the coronavirus pandemic. Defender 2020 will have the participation of 18 NATO countries, cover 4,000 kilometers of convoy routes and rely on 10 European countries to host exercise activities, with the U.S. originally sending a total of 37,000 soldiers and officers to the exercises. The NATO exercises are a demonstration of power against Russia, and the fact that the coronavirus pandemic will not cancel the military drills is also indicating its power against Russia at a time when the world is going into lockdown.

The Alliance’s official website states that the scope of the exercise is shrinking due to a pandemic and that the movement of personnel and equipment from the U.S. to Europe is being halted. But many have already arrived in Europe. Media reports quoted Manilo Dinuchi, an Italian journalist for Manifest, claimed soldiers were exempted from the coronavirus protocol in an exercise, something recorded in a video showing the first 200 U.S. Army soldiers arriving in Bavaria on March 6, without masks on their faces, and shaking hands and kissing with German authorities and soldiers.

So why then did this exercise have to take place at all when everything else was put off?

The goal is without a doubt to have a show of force against Russia, the main target of these massive exercises by NATO. Although this may seem like a simple reason, NATO needs to show Russia that they can organize such exercise in a demonstration of aggression even in times of uncertainty and crisis. The exercises could easily have been cancelled, because there is no reason for them to be held right now and in such conditions, but conducting them during a pandemic shows greater strength by NATO – or so they think.

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg presented his Annual Report for 2019 on Thursday and announced “Our forces remain ready and our work goes on, including in our multinational battlegroups in the east of the Alliance, NATO Air Policing, our maritime deployments, and our missions from Afghanistan to Kosovo.” Although the coronavirus pandemic is plaguing NATO alliance countries, especially Italy with over 60,000 cases, the United States with over 33,000 cases, Spain with over 30,000, Germany with over 25,000 and the United Kingdom with over 6,000 cases, with thousands of deaths between these countries, Russia has only 438 confirmed cases and has been sending doctors and medical aid to Italy. As Russia weathers the pandemic comfortably compared to the major NATO countries, the Alliance feels that the cancellation of the Defender 2020 exercises will show major weakness and has therefore decided to continue with the military drills despite the non-necessity of it.

Although NATO is buckling down to continue the exercises, the grander scheme of the liberal world order is beginning to collapse under pressure from the coronavirus. The European Union has shown incompetence in dealing with the pandemic and has left each country to fend for itself, and rather it has been ‘enemies’ of the liberal world order, China, Russia and Cuba, who have mobilized to help countries severely affected. It is unlikely that Italy and Spain, both NATO and European Union members, will quickly forget the significant help they have received from Russia. This soft power play by Russia is likely to change public opinion in Italy and Spain and create deeper divisions in NATO in regards to hostile policies against Russia. As the Atlanticist states of the United Kingdom and the United States want to maintain hostility towards Russia, it is likely that southern European NATO members will not want to continue hostilities, remembering who was there to help them in their greatest crisis since World War Two.

It is for this very reason that some NATO members may begin turning against Alliance orders with Atlanticist interests and open friendlier relations with Russia. Meanwhile coronavirus is far from peaking in Europe and is only beginning to strangle the United States. It cannot be overlooked that the virus is changing the world order at a faster pace than anyone could have anticipated. When the world has moved on and overcome the coronavirus pandemic, we will have entered a new world order and shifting European loyalties from the United States to greater cooperation with Russia and China. Therefore, the continuation of Defender 2020 shows desperation to maintain the global status quo.

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lynette cracknell chaplin
lynette cracknell chaplin
March 23, 2020

It is the hegemon behaving desperately, I hope they can be stopped in their hegemonic plans through this virus rather than a war. Luigi di Maio our foreign minister in Italy has done a splendid job in recruiting enormous help from China, Russia and Cuba. Nothing from the EU and Nato countries. Our foreign policy must surely change after this pandemic is over.

Amhants
Amhants
Reply to  lynette cracknell chaplin
March 24, 2020

Just seen what Russia sent, courtesy of an article on South Front. Russia never fails to amaze me, with the ‘shock and awe acts of kindness.

James Hunter
James Hunter
March 23, 2020

I strongly believe that all NATO countries, starting with the UK and especially the US of Aggression, the TERRORIST of terrorists, the CROOK of the crooks, the THIEF of the thieves, WON’T HAVE FORGOTTEN the words of Russia’s President Putin when he told the whole world, including PARTICULARLY the US of A, that Russia’s deaths during the WWII amounted to 27,000,000 people, civilians and military (the US’ loss amounted to a maximum of 292,000). His following sentence went something like this: If RUSSIA is attacked again, we will go NUCLEAR IMMEDIATELY. If TROMPE, the US SWAMP ELEPHANT PRESIDENT, has forgotten… Read more »

Amhants
Amhants
Reply to  James Hunter
March 24, 2020

Look at Matos ‘Think Tank and who makes up the Atlantic Council. Together with their links to the Allen Dulles (didn’t he create the Atlantic Council?) and those who were provided safe passage to the US and Canada, via the CIAs first exercise, ‘Operation Paperclip’. Back in 1947, the year a certain nation was created, was the year the CIA was launched. Allen Dulles, working with the S S Officer, Reinhard Ghelen and the leader of the US Communist Party, Earl Browder, grandfather of Bill. Who else donates to the Atlantic Council, besides Sorass Open Society Foundation and Burisma Holdings,… Read more »

Absurd but True
Absurd but True
March 23, 2020

Turns out NATO is worse than useless, draining immense sums to create and combat imaginary foes that even a hundreth the sum could and should have been used to effectively prepare for a real foe, a pandemic that was forewarned for years.

Olivia Kroth
Reply to  Absurd but True
March 23, 2020

NATO = NORTH ATLANTIC TERRORIST ORGANIZATION

lynette cracknell chaplin
lynette cracknell chaplin
Reply to  Absurd but True
March 23, 2020

The trouble is we so-called allies of NATO have to endorse what is nothing else but an extension of americas capacity to control so much of the world. When will the worm turn?

George Hartwell
Reply to  Absurd but True
March 24, 2020

A ‘real foe’ that likely emerged from a US bioweapons facility https://www.globalresearch.ca/covid-19-all-truth-three-stages/5706329.

The original article presents the investigation in China, Japan, and Taiwan that points to a US origin. https://www.globalresearch.ca/china-coronavirus-shocking-update/5705196.

This article details the US cover-up op: https://www.globalresearch.ca/us-action-in-addressing-covid-19-attributing-virus-deaths-to-the-flu/5706324

Conor Hanley
Conor Hanley
March 23, 2020

Are they expecting Eastern Europe to become a desert or just hoping if they stand out they won’t bump into one another?

Rossco
Rossco
March 23, 2020

NATO is the US puppet. Stoltenberg is worse than useless and the US is collapsing faster than anyone imagined
Russia is helping Italy and I don’t see the US offering anything to the poor people in Italy.
This will change the attitude of many when the US wants to fire tanks and guns and Russia only wants to help others.
Its a sure sign the US is desperate , broke and dangerous.
You can almost sense the inevitable demise of America is close
Don’t mess with the Russians , the bear is no pushover .

Tahau Taua
March 24, 2020

The so-called continuation of the NATO “Defender 2020” exercise, amounts to a tacit admission by the US that the COVID-19 scare, isn’t the real deal. In other words, it’s totally fake! Inflated media hype (purportedly coming from Italy) showing long columns of Italian army trucks carrying 800 COVID-19 victims to crematoria, shows the levels to which the perpetrators of this hysteria, are prepared to go to create mass fear and submission. The trade deal that Italy signed with China a year ago, amounted to a snubbing of US demands that, EU member countries desist from trading with China, Iran or… Read more »

Cap960
Cap960
March 24, 2020

Yanks would rather start a war than to give up the grip on EU vassals.

Olivia Kroth
Reply to  Cap960
March 24, 2020

Especially as EU vassals are so weak and undecided that it is easy to exploit and terrorize them.

Amhants
Amhants
March 24, 2020

This exercise is also based around “First Strike Attack’. Remember how many exercises run parallel to mega false flags? Why do 9/11, Westminster Bridge and MH17 come to mind, with regards exercises and false flags? Meanwhile, Italy begged her EU and NATO member partners for help and was ignored. Yet those nasty Cubans, Venezuelans, Chinese and despicable Russians, sent her aid. Including the Russian bio-weapon/nuclear/chemical specialists and 13 transport planes, laden with humanitarian help, specialist assistance and analytical laboratories. Not forgetting the bio-weapon/chemical clearing land mobiles. There is an interesting article on South Front, showing the goodies, Russia sent to… Read more »

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