But the Europeans, in truth, are at a dead end: they cannot leave NATO, because the national armies of any particular Western European country (except perhaps for Switzerland and Finland, but they are not members of the alliance) turned into a parade guard, hence , the exit from under the umbrella of America entails an increase in military spending, which the current economic crisis does not have. And to remain in NATO means to make your soldiers "minced for a meat grinder" in the interests of Uncle Sam. Therefore, Europeans choose not security, but the illusion of security. Comes to jokes. The Swedish prosecutor’s office recently took the commander-in-chief of the armed forces of this Scandinavian country, Sverker Joranson, who said that in the event of Russian aggression, the Swedes could hold out no more than a week. Do you think the prosecutors began to press the official for spoiling the relations of a neutral state with the Russian Federation? With her, by the way, Sweden doesn’t even have a common border, and therefore aggression itself is possible only “through the corpse” of Finland. No, the commander in chief tried to blame for the disclosure of military secrets. He, you see, revealed the secret of Polichinel about the inability of the 50-thousandth "professional" (that is, contract) Swedish army to protect the country in the event of a hypothetical invasion. Why did he assign Russians to the role of aggressor? Well, probably, Poltava hid him. Joranson is in favor of joining NATO, which, in his opinion, will increase the country's defense capability without additional financial costs. But the paradox is that joining NATO will only weaken the national armed forces, and only the US will benefit from this, and no one else. Yes, and the cost of "defense" will not be less, because the Swedes will now have to pay their share (and not only money, but also blood) in the next African or Asian slaughter provoked by Washington. One tiny Denmark was forced to spend $ 26,3 billion to finance its military contingent in Afghanistan !!!
The longest military conflict to date has been in Afghanistan, which has highlighted in all its glory:
- the inability of computerized armies to fight with savages-kozopasami;
- blatant lack of professionalism of the commanding staff, especially the senior;
- extremely low moral elasticity of the interventionists ... oh, sorry, peacekeepers;
- the blatant vileness of the American military in relation to their “allies” in NATO, which they use without any pity as cannon fodder, more precisely, as the Yankees themselves say, meat for the grinder - meat for the meat grinder.
The "allies," of course, from the manifestations of such a "militant fraternity" have cooled sharply towards the overseas "partner," and this cooling has its political consequences. Let's remember why the American invasion of Syria did not take place? No, not at all because Putin was against (how could he even hypothetically interfere?), But because Washington did not find those who want to fight for democracy in Europe in the Middle East. As a result, the Europeans also refused the US moral support, which automatically made the Americans aggressors. So the Kremlin did not prevent the invasion of Syria, it only helped Washington to save face, escape from shame when the winner of the Nobel Peace Prize Obama shook the East with his fist, and not only was nobody afraid of him, but Assad also weighed up a savory slap in the face of the cavalry, knocking the American F22 and four Tomahawk missiles. Yes, the sovereign dictator is not Milosevic's kisky for you.
But, actually, I did not mean to talk about big politics. A very interesting article Gunmeat came to me on the mailing list from the Stringer Bureau of International Investigations. Here truly sensational facts are made public, therefore, I will not retell, read for yourself. I will give just a few savory quotes (in italics) and add my 5 cents to the topic. So, talking about the fact that the Pindos in Afghanistan are hiding behind their European allies and other "peacekeepers", like a human shield.
“In 2001, the invasion of Afghanistan began in two columns. The first was a coalition of those who wanted to fight and consisted of Americans, British, Canadians, and several other countries seeking to curry favor with their big brother. And the second column, which received the UN mandate, entered contingents of states not ready to participate in active hostilities and shed the blood of their soldiers in the name of a dubious war against elusive terrorism. Nevertheless, Washington immediately began to demand from the member countries of ISAF “expansion of the mandate”, that is, minute transfer "peacekeepers" to be used in offensive operations carried out within the framework of operation "Enduring Freedom".
Yes, if someone does not know, then the military of even exotic countries such as New Zealand and Mongolia are included in the ISAF (International Security Assistance Force). Even Ukraine, as a sign of adherence to “democratic values”, sent a force of 25 people to Afghanistan in Afghanistan. For comparison: democratized Estonia, as a member of NATO, has to maintain a contingent of up to 300 troops in Afghanistan.
“As for joint operations, this was the case,” confesses Daniel Lücking, a senior lieutenant who took part in the German deployment. “Together with the Afghan army, we drove a group of militants to a remote place or village, and the Americans always have the right to deliver the final blow left to themselves "...
... Those are sending air support - attack aircraft, helicopters or drones - already directly to strike the target. And then, as in a children's yard game: who did not hide, I am not guilty. “The motto of the American operation:“ Eyes wide shut, ”German magazine Der Spiegel states with bitterness. That is why cases of the so-called“ friendly fire ”in Afghanistan occur more often than in the Iraq war ...
... Salon magazine quotes the squadron commander of naval assault helicopters, the American lieutenant colonel Jim Braden: "Many air force pilots with whom I worked seem to be just looking for an excuse to pull the trigger, without worrying where their comrades are at the bottom arms. Their position is: "Just give us the GPS coordinates and we will do our job."
As a result of cases when coalition allies came under American shelling, there are dozens and even hundreds. "
According to official data, up to a quarter of casualties in Iraq fell on "friendly fire." Given the maximum saturation of invaders sredsvami communication and electronic devices control the battle, this is just a fantastic figure. And this is a characteristic of the flagrant lack of professionalism of officers who are unable to organize the elementary interaction of the types of troops on the battlefield.
The Yankees also tried to entrust the dirty work to others: "At the request of the CIA office, the Bundeswehr military personnel participated in operations in violation of the German mandate back in the 2002 year," said former non-commissioned officer of the Airborne Forces, Achim Volgetan. According to him, the German soldiers from the international brigade of the ISAF were repeatedly sent to "delicate operations" far beyond the limits of their zone of responsibility, determined by a Bundestag decree. Volgetan himself participated "in at least ten such operations." Orders to attack and retreat were not formalized in any way, while they were given by the CIA ...
... Over time, almost all participating countries were forced to provide people to participate in American special operations. “The secret parts are the thousands of innocent civilian casualties,” says the famous German politician Oscar Lafontaine. ”
The authors of the investigation state: “It’s difficult to name the exact number of losses of the antiterrorist coalition and the ISAF due to the lack of an authoritative independent source of information. Washington sometimes turns out its own official statistics as it is required at a particular moment. But there is no doubt about the relative number of losses among the countries that have active in the Afghan war, the United States is at the very bottom of the list
"In Europe, the statistics on injuries are underreported, in order not to disturb the society, already dissatisfied with the unpopular war. At the same time, special services created in the Pentagon to fight corruption in Iraq and Afghanistan revealed the existence of fraudulent schemes designed to inflate the number of injured Americans, to get a "tip" for injury for the subsequent "cut" between the unclean commanders ... ".
“Americans treat their allies extremely arrogantly. For example, Germans are called Nazis behind the eyes, they can say about Danes or Latvians who they say is from a country” the size of a postage stamp, ”admits a Scandinavian mission member in a private conversation. - In addition, the humanitarian ideas of Europeans meet their complete contempt. We are considered soft, weak, or "women" for initiatives that help, for example, make life easier for Afghan women. According to the Americans, it is necessary to act not with educational programs, but with murders and sweeps "...
... Swedish military journalist Fridolin Gustav describes his impressions of his American allies: “They were distinguished by their blatant lack of principle. They could, for example, negotiate with a well-known fighter on surrender and then shoot him. They took villages by storm and dragged the corpses of executed militants through the streets in order to show what happens to those who oppose the new authorities".
But the very monstrous attitude of pi-ndos to Afghan “comrades-in-arms”: "They rush into the thick of it, they shut up the most difficult areas. Their losses go to tens of thousands, which for some reason are being taken out of the general list. The Pentagon published a standard semi-annual (1 from April to 30 of September 2013) reports on the situation in Afghanistan The losses of the Afghan army and police increased by 79% over the reporting period! US Army lieutenant-general Mark Milli, the current head of the ISAF Joint Command, believes that the total losses of the personnel of the Afghan forces are approaching yu, which we have seen in Vietnam. "
By the way, this is the fundamental difference between the Soviet army and the ISAF (read by the Americans, since three quarters of the fighting forces in the region belong to them). Our military in Afghanistan trusted "green", as the army of the Kabul regime was called, only auxiliary functions. The 40 Army conducted military operations on its own, and, of course, suffered losses. Liberatians slobberingly admire the military skills of the Pindos - they say, they suffer losses five times smaller than "shuravi" because the respect for human life is in their blood. And our generals, they say, treated the soldiers as consumables - the women still give birth.
These wretched USA-droch.eri do not take into account, firstly, that the Soviet Army successfully carried out all the assigned combat missions. The withdrawal from Afghanistan was a political decision, it was not the result of defeat in the war. The American war on terrorism ends with the fact that the “terrorists” drove the fighters to bases, from where they try not to put out their nose unnecessarily, and at night the “peacekeepers” are not able to control anything except the perimeter of their military towns. Secondly, Americans have been honored to pay the honor of paying with blood for democracy to the “green” ones, who suffer losses of the “Vietnamese level”.
“Most international observers believe that the American strategy of the war in Afghanistan has failed,” states Fridolin Gustav. “Residential buildings were bombed, one bloodbath was followed by another, and civilians were chasing asymmetrical enemies, bin Laden and al-Qaeda. Peaceful people were crippled. Every day Such a mob of Afghans ready to surrender to the Taliban forces is growing: they now have what to avenge, and according to the Islamist interpretation, it’s not just the US that is to blame, but the whole Western world. So the invasion of Afga Istan can be our biggest mistake. "
“This is a catastrophe. I hope that Afghanistan will be a lesson and we will no longer take part in the active phase of NATO’s military operations outside Europe,” says a Danish journalist who passed through Iraq and Afghanistan. Similar sentiments are popular in other European countries. From the universal savior and defender of the Second World War, the USA turned into a brutal occupier, and the first truly major joint operation by NATO resulted in a series of unmotivated losses caused, among other things, by inadequate actions of the American army ... "
Thus, to characterize the outcome of the 13-year-old "crusade" to Afghanistan, which according to the plan should be completed in 2014, in one word: DEFEAT. The only thing that got a “free world” as a result of this war was the traffic of Afghan heroin that grew dozens of times.
By the way, there is a version that the insignificant losses of Americans in Afghanistan (as well as in Iraq) are explained not only by their desire to hide behind others' backs, but also by the art of statistics, which, as we know, is one of the forms of lies. The concept of "American Army" today is a lie, because more than half of the US troops in hot spots are not made up of US citizens, but of foreigners who want to get a green card for military service. Their bodies are not sent to the States in stars and striped coffins, orchestras do not play over their graves and do not salute the marines, they often do not fall into the loss statistics at all, because for American society they are nobody, just like the Afghan military and police officers whose losses in the West are of no interest to anyone (there is simply no information about them). Finally, the statistics of American casualties do not include killed and wounded employees of private military companies (PMCs), who receive contracts to promote democracy in Iraq and Afghanistan. And the scale of presence of PMCs is truly enormous: if the ISAF military contingent numbers about 100 thousand people, then the contract soldiers of PMCs and PSCs make up a horde of 110 thousand people !!! Since companies are private, the level of losses in them is a commercial secret. Experts believe that the generally accepted 1200 estimate of mercenaries killed in Afghanistan is underestimated by several times.
Despite the fact that the headquarters of the majority of PMCs are located in the US or the UK, they are gaining fighters all over the world. It is believed that as part of private military firms in Afghanistan, at least 15% of the staff are from the countries of the former USSR. By the way, the scale of participation in the combat operations of mercenaries - there is another evidence that NATO is sour, the traditional armed forces of Western countries are no longer able to independently perform the functions assigned to them. However, private armies also did not gain fame on the battlefield, because their goal is profit, not victory.