Manlio Dinucci (Il Manifesto, 11 May 2021)
The land mobility of people in the European Union was paralyzed in 2020 dai lockdown, mainly following the blockade of tourism. The same happened in air mobility: according to a study by the European Parliament (March 2021), it suffered a net loss of 56 billions of euros and 191.000 direct jobs, plus over a million in related industries. The recovery, in 2021, promises to be very problematic. Only one sector, bucking, has greatly increased its mobility: the military one.
Right now, in Europe, circa 28.000 soldiers are passing with tanks and planes from one country to another: are engaged in Defender-Europe 21 (Defender of Europe 2021), the great exercise not by NATO but by the US Army in Europe, in which they participate 25 European allies and partners. Italy participates in it not only with its own armed forces, but which host country.
It is about to begin, at the same time, the NATO Steadfast Defender exercise (Resolute Defender), that mobilizes beyond 9.000 US and European military, including the Italian ones. It is the first large-scale test of the two new NATO commands: the Joint Force Command, with headquarters in Norfolk in the USA, and the Joint Support Command headquartered in Ulm, Germany.
"Mission" of the Norvolk Command is "to protect the Atlantic routes between North America and Europe", which according to NATO would be threatened by Russian submarines; that of the Ulm Command is "to ensure the mobility of troops across the European borders to allow a rapid strengthening of the Alliance on the Eastern front", which according to NATO would be threatened by Russian forces.
The European Union plays an important role in this second "mission", to which the US Army Europe has requested the establishment of "a military Schengen Area". The Action Plan on Military Mobility, presented by the European Commission in 2018, plans to change 'the infrastructure (bridges, railways and roads) not suitable for the weight or size of military vehicles ". For example, if a bridge cannot bear the weight of a column of tanks 70 tons, it must be strengthened or rebuilt.
After having earmarked an initial appropriation of approx 2 billion euros, in public money subtracted from social expenses, the EU defense ministers (for Italy Lorenzo Guerini) they decided on May 8 to involve the United States, Canada and Norway on the EU military mobility plan. NATO Secretary General Stoltenberg, present at the meeting, he stressed that "these non-European Union allies play an essential role in defending Europe". Thus NATO (to which they belong 21 of 27 EU countries), after having instructed the EU to carry out and pay for the restructuring of European infrastructures for military purposes, de facto takes over the management of the "Military Schengen Area".
In a Europe transformed into a parade ground, the adaptation of infrastructures to the mobility of US-NATO forces is tested in war trials, which provide for "the deployment of land and naval forces from North America to the Black Sea region", and serve, in the words of Stoltenberg, to "demonstrate that NATO has the ability and will to protect all allies from any threat".
What is the "threat" is also declared by the foreign ministers of the G7 (United States, Canada, Great Britain, Germany, France, Italy and Japan), met on 5 May in London. The seven ministers (for Italy Luigi Di Maio), reversing the facts, they accuse Russia of “irresponsible and destabilizing behavior, illegal annexation of Crimea, massing of military forces on the border with Ukraine, use of chemical weapons to poison opponents, malicious activities to undermine the democratic systems of other countries, threat to the rules-based international order ".
The fact that the G7 formulates these accusations with the same words used by the Pentagon and repeated by NATO, confirms the existence of the same matrix in the strategy of tension that pushes Europe into an increasingly dangerous situation.
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(Il Manifesto, 11 May 2021)