meanwhile, global nazism marches eastward under NATO banners

Pompeo signs Greek military alliance and threatens Iran, Russia, China
Alex Lantier, V Gnana, WSWS, Oct 7 2019

Aggressive Pindo & Euro foreign policy is intensifying the risk that great power conflict over the Balkans and the Middle East can trigger global war. This is what emerges from Pompeo’s six-day tour of Italy, Montenegro, Macedonia and Greece. After Trump aborted military strikes on Iran in June ten minutes before they provoked all-out war between Pindostan and Iran, Pompeo’s tour focused on threatening Iran, Russia and China (IRC). Pompeo traveled amid an explosive crisis in Faschingstein and its relations with its Euro vassals and Turkey. Much of his time on the trip was taken with questions on what he heard while on Trump’s call with Zelensky and whether it could be used to further the campaign to impeach Trump. Though Faschingstein announced $7.5b in trade war tariffs against Europe during Pompeo’s tour, he did not bother to visit the three largest European economies: Berlin, London and Paris. The heart of Pompeo’s trip was a relentless denunciation of IRC and the signing of a military treaty with Greece targeting IRC and Turkey. Examining Pompeo’s remarks Saturday in Athens, it is impossible not to recall how such Balkan conflicts triggered the outbreak of WW1. Pompeo blamed the bloodshed and conflict provoked by three decades of NATO wars in the region on IRC, and publicly bragged about the hypocrisy of his own drive for military control of the region, as a disinterested favor done to Greece, declaring:

The Balkans remain an area of strategic competition. … (We blame) the Islamic Republic of Iran, whose terrorist proxies have destabilized the Middle East, turned Lebanon into a client state, and helped create a refugee crisis that continues to impact Greece to this day. … malign Russian influence, both within Greece and within your nation’s neighbors, and China (for) using economic means to coerce countries into lopsided deals that benefit Beijing and leave its clients mired in debt … Look, it’s a bit selfish: Pindostan needs to keep Greece successful to help secure the Eastern Mediterranean.

Pompeo’s brief for war is a pack of lies that does not even convince himself. It is not Iran that has set the Middle East aflame, but decades of NATO wars, Pindo occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan and NATO’s use of AQ forces since 2011 for a proxy war for regime change in Syria. Then, in 2014, Berlin and Faschingstein backed a fascist-led coup in Ukraine that plunged the country into civil war, nearly provoked war with Russia and led to an arms race in Europe. Today, Faschingstein’s hopes to militarily dominate Eurasia lie in tatters. Since 2011, the Syrian conflict has led to a crushing defeat of Pindo-aligned forces bottled up in pockets in northern Syria, and led to a surge in Turkish tensions. While Kurdish militias face attack from Turkey, the Islamist militias face attack from Syrian government forces backed by Russia. Pindo trade war threats and naval operations in the Indian and Pacific Oceans aiming to isolate China and halt its economic growth before it overtakes Pindostan also directly impact Europe. Much of Pompeo’s trip was devoted to attacking China’s Belt and Road Initiative for Eurasian infrastructure. He pressed Macedonia to abandon a BRI-funded highway, and Italy to abandon its official support for the BRI approved earlier this year in Rome, and deny Huawei access to Italian Internet infrastructure. There is growing discussion in Pindo military circles of global strategic competition in the Balkans, and particularly over access to Greek military bases. In July, Pindo Ambassador to Greece Geoffrey Pyatt told Stars and Stripes that the Pindo naval base in Greece at Souda Bay is “pretty much full.” Pentagon boxtops added that they are concerned over Chinese investment in the port of Piraeus in Athens:

If we want to pull a warship into Piraeus, China can say no.

Speaking before Pompeo’s visit, Pyatt explained Pindo policy as follows:

In an era of renewed great power competition and the largest hydrocarbon discoveries of the past decade, this global crossroads of Europe, Asia and Africa has returned to the forefront of Pindo strategic thinking. After years of taking the Eastern Mediterranean for granted, Pindostan has stepped back to take a considered, whole-of-government look at how we advance Pindo interests.

This led to the signing Saturday of the Greek defense agreement. This indefinite agreement, which its supporters claim no longer requires Greek parliamentary approval, would expand the Pindo Sixth Fleet naval base in Crete, create drone bases in central Greece, and create a military base and natural gas facility in Alexandropouli. This last base would allow Pindo natural gas to be shipped to Greece and then across the Balkans via pipelines that remain to be built. The Alexandropouli base threatens the Balkans and the Middle East, Russia and Iran. It would allow Faschingstein to send forces into the Balkans without traveling into the Black Sea through Turkish- and then Russian-controlled waters. Greek defense analyst Efthymios Tsiliopoulos told Al Jazeera:

With the Alexandropouli base, Faschingstein could support operations to the Balkans much more quickly than other ports. Pindo troops in Greek bases are easily deployable to the Middle East.

The Pentagon could also use these bases to block ships carrying refugees trying to flee across the Aegean Sea from the Middle East to Greece and Europe. Amid a resurgence of conflicts between Greece and Turkey over Cyprus and oil drilling rights in the eastern Mediterranean, Pompeo unambiguously endorsed the Greek position against Turkey. Pompeo said:

We’ve met with Greek, Cypriot and Israeli boxtops. We’ve made clear that operations in international waters are governed by a set of rules. We’ve told the Turks that illegal drilling is unacceptable.

Preparations for a new, global conflict are accelerating. Encouraged by a pro-war consensus inside the ruling classes of Pindostan’s Euro vassals, both major parties in Faschingstein plan to respond to the crisis of Pindo imperialism’s world position with further military escalation. A deafening silence prevailed throughout Pompeo’s tour on the danger of a Pindo war with Iran and the implications of such a war for Europe. However, Tehran has repeatedly stated that it would reply to a Pindo attack by bombing Pindo bases across the region that are in range of its missile forces. This could include bases in Greece, which can be hit by long-range versions of Iran’s Shahab-3 ballistic missile. War would be all the more likely to spread quickly due to the upsurge of military tensions in Europe since the 2014 coup in Ukraine, as NATO deployed troops against Russia. Since June, NATO military exercises collectively involving tens of thousands of troops have taken place in Poland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Finland, Sweden, Portugal and Scotland. Next year’s Defender 2020 exercises in Germany and Eastern Europe, involving tens of thousands of troops including 20,000 Pindo troops, are set to be the largest NATO war games in 25 years.

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