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British Defence Secretary: hypothesizing a bit too far

In his interview with The Telegraph over the weekend Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said, that he didn’t trust President Putin “at the moment and we have to prepare for the worst”. The Sun today recommended its readers not to take the Minister’s rap literally. Otherwise, one would be led to believe that the Minister was talking World War 3.
But what is the grounds for this rap (by the way, this word happens to have the opposite meaning in Australia)? It is stated, that Russian jets intruded into UK airspace on “so many occasions”. But the fact is that our jets just flied by in the international airspace on their routine training or patrol, providing the British pilots with welcome opportunity to practise their skills. Then there is another rant by the Swedish Defence Minister about perceived danger, posed to civil aircraft by Russian jets minding their own business. In this case it appears that the distance between the Russian jet in question and the civil aviation corridor amounted to 70 km. Is it about taking a petty revenge upon Swedish armed forces’ inability to provide any proof of a Russian submarine’s intrusion into their territorial waters?
It may sound like following the British establishment’s tradition of raising up its game, nowadays in the area of propaganda aimed at the unsuspecting British public. Still, it’s not an innocent game. We know that the Crimean War was partly brought about by the jingoism of the British press. Hopefully, the British sense of style, as well as common sense, will keep this rhetoric within the bounds of credibility. Some believe that it was this sense of Britain’s upper classes that saved the country from experimenting with fascism. Oswald Mosley’s chaps wore breeches while there was no horse around. Now we see a lot of hostile fearmongering while there is no war on the horizon. It may be safe, but why hypothesizing that far? Digging bunkers wouldn’t solve Britain’s economic problems. Neither will it help find money to sustain Ukraine as the West’s geopolitical ward. And since ultimately it is about the Ukrainian crisis, why not ask the real question: who rolled the dice?


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