The former Soviet republic of Belarus has declared war on an imaginary country that exists within its own borders. The unprecedented move – which to be honest sounds no more or less mad than most of the rest of the news in these increasingly interesting times – has come about due to a series of war games called Zapad 2017, set …
Last NATO exercises this summer (Noble Jump 17) used Russian equipment and colors for the enemy for all targets. Openly. Not even pretending that the pig needs a lipstick. That did not go down very well with some of the participants (while getting a roaring applause from others). So much for "allied unity".
Not sure if what the Belorussians and Russians did is an improvement or the opposite.
Imagine the wailing and gnashing of teeth if Belarus had openly called their wargame opponents "America"! (and the hilarity from the rest of the world)
Of course, they could have pretended that they were the British armed forces, except that that even the OPFOR in a minor wargame would probably vastly outnumber any realistic UK force.
Took a quick look at Belarus on Google, and by chance saw this. WTF are they growing in that field?
(Yes, I did eventually realise what I was looking at, but see how long it takes you to figure out)
And would you believe the same sort of Advanced Internetworking thing is well underway in the UKGBNI. Behind closed doors was never so powerful in covert and clandestine proaction, sometimes masquerading with NEUKlearer HyperRadioProActive IT.
The concern is that due to the large numbers mobilised for this exercise, Belarus's friend may be tempted to continue the exercises further west or north. Another worry is that this friend will leave a large part of his army in Belarus at the close of the exercises something few dictators rarely want but this friend feels obliged to help the "oppressed" Russian minorities that an earlier "friend" left throughout Eastern Europe.
So. We are entitled to express the concern, right?
Playing the devil's advocate 1: Why is Kim Fat The Turd then not entitled to express the same concern about the similar size South Korea/USA exercise? We are poo-poo-ing his concerns and we are suddenly concerned about the same issue on Russian borders. Double standards anyone?
Playing the devil's advocate 2: Putin and the Fuhrer lookalike have at least tried to put a lipstick on a pig and use imaginary countries as opponents. We have not. Noble Jump 17 a few month ago used Russian colors on surplus soviet equipment from Eastern European countries as targets. Here is the enemy, he is Russian, kill the f*cker. This continued despite it having to be MOVED. It was originally planned to be done in Bulgaria, not Romania, where both the prime minister and the president said that "If you want to stage WW3, stage it somewhere else and get the fuck off our territory". It still continued with the same target color selection after once again the Bulgarians as well as several other NATO countries pointed out that what is being done is an open and blatant provocation (that is in the press around Eastern Europe - you can find easily, with pictures).
So, frankly, based on OUR behavior, they are entitled to be paranoid and demonstrate military readiness.
If the fictional enemy in their war games is more popular that the "home" team.
Declare that they won & take the opportunity to re-brand the entire country.
If you do it right you can claim that after the merger that they "decided" to leave you in charge
All change; Everything the same
British Army should do the same
It should start practicing quelling nationalistic uprisings in "Northgaelia". .... arctic_haze
Let's hope they are not retarded and unable to learn valuable lessons, arctic_haze, for their last foray into the Field of Troubles in Ulster was tragic and self-defeating.