Covid-19 – more then 100,000 infected around the world, six countries where tourists are prohibited from traveling and 17, which are recommended to be avoided.
“Defender Europe 2020” – 40,000 participants from 17 NATO countries (and Georgia).
One would like to ask: who will win? And soon we can check it out.
Polish Minister of Defense Mariusz Blaszczak has already announced the existence of a secret document:
“The use of the Armed Forces of the Republic of Poland in anti-epidemic, sanitary and hygienic measures, the provision of medical care and the elimination of biological pollution and infections.”
Surely such secret instructions are also available in other countries participating in the exercise.
And then what? Cancel? This makes no sense. Although many are already starting to support this idea. Currently on the Internet you can find many petitions for the abolition of the exercise. Under them are the signatures of thousands of Europeans.
But in such important issues as ensuring the security of Europe, it would be foolish to take into account the opinion of ordinary citizens who are not versed in this issue.
With the exception of civilian petitions, there are opinions of scholars and professional military personnel.
Against this background, it would be logical if not to cancel, then at least postpone the “Defender Europe 2020” exercise.
On February 28, the US Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel signed instructions recommending that all military commanders take comprehensive measures to preserve the health of military personnel and members of their families located in foreign countries. One of the points of the document provides for the possibility of reducing the scale or canceling exercises and other combat training activities. Moreover, commanders of expeditionary military formations are vested with the rights to impose restrictions.
Although it would be better not to test the ability of NATO doctrines to withstand the modern virus.
In connection with the rapid spread of corona virus in Europe, a ban has been imposed on visits by the US military to crowded places and local institutions.
But the instructions of the US military official are unlikely to extend to the exercises “Defender Europe 2020”.
Their real cancellation is possible “only in the case of mass deaths among US soldiers. Otherwise, the exercise will be carried out according to plans.”