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Bulletin N° 36 juin 2023 NATO Air defender 23 maneuver. Senegal: popular revolt or episode of the inter-imperialist conflict?

NATO Air defender 23 maneuver

The Air Defender 23 exercise , coordinated by Germany, will take place over ten days from Monday May 12 and will bring together military aircraft from 25 countries.

 Since the start of the imperialist war in Ukraine in February 2022, NATO allies have multiplied training exercises in Europe on land, at sea or in the air. This is the case with the Saber Guardian exercise , which Romanian General Constantin Nicolaescu, who is coordinating the exercise, describes as follows: "  For a month, we have been on the ground preparing for this assault beyond the Danube, with the objective of defeat the enemy" , "  We do not name [this objective] ,specifies the French lieutenant-colonel Mathieu, at the head of the 350 French soldiers engaged in the exercise . But it could well be the Russian army."

Saber Guardian , which brings together, under American command, more than 10,000 soldiers on several sites in Romania, succeeds others, such as Orion , Spring Storm , Baltic Operations , Joint Warrior  … These numerous exercises are based in particular on the battalions – a thousand troops – based in the eight countries on the eastern flank of the Alliance. Four of these exercises took place in 2014 in the Baltic States and Poland, and four others, in Slovakia, Hungary, Romania and Bulgaria, were set up a few weeks after the start of the war in Ukraine.

These troops must either be positioned in these countries, or be projected there in a few hours. In May, the Americans sent 3,000 people to Poland in seventy-two hours, while the Germans are preparing to do so in June in Lithuania. At the Alliance summit, scheduled for Vilnius on July 11 and 12, where an initial assessment of this new defense and deterrence device should be drawn.

According to the United States Ambassador to Germany, Amy Gutmann The exercise would be purely defensive in nature but will also aim to send a message, in particular to Russia: "I would be very surprised if a world leader did not take note what it shows in terms of the spirit of this alliance, what the strength of this alliance means, and that includes Vladimir Putin."

Better, General Ingo Gerhartz, head of the German Air Force affirms that this exercise is not aimed precisely at " anyone" . As for General Michael Loh, director of the American Air National Guard: " This exercise is intended to supplement the permanent presence of the United States in Europe and to provide training on a larger scale than what is usually accomplished on the continent" .

How to believe these defensive statementswhen you know the role that the United States, their allies and NATO have played and are playing in all the conflicts since the end of the Second World War and in the very last period in Iraq, Yugoslavia, Libya... how can we believe in these defensive professions of faith when since the end of the USSR and the dissolution of the Warsaw Pact which bound it to the people's democracies in Europe, the United States and NATO have constantly expanded their field of activity to the borders of the Russian Federation by renouncing their commitments made at the time of the fall of the Berlin Wall! In reality, these maneuvers are a step forward towards the intensification of war within the imperialist system for the conquest of natural resources, the control of communication channels and that of the labor force, they are a warning to the peoples who would intend to revolt to bring down capitalism and build a society that would be rid of it. The struggle for peace, for an end to the armed conflicts in progress, cannot pass through the warlike escalation traced by the capitalist governments, including that of France, which increase their military budgets to the detriment of the needs of the workers, it passes by the resolute class struggle to put an end to the essentially predatory system that is capitalism and by the dissolution of military alliances, including NATO, faithful watchdogs of the exploitation of man by man.