While most of the West remains in the grip of the 1960s Soviet inspired world peace idiocy, Eastern Europeans have a far more realistic approach to the future. AP/ FOX News reports–
In Poland, doctors, shopkeepers, lawmakers and others are heeding a call to receive military training in case of an invasion. Neighboring Lithuania is restoring the draft and teaching citizens what to do in case of war. Nearby Latvia has plans to give university students military training next year.
The drive to teach ordinary people how to use weapons and take cover under fire reflects soaring anxiety among people in a region where memories of Moscow’s domination — which ended only in the 1990s — remain raw. People worry that their security and hard-won independence are threatened as saber-rattling intensifies between the West and Russia over the conflict in Ukraine, where more than 6,000 people have died.
In Poland, the oldest generation remembers the Soviet Army’s invasion in 1939, at the start of World War II. Younger people remain traumatized by the repression of the communist regime that lasted more than four decades.
Whether Russia is a threat or not, its gratifying to see that Poland at least recognises the possibility of invasion. Western countries seem so naively oblivious to the threat of future warfare, and in NZ, I wonder what fighting capability exists outside that of our poorly supported and under equipped armed forces. Very little I would guess.