On paved paths

COMMENT: Could our military and political leaders wake up and take hold of a fate far more serious than the pandemic that has hit the world?

The new long-Term Plan, launched last Friday, does not provide defense chief Haakon Bruun-Hanssen everything he wants (Ifølge Evening posts 17.4, neither the Army Brigade nor the new frigates he wanted), but there will be 3000 more conscripts and several helicopters. It seems that you have not yet captured all the new thoughts and questions readiness, threats and security, about friend and foe, as a result of the corona crisis.

Some will remember Gro Harlem Brundtland his triumph in WHO in 2003 over that SARS was defeated. Huat the same time issued a warning that a new epidemic could come at any time and be more dangerous - one had bad time with building up medical readiness against this threat. In November, she had to determine that too little was done. It's just to admit that the unilateral focus on military threats and measures has resulted in poor medical readiness.

To the rescue?

Da pandemica hit in central europe, it was not a country of alliance and union that came to the rescue first. Russia, China and Cuba were faster abroad. Such an extended hand from countries we have stressed and provoked for generations does not quite fit with our ideas of what and who is threatening us.

It is hardly the western side that has the greatest real reason for sleeping poorly at night.

When someone asks if it is wise with the ever-increasing presence of US forces in Norwegian territory, the firm answer is that the Russians are notified and are told that they have nothing to fear. But such statements have never reassured anyone. How much do we even believe in such statements from Russia or China? What Russia can easily see is that the United States today has a military commitment that is 11 times the size of its own – and that NATO in total has 15 times Russia's strength. It is hardly the western side that has the greatest real reason for sleeping poorly at night.

atom threat

But such discussions about which forces should succeed in winning the next war are really meaningless. Both sides are each other's hostages in a world pregnant with annihilation. Millions of wise professionals and individuals have for 77 years asked our leaders to take nuclear threatone seriously. We really had, with empathy, though one nuclear war is a disaster where doctors have nothing to offer, Brundtland would have had its pandemic – and our political and military leaders would easily feverishly seek every opportunity to liberate us from nuclear death.

Russia has signaled such desires ever since Gorbachev's initiative in 1985-86 to change course to a race in disarmament. He will never stop asking for a demilitarization of international politics, he says Time April 15.

Both sides are each other's hostages in a world pregnant with annihilation.

With all the experiences and questions that we have with us corona crisis The long-term plan should probably have been presented with a reservation for the new preparedness assessments that are now pushing ahead. Is NATO's rearmament goal – now to two per cent of GDP as a goal in itself – so important that we neglect to look for an outstretched hand?

Now it stands Russia ahead of a strong increase in coronary cases and the economy is strained. I cannot help but dream that our military and political leaders will wake up and take hold of a fate that is far more serious than the pandemic that has now hit the world. With a letter to Russia «You have already had to cut military budgets and we see that the corona crisis will put great strain on the months ahead. What if you cut back on the military, and then we'll do the same. Let's turn loss-loss into win-win. ” Such an initiative could possibly not be more risky than the strategic long-term strategic armor plan will continue.

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