The Spark

the Voice of
The Communist League of Revolutionary Workers–Internationalist

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.”
— Karl Marx

“A Cloud Carrying Rain” … and War

Jun 26, 2023

This article is translated from the June 16 issue #2863 of Lutte Ouvrière (Workers’ Struggle), the newspaper of the revolutionary workers group of that name active in France.

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) held the largest airborne maneuvers in its history from June 12 to 23 over Germany and Central Europe, close to Russia. NATO’s Air Defender exercises brought together 10,000 soldiers and 250 warplanes from 25 NATO members and partner countries, including Japan and Sweden.

Senior NATO officials say they are training these militaries to deal with attacks by missiles and drones, to protect their cities, ports, and airports, and to strengthen their ability to work together. Clearly, it is a question of the air forces of these 25 countries learning to better coordinate and fight side by side—like fresh troops integrated into a regiment and transformed into a coherent collective fighting force. This is what the top brass calls “providing operational and tactical training” to the air forces of these 25 countries. So they can unite in the context of a future generalized conflict. In other words, a world war.

Even while actively preparing for world war, these professionals in the art of mass murder would like to deceive people. The head of the German Air Force claims these huge exercises are not aimed at anyone in particular and that NATO is “a defensive alliance.”

Only the incurably naïve will believe this. The American ambassador to Germany—not so naïve—let it be known that these maneuvers are intended "to send a message, in particular to Russia."

You can imagine, their message is also intended for China.