By a commentator for Tjen Folket Media.
Originally published November 10, 2020.
Yankee imperialism wishes to increase their presence in the High North even more, including Norway, as a part of their strategy to encircle and isolate Russia, but also as a springboard in their rivalry with China.
General David Berger, chief for the US Marine Corps (USMC) writes in a recent article that he wishes to construct a network of mobile bases in Norway. NTB writes that he wishes for the bases to support the American Navy’s operations against Russian submarines farthest north in the Atlantic Ocean, as well as to threaten Chinese submarines in the South China Sea and Russian submarines in the Arctic Zone.
The Norwegian Minister of Defence confirmed that the American Marine Corps has considered the need for such “temporary” bases. US Marines already have bases in Norway, but the Minister of Defense claims that the country’s policy continues to be that foreign powers are not to have permanent bases to house armed forces on Norwegian soil during peacetime. The new bases that the US Marines want are to be “temporary” and therefore will on paper conform to this base policy.
The USMC general writes that after the fall of the Soviet Union and September 11, 2001, the Marines have shifted their focus from the High North to the Middle East and South Asia, but that they have in the last few years gone back to focus more on “The High North”. He refers to lessons learned from the NATO exercise, Trident Juncture, and the need for US imperialism to train, build their capacity, and operate from bases located in Norway, Iceland, and Greenland.
Climate change has opened up new routes through the Northern Hemisphere to Asia, so that Chinese ships can, for instance, take this path to get to Europe.
The Socialist Left Party and the Red Party say that they do not want these new bases in Norway, but there is no indication that they will make this demand in order to become a part of the parliamentary basis for a new prospective government after the 2021 elections.
Nordområdepolitikk (NUPI, ressursside)
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