By ann summers
Trump implied that Montenegro – NATO’s newest member, which joined last year – is an aggressive place which may drag America into World War III.
Would(n’) he even know how to find Montenegro on a map, or in a field. Would(n’t) he?
If the country had been rebranded MonteBannon, perhaps Trump (actual pretender to the throne of Moronika, adjacent to F*cking Moronika) would(n’t) have been so negative.
One would(n’t) expect Trump to understand the role of the Balkans in world war(s) and in the recent history of Yugoslavia, despite Melania’s Slovenian heritage.
The reality is defined by historical events including an actual 2016 coup plotted by Russia using Serbian help, among other matters including the flow of multinational funds though countries like Montenegro, Malta, or Cyprus that are smaller than nearby countries such as Ukraine.
Trump says tiny yet “aggressive” Montenegro, NATO’s newest member with just 640,000 people & almost no military, is about to drag the USA into WW3.
Which is frankly crazy.
Coincidentally, you know who else says that …https://t.co/hTPI3klvKJ
— John Schindler (@20committee) July 18, 2018
In fact, Montenegro is a tiny country of scarcely more than 600,000 people. It’s known mostly for its sunny Adriatic beaches, and in recent centuries it hasn’t attacked anyone except rampaging Ottomans. Its military has fewer than 2,000 troops, its army is a single light infantry battalion lacking armor or modern artillery, and its “air force” is a squadron of aging helicopters. Who exactly is Montenegro going to attack?
Where, then, does Trump’s bizarre belief that little Montenegro is a big problem for America come from? It may not be irrelevant that Moscow was very upset about that tiny Balkan country joining the Atlantic Alliance. Putin’s regime pulled out the stops to block the pro-Western government in Podgorica from entering NATO. To be fair, it was a hotly contested issue, with a significant minority of Montenegrins having misgivings about signing on to the alliance.
Suggesting that Americans may soon fight World War III for NATO’s newest member isn’t merely silly. It unsettlingly resembles Kremlin propaganda. Just like President Trump’s binary tweet today implying that the West’s only choice is kowtowing to Putin or facing nuclear war with Russia. That hoary Kremlin trope will be familiar to those who remember the Cold War.
The Montenegro PM certainly got in Trump’s way at a NATO meeting. But getting in Putin’s way can have more fatal consequences, grammar or not.
(2017) Russia plotted to assassinate the prime minister of a European nation and overthrow its government last year, according to senior Whitehall sources.
With the most powerful bomb in the world now in the smallest country in the world, other countries are quick to react, with the Soviet Union and the United Kingdom offering their support. With the world at the tiny country’s mercy, Duchess Gloriana, the leader of Grand Fenwick, lists her terms: all the nuclear weapons of the powerful nations must go through an inspection by impartial scientists. Continued inspection of the continuing nuclear programs of the older powers will be supervised by Dr. Kokintz, who recalls his identity as a Fenwick-American and accepts repatriation to his ancestral home. Kokintz takes on his new role as scientific director of the “Tiny Twenty”, a new superpower of 20 of the world’s smallest nations headed by Grand Fenwick. The United States and the other old powers accept these humiliating terms, leading to hope for world peace. en.wikipedia.org/…
An election day coup plot to attack Montenegro’s parliament and kill the pro-Western leader was directed by Russian intelligence officers with the support and blessing of Moscow, to sabotage the country’s plan to join Nato.
The plot was foiled only hours before it was due to be carried out, but would have caused heavy bloodshed and plunged the tiny country into turmoil on the eve of becoming Nato’s 29th member.
The allegation came as Sergei Lavrov, Russia’s foreign minister, criticised Nato as a “Cold War institution” whose expansion had led to unprecedented tensions in Europe over the past 30 years.
Interpol is now hunting two Russians the Montenegrin government says are intelligence officers who hatched the plot.
The pair spent months overseeing the recruitment and equipping of a small force of Serbian nationalists to attack the parliament building, disguised as local police, and kill Milo Djukanovic, the prime minister at the time.