There has been a lot of saber rattling between the USA and Russia lately, and that makes one wonder what will happen if the two sabers’ cross a line and come into contact. Will cooler heads prevail, or could it be the start of World War III? You never know when one of the leaders in the equation is Russia’s Vladimir Putin, who has not flinched on his foreign policy strategy one bit despite sanctions taking a heavy toll on the Russian economy. Recent incidents suggest a military confrontation could be very likely, with these two super powers in such close proximity on a regular basis.
How did this whole topic come to light? It is because of some recent very close encounters between US and Russian aircraft, and a series of other trends that have not been seen since the height of the Cold War days.
The most concerning incident so far happened back in May of 2015 when a Russian fighter jet came within an estimated 10 feet of a US reconnaissance plane. It is the type of encounter that could have incited an international incident if either of the crews aboard the aircraft had made even the slightest mistake as they flew that close. No one knows how either side would have responded if the incident had resulted in a collision.
President Putin is no stranger to thumbing his nose at the USA, by words or gestures, either. At times he is not afraid to do the equivalent of showing the USA the proverbial middle finger as he did on July 4th, 2015. On this day, US aircraft intercepted a Russian nuclear-capable bomber off the coast of both Alaska and California. Russian Tu-95 Bear bombers have not been intercepted that far south since 2012. On an internationally monitored frequency, the Russian pilots brazenly wished their American counterparts “a very happy 4th of July.” All together, American and NATO aircrafts have intercepted Russian aircrafts over 400 times in 2014. It is by far the largest number of intercepts since the Cold War ended many decades ago.
Incidents in the air are not the only tit for tats that have taken place either. As the US is nearing a decision on whether or not to stockpile heavy armor in Europe in case of a confrontation with Putin’s Russia, the Kremlin announced that it will add some 40 missiles to its nuclear arsenal. In another provocative incident, Swedish authorities stated they intercepted a message from an unknown foreign submarine inside Swedish territorial waters that said, in Russian, that there was an emergency condition on board the submarine. Despite a search by Swedish officials, no trace of a submarine was ever found.
As these types of incidents play out, one can only wonder what would happen if an undisciplined soldier takes a shot or a pilot overreacts and decides it’s time to press a button. Let’s hope it is something that the world will never find out.
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