È la domanda che Judy Dempsey rivolge a nove esperti: Jo Coelmont, Andrew Michta, Alexander Nicoll, Roderick Parkes, Marcin Zaborowski, Susan Stewart, Diāna Potjomkina and Kārlis Bukovskis.
La risposta di Gianni Riotta:
Europe has trouble understanding the fractal nature of the twentieth century. The wonderful stability of the postwar era leaves many EU citizens longing for an eternal status quo, steady jobs, steady borders, steady vacations, steady lives. Wars at the gate—in Libya, Syria, Ukraine, Chechnya, and Georgia—have so far failed to stir public opinion, which is mesmerized by immigration and the economy.
American analysts including John Nagl, Daniel Bolger, John Schindler, and John Arquilla have been pointing out for almost a generation about so-called special wars, in which politics, the military, terrorism, cyberwar, and economic pressure blend to form a destructive offensive wave.
Is former Russian intelligence officer Leonid Reshetnikov canvassing the Balkans, stirring opposition to what is left of the U.S.-sponsored peace process and promoting Russian President Vladimir Putin’s ambitions? Is Putin ready to negotiate a soft landing for Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras if his country falls out of the eurozone?
Nobody cares. Special wars are ferocious, ideological, aggressive. You need to really hate the enemy and be very committed to the battle plan to fight wars like this. Poles, Balts, and Swedes already feel the heat and see the coming threat. Does anybody else?