Former British Army chief sees threat of global conflict ‘more lethal than Nazi alliance’

Former British Army chief sees threat of global conflict ‘more lethal than Nazi alliance’
Former British Army chief sees threat of global conflict ‘more lethal than Nazi alliance’

General Sir Patrick Sanders, former Chief of the British Army Staff, has warned the UK and NATO about the possibility of this happening. a World War III-style global conflict within the next five years and, furthermore, has stressed the

the need for the Atlantic Alliance to rearm substantially from 2024 until the end of the decade, as noted in an interview published by the British newspaper The Timeshaving the ability to repel a possible attack from Russia.

Sanders believes that Russia, China and Iran are “the new Axis powers” by representing a threat more lethal than the Nazi alliance of 1939 because “they are more interdependent and better aligned than the original Axis powers,” something that, in his opinion, has caused the world to face “a moment as dangerous as any other since 1945.”

Although the general himself points out that a direct war with Russia and its allies is not inevitable, it does become more likely if the United Kingdom and NATO do not rearm significantly. “Most projections indicate that we have between five and ten years before Russia recovers and is able to represent the threat it posed before the start of the war in Ukraine,” explains Sanders, who also warns that Putin could order small military operations “just below the level of conflict” or, on the other hand, occupy certain territories when he has the opportunity.

Sanders is not shy about his concerns about the ability of his country’s armed forces to deal with a large-scale war. He says that today the British Army would not be able to repeat invasion operations such as those in southern Iraq in 2003 or the Falkland Islands in 1982. “We could put together the two brigades that were taken to the Falklands, but could we take them? Could we have the Army that made it possible and can we maintain it? No,” he said, echoing comments by Dr Rob Johnson, a senior official in the British Ministry of Defence who recently said that the United Kingdom was “not prepared to fight and win an armed conflict on any scale.”

Prime Minister Sir Keir Starmer has pledged to increase defence spending to 2.5% of GDP, although this will depend on the health of public finances. For Sanders, this figure is insufficient to meet all the military challenges currently facing us: “We are undertaking a huge outlay, including the renewal of nuclear deterrent weapons, the modernisation of the fleet of the Air Force, the Royal Navy and the Army,” he explained before reiterating the need for a national response to the military effort because current threats require a collective effort. “With the threats we face now, the only way we can deal with them is with the effort of the whole nation,” he concluded.

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