MOSCOW – U.S. military combat vehicles paraded Wednesday through an Estonian city that juts into Russia, a symbolic act that highlighted the stakes for both sides amid the worst tensions between the West and Russia since the Cold War.
The armored personnel carriers and other U.S. Army vehicles that rolled through the streets of Narva, a border city separated by a narrow frontier from Russia, were a dramatic reminder of the new military confrontation in eastern Europe.
Russia can whine all it wants, but Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia are now part of NATO.
Sooner or later, the US and our allies are going to have to draw a line beyond which Russia cannot advance.
And it’s not as if Lithuania isn’t doing its share to help itself. They’re actually reinstating conscription to fill their ranks.
A small unit of American Strykers is obviously more symbolic than genuine combat power. But often times in diplomacy, symbols are quite important.