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[Opinion] The return of major wars (Pierre Schill)

(B2) In a text posted on social networks, General Pierre Schill, Chief of Staff of the French Army, delivers a short but powerful point of view on his reading of events in Israel after the Hamas offensive. We deliver the content

« I was dismayed and scarred by the images of extreme violence from the Levant that have burst onto our screens since last Saturday. I clearly affirm my solidarity and my concern for the victims, as well as my profound conviction that terrorism – in the literal sense of the use of terror – must be fought with the greatest determination wherever it appears.

« This reaction of horror must be accompanied in the coming days by a military analysis, because the events in Israel like those in Ukraine or Nagorno-Karabakh must serve to prepare us for any situation, including the most unpredictable.

« But above all, my first reaction concerns an undeniable fact: we are witnessing the return of major wars.
Conflicts involving a paroxysmal outbreak of violence, in which moral and legal barriers are shattered under the blows of the most unbridled barbarity, while we thought they were relegated to the history books, are making a comeback. smashing.

« Reality knocks on our door and reminds us that man is a wolf to man, that States are engaged in permanent competition and that war has once again become a preferred means of settling disputes.

« Therefore, the state of preparedness of the armed forces is more than ever a matter of the most basic precaution to ensure that they are not at the mercy of the will of the first competitor to come along.

« We have no right to be found wanting on this point. We must all be convinced of this. »

(Pierre Schill)

Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).

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